Apr 11

Tombstone Tuesday–Rolland Miller

Rolland Miller, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Rolland Miller, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Son of
J. & F.E. Miller
Aug. 11, 1913
3m, 8d

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven

Rolland Eugene Miller was born 3 May 1913, the first child born to John and Frona E. (Dull) Miller. He was baptized 15 June 1913 at Zion Chatt with Caroline Miller, Carl Miller, and his parents as sponsors.

Rolland died in Blackcreek Township on 11 August 1913. His name is simply listed under Zion Chatt’s death and burial records. Nothing else is recorded in that record.

I found his death certificate on FamilySearch.org, indexed as Rolland Ugene and the scan of the original document is very hard to read. His cause of death looks like ?? infarction, gastroenteritis, which he had for two days. Mike Kallenberger was the informant for information on his death certificate. [1]

Yes, there is a Miller family connection to me. Rolland was my first cousin once removed. His father John Miller was the full brother of my grandfather Carl Miller.

Rolland Miller, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

Rolland’s father John Miller was born 2 January 1889 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, and died 25 November 1964 in Goshen, Indiana. He married Frona E. Dull on 7 December 1912 at Zion Chatt, married by Zion’s Rev. L. Loehr. [2] His wife Frona was born in Dublin Township, Mercer County, on 29 September 1893 and died in 1975. She was the daughter of Hugh Dobson Dull and Amanda Shindeldecker.

John and Frona (Dull) Miller went on to have a very large family. Some of their children were born in this area and were baptized at Zion Chatt but eventually the family moved out of the area to northern Indiana. According to my Miller family database they had the following children:

Rolland Eugene (1913-1913)
Paul Bernard (1914-1988)
Raymond Lee (1915-2007)
Robert Dale (1916-2010)
Mary Margaret (1918-2005)
Betty Jane (1922-1996)
Bill E. (1924-2004)
Murlin “Spike” (1925-2006)
Beatrice “Bea”
LaVerne Ruby (1929-1990)
Donald D.
Jo Ann (1934-2009)

[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (accessed 8 Apr 2017), Rolland Ugene Miller, 11 Aug 1913; Blackcreek Twp, Mercer, Ohio, reference 48036; FHL microfilm 1953756.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” FamilySearch.org (accessed 8 Apr 2017), John Miller and Frona E. Dull, 7 Dec 1912; Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 10, p.255; FHL microfilm 914959.

Apr 07

Some Local Indiana Obituaries, 1834-1850

Below are a few more local obituary abstracts from the book Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate, 1834-1850. These obituary abstracts are from nearby localities across the state line in Indiana. The book was compiled by Margaret R. Waters, Dorothy Riker, and Doris Leistner, copyright 1988, Indiana Historical Society. The end of this post contains more information about this 138-page book.

Adams County, Indiana:

BRYAN, Mrs. Maria, died 30 August 1850 in Adams County, Indiana, at the age of 30 years. She was married to William P. Bryan and they had children. “Mr. Bryan’s second wife formerly lived in Ohio.” [I am not exactly sure how they meant that. Was Maria his second wife??] 16 Oct 1850 issue of WCA

DILL, Benjamin, born 16 December 1809 in Camden, Kent County, Delaware, died 24 January 1840 in Adams County, Indiana. He came to Indiana with his parents when he was young and he was married. 3 Apr 1840 issue of WCA

DORWIN, Phebe, died 15 September 1844 in Adams County, Indiana, at the age of 81 years. She was married and had children, some of them probably dead. She was a Baptist before coming to Indiana. 22 Nov 1844 issue of WCA

EMERY, George, born in Frederick County, Virginia, died 3 July 1841 at the home of his son-in-law William Shepherd in Adams County, Indiana. He was 88 years old. He served in the Revolutionary War, went to Ohio, and then to Adams County, Indiana. He had children. 6 Aug 1841 issue of WCA

RICE, Samson, born 9 February 1787 in Loudon County, Virginia, died at his residence in Adams County, Indiana, on 21 January 1848, at the age of 59. He moved with his family to Carroll County, Ohio, in 1827, and to Adams County, Indiana, in 1837. He was married and had 9 children, all of whom were still living. 17 Mar 1848 issue of WCA

RUGG, Susannah, born 13 March 1816 in Harrison County, Ohio, died at her home in Decatur, Indiana, on 19 February 1848, at the age of 32. She was the daughter of Vachel and Sarah Bell. She moved to Adams County, Indiana, with her parents in 1831 and married Samuel L. Rugg, Esq, on 13 July 1834. Her husband and 4 children survived her. 17 Mar 1848 issue of WCA

TINKHAM, Isaac, died 2 September 1844, at the age of 60, in Adams County, Indiana. 22 Nov 1844 issue of WCA

TURNER, John, died November 1847 in Adams County, Indiana, at the age of nearly 60 years. He was a member of the M.E. Church. 12 Apr 1848 issue of WCA

WINANS, Miss Christina, died 5 May 1850 in Adams County, Indiana, at the age of 21. 29 May 1850 issue of WCA

Decatur, Indiana:

HOOPER, Cornelia, born in Cecil County, Maryland, died 19 April 1843, at the age of 49. She moved at a young age with her parents to Brook County, Virginia, and on to Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1815. She married Ezekiel Hooper in 1818 in Fairfield County, Ohio, and they had 7 children. Signed Decatur, Indiana. 23 June 1843 issue of WCA [I am not sure if this was from the city of Decatur or the county of Decatur.]

PILLARS, Susannah, born 23 November 1818, the daughter of John and Phebe Edwards, died 2 February 1844 in Decatur, Adams County, Indiana. She married James Pillars on 23 May 1839. 22 Mar 1844 issue of WCA

Jay County, Indiana:

HARFORD, John, born in Northumberland County, Virginia, died 4 August 1843 in Jay County, Indiana. He was a Revolutionary War soldier who, although very young, took the place of his father who was due to go to war. He moved with his parents to Culpepper County, Virginia, where he married Rachel Compton in 1790. He moved to Harrison County, Virginia, in 1815, to Warren County, Ohio, in 1825, and to Jay County, Indiana, in 1837. He had 11 children, 50 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.15 Mar 1844 issue of WCA

OCERMAN, Emeline, born in Virginia, died 18 December 1843, at the age of 24 years, 4 months, and 16 days. She was the daughter of Simeon and Mary Bell. She married Rev. Joseph Ocerman. She joined the M.E. Church on Bluffton Mission, Jay County, Indiana, about 6 years ago. She is buried near Boston, Indiana. Her mother is buried in Lewis County, Virginia, and her father is buried near Cincinnati, Ohio. Signed Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana. 23 Feb 1844 issue of WCA

WHEAT, Mrs. Hannah, born 6 February 1790 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, died 1 February 1848 in Jay County, Indiana. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Patterson. They moved to Steuben County, New York, where she married Thomas Wheat on 13 September 1810. They moved to Jay County in 1836 and they had 13 children, 9 of whom survived her.

While looking through the book I found the following reference to one of Joe’s ancestors, Revolutionary War patriot Hugh Montgomery, and I was able to add some information to that family line.

MARTIN, James, born in Pennsylvania in 1790, died in Linn County, Iowa, on 31 August, 1846, at the age of 56. He was the son of Alexander and Mary Martin. He moved to Butler County, Ohio, with his parents in 1897. He moved to Illinois in 1836 and lived there a short time before moving to Linn County, Iowa. He was married to Sarah Montgomery, daughter of Hugh Montgomery, and they had 10 children. 19 Feb 1847 issue of WCA

What good information!

About the book Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate, 1834-1850:

The Western Christian Advocate was a weekly publication of the Methodist Church, printed in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was an outgrowth of the Christian Advocate and Journal, a newspaper started in New York City in 1826, which by 1831 had the largest circulation of any weekly paper in the nation, religious or secular.

As Methodism spread westward there was a need for an additional newspaper to provide for those in the Midwest. The Western Christian Advocate was established in 1834 for this purpose and consisted of four standard-size newspaper pages. News consisted of obituaries, some marriages, general news items, medical information, temperance and missionary news, Methodist meeting reports, sermons, and denominational concerns. Obituaries were not limited to Methodists and most of the deaths reported were from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and other Midwestern states. The paper had a circulation of 14,000 in 1840 and 18,000 by 1850. It was published until 1929.


Apr 04

Tombstone Tuesday–Clark Henry & Raymond Floyd McGough

Clark Henry & Raymond Floyd McGough, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of brothers Clark Henry and Raymond Floyd McGough, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Clark Henry
Son of
J. & A. McGough
Died Mar. 15, 1901
Aged 4 Y.  1 M.  26 D.

Raymond Floyd
Son of
J. & A. McGough
Died Mar. 16, 1901
Aged 2 Y.  6 M.  25 D.


Clark Henry and Raymond Floyd McGough were the two oldest sons of John and Amelia (Baker) McGough, their only two children at that time. John and Amelia were married in Mercer County, Ohio, on 29 March 1896, married by AJ Dellinger, JP. [1]

Clark Henry was born 19 January 1897 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, by Rev. August Affeld on 18 April 1897 with Henry and Mary Becker [Baker] serving as his sponsors. Clark’s baptismal record shows his mother’s maiden name as Emilie Becker. Later records show her name as Amelia Baker, the name she usually went by. Clark’s county birth record shows his mother’s maiden name as Baker and gives his same birth information. [2]

Raymond Floyd McGough was born 21 August 1898 in Blackcreek Township. He was baptized on 23 September 1898 with John Becher and Friedericka Becher serving as his sponsors. His mother’s name was written as Emilie Becker on his baptismal record. His birth is also recorded in Mercer County. [3]

In 1900 the John McGough family lived in Blackcreek Township. In the household: John, 24; Amelia B, 23; Clark H, 2; and Raymond F, 1. No occupation was give for John and this enumeration indicates that all were born in Ohio. John and Amelia had been married 4 years and Amelia had given birth to 2 children, both of whom were living. [4]

Clark Henry McGough died of scarlet fever at the family home in Blackcreek Township on 15 March 1901. He was 4 years, 1 month, and 26 days old. The next day his little brother Raymond Floyd died of scarlet fever at their home, at the age of 2 years, 6 months, and 25 days. Both deaths were reported in Mercer County by R.B. Morrison [5] and both boys were buried on the 17th. Their mother’s name was still written as Becker in their church death and burial records.

How tragic for this family to lose their two sons in just two days. That would have been devastating.

John and Amelia went on to have three other children:

Anna Ruth McGough (1902-1980), married Lee Orvil Hoblet
Paul Dorce McGough (1914-1977), married Dora Belle Cookson; married Alice Mae (Baumgartner) Smith
Pauline Doris McGough (1914-1998), married Dale DeArmond

Clark Henry and Raymond Floyd’s mother Amelia (Baker) McGough died in 1950 and their father John McGough died in 1971. Both are buried in row 10 in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” FamilySearch.org (accessed 1 Apr 2017), John Mcgough and Amelia Baker, 29 Mar 1896; Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 7, p.167; FHL microfilm 914957.

[2] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,“ FamilySearch.org (accessed 1 Apr 2017), Clark Henry Mcgough, 19 Jan 1897; Blackcreek Township Births, no Vol, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 2367096.

[3] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,“ FamilySearch.org (accessed 1 Apr 2017), Clark Henry Mcgough, 21 Aug 1898; Blackcreek Township Births, no Vol, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 2367097.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.12A, dwelling & family 247, John McGough; Ancestry.com (accessed 2 Apr 2017); FHL microfilm 1241303, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,“ FamilySearch.org (accessed 2 April 2017), Clark H. Mcgough, 15 Mar 1901; Ohio County Deaths, Mercer County, Vol.1-2, unpaginated; FHL microfilm 914954.

Mar 31

House Demolished Near River Henry Residence

One of my distant Schumm cousins sent me this interesting photo of a house a couple miles east of Willshire that was nearly demolished about 100 years ago.

Home near Willshire c1920. (photo submitted by Carol Schumm Piper)

The home was near River Henry Schumm’s home on route 81 near the St. Marys River. River Henry was Carol’s great-grandfather, the father of her grandfather Herman Schumm. The photo is from her grandfather’s photo collection. It looks like the photo could have been taken in the 19-teens, judging by the dress on the woman standing in the doorway. It is too bad the branches are hiding her face.

Carol said the photo is simply labeled Near Willshire and her grandfather said it was a neighbor’s house. Carol wondered if it was damaged by a tornado.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Several tornadoes have gone through this part of the country over the years, some of them doing considerable damage, especially in the Willshire area. Two notable tornadoes hit the area in March of 1918 and March of 1920.

Did one of those tornadoes damage this house? Or was it something else?

The 1918 and 1920 tornadoes both occurred in March. I noticed that there were leaves on the fallen branches in the above photo and on the tree in the background. Today is March 31st and there are no leaves on the trees here yet.

Possibilities include that it was an early spring in 1918 or 1920 and one of those tornadoes hit the house; a different tornado or high wind hit the house during a summer month; something else destroyed the house; they were tearing down the house. Whatever happened, there were lots of branches scattered around. It looks like wind damage.

Then there is that big X on the one wall. We wonder what that was all about.

A few years ago I wrote about the 1920 tornado that went through this area and caused considerable property damage and loss of life. [1] In that blog I posted some old photos that showed some of the wind damage from what I believe to be that storm. The photos were some that my mom had and so they were likely taken around the area where she grew up, on the Schumm farm a couple miles east of Willshire.

Possibly 1920 Van Wert County Tornado, east of Willshire

Van Wert County Tornado

Possibly Louis Schumm Farm

I originally wondered if these photos were taken at my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm’s farm, which he purchased in 1878. My mom and other immediate family members had heard only that their orchard was destroyed by a tornado years ago, not of any damage to any of their buildings. These photos could have been taken at their neighbors’ farms. And there are leaves on the trees in most of the photos.

Clean up and rebuilding in Van Wert County

According to newspaper accounts there were 14 barns destroyed in Willshire Township during the 1920 tornado. The damage reported: Louis Schumm, barn down; William Buechner, barn destroyed and dwelling seriously damaged; Otto Stetler, barn destroyed and three dead horses; Robinson house and barn down; Jesse Boyer and Jesse Weiler, houses and barns badly wrecked; barns destroyed at Jacob Gunsett, Thomas Friedly, Maynard Stetler, Jesse Tickle, and Dudgeon farms. The George F. Robinson farm in Van Wert County occupied by Frank Wright was swept of its buildings.

Did the house in Cindy’s photo belong to one of the above-mentioned families? Could be.

More about the 1920 storm:

On Sunday, 28 March 1920 at 7 o’clock in the evening, a group of destructive and deadly tornadoes struck the area. The storm swept through portions of eight states and followed a path similar to that of the 1918 tornado. Although the 1920 storm was not as wide across as the tornado two years before, it was more serious. It came from the southwest, crossed parts of Mercer County and went on into Van Wert and Auglaize Counties. Just about every township in Van Wert County, as well as portions of Mercer, Auglaize and Darke Counties were struck by the high winds. Also hard hit were Monroeville, Bryant, Geneva, Berne, and Zulu in Indiana.

Below are some newspaper excerpts from the 1920 storm. Note that the Willshire Herald called the storm a hurricane.

Tearing on east the hurricane struck the Willshire territory in the Milo Campbell-W.E. White neighborhood, spreading out from one-half to one mile in width…The Campbells were left without shelter…Will Evans had his house wrecked and barn demolished. The Duckcreek church was razed and the wreckage strewn over ten acres of ground. The M. Branstetter place was hard-hit, as were the G.W. Sapp, Perry Hoblet, Jesse Tickly, Frank Dudgeon, Elmer Stetler, Floyd Friedly and many others.

Coursing northeast the hurricane struck the Ridge territory with terrific force. The Shell brick school house was leveled to the ground; Audie Stetler’s barn was demolished and several horses and a cow killed; the F.C. Myers and Mart Stamm, E.A. Acheson, Joe Doner, John Wright, Jesse Wheeler, Jesse Boyer and Wm. Buechner farm buildings were all badly damaged, and over in Liberty Township the big barn on the J.M. Dull farm was wrecked and his fine brick house damaged. Wm. Rader in Ridge Township was instantly killed and Mrs. Rader died while being taken to the hospital in Van Wert.

The storm in it greatest severity crossed Mercer County in two places, the northwest and southeast corners. In the northwest part the Duckcreek Church in Blackcreek Township seemed to be the first object on which the wind vented its fury; the structure was laid flat. And from this point northeasterly on into Willshire Township, Van Wert County, the wrecked homes and farm buildings, and other debris, plainly mark the storm’s path. No less than 25 farm homes were badly damaged and but few places escaped injury of some kind.

The large barn of Charles Schumm on the Willshire Road was badly twisted by the storm. Among the heavy losers from the cyclone in Blackcreek Township are Wm. Evans, Mike Branstetter, Wm. Hamrick, Milo Campbell, Oscar Krall, John McGough, Clarence Hoblet, Frank Dudgeon, and many others. All suffered the demolishing of houses or barns or both and had narrow escapes from injury. Nearly everyone lost livestock of some kind.

And finally, from the History of Duck Creek Church, Mercer County: Late in the evening of March 28, 1920, just after dark, the church was completely blown apart by a cyclone. It destroyed the church building and turned over or broke cemetery stones, but the church bell came straight down and was later moved and used in the Mount Hope Church, four miles to the west.

Thanks to Carol for sharing this photo. We may never know who all these buildings belonged to or when all this damage occurred.


[1] 1920—Devastating Hurricane Visits Willshire Vicinity , 8 July 2011, Karen’s Chatt.

Newspaper sources:

The Willshire Herald, 2 April 1920
The Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 29 & 30 March 1920
The Van Wert Times, 29 & 30 March 1920
Van Wert Twice Weekly Bulletin, 30 March & 1 April 1920
The Rockford Press, 2 April 1920


Mar 28

Tombstone Tuesday–M. Zeilinger

M Zeilinger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of M. Zeilinger, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

M Zeilinger

That’s it. Any other information that was once carved into this small marble stone has weathered away long ago. The broken marker is laying face up on the ground in the children’s area of the cemetery.

Who was M Zeilinger?

Although there are several Zeilinger entries in Zion Chatt’s records there are no Zeilinger deaths recorded. This is the only Zeilinger buried in the church cemetery.

I did get some information about the Zeilingers from the church records:

The church records consistently spell the name as Zeilinger but it is spelled Zeillinger once.

Michael Zeilinger was married to Elisabeth Kundinger. Michael was from Darnbuch, Old Bavaria and Elisabeth was from Zweifelsheim, Old Bavaria. According to Wikipedia, Old Bavaria consisted of the three oldest parts of the Free State of Bavaria.

The town Zweifelsheim sounds familiar because John Peter Lotter, who also attended Zion Chatt in the late 1800s, was also from Zweifelsheim. John Peter Lotter was born in 1835 and immigrated in 1869. The Zeilingers and the Lotters knew each other well because they were baptismal sponsors for each others’ children.

Zweifelsheim is not far from Herzogenaurach, where some others were from that settled in the Chatt area and attended Zion Chatt. These include the following families: Betzel, Herzog, Gugel, Hirsch, Beyer, and Hoffmann. It is very likely that these families knew each other back in the Old Country and followed their relatives and friends to the Chatt area.

I was fortunate to locate the family on a passenger list. They departed from Bremen, Germany, on the ship Baltimore and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on 15 October 1872. They traveled as J.M. Zeilinger, 27; Elisab. Kundinger, 26; and Cath. Kundinger, 1¾ year. Their destination was Cincinnati and Michael was a farmer. Their country of birth and last legal residence was Germany. [1] A woman’s maiden name was often used on a passenger list even though they were married. However, there is a marriage record for the couple in Butler County, Ohio. This record indicates they married 20 October 1872. [2] Maybe they were not married until they came to America.

By 1876 Michael Zeilinger and his family had settled in Mercer County, Ohio, where they lived a mile north of Chatt. Blackcreek Township’s plat map shows that he owned a farm on the Ohio/Indiana state line, on the south side of what is now route 707. In 1888 and 1900 he owned about 50 acres in Chatt, on the corner where Zion Lutheran Church and cemetery is situated.

In the Zeilinger household in 1880: Michael, 38; Elisabeth, 34; Catharine, 9; George J, 7; Mary M, 5; John W, 3; Barbara E, 1; Mary L, 1. Michael was born about 1842 and was a farmer. Michael, Elisabeth, and Catharine were born in Bavaria/Germany and the rest of their children were born in Ohio. The census enumeration specifically mentions that Barbara and Mary were twins. The family was enumerated as Sidinger in the 1880 census. They are listed right next to my great-grandfather Jacob Miller on the census page. [3]

Michael and Elizabeth (Kundinger) had the following 7 children. All were baptized at Zion Chatt except the two oldest, Katharina and Johann Georg. All were confirmed at Zion Chatt:

  1. Katharine Kundinger, born in Bavaria 2 November 1870, confirmed at Zion in 1885. Katharine married Anton Bollenbacher in 1893.
  2. Johann Georg Zeilinger, born 3 September 1873, confirmed at Zion in 1887. He was probably their son, although his parents were not named in his confirmation record. One Georg Zeilinger, from Muncie, Indiana, married Rosina Hoffman 1 October 1901. This could be the son of Michael and Elizabeth.
  3. Maria Wilhelmina “Minnie” Zeilinger, born 1 April 1875 in Blackcreek Township, confirmed at Zion in 1888. She was the first of the Zeilinger children to be baptized at Zion Chatt, baptized on 28 April 1875. Millie married John Leininger in 1893.
  4. Johann Wilhelm Zeilinger, born 11 November 1876, confirmed at Zion in 1890.
  5. Elisabeth Barbara Zeilinger born 27 Oct 1878, confirmed at Zion in 1893.
  6. Maria Louise Zeilinger born 27 October 1878, confirmed at Zion in 1893.
  7. John Heinrich Zeilinger, born 18 May 1882, confirmed at Zion in 1896.

The Zeilingers are last mentioned in Zion Chatt’s records in 1896 when Elisabeth Zeilinger was the baptismal sponsor for Edward Paul Strabel, son of Johann and Caroline (Deitsch) Strabel.

The Zeilingers moved from the area by 1900, to Delaware County, Indiana, where Michael worked as a night watchman. In their household in 1900: Michael, 54; Lizzie, 55; George, 27; William, 23; and Heinrich, 18. This record indicates that they had been married 28 years and that Michael immigrated in 1872. This census also indicates that Elizabeth/Lizzie had given birth to 7 children and all 7 were living, which is no help in determining if one of their children is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery. [4]

M Zeilinger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

We know this was not the father Michael’s tombstone because he died of pernicious anemia on 24 December 1917 in Centre Township, Delaware County, Indiana, at age 72. His death certificate indicates he was born 14 Dec [?]1845 in Germany. His father was John Zeilinger and his mother’s name was not known on this record. His wife Elisabeth survived him and he was buried in Beech Grove Cemetery. [5]

We will probably never know who this marker is for. I suspect that Michael and Elizabeth may have had a child who was stillborn or who died shortly after birth or in infancy between the years 1879 and 1881.

[1] Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1964, Ancestry.com, JM Zeilinger, no. 188-90; Records of the US Customs Service, RG36, NAI No. 2655153; Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004, Record Group 85.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Michael Zeilinger and Elizabeth Kundinger, 20 Oct 1872; FamilySearch.org (accessed 26 Mar 2017); Butler Co Marriages, Vol. 4, p.226, FHL microfilm 355779.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.324C, line 31, Mike Sidinger; Ancestry.com (accessed 26 Mar 2017); FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Center, Delaware, Indiana, ED 36, p.20B, dwelling 457, family 483, Michael Zeilinger; Ancestry.com (accessed 26 Mar 2017); FHL microfilm 1240367, NARA microfilm T623, roll 367.

[5] Indiana, Death Certificate, 1899-2011, Ancestry.com, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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