Category Archives: Koontz

Happy 124th Birthday, Cousin Fay!

My first cousin, twice removed [that makes him my grandmother’s first cousin], Dwight Fay Koontz was born 124 years ago, 7 November 1895, in Minnesota, to Orrin DeForest and Cora Agnes Gnaga Koontz.  Fay was the second of five children … Continue reading

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Happy 130th Birthday, Aunt Ethel!

It was 130 years ago, 9 October 1889, in Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana, that my Grandaunt, Ethel Jeannette Koontz was born to Casmear P. and Phebie Ann Gardner Koontz.  Aunt Ethel was the second in birth order of C.P. and … Continue reading

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Happy 162nd Birthday, Grandpa Koontz!

It was 162 years ago, 5 October 1857, in Navarre, Stark County, Ohio, that Casmear P. (CALL ME C.P.) Koontz [my great grandfather] was born to Ezra Peter and Mary Ann Allen Koontz.  From Ohio, the family of Ezra Koontz … Continue reading

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Remembering Great Great Grandmother Koontz

Mary Ann Allen Koontz died 155 years ago today, 7 September 1864, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  Mary Ann was born in 1836, also in Indiana, to Robert and Mary Allen.  She was the second of seven children.  On … Continue reading

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Happy 105th Birthday, Gardner!

It was on 30 August 1914 in Toledo.Lucas County. Ohio, that my mother’s cousin, Charles Gardner Griste was born to Charles McKinley and Ethel Jeanette Koontz Griste.  To keep things simple and to keep with the German tradition of using … Continue reading

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Remembering Billy G.

My mother’s cousin, William Gardner Koontz, called Billy G., was born 94 years ago on 19 August 1925, to William Peter and Ethel Emma Chidester Koontz.  William Peter was my grandmother’s brother.  Billy G. was 6 years younger than my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Great Great Great Grandparents, an ocean apart!

Two of my great, great, great grandparents were born on 11 August.  One in Würtenburg; one in New York. Alexander Gaertner was born in 1785 in Klein Ingersheim, Würtemburg, to Johannes Gaertner and Christina Leibbrandt.  He married Christina Regina Bauer on … Continue reading

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