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Johann 'Adam' Gaumer


Johann "Adam" Gaumer was born on July 6, 1790 in Macungie Township, the son of Johann Heinrich and Anna Margaretha (Meitzler) Gaumer.

In about 1810, Adam was wedded to Christiana Wesco (June 6, 1792-1863), daughter of Philip Wesco whose farm was owned in 1912 by W. Oscar Lichtenwainer.

They produced 11 known children -- among the known names were Lucetta Treichler, Joseph Gaumer, Benjamin Gaumer, Carolina Fox Schneck, Anna Maria Jacobs, Judith Wenner, Benjamin Charles Gaumer, Jonas Gaumer and William Gaumer.

Their farm homestead was along the Macungie and Trexlertown Road, a mile west of the borough. When it was finally sold out of the family, in 1899, the farm was described as bounded by properties of David Barner, Dr. Herbst, Alexander Singmaster, John Faust and Tilghman Schmoyer. It contained 80 acres and included a stone farm house "with stone kitchen, porch and frame summer house, a large bank barn, and other necessary outbuildings, all in good repair," said a classified advertisement placed in the Allentown Democrat. On another quarter-acre of the tract sat a frame dwelling house and outbuildings.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, John Adam was marked as a farmer, with their three youngest children in the household. Also under their roof in 1850 was 11-year-old Lucinda Stettler.

Sadly, Christiana passed away at the age of 70 on May 26, 1863. A month later, John Adam filed a lawsuit against his Wesco in-laws, likely to receive her inheritance from the value of their real estate. A legal advertisement, in German, was published in Allentown's German-language newspaper, Der Lecha Caunty Patriot.

Adam died at the age of 81 on Sept. 5, in 1871. His remains are in repose in Solomons United Church of Christ Cemetery in Macungie, with a grave marker inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Son Joseph Gaumer ~

Son Joseph Gaumer (1813-1912) was born on May 31, 1813 in Lower Macungie.

On June 27, 1842, at the age of 29, he was joined in holy wedlock with Mary Bastian (1830-1889), daughter of Daniel and Catharine (Hartzell) Bastain.

Their children were Mrs. William Walbert, Caroline Snyder, Mary Ann Kern, Amanda Gaumer and John J. Gaumer. Sadness enveloped the family when daughter Amanda died at the age of six and son John, at the age of 24 on Aug. 28, 1869.

Joseph grew up on his parents' farm and attended crude schools where English was not the main language, and the German Psalter was the primary book. One of the schools was a log building at East Macungie; another was south of Alburtis, taught by Thomas Buchert; a third in Macungie led by Mrs. Reuben Miller and a fourth at Danners between East Texas and Macungie, taught by Mr. Zoeller. He pursued farming for the balance of his working years and also considered himself a "yoeman." When still young, said the Allentown Democrat, Joseph:

...was sent out with a big team. The main markets in those days were in Philadelphia and farmers hauled their grain and other products to that city and brought back supplies of all kinds. These long trips consumed several days and the start was begun about 2 o'clock in the morning. Food for man and horses was usually taken along and stops made at intervals to refresh the travelers. Mr. Gaumer was about 15 years of age when he was sent on his first trip to Philadelphia with produce. He had charge of a team and with his uncle, Solomon Wesco, accompanied with another team. About 32 miles was made the first day, Skippack often being the stopping place. At that time the Black Bear Hotel on Third street, above Callowhill, Philadelphia, was the popular stopping place for teamsters from these parts. During the time Mr. Gaumer drove teams to the city, the hotel was kept by Philip Hittle, who in later years kept the hotel at Old Zionsville. Grain was also disposed of to millers at Trappe, Flourtown, and other places on this side of Philadelphia. Wheat brought about 70 cents a bushel and corn about 35.

Mr. Gaumer was also engaged in hauling anthracite coal for burning lime, and in the days before the building of the Lehigh Canal, he went to Hamburg to get the coal. That article was not sold by weight at the time, but by the bushel, 28 being given for a ton. It was carried on the wagon in measures in the manner in which lime is still loaded at lime-kilns. Hamburg was considered a fair sized town and thriving business place 75 years ago. Mr. Gaumer also hauled several loads of rye to a mill beyond the site of Catasauqua, which had then no existence and which was known as Craneville. In that vicinity he crossed the Lehigh on a chain bridge. He hauled the lumber for building the barn on the old homestead from the old Trexler lumber yard in Allentown, and, not many years ago, he hauled from the same yard lumber for repairing the same barn. He also hauled stone and other material for Solomon's Church at Macungie, which was built in 1841. The building had been contracted to a man named Lewis, of Bethlehem, and lumber was hauled from that town. The spring of 1841 was very rainy and high water swept away all the bridges across the Lehigh River. On one occasion Mr. Gaumer went to Bethlehem with four horses and a low wagon to bring lumber for the church. In the absence of the bridge, which had been washed away, transportation across the river was by means of a scow. This was not long enough to take the whole team, so the horses and wagon were taken over in sections and three trips were necessary. The superintendents of construction of Solomon's Church were Solomon Wesco and John Nicholas Keyser for the Reformed and John Bauer and George Desch for the Lutherans. The corner stone was laid in June, 1841. The first person buried in the churchyard was William Herchner, in the fall of that year. George Keyser and Jacob Kiefer also were buried in that year.

When Mr. Gaumer was a little older he was employed in hauling to various towns and villages the outfit of a flying coach machine or "merry-go-round," which was owned by the late George March and a man named Wagner. The trips sometimes lasted for four or five weeks. This form of amusement was very popular and profitable, several hundred dollars being realized on one trip. The late Frederick Jobst, of Emmaus, and his brother Franz, were the musicians for the performances. Those were the battalion days when military drilling was compulsory on the part of those who were liable to military duty. There were also uniformed volunteer companies. Semi-annual inspections and drills were held in old Millerstown, now Macungie, and these were popular forms of amusement, and no holiday was then, or is now, more generally observed than these training days. The village was crowded with people who enjoyed themselves in various ways. The taverns did a thriving business. Dancing, which was regarded as a necessary accompaniment of battalions, was kept up from early in the forenoon until the small hours of the night. Mr. Gaumer was the orderly sergeant of the Millerstown Cavalry Troop, which was one of the free companies. He had in his possession several muster rolls of his company on which are given the names of members belonging to the company in the early forties.


Joseph grew up attending the Lutheran church in Macungie. When the Solomon's Church congregation divided between Lutheran and Reformed, he opted for the Reformed group and spent the rest of his life in that body of worship. .Circa 1842, he placed classified advertising, in the German text, in Allentown's German newspaper, Der Lecha Caunty Patriot.

Once he stopped actively working, said the Democrat, "for some years after his retirement he had not altogether led a life of idleness and ease, but carefully looked after his interests in the properties he owned." Politically, he was a Whig until that party was absorbed by the Republicans, and he voted Republican thereafter. His first vote for president was in 1836.

After a marriage which had endured for 47 years, Mary suffered heart problems and died on Dec. 28, 1889.

At the age of 97, he resided in Lower Macungie and was named in the Democrat obituary of his sister Judith Wenner. In late September 1912, at the age of 99, Joseph began to suffer from bleeding of the bladder, caused by cystitis. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1912. Burial was in Macungie Cemetery, and Leon L. Snyder of Old Zionsville signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary in the Allentown Democrat reported that he was "the oldest resident of Lehigh county... When Mr. Gaumer was born the population of the United States was 7,500,000; now it is 102,000,000, and progress in industry, science and wealth has been proportionately still greater. Such inventions and improvements as railroads, telegraphs and telephones, which have revolutionized the world, were created since Mr. Gaumer was born."


~ Daughter Lucetta (Gaumer) Treichler ~

Daughter Lucetta Gaumer (1814-1898) was born in about 1814 in Macungie.

She was wedded to (?) Treichler ( ? -1876).

They made a home in Treichlersville, Lehigh County, and bore these known offspring -- David Treichler, James Treichler, Samuel Treichler, Mary Treichler, Emma Bittenbender, Mrs. J.M. Grimsley and Mrs. James Butz.


New Goschenhoppen Church in East Greenville, PA


For decades, the family belonged to the New Goshenhoppen Church in East Greenville, Montgomery County.

Sadly, Lucetta's husband died in about 1876.

She remained his widow for the remaining 21 years of her life. She passed into eternity at the age of 84 on Dec. 5, 1898. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that burial was in the her church's cemetery, with funeral services officiated by Rev. G.B. Walbert of East Greenville.

Son David G. Treichler (1854-1914) was born on Feb. 18, 1854. He lived at home in Treichlersville in 1898. At some point he married. David operated a chopping mill, with his home in Hereford Township, Berks County. At the age of 60, burdened with a stroke of apoplexy and influenza, he passed away on March 30, 1914. Burial was at New Goschenhoppen Church Cemetery. Harry S. Treichler of Hereford signed the death certificate.

Son James Treichler resided in Kutztown, Berks County.

Son Samuel Treichler dwelled in Emmaus, Lehigh County.

Daughter Mary G. Treichler (1844-1932) was born on Feb. 5, 1844. She never married and resided with her widowed mother in 1898. Circa 1932, her home was in West Frederick Township, Montgomery County, PA. At the age of 88, on Nov. 24, 1932, she died after having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Burial was in the Zionsville Reformed Cemetery, with Theo Leatherman signing the death certificate.

Daughter Emma Gaumer (1847-1928) was born on Jan. 19, 1847. She was joined in wedlock with Jacob Bittenbender ( ? - ? ). She lived in Allentown, Lehigh County in the late 1890s and into the late 1920s. Her address in 1928 was 735 Liberty Street. For the last two years of her life, Emma endured breast cancer and died of its effects at the age of 81 on Aug. 3, 1928. Her remains were placed into rest in Greenwood Cemetery. The informant for the death certificate was Jennie A. Bittenbender.

Daughter (?) Gaumer married J.M. Grimsley. Their home in the late 1890s was in Allentown.

Daughter (?) Gaumer ( ? -1898) was born in (?). She wedded James Butz ( ? - ? ). Sadly, she died in about Aug. 1898, just four months before her mother's death.

Daughter Caroline G. Gaumer (1856-1929) was born on July 20, 1856 in Hereford, Berks County. She was joined in matrimony with Alexander B. Ellsworth ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Allentown. Caroline was stricken with cancer of the intestines and succumbed at the age of 73 on Oct. 19, 1929. She was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, with Frank S. Kuntz providing details for the death certificate.


~ Daughter Judith (Gaumer) Wenner ~

Daughter Judith Gaumer (1821-1908) was born in 1821 in Lower Macungie Township.

She married Charles Wenner (1820-1879).

They produced seven children -- the known six were Charles Wenner, Mrs. Alfred Koch, Mrs. William R. Richard, Mrs. Henry Kuhns, Mrs. Tilghman Stettler and Mrs. M.S. Bortz.

The couple were farmers made their home at Bortz's Mill near the Lehigh County Home. Charles operated the mill for a number of years.

He passed away in 1879.

Judith survived as a widow for nearly three decades. She suffered a stroke and died on Dec. 10, 1908, at the age of 87. An obituary in the Allentown Democrat noted that her survivors included 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Daughter Anna Maria Wenner (1843- ? ) was born in 1843. She married Alfred Koch.

Daughter Elemina A. Wenner (1845-1914) was born in 1845. She wedded Tilghman Stettler. The couple dwelled in Friedensville in 1908.

Son Charles Edwin Wenner (180-1919) was born in 1850. He lived in Wennersville in 1908.

Daughter Pollyann Wenner (1853-1919) was born in 1853. She wedded Henry Kuhns. They made a home in Walbert's in 1908.

Daughter Allabella C. Wenner (1856-1920) ws born in 1856. She was united in matrimony with M.S. Bortz. They lived on her old home farm at Bortz's Mill.

Daughter Malissa F. Wenner (1859-1914) was born in 1859. She was joined in marriage with William R. Reichard. Circa 1908, he served as water superintendent in or around Allentown.


~ Son Benjamin Charles Gaumer ~

Son Benjamin Charles Gaumer (1823-1909) was born on Nov. 5, 1823.

He was married to Maria Mensch ( ? -1905).

They resided near Lehigh Church and produced four children -- Henry Gaumer, Ella Hopkins, Mrs. A.P. Wenner and Hannah Gaumer.

Benjamin learned the trade of blacksmithing and earned a living with that work over the decades. He eventually retired but stayed active in farm work. At the age of 85, said the Allentown Morning Call, he "was able to be about his place, and during the harvest season cut his own grain."

Sadly, on Feb. 6, 1905, at the age of 77, Maria died at home "after an illness of four weeks," said the Allentown Morning Call. Funeral services were held at Lehigh Church, with Rev. C.E. Sandt preaching the sermon.

Now widowed, Benjamin remained in their longtime home in Lower Macungie. At the age of 85, he suffered a herebral hemorrhage and joined his wife in death on Aug. 24, 1909. Henry Gaumer of Copley, PA was the informant for the certificate of death. Interment was at Lehigh Church Cemetery.

Son Henry Gaumer resided in Copley, PA.

Daughter Ella Gaumer married (?) Hopkins. Her home in 1909 was in Brooklyn.

Daughter (?) Gaumer wedded A.P. Wenner ( ? - ? ). They resided in Allentown.

Daughter Hannah Gaumer lived at home with her widowed father in 1909.


~ Daughter Carolina A. (Gaumer) Fox Schneck ~

Daughter Carolina A. Gaumer (1830-1910) was born on Nov. 7, 1830 in Lehigh County.

She was first married to William Fox (1824- ? ), son of John and Anna (Berger) Fox of Hereford Township, Berks County.

They produced these seven children -- Sarah Fox, Emaline "Emma" Hoffman, Atillia Elisabeth "Tillia" Gehman, Anna Manah "Annie" Yingling Dougherty, May Fox and John Fox. Carolina outlived four of her offspring.

The federal census enumeration of 1860 shows this family residing on a farm in Hereford Township, Berks County, near Huff's Church. That year, 14-year-old Nathan Stauffer lived in the household.

At some point, before 1900, she was joined in marital union with John Schneck ( ? - ? ).

In 1908-1910, her home was in Clayton, in Hereford Township, Berks County, PA. In May 1910, she was stricken by a cerebral apoplexy and died at the age of 79 on June 22, 1910. Burial was in Huffs Union Church Cemetery in Alburtis, with Mrs. A. Gehman of Barto serving as informant for the Pennsylvania death certificate.

Daughter Sarah Fox (1849- ? ) weas born in about 1849.


The Hoffmans' profile in the Historical
and Biographical Annals of Berks County.

Daughter Emaline "Emma" Fox (1851-1940) was born on March 31, 1851. In 1869, at the age of 18, she was joined in wedlock with 21-year-old John H. Hoffman (Oct. 6, 1847-1911), son of Michael M. and Catharine "Hattie" (Haas) Hoffman and grandson of Michael and Mary (Miller) Hoffman. John's great-grandfather, Casper Hoffman, survived an ocean voyage from Germany which claimed the lives of his parents and six siblings. Emma and John were the parents of James W. Hoffman and Tillie DeLong. John was profiled in a section about the Hoffman family in the book Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania, by Morton L. Montgomery. The book said that John:

...was reared upon the farm and attended the common schools of his district. He has always been very handy with tools, has worked to some extent at the blacksmith's trade, and does all his own carpenter work, through farming has been his principal occupation through life. In 1870 he began farming on the land where he has since lived, the John Fox place, near Huff's Church, where he has fifty-five acres will improved and cultivated. Mr. Hoffman built the present barn in 1875 and the house in 1888, the new dwelling replacing an old log cabin which was one of the earliest houses in the township; old residents say that it stood fully 150 years.

Mr. Hoffman has taken an active interest in the life of his community, having served nine years as school director of his township, and he was president of the board during the greater part of his incumbency. He has served four years as deacon of Huff's Church, of which he and his family are Lutheran members. Mr. Hoffman is a Democrat in his political views.

The family resided at Alburtis, Lehigh County in the early 1910s. At the age of 64, burdened with a pulmonary abscess and pleurisy, John died on April 26, 1911. Emma survived him by more than a quarter of a century. She made a home in 1939 in Boyertown, Berks County. A dozen days after her 89th birthday, afflicted with hardening of the arteries, Emma died on April 13, 1940. Tillie Fisher of Boyertown provided details for the certificate of death. Burial was beside her husband in Huffs Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Grandson James W. Hoffman (1869-1943) was born on June 20, 1869. James was twice married. His first bride was Ella M. Knappenberger (1868-1927), daughter of Benjamin Knappenberger. They produced two known sons, Walter K. Hoffman and William James Hoffman. Sadness blanketed the family when Ella passed away in 1927 and then the following year their son William died in 1928 at the age of 21. James wedded his second spouse, Minnie Rebecca (Laubach) Erdley (1869-1960), daughter of Sarah (Fulmer) Laubach and the widow of John R. Erdley. James died at the age of 74 on Nov. 20, 1943. He rests in Freemansburg Cemetery in Northampton County. Ella lived for another 17 years and succumbed in 1960.
  • Granddaughter Tillie Hoffman ( ? - ? ) married Benjamin DeLong ( ? - ? ) of Longswamp Township. They bore one known daughter, Pearl DeLong. She is believed to have married a second time to (?) Fisher.

Daughter Anna Manah "Annie" Fox (1853-1941) was born on June 27, 1853 near Huff's Church, Lehigh County. She was united in holy matrimony with Milton Yingling (1847- ? ). In about 1874, the young couple relocated into Allentown, Lehigh County, where he obtained work in the railroad car shop. They produced three known children, Mary Yingling, Harry F. Yingling and William Henry Yingling. Later, she wed a second time to Thomas Dougherty ( ? - ? ). Circa 1938, she moved into the home of her grandson Robert T. Hillegass at 1827 Woodlawn Street. While visiting her son William in July 1941, Annie fractured her left hip and soonafter contracted pneumonia. She was admitted to Allentown Hospital and died after four weeks on Aug. 2, 1941, at the age of 88. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call, saying that "Trinity Evengelical church lost one of its oldest members Saturday in the death at the Allentown hospital of Mrs. Annie M. Dougherty." She was survived by three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Son William Yingling Allentown provided vital information for the Pennsylvania death certificate. Her pastor Rev. F.R. Cardwell led the funeral service, followed by burial in West End Cemetery in Allentown. Two of her grandsons were Robert T. Hillegass and Claude A. Stocker.

  • Granddaughter Mary Yingling (1872- ? ) was born in about 1872.
  • Grandson Harry F. Yingling (1874- ? ) was born on June 10, 1874 in Allentown. In March 1891, at the age of 17, he was confirmed in St. John's Lutheran Church. In about 1906, he married Minnie T. Dennis ( ? -1928), daughter of Oswin W. Dennis. News of the marriage license was printed in the Allentown Morning Call. They were the parents of Hazel Blass, Charles Yingling and Madeline Yingling. Circa 1912, they lived at 329 North Fountain Street in Allentown and were members of St. Andrew''s Reformed Church. Harry earned a living as a teamster, employed by the contractor Oscar Hoch. But in the winter of 1912, he contracted a deadly case of tuberculosis, and suffered for five months until he succumbed on Aug. 18, 1912, at the age of 38. His remains were placed into eternal rest in Greenwood Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Allentown Leader. On display at the casket were "Gates Ajar of roses, asters, lilies and gladioli," said the Morning Call, in addition to a wreath of galas leaves, roses and asters; a spray of cosmos; asters and ferns; and other bouquets. His pallbearers included his brother and five brothers in law. Minnie outlived her husband by 16 years and endured the untimely death of her son Charles. She became bedfast in February 1928 and died on March 3, 1928. An obituary was published in the Morning Call. Circa 1941, their daughter Madeline resided in New York.
  • Grandson William Henry Yingling (1876-1951) was born on May 30, 1876 in Allentown. He appears to have spent his entire life in the city and learned the trade of plumbing, working as an assistant. His address in Allentown in 1941 was 325 North 16th Street. Evidence suggests that he married Amanda J. ( ? - ? ). Stricken with an intestinal obstruction and a strangulated hernia, he died at the age of 75 on July 2, 1951. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Daughter Atillia Elisabeth "Tillie" Fox (1855-1939) was born on Aug. 12, 1855. At the age of 15, she worked as a domestic servant in the household of William and Anna Maria Clemmer in Hereford Township, Berks County. She was united in matrimony with Allen M. Gehman (Dec. 18, 1852-1924), son of Johannes and Lydia (Meyer) Gehman. They resided in Barto in Hereford, as shown by the 1880 federal census and other records, and in 1880 dwelled under the roof of Allen's widowed mother. They had two known sons, Albert Harvey Gehman and William Gehman. Sadly, son Albert passed away at the age of 13 in 1891. They lived in Hereford in 1900, with Allen laboring as a farmer, and Tillie's widowed mother in the home. At the age of 71, Allen died on March 21, 1924. The widowed Atillia was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died within a few days on July 8, 1939, at the age of 83, in the home of her son William. William Gehman of Barto signed the death certificate. The remains were interred in Huffs Church Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. J.N. Blatt.

  • Grandson William Gehman ( ? - ? ) lived in Clayton, Berks County in 1939.

Daughter May Fox (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858 in Hereford Township, Berks County.

Son John Fox (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860 in Hereford Township, Berks County. As a 19-year-old, in 1880, he is believed to have lived as a servant with the family of Cyrus and Lucy Miller in Upper Bern, Berks County.


~ Daughter Anna Maria (Gaumer) Jacobs ~

Daughter Anna Maria Gaumer (1836- ? ) was born in about 1836.

She was joined in matrimony with Aaron P. Jacobs ( ? - ? ).

Their two known children were Clement A. Jacobs and Jennie Gross.

They dwelled in Hanover Township (East Allentown) Lehigh County circa 1857. Circa 1883, their home was near Illick's Mill, later converted to Monocacy Park in Allentown.

She lived in South Bethlehem, PA in 1908-1909.

Son Clement A. Jacobs (1857-1937) was born on Feb. 4, 1857 in Hanover Township (East Allentown), Lehigh County. At the age of 27, in 1884, he was united in wedlock with S. Alice Bregstresser ( ? -1911). Their offspring were John S. Jacobs, William Jacobs, George A. Jacobs, Frank A. Jacobs, Kate M. Pritz, Mrs. Frank Gale, Genevieve B. Mack and Mrs. Herbert N. Oliver. As a young man, he learned the craft of tinsmithing. For 53 years, Clement worked for Sheriff Milton Laufer and his son Howard Laufer as manager of the Laufer Hardware Company on Wyandotte Street in Bethlehem. He was an active member of the First Reformed Church, as a teacher of the Mizpah Bible class for two decades. He also was a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Malta and Valley Forge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Sadly, Alice died on Dec. 3, 1911, ending their union of 27 years. He outlived her by more than a quarter of a century. When he celebrated his 74th birthday in 1931, he dwelled at 230 West Third Street in Bethlehem, and the Allentown Morning Call published an article about his life and career. He died in St. Luke's Hospital at the age of 80 on March 11, 1937. In an obituary, the Morning Call said he was "one of Bethlehem's outstanding citizens.... He never held public office but was very much interested at all times in the civic betterment and development of the community." His remains were interred in Hellertown Cemetery.

  • Grandson John S. Jacobs lived in Bethlehem, PA in 1937.
  • Grandson William Jacobs relocated to Burlington, CO.
  • Grandson George A. Jacobs made his home in 1937 in Pittsburgh.
  • Grandson Frank A. Jacobs dwelled in Kensington, PA.
  • Granddaughter Kate M. Jacobs ( ? - ? ). In Aug. 1908, she married Rudolph E. Pritz ( ? - ? ) at the home of her parents in South Bethlehem. Rev. D.B. Clark led the nuptials. Their attendants were William Pritz and his wife of Jersey City, with Edith Shaner playing the wedding march. Reported the Allentown Leader, "A reception and dinner followed, at which there were guests from the Bethlehems, Hellertown and Allentown." They resided in 1937 in Chicago.
  • Granddaughter (?) Jacobs wedded Frank Gale. They lived in New York in 1937.
  • Granddaughter Genevieve B. "Jennie" Jacobs (1899-1982) was born in about 1899. She was joined in wedlock with Harry C. Mack ( ? -1968), a native of Mack's Mills, Susquehanna County and the son of Capt. Henry A. and Adelaide (Sweet) Mack. The couple produced five children -- Edwin L. Mack, Bernard F. Mack, Hawthorne A. Mack, Grace N. Mack and Arlene L. Lackey. The Macks' home in 1937 was in Allentown. Genevieve was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Harry was named president in 1941 of the Allentown Bobbin Works. He also was a talented musician, playing as solo cornetist with the Allentown Band, having joined the band when it formed in 1902. He also was director of the Arion Band in Lehighton. He belonged to the Mink Pond Fishing Club, Asbury Methodist Church of Allentown, Masons lodge and Knights Templar, and the Rajah Temple of Reading. After a lengthy illness, Harry died at the age of 93 on July 18, 1968. The Allentown Morning Call published his photograph with an obituary. In 1982, her addess was 44 North West Street in Allentown. She died at the age of 83 on April 7, 1982. A death notice in the Morning Call said that interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Allentown.
  • Granddaughter (?) Jacobs was united in matrimony with Herbert N. Oliver. They dwelled in Nanticoke, PA in 1937.


Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA

Daughter Jennie A. Jacobs (1863-1960) was born in 1863 in Hanover Township (East Allentown), Lehigh County. On Sept. 1, 1883, at the age of about 20, she wedded 20-year-old Abner H. Gross (May 9, 1863-1947), a native of Hazleton and the son of well known Allentown photographer W.H.S. Gross and his wife Louisa Fry. The nuptials were held at the home of her father, near Bethlehem, Northampton County, and a story in the Allentown Democrat reported that "There was a large company present." The couple produced one son, Charles Gross. Abner began his working career manufacturing cigars on East Fourth Street in Allentown, having purchased the business from W.H. Jacobs. Early in their marriage, Jennie and Abner endured the blizzard of 1888, a three-day snowfalls which was one of the heaviest in recorded memory. "Telegraph lines were down and no mail or New York trains came to Bethlehem until the following Thursday," said the Allentown Morning Call. Albert wore a pair of hip boots as he helped clear snow, and he kept the boots for 50 years afterward. In March 1896, he was one of a number of local citizens who was refused a liquor license by order of Judge Scott of the court in Easton. That same year, in December, he was elected as first vice president of the Democrats of South Bethlehem's first and Second Wards. Abner and Jennie helped host elected and public officials with a specially made cake in December 1897 to mark the opening of the Hellertown and South Bethlehem Street Railway. The cake was decorated with "the figure of a trolley car, wire and posts and at the end of the line were American flags," the Morning Call noted. Circa 1900, Albert was employed as a traveling salesman for the H.G. Tombler Grocery Company of Easton. He was a member of the Knights Templar, and the couple traveled to Louisville, KY for a Knights convention in 1901. He also belonged to the Rotary Club and Odd Fellows lodge, and they of the Central Moravian Church of Bethlehem. Continuing his interest in civic affairs, Abner served for 19 years on the South Bethlehem Borough Council, including eight years as president. He also was acting burgess of the borough and held the position of president of the Wilbur Building and Loan Association. They enjoyed summer vacations in Atlantic City. The Morning Call reported in August 1918 that the Grosses had sold their home of 25 years, located at 109 West Fourth Street, in the South Side of Bethlehem, and had purchased a new residence at 18 North Seventh Avenue. Later in life, Abner left the confectionary business and started selling flour. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 1933, "receiving the felicitations of their legion of friends," said the Morning Call. In 1938, the aged but tireless husband-and-wife team is known to have made a 2,000-mile driving tour over 10 days, covering New England and Canada and coming back home via the Bear Mountain Bridge. They marked their 60th wedding anniversary in 1943. Sadness enveloped their lives when their only son, Charles, died in 1946. Albert passed away on Nov. 29, 1947 at the age of 84, with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery in Bethlehem. Jennie survived her husband by a baker's dozen of years. Suffering from hardening of the arteries, she was admitted to the Moravian King's Daughters Home in 1955. She died there after five years on Feb. 11, 1960. Anna Laubach of 44 West Church Street provided vital information for the death certificate.

  • Grandson Charles Gross (1885-1946) was born in 1885. He was married and had a son, E. Kennard Gross. Charles made a home in Montclair, NJ. Sadly, Charles died in 1946 at the age of 61. His remains were shipped home to Bethelem to be placed into rest in Memorial Park Cemetery, later to be joined there by his parents. Son Kennard (or "Kenneth") lived in Bethlehem in 1960.


~ Son Jonas F. Gaumer ~

Son Jonas F. Gaumer (1829-1870s?) was born in about 1829 in Macungie.

He was married to Ettillia C. "Tillie" Sieger (1827-1900).

The couple bore one son, William "George" Adam Gaumer.

When the 1870 federal census was taken, the Gaumers resided on a farm in in Upper Macungie.

Evidence suggests that Jonas died during the 1870s.

Tillie outlived her spouse by perhaps a quarter of a century. Her home in 1900 was in Orefield, Lehigh County.

She died at home at the age of 73 on Sept. 23, 1900. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that she "had been ill with dropsy for eight months." Her deceased and surviving siblings were listed as Owen Sieger, Frank G. Sieger, William H. Sieger, Ephraim Sieger, Nathan Sieger, Mrs. Eli Metzgar and Mrs. Josiah Kern. Rev. H.E. Semmel officiated at the funeral service, with burial following in Jordan Lutheran Church, today known as Greenwood Cemetery. Among those traveling to attend the funeral were Tillie's nephew, Rev. P.G. Sieger of Lancaster, and Mrs. Willis Benner of Doylestown.

Son William "George" Adam Gaumer (1857-1919) was born on Aug. 10, 1857 in Macungie. On Nov. 11, 1888, at the age of 31, he married Ellen Louisa Jane Bastain (March 15, 1856-1949), daughter of Daniel and Abigail (Steininger) Bastain. The couple did not reproduce. They made a home in Whitehall, Lehigh County, where he was a longtime proprietor of the Halfway House hotel. George belonged to a number of local organizations, among them the Masons, Odd Fellows and Order of Independent Americans At the age of 61, in the spring of 1919, he caught a deadly case of influenza, which led to enlargement of the heart and lungs. He died on April 30, 1919. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call said "He had been ailing for two weeks but was not thought to be seriously ill.... There are no surviving brothers or sisters and no children." Interment was in Jordan Lutheran Church Cemetery, known today as Greenwood Cemetery, with Edgar E. Gaumer of Allentown signing the death certificate. As he had done with George's mother 19 years earlier, Rev. H.E. Semmel led the funeral service. Ellen lived for another three decades. Her final years were spent at 329 North 10th Street in Allentown. She passed into eternity on March 18, 1949, just three days after her 93rd birthday.


~ Son William Gaumer ~

Son William Gaumer (1834-1906) was born in about 1834 in Macungie and spent his entire life in the community.

He married Eliza Ettinger (1845-1910).

They were the parents of Clinton Gaumer, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Gaumer, Bella Aurora, Priscilla Weidner and William C.H. Gaumer.


Reformed Church sanctuary in Zionsville.


Their farm was located about a mile northwest of Macungie. They were members of the Reformed Church.

Over time, Eliza became "mentally unsound" and remained so for years, reported the Allentown Leader, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania State Asylum for the Chronic Insane facility in Wernersville.

At the age of 73, afflicted with congestive heart failure, William passed away at home in 1906. Funeral services were followed by burial in the Lehigh Ziion Cemetery in Alburtis, with an obituary appearing in the Leader.

The afflicted Eliza survived her husband by four years, remaining institutionalized. She contracted pulmonary tuberulosis and passed away on May 19, 1910. Her remains were transported to Alburtis to be lowered into repose. The Allentown Morning Call said that "Many relatives and friends assembled to view the remains. Her sons and sons-in-law were the pall bearers."

Daughter Eliza "Lizzie" Gaumer married (?) Hohl. Her home in 1910 was in Schweyers and in 1955 in Kutztown, Berks County.

Daughter Rosa Bella Aurora Gaumer married (?) Lentenfield. Their residence in 1910 was in Allentown.

Daughter Priscilla Gaumer (1864-1925) was born on April 27, 1864 in Macungie. She wedded Charles H. Weidner ( ? - ? ). They lived in South Allentown and were the parents of Rachel F. Polster, Paul W. Weidner and Ada Routzahn. At the age of 60, while at the Lehigh Country Club on Jan. 2, 1925, she died of chronic heart disease. Roland Weidner of Allentown was the informant for the death certificate. Interment was in Schoenersville Cemetery.

Son William C.H. Gaumer (1876-1955) was born on Sept. 27, 1876 in Macungie. He was a longtime farmer, residing in the Macungie area. He married Hattie Miller ( ? -1936). They were the parents of Charles F. Gaumer and Annie Adam. Sadly, Hattie passed away in about 1936. William outlived her by 19 years. He was a Lutheran and attended the Longswamp Union Church. Later in life, he made a home in Kutztown, Berks County at 246 Chestnut Street. After suffering bleeding into the brain, he was admitted to Allentown Hospital. A week later, he died at the age of 78 on Aug. 1, 1955. Charles F. Gaumer of Kutztown signed the death certificate. Burial was in Longswamp Church Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Allentown Morning Call.

Son Clinton Gaumer (1881-1914) was born on April 8, 1881. He never married. Clinton lived in Palm, PA, where he earned a living as a farm laborer. His mental health declined, and a physician attributed it to "insanity." He was admitted to the Lehigh County Home. There, he succumbed to acute pulmonary tuberculosis on Nov. 11, 1914, at the age of 33. William H.F. Kuhns of Wescosville was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. His remains were lowered into peaceful repose in Trexlertown Cemetery.


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