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Dec 20

Tombstone Tuesday–Frederick & M. Louisa (Bollenbacher) Berron

Frederick & M. Louisa Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Frederick & M. Louisa Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Frederick and M. Louisa Berron, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

FATHER * MOTHER
Frederick
1862-1915

Louisa
1870-1911

Gone but not forgotten
BERRON

Frederick Berron was in born Petersbach, Saxony, on 24 October 1862, the son of Georg and Katharina (Housenmicht) Berron. His family immigrated sometime after 1868 and it appears they lived in Adams County, Indiana, just across the state line from Chatt. They attended Zion Chatt the late 1800s.

Frederick Berron married Louisa Bollenbacher on 26 November 1889 in Zion Chatt’s rectory. Witnesses to their marriage were Jacob Kühm and Julia Kühm. They were married by Rev. Christian Reichert.

Louisa Bollenbacher was the daughter Jacob Bollenbacher and his second wife Caroline Schaadt. Louisa was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 27 March 1870.

In 1900 Frederick and Louisa lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, where Frederick farmed. In their household in 1900: Frederick, 38; Louisa, 30; Emma, 8; Hulda, 6; Katie, 3; and Fredia, 7 months. Frederick was born in Germany, Louisa in Ohio, and all their children were born in Indiana. Louisa had given birth to 4 children and they were all living. This census report indicates that they had been married 4 years [1896], but that was not accurate since their marriage was recorded in Zion’s records. [1]

In 1910 Frederick lived with two of his children in Jefferson Township, but wife Louisa was absent and Frederick was enumerated as widowed. In the household in 1910: Fred, 47; Carrie, 14; and Fredie, 10. This enumeration was taken 28 April 1910 and Louisa was still living. Perhaps she was ill and living elsewhere? Frederick was a farmer and owned his farm. He could read and write. [2] Frederick lived near the John Caffee family and one of the Caffee Children, Howard, 18 years of age in 1910, eventually married Caroline Miller, my grandfather’s sister.

As far as I can determine Frederick and Louisa Berron had the following children:
Otto (1888-)
Emma Katharina (c1891-1981), married Amos B. Zehr
Hulda Magdalena (c1893-1979), married George Jacob Becher
Jacob Benjamin (1897-1898)
Katie (c1897-)
Frieda Philippina (1900-1994), married Norman Frederick Kreischer

Hulda, Jacob, and Frieda were baptized at Zion Chatt. Otto, Emma, and Frieda were confirmed at Zion Chatt. These records give birth dates and name their father as Frederick Berron. Emma, Hulda, Katie, and Freida were enumerated in the 1900 census as their children.

Louisa (Bollenbacher) Berron died of epilepsy on 5 May 1911, in Washington Township, Adams County, Indiana. She had been afflicted with epilepsy for 20 years. She was 41 years and 13 days old and was buried on the 7th. Fred Berron was the informant for the information on her death certificate. [3]

Frederick died of acute miliary tuberculosis on 2 September 1915 in Jefferson Township, Adams County. According to his death certificate he was 52 years, 10 months, and 28 days old. His death certificate indicates he was the son of Jacob Berron but the informant did not know the name of his mother. Bierie and Yager Funeral Home, Berne, was in charge of the arrangements and he was buried on the 4th. [4]

Zion Chatt’s records agree with most of that information except their records indicate he was 52 years, 10 months, and 9 days old and was buried on the 5th. The church record states that he died cancer and tuberculosis and was survived by his children, brothers and sister.

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.12A, dwelling/family 209, Frederick Berron; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Dec 2016); from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.9B, dwelling/family 180, Frederick Berron; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Dec 2016); from FHL microfilm 1374351, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 338.

[3] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Dec 2016), Louisa Berron, 5 May 1911; Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[4] 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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