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Nov 03

Tombstone Tuesday–Katharina (Hiller) Linn

Katharina (Hiller) Linn, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Katharina (Hiller) Linn, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Katharina (Hiller) Linn, located in row 8 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Katharina
Linn
Geb. 10, Juni 1882
Gest. 22 Mai 1910
LINN

Translation: Katharina Linn, born 10 June 1882, died 22 May 1910.

Katharina Linn, born Katharina Hiller, was born 10 June 1882, the daughter of Jacob & Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller. She was baptized at Zion Chatt on 23 July 1882 with Jacob and Katharine Betzel as her sponsors.

The Hillers lived just across the state line in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. According to Zion Chatt’s records the Hillers immigrated in 1839 and moved to the Chattanooga, Ohio, area about 1847. They attended Zion Lutheran Church in Chatt.

In 1900 Katharina Hiller was living with her parents and two of her siblings in Adams County, Indiana: Jacob, 57, Martha, 51, John, 29, Henry C, 28, and Katie, 18. The enumeration indicates that Jacob and Martha had been married 31 years; that Jacob was born in Ohio but his parents were born in Germany; that Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller was born in Germany and had given birth to 7 children but only 5 were living; and that their three children enumerated with them were born in Indiana. [1]

Katharina Hiller married Georg Linn on 14 January 1902 at Zion Chatt, married by Rev. R.V. Smith. The church record indicates that Katharina was 20 years of age and was from Adams County, Indiana. Georg was 27 years of age and from Liberty Township, the son of Phillip and Margaret (Miller) Linn. Although they were married at Zion Chatt they obtained their marriage license in Adams County, Indiana. [2]

Georg Linn & Katharina Hiller marriage, with Mary Miller.

Georg Linn & Katharina Hiller marriage, with Mary Miller.

Georg and Katharina had three daughters during their short married life:

Clara Margaretha Martha Linn (1903-1971), married Homer W. Debolt
Maria Katharina Linn (1904-1975), married Rudolph Debolt
Agnes Elvira (1907-1908)

Their youngest daughter Agnes Elvira died 4 May 1908, at the age of about 14 months. Georg passed away about six months later, on 28 November 1908.

Katharina (Hiller) Linn died of consumption on 22 May 1910 and was buried near her parents in Kessler Cemetery on the 24th.

Georg and Katharina’s remaining two young daughters were orphans and were taken in by their maternal grandparents. In 1910 sisters Clara and Maria were living with grandparents Jacob and Martha Hiller in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. [3]

The two surviving sisters eventually married brothers, sons of David & Mary (Hartzog) Debolt.

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.11B, dwelling & family 202, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

[2] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 25 Oct 2015), George Linn and Katharine Hiller, 1902; from Adams, Indiana, Vol. 1, p.120.

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.2B, dwelling 36, family 36, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestery.com : accessed 25 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 1374351, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 338.

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