Johann George GOMPF[1, 2]
Male 1809 - Bef 1887


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  • Birth  22 Aug 1809  Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  28 Aug 1809  Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  Bef 1862  Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tailor 
    Immigration  19 Jul 1862  [3, 4
    • From "Niederorfleiden" to New York on the Gascher. Destination Canada. w/ wife Margarethe (abt 1809), dau Margaretha (abt 1840), son Johanner (1844 ), son Wilhelm (1846). Also on the Gascher from Nieder-Ofleiden were: Conrad Rothem (1803), Johannes Klapp (dau Margaret's future husband), Peter Becker (1840) and Christine Weyn (1823).
    Census  1871  Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Name = Gumph. Lutheran. Farmer. w/ wife Margret and sons John and William. Next door to Nicholas and family.
    Census  1881  Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Land  Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    1st concession, lots 13 & 14 
    Religion  Lutheran 
    • The Church that George was buried at was St. Paul's Lutheran Church. From http://www3.sympatico.ca/don.orth/story.htm:
      "St. Paul's Lutheran Church [was] located on part of Lot 30, Concession 5, near the village of Shipley which is near the present day village of Gowanstown. The land for the church was donated by Johannes Nickel on which a log church was built. The congregation was organized as of April 30, 1864. The first twelve people to sign the register were: Johannes Nickel, Valentine Esch, Johannes Kraft, Henrich Koeniche, George Nickel, Peter Orth, Johann Nickel, Henry Fries, Daniel Hotel, Conrad Nuhn, Peter Fries and Henrich Ludwig. The congregation was started by the Missouri Synod with Rev. Wiechmann of Flordale who served the families by holding services in the homes every three weeks.
      In 1874, a number of people ... left St. Paul's Lutheran Church and followed Pastor H. Bruer in the founding of Trinity Lutheran Church located in the village of Kurtzville ... In 1882, Trinity Lutheran joined the Missouri Synod. The congregation remaining at St. Paul's Lutheran Church asked the Canada Synod for a clergyman. The split in the church at that time was very divisive for the community and for many families.
    Died  Bef 1887  , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Cause: chest injury as a result of a fall 
    • He is not listed in the City Directory for 1887 (but son Nicholas is).
    Buried  Gowanstown, Perth North, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • St Pauls Lutheran Church; 5982 Elm Lane, Gowanstown, ON N0G 1Y0, Canada
    Person ID  I105  Gompf Family Trees
    Last Modified  12 Jul 2011 

    Father  Peter GOMPF,   b. 31 Dec 1779, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1851, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anna Catharina FRIEDRICH,   b. Abt 1785, Maulbach, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1831, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Jun 1808  Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F33  Group Sheet

    Family  Margarethe BRAUN,   b. 24 Jan 1808, , , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1881, , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Apr 1835  Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Nicholas GOMPF,   b. 27 Feb 1837, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1916, Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Margaret N GOMPF,   b. 19 Jul 1839, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1905, Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John GOMPF,   b. 11 Apr 1844, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1908, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William GOMPF,   b. 15 Jun 1847, Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1918, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 May 2011 
    Family ID  F214  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Aug 1809 - Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 28 Aug 1809 - Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Apr 1835 - Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tailor - Bef 1862 - Nieder-Ofleiden, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1871 - Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1st concession, lots 13 & 14 - - Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Gowanstown, Perth North, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Gompf Patriarchs
    Gompf Patriarchs
    As discovered so far by me
    Three Gompf Brothers from Nieder-Ofleiden
    Three Gompf Brothers from Nieder-Ofleiden

  • Notes 
    • "George Gompf, DOB August 22, 1809, his wife and four children came to Canada from Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany as early settlers some time in the early 1800's. They purchased land 2.5 miles south east of Listowel, Ontario. They were of the Lutheran faith and attended a country church nearer to Palmerston than Listowel. Both George and his wife are buried in this church yard." [Ray Gompf]

      "[Mille Gompf Cairns] remembers her grandfathers as they both lived with them in their old age. She recalls Grandpa (George Gompf) teaching her youngest sister, Gussie, to walk by tying a scarf around her middle while he helped her balance. He was the one who helped all the younger Gompf children to walk in this manner."

      About Wallace Township:
      (From http://www3.sympatico.ca/don.orth/story.htm)
      By the mid-1850's land was opening up for settlement in the north part of Perth County which bordered Waterloo County on its western boundary. This provided an opportunity for many of the settlers in Waterloo County to acquire their own land. Located in the northern end of Perth County is Wallace Township. A description of Wallace Township is found in Magnified Memories: The History of Wallace Township:
      "Wallace Township was one of the many townships which in the 1840's were carved out of the heavily-wooded, unsurveyed crown land, commonly known as the Queen's Bush, which lay to the north of the Huron Tract and south of Georgian Bay. the boundaries of Wallace itself first appear sketched on a map of Canada West (i.e. Ontario) dated 1846. The Township's triangular shape is unusual, but it is the result of it being the left-over piece when lines were drawn parallel to Lake Huron and to existing lines further east. The "left-over" heritage also meant that it was the very last township of the Queen's bush to be surveyed and opened up for sale". (P. 135).
      The first survey of Wallace Township was undertaken in 1847. As of September 16, 1856, Crown land in Wallace Township became available for sale. Notice of this sale occurred on July 4, 1856. Previous to this time, there were "squatters" living in Wallace Township. So many of these squatters put in claims for the land on which they were living that it appears that only several lots actually became available for sale. The terms of sale were 10 shillings per acre, payable in 10 equal annual installments, with interest, actual occupation to be immediate and continuous. In order to receive the Crown Patent which made ownership complete, the settler had to pay the full price, plus interest, at ten shillings (about $2.00 per acre). Therefore, the first Patent in Wallace was not issued until May 7, 1859.
      ... [George] would probably have encountered and endured a more "pioneer" existence in Wallace Township given that it had only come under settlement starting in the late 1850's. This would have meant that many of the original settlers would have faced the difficult task of clearing virgin forests, draining swamps and building shelter, most typically log cabins as well as constructing roads and establishing the basic amenities of a rural community including the establishment of churches and schools and early businesses.
    • (Medical):"Grandfather (George) Gompf was walking in the field when he fell over a pile of stones and hurt his chest. He never recovered from this injury and died shortly after. He, too, was buried in the Lutheran Church yard beside his wife." [As told to Annie Gompf by Millie Gompf Cairns]

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Church Records - Nieder-Ofleiden, Evangelische Kirchengemeinden Ober-Ofleiden / Gontershausen Nieder-Ofleiden Haarhausen (Homberg, Hesse, Germany).
      (Name, occupation, birth date and place, mariage date and place, wife's name, father's name, mother's name.)

    2. [S54] Informant: Ray Gompf.

    3. [S37] Passenger Lists: New York 1820-1957, (ancestry.com.), "New York Passenger Lists" (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S42] Hessian Archives, Hessian Archives Online, ((http://www.hadis.hessen.de/scripts/HADIS.DLL/home?SID=7652-10D4BE0-B800C&PID=C941)), ). (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S51] 1871 Canadian Census, ((www.ancestry.com)), ). (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S52] 1881 Canadian Census, ((www.ancestry.com)), ). (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S74] City / County Directories - not otherwise specified, (www.ancestry.com),
    8. [S65] Informant: Annie Gompf.

    9. [S49] Church Records - Nieder-Ofleiden, Evangelische Kirchengemeinden Ober-Ofleiden / Gontershausen Nieder-Ofleiden Haarhausen (Homberg, Hesse, Germany).


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