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Catharine (Gaumer) Fögle
Catharine Gaumer was born on Aug. 9, 1776, the daughter of Johann Heinrich and Anna Margaretha (Meitzler) Gaumer.
She married Heinrich Fögle (April 19, 1774-1871), also spelled "Fegely" or "Feglie." He was the son of Christian and Anna Maria (Dreschere) Fögle.
The couple produced these known offspring -- Christina Pilgert, Henry Harrison Fegely and George Fegley.
She died at the age of 70 on Sept. 15, 1846. Burial was in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown, Berks County. [Find-a-Grave]
Heinrich survived his wife by a quarter of a century. He succumbed at the age of 97 on May 13, 1871. He rests near his wife.
~ Daughter Christina (Fegely) Pilgert ~
Daughter Christina Fegely (1806-1901) was born on Oct. 23, 1806.
She wedded George Pilgert ( ? -1875). It's possible that he had been married once before to Diana Bailey ( ? - ? ).
They were the parents of Willoughby Pilgert, Henry Edwin Pilgert, George M. Pilgert, Reuben F. Pilgert and Rebecca Jacobs.
George passed away in 1875.
Christina survived him by more than a quarter of a century. She died two days before Christmas 1901 and is interred in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
Son Willoughby Pilgert (1828-1901) was born on Aug. 13, 1828. He was united in holy wedlock with Mary Anna "Annie" Eck (1833-1916). They lived in Henningsville, Berks County. The couple produced these known children -- Mary Amanda Brensinger, Sarah Elizabeth Long, John James Pilgert, Ida Jane Fisher, Annie Maria Miller, Emma C. Yoder and Ella Schroding. He died from the effects of congestive heart failure at the age of 72 on June 26, 1901. A newspaper reported that burial would be in Mertztown "if arrangements can be made with the pastor."
Son Henry Edwin Pilgert (1830-1917) was born on June 6, 1830. He married Maria Smith (1838-1891). They dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County and were the parents of Sarah A. Pilgert, Helena Ketterer, Henry Payne Pilgert, Kate A. Ketterer, George S. Pilgert and Maria Isabella Fritch. Sadly, Maria passed away in 1891. Henry survived her as a widower for more than a quarter of a century. Already burdened with kidney disease, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was swept away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 86 on May 27, 1917. Mrs. Luther Fritch of Mertztown was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in Mertztown Cemetery.
Son George M. Pilgert (1835-1881) was born on Sept. 28, 1835. He was joined in holy matrimony with Maria Hohe (1834-1906), daughter of William and Magdalena (Miller) Hohe. The couple is not known to have reproduced. Sadly, George passed away at the age of 45 on April 8, 1881. He rests under a broken stone in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown. Maria outlived her spouse by a quarter of a century. She joined him in death in 1906.
|Old covered bridge in Allentown
Son Reuben F. Pilgert (1842-1912) was born on Aug. 4, 1842. He married Sarah A. Schoedler (1845-1904). The couple made a home in Longswamp Township, Berks County. Their four known offspring were Ida R. Romig, S. Elizabeth McCollum, Ellie Pilgert and George Pilgert. At the age of 70, having been burdened earlier with an attack of acute articular rheumatism (strep throat), which led to heart valve failure, he died on Sept. 8, 1912. Daughter Ella Pilgert of Allentown signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were laid to rest in Mertztown's St. Pauls Union Cemetery.
Daughter Rebecca Pilgert (1844-1905) was born in Sept. 1844. She married William H. Jacobs (1834-1898). It's not known if the couple bore any children. Sadly, William died in 1898. Rebecca lived for another seven years. She was swept away by the Grim Reaper of Death in 1905. She rests in Lehigh Zion Cemetery in Alburtis, Lehigh County.
~ Son Heinrich “Henry Harrison” Fegely ~
Son Heinrich "Henry Harrison" Fegely (1810-1890) was born on Nov. 11, 1810.
He was united in matrimony with a presumed cousin, Lisette "Lucetta" (or "Lenetta") Fegely (1816-1888).
They produced these offspring -- Jacob Fegley, Elias H. Fegely, James Fegely, Charles Fegely, William Balentin Fegle, Ellen Jane Dorney, Hiram R. Fegely and Sarah Reese.
Sadly, son William died about a month before his third birthday on Sept. 18, 1853.
Lucetta was swept away by the Grim Reaper in 1888.
Henry passed into eternity at the age of 79 on Aug. 23, 1890. His remains are in repose in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown, and his grave marker is inscribed in German.
Son Jacob Fegley (1836-1864) was born on Nov. 20, 1836. On July 14, 1861, at the age of 25, he wedded Elizabeth A. Stoudt (1838-1920). During their brief married life together, they made a home in the Mertztown area and produced a son. Grief blanketed the family when Jacob, afflicted with typhoid fever, died at the age of 27 on May 13, 1864. Burial was in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
Son Elias H. Fegely (1838-1920) was born on Oct. 23, 1838. In 1866, after the death of his brother Jacob, Elias married the widowed sister in law, Elizabeth A. (Stoudt) Fegely. They are believed to have lived in Allentown, Lehigh County. It's not yet known if they reproduced. Sadly, both Elizabeth and Elias died the same day, April 9, 1920. He is known to have suffered a stroke of apoplexy and lingered for six days until death took him away at the age of 81. Mrs. I.W. Moyer, of 758 North 10th Street in Allentown, was the informant for the death certificate. The remains were placed into burial in Highland Cemetery in Allentown.
Son James Fegely (1843-1915) was born on Feb. 25, 1843 and could neither speak nor hear. Labeled at the time as a "deaf mute," he made a home for decades in Longswamp Township, Berks County. He was a lifelong member of the Mertztown Lutheran Church. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, he "was with the late col. Wm. Trexler for fifty-two years." He was married and widowed. He died from the effects of chronic heart valve disease at the age of 72 on March 29, 1915. Interment was in Mertztown, with Rev. F.K. Bernd officiating. At the time of death, he was survived by brothers Hiram and Eli Fegley and sister Mrs. Charles Reese.
Son Charles Fegely (1845-1912) was born on March 12, 1845. He dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County and earned a living as a laborer. In the winter of 1911, he was diagnosed with cancer of the bowels. He suffered for a year, and his heart began to fail during that time. On Feb. 26, 1912, just a few weeks prior to his 67th birthday, he succumbed to his illnesses. Burial was in Mertztown.
Daughter Ellen Jane Fegely (1854-1887) was born on Feb. 16, 1854. She wedded Henry William Dorney (1846-1908). The couple produced two known children, Katie L. DeLong and William Dorney. They dwelled in or around Allentown, Lehigh County. Sadness swept over the family when Ellen Jane died at the age of 33 on May 22, 1887. Her remains are in eternal repose in Allentown's Cedar Church Cemetery. Henry survived his bride by more than 20 years. He succumbed at the age of 62 on Sept. 11, 1908.
Granddaughter Katie L. Dorney (1875-1968) was born on April 19, 1875 in Berks County. In about 1895, when she would have been age 20, she married Benjamin F. DeLong (1870-1945). They bore a daughter, Carrie Mabelle Parry, and adopted another, Ruth Moyer. The family belonged to St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Allentown. Grief covered the family in 1922 when married daughter Carrie, a farmer's wife, died at the age of about 24. Benjamin passed away in 1945, ending their marital union which had endured for about half a century. Katie lived for another 23 years. Toward the end of her life, she went to live with her married granddaughter Mrs. Stanley Santee in Allentown at the address of 235 East Susquehanna Street. She died in the Santee residence at the age of 93 on Dec. 18, 1968. Interment was in Cedar Church Cemetery in Cetronia, PA.
Son Hiram R. Fegely (1859-1927) was born on Oct. 20, 1859. He married Kate Rebecca "Katie" Miller ( ? - ? ). The children born to this couple were James A. Fegely, Henry S. Fegely, Charles William Fegley, Laura Sarah Dankel, Carrie May Pilgert and (?) Brensinger. Their son Henry died as an infant in 1894. Hiram was a farmer, and their residence was in Longswamp Township, Berks County. They were longtime members of St. Paul's Church of Mertztown. Sadly, Katie died in about 1908, and Hiram spent his final 19 years alone. Depressed on Christmas Day 1927, he used a razor to slice the common femoral artery on his left thigh, about six inches above the knee, and bled to death. Charles W. Fegely of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Mertztown Cemetery, with funeral services officiated by Rev. W.S. Dry of Kutztown. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call graciously said he had "passed away at his residence" and was "a highly respected citizen of Longswamp township." He was survived by eight grandchildren.
Daughter Sarah Fegely ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Charles Reese ( ? - ? ). Her home in 1927 was in Alburtis, Lehigh County.
~ Son George Fegley ~
Son George Fegley (1812-1876) was born on Oct. 12, 1812 in Lehigh County.
He was joined in wedlock with Maria Anna Schmick (1824-1895).
Their children were Levi Fegely, Fiett Fegely, Franklin Fegley,William Fegley, Alfred Fegley, Hannah Phillia Philomela Bilger and George J. Fegely.
Sadly, son William died at the age of two in 1860.
At the age of 63, George died on Feb. 22, 1876. He rests for all time in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
Anna Maria lived for another 16 years as a widow. She joined him in death in 1895.
Son Levi Fegely ( ? - ? )
Son Fiett Fegely (1853-1931) -- sometimes spelled "Fiette" or "Fayette" -- was born on May 5, 1853. He married Susanna Moyer (1863-1944), daughter of Henry and Hannah (Keiper) Moyer of Lehigh County. Their three known offspring were Henry G. Fegely, Mrs. Elmer Nester and Carrie Fegley. They made a home on farms in and around Old Zionsville, Milford Township, Lehigh County and were members of the Upper Milford Mennonite Church. Circa 1909, residing in Old Zionsville, he was nominated on the Republican ticket for the position of judge of elections. On the first of April 1913, they are known to have relocated to a tenant house on the farm of Henry Geissinger. They made news in 1921 in the gossip columns of the Allentown Morning Call when they hosted a visit from their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Nester and family of Dillingersville. At the age of 76, he began to suffer from hardening of the arteries, kidney disease and hypertension. He was felled by a stroke two years later and died on June 20, 1931. Henry Fegely of Spinnerstown signed the death certificate. Interment was in the Mennonite Cemetery in Zionsville. As a widow, Susanna moved into the home of her married daughter in Emmaus at 1442 Pennsylvania Avenue. She died in the Nester home at the age of 81 on April 24, 1944. An obituary in the Morning Call noted that Susanna was "the last member of her family" and that her suvivors included 13 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Grandson Henry G. Fegely (1887-1934) was born on Oct. 1, 1887. He never married. He earned a living over the years providing labor for road projects. In about 1924, when he would have been age 36, he began to experience paranoia. The condition continued for a decade until his death. Circa 1931, his home was in Spinnerstown, PA. He contracted lobar pneumonia and succumbed five days later on March 19, 1934, at the age of 46. Brother-in-law Elmer Nester signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. His remains were placed into repose in the Mennonite Cemetery in Zionsville.
Granddaughter Mabel Fegley (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899. On her 16th birthday in December 1915, her parents held a party in her honor at their home, as reported in the Allentown Morning Call. Mabel wedded Elmer Nester ( ? - ? ). They bore these known children -- Melvin H. Nester, Linwood Nester, Marian Frankenfield, Norman H. Nester and others. The family lived in Dillingersville, PA.
Granddaughter Carrie Fegley (1891-1956) was born on March 13, 1891 in Limeport, PA. She never married but dwelled in Doylestown, PA in the mid-1940s. Later, she moved to a home on Spinnerstown Street in Milford Township, Bucks County. Suffering from heart problems, she was admitted to the Bucks County Home in Doylestown where she died at the age of 65 on June 12, 1956. Burial was in the Upper Milford Mennonite Cemetery in Zionsville.
Son Franklin "Frank" Fegley (1856-1899) was born on April 8, 1856. He was twice married. His first bride was Mary Bartholomew (1860-1893). They produced these seven known offspring -- Clinton Franklin Fegely, William Jacob Fegely, Weston George Fegely, Titus Alfred Fegely, Irene M. Moll, Anna Cora Specht and Carrie Emma Oswald. Circa 1880, when the United States Census count was made, the family dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County, where Frank labored as a coal miner. Sadly, Mary died in 1893 at the age of 33. Two years later, in about 1895, he wedded his sister-in-law, Amelia Bartholomew (Oct. 1861-1925). They went on to have these additional five children -- Ada L. Link, Amy Susan Sell, Elda A. Fegely, Helen Marie Seislove and Franklin Horace Fegely. In all, Franklin spawned a dozen children over the span of 22 years. They made their home in Old Zionsville in 1899. Tragically, Frank contracted tuberculosis ("consumption") and knew he was dying. On Sept. 12, 1899, he dictated an extraordinary last will and testament, printed five years later in the Allentown Democrat. The news story about the document said that it "was attested to by George J. Fegley and Henry O. Bilger. It is a curious combination of German and English, and is sewed together in book form." The will read as follows:
O forgist thr kleiner schwester net. O, Clinton, how often I had lifted thee on my lap when you were a baby and never thought to raise you to your age. If I live a few days you turn to manhood. Now, I hope, if necessary, it is my will that you shoulder my burden with the aid of our brothers and carry on till some more suitable time and keeping everything in good order; farm and cultivate and divide honest. Honesty and righteousness will last in all eternity Pay your blacksmith, your repairing and every debt you owe. Bring every amount of money and all bids before your brothers and Amelia and all money given in her case. See that one has clothes like the other, use one like the other, live together like one. Clinton, you go on; the rest follow. Be kind and not proud. Raise cattle. Do not buy what you do not need. Raise hogs, care for the chickens, feed them well. Do not go to bed and let the chicks on the cold trees nor the pigs without a good bed. Close the stable doors, make them tight and keep them warm; keep your stable clean, feed regular; spare the feed while it is plenty. Amelia shall have the interest of the money in bank to buy clothing and the eggs and chicken money to be used the same as we do in the past time. Never buy till you have money to pay for it you can get along in peace and joy. Everyone has a home and all you need. If you can spare Titus and one of the girls you can find a good place, they can earn their support and a little spare money to the family and if it should happen in some way, either death or difficulties should happen, Willie shall have the same opportunity, or Titus after the age of 20 years. Now, after the age of twenty, the one that leaves home shall have his earnings, but never come home for board and rest upon the others; that is not right, except sickness. If any one is ill, be kind; care the best you can. Now if Clinton and Amelia might find a woman or a husband and he find a home for her and children, she shall have a right at the expiration of any year to such settlement. Clinton and Amelia can administer and find a good man to help them. Bring everything to cash. Amelia shall have her $375 in advance, and Mary's money, $220, to go to her children. Take no money out of bank before you settle everything. George Fegley has no right to sell anything of his stock. You must bring it to money and pay to Uncle William Smick a note of $100 and my note of $60 and sale expenses and the remainder belong to George, but try to make everything in peace. Perhaps he can fix it so. Try to keep on a few years; if you get along well, try more. If you keep on ten or twelve years some will find his own family and can find home and work. By that time you can have a saving. If you sell a horse, it is all saved. Put it in bank. If so, Clinton shall have $50 a year, or if Willie can get along with Clinton, rather let him keep his job, but have no wages till he is twenty. Mother, be kind to the boys; boys, be kind to your mother. Honor her as long as she lives. Do not go away (without) asking permission. Do not run out evenings; if you do, be at home at bed time. Try and please our Lord. If he finds fault, beg to be excused and try to do better or if He has instructions or advice follow it. go to Sunday School and church, pray when you rise, pray when you dine, be thankful and ask forgiveness. So will the grace of God b with thee in all eternity. Now, if you find this right read this often as a guide for your future welfare. Whatever remains divide according to the law. Forgive me if (I) made something wrong; make it better. So help us God.
Frank succumbed at the age of 42 on Sept. 23, 1899, when Amelia apparently was newly pregnant with their youngest son. His remains were placed into rest in Old Zionsville Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) Cemetery, with Dr. Keller and Rev. Ritter officiating at the funeral. A short obituary appeared in the Allentown Leader. Amelia survived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. The federal census of 1900 shows her heading a household of 10 children, stepsons (nephews) and stepdaughters (nieces) on a farm in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County. In 1917, she endured the death of her 21-year-old daughter Elda "from a complication of diseases," reported the Allentown Morning Call. She died on Feb. 28, 1925 at the age of 63. Burial was in Emmaus Moravian Cemetery.
Grandson Clinton Franklin Fegely (1878-1961) was born on Sept. 15, 1878 in Longswamp, Berks County. He attended his first Allentown Fair in 1886 and missed very few over the years. He was 21 years of age when his father died after leaving behind a last will and testament addressed to Clinton. He was employed as a silk weaver circa 1905, working in Allentown. In March 1905, he and his friend Robert Fink "were here and bid good-bye," said the Allentown Morning Call, "and left for New York where they expect to meet with better results financially." Evidence suggests that he returned to Allentown by the summer and was elected an officer of the Liberty Chapter of the Knights of Pythias lodge. Circa 1910, he made a home in Rittersville, PA. He is believed to have married Dora Tracy ( ? - ? ), daughter of Eugene A. and Anna R. (Barber) Tracy. Clinton was a photographer who for 22 years operated a studio at Central Park and was an official portrait photographer for public schools. Over the decades, he photographed thousands of students. He continued to attend the Allentown Fair into his 90s and was interviewed for a story in 1960 by the Morning Call. Their address in the early 1960s was 824 St. John Street in Allentown. Suffering from prostate cancer, he was admitted to the Allentown Osteopathic Hospital. He succumbed in the hospital at the age of 82 on June 5, 1961. Interment was in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Claude Weida Jr. of Allentown signed the death certificate.
Grandson William Jacob "Willie" Fegely (1881-1962) was born on Sept. 10, 1881 in Longswamp, Berks County. He grew up on the family farm and, in after the death of his father in 1899, provided labor on the farm. He married Mary A. ( ? - ? ). They were farmers. After retirement, the couple lived on Main Street in Old Zionsville, Upper Milford Township. Burdened with heart disease and senility, William died at the age of 80 on June 20, 1962. Burial was in the Old Zionsville Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) Cemetery.
Grandson Titus Alfred Fegely (1885-1961) was born on May 10, 1885. In Sept. 1899, when he was age 14, while in Shimersville, Titus was "quite badly bruised by falling from the wagon at East Macungie," reported the Allentown Morning Call. "The horses were scared by a freight train and started suddenly, which threw him down. The wagon passed over his face and bruised him severely." In March 1906, evidence suggests that he wedded Ida M. Gilbert (Aug. 4, 1884-1960), daughter of Francis and Emelia (Besch) Gilbert of Shimersville. They made a home on New Street i nEmmaus. In December 1910, they hosted a birthday party for Ida's sister Mrs. Thomas Specht. A story about the event in the Morning Call reported that the attendees included Mr. and Mrs. William Moll and son, Mrs. Frank Mohr, Howard Oswald, Mrs. Frank Fegley and children Ada, Amy, Elda, Helen and Frank of Emmaus, and Clinton Fegley of Rittersville. They moved from their New Street home to a new dwelling in Allentown in March 1912, where Titus was employed in one of the city's silk mills. Then in July 1915, he took a new position as manager of Frederick Bros.' large farm in Ironton, PA. Their home in later years was at 523 Chestnut Street in Emmaus. Sadly, stricken with cancer of her digestive system, Ida died at age 75 on Feb. 17, 1960. The newly widowed Titus moved in with Aileen Wagner (daughter?) 620 St. John Street in Allentown. In his 70s, having contracted diabetes, Titus was admitted to the Parkway Rest Home in Allentown. He died there at the age of 76 on Nov. 19, 1961. Aileen Wagner of the home signed the death certificate. Burial was in Northwood Cemetery in Emmaus.
Granddaughter Anna Cora Fegely (1889- ? ) was born on Dec. 1, 1889 in Lehigh County. She was joined in wedlock with Thomas H. Specht ( ? - ? ). They lived at 123 North Chestnut Street in Boyertown, Berks County. Anna died from the effects of hypertension and kidney disease in Pottstown Hospital in Montgomery County at the age of 69 on Oct. 7, 1959. Paul Specht of 16 West Fifth Street in Boyertown was the informant for the official death certificate. Her remains were placed into peaceful repose in Fairview Cemetery in Boyertown.
Granddaughter Carrie Emma Fegely (1893- ? ) was born on March 4, 1893 in Old Zionsville, Upper Milford Township. Her mother is believed to have died in this childbirth. Carrie was joined in marital union with Howard (?) Oswald ( ? - ? ). Their address was 522 Jubilee Street in Emmaus. Sadly, Carrie contracted cancer of the left breast and suffered for two years until death brought her peace on July 7, 1961 at the age of 68. Interment was in the Moravian Church Cemetery in Emmaus.
Granddaughter Ada L. Fegely (1894-1918) was born on July 12, 1894. She wedded Clarence ?) Link ( ? - ? ). They lived in Emmaus, Lehigh County. Heartbreak blanketed the family in March 1918, when the 23-year-old Ada contracted pulmonary tuberculosis. Unable to recover, she succumbed on March 8, 1918. Burial was in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus.
Granddaughter Amy Susan Fegely (1895-1946) was born on Aug. 15, 1895 in Zionsville. She married Morris Sell ( ? - ? ). The Sells resided in Emmaus, Lehigh County at 107 Macungie Avenue. At the age of 48, she was diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen. She endured for two years until death on March 25, 1946, at the age of 50. Mildred A. Sell of the home provided details for the death certificate. Burial was in St. Paul's Church cemetery in Lehigh County.
Son Alfred Fegley (1861-1887) was born in 1861.
Daughter Hannah Phillia Philomela Fegely (1865-1915) was born on Feb. 1, 1865 in Lehigh County. She was joined in matrimony with Henry Oswin Bilger ( ? - ? ). The couple produced these children -- Mrs. Robert Kehm, Horace Bilger, Mrs. Joseph Koch, Willis Bilger, Mrs. Harlen Weaver, Bertha Bilger, Fred Bigler, Raymond Bilger, Luther Bilger, Clarence Bilger and Christiana Bigler. She resided at 549 Chestnut Street in Emmaus, Lehigh County. On Dec. 30, 1915, having been burdened with kidney disease, she suffered a stroke at the age of 50 and died. Funeral services were held in the Grace Lutheran Church in Macungie, with Rev. W.M. Kopenhaver officiating. Interment was in the Lutheran and Reformed Church Cemetery in Macungie. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, "She was in good health until she went to bed on Thursday evening, when she was suddenly taken sick and died in a few minutes."
Son George J. Fegely (1866-1925) was born on July 24, 1866 in Lower Macungie Township. He married Louisa Meitzler ( ? - ? ). They resided in Old Zionsville, Lehigh County, where he earned a living as a clerk. At the age of 58, stricken with prostate cancer, cystitis and a septic infection, George was admitted to Allentown Hospital. Unable to rally, he passed away on April 19, 1925. Interment was in Old Zionsville Cemetery.
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