Stryker, Williams County, Ohio


Stryker is the hometown of my late maternal grandmother, Ella Clementine Hill née Besançon (1921-1995), as well as of large numbers of French relatives whose families emigrated from various parts of Franche-Comté. Stryker is located in Williams County, which borders the states of Indiana and Michigan.

From the Stryker Village website: "The first store was opened in the fall of 1853 by French immigrant Frederick Louys, and was followed quickly by a hotel and a sawmill." This Fredéric "Fritz" or "Fred" Louys was the son of Jean-Georges Louys and Catherine Bourquin, and the grandson of Jean-George Louys and Catherine Barbier.

I need to read through more documents to know for certain. It appears that it may have been Jean-George Louys and Catherine Barbier who first moved to "Amerique." All of their children, from what I can tell, were born or raised in Stryker, Ohio. The Louyses were clearly among the earliest white settlers in the village.

See also: A Standard History of Williams County, Ohio: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Civic and Social Development, Volume 1 by Charles A. Bowersox (Williams County, Ohio: Lewis Publishing Company, 1920).
See also: Stryker Area Heritage Council