Monday, January 17, 2011

Anna M. Perry Stotler

This is a photo of Anna M. (Perry) Stotler, wife of John Harrison Stotler. I don't have too many details about her, except born in Ohio March 1865 from the 1900 census on Mt. Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois. John and Anna lived on 6th St while John was a minister there. I don't have anything else on her and I can't find them in the 1910 census. The oral tradition in my family has been that John died in a flood during 1913, probably the Great Flood of Indianapolis in Columbus, Ohio of March 1913. They may have lived in Indianapolis in 1913, but Stotler is a difficult name to search the census for since there are many ways the census taker can misspell it and the people creating the database can misread their writing. Stotler, Stotter, Statler, Statter, Stattler, etc etc. It makes it tricky to search the databases and Indianapolis is too large to check page by page. I'll keep working on it. 

Update: I'm starting to have doubts on the flood story. The source of that story was the April 1913 notification of Mary Ross by a Franklin County Coroner following the disastrous flooding. I now think that the notification was in error and in the confusion following the flood, the wrong Stotlers were notified. The death certificates for John and Katherine Stotler that died during the flood indicate they were much older by 20 years and were born in Germany, not Illinois. Based on this, I think I need to go back to the drawing board on John Harrison Stotler.

As I mentioned the other day, John H. Stotler was the brother of Mary Hay Stotler-Ross. He was my 2nd great grand uncle.


  1. I can give you some info on Anna Perry. She was a daughter of my gg-grandfather George Perry and his wife Margaret Sherbourn. George was born in Franklin Co., PA 1818 and came to the Columbus, Ohio area about 1826 with his adoptive mother. Anna's brothers and sisters included Jacob (died as a child), Mary E., Jennie H.,George W.,John Ray (my g-grandfather), Franklin P., Emory, William Edward and Robert W.Perry. Anna was living with her sister Jennie Youel in Columbus, Ohio in 1910 and died Sept. 6, 1910. She is buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Worthington, Ohio.

    Thank you for the photo which I do not have.
    Donna Grooms Ferrell (my mother was a Perry)

  2. Thank you for the information. As I said I have very little information on Anna and John. I'm a bit confused as to why they would have separated by 1910, but maybe she was ill or maybe the 1913 date I have for John's death is wrong. This photo of Anna was passed down to my grandmother by her grandmother, Mary Stotler-Ross. I think it's the only one, but I still have some photo albums to go through yet.