Tombstone Tuesday–Wilhelm Dietrich

Wilhelm Dietrich, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This the tombstone of Wilhelm Dietrich, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier Ruhet in Gott
Sohn von
Adam & Maria
Den 15 Sep 1862
Den 15 Juni 1863

Here rests in God, Wilhelm, son of Adam and Maria Dietrich, born 15 September 1862, died 15 June 1863.

According to Zion Schumm’s records, Wilhelm Dietrich was born 15 September 1862, the son of Adam and Maria [Elizabeth] (Germann) Dietrich.  He was baptized at Zion Schumm’s church on 21 September 1862 with Adam Buechner and wife and Philip Germann serving as his sponsors.

Wilhelm Dietrich died 15 June 1863, at the age of 9 months. The church records do not give the cause of his death.

Wilhelm’s parents were both born in Germany and married in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 21 November 1854. [1] Wilhelm’s father Johann “Adam” Dietrich was born 27 January 1828 and died 10 February 1912. His mother Maria Elisabeth (Germann) was born 20 February 1833 and died 28 November 1888. Both are buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

According to Zion Schumm’s records Wilhelm had a brother and sister living when he was born and four siblings who were born after his death:

Jacob Dietrich (1857-1857)
Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha (1859-1940), married Adam Sauer
Catharina (1859-1859), born and died the same day, twin to Maria Magdalena “Lena” Margaretha
Johann Adam (1860-1903)
George Ernst (1864-1905), married Clara Schumm
Anna Maria Sophia (1866-1945), did not marry
Jacob “Heinrich” (1869-1935), married Maria Schumm
Hannah “Emma” Magdalena (1874-1956), married Johann “Ferdinand” Schinnerer


[1] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database,, Adam Detrick & Mary Elizabeth Germann, 21 Nov 1854, Van Wert, Ohio.

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