So what’s new? This is genealogy, after all ~ just like a jigsaw puzzle. Some pieces look like they should fit, but are just a “little” off! This week I found an obituary for Daniel Gemperling while looking for a completely different obituary.
DANIEL GEMPERLING DEAD.
He Was in the Tin Business in the East End for Half a Century.
Daniel Gemperling, a resident of Lancaster until a few months ago, died on Wednesday night at the residence of his son in Ephrata. He was confined to the house for only a few weeks, but was in failing health for some time. Deceased was 84 years old and was a native of this city. He learned the trade of tinsmith , and half a century ago he removed to Orange and Ann streets, where he engaged in that business. He carried it on until last spring when he removed from the city and went to Ephrata to live with his son. He was well known not only in this city but in all sections of the county, through his long business career. He was twice married. His first wife died many years ago. His second wife survives and one son, Harry C. Gemperling, one of the tipstaves at the court house. John and William, brothers, and Mrs. Auxer, a sister, are dead. His only surviving brother is Frederick, who lives at the corner of Walnut and Mulberry streets.
What’s confusing? Well, in 1850 two Auxer children lived w/JOHN and Jane Gemperling. Henry, age 7 and Catharine age 13 lived with the Gemperlings, their aunt and uncle! Jane Spurrier Gemperling was the sister of Elizabeth Spurrier Auxer. Who is Daniel? . . . . . . and who is his sister, Mrs. Auxer??? Which Auxer married a Gemperling? or does it really mean sister-in-law? I’d love to know! Anybody know?
Still on the Spurriers, I found an obituary for an infant.
1865 newspaper ~
Child: George Maclay Spurrier
Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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