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Mar 05

Tombstone Tuesday–Wilhelm Andrew Neubrecht

Wilhelm Neubecht, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

  • This is the tombstone of Wilhelm Andrew Neubrecht, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

William Andrew
[unreadable]
NEUBRECHT
Died
Oct. 22, 188?
[unreadable]

According to Zion Schumm’s records Wilhelm Andreas Neubrecht was born 5 July 1887, the son of Carl [”Charles”] Neubrecht and Maria “Mary” B. (Roehm). Wilhelm died of malaria fever on 22 October 1887, at the age of only 3 months and 17 days. Church records indicated that he was buried in Zion’s cemetery on the 24th.  He is the only Neubrecht buried in Zion Schumm cemetery.

Although I have seen the Neubrecht surname several times, it is not very familiar to me, so trying to determine a little information about Wilhelm’s parents was quite a challenge.

I wrongly assumed, from the way Wilhelm Neubrecht’s death was recorded in Zion Schumm’s records, that his father was deceased. The record refers to Wilhelm’s parents as Karl [Carl/Charles] Neubrecht and his legal wife Maria (widowed), born Roehm. I first took that to mean that Maria “Mary” was widowed at the time of her son Wilhelm’s death. But I came to learn that it meant that Mary was a widow when she married Carl Neubrecht. Assumptions can be misleading.

Wilhelm Neubrecht’s mother was Mary B. Roehm, daughter of Andreas Roehm. Mary was born 14 July 1841 in Ohio. [1]

Mary B. Roehm married Johann “Carl” Germann at Zion Schumm on 17 October 1869. [2] Carl Germann was a widower whose wife had died in 1867. [3] Carl Germann died 29 August 1877. [4]

In 1880 Mary (Roehm) Germann, a widow, lived in the city of Van Wert with her brother Emmanuel Roehm and his wife Carrie. Their household in 1880: Emmanuel “Ream,” 25; Carrie, 20 wife; and Mary Germann, 35, widow. Emmanuel was a store clerk. [5]

The widow Mary (Roehm) Germann married Charles Neubrecht on 7 October 1880 in Van Wert County. Their marriage record indicates she was Mrs. Mary B. Germann. [6]

Their son Wilhelm Neubrecht died in 1887. He may have been their only child.

In 1900 Charles and Mary lived in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, where Charles farmed. Living with them was Mary’s nephew, Homer Roehm, the son of her brother Emmanuel Roehm. The Charles Neubrecht household in 1900: Charles, 55, Germany; Mary B, 57, Ohio; and Homer B, 16, Ohio. This enumeration indicates that Charles immigrated in 1861, that they had been married 20 years, and that Mary had not had any children. [7]

By 1910 Charles and Mary Neubrecht lived on Taylor Street in Fort Wayne. Living with them was Mary’s nephew Homer B. Roehm, The Charles and Mary Neubrecht household in 1910: Charles, 65, born in Germany, head; Mary, 68, born in Ohio, wife; and Homer B Roehm, 26, nephew, born in Ohio. Charles and Mary had been married 29 years and this enumeration indicates that Mary did not have any children. Charles was a delinquent tax collector and this record indicates that he immigrated in 1881. [8] The immigration date is probably incorrect since he married in 1880.

Charles Neubrecht died in Fort Wayne on 25 July 1919. [9]

In 1920 Mary and her nephew Homer B. Roehm resided on Taylor Street in Fort Wayne: Mary B. Neubrecht, 79, widowed; Homer B. Roehm, 35, single, nephew. [10]

Mary (Roehm) Germann Neubrecht died in Fort Wayne on 8 March 1928. [1]

Charles and Mary are both buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

 

[1] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, database on-line, Ancestry.com, Mary B Neubrecht, 8 Mar 1928. And Find a Grave memorial no. 67014789, Mary Bienz Roehm Neubrecht, Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. [note: I am not sure where the name Bienz fits in. I have not seen a Bienz connection in my research here, but research is always subject to correction.] Also, 1850 & 1860 census enumerations, living in Van Wert County with her father Andreas and her siblings, also indicate that Mary was born about 1841.]

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-SPB8-X?i=21&cc=1614804 : viewed 4 Mar 2019), Charles Germann and Mary B Roehm, 17 Oct 1869; Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 1869-1871:458. And the records of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio.

[3] Find a Grave memorial no. 186951458, Elisabetha Schmidt Germann (1829-1867), Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Van Wert County, Ohio.  

[4] Find a Grave memorial no. 83271718, Johann Carl Germann (1820-1877), Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Van Wert County, Ohio.  

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Van Wert, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 151, p.364B, dwelling & family 10, Mary Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6742&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 5 Mar 2019).

[6] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X8-J5?i=47&cc=1614804 : viewed 4 Mar 2019), Charles Neubricht or Neubright & Mary B German, 7 Oct 1880); Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 6:43.

[7] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.2, dwelling & family 47, Charley Neub??; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7602&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 5 Mar 2019).

[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Fort Wayne Ward 6, Allen Indiana, ED 47, p.7B, dwelling 156, house 162, Charles Neubrecht;

digital images by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=7884&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Mar 2019).

[9] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, database on-line, Ancestry.com, Charles Neubrecht, 25 Jul 1919. And Find a Grave memorial no. 110174063, Charles Neubrecht (1844-1919), Lindenwood Cemetery, Convoy, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  

[10] 1920 U.S. Census, Fort Wayne Ward 6, Allen, Indiana, ED 56, p.14B, dwelling 268, house 306, Mary B Neubrecht; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6061&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : viewed 4 Mar 2019).  

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