Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Frederick Wachter

I haven't been keeping up with Tombstone Tuesday or Wordless Wednesday very well. Between dealing with a new job and with John doing upgrades to his server (where I store many of my pictures) I ended up taking a week off.

What you're seeing here are a couple shots of the grave marker for John's 2nd great-grandfather, Frederick Wachter. You may be able to tell because of the rust that this is made from iron that was painted white. It's in bad shape here, badly corroded and the cross lying on the ground used to be a part of the marker.

The inscription reads:

Frederick Wachter
Born Aug 4, 1828
Died May 13, 1917
Age 89 years, 10 months

(The age is wrong, obviously someone calculated it wrong)

He and his wife, Mary Ellen Trentmann (also known as Angelina) were both born in Germany. They lived for several years in Delphos, Ohio, where their three children were born, and later moved to Nodaway County, Missouri. Angelina died there in 1891, and Frederick spent the last years of his life living with his daughter, Margaret and her family in Woodson County, Kansas. He is buried outside Piqua, KS, at the Old Catholic Cemetery there.

You can see more info about him HERE or visit his Find a Grave memorial.


  1. I wondered about your absence, but I did see on facebook that you now have new job. Congrats. This is one interesting tombstone!

  2. Very impressed with your blog. I have signed up as a follower and will recommend it to my followers, too.
    Best wishes
    Laurie (England)


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