Local Tombstones

William & Charlotte Fortmeyer
Friedrich Wilhelm Vortmeyer was born May 2, 1828 at Oldendorf, Westfalen, Germany and died February 26, 1905 at his home. Although his health had been poor for some time the end came rather unexpectedly. He leaves an aged wife, four sons and one daughter. His son Wm. Fortmier, Jr. of Goodland, Kansas and Fred Fortmier who is spending the winter in San Diego, California could not be present at the funeral.

Anne Marie Luise Charlotte Overing was born March 17, 1831 in Westfalen, Prussia and died April 14, 1915 at Fairview, Kansas. She was the daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Overing and Marie Dorothea Rueter.

William and Charlotte were the parents of William Franklin, Louisa Charlotte, John Fred, Mary A., Ernest W. and Henry W

J.G. Marcum died Friday October 11, at the home of his father, 4 miles north of Robinson, at the age of 45 years, 2 months and 13 days. He was unmarried and had always made his home with his father and mother. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. J.M. Harrington of the Church of God, from St. Joseph, Missouri. The pall bearers were F. Honer, C. Peterson, W. Wyatt, D. Cotton, R.H. Gilmore and H.F. Hiskey.

J.G. Marcum was born July 28, 1862 and died October 11, 1907. Buried in the Ununda Cemetery. He has a metal tombstone.

Judy Lynn Hammond, Pagosa Springs, Colorado passed away December 27, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born July 27, 1954 in California to Fred Richard Hammond and Alberta Jane Cassel Hammond. Judy visited us at the Genealogical Library a few years ago while doing research on the Cassel family and she was a very pleasant person and enjoyed finding information about her family. She donated all of her genealogical research to the Brown County Genealogical Society and we have it sorted and stored at our library. She is survived by a brother Richard and a sister Kathleen both of California.
Judy Lynn Hammond, Pagosa Springs, Colorado passed away December 27, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born July 27, 1954 in California to Fred Richard Hammond and Alberta Jane Cassel Hammond. Judy visited us at the Genealogical Library a few years ago while doing research on the Cassel family and she was a very pleasant person and enjoyed finding information about her family. She donated all of her genealogical research to the Brown County Genealogical Society and we have it sorted and stored at our library. She is survived by a brother Richard and a sister Kathleen both of California.Judy Lynn Hammond, Pagosa Springs, Colorado passed away December 27, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born July 27, 1954 in California to Fred Richard Hammond and Alberta Jane Cassel Hammond. Judy visited us at the Genealogical Library a few years ago while doing research on the Cassel family and she was a very pleasant person and enjoyed finding information about her family. She donated all of her genealogical research to the Brown County Genealogical Society and we have it sorted and stored at our library. She is survived by a brother Richard and a sister Kathleen both of California.Judy Lynn Hammond, Pagosa Springs, Colorado passed away December 27, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born July 27, 1954 in California to Fred Richard Hammond and Alberta Jane Cassel Hammond. Judy visited us at the Genealogical Library a few years ago while doing research on the Cassel family and she was a very pleasant person and enjoyed finding information about her family. She donated all of her genealogical research to the Brown County Genealogical Society and we have it sorted and stored at our library. She is survived by a brother Richard and a sister Kathleen both of California.Judy Lynn Hammond, Pagosa Springs, Colorado passed away December 27, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born July 27, 1954 in California to Fred Richard Hammond and Alberta Jane Cassel Hammond. Judy visited us at the Genealogical Library a few years ago while doing research on the Cassel family and she was a very pleasant person and enjoyed finding information about her family. She donated all of her genealogical research to the Brown County Genealogical Society and we have it sorted and stored at our library. She is survived by a brother Richard and a sister Kathleen both of California.

The families that she was researching are: Anderson, Casselle, Cassel, Clifton, Creech, Hammond, Howard, Scott, Simmons, Sparks, Stolte and Vaughn.

Phebe Hendershot

Was born February 5, 1829 and died April 4, 1901; she is buried in the Comet Cemetery.

Fairview Enterprise, Saturday, April 13, 1901: “An old lady, Mrs. Hendershot, near Comet was buried Friday. W.G. Schlarb went down with hearse and the day was terrible stormy and muddy.”

It is reported that a few years ago Phebe’s headstone made a little trip. A sheriff’s department in Nebraska contacted the Brown County Sheriff’s Department informing them that they had found a headstone up there with the last name of Hendershot. After a check of the Comet Cemetery it was found that sure enough Phebe’s headstone was missing. It was then returned to its rightful place in the Comet Cemetery.

John Arnold Rochel

John Arnold Rochel was born July 18, 1826 in Salzkotten, Germany and died May 25, 1901. He is buried at the St. Augustine Cemetery, Fidelity, Kansas. Taken from the Fairview Enterprise, Saturday, June 1, 1901: “Died at his residence near Fidelity, Saturday evening May 25, 1901, John A. Rochel, an old resident much respected by all who knew him. Mr. Rochel was 74 years old and came to Kansas from Illinois many years ago. His death, it is supposed was caused by heart failure. He was found near the house on Saturday evening in an insensible condition and never recovered. The funeral was held Monday at the Catholic Church, Fidelity, Rev. Father Pottsgesser officiating. Mr. Rochel was known and respected by a large circle of friends who assembled at the funeral to pay their last respects to a kind friend and valued neighbor.”

Caroline Heidenreich

Born: June 1, 1840; Died: February 10, 1897; Buried: St. Paul’s Cemetery, Old Fairview, Kansas.

The Brown County World, Hiawatha, Kansas, February 12, 1897: “Mrs. Heidenrich, died Thursday. Funeral at the Old Fairview cemetery Saturday morning.”

Caroline Louise Rueter’s parents were Karl Dietrich Rueter and Anna Maria Sophie Louisa Krughof. She was married to Christian Heinrich Gottlieb Heidenreich on February 27, 1862 in St. John, New Minden, Washington County, Illinois.

Christian Heidenreich was born June 11, 1839 in Tengern, Minden-Lubbecke, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. They were the parents of six children: Karl Ludwig Fred (1863-1864); Caroline “Lena” Justine Louisa (1865-1940); Carl “Charlie: Ernst Henry (1867-1946); Ernst Ludwig “Louis” (1870-1955); Anna Wilhelmina Louisa (1872-1873) and Carl Fredrick “Fred” William (1874-1932).

Alonzo P. Browning

Born: May 28, 1830 at Darien, Genesee County, New York. Died: May 7, 1910 Brown County, Kansas. Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Padonia, Brown County, Kansas.

The Brown County World, May 13, 1910: “Alonzo P. Browning was born at Darien, New York, May 28, 1830, where he grew to man hood. He was always self reliant from a boy and incline to study and advance ideas. Being hampered for means he worked his way through college at Oberlin, Ohio, after time they moved to Tabor, Iowa. Mr. Browning taught school for two years. In 1861 they came to Kansas and located on his present farm, where he died May 7, 1910. He assisted in the organization of the Congregational Church and Sunday school at Hamlin, where he took an active part until that organization was abandoned some 15 years later. He leaves a widow and four sons and one daughter, all grown. The funeral was held from the ME church at Padonia, conducted by the pastor, Rev. F.E. Gates. Interment was made in the Padonia Cemetery.”

Alonzo was married April 28, 1859 to Julia Kinney. She was born December 6, 1832 in Cornwall, Addison County, Vermont and died March 6, 1920 at Lincoln, Nebraska. They were the parents of four children: William Henry (1860-1928); Edward Watson (1861 – ?); Gertrude (1863-1939); Walter Rollin (1866-1947) and Arthur Kinney (1875-1970).

Alonzo’s parents are: John L. Browning (1800-1880) and Lucy Ann Tillotson (1801-1892). His grandparents were: Joshua Browning and Ann Scott.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas: “Alonzo Brown enlisted in Company C, Kansas 13thInfantry Regiment on 20 September 1862 and mustered out on 13 December 1862 at Cane Hill, Arkansas

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CATHERINE LYDICK

OBITUARY: Catherine Lydick was
born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, June Sch 1829, died
April 27, 1894, aged 64 years, 10 months and 22 days. She moved from Pennsylvania to Carrot county, III., where she resided 8 years,
coming to Brown county, Kansas Nov. 21, 1870. In 1866 she united with the German Baptist church at Dutchtown, III., and has been a faithful member since. she leaves a family consisting of one daughter and five living boys, one son having died several years since. All the living children have arrived at the age of maturity. Rev.
Mohler preached the funeral sermon, and the remains were followed to their last resting place in the Hamlin cemetery, by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The Morrill News, May 4, 1894.
Taken from Find A Grave site: I believe she was first married to a Mr. Sterns and had a son, John. She then married Daniel Lydick, they had 5 children, and then divorced. “Mrs.
Catherine Lydick, mother of John Sterns, died at her house at Hamiin Friday, aged 64 years.” The Brown County World, Friday, May 4, 1894.
Catherine Mitchell married Daniel Lydick in Pennsylvania and traveled to Illinois, theFl to Kan5as. Before 1880 they were divorced.
Daniel had the wanderlust — went to
Montana and Idaho, was a silver miner. The daughter, Alice married a Mr. Nitsche.
The 1875 Kansas Census has the family living in Padonia Township, Brown County, Kansas: Daniel was a farmer; Catherine was 44 years old; the children: Winfield Scott, age 12, born in Pennsylvania; Albert, age 10, born in Illinois; Thomas, age 6, born in Illinois; Franklin, age 4, born in Kansas and Alice, age 2, born in Kansas.

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