Thursday, September 29, 2011
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The stone message board shown above was donated to St. Mary's by my father, George J. Halter and his sister, Mary Esther (Halter) Shalosky, in memory of their parents. My father, who was a brick layer and stone mason, designed and built the structure. It was completed in 1976.
The pictures below show some of the headstones that are in good enough condition to read. There are many older stones that have simply had the inscriptions completely worn away by weathering.
This shows the graves of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother. They are Florentz's father and mother. I believe that great-grandpa's father (Joseph) came to Ohio in the early 1830's around the age of 5 with his father (also Joseph), his mother, his grandfather (Ludwig or Louis) and grandmother. Joseph and his family stayed in Ohio, but Ludwig/Louis, his wife and some other family members went west and settled in Scott Co. Missouri. Ludwig/Louis and his wife are buried there.
My grandparents and my father are not buried in this cemetary, so I am not including pictures of their grave markers in this post.
The stone below shows the names of Michael Halter (1831-1901) and his wife, Magdalen (1841-1929). I have no information about how these Halters fit into our family tree, but they obviously have a connection to Morges.
On the opposite side of this same marker are the names of the Conrads, Jacob and Mary. A possible explanation is that Mary Conrad was the daughter of Michael and Magdalen Halter, but I have no documentation for that.
This last marker was in the oldest section of the cemetary and, as you can see, was difficult to read. Sue and I both thought that the name appears to be John Halter, but that is questionable. In the bottom picture, the date of death might be in June of 1873, but again, that is a guess.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
2 Louis Halter 1765 – m. Madeline Royer 1769 -
3 Mathias Halter 1807 – 1873 m. Theresa Mary Marz 1812 - 1865
4 Louis Halter 1843 – 1883 m. Mary Elizabeth Lindeman 1849 - 1934
5 Michael Henry Halter 1872 – 1970 m1st Mary Ethel Carlisle (mother of children) 1880 – 1937
6 Norbert Louis Halter 1923 – m. Margaret Elizabeth Boyd 1924 - 1982
7 Philip Michael Halter 1948 – m. Linda Francine Conn 1949 –
Charleston, Mississippi Co., MO
(next door to Scott Co., MO)
email - LFHALTER@AOL.COM
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here is a picture of St. Nicholas Church, in Schirrhein. It serves Shirrhein and the nearby village of Schirrhoffen. This is the "new" church. The original one was destroyed in 1945 during the liberation of France. The area is predominately Catholic, but had a strong Jewish population until about 1900.
When some of the Halters moved from Ohio to Scott County, Missouri in the 1840's, they built a church there that was modeled after the one that they had left behind in Alsace.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
HALTER Family History
The first with the surname HALTER in Schirrhein, Alsace, France area "were one of two brothers. Abraham and Jacob HALTER. They left the village of Tafer in the Canton of Fribourg southwest of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland for land in Alsace that had been stripped of its population during the Thirty Years War. They immigrated to Schirrhein, Alsace between 1650 and 1660. In 1689 Abraham HALTER died in Schirrhein. Among his descendants, was Edouard HALTER of Schirrhein, Alsace's most famous poet, historian, and literary critic. A lesser known but nonetheless interesting descendant was Romain HALTER, the first mayor of Schirrhein, who served through the chaotic period of 1789-1792, during the French Revolution. Descendants of Abraham and Jacob are now scattered throughout the area and are found predominately in towns and villages around Schirrhein, particularly Schirrhoffen, Bischwiller, and Hagenau."
Courtesy of: Vincent Falter
My Own Halter Line
I know that this is far from a substitute for a family tree, but I needed to get something down in print so that I could then work from there to clean it up. I have only included couples that had or have Halter as their surname. That is not to mean that others are not important, but I needed to simplify this beginning list and that was one way to do it. To the best of my knowledge, the information is correct, but there are items that must be filled in, even in the more modern listings. A listing of children for each of these couples will come soon.
The most complete listing of husband-wife pairs is:
Ludwig Halter, b: March 1765 married Magdalena Royer, b: 1769
Joseph Halter, b: January 24, 1797 married Marie Anna Lang, b: April 1, 1799
Joseph Halter, b: June 12, 1828 married Elizabeth Duerr
Florentz Andrew Halter, b: July 25, 1893 married Barbara McCarty, b: November 20, 1896
George Joseph Halter, b: April 25, 1923 married Pauline Elinor Ebner, b: April 29, 1923
William Andrew Halter, b: June 18, 1946 married Susan Louise Moomy, b: March 26, 1948
Michael William Halter, b: August 27, 1973 married Kimberly Nicole Neuharth, b: September 11, 1980
So Ludwig and Magdalena, Joseph and Marie Anna and their young son Joseph made the trip from Schirrhoffen to Stark County, Sandy Township, Ohio. My great grandfather, Joseph Herman Halter is the gentleman wearing the dark suit in the group picture. His wife, Magdalene, is on the far right. The complete list of people in the picture, from left to right (standing) are:
Joseph, Florentz Halter, Barbara Halter, (with the hat in the back, George McCarty, Barbara's father), Barbara's sisters, Bertha, Martha and Emma (I'm taking an educated guess on those) and then Magdalene.
Sitting ( left to right): Florentz and Barbara's daughters Mary Esther, and Elizabeth (Betty). Betty died, I believe before age 3. And then is Agnes, another of Barbara's sisters. There were seven sisters in her family, no brothers. There will be more on the McCarty sisters in a later post.
The other picture shows my grandparents, Florentz and Barbara, again, with Mary Esther and my dad, George (age 5) seeming to be uncooperative about having his picture taken
The Moravian church founded Schoenbrunn ("beautiful spring") in 1772 as a mission to the Delaware Indians. The settlement grew to include sixty dwellings and more than 300 inhabitants who drew up Ohio's first civil code and built its first Christian church and schoolhouse.
Problems associated with the American Revolution prompted Schoenbrunn's closing in 1777. Schoenbrunn's story features a rare meeting of Indian and European cultures and a fascinating perspective on the American Revolution.
Today the reconstructed village includes seventeen log buildings, gardens, the original mission cemetery, and a museum and visitor center. The site also includes natural areas and picnic facilities.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The map below shows the area around the neighboring villages of Schirrhein and Schirrhoffen. This is the starting point for Ludwig Halter when he immigrated to Ohio around 1832, with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandson. Depending on the fortunes of war, these villages were at times German and at other times French. My relatives arrived in Ohio as Germans. Today, the villages are part of France.
Future posts will include more specific information about the early Halters. I also have a number of photographs from the 1920's to today that will be part of these posts.
If you have any information that you think might be relevant to my family history, please share it with me.