Johann Dietrich Gaumer Jr. was born on Oct. 15, 1760 in Amity, Berks County, PA or in Macungie Township, Northampton County, PA, a son of Johann Dietrich and Maria "Elizabeth" (Meinert) Gaumer Sr. Evidence suggests that he was a Revolutionary War veteran.
He was baptized two-and-a-half months later on New Year’s Day 1761. The ritual was held in the Gaumer family home, not in the family church, perhaps owing to poor winter weather. Dietrich's sponsors were Jacob and Christina Tanner.
On Feb. 1, 1791, at the age of 30, he married Rebecca Margaretha Strunck ( ? -1835). Officiating at their wedding ceremony was Rev. Johann "Wilhelm" Boos of the Schwartzwalt (Schwarzwald) Church in Exeter Township, Berks County. The pastor kept a record of the event which was published two centuries later in 1997 in a book entitled Schwarzwald Church Register.
The couple produced four known children - Elizabeth Gaumer, Rebecca Gaumer, Amos Gaumer and Salome Däsch Knoedler.
Circa 1799, when their daughter Salome was born, the Gaumers lived in Macungie, Lehigh County, PA.
At some point they relocated to Lockport, Niagara County, NY.
Johann Dietrich died in 1818.
His widow Rebecca Margaretha outlived him by 18 years. She passed away in Lockport on March 9, 1835, at the age of 60, with burial two days later.
Their burial sites are unknown.
This family is outlined in Myrtle Knepper Weniger's typescript work, entitled The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines (Corvallis, OR: 1946).
~ Daughter Elizabeta "Elizabeth" Gaumer ~
Daughter Elizabeta "Elizabeth" Gaumer (1792- ? ) was born on Jan. 22, 1792. She was baptized at age two months on March 25, 1792. Her sponsors were Jacob Buskirk and Elizabeth Gaumer.
More will be added when learned.
~ Daughter Rebecca Gaumer ~
Daughter Rebecca Gaumer (1797- ? ) was born on June 5, 1797. On July 9, 1797, when she was one month old, she received the rite of Christian baptism. Her sponsors were Melcher and Catarina Beer.
~ Son Amos Gaumer ~
Son Amos Gaumer (1802- ? ) was born on April 1, 1802. He received a Christian baptism at seven weeks of age on May 23, 1802. Sponsors at the baptism were his uncle and aunt, Hendrich and Elizabeth Schanckweiler.
~ Daughter Salome Däsch (Gaumer) Knedler ~
Daughter Salome Däsch Gaumer (1799-1869) was born on Oct. 19, 1799 in Macungie, Lehigh County, PA.
She wedded Andreas Knoedler (June 7, 1787-1860), shortened to "Knedler."
Seven children were born to this union -- Josiah Kneedler, Reuben Knedler, John Knedler, Mary Anna Gaumer, Benjamin Franklin Knedler, Charles W.H. Knedler and George F. Knedler.
The couple grieved repeatedly at the untimely deaths of four of their sons -- Josiah in 1857, at age 37; Benjamin in 1853, age 22; Charles in 1854, age 17; and George in 1842, age 2.
A June 1852 article in the German language newspaper Der Lecha Caunty Patriot of Allentown named Andreas as the tax collector for Lower Macungie Township.
When he was age 72, Andreas was swept away by the Angel of Death on April 11, 1860.
Salome lived as a widow for another nine years. She died in Macungie at the age of 69 on June 19, 1869. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in what today is the Solomon's United Church of Christ Cemetery, with Rev. A.J.G. Dubbs officiating. A record of her funeral was printed in a 1941 booklet, entitled Centennial Celebration Solomon’s Church (Evangelical and Reformed) of Macungie, Pennsylvania, with an original copy preserved today in the Minerd.com Archives.. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Josiah Kneedler (1819-1857) was born on Nov. 29, 1819. He lived to the age of 37. Sadly, he died on March 30, 1857. The cause of his untimely passing may never be learned. Burial was in Solomon's Church Cemetery in Macungie. Two stones are known to have marked his grave -- the original one in German and a more modern one in English. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Reuben Knedler (1822-1876) -- also spelled "Knadler" -- was born on Jan. 28, 1822. He learned the trade of carpentry and worked in the field in 1850. He married Juliann Rau (Sept. 4, 1816-1882). She was five years older than he. Juliann may have brought a daughter to the marriage, Maria Stahler. The couple went on to produce more children of their own -- Caroline Knoedler, George Knoedler, Henry Knoedler, Oliver James Knoedler and Laura Knoedler. In 1850, federal census records show the couple in Lower Macungie Township, and in the household were 10-year-old Maria Stahler and five-year-old Caroline Knoedler. In 1860 and 1870, Reuben primarily made a living as a farmer in Lower Macungie, with the census-taker spelling the name "Knadler" in 1860 and "Kneadler" in 1870. He passed away just six days shy of his 54th birthday on Jan. 22, 1876. His remains were interred in Solomon's Church Cemetery in Macungie. [Find-a-Grave] Juliann lived as a widow for another six years. She died at age 65 on April 10, 1882.
Great-grandson Howard Reuben Knedler (1878- ? ) was born on Feb. 21, 1878. He was baptized in infancy on March 24, 1878, by Rev. Thomas N. Reber.
Great-grandson Franklin B. Knedler (1880-1940) was born on Nov. 11, 1880. He learned from his father the trade of tailoring. He wedded Eva M. Lohrman ( ? - ? ). The couple resided at 230 North 12th Street in Allentown. In late 1939, he was hired as a floor manager by Leon's Furniture Store. But he only worked there for six months before having to quit due to chronic heart disease and acute enlargement of the heart. At the end, he was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital and died there at the age of 59 on June 13, 1940. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Greenwood Cemetery in Allentown.
Great-grandson Harry Oliver Knedler (1883-1947) was born on June 9, 1883 in Macungie. He became a tailor, as had his father before him. He married Clair Groff ( ? - ? ). The couple moved to Emmanus, Lehigh County in about 1927. They remained there for good, with an address of 122 Eagle Street. Harry was employed in the real estate field. In December 1946, Harry was diagnosed with colon cancer which spread to his lungs. In just eight months, he was dead at the age of 64, succumbing on Aug. 28, 1947. Burial was in Catasauqua, Lehigh County.
Great-grandson Walter S. Knedler (1886- ? ) was born on Dec. 1886.
Son John Knedler (1824-1888) was born on June 2, 1824. He wedded Sallie Ann Muhs (Sept. 1, 1826-1912), Americanized to "Moose," the daughter of George and Maria (Fenstermacher) Muhs. They produced four known children -- Charles Knedler, James F. Knedler, Angelina Gorr and George Benjamin Knedler. The federal census enumeration of 1870 shows the family in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Living under their roof that year were newlywed daughter and her husband Angeline and George Gorr, grandson George P. Gorr Jr. and 19-year-old Agnes Stahler. By 1880, the family had moved to East Texas, Lehigh County, with John employed as a mine contractor. He also operated a hotel there for many years. The family were longtime members of Solomon's Reformed Lutheran Church Cemetery in Macungie, today known as Solomon's United Church of Christ. John died at the age of 64 on Dec. 4, 1888. He rests for all time in Solomon's cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Sallie Ann survived him by 24 years. In 1910-1912, she lived with her son George near East Texas, Lehigh County. Stricken with acute bronchitis at the age of 86, she joined her spouse in death on Oct. 19, 1912. Funeral servies were held in the son's home, followed by interment in Solomon's Cemetery, led by Rev. J.J. Schaeffer. An obituary was published in the Allentown Leader, which observed that her survivors included 44 grandchildren.
Great-grandson George Gorr Jr. (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869.
Great-grandson Allen Gorr was in Utah in 1925.
Great-grandson Frank Gorr relocated to Montana and was in the town of Anaconda in 1925. He was still in Montana as of 1940.
Great-grandson Llewellyn Gorr moved to Empire, CA.
Great-grandson Charles Gorr dwelled in Pen Argyl, PA in the mid-1920s-1940s.
Great-grandson John H. Gorr ( ? -1940) was born in (?) in East Texas, Lehigh County. He wedded Marietta H. Werner ( ? -1934). They were the parents of Clarence C. Gorr. The couple relocated to Northampton, PA in about 1899, where he operated several hotels for 15 years. Later, he served as steward of the Jeffersonian Democratic Club. They were members of St. Paul's Reformed Church in Trexlertown, and he belonged to the Allentown orders of the Eagles and Owls. Sadly, Marietta died in 1934. John spent his final years at 715 North 12th Street in Allentown. As his health failed, he was admitted to Allentown Hospital where, after four weeks, he died on Sept. 2, 1940, at the age of 66.
Great-grandson Edwin L. Gorr ( ? -1955) was born in (?) in East Texas, Lehigh County. He was joined in holy wedlock with Ella M. Koenig ( ? -1918). They produced two sons -- Luther K. Gorr and Forrest J. Gorr. They moved to Allentown circa 1916, with Edwin employed for many years as a motorman with the Lehigh Valley Transit Company. They belonged to the Evangelical and Reformed congregation of St. Paul's Union Church of Trexlertown. Grief blanketed the family when Ella died in 1918. Edwin outlived her by 37 years. He spent three decades in all working for the transit company, retiring in 1946. He was active in the community as a member of the Eagles, Owls and Moose as well as the Marine Band Association and International Local of the Motormen and Conductors Union of the American Federation of Labor. He died in Allentown Hospital at the age of 74 on Nov. 24, 1955. Circa 1958, son Luther was in Michigan City, IN and son Forrest in Washington, DC.
Great-granddaughter Katie E. Gorr (1883-1958) was born in 1883 in East Texas, Lehigh County. She wedded Robert A. Wenner ( ? - ? ) and resided in Allentown for decades. Their only daughter was Mrs. Paul I. Laudenslager. The Wenners' address in the 1950s was 22 North 11th Street in Allentown. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Muhlenberg College Auxiliary and the Allentown YMCA Auxiliary. She died at home at the age of 75 on June 2, 1958. Their daughter was employed as a secretary in Allentown city hall in the 1950s.
Great-granddaughter Elizabeth R. Gorr (1875-1967) was born in 1875 in East Texas, Lehigh County. As a young unmarried woman, she was considered well known and popular and earned a living as a dressmaker in Bethlehem, Lehigh County. Then at the age of 36, in late January 1911, she eloped to New York to marry Lloyd Alexis Moll (Sept. 29, 1879-1944), a native of Macungie and the son of Charles H, and Rebecca (Schadler) Moll. The couple did not reproduce. He studied at the Coombs Conservatory of Music and then in 1905 opened his own music studio in Allentown. He served as first chair violinist/concertmaster with the Lehigh Valley Symphony Orchestra and, for two decades, as conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. The Molls first made a home in Macungie. They relocated into Allentown in about 1914 and established a home at 1032 Linden Street. As a writer, Lloyd gained the majority of his fame with his observations and descriptions of Pennsylvania German everyday life. From Nov. 30, 1935 to Jan. 14, 1939, he authored 49 articles in the Allentown Morning Call under the heading "Am schwarze Baer." Then on Aug. 1, 1939, he began penning a column featuring Pennsylvania German dialect, " 'S Gebbabel im Schtor," on the pages of the Allentown Evening Chronicle. Each of the sketches was "set in a country general store where the village characters meet to discuss local and national subjects," said the book A Pennsylvania German Anthology by Earl C. Haag. He authored yet another set of articles, "Schtimme aus'm Kaerrichhog," in the Morning Call from March 1, 1941 to Feb. 1 1944 during the height of the World War II years when anti-German sentiment ran very high in the community. He wrote 33 "Schtimme" pieces in all. Taking his cultural observations to the medium of radio, he wrote scripts for a weekly dialect shown known as "Der Assebe un die Sabine," in which he spokie the part of Assebe and Paul R. Wienad the role of Sabine. his unexpected death. Sadly, Lloyd suffered from heart disease, having suffered a massive heart attack, died the same day on Feb. 1, 1944. Obituaries were published in the Morning Call, with funeral services held in the Moll home led by Rev. Ralph D. Althouse. The funeral text was based on Isaiah 61:2, which reads, in part, "to comfort all that mourn." The Morning Call added that in the funeral sermon, Rev. Althouse "gave thanks for the power to love and to mourn and the power of memory." Burial followed in Solomon's Church Cemetery. His pallbearers included professional colleagues and longtime friends -- Wiilliam D. Reimert, executive editor of the Call-Chronicle newspapers, step-cousin Dr. Preston Albert Barba of Muhlenberg College, William Hufford, Charles Rau, Harold Zellers and Harold Auer. In a tribute, Morning Call columnist William "Pumpernickle Bill" Troxell wrote that "The passing of one who has given himself so wholeheartedly to Pennsylvania German fills one with deep regret. The field is large, the workers with the true folk spirit at heart are all too few." The Morning Call itself noted that his "inexhaustible fund of folk stories and his style of writing won him frequent widespread recognition as an authority and expert in Pennsylvania German." Elizabeth remained in Macungie until about 1960, when she moved to the West Coast and lived in Empire, CA. She died in Modesto, CA on Oct. 19, 1967 at the age of 92. Her remains were shipped back to Macungie to be lowered into rest beside her husband in Solomon's Church Cemetery. In death, Lloyd received memorials in the form of printed admirations. In 1947, his colleague Dr. Barba wrote In Memoriam, Lloyd A. Moll, published by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1947. Lloyd also was featured in a 10-page profile in Earl C. Haag's book A Pennsylvania German Anthology, published in 1988 by Susquehanna University Press.
Great-granddaughter Sallie Gorr (1879-1943) was born in 1879. She married (?) Schadler. She established her home in Alburtis. Death carried her away in 1943.
Great-grandson Warren E. Gorr was in East Texas, Lehigh County.
Great-grandson Harry James Knedler (1886- ? ) was born in July 1886.
Great-granddaughter Maggie D. Knedler (1888- ? ) was born in June 1888.
Great-grandson John Knedler (1890- ? ) was born in February 1890.
Great-grandson Milton G. Knedler (1891- ? ) was born in Nov. 1891 in Macungie. Growing up, he learned the trade of blacksmithing. On April 12, 1908, with Rev. Simon Sipple officiating, he and his sister Sallie were confirmed in Solomon's Church. When he was 20 years of age, on June 29, 1912, Milton was joined in wedlock with 19-year-old Estella M. Hartzell ( ? - ? ), daughter of Milton and Clara Hartzell, also of Macungie. Rev. J.J. Schaeffer led the wedding ceremony held in Macungie. A record of the wedding was published in the 1941 booklet, entitled Centennial Celebration Solomon’s Church (Evangelical and Reformed) of Macungie, Pennsylvania, preserved today in the Minerd.com Archives.
Great-granddaughter Sallie M. Knedler (1893- ? ) was born in September 1893. At the age of about 14, on April 12, 1908, she was confirmed along with her brother Milton in the family's Solomon's Church. Rev. Simon Sipple led the ceremony. Then on Aug. 8, 1911, when she was 18, she was joined in holy wedlock with 25-year-old machine operator William S. Carl ( ? - ? ) of Macungie and the son of Michael and Sarah N. Carl. Their marriage was held at Old Zionsville, Lehigh County, performed by Rev. James N. Blatt.
Great-grandson Mark Elmer Knedler (1895-1897) was born on July 18, 1895. He was baptized at the age of four-plus months, in Solomon's Church on Nov. 27, 1895, presided over by Rev. Charles E. Schaeffer. Grief swept over the family when he died at the age of 18 months on Jan. 5, 1897.
Great-grandson Claude A. Knedler (1897- ? ) was born in Aug. 1897. When he was about 16 or 17 years of age, in 1914, he was confirmed in Solomon's Church, led by Rev. E. Wilbur Kriebel.
Great-granddaughter Virgin Florence "Virginia" Knedler (1900- ? ) was born on April 12, 1900. At the age of a little more than three months, she was baptized in Solomon's Church by the hand of Rev. Thomas W. Dickert.
Great-grandson Homer B. Knedler (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903. In 1919, with Rev. H.J. Donat officiating, the 16-year-old was confirmed in Solomon's Church.
Great-granddaughter Mary I. Knedler (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906. She received her confirmation in Solomon's Church in 1921 by the hand of Rev. H.J. Donat.
Great-grandson Carvin V. Knedler (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908.
Great-granddaughter Reah Knedler ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In 1931, she was confirmed in Solomon's Church, with Rev. L.G. Beers leading the service. She married (?) Polster ( ? - ? ).
Great-granddaughter Dolly Myster
Great-grandson Roy Knedler
Daughter Mary Anna Knedler (1829-1878) was born on April 5, 1829. She was united in holy wedlock with a cousin, Moses S. Gaumer (1829-1898), son of Solomon Heinly and Hester Maria (Rumbel Klotz) Gaumer. See the Gaumer biography for more about their lives.
Son Benjamin Franklin Knedler (1831-1853) was born on Aug. 16, 1831. Little is known of his life. At the age of 22, he was gathered in by the Angel of Death on Sept. 14, 1853. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Solomon's Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Charles W.H. Knedler (1837-1854) was born on Oct. 2, 1837. He died at the age of about 17 on Oct. 22, 1854. Burial was in Solomon's Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
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