Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Mary Joan (#47178922)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 18 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo I joined Find-A-Grave to "pay forward" the help I have received from others.

Most of the cemeteries, in Defiance and Williams County Ohio, have been read/walked and indexed. I would be willing to look up and send information if requested. I am most knowledgeable about the cemeteries in Farmer Twp. and Washington Twp., Defiance County; and for St. Joseph Twp., Springfield Twp. and Pulaski Twp., in Williams County.

OF INTEREST to others may be the link to the Williams County Public Library (WCPL) obituary index. Anyone who has died in the Williams County, Ohio area since 1870 is most likely on the index. Many Defiance County, Ohio obituaries were included in the Williams County newspapers. I suggest searching by using the last name only. Keep in mind the spellings may vary so try several options if you do not get results on the first search. If a name is listed more than once, it is because an obit was published in more than one local paper. Not all of the papers have been added, so check back often to see if there is a new entry for one of your Ancestors.

The obituary index direct link is (updated 01-2015)

You can request obits online and they will be sent by email.

The link to the WCPL library history and genealogy department is (updated 01-2015)

The above URL will have links to Williams and Defiance County Genealogy Society websites.

Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 396 Memorials Added
 • 495 Memorials Managed
 • 1 Memorial/week
 • 731 Photos
 • 5 Photo Requests
 • 92 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 912 Virtual Flowers
 • 3 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 2 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
His Direct Line Ancestor... (17)
My Direct Line Ancestors (20)
Touching or Unusual Tombs... (1)
Find A Grave Friends
Keith Keller, Lucille Francis
Messages left for Mary Joan (106)[Leave Message]
The Woodlawn Cemetery records state this individual is buried in the City Lot. This land is considered a Potters Field and there is a stone marker indicating this. The land is directly south of the office and adjacent to Webster Ave. Less than a dozen markers are visible and most cannot be read, even with a rubbing. Was not able to locate a marker for any of the eighteen (18) requests. Sorry!
Added by Bulldog on Mar 25, 2015 6:53 PM
Matilda Tharp
Please link gggrandmother Matilda Tharp to my ggrandmother Find A Grave Memorial# 52178497,

Thank You

Doug Kigar
Added by DOUG KIGAR on Mar 02, 2015 7:18 PM
Thomas L. Harman
Wayne Hulbert & Beulah McCollough
Thank you so much for posting the engagement photo for Wayne and Beulah.

Always like to be able to put a face to the names.

Added by Thomas L. Harman on Feb 04, 2015 1:14 PM
J Mann
William Mann - Kemp Cemetery
Mary Joan - Please contact me at

John Mann
GGG Son of William Mann
Added by J Mann on Jan 21, 2015 4:56 AM
Neil B (John 3:16)
Hi Mary Joan,

♪ღ♪*..*(`'.(♥). ')*..*♪ღ♪**.
♪ღ♪*..**..*♪ღ ♪.**..*♪ღ♪

Thanks for your friendship. May this year bring you many unexpected blessings.

Added by Neil B (John 3:16) on Jan 02, 2015 1:43 AM
Hallie Smeltz Martinson
RE: More Smeltz info to email
2 emails came through on FindAGrave but, no attachments.
You can use my email to send
I am dying to see what you have found.
Added by Hallie Smeltz Martinson on Dec 29, 2014 1:08 PM
Dotti Lydecker
James Pollock
I didn't get your message and do appreciate why, getting used to a new computer can be frustrating at times. Great news you've found someone that might be able to help, please let me know what I need to do. Thanks so much for your help.
Added by Dotti Lydecker on Dec 29, 2014 7:22 AM
Debe Clark
RE: James Pollock tombstone
I am fairly close- about 20 minutes or so away. My next couple of days are pretty much full up, but I will see what I can do for you toward the end of the week.
Added by Debe Clark on Dec 27, 2014 5:10 PM
Hallie Smeltz Martinson
Jacob Smeltz/Schmeltz Family
I am researching Smeltz/Schmeltz's in Ohio and found you had posted a LOT of information on the family of Jacob.
You am I have the same children for him, BUT, I have a Frederick Jacob Schmeltz (Fred Smeltz) in the 1870 census along with the other children.
Fred was born about 1850. Later he became a preacher. Fred used the Schmeltz spelling in his adult life.
I am trying to see if Jacob's is a brother of my direct line of Smeltz's in Carroll County, Ohio.
Any information I would really appreciate.
Thank you.
Hallie (Smeltz)
Ventura, CA
Added by Hallie Smeltz Martinson on Oct 07, 2014 12:57 PM
Judy K. Roberts
RE: Info concerning John Bostater
Mary Joan,
Thank you so much for that information, it is a great help!
I will contact her thru the email that you sent, again thank you so much!
Added by Judy K. Roberts on Jul 05, 2014 7:48 AM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service