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Adam Gaumer


Adam Gaumer was born on Oct. 11, 1823 in Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr.

In 1849, at the age of 26, he was united in holy wedlock with 18-year-old Nancy Boies (June 15, 1831-1912).

They were the parents of four known offspring -- Eliza A. James, Henrietta Gaumer, Emma Gaumer and William Franklin Gaumer.

In the early years of marriage, the Gaumers made their home in Perry Township, Muskingum County, where Adam earned a living as a carpenter. His brother Riley, also a carpenter, lived next door with his wife and family when the federal census was taken in 1860.

Sometime between the years 1860 and 1868, Adam and Nancy made the decision to seek better fortunes in the midwest. They migrated to Illinois, where they settled on a farm in Elbridge Township, Edgar County. The town of Paris served as the county seat.

The federal census of 1870 shows the family on a farm in Elbridge Township, with 23-year-old farm laborer James Nichols living under their roof. They are named in the 1879 book, The History of Edgar County, Illinois, and at the time their post office was Ferrell.

Adam died on Sept. 8, 1881 at the age of 58. He is buried in Wilson Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Nancy survived him by more than three decades. She entered eternity on Nov. 2, 1912.

This family is spelled out in Myrtle Knepper Weniger's work, The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines. In 2005, they were named in the book Ohio War of 1812 Soldiers' Family Groups, published by the Ohio Society of United States Daughters of 1812.


~ Daughter Eliza Ann (Gaumer) James ~

Daughter Eliza Ann Gaumer (1850-1940) -- perhaps also known as Louisa -- was born on June 17, 1850 in Adamsville. She migrated to Illinois with her parents as a girl or teenager.

In about 1869, when she was 19 years of age, Eliza Ann was united in matrimony with 25-year-old Civil War veteran Firmin James (July 1, 1844-1915).

They were farmers of near Paris, Edgar County, IL.

The couple were the parents of three children -- Olive Hinds and Edwin W. James and one other.

During the Civil War, Firmin served in two Illinois regiments -- the 88th Illinois Infantry, Company D and the 21st Illinois Infantry, Company F. More about his Union Army service will be added here when learned.

The 1870 U.S. Census shows the family in Edgar County and in 1880 in East Oakland Township, Coles County, IL. But a confusing record exists in 1880, as Eliza also is shown as unmarried at the age of 30, living at home with her parents in Elbridge Township, Edgar County.

Firmin was awarded a military pension in November 1882 as compensation for wartime injuries/ailments. [Invalid App. #465.281 - Cert. #373.669]

When the federal census enumeration again was taken in 1900, the Jameses remained in East Oakland Township.

At some point the Jameses decided to leave the comfortable surroundings of home and migrated to Oklahoma. They established a new residence in Okemah, OK.

Firmin is known to have returned to visit Illinois friends at times. In May 1905, after one trip, he told a reporter with the Weleetka American that the rains had been heavy and that he had to shorten his stay due to muddy roads.

Firmin died at the age of 70 on April 15, 1915. Interment of the remains was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Weleetka. A month after his death, the community held a Decoration Day (Memorial Day) ceremony to mark soldier graves at Hillcrest. Reported the Okemah Ledger, "Capt. J.W. Newlon inaugurated the movement and conducted the simple ceremonies. Although there was little time in which to prepare, there was quite a crowd present. So far as the committee could ascertain only four soldiers are buried in the Wekeetka cemetery -- J.J. F. Wortman, Firmin James and Robert Cofield, of the Union army, and Dr. M.R. Harp, of the Confederate army."

Eliza outlived her husband by 25 years. Within a month of his passing, she began receiving his pension payments. [Widow App. #1.047.355 - Cert. #797.713 - XC 2.689-764] She received monthly checks for the remainder of her life.

The censuses of 1930 and 1940 show the elderly Eliza living alone in Weleetka and with no occupation, probably entirely dependent on her pension for support.

She succumbed to death in 1940. She also rests in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Daughter Olive James (1870-1915) was born three days before Christmas 1870 near Paris, Edgar County. At the age of 21, on Feb. 25, 1892, she wedded Clarence Dola Hinds ( ? - ? ). They held their wedding at Paris. The couple bore six children -- Cecil Durward Hinds, Leota Hinds, Wilbur Hinds, Paul Otho Hinds, Roland Hinds and Edna May Hinds. The family relocated in 1902 to Chandler, OK and the next year moved to Weleetka, OK. The house was seated in the Canadian Heights section of town. Sadly, Olive became seriously ill in mid-1915 and was "confined to her bed for several months," reported the Okemah (OK) Ledger. She died on Aug. 28, 1915. Her funeral was preached by Rev. G.W. Hilderbrandt. In addition to the Ledger, an obituary appeared in the Wetumka Gazette.

Son Edwin James (1881- ? ) was born in July 1881 in Illinois.


~ Daughter Henrietta (Gaumer) Mapes ~

Daughter Henrietta Gaumer (1856- ? ) was born on Nov. 16, 1856 in Muskingum County, Ohio. In girlhood, she migrated to Illinois with her parents and settled near Paris, Edgar County, IL.

On Jan. 20, 1876, when she was 19 years of age, Henrietta was joined in wedlock with Isaac C. Mapes (1850-1929), son of Cyrus and Mary (Ferrell) Mapes. The nuptials were celebrated in Edgar County. (In an interesting twist, Henrietta's sister Emma Ellen married Isaac's brother Willliam.)

Their three known offspring were Melvin Waldorf Mapes, Rose J. Mapes and Mertie Ann Ross.

Isaac died in 1929 at the age of about 79. He rests in Oakland Cemetery in Coles County, IL. A news item in the Mattoon (IL) Journal Gazette shows that Henrietta paid $100 for the family burial lot in May 1930.

Henrietta survived her husband by eight years. In February 1937, she endured the death of her daughter Rosa.

Henrietta passed into eternity at the age of 81 in Paris on Feb. 8, 1938. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Coles County.

Son Melvin Waldorf Mapes (1876-1942) was born on Nov. 17, 1876 in Edgar County, IL Melvin was employed by the Steidl Packing Company. He was named in the Mattoon (IL) Journal Gazette obituary of his sister Rosa. He died in Paris on Sept. 5, 1942, at the age of 65. He rests in the same burying ground as his parents.

Daughter Rosa J. Mapes (1881-1937) was born on Oct. 1, 1881 in Marley, Edgar County, IL. She never married and made her home in Isabel, Edgar County, IL. Three months before she died, she moved to Oakland, Coles County, IL. Rosa passed away at the age of 54 on Feb. 13, 1937. Death occurred in Charleston, Coles County. The Mattoon (IL) Journal Gazette printed an obituary.


Central Illinois Railroad lines in Mattoon, IL


Daughter Mertie Ann Mapes (1883-1937) was born on April 26, 1883 in Marley, Edgar County. As a young woman, she dwelled in Metcalfe, IL. In 1899, she was wedded to George W. Ross (July 13, 1861-1931), a native of Clark County, IL. The couple produced one son, Harry Ross. They relocated to Mattoon, Coles County, IL in 1910, with George securing a position with the store department of the Big Four Railroad. They made their home in the early 1930s at 604 Richmond Avenue in Mattoon. Sadness enveloped the family when George began to suffer from a mastoid abscess, underwent an operation and died on June 13, 1931. An obituary in the Mattoon Journal Gazette reported that "He had been ill some time." Funeral services were held in the Missionary Alliance Church on Moultrie Avenue, with burial following in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Mertie outlived her husband by six years. She was a member of the Sunshine Circle of her church. She made news in May 1935 when her automobile was stolen from its parking place near the Gospel Tabernacle, only to be found "stalled in mud" east of Peterson Park," said the Journal Gazette. Evidence suggests that she may have succumbed in Oakland, Coles County, IL on Dec. 10, 1937.

  • Grandson Harry Ross ( ? - ? ) lived in Mattoon, Coles County, IL in 1931.


~ Daughter Emma Ellen (Gaumer) Mapes ~

Daughter Emma Ellen Gaumer (1859-1949) was born on Jan. 27, 1859 in Ohio. She migrated to Illinois with her parents as a young girl.

She was an unmarried student at the age of 20, residing with her parents in 1880 in Elbridge Township, Edgar County, IL.

When she was 23 years of age, on Jan. 24, 1883, she was united in matrimony with William Thornton "Will" Mapes (Oct. 1956-1934), an Illinois native and the son of Cyrus and Mary (Ferrell) Mapes. The wedding ceremony was held in Edgar County.

They were the parents of four children -- Grace Mapes, Frank Mapes, Edith Beighle and one who died prior to 1900.

Sometime between 1885 and 1899, the Mapeses relocated to Indiana, where William plied his trade as a butcher in Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Vigo County. During the decade between 1900 and 1910, they moved again to Owasso, Tulsa County, OK, where William secured a position as merchant of a retail grocery store. Emma's sister Eliza Ann James and her husband Firmin also moved to Oklahoma during this period.

The Mapeses remained in Owasso during the 1910s and are  listed there in the U.S. Censuses of 1920 and 1930, with William operating a drug store. In 1920, 22-year-old employee Oma Smith lived under their roof.

William died in 1934, with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Owasso.

Emma is listed as a widow, residing by herself, in the 1940 federal census. She joined her husband in death in 1949. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Grace Mapes (1884- ? ) was born in Sept. 1884 in Illinois. At the age of 15, in 1900, she lived with her parents in Terre Haute, IN.

Son Frank Mapes (1885- ? ) was born in Oct. 1885 in Illinois. He moved to Oklahoma with his parents. At the age of 24, in 1910, he earned a living as a merchant in a retail grocery, likely working for his father. The Muskogee (OK) Times-Democrat reported in August 1914 that Frank had been appointed federal postmaster in Owasso, Tulsa County. On March 21, 1915, in Tulsa County, the 29-year-old Frank wedded Beulah McCariston (1886- ? ), daughter of James S. McCariston, an immigrant from England. Census records for 1920 show the childless couple making their home in Owasso, with Frank now employed as a tool dresser in the oilfield industry, and Beulah working as a bank teller. Frank continued his work as an oilfield tool dresser in 1930-1940, with Beulah's widowed father living in the household in 1930. His home in 1969 -- when he was named in the obituary of his murdered sister Edith -- was in Claremore, OK.

Daughter Edith Mapes (1899-1969) was born on April 24, 1899 in Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN. She joined her parents in their move to Oklahoma. When she was 18 years of age, on April 30, 1918, she was united in wedlock with 27-year-old John Henry Beighle Jr. (Aug. 22, 1890-1967), a native of Renfrew, Butler County, PA. Rev. George M. Jeffrey, of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Collinsville, Rogers County, OK, performed the nuptials. John may have brought a daughter into the marriage, Jewel Blackett. They are believed to have been the parents of Melvin Gene Beighle, Lois Marie Marlar and Olga "June" Stafford Shoemaker. By 1925, they had relocated to Skellytown, Carson City, TX and remained there for the rest of their lives. John passed into eternity on Dec. 7, 1967. Edith enjoyed serving as pianist and organist at the Skellytown First Baptist Church. Just two years later, on Sept. 7, 1969, Edith was strangled to death in her bed at home in Skellytown. The Pampa (TX) Daily News said that "Robbery and possibly rape are being investigated as motives" and that "contents of five purses in the woman's home were strewn about the room and no money had been found." Her neck had been wrapped with an electric blanket heating cord, and her face was badly bruised. They repose together in Memory Gardens of Pampa, Gray County, TX. A neighbor man later was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to a 99-year term in prison.

  • Grandson Melvin Gene Beighle (1919-2000) was born on April 8, 1919 in Owasso, Tulsa County, OK. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and took part in the battles of Guadalcanal and Tarawa, and was wounded in action at Saipan. News of his wound was printed in the Pampa (TX) Daily News. On Nov. 23, 1946, he wedded Jo Chesher (Nov. 21, 1926-2007), a native of Electra, TX but a resident of Skellytown at the time. They produced two children -- Patricia Ann "Tricia" Trimble and Melvin "Wayne" Beighle. Melvin enjoyed deer hunting, including special trips to Colorado. Jo was employed for two decades as a special education teacher's aide with the Pampa Independent School District, retiring in 1989. They were members of the Westside Church of Christ in Pampa and Olsen Park Church of Christ in Amarillo. At one point, Jo served as president of the Skellytown Parent-Teacher Association. The couple is noted for having made a financial gift that helped create The Hope & Healing Place in the Texas Panhandle, a center for grief and loss for children and families. Sadly, Melvin died in Skellytown, Carson County, TX on Jan. 25, 2000. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Pampa. Jo lived for another seven years. She died in Amarillo at the age of 80 on March 29, 2007. Rev. Billy Jones, of Amarillo's Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, led the funeral service. The Amarillo Globe-News printed an obituary.
  • Granddaughter Lois Marie Beighle (1923-1976) was born on Aug. 17, 1923 in Owasso, Tulsa County, OK. She married Bob Marlar (1923-1988). Their offspring were Nita Johnson, J'Hon Marlar and Terry Marlar. They dwelled in Pampa, Gray County, TX. At the age of 52, she and Bob went to Lake Greenbelt near Clarendon, TX to attend a family reunion. But sadly, she suffered a heart attack and died while there on June 19, 1976 in Howardick, Donley County TX. Her remains were shipped to Pampa to repose in Memory Gardens of Pampa. Rev. Edwin Waterbury and Rev. Amos Harris officiated at her funeral service. Bob outlived his wife by a dozen years. He died in 1988.
  • Granddaughter Olga "June" Beighle (1930-1994) was born on Nov. 18, 1930 in Skellytown, Carson County, TX. She may have been wedded twice. Her first spouse allegedly was Lynn Stafford (1929-2011), whom she married in 1945. Their one known son was Bryan Lynn Stafford (1948-1998). Later, she was joined in matrimony with (?) Shoemaker ( ? - ? ). their residence in 1969 was in Texarkana. June passed away on Aug. 21, 1994. Burial was in Memory Gardens of Pampa in Gray County, TX. Son Bryan married Donna Huckins and in 1969 made their residence in Nashville, KS.
  • Presumed step-granddaughter Jewel Beighle ( ? - ? ) married R.W. Blackett ( ? - ? ) and lived in Garden City, KS in 1969 (at 802 Center Street) and in Hayes, KS in 1976.


~ Son William Franklin Gaumer ~

Son William Franklin Gaumer (1867- ? ) was born on June 26, 1867 in Illinois.

On Oct. 1, 1890, at the age of 23, he was wedded to Ella Frances Jones (Nov. 3, 1869- ? ).

They produced four offspring -- Willard "Floyd" Gaumer, ZMabel Hamilton, Exie Lee Gaumer and Forrest Jones Gaumer.

In about 1916, William was sued by George B. Jones "to recover damages for breach of a contract for the exchange of real estate," said the Reports of Cases Determined in the Appellate Courts of Illinois. "Evidence held sufficient to sustain the finding that [Gaumer] had contracted with [Jones] to deed to him a certain eighty acres of land subject to a single mortgage of $2,000, in an action to recover damages for breach of such contract by defendant deeding said eighty acres subject to two mortgages, each for $2,000." They were involved in another lawsuit circa 1928 to recover possession of a certain lot of ground.

Federal census records for 1930 show the Gaumers living in Paris, with William working as a real estate agent, and daughter Exie earning income as a bookeeper for odd jobs.

William in 1944 had possession of a Gaumer family Bible with inscribed names and dates of birth and death. They resided at 315 East Crawford Street in Paris, IL.

Son Willard "Floyd" Gaumer (1893-1974) was born on June 2, 1893 in Paris, Edgar County. As a young man, he resided at 315 East Crawford Street in Paris, IL and was a self-employed merchant. He was of medium height and slender build, with blue eyes and brown hair. During World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves on May 31, 1918 and served for four years. On June 27, 1917, when he was 24 years of age, Floyd was joined in holy wedlock with Ethel Teresa Stuart (Dec. 6, 1894-1971), a native of Paris. The couple did not reproduce. They resided at 701 Lindsey Avenue, South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN. They belonged to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and he belonged to the Orak Shrine of the Masons. Floyd earned a living over the years as an insurance broker for Traveler's Insurance Company, joining the firm in 1925. In 1944, he applied for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution based upon the service of Jacob Gaumer Sr. He authored a publication -- a stapled manuscript -- which he submitted for copyright protection, entitled Today the Newspapers Are Full of Headlines Like These. Circa 1945, he also submitted supplemental Gaumer genealogy papers to the Library of Congress. Ethel died in Memorial Hospital in South Bend at the age of 76 on March 19, 1971. Reported the Decatur (IL) Herald, funeral services were held in St. Andrews Episcopal Church, followed by burial in Edgar Cemetery in Paris. Floyd survived his bride by almost four years. He died in South Bend Hospital on Dec. 15, 1974.

Daughter Mabel Gaumer (1895- ? ) was born on March 16, 1895. On April 11, 1919, at the age of 24, she married World War I veteran Thomas Sherman Hamilton ( ? - ? ). During the war, Thomas served in the U.S. Army. The two sons born to this union were Thomas S. Hamilton and Jack K. Hamilton. Both sons joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.

  • Grandson Thomas S. Hamilton ( ? - ? ) was a member of the Rainbow Division, 7th Army during World War II.
  • Grandson Jack K. Hamilton ( ? - ? ) served in the 8th Bomber Squadron during World War II.

Daughter Exie Lee Gaumer (1897- ? ) was born on Aug. 21, 1897 in Paris, Edgar County. She did not marry. In 1930, at the age of 30, she lived at home with her parents in Paris and provided bookkeeping services for "odd jobs." She relocated to Washington, DC sometime prior to 1940. The federal census of 1940 shows her boarding in a Lamont St. Martin Street residence in the District of Columbus and working as a stenographer in the Agricultural Department of the AAA. In 1974, she was named in her brother's obituary in the Decatur (IL) Herald. Research is underway to determine if she moved to Beaumont, TX and dwelled on Rockwell Avenue.

Son Forrest Jones Gaumer (1899- ? ) was born on Sept. 14, 1899. He was united in holy wedlock with Nina Taylor Pugh ( ? - ? ). They bore a daughter, Forrest J. Gaumer.

  • Granddaughter Forrest J. Gaumer ( ? - ? )


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