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Jul 17

Tombstone Tuesday–George & Mary E. (Gunsett) Weinmann

George & Mary E. (Gunsett) Weinmann, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of George and Mary Elizabeth (Gunsett) Weinmann, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

WEINMANN
George
1859-1958
Mary E.
1860-1947

John “George” Weinmann was born 18 September 1859 in Germany, the son of Johann George Sr (1829-1907) and Katharine (Karcher) (1832-1907) Weinmann. [1]

In 1880 George Weinmann, 20 years old and single, lived with his parents in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, just outside the village of Chatt, near Peter Strabel. His father was a farmer and all three of the family members were born in Alsace. According to the 1900 census they immigrated in 1872. Their household in 1880: John George, 50; Katherine, 47; and George, 20. [2]

George Weinmann married Mary Gunsett on 20 November 1884 in Van Wert County, Ohio, married by Rev. G.F.C Seemeyer. [3]

Maria “Mary” Elizabeth Gunsett was born 31 December 1860 in Tully Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, the daughter of Josiah (c1837-1894) and Hannah (Wyandt) (1839-1939) Gunsett. Josiah and Hannah were both born in Ohio. [4]

Mary’s family lived in Tully Township in 1870, where her father farmed. Everyone in the family was born in Ohio. Their family in 1870: Josiah Gunsett, 33; Hannah, 29; Mary, 10; Joseph, 7; Henry, 5; and Catherine, 2. [5]

By 1880 Mary’s parents had moved to Harrison Township but Mary was not enumerated with the rest of the family: Josiah Gunsett, 43; Hannah, 41; Joseph, 17; Henry, 14; Kathrine, 12; Charles, 9; Maggie M, 6; George, 4; and John L, 1. [6] I am not sure where Mary was living in 1880 but she married George Weinmann in 1884.

George and Mary Weinmann’s first two children, two sons, Walter T. and Willie H., died at a very young age in 1887.

By 1900 there were four children in the family. The George Weinmann family in 1900: George, 40; Mary E, 39; Carl H, 11; Minnie K, 9; Otto J, 4; Lina E, 4 months. This enumeration indicates that George immigrated in 1872 and that he was a day laborer. [7]

Their daughter Lilna died in 1901 and they had another son, Edward, born in 1903.

The George Weinmann family in 1910: George, 50; Mary, 45; Carl, 21; Minnie, 18; Otto, 14; and Edward, 6. George was born in Germany and was a general farmer. Mary was born in Ohio and had given birth to 7 children, 4 of whom were living. One of their neighbors was my great-great-grandmother Maria (Sekel) Breuninger. [8]

The George Weinmann family in 1920: George, 60; Mary, 59; Carl, 31; and Edward, 16. This enumeration indicates that George was born in Alsace Lorraine, that he immigrated in 1872 and was naturalized in 1880. George’s occupation was a merchant. [9]

In 1930 the George Weinmann family lived in the little village of Schumm in a home they rented next to their son Carl and his family. The George Weinmann family in 1930: George, 70; Mary, 69; and Edward, 26. This enumeration indicates that George and his parents were born in France, which could be Alsace Lorraine, as indicated in the 1920 census. No occupation was given for George and perhaps he was retired. Carl’s family consisted of wife Ester and daughter Betty J. [10]

In 1940 the George Weinmann family lived in same house as they had in 1935: George, 80; Mary, 79; and Edward, 36. No occupation was given for George or Edward. [11]

Maria (Gunsett) Weinmann died of cancer at the Adams County Memorial Hospital in in Decatur, Indiana, on 8 May 1943, at the age of 82 years, 4 months, and 8 days. She was buried on the 10th and Zion’s Rev. A. Moeller was in charge of the service. Zwick’s was in charge of the funeral arrangements. [4]

George Weinmann died of a stroke at the home of his daughter Katherine Sauer, on Nuttman Street in Decatur, Indiana, on 22 January 1958. He had been living with his daughter in Decatur for 5 months. George was born in Alsace Lorraine and was a widower. He was 98 years old and had been a postmaster and owner/operator of a general store in Schumm. George was buried on the 25th, with Zwick’s in charge of the funeral arrangements. [12]

George and Maria Weinmann had the following children:
Walter T. (1885-1887)
Willie H. (1887-1887)
Carl Hermann (1888-1971), married Esther Berdie Dull
Minna Katherine (1891-1979), married Philip Sauer
Otto Emanuel (1895-?)married Annis/Annie Stetler
Lina Elisabeth (1899-1901)
Edward George (1903-1971)

[1] In this blog post I am using the Weinmann spelling, as inscribed on their tombstone.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.472C, dwelling 18, family 19, John G Weinman; Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 16 Jul 2018.

[3] “Ohio Marriages, 1880-1958,” database, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDL4-JBC : 8 Dec 2017) George Weinman & Mary E. Gunsett, 20 Nov 1884; FHL microfilm 1015861.

[4] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, 1943, Roll 6, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Mrs. Mary E. Weinman, 8 May 1943; Ancestry.com : viewed 16 July 2018.

[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Tully, Van Wert, Ohio, p.389B, dwelling & family 178, Josiah Gunsett; Ancestry.com  (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7163&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 16 Jul 2018).

[6] 1880 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 148, p.308D, dwelling 139, family 142, Josiah Gumsett; Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 16 Jul 2018). Note by kmb: Mary’s brother Joseph Gunsett (1865-1931) married my great-aunt Clara Schinnerer (1866-1942), daughter of Friedrich Schinnerer. Small world!

[7] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.11, dwelling 218, family 223, George Weimann; Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7602&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 16 Jul 2018).

[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.1B, dwelling/family 17, George Weinman; Ancestry.com  (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7884&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 9 Jul 2018).

[9] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2B, dwelling & family 47, George Weinman;  Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6061&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 7 Jul 2018).

[10] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.5A, dwelling 101, family 103, George Wimman; Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6224&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 9 Jul 2018).

[11] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.5A, household 95, Geo Weinman; Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=2442&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 9 Jul 2018).

[12] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, 1958, Roll 1, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, John George Weinman, 22 Jan 1958; Ancestry.com : viewed 16 July 2018.

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  1. Deb Reichard

    Thanks Karen. You gave me some new information that I need to add to the Weinman/Reichard family list. Always appreciate your information. See – another connection – kind of – Liberty Township and Schumm!

    Deb

    1. Karen

      You are welcome! Always glad to help!

  2. Tom Reichard

    I remember visiting my great-grandfather George who lived across the street in Schumm, OH. At the time, he had a very small store in his home and sold candy, tobacco and probably other things as well. He always gave us a piece of candy. I have only (2) pictures of them – one of George and one of Mary. Not a lot of pictures taken back then…..

    1. Karen

      Great memories! The photos they did take are sure precious now. I think some families took more photos than others. I seem to have a lot more Miller photos than Schumm photos for some reason. Thanks for writing.

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