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 GenealogistsĀ®. 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.

Most commented posts

  1. The Old Willshire Hotel — 30 comments
  2. Haunted Mercer County? — 30 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Metal Cemetery Monuments — 21 comments
  5. The Milligan Painting — 18 comments

Author's posts

The Albright & Ehrman Orphans

Last week I wrote about the Albrights and the Ehrmans, two German immigrant families who had tragic family losses. The parents of both families died within a few years of settling in the Willshire and Chattanooga areas, leaving behind underage children.

Tombstone Tuesday-Edward T. & Martha A. (Dirkson) Gunsett

This is the tombstone of Edward T. and Martha A. (Dirkson) Gunsett, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio.

Life Was Hard in the 1850s-The Ehrmans, Albrights & Bollenbachers

Life was very hard in the 1850s. This is the story of the Ehrmans and the Albrights, two families who emigrated from Germany and settled near Willshire and Chattanooga.

Tombstone Tuesday-African Violet Symbol

This tombstone is embellished with the image of African Violets in a tea cup.

Downtown Willshire, c1940-50

Today, a couple old photos of downtown Willshire, probably taken in the 1940s or 1950s, from the looks of the cars.