Dec 01

Tombstone Tuesday–Heinrich C. Hiller

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Heinrich Conrad Hiller, located in row 8 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. Rows are numbered starting at the east side of the cemetery. The marker, which has fallen off its base, is inscribed:

Heinrich C.
Sohn von
J. und M.
Hiller
Gest. Den 21,
Apr. 1905
Alter
33J, 7M, 7T
HILLER

Translation: Heinrich C., son of J. and M. Hiller, died 21 April 1905, age 33 years, 7 months, and 7 days.

Heinrich “Henry” Conrad Hiller was born 14 September 1871 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of Jacob and Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller. The Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, close to Chatt, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Heinrich C. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

The vital details of Henry’s life were recorded in Zion Chatt’s records. Henry was baptized 29 October 1871 with Conrad Heffner serving as his sponsor. Henry was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 17 May 1885.

Henry Hiller was enumerated in only two censuses, the 1880 and the 1900.

In 1880 Henry, age 8, was living with his parents and five siblings on the family’s Jefferson Township farm. In that enumeration Henry was shown as “maimed, crippled, or bedridden,” and had not attended school within the past year. [1]

In 1900 Henry, age 28, was still living with his parents and two of his siblings. There was no occupation given for him but he could read, write, and speak English. [2]

Henry died of consumption on 21 April 1905, at the age of 33 years, 7 months, and 7 days. He was buried on the 25th and is buried near his parents and some of his siblings.

 

[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 133, p.50B, dwelling & family 51, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm T9, roll 263.

[2] 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.

Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Karen’s Chatt!

Thanksgiving Postcard, c1910

Nov 24

Tombstone Tuesday–John D. Hiller

John D. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

John D. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John Dietrich Hiller, located in row 6 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

John D. Hiller
1870-1952

“John” Dietrich Hiller was born 6 August 1870 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of Jacob and Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller. John was baptized 11 September 1870 at Zion Chatt and was confirmed there in 1885. His father was born in Butler County, Ohio, and his mother was born in Bavaria.

John was a farmer. He never married but lived with his parents until they passed away. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

His mother Martha died in 1922 and his father Jacob died in 1928 and John remained in Adams County, probably residing on the family farm. [6]

In 1940, John, who gave his age as 75, lived in at the same residence he had lived in in 1935. He was single, owned his house, was a farmer, and the highest grade he completed was 5th grade. [7]

John Hiller died 12 September 1952 in Geneva, Indiana. [8] He is buried in the same row as his parents and near other members of his family.

 

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling & family 66, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 545795, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 133, p.50B, dwelling & family 51, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm T9, roll 263.

[3] 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.

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

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams Indiana, ED 4, p. 7B, dwelling 143, family 153, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Nov 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 420.

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.4B, dwelling 97, family 98, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Nov 2015); from FHL microfilm 2340309, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 574.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 1-4, p.5A, dwelling, family, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Nov 2015); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 1024.

[8] Find a Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 November 2015); John D. Hiller memorial #5180402.

Nov 20

Restorations to Zion Chatt’s Cemetery, 2015

Keeping a 150-year-old cemetery in good condition can be a challenge. Occasionally repairs to tombstones that are leaning or broken need to be made and recently several markers in Zion Chatt’s Cemetery had a face-lift, thanks to Kevin Foster of FOSCO Services, Monroe, Indiana. Zion’s Church Council initiated and followed through with the restoration project.

The work consisted of installing some new bases and resetting some leaning tombstones. Foster repaired the worst tombstones in the cemetery, those with bases that had deteriorated or collapsed, causing the markers to lean. Some of the old bases were set in stone which is not substantial enough to support a heavy marker.

The restorations, primarily on the west side of the cemetery, were done a couple weeks ago and made improvements to several markers.

Below are photos of the completed restoration work. Rows are numbered beginning on the west side of the cemetery.

Fred & Anna Heffner; Sophie Schulz, row 1.

Fred & Anna Heffner; Sophie Schulz, row 1. (2015 photo by Karen)

Romeo Brandt, row 3.

Romeo Brandt, row 3. (2015 photo by Karen)

Kuhm brother & sister, row 3

Kuhm brother & sister, row 3. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

 

Maria Berron; small unreadable stone, row 3.

Small unreadable stone; Maria Berron, row 3. (2015 photo by Karen)

Joseph & Lucinda Merkle, row 1.

Joseph & Lucinda Merkle, row 1. (2015 photo by Karen)

Anna Maria & John Becher, row 3.

Anna Maria & John Becher, row 3. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

Three stones reset in row 3: Becher, Berron, blank stone. (2015 photo by Karen)

Three stones reset in row 3: Blank stone; Berron; Becher. (2015 photo by Karen)

This would be very heavy work. Tombstones are heavy. I attended a Cemetery Restoration Workshop several years ago in Auglaize County and they used a tripod to lift and move the large tombstones. I do not know if Foster used this technique or not.

The tombstones that were leaning the most have been repaired but some additional restoration work should done in the future.

Thanks to Kevin Foster for his repair work, helping to maintain our cemetery.

Nov 17

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob & Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller

Jacob & Martha Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Jacob & Martha Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob and Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller, located in row 6 of Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

FATHER
Jacob
1842-1926
MOTHER
Martha
1848-1922
HILLER

Jacob and Martha were the parents of Katharina Hiller (1882-1910), who married Georg Linn, a couple I recently wrote a Tombstone Tuesday about.

Jacob Hiller was born 14 November 1842 in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, the son of Johann “John” and Maria Margaretha (Müller) Hiller. Jacob’s parents were natives of Bavaria and immigrated to America in about 1839. They lived in Butler County, Ohio, for about 8 years before moving to the Adams County, Indiana, area, close to Chatt in about 1847. The Hillers attended Zion Lutheran in Chatt and church records indicate that Jacob was baptized in Butler County but confirmed in Mercer County.

In 1850 the Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. In the household was John Hiller, 48, a weaver; Margaret, 45; Jacob, 8; and George, 4. [1]

In 1860 the family had a New Corydon, Indiana, post office address and Jacob’s father John was a farmer. In the household was John, 54, Bavaria; Margaret, 60, Bavaria; Jacob, 16, Indiana; George, 15, Indiana. [2]

Jacob Hiller married Martha Sundmacher on 20 February 1868 at Zion Chatt, married by Rev. George Heintz. [3] Martha was the daughter of Johann Dietrich Reinhard and Rebecka Sundmacher. Zion’s records indicate that Jacob Hiller was 26 years of age and from Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, and that Martha Sundmacher was 22 years of age, from Weseloh, Amt Bruchhausen, Hannover. George Hiller, Jacob’s brother, was the witness to the marriage.

In 1870 Jacob and Martha had a New Corydon address and Jacob farmed. He and Martha had two sons by this time and Jacob’s mother Margaret and his brother George lived with them. In the household was Jacob, 28, Ohio; Martha, 24, Hanover; George, 1, Indiana; John, 10 months, Indiana; George, 24, Ohio; and Margaret, 69, Bavaria. [4]

By 1880 Jacob and Martha had six children. In their Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, household: Jacob, 38; Martha, 32; George, 11; John, 9; Henry, 8; Mary, 7; Lizzie, 4; and Edward, 1. Henry is listed as “maimed, crippled, or bedridden.” [5]

In 1900 the Jacob Hiller family consisted of Jacob, 57, Martha, 51, John, 29, Henry C, 28, and Katie, 18. The Hillers had been married 31 years and Martha had given birth to 7 children but only 5 were living. [6] Their children Lizzie and Edward had passed away five years before.

Their daughter Katharina, widow of Georg Linn, and her two daughters Clara and Maria lived with Jacob and Martha in 1910. That census was enumerated on 18 April, just a month before Katharina died of consumption on 22 May. Also living with Jacob and Martha was their son John. They lived near John Bollenbacher, Michael Kuehm, and Conrad Heffner. [7]

By 1920 only three of Jacob and Martha’s seven children were living, George, John, and Mary. Living with Jacob and Martha was their son John, age 49 and single, as well as two of their granddaughters, sisters Clara and Marie Linn, children of their daughter Katharina. Jacob and Martha still lived close to Chatt in Adams County, Indiana. Some of their neighbors were Otto Bollenbacher, Lewis P. Wendel, John M. Bollenbacher, Raymond Becker, Welker E. Woodruff, and a couple of my Brewster relatives—Frank D., Winfield S., and Rachael Brewster. [8]

Margaret Hiller died of old age on 24 February 1922. She was buried on the 28th and was survived by her husband, 2 sons, and 13 grandchildren.

Jacob Hiller died of cancer on 9 January 1926, at the age of 83 years, 2 months, and 3 days. He was buried on the 12th and was survived by 1 brother, 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Jacob and Martha are buried near several of their children, including their daughter Katharina Linn.

Jacob & Martha (Sundmacher) Hiller had the following children:
John “George” (1869-1959) married Della
“John” Dietrich (1870-1952)
“Henry” Conrad (1871-1905)
Maria Rebecka “Mary” (1872-1921) married David Burger
Elisabeth Wilhelmina “Lizzie” (1875-1895), married Fred Hoffman
Jacob “Edward” (1878-1895)
Katharina Hiller (1882-1910­) married Georg Linn

 

[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 63A, dwelling & family 809, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm M432, roll 135.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p. 234, dwelling 1649, family 1629, John Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 803242, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch k(https://familysearch.org : accessed 27 Oct 2015), Jacob Hiller and Martha Sundmacher, 20 Feb 1868; citing Mercer, Ohio, marriages, Vol. 3, p.178; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling & family 66, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 545795, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 133, p.50B, dwelling & family 51, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Oct 2015); from NARA microfilm T9, roll 263.

[6] 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.

[7] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.2B, dwelling 36, family 36, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 1374351, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 338.

[8] 1920 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams Indiana, ED 4, p. 7B, dwelling 143, family 153, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Nov 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 420.

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