Tag: Mt. Elliott Cemetery

Sympathy Saturday – August Schulte

September of 1881 was a very tragic time for the Schulte family.  My 3rd great-grandfather, August Schulte, suddenly disappeared during the night and was found floating a day later in the Detroit River.  As there was no evidence of violence on his person, it was determined that he commit suicide and is buried in the unconsecrated ground section of the cemetery in an unknown location.  He left behind a grieving widow (Mina Raass) and 4 young sons.  His oldest son and his namesake, August Schulte, would also drown 15 years later.  (clicking on the images makes them larger)

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Spotlight Sunday – Elisabeth (Lachowski) Ostrowski

Name:  Elisabeth Lachowski (Lachovsky / Lachowska, etc)

Birthday:  about 1867

Parents:  Joseph Lachowski & Elisabeth Kunath

Siblings:  August, John & Joseph

Relationship:  married to John Ostrowski, mother of 7 children

Children:  Joseph, John, Anthony, Lillian, Marie, George & baby boy

Hometown:  Prussia Germany

Immigration:  1875 aboard “Cimbria” from Hamburg

Last Known Residence:  Detroit, Michigan

Education:  unable to read or write

Occupation:  worked as a tailoress in 1880

Church:  St. Albertus Church –  Detroit, Michigan

Death:  August 28, 1897 in childbirth delivering a stillborn son, 30 years old

Cemetery:  Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit Michigan

Relationship to Me:  2nd great-grandmother

Tombstone Tuesday – Anna Maria (Aschmann) Kessler

Anna Maria Aschmann Kessler died January 28, 1903 – 11 months after her beloved husband Christopher.  She rests beside him in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  It is not clear on large their grave markers are as they had sunk a couple inches beneath the earth.  I had pulled away the grass to photograph the stone, but if there is more further down I did not capture it.  (3rd great-grandmother) (clicking on the photo makes it larger)


Spotlight Sunday – Martin Ostrowski

Name:  Martin Ostrowski

Birthday:  November 5, 1830

Parents:  Casimir Ostrowski & Marianna Hert

Siblings:  Eva, Joseph, John, Susanna, Frank, Marianna, Anton, Paul, Jacob & August

Relationship:  married to Elizabeth Kolpe, father of 7 known children

Hometown:  Putzig, Prussia

Immigration:  between 1867-1869

Last Known Residence:  Detroit, Michigan

Education:  not able to read or write

Occupation:  machinist

Church:  St. Albertus Catholic Church – Detroit, Michigan

Death:  August 21, 1898, 67 years old

Cemetery:  Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Relationship to Me:  3rd great-granduncle

Sympathy Saturday – Anton Hallman

Anton Hallman was born in Prussia in 1834.  He married Henrietta Elizabeth Kreft in 1870, and they had 3 children.  Anton sailed to America in 1873, and at some point Henrietta followed shortly behind with their 3 children.  She died in 1875 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the poor grounds of Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  Two months later Anton married Katherine Kwart, also of Prussia, and they were married in St. Albertus Church in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1880 he and his family showed up in Metz, Presque Isle, Michigan were he worked as a farmer and resided the rest of his life.  Anton and Katherine had 6 more children.  He is buried in the Old Metz Cemetery (aka St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery) in Metz, Presque Isle, Michigan.

Spotlight Sunday – Christopher Kessler

Name:  Christopher Kessler

Birthday:  March 13, 1821

Parents:  Nikolaus & Petronilla (?) Kessler

Relationship: Married to Anna Mary Aschmann, brother of Susanna Hoeninghausen.

Children:  John, Joseph, Mathias, William, Mary, Edmund, Clemens, Clara & Reverend John.

Hometown:  Germany

Last Known Residence:  Detroit, Michigan

Church:  St. Joseph’s Church, Detroit, Michigan

Immigration:  about 1846, became a United States citizen

Education:  Able to read & write

Occupation:  Carpenter

Death:  February 28, 1902 of heart disease & dropsy

Cemetery:  Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Relationship to Me:  3rd great-grandfather



Tombstone Tuesday – Franz Schulte

He was born Johann Franz Joseph Schulte in 1805 to Franz Schulte & Elisabeth Wilmes and was the oldest of 7 children.  He married Elisabeth Förth in 1830 and is the father of 9 children, of whom only 5 survived.  His sister, Elisabeth Lenneman, immigrated to the United States with her family in 1846, and they resided in Westphalia, Clinton, Michigan.  Franz followed behind with his family a year later in 1847, and they resided in Detroit, Michigan.  He died in 1869 of consumption which is what is known today as tuberculosis.  He is buried in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in the “old section.”  His grave his a flat stone that has sunk about 3 inches.  The rain has faded away what the inscription on the stones says.  I took the photograph almost 10 years ago, and at that time knew little about rubbings and water, etc.  I hope to get back soon and photograph the stone again so there is a record before it completely disappears. (clicking the picture makes it larger)