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Dec 01

Tombstone Tuesday–Heinrich C. Hiller

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Heinrich Conrad Hiller, located in row 8 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. Rows are numbered starting at the east side of the cemetery. The marker, which has fallen off its base, is inscribed:

Heinrich C.
Sohn von
J. und M.
Hiller
Gest. Den 21,
Apr. 1905
Alter
33J, 7M, 7T
HILLER

Translation: Heinrich C., son of J. and M. Hiller, died 21 April 1905, age 33 years, 7 months, and 7 days.

Heinrich “Henry” Conrad Hiller was born 14 September 1871 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of Jacob and Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller. The Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, close to Chatt, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

The vital details of Henry’s life were recorded in Zion Chatt’s records. Henry was baptized 29 October 1871 with Conrad Heffner serving as his sponsor. Henry was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 17 May 1885.

Henry Hiller was enumerated in only two censuses, the 1880 and the 1900.

In 1880 Henry, age 8, was living with his parents and five siblings on the family’s Jefferson Township farm. In that enumeration Henry was shown as “maimed, crippled, or bedridden,” and had not attended school within the past year. [1]

In 1900 Henry, age 28, was still living with his parents and two of his siblings. There was no occupation given for him but he could read, write, and speak English. [2]

Henry died of consumption on 21 April 1905, at the age of 33 years, 7 months, and 7 days. He was buried on the 25th and is buried near his parents and some of his siblings.

 

[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 133, p.50B, dwelling & family 51, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm T9, roll 263.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.11B, dwelling & family 202, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

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