This is the tombstone of Agatha Heintz, nee Kirn. Her tombstone is the oldest known tombstone in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. It is located in row 5. According to Zion’s church records, she was born in Bruenbach, Wuerttemberg. (Book 1:116, 118) Agatha was the wife of Zion’s second pastor, George Heintz, who served at Zion from 1861-1872. She died 2 February 1868, age 24 years, 5 months, 2 days. I calculate her birth date as 31 August 1843. According to Zion’s records she died of Antonius fever or erysipelas. Wikipedia describes erysipelas as an acute streptococcus bacterial infection of the skin, resulting in inflammation. Agatha was buried on the 4th of February. (Book 1:310)
Two children were born to Rev. Heintz and Agatha while they were at Zion, Chattanooga. Johann Mathias Heintz was born 26 July 1866. (Book 1: 116) Friederich Christoph Heintz was born 8 September 1867. (Book 1:118)
After Agatha’s death, Rev. George Heintz married Maria Elisabeth Germann in about 1869. She was from Van Wert County.