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Mary A. (Gaumer) Bainter


Mary A. (Gaumer) Bainter was born on Jan. 21, 1822, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Gaumer.

In about 1840, she married Jacob Bainter (Aug. 1, 1815- ? ), believed to have been the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Rife) Bainter.

The couple bore these known offspring -- Martin Bainter, Elizabeth A. Bainter, Matilda J. McCall and William A. Bainter.

The Bainters were longtime farmers. In 1850-1860-1870-1880, they dwelled on a farm in Monroe Township, Muskingum County, drawing their postal mail in Otsego. Their next door neighbors in 1860 were Jacob's aged parents.

Nearby Zanesville, OH as it looked circa 1850

When the federal census enumeration was made in June 1880, Mary and Jacob lived in Monroe Township, with 29-year-old servant Jemima Sturtz and her four-year-old daughter living under their roof. The census-taker remarked that Mary was sick with pneumonia.

Mary died on Dec. 3, 1892 at about the age of 71. Interment was in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Jacob's fate is not yet known, but he was deceased by 1900. More will be added here when learned.


~ Son Martin Bainter ~

Son Martin R. Bainter (1843- ? ) was born in 1843 and may have been named for President Martin Van Buren.

He grew up on his parents' farm and as a teenager in 1860 provided his father with farm labor.

Circumstantial evidence suggests that on Sept. 16, 1866, he was united in matrimony with Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" Achison (1846- ? ). Rev. W. Ballentine officiated.

If so, they were the parents of Delora A. Bainter. In 1870, their home was in Highland Township, Muskingum County.

The 1880 census shows no sign of this family, so more research needs to be done.

Presumed but not proven daughter Delora A. Bainter (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868 in Highland Township, Muskingum County.

Their paper trail ends here for now.


~ Daughter Elizabeth A. Bainter ~

Daughter Elizabeth A. Bainter (1846- ? ) was born in about 1846.


~ Daughter Matilda J. (Bainter) McCall ~

Daughter Matilda J. Bainter (1850-1918) was born on July 27, 1850.

She wedded Robert C. McCall (Dec. 2, 1848-1917), the son of Thomas and Lucy A. (Abbott) McCall.

The McCalls were farmers and dwelled in 1880 in Highland Township, Muskingum County.

Their children were Alva "Chalmers" McCall, Mary L. Gorley, Melvin M. McCall and Gladys Pollock.

By 1900, they had moved to a new farm in Monroe Township, Muskingum County. Living in the household in 1900 were son Chalmers, daughter Gladys, nephew and farm laborer Sylvester McCall, servant Bessie Bence and boarder Sylvester S. Forest. Robert was a longtime meat cutter by occupation, and in 1917 their residence was in Rich Hill Township, Muskingum County.

Sadly, the couple died within just six months of each other, with Robert dying first. He was stricken with stomach cancer and died at age 68 on July 28, 1917. His remains were lowered under the sod in burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in or near New Concord.

Matilda suffered from tuberculosis of the lungs. At age 67, she died in Rich Hill on Jan. 17, 1918. Interment was in Pleasant Hill, with A.C. McCall of Spratt, OH signing both of their death certificates.


Bird's-eye view of the east end of New Concord, Ohio


Son Alva "Chalmers" McCall (1870-1940) was born on Nov. 8, 1870 in Otsego, Muskingum County, OH. At the age of 29 in 1900, the unmarried Chalmers lived at home and was employed as a telegraph operator with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He eventually wedded Ella E. Williams (1875-1959). They bore a son and daughter, Wilmer McCall and Mrs. Asa Tom. In about 1923, they established a residence on Main Street in New Concord, Muskingum County. He eventually obtained new work as an engineer at the Muskingum College power plant and spent 17 years in this role until death. He was a member of the Masons lodge and the New Concord Methodist Church. Chalmers contracted a urinary tract infection and died at the age of 69 on April 25, 1940. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, and the Zanesville Times Recorder printed an obituary. Ella remained a widow for the balance of 19 years of her life. She passed away in 1959. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Mary L. McCall (1873-1905) was born on March 13, 1873 in Muskingum County or neighboring Coshocton County, OH. She was joined in matrimony with (?) Gorley. Tragically, at the age of 32, she died in Columbus, Franklin County, OH on July 6, 1905. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Northwood Cemetery in Cambridge, Guernsey County, OH. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Melvin M. McCall (1876 - ? ) was born on Feb. 25, 1876 in Muskingum County, OH. At the age of 18, due to yet unknown causes, he passed away on Sept. 21, 1894. His remains were lowered into rest in New Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Adamsville. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Gladys L. McCall (1894-1915) was born on March 1894 in Muskingum County, OH. In 1914, at the age of about 20, she wedded Clarence J. Pollock (Oct. 21, 1890-1952), son of Chalmers T. and Gertrude (Pierson) Pollock and manager of a telephone company in New Concord. They lived in New Concord, Muskingum County. But a long marriage was not to be. During a pregnancy in late November 1915, the 21-year-old Gladys contracted a urinary tract infection, which could not be cured. After two weeks of suffering, at full term, she died on Dec. 6, 1915, although their baby girl Gladys is believed to have been born. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Clarence's parents traveled from their home in Chandlersville, OH to attend the funeral. After a few years in widowerhood, Clarence married again two days after Christmas 1917 to Lena May Denham ( ? - ? ), daughter of Thomas and Mary Gertrude (Pearson) Pollock. They went on to produce three children of their own -- Thomas Arthur Pollock, Harold Robert Pollock and Marjorie E. Pollock. During World War I, Clarence was a member of the 33rd Company of the 9th Training Battalion of the 158th Depot Brigade. He was in a machine gun company and was action at St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne, receiving a slight wound. The Pollocks dwelled in Claysville, Guernsey County, OH, where he worked as an electrician. Clarence's health began to fail from hardening of the arteries and hypertension, and he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall, PA, near Pittsburgh. When pneumonia ensued, he died there at the age of 62 on Dec. 27, 1952, with his remains returned to Ohio for interment in Cumberland, Guernsey County


New Hope Lutheran Cemetery

~ Son William Allen Bainter ~

Son William Allen "W.A." Bainter (1854-1933) was born on Oct. 11 or 12, 1854 in Muskingum County.

He grew up as a farm laborer, helping his father with work.

At the age of about 19 or 20, in about 1874, William was joined in marriage with Sarah C. Bradford (Dec. 11, 1854-1917), daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Achsa (Lane) Bradford.

They resided on a farm near Otsego, Muskingum County. Their four offspring were Alva O. Bainter, Lillie B. Bainter, Howard C. Bainter and Harvey C. Bainter.

The federal census of 1880 shows the family living next door to William's parents in Monroe Township, Muskingum County.

Heartache swept over the young family in late October 1882 when the Grim Reaper swept away son Alva O. Bainter (age 8) and daughter Lillie B. Bainter (age 4).

By 1910, still residing on a farm in Monroe Township, William earned a living as a house carpenter. He and his son purchased a 37-acre tract in the township in June 1910, with the news printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Sarah passed away at the age of 62 on Oct. 23, 1917.

William lived for another 16 years as a widower. Burdened with heart disease, and added to gangrene of his foot, William succumbed in Coshocton three days before Christmas 1933. Burial was beside his bride in New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery. Son H.C. Bainter signed the official Ohio certificate of death. Inscribed at the base of their red barre granite grave marker is a verse from the Lord's Prayer, "Thy will be done."


Waders in the river in Coshocton, early 1900s


Son Howard C. Bainter (1881-1960) was born on Aug. 20, 1881 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County, a twin with his brother Harvey. He never appears to have married. At the age of 28 in 1910, he earned a living as a lease man for an oil pumping business. In 1933, at the death of his father, Howard dwelled on 322 Second Street in Coshocton. He was a member of the Otsego Methodist Church. By 1940, U.S. Census records show the 58-year-old bachelor living along Route 75 in Monroe Township and earning a living as laborer on township roads. He ended his career as an oil well pumper. As his health declined over the last two years of his life, he went to live with his married brother in Coshocton. He died there at the age of 79 on Sept. 2, 1960. Burial was in his brother's plot of graves, following funeral services held in the Otsego church. The Zanesville Times Recorder printed an obituary.

Son Harvey C. Bainter (1881-1963) was born on Aug. 20, 1881 in Monroe Township, Muskingum County, a twin with his brother Howard. On Nov. 15, 1906, at the age of 25, he wedded Carrie O. Garrett (July 19, 1886-1975). They bore a son, who died in infancy. Harvey was "an oil driller in Muskingum County for a number of years," said the Zanesville Times Recorder, "and also was employed by American Art Works in Coshocton. He was a ticket taker at a Coshocton theater for a number of years." Carrie earned a living with the Style Center and J.C. Penney Company in Coshocton. She retired in 1947.The Bainters were members of Calvary Methodist Church of Coshocton, and he belonged to the Masons lodge in Zanesville, while she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Sarah Rebecca Lodge. They made a home in Coshocton in 1960. Harvey died in Coshocton Memorial Hospital at the age of 81 on Feb. 8, 1963. Interment was in the Otsego Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Mark Poole preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary was printed in the Times Recorder. Carrie survived him by a dozen years and succumbed in Coshocton County Memorial Hospital at the age of 89 on Nov. 29, 1975. Her Times Recorder obituary noted that she was survived by four nephews and nine nieces.


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