Carrie Wren Friedell Revisited

Nearly a year ago I researched and wrote about Carrie Wren Friedell, a mystery woman buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery, who was not mentioned in the church records. Last August I turned what I learned about her and her family into a four-part miniseries, Zion Chatt’s Mid-Summer Mystery. From my research, all done on-line, I eventually learned that Carrie was buried next to her mother, Eliza (Bobo) Edgington.

Eliza’s broken tombstone was also a mystery in Zion’s cemetery. Her tombstone was broken in two and most of the engraving was unreadable. I don’t know how many years it had been broken in two, broken on the third letter of her surname, making it illegible. Her name looked like Eliza Edo.

Eliza (Bobo) Edgington, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Eliza (Bobo) Edgington, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

So, by researching Carrie I learned the identity of the woman buried beneath the broken tombstone and quite a bit about her daughter Carrie Wren (Edgington) Eichhorn Friedell.

But questions still remained about Carrie W. Friedell, who lived most of her life in Indiana. Her mother Eliza died in about 1876 and Carrie died in 1965. Eliza’s broken tombstone is unreadable. I wondered, after nearly 90 years, who knew that Eliza was buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery and who knew to bury Carrie beside her? Why wasn’t the information in Zion’s records? What was the exact date of Carrie’s death?

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Even now, after a year has gone by, I still search for and still find information about Carrie. Piece by piece. Bit by bit.

A few weeks ago, through a partnership with the Indiana Archives and Records Administration, added a lot of Indiana records to its website. The partnership made nearly 17 million Indiana birth, death, and marriage records digitally accessible on The available records include Indiana marriage records from 1958-2005, Indiana death records from 1900-2011, and Indiana birth certificates from 1907-1940.

That was some wonderful news to me since we live so close to the state line and I do a fair amount of Indiana research.

Once I learned the Indiana information had been added to I decided to do another search for Carrie W. Friedell to see what I might find. After all, I still did not know Carrie’s exact date of death. I only knew she died in 1965. And that she very likely died in Indiana.

I entered Carrie’s name and the year she died and ta-da! There it was. Carrie Wren Friedell’s Indiana death certificate, right before my eyes!

Carrie Wren Friedell, Indiana Death Certificate,

Carrie Wren Friedell, Indiana Death Certificate, [1]

Carrie Wren Friedell died at the Delaware County Home, Muncie, Indiana, on 12 March 1965, at the age of 92 years. She had lived there for the past five years. Her parents were given as Benjamin F. Edgington and Eliza Bobo. Carrie was born in Delaware County, Indiana, on 31 March 1873. Her death certificate indicates she was a retired school teacher and a widow. She died of congestive heart failure, caused by arteriosclerotic heart disease. E.M. Rust Funeral Home, Albany, Indiana, was in charge of the arrangements. And there it is, right on her death certificate: burial at the Lutheran Cemetery at Chattanooga, Ohio, on 15 March, 1965. The informant was indicated as “records of county home.” [1] That sounds like a rather sad, lonely end to our Carrie’s life.

I would have been spared hours and hours of research had the Indiana records been available on  a year ago.

But what fun would that have been? There would have been no research challenge if I had found all that information on just that one record. If that had been the case I probably never would have learned Carrie’s interesting life story.

After all, the fun is in the hunt, right?


[1] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Carrie Wren Friedell; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 1 Jul 2016); from Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.


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    • Judy Edmonds on July 8, 2016 at 6:58 am
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    Your articles are refreshing, as to the lives of people who are God’s children, but not newsworthy celebrities. Each one of has a story to tell, even if most people never knew us. With all the news being sensational parts of people being led by the devil, it is so good to search for the meaning of just the people God created. I certainly enjoy your points of view! Thank you Karen

    1. Thank you Judy for your kind words and I am happy to hear you enjoy the information I research and write about. It makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for reading and writing.

    • Frank McCollister on July 8, 2016 at 8:25 am
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    Hi Karen,

    I found this article fascinating. I have a good friend who is related to the Bobo family in Adams County Indiana. I forwarded your posting to him in case their is. Perhaps there will be a connection and more light can be shed upon this line.

    Blessings upon your weekend,
    Frank McCollister

    1. Please do forward it. As I mentioned in the post, I have written several other posts about this family that also might help them. Thanks for writing.

    • Andy Gappa on July 8, 2016 at 10:39 am
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    Keep it coming! Every piece of info you provide I then take and forward to Check out Carrie’s memorial and you’ll see she’s now linked to her parents and a spouse. A son is also linked to her as well. Her mother’s memorial has a lot more info than it originally had and she’s linked to her parents, too. I just forwarded the death date data for Carrie so it may take a day or two for that to be updated. You’re work is not unappreciated!

    As for how someone knew to bury her next to her mother, that sounds like something Carrie planned out with the nursing home when she arrived so that they knew what to do when she departed.
    Andy Gappa

    1. Thanks for updating them on Find a Grave! I appreciate it since I don’t have the time. There is certainly a lot more information about the families on Find a Grave now, which will be a big help for researchers. Carrie obviously knew where her mother was buried and likely visited Zion’s cemetery over the years. She may have had her burial wishes written in a will. Thanks again!

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