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Jonas F. Gaumer


Jonas F. Gaumer was born in about 1829 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA, the son of Johann "Adam" and Christiana (Wesco) Gaumer.

He was married to Ettillia C. "Tillie" Sieger (1827-1900).

The couple bore one son, William "George" Adam Gaumer.

When the 1870 federal census was taken, the Gaumers resided on a farm in in Upper Macungie.

Evidence suggests that Jonas died during the 1870s.

Tillie outlived her spouse by perhaps a quarter of a century. Her home in 1900 was in Orefield, Lehigh County.

She died at home at the age of 73 on Sept. 23, 1900. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that she "had been ill with dropsy for eight months." Her deceased and surviving siblings were listed as Owen Sieger, Frank G. Sieger, William H. Sieger, Ephraim Sieger, Nathan Sieger, Mrs. Eli Metzgar and Mrs. Josiah Kern. Rev. H.E. Semmel officiated at the funeral service, with burial following in Jordan Lutheran Church, today known as Greenwood Cemetery. Among those traveling to attend the funeral were Tillie's nephew, Rev. P.G. Sieger of Lancaster, and Mrs. Willis Benner of Doylestown.


Allentown County Fair, early 1900s



~ Son William "George" Adam Gaumer ~

Son William "George" Adam Gaumer (1857-1919) was born on Aug. 10, 1857 in Macungie.

On Nov. 11, 1888, at the age of 31, he married Ellen Louisa Jane Bastian (March 15, 1856-1949), daughter of Daniel and Abigail (Steininger) Bastian.

The couple did not reproduce.

They made a home in Whitehall, Lehigh County, where he was a longtime proprietor of the Halfway House hotel. George belonged to a number of local organizations, among them the Masons, Odd Fellows and Order of Independent Americans.

At the age of 61, in the spring of 1919, he caught a deadly case of influenza, which led to enlargement of the heart and lungs. He died on April 30, 1919. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call said "He had been ailing for two weeks but was not thought to be seriously ill.... There are no surviving brothers or sisters and no children." Interment was in Jordan Lutheran Church Cemetery, known today as Greenwood Cemetery, with Edgar E. Gaumer of Allentown signing the death certificate. As he had done with George's mother 19 years earlier, Rev. H.E. Semmel led the funeral service.

Ellen lived for another three decades. Her final years were spent at 329 North 10th Street in Allentown. She passed into eternity on March 18, 1949, just three days after her 93rd birthday.


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