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Lyman Gaumer


Lyman Gaumer was born on Feb. 20, 1819 in Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr.

He spent his working life as a carpenter in and around Muskingum County. 

On May 16, 1841, in a wedding ceremony held in Muskingum County, the 22-year-old Lyman married 19-year-old Mary Ann McClanahan (1822- ? ) of Coshocton, whose parents were natives of Virginia. Rev. Samuel Kaemmerer, of the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Adamsville, officiated at the nuptials.

Their known children included William "Henry" Gaumer, Mary Elizabeth Browning, Amanda Gaumer, Eliza Jane Gaumer, John L. Gaumer, George "Marion" Gaumer, Charles H. Gaumer and Margaret Browning.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War, Lyman and Mary Ann dwelled with Martin and Mary E. Zimmer in Adams Township. That year, they had seven mouths to feed under the age of 18.


Adamsville landmark built in 1840

The federal censuses of 1870-1880 show the Gaumers living in Adamsville, with Lyman continuing his work in carpentry.

In May 1901, reported the gossip columns of the Zanesville Times Recorder, he received a visit from his sister Malinda Werts of Coshocton County. She and her son J.C. Werts returned for a visit again in April 1903, with the news reported in the Adamsville Register and the Coshocton Democrat and Standard.

When he was 80 years of age, Lyman "leased a house in the south part of town and is now keeping house alone," said the Times Recorder. "Mr. Gaumer is over eighty years of age, but he has the ambition and good will to undertake many things the younger men would not try."

Lyman was a groundskeeper for the Adamsville Cemetery circa June 1905. Despite his age, the Times Recorder noted that he "is swinging the scythe with much skill and the grass is being shaved down close to the ground. Persons desiring to aid in paying Mr. Gaumer for the work can give or send the money to either H.H. Roberts. E.H. Mangold or F.J.E. Williams, Adamsville."

In February 1909, Lyman reached his 90th birthday, and the Zanesville newspaper said he was "the oldest resident of Adamsville and with the exception of his sister, 'Grandmother' Rachel Bell, who is several years his senior, is the oldest resident in Northwestern Muskingum." He received a number of post cards of congratulation and silver valued at $15.

Suffering from kidney failure, Lyman died in the home of his daughter Mary Elizabeth Browning in Adamsville at the age of 90 on Oct. 13, 1909. His niece Olive Browning immediately coming from her home to help with funeral preparations. Interment was in the Adamsville Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. J.D. Nulton preaching the service. Daughter Mary was the informant for the Ohio certificate of death. An article about his passing was made in the Coshocton Daily Times, which reported that "For some months his strength had been failing steadily and his condition was further weakened by two paralytic strokes which he suffered. The past few days he has seemed much weaker and Wednesday morning passed tranquilly from sleep into death. The end came absolutely without pain or suffering. Mr. Gaumer was related to the Barcroft, Wertz and Browning families in Coshocton and was widely known in all the country around Adamsville.... Mr. Gaumer was a man of unblemished character and spotless integrity; he enjoyed the respect of all who knew him."

Invitation to Adamsville's 1909 Home Coming and Harvest Home Festival


~ Son William "Henry" Gaumer ~


Adamsville Baptist Church Cemetery

Son William "Henry" Gaumer (1843-1924) was born on Aug. 9, 1843 near Adamsville, Muskingum County.

Henry stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighed 138 lbs. and had a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. He joined the Union Army during the Civil War on May 2, 1864 and was assigned to the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Ohio National Guard), Company E. He was discharged in Zanesville after three months on Sept. 7, 1864.

After spending the winter as a civilian even as the war raged, on Feb. 14, 1865, he re-enlisted for a term of one year and was placed within the 191st Ohio Infantry, Company D. The war ended in mid-April 1865, and Henry remained in his regiment for several more months. One of his bunkmates at the time was a neighbor from back home, Orrin Richardson.

In July 1865, while on duty in Winchester, VA, he began to suffer from a bad cold due to what he called "exposure" to harsh weather. The illness "settled in back especially and head causing severe pain and weakness of back or lumbago and roaring in head and severe deafness of left ear," he wrote. The ailments were to stay with him the rest of his life. In camp at the same time was Henry's cousin Adam Claude Sturtz of Adamsville, of the family of Susanna (Gaumer) Sturtz Baughman. Sturtz found Henry in his tent, lying very ill, and reported the matter to the regiment's surgeon. Henry did not seek medical care, he wrote, as he "would rather run almost any risk than go to the hospital."

Henry finally received an honorable discharge at Winchester on Aug. 27, 1865 and returned home. Less than two weeks after arriving home, on Sept. 10, 1865, he was injured while in the act of target shooting. He later recalled the incident: "I was in the yard near our house with my gun shooting at a mark and as the gun was discharged a piece of the cap flew into my right eye, immediately cutting out the sight of said eye." Brother-in-law Oliver Browning and friend James Hunter were present and noted that "there was an old rusty load in the gun which he wanted to discharge before cleaning the piece." The cap remained in the eyeball for nine weeks "before it was drawn out by the application of medicine," Henry said.

Later that year, he underwent medical care for his rheumatism from Dr. Bartley in Adamsville. But after about six months, Bartley advised that there was no cure. Henry then was under the care of Dr. Hosick of Adamsville, who prescribed linaments.

Unmarried at the age of 27 in 1870, he lived at home in Adamsville and assisted his father with carpentry.


William's letter to U.S. Pension Commissioner

On Aug. 8, 1872, when he was 29 years of age, Henry married 23-year-old Martha J. Bowden (June 1849-1934), daughter of William and Mary (Capwell) Bowden of Salem Township, Muskingum County. Rev. John W. Toland officiated.

Their 10 children were Rosa May Johnson, David Mitchell Gaumer, Guy W. Gaumer, Mary Florence Brook, Charlotte Belle "Lottie" Gaumer, Rev. James Harvey Gaumer, Charles Herbert Gaumer, Royal Alfred Gaumer, Bernard L. Gaumer and Myrl E. Gaumer. Sadly, their youngest daughter passed away at the tender age of five months on Dec. 30, 1897.

Henry was unable to earn much of a living over the years due to his physical debilities. He did perform some farmwork for Edward Brock of Salem Township, and sawed logs with local farmer James Hunter, and both watched as he quit working due to pain and stiffness in his back. Henry drew some income from the local township's fund for indigent soldiers, a fact noted by township treasurer treasurer and local blacksmith Jacob A. Snoots.

In 1880, their residence was on a farm in Salem Township. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. William belonged to the Hazlett Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans organization, commanded locally by G.V. Kern.

As he aged, Henry suffered from an enlarged prostate and underwent surgery. He filed for and began receiving a military pension as compensation for wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #727.691 - Cert. #560.169] Friends Orrin Richardson of Zanesville signed affidavits of testimony in support of his disability claim.

The 1900 U.S. Census shows the Gaumers farming in Salem Township. In about 1915, he suffered another loss of eyesight when a fragment of wood flew into the eye while he was chopping wood for kindling.

He relocated from Adamsville to Sonora, Muskingum County in about 1917. Then, his eyesight continuing to fail, he moved again at Christmas 1924 into Zanesville. He was forced to use a cane while walking.


The famed "Y" in Zanesville, when it was a covered bridge in olden days


Complications set in, and Henry died at age 80 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville on Feb. 12, 1924. Interment was in Adamsville, with Rev. Bey officiating and a special service conducted by his GAR mates. H.J. Gaumer of Union City signed the death certificate, and an obituary was printed in the Zanesville Signal. Among those attending the burial service was John Sarbaugh.

Martha outlived her husband by 11 years. She began receiving her late husband's Civil War pension payments a month or so after his passing. [Widow App. #1.215.932 - Cert. #950.127]. As of early 1924, she made her home in Sonora, Muskingum County. Her son Harvey and daughter Rosa May Johnson witnessed documents she had to furnish in connection with the pension.

Debilitated by heart disease, she died at age 84 on Jan. 24, 1934 in Perry Township, Muskingum County. Daughter Rosa May Johnson of Sonora signed her death certificate. She was placed into repose in Adamsville. An obituary in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal said her funeral was conducted by Rev. F.A. LePage and that she was survived by 26 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two sisters in Illinois.

Their descendants gathered for a first-ever reunion in a Zanesville park in August 1951, with a number of their grown children attending.

Daughter Rosa May Gaumer (1874- ? ) was born on March 4, 1874. She married Ross Johnson ( ? - ? ). In 1924, they dwelled in Zanesville at the address of 1036 Brown Avenue. By 1934, they had relocated to in Sonora, Muskingum County. On her widowed mother's behalf, Rosa May wrote letters to the U.S. Pension Commissioner so that she could begin receiving the Civil War soldier widow's pension.

Son David Mitchell Gaumer (1876- ? ) was born on Oct. 25, 1876. He moved to Illinois and in 1924-1939 made his home in McComb, IL. In June 1939, they hosted a visit from David's brothers Guy and Bernard whom he "had not seen for 21 years," reported the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Son Guy W. Gaumer (1878-1969) was born on Oct. 3, 1878 in Salem Township. He wedded Torria M. Bugg (Dec. 10, 1882-1947), a native of Cherokee County, KS and the daughter of William and Almira (Lindsey) Bugg. They had son Victor J. Gaumer and daughters Gladys Barnes, Ruby Keller and Bernice Jenkins in addition to a stillborn daughter (1921). In about 1917, they established a home in Zanesville and in 1921 lived on Center Street. The Gaumers' address in the 1940s was 433 Stewart Street in Zanesville. Guy was employed by Armco Steel Corporation for 50 years and, in retirement, belonged to the Armco Veterans Club. They were members of the Coburn Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America, and Guy held a membership for 54 years in the Modern Woodmen of America. Sadly, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage followed by acute heart failure, Torria was rushed to Zanesville's Bethesda Hospital, where she died at the age of 64 on April 29, 1947. Interment was in Zanesville Memorial Park, with Rev. Charles Bay of the Baptist church officiating. An obituary in the Times Recorder noted that her surviving siblings lived in Kansas City, Little Rock and Sask, Canada. Guy lived for many years after Torria's death. In 1964, he continued to live at 433 Stewart Street. He died at the age of 90 on July 6, 1969 as a patient in Bethesda Hospital.

  • Grandson Victor J. Gaumer (1923- ? ) was born on July 26, 1923. He served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II, training at Camp Wheeler, GA and Camp Livingston, LA. In 1969, his home was on Boggs Road near Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Gladys Gaumer married Claude Barnes and lived in Zanesville.
  • Granddaughter Ruby L. Gaumer wedded Spencer Keller and made their home in Zanesville. Ruby's aged father lived under their roof toward the end of his life.
  • Granddaughter Bernice Gaumer was joined in marriage with Waldo Jenkins and resided in Columbus and Canal Winchester, OH.

Daughter Mary Florence Gaumer (1882- ? ) was born on Feb. 13, 1882. She was wedded to (?) Brock ( ? - ? ). They lived in Millville, FL in 1924-1934 and in Atlantic City, FL in 1964. She was the last surviving offspring and in 1969 made her residence in Panama City, FL.

Daughter Charlotte Belle "Lottie" Gaumer (1884-1928) was born on June 8, 1884 in Salem Township. Circa 1906, when she would have been about 22 years of age, Lottie married 24-year-old Jesse R. Wortman (1882- ? ). Their known children were Waldo E. Wortman, Emery Wortman, Florence Wortman and Bernard Wortman. The family lived on a farm in Muskingum County's Highland Township in 1910. By 1920, they had relocated to a farm in Salem Township. In 1924-1928, their dwelling was in Adamsville. Heartache befell the family when Lottie began to suffer from cancer of the uterus and an infection of peritonitis. She was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville and underwent surgery but could not rally. She died there on Jan. 9, 1928 at the age of 43. Interment was in Adamsville, with her brother Guy signing the official Ohio certificate of death. Jesse and the children remained in the Adamsville area and are shown there in the 1930 federal census. After many years as a widower, Jesse married again to Odessa (?).

  • Grandson Waldo E. Wortman (1907-1975) was born on Jan. 6, 1907 in Muskingum County. Circa 1934, he served on the entertainment committee of the annual alumni dinner of Adamsville High School. He married Marie Adeline Henyan (1904-1989), daughter of Claude and Lillian (McBride) Henyan. They lived in or near Nashport, Muskingum County. Waldo died at the age of 68 on Aug. 15, 1975. Interment was in Irville Cemetery in Nashport. Marie lived for another 14 years and followed him into death in 1989.
  • Grandson Emery E. "Spive" Wortman (1911-1973) was born on Aug. 1, 1911 in Muskingum County. On Aug. 1, 1929, Emery was joined in wedlock with Alice C. (1911-1990). They produced these children -- Gerald "Bud" Wortman and Irene Adams. Emery was employed as a welder for Armco Steel Corporation. They were members of the Adamsville United Methodist Church. During World War II, Emery served as a private in the U.S. Army. Later, he joined the Dresden American Legion and the Army Veterans Club. A heart attack swept Emery away at the age of 61 in July 1973. Burial was in Adamsville Baptist Cemetery, with Rev. Helen Graves officiating.
  • Granddaughter Florence M. Wortman (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 in Muskingum County. She wedded Clyde Crawford. In 1973, her home was in Dresden.
  • Grandson W. Bernard Wortman (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918 in Muskingum County. He dwelled in Adamsville in the early 1970s.

Son Rev. Harvey James Gaumer (1887- ? ) was born on April 10, 1887 in Adamsville. On June 3, 1908, the 21-year-old Harvey married 23-year-old Ola P. Sergent (July 22, 1884-1945), daughter of Ezekiel and Mattie Ellen (Shipe) Sargent of Barnesville, Belmont County. Rev. J.A. Bolton officiated. At the time of marriage, Harvey earned a living as a laborer. They had three children -- Paul Gaumer, Helen Barnet and Anna Belle Gaumer. Harvey became a Methodist clergyman. Over the years, he served churches in Union City, IN (1924) and in Lima and Cridersville (1942-1945), OH. Their address in 1945 was 306 West Sugar Street in Cridersville. Heartache swept over the family in mid-1944 when Ola discovered a cancerous growth on her left breast. She suffered for eight months and died at age 60 on Feb. 22, 1945. Burial in was in Braceville Center Cemetery in Warren, Trumbull County, OH, with an obituary in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal. Harvey survived his wife by many years. In 1964, he was in Alliance, OH. He succumbed at the age of 78 on Sept. 16, 1965.

  • Grandson Paul Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He married and lived in Warren, Trumbull County, OH in 1938.
  • Granddaughter Helen Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married (?) Barnet.
  • Granddaughter Anna Belle Gaumer ( ? - ? )

Son Charles "Herbert" Gaumer (1889-1964) was born on April 2, 1889 in Salem Township. On June 2, 1915, he was joined in matrimony with Susan Catherine Wisecarver (May 19, 1877-1987), daughter of Seymour and Mary (Shroyer) Wisecarver. They were the parents of Dorus L. Gaumer, Violet Carnes and Mary Rose Wheeler. They dwelled in Sonora, OH and he spent his career working as a section hand for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The family were members of Salem Methodist Church near Sonora. After suffering for three years, Herbert succumbed in Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville on Dec. 10, 1964. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that his survivors included nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Rev. David Boldt officiated at the funeral and burial in Salem Cemetery. Susan continued in widowhood for 24-plus years. Her address in 1987 was 2450 Sonora Road. She died at home at the age of 90 on Nov. 11, 1987.

  • Grandson Dorus L. Gaumer ( ? -1976) was born in (?). He was a veteran of World War II with sevice in New Guinea and Australia. He married Ann (Bowman) Swingle ( ? - ? ). She had been married before and brought a son to the union, Vernon Swingle. They produced a son, Ray Gaumer. His home was in Adamsville in 1964, and he earned a living as a construction worker, with membership in the Internatinoal Union of Operating Engineers. He succumbed on Feb. 2, 1976.
  • Granddaughter Violet Gaumer wedded (?) Carnes. They lived in 1959 in Zanesville and in 1964 in Cleveland. By 1976, she was in Westminster, CA and in 1987 was in Sonora, OH.
  • Granddaughter Mary Rose Gaumer who served in the U.S. Civil Service during World War II. She eventually married Fred Wheeler. They dwelled in Castle Rock, WA in 1960-1987.

Son Royal Alfred "Roy" Gaumer (1891-1964) was born on Sept. 8, 1891. He lived in Sonora, Nashport and Columbus, OH, and earned a living over the years as a coal mine laborer. He was united in matrimony with Margaret A. Watters (1897- ? ) of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. They were the parents of William A. Gaumer, twins Geraldine V. Gaumer and Martha M. Gaumer, Betty Jean Gaumer and Richard Gaumer. He and his wife separated by April 1937, and he was arrested but found not guilty on charges of non-support. They apparently reconciled as they are shown together living under the same roof on Livingston Street, Columbus, in the 1940 U.S. Census. Roy worked as a farmer circa 1940. Circa 1942, Roy resided in Columbus at the address of 61 East Fulton Street. The couple eventually divorced. Roy supported himself in the mid-1940s as a bartender, living at 140 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus. At the age of 53, on April 9, 1945, he wedded 37-year-old waitress Irene (Hurles) Gaumer (1908- ? ). It was his third marriage, and her fourth, with Rev. George S. Schultz officiating. She was the daughter of Clem and May (Peters) Hurles of Higby, OH. The couple appears to have divorced and remarried again on June 22, 1950. Then on June 10, 1953, at age 61, he married yet again to 48-year-old Ruth E. (Boone) Sies ( ? - ? ), daughter of James E. and Carrie (Patton) Boone of ERlanger, KY. At that time, he worked as a butcher. Roy passed away the age of 72 on May 7, 1964. He rests in Greenlawn Cemetery.

  • Grandson William A. Gaumer (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine V. Gaumer (1919- ? ) was born in Dec. 1919, a twin with her sister Martha. She wedded French native Leon Walters (1918- ? ). They produced a son, Steve Walters. In 1940, the family made a home on Livingston Street, with Leon employed as a floor layer for a retail flooring business.
  • Granddaughter Martha M. Gaumer (1919- ? ) was born in Dec. 1919, a twin with her sister Geraldine.
  • Granddaughter Betty Jean Gaumer (1923- ? ) was born on Aug. 13, 1923 in Sonora, Muskingum County. As a two-year-old, she was pictured in the Zanesville Signal on March 1, 1925. Sadly, at the age of 18, she was stricken with pneumonia and could not recover. She died on April 30, 1942. Her remains were lowered into the earth in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.
  • Grandson Richard Gaumer (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932.

Son Bernard L. Gaumer (1894- ? ) was born on May 13, 1894. He resided in Sonora, OH in the 1920s and '30s. He wedded Mildred Filkill of Zanesville in February 1934 in a ceremony held in Wheeling, WV. In or about June 1946, at the age of 51, he was engaged to marry 28-year-old Ada E. Stage of Dresden. By 1964, he had relocated to a home on Ninth Street in Zanesville.

Daughter Myrl E. Gaumer (1897- ? ) was born on July 13, 1897.


~ Daughter Mary Elizabeth (Gaumer) Browning ~

Daughter Mary Elizabeth Gaumer (1846-1930) was born on Jan. 6, 1846 in Adamsville, Salem Township. A newspaper once said she "spent her entire life in that vicinity."

On Oct. 8, 1866, when she was 20 years of age, Mary was wedded to Civil War veteran Oliver Browning ( ? -1896). The nuptials were held in Coshocton County by the hand of Rev. Israel Thrap.

They were the parents of Annie R. Browning, James L. Browning, Harvey A. "Harve" Browning, Melinda Jane "Jennie" McCoy, Eleanor Olive Griffith, Mar L. Viola Spragg, Bess Porteus, Myrville McCormick and John "Errol" Browning and two others who died young.

Oliver stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and had a florid complexion, black hair and blue eyes, and weighed about 145 lbs. Before the war, he made a living as a farmer.

During the war, Oliver joined the Union Army on Sept. 11, 1861 and was assigned to the 51st Ohio Infantry, Company F, commanded by Capt. John M. Frew. He eventually was promoted to corporal. In January 1862, while at Camp Cyckliff, KY, comrade John E. Brown heard Oliver complain about malaria and typhoid fever. In mid-February 1862, the regiment was ordered to Fort Donelson, TN "to take part in that engagement and that said Browning went along but did not carry either arms or other accountrement," Brown wrote. Instead, his weapons were carried by the wagon train. "Their commend did not get there in time to take a part in the battle but comrade Browning took a relapse and with Typhoid symptoms and was sent to the hospital at Nashville."


Stones River fighting, New Year's 1862-1863. Below, the visitor center today.


The symptoms included hemorrhoids and stomach problems, and Oliver was sent to the hospital on April 28, 1862. During that time he also developed further heart palpitations and constipation. He eventually returned to his regiment "in a shattered condition physical especially suffering from pain and disease in his head," Brown wrote.

He took part in the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee which lasted from Dec. 31, 1862 to Jan. 2, 1863. At that fight, in the early morning of New Year's Eve, he and the 90th Ohio were at the northernmost part of the field, part of the Union Army's left wing, under the command of Col. Samuel W. Price, Major Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden and Major Gen. William S. Rosecrans. The 90th Ohio and Kentucky and Indiana regiment advanced across Stones' River and wheeled clockwise as patrols, facing Confederate cavalry commanded by Brig. Gen. Pegram. They initially made headroads against Pegram's mounted men but then by 9 a.m. had been pushed back across the river near McFadden's Ford. Oliver was captured as a prisoner of war and then quickly was paroled and released at nearby Murfreesboro.

Among Oliver's distant cousins also seeing battle action at Stones River were David Nesbit Miner of the 15th Ohio Infantry and Thomas M. Miner of the 90th Ohio Infantry, the latter of whom also was captured.

From Murfreesboro, Oliver was ordered to Nashville and further back east to Camp Chase, OH, arriving on Jan. 31, 1863. He appears to have spent several months at Camp Chase before being deployed on Oct. 26, 1863 to rejoin his regiment. He considered himself "the best marksman in the company." But in the spring of 1864, while at Blue Springs, several miles from Cleveland, TN, he repeatedly missed his targets during practice shooting, with fellow soldiers laughing at his failure, and he told Capt. Frew that something must be wrong. He eventually received a veteran's furlough.

Having completed his term of service, he mustered out of the regiment and then re-enlisted in a veterans' volunteer unit. He developed further rheimatism in January and February 1865 while in  camp in Huntsville, AL. Evidence suggests that he was a passenger on a railroad train that wrecked, throwing him from the top of the car and injuring him badly. He received an honorable discharge in Victoria, TX on Oct. 3, 1865. After his discharge, he returned home to Franklin Township, Coshocton County.

Oliver continued to suffer from his wartime ailments for the balance of his life. He took patent medicines to help relieve his pain. Friend Ata Littick recalled working with him in the fields from time to time, only to see Oliver vomit and quit work for the day. As compensation for his wartime ailments, Oliver was awarded a federal military pension. [Invalid App. #668.528 - Cert. #495.497] Writing affidavits of support in his claim were former regiment members Brown, James Banford, John Berton, Abraham Carnes, former messmate William Carr, Asa Littick, Gilbert Newell and Jacob F. Werts. Circa 1895, he received monthly $12 checks.

When examined by military surgeons in Sept. 1894, they reported that he "has an attack of diarrhoea each month lasting three days, with six stools each day, containing blood and mucus attended with pain. He has palpitation of heart with dysphoea. He has sickness of stomach and vomits his food. He has a roaring in head and dizziness from catarrh. He has double vision in right eye. He hears fairly well at times but he is quite deaf when he takes cold." Because of his deafness, he often turned his good, left ear in the direction of someone with whom he was talking.

In about April 1889, the Browlings returned to Adamsville, remaining there for good. Interested in politics, Oliver was a candidate for Salem Township office circa 1889, along with John L. Gaumer.


Adamsville Methodist Episcopal Church

Sadly, Oliver died in Adamsville on May 3, 1896. His son James L. Browning and brother-in-law John L. Gaumer were present at the time of death, with Gaumer closing the eyelids of the corpse. Peter W. Sturtz of Adamsville, age 60, viewed the body on the day of death.

Now widowed, Mary maintained a home on North Fourth Street in Coshocton, with many young mouths to feed. She survived her spouse by more than three decades. She was a longtime member of the Adamsville Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mary was awarded her late husband's pension and received monthly payments for the balance of her life. [Widow App. #633.634 - Cert. #428.515]

In the mid-1910s, C.H. Fiesher of Zanesville received a contract to erect standard-issue military markers at the graves of Oliver and many fellow veterans in the county. But he did not know how to locate these graves and they were not marked as of January 1917.

Just a few weeks before her 85th birthday, the widowed Mary suffered a stroke and thereafter was in critical condition until death on Dec. 14, 1930. She was placed into repose in the Baptist Cemetery in Adamsville, with Rev. Canfield preaching the funeral service. Viola Spragg was the informant for the certificate of death.

Oliver is named in several books, among them the 1881 History of Coshocton County, Ohio: Its Past and Present -- the 1897 Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Encampment of the Department of Ohio Grand Army of the Republic -- and the Centennial History of Coshocton County, Ohio, Vol. 1.

Daughter Annie R. Browning (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868.

Son James L. Browning (1869-1926) was born on Valentine's Day 1869. He married Maud A. (?) McCann ( ? - ? ). She brought a son to the marriage, Robert Allan McCann. They resided in Frazeysburg, OH and produced two sons of their own, Bryce B. Browning and Kenneth Browning. As a young man, he served as deputy treasurer for Muskingum County. He then entered the field of banking in about 1926 and over the next two decades rose to become cashier of the Peoples Bank Company. In the mid-1920s, the bank had capital stock value of $25,000, surplus and undivided profits of $67,000 and deposits worth $500,000. He was considered "one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Muskingum county," said the Zanesville Times Recorder. "Mr. Browning took high rank among the bankers of the state, being a shrewd and conservative financier, and one whose business judgment was highly valued. He also was prominent in church work and was an earnest supporter of every movement looking to the moral upbuilding of the community." Tragically, just 11 days before Christmas 1926, while "in his usual cheery spirits" in meetings with colleagues, he walked into the bank vault to retrieve a file of papers. A loaded pistol fell from the vault wall, firing a bullet which struck him in the head, killing him instantly. While some speculated that the death was suicide, the bank and county coroner conducted an investigation showing that the theory was false. Burial was in Frazeysburg Cemetery, with Rev. Bush officiating.

  • Grandson Bryce C. Browning was employed as secretary of the Zanesville Savings and Loan Company. He lived on Maple Avenue in Zanesville in 1926.
  • Grandson Kenneth Browning lived on Dryden Road in Zanesville in 1926 and was manager of the Maytag Company.

Son Harvey Allen "Harve" Browning (1871- ? ) was born on Jan. 9, 1871. When he was age 29 and unmarried in 1900, he lived with his widowed mother and six younger siblings on the home farm, and earned income sawing lumber. He married and had two known children, Mary Louise Browning and James Browning. They were longtime farmers and lived in Sonora, OH. In 1943, he purchased a house from Vietta Doughty and relocated to near Adamsville in 1946. Harvey suffered a cerebral hemorrghage and on July 15, 1951 was admitted to the Zane Rest Home in Zanesville, and died there 13 days later on July 28, 1951, at the age of 80. Interment was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Mary Louise Browning ( ? - ? ) married (?) Shirer. In 1978, she lived in Adamsville.
  • Grandson James Browning lived near Fresno, OH in 1945.

Daughter Melinda Jane "Jennie" Browning (1874-1954) was born on Jan. 25 (or 27), 1874 in Coshocton County. As a young woman, she worked as a sales clerk in a dry goods store. On March 6, 1901, at about the age of 27, she wedded Jarrette "Ernest" McCoy (Sept. 17, 1874-1932), a native of Connellsville, Fayette County, PA and the son of James A. and Margaret G. (Jarrette) McCoy. Rev. Dr. S.A. Fisher officiated at the nuptials ceremony. The couple produced one son, Ernest Browning "Ernie" McCoy. They lived in Detroit in 1930 and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Sadly, Ernest died in 1932, the year their son was married. Jennie moved to Ann Arbor and was there in 1946. She eventually returned to Ohio and, in 1954, had an address of West Lafayette. She died in the home of her sister Bess Porteus at the age of 80 on Dec. 4, 1954. Rev. C.H. Heinlein led the funeral services in West Lafayette. Her remains then were transported to New Jersey for burial in the town of Caldwell. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder.


Left: Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whom Ernest McCoy hired.
Courtesy Penn State University. Center: Penn State football program, Nov. 15, 1969, featuring Ernie on the cover. Courtesy Penn State University All Sports Museum. Right: 1964 starting QB Gary Wydman of Corning, NY, a distant cousin of Ernie's.


  • Book naming Ernie McCoy 
    Grandson Ernest Browning "Ernie" McCoy (1904-1980) was born on July 20, 1904 in Pittsburgh. On Aug. 27, 1932, in a ceremony held at the bride's residence, he wedded Elizabeth "Betty" Hemenger ( ? - ? ), daughter of F. Russell and Gertrude (Swartout) Hemenger of Algonac, MI. Her photograph portrait was published in a related story in the Detroit Free Press. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, playing varsity baseball and basketball for the Wolverines and capturing All-America honors. He also obtained a master's degree in physical education from Columbia University in New York. He got his start as a teacher, coach and athletic director at a high school in Montclair, NJ, followed by a role as athletic director at Montclair Teachers College. When he and Elizabeth were married, they moved to Montclair. In 1940, he joined the Michigan athletic staff and was an assistant coach for football, basketball and baseball, also serving as a chief football scout. He took time off to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Ater the war, he was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1946. He became known for his balanced approach to academics and athletics. Then in 1952, he accepted a new position at Pennsylvania State University, with the roles of dean of physical education and athletic director. The legendary Charles A. "Rip" Engle coached the Nittany Lions football team at the time. Then when Engle retired in 1966, Ernie replaced him with an up-and-coming assistant, Joe Paterno. Paterno went on to win 409 games, the most in major collegiate history, and captured two national championships. Ernie also helped establish a reputation by founding Penn State's Sports Research Institute and served as vice president and secretary treasurer for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

    He is mentioned throughout Paterno's autobiography, Joe Paterno: "Football My Way," co-authored with Mervin D. Hyman and Gordon S. White Jr. (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1971). The book cites Ernie as an "astute administrator" who had "found the athletic finances in a deplorable condition" when first hired and then took corrective measures. It also described clashes with Paterno over the lack of training table meals and "second class travel arrangements" and an incident where the coach pointed his finger and snapped, "McCoy, we're going to win in spite of you!" An early crisis was in 1964 when Paterno stood by his starting quarterback, Gary Wydman, who was underperforming with many calls for him to be benched. Although Ernie could not have known, as the connection was so distant, Wydman was a cousin, the son of Frank Errold and and Juanita Esther (Hunt) Wydman Jr of Corning, NY. Another time, Ernie criticized Paterno's ongoing use of the I formation, wanting the team "back in its fundamental offense, which stresses power running." Paterno learned about the comments and the two again clashed. Then when Syracuse head football coach Ben Schwartzwalder asked to install closed-circuit instant-replay television equipment in a game at Beaver Stadium, Paterno said "no" and it was Ernie's job to communicate that back to Syracuse. When Penn State played in the 1967 Gator Bowl in Florida, and Paterno was worried that his Black players would be targets of discrimination, Ernie "scouted the area and selected Daytona Beach as the most likely pre-game training spot." Circa 1968, Paterno was in talks to become head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had open talks with Ernie and university president Dr. Eric Walker, and chose to stay. Even Betty played her part in hosting away-gameday "radio parties" for the coaches' wives to celebrate or commiserate and build a sense of camaraderie. Ernie remained at Penn State until 1970, when he retired. But within a year, he joined the University of Miami as temporary athletic director until 1973. He died in University Park, PA on Sept. 16, 1980.

Daughter Eleanor Olive Browning (1878-1918) was born on May 31, 1878 in Coshocton County, OH. In June 1916, she wedded Edgar R. Griffith ( ? - ? ) of Adamsville, by the hand of Rev. A.V. Ault. The Griffiths lived in the Zanesville area. At the age of 39, suffering from chronic appendicitis and fibroids on her uterus, Eleanor was admitted to Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville. She underwent surgery but tragically went into shock and died on Nov. 1, 1918. Her sister Viola was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in the Baptist Church Cemetery in Adamsville. In November 1922, Edgar secured work and moved to Toledo.

Daughter Mary L. Viola Browning (1881- ? ) was born on Oct. 16, 1881 in Coshocton County. Dr. Alonzo M. Henderson assisted in the birth. As a young woman, not married, she bore a son, Gordon Browning. In 1900, she was a clerk in a local post office in the county. She was united in matrimony with Albert Spragg ( ? -1933). Viola was a longtime member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Adamsville and the local Order of Eastern Star. She dwelled with her mother in 1930 and endured the death of her husband in 1933. She lived on East Pike near Adamsville in 1946. Her health failing, she was admitted to Coshocton City Hospital in November 1946 and died there at the age of 65. Burial was in Adamsville Baptist Cemetery.

  • Grandson Gordon Browning ( ? - ? ) lived in Dresden, OH in 1978. He had a daughter, June Browning of Coshocton.

Daughter Bess P. Browning (1885- ? ) was born on April 18, 1885 in Coshocton County. Dr. Alonzo M. Henderson assisted in the birth. She was joined in wedlock with Edward Porteus (1884-1919), son of Robert Porteus. They bore a son, Roy "Edward" Porteus. They resided in West Lafayette, OH. Tragedy struck in February 1919 when Edward contracted a deadly case of pneumonia and passed away. Relatives including Bess's mother traveled to attend the funeral in West Lafayette Cemetery. Bess remained in West Lafayette for decades.

  • Grandson Roy "Edward" Porteus ( ? -1981) grew up in West Lafayette. On March 25, 1939, when he was (?) years of age, he married 21-year-old Matilda J. Duling (March 1, 1918-2006), daughter of Joel W. "Bill" and Alice (Roahrig) Duling. They were the parents of four children -- John E. Porteus, Mary Jane Kreidler, Sue Ann Redman and Nancy K. Melick. Matilda grew up in Linton Township, Coshocton County and attended the Sicker and Trio one-room schools. As a young woman, she worked for Heller Bros. Co. Then together, they operated a farm and owned a commercial flying service and flight school. Matilda was employed as a secretary to the West Lafayette High School Superintendent from 1955 to 1965, and then took a job as deputy clerk in the Muskingum County Probate and Juvenile Court, retiring in 1983. She also was treasurer of the Plainfield United Methodist Church and belonged to the West Lafayette Sorosis Club, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Republican Women's Club and Plainfield Women's Bridge Club. Edward died on Jan. 13, 1981. Matilda lived for another quarter of a century. She passed away at home at the age of 88 on Oct. 15, 2006. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette, with Rev. Paul Gerycz and Rev. Johnnie Swann co-officiating at the funeral service. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that she was survived by nine grandchildren.

Daughter Myrville I. Browning (1888-1962) was born on June 27, 1888 in Salem Township, Muskingum County. Dr. Alonzo M. Henderson assisted in the birth. At the age of 26, on Feb. 24, 1915, she married 22-year-old farmer James H. McCormick (1894-1974), son of W. "Lytle" and Minnie C. (Hamilton) McCormick. Rev. Ault officiated. Their home in 1926 was in Beulah, CO and in 1930 was in Wetmore, CO. By 1946, they had moved back to Adamsville, where he worked for the Ohio Department of Highways. Myrville was an officer with the Faithful Workers Class of the Adamsville United Methodist Church. James died at home at 1400 Newark Road at the age of 80 on Jan. 12, 1974. Rev. Chester Rupert officiated at the funeral service, with pallbearers including Fred Henry, Paul Fisher, Gordon Browning, Donald Shirer, Richard Williams and H. James. The Zanesville Times Recorder published an obituary. Myrville lived to the ripe age of 90. Toward the end, she became a resident of the Muskingum County Home. She died on Sept. 25, 1978.

Son John Errol Browning (1892-1969) was born on Oct. 29 1892 in Adamsville. Dr. W.R. Hosick of Adamsville assisted in the birth. As a three-year-old boy, in November 1895, John was stricken with scarlet fever. He made a home in Zanesville circa 1930-1946. On Nov. 19, 1916, he was united in marriage with Bertha E. Blake ( ? - ? ). Their children were John W. Browning and Betty Browning. Errol worked for Armco Steel Company for more than 39 years and eventually retired from the company. They were members of the Adamsville Baptist Church. The Browningses lived on 1608 Greenwood Avenue near Zanesville. Errol was stricken with a stroke in 1963 but lived for another six years. He passed away on Feb. 6, 1969, at the age of 76. Bertha lived for another six years. She suffered a heart attack in June 1975 and was admitted to Good Samaritan Medical Center, but could not recover. She died at the age of 78 on June 29, 1975. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

  • Grandson John W. Browning lived in Norwich, OH in 1975.
  • Granddaughter Betty Browning resided at home with her mother in 1975 and remained in the home after her mother's passing.


~ Daughter Amanda Gaumer ~

Daughter Amanda Gaumer (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848.


~ Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer ~

Daughter Eliza Jane Gaumer (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850.


~ Son John L. Gaumer ~

Son John L. Gaumer (1854-1902) was born on Valentine's Day 1854 in Salem Township. 

He was a farmer.

On June 5, 1875, John entered into marriage with Alice A. Hankins (June 1856-1913), a resident of Coshocton County, OH and daughter of Daniel and Louise (Shambaugh) Hankins.

Seven children were born to the pair -- Maud Gaumer, Charles V. Gaumer, Vin Lowell Gaumer, Blanche B. Gaumer, Daniel H. Gaumer, Marie E. Gaumer and Lawrence "Lyman" Gaumer.  

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, John and Alice resided on a farm in Franklin, Coshocton County.

The Gaumers eventually returrned to Adamsville. In May 1896, he is known to have been present at the passing of his brother-in-law, Civil War veteran Oliver Browning, and closed the eyelids of the deceased at death. Then in August 1896, he signed an affidavit on behalf of his widowed sister-in-law, Mary Browning, supporting her claim to receive her late husband's Civil War pension.

United States Census records for 1900 show the family in Salem Township. 

In late June 1902, while working in Zanesville, John and their daughter Blanche contracted typhoid fever and was admitted to the local hospital. She was then brought home in an ambulance. But John was too ill to travel. When "taken sick his condition was such that it was not considered safe to bring him to his home," reported the Adamsville Register. He succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 58 on July 8, 1902, "very sudden and unexpected," added the Register. The news was telephoned to their son Charles in Coshocton. Among those known to have traveled to attend the funeral were John's brother George, wife Frances and son Edgar, of Wheeling, WV, staying in Adamsville with her parents.

Alice survived as a widow for another 11 years. She eventually was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and became paralyzed. She passed away on Sept. 16, 1913. Her age as nearly as known was written as 57 on the death certificate, with C.V. Gaumer of Zanesville as the informant. Burial of the remains was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Daughter Maud Gaumer (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876. She was joined in matrimony with (?) Sarbaugh. They lived along Cemetery Drive in Zanesville in the early 1940s.

Son Charles V. Gaumer (1877-1942) was born on Dec. 12, 1877 in Adamsville. He grew up working on his parents' farm. In adulthood he moved for good to Zanesville. He married Anna Barnett (June 25, 1886-1951), a native of Rix Mills, Muskingum County and the daughter of William and Ella Barnett. They became the parents of Irene O'Dell and Fred Walter Gaumer. In the 1940s, he earned a living as a traveling salesman, employed by the Ball Brand Company. He held memberships in the United Commercial Travelers, Amity lodge of the Masons and the First Church of Christ, while Anna belonged to the United Presbyterian Church. The Gaumers' address was 511 McConnell Avenue, Zanesville. during the last year of his life, he suffered from hypertension. Sadly, he was stricken by a heart attack and died at home at the age of 64 on July 13, 1942. Funeral services were led by his pastor, Rev. Paul Runk, with burial in the local memorial park. An obituary was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Anna lived for another seven years and married again to (?) Glidden ( ? - ? ). She was swept away by the angels at age 64, in Zanesville's Muskingum County Hospital, on April 28, 1951. Her Times Recorder obituary said that Rev. Wilmer Hay led her funeral service.

  • Granddaughter Irene Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She appears to have married twice. She first wed Jack O'Dell ( ? - ? ). They migrated to Detroit by 1942 and to New Orleans by 1951. By 1957, she had become joined in wedlock with (?) Doyle and remained in New Orleans. At that time, she and her mother shared ownership of one lot in the Belle View Terrace addition to the city of Zanesville.
  • Grandson Fred Walter Gaumer (1908-1979) was born on Jan. 19, 1908 in Zanesville. He wed Edith P. Gibson (July 13, 1913-1977), born in Newark, Licking County, OH. The only son in this family was Ronald Gaumer.  Fred was employed for many years as an operator with Brockway Glass Company, retiring in 1970. He held a membership in the Glass Bottle Blowers Association. They made a home in 1942 on Spangler Drive, in 1951 on Owens Hill and in 1979 at 359 Auburn Avenue, all in Zanesville. On the fateful day of March 7, 1979, the 71-year-old Fred took his own life using a gun. News of the tragedy was reported in the Zanesville Times Recorder. The remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Memorial Park.

    Great-grandson Ronald Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was married to (?) Schaumleffel ( ? - ? ) and the father of Eric Lee Gaumer. Circa 1954, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning as a member of the 135th Infantry Regiment, 47th Infantry Division. The family's address in the late 1970s was 707 St. Louis Avenue, Zanesville. 

Son Vin Lowell Gaumer (1880-1957) was born in June 1880 in Coshocton County. He spent his growing-up years as a laborer, working for his father. He entered into marriage with Anna Pearl Blanchard ( ? -1952), daughter of William and Kathryn Blanchard of Coshocton County. The only son born to this union was Rolland V. Gaumer. Vin was a longtime employee of Baker Bros. in Zanesville. Their home for 50 years was in Zanesville, including in the early 1940s when they lived on Ninth Street, and later in the Pioneer Apartments. The family belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church, and Anna to the church's Ruth Guild and Ladies Aid Society. Sadly, Anna at age 66 passed away on June 8, 1952. Vin lived for another five years and retired from his work in about 1953. During his last years, he maintained an address of 2316 Ada Street. As his health declined, he became a resident of the Shields Rest Home. He died in the Home at the age of 76 on May 21, 1957. Rev. Walter A. Pohl led the funeral service, held in the family church. The Zanesville Times Recorder published an obituary.

  • Grandson Rolland V. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was married to (?) Jacobs. They were the parents of Rolanne Cronin. Their address in 1952 was 2316 Ada Street.

Daughter Blanche Beatrice Gaumer (1886- ? ) was born on March 20, 1886 in Coshocton County. In 1904, at about age 18, she entered into marriage with her first husband, Edward Weaver Moore (Oct. 3, 1879-1953), of Perry Township, Muskingum County. The couple's two offspring were Mrs. Lloyd Polley and Edward Weaver Moore Jr. The Moores are known to have been in Bedford, IN in the early 1940s, where he generated a living as manager of the Moses Fell Dunn Purdue Farm. The farm, operated by Purdue University, has been an agricultural research facility in raising crops and cattle and evaluating beef products. There, they were members of the Bedford Baptist Church, and he of the local lodge of the Masons. Edward left the farm circa 1928 and the family migrated to San Diego, CA, where he focused on landscaping projects. Sadly, after the tragic death of their daughter a day earlier, Edward suffered a heart attack and died in San Diego on April 13, 1953. His remains were lowered into the soil of the city's Mount Hope Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Bedford (IN) Daily Times-Mail. After two years of grieving, on May 18, 1955, she was united in matrimony with Francis Marion Woolley ( ? - ? ). The Woolleys dwelled in Hemet, CA in 1957.

  • Granddaughter Alta Mae Moore (1906-1953) was born on Nov. 15, 1906 in Zanesville. She graduated from Bedford (IN) High School. When she as 19 years of age, on Oct. 28, 1925, she entered into marriage with Lloyd Sanford Polley (Jan. 27, 1905-1974), a native of Elkinsville, IN. Their nuptials were held in Jeffersonville, IN. The couple produced one daughter. They joined her parents in a move to San Diego. Tragically, after undergoing surgery in San Diego at the age of 46, Alta Mae died on April 12, 1953. The remains were entered into repose in the mausoleum of San Diego's Greenwood Memorial Park. The widowed Lloyd outlived his bride by 21 years. A years into his mourning, in 1954, he married a second time to Edith Louise Depew (1909-1999). Lloyd passed away in San Diego County at age 69 on March 12, 1974. 
  • Grandson Edward Weaver Moore Jr. ( ? - ? )  

Son Daniel H. Gaumer (1890-1956) was born on Nov. 20, 1890 in Adamsville. Daniel was joined in matrimony with Hazel L. (June 23, 1891-1976), a native of Zanesville, OH. The pair bore a daughter, Mrs. Don Root. In the 1940s and 1950s, they dwelled at 1635 Euclid Avenue in Zanesville. For 47 years, he earned a living with Baker Brothers, where his brother Vin also was employed. They belonged to St. Thomas Catholic Church, and Hazel to its Rosary-Altar Society. When his health failed, he underwent surgery in Good Samaritan Hospital, and within 10 days was dead at the age of 66, on May 2, 1956. Following a funeral mass held in the family church, burial took place in Mount Calvary Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder. The widowed Hazel remained in their Euclid Avenue residence and lived for two more decades. She surrendered to the spirit of death at age 85 on Dec. 28, 1976.

  • Granddaughter (?) Gaumer married Don Root. They are known to have been the parents of Sharon Hanna and to have dwelled in St. Mary's, OH in 1956. 

Daughter Marie E. Gaumer (1892- ? ) was born in Aug. 1892. She was united in wedlock with J.B. Johnson ( ? - ? ). They migrated to Iowa and in 1942-1957 were in Des Moines.

Lyman Gaumer's employer, the Elliott Company of Jeannette, PA

Son Lawrence "Lyman" Gaumer (1898-1984) was born on June 22, 1898 in Adamsville. He stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 150 lbs. During World War I, when required to register for the military draft, Lyman disclosed that he was a laundryman employed by Fred W. Hook of Zanesville. He relocated by 1919 to Jeannette, Westmoreland County, PA and remained for good. At the age of 21, in about 1919, he married 17-year-old Kathryn Dorothy Myers (May 24, 1902-1983), daughter of Catharine Myers of Jeannette. The pair's two known children were Mary Louise Dunlap and Barbara L. Gauymer. Over the decade from 1920-1930, he worked as a truck driver for a local grocery store. By 1940, he obtained employment as a shipping clerk for a steel manufacturing company. Again on the outbreak of World War II, he filled out a draft registration card and stated that he was employed by the Elliott Company. At the time, the Gaumers dwelled on Louise Street, Jeannette. Sadness swept over the family when Kathryn died in Feb. 1983. Lyman only outlived her by a year, and joined her in death in April 1984. Their remains sleep side by side in Jeannette Memorial Park.

  • Granddaughter Mary Louise Gaumer (1920-1998) was born in 1920 in Pennsylvania. She wed Frank E. Dunlap (Dec. 1, 1912-1971). The newlyweds first dwelled with Mary Louise's parents in Jeannette, PA. Circa 1940, he worked as a laborer for a glass manufacturing firm. Frank surrendered to the angel of death in Oct. 1971. Mary Louise continued on for another 27 years. She died on Christmas Day 1998. Interment for both was under the sod of Jeannette Memorial Park.
  • Granddaughter Barbara L. Gaumer (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938.

~ Son George "Marion" Gaumer ~

Son George "Marion" Gaumer (1857-1932) was born in January 1857 in Muskingum County.

At the age of 23, in about 1880, Marion married Frances Phillips (Aug. 1860- ? ), daughter of George and Elizabeth Phillips of Coshocton, OH.

They produced four known offspring, Mary Gaumer, Magdalene "Lena" Jarrett, Stella Gaumer and Edgar Gaumer.


Famed Marsh Wheeling cigar company --
Marion's and Mary's employer,  early 1900s?

Circa 1898, they were in Newark, Licking County, OH. By 1900, they relocated to Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. In 1900, their residence was in Clay Township, Ohio County, with Marion working as a cigar maker and 18-year-old daughter Mary as a tobacco stripper.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, Marion worked as a pipe threader in a sprinkler factory. That year, Frances' widowed, German-born mother lifed under their roof. By 1930, they moved to a new home across the river in Smith Township, Belmont County, OH, with Marion employed as a cigar maker in a local factory. Was their employer the famed Marsh Wheeling Stogie company?

Marion was named in the 1930 Coshocton Tribune obituary of his sister Mary Elizabeth Browning. He died on Nov. 19, 1932, at the age of 75. [Find-a-Grave]

Frances passed away in 1950. They rest in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling.

Daughter Mary Gaumer (1881- ? ) was born in Sept. 1881 in Ohio. At the age of 18 in 1900, unmarried, she lived at home and was employed as a cigar stripper at a factory in or near Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.

Daughter Magdalene "Lena" Gaumer (1885-1948) was born in June 1885 in Coshocton County. She held a job at the age of 15 in Wheeling as a packer with a local stamping works. She was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Manley ( ? - ? ). They divorced. Then on Oct. 26, 1916, in a ceremony held in Bridgeport, Belmont County, OH, she wedded a second time to widower Franklin Isaac Jarrett (1872-1958), son of Josiah and Melissa (Phillips) Jarrett. They lived at 416 Hickory in Martins Ferry, Belmont County, OH. Suffering from cancer of the colon, Magdalene was admitted to Martins Ferry Hospital. There, she died at the age of 62 on Jan. 21, 1948. Burial was in Centerville, Belmont County, OH. Frank survived his wife by a decade. He died in 1958.

Daughter Estella F. "Stella" Gaumer (1892- ? ) was born in February 1892 in Newark, Licking County, OH. She came to West Virginia with her parents as a young girl. At the age of 18, on Dec. 7, 1910, in nuptials held in Wheeling by Rev. F.P. Rossman, she was united in wedlock with 20-year-old Alva M. "Alvie" Goodwin (1890- ? ), a native of Brooke County, WV. They were the parents of Howard F. Goodin and Russell Goodin.

  • Grandson Russell Goodin (1911) was born on Nov. 18, 1921 in Wheeling. He worked as a laborer as a young man. At the age of 26, on Sept. 27, 1938, Russell was joined in holy wedlock with 22-year-old factory worker Wilma Loy (June 6, 1916- ? ), daughter of Frank and Jessie (Snyder) Loy. Officiating at the nuptials was Rev. A.R. Elliott of the St. Clairsville Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • Grandson Howard F. Goodin (1916- ? ) was born on Sept. 27, 1916. As a young man, he was employed as a mill worker. He was twice married. The identity of his first bride is not known. On June 27, 1942, at the age of 25, he was united in matrimony with 21-year-pold beautician Florence J. Meyers (Oct. 15, 1920- ? ), daughter of George and Anna (Meihew) Meyers of Barnesville, Belmont County. Rev. C.N. Jarrett of Barnesville officiated. On their marriage license application, the couple asked that the news not be published.

Son Edgar Gaumer (1898- ? ) was born in July 1898 near Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.


~ Son Charles H. Gaumer ~


Son Charles H. Gaumer (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860.


~ Daughter Margaret Gaumer ~

Daughter Margaret Gaumer (1863- ? ) was born in 1863 in Adamsville.


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