130 Years Ago Today

On May 11, 1883, one hundred and thirty years ago today, Johann “John” Adam Heldman (1809-1883), my 3rd great grandfather, died in Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio. On May 13, 1883, John was buried in Mansfield Cemetery in Madison, Richland Co., Ohio, next to his first wife, Mary Jane (Carson) Heldman (ca. 1820-1850), and his second wife, Lucretia (Catlin) Heldman (ca. 1829-1873), who both preceded him in death.

Headstone of John A. Heldman (Note: John’s headstone incorrectly states he died on May 18.)

Headstone of John A. Heldman (Note: John’s headstone incorrectly states he died on May 18.)

The following is a transcription of John’s obituary, which was published in The Mansfield Herald, 17 May 1883, Vol. 33, No. 26:

“The death of Mr. J.A. Heldman at the age of 74 occurred at his late residence on West Market Street on Friday last. Mr. Heldman was a native of Germany and came to Mansfield about the year 1836, and has resided here ever since, most of the time being engaged in the furniture business. He was married four times, his last wife surviving him. His estate is estimated to be worth about $35,000. The funeral of the deceased took place on Sunday at 2 P.M.”

Heldman Family Plot in Mansfield Cemetery in Madison, Richland Co., Ohio

Heldman Family Plot in Mansfield Cemetery in Madison, Richland Co., Ohio

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