Wilbur was born in Goshen Twp., Mahoning County near Salem, Oh on Oct 29, 1913. He is the son of Wilbur Ross Meiser and Mary Alice Blackburn. His father married Mary Alice on the 3rd of April 1912. She was born in Fairfield Twp., in Columbiana county, Ohio on the 29th of October in 1882. Mary died on the 3rd of January 1933 in Fairfield Twp. All of their children were born on the farm, north of Salem, which is now a golf course. They had four children as follows:
Category: Ohio physical, cultural and historic features; Feature Name: Mizer Cemetery, Type: Cultural, Class: Cemetery, County: Jefferson, FID: 1960354, Coordinates: Latitude 40.4320098 and Longitude -80.9245343.
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Focus on Wilbur Blackburn Meiser
Wilbur lived in the Salem and Middleton (Columbiana County) areas until he entered the United Methodist Church Ministry in Fairfield Twp. Upon Wilbur’s graduation from High School he attended, Asbury College, and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilnore Kentucky, Western Reserve University, and Kent State University.
Wilbur served the United Methodist Churches in Sherrodsville, Richmond, Cleveland, Wintersville, Tiffin, Mansfield and Norwalk. After retiring in 1977 he served as a Visitation Minister at the First U.M. Church in Galion for 18 years. He now resides at Copeland Oaks, Sebring, Mahoning Co., Oh. with his wife. They have one son, Keith who was born in Richmond, Oh in the Methodist Parsonage.
Variant surname spellings found for Meiser, Mysor
Meisser, Miser, Mizar, Mizer, Myser, Myzer
Paternal Ancestry Chart for Wilbur B. Meiser
While glancing at Wilbur’s vast pedigree charts, I see several familiar Jefferson and Carroll County surnames.
Wilbur Meiser, 802 S. 15th St., Sebring, OH 44672. To contact the Meisser Genealogy Assc. 144 Tuscora Ave., N.W. New Philadelphia, OH 44663. You can inquire about the Meisser Newsletter.
The following records were given to Flora L. VerStraten, on loan from Rev. Meiser. They have since been returned to him. The chapter would like to thank Rev. Meiser for his willingness and interest in preserving the records of his church service while serving in the Jefferson County Circuit. These records will prove to be a great source for those seeking their ancestors, well into the future. The chapter would also like to thank chapter member, Kitty Kutchmark, for all the time she put into extracting and typing up all the spreadsheets and records belonging to Rev. Meiser to make them available on the chapter website.
The following obituaries were provided by Flora L. VerStraten. Flora also received a Christmas card with a letter from from Rev. Meiser and his wife.
Obituary for Rev. Wilbur Blackburn Meiser
Steubenville Herald Star Newspaper – Wednesday, December 10, 2008, pg. 8A
MEISER, Rev. Wilbur Blackburn, 95, of Sebring, died Monday evening, December 8, 2008, in Alliance Community Hospital.
One October 20, 1913, he was born in Goshen Township, Mahoning County (two miles north of Salem) to W. Ross and Mary Alice (Blackburn) Meiser.
He served United Methodist Churches in Sherrodsville, New Cumberland, Leesville, Perrysville, Richmond, Cleveland, Wintersville, Tiffin, Mansfield and Norwalk. After retiring in 1977, he served as visitation Minister at First United Methodist Church in Galion for 18 years. He also taught school in Unity Township at Chain and Shady Hill schools, Fairfield Centralized and Winona, Ohio. He also taught at Cleveland Bible College, now Malone while living in Cleveland.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Lee Meiser of Bowling Greek; one brother, Robert H. Meiser of Yuma, Ariz.; and over 28 nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 9:30a.m. until time of the services at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Sebring United Methodist Church…
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2008, at Mansfield Memorial Park officiated by the Rev. Douglas Lewis…
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Richardson-Davis Funeral Home, Galion.
An online obituary and guest registry are available at www.richardson-davis.com
(The following obituary was sent to Flora L. VerStraten from Rev. Meiser’s wife. There is no mention of the name of the newspaper. It shows that it was posted December 10, 2008
SEBRING - …He was predeceased by his parents; his step-mother; one sister; Mary Ellen Wilms; and one brother, W. Eugene Meiser of Cabool, Mo…
Upon graduating from Fairfield Township Centralized High School, Columbiana County (1931), he attended Asbury College (1931 to 1932) and taught school in Unity Township…
He and Dorothy attended the Kennedy School of Mission in Hartford, Conn., and were under appointment to serve as Methodist Missionaries to India when World War II intervened. Wilbur then served Richmond Charge United Methodist Churches, Jefferson County, from 1942 to 1945 (Richmond, New Somerset, and Mt. Zion churches)…
Flora L. VerStraten received a Christmas card from Rev. Meiser and his wife, Dorothy, post marked December 29, 2008. Inside the card was a letter from Rev. Meiser and his wife, dated November 22, 2008.
His last known address was: 802 South 15th St. Villa 1866, Sebring, OH 44672. The letter begins:
Dear family and friends,
Twelve years ago we moved into our villa here at Copeland Oaks. This year we quietly celebrated out 90 and 95 birthdays.
The last month of 2007 Wilbur spent in Crandall (our nursing home area) seeking help for an attack of Sciatica. They kept him there for four weeks (yes, over both Christmas and New Years!) which made for a rather queer holiday season for us. After 4 weeks of therapy they let him come home with “at home therapy” which he continues on his own.
Dorothy became the prime caregiver, taking on household tasks Wilbur usually did, and doing the car driving when grocery shopping and Dr.’s appt., etc…
One bright spot was the stray, female kitten that came to her one day when she went after the mail. It was half grown, very friendly and hungry, to much for Dorothy to ignore. With some misgiving, she took the cat home with her, but our resident cat Susie, would have none of it and hissed and growled her disapproval. After a couple of days, and several good meals and some loving lap nap, then kitten was taken to a new pet store in town in search of a new home.
Our son Keith retired from his photography business but continues to do free lance work. His wife, Lee continues to do technical writing work at home. We don’t see them often, for they still live near Bowling Green, Ohio, but we have good telephone visits…
We appreciate hearing from you on our birthdays, holidays and any time during the year. Dorothy appreciated the 115 birthday cards she received on her 90th…
We look forward to hearing from you. In spite of health problems, God has been good to us. May you have a blessed Christmas and a good New Year.
Wilbur and Dorothy Meiser
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