Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tombstone Tuesday :: Ann Waidalich

Scott-Keister Cemetery, Etna-Troy Township, Whitley County, Indiana

ANN / Wife of / CHRISTIAN D. WAIDALICH / Daughter of / H. & P. MOORE / Died July 5, 1852 / Ag'd 26 Ys. 6 Ms. 10 Ds.

According to the GSWC Cemetery Transcriptions, her husband Christian Waidlich is buried in the Masonic Section of Greenhill Cemetery along with his second wife and son William.

Counties of Whitley and Noble, Indiana
Weston A. Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, Editors
Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1882

Christian D. Waidlich was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, December 12, 1824, and is one of twelve children born to John D. and Mary Waidlich, who lived and died in Germany. The father was a very prominent and highly educated man, for many years in the employ of the German government as professor in educational matters, respected and esteemed by all. He died in 1854 or 1855, and his widow died in 1862. Both were devoted members of the Lutheran Church.

Christian D. is the third son of his parents; was educated and learned the cabinet-maker's trade in his native country. His eldest brother, a blacksmith, came to America in 1840, and wrote home such glowing descriptions of the country that Christian and his brother were induced to emigrate in the spring of 1842, being thirty-six days on the ocean. They landed in New York, and from there went to Franklin County, Penn., where Christian engaged in carpentering until 1845, when he decided to go West and located in Columbia City, where he worked at his trade until 1856, when he entered into a partnership in the dry goods and grocery business; he has since his arrival been actively identified with the business interests of the city, and from a penniless boy has raised himself to a position of influence and wealth; at present he is a stock-owner of the Eel River Woolen Mills, of which corporation he is Vice President.

Since the war, Mr. Waidlich has been a Republican, and has filled the office of Town Trustee at different times. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., also the O. F. Encampment. He was married in 1847 to Ann Moore. In the summer of 1852, she passed away, leaving two children - William H. (deceased) and Mary E., now Mrs. Harley. Mr. Waidlich was again married, in 1864, to Mrs. Elizabeth (Myers) Bixby, who is yet living. Both Mr. and Mrs. W. are members of the Lutheran Church.

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