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Jacob Gaumer Jr.


Jacob Gaumer Jr. was born in 1789 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Johann "Jacob" and Maria Catherine (Sowash) Gaumer.

When Jacob was about 17 year of age, in 1806, his parents relocated to Muskingum County, OH, and he may have gone along at that same time. Also relocating to Muskingum County in those early years were Jacobís parents as well as his sisters Sally Fox Sturtz and Susanna (Gaumer) Sturtz Baughman.

In about 1810, when he was 21 years of age, Jacob married 19-year-old Elizabeth "Betsy" Sturtz (1791-1868), a native of Wellersburg, Southampton Township. Sometimes her maiden name as been misspelled as "Stotts."

Their dozen known children were Eliza A. Gaumer, Rachel Bell, Margaret Bainter, Hannah Gaumer, Abraham Gaumer, Lyman Gaumer, Mary A. Bainter, Adam Gaumer, Solomon Gaumer, Samuel Gaumer, Malinda Werts and Riley Gaumer. Sadly, daughter Eliza died young in about 1819 and daughter Hannah at the age of five in 1820. While the eldest of the surviving children, Rachel outlived them all, into her 101st year.


Jacob's farm, 1852, north of Adamsville and Mechanicsville, Muskingum County


Initially, the newlyweds resided on a farm near Gilbert, a community near the Muskingum River about seven miles southwest of Adamsville, Salem Township, Muskingum County. Jacob was considered "a noted hunter of the day," said J. Hope Sutor's 1905 book Past and Present of the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio


History of New Hope

In about 1811, Jacob and Elizabeth were charter members of the newly forming church congregation in Adamsville known as New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. Jacob's parents and brother Daniel and his wife also were inaugural members. 

During the first week of 1812, their infant daughter Rachel was baptized in the church by Rev. Anthony Weyer. Said the 1913 book History of the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Adamsville, Ohio: "Having been baptized at the age of two months shows that, in those days of inconveniences and hardships, her parents were neither unmindful nor neglectful of their sacred duties." 

In late 1813, the Gaumers moved from Gilbert to near their church in Adams Township north of Adamsville. In 1841, they constructed the first brick home ever built in Adams Township, having fired the brick on their farm the year before.

Jacob died in Adams on Dec. 12 or 13, 1863. He was laid to rest in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Adamsville. [Find-a-Grave]

Elizabeth survived her husband by five years. She passed into eternity on Nov. 19, 1868. Burial also was in New Hope. [Find-a-Grave]

On Jan. 4, 1934, Mrs. Charles H. Sturtz of 3014 East Sixth Street in Kansas City wrote to the U.S. Veterans Administration, asking for information about Jacob and his father. Her letter, preserved today in the National Archives, states the following: "Jacob Gaumer, Sr. Muskingum Co. [O]hio, d. 1820. I believe he may be the father of Jacob Gaumer, who married BEtsey Sturtz, information which I would also like to have. Said Gaumer said to be a drum major in Washington's army. What was his war record & family?.... I do not know whether I am asking too much, but I need all of this information to complete the work I am doing on this family. I thank you very much."

~ Daughter Margaret (Gaumer) Bainter ~

Margaret Gaumer (1813-1885) was born on Oct. 27, 1813 in Muskingum County.

She married John B. Bainter (1809-1890), also a Muskingum native and the son of Adam Bainter and grandson of German immigrant Godfrey Bainter. They are named in J. Hope Sutor's 1905 book Past and Present of the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio

The Bainters produced eight children -- Charles W. Bainter, Jacob H. Bainter, A.A. Bainter, Catherine Norwin, John H. Bainter, Jacob Bainter, Rachel C. Bainter and Mary M. Vinsel.

John grew up on his father's 200-acre farm in Monroe Township. After completing school, John worked in "merchandising" in nearby Coshocton County but eventually decided that farming would be more rewarding.

The Grim Reaper swept away Margaret on Nov. 4, 1885, when she was 72 years old.

At the time of his death, John owned 295 acres in Monroe Township. He passed away on April 25, 1890, at the age of 81.


Schoolhouse in Adamsville, Ohio

Son Charles W. Bainter ( ? - ? ) lived in Portland, OR in 1905.

Son A.A. Bainter ( ? - ? ) made his home in 1905 in Monroe Township.

Daughter Catherine Bainter ( ? - ? ) married (?) Norwin. In 1905, she dwelled in Iowa.

Son John Hamilton Bainter (1852-1938) was born on May 10, 1852 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County. He married Sarah ( ? - ? ). He was a farmer and lived in 1905 with his brother Jacob in Salem Township, Muskingum County. At the age of 86, he suffered a stroke and died on Nov. 14, 1938. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery. His sister in law Rose Bainter of Adamsville signed the certificate of death.

Son Jacob Henry Bainter (1848-1936) was born on May 8, 1848 in Salem Township, Muskingum County. He married Rose ( ? - ? ). He was a farmer and dwelled with his brother John in 1905 in Salem Township. In March 1936, at the age of 87, he suffered a paralyzing stroke and could no longer work. His health declined further and he succumbed on April 1, 1936. His remains were lowered into the soil at New Hope Cemetery. 

Daughter Rachel C. Bainter ( ? - ? ) migrated to Iowa where she resided in 1905.

Daughter Mary M. Bainter (1856- ? ) was born on July 31, 1856 in Muskingum County. She married Adams Township resident Solomon Franklin "Frank"  Vinsel (1851-1929), son of George H. and Elizabeth (Wenner) Vinsel. Frank is profiled extensively in J. Hope Sutor's 1905 book Past and Present of the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio. The chapter says that Frank's great-grandparents John and (?) (Huff) Vinsel were Germans and settled on a farm in Loudoun County, VA, and that the great-grandfather served in the War of 1812. Mary and Frank had six children -- George C. Vinsel, Clyde Vinsel, Roy Vinsel, Luta Vinsel, Otto B. Vinsel and Paul Glenn Vinsel. In about 1872, they established a farm in Adams Township. They were active in the Lutheran Church, and Frank was a member of the Grange. He served as Township Trustee, two terms as Township Assessor and was a school board director. "Active and influential in community affairs," said Past and Present, "his influence is ever on the side of progress, reform and improvement." Suffering from hardening of the arteries and organic heart disease, Frank fell over dead on Aug. 19, 1929, just a few weeks after celebrating his 78th birthday. The county coroner viewed the body and wrote that there had been a family history of heart problems. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. Son Glenn Vinsel of Zanesville signed the death certificate.

  • Grandson George C. Vinsel (1878-1892) was born on Nov. 12, 1878. He only lived to the age of 14. He passed away on Jan. 9, 1892.
  • Grandson Clyde Vinsel (1878- ? ) was born on Nov. 12, 1878. He resided in Zanesville in 1905.
  • Grandson Roy Vinsel (1880- ? ) was born on Dec. 22, 1880. In 1905, his home was in Zering, IA.
  • Granddaughter Luta Vinsel (1883- ? ) was born on July 25, 1883.
  • Grandson Otto B. Vinsel (1886- ? ) was born on Feb. 12, 1886.
  • Grandson Paul "Glenn" Vinsel (1891- ? ) was born on Aug. 18, 1891. In 1929, his home was in Zanesville.


New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church sanctuary, circa 1913


~ Son Abraham Gaumer ~

Son Abraham (or "Abram") Gaumer (1818-1890) was born in about 1818 in Pennsylvania. 

He is believed to have married Susan Bainter ( ? - ? ). 

Their children included Mary Delilah Gaumer, Malinda Sturtz and Jacob Riley Gaumer.

Abraham died in 1890. 

Susan's fate is not yet known.


Old mill in Adamsville, Ohio

Daughter Mary Delilah Gaumer (1851-1936) was born on Feb. 5, 1851 in Otsego, Monroe Township. She never married and spent her entire life as a housekeeper in Otsego. Having been debilitated by chronic kidney disease, she died at the age of 85 on April 25, 1936. She was entombed in New Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Frank Bradford signed the death certificate.

Son Jacob Riley Gaumer (1843-1935) was born on May 6, 1843 in Salem Township. He never married, and kept his own farm in the Otsego community. He was a member of the New Hope Lutheran Church. Stricken with kidney inflammation, he retired from farming in March 19321 after 79 years in the occupation. He died at the age of 92 on Sept. 9, 1935 in Monroe, Muskingum County on Sept. 9, 1935. Mrs. Rose Bradford of Otsego was the Ohio death certificate informant. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

Daughter Malinda Catherine Gaumer (1845-1936) was born on Dec. 5, 1845 in Monroe Township. She married Dennis Sturtz (1841-1879), son of Peter and Margaret (Hutzell) Sturtz. The couple produced at least two daughters -- Carrie Rosetta "Rose" Bradford and Dora Sprague. Tragedy shook the family when Dennis died in 1879 at the age of 38, of causes not yet known. Malinda lived as his widow for another 45 years. She may have made her home in 1924 on Ohio Street in Zanesville. She stopped her active housekeeping in April 1924, but lived for another dozen years. Stricken with chronic kidney disease, Malinda died at the age of 90 in Otsego, Monroe Township on April 25, 1936. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. Roberta Bradford of Otsego provided vital information for the death certificate.

  • Granddaughter Carrie Rosetta "Rose" Sturtz (1866-1953) was born on June 28, 1866. She married (?) Bradford and resided in Coshocton, Coshocton County, OH. In about 1944, she moved to 232 West Chestnut Street in Coshocton. At age 87, she was felled by a stroke and died on Dec. 6, 1953. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery, and Roberta Bradford signed the Ohio certificate of death.
  • Granddaughter Dora Sturtz (1872-1949) was born on Dec. 29, 1872 in Otsego, Muskingum County. She married Wilmer Ashfield Sprague (1865-1944). They lived in Coshocton, Coshocton County and had sons Charles Maynard Sprague and Thomas Darrel Sprague. The family grieved when son Thomas, a teacher in Athens, Athens County, OH, died of gangrenous appendicitis on July 30, 1924 at the age of 24. Wilmer died in 1944. Dora joined him in death five years later on Aug. 14, 1949 in Coshocton. Burial was in Otsego Memorial Cemetery.

~ Son Lyman Gaumer ~

Son Lyman Gaumer (1819 - 1909) was born on Feb. 20, 1819 in Ohio.

He spent his working life as a carpenter in and around Muskingum County. 

Lyman married Mary McClanahan ( ? - ? ) of Coshocton. Their known children included William H. Gaumer and Mary Elizabeth Browning.

Suffering from kidney failure, Lyman died in Adamsville, Muskingum County at the age of 90 on Oct. 13, 1909. Interment was in Adamsville. Daughter Mary Browning of Adamsville was the informant for the Ohio certificate of death.

Son William "Henry" Gaumer (1843-1924) was born on Aug. 9, 1843. He married Martha J. Bowden (1849-1934), daughter of William and Mary (Capwell) Bowden of Salem Township, Muskingum County. Their 10 known children were Rosa M. 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. Following his father's trade, he became a carpenter. In 1880, their residence was in Salem Township. They were members of the Sonora Methodist Episcopal Church. As he aged, W.H. suffered from an enlarged prostate and underwent surgery. Complications set in, and he died at age 80 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville on Feb. 12, 1924. Interment was in Adamsville, with Rev. Bey officiating. 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. 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.

  • Granddaughter Rosa M. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married Ross Johnson ( ? - ? ). In 1924, they dwelled in Zanesville and in 1934 in Sonora, OH.
  • Grandson Herbert Roy Gaumer ( ? - ? ) lived in Sonora, OH in 1924.
  • Granddaughter Florence M. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was wed to (?) Brock ( ? - ? ). They lived in Millville, FL in 1924-1934.
  • Grandson Bernard L. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) resided in Sonora, OH in the 1920s and '30s.
  • Grandson Charles H. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Sonora, OH.
  • Grandson David M. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) moved to Illinois and in 1924-1934 made his home in McComb, IL.
  • Grandson Guy W. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) resided in Zanesville in the 1920s and '30s.
  • Grandson Rev. Harvey J. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born 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.
  • Granddaughter Lottie Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married (?) Workman ( ? - ? ). In 1924, her dwelling was in Adamsville.
  • Grandson Royal A. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) lived in Nashport, OH.

Daughter Mary Elizabeth Gaumer (1846-1930) was born on Jan. 6, 1846 in Salem Township. She was wedded to Oliver Browning ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Adamsville. Just 23 days before her 85th birthday, the widowed Mary died on Dec. 14, 1930 after suffering a stroke. She was placed into repose in the Baptist Cemetery in Adamsville. Viola Spragg was the informant for the certificate of death.

~ Daughter Mary A. (Gaumer) Bainter ~

Daughter Mary A Gaumer Bainter (1821-1892) was born in about 1821. 

She married (?) Bainter. 

She died in 1892.

~ Son Adam Gaumer ~

Son Adam Gaumer (1823-1881) was born on Oct. 11, 1823. 

In 1849, at the age of 26, he was united in holy wedlock with 18-year-old Nancy Boies (1831-1912). They had one known son and perhaps more -- William Franklin Gaumer.

Adam died on Sept. 8, 1881 at the age of 58. 

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

Son William Franklin Gaumer (1867- ? ) was born on June 26, 1867. On Oct. 1, 1890, he was wedded to Ella Frances Jones (1869- ? ). They produced one known son -- Willard Floyd Gaumer. 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.

  • Grandson Willard Floyd Gaumer (1893- ? ) was born on June 2, 1893. During World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves on May 31, 1918 and served for four years. He was joined in holy wedlock with Ethel Teresa Stuart ( ? - ? ). They resided at 701 Lindsey Avenue, South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN. 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.

~ Son Solomon Gaumer ~

Son Solomon Gaumer (1825-1907) was born in about 1825. 

He is believed to have married Catherine Bainter ( ? - ? ). They lived in Adams Township, Coshocton County.

Among their known children was Mary Elizabeth Vensel.

He died on Jan. 28, 1907, with burial in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Adamsville.

Daughter Mary Elizabeth Gaumer (1850-1932) was born two days before Christmas 1850. She married J.W. Vensel ( ? - ? ). In about 1888, they moved to Adams Township, where they spent the balance of their lives. Widowed at age 81, Mary suffered a stroke and died on June 16, 1932. C.E. Vensel of Otsego, OH signed the death certificate. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

~ Son Samuel Gaumer ~

Son Samuel Gaumer (1827-1910) was born in about 1827. 

He married Lucina Bainter (1827-1904).

They migrated to Illinois.

He died on Aug. 16, 1910 in Hancock County, IL. Burial was in La Harpe Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

~ Daughter Malinda (Gaumer) Werts ~


St. Paul's Church, Coshocton County

Daughter Malinda Gaumer Werts (1829-1911) was born on Sept. 26, 1829 in Ohio.

She married Solomon Werts (1826-1892). They dwelled in Linton Township, Coshocton County. Their children were Susanna Simon and Jacob Howard Werts. 

In 1856, along with Malinda's cousins Daniel Gaumer and Jesse Gaumer and their wives, helped to found the St. Paul Church of Cochocton County. This church was said to have been "virtually a child" of Daniel's home congregation, New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Adamsville, Muskingum County. All of the charter members except one were raised and members of New Hope, and Rev. Samuel Kaemmerer was pastor of both. Malinda's uncle or cousin Daniel Gaumer is believed to have donated land for the building, as it was known locally as the "Gaumer Church." They are recognized for this in the 1913 book History of the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Adamsville, Ohio

Sadly, Solomon passed away in Coshocton County at the age of 66 on Aug. 5, 1892. Burial was in cemetery of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. [Find-a-Grave] Etched on his prominent grave marker is this epitaph:


We miss thee from thy place, dear Father. 
We miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast, 
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand, 
Thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee --
We miss thee everywhere.


Malinda survived her husband by almost two decades. At the age of 82, afflicted with dropsy, diabetes and old age, she died on Nov. 9, 1911. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery. J.C. Werts signed her official Ohio certificate of death.

Daughter Susanna Gaumer (1849-1936) was born on Oct. 6, 1849. She married William S. Simon (1844-1912). They produced two known children -- Melvin H. Simon and Cora S. Vinsel. Sadly, son Melvin died at age five in 1877. William passed away at age 68 in 1912. Susanna survived him by 24 years. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and organic heart disease, she died in Franklin Township, Coshocton County at the age of 87 on Nov. 6, 1936, with interment in St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Son in law George "Thurman" Vinsel signed her death certificate.

  • Granddaughter Cora S. Simon (1874-1927) was born in 1874. She married George "Thurman" Vinsel (1870-1938). They dwelled in Franklin Township, Coshocton County, OH. While in her mid-50s, she contracted liver cancer and died on May 9, 1927. Her remains were placed into repose in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery. Thurman lived as a widower for 11 years. he died in 1938.

Son Jacob "Howard" Werts (1858-1902) was born on July 5, 1858 in Coshocton County. He was married and had children, residing in Franklin Township, Coshocton County. At the age of 45, he was stricken with typhoid fever and died on Dec. 4, 1902. In an obituary, the Democratic Standard said he "was a man of upright walk in life, and he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He is survived by a wife, one son and one daughter, who have the sympathy of their many friends in their affliction." His remains were placed into repose in the family church cemetery at St. Paul, with Rev. Parker officiating.

~ Son Riley Gaumer ~

Son Riley Gaumer (1832-1908) was born in about 1832. 

He was married and had two children, Albert Gaumer and an infant son, both of whom died young.

Riley passed into eternity in 1908 and was laid to rest in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Adamsville. [Find-a-Grave]

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