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Mary Joan (#47178922)
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Bio Photo I joined Find-A-Grave to "pay forward" the help I have received from others.

Most of the cemeteries, in Defiance and Williams County Ohio, have been read/walked and indexed. I would be willing to look up and send information if requested. I am most knowledgeable about the cemeteries in Farmer Twp. and Washington Twp., Defiance County; and for St. Joseph Twp., Springfield Twp. and Pulaski Twp., in Williams County.

OF INTEREST to others may be the link to the Williams County Public Library (WCPL) obituary index. Anyone who has died in the Williams County, Ohio area since 1870 is most likely on the index. Many Defiance County, Ohio obituaries were included in the Williams County newspapers. I suggest searching by using the last name only. Keep in mind the spellings may vary so try several options if you do not get results on the first search. If a name is listed more than once, it is because an obit was published in more than one local paper. Not all of the papers have been added, so check back often to see if there is a new entry for one of your Ancestors.

The obituary index direct link is (updated 01-2013)

On this page will be information about who to contact for copies of the obits to be mailed to you.

The link to the WCPL library history and genealogy department is (updated 01-2013)

The above URL will have links to Williams and Defiance County Genealogy websites.

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Hallie Smeltz Martinson
Jacob Smeltz/Schmeltz Family
I am researching Smeltz/Schmeltz's in Ohio and found you had posted a LOT of information on the family of Jacob.
You am I have the same children for him, BUT, I have a Frederick Jacob Schmeltz (Fred Smeltz) in the 1870 census along with the other children.
Fred was born about 1850. Later he became a preacher. Fred used the Schmeltz spelling in his adult life.
I am trying to see if Jacob's is a brother of my direct line of Smeltz's in Carroll County, Ohio.
Any information I would really appreciate.
Thank you.
Hallie (Smeltz)
Ventura, CA
Added by Hallie Smeltz Martinson on Oct 07, 2014 12:57 PM
Judy K. Roberts
RE: Info concerning John Bostater
Mary Joan,
Thank you so much for that information, it is a great help!
I will contact her thru the email that you sent, again thank you so much!
Added by Judy K. Roberts on Jul 05, 2014 7:48 AM
Updates for Iva and J Waldo Davis

I have completed the update for Iva Davis and will complete the update for J Waldo Davis shortly. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

Best regards,

Added by empressintern on Apr 27, 2014 12:31 PM
Alice Wunderland
RE: Sarah K. Luther Wilsey
Hi Mary Joan!
I have been having mega problems with my YAHOO mail account! I keep having to change my password, because it never recognizes my login correctly any longer. It is really beginning to irritate me too!

Yes, I did receive the information. I thought I responded. My apologies!

I very much appreciated it, and when I requested information from the link, they sent it, but the other Luthers were actually no relation! That really surprised me. But thank you very much for the information you sent. It turns out that Sarah Katherine Luther Wilsey died in a diphtheria epidemic. What a terrible way to go! And the poor little children that died that way too - how terrible!

Anyway, I very much appreciate your help with this! Let me know if I can do anything for you out west here!

Thanks again, Alice
Added by Alice Wunderland on Feb 07, 2014 8:21 PM
Clinton Rodgers
RE: Margaret Kneringer

I've transcribed the majority of Chestnut Grove Cemetery, but all of that information is on Find-A-Grave, and I cannot remember those buried near Margaret.

Obituaries are available at the Ashtabula Library, but only those from the Ashtabula Star-Beacon. It is on microfilm there.
Added by Clinton Rodgers on Dec 24, 2013 9:40 AM
Neil B (John 3:16)
Hi Mary Joan,

Merry★* 。 ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛
。★Christmas★ 。* 。
。 ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ ˛˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ ˛ ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚And a happy new year!
Added by Neil B (John 3:16) on Dec 23, 2013 10:58 PM
Connie Chrisman Hatch
RE: Lena Miller Smith
Here's what I found on Ernest Smith. Born 22 Sept. 1895 in Wash. Twp, Defiance, Ohio. He married Bernice Garber on 2Oct. 1917 in Defiance, Co. He died 29 Oct., 1988 in Defiance Co., Ohio. Bernice was born 1899 in Ohio, and died 7 Feb., 1971 in Bryan. Her parents are Miles Garber and Gertrude Barrack.
According to Billion Graves, they are both buried in the Ney Cemetery, along with other family members. There are no stones for Ernest or Bernice shown on Billion Graves, or the Ney Cemetery site.
Hope this helps. Looks like you can make Find A Grave memorials for both?
Added by Connie Chrisman Hatch on Dec 14, 2013 10:04 AM
Connie Chrisman Hatch
RE: Lena Miller Smith
Mary Joan,
I have located a Find A Grave memorial for Frieda Smith Mulligan. She is buried in the Fountain Grove Cemetery, memorial #110404209. Hope this helps.
Added by Connie Chrisman Hatch on Dec 14, 2013 8:45 AM
Connie Chrisman Hatch
Robert Pollock
Links to his parents have been made. Thanks for this information.
Added by Connie Chrisman Hatch on Dec 03, 2013 11:12 AM
Updated William Sims
Hi Mary Joan,

I have linked William Sims' parents together as requested. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you in the future.

Best regards,

Beth Gubbins
Added by empressintern on Nov 30, 2013 8:41 AM
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