States: Ohio: Miami
John W. Herman, born Ohio July 1830 per 1900 census. I see him first on 1860 census at Salem Twp, Dalesville P.O., Delaware County with wife Nancy J and son William (1 year old). Next, see the family on 1870 census at Elizabeth Twp, Miami Co Ohio. Wife still Nancy J. Chldren born Indiana: William (now 11), Charlotte "Lottie" (7), Malissa (4), and the last one a daughter named Indiana Herman, born Ohio, aged 6 months. John W. Herman's wife Nancy J. must have died some time after 1876 (when she was declared "insane" per Miami County Probate Court Case #06005, 11 Sep, 1876), for John married on 5 Mar, 1879 Delaware County Indiana, Malissa C. Makepeace, widow of James P. Makepeace (who, with his wife Malissa appear together on 1860 and 1870 census for Indiana, with children Julia, George R., Samuel, Joseph, and Ella). By 1880 census, the John W. Herman family (with new wife Malissa C.)is at Staunton Twp, Miami County, Oh. Same children as above, plus Lawson Herman (9) and Mirey (7). Also, some of Malissa's Makepeace children from her previous marriage live in the household. By 1900 census,
John W. Hermand and his wife Malissa reside at Concord Village, Troy Twp, Miami County, Oh. By 1910 census, Malissa Herman, now "widow", lives in Miami County with one of her Makepeace sons, Samuel. Of the above children of John W. Herman, I think the son Lawson Herman may be a clue to the father of John W. Herman, as the name Lawson Herman appears earlier in county records. Additionally, in the 1880 "History of Miami County, Ohio" I see in the index the names of Lawson Herman and a John Westly Herman, whcih could be the above John W. Herman. Unfortunately, I do not have access to the book. Does this ring any bells? Thanks!
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