Tombstone Tuesday-Henry C. Buechner

Henry C Buechner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Henry C. Buechner, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Henry C.

Johann Conrad Heinrich “Henry“ Buechner was born in Willshire Township on 23 December 1867, the 6th and last child born to John & Anna Margaret (Scior) Buechner.  Henry Buechner was baptized 1 January 1868 with Conrad Baals and John Bienz serving as his sponsors. Both of Henry’s parents were born in Germany and immigrated before 1853, when they married at Zion Schumm.

The John Buechner family in 1870: Catharine Lillich, 80; John Buechner, 42; Margaret Buechner, 40; William Buechner, 11; Mary Buechner, 9; John Buechner, 5; and Henry Buechner, 2. Henry’s father John was a farmer. [1]

The John Buechner family in 1880: John Buechner, 51; Margaret Buechner, 51; William A Buechner, 21; Mary C Buechner, 19; John P Buechner, 14; and Henry C Buechner, 12. [2]

Henry’s father John Buechner died 7 January 1896.

Three months later, on 9 April 1896, Henry Buechner married Rosa Lillich. They were married at Zion Schumm by Rev. Seemeyer. [3] Rosa was the daughter of Fred Samuel and Sarah (Shell) Lillich.

Henry’s mother Anna Margaret (Scior) Buechner died 20 April 1907.

After their marriage Henry and Rosa Buechner lived in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, where Henry farmed. They raised their three children, Fred, Leona, and Lawrence on their Blackcreek farm and the family was enumerated there in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses.

Henry’s wife Rosa (Lillich) Buechner died in 1929 and is buried in row 11 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery. By 1930 widower Henry Buechner, daughter Leona, 29, and son Lawrence, 26, both single, had moved into the village of Willshire and lived on State Street there. Henry worked on the state road, Leona did housework, and Lawrence worked at a grain elevator. [4]  

Henry Conrad Buechner died on 28 May 1931 in Willshire from a heart problem after an operation, at the age of 63 years, 5 months, and 5 days. His occupation was truck driver and he was buried on the 31st.

Henry and Rosa (Lillich) Buechner had the following children:
Fredrick John Buechner (1897-1964), married Julia G Schumm
Leona Emma Buechner (1900-1994), married Earl C Shuherk
Lawrence Emanuel Buechner (1903-1970), married Myrtle Winkler

Henry Buechner had the following siblings. There may have been an additional sibling, since in 1900 Henry’s mother indicated that she had given birth to 7 children, 4 of whom were living.
Maria Catharina Buechner  (1854-1858)
Johann Adam Buechner (1857-1857)
William Buechner  (1859-1926), did not marry
Mary Buechner (1861-1930), married Friedrich Schumm Jr
John Buechner (1865-1933), married Louisa Lillich

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.445B, dwelling 218, family 2019, John Buechner; digital image by subscription,, viewed 11 May 2020.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.444C, family 24, John Buechner; digital image by subscription,, viewed 11 May 2020.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” Van Wert, Vol. 8, p.478, Henry Buechner & Rosa Lillich, 9 Apr 1896; database with images,, viewed 1 Aug 2022.

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 22, p.5A, dwelling & family 109, Henry Buechner; digital image by subscription, viewed 1 Aug 2022.

[5] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Willshire Township, Van Wert, Henry Buechner, 28 May 1931; database with images,, viewed 1 Aug 2022.



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