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2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. http://www.isbgfh.org/  This course was very relevant to this blog and its subject the Goss family, Spracklins and more.

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.  http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are

I spent some of the time searching for my Spracklin ancestors in the Somerset and Dorset area of England.  It was very interesting.  My father’s grandmother was Amarilla Spracklin Barclay.  I was also trying to get more evidence for John Keller’s origins, he is a 3rd great grandfather.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  It is time for me to get serious about Scottish research. Now it does not necessarily affect the research on this blog but it is still important to my other family lines. So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip. I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.

I will be getting back to posting on this blog some time in November 2014 and I will finish up the family of John Keller and Mary Delano Keller then the family of John and Lydia G0ss Spracklin, the rest of their children.  After this couple I will share about Peter Spracklin and Elizabeth Andrews and then start into the past of Solomon Goss himself.  There is a lot more to come.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.  https://familysearch.org/search  I do know of people who have gone there more than six times.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

At the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Salt Lake City in 2010 Family Search announced that they would digitize their whole collection and it would take 100 years but they had created ways to improve digital transfer so they could do it in 10 years.  I was amazed.  Every time I go to their website it changes and gets better and better and sometimes more complicated.

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.

Over the last several months I have been preparing for a major trip to Ontario, my second.  This of course has to do with other lines in my family tree that are not the old New England connections of my father through his mother Grace and grandmother Amarilla that I am sharing on this specific blog about Solomon Goss.   It also has to do with my Dad’s surname of MacDonald and the possibilities that there were Loyalists with that surname.

At this time, I am currently traveling in Ontario and I started my trip in Niagara Falls, New York crossing the border into Canada and driving over the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side and enjoying the area.  I encourage you to go to my blog The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, which covers my mother’s side of my family tree.  There you can follow me along as I seek out information and visit historical family sites for the  families of Boardman, Brown, Ward and more:  http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/

Horseshoe Falls, Ontario

Horseshoe Falls, Ontario

My Dad’s surname of MacDonald follows his father’s side and I have traveled in Ontario and Quebec seeking information and visiting areas where my grandfather Ronald was from.  That trip took place in 2012.  This is my second trip to Ontario, Quebec and nearby areas to learn more about my Canadian families, I have really deep roots in Canada. I will be posting my finds and travels on the blog I mentioned above and also on The Man Who Lived Airplanes the blog about my Dad’s side of the family.  http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/

You may remember my post about my visit to Ottawa where I stood next to the statue of Lt. Colonel John Butler.  Yes, the very man who brought his Rangers and a band of Indians to the Wyoming Valley and attacked the forts and was instrumental in creating the Wyoming Massacre that took place in Pennsylvania near the Wilkes-Barre area.  This event involved our Goss family.  My interest in John Butler is to see if he can reveal more details about the events that occurred around the Wyoming Massacre.

I will be writing posts on my travels that have to do with the Loyalists and they will be part of “The Man Who Lived Airplanes” blog because a great many McDonalds were Loyalists and I am trying to find my Dad’s family and make the connections back to Scotland.  Yes, it is possible that my McD’s fought against the Goss family in the Revolution another side of my Dad’s family.  How about that?

 

Mary Ann Keller was born 16 December 1846 in Knox Co., Ohio.  She married Alexander Shaffer on 24 June 1866, in Morrow County, Ohio. He was born about June 1840 in Ohio.

Marriage Shaffer & Keller

Marriage Shaffer & Keller

Keller, Mary A. to Alexander Shaffer Vol. 2, pg. 278;

Source:  Marriage Records 1848 to 1951, Index 1848-1948, Morrow Co. Court of the Probate, General Index V1A-10, 1848-1948 #388779 Item 1, Marriages v. 1A #388779 Item 2 1848-1858, Marriages v. 1B-1 1854-1863 FHL#388780 1B stops at p.45., Marriages v 1-B FHL#317297 Item 2, Marriages v.2 1863-1869 FHL #388781, Marriages V. 3 1870-1880 FHL#388782.  Note:  apparently the bride’s father, John Keller, had to sign.

Mary Ann appears in the 1850 with her parents and siblings in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.

2477/2517 John Keller 36 yrs., $900 value, born PA; Mary age 34, born Ohio; Elizabeth age 18, born Ohio; Peter age 15, born Ohio; Lovina age 13, born Ohio; Marilla age 11, born Ohio; Caroline age 9, born Ohio; John age 6, born Ohio; Mary age 3, born Ohio; Henry age 1, born Ohio. Peter, Lovina, Marilla and Carolina attended school.

Source:  1850 U.S. Federal Census for John Keller family, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. Enumerated 11 Sept, 1850 by Jas B. Shaw, Ass’t Marshall. 

1860 U.S. Federal Census for the John Keller Family in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio

There are 2 census pages listing this family: Pages 45 and 46. House number 245, 366, line 36. John Keller, s 49 years old, male, farmer with 1980 acreage and $600 in personal fortune, born in PA (Pennsylvania); Mary Keller, is 46 years old, female, born in Ohio; John Keller is 16 years old male, farm labor, born in Ohio, attended school; Mary Keller is 13 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school; Henry Keller is 11 years old, male, born in Ohio, not attended to school within the year; Harriet A. is 8 years old, female, born in Ohio, attending school; William D. is 4 years old,male, born in Ohio and attending school?

Source:  1860 U.S. Federal Census, John Keller Family, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, enumerated  June 21, 1860, pgs. 43 and 44. 

In 1870 she appears in Sandusky Twp., Richland County, Ohio near her sister Caroline who appears on line 6 of the census.

Line 23 80/76 Shaffer, Alexander age 30 male, white, Farmer, born in Ohio, citizen. Mary age 28 female, white, keeping house, born in Ohio and Charles age 3 male, white born in Ohio.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Alexander Shaffer Family, Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, pg. 10, PO Shelby, Ohio, 19 Oct 1870 by C. P. Seiler(?).

They are also featured in the December 1883 partition deed of John Keller’s land and I will post about that deed when I share about John Keller’s end of life.

Logan County, Ohio

Logan County, Ohio

Alex and Mary A. migrate to Logan County, Ohio by the 1880 census, they may be living with the James Barr family in Logan who appear above him.

Line 39, ___116 Shafer, Alex. H. W, M, 42, M, Farmer, Shaffer, Mary A., W, F, 33, wife, M, keeping house

Shafer, Albert D., W, M, 13, son, Single, at school, Shafer, Laura, W, F, 10, daughter, Shafer, Frank, W, M, 8, son, Shafer, Mary E., W, F, 6 Daughter, Shafer, Lewis, W, M, 4 son, Iva J., W, F, 2, daughter, all born Ohio and parents born Ohio.

Source:  Alexander Shaffer Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, McArthur Twp., Logan Co., Ohio, enumerated 10th of June 1880 by C.C. Cook, #130, page 13, SD#2, ED#118.

They are still in Logan County, Ohio in 1900:

Line 26, 347, 347, Shaffer, Alexander, head, W, M, June 1838, 62, M, 40, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio, Shaffer, Mary, wife, W, F, Dec, 1846, 54, M, 40, 6 born, 4 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. Shaffer, Emma, A. daughter, W, F, June 1884, 15, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. Shaffer, Nellie, daughter, W, F, Aug, 1886, 14, S, All Ohio born and parents too. Shaffer, Rena, daughter-in-law, W, F, July 1878, 21 M, 2, 1, 1. Shaffer, Imagene, Gd daughter, W, F, Nov. 1897, 3, S.

Source: Alexander Shaffer Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Bellefontaine, Lake Twp., Logan Co., Ohio, SD#7, ED#111, Sht #15, Ward of City 2, enumerated 18 June 1900, Frank A. Epps.

 They had about 9 children:

1. Charles Shaffer born about 1867 in Ohio.

2. Albert Shaffer born about Oct. 1868 in Ohio.

3. Laura Etta Shaffer born about 1870 in Ohio.

4.  Frank Shaffer born about 1872 in Ohio.

5. Mary E. Shaffer born about 1874 in Ohio

6. Lewis Shaffer born about 1876 in Ohio

7. Iva J. Shaffer born about 1878 in Ohio.  She may have married a Mr. Hadley.

8. Emma A. Shaffer born about June 1878 in McArthur Twp., Logan Co., Ohio and may have married a Mr. Ellis who was born about 1880 in the same township.

9. Lillian Nellie Shaffer born Aug 1886 in McArthur Twp., Logan Co., Ohio and may have married a Mr. Hobson also born in the same township in about 1882.

Note:  Take time to examine the list of children above and then review the census above and you can see that one of the children died?

There is a memorial at the Zanesville Cemetery on Find A Grave that might be Alexander Shaffer’s but I would need to do more to verify it. He would then have died July 27, 1903.  It references Civil war service which might offer information about his life.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Shaffer&GSfn=Alexander&GSby=1838&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=all&GSst=37&GScnty=2085&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=27261225&df=all&

Here is a stone for Mary Anne Keller Shaffer?  If so she died in 1925.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSfn=Mary&GSiman=1&GSsr=41&GScid=44246&GRid=55664965&

I am very excited that I was able to locate this couple in Logan County but as you can see there is more to be done in the research.

On my trip to Ohio in 2011, I really tried to find the final resting place of John Delano Keller but I was not successful.  I studied cemetery books, newspaper abstracts and more, concentrating on Knox County, Ohio.

He was born in Knox County, Ohio on 22 May 1844 and died in Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio on 4 June 1876. If this is a correct death date he was only 36 years old and since I have not been able to verify the death, I am open to checking more records.

Did he enlist in the Civil War like his brother Peter?  He would have been about 18 years old when it occurred?  I have tried searching those records but have not come up with anything of interest at this time.

John appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio with his parents and siblings.

2477/2517 John Keller 36 yrs., $900 value, born PA; Mary age 34, born Ohio; Elizabeth age 18, born Ohio; Peter age 15, born Ohio; Lovina age 13, born Ohio; Marilla age 11, born Ohio; Caroline age 9, born Ohio; John age 6, born Ohio; Mary age 3, born Ohio; Henry age 1, born Ohio. Peter, Lovina, Marilla and Carolina attended school.

He is with his parents and siblings again in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio:

There are 2 census pages listing this family: Pages 45 and 46. House number 245, 366, line 36. John Keller, s 49 years old, male, farmer with 1980 acreage and $600 in personal fortune, born in PA (Pennsylvania); Mary Keller, is 46 years old, female, born in Ohio; John Keller is 16 years old male, farm labor, born in Ohio, attended school; Mary Keller is 13 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school; Henry Keller is 11 years old, male, born in Ohio, not attended to school within the year; Harriet A. is 8 years old, female, born in Ohio, attending school; William D. is 4 years old,male, born in Ohio and attending school?

Source John Keller Family, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, enumerated June 21, 1860, pg. 43 and 44. 

There is a marriage record for a John Keller to a Mary L. Carson in the Morrow County records.  This marriage took place 6 December 1868 in Morrow County, Ohio.

John Keller & Mary Carson's marriage

Keller, John to Mary L. Carson Vol. 2, pg. 554

Source:  Marriage Records, Probate Court, Morrow Co., Ohio, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948. General Index V1A-10, 1848-1948 #388779 Item 1, Marriages v. 1A #388779 Item 2 1848-1858, Marriages v. 1B-1 1854-1863 FHL#388780 1B stops at p.45., Marriages v 1-B FHL#317297 Item 2, Marriages v.2 1863-1869 FHL #388781, Marriages V. 3 1870-1880 FHL#388782.

The link below is an interesting comment about the Carson family at Genforum dated 2001:

http://genforum.genealogy.com/oh/morrow/messages/96.html

John Keller appears in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census with Eliza Keller, wife of his brother Peter, and his father John.

Ohio Kellers next to each other 1870

Ohio Kellers next to each other 1870

Line 19 175/174 Keller, Eliza 31 F Keeping house 1200/250 born Ohio; Isabel age 12, Female, at home, born Ohio; Jessie, age 9 male, born Ohio; Andrew, age 5 male, born Ohio; Anna age 5, female, born in Ohio;

Line 24 176/180 Keller, John age 59, male, Farmer 2400/1325, born PA; Mary 56, Female, Keeping house, born Ohio; Henry 21, male working on the farm, born Ohio; Ellen 18, female, at home, born Ohio; William 13, male born Ohio;

Line 29, 177/181 Keller, John Jr. 25, male farmer 800/256 Ohio; Lacjua (Lovina?) 21, female, keeping house, born Ohio.

There is a death listing for a John Keller at Family Search in their index Ohio, Deaths and Burials 1854 to 1997 in which a John Keller died on 26 June 1876 in Portage, Hancock Co., Ohio who was born 1846 in Richland, Ohio and who is married.  It may be a long shot that this is really him, but it is very interesting. This man is listed as butcher.  FHL#961860.  Find A Grave has a tombstone for this man in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McComb, Hancock Co., Ohio.

What happened to Mary, his wife? Here is an entry for the 1880 U.S. Federal Census which is very interesting:

Line 20, 400/430, Keller, Mary L, W, F, age 32, 1, keeping house, born Ohio, father born PA, mother born Maryland; Carson, Elizabeth, W, F, age 71, mother, 1, retired, born Maryland, parents born in Maryland.

Source:  Mary Keller family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Blanchard Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio, pg. #44, SD#2, ED#94, 1 June 1880, Charles M. Jones. 

Based on the Genforum comments her parents would have been Alexander Carson and Elizabeth Disney.

The above information on John Delano Keller is very thin and needs a lot more work like a serious search of the records – vitals, deeds, death, obituaries and more, I have not been as diligent except for trying to find a burial on him in Knox and Morrow County, Ohio.  At this time, this is the best I can do.

The next child of John and Mary Keller to be shared about is Mary Ann Keller Shaffer.

Caroline’s older sister Elizabeth Keller Spracklin (my 2nd great-grandmother) wrote a letter back home congratulating her sister Caroline on her marriage.  I featured that letter on my blog:  The Barclays of Pine River:

http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/daniel-elizabeths-letter-to-home/

This letter is very precious to me because it is about all I have of Elizabeth and Daniel that is personal.  It looks like it may never have been sent because it ended up with my Aunt Miriam, a great-granddaughter of Elizabeth, my Dad’s sister.  Please go to the Barclay blog (see right panel of this blog for a link) and enjoy it.

When I was in Ohio in 2011, I made it a quest to find Caroline and her husband Joseph’s final resting place.  I did just that and found the Dunkirk Cemetery book in the public library in Kenton.  I also found their deaths listed in the records at the Hardin County Genealogical Society in Kenton.

I did a post about Dunkirk Cemetery and my visit to that cemetery.  It is located north of Kenton in Hardin County, Ohio and on my way to Ravenna, Ohio, at the time.  It is at my BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog and I suggest you check it out:

Caroline and Joseph Van Houten Tombstone Dunkirk Cemetery, Ohio

Caroline and Joseph Van Houten Tombstone Dunkirk Cemetery, Ohio and me…

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/2014/05/tombstone-tuesday-dunkirk-cemetery.html

According to my records Caroline Keller was born on 28 November 1841 in Knox County, Ohio (Morrow was established in 1848). She died on 2 June 1902 in Washington Twp.,  Hardin County, Ohio.  She is buried at the Dunkirk Cemetery and is listed on Find A Grave as VanHouten with no space in the name.

Caroline married Joseph Higgs Van Houten on 1 December 1857 in Morrow County, Ohio.  Unfortunately the record only has his name and the bride is left blank:

A missing bridge in the Van Houten Marriage

A missing bridge in the Van Houten Marriage

Source:  Marriage Records of Morrow County, 1848-1952 Index 1848-1948, Morrow County, Ohio. Joseph Van Houten to “Blank” Vol. 1, pg. 278, FHL#388779. 

Joseph may have been the son of James D. Van Houten and Susan Ann Harrison. Joseph was one of about 6 siblings if I have his parents correct:  Benjamin Harrison Van Houten b. 1839, Margaret Ann Van Houten born 1840, Almira M. Van Houten born 1845 and Jame Brocklehurst Van Houten born 1848.  I have found that searching for Van Houtens has been difficult in the online and paper records, so try different spellings.

Caroline and Joseph appear in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Sandusky Twp. Richland County, Ohio along with a John Riblett and Caroline’s other sister Mary Shaffer and family.

Line 6 75/71 Vanhouten, Joseph 36, WM, White, Farmer, $600, Born New Jersey, Citizen. Caroline age 24, F, white, keeping house, born Ohio. John C. age 12, male, white, at home, at school, Joseph H. age 7, male, white, born Ohio, at school, Wilber B. age 4, male, white, born in Ohio and Mary A. age 1, female, white born in Ohio.

Line 12 76/72 Riblett, John age 39, Male, white, Farmer, $5220, $900, born in Pennsylvania, citizen. Lucinda age 38, female, white, keeping house, born in Ohio. Mary A, age 17 Female, white, at home, born in Ohio, at school, Ida C. age 14, female, white, at home, born in Ohio, at school, Ada S. age 12, female, white at home, born in Ohio, at school and Ella age 10, female, white born in Ohio, at school.

Line 23 80/76 Shaffer, Alexander age 30 male, white, Farmer, born in Ohio, citizen. Mary age 28 female, white, keeping house, born in Ohio and Charles age 3 male, white born in Ohio.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census for Sandusky Twp., Richland County, Ohio, pg. 10, PO Shelby, Ohio, 19 Oct 1870 by C. P. Seiler(?).  Ida C. Riblett would marry Caroline’s brother Wm. Franklin Keller.

On the 19th of December 1883, they are part of  a partition deed selling land in Morrow County.  The names on the deed are:  John & Harriet Lacy, Henry & Martha Keller, Emma A. Helt, Charles & Anna Buckingham, Mary & Alexander Shaffer, J. H. & Caroline Van Houten, Harrison and Amarilla Barr.  I will post about this deed in the future when I review John Keller’s end of life.

Source:  Deeds, Recorder of Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, Grantor Henry Keller & Wife et. al. to Grantee W.F. & Ida C. Keller and Anna Buckingham, Vol. 37, pg. 529 and 593, FHL#1928221.

By 1900 Joseph and Caroline have migrated to Washington Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio:

Line 41, 78, 81 Van Hauten, Joseph H. Head, W, M, Jan 1834, age 66, M 42 yrs, born New Jersey, parents born in New Jersey, land lord – : Van Hauten, Caroline, Wife, W, F, Nov. 1841, age 58, m, 42, five children born, 4 living, born Ohio, father born in PA, mother born in PA; Line 43, 79, 82 Van Houten, Wilbur G. L., Head, W, M, Dec, 1865, m 8, born Ohio, farmer; Van Houten Anna M, wife, W, F, Feb. 1867, 33, m 8, no children born, born Ohio.

Source:  Van Hauten Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Washington Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio SD#7, ED#104, #320, Sht 4, June 8, 1900, James K. Fulks.

Joseph and Caroline had 5 children, that I know about and I base this on census and tombstone records.

1.  John Charles Van Houten born about 1858 in Ohio and died 8 May, 1883 in Hardin Co., Ohio.

2.  Joseph W. Van Houten was born about 1863 in Ohio and married Maggie who was born about 1868. They are both buried in the Dunkirk Cemetery across from their parents. See Find A Grave for more information.

3. Wilbur B. L. Van Houten was born about Dec. 1865 in Ohio and died around 1953 in Hardin Co., Ohio.  He married an Anna M. born Feb 1867 in Ohio and she died 1950.  Both are buried in Dunkirk across from his parents, see Find A Grave for more information.

4. Mary Alice Van Houten was born 16 Aug 1869 in Ohio and died 15 January 1936.  She may have married Eugene Reams born 1866 in Ohio.  They had approximately 6 children:  Laurel C. Reams, Welcome E. Reams, ____Reams, Audrey M. Reams, Harold E. Reams and Gladys Reams.

5.  Laura E. Van Houten was born about 1873 in Ohio and probably married a Mr. Ludwig born about 1869.

See my BJM Cemetery post about the final resting place of some of the Van Houtens that I site above.

Source:  Hardin County Ohio Death Index, 1867 to 1908, Hardin Co., Genealogical Society, 1998, records extracted by Charles R. Kelley.  

pg. 172 Vanhouten, Caroline, F, 6, 2, 1902 61 y 7m 28d, Hardin Co., Vol. 3, pg. 212; Vanhouten, J.C. May 8, 1883, 24y 2m 12d Hardin Co. Vol. 2, pg. 157. VanHouten, Joseph Sr. M. Jan 30, 1903 69y 28d, Hardin Co., Vol. 3, pg. 213. 

This pretty much covers what I know about Caroline’s family and as usual there is more to be done in estate/probate records, deeds and land, obituaries and more.   The next sibling to be shared is John Delano Keller.

As far as I know Harrison and Amarilla (Keller) Barr had nine (9) children and they suffered the loss of two of their children before their own deaths.  Please refer to the previous post on Amarilla and Harrison Barr where you will find census, vital records, deeds and more which I will refer to below.

Galion area of Ohio

Galion area of Ohio

1. James Harrison Barr was born 2 Aug 1859 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  He married Mary Magdelena Miller on 20 March 1884 in Galion – See the Genealogical History of the Delano Family page 421.  She was born about 1863 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio.  They had 3 children:  1. Jessie E. Barr born Nov. 1885, 2. Howard J. Barr born about Aug 1889 and 3. Ruth I. Barr born about 1897.  Mary was the daughter of Charles R. and Mary Lowe Miller.

Harrison appears in the 1870 and 1880  U.S. Census in Sandusky with his parents.  He is 11 years old in 1870 and 20 years old in 1880.  See previous post on his parents for more detail.

In 1900, Harrison or Harry is with his family in Crawford County.

Line 32, 1222/54/57 Barr, Harry, Head, W, Male, born Aug 1859, age 40, m, 16 years, clerk in RR office, yes, yes, yes, O, F, H; Barr, Mary M. wife, W, F, born July 1866, age 33, m 16 yrs, 3 child born, 3 living, yes, yes, yes; Barr, Jessie E, daughter, W, F, born Nov. 1885 age 14, single, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes; Barr, Howard J., son, W, M, born Aug 1889 age 10, single, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes; Barr, Ruth, I., daughter, W, F, born Dec 1896, age 3, single; Everyone born in Ohio. All parents born in Ohio, except Mary M. her mother was born in Wales.

Source: James Harrison Barr Family (Harry), 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Galion Ward 1, Polk Twp., Crawford County, Ohio,  SD#12, ED 12, Sheet 3, June 2, 1900, Elmer J. Funk.

We find Mary and James still living in Crawford Co., Ohio

line 73 – 315/22/28 Barr, James H. Head, M, W, age 50 M1 26, born Ohio, Father PA, Mother Ohio, English, mail-carrier, post-office, W, No. O, Yes, Yes, O M H; Barr Mary, Wife, F, W, age 43 M1, 26 5 children born 3 living, Born Ohio, Father Ohio, Mother Wales, England, English, No occupation ,yes, yes; Barr, Ruth, daughter F, W, age 13, single, born Ohio, parents Ohio, no occupation, yes, yes, yes.

Source: James H. Barr Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Galion Ward 3, District 19, Crawford Co., Ohio, Polk Twp., SD 12, ED 19, Sheet 1B, April 15, 1910, [Tau B. Swodygrass]

In 1920 they are residing in Crawford County, Ohio

Line 48, 315, 47, 51, Barr, James H. Head, O, M, M, W age 60, M, yes, yes, born Ohio, parents born Ohio
Barr, Mary, wife, F, W, age 53 M, yes, yes, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother Wales
Barr, Ruth, daughter, F, W, age 23, single, yes, yes, born Ohio

Source: James H. Barr Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Polk, Galion City, Crawford Co., Ohio, 5th & 6th January, 1920, Joseph H. Baumgartner, SD# 7, ED #21, Shet 2 A, Ward 3. 

James and Mary are by themselves and getting on in years by 1930.

Line 23, 236/31/52 E. Walnut St, Barr, James, Head, O, $3000, No., M, W, age 70, married, 24, No. yes, born Ohio, Father born PA, mother born Ohio, none, yes. Barr, Mary, M., Wife-h, F, W, age 63, M, 17, No. yes, Born Ohio, Father born Ohio, mother born Wales, yes and none.

Source:  James H. Barr Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Galion City, Crawford Co., Ohio, Polk Twp., ED 17-20, SD#12, Sheet No. 2&A, #184, April 8-11, 1930, F. A. Brining.

James Harrison Barr and Mary are buried in Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Crawford County, Ohio.  There is a picture of their tombstone at Find A Grave.  James along with many other family members are listed in the Cemetery Book for Crawford County which covers Fairview.

Source:  Cemeteries of Crawford County, Ohio, Volume II of II, Fairview Cemetery, Deaths through August 31, 1988.  He is burial #5295 and Mary is #8900.

Funeral Rites for Retired Rural Mail Carrier, Friday Afternoon…Galion Inquirer, Weds, May 23, 1934

James Harrison Barr, aged 79, retired rural mail carrier and well known and substantial citizen of Galion, died at his home, 236 East Walnut street, Tuesday evening at 5 o’clock following an illness of the past several month’s duration. Heart trouble … Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon from the late home at 2 o’clock and from the First Lutheran Church at 2:30 with the Rev. Harry R. Merle officiating. Interment will be made in Fairview Cemetery. Mr. Barr was born in Morrow County near Sparta on August 2, 1854 the son of Harrison and Amarilla (Keller) Barr. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Magdalene Miller on March 20, 1884. On March 20 of this year they observed their Golden Wedding anniversary. He is survived by his widow, three children, Mrs. Leroy Dinkel, west of Galion; James Howard Barr, Cleveland; Mrs. George Welsaling, Fremont. Six grandsons and one granddaughter also survive, together with the following sisters, Mrs. H.F. Miller, east of Galion; Mrs. E.M. Neff, Mrs. Fred Voegele, Crestline, and Miss Delphia Barr, this city. Two sons, Walter and Robert, preceded him in death. During his early life Mr. Barr engaged in farming and taught country school for ten years in Richland, Morrow and Crawford counties. When Mr. and Mrs. Barr moved to Galion they engaged in the grocery business and built the grocery store on Harding Way East, where the Jay F. Nichols store is now located and remained in this business for about 10 years. In 1904, Mr. Barr accepted the position as mail carrier on Route 4, which position he held for 25 years, retiring five years ago. He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and was teacher of the Alpha Bible Class for 10 years…

I have his birth year as 1859 but this suggests 1854.

Telegraph Forum, August 29, 1961, Veteran Church Member succumbs, Funeral Thursday, Galion:

Mrs. Mary M. (Miller) Barr, 95, who belonged to First Lutheran Church longer than any other member and was a lifelong resident of Galion, residing at 236 E. Walnut St., died Monday at 5 p.m. in Galion Community Hospital. Born here July 10, 1866, the daughter of Charles R and Mary Lowe Miller, Mrs. Barr was married March 20, 1884 to James H. Barr, who died May 22, 1934. Surviving are a daughter Mrs. Leroy E. Dinkel of west Galion, a son, James Howard Barr of Cleveland, seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, two sons, two brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Barr belonged to the W.C.T.U., the Rachel Circle and the Alpha Bible Class of the First Lutheran Church, and was a charter member of the Golden Age Club of Galion. Funeral serves will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. James H. Fresh. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Volk-Richardson Funeral Home.

According to my records James Harrison and Mary Barr had the following children:

1.  Jessie E. Barr born 4 November, 1885 and died 11 August, 1988. She married E. Leroy Dinkel.  She is buried in Fairview Cemetery and there is information at Find A Grave.

2.  Robert Irving Barr born 24 November, 1887 died 29 January 1894 in Galion and he is buried in Fairview Cemetery and there is a tombstone picture at Find A Grave.

3.  James Howard Barr born 29 August, 1899 in Galion and died 29 September 1964 in Cleveland.  It is stated he is buried in Fairview Cemetery but he is not listed on Find A Grave and in the Cemetery book I have referenced above.  Based on the obituary below it looks like he might be buried in Cleveland where his daughter lived?

From the Galion Inquirer, Weds, 30 September 1964:

A Galion native, James Howard Barr, 75, died at 4 pm Tuesday in his home, 120 E. 225th St., Cleveland. He was ill for the past three months with a heart condition. He was born in Galion Aug. 2, 1889, the son of James Harrison and Mary Miller Barr. He graduated at Galion High school in 1907 and attended Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware. Mr. Barr was retail promotion director for the Cleveland Press for 37 years, retiring in December 1961. He was a director of the Euclid Savings Assn. and remained active with the institution in a promotional capacity. On Sept. 28, 1915, he was married to the former Gertrude C. Miller of Massillon. She survives as well as a son, Dr. Jim Barr, Pittsburgh, PA., grandson Jim Barr III, granddaughter Jane Barr, and a sister Mrs. Leroy (Jessie) Dinkel, Rt. 3, Galion. Services will be held at the Brickman and Son funeral home, 21900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, at 1 pm. Friday, Rev. J. Edward Dinkel will officiate.

Rev. J. Edward Dinkel is the son of Jesse Barr Dinkel his sister.

4.  Ruth I. Barr born about 1896/97 in Crawford County and died 20 February 1950 in Lima, Allen County.  She is buried in Fairview Cemetery and there is information at Find A Grave about her with an obituary notice.  She married a George Weissling, which seems to be the correct spelling of the name.

5.  Walter M. Barr born 1906 and died the same day he is also buried in Fairview Cemetery, see Find A Grave.

2. Mary Emarilla Barr was born 8 Feb. 1861 in Morrow Co., Ohio and she married James Wilbur McCalla on 17 May 1882.  He was born about 1857 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She appears in the 1870 and 1880 Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio census with her parents.  In her mother’s obituary notice in the post before this one has her listed as having passed away by 1915.  I find a death date of 14 June 1907 in Crawford Co., Ohio for Mary E. McCalla born in Morrow Co., Ohio age 54 which placed her birth in 1852 but I think that is not correct.

She and James appear in the 1900 U.S. Census in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio:

Line 38, 1012, 78/82 McCauley, Jas., Head, W, M, Sep. 1862, 37, M, 18, born Ohio, parents Ohio, Grocer, yes, yes, yes, O, F, H. McCauley, Mary A. wife, W, F, Feb. 1862, 38, M, 18, 1 child born, 1 living, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio, yes, yes, yes. McCauley, Maude G., daughter, W, W, F, Mar 1883, 17, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, clerk grocery, yes, yes, yes. Kodger, Cora, A., Boarder, W, F, Dec 1885, 14, S, clerk grocery, yes, yes, yes.

Source:  James McCauley Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohiok SD#12, ED#12, Sht#7, Ward One, enumerated 2 June, 1900, by Elmer J. Funk.

In 1910 U.S. Federal Census, I find a James McCalla living in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio as a widow. He is 48 years old.  He is living alone and he is still in the grocery business.  I still do not know where Mary is buried.

3. Sarah Ellen Barr was born 26 January 1863 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She married a Henry Francis Miller (abt. 1857 to 1948) on 8 Aug 1893 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio.  They are buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion and you can find them on Find A Grave.  Sarah died on 18 July 1941 in Crawford Co., Ohio.  Henry passed in 1948 in Galion.   Sarah appears in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census for Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio with her parents.

4.  Rose Ann Barr was born 1 January 1865 in Morrow Co., Ohio. She married a Clarence Lee Morton on 22 Feb 1888 in Galion.  She died 14 Nov. 1894 in Galion and is buried in Fairview Cemetery. They had Ansel Morton born November 1891 in Crawford Co.  He is in the 1910 census living with his grandmother.  Rose appears in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Federal Census with her parents in Richland Co. Ohio.  Their last name has been spelled “Martin” in some documents.

5. Emma Isabelle Barr was born 20 November 1866 and she died 22 March 1870.  She is buried in Riblet Cemetery in Richland Co., Ohio.

6. Ida Lovina Barr was born 6 June 1870 maybe in Richland Co. She married an Edward Michael Neff who was born 10 November 1863.  Ida died on 23 October 1934 in East Crestline, Richland Co., Ohio and he Edward died 18 Mar 1941.  Both are buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Richland Co., Ohio and you will find information on Find A Grave for them.

Ida and Edward had 3 children, see Find A Grave for burial information and more.

i. Norma Neff born 7 October 1988 and died 26 November, 1939. She is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Richland Co., Ohio.

ii. Melitta Caroly Neff  born 12 February 1890, died 10 May 1966 in East Crestline. She married Edward Joseph Nungesser.  He was born 2 February 1889 and died 29 March 1967 in East Crestline.  Both are buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Richland County, Ohio.

iii.  Kathryn Ida Neff was born 8 April 1898 and died 2 January, 1961 and is also buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.  She married a Harry Edward Sprang 1887 to 1970.  They are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.

7. Hannah Effie Barr was born 5 September 1873 in Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio and she died 28 March 1899.  She is buried in Riblet Cemetery.  Effie appears in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census with her parents and siblings. She was 7 years old at that time.

8. Ada Gertrude Barr was born 26 February 1878 in Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio.  She married a Frederick P. Voegele who was born 5 September 1877 and she died 15 August 1958.  They are buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Richland Co., Ohio, see Find A Grave.

Ada and Fred had 4 children:

i.  Violet A. Voegele born about 1902 in Ohio

ii. Henry H. Voegele born about 1907 in Ohio

iii. Ruth M Voegele born about 1915 in Crawford Co., Ohio

iv. Ida G. Voegele born 5 May 1916 and died 22 Feb 1997. She married a Robert Frederick Beck.  You can find their tombstone at Find A Grave in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Richland Co., Ohio.

Ada appears in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census with her parents and siblings at the age of 2 years old using her middle name Gertrude.

In 1920 she and Fred appear living in Jackson Twp., Crawford Co., Ohio. Her sister Delphia is living with her.

Line 36, 13/85 Voegel, Fred P. head O F, M W, age 42, M, yes, yes, Indiana, Father Germany, mother Ohio, yes, farmer, dairy farming OA, 58 #002. Voegel, Ada G., wife, F, W, age 42, Mm, yes, yes, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio; Voegel, Voilet A. daughter, F, W, age 18, S, yes, yes, yes, born Ohio. Voegel, Henry H, son, M, W, age 13, single, yes, yes, yes, born Ohio. Voegel, Rachel/Ruth M. daughter, F, W, age 5 single, born Ohio. Voegel, Ida G, daughter, F W, age 3 7/12 single, born Ohio. [Ness] Lloyd, laborer, M, W, age 31, single, yes, yes, born Ohio, dairy farm. Barr, Delphia, sister-in-law, F, W, age 39, Single, yes, yes, born Ohio, Father PA, mother Ohio, servant. [Wellman] Russell, Labour, M, W, age 18, SIngle, yes, yes, yes, born Ohio, dairy farm.

Source:  Fred Voegel Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Jackson Twp., Crawford Co., Ohio, SD#7, ED27, Sht #5A, enumerated January 12, 20, 21, 1920 by Charles W. Kinslinger. 

9. Delphia Blanche Barr was born 3 September 1880 in Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio and died 22 February 1940.  She is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio.

Delphia Blanche Barr, appears in the 1900, 1910, 1920 U.S. Federal Census with her family, mother and sister.  Delphia is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Ohio.

Galion Inquirer, Thursday, February 22, 1940.

Miss Delphia Barr, 60, passed away at 1:15 o’clock this morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Fred Voegele, east of Galion, death coming to relieve the sufferings of an extended illness. She had been making her home iwth her sister for some time. Deceased was born in Galion, 3 September 1880, her parents being Harrison and Amarilla Keller Barr. Her parents preceded her in death some years ago. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Voegele and Mrs. Henry Miller, both living east of this city. The late J. H. Barr, of Galion, was a brother of the deceased. Remains were taken to the Robert E. Beck funeral home in Crestline, where they will remain until 10 o’clock Saturday morning, when they will be brought to the First United Brethren church in Galion, where friends may call until 2 o’clock, the hour of the funeral. Rev. O.E. Knepp, pastor of the church will officiate and the body will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery.

As usual there is always more to be done, checking the vital records, deeds, probate and estates to prove the lineages, but I think this is a good start.  For these families a study of the United Brethren and Lutheran church records and the funeral records might also be very interesting.   It is now time to move onto the next sibling Catherine Caroline Keller Van Houten.

Why is it that certain ancestors catch your fancy.  Amarilla Keller Barr is one of those people for me.  She made the move to Crawford County like some of the other Keller descendants, but she ended up being buried in Richland County, Ohio.  It took me a little bit to find her final resting place but I am glad I did.

Again I caution you to verify the information given below.

Amarilla was born 28 March 1839 in Knox Co., Ohio and she married Harrison Barr on 12 September 1858 in Sparta, So. Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.  Harrison was born the 29th of October, 1833 in Clarksville, Greene Co., Pennsylvania.  His parents were James and Mary Barr both born in Pennsylvania.   Harrison had 7 other siblings: Mary J. 1827-1881 buried in Riblet Cemetery, Hannah b. 1828 m. a McCulough also buried in Riblet, George S. Barr b. 1830, Jacob N. Barr b. 1836, James H. Barr b. 1842, Ira Barr b. 1843 and Daniel Barr b. 1845).  This family appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.

Amarilla and Harrison Marriage in Morrow County 1858

Amarilla and Harrison Marriage in Morrow County 1858

 Keller, Amarilla to Harrison Barr 12 September, 1858, Vol 1, pg. 355 (found on Vol. 1B)

Source: Marriage Records, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948, Morrow Co., Ohio. Marriages v. 1B-1 1854-1863 FHL#388780 (1B stops at p.45. 

Let’s get oriented to where Richland County is in relationship to Crawford County.  They butt up to each other with Crawford being west of Richland.

Ohio Counties

Ohio Counties

Here is a map of Richland County, so Sandusky Twp. is not that far from Crawford’s Polk Twp. and the city of Galion.

Richland County, Ohio

Richland County, Ohio

Amarilla appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for South Bloomfield with her family and siblings with the name “Marilla” being used, which might have been a nickname?

2477/2517 John Keller 36 yrs., $900 value, born PA; Mary age 34, born Ohio; Elizabeth age 18, born Ohio; Peter age 15, born Ohio; Lovina age 13, born Ohio; Marilla age 11, born Ohio; Caroline age 9, born Ohio; John age 6, born Ohio; Mary age 3, born Ohio; Henry age 1, born Ohio. Peter, Lovina, Marilla and Carolina attended school.

That August, Harrison buys land from his brother-in-law, Peter Keller.  I repeat this deed here from the post about Peter Keller dated May 4, 2014 “John and Mary Keller’s children:  Elizabeth, Susan & Peter Keller.

Source:  Deeds: 1840-1901: Index to deeds 1848-1912, Morrow County Ohio, Recorder of Deeds:  Peter Keller to Harrison Barr, 23 Aug, 1860, Vol. 18, page 1 & 2, FHL#388706, 25 acres, Twp. 6.

Sometimes the microfilms can be very dark and fuzzy so what you see here is the best I can do.

Peter Keller Deed to Harrison Barr
Rec’d Sept 4, 1860, Recorded Sept 15, 1860. Very dark, fuzzy and difficult to read.

Know all men by these presents that Peter Keller and Eliza Ann his wife…of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio and in consideration of the sum ____ hundred dollars in hand paid by Harrison Barr of the said county…have bargained and ___________hereby grant and convey…to said Harrison Barr his heirs and assigns forever….the premises situated in the County of Morrow and describes as follows beginning at the [north east…..half of the south west quarter of Section ten (10) ….running along this ___________(too hard to read all blacked out)…quanity of twenty five acres of land…Signed by Peter Keller and Eliza A. Keller.

Witnesses by Joseph Conway and [Malissa] Conway
23 day of August, 1860.

By 1870 they, Harrison and Amarilla,  had moved to Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio.

Line 16 – 31/29 Barr, Harrison, age 37, farmer $800, born in Pennsylvania, citizen. Barr, Emma R. age 31, keeping house, born in Ohio, James H., age 11 born in Ohio, school. Mary age 9 born in Ohio, attending school. Sarah E. age 7, born in Ohio, attending school. Roseann age 5, born in Ohio.

Source:  Barr Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, pg. 4, enumerated 15, October 1870, P.O. Shelby, Ohio.

In 1880 Harrison and Amarilla are still living in Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio.

89/83 Barr, Harrison, age 47, farmer, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Pennsylvania. Keller, Emarilla age 42, keeping house, born in Ohio, parents born in Ohio. James 20 years old, laborer, single, born in Ohio, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Ohio. Sarah, age 17, daughter, born in Ohio. Rose Anne, age 15, daughter, at school, born in Ohio. Ida 10 years old, daughter, at school, born in Ohio. Effie, 7 years, daughter, at school born in Ohio. Gertrude 2 years, daughter, born in Ohio.

Source:  Barr Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, pg. 1, SD 6, ED 213 (Hard to read) Stamp page on sheet 180, enumerated on June 7th, 1880.

On the 19th of December 1883, they are part of  a partition deed selling land in Morrow County.  The names on the deed are:  John & Harriet Lacy, Henry & Martha Keller, Emma A. Helt, Charles & Anna Buckingham, Mary & Alexander Shaffer, J. H. & Caroline Van Houten, Harrison and Amarilla Barr.  I will post about this deed in the future when I review John Keller’s end of life.

Source:  Deeds, Recorder of Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, Grantor Henry Keller & Wife et. al. to Grantee W.F. & Ida C. Keller and Anna Buckingham, Vol. 37, pg. 529 and 593, FHL#1928221.
300px-Map_of_Crawford_County_Ohio_With_Municipal_and_Township_Labels

By the 1900 U.S. Federal Census they have migrated to Polk Twp., Crawford Co., Ohio which is technically next door.

 Line 24- 128, 129 – Harrison Barr M W b Oct 1833 age 66, m 40 yrs, born Pa parents born Pa, O F F 66; Barr Amarilla F W, b Mar 1839, age 61, m 40 yrs, nine children born 6 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio; Barr Ida S. or L.W F b Jun 1870 age 29 single, Teacher; Barr Delphia W F, b Sep 1880 age 19 single, born Ohio, teacher; McCulough, Hanna sister W F b Sep 1824 age 75, wd. no children born O, born Pa, parents born Pa; Morton, Ansel grandson b Nov 1891, 8 yrs, single born Ohio, parents born Ohio. All yes read, yes write, yes speak, except Ansel. 

Source:  Barr Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Polk Twp., Crawford Co., Ohio, SD12, ED 22, Sheet 6, 9th-11th June, 1900 Benjamin F. [Garberiole]

1910 arrives and we find Amarilla still in Polk Twp. but she is now a widow.

52/53, Barr, Amarilla, Head, F, W, 71 Wd, 3 children out of 3 living, born Ohio, Father born PA, mother born New York, Farm manager, own farm; Barr, Delpha B., daughter, F, W, 29, S, born Ohio, Father born PA, mother born Ohio, No occupation.

 Source:  Amarilla Barr Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Polk Twp., Crawford County, Ohio, SD#12, ED#32, Sht# 2B, April 22, 1910, Miss Nema Baine.  I have 9 children born to Amarilla and Harrison so I am not sure what the 3 out of 3 living means?

They, Amarilla and Harrison, had a very long  life together with Harrison with his passing on 31 May 1906 and then Amarilla following several years later on 12 May 1915.

They are both buried in the Riblet Cemetery which is located in Richland County, Ohio.  You can find a picture of their tombstone on Find A Grave.  Riblet Cemetery is located on Park Ave. W. Hi 309 S. Horning Rd. 175.

BARR
Harrison Oct. 29, 1832 to May 12, 1915

his wife Amarilia his wife
March 28, 1837
May 12, 1915

Source:  Richland County, Ohio Cemeteries, Springfield Twp., Ohio Genealogical Society, Belleville, Oh (was Mansfield), 2005.  There are Barrs on page 13 and Riblet on the next page as burials in this cemetery. This book was found at the Family History Library.

Harrison Barr, Thursday 30 May, 1907, Crestline Citizen and Bucyrus News Form for June 5, 1907.

Mr. Harrison Barr, residing about four miles southeast of here, died suddenly last Thursday morning. he was a native of Pennsylvania and seventy three years of age. Funeral was Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Snyder of the U.B. Church, Galion officiating. The deceased was the father of Miss Ida Barr, teacher in Jackson Twp., district No. 3 for a number of years and still teaching that school.

Mrs. Amarilla Barr, May 12, 1915, published in the Evening Telegraph, Saturday, May 15, 1915.

Mrs. Amarilla Barr, relict of the late Harrison Barr, died at the home on South Columbus street, at 5:30 Wednesday evening, aged 76 years, 1 month and 14 days, after a lingering illness. The funeral will be conducted from the United Brethren church Friday afternoon, Rev. Calendar officiating, and with burial in the Riblet cemetery east of this city, says the Galion Inquirer. The maiden name of the deceased was Amarilla, and she was the daughter of John and Mary Keller, born in Sparta, Morrow County, March 28, 1839. On September 20, 1858 she was united in marriage to Harrison Barr, a well known farmer, the marriage proving a happy one. The husband died April 30, 1906. Nine children were born of this union of whom four are deceased: Mrs. J.W. McCalla, Mrs. C. L. Martin, Effie and Emma Barr. The surviving children are Dephia, who lives with her mother; Mrs. E. M. Neff and Mrs. V. P. Voegele, Crestline; Mrs. H.F. Miller, east of Galion; J.H. Barr, of this city. Others surviving are two sisters Mrs. Mary Williams of Bellefontaine, and Mrs. Ellen Lacey, of Dresden, together with eleven grandchildren. The deceased was a consistent member of the United Brethren church of this city, and a woman of high Christian character who was greatly esteemed by all who knew her. For fifty years Mrs. Barr had lived in the Riblet neighborhood on the Mansfield road, four miles east of the city. About four years ago and some time after the death of her husband she removed to this city.

 Source:  Amarilla Barr, Death Certificate, #26730, May 12, 1915, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio, Reg Dist #264, Primary Reg #8106, Reg. No. 53, S. Columbus St. 3 Ward, Bureau of Vital Statistics Ohio.

Amarilla Barr, Female, White, Widowed, DofB Mar 28, 1839, age 76 yrs, 1 mos. 14, days, Occupation Housekeeper. Born Ohio, Father John Keller, PA, Mother Mary Dellino, Born New Yrk State. Informant Delphia Barr, 326 Columbus, Galion. Filed May 14, 1915. A.A. Castle registrar. Died May 12, 1915, Chronic gastritis and Cholemia. POB Riblet Cemetery, Date of Burial May 14, 1915, L. J. Snyder & Co., Galion, Ohio

Seems to be a little disagreement as to the year of Amarilla’s birth, with her tombstone stating 1937 and her obituary and death certificate indicate 1839.  My date calculator has 78 years, 1 mo and 14 days if the year is 1937.  In her death certificate she is 76 yrs. 1 mos. 14 days which agrees with the 1839.

In the next post I will share what I know about their children.

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