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May 06

Tombstone Tuesday–Emma Germann

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

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

This is the tombstone of Emma Germann, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

EMMA GERMANN
1907-1917

Emma Germann was born 14 January 1907 in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Friederick “Fred” C. and Clara C.M. (Pflueger) Germann. [1] [2]

I found very little information about little Emma. Her baptism was not recorded in Zion Schumm’s records because her family probably attended another church at that time. Nor could I find her Ohio death certificate, but her death and burial information was recorded in Zion Schumm’s records. I was able to locate more information about her parents, however.

Fred Germann, Emma’s father, was born 30 December 1866 in Harrison Township, the son of Henry and Magdalena (Boyer) Germann. Fred was a timber dealer at the time of his marriage and a farmer at the time of his death. Emma’s mother Clara was the daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Hofmann) Pflueger, born 2 April 1881 in Monroeville, Indiana.

Fred and Clara married in Van Wert County on 5 August 1900 and afterward they lived in Harrison Township. They had at least two daughters, Pauline C., born about 1903, and Emma, born in 1907.

Fred Germann died 28 January 1909 in Harrison Township of “cancer of superior maxilla,” probably cancer in the upper jaw or sinus. His death certificate indicates that he had this affliction for 9 months. Fred is buried in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, several miles northeast of Schumm.

In 1910 Clara Germann was a widow, living with her two daughters in Harrison Township. Soon after, Clara married William O. Myers on 15 May 1910 in Van Wert County. William was born in Pennsylvania on 25 February 1863 to John and Anna (Painter) Myers. William had also been married once before.

Emma Germann died 29 December 1917 in Willshire, at the age of 10 years, 11 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 31st. Survivors included her mother, her step-father, 3 sisters and 1 brother, according to the church records. Pauline was Emma’s full sister and Mildred, Oscar, and Louise Myers were her half-siblings. Since I could not locate Emma’s death certificate, I do not know the cause of her death. The church records did not mention that fact.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-23316-71542-76?cc=1932106 : accessed 04 May 2014), Emma E. Germann, 14 January 1907; citing Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, Birth Registers 1899-1908, Vol 4, p.185, from FHL microfilm 1015857.

[2] Zion Schumm’s records indicate Emma was born 15 January 1907, but her Van Wert County birth record indicates her date of birth as 14 January 1907.

Other sources of information:

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18084-11862-25?cc=1614804 : accessed 04 May 2014), Friederick Germann and Clara C.M. Pfleuger, 5 August 1900; citing Van Wert, Ohio, Marriage Records 1899-1903, Vol. 10, p. 193; FHL microfilm 1015863.

“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-21292-5946-99?cc=1307272 : accessed 04 May 2014), Frederick C. Germann, 28 January 1909; citing Harrison Township, Van Wert, Ohio; FHL microfilm 1952875.

1910 U.S. Census, index and images, Van Wert County, Ohio, ED 90, p. 16B, dwelling 283, family 292, Clara C.M. Germann;  digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 04 May 2014); from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1238.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18084-117367-45?cc=1614804 : accessed 04 May 2014), William O. Myers and Clara Germann, 15 May 1910; citing Van Wert, Ohio, Marriage records 1908-1912, Vol 13, p. 310; FHL microfilm 1015864.

1920 U.S. Census, index and images, Blue Creek, Adams County, Indiana, ED 1, p. 2A , dwelling 29, family 30, William Myers; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 04 May 2014); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 420.

 

 

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