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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  1. The Old Willshire Hotel — 28 comments
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  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
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1920–Devastating Hurricane Visits Willshire Vicinity

DEVASTATING HURRICANE VISITS WILLSHIRE VICINITY—That was the headline of the Friday, April 2, 1920 edition of The Willshire Herald. It was published less than a week after one of worst tornadoes swept through this part of the country. Why do I have an interest in tornadoes? A while back my mom gave me some old …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Anna Rosine Schumm

This is the tombstone of Anna Rosine “Rosina” Schumm, first wife of Heinrich “Henry” Schumm. The tombstone is located in Row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio. The inscription on the tombstone is: Hier ruhet in Gott Anna Rosine. Ehefrau von Heinrich Schumm, geboren den 13 April 1854, gestorben den 15 January 1890. Im …

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Independence Day 2011

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is this coming Monday. On the Fourth we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring America’s independence from Great Britain. I thought this would be a good time to talk about the ancestors from our family who fought for American independence over 230 years ago. I have two ancestors (that …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Wilhelm A. Scaer

This is the tombstone of Wilhelm A. Scaer. It is located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The inscription on the stone is Wilhelm A. Scaer, Geb. den 23 Juli 1897, Gest. den 26 Nov 1906. Geb. [geboren] is German for born and Gest. [gestorben] is German for died. …

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We Are For The Birds

Joe and I enjoy watching and feeding the birds here. We could not keep from turning into avid bird watchers after we moved into our home in the woods years ago. Colorful birds would fly past our windows and our curiosity got the best of us. We had to find out what those birds were. …

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