Tombstone Tuesday–Peter Stamm

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

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

This is the tombstone of Peter Stamm, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Peter Stamm
30 January 1850
Died 7 October 1895
45y, 9m, 23d
Text Psalm 90:12

According to the church records of Zion Lutheran, Schumm, Peter Stamm was born 30 January 1850 in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. He married Maria “Mary” Breuninger 30 October 1879 at her parents’ home near Schumm. Peter Stamm died near Schumm of a brain stroke on 7 October 1895. He was 45 years, 9 months and 23 days old and was buried on 9 October. His funeral text was Psalm 90:12.

In 1880 Peter and Mary Stamm were living in Harrison Township, Van Wert County. Peter was born in Ohio and was a farmer. His father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother was born in Prussia. [1]

Peter and Mary had the following children, according to the church records,: Richard L. (1880-1977, m. Catherine M. Schuster), Martin V. (1882-1974, m. Clara Kessler), Alwine/Alvina Eleanor (1883-1973, m. William Muntzinger Jr.); Ida C. (1885-1967, m. Martin C. Hollenberg); Anna Bertha (1887-1974, m. John Smith).

Peter Stamm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm. (2012 photo by Karen)

Peter Stamm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm. (2012 photo by Karen)

Peter’s widow Mary remarried to Oscar Koehler in 1919 and Mary died in 1930. Mary was my great-grandaunt, the daughter of Louis Breuninger.


[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, ED 148, p.16, line 31, dwelling 137, family 140, Peter Stamm; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 19 Aug 2013); from National Archives microfilm T9, roll 1073.



    • Waldo on August 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm
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    Neat term, “Grandaunt.” Don’t believe I have ever heard that before now, but guess it makes great sense when you put it into context with Grandmother, Grandfather, etc. What a colorful way to describe the branches of the family tree, ie ‘grand.’

    1. It is a nice term, isn’t it? When you think about it, aren’t most of our ancestors “grand” in one way or another?

    • David Alan Stamm on January 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    Hi, Karen, and “Happy New Year”!

    I’m researching my genealogy and found your WWW site yesterday.  ¡Thanks _so_ much for your writeups about Peter Stamm, Martin V. Stamm, et al!

    As with others, you and I are distantly related.

    Peter Stamm (1850 to 1895) and Mary A. (Breuninger, Stamm) Koehler (1859 to 1930) were my great-grandparents, too.

    These days, in my research, I want to:

    >> Trace my family to my nearest relatives who still carry the name Stamm

    >> Trace my paternal lineage further than my 5th great-grandfather Johann Adam Stamm (1702 to ????), who married Rachel (Filsmeyer) Stamm (1699 to ????) in Langenselbold, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

    I use The Master Genealogist 7.04.0000 and have used:


    NOTE: The Genealogy Center has for about a year been “experiencing technical difficulties” with its house account with  I have chosen not to subscribe to and most recently found the Center’s subscription to be too difficult to use.

    >> through the Genealogy Center of the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library

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