Category Archives: Queries


Name: Tracy Massimiano

Comment: I am looking for proof/records for my DAR lineage that shows my 3rd GG Luranea Viers Wright (23 APRIL 1825) was the daughter of John Viers (1801-1873) and Rebecca Salisbury Viers (1805-1888). Do you have any birth record or family Bible? She was born in Harrison, OH and died in Henry CO OH.

I cannot find a record for DAR that ties her to her parents even though I have their DNA. Is there a record? Or can you tell me where to go to find one?

Names I am researching: Luranea Viers Wright, Rebecca Salisbury Viers, John Viers


My great grandparents, Edson Goit Punches and Eliza Ann Golden were married in Hamler in 1869. Edson’s uncle, Peter Punches, signed the consent form for the marriage.

I am interested in finding out if any Golden family members are still living in Henry County because I’d very much like to get in contact with them. I know that the local cemeteries are Golden family burial sites.

Thank you
Jim Punches


I’m looking for information on my ancestor Andrew (Andreas) Bauer. He was born on May 3, 1825 or May 5, 1826 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. He was a farmer and came to Henry Co. between 1855-1857. He lived in Flatrock Township. He died in Henry county on June 1, 1891.

His children were Jacob Bauer (born September 6, 1850 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. Died August 12, 1892), Andrew A. Bauer (born August 25, 1892 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. Died sometime in 1827), Mary Bauer (born June 2, 1855 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. Died 1933), Catherine Bauer (born September 3,1857 in Flatrock Township, Henry County, Ohio. Died 1940), John George (born April 15, 1859, died 1919), Elizabeth Bauer (born 1863. Died 1911), Henry Bauer (born 1865. Died 1938), Cora Bauer (born 1866. Died 1870), Adam Bauer (born 1867. Died 1931), and Ella Louise Bauer (born July 28, 1870 and died in 1945).

I’m also looking for any information about Andrew’s wife Maria Katharina who was born on either December 31, 1825 or January 1, 1826 .

Both Andreas and his wife were Lutherans.

I’m looking for any kind of US marriage documents for Andreas and Maria and/or immigration information.

Thank you for your time!

–Abigail Bauer


Hello! I am hoping someone there can help with locating an article on Jay Robert Clewell (1878-1941) We contacted the Red Cross to see if they could help us and included in their response was:

“His original passport application is accompanied by a letter from the Red Cross, endorsing his passport for his work abroad. A response letter from the United States War Department is also attached stating that they approved his request for a passport for his work with the A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Force) in connection with the Red Cross.

I also came across a letter from a Jay Clewell that was published in the Henry County Signal on February 23, 1919. I would contact the Henry County Genealogical Society, they may be willing to send you the article.”

Is it possible to get a copy of the letter?

Thank you for any assistance you can provide,

Nancy Hitchcock Clewell
a 3rd cousin


Looking for information on Emeline Steward born in 1874 and died in 1919.

She is buried in Mohler-Union Cemetery in Colton, Ohio. She is buried near Richard Steward.

Also looking for information on the marriage of Richard G. Steward and Anna Nancy Babcock (aka Anna Babcock) married in Napoleon, Ohio around 1868. Richard passed away in 1900 in Henry County. Not sure where or when Anna died. Richard is the brother of Fredrick Steward, once justice of the peace in Liberty Center.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

Mary Smith


At the very end of your Sept-Oct 2014 Newsletter you included an “Index of German Scrapbook Translations Vol 2”. The index included a reference to my great-grandmother’s obituary. Her name was Rosine Kreideweis (maiden name Harman). I am wondering if you might possibly have additional information on her obituary, family or life? Any information you have would be helpful. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

Jonette Kreideweis


I am trying to flesh out a family tree and am finding it difficult to pin down a death date for Noble Swartz born in 1900 in Deshler Ohio. He married Mildred Egbert and lived in Chicago for a while. I have Mildred as passing away in 1947 in Chicago. I found records for her and her son Lyle Swartz who passed away in 1970 both listed on your website under the Obituaries is the Deshler Flag. I found a tombstone on the Find A Grave website with Mildred and Noble Swartz but no dates. Do you know of any way I can find death records for Noble Swartz? I am working through and I can find him in the 1940 census in Chicago. Also there are records that he worked for the railroad. But there is nothing about when he died. Any info you can share would be much appreciated. I am related through the common ancestors of Aaron Swartz and Sarah Jane Hogbin.

Mary Ellen Splinter


Looking for obit/info on William H. Briner who was a private in Battery H, 1st Regiment, Light Artillery, Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War. He\’s buried in Cole Cemetery in Lot SGS, Block OP, Grave #117. He was born around 1843 in Ohio and died in Henry County on Oct. 20, 1883. I don’t know cause of death. His parents were Joseph and Miranda. William married Sarah Jane Holly in 1869 in Henry County, OH. Sarah was born April 1, 1843 and died June 21, 1938 in Napoleon. Her parents were John and Teena Holly. Later Sarah married John Winkelplic/Winkelpleck and they are in Glenwood Cemetery, Napoleon. William and Sarah had the following children: John William 1870-1943 and is buried in Napoleon. He married Minnie Piles. Mary was born around 1874 in Ohio. George was born March 17, 1879 and he died June 26, 1946 in Napoleon. He was married to Mary Francis??? William was a laborer and he lived in Henry County from 1870 until his death. John Winkempleck served in Co. E, 55th Ohio Infantry.
Supposedly William worked on the Miami and Wabash Canal before he joined the service. This is for a project for the Holland Springfield Spencer Historical Society and the Toledo History Museum.


William-&-Catherine-WalkerI am a member of the Lenawee County Family Researchers, our local genealogy group up here in Lenawee Co, MI just north of the state line from your neighbor county of Fulton Co, OH. I write genealogical research articles for the LCFR newsletter, and this summer I wrote one on my ancestors William & Catherine (Cole) Walker, which I intended to attach, but your contact format will not permit me to do so. William & Catherine were married in 1851 in Bedford, MI, just north of the state line from Toledo. Both were shown as residents of Toledo at that time. In the 1860 Federal Census, they were shown as residents of Washington Twp, Henry Co, OH. (The death record for one of their sons states that he was born in Colton, which is in the NW corner of Washington Twp). By the 1870 Federal Census, they were living up here in Seneca Twp, Lenawee Co, MI. The assumption is that sometime between 1851 and 1860, they bought a farm in the Colton area, which they in turn sold between 1860 and 1870. My question is, how would I go about getting the land record – either a transcription or a photocopy of the original record – for the purchase and sale of their farm in Colton? By the way, you can add William Walker to your list of Henry Co soldiers who served in the Civil War if he is not already on it, as he served in Co. A of the 192nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Hancock’s Vet. A.C. Any response on how to access the old land records would be appreciated. Await comment, closing with,
Best regards – Gary Bartlett



Believed to have lived in Henry County sometime between 1849 and 1872. The couple married January 1, 1846 in Wyandot County. They had two children, Laura Jane Culver, born in 1849 and James F. Culver, born in 1855, possibly in Wyandot County. Carpenter Culver is believed to have died around 1872. His will was probated in 1872 in Henry County. The record is at the probate office: Vol. 1, page. 12, Num 30, Admin 369, Admin Emily Culver. I am seeking any information that documents their existence and the relationships in their family. The son and daughter both lived for a time in Putnam County as adults, married and with families.

Sandy Burke
Lafayette, IN 47909