This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.


Barbara Guiss, daughter of John Hildebrand and his wife, Christine, nee Kurtz (or Kunz?), was born Nov. 2, 1818, at Hautersbach, district of Back’nang, Wuertemberg, Germany, and baptized Nov. 3, 1818 at Unterweissach. She was raised in the Lutheran faith. In 1830 her father and step-mother, nee Christine Rapp, with all the children immigrated to this country.

The family settled down in Slippery Rock, Pa. They moved after some years to Ohio and lived in Brokensword, Liberty township, near St. Paul’s Lutheran church. Barbara was united in holy matrimony on Feb. 4, 1841 with Christ Guiss, of New Washington, with whom accordingly she lived 58 years. This union was blessed with nine children, five sons and four daughters, of whom one son, in the summer of last year, preceded his mother to eternity. Mrs. Guiss was a consistent member of St. John’s Church. During her many trials she remained humble and patient. She possessed an industrious hand, a pious mind and a childlike simplicity of heart. Her death occurred from heart failure on Thursday evening, ten minutes after eight, Feb. 23. She reached the age of 80 yrs., 3 mos. and 21 das. There survive her, the aged widower, 8 children,, 14 grand children and 3 great grand-children.

The funeral services, conducted by Pastor D. Ph, Ebert, were held at the Lutheran church last Sunday, Feb. 26, with interment in Union cemetery, a large congregation attending.

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