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Anna Margaretha (Gaumer) Wetzel


Anna Margaretha (Gaumer) Wetzel was born on Aug. 8, 1786, the daughter of Johann Heinrich and Anna Margaretha (Meitzler) Gaumer.

She was united in matrimony with Johan "Peter" Wetzel (Jan. 26, 1779-1870), son of John Wetzel of Berks and Lehigh Counties.

They were the parents of George Wetzel, Sally Heimbach and Lydia Heimbach.

Peter was profiled in the book Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, published by J.L. Floyd & Co., Chicago. The entry reads:

Peter Wetzel ... was born in 1778 and died in 1870, in his ninety-second year. He owned a thirty acre tract of land near Red Lion, in Longswamp township, on which he lived. He was a carpenter and coffin maker, being an excellent mechanic and an expert wood worker. In his day he made many coffins. It was then the custom to place the dead on a large covered wagon, to which usually were hitched fourteen horses. The seats were arranged along the two sides of the wagon, and occupied by the bereaved, the coffin being placed in the middle between the two rows of mourners. They now proceeded to the church. "Old Peter" Wetzel, as he was known, was a popular man, personally, and well known in his line. He held many funerals, and taught many the carpenter's trade. His wife, Anna Margaret Gaumer, died when past eighty years of age.

The Wetzels were members of the Reformed congregation of the Longswamp church in Berks County.

Anna Margaretha passed into eternity on Sept. 26, 1866, at the age of 80 years. Burial was in Longswamp Union Cemetery in Mertztown, Berks County. [Find-a-Grave]

Johan Peter survived his bride by four years. He succumbed at the age of 91 on Feb. 10, 1870.


~ Son George Wetzel ~

Son George Wetzel ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).


~ Daughter Sarah "Sally" (Wetzel) Heimbach ~

Daughter Sarah "Sally" Wetzel (1820-1885) was born on April 3, 1820.

She married Nathan Heimbach (1814-1873).

They bore four children -- Lovina Leibensperger, Sarah Heimbach, Henry Heimbach and Amanda Heimbach.

Nathan was a longtime carpenter. The family lived in Longswamp Township, Berks County in 1860 and 1870. In 1870, 60-year-old Elizabeth Heimbach dwelled in their home.

At the age of about 58 or 59, in 1873, Nathan passed away. Interment was in Huffs Union Church Cemetery in Berks County.

Sarah lived for another dozen years. She died at the age of 64 on Feb. 7, 1885 with burial in Huffs Union Church Cemetery.

Daughter Lovina Heimbach (1839-1903) was born on Jan. 14, 1839. She married David Leibensperger (Jan. 6, 1827-1898). They are believed to have borne two sons, William Henry Leibensperger and Nathan Alfred Lenbensperger. David succumbed at the age of 71 on Feb. 17, 1898. Lovina outlived him by five years. She died at the age of 64 on April 12, 1903. Her remains were placed into rest in Huffs Union Church Cemetery.

Daughter Sarah Anna Heimbach (1847- ? ) was born in about 1847. She may have married (?) Miller and made a home with her parents in Longswamp in 1870.

Son Henry Heimbach (1850-1915) was born on Sept. 15, 1850. He learned the trade of carpentry and wood carving from his father, and the two are believed to have worked together in Longswamp circa 1870. He was married. In 1915, he made his home in Pottstown, Montgomery County at 557 Jefferson Street, and earned a living carving wooden toys. Sadly, at the age of 65, he died two days after Christmas 1915. A local official wrote that Henry had been "confined to house for 10 days or so suffering from asthmatic condition and heart disease. About 3 days before death Dr. Lee F. Manger called to see him at request of Capt. Wm. Black of Salvation Army, found him suffering as above through not serious and advised his removal to Hospital. Deceased had been taking medicine for some time and expressed an aversion to going to the Hospital. The Doctor insited, and on Dec. 17, 1915 the Good Will Ambulance was called and took him to the Homeopathic Hospital. He passed away just as he was being taken into Hospital or a minute before. Dr. Manger did not see him at that time. He says death was caused by valvular heart disease & asthma but could not issue certificate because he did not see him for 2 or possibly 3 days before. I find nothing whatever unlawful or suspicious in the circumstances of his death and did not feel it was a Coroner's case." Mrs. Henry Haws of 16 South Hanover Street in Pottstown was the informant for the death certificate, and spelled her grandmother's maiden name as "Wentzel." Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Pottstown.

Daughter Amanda Heimbach (1858-1909) was born on June 12, 1858 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. She never married but in November 1878, at the age of 20, gave birth to a son who had been fathered by Alvin  Buck. She named her son Franklin N. "Frank" Buck. Circa 1909, she lived in Longswamp Township, Berks County. Suffering from convulsions and paralysis, she succumbed at the age of 51 on July 29, 1909. Son Frank Buck of Fleetwood, Berks County was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in Fleetwood Cemetery.

  • Grandson Franklin N. "Frank" Buck (1878-1937) was born on Nov. 8, 1878, with his birth recorded in the family Bible. He made his home in Richmond Township, Berks County. Frank married Lillie ( ? - ?  ). He earned a living as a house painter. He suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis and died of heart failure at the age of 58 on St. Patrick's Day 1937. Burial was in Fleetwood Cemetery.

~ Daughter Lydia (Wetzel) Heimbach ~

Daughter Lydia Wetzel ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

Lydia wedded Henry Heimbach ( ? - ? ).

They did not reproduce.


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