An Ochs Tree

As near as I can tell, there were two Ochs brothers who arrived in America in 1839 and settled in Perry County. One was Johann Michael Ochs, and the other was Johann Conrad Ochs. Today’s story will center around Johann Conrad Ochs, but the one I will write about is not Johann Michael’s brother. It … More An Ochs Tree

Ben and Bertha

My grandmother’s name was Bertha Schmidt. I have discovered several Bertha Schmidt’s while researching for this blog. Some of them, like my grandmother, became a Bertha Schmidt by marrying a Schmidt. Others, like a character in today’s story, were born as Bertha Schmidt. I will eventually include her in this story, but I will begin … More Ben and Bertha

A Dozen Scheetz

The main surname for today’s post goes through some spelling changes during one man’s lifetime. We first see it using the German spelling with an umlaut. The name was Schϋtz. We later see documents that spell this name in the standard way that a German umlaut spelling was “Americanized”. It was almost always changed by … More A Dozen Scheetz

Wirth and ‘Witz

I will eventually get around to a girl who was born on March 29th, but first, I will discuss a boy that was born on our nation’s birthday, July 4, 1850. His name was Peter Wirth, Jr. As you can conclude, his father was also named Peter. His mother was Anna (Adler) Wirth. We have … More Wirth and ‘Witz

Mehner Merchants

Heinrich Carl Mehner was born on March 28, 1872, making today his 149th birthday. I will attempt to tell his story today. The Mehner family had arrived in this area in 1840, then not long after their arrival, Henry’s father was born in 1843. The Mehner family lived in a variety of townships in Perry … More Mehner Merchants