My family history in the U.S.A. begins with John Henry Amerine arriving in Pennsylvania in the 1750's. He was from the Germany/Switzerland area and resided in Bedford County, PA. He married Sarah Picony in 1757. John and Sarah had five sons, Abraham, George, Frederick, Phillip, and Henry, and one daughter, Mary.
Abraham is my great-great-great grandfather. He was born in 1761 in Bedford County, PA and married Mary Wolford in 1785. Abraham and Mary had seven sons, Moses, John, Henry, Andrew, Frederick, Jeremiah, and Abraham Jr., and one daughter, Susanna. In the very early 1800's, this family moved to Belmont County, Ohio. Around 1820, Abraham moved his family to Union County, just northwest of what is now Marysville.
Moses is my great-great-grandfather. He was born in 1797 in PA and married Elizabeth Watkins. Moses and Elizabeth (Watkins) had one son, George, and six daughters, Mahala, Nancy, Sarah, Polly, Emma, and Melissa. Moses married Elizabeth Fink in 1854 in Wheeling, WV. Moses and Elizabeth (Fink) had three sons, Willis, Wesley, and John, and two daughters, Carolyn and Dora. Elizabeth Fink died in a fire in 1867.
Willis is my great-grandfather. He was born in 1859 in Marysville. In 1880, Willis married Alice Machling. Willis and Alice had two sons, George and Arthur, and four (04) daughters, Nettie, Lottie, Elzina, and Irene. Willis and Alice lived most of their lives on a farm in Taylor Township on Wolford Maskill Rd.
George is my grandfather. He was born in 1882 and married Bessie Crist in 1903. George and Bessie had two sons, Forrest Eugene and William Lowell, and one daughter, Ruth. George did live all his life in Taylor Township on Wolford Maskill Rd.
William Lowell is my father. He was born in 1912 and married Doshia Pauline Gambill, born in 1911, in 1933. William Lowell and Doshia Pauline had one son, Max Eugene, and one daughter, Marilyn Louise. Dad and Mom were married 71 years. Dad passed away May 5, 2005 at the age of 93; Mom passed away 3 months later on July 18, 2005 at the age of 94.
I was born in 1943 and married Karen Marie Speck, born in 1947, on Christmas Eve, 1965 in Eagle Rock, California. In 1961, I joined the U.S. Navy, retiring from the Navy after twenty years of service in 1981. I worked for Toledo Scale for seven years and then, in 1989, went to work at Honda. I retired in 2004 after 15 years. Karen and I have two daughters, Michelle and Nicole. In 1981, our family moved back "home" to the Marysville area where we still live.
In 1997, Nicole married Patrick Leitz from Esterville, Iowa. They have three children, Nicholas (5), Hannah (2), and Owen (6 months) and live in Dublin, Ohio.
In October of 1999, our oldest daughter, Michelle, blessed us with our first grandchild; a boy, named Ryan Gallaspie. In 2003, Michelle married Tim O'Connors from Marysville, Ohio. They now have three children, Ryan (7), Shaune Marie (7), and Lauryn (3) and live in Marysville, Ohio.