The Record of Olden Times Biographical Department - Putnam County
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George Gall

Page 654 Magnolia Township

Mr. Gall is a farmer, living on section 6, Magnolia township. He was born in Highland county, Ohio, in 1822, and located in Putnam county in 1867. In 1847 he married Mary Ward, who was born in the same state. They have six children, Thomas B., William McLelland, Mary M., Andrew and Jessie. Mr. G. and wife are members of the M.E. church. He owns seventy-nine acres of land, mostly under good cultivation.


John Galvin

Page 674 Senachwine Township

Mr. Galvin was born in Medford, Mass., June 12th 1836. He is a son of William and Ellen Charlton Galvin of Longford county, Ireland, who had eleven children, of whom seven are living, viz: William, Ellen, Julia, Peter, Thomas, Margaret and John. William, who resided in Ottawa, Ill., served three years in the army in Coggswell's Battery, was wounded and honorably discharged. Ellen married John Burke, and resides in Ottawa, Ill. Julia married Dennis Walsh; the others live at home with their parents. John Galvin when a boy five years old moved with his father to the city of Boston, where they lived about eight years. In June of 1849 they came to Illinois and located in Chicago, where the father carried on the manufacture of gentlemen's silk hats; remained there about a year and a half, and thence removed to Ottawa, Ill., where he purchased the farm upon which he now resides. Here John learned the blacksmith trade, which he carried on after locating in Senachwine in 1859 until 1875 when he commenced farming on section 13. In February, 1879, he moved to his present farm, where he owns 260 acres. Dec. 1, 1860, he married in Ottawa, Ill., Margaret Murphy, daughter of Thomas and Margaret McCristal Murphy, of Irish descent. They have five children - Virginia G., Thomas F., Mary L., Margaret, and John Charlton, all living at home. Three brothers of Mrs. Galvin served in the late war - John in the 64th reg't, Thomas in U.S. Grant's reg't of sappers and miners, and Michael in the 6th Wisconsin battery. The latter died in Huntsville, Ala.


Edwin Gaylord, M.D.

Page 660-661 Magnolia Township

Dr. Gaylord was born in Tiogo county, Pa., February 5, 1834, and completed his education at Judson College, Mount Palatine. Choosing the medical profession, he qualified himself for practice by a severe course of study, attending lectures at the Medical Department of the University of Michigan, and at Rush College, Chicago, where he graduated at the age of twenty-one. Three years he devoted to practice at Kewanee, and then entered the Medical College of Tennessee, where he received a diploma. He was promoted a surgeon in the army, and served until he resigned. He comes from an old family, and traces his lineage in a direst line back to 1630. He is the youngest son of the late Aaron Gaylord of Marshall county, and grandson of Lemuel Gaylord, a soldier of the Revolution, whose honored remains rest in Cumberland cemetery, on Sandy Creek, Marshall county. Here likewise rests his father, who was born in 1792, and died in 1834. The doctor is wedded to his profession, and well read up in the medical literature of the day. He is both progressive and successful in business.


Archibald Gerrow

Page 644 Hennepin Township

Mr. Gerrow was born in county Antrim, Ireland, in 1857, from where he emigrated in 1869, coming to Putnam county and locating in Hennepin township, where he remained four years and then moved to Livingston county, Ill. In 1875 he returned to Hennepin and married Miss Rachel Shepherd. She was born in Florid, Hennepin township. They have two children, Eddie and Carrie. Mr. Gerrow farms 60 acres, well improved, and is one of the most promising young farmers in this prosperous township.


James Giltner

Page 677 Senachwine Township

Mr. Giltner is the son of Andrew and Susannah Giltner, and was born in Clark county, Indiana, December, 1825. In 1849 moved from there to Marshall county, and came to Senachwine, Putnam county, in 1852. Is a very prospering farmer. In 1851 he married Henrietta Rommal, daughter of Henry and Susannah Rommal, of Saxony, Germany. To them were born five children. - Sarah E., Henrietta, Abraham L., Anna Eurena and Mary Jane. Sarah E. married Samuel Case and resides in Bureau county, and Henrietta married Henry Downey and resides in Senachwine. The bank of Holland holds in trust an accumulated fortune of $140,000,000 beloning to the heirs of the family. It came through an ancestor who died intestate, and evidence is being collected to substantiate the claims of the present heirs.


Young A. Glenn

Page 660 Magnolia Township

Mr. Glenn is a farmer, born in McLean county, in this State in 1828. His father was an early settler here, coming in 1822. Mr. Glenn, Sr., was well known, and stood high in the community. He raised several sons, who settled in the vicinity, and made themselves comfortably independent. The subject of this sketch was married in 1854 to Elizabeth German, born in Ohio in 1832. They have four children living, viz., Isaac D., Cordelia B., Clara E., Ann E., and Young Sherman. He takes a marked interest in schools and educational matters, having been a school director since twenty-two years of age. Although unable to perform manual labor, he is one of the most successful farmers in the county, owning 365 acres of improved land in the very garden of Illinois. He is extensively engaged in stock raising, owning a fine herd of blooded cattle.


John Gowdey

Page 648 Hennepin Township

Mr. Gowdey is a dealer in boots and shoes in Hennepin. He was born in Orange county, New York, in 1816, moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1829, and to Hennepin in 1855. He followed farming for about fifteen years, realizing a net profit in that time of about $15,000 over all expenses. Hen then in 1870 retired with a comfortable income, but like thousands of others he tried his luck on the grain board in Chicago, and lost his $15,000 in a short time, not through lack of judgment, but by the trickery of Profession operators. He took his loss like a philosopher, and went to work at his trade, at which he has worked steadily since 1871. He married Miss M. V. Russell in 1836, who is a native of New Jersey. Their children are James H., John B., Sarah E., and Jane A. His oldest son, Russell, was killed in the late war in Georgia, after re-enlisting as a veteran, having been in twenty-three battles. His two younger sons also served in the army, as well as Mr. Gowdy himself, who enlisted in the First Illinois Cavalry, July 3, 1861, furnishing his own horse and equipments. He was captured at Lexington, Mo., under colonel Mulligan, and was robbed of all his clothing except his underclothes, in which condition he was sent to procure transportation for the sick and wounded after the capture and parole. He met an old negro woman, who was very anxious to find one of Price's rebel officers, for whom she had a basket of clean clothes. She asked Mr. Gowdy, if he knew the officer. He replied, "Oh, of course I do. I will take these clothes to him. How much do you want? He paid her seventy-five cents, and got a suit of clothes and a good supply of clean linen, worth about $40.00. He returned to camp so dressed up that his Colonel did not know him. He was discharged at St. Louis in 1862. Mr. Gowdey discovered and assisted to capture the burglar Holbrook, an account of which is given in full in this work. His family are members of the M.E. church, is a Good Templar, a man of more than ordinary information, and qualified for a more prominent position in the ranks of humanity.


C. B. Greiner

Page 651 Hennepin Township

Mr. Greiner was born in the province of Alsace, France, though his native place now is a component part of the great German empire. Wishing to become a citizen of the United States, he embarked for this country in 1852, and engaged in business in Hennepin in 1856. In the same year he married Sophia Ehmler, who is a native of Prussia, and to them six children have been born, Annie, Charles C., Jennie, Ida, Charlotte and George. He is a member of the Lutheran church, and belongs to the Masonic order.


Lydia (Comley) Griffith

Page 658 Magnolia Township

This lady, widow of the late George Griffith was born in Adams county, Pa., in 1816. In 1842 she came with her parents Samuel and Susannah Comley, to this county, and the succeeding year was married to Mr. Griffith, who died in 1867, leaving three children - Hiram, Frank and Isabel - and three by a former marriage - Isaac, Martha J. and Sarah. Mr. G. located in this county in 1836. Mrs. Griffith owns one hundred acres of excellent land, with very fine improvements. Herself and family are members of the Society of Friends.


Henry Griner

Page 642 Hennepin Township

Mr. Griner is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Lancaster county in 1813, and emigrated to Putnam county in 1853, locating in Hennepin township. He married Martha E. Spalmon in 1839, also from Lancaster county. She died February 18, 1879. The names of their children were Mary E., Susan, Maria, Rachel, Annie and John.


Luther D. Gunn (Luther Dickinson Gunn)

Page 663 Granville Township

Mr. Gunn was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on July 28, 1814, and came to Putnam county in June, 1836. He is a carpenter by trade, and the first year worked in Hennepin, after which he went into the country, and located at Granville in 1839. In 1840 he married Miss E. Collins, one of the early settlers of the county, whose recollections of the deprivations and discomforts of the pioneers are full of interest. Her native town was Granville, New York. They have eleven children living and three deceased - Joel C., Amos D., Fannie, Lucy, Eva O. Sarah, Mary A. Ellen L., Henry D. Nellie L. and Clara C. Are members of the Congregationalist church of Granville. Mr. Gunn owns 200 acres of land, and the finest residences in the county.


Andrew B. Gurnea

Page 656-657 Magnolia Township

Mr. Gurnea was born in Mayfield, Montgomery county, New York, March 15th, 1815, and moved to Michigan where in 1841 he married Cornelia Wallace, who was born in Orange county, N.Y. They have four children, Margaret A. (Mrs. Stainbrook), Nancy J., James C. and Harriet E. Mr. Gurnea comes from Quaker ancestors, and is perhaps indebted to them for a certain sturdy honesty, born of a desire to observe so far as man can the golden rule of doing unto others as we would they should do unto us. At a time when abolitionists were looked upon as little better than horse thieves he voted for James G. Birney for president, and rightly regards it as the noblest act of his life. The confidence reposed in him by the community is shown in the official trusts confided to his care. In 1859 he was elected justice of the peace and has held it ever since. He has been a notary public 16 years, township clerk 10 years and assistant postmaster 18 years. He has been agent of the Hartford fire insurance company 13 years and in all those positions acquitted himself to the entire satisfaction of all parties including his own conscience.


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