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.
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.
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.
Great-grandson Charles E. Gaumer (1848-1934) was born in about 1848. He was married and produced six daughters. Their home was in the Walton community near Logansport, Cass County. Circa 1895, he and others filed a legal claim against their brother in law Roberg G. Pasley "to redeem certain land in Tipton township," said the Logansport Reporter. Toward the end of his life, he dwelled in Speer, IL. Charles died in Speer at the age of 86 on Nov. 11, 1934. An obituary appeared in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune.
Great-granddaughter Eliza Jane Gaumer (1851-1913) was born in about 1851. She married Robert G. Paslay (1849-1912). They bore these known offspring -- infant twins who died as babies, Rosetta M. Cannady, Eva Jane Vernon, Harry B. Paslay and Estella V. Paslay. Sadly, the babies died in 1881, son Harry in 1880 at age one and daughter Estella in 1889 at age five. At one point they owned or controlled land in Tipton Township but were sued by Eliza Jane's brother Charles and others. Robert died at the age of 62 or 63 on Sept. 28, 1912. Interment was in Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward, Cass County. Eliza joined him in death a year later on April 24, 1913.
Great-grandson Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer (1860-1892) was born on March 27, 1860 in Lehigh County, PA. He migrated to Indiana and put down roots in Cass County. When he was about age 21, on Oct. 20, 1881, he was joined in holy matrimony with 21-year-old Sarah A. Snell (Jan. 2, 1860-1931), daughter of Henry Runyan and Phoebe Ann (Blinn) Snell. The couple made a residence in Walton, Cass County, IN. They were the parents of five children, born between the years 1882 and 1890 -- Charles Edward Gaumer, Clara Jane Johns, Henry Moses Gaumer, Melissa Gaumer and an infant son. The baby died in 1888. Sadly, at the age of 31, Jeremiah died on Jan. 28, 1892. The cause of his untimely demise is not yet known. Burial was in Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward, Cass County. A year after his death, a court ruled that his estate was insolvent, as reported in the Logansport (IN) Pharos-Tribune. Sarah outlived her first husband by almost four decades. She wedded again to Francis M. Zimmerman ( ? - ? ) in the 1890s. They divorced on Sept. 30, 1897. On Feb. 3, 1898, she was united in wedlock with William Bechdol (Dec. 15, 1865-1935) with the wedding taking place in Cass County. Sarah passed away on May 20, 1931. Willliam Bechdol lived for another four years and succumbed at the age of 69 in Walton, Cass County on June 30, 1935. Jeremiah's great-granddaughter, Paula Sue (Gaumer) Tooke, has gathered extensive genealogical material about this branch of the Gaumer family and graciously shared it for adaptation into this website.
Great-grandson Milton Herman Gaumer (1866-1942) was born on Nov. 27, 1866 in Cass County. He married Mary Elizabeth Coil (July 5, 1858-1926), daughter of Jesse and Caroline A. (Helm) Coil. They made a home in Lawn Ridge, IL and produced these children -- Homer Joeslyn Gaumer, William Asher Gaumer and Harry James Gaumer. He is believed to have been sued by Sarah A. Zimmerman in 1896 over a dispute involving the division of land. The case was settled in July 1899 and noted in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Sadly, Mary Elizabeth succumbed at the age of 68, in Peoria, Peoria County, IL, on Dec. 17, 1926. He spent his final years in Peoria and died on Jan. 31, 1942 at the age of 75. Interment was beside his wife in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Marshall County, IL.
Son Nathan Gaumer (1813-1896) was born on June 26, 1813 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. On Dec. 8, 1836, at the age of 23, he married 18-year-old Mary Ann Keck (March 1, 1818-1887) of Salisbury, PA, also known as "Lehigh Mountain." The couple bore four known offspring, Allen Andrew Gaumer, Willoughby Gaumer, Ellen Hendrickson Brogan and Matilda E. Lucas. They kept a family Bible in which they inscribed family births. Nathan was a master carpenter and building contractor for many years, assisted by his sons up until the Civil War. In about 1837, a year after their marriage, the couple established a home in Allentown, Lehigh County and remained there for half a century. The federal census of 1850 shows the Gaumers in East Allentown and in 1860 living in Allentown. In 1861, Nathan was named in a Philadelphia Inquirer notice about the marriage of their daughter Ellen to Paul Henrickson of Germantown. After the Civil War broke out, their sons Allen and Willoughby enlisted in the army during the war and sent funds home to support their parents. Tragically, the sons both sacrificed their lives. Remaining at home during the war, Nathan is known to have broken his right leg at the ankle joint in April or May 1862. The injury rendered him unable to perform his carpentry work for the months of April through July. He also sustained a hernia during that time and contracted typhoid fever. He frequently purchased medicines and linaments from local pharmacist Lewis F. Schmidt, always paying cash. In August, back on his feet, he was able to work for 12½ days at a wage of $1.50 per day. Then in September he labored for 24 days, again earning $1.50 as a daily wage. With crops harvested, and the nation at war, there was no work to do in the months of October, November or December 1862. Income was so scarce that Mary Ann occasionally went to the office of Abraham Keck, asking to borrow money, and at times he gave her $10 and $20 and once $80.
With both of his sons dead, but with the promise of regular pay, Nathan at age 51 decided that to take up their fallen legacy. He joined the Union Army on Aug. 25, 1864 and was assigned to the 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E. In all, with a bad leg and limp, he served for 12 months. Capt. Benjamin C. Roth, who commanded Company E, Once said that "Nathan Gaumer was not an able bodied soldier during his service... He would never have passed muster had he not been rushed through, because he was physically not able to serve as a soldier, and during the greater period of his service did he only do fatigue duty, such as cook help, carrier of water, +c. He was thus detailed for such duty because of physical disability, was not able to march, and was not fit for regular military service." Nathan received an honorable discharge at Harrisburg, PA on Aug. 3, 1865. After the war, he was an active Republican and served on the Allentown school board (First Ward) and city council. Over the years, any letters which their sons sent home from the army were lost or destroyed. Some two decades following the war, on July 18, 1884, Mary Ann filed for a special mother's pension for both sons, and both requests were denied. [Mother's App. #317.822]. The Gaumers are believed to have lived in Philadelphia circa 1886 at the address of 2602 North 11th Street. Sadly, Mary Ann succumbed at the age of 69 on Aug. 10, 1887. She rests for all time in Union-West End Cemetery. Nathan survived her by nine years and made his home at 117 North Third Street in Allentown.On Aug. 17, 1887, a week after his wife's death, he was awarded a pension in the case of his dead son Allen. [Father's App. #359.424 - Cert. #248.667] From then until his death, Nathan received $12 each month. In August 1888, friend Edward H. Lucas of Philadelphia noted that Nathan "is old and feeble now, can do nothing whatever. At times his mind is affected because of age." He died at home on Aug. 11, 1896, at the age of 83. Burial was in Union-West End Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] In an obituary, the Allentown Democrat reported that he "had been in ill health the past six weeks, but was not bedfast. Death was caused by weakness incident to his advanced age." The article also named Nathan's surviving grandchildren -- Mrs. E.H. Lucas of Philadelphia, Mrs. William Harriman of Chicago, Arthur Lucas of Philadelphia and Charles Hendrickson of Allentown.
Great-grandson Charles Henrichsen (1867-1930) -- originally Hendrickson and also Henricksen -- was born on Feb. 12, 1867 in Allentown. Other less-reliable sources give his birthdate as Feb. 12, 1875. He lived in Allentown for his entire life and earned a living as a silk weaver and twister. The Allentown Morning Call once said that Charles "in his younger days figured prominently as a local boxer." His address in 1904 was 222 North 16th Street, and that year, the funeral of his mother was held in his home. Charles was twice married. In about 1891, he wedded his first bride, Louisa L. Smith (Aug. 21, 1872-1917), daughter of Samuel and Carolina (Klein) Smith. They did not reproduce. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, they lived in Allentown and provided a home for Louisa's widowed brother Edward Smith and his two young children. As her mental health failed, and she was diagnosed wth "general paralysis of the insane," she was admitted to the Homeopathic State Hospital in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 44 on April 23, 1917. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery in Whitehall near Allentown. Charles' home in the early 1920s was at 612 Park Street. After five years of grieving, in 1922, he wedded a second time to Catherine Byrne (Sept. 8, 1881-1928), a native of Bethlehem, Northampton County and the daughter of Patrick F. and Mary (Martin) Byrne. Alderman William F. Bower officiated. In commenting on the wedding, the Morning Call remarked that "This is his second venture in the matrimonial field, his first wife having died." She worked as a ribbon weaver, and they may have known each other from the workplace. The couple made a home at the corner of Meadow and Summer Avenue. Their marriage endured for six years until her death in Allentown on July 25, 1928, at age 46, due to what a physician called "alcoholic collapse." Her remains were placed into repose in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. For the final two or more years of his life, Charles suffered from hardening of the arteries. At the age of 55, on Oct. 5, 1930, he passed away in the State Hospital in Allentown. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, today known as the Garden of Peace Cemetery.
Great-grandson Edmund Hendrickson (1870- ? ) was born in Feb. 1870.
Great-granddaughter Mary "Mamie" Hendrickson (1872- ? ) was born in Feb. 1872. She grew up in Philadelphia. At the age of 16, on June 21, 1888, she wedded her first spouse, 23-year-old upholsterer Frank H. Heimbach (1865- ? ), son of George Himbach. Because she was legally underage, Mamie's mother had to sign her consent to the union. Rev. A. Krecker officiated. The marriage apparently did not last. Then in about 1896, when she would have been the age of 23 or 24, Mamie was joined in matrimony with William M. "Will" Harriman (May 1860- ? ), a native of Maine. The couple did not reproduce. They relocated to Chicago, where Will managed a leather business for decades. Their home in 1900-1910 was on West Monroe Street. Their fates after that are not known.
Great-grandson Arthur Lucas (1868- ? ) was born in 1868 in Allentown. He lived in Philadelphia in 1896.
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 ( ? - ? ). Other evidence hints that he wedded Sophia Christman ( ? -1908), daughter of Macungie hotel keepers George and Sarah Christman. 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] If his wife in fact was Sophia Christman, they had two children, Mrs. Charles G. Wentzel and Maria Desch, the latter of whom married Rev. Henry Desch and died in Allentown on Jan. 25, 1909..
~ 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.