Monday, May 2, 2011

“Their daughters made interesting marriages”

On August 29, 1912, an obituary for an Ohio-born noblewoman ran in the New York Times.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 28.—Baroness von Uechtritz, formerly Viola Lytle, daughter of J. R. Lytle of Delaware, died here to-day at a hospital of spinal disease. The Baroness was 38 years old. Her marriage to Charles Edgar von Uechtritz und Steinkirch, the African explorer, took place in 1895. A younger sister of the Baroness, while visiting in Berlin, was married to Count Bouta Eulenberg, who died suddenly two years ago.

The Baroness is buried alongside her parents and her brother in Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio. A metallic urn, perhaps bronze and now a striking verdigris, tops the family monument.



The back of the monument shows a touching message, no doubt addressing Cornelelia, wife and mother:
To The Especial Memory Of My
Dear Unselfish Mother. In Love
And Gratitude Until We Meet

Excerpts from History of Ohio by Charles B. Galbreath, published in 1925 but clearly written before James R. Lytle’s death, tell us more about this family and the times in which they lived:

JAMES R. LYTLE. The acknowledged authority on local history in Delaware County, and author of what is regarded as the definitive work of county history in James R. Lytle, a man of versatile intellect, talents and accomplishments, who has been a member of the Delaware bar for over half a century, and is known to everybody in the county...

On July 28, 1868, at Delaware, he married Miss Cornelia A. Chase, daughter of Rev. Ira and Jane (Wilcox) Chase, her father a native of Maine and her mother of Pennsylvania. Her father was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Conference, and in the early days was associated with Bishop Thompson at Toledo. He frequently did missionary work among the Indians, and had many interesting experiences with them...

Mr. and Mrs. Lytle had three children, their only son, James William being deceased, Their daughters made interesting marriages. Viola M., after completing her musical education in Ohio Wesleyan University, went abroad to study in Berlin, and while there she met and married Baron Edgar Von Euchtritz, and has since remained in Berlin. Her sister, Cornelia Francio, during a visit to her sister in Germany met Count Boto Eulenberg, and they were married, and she too remained in Germany, though returning each year to visit her parents. Count Eulenberg died, and in 1921 she became the wife of Count Von Finckenstein, who was at the head of the Red Cross work in Germany during the World war and also a member of the Reichstag. Cornelia Francio was on the boat on her way to America in July, 1914, when the announcement of the outbreaking of war was received by wireless, and as she landed shortly afterward she brought this information to her father before it was published in the New York newspapers.

From 1880 United States Federal Census,  City of Delaware, Ohio

Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful monument, and touching tribute to Cornelia!


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