Oct 20

Tombstone Tuesday–Eletha L. Martin

Eletha Martin, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Eletha Martin, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Eletha L. Martin, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Eletha L.
June 28, 1909
Oct. 20, 1910

As the tombstone indicates, Eletha L. Martin was born 28 June 1909. She was born in Ohio, likely in Mercer County. There is no record of her baptism at Zion, Chatt, but her death and burial are recorded there. Her name was spelled Aletha in the church records.

Eletha was the daughter of John and Lydia (Kühm) Martin. Zion Chatt’s records indicate John and Lydia married 20 March 1903 at Zion. John was born in Washington County, Kentucky, about 1882, the son of Marquis L. and Eveline (Colvin) Martin. Lydia was born in 1887 in Indiana, the daughter of Jacob and Julie (Berron) Kühm. The Kühma lived in the Chatt area and attended Zion Chatt.

In 1910 Eletha Martin was living with her parents and two brothers in a home they rented in Center Township, Mercer County. Her father John was 28 years old and was a house carpenter. Also in the household was Lyda, 23, born in Indiana; Walter, 6; Luella, 2; and Eletha, 9 months. The children were all born in Ohio. [1]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Eletha died of summer complaint [2] on 18 October 1910, at the age of 1 year, 4 months, and 10 days. She was buried on the 20th.


[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Center, Mercer, Ohio, ED 109, p.3B, visited no. 60, family 61, John Martin; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[2] Summer complaint: Diarrhea, usually in infants, caused by spoiled milk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>