Selected Families and Individuals


Georrge Washington Warner

According to his granddaughter, Edith Archer Schott, George Washington Warner's family was of English descent. Family legend has it that he is somehow related to America's first president.

The 1900 census states that George W. Warner's father and mother were from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, respectively.

Sophia Asher

According to her granddaughter, Edith Archer Schott, Sophia Archer was of Scottish descent.

Forest Lee Stiers

Forest Stiers became a member of the National Letter Carriers Association in 1938 (source: Zanesville Signal 6 Apr 1942). He became vice president of the organization in January, 1944.

A public auction was announced in the Zanesville Signal on 3 Jul 1945:
Friday, July 6, 1945. Sale 1 p.m.
The following are a few of the many articles of household goods to be sold
at 541 Forest Ave.: 2 good Axminster rugs, 9x12, 9x15; Hoover electric sweeper,
electric waffle iron, 3 pc. bedroom suite, 2 pc. livingroom suite like new (this suite
was built new by Graham Upholstery in 1942). All pre-war springs. Neylon (sic)
material; spinet desk, Regent upright piano and bench, Tiperary chair, 8 pc. dining
room suite, Kiddie’s sidewalk fire truck. 12 Traverse rods, like new, porch swing,
several pieces of imported china dishes, including some “Haviland china,” china
antique clock and many other items not mentioned here. E.R. Tom, Auctioneer.

From the Zanesville Times Recorder on 27 Jul 1947:
NEW LEXINGTON - One accident was reported in Perry county by state high-
way patrolmen on Sunday.
The accident occurred on Route 75 about 4:15 in the afternoon 2 ½ miles
north of Six Mile turn on the curve near the Frame filling station.
Durwoard W. Hensely, 41, of Crooksville Route 2, was driving north, and
Forest Stiers, 44, of South Zanesville was driving south on the route. Consid-
erable damage was done to both cars.
Hensley was arrested for careless driving while under the influence of intox-
icating liquor and was fined $100 and costs when arraigned before Justice of
the Peace Leonard Euman Monday morning. He is being held in jail in default
of payment.

The following classified ad ran in the Zanesville Times Recorder on 25 Sep 1948:
Carpenter, Contracting, remodeling,
repairs & new homes
Forest L. Stiers. Ph. 3547-R.

Georgiana Rose Archer

Wedding announcement:
The marriage of Miss Georgianna Archer, 137½ Forest avenue,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Archer, Lewisville, and Forrest Stiers,
South Zanesville, was solemnized Monday morning at 7:30 o’clock
in St. Joseph’s church, Burkhart. Rev. Fr. Joseph Finan officiated.
The attendants were Miss Lucy Archer and Joseph Archer, sister and
brother of the bride.
A breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents, and during
the morning, Mr. and Mrs. Stiers left for Chicago. They will reside in this
The bride was graduated from Lewisville high school and a Columbus
business college. She has held a clerical position with the Roekel Plumbing
company, this city. Mr. Stiers is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Stiers, 82
Shawnee avenue, South Zanesville. He is a railroad employee.

Georgiana Archer Stiers’ obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder on 17 Apr 1968:
Mrs. Georgiana R. Stiers, 64, of Dayton, former Zanesville and New
Lexington area resident, died at 5:10 p.m. Monday (April 15) at her home
after a long illness.
She was born in Lewisville, Monroe County, on Nov. 8, 1903, a daughter
of Edward and Theresa Raab Purcell (sic).
Mrs. Stiers left this area about 20 years ago to go to Dayton. Her husband,
Forest L. Stiers is a general contractor in the Dayton area.
Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Dolores A. Fox of Louisville
Ky., Mrs. Barbara Pavelka of Union, and Martha of the home; two sons, CWO
Daniel J. Stiers of the Army stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala., and Sgt. John F. Stiers
of the USAF stationed at Selfridge Field, Mich.; five sisters, including two from
Zanesville. They are Mrs. William (Amelia) Burkhard of 2015 Neil avenue and
Mrs. Dale (Clotilda) Wagner of 1246 Eastman street. One brother and eight
grandchildren also survive.
The body was taken to the Harris Funeral Home in Dayton where friends
may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Requiem
high mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Church in Dayton.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Zanesville.

This brief note appeared in the "Southeastern Ohio News" column of the Zanesville Signal on 11 Mar 1949:
BEVERLY -- The Beverly Band Mothers' club will meet Monday at the home
of Mrs. Forest Stiers, with Mrs. John Thorne assisting.

Thomas Albert Stiers

This brief death notice was published in the Zanesville Signal on 24 Aug 1941:
Last services for Thomas Stiers, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Forest L. Stiers, of 442 Taylor street, who died Tuesday evening, were held Friday morning at the St. Thomas Catholic Church. Burial was in Mt. Calvary.

Kilian Raab

Descendant of Kilian Raab researcher Jerome Dittman cites as his source work done by Manuela Kaib of Mittlekalbach, Hesse, Germany from the records of Roman Catholic Diocesan Archives in Fulda, Hesse, Germany. Jerome has compiled the following history of Kilian Raab.

Online records of German emigrants in the Bremen Archives show a Kilian Raab emigrating in 1852 at the age of 16. Using his age and the emigration date it is possible that this Kilian is the one who ended up in Fulda Ohio.. No records of his arrival in America have been found to date.

The first evidence of Kilian in America was found in Roman Catholic Diocesan Archive Records. At the age of 24 Kilian married Emilia Josepha Catharina Zelz, age 20, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Allegheny City, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on 30 January 1860. Allegheny City is now known as the North Side of Pittsburgh; it is located on the north side of the Allegheny River across from Pittsburgh. Emilia was born in Wipperfürth area of Westphalia, Germany a daughter of Heinrich Zelz and Anna Catharina Huckenstein, both of the Wipperfürth area of Westphalia.

Kilian, age 24, was next found in the 1860 US census taken on 30 June 1860. At this time he was living with his wife, Emilia, age 20 in the household of Charles Albert, a shoemaker, and his wife, Anna C. in the 3rd Ward of Allegheny City, Allegheny County, Post office of Perrysville, Pennsylvania. They are found at dwelling Number 425, Family Number 437. Kilian gives his birthplace as Kurhessen, and Emilia gives her’s as Prussia. In the census the family name is spelled as Robb. His personal estate at this time is $100; his occupation is given as shoemaker, and he is working with Charles Albert.

Although researcher Jerome Dittman states that he has been unable to locate any record of Emilia’s mother having married Charles Albert, it is believed that the Ann C. listed in the 1860 census as the wife of Charles Albert is Emilia’s mother, Anna Catharina Huckenstein Zelz. (Family relationships were not included in the 1860 census.) This assumption is based on the fact that when Kilian moved his family to Fulda, Noble County, Ohio they left three children behind. It is believed that they were left with Charles and Ann. This assumption is also base on the fact that when Kilian’s daughter, Rose, entered the convent she gave her parents name as Charles and Ann Albert Raab. Also, an article in an 1884 issue of the Caldwell [OH] Citizens' Press mentions that Killian Raab received a visit from his father-in-law, F. Albert.

Kilian served in the American Civil War as a Private in Company E, Independent Calvary Battalion, Militia of 1863. This Battalion was also known as Dale’s Calvary Regiment; he enlisted in the Regiment in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The Battalion served from July 1863 to December 1863 The foregoing is from the book “The Pennsylvania Volunteers” by Samuel P. Bates, 1985 Edition, Volume 10, Page 1328. Records from the National Archives and Records Administration provide the following: Kilian served as a Private, Company E, Dale’s Calvary Regiment. Mustered in 01 July 1863, mustered out 01 December 1863.

Kilian and Emilia, now using Amelia as the spelling of her name, are next found in the 1870 US Census taken 30 June 1870. At this time Kilian Raab’s name is again listed as Robb living with the household of Michael Vasly (Uasly), his wife, Elisabeth, and son Ronie.. The Raab family consisted of children: May (Mary), age 8; Henry, age 4; John, age 2; and William, age 1. The Raab family livied in the 3rd Ward, Allegheny City. Kilian’s (age 36) place of birth is listed as Cour Hessen. Amelia's (age 28) place of birth is listed as Prussia. Kilian’s personal worth is now $800, his occupation is given as retired shoe cutter.

Kilian is also found in the 1872, 1873, 1874, and 1875 City Directories as living at 68 Adams Street, Allegheny City, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This area is now known as the Manchester section, and the location of his home is now part of an industrial park.

The family moved from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Noble County, Ohio around 1875 or so. Kilian first appeared in Noble County Atlas for 1876. Some of the older children remained in Pennsylvania. In 1880, 45 year old shoe- and boot-maker Kiillian Raab lived in the Village of Fulda, Enoch Twp., Noble County, Ohio with his wife Amelia (40) and children John (12), Rosa (11), Frank (7), Theresia (4), and Mena (1). John, Rosa and Frank attended school. Adjacent households in the census belonged to grocer John Arnold and shoemaker Edward Warner. Killian and his parents are listed as having been born in Hesse; Amelia and her parents are listed as having been born in Prussia. All his children were born in Pennsylvania except Philomema who was born in Ohio.

Noble County Land Records show that Kilian Raab owned Lot Number 6 in Fulda in 1876. It was sold to Gertrude Ritterback by Amelia in 1908. The home, a log cabin, is no longer standing. The lot was at the foot of a hill on the road through Fulda. The hill is still referred to as Raab’s Hill.

Emilie Josepha Catharina Zelz

Based on records received from the Nordrhein-westfalisches Hauptstaatsaarichiv, Düsseldorf, Germany, Emilia Josepha Catharina Zelz and her mother emigrated to America in 1854 to be with her uncle and son who was living in Allegheny City at that time.

Sources concflict on Amelia's maiden name:
Betts -- Dolores Snider
Zelz or Zeltzs -- Jerome Dittman, death cert. of daughter Philomena
Zells -- One World Tree
Albert -- Caldwell Citizens' Press, which reported on 13 Mar 1884 that:
F. Albert, of Pittsburgh, Father-in-law of K. Raab of this place [Fulda]
was here on a few days visit last week.

After her husband's death, Amelia appears to have remained at the family home until about 1890 when she is found living with her daughter Teresa, her husband Edward Purcell Archer and their daughter Clotilda. This appears on what appears to be an extract of the 1890 Carlisle Village, Stock Township, Monroe County, Ohio. On the Census Amelia’s age is given as 60, meaning she was born about 1840.

In 1900, widow Amelia Raab (60 - Jan 1840) lived in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Purcell E. Archer, in Carlisle, Stock Twp., Noble County, Ohio. Amelia was a native of Germany who came to America in 1856, according to the census. She had given birth to 9 children, 7 of whom were still alive in 1900.

Amelia still lived with her daughter Teresa's family in 1910, although by then the family had moved to Lewisville, the county seat of Monroe County, Ohio. Information on the number of Amelia's children in the 1910 census conflicts with that in the previous census. The 1910 census states that Amelia Raab had given birth to 8 children, 7 of whom were still living.

Amelia died while living in the household of her youngest daughter Minnie Saunders and her husband, John Souders. Amelia is buried in the New Lexington Cemetery Ward 26, Lot 56, New Lexington, Perry, Ohio. Her age at death is given as 78 years, 03 months, 28 days. Her date of birth is given as 08 December 1840. Her Ohio Death Certificate is in Volume 2911, Certificate Number 29016. Cause of death is listed as bronchial pneumonia and senility. On her death certificate her parents are given as: Henry Zelz and Amelia Unknown, both born in Germany.

A research report from the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocesan Archives lists her parents as Henricus Zelz and Catherine Huckenstein, both born in Wipperfürth, Germany.

Her emigration permit, dated 07 September 1857, lists 18 year old Amelia’s name as Emilie Josepha Catherina Zelz and her mother’s name as Anna Catharina Huckenstein, and her father as Heinrich Zelz. The emigration permit also lists her mother as a widow and states that she was emigrating to Pittsburgh to join family members. That family appears to have been Anna Catherine's brother, Heinrich Joseph Huckenstein, his wife, Wilhelmina Schmitz and their children: Carl, Ernest, and Heinrich Joseph. Heinrich and family had emigrated to Pittsburgh and settled in Allegheny City in 1854. The family had Wilhelmine, Carl and Ernest die within a year of arrival; and three other children born to them lived no longer than 15 months.

Information is from the records of George Archer, coordinator of the Archer Family Association, PO Box 6233, McLean, Virginia 22106. E-mail The relationship between the Raab and Archer families is established by the marriage of Kilian and Amelia's daughter to Edward Purcell Archer.

Rosa Catharina Raab

Rosa Raab entered the Sisters of Saint Francis religious order and took the name Sister M. Georgeanna.

Edwin L. Weber

Edwin Weber served briefly in the Army during World War I:
Name: Edwin L. Weber Serial Number: 5271647 Race: W
Residence: 503 Warren St., Marietta, O. Enlistment Division: National Army
Enlistment Location: Marietta, O. Enlistment Date: 02 Oct 1918
Birth Place: Marietta, O. Birth Date / Age: 29 March 1898
Assigns Comment: Students' Army Training Corps College of Marietta O to Discharge Private
Honorable discharge 18 Dec 1918.

At the time of the 1920 census, Edwin Weber lived with his parents in Marietta, Ohio. He worked as a salesman for an oil well supply company.

In 1930, Edwin Weber (33) and his wife Eliza (32) owned a home worth $7000 at 805 Phillips St. in Marietta, Ohio. Living with them were their two children, Edwin L. Jr. (5) and David T. (2), and Edwin's father, August Weber (66). Edwin was still a salesman for an oil well supply company.


In 1930, Eliza was employed as a registered nurse in a hospital. She had been unemployed for 6 months during the previous year. Eliza and her parents were natives of Ohio.

Edwin L. Weber Jr.

Dates of birth and death (from Social Security Death Index) have not been proven, but year of birth and middle initial match those in the 1930 census. Social Security number issued in Ohio prior to 1951.

William C. Dirrim

Surname is unclear in the 1900 and 1910 census. In 1900, it's indexed as Dewan, but the actual census return the first two letters are definitely "Di." It could be Dirven or Divren. The 1910 and 1920 census have the name indexed as Dirrim. In the 1930 census, it's indexed as Dinam, but it looks more like Dirrim. Researcher Joanne Cummings spells it Divin.

In 1900, the family lived in a mortgaged house at 230 Maple Street in the Fifth Ward of Marietta, Ohio. The household consisted of William (35), his wife Mary (41), and their only child, Jenny (14). Jenny, who was born in Indiana, attended school. William was born in Indiana to Irish parents. Mary was born in Ohio to German parents. William was a saloon keeper. The census stated that both William and Mary had been married for 15 years.

In 1910, William C. Dirrim (44) and his wife Mary T. (52) owned a farm in Milford Twp., Defiance County, Ohio. Also living in the house was William's mother Mary A. Dirrim (66). The census states that this was the second marriage for both parties, and that Mary had never given birth to a child. William was born in Indiana. Both of the women were born in Ohio, as were William's parents and his mother's parents. Mary T.'s parents were born in Germany. William's mother had given birth to 10 children, 9 of whom were still living.

At the time of the 1920 census, William C. (53) and Mary T. (61) Dirrim had moved to Edgerton Village in St. Joseph Twp., Williams County, Ohio. William was the proprietor of a lunchroom. William and his father were natives of Indiana, his mother was from Ohio. Mary was born in Ohio to German parents.

In 1930, the couple owned a $2000 home in Edgerton, Ohio. William was the supervisor of township roads. According to the census, William was 18 when he was first married (1883), and Mary was 26 (1885). The census states that William was born in Indiana to Ohio-born parents, and Mary was born in Ohio to German parents.

Mary T. Weber

The 1900 census indicates that Mary had given birth to one child, and that this child was still living. However, the 1910 census states that Mary never had children.

According to researcher Joann Cummings, Mary lived in Wheeling, WV at one time; however, no evidence of her has been found there.