Abstracted from a From 2 typed pages (that are a photocopy of 8 1/2 x 11 pages onto to legal paper) by unknown author passed down from Catherine Elizabeth (Schrock) Lang, his great granddaughter.
"Leonard Betz was of German lineage, as the name clearly indicates, and the original American representatives of the family took up their abode in Pennsylvania in the early Colonial epoch, Leonard was born in Northumberland county, that state, on the 28th of December. 18xx, being a son of Henry Betz who was undoubtedbly a native of the Keystone State, where he was reared to maturity and where he was married, the maiden name of his wife having been Long. Henry Betz went forth as a soldier in the War of 1812, and it is certain beyond peradventure that he met his death while thus serving his country, and while he was thus absent, and within a short time after leaving home, his wife gave birth to a son, Leonard, who was never seen by his father, and who was soon left to the care of his widowed mother.
He was married, in the town of Longswamp, Lehigh county, on the 13th of October, 1833, to Miss Elizabeth Steffy. They soon afterwards took up their residence in Berks county, and after an interval removed thence to Adamstown, Lancaster county, where they maintained their home for a period of nine years, Mr. Betz being there successfully engaged in the work of his trade. His health finally became so seriously impaired that he was compelled to abandon his trade for a time; and for a few years he conducted a hotel in Adamstown. From that place they removed to Schafferstown, Lebanon county, where Mr. Betz conducted a successful business as a dealer in butter, eggs, and other farm produce, continuing in this line of enterprise for about a decade, at the expiration of which in the fall of 1857, he came with his family to Canton. In the following spring he purchased property at the corner of Cherry and East Tuscarawas Streets. and made excellent improvements in the house and grounds, so that the home was made a comfortable and attractive one. Mr. Betz engaged in the produce business in the Cassidy Block, handling butter, eggs, poultry, and so on on an extensive scale and becoming one of the leading business men of the town, which then had a population of about one thousand. After the destruction of the Cassidy building by fire he removed to Piedmont Street, where he continued in the same of business for a number of years, practically up to the time of his death. He eventually expanded the scope of his enterprise, handling provisions and later making improvements on his building and there installing a stock of groceries, so that his establishment represented one of the leading mercantile
concerns of the town while by his honorable methods and unflagging energy he succeeded in building up a profitable enterprise, he ever holding the implicit confidence and esteem of all who knew him. In politics Mr. Betz was an
uncompromising Democrat, but he never sought the honors or emoluments of public office. He was a zealous and consistent member of the German Evangelical Church, and in all the relations of his life he was true and loyal, having a high sense of his stewardship and guiding his course according to the highest principle of integrity and honor. He became the owner of a good farm in Stephenson county, Illinois, and there he resided for a short time, believing
that the out-door life would prove of benefit to his somewhat fragile health. He eventually disposed of this property and thereafter resided at his home in
Canton, until his death which occured ****
Of all the children born to Leonard and Elizabeth Betz brief record is entered as follow: Caroline, born on the 22nd of February, 1835, became the wife of Israel Meyers, who came from Pennsylvania, and she died in Canton in
1863. They had three children: John Leonard died in infancy, John Henry now a blacksmith in Canton, and Lyman Eugene, who died when about one year of age. Sarah born September 20, 1836, was married in 1859 at Canton to John Heckman, and they became the parents of two children, both of whom are now deceased. Emeline, born September 7, 1838 was first married to F. Ream, by whom she had one child, now Mrs. Alice Lichtenwalter, who is now a widow with two daughters and two sons. She later married Daniel Moser (sic Maser), whom she also survives, and maintains her home in Canton. Henry who was born on the 7th of April, 1841, went forth in the defense of the Union as a member of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry and while in the service was taken ill, being brought to his home by his father. He had previously married Charlotte Glass (NOTE: In Charlotte's obituary it states she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Class), and his death occured in Canton in 1870; he had four children, of whom three are living, Cora, now Mrs. Clark; Laura Betz, and Leonard, who married a Miss Cassidy of Canton. George, born on the 10th of March 1843, died in Canton in 1882, and is survived by his wife (nee Kate Emrick) and two of their children, Mary, now Mrs. Eckhart, and Elmer, who married Rosa Deckert, John, born on the 25th of December, 1845, married Sarah Roger, and he died in Canton in 1880, Mary Elizabeth, born July 1, 1854, was the wife of Gottlieb Eicher, of Canton. She died January 5, 1901, leaving two children, Bertha; who married William Schrock, and Leonard, unmarried, both residing in Columbus, Ohio."
Submitted by Aviva (#47400866) 2013 Dec 11.
Elizabeth Steffy Betz (1809 - 1903)*
Caroline Betz Myers (1835 - 1863)*
Sarah Betz Heckman (1836 - 1906)*
Emeline Betz Maser (1838 - 1912)*
Henry Betz (1841 - 1870)*
George Betz (1843 - 1882)*
John Betz (1845 - 1880)*
Mary Elizabeth Betz Eicher (1854 - 1901)*
West Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Section H
Created by: Dirt Hero Paula
Record added: Apr 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 108575941