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Dec 13

Tombstone Tuesday–Georg & Katharina Berron

Georg & Katharina Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Georg & Katharina Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Georg and Katharina Berron, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Georg
Berron
Gest. Den
16 Nov. 1898
Alter
85 J. 4 M. 29 T.

Katharina
Berron
Gest. Den
15 Juni. 1901
Alter
74 J. 1 M. 11 T.

Translation: Georg Berron, died 16 November 1898, age 85 years, 4 months, 29 days. Katharina Berron, died 15 June 1901, age 74 years, 1 month, 11 days.

Georg Berron was born 17 June 1813, as recorded in his church burial record. That same record also indicates that he died of old age on 16 November 1898 at the age of 85 years, 4 months, and 29 days. He was survived by his widow, 3 natural children, 2 stepchildren, and 12 grandchildren.

His widow Katharina (Housenmicht) Berron was born 4 May 1827, as calculated from her tombstone. Zion Chatt’s records spell her maiden name as Hausbarcht but some other records I found on-line spell her name as Hausknecth, Hauskushr, or Hanskmoht. A descendant of the family spells the name as Housenmicht.

Katharina (Housenmicht) Berron died on 15 June 1901 after suffering a stroke. She was 76 years, 4 months, and 25 days old and was buried on the 23rd.

Georg & Katharina Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Georg & Katharina Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

I found very little information about this couple even though there were not that many families by the name of Berron in the area. I believe the family may have lived in Adams and/or Jay County, Indiana, and/or Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, despite the fact that I could not find them in any census enumeration.

Their children George [Jr] and Julia were born in Petersbach, Elsass, so the family immigrated after 1868. Georg Berron is first seen in Zion Chatt’s communion records in 1892.

Georg’s church burial record indicates that he was survived by 3 natural children and 2 stepchildren. George [Jr]’s death certificate indicates his father was George and his mother’s name was unknown. [1] Julia (Berron) Betzel’s death certificate indicates her father was George Berron and her mother’s name was unknown. [2] Friedrich Berron’s death certificate indicates that his father was Jacob Berron and his mother’s name was unknown. [3]

Georg and Katharina Berron had the following children:
George (1861-1929), married Maria Kuehm; married Maria (Betzel) Kessler; married Sophia (Wierwille) Schultz
Friedrich (1862-1915), married Louise Bollenbacher
Julie (1868-1927), married Jacob Kuehm ; married William Betzel

Apparently Katharina had two children when she married Georg, but I do not know who they were. They likely did not have the Berron surname unless Georg adopted them.

 

[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 11 Dec 2016), George Berron, 13 Apr 1929; Lima, Allen County deaths, no.25568; FHL microfilm 1991767.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 11 Dec 2016), Julia Betzel, 16 Sep 1927; Liberty Township, Mercer County deaths, no.53335; FHL microfilm 1985117.

[3] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 Dec 2016), Fred Berron, 2 Sep 1915; Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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