Tombstone Tuesday — Magdelene (Miller) Shoudel

Here’s another tombstone from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo, Indiana. Magdelene, Magdaline, Magdalena, Mary Magdaline, Maria Magdalena (whatever because the name is different depending on what record you look at) Miller was married to John Matthias Shoudel. The spelling on the tombstone is Magdalene, I’m just going to leave it at that for now.

Photo courtesy of L. Mafera

There are quite a bit of date discrepancies which I have to work on to verify what is correct. In her obituary (thank you to Scott Bowmar!), it states she was born in Bavaria, Germany about 1815 and came with her parents in 1855 to Smithfield Township, in DeKalb County, Indiana. According to the genealogy that a family member gave to me decades ago — and shamefully for the life of me I cannot remember who gave it to me — she was born on May 24, 1816, the first child of John Miller (spelled Müller in Germany), and that in 1855, John Matthias sent for his family, so it sounds as if she was married before coming to the United States. However, the Birkenhordt Project website states her birth date was May 21, 1815.

The Birkenhordt Project website states it is “a non-commercial project committed to documenting all genealogical relationships in the Southern Palatinate and the French district of Bas-Rhin.” Wow, that’s pretty cool. I’m sure going to have to read up on that area of Germany and work on verifying all of that information.

Magdalene died on February 15, 1888.

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