This is the tombstone of Caroline Hardzog, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The sandstone marker is inscribed: Caroline, Daught of Christian Hardzog died March 8 1840, Aged 2 years & 3 ms.
Exactly as the marker is inscribed:
Daught of Ch
g died March
Aged 2 year
s & 3 ms
It is interesting to note the way the monument carver broke up the words. When he ran out of room he finished the word on the next line.
This tombstone is probably the only record of Caroline’s birth and death. She died during a time when most vital events were not recorded.
The Schumms arrived in the area in 1838 and had to establish a burial ground that same year to bury one of their own. Katherine (Schumm) Schueler, the 28 year old daughter of John George Schumm, was the first one buried in Schumm Cemetery.
Zion Lutheran Church was not established until 1840, the year same Caroline Hardzog died. The earliest of Zion’s records date back to 1846 so there is no church record of Caroline’s birth or death.
Caroline’s father appears to have been buried in Hileman/Smith/Hartzog/Alspaugh Cemetery, just south of Zion’s Cemetery.
The name Hardzog was spelled Hartzog in later years.