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Lyman Gaumer
(1819-1909)

 

Lyman Gaumer was born on Feb. 20, 1819 in Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr.

He spent his working life as a carpenter in and around Muskingum County. 

On May 16, 1841, in a wedding ceremony held in Muskingum County, the 22-year-old Lyman married 19-year-old Mary Ann McClanahan (1822- ? ) of Coshocton, whose parents were natives of Virginia. Rev. Samuel Kaemmerer, of the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Adamsville, officiated at the nuptials.

Their known children included William "Henry" Gaumer, Mary Elizabeth Browning, Amanda Gaumer, Eliza Jane Gaumer, John L. Gaumer, George "Marion" Gaumer, Charles H. Gaumer and Margaret Browning.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War, Lyman and Mary Ann dwelled with Martin and Mary E. Zimmer in Adams Township. That year, they had seven mouths to feed under the age of 18.

 

Adamsville landmark built in 1840

The federal censuses of 1870-1880 show the Gaumers living in Adamsville, with Lyman continuing his work in carpentry.

In May 1901, reported the gossip columns of the Zanesville Times Recorder, he received a visit from his sister Malinda Werts of Coshocton County. She and her son J.C. Werts returned for a visit again in April 1903, with the news reported in the Adamsville Register and the Coshocton Democrat and Standard.

When he was 80 years of age, Lyman "leased a house in the south part of town and is now keeping house alone," said the Times Recorder. "Mr. Gaumer is over eighty years of age, but he has the ambition and good will to undertake many things the younger men would not try."

Lyman was a groundskeeper for the Adamsville Cemetery circa June 1905. Despite his age, the Times Recorder noted that he "is swinging the scythe with much skill and the grass is being shaved down close to the ground. Persons desiring to aid in paying Mr. Gaumer for the work can give or send the money to either H.H. Roberts. E.H. Mangold or F.J.E. Williams, Adamsville."

In February 1909, Lyman reached his 90th birthday, and the Zanesville newspaper said he was "the oldest resident of Adamsville and with the exception of his sister, 'Grandmother' Rachel Bell, who is several years his senior, is the oldest resident in Northwestern Muskingum." He received a number of post cards of congratulation and silver valued at $15.

Suffering from kidney failure, Lyman died in the home of his daughter Mary Elizabeth Browning in Adamsville at the age of 90 on Oct. 13, 1909. His niece Olive Browning immediately coming from her home to help with funeral preparations. Interment was in the Adamsville Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. J.D. Nulton preaching the service. Daughter Mary was the informant for the Ohio certificate of death. An article about his passing was made in the Coshocton Daily Times, which reported that "For some months his strength had been failing steadily and his condition was further weakened by two paralytic strokes which he suffered. The past few days he has seemed much weaker and Wednesday morning passed tranquilly from sleep into death. The end came absolutely without pain or suffering. Mr. Gaumer was related to the Barcroft, Wertz and Browning families in Coshocton and was widely known in all the country around Adamsville.... Mr. Gaumer was a man of unblemished character and spotless integrity; he enjoyed the respect of all who knew him."

 

~ Son William "Henry" Gaumer ~

 

Adamsville Baptist Church Cemetery

Son William "Henry" Gaumer (1843-1924) was born on Aug. 9, 1843 near Adamsville, Muskingum County.

Henry stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighed 138 lbs. and had a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. He joined the Union Army during the Civil War on May 2, 1864 and was assigned to the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Ohio National Guard), Company E. He was discharged in Zanesville after three months on Sept. 7, 1864.

After spending the winter as a civilian even as the war raged, on Feb. 14, 1865, he re-enlisted for a term of one year and was placed within the 191st Ohio Infantry, Company D. The war ended in mid-April 1865, and Henry remained in his regiment for several more months. One of his bunkmates at the time was a neighbor from back home, Orrin Richardson.

In July 1865, while on duty in Winchester, VA, he began to suffer from a bad cold due to what he called "exposure" to harsh weather. The illness "settled in back especially and head causing severe pain and weakness of back or lumbago and roaring in head and severe deafness of left ear," he wrote. The ailments were to stay with him the rest of his life. In camp at the same time was Henry's cousin Adam Claude Sturtz of Adamsville, of the family of Susanna (Gaumer) Sturtz Baughman. Sturtz found Henry in his tent, lying very ill, and reported the matter to the regiment's surgeon. Henry did not seek medical care, he wrote, as he "would rather run almost any risk than go to the hospital."

Henry finally received an honorable discharge at Winchester on Aug. 27, 1865 and returned home. Less than two weeks after arriving home, on Sept. 10, 1865, he was injured while in the act of target shooting. He later recalled the incident: "I was in the yard near our house with my gun shooting at a mark and as the gun was discharged a piece of the cap flew into my right eye, immediately cutting out the sight of said eye." Friends Oliver Browning and James Hunter were present and noted that "there was an old rusty load in the gun which he wanted to discharge before cleaning the piece." The cap remained in the eyeball for nine weeks "before it was drawn out by the application of medicine," Henry said.

Later that year, he underwent medical care for his rheumatism from Dr. Bartley in Adamsville. But after about six months, Bartley advised that there was no cure. Henry then was under the care of Dr. Hosick of Adamsville, who prescribed linaments.

Unmarried at the age of 27 in 1870, he lived at home in Adamsville and assisted his father with carpentry.

 

William's letter to U.S. Pension Commissioner

On Aug. 8, 1872, when he was 29 years of age, Henry married 23-year-old Martha J. Bowden (June 1849-1934), daughter of William and Mary (Capwell) Bowden of Salem Township, Muskingum County. Rev. John W. Toland officiated.

Their 10 children were Rosa May Johnson, David Mitchell Gaumer, Guy W. Gaumer, Mary Florence Brook, Charlotte Belle "Lottie" Gaumer, Rev. James Harvey Gaumer, Charles Herbert Gaumer, Royal Alfred Gaumer, Bernard L. Gaumer and Myrl E. Gaumer. Sadly, their youngest daughter passed away at the tender age of five months on Dec. 30, 1897.

Henry was unable to earn much of a living over the years due to his physical debilities. He did perform some farmwork for Edward Brock of Salem Township, and sawed logs with local farmer James Hunter, and both watched as he quit working due to pain and stiffness in his back. Henry drew some income from the local township's fund for indigent soldiers, a fact noted by township treasurer treasurer and local blacksmith Jacob A. Snoots.

In 1880, their residence was on a farm in Salem Township. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. William belonged to the Hazlett Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans organization, commanded locally by G.V. Kern.

As he aged, Henry suffered from an enlarged prostate and underwent surgery. He filed for and began receiving a military pension as compensation for wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #727.691 - Cert. #560.169] Friends Orrin Richardson of Zanesville signed affidavits of testimony in support of his disability claim.

The 1900 U.S. Census shows the Gaumers farming in Salem Township. In about 1915, he suffered another loss of eyesight when a fragment of wood flew into the eye while he was chopping wood for kindling.

He relocated from Adamsville to Sonora, Muskingum County in about 1917. Then, his eyesight continuing to fail, he moved again at Christmas 1924 into Zanesville. He was forced to use a cane while walking.

 

The famed "Y" in Zanesville, when it was a covered bridge in olden days

 

Complications set in, and Henry died at age 80 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville on Feb. 12, 1924. Interment was in Adamsville, with Rev. Bey officiating and a special service conducted by his GAR mates. H.J. Gaumer of Union City signed the death certificate, and an obituary was printed in the Zanesville Signal. Among those attending the burial service was John Sarbaugh.

Martha outlived her husband by 11 years. She began receiving her late husband's Civil War pension payments a month or so after his passing. [Widow App. #1.215.932 - Cert. #950.127]. As of early 1924, she made her home in Sonora, Muskingum County. Her son Harvey and daughter Rosa May Johnson witnessed documents she had to furnish in connection with the pension.

Debilitated by heart disease, she died at age 84 on Jan. 24, 1934 in Perry Township, Muskingum County. Daughter Rosa May Johnson of Sonora signed her death certificate. She was placed into repose in Adamsville. An obituary in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal said her funeral was conducted by Rev. F.A. LePage and that she was survived by 26 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two sisters in Illinois.

Their descendants gathered for a first-ever reunion in a Zanesville park in August 1951, with a number of their grown children attending.

Daughter Rosa May Gaumer (1874- ? ) was born on March 4, 1874. She married Ross Johnson ( ? - ? ). In 1924, they dwelled in Zanesville at the address of 1036 Brown Avenue. By 1934, they had relocated to in Sonora, Muskingum County. On her widowed mother's behalf, Rosa May wrote letters to the U.S. Pension Commissioner so that she could begin receiving the Civil War soldier widow's pension.

Son David Mitchell Gaumer (1876- ? ) was born on Oct. 25, 1876. He moved to Illinois and in 1924-1939 made his home in McComb, IL. In June 1939, they hosted a visit from David's brothers Guy and Bernard whom he "had not seen for 21 years," reported the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Son Guy W. Gaumer (1878-1969) was born on Oct. 3, 1878 in Salem Township. He wedded Torria M. Bugg (Dec. 10, 1882-1947), a native of Cherokee County, KS and the daughter of William and Almira (Lindsey) Bugg. They had son Victor J. Gaumer and daughters Gladys Barnes, Ruby Keller and Bernice Jenkins in addition to a stillborn daughter (1921). In about 1917, they established a home in Zanesville and in 1921 lived on Center Street. The Gaumers' address in the 1940s was 433 Stewart Street in Zanesville. Guy was employed by Armco Steel Corporation for 50 years and, in retirement, belonged to the Armco Veterans Club. They were members of the Coburn Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America, and Guy held a membership for 54 years in the Modern Woodmen of America. Sadly, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage followed by acute heart failure, Torria was rushed to Zanesville's Bethesda Hospital, where she died at the age of 64 on April 29, 1947. Interment was in Zanesville Memorial Park, with Rev. Charles Bay of the Baptist church officiating. An obituary in the Times Recorder noted that her surviving siblings lived in Kansas City, Little Rock and Sask, Canada. Guy lived for many years after Torria's death. In 1964, he continued to live at 433 Stewart Street. He died at the age of 90 on July 6, 1969 as a patient in Bethesda Hospital.

  • Grandson Victor J. Gaumer (1923- ? ) was born on July 26, 1923. He served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II, training at Camp Wheeler, GA and Camp Livingston, LA. In 1969, his home was on Boggs Road near Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Gladys Gaumer married Claude Barnes and lived in Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Ruby L. Gaumer wedded Spencer Keller and made their home in Zanesville. Ruby's aged father lived under their roof toward the end of his life.
  • Granddaughter Bernice Gaumer was joined in marriage with Waldo Jenkins and resided in Columbus and Canal Winchester, OH.
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Daughter Mary Florence Gaumer (1882- ? ) was born on Feb. 13, 1882. She was wedded to (?) Brock ( ? - ? ). They lived in Millville, FL in 1924-1934 and in Atlantic City, FL in 1964. She was the last surviving offspring and in 1969 made her residence in Panama City, FL.

Daughter Charlotte Belle "Lottie" Gaumer (1884-1928) was born on June 8, 1884 in Salem Township. Circa 1906, when she would have been about 22 years of age, Lottie married 24-year-old Jesse R. Wortman (1882- ? ). Their known children were Waldo E. Wortman, Emery Wortman, Florence Wortman and Bernard Wortman. The family lived on a farm in Muskingum County's Highland Township in 1910. By 1920, they had relocated to a farm in Salem Township. In 1924-1928, their dwelling was in Adamsville. Heartache befell the family when Lottie began to suffer from cancer of the uterus and an infection of peritonitis. She was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville and underwent surgery but could not rally. She died there on Jan. 9, 1928 at the age of 43. Interment was in Adamsville, with her brother Guy signing the official Ohio certificate of death. Jesse and the children remained in the Adamsville area and are shown there in the 1930 federal census. After many years as a widower, Jesse married again to Odessa (?).

  • Grandson Waldo E. Wortman (1907-1975) was born on Jan. 6, 1907 in Muskingum County. Circa 1934, he served on the entertainment committee of the annual alumni dinner of Adamsville High School. He married Marie Adeline Henyan (1904-1989), daughter of Claude and Lillian (McBride) Henyan. They lived in or near Nashport, Muskingum County. Waldo died at the age of 68 on Aug. 15, 1975. Interment was in Irville Cemetery in Nashport. Marie lived for another 14 years and followed him into death in 1989.
  • Grandson Emery E. "Spive" Wortman (1911-1973) was born on Aug. 1, 1911 in Muskingum County. On Aug. 1, 1929, Emery was joined in wedlock with Alice C. (1911-1990). They produced these children -- Gerald "Bud" Wortman and Irene Adams. Emery was employed as a welder for Armco Steel Corporation. They were members of the Adamsville United Methodist Church. During World War II, Emery served as a private in the U.S. Army. Later, he joined the Dresden American Legion and the Army Veterans Club. A heart attack swept Emery away at the age of 61 in July 1973. Burial was in Adamsville Baptist Cemetery, with Rev. Helen Graves officiating.
  • Granddaughter Florence M. Wortman (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 in Muskingum County. She wedded Clyde Crawford. In 1973, her home was in Dresden.
  • Grandson W. Bernard Wortman (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918 in Muskingum County. He dwelled in Adamsville in the early 1970s.

Son Rev. Harvey James Gaumer (1887- ? ) was born on April 10, 1887 in Adamsville. On June 3, 1908, the 21-year-old Harvey married 23-year-old Ola P. Sergent (July 22, 1884-1945), daughter of Ezekiel and Mattie Ellen (Shipe) Sargent of Barnesville, Belmont County. Rev. J.A. Bolton officiated. At the time of marriage, Harvey earned a living as a laborer. They had three children -- Paul Gaumer, Helen Barnet and Anna Belle Gaumer. Harvey became a Methodist clergyman. Over the years, he served churches in Union City, IN (1924) and in Lima and Cridersville (1942-1945), OH. Their address in 1945 was 306 West Sugar Street in Cridersville. Heartache swept over the family in mid-1944 when Ola discovered a cancerous growth on her left breast. She suffered for eight months and died at age 60 on Feb. 22, 1945. Burial in was in Braceville Center Cemetery in Warren, Trumbull County, OH, with an obituary in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal. Harvey survived his wife by many years. In 1964, he was in Alliance, OH. He succumbed at the age of 78 on Sept. 16, 1965.

  • Grandson Paul Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He married and lived in Warren, Trumbull County, OH in 1938.
  • Granddaughter Helen Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married (?) Barnet.
  • Granddaughter Anna Belle Gaumer ( ? - ? )

Son Charles "Herbert" Gaumer (1889-1964) was born on April 2, 1889 in Salem Township. On June 2, 1915, he was joined in matrimony with Susan Catherine Wisecarver (May 19, 1877-1987), daughter of Seymour and Mary (Shroyer) Wisecarver. They were the parents of Dorus L. Gaumer, Violet Carnes and Mary Rose Wheeler. They dwelled in Sonora, OH and he spent his career working as a section hand for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The family were members of Salem Methodist Church near Sonora. After suffering for three years, Herbert succumbed in Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville on Dec. 10, 1964. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that his survivors included nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Rev. David Boldt officiated at the funeral and burial in Salem Cemetery. Susan continued in widowhood for 24-plus years. Her address in 1987 was 2450 Sonora Road. She died at home at the age of 90 on Nov. 11, 1987.

  • Grandson Dorus L. Gaumer ( ? -1976) was born in (?). He was a veteran of World War II with sevice in New Guinea and Australia. He married Ann (Bowman) Swingle ( ? - ? ). She had been married before and brought a son to the union, Vernon Swingle. They produced a son, Ray Gaumer. His home was in Adamsville in 1964, and he earned a living as a construction worker, with membership in the Internatinoal Union of Operating Engineers. He succumbed on Feb. 2, 1976.
  • Granddaughter Violet Gaumer wedded (?) Carnes. They lived in 1959 in Zanesville and in 1964 in Cleveland. By 1976, she was in Westminster, CA and in 1987 was in Sonora, OH.
  • Granddaughter Mary Rose Gaumer who served in the U.S. Civil Service during World War II. She eventually married Fred Wheeler. They dwelled in Castle Rock, WA in 1960-1987.

Son Royal Alfred "Roy" Gaumer (1891-1964) was born on Sept. 8, 1891. He lived in Sonora, Nashport and Columbus, OH, and earned a living over the years as a coal mine laborer. He was united in matrimony with Margaret A. Watters (1897- ? ) of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. They were the parents of William A. Gaumer, twins Geraldine V. Gaumer and Martha M. Gaumer, Betty Jean Gaumer and Richard Gaumer. He and his wife separated by April 1937, and he was arrested but found not guilty on charges of non-support. They apparently reconciled as they are shown together living under the same roof on Livingston Street, Columbus, in the 1940 U.S. Census. Roy worked as a farmer circa 1940. Circa 1942, Roy resided in Columbus at the address of 61 East Fulton Street. The couple eventually divorced. Roy supported himself in the mid-1940s as a bartender, living at 140 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus. At the age of 53, on April 9, 1945, he wedded 37-year-old waitress Irene (Hurles) Gaumer (1908- ? ). It was his third marriage, and her fourth, with Rev. George S. Schultz officiating. She was the daughter of Clem and May (Peters) Hurles of Higby, OH. The couple appears to have divorced and remarried again on June 22, 1950. Then on June 10, 1953, at age 61, he married yet again to 48-year-old Ruth E. (Boone) Sies ( ? - ? ), daughter of James E. and Carrie (Patton) Boone of ERlanger, KY. At that time, he worked as a butcher. Roy passed away the age of 72 on May 7, 1964. He rests in Greenlawn Cemetery.

  • Grandson William A. Gaumer (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine V. Gaumer (1919- ? ) was born in Dec. 1919, a twin with her sister Martha. She wedded French native Leon Walters (1918- ? ). They produced a son, Steve Walters. In 1940, the family made a home on Livingston Street, with Leon employed as a floor layer for a retail flooring business.
  • Granddaughter Martha M. Gaumer (1919- ? ) was born in Dec. 1919, a twin with her sister Geraldine.
  • Granddaughter Betty Jean Gaumer (1923- ? ) was born on Aug. 13, 1923 in Sonora, Muskingum County. As a two-year-old, she was pictured in the Zanesville Signal on March 1, 1925. Sadly, at the age of 18, she was stricken with pneumonia and could not recover. She died on April 30, 1942. Her remains were lowered into the earth in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.
  • Grandson Richard Gaumer (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932.

Son Bernard L. Gaumer (1894- ? ) was born on May 13, 1894. He resided in Sonora, OH in the 1920s and '30s. He wedded Mildred Filkill of Zanesville in February 1934 in a ceremony held in Wheeling, WV. In or about June 1946, at the age of 51, he was engaged to marry 28-year-old Ada E. Stage of Dresden. By 1964, he had relocated to a home on Ninth Street in Zanesville.

Daughter Myrl E. Gaumer (1897- ? ) was born on July 13, 1897.

 

~ Daughter Mary Elizabeth (Gaumer) Browning ~

Daughter Mary Elizabeth Gaumer (1846-1930) was born on Jan. 6, 1846 in Adamsville, Salem Township. A newspaper once said she "spent her entire life in that vicinity."

On Oct. 8, 1866, when she was 20 years of age, Mary was wedded to Civil War veteran Oliver Browning ( ? -1896). The nuptials were held in Coshocton County by the hand of Rev. Israel Thrap.

During the war, Oliver served in the Union Army as a member of the 51st Ohio Infantry, Company F. He was promoted to corporal. He was captured as a prisoner of war at the Battle of Stone's River.

They initially dwelled in Adamsville and were the parents of Annie R. Browning, James L. Browning, Melinda Jane "Jennie" McCoy, Eleanor Olive Griffith, Myrville McCormick, Bess Porteus, Viola Spragg, Harvey A. "Harve" Browning and John "Errol" Browning and two others who died young.

As compensation for his wartime ailments, Oliver was awarded a federal military pension. [Invalid App. #668.528 - Cert. #495.497]

The Brownings eventually moved to a farm in Franklin Township, Coshocton County. Interested in politics, Oliver was a candidate for Salem Township office circa 1889, along with John L. Gaumer.

 

Adamsville Methodist Episcopal Church

Sadly, Oliver died in 1896.

Now widowed, Mary maintained a home on North Fourth Street in Coshocton, with many young mouths to feed. She survived her spouse by more than three decades. She was a longtime member of the Adamsville Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mary was awarded her late husband's pension and received monthly payments for the balance of her life. [Widow App. #633.634 - Cert. #428.515]

In the mid-1910s, C.H. Fiesher of Zanesville received a contract to erect standard-issue military markers at the graves of Oliver and many fellow veterans in the county. But he did not know how to locate these graves and they were not marked as of January 1917.

Just a few weeks before her 85th birthday, the widowed Mary suffered a stroke and thereafter was in critical condition until death on Dec. 14, 1930. She was placed into repose in the Baptist Cemetery in Adamsville, with Rev. Canfield preaching the funeral service. Viola Spragg was the informant for the certificate of death.

Oliver is named in several books, among them the 1881 History of Coshocton County, Ohio: Its Past and Present -- the 1897 Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Encampment of the Department of Ohio Grand Army of the Republic -- and the Centennial History of Coshocton County, Ohio, Vol. 1.

Daughter Annie R. Browning (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868.

Son James L. Browning (1869-1926) was born on Valentine's Day 1869. He married (?) McCann ( ? - ? ). She brought a son to the marriage, Robert Allan McCann. They resided in Frazeysburg, OH and produced two sons of their own, Bryce B. Browning and Kenneth Browning. As a young man, he served as deputy treasurer for Muskingum County. He then entered the field of banking in about 1926 and over the next two decades rose to become cashier of the Peoples Bank Company. In the mid-1920s, the bank had capital stock value of $25,000, surplus and undivided profits of $67,000 and deposits worth $500,000. He was considered "one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Muskingum county," said the Zanesville Times Recorder. "Mr. Browning took high rank among the bankers of the state, being a shrewd and conservative financier, and one whose business judgment was highly valued. He also was prominent in church work and was an earnest supporter of every movement looking to the moral upbuilding of the community." Tragically, just 11 days before Christmas 1926, while "in his usual cheery spirits" in meetings with colleagues, he walked into the bank vault to retrieve a file of papers. A loaded pistol fell from the vault wall, firing a bullet which struck him in the head, killing him instantly. While some speculated that the death was suicide, the bank and county coroner conducted an investigation showing that the theory was false. Burial was in Frazeysburg Cemetery, with Rev. Bush officiating.

  • Grandson Bryce C. Browning was employed as secretary of the Zanesville Savings and Loan Company. He lived on Maple Avenue in Zanesville in 1926.
  • Grandson Kenneth Browning lived on Dryden Road in Zanesville in 1926 and was manager of the Maytag Company.

Son Harvey Allen "Harve" Browning (1871- ? ) was born on Jan. 9, 1871. When he was age 29 and unmarried in 1900, he lived with his widowed mother and six younger siblings on the home farm, and earned income sawing lumber. He married and had two known children, Mary Louise Browning and James Browning. They were longtime farmers and lived in Sonora, OH. In 1943, he purchased a house from Vietta Doughty and relocated to near Adamsville in 1946. Harvey suffered a cerebral hemorrghage and on July 15, 1951 was admitted to the Zane Rest Home in Zanesville, and died there 13 days later on July 28, 1951, at the age of 80. Interment was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Mary Louise Browning ( ? - ? ) married (?) Shirer. In 1978, she lived in Adamsville.
  • Grandson James Browning lived near Fresno, OH in 1945.

Daughter Melinda Jane "Jennie" Browning (1874-1954) was born on Jan. 27, 1874 in Coshocton County. As a young woman, she worked as a sales lady in a dry goods store. In 1901, at about the age of 27, she wedded J. Ernest McCoy ( ? -1932). The couple produced one son, Ernest Browning McCoy. They lived in Detroit in 1930 and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Sadly, Ernest died in 1932, the year their son was married. Jennie moved to Ann Arbor and was there in 1946. She eventually returned to Ohio and, in 1954, had an address of West Lafayette. She died in the home of her sister Bess Porteus at the age of 80 on Dec. 4, 1954. Rev. C.H. Heinlein led the funeral services in West Lafayette. Her remains then were transported to New Jersey for burial in the town of Caldwell. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

  • Grandson Ernest Browning "Ernie" McCoy (1904-1980) was born on July 20, 1904 in Pittsburgh. On Aug. 27, 1932, in a ceremony held at the bride's residence, he wedded Elizabeth Hemenger ( ? - ? ), daughter of F. Russell and Gertrude (Swartout) Hemenger of Algonac, MI. Her photograph portrait was published in a related story in the Detroit Free Press. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, playing varsity baseball and basketball for the Wolverines and capturing All-America honors. He also obtained a master's degree in physical education from Columbia University in New York. He got his start as a teacher, coach and athletic director at a high school in Montclair, NJ, followed by a role as athletic director at Montclair Teachers College. When he and Elizabeth were married, they moved to Montclair. In 1940, he joined the Michigan athletic staff and was an assistant coach for football, basketball and baseball, also serving as a chief football scout. He took time off to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Ater the war, he was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1946. He became known for his balanced approach to academics and athletics. Then in 1952, he accepted a new position at Pennsylvania State University, with the roles of dean of physical education and athletic director. When he joined Penn State, legendary Rip Engle coached the Nittany Lions football team. When Engle retired, Ernie replaced him in 1966 with an up-and-coming assiistant, Joe Paterno. Paterno went on to obtain 409 victories, the most in major collegiate history, and won two national championships. Ernie also established a reputation for foundig Penn State's Sports Research Institute and with service as vice president and secretary treasurer for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). Ernie remained at Penn State until 1970, when he retired. But within a year, he joined the University of Miami as temporary athletic director until 1973. He died in University Park, PA on Sept. 16, 1980.

Daughter Eleanor Olive Browning (1878-1918) was born on May 31, 1878 in Coshocton County, OH. In June 1916, she wedded Edgar R. Griffith ( ? - ? ) of Adamsville, by the hand of Rev. A.V. Ault. The Griffiths lived in the Zanesville area. At the age of 39, suffering from chronic appendicitis and fibroids on her uterus, Eleanor was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville. She underwent surgery but tragically went into shock and died on Nov. 1, 1918. Her sister Viola was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in the Baptist Church Cemetery in Adamsville. In November 1922, Edgar secured work and moved to Toledo.

Daughter Viola Browning (1881- ? ) was born in October 1881 in Coshocton County. She bore a son, Gordon Browning. In 1900, she was a clerk in a local post office in the county. She was united in matrimony with Albert Spragg ( ? -1933). Viola was a longtime member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Adamsville and the local Order of Eastern Star. She dwelled with her mother in 1930 and endured the death of her husband in 1933. She lived on East Pike near Adamsville in 1946. Her health failing, she was admitted to Coshocton City Hospital in November 1946 and died there at the age of 65. Burial was in Adamsville Baptist Cemetery.

  • Grandson Gordon Browning ( ? - ? ) lived in Dresden, OH in 1978. He had a daughter, June Browning of Coshocton.

Daughter Bess Browning (1885- ? ) was born in April 1885 in Coshocton County. She was joined in wedlock with Edward Porteus (1884-1919), son of Robert Porteus. They bore a son, Roy "Edward" Porteus. They resided in West Lafayette, OH. Tragedy struck in February 1919 when Edward contracted a deadly case of pneumonia and passed away. Relatives including Bess's mother traveled to attend the funeral in West Lafayette Cemetery. Bess remained in West Lafayette for decades.

  • Grandson Roy "Edward" Porteus ( ? -1981) grew up in West Lafayette. On March 25, 1939, when he was (?) years of age, he married 21-year-old Matilda J. Duling (March 1, 1918-2006), daughter of Joel W. "Bill" and Alice (Roahrig) Duling. They were the parents of four children -- John E. Porteus, Mary Jane Kreidler, Sue Ann Redman and Nancy K. Melick. Matilda grew up in Linton Township, Coshocton County and attended the Sicker and Trio one-room schools. As a young woman, she worked for Heller Bros. Co. Then together, they operated a farm and owned a commercial flying service and flight school. Matilda was employed as a secretary to the West Lafayette High School Superintendent from 1955 to 1965, and then took a job as deputy clerk in the Muskingum County Probate and Juvenile Court, retiring in 1983. She also was treasurer of the Plainfield United Methodist Church and belonged to the West Lafayette Sorosis Club, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Republican Women's Club and Plainfield Women's Bridge Club. Edward died on Jan. 13, 1981. Matilda lived for another quarter of a century. She passed away at home at the age of 88 on Oct. 15, 2006. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette, with Rev. Paul Gerycz and Rev. Johnnie Swann co-officiating at the funeral service. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that she was survived by nine grandchildren.

Daughter Myrville Browning (1889-1962) was born on June 27, 1889 in Salem Township, Muskingum County. At the age of 25, on Feb. 24, 1915, she married James H. McCormick (1894-1974), son of W. "Lytle" and Minnie C. (Hamilton) McCormick. Their home in 1926 was in Beulah, CO and in 1930 was in Wetmore, CO. By 1946, they had moved back to Adamsville, where he worked for the Ohio Department of Highways. Myrville was an officer with the Faithful Workers Class of the Adamsville United Methodist Church. James died at home at 1400 Newark Road at the age of 80 on Jan. 12, 1974. Rev. Chester Rupert officiated at the funeral service, with pallbearers including Fred Henry, Paul Fisher, Gordon Browning, Donald Shirer, Richard Williams and H. James. The Zanesville Times Recorder published an obituary. Myrville lived to the ripe age of 90. Toward the end, she became a resident of the Muskingum County Home. She died on Sept. 25, 1978.

Son John Errol Browning (1892-1969) was born on Oct. 29 1892 in Adamsville. As a three-year-old boy, in November 1895, he was stricken with scarlet fever. He made a home in Zanesville circa 1930-1946. On Nov. 19, 1916, he was united in marriage with Bertha E. Blake ( ? - ? ). Their children were John W. Browning and Betty Browning. Errol worked for Armco Steel Company for more than 39 years and eventually retired from the company. They were members of the Adamsville Baptist Church. The Browningses lived on 1608 Greenwood Avenue near Zanesville. Errol was stricken with a stroke in 1963 but lived for another six years. He passed away on Feb. 6, 1969, at the age of 76. Bertha lived for another six years. She suffered a heart attack in June 1975 and was admitted to Good Samaritan Medical Center, but could not recover. She died at the age of 78 on June 29, 1975. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

  • Grandson John W. Browning lived in Norwich, OH in 1975.
  • Granddaughter Betty Browning resided at home with her mother in 1975 and remained in the home after her mother's passing.

 

~ Daughter Amanda Gaumer ~

Daughter Amanda Gaumer (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848.

 

~ Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer ~

Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850.

 

~ Son John L. Gaumer ~

 

Son John L. Gaumer (1854- ? ) was born in about 1854.

 

~ Son George "Marion" Gaumer ~

Son George "Marion" Gaumer (1857-1932) was born in January 1857 in Muskingum County.

At the age of 23, in about 1880, Marion married Frances Phillips (Aug. 1860- ? ), daughter of George and Elizabeth Phillips of Coshocton, OH.

They produced four known offspring, Mary Gaumer, Magdalene "Lena" Jarrett, Stella Gaumer and Edgar Gaumer.

 

Famed Marsh Wheeling cigar company --
Marion's and Mary's employer in the early 1900s?

Circa 1898, they were in Newark, Licking County, OH. By 1900, they relocated to Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. In 1900, their residence was in Clay Township, Ohio County, with Marion working as a cigar maker and 18-year-old daughter Mary as a tobacco stripper.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, Marion worked as a pipe threader in a sprinkler factory. That year, Frances' widowed, German-born mother lifed under their roof. By 1930, they moved to a new home across the river in Smith Township, Belmont County, OH, with Marion employed as a cigar maker in a local factory. Was their employer the famed Marsh Wheeling Stogie company?

Marion was named in the 1930 Coshocton Tribune obituary of his sister Mary Elizabeth Browning. He died on Nov. 19, 1932, at the age of 75. [Find-a-Grave]

Frances passed away in 1950. They rest in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling.

Daughter Mary Gaumer (1881- ? ) was born in Sept. 1881 in Ohio. At the age of 18 in 1900, unmarried, she lived at home and was employed as a cigar stripper at a factory in or near Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.

Daughter Magdalene "Lena" Gaumer (1885-1948) was born in June 1885 in Coshocton County. She held a job at the age of 15 in Wheeling as a packer with a local stamping works. She was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Manley ( ? - ? ). They divorced. Then on Oct. 26, 1916, in a ceremony held in Bridgeport, Belmont County, OH, she wedded a second time to widower Franklin Isaac Jarrett (1872-1958), son of Josiah and Melissa (Phillips) Jarrett. They lived at 416 Hickory in Martins Ferry, Belmont County, OH. Suffering from cancer of the colon, Magdalene was admitted to Martins Ferry Hospital. There, she died at the age of 62 on Jan. 21, 1948. Burial was in Centerville, Belmont County, OH. Frank survived his wife by a decade. He died in 1958.

Daughter Estella F. "Stella" Gaumer (1892- ? ) was born in February 1892 in Newark, Licking County, OH. She came to West Virginia with her parents as a young girl. At the age of 18, on Dec. 7, 1910, in nuptials held in Wheeling by Rev. F.P. Rossman, she was united in wedlock with 20-year-old Alva M. "Alvie" Goodwin (1890- ? ), a native of Brooke County, WV. They were the parents of Howard F. Goodin and Russell Goodin.

  • Grandson Russell Goodin (1911) was born on Nov. 18, 1921 in Wheeling. He worked as a laborer as a young man. At the age of 26, on Sept. 27, 1938, Russell was joined in holy wedlock with 22-year-old factory worker Wilma Loy (June 6, 1916- ? ), daughter of Frank and Jessie (Snyder) Loy. Officiating at the nuptials was Rev. A.R. Elliott of the St. Clairsville Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • Grandson Howard F. Goodin (1916- ? ) was born on Sept. 27, 1916. As a young man, he was employed as a mill worker. He was twice married. The identity of his first bride is not known. On June 27, 1942, at the age of 25, he was united in matrimony with 21-year-pold beautician Florence J. Meyers (Oct. 15, 1920- ? ), daughter of George and Anna (Meihew) Meyers of Barnesville, Belmont County. Rev. C.N. Jarrett of Barnesville officiated. On their marriage license application, the couple asked that the news not be published.

Son Edgar Gaumer (1898- ? ) was born in July 1898 near Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.

 

~ Son Charles H. Gaumer ~

 

Son Charles H. Gaumer (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860.

 

~ Daughter Margaret Gaumer ~

Daughter Margaret Gaumer (1863- ? ) was born in 1863 in Adamsville.

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