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Heinrich 'Henry' Gaumer
on Henrich's grave
Heinrich "Henry" Gaumer was born on Feb. 10, 1780, the son of Johann Heinrich and Anna Margaretha (Meitzler) Gaumer.
He was joined in holy wedlock with Susanna Mory (1793-1878).
They lived in or near Alburtis, Lehigh County, PA and were the parents of Aaron Gaumer.
Henry passed away in May 1846 at the age of 66. [Find-a-Grave]
Susanna outlived him by more than three decades. When the 1860 federal census enumeration was made, she lived in the home of her son Aaron in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
The Grim Reaper swept her away at the age of 85 on Sept. 30, 1878.
Demonstrating that German language and customs were passed down several generations in this branch, Heinrich's grave marker is inscribed in German, using the old gothic script. The well-preserved gravestone is found at the cemetery of the Zion Lutheran Church in Alburtis, PA.
~ Son Aaron Gaumer ~
Son Aaron Gaumer (1821-1908) was born on Oct. 7, 1821. He appears to have spent his entire life farming in the Alburtis/Macungie area.
He was united in matrimony with Amanda Schmoyer (Oct. 1, 1829-1911), daughter of Daniel and Maria (Paule) Schmoyer.
The couple produced these known children -- Henry Wilkison Gaumer, Cecilia Gaumer, Catharine S. "Cassie" Schmoyer, Daniel Nathan Gaumer, Victor M. Gaumer, Lewis Oscar Gaumer, Ellen Jane Seifert, Jonas Gaumer and Minnie A. Meyer.
After the death of Aaron's father in the 1850s, the widowed mother came to live in their home, and was there circa 1860-1870.
|Allentown, PA in 1853. History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Suffering from heart valve disease, gastritis and nephritis, Aaron died on Dec. 3, 1908, at the age of 87, in South Bethlehem, Northampton County. Interment was in the Lehigh Church Cemetery, with W.M. Weiesbach of South Bethlehem signing the death certificate.
Amanda outlived her spouse by three years and went to live with her youngest daughter Minnie Meyer at at 516 South Bishopthorpe Street in Bethlehem. She fell and fractured her hip and femur in late 1910, and lived for another five months, until the Grim Reaper swept her away on April 13, 1911.
Son Henry Wilkison Gaumer (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850.
Daughter Cecilia Gaumer (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851.
Daughter Catharine S. "Cassie" Gaumer (1854-1936) was born on Aug. 23, 1854. At the age of about 18, in 1872, she married 18-year-old Alvin M. Schmoyer (Dec. 23, 1854-1941), the son of Benjamin and Mary (Desch) Schmoyer of Lower Macungie. They produced an astonishing 13 children -- Howard Schmoyer, Joseph Schmoyer, Minnie Nuss, Lloyd Schmoyer, Gertrude "Gertie" Bartholomew, Mary Bittenbender, Harvey Schmoyer, Elsie Huber, twins George B. Schmoyer and Walter S. Schmoyer, Charles M. Schmoyer, Katie Orner Schaeffer and Maud Moyer. When the couple was first married, they made a home with Cassie's parents in Lower Macungie. Within a few years, they relocated to Ohio and engaged in farming in the community of Pitchin, Clark County and in Seneca County. The family returned to Lehigh County by the late 1880s. The Schmoyers were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and Alvin belonged to the Clinton Chamber of the Knights of Pythias. Over time, they farmed in various locations over the years, including in the community of East Texas in 1900 and at the corner of 17th and Green Street in Allentown. They retired in about 1921 and dwelled at 742 North 17th Street in Allentown. Sadly, Cassie suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 82 on Dec. 12, 1936. Interment was in Lehigh Church Cemetery, with Rev. Gomer Spieker Rees preaching the funeral service. Alvin outlived his bride by five years and relocated into the home of grandson George Nuss 2145 Main Boulevard in Allentown. He was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died 10 days later, at the age of 86, on Nov. 22, 1941. In an obituary in the Allentown Morning Call, he was pictured, and the news story said he left 104 descendants, including 56 granchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were led by Rev. A.W. Lindenmuth, with burial in Lehigh Church Cemetery.
Jordan Reformed Church
History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Grandson Joseph A. Schmoyer (1880-1940) was born in Jan. 1880 in Lower Macungie. As a young man, he learned the trade of stone mason. Later, he lived for many years in Wanamakers, PA, where he operated the Washington House hotel. Joseph was married twice. At the age of 22, in about 1902, he wedded his first bride, Fianna Abbyssinia Miller ( ? - ? ) of Snydersville. Heartache shook their world in the late spring of 1908 when son Howard, age 14 months, was run over by a trolley while playing between the tracks of the Lehigh Valley Transit Company. The boy was fatally injured, dying on June 17, 1908. His second spouse, who were joined in marriage on June 20, 1914, was Bertha "Bertie" Miller ( ? - ? ) of Coopersburg. Rev. Milton Reinhard officiated at the bride's home, with news of the wedding printed in the Allentown Leader
. The couple then moved into his residence at 823 Greenleaf Street. In all, he had 10 offspring, among them Howard B. Schmoyer, William Schmoyer, Ammon Schmoyer, Allen Schmoyer, Luther Schmoyer, Mrs. Harvey Leinbach, Mrs. Scott Ritzman, Mrs. James Greenwalt, Pauline Schmoyer and Jean Schmoyer. Joseph made news in 1930 when, during the era of Prohibition, he was arrested after federal agents found "a small quantity of whiskey at the hotel," reported the Allentown Morning Call
. He was found guilty of sale and possession and had his hotel license suspended for three months, with two years' probation. He returned to the mason work in about 1933. He was a member of the Jordan Reformed Church, the Republican Club of Wanamakers and the Pioneer Fire Company. He passed away in Allentown Hospital at the age of 60 on May 8, 1940. Burial was in the Jordan Reformed Cemetery, and the Morning Call
published an obituary.
Granddaughter Minnie Schmoyer (1881-1980) was born in Aug. 1881 in Pitchin, Clark County, OH. As a young woman of 18, she earned income as a weaver at a local silk mill. She married Erwin F. Nuss ( ? - ? ) and made a residence in Allentown. They produced three known children, George W. Nuss Sr., Helen M. Nuss and Pauline C. Fallstich. Son George was taken into the household of his grandparents and raised to adulthood. The Nusses were longtime members of the First Mennonite Church of Allentown. The widowed Minnie made her final home at 1111 Turner Street in Allentown. She died at home at the age of 98 on June 29, 1980. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that she was the oldest member of her church congregation.
Grandson Lloyd A. Schmoyer (1883-1971) was born in March 1883 in Seneca County, OH. He was united in marriage with Laura Walck ( ? -1962). The couple produced 11 children -- Elwood Schmoyer, Marvin Schmoyer, Fred Schmoyer, Alvin Schmoyer, James Schmoyer, Lloyd Schmoyer, Ethel Tretter, Mabel Musselman, Arlene Breiner, Myrtle Winters and Marian Snyder. They lived in Allentown, and Lloyd was employed for many years as a supervisor with D.G. Dery Silk Mill in Catasauqua. He was a steward for the American Legion post in Allentown. Sadly, Laura passed into eternity in 1962. Lloyd outlived his wife by nine years and lived at 717 South Fifth Street. Toward the end, he became a resident of the Belle Haven Nursing Home in Quakertown. He passed into eternity on June 9, 1971. The Allentown Morning Call reported in an obituary that his survivors included 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Granddaughter Gertrude V. "Gertie" Schmoyer (1884-1910) was born on Aug. 8, 1884. In 1903, at the age of 18 or 19, she was united in holy wedlock with Phillip D. Bartholomew (Nov. 15, 1879-1953), a resident of Emmaus and the son of Frank A. and Sarah (Newhard) Bartholomew of Beersville. The couple made a home on West Union Street in Fullerton, Whitehall Township, Lehigh County. During their relatively brief married lives together, they produced three children -- Estella M. "Stella" Call, Anna C. "Annie" Thorsen and Spurgeon A.S. Bartholomew. Tragically, during or following pregnancy, she was stricken with high blood pressure and developed eclampsia, which may have led to convulsions and/or a coma. Then after suffering a stroke, she succumbed at the age of 26 on Sept. 26, 1910. Following funeral services held in the family home, her remains were lowered into repose in Hillside Cemetery in Fullerton. An obituary in the Allentown Leader said that she "had been sick for some time" and left behind her husband and the three youngsters. Within 15 months, on New Year's Day 1912, he married again, to Alice L. Sherry ( ? -1958) of Fullerton, daughter of Elwood and Alice (Glace) Sherry of Mauch Chunk/Jim Thorpe, Carbon County. The nuptials were led by Rev. Thomas H. Krick, pastor of St. John's Reformed Church. The couple lived in Fullerton and eventually moved to 945 Green Street in Allentown. They had more children of their own -- Raymond Bartholomew, Kenneth Bartholomew, Roselyn J. Strobl and Doris L. Brown. Over the span of 24 years, Phillip was employed as a machinist with Mack Manufacturing Company, retiring in 1950. Stricken with pancreatic cancer, he passed away in Allentown on the next to last day of 1953. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery. Alice outlived her husband by a little more than four years and endured the death of stepdaughter Anna Thorsen in Burlington, VT. Alice was swept away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 72 on Feb. 12, 1958. Circa 1958, son Spurgeon lived in the Bronx, NY and daughter Stella in Allentown.
Granddaughter Mary A. Schmoyer (1885-1965) was born in Nov. 1885 in Seneca County, OH and relocated as a girl back to her parents' home region. Unmarried at the age of 24, she lived at home and worked as a "danterer" (overseer) in a local silk mill. She wedded Walter J. Bittenbender ( ? - ? ) and established a home in Allentown. Their only child was Pearl C. Brinker. The Bittenbenders' address was 2521 Pennsylvania Street, and they belonged to St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Allentown's Hanover Avenue. Mary was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, where she succumbed on St. Patrick's Day 1965. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.
Grandson Harvey M. Schmoyer (1887-1949) was born in Aug. 1887 in Tiffin, Seneca County, OH. He grew up working on the home farm and then in 1920 as a laborer with a motor car company, likely Mack Manufacturing Corporation. He is known to have been a machinist for Mack for 29 years. He was joined in wedlock with Estella (Stephens) Erney. She brought a son to the union, Norman S. Erney. The couple then produced a son of their own, Ray A. Schmoyer. In 1949, they dwelled at 742 North 17th Street in Allentown. They were members of the Church of the Redeemer and the 19th Street Bible Class. He also belonged to the Fraternal Order of Tigers, Knights of the Golden Eagle, Keystone Fire Company and the United Automobile Workers local union of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Harvey suffered several strokes in 1949 and, after the second attack, was admitted to Allentown Hospital, where he expired on Sept. 12, 1949. The Allentown Morning Call published an obituary.
Granddaughter Elsie M. Schmoyer (1889-1977) was born in Aug. 1889 in Alburtis. At the age of 20, in about 1909, she was joined in matrimony with George O. Huber (1888- ? ). The Hubers did not reproduce. George earned income as a weaver in a silk mill, and Elsie belonged to St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Hanover Avenue in Allentown. Having been married for two decades, the couple made a home with Elsie's parents in 1930. A the age of 88, Elsie made her residence at 1408 East Gordon Street in Allentown. She died in Allentown Hospital on Oct. 11, 1977. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.
Grandson George B. Schmoyer (1891-1951) was born in July 1891 in Chapman, PA or in Upper Macungie Township, a twin with his brother Walter. He was employed as a helper in a silk mill in 1910, at the age of 18. He also farmed and later was hired by Wenz Company. George married Alverta S.L. Fink ( ? -1960). They were the parents of Leonard Schmoyer, Lillian Williamson, May Gillette, Eva Michak and two daughters who died young. The Schmoyers were Lutherans, and their address in the early 1950s was 133 Woodlawn Street. Sadly, George died at home at the age of 60 on Dec. 16, 1951. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call reported that "In ill health since 1945, he was confined to his home for four years." Alverta lived for another nearly nine years and died on Sept. 16, 1960.
Grandson Walter S. Schmoyer (1891-1980) was born in July 1891 in Chapman, PA or in Upper Macungie Township, a twin with his brother George. He labored as a helper in a produce house in 1910. Walter married Ida A.L. Lewis (1903- ? ). They were the parents of Walter F. Schmoyer, Gerald D. Schmoyer, Christine L. Reitz, Anna A. Laudenslager, Roberta L. Oldt, Gladys A. Sedlock, Marie L. Haydt, Josephine I. Spedding and Gertrude Laponuke. They made a home in the early 1940s in Allentown, where Walter worked for the contractor Harry Fenstermacher as a cement finisher, retiring in 1957. The Schmoyers were members of the Salem United Methodist Church of Allentown. As a widower, Walter dwelled at 511 North 14th Street in Allentown. With his health failing, he was admitted to Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton, Carbon County. He succumbed at the age of 88 on June 20, 1980. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call noted that his survivors included 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Grandson Charles M. Schmoyer (1893-1967) was born in 1893 in Western Salisbury Township. He married Sarah L. Fink ( ? - ? ). The couple bore these offspring -- Russell E. Schmoyer, Alvin H. Schmoyer, Kenneth C. Schmoyer, Vernon M. Schmoyer, Merritt C. Schmoyer, Floyd C. Schmoyer and Arlene V. Moyer. They lived in Wescosville, where he was a barber for 20 years in partnership with their son Floyd. They were members of the Lutheran congregation of Western Salisbury Church. Charles retired in 1958 and the son took over operations. At the age of 73, Charles died on June 5, 1967 in Mosser Nursing Home in Trexlertown. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call counted among his survivors 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Granddaughter Katie E. Schmoyer (1895-1989) was born in April 1895 in Minesite, Lehigh County. She was twice married. She first was united in wedlock with Stanley T. Orner ( ? - ? ). The couple resided in Bath, PA, and Katie was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Bethlehem. They were the parents of Orlo J. Orner, Carl A. Orner, Ervin E. Orner, Marjorie Sinclair and Florence Horning. Later, by 1930, she married Lewis E. Schaeffer ( ? - ? ). For 21 years, Katie and Lewis owned and operated Schaeffer's Homemade Candies in Bath, retiring in 1957. In 1980, she lived in Bethlehem. Her final home was in Gracedale near Nazareth. She died on Sept. 12, 1989 at the age of 94. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
Granddaughter Maud C. Schmoyer (1896-1936) was born on Nov. 3, 1896. She was joined in matrimoy with Albert Moyer ( ? - ? ). The couple resided in Allentown at the address of 211 Eighth Street. At the age of about 38, she contracted an infection which inflamed her fallopian tubes. She suffered for 26 months and underwent surgery at the state hospital in Allentown. Sadly, she succumbed just 11 days after her 40th birthday on Nov. 14, 1936. An autopsy was conducted, and her physician was careful to note on the death certificate that her illness had not been caused by gonorrhea. Burial was in Lehigh Cemetery following funeral services conducted by Rev. Gomer Reese. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that floral tributes were provided by her husband, neighbors, Mrs. Moyer of Sunbury and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Snyder and daughter Bernice, and that Maud's brother Harvey provided the slumber robe.
Son Daniel Nathan Gaumer (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857. Nothing more about him is known.
Son Victor M. Gaumer (1861-1952) was born on Jan. 25, 1861 in Macungie. As an adult, he dwelled in Pottstown, Montgomery County, working as a wheelright for the wagon repair and dealer A.W. Faust. The widowed Victor spent his final years at the address of 623 Chestnut Street in Pottstown. At the age of 91, he was stricken with a heart attack and died on March 9, 1952. Edith Krause of Pottstown signed his official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Interment was in Edgewood Cemetery in Pottstown.
Son Lewis Oscar Gaumer (1863-1943) was born on Dec. 29, 1863 in Alburtis. He learned the trade of blacksmithing, and in about 1893 relocated to Allentown, Lehigh County. He was married and widowed. His address in 1936 was Kutztown and in 1943 was 324½ North Jefferson Street in Allentown. He was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died a wekk later, at the age of 79, on Sept. 25, 1943. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, with Liston S. Gaumer providing details for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Ellen Jane "Ella" Gaumer (1865-1952) was born on July 11, 1865 in Macungie. She was joined in marital union with Edward Seifert ( ? - ? ). Her home in 1936 was in Nazareth, PA and in 1949 in Leithsville. Her final years were spent living at 643 North 11th Street in Allentown. As her health declined from heart disease and senile dementia, she was admitted to the Lehigh County Home in South Whitehall Township. She succumbed there at age 87 on Aug. 3, 1952. Her remains were placed into rest in Grandview Cemetery in Allentown.
Son Jonas Gaumer (1872-1945) was born on Aug. 24, 1872 in Macungie. He never married. In 1936, he resided in Macungie and in the 1940s in rural Wescoesville, Lehigh County. After breaking his left femur, he was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown and died there at the age of 74 on April 26, 1945.
Daughter Minnie Gaumer (1873-1949) was born on Feb. 19, 1873 in Berks County. She married William Fred Meyer ( ? - ? ). The couple produced three children -- Mrs. S.A. Mabry, William C. Meyer and Paul A. Meyer. For years, she made a home at 516 South Bishopthorpe Street in Bethlehem. Minnie was a member of the Ladies Aid Society and Quilters' Society at St. Peter's Lutheran Church as well as its senior Bible class. She was stricken with colon cancer and endured the illness for 18 months before she passed away at home on Aug. 24, 1949 at the age of 76.
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