Elizabeth (Rietmann) Egg

Elizabeth (Rietmann) Egg (1825-1896) was born to Johann Jakob and Anna Margaretha (Huber) Rietmann on April 12, 1825 in Lustdorf, Switzerland. She was one of approximately 11 children. On February 9, 1851 she married Rudolph Egg, son of Rudolf and Katharina (Peyer) Egg, in Lustdorf. Two of their seven children were born in Switzerland: Katherina and Elizabeth. The couple and their daughter Katherina immigrated to the United States in 1854. They arrived in New York from Le Havre, France aboard the “Rotunda.” Their daughter Elizabeth remained in Switzerland until 1859. By 1856, the family was living in Louisville. Rudolph worked as a carpenter while Elizabeth kept house. Their children Rudolph, Frank, Rachael, Emilia, and Rosa were all born in Louisville. However, Katherina, Rudolph, and Emilia did not survive to adulthood.

The family lived on Walnut Street near Clay Street in the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood for many years. On September 19, 1896, Elizabeth died from asthma at the age of 71. She was buried in Section B, Range 2, Lot 16 of Eastern Cemetery. On July 29, 1903, Rudolph died from consumption at the age of 78. He was buried next to Elizabeth. They share a large granite marker. Their lot also includes their daughters Katharina, Emilia, and Rachael (Egg) Hodgkins as well as their grandson Edwin Hodgkins. The photos of Elizabeth and Rudolph Egg are from Find a Grave user Marguerite Miller.