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.
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.