Tombstone Tuesday–David Kreiselmeyer

David Kreiselmeyer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

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

Sohn von
C. & S. Kreiselmeyer
geb. den. 3 October 1851
gest. den. 16 April 1865

David, son of C. & S. Kreiselmeyer, born 3 October 1851, died 16 April 1865.

David Kreiselmeyer was born on 3 October 1851, likely in Crawford County, Ohio, the son of Christoph and Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer. His baptism is not mentioned in Zion Schumm’s records because he was likely baptized before the family moved to Van Wert County.

David’s father was born in Germany and his mother was born in Ohio and they were married in Crawford County, Ohio, on 7 October 1847. [1]

The Kreiselmeyer family moved to Van Wert County, Ohio, sometime between 1850 and 1859. In 1860 they lived very close to my great-grandfather Louis Schumm, who was young boy at that time.

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family, as enumerated in 1860 in Van Wert County: Christopher, 38; Susan, 28, Mary C, 11; David, 9; John, 6; and Hannah, 1. [2]

According to Zion Schumm’s records, David Kreiselmeyer died on Easter Sunday, 16 April 1865, at the age of 13 years, 6 months, and 13 days. He was buried on the 18th. His church death record also indicates that he was born on 3 October 1851. His death was not recorded in Van Wert probate because Ohio did not begin recording deaths until 1867.

David is buried next to his brother Daniel Gottfried Kreiselmeyer.

Several other children who were born to Christoph and Susanna Kreiselmeyer are mentioned in Zion Schumm’s records, but there may have been more children born to this couple:

Hanna Magdalena Kreiselmeier, born 24 March 1859, baptized 27 March 1859.
Georg Friedrich Kreiselmeier, born 19 May 1863, baptized 24 May 1863. [Married Marguerite Buechner]
Anna Rosine Caroline Kreiselmeyer, born 16 April 1866, baptized 22 April 1866. [Married Henry Gunsett]
Wilhelm Heinrich Kreiselmeyer, born 12 July 1869, baptized 12 August 1869.
Daniel G., born 24 March 1875, baptized the same day, died 26 March 1875.

The mother Susanna died in 1894 and the father Christoph died in 1900. Both are buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm.


[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” ( : viewed 17 Sep 2018), George Christopher Kreiselmeyer and Susanna Schwab, 7 Oct 1847; Crawford County Marriages, Vol. 3:46.

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire Twp, Van Wert Co, Oh, p.150 [penned], dwelling 1072, family 1066, Christopher Railselmeyers [Kreiselmeyer]; ( : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

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