|Some of Chuckery's Pioneers
Samuel Geyer (1852-1922)
Came to Chuckery in 1893 to assist in the building of Chuckery Special School.
He was a carpenter. He and his family first lived just about ½ west of Chuckery
off Route 161—on the opposite side of the Little Darby Creek. They had to walk
a footbridge to get to their home. Then he built a house for his family—first
house south of Chuckery on Route 38; it is a two-story home. It is still standing.
In 1908, Sam & Mary bought a farm and moved to Tremont City just outside
Mary Newell Geyer (1856-1947)
Samuel Geyer’s wife. Mary became a widow at the age of 66. After her
husband’s death, she lived the rest of her life either with her daughter, Mabel,
of Chuckery, or another daughter, Maude, in Springfield. I have a good memory
of her as she is the only great grandmother that I ever knew. She lived to
be 91. She considered Chuckery to be her home.
Mabel Geyer (1883-1961)
Samuel and Mary Geyer’s daughter. Attended school on west side of
road (across from Sally Burns’ farm) in Madison County about 1 mile south of
Chuckery on Route 38. This school had just 8 grades. She did not want to quit
at grade 8 so she repeated grade 8. Then, she began clerking in the Chuckery
General Store in 1897 under Mr. McCullough. She worked there until 1904
when she got married. (Store closed in 1946.) She probably worshipped at
Lewis Chapel Methodist Church from 1893 till it was closed in 1923. As a
young mother with small children, she was an active member of Lewis Chapel
Elizabeth Priode Geyer (1829-1906)
Samuel Geyer’s mother. Elizabeth’s husband had been Lutheran in his early
life but converted to German Methodist and became a circuit rider in Ohio. After
his death in 1898 Elizabeth came up and spent a lot of time with her son Sam
and his wife Mary at Chuckery. She enjoyed be able to converse in German with
the Lutheran pastor at St. Paul’s as she said they spoke the same German
dialect. She never gave up her Lutheran faith. She and her husband were both
immigrants to Meigs County from Germany.
George Nelson Morse (1872-1956)
Nelse (as he was called) served for over 25 years on the Chuckery Special
school board. This was my grandfather.
Joe Parthemore Morse (1919-2003)
This is my father who shared innumerous facts that are not written in any book.
He was very proud of his “roots.”
Mary Elizabeth Morse McCormick (1906-2002)
This is my father’s oldest sister. She was also very helpful with things that are
not written in books, too. She actually remembers worshipping in Lewis
Chapel Methodist Church.. She said that her grandmothers told her a lot of
stories and she tried to retain as many as she could.
- Lois Morse Barr
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