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Feb 19

Tombstone Tuesday–Abraham Pflueger

Abraham Pflueger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Abraham Pflueger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Abraham Pflueger, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Abraham
Pflueger
1853-1936


According to Abraham Pflüger’s death and burial record at Zion Lutheran Schumm, Abraham was born 5 March 1852 in Willshire Township, Van Wert County.  He died 5 June 1936 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the age of 84 years and 3 months and was buried in Zion’s cemetery on 8 June.

Abraham was most likely the son of Michael and Catherine (Brandt) Pflüger. He was enumerated with the Michael Pflüger family in 1860 [1] and 1870 [2], but neither of those census enumerations give the relationships of family members. And unfortunately there were not many Pflüger entries in Zion’s church records.

Abraham Pflueger & Elizabeth Hoffman marriage, 1875, Fan Wert County, Ohio.

Abraham Pflueger & Elizabeth Hoffman marriage, 1875, Van Wert County, Ohio, Vol. 4:339.

Abraham married Elizabeth Hofmann on 23 May 1875 in Van Wert County, Ohio. [3] They were living near Monroe, Allen County, Indiana, in 1880. Their household in 1880: Abraham (27, born in Ohio, works on farm), Elizabeth (23, Oh, keeping house), Emma (4, Oh, daughter), Mary (1, Ind). [4]

Abraham was a carpenter by trade and built and repaired many barns in the Schumm/Willshire area. In fact he built a two-story granary for my great-grandfather Lewis Schumm’s farm. We know this because he carved Granary built in 1901 by Abraham Pflueger on one of its walls. The granary was converted into a cottage several years ago by my mom and dad and was moved near the farm pond, north of its former location.

Granary build by Abraham Pflueger in 1901, now a cabin.

Granary build by Abraham Pflueger in 1901, now a cabin.

 

[1] 1860 U.S. census, Van Wert County, Ohio, p. 425, dwelling 1066, family 1060, Michael Pfluger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.comn : accessed 18 February 2013); FHL film 805045 from NARA microfilm M653, roll 1045.

[2] 1870 U.S. census, Van Wert County, Ohio, p.445A, dwelling 216, family 217, Michael Pfluger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.comn : accessed 18 February 2013); FHL film 552774 from NARA microfilm M593, roll 1275.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XD24-TL3 : accessed 18 Feb 2013), Abraham Pflueger and Elizabeth Hoffman, 1875; Vol. 4: 339, FHL microfilm 1015860.

[4] 1880 U.S. census, Allen County, Indiana, ED 112, p. 379B, dwelling 161, family 161, Abraham Pluegar; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.comn : accessed 18 February 2013); FHL film 1254264 from NARA microfilm T9, roll 264.

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