This is the tombstone of Maria Catharina Büchner, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
Johann & Margarethe
Den 12 Jan. 1858
3 Jahre, 11 mo, 15 tag
Maria Catharina, daughter of Johann & Margarethe Büchner, died 12 Jan. 1858, aged 3 years, 11 months, and 6 days.
There is no birth/baptism record for Maria Catharina in Zion Schumm’s records. There is only her death record. According to her death record Maria Catharina Büchner was the daughter of John Büchner [and his wife Anna Margarethe “Margaret” (Scior/Zior)].
Zion Schumm’s records and Van Wert County Probate marriage records indicate that the parents, John Büchner and Margaret Scior, married on 21 April 1853. Both were German immigrants.
Maria Catharina’s date of birth would be 28 January 1854, as calculated from the church record. She was likely the first child born to the couple.
Maria Catharina Büchner died 12 January 1858, at the age of 3 years, 11 months, and 15 days.
She is buried next to her brother John Adam Büchner.
Her father John Büchner died in 1896 and her mother Margaret died in 1907 and are both buried in row 6 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.
John and Margaret (Scior) Büchner had the following children, although this list may not be complete:
Maria Catharina (1854-1858)
Johann Adam (1857-1857)
Wilhelm (1859-1926), not married
Maria (1861-1930), married Friedrich Schumm Jr
John (1865-1933), married Louisa Lillich
Henry (1867-1931), married Rosa Lillich