Anna Christina Caroline (nee Gallmeyer) Rook (29 September 1884-28 September 1915) was born in Preble Township, Adams County, Indiana, the fifteenth of sixteen children born to Friedrich Wilhelm and Wilhelmina (nee Boese) Gallmeyer. She married Rudolph August Rook, a young minister, on 20 July 1913 at Zion Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Adams County, Indiana. Anna died one day short of her thirty-second birthday in Ruth, Huron County, Michigan where her husband preached at the local Lutheran church. She had one son. Family lore said she died in child birth; her death certificate records “hemorrhage of brain” as the cause of death.
Anna is buried at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Sherman Township, Huron County, Michigan. A worn and crooked headstone with only her name “Anna” legible lies to the left of a larger Rook family marker; however, no other headstones share the Rook plot.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (Friedheim, Indiana), “Adams County, Indiana; Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – Friedheim; Record Book 1879-1926,” p. 73, no. 18, Anna Christina Caroline Gallmeyer baptism (1884); Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Marvin Hinkle, compiler, “Church Records; Zion Lutheran Church – Friedheim [1836-1975]” (typescript, 1982), p. 142, no. 2398, Rudolph Aug. Rook-Anna Gallmeyer marriage (1913).
Huron County, Michigan, death certificate no. 20, Anna Rook, 28 September 1915; digital image, The Archives of Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org : accessed 08 July 2014), “Michigan, Death Records, 1897-1920.” Anna’s death certificate provides a day of birth different than recorded on her baptismal record.
Zion Lutheran Cemetery (Ruth, Huron County, Michigan), “Anna” and “Rook” markers, personally read, May 2012.