Tombstone Tuesday–Abraham Beberstein

Abraham Beberstein, Kessler Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Abraham Beberstein, located in row 14 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: BEBERSTEIN, Abraham Beberstein Died Sept 4, 1885, Aged 87 Y, 6 M, 26 d.

The broken column is now on the ground, facing west and leaning against the base. The base faces east and is inscribed BEBERSTEIN.

Although Abraham Beberstein and his family attended Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, they were buried in Kessler Cemetery. Kessler Cemetery, also known as Liberty Cemetery, is located on Oregon Road, about 2 miles from Chattanooga and one half mile from the Indiana State Line.

According to Zion Lutheran’s records Abraham Beberstein was born 17 February 1798 in Betringen, Canton Bern, Switzerland, and died 3 September 1884, He was aged 87 years, 6 months and 16 days. Note that the tombstone and church records disagree slightly.

An 1876 map of Mercer County shows that Abraham “Bevestine” owned land in the southeast quarter of Section 18 of Liberty Township. This land would have been about 2 miles south of Chattanooga and about 1/2 mile from Kessler Cemetery, on what is now State Route 49.

Abraham’s tombstone is between those of his children and his wife Friedricka.

This surname was spelled several different ways in the church records and on their tombstones: Baberstein, Beberstein, Beiberstein and Biberstein.


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