The William F. METZNER family appears in the 1870, 1900, 1910 & 1920 census of Jay Co., IN living in Bearcreek Twp. William was the son of John & Catherine (YOUNG) METZNER.
In the 1870 census, William was a 25 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $800 and a personal estate valued at $300. Both of his parents were listed as foreign born. His wife, Mary A., was aged 23 and keeping house, with their young son, John W., aged 1 year old born in Indiana.
In the 1900 census, William was a 56 year old farmer, who owned his home free of mortgage. Both of his parents were listed as being born in Germany. Wife Mary was aged 53, and stated that her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother was born in Ohio. Daughter Amanda J., aged 19; son Irvin G., aged 21; daughter Pearl M., aged 16; and daughter Laura B., aged 12, were all born in Indiana.
In the 1910 census, William's occupation was listed as a retired dealer of furniture. His age was given as 65, born in Ohio, with both parents born in Germany. Wife Mary A. was aged 63 years old, born in Indiana, with both parents born in Ohio. Daughter Pearl, aged 26, single with no occupation and daughter Laura, aged 22, single with no occupation were also living at home.
In the 1920 census, both William and Mary's ages were illegible. William's occupation was listed as a furniture dealer, with both parents born in Germany. Both of Mary's parents were listed as being born in Pennsylvania.
William was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co. E, 89th Indiana Infantry.
William F. METZNER b. January 6, 1844 Licking Co., OH, d. 1929 Jay Co., IN., m. December 8, 1867 Jay Co., IN., to Mary Ann HALEY, daughter of Sebastian and Lydia A. (RADAR) HALEY. Mary Ann b. 1846 Jay Co., IN., d. 1926 Jay Co., IN.
Known children of William F. and Mary Ann (HALEY) METZNER are as follows :
i. John W. METZNER b. ca. 1869 Indiana
ii. Irvin G. METZNER b. January 1879 Indiana, m. Alma ________
iii. Amanda A. METZNER b. July 1881 Indiana, m. Fred J. AXE
iv. Pearl M. METZNER b. November 1883 Indiana, m. Edward BAUMGARTNER
v. Laura Belle METZNER b. January 22, 1888 Indiana, m. Paul L. SANDERS
vi. Lydia J. METZNER
vii. Louetta Jane METZNER