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a. . . .for about. abbrev. . .abbreviation or ted. acc. . .according to.

acco. . . account accu. . . accurate adj. . .adjoining adm. . .admission or admitted

admin. . administration or tor. aft. . .after alleg. . .allegance ano. . .another

approx. . .approximately ar. co .. .artillery company ascert. . .ascertain or ained

b. . .born or birth bapt. . .baptized or sm. bec. . .because or became bef. . .before

bot. . .bought or bottom br. . .brother bur. . .buried capt. . .captain, captured or ivity

catal. . .catalogue ch. . .for child, children, or church clk. . .clerk Co. . .County

Col. . .Colony or Colonel Coll. . .College or Collections comp. . .company

confer. . .conferred conject. . .conjecture cont. . .continued contr. . .contract

corp. . .corporal couns. . .counsellor cous. . .cousin coven. . .convenant

ct. . .court d. . .died, death or daughter Dart. . .Dartmouth College deac. . .deacon

decis. . .decision degr. . .degree devis. . .devised discip. . .discipline

div. . .division or divided docum. . .document easi. . .for easily educ. . .deducation or ted

Eng. . .England eno. . .enough ens. . .ensign ensu. . .ensuing est. . .estate

establ. . .establishment exc. . .except f . . .father fam. . .family

fidel. . .fidelity foll. . .following or ed. freem. . .freeman or en. giv. . .given or giving

gr. . .grand, great, grant or graduate G.f.. . .grandfather . .grandmother

gr.s. . grandson Hist. . .History hist. . .historian hon. . .honorable honor. . .honorary

honora. . .honorable ign. . .ignorant Ind. . .Indians inf. . .infant or informed

inhab. . .inhabitant inq. . .inquiry ins. . .insert inv. . .inventroy

judic. . .judicial or judicious k. . .killed or king kn. . .known Id. . .land

lieut. . .lieutenant liv. . .lived or ing. m. . .married or age maj. . .major mak. . .making

ment. . .mentioned milit. . .military min. . .minister nam. . .for named

N.E. . . New England not. . .noted o. . .oath O.E. . . Old England

offic. . .official oft. . .often ord. . .ordained orig. . .origin peo. . .people

petitn. . .petition preced. . .preceding pro. . .probate or proved prob. . .probable or ly

prop. . .property propound. . .propounded propr. . .proprietors or proprietor

provis. . .provision pub. . .public rat. . .rated rec. . .record rep. . report or representative

repud. . .repudiated respectiv. . .respectively s. . .son or sons scatt. . .for scattering or ed

sec. . .second serb. . .sergeant sett. . .settlers or settler serv. . .service or servant

sh. . .share or ship sis. . .sister spell. . .spelling or ed. surg. . .surgeon

sw. . .swear or swore syl. . .syllable tak. . .taken tho. . .though thot. . .thought

thro. . .through transcr. . .transcribed unit. . .uniting or ed unm. . .unmarried

var. . .various or variation w. . .wife wh. . .who or which wks. . .weeks wid. . .widow

yr. . .year


Initials after your ancestor's names may provide useful information that you would not expect. The following list includes initials you may come across when reading old wills or other documents.

a.a.s. Died in the year of his/her age (anno aetitis suae)

d.s.p. Died without issue (decessit sine prole legitima)

d.s.p.l. Died without legitimate issue (decessit sine prole mascula supersita)

d.s.p.m.s. Died without surviving male issue (decessit sine prole supersita)

d.s.p.s. Died without surviving issue (decessit sine prole supersita)

d.unm Died unmarried

d.v.p. Died in the lifetime of his father (decessit vita patris)

d.v.m. Died in the lifetime of his mother (decessit vita matris)

Et al And others (et alia)

Inst Present month (instans)

Liber Book or volume

Nepos Grandson

Nunc Nuncupative will, an oral will, written by a witness

Ob He/she died (obit)

Relict Widow or widower (relicta/relistus)

Sic So or thus, exact copy as written

Testes Witnesses

Ult Late (ultimo)

Ux or Vs Wife (uxor)

Viz Namely (videlicet)



2 Parents

4 Grandparents

8 Great Grandparents

16 GG Grandparents

32 GGG Grandparents

64 GGGG Grandparents

128 GGGGG Grandparents

256 GGGGGG Grandparents

512 GGGGGGG Grandparents

1,024 GGGGGGGG Grandparents

2,048 GGGGGGGGG Grandparents

4,096 GGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

8,192 GGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

16,184 GGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

32,768 GGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

65,036 GGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

131,072 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

262,144 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

524,288 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

1,444,576 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

2,097,152 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

Is it any wonder that we spend so much time on genealogy?

From Pathways, Butler County, Chapter OGS Volume XVII, No. 4 - 1999


I Investigate index system peculiar to each book or record. Read the explanatory note, which precedes the listing. Study the overall appearance.

N Never give up! If the name isn't in the index and it should be, take the time to leaf through the book. No index is perfect.

D Decipher with in the alphabet - some indexes are only partially indexed.

E Explore all possible spelling variants and name changes.

X Cross check for every common surnames on pages where less common names appear.

E Examine for omissions. If the book is thick and the index short, only the most important names may be indexed.

S See if there is only one index. Often there are two (grantors and grantees, brides and grooms) one more (church roster and cemeteries).


_____ 1 2 3 4 5 6_________

1 Common Son or Grandson Gr Grandson 2nd Gr Grandson 3rd Gr Grandson

Ancestor Daughter or Daughter or Daughter or Daughter or Daughter


2 Son or Siblings Nephew Grand Nephew Gr. Grand 2nd Gr. Grand

Daughter Brother or or Niece or Niece Nephew or Nephew or

Sister Niece Niece


3. Grandson Nephew First First Cousin First Cousin First Cousin

or Daughter or Niece Cousin Once Removed Twice Removed Three Times Removed


4. Great Grand First Cousin Second Second Cousin Second Cousin

Grandson Nephew Once Cousin Once Twice

or Daughter Or Niece Removed Removed Removed


2nd Great Great Grand First Cousin Second Third Third Cousin

5. Grandson or Nephew or Twice Cousin Once Cousin Once

Granddaughter Niece Removed Removed Removed


3rd Great 2nd Great First Cousin Third Fourth Fourth Cousin

6. Grandson or Grand Nephew Three Times Cousin Once Cousin Once

Granddaughter Or Niece Removed Removed Removed



1790-1980: includes supplemental schedules open to the public; excludes questions asked on a sample basis only

1790: Name of family head; free white males of 16 years and up, free white males under 16; free white females; salves; other persons.

1800: Name of family head; if white, age and sex; race; slaves

1810: Name of family head; if white, age and sex; race; slaves

1820: Name of family head; age; sex; race; foreigners not naturalized; slaves; industry (agriculture, commerce, and manufactures)

1830: Name of family head; age; sex; race; slaves; deaf and dumb; blind; foreigners not naturalized

1840: Name of family head; age; sex; race; slaves; number of deaf and dumb; number of blind; number of insane and idiotic and whether in public or private charge; number of persons in each family employed in each of six classes of industry and one of occupation; literacy; pensioners for Revolutionary or military service.

1850: Name; age; sex; race; whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, or idiotic; value of real estate; occupation; birthplace; whether married within the year; school attendance; literacy; whether a pauper or convict.

Supplemental schedules for slaves; public paupers and criminals; person who died during the year.

1860: Name; age; sex; race; value of real estate; value of personal estate; occupation; birthplace; whether married within the year; school attendance; literacy; whether deaf and dumb; blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict; number of slave houses.

Supplemental schedules for slaves; public paupers and criminals; persons who died during the year.

1870: Name; age; race; occupation; value of real estate; value of personal estate; birthplace; whether parents were foreign born; month of birth if born within the year; month of marriage if married within the year; school attendance; literacy; whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, or idiotic; male citizens 21 and over, and number of such persons denied the right to vote for other than rebellion.

Supplemental schedules for persons who died during the year; paupers; prisoners.

1880: Address; name; relationship to family head; sex; race; age; marital status; month of birth if born within the census year; occupation; months unemployed during the year; sickness or temporary disability; whether blind, deaf and dumb, idiotic, insane, maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled; school attendance; literacy; birthplace of person and parents.

Supplemental schedules for the Indian population; for parents who died during the year; insane, idiots; deaf-mutes; blind; homeless children; prisoners; paupers and indigent person.

1890: General schedules - destroyed. Supplemental schedules for Union veterans of the Civil War and their widows.

1900: Address; name; relationship to family head; sex; race; age; marital status; number of years married; for women, number of children born and number now living; birthplace of person and parents; if foreign born, year of immigration and whether naturalized; occupation; months not employed; school attendance; literacy; ability to speak English; whether on a farm; home owned or rented and if owned, whether mortgaged.

1910: Address; name; relationship to family head; sex; race; age; marital status; number of years of present marriage; for women, number of children born and number now biving; birthplace and mother tongue of persons and parents; if foreign born, year of immigration, whether naturalized, and whether able to speak English, or if not, language spoken; occupation, industry, and class of worker; if an employee, whether out of work during year; literacy; school attendance; home owned or rented; if owned, whether mortgaged; whether farm or house; whether a survivor of Union or Confederate Army or Navy; whether blind or deaf and dumb.

1920: Address; name; relationship to family head; sex; race; age; marital status; if foreign born; year of immigration to the U.S, whether naturalized, and year of naturalization; school attendance; literacy; birthplace of person and parents; mother tongue of foreign born; ability to speak English; occupation, industry; and class of worker; home owned or rented; if owned, whether free or mortgaged.

1930: Address; name; relationship to family head; home owned or rented; value or monthly rental; radio set; whether on a farm; sex; race; age; marital status; age at first marriage; school attendance; literacy; birthplace of person and parents; if foreign born, language spoken in home before coming to U.S., year of immigration, whether naturalized, and ability to speak English; occupation, industry, and class of worker; whether at work previous day (or last regular working day); veteran status; for Indians, whether of full or mixed blood, and tribal affiliation.

1940: Address; home owned or rented; value or monthly rental; whether on a farm; name; relationship to household head; sex, race; age; marital status; school attendance; educational attainment; birthplace; citizenship of foreign born; location of residence 5 years ago and whether on a farm; employment status; if at work, whether in private or non-emergency government work, or in public emergency work (WPA, CCC, NYA, etc.); if in private or non-emergency government work, hours worked in week; if seeking work or on public emergency work, duration of unemployment; occupation, industry, and class of worker; weeks worked last year; income last year.

1950: Address; whether house is on farm; name; relationship to household head; race; sex; age; marital status; birthplace; if foreign born, whether naturalized; employment status; hours worked in week; occupation, industry, and class of worker.

1960 and 1970: Address; name; relationship to household head; sex; race; age; marital status.

1980: Address; name; household relationship; sex; race; age; marital status; Spanish/Hispanic origin or descent.


Patent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grant of land by the State to an individual(s)

Patentee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One who receives the patent

Warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Authorization for a survey

Grantor or Warrantor . . . . . . Person conveying or selling property

Survey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Drawing of a tract of land

Deed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Document transferring land from one person to another

Quit Claim Deed . . . . . . . . . .Transfer of rights to property

Quiet Claim Estate . . . . . . . . Action to clear title to real estate

Articles of Agreement. . . . . . Contract between parties

(Information from Ancestors Winter 1998 & MCC-OGS Volume 20-6 page 215)


Three terms - "immigrate" "emigrate" and "migrate" are similar and easily confused. They all come the same Latin root word "migro" meaning "to move".

IMMIGRATE: to come TO a country or region, especially from a native land, for the purpose of settlement.

EMIGRATE: to go FROM a country or section of a country to settle in another.

Emigrant trails led from the East to the unsettled regions of the West.

MIGRATE: to change one's dwelling place, usually with the idea of repeated change, or periodical return; it applies to wandering tribes of men, and to many birds and animals. It also applies to large communal groups who left one area to go to another, such as church groups who went en masse to found a new settlement.

"EMIGRATE" and "IMMIGRATE" carry the idea of permanent change of residence to some other country or some distant region; the two words are used distinctly of human beings, and apply to the same person and the same act, according to the side from which the action is viewed.

A person "EMIGRATES" from the land he leaves and "MIGRATES" to the land where he takes up his abode.

Your ancestor EMIGRATES from Europe and IMMIGRATED to the USA. The processes of emigration and immigration created records that are valuable to the genealogist. In general, the number of records and the information in them usually increases as the emigration/immigration period becomes more recent.

Between 1876 and 1889, Ernest G. RAVENSTEIN, a native of GER, formulated and published the following "laws" regarding immigration, although he referred to them as "migration."

These theories still ring true and include many ideas, which will aid genealogists today.

  • The majority of migrants go only a short distance.
  • Migration proceeds step by step.
  • Each current migration produces a counter current.
  • Females are more migratory within the country of their birth.
  • Most migrants are adults
  • Migrants going long distances generally prefer large centers of commerce and industry.
  • People of towns are less migratory than those of rural areas.
  • Migration increases as industries and commerce develop and transportation improves.
  • Large towns grow more by migration than by birth rates.
  • The major direction of migration is from agricultural to industrial or commercial centers.
  • The major cause of migration is economic.

(From: Fore Bear Pa's newsletter of the Shelby County, IN, Genealogical Society, Volume XI, No. I, February 2000 & MCC_OGS Volume 20-4 page 192)

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Fostoria Cemetery - Cemetery

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  St. Wendelin Cemetery- Names- Index of all formats
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St. Wendelin Cemetery
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Edited and Revised by Lillian Smith
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We have been informed by Kateri LaFontain DeMargel of Chesterfield, MO, that the records on this site are in error. The following people listed under LaFOUNTAIN surname, should be listed as LaFontain, with no "U". They are Albert, Bertha E.(w. of Albert J.), Catherine Brickner (w. of Gerald), Gerald W., and Rita May H. has reviewed the "mistake" and find that we have posted the above book as published and to change it at this date would not be proper. History is full of "mistakes"; we therefore will only post the sent in "correction".

Markers- Location Map - Names in text format: 1 - 2
Section: 1 - a - b - c - d - e - f -

Section: 2: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

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Fostoria Cemetery - Diseases

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Diseases of Past Times


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* ABLEPSY - Blindness

* AGUE - Malarial Fever

* AMERICAN PLAGUE - Yellow Fever

* ANASARCA - Generalized massive edema

* APHONIA - Laryngitis

* APHTHA - The infant disease, thrush

* APOPLEXY - Paralysis due to stroke

* ASPHYCSIA / ASPHICSIA - Cyanotic and lack of oxygen

* ATROPHY - Wasting away or diminishing in size

* BAD BLOOD - Syphilis

* BILIOUS FEVER - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis or elevated temperature and bile emesis

* BILIOUSNESS - Jaundice associated with liver disease


* BLACK FEVER - Acute infection with high temperature and dark red skin lesions and high mortality rate

* BLACK POX - Black Small pox

* BLACK VOMIT - Vomiting old black blood due to ulcers or yellow fever

* BLACKWATER FEVER - Dark urine associated with high temperature

* BLADDER IN THROAT - Diphtheria (Seen on death certificates)

* BLOOD POISONING - Bacterial infection

* BLOODY FLUX - Bloody stools

* BLOODY SWEAT - Sweating sickness

* BONE SHAVE - Sciatica

* BRAIN FEVER - Meningitis

* BREAKBONE - Dengue Fever

* BRIGHT'S DISEASE - Chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys

* BRONZE JOHN - Yellow Fever

* BULE - Boil, tumor or swelling

* CACHEXY - Malnutrition

* CACOGASTRIC - Upset stomach

* CACOSPYSY - Irregular pulse

* CADUCEUS - Subject to falling sickness or epilepsy

* CAMP FEVER - Typhus, Camp Diarrhea

*CANINE MADNESS - Rabies, hydrophobia

* CANKER - Ulceration of mouth or lips or herpes simplex

* CATALEPSY - Seizures/Trances

* CATARRHAL - Nose and throat discharge from cold or allergy

* CEREBRITIS - Inflammation of cerebrum or lead poisoning

* CHILBLAIN - Swelling of extremities caused by exposure to cold

* CHILD BED FEVER - Infection following birth of a child

* CHIN COUGH - Whooping cough

* CHLOROSIS - Iron deficiency anemia

* CHOLERA - Acute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing

* CHOLERA MORBUS - Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be appendicitis

* CHOLECYSTITUS - Inflammation of the gall bladder


* CHOREA - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing

* COLD PLAGUE - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing


* CONGESTION - Any collection of fluid in an organ, like in lungs

* CORRUPTION - Infection

* CORYZA - A cold

* COSTIVENESS - Constipation

* CRAMP COLIC - Appendicitis

* CROP SICKNESS - Overextended stomach

* CROUP - Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep throat

* CYANOSIS - Dark skin color from lack of oxygen in blood

* CYNANCHE - Disease of throat

* CYSTITIS - Inflammation of the bladder

* DAY FEVER - Fever lasting one day, sweating sickness

* DEBILITY - Lack of movement or staying in bed

* DECREPITUDE - Feebleness due to old age

* DELIRIUM TREMENS - Hallucinations due to alcoholism

* DENGUE - Infectious fever endemic to East Africa

* DENTITION - Cutting of teeth

* DEPLUMATION - Tumore of the eylids which causes hair loss

* DIARY FEVER - A fever that lasts one day

* DIPTHERIA - Contagious disease of the throat

* DISTEMPER - Usually animal disease with malaise, discharge from nose and throat, anorexia

* DOCK FEVER - Yellow Fever

* DROPSY - Edema (Swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease

* DROPSY OF THE BRAIN - Encephalitis

* DRY BELLYACHE - Lead poisoning

* DYSCRARY - An abnormal body condition

* DYSENTERY - Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood

* DYSOREXY - Reduced appetite

* DYSPEPSIA - Indigestion and heartburn. Heart aattack symptoms

* DYSURY - Difficulty in urination

* ECLAMPSY - Symptoms of epilepsy, convulsions during labor

* ECSTASY - A form of catalepsy characterized by loss of reason

* EDEMA - Nephrosis, swelling of tissues

* EDEMA OF LUNGS - Congestive heart failure, a form of dropsy

* EEL THING - Erysipelas

* ELEPHANTIASIS - A form of leprosy

* ENCEPHALITIS - Swelling of brain, aka sleeping sickness

* ENTEROCOLITIS - Inflammation of the intestines

* ENTERITIS - Inflation of the bowels

* EPITAXIA - Nose Bleed

*ERYSIPELAS - Contagious skin disease, due to Streptococci with vesicular and bulbous lesions

* EXTRAVASTED BLOOD - Rupture of a blood vessel


* FATTY LIVER - Cirrhosis of the liver

* FITS - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity

* FLUX - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea

* FLUX OF HUMOUR - Circulation

* FRENCH POX - Syphilis

* GATHERING - a collection of pus

* GLANDULAR FEVER - Mononucleosis

* GREAT POX - Anemia

* GRIPPE/GRIP - Infuenza like symptoms

* GROCER'S ITCH - Skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour

* HEART SICKNESS - Condition caused by loss of salt from body

* HEAT STROKE - Body temperature elevates because of surrounding environment temperature and body does not perspire to reduce temperature. Comma and death result if not reversed

* HECTICAL COMPLAINT - Recurrent fever

* HEMATEMESIS - Vomiting blood

* HEMATURIA - Bloody Urine

* HEMIPLEGY - Paralysis of one side of body

* HIP GOUT - Osteomylitis

* INANITION - Physical condition resulting lack of food


* INTESTINAL COLIC - Abdominal pain due to improper diet

* JAIL FEVER - Typhus

* JAUNDICE - Condition caused by blockage in intestines

* KING'S EVIL - Tuberculosis of neck and glands

* KRUCHHUSTEN - Whooping Cough

* LAGRIPPE - Influenza

* LOCKJAW - Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days.

* LUNG FEVER - pneumonia

* LUNG SICKNESS - Tuberculosis

* MALIGNANT FEVER - see typhus

* MARASMUS - Malnutrition occurring in infants and young children, caused by an insufficient intake of calories or protein

* MENINGITIS - Inflammation of the meninges characterized by high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck or back muscles. Synonym: brain fever

* MILK SICK - poisoning resulting from the drinking milk produced by a cow who had eaten a plant known as white snake root

* MORMAL - gangrene

* NEURALGIA - Sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a sensory nerve

* PARISTHMITIS - see quinsy

* PETECHIAL FEVER - see typhus

* PHTHISIS - see consumption

* PLAGUE/BLACK DEATH - Bubonic Plague

* PLEURISTY - Inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the chest cavity. Symptoms are chills, fever, dry couch, and pain in the affected side (a stitch)

* PNEUMONIA - Inflammation of the lungs

* PODAGRA - Gout

* POTTS DISEASE - Tuberculosis of the spinal vertebrae

* PUTRID SORE THROAT - see typhus

* QUINSY - An acute inflammation of the tonsils, often leading to an abscess. Synonyms: suppurative, tonsillitis, cynanche tonsillaris, paristhmitis, sore throat

* SCARLATINA - Scarlet fever. A contagious disease

* SCROFULA - Primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, especially those in the neck. A disease of children and young adults. Synonym: King's evil

* SEPTIC - Infected, a condition of local or generalized invasion of the body by disease-causing germs.

* SHIP FEVER - See typhus

* SOFTENING OF THE BRAIN - Cerebral hemorrhage/stroke

* SPOTTED FEVER - see typhus

* SUMMER COMPLAINT - See cholera infantum

* SUPPURATION - The production of pus

* TEETHING - The entire process which results in the eruption of the teeth. Nineteenth-century medical reports stated that infants were more prone to disease at the time of teething, Symptoms were restlessness, fretfulness, convulsions, diarrhea, and painful and swollen gums. The latter could be relieved by lancing over the protruding tooth. Often teething was reported as a cause of death in infants. Perhaps they became susceptible to infections, especially if lancing was performed without antisepsis. Another explanation of teething as a cause of death is that infants were often weaned at the time of teething; perhaps they then died from drinking contaminated milk, leading to an infection, or from malnutrition if watered-down milk was given.

* TETANUS - An infectious, often-fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds. Synonyms: trismus, lockjaw

* THRUSH - A disease characterized by whitish spots and ulcers on the membranes of the mouth, tongue, and fauces caused by a parasitic fungus. Synonyms: aphthae, sore mouth, aphthous stomatitis.

* TRISMUS NASCENTIUM OR NEONATORUM - A form of tetanus seen only in infants, almost invariably in the first five days of life.

* TYPHOID FEVER - An infectious, often-fatal disease, usually occurring in the summer months - characterized by intestinal inflammation and ulceration. The name came from the disease's similarity to typhus (see below). Synonym: enteric fever.

* TYPHUS - An acute, infectious disease transmitted by lice and fleas. The epidemic or classic form is louse borne, the endemic or murine is flea borne. Synonyms: typhus fever, malignant fever (in the 1850s), jail fever, hospital fever, ship fever, putrid fever, brain fever, bilious fever, spotted fever, petechial fever and camp fever.

* VARIOLA - smallpox

* WINTER FEVER - pneumonia

* YELLOW FEVER - An acute, often-fatal, infectious disease of warm climates - - caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes

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Fostoria Cemetery - History

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Fountain Cemetery

History of Fostoria's Fountain Cemetery
From R/t November 30, 2005
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Fostoria, OH 44830-1537
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Fostoria Lineage Research Society re-elects Officers.

Officers were elected when 18 members of the Fostoria Lineage Research Society met at the Kaubisch Memorial Library.
The present officers were re-elected for 2010. they are Sally Riser, president; Jan Herbert, vice-president; Paul Chaney, secretary/treasurer and Jim & Pat Beeson, publicity.
Riser and Herbert presented the program on the history of Fountain Cemetery. John Potteiger, retired cemetery superintendent, was present to answer questions from the group. The present cemetery consists of 38 acres between Van Buren and Summit streets. As of Oct. 12, there are 18,483 people interred. Felix Gonzales, working foreman of the cemetery, noted there are more people buried there than living in Fostoria, with the most recent census listing the local population at 13,931.
The original cemetery was laid out on a knoll just west of Portage Creek where Fostoria Community Hospital is today. The area is sometimes called Cemetery Hill. John Gorsuch, the original owner of the village of Risdon, donated the land for the cemetery to the Methodist Church of Risdon and it was named First Methodist Cemetery.
This site was used until 1856 when the Fostoria Cemetery was established on the site where Fountain cemetery is today. The first new graves in Fostoria Cemetery ere dug in 1856 for two children of the Rev. G.W. Collier, the pastor of the Methodist Church.
In 1900 the cemetery was renamed Fountain Cemetery because of its many fountains & inspired by an article in The Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune by Jefferson Wolfe, The Lady Fountain was built in 1895. There was another fountain under what is now the Veterans Memorial Chapel. Other statues were added in the cemetery. Still standing next to the Lady Fountain is a Civil War monument built in 1910.
In 1917, Bradfield Hamilton built the main gate, including an arch and a fence. He also built the boat that is to the left of the entrance and the main mausoleum at the cemetery's east end. The mausoleum is rarely used these days and receives few visitors. The last person interred there was in 1977.
In 1969, the World War l Doughboy statue was brought to the cemetery from the old high school building on High Street. It had been standing in the high school campus area since Armistice Day Nov. 11, 1927. There are 136 similar statues in 35 states. Fostoria's doughboy was one of 12 in Ohio.
Potteiger shared that there are some interesting trees growing in the cemetery. There used to be two "upside down trees", but one died in 1968 and one remaining is in the old part of the cemetery near the Foster flag.
A unique gravestone that has attracted a lot of attention in recent years is the one that reads "Gone to Wal-Mart" It was mentioned on the Paul Harvey program. (This is the gravestone of Tish Hammer)
When visiting the cemetery the row of baby graves can be seen on the west side of the cemetery. The veterans of past wars have metal markers inserted by their gravestone to signify their service in the armed forces.
The most recent addition to the cemetery is the Veterans Memorial Chapel, dedicated on Memorial Day 2004.
Fountain Cemetery still has room for growth. all the land north of the grounds is owned by the city.
Kaubish Memorial Public Library has cemetery books, which provide information as to where the person is buried, date of death and name of the survivor. The cemetery office have the actual records cards of the deceased. To obtain access to those records call the cemetery office for an appointment.
The next meeting will be November 15, 2010. The Public is always welcome to attend the meetings

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Information courtesy of Wanda Pohlman


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