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May 10

Tombstone Tuesday–John L. & Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel

John L & Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

John L & Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John L. and Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

STRABEL
John L.
1850-1906

Caroline
1856-1945
We Shall Meet Again

Johann “John” Leonhard Strabel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 6 January 1850 to Peter and Dora (Herbolzheimer) Strabel. His parents were both born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and immigrated to America in 1849. The family lived in Cincinnati for several years but moved to Mercer County, Ohio, by 1863. John Strabel was baptized in Cincinnati but was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 15 May 1864.

John Strabel married Caroline Deitsch on 28 March 1878 in Mercer County, Ohio. They were married by Rev. JC Bohnen. [1]

Caroline Deitsch was born in Liberty Township on 18 December 1856. She was the daughter of Philip and Catherine (Huffman) Deitsch.

After their marriage John and Caroline lived in Liberty Township, where their four children were born.

In 1880 John and Caroline lived next door to John’s parents and they had one child, Philip, who was 6 months old. John farmed and Caroline kept house. [2]

In 1900 the family consisted of John, Caroline, Philip, 22, Katie, 17, Christina, 10, and Edward, 3. Caroline had given birth to 4 children, all of whom were living. John was a farmer. [3]

John Strabel died of pneumonia on 30 March 1906, at the age of 56 years, 2 months, and 24 days. He was buried on 2 April. According to the church records he was survived by his widow, his mother, two sons, and two daughters.

In 1910 widow Caroline Strabel lived with her two sons Philip, 30, and Edward, 13. She described her occupation as overseer of the home farm. She indicated that all four of her children were still living. [4]

By 1920 widow Caroline Strabel, age 66, had moved to Celina and was living at 649 North Sugar with her unmarried son Edward, age 22. Caroline was not employed but Edward worked as a machinist in a garage. [5]

Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel married widower Frank P. Miller on 4 January 1923 in Mercer County. Frank was a farmer, the son of John and Emily (Lincoln) Miller and was born in Mercer County about 1855. [6] Frank and Caroline did not get to spend many years together because Frank died 16 April 1927. Frank is buried with his first wife Margaret (Smith) Miller in North Grove Cemetery, Celina. [7]

By 1930 twice widowed Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel Miller was still living at 649 North Sugar Street. Living with her was her 17 year-old granddaughter Willametta Husdon and her 22 year-old niece Marcella Strabel. [8]

In 1940 Caroline, age 83 and still a widow, was living with her son Edward Strabel, age 43, his wife Emma, 35, and their son Lisle in Celina. Her son Edward was a garage proprietor. [9]

Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel Miller died in Celina of an intestinal obstruction caused by colon cancer on 9 April 1945. She was 88 years, 7 months, and 21 days old. Her son Philip Strabel was the informant for the information on her death certificate. She was buried on the 11th. [10]

John and Caroline (Deitsch) Strable had the following children:
Philip (1879-1957), married Mary Brehm
Katharine “Katie” Dorothea (1883-1970?), married Marshall Hudson
“Christina” Margarethe, (1889-1921), married Clarence Beitler
“Edward” Paul (1896-1991), married Emma Now

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2016), John Strabel and Caroline Deitsch, 28 Mar 1878; from Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 4, p.100; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.472C, dwelling 21, house 22, John Strable; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p.10A, dwelling 188, family 193, John Strabel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p.18A, dwelling 393, family 344, Caroline Straby; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 139, p.6B, dwelling 138, family 158, Caroline Straby; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[6] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2016), Frank P Miller and Caroline Strable, 4 Jan 1923; from Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 12,  p.179; from FHL microfilm 2366955.

[7] Find a Grave.com, Frank Pierce Miller memorial #40209297.

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 18, p.9B, dwelling 231, family 240, Caroline Miller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[9] 1940 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-19, p.5B, dwelling 231, family 240, Edward Strable; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[10] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2016), Caroline Deitsch Miller, 9 Apr 1945; Ohio State File no. 23428, from FHL microfilm 2372782.

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