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Johannes Jacob 'John' Gaumer


Johannes Jacob "John" Gaumer was born on Aug. 3, 1783, in Macungie Township, Northampton (now Lehigh) County, PA, the son of Johannes "John" and Albertina Christina (Dean) Gaumer.

At the age of four weeks, on Aug. 31, 1783, he was baptized. His sponsors were J.D. Gaumer and Maria Desch.

Johannes Jacob migrated to southwestern Pennsylvania and established a residence in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

In about 1813, when he would have been age 30, Johannes Jacob married 16-year-old Susannah Leydig (1797-1865), daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Greisner) Leydig of Southampton.

The couple produced these known children -- Daniel Gaumer, Peter Gaumer, Solomon Gaumer, Rachel Shultzman, Jonathan Gaumer, Sarah Wright, Richard Gaumer and Amy "Elizabeth" Hauger.

At some point between 1830 and 1832, they relocated to a new home in Union Township, Knox County, OH.

He died April 30, 1833 -- at the age of 49 -- in Union Township. He is buried in Workman Cemetery in Danville, Knox County. His grave marker still is legible today. [Find-a-Grave]

Susannah outlived her husband by more than three decades. Federal census records for 1860 show her living in the household of her married daughter Amy "Elizabeth" Hauger in Union Township.

She passed into eternity in Knox County on Sept. 12, 1865, at the age of 68. Her remains are said to be in repose in Workman Cemetery in Danville.

Jacob is named in Myrtle Knepper Weniger’s book The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines.


Danville, Ohio, in the early 1900s


~ Son Jonathan Gaumer ~

Son Jonathan Gaumer (1827- ? ) was born in April 1827 in Southampton, Somerset County, PA. He was but a boy of five when his father died.

He reputedly married Sarah Ann Munger ( ? - ? ).

This couple has not yet been located in the 1850 federal census. More will be added here when learned.


~ Daughter Sarah (Gaumer) Wright ~

Daughter Sarah Gaumer (1828- ? ) was born in November 1828 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA.

She is said to have wedded William Wright ( ? - ? ).

Nothing more about her life is known.


~ Son Richard Gaumer ~

Son Richard Gaumer (1830-1848) was born on Aug. 6, 1830 in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

He did not reach adulthood and died at age 18 in 1848.


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Carlton Greve graciously has furnished substantial material for this biography.