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Jul 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Henry A. Hoehamer

Henry A. Hoehamer, Mount Hope Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana.

Henry A. Hoehamer, Mount Hope Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana.

This is the tombstone of Henry A. Hoehamer, located in Mount Hope Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana. The marker is inscribed:

HENRY A.
Son of
N. & A. Hoehamer
Died
Oct. 26, 1878
Aged
6 yrs. 9 mo. 10 ds.


Sweet Henry unto earth
A little while was given.
He plumed his wings for flight
And soared away to heaven.

Henry A. was the son of Nicholas and Anna S. (Manzelman) Hoehamer. Henry’s tombstone may be the only remaining written record of his life. He was born and died between census enumerations and there is no record of his birth or death in Zion Chatt’s records.

Seven Hoehamer markers in a row at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Seven Hoehamer markers in a row at Mount Hope Cemetery. Nichols Hoehamer to far right, concealed by yucca plant. Henry’s marker is 5th from left.

The last numeral of Henry’s death date is difficult to read. It could be either an 8 or a 9, but I believe it is an 8. His date of birth would be 16 January 1872, as calculated from his tombstone.

A lamb is carved into the top of his stone. A lamb is often seen on the tombstone of a child and symbolizes innocence and purity.

 

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