Charles Gaumer was born on Dec. 16, 1795 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Johannes "John" and Albertina Christina (Dean) Gaumer.
He was thrice married. The identity of his first wife is unknown.
A son John Gaumer was born to the first marriage, in 1818.
In 1823, when he was 27 years of age, Charles married his second wife, Justina ( ? - ? ), in Wellersburg, Somerset County, PA.
The couple's two children were Hannah Bossemeyer and Susanna Gaumer. Evidence found by others suggests that Susanna died at the tender age of two years, three months on July 27, 1831. This needs to be verified.
Justina's fate appears to be obscured by the hazy mists of the past.
On Oct. 4, 1831, at the age of 36, Charles married his third wife, 31-year-old Sarah Ann "Sally" Shoemaker (June 13, 1800-1900), daughter of Peter Shoemaker.
The four known children resulting from the third marriage were Peter Gaumer, Jesse Gaumer, Daniel Gomer and Sarah Ann Lichty.
Charles is known to have purchased a tract of 167½ acres for $150 on Feb. 17, 1838 from Abraham and Naomi Kerns of Bedford, Bedford County, PA, with Abraham serving in his official capacity of Juniata Coal Company and disposing of assets from the inventory of the business. The tract was known as part of the Gladdonsville Farms adjoining properties of Adam Lepley, Jacob Marts, Savage Mountain and Daniel Lepley, and contained stands of locust and red oak. The deed, found in Somerset County Deed Book 15, pages 349-351, spells his last name as "Gomer."
Charles died in April 1845. He is buried in Lepley Cemetery near Hyndman, Somerset County, PA. According to one family researcher of the 1940s, there was no grave marker.
During the Civil War, their son Jesse served as a private in the Union Army.
Sally outlived her husband by an astonishing 55 years. In 1860, at the age of about 59, she lived in the household of John and Catharine Shoemaker in Southampton Township. Her married son Peter and his wife and infant son also were under the Shoemaker roof that year.
She is believed to have passed away on March 31, 1900, just a few months shy of her 100th birthday.
~ Son John Gaumer ~
Son John Gaumer (1818-1880) was born on Sept. 29, 1818 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. He may also have gone by the name "Charles."
Those who have conducted early research on this family have been Myrtle Knepper Weniger, author of thetypescript work, The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines (Corvallis, OR: 1946), and Carol Hepburn in her list "Descendants: Joseph Kennel," on file today in the Somerset (PA) Historical Center. Some of the research on this branch is conflicting and still needs to be sorted out and clarified with precision.
When he was 19 years of age, on July 6, 1838, John was joined in matrimony with his first wife, 18-year-old Sarah Myers (Feb. 14, 1820-1840).
Whether or not the couple reproduced during their short married lives is unknown. Grief shook John's world when Sarah died on July 6, 1840, at only 20 years of age. The cause of her untimely passing is not known.
John is believed to have then married A.E. (?) -- perhaps short for "Ann Eliza," a common name of the era? Evidence suggests that A.E.'s maiden name was "Korns."
Among John's children from his several marriages -- all needing to be fully sorted out -- were Simon Gaumer, George Gaumer, Samuel Adams Gaumer, Elizabeth Gaumer, Margaret Gaumer, Charles Gaumer, Mary Ellen Gaumer, Hannah "Anna" Kennell and John Gaumer. Four of the offspring died before fully reaching adulthood.
The family mourned at the death of their eldest son Simon in 1842.
John outlived their daughters by many years, and during that time, he earned a living as a carpenter. His son Samuel also followed that trade.
On Sept. 3, 1848 (or on May 16, 1841), John wedded again to Delilah Lilly Kennell (April 13, 1823-1885), a native of Greenville Township, Somerset County, and the daughter of John Henry and Susannah (Martz) Kennell. Delilah's first name also has been spelled "Dehlia." The discrepancy over their wedding date needs to be more deeply researched.
The family has yet to be found on the federal census enumerations of 1850 and 1860.
Heartache again swept over the family twice in the month of September 1862 during the Civil War. Daughter Margaret succumbed at age six on Sept. 8, 1862, followed by daughter Elizabeth just a few weeks before her 10th birthday on Sept. 14, 1862. Their remains were interred in what today is known as the Getz Cemetery.
In about 1863, they moved across the state line into Allegany County, MD.
When the United States Census was made in 1870, John and Delilah and their brood lived in Allegany County, with John and their 21-year-old son Samuel laboring as carpenters. The census-taker spelled their name "Gormer." The record shows that the Gaumers received their postal mail in the county seat of Cumberland.
Sadly, John died on Feb. 12, 1880 at the age of 61 years, four months and 18 days.
Adding to the grief, their daughter Mary Ellen passed away at about age 20 on Oct. 31, 1880 in Somerset County.
Delilah outlived her spouse by five years. She joined him in eternity on Dec. 1, 1885, at age 61 years, seven months and 18 days. The writing on her grave marker is clearly marked. [Find-a-Grave] Records compiled by Carol Hepburn, held today in the Somerset (PA) Historical Center, give an alternate date of her death as May 12, 1874.
They also are buried at Getz Cemetery in Southampton Township. In 1934, the location of their graves was recorded by the Works Progress Administration [link]. In the 1930s, the cemetery was "located on the farm of Irvin Troutman, east of the buildings about 20 rods on top of a knoll in the field." When the founder of this website visited Getz in September 2016, no markers for John or Delilah were found, although the two daughters' markers were still standing. The entire burying ground is enclosed with a chain link fence, with the girls' graves along one of the sides.
Son Samuel Adams Gaumer (1849-1925) was born on March 25, 1849 (or 1851) in Southampton Township, Somerset County. When he was a teenager, he relocated across the state line into Allegany County, MD with his father. Following his father's trade, he learned the skill of carpentry. At the age of 21 in 1870, unmarried, he lived in his parents' home in Allegany County, MD and assisted his father with carpentry work. He became married during the 1870s to Susanna Albright (1855-1878). The couple became the parents of Ida Belle Everline and John "William" Gaumer. Sadly, at the age of only 22 years, 10 months and 21 days, Susanna passed away on Oct. 10, 1878. Burial of her remains was in Porter Cemetery in Hyndman. The widowed Samuel in 1880, at age 30, continued his carpentry, heading a household with his widowed mother, younger siblings and boarder Oath Wills in Southampton Township. Circa 1882, when he would have been about 32 years of age, Samuel was joined in holy matrimony with Mary Elizabeth "Molley" Kennell (Jan. 12, 1958-1919), daughter of Levi and Catherine (Beal) Kennell. Their known children were Earl Theodore Gaumer, Cora Alice Bell, Katie "Edna" Adams, Harry Gaumer, C. Walter Gaumer, Eva Pearl Thomas and George Gaumer. Grief swept over the family at the death of five-year-old son George in May 1889. The boy's remains were laid to rest in Porter Cemetery, Hyndman. The federal census count of 1900 shows the family in Fairhope, Somerset County, with 24-year-old bachelor Christian Kennell boarding in their home. Samuel's employment in 1900 was as a shop carpenter. Stricken with a buildup of fluid in her lungs and inflammation of her kidneys, Mary Elizabeth died at the age of 61 on April 27, 1919. Her remains were interred in Comp Cemetery, also known as Hopewell Cemetery. Samuel survived his wife by nearly six years and made his residence in his married daughter's home in Boswell, Somerset County. In 1920, he worked as a coal mine laborer in Boswell. Suffering from uremia, he passed into eternity at the age of 73 on March 21, 1925. Burial was in Porter Cemetery in Hyndman, Bedford County, PA. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican. Son Harry Gomer of Boswell, PA was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Great-granddaughter Ardella Viola Everline (1902-1994) married Calvin Mahaney Sr. The copule's one son was Calvin Mahaney Jr. Ardella lived in LaVale in 1950. Son Calvin Jr. was a University of Maryland student in 1950.
Great-grandson Chester J. Everline Sr. ( ? - ? ) - Circa 1932, he was a popular automobile salesman. He also was a pilot in training in the late summer of 1932, and at that time purchased a Fairchild K-R34 aircraft in partnership with his friend Franklin C. Ankeny. While taking off from the airfield on Mexico Farms near Cumberland, on Sept. 4, 1932, "the engine stalled when the plane had risen several hundred feet," said the Meyersdale Republican, "causing the plane to crash to the ground, one-fourth of a mile from the starting point." Ankeney and fellow passenger Kathleen Treiber "were instantly killed." The article went on to say that Chester had only logged 20 hours of flying training, had no license to carry passengers, and that it had been only his third flight. He suffered a broken collarbone and left ankle and was cut over his head and body. Fortunately he recovered from his injuries. He made his home in LaVale in 1950. Their son, Chester Jr., resided in 1950 in LaVale.
Great-grandson James Lloyd Gaumer (1900-1933) was born on Nov. 8, 1900 in Fairhope. He was only 14 years of age at the tragic death of his father. In about 1919, he went to live with his mother's married sister and brother-in-law, Etta and A.W. Markwood, and remained with them in Fairhope for the balance of his life. He never married, and was an active member of the Reformed Church in Hyndman. When in his early 30s, he was employed as a trackman by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Sadly, he began to suffer from bleeding in the brain -- "cerebral hemorrhage" -- and died in the Markwood home on Nov. 3, 1933, just five days shy of his 33rd birthday. An obituary in the Meyersdale (PA) Republican reported that James "had been in ill health for some time, but was never confined to his bed and was able to work up until noon on Friday when he became ill and returned to his home, where he passed away about 4 P.M." Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. De Chant, with burial in Hyndman Cemetery. The Republican said that the "floral tributes were many and beautiful. Mr. Gaumer was a young man of clean habits and good character and was well liked by every one, and will be missed by his many friends, who were greatly shocked when they learned of his sudden death. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in Fairhope." In addition to his mother, stepfather and siblings, said the Republican, a host of relatives and friends traveled to attend the funeral -- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deremer and daughter Jean of Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fairgrieve of Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Boyer and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyer of Wampum, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gaumer of Conemaugh, PA; Harry Gaumer of Boswell, PA; Mr. and Mrs. James Baker and daughter Ruth; Grace Deremer of Cumberland, MD; Mrs. C.F. Green and son Charles of Cumberland; Mrs. A.F. Berkley and daughters of Cumberland; Mrs. Ada Bell and Mrs. Allen Barham and daughter of Cumberland; his aunt and uncle Ida and Henry Everline of Lavale, MD; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gaumer of Ellerslie, MD; Ellsworth Shumaker of Ellerslie; Mrs. William Smith and son Roy of near Wellersburg; Earl Lepley and Margaret Wambaugh of near Wellersburg; Effa (Emerick) Emerick of Comp Corner near Fairhope, of the family of Solomon and Mary Ellen (Albright) Emerick; Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Emerick of Comp Corner; and Harvey Smith and Tillie Hosselrode of Corrigansville, MD.
Great-grandson Donald Samuel Gaumer (1904-1994) was born on Sept. 13, 1904 in Fairhope, Somerset County. He stood 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighed 226 lbs. and had blue eyes and brown hair. Donald was twice-wed. His first bride was widow Elenora "Nora" (Dillon) Rodkey (Feb. 15, 1894-1958), daughter of John and Anna (Krise) Dillon. She was a decade older than the groom and brought a stepson to the second union, Fred Rodkey. The Gaumers lived in East Conemaugh, Cambria County in 1940 at the time of the federal census enumeration. Donald earned a living as a shovel operator for a construction company and in 1942 worked for Cambria Slag Company of Johnstown. Their address in 1942, when he registered for the military draft during World War II, was 152 Jackson Street, East Conemaugh. At that time he sported scars on his right wrist and abdomen. Then in about 1942, they relocated to a residence in rural Jackson Township, Cambria County, in 1954. For the last two decades of her life, Elenora suffered from hypertension and for a decade from heart disease. Sadly, Elenora was felled by an acute heart attack and passed away at home on Dec. 9, 1958. Burial of the remains was in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown. On Aug. 1, 1959, at the age of 55, Donald married a second time to 47-year-old Florence E. "Flo" Burns (July 10, 1912-1993), daughter of William and Anna (Litzinger) Burns of Locust Street in Johnstown. Their wedding was held in Winchester, VA by the hand of Corporation Court appointee Norman Cooper. The couple's final years were spent in Tucson, AZ. She passed away there in Jan. 1993, and he on Feb. 3, 1994.
Great-grandson Eugene Kenneth Gaumer (1907-1954) was born on Sept. 8, 1906 (or 1907) in Fairhope. In adulthood he stood 5 feet high and weighed 200 lbs., with grey eyes and brown hair. He did not marry and spent his years as a farmer. Eugene was a lifelong farmer and resided in 1933 near Fairhope and in 1942 near Berlin. He is known to have belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. At age 33, in October 1940, he was required to register for the military draft on the eve of World War II, and stated that John Beal would always know his address. For two decades, Eugene suffered from hypertension, which further led to heart failure. With his health in decline, he moved into his brother Donald's residence in Mineral Point, in rural Jackson Township, Cambria County. Eugene died there five months later on April 27, 1954, at age 47. Interment of the remains was in Comps Church Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American. His first name was spelled as "Ugene" when inscribed on his grave marker.
Great-grandson James Owen Adams Jr. lived in Hyndman in 1947. By 1966, he relocated to Bel Air, MD.
Great-granddaughter Evelyn Adams wed Charles Steadman. They relocated frequently over the years. In 1940 they lived in Bradford, PA -- in 1943 in Port Allegheny, PA -- in 1944 in DuBois, PA -- in 1947-1951 in Rochester, NY -- in 1952 in Vermilion, OH -- and in 1966 in Lorain, OH.
Great-grandson Paul K. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. His role was as a flight chief of a bombing squadron. He married Regina A. ( ? -1995). They were the parents of Joyce Ann Biringer and Linda Rae Beatty. Paul is known to have served as his brother's best man in August 1948. His home in 1967 was at 333 Thomas Street in Carnegie, PA. Sadly, Regina passed away on Dec. 28, 1995, as a hospital patient in Richmond, VA, with her obituary appearing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Their daughter Joyce Ann was an alumna of Carnegie High School and Duffs Business School and in 1967 was employed as a secretary by Point Park College.
Great-grandson Ray A. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) - During World War II, he was an aviation caded in the Air Force, with training in Miami Beach. On Aug. 28, 1948, he entered into marriage with Margaret M. Brown ( ? - ? ), daughter of Robert A. Brown of Carrick near Pittsburgh. The wedding was held at Spencer Methodist Church, and announced in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They resided in the Brentwood section of Pittsburgh circa 1971.
Great-granddaughter Mary Thomas dwelled at home in 1955.
Great-granddaughter Margaret Thomas wed (?) Friedline. She made her home with her parents in 1955.
Great-grandson Donald Thomas lived in Jenner in the mid-1950s.
Great-granddaughter Selene Thomas married (?) Geisweidt. The couple resided in 1955 in Jenner.
Great-granddaughter (?) Thomas was joined in wedlock with Dorsey Wheeler. They lived in Boswell.
Great-grandson Robert F. Thomas joined the U.S. Army and in 1955 trained at Fort Knox, KY.
Son George Gaumer (1846?-1925?) reputedly was born in 1846 or on May 17, 1859 in Somerset County. The only other fact known about George is that, in 1925, at the death of his brother Samuel, he was residing in San Francisco and named in the brother's Meyersdale (PA) Republican obituary. Research compiled by Carol Hepburn suggests that he married (?) Polk ( ? - ? ). He also is named in Myrtle Knepper Weniger's typescript work, The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines (Corvallis, OR: 1946). None of these other life's details has been independently confirmed.
Son Charles Gaumer (1861-1930) was born in about 1859 or 1861 in Somerset County. At the age of 20, in 1880, he lived with his widowed mother and siblings in Souithampton Township, Somerset County. On Sept. 2, 1886, at the age of about 25, he married 18-year-old Martha "Agnes" Shumaker (Feb. 18, 1868-1882), a native of Southampton Township, and the daughter of Solomon and Sarah (Albright) Shumaker. The couple produced three sons -- Harvey Edward Gaumer, Samuel E. Gaumer and Louis Arthur "Arty" Gaumer. The family underwent heartbreak when, after the birth of their youngest son, Martha passed away at the age of 24 on March 12, 1892, with burial in Comp Cemetery. The agony was compounded when their son died just shy of his fifth-month birthday. After a year as a widower, Charles was wed a second time on May 4, 1893 to Rosanna "Rose" Fossler (1871-1931), also spelled "Bassel," a resident of Meyersdale. They went on to produce four daughters -- Nettie "Pearl" Lowery, Mamie E. Sturtz, Ruth M. Gaumer and Beatrice Leona Turner. He "spent most of his life in the community," reported the Meyersdale Republic. "He was a resident of Meyersdale from 1908 to 1912, part of which time he was working in the mines, and part of the time on street repairs, under Commissioner J.O. Weller. He moved to his late home in the fall of 1912 and took up farming at which he continued as long as he was able to work." They belonged to the Wellersburg Reformed Church. Charles and Rosanna moved in 1912 to a farm in Southampton Township, Somerset County. Just a week before his 71st birthday, suffering from bronchial asthma and heart valve leakage problems, Charles died on May 11, 1930. In an obituary, the Republic said he had been "in failing health all winter, but was not bedfast at any time. He was up and around all day on Sunday, May 11, and did not complain any until about 7 o'clock in the evening, when his asthmatic trouble got worse and he passed away at 9:30 o'clock." Burial was in Getz Cemetery, following funeral services at the home led by Rev. Von Kaske of the family church. Pallbearers included Albert Baker, Clarence Kennell, Anthony Witt, Irvin Troutman, William Emerick and John Witt. Flowers were carried by Peter P. Michaels, Henry Everline and Raymond H. Emerick. Son Harvey Gaumer of Ellerslie, MD was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Obituaries were published in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times and Meyersdale (PA) Republican. Rosanna only outlived her husband by about a year and during that time suffered from heart disease. She also endured the sadness when daughter Ruthie passed away. At the age of 59, Rosanna died at home in Southampton Township on Jan. 5, 1931. Said the Republican, "She had been in ill health for the last four months, but was up and around all day Sunday and did not complain any on returning Sunday evening. She was found dead in bed at 5 o'clock, Monday morning, by her daughter, Beatrice, who had got up to get breakfast for her brother, Samuel, who is employed in Cumberland, Md. After being up about 20 minutes Beatrice returned up-stairs to find her mother just breathing her last." The Republican noted that her survivors included 13 grandchildren and said that "This is the third death in the family in less than eight months."
Great-grandson Harvey M. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was married to ( ? - ? ). Their four children were Mary Lou Gaumer, Charles J. Gaumer, Nellie Gaumer and Emma Lee Gaumer.
Great-granddaughter Thelma Leona Sturtz married Karl Christner Shuck of the family of Daniel H. and Julian (Ringler) May. See the May biography for more.
Daughter Hannah "Anna" Gaumer (1863-1931) was born in about 1863 in Allegany County, MD. Her children spelled her maiden name "Gomer." She spent her later growing-up years in Southampton Township, Somerset County, and was there at age 16 in 1880. She married Wilson Kennell ( ? - ? ), sometimes misspelled "Kimmell." They were the parents of Eugenia Pearl Eliott, Florence Wilson, Mrs. Marion Stewart, James Kennell and Joseph Wilson "Joe" Kennell. Hannah was a member of the Daughters of America Council No. 73. Her home in 1930 was in Bloomington, MD. Hannah was in poor health for the final nine years of her life. She suffered a stroke in July 1931 and died a week later on July 29, 1931. Funeral services were held in the Bloomington Methodist Episcopal Church, led by Rev. D.B. Gates, with burial in Bloomington Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times.
Son John Gaumer (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867 in Allegany County, MD. As a boy of 12, he resided with his widowed mother and elder siblings in Southampton Township, Somerset County.
~ Daughter Hannah (Gaumer) Bossemeyer ~
Daughter Hannah Gaumer (1824-1889) was born on April 6, 1824 in Somerset County, PA or just over the state line in Maryland.
On May 14, 1848, in nuptials held in Wellersburg, Somerset County, Hannah married 43-year-old John Ernst "Frederick" Bossemeyer (July 24, 1814-1884). Born in Prussia, Germany, Frederick emigrated to the United States with an older sister Christine in about 1830, when he would have been age 16. It was his second marriage.
Sometime before 1857, the couple relocated to Dixon, Lee County, IL, about 100 miles west of Chicago. Making a living as farmers, they remained in Dixon for the rest of their lives.
Among their offspring were John Frederick Bossemeyer, William Bossemeyer, Louvena Shoemaker, Laura Ann Knepper, Mary Jane Bemis, Charles Benjamin Bossemeyer, George Lincoln Bossemeyer, Lydia Weed, Ada Lucinda "Addie" Bossemeyer and Emma B. Bossemeyer. The family grieved when second son William died on Sept. 28, 1851 at only five-plus months of age.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, the family dwelled on a farm in South Dixon. Eight children lived in the home, along with 23-year-old farm labotrer Olters Linnes. Frederick was a member of the Lee County Council of the Patrons of Husbandry and often attended meetings of the South Dixon Grange.
The Dixon community suffered a catastrophe in early May 1873 when, during a baptism ceremony in the Rock River, the Truesdale Bridge collapsed and sent some 200 spectators, of whom about 50 were killed. Fortunately, none of the Bossemeyers is known to have been involved but all would have followed the details. In reporting on the incident, Harper's Weekly said:
The Truesdell Bridge at Dixon, Illinois, ...was, it is said, known to be in a damaged and dangerous condition for weeks before. Parts of the iron lattice-work had snapped during the winter, and no attempt had been made to repair them. An examination of the debris resulted in the discovery of rusted cracks and flaws, evidently of long standing, in the supporting bars attached to the iron uprights at the north end of the bridge. Had the structure been properly inspected and repaired, it might have been rendered perfectly safe. The bridge fell, our readers will remember, on Sunday afternoon, the 4th of May, under the weight of about 200 persons, who had assembled to witness the rite of baptism performed in the river by the Rev. J. H. Pratt, pastor of the Baptist church in Dixon. Two candidates had been baptized, and a third was just entering the water, when an overweighted span of the bridge gave way, and precipitated more than 150 men, women, and children into the river. The scene was terrible and heart-rending. Some were caught in the lattice-work and borne to the bottom by its weight; some were swept away by the swift current, and were seen no more; while others were rescued by helping hands from the river-bank, or by seizing the loosened planks of the roadway as they floated past.The whole bridge is a wreck, one span in falling dragging the next after it, though all did not fall into the river, several spans still hanging in a damaged condition to the piers. On one of these spans a wagon and pair of horses remained, and there being no communication with the shore, food and water had to be taken out to them. Many thrilling and affecting scenes took place during the few minutes that elapsed between the fall of the bridge and the rescue of the last survivor. Some escapes seemed almost miraculous. The number of lives lost is computed at more than fifty, and nearly every family in the town is in mourning for the loss of some relative or friend.
The Bossemeyers were among many local families to be victimized by a cholera epidemic in early autumn 1874. A report in the Dixon Sun noted that Frederick, living two miles south of the Brick School House in South Dixon, had lost 32 head of cattle.
Frederick and one of his daughters avoided a tragedy one Saturday in August 1874 when riding into town in the family carriage. Noted the Sun, "his team took fright near the Pratt farm and could not be checked until they got almost to town. Mr. B. found he could not hold the team and so wrapped the lines around his legs and when he at last stopped them he was so exhausted tha he could not remove the lines."
Frederick passed away at the age of 69 on Feb. 10, 1884. His remains were placed at rest in Dixon's Oakwood Cemetery.
Hannah outlived her husband by five years. Suffering from rheumatic fever, she died in Dixon on May 7, 1889 at the age of 65. An obituary in the Dixon Sun reported that "The deceased was an early settler of this county, an estimable christian lady and a member of the Lutheran church, where a large number of friends attended her funeral...." On her grave marker, her maiden name was spelled "Gommer." [Find-a-Grave]
Her death again was noted in an article in the Sun, dated Sept. 11, 1889, among other old settlers of the area who had succumbed within the year.
In early December 1920, the family of Jack and Nelle Reagan moved to Dixon with their nine-year-old son. Their first home in Dixon was at 816 Hennepin Avenue, and they relocated within the town several additional times over the years. The son attended South Central School, was a drum major for the local YMCA band and a lifeguard at Lowell Park. Of course the son went on to become governor of California and later the president of the United States -- Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Son John Frederick Bossemeyer (1849-1888) was born on May 24, 1849 in Somerset County, PA. On Sept. 1, 1874, when he was age 25, John married 16-year-old Fannie Arabelle Smith (March 15, 1858-1942), daughter of Joseph E. and Henrietta E. (Merrill) Smith. A story in the Dixon Sun said that the wedding was held at the Smith home and officiated by Rev. John Williamson. The couple produced four known children, Arthur Joseph Bossemeyer, Etta L. Toot, Lester Otto Bossemeyer and Nellie Hazel Glessner. They resided on Eldena Road in South Dixon, Lee County. Stricken with consumption, also known as tuberculosis, John died at home on April 1, 1888, at the age of 39. His remains were transported to Dixon for burial. Fannie survived for a remarkable 54 years as a widow. She joined him in eternity in Dixon on Nov. 10, 1942. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
Great-granddaughter Gladys LaRue Toot (1903- ? ) was born on Nov. 3, 1903. She married Leon W. Miller ( ? - ? ). The pair bore one known son, Morrison Miller (born 1931).
Great-granddaughter Edna "Lucille" Toot (1908- ? ) was born on June 15, 1908. She wedded George P. Moore ( ? - ? ).
Great-granddaughter Irene Elizabeth Toot (1910- ? )was born on Dec. 13, 1910. She was united in matrimony with Byron G. Wadsworth ( ? - ? ). Three children were born to this union -- twins who died in infancy and Lally Lynn Wadsworth (born 1942).
Great-granddaughter Elsie Hazel Toot (1913- ? ) was born on March 14, 1913. She was joined in wedlock with Everett D. Shaffer ( ? - ? ).
Granddaughter Alice Marian Toot (1915-1934) was born on Sept. 24, 1914. Sadly, she died at the age of 29 on Dec. 8, 1934.
Grandson Raymond Emory Toot (1917- ? ) was born on Nov. 11, 1917. He married Eleanor Sterling ( ? - ? ). Their only known son was Ronald Raymond Toot, born 1938.
Daughter Louvena Bossemeyer (1852-1928), also spelled "Lavinia," was born on Aug. 22, 1853 in Dixon. She wedded George Washington Shoemaker (July 6, 1848-1900), a native of New York State. Only one child was born to the couple, Frederick Washington Shoemaker. They dwelled near Eldena, IL. Eventually the family established a home in Lincoln, NE. Evidence shows that Louvena struggled with mental health issues. In March or April 1890, she was admitted to an asylum for the insane for treatment. Sadly, George died in Lincoln on Nov. 6, 1900, at the age of 52. Burial of the remains was in Odell, NE. Louvena lived as a widow for another 27 years and migrated to East Moline, IL. She passed into eternity on Jan. 6, 1928. She rests in eternal sleep beside her spouse.
Daughter Laura Ann Bossemeyer (1854-1922) was born on Sept. 29, 1854 in Dixon. At the age of 21, on July 6, 1876, Laura was united in marriage with George Edward "G.E." Knepper (Aug. 7, 1849-1940), son of Jonathan and Margaret (Meese) Knepper of near Berlin, Somerset County, PA. The ceremony was held at the home of Laura's parents in South Dixon and performed by Rev. J.P. Sanderson. In reporting the story, the Dixon Sun said that George was a graduate of the class of 1876 of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH. He received a master's degree from Tiffin in 1879 and then a doctorage in 1904 from Highland University in Kansas. The Kneppers became the parents of seven children -- Lolo "Margaret" Knepper, Laura "May" Knepper, Burton Edward Knepper, Edith Flora Busse, twins Ralph Bertel Knepper and Myrtle Elizabeth Weninger and Ethel Josephine Knepper. The Keppers dwelled in Lena, IL in the 1870s and relocated to Peoria, Peoria County, IL. The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the Kneppers in Peoria, with George employed as a principal of a public school. In their home that year were their daughters in addition to George's 75-year-old father, 37-year-old sister Eliza Meamaster and two-year-old nephew Charles Leamaster. Circa 1889, at the birth of their youngest daughter Ethel, they were in Minnesota. Then in 1895, the couple migrated to Idaho, where George had secured a position as a founding president of Lewiston Normal School. Upon arrival, they established a home in Lewiston, Nez Perce County. In 1920, George was profiled in James H. Hawley's book, History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains. The profile reported on his dizzying career of movement and accomplishment:
He then went to Kansas in order to become president of Highland University of that state, which position he filled for four years, and then for one year was dean of Jamestown College of North Dakota. He later was president of a Presbyterian school in Missouri known as the School of the Ozarks. In 1911, however, he returned to Latah county, Idaho, and there he gave his attention to farming and teaching, being connected with the Kendrick schools until 1915. In September of that year he was elected grand secretary of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Idaho and for that reason removed to Boise. He still holds this important position and has done much work beneficial to the order. For a period of seventeen years he has been chairman of the committee on foreign correspondence for the Masonic order in Idaho. He holds all of the degrees in Masonry except the thirty-third.... Mr. Knepper and his family are widely and favorably known in Boise and the state, where they have many friends. He is one of the valued citizens of this commonwealth, having ever at heart intellectual and moral progress, and particularly in connection with Masonic work has done much that has been of beneficial result to the organization.
Laura Ann died on Dec. 2, 1922, at the age of 68. George outlived her by 17-plus years. He succumbed to death in Salmon, ID on Jan. 7, 1940. The couple are in eternal sleep in Boise's Morris Hill Cemetery. An inscription was placed on the face of George's grave stone. It reads: "His day has come, Not gone; His sun has risen, Not set; His life is now beyond The reach of death Or change - Not ended, but begun."
Great-granddaughter Margaret Bernhardine Busse (1916- ? ) was born on Nov. 9, 1916. In Seattle on Sept. 6, 1942, she wedded Frederick Robert Young (Feb. 13, 1918- ? ), son of Archie Roy and Anna (Matthiesen) Young.
Great-granddaughter Hester Elizabeth Knepper (1912- ? ) was born on April 23, 1912 in Moscow, ID. She was a newborn of eight days when her mother died. Then when she was about six, her father married again to Winifred Calkins. On May 16, 1932, in a ceremony held in Salmon, ID, Hester was joined in the bonds of marriage with John Frederick Hull (April 8, 1908- ? ), the son of Charles Melvin and Olive Caroline (Flood) Hull. The Hulls produced three children -- Ralph Edward Hull, Judith Carolyn Hull and John Robert Hull.
Great-grandson John Edward Knepper (1920- ? ) was born on May 6, 1920 in Moscow, ID. At the age of 23, on Oct. 5, 1943, he was united in holy wedlock with Hilda Jeanne Koon ( ? - ? ), daughter of Howard Thomas Koon. Their nuptials took place in Seattle. The couple were the parents of at least one son, Ralph Brian Knepper, born in Miami in 1945.
Great-grandson George Edward Weniger (1919- ? ) was born on Aug. 26, 1919 in Boise.
Daughter Mary Jane Bossemeyer (1857- ? ) was born on Jan. 14, 1857 in Dixon. On Oct. 10, 1906, when both were age 50, she married widower Wallace Jordon Bemis (1857-1937), a native of Dexter, Penobscot County, Maine. Their wedding ceremony was held in Dexter. It was his third marriage. Wallace's first wife was Alice A. (1860-1896), and his second, in 1897, was Sarah E. Labree ( ? - ? ). How Mary Jane met him is a mystery. Mary Jane moved to Dexter to live with her spouse. The 1910 federal census enumeration shows the couple in Dexter, with Wallace self-employed as a carpenter. Sadly, Mary Jane died on April 19, [year?]. Interment was in Dexter. Evidence shows that Wallace wedded a fourth time, in 1924, to Anna L. Smith (1872-1939). Wallace passed into eternity in 1937. Burial of his remains was in Parkman, Piscataquis County, Maine. No newspaper obituary has been found for either Mary Jane or Wallace.
Son Charles Benjamin Bossemeyer (1859-1884) was born on Aug. 14, 1859 in Dixon. He wedded Alicia Hart ( ? - ? ), daughter of J.E. Hart of Polo, IL. During their brief married lives together, the couple produced a son, Charles Luther Bossemeyer. Tragically, the Angel of Death cut away the 24-year-old Charles in Dixon on July 24, 1884. The cause of such an untimely passing is not yet known. The son was taken in to raise by his Hart grandparents.
Son George Lincoln Bossemeyer (1861-1932) was born on June 9, 1861 in Dixon, IL and likely was named for President Abraham Lincoln who had just taken office five months earlier. His surname also has been spelled "Bossmeyer." He was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Cora Swaim (1866-1922). George was a photographer and entered into partnership with Alfred Chiverton. In September 1889, he purchased a lot in the northeast corner of the Riverside addition in Dixon, measuring 100 feet along the street, 150 feet deep and 80 feet at the back, paying $775. He told a Dixon Sun correspondent that he planned to erect a home there someday. Then by November 1892, he made his home in Chicago, where he was teaching a process for coloring pictures. Then in September 1905, he traveled to Portland, Oregon to attend the World's Fair and sent to the Dixon Evening Telegraph a "very fine colored picture." The couple ended up in Los Angeles. The 1920 United States Census shows George working as a broker and Cora as a stenographer. That year, they dwelled in the lodging house of Thomas and Anna Bullock on North Flower Street. Sadly, she died in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1922. The federal census record for 1930 lists George as widowed and with no occupation, lodging in the home of Horace and Ruth Rumford. George passed away there on Sept. 1, 1932, at the age of 71.
Daughter Lydia Bossemeyer (1863-1890) was born on May 8, 1863 in Dixon. She married Austin A. Weed (1856-1910). They had two sons, Eric Weed and Norton Weed, and made their home in Dixon, IL at the southwest corner of Market and Eighth Streets. Austin met with a painful accident in August 1886 when he fell through a rotten plank on the local mill race platform, becoming severely bruised. Austin is believed to have served as an artificer in the 6th Illinois Infantry, Company G, during the Spanish American War. When Lydia's mother died in 1889, Lydia took the death especially hard, and her husband and physician both noted evidence of mental decline. In about February 1890, her husband came home to find her pouring laudanum, a heavy sedative, into a glass and preparing to drink it. He took away the bottle, smashed it in their yard, and she apologized for "having such a desire to kill herself but still insisted that she desired death," said the Dixon Evening Telegraph. She also borrowed a cheap .32 caliber pistol from her husband so that she could be protected when he traveled to Chicago. She was further distressed in March or early April 1890 when her sister (?) Shoemaker was sent to an insane asylum. On the fateful day of April 10, 1890, Hannah shot herself at home, lying on one of her sons' narrow beds and placing the pistol to her head. When he returned home from school, their son Norton discovered the body. At a coroner's inquiry, Austin said that Lydia:
...for five months had shown signs of weaking of mind and memory, and was also very despondent. She seemed to borrow trouble without cause. Among other things she imagined tha she had received more than her share of property from her mother's estate; and often claimed there had been a mistake made in the division. This particularly worried her. Yesterday morning before going to work Mr. Weed had asked his wife not to wash any clothing that day as she had expressed an intention of diong; that he would have some one to do it for her, as she was not feeling well. At noon when he came home he found that dinner was ready and all was as usual. The boys went to school, and he, after talking with her a few minutes, left for work, without any premonition of the sadness with which he would again enter that home. Mrs. Weed had, after dinner, washed some clothing for the children and about two o'clock the neighbors saw her hanging them in the yard to dry. It appeared from the evidence that when she committed the terrible deed that Mrs. Weed had lain down upon the bed as though to rest. The pistol ball entered the right temple and taken a direct course and lodged behind the left eye. There was no discoloration of the skin from powder burn about the wound. Blood was issuing from the mouth. The pistol lay upon her breast partly covered by her hands. The blood that was dammed up by her shoulder, on the pillow, showed that there had been no struggle; death was instantaneous.... The dinner dishes were piled up unwashed on the table in the kitchen and a pan of hot water that was still steaming, when the witnesses arrived, was beside them and a good fire was burning in the stove.
Funeral services were held in the local Lutheran church, with burial in Dixon. Austin is believed to have married again by 1902, to a daughter of Irish immigrant John McCollum, but following a troubling pattern, the second wife swallowed carbolic acid in March 1902, although she recovered. Austin later relocated to South Dakota, settling in the town of Hayti, Hamlin County. There, on Aug. 10, 1910, he died. Word was sent via the railroad station agent at Hayti to the Dixon postmaster to notify son Eric who was still living in the Dixon area. His remains were interred in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Hayti. A standard issue military marker was erected at his grave. The second wife apparently lived for 18 years after Austin's death. She passed away at the Dixon home of her sister Mrs. Robert Anderson on June 23, 1928. Burial was in Oakwood, with Rev. A. Turley Stephenson, of the First Methodist Church, officiating.
Daughter Ada Lucinda "Addie" Bossemeyer (1867-1948) was born on March 8, 1867 in Dixon. She did not marry. Circa 1889, at the age of 22, she bought a town lot from Judge Crabtree for $700, located at the corner of Third and B Streets. Three years later, in 1892, she advertised that she was selling the double-house property at the corner of Third Street and College Avenue for $4,200, stating that she would pay 10 percent on the investment. She migrated to Southern California by 1906, where she purchased town lots in Redondo Beach. Later, she moved into Los Angeles, where she managed a millinery store in 1920, and kept lodgers in her home on Westlake Avenue. She is known to have continued to operate a rooming house in 1930 on Westlake Avenue and in 1940 on Ingraham Street. She died on May 4, 1948, at the age of 78. Her remains were interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Los Angeles County..
~ Son Peter Gaumer ~
Son Peter Gaumer (1831? -1914) was born in about 1831 or perhaps March 1836 in Somerset County.
Notes quoted by a grand-niece, genealogist Myrtle (Knepper) Weniger, state that in 1845, he was "going on 15." These notes were typed and entitled The Gaumer Family and Allied Lines (Corvallis, OR: 1946).
Research by others states that Peter married Mary "Polly" Shroyer (1820- ? ), the daughter of Philip and Mary (Martz) Shroyer. The bride was 15 years older than the groom.
They produced at least two children, Nathaniel Gaumer and Mary Boyer.
When the United States Census was taken in 1860, Peter and Polly were farmers and dwelled in the home of John and Catharine Shoemaker in Southampton Township, Somerset County. His widowed mother also lived with them at that time. Their post office, some distance away, was in the town of Berlin.
The family's name was misspelled "Gommell" when appearing in print in a newspaper legal advertisement after the death of Polly's father in 1863.
The Gaumers' whereabouts in 1870 are unknown. By 1880, they are believed to have moved across the county line and were living in Londonderry Township, Bedford County.
Age the age of 64 and widowed by 1900, Peter lived in Southampton Township, Somerset County, near the Maryland state line, and worked as a day laborer. That year, 60-year-old Jacob Boyer boarded in his dwelling-place. An August 1905 story in the Meyersdale Republican stted that "Peter Gaumer, of Ellerslie, Md., passed through here last week, en-route to Wittenburg."
By 1914, Peter had relocated to Connellsville, Fayette County, PA where he dwelled with his grandsons Melvin and Dewey Boyer at 216 11th Street in the city's west side.
He died of old age on March 13, 1914. A short funeral notice was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Rev. E.E. Cairns of the Methodist Protestant Church preached the funeral service. Interment was in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery. His official Pennsylvania death certificate mis-named his father as "John Gaumer" and could not provide a date of birth or his mother's name and gave his age as "90 years as near as can tell." Another obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald named his grandsons Melvin E. and Daniel A. Boyer and said death was due to "an illness of several years due to paralysis... His wife has been dead for some time."
Son Nathaniel Gaumer (1859- ? ) was born in in 1859 in Somerset County.
Daughter Mary Gomer (1858-1937) was born on July 6, 1858. When growing up she never learned to read or write. She married Simon Boyer (1845-1908), purportedly the son of Daniel and Catherine Boyer. She was some 16 years younger than her husband. They bore a family of offspring, among them Melvin Ellsworth Boyer, Daniel Austin Boyer, Rachel Irene Swauger, Josephine "Josie" Hull, Celia Brant, William J. Boyer and Dewey R. Boyer. Their first child was born in Bedford County in 1879, and a year later the Boyers dwelled in East Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, PA, where Simon found employment at a coke works. Sadly, by 1900, Simon had become ill and was admitted as a resident of the Somerset County Alms House. The nature of his infirmity is not known. He was released in time and went to live in Ellerslie, MD, just over the state line from Somerset County. Sadly, he died in Ellerslie on Sept. 30, 1908. Burial was at Cook's Mill Cemetery in Hyndman, Bedford County. Mary outlived her spouse by nearly three decades. Her home in 1914 was near Sand Patch, Somerset County. Later, she migrated to neighboring Fayette County to live with her son Melvin in Wooddale, Bullskin Township near Connellsville. Sadly, two days before Christmas 1937, she was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage. She lingered for two days but there was no hope. She succumbed on Christmas Day 1937, at the age of 79. Her son Melvin signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death but could not name his mother's mother. Interment of the remains was in Mt. Joy Cemetery in Westmoreland County, PA, with Rev. J. Ewing Jones, of the Wooddale Church of the Brethren, preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
Great-grandson Burl E. Swauger (1911-1990) was born on Dec. 15, 1911 in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. He married Phyllis Engle ( ? - ? ). Phyllis brought a daughter to the union, Beulah Mae Folk. They lived in Salisbury, Somerset County and were the parents of one son, Lynn Swauger. Burl was a veteran of World War II. The family were members of the Salisbury Church of the Brethren. Burl earned a living working for Fi-Hoff Conkcrete Products Company. For 33 years, Phyllis was employed by Meyersdale Manufacturing Company, retiring on Dec. 23, 1977. A story about her retirement in the Meyersdale Republican said that she "began at the factory by running cuffs and throughout the years has done just about every job imaginable. As a result, her experience made her a likely candidate for the job of floor-walker, a position she assumed nearly eight years ago. Phyllis is presently the supervisor of the cuff and collar section [and] has approximately 50 girls working under her guidance." As Burl's health declined, he was admitted to Meyersdale Community Hospital, and succumbed there at the age of 78 on April 14, 1990. Rev. Daniel J. Whitacre officiated at the funeral service, with burial in St. Paul Cemetery.
Great-grandson Clarence B. "Punch" Swauger (1913-1979) was born on Sept. 13, 1913 in Salisbury, Somerset County. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. Clarence was joined in wedlock with Evelyn Brown (Nov. 27, 1919-2003), daughter of Robert F. and Emma (Riley) Brown of Sand Patch, Somerset County. The couple did not reproduce. In the postwar years, they dwelled on farms in Berlin and Fairhope, Somerset County. He was a longtime member of the Meyersdale lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose. Sadly, Clarence passed into eternity in his home at the age of 65 on May 3, 1979. Interment of the remains was in Union Cemetery in Meyersdale, with an obituary appearing in the Meyersdale Republican. Evelyn outlived her spouse by 24 years. She died in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown on on June 5, 2003.
Great-grandson Ellis M. Swauger (1917-1974) was born on Sept. 29, 1917. He relocated to the Baltimore area and lived in Dundalk, MD. Ellis married Adele M. Garlitz. The couple bore three daughters -- Dixie L. Downes, Donna L. Eid and Geraldine J. Jackson. Ellis passed into eternity at the age of 57 on Nov. 14, 1974. An obituary appeared in his old hometown newspaper, the Meyersdale Republican. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Dundalk.
Great-granddaughter Grace A. Swauger married (?) Grey. In 1963-1974, she resided in Baltimore, MD and in 1990 in Kutztown, Berks County, PA..
Great-granddaughter Florence M. Swauger wedded (?) Kern ( ? - ? ). She was in Cincinnati, OH in 1963-1990.
Great-granddaughter Leora F. Swauger was united in wedlock with (?) Gartner. Her home in 1963-1990 was in Baltimore, MD.
Great-granddaughter Mary Louise Brant (1918-2001) was born on Oct. 20, 1918 in Berlin, Somerset County. She married George Tospon Barkman (Jan. 19, 1916-1987), son of George Russell and Estella Elizabeth (Tospon) Barkman. The couple's marital union endured for 48 years. They produced these offspring -- Gene L. Barkman, Hubert D. "Butch" Barkman, Carol Corbett and Ilene Kelly. The Barkmans were longtime farmers. Later, George and Mary Louise owned Barkman's Antiques, with a niche specialty of wooden maple sugar keelers. They belonged to St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Shanksville, and he was a member of the Eagles lodge of Somerset, the Rosbury Sportsmen's Club, Shanksville Fire Company and a charter member of the Potter County Rod and Gun Club. George died in Mercy Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA on Feb. 12, 1987. Mary Louise succumbed to death on Oct. 29, 2001. Rev. Robert J. Way and Rev. Barry K. Ritenour officiated at her funeral service, with an obituary appearing in the Somerset Daily American. She sleeps for all time in Somerset County Memorial Park.
Great-grandson Earl L. Brant (1921-1992) was born on July 21, 1921 in Somerset County. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Earl was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Lois M. Kimmel (1925-2006), a native of Somerset and the daughter of Harry P. and Marian (Zimmerman) Kimmel. They bore four known children, Duane E. Brant, Dorlin E. Brant, Dianna K. Weiss and Debra K. Brant. Sadly, Earl died in Spring Garden Township, York County, PA at the age of 70 on Jan. 24, 1992. Lois survived her spouse by 14 years. She was a life member of Faith Bible Fellowship Church and active with its Woman's Missionary Program. She also belonged to the West York Optimists and Reliance Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and liked to roller skate. She died at Rest Haven in York on May 11, 2006. Her obituary was printed in the York Daily Record.
~ Son Daniel Gomer ~
Daniel Gomer (1841-1913) was born on Christmas Eve 1841 in Somerset County. After the death of his father in 1845, the boy was taken into the home of John and Eva Mary Leidick ("Lydig") in Southampton Township, Somerset County, and grew up in the household.
He is shown in the U.S. Censuses of 1850 and 1860 and worked on the family farm. Young Ellen Shaffer -- relationship unknown -- also raised by the Lydigs.
Daniel was joined in holy wedlock with Hannah Cone (July 25, 1853-1931), daughter of Washington "Wash" and Catherine (Shroyer) Cohn, also spelled "Cone" and "Comb."
The couple produced at least one daughter, Martha E. Gomer, Harvey "Francis" Gomer and James T. Gomer.
The Gaumers lived next door to the Lydigs in 1870 when the federal census enumeration again was made. They all worked as farmers.
When he was 71 years of age, burdened with senility and an enlarged prostate, Daniel died on June 9, 1913. Interment of the remains was in White Oak Cemetery in Wittenburg, Somerset County, with Rev. A.S. Kresge preaching the funeral sermon. Son James of Sand Patch signed the death certificate, and a brief obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Commercial.
Hannah contracted lobar pneumonia at the age of 77 and four days later passed into eternity in Larimer Township, Somerset County on March 31, 1931. H.F. Gomer of Sand Patch, Somerset County signed the death certificate. Her one-paragraph obituary in the Somerset Daily American incorrectly stated that her name was "Domer" and that she was the "widow" of Washington "Domer." The obituary also said she was survived by her sons of Meyersdale as well as 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the White Oak Reformed Church, led by Rev. J.E. Gindlesperger, assisted by Rev. A.F. Thomas and Rev. Pierce. Another obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican. Interment of the remains was in White Oak Cemetery.
Daughter Martha E. Gaumer (1869-1896?) was born in about 1869 in Southampton Township. She passed away in about 1896, at the age of about 26 or 27. Nothing more is known.
Son Harvey "Francis" Gomer (1872-1947) was born on May 17, 1872 in Somerset County. He learned the trade of carpentry and spent his entire life in and around Meyersdale and Summit and Larimer Townships, Somerset County. Francis was united in the bonds of matrimony with Mary N. Shumaker (Dec. 17, 1878-1928), daughter of Jacob and Julia Ann (Bittner) Shoemaker of Somerset County. They were the parents of Jessie L. Cook, Alpha M. Carrie and Clara L. Cook. Sadly, Mary Ann was burdened with heart valve failure for many years. When she developed gallstones at the age of 49, she succumbed to the illnesses on April 10, 1928. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Harry A. Price at the White Oak Reformed Church, with a short obituary appearing in the Meyersdale Republican. Francis survived her by 19 years. At the age of 74, he was felled by a heart attack and surrendered to death on St. Patrick's Day 1947 while in the home of his married daughter, Mrs. James L. Cook, in Meyersdale. Funeral services were held in the White Oak Church, led by Rev. J.E. Gindlesperger, with burial in the church cemetery. An obituary was published in the Republican and the Cumberland News. He was survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Gomers' weathered grave marker was photographed in August 2020 by the founder of this website.
Son James T. Gomer (1878-1928) was born on Jan. 28, 1878. Although occasionally his name was spelled "Gaumer," for the most part he used "Gomer." Circa 1905, he wedded Maude Beall (March 17, 1884-1945), the daughter of James Wilson and Rosana "Anna" (Shumaker) Beall. The Gomers resided in Sand Patch, Larimer Township, Somerset County. Their nine known offspring were Florence Anna Gertrude Eichelberger Nee, Laura Crissinger, Hazel McKenzie, Ruby Sell Witt, Edna Kennell, Grace Ansell, Mildred Aristidou, George T. Gomer and Lewis Franklin Gomer. As with his brother Francis, James was a longtime carpenter, considered as an expert workman. The Gomers were members of the Evangelical Temple Church at White Oak in Wittenberg, Somerset County. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and hypertension, James was stricken by a heart attack and died in Larimer Township on Jan. 2, 1948, just a few weeks before his 70th birthday. Rev. A.f. Richards led the funeral proceedings, with the remains lowered into eternal repose in White Oak Church Cemetery. An obituary reported that he was survived by 18 grandchildren. Their son Lewis Gomer of Cumberland, MD was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Maud lived for another 17 years in Larimer, near Deal. Capping a lingering illness, she died on May 17, 1945. Following funeral services co-officiated by Rev. Harry Greer and Rev. J.E. Gindlesperger, interment took place in the White Oak Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times. In September 1976, some three-plus decades after Maude's death, their offspring held a reunion at the home of Ralph Ansell in rural Meyersdale. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "Guests were family and friends of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Gomer. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. George Gomer, Roland and grandson; Mr. and Mrs. Simon (Laura) Crissinger; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gomer and Janice; Mrs. Hazel McKenzie and grandson, Frostburg; Mr. and Mrs. Ray (Ruby) Witt, Ridgley, West Virginia; Edan Kennell and Linda, Mr. and Mrs. James (Mildred) Aristidoui, Baltimore, Md.,; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Grace) Ansell. This was the first time the entire family got together for ten years or longer."
Great-grandson James Albert Kennell (1949-2014) was born on Aug. 10, 1949 in Wellersburg. He never married but was surrounded by a host of good friends in Wellersburg. Reported an obituary, James devoted his life "to his love of Mopars, drag racing, rifles and shotguns. He was a true legend in the Mopar community and his kindness and lovingness to all whom he met will be greatly missed." At the age of 64, he died in the Western Maryland Health System.
Great-granddaughter Linda L. Kennell (1956-2008) was born on Jan. 22, 1956. There was a 34-year difference in ages with her elder half-brother Ray W. Kennell. She does not appear to have been married but was devoted to the care of her aging mother as "her constant companion," said the Cumberland Times-News. She also liked to read, sew, work crossword puzzles and cook. Sadly, in November 2006, she began to lose her eyesight. Then in November 2007, she lost her mother. She died on April 3, 2008. She rests for eternity beside her mother in White Oak/Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Wittenburg.
~ Daughter Sarah Ann (Gomer) Lichty ~
Daughter Sarah Ann Gomer (1844-1902) was born on Oct. 7, 1844. She was only about a year old when her father died. She never learned how to read or write.
When she was 26 years of age, on Aug. 27, 1871, Sarah was united in holy matrimony with 20-year-old John "Conrad" Lichty (Feb. 1, 1851-1931), son of Jonathan D. and Mary (Reese) Lichty. The bride was six years older than the groom.
The couple produced eight known children -- Franklin Conrad Lichty, Bertha Lichty, Norman Lichty, Matilda Arden, Calvin Lichty, Samuel "Allen" Lichty, Druscilla Stevens and Charles Lichty. Sadness blanketed the family when son Calvin died in 1877 at the age of about one.
Conrad labored over the decades as a farmer and coal miner. When the United States Census was made in 1880 and 1900, they dwelled in Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County. He earned a living as a coal miner in 1900 as did sons Franklin and Allen, and boarding in their home that year were coal miners Conrad and Edward Gindlesperger and Henry Landis.
Sarah was gathered in by the Grim Reaper on Dec. 1, 1902 in Pine Hill, at the age of 58.
Conrad survived as a widower for nearly three more decades. Census records for 1910 show him living in the household of his married son Frank and providing farm labor. By 1920, at the age of 68, he was in the home of his married daughter Matilda Arden and worked as a coal miner. He was back in son Frank's dwelling by 1930.
He passed away on March 29, 1931 in Pine Hill, Somerset County. His obituary in the Meyersdale Republican reported that he had died in the home of daughter Matilda Arden near Somerset. Funeral services were held in the Pine Hill Lutheran Church, with interment in the church burying ground.
Son Franklin Conrad "Frank" Lichty (1872-1958) was born on March 31, 1872 in Berlin, Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County. In about 1902, when he would have been 30 years of age, he wedded Sarah Gumbert (1879- ? ). They bore three known children, Ada A. Lichty, Homer G. Lichty and Edna Delbrook. The couple were farmers for many years near Berlin. Circa 1910 and 1930, when the federal census enumerations were made, they dwelled on a farm, and Frank's widowed father was living under their roof. In 1930, local teacher Edna M. Judy boarded in their household. At the age of 85, Frank died on Feb. 7, 1958 from the effects of a heart attack he had suffered a month before. Interment of the remains was in Pine Hill.
Great-grandson Jack W. Delbrook relocated to Connecticut.
Great-grandson Thomas S. Delbrook moved to Illinois.
Great-granddaughter Lois F. Delbrook married (?) Linsen. Her home in 1986 was in West Chester, PA.
Great-granddaughter Doris Lichty wedded Edison Paul. Their home in 2005 was in Berlin. The couple's known offspring were Jeanne Hillegas and Jeff Paul.
Foster great-granddaughter Mary married Leland Walker. They dwelled in Berlin in 1990.
Daughter Bertha Lichty (1874- ? ) was born in 1874. She married (?) Miller ( ? - ? ). Circa 1931, the Millers were in Windber, Somerset County.
Son Norman Lichty (1878-1971) was born on Sept. 7, 1878. He succumbed to death in 1971.
Presumed daughter Matilda Lichty (1880-1969) was born in 1880. She was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Horace Arden (Dec. 29, 1883-1925), also spelled "Ardern." He was the son of John and Mary (Tomlison) Ardern and an immigrant from Cheshire, England. The couple made a home in Lincoln Township near Somerset, Somerset County, and produced these children -- Arthur Arden, John Arden, Daisy Arden, Clifford Arden, Grace Kimmel and Betty Rayman. Horace earned a living as coal mine weigh master in 1920 and as a traveling salesman in 1925. Circa 1920, Matilda's widowed father was in their household. Grief cascaded over the family when daughter Daisy Arden, age 18 days, died on Aug. 31, 1911. Then in March 1925, the 41-year-old Horace contracted typhoid fever. He lasted for two weeks, but his body gave up. He died on March 22, 1925. Interment of the remains was in Pine Hill Cemetery. The widowed Matilda survived her spouse by some 44 years. She brought her aging father back into her home, and he succumbed there in March 1931. She passed into eternity in 1969.
Great-grandson Donald Arden dwelled in 1973 in Somerset.
Great-granddaughter Alyce Arden married Carl Barefoot. They called Somerset home.
Great-granddaughter Betty Arden was in Somerset in 1973.
Great-granddaughter Helen Arden wedded Ralph Brandt.
Great-granddaughter Arlene Arden married Glenn Butler.
Great-grandson John C. Arden Jr was in rural Somerset in 1974.
Great-granddaughter Judy Arden married (?) Emerick. She made a residence in Somerset.
Great-grandson William L. Kimmel married Ethel Sayler. He was an attorney in Somerset in 1983-1998.
Great-granddaughter Margaret Sue Kimmel wedded Donald Grubbs. They lived in State College, PA in 1983. She was deceased by 1998.
Great-granddaughter Ruth Kimmel married Richard L. Meyers and dwelled in Somerset in the early 1980s-late 1990s..
Great-granddaughter Patti Ann Stutzman married Ronald Trent. They were in Friedens in 2004.
Great-grandson William Harold Stutzman wedded Bonnie Lambert. The couple dwelled in 2004 in Friedens.
Great-grandson Richard Walter Stutzman was joined in marriage with Iris Miller. The Stuzmans resided in Friedens.
Great-granddaughter Eileen Rayman married (?) Custer. She was in Harrisburg, PA in 1997.
Great-granddaughter Carol Rayman wedded William E. Shaver. They were in Somerset circa 1997.
Great-granddaughter Kathy Rayman was united in matrimony with William Wildenmann. Their residence in 1997 was in Stoystown, Somerset County.
Great-grandson James Day Rayman lived with his parents in 1997.
Son Samuel "Allen" Lichty (1882-1966) was born on April 15, 1882 or 1883 in Somerset County, and spelled his name "Leaghty" as an adult. He married Lovada B. Norris ( ? - ? ). Samuel earned a living over the years as a coal miner. When named in the Meyersdale Republican obituary of his father in 1931, his "whereabouts" were listed as "not known." Their home in the 1960s was 2603 Poinsettia Drive in White Oak Boro near McKeesport, PA. Stricken with pancreatic cancer, he died at the age of 83 on Jan. 2, 1966. He rests for all time in Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills Borough.
Daughter Druscilla Lichty (1884-1965) was born on Oct. 20, 1884, with her name at times misspelled as "Priscilla." She was joined in the bonds of wedlock with John Stevens ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Canonsburg, Washington Couinty, PA at the address of 135 North Jefferson Avenue. Burdened by hardening of the arteries and heart disease, she developed pneumonia and died in Canonsburg Hospital at the age of 80 on July 16, 1965. Twila Shober of the family home signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Oak Spring Cemetery in Canonsburg.
Son Charles Lichty (1888-1974) was born on Aug. 31, 1888 in Pine Hill, Somerset County. He married Laura Lenhart ( ? - ? ). The couple's two children were John C. Lichty and Mildred Rose. During World War I, Charles served in the U.S. Army. Their home for decades was in Listonburg, Somerset County. As his health failed, Charles was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Altoona, where he died at the age of 85 on March 26, 1974. Rev. Byron Conner preached the funeral, and burial of the remains was in Addison Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.