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Jun 14

Tombstone Tuesday–M. Henry & Emma (Baker) Grauberger

Henry & Emma (Baker) Grauberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Henry & Emma (Baker) Grauberger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Michael Henry and Emma (Baker) Grauberger, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

M. Henry
1871-1918
Emma M.
1878-1967
GRAUBERGER
Gone But Not Forgotten

Michael Heinrich “Henry” Grauberger was born in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 24 February 1871 according to his Mercer County birth record. [1] His baptismal and confirmation records at Zion Chatt indicates he was born 24 February 1872.

Henry was the son of George A. & Anna M. (Schaefer) Grauberger and he was baptized at Zion Chatt on 21 November 1872, with Johannes Ganter and wife serving as his sponsors. Henry was confirmed at Zion Chatt on Palm Sunday, 30 March 1890.

Henry’s father George was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and his mother was born in Hessen Darmstadt. His father George served as a private in Co C, 122 Regiment, Ohio Infantry, during the Civil War. [2] [3]

Henry’s parents lived in Franklin County, Ohio, before moving to Blackcreek Township in Mercer County, Ohio, in about 1868.

The first census Henry appeared in was the 1880 census. In the Grauberger household in 1880: George, 55; Anna M, 45; John A, 20; Elizabeth, 16; George, 11; Henry M, 9. All of the children were born in Ohio. [4]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Henry Grauberger married Emma Baker on 8 March 1900. Emma was born in Indiana, the daughter of William and Philippina/Phebe (Gehm) Baker. Emma’s father was born in Ohio and her mother was born in Germany.

Henry and Emma lived with Henry’s parents after they were first married. The George Grauberger household in 1900: George [Sr], Anna, John A, George, Henry, and Henry’s wife Emma (Baker) Grauberger. According to the census enumeration Henry and Emma were married less than a year and had no children. George Sr farmed and his sons worked on the farm. [5]

Henry Grauberger died of influenza and pneumonia on 11 December 1918, at the age of 48 years, 9 months, and 14 days. He was buried on the 13th. Zion Chatt’s records indicate he was survived by his widow, children, mother, brothers, and sisters.

In 1920 widow Emma Graubarger lived with her four daughters in Blackcreek Township. She was enumerated as Mrs. Henry Grauberger, age 41, widowed. Also in the household were daughters Ana, 19; Laura, 15; Lavina, 8; and Edna, 6. All of the daughters were born in Ohio. [6]

In 1930 Emma lived with three of her daughters, and her brother Jacob C. Baker in Blackcreek Township. In the household: Emma, 51; Laura M, 25; Lavina E, 18; Edna E, 16; and Jacob C, 45. Her oldest daughter Anna was married to John Reichard by this time. Emma Grauberger lived very close to where I grew up, the house west of where Johnny and Clara Reef lived, about ½ west of 49 on 707. [7]

In 1940 Emma, age 61, lived by herself in the same house, near neighbors that I remember, Johnny and Clara Reef, Homer and Leona Carr, and Forrest and Helen Ripley. [8] My mom said that Emma came to the house to visit and see me when was a baby.

Emma’s daughter Anna, who had married John Reichard, died at the age 41. After Anna’s death Emma’s grandson Gene Reichard went to live with Emma.

Emma (Baker) Grauberger died 5 February 1967, at the age of 88 years. [9] She was buried on the 8th.

Henry and Emma Grauberger had the following children:
Anna (1900-1942), married John E. Reichard
Laura Margaret (1904-1977), married John Henry Sipe
Esther Lavina (1911-1988), married Guy Hoyt Krall
Edna E. (1913-1988), married Robert Clase

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 11 Jun 2016), Henry Groubarger, 24 Feb 1871; from Mercer County Births, Vol. 1, p.58; from FHL microfilm 914953.

[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] 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.

[5] 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.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.12A, dwelling 228, Mrs. Henry Grombarger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jun 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.6A, dwelling & family 131, Emma Grauberger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jun 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[8] 1940 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Ed 54-1, p.8B, visited 173, line 67, Emma Grangerger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jun 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114. [Note: this surname is indexed as Grangerger on Ancestry.com in the 1940 census.]

[9] Ohio Department of Health, Index to Annual Deaths, 1958-2002; State Vital Statistics Unit, Columbus, OH; (www.ancestry.com  : accessed 10 Jun 2016); from certificate 120, vol. 2.

2 comments

  1. Deb Reichard

    Thanks Karen. Tom is getting a lot of good information regarding his Grauberger side of the family. Most he already knew but always appreciate what you add. You have much more detailed stuff!

    Have a great week,
    Deb

    1. Karen

      Happy to be able to help, but Tom probably has more information than I do! I did find it interesting that Emma lived so close to my home place and visited me when I was first born! Thanks for reading!

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