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Oct 18

Tombstone Tuesday–M. Margaretha Schinnerer

M Margaretha Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of M. Margaretha Schinnerer, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The gravestone is inscribed: M Margaretha, daughter of Friedrich and Maria Schinnerer, died 27 September 1861, age 5 years, 11 months, 18 days.

This tombstone is weathered and very difficult to read. I relied in part on the Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. V, Van Wert County Chapter OGS, 1992, and the church records of Zion Lutheran, Schumm, to confirm the inscription on the stone.

According to her baptismal record at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, Maria Margaretha Schinner (sic) was born 9 November 1855 in Dooplen [Dublin] Township, Mercer County, Ohio. She was baptized 11 November 1855 at home. Her parents were Mr. Friedrich Schinner & his legal wife Margaretha. The sponsor at her baptism was Mr. Martin Schinnerer. [Martin would have been her uncle.]

Her death record from Zion, Schumm: Maria Margaretha Schinnerer, born 9 November 1855, died 27 September 1861 at 11:30 in the evening, age 5 years, 11 months, 18 days. She died of a throat disease.

Maria Margaretha was the fifth child born to Friedrich Schinnerer and his wife Margaretha “Maria/Mary” Deier. They had eight children but only two of them lived to adulthood. Friedrich Schinnerer lived in Mercer County until about 1873, when he moved to Van Wert County, about a mile east of Willshire. Maria Margaretha probably died in Mercer County.

The children of Friedrich & Margaretha (Deier) Schinnerer: Rosina Dorothea (1849-1849), Susann Barbara (1851-1851), Friedrich Pankratius Martin (1853-1861), Anna “Rosine” (1854-1890; married River Henry Schumm), Maria Margaretha (1855-1861), Maria Magdalena (1857-1934; married Christian Hofmann), Johann Martin (1859-1860), Johann Martin (1861-1862).

Maria Margaretha was my great-grandaunt.

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