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Jul 14

Tombstone Tuesday-William A. & Katherine M. (Schumm) Buechner

William A. & Katherine M. (Schumm) Buechner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of William A. and Katherine M. (Schumm) Buechner, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BUECHNER
William A.
1865-1955
Katherine M.
1874-1958

Adam Michael “William” Buechner was born shortly after midnight on 27 June 1865, according to Zion Schumm’s records. He was the second child born to John “Adam” Buechner and his second wife Maria Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm. Maria Barbara (Pflueger) was the widow of immigrant Ludwig Schumm (1817-1855).

William Buechner was baptized 2 July 1865, with Adam Dietrich, Michael Pflueger, and William Schumm serving as his sponsors.

The Adam Buechner family in 1870: Adam, 48; Barbara, 47; John; Rosina, 22; Hannah, 17; Jacob, 11; Frederick, 9; Margaret, 6; and William, 4. The parents were born in Germany and the children were all born in Ohio. The father Adam Buechner was a farmer. [1]

The Adam Buechner family in 1880: Adam, 58; Barbara, 58; John, 30; Margaret, 16; and William M A, 14. [2]

William’s father Adam Buechner died in 1885.

William Buechner married Katherine Schumm on 29 April 1894 at Zion Schumm.

“Katherine” Magdalena Schumm was born 5 March 1874, the second child born to Friedrich Schumm Jr and his first wife Margaret (Ehrenmann). Katherine was baptized on 8 March 1874, with Katharina Stamm, Katharina ___ [?] (standing in for Fr. Schumm), and Magdalena Schumm serving as her sponsors.

The Friedrich Schumm Jr family in 1880, residing on the family farm in Black Creek Township: Friedrich, 35; Margaret, 33; Katherine, 6; Hugo, 4; Leona, 2; and Henrietta, 10 months. [3]

The married couple, William and Katherine Buechner in 1900, six years after their marriage: William A, 34; Katherine, 26; Anna M, 3; Aaron H, 1; Barbara A Buechner, 77, [William’s mother]; and William Dock, 23, servant. William Buechner was a farmer. [4]

Their oldest child Anna Margaretha died in 1901.

The William Buechner family in 1910: William, 45; Katherine, 36; Aaron, 11; Paula, 9; Alma, 2; and Ida Stamm, 25, servant, doing housework.  [5]

The William Buechner family in 1920: William A, 54; Katharine M, 45; Aaron H, 20; Paula H, 19; and Alma B, 12. William’s occupation was farmer. [6]

The William Buechner family in 1930: William A, 64; Katherine, 56; Aaron H, 31; and Alma B, 22. [7]

William Buechner died 13 October 1955 and was buried on the 15th. William’s obituary:

BUECHNER
William A. Buechner, 90, a retired farmer of Willshire Township in the Schumm community, died at 5:10 o’clock this morning in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Allmandinger, in Willshire Township following a year’s illness.

Mrs. [sic] Buechner was born in Willshire Township June 27, 1865. His parents were Adam and Barbara (Pflueger) Buechner. His marriage to Katherine Schumm was on April 29, 1894.

Survivors are his wife; a son Aaron H. Buechner of Willshire Township; two daughter, Mrs. Allmandinger and Mrs. Henry J. Moellering of Fort Wayne and five grandchildren.

A daughter, Anna, a sister, five half-brothers and three half-sisters are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Allmandinger home, and at 2:30 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm, of which he was a member. Rev. Hans Wiedenmann will conduct the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The body, now at the Zwick Funeral Home in Decatur, Ind., will be removed to the Allmandinger home Friday and friends may call after 2 p.m. A request to omit flowers has been made. [8]

His widow Katherine (Schumm) Buechner died 25 June 1958.

William and Katherine (Schumm) Buechner had the following children:
Anna Margaretha (1897-1901)
Aaron Hugo (1899-1987), married Mildred Steinbauer
Paul Henrietta (1901-2004), married Walter L. Allmandinger
Alma Barbara (1907-1998), married Henry James Moellering

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.439A, dwelling 134, family 135, Adam Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p. 450C, family 130, Adam Beichner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.333B, line 31, Fredone Schuman; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 15 Jun 2020).

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.11, dwelling 219, family 224, William A Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020)

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.6A, dwelling 114, family 115, William Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2A, dwelling & family 34, William A Buchner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020). 

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.5A, dwelling 94, family 96, William A Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[8] William A. Buechner obituary, Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 13 Oct 1955, p.16; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, viewed 11 Jul 2020.

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