May 23

Tombstone Tuesday–Andrew & Barbara (Eichler) Eichler

Andrew & Barbara (Eichler) Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Andrew and Barbara (Eichler) Eichler, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker they share is inscribed on each side:

Andrew
Eichler
Died
Sept. 5, 1894
Aged
76 Y  3 D

Barbara
Wife of
A. Eichler
Died
Aug. 10, 1898
Aged
73 Y  3 M

EICHLER

This marble marker looks like a lectern with a closed book on it. A closed book is often thought to represent the Book of Life. On the front of the tombstone are two clasped hands, one with a feminine cuff and the other with a masculine cuff, symbolizing marriage. Father & Mother is inscribed above the hands.

Andrew Eichler was born 2 September 1818 in Zweifelsheim, Bavaria, according to Zion Chatt’s records. His wife Barbara (Eichler) Eichler was born 10 May 1825 in Bavaria. Both of their birth dates are calculated from their tombstone inscription but Zion Chatt’s records give Barbara’s date of birth as 11 May 1825.

Andrew Eichler married Barbara Eichler on 11 December 1847 in Butler County, Ohio, married by Rev. J.A. Fischer. [1]

By 1860 Andrew and Barbara had six children. They resided in Butler County, the county they were married in, and Andrew worked as a farm hand. Their household in 1860: Andrew, 42; Barbara, 24; George, 10; Fred, 8; John, 6; Anna, 5; Levi, 3; and Andy, 1. [2]

The Andrew Eichler household in 1870, still living in Butler County: Andrew, 52; Barbara, 45; George, 20; Fred, 18; John, 16; Anna, 14; Levi, 12; Andrew, 11; Jacob, 9; Lawrence, 7; Christian, 4; and Peter, 1. This enumeration reports that the parents were born in Baden and the children in Ohio. Andrew farmed and enumerated next to them was another family that would eventually move to the Chatt area, Peter Lotter, 35, his wife Catharine [Eichler], 30, and their son John, 6 months. The Lotters were also from Germany. [3]

The Eichlers moved to Mercer County, Ohio, sometime between 1870 and 1880 and were enumerated in Blackcreek Township in 1880: Andrew, 61; Barbra, 55; Andrew, 21; Anna C, 23; Jacob, 19; Laurence, 17; Christopher, 14; Peter, 10.  Andrew continued to farm in Mercer County. [4] Andrew owned 160 acres of land in Section 20 of Blackcreek Township, along Wilson Road, east of what is now State Route 49.

Andrew Eichler died Andrew 5 September 1894 in Blackcreek Township at the age of 76 years and 3 days. He was buried on the 8th.  He was survived by his wife, 2 sisters, and 10 children, according to Zion Chatt’s records.  The church records give his cause of death as dropsy, while his probate court death record gives his cause of death as lagrippe, an influenza-type disease. [5]

Andrew Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2014 photo by Karen)

Barbara Eichler died of cancer and old age on 10 August 1898, at the age of 73 years and 3 months. She was survived by 10 children and 15 grandchildren, according to Zion Chatt’s records.

Barbara (Eichler) Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2014 photo by Karen)

Census enumerations and the church records indicate that Andrew and Barbara had at least 10 children. Several are buried in North Grove Cemetery, Celina. Their children:
George (1850-1914), married Eliza R. McAfee
John Fredrick (1852-1942)
John (1853-1933)
Anna C (1856-1919)
Levi (1857-1929), married Angeline Irene McAfee
Andrew (1859-1931), married Anna Catharine Boehm
Jacob (1860-1944)
Lawrence (1863-1939), married Magdalena Allmandinger
Christopher (1866-1957), married Agnes Louise Kuhn
Peter (1869-1900)

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Family.Search.org, Andrew Eichler and Barbara Eichler, 11 Dec 1847; Butler Marriages, Vol. 3, p.37; FHL microfilm 355779.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Hanover, Butler, Ohio, p.343, dwelling & family 311, Andy Eygler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 803940, NARA microfilm M653, roll 940.

[3] 1870 U.S. census, Madison, Butler, Ohio, p.279A, dwelling 49, family 47, Andrew Igler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 552676, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1177.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Ed 179, p.327B, line 8, Andrew Eichler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[5] Mercer County, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1,2; FamilySearch.org, no page; FHL microfilm 914954.

 

 

 

May 19

Two Christina Miller Family Photos, c1920 & c1933

Here are two old Miller photos, photos of my great-grandmother Christina (Rueck) Miller with some of her descendants. Christina (1858-1945) is in both photos and perhaps these were taken at a family reunion or some time when part of the family had gathered together.

Unfortunately the photos were not labeled. Not even the date was written on them. Several of us in the family have worked to identify the individuals in the photos and these are who we believe they are, but we are still not certain. As always is the case, it is easier to identify the adults than the children.

The first photo was taken about 1919-20:

Christina (Rueck) Miller family, c1920

Children:

  1. Fern (Caffee) Stetler
  2. ? Vernon Caffee
  3. ? Eugene Caffee
  4. Ardella (Kallenberger) Hamrick (kneeling)
  5. ? (girl in front of Ardella)
  6. ? Clara (Reef) Miller (girl in paid dress)
  7.  ? Kathryn “Margaret” Miller (Peter’s daughter)
  8. ? John Kallenberger (standing )
  9.  ? Luella Miller (Peter’s daughter), in front of John Kallenberger

Adults standing in back:

  1. Mike & Maggie (Rueck) Kallenberger
  2. Howard & Caroline (Miller) Caffee
  3. Peter Miller
  4. Christina (Rueck) Miller
  5. Carl & Gertrude (Brewster) Miller (my grandparents)
  6. ? Della (Kuehm) Miller (wife of Peter) holding daughter Hilda Rose
  7. ? (photo is blurry)

The next photo was taken about 1933 and the people are numbered on the second copy.

Christine (Rueck) Miller family, c1933.

Individuals numbered, Christine (Rueck) Miller family, c1933.

Starting with the front row:

  1. LaVerne “Vernie” Miller
  2. Murlin Miller
  3. Herb Miller (my dad)
  4. Dale Caffee
  5. Emeline (Miller) Henkle
  6. Mary Miller (d/o John & Frona Dull Miller)
  7. Fern (Caffee) Stetler
  8. Ruth (Miller) Werner
  9. Raymond Miller (s/o John & Frona)
  10. Mike Kallenberger
  11. Robert Miller (s/o John & Frona)
  12. ? LaVerne Ruby Miller (d/o John & Frona)
  13. Howard Caffee
  14. Don Caffee
  15. Caroline (Miller) Caffee
  16. Eugene Caffee
  17. Clara (Miller) Reef
  18. Gertrude (Brewster) Miller (my grandmother)
  19. Kenneth Miller
  20. John Miller
  21. Frona (Dull) Miller
  22. Carl Miller
  23. Johnny Reef
  24. Catharine (Miller) Eichler
  25. Helen (Miller) Linn
  26. Maggie (Rueck) Kallenberger
  27. Ardella (Kallenberger) Hamrick
  28. Christine (Rueck) Miller
  29. John Kallenberger
  30. ? Beatrice Miller (d/o John & Frona)

It sure would have helped if the names would have been written on the back of the photos. Remember to label your photos!

May 16

Tombstone Tuesday–Peter Eichler

Peter Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Peter Eichler, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Peter
Son of A. & B. Eichler
Died Dec. 19, 1900
Aged 31 Y, 5 M, 12 D

Peter Eichler was born 7 Jul 1869 in Madison Township, Butler County, Ohio, the son of Andrew and Barbara (Eichler) Eichler. [1] The church records indicate that Peter had at least 9 siblings.

Peter Eichler was enumerated in his first census the next year after his birth The Andrew Eichler household in 1870 in Butler County: Andrew, 52; Barbara, 45; George, 20; Fred, 18; John, 16; Anna, 14; Levi, 12; Andrew, 11; Jacob, 9; Lawrence, 7; Christian, 4; and Peter, 1. This census reports that the parents were born in Germany and the children in Ohio. Andrew farmed and enumerated next to them was another family that would eventually move to the Chatt area, too–Peter Lotter, 35, his wife Catharine [Eichler], 30, and their son John, 6 months. The Lotters were also from Germany. [2]

The Eichlers moved to Mercer County, Ohio sometime between 1870 and 1880 and were enumerated in Blackcreek Township in 1880: Andrew, 61; Barbara, 55; Andrew, 21; Anna C, 23; Jacob, 19; Laurence, 17; Christopher, 14; and Peter, 10.  Andrew continued to farm in Mercer County. According to the 1880 census, by a special note written on the page, Peter Eichler was sick at age 10 and suffered from what was written as appoplectic fits, which I assume meant that he suffered from epileptic seizures. [3]

Peter Eichler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Peter’s father Andrew died 5 September 1894, at the age of 76 years and 3 days. Peter’s mother Barbara died 10 August 1898, at the age of 73 years and 3 months. Andrew and Barbara are buried in row 3 of Zion Chatt’s cemetery.

After the death of his parents Peter was enumerated in one more census, just 6 months before he died.

In 1900 Peter was enumerated with his sister Anna Eichler, 45, and his brother Jacob A. Eichler, 39. They were living together in Blackcreek Township, very possibly the family home on their family’s farm. Peter’s middle initial was given as C in this enumeration. Anna is listed as the head of household. None of the 3 Eichler siblings could read or write and Peter was the only one of the three that could speak English.

Next to them on the census enumeration is their brother Christopher Eichler, 33, wife Agnes, 26, and their son John, 8. It is unclear if Christopher and his family lived with his three siblings. It appears Anna owned the house free and clear but Christopher had a mortgage on the farm, which does not mention a house. [4]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Peter died suddenly on 19 December 1900. The church records do not give the cause of his death and there appears to be no probate death record for Peter.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” FamilySearch.org, Peter Eichler, 7 July 1869; Madison, Butler County Births, Vol. 1, p.84-5; FHL microfilm 355799.

[2] 1870 U.S. census, Madison, Butler, Ohio, p.279A, dwelling 49, family 47, Andrew Igler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 552676, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1177.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Ed 179, p.327B, line 8, Andrew Eichler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.11A, dwelling & family 219, Anna Eichler; Ancestry.com; FHL microfilm 1241303, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

May 12

Mothers in My Family Through the Years

Today I am posting photos of mothers on both sides of my family to honor their memories for Mother’s Day this coming Sunday.

My mom and I:

Florence & Karen, c1959.

My grandmother Hilda (Scaer) Schumm with her three daughters:

Hilda (Scaer) Schumm with daughters Amy, Esther, Florence, c1937.

My great-grandmother Lizzie (Schinnerer) Scaer with her granddaughter Amy (my aunt Amy).

Lizzie (Schinnerer) Scaer & granddaughter Amy (Schumm) Boenker, 1929.

Sarah (Breuninger) Schumm, my great-grandmother, mother of my grandfather Cornelius Schumm:

Frieda, Sarah (Breuninger), Cornelius, Louis J Schumm (1905).

My great-grandmother Christine (Rueck) Miller and her family:

Front: Carl, Jacob, John, Christina (Rueck), Clara, Caroline Miller. Back: Mary, Peter, Jacob Jr, Christian, and Maggie Miller.

Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, my grandmother, with her family:

Front: Herb, Anna Lou, Kenny, Vernie Miller. Back: Carl, Gertrude (Brewster), Ruth, Helen, Kate, Em Miller.

Five generations. Gertrude Brewster, my grandmother, was the little girl:

Front: William Reid, Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, Mary Ann (Cotterell) Headington. Back: Pearl (Reid) Brewster, Elvira (Headington) Reid, c1898.

My great-great-grandmother Emily (Bryan) Reid and her daughter, my great-grandmother Pearl (Reid) Brewster.

Emily (Bryan) Reid & daughter Pearl (Reid) Brewster, 1936.

My grandmother Gertrude (Brewster) Miller and her mother Pearl (Reid) Brewster:

Gertrude (Brewster) Miller and mother Pearl (Reid) Brewster.

My great-great-great-grandmother Hannah (Huey) Bryan, seated with her Bible, and my great-great-grandmother Emily (Bryan) Reid, standing at the far left.

John & Hannah (Huey) Bryan, children Emily, Mary, Hallet, Alta Jane, William Riley, Byantha, c1883

Jeff and me.

Karen and Jeff, 2008.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere.

 

May 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Infant Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Schwarck

Infant daughter of Jacob & Clara (Hughes) Schwarck, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of the infant daughter of Edward Jacob and Clara Opal (Huges) Schwarck, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Infant Dau.
Mr. & Mrs. E.J.
Schwarck
1920

This little girl was the stillborn daughter of Edward Jacob and Clara Opal (Hughes) Schwarck, born 17 May 1920 in Mercer County, Ohio. [1] Her father was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, and her mother was born in Jay County, Indiana.

Edward and Clara married in 1915 [2] and lived in Blackcreek Township with a Willshire address. The family attended Zion Chatt for a time, where Clara and another daughter, Mary Naomi, were baptized in 1916.

Their stillborn daughter had an older sister, Mary Naomi, born in 1916, and later a brother Louis, who was born in 1923 and died later that same year. This child is buried next to her brother Louis. Edward and Clara eventually had another daughter, Pauline, born about 1928. [3]

Edward Schwarck worked as a pumper in the oil fields around Chatt before the family eventually moved to the Sandusky, Ohio, area, where he continued to work in the oil fields. Edward died in Toledo in 1964 [2] and Clara died in 1989. Both are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, Ohio. [4]

This surname is spelled Schwark in Zion Chatt’s records.

 

[1] Ohio Birth Index, 1908-1964, Stillborn Schwark, 17 May 1920; Ancestry.com (accessed 8 May 2017); Ohio Vital Records Office, Columbus.

[2] News-Messenger, Fremont, OH, 25 June 1964; Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013, database on-line, Ancestry.com (accessed 8 May 2017).

[3] 1940 U.S. Census, Helena, Sandusky, Ohio, ED 72-23, dwelling, family, Edwin Schwarck; Ancestry.com (accessed 8 May 2017); NARA microfilm T627, roll 3140.

[4] Find a Grave.com, Edward J. Schwarck, memorial #75225401; Clara Schwarck memorial # 77632530.

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