Seitz Site

Welcome to another page of pictures. Most are of my ancestors; one also contains other relatives. And four are of unknown subjects who may be relatives on a collateral branch of the family tree. In most cases, I do not have the originals of these pictures. Many of my copies are electronic only. Some have been tinkered with in GraphicConverter and/or Photoshop Elements to produce a clearer image.

First to mystery 1: The above pictures of a young woman and a young man were apparently given to Rev. Edward Seitz Shumaker (1867-1929) of Indiana in connecton with his never completed work on a genealogy of his (and my) family. Unfortunately, their identities are not known to his descendants. My guess is that the two people are brother and sister or perhaps mother and son, but I could be completely wrong.

The cabinet cards (photographic print on 4-1/4 by 6-1/2 inch card) may have been made at different times at the same studio in Urichsville, Ohio, which is located in Tuscarawas County in eastern Ohio. One picture identifies the studio as Spiker Brothers and the other as Spiker. This type of photograph was most popular from the 1870s to about 1900.

I would appreciate hearing from anybody who has an idea about the identities of these two people.

Next to mystery 2: As with the first mystery pictures, this second pair were apparently also collected by Rev. Shumaker in connection with his never completed genealogy. Unlike the first pair, which were taken by the same studio, I do not have any evidence as to whether this second pair of people are related. The pictures may be from completely different places.

The only additional information I can provide is that Piqua, Ohio, location of the Matthews studio that took the man's picture, is located in Miami County. Miami County is just east of Darke County where Shumaker grew up. This might suggest that the man is a Shumaker or other surname rather than a Seitz.

John McCullough was born 22 June 1809 in Pennsylvania or Ohio. He died 7 Oct 1863, at Rolla, Mo., of typhoid fever while serving as major of the 23rd Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry during Civil War. He is buried in McCullough Family Cemetery near Cora, Mo. John's parents are unknown (see page on my dead ends). John worked as carpenter early in his life before becoming farmer. He and his family migrated to Boonville, Cooper County, Mo. in 1836, but apparently did not come directly from Pennsylvania as a son was born in New Orleans in 1833. The family moved from Boonville to Sullivan County in 1840, making him one of county's early settlers. He is identified in late 19th century histories of Sullivan County as the architect of the first three bridges built in county in 1849 and 1850.

Along with Joel DeWitt (see below) and others, he was a leader in seeing that Sullivan County sent pro-Union delegation to Missouri state convention on secession, although many had initially thought the county was sympathetic to the South. John supposedly was later targeted for assassination along with some others because they were so outspoken and effective in their pro-Union views. Plot was apparently abandoned when pro-Union people caught wind of it and threatened reprisals.

John enlisted Company A 23rd Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry in the of spring 1861 and was elected and commissioned major (third highest rank). He was taken prisoner in the Hornet's Nest at the battle of Shiloh (6-7 April 1862) and retained at Chattanooga, Tenn., and Macon, Ga. for six months. After his exchange for Confederate prisoners held by Union forces, he commanded the 23rd Regiment in Missouri. He was elected state senator in the fall of 1862 and held post at death (it was apparently not unusual for legislators to also be in military).

Elizabeth Bell was born in 19 Aug 1810, most likely in Pittsburgh, Penn., but perhaps in Washington County, Penn. Her parents are Thomas Bell (1775-1825) and Mary McAllister (1786-1834). She died 30 April 1886 in Sullivan County, Mo., and is buried in McCullough Family Cemetery near Cora, Mo. Elizabeth and John were married 7 July 1831 at Hiland Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh by Rev. Robert Patterson.

John's picture comes from the collection of Bari Adams, who inherited several pictures related to the 23rd Missouri from her grandmother. Elizabeth's picture is from the family photos of McCullough and DeWitt descendant Buff Huntsman.

Joel DeWitt was born 29 Jan 1816, in Jackson County, Va. (now W.Va.). His parents are Thomas DeWitt (c1795-1879) and Magadaline Buffington (c1797-1886). Joel died 13 May 1890, in Sullivan County, Mo. At age 22, he began study of medicine under Dr. Joseph Mairs, his future father-in-law, and set up his own practice in 1844. He migrated to Carroll County, Mo. in 1845 and 11 months later moved to Sullivan County. He graduated from the medical department of University of Missouri in 1850 in St. Louis. Joel was elected to the Missouri Legislature as a Whig in 1849 and served two-year term. In his medical practice, he traveled counties of Linn, Grundy, Putnam, Adair, Mercer and Sullivan and sometimes even crossed into Iowa. During the Civil War he was a major and surgeon in the 66th Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia. He was an active Republican after war.

Rachal Ann Mairs was born 7 May 1823 in Jefferson County, Ohio, and died 26 Feb. 1912 in Sullivan County, Mo. Her parents are Dr. Joseph Mairs and Margaret Bell. She married Joel DeWitt in 1842 in Jackson County, (W.)Va.

Warren McCullough was born 30 Jan. 1839 in Boonville, Cooper County, Mo. He died 13 May 1906 in Sullivan County, Mo., and is buried Oakwood or Milan Cemetery in Sullivan County. His parents are John and Elizabeth (Bell) McCullough. In the Civil War, he was a member of the 66th Regiment Missouri Militia, serving as first lieutenant (commissioned 30 Aug. 1862) of Company I and afterward as captain of Company B. At least one source says he was present but not a participant in the battle of Shiloh, at which his father was taken prisoner, but I suspect this may have been his brother Webster. In 1876, Warren was one of three men who formed private bank at Milan, which did business until 1884 when it became First National Bank. He was involved in various businesses, most notably owner of hardware store. A Republican, he was elected Sullivan County sheriff in 1864 and re-elected 1866, serving a total of four years. He later served one-year terms as alderman from Milan's Second Ward in 1882, 1884 and 1886 and as city clerk in 1887.

Margaret Josephine DeWitt was born 8 July 1849 in Sullivan County, Mo., and died 30 April 1937 in Quincy, Ill., while visiting her daughter, Annie Winters. She is buried in Oakwood or Milan Cemetery. Her parents are Joel and Rachael Ann (Mairs) DeWitt. She was known as Josephine or Josie her entire life. Josephine married Warren McCullough on 2 July 1865, in Milan and they had nine children. In 1887, she served as head of committee on scientific instructions in the schools for the Women's Christian Temperance Union, an organization in which she was long active. Josephine and Warren also frequently took in and raised children other than their own.

Isaac S. Bolt was born 1864, in Washington township, Montgomery County, Iowa. He died 6 Jan. 1938 in Denver, Colo. He is a son of Isaac Bolt (1819-1889) and Martha Ann Hughes (1823-1890) Isaac S. served in the Spanish-American War.

Isaac married first Elfie Maud McCullough on 14 Oct. 1885, in Milan, Sullivan County, Mo. They had a tumultulous relationship. In 1891, Elfie applied for a divorce in Douglas County, Neb., and on April 1892, she married William Kerry Casad, a touring minstrel musician of some note, also in Douglas County. Billy and Elfie divorced in 1894 and Elfie returned to marry Isaac again in November 1895, presumably in Montgomery County, Iowa. Elfie and Isaac were divorced again by 1900 by which time Isaac was living in Chicago. They had one child, my grandmother, Hazeldean Bolt, born in Montgomery County, Iowa in 1886.

Isaac married second Mary McKay on 25 Dec. 1900, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill. They had three daughters. The oldest daughter was born in Chicago in 1902. The next two were born in Albion, Boone County, Kans. in 1908 and 1915. However, the family did not live there the entire time. At the time of the 1910 census, they were living in Gregory, South Dakota. Also in the household are Mary's mother and two brothers. The family, minus the oldest daughter, who remained in Albion, was in Denver by 1930.

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