Johann Dietrich "Dieter" Gaumer was born on Aug. 9, 1775 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA, the son of of Johann "Friedrich" and Catharina Barbara (Eisenhardt) Gaumer.
In about 1798, when Dieter would have been 24 years old, he was united in holy matrimony with 17-year-old Anna Elizabeth Heinly (1782-1850s).
The couple produced these 11 known children over the sweep of 22 years between 1799 and 1821-- Catharina Heinly Acker, David Gaumer, Sophia Gaumer, Samuel Gaumer, Elisabeth Gaumer, Moses D. Garmer, Solomon Heinly Gaumer, Nathaniel "Nathan" Gaumer, William Gaumer, James Gaumer and Benjamin Gaumer.
Heartache rocked the family at the deaths of their babies David (in 1802), Sophia (1803), Elisabeth (1807) and Benjamin (1822).
Johann Dietrich died in 1830 in Macungie Township at the age of 55.
Anna survived as his widow for more than two decades. She is said to have relocated to the southwestern section of Pennsylvania and made her home in Somerset County, PA. She passed into eternity there in the early 1850s.