William Albert Nantz #52 Ancestors

William Albert Nantz

William Albert Nantz

For this week’s #52 Ancestors I’ll switch from my mom’s family to my dad’s. Today I’m writing about my great grandfather, my dad’s mother’s father, William Albert Nantz.

William was born in Jackson County Ohio on 4 April 1868 to parents James and Nancy Estice Nance (Nantz). It’s interesting that between these two generation the spelling of their last name changes from Nance to Nantz.

William was one of five children of three boys and two girls. Coincidentally one of his sisters was named Cynthia. She’s the only other Cynthia I’ve found in my family tree. Unfortunately I wasn’t named after her.

The family farmed for a living and resided in Pickaway County, Ohio in 1880 when William was 12 years old and eventually found their way to Van Wert County later in that decade.

William Nantz, Irene Waller Nantz, Flora and brother Ira Nantz

William Nantz, Irene Waller Nantz, Flora and Ira Nantz

On 10 October 1888, when he was 20 years old, William married Irene Louisa Waller in Van Wert County, Ohio. They were the parents of four children, my grandmother Flora Alice being their oldest. The next two children were daughters as well. Rosa Ellen was born 17 April 1890. Flosey was born 25 September 1892 and their youngest, a son Ira was born 11 April 1894. I wanted to mention the other children’s birth dates because 1892 was such a tragic year for the family. On 3 October 1892 at only 2-1/2 years old Rosa Ellen died, then just 13 short days later three-week old Flosey passed away. I can’t imagine how devastating this loss is to any family.

By the early 1900s William moves his wife and two children to Hardin County, Ohio and onto Allen County. He’s working in the electricity industry. There’s also other notes that he worked as a carpenter and a painter. In moving to Allen County William’s daughter Flora meets her future husband Camillus Frueh.

Living in Lima, Ohio for awhile William lost his wife Irene 13 May 1927. They’d been married 38+ years. Two years later he marries Ette Holtzapple. William’s daughter Flora passes in 1932. These events, the death of wife Irene and daughter Flora along with his remarriage to Ette seems to put William on the fringes of his grandchildren’s (my father’s) lives. I don’t have a single story handed down about my great grandfather. Maybe with a little more research on my part I can add some stories to William’s memory.

William Albert Nantz died 14 February 1953, in Rockford Ohio. He was 84 years old.

Thanks for taking the time to read and help me remember my great grandfather.


  1. Hi, Just an FYI, I research all Nance/Nantz lines and if what you quoted here “On 3 October 1892 at only 2-1/2 years old Rosa Ellen died, then just 13 short days later three-week old Flosey passed away.” Then one of the memorials at Find A Grave is incorrect..


    Flosey M Nantz – Find A Grave Memorial# 33214921
    Birth: Sep. 24, 1892
    Death: Oct. 15, 1892
    Inscription: 21d

    Rosa E Nantz
    Birth: unknown
    Death: Oct. 2, 1893
    Inscription: 3y5m15d
    Find A Grave Memorial# 33214933

    • Sonia,
      Thank you for stopping by the blog and reading and commenting. You are right! Rosa did pass in 1893. I put the information incorrectly in my software. Thank you so much for catching my error so I can correct it. I appreciate it!
      Any chance we are long lost cousins? Do you know anything about or are you related to William Albert Nantz’s parents James W. and Nancy Estice Nance? That would be so wonderful if you were! I look forward to your response and thanks again for helping me out!

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