Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - David Dieffenbach, Organ Builder

Margaretha (Schmidt) and David Dieffenbach 
Altalaha Church, Rehrersburg, PA
My gr-gr-gr-grandparents
 (photo taken 25 Sept 2010 by Karen Fox)

The plaque at the top is inscribed: 
Margaretha Dieffenbach
nee Schmidt
16 Jun 1802 - 12 Dec 1857
David Dieffenbach
Piperorgan Builder
3 Mar 1798 - 11 Dec 1872
Placed By The
Dieffenbach Family Association

The stones had fallen over and broken, Descendants laid them flat in concrete to preserve them, David was the 3rd generation of Pipe Organ builders in the Dieffenbach Family.

The Stone Inscriptions:

(The left stone reads) Hier ruhet Margaretha Dieffenbach, Ehegattin von David Dieffenbach, geborne Schmidt. Geboren Juni 16, 1802. Starb Decem. 12, 1857. Alt 55 Jahre, 5 Mo. 26 Tag.

(The right stone reads) Hier ruhet David Dieffenbach Orgelbauer · Geboren Marz 3, 1798 · Starb December 11, 1872 · Alter 74 Jahre, 9 Mo, 8 Tage

To read more about the fascinating story of the Dieffenbach Organ Builders and to see some terrific photos of their historic Pipe Organs,  see "The Dieffenbach Organ Makers" page at:  http://cousinsall.com/ORGAN_MAKERS.html

~ Karen the AncesTree Sprite

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