This is the tombstone of Katherine Hardzog, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed, Katherine, Wife of Christan Hardzog, Died Oct 9, 1843, Aged 40 years & 6 days. The marker is inscribed this way:
zog Died Oct 9
1843 Aged 40
years & 6 days
Katherine’s tombstone stands next to Caroline Hardzog’s tombstone, the young child’s marker featured in last week’s Tombstone Tuesday. Katherine was likely Caroline’s mother. Their markers indicate that Christian Hardzog was Katherine’s husband as well as Caroline’s father.
As was the case with Caroline, Katherine died before Zion Lutheran Schumm began keeping records. In fact they both died before Zion was even an established church. As a result there are no records of Katherine’s death at Zion.
It appears that the same engraver inscribed both Katherine and Caroline’s tombstones. He had a way of breaking up names or words and continuing them on the next line, without a hyphen.
This is a nice sandstone marker with a weeping willow motif at the top. The weeping willow signifies mourning and sorrow. The willow tree was one of the first funerary motifs to replace the death head and soul effigy, both popular during the colonial period.