Descendants of
Henry Gerling
Fort Hunter
Town of Florida

Montgomery County, NY

Contributed by Lisa Slaski.

This Gerling family is not directly connected to my own as far as I know. However, in researching my Gerling lineage, I also looked a little further into this family as well. Though I don't have specific information, it is likely that Henry and Elizabeth Rothmyer Gerling were born in Hille, Westfalen, Germany. Once again I note the connection between families who resided in Fort Hunter, Amsterdam and Schenectady!

First Generation

1. Carl Henry Gerling was born about 1842 in Germany, the son of Charles and (Carrie?) Gerling. He went by the name of Henry. He was married to Elizabeth Rothmyer. Elizabeth was born March 1847 in Germany. She immigrated about 1872 and settled in Fort Hunter. Henry died on 5 Mar 1894 in Fort Hunter. At the time of his death he was a sexton (presumably for the German M. E. church of Fort Hunter) and was 52 years old. He died of pneumonia. Elizabeth is living by herself as a widow in the town of Florida in 1900. About 1902 she moved to Schenectady and is found living with her daughter, Mrs. William (Mary) Uphoff, in later census records and died at her residence.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, June 13, 1924
Mrs. Elizabeth R. Gerling

    Mrs. Elizabeth Rothmyer Gerling, widow of the late Cary [sic] Henry Gerling, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William H. Uphoff, 26 Hegeman street, Schenectady. She had been in poor health since two years ago, when she broke both arms, and she had been seriously ill since the first of the year. Mrs. Gerling was born 77 years ago in Germany. She came to America in 1872, making her home at Fort Hunter, and 21 years ago she went to Schenectady to live. She became a member of the Fort Hunter M. E. church in 1872, and kept her connection with the church until her death. She was also a member of the German Ladies Benevolent society. Mrs. Gerling is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William H. Uphoff of Schenectady and Mrs. Charles Droege of Mohawk; one son, Harry Gerling of Schenectady; two grandchildren, Mrs. Albert Wellman of Schenectady and Miss Helen Droege of Mohawk. There are also three brothers, Christian and Louis Niemyer [spelled Niermeyer in many census records] of Schenectady and August Rothmyer of Germany, and a sister, Mrs. Louisa Van Buren of Germany.

    The funeral will be held at the home Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment will be made in Pine Grove cemetery at Tribes Hill.

Henry and Elizabeth had the following children:
    1.1. Henry Gerling, jr., b. Jan 1880 in NY
    1.2. Mary Gerling, b. abt 1882 in NY, m. William H. Uphoff.
    1.3. Ella Gerling, b. abt 1885 in NY, m. Charles Droege.
    1.4. (child) Gerling, d. before 1900.

Second Generation

1.1. Henry Gerling was born Jan 1880 in NY. He was married about 1902 to Susanna. Susanna was born about 1881 in NY. They resided in Schenectady, NY.

Henry and Susanna had the following child:
    1.2.1. Ruth Gerling, b. abt 1904 in NY.

1.2. Mary Gerling was born about 1882 in NY (probably in Fort Hunter). She was married about 1902 to William H. Uphoff. William was born 22 Sep 1876 in IL, a son of Henry and Christina Uphoff of Washington county, IL in 1880. William and Mary resided in Schenectady. He was a motorman on an electric railway in 1910. In 1920 he was a machinist in "electrical works" (likely General Electric). In 1930 he was a repairman in the (Bucket? Dept.) at General Electric. They had no children by 1930. Mary's mother lived with them from around 1902 'til her death in 1924. William died Nov 1968.

1.3. Ella Gerling was born about 1885 and married Charles Droege. Charles was born about 1879 and is likely the son of Charles and Caroline Droege of town of Florida, Montgomery county, NY in the 1880 census who is listed as being born Aug 1879 in that census. In 1920 they are residing in Mohawk, Herkimer county, NY. In 1930 they are residing in Schenectady, NY.

Ella and Charles had the following child:
    1.3.1. Helen E. Droege, b. abt 1911 in NY.


  1. Obituary: Amsterdam Evening Recorder, 13 Jun 1924 for Elizabeth Gerling
  2. Death record of Henry Gerling of the town of Florida
  3. Will/Probate for Henry Gerling in Montgomery county
  4. 1860-1930 Federal Census records, various
  5. Amsterdam Daily Headlines (
  6. Social Security Death Index

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