Adam E. Kuhn1

ID#18, b. 15 May 1874, d. 20 October 1912
Father: Nikolaus Kuhn
Mother: Mary Schon

Birth date: reportedly 15 May 1874. The 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census records support this year of birth;2,3 however, Adam's gravestone records his year of birth as 1875.4
Birth place: Wallerfangen, District of Saarlouis (Kreis Saarlouis), Diocese of Trier Germany.3

After his mother's death, Adam gained a stepmother when Catharina Schumacher married his father, Nikolaus.5

Adam emigrated from Antwerp, Belgium, in April 1886 with his family.6 Along with Nicholas Kuhn and Catharina Kuhn, Adam appears on the passenger list for the S.S. Rhynland which arrived in April 1886 at New York City, New York. Also listed: Anna Kuhn, Matt Kuhn and Catherine Kuhn. All are identified as citizens of Germany, having begun their journey from Wallerfangen, Germany, with an intended destination of East Liverpool. Information per the ship's manifest is as follows:
     Nic. Kuhn, age 37, male, a laborer
     Cathe. Kuhn, age 36, female
     Anna Kuhn, age 12, female
     Adam Kuhn, age 11, male
     Mathe. Kuhn, age 9, male
     Cathe. Kuhn, age 5, female
They are numbered 145 through 150 out of a total manifest of 347 passengers.6

On 18 January 1898 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Adam applied for a marriage license with Hattie May Clark, daughter of Samuel E. Clark and Margaret A. Shimp. Information for the license was given by her father, Samuel Clark. The authorization to marry was signed on the same date by E. M. Lewis, Clerk of the County Court.7

Adam and Hattie were married on 18 January 1898 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, Per family tradition, Adam's marriage to a Protestant woman resulted in his expulsion from the Roman Catholic Church.8

Adam died at age 38 on 20 October 1912 at Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia. The official cause of death was recorded as heart trouble.9 Per Nellie (Church) Kuhn, daughter-in-law of Adam, the family always said that he died from "painter's poison," i.e. exposure to lead from being a glassworker8.

An obituary was published on 25 October 1912 the Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.10 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Adam Kuhn Dead
     Adam Kuhn, formerly a well known glass worker of this city, died at Limestone at five o'clock Monday evening. He was thirty-eight years of age and leaves a wife and four children.
     The body was brought to the home of his father-in-law, Thomas Clark, on First street today. Funeral arrangements had not been completed this morning."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

It is unclear why Thomas Clark is identified as Adam's father-in-law, whose name was Samuel E. Clark. Perhaps Thomas was some other relative, or perhaps the relationship is correct but the name is not.

A second obituary was published on 25 October 1912 the Moundsville Echo.11 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Odd Fellows to Attend Kuhn Funeral
     The funeral of Adam Kuhn, whose death occurred at Limestone Monday evening will be held from the home of Thomas Clark on First street at two o'clock Thursday afternoon. Interment will be at Mt. Rose cemetery.
     Mr. Kuhn was a member of Mound City Lodge No. 13 I.O.O.F. The members of that lodge are requested to meet at their hall at one o'clock Thursday to attend the funeral"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A memorial service for Adam was conducted on 31 October 1912 at First Street, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with at the home of Thomas Clark officiating (The members of Mound City Lodge No. 13 I.O.O.F. were requested to meet at their hall at 1:00 pm to attend the funeral which started at 2:00 pm).10 Adam's body was interred on 31 October 1912 in the Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Adam Kuhn."10,12

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.13

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1900Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaKuhn, Adam, male, age 26, head, married 2 years, born May 1874 in Germany, a glass presser with no months unemployed
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)2
1910Marshall County, West VirginiaAdam Kuhn, male, age 35, head, married 12 years, born in Germany, a decorator in the glass house, out of work for 12 weeks during 1909
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)1

Deceased Children of Adam E. Kuhn and Hattie May Clark:

Family Line(s):
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=20 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S320] Adam E. Kuhn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 92, sheets 7B and 8A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  2. [S21] Adam Kuhn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, city of Moundsville, Enumeration District 78, sheet 14B, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  3. [S4] Kathryne (Kuhn) Krouse, compiler, History of Kuhn/Dittmeier/Ganz Families, 1996.
  4. [S1133] Digital photo of Adam and Hattie Kuhn gravestone in Mt. Rose Cemetery, taken by Willy Nelson (WillynWV) on 16 December 2009, online http://www.flickr.com/photos/willynwv/4192258723/in/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Nelson on 24 June 2011.
  5. [S3] Kathryne (Kuhn) Krouse, compiler, Family History Kuhn/Dittmeier, 1964.
  6. [S405] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc.), Nikolaus Kuhn family data.
  7. [S456] Marriage License for Adam Kuhn and Hattie May Clark, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130833_00038.jpg.
  8. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  9. [S18] Adam Kuhn entry, Marshall County Record of Deaths, volume 2, page 122, County Clerk's Office, Moundsville, West Virginia.
  10. [S325] Adam Kuhn obituary, Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, Weekly Edition, 25 Oct 1912, Second Section, page 4.
  11. [S372] Adam Kuhn obituary, Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, Weekly Edition, 25 Oct 1912, Second Section, page 1.
  12. [S6] Mt. Rose Cemetery, compiled by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum.
  13. [S1133] Digital photo of Adam and Hattie Kuhn gravestone in Mt. Rose Cemetery, taken by Willy Nelson (WillynWV) on 16 December 2009, online http://www.flickr.com/photos/willynwv/4192258723/in/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Nelson on 24 June 2011.
  14. [S30] Herbert Samuel Kuhn, Social Security Application (SS-5), (02 Dec 1936).