Abraham (or "Abram") Gaumer was born in about 1818 in Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr. His last name sometimes has been misspelled as "Gomer" by government officials.
At some point he migrated to Ohio with others of the Gaumer and Sturtz families, settling near Adamsville, Salem Township, Muskingum County.
He was united in holy matrimony with Susannah Bainter (1821-1874).
Their children included Jacob Riley Gaumer, Malinda Sturtz, Henry Gaumer and Mary Delilah Gaumer.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, the Gaumers and their children made their home in Adams Township, with Abraham earning a living as a laborer.
The Gaumers moved sometime in the 1850s or '60s to a farm near Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
At the age of 53, Susannah passed away in 1874. Her remains were lowered into repose in the New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery in Adamsville.
Abraham lived for another 16 years as a widower. In 1879, he endured the heartache of the untimely death of 31-year-old son Henry.
Census records for 1880 show him sharing a home with his unmarried son and daughter, Jacob (age 37) and Mary Delilah (29) and granddaughters Carrie R. Sturtz and Susie E. Sturtz.
At the age of 72, Abraham died in 1890. He and his wife and children rest side by side for eternity in the family plot of graves at New Hope.
~ Son Jacob Riley Gaumer ~
Son Jacob Riley Gaumer (1843-1935) was born on May 6, 1843 in Salem Township.
He never married, and at age 27 in 1870 lived at home and helped his father as a farm hand in and around Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County. He also learned the skill of stone masonry.
Circa 1880, census records show him residing with his widowed father, unmarried sister and two nieces in Monroe Township.
Later, Jacob kept his own farm in the Otsego community. He was a member of the New Hope Lutheran Church. He may be the same "Jacob Gaumer" who, at age 73, "slipped on the ice and fell against a stable door Tuesday," reported the Zanesville Times Recorder, "the door fell off its hinges, across his right leg, breaking the leg just above the knee. He escaped further injuries. The accident occurred on his farm in Monroe township, near Otsego."
Then in October 1931, at age 86 and still living near Otsego, he claimed that two gypsy women, accompanied by a male driver, visited his farm and stole his wallet continaing $68 while trying to peddle stomach medicine. Law enforcement officials took him to a gypsy camp near Coshocton, where he tried to identify the perpetrators. The Times Recorder noted that the camp included four men, six women and 13 children, traveling in a bug truck and two large automobiles.
Stricken with kidney inflammation, he retired from farming in March 1932 after 79 years in the occupation. He died at the age of 92 on Sept. 9, 1935 in Monroe, Muskingum County. His niece Rose Bradford of Otsego was the Ohio death certificate informant. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.
~ Daughter Malinda Catherine (Gaumer) Sturtz ~
Daughter Malinda Catherine Gaumer (1845-1936) was born on Dec. 5, 1845 in Adamsville, Monroe Township.
In August 1865, when she was 19 years of age, she was joined in marriage with 24-year-old Civil War veteran Dennis G. Sturtz (1841-1879), son of Peter and Margaret (Hutzell) Sturtz of Pennsylvania. Rev. A.N. Bartholomew officiated at the nuptials, which were held in Adamsville.
The couple produced two daughters -- Carrie Rosetta "Rose" Bradford and Susan Eldora "Dora" Sprague.
During the Civil War, on Aug. 23, 1862, Dennis joined the Union Army. He was assigned to the 78th Ohio Infantry, Company F, joining that unit in the autumn of 1862. In all, he spent three years, 11 months in the Army, receiving his discharge in May 1865. From the date of his discharge to his death just 14 years later, he suffered from "camp diarrhea" which was debilitating.
(He is not to be confused with a relative "Denison C. Sturtz" [1830-1864] who also was in the 78th Ohio Infantry during the war and died on Jan. 28, 1864 with burial in Memphis, TN. Sgt. Peter W. Sturtz, probably also a relative, belonged to the same regiment.)
Dennis is named on page 66 of the book History of the 78th Regiment O.V.V.I, authored by Thomas M. Stevenson (published in Zanesville by Hugh Dunne, 1865).
In 1870, United States Census records show Dennis and Malinda living near Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County. His occupation was listed as "laborer," and their four-year-old daughter Carrie was in the household.
Tragedy shook the family on Aug. 11, 1879 when he was killed in a steam boiler explosion near Otsego at the age of 38. Burial was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery in Adamsville, with a standard issue military marker erected at the grave.
Malinda lived as his widow for another 45 years. In February 1889, she applied for and began receiving a widow's pension in recognition of her husband's Civil War service. [Widow App. #389.865 - Cert. #346.598] Circa 1890, she received monthly checks in the amount of $10. Coming forward to provide affidavits of supporting testimony in her claim were neighbors A.E. Walker and Isaiah B. Case of Plainfield, Coshocton County and A.V.P. Hager, A.A. Bainter, James T. Case and Henry Whitcraft of Otsego.
Malinda is enumerated in the 1890 special census of Civil War veterans and their widows. Making her home in Otsego, she reported to the census-taker that her eyes and head were "affected" in health.
Dr. J.J. Bradford, a physician friend, wrote in 1891 that she was "in very poor health and in destitute circumstances having no support but such as her feeble hands can earn and contributions from others and there is no one legally bound to support her."
In 1900, she shared a home with her married daughter and son in law Dora and Wilmer Sprague in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
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.
The Zanesville Times Recorder noted that Malinda and her unmarried sister Mary Delilah "were well known in the Otsego community, where they had lived for many years, spending practically their entire lives in Monroe township. They were active members of the New Hope Lutheran Church."
Stricken with chronic kidney disease, Malinda died in the Spragues' residence at the age of 90 in Otsego, Monroe Township on April 25, 1936. Oddly, her sister Delilah also passed away the very same day. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, with Rev. K.J. Bishop officiating at the double funeral service. Roberta Bradford of Otsego provided vital information for the death certificate. In an obituary, the Times Recorder noted that "Her husband, Dennis Sturtz, died a number of years ago."
Daughter Carrie Rosetta "Rose" Sturtz (1866-1953) was born on June 28, 1866 near Otsego, Muskingum County. As a girl of age 13 in 1880, having lost their father, she and her sister Susie lived with their widowed grandfather Abraham Sturtz in or around Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County. On Aug. 21, 1905, she was united in wedlock with G. Frank Bradford ( ? -1944) and resided in Coshocton, Coshocton County, OH. Their daughters were Roberta Bradford and Bernetta Parks. Reported the Zanesville Times Recorder, they were farmers and members of the Otsego Methodist Church. Sadly, suffering in bad health for the final two years of life, Frank was felled by a stroke and died at the age of 82 on June 15, 1944. Funeral services led by Rev. John McGee and Rev. K.J. Bishop were held in the Otsego Methodist Church, with interment in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery in Adamsville. After Frank's death, Rose resided with unmarried daughter Roberta at 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, with Rev. F.M. Koepplin preaching the funeral service. Daughter Roberta signed the Ohio certificate of death.
Daughter Dora Sturtz (1872-1949) was born on Dec. 29, 1872 near Otsego, Muskingum County. As a girl of age 7 in 1880, with their father having died, she and her sister Carrie resided in the home of their widowed grandfather Abraham Sturtz in or around Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County. In June 1894, at the age of 21, she wedded 29-year-old Wilmer Ashfield "Will" Sprague (April 8, 1865-1944), the son of Thomas J. and Philancy (Waters) Sprague of Muskingum County. They were the parents of two sons -- Charles "Maynard" Sprague and Thomas "Darrel" Sprague. The Spragues were members of New Hope Lutheran Church in Adamsville. They were longtime farmers in Monroe Township, Muskingum County, Coshocton, Coshocton County and after retirement in rural New Concord, Muskingum County. The family grieved when their 24-year-old son Darrel died in 1924 of gangrenous appendicitis. Suffering from organic heart disease for the last three years of his life, Wilmer died at the age of 79 on June 26, 1944. Dora joined him in death five years later on Aug. 14, 1949 in Coshocton, having been ill for nine months. Burial was beside her husband in Otsego Memorial Cemetery, following funeral services held at the family church by Rev. Charles Finley of Otsego and Dr. John Gardner of Adamsville. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
~ Son Henry Gaumer ~
Son Henry Gaumer (1848-1879) was born in 1848.
The 1879 U.S. Census lists him as unmarried at age 21 and working locally as a farm hand near Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
He lived to the age of about 31 and died in 1879. The cause of his untimely passing is unknown.
He rests together with his parents and siblings in the New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.
~ Daughter Mary "Delilah" Gaumer ~
Daughter Mary "Delilah" Gaumer (1851-1936) was born on Feb. 5, 1851 in Otsego, Muskingum County.
As a girl she and her parents and siblings relocated to a farm near Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
She never married and spent her entire life as a housekeeper in the area. The Zanesville Times Recorder once said she and her sister Malinda were "well known in the Otsego community, where they had lived fo rmany years, spending practically their entire lives in Monroe Township. They were active members of the New Hope Lutheran Church."
Having been debilitated by chronic kidney disease, she went to live with her niece and husband, Rose and Frank Bradford. There, she died at the age of 85 on April 25, 1936 -- the very same day as her older sister Malinda Sturtz. After a double funeral, officiated by Rev. K.J. Bishop, both were entombed in New Hope Cemetery. Her sister Rose Bradford signed the death certificate.
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