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Daniel Harvey Gaumer1

b. 11 November 1857, d. 23 February 1898

Father Jonathan Gaumer b. 24 June 1822, d. 1 September 1895
Mother Mahala Barrett b. circa 1820, d. 9 November 1915
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Family Emma Margaret Kennedy b. 2 June 1858, d. 22 September 1930
Marriage* 25 December 1882  Marselles, Wyandot Co., OH, Principal=Emma Margaret Kennedy3 

Note*   Served in the State Legislature. 
Birth* 11 November 1857  Adamsville, Muskingum Co., OH2,3 
Census* 1860  1860 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Adamsville Page 569B
(enumerated with father, Johnathan Gaumer)
1129, 1048, Daniel Gaumer, 2, M, , , , , Ohio, , ,2 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Salem Township, Series: M593, Roll: 1251, Page: 322A, June 8
(enumerated with father, Jonathan Gaumer)
63, 65, Gaumer, Daniel, 12, M, W, Attending School, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,4 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Salem Township, ED 170, Series: T9, Roll: 1054, Page: 279A, June 8
(enumerated with father, Jonathan Gaumer)
9, 70, 71, Gaumer, Daniel H, W, M, 22, , Son, 1, , , , School Teacher, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio5 
Marriage* 25 December 1882  Marselles, Wyandot Co., OH, Principal=Emma Margaret Kennedy3 
Death* 23 February 1898  St. Augustine, St. Johns Co., FL3 
Burial* 27 February 1898  Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: Daniel H.
1857 - 18983,6
News/Obit* after 27 February 1898  Obituary,

    Hon. D. H. Gaumer, proprietor and publisher of the Zanesville Signal and postmaster at Zanesville, died at St. Augustine, Florida, last Wednesday forenoon. He had been in failing health for several months and a few weeks ago went south with the hope of recovering his usual strength, but it was not to be so, and his once active form is now stilled by the touch of death's cold fingers. When the news of his death reached Adamsville a great mantle of sorrow fell upon the citizens, for he was universally admired and respected, and the people living in this neighborhood of his boyhood home and knowing him so well in manhood could scarcely realiza that this man of big soul, kind words and gentle actions would never greet them again in this abode of man.

    Daniel Harvey Gaumer was the son of Johnathan and Mahala Gaumer and was born November 11, 1857, on his father's farm near the New Hope Lutheran church. He was the sixth in order of nine children. The father and two brothers preceded him to the world beyond, one brother dying in infancy, the oldest of the family, Dr. T. M. Gaumer, dying in 1908*, and the father on September 1, 1895. The mother resides in this place. The remaining brother and sisters of the deceased are as follows, Hon. C. N. Gaumer, of Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. Hannah J. Buker, of near this place, Mrs. Rachel V. Palmer, of Zanesville; Mrs. J. N. Dean, of Xenia, Ohio; Miss Mattie Gaumer, registry clerk in the Zanesville postoffice; Mrs. Cidna A. Barr, of East Greenwood, this county.

    The deceased was a striking example of a self made man. He never knew such a word as fail. His boyhood days were spent on his father's farm where he attended the district school in the winter and assisted his father in the summer. Later he attended the schools in this place and then began teaching in the common schools. Soon afterward he went to Marselles, Wyandot county, where he was employed as principal of the schools. In the Spring of 1885, he purchased [the newspaper] the Democrat News at Xenia, O. and soon afterward became [unreadable]

    On December 25, 1882, he was married to Emma Kennedy, of Marseilles, and they at once commenced housekeeping at Xenia.

    In the fall of 1893, in partnership with his brother, Dr. T. M. Gaumer, purchased the Zanesville Signal and in the year of 1897, D. H. Gaumer purchased his brother's interest becoming proprietor of that paper and remained in that position until his death.

    Mr. Gaumer's ability and popularity was shown by the fact that he was elected to the state legislature in 1887 and in 1890 was elected state senator from this district. He filled these positions with great credit and was a very obliging official. February 1, 1893, he was appointed postmaster at Zanesville and served in that capacity until his death.

    Daniel H. Gaumer had many noble traits of character. He always met his friends with extended hand and kind words, and he never refused to give them assistance whenever the opportunity afforded. No matter when you met him, whether in the legislative halls, in his office or on the street he ws the same genial kind-hearted man. He was a member of the Second Street M. E. church and his good works and charitable acts did much for the advancement of the Christian cause. His death is an awful blow to his near relatives, and especially to his aged mother who so recently has seen two of her sons, honored and respected among men, cut down in the prime of manhood. However, she can find consolation in the blessed thought that there is a home beyond the tombs where families ar united forever and were (sic) death and sorrow are unknown.

    His remains were brought to Zanesville Friday morning and Sunday afternoon funeral services were conducted at the Second Street M. E. church after which his body was laid to rest in the Greenwood cemetery.

Appeared in the Adamsville Register, March 1898

* Dr. T. M. Gaumer died in 1893 not 1908 as reported in this obit.


Last Edited 8 May 2013

  1. [S31] The Shirar Family, Ara Shirar.
  2. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S102] Adamsville Register Obits 1890-1939, R. Douglas Kreis.
  4. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S626] Find-A-Grave, online

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