Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

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Tombstone Tuesday-Katharina Kable

This is the tombstone of Katharina Kable, located in row 12 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The weathered marker is inscribed:

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day! What will Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecast be for the next six week? Will he see his shadow? Will there be six more weeks of Winter? Or six weeks until Spring?

Tombstone Tuesday-Christian Kable

This is the tombstone of Christian Kable, located in row 12 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: Christian, Gestorben, June 10, 1876…

Willshire Neon Sign Shines Once Again

If you lived in or near Willshire about 60-70 years ago you may remember this neon sign. This beautiful sign once shone brightly in the window of a home-based Willshire business on Green Street, the Hoblet Insurance Agency.

Tombstone Tuesday-John A. Baumgartner

This is the burial chamber of John A. Baumgartner, located in the Chattanooga Mausoleum, east of Chatt, on the edge of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The chamber is inscribed: John A. Baumgartner, 1864-1917