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Aug 19

Tombstone Tuesday–Maria (Kuhm) Berron

Maria (Kuhm) Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Maria (Kuhm) Berron, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Maria (Kuhm) Berron, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruht in Gott
Maria Kuhm
Ehefrau
Georg Berron
Geb 22 Aug. 1865
In Schillersdorf
In Elsass
Gest. 10 Aug. 1890
Alter
24 Jahr 11 Monat
u. 18 Tage

[Here rests in God, Maria Kuhm, wife of Georg Berron, born 22 August 1865 in Schillersdorf, Elsass; Died 10 August 1890, Age 24 years, 11 months, and 18 days.]

Maria Kuhm was the daughter of Michael Kuhm Sr and his wife Elizabeth (Mueller) Kuhm. Maria was born 22 August 1865 in Schillersdorf, Elsass, and immigrated with her family in about 1873. The Kuhms lived in Adams County, Indiana, not all that far from Chatt, where they attended church at Zion Lutheran Church.

Maria married George Berron on 30 April 1885 at the church parish house. George was born 7 April 1861 in Petersbach, Elsass, the son of George and Katherine (Hausknecht) Berron. Witnesses to the ceremony were the parents of the couple.

According to the Zion’s records George and Maria Berron had three children:
Georg Heinrich (1886-1981), married 1. Matilda Eschmeyer, 2. Minnie Bilter
Christian Michael (1888-1963), married Hazel Stoker
Albert Friedrich Michael (1890-1890)

Their third son, Albert Friedrich Michael, was born 20 June 1890 in Adams County, Indiana. He was baptized by Zion’s Rev. Chr. Reichert at the Berron home on 10 August 1890, the same day his mother Maria died. Hopefully Maria was able to see her baby baptized that day.

According to Zion Chatt’s records, Maria died at their home on that same day, 10 August 1890, of a nerve disease. She was only 25 years and 19 days old and was buried on the 12th.

Their little baby Albert died less than a month later, on 6 September 1890. He was only 2 months and 16 days old and was buried in Zion’s cemetery on the 8th. There does not appear to be a tombstone for him in Zion’s cemetery, but there is a small, unreadable tombstone next to Maria’s. That just might be Albert’s marker.

Possible tombstone of Albert Friedrich Michael Berron (1890-1890), Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chatt. (2011 photo by Karen)

Possible tombstone of Albert Friedrich Michael Berron (1890-1890), Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chatt. (2011 photo by Karen)

Widower George Berron married the widow Maria (Betzel) Kessler on 1 August 1895 at Zion Chatt. They had at least one child together, Karl Friedrich Berron, born 8 October 1896.

Maria died in 1918 and George Berron married Sophia (Wierwille) Schultz on 20 April 1921 in Auglaize County, Ohio. He died 13 April 1929 in Allen County, Ohio, and is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, Ohio.

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