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Catharine (Gape) Eisensmith (1821 - 1882)

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Catharine Eisensmith formerly Gape
Born in Germanymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in York County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Mar 2018
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Catharine was born in 1821 in Germany. Little else is known. Controversy of her last name Gape vs Gafe. When did she come to the United States.

She married Charles Frederick William Eisensmith around 1845 based on the birth of their two sons.

1) Charles William b 1849 d 1918
2) William C b 1860 d 1935

Death certificate of one of her sons, William. [1]

Catharine entered into eternal rest in 1882. Her inscription on her tombstone is in German: "O. mochte Gott es geben Dass wir in jenem Leben Ewig beisammen sein. Dies bitter wir zuletzte, Con dir o Herr ach setze." My translation is very rough "Oh, God wants us to be together forever in that life. This bitter we broke, Con you oh Lord set." [2]

Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 27 September 2018), memorial page for Catharine Gape Eisensmith (1821–28 Aug 1882), Find A Grave: Memorial #39588902, citing Saint John Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stewartstown, York County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Audrey LeRew (contributor 46986765).


  1. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964
    Name: Katherine Gafe
    Gender: Female
    Birth Place: York County, Pennsylvania
    Spouse: Charles Eisensmith
    Child: William Eisensmith
    Source Citation: Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Pennsylvania, USA; Certificate Number Range: 052501-055500 Description: Certificate Number Range: 052501-055500
  2. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
    Name: Catharine Eisensmith
    Maiden Name: Gape
    Birth Date: 1821
    Birth Place: Germany
    Death Date: 28 Aug 1882
    Death Place: York County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    Cemetery: Saint John Lutheran Church Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Stewartstown, York County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    Has Bio?: Y
    Spouse: Charles Frederick William Eisensmith
    Children: William C Eisensmith
    Charles William Eisensmith

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