Jan 31

Tombstone Tuesday–Margaretha Schumm

Margaretha Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of Margaretha Schumm, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The gravestone is inscribed: Margaretha, ehefrau [wife] of Friedrich Schumm, gest [died] 27 Jun 1885, 38y, 3m, 2t [days].

According to the church records of Zion, Schumm, Margaretha Schumm, born Ehrmann [Ehrenmann], was the wife of Mr. Fr. Schumm Jr. She was born 25 March 1847 in Washington, Crawford County, Ohio.  She died 27 June 1885 of long standing heart trouble and was buried on 29 June in the parish cemetery. She was 38 years, 3 months and 2 days old.

I featured Margaretha’s husband Friedrich Schumm in last week’s Tombstone Tuesday. They were married 26 October 1871 and had the following 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).

I couldn’t help wonder who Margaretha’s parents were. I looked at the 1850 and 1860 censuses as well as Zion’s church records.

Margaretha  was in the Adam Ehrenmann household in 1850 in Van Wert County: Adam “Ehrman”, 53, born in Germany; Charlotte, 44, Germany; Emily, 14, Ohio; Christian, 22, Ohio; Adam, 17, Ohio; Florina, 12, Ohio; Margaret, 5, Ohio; Catharine, 0, Ohio. This does not prove that Margaretha was the daughter of Adam Ehrenmann but I would look at him as a person of interest who could possibly be her father.  

In 1860 Margaretha appears to be living with the Adam Dietrich family in Van Wert County: Adam “Dertrich”, 32, born in Ohio; Mary E, 27; Mary M, 1; Eserbert Zimmerman, 19, Bavaria; Margaret “Airaman”, 15, Ohio.

Why was Margaretha living with the Dietrichs in 1860? The following information from Zion’ church records may give the answer.

The church records tell us that Mrs. Ehrenmann died 21 March 1851 between 8 & 9:00 in the morning. She was age 45 years, 7 months and 12 days. She was buried 23 March. This could very well be Charlotte that was in the 1850 census.

From the church records: Adam Ehrenmann married widow B. Albrecht on 2 August 1853 at home.  Adam was a widower from Zion.

From Van Wert County marriage records, www.familysearch.org: Adam Ariman/Ehrenman married Barbara Albright/Albrecht on 2 August 1853. This confirms the above church record.

From Zion’s records: Mrs. Ehrenmann died 17 September 1853, age 43 years, 8 months and some days.  She was buried 18 September.  The cause of death was a fever. This may have been Barbara, a bride only a month before.

From Zion’s records: Mr. Adam Ehrenmann died 18 November 1853 at age 53 years. He was buried 20 November.  The cause of death was from consequences of consumption. This is probably the same Adam seen in the 1850 census, although the age is slightly off.

If Margaretha was the daughter of Adam and Charlotte she was orphaned within a few short years. That could have been why she was living with the Dietrich family in 1860.

I would be interested to learn more about the Ehrenmann family. Please let me know if anyone has any additional information about them.


Census sources:

Adam Ehrman household, 1850 US Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio; Roll: M432_736; Page: 170B; Image: 342. www.Ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jan 2012.

Adam Dertrich [sic] household, 1860 US Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio;  Roll: M653_1045; Page: 426; Image: 157; Family History Library Film: 805045. www. Ancestry.com, accessed 29 Jan 2012.



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  1. Theresa

    HELLO!!!!! This is my gg aunt. I have been searching for info on my gg Grandfather, Adam J. Ehrmann/Areman. Thank you so VERY VERY much for all the info you provided. I would love to correspond further. I have Jean Adam Ehrmann, wife, son Christian0, son Adam J. immigrating 1834 Germany to NY. 1850 Ohio census. My gg grandfather changed the spelling of his last name from Ehrmann to Ariman in MN land docs. Then Areman in MN marriage records: Adam J. Areman m. Orrilla Harding (b. Ohio), daughter of Hiram. They then moved to Iowa and I have land deed and all following census records. However, I have not been able to find Adam J. Areman’s parents after 1850 census. Your info answers so many questions. The reason for the Dietrich home is that is a daughter’s husband’s home. Have that info too. I am Adam J. Ehrmann/Areman’s gg grand daughter through his son Earl Eugene and his daughter Lucille (Areman) Sigmon and her son James Sigmon to me Theresa Karen (Sigmon) Ellenwood. PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!! and thank you for the info.

    1. Karen

      Hi Theresa! I’m glad I could provide some information for you. I will e-mail you tomorrow and we can compare notes.

      1. Theresa

        Went back and looked at 1834 NY passenger list. I have “son, Christian”. I was mistaken…upon magnifying it should be “Christtine age 6”. Opps

  2. Theresa

    Note: Arriving on the same ship as Jean Adam Ehrmann and family was Jean Adam Dietrich, 43 and family: Magdelina, 34, Margarita, 16, Magdelina, 13 and Jean, 10. I think this is the Adam Dietrich Margaretha Ehrmann was living with on the 1860 census.

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