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Johann Jacob Gaumer1,2

b. 15 April 1756, d. 5 May 1820

Father Johannes Dietrich (Dieter) Gomer b. 22 January 1722, d. 22 September 1794
Mother Maria Elizabeth Meinart b. circa 1730
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Family Maria Catharine Sowash b. 30 December 1759, d. 1 September 1814
Marriage*   Principal=Maria Catharine Sowash 
Children  1. Daniel B. Gaumer b. 10 Apr 1781, d. 10 Sep 1858 or 10 Sep 1859
  2. Elizabeth Gaumer b. 1783
  3. Susanna Gaumer b. 1785 or 1790, d. 1 Oct 1850
  4. Sarah (Sally) Gaumer b. 1787, d. 1844
  5. Jacob Gaumer b. 1789
  6. Maria Catharine Gaumer b. 1792, d. 4 Feb 1860
  7. Johan "John" Gaumer b. 13 Apr 1794, d. 28 Aug 1862
  8. Maria (Mary) Gaumer b. 6 May 1796

Occupation*   Blacksmith, Farmer 
Note   Jacob was probably born a twin of brother Johann George. He was baptized 7/30/1756 in Lehigh Co., PA., sponsored by John Mathias Egner and his wife Ann Elizabeth. He and his older brothers went to Philadelphia to work in the blacksmith trade. A family tradition has it that Jacob was a drum-major in the American Army at Yorktown, VA at the surrender of General Cornwallis' Army.

After the war, Jacob lived in Old Town, Allegheny Co., MD, situated on the North bank of the Potomac River on the Western Maryland Railway. He was a farmer and blacksmith on leased land. In 1784 he moved to Wellersburg, Bedford Co. (now Somerset Co.), PA. In 1800 he made a trip to Muskingum Co., OH. to seek suitable land to move his family.

When Jacob and Catharine first arrived in Muskingum Co., OH in 1806 and located at Gilbert, Washington Twp, 7 miles up the Muskingum from Zanesville. In 1809 the rest of the family followed with other early settlers. Gilbert was located along the lowlands of the Muskingum River and they became afflicted with ague, a malarial type of fever. So often and seriously were they afflicted they soon after moved into the hills where a more healthful location was found, the air was more envigorating and healthful springs issued from almost every hillside. Jacob and others founded the New Hope German Lutheran Church in Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH. Jacob deeded 2 acres of land to the church for use as a cemetary for the consideration of four dollars. His wife Catharine was the first person buried on this land even before it was deeded to the church. In 1811 he settled on Lot 28 in Salem Twp. He was probably the areas first gunsmith.
Marriage*   Principal=Maria Catharine Sowash 
Birth* 15 April 1756  Macungie Twp., Northampton Co., PA 
Baptism 30 July 1756  Macungie Twp., Northampton Co., PA3 
Census 1790  1790 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, No Township, Series: M637, Roll: 9, Page: 250
Gomer, Jacob (Line 36) 1-2-3-0-0
Census* 1810  1810 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Southampton Township, Series: M252, Roll: 53, Page: 188
Gaumer, Jacob, 00101-02001-005 
Death* 5 May 1820  Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH6,3,7 
Burial* after 5 May 1820  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: Jacob S. Gaumer Sr. Died 1820 Soldier of the Revolution - He came to Ohio from Penn. in 1806. He was the original proprietor of the land of this cemetery.6 

Last Edited 26 Sep 2005

  1. [S34] Gil Gaumer Personal Research, Gil Gaumer.
  2. [S29] Marshall McCoy Personal Research, Marshall McCoy.
  3. [S122], Mark A. Miner.
  4. [S282] 1790 U. S. Federal Census , 1790 Federal Census.
  5. [S284] 1810 U.S. Federal Census , 1810 Federal Census.
  6. [S43] New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, online
  7. [S79] Unknown author, Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum Co., OH.

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