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Daniel Gaumer


Daniel Gaumer was born on March 25, 1814 or April 12, 1814 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Johann "Richard" and Mary Ann Gaumer. He also has been named as "David" in census records.

As an adult, he remained in Southampton, where in about 1833 he married Elizabeth Korns (Feb. 12, 1815-1864), the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Reiber) Korns of Southampton Township. 

The couple had a dozen children. Among the 11 known names were Delilah Gaumer, George Gaumer, Rebecca Gary, Elizabeth Gaumer, Solomon Gaumer, Julia Ann Gaumer, Hannah Gaumer, Edward Gaumer, Simon Gaumer, Lavina Jordan and Minerva Gaumer.

They were farmers in Southampton Township as shown on the federal census enumerations of 1850 and 1860. Tax lists published in the Somerset Herald circa 1846 show that Daniel served as tax collector in the township as well. He served as administrator of the estates of the late Henry Kennel and Samuel Witt, both in 1847.

Daniel passed away in Southampton on Jan. 10, 1864, at the age of 49. Some sources give his place of death as Bedford County. [Find-a-Grave]

Elizabeth only survived her husband by eight months. She joined him in eternity on Sept. 4, 1864. They rest in the Cook Cemetery in Wellersburg, but their graves are not marked.

Their families are spelled out in the 1991 book The Reiber Genealogy: The Descendants of Jacob Reiber, the Immigrant Ancestor of Sandhofen, Germany, 1727-1810, and Later of Lehigh County and York County, Pennsylvania, authored by John Raymond and Edith Fae (Boyer) Reiber (625 pages). 

The couple is named in Clyde Everett Corn's 1957 book History of the Corn Families of the U.S.A. (206 pages) and also in the 1949 book The Genealogy of Michael Korns Sr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, authored by Charles Byron Korns (Berlin Publishing Company, 262 pages). Their families also are spelled out in the 1991 book The Reiber Genealogy: The Descendants of Jacob Reiber, the Immigrant Ancestor of Sandhofen, Germany, 1727-1810, and Later of Lehigh County and York County, Pennsylvania, authored by John Raymond and Edith Fae ( Boyer) Reiber ( 625 pages).

Many of their children also moved to Iowa.


Cook Cemetery in Somerset County, PA, where the Gaumers'
daughters Elisabeth Ann (1858) and Delilah (1860) rest for all time.



Delilah's grave, 1860

~ Daughter Delilah Gaumer ~

Daughter Delilah Gaumer (1834-1860) was born in about 1834 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.

She apparently never married. Tragically, just 13 days after reaching her 26th birthday, Delilah died on March 1, 1860. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Cook Cemetery.

Her grave marker -- laying flat on the ground -- was photographed by the founder of this website in September 2016. The inscription reads that she was the spelling out that she was the "Dau. of D. & E. Gaumer."


~ Son George Gaumer ~

Son George Gaumer (1835-1868) was born on Sept. 8, 1835 in Southampton Township.

Following in the steps of his uncle and aunt, Samuel and Susanna (Korns) Gaumer, he is known to have migrated to Iowa, where he settled in Iowa County.

At the age of 34, on April 1, 1866, he was united in marriage with Sarah A. Carroll ( ? - ? ), daughter of W.J. and Jane Carroll.

During their brief wedded life, they bore two known sons, William "Norman" Gaumer and George G. Gaumer.

Sadly, George died just two years after their nuptials, just two days before Christmas 1868, at the age of 33. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Victor, Iowa County.

In about 1871, after more than two years of mourning, Sarah married a second time.

Son William "Norman" Gaumer (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867. He married Effie S. Pryor ( ? - ? ). The Gaumers produced three children.

Son George G. Gaumer (1869-1892) was born in January 1869 in or around Victor, IA, about a month after his father died. He only lived to the age of 23 years, minus one day, and succumbed on Jan. 2, 1892. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Victor, Iowa County..


~ Daughter Rebecca (Gaumer) Gary ~

Daughter Rebecca Gaumer (1836-1903) was born on June 17, 1836 (or 1837) in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA.

When she was age 19 or 20, in 1856, Rebecca married William Henry Gary (March 20, 1832-1911).

They were the parents of nine offspring, of whom the following are known -- Isaiah Gary, Daniel W. Gary, Katherine "Elizabeth" Ingram, Simon P. Gary, George E. Gary, James N. Gary and Clara Gary. Two others were deceased by 1900.

Early in their marriage, the Garys dwelled in William's home state of Maryland but by 1860 had moved back into Pennsylvania. Sometime between 1867 and 1869, they migrated to Iowa, settling on a farm in Highland, Tama County. They are shown in Tama in the 1870 and 1880 federal censuses. In 1880, the federal census taker recorded that Rebecca and their 19-year-old daughter Katherine Elizabeth were inflicted with erysipelas, a form of bacterial skin infection.

The 1900 census shows William and Rebecca living as empty nesters, but with several farmhands living under their roof in Highland Township, Tama County.


Maple Hill Cemetery where the Garys rest in Montour, Iowa


Rebecca passed away at the age of 66 on Sept. 1, 1903. Her remains were placed into rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour, Tama County.

William survived his wife by eight years. He joined her in death at the age of 77 on March 27, 1911.

Son Isaiah Gary (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858 in Maryland.

Son Daniel W. Gary (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860 in Pennsylvania. He migrated as a boy to Iowa and helped his father with farm labor.

Daughter Katherine "Elizabeth" Ingram (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861 in Pennsylvania and came to Iowa as a girl. Unmarried at the age of 19 in 1880, she suffered from erysipelas, a form of bacterial skin infection. In 1883, at the age of 22, she was wedded to Fred Ingram ( ? - ? ). They produced two children.

Son Simon P. Gary (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863 in Pennsylvania. A small boy when the family relocated to Iowa, he grew up assisting with chores on the family farm. Circa 1940, he made his home in Oak Park, IL.

Son George E. Gary (1865-1942) was born on Jan. 15, 1865 in Pennsylvania or Maryland. (Records differ.) He migrated with his parents to Iowa at the age of four. As a teenager, he provided work on the family farm. On March 20, 1890, he married Mary Martin (March 31, 1869- ? ), a native of New York City and the daughter of Tama County pioneers Robert and Margaret (Woods) Martin. The wedding was held in the bride's home. They had six offspring, Charles E. Gary, Grace Williams, William Gary, Mabel Hanify, Mary Weaver and Nellie Winders. Over the years, George became a "prominent Tama county farmer and extensive land owner," said the Waterloo (IA) Courier. "They lived for 27 years on a farm in Highland township three and one-half miles south of Montour. In 1917 they moved to an acreage in Toledo township and lived there and in Toledo for 14 years. In 1931 they moved to a farm owned by Mr. Gary in Crystal township and have resided there for the past nine years." From 1922 to 1931, George also served on the Tama County board of supervisors, including six years as board chair. He was active in the Masons and as a Highland Township official as well as a charter member of the Tama County Farm Bureau. Mrs. Gary belonged to the Nineteenth Century Club in Toledo and was a member of the Rural Housewives Club. When they reached their 50th wedding anniversary, a dinner was held for the family at Knotty Pine Cafe in Toledo, IA. On May 26, 1942, George succumbed at the age of 77 in Kocher Hospital in Toledo from the effects of high blood pressure. An obituary was printed in the Courier.

  • Grandson Charles E. Gary (1891- ? ) was born in Dec. 1891 in Iowa. On March 10, 1915, he was married to (?). The nuptials were held in Tama, officiated by Rev. Cleoworth. The Garys had two sons, Ronald R. Gary and Gaylord E. Gary. They dwelled on the family farm in Montour, Highland Township. Charles earned a living as manager of the Tama County unit of the Iowa Poultry Producers Marketing Association. Charles also was a member of the Farm Bureau, president of the Montour National Farm Loan Association and president of Tama County Sales Company. The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in March 1940 with a family meal at Knotty Pine Cafe in Toledo, IA.
  • Granddaughter Nellie M. Gary (1893-1981) was born in Oct. 1893 in Tama County. She was joined in wedlock with Russell Winders ( ? - ? ). Their two offspring were Robert Winders and Helen McIntyre. They lived in Toledo for decades and were members of Otterbein United Methodist Church. As a widow, Nellie relocated in about 1980 to West Des Moines. succumbed at the age of 88 in West Park Care Center in Des Moines. An obituary was published in the Des Moines Tribune. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.
  • Granddaughter Grace Gary (1899?-1987) was born in Dec. 1899 in Tama County. She lived in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1940. She pursued a career and worked in the accounting department of Collins Radio Company. On Oct. 20, 1948, she was joined in marriage with farmer Isaac J. Williams ( ? -1978). The ceremony was held at Little Brown Church at Nashua, IA, with Rev. F.L. Hanscom officiating. Reported the Waterloo (IA) Courier, "Mr. Williams is a farmer in Muscatine county. In December the couple will leave for California, where they will spend the winter." Isaac died in 1978 after three decades of marriage. Grace lived for another nine years as a widow, maintaining a residence in Toledo. toward the end, she was admitted to Bethesda Care Center in Toledo, where she died on Dec. 28, 1987. An obituary was printed in the Davenport (IA) Quad City Times.
  • Grandson William Gary made his home in Toledo.
  • Granddaughter Mabel Gary ( ? -1993) was born in (?). She married Francis Hanify. They dwelled in Toledo in 1940-1981 and in Cedar Rapids in 1987. She died at the age of 87 in February 1993, with a brief death notice printed in the Des Moines Register.
  • Granddaughter Mary Gary wedded Roy Weaver. In 1940-1987, their residence was in Toledo.


High Street and Broadway intersection in Toledo, Iowa


Son James N. Gary (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867 in Pennsylvania.

Daughter Clara Gary (1869- ? ) was born in about November 1869 in Iowa.


Elisabeth Ann's grave, 1858

~ Daughter Elisabeth Ann Gaumer ~

Daughter Elisabeth Ann Gaumer (1840-1858) was born in about 1840 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.

She was not fated to reach full adulthood.

Heartache enveloped the family on Dec. 1858, when Elisabeth passed away at the age of 18. Burial was in Cook Cemetery, and a stone was erected at the grave. There is an inscription on the marker which is illegible today, spelling out that she was the "Dau. of D. & E. Gaumer."


~ Son Solomon G. Gaumer ~

Son Solomon G. Gaumer (1842-1923) was born on June 4, 1842 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.

Solomon moved west "in an early day," said an Iowa newspaper, and became a pioneer settler of Iowa, settling in Fairfield, Jefferson County.

At the age of 29, on Oct. 5, 1871, he was united in marriage with teacher Annie Mary Stewart ( ? -1920), daughter of John B. and Frances (Barton) Stewart.

The couple produced nine children, among them Dr. James "Stewart" Gaumer, Jessie May Gaumer, John Edward Gaumer, Dr. Rolla R. Gaumer, Frances B. "Fannie" Breniman, Bessie Gaumer, Charles C. Gaumer, Hugh D. Gaumer and Dr. Archie W. Gaumer.


Fairfield, Iowa -- the south side of the town square


As newlyweds, they made their home in the town of Victor, IA. Beginning in 1873, said the Fairfield Daily Ledger, they "lived continuously in Center township, until 1910, when the family moved to Fairfield." Their farm was in Section 4. 

In January 1907, when a Fairfield Township tax controversy, he and T.C. Ross and Louis Barrow submitted a petition to establish territory outside of the town of Fairfield as a separate township. There was no opposition, and the matter was approved, thus creating Center Township. He is named in volume 1 of the 1914 book History of Jefferson County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, authored by Charles J. Fulton.

Sadly, Solomon suffered a stroke on Dec. 1, 1916 which left him an invalid for the remaining seven years of his life. For a year and a half, the helpless Solomon was cared for at home, but in June 1918 he entered Jefferson County Hospital. Annie died on Sept. 7, 1920, ending a marriage which had spanned 49 years. Solomon died in Jefferson County Hospital on Oct. 4, 1923. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] An obituary printed in the Daily Ledger noted that he had:

...been cared for there longer than any other patient who has ever been in the hospital. During all of this time he has retained his mental faculties, always knew his old friends and was interested in all that was going on about him. He has been a great sufferer and death has come in a welcome release after long months of anguish and pain. Mr. Gaumer was a man of quiet character who never aspired to public notice, was a kind father and a good neighbor.

They are described and pictured in a 1977 book authored by their granddaugter, Mildred B. Belknap, This I Remember, Including Breniman and Gaumer Genealogy Notes (124 pages). The book notes that Solomon's birth paper was preserved in Mildred's cedar chest, a gift from her Aunt Bessie Gaumer.

Son Dr. James "Stewart" Gaumer (1872-1946) was born in 1872. He was a, 1897 graduate of Parsons College in Fairfield and a 1900 graduate of Rush Medical College. Armed with his medical degree, he became a physician, with a practice in Fairfield, IA circa 1912-1923. He married Minnie Marie Corey ( ? - ? ), a 1896 graduate of Parsons College with a bachelor of science. They produced one son, Strewart Corey Gaumer. During the Spanish American War, he enlisted in the 50th Infantry, Company M, and served from April 26, 1898 to Nov. 30, 1898. In 1909, he served as coroner of Jefferson County. Husband and wife were active circa 1912-1913 in the college's Alumni Association, with Minnie on the executive committee and James on the editorial staff of The Alumni Quarterly. During World War I, he served as a medical officer and lieutenant with the ambulance company of the Iowa National Guard. Stewart's aged father resided with them for a time up to his death in 1923. Stewart affectionately was known as "Uncle Doc" to his nieces and nephews. They are named in a book authored by their niece, Mildred B. Belknap, This I Remember, Including Breniman and Gaumer Genealogy Notes (124 pages). He was named to the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians in 1920 at a meeting of the American Congress of Internal Medicine, and held this honor for 26 years until death. He passed away at Fairfield on Sept. 10, 1946. Son Stewart (1918-2005) died on June 13, 2005 after a very active career in Fairfield.

Daughter Jessie May Gaumer (1874-1875) was born in 1874 in Fairfield. She died on Sept. 6, 1875 with an obituary appearing three days later in the Fairfield Ledger. Burial was in Old Fairfield Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Son John "Edward" Gaumer (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876. He is believed to have been a pharmacist and to have been licensed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (#6681). He was twice married. His first bride was Nellie Teachnor ( ? -1923). Sadly, Nellie died in 1923. After a year as a widower, John was wedded to Lea Krum ( ? - ? ). They resided in Denver in 1923 and later San Francisco, CA.

Son Dr. Rolla R. Gaumer dwelled in Galesburg, IL, where he had a dental practice.

Daughter Frances B. "Fannie" Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married Ernest Eugene Breniman (1870- ? ). Their home circa 1923 was in Brooklyn, IA. Ernest attended a Des Moines business college for a year. They met at a wedding of Ernest's cousin Ella Brenimen (daughter of Matilda Gaumer) and George Freese. The couple had several children, among them Mildred Belknap. Mildred attended Parsons College in Fairfield and there met her husband, Lester Belknap.

Daughter Bessie Pearle Gaumer (1885-1960) was born in about 1885. She was unmarried and lived in Fairfield, IA in 1923. She was loving and generous to her nieces and nephews, and once gave a niece funds to travel to Detroit to attend a student volunteer convention. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, carrying member #11565. Said the Fairfield Daily Ledger, she was "was employed for a number of years at the Iowa Malleable Iron company. She was later employed in the county auditor's office until her retirement nine years ago. She was a member of the Methodist church, Chapter C, PEO, Order of Eastern Star and the Women's club." She died in 1960 and was interred with her parents and brother Hugh.

Son Charles C. Gaumer resided in the early 1920s East Moline, IL.

Son Hugh Donald Gaumer (1889-1947) was born in about 1889. He married Esther Crowel ( ? - ? ). He relocated to California and in 1923 was in San Francisco. He passed away in 1947 and his body placed into repose in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield.

Son Dr. Archie Winnett Gaumer (1878-1920) was born in 1878 in Fairfield. After completing his common school education, he attended a college of dentistry at Keokuk, IA and became a dentist. He established a long-time practice in Bloomfield, IA. During World War I, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant and served in the Army. In 1919, he opened an office in Des Moines. He married Edith Anschutz (1877-1945) but did not reproduce. In 1920, in failing health, he and his wife made their home with her parents in Fairfield. In July of that year, he traveled to Quincy, IL to visit for a week, but his health failed, and he passed away on July 21, 1920, at the age of 42. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield, with an obituary printed in the Burlington Hawk-Eye newspaper. Edith survived her husband by a quarter of a century and apparently remained in Fairfield. She died there on Aug. 16, 1945. Burial was with her husband in Evergreen Cemetery.


~ Daughter Julia Ann Gaumer ~

Daughter Julia Ann Gaumer (1843-1917) was born on Nov. 29, 1843 in Southampton Township, Somerset County or in Bedford County, PA. She apparently did not marry. At some point she migrated to Iowa, where she made her home in Gilman, Marshall County. She died in Gilman at the age of 73 on June 14, 1917. Burial was in Prairie View Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]


Hannah Gaumer grave, 1863

~ Daughter Hannah Gaumer ~

Daughter Hannah Gaumer (1846- 1863 was born in about 1846 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.

As with her elder sisters Elisabeth and Delilah, Hannah was doomed to an early death. The Grim Reaper swept her away at the age of 17 years, eight months and 17 days on Sept. 25, 1863. Burial was in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County.

A stone marker was placed at her grave, and an epitaph was inscribed at the base -- legible when photographed in September 2016 -- reading "Weep not, she is not dead but sleepeth."


~ Son Edward Gaumer ~

Son Edward Gaumer (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.

Nothing more is known.


~ Son Simon Gaumer ~

Son Simon Gaumer (1848-1932) was born in 1848 in Southampton Township. At some point in time he migrated to Iowa, settling in Victor, Hartford Township, Iowa County.

He married Amanda Manat ( ? - ? ).

They produced three known daughters, Belle Gaumer, Maude Gaumer and Lura Gaumer.

In 1880, census records show that they dwelled in Victor. Later, their home was in Des Moines, IA.

Simon passed away in 1932 at the age of 84.

Daughter Lura Gaumer (1877- ? ) was born in 1877 in or near Victor, Iowa County


~ Daughter Lavina (Gaumer) Jordan ~

Daughter Lavina Gaumer (1852- ? ) was born on Aug. 20, 1852 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.

She married Samuel Jordan (1850- ? ).


~ Daughter Minerva Gaumer ~

Daughter Minerva Gaumer (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855 in or near Southampton Township, Somerset County.


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