Thanks for the info on Clara. So it appears that John and Catherine Metzner had 4 of 6 sons who made it to adulthood. John Adam, William F., Wesley T., and who else? They had 4 of 5 daughters who made it to adulthood as well. Samantha Metzner Orcutt, Catherine E. Metzner Stolz, Mary A. Metzner Huey, and who else?
I'm looking for more information on Rev. John W. Metzner of either Elkhart or Goshen IN. He was the father of Fern Priscilla Metzner Doty who died of TB in 1917. According to my grandmother John W. was the oldest son of William F. Metzner, making him a grandson of John and Catherine Metzner. I never met him. I think he died from a ruptured appendix or something like that.
I hope you found my feedback on Irvin Metzner and Bill Axe useful. I think Bill's middle daughter's name may be Ruthanne, not Linda. She definitely graduated from nursing school at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. All three girls had brown eyes like their mom. Bill was heavy set, had blue eyes and looked just like his dad. Bill's two sisters were Ruth who married George Montgomery, and Mary who married Lewis James. I think Bill was the youngest.
Thank you for sharing your research on the Metzner and Haley line. I'm pretty fascinated with learning about this family because I didn't know a lot about their early family history.
I'm also researching my Lyons and Sanders family geneology. My grandmother, Laura Metzner, married Paul Sanders and they raised me in their home. My grandfather introduced me to his cousin, Herbert W. Lyons, who was mayor of Portland around 1954 or so. We used to go to the Sanders-Lyons Reunion in Portland when I was a kid.
Because my oldest granddaughter asked me about our family history, I'm out to verify the accuracy of the oral history that I shared with her because I've discovered what I grew up believing doesn't make sense. My grandfather wasn't a liar. So I have to find out the truth about our geneology. The biggest shock was that we were at one time Quakers and it was never mentioned in our oral history.
Quakers keep good records. I learned that my ancestor Epsy Battain got excommunicated for her marriage to Jesse Sanders. They had 10 children in Ohio. After Epsy died, Jesse and several of his adult children homesteaded to Jay County when they opened up land around 1850. My grandfather, Paul, grew up at the edge of the Limberlost forest in the late 1890s. I think Epsy and Jesse Sanders were Paul's great grandparents. His grandparents were Jesse and Sarah Lyons Sanders. Another Sanders sister married a Lyons brother so that became the basis for the Sanders Lyons Reunion.
Paul's parents were Charles and Mable Heitzman Sanders. The name Jesse Sanders has been in every generation born since 1800 through to my late uncle Jesse Earl Sanders who died in 1967 or so.....similar to the pattern of the many John Metzner names.
If you run across any information that would assist me in the Sanders Lyons research, please send me an email. Also if you ever decide to visit Hawaii, and especially Maui, please let me know. My husband and I would love to meet you and your family.