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Zula Ley: Little-Known Fact #3

Robert Earl Ley Sr. and Son

A very young Robert Earl Ley Jr. and his father, Robert Sr.

Secret Wedding for Zula Fisher & Earl Ley?

There are certain major checkboxes in the Genealogy-by-numbers game. Birth and death are the bookends. And, if a particular branch should bear fruit, marriage the node not-quite-in-between.

Know those dates and you’ve got the basic sketch of a life’s trajectory. But what’s behind a date? Pair it with a location and you start to have a story.

We’re born where our parents’ lives began to blossom, sometimes in the stomping grounds of previous generations, often in a new place, with new possibilities.

We pass away at the terminus of a hopefully long journey, the many bends and dips and peaks along the way often not documented as boldly, yet significant in their bearing on life’s course.

The place we’re married, now, that can be a waypoint with ties to our youth, the places where parents raised us; or to the place where we fell in love, got our starts; or even someplace random or dreamy in its romance, significant unto itself.

And of course the stories get deeper beyond mere dates and places. It’s more than mere rite of passage. A party, a reunion — and union — of relatives (some sober, some significantly less so), a crossing of a particular threshold, an adult declaration of commitment.

Yeah, I bet there’s a lot of stories tucked in there.

In my research, dutifully documenting these dates of significance for relatives on various branches of the tree, for those in Ohio in the early decades of the 20th century a particular place dots biographical records enough it begins to coalesce into an arrow pointing to … West Virginia. Specifically, Ohio and Brooke counties.

Today, we’ll take a look at Wellsburg, W. Va., county seat of Brooke, and an occasion in summer, 1917.

Wellsburg, ‘Gretna Green’ to Ohio, Pennsylvania Elopements

The official record reads that Robert Earl Ley and Zula Lucrece Fisher were married June 27, 1917. The place, with a little more digging, is Wellsburg, W. Va.

But the newspaper announcement of their marriage — and the timing some six months later — reveals a bit more.

From the New Philadelphia, Ohio, Daily Times, Dec. 19, 1917:

Wedding Announcement

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fisher announces the marriage of their daughter, Mary Zula Lucrece Fisher to Liet. Dr. Robert Earl Ley, son of former County Treasurer Charles Ley and Mrs Ley of East avenue. The marriage took place at Wellsburg, W. Va. June 27, 1917.

Dr. and Mrs. Ley wil spend their Christmas vacation in the East, after visiting relatives and college friends of Dr. Ley’s in Cleveland. They will be the honored guests at several social events while in Cleveland.

Mrs. Ley is a graduate of the New Philadelphia high school in the class of 1932. During the past two years has been teaching in the Dover schools.

Dr. Ley, is a graduate of Western Reserve Dental college and for the past year and half has been practicing in Dover.

Both Dr. and Mrs. Ley have a host of friends and relatives in New Philadelphia and Dover, and the announcement of their wedding will come as a surprise.

“The announcement of their wedding will come as a surprise,” OK! And to their friends in two cities at that. OK!

Also significant in the timing is that it’s not just six months after their nuptials, it’s just about nine months exactly before the birth of their son, my grandpa, Robert Earl Jr., Sept. 30, 1918.

Interesting, eh?

I am sure there are some stories in those intervals of six and nine months, respectively. The story of Wellsburg, though, is documented in a number of places.

Wellsburg served as a famous “Gretna Green” in the U.S. for its fortuitous lack of a waiting period before marriage. Thousands of couples each year crossed from Ohio and Pennsylvania to wed. As surrounding communities enacted longer waiting periods before couples could tie the knot, the flood increased — more than 4,000 couples were married before Christmas Day in 1933; the annual tide swelled to 10,000 by 1936. In 1937, the county responded to pressure from parents in Pittsburgh, among other municipalities, and toughened its laws.

So, Great-Grandma and -Grandpa were products of the time. But as it turns out, there’s another twist to this story.


John & Addie Fisher Family, New Philadelphia, OH

Great-great Grandparents John and Addie Fisher are front, center. Great-grandma Zula is front, left. Sister Alverna is front, right. In the back are brothers Byron, Clyde and Oscar.

Fisher Sisters Tie Knot on Same Day?

June 27, 1917 was a Wednesday. Wellsburg was a little over an hour away — 65 miles — down present-day 250E and 22E toward Pittsburgh.

Did 23-year-old dentist Earl and 21-year-old teacher Zula sneak off on a weekday alone to get hitched? As it turns out, probably they did not.

Although I could find no newspaper announcing the wedding of Zula’s younger sister, then 19-year-old Alverna, and 21-year-old Olin Abbuhl, family records on all reported the same marriage day for the siblings. Curious. And could be wrong.

But diving for the actual records reveals this: at the top of page 238 in the Brooke County wedding registry you’ll see Earl and Zula; at the bottom of page 241 you’ll find Olin and Alverna. Although they recorded Earl’s age as a year older than he really was, only the inaccuracy for Alverna bears any legal implications. At 19, she fell two years short of the age requirements — though there was no checking. So the license records her age as 21.

The lack of a wedding announcement for Olin and Alverna — even their obituaries in 1962 and 1977 do not report their wedding date — leaves several possibilities. Were both sisters wed in secret? Were Olin and Alverna wed officially, with Earl and Zula deciding in the moment to also tie the knot? Not likely, due to Alverna’s (actual) age.

We don’t know the exact details now. But the facts of date and place certainly tell an interesting story.


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October Birthdays & Anniversaries | Family Milestones this Month

Ley Fam Reunion 1984

Ley family reunion, 1984. Among other October family milestones, grandparents Bob and Sue Ley celebrated 63 years of marriage every October 16, from 1943 through 2006.

October Family Milestones

Well, there’s no time like October and Family History Month to get my typing fingers — and this blog — back in gear.

So here, in honor of the birth of the newest Foutz, Caden Harman, on October 4, 2012, to proud parents Dan and Laura (Hicks) Foutz, is a rundown of family milestones for the month.

Great-great-great-great Grandfather Henry Charles Powell

1 — Birthday of Henry Charles Powell

Great-great-great-great grandfather Henry Powell was born in 1814 in London, England, but set sail for America with his parents, four older siblings and one younger sibling when he was 3. After blowing through the family’s fortunes as they faced the deprivations of frontier life in Virginia, they soon settled in Bakersville, near Coshocton, Ohio. Henry thrived as a farmer, tripling the size of his original homestead to 300 acres. At 96 years, 7 months and 9 days, his is the longest confirmed lifespan of any of my ancestors.

1 — Birthday of cousin Liz (Ley) Creedon

May she who shares the birthday of fourth-great-grandfather Henry Charles Powell have four times the greater number of days. Gee, Liz, that would make me about 382 when you get to that point. I’d like to send you a postcard, but I’ll probably just have my 12th great-grandchild do that…. (I’ll be really damn old.)

Powell Henrietta Howells

Henrietta Howells Powell

4 — Birthday of Henrietta (Howells) Powell

In 1783, in Brecknock, Breconshire, Wales. Our fifth great-grandmother set sail from England for America with her husband and six young children at 37 years old. In America, she would raise another six more.

4 — Marriage of Jonathan and Rebecca (Caldwell) Foutz

In 1865, in Harrison County, Ohio. Foutz family legend has it — as recorded in a 1910 history book — that Rebecca was born on the same Foutz homestead as her eventual husband. Whether that was third-great-grandfather Gideon Pfouts’s place or even way back at Michael Pfouts’s spread a township over is unknown, but the two childhood playmates were eventually wed, and went on to raise seven children, first on a farm of their own, and later in a path that wound its way to Dover, Ohio, where our family would remain in a new century.

5 — Birthday of Charles Johnson Jr.

In 1922 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. One of 10 children born to my great-grandparents Charles and Viola Johnson, and closest in age to my grandmother Erma (Johnson) Foutz (see below), Charles was one of three brothers to die tragically in water-related accidents, succumbing, at 17, to a diving accident in 1939.

Ley Augustus mug 1896

Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Augustus Ley

11 — Birthday of Augustus Ley

Born in 1839 in Shanesville, Ohio, Great-Great-Great Grandpa Augustus Ley was the third child of Bavarian immigrants Karl and Susanna Ley. Though his father was a prominent saddler in Shanesville, Augustus set up shop down the road and river in Port Washington. He was merely one of several Leys to run a successful dry goods or grocery store, and for years his business was situated prominently on the canal in Port Washington.

16 — Marriage of Robert Earl Ley Jr. and Suzanne Abbott Weible

In 1943, in Oxford, Ohio. Grandma and Grandpa Ley were married 63 years.

Amanda Jane Cummings Palmer

Great-great Grandma Amanda Jane Cummings Palmer, about 1872


17 — Birthday of Amanda Jane Cummings

Born in 1852 in Harrison County, Ohio, Great-Great-Grandma Amanda Palmer made her life with husband George on their farm near Scio long after her parents and siblings lit out for Osage County, Kansas. She was mother to 10, the youngest of whom was daughter (and my great-grandmother) Viola Mae (Palmer) Johnson.

Fisher John William

Great-Great-Grandfather John William Fisher

21 — Birthday of John William Fisher

1856 in New Philadelphia. Great-Great-Grandfather J. W. Fisher farmed in Stone Creek, just outside New Phila city limits, where his father George had farmed for decades prior. After his daughter, my great-grandmother, Mary Zula Lucrece (Fisher) Ley, died tragically in 1920 at age 24, an infant Robert Earl Ley Jr. was sent to live with J.W. and wife Addie May (Smith) Fisher while his father Robert Ley Sr. grieved.


Foutz Erma, Roy, Louise, Laura TG 1949

Pictured on Thanksgiving Day, 1949: Great Uncle Roy Foutz, flanked by sisters-in-law Erma (Johnson) Foutz and Louise (Moore) Foutz. Reaching in is Great-Grandma Laura Foutz.

26 — Birthday of Adell Louise (Moore) Foutz

Great Aunt Louise, wife to my grandpa Don’s older brother, Carl Foutz, and mother to “Buzz” and Donna, kept up a close correspondence with family back in Dover decades after her family moved to Florida. Born in 1913 in West Virginia, she is buried with Great Uncle Carl in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover.

Ruslin Hills Church ext 2012

The church in the Ruslin Hills, Dover, Ohio where Vance and Laura Foutz were married in 1907. A portion of the property sat on Laura’s family farm.

26 — Marriage of Vance Cleveland Foutz and Christina Laurina Katherina Zeigler

In 1907 — 105 years ago this month — Great-Grandparents Vance and Laura Foutz were married at Ruslin Hills Church on the north end of Dover, Ohio. He was barely 20, only just employed in the steel mill where he’d work for the next five decades, and she was a farm girl with native German parents, both immigrants from Wuerttemberg. They both had lost fathers while still in their young teens; his, in 1900, and hers in 1897. Their marriage would last more than 49 years, until death took Laura, in 1956.

Johnson Erma 1920

Erma Johnson as a baby, about 1920 or ’21.

27 — Birthday of Erma Maxine (Johnson) Foutz Miller

In 1920 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Grandma Foutz was fifth of ten children born to Charles and Viola (Palmer) Johnson. She lived her whole life in the New Philadelphia and Dover, Ohio area, but wintered in Green Valley, Arizona and traveled the world with her second husband, Max. It’s been 13 years since we celebrated a birthday with you, grandma, and we all miss you.

Vance Cleveland Foutz Charles Ross Foutz

Brothers Vance (left) and Charles Foutz, about 1905-1907.

28 — Birthday of Charles Ross Foutz

In 1885, on the farm south of Bowerston. Charles was the sixth of seven children born between 1867 and 1887 to Great-Great-Grandparents Jonathan and Rebecca Foutz, and closest in age to my great-grandpa Vance Cleveland Foutz. Following the death at 55 of their father, the two youngest sons were just teenagers when they went to work coal mining to support their widowed mother. Eventually, their traveling took them to Dover, Ohio, where Vance settled, while Charles moved across the river to New Philadelphia. Father of four, he died tragically young, of pneumonia, at just 32.

30 — Birthday of cousin Doreen Ley

42 years young this year! Fine Buckeyes don’t age, Doreen, they just learn to make wine.

31 — Birthday of Florence Wilma (Jones) Ley

In 1901 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Second wife to Robert Earl Ley Sr., she was, nonetheless, mother to Robert Earl Ley Jr., who lost his birth mother when he was not yet two years old. To the rest of us, she was “M.A. Ley.”


And that concludes our wrap-up of October milestones. Make it a memorable one, everybody!

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Ancestor of the Week: Aug. 16, 2010

Grace Foutz, daughter of Sherman, was barely known to relatives in Dover, even as she lived out her life a dozen miles to the south in Uhrichsville.

Grace (Foutz) Chaney

1890 – 1970

The family of Sherman Foutz — my great-grandfather Vance’s oldest brother — has long been a mystery for my own. As my grandmother and her sisters-in-law burrowed into genealogy in the late 1970s, their notes back and forth recorded the fragments of knowledge they had collected — and the gaps in between:

Of Rebecca Foutz, my great-great grandmother, Louise Foutz (wife to my grandpa’s brother, Carl) wrote: “Pop’s mother died after a stroke at the home of her son, Vance. She was born in Sherodsville (sic). Husband was Johnathan. Buried in Bowerston. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.”

These details were gathered entirely from the clipped obituary for Rebecca, likely found among my great-grandfather Vance’s things after his death in 1968. All they knew of my great-great grandfather (Vance and Sherman’s father) was a name: Johnathan, or Johnathon, or Jonathan. And about Vance’s siblings, at first, Erma Foutz, Louise Foutz and Doris (Foutz) Waddington could gather even less. There was a brother, Charles (who had died in 1918 at age 32, leaving a family of four young children behind — his obituary probably was also found among Vance’s things), and at least two sisters — Mrs. Sam Hathaway, of Bowerston, and Mrs. Thomas Moreland, of Carrollton. …

Also a brother Sherman that we know little about, and possibly another sister (Louise wrote Erma). … I went to Pop’s sister’s funeral when I was pregnant with Donna. A Frank Coleman used to visit often, and a niece that lived in Urichsville, and some red-haired nephews from Canton. Neither Doris or I remember names.

By March 1979, more pieces to the puzzle had been fitted. According to the family record my grandma was assembling, they had identified Sherman, Charles and Vance as sons of my great-great grandparents Johnathon and Rebecca Foutz, and daughters Lila, Ida and Rachel. Grandma also seemed fixed on a “George” Foutz being a brother of Vance’s and the rest, though Doris was convinced otherwise. In a letter to Don and Erma Foutz about that time, Doris writes to her brother and sister-in-law:

Another rainy Thursday like last week when we were in Ohio. I don’t have any information to help you for the family tree. I’m sure Sherman Moreland would be glad to supply you with dates & names & etc. His address is (deleted in this blog — COLT). I still think George Foutz was Dad’s cousin (therefore, not his brother – COLT). Don if you get time some day would you go over to the cemetery & cut those 2 evergreens down. They are half dead & split & an eyesore. Hope you get all your (pruning? planting?) done. Nice seeing you both. Write sometime?

The letter is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, that at least one of Johnathon’s descendants, granddaughter Doris, got it right: the missing child in their research was not George, but instead a John Cephas Foutz. Born 1878 in Bowerston, Ohio, he is listed among Johnathon and Rebecca’s children in the 1880 census (which, by then, also includes Sherman, Ida, Lila and Rachel among the household). He died in January 1899 in Bowerston at 21, and is likely the reason his mother, Rebecca, is listed in the 1900 and 1910 censuses as  having given birth to 7 children, 6 of whom are living.

Second, this letter confirms the family at least is aware of their Moreland relatives. Sherman Moreland, mentioned by name, is an ancestor of Carl Moreland and Dawn James, descendants of my great-grandfather Vance’s older sister, Ida. I’ve exchanged a lot of information and photos with Dawn in the past several months. She is at work transcribing Sherman Moreland’s diaries.

Also of significance in Great Aunt Doris’s letter is her request of my grandpa Don to attend to split and “half-dead” evergreens in the cemetery. She might be referring to evergreens in Dover Burial Park, where their parents, my great-grandparents, Vance and Laura Foutz, are buried (though their gravesite, as of 2010, is in the middle of section B, and nowhere near evergreen trees, live or dead). But could she be referring to Conotton Cemetery, where many 0f our Foutz ancestors, including Johnathon and Rebecca, were supposed to have been buried? My trek there in March 2010 turned up some distant aunts, uncles and cousins, but no direct ancestors. However, several stones were broken beyond recognition, and a whole section was covered in fallen evergreen limbs. Was this a task my grandfather, who was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer around the time of this letter, and died in November 1980, ever had the chance to carry out?

But in the above digression, you begin to understand the mystery that surrounded branches of the Foutz family for so long, and that lingers still. Maybe it stems from our unique position on the tree: my father (Fred) is the youngest son, of a third-youngest son (Don), of a youngest son (Vance), of an oldest son (Johnathan) of a youngest son (Gideon). Especially for the farming Foutzes, sometimes 15 or 20 years separated a family’s oldest and youngest siblings. Johnathon Foutz died before my great-grandfather reached his teens; my great-great grandmother Rebecca a year after my grandpa was born. It could be much of their history was lost without a direct connection to it.

My research in the last two years has begun to clear away that shroud, somewhat. But questions still linger. None more so than in the family of Johnathan and Rebecca’s oldest son, Sherman. By 1979, Grandma Foutz and her sisters-in-law had identified one of Sherman’s children — a daughter, Grace. She lived near to them for years — barely a dozen miles separated her adulthood residence in Uhrichsville and the homes of her Foutz cousins in Dover. She is probably the “niece who lived in Uhrichsville” Louise vaguely remembers visiting her father-in-law, Vance. The tragedy was, Grace had died almost a decade before she was ever confirmed as a relative — long before they ever had a chance to chat.

For an Ohio farm kid of the late 1800s, Sherman Foutz was well-educated, something he saw fit to continue with his own children.

Promising Lives, Unwound by Tragedy

In part one of the very first Foutz-Johnson newsletter, I detailed the short, successful life of my great-grandfather’s oldest brother, Sherman.

Sherman’s entry in a Berks County, Pennsylvania history book, which profiles several prominent turn-of-the-century residents, reports his birth in September, 1867 near Bowerston, Ohio, on the old Foutz homestead, where his parents, Rebecca and Jonathan, were also born.

Sherman was educated at the New Hagerstown Academy in nearby Carroll County, Ohio, and returned home to marry a Harrison County girl, Elizabeth Wilson, in 1887. He made important connections in the fire insurance business and quickly rose to prominence as an appointed clerk to the U.S. Treasury Department during the second term of President Grover Cleveland. Sherman was then appointed district supervisor for the Knights of the Maccabees, a fraternal organization rooted in the insurance business.

The 1900 census found Sherman as co-head of a busy household.  His Washington D.C. residence included not only wife Elizabeth, son Oscar and daughter Grace, but also his father and mother and two youngest brothers — Charles and Vance. Here’s the first mystery of Sherman’s family, even during this time of prominence: what was his immediate family doing with him, so far away from Ohio and the farm? The Berks County History reports that Jonathan died that year at a young 55. Was his father ill beforehand? And was that why the entire family lived for a time with Sherman?

In any case, by 1910, Rebecca has returned home to Ohio to live in Dover with her son, Vance, and his wife of almost three years, Laura. Sherman and his family now reside in Harrisburg, PA, at a prominent address downtown. The kids are prospering, too. None more so than daughter Grace. While the Berks County History only reports that older brother Oscar is “at home” (the census indicates his employment as a fireman for the railroad), Grace is given glowing reviews. After attending private girls’ school in Reading, she earns a teaching certificate at Irving College in Mechanicsburg (a Lutheran school for girls), class of 1910.

Another mystery of the Sherman Foutz family is found in the 1910 census. The household’s youngest member is a Ralph Foutz, listed as grandson to Sherman and Lizzie. He’s almost a year and a half old. Oscar is listed as married, and for two years. But there is no wife listed. And there’s a strange hash mark beside the notations of M and 2. A quirk of the census taker (other names on the page bear similar hash marks beside M)? Where is Ralph’s mother, and Oscar’s bride? (Grace, for the record, is listed as single.)

In subsequent years, the mystery surrounding Sherman Foutz and his descendants would only deepen.

The Unraveling of Prominence

In the spring of 1915, the fortunes of the Foutz family change quickly.

In January, Sherman contracts tuberculosis. He departs for Wheat Ridge, a Lutheran sanitarium in Denver, Colorado, for treatment. He dies April 15, 1915.

In Dover, while Sherman is away getting treatment, his young nephew, Karl Coleman, son of his sister Rachel Foutz Coleman, is visiting their youngest brother, Vance Foutz, in March 1915 when Karl also contracts tuberculosis and dies there. In May 1915, about a month after her oldest son dies, and two months after her grandson Karl’s death, Rebecca Foutz suffers a massive stroke and also passes away, in the early morning of May 25, in son Vance’s Dover home.

Obituaries in this time are brief and, at times, incomplete if not inaccurate. But what can we infer from them? Sherman’s obit lists only his daughter, Grace, and wife, Elizabeth as survivors. Has Oscar passed away? What about his grandson, Ralph? Rebecca’s obituary reports that her husband preceded her in death 15 years prior, but goes into no further detail for children who have died. It does list Vance, Charles, Lila and Ida as four children surviving. We know of John’s and Sherman’s deaths — has Rachel also died at that point?

The details of how these deaths affected the Foutz survivors are not known. But the next public document that finds Grace records her marriage that December 28, 1915 in Wheeling, W. Va. The license, for which no other Foutzes appear as witnesses, records that Grace Foutz was born in “Barriston”, Ohio, probably an amalgam of Bowerston and Harrison County, and that her husband, Fred Chaney, was born in Phil. Roads, Ohio, and is now a resident of Cleveland. What brought them together? And so soon after her father’s death?

Subsequent censuses document the couple in Uhrichsville, Ohio — just west of Bowerston and south of Dover, and the place where Grace, according to her 1970 obituary, resides for many years. She teaches 17 years in the Feed Springs School, belongs to the Berea Nazarene Church, and is a member of many civic and women’s organizations in the Twin Cities (of Uhrichsville and Dennison).

But what is life like for them? And why don’t the Foutzes of my grandmother’s generation and beyond seem to have any knowledge of her?

Back in Pennsylvania, the record begins to further unravel. By 1920, Sherman’s widow, Lizzie, is running a boarding house in Harrisburg. Ralph, her grandson, is listed as a resident, along with a foster daughter, Catherine Rutt. (Who is named as a survivor 50 years later in Grace’s obituary, along with “several nieces and nephews”. Oscar is listed (as “a brother”) as having preceded her in death.) The census taker started to write in Grace’s name for the Harrisburg census, but it is scratched out. (Hmmm?)

Lizzie’s gravestone in Longview Cemetery, Bowerston, records her death year as 1945 — some 30 years after Sherman’s — but I haven’t located her on any subsequent census. Ralph Foutz shows up in the Harrisburg city directory throughout the 1940s; and Catherine’s residence is listed as Lititz, Pa. in Grace’s 1970 obituary. So, where are these Foutz descendants today? How did they fare following Sherman’s death?

As for Grace, Fred Chaney is shown to have passed away in 1955. They are buried together in Longview Cemetery, in a plot next to Sherman and Lizzie. According to Grace’s obituary and all available records, they don’t seem to have had any children. There’s another trait of the public record for Grace and Fred that stands out as all the more strange, for all that we don’t know about them. They never seem able to give their correct ages.

Grace’s birth certificate and the 1900 census in Washington D.C. record her birth month and year correctly — September 1890. And her age — 19 — also is correct in the summer 1910 census in Harrisburg. But her marriage certificate of December 1915 says she is 24 and Fred is 22, which assumes a birth year for Grace of 1891, and Fred of 1893 — not so big a difference. But if the 1920 Uhrichsville census is to be believed, Fred, at 24, and Grace, at 26, have only aged two years since their marriage five years prior. And the in the 1930 census, same location, same couple, Grace is 34, and Fred, 33. How has Grace managed to age only 10 years in 15 years of marriage? (And, by the way, the 1930 census records Fred’s “age at first marriage” as 19, and Grace’s as 20, pretty far off from their recorded ages in Wheeling).

So… all of the above could be attributed to transcription error. We certainly see it plenty of times in documents tracing our relatives’ lives. Or, there could be another Grace Foutz and Fred Chaney getting married, and living in Uhrichsville. But more likely, there’s just only so much detail a public record will yield. The rest is up to conversation, and shared association, to ferret out.

Unfortunately, in the case of Sherman Foutz and his descendants, the connection was broken at some point with the descendants in his extended family. But that’s not to say with some additional research, and a lot of luck, the path can’t be regained.

Sherman Foutz and, clockwise, daughter Grace Foutz, mother Rebecca Foutz, and grandmother Rachel Caldwell sit for a portrait about 1910.

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