David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Jacob Routsong/Henry Routzong

This is the final resting place of my 3rd great grandfather, Jacob Routsong. Jacob is buried in David's Cemetery in Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio.
The stone reads, " Jacob Routsog  Died February the 2nd AD 1851 at 56 yrs 5mths 15 Ds  "Therefore be ye also ready for in such a time as ye know not, the Son of Man cometh"

Jacob Routsong is the great grandson of Johann Ludwig Rauenzahner, who arrived in Philadelphia from Beerfelden, Germany,  in August, 1750.  Johann Ludwig's son, Johann Adam, chose to use the last name "Routzahn", while his son Henry chose to use the name "Routzong".  Most of Henry's sons chose to use this same spelling and pronunciation, but for some reason Jacob chose to use the "Routsong" name as his descendants still do to this day. 
  I believe that most persons with any of these last names could probably trace their ancestry back to Johann Ludwig Rauenzahner in some way.  One of the best resources I have found for research on these names is the book "From Rauenzahner to Routson A Family on the Move" by John P. Dern and M. Marjorie Waidner (Picton Press, 1993).  

Above is the tombstone of Henry Routzong, Sr., Jacob's father.  His final resting place is in the Byron Cemetery, Greene County, Ohio. 

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