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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

W. P. A. Cemetery Survey - Independence Cemetery, Richland Township

The Works Progress Administration was formed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in reaction to the Great Depression as a means of employing Americans and stimulating the economy.  Established in 1935, one of the projects of the W.P.A. was to conduct Historical Records Surveys, one of which included finding information on cemeteries and the graves of veterans.  The W.P.A. was disbanded in 1943, but the historical information provided on these surveys continue to be of interest and are, thankfully, preserved.

In this series, some of the general surveys of Defiance County cemeteries will be shared, transcribed as written with a few punctuation and/or spelling changes for readability.  The surveys were probably done around 1936.

For more up to date information on the cemeteries, check out this chart on our website:
 http://defiancecountygenealogy.org/cemeteries.html

 Independence Cemetery

1. Name of cemetery:
Independence Cemetery, Independence, Ohio

2. Location, how reached:
On old U.S. #24, three miles east of Defiance, Ohio on the high bank of the Maumee River at Independence crossroads.

3. Name and address of caretaker:
Mr. A. Young, R. R. #4, Defiance, Ohio

Photo from www.findagrave.com
4. General description, size, etc.:
This burial plot contains 1 1/2 acres of well-kept land.  It lies on a high bluff overlooking the Maumee River and is dotted by numerous shade trees.  There are numerous gravel paths throughout and the markers are large and of granite and marble, and the entire plot is fenced. This cemetery is kept up by the Methodist Church and various people who have relatives buried there.

5. Names of important persons buried here and for what noted:  None

6. Name and date of first burial recorded:  Thomas Elliot, 1856

Oldest Elliot tombstone there now - Samuel Elliot
7. Markers of unusual appearance: None

8. Unusual epitaphs:  "Life's work well done, she sleeps in peace."

9. Is cemetery used for new burials?  Yes

C. Cadwallader and C. Gish, Reporters
Consultant: Mr. John Elliot, Independence, Ohio

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiram F. Rice - Civil War Soldier Buried in Farmer Cemetery

Member of Farmer G.A.R.

Born, raised, and died in Farmer Township, Defiance County, Ohio - that described Hiram F. Rice.  His parents were early settlers in the township, established a farm there, and passed that farm down through the generations.

In 1860, Hiram lived there with his mother, Lydia, who was 52 and widowed.  She was listed as the head of the family in the census, with real estate valued at $4000 - quite an amount for the time.  Hiram, 22, and his brother, Aaron, 19, lived with their mother on the farm.

Hiram enlisted in Company F of the 111th Ohio Infantry on August 13, 1862 in Toledo, along with many other Defiance County men. His unit spent quite a bit of time in Kentucky and Tennessee, only to return again in 1863 to patrol and protect areas along the Ohio River against Confederate invasion.  In the fall of 1863, the group headed south again for battles at Kennesaw Mountain and Jonesboro, and then they chased Hood's army around the south.   On January 1, 1865, Hiram was promoted to First Sergeant. At some point after that promotion, Sgt. Hiram was wounded in the spine. (His pension papers would add details to this incident.)  He mustered out at the end of the war on June 27, 1865 at Salisbury, North Carolina.

In 1890, Hiram reported on the Veterans' Census that he had served 2 years, 10 months and 15 days. 



















On March 20, 1870, he married Rhoda E. Stone, the daughter of Alpha and Samantha (Marihugh) Stone.  After the war, his mother had apparently deeded over the farm to Hiram, as it appeared in his name in the 1866 plat book.

Section 21
In the 1870 census, Hiram was listed as head of household at the age of 32, with Rhoda, 24, and Lydia Rice, mother, aged 63.  Emory Heartman (Hartman?), 11, lived there, too as a laborer.  The farm had increased to $7000 in value. On June 18, 1885, the Defiance County Express reported that Hiram Rice "had a large barn raised and when completed, it will be one of the finest barns in the country."

Hiram and Lydia would have sons, Oney and Clark, and they also raised their grandson, Blake, an infant when his mother, wife to Oney, died. Lydia Rice died in 1895, and the Defiance Republican Express noted on June 6, 1895:

"Lydia Rice, mother of Hiram R. of Farmer township, died Saturday morning at the ripe old age of about 87 years.  She was on of the pioneers of Defiance County.  She was buried Sunday afternoon at Farmer cemetery."

Hiram's brother, Oney, had a wife, Hattie, who also died in 1895 at the age of 23.  She was the mother of Blake, who was then raised by Hiram and Rhoda.  In 1900, Hiram (born 1837), was 62 and he and Rhoda had been married thirty years.  With them were Clark, their youngest son, 21 and single, and Blake B. their grandson, aged 6, born in April 1894. 

Her obituary appeared in the Defiance County Republican Express on January 24, 1895:

Her husband, Oney, remarried in 1897 to Blanch and had children with her: Oney Jr.,Milo and Mabel.
 Hiram F. Rice died on October 3, 1906.  An obituary appeared in the Bryan Press on October 4, 1906:

"Hiram F. Rice died at his home near Farmer on the 3rd of October at the age of 68 years, 11 months and 2 days.  

He was born in Farmer township, Defiance county, where he always lived, except during three years spent as a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, where he served as a member of Co. F., 111th O. V. I.

He was married to Rhoda E. Stone on the 20th of March 1870, and to this union were born two sons, Oney and Clark.  A grandson, Blake, on account of his mother's death when a baby, has made a third member of the family since 1895.

On the 27th of last December, while in Bryan, Mr. Rice was stricken with paralysis, which gradually spread to his whole body and caused his death.  

Funeral services were held by the Rev. Mr. Kelly, of the M.E. church in Farmer, October 7th, at two o'clock."

Rhoda Rice lived on until 1914.

Memorial card found among Rice family possessions, Farmer, Ohio



The Defiance Crescent-News had an informative article about the Rice family farm on July 27, 1932, in its Rural Rambler column:

"A Family Farm
Clark Rice, who lives just west of Farmer, says that the old Rice eighty acres has been transferred only twice since it became a farm.  The first member of the Rice family to reside here was Dr. Oney Rice (father to Hiram F. Rice) who homesteaded it upon his arrival from St. Lawrence County, N.Y.  Then his son Hiram resided on the old home farm, and now the grandson, Clark resides here.

First Post Office
Mr. Rice showed the Rambler a desk that served as the first post office in Farmer.  This desk stood just inside the hall door of the old Rice residence which was destroyed by a fire about twelve years ago.  And from the desk was distributed the first mail at Farmer.

Antique Oil Can
Hanging on the wall of the farm shop on the Clark Rice farm is the coal oil can that Mrs. Hiram Rice purchased on a trip to Defiance when she bought the first coal oil lamp that the family owned.  The purchase of the lamp marked the passing of the tallow candle for the purpose of illumination in the farm home.

Building By Generation
This farm has buildings erected by three generations of Rices.  The old barn, now used as a utility barn, was erected by Dr. Oney Rice.  The farm barn was built by Hiram Rice, and following the fire which destroyed the old dwelling.  The modern residence were constructed by Clark Rice.

Handling the Farm
The farm, which has grown to comprise 171 acres, is beautifully set off by an eighty rod row of maples extending along the concrete road which passes the place.  Dale Rice, the only son, is actively engaged with his father in operating the farm on which an important factor is the flock of 140 sheep.

This farm has been kept at a high level of productivity as is indicated by the 36 bushels per acre yield of this season's wheat crop.  Oats looks good, but Mr. Rice says they are rustier than any oats he ever harvested.

Farm procedure includes the pasturing of sweet clover and oats by sheep each year as a successful method of maintaining soil productivity.    

Family All At Home
Besides his farmer son, Dale, Mr. Rice has three daughters, all at home present.  Miss Helen, who will teach in the Farmer school the coming term, is actively engaged as a 4-H club leader.  Miss Grace will teach in District No. 1 in Farmer township this term, andMiss Doris is intending to complete the course in the Farmer School."     

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sherwood High School Graduates - 1920

Sherwood High School   1920
Top Row, Left to Right:
Wilma (Openlander) ___, Bernice (Hammond) McCormick, Blanche (Ross) Heller, Fern (Haver) Arnett

Bottom Row: Oliver Fraker, Nettie (Motherspaugh) Bayliss, Hazel (Poth) Beltz, Ermyle (Saylor) Smith

Thursday, March 23, 2017

W. P. A. Cemetery Survey - Taylor Cemetery, Defiance Township

The Works Progress Administration was formed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in reaction to the Great Depression as a means of employing Americans and stimulating the economy.  Established in 1935, one of the projects of the W.P.A. was to conduct Historical Records Surveys, one of which included finding information on cemeteries and the graves of veterans.  The W.P.A. was disbanded in 1943, but the historical information provided on these surveys continue to be of interest and are, thankfully, preserved.

In this series, some of the general surveys of Defiance County cemeteries will be shared, transcribed as written with a few punctuation and/or spelling changes for readability.  The surveys were probably done around 1936.
 
For more up to date information on the cemeteries, check out this chart on our website:
 http://defiancecountygenealogy.org/cemeteries.html

Taylor Cemetery

1. Name of cemetery: The Taylor Cemetery, Defiance Township

2. Location, how reached:
On State Route #66, two miles south of the City of Defiance on the west side of the road at the bridge over Powell's Creek.  In section two, Defiance Township.

3. Name and address of caretaker:
No caretaker, trustees of the township help some in keeping up the graves.

Photo from www.findagrave.com
4. General description, size, appearance, etc.:

This cemetery is situated about fifty yards back off the road on a hill: on one side is Powels Creek, on the other is a deep ravine.  It is well wooded, with large oak trees, has an iron gate and wire fence around it  It comprises about two acres, although not all of it has been used.  It is situated on a very pretty spot.  It is undenominational, although most of the people buried there are Presbyterians, on account of the old Presbyterian Church that one time stood here.  It started as a family plot for Halls and Sprouls, later was used by all neighbors.

5. Name and date of first burial recorded:

The first gave was made in 1852 for Mordica Hall, a young woman twenty years of age.

Mordica Hall at www.findagrave.com
6. Names of important people buried there:

Most important grave to the present generation is that of Lyman Carpenter, a one armed Civil War veteran who was born in Defiance Township in 1844 and died in 1925 in Defiance, Ohio.  Many important pioneers of Defiance Township, such as the Sprouls, Halls, Nicelys, Kleinhens and Carpenters are buried here.

Lyman Carpenter at www.findagrave.com
7. Markers of unusual appearance:
One being erected for Lyman Carpenter of gray granite.

8. Unusual epitaphs:  None

9. Is cemetery used for new burials?
There has been no one buried in this graveyard for ten years, but it is still open if anyone ares to bury here.

C. Cadwallader and C.Gish, Reporters
Consultant: L. F. Myres, R.F.D. #8, Defiance, Ohio 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Membership Drive

     The newsletter will be coming out very soon!
Don't miss out!

 We welcome you to join the
Defiance County chapter
of the
Ohio Genealogical Society
  •  Membership is only $12 a year (single) or $15 (family) 
Members receive our newsletter quarterly - "Yesteryear's Trails."   It can be emailed at no extra cost or for $5, one can received a print copy through the mail.

Members may submit surnames being researched for publication in the newsletter, perhaps leading to someone else who is studying the same family.

Members may submit their own family history queries to the newsletter and online.

Enjoy informative meetings and discussions with folks who are interested in not only genealogy, but history, as well.  Part of understanding our ancestors is knowing about the time period in which they lived.

  • Meetings are held monthly, except for August and December, at the St. John United Church of Christ, Webster Street, Defiance - adjacent to the Defiance College campus.  
Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.  

 
For a membership application, look HERE.

**Membership allows one to apply for special recognitions for the family, if criteria are met.

 If your family came early to Defiance County, membership allows one to apply for First Family status.
 If you can prove your direct ancestor was here before January of 1846 you can join as a Pioneer member.
If you can prove your direct ancestor was here 1846 - December 1860 you can join as a Settler member.
For a First Family application, look HERE.

If your family has been in Defiance for at least 100 years, membership allows you to apply for Centennial Family status.
For a Centennial Family application, look HERE.

If your family has someone who served in the Civil War from Defiance, membership allows you to apply for a Civil War Certificate for that individual.



Thursday, March 16, 2017


The Black Swamp
Medicine Girls

will be at the next meeting
of the Defiance County
Genealogical Society
on 
Monday, March 27, 2017 
at
7:00 p.m.

St. John United Church 
of Christ, Webster Street,
adjacent to Defiance College campus

ALWAYS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The ladies will demonstrate examples of antique medical devices and treatments.  Explore the history of vintage medicine bottles, the diseases of the Black Swamp, and the treatments common for such ailments as consumption, quincy, lumbago, rheumatism, bad breath and gout.

 Learn about the old medicine show sales pitches and how one-half dollar could buy you a treatment that could cure anything that ailed you!

Join us for an 
Apothecary Adventure!

Jeanne Caryer and Susan Wiesehan, the Black Swamp Medicine Girls  

 

Fullmer and Mansfield Schools, Highland Township

The Fullmer School was, at one point, called the East School, and was located on Watson Road toward the intersection with Dohoney, in Section 5.  


Undated Photos
The souvenir booklet below contained both the Fullmer and Mansfield Schools.  The Mansfield School was located in Section 29 of Highland Township at the intersection of Mansfield and Schubert Roads.