Tombstone Tuesday–Margaretha Schumm

Margaretha Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of Margaretha Schumm, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The gravestone is inscribed: Margaretha, ehefrau [wife] of Friedrich Schumm, gest [died] 27 Jun 1885, 38y, 3m, 2t [days].

According to the church records of Zion, Schumm, Margaretha Schumm, born Ehrmann [Ehrenmann], was the wife of Mr. Fr. Schumm Jr. She was born 25 March 1847 in Washington, Crawford County, Ohio.  She died 27 June 1885 of long standing heart trouble and was buried on 29 June in the parish cemetery. She was 38 years, 3 months and 2 days old.

I featured Margaretha’s husband Friedrich Schumm in last week’s Tombstone Tuesday. They were married 26 October 1871 and had the following children: Theodore Wilhelm (1872-1876), Katherine Magdalena (1874-1958), Anton “Hugo” (1876-1932), Mina Juliana (1876-1876), Leona Barbara (1877-1958), Henrietta Amalia (1879-1947), Maria Elizabeth (1881-1966), Clara May (1883-1883) and L. William (1884-1961).

I couldn’t help wonder who Margaretha’s parents were. I looked at the 1850 and 1860 censuses as well as Zion’s church records.

Margaretha  was in the Adam Ehrenmann household in 1850 in Van Wert County: Adam “Ehrman”, 53, born in Germany; Charlotte, 44, Germany; Emily, 14, Ohio; Christian, 22, Ohio; Adam, 17, Ohio; Florina, 12, Ohio; Margaret, 5, Ohio; Catharine, 0, Ohio. This does not prove that Margaretha was the daughter of Adam Ehrenmann but I would look at him as a person of interest who could possibly be her father.  

In 1860 Margaretha appears to be living with the Adam Dietrich family in Van Wert County: Adam “Dertrich”, 32, born in Ohio; Mary E, 27; Mary M, 1; Eserbert Zimmerman, 19, Bavaria; Margaret “Airaman”, 15, Ohio.

Why was Margaretha living with the Dietrichs in 1860? The following information from Zion’ church records may give the answer.

The church records tell us that Mrs. Ehrenmann died 21 March 1851 between 8 & 9:00 in the morning. She was age 45 years, 7 months and 12 days. She was buried 23 March. This could very well be Charlotte that was in the 1850 census.

From the church records: Adam Ehrenmann married widow B. Albrecht on 2 August 1853 at home.  Adam was a widower from Zion.

From Van Wert County marriage records, Adam Ariman/Ehrenman married Barbara Albright/Albrecht on 2 August 1853. This confirms the above church record.

From Zion’s records: Mrs. Ehrenmann died 17 September 1853, age 43 years, 8 months and some days.  She was buried 18 September.  The cause of death was a fever. This may have been Barbara, a bride only a month before.

From Zion’s records: Mr. Adam Ehrenmann died 18 November 1853 at age 53 years. He was buried 20 November.  The cause of death was from consequences of consumption. This is probably the same Adam seen in the 1850 census, although the age is slightly off.

If Margaretha was the daughter of Adam and Charlotte she was orphaned within a few short years. That could have been why she was living with the Dietrich family in 1860.

I would be interested to learn more about the Ehrenmann family. Please let me know if anyone has any additional information about them.


Census sources:

Adam Ehrman household, 1850 US Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio; Roll: M432_736; Page: 170B; Image: 342., accessed 29 Jan 2012.

Adam Dertrich [sic] household, 1860 US Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio;  Roll: M653_1045; Page: 426; Image: 157; Family History Library Film: 805045. www., accessed 29 Jan 2012.



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    • Theresa on January 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm
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    HELLO!!!!! This is my gg aunt. I have been searching for info on my gg Grandfather, Adam J. Ehrmann/Areman. Thank you so VERY VERY much for all the info you provided. I would love to correspond further. I have Jean Adam Ehrmann, wife, son Christian0, son Adam J. immigrating 1834 Germany to NY. 1850 Ohio census. My gg grandfather changed the spelling of his last name from Ehrmann to Ariman in MN land docs. Then Areman in MN marriage records: Adam J. Areman m. Orrilla Harding (b. Ohio), daughter of Hiram. They then moved to Iowa and I have land deed and all following census records. However, I have not been able to find Adam J. Areman’s parents after 1850 census. Your info answers so many questions. The reason for the Dietrich home is that is a daughter’s husband’s home. Have that info too. I am Adam J. Ehrmann/Areman’s gg grand daughter through his son Earl Eugene and his daughter Lucille (Areman) Sigmon and her son James Sigmon to me Theresa Karen (Sigmon) Ellenwood. PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!! and thank you for the info.

    1. Hi Theresa! I’m glad I could provide some information for you. I will e-mail you tomorrow and we can compare notes.

        • Theresa on January 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm
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        Went back and looked at 1834 NY passenger list. I have “son, Christian”. I was mistaken…upon magnifying it should be “Christtine age 6”. Opps

    • Theresa on January 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm
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    Note: Arriving on the same ship as Jean Adam Ehrmann and family was Jean Adam Dietrich, 43 and family: Magdelina, 34, Margarita, 16, Magdelina, 13 and Jean, 10. I think this is the Adam Dietrich Margaretha Ehrmann was living with on the 1860 census.

    • Ronald Kenneth Ehrman on August 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    Karen and Theresa, (Just a quick note to get started) I and my brother about 30 years ago did extensive search for our heritage. We are the decedents of the German immigrants of 1850, Adam and Charlotte Ehrman. Without getting into the varied spellings of our name, they had 6 children [Christian, Adam, Emily, Florina, Margaret (married Fred Schumm] and Catherine. We descended from Christian, Adam and Charlotte’s oldest.

    Our grandfather Christian upon the death of Grandmother Margaret [seems to be from complications of birthing youngest Elizabeth, who eventually married a Schumm], for whatever reason decided to volunteer for Civil War duty. He joined the Ohio 8th volunteers, and before the year was out was killed at Battle of Fredericksburg. His body was not returned to Van Wert County and is assumed to be in the unmarked graves of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery.His Civil War records and wife’s tombstone spell the name as Ariman..

    In the only letter he sent home to his mother-in-law he asked about the whereabouts of his children. We always assumed he assumed they were with relatives.

    Although we tried hard to find and follow the whereabouts of Christian’s brother Adam, we never succeeded. We found ‘Ehrmans’ living in SE Iowa, not far from where I raised our large family, but we could never make the connection. We eventually decided that maybe Adam died before marriage. My brother just passed away, and he had the photographic memory for these details, but I will get out the records and see if I can piece together what we decided some decades ago. Looks like I need to start another journey into our past!I’d be pleased to communicate with any of our relatives and researchers. From Adam/Charlotte our details are quite filled, that is through Christian.

    Thanks, Ron Ehrman, in Wapello, Iowa (319 759 4168)

    1. I had to go back and reread the blog posts about the Ehrmans to refresh my memory. Thank you for answering some of the questions I had about that family and I hope I helped you in your research, too. Such an interesting story and now it makes sense. I would say your Adam Ehrman was living in Van Wert County! I remember some of my relatives mentioning Ehrmans years ago. They are all gone now and so much information had gone with them. Thank you for writing!

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