This is the tombstone of Friedrich Schumm Jr., located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The gravemarker is inscribed: Hier Ruhet [here lies] FRIEDRICH SCHUMM, Geb. [born] Apr. 1, 1844; Gest. [died] Dez. 24, 1907. Text Offenb. Johannis. Kap. 7, Vers 13 Bis 17.
According to the church records at Zion, Schumm, Friedrich Schumm Jr. was born 1 April 1844 in Schumm. He was the third child of Johann Friedrich and Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm. His father was one of the oiginal Schumm immigrants.
Friedrich Jr. died 24 December 1907 in the hospital at Fort Wayne, Indiana, aged 63 years, 8 months, 23 days. He was buried 27 December 1907 in Zion’s cemetery. Survivors included his widow and nine children. (records of Zion, Schumm)
Friedrich married Margaretha “Margaret” Ehrenmann on 26 October 1871 in Allen County, Indiana. They were married by Rev. Seemeyer. Her name was spelled “Ariman” on their marriage record. (Allen County, Indiana, Index to Marriage Record, 1824-1920, WPA; from County Clerk, Book 8: 389. www.FamilySearch.org, accessed 23 Jan 2012.)
Friedrich and Margaret had nine children: Theodore Wilhelm (1872-1876), Katherine Magdalena (1874-1958), Anton “Hugo” (1876-1932), Mina Juliana (1876-1876), Leona Barbara (1877-1958), Henrietta Amalia (1879-1947), Maria Elizabeth (1881-1966), Clara May (1883-1883) and L. William (1884-1961).
Margaret (Ehrenmann) Schumm died 27 June 1885 at the age of 38 years. She is buried in row 5 of Zion’s cemetery. (records of Zion, Schumm)
Friedrich then married Maria Catharina Büchner on 6 September 1888 at Zion, Schumm. (Van Wert County Marriages, Vol 7:265, #686; www.familysearch.org, accessed 23 Jan 2012) She was born 7 March 1861, the daughter of Johann Büchner and wife. Maria died 16 February 1930 and is buried in row 11 of Zion’s cemetery. Friedrich and Maria had four children: Justina Louise (1889-1889), Amos C. (1891-1974), Erna Theresa (1894-1971) and Naomi Margaretha (1897-1982). (records of Zion, Schumm)
The Friedrich Schumm family lived in Mercer County, Ohio. Their farm was located in the Charlie Reservation in Black Creek Township, a couple miles northwest of Rockford.