Of course, it could mean the named person is still living. But not someone born in 1857.
The tassled marker at the grave of Barnhart Ullmer (b. 1848, d. 1898) names Catharine Ullmer (b. 1857), his wife, but the year of her death is missing.
1848 – 1898
Why is Catharine’s year of death missing? One explanation, maybe the most obvious, is that Catharine is not buried here.
Why would a wife not be buried with her husband? Any number of reasons, I suppose, but one comes to mind immediately: Catharine remarried.
Catharine Augustine (Augustein) married Barnhart Ullmer in 1873 in Marion County, Ohio. According to the marriage record (image available on FamilySearch.org), he was 34; she was 20.
So far, so good. The ages of the bride and groom match the dates on the gravestone.
Birth records on FamilySearch.org show a child, William Uhlmer [sic] born in 1884 to Barnhart and Catharine.
What happened to Catharine after Barnhart’s death in 1898? A clue on Ancestry.com suggested that Catharine remarried, and the 1900 Federal Census supports that theory.
Check out the name of the son living with Gottlieb and Katy (Catharine!?) Durr in Marion County: William Ullmer.
Ullmer Cemetery, Marion County, Ohio