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Charles Gaumer


Charles Gaumer was born on Oct. 15, 1824 in Salem Township, Muskingum County, the son of Daniel and Hannah (Baughman) Gaumer Sr.

He and his brother Daniel were early settlers of Indiana and Kansas.

Charles married Mahala Kline (Nov. 1827- ? ), a native of Ohio, on March 22, 1849, when he was age 25 and she 22. They migrated to Indiana before 1851 and settled on a farm in Camden, Monroe Township, Carroll County next to three of his Shirer nephews and their families. 

The Gaumers had these known children -- George Franklin Gaumer, Mary E. Gaumer, D.H. Gaumer, Thomas C. Gaumer, Alzina Gaumer and Charles S. Gaumer.

Federal census records for 1860 show the Gaumers in Monroe Township.

By 1869, Charles and Mahala pulled up stakes again and relocated from Indiana to Kansas. They established a longtime home in Wakarusa Township near Lawrence, Douglas County, KS.

The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows Charles and Mahala living in Wakarusa, with their married son and his wife and two children in the household.

Three years before his death, Charles was named in J. Hope Sutor's 1905 book Past and Present of the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio.

Charles died in Douglas County, KS on Nov. 3, 1908.


~ Son George Franklin Gaumer ~

Son George Franklin Gaumer (1850-1929) was born in about 1850 in Carroll County, IN.

He obtained a bachelor's degree (1876) and masters degree (1893), both from Kansas University. When the federal census was taken in 1880, George at age 29 was single, living with his parents and his occupation marked as "naturalist."

George was married and had two sons and a daughter.

He specialized in the study of birds and botany, and collected specimens in Cuba circa 1878 and Yucatan, Mexico from 1878 to 1881. For three years, from 1881 to 1884, he worked in the southwestern United States. At one point, he was named professor of natural sciences at the University of New Mexico, after which time he relocated back to Izamal, Yucatan to work as a physician. In 1917, he published the book Monografia de los Mamiferos de Yucatan. The book The Eponym Dictionary of Birds, by Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins and Michael Grayson says that a number of plants and one mammal are named after him.

He died in 1929.


~ Daughter Mary E. Gaumer ~

Daughter Mary E. Gaumer (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853 in Carroll County, IN.


~ Son D.H. Gaumer ~

Son D.H. Gaumer (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Carroll County, IN.


~ Son Thomas C. Gaumer ~

Son Thomas C. Gaumer (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Carroll County, IN.

He was joined the bonds of matrimony with Emma (1861- ? ).

The newlyweds lived beside Thomas' parents in Wakarusa near Lawrence, Douglas County, KS in 1880 with the U.S. Census was made. His occupation was marked as "Gardener."


~ Daughter Alzina C. Gaumer ~

Daughter Alzina C. Gaumer (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862 in Indiana.


~ Son Charles S. Gaumer ~

Son Charles S. Gaumer (1869- ? ) was born in Sept. 1869 in Kansas.

He was joined in marriage with Lucy (Nov. 1877- ? ), born in Illinois and said to have been "a granddaughter of Jesse Gaumer."

The couple produced at least two children, Virdilla Gaumer and Charles N. Gaumer.

Daughter Virdilla Gaumer (1896- ? ) was born in Oct. 1896 in Kansas.

Son Charles N. Gaumer (1899- ? ) was born in July 1899 in Kansas.

Copyright 2000, 2006, 2011, 2015-2017, 2020 Mark A. Miner

Minerd.com is grateful for records provided by Gilbert R. Gaumer, Paul K. Gaumer, Mary L. Shirer and the National Archives.