- Carolyn Fisher Johnson, mother of James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson
- Otto Woodrow Fisher, maternal grandfather ("Bow-Wow") of James "Jamie Arthur Johnson
- Martha Baker Jones, genealogical researcher and author
- S.P.D., genealogical researcher
- Clyde Ratcliffe, genealogical researcher and author
- Find A Grave Memorial
- Ancestry.com. Delaware, Marriage Records, 1806-1933 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010
- Public Archives Commission, Delaware Public Archives; Dover, Delaware; Marriage Records, 1744-1912; Record Group: RG1325.003.004)
- History of Norfolk County, Virginia and Representative Citizens edited and compiled by Col. William H. Stewart
- Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center - See Wadsworth Nash below.
- "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9PY-19L8-L?cc=2377565&wc=H9W3-GZB%3A1505092701%2C1529100302 : 20 August 2018), Rockingham County > 1940 > image 258 of 472; from "Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.
- Year: 1860; Census Place: Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia; Roll: M653_1331; Page: 783; Family History Library Film: 805331 [Image]
- Year: 1870; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 18, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: M593_579; Page: 85B; Family History Library Film: 552078 [Image]
- New Castle County Delaware Genealogy and History
- Ottie K. Fisher in 1880 US Census: "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYBG-RJ9?cc=1417683&wc=XCQ9-168%3A1589415431%2C1589415876%2C1589396423%2C1589395243 : 24 December 2015), Virginia > Shenandoah > Davis > ED 83 > image 47 of 61; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)
- Otterburn Fisher in 1900 US Census: "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6737-7DT?cc=1325221&wc=9B7Q-9LN%3A1030552301%2C1034321801%2C1034329001 : 5 August 2014), Virginia > Shenandoah > ED 74 Davis District (west part) > image 27 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Probate record of Mary McMullin
- Delaware Vital Records: McMullen, Mary, wife of Samuel
- Shenandoah County Marriage Records - Fisher-Fravel
- Personal ancestral photographs, artifacts and documents owned by James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson
- "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DCP9-G49?cc=1325221&wc=9B7J-VZL%3A1030551101%2C1030688401%2C1030727401 : 5 August 2014), Maryland > Baltimore > ED 28 Election District 4, Precinct 1 > image 5 of 51; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GRV8-VFL?cc=1727033&wc=QZZW-H5R%3A133640601%2C135058901%2C138021701%2C1589092140 : 24 June 2017), Maryland > Baltimore (Independent City) > Baltimore Ward 18 > ED 296 > image 24 of 24; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Links for research:
Welsh Tract Baptist Church
|Samuel and Mary McMullen/McMullin
A marriage reference in the probate record of Mary McMullin dated April 1860, shows the marriage (in New Castle, DE) of William Miller and Rebecca McMullin who were married 14 years earlier. This implies that Mary McMullin is the mother of Rebecca and it also shows the variation of the surname McMullen. In Delaware Vital Records, there's a reference for Mary McMullen, wife of Samuel, dead at age 64 on November 29, 1860, buried in the Welsh Tract Baptist Cemetery (and Samuel is buried there, too), reference: New Castle. This death date and the aforementioned probate means this could be the same Mary McMullen and if so, Samuel McMullen is Rebecca McMullen Miller's father.
|According to Clyde Ratcliffe, the Nash "family can be found in Norfolk, Va in the 1850 & 1860 census... but I can't find him in the 1870 census." Joseph Nash was an auctioneer and later a bookkeeper. He lived with his brother Nathaniel (3 yrs older) after his wife's death. He died of "Disease of the Heart" and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA. The funeral service was at Granby St. M.E. Church.||↑
|William Miller||Rebecca McMullen|
Norfolk Co., VA
d. 23 Oct. 1879
Buried at Elmwood, Norfolk, VA
|m. 17 Oct. 1842
Norfolk Co., VA
d. 9 June 1859
Norfolk Co., VA
According to the death certificate for Mary Frances (Miller) Nash, William Miller was born in Baltimore, MD.
|b. Dec. 1826
NW of London)
d. Feb. 17, 1891
|m. 31 May 1846
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware
(source: FamilySearch and New Castle County Delaware Genealogy and History)
Marriage record (Source: Public Archives Commission, Delaware Public Archives; Dover, Delaware; Marriage Records, 1744-1912; Record Group: RG1325.003.004)
Marriage record (Source: Ancestry.com. Delaware, Marriage Records, 1806-1933 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010)
Lived in Shenandoah Co., Virginia, in 1848, lived in Alexandria, Virginia, (with children John and Mollie) in 1860 (Source: 1860 Census), and lived in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1870 with son-in-law Wadsworth Nash and daughter Mary (formerly Mollie) Nash (errantly written as Mary Wadsworth), George Green and Catharine Brooks (Source: 1870 Census).
|b. 29 Dec. 1822
New Castle Co., DE
d. 21 June 1900
Charles Florence Fisher
(an older Charles pictured - colorized version
May 12, 1922, letter from Ernest Fisher
to his mother Mary Elizabeth (Pifer) Fisher: envelope
(picture w/ Charles and Mary)
(picture - reunion)
(picture - tomb)
(picture - tomb close-up)
Charles and Mary (Pifer) Fisher are third cousins via their shared great great grandfather John Funkhouser, Sr. (Johannes Fankhauser, Sr.).
Mary Elizabeth Pifer
(picture - as a young girl)
(enhanced colorized close-up)
(picture - birthday)
According to a letter written to "Gee Gee" on October 11, 1977, "Mary Liz" went to Dayton College. Further, the letter states that her brother, who lived across the river from her, was a Northern sympathizer during the Civil War whose land was spared when the Northern troops invaded the Shenandoah Valley.
(picture - quilt square she made in 1930s)
|Wadsworth "Wads" H. Nash
Confederate Navy Veteran, Private in Young's Harbor Guards and Light Artillery Blues, Norfolk, VA (Source: History of Norfolk County, Virginia and Representative Citizens, p. 122)
1900 Census showing Wadsworth and Mary Nash (misspelled as Nach)
|Mary Frances Miller
(called "Mollie" at age 11)
|Mary Frances Miller had a brother John born circa 1846.
Wadsworth Nash served in the Confederate Navy and be stationed in Norfolk or Newport News, VA. He was a Private in Young's Harbor Guards at the outbreak of the War Between the States. On April 22, 1861 he was transferred to Captain Grandy's Company, VA Light Artillery (Norfolk Light Artillery Blues, which was present at Gettysburg). He was captured on April 2, 1865 during the fall of Petersburg, Virginia, and was transferred to Point Lookout Yankee prison, Maryland, and was released on May 21, 1865 (Source: FindAGrave). His family reportedly came from England. According to Clyde Ratcliffe, in 1868, Charles Nash, Wadsworth's younger brother and also an ancestor to Clyde's son-in-law, wrote, "I was born in Norfolk, Va., Jan 4, 1854 My parents were Joseph and Evelina Nash...When about fourteen years, I went to Baltimore to live with my brother Wadsworth, ten years my senior."
|b. 17 Oct. 1855
d. 6 June 1917
|m. 29 April 1879
(Shenandoah County Marriage Records)
|b. 16 April 1858
d. 12 Feb. 1936
|b. 30 August 1841
Norfolk Co., VA
d. 22 November 1920
Buried in MD and later moved to Dayton, VA after wife's death
|b. 31 July 1848
Shenandoah Co., VA
d. 27 September 1940
Death Certificate, which spells her middle name as Francis and lists her birthplace as Alexandria, Virginia.
Carolyn Fisher Johnson, my mother, says, "My grandfather [Otto Keiter Fisher] was born in Fishers Hill."
A letter written to "Gee Gee" on October 11, 1977, indicates that Homer, the second eldest child of Charles and Mary (Pifer) Fisher, worked in a machine shop and put his oldest brother "Ottie" (Otto Keiter Fisher) through medical school in Baltimore. As a child, Otto only went through 7th grade but read books during a lengthy recovery from an appendectomy and dissected dead animals. Further, the letter states that Homer had 4 brothers, 3 who went to school: "Ottie" (Otto Keiter Fisher) who was a doctor in Dayton, VA; Ernest who went to Altoona, PA; and Austin who was a boxer at Washington and Lee. It also indicates Lester who died when he was one year old.
Otto's sister Eva Fisher was a nurse:
Eva Fisher, RN
Eva Fisher, 2nd row far right
Eva Fisher with-nursing class at Rockingham Memorial Hospital Harrisonburg, VA (Which nurse is Eva?)
Eva Fisher resignation letter from The Pottsville Hospital 1 June 1930
Austin Fisher, brother of Otto Keiter Fisher. Girl with puppy is his daughter Gail Fisher
In medical school, Otto was a boxer like his brother Austin.
Otto is listed as Ottie K in 1880 Census, line 20. Source: "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYBG-RJ9?cc=1417683&wc=XCQ9-168%3A1589415431%2C1589415876%2C1589396423%2C1589395243 : 24 December 2015), Virginia > Shenandoah > Davis > ED 83 > image 47 of 61; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)
His name being Otterbein (see note from Carolyn Johnson below) is supported as he is seen as Otterburn in 1900 Census, line 16. Source: "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6737-7DT?cc=1325221&wc=9B7Q-9LN%3A1030552301%2C1034321801%2C1034329001 : 5 August 2014), Virginia > Shenandoah > ED 74 Davis District (west part) > image 27 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
|Otto Keiter Fisher
(Otterbein Keiter Fisher)
(colorized version, close-upe)
(colorized version, close-up)
(As A Young Man)
(2nd Row with pipe)
(Med School photo - Same photo: enlarged)
(Otto Keiter Fisher, med school graduate)
(as a young doctor)
(Otto Keiter Fisher, M.D. with signature)
(with his dogs)
(with dogs on porch)
(Older years photo)
(named for Philip William Otterbein)
|Mollie Clara Nash
(full picture colorized)
(close-up of Mollie)
(postcard with Mollie holding onto son Otto with sister Amelia sitting and holding baby Clara (colorized, enhanced colorized version) | back of postcard)
(portrait in later years)
|Some records have Mary. "Mollie" may have been a nickname just as her mother, Mary, went by "Mollie" at a young age.
Mollie Clara Nash Fisher ca. 1970 with infant great-grandson William Marshall Johnson and toddler great-grandson Neil Fisher Johnson
Mollie Fisher with great-grandsons(L to R): Neil, Jamie and Billy Johnson
Mollie at a later birthday
|Milk Home Delivery 101 by Leroy Henry who worked for Otto Keiter Fisher's brother J.H. (John "Homer") Fisher||b. 14 Feb. 1880
Fishers Hill, Virginia
d. 6 Dec. 1942
gravestone at Clover Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Clover Hill, VA
|m. 14 August 1909||b. 18 March 1880
d. 28 June 1978
Carolyn Fisher Johnson wrote the following of her father Otto W. Fisher: Daddy was known as "Buddy" as a boy and always by friends and family. He was called "Doc" by those he met in the public and who he worked with. His father was a doctor, maybe "Doc" came from that. His name was often written as O. W. Fisher, Jr., but he was not a Jr. His middle name was Woodrow. His father was Otto Keiter Fisher. My understanding that my grandfather was named for Phillip Otterbein who traveled by horseback, ministering in the Strasburg area. My great grandmother was so impressed with Phillip Otterbein that she named her baby in his honor. "Bow Wow" was the name given by my oldest son. Daddy rocked him and made sounds to the baby. Think the baby was trying to imitate his sound, which sounded like Bow Wow. All 9 of his grandchildren called him that special name.
Otto Woodrow Fisher, or "Bow-Wow" as he was known to his grandchildren, was a model train aficionado and he gave his HO-scale PA engine to his grandson James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson. Jamie played with the train as a child and on up into his high school days. When Jamie went to college, "Bow-Wow" passed away and the train remained safely in a box for years to come. Nearly 25 years later, Jamie would see the train run again with his own children on March 14, 2016.
Fisher genealogy notes from the 1960s
|Otto Woodrow Fisher||Pictures ↓
Hazel and Otto as a younger couple
Otto Woodrow Fisher at Highway Motors
Hazel and Otto in a sweet moment
(enhanced colorized version)
Otto Woodrow Fisher in the 1970s
Otto with grandson James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson
in his favorite chair
50th anniversary portrait (article)
With grandchildren at their 50th anniversary
(back of photo)
With Hazel's siblings at their 50th anniversary
(back of photo with siblings' names)
Additional pictures of Otto and Hazel
Their house in Harrisonburg, VA
Otto Woodrow Fisher with his Yorkie "Missy"
Hazel Jane Eckard
Enhanced, colorized close-up
Otto Woodrow Fisher met Hazel Jane Eckard when she was working in Harrisonburg, VA, as a waitress. He kept showing up and asking her out and she kept saying, "No." However, eventually, she said she would go out with him once if he left her alone. And the rest is history.
"So many memories. I remember when she taught me how to tie my shoe. I remember songs she sang to me. I remember her chocolate chip cookies, her cakes and her home cooking. I remember watermelon in her backyard. I remember her smile, her gentleness, her faith." (Jamie Johnson post on Facebook remembering his grandmother)
Pictures of Otto Woodrow Fisher and siblings:
Otto with his sister Amelia (Back of Picture)
Fisher Children: Clara & Otto W.
Otto and Mary F. (back of picture) (enhanced, colorized version) (Close-up of Otto)
Otto Woodrow Fisher, 3rd grade (1922-1923), 6th from left with blonde hair, cocked head and squinted eye (He was blind in his right eye.) (zoom in)
1923 State Fair (words on back of picture)
Otto Woodrow Fisher and his prize pigs, age 9 in 1923
Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a teen (tall on the right) (Writing on back)
Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a young man
Picture of Otto W. Fisher with car
Fisher siblings: Mary Frances Fisher, Otto Woodrow Fisher, Clara Fisher Hester and Amelia Fisher Ritchie
Mary Frances (Fisher) Spurling, baby sister of Otto Woodrow Fisher - Carol Spurling, daughter of Mary Frances (Fisher) Spurling and Chester Spurling
Fisher siblings with mother: Otto Woodrow Fisher, standing. Front (Left to Right): Clara Fisher Hester, Mollie Clara Nash Fisher (mother) and Amelia Fisher Ritchie
Otto Woodrow Fisher eating a favorite: watermelon
Otto Woodrow Fisher with cousins and sister (note on back of picture)
Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a grandfather
Obituary for Otto's sister Amelia Harriet Fisher Ritchie
Remembrance: Amelia Harriet Fisher Ritchie
Note: Amelia's full name at birth was Amelia Harriet Pike Fisher.
Obituary for Otto's sister Clara Fisher Hester
|b. 6 Feb. 1914, Medley, WV
d. 21 Feb. 1992, UVA, Charlottesville, VA
(Obituary | Memorial service by Rev. Zig Volskis)
Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA
|m. 6 Apr. 1936, Riverton, WV
Register of Marriage
(source: West Virginia Division of Culture and History via FamilySearch)
In 1940, Otto was an Attendant at a gas service station in Harrisonburg, Virginia, according to 1940 United States Federal Census (local copy). Many people worked in blue-collar industries, like farming or construction. Otto Woodrow's education level was high school, 2nd year when he was working in 1940. Many Americans began working at a young age and never finished high school. Otto Woodrow made $480 annually, working 42 hours a week. Most working Americans made $1,368 a year in 1940, which is $24,970 in today’s dollars. He rented his home on 377 W Market Street (local image). $15 of his monthly income went towards his rent. About $1.15 of his paycheck likely went to grocery staples like milk, butter, and eggs. He eventually became a manager and by 1949, he owned his own service station as shared by his daughter Carolyn who stated the following: "When I was little, Daddy was mgr. of Goodyear. He had his own service station when Mary Lou was born . He lost everything during the flood, when she was a baby. Maybe he went into selling cars after that. Remember when rent went up to $50."
|b. 24 Sept. 1911
d. 3 July 2008, Harrisonburg, VA
Burial: Eastlawn Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA
"Hi Carolyn, I remember your Dad (Otto Woodrow Fisher) very well. He and your Mom were wonderful neighbors. I remember that your Dad got me my doll one year for Christmas. That was during the war when my Mom told me after
Christmas how hard it was to get a doll. Your Dad was working as a salesman for either Goodrich or Goodyear, I believe. She said he made sure that I had one for Christmas.
I'm sure there were other times that he helped us out."
I have many memories of my grandfather "Bow-Wow" (Otto Woodrow Fisher). I remember sitting with him in his recliner watching "Little House on the Prairie", laughing when he had a stuffed bear he carried around which made flatulence noises and when he told the mean neighbors what he thought of them when they were coming down hard on us kids. I remember watermelon in his backyard. I remember eating steak, mashed potatoes and green beans with him while he drank his favorite - iced tea. I remember him sneaking cookies and sharing them. And I remember him showing/telling us to always keep the child in you alive. ~ Jamie Johnson
descendants through daughters Carolyn June Fisher (m. William Herman Johnson), Thelma Jane Fisher (m. Donald Wade Bourne) and Mary Lou Fisher (m. Charles Elwood Whitmore)
John R. Susanna H. Harwood + Gilbert | +-------------+--------------+ |b. 1790-1800 | b. 1790-1800 | |Norfolk Co.VA|Norfolk Co.,VA| |d. pre-1840? |d.1842-1850 | |Norfolk Co.VA|Norfolk Co.,VA| +-------------+--------------+ |m. Feb.1, 1811 Norfolk Co.VA| +-------------+--------------+ | | | | + William + Rebecca Joseph + Evelina Miller | McMullen According to Clyde Nash | Harwood +------------+------------+ Ratcliffe, the Nash | |m.5/31/1845 New Castle,DE| "family can be found +---------+---------+ +------------+------------+ in Norfolk, Va in the |b.1817/18|b.1821/22| |b. Dec. 1826|b. 29 Dec. | 1850 & 1860 census... |Norfolk |d. Jun 9 | |in Malmsbury| 1822 in | but I can't find him |Co., VA. | 1859 | |ENGLAND near|New Castle | in the 1870 census." |d.Oct.23,|Norfolk | |Wiltshire, |County, | Joseph Nash was an |1879 |Co., VA | |NW of London|Delaware. | auctioneer and later | m.Oct17,1842 in | | |d. 21 June | a bookkeeper. He | Norfolk Co., VA | |d.Feb17,1891| 1900. | lived w/his brother +---------+---------+ | outside of |Buried in | Nathaniel (3 yrs older) | | Baltimore, |Reistertown,| after his wife's death. | | Maryland. |Maryland. | He died of "Disease of the +------+ +------------+------------+ Heart" and is buried at Elmwood | |Lived in Shen.Co.,VA 1848| Cemetery, Norfolk, VA. The | +------------+------------+ funeral service was at Granby | | St. M.E. Church. | | | | | | | | | | Charles Mary Wadsworth + Mary Florence + Elizabeth Nash | Frances Fisher Pifer b.1843/44 | Miller (Age 11, called "Mollie") +------+------+-----+ NorfolkCo. | b. ca.1848 Shenandoah Co., VA |b. 17 |m. 29 |b. 16| VA. Buried | m. 1869/70 in Baltimore, MD. |Oct. |April |April| in Dayton, | (Had a brother John b. ca. 1846) |1855 |1879 |1858 | VA. | d. 1941 |d. 6 | |d. 12| +-+ |June | |Feb. | | Wadsworth Nash was said to have |1917 | |1936 | | served in the Confederate Navy +------+--+---+-----+ | and be stationed in Norfolk or | | Newport News, VA. His family | | reportedly came from England. | +-----+ According to Clyde Ratcliffe, | | in 1868, Charles Nash, Wadsworth's | | younger brother and also an | | ancestor to Clyde's son-in-law, | | wrote, "I was born in Norfolk, | | Va., Jan 4, 1854 My parents were | | Joseph and Evelina Nash...When | | about fourteen years, I went to | | Baltimore to live with my brother | | Wadsworth, ten years my senior." | | Otto Keiter Fisher Otto Mollie (Some records have Mary, "Mollie" may was a doctor in Keiter Clara have been a nickname just as her mother, Dayton, Virginia Fisher + Nash a Mary, went by "Mollie" during childhood) (Picture) Picture +---------+---------+ Med School photo |b. 14 Feb|b. 18 Mar| Older years photo |1880 |1880 | |d. 6 Dec |d. 28 Jun| |1942 |1978 | Milk Home Delivery 101 +---------+---------+ by Leroy Henry who |m. 14 August 1909 | worked for Otto Keiter +---------+---------+ Fisher's brother J.H. Fisher | | Hazel Otto Jane + Woodrow Eckard Fisher (Feb. 6, 1914-Feb. 21, 1992) (Obituary) Otto with his sister Amelia (Back of Picture) Fisher Children: Clara & Otto W. Otto and Mary F. (back of picture) 1923 State Fair (words on back of picture) Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a teen (tall on the right) (Writing on back) Picture of Otto W. Fisher as a grandfather