Tombstone Tuesday-Elizabeth (Tague) King Hardzog

Elizabeth (Tague/Dague) King Hardzog, Ridge/Slater Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2021 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Elizabeth (Tague) Hardzog, located in Ridge/Slater Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Nov. 4, 1878
65 Y, 5 M, 7 D

This is the same Elizabeth Hardzog [aka Hartzog] who was enumerated twice in Mercer County in the 1850 census, that I wrote about last week. Elizabeth was the wife of Christian Hardzog in 1850 and one of those duplicate enumerations indicates that Elizabeth was 37, which agrees with her age as calculated on her tombstone.

Elizabeth Tague/Dague was born 28 May 1813, as calculated from her tombstone. Elizabeth Tague married Josias King in Franklin County, Ohio, on 25 February 1830, married by John W. Clark, E, M.E. probably a Methodist minister. [1]

By 1840 both the Josias King family and the Christian Hardzog family lived in Black Creek Township, Mercer County. The Josias King family in 1840: males, 1/under 5 years, 2/5-10, 1/15-20, 1/40-50; females, 1/5-10, 1/20-30. The Christian Hardzog family in 1840, males, 2/5-10, 1/10-15, 1/15-20, 1/40-50; females, 1/under 5, 2/5-10, 1/10-15, 1/15-20, 1/40-50. [2]

Josias King and Christian Hardzog were both counted in Mercer County’s 1843 Quadrennial Census of adult white males, age 21 and over, both living in Black Creek Township.

The Kings and Hardzogs were probably neighbors in Black Creek Township or both families likely knew each other.

Christian Hardzog’s first wife Katharine died in 1843 and Elizabeth’s husband Josias King died in 1846. The widowed pair married in 1847 and combined their families.

Christian Hardzog was appointed guardian of the Elizabeth’s five King children in 1848: Amos, 14; Noah, 11; Andrew, 9; Elmira, 7; and Martha, 5. [3] Christian and Elizabeth went on to have several children of their own, William, Zachary, and Harriet.

In 1850 the Christian Hardzog family was enumerated twice, enumerated in both Black Creek and Dublin Townships. See last week’s blog post for that information. [4]

In 1860 the Christian Hardzog family was enumerated in Black Creek Township, with their post office as Shanesville. The family consisted of Christian, 65; Elizabeth, 41; William, 13; Zachary, 11; and Harriett, 9. [5]

The Christian Hardzog family in 1870: Christian, 65, PA; Elizabeth, 58, OH; and Harriet, 15, OH. Christian was a retired farmer by this time. [6]

Christian Hardzog/Hartzog died 8 October 1874 and Elizabeth (Tague/Dague) Hardzog died 4 November 1878. They are buried in separate cemeteries, a couple miles apart.

Elizabeth is buried in Ridge/Slater/Liberty Cemetery, which is located at the intersection of Ohio Route 81 and Rhodes Mill Road. Elizabeth is buried a row or two away from her first husband Josias King. Christian is buried in Hileman/Smith/Hartzog/Alspaugh Cemetery, which is located a couple miles west of Ridge/Slater, at Route 81 and Schumm Road. Both cemeteries are in Van Wert County.

The Kings and Hardzogs lived south of and not too far from Schumm. Some Hardzogs are buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm. I do not know if the Hardzogs attended Zion Schumm in the 1840s, but Christian’s first wife Katharine, daughters Caroline and Catharine, and likely some other family members are buried at Zion Schumm. Zion Schumm’s cemetery is a mile or two north of Hileman/Smith/Hartzog/Alspaugh Cemetery.

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, Franklin, Ohio. Vol.2, p.241, Josiah King & Elizabeth Tague, 25 Feb 1830; ( : viewed 29 Mar 2021).

[2] 1840 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.83-84, Josias King & Christian Hardstaff/Hardsock; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 29 Mar 2021). 

[2] Ohio Probate Records 1789-1966, Administration Dockets 1829-1850, Appointments of 1848, Mercer, Ohio, p.382, Christian Harzogg guardian; ( : viewed 29 Mar 2021).

[4] Enumerated Twice in Mercer County in 1850, Karen’s Chatt, 26 Mar 2021, .

[5] 1860 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p. 322, line 10, dwelling 468, family 473, Christian Hartzog; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 6 January 2013).

[6] 1870 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p. 20B, line 31, dwelling 30, family 30, Christian Hardzog; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 13 January 2013).

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