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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 01-2015)

You can request obits online and they will be sent by email.

The link to the WCPL library history and genealogy department is (updated 01-2015)

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

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Erica Z
Jessie Stiffler
Hi Mary,
I added a biography that I started for Jessie which I haven't quite finished yet. Jessie was adopted by the Burris'. I originally thought that she had been adopted when she was an infant, but there are indexes to the infirmary in Marysville that show her still being with her biological mother until the age of about 8. (Jessie had a twin sister Bessie who appeared to had pasted away infancy and a younger brother Perry Carl who I was not able to trace) I'm not sure if you noticed that Jessie was listed as a boarder on the censuses when she lived with the Burris', and Inez was listed as a boarder on the census when she lived with Jessie and Louis after Randolph passed away.
Nettie was from Unionville in Union County. I have not been able to find her parents nor the father of Jessie. Nettie most likely would have still been at the Ohio School for the Deaf when Jessie was conceived.
I do believe that Randolph and Inez raised her as their own child and my grandmother has 2 family photos of them and they look like a loving family. They did not have any biological children that I am aware of.
Added by Erica Z on Aug 11, 2015 9:45 PM
Erica Z
Hey Mary Joan,
We will be going to the Armbrust reunion this year too. Grandma Carol showed me a photo of Ed and at it does resemble "the man on the motorcycle". I'll be at their house tomorrow and I'll snap a photo of it for you.
We're in town all week for my husband's work and we're staying at a hotel, so I might be slow getting thing edited.
Have a good week
Added by Erica Z on Aug 11, 2015 3:07 PM
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Mary L. Trachl
Mary Joan, since you know Mrs. Trachl so well, would you like me to transfer her to you. I won't mined! I'll need your #.
Brad Undertaker61
Added by Undertaker 61 on Aug 06, 2015 12:38 PM
Kate O
RE: Sheridan Photo request
Not a problem. I am there a couple times a week.

Is there anyone else in your family who could be there that you need?
Added by Kate O on Jul 31, 2015 7:46 AM
Kate O
RE: Bridget Kelly sheridan 41869387
glad I could help. I have been on Find A Grave for almost a year. When I went to look up my family buried at St. Mary's (I have 5 generations) I could not believe that there were only 1300 people listed.
The local historical society only had a reading on 4 sections (there are 17). This became my summer project. I have finished with the reading and now have to enter them here and print out a list for CCHS.

I will remove the listing you asked for.

Added by Kate O on Jul 29, 2015 9:20 PM
Kate O
Bridget Kelly sheridan 41869387
You have added her to St. Mary's and have requested a photo. Are you sure she is here? I have been working on a reading of cemetery and have entered almost 4000 people to Find A Grave for St. Mary's and have more to enter.

There is no maker for her in sec 1, near her mother. Who else could she be with? There are 17 sections here.

Added by Kate O on Jul 26, 2015 4:36 PM
Mary (Lee) McCulley
RE: 88468314 and 88468509
Yes Ella M. Tharp would be a Great Grandma to my husband.
Added by Mary (Lee) McCulley on May 22, 2015 6:03 AM
Joanne Thompson Berger
William Mann #66201397
Hello ...I am wondering if it would be possible to use your cemetery photos on my tree . He is my 4x gr grand and I will give you and Find A Grave full credit... Thank you Joanne
Added by Joanne Thompson Berger on Apr 19, 2015 6:07 PM
RE: Clara M Conkey Smith
Thank you for creating a memorial for Clara. The only information I have on her is that her son married Carrie Ertel Husted. So I didn't want to create one just to have the link. I have linked her to her son, Ralph.

Also, I will be sending you an email. My email is
Added by Racergirl on Apr 15, 2015 9:27 PM
The Woodlawn Cemetery records state this individual is buried in the City Lot. This land is considered a Potters Field and there is a stone marker indicating this. The land is directly south of the office and adjacent to Webster Ave. Less than a dozen markers are visible and most cannot be read, even with a rubbing. Was not able to locate a marker for any of the eighteen (18) requests. Sorry!
Added by Bulldog on Mar 25, 2015 6:53 PM
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