This is the tombstone of Maria Katharina Dietrich located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed Hier ruhet in Gott, Maria Katharina, gattin von J. Jacob Dietrich, gestorben den 28 Mai 1871, alter 68 jahre, 9 monat, 13 tag. [Here rests in God Maria Catharina, wife of J. Jacob Dietrich, died 28 May 1871, age 68 years, 9 months, 13 days]
Maria Katharina’s death and burial as it was recorded in Zion’s church records: Mrs. M. Katharina Dietrich died in the night of 27 and 28 May 1871 and was buried on 29 May. She was 68 years, 9 months and 13 days old.
According to Zion’s Family Register Maria Katharina Dietrich, born Werner, was born 15 August 1802 in Hainstadt and baptized on 17 August in Neustadt, Grossherzogthum, Hessen Darmstadt. She married Johann Jacob Dietrich on 23 October 1825. They immigrated to America in 1836, resided 18 months in Zoar, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and came to the Schumm area 19 May 1838. The couple had the following children:
Margaretha Dietrich, born 6 November 1826, she lived 12 days.
Johann Adam Dietrich, born 27 January 1828.
Maria Katharina Dietrich, born 6 April 1832.
Andreas Dietrich, born 28 March 1843.