Jul 31

Tombstone Tuesday–Friedricka Beberstein

Friedricka Beberstein, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Friedricka Beberstein, located in row 14 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: Friedricka, Wife of A Beberstein, Died Sept 15, 1905, Aged 74 Y, 7 d. She is buried near her husband, with two tombstones between theirs.

According to the church records of Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, Friedricka “Biberstein” died 15 September 1905 of pneumonia. She was aged 74 years and 7 days and was buried on the 18th. Her survivors included 1 son, 2 daughters and 16 grandchildren.

Other church records show that Friedricka’s maiden name was Stretter and that she was born in Murr, Württemberg.

A search on FamilySearch.org indicates that Abraham “Bebertson” married Frederica Streiter on 12 Jun 1856 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. [1] This location is confirmed by another church record at Zion that states that their son George Washington was born in Sandy Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

However, it appears that Abraham was married before this. The 1850 US census shows Abraham and Anna M “Beverstone” living in Sandy, Tuscarawas County. Abraham was 55 years old and Anna was 46. [2]

In 1860 Abraham and Fredericka “Beverstine” were still living in Sandy, with George W (2) and Mary (1) in their household. Abraham was 63 and Fredericka was 29. [3]

By 1870 the family was living in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio: Abraham “Bastian” (72), Fredrcka (38), Washington (13), Abraham (11), and Lydia (7). [4]

In 1880 the “Beaverstein” family was still living Mercer County, Ohio: Abraham (83), Fredricia (48), George W (23), Mary (21), Minnie (16), and Caroline (5). [5]

Abraham passed away in 1885 and was the subject of last week’s Tombstone Tuesday.

Friedricka Beberstein, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.


[1] Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org  : accessed 29 July 2012), Abraham Bebertson, 1856.

[2] 1850 US Census, Sandy, Tuscarawas, Ohio; Roll: M432_735; Page: 264B; Image: 93 (http://www.ancestry.com  : accessed 29 July 2012).

[3] 1860 US Census, Sandy, Tuscarawas, Ohio; Roll: M653_1043; Page: 354; Image 297; Family History Library Film: 805043 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 July 2012).

[4] 1870 US Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio; Roll: M593_1243; Page: 148B; Image: 301; Family History Library Film: 552742. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 July 2012).

[5] 1880 US Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio; Roll: 1048; Family History Film: 1255048; Page: 472C; Enumeration District: 188; Image: 0656. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 July 2012).



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