David Kratzer Family
Pennsylvania - Ohio
Allen & Whitley County Indiana

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Highly likely David Kratzer could have been Johannes/John David Kratzer

Benjamin Kratzer 1737-Jacob Kratzer 1792-1858Henry Kratzer 17xx-1835

Johan Heinrich Kratzer 1719-1778Johan Philip Kratzer 1695-1788

Johan Philip Kratzer

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         |---William Van Meter 1755-1808 
    |---William Van Meter Jr. 1807-1885  [See the Van Meter Family Page.]
    |    |
    |    |---Phoebe Hart/Harp
America 'Mary' Van Meter 1860-1935
    |    |---David Kratzer b 1805 PA d May 1858 Allen Co IN 
    |    |
    |---Melinda Kratzer 1839-1913
         |---Elizabeth Brightbill b 1808 PA died 1897 IN

Check Descendants of Johan Philip Kratzer:

[Appears that this could be Johann David Kratzer / John David Kratzer. Could be the son of Benjamin Kratzer. Just a possiblity.]

David Kratzer born 1805 Pennsylvania lived in Ohio and then
died in May 1858 at Lake Township Allen Co Indiana
Aged 30-40 years old in the 1840 Census of Hancock County, Ohio
Aged 45 in 1850 Census of Lake Twp Allen Co
1858 Allen County Wills V2-118 dated May-25-1858 probated Jun-7-1858
Two children mentioned in will but also "older children" (not by name).

Elizabeth Brightbill born c19 Sept 1808 PA.
      Aged 20-30 years old in the 1840 Census of Hancock County, Ohio
      Aged 40 in 1850 Census of Lake Twp Allen Co. Aged 39 in 1860 Census
      died 15 Nov 1897 Aged 89 Years 1 mo 26 days Union Twp, Whitley Co., Indiana
      Obituary in Columbia City Post 17-Nov-1897 
      Lived in Stark Co Ohio in 1839 where Melinda was born.
      Also (to be checked): David Cratzer, 1840 census, Findley, Hancock County, Ohio
1.  Lavina Kratzer born 1832 in Ohio
    Aged 5-10 years old in the 1840 Census of Hancock County, Ohio
    Aged 18 in 1850 Census
    married  Oct 24, 1858 Allen County Indiana License 4-258 to 
    Arthur Ruby of Lake Twp. Allen Co. Indiana
    At least four chldren (not in order)
    1.  Leretta Elizabeth Ruby born 9-June-1859 Lake Twp Allen Co Indiana
        died 14-June-1931 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana See obituary
        married on 24-March-1881 to
        Benjamin Franklin 'Frank' Hull son of Henry and Jane (Gardner) Hull.
        born 1859 Union Twp Whitley Co Indiana
        died 25-December-1917 Columbia City Whitley Co Indiana
        Nine children 
        1.  Hulbert Hull, Indianapolis
        2.  Clyde Hull, Indianapolis
        3.  Franklin Hull, Columbia City
        4.  Mrs. Arried Hayes, Columbia City
        5.  Laura Bell Hull born 29-Jan-1885 Union Twp 
            married John Walter Kaufman son of J. S. & Florence (Snyder) Kaufman
            born 10-June-1890 Thorncreek twp Whitley Co Indiana
        6.  Ada E. Hull died 28-Sep-1906 Whitley Co Indiana
        7.  William Arthur Hull died 9-May-1909 Whitley Co Indiana
        8.  Mary Hull Bridge died 1929
        9.  Edward Wayne Hull died 14-Mar-1930 Whitley Co Indiana
    2.  A. C. Ruby of Fort Wayne
    3.  Frank Ruby of Fort Wayne
    4.  William Ruby of Cromwell 
2.  John Cratzer/Kratzer b c 1834 Ohio 
    aged 5-10 years old in the 1840 Census of Hancock County, Ohio
    aged 16 in 1850 Census
    aged 23 in 1860 Census
    married on Nov 25, 1858 in Allen County Indiana to
    Christina Sherbondy daughter of Abraham & Lovina (Swan) Sherbondy died 1860
    1.  Leander Kratzer b 1860 aged 4/12 in 1860 Census
    married on Oct 13, 1863 in Allen County Indiana to
    Henrietta Barthold born 1838/9 aged 41 in 1880 Census
    2.  Florence Cratzer born 1866/7 aged 13 1880 Census
    3.  Leone Cratzer born 1869/70 aged 10 1880 Census    

3.  Melinda Kratzer born 1834 or 17-Feb-1839 at Stark Co OH
    Aged under 5 years old in the 1840 Census of Hancock County, Ohio
    Aged 14 in 1850 Census
    died 20-Aug-1913 at Smith Township Whitley Co IN
    Whitley Count Death Book 2A p 79 #118-13
    Churubusco Death Book 1 Page 15 #29-13
    buried 23-Aug-1913 in Concord Cemetery Smith Township
    married on 15-June-1859 in Allen County Indiana to
    William Van Meter Jr. son of William & Phoebe (Hart?) Van Meter 
    born 15-May-1807 at Pendleton Co (West) Virginia
    died 01-Nov-1885 at Smith Township Whitley County Indiana
    previously married to Mary Harmon with six children.
    12 Children to William.  Descendants on the VanMeter page.
    1.  America 'Mary' Van Meter, born 12-Apri-1860 
    2.  Scott Van Meter born 1861 Whitley County
    3.  Almeda Van Meter born 10-April-1864 Whitley County
    4.  Malinda M. VanMeter born 1-April-1866, Whitley County
    5.  William Van Meter born 1869 Whitely County
    6.  Alpha Van Meter born 1871 Whitley County Indiana

4.  Elizabeth or Eliza Kratzer b 1838, 1843 
    Aged 12 in 1850 Census
    aged 17 born in Ohio in 1860 Census
5   Sarah Kratzer b 1840 or c 1847
    Aged 10 in 1850 Census
    aged 13 born in Ohio in 1860 Census
    married  May 24, 1868  Allen County Indiana License 7-252 to
    Syrus T York
6.  Lucinda Kratzer b 1847-1848 
    Aged 3 in 1850 Census
    Aged 12 born Ohio in 1860 Census
    married 5-April-1868 Allen County Indiana to 
    F. L. Barthold License 7-217

7.  David Kratzer     Aged 3/12 in 1850 Census
    Jeremiah Kratzer b c 1850 aged 10 born Ohio in 1860 Census
8.  Alonzo Kratzer b c 1852 aged 8 born Indiana in 1860 Census

1840 Census Findley Township, Hancock Co., Ohio

     David Cratzer
               Males      5-10  = 1
               Males     30-40  = 1
               Females under 5  = 1
               Females    5-10  = 1
               Females   20-30  = 1

Contributed by Carlene Eckroade. [She is NOT a Kratzer researcher]
Her contribution is greatly appreciated.

1850 Census of Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana, 26th September 1850

1176 1188 David Crotser      45 M Farmer 400 Pennsylvania
          Elizabeth Crotser  40 F            Pennsylvania
          Lavina Crotser     18 F            Ohio attended school
          John Crotser       16 M Laborer    Ohio attended school
          Malinda Crotser    14 F            Ohio attended school
          Eliz Crotser       12 F            Ohio attended school
          Sarah Crotser      10 F            Ohio
          Lucinda Crotser     3 F            Ohio
          David Crotser    3/12 M            Ohio

Allen County Indiana Will Records Volume 2 Page 118:

David Cratzer, Lake Twp.
Heirs:          wife Elizabeth.  
                "Wish that the younger children may have
                as much schooling as the older ones.
Date of Will:   May 25, 1858  
Probate Dates:  June 7 1858   
Executor:	      Wife   
Witnesses:      Jacob Diffendorfer, Francis Sweet
(Name spelled Cratzer / Kratzer within the document)


Elizabeth Brightbill 1808-1897 (RN=29)
Born: 19 Sept 1808 PA (Calculated from age at death)
      Aged 40 in 1850 Census of Lake Twp Allen Co 
      Aged 39 in 1860 Census of Lake Twp Allen Co page 287
Died: 15 Nov 1897 Union Twp, Whitley Co., Indiana
Married David Kratzer 
Known Children: 2
    1) Melinda Kratzer 1839-1913 m William VanMeter 
    2) Lavina Kratzer Ruby (Mrs. Arthur Ruby)
(1: 17 Nov 1897 Obit CC Post)
(2: Aged 89 Years 1 mo 26 days)
(3: Lived in Stark Co Ohio in 1839 where Melinda was born.)

1860 Census Post Office Arcola Lake Twp. Allen Co, Indiana 19 June 1860. Page 287

363 350 Elizabeth Kratzer    39 F         800  300 Pennsylvania       1
        Eliza                17 F                  Ohio
        Sarah                13 F                  do             1 1 
        Lucinda              12 F                  do             1 1
        Jeremiah             10 M                  do             1 1
        Alonzo                8 M                  Indiana        1 1
        John                 23 M Farmer       100 Pennsylvania
        Leander N          4/12 M                  Indiana
        Robert Hanna         29 M Carpenter        Pennsylvania
364 355 Jacob Diffendarfer   65 M Farmer 4000 1000 do
        Barbara              58 F                  do
        Henry                19 M Farmer           Indiana
        Contributed by Carlene Eckroade. [She is NOT a Kratzer researcher]

Dawson's Daily Times and Union, Fort Wayne Indiana May 13, 1862

      GOODINTENT LODGE, No. 1, I. O. G. T., Allen County, Indiana — The officers for the present quarter are: -Allen Crafword, W.C.T.; Henrietta Barthold, W.V.T.; W. F. Waugh, W.S.; Hannah F. Waugh, W.T.; Sarah F. Butt, W.1.G.; Sylvestor McMahon, W.O.G.
      The appointed officers are: - C. W. Grayless, W. C.; Lewis Sweet, W.F.S.; Joshua Sweet, W. M. Eliza Cratzer, W.D.M; W. Carbaugh, W.A.S.; Sarah A. Cratzer, W.R.S.; Hannah McHahon, W.L.W.


Allen County Indiana Marriages

Arthur M. Ruby       Lavina Cratcher       Oct 24, 1858     4-258
John H. Cratzer      Christina Sherbondy   Nov 25, 1858     4-273
Malinda Kratzer      William Van Meter     Jun 13, 1859     4-295
John H. Cratzer      Henrietta Barthold    Oct 13, 1863     5-347
Lucinda Cretzer      F. L. Barthold        Apr  5, 1868     7-217
Sarah Cretzer        Syrus T York          May 24, 1868     7-252
Leonie Cretzer       Edward Motty          Dec  8, 1891    19-411
Saepta Kratner       George Buckles        Feb 17, 1892    19-473

Krotzer, Lewis       Mary E. McClure     M July 8, 1916    44-42
b Feb 11, 1891       b Mar 24, 1896


1880 Census Washington Twp, Allen, Indiana page 261C  

Fredrick L. BARTHOLD   Self   W   Male   W   53  PA  Farmer  PA   PA 

1880 CensusDistrict 121, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana page 591C  

John CRATZER       Self M Male   W 41 PA Laborer    PA PA 
Henryetta CRATZER  Wife M Female W 41 PA Keep House PA PA 
Florence CRATZER   Dau  S Female W 13 IN School     PA PA 
Leone CRATZER      Dau  S Female W 10 IN School     PA PA 

1880 Census Smith Twp Whitley Co Indiana page 395B

William VANMETER   Self M Male   W 76 WV Farmer        WV WV 
Malinda VANMETER   Wife M Female W 41 OH Keeping House WV OH 
Scott VANMETER     Son  S Male   W 18 IN Farm Laborer  WV OH 
Almeda VANMETER    Dau  S Female W 16 IN At Home       WV OH 
Malinda VANMETER   Dau  S Female W 14 IN At Home       WV OH 
William VANMETER   Son  S Male   W 11 IN Farm Laborer  WV OH 
Alfred VANMETER    Son  S Male   W  9 IN Farm Laborer  WV OH 

The Columbia City Post
November 17, 1897, page 1

AGED Lady Dies.

      Mrs. Elizabeth Kretzer, of Union township, died Monday at 9 a.m., aged 89 years, 1 month and 26 days. The funeral took place Wednesday forenoon at the residence of Melinda VanMeter, where the aged woman made her home. The deceased was the grandmother of Mrs. B. F. Hull, of this city.


William VanMeter born May 15, 1807, Pendleton County VA (now West Virginia),     
Son of William & Phoebe (Hart) VanMeter.
Visit my VanMeter Family website.         
Married 1828 Pendleton Co Virginia to 
Mary Harmon, a native of Pendleton County     
Mrs. Van Meter died at her home in this township in 1841     
On January 15, 1859, our subject married     
Melinda Cratzer, the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Brightbill) Cratzer,
of Pennsylvania born Stark County, Ohio, February 17, 1839.  
Links will take you to the VanMeter Family page.

Six Children of William & Mary (Harmon) VanMeter: 1.       Christina Van Meter b. 25 April 1824 Pendleton Co., Virginia 2.       Phebe Van Meter, b c 1828 Pendleton Co., Virginia 3.       Adam Van Meter, b 26-Aug-1830 Pendleton Co., Virginia 4.       Rebecca Van Meter, b 1834 5.       John Van Meter born b 1831 Ohio 6.       Julia A. Van Meter, b 1837
Melinda Kratzer Born 17 Feb 1839 Stark County Ohio Died 20 Aug 1913 Smith Township Whitley Co Indiana Father David Kratzer Mother Elizabeth Brightbill 1808-1897 Married to 15 Jan 1859 at Whitley County, Indiana (WC Deaths Book 2A 79 #118-13) Churubusco Death Book 1 Page 15 #29-13 buried Aug 23 1913 in Concord Cemetery Smith Twp. Links below will take you to the VanMeter Family page.
Six Children of William & Melinda Kratzer 7.       America Van Meter, born 12-Apri-1860 8.       Scott Van Meter born 1861 Whitley County 9.       Almeda Van Meter born 10-April-1864 Whitley County 10.       Malinda M. VanMeter born 1-April-1866, Whitley County 11.       William Van Meter born 1869 Whitely County 12.       Alpha Van Meter born 1871 Whitley County Indiana
Portrait of Wm. VanMeter
William VanMeter 1807-1885

I photographed this portrait in 1969 at the
home of William VanMeter in Churubusco.

Index to Transcribed Death Records
Whitley County IN 1882-1930

Hull, (female 3 days old)  18 Dec 1889    P-1:54      1-A:91
Hull, (female 9 days old)  18 Dec 1889    WW:110      Not Provided
Hull, Abraham T             5 Jan 1904    P-2:152     Busco 1:6
Hull, Ada E                28 Sep 1905    WW:110      Not Provided
Hull, Albert Allen         21 Jun 1932    SH:140      3:82
Hull, Benjamin Franklin     5 Dec 1917    P-2:152     City 1:39
Hull, Carl E               23 Jun 1908    P-2:152     2-A:6
Hull, Cuba                 20 Jul 1919    P-2:152     2-B:50
Hull, Edward Wayne         15 Mar 1930    SH:140      C1:88
Hull, Female (Stillborn)   10 May 1914    P-2:151     2-A:91
Hull, Female (Stillborn)   10 May 1914    P-2:151     Busco 1:16
Hull, Firmer E             10 Sep 1922    SH:139      2B:80
Hull, Hazel Elizabeth      16 Jan 1921    SH:139      2B:64
Hull, Henry                20 Dec 1886    P-1:54      1-A:61
Hull, Henry                20 Dec 1886    WW:110      Not Provided
Hull, Infant               23 Jan 1924    SH:140      2B:93
Hull, Jane                 30 Jul 1907    WW:110      Not Provided
Hull, Jessie M             30 May 1916    P-2:152     2-B:20
Hull, Leretta E             6 Jun 1931    SH:140      C1:93
Hull, Male (Stillborn)     18 May 1918    P-2:151     Busco 1:18
Hull, Mary Agnes           28 Aug 1918    P-2:152     2-B:51
Hull, Thomas Harmon        11 Nov 1932    SH:140      3:86
Hull, William Arthur        9 May 1909    P-2:152     2-A:16
Hull, William Arthur        9 May 1909    P-2:152     City 1:17

From 1860 Census Union Tp. 
Benjamin F. Hull was 9 months old (born 1849) the son of Henry & Jane Hull

                 555  560  Hull, Henry       39 W M Farmer  1500   521  Va.         I
                           Hull, Jane        28 F W                     N. Y.
                           Hull, William H.  19 M W                     Ind.      S
                           Hull, Isaac       17 M W                     Ind.      S
                           Hull, Elizabeth   12 F W                     Ind.      S
                           Hull, Adam        11 M W                     Ind.      S
                           Hull, Phoeba       9 F W                     Ind.      S
                           Hull, Pheliz       6 M W                     Ind.      S
                           Hull, Peter        3 M W                     Ind.
                           Hull, Benjamin F. 9m M W                     Ind.

                                                  I = Cannot read or write
                                                  S = School within year

1882 History of Whitley County, page 361-2:

      HENRY HULL was born in Pendleton County, Va., May 19, 1819; one of nine children born to Adam and Elizabeth (Hevner) Hull, both natives of the same county. About 1823, Adam Hull moved to Sidney, Shelby Co., Ohio, where he held the office of Sheriff six years. In 1830, he and family came to Fort Wayne, Allen County, remained one year, then moved to Eel River Township, same county, bought forty acres of land and entered 253 more. Shortly after, he entered eighty acres in this township, now occupied by our subject. Adam was for a time Postmaster at Eel River Post Office, and also Justice of the Peace. He died in that township September 4, 1838. Henry Hull, our subject, remained on the old farm till seven years after his father's death, then bought the interest of the other heirs in the farm in this township, and in 1846 took possession. He has since added to the place, until now it consists of 228 acres of well-improved land, part of which he had deeded to his children. December 19, 1838, he married Jane Gardner, daughter of Benjamin and Phebe (Hoage) Gardner, natives of New York, and there have been born to them the following children - William H., Isaac T., Elizabeth (now Mrs. Lloyd Siphers), Felix, Phebe and Franklin. William H. and Isaac T. were members of Company C, Eighty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, having enlisted in the fall of 1862. William H. was seized by measles at Bowling Green, Ky., and was discharged in February, 1863; Isaac T. was taken ill at Gallatin, Tenn., and was discharged in March, 1863. William H. was Township Trustee of Union for four years, and was Assessor for two years. He is a Mason. Our subject is a Democrat, and is quite prominent in his township

Whitley County Cemetery Records:

Hull Benj F      born 1859 died 1917 Leretta         Greenhill-Linville-2-5-5
Hull Leretta E   born 1859 died 1931 Benj His wife   Greenhill-Linville-2-5-5-2

Columbia City Death Records:

Hull, Benjamin Franklin   25 Dec 1917     P-2:152    City 1:39
Hull, Leretta E            6 Jun 1931     SH:140     C1:93

Whitley County Obiturary Finders

Last Name:            Hull, Benjamin F.
Date of Death:        12/25/1917
Birth Date:           1859
Obituary Source:      CC Post 12/29/1917 Sat 1,3

Last Name:            Hull, Mrs. Loretta Elizabeth
Date of Death:        6/13/1931
Birth Date:           1858
Spouse:               B. F.
Cemetery:             Greenhill
Obituary Source:      Smith & Sons
Source Information:   Columbia City Post 6/13/1931 page 1,  6/16/1931 page 1
Other:                Burial Masonic Cemetery

Columbia City Post
June 13, 1931
Page 1




      Mrs. Leretta Elizabeth Hull, 72, widow of B. F. Hull, died at her home here Saturday morning at 10 o'clock following an illness of four years' duration. Mrs. Hull had been bedfast for four weeks.
      Mrs. Hull was a daughter of the late Arthur and Lavina Kretzer Ruby and was born in Allen County, June 9, 1859. Her parents were natives of Ohio. Her girlhood was spent in Allen county where she later taught school for three years.
      Upon March 24, 1881, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Franklin Hull of Union township, Whitley county. She and her husband resided in Union township after their marriage until Mr. Hull was elected sheriff of Whitley county in 1896. During his term of office they lived in Columbia City and afterwards Mr. Hull acquired ownership of the monumental works here. He passed away on December 25, 1917.
      Mrs. Hull is survived by three sons, Hulbert and Clyde Hull of Indianapolis and Frank Hull of this city; two daughters Mrs. Arrie Hayes, Columbia City, and Mrs. John Kaufman of Union township, seven grandchildren; and three brothers, A. C. Ruby and Frank Ruby of Fort Wayne and William Ruby of Toledo, Ohio. Four children preceded their mother in death, Ada who died in 1905, Arthur who passed away in 1909 Mrs. Mary Bridge whose death occurred in 1929 and E. Wayne who died in 1930.
     Early in Life Mrs. Hull united with the Methodist Episcopal church then later transferred her membership to the Christian church to which her husband belonged. In 1905 she became a member of Grace Lutheran church here. She was active in the work of the congregation and was numbered amount the most faithful of the church's communicants.
      Mrs. Hull was a member of the Women's Relief Corps, the Pythian Sisters, and the W.B.A. Her friends were countless and her devotion to her family, neighbors and friends will long be remembered. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family in its bereavement.
      The body has been removed to the Smith Funeral Home but will be returned to the resident at 206 South Line street Saturday evening where friends may call. Funeral services will be held at the home Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. W. E. Bradley of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be made in Greenhill cemetery


Columbia City Post
June 16, 1931
Page 1

Hull Funeral Is
Held Monday at
Residence Here


      Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the residence on South Line Street for Mrs. Leretta Hull, widow of B. F. Hull. The Rev. W. E. Bradley of Grace Lutheran church conducted the services. Music at the funeral was furnished by Mrs. Walter Meyers and Mrs. B. F. McNear who were accompanied by Miss Ruby Herriman.
      The pall bearers were: Grover Brown, John Raupfer, Lee Baker, John Keiser, Charles Doriot, and Elmer Net. The flower bearers included Mesdames Alice Palmer, Harry Gelvin, C. J. Braddock, Lee Baker, Fred Shaw, Elmer Nei, Fred Schneider, and Charles Doriot.
      Those who came from out-of-town to attend the rites were: Hulbert Hull, and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pumphrey of Indianapolis; Charles Hull of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. William Ruby and Mrs. Rogers of Cromwell; Mr. and Mrs. William Ruby of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ruby, Mr. and Mrs Frank Ruby and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. Cal Hayes, Miss Effie Hayes, Clyde Hayes, All of Fort Wayne; Mr. and Mrs. Nichols Vandewater and Mrs. Louise Hoban of Huntington; and Mr. and Mrs. James Butt of Arcola. Interment was made in Greenhill cemetery.

Marriage Application Abstracts

1-148  Groom John Walter Kaufman Color White Born Thorncreek Twp
       Date 10 Jun 1880 Residence Union Twp Whitley Occupation Farming 
       Other Support — Kin no Father J S Kaufman Color White Born Holmes
       Co OH Occupation Farming Residence Union Twp Mother Florence Snyder
       Color White Occupation Housekeeping Birthplace Holmes Co OH Residence
       dead Inmate no Support — First Marriage yes How Often — Dissolved — 
       How — When — Disease no Unsound no Witness Leretta Hull 
       Dated 14 Mar 1906.

       Bride Laura Belle Hull Color White Born Union Twp Whitley Co Date 
       29 Jan 1885 Residence Columbia City IN Occupation Housekeeping 
       Father Franklin Hull Color White Born Union Twp Whitley Co Father's 
       Occupation Marble Dealer Residence Columbia city Mother Leretta Ruby 
       Color White Occupation Teaching Her birthplace Lake Twp Allen Co IN 
       Residence Columbia City Inmate no First Marriage yes How Often — 
       Dissolved — How — When — Disease no Unsound no Witness Leretta Hull 
       Dated 14 Mar 1906 
       For License see Marriage Record Volume 7 Page 184 

Subject:  [BRIGHTBILL-L] Brechbuhl (Brightbill,Brackbill, Brechbiel etc.)name  
Date:  Sat, 6 Feb 1999 21:17:43 EST  

Information on the name Brechbuhl (German u has a/an " over it) was found at
the Eastern Mennonite College Library, Harrisonburg, VA about five years ago.
There were 11 pages containing information which apparently were from "The
History of the Brackbill Family" but no compiler was indicated, nor was there
a date included. In the genealogy section of the library there were manila
file folders with different family names-the following information was filed
in the Brightbill/Brackbill/Brechbill etc. folder. It is copied word for word.

BRECHBUHL   The name Brechbuhl is an old German word and the name was given to a brow
of a hill in the parish of Eriswyl in the  Emmenthal district,  Canton of Berne,
Switzerland. The name probably means "broken hill", inasmuch as "brech"
probably comes from the German word "brechen", meaning to break, and "Buhl", a
brow of a hill. Hence the name Brechbuhl was given to the people or clan that
dwelt on the brow of the hill. The name Brackbill is a corruption and not a
proper rendering of the German name Brechbuhl.
    The first reference to the name Brechbuhl is found in  Van Bright's
"Martyr's Mirror" and Earnest Muller(Kuller?)'s "History of the Bernese
Anabaptists" or Memmonites.
    The first of the name to come to Pennsylvania was Benedictus Brechbuhl,
who joined the Pequea colony in 1717. He was followed later by several others
of the name who however did not settle in the Pequea valley but went to
Lebanon County & took the name of Brightbill; others of the name went to
Franklin County where they are known as Brechbill.
Taken from notes of H.M. Hoover

(Mr. Hoover was of the opinion that Brechbuhl meant "bright hill", since he
felt that "brecht" in German is a cognative of the word "bright". Other
sources disagree with him, and the German dictionary supports the meaning of
"broken". I have taken the liberty of correcting him in the above selection.)
Source: Pages 1 & 7 from some miscellaneous papers titled, "The History of the
Brackbill Family", no compiler indicated, no date. 29 leaves.
End of Page 1(copied verbatim)

The remaining pages from the file at Eastern Mennonite College contain
information on Benedict Brechbuhl-including letters that he was to have
written. Will include those at another time if there is enough interest in

At this time we think that this Benedict was the grandfather of Christian who
immigrated here in 1738 (& probably others) but we have not proved that as

Ruth McQuesten

OHS Resources
Searchable Databases
Birth & Death Records
1913-1927, and 1933-1937

This database indexes Death Certificates of persons that died in Ohio in
the above years, useful for determining date of death and certificate
number. Using the index information, a researcher can later obtain a copy
of the certificate itself, which holds further information. 

Name                  County     Death Date      Vol - Certificate
Kratzer, Alberti G    Warren      7/24/1914     1424 - 42059 
Kratzer, charley W.   Putnam      6/09/1914     1400 - 36012 
Kratzer, Elias        Medina      6/07/1915     1675 - 34930 
Kratzer, Henry        Brown      12/05/1913     1233 - 67473 
Kratzer, Hettie       Hamilton   10/29/1914     1478 - 55667 
Kratzer, Jacob F      Putnam     11/03/1917     2430 - 73317 
Kratzer, John         Wayne       3/12/1916     1908 - 22081
Kratzer, John         Wayne       9/02/1914     1468 - 53015
Kratzer, Leland W     Wayne       4/26/1917     2256 - 29829
Kratzer, Lewis C      Scioto     12/01/1917     2458 - 80361
Kratzer, Melindi      Brown       2/17/1917     2385 - 62040
Kratzer, Phillip W    Athens      7/18/1917     2311 - 43567
Kratzer, Richard L    Putnam      9/21/1914     1489 - 58274
Kratzer, Robert M     Adams       3/09/1916     1880 - 15194

Article to check out:

Lucas-Berry-Drum-Kratzer Bible, 1808-1958
On the Trail Volume: 6 Number: 1 (January 1983)
Issues Per Year: 4x Notes: annual index/abstracts 977.101B81ne
ACPL Holdings: v.1-  1977- Allen County Public Library 
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton Co. Family History Library
Publisher: Brown County Genealogical Society: POB 83, Georgetown, OH 45121

1880 Census of Indiana
Duck Creek, Madison, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0293 Page 51D John KRATZER Self M M W 22 OH Farmer OH OH Ellen KRATZER Wife F M W 21 OH Keeping House OH OH Harry KRATZER Son M S W 10M OH OH OH James KRATZER Brother M S W 21 OH Works On Farm OH OH Rochester, Fulton, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0278 Page 66B Emaniel KRATZER Self M M W 38 OH Carpenter OH OH Martha KRATZER Wife F M W 48 VA Milliner VA VA George KRATZER SSon M S W 16 IN Cigar Maker OH VA Sugar Creek, Hancock, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0282 Page 145A William VERNON Self M M W 27 IN Farmer IN NC Dora VERNON Wife F M W 23 IN Keeping House IN IN Roda VERNON Dau F S W 3 IN IN IN Merta VERNON Dau F S W 2 IN IN IN Jacob KRATZER Other M S W 21 IN Laborer IN IN Moral, Shelby, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0310 Page 148C Vanrausler LAW Self M M W 27 IN Farming OH IN Eliza LAW Wife F M W 26 IN Keeping House IN IN Martha V. LAW Dau F S W 10M IN IN IN Emeline KRATZER SisterL F S W 16 IN IN IN 7th Ward, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0295 Page 232D Mary M. SLAUTER Self F W W 39 IN Housekeeper VA VA Fannie SLAUTER Dau F S W 14 IN At School IN IN Henry SLAUTER Son M S W 12 IN At School IN IN Morton O. SLAUTER Son M S W 10 MO At School IN IN Frances KRATZER Mother F W W 73 PA Boarder PA PA Steuben, Steuben, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0312 Page 300A Solomon KRATZER Self M M W 36 OH Farm Labor PA PA Syntha KRATZER Wife F M W 35 NY Keeping House VT VT Cora KRATZER Dau F S W 10 IN At School OH NY Ivy KRATZER Dau F S W 2 IN OH NY Steuben, Steuben, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0312 Page 304B Joseph KRATZER Self M M W 35 OH Farmer PA OH Maggie KRATZER Wife F M W 28 OH Keeping House SWITZ SWITZ Ada KRATZER Dau F S W 9 IN At School OH OH Susie KRATZER Dau F S W 6 --- --- --- Cassie KRATZER Dau F S W 3 IN OH OH Steuben, Steuben, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0312 Page 304B Isaac KRATZER Self M M W 61 PA Farmer PA PA Susan Anna KRATZER Wife F M W 61 OH Keeping House PA PA Martha KRATZER Dau F S W 28 IN At Home PA OH Philena KRATZER Dau F S W 21 IN At Home PA OH John SMALLY Other M S W 12 MO Works On Farm OH OH Kendallville, Noble, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0301 Page 327D Gustave SPRANDEL Self M M W 38 WERTEMBURG Cabinet Maker WERTEMBURG WERTEMBURG Amelia SPRANDEL Wife F M W 31 IN Keeping House BAYERN WERTEMBURG Paul SPRANDEL Son M S W 8 IN WERTEMBURG IN Gustave SPRANDEL Son M S W 6 IN WERTEMBURG IN George SPRANDEL Son M S W 4 IN WERTEMBURG IN Sophia SPRANDEL Dau F S W 2 IN WERTEMBURG IN Julius KRATZER BroL M S W 18 IN Apprentice To Baker BAYERN WERTEMBURG Angola, Steuben, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0312 Page 337D Emanuel KRATZER Self M M W 40 OH Day Laborer PA PA Lucinda KRATZER Wife F M W 33 IN Seamstress VT NY Berton KRATZER Son M S W 9 IN At School OH IN Earnest KRATZER Son M S W 3 IN OH IN Sarah FOSNAUGHT Other F S W 22 IN Dom. Servant PA PA Perry, Tippecanoe, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0314 Page 436C Manford PAUL Self M M W 39 PA House Carpenter PA PA Amanda PAUL Wife F M W 32 PA PA PA Luellen KRATZER Other M S W 22 PA Laborer PA PA Pharen GRACELY Other M S W 27 PA Laborer PA PA 1st Ward, Peru, Miami, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0298 Page 533B John C. KRATZER Self M M W 47 SWITZ Jeweler GER GER Byron KRATZER Son M S W 20 IN SWITZ OH Lela KRATZER Dau F S W 7 IN SWITZ OH Anna MORRIS Other F W 48 IN Housekeeper --- --- Wm. MOORE Other M S W 23 IN Jeweler --- --- District 121, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0265 Page 591C John CRATZER Self M M W 41 PA Laborer PA PA Henryetta CRATZER Wife F M W 41 PA Keep House PA PA Florence CRATZER Dau F S W 13 IN School PA PA Leone CRATZER Dau F S W 10 IN School PA PA

History of Richland Co Ohio, 1880 P 918-919:

CUNNINGHAM, JAMES CAPT., deceased ; he was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1780, and in 1786 emigrated with his parents to Westmoreland Co., Penn., and afterward to Monongalia Co., Va., where his father died ; in 1803, he eloped with Hannah Stateler, to Pennsylvania, where they were married; returning home, they received the forgiveness and blessing of their parents; in 1804, in company with his wife's parents, they removed, to the vicinity of the Black Hand, Licking Co., Ohio; in the autumn of 1805 his wife died, leaving one child, that child is Mrs. Elizabeth Baughman; she now resides with her children in Mansfield. In 1808, Capt. Cunningham was married to Margaret Myers, and in May, 1809, came to Richland Co., and located on the Black Fork of the Mohican, near Perryville, where he put out a crop of corn ; then went back, brought out his wife, and put her down the woods, alongside a camp-fire, and commenced to build a log shanty over her head. which he completed in three days, with the assistance of three men ; later in the season, he removed into the only log cabin then standing in Mansfield, which had been built a few months previously, by one Samuel Martin; the cabin stood on the lot known as the Sturges corner, now ornamented by the handsome three-story brick building of H. H. Sturges. He removed there to board Gen. Mansfield's surveying party, and to "keep tavern," to entertain persons who came here to purchase Virginia military school lands, which were then offered for sale. His wife at first objected to the project of removing to Mansfield to keep boarders ; provisions were scarce, and hard to obtain, and she expected in a few months to become a mother; her consent was finally given, and the captain shelled a few bushels of corn, packed the grist on two horses to mill at Clinton, Knox Co.; the next day, he returned home with the meal, and the day following removed to the cabin above mentioned, where, on the 23d of August, 1809, his wife gave birth to a daughter (Matilda) who was afterward married to William Perry. In the spring of 1810, they removed from Mansfield to the Clear Fork Valley, near St. John's Church, where he rented a patch of cleared land and put out a crop of corn. The next year, he removed to the Black Fork, a mile south of Greentown, where he remained until after the murder of the Zimmer family. At the commencement of the war of 1812, he began raising a company of volunteers ; he called the settlers together at his house, and after stating to them the condition of the country, succeeded in raising a company of men for active duty, the remainder being left to guard the settlement from the incursions of marauding savage. ; he marched his men to Mansfield, and camped on the public square, where they remained far a few days, and were joined by other volunteers, and then marched to Detroit. At the end of the war, he entered a farm in Worthington Township; cleared, improved, and then sold it, with the intention of removing to Missouri; but, reconsidering the matter, he purchased the farm adjoining his former home, where he resided until his death, which occurred in August, 1870. Capt. Cunningham cut the first crop of grain ever harvested in Richland Co.; he was active and energetic, taking a leading part in public affairs, and was the first acting Sheriff of the county -, he was an excellent marksman, and often tried his skill upon the different wild animals which then infested the forests. During the time of his captaincy, Mr. Cunningham attended an officers' muster at Berkshire, Delaware Co., Ohio; just as the company was about to break up, three suspicious-looking soldiers made their appearance on the parade ground; they were immediately arrested as deserters, and subjected to a critical examination, separately ; they each protested their innocence, and declared that they had been out on duty as a fatigue party under Col. Root, and on hearing that Hull had surrendered his army, they had determined to make good their escape, which they did; and in order to approve what they affirmed, they told the examining officers that Col. Root was now at home, a distance of about nine miles from Berkshire ; Col. Kratzer then called around him


his officers, told them the story of the soldiers, whose intelligence concerning Hull's surrender made them almost frenzied with anxiety, and asked the services of some one to carry a message from him to Col. Root; but one would comply; at this time, Elm Creek, near whose banks the officers were parading, had swollen from recent heavy rains; the waters had overflowed the banks, and covered the bottoms on either side; it was necessary to cross the stream to go to the residence of Col. Root; again Kratzer called upon his officers ; "Who," said he, "will cross that creek, and bear a message to Col. Root?" A moment's pause waited their reply, when several voices almost simultaneously responded, "I will." About six or eight immediately mounted their horses and plunged into the rolling flood. Timber and rubbish were floating down the stream, offering dangerous obstacles. The company had not proceeded far until they retreated, declaring that no man could cross that stream in safety. "Yes, there is," said Capt. Cunningham, and snatching the message from the hands of the officer, he mounted his charger and plunged into the flood. He gained the opposite shore, however, in safety, and proceeded nine miles through s dense wilderness to the residence of Col. Root. The Colonel verified the statement of the soldiers, and dispatched forthwith an answer to Col. Kratzer, requesting him to dismiss the prisoners. On receiving this, Capt. Cunningham retraced his steps to the banks of the stream, which he re-crossed the next morning and arrived safely in camp, amid the cheers and congratulations of Kratzer and his officers.

History of the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio History, GAR page 239:
* Kratzer, J. W., Sergeant, co. C, 169th O. V. I.

THE HISTORY OF MARION COUNTY, OHIO 1883 - By Leggett, Conaway & Co.

WILLIAM WOLFINGER (Green Camp Township) was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, October 8, 1836, He is the son of Jacob F. and Gertrude (Pfifer) Wolfinger, who were natives of Wuerttemberg, Germany, and leaving the "Fatherland," settled upon ninety-six acres of timber land in Richland Township, this county, paying $4.44 per acre. He succeeded in clearing this and also in raising seven children.-Jobn V., William J., Eliza, Catherine, Adam F., Caroline and Elias; Lena and Samuel are deceased. Both parents have passed away, the father January 2, 1879. The subject of this sketch is a prominent farmer, devoting considerable attention to fine stock. His farm is located four miles west of Green Camp Village, kept in an exemplary manner. September 1, 1865, he married Louisa, daughter of Jacob F. and Margaret R. Kratzer, the latter having eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfinger have five daughters-Maggie, Eliza, Alice, Sarah and Dora-aged sixteen, fourteen, eighteen, eleven and three years respectively. Mr. Wolfinger is a representative citizen, a Democrat in politics; was elected Assessor in 1878, and Land Appraiser in 1880. Himself and wife are members of the Lutheran Church.


WILLIAM SHERMAN RUTH, who is engaged in general farming and stock-raising on his well-developed farm of 80 1/4 acres, located in Green Camp township, was born January 26, 1866, in this township, and is a son of John G. and Emma (Baseler) Ruth, a full sketch, of whom appears elsewhere in this work.

William S. Ruth was reared, educated and has lived all his life in Green Camp township. He has always followed farming. He raises considerable stock, principally cattle and hogs, and is recognized as one of the township's most substantial and enterprising farmers. About one month after his marriage, Mr. Ruth purchased and moved to his present farm, which is located on the Guthery and Imbody turnpike, three and a half miles southeast of Agosta and five miles northwest of Green Camp. Mrs. Ruth owns a tract of 10 acres adjoining this land. Mr. Ruth has made a great many, improvements on the farm and has erected a commodious residence.

Mr. Ruth was married March 9, 1893, to Eliza Wolfinger, a daughter of William and Louisa (Kratzer) Wolfinger, and to this union has been born one son, John W., December 14, 1894.

Mr. Ruth is a member of the School Board, in which capacity he has served for about four years, his present term expiring in the fall of 1908. In 1899 Mr. Ruth was elected land appraiser of Green Camp township. Religiously he is connected with the German Reformed Church.


Peter Kratzer. w. 1/2 s. e. 1/4 and e. 1/2 s. w. 1/4 sec. 28, June 13, 1832.



COURT OF QUARTER SESSIONS.---The first judicial authority of Fair-
field county was that of the Court of "Quarter Sessions," first organized
in January, 1801, with Emanuel Carpenter, senior, as presiding Justice
Nathaniel Wilson, senior, David Vanmeter, and Samuel Carpenter,
     The session was first held in a log school-house.  A sheriff, by the
name of Samuel Kratzer, was appointed, and sworn by the bench. A
jury was also impanneled and sworn, called a "jury of inquest," and
composed of the following named persons; James Converse, Abraham
Wather, Jeremiah Conaway, Arthur Teal. Conrad Fetter, Robert 
McMurty, Samuel Coats, Abraham Funk, Thomas Cissina, Amasa Del-
anoe, John McMullen, Edward Teal, David Reese, and Barnabus Golden;
no indictments were found, and the jury were discharged.
     Two attorneys were sworn, William Creighton and Alexander White.
     Three county commissioners were appointed, Nathaniel Wilson, jr.,
Jacob Vanmeter, and James Denny.
     In the proceedings of the Quarter Session the following record 


* HURD, HON. ROLLIN C. Mr. Hurd was born at West Arlington, Bennington county, Vermont, on the twelfth day of September, 1815. Asahel Hurd, his father, was a well-doing farmer; prominent as an influential citizen, who at one period of his life represented his town in the legislature, and to whom was also committed other public trusts.

In the days of his early boyhood, young Rollin's time was divided between the common school and giving assistance to his father, in the usual routine of farm employment. At the age of twelve years, he was sent to a boy's boarding school, at Norwich, Connecticut, where he received the first rudiments of an academic education.

* From the Mt. Vernon Banner, February 27, 1874.

In 1831, Professor Herman Dyer, of Kenyon college, formerly of the same county in Vermont, being on a visit to his native town, his attention was called to his neighbor's son, then at home; and through his (the professor's) advice, it was arranged that the youth should accompany the former to Gambier, the seat of Kenyon college, with the view to his education in that institution.

Under the guardianship of Professor Dyer, young Hurd accompanied him to Ohio, and at the opening of the classes in 1831, was regularly entered at the "grammar school" attached to Kenyon college, and of which the late judge Finch was then tutor. ,He subsequently entered the college proper, in the regular course for the class of 1836, but for reasons that hastened him to enter upon the active duties of life, aril solely from these private considerations, he withdrew from his college course of studies at the end of his second year, to enter the office of the late Benjamin S. Brown, in Mt. Vernon, as a student at law.

It was during his college, course that he became acquainted with Miss Mary B. Norton, daughter of the late Daniel S. Norton, a prominent citizen of Mt. Vernon, which resulted in a mutual attachment. On the fourteenth of August, 1836, they were married, and shortly afterwards commenced housekeeping in the old Kratzer house, so called, then situated where the judges' office now stands, and on the same lots on which he subsequently erected his beautiful residence, which he continued to own and occupy down to the time of his death.

Judge Hurd was admitted to the bar about the first of April, 1837, and applied himself with great zeal to the study and duties of his profession. The death of his preceptor the year following created a vacancy in the few offices that then chiefly controlled the legal business of the county, and the industry, application, and legal ability of Mr. Hurl made him prominent to the public eye, as the fitting and proper successor to fill that vacancy. He therefore immediately took position by the side of the older members of the profession then in full practice, and by faithful study and strict attention to his cases, he rapidly rose in reputation and public confidence, and soon placed himself, deservedly, in the foremost ranks of the profession.

Judge Hurd was eminent at the bar, not only for profound legal learning, but also for a quick perception of the strong points of his case, for a clear consecutive mode of thought, and a logical, comprehensive grasp of his subject, that enabled him with clear analysis to present his premises and conclusions with great effect. When to these qualities were added zeal and earnestness of manner, and a remarkable candor and fairness in the statement of facts, his power with the court and jury was always very sure to win for him all the success to which his case was entitled-sometimes, perhaps, more, than its merits deserved.

With these distinguished abilities, his practice had become wide and extended, embracing as well cases in the United States courts of the northern district, as in the State courts of many of the counties of which it is composed. He was also admitted to the bar of the supreme court of the United States, at Washington, on the ninth of January, 1863.

In 1852 he accepted the nomination of the Whig party as its candidate for judge of the court of common pleas for the judicial district, and was elected. He filled this position with great credit to himself, and with satisfaction to the bar and the people of the district, for five years.

On retiring from the bench he resumed the practice of law. It was during the latter part of his judicial term, and the first


year of his resumption of practice, that he found leisure to prepare and write his work on Habeas Corpus, now a standard work in the profession, and found in every good law library.

For the last three or four yeats of his life judge Hurd applied the great energies of his mind chiefly to the organization of the Cleveland, Mt. Vernon & Columbus railroad company, and to the success of the object of this enterprise. In this great and useful public work he became so absorbed that for the last few years he was compelled to relinguish, in a considerable degree, the duties of his legal profession. In his new role he proved himself equally successful. And by the application of the natural forces of his mind-his energy, good judgment, personal influence and administrative ability-as president of the company, he carried the road through to its completion, successfully and triumphantly, and it now stands as an important link in one of the greatest thoroughfares of our country, and a monument of his latest success. It is well said that for this act alone the citizens of Mt. Vernon, and of the entire region through which the road passes, will ever cherish his memory, and feel that his loss is a public calamity.

Judge Hurd, by his marriage with Miss Norton, who survives him, has had seven children, three of whom died in infancy, and one, the late Rollin Hurd, jr., about two years prior to his father's decease. Those who survive are Hon. Frank H. Hurd, of Toledo; Mrs. John S. Delano, now of Colorado, and Mrs. Robert Clarke, of Washington City; all of whom, with the beloved wife of his youth, as well as of his mature years, were permitted, through a kind Providence, to minister to his wants in his protracted sickness, and to be present at his bedside in his last moments.

He died at one o'clock on Thursday morning, the twelfth of February, 1874. Disease that baffled the most skilful efforts to arrest its progress, had given its warning for some months; but hope remained with its delusions. When the final summons came he sank to rest so calmly, so quietly, it was as if but gentle sleep had wrapped him in her arms.




Page 515: About 1826 - - - - Burnet divided the east half of the southwest quarter of the township into lots of one hundred acres each, and offered them for sale. Between this time and 1834 these lots were all sold. Among the first purchasers were Elijah Dowell, lot one; Joseph Evans, lot ten; Samuel Patch, lots eleven and twenty; David Jagger, lot two; John Brown, lot nine; Solomon Freeman, lot nineteen; John Redman, lot eighteen; John Wilson, lots eight and thirteen; John Dunn, lot four; Stephen Humphrey, lot fifteen. About 1830 James Parker divided the fourth, or southeast quarter of the township into thirty-four lots, and offered them for sale. Between this time and 1838 these lots were all sold. Among the first purchasers were the following: Phineas Taft, from Vermont, lot six; Thomas Larimore, from Virginia, lot fifteen; (his son Henry now owns this same lot); Gideon Hall, lots thirty-two and thirty-three, (his son is now living on lot twenty-nine); Peter Turst, lot nineteen, (his daughter, Mrs. George Neible, is now living in the township); Joseph Montonya, lot seven; Philip Rimer, lot twenty-two; Joseph Postleweight, lot twenty-three; Crisley Kratzer, lot thirty; Jacob Smith, lot twenty-nine; Lemuel Jones, lot twenty-one; Joseph Mott, lot sixteen; William Orme, lot one; Thomas Vanasdel, lot two; John Vanasdel, lot three; James Knox, lots eleven and twelve; Edward Potter, lot seventeen; Naham Butcher, lot twenty-eight. Not one of these families or their descendants are now living in the township. William Speelman purchased lot thirteen, where he now resides.


Jonathan Hunt, born in Somerset county, New Jersey, October 23, 1780, married Honor Wells, of West Virginia, and moved to Knox county, Ohio, in 1806. In company with his father, Jonathan Hunt, sr,., he located in what is now the southwest corner of Pleasant township. Being a gunsmith he was often employed to repair guns for the Indians, previous to the War of 1812. Mr. Hunt was present at Mt Vernon on the twenty-eighth of March, 1808, when the commissioners appointed to locate the seat of justice for Knox county arrived, and volunteered to work on that memorable occasion. His name appears on the panel of the


first grand jury for Knox county, May 2, 1808, and at an election held in Sychamore township, September 13, 1815, he was elected trustee. During the War of 1812 he served under Major Kratzer, and was a part of the time employed in repairing guns, for which he received one dollar per day extra pay. License was granted to him to keep tavern in 1815. Hunt's Station perpetuates his memory.



WAR OF 1812.

THE difficulties which led to the war of 1812 need not be repeated here. Early in the spring of that year it was evident to President Madison and the whole country that a war must ensue and more than two months before the declaration of war, the great State of Ohio was preparing for it. The command of Gen. Hull rendezvoused at Dayton in April and while on their march northward war was declared on the 18th of June. The army was at the time passing through the Auglaize region.

Mansfield, a little hamlet in the wilderness, was at that time on the extreme frontier border. There were few if any, settlers north or west of it. The line of the new settlements then extended through Canton. Stark County, and Wooster., Wayne County, to Greentown and Mansfield, the latter being the extreme outpost-located in the midst of savage tribes that had always been the friends and allies of the British and which it was reasonable to believe, would again join the British standard. Hence the uneasy feeling, the thrill of fear that ran through this region, when war was declared. Hitherto. for many years, the Indians had been peaceable and friendly. therefore the settlers had not thought it necessary to construct block-houses for defense, and, at the time war was declared no block-houses were in existence on this extreme frontier line, where they were most needed. It was not until the surrender of Hull, August 16, 1812, that the pioneers began the erection of block-houses. Hitherto, the people had confidence in this army, feeling it would stand between them and their savage enemies, and the surrender came like n clap of thunder from a clear sky. Meanwhile, the militia of the State had been gathering in every direction.; the Governor. Return J. Meigs, and other officers, were working hard to get the army into fighting trim and get forward supplies. Upon the news of Hull's surrender, all the militia in the State were moved forward to the frontier line. Col. Samuel Kratzer, stationed with his regiment at Mount Vernon, was ordered to move forward to Mansfield. A company of men from Coshocton, under Capt. Williams, had preceded him and erected a block-house on the public square; another block-house was erected at the same time on the square by Capt Shaffer, of Fairfield County. These block houses sprang up as if by magic all along the frontier line. One was erected on the Rocky Fork, three miles below Mansfield, at Beam's Mill : another by Samuel Lewis on Clear Fork another by James London Priest on Lake Fork At the same time, or a little before, block houses had been erected at Fredericktown and


at Clinton, Knox County; also at Bellville, and one (according to the recollection of Dr. Bushnell) east of Lucas, on the Rocky Fork, near the eastern line of Monroe Township , Thomas Coulter's cabin near Perrysville, was converted into a block-house : there was a block-house at Wooster, then a small village, and Capt. Murray of Gen. Beall's army, was sent to Jeromeville. where he erected a block-house for the protection of the settlers along the Lake and Jerome Forks. Many families. not near enough to get into these block-houses. or preferring to remain nearer their homes, collected together and fortified the strongest of their cabins. There was a good deal of fear and confusion along the frontier. the settlers fearing that the Indian hordes of Tecumseh would soon be upon them. However, in a few days after the cowardly surrender of Hull, the frontier line was fairly protected. On the west end, at Upper Sandusky was Gen. Harrison, awaiting supplies and re-enforcements; at Mansfield was Col. Kratzer with several companies of militia and two good block-houses ; at Wooster. Gen. Beall was collecting an army, and between Wooster and Mansfield the different block-houses were rapidly garrisoned by the troops of Beall or Kratzer. The line was very quickly complete, though weak in places. Roads had been cut between these points so that any part of this line could be speedily re-enforced. This was the condition of things in September. 1812.




JACOB CAREY, whose fine farm of 238 acres is situated on the Mount Olive and Agosta turnpike, in Green Camp township, about four miles west of the village of Green Camp and a half mile north of Mount Olive Church, is one of the representative agriculturists of this section. Mr. Carey was born in Green Camp township, Marion County, Ohio, July 30, 1865, and is a son of William Albert and Mary (Cooper) Carey.

William Russell Carey, the grandfather of Jacob Carey, was a native of Delaware, who came to Marion County in young manhood and settled in Montgomery township. There William Albert Carey was born and attended school and followed farming until his marriage to Mary Cooper, a daughter of Jacob Cooper, a native of Germany. Mrs. Carey was born in Green Cam township and still resides here, being one of the highly respected and much esteemed residents of this section. The death of William Albert Carey occurred January 5, 1897, aged 59 years. His children were as follows: Laura, who is the widow of David Weston; Alice, who married John Imbody; Jennie, who married William Scott; John; Jacob; Norris; Anna, who married Albert Ruth; Della, who married Samuel Schwaderer; Bert; and Lucy, who is the wife of William Uncapher.

Jacob Carey was reared and educated in Green Camp township, to which his parents moved from Big Island township, soon after their marriage. He has always devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. For some eight years following his marriage, he lived on the old Wolfinger farm and then purchased his present property. His land is in three tracts one of 50 acres on which he lives and where he has made many improvements, one of 178 acres, which is situated a quarter of a mile west of his home and a 10-acre timber tract two and a half miles northeast of the home place. He carries on general farming and raises many cattle, hogs and horses, prospering as the result of industry and good management.

On March 31, 1891, Mr. Carey was married to Margaret C. Wolfinger, a daughter of William and Louisa (Kratzer) Wolfinger. William Wolfinger was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, October 8, 1839, and died April 29, 1906. He was a son of Jacob Frederic and Regina (Peiffer) Wolfinger, who moved to Marion county and settled in Richland township, when William was two years of age. The latter became a man of wealth and prominence in Richland township and among other offices held those of land appraiser and assessor. In 1866 he married Louisa Kratzer, whose parents were old settlers of Fairfield County. For four years after their marriage. William Wolfinger and wife lived in Auglaize County and then returned to Marion County, living for five years in Marion township, and then settling in Green Camp township, where he acquired 300 acres of land. Mrs. Carey was the eldest born of seven children.

Mr. and Mrs. Carey have had five children, namely: Irwin W.; Fred, who died aged two and a half years; Thoburn R.; Paul, who died aged three months; and Edwin J. Mr. and Mrs. Carey are members of the Mount Olive Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Carey is a trustee. Although he has never been very active in politics, Mr. Carey has always been interested in good government and the advancement of school privileges and has been a member of the township School Board for some time.

404. Balthsara KRATZER was born about 1600 in Oberenhausen, Neuenburg, Schwarzwaldkreis, Wuerttemberg.. Balthsara KRATZER had the following children:

202 i. Martin KRAZER.


84. Balthsara KRATZER was born about 1600 in Oberenhausen, Neuenburg, Schwarzwaldkreis, Wuerttemberg. He was married. Balthsara KRATZER had the following children:

42 i. Martin KRAZER.


SMITH, JAMES, deceased. There were none of the earlier settlers of Mt. Vernon more generally known, or more prominently connected with every good work tending to promote the interests of the pioneers of Knox county, than the person whose name heads this article. Mr. Smith was born March 6, 1779, at the family homestead near Harrisburgh, Rockingham county, Virginia. His father died during the minority of James, leaving him, the youngest of a large family, to the care of his widowed mother, by whom he was educated. At the decease of his mother, in the distribution and settlement of his father's estate, he inherited eight negro slaves. He married Miss Rebecca Emmett, daughter of Rev. John Emmett, then of Staunton, Virginia.

Impressed with the truth and justice of the declaration "that all men are created equal, and entitled to the enjoyment of personal liberty," he emancipated alt his slaves, and with his wife and child, Jane, who afterwards married Colonel Charles Sager; he removed to Ohio. Arriving in Knox county in 1806, he first settled on the Haines farm, one and one-half miles south of Mt. Vernon.

The journey from Virginia to Ohio was no easy matter, as it had to be made on pack-horses, through an unsettled region, without suitable roads or stopping places. It was a tiresome and fatiguing journey for his young wife and infant child. When he reached Knox county he had expended all his money but fifty cents.

He soon removed to the new town of Mt. Vernon. With a disposition to engage in any honest employment, he was reasonably prosperous; a member of the Christian church, and a local preacher of that denomination, be preached without pay or salary, and his house, for many years, was the stopping place of the ministers of that and other denominations, and especially of the early settlers in other pans of the county visiting Mt. Vernon.

When the county was organized and courts established, Mr. Smith was appointed clerk of the supreme court and court of common pleas, a position he filled to the satisfaction of the judges for a quarter of a century.

A season of great financial embarrassment induced the business men of Knox county, as well as of Licking, Richland and other localities, to engage in banking as a means of relief, and the result was the establishment of banks of issue at this and other localities in advance of legislation, expressly authorizing the issue of paper money. Mr. Smith, Robert Giffin, John Hawn, jr., Samuel Kratzer, and others, organized "The Owl Creek bank," of Mt. Vernon, and were induced to loan upon the notes of solvent persons, a large amount of the money issued by the bank, relying upon the payment of these notes, in addition to the capital paid in for their redemption. The makers of these notes combined, and were able to defeat the expected legislation, and refused to pay their notes; the bank, not having been legally incorporated, could not enforce the collection. The bank bills thus loaned were put in circulation by these borrowers, and the bank stockholders compelled to redeem them; this, by reason of the non-payment of the notes thus given, they were unable to do in full.

Mr. Smith, and the other stockholders, were compelled to redeem those outstanding bank notes, not being able to legally enforce collection of the notes received, and upon the faith of which they were issued. The last payment on the part of Mr. Smith, to redeem those bank bills, required the application of the entire proceeds of the sale of his farm, situated on the Martinsburgh road, near Mt. Vernon. The old case of Luke Walpole vs. Robert Giffin and others, finally closed up this unfortunate banking venture, and virtually ruined most of its stockholders, men who never realized a cent of profit out of it. Allusion is made to this matter in justice to all the parties interested, as the facts have not been fully understood by those who refer to the old Owl Creek bank in terms not complimentary to its originators.

Mr. Smith continued to reside in and near Mt. Vernon until the year 1838, when he removed to Madison county, Ohio, where he died in 1841, in the sixty-second year of his age. His death was occasioned by injuries received in being thrown from his horse. His remains were removed to Mt. Vernon, where they rest near those of his wife, who died of cholera in 1832.

All the children of Mr. Smith, except Jane, were born in Mt. Vernon-three girls and three boys. The daughters are all dead save Airs. Adaline Davis, who still resides in Ohio. The sons, Benjamin, James, jr., and Vispacian, are all citizens of Minnesota, where they have resided since 1856. The desire to "go west," which induced the father to leave Virginia, appears to have, fifty years afterwards, possessed the sons. Whilst they are reasonably prosperous and attached to their homes in Minnesota, they note with pride and pleasure the growth and prosperity of their native town of Mt. Vernon.

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BANNING, ANTHONY, deceased.-Among the old settlers whose names have figured conspicuously in the history of Knox county, was Anthony Banning. Connected with the business, the growth and prosperity of the county at every period of its history after the first, and concerned as he was in various industrial pursuits, in commercial operations, in temperance movements, in church affairs, in political actions; as his name has been widely known in legal history, his memory is worthy of more than a passing notice.

"Judge" Banning as he was called more frequently than Parson," notwithstanding his monument states that he was a Methodist preacher sixty years, was born in Talbot county, Maryland, May 13, 1768, and was the only son of James Banning, a proprietor of much consideration and influence, who had but two children-the son, James Mansfield Anthony Banning, and a daughter who married Benjamin Chew, of Philadelphia, chief justice of the State of Pennsylvania, a lawyer of much distinction and a man of great wealth, who was a bosom friend of Washington, and whose family were his most intimate associates.

His parents died when he was very young, and he was consigned to the care of an uncle, Henry Banning, a bachelor, who was a sea-captain and took Anthony with him several voyages The family were members of the Episcopal church, but in his fourteenth year Anthony joined the Methodists. When about eighteen he went to preaching as a circuit rider in Greenbrier, Virginia, and the wilderness mountain region. In consequence of the great length of his name, and its inconvenience in writing, he dropped a portion of it in early youth.

July 30, 1791, he married Mrs. Sarah Pierce, daughter of one of the first settlers on Redstone, near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, who was also a native of the eastern shore of Maryland, and had been reared near Ellicott's Mills. The children by this marriage were Sarah, wife of Daniel S. Norton; Jacob M., who died in 1835, and whose widow and children reside in Hardin county; Rachel, wife of Rev. Elnathan Raymond; James S.; Mrs. Mary Caswell; Elizabeth, Mrs. Bronson; Priscilla; and Anthony.

Priscilla Banning was born May 1, 1807, and on November 2, 1875, married Sewall Gray, of Massachusetts, who was born April 9, 1806, and died of paralysis, at Mount Vernon in May, 1862, without issue.


After his marriage Mr. Banning settled in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and resided for several years near Mount Braddock and Connellsville, where he preached the Gospel, having been ordained by Bishop Asbury in 1791, carried on a tanyard, kept store, officiated as justice of the peace, from 1791 until 1799, traded in stock of every description and navigated the western waters.

He made several trips up the Muskingum with goods and wares from 1808 till he moved out in 1812. After he bad bought lands in the county he traded a lot of iron, leather and saddlery to Samuel Kratzer, esq., for the principal part of his interest in the town of Mt. Vernon, and then took up his residence here. During his long abode he was engaged, as elsewhere, in a diversity of pursuits; and by reason of his remarkable energy, industry, prudence and business tact, prospered in all, and enjoyed to a very great extent the confidence of the people. He was for the greater part of his life concerned in merchandizing at Mt. Vernon, Tymochtee and Danville--carrying on his mills at Clinton and his tanyard, farming extensively and preaching.

His name is found as president of the first Clay meeting ever held in this county; he was all his life an ardent admirer and friend of that great statesman and patriot. In principle, politically, he was a Whig religiously, a Methodist-strictly moral and temperate in all the relations of life a good example.

He was honest and conscientious-liberal and kind hearteddetermined and resolute-never disguised his sentiments or harbored unkind thoughts; was not a fanatic in temperance, morals, politics or religion; but by his well balanced mind and daily walk exerted a great influence for good.

Among other public positions held by him was that of commissioner to select the premanent seat of justice of Clermont county, under an act of the general assembly, January 25, 1823, associated with John C. Wright, then of Jefferson, and James Clark, of Stark. He served as one of the associate judges of this county from 1827 to 1834.

In every public enterprise and work calculated to benefit the town, county and people he was active, liberal and useful. Among the many incidents of his life the following most clearly shows the liberality of his mind: In 1836 he set about erecting a church near his residence, and upon his own land. The neat brick edifice had been inclosed and about completed, when the Right Rev. Bishop Purcel visited Mt. Vernon for the first time, and there being no Catholic church the followers of that denomination, of whom there were but two or three families then in the place, to wit: David Morton's, William Brophy's and Timothy Colopy's requested the use of one of the churches for the bishop to hold service in on the forenoon of a certain Sunday. The favor was denied. An effort was then made to procure the use of the court-house, and that, too, was refused.

The writer, then a small boy, having heard the circumstances on his way home, stopped in at judge Banning's and stated what had occurred, when he at once buttoned up his vest and coat, took his cane, went up to David Morton's, where the bishop was staying, and tendered the use of the Banning chapel for Catholic service. The offer was most gratefully and graciously accepted, and the first Catholic discourse ever delivered in this town was pronunced at the Banning chapel. This, in the eyes of many bigoted and intolerant minds, was a very great sin; but the religion of grandfather Banning was of that catholic spirit which enabled him to do acts of kindness and pour out heart offerings as becometh a true Christian.

In the month of February, 1844, judge Banning was drowned in the dam of the Clinton Mill company, while attempting to cross upon the ice to his farm. His body was soon recovered and great efforts made to resuscitate it, but in vain. The bold spirit that left its impress on this world had gone to explore the mysteries of another. He was in the seventy-sixth year of his age, and remarkably vigorous in mind and body.


                      NAME  Wolfinger, Dora 
                      NAME  Coffey, Richard J.
                BIRTH DATE  1/1/1880 
                 RESIDENCE  Green Camp
                BIRTHPLACE  Marion Co.
                OCCUPATION  Housework 
                    FATHER  Wolfinger, William 
                    MOTHER  Kratzer, Louise 
MARRIAGE DATE & OFFICIATOR  10/16/1901 by Rev. E. J. Webster
                         LEHIGH CO. PENNA. 1750-1764
 Nov. 12, 1752
KRATZER, George Friderich and Anna Maria DORSTLINGER
Fridrich Drostlinger's daughter(NAME SPELLED TWO DIFFERENT WAYS)

July 31, 1758
KRATZER, Anna Margretha, Friderick Kratzer's daughter, buried, aged
1 year 7 mos and 3 weeks

                        COMMUNICANT MEMBERS, MAY, 1750
MEISCH, Stephen, servant at Kratzers, wf. Esophronica
                       Records of Egypt Reformed Church
                         Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
             From Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 6
KRATZER, Magdalena, dr. Daniel KRATZER and w. Anna Maria; b. Nov. 30; bap.
Dec. 26; sp. G. Adam BLANK and w. Magdalena.

MAYER, Thomas, s. Jacob MAYER and w. Christina; b. Nov. 19, 1804; bap. Jan.
26; sp. Andreas KRATZER and w. Magdalena.

KRATZER, Peter, s. Andreas KRATZER and w. Magdalena; b. Mar. 13; bap. May
25; sp. Peter MEYER, Sen'r, and w. Catharina.

Robert Keel
6205 Newmark St.
Spring Hill, FL 34606
(352) 684-8072

I have been working on my family tree (KEEL) for many years and recently started on my wife’s tree (SHOCKEY). I had hesitated on working on that line because 2 sets of books on that family had been written and I assumed that any information I wanted would be available to me, except recent births and deaths.

In the front of the sets of SHOCKEY books is a listing of the first of that family to come to this country, Johann Christoffel Schacke. He came on the snow “Molly” in 1737. The pictures included are from the books. In the 1st his signature is 6th from the bottom in the right hand column. The name at the top of the right hand column (arrow) is Johann Phillipp Kratzer. The 2nd picture is his signature enlarged. The 3rd is a listing of those males who took the Oath to the new government in this country. Johann Christoffel Schacke is the last name in the first column and Johann Phillipp Kratzer is in the middle of the second column (arrow).

What we have discovered is that I am a 9 generation descendant of Johann Phillipp Kratzer and my wife is a 9 generation descendant of Johann Christoffel Schacke. AND our 9 generation ancestors came over on the same boat!!!! What are the chances??

We have been looking at this for several days now and find it really amazing that this could have happened. Her SHOCKEY family was located around southwest Ohio until her step-father moved them to Michigan for his work in an auto factory. My CROTSER family was located in west-central Michigan until my great-grandfather started to move to Florida and got as far as Pontiac, Michigan, where my wife and I met. As you can imagine this has certainly sparked our interest in our family history.

                                   Ship "Snow Molly
                               Amsterdam to Philadelpia
                               Palatines who signed the
                       Oath to the Government September 10th, 1737
       Johann Phillip Kratzer   <-- Passengers --->     Johann Christoffel Schacke
            I                                              I
         Benjamin Kratzer                             John Aaron Shockey
                I                                         I
           Henry Kratzer                            Jacob Shockey
                 I                                      I
             Jacob Kratzer                        Bazil Shockey
                   I                                   I
                Anthony Crotser                 Thomas Jefferson Shockey
                      I                               I
                  Emanuel Crotser             William Wesley Shockey
                        I                          I
                    Clarence Crotser        Thomas B Shockey
                           I                   I
                      Mildred Crotser     Erma Shockey
                            I                I
                          Bob Keel  +  Carolyn Lemmons
I thought your Kratzer/Crotser family program might be interested in this.

Thanks for your information.
Bo Keel

153rd PA Cos A to E

Company D:   Recruited at East Allen Township for 9 months service; mustered in October7, 1862 and if not, first date is muster-in; mustered out July 23, 1863 unless otherwise stated; rank of Private unless otherwise stated; S.C. is discharged on Surgeon's Certificate:

ˆ     David Kratzer

1880 Census District 121, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana page 591C
John CRATZER       Self M Male   W 41 PA Laborer    PA PA 
Henryetta CRATZER  Wife M Female W 41 PA Keep House PA PA 
Florence CRATZER   Dau  S Female W 13 IN School     PA PA 
Leone CRATZER      Dau  S Female W 10 IN School     PA PA

1880 Census Rochester, Fulton, Indiana page 66B 
Emaniel KRATZER    Self M Male   W 38 OH Carpenter    OH OH 
Martha KRATZER     Wife M Female W 48 VA Milliner     VA VA 
George KRATZER     SSon S Male   W 16 IN Cigar Maker  OH VA 

1880 Census Steuben, Steuben, Indiana page 300A
Solomon KRATZER    Self M Male   W 36 OH Farm Labor    PA PA 
Syntha KRATZER     Wife M Female W 35 NY Keeping House VT VT 
Cora KRATZER       Dau  S Female W 10 IN At School     OH NY 
Ivy KRATZER        Dau  S Female W  2 IN               OH NY 

1880 Census Steuben, Steuben, Indiana page 304B
Isaac KRATZER      Self  M Male   W 61 PA Farmer        PA PA
Susan Anna KRATZER Wife  M Female W 61 OH Keeping House PA PA
Martha KRATZER     Dau   S Female W 28 IN At Home       PA OH
Philena KRATZER    Dau   S Female W 21 IN At Home       PA OH
John SMALLY        Other S Male   W 12 MO Works On Farm OH OH

Joseph KRATZER     Self M Male   W 35 OH Farmer        PA OH
Maggie KRATZER     Wife M Female W 28 OH Keeping House SWITZ SWITZ 
Ada KRATZER        Dau  S Female W  9 IN At School     OH OH
Susie KRATZER      Dau  S Female W  6 ---              -- --
Cassie KRATZER     Dau  S Female W  3 IN               OH OH

1880 Census Angola, Steuben, Indiana page 337D
Emanuel KRATZER    Self  M Male   W 40 OH Day Laborer  PA PA 
Lucinda KRATZER    Wife  M Female W 33 IN Seamstress   VT NY 
Berton KRATZER     Son   S Male   W  9 IN At School    OH IN 
Earnest KRATZER    Son   S Male   W  3 IN              OH IN 
Sarah FOSNAUGHT    Other S Female W 22 IN Dom. Servant PA PA 

1880 Census  Duck Creek, Madison, Indiana apge 51D
John KRATZER       Self    M Male   W 22  OH Farmer        OH OH 
Ellen KRATZER      Wife    M Female W 21  OH Keeping House OH OH 
Harry KRATZER      Son     S Male   W 10M OH               OH OH 
James KRATZER      Brother S Male   W 21  OH Works On Farm OH OH 


Allen County, Indiana Death Index, 1870s-1920s

Cratzer	Elin	23	09/07/1879	SCH-1	134

Fort Wayne and Allen County, IN Area Obituary Index, 1841-1899

Kratzer	Jerry (dau of)	01/16/1881	f~~a 2y~~

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