Tombstone Tuesday–Margaret E. Hoehamer


Margaret E. Hoehamer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Margaret E. Hoehamer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Margaret E. Hoehamer, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Margaret E. Hoehamer was born Elisabeth Margaretha Kallenberger, according to the records of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga. She was born 10 January 1874 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, and was baptized 19 February of that year. She was the daughter of Michael Andreas “Andrew” and Elisabeth (Burkhart) Kallenberger. Her father was born in Württemberg and her mother in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In most records Margaret went by the name of “Maggie.”

Maggie Kallenberger married William A. Hoehamer on 24 May 1900. They were married by Rev. R. V. Schmitt, the minister of Zion Chatt. [1]

According to Zion’s records and census enumerations William and Maggie had the following children:

Ida/Edie Elisabeth (1901-?)
Friedericke Louisa (1903-?)
Wilhelm Andreas Hoehamer, Jr. (1909-1978) married Alice Luella Deitsch
Stillborn son (born 14 February 1913) buried at Zion Chatt

In 1920 William and  Maggie were living in Blackcreek Township with their three children and Maggie’s mother: William, 44, farmer; Elisabeth, 46; Edith, 18, “Freeda,” 16; William, 10. “Kallen Barger,” mother-in-law, 79, widow. [2] “Kallen Barger” must have been Maggie’s mother, Elizabeth (Burkhart) Kallenberger. It is often interesting to see how a census enumerator recorded a name.

In 1930 William and Maggie were living in on Smalley Pike, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. William was 55 years old and was a farmer. Maggie E. was 56 years old. Living with them was their son William A., age 20, and Maggie’s mother, Elizabeth Kallenberger, mother-in-law, widow and 88 years of age. [3]

My aunts and uncle remember that their sister Helen Miller used to do housework for Maggie and William. Maggie and William lived between Wilson and Rockford West Roads, near where a tree was in the middle of the road. I do not remember this place, but my aunts and uncle do.


Mrs. William A. Hoehamer, Sr.

ROCKFORD, May 8—Services for Mrs. Margaret E. Hoehamer, 76, wife of William A. Hoehamer, Sr., will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Zion Lutheran church, Chattanooga. The Rev. Waldo Byers will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Hoehamer was a lifelong resident of Blackcreek-tp, Mercer-co. She died at her home Sunday following a lengthy illness.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. J.R. Materlock, and a son, William, Jr., both of Blackcreek-tp; a brother, Michael Kellenberger [sic]; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The body will remain at the Dick and Stallter funeral home. [4]

Although Maggie is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery, near her brother Michael Kallenberger, her husband is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Adams County, Indiana. [See last week’s blog post about her husband, William A. Hoehamer.]


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 July 2013), W.A. Hoehamer and Maggie E. Kallenberger, 1900, citing Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 8: 141.

[2] 1920 US Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.10A, dwelling 190, family 190, line 20, William Hoehamer; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 21 July 2013); from National Archives microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[3] 1930 U.S. census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.1B, dwelling 11, family 11, line 51, William A. Hoehamer; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 21 July 2013); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from National Archives microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[4] Deaths and Funerals, The Lima News, 8 May 1950, p. 2; Mrs. William A. Hoehamer, Sr. obituary.


    • Waldo on July 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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    Rev. Waldo Byers was also the pastor who baptized me in that same year. No, I was not named after him though we share the same first name.

    It is interesting how you describe the location of the Hoehamer place, “between Wilson Rd. and Rockford West Rd.” Which is indeed true, but the road between is Manley, if I recall correctly. Now that road may or may not have been there back in that time and the Hoehamer place (buildings) set well off the road back a long lane (if I have all my facts correct, as I was a tad too young to remember as I have noted). In fact the place is still pretty much intact, though all the buildings have likely been replaced or at least heavily modernized. It has been pretty much the same all my life.

    • Waldo on August 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm
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    Oops: It was the place across the road on the north side of Manley Rd. Small white house with a porch that wraps around most of the visible side from the road. But it is still there.

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