Sunday’s Obituary – Rosina (Yegerlehner) McCormick

McCormick, Rosina (Yegerlehner) - Obituary - croppedMcCormick

Mrs. Rosina McCormick, aged seventy-two years, died yesterday afternoon at the family residence, 336 Madison street. Death was due to complications and followed an illness of six weeks’ duration.

The deceased was born in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, Oct. 13, 1841, and came to America with her parents at the age of nine years. She was united in marriage to Thomas H. McCormick Nov 21, 1861, in Tuscarawas county, Ohio. They moved to this city in 1893, where Dr. McCormick practiced medicine until his death in 1911.

Surviving relatives include the following children: Mrs. Minnie M. Houser, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Rev. F. C. McCormick, of Milton, Ind.; Thomas H. McCormick, teacher of mathematics at the Commercial high school, of New York City; Miss Ada M. McCormick, head of the business and municipal department of the Fort Wayne public library; Rev. Harry B. McCormick, pastor of the Church of Christ, New York City. Twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. Two daughters, Mrs. Pearl R. Haller and Della C. McCormick [sic Ake], preceded her in death. Mrs. McCormick was a member of the West Creighton Avenue Church of Christ.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced latr.

“The Deaths: McCormick,” The Fort Wayne Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 25 May 1914, p. 11, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 30 November 2013).


Rosina was the only daughter of David and Magdalena (Strahm) Yegerlehner. She traveled with her parents from Switzerland to London, and then to the United States. The family settled in Holmes County, Ohio. Despite the above notion that Rosina married Thomas H. McCormick in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, they were actually married in Holmes County. Both Rosina and her brother Christian applied for marriage licenses on the same day, although their weddings were 3 days apart and they were married by different ministers.

McCormick, Thomas & Rosina Yegerlehner - Marriage, 1861

How’s that for misspelling!?! (Click to enlarge)

Rosina and Thomas also moved their growing family west to Indiana, settling there by 1870. While older brother Christian and their parents moved to Clay county, Thomas and Rosina settled in northern Indiana, near Fort Wayne. After many years of living in the rural townships of Allen County, they finally moved into the city.

McCormick, Thomas & Rosina - c1900

Thomas & Rosina, c1910
Copy from an original in the possession of Rosina’s descendants

Rosina and Thomas were the parents of eight children: Florence, Wilhelmina “Minnie,” Della, Pearl, Firman, Thomas, Ada and Harry. Rosina’s progeny were quite numerous, possibly surpassing both her brothers in living descendants. One of Rosina’s more famous descendants was Edward H. White, Jr., an astronaut from the Apollo program who tragically lost his life during a fire on the launching platform in 1967.

Rosina and Thomas are buried at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Photograph by Jim Cox

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2 thoughts on “Sunday’s Obituary – Rosina (Yegerlehner) McCormick

  1. davidmadison1942

    This is interesting…some of the folks made it to New York City!

    * Thomas H. McCormick, teacher of mathematics at the Commercial high school, of New York City;

    * Rev. Harry B. McCormick, pastor of the Church of Christ, New York City.

    Wow…who knew about Edwin White being on our family tree! (well, obviously, you did). I remember very vividly that tragedy being in the news.


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