Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Anna (Row) Auble (1787?-1860?)

This week's Tombstone Tuesday is the gravestone of my third great-grandmother, Anna (Row) Auble (1787?-1860?) in Harmony Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Stillwater, Sussex County, New Jersey.

The Find A Grave memorial for Anna Auble is shown below:

The memorial, and an article in GMNJ (see "Sussex County Gravestones: Stillwater Methodist Churchyard," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 66, Number 2 (May 1991), Page 57, Anna Auble, wife of John S. Auble, died 3 June 1863, aged 72 years), says that she died 3 June 1863.
The gravestone says 1863.  The inscription on the gravestone says:

wife of
Died June 3 1863
aged 72 yrs

However, the "New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1720-1988" collection on FamilySearch indicates that her death was on 12 June 1860. (see "New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1720-1971," online database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), citing extracted death and burial records, Ann (Row) Auble entry, 1860).  This record says Ann was born in Morris County, is a widow, and identifies Ann's parents as Philip and Ann Row.

I don't know which record, if either, is correct.

There is a marriage record in the Zion Lutheran Church of Oldwick for John Abel and Anna Rouw dated 15 July 1804 (see Norman C. Wittwer and D. A. Sinclair, "Marriage Records of the Zion Lutheran Church at Oldwick," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 40, page 10, John Abel and Anna Rouw entry).

Philip Jacob Row's 1817 will names his daughter Anna, wife of John Auble (see Elmer Tindall Hutchinson, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc., Volume XIII, 1814-1817 (Bayonne, N.J. : Jersey Printing Company, 1949), page 362, Philip Row will extract, 1817).

If Anna Row/Rouw was born in 1787-1788 (72 years before 1860), than the 1804 marriage is possible at age 16-17.  If she was born in 1790-1791 (72 years before 1863), then she would be only age 13-14 at her marriage to a 24 year old man.

In the 1850 U.S. Census enumeration for Stillwater, N.J., Ann Auble is age 66 (implying birth in 1783-1784), and in the 1860 U.S. Census for Stillwater, N.J., Ann Auble is age 73 (implying 1786-1787).

 This is an interesting problem - there are bits of evidence that can be pieced together to identify Anna as the daughter of Philip Row, as the wife of John Abel/Auble, dying in 1860 or 1863, and buried in Stillwater, N.J.  But the death and burial records are Derivative source records, and there are no Original source records to support the death and burial conclusions.  The probate record and the marriage record are Derivative source records but the Original source records can probably be obtained.

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