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Nov 04

Tombstone Tuesday–Philip & Philipina (Fickert) Emrich

Philip & Philimena Emrich, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Philip & Philimena Emrich, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Philip and Philipina (Fickert) Emrich, located in row 8 of Kessler, aka Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

EMRICH
Philipina
1865-1934
Philip
1849-1896

Note that this surname is spelled several different ways in various records: Emrich, Emerich, Emrick, Emerick, and Emmerich being the most common variations. In this post I am spelling it the way it was written on their tombstone.

Philip Emrich was born 9 April 1849, as calculated from his death record. He was born in Germany, one of two children born to Philip and Margaretha Emrich. Both of the Emrich children were deceased by 1900. The Emrich family immigrated in about 1865. [1]

Philip Emrich married Philipina Fickert in 1884 in Kentucky.

Philip and Philipina [sometimes spelled Phelebena] applied for a marriage license in Mercer County, Ohio, on 1 November 1884, but the marriage was denied. The Ohio marriage license required that a couple be no closer relation than second cousins. Hand-written on their marriage license: This marriage license is canceled Nov. 5, 1884. License returned on discovery that the Parties being first cousins. [2]

Mercer County, Ohio, marriage license Philip Emrich & Philipina Fickert, canceled.

Mercer County, Ohio, marriage license Philip Emrich & Philipina Fickert, canceled.

So Philip and Philipina went to Kentucky and were married 11 November 1884 at St. Paul’s Evangelical church in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. [3] [4]

The couple set up housekeeping in Liberty Township, Mercer County, where Philip farmed. It appears both Philip Emrich Jr and Sr owned land south of Chatt. In 1888 one owned 80 acres on the southeast corner of State Route 49 and Schaadt Road. The other owned 40 acres on Oregon Road, east of route 49, between Linn Road and Wabash Road. By 1900 the land on Oregon Road was owned by someone else and Philip Sr. owned land north of the Emrich 80 acres on Route 49 and Schaadt Road.

Philip and Philipina Emrich had eight children:

Mary Magdalena (1885-?), married William A. Thompson
Wilhelmina “Minnie” (1887-1942), married Frederick Schott
Johann Friedrich (1888-1910)
Catherina P. (1889-1890)
Franz Heinrich (1891-1976), married Eva Maltby
Lydia (1892-1929), married Elmer C. Baker
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rebecka (1894-?), married Marshall Long Jr
Philip Peter (1896-1991), married Esther Suhr

Philip died of typhoid fever at his home in Liberty Township on 12 January 1896, at the age of 46 years, 9 months, and 3 days. He died about a month before their son Philip Peter was born. [5]

In 1900 Philipine (Fickert) Emrich was living with six of their seven surviving children on their farm in Liberty Township. Their eldest daughter was living elsewhere. This census also indicates that Philipine had given birth to eight children and seven were still living. [6]

By 1910 Philipine was residing at the Toledo State Hospital, Lucas County, Ohio. She remained there until she died of heart disease on 26 November 1934. She was 69 years old, a widowed housewife. She was buried 26 November in Kessler Cemetery. Her name was written as Phelebena on her death certificate. [7]

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 85, p.9A, dwelling 168, family 173, Margret Emrich; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 November 2014); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623 roll 1304.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,: index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 November 2014), Philip Emerich or Emrich and Philipina Fickert, 1 November 1884; citing Mercer, Ohio marriages Vol. 5, p. 278; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[3] “Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 November 2014), Philip Emrich and Philaphina Fickert, 11 November 1884; from FHL microfilm 588892.

[4] “Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979,” index, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 November 2014), Philip Emrich and Philaphina Fickert, 11 November 1884; St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, reference ; from FHL microfilm 1531413.

[5] “Ohio, county Death Records, 1840-2001,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org ; accessed 1 November 2014), Philip Emrick, 12 January 1896; citing Records of Probate Deaths in Mercer County Ohio, Vol. 1-2, unpaginated; from FHL microfilm 914954. [This record gives his age as 76 years, 9 months, and 3 days.]

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 85, p.9B, dwelling 178, family 183, Ben Emerick; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 November 2014); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623 roll 1304.

[7] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 November 2014), Phelebena Emerich, 26 November 1934; citing Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, reference fn 67781; from FHL microfilm 2022231.

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