Original Work by Stephen J. Hartzell
Composed as though it were written on
May 5, 1878

Reuben Hartzell
Came to Seneca Co. in 1847

Reuben Hartzell, 66, 85 Jackson St., died today, May 5, 1878, in his home. He had been ill for the past two weeks with Typhoid Fever, which eventually caused his death.

He was born Feb. 23, 1812, in Lehigh Co., PA, to Henry  and Margaret (Shonebruck) Hartzell. In Jan., 1837, he married Sarah Schiffert, in Lehigh County, PA. With his family and a number of other Lehigh Co. families, he came to Seneca County in 1847 and first resided here on the Solomon Litzenberger farm on the Melmore Road in Clinton Twp. Here his wife died on Aug. 17, 1851.
He then married Leanda Strauss Dec. 13, 1854, and she died July 18, 1855. His third wife was Ruth (Taylor) Spaulding, the former wife of Joseph Spaulding. They were married on Oct. 13, 1861.

Surviving are his wife Ruth, sons Harrison William Hartzell and Israel Franklin Hartzell; and a daughter, Mary Lorretta Hartzell, all of Tiffin, 5 stepchildren  and two grandchildren. Several of his brothers and sisters are also still living in various locations. He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters, sons Hiram, Hannes Heinrich, and James H. Hartzell who died in the War of the Rebellion at Opequan Creek in Winchester, VA.

Mr. Hartzell practiced a number of trades. He was a mechanic, stone mason and plasterer. He also operated a sawmill in Hopewell Twp. on Wolf Creek for several years. He relocated to Noblesville, Hamilton Co., Ind., in 1868 where he remained for 7 years. He returned to this city, at which time he purchased the Jackson St. home. He was also a charter member of the German Reformed Church of Tiffin in 1850.

Mr. Hartzell and his wife have been in and out of Divorce Court for the past 10 years, and his rocky relationship with his third wife is well known gossip in Tiffin. However, he and Ruth remain married and she is now legally his widow.

Burial will be in the Hartzell family section of Rock Run Cemetery.

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