In December, in preparation for my wife’s grandmother’s funeral, my father-in-law found a small envelope in a file cabinet that contained many tintype and cabinet card photographs from the 1860s and 1870s. This envelope contained photographs for ancestors that I had never found in my research, but I’ve been able to connect most of them to my exisiting trees. One woman that has eluded me is Barbra Schueler.
Ashley’s great-great-great grandmother was Alice Rebecca Burris. She was born in 25 September 1860 in Ohio. She married John Reuben Beachler, and later in life John Z. Sample.
Alice’s parents were John Burris (b. 1836) and Mary Ann Hoffman (b. 1831).
Alice is pictured here with her brothers Charles (left) and William David (right).
The parents of Mary Anna Hoffman Burris were David Hoffman (1804 – 1890) and Catherine Shuler (1801 – 1870).
David was born on 14 January 1804 in Pennsylvania, and died on 20 November 1890 in Montgomery County, Ohio. They are both buried in the Verona Cemetery in Montgomery County.
I did find a mention of David in “The History of Preble, Ohio” which was published in 1881.
Page 28: “David Hoffman came to Preble from Montgomery County and settled on the farm he now owns, which is located in the northern part of the township. He was born in 1804, and in 1828 married Catharine Shuler, born in the year 1800. She died in 1870, leaving a family of three children. Mr. Hoffman married in 1877, Sarah D. Hubley, born in the year 1813. He was at one time the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land, all of which he divided among his children. His son, Ephraim, served during the war of the Rebellion, during the hundred days’ service.”
David & Catherine had three children: Rebecca, Mary Anna, and Ephraim (b. 18 July 1840). Ephraim died on 12 March 1923 in Montgomery Co., Ohio. Ephraim married Rebbecca Burris (I think she was a brother to John Burris). I’ve been unable to find out more about him.
David’s parents were Philip (15 June 1766 – 6 December 1835) and Eva Maria Kuntz Hoffman (12 November 1774 – 3 January 1859). They lived in Perry and Cumberland Counties in Pennsylvania. Philip is buried in the Pfoutz Valley Methodist Church Cemetery in Perry County. From what I can tell, Eva is buried in the Concord Cemetery in Montgomery County, Ohio.
The children of Philip & Eva Maria were:
Peter (1802 – 1867) died in Little York, Montgomery County, Oh.
George (1803 – ?) died in Little York, Montgomery Co., Oh.
David (1804 – 1890) Ashley’s grandfather.
Philip (1806 – 1891) died in Little York.
Enoch (1809 – ?)
Abraham (1810 – ?) died in Allen County, Indiana.
Eva (1811 – ?)
Thomas (23 December 1816 – 28 July 1893) d. Des Moines, Iowa. He married Mariah Strong Ensley (1818 – 1903).
Jonathan (1817 – 1930) d. Wabash County, Iowa
Samuel (1817 – ?) died in Huron County, Ohio. He married Nancy Eliza Ensley.
You can see that I’ve been able to find a little bit of information on the Hoffman side of this family. I’ve been unable to learn much about David Hoffman’s wife, Catherine Shuler. Which brings me to the title of this post.
Also in the envelope of tintypes was a small photograph labeled as “Barbra Schueler.”
I’m thinking this might have been Catherine’s mother. Of course Schueler/Shuler would have been her married name. It is likely that Catherine was born in Pennsylvania, so this is where I will focus my search.
It has been most difficult to find the Hoffmans and the Shulers in the U.S. Census. Usually this is where I have the most luck in finding information to help me in my quest.
If Barbra is the mother of Catherine, this would mean that I now have 10 generations of photographs (from my children to Barbra). I have 8 generations of photos for several lines of the family, but not ten!
Seeing these family photographs has been most exciting. Ashley’s granddad said, “You’d have thought he’d [referring to me] been handed a wad of hundred dollar bills.” Thank goodness someone years ago thought to label these photographs. Many times tintypes have no names attached to them. I have a feeling that it was either Alice Rebecca or her daughter Mary Hannah Beachler Morton. I’m grateful that they took the time to identify the ancestors in these treasured photos.
So who is Barbra Schueler?
I’m still searching for the answers.
Edit: A few hours later.
I found a few more clues in the census for Montgomery County, Ohio.
1840 – Randolph Township, Mont. Co., Oh.
David Hoffman –
1 Male aged 10 to 15.
1 Male aged 30 – 40. (David)
2 Females aged 5 to 10. (Mary & Rebecca)
2 Females aged 20 to 30
1 Female aged 30 to 40 (Catherine)
1850 Census – Randolph, Montgomery County, Ohio
David Hoofman – 45 born in Penn.
Catharine – 50 born in Penn
Mary – 18 born in Penn
Rebecca – 17 born in Penn.
Ephriem – 10 born in Ohio.
Barbary Shaver – 54 born in Penn.
So there’s a Barbary living with the Hoffmans in 1850! Could this be the Barbra Schueler? The last names are similar. She would have been born in 1796, so she couldn’t have been old enough to have been Catherine’s mother. But she could have been a sister?
1860 Census – Randolph, Montgomery Co., Ohio
David Huffman – 56
Cath – 59
Rebecca – 26
Ephraim – 20
So now I know that they were living in Montgomery County from 1840 through 1860. Living next door to the Hoffmans were:
John Burrows (Burris) – 24
and his wife, Mary – 28.
Still trying to find Barbra.