Aug 12

Tombstone Tuesday–William & Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel

William & Julia Betzel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

William & Julia Betzel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of William and Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BETZEL
Julia
1868-1927
William
1854-1934

William Betzel was the son of George Friedrich and Anna Rosina (Herzog) Betzel, born 12 February 1854 in Mercer County, Ohio. His parents were both born in Bavaria and his father immigrated in 1828, according to Zion Chatt’s records.

William Betzel married Sophia Deitsch on 19 October 1879 at Zion, Chatt. Sophia was the daughter of Johann Jakob and Catharine Deitsch, born in Ohio on 13 October 1856, according to the records of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Liberty Township.

William and Sophia had at least three children, possibly more:
Mary A. (1880-1881)
Margaretha Katharina (1882-1961), married James Marbaugh
Edward Michael (1885-1895)

Sophia (Deitsch) Betzel died 25 April 1890 at the age of 33 years, 7 months, and 22 days.

William Betzel was now a widower with two young children. He would eventually marry a local widow, Julia (Berron) Kuhm, with whom he probably attended church.

Julia Berron was the daughter of Georg and Katharina (Hausknecht) Berron, born 14 November 1867 in Petersbach, Elsass. She married Jacob Kuhm on 4 November 1886 in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.

Jacob Kuhm was the son of Michael and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass. They lived in Adams County, Indiana.

Jacob and Julia Kuhm had the following children:
Lydia Sophia Margaretha (1887-1957), married John Henry Martin
Emelia Barbara (1888-1973) married William H. Fogel
Mathilda Katharina (1890-1891)
Jacob Edward (1892-1922), married Harriet I Frey; drowned in an oil tank in Oklahoma
Rosa Elisabeth (1894-1984), married Earl Adam Shaefer
Esther Maria (1896-?)
Katharina Elisabeth “Lizzie” (1898-?)

Jacob Kuhm died of a stroke on 11 November 1899. Julia was now a widow with several young children to support and raise.

Widower William Betzel married the widow Julie (Berron) Kuhm on 12 September 1901. Their marriage is recorded in Zion Chatt’s records as well as in Adams County, Indiana. They were married by Zion Chatt’s minister, R.V. Schmidt. According to this record William lived in Chattanooga. [1]

In 1910 William and Julia were living in Liberty Township. William was 56 and Julia was 43. They had been married 8 years and both had been married twice. William was a pumper in the oil field. Julia had given birth to 9 children and 6 were living at that time. Four of her Kuhm children, from her first marriage, were living in the household, listed as William’s step-children: Edward, 18, Rosa, 16, Ester, 14, and Liizzie, 11. Edward worked on the farm and Rosa worked in a restaurant. [2]

Julia Betzel died of diabetes at her home in Liberty Township on 16 September 1927. She was 61 years, 10 months, and 2 days old. [3] The church record shows her death date as the 15th.

Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel death certificate.

Julia (Berron) Kuhm Betzel death certificate.

William died of nephritis on 8 September 1934 in Liberty Township. He was 80 years, 6 months and 22 days old and was buried on the 11th. [4]

William Betzel death certificate.

William Betzel death certificate.

According to his death certificate, William worked in a harness shop, probably in Chatt. It does not appear that William and Julia had any children together.

William’s first wife Sophia is buried at Kessler Cemetery, south of Chatt. Juilia’s first husband Jacob Kuhm is buried a couple rows from her, in Zion’s cemetery.

 

[1] “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 Aug 2014); William Betzel and Julia Kuhm/Berron, 12 September 1901; citing Adams County, Indiana, marriages Vol. 1:113, FHL microfilm 002321357.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 119, p. 16B, family 322, William Betzel; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2014); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2014), Julia Betzel, 16September 1927; citing Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, FHL microfilm 1985117.

[4] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2014), William Betzel, 8 September 1934; citing Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, FHL microfilm 1993042.

 

Aug 08

Reunion Wrap-Up

The 2014 family reunion season has come to a close for us. The Miller and the Schumm reunions were held back-to-back, one weekend after the other, making for a busy but memorable time.

The Schumm reunion goes back much farther and encompasses more relatives than the Miller gathering. The Schumm reunion is for the descendants of John Georg Schumm and his five children who immigrated in 1833. And there are thousands who descend from them.

The Miller reunion, on the other hand, is for the descendants of my Miller grandparents and consists of my aunts and uncles and cousins. Below is a rundown of both reunions.

An estimated 225+ relatives attended the Schumm reunion last Sunday and most were able to sit under the shade of the pavilion, located near Zion Lutheran Church.

Nearly 225 attended the 2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

The Lutheran Men of Song provided the afternoon entertainment. They were great!

Lutheran Men of Song, 2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Lutheran Men of Song, 2014 Schumm Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

How often do you attend a reunion where not one, but two people over 100 years old are also in attendance? Both Velma Schumm (100) and Karl Schumm (almost 101) were there and they both sang for those gathered.

Karl stood up and sang Baptized Into Thy Name Most Holy, singing in German. This was his Confirmation hymn and he was right when he said that we would not understand what he was singing. At least I couldn’t!

Karl Schumm, 100, sings a hymn in German. (2014 photo by Karen)

Karl Schumm, 100, sings a hymn in German. (2014 photo by Karen)

At the conclusion of the reunion Velma joined the Schumm Singers as they sang Blest Be the Tie That Binds.

The Schumm Singers, with Velma, 100, conclude the reunion with song. (2014 photo by Karen)

The Schumm Singers, with Velma, 100, conclude the reunion with song. (2014 photo by Karen)

I met some Schumm cousins, who are also Schinnerer cousins. Karen traveled from Illinois and her sister Sue from Michigan. They won prizes for being first-time attendees.

Sisters Karen Pautsch & Sue Hooper, win prizes for first-time attendance. (2014 photo by Karen)

Sisters Karen Pautsch & Sue Hooper won lovely prizes for first-time attendance. (2014 photo by Karen)

Other prizes were given to Karl and Isabelle Schumm, married the longest (76 years); Miriam Hofmann and Vince Muntzinger, both over 90 years old; Loren  & Linda Meyer, traveled the farthest (from Iowa).

Name tags indicated from which of the five Schumm immigrant children relatives descend–Katherina, Martin, Friedrich, Jacob, or Ludwig. Attendance was pretty much a tie between the descendants of Friedrich and the descendants of Ludwig. Unfortunately, none of Jacob’s descendants were there. It is interesting that some people had two [sometime three!] stickers on their name tags, indicating descent from two [or three] Schumm immigrants. We had two stickers on our name tags, even though we descend only from Ludwig. I’ll just let you think about that and see if you can figure it out yourself.

The next Schumm reunion will be Sunday, 7 August 2016.

About 55 attended the Miller reunion this year, held the last weekend in July. This reunion has turned into a three-day event that revolves around visiting and reminiscing and eating. It all begins on Friday afternoon, when the out-of-state relatives begin to arrive. Groups of us meet to eat on Friday and Saturday nights and the main reunion is held on Sunday, in Berne. This year we had an all-time record number at the Chatt Bar on Saturday night. About two dozen Miller relatives filled up their main area.

About 55 Miller descendants attended the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

About 55 descendants of Carl & Gertrude (Brewster) Miller attended the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

It is always good to see everyone and catch up on the latest news

Visiting with the Linn branch at the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Visiting with the Linn branch at the 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

We also enjoy looking through old photos. Aunt Ruth, 94, can identify nearly everyone on the old photos.

Aunt Ruth at 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Aunt Ruth at 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Leah, the family gymnast, provided some entertainment in the afternoon.

Leah Eichler, 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Leah Eichler, 2014 Miller Reunion. (2014 photo by Karen)

Next year’s Miller reunion will be held the last weekend in July.

Family reunions are all about memories, fellowship, catching up on news, meeting new relatives, photos, reminiscing, renewing acquaintances, and….food. And I can’t wait to do it all over again.

 

 

 

 

Aug 05

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Kuhm

Jacob Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Jacob Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

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

Hier Ruht in Gott
Jacob Kuhm
Ehemann den
Julia Berron
Geb. 26 Sept
1863
In Schillersdorf
Elsass
Deutchland
Gest 11 Nov 1899
Alter
36 Jahr, 1 Mo
u. 16 Tage

[Here rests in God Jacob Kuhm, husband of Julia Berron, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass, Germany, died 11 November 1899, aged 36 years, 1 month, and 16 days.]

This tombstone contains a lot of genealogical information, more than most, and very helpful indeed! Most are not inscribed with the date and place of birth and spouse’s maiden name.

Jacob is buried next to his brother and sister, Georg and Lena Kuhm, and two rows from his widow Julia.

According to various entries in Zion Chatt’s records, Jacob Kuhm was the son of Michael and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass. Jacob married Julia Berron on 4 November 1886 in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. Julia was the daughter of Georg and Katharina (Hausbarcht) Berron, born 14 November 1867 in Petersbach, Elsass.

Jacob and Julia had the following children, mentioned in Zion’s records, where most were baptized:

Lydia Sophia Margaretha (1887-1957), married John Henry Martin
Emelia Barbara (1888-1973) married William H. Fogel
Mathilda Katharina (1890-1891)
Jacob Edward (1892-1922), married Harriet I Frey; drowned in an oil tank in Oklahoma
Rosa Elisabeth (1894-1984), married Earl Adam Shaefer
Esther Maria (1896-?)
Katharina Elisabeth “Lizzie” (1898-?)

Jacob Kuhm died of a stroke on 11 November 1899, at the age of 36 years, 1 month, and 16 days. He was buried on the 15th. Survivors included his widow, six children, his parents, and five siblings.

The Kuhms lived in Adams County, Indiana, and the 1900 census indicates that Julia had given birth to eight children, but only six were living. In 1900 Julia was a widow, living next to her brother-in-law, Michael Kuhm Jr. [1]

Jacob’s widow Julia married William Betzel on 12 September 1901. Julia died 15 September 1927 and she and William are buried in Zion’s Cemetery.

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, ED 4, p. 50A stamped, p. 11 penned, dwelling 197, family 197, Julia Kuehm; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 August 2014), from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

Aug 01

What to Wear?

This Sunday is the Schumm reunion, held every two years at Zion Lutheran, Schumm. This year I received several e-mails asking what kind of clothing is appropriate to wear to the event.

As you would suspect, these questions come from women. I don’t think men give quite as much thought and deliberation to their attire as women do. I know I sometimes change clothes several times before I walk out the door, while Joe has a much easier time selecting his wardrobe.

In 1924 the Schumm relatives dressed up for their first reunion. They attended in suits, ties, dresses, and hats.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

It can be difficult trying to decide what to wear to a reunion. You want to look nice but be comfortable at the same time. The wardrobe challenge of the Schumm reunion is that it is an all-day event, starting with the morning church service. After church there is visiting, a smorgasbord-type meal, visiting, the afternoon meeting and program, followed by more visiting, and the final farewells.

Karel Thompson & Velma Schumm, 2008 Schumm Reunion.

Karel Thompson & Velma Schumm, 2008 Schumm Reunion.

What to wear to a church service that is followed by a picnic-style reunion? Folks usually dress up a bit for a church service, but who wants to walk around all afternoon in dress clothes and heels.

The locals have enough time to go home and change clothes, but what about those from out-of-town? It is usually more convenient for them to wear the same outfit all day rather than pack and drag along extra clothes.

2012 Schumm Reunion

2012 Schumm Reunion

The solution is, and I have this on good authority, that you can dress casually for the entire day. Nice casual clothes, such as capris pants, slacks, or a sun dress, are appropriate for all the events on Schumm Reunion Sunday, including the morning church service. But if any want to they can change clothes in the church restroom.

2008 Schumm Reunion

2008 Schumm Reunion

I will not be changing between church and the reunion. I will just head over to Schumm right after our service at Zion Chatt and I will probably wear capris.

As you can see, hats, which were so fashionable and popular at the first Schumm reunion in 1924, are still stylish after all these years.

Karen & Karel Thompson2006 Schumm Reunion

Karen & Karel Thompson, 2006 Schumm Reunion

This year I could have attended four reunions in two weeks. That amounts to two reunions a Sunday, two Sundays in a row. Although I wish I could, I just cannot be in two places at once.

Last Sunday was our annual Miller reunion, but I was also invited to a Brewster reunion near Muncie, for the descendants of Daniel Brewster and his second wife Loverda Bebout. That invitation came about as a result of my recent meeting with Darrel “Pete” Brewster, who descends from that side of the family.

This Sunday’s two reunions are the Schumm reunion and another Brewster reunion, this one held in Berne, for the descendants of Philip and Pearl (Reid) Brewster. Philip was the son of Daniel and his first wife Sarah Fetters.

I have heard rumors that this may be the last Brewster reunion so I may slip out of the Schumm reunion early and drive over to Berne to visit with some of my Brewster relatives. Who knows, Pete may even be there.

Now I just need to decide what to wear and what dish to fix…

Jul 29

Tombstone Tuesday–Michael and Elizabeth (Mueller) Kuhm

This is the tombstone of Michael (Sr) and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio.

Michael & Elisabeth Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Michael & Elisabeth Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruht in Gott

 Vater
Michael
Kuhm
Geb. den
29 Juli 1826
Gest. Den
18 Nov. 1909

 Mutter
Elisabeth

Kuhm
Geb. den
27 Aug. 1826
Gest. den
22 April 1912

KUHM

[Here rests in God, Father Michael Kuhm, born 29 July 1826, died 18 November 1909; Mother Elisabeth Kuhm, born 27 August 1826, died 22 April 1912.]

The following information for both Michael and Elisabeth is from Zion Chatt’s records and their tombstones:

Michael was born 29 July 1826 in Schillersdorf, Elsass [now in Germany]. The records did not say who his parents were. He died of old age on 18 November 1909, at the age of 83 years, 3 months, and 20 days. Michael was buried on the 21st and was survived by his widow and 4 children.

Michael’s wife, Maria Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuehm, was born 27 Aug 1826 and died 22 April 1912, at the age of 85 years, 7 months, and 25 days. She died of old age and complications from a throat problem and was buried on the 24th. Elisabeth was survived by 1 son, 3 daughters, 30 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. The records did not give the names of her parents or where she was born.

After searching for some time I finally located the Kuhms in the census records. Sometimes a surname is indexed with a different spelling, depending on how the name was read and transcribed when it was indexed. That can sometimes make it difficult to find a family on websites such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com. Plus, a name may be indexed differently on different websites, so it may be helpful to search for a hard-to-find name on several websites that have indexed records. I tried all that, so I used another method to find them–I searched for a neighbor with an easier-to-spell name. And it worked!

I searched for Jacob Hiller. The Hillers also attended Zion Chatt, where the Kuhms were baptismal sponsors for some of the Hiller children. Thinking of the “FAN” technique [friends, associates, neighbors], I figured the two families were probably neighbors and friends. They were. And I suspected the families lived in Adams County, Indiana. They did. So I searched for Jacob Hiller in Adams County, Indiana, and found the Hillers and Kuhms were enumerated side-by-side in both the 1880 and 1900 censuses, both living in Jefferson Township in Adams County. And they all likely lived very close to Chatt.

Michael and Elisabeth Kuhm were both 53 years old in 1880 and Michael was a farmer. The family consisted of the Kuhm children: Michael (Jr), 19; Jacob, 17; Mary, 15; Lena, 12; Barbara, 10; and George, 8. All were born in “Alsaac” [Elsass], [1] and from Zion’s records we know they were from Schillersdorf.

In 1900 the Kuhms were still living in Jefferson Township and still residing near the Hillers. They were enumerated between Jacob and George Hiller. The 1900 census is one of my favorites because it asked some different, but good questions, such as the year of immigration.

There were only three family members in the “Kuehm” household in 1900. [Yes, the name was spelled Kuehm in this record.] This enumeration indicates that Michael was born in July of 1827, that his wife Elisabeth was born in August of 1826, and that Lena was born in August of 1867 and was 32 years old. Both Michael and Elisabeth were 73 years old and they had been married 55 years. Their daughter Lena was singe. Elisabeth had given birth to eight children but only three were still living. [There may have been more children living, according to later records.] All three in the household were born in Germany and Michael immigrated in 1873. We know they were all born in Germany and I would assume the whole family immigrated together. Michael was a farmer and owned his farm. [2]

As I browsed through a few pages of those censuses I noticed that the Kuhms didn’t live all that far from some of my Brewster ancestors: great-great-grandfather Daniel Brewster and great-grandfather Philip Brewster. My grandma Gertrude Brewster was just 13 years old then. They also lived close to Charles Brewster, Winfield Brewster, Jesse Buckmaster, John Bollenbacher, Jacob Bollenbacher, James Duff, and Conrad Heffner, to mention a few. All familiar names. Jefferson Township borders Ohio and many of these Indiana folks conducted business in Chatt, and of course some attended church at Zion Chatt.

Michael died a year before the 1910 census was taken and Elisabeth, age 83, was a widow in 1910. She was living with her daughter Barbara “Phizer” [Pfeifer] and Elisabeth’s two Pfeifer grandchildren, Hilda, 8, and Carl, 6. Barbara was 40 years old and married, but her husband was not enumerated with them. They were living close to Elisabeth’s son Michael Kuhm Jr and his family, and all were still living close to the Hillers. [3]

Michael and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm had the following children:

Michael Jr (1861-1947),married Maria Geier
Maria (1865-1890), married Georg Berron
Jacob (1863-1899), married Julie Berron
Margaretha (1855-1942), married Michael Schott
Magdalena “Lena” (1867-1909)
Barbara (1870-1928), married George J Pfeifer
Georg (1871-1899), married Lizzie Goess

Zion Chatt’s records mention a Catherine/Katherine Kuhm, married to George Hoehamer, who was a baptismal sponsor for a couple children. At this point I do not know if she was another daughter of Michael and Elisabeth.

 

[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams County, Indiana, ED 133, p. 6B, dwelling 50, family 50, Michael Kuhm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 July 2014); from NARA microfilm T9, roll 263.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams County, Indiana, ED 4, p. 11B, dwelling 203, family 203, Michael Kuehm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 July 2014); from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams County, Indiana, ED 4, p. 2B, visited 37, family 37, Elizebeth Kuhm; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 July 2014); from FHL microfilm 1374351, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 338.

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