Friday, March 21, 2014

Magdalina M. Heck, 1806-1880

Magdalina M. Heck was born in Germany on February 7, 1806. According to Germany marriage records at FamilySearch, Maria Magdalena Mack married Samuel Heck in Plankstadt, Mannheim, Baden, Germany on October 14, 1832. Passenger Lists, accessed at Ancestry Library Edition, show that Samuel and Magdalene Heck arrived in the U.S. on May 15, 1848, aboard the ship Havre. With them were six children, ranging in age from 9 months to 15 years of age. The 1870 U.S. Census shows Samuel and Lena Heck residing in Ward 3 of Sandusky in Erie County, Ohio. They were aged 65 and 64, and both stated that their birthplace was Baden.  The U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules indicated that M.M. Heck died of typhoid fever in March 1880, in Sandusky, Ohio. A brief obituary for Mrs. Magdalina M. Heck, which appeared in the March 22, 1880 issue of the Sandusky Register, stated that funeral services for Mrs. Heck were held at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. At the base the tombstone for Mrs. Heck, one can very faintly see the name of the monument maker: Schlenk.


Nancy said...

What a beautiful grave marker!

Dorene from Ohio said...

Thanks Nancy!

I am amazed at the intricate carving on the older tombstones, because they did not have advanced technology at that time. I can't imagine how they could have done the engraving or carving with such precision!