Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Kuhm

Jacob Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Jacob Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob Kuhm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier Ruht in Gott
Jacob Kuhm
Ehemann den
Julia Berron
Geb. 26 Sept
In Schillersdorf
Gest 11 Nov 1899
36 Jahr, 1 Mo
u. 16 Tage

[Here rests in God Jacob Kuhm, husband of Julia Berron, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass, Germany, died 11 November 1899, aged 36 years, 1 month, and 16 days.]

This tombstone contains a lot of genealogical information, more than most, and very helpful indeed! Most are not inscribed with the date and place of birth and spouse’s maiden name.

Jacob is buried next to his brother and sister, Georg and Lena Kuhm, and two rows from his widow Julia.

According to various entries in Zion Chatt’s records, Jacob Kuhm was the son of Michael and Elisabeth (Mueller) Kuhm, born 26 September 1863 in Schillersdorf, Elsass. Jacob married Julia Berron on 4 November 1886 in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. Julia was the daughter of Georg and Katharina (Hausbarcht) Berron, born 14 November 1867 in Petersbach, Elsass.

Jacob and Julia had the following children, mentioned in Zion’s records, where most were baptized:

Lydia Sophia Margaretha (1887-1957), married John Henry Martin
Emelia Barbara (1888-1973) married William H. Fogel
Mathilda Katharina (1890-1891)
Jacob Edward (1892-1922), married Harriet I Frey; drowned in an oil tank in Oklahoma
Rosa Elisabeth (1894-1984), married Earl Adam Shaefer
Esther Maria (1896-?)
Katharina Elisabeth “Lizzie” (1898-?)

Jacob Kuhm died of a stroke on 11 November 1899, at the age of 36 years, 1 month, and 16 days. He was buried on the 15th. Survivors included his widow, six children, his parents, and five siblings.

The Kuhms lived in Adams County, Indiana, and the 1900 census indicates that Julia had given birth to eight children, but only six were living. In 1900 Julia was a widow, living next to her brother-in-law, Michael Kuhm Jr. [1]

Jacob’s widow Julia married William Betzel on 12 September 1901. Julia died 15 September 1927 and she and William are buried in Zion’s Cemetery.


[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, ED 4, p. 50A stamped, p. 11 penned, dwelling 197, family 197, Julia Kuehm; digital image by subscription ( : accessed 2 August 2014), from FHL microfilm 1240357, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.


    • patricia corbett on August 5, 2014 at 5:24 am
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    I love your posts! Elsass is now in fact better known as Alsace ( France)
    Best regards
    your cousin
    Patricia Corbett

    1. Thank you and thanks for reading!

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