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Mary Magdalene
(Meinert) Bohm


Mary Magdalene (Meinert) Bohm was born likely in the late 1740s in Oley Township, Philadelphia County (now Berks County), PA, the daughter of Friedrich and Eva Maria (Weber) Meinert Sr. Little is known of her life.

She married Johann "Baltasar" Bohm (1739-1814), also spelled "Balthasar Boehm," the son of Conrad and Maria Sophia (Burchard) Bohm, said to have been immigrants from Fehrfield, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

They produced at least one daughter, Magdalena Bohm, born in 1768, and possibly a second daughter, Catherine Meyer Boehm, born in 1769.

Sadly, while in her late 20s or early 30s, Mary passed away by 1775. She not only was survived by her husband and children but by her mother as well. When the mother wrote a last will and testament, in April 1774, she stated that among her bequests was "an other share of five Shillings to the lawful Ifsue of my Daughter Mary Begotten by Balzer Bohn Deceased who was her first Husband."

Baltasar outlived his wife by decades. He is reputed to have died in 1814.


~ Daughter Magdalena (Bohm) Gehris (?) ~

Daughter Magdalena Bohm (1768- ? ) -- also spelled "Behm" -- was born on Dec. 13, 1768. As an infant just a few weeks old, she was baptized January 7, 1769, at St. Joseph's Church in Colebrookdale in what today is Berks County.

The rest of her biography presented here needs to be confirmed.

Evidence hints that on Oct. 13, 1789, when she would have been 20, she may have wedded 23-year-old John Jacob Gehris (Oct. 3, 1766- ? ). Their nuptials were held in the Schwarzwald Church in Exeter Township, Berks County.

Magdalena and John Jacob produced six known children -- Peter Gehris, Johann Georg Gehres, Daniel Gehris, Jacob Gehris, Elizabeth Hiestand and Nancy Gehris.


Old Huff's Church
Historical Souvenir of the Huff's Union Church in Hereford Township


Sadly, John Jacob died on Feb. 15, 1836. Interment was in Huff's Church Cemetery.

At the age of 90, Magdalena passed away on Nov. 8, 1859. Her remains were placed into repose in Huff's Union Church Cemetery. Her grave marker is inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave]

Many distant nephews and nieces of Magdalena's -- of the Gaumer family -- also rest at Huff's Church.

In 1915, Gehris descendants along with the Gackenbach family celebrated their seventh annual family reunion, known as a "Friendschaft" celebration. It was held at the home of Allen Stephen in East Texas, "where old acquaintances were renewed and new ones made," said the Allentown Morning Call. "Everybody present enjoyed themselves especially when dinner was announced by the ladies. The table fairly groaned under the weight of the good things and everybod did ample justice."

Presumed son Peter Gehris (1793-1830) was born on Feb. 15, 1793. He was joined in wedlock with Catharina Huff (1794-1877). The couple produced one known child, Eliza Shankweiler. Peter died an untimely death at the ae of 37 on Aug. 2, 1830. He is said to rest in Huff's Union Church Cemetery. Catharina outlived him by nearly half a century. She died in 1877 at the age of 83.

Presumed son Johann "Georg" Gehris (1795-1858) was born on Jan. 8, 1795. He was united in holy matrimony with Susanna Johnson (1796-1873). The couple produced one known son -- Reuben Gehris. He learned the trade of masonry and earned a living with this skill over the years. In 1850, when the federal census was taken, the family resided in Hereford Township, Berks County. Living under their roof was 43-year-old day laborer Jacob Gehris, his presumed wife Lydia and children Maria and Evan. At the age of 63, Georg succumbed on Jan. 21, 1858. His remains are in eternal repose in Huff's Union Church Cemetery, with his grave marker inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Grandson Reuben Gehris (1837-1920) was born on Dec. 19, 1837. Evidence suggests that he wedded Catharine (1838- ? ) and produced a son, Obediah Gehris. They were longtime farmers. In 1860, this family unit dwelled in Upper Macungie, Lehigh County, PA. As a widower late in life, Reuben made a home in Lower Milford, Lehigh County. He is known to have attended the seventh annual reunion of the Gehris and Gackenbach family in June 1915 and was the oldest man present. Suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease, he succumbed to the Grim Reaper on Aug. 3, 1920. Burial was in Shamrock Cemetery. Charles Gehris of Coopersburg, PA was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. All of this needs to be confirmed.

Presumed son Daniel Gehris (1797-1881) was born on Aug. 8, 1797. He married Judith Miller ( ? - ? ). They reputedly were the parents of six known children -- John Gehris, Nathaniel "Nathan" Gehris, Indiana Gehris, Charles Gehris, Benjamin J. Gehris and Sarah Gehris. Daniel died at the age of 83 on May 13, 1881. Interment was in Alsace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Reading.

Presumed son Jacob Gehris (1798-1855) was born on Nov. 20, 1798. On Sept. 14, 1855, at the age of 56, Jacob died. Burial was in Huff's Union Cemetery. His grave marker was written in German. [Find-a-Grave]

Presumed daughter Elizabeth Gehris (1803-1879) was born on March 13, 1803. She wedded Jacob Hiestand ( ? - ? ). Elizabeth passed away at the age of 76 on Oct. 31, 1879. Burial was in Huff's Union Church Cemetery, with her grave marker inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave].

Presumed daughter Nancy Gehris (1805-1887) was born on April 18, 1805. Evidence hints that she never married. She died at the age of 82 on July 17, 1887. Her remains were lowered into rest in Huff's Union Church Cemetery. Her grave marker was inscribed in English. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Daughter Catherine Meyer Bohm ~

Presumed daughter Catherine Meyer Bohm (1769- ? ) was born in about 1769.


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