Jun 18

Tombstone Tuesday–Anna Margaret (Giessler) Stegmeier

Anna M (Giessler) Stegmeier, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Anna Margaret (Giessler) Stegmeier, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Anna M.
Wife of
A. Stegmeier
1890-1928
At Rest

Anna Margaret Giessler was born in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, on 21 July 1890, the oldest child of William and Phoebe/Philippina (Schaadt) Geissler. [1]

The Giesslers did not attend Zion Schumm, but the Stegmeiers, the family she would marry into, did attend church there. She and Anthony Stegmeier attended Zion Schumm after their marriage and their three children were baptized there.

The William Giessler family in 1900, living in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio: William, 39; Philippina, 30; Anna M, 9; Dora C, 8; Laura L, 6; and Edwin W, 3. All of the family members were born in Ohio, but William and Philippina’s parents were born in Germany. William and Philippina had been married 11 years and she had given birth to four children, all of whom were living. The father William Giessler was a farmer. [2]

Anna Giessler’s mother Philippina (Schaadt) died in Harrison Township of “consumption of the bowels” on 17 December 1907, at the age of 38 years. She is buried in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy. [3] Since Anna was 19 and the oldest of the five children, the bulk of the household work likely fell upon her, although her two younger sisters would have also been old enough to help out a good deal.

Anna’s widowed father, with his five children in 1910: William, 48; Anna Margaret, 19; Dora C, 18; Laura Lucy, 16; Edwin W, 13; and Oscar W, 7. The father William was a farmer. [4]

Anna Giessler married Anthony Stegmeier on 6 July 1916 in Van Wert County, Ohio. Anthony was the son of Leonard and Katharina (Rettig) Stegmeier, born in Van Wert County on 26 September 1886. Anthony was a common laborer and Anna was a housekeeper, as listed on their marriage record. [5]

Three children were born to Anthony and Anna Stegmeier within the next four years, Kenneth, Kathleen, and Doyt. All were baptized at Zion Lutheran, Schumm.

In 1920 the Anthony Stegmeier family lived on Glenmore Road. The family consisted of Anthony, 32; Anna, 29, Kenneth, 2, and Kathleen, 1. Anthony was a laborer. [6]

Anna (Geissler) Stegmeier died of heart problems at the Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Adams County, Indiana, on 16 June 1928. She was 37 years, 10 months, and 25 days old and was buried on the 8th. [7]

Less than a year later Anna’s widowed husband Anthony died of heart disease near Venedocia, Ohio, on 28 February 1929, at the age of 42 years.

This couple died relatively young and left behind three children between the ages of about 9 and 12. I wondered what happened to their children after the death of their parents. From the 1930 census I learned that all three of the children were living at the March Foundation, on East Lincoln Highway, Van Wert. Doyt Stegmeier, 9, Kathleen Stegmeier, 11, and Kenneth Stegmeier, 13, were all listed as students there, all born in Ohio. They were enumerated with about 116 other children who were living at the March Foundation. [8]

Tony and Anna (Giessler) Stegmeier had the following children:
Kenneth Carl Edwin (1917-1997), married Evelyn Faye (Bunger) Payner
Kathleen Bernice (1918-2002), married Gordon Karl Todd
Doyt Milton (1920-1976), married Vergie (Williamson) Shimp; married Marcia Jane Bell

Kenneth and Doyt both served in WWII.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RYW-S2GJ?i=147&cc=1932106 : viewed 15 Jun 2019), Anna Giesler, 21 Jul 1890; Harrison Township, Van Wert Births, Vol. 3, p.186.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 79, p.23A [stamped], dwelling & family 232, line 13, William Geesler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 17 May 2019).

[3] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-672P-FW?i=625&cc=2128172 : viewed 17 Jun 2019), Phoebe Giessler, 17 Dec 1907; Deaths, Harrison Twp, Van Wert, Vol. 3, p.87. and Find A Grave, memorial no. 83445333, Philippina Giessler, 28 Oct 1869-17 Dec 1907; Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Ohio. [William Giessler died in 1948 and is also buried in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Find a Grave memorial no. 833118781. They have separate tombstones.]

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert Ohio, Ed 190, p.12A, dwelling 229, family 233, William Giessler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 10 Jun 2019).

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67ZR-1Q?i=323&cc=1614804 : viewed 10 June 2019), Anthony Stegmeier & Anna M. Giessler, 6 Jul 1916; Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 14:590.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio Ed 145, p.2B, dwelling & family 38, Antony Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 10 June 2019).

[7] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Indiana State Board of Health, Indianapolis, Anna Margaret Stegmeier, 16 Jun 1928, Adams Co; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com,  viewed 17 Jun 2019.

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Van Wert, Van Wert, Pleasant Township, Ohio, ED8, p.21B, dwelling 570, house 593, lines 61-63, Doydt, Katherine, & Kenneth Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 15 Jun 2019).

Jun 14

Scar Memorial Plaque

A few months ago, while visiting my Aunt Esther and Uncle Al, my mom’s sister and her husband, I noticed this nice plaque on their wall. My Aunt Esther said that it belonged to her mother (who is also my grandmother), Hilda (Scaer) Schumm (1895-1997), but I do not recall ever seeing it.

John & Katie Scar memorial plaque. (2019 photo by Karen)

It is an ornate memorial to Hilda’s grandparents (my great-great-grandparents), John and Katharina “Katie” (Emrich) Scar. Since it is in memory of Our Dear Parents, it likely belonged to John and Katie’s son John, Hilda’s father, and Hilda probably inherited it from him.

Inscribed on the plaque:

Our Dear Parents,
John Scar,
Died Nov. 26, 1894; Aged 65 Y., 7 M., 6 D.
Katie Scar,
Died Dec. 17, 1887; Aged 61 Y., 3 M., 6 D.

And have they gone—forever gone—
And left us here to weep,
Till we are called to follow them,
And in the grave to sleep.

But since they could no longer stay,
To cheer us with their love,
We hope to meet with the again,
In yon bright world above.

Published by A.C. Pringle & Co., Perrysburg, OH.                 Copyrighted 1898.

John & Katie (Emrich) Scar memorial plaque. (2019 photo by Karen)

The plaque is quite nice, although my photos do not do it justice because of the glare from the glass.

There are several spelling variations for the Scar surname. It was spelled Scar and Scarr in the 1800s, when the family immigrated from Germany. Then, around the turn of the century, the family changed the spelling to Scaer. Today, Scaer is the most common spelling around here and the one my grandmother Hilda and her family used, although one branch of the family (Peter) changed the spelling to Scare.

John and Katie Scar are both buried in Hoffman Cemetery, also known as Schlemmer Cemetery, in Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana. I have not visited this cemetery but I looked at the photos of their tombstones on Find a Grave.com. Find a Grave spells their name Scaer, the more recent spelling, so if you search for them on that website you should enter Scaer in the surname field. Search names and dates need to be specific on their website.

John and Katie have separate tombstones and their name is spelled Scar on both stones. According to their tombstones John was born 20 April 1829 and died 26 Nov 1894, aged 65 years, 7 months, 6 days. Katie was born 11 Sep 1825 and died 17 Dec 1886, aged 61 years, 3 months, 6 days. Find a Grave shows the month of John’s death as February, not November, but looking closely, the inscription does appear to be November. [1] [2]

Of course there has to be a discrepancy with the dates. Katie’s tombstone shows she died in 1886 and the memorial wall plaque shows she died in 1887. Otherwise, the plaque and the tombstone agree.  

John and Katie (Emrich) Scar/Scaer had the following children:
Peter “Scare” (1862-1946), married “Hannah” Magdalene Schinnerer
“Anna” Caroline Scaer (1863-1935), married Peter Giessler
Johann “John” Scaer (1865-1940), married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schinnerer
Mary Scaer (1866-1937), married Henry Schlemmer
Margaret “Maggie” Scaer (1868-1917), married, Lewis C Maurer; married Frederick Kreischer

The children of John and Katie Scar/Scaer:

Children of John & Katie (Emrich) Scar/Scare: Peter, John, Maggie, Anna, Lizzie, Mary.

My grandmother Hilda (Scaer) Schumm was the daughter of John and Lizzie (Schinnerer) Scaer. John and Lizzie had children Hilda, Willie, Edna, Elsie, and Oscar.

 

[1] Find a Grave.com, Memorial no. 19338147, Johannes “John” Scaer (1829-1894); Hoffman Cemetery, Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana.

[2] Find a Grave.com, Memorial no. 125326344, Katharina Emrich Scaer (1826-1886); Hoffman Cemetery, Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana.

Jun 11

Tombstone Tuesday-Anthony “Tony” Stegmeier

Anthony Stegmeier, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Anthony G. Stegmeier, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

“Tony”
Anthony G.
Stegmeier
1886-1929

Christened Georg Adam Anton Stegmeier, he went by the name of Anthony or Tony. Anthony was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 26 September 1886, the son of Leonard and Katharina (Rettig) Stegmeier. He was baptized at home on 10 October 1886, with George Grund and Adam Sauer serving as his sponsors.

The Leonard Stegmeier family in 1900, living near Willshire: Leonard, 43; Katharine, 40; Charles G, 16; Anton G, 14; and Nettie, 2. The father Leonard was a farmer, born in Germany, who immigrated in 1879. Everyone else in the household was born in Ohio. Katharine had given birth to 4 children and 3 were living. [1]  

In 1910 the Leonard Stegmeier family lived in Willshire Township, where Anthony, at the age of 23, worked at a sawmill, perhaps the sawmill at Schumm. [2]

Anthony Stegmeier married Anna Giessler on 6 July 1916 in Van Wert County, Ohio. Anna was the daughter of William and Phoebe (Schaadt) Geissler. Anthony was a common laborer and Anna was a housekeeper. [3]

Three children were born to Anthony and Anna within the next four years, Kenneth, Kathleen, and Doyt.

In 1920 the Anthony Stegmeier family lived on Glenmore Road. The family consisted of Anthony, 32; Anna, 29, Kenneth, 2, and Kathleen, 1. Anthony was a laborer. [4]

The wife Anna (Geissler) Stegmeier died on 16 June 1928, at the age of 37 years.

Anthony died of heart disease less than a year later. He died near Venedocia, Ohio, on 28 February 1929, at the age of 42 years, 5 months, and 2 days. He was buried on 3 March and Buchanan and Sons were in charge of the arrangements.

Tony and Anna (Giessler) Stegmeier had the following children:
Kenneth Carl Edwin (1917-1997), married Evelyn Faye (Bunger) Payner
Kathleen Bernice (1918-2002), married Gordon Karl Todd
Doyt Milton (1920-1976), married Vergie (Williamson) Shimp; married Marcia Jane Bell

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.12 [penned], p.311A [stamped], dwelling 224, family 229, L Stegmeyer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 7 May 2019)

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert Ohio, Ed 113, p.6A, dwelling 61, family 62, Leonard Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 10 Jun 2019).

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67ZR-1Q?i=323&cc=1614804 : viewed 10 June 2019), Anthony Stegmeier & Anna M. Giessler, 6 Jul 1916; Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 14:590.

[4] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 145, p.2B, dwelling & family 38, Antony Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 10 June 2019).

Jun 07

A Letter Concerning a Gravestone

I recently came across this old letter, written to my great-grandfather Ludwig “Louis” J. Schumm (1851-1938). The letter was written on 26 August 1909 and is from C. F. Germann, Wren, Ohio.

1909 letter from C.F. Germann to Louis J. Schumm.

It is a very short note and unfortunately most of it is written in the old Gothic German script. I can read some names, dates, places, and some basic church information that is written in the old script, but reading a letter is beyond my capabilities.

However, since the letter is so short, I tried to enter the letters and words as best as I could into Google Translate on-line.

I did not have much success, but from the few words I could decipher this letter was written to Louis about a check and a tombstone. I cannot read the letter word for word, but I was able to translate a few important words.  

The letter begins,

Schwager Ludwig [Brother-in-law Ludwig]

C.F. Germann (1849-1932) was indeed Louis’ brother-in-law. Germann was married to Louis’ sister Hannah (1853-1926).

I was able to make out the word grabstein/gravestone and mutter/mother. Going by the date the letter was written, it probably had something to do with Louis’ mother’s tombstone.  

Louis’ mother, Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm Buechner, died 13 November 1908 and her family was likely buying her tombstone about that time.

The letter went on–

….one check for $7.22…was all that remained/left over of your mother paid

Perhaps Germann was returning Louis’ over-payment for his share of his mother’s tombstone.

The letter is still in its original envelope, with nice 1909 postmarks from both Willshire and Wren.

27 August 1909 Wren postmark, from C.F. Germann to Louis J. Schumm.

1909 Willshire 1909 postmark, from C.F. Germann to Louis J. Schumm.

Maybe some day I will get the whole letter translated.

Maybe someone out there can translate and read it…

Jun 04

Tombstone Tuesday–Karl G. Stegmeier

Karl G. Stegmeier, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Karl G. Stegmeier, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

KARL G.
STEGMEIER
1884-1954

Karl Georg Stegmeier was born near Willshire, Ohio, on 31 January 1884, the first child of Leonhardt “Leonhard” G. and Leah “Katharine” (Rettig) Stegmeier. Karl was baptized 4 February 1884 at the home, with Karl Rettig and Georg Rueck serving as his sponsors. Interesting, because Georg Rueck is one of my ancestors, the brother of my great grandmother, Christine (Rueck) Miller.

Karl Stegmeier was enumerated in several censuses as Charles or Charley and sometimes spelled his name Carl. I will use the spelling Karl, as inscribed on his tombstone and on his baptism record.

The Leonhard Stegmeier family in 1900, living near Willshire: Leonhard, 43; Katharine, 40; Charles G, 16; Anton G, 14; and Nettie, 2. The father Leonhard was a farmer, born in Germany and immigrated in 1879. Everyone else in the household was born in Ohio. Katharine had given birth to 4 children and 3 were living. [1]  

In his 1918 WWI Draft Registration, Karl Stegmeier is described as having blue eyes and light hair, with medium height and build. He lived at RR #3, Ohio City, and worked for the C & E Railroad. He signed his name Charles Stegmeier. [2]   

The Leonhard Stegmeier family in 1920: Leonhard, 64; Katharine, 59; Charles, 34; and Nettie 22. Karl worked on the farm and his sister was a servant for a family. This enumeration shows that the father Leonhard immigrated in 1881. [3]

Karl’s mother died in 1927 and in 1930 Karl and his widowed father lived together in Willshire Township. Both worked on the farm. [4]

In 1940 Karl, age 56, resided with his widowed father, who was 83 years old by that time. Although other documents indicate that Karl worked for the railroad, all the census enumerations show him as working on the farm. [5] Karl’s father Leonhard died later that year.

In the early 1940s, on Karl’s WWII draft card, he was age, 58, lived in Ohio City and worked for Edward Gunsett. [6]

Karl George Stegmeier died of a heart attack in Tully Township, Van Wert County, on 23 July 1954. He was buried on the 25th and Smith Funeral Home, Convoy, was in charge of the arrangements. He worked for the railroad and lived at rural Convoy at the time of his death. His sister “Nettie” was the informant for information on his death certificate. Karl never married. [7]

Karl G. Stegmeier’s obituary:

Stegmeier–
Carl George Stegmeier, 76, a retired railroad worker, died at 7:25 o’clock this morning in the home of his sister, Mrs. James A. Bell in Tully Township, with whom he had made his home for the past two years. He had been in failing health for a year.

He was a native of Willshire Township, born January 31, 1884, a son of the late Leonard and Katherine (Rettig) Stegmeier. The only survivors are his sister and three nephews and a niece. Two brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Sunday in the Zion Lutheran Church at Schum and Rev Were P.V Kuhlberg will be in charge. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the H.D. Smith Funeral Home in Convoy. [8]

Karl George Stegmeier had the following siblings:
George Adam Anton “Tony” (1886-1929), married Anna Giessler
“Friedrich” Johann (1890-1892)
“Antoinette”/”Nettie” Elisabeth Martha (1897-1983), married James A. Bell

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.12 [penned], p.311A [stamped], dwelling 224, family 229, L Stegmeyer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 7 May 2019)

[2] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Van Wert, Ohio, Roll 1851249, Charles George Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, viewed 7 May 2019.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 145, p.3A [penned], p.272 [stamped], dwelling & family 52, Leonard Stegmeier; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 7 May 2019).   

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, WIllshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.7B [penned], dwelling 162, family 165, Lenhard Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 7 May 2019).

[5] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p. 6A [penned], p.357 [stamped] house 110, Leonard Stegemeyer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com ( : viewed 7 May 2019).

[6] WWII Draft Cards (4th Registration), Ohio, Karl George Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975, Record Group 147.

[7] ”Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Tully, Van Wert, Ohio, Karl George Stegmeier, 23 Jul 1954; database with images, FamilySearch.org  (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9ZY-RVWL?i=944&cc=2128172 : viewed 5 May 2019).  

[8] Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 23 Jul 1954, p.12, Deaths and Funerals, Carl George Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, accessed 7 May 2019.

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