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Mar 08

Tombstone Tuesday–Mary Margaretha (Müller) Hiller

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

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

This is the tombstone of Mary M. Hiller, located in row 15 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Mary M. Hiller
Died
Sept. 29, 1878
Aged
78 y. 3 m. 20 d.

Maria “Mary” Margaretha Müller was born 4 June 1800 in Rittershausen, Districts Unterfranken and Aschaffenburg, in the Kingdom of Bavaria. She was the daughter of Conrad and Dorothy Müller and Zion Chatt’s records also indicate that she was baptized and confirmed in Rittershausen.

Mary Müller married Erasmus Stump in Bavaria, probably about the year 1828. Note that Stump was sometimes spelled Stumpf in the church records. Erasmus and Mary had three children, Phillip, Catherine, and Gertrude:

Philipp Stump (1829-1917), married Barbara (Geisler) Adam, the widow of Heinrich Adam
Catharina Stump (1830-1902), married August Albers
Gertraud Stump (1832-1846)

Erasmus Stump died in 1838, likely in Bavaria. Later that year his widow Mary (Müller) married John Hiller. John was the son of Johann and Margaretha Hiller, who was born Kingdom of Bavaria in 1805.

The next year, 1839, Johann and Maria Hiller and Mary’s three children from her first marriage immigrated to America. This information was included in Zion Chatt’s records as well as on a passenger arrival card. On the passenger card Johann Hiller was 34 years of age, born in Germany about 1805, and is shown traveling with Margaretha [Mary], Philip, Catharina, and Gertraud. John’s occupation was a weaver and their destination was the U.S. [1]

After their arrival in America the Hillers resided in Butler County, Ohio, for eight years. In about 1847 they moved to Adams County, Indiana, and settled a few miles from Chattanooga, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

John and Mary (Müller) Hiller had the following two sons, who were both born in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio:
Jacob (1842-1926), married Martha Sundmacher
Johann “George” (1846-1932), married Caroline Brecheisen; married Catharine Alt

In 1850 the Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. In their household: John Hiller, 48, a weaver; Margaret, 45; Jacob, 8; and George, 4. [2]

In 1860 the family had a New Corydon, Indiana, post office address and John farmed. In the household: John, 54, Bavaria; Margaret, 60, Bavaria; Jacob, 16, Indiana; George, 15, Indiana. [3]

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John Hiller died 10 March 1869. After his death his widow Mary lived with their son Jacob and his wife Martha (Sundmacher). Their farm had a New Corydon Post Office and enumerated in the household in 1870: Jacob, 28; Martha, 24; George, 1; John 10/12; George 24; and Margaret [Mary], 69, born in Bavaria. Living next door was Mary’s son from her first marriage, Philip Stump and his family. [4]

Mary Hiller died 24 September 1878, at the age of 78 years, 3 months, and 20 days. She is buried next to her second husband John Hiller.

John and Mary Hiller tombstones, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John and Mary Hiller tombstones, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

 

[1] “United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 28 Feb 2016), Johann Hiller, 1839; from FHL microfilm 418239, from NARA Immigration microfilm M334.

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 63A, dwelling & family 809, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm M432, roll 135.

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 234, dwelling 1649, family 1629, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 803242, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling 66, family 66, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Feb 2016); from FHL microfilm 545795, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

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