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Solomon Gaumer
(1816-1868)

 

Solomon Gaumer was born on Aug. 1, 1816 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Johannes Jacob "John" and Susannah (Leydig) Gaumer.

While a young man, he migrated to Ohio and put down roots in Knox County.

At the age of about 27, in nuptials held on July 30, 1843 in Union Township, Knox County, he was joined in holy wedlock with Sarah Hauger (Jan. 31, 1822-1901), also a Pennsylvania native. Justice of the peace John Welker Jr., a distant cousin in the Gaumer family, officiated at the wedding. She never learned to read or write.

There were a dozen children born to this marriage, among them Hulda Ernest, Austin L. Gaumer, Normanda Bingham, Lyman Gaumer, Jerome Gaumer, Susannah Gaumer, Matilda Church, Mary Sophia Utterback, Howard "Stewart" Gaumer, Emma Gaumer, Grant Gaumer and Denman Gaumer.

 

The couple is enumerated as farmers on the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses of Union Township, Knox County, OH, with the name misspelled as "Gomer" in 1850.

Solomon died in Union Township on Sept. 5, 1868, at the age of 42, with burial in Workman Cemetery in Danville, Knox County. [Find-a-Grave]

The widowed Sarah was left with nine mouths to feed, ranging in age from 22 to one. Her eldest son Austin remained on the farm at age 22 to generate income, as shown by the 1870 census.

She outlived her spouse by more than three decades. In 1900, she made a home with her unmarried daughter Emma and widowed son Stewart on a farm in Union Township. She was cut away by the Grim Reaper on Feb. 13, 1901.

 

~ Daughter Hulda (Gaumer) Ernest ~

Daughter Hulda Gaumer (1845-1927) was born two days after Christmas 1845 in Union Township, Knox County. In 1870, at the age of 24, she was unmarried and lived at home with her widowed mother.

She eventually wedded George Ernest (1855-1929), a native of Millwood, OH.

The only known son born to this marriage was Ira C. Ernest.

They lived in Cavallo, Coshocton County, OH in 1882.

Hulda died at the age of 81, in Coshocton County, on June 19, 1927. She rests in Tiverton Cemetery.

George survived another two years and joined her in death in 1929.

Son Ira C. Ernest (1882-1946) was born on March 12, 1882 in Cavallo, Coshocton County, OH. He married Millie M. ( ? - ? ). Ira earned a living as a draftsman for Cooper Bessemer Company, a company formed with the 1929 merger of C. & G. Cooper Company and Bessemer Gas Engine Company. In the 1940s, they lived at 108 Martinsburg Road in Mount Vernon. Sadly, Ira suffered a heart attack and died on Nov. 27, 1946, at the age of 64.

 

~ Son Austin L. Gaumer ~

Son Austin L. Gaumer (1847-1931) was born on March 7, 1847 in Union Township, Knox County. Single at the age of 22, in 1870, he resided with his widowed mother and provided farm labor.

At some point he married Samantha Winslow ( ? - ? ), and they continued to farm.

This marriage produced a son, William "Thomas" Gaumer. The couple also lost an unnamed infant son on Sept. 20, 1878.

Federal census records for 1900 show Austin and Samantha dwelling in Union Township as neighbors to his mother and several adult siblings.

At the end, he lived in the village of Brink Haven, Union Township. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy on June 11, 1931 and lingered for eight days until death carried him away on June 19, at the age of 84. Interment was in Tiverton Cemetery. C.H. Gamertshelder of Brink Haven signed the Ohio death certificate.

Son William "Thomas" Gaumer (1875-1920) was born on Dec. 7, 1875 (or 1874). He lived near the village of Cavallo, Union Township, Knox County and was married. Said the Mount Vernon Democratic Banner, "He was a leading member of the Tiverton Disciple church, where he attended for years." Sadly, he contracted typhoid fever in October 1920 and died eight days later, at the age of 45, on Oct. 29, 1920. Burial was in Tiverton Center. Della Gaumer of Wintergreen, OH was the death certificate informant.

 

~ Daughter Normanda "Amanda" (Gaumer) Bingham ~

Daughter Normanda ("Amanda") Gaumer (1850-1924) was born on Feb. 1, 1850 in Millwood, Union Township, Knox County.

She was united in matrimony with Lyman O. Bingham (March 15, 1849-1940), son of Ralph and Charlotte (Lyman) Bingham, the mother an emigrant from England.

The couple bore two known sons, Burr Clinton Bingham and Harry Lewis Bingham.

Sadness blanketed the family when son Burr died at the age of two in 1892.

Lyman earned a living as a stone mason. They moved in early 1924 to 832 College Boulevard in Ashland, Ashland County, OH.

In January 1924, she suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed on the left side. She lingered for 11-plus months before dying at the age of 74 on Dec. 8, 1924. Her remains were transported back to Knox County to repose in Workman Cemetery.

Lyman outlived his wife by 16 years and moved to Toledo. Burdened with senility and hardening of the arteries, he succumbed at the age of 91 on April 25, 1940. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Harry Lewis Bingham (1877-1945) was born on July 11, 1877 in Brinkhaven, OH. He married (?). For half a century, he made a home in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, OH, with an address in later years of 705 Albemarle Avenue. Harry labored as a rubber worker in the tube room of Goodyear Tire and Rubber. Suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, he was admitted to Akron's Good Convalescent Home. After a stay of 1,642 days, he passed away on Aug. 8, 1945. Mabel Metz of the home signed the death certificate, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Akron.

 

~ Daughter Susannah Gaumer ~

Daughter Susannah Gaumer (1853-1865) was born in about 1853 in Union Township, Knox County.

Death engulfed her at the age of 13 on Aug. 27, 1865.

Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Workman Cemetery in Danville, Knox County.

 

~ Daughter Matilda (Gaumer) Church ~

Daughter Matilda Gaumer (1854-1925) was born on April 18, 1854 in Union Township, Knox County.

In 1873, when she would have been age 19, Matilda married Henry "Lewis" Church (June 7, 1847-1927), the son of Abraham and Mary (Kinney) Church.

The couple produced these children -- Howard B. Church, Elmer Church, John M. Church, George H. Church, Emma Church and Durfee Church, plus one who died prior to 1900.

Circa 1880, they dwelled on a farm in Tiverton Township, Coshocton County, OH, and remained there into the early 1900s. During the decade between 1900 and 1910, they moved to a rented farm in Harrison Township, Knox County.

Suffering from heart valve disease at the age of 71, she passed into eternity four days before Christmas 1925. Burial was in Workman Cemetery, and Erma Church of Danville signed the official Ohio certificate of death.

Louis survived as a widower for two years. Stricken with incurable bladder cancer and an enlarged prostate, he joined her in death at the age of 80 on June 30, 1927. Dunfee Church of Danville was the informant for the death certificate. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Howard B. Church (1874- ? ) was born on April 7, 1874 in Tiverson. On Christmas Eve 1901, he was united in marriage with Cora M. Walker ( ? - ? ), daughter of L.G. and Matilda (Cooper) Walker.

Son Elmer Church (1877- ? ) was born in Nov. 1877. At the age of 23, unmarried in 1900, he worked as a tire maker. Then on April 11, 1903, he was joined in wedlock with Anna Connor ( ? - ? ), daughter of William and Elizabeth (Draper) Connor, in nuptials held in Knox County.

Son John M. Church (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879.

Son George H. Church (1880- ? ) was born in about 1880. Circa 1910, still single at age 30, he lived at home and worked as a baker in a bakery in Knox County.

Daughter Emma Church (1887- ? ) was born in Jan. 1887.

Son Durfee Church (1894- ? ) was born in March 1894. He grew up as a farmer and worked with his father at the age of 16 in 1910. Circa 1945, his home was in Danville, OH.

 

~ Daughter Mary Sophia (Gaumer) Utterback ~

Daughter Mary Sophia Gaumer (1856-1932) was born in about 1856 in Millwood, Union Township, Knox County.

At the age of 19, in about 1875, she was united in matrimony with John Heflin Utterback (March 2, 1851-1923), son of William Utterback.

The only known child born to this union was Charles O. Utterback.

They dwelled in Columbus, Franklin County, OH at the address of 72 East Sixth Avenue, where John worked as a laborer.

Suffering from arthritis and rheumatism, caused by an accidental fall, John died on May 13, 1923, at the age of 72. Charles Utterback of the residence signed the death certificate. Burial was in Yanker Ridge in Knox County.

Mary Sophia lived for another nine years and, suffering from senility, relocated to Water Street in Poland, Mahoning County, OH. She bore chronic gall bladder inflammation for years and then contracted peritonitis and passed into eternity on Feb. 10, 1932. Mrs. F.A. Bradshaw of the home signed the death certificate. Interment was in Tiverton Cemetery in Coshocton County, OH.

Son Charles O. Utterback (1877-1928) was born on June 30, 1877 in Holmes County, OH. He was twice married. His first bride, in 1896, was Cora M. Bradrick (1875-1955), sometimes misspelled "Clara." Circa 1902, Charles ws employied by Ohio Brass Company. The couple divorced, with Cora filing a claim based on his purported "gross negligence of duty." His second spouse was Helen Grace West (1890-1961), in 1925. Their home was at 201 Chester Street in Mount Vernon, Knox County, where he plied his trade as a barber. Sadly, after only three years into the second marriage, he suffered a stroke of apoplexy and died at the age of 50 on May 21, 1928. Burial was in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon.

 

Bird's-eye view of Millwood, Ohio

 

~ Son Howard "Stewart" Gaumer ~

Son Howard "Stewart" Gaumer (1858-1938) was born on July 28, 1858 in Union Township, Knox County.

He was joined in marriage with Angeline "Anna" Parsons ( ? - ? ).

They produced these known daughters, Gladys Iva Sells, Carrie Conkle, Sarah Fry and Cora Smith.

Stewart labored as a carpenter for many years. The family made a residence for some years in Cavallo, OH before moving to the village of Nellie near Coshocton, OH.

Angeline is believed to have died sometime prior to 1900. That year, the widowed Stewart lived with his widowed mother and unmarried sister Emma in Union Township, with no occupation.

In November 1920, he fell from a step-ladder and fractured his wrist, which in turn made news when his physician X-rayed the injury, a major advancement in medical technology at the time. Having borne heart disease, he died at the age of 80 on Nov. 25, 1938, apparently at home in Nellie. Emma Gaumer of Nellie signed the death certificate, and Rev. A.C. Mathias officiated at the burial in Workman Cemetery. The Coshocton Tribune printed an obituary.

Daughter Gladys Iva Gaumer (1887-1911) was born on Jan. 31, 1887. She wedded Phillip A. Sells ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. In early life she resided in Cavallo, OH and then, after marriage, relocated to the village of Nellie near Coshocton, OH. They belonged to the Nellie Chapel and Gladys was active with its "Class in the Corser" Sunday School. At intervals during the year in 1911, she complained of heart trouble. Then on Oct. 28, 1911, after grocery shopping at Wheeler's Store and talking with neighbors en route home, she was discovered two hours later dead on the floor of her kitchen. Reported the Mount Vernon Democratic Banner, once he had discovered her body, her husband "summoned Dr. P.M. Moore of Warsaw, who hurried to the home. It was found, however, that the woman was beyond all earthly aid, death having ensued at least an hour before the body was found. Mrs. Swlls had been stirring some peach butter when stricken." Added the Banner, she was "well known and highly respected in the community where she had lived. She was possessed of a kind and generous disposition that won for her friends on every hand."

Daughter Carrie Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In or before 1905, she married Bryant Conkle ( ? - ? ) and they lived in Cavallo in 1905 and in Danville, OH in 1911. They produced these offspring -- Allen Bryant Conkle, Archie Jefferson Conkle, Monna S. Mowery and Mrs. Robert Bales. Son Archie, a fireman for a gravel company and lived at 64 East Rich Street in Columbus, died at the age of 47 on Oct. 10, 1952. Son Allen, of Mansfield, OH, contracted a perforated ulcer and succumbed at the age of 29 on May 13, 1935. Daughter Monna married Orva Mowery on Dec. 15, 1928, lived in Coshocton and passed away on Feb. 20, 1967. Daughter (?) Conkle wedded Robert Bales and moved to Hayward, CA.

Daughter Sarah Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). Unmarried in 1911, she made a home in Nellie, OH. Sarah is believed to have eloped to Covington, KY in July 1913 to wed Harvey Fry ( ? - ? ) of Nellie. In reporting on the elopement, the Coshocton Daily Times said that Sarah was "a very attractive and highly esteemed young lady" and that Harvey was "well known and popular." The couple returned as man and wife and established a home in Nellie.

Daughter Cora Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married (?) Smith and lived near Danville in 1938.

 

~ Son Lyman Gaumer ~

Son Lyman Gaumer ( ? - ? ) -- nothing is known except that he died in the month of July and is believed to rest in Workman Cemetery in Danville, Knox County.

 

~ Son Jerome Gaumer ~

Son Jerome Gaumer ( ? - ? ) ( ? - ? ) is said by researcher Carlton Greve to have been a son of this couple.

 

~ Daughter Emma Gaumer ~

Daughter Emma Gaumer (1861-1944 was born on March 26, 1861 in Union Township, Knox County. She was about seven years old when her father died.

She never married.

She became senile in her later years and, when added to heart and kidney disease and bronchial pneumonia, died at the age of 82 on Jan. 2, 1944. Interment was in Workman Cemetery, and Bruce Gaumer of Loudonville was the informant for the Ohio death certificate.

 

~ Son Grant Gaumer ~

Son Grant Gaumer (1863-1940) was born on Aug. 5, 1863 in Union Township, Knox County, OH.

At the age of 36, in 1887, he wedded Catharine (Dec. 1863- ? ).

They were the parents of two children, Bruce Gaumer and one who died young.

They spent their lives as farmers. Circa 1900, they labored on a farm in Union Township, Knox County, as next door neighbors to his widowed mother, widowed brother Stewart and unmarried sister Emma.

Circa 1938, his home was in Coshocton.

Widowed in his mid-70s, he was stricken with cancer of the lower lip and throat in July 1939. The illness was fatal, and he died in Walhanding, OH on May 27, 1940. Bruce Gaumer of Walhanding signed the death certificate. Burial was in Tiverton.

Son Bruce Gaumer (1889- ? ) was born in Aug. 1889.

 

Indian burial mound in Coshocton, Ohio

 

~ Son Denman "Denny" Gaumer ~

Son Denman "Denny" Gaumer (1867-1930) was born on April 15, 1867 in Union Township, Knox County.

In 1888, at the age of 22, he married Rose Smith ( ? -1924).

The copule produced these offspring -- Raymond E. Gaumer, Cora B. Smith, Lloyd E. Gaumer Sr., John "Curtis" Gaumer, Mervyn Gaumer, Clayton Gaumer and Paul S. Gaumer.

They dwelled on a farm in Tiverton, Coshocton County and were members of Tiverton Church of Christ.

Sadly, Rose was swept away by the Angel of Death on Feb. 27, 1924.

Denman outlived her by six years. He contracted pneumonia at the age of 62 and succumbed on Feb. 4, 1930. His remains were placed into eternal rest in Tiverton, and Clayton D. Gaumer of Walhonding, OH provided details for the death certificate. Eight years after his demise, the family held a reunion at the home of his daughter Cora at Tiverton. The event was so successful that it was held again the next year, in early September 1939, also at Cora's residence.

Son Raymond E. Gaumer (1889-1952) was born in 1889 in Coshocton County. He married Julia E. Warner ( ? - ? ) of Tiverton in March 1911, officiated by Rev. William E. Hunt. The news of the wedding was printed in the Coshocton Morning Tribune. The newlyweds established their home on his farm. They went on to produce a family of children including Marie Sheldon, Clarence Gaumer and Willard Gaumer. Raymond obtained employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad and was a foreman based at its Loudenville and Brinkhaven facilities. They belonged to the Church of Christ at Tiverton Center. He eventually retired from the company after 36 years of service. Following what the Coshocton Tribune called "an extended illness," he died in his daughter's home in Mount Vernon at the age of 63 on Feb. 24, 1952. Interment was in Tiverton, with Rev. Harry W. Lyons of the family church leading the funeral service. At his death, he left behind five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Son Lloyd E. Gaumer Sr. (1907-1987) was born on June 18, 1907 in Coshocton County. He was united in wedlock with Otie McKee ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Lloyd E. Gaumer Jr. and Jane Hoffman. In 1934, they moved to Mount Vernon, Knox County and remained there for the balance of his years. He was employed by Continental Can Company, retiring in 1973. His home in retirement was at 26 Hilltop Drive, and he was a member of First Baptist Church. As his health failed, he was admitted in 1985 to Country Court Nursing Home. He passed away on Sept. 22, 1987, at the age of 80. Rev. William O'Hara preached the funeral sermon, with interment in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. The Mansfield News-Journal published an obituary.

Daughter Cora B. Gaumer (1893-1988) was born on April 13, 1893 in Tiverton Township. At the age of 19, on Dec. 12, 1912, she was married to J. Burgess Smith ( ? -1934). They were the parents of three children, Florence Bumpus and two others who were deceased by 1988. Sadly, Burgess died in 1934. Cora outived her husband and dwelled in in Chesterville, Morrow County, OH. She owned and operated Smith General Store of Tiverton Center. She belonged to the Tiverton Church of Christ and volunteered at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center. At the age of 94, a resident of Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville, she died on Feb. 23, 1988. R. Leroy Bumpus officiated at the funeral service. She rests for all time in Tiverton Cemetery. The Coshocton Tribune printed an obituary, which stated that her survivors included nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.

Son John "Curtis" Gaumer ( 1886?-1973) was born in about 1886 in Coshocton. On July 3, 1913, when he was age 27, Curtis married Emma ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for 60 years and five days. They were the parents of Harold Gaumer, Gail Gaumer and William "Billy" Gaumer. At the age of 41, Curtis and the family relocated to North Canton, Stark County, OH. He initially was employed by United Engineering Company in Canton and later labored as a grinder for Natco Company in Greentown. They belonged to the North Canton Church of Christ. Their address in the early 1970s was 110 Foster Street Southeast. With his health in decline, Curtis was admitted to Aultman Hospital in Canton. Even as a patient there, he and Emma marked their 60tth wedding anniversary on July 3, 1973. Sadly, though, he died there five days later at the age of 87 on July 8, 1973. His remains were lowered into repose in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Canton. An obituary appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal, and he was survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Circa 1973, son Harold lived in North Canton, son Gail in Denver, CO and son Billy in Greentown.

Son Mervyn N. Gaumer ( ? - ? ) married (?). They bore these offspring -- Rosanna Gaumer, Richard Gaumer and Thomas Gaumer. The Gaumers resided in Cleveland in 1938-1966. Then sometime before 1973, he relocated to Hemet, CA.

Son Clayton Gaumer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). His childrne were Margaretta Gaumer, Ronald Gaumer and Denmon Gaumer. They lived in Mount Vernon in 1952. He relocated to New Hampshire and dwelled in 1966-1973 in the town of Derry (or "Perry").

Son Paul S. Gaumer (1905-1966) was born in 1905 in Coshocton County. He was married and the father of Joan Gaumer. He lived in Mount Vernon at 403 North Mulberry Street and worked as a salesman for Bissman Company of Mansfield, OH. He was felled by an acute heart attack and passed away on July 19, 1966. Burial was in Workman Cemetery, with Rev. Joe Pumphrey officiating, and an obituary appearing in the Coshocton Tribune.

 

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Carlton Greve graciously has furnished substantial material for this biography.