Mar 18

Photos of Louis J. Schumm (1851-1938)

I am still going through my mom’s photos and I continue to find photos that I have not seen before.

I have several photos of my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm but I have never seen a photo of him this young. In the photo below are brothers Louis J. Schumm and John Charles Schumm. The photo was taken by Rank Brothers in Van Wert, Ohio, where they claimed “large work a specialty.”

Louis J & John C Schumm, brothers.

Louis J & John C Schumm, brothers.

My great-grandfather was christened Ludwig John Schumm but went by the name of Louis or Louis J. He was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 26 April 1851 to George Ludwig “Louis” and Anna “Barbara” (Pflueger) Schumm, both of whom were immigrants. Louis married Sarah H. Breuninger on 8 February 1883 and Louis died 5 April 1938 in Van Wert County.

Louis’ brother John Christian Schumm was born 29 December 1849 in Van Wert County and married Wilhelmina “Minnie” Breuninger on 18 November 1880. John died 12 January 1926.

Yes, the two brothers married sisters, daughters of Louis and Mary (Sekel) Breuninger. Both sisters were born in Wisconsin.

Here is a photo of Louis J. Schumm, his son Cornelius Louis, and Cornelius’ three daughters, Amy, Florence, and Esther. My mom is the little girl on the right, standing in front of her father Cornelius.

Amy, Esther, Louis, Florence, Cornelius (c1935)

Amy, Esther, Louis, Florence, Cornelius (c1935)

Below are a couple more photos of Louis J. Schumm, taken when he was older.

Louis J Schumm (1851-1938)

Louis J Schumm (1851-1938)

Louis J Schumm (1851-1938)

Louis J Schumm (1851-1938)

The final photo is Louis J. Schumm standing near the huge sculptured evergreens that were in and bordered their front yard.

Louis J Schumm in their front yard.

Louis J Schumm in his front yard.

 

Mar 15

Tombstone Tuesday-Philip Stump

Liberty (aka Kessler) Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio

Liberty (aka Kessler) Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio

The church records of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, indicate that Philip Stump is buried in Kessler, aka Liberty Cemetery, but no tombstone exists for him at this time. Perhaps there is a marker in the cemetery that is not readable. Perhaps he never had a tombstone.

But since I have been focusing my Tombstone Tuesdays on the Hiller family that once lived in the area I want to finish with this family and provide the additional information I have about them from Zion Chatt’s records.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Philip Stump [sometimes spelled Stumpf in the church records] was born 24 May 1829 in Rittershausen, Dominion of Grafkastell, Districts Unterfranken and Aschaffenburg, in the Kingdom of Bavaria, where he was also baptized.

Philip was the son of Erasmus and Maria “Mary” Margaretha (Müller) Stump. His mother Mary was born in 1800 in Rittershausen, the daughter of Conrad and Dorothy Müller.

Erasmus Stump and Mary Müller married in about 1828 and had three children–Phillip, Catherine, and Gertrude. Erasmus died in 1838 and later that year Philip’s mother Mary (Müller) married John Hiller, the son of Johann and Margaretha Hiller. John Hiller was born in Bavaria in 1805.

In 1839 John and Mary Hiller, along with Mary’s three children from her marriage to Erasmus Stump, immigrated to America. [1]

John and Mary Hiller and the three Stump children lived in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, for eight years. Philip Stump was confirmed there during that time. Also during their time in Butler County two sons were born to John and Mary (Müller) Hiller, half-brothers to Philip: Jacob Hiller (1842-1926) and George Hiller (1846-1932).

Philip’s sister Gertrude Stump died in 1846, likely just before the family moved north to the Chatt area in about 1847. The Hillers moved to Adams County, Indiana, and resided a few miles from Chattanooga, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

In 1850 the Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. In the household: John Hiller, 48, a weaver; Margaret, 45; Jacob, 8; and George, 4. I do not know where Philip and his sister Catherine were residing in 1850.

According to Zion’s records Philip Stump married Barbara (Geisler) Adams in 1859, but Mercer County, Ohio, probate records indicate that they actually married 12 December 1858. Barbara’s name is shown as Adam in the church records and as Adams on their marriage record. Interestingly, they were married by Rev. J.D. Gackenheimer, Zion’s first minister, a traveling minister who served several churches in the Mercer and Van Wert area. [2]

Barbara Geisler was the daughter of Michael and Usele Geisler and was born 4 October 1835 in the District Oberfranken, in the Kingdom of Bavaria. She immigrated with her parents in 1849. Barbara married Heinrich Adams on 4 February 1858 in Van Wert County [3] and Heinrich died in 1859, according to Zion’s records.

Barbara and Heinrich had a daughter Margaretha, born 29 December 1858 in Mercer County.

In 1860 Philip and Barbara Stump lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana: Philip, 30, Barbara, 25, Margaret, 1. This census indicates that Philip and Barbara were both born in Bavaria and Margaret was born in Indiana. Philip was a farmer. [4] They moved to Mercer County sometime after 1860, where some of their children were born.

Philip and Barbara (Geisler) Stump had the following children:
Carolina (1861-1861)
Catharina (1862-1865)
Cora (c1868-1919)
Charles (1869-1940), married Mary Estella “Stella” Woodward

Philip and Barbara (Geisler) regularly took communion at Zion Chatt from 1861-1866. Then they are absent from the communion records until 1899, when Philip again took communion. Zion Chatt’s records also mention that Philip Stump left Zion’s parish and joined the United Parish, but no date was given.

Philip’s wife Barbara (Geisler) likely died between 1869 and August 1870. Perhaps she died during or soon after the birth of their son Charles.

Philip Stump married Maria Eugenia “Mary Jane” (Adams) on 7 August 1870 in Mercer County, Ohio. [5]

According to Zion’s records Mary Jane Adams was born in Fairfield County, Ohio.

In 1870 Philip and his family lived next door to Philip’s mother, Mary Hiller, who was a widow by that time. Philip’s step-father John Hiller had died 10 March 1869 and Philip’s mother Mary was living near New Corydon, Indiana, with Philip’s half-brother Jacob Hiller and his wife Martha (Sundmacher).

Enumerated in the Stump household in 1870: Philip, 39, Bavaria; Margaret, 22, Pennsylvania; Margaret, 11, Ohio; Cora, 3, Ohio; Charles, 2, Indiana. Margaret, age 22, is likely Philip’s second wife Mary Jane with the wrong name. This census was enumerated 1 September 1870 so Philip and Mary Jane would have been married. [6]

In 1880 the Philip Stump family lived in Center Township, Mercer County, Ohio, where Philip farmed. In the household were Philip, his wife Mary J, and their six children. in the 1880 household: Philip, 51, Mary J, 33, Charles, 13, Julia, 9, Rose, 7, Frank, 5, Minnie, 3, Cora, 14. This enumeration indicates that Philip was born in Württemberg, that Mary J. was born in Ohio, that Charles, Julia, and Rose, were born in Indiana, and that Frank, Minnie, and Cora were born in Ohio. [7]

The Philip Stump household in 1900: Philip, head, 71, born May 1829 in Germany; Mary Jane, wife 51, born March 1849 in Pennsylvania; Frank, son, 25, born April 1875 in Ohio. This record indicates that Philip and Mary Jane had been married 38 years. [8]

Philip and Mary Jane (Adams) Stump had the following children:
Julia (1871-1894)
Martha Rosa (1873-1912), married Jacob D. Booher
Frank (1875-1959), married Cora Duer
Minnie F. (1877-1939), married Frank R. Fetters

According to Find A Grave.com, Mary Jane (Adams) Stump died 17 December 1903 in Adams County. She is supposedly also buried in Kessler Cemetery, but does not have a marker. [9]

After Mary’s death it appears that Philip Stump, age 83, born in Germany, was a resident [“inmate”] at the Adams County Infirmary in 1910. [10]

According to Zion Chatt’s records, Philip Stump died of old age on 17 March 1917, but according to his death record he died 19 March 1917. [11] The church record indicates he was of 87 years, 10 months, and 17 days old and that he was buried in Kessler Cemetery on the 21st.

Philip’s step-father John Hiller died 10 March 1869 and his mother Mary (Müller) Hiller died 24 September 1878. Both are buried side by side in Kessler Cemetery, with separate tombstones. Philip may also be buried nearby.

 

[1] “United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 28 Feb 2016), Johann Hiller, 1839; from FHL microfilm 418239, from NARA Immigration microfilm M334.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 12 Mar 2016, Philip Stump and Barbara Adams, 12 Dec 1858; from Mercer Marriages, Vol. D, p. 318; from FHL microfilm 914955.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 12 Mar 2016, Henry Adams and Barbary Geisler, 4 Feb 1858; from Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 2, p. 115; from FHL microfilm 1015859.

[4] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p.231, dwelling 1625, family 1604, Philip Stump; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 Mar 2016); from FHL microfilm 803242, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 12 Mar 2016), Philip Stump and Mary Adams, 7 Aug 1870; citing Mercer Marriages, Vol.3, p.256; from FHL microfilm 914956.

[6] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling 67, family 67, Philip Stump; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Feb 2016); from FHL microfilm 545795, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

[7] 1880 U.S. Census, Center, Mercer, Ohio, ED 181, p.353B, dwelling 17, family 17, Philip Stump; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 Mar 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[8] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.10B, dwelling 185, family 185, Philipi Stump; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 Mar 2016); from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

[9] Mary J. (Adams) Stump, Find A Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Mar 2016), Memorial #25825506, added 7 Apr 2008.

[10] 1910 U.S. Census, Washington, Adams, Indiana, ED 15, p. 6A, line 10; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 12 Mar 2016); from FHL microfilm 1374351, from NARA microfilm T624.

[11] Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 Mar 2016); from Book H-24, p. 97, Indiana WPA.

 

Mar 11

1900 & 1902 Souvenir Books, District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana

Some time ago I posted photos of Jacob Miller Jr’s 1897-1898 Wild Cat School Souvenir Book. [See Wild Cat Souvenir Booklet http://www.karenmillerbennett.com/wildcat-school/wild-cat-school-souvenir-booklet/ ]

That was the first School Souvenir Book I had ever seen but just the other day I ran across a copy of two more of these books. Two more souvenir books from a different branch of my family! These two Souvenir Books are dated 1900-1901 and 1902 and they are from the Public School in District 7 of Monroe Township, Allen County, Indiana.

My Grandma Hilda (Scaer) Schumm was born 25 July 1895 near Monroeville, Indiana, and that was the school she attended when she was a little girl, before her family moved to a farm east of Willshire in about 1903.

Willie Scaer (1897-1906) & Hilda M Scaer (1895-1997) c/o John & Lizzie (Schinnerer) Scaer

Willie Scaer (1897-1906) & Hilda M Scaer (1895-1997).

These two Souvenir Books belonged to my Grandma Hilda Schumm. I do not know who has the original booklets but I am grateful to have a copy of them.

The 1900-1901 book was probably printed on very heavy paper and consisted of only a front and a back with two poems on the inside.

Front of 1900-01 Souvenir Book, Public School, District 7, Monroe Twp., Allen Co., Indiana.

Front of 1900-1901 Souvenir Book, Public School, District 7, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana.

Back of 1900-1901 District 7 Monroe Twp., Allen Co., Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Back of 1900-1901 Souvenir Book, Public School, District 7 Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Of course the names on the back are of the most interest:

Public School, District No. 7.
Monroe Tp., Allen Co., Indiana,
Emma C. Crabill, Teacher

Pupils:
Carl Schlemmer
Hilda Scaer
Vannie Bell
Lottie Taylor
Lucy Bottenberg
Mary Baker
Ruth Shaffer
George Seigel
Ralph Bowers
Peter Shie
Martha Eling
Herman Hoffman
Jimmie Bell
Verne Shaffer
Adolph Hoffman
Floyd Taylor
Agnes Shie
Charlie Seigel
Hannah Baker
Herman Hoffman
Eva Baker
Lettie Shie
Frank Shie
Lillie Bell
Harley Shaffer
Elsie Stephenson
Lizzie Baker
Otto Hoffman
Rosa Hoffman
Orah Bowers
Gilbert Shaffer
Minnie Eling

J.A. Eling, Director
F.J Young, Co. Supt.
V.L. Shaffer, Trustee

There are two poems on the inside of the book:

Inside of 1900-1901 Monroe Twp School Souvenir Book.

Inside of 1900-1901 District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

The 1902 booklet has 12 pages and most of the pages contain poems.

Front & back of 1902 Monroe Twp, Allen Co., Indiana, School Souvenir Book.

Front & back of 1902 District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Below are the names. My grandmother’s name was spelled Scar in this booklet, although the family spelled their name Scaer.

School District No. 7
Monroe Twp., Allen Co., Indiana
1902
Daisy Spaulding
Teacher
School Officers
F.J. Young, Co., Supt.
V.L. Shaffer, Trustee
A. Elling, Director

Pupils:
Minnie Elling
Martha Elling
Adolph Major
Harley Shaffer
Verne Shaffer
Adolph Hoffman
Herman Hoffman
Ruth Shaffer
Carl Schlemmer
Peter Shie
Lilly Bell
Esther Schlemmer
Gilbert Shaffer
Henry Hoffman
Otto Hoffman
Agnes Shie
Hannah Baker
Frank Shie
Glenn Fetters
Lucy Bottenberg
Carl Schlemmer
George Seigel
Mary Major
Hilda Scar
Vannie Bell
Floyd Taylor
Charlie Seigel
Tillie Seigel
James Bell
Ollie Schlemmer
Lottie Taylor

Here are two of the poems contained in the 1902 book:

1902 Monroe Twp. School Souvenir Book.

1902 District 7 Public School, Monroe Twp, Allen Co, Indiana, Souvenir Book.

Perhaps one of your ancestors went to school there after the turn of the century.

Mar 08

Tombstone Tuesday–Mary Margaretha (Müller) Hiller

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Mary M. Hiller, located in row 15 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Mary M. Hiller
Died
Sept. 29, 1878
Aged
78 y. 3 m. 20 d.

Maria “Mary” Margaretha Müller was born 4 June 1800 in Rittershausen, Districts Unterfranken and Aschaffenburg, in the Kingdom of Bavaria. She was the daughter of Conrad and Dorothy Müller and Zion Chatt’s records also indicate that she was baptized and confirmed in Rittershausen.

Mary Müller married Erasmus Stump in Bavaria, probably about the year 1828. Note that Stump was sometimes spelled Stumpf in the church records. Erasmus and Mary had three children, Phillip, Catherine, and Gertrude:

Philipp Stump (1829-1917), married Barbara (Geisler) Adam, the widow of Heinrich Adam
Catharina Stump (1830-1902), married August Albers
Gertraud Stump (1832-1846)

Erasmus Stump died in 1838, likely in Bavaria. Later that year his widow Mary (Müller) married John Hiller. John was the son of Johann and Margaretha Hiller, who was born Kingdom of Bavaria in 1805.

The next year, 1839, Johann and Maria Hiller and Mary’s three children from her first marriage immigrated to America. This information was included in Zion Chatt’s records as well as on a passenger arrival card. On the passenger card Johann Hiller was 34 years of age, born in Germany about 1805, and is shown traveling with Margaretha [Mary], Philip, Catharina, and Gertraud. John’s occupation was a weaver and their destination was the U.S. [1]

After their arrival in America the Hillers resided in Butler County, Ohio, for eight years. In about 1847 they moved to Adams County, Indiana, and settled a few miles from Chattanooga, where they attended Zion Lutheran Church.

John and Mary (Müller) Hiller had the following two sons, who were both born in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio:
Jacob (1842-1926), married Martha Sundmacher
Johann “George” (1846-1932), married Caroline Brecheisen; married Catharine Alt

In 1850 the Hillers lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. In their household: John Hiller, 48, a weaver; Margaret, 45; Jacob, 8; and George, 4. [2]

In 1860 the family had a New Corydon, Indiana, post office address and John farmed. In the household: John, 54, Bavaria; Margaret, 60, Bavaria; Jacob, 16, Indiana; George, 15, Indiana. [3]

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

Mary M. Hiller, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John Hiller died 10 March 1869. After his death his widow Mary lived with their son Jacob and his wife Martha (Sundmacher). Their farm had a New Corydon Post Office and enumerated in the household in 1870: Jacob, 28; Martha, 24; George, 1; John 10/12; George 24; and Margaret [Mary], 69, born in Bavaria. Living next door was Mary’s son from her first marriage, Philip Stump and his family. [4]

Mary Hiller died 24 September 1878, at the age of 78 years, 3 months, and 20 days. She is buried next to her second husband John Hiller.

John and Mary Hiller tombstones, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

John and Mary Hiller tombstones, Kessler Cemetery. (2015 photo by Karen)

 

 

[1] “United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874,” database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 28 Feb 2016), Johann Hiller, 1839; from FHL microfilm 418239, from NARA Immigration microfilm M334.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling 66, family 66, Jacob Hiller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Feb 2016); from FHL microfilm 545795, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

Mar 04

Charles C. & Edna (Brewster) Abnet

Much of our time during the past few weeks has been spent going through stuff. A lot of stuff. But that also means finding items to research and write about.

Here is a photo that I had never seen before and the names of the people in the photo were written on the back! That is always a very good thing. Even better yet, their relationship to the family was also recorded on the back. What luck!

This is a photo of Charles and Edna (Brewster) Abnet and their son Don Brewster Abnet.

Charles C., Edna, and Don Abnet, c1919.

Charles C., Edna, and Don Abnet, c1919.

Dora “Edna” Brewster was my great-grandaunt. She was the daughter of Daniel Brewster and his second wife Mary Loverda “Love” Bebout. I descend from Daniel and his first wife Sarah Ann Fetters. Daniel and Sarah had four children and I descend from their son Philip.

Sarah (Fetters) Brewster died in 1877 and Daniel married Loverda Bebout in 1878. Daniel and Loverda had six children and Edna was their fifth child, born 6 March 1892 in Adams County, Indiana.

Charles Calvin Abnet and Edna Brewster married 24 October 1918 in Adams County, Indiana. Charles was born 15 November 1879 in Adams County, Indiana, to Jacob and Rebecca (Barr) Abnet. [1]

This was the second marriage for both Charles and Edna. Edna’s first husband was Abe Sprunger. One marriage record indicates that Edna was married after her divorce to Abe Sprunger while another record does not indicate that. I did not find a third marriage record for Edna.

Edna (Brewster) Abnet died in 1967 and her husband Charles died in 1960. They are both buried in Riverside Cemetery, near Geneva, Indiana. [2]

Edna and Charles Abnet’s son Don B., the child in the above photo, was born in 1919 and died in 2007. He married Ruth Ellen Luginbill. [2]

Edna and Charles had another child, Esther Eileen, who married Herman R. Habegger. Esther Eileen passed away in 2015. [2]

This photo and a little bit of research helped me add several more individuals to my family database.

 

[1] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 3 Mar 2016), Charley Calvin Abnet and Dora Edna Brewster, 1918; from Adams, Indiana, Marriages, Vol. K, p.424, from FHL microfilm 2321630.

[2] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 Mar 2016); Dora Edna Brewster Abnet memorial #36828806.

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