Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Emil E Mosch & Wilhelmina Kortz Mosch

My recently found cousin Carolyn Mosch Busch sent me some tombstone pictures that she took when she went to Pennsylvania this summer. The resolution is wonderful! Carolyn contacted me on Ancestry.com. I was so excited to talk to someone from my dad's side of the family, especially the Mosch side. I don't recall meeting any of them in person except my great grandmother Hertha Mosch McElroy. I might have seen them at my grandmother's house at Thanksgiving, but there were always so many people there! Besides, when you're a kid you just want to hang out with your cousins that you don't get to see any other time.

Anyway, Emil Ernest Mosch was born 8 May 1864 to Karl Herman Mosch and Caroline Scheider in Saxony, Germany. The family came to the U.S. in 1870. (I still have lots of research to do on this family, but I did find out they came over on the ship the Saint Louis. I understand it was lost at sea on it's way back to Germany after my ancestors got off. I'm going to have to find the history of the ship!) Emil died of cancer on 25 Oct 1937 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA.

Emil married Wilhelmina in Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA on 21 Sep 1885. They lived in PA for the remainder of their lives.

Wilhelmina Hedwig Kortz was born 27 Apr 1866 in Germania, Potter Co., PA to Jacob Kortz and Katherine Pflugfelder. Her parents came to the U.S. in the 1840's or 50's to escape the Kaiser's war. I don't have any information on the ship they were on. Wilhelmina died on 12 Feb 1940 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA.

Thanks again for the pictures, Carolyn!

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