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Rachel Gaumer1

b. 5 November 1811, d. 15 January 1913

Father Jacob Gaumer1 b. 1789
Mother Elizabeth Sturtz1 b. circa 1790
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Family William Bell b. circa 18 February 1809, d. 30 January 1876
Marriage* 30 June 1831  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Principal=William Bell3,2 
Children  1. George Washington Bell b. 21 May 1832, d. 19 Jul 1922
  2. Jacob I. Bell b. c 1834, d. a 1913
  3. Elizabeth S. Bell b. 22 Jun 1835, d. 10 Jun 1924
  4. John R. Bell b. 1839, d. 1892
  5. Jared Cone Bell b. c 1842, d. b 1913
  6. Infant Bell b. 1842, d. 13 Jul 1842
  7. infant Bell b. 1847, d. 26 Aug 1847

Birth* 5 November 1811  Near Gilbert, Muskingum Co., OH1,2 
Married Name 30 June 1831  Bell3,2 
Marriage* 30 June 1831  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Principal=William Bell3,2 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Adams Township, Series: M653, Roll 1019 Page 443A, July 2
(enumerated with husband, William Bell)
32, 51, 49, Bell, Rachel, 50, F, , Has None, , , Ohio, , , 1,4 
Census* 1870  1870 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Adams Township, Series: M593, Roll: 1250, Page: 242B, June 13
(enumerated with husband, William Bell)
10, 9, Bell, Rachel, 58, F, W, Keeping House, , , Ohio, , , , , , 1, 1, , ,5 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Highland Township, ED 153, Series: T9, Roll: 1054, Page: 100A, June 14
(enumerated with son-in-law, Joseph Minnich)
11, 96, 100, Minnich, Elizabeth S, W, F, 43, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeps House, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Pa, Pa
16, 96, 100, Bell, Rachel, W, F, 68, , Mother-in-Law, , , 1, , At Home, , , , , , , , , 1, 1, Ohio, Pa, Pa6 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Highland Township, ED: 48, Series: T623, Roll: 1310, Page: 98B, June 13
Sheet 6B
(enumerated with son-in-law, Joseph Minnick)
85, 143, 146, Bell, Rachel, M-in-law, W, F, Nov 1911, 88, Wd, , 7, 4, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , , , , , , No, No, Yes, , , ,7 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Highland Township, ED: 62, Series: T624, Roll: 1221, Page: 93B, April 21
Sheet 2B
(enumerated with daughter, Elizabeth Minnick)
85, 53, 53, Bell, Estella M, Mother, F, W, 91, Wd, , 5, 3, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, Own Income, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,8 
Death* 15 January 1913  Highland Twp., Muskingum Co., OH2 
Burial* 18 January 1913  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: Rachel Bell Born Nov 5, 1811 Died Jan 15, 1913 101-2-10 Wife2 
News/Obit* after 18 January 1913  Obituary,


After Over a Century's Sojourn On Earth She Goes to Her Home Beyond the Grave.

    Grandmother Rachel Bell died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Minick, four miles east of Adamsville, on Wednesday, January 15, 1913, at the ripe old age of 101 years, 2 months and 10 days. Her death was due to dropsy complicated with other diseases from which she had been suffering for several months. Thus passed away a woman whose remarkable age gave her many messages of various kinds.

    Grandmother Bell was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Gaumer and was born near Gilbert, November 5, 1811. When 19 years of age, on June 39, 1831, she was united in marriage to William Bell whose death occurred January 30, 1876, at the age of 67 years. A family of seven children were born to this union only three of whom survive her. They are Mrs. Elizabeth Minick of Highland township; George W. Bell, of this village, and Jacob I. Bell, of Adams township. Two children died in infancy and two sons Jared C., and John R., died after reaching matured manhood and being well advanced in years.

    At an early age Grandmother Bell united with the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran church and continued a faithful member until the end of her long life. Her associations with this church date back to almost a century. She witnessed the first burial in the church cemetery when a little girl and distinctly remembered the laying to rest of the body in the first new made grave. As the years passed away she awakened to the realization that she alone was left of the early members and a younger generation had taken their place. But the church was still a sacred spot to her and as long as she was able she was found a faithful worshiper in her accustomed pew.

    Grandmother Bell lived a simple life, free from the fastness found in modern society. Cheerfulness and contentment were two of her most noble attributes and no doubt contributed much to her long life as well as her clear mind and good memory in her latter years. Her life was truly full of good deeds which brought blessings to those around her.

    Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the New Hope Lutheran church by J. J. S. Rumbarger and the remains were interred in the cemetery at that place.

    The following obituary was read at the funeral:


    Rachel Gaumer, daughter of Jacob Gaumer and his wife Elizabeth Gaumer, nee Sturtz, was born on what is now known as the Keiffer farm near Gilbert, Nov 5, 1811.

    She was united in marriage with William Bell June 30, 1831. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. Two of the daughters departed this life in infancy and two sons in manhood, as also the husband Jan. 30, 1876.

    She was baptized Jan 7, 1812, by Rev. Anthony Weyer, a pioneer Lutheran minister, who was however only a licentiate during his services in the New Hope congregation. Having been baptized at the age of two months shows that, in those days of inconvenience and hardships, her parents were neither unmindful nor neglectful of their sacred duties.

    She was confirmed in the New Hope Lutheran church May 3, 1829, by Rev. Samuel Kaemmerer, and remained a member of this congregation until her death.

    Two sons, one daughter, twenty-one grand-children, thrity-four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a large number of other relatives and a host of the history of this section of the county, perhaps the state, did any one reach the remarkable age of one hundred and one years. She lived here almost from the time this neighborhood was settled. She was a descendant of one of the pioneer families of this vicinity, her own parents having emigrated from Pennsylvania a few years before she was born. This family took an active interest in all the labors and developments of the early history of this community. Although she was the first in a family of 11 children to come into this world, she is the last to go out of it.

    That one can remember an event which occurred over ninety-eight years ago seems almost incredible. She remembered the first burial in the New Hope cemetery which took place in September 1814, and spoke of a number of things in connection therewith. The first burial being that of her grandmother helped to fix the event in her mind.

    Her father and mother were charter members of this congregation, and the former was one of the first trustees. She was born and this congregation organized in the same year. She lived in her baptismal covenant one hundred and one years and was a confirmed member of this congregation nearly eighty-four years. Her membership was not only a matter of record. It did not end when her covenant was made, but continued in the living Word and Sacraments. Judging from what others have said, she was faithful in assembling in God's house, and could not have diverted Lord's day in uses for which it was never intended.

    When the weight of years prevented her from coming to receive the means of grace, she had them brought to her regularly and in the regular way. Whenever the communion season arrived she did not hesitate to make it known that she also desired this sacrament. She related to me, that during her life, strong efforts were made to lead her away from the church and to undermine her faith. But she loved her church and to all such efforts she replied that "these grounds were sacred to her and that her faith in the teachings of the Lutheran church were as firmly established as a house is built upon a rock." What an exemplary, what an imperishable example she bequeaths us! Not a few might well profit by it.

    There might be some conjecture as to her long life. but we believe this is not necessary. Her strong vitality, her disposition to cheerfulness, freedom from worry and anxiety, her readiness to cast her cares upon Him whom she knew was able to bear them, her strong faith in Christ and her lovong trust in her heavenly Father, also her modest habits, we believe were the most important factors sustaining her to such an honored age. Here also in the midst of the present fast and high living she leaves the important example and shows the blessed frutis of a simple life. As we lay her mortal remains to rest we can truly say she has been gathered unto her fathers.



Appeared in the Adamsville Register, January, 1913.


Last Edited 16 Apr 2008

  1. [S34] Gil Gaumer Personal Research, Gil Gaumer.
  2. [S102] Adamsville Register Obits 1890-1939, R. Douglas Kreis.
  3. [S43] New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, online
  4. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  7. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  8. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.

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