Tombstone Tuesday–Johannes Sauer

Johannes Sauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Johannes Sauer, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Den 24 Apr
27 Aug 1900
Alter 50 J, 4 M

Johannes Sauer, born the 24 April 1850, died 27 August 1900, aged 50 years, 4 months.

Johannes Sauer was born 24 April 1850 in Hainstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt, according to Zion Schumm’s records. Zion Schumm’s records do not give the names of his parents. [1]

Johannes Sauer married Anna Katharina Meisinger in Germany about 1875 and they had ten children, but one was deceased by 1900. The family immigrated about 1895. [2]

Johannes, his wife, and their 9 children were enumerated in the 1900 U.S. Census, residing in Willshire Township, Van Wert County:  John Sauer, 47; Anna C, 45; Leonard, 24; Eva, 22; Anna C, 20; John Jr, 18; Henry, 16; Mary, 14; Aaron, 13; Phillip, 9; and Ludwig, 6. Both Johannes and his wife were naturalized and Johannes was a farmer. [2]

Johannes Sauer died of dropsy on 27 August 1900, just two months after the census was taken. It was the only census he was enumerated in. Johannes was 50 years, 4 months, and 3 days old when he died and he was buried on the 30th. [3]

Johannes‘ wife Anna Katharina died in 1935 and is buried in row 9 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

Johannes and Anna Katharina (Meisinger) Sauer had the following children:
Leonard (1876-1944), married Minnie Margaret Hofferberth
Eva (1877-1956), married Nicholas Pfeifer
Anna Katharine (1879-1964), married John Maier
John Jr (1881-1967), married Bertha Ann Roehm
Henry (1884-1948), married Justine Rosina Magdalena Pflueger
Marie “Mary” S (1886-1975), married William Jacob Schumm
Adam (1888-1962, married Carrie Leisure
Philip (1892-1985), married Minna Katherine Weinmann
Louis (1894-1978), married Alma Wolke

[1] lists his parents as Johannes & Eva Katherine (Zior) Sauer, Johannes Sauer, FindaGrave memorial no. 34047030, Johannes Sauer.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, Ed 98, p.13, dwelling 246, family 252, John Sauer; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 2 Sep 2019).

[3] Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm death/burial records and “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, Willshire Twp, Van Wert, Vol. 2, p.198, line 7;  John Sauer, 27 Aug 1900; database with images,    ( : viewed 22 Sep 2019).


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