Today I was attempting to find an obituary for my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger. Instead I stumbled across a little notice in the Mount Carmel Daily News, Monday, 18 June 1900 on page 1. It was in a column headed Locust Gap News.
I transcribed the relevant portion of the item as follows:
“A large number of our people attend-
ed the funeral of John Meisberger at Shamokin on Saturday.”
Saturday’s date would have been 16 June 1900. When I read this, the name and date immediately grabbed my attention. John Meisberger is the brother of Theobald Meisberger, who died Wednesday, 13 June 1900. Now I am finding out that John, may have died the same day or within days of his brother since he was buried on the 16th.
I tried to find more about John’s death. On Find A Grave, a photo of the tombstone of Theobald C. Meisberger is displayed in John’s memorial not John’s tombstone. John’s death date is listed as Jun., 1900. An earlier post, Tombstone Tuesday – Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900) discusses Theobald’s tombstone.
John is my 3rd great uncle, son of Michel Meisberger and Margarethe Bettinger Meisberger. He was born 8 April 1841 in Steinbach, Rhenish Prussia (today Saarland, Germany), Cemetery records for St. Edward’s RC cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, record John Meisberger as the possessor of one lot containing three graves. One of two graves contain his daughter, Elizabeth Meisberger, born 10 October 1870 and died 21 September 1871; the other his son Michael A. Meisberger, born and died 22 September 1874. The third grave is described as ‘appearing empty’.
At this point I have not found any document that contains John’s death date. We only know that he was buried on 16 June 1900. Although John appears as head of household in the 1880 US census, I have been unable to locate him in the 1900 US census.
Per the probate records and Theobald’s tombstone, Theobald died on 13 June 1900. The cemetery record says Theobald was buried on the 13 June 1900. Calculating Theobald’s death date using 62y, 5m, and 18d as carved on the tombstone, the date of death is 12 June 1900.
I wonder if the two brothers did die within days of each other or was the funeral notice really meant for Theobald. I think they both died but it would be nice to obtain more evidence. Still searching…