Tombstone Tuesday-Margaretha (Strobel) Miller

Margaretha Strobel Miller (1859-1882) Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga

This is the tombstone of Margaretha Miller, nee Strobel, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Margaretha d/o
Johann Strobel
& w/o Jacob Miller
Died 21 Apr 1882
23 Y, 3 M, 15 D


The inscription on the weathered stone is now very difficult to read and I relied in part to the transcription of Mercer County Cemetery Inscriptions Volume VI, compiled by the Mercer County Chapter OGS, 1990, page 96.

I calculate her date of birth as 6 January 1859, which agrees with the information about the Strobel family in the records of Zion Chatt. According to their records Margaretha was born 6 January 1859 near Cincinnati, the fifth child of Johann Peter and Margaretha Dorthea (Herbolzheimer) Stroebel.

Johann Peter Stroebel, son of Gottfried and Catharina Stroebel, was born 10 Feb 1818 in Dottenheim, County Court Winzheim, District Mittelfranken, Kingdom of Bavaria, baptized and confirmed there. He traveled to North America in the year 1849, settled down in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, married there in the year 1849 to Margaretha Dorothea Herbolzheimer, daughter of Thomas and Dorothea Herbolzheimer. The same was born 25 August 1826 in Markipsheim, County Court Windsheim, District Mittelfranken, Kingdom of Bavaria, baptized and confirmed there. Both spouses lived some years near Cincinnati and then moved to Mercer County, Ohio.

Children of Johann Peter & Margaretha Dorothea Stroebel:
Leonhard, b. 6 January 1850 in Cincinnati
Joh. Georg, b. 2 October 1852 near Cincinnati, died at age 7, near Cincinnati
Johann Georg, b. 30 December 1854 near Cincinnati, died at age 2, near Cincinnati
Susann Barbara, b. 6 January 1857 near Cincinnati
Margaretha, born 6 January 1859 in Cincinnati
Johann, b. 17 March 1861 in Cincinnati
Johann Michael, b. 5 August 1863 in Mercer County, Ohio
(source: Family Register, records of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, page 65)

Margaretha was the second wife of my great grandfather, Jacob Miller. Jacob’s first wife, Sophia Goelzer, died in Bavaria before he immigrated to America in 1871. Jacob married Margaretha Strobel at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, on 15 March 1877. (source: Mercer County Ohio Probate Court, Marriage Vol. 4:73)

Jacob and Margaretha had two sons:
Johann Peter (1878-1957), married Della Kuehm
Christian Miller (1880-1911)

Christian never married and died of typhoid fever in the western United States. After Margaretha’s death Jacob married Christine Rueck on 9 November 1882 at Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm.

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