Lyman Gaumer was born on Feb. 20, 1819 in Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr.
He spent his working life as a carpenter in and around Muskingum County.
Lyman married Mary McClanahan (1822- ? ) of Coshocton, whose parents were natives of Virginia.
Their known children included William H. Gaumer, Mary Elizabeth Browning, Amanda Gaumer, Eliza Jane Gaumer, John L. Gaumer, George "Marion" Gaumer, Charles H. Gaumer and Margaret Browning.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War, Lyman and Mary Ann dwelled with Martin and Mary E. Zimmer in Adams Township. That year, they had seven mouths to feed under the age of 18.
The federal censuses of 1870-1880 show the Gaumers living in Adamsville, with Lyman continuing his work in carpentry.
In May 1901, reported the gossip columns of the Zanesville Times Recorder, he received a visit from his sister Malinda Werts of Coshocton County. She and her son J.C. Werts returned for a visit again in April 1903, with the news reported in the Adamsville Register and the Coshocton Democrat and Standard.
When he was 80 years of age, Lyman "leased a house in the south part of town and is now keeping house alone," said the Times Recorder. "Mr. Gaumer is over eighty years of age, but he has the ambition and good will to undertake many things the younger men would not try."
Lyman was a groundskeeper for the Adamsville Cemetery circa June 1905. Despite his age, the Times Recorder noted that he "is swinging the scythe with much skill and the grass is being shaved down close to the ground. Persons desiring to aid in paying Mr. Gaumer for the work can give or send the money to either H.H. Roberts. E.H. Mangold or F.J.E. Williams, Adamsville."
In February 1909, Lyman reached his 90th birthday, and the Zanesville newspaper said he was "the oldest resident of Adamsville and with the exception of his sister, 'Grandmother' Rachel Bell, who is several years his senior, is the oldest resident in Northwestern Muskingum." He received a number of post cards of congratulation and silver valued at $15.
Suffering from kidney failure, Lyman died in the home of his daughter Mary Elizabeth Browning in Adamsville at the age of 90 on Oct. 13, 1909. His niece Olive Browning immediately coming from her home to help with funeral preparations. Interment was in the Adamsville Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. J.D. Nulton preaching the service. Daughter Mary was the informant for the Ohio certificate of death. An article about his passing was made in the Coshocton Daily Times, which reported that "For some months his strength had been failing steadily and his condition was further weakened by two paralytic strokes which he suffered. The past few days he has seemed much weaker and Wednesday morning passed tranquilly from sleep into death. The end came absolutely without pain or suffering. Mr. Gaumer was related to the Barcroft, Wertz and Browning families in Coshocton and was widely known in all the country around Adamsville.... Mr. Gaumer was a man of unblemished character and spotless integrity; he enjoyed the respect of all who knew him."
~ Son William "Henry" Gaumer ~
Son William "Henry" Gaumer (1843-1924) was born on Aug. 9, 1843.
Henry served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E and the 191st Ohio Infantry, Company D.
After the war's end, unmarried at the age of 27 in 1870, he lived at home in Adamsville and assisted his father with carpentry.
In about 1873, Henry married Martha J. Bowden (June 1849-1934), daughter of William and Mary (Capwell) Bowden of Salem Township, Muskingum County.
Their 11 known children were Rosa May Johnson, Herbert Roy Gaumer, Florence M. Brook, Bernard L. Gaumer, Charles H. Gaumer, David M. Gaumer, Guy W. Gaumer, Rev. H.J. Gaumer and Royal A. Gaumer and one who died young.
In 1880, their residence was on a farm in Salem Township. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belonged to the Hazlett Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans organization.
As he aged, Henry suffered from an enlarged prostate and underwent surgery. He filed for and began receiving a military pension as compensation for wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #727.691 - Cert. #560.169]
The 1900 U.S. Census shows the Gaumers farming in Salem Township.
He relocated from Adamsville to Sonora, OH in about 1918. Then, his health failing, he moved again at Christmas 1924 into Zanesville.
Complications set in, and Henry died at age 80 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville on Feb. 12, 1924. Interment was in Adamsville, with Rev. Bey officiating and a special service conducted by his GAR mates. H.J. Gaumer of Union City signed the death certificate, and an obituary was printed in the Zanesville Signal.
Martha outlived her husband by 11 years. She began receiving her late husband's Civil War pension payments a month or so after his passing. [Widow App. #1.215.932 - Cert. #950.127]
As of early 1934, she made her home in Sonora, OH. Debilitated by heart disease, she died at age 84 on Jan. 24, 1934 in Perry Township, Muskingum County. Daughter Rosa May Johnson of Sonora signed her death certificate. She was placed into repose in Adamsville. An obituary in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal said her funeral was conducted by Rev. F.A. LePage and that she was survived by 26 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two sisters in Illinois.
Their descendants gathered for a first-ever reunion in a Zanesville park in August 1951, with a number of their grown children attending.
Daughter Rosa May Gaumer (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876. She married Ross Johnson ( ? - ? ). In 1924, they dwelled in Zanesville and in 1934 in Sonora, OH.
Son David M. Gaumer (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877. He moved to Illinois and in 1924-1939 made his home in McComb, IL. In June 1939, they hosted a visit from David's brothers Guy and Bernard whom "they had not seen for 21 years," reported the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Son Guy W. Gaumer (1878-1969) was born on Oct. 3, 1878 in Salem Township. He wedded Torria M. Bugg (Dec. 10, 1882-1947), a native of Cherokee County, KS and the daughter of William and Almira (Lindsey) Bugg. They had son Victor J. Gaumer and daughters Gladys Barnes, Ruby Keller and Bernice Jenkins in addition to a stillborn daughter (1921). In about 1917, they established a home in Zanesville and in 1921 lived on Center Street. The Gaumers' address in the 1940s was 433 Stewart Street in Zanesville. Guy was employed by Armco Steel Corporation for 50 years and, in retirement, belonged to the Armco Veterans Club. They were members of the Coburn Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America, and Guy held a membership for 54 years in the Modern Woodmen of America. Sadly, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage followed by acute heart failure, Torria was rushed to Zanesville's Bethesda Hospital, where she died at the age of 64 on April 29, 1947. Interment was in Zanesville Memorial Park, with Rev. Charles Bay of the Baptist church officiating. An obituary in the Times Recorder noted that her surviving siblings lived in Kansas City, Little Rock and Sask, Canada. Guy lived for many years after Torria's death. In 1964, he continued to live at 433 Stewart Street. He died at the age of 90 on July 6, 1969 as a patient in Bethesda Hospital.
Daughter Charlotte Belle "Lottie" Gaumer (1884-1928) was born on Jan. 8, 1884 in Salem Township. She married Jesse Wortman ( ? - ? ). In 1924-1928, their dwelling was in Adamsville. Heartache befell the family when Lottie began to suffer from cancer of the uterus and an infection of peritonitis. She was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville and underwent surgery but could not rally. She died there on Jan. 9, 1928 at the age of 43. Interment was in Adamsville, with her brother Guy signing the official Ohio certificate of death.
Son Rev. Harvey J. (or "Harley") Gaumer (1887- ? ) was born in April 1887 in Adamsville. He married Ola Sergent (1885-1945). They had three children -- Paul Gaumer, Helen Barnet and Anna Belle Gaumer. Over the years, he served Methodist churches in Union City, IN (1924) and in Lima and Cridersville, OH. Ola died at age 60 in February 1945. Burial in was in Warren, OH, with an obituary in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal. Harvey survived his wife by many years. In 1964, he was in Alliance, OH.
Son Charles "Herbert" Gaumer (1889-1964) was born on April 2, 1889 in Salem Township. On June 2, 1915, he was joined in matrimony with Susan Catherine Wisecarver (May 19, 1877-1987), daughter of Seymour and Mary (Shroyer) Wisecarver. They were the parents of Dorus L. Gaumer, Violet Carnes and Mary Rose Wheeler. They dwelled in Sonora, OH and he spent his career working as a section hand for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The family were members of Salem Methodist Church near Sonora. After suffering for three years, Herbert succumbed in Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville on Dec. 10, 1964. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that his survivors included nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Rev. David Boldt officiated at the funeral and burial in Salem Cemetery. Susan continued in widowhood for 24-plus years. Her address in 1987 was 2450 Sonora Road. She died at home at the age of 90 on Nov. 11, 1987.
Son Royal A. "Roy" Gaumer (1891- ? ) was born in September 1891. He lived in Sonora and Nashport, OH. He and his wife delivered twin daughters in December 1919. He and his wife separated by April 1937, and was arrested but found not guilty on charges of non-support.
Son Bernard L. Gaumer (1894- ? ) was born in May 1894. He resided in Sonora, OH in the 1920s and '30s. He wedded Mildred Filkill of Zanesville in February 1934 in a ceremony held in Wheeling, WV. In or about June 1946, at the age of 51, he was engaged to marry 28-year-old Ada E. Stage of Dresden. By 1964, he had relocated to a home on Ninth Street in Zanesville.
Daughter Florence "May" Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was wed to (?) Brock ( ? - ? ). They lived in Millville, FL in 1924-1934 and in Atlantic City, FL in 1964. She was the last surviving offspring and in 1969 made her residence in Panama City, FL.
~ Daughter Mary Elizabeth (Gaumer) Browning ~
Daughter Mary Elizabeth Gaumer (1846-1930) was born on Jan. 6, 1846 in Adamsville, Salem Township. A newspaper once said she "spent her entire life in that vicinity."
On Oct. 8, 1866, when she was 20 years of age, Mary was wedded to Civil War veteran Oliver Browning ( ? -1896). The nuptials were held in Coshocton County by the hand of Rev. Israel Thrap.
During the war, Oliver served in the Union Army as a member of the 51st Ohio Infantry, Company F. He was promoted to corporal. He was captured as a prisoner of war at the Battle of Stone's River.
They initially dwelled in Adamsville and were the parents of Annie R. Browning, James L. Browning, Melinda Jane "Jennie" McCoy, Eleanor Olive Griffith, Myrville McCormick, Bess Porteus, Viola Spragg, Harvey A. "Harve" Browning and John "Errol" Browning and two others who died young.
As compensation for his wartime ailments, Oliver was awarded a federal military pension. [Invalid App. #668.528 - Cert. #495.497]
The Brownings eventually moved to a farm in Franklin Township, Coshocton County. Interested in politics, Oliver was a candidate for Salem Township office circa 1889, along with John L. Gaumer.
Sadly, Oliver died in 1896.
Now widowed, Mary maintained a home on North Fourth Street in Coshocton, with many young mouths to feed. She survived her spouse by more than three decades. She was a longtime member of the Adamsville Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mary was awarded her late husband's pension and received monthly payments for the balance of her life. [Widow App. #633.634 - Cert. #428.515]
In the mid-1910s, C.H. Fiesher of Zanesville received a contract to erect standard-issue military markers at the graves of Oliver and many fellow veterans in the county. But he did not know how to locate these graves and they were not marked as of January 1917.
Just a few weeks before her 85th birthday, the widowed Mary suffered a stroke and thereafter was in critical condition until death on Dec. 14, 1930. She was placed into repose in the Baptist Cemetery in Adamsville, with Rev. Canfield preaching the funeral service. Viola Spragg was the informant for the certificate of death.
Oliver is named in several books, among them the 1881 History of Coshocton County, Ohio: Its Past and Present -- the 1897 Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Encampment of the Department of Ohio Grand Army of the Republic -- and the Centennial History of Coshocton County, Ohio, Vol. 1.
Daughter Annie R. Browning (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868.
Son James L. Browning (1869-1926) was born on Valentine's Day 1869. He married (?) McCann ( ? - ? ). She brought a son to the marriage, Robert Allan McCann. They resided in Frazeysburg, OH and produced two sons of their own, Bryce B. Browning and Kenneth Browning. As a young man, he served as deputy treasurer for Muskingum County. He then entered the field of banking in about 1926 and over the next two decades rose to become cashier of the Peoples Bank Company. In the mid-1920s, the bank had capital stock value of $25,000, surplus and undivided profits of $67,000 and deposits worth $500,000. He was considered "one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Muskingum county," said the Zanesville Times Recorder. "Mr. Browning took high rank among the bankers of the state, being a shrewd and conservative financier, and one whose business judgment was highly valued. He also was prominent in church work and was an earnest supporter of every movement looking to the moral upbuilding of the community." Tragically, just 11 days before Christmas 1926, while "in his usual cheery spirits" in meetings with colleagues, he walked into the bank vault to retrieve a file of papers. A loaded pistol fell from the vault wall, firing a bullet which struck him in the head, killing him instantly. While some speculated that the death was suicide, the bank and county coroner conducted an investigation showing that the theory was false. Burial was in Frazeysburg Cemetery, with Rev. Bush officiating.
Son Harvey Allen "Harve" Browning (1871- ? ) was born on Jan. 9, 1871. When he was age 29 and unmarried in 1900, he lived with his widowed mother and six younger siblings on the home farm, and earned income sawing lumber. He married and had two known children, Mary Louise Browning and James Browning. They were longtime farmers and lived in Sonora, OH. In 1943, he purchased a house from Vietta Doughty and relocated to near Adamsville in 1946. Harvey suffered a cerebral hemorrghage and on July 15, 1951 was admitted to the Zane Rest Home in Zanesville, and died there 13 days later on July 28, 1951, at the age of 80. Interment was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Daughter Melinda Jane "Jennie" Browning (1874-1954) was born on Jan. 27, 1874 in Coshocton County. As a young woman, she worked as a sales lady in a dry goods store. In 1901, at about the age of 27, she wedded J. Ernest McCoy ( ? -1932). The couple produced one son, Ernest Browning McCoy. They lived in Detroit in 1930 and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Sadly, Ernest died in 1932, the year their son was married. Jennie moved to Ann Arbor and was there in 1946. She eventually returned to Ohio and, in 1954, had an address of West Lafayette. She died in the home of her sister Bess Porteus at the age of 80 on Dec. 4, 1954. Rev. C.H. Heinlein led the funeral services in West Lafayette. Her remains then were transported to New Jersey for burial in the town of Caldwell. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Daughter Eleanor Olive Browning (1878-1918) was born on May 31, 1878 in Coshocton County, OH. In June 1916, she wedded Edgar R. Griffith ( ? - ? ) of Adamsville, by the hand of Rev. A.V. Ault. The Griffiths lived in the Zanesville area. At the age of 39, suffering from chronic appendicitis and fibroids on her uterus, Eleanor was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville. She underwent surgery but tragically went into shock and died on Nov. 1, 1918. Her sister Viola was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in the Baptist Church Cemetery in Adamsville. In November 1922, Edgar secured work and moved to Toledo.
Daughter Viola Browning (1881- ? ) was born in October 1881 in Coshocton County. She bore a son, Gordon Browning. In 1900, she was a clerk in a local post office in the county. She was united in matrimony with Albert Spragg ( ? -1933). Viola was a longtime member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Adamsville and the local Order of Eastern Star. She dwelled with her mother in 1930 and endured the death of her husband in 1933. She lived on East Pike near Adamsville in 1946. Her health failing, she was admitted to Coshocton City Hospital in November 1946 and died there at the age of 65. Burial was in Adamsville Baptist Cemetery.
Daughter Bess Browning (1885- ? ) was born in April 1885 in Coshocton County. She was joined in wedlock with Edward Porteus (1884-1919), son of Robert Porteus. They bore a son, Roy "Edward" Porteus. They resided in West Lafayette, OH. Tragedy struck in February 1919 when Edward contracted a deadly case of pneumonia and passed away. Relatives including Bess's mother traveled to attend the funeral in West Lafayette Cemetery. Bess remained in West Lafayette for decades.
Daughter Myrville Browning (1889-1962) was born on June 27, 1889 in Salem Township, Muskingum County. At the age of 25, on Feb. 24, 1915, she married James H. McCormick (1894-1974), son of W. "Lytle" and Minnie C. (Hamilton) McCormick. Their home in 1926 was in Beulah, CO and in 1930 was in Wetmore, CO. By 1946, they had moved back to Adamsville, where he worked for the Ohio Department of Highways. Myrville was an officer with the Faithful Workers Class of the Adamsville United Methodist Church. James died at home at 1400 Newark Road at the age of 80 on Jan. 12, 1974. Rev. Chester Rupert officiated at the funeral service, with pallbearers including Fred Henry, Paul Fisher, Gordon Browning, Donald Shirer, Richard Williams and H. James. The Zanesville Times Recorder published an obituary. Myrville lived to the ripe age of 90. Toward the end, she became a resident of the Muskingum County Home. She died on Sept. 25, 1978.
Son John Errol Browning (1892-1969) was born on Oct. 29 1892 in Adamsville. As a three-year-old boy, in November 1895, he was stricken with scarlet fever. He made a home in Zanesville circa 1930-1946. On Nov. 19, 1916, he was united in marriage with Bertha E. Blake ( ? - ? ). Their children were John W. Browning and Betty Browning. Errol worked for Armco Steel Company for more than 39 years and eventually retired from the company. They were members of the Adamsville Baptist Church. The Browningses lived on 1608 Greenwood Avenue near Zanesville. Errol was stricken with a stroke in 1963 but lived for another six years. He passed away on Feb. 6, 1969, at the age of 76. Bertha lived for another six years. She suffered a heart attack in June 1975 and was admitted to Good Samaritan Medical Center, but could not recover. She died at the age of 78 on June 29, 1975. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
~ Daughter Amanda Gaumer ~
Daughter Amanda Gaumer (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848.
~ Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer ~
Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850.
~ Son John L. Gaumer ~
Son John L. Gaumer (1854- ? ) was born in about 1854.
~ Son George "Marion" Gaumer ~
Son George "Marion" Gaumer (1857-1932) was born in January 1857 in Muskingum County.
At the age of 23, in about 1880, Marion married Frances Phillips (Aug. 1860- ? ), daughter of George and Elizabeth Phillips of Coshocton, OH.
They produced four known offspring, Mary Gaumer, Magdalene "Lena" Jarrett, Stella Gaumer and Edgar Gaumer.
Circa 1898, they were in Newark, Licking County, OH. By 1900, they relocated to Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. In 1900, their residence was in Clay Township, Ohio County, with Marion working as a cigar maker and 18-year-old daughter Mary as a tobacco stripper.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, Marion worked as a pipe threader in a sprinkler factory. That year, Frances' widowed, German-born mother lifed under their roof. By 1930, they moved to a new home across the river in Smith Township, Belmont County, OH, with Marion employed as a cigar maker in a local factory.
Marion was named in the 1930 Coshocton Tribune obituary of his sister Mary Elizabeth Browning. He died on Nov. 19, 1932, at the age of 75. [Find-a-Grave]
Frances passed away in 1950. They rest in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling.
Daughter Mary Gaumer (1881- ? ) was born in Sept. 1881 in Ohio. At the age of 18 in 1900, unmarried, she lived at home and was employed as a cigar stripper at a factory in or near Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.
Daughter Magdalene "Lena" Gaumer (1885-1948) was born in June 1885 in Coshocton County. She held a job at the age of 15 in Wheeling as a packer with a local stamping works. She was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Manley ( ? - ? ). They divorced. Then on Oct. 26, 1916, in a ceremony held in Bridgeport, Belmont County, OH, she wedded a second time to widower Franklin Isaac Jarrett (1872-1958), son of Josiah and Melissa (Phillips) Jarrett. They lived at 416 Hickory in Martins Ferry, Belmont County, OH. Suffering from cancer of the colon, Magdalene was admitted to Martins Ferry Hospital. There, she died at the age of 62 on Jan. 21, 1948. Burial was in Centerville, Belmont County, OH. Frank survived his wife by a decade. He died in 1958.
Daughter Stella F. Gaumer (1892- ? ) was born in February 1892 in Newark, Licking County, OH. She came to West Virginia with her parents as a young girl. At the age of 18, on Dec. 7, 1910, in nuptials held in Wheeling by Rev. F.P. Rossman, she was united in wedlock with 20-year-old Alva M. Goodwin (1890- ? ), a native of Brooke County, WV.
So Edgar Gaumer (1898- ? ) was born in July 1898 near Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.
~ Son Charles H. Gaumer ~
Son Charles H. Gaumer (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860.
~ Daughter Margaret Gaumer ~
Daughter Margaret Gaumer (1863- ? ) was born in 1863 in Adamsville.
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