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Jan 26

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Edward Hiller

Jacob Edward Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Jacob Edward Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob Edward Hiller, located in row 8 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier Ruhet in Gott
Jacob Edward
Hiller
Son of
Jacob [?]
Hiller
Geb. 20 Sept. 1878
Gest. 10 Sept. 1895
Alt
16 Jahr, 11 Monat
Und 20 Tag

Translation: Here rests in God, Jacob Edward Hiller, son of Jacob [unreadable] Hiller, born 20 September 1878, died 10 September 1895, aged 16 years, 11 months, and 20 days.

Jacob Edward Hiller was born 20 September 1878 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of Jacob and Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller. He was baptized 10 November 1879 with Jacob and Gertrude (Mueller) Deitsch serving as his sponsors. The Hillers attended Zion Chatt at that time and this information is recorded at Zion.

Jacob Edward was enumerated in only one census, the 1880 census. He was just one year old and was enumerated with his parents and five siblings in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana: Jacob, 38; Martha, 32; George, 11; John, 9; Henry, 8; Mary, 7; Lizzie, 4; and Edward, 1. [1]

Jacob was confirmed at Zion Chatt by Rev. J.F. C. Soller on 9 April 1893. His confirmation verse was Matthew 24:13.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Jacob Edward Hiller died of typhus/malaria fever on 10 September 1895 at the age of 16 years, 11 months, and 20 days. He was buried on the 11th. He was survived by his parents and siblings.

Jacob Edward Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Jacob Edward Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

By the time the 1900 census was taken Jacob Edward and his sister Elizabeth Wilhelmine (Hiller) Huffman had both passed away. Elizabeth died just a month after her brother Jacob Edward, on 9 October 1895. Jacob Edward is buried near his sister and near other family members in Kessler Cemetery.

 

[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.

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