William Slusser and Eliza Ringer

3rd great grandparents < Henry W Slusser < George F Slusser <Kathryn V Slusser

William Schlosser was born about 1838-1840 in Louisville, Stark, Ohio, to Johnathan and Sarah Trump Schlosser. On March 17, 1861 he married Eliza Ringer, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Lydia Warstler Ringer. Eliza was born February 3, 1839 although her birth date is sometimes listed as late as 1842.


From “A Genealogy of the Schlosser, Slusser & Slusher Families of America 1605 – 1994” Compiled by the Schlosser Research Associates.

William served as a Private in the Ohio 76th Infantry, Company K. We have a copy of the transcription of his Civil War diary which I have posted here. I do have a copy of the actual diary itself, but it’s illegible unfortunately. William was killed at the Battle of Vicksburg and died July 8, 1863. His service record reads:

Drafted to Company K, Ohio 76th Infantry Regiment on 08 Oct 1862.Mustered out on 08 Jul 1863 at Vicksburg, MS.Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio Roll of Honor of Ohio Soldiers

His place of birth is simply listed as Division Hospital. I have not been able to locate a marker for him, sadly.

Eliza did receive a pension, and later it seems their son Henry collected the pension, presumably after his mother’s death (the records I did find were sent to Henry William Slusser.)

Eliza remarried David Snider (or Snyder) who also served during the Civil War, in the same company as our William.

Eliza died December 8, 1875 of tuberculosis. She is buried at Saint Peter’s Cemetery. Interestingly, in this photo you can see the headstone of another Elizabeth Warstler but the dates are incorrect for her mother but I would assume she is another relative.


To the best of my knowledge, Henry Wilson Slusser was William’s only child. Of importance, Henry W Slusser is listed as living with David Snyder and Eliza Snyder in the 1870 Census record, which connects Eliza Snyder to her first marriage. Otherwise, her marriage to William Slusser seems to have mostly been forgotten among the records.

Much of the information I have about Eliza and David Snider comes from the David Snider Family Tree, written by Ellsworth Snider, son of David and his second wife.

According Ellsworth Snider, David was stepfather to Ida Sluss Ruch as well. After Eliza’s death, David married Elizabeth Knepper Sluss, Ida’s mother. Ellsworth only named David’s wives by their maiden names, probably in part to avoid confusion, understandably. David’s line is of additional interest because Ellsworth married Minnie Von Almen, daughter of Emma Louise Zumkehr. I will probably make a separate post in regards to David Snider, simply out of interest because he was so connected to our tree.

David and Eliza had five children:

Lydia Ellen born February 3, 1867, died April 7, 1890. She married William Yeager. They had one child who died. From Ellsworth’s records, it sounds as though Lydia died during childbirth.

Isabelle born June 28, 1868, died December 29, 1939. She married Peter Lewis Monter, a dairy farmer. Peter was born on the same day as Isabelle, but died September 24, 1946. I’ve wondered if he might be related to Lester Monter or not. If so, that would make yet another interconnection within the family.

Thaddeus was born October 22, 1869. He died February 5, 1947. He married Lydia Schlott but they divorced.  Lydia’s surname is sometimes seen as Sloat, Slote, etc. Their children were:

Melvin was born September 18, 1893. He married Grace Rusher. They had one daughter, Gloria. Melvin served in WWI. He died September 1968.

Isabell married Harrison Eschleman. Their children: Evelyn, Grace, Ina, Opal. I did find Opal’s obituary:

Birth: Mar. 4, 1922
Stark County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 2012
Wayne County
Ohio, USA

Opal M. Lepley, age 90, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Born in Louisville, OH, she was a 1940 graduate of Louisville High School and became a long time active member of the Doylestown community. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the center of her life. Mom’s love, kindness and inspiration will live on forever in our hearts. Opal was a chronic volunteer from scout leader to band parent to bell choir. She excelled at being a friend and had many friends from her job at Hazel Harvey School, the Methodist Church, and the community. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Lepley; parents, Harrison and Isabella (Snyder) Eshelman; sisters, Grace Greek and Evelyn Krichbaum. Opal is survived by her children, Donna (Martin) Eckert, Connie (Dennis) Clifford, Ira (Kathy) Lepley, and Cindy (Bill) Bail; grandchildren, Wendy (Steve) Ames, Marty Eckert, Daryl (Marie) Lepley, Angie Lepley, Marcie (Jason) Jacobs, Jamie (Jared) Roberts; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Mason Lepley, Miley McManus, Nate, Keely, and Sam Ames, Sierra Roberts; sister, Ina Oswald. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Doylestown United Methodist Church, 153 Church St., Doylestown, 44230, with Pastor Dale Warrick, officiating. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, and one hour prior to service time at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Doylestown United Methodist Church. Online obituary and guest registry are available at http://www.zakmonbarrenfh.com (Zak-Thacker & Monbarren,

Grace Ellen (March 24, 1897- July 20, 1981) married Franz Karl Schroeder (1894-1983), born in Germany. In 1920, Atlee and Melvin were living with them.  Melvin was working at a rubberworks factory; Atlee, a steelmill. Thaddeus lived with them in 1940. At that time Franz was a foreman at a metal plant, and Paul was working in a grease plant. Their children:

Betty (1917)

Paul (July 12, 1920- January 5, 1997)

Dorothy (July 23, 1922 – July 27, 1995) married Glen Barnett.

Joan Louise.

Jessie Lois (December 13, 1898- August 31, 1968) married Virgil Snider (1895-1974.) His parents are unknown. Their children: Maxine (1921), Doris (1925), Shirley (1927).

Estella Mae (September 19, 1900 – August 23, 1992) married Mark Ball. Their children: Ian L. (November 1, 1921- November 29, 2009; he married Marilyn D Greenwald) and Gordon Mark (September 29, 1926 – December 12, 1988). Gordon served in the US Navy during WWII. Note: Henry Slusser also had a daughter Estella May which makes me wonder if Estella Snider wasn’t named after Estella Slusser, who was about 14 years her elder. She also married Allen Snavely Walters (March 1, 1906-March 7, 1983.) The 1940 Census names the boys mother as Pauline, so presumingly Estella and Mark were divorced before then, and he appears to have raised the boys.


Atlee DeWitt (December 3, 1902- June 8, 1992) married Emma Sanders (1903, Kentucky.) Their children: Atlee Robert Jr.(September 29, 1922- July 28, 2003) and Calvin Herbert (September 16 1930-October 30, 2006.) Calvin served in 1951 and his death file is on record with the US Department of Veterans but I could find no further information. Atlee Jr. served US Army, WWII.

He also married Pearl Irene Beard (1902-1962) and helped raise her two sons, Harold C (December 15, 1921- January 28, 2006) and James Henry Goldsmith (August 7, 1923- January 14, 2001) (Note the Goldsmith memorial in the background in Atlee’s memorial photo below.) James served Tec 5 US Army, WWII. In 1940 Atlee was the manager of a furniture store and Harold was a loader, presumably at the same furniture store.



Paul T. (June 12, 1905 – February 18, 1978) married Evelyn (1911-2000.)

Eliza Jane “Gennie” was born October 11, 1871. She died July 27, 1945. She married Adelbert “Delbert” B. Hisey (October 3, 1875-July 24, 1939). Adelbert was the son of Isaac Hisey and Lydia Warstler. I’m assuming his mother fits into the Warstler tree as well. Delbert was a farmer. They had one daughter, Beulah (February 24, 1895 -27 November 1962) who married Leon Roth. They had one daughter, Charlotte Jane (February 12 1927.)

Laurena was born July 23, 1874 and died March 6, 1948. She married George Erwin Werner.

Their children:

Orpha born June 29, 1892, died May 1, 1959. She married James Smith (1894, PA). Their children: Virginia (1916), Myriam (1917), Sydna (1919), Francis (1921). Virginia’s death record seems to name her father as James G Hennessy, the son of James Hennessy and Syuna Smith. James and Orpha seem to have been buried under the Hennessy name, even though the census records have their names as Smith. They are both buried at Warstler’s Cemetery.

Sadie 23 October 1893 – 12 March 1896. She died of pneumonia.

Mildred Clay born April 24, 1896, died February 11, 1968. She married Aaron Christian Conrad, the son of Christian and Anna Krabill Conrad, born May 3, 1892. Esther Anna Zumkehr married Glen Krabill, son of David Krabill and Susan Conrad, so it looks as though we probably have multiple relationships here. Aaron’s WWI draft record claims exemption from draft because it was “against my creed.” He was a farmer, tall, medium build, with brown eyes and dark hair. Aaron died August 23, 1964. Their children:

Ila M (1917 – October 11, 1979). She married James Alexander Zwick (November 10, 1914 – February 24, 1985), son of Sebastian and Catherine Helen Burkhart Zwick.

Rozella Berdine (April 29 1918 – August 17, 1989). She married Gerald Herman Zwick (May 5, 1912 – January 26, 2007,) brother of James. He was a retail bakery salesman. They had one son, Loyal A Zwick (1941-2015.)

Russell George was born April 22, 1898 and died September 8, 1919. Cause of death is listed as trifacial neuralgia and cerebritis. He was a grinder at Gilliam Manufacturing. He was buried at Werner’s Cemetery. The undertaker at that time was W. H. Sluss. At the time of the WWI draft, he was working for his father at farming. No exemption is listed. He was short, medium build with grey eyes, brown hair.

Laurena was born April 18, 1900, died April, 1987. She married Russell Burton Vaughn (1897-1961.)


I found the above copy of Russell’s obituaries on Ancestry. I am waiting to hear from the Stark County Library as they are supposed to have three copies. Hopefully with better quality.

Their children: Donald Russell (May 12, 1925 – April 30, 2003,) and Ethel.



Paul Revere was born May 25, 1903; he died July 26, 1972 in West Virginia. He married Clarice Lahr Snider (Ellsworth named her Clara Lahr; she was born 1907, no information on her parents.) Their children:

Wanda was born January 21, 1925, died 20 Jun 1998. It appears she married ? Barron, then secondly she married WD Jones (1926.) William Barron was living with the family in 1940 as a lodger, and appears to have been about 4 years older than Wanda so it would make sense he was the Barron she married.

Willard W. was born about 1927.

Ward – I can find no mention of him. Since he is listed in Ellsworth’s notes directly after Willard, whose middle initial appears to be W, I wonder if perhaps Ward wasn’t Willard’s middle name and there may have been a typo in Ellsworth’s notes.

Paul, Jr. was born May 24, 1929.

Maryland – I also found no record of. There is a Myrlene Werner who appeared to have a brother named Herbert W Werner with parents Paul and Clara, but they lived in Missouri and the dates don’t match. Again, I kind of suspect Ellsworth may have meant Paul Jr. was born in Maryland or lived there? His notes are rather unclear.

Joyce – I can find no information on. Ellsworth did note she was dead at the time he wrote the family tree but unfortunately he did not date it.

Note: the 1940 Census names Wanda, Willard and Paul. A son George and daughter Shirley are also named.

Huber Orin born March 17, 1907, died February 24, 1927. He is buried at Warstler Cemetery. He was a farmer. Huber was died from complications from an accident when a vehicle was stuck while crossing the railroad tracks.

Arnold W. born April 9, 1909, died March 27, 1977, Marion, Indiana.. He is buried at Mudbrook Cemetery in Massillon, Ohio. He married Mary E. Wright. The 1940 Census seems to name his spouse as Evelyn.

Opal F. born 1913. She died July 19, 1967. She married Francis F Shiltz (March 8, 1911-January 15, 1986), a repairman for the Hoover Company. They are both buried at Saint Paul’s Cemetery in Canton, Ohio. Their children: Nona Lea  (1935-January 24, 2011) married Dewey W Hill (1938-2002) and Joyce Ann (1942-2011). Nona was an Avon Representative and Secretary. Both daughters are buried at Fairview Cemetery in Jefferson, NY.

Pauline Ruth was born August 1, 1915. She died December 31, 2012.
From Pauline’s FindAGrave.com:
She graduated from the former Greentown High School and retired from Bowman Pharmaceutical as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed attending classes for seniors at the North Canton Library. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Preceded in death by her parents and her husband’s Russell Leadbetter and Charles Kinney and her son Russell D Leadbetter and granddaughter Jolene Dyar, four brothers and six sisters.
She is buried at Warstler Cemetery.

Rita, whose obituary I found on Ancestry.com:

Rita Arline (Werner) Clarke, age 91, of Louisville, passed away on Thursday morning, May 7, 2009. She was born on April 22, 1918, in Marlboro Township, to the late George E. and Laurena (Snider) Werner. Rita married Edward O. Clarke in Bolivar on June 10, 1936. She went from being a farmer’s daughter to a farmer’s wife, until 1995. Rita worked at LaVerne’s Bakery in North Canton for several years in the 1960s. Otherwise, she devoted herself to her family. Rita was a member of Emmanuel Christian Church in Massillon for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Clarke in 1995; son, Edward C. Clarke in 1972; daughter, Norma Lee Clubbs in 1999; an infant grandson, infant great-granddaughter and an infant great-grandson; four brothers and five sisters. Rita is survived by her son, Mike (Teresa) Clarke of North Canton; daughters, Sally R. (Richard) Amstutz of North Canton, Sandra A. (Marion) Smith of Louisville and Judith E. (Alan) French of Minerva; 16 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Pauline Kinney of North Canton; and her faithful dog, Casey. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 1pm in the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel (801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720) with Rev. Gary Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Warstler Cemetery. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 11am-1pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Stark County (5100 Peach St., Louisville, OH 44641). Those wishing to send their condolences or share a fond memory may sign the Reed Online Guestbook atwww.reedfuneralhome.com.


Additionally, on May 25, 1875 it appears Eliza may have had twins. No names were given but David Snider and Eliza Ringer are clearing named as the parents so I suspect they were stillborn. For the most part, Eliza’s children appear to have been named after her siblings, or in Henry’s case I assume he was named after her Worstler ancestor.


David Snider Family Tree, written by Ellsworth Snider

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZNC-661 : 8 December 2014), William Slusser and Eliza Ringer, 17 Mar 1861; citing Stark, Ohio, United States, reference p. 311; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 897,629.

“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDVK-Q8H : 8 December 2014), William Slusser and Eliza Ringer, 17 Mar 1861; citing Stark,Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 0897629 V. 5-6.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8M7-B4H : 8 December 2014), William Slusser in entry for Henry Wilson Slusser, 02 Feb 1937; citing Alliance, Stark, Ohio, reference fn 13992; FHL microfilm 2,023,491.


“United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX7X-G9G : 9 November 2014), Wm Slusser in household of Johnathan Slusser, Nimishillen, Stark, Ohio, United States; citing family 134, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCPW-B1V : 30 December 2015), William Slusser in entry for Jonathan Slusser, 1860.

“United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FS9K-BM9 : 4 December 2014), William Slusser, Private, Company K, 76th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union; citing NARA microfilm publication M552 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 100; FHL microfilm 882,313.

American Civil War Soldiers. Historical Data Systems, comp. Ancestry.com Operations Inc. 1999. Provo, UT, USA. Detail: Side served: Union; State served: Ohio; Enlistment date: 8 Oct 1862

U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2012. Provo, UT, USA.

“United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NHX7-4ZL : 24 March 2016), William Slusser, 1863.


“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6VY-LFQ : 17 October 2014), Eliza Snyder in household of David Snyder, Ohio, United States; citing p. 4, family 25, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,768.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDYZ-FQZ : 28 October 2016), Eliza Ringer in entry for Jane L. Snyder, 11 Oct 1871; citing Birth, Nimishillen, Stark, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX3Y-DJB : 8 December 2014), Eliza Ringer in entry for Jane L. Snyder, 11 Oct 1871; citing STARK,OHIO, reference ; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX3Y-4VS : 8 December 2014), Lizzie Ringer in entry for Lovina Snyder, 23 Jan 1874; citing STARK,OHIO, reference ; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX35-6S3 : 8 December 2014), Lizzie Ringer in entry for Lorena Or Lovina Snyder, 23 Jan 1874; citing Nimishillen, Stark, Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDY8-6QY : 28 October 2016), Eliza Ringer in entry for Snyder, 25 May 1875; citing Birth, Nimishillen Tp., Stark, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDY8-67M : 28 October 2016), Eliza Ringer in entry for Snyder, 25 May 1875; citing Birth, Nimishillen Tp., Stark, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX3R-HZ5 : 8 December 2014), Eliza Ringer in entry for Snyder, 25 May 1875; citing STARK,OHIO, reference ; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX3Y-KJQ : 8 December 2014), Eliza Ringer in entry for Snyder, 25 May 1875; citing STARK,OHIO, reference ; FHL microfilm 897,618.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV2M-B5SN : 11 July 2016), Eliza Ringer Snyder, 1875; Burial, , Stark, Ohio, United States of America, Saint Peters Cemetery; citing record ID 55570895, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

“Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZZG-5Y9 : 8 December 2014), Eliza Ringer in entry for Isabelle Snider Monter, 29 Dec 1939; citing Mariboro, Stark, Ohio, reference fn 76933; FHL microfilm 2,023,772.


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