Tombstone Tuesday-Arthur H. Gunsett

Arthur H Gunsett, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Arthur Hermann Gunsett, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Arthur H.
Sohn von
J. und C.
22 Dec 1895
In Alter von
2 J. 10 M. 14 T.

Arthur H, son of J and C Gunset, died 22 December 1895, at the age or 2 years, 10 months, and 14 days.

Arthur Hermann Gunsett was born 8 February 1893, the son of Joseph and Clara (Schinnerer) Gunsett. He was baptized at home on 26 February 1893, with George Weinmann Jr. and Hermann Gunsett serving as his sponsors.

Arthur’s father Joseph (1863-1931) was the son of Joseph and Hannah (Wyandt) Gunsett. Arthur’s mother Clara (1866-1942) was the daughter of Friedrich and Elizabeth (Schumm) Schinnerer. Friedrich and Elizabeth Schinnerer were my great-great-grandparents.

Joseph and Clara Gunsett lived a couple miles northeast of Willshire and Joseph was a farmer.   

Arthur Gunsett died of suffocation on 22 December 1895. He was 2 years, 10 months, and 14 days old. He was buried on the 24th. [1] Zion’s church records and his Van Wert County death record both indicate that he suffocated but no additional information was given.  

The surname is spelled Gunset on the face of his tombstone. It looks as though the engraver may have run out of space on the stone and did not have enough room for the second t.

Joseph and Clara (Schinnerer) Gunsett had the following children:
Walter Friedrich (1890-1968), married Clara Bender
Edward Theodore (1891-1973), married Martha A. Dirkson
Arthur Hermann (1893-1895)
Herbert Heinrich (1896-1981), married Fayelle Kelly
Lillie Emma (1898-1989)


[1] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Van Wert, Vol. 2:55, no. 9, Arthur Gunsett, 22 Dec 1895; database with images,
( : viewed 8 Jul 2019).


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