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 Eliza Ann <I>Schenck</I> Amerman

Eliza Ann Schenck Amerman

New Jersey, USA
Death 8 Dec 1875 (aged 69)
St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Burial Hamilton, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 23229715 · View Source
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Eliza Ann is the daughter of
Arthur Schenck (1773-1848), and his
first wife Johanna ("Hanna") Sutphen
(also spelled "Sutphin") (1774-1828),
of Hunterdon County, New Jersey,
and later, of Somerville, in
Somerset County, New Jersey.
She was the 8th of their 12 children.
Note: Arthur's mother's maiden name
was also "Sutphen".
Note: PLEASE, do NOT transfer this
memorial to other web sites.
Thanks, Nancy (Letcher) Heib.
Note: There are many of the
"Schenck", "Sutphen", and
"Amerman/Ammerman" families that are
buried in Hunterton County, and
in Somerset County, New Jersey,
listed on this find-a-grave web site.
Note: Some genealogies list
Eliza Ann's maiden name as
"Schenck" and "Schanck".
On her son John A. Ammerman's
death certificate, she is listed as
Eliza "Schank". In article on son John,
she is listed as Eliza Ann "Shanck".
It should be "Schenck".
Her date-of-birth of July 23, 1806
is calculated from the cemetery records,
located in the Indiana State Library.
Eliza Ann Schenck was married
on Sept. 13, 1823
to William Amerman
(spelled with only two "m's" on his
headstone, per Witter Cemetery records,
and also, on his wife Eliza's headstone
in the Hamilton Church Cemetery).
William was the son of Abraham
("Abram") Amerman, who was a native of
Germany, and his wife Margaret Ryker.
William was born Oct. 22, 1802
in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Note: Eliza Ann's sister
Catherine Schenck (b. 1803) married
a James Amerman in 1828 and they
had ten or eleven children.
(Could James and William Amerman
have been brothers or cousins?)
William and Eliza Ann were living
in Bridgewater Twp., Somerset County
New Jersey in June of 1830 when their
eldest son Abraham was born, and living
in Somerville, Somerset Co. New Jersey
in March of 1834, when their daughter
Mary Catherine was born.
William and Eliza's family moved from
Somerset County New Jersey to Wayne
County Ohio in 1838 (per article on
their son John, in "The Complete
History of Sullivan County Missouri,
Volume 1, 1836-1900").
(Click on John's name below to read article).
The 1840 census of Franklin Township,
Wayne County Ohio lists a William
Amerman and what appears to be
William and Eliza's family.
(Their youngest child Ellen Ann
was born in Ohio in 1846).
They then moved from Wayne County
Ohio, to St. Joseph County Indiana
in 1849 (per same article on son
John as mentioned above).
[They must have meant to say that
they moved to "Indiana" in 1849,
the 1850 census shows them living
in Richland, Fulton County Indiana].
In the 1860 census
Wm. and Eliza A. Amerman and their
youngest daughter Ellen Ann are
living in Warren Township,
St. Joseph County Indiana
(South Bend post office).
William is listed as 57 years of age.
Also living with them is their
daughter Mary Catherine and her
husband James Kizer Sr. and three
of their daughters children.
William Amerman died in 1864
("about" age 61 or 62),
in St. Joseph County Indiana.
William was buried in the
Witter Cemetery, in South Bend,
St. Joseph County Indiana
(between children of the "Kizer" family)
Per: "St. Joseph County, Indiana
Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. 5",
published by the
"South Bend Area Genealogical
Society", which lists the records of
the cemetery inventoried by the
"Graves Restoration Project"
(a WPA project done in 1939).
William is buried between a nephew
and a great-nephew of William's
son-in-law James Kizer Sr.
William is buried next to Marcellus
D. Kizer, born in 1854 and died in
German Twp. on June 21, 1861 at
7 years, 3 months, and 22 days.
Marcellus was the son of Abraham Force
Kizer and his wife Caroline Hoffimer
Kizer (A. F. & C. Kizer).
Abraham F. Kizer was the brother of
Mary Catherine Ammerman's husband,
James Kizer Sr.
Also buried next to William
is Franklin Kizer (possibly
Benjamin Franklin Kizer), who died
March 15, 1864 at 1 year, 9 months
and 22 days, the son of
Elmer O. Kizer and his wife Elizabeth
Annastisha Kizer (E. & E. A. Kizer).
Elmer is the son of Jesse P. Kizer,
who was also a brother of Mary Catherine
Ammerman's husband James Kizer Sr.
The Witter Cemetery has been declared
an "Historic Landmark", by the Historic
Preservation Commission of St. Joseph
County Indiana and the County Council.
The Witter Cemetery is located on the
N.-N.W. side of South Bend, Indiana. It
is on the North side of Cleveland Road
(between Portage Rd. & Lynnwood Ave.),
in German Township, St. Joseph County,
Indiana, a short distance East of
the Hamilton Church Cemetery
(where his wife Eliza Ann is buried,
near their son Abraham and his family).
Wm.'s headstone appears to be identical
(with the same weeping willow design),
to the headstone for his wife Eliza Ann.
Thanks to two fellow descendants of
William: Carol Taylor and Kay Price,
William's grave site was finally
located, in June of 2008.
See his memorial, on this web site.
(Click on his name below).
The children of William Amerman and
his wife Eliza Ann Schenck are:
Note: Both the "Amerman" and the
"Ammerman" spellings have been found on
their headstones and in vital records.
1. (?) Catherine Lidde Ammerman/Amerman.
b. Feb. 03, 1825.
d. Oct. 04, 1827
(age 2 years, 8 months and 1 day).
2. (?) Hannah Elizabeth Ammerman/Amerman.
b. Feb. 22, 1827.
m. Dec. 26, 1844 in Wayne County,
Ohio, to Thomas Patterson.
d. Nov. 29, 1845 at the age of
18 years, 9 months, and 7 days
(shortly after giving birth to
a daughter also named
Hannah "Elizabeth" Patterson, who
was married to her second husband
Harvey Joseph Hewitt on June 4, 1869
in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
(Her daughter Hannah "Elizabeth" and
Harvey J. Hewitt had 7 children. She
died Oct. 09, 1929 in Loami, Sangamon
County Illinois and is buried there
in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery).
Thomas later married
Mrs. Christen (Bechtel) Cutter.
Buried: Moreland Cemetery, in Moreland,
Franklin Township, Wayne County, Ohio.
See the memorial for Hannah Patterson,
of Wayne County Ohio, on this web site.
Note: The information on the first two
children was given to me by fellow
Ammerman researchers who are also
descendents: Carol Taylor and Kay Price.
[We are waiting (and searching) for
documentation on these two daughters].
3. Abraham ("Abram") W. Ammerman.
b. June 14, 1830 in Somerset Co. N.J.
m. March 17, 1853 to Mary Jane Vorhes,
the daughter of John H. Vorhes and his
wife Maria Kershaw,
by Alonson H. Pidge, Minister
(a Methodist minister), in
Terre Coupee Pairie, later known
as Hamilton, St. Joseph Co. Indiana.
Note: Marriage record listed in
"Marriage Records, St. Joseph Co. IN
Vol. IV-VI 1855-1875", located in the
Indiana State Library genealogy
department, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
d. May 14, 1905 in New Carlisle,
St. Joseph County Indiana.
Buried: Hamilton Church Cemetery.
Note: The surname on Abraham's
headstone is spelled "Ammerman", but
it is spelled "Amerman" on the
headstones for his three young children.
(See his memorial on this web site).
4. Mary Catherine Ammerman.
b. March 28, 1834, in
Somerville, Somerset Co. New Jersey.
m. Dec. 23, 1852 to James Kizer [Sr.],
the son of Peter Kizer Sr. and his
wife Catherine Force, by
Alonson H. Pidge, Minister of the
gospel (a Methodist minister), in
Terre Coupee Pairie, later known
as Hamilton, St. Joseph Co. Indiana.
Per: Marriage record listed in
"Marriage Records Volumes 1-3,
1830-1855 St. Joseph County,
South Bend, Indiana",
located in the
South Bend Indiana public library,
and per a copy of their marriage license
obtained in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
d. Dec. 22, 1913 in Mishawaka,
St. Joseph County Indiana
(per her death certificate).
Note: Her obituary lists her
maiden name as "Ammerman".
Buried: Osceola Cemetery
(E. of Mishawaka and Osceola, Indiana).
(See her memorial on this web site).
5. John Arthur Ammerman Sr.
b. Jan. 3, 1837,
in Somerset County, New Jersey.
m. Jan. 1, 1862, to
Hannah Mariah Patrick, the daughter
of Robert Patrick and Catherine Ann
Keyser, in St. Joseph County Indiana,
per: "Marriage Records, St. Joseph Co.
IN Vol. IV-VI 1855-1873", located in
the Indiana State Library genealogy
department in Indianapolis, Indiana.
John and Hannah had ten children.
John and Hannah moved to Berrien County
Michigan about 1866, and then moved to
Sullivan County Missouri in 1869
(per article on John A. Amerman, in
"The Complete History of Sullivan
County Missouri, Volume 1, 1836-1900").
He located 8 miles South of Green City,
Missouri, and accquired 160 acres of
land. He was a Republican and cast his
first vote for Lincoln. He and his wife
were Methodists.
John and Hannah were living in Union
Township, Sullivan County Missouri
at the time of the 1870 census,
with four of their children.
d. Feb. 15, 1916 (per: both his
death certificate, and
Pleasantville Cemetery records).
John died at the age of 79 years,
1 month and 12 days,
from cancer of the bowel,
in Green City, (Union Township),
Sullivan County Missouri.
Buried: Pleasantville Cemetery
(formerly known as
"Dantown cemetery"), one mile West
of Mystic, in Sullivan Co. Missouri.
Note: His death certificate states
that he was widowed, that his
occupation was a farmer, and that
his parents were William Ammerman
and Eliza Schank [Schenck].
Note: The surname on his death
certificate and in cemetery records
is spelled as "Ammerman".
(See his memorial on this web site).
6. Ellen Ann Ammerman/Amerman.
b. July 25, 1846, in Wayne Co. Ohio.
She is listed as living with her
parents (age 14) in the 1860 census of
Warren Twp., St. Joseph Co. Indiana.
m. Nov. 26 (or 25), 1866 to
James Randolph Burruss, the son of
James A. Burruss and Jennett Holmes,
in Bertrand, Berrien County Michigan.
(James was born Jan. 15, 1838 in Ohio,
and died May 07, 1893 in Taylor Co. KY).
Their children are:
1. Francis Weldie b. Nov. 7, 1867.
2. Iva (or Elva) Janette b.July 13, 1871.
3. William Dorrance b. Nov. 18, 1873.
Ellen died on May 22 or 23, 1875,
in Sullivan County Missouri
(at the age of 28 years, 9 months
and 28 or 29 days).
See the bio for
Ellen Ann (Ammerman) Burruss
on this web site.
Ellen and her husband are buried
near Ellen's brother John Ammerman,
in the "Ammerman" plot, in the
Pleasantville cemetery, in Mystic,
Sullivan County Missouri.
(Perhaps they followed her brother
John to Sullivan County Missouri).
Note: After Ellen's death, James
possibly was married to Mary Catherine
Patrick (the sister of John A. Ammerman's
wife Hannah M. Patrick), and he had
six more children with Mary Catherine.

Eliza Ann died on Dec. 8, 1875,
at the age of
69 years, 4 months and 16 days
Per: Records of the Hamilton Church
Cemetery, located in the Indiana State
Library genealogy department,
in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Note: Her "date of birth" given herein
is calculated from this information.
(The history of the "historic" Hamilton
Church is also located in this library).
Eliza Ann's headstone reads:

Wife of
Wm. Amerman
Dec. 8, 1875
Aged 69 Yrs.

Note the two different spellings of
the surname, that this family used.
Eliza Ann "Amerman" is buried near her
son Abraham W. "Ammerman" and his wife
Mary Jane, in the Hamilton Church
Cemetery, next to the (historic)
Hamilton Church in Olive Township,
in Hamilton, St. Joseph Co. Indiana,
on the corner of Chicago Trail and
Walnut Road (N.-E. of New Carlisle).
William and Eliza Ann Amerman are
mentioned in the following article
on their son John A. Ammerman,
published in:
"The Complete History of Sullivan
County Missouri, Volume 1, 1836-1900".
The first half of the article reads
as follows:
[Note the differance in the spelling
of the surname for John, and that of
his parents and his grandfather Abram].
Ammerman, John A.
born 1837 in Somerset Co. N.J., son of
William and Eliza Ann Shanck [Schenck]
Amerman, born in N.J. in 1802 and 1806.
They were married in 1823, moved in 1838
to Wayne Co. Ohio, then in 1849, to
St. Joseph Co. Ind.
Here William died in 1864, and
Eliza Ann in 1875.
William was a Baptist and Eliza Ann a
Presbyterian. He was a lifelong farmer.
John's grandfather, Abram Amerman,
was a native of Germany.
[See memorial for their son John A.
Ammerman, for remainder of article].
Note: See the memorials for one line
of Eliza's family, on this web site:
Husband, William Amerman
(with two "m's"), of Indiana.
Son, Abraham W. Ammerman
(with 3 "m's), of Indiana.
Son, John Arthur Ammerman Sr.,
(with 3 "m's") of Missouri.
Mary Catherine (Ammerman) Kizer, of IN
Grandson, Theodore F. Amerman,
(with 2 "m's") of Indiana.
Granddaughter, Isadora (Kizer) Upham,
of Michigan.
Great-Grandson, Clarence Upham, of MI
Great, Great, Granddaughter,
Cecile Gay (Upham) Bliss, of Michigan.
Great, great, great, granddaughter,
Thelma Celestia (Bliss) Letcher,
of Michigan.
Note: William and Eliza Ann Amerman
are my Gt., Gt., Gt., Great, Grandparents.
Nancy (Letcher) Heib.
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Click on the name of this cemetery
(below), to read information on
the history of this Hamilton Church
and cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Ann Schenck Amerman (23 Jul 1806–8 Dec 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23229715, citing Hamilton Church Cemetery, Hamilton, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .