Seitz Site

People have lived in a variety of houses over the years. This page contains a sampling of those my ancestors lived in, plus links to three views of another ancestor's 17th century home. Except for the color pictures, I do not have the originals of these pictures. In some cases all I have are electronic copies. In a couple, the pictures are from old family history books. Some have been tinkered with in GraphicConverter and/or Photoshop Elements to produce clearer images.

We have Rev. Edward Seitz Shumaker (1867-1929) to thank for the top two pictures of the house of Johannes Seitz (1740-1793) in Shrewsbury Township, York County, Penn. They are from his 1924 book, "Descendants of Henry Keller of York County, Penn., and Fairfield County, Ohio." The bottom pictures, taken during the house's disassembly in the 1980s, are from the files of the Hain family, which has owned the property for many years. As can be seen, the house was originally a log cabin to which the clapboard siding was later applied. Also note evidence that before the siding was added, the house once had an addition on the back. After Johannes' death, his daughter Catherine and her husband Henry Keller lived in the house for a few years before selling it to her brother, John Seitz Jr., in preparation for the Kellers' move to Ohio. Johannes's widow, Catherine Ripp/Reub (1741-1820), lived in the house until her death.

We believe this house, located somewhere near Bremen, in Fairfield County, Ohio, was the home of Lewis Seitz (1763-1823) and his wife, Anna Beery (1768-1831). The identification was made by Jennie Seitz Hendee (1866-1962) on the back of an original photo apparently made in the early 20th century. It is likely that Jennie or her father, George W. Seitz (1841-1945), took the picture and that George is the original source of the identification. He is a grandson of Lewis and grew up in Fairfield County, probably close to this house.

This is another picture from a book. The Fairfield County, Ohio, home of Daniel Seitz (1791-1864) is found in the 1909 book "The Hufford Family History 1729-1909" by Franklin Pierce Hoffert, a grandson of Daniel. Hoffert calls it the home of Daniel and his first wife, Elizabeth Hite (1792-1831), but presumably Daniel's second wife, Catherine Beery (1808-1904) also called it home. Daniel and his two wives had 19 children, 18 of whom reached adulthood. After Daniel's death, the house and farm property were sold and his widow moved to Greenville, Ohio, with at least three of her children, the youngest of whom, Enoch Beery Seitz (1846-1883), would have been 18.

Joel DeWitt (1816-1890) was a doctor, but he also farmed. This brick farm house in Sullivan County reflects his affluence. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice that the porch of this house is the location at which Joel's widow, Rachal Ann Mairs (1823-1912), her daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and great-great granddaughter posed for the five-generation picture found on my original picture page.

Warren McCullough (1839-1906) was another prosperous man, being a merchant and banker. On the left is his house in Milan, the county seat of Sullivan County. To the right is his farm house located near Cora in Sullivan County, Mo.

William Kendrick Kerlin (1832-1903), a founder and president of Second National Bank of Greenville, had this house built in Greenville, Ohio, probably in the 1880s. After his death, his previously widowed daughter, Anna Elizabeth Kerlin Seitz (1854-1918), a doctor of osteopathy, returned to Greenville in 1904 from Phoenix, Ariz., to live with her mother, Hannah Bennett Jefferis Kerlin (1830-1909), and a sister, Lynda Emma Kerlin (1856-1931). Dr. Seitz's office was on the second floor with access through the door on the side porch and up a curved stairway. By the time the outside pictures were taken in 2003, the house had long since been divided into apartments.

Geography Professor Kerlin McCullough Seitz (1916-1985) and his first wife, high school math teacher Martha Elisabeth Tillman Seitz (1918-1959), owned this Milwaukee house near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus from 1956 to 1960. These pictures taken in 2000 show the house in the same color scheme it had when Kerlin Seitz sold the house nearly 11 months after his wife's death. It has since been repainted in a new color scheme.

My earliest known European ancestor in the United States is Timen Stiddem or Timothy Stedham (c.1610-1686), who settled where Wilmington, Dela., now exists about 1655. Three pictures of his "mansion" at 14th St. and Poplar streets can be found in the Digital Archives of the Hagley Library and Museum in Wilmington, Dela. The Stedham home was torn down about 1888. The pictures were probably taken in the 1880s. The following links will open new tabs or windows. A frontal view is found here. A picture from the right is here. A picture from the left was probably taken later than other views

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Created by Karl Seitz

Rev. 08/02/2011