Tombstone Tuesday-Caroline Huber

Caroline Huber, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Caroline Huber, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Caroline Huber
Born 6, 10, 1842
Died 2, 13, 1924
Age 81 Years
8 Mo, 3 Da

Caroline Huber was born 10 June 1842 in Schwieberdingen, Wuerttemberg, the daughter of Michael and Christena (Ehret) Huber. Caroline was baptized 12 June 1842 in Schwieberdingen. [1] [2]

Caroline’s father Michael Huber, her mother Christena Huber, and Caroline herself came to America in June 1853. [2]

The Michael Huber family settled in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, and had Shanes Crossing address. The Michael Huber family there in 1860: Michael Huber, 44; Christena Huber, 46; and Caroline Huber, 18. This enumeration indicates that all three family members were born in Wuerttemberg and Michael was a farmer. [3]

Caroline Huber married Casimere B. Laukhart on 23 July 1863 in Mercer County, Ohio. [4] Casimere Laukhart (1818-1879) was a widower with a couple sons from his first marriage. A daughter, Flora C, was born to Casimere and Caroline on 11 June 1864. Census records indicate that Casimere and Caroline divorced or separated by 1870 and Caroline and her daughter Flora went back to live with Caroline’s parents, Michael and Christene Huber. Caroline took back her maiden name and retained her maiden name the rest of her life.   

The Michael Huber family in 1870, residing in Blackcreek Township: Michael Huber, 54; Christena M Huber, 57; Caroline Huber, 28; and Flora Laukhart, 6. This enumeration indicates all three Hubers were born in Wuerttemberg and that Flora was born in Ohio. [5]  

Caroline’s father Michael Huber died 29 March 1877 and is buried in row 9 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery. [6]

In 1880 Caroline Huber, 36, divorced, and her daughter Flora Laukhart, 11, lived with her widowed mother Christena Huber, 70, head, all living in Willshire Township. This enumeration indicates that Christena and Caroline were born in Bavaria and that Flora was born in Ohio. This enumeration also indicates that Christena had cancer of the uterus. [7]

Caroline’s mother Christena (Ehret) Huber died on 4 July 1880, a few weeks after the census was taken, and is buried in row 9 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.  

The 1890 census was destroyed, so there is a 20-year gap between the 1880 and 1900 censuses. During that time Caroline’s daughter Flora Laukhart married Jacob Elonzo Alspaugh (1867-1948). They married about 1888. I could not locate Caroline Huber in the 1900 census but it would be a good assumption that she was living with her daughter Flora and her family. Caroline lived with them the rest of her life and they were her only relatives in this country.

In 1900 Jacob and Flora (Laukhart) Alspaugh lived on West South Street in Rockford: Jacob, 32; Flora, 35; Finley, 10; Arnold, 7; Adah, 5; and Zelah, 1. Jacob worked as a house carpenter. [8]  

The Jacob Alspaugh family moved to Willshire Township by 1910 and Caroline Huber lived with them and was enumerated with their household in 1910: JE Alspaugh, 42; Flora, 45, wife; Finley, 20, son; Arnold, 17, son; Adah, 15, daughter; Zelah, 11, daughter; Ezra, 9, son; Esther, 5, daughter; and Caroline, 77, mother. [9]

The Jacob Alspaugh family moved to Stryker, Williams County, Ohio, sometime between 1910 and 1920. Caroline continued to live with her only child Flora and her family there, residing on Lynn Street in Stryker. The Jacob Alspaugh family in 1920: Jacob E Alspaugh, 52, head; Flora Alspaugh, 55, wife; Ezra Alspaugh, 18, son; Esther Alspaugh, 15, daughter; and Caroline “Hoover,” 77, mother-in-law, widowed. [10]

Caroline Huber died in Stryker, Ohio, on 13 February 1924, at the age of 81 years, 8 months, and 3 days.  She was buried on the 16th, buried a couple rows from her parents gravesite.

Child of Casimere B. Laukhart and Caroline Huber:
Flora C. Laukhart (1864-1963), married Jacob Elonzo Alspaugh

[1] Wuerttemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985, Schwieberdingen Taufen, Tote, Heiraten, Notizen & Toten, 1558-1810, year 1842 no.42, Karolina Huber, born 10 Jun 1842.

[2] Wuerttemberg, Germany, Family Tables, 1550-1985, Schwieberdingen, Konfirmation & Familienbucher, 1723-1866, p. 182, Michael Huber family; online database,, viewed 6 Mary 2022.

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.329, dwelling 581, family 586, Michael Huber; digital image by subscription,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[4] Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, Mercer County Marriages, 1861-1887, p.46 , Casamere Lakehart & Caroline Hahur/Hover, 23 Jul 1863; database on-line,, viewed 30 Mar 2022.

[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.23A, dwelling & family 62, Michael Hoober; digital image by subscription,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[6] Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, Van Wert, Vol.1, 1867-1908, p.120 Michael Huber, 29 Mar 1877; database with images,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[7] 1880 U.S. Census Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.457A, family 258, Mary Hoser; digital image by subscription,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[8] 1900 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 78, p.9, dwelling 201, family 208, Jacob Allspaw; digital image by subscription,, viewed 3 Apr 2022.

[9] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.2A [penned], dwelling & family 28, JE Alspaugh; digital image by subscription,, viewed 30 Mar 2022.

[10] 1920 U.S. Census, Springfield Twp, Williams, Ohio, ED 168, p.8B [penned], dwelling & family 222, Jacob E Alspaugh; digital image by subscription,, viewed 30 Mar 2022.



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    • Glenda Alspaugh Welch on April 5, 2022 at 11:23 am
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    Good job! Great working with you. As I said before, look forward to Tuesday Tombstone when maybe I will learn more about my area ancestors.

    1. Thank you!

    • Brian Thomas Siefring on April 5, 2022 at 2:18 pm
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    Thanks for your continuing work!!!

    1. You are welcome! Thanks for reading!

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