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Jan 29

Tombstone Tuesday–Johann Dietrich

Johann Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Johann Dietrich, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Heir Ruhet in Gott
Joh Dietrich
Geboren
Den. 13 Oct. 1860
Gestorben
Den. 30 Marz 1903

Here rests in God, Joh Dietrich, born 14 Oct 1860, died 30 March 1903.

“Johann” Adam Dietrich was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 13 October 1860, the 5th child born to Johann “Adam” and Maria (Germann) Dietrich. Johann was baptized 31 October 1860, with Peter Germann (Sr), Johann Büchner, and Mrs. Catharine Germann serving as his sponsors. His parents were both born in Germany.

Johann Dietrich lived most of his life near Schumm.

The Adam Dietrich household in 1870, Johann, age 9, living with his parents and 5 siblings: Adam, 42; Mary, 37; Augustus 7; Magdalene, 11; John, 9; Ernst, 6; Sophia, 3; and Henry, 9 months. [1]

The Adam Dietrich household in 1880: Adam Dietrich, 52; Mary, 47, wife; Mary MM, 21; John, 19; Ernst, 15; Sophia, 13; Henry, 10; Emma, 6. The father Adam was a farmer. [2]

John’s mother Maria died a few years later, on 28 November 1888, and is buried in row 5 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

In 1900 Johann Dietrich lived on the family farm with his widowed father and 3 of his siblings: Adam, 72, head, Germany; John A, son, 39, Ohio; Anna M S, daughter, 33, Ohio; Henry J, son, 30, Ohio; and Hannah E M, daughter, 26, Ohio. Johann worked on the family farm. [3]

Johann Dietrich died in Toledo, Ohio, on 30 March 1903 of exhaustion, with melancholia as a contributing factor. [4] Another county death record gives his cause of death as erysipelas. [5] Johann was 42 years, 5 months, and 17 days old. He was buried on 2 April and his funeral text was Mark 7:37. These county records show he was born in 1861, but the church records indicate the 1860 date, and I believe the church records to be the most accurate.

Johann’s parents, Adam and Maria (Germann) Dietrich, had the following children:
Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died on the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena Margaretha
“Johann” Adam (1860-1903)
Wilhelm (1862-1863)
Georg Ernst (1864-1905), married Clara Schumm
Anna Maria Sophia (1866-1945), did not marry
Jacob “Heinrich” (1869-1935), married Maria Schumm
Hannah “Emma” Magdalena (1874-1956), married Johann “Ferdinand” Schinnerer

 

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p: 20 (penned), dwelling 136, family 137, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p: 449A (stamped), p.13 (penned) family 116, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Jan 2019).

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.310A (stamped), dwelling 210, family, 215, Adam Dietrich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/?name=adam_dietrich&birth=1828_germany_3253&birth_x=1-0-0&residence=_van+wert-ohio-usa_2983 : viewed 14 Jan 2019).

[4] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,“ database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89ZR-V9P1-X?i=1160&cc=2128172 : accessed 28 Jan 2019) John Dietrich, 30 Mr 1903, Toledo, Lucas County.

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,“ database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-672K-8L?i=402&cc=2128172 : viewed 28 Jan 2019), John Dietrich, 30 Mar 1903, Toledo.

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