Jan 22

Tombstone Tuesday–Sophie Dietrich

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

This is the tombstone of Sophie Dietrich, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Sophie
DIETRICH
Dec. 25, 1866
Sept. 20 1945

Anna Maria Sophia “Sophie” Dietrich was born in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, on 25 December 1866. She was the daughter of Johann “Adam” and Maria (Germann) Dietrich, who were both born in Germany. Sophie was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, on 1 January 1867, with Friedrich Schumm and his wife Maria (Germann) Schumm serving as her sponsors.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1870: Adam, 42; Mary, 37; Augustus 7; Magdalene, 11; John, 9; Ernst, 6; Sophia, 3; and Henry, 9 months. The parents were born in Hesse Darmstadt and the children in Ohio. [1] The 1872 plat map of Willshire Township shows that Adam owned 160 acres, the northwest quarter of Section 23.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1880: Adam Dietrich, 52, head; Mary, 47, wife; Mary MM, 21; John, 19; Ernst, 15; Sophia, 13; Henry, 10; Emma, 6. Adam farmed and Mary kept house. [2]

Sophie’s mother Maria died on 28 November 1888 and is buried in row 5 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

In 1900 Sophie lived with her father Adam Dietrich, a widower, and 4 of her siblings on the family farm. Here Sophie was enumerated as Anna M S. Their household in 1900: Adam, 72, head, Germany; John A, son, 39; Anna M S, daughter, 33; Henry J, son, 30; and Hannah E M, daughter, 26. The children were all born in Ohio. This enumeration indicates that the father Adam immigrated in 1838. Sophia’s brother Ernst, his wife Clara (Schumm}, and their daughter Rosa lived next door. [3]

In 1910 Adam Dietrich, 82, son Henry, 40, and daughter Sophie, 43, lived together, likely on the family farm. [4] 

Sophie’s father Adam Dietrich died less than two years later, on 10 February 1912 and is buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery. [5]

In 1920 Sophie lived with her brother Henry Dietrich and his family. Sophia was enumerated as Sophia Mary in the 1920 census: Henry J, 50; Mary E, 38; Carl A F, 6; Edgar J, 4; Adolph F, 2; Emma A, 1 month; and Sophia Mary, 52. Sophia was reported as having no occupation. [6]

Sophie continued to reside with her brother Henry Dietrich and his family. The family in 1930, indexed on Ancestry.com as Dutrick: Henry, 60; Mary E, 48; Carl, 16; Edgar, 14; Adolph, 12; Emma, 10; Henry, 7; and Sophia, 63, sister. [7]  

Sophie’s brother Henry Dietrich died in 1935 and in 1940 Sophie resided with Henry’s widow Mary and her children: Mary, 58, head, widow; Edgar, 24, son; Henry, 17, son; Sophia, 73, sister-in-law; and Adolph, 22, son. This enumeration shows that Sophie had completed the 8th grade. [8]

Sophie Dietrich died in Willshire Township on 20 September 1945 at the age of 78 years, 8 months, and 25 days. According to her death certificate she died of myocarditis, brought on by arteriosclerosis. Sophie was buried on the 23rd and Rev. A. Moeller was in charge of the service. Her funeral text was John 11:23-27. H.B. Cowan, Ohio City, was in charge of the funeral arrangements. [9]

Sophie’s parents Adam and Maria (Germann) Dietrich had the following children:
Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died on the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena Margaretha
Johann Adam (1860-1903)
Wilhelm (1862-1863)
Georg Ernst (1864-1905), married Clara Schumm
Anna Maria Sophia (1866-1945), did not marry
Jacob “Heinrich” (1869-1935), married Maria Schumm
Hannah “Emma” Magdalena (1874-1956), married Johann “Ferdinand” Schinnerer

 

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 20 (penned), dwelling 136, family 137, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p: 449A (stamped), p.13 (penned) family 116, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.310A (stamped), dwelling 210, family, 215, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/?name=adam_dietrich&birth=1828_germany_3253&birth_x=1-0-0&residence=_van+wert-ohio-usa_2983 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.258 (stamped), dwelling 115, family 116, Adam Dietorch; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7884&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[5] “Ohio County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9ZY-T2RF?i=87&cc=2128172 : viewed 14 Jan 2019), Adam Dietrich, 10 Feb 1912; Willshire Twp, Van Wert County.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.282 (stamped), p.2A (penned), dwelling & family 35, Henry J Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6061&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 21 Jan 2019).

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.5A (penned), 262 (stamped), dwelling 93, family 95, Henry Dutrick; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6224&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 21 Jan 2019).

[8] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.5B, house no.23, Mary Dietrick; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=2442&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 21 Jan 2019).

[9] “Ohio County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch ( https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9ZY-Y8GC?i=536&cc=2128172  viewed 21 Jan 2019), Sophie Dietrich, 20 Sep 1945; Willshire Twp, Van Wert County.

Jan 18

1937 Germann Reunion Minutes

Last week I shared some information from the booklet, Germann Family Record, Vol. 1, No. 1, published in January 1939. I have copies of the first two issues but I do not know how many others were published. Their purpose was to provide Germann family history, information, and notifications of vital family events.

This first publication includes the minutes from the 12th Annual Germann Reunion, held in 1937, as well as a commentary about the 1938 Germann Reunion.

Minutes Read at the 1938 Reunion

The twelfth annual reunion of the Germann family was held Sunday, August 15, 1937, at Franke Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A religious service was held in the forenoon with Prof. E.E. Foelber of Concordia College as the speaker. Miss Helen Limbert sang a solo, “The Lord’s Prayer.” Rev. Karl Hofmann, of Dillsboro, Indiana, gave the invocation and also read the Reunion Prayer, which was written by the late Rev. P.R. Germann and which always brings back fond memories of him and the love and esteem he held for his relatives.

Part of the afternoon was spent in listening to a very interesting program consisting mainly of solos by Miss Limbert and Rev. Richard Trojan, and a comedy sketch by the Muntzinger sisters.

During the business meeting a suggestion was made to change the date of the Reunion to the second Sunday in July because of the difficulty encountered in getting possession of a Fort Wayne park in August, and also because the two first Sundays in August conflict with the dates of other reunions in which members of the Germann family are interested. It also was suggested that the Reunion should be held near Van Wert in 1938, but this was left for the committee to decide.

There was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,
Della Brase

One of the “conflicting” reunions could very well have been the Schumm reunion, which is held on the first Sunday in August, every-other year.

Germann Family Record, January 1939, Vol. 1, No. 1

Evidently the Germanns held their family reunion every year, beginning in 1926. In 1938 Laura Germann took the time to write her observations about that year’s Germann reunion:

Reunion Day Ramblings
From the Host City
By Laura Germann

What a big day it was for the Germann family—August 7, 1938. It was then that its members gathered at Van Wert for the thirteenth annual reunion. The day was hot, which may have been one reason why the crowd was not as large as it was in 1927, when Van Wert was host for the second reunion. Or it may be that those who were here then did not have a good time, and so decided to stay away this time. Regardless, the assembly voted to have its next reunion in the vicinity of Van Wert again.

For most of those who attended, the reunion meant extra work on Saturday to prepare for dinner on Sunday, but for the committee and few others there was work for days in advance to get ready for the expected guests.

The New York cousins, who came for the first time, seemed to like their relatives “out west,” because they were very enthusiastic about coming back for another reunion. One of their number, Rev. Gary E. Germann, delivered a splendid sermon at the service in the morning. He came as a 1938 graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Louis. The occasion served also as a reunion between him, his parents, Gerhard and Edna Germann of Whitesboro, New York, and his uncle and aunt, Albert and Gertrude Germann, of Utica, New York. Gary (short for Gerhard) is a grandson of the late Rev. C.A. Germann of Utica, New York, who delivered the sermon at the earlier Van Wert reunion in 1927. Gary is stationed at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he is organizing a congregation.

The entire art hall in the Van Wert County Fairground was thrown open to the family, the center having been transformed into an auditorium where services were held in the morning, and the program in the afternoon. Long tables had been arranged in the wings for the mid-day feast. The day was hot, but there wasn’t enough hot coffee to go around and Minnie Siegel and Ollie Germann worked hard to supply everybody. When there was no more hot coffee they clamored for ice water. Ruby Germann, who was officer in charge for the day in the absence of the president, Prof. E.J. Germann, who was ill, kindly obliged. Will Hofmann, who had charge of the cold drinks, passed out the ice, and everyone was happy again.

Everybody was occupied with “just talk” after dinner until time for the program. The younger members of the group supplied the entertainment ad special vocal numbers were given by Rev. Richard H. Trojan of Fort Wayne, Indiana, a guest who presents regular programs on radio station WOWO.

A highlight of the day was the registration booth where all who applied were effectively “tagged.” Printed cards were used for this purpose and names and addresses of individuals were neatly typed in the blanks. Throughout the entire day the tags proved to be immensely popular with everyone, both old and young.

Perhaps the busiest person at the reunion was little Miss Ruth Ann Germann of Hinsdale, Illinois. Ruth Ann had never attended a reunion and soon after arriving in Van Wert with her parents, Paul O. and Ruth Germann, and her brother Paul Jr, she began to plan how she was going to meet all her relatives. She decided a good way was to get their autographs and addresses and get them she did! Reunion day found her with a notebook, bought especially for the occasion, busily interviewing everyone in sight to discover if, how, and why she should be related to so many people she had never seen before. Her ides, though simply a personal matter in her case, might be an incentive for a register for all to sign at the reunion another year.

I wish they would have mentioned how many people attended their reunions. The Germanns, like the Schumms, began their reunions with a worhsip service and after had a very structured reunion, with officers, minutes, and entertainment.

Of course, when I think of family reunions, I think of one of the most important parts—the pot luck dinner with all that delicious home cooking!

Jan 15

Tombstone Tuesday–Johann “Adam” Dietrich

Johann “Adam” Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Johann Adam Dietrich, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Johann Adam
Dietrich
27 Jan. 1828
10 Feb. 1912
Alter 84 J. u. 14 T.
DIETRICH

Johann “Adam” Dietrich was born 27 January 1828 [1], the son of Jacob and Mary C. (Werner) Dietrich. [2] According to Zion Schumm’s records Adam was born in Hainstadt, Kreis Erbach, Hesse Darmstadt.

He went by the name of Adam, which I will use in the post.

Sutton’s 1882 History of Van Wert County indicates that Adam Dietrich was born in Germany in 1828 and that he came to America with his father, Jacob Deitrich, in 1838. The family settled in Willshire Township. Adam married Mary Germann in 1854 and they had six children. That biography also gives us a little idea about the life in Van Wert County in those early years: The Dietrichs, like many other early settlers, commenced in the woods without any means. They first lived in a camp till they could build a cabin; cleared a patch of ground for potatoes and corn; that fall they sowed one acre of ground in wheat; they were not able to buy the seed for more. This they cultivated with the hoe, not having a team to work with. He says they have been six weeks at a time without bread in the house. [3]

In 1840 the Jacob Dietrich family resided in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, not all that far from the Schumms. Their name does not look like Dietrich on the 1840 census page and is indexed as “Tudrich” on Ancestry.com, but I believe it is the same Jacob Dietrich family. The number of people in the family and their ages fit pretty well: Jacob, who was about 54, is in the 40-50 age column, shown a couple years younger than he actually was. A male, likely Adam who was 12, is in the 10-15 year column. A female, likely the mother who was age 38, is in the 30-40 year column. And a young female, likely daughter Maria K. who was 8, is in the 5-10 year column. [4]

The Jacob Dietrich family in 1850, in Willshire Township: Jacob, 63; Catharine, 48; and Adam 22. Jacob was a farmer. [5]

Johann “Adam” Dietrich married Maria Germann in Van Wert County on 21 November 1854. [6] Their marriage is not recorded in Zion Schumm’s records so they likely married nearby, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, where many of the Germanns worshipped.

The couple lost several children in the early years of their marriage. Their first son Jacob Dietrich died in infancy in 1857. Two years later, Catharina, one of their twin daughters, died the same day she was born. Their son Wilhelm died in 1863, at just a little over a year of age. Six of their children lived to adulthood.

The Adam Dietrich family in 1860: Adam, 32, born in Hesse Darmstadt; Mary E, 27, Hesse Hamburg; Mary M, 1, Ohio; Eserbert Zimmerman, 19, Bavaria; and Margaret Airaman, 15, Ohio. [7] They lived next door to Jacob and Catharine Dietrich.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1870, where Adam was a farmer: Adam, 42; Mary, 37; Augustus 7; Magdalene, 11; John, 9; Arnst, 6; Sophia, 3; and Henry, 9 months. The parents were born in Hesse Darmstadt and the children in Ohio. [8] The 1872 plat map of Willshire Township shows that Adam owned 160 acres, the northwest quarter of Section 23.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1880: Adam Dietrich, 52; Mary, 47, wife; Mary MM, 21; John, 19; Ernest, 15; Sophia, 13; Henry, 10; Emma, 6. Adam farmed and Mary kept house. [9] The 1886 plat map of Willshire Township shows that Adam owned most of the north half of Section 23, 300 acres. A 20-acre plot in the northeast corner was owned by Magdalene Sauer, likely Adam Dietrich’s daughter, who married Adam Sauer in 1883.

Adam’s wife Mary died on 28 November 1888 and is buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

In 1900 Adam Dietrich, a widower residing with 4 of his children on the family farm: Adam, 72, head, Germany; John A, son, 39; Anna M S, daughter, 33; Henry J, son, 30; and Hannah E M, daughter, 26. The children were all born in Ohio. This enumeration indicates that Adam immigrated in 1838. Living next door was son Ernst Dietrich, his wife Clara (Schumm}, and their daughter Rosa. [10]

In 1910 Adam, 82, son Henry, 40, and daughter Sophie, 43, lived together, likely on the family farm. [11]  

Adam Dietrich died less than two years later, on 10 February 1912, from an infection caused by a bowel obstruction he had had for 30 days. He was 84 years and 14 days old. 84 years and 12 days according to his death certificate. He was buried on the 12th and Buchanan was in charge of the arrangements. His son Henry was the informant for the information on his death certificate. [2] Adam‘s funeral text was from the first chapter of 1 John. According to Zion Schumm’s records he was survived by 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 3 child relatives through marriage, 2 brothers-in-law, and 1 sister-in-law.

Adam and Maria (Germann) Dietrich, had the following children:
Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died on the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena Margaretha
Johann Adam (1860-1903)
Wilhelm (1862-1863)
Georg Ernst (1864-1905), married Clara Schumm
Anna Maria Sophia (1866-1945), did not marry
Jacob “Heinrich” (1869-1935), married Maria Schumm
Hannah “Emma” Magdalena (1874-1956), married Johann “Ferdinand” Schinnerer

 

[1] Adam Dietrich’s date of birth is given as 27 Jan 1828 on his death certificate, Zion Schumm’s records, and his tombstone.

[2] “Ohio County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9ZY-T2RF?i=87&cc=2128172 : viewed 14 Jan 2019), Adam Dietrich, 10 Feb 1912; Willshire Twp, Van Wert County.

[3] Sutton, History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio, (1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1991), 257.

[4] 1840 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p. 70, line 15, Jacob Tudrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=8057&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[5] 1850 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.172 (stamped), p.343 (penned), dwelling 357, family 376, Jacob Detrick; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=8054&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[6] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch.org, Adam Detrick & Mary Elizabeth Germann, 21 Nov 1854, Van Wert, Ohio.

[7] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 151 (penned), dwelling 1075, family 1069, Adam Dertrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[8] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 20 (penned), dwelling 136, family 137, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[9] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p: 449A (stamped), p.13 (penned) family 116, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[10] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.310A (stamped), dwelling 210, family, 215, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/?name=adam_dietrich&birth=1828_germany_3253&birth_x=1-0-0&residence=_van+wert-ohio-usa_2983 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[11] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p258 (stamped), dwelling 115, family 116, Adam Dietorch; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7884&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

Jan 11

Germann Family Record, January 1939, Vol. 1, No. 1

While looking for some Germann family information for this past week’s Tombstone Tuesday I came across copies of two booklets, Germann Family Record, one dated January 1939 (Vol. 1, No. 1) and the other dated August 1939 (Vol. 1, No. 2), published 80 years ago this year. Velma Schumm had the originals and I made these copies from them. I do not know how long the Germann family continued publishing these records or if these were the only two. Velma may have had more that I did not copy. If so, I wish that I would have copied more.

The booklets are six regular-size papers folded in half, making 24 pages. Written on the last page: Published occasionally at South Whitley, Indiana, as the official organ of the Germann family. Price 50 cents per copy, postpaid.

Germann Family Record, January 1939, Vol. 1, No. 1

The Germann Family Record staff:
Editor: Dr. Albert F.O. Germann, South Whitley, Indiana
Managing Editor: L. Barbara Germann, South Whitley
Art Editor: Edith H. Germann, South Whitley

The editor writes about the publication:

This is the first issue of a publication we have dreamed about for many years. We hope you will like it well enough to treasure it and to subscribe for the succeeding issues as they are announced. The next issue, by the way, is expected to appear before the 1939 reunion (about July 1, we hope), and advance subscriptions at twenty-five cents each (which is half price) will be very welcome.

The Germann family reunion officers are listed as:
President: Prof. Edwin J. Germann, 2148 Fairfield Ave, Fort Wayne
Vice-President: F. Rudy Germann, 517 North Market, Van Wert
Secretary: Mrs. Fred (Della) Brase, 1433 Stophlet St, Ft Wayne
Treasurer: Mrs. Adolph (Clara) Muntzinger, 319 Seminole Circle, Ft. Wayne

The editor continues:

…We aim to print…all the news about the Germanns that we can get our hands on…. We want you to tell us all the details about all important events in your life and about your entire family…We want to print pictures of everybody along with life histories or biographies…

As most of us know, we are descendants of four brothers; from now on we will call them by this name—the four brothers. These four brothers had twenty-two children who married and raised families; we will call them the twenty-two cousins. The family tree to be published in the next issue will bring the record down to these twenty-two cousins.

After that, we will have to follow each of the twenty-two lines. Each line will be more or less complicated and may require a separate issue of the Record. If it is at all possible, we wish to include in the next issue a continuation of the family tree through one of the twenty-two cousins, namely Georg Peter Germann, the third son of Philip the eldest of the four brothers. Georg Peter Germann was born on 16 August 1815, just two months after the battle of Waterloo…

What an ambitious task they set out to do! Today this would be a great idea for a blog. I wonder how long they continued this. Maybe someone knows.

What I found the most interesting was the section “Of Sunshine and Sorrow,” where they listed recent births, marriages, and deaths. They asked that Germann family members send family information to the South Whitley address. I will not give all the birth details since some of those individuals may still be living, but I will list their names.

Births:

Paul Walter Germann
Henry Carl Germann
Velma Marie Germann
Randall F. Brase
James Edward Bayfield
Paul Gerhard Germann Jr
Rose Marie Hofmann
Michael Wendt
Suzanne Heintz Lahrman
Marilyn Sue Smith

Marriages:

Frederick Schumm to Lois Anselman, 23 April 1938; Frederick, son of Charles and Jennie (deceased) Schumm, Rockford, Ohio; Lois, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Anselman, Rockford.

August Horman to Mrs. Ida Scaer Roehm, 9 Jul 1938; living in Fort Wayne.

Dorrence Elwood Lincoln to Lucile Marie Stamm, 7 December 1938; Dorrence of Churubusco, Indiana; Lucile, daughter of Richard and Catharine (Schuster) Stamm, Ft. Wayne.

Deaths:

Fred Heintz, 70, of King City, Missouri, half-brother of Clara Heintz Andree, died 2 January 1938.

Clara Heintz Andree, 65, wife of Rev. Theodore Andree of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, died 23 January 1938.

Eva Holmes Busch, 42, wife of Ferdinand Busch of Springfield, Ohio died 25 January 1938.

Robert Jacob Germann, 13, son of Oscar E. and Laura Merkle Germann of Ohio City, Ohio, died 27 January 1938.

Alvin Richard Merkle, 3, son of Richard and Leah Dietrich Merkle of Glenmore, Ohio died 29 January 1938.

Charles Eckenstein, 76, of Van Wert, Ohio, died February 1938.

J.J. Germann, 79, of Sebetha, Kansas, died 25 February 1938.

Bertha Dauler Muntzinger, 51, wife of Henry Muntzinger of Convoy, Ohio, died 18 April 1938.

Richard Schaadt, 56, of near Convoy died 31 May 1938.

Clara Hostetler Germann, wife of Walter Germann of Fairview, Kansas, and daughter-in-law of J.J. Germann, died 14 July 1938

Martha Germann Livingood, 44, wife of Roy Livingood of Sebetha, Kansas, and daughter of J.J. Germann, died 26 July 1938.

Emma Germann Scaer, 78, widow of George Scaer of Convoy, died 1 July 1938.

William Stamm, 80, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died 19 July 1938.

Germann coat of arms, Germann Family Record, January 1939, Vol. 1, No. 1

The editor concludes:

The next issue, which is expected to come from the press about the first of July, will contain more about the family tree; in fact, from after the close of the Thirty Years War in 1648, until after the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815. There will be more about the Germann coats of arms and a picture of the ancestral family home in Baerweiler, Germany.

More to come from this booklet in future blog posts—minutes from the 1938 Germann reunion and some of their Germann history and genealogy.

Jan 08

Tombstone Tuesday–Maria E. (Germann) Dietrich

Maria E. (Germann) Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Maria E. Dietrich, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruhet in Gott
Maria E. Ehefrau
von
Adam Dietrich
Geb. 20 Feb 1833
Gest. 28 Nov 1888
In Alter von 55
Jahr, 9 M. 8 T.

Here rests in God Maria E, wife of Adam Dietrich, born 20 Feb 1833, died 28 Nov 1888, at the age of 55 years, 9 months, and 8 days.

Maria Elizabeth Germann was born 20 February 1833 in Germany, the daughter of Peter Adam and Anna Elizabeth (Lauer) Germann, [1] who immigrated to America in the mid-1830s.

Sutton’s 1882 History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio, indicates that two Germann brothers, Henry Jacob and Peter Adam, immigrated about 1834 and settled in Harrison Township, Van Wert County. “By intermarriage with the Reidenbachs and other early German settlers they are divided into what is known as the North and South Germann settlements…” The Peter A., Henry J., and Charles P. Germann families were also the first members of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Harrison Township, which was organized in 1847. [2]

Maria Germann married Johann “Adam” Dietrich in Van Wert County on 21 November 1854. [3] Their marriage is not recorded in Zion Schumm’s records so they likely married at St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

The couple lost several children in the early years of their marriage. Their first son Jacob Dietrich died in infancy in 1857. Two years later, Catharina, one of their twin daughters, died the same day she was born. Their son Wilhelm died in 1863, just a little over a year of age. Six of their children lived to adulthood.

The Adam Dietrich family resided in Willshire Township in 1860: Adam, 32, born in Hesse Darmstadt; Mary E, 27, Hesse Hamburg; Mary M, 1, Ohio; Eserbert Zimmerman, 19, Bavaria; and Margaret Airaman, 15, Ohio. [4] They lived next door to Jacob and Catharine Dietrich.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1870, where Adam was a farmer and Maria “Mary” kept house: Adam, 42; Mary, 37; Augustus 7; Magdalene, 11; John, 9; Arnst, 6; Sophia, 3; and Henry, 9 months. The parents were born in Hesse Darmstadt and the children in Ohio. [5] The 1872 plat map of Willshire Township shows that Adam owned 160 acres, the northwest quarter of Section 23.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1880: Adam Dietrich, 52; Mary, 47, wife; Mary MM, 21; John, 19; Ernest, 15; Sophia, 13; Henry, 10; Emma, 6. Adam farmed and Mary kept house. [6] The 1886 plat map of Willshire Township shows that Adam owned most of the north half of Section 23, 300 acres. A 20-acre plot in the northeast corner was owned by Magdalene Sauer, likely Adam Dietrich’s daughter, who married Adam Sauer in 1883.

Maria E. (Germann) Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Maria (Germann) Dietrich died in Willshire Township shortly after noon on 28 November 1888, after suffering with liver problems and jaundice for 13 weeks. She was 55 years, 9 months, and 8 days old.  She was buried on 30 November and her funeral text was Phil. 1:21.

Her husband Johann “Adam” Dietrich died in 1912 and is buried in row 4 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

Adam and Maria (Germann) Dietrich, had the following children:
Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died on the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena Margaretha
Johann Adam (1860-1903)
Wilhelm (1862-1863)
Georg Ernst (1864-1905), married Clara Schumm
Anna Maria Sophia (1866-1945), did not marry
Jacob “Heinrich” (1869-1935), married Maria Schumm
Hannah “Emma” Magdalena (1874-1956), married Johann “Ferdinand” Schinnerer

 

[1] Find a Grave memorial no. 83613694, Peter Adam Germann; and memorial no. 83615128, Anna Elizabeth (Lauer) Germann, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Ohio. Note by KMB: According to Zion Schumm’s records Maria was born in Becherbach, Oberamt Meisenheim der Landgrafschaft Hessen-Homburg.

[2] Sutton, History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio, (1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1991), 232, 235.

[3] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch.org, Adam Detrick & Mary Elizabeth Germann, 21 Nov 1854, Van Wert, Ohio.

[4] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 151 (penned), dwelling 1075, family 1069, Adam Dertrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 20 (penned), dwelling 136, family 137, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019). Note by KMB: The Augustus enumerated with the family here may have been Augustus Bienz, born in 1863, and son of neighbor Johann Bienz, as recorded in Zion Schumm’s records. Perhaps he was staying with the Dietrich family.

[6] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p: 449A (stamped), p.13 (penned) family 116, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

 

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