Tombstone Tuesday–Mildred B. Bollenbacher

Mildred B. Bollenbacher, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Mildred B. Bollenbacher, located in row 9 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Mildred B.
Dau of
Abe & Amanda
Died Dec. 7, 1914
6y, 6m, 3d
Our Darling

Mildred B. Bollenbacher was born 4 June 1908, as calculated from her tombstone and according to her death certificate. She was the daughter of Abraham and Amanda (Brush) Bollenbacher. Her death certificate indicates that she was born in Ohio. [1]

The 1910 census, the only census Mildred was enumerated in, reports that she was born in Indiana. In 1910 her parents Abraham and Amanda had been married 3 years and lived in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Their household in 1910: Abraham, 26; Amanda, 21; and Mildred, 1 year and 11 months. This enumeration indicates that Abraham was born in Indiana and that Amanda was born in Ohio. Abraham farmed and they rented their home. Mildred was the couple’s only child at this time. [2]

I found very few records about Mildred Bollenbacher during her short lifetime. The family did not attend Zion Lutheran at Chatt and I was unable to locate her birth record on-line.

Mildred Bollenbacher died at 10:00 p.m. on 7 December 1914 in Hopewell Township, likely at the family home. She died from pressure on brain due to spina bifida. She was buried on the 9th and Ketcham Funeral Home, Rockford, Ohio, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mildred is buried one row west of where her parents are buried.

Mildred had one sister, Isabel B (1919-2000), who was born several years after Mildred’s death. Isabel eventually married Gerald L Lautzenheiser.


[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images,, Mildred B Boolenbaucher, 7 Dec 1914; Hopewell, Mercer County, FHL microfilm 1983288.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Hopewell, Mercer, Ohio, ED 115, p.8A, dwelling & family 156, Abrams Bollenbacher;; FHL microfilm 1375227, NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

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