Tombstone Tuesday–Emma V. Huffman

Emma V. Huffman, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Emma V. Huffman, located in row 7 of Kessler Cemetery, aka Liberty Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Emma V
Dau of
G.F. & S. Huffman
Dec. 25, 1903
19 Y.  9 M. 6 D.

Emma was the second child born to George Ferdinand and Sarah Roseann (Dodge) Huffman. She was born 19 March 1884, as calculated from the information on her tombstone.

The George and Sarah Huffman resided in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, for the first few years after they married in 1877 but moved across the state line to Indiana by March 1884, where their daughter Emma was reportedly born.

The family attended Zion Chatt for a time but there is no mention of Emma in the church records.

The George Huffman family in 1900, Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana: George F, 46; Sarah, 44; Burrell, 24; Emma, 16; Nora, 13; Mary 10; Maggie, 8; and Francis, 3. Emma was reportedly born in Indiana. [1]

Emma V. Huffman, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

Emma died 25 December 1903, most likely in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. I could not locate her death certificate on-line and it was not recorded in Zion Chatt’s records.


[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.11A, dwelling & family 198, Geo F Huffman;; FHL microfilm 1240357, NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.


    • Deb Reichard on August 1, 2017 at 6:34 am
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    Hi Karen! Emma was a sister of my Great Grandmother, Mary Olga Huffman Bollenbacher. In my records, Emma died at the age of 17 from tuberculosis. Don’t have any other specifics. Thanks for the info.

    Deb Bollenbacher Reichard

    1. Yes, I noticed the connection to your branch of the family when I started on the Huffmans a few weeks ago. I wondered if that might be Emma’s cause of death, which was rather common back then. I was surprised that I did not find a death certificate. Thanks for writing! (After a little tweaking I got the blog post notifications to go out again!)

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