The Ancestors of Joseph K. and Anna Windsor Stehle

Joseph K. Stehle Sr. was the 5th of Reinhard Stehle and Teresa Weser Stehle’s eight children. Read about Joe Sr.’s ancestors in the Weser and Stehle Blog.

Anna Cosy Windsor was the 2nd of Alla Winsor and Josephine Dye Windsor’s five children. Read about Anna's ancestors below.

The Winsors/Windsors

The first Winsor immigrated to the colonies probably from Stokes Poges, Buckinghamshire, England. Joshua Winsor came to Providence in 1638 as an indentured servant to Roger Williams. Williams was his 2nd master, Joshua having lived first in Massachusetts Bay Colony near what is now Boston before going to Rhode Island. In just two years, Joshua had paid off his indenture and became a freeman and a landowner. For more information, see the web page: “Who is Joshua Winsor?”. Samuel Winsor, the only son of Joshua Winsor, was the 2nd husband of Roger William's daughter, Mercy, and his descendents are numerous.

The first of our Winsor ancestors in Ohio were Augustus Winsor who came in 1817 and one of his son’s, Henry Winsor I, in 1819. Augustus returned to Rhode Island but Henry settled in Watertown, – called Wooster at the time – got married, and died there in 1828 when he was just 35. Henry co-owned and operated a distillery with his father-in-law, John Payne (Pain). His wife was Anna Payne Winsor Woodford.

The Dyes/Deys/Dytzs/Duytzs

The Dyes also settled in the colonies quite early. Laurens Duyts left his home in Unser Nordstrand, Holstein, Denmark (now a part of Germany) following a devastating storm surge there in 1634. He settled in New Amsterdam/New York in 1636 (or 1639). His descendents moved over time and their last name morphed to the Dye spelling.

Brothers John and Samuel Dye were the first of our Dye ancestors to settle near Marietta, Ohio near the mouth of Cow Run in 1805. A few years later their father, John Dye Sr. moved to the area with the rest of their large family. Josephine Dye was born at Cow Run in 1860. Alla Windsor probably met Josephine Dye when he bought a grocery store in Heslop in Lawrence Township. Their daughter Anna was also born in Lawrence Township in 1885.

Anna and Joe

Joe Stehle Sr. made his living primarily as a salesman. He worked for various oil related businesses in his younger years and settled for a brief period in 1904-05 in the Wichita Falls area of Texas. There he worked for the Southern Car & Oil Well Supply Company. In the 1910 Census, Joe listed his occupation as a producer in the oil industry. At other times during his life, he worked for the Turner Company, out of Pittsburg; and - for many years - Kuhn Brothers, out of Dayton, Ohio.

Joe and Anna married in October of 1907 and settled down in Marietta. The April 22, 1910 U.S. Census enumerator listed Joseph and Anna Stahle [sic] living in a rented house at 714 5th Street with Ethel – who was 10 months old. They had been married for two years. Joe was 27, Anna was 25 and had born two children but had only one child living. Joe’s occupation was “Commercial Traveler” in the hardware business.

The 1920 U.S. Census enumerator listed Joseph and Anna Steahle [sic] living at Fairview Heights [no street number or address] in Marietta on January 10th. They owned their own home. Joseph was 36, Anna was 34 and they had 4 children: Daughter Joan E. was 8, daughter Dorothy S. was 6, son Joseph K. was 4 years 10 months, and son Elmer N. [sic] was 2 years 11 months. [Elmer was of course Eleanor and she was female.] Joseph was working as a “producer” in the oil industry working on his own account.

I remember my grandfather in the 1950s as a pipe-smoking, slightly portly, bald-headed man. He loved playing pinochle and did not seem to have much to say – at least to me as a grandchild. At that time he was working for Kuhn Brothers. He and Anna still had the house on Fairview Heights, now given the address of 211 or was it 112 Fairview Lane. They also maintained an apartment in Dayton.

I remember Anna - Grandmother Stehle - as a quiet, unassuming woman who couldn’t have been more kind or loving. She always kept candy and bubble gum for her grandchildren and never spoke a cross word to anyone.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Alla Winsor Sells Chestnuts

The Independent – Calliope, Iowa, Editor – D. O. Stone

The following ad ran on 24 Dec 1885, 31 Dec 1885, and 07 Jan 1886


Raise you own Chestnut groves by sending six tow (sic) cent stamps for one pint of Chestnuts. They are nice also for eating purposes. I will send you one pint by mail for six tow-cent stamps. Reference – the editor of this paper. Address. ALLA WINSOR, Heslop, Ohio.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Alla Windsor Obituary


Prominent Man Passes Away After a Protracted Illness



After an illness extending over a period of eight months, Mr. Alla Winsor died Sunday at noon at his home, No. 309 Franklin Street. Last April Mr. Winsor became afflicted with a trouble which from the first was considered critical and before it had advanced beyond its early stages it was apparent that he could not survive. About four months ago he was compelled to go to bed, and from that time he slowly lost strength, during the past few weeks failing very rapidly. Within the past few days he had expressed his readiness to pass over the Great Divide, so that for him the end was welcome.

In the death of Mr. Winsor, Marietta loses one of its substantial business men, one who bore a reputation throughout the city and country for being a man of highest integrity.

His views on the moral side of life were admirably exemplified in his last words to his children. A few minutes before he passed out Mr. Winsor called his nurse to his bedside and told him to tell the children “the purer you live, the nearer you come to blessing and happiness”, and with this beautiful (injunction?), he went into the Great Beyond.

Native of County

Alla Winsor was born in Watertown, March 29, 1852, and was the son of Augustus and Ester A. [Estheran] Winsor. His father was a farmer in moderate circumstances. He attended the Watertown School and later spent two years in Barlett Academy. When he was about 16 years of age he went to Cincinnati. There he obtained employment in a large dry goods house, where he remained for about two years. Later he spent a year in Sedalia, Ill. From the latter place he went to Bridgeport, Conn., being employed there for two years.

He returned to Washington County and bought a general store at Heslop, and from that time on, he had always made Washington County his home. At the age of 29 he united in marriage with Miss Josephine Dye, of Cow Run. Mr. and Mrs. Winsor lived in the country until 1887, when they moved to Marietta.

After coming to Marietta, Mr. Winsor launched several business enterprises, which were the means of him obtaining means for engaging in what is today one of the leading industries in this city.

Business Enterprises

He bought a grocery and meat market, situated at the corner of Third and Green Streets and conducted a livery stable on Third Street. About the same time, Mr. Winsor purchased the Marietta wharf boat, and for several years was the wharfmaster. Selling his interests after some years, he founded the Marietta Transfer Co., but before long sold out his holdings, to enter into partnership with J. H. McConnell in the Marietta Manufacturing Co., in 1891. Since that time, he has devoted all his time to this concern. Since his taking charge of the plant as manager and president of the company, which positions he held at the time and for over 10 years prior to his death, this big industry has forged ahead.

Mr. Winsor, although his time was greatly occupied with business, found time to give attention to matters for the betterment of conditions in the city. About 12 years ago he started and supported a public library on the West Side. When the Marietta Public Library was organized, the West Side library was closed.

Was Active Democrat

In politics Mr. Winsor was a Democrat, and while he was never an office seeker, his party nominated him on one occasion for representative in the General Assembly.

During his illness, Mr. Winsor was baptized, and had he lived, he would have joined the Harmar Congregational church, where he had for years previous been a regular attendant. He was a Mason, and Odd Fellow, and a Knight of Pythias

Besides his widow, Mr. Winsor leaves five children: Mrs. C. [Clemmet] E. Watson [Ethel], Mrs. Joseph Stehle [Anna], Walter Winsor, who is student in the Harvard Law School, Dewey Winsor, who attends Marietta College, and Starr Winsor, all of this city.

Funeral services will be held at the Harmar Congregational church, Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Rev. E. A. Coil and Rev. Frank Whitlock will officiate. The Masonic order will have charge. The remains will be laid to rest in Oak Grove.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

August Winsor's Obituary

The Marietta Daily Times

“There is Nothing So Royal As Truth.”


[Front Page-Column 3]

PAST 88 Was Augustus Winsor Who was Called Hence Monday Afternoon.

Mr. Augustus Winsor’s, one of Washington county’s most highly esteemed men, career was ended this afternoon at 12:50 o’clock when death claimed him.

He served as Sheriff for two terms; engaged extensively in the mercantile business; as one of the foremost men in the Democratic part even through the recent campaign during which time feebleness inconvenienced his greatly and above all served his Lord and Master, being a member of the Unitarian Churchy during most of the 88 years of his life.

Born January 12th 1827, he was reared at Watertown. He grew up there and shortly after becoming of age engaged in the tannery business. Palmer township was afterwards his home.

Upon being elected Sheriff of Washington County in 1860, he moved to Marietta and has since that time resided in this city. He was reelected Sheriff in 1862.

The mercantile business was the next business in which he was engaged and up until four years ago, he operated a store on Green street.

One year ago last August, he moved from lower Fourth street to No. 307 Maple street, West Side, and a retired life has been lived.

He died at his home, his demise being due to old age.

Alla Winsor of the Marietta Manufacturing Company is the only child surviving him. His wife is living.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Estheran Smith Revisited

I believe that the confusion in the death date of Estheran Smith was due to an incorrect cemetery listing of a grave marker that is quite eroded. Volunteers go out to cemeteries and "list" what they think they see. A closer look at my own pictures of the headstone shows that that the year of her death was 1854.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Alla Windsor's Mother

I've hit a bit of a problem here. I've always been told that Alla Wind[d]sor's mother was Esther Ann Smith. His death certificate, based on information supplied by his daughter, Ethel, states that his mother's name was "Hester A. Smith." However I cannot verify that she was alive at the time of Alla's birth on March 29, 1852.

I have been to the Bartlett Cemetery were there is a headstone commemorating Estheran Smith. It is a family marker for the entire Harvey Smith family including Estheran's parents and all of her sisters and brothers. The front of the marker gives the birth/death information for Harvey and Eliza (Dixon) Smith and then lists all of the children's names. The side lists the names and death information for Estheran and her sister Fidelia. Unfortunately the stone is so weathered on that side that I cannot read the year of her death - although it appeared to me that the last digit of the year of her death was a "1."

Yesterday during Internet research, I came across a site ( that listed the following information "Estheran SMITH was born 31 Dec 1825 in Of Bartlett, Washington, Ohio. She died 19 Sep 1851 in Of Bartlett, Washington, OH and was buried in Bartlett Cem, Washington, Ohio."

Anyone have any insight into this problem?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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