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George W. Eagle, Senior
Is a farmer and stock-raiser of Raccoon township. He is a native of this county, born December 15, 1821. His father, Henry Eagle, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, in 1787, and came to this county in 1813, locating on the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives. He was married in this county to Elenor Lewis in October, 1817. They were parents of four boys and two girls. Two of the boys live in this county, two are deceased, and the two girls live in Illinois. He died July 30, 1842, in his fifty-sixth year, and his wife died July 3, 1869. George W. was married in this county December 31, 1845, to Leantha Glenn, who is a native of Gallia county, born August 8, 1830. She is a daughter of Hugh T. and Seneth (Pruit) Glenn. Her father died in January, 1862, and her mother still resides in this county. Mrs. Eagle had three brothers in the late war. Gilbert W. Glenn and Meredith P. Glenn were members of the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. They were both taken prisoners at Harper's Ferry, and shortly after being exchanged they got their discharge. George W. Glenn enlisted in 1864 in the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Eagle are: Marietta (Cole), born April 27, 1847, resides in this county; William H., January 5, 1849, resides in this county; Permilla E., December 24, 1852, died November 22, 1864; John F., June 11, 1855, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Hortense (Welker) July 15, 1858, resides in Gallia county; Sarah, October 8, 1862, resides at home; Luella, March 11, 1866, resides at home; Adalate, December 18, 1867, resides at home; George W., junior, July 13, 1870, resides at home. The address of Mr. Eagle 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 Clendenin Eagle
Is the son of George and Susanna (Williams) Eagle, settlers of this county in 1813. His father died July 4, 1869, having been born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, October 15, 1789. His mother, Susanna, was also born in the same county July 20, 1788, and died July 23, 1864. William C. Eagle, the subject of this sketch, was born in Gallia county November 24, 1830. His first marriage was to Anna Jones, which took place in this county October 4, 1865. She was a daughter of Evan and Ann (James) Jones, and was born November 9, 1840, and died June 30, 1875. She was the mother of two children: Elmer E., born August 14, 1866, died August 21, 1867; and Ajestia, March 4, 1868. Mr. Eagle was married to Flora E. Williams, in this county, June 11, 1878. She was born in Wapello county, Iowa, October 31, 1856. She is the daughter of William J. and Rachel J. (Morgan) Williams. She is the mother of Ethel, born April 18, 1882. Mr. Eagle is at present school director in this township, and has held the same office for two years. He is also trustee of the Rio Grande College. He is engaged in farming in Raccoon township. His 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]


William H Eagle, Junior
William H Eagle, Junior and Elizabeth M. Allen were married in Ross county, Ohio, December 28, 1871, and are both natives of Gallia county. He was born January 5, 1849, and his wife March 9, 1849. They have two children, namely, Jessie Bernice, born November 20, 1872, and Wilbertia, November 23, 1875. The parents of the subject of this sketch are George W. and Leantha (Glenn) Eagle, who are both natives of Gallia county, and who still reside here. William and Ella (Dupra) Allen, both of whom are deceased, were the parents of Mrs. Eagle. Farming is the occupation of Mr. Eagle, and his farm is located in Huntington township. His postoffice address 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]


Hiram W Eakins
Son of Joseph S. and Alcy J. (McDaniel) Eakins, was born in this county February 18, 1843. He was united in marriage with Naomi Griffith, in Lawrence county, Ohio, February 11, 1869. They have two children: Nina M., born October 31, 1869; Maud R., October 24, 1872. She is the daughter of John O. and Amy (McCartney) Griffith, and was born in Scioto county, Ohio, January 5, 1851. John O. Griffith was born in 1823, and Amy Griffith in 1826. Joseph S. Eakins, the father of Hiram Eakins, occupies probably the oldest farm in the township. He is one of the pioneer settlers, and has acted an important part in developing the resources of the township. Hiram Eakins is a farmer in Walnut township. His address is McDaniels, 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 L Eakins
William L Eakins and Minerva Gates were married in this township October 20, 1868. They have had three children: Ida B., born May 24, 1870; Bertie W., July 26, 1874; Earl J., May 5, 1882, died July 20, 1882. Mr. Eakins was born in Walnut township November 2, 1845, his parents, Joseph S. and Alcy J. (McDaniel) Eakins, settling here in 1841. His wife was born in this township February 3, 1848. Her parents are David M. and Mahala B. (Armstrong) Gates, who settled here in 1816. Mr. Eakins gains a livelihood by farming and stock-raising. Address, McDaniels, 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.]


Nathan Earwood
Son of Ephraim and Laodicea (Williams) Earwood, was born in Gallia county, December 18, 1818. He is a farmer and stockdealer in Clay township, Gallia county, Ohio. April 23, 1844, in Lawrence county, he married Ida, daughter of Andrew and Hannah (Rankins) Blankinship. She was born in Lawrence county, May 15, 1826. Twelve children were born to them: Ampuda, born March 8, 1847, lives in Gallia county; Mary J., June 23, 1848, lives in Gallia county; Laodicea, December 13, 181, died January 25, 1862; Edward, October 18, 1852, lives in Gallia county; Aldernise, March 6, 1854, died August 7, 1861; Albert, July 3, 1856, deceased; William P., April 24, 1858, dead; Levicy, July 2, 1860, died June 9, 1874; Timothy, October 9, 1862, at home; Lawsom, May 12, 1865, died September, 1877; Emet, November 17, 1867, died September, 1877; Seamore, December 10, 1869, died September, 1877. He had one son, Ampuda, who served three years in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He was in several very severe battles, and wounded in the battle of Atlanta, Georgia, and lost an eye in the service. His parents were among the first settlers in the county, and were compelled to endure all the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life, such as grinding their own meal and packing their salt a distance of sixty-five miles, from the Kanawha. Panthers, bears, squirrels, coon, deer and turkey were plenty, and were very annoying. I remember when there were but two wagons in the township, and hauling was done on sleds or packing on horses. Postoffice address, Thivener, 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.]


Hartwell C Eastham
Was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, November 2, 1847, and settled in Gallia county in 1879. He is a son of Robert Eastham, who resides at Catlettsburg, Kentucky, and Julie (Roberts) Eastham, who died October 26, 1866. Mr. Eastham is engaged in farming in Guyan township. He was married to Rachel Knight in Lawrence county, Ohio, July 15, 1873. She was born in that county July 15, 1856. They have three children, namely: Myrta M., born November 23, 1874; William R., November 28, 1876; Mary F., November 3, 1881. The parents of Mrs. Eastham are William Knight, who resides at Millersport, Ohio, and Rachel (Miller) Knight, who died July 25, 1856. The postoffice address of Mr. Eastham 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 Ecker
Is one of the residents of Greene township, without mention of whom this record would be incomplete. He was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 14th day of December, 1822, and first settled in Gallia county in 1855. His parents were Conrad and Dorothea (Nordhausen) Ecker. They settled in the county in 1854. His father was born September 9, 1797. His mother's birthplace was Kirchspiel, Amt Hoga. The subject of this sketch was married at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1874, to Caroline Weihe, who was born in Prussia, December 22, 1827. This marriage was productive of four children, as below: William, born May 27, 1848, died January 12, 1851; John W., March 25, 1850, still resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Eliza C., February 9, 1855, and Charles L., September 7, 1856. The parents of Mrs. Ecker were John C. and Sophia (Myers) Weihe, who was born in Scharenburg Sippi, and died in Stadt Hagen. Mr. Ecker has held the office of township treasurer for three terms. He is a farmer by profession, with postoffice address 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.]


John W Ecker
Was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, March 23, 1852. He settled in this county in 1855. His parents were Henry and Caroline (Weihe) Ecker. His father was born in Hanover, Germany, December 14, 1822, and his mother was born in Prussia, December 22, 1827. They also settled in Gallia county in 1855. The subject of this sketch was married to Emma C. Waddell, on the 19th day of November , 1879, by Reverent T. H. Monroe. Mrs. Ecker was born in this county March 17, 1860. They have one child, Charles Albert, born September 6, 1881. Mrs. Ecker's parents were James P. R. and Harriet (Lovett) Waddell, who settled in Gallia county in 1825. Her mother was born May 16, 1835, and her father, March 13, 1825. Her father died December 3, 1877. Mr. Ecker has held the office of township clerk for one year. He is a farmer and stock-raiser by profession, with postoffice address at 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.]


William H.C. Ecker
Was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, May 6, 1849, and came to Gallia county in 1853. He was educated at Gallia Academy, Gallipolis, Ohio, and graduated in 1873. He then entered the Cincinnati Law College and was graduated and admitted to the bar in April, 1873, when he located in this city permanently. He taught school during the winter season from 1869 to 1871. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Gallia county in 1881, for the term of three years, and he still holds the position. Mr. Ecker was married in Santa Clara county, city of San Jose, California, March 17, 1878, to Alberta S. Montgomery, who was born in Macon county, Illinois. The parents of Mr. Ecker are John D. and Wilhemine Ecker. His father still resides in Gallia county, and his mother died in 1857. Mrs. Ecker is a daughter of George B. and Rachel Montgomery, who reside in San Jose, California. Mr. Ecker's 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.]


Francis M Edmiston
Was born in Huntington township, May 29, 1837. He is a son of William and Margaret (McGhee) Edmiston. His father was born in 1808, and came to this county in 1810. His mother was born in 1818. Mr. Edmiston was married June 3, 1869, to Catherine Cherington, who was born in Gallia county, Ohio, January 17, 1845. She is a daughter of John M. and Lydia (Waddell) Cherington. Her father and mother were both born in 1821, and still reside in this county. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Edmiston are: William Eddie, born April 25, 1870; Virginia Margaret, August 23, 1872; Elbert E., February 9, 1874; Mira M., August 24, 1875; Lydia Ellen, May 12, 1879. Mr. Edmiston served as trustee from 1872 for nine years. He was a soldier in the late war, enlisting, August, 1862, in the Independent Company of Trumbull Guards, and was discharged July 2, 1865. He is a resident of the township of Huntington, where is engaged in farming. His postoffice address 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]


Evan Edwards
Was born in Wales, in February, 1836, and came to Gallia county in 1839. He is a son of Edward A. and Magdalene (Edwards) Edwards, who also came to this county in 1839. Mr. Edwards was married to Talitha Shelton, in Greenfield township, January 13, 1870. She is a daughter of John and Katharine (Mosbarger) Shelton, both of whom are deceased, and was born in this township January 11, 1841. The following are the children: John S., born March 27, 1871; Edward S., September 30, 1872; Katharine Ellen, March 28, 1874; Annie Violie, January 13, 1876; Charles Albert, July 8, 1879; William Tecumseh, December 6, 1881; they all reside at home. Mr. Edwards served his country in the late war, having been a member of Company C, 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving four years six months and seven days, and is now residing on his farm, which is located in Greenfield township, hale and hearty. His postoffice address is Gallia Furnace, 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 E Edwards
A resident of Greenfield township, came to this county in 1855. He was born in Cardigan, Wales, October 21, 1829, and married Perry township, Gallia county, Ohio, July 7, 1854. His wife, Mary Jones, daughter of Jenkins and Catherine (Richards) Jones, was born in Cardigan, Wales, in January, 1835. Their children are eleven in number, as follows: Margaret Ann, born February 7, 1855, resides in this township; Isaac December 14, 1856, resides at Golden City, Colorado; Catherine Ellen, October 30, 1858, resides in Jackson, Jackson county, Ohio; Mary Jane, November 12, 1860; Thomas, March 25, 1863; Maria Belle, September 4, 1865; Dinah Elizabeth, December 8, 1867; Sarah Emma, December 18, 1869; Evan, December 3, 1871; Emma Florence June 27, 1874; John, December 5, 1877; the eight last named live at home. Mr. Edwards' father was Evan T. Edwards, born November 12, 1792, died December 12, 1881; his mother was Margaret (Jones Edwards, who died in 1865. Mrs. Edwards' father died in December, 1867, and her mother in 1865. Mr. Edwards has served as township trustee and supervisor for a number of years, and his present occupation is farming. His postoffice address is Gallia Furnace, 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.]


Richard D Edwards
Was born in Wales, England, December 12, 1836. He is a son of David and Hannah (Evans) Edwards, the former of whom is deceased. Mr. Edwards and Sarah H. Macomber were married in Gallia county December 19, 1861. She was born in Vinton county, Ohio, January 18, 1843. They have the following children: Hannah N., born December 10, 1862, resides in Ewington; Lindsay A., April 25, 1864; Caphurnia A., May 18, 1866; William D., March 8, 1868; Sarah B., September 22, 1869; David B., May 3, 1872, deceased; Richard C., September 27, 1873; Otho E., May 20, 1876; Elizabeth H., September 29, 1878. The parents of Mrs. Edwards are Lindsay A. and Calphurnia (Holcomb) Macomber. Her father came to this county in 1852, and her mother is deceased. Mr. Edwards has filled the offices of supervisor, trustee and assessor. Mr. Edwards enlisted in the 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, September 13, 1864. He was sergeant of Company I. He received his honorable discharge at Nashville, Tennessee, on the 2of June, 1865. He came to this county in 1838, settling in Ewington, where he is at present engaged in building and contracting. His postoffice address 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]


Robert Edward
Robert Edward and Nancy Hobbs were married at Gallipolis, Ohio, February 2, 1851. He is a native of Blackmass, Scotland, born February 8, 1816 and coming to this county with his parents in 1838. His wife was born in Gallia county April 15, 1832. She is a daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth (Lane) Hobbs, who were among the early settlers of this county, coming in 1800. The parents of Mr. Edward are William and Mareon (Kier) Edward. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Edward are as follows: William, born February 14, 1852, died June 17, 1855; Mary E., October 5, 1854, died November 30, 1854; James, December 17, 1856, resides in Guyan township; Sarah (Rose), June 14, 1858, resides at home; Arnetta, August 3, 1860, died August, 1862. Mr. Edward filled the office of township trustee for five years, and school director four years. Mr. Edward has a farm which he is engaged in tilling, located in Guyan township. 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.]


Thomas Irvin Elliott
Thomas Irvin Elliott and his wife, Mary F. Harbour, are both natives of Gallia county. He was born February 20, 1855, and his wife December 2, 1855. They were married in this county September 27, 1877. The parents are Mr. Elliott are Jacob and Catherine (Irion) Elliott, settlers of this county in 1820. The parents of Mrs. Elliott are Richard and Clarinda (Stover) Harbour, who came to this county in 1824. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are: Clarinda C., born October 28, 1878; Lecta F., February 9, 1880, died September 19, 1881; Charlotta F., September 17, 1881. Mr. Elliott had three brothers in the war of 1861. William H. and Ancel Elliott served three years, and James A. Elliott served one year. Mr. Elliott's farm is located in Guyan township. 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.]


Asa Ensley
Was born in Belmont county, Ohio, January 15, 1824, and died in this county Sept 7, 1881. He was a son of George and Mary (Clinniman) Ensley. Clarinda A., daughter of Asa and Asenath (Davis) Wellons, become the wife of Mr. Ensley, in Belmont county, February 26, 1846. She was born in the same county August 2, 1828. Their children are: Mary F., born January 17, 1847, resides in Belmont county; Laura I., June 4, 1849, resides in the same county; Ann Amanda (Dailey), December 8, 1851, resides in this county, as do all the remainder; Addison F., September 17, 1854; Geo L., September 27, 1857; Florence J., February 28, 1860; Charles E., October 14, 1863; James A. W., July 18, 1865. Mr. Ensley came to this county in 1878, and at the time of his death was engaged in farming in Guyan township, which his wife still manages. Her 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.]


William S Entsminger
Is a native of the county of Gallia, where he was born October 26, 1836. His parents are John L. and Sophia (Sawyers) Entsminger. His father is deceased, and his mother was born in this county in 1806. William S. was married in Gallia county, February 20, 1877, to Agnes M. Lyons, who was born in Meigs county, Ohio, September 28, 1846. The parents of Mrs. Entsminger were James H. and Margaret (Martin) Lyons, both of whom are deceased. Mr. Entsminger is a dealer in pictures, frames, mouldings, etc., and also agent for the Domestic and New Home sewing machines, his store being located on Second street, above the public square, Gallipolis, Ohio, where he should be addressed.  [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.]


David Milton Evans
Was born in Gallipolis in 1843. He commenced business in February, 1873. On the 17th of March following the great fire occurred in Centreville, by which his dwelling and store were burned, but he saved a portion of his stock. He rebuilt in a few years, and has been in business ever since, keeping a general country store, and dealing in all kinds of country produce. He was appointed postmaster of Thurman in 1876, and still holds the office; he is also treasurer of the village of Centreville. He was married in Centreville September 22, 1874, to Amelia, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Evans) Jones, who was born in Pittsburgh, September, 8, 1848. They have the following children: Daniel Gilbert, born October 20, 1875, died June 22, 1876; Edward, April 10, 1877; Charlotte, February 14, 1879; Margaret, March 26, 1881. Mr. Evans had a brother in the late war, named John H. Evans. He enlisted in 1862, in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war. Two brothers of Mrs. Evans also served in the war. Thomas J. Jones was a member of the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and John S. Jones in the 179th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The father of Mr. Evans died in February, 1873. Mr. Evans should be addressed at Thurman, 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]


Rev William R Evans
Was born in Gallia county, January 24, 1845. He is a son of John R. and Eleanor (Williams) Evans, settlers of this county in 1842. His father was born in 1806 and his mother in 1805. In William's eighteenth year he attended two terms of school at Ewington academy, and one term at Lebanon, Ohio, the following year, at the Southwestern Normal school. He taught school in the regular districts in this and adjoining counties during the winter seasons for twelve years. He is now minister of the Welsh Presbyterian church. Mr. Evans was married to his first wife, Mary A. Jones, February 13, 1873. She was born in 1849, and died in 1873. She is the mother of one child, John R., born November 29, 1873. The present wife of Mr. Evans is Margaret Ann Edwards, who was born in Cincinnati, February 7, 1855. They were married in this township March 4, 1875. The following are their children: Mary Jane, born November 29, 1875; Evan W., December 12, 1877; Rowland Hill, January 2, 1880; Everett J., February 1, 1882. Mr. Evans was elected township clerk for four years and filled the office by appointment for one year. He was also assessor one year and enumerator of the census in 1880. He has been a minister of the gospel since 1877. The parents of Mrs. Evans are John and Mary (Jones) Edwards, settlers of this county in 1856. His father was born in 1829 and her mother in 1835. The address of Mr. Evans is Gallia Furnace, 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.]


George B. Ewing
Was born in Gallia county, August 17, 1829.  He took part in the late civil strife, enlisting August 16, 1863, in the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was taken sick at Nashville, Tennessee, and died in the hospital, January 12, 1864, leaving a wife and four children to mourn his loss.  His brother, Joseph H., enlisted in Company B, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, August 11, 1861, was taken sick and died in the hospital at Summersville, West Virginia, December 12, 1861, at the age of twenty-one years, six months and two days.  Mrs. Ewing's brother, George, also served in the war, enlisting in 1862 in Company L, of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, for three years.  He was captured in the latter part of 1863, and confined in Andersonville prison about seven months.  He was then taken to Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia, where he died in 1864 of starvation.  Mr. Ewing's father, Abraham M. Ewing, came to this county, in 1810, from Bath county, Virginia, and settled near what is now the village of Ewington in this county.  It is said he built the first hewed log house in the county, also built the first stone chimney.  The house yet stands on the old Ewing homestead, near Ewington.  His mother, Elizabeth (Bowman) Ewing, came to this county, in 1816, from Shenandoah county, Virginia, and settled near the town of Vinton, on Raccoon creek.  She was married to his father October 31, 1828.  Mr. Ewing's wife, Lucinda H., daughter of Nathan and Sarah (May) Shields, was born in this county May 16, 1827, and was married to him in Evergreen, Gallia county, December 27, 1856.  She has had four children, namely:  John H., born October 27, 1857, lives in Evergreen, Gallia county; Frank E., March 16, 1859, died April 4, 1882; Rufus A., February 14, 1861, died February 15, 1882; Sallie H., March 4, 1864, at home.  Her oldest son, John H., is township clerk, having been elected in the April election in 1881 and 1882.  Mr. Ewing was a carpenter and joiner.  Address of J. H. Ewing is Evergreen, 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]



George A Fife
Is a son of John K and Catherine E (Ripe) Fife, who settled in this county in 1801 from Shenandoah county, Virginia. George is a native of this township, born August 1, 1822. He was married to Margaret F. Rowley, in Cheshire township, June 27, 1843. She is also a native of this township, born October 15, 1825. Her parents are Isaac and Rachel (Lemlie) Rowley, who came to Gallia county in 1801. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Fife are: Joseph W., born March 8, 1846, resides in this township; Rachel E. May 2, 1847, resides in West Virginia; William, January 1849, died October 13, 1861; Mary J., April 1851, resides in Cheshire; George W., in 1853, resides at home; Sarah Katharine, in 1857, resides in West Virginia; Margaret E., May 2, 1859, resides in Cheshire township; John, May 15, 1861, resides in Morgan township. Mr. Fife and his son, J. W., were soldiers in the war of the rebellion. Mr. Fife enlisted August 7, 1861, in Company I, 4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, serving three years, three months and three days. His son, J. W., enlisted in 1863 inCompany G, 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and served till the close of the war, both receiving honorable discharge. Mr. Fife is a carpenter, joiner, and is also engaged in 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.]


Jonathan L Fillinger
Jonathan L Fillinger and Mary F. Willcoxon were married in Gallia county, Ohio, October 1, 1868. They are both natives of this county, he born April 7, 1848, and his wife February 4, 1846. The parents of Mr. Fillinger are Louis and Elizabeth (Williams) Fillinger; his father was born May 1, 1801, and died December 25, 1874; his mother was born June 16, 1809. They came to this county in 1822, and endured the privations and hardships incident to a pioneer's life. The parents of Mrs. Fillinger were Henry H. and Nancy A. (Legett) Willcoxon, settlers of this county in 1842. Her father was born Mary 2, 1807, and died October 12, 1879; her mother was born November 9, 1812, and died December 30, 1852. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Fillinger are: Alonzo M., born July 21, 1869; Louis H., December 18, 1870; Lorena B., October 5, 1872; Minnie A., March 19, 1874; Nettie M., February 10, 1876; Willie C., April 20, 1879; Rosco W., December 4, 1880. Mr. Fillinger has been trustee of Harrison township for one year. He is a resident of Guyan township, where he is engaged in farming. 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.]


Cassius M Fisher
Cassius M Fisher and Mary E. Guinn were married in Springfield township July 9, 1872. Both of them was born in Gallia county; Mr. Fisher, December 1, 1844, and his wife in Springfield township, June 21, 1858. They have the following children: Waldo A., born August 17, 1873; Augustus, May 30, 1875, died August 3, 1876; Charley R., March 22, 1877; Blanche, July 19, 1879; Hal., March 19, 1881. The parents of Mr. Fisher are Nathaniel A. and Sarah (Eagle) Fisher. Mrs. Fisher is a daughter of Robert and Mary (Morehouse) Guinn. Mr. Fisher served his country in the war of the rebellion. He was a member of the 194th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C. He is engaged in farming in Morgan township. His postoffice address is 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.]


William J Fletcher, M.D.
Son of Julia A. and David R., Fletcher, was born in Chambersburg, Gallia county, September 26, 1857, and was married to Loraine E., daughter of Josiah Cornwell, in Chambersburgh, Gallia county, March 21, 1880. Business, physician and druggist. Address, Eureka postoffice, 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.]


Frederick Ford
Son of Newton and Mary (Warder) Ford, deceased, was born in Harrison county, West Virginia, January 5, 1824, and came to Gallia county, Ohio, July 4, 1876. He was married January 1, 1856, in Taylor county, West Virginia, to Mary M. Davidson, born in that county February 3, 1828. Her father, Alexander Davidson, is deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ford are: Fannie B., born October 14, 1856, resides in White Cottage, Ohio; Lucy D., September 10, 1858, resides in Gallipolis; Sallie L., April 14, 1860, deceased. The war record of Frederick Ford is one in which any man might glory, and its details, which we have space only to touch upon, will be part of his country's history in all coming time. In April, 1861, Captain Ford resigned a position as steamboat pilot on the Great Kanawha river, between Charleston, West Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee, and began at his own expense to recruit a company of volunteers for the Union army. But his country needing more his special services as a loyal pilot, he accepted an appointment in that capacity. July 9, 1861, a fleet of United Sates war steamers, Commodore Kountz commanding, under orders of General McClelland, sailed up the Great Kanawha, Captain Ford being pilot on board the flag-ship, Marmora. On the morning of the 17th they encountered the enemy at Scarey creek, and the Union forces drove the enemy, under General Wise, up the river. Captain Ford was now one of those on whom devolved the responsible duty of piloting Kanawha boats from the Ohio to the head of navigation. These boats were always loaded with troops and supplied, and the country on both sides of the river infested with detached bands of Confederate troops. He performed this duty so well that he was given command of the transport Victor No. 2, and with this little steamer, often perforated with bullet-holes, he successfully ran many a blockade. A brilliant and courageous officer, he so exasperated the enemy whose attempts to capture him he always foiled, that when General Wise was in command of the Confederate forces of West Virginia, he offered a reward of money and promotion for the capture of Captain Ford. March 29, 1863, a blockade was established by the enemy, whose explicit purpose was to capture Captain Ford and his boat, cross into Ohio, invest Gallipolis, and overrun the state of Ohio. A large amount of Government funds was then on board Captain Ford's boat, in charge of United States Paymaster Cowen. In an official communication to his superior officer, Brigadier-General Scammon, Cowen gives all the credit of the frustration of the enemy's plans to Captain Ford. We have also the assurance of the press of the time and locality that the high honor was his due. The Gallipolis Journal of April 9, 1863, says: "No one can deny that in case of capture the boat, loaded with the enemy, might have landed at the wharf unmolested, and commenced their work of destruction," etc. "We chronicle these facts from gratitude to the unassuming captain." But Captain Ford, with his little unarmed transport passed the danger, saved the government money, and reached Point Pleasant, twenty-five miles distant. Here, the next morning, March 30, while an engagement was taking place with the chances favoring the enemy, he ran in to a wharf boat just deserted by our troops, took of $100,000 worth of military supplies and under heavy fire brought them safely to the quartermaster at Gallipolis, four miles distant. After this two days' death struggle, again called on to approach Point Pleasant, he asked for and received a battery of guns, called for volunteers to man them, and again steamed away. The battle was still raging when he came in sight with his little Victor No. 2, and at a proper distance he opened fire with his three gun battery. He drove the enemy, retook the town, saved the military stores there, captured twenty-four, and relieved the close-pressed Union forces. After the fight it was found that the Victor's pilot house and cabin were literally torn in pieces. The West Virginia legislature passed resolutions calling upon their representatives to use their influence to secure Captain Ford a reward for his extra-hazardous services in the war. He has held the position of government inspector of boat-hulls for the port of Gallipolis since 1876. 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.]


Seth Foster
A prominent citizen of Gallia county, was born in Greenfield township on February 11, 1822. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Shaffer) Foster. The father first settled in Gallia county in 1822, where he died in September, 1826. The mother, born November 24, 1798, survived until March 20, 1868, when she, too, laid down the burdens of life to enter upon her promised reward. Seth Foster assumed the bonds of matrimony on the 26th day of February, 1843, uniting his fortunes with those of Colinda Sheldon. His wife was born in the same county where she at present resides, on the 26th day of November, 1824. Fourteen children were the fruits of this union, as follows: Francis M., born July 17, 18 , died May 5, 1865; infant son, November 20, 1844, died November 22, 1844; Marquis L., January 2, 1846, resides in Mercer county, Missouri; Jasper N., January 25, 1847, resides at Monroe Furnace, Jackson county, Ohio; Abbott B., February 12, 1849, died October 12, 1866; Sumter M., October 30, 1850, resides in Springfield township, Gallia county, Ohio; Lucinda E., November 5, 1852, lives in Madison township, Jackson county, Ohio; Oscar A., June 26, 1854, resides in Madison township, Jackson county, Ohio; Sirena N., April 13, 1856, lives in Wisconsin; and Mary L., February 28, 1858, resides in Greenfield township, Gallia county, Ohio; L. H. D., January 8, 1860, resides at home; Lydonia M. J., June 14, 1862, resides in Jackson county, Ohio; Ida N. J., June 26, 1864, resides at home; Thurston S., April 17, 1868, resides at home. Mrs. Foster is the daughter of Henley and Hannah (Rice) Shelton, both deceased, the former born December 16, 1790, died April 20, 1868. The subject of this biographic sketch has held the office of justice of the peace for three terms, and was elected for his fourth term on July 5, 1882. He has also served the township as assessor for eight terms. He is a farmer by profession, and is very highly respected in the community where he resides. His postoffice address is Gallia Furnace, Gallia county, Ohio. Mr. Foster's father was in the war of 1812. One son, Francis M., served in the 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the rebellion, and died in 1865 from chronic diarrhea. He was buried in Greenfield township, Gallia county, Ohio, on May 13, 1865. [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.]


Harrison Fowler
Was born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, June 8, 1812, and came to this county with his parents in 1815. His parents were Elijah and Jane (Bogan) Fowler. When they settled in Gallia county it was in a very wild state; no roads, mills, or any conveniences. His father taught school, and was the first justice of the peace elected in Guyan township. Harrison Fowler, by hard work and careful management, has obtained a large farm, located in Guyan township, which is in first-class condition. He was married in this county, October 10, 1840, to Aromenta Mart, who was born in Giles county, Virginia, June 16, 1818; her death took place in December, 1863. Her parents were Nathaniel and Lydia Mart, settlers of this county in 1825. The children of Mr. Fowler are: Anda L., born October 7, 1841, died in January, 1864; William F., May 13, 1843, died in September , 1863; Mahala J. (Clary), January 5, 1845, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio; Elijah, July 21, 1847, died December 3, 1871; Henry, November 16, 1848, died February 5, 1863; Lydia C., December 9, 1850, died in January, 1866; Charles M., April 11, 1854, resides in this township; Thomas J., October 18, 1855, died in infancy; James H., November 9, 1860, resides at home; John R., September 9, 1861, resides at home. Mr. Fowler's father was born March 25, 1770. The subject of this sketch has held the office of justice of the peace for many years. Mr. Fowler had two sons who lost their lives in the late war; Anda Lewis served six months, and died of typhoid fever in Tennessee; William served two years and six months, and died from disease brought on by hardships endured in the Lynchburg raid. Mr. Fowler's 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.]


David Frederick
David Frederick and Mary E. Young were married in Gallia county September 23, 1856.  He is a farmer in Springfield township, and was born in Columbiana county, Ohio March 21, 1835, moving to this county the following year with his parents, Henry and Hannah (Ewens) Frederick.  His wife was born in Columbiana count, Ohio, June 14, 1832, and came to this county with her parents, Richard and Sarah (Bard) Young, in 1844.  She is the mother of four children:  William H. H., born June 21, 1857, lives in Gallia county; Sarah E. (Kelly), February 8, 1860, resides in Gallia county; John M., March 9, 1865, at home; Dora M., February 8, 1872, at home.  Mr. Frederick formerly held the office of school director for twelve years.  He is at present supervisor, which office he has held for several years.  Address 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]


Henry Frederick
Was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, June 8, 1812, and was married in the same county, May 17, 1834, to Hannah Ewing, who was also born in Columbiana county, January 2, 1815. They are parents of the following children: David, born March 21, 1835, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Joseph, July 26, 1836, resides in Mississippi; Jacob, November 1, 1837, resides in this county; Sarah A. (Jackson), June 9, 1839, resides in this county; Nancy M., October 9, 1840, died October 20, 1841; Margaret J., July 31, 1842, died July 6, 1863; Lydia E. (Fee), November 27, 1843, resides in this county; John C., October 13, 1845, resides in Price county, Ohio; Malinda A. (Warner), April 22, 1847, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Noah, August 27, 1848, resides in Mississippi; Mary S., December 10, 1850, resides in this county; William H., July 15, 1852, resides in this county; Hannah E., September 19, 1854, died September 22, 1855; George W., August 30, 1856, resides in this county. The father of Henry, George Frederick was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, July 6, 1775, and died in Gallia county, Ohio, June 11, 1840. Barbary (Smith) Frederick, the mother of Henry, was also born in Pennsylvania September 20, 1778, and she died in Columbiana county, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1866. Henry Frederick's great-grandfather, Noah Frederick, emigrated from Germay and settled in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, and while plowing in the field one day, (two of his sons being with him, one named Thomas, seven years old, and a younger brother whose name is not known), the Indians came and killed the old gentleman, and took his sons as prisoners. Thomas, the oldest, was released with the treaty with the French. His mother could not recognize him only by a scar on the back of his neck. The youngest brother was never heard of to this day. Thomas was a prisoner among the Indians fourteen years, during seven years of which time he never saw a piece of bread, living entirely on fish, game, roots and herbs. The parents of Mrs. Frederick are Joseph and Sarah (Gilbert) Ewing. Mrs. Frederick had two brothers in the late war named George and John Ewing. Mr. Frederick is located in Morgan township, where he carries on a farm. He came to the county in 1837, his parents having preceded him a year. His postoffice address is Eno, 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.]


Charles E Fry
Was born in Gallia county, Ohio, March 21, 1840. He is a son of Guy and Sarah (Holley) Fry, settlers of this county in 1823. Mr. Fry was a soldier in the late war, serving two and a half years, being disabled and was discharged; but he reenlisted and served to the close of the war. He enlisted as a private in the 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was promoted to sergeant. He has held the office of constable in Guyan township for seven years, and was elected trustee of Ohio township in 1882. Mr. Fry was married to Ida M. Martin in this county. She was born in Meigs county, Ohio, January 25, 1859. Her parents are Daniel and Mary (Postlethwait) Martin, settlers of this county in 1866. She is the mother of one child, Emma E., born November 27, 1878. Mr. Fray is a farmer, his land being located in Ohio township. His postoffice address is Eureka, 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.]



Guy Fry
Was born in Giles county, Virginia, March 17, 1809, and came to this county in 1822. At that date, the county was in a very wild state, there being no roads, mills, schools, or churches; most of their corn for bread was pounded, they having to go twenty miles to a mill, and carry their corn on their backs. There was plenty of wild game, Mr. Fry killing on an average of twenty-five deer a year; he killed no less than five in one day; wild turkeys were also very plentiful. The inhabitants of the county at that time enjoyed life, and were also friendly to one another, going as far as fifteen miles to help each other raise their log cabins. Mr. Fry has a farm of between 400 and 500 acres, and he bought it by hard, laborious work on Ohio river boats, earning fifty cents a day. He has now one of the most approved farms located in Guyan township, and in his old age is very comfortably settled. He is a son of Henry and Catherine (McCoy) Fry, both of whom died in Kentucky. Mr. Fry was married in Gallia county, September 21, 1830, to Sarah Halley, who was born in Virginia, February 4, 1813. She is the mother of the following children: Lucinda A., born February 23, 1832, died April 18, 1851; Mary C., March 12, 1833, resides in Bladensburg, Gallia county; Elizabeth J., July 5, 1834, resides at home; William H., March 23, 1836, died in Louisiana in 1859; James H., October 9, 1837, supposed to have been killed in the war; Charles E., May 21, 1840, resides in Bladensburg; John M., July 29, 1849, died December 8, 1848; Sarah C., April 28, 1849, died in December, 1857; infant, born and died in 1850; Charlotte F., November 30, 1852, resides in Charlestown, Virginia. The parents of Mrs. Fry are Giles and Sarah Halley. Mr. Fry has filled the office of township trustee for twenty years. He was elected first lieutenant of the Light Horse Cavalry, and was afterward promoted to captain. He had two sons in the late war; James enlisted in the regular army, and was sent to California, and he has never been heard of since; Charles E. enlisted for three years, and after serving nine months was discharged for disability. He afterward enlisted and served to the close of the war; he was in the battle of Bentonville, the day before peace was declared. Mr. Fry is engaged in farming and gunsmithing. He came to this county in 1823, and located at Mercerville, where he should be addressed. [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 Greenleaf Fuller
Was born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 6, 1827. His parents were Sumner and Mary Hervey (Greenleaf) Fuller. He married Lucy Lucretia Newton, November 4, 1850. Three children have been born to them, as follows: Alice Hervey, born February, 1852, died March 1869; Stella Newton, in August, 1861, died in November, 1861; W. Burtt, in May, 1869, resides in Gallipolis, Ohio. Mrs. Fuller was born in Warren township, Washington county, Ohio. She is the daughter of Oren and Elizabeth Newton, who came to Washington county at an early day. Colonel Fuller, during the war of the rebellion, was captain, then major, then colonel in quartermaster's department. He was in charge of United States military telegraph operations in the southwest from Virginia to Texas. His father was in the war of 1812. One of his brothers was a lieutenant in the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Another brother was a private in a Maine regiment. Colonel William G. Fuller descended from noted New England families, among whom Sumner and John G. Whittier are familiar names. His father, Sumner Fuller, was a prominent man, a graduate of Yale college, a soap and tallow chandler in Boston and Andover, Massachusetts. In 1834 he met with an almost fatal accident; removed to Charleston, South Carolina, for his health, but he died there in 1838. His death left his widow with the care of seven children and a small patrimony. These children are all alive, a monument to their mother's faithfulness. She, too, is still living. In 1846, William G. shipped on the United States steamer Mississippi for the Mexican war, as fireman. His health failing, he was changed from fireman to ship's yeoman, having charge of the ship's stores. At Point Isabel he, with others, volunteered to reinforce General Zach. Taylor, then about to meet the Mexicans, and afterwards participated in attacks and exploits along the Mexican coast. He figured in engagements at Tampico, Vera Cruz, Alvarado, Tobasco and Campeachy. In 1847 Mrs. Fuller, without the knowledge of William, procured his discharge on account of his minority, and he turned his attention to the art of telegraphy, then coming into prominence. He engaged with F. O. J. Smith and Eliphalet Case, in the New Orleans, Louisiana. He served that company as operator at Cincinnati, Ohio, New Richmond, Ohio, and at Marietta, Ohio, and in 1854 was appointed its superintendent. In 1856 he rebuilt the line on the Marietta and Cincinnati railway; in 1857, buit for Amos Kendall the Independent Telegraph Company's line, on the Baltimore & Ohio and Marietta & Cincinnati railroads, from Baltimore to Cincinnati, opening the first opposition to the Western Union Telegraph Company in the Burnett House, in the latter city; remained in charge of these lines until the opening of the war of the rebellion. In May, 1861, he was appointed to manage the government telegraphs on the branch of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad between Grafton and Parkersburg, West Virginia. In July, the same year, he had undertaken to follow the army wherever it went with telegraph lines. In this month McClellan began his advance from Clarksburg via Buckhannon, and was followed by the first field telegraph of the war under Colonel Fuller's direction. The line was completed to Rich Mountain the day of the fight. Another line was constructed from Clarksburg, West Virginia, the end of the line being only three miles from Carnifax Ferry on the day of that battle. Thence lines up New River and down the Big Kanawha, a cable laid across the Ohio, and the lines extended to the M & C railroad at Hamden. Fuller was then ordered to Kentucky. He constructed the line to Somerset, the day of the battle of Mill Springs. Then from Lebanon to Nashville, Tennessee, and from Lexington, Kentucky, to Cumberland Gap. Plum's History of the United States Military Telegraph, says: "W. G. Fuller and his men accomplished a great work among the rocky cliffs and roads and barren mountains of that region. Constantly beset with dangers, the corps never faltered." "It is a pleasing fact that throughout the war Colonel Fuller and his corps never failed to erect a telegraph on any route that troops could pass over, and many a line was built where an army could not go." In 1863 Colonel Fuller was ordered to the Vicksburg district, continuing with Grant until after that surrender. Then to New Orleans, where he extended a submarine cable line to Mobile Bay; and with the aid of the navy blew up the obstructions and torpedoes sunk in that bay, by an electric explosion of powder sunk in cans. Fuller entered Mobile on the second boat that landed there. He became responsible for from eight to ten million dollars worth of government property scattered over seven States, yet settled his accounts without a dollar of defalcation occurring upon the department books. At the close of the war he declined an appointment to take charge of overland lines to California, his nervous system being shattered by his long service and exposure, and settled in Gallipolis in 1865. He was elected an elder in the Presbyterian church in 1866, having been a member of that body since 1849. In 1868 the firm of Gatewood, Fuller & Co. was formed, and the first furniture factory built in Gallipolis. The firm of Fuller, Hutsinpiller & County succeeded this firm in 1870, and still continues, employing over 100 hands, Colonel Fuller having always had the financial management. He has never applied for an office or a pension, although a constant sufferer from a shattered nervous system.  [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.]


Earl M Fulton
Son of William and Jane (Lotherage) Fulton, who came to this county at a very early date, was born in Gallia county, April 17, 1828. He married in Meigs county, Ohio, in 1865, Eliza Jane Gorby, born in Columbiana county, Ohio, August 9, 1838, a daughter of Jacob and Ann Heustis Gorby. Their children are as follows; Frank L., born August 19, 1866, resides at home; Maggie F., February 28, 1868, at home; Marcus A., December 20, 1870, killed by a tree falling on him while cutting it down, April 12, 1881; Samuel E., May 18, 1876; Sylvester H., May 16, 1878; Irma J., April 15, 1881 - last three at home. Mrs. Fulton was previously married to William Gorby, who died June 30, 1864. The children by this marriage are: Alfaratta, born April 29, 1862; Willmetta, July 20, 164, died August 17, 1866. Mary E. Malaby was the first wife of Mr. Fulton; she died May 28, 1864. Her children were: Celeste, born June 17, 1850, in Ross county, Ohio; John R, July, 1852, teaching in Gallia county; Mary L., November, 1854, in this county; William L., March 4, 1857, in Madison county, Ohio; La Fayette, June 5, 1859, in Fayette county; Alfred N., May, 1860, deceased 1863; Bettie F., March 17, 1864, in this county. John R., has been teaching school about eight years. He obtained his education in a district school by hard studying, and is now teaching with success, being liked by all his acquaintances. Earl M. Fulton is a farmer, and his postoffice address Addison, 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.]
 



 



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