Margaret (Gaumer) Bainter was born on Oct. 27, 1813 in Muskingum County, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sturtz) Gaumer Jr.
She married John B. Bainter (1809-1890), also a Muskingum native and the son of Adam and Elizabeth Bainter and grandson of German immigrant Godfrey Bainter. They are named in J. Hope Sutor's 1905 book Past and Present of the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio.
The Bainters produced eight children -- Andrew Allen Bainter, Adam Riley Bainter, Elizabeth Holcomb, Jacob H. Bainter, Charles W. Bainter, John H. Bainter, Rachel C. Bainter and Mary M. Vinsel and Catherine Norwin.
John grew up on his father's 200-acre farm in Monroe Township. After completing school, John worked in "merchandising" in nearby Coshocton County but eventually decided that farming would be more rewarding. John's aged parents lived under their roof until their respective deaths.
The Grim Reaper swept away Margaret on Nov. 4, 1885, when she was 72 years old.
At the time of his death, John owned 295 acres in Monroe Township. He passed away on April 25, 1890, at the age of 81.
~ Son Andrew Allen Bainter ~
Son Andrew Allen Bainter (1840- ? ) was born in about 1840 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
Andrew was twice joined in holy matrimony. His first bride was Amanda D. Riney (1843-1880), a native of Virginia.
Their known offspring were Henry N. Bainter, Thomas R. Bainter, Rosella "Rose" McCall and Alice Shrigley.
Sadly, Amanda died at about the age of 37 on March 19, 1880. Burial was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.
After a period of grieving, on Dec. 10, 1885, the 45-year-old Andrew wedded a second time to a cousin, 28-year-old Susan "Alcinda" Bell (Nov. 12, 1856-1923), daughter of George Washington and Elizabeth C. Bell. The wedding was performed by Rev. J. Weber.
The couple is known to have produced at least four children of their own, Florence McDonald, Effie Elmira Spring, Clarence Leland Bainter and Charles Milo Bainter.
Circa 1889, when daughter Florence was born, the couple dwelled in Monroe Township, Muskingum County. They were longtime members of New Hope Lutheran Church.
Andrew passed away on Oct. 26, 1918. Burial was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Alcinda survived her husband by five years and made her home in Otsego. Suffering from diabetes and gangrene of her left leg, she had the limb amputated, but to no effect. She died at the age of 67 as a patient in Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville on May 6, 1923. [Find-a-Grave] She rests with her husband, his first wife and a stepson.
Daughter Alice Bainter (1864-1954) was born on Sept. 6, 1864. On Nov. 12, 1885, at the age of 21, she wedded Oron Shrigley ( ? -1941). They were the parents of Paul Shrigley and Mrs. F.B. Schlaub. The Shrigleys established a home in Canton, Stark County, OH. They belonged to Zion Lutheran Church of Canton. Oron died on Christmas Day 1941. Alice survived for another 13 years. Circa 1954, she was admitted as a resident to Lighthizer Rest Home in Zanesville, and stayed there for nine years until death. Burial was in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, with Rev. F.M. Koepplin officiating. The Zanesville Times Recorder said in an obituary that her survivors included six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Son Henry N. Bainter (1866-1893) was born in 1866. He died in 1893 -- at the age of 27 -- and is buried in his parents' lot at New Hope.
Son Thomas R. Bainter (1869-1956) was born on Jan. 22, 1869 in Monroe Township. He never married. He was a longtime member of the Odd Fellows lodge in Canton, OH and the New Hope Lutheran Church. Followig an illness of three months' duration, he died in Bethesda Hospital at the age of 87 on Aug. 2, 1956. An obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder. He rests for all time in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery.
Daughter Rose Bainter (1874-1972) was born on Sept. 26, 1874 in Otsego, OH. On Sept. 12, 1912, she married Rora O'More "R.O." McCall (April 15, 1872-1942), son of Moses and Anna Eliza (Wheeler) McCall of Monroe Township. The ceremony was held at the home of her cousin, Clyde Vinsel, with Dr. A.E. Markley, of the St. John's English Lutheran Church officiating. He bought four children to the union from a previous marriage, Russell McCall, Rolland McCall, Fern Campbell and Pansy Castor. At the time of marriage, Rose worked at the Flesher millinery business while Rora was employed at the Corbin Store. The family lived in Zanesville and were members of St. John's Lutheran Church. R.O. was employed as a bus driver for Zanesville Rapid Transit Company. Sadly, R.O. was stricken with a heart attack and passed away on May 25, 1942 in Bethesda Hospital. In 1956, Rose made her residence at 1424 Stanton Avenue in Zanesville. With her health failing, she was admitted to Good Samaritan Medical Center where she succumbed at the age of 97 on May 5, 1972. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder noted that she had "spent most of her life in Zanesville."
Daughter Florence Bainter (1889-1979) was born on April 11, 1889 in Monroe Township. She married John C. McDonald (1883-1965), son of William and Mary Isabel (Aikin) McDonald. They lived in Otsego, OH and bore one son, William B. McDonald. Sadness swept over the family when John died on Feb. 20, 1965. Burial was in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery. The widowed Florence remained in her home at 411 North Third Street in Coshocton. In April 1978, her health failing, she was admitted to the Rose Lawn Nursing Home at West Lafayette, OH, where she died more than a year later at the age of 90 on April 22, 1979. An obituary appeared in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Daughter Effie Elmira Bainter ( ? - ? ) was wedded to Elmer Leroy Spring ( ? - ? ), son of C.M. and Anna (Kreis) Spring. Their home in 1956-1979 was in West Lafayette.
Son Clarence Leland Bainter (1891-1973) was born on May 14, 1891 in Muskingum County. He was joined in wedlock with Bernice Roemer (May 4, 1892-1972). They were the parents of Daphne Hoskins and Robert Bainter. In his career, Clarence joined Armco Steel Company and worked there for 35 years. They relocated to Denver, CO where they lived in 1956 and Clarence was a division manager for National Supply Company, a division of Armco. Clarence was a member of the Amity lodge of the Masons for 57 years and president of the Denver Petroleum Club. After retiring, by 1963, they migrated to Southern California and established a home in San Diego County. They joined the House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Escondido. Bernice passed away at age 80 on Oct. 18, 1972. Clarence only survived his wife by a year. On Sept. 20, 1973, he died at the age of 82 in San Diego County. After a funeral service in the family church, led by Rev. Frank Starkey, burial was in Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido. An obituary was printed in his hometown newspaper, the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Son Charles Milo Bainter (1893-1924) was born on Oct. 19, 1893. He was married to Fay Audrey Wisecarver (1893- ? ), daughter of James Henry and Sarah Frances (Simpson) Wisecarver. They earned a living as farmers. Suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 31, Charles died on Nov.17, 1924. Mrs. R.O. McCall was the informant for his death certificate. Interment was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery. Fay outlived her husband but her fate is not yet known.
~ Son Adam Riley Bainter ~
Son Adam Riley Bainter (1843-1864) was born on July 11, in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
When Adam was 17 years of age in 1860, the year of the federal census enumeration, he lived with his parents in Monroe Township and earned a living as a farm laborer working alongside his father and older brother Andrew.
Sadly, at the age of about 21 years, two months, Adam died on Sept. 22, 1864.
Details of his passing are not yet known.
He rests for eternity in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery near Adamsville. His grave marker ws erect and fairly legible when photographed in May 2018, although the epitaph at the bottom was worn and difficult to decipher.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (Bainter) Holcomb ~
Daughter Elizabeth Bainter (1847-1888) was born in 1847 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County. She may also have gone by the first name of "Selena."
Research evidence suggests that she was joined in matrimony with Charles Holcomb (April 28, 1844-1934), son of Homer and Ellen (Foster) Holcomb of Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
They were the parents of one daughter, Loella Waters.
Charles earned a living over the years as a farmer and merchant.
The federal census of 1880 shows this family living in Monroe Township. The census taker wrote a note in the entry for Elizabeth/Selena, saying she had "Heart disease."
Sadly, Elizabeth died at the untimely age of about 35 on Sept. 30, 1882. Her remains were lowered into repose in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
Charles survived his bride by more than half a century. In 1884, he married a second time, to Louisa Jane Waters (1858-1941), daughter of Robert and Judith (Barnard) Waters of Monroe Township, Guernsey County. They dwelled in Otsego and were members of the Otsego Methodist Church. Louisa also belonged to the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and the Women's Society in Christian Service (WSCS).
Charles contracted pneumonia in March 1934 and died at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 5 days on April 3, 1934. Burial was in Otsego Memorial Cemetery in Muskingum County.
Louisa lived as a widow for seven years. Already senile, she came down with bronchial pneumonia at the age of 82 and joined him in death on Feb. 22, 1941. Funeral services were held at the Otsego Methodist Church, said the Zanesville Times Recorder, led by Rev. W.A. Hewitt of Byesville, Rev. N.D. Cunningham of Otsego and Rev. Meckelson, also of Otsego.
Daughter Loella Holcomb (1869-1928?) -- a.k.a. "Louella" -- was born in January 1869 in Ohio. On the Fourth of July 1888, when she was 19 years of age, Loella wedded Alonzo Decatur Waters (1863-1950), son of Robert and Judith (Barnard) Waters of Monroe Township. Decatur was Loella's step-uncle -- her step-mother's younger brother. Rev. W.D. Cherington officiated at the wedding. They lived on a farm in Monroe Township, Muskingum County and bore a son and daughter, C. Emmett Waters and Agnes Waters. The family were members of the Otsego Methodist Church. Sadly, Loella is believed to have passed into eternity in 1928. Decatur lived for another 22 years. His final time on earth was spent at the home of his son in Otsego. After a five-week illness, and burdended with chronic heart disease and senility, Decatur died at the age of 87 on April 5, 1950. Leading his funeral service at the family church were Rev. Charles Finley and Rev. Raney Johnson of Otsego, with an obituary printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Great-grandson Francis Erman Waters (1917-2005) was born on Sept. 15, 1917 in Otsego He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, seeing duty in the Aleutian Islands. On June 28, 1947, he wedded Jean I. Allen (Dec. 31, 1923-2005), daughter of Roy Bryan and Pauline (Jennings) Allen of South Zanesville. Rev. Waldemar A. Haupt officiated at the ceremony. They produced a son, Jeffrey A. Waters. Francis lived in Lima, OH in 1949, Tiffin, OH in 1950 and in Newark in 1966. He spent 33 years with Ohio Power/AEP company, retiring in 1983. Jean at one time was employed by the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. They both were members of the Coburn United Methodist Church for five decades and, in her free time, she loved to cook and sew. Their home in 2005 was in Nashport, OH. Jean died in Adams Lane Care Center at the age of 81 on Feb. 5, 2005. Francis only survived his wife by a few months. He succumbed at the age of 87 on April 2, 2006, also at Adams Lane Care Center. The Zanesville Times Recorder published obituaries for both. Francis is named in the book Muskingum County Men and Women in World War II, authored by Norris F. Schneider in 1947 and produced by the Times Recorder and the Zanesville Signal.
Great-ganddaughter Bertha Waters ( ? - ? ) married Robert Welker ( ? - ? ). Their home in 1966-2005 was in New Concord.
Great-granddaughter Lillian Waters ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with George Wagner. They dwelled in the mid-1960s in Newcomerstown, OH. She was deceased by 2005.
Great-granddaughter Mary Lou Waters ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Clay McCormick ( ? - ? ). They resided in Norwich circa 1966-2005.
~ Son Jacob Henry Bainter ~
Son Jacob Henry Bainter (1848-1936) was born on May 8, 1848 in Salem Township, Muskingum County.
He married Rose Shrigley (April 11, 1855-1953), daughter of John O. and Matilda (Shroyer) Shrigley.
The couple produced three children -- Dora Bell, Ada D. Ross Shepfer and Lily Gosser.
They were farmer and dwelled with Jacob's brother John in 1905 in Salem Township. They were members of the New Hope Lutheran Church and the Eureka Grange for more than half a century.
In March 1936, at the age of 87, he suffered a paralyzing stroke and could no longer work. His health declined further and he succumbed on April 1, 1936. His remains were lowered into the soil at New Hope Cemetery.
Rose survived her spouse by 17 years. She became a celebrity in old age, and her photograph was published on her birthday for several years running.
She suffered a stroke in October 1953 and lingered for a dozen days until death at the age of 98 on Oct. 13, 1953 in the home of her daughter Mrs. Bell in Adamsville. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder included a large photograph portrait and noted that she was survived by eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the church cemetery, following services officiated by Rev. F.M. Koepplin.
Daughter Dora Bainter ( ? - ? ) married D.B. Bell ( ? - ? ) and lived in Adamsville. She was named in the Zanesville Times Recorder obituary of her nephew Harold Bainter Ross in 1968.
Daughter Ada D. Bainter (1878-1963) was born on June 23, 1878 in Salem Township. She was wedded twice. Her first spouse was William A. Ross ( ? -1902). They made their home in Salem Township near Adamsville. They bore one son, Harold Bainter Ross. Heartache blanketed the young family when William died in July 1902 of causes not yet known. After four years of mourning, in July 190, she married Samuel L. Shepfer ( ? -1961) and resided in Adamsville. In 1945, the family hosted the annual Christmas dinner for the Bainter family, with 25 people attending. They were members of the New Hope Lutheran Church, with Ada belonging to the Hope Missionary Society, Eureka Grange and Frank M. Ransbottom chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Samuel passed into eternity in February 1961. Ada lived for another two years after Samuel's death. She was admitted to Bethesda Hospital and died a week later at the age of 85 on July 22, 1963.
Daughter Lily Bainter ( ? - ? ) married E.H. Gosser ( ? - ? ) and made their home near Sonora.
~ Son Charles W. Bainter ~
Son Charles W. Bainter (1850- ? ) was born in 1850 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
He lived in Portland, OR in 1905.
~ Son John Hamilton Bainter ~
Son John Hamilton Bainter (1852-1938) was born on May 10, 1852 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
He married Sarah ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce.
He was a farmer and lived in 1905 with his brother Jacob in Salem Township, Muskingum County. In about 1918, he relocated to Adamsville and was a member of the New Hope Lutheran Church.
At the age of 86, he suffered a stroke and died on Nov. 14, 1938. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery, with the funeral service preached by Rev. K.J. Bishop. His sister in law Rose Bainter of Adamsville signed the certificate of death. Said the Zanesville Times-Recorder, he "had been ill from infirmities for sometime but his condition did not become serious until three weeks ago."
~ Daughter Rachel C. Bainter ~
Daughter Rachel C. Bainter (1854- ? ) was born in 1854 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.
She migrated to Iowa where she resided in 1905.
~ Daughter Mary Malinda "Mollie" (Bainter) Vinsel ~
Daughter Mary Malinda "Mollie" Bainter (1856-1945) was born on July 31, 1856 in Muskingum County.
She married Adams Township resident Solomon Franklin "Frank" Vinsel (1851-1929), son of George H. and Elizabeth (Wenner) Vinsel. Frank is profiled extensively in J. Hope Sutor's 1905 book Past and Present of the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio. The chapter says that Frank's great-grandparents John and (?) (Huff) Vinsel were Germans and settled on a farm in Loudoun County, VA, and that the great-grandfather served in the War of 1812.
Mary and Frank had six children -- George C. Vinsel, Clyde J. Vinsel, Roy Vinsel, Luta Davis Rutledge, Otto "Bruce" Vinsel and Paul Glenn Vinsel.
In about 1872, they established a farm in Adams Township. They were active in the New Hope Lutheran Church, and Frank was a member of the Eureka Grange. He served as Township Trustee, two terms as Township Assessor and was a school board director. "Active and influential in community affairs," said Past and Present, "his influence is ever on the side of progress, reform and improvement."
Mary belonged to the church's Lutheran Missionary Society.
Suffering from hardening of the arteries and organic heart disease, Frank fell over dead on Aug. 19, 1929, just a few weeks after celebrating his 78th birthday. The county coroner viewed the body and wrote that there had been a family history of heart problems. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. Son Glenn Vinsel of Zanesville signed the death certificate.
Mary outlived her spouse by 16 years and maintained a residence in rural Adamsville. In November 1938, she was named in the Zanesville Times Recorder obituary of her brother John.
Suffering from hardening of the arteries, she was felled by a heart attack and passed into eternity at the age of 88 on March 8, 1945. Interment was beside her husband, with Rev. Robert Binkley officiating at the funeral, and an obituary appearing in the Zanesville Sunday Times Signal.
Son George C. Vinsel (1878-1892) was born on Nov. 12, 1878. He only lived to the age of 14. He passed away on Jan. 9, 1892.
Son Clyde J. Vinsel (1878-1958) was born on Nov. 12, 1878 in Adams Township. He resided in Zanesville in 1905 and at 872 Bright in Zanesville in 1945. He wedded Jennie Hardy ( Nov. 29, 1881-1940), daughter of George and Elizabeth (?) (Banden) Hardy of Muskingum County. Their only known daughter was Mrs. Wilber Fearl. "For 62 years," said the Zanesville Times Recorder, Clyde "worked in the carpenter's trade, under the A.A. Vinsel contracting company and the Dunsweiler Construction company. He retired in 1952." Clyde also was a member of St. John's English Lutheran Church and was part of the congregation's "brotherhood." He also was active with the Lafayette lodge of the Masons. Their home in 1940 was at 872 Brighton Boulevard in Zanesville. Sadly, suffering from a buildup of urine in her kidneys at the age of 58, Jennie died on Feb. 11, 1940. Clyde became ill in the spring of 1958 and suffered for 10 weeks before death consumed him at the age of 79 on June 26, 1958.
Son Roy Vinsel (1880-1957) was born on Dec. 22, 1880. He was joined in matrimony with Blanche Holcomb ( ? - ? ) of Otsego, Muskingum County. Their children were Karrell Vinsel, Kenneth Vinsel and Amelia Hauser. In about 1902, at the age of 22, he moved west to Iowa and established a home in Story City near Zearing, remaining there for the balance of his life. He earned a living over the years as a farmer and school custodian. They were members of the Methodist church. He returned to Adamsville from time to time for visits, including in October 1944. He died in Zearing at the age of 77 on Nov. 24, 1957, with burial in the town. An obituary was printed in his old hometown newspaper, the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Daughter Luta Vinsel (1883-1921) was born on July 25, 1883 in Adams Township. She was twice married. On Aug. 23, 1905, at the age of 22, she was united in wedlock with her first spouse, farmer Luland L. Davis (Feb. 2, 1880- ? ), son of A.A. and Matilda (Bowden) Davis. Rev. N.N. Harter officiated. The couple did not reproduce. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1910, they lived on Taylor Street in Falls Township, Muskingum County, and Luland earned a living as a heater in a rolling mill. By 1915, the marriage had ended in divorce. On Jan. 20, 1915, now 32 years of age, Luta and 35-year-old life insurance agent Edward B. "Ned" Rutledge (Jan. 18, 1880- ? ) were joined in matrimony. The nuptials were held in the parsonage of St. John's English Lutheran Church, with Rev. Paul Seibert in charge. Edward was the son of Foster and Caroline (Hart) Rutledge of Iowa. The couple established a home in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, IA. By 1920, U.S. Census records show the couple living on 17th Street North in Fort Dodge, Webster County, IA, with Edward continuing in his profession. That year, 30-year-old widowed niece Cary Johnson lived under their roof. Sadly, on June 7, 1921, Luta underwent surgery for appendicitis at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. When ether was administered as anesthesia, her system went into shock, and she died on the operating table at the age of 37. Her remains were transported back to Ohio for burial in the family plot at New Hope Lutheran Cemetery. Edward's fate is not yet known.
Son Otto "Bruce" Vinsel (1886-1983) was born on Feb. 12, 1886 in Adams Township. He spent most if not all of his life in Adamsville and made a living as a farmer, carpenter and telephone lineman with Ohio Central Telephone Company. He also was a longtime member of New Hope Lutheran Church and belonged to the Eureka Grange for 73 years. His first bride was a cousin, Mabel Cogsill (April 21, 1888-1941), daughter of Harvey Kirk and Alice (Vinsel) Cogsil of Loudoun County, VA and Adamsville. They were united in matrimony on Dec. 16, 1906, when he was age 21 and she 18. Rev. J.J. S. Bumbarger officiated. They produced two daughters, Mrs. J.B. Radcliffe and Leanna Beers. The couple belonged to the New Hope Lutheran Church, Eureka Grange and Royal Neighbors Lodge in Zanesville. Sadly, in 1938, Mabel was stricken with cancer of the left breast which spread to her spine, lungs and liver. She underwent a mastectomy, but the procedure did not safe her life. She died after three of suffering at the age of 52 on Jan. 21, 1941. Interment was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, and an obituary was published in the Coshocton (OH) Tribune. Bruce married a second time to Maude CaCann ( ? -1974). She passed into eternity on March 11, 1974. In the early 1980s, his home was at 3175 East Pile. He died at the age of 97 in ODC Nursing Home on June 5, 1983. Rev. Milton R. Pruitt led the funeral service.
Son Paul "Glenn" Vinsel (1891- ? ) was born on Aug. 18, 1891. He was married to (?) Atkinson of New Concord. The couple bore at least four children, Maurice Vinsel, Brice Vinsel, (?) King and Wilma Buller. One daughter was Cledith Vinsel. In 1954, their address was 1039 Lindsay Avenue in Zanesville.
~ Daughter Catherine (Bainter) Norwin ~
Daughter Catherine Bainter ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She married (?) Norwin.
In 1905, she dwelled in Iowa.
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