Tombstone Tuesday–John W. Allmandinger

John W. Allmandinger, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen.

John W. Allmandinger, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John W. Allmandinger, located in Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

J.W. Allmandinger
Nov. 26, 1862
Feb. 28, 1906

John W. was the son of Lewis and Rosina (Schneider) Allmandinger, born 26 November 1862 in Ohio, in Hamilton or Butler County. The family moved to Mercer County sometime between 1870 and 1880 and settled in Blackcreek Township, about a mile north of Chatt.

In 1880 John W. was 17 and helped on the family farm. [1] John’s father Lewis died in April 1888.

John W. Allmandinger married Anna Barbara Bollenbacher on 29 October 1889 in Mercer County, near Chatt. They married at the home of Anna’s parents, George and Anna Barbara (Albrecht) Bollenbacher. Witnesses to the marriage were Jacob Allmandinger and Barbara Kühm. They were married by Zion Chatt’s pastor, Rev. Chr. Reichert and their marriage was also recorded in the Mercer County probate court. [2]

In 1900 John W. and Barbara lived in Chatt with their five children. In the household was John, 37, Barbara, 32, Amelia, 9, Alvina, 7, Hulda, 5, Otto, 2, and a 2-month old son whose name was not given. That infant would have been son Samuel Ludwig. Barbara had given birth to five children and all five were living. John’s occupation was “sawmiller’ and they owned their own home without a mortgage. [3]

The 1900 map of Chatt shows the J.W. Allmandinger Saw & Planing Mill on the west side of town, probably where Andrew’s Saw mill was later located. [4]

John Allmandinger died of lockjaw on 28 February 1906, at the age of 43 years, 3 months, and 2 days. He was buried on the 2nd of March in Kessler Cemetery, aka Liberty Cemetery, a couple miles south of Chatt. Zion Chatt’s records and Mercer County’s Probate death records both indicate he died of lockjaw. [5]

John and Anna had the following children:
Emilie “Amelia” Etha (1890-1943), married Carl Huff
Alvina Katharine (1892-1965), married Joseph C. Reichert
Hulda Karoline (1894-1935) married Joseph J Schmitt/Smith
Otto George (1897-1966), married Joila G. Hite
Samuel Ludwig/Lewis (1900-1983), married Elizabeth Catherine Travers
Johannita “Wilma” (1906-1978), married Dimmich

All of their children were baptized at Zion Chatt and these were their christening names, as they were written in the church records. An addition, all of their children, except for Johanitta Wilma, were confirmed at Zion. Johannita was born after John W’s death. In Zion’s records their last child was named Johannita Wilma and in the Mercer County Probate Birth Records the child’s name was written as John William Allmandinger, male. [6]

John’s widow Anna (Bollenbacher) Allmandinger died in 1922. [7]


[1] 1880 U. S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.323A, line 38, P Lewis Allmanding; digital image by subscription, (www.ancestrycom : accessed 13 Sep 2015); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 130.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 Oct 2015), John W. Allmandinger and Anna B. Bollenbacher, 29 Oct 1889; citing Mercer County, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 6, p.164; from FHL microfilm 914957.

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 85, p.10B, dwelling 190, family 196, John W. Allmandinger; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 4 Oct 2015); from FHL microfilm 1241304, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1304.

[4] Mercer County Chapter, OGS, Mercer County, Ohio, Combined 1888, 1900 Atlases and 1876 Map of Mercer County, Ohio (Mt. Vernon, Indiana : Windmill Publications, Inc., 1999); 1900 Atlas, p.33.

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 Oct 2015), John Allmandinger, 28 Feb 1906; citing Mercer County, Ohio Deaths, Vol 1-2, p.256; from FHL microfilm 914954.

[6] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 Oct 2015), John William Allmandinger, 4 Jun 1906; citing Mercer County Births Vol. 4, p.3; from FHL microfilm 914953.

[7] Find a ( : accessed 4 oct 2015), Anna Barbara Bollenbacher Allmandinger, memorial #29379255.

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