Tombstone Tuesday : Anna (Gallmeyer) Rook

Anna (Gallmeyer) Rook headstone, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Ruth, Huron County, Michigan.
Anna (Gallmeyer) Rook headstone, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Ruth, Huron County, Michigan.

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.[1] She married Rudolph August Rook, a young minister, on 20 July 1913 at Zion Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Adams County, Indiana.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Rook family grave marker, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Ruth, Huron County, Michigan.
Rook family grave marker, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Ruth, Huron County, Michigan.

Sources

[1]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.

[2]Marvin Hinkle, compiler, “Church Records; Zion Lutheran Church – Friedheim [1836-1975]” (typescript, 1982), p. 142, no. 2398, Rudolph Aug. Rook-Anna Gallmeyer marriage (1913).

[3]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.

[4]Zion Lutheran Cemetery (Ruth, Huron County, Michigan), “Anna” and “Rook” markers, personally read, May 2012.