Tombstone Tuesday-Micheal Huber

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

This is the tombstone of Michael Huber, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Mar. 29, 1877
Aged 60 Y, 9 M, 29 D

Michael Huber was born 28 May 1816, as calculated from his tombstone. German church records indicate he was born 30 May 1816 Schwieberdingen, Wuerttemberg, the son of Balthas Huber (1777-1862) and Anna Maria (Mayle) Huber (1783-1829). Michael was baptized at the Lutheran church there on 1 June 1816 and his first communion was in 1830. [1] [2] [3]

Michael Huber married Christena Madgalene Ehret on 7 September 1841 in Markgroeningen. Christena was born in Markgroenninen, Oberamt Ludwigsburg, Wuerttemberg, on 22 September 1813. She was the daughter of Johann Adam Ehret and Christina Magdalena Gerna [sp?]. [2]

Michael and Christena Huber’s daughter Caroline Huber was born 10 June 1842 in Wuerttemberg. [4] [5]

Emigration records indicates that Michael F. Huber, born 30 May 1816 in Schwieberdingen, applied for emigration in July 1853. [6] Michael Huber’s Family Register page in the church at Schwieberdingen shows he emigrated June 1853 with his wife and child. [5]

In 1860 the Michael Huber family lived in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, where they had a Shanes Crossing address. The family in 1860: Michael Huber, 44; Christena Huber, 46; Caroline Huber, 18. All three family members were born in Wuerttemberg and Michael was a farmer. [5]

The Michael Huber family in 1870, residing in Blackcreek Township: Michael Huber, 54; Christena M Huber, 57; Caroline Huber, 28; and Flora Laukhart, 6. Their daughter Caroline Huber had married Casimere B. Laukhart (1818-1879) in 1863 and Flora Laukhart was their daughter. All three Hubers were born in Wuerttemberg and Flora was born in Ohio. It is interesting to note that Caroline is identified as Christena’s daughter in this 1870 enumeration, as indicated by the notation “helps mother.” A census enumeration before 1880 rarely shows a family relationship, so this is an interesting find. [6]   

Michael Huber died of lung fever in Willshire Township on 29 March 1877. [7] Zion Schumm’s records indicate that he was not a member there, but I imagine that his wife Christena was a member. Michael Huber’s death is the only time he is mentioned in Zion Schumm’s records, which show that he died 29 March 1877.

Michael’s widow Christena Huber died in July 1880 and she is buried two tombstones from Michael in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

[1] Wuerttemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985, Schwieberdingen Taufen, Tote, Heiraten, Notizen & Toten, 1558-1810, p.47, Michael Huber, born 30 May 1816; 1842 no.42.

[2] Wuerttemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985, Markgroeningen, Taufen & Heiraten 1703-1933, year 1841 no.21, Michael Huber & Christina Madgalene Ehret, married 7 Sep 1841; online database,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[3] Wuerttemberg, Germany, Family Tables, 1880-1985, from FHL film no. 1056758, Schwieberdingen, Konfirmationen & Familienbucher, 1723-1866. p.96, Balthas Huber family; online database,, viewed 6 Mar 2022. 

[4] 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.

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

[6] Wuerttemberg Emigration Index, Vol. I-VIII, Trudy Schenk, Michael F. Huber; online database,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[7] 1860 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.329, dwelling 581, family 586, Michael Huber; digital image by subscription,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[8] 1870 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.23A, dwelling & family 62, Michael Hoober; digital image by subscription,, viewed 6 Mar 2022.

[9] 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.





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    • Glenda L. Welch on March 8, 2022 at 10:33 am
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    Thank you for posting the info on Michael Huber. I have been to the cemetery and have seen the tombstone. I have some of the info you published about his ancestors and family, but you had added more info on Michael’s ancestors. Thank you so much. Flora Laukhart was my grandmother and I remember her well.
    I enjoy your website so much.

    Glenda Lou Alspaugh Welch – Ezra Elonzo Alspaugh, Jacob Elonzo Alspaugh. Flora was Jacob’s Wife.

    1. You are very welcome! Researching Michael and Christena was very interesting, especially when it took me to the German church records, available to read on Ancestry. Some of the German surnames were very difficult to read (female maiden names in particular) and I am not sure if I translated them correctly. I did the best I could and I may go back to look at more records to see if I can see better writing in other related records. I will let you know if there is an update. How interesting that Flora was your grandmother. I may email you if I have any further questions. I found the research particularly interesting when I saw the Smalley connection. Small world, because we know the Smalleys and my husband is friends/worked with a Smalley, one of the descendants. Thanks for writing!

    • Vicki Sipe on October 27, 2023 at 3:17 pm
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    Hello Karen,
    Let me add my thanks to those of Glenda. I appreciate the information you have gathered on the Hubers. Like Glenda, I am also related to Flora. She was my great-great grandmother and I appear with her in a 5 generation photo. She spent her last years in a house in Rockford, Ohio with her daughter Adah, and I have very fond memories of visiting them there. My link passes through the Alspaugh, Smalley, and Sipe families. I would be very curious which of the Smalley family you know, and did you know the Hoffhines?

    1. The Smalleys lived near us and I remember Jake, some of his children, his sister Bessie (Smalley) Hoffhines, and some of Jake’s brother Tom’s children. Plus Jake’s daughter Ruth married Elmer Roehm, who is a relative through the Schumms. Small world! I am happy to hear the Huber information helped with your research. I really have no connection to the Hubers but I was able to track this family back into the 1600s in the German church records online, Hemmingen Lutheran Church, Wuerttembereg. Going through the German records is good practice for me and there they were, generation after generation, Caroline (Huber) Laukhart’s ancestors: Caroline’s father Michael>Balthasar>Michael>Georg Michael>Hans Jerg>Jerg. Hans Jerg married in 1702, so he and his father Jerg would have been born in the 1600s! I should send that information to you some time. Thanks for writing.

        • Vicki Sipe on October 30, 2023 at 11:05 am
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        Would love to see your Huber information and thank you for the kind offer. Jake and Tom were my grand-uncles, Bessie my grand-aunt. I visited them all frequently over the years. Never left Bessie’s without several bags of flower bulbs. Many of her flowers are still growing at my home.
        I have off and on tried to figure out when Sipe Road was named and if it was named after a particular Sipe. Would you have any insight on that? Thanks for the work you have already done, and your wonderful blog!

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