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Daniel Gaumer


Daniel Gaumer was born on Oct. 27, 1812 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Johannes Jacob "John" and Susannah (Leydig) Gaumer.

He married Sarah Ann Parker (June 2, 1827-1900), a native of Hampshire County, VA (today West Virginia).

Their children were Eleanor Ann Gaumer, Lydia E. Gaumer, Rachel Martin, Margaret Nancy Kemp and George Washington Gaumer.

The whereabouts of this family in 1850 are unknown.

By 1852, the Gaumers relocated to Iowa, making a home in Penn, Jefferson County, where they remained for decades. The federal census-taker in 1860 spelled their name "Garmo" or "Garms," and in 1870 the name was spelled by the census official as "Gormour."


West side of the city park in in Fairfield, Iowa, just south of Penn Township


The 1880 United States Census lists the family remaining in Penn, with son George and widowed daugher Rachel and her son Isaac under their roof.

Some clues hint that in 1885, Sarah Ann may have been in Fairview, KS.

Daniel died in Jefferson County at the age of 73 on Aug. 9, 1886.

Sarah Ann appears to have moved into Nebraska to live with or near her married daughter Margaret Nancy Kemp. She passed away at the age of 73 on July 17, 1900. Her remains are in eternal repose in Redington, Morrill County, NE. [Find-a-Grave]


 ~ Daughter Eleanor Ann Gaumer ~

Daughter Eleanor Ann Gaumer ( ? - ? ) is said by researcher Carlton Greve to have been a daughter of this couple.


 ~ Daughter Lydia E. Gaumer ~

Daughter Lydia E. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) is said by researcher Carlton Greve to have been a daughter of this couple.


 ~ Daughter Rachel (Gaumer) Martin ~

Daughter Rachel Gaumer (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Iowa.

Sometime before 1870, she wedded (?) Martin ( ? - ? ).

Their only known son was Isaac Martin.

Sadly, Rachel became widowed during the decade of the 1870s and moved back into her father's home by 1880 in Penn Township, Jefferson County.

Son Isaac Martin (1871- ? ) was born in about 1871 in Iowa. He was a boy when his father died and when he and his mother went to live with her parents.


 ~ Daughter Margaret "Nancy" (Gaumer) Kemp ~

Daughter Margaret "Nancy" Gaumer (1855-1927) was born in about 1855 in Jefferson County, IA.

She made her way as a young woman to Leadville, CO.

There, on St. Patrick's Day 1882, she was united in wedlock with Francis Marion "Frank" Kemp (1847-1925).

They produced these known offspring -- Harriet Edna Emery, Edward Ogden Kemp, Viola Chantal Ada Shaffer, David Julian Kemp, Marion Glenn Kemp, Jessie Esther Kemp, Hazel Mae Quinn and Hubert Challen Kemp.

The Kemps migrated into Nebraska and established a residence in Redington, Morrill County.

Francis died in Redington at the age of 77 on June 12, 1925.

A little more than two years later, Margaret passed away at the age of 72 on Aug. 18, 1927. Their remains are interred in Redington Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Harriet Edna Kemp (1883-1954) was born in 1883. She married (?) Emery.

Son Edward Ogden Kemp (1884-1949).

Daughter Viola Chantal Ada Kemp ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Shaffer.

Son David Julian Kemp (1888-1959).

Son Marion Glenn Kemp ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Jessie Esther Kemp (1893-1977).

Daughter Hazel Mae Kemp (1895-1980) was bornin 1895. She was joined in marriage with (?) Quinn.

Son Hubert Challen Kemp (1900-1979).


 ~ Son George Washington Gaumer ~

Son George Washington Gaumer (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Iowa. He grew up on his parents' farm in Penn Township, Jefferson County, IA and labored for them in 1880.


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Carlton Greve graciously has furnished substantial material for this biography.