Tombstone Tuesday–Catharine (Kuhn) Herzog

Catharine Herzog, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Catharine/Katharina (Kuhn) Herzog, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The markers [Yes! Catharine has two grave markers!] are  inscribed:

The inscription on the older stone:

Wife of
Dec. 9, 1871
44y, 9m, 25 d

The inscription on the newer stone:

Ehefrau von
G. Friedrich Herzog
Gest. 9 Dec. 1871
Alter 44 J, 9M, 25 T

Both tombstones are side by side and the newer one is erected next to her husband’s stone. It is interesting to note that the older stone is inscribed in English while the newer stone is inscribed in German. Katharina, the German spelling, is used on the newer stone. The newer stone matches Friedrich’s stone and his second wife’s stone. The second wife’s stone is situated on the other side of Friedrich’s marker.

Katharina Herzog, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. Her newer grave marker. (2011 photo by Karen)

According to Zion Chatt’s records, Catharine Kuhn was born 14 February 1827 in Bedesbach, Rhein District, Kingdom of Bavaria, the daughter of Heinrich/Henry and Margaretha Kuhn. She was baptized and confirmed in Bedesbach.

Catharine Kuhn married Friedrich Herzog on 15 April 1852 in Mercer County, Ohio. [1]

They lived in the Chatt area of Mercer County after their marriage, where Friedrich farmed. They had a Shanesville/Shanes Crossing post office address. It appears that they did not have any children. Just the two of them are seen in the 1860 and 1870 censuses. Zion Chatt’s communion records begin in 1861 and Friedrich and Catharine are listed among those first recorded communicants in December 1861.

In 1860: Friedrich, 35, and Catharine, 34. Both were reportedly born in Germany. [2]

In 1870: Friedrich, 46, and Catharine, 43. Both were reportedly born in Bavaria. [3]

Catharine’s death and burial are recorded in Zion Chatt’s records. This record indicates that she died 9 December 1872 at the age of 44 years, 9 months, and a few days. Her year of death in this record disagrees with the year on her tombstone.

Friedrich married again after Catharine’s death. More about this family next week.


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, (accessed 29 Jan 2017), Frederick Hartzog/Harzog and Catharine Kuhn, 15 Apr 1852; Mercer County Marriages, Vol.ABC, p375. ; FHL microfilm 914955.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.333, dwelling 625, family 630, Fred Hardsag; ( accessed 29 Jan 2017); FHL microfilm 805009, NARA microfilm M653, roll 1009.

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, p.29B, dwelling/family 158, Fredrick Hardzog; (accessed 29 Jan 2017); FHL microfilm 552742, NARA microfilm M593, roll 1243.



    • Friedrich Rose on September 6, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    Thanks for posting this article. I am related to the Kuhns going back to Germany, so I find this especially interesting.

    1. You are welcome! I hope you got some good information from it. Thanks for reading!

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