Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Karl and Augusta Grahl

This beautiful monument in memory of Karl and Augusta (Kohl/Kuhl) Grahl is found at Venice Cemetery in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. Karl Grahl (sometimes listed as Carl or Charles) was born in 1856 in Germany. He and his wife, the former Augusta H. Kohl (sometimes listed as Kuhl), had ten children. William, Otto, and Frank were all born in Germany, between 1880 and 1884. In 1885 Karl and Augusta and their three oldest sons all immigrated to the United States. Records on file at FamilySearch indicate that they traveled on the ship Moravia. The family traveled in steerage, and they arrived at New York City on June 23, 1885. By the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, Karl/Carl Grahl listed his occupation as farmer. The family resided in the village of Venice, Ohio. By 1900, seven more children had been added to the family: Carl, age 11; Max, age 10; Eric, age 7; Anna, age 5; Cora, age 4; Clara, age 2; and a baby girl, whose first name was not listed in the census. In 1911, Mrs. Augusta Grahl died at the age of 55, of chronic heart disease. Karl Grahl died On April 3, 1934, also from heart disease. Mr. Grahl was survived by four sons, two daughters, and seventeen grandchildren. His wife, two sons, and two daughters had preceded him in death. Mr. and Mrs. Karl Grahl were buried at Venice Cemetery. Many members of the Grahl extended family are also buried at Venice Cemetery.

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