Tombstone Tuesday–J. Christian Pflueger

J. Christian Pflueger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

J. Christian Pflueger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of J. Christian Pflueger, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruht in Gott
J. Christian Pflueger
geb. den 12 Mai 1781
gest. den 28 Mar 1877
95 Jahre, 10 Mo, 16 Ta

“Here rests in God, J. Christian Pflueger, born 12 May 1781, died 28 March 1877, age 95 years, 10 months and 16 days.”

Johann Christian Pflueger was born 12 May 1781 in Schrozberg, Oberamt Gerebronn, Württemberg, the son of Johann Georg and Anna Magdalena (Dumler) Pflueger. His father was a kobler [farmer of a small farm] in Crailshausen. Johann Christian Pflueger married Anna Barbara Sekel on 20 April 1814 in Schrozberg. Anna Barbara was born 20 June 1791 in Rechenhausen, Württemberg, to Johann and Elisabetha (Hilgert) Sekel. [1] Christian and Anna Barbara were my great-great-great-grandparents.

Johann Christian died 28 March 1877 at the home of his daughter Maria Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm Buechner near Schumm. He was nearly 96 years old.

Grandfather Pflueger died at the residence of Adam Buechner in Willshire Township Wednesday morning and was buried yesterday at the Schumm Cemetery. [2]

Willshire township has again lost one of its oldest citizens, Christian “Pflengar”, who died on the 28th of last month.  He would have been 96 years old next May. [3]    

According to the oldest records of Zion Lutheran Schumm Christian’s wife Anna Barbara (Sekel) Pflueger died 26 September 1846 in Willshire Township. She is buried in Zion’s cemetery but her tombstone no longer exists.

According to the Schrozberg church records the Pfluegers had at least ten children who were born in Württemberg before the family immigrated in 1832. At least four of their children died in infancy in Württemberg. One child was later born in Ohio. Their children:

Maria Rosina (1814-?)

Maria Margaretha (1815-1816)

Maria Barbara (1816-1816)

Anna Barbara (1817-1817)

Eva Maria (1819-1822)

Anna Maria “Mary” (1820-1903) married Georg Martin Schumm

Maria Barbara (1822-1908) married Ludwig Schumm; 2nd marriage to Adam Buechner

George “Michael” (1824-1903) married Catherine Brandt

George Leonhard (1825-1825)

Eva Margaretha “Margaret” (1828-?) married George Reidenbach [4]

Elizabeth (1835-1913) born in Holmes County, Ohio; married Jacob Bienz [5]

The Pfluegers may have had at least one other son, Johann (c1830-?), who was listed on the passenger list with the family when they immigrated. It is not known what happened to Johann.

More about the Pfluegers in this Friday’s blog post.


[1] Evangelische Kirche (Schrozberg, OA Gerabronn, Württemberg), Kirchenbuch 1634-1961, year 1814, unpaginated, record no. 2, Johann Christian Pflüger and Anna Barbara Sekel marriage, FHL microfilm #1528614.

[2] Christian Pflueger death notice, Van Wert Times, Van Wert, Ohio, 30 March 1877.

[3] Christian Pflueger death notice, Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 6 April 1877.

[4] Evangelische Kirche (Schrozberg, OA Gerabronn, Württemberg), Kirchenbuch 1634-1961, taufen 1814-1828, unpaginated, FHL microfilm #1528613.

[5] Marguerite S. Dickinson, compiler, Winesburg, Ohio, Birth Records, 1833-1897, (Millersburg, Ohio : Holmes County Chatper, Ohio Genealogical Society, 1993), 4; originally published in 1955.


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    • Charmaine "Wilson" Hoffman on May 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm
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    I just started receiving your posts. How interesting. In reading the names of the Pfluger children, Elizabeth, was married to Jacob Bienz. Jacob is part of my family. His brother Christian who is buried in the old plank cemetery on #33 was my g.g.grandfather. I am also a DAR member here in Decatur. I’m truly enjoying your stories. Thanks.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy the posts and what a small world! It is so interesting to learn about our ancestors and learn all the family connections. Who is your DAR ancestor?

        • Charmaine "Wilson" Hoffman on May 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm
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        Levi Harrod

    • Laura Pflueger on December 26, 2023 at 4:19 pm
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    I really appreciate all your work! We are also down this line of Pfluegers.. my kids have Johann as their greatx5 grandfather. We have done school projects on our family history. Thanks to you for making it come to life!

    1. Thank you so much for writing. I enjoy hearing from distant relatives and learning of our family connections.

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