Ludwig Cemetery Entries for BIEHL
BIEHL. LEWIS JR ... BORN JUNE. 23,1862. - DIED OCT. 16, 1906.
BIEHL. DANIEL ... BORN SEPT. 10, 1858. - DIED NOV. 1, 1908.
BIEHL. LOUIS ...
BORN SEPT. 5, 1836 - DIED FEB. 14, 1911.
BIEHL. HENRY ... BORN, 1860
- DIED, 1926.
BIEHL. EDWIN, C ... SON OF EVA & DANIEL BIEHL, BORN FEB. 10 1889 - DIED AUG. 1, 1889. AGED, 5 MONTHS AND 21 DAYS.
Ludwig Ten Biehl (1836-1911)
These Biehls were all either descendants of Ludwig (Louis) Ten Biehl or spouses of his descendants. According to information given to me years ago by Catherine Sams, Ludwig Ten Biehl was born in Fearing Twp., Washington Co., Ohio, which means his father and mother, both born in Fronhofen in the Palatinate, were relatively early German emigrants and settlers. Sams' information lists the father and mother as Johann "Peter" Biehl and Maria "Katharina" Motz. 'Motz' is another name found amongst early German settlers of Highland Ridge. The information also traces the line back to Ludwig Ten Biehl's great grandfather, Theobald Biehl and Maria Elisabetha Molter, both born in the early 1740s in Fronhofen. As for Ludwig Ten Biehl himself, Sams' records show that he married a Catharina Schultheiss in the Berg Church on December 9, 1856.
Catharina Schultheiss Biehl (1836-1927)
Catharina was born in Dennweiler, Pfalz in 1836. Dennweiler was also where Adam Buertel, a great great grandfather of mine, and his family immigrated from. This means that Catharina must have emigrated with her family, Adam and Margaret Schultheiss, and others of the five Schultheiss children some time between her birth and her marriage in 1856.
Catherine Sams has provide a transcription of the 28 Jan 1927 obituary for Kathryn Biehl. We learn from the date of her death that the three sons listed above preceded her in that adventure, as well as her husband. Remaining alive were three sons, Charles, William, and Edward, and four daughters: "Mrs. R. R. Brown, Mrs. Edward Zimmer, Mrs Fred Abicht and Mrs. Louise Becker of Marietta." She emigrated around 1851, and when her husband died in 1911, made her home with various of their (at least eleven) children. It states that she was a member of the Ludwig Lutheran Church.
Information from the 1875 Atlas of Washington Co.
The 1875 Atlas of Washington County shows that a Lewis Beahl owned two 40 acre plots side by side with Mill Fork just to the north, and the head of Moss Run originating on his west 40. At that time, just the farms of G. W. Pepper and David Louer to the west lay between Lou Biehl and the Jacob Ludwig property from which the Ludwig Cemetery had been cut. It was a little more than a mile as the crow flies, so it was quite logical that the Biehls would be buried there.
Jacob Biehl (1857-1880)
Although he isn't listed in the McKitrick list of cemetery inscriptions for Ludwig Cemetery, Sams' genealogical information show that the first child of Ludwig Ten Biehl and Catharina Schultheiss was Jacob Biehl.
My mother has quoted many pithy German expressions that my great grandmother, Eva Fickeisen Noe, used to say. One of them is particularly appropriate for the Ludwig Ten Biehl family. When as a child my mother asked Eva how long it took a baby to be born, Eva replied with nary a trace of a smile, "It takes nine months, but the first baby can come any time." Apparently the Biehls' first baby, Jacob, took two and one half months, being born on Washington's Birthday in 1857. I have seen this several times in my own family. If the girl got pregnant, the boy married her.
I'd like to fasten a moment longer on this Jacob Biehl, who lived just 23 years and who was born and died on a holiday (his death is listed as December 25, 1880). It is very likely that he bore a fateful connection to my great grandmother, Eva Fickeisen Noe. They were born just a month from each other, and obviously grew up within spittin' distance of each other. My mother told me this story. Eva Fickeisen and Jacob Biehl were lovers one summer in their early twenties. The romance went on for a while, and they had a secret meeting place. Alas, says my mom, the romance was either kept a secret, or forbidden by the Biehls, who thought that the Fickesiens weren't good enough for their son. It was true that the Fickeisens were dirt poor and always on the outs with the church—that being a long and fascinating story in itself. Anyway, one cold autumn day, while they were at their rendezvous, a horrendous storm came up and they were caught in it. When Jacob got home he came down with first a cold and then pneumonia. He got worse and worse, and my grandma, of course, had to suffer in silence, because their relationship wasn't "known" to the community. Finally, he died, and Eva was broken-hearted. The story of her marriage to Lou Noe (also a first child who took only five days to arrive), and not a happy one at that, is told elsewhere on this website.
The other three sons of Ludwig and Katharina Schultheiss Biehl were all related by marriage to my great grandmother, Eva Fickeisen Noe.
Daniel Biehl (1858-1908)
The second child of Lewis Ten Biehl and Katharina Schultheiss was Daniel Biehl, and he is shown as buried in Ludwig Cemetery. He married my great grandmother's first cousin, also named Eva Fickeisen. Sams' information lists four children for them, Hermann, Luisa Elisabeth, and twin boys, Edwin Gilbert and Gilbert Edwin. Baptismal records show that the grandparents took turns being witnesses. Jacob Fickeisen and Katharina Biehl for Gilbert Edwin, and Ludwig Ten Biehl and Elisabetha Fickeisen for Edwin Gilbert. My mother remembers that one of these twins died, she said "I believe it was Edwin." This is confirmed by the Ludwig Cemetery inscriptions.
Henry Biehl (1860-1926) and Anna Fickeisen Biehl (1859-1958)
The third child of Lewis Ten Biehl and Katharina Schultheiss was Henry Biehl, also buried in Ludwig Cemetery along with his wife, Anna Maria Philobena Fickeisen Biehl. Anna was the lifelong favorite sister of my great grandmother, Eva. She outlived Eva by several years and died when I was 20 years old. My mother has told me that Anna weeded and sythed Ludwig Century for decades, caring for these dear souls of hers. Henry and Anna Fickeisen Biehl had two sons Irvin and Elmer. They are not listed as buried in the Ludwig Cemetery. I've told a lot, perhaps too much, about Anna Fickeisen Biehl's life, in other parts of this website.
Ludwig Biehl (1862-1906) and Carolina Noe (1860-1944)
The fourth child of Lewis Ten Biehl and Katharina Schultheiss was Ludwig Biehl, and he is show as buried in the Ludwig Cemetery. He married Carolina Noe, the first cousin of Eva Fickeisen Noe's husband. Pfarer Daniel Hirsch and his wife, Philippena, witnessed Carolina's birth in 1860. My records show that Ludwig and Carolina had a daughter, Bertha Philippina, in 1884.
Thus concludes my account of the Biehls buried in Ludwig Cemetery. Please feel free to forward me information related to this story.
James F. Andris, created Saturday, October 13, 2007, 1st rev. Monday, October 15, 2007.