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Adam Gaumer


Adam Gaumer was born on Oct. 11, 1823 in Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr.

In 1849, at the age of 26, he was united in holy wedlock with 18-year-old Nancy Boies (June 15, 1831-1912).

They were the parents of four known offspring -- Eliza A. James, Henrietta Mapes, Emma Ellen Mapes and William Franklin Gaumer.

In the early years of marriage, the Gaumers made their home in Perry Township, Muskingum County, where Adam earned a living as a carpenter. His brother Riley, also a carpenter, lived next door with his wife and family when the federal census was taken in 1860.

Sometime between the years 1860 and 1868, Adam and Nancy made the decision to seek better fortunes in the midwest. They migrated to Illinois, where they settled on a farm in Elbridge Township, Edgar County. The town of Paris served as the county seat.

The federal census of 1870 shows the family on a farm in Elbridge Township, with 23-year-old farm laborer James Nichols living under their roof. They are named in the 1879 book, The History of Edgar County, Illinois, and at the time their post office was Ferrell.

Adam died on Sept. 8, 1881 at the age of 58. He is buried in Wilson Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Nancy survived him by more than three decades. She entered eternity on Nov. 2, 1912.

This family is spelled out in Myrtle Knepper Weniger's work, The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines. In 2005, they were named in the book Ohio War of 1812 Soldiers' Family Groups, published by the Ohio Society of United States Daughters of 1812.


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