Tombstone Tuesday–Edward G. Weinman

Edward G. Weinman, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

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

Oct. 4, 1903
Oct. 3, 1971

Edward George Weinman was born 4 October 1903, the son of George and Maria (Gunsett) Weinman. [1] Edward was baptized at Zion Schumm on 18 October 1903 with George Grund and Albert Weinman serving as his sponsors.

The George Weinman family in 1910, the first census Edward was enumerated in: George, 50; Mary, 45; Carl, 21; Minnie, 18; Otto, 14; and Edward, 6. The father George was born in Germany and was a general farmer. Edward’s mother Mary was born in Ohio and had given birth to 7 children, 4 of whom were living. I see that one of their neighbors was my great-great-grandmother Maria (Sekel) Breuninger. [2]

The George Weinman family in 1920: George, 60; Mary, 59; Carl, 31; and Edward, 16. This enumeration indicates that the father George was born in Alsace Lorraine, that he immigrated in 1872 and was naturalized in 1880. George’s occupation was a merchant. Edward, at age 16, was not employed. I noticed that they had many Schumm neighbors, which is no surprise. [3]

In 1930 the George Weinman family lived in the village of Schumm, in a home they rented. The George Weinman family in 1930: George, 70; Mary, 69; and Edward, 26. This enumeration indicates that George and his parents were born in France, which could be Alsace Lorraine as indicated in the 1920 census. Edward was employed as a laborer. No occupation was given for the father so perhaps he was retired. They lived next to son Carl and his family. Carl’s family consisted of wife Ester and daughter Betty J. [4]

The George Weinman family in 1940: George, 80; Mary, 79; and Edward, 36. The family lived in same house as they had in 1935. No occupation was given for George or Edward. [5]

Edward Weinman died 3 October 1971, just a day shy of his 68th birthday. Edward’s obituary:

Edward Weinman
Edward Weinman, 67, of Schumm Road, Rt. 1, Willshire, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Van Wert Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born Oct. 4, 1903, in Willshire Township, he was a son of J. George and Mary Elizabeth (Gusett) Weinman.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Philip (Minna) Sauer of Decatur, Ind.

Four brothers preceded him in death, including Carl H., who died Aug. 29 of this year.

Mr. Weinman was at one time a grocery store clerk and also had been a watchman at the Schumm Saw Mill. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Willshire.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cowan and Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert D. Schuler officiating.

Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Willshire Township.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. [6]

Edward George had three siblings that lived to adulthood:
Carl Hermann (1888-1971), married Esther Berdie Dull
Minna Katherine (1891-1979), married Philip Sauer
Otto Emanuel (1895- ), married Annie M. Stetler

Three siblings preceded him in death–Walter T. (1885-1887), Willie H. (1887-1887), and Lina Elisabeth (1899-1901).

Edward’s mother Mary died in 1943 and his father George died in 1958. They are both buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

Edward never married.


[1] Years ago, in the church records and other records, this surname was spelled Weinmann. In this blog post I am using the Weinman spelling, as inscribed on Edward’s tombstone and is the more common spelling used today. Edward’s baptismal record spelled his name Weinmann.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.1B, dwelling & family 17, George Weinman;  ( : viewed 9 Jul 2018).

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2B, dwelling & family 47, George Weinman; ( : viewed 7 Jul 2018).

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.5A, dwelling 101, family 103, George Wimman; ( : viewed 9 Jul 2018).

[5] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.5A, household 95, Geo Weinman; ( : viewed 9 Jul 2018).

[6] Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 4 Oct 1971, p.2; ( : viewed 8 Jul 2018).



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