Sep 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Elisabeth Barbara Schott

Elisabeth Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Elisabeth Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Elisabeth Barbara Schott, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


According to Zion Chatt’s records Elisabeth Barbara Schott was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, to Michael and Margaretha (Kuehm) Schott on 30 June 1878. She was baptized at Zion on 8 August 1878 by Rev. Hugo Willert. Her baptismal sponsors were Ferdinand Hoffmann and his wife Barbara.

Elisabeth was confirmed at Zion on 9 April 1893 by Rev. J.F.C. Soller. Her church confirmation record also gives her birth year as 1878.

Elisabeth never married and had health problems for over 50 years. She died of cancer on 5 August 1931 in Liberty Township, at the age of 54 years, 1 month, and 5 days, according to the church records. Survivors included her parents, 3 brothers, and two sisters. She was buried on 7 August, laid to rest three tombstones away from her parents.

Her funeral service was performed by Rev. E. Katterheinrich. He was not one of Zion Chatt’s pastors but ministers at Zion Chatt changed from Rev. Jacob Albrecht to Rev. Carl Peter Yahl in 1931. Katterheinrich may have been an interim or neighboring pastor.

According to her death certificate Elisabeth died from multiple hemorrhages of her skin all over her body. Cancer was a contributory cause.

Elisabeth’s father Michael, address Geneva, Indiana, was the informant on her death certificate. He gave her date of birth as 30 June 1877 and her age as 53 years, 1 month, and 5 days. [1]

Here is a discrepancy in a birth year yet again. Although the church records conflict with her death certificate and grave marker I tend to agree with her church baptismal record, which was created soon after her birth.


[1] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 6 September 2014), Elizabeth Barbara Schott, 5 August 1931; citing Liberty, mercer, Ohio, reference fn 51874; FHL microfilm 1992473.

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