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Solomon Heinly Gaumer


Solomon Heinly Gaumer as born on April 4, 1809 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA, the son of Johann Dietrich "Dieter" and Anna Elizabeth (Heinly) Gaumer.

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 family of seven known children were Moses Solomon Gaumer, Jonathan Gaumer, Ann "Caroline" Ihrie, Samuel Gaumer, Sarah Ann Wiltrout, Solomon Gaumer and Benjamin Lewis Gaumer.

When the federal census enumerations were made in 1850 and 1860, the family dwelled in Upper Macungie Township. The 1850 census record shows Solomon earning a living as a farmer, with five children in the household as wll as 63-year-old Barbara Klotz. In the 1860 census record, the 51-year-old Solomon labored as a farmer, assisted in the work by his sons Solomon (age 18) and Benjamin (16). Also residing in the household was 22-year-old servant Catharine Heilman. In 1860, they made their home in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County.

At the age of 51, Solomon died  in Weisenberg on July 12, 1860. The cause of his passing is not yet known. [Find-a-Grave]

Esther lived for another 23 years. She died in Upper Macungie Township on Oct. 7, 1883.


~ Son Moses Solomon Gaumer ~


Moses' grave marker

Son Moses Solomon Gaumer (1829-1898) was born on March 27, 1829 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He grew up on the family farm. 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, 21-year-old Mary Anna Knedler (April 5, 1829-1878), daughter of Andreas and Salome Däsch (Gaumer) Knedler and granddaughter of Johann Dietrich and Rebecca Margaretha (Strunck) Gaumer Jr.

Their family of five children were Eliza Jane Paslay, Charles Edward Gaumer, Elmanda Rebecca "Ella" Thorp, Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer and Milton Herman Gaumer.

The United States Census enumeration of 1860 shows the Gaumer family in Lower Macungie Township, with Moses working as a master carpenter. 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.

Federal census records for 1870 show the family in Tipton Township, with Moses now earning a living as a farmer.

Sadly, Mary Ann died in Onward at the age of 49 on April 28, 1878. The cause of her passing may be lost to the ages.

Moses lived for another two decades. In 1880, when again listed in the U.S. Census, Moses remained in Tipton Township and headed a household including his daughter Almanda, sons Jeremiah and Milton, and grandson Franklin Thorp (age 5) and Oliver J. Shafer (2 months). 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.



Charles Edward Gaumer, a carpenter
Courtesy Paula (Gaumer) Tooke

Son Charles Edward Gaumer (1848-1934) was born in about 1848 or on Nov. 29, 1853 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. As a teenager, he migrated to Indiana with his parents and siblings. In 1876, Charles married Jessie Freemont Hankins (1859-1932), an Illinois native whose parents were from New Jersey. The couple produced seven children, all daughters but one -- Cora Kilgore, Olive Salisbury, Winifred Gaumer, Jessie Burnett, Ina Moore and Iva L. Gaumer and an unnamed son who died in infancy in 1890. Their home for decades, during the 1880-1920 timeframe, was on a farm in LaPrairie Township, Marshall County, IL. Charles and his siblings are believed to have shared ownership of a tract of land in the Walton community near Logansport, Cass County, IN. Circa 1895, he and others filed a legal claim against their brother in law Robert G. Paslay "to redeem certain land in Tipton township," said the Logansport Reporter. Circa 1900, boarder Samuel Kilgore lived in their home and also worked as a farmer. Charles also earned a living through his skill as a carpenter, and he is shown in this occupation in the United States Census of 1910. By 1920, the couple had moved into the household of their married daughter and son in law, Ina and Tony Moore, in Elmwood, Peoria County, IL. 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. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Granddaughter Cora Gaumer (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877 in Illinois. In 1891, at the age of 14, Cora reputedly married 23-year-old Grant G. Kilgore (1868- ? ). They were the parents of Hobart Kilgore (born 1895), Gladys Kilgore (1898), Wilfred E. Kilgore (1914) and Madeline Kilgore (1916). In 1910-1920, the family dwelled in Toulon, Stark County, IL, with Grant earning income as a woodworker in a shop in 1910 and as a jailer at the Stark County Jail in 1920.
  • Granddaughter Olive Gaumer (1877-1963) was born on Nov. 6, 1877 in Lawn Ridge, IL. On Jan. 26, 1899, at the age of 21, she was united in the bonds of wedlock with William Edward Salisbury (March 22, 1871-1920), a native of Saratoga Township, Marshall County, IL. They were the parents of four children -- Maybelle Beatrice Naden McNairn, Elmer Raymond "E.R." Salisbury, Anna Mae Hall and Jennie Marie Christensen. The family lived in or near Castleton, Stark County, IL circa 1895 when William joined the Odd Fellows lodge. They are known to have been in Camp Grove, Marshall County IL circa 1901, when their son was born. Later, they relocated to Minnesota and put down roots in Osakis, which spans Douglass and Todd Counties and borders Lake Osakis. At some point they purchased a 76-acre farm a mile west of town. William was considered a prominent business man and farme, managing the Osakis Shipping Association. He was a director of Farmers' State Bank and the local school board. Socially, he transferred his Odd Fellows membership to the Alexandria lodge in 1919 and joined the Osakis lodge of the Masons in 1907. But at age 49 he suffered from heart lesions and heart valve disease, which led to his demise. On the fateful evening of Oct. 10, 1920, he went to a farewell party for Otto Lier in the man's home in Orange, located five souths south of Osakis. William was playing a game of cards when, said the Osakis Review, he "suddenly fell forward with his arms on the table. He was laid on the sofa and vigorous rubbing resorted to bring back respiration, but the spark had gone out forever, and the merrymaking was turned into deepest mourning." The Review then eulogized that "News of Mr. Salisbury's sudden taking away spread rapidly over the community Sunday morning and cast a shadow of gloom over town and country, where he has been active in a business and social way. Saturday he was in Osakis meeting his friends and associates as usual, and if he had been feeling ill he had kept his ailments to himself. His tragic death is a terrible blow to the bereaved family and they have the deep and abiding sympathy of the entire community." Rev. A.W. MacNeill preached the funeral sermon, basing his text on John 11:25-26. His death left Olive a widow at age 43, and she outlived him by 43 years. Toward the end of her life, she became a resident of Bethany Home in Alexandria, MN. Then at her 85th birthday, the family gathered for a party in her honor, 26 members in all, at the home of her son Elmer. Reported the St. Cloud (MN) Times, "Guests entertained were from Zion, Ill., Mankato, Park Rapids, Brandon, Alexandria and Osakis." She died on Sept. 8, 1963. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery in Todd County.
  • Granddaughter Winifred Gaumer (1880- ? ) was born in Jan. 1880 in Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, IL. Nothing more is known, except that she is believed to have died young, sometime prior to 1900.
  • Granddaughter Jessie Gaumer (1884- ? ) was born in Sept. 1884 in Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, IL. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Burnett ( ? - ? ). She died in 1956 in the same community in which she was born.
  • Granddaughter Ina S. Gaumer (1891-1976) was born on Feb. 11, 1891 in Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, IL. She wedded Tony Fines Moore (Nov. 16, 1890-1955). Their nuptials were held in Galveston, Galveston County, TX. Two children were born to the Moores -- Phyllis A. Moore (born 1919) and Winifred E. Brown. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the Moores lived in Elmwood, Peoria County, IL, on Magnolia Street, and provided a home for Ina's parents. There, Tony earned a living as a telegraph operator. At some point the family relocated to California, by the early 1920s, where daughter Winifred was born in Fresno in 1923. Tony passed into eternity in Fresno, Fresno County, CA on Oct. 15, 1955. Iva survived her husband by 21 years. She spent her later time in San Diego and died there on Aug. 27, 1976.
  • Granddaughter Iva L. Gaumer (1891-1897) was born on Dec. 15, 1894 in Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, IL. At the age of 19 in 1910, unmarried, she lived at home with her parents in LaPrairie Township, Marshall County..

Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer (1851-1913) was born in Nov. 1851. She married Robert G. Paslay (March 18, 1849-1912) of Cass County. They bore seven offspring -- infant twins who died as babies, Rosetta M. Cannady, Nora Ellen Paslay, Eveline Jane "Eva" Vernon, Eveline Paslay, Harry B. Paslay, Estella V. Paslay and Andrew Pasley. Federal census records for 1880 show the couple living on a farm in Jefferson, Cass County, IN. Sadly, the babies died in 1881, son Harry in 1880 at age one and daughter Estella in 1889 at age five. By 1900, the had relocated to Tipton, Cass County. Others living in their household in 1900 were niece Dessie Anderson (age 9) and servant Floyd Wilson (age 13). The couple owned or controlled land in Tipton Township but were sued by Eliza Jane's brother Charles and others in some sort of legal maneuver or dispute. Robert died at the age of 62 or 63 on Sept. 28, 1912. Interment was in Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward, Cass County. Suffering from organic heart trouble, Eliza joined him in death a year later on April 24, 1913.

  • Granddaughter Rosetta M. Paslay (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874. She married (?) Cannady ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Nora Ellen Paslay (1874- ? ) was born in Dec. 1874 in Indiana. At the age of 25 in 1900, unmarried, she lived with her parents in Tipton, Cass County. Then on Jan. 21, 1903, she was united in matrimony with George W. Benson ( ? - ? ). News of their marriage was published in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. The couple did not reproduce. They were farmers and made a home in 1910 in Tipton and in 1920 in Bethlehem, Cass County.
  • Granddaughter Eveline Jane "Eva" Paslay (1877-1959) was born on July 29, 1877 in Cass County, IN. She was joined in holy wedlock with Frank Hollingsworth Vernon (Feb. 28, 1876-1943) of Cass County. The couple were the parents of six children -- Marie DeWitt, Angeline Working, Margaret Tomlinson, Harry Vernon, Emerson Vernon and Roy Vernon. They were members of Crooked Creek Christian Church. Frank passed away on May 28, 1943. Eva Jane lived for anothe 16 years as a widow. At the age of 82, she died in Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, IN on Sept. 15, 1950. Rev. Virden Graham officiated the funeral services held at the family church, with burial in Crooked Creek Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Logansport Press, misspelling her mother's maiden name as "Garner." She was survived by 16 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.

Great-granddaughter Marie Vernon married (?) DeWitt and lived in Burnettsville, IN in 1959.

Great-granddaughter Angeline Vernon wedded (?) Working. Her home in 1959 was in Fort Wayne and in 1977 in Valparaiso, IN.

Great-granddaughter Margaret Vernon was joined in wedlock with (?) Tomlinson. She dwelled in Rochester, IN.

Great-grandson Harry G. Vernon (1901-1977) was born on May 4, 1901 in Cass County. On Dec. 5, 1923, in nuptials held in Logansport, Cass County, he married Idella Elizabeth Mohler (June 21, 1907-2004). The Vernons made a home in Idaville, IN and were the parents of Robert Lee Vernon, Paul Edward Vernon, Marjorie Ann Vernon. He died in Logansport, IN on Aug. 18, 1977. Idella outlived her spouse by nearly three decades. She joined him in death on Sept. 13, 2004 in Tucson, AZ.

Great-grandson Emerson Vernon resided in Lake Cicott, IN and in 1977 in Logansport..

Great-grandson Roy Vernon established a residence in Valparaiso, IN and in 1977 in Michigan City, IN..

  • Grandson Andrew Pasley (1881- ? ) was born on Feb. 3, 1881. In 1908, in a wedding held in Pulaski, IN, he was united in matrimony with Mabel Smith ( ? - ? ). Their four offspring were Dale Pasley, Irene Pasley, Betty Pasley and Mary Stout. In about 1919, after 11 years of marriage, Andrew and Mabel separated, with him moving out of the house. Just having delivered a newborn daughter, she filed a claim for divorce in August 1920, seeking $200 annually. She alleged that Andrew had treated her with cruelty and that his whereabouts were now "unknown." News of the divorce claim was printed in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune and Fort Wayne Sentinel. In 1924, their 14-year-old son Dale suffered a badly crushed foot when his bicycle "upset" and he was run over by a moving log truck. The damaged foot eventually was amputated. When Mabel could not pay for the surgery, a legal claim was filed by Charles A. Ballard, seeking payment plus costs of collecting the debt. Mabel passed into eternity in St. Joseph's Hospital in Logansport on Nov. 12, 1950.

Great-grandson Dale Pasley (1910-1964) was born on Oct. 7, 1910. He married Mary Lee Ledbetter (1920- ? ). A daughter was born to the couple, Alice Mae Pasley. They lived in Hennepin, MN. Dale died there on Sept. 26, 1964.

Great-granddaughter Mary Pasley (1920-1979) was born on Aug. 13, 1920 in Logansport. Born after her parents separated, she was taken in by foster parents, Benjamin and Mary Erb. She was the mother of Helen May Russow and Russell Walters. On Nov. 18, 1944, she wedded David C. Stout ( ? - ? ). The Stouts made a home at 820 South Webster Street in Logansport. For two decades, Mary was employed by Moore's Drug Store in Kokomo. She also belonged to the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and was active with its Rosary Altar Society. She died on June 25, 1979. Following a funeral mass in the family church, led by Rev. Leroy Kinnaman, her remains were interred in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Kokomo Tribune.

Daughter Elmanda Rebecca "Ella" Gaumer (1856-1881) was born on Christmas Day 1856 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. At about the age of 10, she accompanied her family on a migration west into Indiana, settling in Cass County. There, in nuptials held on Feb. 8, 1875, she married Leroy Thorp (1851- ? ), a native of New York State. Two sons were born to the union -- Franklin E. "Frank" Thorpe and Henry W. Thorp. They made a home in Tipton Township, Cass County. Sadness blanketed the family when infant son Henry died at the age of three-and-a-half months on Feb. 12, 1877. The marriage ended within a year or two, and Elmanda and her young son moved back into her father's home in Tipton, Cass County. During that time, she bore a son, Oliver Gaumer Shafer, in April 1880. Elmanda is shown in the father's household in the 1880 federal census, marked as "divorced" and bearing the name "Gaumer." Research by others has identified the father of the second son as James A. Shafer ( ? - ? ).

  • Grandson Franklin E. "Frank" Thorpe (1875-1958) was born on Feb. 8, 1875 in Tipton Township, Cass County, IN. In later life he claimed he was a native of St. Louis. Frank in young manhood was employed by M.R. Ransom. His work duties took him to, among other places, Castalia, Erie County, OH. It was on one of these trips that he met his future bride. On Oct. 28, 1900, at the age of 25, Frank married German immigrant Lena Krebs (1881- ? ). Their wedding mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Rebholz, and with Fred Strasser standing as best man. The couple bore twin sons -- Oliver T. Thorpe and John Leroy Thorpe. The family dwelled in Venice, Erie County, where Frank became employed in 1904 as a rural postal carrier, the only one in the Venice community. Said the Sandusky Register, "During his thirty years service, he was absent but twice." Frank retired on Dec. 1, 1934. He told a Register reporter that the the final workday "was the saddest day of his life. For 30 years he had served the route, bringing messages of births and deaths, telling the rural residents what the prospects for the next day's weather were, who had removed from the route and who was ill." Another story in the Register said that if all the miles were added together which he had logged, it would be "a distance equal to more than seven times around the world in blizzards, in heat, in rain and in flood... During the big snow of 1918 he delivered the mail for 32 days in a box sled with a horse. Drifts were so deep and the going so hard he often times left the horse near the western end of the route and walked the last 14 miles, taking a circuitous route through the fields to deliver the mail." During his tenure, the number of customers tripled from 300 to about 900. He appears to have focused on farming after that. Lena was a longtime member of the Mother and Altar Society of the St. Mary's church. They celebrated their golden anniversary in October 1950 by attending a special Saturday morning mass at the very same church where they had been wed, and then a Sunday afternoon reception at home. Later in the 1950s, Frank resided in Sandusky, Erie County, OH at the address of 417 Thorpe Drive. He was a member of the Sandusky Maccabees. He was hospitalized at Providence Hospital where he died at the age of 83 on Sept. 17, 1958. A solemn requiem mass was sung at their church, led by Rev. Thomas Ankenbrandt and assisted by deacon Rev. Frank Nieset and subdeacon Rev. V.A. Volin. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, with these pallbearers carrying his remains to their final rest -- James Thorpe, Thomas Thorpe, Richard Thorpe, Walter Herzog, Robert Holman and William Hecksters. A death notice was printed in the Register.

Great-grandson Oliver T. Thorpe was united in marriage with Mahinda Thorpe. Their four children were Joan thorpe, James Thorpe, Carol M. Thorpe and Richard Thorpe. Oliver earned a living in 1950 with the Frey Funeral Home in Sandusky.

Great-grandson John Leroy Thorpe was joined in holy wedlock with Ruth Estell Hargis (1902- ? ) of Marion, TN. They bore on son, Thomas Franklin Thorpe. John's second wife was Luila Thorpe (1910- ? ) of Ohio. Circa 1950, John lived in Venice, where he managed the Meadow Lane Dairy and was an inspector with the Union Chain and Manufacturing Company.

  • Grandson Oliver Gaumer Shafer (1880-1965) was born on April 22, 1880 in Tipton Township, Cass County. On Feb. 23, 1910, in a ceremony in Logansport, Cass County, the 30-year-old married Anna Rachel Minnick (1878-1963). Their union endured for more than 53 years. The couple's only known son was Russell Minnick Shafer. The year of their marriage, they established a home in Richmond, Wayne County, IN, where they remained for good. Oliver earned a living as an engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad. Anna was a member of the Daughters of Civil War Veterans and the First English Lutheran Church. Their address in the 1960s was 63 South 16th Street. Anna passed into eternity on June 7, 1963. Rev. A.R. Swasko preached the funeral sermon, with burial following in the Lutherania Cemetery. Oliver outlived her by two years. He was admitted to Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, where he joined Anna in death on April 22, 1965. An obituary appeared in the Richmond Palladium-Item, Anderson Herald and Anderson Daily Bulletin. Rev. Swasko again officiated the funeral.

Great-grandson Russell Minnick Shafer (1912-1995) was born on April 6, 1912 in Richmond Wayne County, IN. He received a bachelor's degree in 1933 in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Russell wedded Betty M. Myerly ( ? - ? ). Their only son was Willliam "Bill" Shafer. In 1934, during the heart of the iron grip of the Great Depression, he joined Delco-Remy, a manufacturer of motor vehicle starter systems, as a night-shift inspector. He spent the next 38 years with the company, with the family making its home in Anderson, IN. He was promoted to assistant foreman and trouble checker and then over time to inspection foreman, assistant supervisor of inspection in Plant 2 and then supervisor during the World War II years. He was tapped to become manager of product reliability in 1967. Russell retired on the last day of 1973. He was featured and pictured in a related story in the Anderson Daily Bulletin, which said that "for nearly four decades [he] has contributed to the quality standards of General Motors and the automotive industry." Russell was a life member of the Mount Moriah lodge of the Masons, Anderson Noon Kiwanis Club and Anderson Chamber of Commerce and served as a board director of the Anderson Country Club. Russell died on Feb. 4, 1995. His obituary was published by the Indianapolis News, and burial was in Elwood City Cemetery.

Son Jeremiah Franklin Gaumer (1860-1892) was born on March 27 or 29, 1860 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. He lived at home and labored as a farmer in 1880. As a young man, Jeremiah migrated to Indiana and put down roots in or near Walton, 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 of Onward Township, Tipton County, IN. News of their marriage license was printed in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. They became the parents of five children, born between the years 1882 and 1890 -- Charles Edward Gaumer, Clara Jane Johns, Henry Moses Gaumer, Mary A. (or "Melissa") Gaumer and an infant son. The baby died in Cass County on Nov. 27, 1888. In 1889, living in the town of Dow (later renamed Onward), IN, Jeremiah was issued a U.S. Patent for his invention, a straw stacker, as reported by the Hamilton County Ledger. Sadly, at the age of 31, Jeremiah died on Jan. 28 or 29, 1892. The cause of his untimely demise is not yet known. Burial was in Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward. A year after his death, a court ruled that his estate was insolvent, as reported in the 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 her third spouse, William Bechdol (Dec. 15, 1865-1935) with the wedding taking place in Cass County. The couple made a home in Tipton, Cass County, where William worked as an "engineer" in a saw mill. Sarah passed away in the home of her married daughter Clara, in Walton, Cass County, 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.


Logansport, Indiana, Broadway looking east


  • Grandson Charles Edward Gaumer (1882- ? ) was born in July 1882 in Cass County. At the age of 17, in 1900, he resided with his mother and stepfather William Bechdol in Tipton, Cass County, and worked as a farm laborer. Circa 1953-1967, Charles dwelled in Peoria, IL.
  • Granddaughter Clara Jane Gaumer (1884-1967) was born on Jan. 3, 1884 in Walton, Cass County, IN. At the age of 18, on Jan. 7, 1903, she was united in matrimony with Harry Johns ( ? -1933). Their union endured for three decades until cleaved apart by death. They were the parents of an adopted daughter, Mrs. Maurice Raikes. The Johnses were members of Walton Methodist Church. Harry died just three days after Christmas in 1933. Clara Jane ourlived him by 34 years. Her home in the mid-1960s was with her daughter in Frankfort, IN. Sadly, at the age of 83, Clara died on Sept. 12, 1967 in English Nursing Home in Lebanon, IN. Following a funeral service preached by Rev. Ray E. Mills, her remains were lowered into repose in Deer Creek Cemetery, located west of the town of Onward. An obituary appeared in the Kokomo Tribune.


The Henry Moses and Goldie Gaumer family. Back, L-R: Helen and Ruth.
Courtesy Paula (Gaumer) Tooke


  • Henry and son Paul, circa 1934
    Courtesy Paula (Gaumer) Tooke

    Grandson Henry Moses Gaumer (1885-1953) was born on March 14, 1885 in Walton, Cass County, IN. In 1900, at age 15, he earned income as a farm laborer in Tipton, Cass County. He is believed to have been married twice. He and his first bride, Margaret Elkins (1886- ? ), tied the knot in 1908 in Grant County, IN. Then when he was 30 years of age, on June 13, 1915, Henry married again to Goldie Myrtle Patton (July 22, 1885-1943). The couple delled in Logansport, Cass County and produced three offspring -- Paul Levon Gaumer, Ruth EileenWolford and Helen Louise Gaumer. Henry was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad and spent his career there, rising to the position of conductor. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, an early union. Sadly, Goldie died on July 8, 1943, bringing to a close their union which had spanned 28 years. Henry's home in the early 1950s was in Logansport at 529½ Heath Street, and he was a member of the Ninth Street Christian Church. On March 30, 1953, he became stricken and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, where he succumbed a day later, at the age of 68, on March 31, 1953. An obituary was printed in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. A year after his death, his children took out an "In Loving Memory" advertisement in the newspaper.

Great-grandson Paul Levon Gaumer (1917-1992) was born on Oct. 31, 1917 in Logansport, Cass County. He appears to have spent most of his entire life in the Logansport community. On Feb. 24, 1946, he was united in holy marital union with Leah Jane Winegardner (Oct. 20, 1919-1995). Their wedding was held at the Ninth Street Christian Church, with Rev. Hosier officiating. Two children were born to the couple -- Lee Allen Gaumer and Paula Sue Tooke. His primary employment over the years was as a yard conductor with Conrail. He also joined the Indiana National Guard in the post-World War II era and was promoted to staff sergeant in April 1948. Then in October 1949, he was commissioned as a seecond lieutenant as a motor officer with the Headquarters Company, First Battalion. Continuing his career with the Guard, in late 1952 he was appointed commander of the Tank Company and promoted to captain. The related news and his photograph were printed in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Often over the years, he was named in the Pharos-Tribune in connection with his Guard roles. The family were members of the Ninth Street Christian Church, the Orient Lodge of the Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 40 et Eight Voiture and the United Transportation Union. Their address in the early 1990s was 800 19th Street. Sadly, Paul died in Logansport's Memorial Hospital on Feb. 18, 1992. An obituary in the Pharos-Tribune noted that burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, led by Father Timothy Kroeger and with full military honors. Leah Jane lived as a widow for another three years. She succumbed to death, of congestive heart failure, on Oct. 20, 1995. Their daughter Paula, a dedicated Gaumer genealogist, graciously has shared her research findings for this Minerd.com biography.

Great-granddaughter Ruth Eileen Gaumer (1920-2011) was born in on June 8, 1920 in Logansport, Cass County. At the age of 26, on May 1, 1947, she married Norman Lee Wolford (May 20, 1914-2002). Their nuptials were held at the Ninth Street Christian Church. Two daughter born to this marriage were Marilyn Kay Muniz and Debra Louise Weaver. Their home in 1953 was in Gary, IN. The Wolford were members of the Deep River Church of Christ. The Munster (IN) Times once said of her that she "was very honest, kind and was a very good friend... Her family loved her wonderful pies and chocolate chip cookies." Norman passed into eternity on Nov. 5, 2002 in Hobart, Lake County, IN. Ruth endured for another nine years. She was carried away by the Angel of Death, of congestive heart failure, on Sept. 7, 2011, while a patient at St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point, Lake County, IN. Ron Buche led the funeral service with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Great-granddaughter Helen Louise Gaumer (1921-2008) was born on July 18, 1921 in Logansport, Cass County. She does not seem to have married but rather lived with her parents for many years in Logansport. She earned a living over the years with General Tire Company as a quality control inspector. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary i Logansport and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Auxiliary. As her health failed in older years, she was admitted to Memorial Hospital in the city. She passed away there on May 17, 2008. Father Tim Kroeger led the funeral service.

  • Granddaughter Mary Gaumer (1886- ? ) -- also known at times as "Melissa" -- was born in Aug. 1886 in Cass County, IN.

Son Milton Herman Gaumer (1866-1942) was born on Nov. 27, 1866 in or around Tipton, Cass County, IN. 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 sons -- Homer Joeslyn Gaumer, William "Asher" Gaumer and Harry James Gaumer. The family grieved at the death of their son Harry at age 2 in 1901 and then again at the grisly deathof son Asher at age 17 in 1913. He is believed to have been sued by Sarah A. Zimmerman in 1896 over a dispute involving the sale of land. The case was appealed all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court, was ruled upon 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. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Grandson Homer Joeslyn Gaumer (1893-1929) was born on Nov. 17, 1893. He wedded (?). They were the parents of Margaret Josephine Gaumer, who died at age 11 in 1931. Grief again cascaded over the family when, at age 35, Homer succumbed to death on Oct. 25, 1929. His remains were lowered into rest in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Marshall County, IL.
  • Grandson William "Asher" Gaumer (1896-1914) was born on May 21, 1896 in Illinois. Sadly, at the age of 18, he somehow "fell under a moving train at Peoria," said the Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph, and died of his injuries on Nov. 24, 1914. Burial was in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Marshall County, IL.


~ Son Jonathan Gaumer ~

Son 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/Carrie (Shide) Hersh and a native of Mulberry or Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County.

Their children were Emma Esther Steinberger, Luisa Elisabeth Gaumer, Ella Mary Kuhns, William H. Gaumer and Ida Rosa Minerva Walters 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.


Fogelsville map, 1862. Courtesy Library of Congress.


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 Fogelsville, 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 initially resided in Fogelsville. She is known to have spent the 1895-1896 Christmas/New Year's holiday with her married daughter in Cementon, Lehigh County and had her home in Fogelsville painted while she was away. She later moved into the Walters home. Stricken with cancer of her left breast, she was ill for two years and bedfast for the last 22 weeks of her life.

She passed away in Cementon on Sept. 20, 1915. Interment was in St. Joseph's Lutheran Church burying ground in Fogelsville, with son William Gaumer of Cementon the informant for her death certificate. An obituary in the Allentown Leader said that she was survived by 20 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. One of their daughters wedded Warren Park and dwelled in Emmaus.

Daughter Emma Esther Gaumer married (?) Steinberger.

Daughter Luisa Elisabeth Gaumer.

Daughter Ella Mary Gaumer wedded Frank Kuhns and lived in Allentown in 1915.

Son William H. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Cementon, Lehigh County. At his 43rd birthday, in June 1906, a surprise party was held at his home. Said the Allentown Leader, "An excellent dinner was served. Music was rendered by Robert Wenner."

Daughter Ida Rosa Minerva Gaumer was married twice. She first wedded Ellis J. Walters ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of Effie Lindenmuth, Howard O. Walters and Mary Suzanne Walters. Then, on Sept. 24, 1903, she married a second time to L. Herbert Meitzler ( ? - ? ), son of Peter and Catherine Meitzler of Catasauqua. Rev. J.D. Shindle, of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Cementon, officiated. Their home for their entire marriage was 122 Willow Street in Cementon, and they belonged to the St. Paul's congregation. They bore three children -- Maybelle Reid, Pauline Snyder and Harold Meitzler. Herbert earned his living for 35 years with Atlas Cement Company of Northampton. Later, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Company and as a painter and paperhanger. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Sept. 1953 and were pictured in a story in the Allentown Morning Call.


~ Daughter Caroline (Gaumer) Ihrie ~

Daughter 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.


~ Son Samuel Gaumer ~

Son 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.


~ Daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" (Gaumer) Wiltrout ~

Daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" 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.


~ Son Solomon Gaumer ~

Son 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 is thought to 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 Fogelsville, 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.


Fogelsville landmark Shankweiler's Hotel, famous for chicken and waffle dinners


~ Son Benjamin Lewis Gaumer ~

Son 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, husbanda of Benjamin's cousin Melinda Gaumer.

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 the summer of 1914, he endured the untimely death of his son Clinton due to heart valve disease. Over the duration of 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.

Daughter Emma Amanda Esther Gaumer

Son Clinton Lewis Gaumer (1866-1914) was born on Sept. 9, 1866 in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. He wedded Alice Kincade ( ? - ? ). They lived at 205 Bryan Street in Allentown. The couples' known offspring were Raymond A. Gaumer, Florence Armbruster and Jessie Dooren. Clinton supported the family through his work as a signalman on the Central Railroad. Suffering from heart valve disease, diagnosed in May 1914, he endured for only three months and died on Aug. 6, 1914, at the age of 47 years, 10 months and 27 days. Burial was in East End Cemetery. Their son Raymond (1890-1964), a 44-year railroad employee, married Helen Hiskey in 1909 and was president and financial secretary of the Riverside Drum and Bugle Corps.

Daughter Eleanor Lovina Gaumer married (?) Schreiner.


Copyright 2000, 2015, 2016, 2018-2019 Mark A. Miner

Many thanks to Paula (Gaumer) Tooke, Stan Garmer and Dr. Phyllis M. Correa for so graciously sharing their research discoveries for this biography.