Tombstone Tuesday–William C. & Barbara S. Allmandinger

Barbara S and William C Allmandinger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Barbara S and William C Allmandinger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of William C. and Barbara S. Allmandinger, located in the last row of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Barbara S.

William C.

Gone but not forgotten

As I mentioned last week, William and Barbara Allmandinger attended both Zion Lutheran Chattanooga and Zion Lutheran Schumm. They attended Zion Chatt before they married in 1898 and until they moved to Van Wert County about 1907 and began attending Zion Schumm. As a result I was able to use the records of both churches to research them.

According to Zion Chatt’s confirmation records William Allmandinger was born 3 September 1867 to Ludwig and Rosina Allmandinger. He was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 6 April 1884 and married Barbara S. Hoehamer of Adams County, Indiana, on 4 January 1898 at Zion Chatt.

Although William and Barbara were married in Ohio their marriage was recorded in the Adams County, Indiana, which borders Mercer County, Ohio. This seems strange but may have been common for people living near the state line. My Miller grandparents were also married at Zion Chatt but their marriage record is also recorded in Adams County, Indiana.

When they married, William  was 31 years old and a farmer from Chattanooga. His parents were John L. and Rosina (Schneider) Allmandinger. Barbara was 21 years of age, from Adams County, Indiana, the daughter Nicholas and Anna (Mannselmann) Hoehamer. They were married in Chattanooga on 4 January 1898 by Rev. August Affeld. John Hoehamer and Emma Baker were the witnesses. [1]

William’s burial record at Zion Schumm gives additional information. It also states that he was born 3 September 1867 in Butler County, Ohio, the son of Mr. Louis Allmandinger. Soon after his birth he moved with his parents to the vicinity of Hamilton, Ohio, and in 1878 the family moved to Mercer County. He was instructed and confirmed in [Zion Lutheran] Chattanooga. In 1898 he was united in marriage with Miss Barbara “Hohamer” and in 1907 they moved to the Schumm area. William passed away 20 July 1919 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the age of 51 years, 10 months and 17 days. Survivors included his wife, 12 children, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Zion Chatt’s confirmation records indicate that Sophie Barbara “Hochamer” was born 30 August 1877 to Nicholas and Friedericke Hochamer . She was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 22 March 1891.

According to Barbara’s burial record at Zion Schumm Barbara Sophia Allmandinger, nee “Hochheimer”, was born 30 August 1877 in Bluecreek Township, Adams County, Indiana.  She died 13 February 1929 in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, at the age of 51 years, 5 months and 13 days. She was buried 16 February 1929 in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm. Barbara’s death record indicates that she died of stomach cancer in Willshire Township, Van Wert County. This record confirms that her parents were Nicholas and Anna (“Manzelman”) Hoehamer. [2]

Barbara’s death notice:

Local News
Mrs. Barbara Allmandinger, who has been in very poor health for some time, died at her home east of town yesterday morning. [3]

Barbara’s Obituary:

Mrs. Allmandinger Funeral
The funeral of Mrs. Barbara Allmandinger was held at Evangelical Lutheran church at Schumm Sunday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. R.O. Bienert, having charge of the services. The church was packed with friends and relatives of the deceased, who was held in the very highest esteem by all.

Barbara Sophia Allmandinger, daughter of Nicholas and Anna Hoehamer, was born August 30, 1877, in Jefferson township, Adams county, Indiana. She departed this life to her great beyond Feb. 13, 1929, at the age of 51 years, 5 months and 14 days.

In the year 1898 she was united in marriage to Wm. C. Allmandinger. To this union were born 12 children, 6 sons and 6 daughters. Soon after their marriage they moved to what is known as the Allmandinger homestead one mile north of Chattanooga, Ohio. In the year 1907 they with the family moved to where the family now is, four miles east of Willshire, Ohio. The father was called to the great beyond 10 years ago, leaving a dear mother with 12 children to provide for, in November 1928, she became ill and bedfast, and was cared for by the family until her death.

At her youth age she attended the Lutheran church and school at Chattanooga, Ohio, until 1907 when they moved to Willshire township, east of Willshire, where she became a member of the Schumm Lutheran church, holding her membership there until death.

She leaved to mourn the 12 children, all living, of whom three are married: Richard, living near home; Mrs. Wm. Beard, of near Wren, Ohio, and Mrs. Glenn Adams, of Coldwater, Ohio, leaving nine children, Walter, Bertha, Hugo, Fredrick, Lillie, Minnie, Martin, and the twins, Aaron and Anna, at home; three grandchildren, two brothers, Wm Hoehamer, of Rockford, Ohio, Geo. Hoehamer, of Bryant, Indiana; two half brothers, Chas. P. Hoehamer, of Chicago, Orville Hoehamer, of Hartford City, Indiana; five step brothers, Geo. Pfeifer, Van Wert, Ohio, Nicholas Pfeifer, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jacob Pfeifer, Bluffton, Indiana, Lawrence Pfeifer, Knox, Indiana, Fred Pfeifer, in Minnesota; two aunts, Mrs. Katherine Huser, of Van Wert Ohio, Mrs. Christena Koch, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and a host of relatives and friends.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks for the beautiful flowers, and for the choir singing and the help rendered during the time of sickness and death of our dear Mother.  The Children. [4]

William and Barbara Allmandinger had the following children:

Richard Edward (1898-1982), married 1/Frieda Schumm; 2/Loretta Aumann
Walter Leonhard (1900-1969), married Paula Buechner
Maria Magdalena (1901-1995), married William Beard
Carolina Katharina (1902-1961), married Glenn Parker Adam
Bertha Margaretha (1903-1930)
Hugo Johann (1906-1968), married Pauline A. Hofmann
Friedrich Nicolaus (1907-1987), married Anna Marie Sochor
Lillie Laurine (1910-1971), married Hugo G. Malmberg
Alma “Minna” (1911-2005), married Durwood L. Drydale
Herbert Martin Wilhelm (1913-1998), married Beatrice C. Eschbach
Aaron Ludwig (1917-1963), married Glendora Stump
Anna Barbara (1917-1983), married Walter Kammeyer

As a side note, their oldest son Richard Allmandinger married my grandpa Schumm’s sister Fried and was my great uncle.

[1] “Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, Adams, Indiana, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 June 2013), William Allmandinger and Barbara S. Hoehamer, 1898, citing Vol. 1: 57.

[2] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 June 2013), Barbara S Allmandinger, 1929.

[3] Local News, The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 14 February 1929, p.1.

[4] Mrs. Allmandinger Funeral, The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 21 February 1929.


    • Miriam Fetters on June 18, 2013 at 8:29 am
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    It might have been the law that the marriage license was obtained in the county of the bride’s residence. I know that was the case in Ohio at one time – not sure about Indiana.

    1. I think you are right and that was the case back then. Although today’s Ohio marriage law states that you must apply in the county in which you want to get married.

  1. Indeed, that was true for our wedding in Illinois some 40 years ago. Remember having to drive to my wife’s home town to get the paperwork, blood work, etc. in the county seat.

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