Tombstone Tuesday–George Martin Pflueger

George Martin Pflueger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of George Martin Pflueger, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

George M.
Sohn von
M & CM Pfleger
Den 13 Aug 1859
Alter 1 J, 10 M, 11T

George M, son of M & CM Pflueger, died 13 August 1859, aged 1 year, 10 months, and 11 days.

George Martin Pflueger was born 23 September 1857 in Van Wert County, Ohio, to Michael and Maria Catharine (Brandt) Pflueger. He was baptized at home on 12 March 1858 with widow Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm and George Schumm and wife serving as his sponsors. Also baptized on that same day was his sister, Maria Barbara Pflueger, who was born 27 July 1855. Both children had the same sponsors.

Little George Martin Pflueger died 13 August 1859. Zion Schumm’s minister entered the information about his death in the church records along with the following notation: The parents do not belong to the church but the child was baptized by me.

The church records do not give the cause of George Martin’s death or the date of his burial.

Michael and Maria Catharine Pflueger, both German immigrants, married in Holmes County 28 May 1846 and moved to the Schumm area around 1848.

Despite the fact that Zion Schumm’s minister indicates that the parents did not belong to the church in 1859, several of their children were baptized at Zion Schumm over the years. Several family deaths and burials are also recorded there and some family members are buried in Zion’s cemetery. It appears the family probably did join the church at some point.

Wife and mother Maria Catharine (Brandt) Pflueger died 4 April 1882 and is buried in row 9 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery. The names of five of their children are inscribed on Maria Catharine’s tombstone. [1]

The father Michael Pflueger died in 1903 and is buried in Greenbriar Cemetery, Van Wert County. [2]  

Michael and Maria Catharine (Brandt) Pflueger had at least eleven children and at least six of them died young:
Maria Katharina (1848-1848)
Margaretha (1849-1849)
Rosina/Rose Ann (1850-1869)
Abraham (1853-1936), married Elizabeth Hoffman
Maria Barbara (1855-1935), married Jacob/GW Clouse
Georg Martin (1857-1859)
Martin Friedrich (1860-1943), married Sarah M. Burk
Adam Jakob (1862-1919), married Anna Regina Pfeifer
Johann Heinrich (1863-1864)
Andreas Jacob (1866-1867)
Maria Hanna (1871-?)

[1]Tombstone Tuesday-Maria C. Pflueger,” 14 May 2013; Karen’s Chatt (

[2]Tombstone Tuesday—Michael G. Pflueger,” 21 May 2013 and “Tombstone Tuesday—Michael G. Pflueger (revisited),” 6 Nov 2018; Karen’s Chatt (  



    • Andy Gappa on December 17, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    Son Adam Jacob Pflueger married Anna Regina Pfeifer in 1894. Thought I’d help you with the spelling of the last name. They are both on my tree and she’s a first cousin–3 x’s removed.

    1. Thanks, Andy! I didn’t think the spelling of that name seemed correct. Great to hear from you and have a Merry Christmas!

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