Photos of Maria (Pflueger) Schumm

While looking through some old Schumm and Germann photos I noticed a photo of a group of women, one of the women being Maria (Pflueger) Schumm (1820-1903), the wife of George Martin Schumm.

A few years ago I thought there were only one or two photos of Maria, but over time I have gathered several photos of her.

The photo below was one of Velma Schumm’s photos and Maria (Pflueger) Schumm is the oldest woman in the photo, the lady on the far right. The photo is also labeled on the back: Aunt Mary Weck, Aunt Ida, Grandma, Molly?, Aunt Anna Schumm, and great-grandmother Schumm.

Written on the back: Aunt Mary Weck, Aunt Ida, Grandma, Molly ?, Aunt Anna Schumm, Great-grandma Schumm.

Written on the back: Aunt Mary Weck, Aunt Ida, Grandma, Molly ?, Aunt Anna Schumm, Great-grandmother Schumm.

Only six names, but there are seven women in the photo. Darn. There was a space between the names Aunt Ida and Grandma, so maybe that is the unidentified person.

Who are the rest of these women?

Aunt Mary Weck would be Velma’s Aunt Clara Maria “Mary” (Schumm) Weck (1879-1971), who married Frederick Weck.

Aunt Ida would be Velma’s Aunt Ida Carolina Margaretha Schumm (1877-1914). She was a sister to Velma’s father Philip and she never married.

Next might be the unidentified woman, whose name was left out.

Grandma would be Velma’s grandmother Maria (Germann) Schumm (1847-1915), wife of Jacob Frederick Schumm. She would have been Maria (Pflueger) Schumm’s daughter-in-law.

Who is Molly, written with a question mark after her name? If Velma didn’t know Molly’s last name I am sure I don’t know it either. Velma was very good at labeling her photos. Possibly Mollie Schinnerer (1883-1955), daughter of Friedrick & Elizabeth (Schumm) Schinnerer? Or possibly Amalia Clara German (1884-1969), daughter of and Hannah (Schumm) Germann, who would marry Charles Schumm?

Aunt Anna Schumm. I am not sure who this would be. Could it have been Velma’s Aunt Jeanetta Ann (Bury) Schumm (1875-1916), wife of Charles/CJ Schumm? Or could she be Anna Elizabeth Rosina (Schumm) Germann (1868-1954), who married Stephen Germann? However, she usually went by the name of Rosina. Note: Stephen and Rosina Germann were the parents of Edna and Viola Germann, another good source of family photos I use quite often.

Great-grandmother Schumm would be Maria (Pflueger) Schumm.

Maria (Pflueger) Schumm (1820-1903) w/o Geo Martin Schumm, d/o Christian Pflueger

Maria (Pflueger) Schumm (1820-1903) w/o Geo Martin Schumm, d/o Christian Pflueger

Maria (Pflueger) Schumm was born 20 June 1820 in Germany and died 25 March 1903 in Van Wert County, Ohio.

Maria (Pflueger) Schumm

Maria (Pflueger) Schumm

Maria was the daughter of J. Christian and Anna Barbara (Sekel) Pflueger. The Pfluegers were from Schrozberg and the parents emigrated with their six children in 1832. They first settled in Holmes County, Ohio, before moving to Van Wert County, near Schumm, a few years later.

This immigration story is very similar to that of the Schumm’s. The Schumms immigrated in 1833 and also lived in Holmes County a few years before moving to Van Wert County. In fact, the two families intermarried—two Pflueger sisters married two Schumm brothers. Maria married George Martin Schumm and her sister Anna Barbara married George Ludwig Schumm, my great-great-grandparents.

Maria Pflueger and George Martin Schumm married 1 May 1838 in Holmes County. [1]

George Martin & Maria (Pflueger) Schumm.

George Martin & Maria (Pflueger) Schumm.

Maria Pflueger Schumm (1820-1903)

Maria Pflueger Schumm

Maria (Pflueger) (1820-1903) & George Martin Schumm (1812-1871)

Maria (Pflueger) &  husband George Martin Schumm

When put together, this makes a nice collection of photos of Maria, my second great-grandaunt. Since I do not have any photos of her sister Barbara, who was my great-grandmother, I like to think that perhaps they looked alike, which gives me an idea of what Barbara might have looked like.


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Nov 2013), George Schumm and Mary Pfluger, 01 May 1838; Holmes County, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 2 1831-1867, p.44; FHL microfilm 477144.


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