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Johann 'Friedrich' Gaumer
(1750-1815)

 

Johann "Friedrich" Gaumer born on March 12, 1750, in Macungie Township, Northampton (now Lehigh) County, PA, a twin son of Johann Dietrich and Maria "Elizabeth" (Meinert) Gaumer Sr. His middle name, which he used as his primary name, often was Americanized to "Frederick."

He and his twin Johannes "John" Gaumer were baptized on Nov. 4, 1750 in Macungie.

On Dec. 3, 1771, when he was 21 years of age, Friedrich married 24-year-old Catharina Barbara Eisenhardt (1747-1810), an immigrant from Deckenphronn, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. He was three years younger than his wife. 

The Gaumers produced these known children – Jacob Gaumer, Johann Dietrich "Dieter" Gaumer, Friedrich "Frederick" Gaumer, Andreas "Andrew" Gaumer, Catharina "Catherine" Gaumer and Margaretha "Margaret" Gaumer.

According to Myrtle Knepper Weniger’s The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines, Friedrich was a Revolutionary War veteran. They resided in Macungie Township.

Sadly, Catharina passed away in Macungie in 1810.

Johann survived his wife by five years. He died in Macungie on Sept. 2, 1815. Burial was in the Zion Lehigh Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

~ Son Jacob Gaumer ~ 

Son Jacob Gaumer (1773-1833) was born on Nov. 21, 1773 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. 

On Aug. 9, 1796, in Lehigh County, the 23-year-old Jacob was wedded to 32-year-old Catarina Keiser (1764-1840). Their five offspring were Daniel David Gaumer, Lydia Gaumer, Maria Magdalena Gaumer, Anna Maria Gaumer and George Gaumer. Sadly, little Anna Maria died in infancy in 1802.

Sometime after their fifth child was born in 1802, and as late as the 1830s, they migrated to Columbia County, PA. Jacob died in Hemlock Township, Columbia County on Feb. 8, 1833. Catarina lived for another seven years after her husband's death. 

She relocated to the southwestern part of the state, beyond the Allegheny Mountain range, and settled in Southampton, Somerset County. She passed away there in about 1840.

Son Daniel David Gaumer (1797-1871) was born on Feb. 26, 1797 in Macungie Township. He married Susanna D. Ziegler (1798-1866). She passed away on July 16, 1866. Daniel died in Catawissa, Columbia County, PA on Sept. 3, 1871. He is believed to be interred in the Union Cemetery in Catawissa. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Lydia Gaumer (1798-1879) was born on Oct. 17, 1798 in Macungie Township. She entered eternity in Milton, Northumberland County, PA on April 15, 1879, when she would have been 81 years of age.

Daughter Maria Magdalena Gaumer (1800-1842) was born on Oct. 12, 1800 in Macungie Township. In the early 1840s, she made her home in Liberty Township, Montour County, PA. She died in Liberty at the age of 42 on Feb. 24, 1842.

Son George Gaumer (1802-1873) was born on Nov. 1, 1802 in Macungie Township. He dwelled in the 1870s in Catawissa, Columbia County, PA and died there on March 24, 1873.

~ Son Johann Dietrich "Dieter" Gaumer ~

Son Johann Dietrich "Dieter" Gaumer (1775-1830) was born on Aug. 9, 1775 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. 

In about 1798, when Dieter would have been 24 years old, he was united in holy matrimony with Anna Elizabeth Heinly (1782-1850s). 

They produced these 11 known children -- Catharina Heinly Acker, David Gaumer, Sophia Gaumer, Samuel Gaumer, Elisabeth Gaumer, Moses D. Gaumer, Solomon Heinly Gaumer, Nathan Gaumer, William Gaumer, James Gaumer and Benjamin Gaumer, all born over the sweep of 22 years between 1799 and 1821. Heartache rocked the family at the deaths of their babies David (in 1802), Sophia (1803) and Elisabeth (1807).

Johann Dietrich died in 1830 in Macungie Township at the age of 55. 

Anna survived as his widow for more than two decades. She relocated to the southwestern section of Pennsylvania and made her home in Somerset County, PA. She passed into eternity in the early 1850s in Somerset County. 

Daughter Catharina Heinly "Kate" Gaumer (1799-1858) was born on Oct. 28, 1799 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. She was married to Henry Acker (1793-1850). They dwelled in Weisenberg, Lehigh County. Their children were Carolina Woodring, Matilda Keck, Henry Acker, Jonas Acker, Catherine Anna (Acker) Acker, Jonathan Acker and Massya ("Messiah?") Acker. Their infant son Jonathan died at about one year of age in Whitehall Township on July 20, 1834. Henry passed away in Lehigh County in 1850, at the age of 57. Kate survived him by eight years and joined him in eternity on Christmas Eve 1858 in Weisenberg. 

  • Granddaughter Carolina B. Acker (1827- ? ) was born on Dec. 28, 1827 in Pennsylvania. In about 1845, when she was age 28, she married William David Woodring (1825-1888). William was a native of Northampton County. Sadly, William died in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH at the age of 63 on Nov. 19, 1888. The cause of his death is not yet known. Carolina died sometime after 1850 but has disappeared from view. their son William Franklin Woodring (1849-1930) married Amelia E. Keller (1853-1931) and dwelled in or near Allentown, Lehigh County.
  • Granddaughter Matilda Emma Acker (1829-1907) was born in August 1829 in Breinigsville, Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County. She married Ephraim W. Keck (1816-1863), a resident of Greenville, Mercer County, PA. They produced one known son, Ephraim Wilson Keck Jr. During the Civil War, Ephraim is believed to have served in the Union Army as a member of the 145th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. He enlisted on Aug. 29, 1862 and mustered out on Jan. 16, 1863. Research findings suggest that Ephraim reputedly died the same day he was discharged from the army. His remains were placed into repose in the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] He and his fate are mentioned in the book Common Men in the War for the Common Man, by Dr. Verel R. Salmon. Matilda survived him by more than four decades, but for some reason did not apply for a military pension to compensate for the loss of her husband. She relocated to Indiana and in the early 20th century lived in Logansport, Cass County. She died there on June 9, 1907.
  • Grandson Henry Acker Jr. (1831-1912) was born on Aug. 14, 1831 in Lower Macungie Township. He married Anna Maria Ahner (1838-1928), daughter of Solomon and Esther (Ochs) Acker. They dwelled in Lehigh County, where Henry plied his trade as a carpenter. The couple produced at least one daughter, Ellen King. Sadly, at the age of 81, suffering from paresis, a loss of voluntary muscle movement, Henry died on Sept. 13, 1912. He was interred at Lehigh Church Cemetery, with daughter Ellen of Alburtis signing the death certificate. Anna Maria lived for another 16 years, cohabitating with her daughter Ellen in Allentown at 617 North 8th Street. She passed away from the effects of a stroke two days after Christmas 1928, at the age of 90.

 

Lehigh Valley Railroad depot in Allentown, Lehigh County

 

  • Grandson Jonas Acker (1833-1912) was born on July 10, 1833 (or 1835) in Whitehall, Lehigh County or in Berks County, PA. At some point Jonas married, and they lived in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. Jonas earned a living as a laborer. He succumbed to kidney disease at the age of 79 on July 31, 1912. Interment was in Cornwall Cemetery, with F.B. Wetmer of Lebanon providing key details for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.
  • Granddaughter Catherine Anna Acker (1833-1920) was born on Aug. 25, 1833 in Whitehall, Lehigh County. She was united in holy wedlock with a presumed cousin, Henry Acker (1839-1922), son of Benjamin and (?) (Derr) Acker. Their children were Christiana Acker, John H. Acker, Ida Acker, Emma Jane Engle, Agnes H. Acker, Benjamin Franklin Acker, Jonathan Acker and Massya ("Messiah?") Acker. Sadly, at least three of the offspring died in infancy, one in 1866 due to "summer complaint." Over the years, with Henry working as a railroader, they lived in a variety of places in Lehigh County, including West Bethlehem, Whitehall Township and Breinigsville, Weisenberg Township. Catherine died on Feb. 23, 1920. Henry lived for another two years and passed into eternity in Allentown's State Hospital on May 30, 1922, at the age of 83, caused by heart disease. His remains were lowered into the earth at Highland Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Massya ("Messiah?") Acker (1841- ? ) was born in about 1841 in Breinigsville, Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County. Nothing more about her is known.

 

Breinigsville map, 1862. Courtesy Library of Congress.

 

Son Samuel Gaumer (1803-1859) was born on Aug. 8, 1803 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He migrated to New York State and dwelled in the 1850s in Fayette, Seneca County. He was wedded to Permelia Gaumer ( ? -1868), a presumed cousin. Sadly, Samuel died in Fayette at the age of 56 on Sept. 8, 1859. As a widow, Permelia continued on for another 18 years. She died on Feb. 1, 1868.

Son Moses D. Gaumer (1807-1871) was born on Oct. 17, 1807 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He is believed to have been twice married, with his second bride named Sarah Frankenfield (1816- ? ). If so, he and his first spouse produced one known son, Lewis Frank Gaumer. When the federal census was taken in 1850, the Gaumers made their home in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, with Moses earning a living as a shoemaker. Also residing under their roof that year were six-year-old Matilda Frankenfield and three-year-old Franklin J. Frankenfield. The copule went on to have at least four other children -- Josephine Gaumer, Henry W. Gaumer, Wiley Gaumer, Roseann Gaumer and Emma Gaumer. By 1860, Moses appears to have adopted the Frankenfield step-children and had their surnames changed to "Gaumer." During the latter half of the 1860s, following the birth of their daughter Emma, the Gaumers migrated to Illinois and settled on a farm in Eliza, Mercer County. He died in Eliza on March 9, 1871.

  • Grandson Lewis Frank Gaumer (1844- ? ) was born in about 1844 in Lehigh County.
  • Step-granddaughter Matilda Frankenfield Gaumer (1846- ? ) was born in about 1846. At a young age she and her brother Franklin were taken into the Gaumer home in Lower Macungie Township and raised there to adulthood.
  • Step-grandson Franklin J. Frankenfield Gaumer (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848. At a young age he and his sister Matilda were taken into the Gaumer home in Lower Macungie Township and raised there to adulthood.
  • Granddaughter Josephine Gaumer (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Lower Macungie Township.
  • Grandson Henry W. Gaumer (1854- ? ) was born in about 1854 in Lower Macungie Township. He migrated to Illinois with his parents and family and in 1870, at the age of 16, assisted his father on the family farm.
  • Grandson Wiley Gaumer (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Lower Macungie Township.
  • Granddaughter Roseann Gaumer (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858 in Lower Macungie Township.
  • Granddaughter Emma Gaumer (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865 in Lower Macungie Township.

Son Solomon Heinly Gaumer (1809-1860) was born on April 4, 1809 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. In about 1828, in Lehigh County, the 19-year-old Solomon was united in matrimony with 26-year-old Hester Maria ("Esther" or "Hettie") Rumbel Klotz (1802-1883) of Lowhill Township, Lehigh County. Her maiden name also has been spelled "Rumple." Their known children were Moses Solomon Gaumer, Jonathan Gaumer, Ann "Caroline" Ihrie, Samuel Gaumer, Sarah Ann Wiltrout, Solomon Gaumer and Benjamin Lewis Gaumer, In 1860, they made their home in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County. Solomon died  in Weisenberg on July 12, 1860. Esther lived for another 23 years. She died in Upper Macungie Township on Oct. 7, 1883.

  • Moses' grave marker

    Grandson Moses Solomon Gaumer (1829-1898) was born on March 27, 1829 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. When reaching the age of maturity, he was confirmed into membership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Shingle officiating. At the age of 21, on Christmas Day 1850, he was united in marriage with a cousin, Mary Anna Knedler (1829-1878), daughter of Andreas and Salome Däsch (Gaumer) Knedler. Their five children were Eliza Jane Paslay, Charles Edward Gaumer, Elmanda Rebecca "Ella" Thorp, Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer and Milton Herman Gaumer. Sometime soon after the end of the Civil War, in 1865, the couple migrated to Indiana and settled in Onward, Tipton Township, Cass County. There, their youngest child Milton was born in 1867. Mary Ann died in Onward at the age of 49 on April 28, 1878. Moses lived for another two decades. In July 1881, he purchased a "truction engine" which, said the Evening News, was "run along the streets to-day, pulling a separator." After a dozen years as a widower, he married for a second time to Hannah Deford ( ? - ? ) on May 11, 1890, at the age of 61. He succumbed in Onward at the age of 68 years, nine months and 27 days on Jan. 23, 1898. Funeral services were held in the Walton Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. J.A. Burket preaching the funeral sermon, followed by burial in the Zhomar Cemetery. In an obituary, the Daily Pharos called him "a pioneer resident of Walton" and published this poem of sadness:

     

    'Tis hard to break the tender chord,
    When love has bound the heart,
    'Tis hard, so hard to speak the words,
    We must forever part.
    Dearest loved one we must lay thee by
    In the peaceful grave's embrace.
    But thy memory will be cherished,
    'Til we see thy heavenly face.

Paula Sue (Gaumer) Tooke, a great-granddaughter of Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer, has gathered extensive genealogical material about the Johann Friedrich Gaumer family and graciously shared it for adaptation into this website.

  • Grandson Jonathan Gaumer (1831-1889) was born on Jan. 14, 1831 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He married Mary Ann Hersch (1831-1915), daughter of Henry and Polly (Shide) Hersh and a native of Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County. Their children were Emma Esther Steinberger, Luisa Elisabeth Gaumer, Ella Mary Kuhns, William H. Gaumer and Ida Rosa Minerva Meitzler. They resided in the 1850s in Philadelphia, where at least one of their children was born. In 1889, they were in Fogelsville, Lehigh County. He may be the same "Jonathan Gaumer" who in 1884 served as elder, with his brother Solomon a deacon, of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Upper Macungie Township. They are named for this work in the book History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon, authored by Alfred Mathews and Austin N. Hungerford (Philadelphia: Everts & Richards, 1884). Jonathan died there on Dec. 27, 1889. Mary Ann survived her husband and went to live in Cementon, Lehigh County. Stricken with cancer of her left breast, he passed away in Whitehall, Lehigh County on Sept. 20, 1915. Interment was in Fogelsville Cemetery, with William Gaumer of Cementon the informant for her death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Caroline Gaumer (1834-1913) was born in about 1834 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. She married Augustus Ihrie ( ? - ? ). They produced at least one known son, William Ihrie. Toward the end of her life she was a widow and made her home at 536 Front Street in Allentown. Burdened with chronic kidney and heart disease, she died at age 79 on Christmas Day 1913. W.P. Ihrie, of 607 Greenleaf Street, was the informant for the death certificate. Her remains were placed into repose in Greenwood Cemetery.
  • Grandson Samuel Gaumer (1835-1873) was born on  May 9, 1835 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. On Feb. 27, 1859, he married Helena Heilman (1837-1916), daughter of Tobias and Elizabeth (Fries) Heilman. They produced these known sons -- Edwin Gaumer, Franklin C. Gaumer, Amos Gaumer and George Gaumer. Several of their sons are believed to have died young. Suffering from chronic kidney ailments, she died just a few weeks before her 79th birthday on Jan. 21, 1916, in Upper Macungie. Interment was in Ziegel's Church. Edwin Gaumer of Breinigsville signed the death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Ann Gaumer (1837-1917) was born on Oct. 27, 1837 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. On March 13, 1859, in Maxatawny, Berks County, she was joined in wedlock with William Wiltrout (1835-1900). They made their home in Macungie. They produced these known children -- Ellen A. Landis, William Alfred Wiltrout, Frank A. Wiltrout and Lilly D.S. Landis. William died at age 65 in 1900. Sarah Ann survived for 17 more years, residing with Mrs. Jacob Landis at 1950 Chew Street in Allentown. On June 25, 1917, she suffered a stroke and died. Burial was in Jordan Lutheran Cemetery. Mrs. Jacob Landis signed the death certificate.

 

Fogelsville map, 1862. Courtesy Library of Congress.

 

  • Grandson Solomon Gaumer (1842-1920) was born on May 22, 1842 in Macungie Township. When he was age 21, on Dec. 12, 1863, he married 19-year-old Anna Maria Caroline Hartman (1844-1922), daughter of Jacob and Magdaline (Raub) Hartman of Lehigh County. Among their children were Amanda Katherine Eisenhard, William Gaumer, Alice M. Held, Charles Solomon Gaumer, Laura Gaumer, Anna Schaffer, Elda Pole, Catherine Sara Miller, Jennie M. Smith and Horace Franklin Gaumer. Over the years, Solomon worked as a stationery engineer. He may be the same "Solomon Gaumer" who in 1884 served as deacon, with his brother Jonathan an elder, of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Upper Macungie Township. They are named for this work in the book History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon, authored by Alfred Mathews and Austin N. Hungerford (Philadelphia: Everts & Richards, 1884). In June 1917, Solomon signed an affidavit in support of his brother Benjamin's efforts to obtain a Civil War pension. Solomon died of a stroke in Foglesville, Upper Macungie on Aug. 8, 1920. Burial was in Fogelsville Cemetery. Two years later, while residing at 1126 Oak in Allentown, and suffering from diabetes, Anna Maria passed away on Sept. 16, 1922. Signing her death certificate was Mrs. Oliver Deily.
  • Grandson Benjamin Lewis Gaumer (1844-1917) -- a.k.a. "Lewis B. Gaumer" -- was born on Nov. 22, 1844 in Upper Macungie Township. He stood 5 feet, 5¾ inches tall, with grey eyes and brown hair. On Feb. 27, 1864, at the age of 20, he married Mary Ann Layton (1845-1895), a native of Schantz's Mills, PA. Their children were Emma Amanda Esther Gaumer, Clinton L. Gaumer, Eleanor Lovina Schreiner and Annie Jane Victoria Gaumer, the youngest of whom died at the age of three. In the early 1860s, the Gaumers made their home at Fogelsville, Lehigh County. Benjamin was drafted into the Union Army during the Civil War, joining the army at Allentown on Nov. 7, 1862 and then moving to Philadelphia. Using the first name of "Lewis," he was placed into the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B. During the months of May and June 1863, he was treated for dysentery. He received his honorable discharge on Aug. 18, 1863. After the war, he earned a living as a foreman. Among his longtime friends was Tilghman H. Beisel of Allentown. On Aug. 29, 1890, he was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #976.794 0 Cert. #846.177]. Sadly, Mary Ann passed away in Allentown on Oct. 25, 1895. Benjamin married for a second time, to Elizabeth Shaffer (Aug. 17, 1854-1925), daughter of Lavinous and Julia (Barker) Shaffer. The nuptials were celebrated in Williamsport, Lycomign County, PA by the hand of Rev. Marion L. Firor of St. John's Reformed Church. Benjamin was age 52 at the time and Elizabeth 42. Elizabeth had been married and divorced from Edward Behringer (or "Baringer"), with the divorce decree made in 1890 in Williamsport. In his last years, Benjamin lived at 206 North Second Street in Allentown. His physician F.B. Schiner treated him for chronic rheumatism, heart disease, nervous prostration, kidney trouble, failing eyesight and congestion of the livery. Burdened with diabetes and a case of bronchitis, he received additional medical care from W.J. Hertz, M.D. Benjamin died on June 1, 1917. Burial was in West End Cemetery. His brother Solomon attended the funeral and burial. As a widow, Elizabeth began receiving her husband's monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #1.103.776 - Cert. #846.305]. Her home address circa June 1917 was 206 North Second Street in Allentown. She became senile and died of heart issues at age 74 on Dec. 3, 1925. Her remains were buried in West End Cemetery.

Son Nathan Gaumer (1813-1896) was born on June 26, 1813 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He lived a long life and died in Allentown on Aug. 11, 1896, at the age of 83.

Son William Gaumer (1816-1851) was born in 1816 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Sadly, he only lived to the age of 36, dying in 1851 of yet-unknown causes. More will be added here when learned.

Son James Gaumer (1819-1874) was born on July 5, 1819 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He migrated to Iowa, planting roots in Iowa City, Wright County. He died in Iowa City on April 15, 1874 at the age of 55. In recent years, researcher Nancy Brown had information about James from a family Bible.

Son Benjamin Gaumer (1821-1874) was born on Nov. 21, 1821 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. As did his older brother James, Benjamin was a pioneer of Iowa. He succumbed in Iowa on April 15, 1874.

~ Son Friedrich "Frederick" Gaumer ~ 

Son Friedrich "Frederick" Gaumer (1778-1811) was born on Feb. 1, 1778 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. 

Friedrich was united in holy matrimony with Hannah Barber (1790-1857). There was a 12-year difference in their ages. 

The Gaumers produced five children -- Charles B. Gaumer, Hannah Gaumer, Susanna Gaumer, Samuel Gaumer and Elias Gaumer. Sadly, the middle three children died in infancy, all between the years 1804 and 1807. 

Jacob passed away in 1811, at the age of 33, leaving behind his wife and two young sons.

Hannah lived for another 46 years. She joined him in death on Feb. 3, 1857, in her 67th year. She is interred in Solomons United Church of Christ Cemetery in Macungie. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Charles B. Gaumer (1802-1871) was born on April 6, 1802 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. All that is known is that he succumbed on March 1, 1871 in Macungie.

Son Elias Gaumer (1810-1842) was born on Oct. 2, 1810 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Some records suggest that he married Salome Hannah Desch ( ? - ? ). But there are many discrepancies in the record, and this all needs to be researched and affirmed. Elias reputedly died at the age of 32 on July 15, 1842 in Macungie. His remains were placed into repose in the Solomons United Church of Christ Cemetery in Macungie. [Find-a-Grave]

~ Son Andreas "Andrew" Gaumer ~

Son Andreas "Andrew" Gaumer (1781-1790) was born on June 24, 1781 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. 

He did not survive childhood. At the age of nine, Andreas died in Macungie in 1790. 

More about his short life will be added here when discovered.

~ Daughter Catherina "Catherine" Gaumer ~

Daughter Catherina "Catherine" Gaumer (1783-1846) was born on June 19, 1783 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA and may have been named for a younger sister born seven years earlier and apparently died in childhood. 

Catharina died on Sept. 15, 1846 in Longswamp Township, Berks County, PA.

~ Daughter Margaretha "Margaret" Gaumer ~

Daughter Margaretha "Margaret" Gaumer (1786-1844) was born on Dec. 3, 1786 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. 

She passed into eternity at the age of 57 on March 12, 1844 in Macungie.

~ Son Johannes Gaumer ~

Son Johannes Gaumer (1799- ? ) was born on Dec. 16, 1799 in Lehigh County, PA.

Nothing more about his life is known.

 

Copyright © 2000, 2015, 2016 Mark A. Miner

Many thanks to Paula (Gaumer) Tooke for so graciously sharing her research discoveries for this biography.