Tombstone Tuesday–Theodor Wilhelm Schumm

Theodor Wilhelm Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2018 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Theodor Wilhelm Schumm, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Theodor Wilhelm
Sohn von
Fr. Und Margaretha
24 Nov. 1872
Gestorben 30 Jan. 1876
Alter 3 Jahr, 2 Mo, 6 Tag

Theodor Wilhelm, son of Fr. and Margaretha Schumm, born 24 November 1872, died 30 January 1876, age 3 years, 2 months, 6 days.

Theodor Wilhelm Schumm was born 24 November 1872, the first child born to Friedrich Jr (1844-1907) and “Margaret” Ehrenmann (1847-1885) Schumm. He was baptized 8 December 1872, with Friedrich Schumm Sr and Wilhelm Schumm serving as his sponsors.

1876 was a year of tragedy and happiness for the Friedrich Schumm Jr family. The year began sadly when their son Theodor Wilhelm died on 30 January 1876 and was buried on 1 February.

Less than two months later, on 11 March 1876, the couple celebrated the birth of twins Anton “Hugo” and Mina Juliana.

Sadly, one of the twins, Mina Juliana, died 22 September 1876, at the age of only 6 months.

Theodor’s parents went on to have eight children after Theodor Wilhelm’s birth:

Katherine Magdalena (1874-1958), married William Adam Buechner
Anton “Hugo” (1876-1932), married Ada Alpha Wilson
Mina Juliana (1876-1876)
Leona Barbara (1877-1958), married Philip Fredrick Martin Schumm
Henrietta Amalia (1879-1947), married Andreas “Friedrich” George Roehm
Maria Elizabeth (1881-1966), married Heinrich “Henry” Dietrich
Clara May (1883-1883)
“William” Lorenz (1884-1961), married Minnie Katherine Gunsett

Theodor’s mother Margaret died in 1885 and in 1888 Friedrich Jr married Maria Catharine Buechner (1861-1930). Friedrich Jr and Maria Catharine had the following children:

Justine Louise (1889-1889)
Amos Clemens (1891-1974), married Esther Emilie Schumm
Erna Theresa (1894-1971), married Walter Emanuel Schumm
Naomi Margaretha (1897-1982), married Arnold Ludwig Schumm

Theodor Wilhelm Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. Negative view (2018 photo by Karen)

Theodor’s tombstone is in the children’s section of Zion Schumm’s cemetery and is the first marker along Schumm Road, at the north end of the cemetery. It appears there may be other graves to the north of it, but their stones did not survive.


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