Saturday, January 23, 2016

Returning to the Umbach Family

Earlier in the month, I wrote about my wife's 2nd-great-grandfather, Fred C. Umbach. He was the son of Henry August Umbach Sr. and Dorothy Marie Niedermeier, both first-generation Americans of German immigrants. The Umbachs were from Posey County, Indiana, in the southwestern corner of the state.

Henry and Dorothy were married on 12 July 1885 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. The marriage record shows Henry was the son of Wilhelm Umbach and Elizabeth Engelhard.

In the 1910 US Census, Fred can be seen living in the household of his parents with his brother, Henry August Jr. and sister Frieda.
1910 US Census,
Ten years earlier, in the 1900 US Census, it shows Henry and Dorothy were living in Evansville, Indiana.

Fred's brother Henry August Jr. served in Company A, 37th Division during World War I. This news clipping from the Evansville Press shows that Henry Jr was sent to Europe in 1918. Their parents were living at 1434 John Street in Evansville at the time.
Source: Evansville Press, 2 Aug 1918.

In the 1920 US Census, the family appears in Ward 7, Evansville, Indiana.

The 1926 City Directory for Evansville shows that Henry was working in the press department at Sunbeam Electric Manufacturing Company.

Henry is buried in Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana. According to his Findagrave entry, Henry died on 17 March 1933, killed in an tragic accident involving a car and a firetruck in Evansville.
Photo from Findagrave.
Henry's obituary card from the Browning Library provides some important clues on his early life in Posey County. It lists a half-brother, Ben Dietrich of Evansville and William of California. I will have more on this in a subsequent post.
Source: Browning Genealogy database, Willard Library, Evansville.

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