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FRIENDSHIP   CEMETERY
McDONOUGH  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

MARY ELIZABETH GREMM (nee SCHWERER)
1854-1892

(tombstone not yet photographed)

 


 
MARY
Wife of C. GREMM
Died July 5, 1892
Aged 38 Ys. 1 M. 4 Ds.
 

 

Author - Marcia Farina

The Republican
Carthage, Illinois
July 13, 1892

Excerpted from the East Fountain Green column written by Pansy:

Died at the home of her parents four miles north east of Fountain Green, Tuesday morning at half past three o'clock, Mrs. Charley Grimm, aged 38 years, 1 month and 14 days.  Mary Elizabeth Schwerer was born May 21st, 1854, in Fiatt(1) county, Ohio; she came with her parents to Illinois in 1855; married to Charley Grimm Dec. 10, 1877.  Unto them were born three children, one of whom with the husband survive to mourn the death of their best friend.  Mrs. Grimm has been a member of the M. E. church for over twenty years, a constant Christian.  Her death is a sad blow to her family and a large circle of friends, by whom she was greatly loved.  She with her husband went to Nebraska in 1884, where they expected to make their future home, but on account of her health, she came to the home of her parents last December, since then she has suffered greatly, but was uncomplaining.  The funeral took place at the Friendship M. E. church, July 5, conducted by Rev. Hayner, from Dallas, and then the body was laid to rest in the Friendship cemetery.

(1)There is/was no Fiatt County, Ohio; most likely she was born in Fayette County, which abuts the northwest corner of Ross County, Ohio.


Charles Phillip Gremm, born in 1855 in Germany, came to the United States in 1872.  (In a rare example of consistency, 1872 was the year reported in 1900, 1910 and 1930.)  He made his way to Hancock County, Illinois, where he married Mary Elizabeth Schwerer, eldest daughter of Louis Schwerer and Elizabeth George, also natives of Germany.  Marriage License

In 1880 Charles and Mary were farming in Fountain Green Township.  Their son, Louis, was probably born there.  According to Mary's obituary, they went to Nebraska in 1884. An outline map of Nebraska Counties illustrating the location of Custer County. In August of that year they buried an infant daughter at Broken Bow Township Cemetery, Custer County, in the heart of Nebraska.

Eight years after Mary's death, Charles and Louis were counted in Hire Township, McDonough County, but within the next few years they had returned to Custer County and apparently made that their permanent home. Louis married a young woman from Nebraska about 1904.

In 1910 Charles was counted as a member of Louis' home.  In 1930 he was reported as a lodger in the town of Broken Bow.  He died in 1938 and was buried at Broken Bow Township Cemetery. An inscription on a marker there also commemorates Mary's death, noting that she was buried in Illinois.

The Gremm children were:

i. Louis Franklin Gremm, born February 18, 1880, probably in Fountain Green Township, Hancock County.  He died October 29, 1949, burial at Broken Bow Township Cemetery.
 
ii. Eda V. Gremm, born July 9, 1883.  If Mary Schwerer Gremm's obituary was correct, Eda was born in Illinois.  She died August 14, 1884, burial at Broken Bow Township Cemetery.
 
iii. A third child, deceased, was mentioned in Mary's obituary.
 

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 109C
enumerated June 2-3, 1880, dwelling #25

Gremm, Charles, white, male, 24, married, farmer, born Hessen Darmstadt, both parents born Hessen Darmstadt
Mary C, white, female, 26, wife, married, keeping house, born OH, both parents born Baden
Lewis F, white, male, 4/12, born Feb, son, single, at home, born IL, father born Hessen Darmstadt, mother born OH

1900 Illinois Census, McDonough County, Hire Township, page 134B
enumerated June 22, 1900, dwelling #268

Graham, Charles, head, white, male, June 1855, 44, widower, born Germany, both parents born Germany, year of immigration to the U.S. - 1872, number of years in the U.S. - 28, naturalized, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, rented his farm home, farm schedule 167

Louis, son, white, male, Feb 1880, 20, single, born IL, born IL, both parents born Germany, could read, write and speak English

1910 Nebraska Census, Custer County, Broken Bow Township, page 58B
enumerated May 3, 1910, dwelling #147

Gremm, Louis F, head, male, white, 30, married (1st) for 5 years, born IL, father born Germany Ger, mother born OH, spoke English, farmer, gen'l farm, working on own account, could read and write, rented his farm home, farm schedule 132

Sofia S, wife, female, white, 30, married for 5 years; mother of 2 children, both living; born NE, both parents born Germany Ger, spoke English, could read and write

Herman C, son, male, white, 4, single, born NE, father born IL, mother born NE

Susan M, daughter, female, white, 2, single, born NE, father born IL, mother born NE

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Gremm, Charley P, father, male, white, 54, widower, born Germany Ger, both parents born Germany Ger, year of immigration to the U.S. - 1872, naturalized, spoke English, farmer, working on own account, could read and write


1920 Census Record for Charles Gremm not found

 

1930 Nebraska Census, Custer Co., Broken Bow Twp., Broken Bow, page 77A
enumerated April 16, 1930, dwelling #494
[one of several lodgers at this residence]

Gremm, Charles E, lodger, male, white, 74, widower, could read and write, born Germany, both parents born Germany, native tongue - German, year of immigration to the U.S. - 1872, naturalized, spoke English, occupation - none

 

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