States: Ohio: Defiance
Hi - There is a family history, with portraits, of the Henry Breckbill/Brackbill/etc family in the old Defiance County History. They are descended from the Penn Dutch Brachbuhl/Breckbill/Brightbill[!]/etc family, orig Mennonites from German-Switzerland. They moved to Defiance from Westmoreland Co, PA. Elizabeth Brechbill Thacker and several children are buried in Ayersville Cemetery, Defiance Co.
John Beatty Thacker (orig bn. Clermont Co, OH; and my g-g-grandfather) stayed in Defiance, enlisted from there in the Civil War, and married Emily Fouch there. After the war they and some Fouch relatives all moved north to the Grand Traverse area, settling in Leelanau Co. His brother-in-law started the village of Fouch. John B. was a traveler, spending 2 years in CA in 1857-59, unsuccessfully looking for gold; farmed and became a grocer near Traverse City; and traveled extensively (by rail) around the midwest visiting family from Indiana to Kansas. He kept pocket diaries of his travels, several of which are still in the family possession. John B. Thacker, his wife, and several Fouches are buried in the small Fouch Cemetery, along a back road, west of Traverse City. Other Thackers are in Traverse City, Acme, and East Bay cemeteries. The 'notorious' William Henry Thacker of Benzonia was his son (and my g-grandfather).
- Brian Thacker
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