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May 24

Tombstone Tuesday–George A. & Anna M. (Schaefer) Grauberger

George A. & Anna M. Grauberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

George A. & Anna M. Grauberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of George Adam and Anna Marie (Schaefer) Grauberger, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

GRAUBERGER
George A.
July 31, 1824
Apr. 2, 1902
Anna M.
Feb. 18, 1833
July 9, 1922

George Adam Grauberger was born in Neidhardwinden, Mittelfranken, Kingdom of Bavaria, according to Zion Chatt’s records, and he immigrated to America about 1854.

George married “Anna” Marie Schaefer on 10 June 1858 in Franklin County, Ohio. [1] Anna Schaefer was born in Gronau, Hessendarmstadt, also according to Zion Chatt’s records.

The Civil War started a couple years later and George Grauberger, at age 40, was drafted into service. He served as a private in Co C, 122nd  Regiment, Ohio Infantry. He entered the war in June 1864 and mustered out in June 1865. He suffered a disability, but I could not read the writing on the page. [Something chronic and something stroke.] [2] [3]

George and Anna moved to Blackcreek Township, north east of Chattanooga, by 1868, where their son George was born in February of that year. George owned 80 acres in the northeast corner of Section 20, along what is now Grauberger Road. The family was enumerated in Blackcreek in the 1870 census as Crawbarger and in their household: George, 45, Mary A, 36, John, 12, Elizabeth, 6. George, 2. [4]

In 1880 George farmed and in the household: George, 55; Anna M, 45; John A, 20; Elizabeth, 16; George, 11; Henry M, 9. All of their children were born in Ohio. [5]

The 1900 census indicates that George immigrated in 1854, that Anna immigrated in 1851, and that they married in 1858. They had been married for 42 years and all four of their children were living. In the household: George, Anna, John A, George, Henry, and son Henry’s wife Emma (Baker) Grauberger. In 1900 Henry and Emma were married less than a year and had no children. George Sr farmed and his sons worked on the farm. [6]

George Grauberger died 2 April 1902, at the age of 77 years, 8 months, and 2 years, and was buried on the 4th.  He was survived by his widow, 4 children, and 21 grandchildren.

In 1910 Anna Grauberger, a widow, was living on Eckles Pike with her two unmarried sons George and John A. Also in the household was farm hand George Shafer, 28, and maid Leota Brandstetter, 21. [7]

In 1920 Anna, age 86, lived with her unmarried son George, 50. Their neighbors included William Hoehamer, Elmer Stetler, Christ Eichler, Truman Dudgeon, and Charley White. [8]

Anna (Schaefer) Grauberger died of old age on 11 July 1922, at the age of 89 years, 4 months, and 21 days, according to Zion’s records.  According to her death certificate she died in Blackcreek Township of hypostatic pneumonia. The informant was her son George and Ketcham Brothers were in charge of the funeral. [9]

George and Anna Grauberger had the following children:
John Andrew (1860-1939)
Elizabeth (1864-1938), married Michael Stroebel
George (1868-1939)
Michael Heinrich “Henry” (1871-1918), married Emma Baker

George & Anna Grauberger are buried in the same row as and near their children John, George, and Elizabeth.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 21 May 2016), George A. Grauberger and Mary Schaeffer, 10 Jun 1858; from Franklin, Ohio, marriages, Vol. 7, p.122; from FHL microfilm 285144.

[2] 1890 U.S. Veterans Schedule, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 178, p. 2, line 3, Georges Grougbarger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 May 2016); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from NARA microfilm M123, Record Group 15.

[3] “United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 22 May 2016), George Grauberger, 1888.

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, dwelling 94, family 94, George W Crawbarger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 552742, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 1243.

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.327A, line 30, George Granberger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p. 8A, dwelling 167, family 167, George A Grauberger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[7] 1910 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.2A, dwelling 33, family 33, George Granbarger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375277, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[8] 1920 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, dwelling 192, p.10A, George Gronbarger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[9] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 21 May 2016), Anna Marie Grauberger, 9 Jul 1922; from Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, deaths; from FHL microfilm 1992065.

1 comment

  1. farrel krall

    Karen,
    really appreciated your fine article. One correction, Henry and Emma Baker Grauberger had four daughters: anna reichard, Laura Sipe, Lavina Krall (my mother), and Edna Clase.

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