Genealogy Trails - Finding Ancestors wherever their trails led
Gallia County, Ohio

line

Biographies
line


Charles D Bailey
Is a native of Washington county, Ohio, born January 4, 1828. His parents are Emery and Sophronia (Maxon) Bailey; his father settled in this county in 1832; his mother is deceased. Mr. Bailey was married in Gallia county, Ohio, May 12, 1852, to Margaret Cherrington, who is a native of this county. Her parents are Pennel and Jenette (Johnston) Cherrington, the latter being deceased. The following are the children of Mr. Bailey: Thomas E., deceased; William H., deceased; Jimmie J., Jennie C., May B., Maggie P., Jessie E., Charles P., Johnnie M., and Vie P., deceased. Mr. Bailey is a member of the State board of agriculture, and he has been president of the county board for eighteen years. He is also at present of the board of education. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising in Gallipolis township, where he settled in 1832. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John Henry Baker
Who resides in Harrison township, and is engaged in teaching, is a son of Newton Alexander and Mary T. (Hinely) Baker. He is a native of this county, born December 7, 1858. Nancy Thornton, born in Gallia county, Ohio, July 20, 1860, a daughter of Henry W. and Susanna (Dewitt) Thornton, became the wife of John Henry Baker, February 23, 1878, in Gal county. Their children are: Newton Albert, born November 24, 1879, at home; Ira Wilson, November 3, 1880, at home. Mr. Baker settled in this county in 1858. Postoffice address, Lincoln, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


George Bandy
Is the son of Andrew and Rebecca (Wooldridge) Bandy, and was born in Boditot county, Virginia, December 26, 1818. His parents came to Gallia county in 1828; his father died in 1867, and his mother in March, 1879. Mr. Bandy has been twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Caully, born in Greenup county, Kentucky in 1819, and married in Lawrence county, Ohio, in 1839. Her parents were Allen and Mary (Siner) Caully. She was the mother of the following children: Lafayette, born in 1840, died in 1871; Julia A., in 1842, resides in Gallia county; Malinda A., in 1844, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio. Mr. Bandy's son Lafayette, was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in 1861 in the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years, after which he received his discharge and returned home. In 1871 he was killed by a tree, which he was cutting, falling on him. Mr. Bandy was married the second time in Lawrence county, November 16, 1876, to Emma Stein, who was born in Gallia county in 1854. Her father, Henry Stein, died in 1875, and her mother in 1857. Mr. Bandy has held the office of justice of the peace for twelve years at different times. He is a farmer, merchant, and also a charcoal manufacturer. He resides in Raccoon township, having come to this county in 1878. His postoffice address is Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


John Henry Bard
John Henry Bard and Sarah Jane Turner were married in Huntington township, Gallia county, Ohio, April 12, 1868. He was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, August 8, 1838, and his wife was born in this township, January 31, 1832. The parents of Mr. Bard were Henry and Winfred (Hueston) Bard, settlers of this county in 1847, and who are both deceased. The subject of this sketch is engaged in farming in Huntington township. He has three children: Emily Margaret, born June 21, 1870; William Allen, September 1, 1872; Mary Ellen, April 13, 1876, deceased. The parents of Mrs. Bard were Jonathan and Mary Dawson (Collins) Turner. They settled in this county in 1828, and are both deceased. Jonathan Turner was in the service of the United States during the war of 1812, serving one year. The postoffice address of Mr. Bard is Ewington, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Horace C Barger
Was born in Gallia county, Ohio, November 21, 1827. He is a son of Adam and Anna (Clark) Barger, settlers of this county in 1815. They died October 23, 1856, and July 31, 1880, respectively. His father was among the first settlers in the township: they had to go about twenty-four miles to a mill, which took two days; they grated and pounded their corn; their meat was mostly deer and wild turkey; they had no roads except blazed paths; the school was two or three miles distant. Mr. Barger was married in Lawrence county, Ohio, January 6, 1859, to Ruhama Tull, who was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, March 7, 1828. Her Parents were William and Hannah (Coyle) Tull. Her father died August 18, 1875, and her mother October 31, 1874. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Barger are: John, born April 29, 1861; Ellen, July 22, 1863; William, July 9, 1866; Martha, October 8, 1870; they all reside at home. Mr. Barger is a farmer, and also a shoemaker. He is a resident of Ohio township, and his postoffice address is Swan Creek, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Robert Barker
A resident of Ohio township, settled in this county in 1828, and was born in Indiana, September 3, 1823. He is a son of Thomas W. Barker, born in Berkshire, England, in 1782, died February 5, 1854, and Dannah (Weece) Barker, born in Hardy county, Virginia, in 1786, who came to this county in 1828. William Thompson, born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, in 1808, and Elizabeth Campbell, born in Jackson county, Ohio, in 1807, and coming to this county in 1840, were the parents of Mary A. Thompson, born in Ross county, Ohio, December 13, 1827, who became the wife of Mr. Robert Barker in Ohio township, April 22, 1847. They have the following children: Sarah A., born January 22, 1848, resides in Ohio township; William T., March 18, 1849, in Mason county, West Virginia; John R., February 25, 1851, in Chambersburg, this county; Luella J., July 6, 1852, in Kentucky; Isaac, January 31, 1854, died April 28, 1855; Elizabeth, June 1, 1855, in West Virginia; Mary, November 27, 1856, at home; Louisa, August 15, 1858, in Ohio township; Charles, February 18, 1860, died February 21, 1861; Ella, May 1, 1861, died September 5, 1866; James, June 23, 1866, at home; Nora, February 10, 1870, died April 5, 1878. David Campbell was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mr. Robert Barker is engaged in merchandising and farming, with postoffice address is at Bush's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


James Barry
Was born in Noble county, Ohio, April 24, 1835. He is a son of Thomas and Milley (Moffett) Barry. His parents was born in Pennsylvania, and came to this county in 1873. Grace A. Devold became the wife of Mr. Barry in Noble county, Ohio, August 10, 1856. She was born in Noble county, Ohio, December 4, 1834. She is a daughter of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Devold. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Barry are: George W., born September 16, 1857, died May 13, 1858; Martha A., September 11, 1858, died April 28, 1869; Nancy, January 1, 1860, resides in this county; Lianas, June 10, 1861, at home; William, November 24, 1864, at home; John D., April 25, 1865, at home; Elzy, June 28, 1866, at home; Rosey, December 6, 1868, at home; Mary, February 6, 1872, died April 5, 1876; Lafayette, March 4, 1874, resides at home James, January 9 1876; Levi, November 4, 1877. Mr. Barry held the office of township trustee for six years in Center township, Noble county, Ohio. He is a resident of Guyan township, where he is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


W. E. Barlow
Was born in Pocahontas county, West Virginia, May 6, 1847, and came to this county in 1849. He is a son of John and Emily (Ewing) Barlow. His father died in Schuyler county, Missouri, in 1858. Mr. Barlow was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted in Company B, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, and was discharged at the close of the war. He participated in twelve battles; was on the Lynchburg raid. The most important battles in which he took part were Cloyd Mountain, Stephenson Depot; Winchester, July 24, 1864; Martinsburg; Winchester, September 19, 1864; Fisher's Hill, September 22, 1864, and Cedar Creek. Mr. Barlow was married to Elizabeth J. Sanders in this county, June 28, 1868. She is a daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Sheets) Sanders, and was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, September 2, 1849. She is mother of the following children: W. Sheridan, born April 20, 1869; Sarah Emily, December 18, 1870; John Joseph, August 7, 1872; Henry Alfred, October 10, 1874; James Grant, April 20, 1877; Ida May, February 18, 1879; Cretie Jane, July 28, 1881. Mr. Barlow is a farmer, his land being located in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Saundersville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Thomas J Bay
Is a native of this township and county, born April 15, 1840. His father, John Bay, died July 7, 1841, and his mother, born in 1804, died in 1870. They came to this county in 1837. Louisa Plymale became the iwfe of Mr. Bay in this county October 25, 1863. She was born in Clay township, this county, August 16, 1843. The following are their children: Alta A., born July 30, 1864, died September 9, 1868; Alice E. (twins), July 30, 1864, resides at home; Emma H., April 26, 1868; Effa A., May 24, 1870; Curtis B., August 19, 1873; John M., October 6, 1875; Minnie and Harry (twins(, January 7, 1879; they all reside at home. The parents of Mrs. Bay were Hugh and Catherine (Cottrell) Plymale. Her father was born in 1806 and died in 1878. Her mother was born in 1812 and died in 1853. They were settlers of this county in 1825. Mr. Bay had a brother in the late war, Davidson P. Bay, who died in prison at Fort Taylor, Texas. Mr. Bay resides in Guyan township, where he is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Henry J Beardsley
Was born February 3, 1821, and settled in this county in 1833. His parents were Andrew J. and Alice (Newton) Beardsley, well known and highly respected citizens of Gallia county. His father was born October 20, 1788, and is now dead. His mother was born August 16, 1788, and died July 19, 1850. The subject of this sketch was married December 18, 1857, to Eliza J. Roach, a native of this county, the Rev. Horlocker performing the holy ceremony. This union was productive of eight children, as follows: Ruhama A., born January 10, 18 , and still living in this county; Diana M., March 14, 1860, died January 14, 1881; Effie A., February 10, 1863; Frank L., May 21, 1864; Nellie A., September 6, 1866; Mary F., March 14, 1870; Harry E., November 6, 1873; and Katie E., January 1, 1878. Mrs. Beardsley's parents were Simeon and Diana (Koontz) Roach. Her father was born in Berkeley county, Virginia, in 1803, and died in 1876. Her mother was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, May 13, 1801, and died June 3, 1860. Mr. Beardsley held the office of justice of the peace for six years, during which time he faithfully performed all duties which devolved upon him. Andrew J. Beardsley enlisted in the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving his country faithfully until the close of the rebellion. Mr. Beardsley is a farmer and stock-raiser by profession, and can be addressed at Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Dr John W Belcher
A physician in Walnut township commenced the study of medicine in 1860, under the tutorship of J. R. Hendricks, M. D., of Hansonville, Russell county, Virginia. He graduated at the Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a successful practitioner ever since. His wife, Mary A., daughter of John and Sally (Neal) Stewart, chose the profession of teaching at the early age of 16, and for more than eight years was a teacher in the public schools, being quite successful. Her literary attainments are not excelled by any one, having the same advantages. She is an eminent scholar, a loving mother, and is respected by all who know her. She was born in Gallia county, Ohio, August 19, 1843, and was married to Mr. Belcher in the same county, November 9, 1867. She is the mother of six children: John F., born September 25, 1868; Charles E., February 4, 1870; Sarah F., December 6, 1871; William P., February 2, 1875; Ralph H., May 19, 1877; George H., May 9, 1880; all at home. Mr. Belcher was born in Pike county, Kentucky, January 12, 1840, and is the son of William and Mary (Powell) Belcher. He settled in this county in 1880. He served as a druggist in the late war fifteen months, at the end of which time he was honorably discharged. Address, Waterloo, Lawrence county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John L Berridge
John L Berridge and Missouri A. Lewis were married in this county October 25, 1866. They are both natives of Gallia county. He was born December 24, 1844; she, February 17, 1848. Their children are: Claudius E., born August 1, 1867; Joshua, August 2, 1869; Christopher C., November 2, 1871; Alphonso and Alonzo, (twins), October 26, 1875; Deborah, February 29, 1878, died August 17, 1879. The parents of Mr. Berridge are Christopher C. and Deborah (Joseph) Berridge, settlers of this county in 1818. His father was born in 1817, and his mother August 8, 1821. The latter died November 15, 1848. The parents of Mrs. Berridge were Joshua and Ann (Wetherholt) Lewis, who came to this county in 1810. Her father was born in 1808 and died in 1859. He obtained all his education after his marriage, and was elected state attorney, which office he was filling at the time of his death. The mother of Mrs. Berridge was born August 17, 1812, and died July 25, 1874. At the time of their settlement in this county it was nothing but a wilderness. John L. Berridge served three months in the latter part of the war. His brother, Colodius served three years, and was taken prisoner and incarcerated in Libby prison, where he was almost starved to death, and, after being exchanged, he died on his way home in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Berridge is faming in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Mercerville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Mons. Jean Baptiste Bertrand
Mons . Jean Baptiste Bertrand was a fine Latin and French scholar, and came with the emigrants to Gallipolis, in 1791. He was occupied for some time as a miller in a mill near the village. One day, while absent, he procured a substitute, who, while occupied in the mill, was killed and scalped by a hostile band of Indians. He obtained a tract in the grant, and by his genial disposition became very popular. He died at his residence in French Grant, March 21st, 1855, aged 94 years, the last man to survive of the original French of Southern Ohio.
[SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


John J Bing
Was a son of William and Nancy (Phelps) Bing, settlers of Gallia county in 1800. John J. was born in this county October 31, 1820. He was married to Mary J. Rathburn, in this county, October 10, 1844. She was born in Meigs county June 29 1821. They have the following family: Almira M., born November 19, 1845; William H., March 2, 1848; Alonzo E., September 22, 1850; James F., December 12, 1854. The parents of Mrs. Bing are John and Jane (Rieson) Rathburn. James P. Bing, a brother of John J., was a soldier in the late war. He served as regimental surgeon, holding the office of captain in the late war. He served as regimental surgeon, holding the office of captain in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He resigned and returned home. He was engaged at the battle of Shiloh and others. Mr. Bing has held the following township offices: justice of the peace two terms, from 1854 to 1860; township trustee for seven terms, and at present holds the office of township assessor. He is by occupation a farmer. His postoffice address is Cheshire, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Anselm T Blake
Was born in Washington county, Ohio, October 23, 1801, and came to this county with his parents, David and Martha (Dagett) Blake, in the year 1817. He located in Ohio township, where he is engaged in farming. Mr. Blake was married in Athens county, Ohio, December 10, 1826, to Hannah P. Trobridge, who was born in Fairhaven, Rutland county, Vermont, July 6, 1802. She is a daughter of Levi and Hannah (Smith) Trobridge. The following are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Blake: William D., born November 2, 1827, resides in Louisiana; Cincinnatus B., January 8, 1830, resides in Gallipolis; Harriet N., August 7, 1833, died May 14, 1858; Julia A., August 17, 1836, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio; Hannah D., June 29, 1839; resides in Gallipolis; Martha, June 2, 1846; resides in Gallipolis. Mr. Blake has held the office of township trustee for a number of years. He had two sons in the late war. Cincinnatus served two years and was discharged for disability. William enlisted for three years and was discharged on account of disability. The postoffice address is of Mr. Blake is Swan Creek, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Samuel J. Blake
A farmer and carpenter of this township, was born in this county May 5, 1838.  His parents are Samuel and Nancy (Switzer) Blake.  He was united in marriage with Almira H., daughter of James and Barbara A. (Fry) Philips, in Gallia county, May 8, 1860.  She was born in the same county January 8, 1839.  She is the mother of eight children, namely:  William E., born April 14, 1861; Mary A., October 3, 1864; Areus S., July 30, 1866; Effie B., April 3, 1868; George H., January 7, 1872; Hattie M., February 3, 1874; Lottie E., December 17, 1877; Bertha O., August 29, 1880; all at home.  Mr. Blake enlisted in the late war in 1861 in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was sergeant of Company A, served three years and received an honorable discharge at New Orleans, October 27, 1864.  He had two brothers who were in the war also, Philip S., enlisted in 1865 in the 185th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and received an honorable discharge at the close of the war.  Areus L., enlisted in 1861 in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for three years.  He was wounded in the siege of Vicksburg, and died in the hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, July 11, 1863.  Mrs. Blake's father enlisted in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1861, served to the close of the war and received an honorable discharge.  Her brother, John R., enlisted in the 23d Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served to the close of the war.  Address, Mr. S. J. Blake, Kerr post office, Gallia county, Ohio      [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882] 


Jean Francis Jules Blanc
Was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 1822 and is the son of Sebastian Jean and Jeanne Marie (Schnider) Blanc.  He has been married twice.  His first wife, Marguerite, daughter of Jean Emanuel and Marie Madelaine (Jaguerod) Echenard, was born in Aigle, Switzerland, November 10, 1824.  They were married in Lausanne county, Switzerland, January 23, 1843. They have had six children:  Julius August Francis Henry, born September 25, 1843, lives in Gallia county; Louisa Henrietta, November 6, 1845, resides in Gallia county; Mary Louisa Alice, March 8, 1849, resides in Gallia county; Eliza, May 3, 1853, died January 8, 1855; Edward, January 19, 1857, resides in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Laura C., April 26, 1861, at home.  Mr. Blanc is a resident of Springfield township, and settled here with his wife and four oldest children in 1855.  His wife died November 16, 1863.  He was united in marriage with his second wife, Francis Fanny Soupine, April, 1864, in this county.  She was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1846, and died April 30, 1876.  The following are the children of this marriage:  Emma, born May 27, 1865; Lewis, August 29, 1867; Nora, May 15, 1869; all at home.  Julius A. F. H., son of Mr. Blanc, served in the late war, enlisting in Gallipolis October 10, 1862, in Company M of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.  He was taken prisoner November 19, 1864, at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  He remained a prisoner in different Southern prisons until the close of the war, and was discharged June 10, 1865, at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Business, farmer and carpenter.  Address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio.      [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Julius Augustus Francis Henry Blanc
A resident and farmer of Springfield township, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, September 25, 1843.  He settled in this county with his parents, Julius and Marguerite (Echenard) Blanc in 1854.  His wife, Maria Dorothee, was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1850.  She came to this county with her parents, John Henry and Margaret (Ecker) Bolte, in 1866, and was married to Mr. Blanc in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, June 17, 1872.  Mr. Blanc enlisted in the late war in Gallipolis, in Company M of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, October 10, 1862, and remained in his company until captured by the enemy, November 19, 1864, at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  He was kept in different Southern prisons until the close of the war, when he was discharged June 10, 1865, at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio.      [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Cincinnatus B Blake
Is a native of Gallia county, born January 8, 1830. His parents are Anselm T and Hannah P (Trowbridge) Blake. His father came to Gallia county about 1818. Mr. Blake and Gratia T. Fuller were married in Lawrence county, Ohio, April 22, 1858. She is a daughter of Alphonso T. and Mary (Swayne) Fuller, and was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, October 26, 1835. Her father is deceased, and her mother still resides in Lawrence county, Ohio. The following are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Blake: Alphonso F., born April 30, 1859, in Marshall county, Illinois, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Charles O., October 29, 1861; Edward E., January 6, 1864; Clarence A., October 6, 1865, deceased; Ernest E., October 15, 1868; Cincinnatus B., September 20, 1871. Mr. Blake was elected to the office of sheriff of Gallia county, Ohio, in October, 1879, for a term of two years, and was reelected in 1881 for a second term, and is still holding the position. He was a soldier of the late war, enlisting in August, 1861, at Mason City, West Virginia, and was elected second lieutenant by the company, and in November, 1862, he was promoted to first lieutenant of Company G, 4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He served in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana, and was discharged in April, 1863, at Young's Point, Louisiana, on account of disability. The postoffice of Mr. Blake is Gallipolis, Gallia county,  Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Miles L Blake

Is a native of Putnam county, West Virginia, born December 12, 1840. His parents, Miles and Sarah (Henson) Blake, died December 31, 1878, and February, 1849, respectively. Mr. Blake's first marriage was to Alice G. McKnight, who was born in 1846, married March 25, 1865, and died October 23, 1867. She left two children: Gertrude, born April 19, 1866, and Alice, October 3, 1867. She was a daughter of W. F. and Margaret (Higgins) McKnight. Susan M. Hall became the wife of Mr. Blake at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, June 3, 1868. She was born in Ritchie county, West Virginia, January 26, 1869, died July 19, 1871; Myrtie E., July 16, 1873, died April 8, 1875; John W., junior, October 12, 1878, died January 21, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Blake are Jesse L. and Catherine A. (Louther) Hall, both natives of West Virginia. Her father was born December 20, 1814, and still resides in West Virginia. Her mother was born December 12, 1820, and died February 18, 1854. Mr. Blake was justice of the peace from 1867 to 1871 in Rome township, Lawrence county, Ohio, and from 1879 to the present time in Guyan township. He was postmaster at Millersport, Lawrence county, Ohio, in 1867 and 1868, and the same office in Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio, in 1880. Mr. Blake enlisted at Camp Dennison in the three-month service in Company E, Independence Guthrie Grays, as a private. He reenlisted in the same company and regiment June 18, 1861, for three years. The name of the regiment was changed to the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. At the end of his term he was appointed by Governor Brough second lieutenant, and in August, 1864, he was promoted to captain and assigned to the command of Company F, 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He took part in several engagements; among them, Shiloh Tennessee, April 6 and 7, 1862; siege of Corinth, Mississippi, April and May, 1862; Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863; Brown's Ferry, Tennessee, October 25, 1863; Mission Ridge, Tennessee, November, 23, 24 and 25, 1863; skirmishes at Garrick's Ford, Virginia, July 6, 1861; Elkwater, Virginia, September, 1861; Woodbury, Tennessee, August, 1862; Chapman Hill, Tennessee, October 8, 1862; near Chattanooga, Tennessee, October and November, 1863; Dandridge, East Tennessee, January 16 and 17, 1864; Nashville, Tennessee, December, 1864; Paris, Tennessee, May, 1865. Mr. Blake was wounded and tkane prisoner at Stone River, and he was wounded at Chickamauga. He came to this county in 1875, and resides in Guyan township. He is a farmer. His address is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Adam Blazer
A prominent farmer and extensive stock-raiser of this county was born on the 10th day of July 1815. His parents were Phillip and Elizabeth (Kinsley) Blazer. They settled in Gallia county in 1805. The subject of this brief personal history was married to Mary Z. P. Warner on the 2d day of April, 1846, the Reverend Hiram R. Howe performing the ceremony which made them one for life. Mrs. Blazer was born at Point Harmer, Washington county, Ohio, July 6, 1826. From this union of hearts and hands, came five children, in the order given below: Warner, born January 31, 1847, still living in this county; Mary M., October 23, 1850; Arthur A., June 25, 1856; infant son, July 25, 1859, died July 25, 1859, and Hannah A., July 15, 1864. The parents of Mrs. Blazer were Anaximander and Lucretia (Porter) Warner. Her father was born in 1794, and died in Lee township, Athens county, Ohio, May 31, 1843. Her mother was born at Ashfield, Massachusetts, September 13, 1795, and died in this township, July 19, 1858. Mr. Blazer has been constable for two years, and held the office of supervisor for several terms. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Henry Blazer
A life-long resident of Gallia county, was born February 5, 1821. His parents were Phillip and Elizabeth (Kingsley) Blazer, who sought a home in this county in the long ago days of 1805. The subject of this sketch was married to Rebecca A. Jackson, January 11, 1849, by the Reverend M. Shelton. From this union in wedlock sprung ten children, as follows: Elizabeth J., born January 15, 1850, now residing in Hamilton county, Kansas; Francis M., February 12, 1852, still living in this county; Thomas C., December 5, 1853, died December 13, 1872; Charles A., December 23 1855, died January 23, 1873; Henry C., December 5, 1857, died December 18, 1857; Sarah A., December 4, 1858, died March 15, 1859; Phebe A., March 29, 1860; George K., January 9, 1862; Maurice E., November 28, 1863, died November 28, 1863; and Addie A., December 1, 1866, died March 21, 1868. The parents of Mrs. Blazer were Thomas and Jane (Fibbs) Jackson. Mr. Blazer is a farmer by profession, and can be addressed at Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


A. Blessing
An important factor in the population of Greene township, was born in Gallia county, March 14, 1833. His parents were Gideon and Laura (King) Blessing. He was married on the 22d day of March, 1864, to Harriet A. Gilbert. As a result of this union, three children have been born, as follows: Lauretta, born January 5, 1865; Morgan T., August 5, 1866; and Ollie M., June 23, 1868. Mrs. Blessing was born in Gallia county, April 20, 1844, and died January 4, 1882. She was the daughter of Theodore and Marietta (Burlingame) Gilbert, a worthy couple, much respected for their uprightness and kindness of heart. Mr. Blessing has honorably discharged the duties of the following offices during the past decade: township assessor, for the term of one year; township trustee, for the term of four years; and also filled the responsible position of justice of the peace. He is by professional both a teacher and a farmer, and is in every respect both a trustworthy and responsible man. His postoffice address is Northup, Gallia county, Ohio.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John W. Blosser, Junior
Died December 17, 1864.  He served as a private in the late war with the 100-day men, and received an honorable discharge at the expiration of his time.  He was born in Gallia county April 11, 1831, and was a son of John and Catherine (Strichler) Blosser, who settled here in 1830, being among the earliest settlers, and are still living with their grandson, David M., a son of John W. Blosser, junior, on the same farm on which he settled when he came to this county.  His father was a wagon-maker by trade, and probably made the first wagon in Gallia county.  His wife, Louisa, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, October 27, 1836, and was married to him in the same county, December 15, 1857.  She is the mother of four children:  David M., born November 16, 18  , residence, Gallia county, Ohio; Julia R., January 9, 18  , died July 30, 1862; George L., December 12, 18  , died July 3, 1862; Margaret J., June 11, 1863, lives in Gallia county, Ohio.  John W. Blosser's wife's parents are Hiram D. and Julia A. (Fulton) George, who settled in this county in 1818.  Her brother, Archibald, served in the late war, and was killed in the battle of Champion Hill, May 16, 1863.  He enlisted in 1861 in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Mr. Blosser's son, David, was united in marriage with Laura V. Mauck in Gallia county, April 20, 1881, and is the father of one child, Nanna, born May 9, 1882.  His wife was born in this county, September 21, 1858.  Her parents are James and Barbara (Rothgeb) Mauck, the father dying May 4, 1881.  Mr. Blosser was a resident of Pine Grove, Springfield township, Gallia county, Ohio.  His business was farming and wagon-making.  David M. was a merchant, but is now living on and farming the old farm.  Address, Pine Grove, Gallia county, Ohio.      [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Isaac Boatman
Was born in Columbiana, Ohio, April 30, 1840, and came to this county in 1846 with his parents, Barney and Eliza (Ward) Boatman. Mr. Boatman enlisted as a private November 5, 1861, in Company I, 53d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to the 2d division under General W. T. Sherman. He was at Shiloh, April 6, 7 and 8, at Pea Ridge and siege of Corinth. From Memphis he was detailed by Sherman to build Fort Pickering at that city with one hundred colored contrabands. In September, 1862, he was taken with typhoid fever, and transferred January 1, 1863, to Mound City hospital. He left the hospital March 1, 1863, and joined his regiment at Lagrange, Tennessee. In June he was detailed by Brigadier-General W. S. Smith to assist in organizing a colored regiment, which was completed June 7, and Mr. Boatman was commissioned by President Lincoln second lieutenant; was on Colonel Edward Bouton's staff, stationed at Memphis; was assigned to Brigadier-General Sturgis (a traitor), and marched 150 miles to Guntown, where a battle was fought June 10, 1864. The rebels captured and took prisoners over half the command, the remainder retreating to Memphis. Mr. Batman was then placed in the command of Major-General A. J. Smith; went to Harrisburg, Mississippi, where August 14 and 15, they had a two-days fight and came out victorious. He was then stationed at Memphis until the close of the war, and was mustered out January 31, 1866. After receiving his discharge he returned to Mississippi, where he was elected sheriff of Tunica for three years, 1867-8-9. He returned to Gallia county in 1870, where he has a splendid farm, consisting of 373 acres, over 100 of which is bottom land that is valuable. Mr. Boatman was married at Austin, Mississippi, September 12, 1866, to Jennie E. Ellison, who was born in Adams county, Ohio, April 1, 184. Their children are: Arthur E., born June 7, 1867, at West Union, Ohio, and resides at home; Mary E., at West Union September 30, 1869; John S., in Cheshire township July 13, 1875. The parents of Mrs. Boatman are Thomas and Mary (McNelan) Ellison. Her mother was born in Ireland. The former died July 16, 1868, and the latter resides in Adams county, Ohio. The grandfather of Mr. Boatman, Barney Boatman, served in the revolutionary war, and remained for fifteen years in the American army. At the age of sixty he was married to a girl of sixteen, and raised a family of ten children. He lived to the advanced age of 110 years. Mr. Boatman is engaged in stock-raising in addition to his farming. His postoffice address is Kyger, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


James A Boggs
James A Boggs and his wife Matilda, daughter of Thomas and Miriam (Stone) Waugh, was married in Gallia county January 25, 1877. They have three children: Orie May, born March 4, 1878; William E., January 20, 1880; Thomas A., October 18, 1881. Mr. Boggs was born in this county August 15, 1844. His parents, James and Mary (William) Boggs, were among the earliest settlers here, settling in 1818. His wife was born in Ohio township January 5, 1848. He was in Company F, 141st Ohio National Guards, in the late war, and was honorably discharged at the close. He is a farmer and stock-raiser, and has held the office of treasurer and postmaster. Address, James A. Boggs, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John Boggs
John Boggs and Mary E. Meloon was married in Greene township, Gallia county, Ohio, August 13, 1865. He was born in Perry township, September 20, 1843, and his wife in Greene township April 7, 1840. They have the following children: Ella, born June 18, 1866; Elza, December 6, 1867; Aquilla, March 19, 1870; John F., March 23, 1874; Waly Garfield, July 11, 1881. They all reside at home. The parents of Mr. Boggs are Alexander and Evaline (Prose) Boggs; his father was born in 1799, and died September 8, 1867; his mother was born in 1812. Mrs. Boggs is a daughter of Mark and Azubah (Martin) Meloon, settlers of this county in 1820. Her father was born April 8, 1809, and died December 5, 1863; her mother was born July 20, 1807, and died July 10, 1877. Mr. Boggs was constable in the years 1872 and 1873, and also served as school director for two years. Alexander W. Boggs, a brother of John, served three years in the war of the rebellion, a member of the 7th Ohio Cavalry. A half-brother, Robert Boggs, also served three years. Mr. Boggs is engaged in farming, carpentering, and joining. His postoffice address is Sprinkle's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio. Mrs. Boggs had three brothers in the war of 1851: Augustus Meloon enlisted in 1861 and served three years; Samuel B. enlisted in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, in 1862 was taken prisoner, and died in prison. Lewis enlisted in 1863, was taken sick, returned home and died.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


H.H. Bolles
Was born in Massachusetts in 1833. He is a son of Joshua W. Bolles, who died in this county, and Sarah Bolles, who died in Massachusetts. Mary A., the wife of Mr. H. H. Bolles, was born in Ohio, in 1833. They were united in marriage in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1856, and their children are: Willie, born April 30, 1857, deceased; George N., June 28, 1859; Charles, June 15, 1861, deceased; Louisa, July 2, 1864, deceased; Albert, April 1, 1867; Fredie, April 26, 1870; Lizzie, July 14, 1874. Mr. Bolles' grandfather was a revolutionary soldier. The subject of this biographical notice settled in this county in 1855, resides in Gallipolis, and is by occupation a house carpenter. Postoffice address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Ira W Booton
Was born in Gallia county, Ohio, May 6, 1833. He is a son of Travis and Sarah (Donnelly) Booton. His father is deceased, and his mother came to this county in 1804. Mr. Booton's first wife was Rowena Blankenship, by whom the following children were born: Minnie, December 31, 1865; James W., February 21, 1868; Rowena, April 14, 1870. The second wife of Mr. Booton is Sarah Elizabeth Welker, who is a native of this county, born November 7, 1850. She is mother of the following children: Chauncy H., born July 26, 1874; Orland H., November 7, 1876; Ira W., September 14, 1878. The parents of Mrs. Booton are Silas and Areminta (McMillen) Welker. Mr. Booton was elected recorder of Gallia county in 1869, and held the office for twelve consecutive years. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, enlisting in Company c, 78d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on the 26th of December, 1861, and was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, January 5, 1865. He was wounded and captured by the rebels at the second battle of Bull Run. The date of Mr. Booton's second marriage was September 18, 1873. He is a resident of Gallipolis, where he is engaged in merchandising. His postoffice address is that city. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Andrew A Bostick
Andrew A Bostick and Isabel W. Watts were married in Walnut township, Gallia county, in 1844. They have had five children: Elizabeth J., born September 20, 1846; Michael W., January 9, 1849; John T., December 1, 1852; Mary A., December 8, 1854, died August 16, 1855; Thomas Vinton, August 16, 1856; those living reside in Walnut township. Mr. Bostick was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, January 28, 1826, and is the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Morrison) Watts, who settled here in 1818. Mr. Bostick was born in Monroe county, West Virginia, May 8, 1820, and came to this county with his parents, Moses and Abigail (Thomas) Bostick, in 1824. He served in the late war in the 173d Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He formerly held the office of justice of the peace twenty-four years, and constable four years. Mr. and Mrs. Bostick's parents were among the early settlers of the township, and took an active part in developing the growth of the same. Business, farming and stock-raising. Address, Sand Ford, Gallia county, Ohio.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Asa Bradbury
Was born in Penobscot county, Maine, November 22, 1805. He came to this county with his parents in 1816. His father, Joseph Bradbury, was born August 21, 1774, and died September 1, 1828. Elizabeth (Stevens) Bradbury, the mother of Asa, was born April 21, 1776, and died October 4, 1838. Mr. Bradbury was married in Cheshire township, October 21, 1835, to Electa B. Harding, who was born in Ontario county, Rich township, New York, August 19, 1816. The following are their children: Sarah S., born August 26, 1836, married to D. V. Buckston, and lives in Mason county, West Virginia; Joseph P., February 21, 1838, married to Dott Wood and lives at Pomeroy, Meigs county, Ohio, where he is judge of the court of common pleas; Augusta February 11, 1840, married to Dr. Johnson, of Gallipolis, who is practicing medicine at that city; William, May 1, 1842, married to Belle Smith, of Athens county, William being a merchant at Kyger; Frances A., September 26, 1844, married to Louis W. Mauck, and resides in Cheshire; Horace R., September 26, 1847, married Annie Ellison, and resides at Gallipolis, where he is clerk of courts; infant female, February 13, 1851, died same day; Mary A., March 31, 1854, died in October, 1857. The parents of Mrs. Bradbury were Perry and Mary (Smith) Harding, settlers of this county in 1823. Her father was born January 7, 1773, and died April 16, 1851. Her mother was born January 7, 1774, and died March 7, 1862. Mr. Asa Bradbury started the village of Kyger, and has done it all in his power to advance the interests of the town and the county. He has a farm of one hundred and seventy acres of land and a very comfortable residence at Kyger, where himself and wife reside. He refused to accept any offices in the gift of the people except township or district offices. His three sons were all in the late war, serving till the close and each receiving an honorable discharge. The postoffice address of Mr. Bradbury is Kyger, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


William Bray
Resident and farmer of this township, has been married twice.  His first wife, Clarinda, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte (Hale) Barton, was married to him in Jackson county, Ohio, November 7, 1848.  She was born in 1823, and died May 8, 1850.  One child was the result of this marriage, Wilson S., born October 1, 1849, and residing in California.  His second wife, Sarah, daughter of William and Sarah (Hill) Denney, who settled here in 1812, was united in marriage with him in Gallia county, April 28, 1853.  She was born in the same county, September 22, 1815.  She has had four children, namely:  Sarah E., born March 4, 1854, died February 7, 1862; Martha L., April 23, 1856, died December 3, 1859; Theodosia E. (Jackson), May 27, 1858, lives in Gallia county; Mary L. (Langdon, later Hecker), died May 24, 1882.  Mr. Bray was born in Gallia county, January 10, 1817, and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Denney) Bray.  His father, son of Little Berry Bray, was born in Surry county, North Carolina, in 1777.  He was married to Elizabeth Denney in 1801, and came to this county, and landed in Gallipolis, October 17, 1811.  The following year he was drafted into the army, and while in service was taken with camp fever and nearly lost his life.  He was taken home in 1813, where he recovered from his sickness. He bought and cleared a large farm in Springfield township, where Mr. Bray, the subject of this sketch, now lives.  He joined the Springfield Missionary Baptist church in 1850, and lived a devoted Christian until his death, April 20, 1861.  Address Mrs. William Bray, Heatly post office, Gallia county, Ohio.      [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


John Brothers
Son of John, deceased, and Ruth (Sprague) Brothers, was born in Brook county, West Virginia, October 11, 1822. He is a cooper and farmer, and settled in Gallipolis in 1847. June 11, 1844, he was united in marriage with Susan, daughter of Jacob and Nancy (Wastel) Groves, both deceased. She was born in Ohio county, West Virginia, June 9, 1827. They were parents of seven children: Wheeler, born July 23, 1845, lives in Gallia county; Martina, September 15, 1847, resides in Gallia county; Roman and Claudius (twins), December 17, 1849 - Roman died January 24, 1859, Claudius died September 12, 1878; Isabelle, November 28, 1857, at home; Edward, August 3, 1859, resides in Gallia county. He served three years in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and fought in many hard battles and met with many narrow escapes. He had his clothes riddles with bullets and one ball passed through his hair, carrying the most of it away. He was with Sherman's raid and returned home with his health impaired. He now suffers with rheumatism contracted in the service. When he came to this place he bought forty acres of land and by hard labor, economy and good management soon reached two hundred acres. He had no team to help him and had to carry his rails and do his milling on his back. He would chop and grub while his good wife would gather up the brush and burn it, and at night his wife would lay a quilt on the ground to rest, and often they had to do without bread rather than go in debt for corn. They lived on potatoes; and now they have plenty of this word's goods to live comfortably the rest of their days. He spent twenty-three days as nurse amid the yellow fever in 1878. He lost his son, and wife and son-in-law. Postoffice address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Wheeler Brothers
Son of John and Susan (Groves) Brothers, who settled in this county in 1847, was born in Ohio county, West Virginia, July 23, 1845. He is a cooper and farmer; his address, Gallipolis. He married Nancy S., daughter of William H. and Sarah V. (Filinger) Markin, in Gallia county, September 13, 1866. She was born in Gallia county March 1, 1845. They had four children: Augustus, born August 26, 1867, died August 27, 1867; John W., July 21, 1870, at home; Lecta M., July 14, 1873, at home; Mary B., June 2, 1876, at home. He was elected school director three years. His father served three years in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and made some very narrow escapes. A shot passed through his hair and hand. He was in several very hard-fought battles, and came home all safe with the exception of rheumatism. He had a brother and wife who died with the yellow fever in 1878. His father spent twenty-three days in the midst of the fever, but did not take it. His wife's parents moved to this county in 1839. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John A Brown
Was born in Butler county, Pennsylvania, November 12, 1825, and came to this county in 1851. His parents are John Oliver and Jane (Strain) Brown, who were residents of Pennsylvania. His father died in Texas. His grandfather, John Brown, died at the age of 165 years. The first wife of Mr. Brown was Susan Wine, who died October 13, 1852, at the age of 31 years. She was the mother of one child, Lucinda Jane, who was born October 16, 1849. The present wife is Mary A. Reynolds, who was born in Milton, Delaware, June 14, 1827. They were married in Gallia county, April 5, 1853. The following are the children by this marriage: Joseph Alexander, born June 14, 1860; John Henry, August, 1862; Mary Catherine, August 14, 1866; Nancy Jane, May 14, 1869; William Milton, April 14, 1871; they all reside at home. The parents of Mrs. Brown are John and Nancy (Massa) Reynolds, who came to this county from the State of Delaware in 1842. John A. Brown was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted in 1861 in the 7th Ohio Cavalry, Company K, serving to the close of the war without receiving as much as a scratch. He was taken sick with diarrhea and laid in the hospital for eight months; three of the months he was totally blind, and his eyesight is very poor at the present, still he does not receive a pension. Mr. Brown is a farmer, his land being located two and a-half miles northeast of Kyger and four miles from Middleport. He has about two and a-half acres of coal land. Mr. Brown had a half-brother, William M. Campbell, who was killed in the late war, in 1861, at Beaufort, South Caroline, by a bullet. The address of Mr. Brown is Middleport, Meigs county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Isaac Brumfield
Was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, August 5, 1841. He is a son of Squire and Polly (Sheets) Brumfield. They were among the earliest settlers of this township, grinding their corn by hand and killing wild game for food. Mr. Brumfield was married in this county in June, 1863, to Emily Sheets, who is a native of Gallia county, born in September, 1841. She is a daughter of John and Susan (Henery) Sheets, settlers of this county in 1806. Her father died in 1862, and her mother July 21, 1876. The children of Mr. Brumfield are: Henry L., born May 18, 1864; James M., March 19, 1866; John P., March 10, 1868; Susan F., December 12, 1870; Mary E., March 12, 1872; Annie E., March 8, 1875; Samuel F., April 4, 1877; Celestia, August 18, 1879; Vesta, December 24, 1881; they all reside at home. Mr. Brumfield was a soldier in the war of the rebellion. He served on year in the 60th Ohio Volunteer infantry, and was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry. Mr. Brumfield is a resident of Guyan township, where he is engaged as a farmer. His postoffice address is Saundersville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John Bernhard Buck
Was born in Germany, May 6, 1844. His parents are John Bernhard and Agnes (Steinhilber) Buck. Mr. Buck was married in Vinton, July 18, 1872, to Agnes June Holcum, who was born in Huntington township September 28, 1843. They have the following children: Agnes B., born July 26, 1873; Samuel H., December 28, 1875, deceased; Edward B., December 10, 1878; Mary B., September 15, 1881. The parents of Mrs. Buck are Abner J. and Ann S. Holcum, who were among the pioneers of this county, settling here in 1817. By grade Mr. Buck is a stone-mason. He is a resident of Huntington township. His postoffice is Vinton, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


William Bunce
Was born in Mason county, West Virginia, July 7, 1836, and is a son of Richard and Mary Bunce, who came to the county in 1837. He was married April 22, 1874, in Gallia county, Ohio, to Mary Jane Daniel, who is his second wife, a daughter of Sylvester W. and Margaret Daniel, who came to this county in 1812. Mary Jane was born in Gallia county, Ohio, January 15, 1845. Children as follows: Jennie B., born February 14, 1875, resides in Addison; Thurman D., October 23, 1877, in Addison; Stanley A., May 30, 1819, in Addison; Floyd E., December 22, 1880, died September 30, 1881. William Bunce was a soldier in the 100-day service, in Captain Rothgeb's company, 142d Ohio National Guards. A brother, Richard, enlisted in the 23d Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served till end of the war. Both were honorably discharged. Sarah Jane Cramer was the first wife of William Bunce, by whom he had the following children: Mary Ella, born August 7, 1863; Clara Vesta, November 27, 1865; George Elmore, February 17, 1868; William Perry, August 14, 1870. Mr. Bunce is a resident of Addison township, and is a farmer and stock-dealer by occupation. Postoffice address, Bulaville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John Peter Romaine Bureau
John Peter Romaine Bureau was born at Beton Bazoche, France, Province of Brie, March 21st, 1770. He embarked for this country February 19th, 1790, and arriving at Gallipolis, cast his lot with the French emigrants, the victims of the Scioto Company. He was unable to find employment, and went back to Marietta the following spring. The Indian war of 1791 had broken out, and the inhabitants were compelled to retire to their garrisons. Edward W. Tupper (about the age of young Bureau), sympathizing in the misfortunes of the young emigrant, invited him to his fatherís house, in Campus Martius, to stay until he could find something to do.
Horace Nye, esquire, an intimate friend from boyhood, writes of him, that in December, 1792, Mr. Bureau returned to Gallipolis and was comissary [sic] of troops there. After the close of the war, a little trade along the river and among the few scattered settlers around the village, was all that offered inducement to any other enterprise than cultivating the soil and hunting. His ill health unfitting him for the former, and having no taste for the latter, his natural talent soon caused him to be singled out for other and more responsible positions. He early obtained and ever afterward retained the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens, and very few men had so many offices conferred upon them, who have filled them with so much credit to themselves and satisfaction to their constituents. He was postmaster, justice of the peace, clerk of the supreme and common pleas courts, member of the legislature and also held other responsible positions. He was elected member of the House of the Sixth General Assembly (the first in which Gallia county had a representation), in 1807; re-elected in 1808; member of the Senate in 1809; re-elected to the Senate in 1810 and 1811; re-elected member of the House in the Fourteenth General Assembly, 1815, and again of the Thirty-Third in 1834. He was a member of the first board of trustees, and appraiser of houses, in Gallipolis township, in 1802, and for many years his name appears in the old records of the township in connection with positions of honor and trust.
The latter part of his life, for thirty years, he devoted to successful mercantile pursuits, until advanced years, and the death of his only son, rendered the task too arduous. Mr. Bureau had some knowledge of law, and his advice was his business extended over a large extent of territory in this section of the State and in West Virginia. He always rode in a side-saddle, because of injuries he had received and a lameness in one knee.
February 19th, 1799, he was married to Madelaine Francoise Charlotte Marret. At that time there was no justice of the peace in this part of Ohio, and they were obliged to obtain one from Point Pleasant, Virginia, and the ceremony was performed in a boat on the river, in order to be in the jurisdiction of Virginia. Mad. Bureau was the third daughter of Peter and Madelaine Marret, of the early French emigrants. She was but of seven years of age when her father emigrated, and sixteen when she married. She was noted as a woman of great spirit, vivacity and wit, a fine swimmer and an excellent housekeeper. She died June 22, 1834, aged 51 years.
The children of this marriage were as follows: Madelaine Romaine, born November 20, 1799, died 1873; Romaine Madelaine, born 1802, died 1831; Mary, born 1820, died in infancy; Charles Louis Valcoulon, born August 25, 1812, died March 20, 1848. Madelaine Romaine married Dr. Le Moyne, of Washington, Pennsylvania, a gentleman of distinction, education and wealth, the first candidate for Vice-President on the abolition ticket, and the founder of Le Moyne University, at Nashville, Tennessee, for the education of colored youth. Romaine Madelaine married Hon. Samuel F. Vinton, of Gallipolis, a member of Congress. She was a talented lady and a leader in society, and her early death was much lamented. Only one child survived her, Sarah, who married D. Converse Goddard, esquire, of Zanesville, and sometime after his death she was united to the late Admiral Dahlgren, U. S. N.
Hon. J. P. R. Bureau did more probably to build up the interests of the town and county, and is more closely identified with them than any one else. He died at his home in Gallipolis, December 31, 1851, at the advanced age of 81 years and 7 months, and in the cemetery stands a monument to the memory of himself and family.
[SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Napoleon Burnett
Was born of parents not blessed with much of this world's goods, therefore he was not favored with the facilities requisite for the acquiring of an education such as he would have liked to have had. He had to endure many hardships in his boyhood, not having the opportunity to attend school until he had reached the age of 10 or 12 years, but by his own exertions he secured a limited teacher's education, and has, by diligently study, followed the profession for fourteen years, having taught thirty terms of three months each. He is a native of this county, born May 10, 1847, his parents being Murwood and Mary A. (Parish) Burnett. Mr. Burnett was married to Evelin J. Halley in this county, December 29, 1870, by John B. Lewis. Mrs. Burnett was born in this county May 2, 1850. She is a daughter of William R. and Caroline (Drummond) Halley, who settled in this county in 1821 and 1828, respectively. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Burnett are: Bertha Belmont, born September 30, 1871; Avery Douglas, March 5, 1873, died October 20, 1874; Lenora Ernestine, December 10, 1874; Ross Alonzo, June 13, 1876; Jerome Ewing, April 8, 1878; Miles Blake, June 10, 1880; Emma Felicia, March 9, 1882. Mr. Burnett filled the office of township clerk in the years 1871 and 1882. His brother, Lafayette Burnett, was a soldier in the late war, serving three years in the 23d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Mr. Burnett is a farmer, besides attending to his duties as a teacher. His farm is located in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Mercerville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]



William Francis Butler
Is a native of this county, born January 13, 1838. He is a son of Fleming and Elizabeth (Eagle) Butler, who came to this county in 1816, when it was nothing but a wilderness. Fleming Butler was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving till its close. William was married to Anna Jane Kerr, in Gallia county, November 28, 1866; she was born in this county September 6, 1845. They have the following children: Maggie, born November 8, 1867; Nellie, December 1, 1877; Howard Kerr, April 4, 1879. Mrs. Butler's parents are Richard and Nancy (Wood) Kerr: they were both born and raised in Gallia county. Mr. Butler was elected trustee in 1863, and served three years; in 1871 he was reelected, and served seven years. Mr. Butler had one brother in the late war; he was a lieutenant, and enlisted in Missouri in 1862. Mr. Butler makes a specialty of raising cattle in Huntington township. His address in Vinton, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]



BACK -- HOME
Always Free Always Updating

Copyright © Genealogy Trails