The METZNER surname is in my paternal line. The origins are surname are German.
Ahnentafel # 11: Cora Belle Metzner (1868-1955). Cora was born August 21, 1868 in Jay County, Indiana. She married July 21, 1888 in Jay County, Indiana to Eli Weldon Haley (1866-1957). They raised 7 children in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. Eli died July 14, 1957 in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana. Cora died April 28, 1955 in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana. Both are buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.
Ahnentafel # 22: John Adam Metzner (1840-1895). John was born August 23, 1840 in Licking County, Ohio. He married November 13, 1864 in Jay County, Indiana to Clara Moulton (1843-1899). Clara was born September 1843 in Licking County, Ohio. They raised 4 children in Wayne Township, Jay County, Indiana where John was a farmer. He was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co G., 40th Ohio Infantry and the 51st Ohio Infantry. Clara died July 2, 1899 in Westchester, Jay County, Indiana. John died December 4, 1895 in Westchester, Jay County, Indiana. Both are buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.
Ahnentafel # 44: John Metzner (1805-1888). John was born October 2, 1805 in Saxony. He married November 4, 1839 in Newark, Licking County, Ohio to Catherine Young (1819-1910). Catherine was born July 18, 1819 in Alsace. They raised 11 children in Licking County, Ohio and Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. Catherine died June 22, 1910 in Jay County, Indiana. John died January 10, 1888 in Jay County, Indiana. Both are buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.
Our John's father has been given as Jasper Metzner, who died in 1838 at sea on the way to America by Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana (Lewis Publishing, 1887, pp. 585-6). This mug book states that John's parents were Jasper and Hannah (Reisenberg) Metzner, and that Jasper died on the voyage. Since this was published some 40 years after the fact, it may have been mis-interpreted, and in fact John's father died while John was at sea. A potential line back into Germany has been discovered by cousin, Paula Metzner. She researched Heldburg Church records. I hope to discuss the evidence she found in an later post. The coincidences are compelling, but not proof that this is the same family. If so, the line would be as follows:
Ahnentafel # 88: Johann Caspar Metzner (1777-1838). Johann was born July 19, 1777 at Heldburg, Saxony. He married on August 21, 1804 in Heldburg, Saxony to Johanna Susanna Weissenborn. They had 8 children, including two daughters and six sons (one of who had moved to America in 1837 according to Caspar's death record). Caspar died March 11, 1837 in Heldburg, Saxony and was buried March 14, 1837 in Heldburg, Saxony.
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