Descendants of Henry Gimbel
1. Henry1 GIMBEL was born 29 July 1829 in Arheilgen, a small town north of Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany. His father, whose name may have been Peter, supposedly was a shepherd and worked for the government in Darmstadt. Henry served in the military as a Musketeer War-Reservist in the Third Company, Fourth Infantry Regiment. He began his service 15 June 1850 and continued at least through 15 December 1851. At the time of her death his daughter Florence (Gimbel) Todd had Henry's original army discharge papers and death notice. Their current location is unknown.
Henry emigrated in 1852 to the United States. (His obituary says he came to America in 1849, however this obviously is in error since records show Henry serving in the military in Germany through 1851.) There is a record of a Heinrich Gimbel, age 23, traveling from Le Havre, France to New York on the ship ‘Admiral’ in 1852. The age would qualify this individual to be the Henry Gimbel of this account, but he was traveling with a companion, Dorothea, age 19. I have found no records or mention of a Dorothea in connection with Henry Gimbel, as either sister or wife, that would confirm that this is Henry Gimbel of Arheilgen.
One interesting document Henry brought with him to the U.S. was signed by the Commander of the Grand-Ducal Hessian, Fourth Infantry Regiment, and was dated Offenbach, December 15, 1851. It says: Permission is herewith granted to Musketeer War-Reservist Henry Gimbel of the Third Company of the Fourth Regiment, native of Arheilgen, Adminstrative District of Darmstadt, 6 feet 6 inches tall, born in 1829, Evangelical religion, serving since June 15, 1850, to travel abroad for six months in order to perfect himself in the craft of blacksmithing, which he has learned: on condition, however, that he may not remove himself farther than seventy hours from his home. He is hereby expressly ordered to notify the mayor of his place of residence, of the direction and goal of his journey, the probable duration of his absence and his actual place of abode for longer periods, so that under all circumstances he can be reached at his own cost and risk; and at the same time he is notified that if, through neglect of this notice, he places himself in a position where he is not able to receive a calling-in order directed to him, he will be considered a deserter.
Upon arriving in the United States Henry settled first in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. After a short stay he went to Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and for eight years worked in the blacksmithing department of the Big Four Railroad. He then started the first blacksmith shop in Union City at the northwest edge of town, which has since become a landmark.
Henry died of pneumonia 9 January 1903 in Union City at age 73. He was buried 12 January 1903 in Union City Cemetery.
On 15 January 1856 Henry married Anna Maria ‘Mary’ HEUSS, daughter of Martin Ludwig and Esther (Kopp) Heuss. Mary was born 25 January 1835 in Neckarweihingen, a small town north of Ludwigsburg along the Neckar River in Wurttemberg, Germany. She and her sisters Esther and Magdalene and brother Johann Friedrich accompanied their parents to the United States in 1853, departing Le Havre, France on the ship ‘Orlando’ and arriving in New York on April 23. They settled first in Marion County, Ohio, and then moved to a farm in Mercer County, Ohio. Mary died 4 July 1896 in Union City at age 61and was buried in Union City Cemetery.
The name Gimbel/Gimpel means ‘bullfinch.’ Heuss, along with other forms like Heuse, Heuser, Haus, Hauss, Hause and Haussen, means ‘house.’
Known children of Henry1 GIMBEL and Anna Maria HEUSS were as follows:
+ 2 i. William2 GIMBEL, born 3 December 1856 in Union City, Darke County, Ohio; married Mary Magdalena KRANER.
3 ii. Mary GIMBEL was born 29 May 1859 in Union City, Darke County, Ohio. She died under tragic circumstances in 1862 in Union City, Darke County at age 3. According to the family, a band of gypsies who spent the night across the road from the Gimbel residence, failed to put out their campfire when they left in the morning. Mary wandered across the road to the smoldering campfire, her dress ignited and she burned to death. She was buried in Union City Cemetery, Union City, Randolph County, Indiana.
+ 4 iii. Henry GIMBEL, born 29 October 1862 in Union City, Darke County, Ohio; married Ella MORRIS; married Lillian E. HEFFNER; married Clara E. KRANER.
+ 5 iv. Elizabeth GIMBEL, born 29 March 1864 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana; married Henry GREEN.
6 v. Martin GIMBEL was born 30 September 1866 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and died of a heart attack 28 April 1919 in Union City, Darke County, Indiana at age 52. He was buried 30 April 1919 in Union City Cemetery, Wayne Township, Randolph County, Indiana. According to his obituary, Martin worked for a while at the Union City (Ohio) Carriage Factory and by 1910 had opened his East Elm Street blacksmith shop which he ran for 25 years. He lived in a room fitted up in the back of his blacksmith workshop. He was a member of the Red Men's Lodge. Martin never married.
7 vi. Lewis GIMBEL was born 6 October 1868 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. He died 1 April 1957 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana at age 88, and was buried 4 April 1957 in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City. Lewis operated a blacksmith shop in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana for several years. He never married.
+ 8 vii. Ellen GIMBEL, born 31 March 1871 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana; married Adolph Herman BRACKMIER.
9 viii. George GIMBEL was born 16 September 1873 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and died in 1874 in Union City. He was buried in Old Lisbon Cemetery, Union City, Randolph County, India.
10 ix. Peter GIMBEL was born 20 February 1875 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. He died 15 October 1954 in Union City at age 79, and was buried 18 October 1954 in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City. Peter was a blacksmith and was living in Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana in 1900 when he met his wife Retta JUDY. She was born 27 March 1871 in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana, the fourth child of Godfrey and Mary Ann (Brindle) Judy. Family called her Rett or Retta, but her given name may have been Elmeretta, Almaretta or Loretta. She was married first to William Barr 28 November 1886 in Jay County. Soon after his death in May 1898, Retta moved to Hartford City where she worked as a cook for Nelson J. Rose who ran the local hotel. She died 2 December 1921 at age 51. Retta was a Quaker and her funeral service was conducted at the Friends Church in Bluff Point, Jay County. She was buried in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City. After Peter and Retta married they moved to a farm in Pike Township, Jay County, Indiana. Peter returned to Union City to run a blacksmith shop some time after 1930.
11 x. Baby GIMBEL was born and died in February 1878 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. He was buried in Old Lisbon Cemetery, Union City, Randolph County, Indiana.
12 xi. Dora GIMBEL was born 23 March 1880 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. She died 3 January 1933 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana at age 52, and was buried 7 January 1933 in Union City Cemetery. Dora married Alva Manford WALKER 6 September 1911 in Indiana. Alva was born 11 June 1879 in Wayne Township, Randolph County, Indiana, the son of John and Sarah J. (Loy) Walker who resided in Jackson Township, Darke County, Ohio in 1900. He died 30 December 1951 in Ohio at age 72, and was buried 2 January 1952 in Union City Cemetery. According to family, after Dora died in 1933, he supposedly married a woman from Greenville who had a daughter named Nancy. The wife died and Alva continued to live with the daughter. They did not marry but had a daughter who was put in a children's home near Greenville. No proof for this story has been found. The informant on his death certificate was Mrs. Opal Walker, no relationship given, so perhaps, unlike the family story, Alva was survived by a wife.
2. William2 GIMBEL (Henry1) was born 3 December 1856 in Union City, Darke County, Ohio and was christened 24 February 1924 in Evangelical Lutheran Church, Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. He died 25 August 1941 in Union City, Indiana at age 84. William had been seriously ill with dropsy for some time. On the day of his death he asked his daughter Hazel to bring him his knife collection. He then used one of the knives to stab himself in the abdomen in an attempt to ease the pain from swelling and bloating caused by his illness. The cause of death on his death certificate was a self-inflicted stab wound to the abdomen. William was buried 28 August 1941 in Union City Cemetery.
William was a blacksmith like his father and four brothers. In 1887 he was listed in the Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana city directory as one of two blacksmiths doing business there. Eventually William built a blacksmith shop on the east side of the end of North Howard Street in Union City, Indiana. His family lived in the upstairs of the shop while their house was being built. William at one time owned a buggy shop, but it went out of business when gasoline-powered automobiles became popular. During World War II, when gasoline was rationed, he built horse-pulled milk delivery wagons.
On 13 December 1881 in Salamonia, William married Mary Magdalena KRANER, daughter of George Adam and Caroline (Eberhart) Kraner. Mame, as she was called by family and friends, was born 22 February 1863 in Marion, Marion County, Ohio and died 12 June 1946 in Union City at age 83. The cause of death was acute endocarditis due to arteriosclerosis. Mame was buried 15 June 1946 in Union City Cemetery.
Known children of William2 GIMBEL and Mary Magdalena KRANER were as follows:
+ 13 i. Harry William3 GIMBEL, born 28 December 1882 in Ft. Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio; married Jessie M. Moots; divorced Jessie M. Moots; married Debbie Debell; died 8 October 1957 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana; buried 11 October 1957 in Union City Cemetery, Union City, Randolph County, Indiana.
+ 14 ii. Edith Mabel GIMBEL, born 22 April 1885 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana; married William Alva Reish; died 15 April 1969 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana; buried 18 April 1969 in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City, Randolph County, Indiana.
+ 15 iii. Earl GIMBEL, born 27 July 1886 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana; married Cora Edith Mann; died 30 October 1918 in Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio; buried 2 November 1918 in Union City Cemetery, Wayne Township, Randolph County, Indiana.
+ 16 iv. Irvin Frank GIMBEL, born 1 October 1888 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana; married Mary Kyle Riddlebarger; died 27 October 1972 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; buried in Glen Haven Memorial Cemetery, Clark County, Ohio.
+ 17 v. Hazel Dora GIMBEL, born 5 February 1891 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana; married Ross Franklyn Barefoot; died 20 February 1971 in Arcadia, Los Angeles County, California; buried 24 February 1971 in Memorial Park, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.
18 vi. George Adam GIMBEL was born 13 June 1895 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and died 9 May 1952 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio at age 56. He was buried 12 May 1952 in Union City Cemetery. George, who never married, was a horse shoer in Company E, 309th Engineers in World War I and served overseas in France where he was gassed. He felt the effects of the gas for the remainder of his life and became a heavy drinker to manage the pain and disability. He was left with a limp from a compound fracture of the leg suffered in a car wreck after a night of drinking. George was a blacksmith, however by 1930 when he lived with his sister Hazel and family in Dayton, Ohio he was an assembler at National Cash Register Company.
19 vii. Clarence Otto GIMBEL was born 22 May 1901 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana and married Anna Flossie PETERSON 16 November 1946 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. They had no children. Clarence, a blacksmith and machinist, died 10 December 1965 in Union City at age 64, and was buried 13 December 1965 in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City. Anna was born 22 July 1893 in Indiana, the daughter of Scott and Rosa Peterson. She died at age 96 on 28 September 1989 in Union City, and was buried 2 October 1989 in Lisbon Cemetery.
+ 20 viii. Florence Marie GIMBEL, born 30 July 1903 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana; married Ray Emerson Todd; died 23 February 1994 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; buried 26 February 1994 in Memorial Park, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.
4. Henry2 GIMBEL (Henry1) was born 29 October 1862 in Union City, Darke County, Ohio. He died 22 February 1947 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio at age 84, and was buried 24 February 1947 in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Miami County, Ohio.
Henry was a blacksmith and worked on carriages. In the 1910 federal census he was enumerated as superintendent of a buggy company in Columbus, Ohio. By 1920 he was listed as a die maker in a factory in Franklin County, Ohio and in the 1930 census he was an inspector for a bolt manufacturing company in Columbus.
Henry married first Ella MORRIS circa 1894. She was born in July 1861 in Ohio and either died or the couple divorced before 1903 as in that year Henry married second Lillian E. HEFFNER. Lillian, the daughter of Jacob and Olive (Ponius) Heffner, was born 5 July 1889 in Pickaway County, Ohio, and died of a cerebral hemorrhage 23 December 1937 at age 48 in Columbus. She was buried 26 December 1937 in Kingston, Ross County, Ohio. Henry and Lillian, a general practice nurse, divorced. In the 1920 federal census she was enumerated living alone at Francisco Terrace on North High Street in Columbus.
Henry married third Clara E. KRANER some time between 1910 and 1920. Clara was the daughter of George Adam and Caroline (Eberhart) Kraner. Her sister Mary Magdalena Kraner married Henry’s brother William Gimbel (see #2 above). Clara was born 28 July 1875 in Bowling Green Township, Marion County, Ohio. She had been married previously to George Wendell 22 April 1888 in Jay County, Indiana. George was born 19 November 1863 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, the son of Peter and Margaret Wendell, and died 14 February 1910 at age 46 in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio in a hospital for epileptics. He was buried 16 February 1910 in Green Mound Cemetery, Fort Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio. Clara and George had two children but both died in infancy. Clara died 17 December 1946 in Columbus at age 81, and was buried 20 December 1946 in Riverside Cemetery.
Known children of Henry2 GIMBEL and Ella MORRIS were:
21 i. Ernest Noble3 GIMBEL was born 23 April 1895 in Ohio and died in March 1967 in Indiana at age 7. On 5 April 1917 he married Louise BIVIN who was born 22 December 1896 in Indiana, the daughter of T. J. Bivin. She died in October 1979 at age 80. The couple had a daughter Dorothy born in February 1918 in Indiana. In the 1920 federal census the family was in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri where Ernest was manager of a brokerage. By 1930 they were enumerated in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana and Ernest worked as an investment salesman.
Known children of Henry2 GIMBEL and Lillian E. HEFFNER were:
22 i. Sylvia3 GIMBEL was born circa January 1909 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. When her parents divorced, her father Henry received custody of Sylvia. In the 1930 federal census she was living with Henry and his wife Clara in Columbus and was a stenographer for a mail order house. Sylvia had a daughter Nancy Clara who supposedly married a [--?--] Sanborn and resided in Columbus, Georgia. She may be the Nancy C. Sanborn in the Social Security Death Index born 16 February 1932 and died 27 May 2003, last known residence Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida.
There were no known children of Henry2 GIMBEL and Clara E. KRANER.
5. Elizabeth2 GIMBEL (Henry1) was born 29 March 1864 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and died 11 October 1938 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 74. She was buried 15 October 1938 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. She also went by the name Lizzie, and that was the name on her burial record (her grave has no marker).
Circa 1890 in Indiana Lizzie married Henry GREEN, a cabinet maker, who was born in December 1848 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. He was married previously circa 1874 to Dora [--?--] and they had sons Harry J. and George. Dora, who was born at sea circa 1854 as her parents traveled from Hesse-Darmstadt to the U.S., died 4 December 1881 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery. Henry died 26 September 1935 in Indianapolis at age 86, and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Known children of Elizabeth2 GIMBEL and Henry GREEN, all born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, were as follows:
23 i. Albert W.3 GREEN was born 22 June 1891 and died in January 1963 at age 71. According to his mother's obituary, in 1938 he resided in Muskegon, Michigan.
24 ii. Henrietta E. GREEN was born 14 December 1892 and died in August 1970 at age 77. Circa 1913 she married Michael W. WELSH, the son of Patrick and Mary Welsh of Ireland, who was born 13 January 1891 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He died in May 1979 in Indianapolis at age 78. The couple had a daughter Dorothy.
25 iii. Mary A. GREEN was born December 1899 and married dentist Theodore E. NELSON circa 1921 in Indiana. Theodore was born circa 1895 in Minnesota. They had a son Robert W. and daughter Marian E. and in the 1930 federal census resided in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.
26 iv. Esther J. GREEN was born 18 July 1900 and died in December 1979 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 79. Circa 1917 in Indiana she married Chester P. WOLFE who was born in June 1897 in Daviess County, Indiana, the son of Daniel and Eliza J. Wolfe. He was a furniture merchant in Indianapolis. Esther and Chester had a son Chester Thornton born 3 May 1918 and died 29 July 1985 at age 67.
27 v. Leona G. GREEN was born 15 December 1905. Circa 1925 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana she married Arthur L. GRAY who was born in December 1897 in Sumner County, Tennessee, the son of James L. and Sallie Gray. She later married [--?--] MOORE. Moore was her surname at the time of her death 26 December 1997 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 92.
8. Ellen2 GIMBEL (Henry1) was born 31 March 1871 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. Known as Ella, she died 1 August 1950 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 79, and was buried 4 August 1950 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Ella married Adolph Herman BRACKMIER, a butcher, 25 December 1898 in Indiana. Adolph was born in 1863 in Kentucky and died at age 77 in November 1940 in Indianapolis. He was buried 29 November 1940 in Crown Hill Cemetery. Adolph was likely the son of Henry and Eliza Brackmier/Brockmier. In the 1860 census, Henry Brockmeyer was enumerated in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, age 36, born in Hanover (Germany), a tailor, with wife Eliza, age 30, also born in Hanover. In the household were Gustav, age 9, born in Ohio; Charlotte, age 7, born in Iowa; Frederica, age 6, born in Iowa; Otto, age 3, born in Iowa, and Herman, age 3 months born in Kentucky. (Charlotte, Frederica, Otto and Herman probably born in Indiana and the enumerator’s abbreviation of the state interpreted for the census index as Iowa.) In the 1870 federal census Eliza Brackmur, age 40, born in Kentucky [sic], was a domestic servant in the home of William H. and Charlotte Sander in Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana. With her were her children Ernest, age 9; Adolphus, age 6, and Helena, age 2, all born in Kentucky. Husband Henry, daughters Charlotte and Frederica, and sons Otto and Herman were not found, however Gustav Breckmeyer remained in Louisville, age 19, a porter for a clothing store living in the household of insurance agent Gottlieb Bower. In the 1880 census Eliza Brockmire was still in Hope, now in her own home, age 50, born in Germany, and with her were children August, age 18, who worked in a saw mill; Adolph, age 16, a farm laborer, and Lena, age 12. Gus cannot be located in the 1880 census, but Otto Brockmier was in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, age 22, born in Indiana and both parents in Germany, a baker, enumerated in the residence of Anthony Balls of Hanover, manager of a bakery. Based on Marion County birth records Otto married Anna Morgan and they had a son William born 8 June 1883.
Known children of Ellen2 GIMBEL and Adolph Herman BRACKMIER, all born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, were as follows:
28 i. Adolph Herman3 BRACKMIER, Jr., was born 10 February 1900 and died in June 1968 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 68. He was buried 18 June 1968 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Adolph never married.
29 ii. Gladys H. BRACKMIER was born 27 May 1902 She died 24 August 1962 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, at age 60, and was buried 27 August 1962 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Gladys graduated from Indiana University and received a Masters degree in geology and mineralogy from Columbia University in New York. She taught high school in the Auburn, Indiana public school system and was a member of the Columbia University geology department staff for 10 years, but returned to Indianapolis upon the death of her parents to keep house for her bachelor brothers. She also never married. Gladys participated in the site location of Norris Dam in Tennessee and helped in site locations of several other dams and reservoirs built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as dams in several Rocky Mountain states. She worked on the Grand Coulee Dam and irrigation and flood control in the Sacramento Valley in California. Gladys was a member of the Indiana Academy of Science, the New York chapter of Sigma Xi honorary scientific society, and the New York Academy of Science.
30 iii. Ernest F. BRACKMIER was born 8 July 1906 and died in September 1984 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 78. He was buried 14 September 1984 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Ernest never married.
31 iv. Herbert W. BRACKMIER was born 29 June 1909 and died in October 1986 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 77. He was buried 15 October 1986 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Herbert married Beverly J. [--?--] when he was over 70 years of age. He had never been married before. She was born 24 September 1921 and died 31 October 2001 in Indianapolis at age 80. Herbert was considered an artist of some talent.
13. Harry William3 GIMBEL (William2, Henry1) was born 28 December 1882 in Ft. Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio. He died 8 October 1957 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana at age 74, and was buried 11 October 1957 in Union City Cemetery, Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. Harry worked as a blacksmith, a paint contractor and at one time was superintendent of Allbrand Carriage Factory in Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana.
In December 1907 in Union City Harry married first Jessie M. MOOTS, the daughter of Charles L. and Mary (Hawkins) Moots, who was born 24 May 1890 in Mentor, Lake County, Ohio. Apparently the marriage was rocky from the start. In 1908 Harry was listed in the Union City Directory as working at Wheel Company and was living at 815 North Howard Street with his wife Jessie. However, in the 1 May 1908 edition of the Union City Times appeared "Notice: to whom it may concern, that my wife Jessie left my home and I will not be responsible for any debts contracted by her. Harry W. Gimbel." The couple did not officially divorce until 2 January 1911 in Randolph County, Indiana. Jessie married a second time and she and her husband Harry Finney resided in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana in the 1920 federal census. By 1930 they were in Maumee, Lucas County, Ohio. Harry, who was born 30 June 1885 in Adams County, Ohio, the son of John T. and Artie M. (Romaine) Finney, died 9 July 1932 at age 47. Jessie died in May 1964 at age 74.
Harry married second Debbie DEBELL 29 October 1917 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Debbie was born 29 January 1889 in Ohio, the daughter of James and Sarah Elizabeth (Zimmer) Debell. She died 3 September 1978 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio at age 89, and was buried 7 September 1978 in Union City Cemetery.
Known children of Harry William3 GIMBEL and Jessie M. MOOTS were:
32 i. Richard Earl4 GIMBEL was born circa 1911 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. He was listed as ‘son’ to Harry Finney in the 1920 and 1930 censuses, and his last name was given as Finney. It is thought that he assumed the surname ‘Gimbel’ as an adult.
There were no known children of Harry William3 GIMBEL and Debbie DEBELL.
14. Edith Mabel3 GIMBEL (William2, Henry1) was born 22 April 1885 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana. She died 15 April 1969 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana at age 83, and was buried 18 April 1969 in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City.
Edith married William Alva REISH 13 January 1905 in Union City. Alva, as he was called, was the son of Jacob and Lydia Reish of Jackson Township, Randolph County., Born 23 March 1884 in Indiana, he died 27 July 1960 in Union City at age 76, and was buried in Lisbon Cemetery. Alva and Edith and daughters were enumerated in Mississiniwa Township, Darke County, Ohio in the 1920 and 1930 federal censuses.
Known children of Edith Mabel3 GIMBEL and William Alva Reish, both born in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana, were as follows:
33 i. Esther Marie4 REISH was born 30 December 1905. She died 3 February 1992 in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana at age 86, and was buried 7 February 1992 in Spartanburg Cemetery, Randolph County. Edith married Everett E. BROWN 24 February 1940. Everett, the son of William and Mary (Brewster) Brown, was born 7 December 1912 in Randolph County. He died 1 May 2004 in that county at age 91, and was buried 4 May 2004 in Spartanburg Cemetery. Everett was a farmer and was later employed by Syler Seeds in Winchester.
34 ii. Mary Ada REISH was born 11 August 1907. She died 5 March 1978 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana, at age 70, and was buried in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City. Mary never married.
15. Earl3 GIMBEL (William2, Henry1), a blacksmith for Big Four Railroad, was born 27 July 1886 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana.
Cora Edith Mann HORNE, Earl’s wife, was born 29 September 1890 in Spartansburg, Randolph County, Indiana. About 1909 she married [--?--] Horne and in the 1910 federal census was enumerated in the household of her parents, David M. and Jennie R. Mann, in Green Forks Township, Randolph County. Her husband of one year was not listed with her. On 28 June 1911 they had a son Melvin D. Cora’s husband died and she married Earl 12 August 1916 in Winchester, Randolph County. Six months after the birth of their daughter, Earl died in a fire 30 October 1918 in Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio at age 32. He was buried 2 November 1918 in Union City Cemetery. Cora died 21 January 1955 in Lakeview, Logan County at age 64, and was buried 24 January 1955 in Union City Cemetery.
Known children of Earl3 GIMBEL and Cora Edith MANN were:
35 i. Treva Mae4 GIMBEL was born 27 April 1918 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and died 24 April 1986 in Springfield, Clark County , Ohio at age 67. She married first Virgil Honess WARD, son of Thomas J. and Viola M. Ward, 27 May 1938 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Virgil was born 18 January 1912 in Ohio and died 21 September 1962 in Clark County at age 50. The couple had a daughter Arlyn Lee, born 7 July 1943 and died 17 June 1989 in Montgomery County at age 45. She never married. Treva married second Lee CLARK.
16. Irvin Frank3 GIMBEL (William2, Henry1) was born 1 October 1888 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana. He married Mary Kyle RIDDLEBARGER 2 January 1915 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. At the time of his marriage Irvin was employed as a mechanic at a factory in Galt, Ontario, Canada. By 1920 he worked at Union City Wheel Corks as a blacksmith and was the last employee to be let go when they closed their shop. He and Kyle, as she was called, lived In Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio by 1930 and Irvin was an inspector at Dayton Power & Light, a position he held for 35 years. He died 27 October 1972 in Dayton at age 84, and was buried in Glen Haven Memorial Cemetery, Clark County, Ohio.
Kyle, the daughter of Oscar and Belle F. Riddlebarger, was born 5 January 1895 in Ridgeville, Randolph County, Indiana. She died 8 March 1973 in Dayton at age 78, and was buried in Glen Haven Memorial Cemetery.
Known children of Irvin Frank3 Gimbel and Mary Kyle Riddlebarger were:
36 i. William Oscar4 GIMBEL was born 22 November 1915 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. He graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio and attended the University of Dayton. Bill, as he was known, served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and spent 39 years with the National Cash Register Company in Dayton before becoming general manager of Oak Creek Development Corporation in 1973. From 1960 to 1965 he was mayor of the city of Centerville in Montgomery County. On 2 October 1937 Bill married Louise LAWRENCE who was born 18 June 1915. The couple moved to Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina in 1979 and it was here Louise died 22 January 1988 at age 72. Bill died 2 April 1997 in Columbia at age 81. Both were buried in Greenbriar Memorial Park, Columbia. Bill and Louise had a son Stephen Alex.
17. Hazel Dora3 GIMBEL (William2, Henry1) was born 5 February 1891 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana. She married Ross Franklyn BAREFOOT, son of Walter Augustus and Anna Elizabeth (Lewellen) Barefoot, 24 December 1918 in Union City. Ross was born 2 April 1889 in Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana and died at age 57 on 21 April 1946 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio of unaphalactic shock from a bee sting. He was buried 24 April 1946 in Memorial Park, Dayton. Ross was a jack of all trades, and held many jobs including meter reader for the Dayton, Power & Light Company, gas furnace repairman, and inspector for Chrysler Airtemp. He also worked for Inland Corporation and United Aircraft Products, and raised chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and bees.
Upon the death of her husband, Hazel moved to California to live with her daughter Mary and son-in-law Albert. She returned to Indiana and worked as a cook at the Union City Hospital from 1952 to 1956, and then resettled with her daughter Mary in the Los Angeles area. Hazel died 20 February 1971 in Arcadia, Los Angeles County, California, at age 80. The cause of death was cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction. She was buried 24 February 1971 in Memorial Park, Dayton. At the time of her death she was an active member of Arcadia Senior Citizens and Lutheran Church of the Cross.
Known children of Hazel Dora3 GIMBEL and Ross Franklyn BAREFOOT, all born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, were as follows:
37 i. Walter William4 BAREFOOT was born 8 November 1919 and died 30 November 2002 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio at age 83. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and for 30 years worked for the National Cash Register Company in Dayton as an assembler and foreman. He also owned and operated Barefoot Resort, a fishing camp in Cedarville, Mackinac County, Michigan. Walter married first Freda Eleanor MOORMAN 8 April 1939 in Dayton. Freda, the daughter of Frederick and Edna (Hank) Moorman, was born 21 July 1916 in Celina, Mercer County, Ohio. She died 26 December 1988 in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida at age 72, and was buried 30 December 1988 in Montgomery County, Ohio. Walter and Freda had four children: Janice Eleanor, Carol Ann, Deborah Jean, and Walter William II. Walter married second Vivian Marie SPARKS 14 December 1990 in Union, Montgomery County.
38 ii. Robert Earl BAREFOOT married Mary Ellen DOTTS 31 January 1942 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Mary Ellen was born 31 January 1923 in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, the daughter of William and Rosetta ‘Susie’ Pearl (Gibson) Dotts. She died 11 January 2007 in San Diego, San Diego County, California at age 83 of a brain aneurysm, and was buried in El Camino Memorial Park in that city. Robert and Mary Ellen had a son Robert Dean and daughter Carolyn Sue.
39 iii. Dale Eugene BAREFOOT was born 2 August 1923 and died 11 May 2004 in Florida at age 80. He was buried 17 May 2004 in Memorial Park, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Dale served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II, and for 37 years was an assembler for the National Cash Register Company in Dayton. He retired in 1985. Dale married Agnes Josephine ‘Jo’ SCHULZE 7 February 1948 in Dayton. Jo, the daughter of Louis and Henrietta (Berke) Schulze, was born 17 June 1924 in Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio. She died 24 August 1996 in Pinellas County, Florida at age 72, and was buried 29 August 1996 in Memorial Park. Dale and Jo had five children: Constance Joyce, Kathleen Louise, Daniel Eugene, Gail Lynn, and Douglas Edward.
40 iv. Mary Elizabeth BAREFOOT married Albert HANSEN 6 April 1946 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Albert was born 6 November 1913 in Cotesfield, Howard County, Nebraska, the son of Jens Peter and Carrie E. (Andersen) Hansen. He died 3 August 1989 in San Bernardino County, California at age 75, and was buried 12 August 1989 in Memorial Park, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Albert was an attorney for 26 years, retiring as senior legal counsel for Allstate Insurance Company in Los Angeles. Mary and Albert had no children.
41 v. Harold Edgar BAREFOOT married Pauline Lucille Vance and they had a daughter Rebecca Jean.
20. Florence Marie3 GIMBEL (William2, Henry1) was born 30 July 1903 in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana and was christened 6 October 1904 in Evangelical Lutheran Church, Union City. She died 23 February 1994 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio at age 90, and was buried 26 February 1994 in Memorial Park, Dayton.
Florence married Ray Emerson TODD 28 July 1923 in Union City. Ray was born on 18 February 1898 in Bowen, Hancock County, Illinois, the son of J. Walter and Alameda Viola (Hamilton) Todd, and died 4 August 1966 in Dayton at age 68. He was buried in Memorial Park. Ray served in the U. S. Air Force in Austin, Texas in 1918, and was for a number of years executive secretary for the National Cash Register Company in Dayton.
Known children of Florence Marie3 GIMBEL and Ray Emerson TODD, all born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, were as follows:
42 i. Carolyn Jeannette4 TODD was born 19 October 1925 and died 22 February 2006 in Charlottesville, Charlottesville County, Virginia at age 80. She married James Alvin SHANNON 16 August 1947 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Jim was born 29 January 1921 in Fairburn, Fulton County, Georgia, the son of Virgil Quillian, Jr. and Lula (Johnston) Shannon. He served as an Army Air Force B-25 bomber pilot in New Guinea during World War II and transferred to the Air Force when it became independent in 1947. Jim’s postwar assignments included command of a squadron in Germany and of a wing in Britain. He also was chief of the reconnaissance division in the directorate of operational requirements at Air Force headquarters, and deputy director for operations at the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon. Jim received three Legions of Merit and two Air Medals and rose to the rank of Brigadier General. Among his assignments was duty as secretary to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jim died 5 December 1984 in Washington, District of Columbia at age 63, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Fairfax County, Virginia. Carolyn and Jim had a daughter Peggy Sue and son James Alvin, Jr.
43 ii. Marjorie Louise TODD married Donald William FITZGERALD. They had daughters Linda Diane and Cynthia Ann.
44 iii. Nancy Anne TODD married Thomas Maximus CONLON and had children Jennifer Marie and Thomas Todd.
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