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Re: Looking for Lamers
Posted by: jc (ID *****5058) Date: February 27, 2005 at 17:52:17
In Reply to: Re: Looking for Lamers by Beverly Dowers of 14

Re: Leamer/Lamer/Lehmer in Pa. (Walton connection)
Posted by: jc (ID *****5058) Date: February 27, 2005 at 11:18:28
In Reply to: Re: Leamer/Lamer/Lehmer in Pa. (Walton connection) by jc of 41

Researcher: Pences (see above)
ID: I125
Name: Jacob LAMER
Given Name: Jacob
Surname: Lamer
Sex: M
Note: In checking the 1925 Iowa State Census I have found both Mary Lamer Walton and Biddie Lamer Lane. These women give their mother's maiden names as Ritz. It is my suspicion that Jacob Lamer married Barbara Ritz, mother of Levi and Biddie (and how many more?) and she died,leaving him with the children to care for. I believe that Mary E.Lamer is the younger sister of Barbara but have no proof. It is something I am still checking on at this point.
Birth: BET 1783 AND 1815 in Pennsylvania
Note: Jacob Lamer has been a very difficult person to determine the age on and continues to be such. So far I have only been able to take a stab on his birth and I doubt that I will ever be able to do more than that. I have found him listed in the 1850 Delaware County, Iowa census with his second wife, Mary and his children, Levi and Biddy.His age is given as 65 which would make his birth year about 1785. I found his again in 1856 in Hardin County, Iowa. If his age in 1850 was correct (or close) he should have been 71 but he is listed as being 62 which would make his birth year 1794. In 1860 he should be 81 according to the first census found but I find his age as being 45 which makes his birth year 1815. In 1870 he should be 91 according to the 1850 census but he is listed as being 80 making his birth year 1790 (at least this puts him back closer to his "original" age) and then, according to his tomb stone which says, "Jacob, husband of Mary Lamer, age 90 years" he dies in 1873. According to his tomb stone he would have been born in 1783. So his birth years are as follows:1785, 1794, 1815, 1790, and 1783. I am assuming that since I have two years close together (1783 and 1785) that he must have been born sometime in the 1780's. I have found no newspapers from the area for the time around when he died to give me any indication of when or where he was born. All I know of his birth is that he was born in Pennsylvania. The Iowa State Historical Building houses numerous rolls of microfilmed newspapers and none of them from the Eldora area begin that early. I checked the library in Eldora, Iowa and they didn'thave any from that time either. I haven't checked to see when that particular newspaper started publishing. That is a possibility. 1
Death: 18 SEP 1873 in Iowa
Note: The only record I have of Jacob's death is that he is buried in the Xenia Cemetery (aka: Secor) in Eldora Twp., Hardin County, Iowa. I believe this must be correct because he is there with his family in 1870 and then in 1880 the family (Jacob, Mary and children left at home) are gone. Other children who have married are still in thearea. Either the tombstone is lying or he died around 1873. 2
Burial: SEP 1873 Xenia Cemetery, Secor, Hardin, Iowa 3
Occupation: Farmer

Marriage 1 Mary Elizabeth RITZ b: BET 1832 AND 1838 in Pennsylvania
Married: BEF 1854 in Iowa 4
Franklin M. LAMER b: 10 MAY 1854 in Delaware County, Iowa
Mary Elizabeth LAMER b: 10 MAY 1855 in Delaware County, Iowa
Henry J. LAMER b: DEC 1857 in Hardin County, Iowa
Susan A. LAMER b: SEP 1860 in Hardin County, Iowa
David William LAMER b: JAN 1862 in Hardin County, Iowa
John B. LAMER b: DEC 1865 in Hardin County, Iowa

Marriage 2 Barbara RITZ b: in Pennsylvania
Married: BEF 1838 in Pennsylvania 5 6
****Levi LAMER b: 1838/39 in Pennsylvania
Biddy LAMER b: DEC 1841 in Pennsylvania

Abbrev: Census Records
Page: 1850 Delaware County, Iowa - age 65 (1785)
1856 Hardin County, Iowa - age 62 (1794
1860 Hardin County, Iowa - age 45 (1815)
1870 Hardin County, Iowa - age 80 (1790)
tomb stone in Xenia Cemetery says he died in 1873 - age 90 years(1783)
Abbrev: Cemetery Records
Page: Jacob's tomb stone says he was born in 1873
Abbrev: Cemetery Records
Page: Records of the Xenia Cemetery state that Jacob Lamer is buried there.I have been to the cemetery myself and have seen the grave.
Abbrev: Census Records
Page: All records give the age of Franklin M. Lamer (oldest child of Jacoband Mary Lamer) so his birth year would have been 1854. Approximate year of his parents' marriage is based on the idea that they would have been married prior to his birth. The place is given by their daughter, Mary Elizabeth in the 1925 Iowa state census. She is listed twice, once in Hardin County with her daughter, Esther Saint and again in Grundy County where she is listed with her son, Adra.
Abbrev: Census Records
Page: 1925 Hardin County, Iowa - Biddy (Lamer) Lane gives her parents' names and places of birth as well as where they were married.
Abbrev: Census Records
Page: all census records where Levi Lamer (Jacob's son) appears gives his age, marriage of his parents is based on the thought that they should have been married prior to his birth which was about 1839.

Is the name Zieger or Zeiger?
James Zieger
James Zieger resides on section 23. He was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, in 1819. His parents were Frederick and Sarah Zieger. He removed with his parents to Vermillion county, Indiana. His father died in Indiana. His mother, at the time of her death, lived in Iowa City. Mr. Zieger came to Iowa in 1851, and lived in Benton county two years, coming to Hardin county in 1853. He entered a farm on section 10, Eldora township, where he lived till the spring of 1862. He came on this place in 1862, but did not purchase it till 1864. In 1859 Mr. Zieger went by the overland route to California, where he engaged in mining and farming, returning in 1861. He bought his present farm of Mr. I. H. Templeton. Mrs. Zieger was formerly Miss Amanda C. Plummer, of Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Zieger have seven children, viz.: ****Mrs. Melissa J., wife of Levi Lamer; Lorinda E., wife of Philip Mason; Lewis F.; Mary E., wife of J. Hover; Samuel C., Sarah R., wife of W. P. Whitwood, and Frankie, wife of Edward Davis. Mr. Zieger owns a good farm, containing 120 acres, all improved. He made nearly all the improvements himself. He has an older brother living in Cloud county, Kansas, and a sister in Dane county, Missouri. These are all of his family living.

the Household Record 1880 United States Census
James W. ZEIGER Self M Male W 40 IN Gunsmith IN OH
Mary T. ZEIGER Wife M Female W 31 PA Keeping House PA PA
Jennie L ZEIGER Dau S Female W 13 IA At Home IN PA
Jessie B. H. ZEIGER Dau S Female W 11 IA At Home IN PA
Clinton W. ZEIGER Son S Male W 6 IA At Home IN PA
**** Elizabeth ZEIGER Mother W Female W 59 OH --- ---
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