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May 31

Tombstone Tuesday–John A. Grauberger

John A. Grauberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

John A. Grauberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John A. Grauberger, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

GRAUBERGER
John A.
Feb. 18, 1860
July 13, 1939

“John” Andrew Grauberger was born in Ohio on 18 February 1860 to George Adam and Anna Marie (Schaefer) Grauberger. John’s father was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and immigrated to America about 1854. John’s mother was born in Hessen Darmstadt and immigrated in about 1851.

John’s parents George and Anna married in 1858 in Franklin County, Ohio, [1] and they moved to Blackcreek Township, north east of Chattanooga, by 1868. One Johannes Andreas Grauber was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 14 April 1875 and was likely John Andrew Grauberger.

John’s father George was drafted into the Civil War and served as a private in Co C, 122 Regiment, Ohio Infantry. [2] [3]

The Grauberger family lived on 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]

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

In 1900 the family consisted of George, Anna, John A, George, Henry, and son Henry’s wife Emma (Baker) Grauberger. [6]

John’s father George died 2 April 1902.

In 1910 John’s widowed mother Anna was living on Eckles Pike [could this be Eichler 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 John, age 59, lived by himself and was enumerated as head of household and farmer on a farm that he owned. Although the index and transcription of this census shows him as married, it looks like a Ba, which could have been the enumerator’s abbreviation for bachelor. [8]

A short distance away was John’s mother Anna, age 86, living with her other unmarried son George, 50. [9]

John’s mother Anna (Schaefer) Grauberger died in Blackcreek Township on 11 July 1922. [10]

In 1930 John, 69, and his brother George, 61, lived together in Blackcreek Township on what looks like Grauberger Pike on the census page. Both brothers were single and George was listed as the head of the household. John was the owner and manager of a ditching operation and his brother George farmed. They indicated that they were both born in Ohio, their father was born in Bavaria, and that their mother was born in Hesse.  Some of their neighbors included Burris McBride, William Berry, Leroy Kuhn, Leroy Pifer, Fred Stuckey, and Hugo Weinman. [11]

According to Zion Chatt’s records John Andrew Grauberger died of an infection on 13 July 1939, at the age of 79 years, 4 months, and 25 days. He was survived by one brother and was buried on the 16th.

John is buried between his brother George and his sister Elizabeth (Grauberger) Stroebel and her husband Michael Stroebel. John’s parents George and Anna are buried on the other side of 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, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.12B, dwelling 238, family 238, John Granbarger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 May 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[9] 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.

[10] “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.

[11] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.2B, dwelling 35, family 35, George Grauberger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 May 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 18500

2 comments

  1. Sharon Thatcher

    I lived on the old Graubarger homestead and often wondered about the family. The chimney on the house said 1859 !.

    1. Karen

      That certainly is interesting and a date is very helpful. Thanks for writing!

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