Tombstone Tuesday-Martin J. Schumm

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

This is the tombstone of Martin J. Schumm, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Martin J.
July 28, 1859
Mar. 11, 1909
Revelation 11, Verse 10

Jacob “Martin” Schumm was born 28 July 1859, the son of George Martin (1812-1871) and Maria (Pflueger) (1820-1903) Schumm. Martin’s parents were both German immigrants. Martin was baptized at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, on 2 August 1859, with Jacob Bienz, his wife Elisabeth, and Martin Schinnerer serving as his sponsors.

The George Martin Schumm family in 1860, a few months after Martin was born: George, 47; Mary, 46; Frederick, 21; Louis, 19; George, 18; John, 17; Rosina, 15; Mary, 11; Jacob, 9; Christian, 7; Henry, 5; and Martin, 4 months. [1] 

The George Martin Schumm family in 1870: George, 57; Mary, 50; Mary, 20; Jacob, 19; Henry, 16; Martin, 10; and Sophia, 7. [2]

Martin Schumm married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ehrenmann on 12 October 1882 at the home of Martin’s brother. According to Zion Schumm’s records Lizzie was from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was born 31 January 1860.

Martin and Lizzie had three children born between 1883 and 1888. Lizzie died during childbirth on the morning of 28 January 1893, 3 days short of her 33rd birthday. She was buried on 31 January, her birthday, in row 6 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

By 1900 Martin and his three children had moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Martin worked as a clerk/printer. The Martin Schumm family in 1900: Martin, 40; Arthur HF, 16; Velmah E, 14; Herbert GW, 12. All were born in Ohio. Arthur was a leather sewer and Herbert was a student. In this enumeration Martin is shown as married, married for 18 years. [3]

According to the 1905 New York census, the Martin Schumm family lived on Baltic Street in New York. Martin’s occupation was a printer. [4]

Martin J. Schumm died of a brain infection in Kings Park, New York, on 11 March 1909. He was 49 years, 7 months, and 13 days old. His remains were brought back to Van Wert County where burial services were held at Zion Schumm on the 15th .

Martin and Lizzie (Ehrenmann) Schumm had the following children:
Arthur Henry Ferdinand (1883-1964), married Daisy Webster
Esther Velmah (1885-1972), married John Henry Schnackenberg
Herbert George W (1888-1984), married Anna Buesener

[1] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.425, dwelling 1068, family 1062, George Schanen; digital image by subscription, ( /collections/7667/ : viewed 2 Aug 2020).

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, P.439A, dwelling 131, family 132, George Schumm; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 16 Aug 2020).

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Brooklyn Ward 22, Kings, New York, ED 349, dwelling 94, family 256, Martin J Schu; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 15 Aug 2020). 

[4] 1905 State Population Census Schedule, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Election District A.D. 03 E.D. 04, p.4, Martin J Schumm; digital image by subscription,, viewed 16 Aug 2020.

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