Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Dietrich

Jacob Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob Dietrich, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Sohn von
A. & M. Dietrich
12 Apr 1857
Alter 2 Monet

Jacob, son of A & M Dietrich, died 12 April 1857, aged 2 months.

Jacob Dietrich was likely the first child born to Adam and Maria Elizabeth (Germann) Dietrich. According to Zion Schumm’s records Jacob was born in Willshire Township on 13 February 1857. He was baptized at home on 15 February 1857, with Jacob Dietrich and his wife, Jacob Germann, and Carl Germann’s wife serving as his sponsors.

Jacob Dietrich died on 12 April 1857, at the age of 2 months. He was buried on the 13th.

Jacob’s parents were both born in Germany and they married in Van Wert County, on 21 November 1854. [1] Jacob’s father Johann “Adam” Dietrich was born 27 January 1828 and died 10 February 1912. His mother Maria Elisabeth (Germann) was born 20 February 1833 and died 28 November 1888. Both are buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

The parents, Adam and Maria Dietrich, had the following children:
Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died on the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena Margaretha,
Johann Adam (1860-1903)
Wilhelm (1862-1863)
Georg Ernst (1864-1905), married Clara Schumm
Anna Maria Sophia (1866-1945), did not marry
Jacob “Heinrich” (1869-1935), married Maria Schumm
Hannah “Emma” Magdalena (1874-1956), married Johann “Ferdinand” Schinnerer


[1] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database,, Adam Detrick & Mary Elizabeth Germann, 21 Nov 1854, Van Wert, Ohio.

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