Dec 11

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Dietrich

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

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

JACOB
Sohn von
A. & M. Dietrich
Gestorben
12 Apr 1857
Alter 2 Monet

Jacob, son of A & M Dietrich, died 12 April 1857, aged 2 months.

Jacob Dietrich was likely the first child born to Adam and Maria Elizabeth (Germann) Dietrich. According to Zion Schumm’s records Jacob was born in Willshire Township on 13 February 1857. He was baptized at home on 15 February 1857, with Jacob Dietrich and his wife, Jacob Germann, and Carl Germann’s wife serving as his sponsors.

Jacob Dietrich died on 12 April 1857, at the age of 2 months. He was buried on the 13th.

Jacob’s parents were both born in Germany and they married in Van Wert County, on 21 November 1854. [1] Jacob’s father Johann “Adam” Dietrich was born 27 January 1828 and died 10 February 1912. His mother Maria Elisabeth (Germann) was born 20 February 1833 and died 28 November 1888. Both are buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

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

Dec 07

A Mercer County Christmas Songbook

As I was going through my Christmas music and I found this 32-page paper booklet, “Sing the Joys of Christmas!” published by Celina’s Daily Standard some years ago and inserted in their paper at Christmastime.

This nice booklet includes the words with piano accompaniment of many familiar Christmas hymns and songs. It is printed on newsprint and easy to carry in my purse. I have used it several times over the years.There is no date on it, so I do not know when it was printed, but you can get an idea of the time period by looking at the sponsors and advertisers listed. Some are still in the same location while others have moved. Some sponsors are no longer in business, but I remember most of them.

It was published before Bob’s Audio & Video, Shirley’s Sweets, Carter Lumber, and Bair Pharmacy closed. Rino’s was still on East Market Street and The Fountain Restaurant offered breakfast specials for $2.78.

The sponsors in the book:

Thwaits Floor Fashions, Plaza, Celina

American Shoppe, Main Street, Celina
Mercer Savings Bank, several locations
Shirley’s Sweets, Market Street, Celina
Precious Angels, U.S. 127, CelinaBright.net, Market Street, Celina
Nationwide Insurance, Beth Brandewie Weber
New Life Apostolic Church, Grand Lake Road, Celina

Beaver Chapel, Karch Road, Celina
Sigler Insurance, Rockford
Bair Pharmacy, Main Street, CelinaKetcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford


Bella’s Italian Grille, South Main, Celina
Niekamps Farm & Flea Market, U.S. 127, Celina
Judy’s House of Hair
Celina Utilities
Rino’s Auto Sales, E. Market, Celina
Ace Hardware, Plaza, Celina
Cornerstone Shop, New Bremen
Miller House, Meadowview Drive, Celina
Essentials, Market Street, Celina
Carter Lumber, State Route 703
Northwest Regional Systems, West Market, Celina
Celina First Church of God
W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Homes, Celina & Mendon
State Farm Insurance, Bob Nuding, Main Street, Celina
CCM Computers, Main Street, Celina
Cisco Funeral Home, State Route 703
Bob’s Audio & Video, U.S. 127, Celina
The Fountain Restaurant, West Market, Celina

Pro Limo, St. Marys
Lehman Funeral Home, Myers Road, Celina
Gold Star Sound, Bill & Judy Needham

Celina Animal Hospital, Havemann Road, Celina
Schlarman’s Health Center, Ft. Recovery-Minster Road
Stammen Insurance, Celina & St. Henry
Lake Contracting, Mercelina Park
The Daily Standard

There is a coloring page at the end of the booklet.

The back cover:

I will probably use this nice Christmas song book this weekend for our DAR luncheon.

 

 

Dec 04

Tombstone Tuesday–Wilhelm Dietrich

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

This the tombstone of Wilhelm Dietrich, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier Ruhet in Gott
Wilhelm
Sohn von
Adam & Maria
Dietrich
Geboren
Den 15 Sep 1862
Gestorben
Den 15 Juni 1863

Here rests in God, Wilhelm, son of Adam and Maria Dietrich, born 15 September 1862, died 15 June 1863.

According to Zion Schumm’s records, Wilhelm Dietrich was born 15 September 1862, the son of Adam and Maria [Elizabeth] (Germann) Dietrich.  He was baptized at Zion Schumm’s church on 21 September 1862 with Adam Buechner and wife and Philip Germann serving as his sponsors.

Wilhelm Dietrich died 15 June 1863, at the age of 9 months. The church records do not give the cause of his death.

Wilhelm’s parents were both born in Germany and married in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 21 November 1854. [1] Wilhelm’s father Johann “Adam” Dietrich was born 27 January 1828 and died 10 February 1912. His mother Maria Elisabeth (Germann) was born 20 February 1833 and died 28 November 1888. Both are buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

According to Zion Schumm’s records Wilhelm had a brother and sister living when he was born and four siblings who were born after his death:

Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha
Johann Adam (1860-1903)
George 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] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch.org, Adam Detrick & Mary Elizabeth Germann, 21 Nov 1854, Van Wert, Ohio.

Nov 30

Hunting

It is hunting season and we hear and see the hunters around here.

We are not hunters. We have nothing against hunting. We just do not hunt, except for occasionally getting rid of a destructive, pesky varmint such as a groundhog or muskrat. Actually, I don’t know if bagging them is even considered hunting, but Joe used to like to shoot rats in a corn crib and shoot groundhogs.

My grandma Schumm really disliked groundhogs. Quite a few of them had burrowed under their old barn and she invited Joe to come over and shoot them any time he wanted. And he happily obliged.

My dad didn’t hunt and I don’t think that his father Carl was a hunter either. At least not during my lifetime.

But my grandpa Schumm was a hunter.

Cornelius L. Schumm, far left.

I found this photo of my grandpa, Cornelius Schumm, with three other men and the deer they shot. I do not know when the photo was taken. Grandpa was born in 1896 and it is hard to tell how old he was in the photo. Maybe someone recognizes the other men in the photo or recognizes the house. It would be interesting to know who they were. Who grandpa hunted with.

When we went through things at my mom’s house we found this old deer skin. It has a hole in it, likely from the bullet hole or arrow puncture. Perhaps it is one of the deer in the above photo.

Deer skin.

Below is an old bow that belonged to my grandpa Schumm or maybe his father Louis. I do not know how to date something like this so it may be older than I think. It looks like it may have been homemade and maybe one of them made it. I do not know if it was even usable or perhaps it was a toy. It is interesting, nevertheless.

Old wooden bow.

The farther back in time you go the more families had to rely on wild game for their food.

Louis Breuninger’s black powder hunting pouch.

My grandpa Schumm’s grandfather, Louis Breuninger (1819-1890), was a hunter. He had this very interesting black powder hunting pouch with two gun powder flasks and a cloth pouch with some shot still inside. The large pouch appears to be made from an animal claw. Maybe from a bear? He lived in Wisconsin for several years before moving to the Schumm area, so it could be from an animal up there. One of the powder flasks is made of metal and the other appears to be bone. [Note: Thanks to a reader who informed me that the pouch is made from deer legs. Good to know!]

Louis Breuninger’s black powder hunting pouch.

There is some decorative braiding on the leather strap.

Strap of black powder pouch.

I also have a pair of mittens, made from some animal skin.

Old animal skin mittens.

The whole collection:

Some real pioneer items!

Nov 27

Tombstone Tuesday–Luther Weissenborn

Luther Weissenborn [Weisenborn], Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Luther Weissenborn, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Luther Weissenborn
Gestorben
Den 8 Mai 1864
Alter
17 Y. 7 M. 19 T.

Luther Weissenborn died 8 May 1864, age 17 years, 7 months, and 19 days.

This surname is usually spelled Weisenborn, the spelling I will use in this post.

Luther Weisenborn appears to be the only Weisenborn mentioned in Zion Schumm’s records and according to their records he was born 19 September 1846. The record does not give the names of his parents, but they were likely John Christoph and Mary Catharine (Schüt) Weisenborn. Zion Schumm’s records agree with his tombstone inscription, that he died on 8 May 1864 at the age of 17 Years, 7 months, and 19 days. Luther drowned while fishing and was buried on the 9th.

From information in the 1850 and 1860 censuses and from information on Find a Grave.com, his parents were likely John Christoph and Mary Catharine Weisenborn. Luther was living with them in 1850 and 1860 but those enumerations do not give the family relationships.

The John C. Weisenborn family lived in Morrow County, Ohio, in 1850. Their household in 1850: John C, 32, Germany; Catherine, 23, Germany; and Luther, 3, Ohio. The father John was a farmer. [1]

By 1860 John C. Weisenborn and his family had moved to Auglaize County, Ohio: John, 42, Prussia; Mary C, 31, Baden; Luther, 13, Oh; John M, 4, OH; John F, 2, Oh; Mary, 2 months, Oh. The family had a post office address of St. Johns and the father John was a farmer. [2]

Sometime between 1860 and 1870 the Weisenborn family moved to Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The John Weisenborn household in 1870: John, 53; Mary, 43; John M, 13; Louisa, 13; John F, 9; and John H, 4. The parents were born in Germany and the children in Ohio. The father John farmed. [3]

This is probably the same J. Weisenborn family that resided in Section 18 of Liberty Township, Mercer County, as seen in the 1876 and 1888 Mercer County plat maps. They would have lived a couple miles south of Chatt and would explain why the father John Weisenborn is buried in Kessler Cemetery. Godfried Wisenborn is also buried nearby in Kessler Cemetery, and could be another family member.

Since I saw that they lived near Chatt and were likely Lutherans, I checked Zion Chatt’s records and see that the “Christoph Wissenborn” family attended church there in the mid-1860s and later. Their records indicate that his John’s wife’s name was Mary Catharine (Schüt). Their son John Herman was baptized at Zion Chatt in 1865 and son John Martin was confirmed there in 1871. John and Mary Catharine were from Niederdorla, Thuringen, and Grossherzogthern, Baden, respectively.

 

[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Bennington, Morrow, Ohio, p.56B, dwelling 802, family 814, John C. Weisenborn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=8054&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 25 Nov 2018).

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Union, Auglaize, Ohio, p.377, dwelling 1104, family 1068, John Weisenborn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7667&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 25 Nov 2018).

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, p: 148A, dwelling 96, family 88, John Wisenbaur; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 26 Nov 2018).

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