Tombstone Tuesday-Star Symbol

The star symbol on a tombstone can symbolize divine guidance, eternity, or immortality, as well as hope, dreams, and life everlasting. For early Christians the five-pointed star represented the five wounds of Christ.

Star, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio.

Two stars, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio.

Star, Fairview Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio.

The six-pointed star is the Star of David, typically used as a symbol of Judaism. The star is comprised of two triangles and signifies divine protection. 

Star of David, North Grove Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio.

Star of David, North Grove Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio.

Duckcreek Church Officers, 1879-1880

Perhaps your ancestor was a church officer or trustee at the former Duckcreek Church. [1]

Below is a list of the Duckcreek Church leaders and trustees from 1879-1880. The trustee list is broken into two lists, Willshire and Duckcreek, the two churches that made up what was the Willshire Circuit at the time.

Duckcreek Church Officers, 1879-80:
0.J. Sims, L. Preacher, appointed June 1875
D. Smith, Steward
M. Detro, Steward
Wm. Beall, Recording, appointed December 1878
John Davis, Duckcreek, Recording
M. Foreman, Recording
D. Smith, Class Leader
M. Detro, Class Leader
H. Miller, Class Leader
Wm. Beall, Class Leader
J. Wechter, Class Leader, appointed Nov 1878
Baldwin Clark, Duckcreek, Class Leader, September 1878-Sep 1879
Alexander Counterman, Duckcreek, Class Leader, appointed September 1879

D. Smith, Trustee
D. Casto, Trustee, appointed June 1879
Wm. Foreman, Trustee, removed September 1880
Wm. Beall, Trustee
J. Wechter, Trustee
M. Detro, Trustee
Dr. Shaffner, Trustee, appointed June 1879
F. Roop, Trustee, appointed September 1880

A. Counterman, Trustee
John Davis, Trustee
M. Foreman, Trustee
B. Clark, Trustee
S. Hollinger, Trustee, removed September 1880
Wm. Haefner, Trustee, removed September 1880
D. Tinkham, Trustee
Dr. Shaffner
J. Wechter

[1] Duckcreek Church was established in 1858. A frame church was built about 1868 and was located a couple miles north of Chatt on State Route 49 in Mercer County, Ohio. The church was destroyed by a tornado in 1920 and was never rebuilt. Many of its members joined the Chattanooga Methodist Church after their church was destroyed.

Tombstone Tuesday-Harold Sauer

Harold Sauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Harold Sauer, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Harold Son of
J & Bertha Sauer
Born July 31, 1911
Died Aug 10, 1911

Harold Friedrich Sauer was born near Schumm on 31 July 1911, the son of Johann and Anna “Bertha” (Roehm) Sauer. He was baptized at the home of Henry Roehm on 7 August 1911 and his parents served as his sponsors.

Herold Friedrich Sauer died of convulsions on 10 August 1911, at the age of 10 days. He was buried on 12 August and was survived by his parents and 4 brothers.

The 4 brothers were, Theodore Heinrich, Elmer Walter, LeRoy Rudolph, and Ernst Roland.

Harold Sauer’s father, Johann Sauer Jr, was born in Germany in 1881, the son of Johannes & Anna Katharina (Meisinger) Sauer. His mother Anna “Bertha” (Roehm) Sauer was born in Van Wert County in 1882 and was the daughter of Henry and Catharine (Geier/Gaier) Roehm. John Jr and Bertha married at Zion Schumm 22 February 1903.

The Johann Sauer Jr family moved out of the Schumm area and resided in Fort Wayne, Indiana, by 1920. They had another child, a daughter Elsie, born in 1915. The parents died in Fort Wayne in the 1960s.

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th from Karen’s Chatt!

Today, to celebrate Independence Day, our nation’s birthday, a few lines from some favorite patriotic songs:

God Bless America

Land that I love

Sweet land of liberty

Let freedom ring

Land of the free

God Bless the USA

Stand beside her and guide her

God shed his grace on thee

Proud to be an American

Stars and Stripes Forever

Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light, protect us by thy might, Great God our King.

I was able to compile the above list from memory and I am sure many of you could do the same. However, I also did an Internet search for patriotic songs, just in case I had missed a good song. I couldn’t believe the following songs were included in a list of great patriotic songs: Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, Living in America by James Brown, and Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. Seriously? Not on my list of patriotic songs!    

Wishing you and yours an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.

And pray for America.


Tombstone Tuesday-More Military Inscriptions

Today, a few more military inscriptions and insignia on local tombstones.

3rd Infantry Division, Swamp College Cemetery, Mercer County.

1835th Engineering Installation Squadron, Catholic Cemetery, Celina, Ohio.

Co. A 308th Field Sig. Bn, US Signal Corps, Swamp College Cemetery.

308th, 83rd Division, Ammunition Train, Swamp College Cemetery.

US Coast Guard, Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, Ohio.

Medal of Honor, Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, Ohio.

North Grove Cemetery, Celina, Ohio.

Korean War, North Grove Cemetery, Celina, Ohio.

51 Balloon Co. Air Service, WWI, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.

And, my dad’s WWII service:

84th Infantry Division, the Railsplitters, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.