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Henrietta (Gaumer) Mapes
(1856- ? )

Henrietta (Gaumer) Mapes was born on Nov. 16, 1856 in Muskingum County, OH, the daughter of Adam and Nancy (Boies) Gaumer

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 ~

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 ~

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.


~ Daughter Mertie Ann (Mapes) Ross ~

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.

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


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