Jacob Rangeler, a pioneer resident of Kirby, died at his home, in that
village, Tuesday morning, at from dropsy. Mr.
Rangeler was born July 26, 1828, having reached the age of 78 years, 5 months
and 12 days.He was married to Catherine
Krider in 1851 and who died in 1897.They were the parents of six children, all of whom are dead, except one
daughter, Mary, wife of Beecher
Ensminger, residing two and one-half miles west of Kirby.Mr. Rangeler was again married to Mrs. Anna
Long in 1901 who survives him.The
funeral will occur Thursday morning at from the Church
of God in Kirby, and
burial will be made in the Schoenberger cemetery.
Jacob Renschler, or Rangler, is
buried with his first wife and two of his daughters at SchoenbergerCemetery, a mile or so outside of
Kirby, Wyandot County, Ohio.His stone reads:Jacob Rangler,
born July 29, 1831,
died Jan. 8, 1887.
Beside him is his daughter
Charlotte's stone:Charlotte born Sept. 30, 1856, died June 22, (illegible year).
Beside these two stones is a
third, an oblisque with two names carved on it:Catherine A., wife of Jacob Rangler, died Aug. 8, 1899, aged 70 years, 21 days. And on
the same stone, Eliza Dempsey, died Nov. 1898.
This Pennsylvania Dutchman came
from a long line of Renschlers. But his wish was for he and his family to be
Ranglers, and thus they are.
Eliza Ann Rangler Dempsey
On my trip to WyandotCounty,
I was not totally unprepared for the name "Rangler" instead of the
name "Renschler" at the SchoenbergerCemetery.I had visited the Upper Sandusky Community
Library earlier in the day and had found a 3 DEC 1896 edition of the Wyandot
County Republican with a shorter description of daughter Eliza Dempsey's
"While Mrs. Hugh Dempsey of Findlay
was visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rangler of Kirby, she took ill very
suddenly on Monday night of last week and died at Tuesday morning.Deceased formerly resided in this city.She was a very industrious, good wife and
mother and her death is deplored by those who knew her.She was forty-four years and one month old at
her death and leaves a husband, five children and many friends to mourn her
departure.The youngest child is fifteen
years of age.The funeral took place at
Kirby last Thursday."
After her marriage to Hugh
Dempsey, by Rev. Albert Ensinger, Eliza and her husband lived on a farm until
they moved to Upper Sandusky, WyandotCounty, in 1879.Hugh was for a number of years a member of
the Upper Sandusky police force and owned the
Hutter House hotel for a time.The
family eventually moved to Findlay, Hancock County, OH
Eliza died at a relatively young
age, 44, under rather gruesome circumstances.Death came 26 NOV
1896, while she was back in Wyandot Co. visiting her ailing mother
in the village of
Mrs. Dempsey, it was reported in
the Upper Sandusky newspaper, died very
suddenly at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Renschler.She had arrived in Kirby the previous week in
answer to a telegram notifying her that her mother, who had been an invalid for
several years, was in critical condition suffering from dropsy.
Eliza stayed at the home of her parents a day longer than she had
originally planned, retiring to bed at eleven o'clock on a Monday apparently in
the best of health.About , her father heard her
coughing, went to her room, but found her sleeping and did not arouse her.He returned to his bed, but soon her coughing
became more violent, so he went to see her again.This time, blood was flowing from her
mouth.She was unconscious as the older
man carried her to the sitting room.She
died without ever regaining consciousness.It was believed that a blood vessel had ruptured in her lungs during
sleep.Death came quickly.
Funeral services were conducted at the Church
of God and the body was buried in Schoenberger
Grove in Salem
Eliza's oldest daughter, Carrie
Catherine, was 22 years old at the time of her mother's death.She was married to William F. O'Harra.
Eliza's husband Hugh survived his
wife by more than 25 years.Their
children grew, married, and had children of their own.Many continue to live in northwestern Ohio.One branch of son Joe's family --
granddaughter Joan Donoho, husband, and sons, lived in Willow, Alaska
before Joan’s death.
This writer and her family -- the
branch extending from daughter Carrie Catherine, live in Anchorage, Alaska.