Civil War Veteran
Private, Co. H, 171st Pennsylvania Infantry
Jesse Gaumer was born on Feb. 6, 1835 in Southampton Twp., Somerset County, PA, the son of Charles and Sarah 'Sally' (Shoemaker) Gaumer.
During the Civil War, on Oct. 24, 1862, Jesse was drafted to serve in the 171st Pennsylvania Drafted Militia. He was assigned to Company H, and joined the regiment in Cumberland, MD. On April 20, 1863, while the regiment was in North Carolina, he contracted typhoid fever and 'cerebro spinal meningitis," breaking out in 'fever sores.' His right arm became partially paralyzed. He was treated in Stanley General Hospital in New Berne, NC. He was so ill that he was discharged from the Army two months later, on June 20, and sent home.
Jesse married Malinda Kendall (1850-1929). Their children, born between 1870 and 1889, were Wilson Gomer, Sarah Gomer, Marras (or 'Marnass') Gomer, Rachel Gomer, Charles E. Gomer, Ida B. Gaumer, Cora A. Gaumer, James G. Gaumer and Earl Gomer and Mary P. Gomer.
Circa 1909-1921, Jesse resided at R.F.D. #2, Sand Patch, Larimer Twp., Somerset County. He suffered from impaired vision and hearing, stiff knees, deformed right hand and incontinence. After examining Jesse in 1921, a surgeon wrote: "I have known Jesse Gaumer for about 40 years and he has been an invalid all this time. He has all appearance of one who was grossly neglected after if not during a severe illness... He cannot descend the steps from the house for daily purposes."
Alzheimers apparently set in. Another neighbor, justice of the peace J.L. Kendall, observed that Jesse "frequently wanders from his home, necessitating search for him... It is unsafe for him to be alone at any time."
Jesse passed away at home on Nov. 4, 1925. He was just 3 months shy of his 91st birthday.
Malinda passed away on May 13, 1929. She was buried at Temple Cemetery near Sand Patch. Whether this is the same burial site as White Oak Cemetery is unknown.
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