Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob Schumm

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

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

Hier ruhet in Gott
Jacob Schumm
Sohn von
Fredrich n. Magdalena
d. 5 August 1862
Alt 14 Jahr, 7 Mo
Und 1 Tag

Here rests in God, Jacob Schumm, son of Fredrich and Magdalena Schumm, died 5 August 1862, aged 14 years, 7 months, and 1 day.

Johann “Jacob” Schumm was born at 10:45 on the night of 4 January 1848, in Van Wert County, according to Zion Schumm’s records. He was the son of Friederich and Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm. Jacob was baptized 9 January 1848 with Jacob Rodel, Jacob Schumm, and their wives serving as sponsors.

Jacob’s parents were both German immigrants. In fact, Jacob’s father Friederich was one of five Schumm siblings who immigrated with their father John George Schumm in 1833. The Schumms lived in Holmes County, Ohio, soon after they arrived in America and Friederich Schumm married Magdalena Meyer there on 15 August 1838. [1] The couple moved to Willshire Township within a couple years of their marriage, where they owned and lived on the property across from where Zion Lutheran Church is located today. The Friederich Schumm family was enumerated in the 1840 census there. [2] You can read more about the parents on Tombstone Tuesday–Friederich and Magdalena Schumm. [3]  

Jacob, at 2 years of age, was enumerated in the 1850 census in Van Wert County: Friederich Schumm, 36; Magdalena, 31; William, 10; John, 8; Fredrick, 6; Catharine, 4; Jacob, 2; and Hannah, 10 months. [4]

Jacob Schumm was also enumerated with his family in the 1860 census: Friederich, 46; Magdalena, 41; Catharine, 14; William, 20; John, 18; Fredrick, 16; Jacob, 13; Hannah, 11; Mary, 9; Lewis, 7; George, 4; and Barbara, 2. [5]  

Jacob Schumm died at 3:00 in the afternoon of 5 August 1862, at the age of 14 years. The church records do not give the cause of his death nor his burial date. His burial text was Psalm 119:29.

Jacob was survived by four siblings and his parents had several more children after his death. The children of Friederich and Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm:  

Wilhelm Schumm (1840-1906), married Maria Heffner
Johann Schumm (1842-?)
Friedrich Schumm Jr (1844-1907), married Margaret Ehrenmann; married Maria Büchner
Catherine Isabella Schumm (1846-1907), married David Stamm
Johann “Jacob” Schumm (1848-1862)
“Hannah” Margaretha Schumm (1849-1927), married Rev. Johann Zimmerman
“Maria” Barbara Schumm (1851-1928), married Johann Zimmerman
“Lewis” George Schumm (1853-1939), married Catherine “Cassie” Bonnewitz
George Friedrich Schumm (1856-1927), married Sadie McClellan
Maria “Barbara” Margaret Schumm (1858-1951)
George Martin “Henry” Schumm (1861-1941), married Henrietta Wilhelmina “Minnie” Hoppe
George Conrad “Ferdinand” Schumm [Rev] (1864-1926), married Minnie Brockmeyer; married Minnie Felkner

Jacob’s mother Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm died 15 March 1897 and his father Friederich Schumm died 6 August 1902. Both are buried in row 6 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery. Friederich was the last surviving member of the Schumm family who immigrated in 1833.


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : viewed 24 Nov 2013), Frederick Schum and Magdalena Meyers, 15 Aug 1838; citing Vol. 2 1831-1867, p. 53, Holmes, Ohio.

[2] 1840 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p. 69, line 26, Frederick Schumm; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 1 December 2013).

[3] Tombstone Tuesday—Friederich & Magdalena Schumm, Karen’s Chatt, 10 Dec 2013.

[4] 1850 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.169B, dwelling 329, family 348, Fredk Shumm; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 25 Feb 2019).

[5] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.425 [stamped], p.149 [penned], dwelling 1065, family 1059, Frederic Schanen; digital image by subscription, (  : viewed 25 Feb 2019).

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