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William D Hall
Son of William and Catharine (Barkhurst) Hall, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, May 15, 1838, and settled here in 1865. He has been twice married. His first wife, Mary J., daughter of Ziba and Deborah Fox, was born December 4, 1844, and died May 21, 1879. She was the mother of seven children: John F., born July 4, 1866; Rinda C., June 24, 1868; Mary E., October 23, 1870; Albert P., February 10, 1873, died February 11, 1873; Elmer D., December 30, 1873; Anna B., March 28, 1876; Everet E., May 17, 1878, died February 28, 1879. His second wife, Sophronia A., was born in Gallia county, April 25, 1861, and was married to him in this county, October 15, 1879. She has one child, Joseph O., born February 25, 1882. Her parents, Andrew and Hannah (Pine) Wiseman, settled in this county in 1837. The former was born in West Virginia, May 6, 1830, and the latter November 23, 1831, and died October 29, 1863. Mr. Hall served one hundred days in the 141st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and then volunteered for one year, and served to the close of the war. He was in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee. He formerly held the office of township clerk two years, treasurer two years, and at present is justice of the peace, which office he has held three years. William Hall was born January 7, 1814, and Catherine (Barkhurst) Hall, October 16, 1814. William D. Hall's first wife's parents - Ziba Fox was born March 26, 1811, and Deborah (Bird) Fox was born July 19, 1818. The business of William D. Hall is farming and stock-raising. 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.]


Jessy Halley
Son of Cornelius and Mary (Drummond) Halley, both deceased, was born in Guyan township, Gallia county, February 13, 1828. He was united in marriage with Theodosia, daughter of Hugh and Catherine (Cottrell) Plymale, both deceased, in Gallia county, September 2, 1852. The result of this marriage was thirteen children: Galena, born August 11, 1853, residence in Ohio township, Gallia county; Panola, December 3, 1856, died September 6, 1857; Lucretia, February 24, 1857, lives in Gallia county; Louisa T., March 30, 1859, resides at home; Lafayette, March 6, 1861, resides at home; Robert A., August 20, 1863, died August 1, 1864; Mary C., May 12, 1865, resides at home; Ernest, May 1, 1867, resides at home; Victoria, May 14, 1869, resides at home; Sanford W., June 1, 1871, resides at home; Rodah A., June 5, 1873 resides at home; Emma E., and Emery H. (twins), November 8, 1876. His wife was born in Clay township, Gallia county, January 21, 1834. Her parents moved to this county in 1822, and endured the privations and hardships of a pioneer life, having to pound and grate the most of their corn for bread. Their meats consisted of wild game, such as wild hogs, bears, deer, and wild turkeys. There were no schools, churches or roads. His father served in the war of 1812. 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.]


Ross Halley
Is a native of this county, born August 5, 1854. He is a son of William R. and Caroline (Drummond) Halley. His father was born in this county, September 15, 1821, and his mother April 17, 1828. The subject of this sketch commenced to teach school in 1873, and has taught thirteen terms, teaching in winter and farming in summer. He was married in Mason township, Lawrence county, Ohio, October 17, 1875, to Melissa Phillips, by J. C. McAllister, justice of the peace. Mrs. Halley was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, March 14, 1858. Her father, Solomon Phillips, was born in 1825, and her mother, Elizabeth (Shafer) Phillips, was born in Germany in 1835. Mr. Halley is father of three children, namely: Eddie Elmer, born September 26, 1876; Lorenzo Dow, February 26, 1879; Cecil Cortez, July 27, 1881. Mr. Haley's father was a soldier in the United States army in the late war, serving two years. His father-in-law, Solomon Phillips, served one year, being with Sherman on his march to the sea. Samuel F. M. Halley, a brother of Ross, served eighteen months in the 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company F, and was wounded at the battle of Peach Tree creek. The postoffice address of Mr. Halley is Saundersvile, 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 R Halley
Comes of the best pioneer stock of this county. He is a native of Ohio township, born September 15, 1821. His father, Samuel Halley, was born in 1799, and his mother, Lettie Halley, July 10, 1803. They came to this county in 1816. William R. was married in Walnut township, this county, to Caroline Drummond, who was born in that township April 17, 1828. She is a daughter of Thornton and Lucy (Stover) Drummond, settlers of this county in 1816. Her father was born in 1796. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Halley endured all the privations of an early settlement in the wilds of Ohio. They had to grind their corn on a hand-mill and grate it on a grater. They thought they were having a luxury when they had biscuits for Christmas. They had to herd their sheep and hogs to protect them from the wild beasts. Deer were plentiful and they used to keep about 1,000 pounds of venison on hand nearly all the time. There were no public roads, and they had to travel by Indian trails and blazed paths. Samuel Halley was one of the "pioneer hunters," killing deer, turkeys, wolves, etc. William R. Halley served eleven months in the 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company F, and was discharged on account of disability, and afterward joined the 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war. He was at the battle of Nashville, Tennessee. His son, Samuel F. M., was in the 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company F, eighteen months, and was wounded at the battle of Peach Tree creek, Tennessee. He was discharged at the close of the war. The children of Mr. Halley number thirteen, as follows: infant, born and died in 1846; Samuel Francis Marion, born December 24, 1847, died February 6, 1872; Eliza Jane, December 28, 1848, died March 17, 1849; Eveline J., April 2, 1850, resides in Gallia county; Harriet S., March 30, 1852, resides in this county; Ross, August 5, 1854, resides in this county; Letitita E., July 27, 1856, resides in this county; Louisa F., April 15, 1858, died July 17, 1869; Robert F., May 11, 1860, resides in this county; John S., November 11, 1862, resides at home; Emily S. T., March 17, 1865; Charles E., April 7, 1867; James H., November 6, 1871. Mr. Halley resides on his farm 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.]


Samuel Halliday
Settled in this county in 1818.  He was born at Auchencairn, Parish of Kerkmahoe, county Dumfries, Scotland, October 17, 1799, and died August 25, 1880.  He was a son of Alexander and Jean (Halliday) Halliday.  He was married twice.  His second wife, Jennie S., daughter of Thomas and Jean (McMaster) McKnight, was born in New Brunswick, British America, December 9, 1831, and was married to him in Salem township, Meigs county, Ohio, April 29, 1866.  Their only child, Anna J., was born January 6, 1868, and is at home.  His first wife, Eliza, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Wyatt) Parker, was born April 7, 1805, in Rutland township, Meigs county, Ohio, and was married to him in Meigs county, April 7, 1822.  She died February 18, 1861.  The following children are the result of this union:  Alexander W., born February 2, 1825, died August 24, 1830; William P., July 21, 1827, resides in Cairo, Illinois; Jane, January 29, 1830, resides in Cairo, Illinois; Samuel B., July 19, 1832, died December 1, 1868; Edwin W., May 11, 1836, lives in Cairo, Illinois; Eliza S., August 2, 1839, resides in St. Louis, Missouri; Henry L., March 7, 1842, lives in Cairo, Illinois; Thomas W., June 10, 1844, lives in Cairo, Illinois; Mar C., April 2, 1847, resides in Athens county, Ohio.  Mr. Halliday's second wife was formerly married to James E., son of Ruel and Seynthia (Rathburn) Braley, in Rutland township, Meigs county, Ohio.  He was born in the same place, December 10, 1828, and died April 4, 1864.  The following children are the result of this marriage:  Emma Braley, born October 31, 1848, resides in Fayette county, West Virginia; Willis M., October 29, 1851, died January 31, 1852; Willie, November 16, 1854, died August 10, 1872; Sarah A., January 13, 1857, died March 9, 1859; James E. and John B., July 22, 1861, reside in Gallia county, Ohio.  Mrs. Halliday's brother, William McKnight, served in the late war, enlisting as orderly sergeant, in 1862 in Company K of the Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.  He was soon promoted to first lieutenant, and afterwards (the captain of the company being killed in battle), was appointed captain.  While in command of his company he was killed at the battle of Scynthiana, Kentucky.  Mr. Halliday held the office of auditor in Meigs county, Ohio, for twenty-three years in succession.  His business was farming and teaching.  His widow, Jennie Halliday's address, is Rio Grande 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; Hardestty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


George Washington Hamer
Is a son of John and Margaret (Newbold) Hamer. He was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, October 26, 1842. He was married to Sabina Crump, in this township, April 28, 1870. She was born in Greenfield township October 27, 1851. The following embrace their children: Leeoinell, born February 15, 1871, died March 13, 1871; Minerva Rubea, February 19, 1872; Joseph Oscar, December 21, 1873; Walter, August 6, 1876, died January 8, 1877; Lillie Blanche, April 8, 1877, resides at home; George W., November 9, 1880, died November 30, 1880; Sabina, January 7, 1882. The parents of Mrs. Hamer are Joseph and Minervia (McLaughlin) Crump. Her father was born in 1803, and died September 28, 1877. Her mother was born June 8, 1818, and lives in this county. John Hamer, a brother of George, served in the late war four years in the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C. he participated in several battles, but escaped harm. He now resides in Pike county, where he is engaged in farming. Mr. Hamer is engaged in farming in Greenfield township. His postoffice address is Samsonville, Jackson 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.]


Asher B Hamilton
Was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, September 21, 1833. His parents are James C. and Eliza (McGhee) Hamilton, who settled in this county in 1834. Mr. Hamilton is engaged in the mill and woolen manufactory business. He was married in this county June 10, 1860, to Emily Kent, who is a native of Gallia county, born November 22, 1835. She is a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Stebbins) Kent, who were among the early settlers of this county, coming here in 1815; her father is deceased. The children of Mr. Hamilton are: Elia, born January 1, 1861, deceased; Frank K., May 11, 1863, deceased; Edwin A., November 28, 1865; Homer M., July 27, 1868; Emma, August 30, 1872. The postoffice address of Mr. Hamilton 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.]


Henry H. Hannan
Henry H. Hannan and Sarah Arbuckle were married near Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, West Virginia, June 2, 1868. He was a native of this county, born February 7, 1844; and his wife was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, January 4, 1845. They have the following children: Mary M., born September 13, 1869; Kate A., July 2, 1871; James H., March 5, 1873; John C., December 25, 1875; Rosa M., April 15, 1878. The parents of Mr. Hannan were Henry and Rhoda (Henderson) Hannan, settlers of this county in 1819. His father died October 16, 1852, and his mother April 2, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Hannan are James H. and Mahala F. (McPherson) Arbuckle, who are residents of West Virginia. Mr. Hannan held the office of justice of the peace two years, and was holding the office at the time of his death, which took place January 18, 1879. His wife is managing the farm which is located in Ohio township. Her postoffice address is Swan Cree, 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 Franklin Hannan
Is a native of Ohio township, born October 30, 1827. He is a son of Henry and Catherine M. (Madison) Hannan, who settled in this county in 1819. His father was born March 4, 1796, and died October 16, 1852. William F. Hannan was married in Gallipolis, May 4, 1857, to Matilda Caroline Grayman, who is a native of Meigs county, Ohio, born October 28, 1828. She is a daughter of Charles and Martha E. (Vanzandt) Grayum. Mr. Hannan has been township trustee for a number of years, and his father was one of the first to hold that office in the township. The children of Mr. Hannan are: Mary F., born March 3, 1858, resides in Ohio township; Emma J., July 30, 1860, resides at home; Flora E., March 24, 1863, resides at home; Laura K., March 6, 1865, resides at home. Mr. Hannan is a physician and is also engaged in farming. 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.]


Richard Harbour
Richard Harbour and his wife are both natives of this county. He was born February 25, 1824, and his wife, Clarinda Stover, August 3, 1823. They were married in this county January 12, 1845. The following comprise their family: Thomas J., born October 1, 1846, resides in Iowa; Elizabeth J., November 11, 1847, resides in this county; George W., August 5, 1850, resides in West Virginia; Nancy L., March 24, 1853, resides in this county; Mary F., December 2, 1855, resides in this county; Clarinda, February 9, 1858, resides in this county; Malinda S., January 18, 1861, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio; William, July 30, 1864, resides at home. The parents of Mr. Harbour were Benjamin and Elizabeth (Runels) Harbour, settlers of this county in 1811, when it was in a wild state. There were no roads, mills, or any of our modern conveniences. His father died in 1874, and his mother in 1860. The parents of Mrs. Harbour were Elijah and Mary (Scarbery) Stover, settlrs of this county in 1812. Her father died in 1824, and her mother in 1842. The subject of this sketch has twenty-nine grandchildren living and two dead. Electa F. Elliott died September 19, 1881, aged 19 months and 10 days. Mahala C. Sheets, born January 22, 1877, died January 30, 1877. The father of Mr. Harbour was a soldier in the war of 1812, and he contracted a disease in the service for which he drew a pension during his life. Mr. Harbour is a farmer residing 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.]


Jacob D Hathaway
Minister of the Gospel, was born in Washington county; Pennsylvania, January 22, 1815, and settled in this county in 1874. His parents are David P. and Elizabeth (Bennett) Hathaway. Mr. Hathaway has been twice married. His first wife, Belinda, daughter of Charles and Charlotte (Pennton) Smith, was born November 17, 1815, and died May 25, 1881. They had nine children, as follows: George W., born July 14, 1839, residence, Columbus, Ohio; Charlotte, July 4, 1841, residence, Iowa; Charles H., September 12, 1843, lives in Chicago; Elizabeth J., March 22, 1846, resides in Chillicothe, Ohio; Nancy O., September 18, 1848, died September 11, 1854; Jacob P., April 1, 1850, died February 10, 1853; Eliza S., December 30, 1852, residence, Millersport, Lawrence county, Ohio; Lovett T., July 9, 1856, died September 17, 1878; Mary Linda, May 5, 1858, lives in Canada. He was united in marriage with his second wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Coffman, in Gallipolis, October 20, 1881. By her first husband, James M. Coffman, born July 30, 1823, deceased February 4, 1873, she had nine children, namely: Andrew B., born August 9, 1847, residence, Shelbyville, Indiana; Stephen C., September 12, 1849, died September 14, 1878; James O., November 30, 1851, resides in Canada; Harriet J., February 27, 1854, lives in this county; George W., March 15, 1857, lives in Canada; Della A., June 27, 1859, died December 7, 1879; Effie B., August 9, 1862; Mary Kate, October 2, 1864; Charles M., June 27, 1869. Mr. Hathaway's first wife's father was born in Maryland, and died in Hampshire, Virginia; her mother died in 1843. His second wife was born in Gallia county, December 17, 1828, and her parents, Charles and Nancy (Turner) Chick, settled in this county in 1818. Charles M., son of Mr. Hathaway, enlisted as a private in the 133d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the surrender of Richmond, when he received an honorable discharge and returned home without a wound. 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.]


Hamilton Hay
Son of Reuben and Margaret (Alisher) Hay, who moved to this county in 1817. They are both deceased. He lives in Eureka, Clay township. He is a farmer, and was married twice. His first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Ward and Jeyney (Ward) Shaw, died September 2, 1874, aged 43 years 7 months and 6 days. He was born in Gallia county, November 18, 1833, and married Nancy, daughter of Peter and Mary A. R. (Buckley) Pravo, in Wood county, West Virginia, November 10, 1873. She was born in wood county, West Virginia, April 31, 1851. He settled in this county in 1823, and was trustee four years and school director fifteen years. His parents came here in 1817, and second wife's parents in 1865. He had no children with his second wife. The names of his children by the first wife are: infant, born January 18, 1853, died same day; Emery, January 18, 1855, lives at Millersport and is a merchant; Mary A., January 25, 1857, lives in Dakota Territory; Lydia L., May 13, 1859, lives in Dakota Territory; America, September 3, 1861, at home; Ruben, October 4, 1863, resides in Dakota Territory; Elizabeth, November 4, 1865, died August 22, 1869. His parents were among the early pioneers and had to undergo the privations allotted to early settlers. They had to grind their breadstuffs on hand-mills and their meats were all wild. On Sunday they had a luxury of wheat bread and coffee, but no churches or schools. The first sermon was preached in his father's house, by Rev. John Lee, a Baptist minister. He was born and always lived in Raccoon Bottom. At his birth there were only five houses where now there are fine farms and a great many improvements. Only one man, Graston Davis, is now living of the old pioneers. Address, Mr. Hay, 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.]


John Hesson
Is a native of Belmont county, Ohio, born April 5, 1814. His parents are John and Jane (Radden) Hesson. August 2, 1847, Mr. Hesson and Maria J. Pryor were married in Belmont county. She was born in that county April 15, 1817. She is mother of the following children: Mary, born November 14, 1849, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio; William, November 26, 1851, resides in this county; Samuel, July 3, 1853, resides in this county; James E., Emmet C., Henley G., John P., Nancy J., July 22, 1858, resides at home; Margaret A., February 4, 1860, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio. The parents of Mrs. Hesson are Isaac and Lucy (Richardson) Pryor. One of Mr. Hesson's sons, William, was a soldier in the late war, serving three years. In 1862, during the war, there were two attempts made to rob Mr. Hesson the first attempt was made at night, and the robbers got so far as to remove a bureau out of the house, but Mr. Hesson was awakened and gave chase, and the robbers dropped their plunder and escaped. The second attempt was only a few days after, when five colored men came, and quite a battle ensured, one of them leaving his revolver, but they secured no money. Mr. Hesson is a farmer, residing 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.]


Henry F Hill
Is a son of Edward Wiley Hill and Sarah (Coverston) Hill.  He was born in this township June 23, 1848, and at Rodney, this county on April 7, 1874, was married to Percy A. Tracy, who was born in Jackson county, Ohio, May 17, 1852, being a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Keck) Tracy.  Mr. and Mrs. Hill have the following children:  Charles W., born Mary 17, 1875, resides at Porter, this township; Anna Maud, November 7, 1877, resides at Porter.  Mr. Hill is a physician and surgeon residing in Springfield township.  He came to Porter in the spring of 1877; graduated from the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, the spring of 1878, and has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery ever since.  The post office address of Mr. Hill 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; Hardestty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Elisha Hobbs
May be justly styled "the" pioneer of this county. He was born in Randolph county, Virginia, April 27, 1793, and came to this county with his parents in 1800, having to endure all the hardships to the life of a first settler. Indians at that time were very numerous, but friendly. Mr. Hobbs served in the war of 1812 for three months, being stationed at Urbana, Ohio. The names of his parents are Timothy and Hannah (Bell) Hobbs. The first wife of Mr. Hobbs was Hannah Francis, who was a native of New York city. She was mother of one child, Susan, born May 12, 1819. The second wife is Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Lane, who was born in this county July 26, 1810. Their marriage took place in this county. They have the following children: Hannah J., born August 14, 1830, resides in Illinois; Nancy E., April 15, 1882, resides in this township; Squire T., March 15, 1834, resides in West Virginia; Thomas D., April 26, 1836, resides in this township; Henry W., November 28, 1838, resides in West Virginia; Caroline A., July 17, 1841, at home; Leathy F., November 27, 1843, died September 1, 1845; Mary R., April 27, 1847, resides in West Virginia; William F., June 8, 1852, resides at home. The last named son, William, is married to Romain Collins, who was born January 26, 1862. They have two children: Nellie N., born March 9, 1878; Harry, September 31, 1881. Mr. Hobbs held the office of constable in this township for a number of years. Three of his sons were in the late war. Henry was promoted to captain, and served four years; Thomas served four years; Squired also served four years; Henry was wounded at the battle of Pittsburg Landing. Mr. Hobbs' farm is located in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Mercerville, Gallia county, Ohio.


Edward T Holcomb
Was born in Vinton, Gallia county, January 4, 1822. His father, Samuel R. Holcomb, moved into Huntington township in April, 1805, carrying all his household goods on a horse behind him. He lived in a tent until they erected a log cabin; in the same year he started a settlement on the very ground where Vinton now stands. He continued to reside in the neighborhood until his death, which took place in the year 1867, at the age of 90 years. He was a native of Columbia county, New York. He was representative several terms in the Ohio legislature; was also sheriff of the county for eighteen years, besides holding several other county offices, among them county commissioner and treasurer. He was a brigadier-general in the late war, and he was also elected a presidential elector. During his life he accumulated considerable property, gave his children a good schooling, and he enjoyed a good reputation in Huntington township. He raised a family of ten children; two died in early life. A. T. Holcomb, the eldest of the family, died in his seventy-seventh year; he was also a man of some note, having been elected to the legislature of his native State three terms; he was a legal gentleman; both himself and wife were of the hardy pioneer class. Sarah (Ewing) Holcomb, the mother of Edward, died in 1850, aged 68 years. Edward Holcomb and Elizabeth Mitchell were married in Vinton, February 23, 1847. She is a native of England, a daughter of John and Mary Mitchell, both of whom are deceased. The children of this union are: Victoria, born December 12, 1847; Chauncey, September 4, 1849; Elizabeth, August 17, 1853; Walter, March 20, 1856; they all reside in Vinton. Mr. Holcomb was elected trustee of Huntington township in 1862. His son-in-law, C. Fogg, was a soldier in the late war; he enlisted in the 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at the battle of Winchester, July 24, 1864, and he died from the effect of his wound, April 26, 1882; he was an invalid pensioner. He leaves a wife and two children. Mr. Holcomb is engaged in farming in Huntington township. His 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.]


Samuel R Holcomb
Samuel R Holcomb and Catherine Dickey were married in Vinton, April 15, 1842. He is a native of this township, born September 7, 1820. Mrs. Holcomb was born in the State of Pennsylvania, May 7, 1820. The parents of Mr. Holcomb were among the pioneers of this county, settling here at the early date of 1817. Their names are Abner J. and Ann S. Holcomb. Samuel Dickey is the father of Mrs. Holcomb. To show the respect and confidence in which the subject of this sketch is held in this township, it is only necessary to say that he has held the office of constable two years, township trustee one year, and township clerk from 1872, for six years. He is engaged in farming in Huntington township. His 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.]


Henry Holley
Is a son of Samuel and Letta (Thomas) Holley, who settled in this county in 1820, enduring all the privations of a pioneer life. His father was born May 11, 1799, and died March 24, 1882; his mother was born in 1804, and died in January, 1869. Henry Holley and Anna Sheets were married in this county August 3, 1852. They are both natives of Gallia county; he born April 11, 1827, and his wife September 9, 1829. Mrs. Holley is a daughter of John and Susan (Henry) Sheets. The children of Mr. Holley are: Lavanna, born April 13, 1853, died March 20, 1858; Thomas J., June 10, 1854; Elizabeth J., December 17, 1856; James B., October 26, 1858; Emily F., November 30, 1861; Eliza A., July 14, 1864; John S., April 28, 1866; William H., August 7, 1869. Mr. Holley had five brothers in the late war, serving from four months to over one year; their names are William, James T., Samuel, Benjamin F., and Cornelius E. Mr. Holley is a physician and farmer, residing in Ohio township. Eureka, Gallia county, Ohio, is 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.]


Samuel Harrison Hott
Was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, December 3, 1816. He is a son of Daniel and Ann Mariah (Weir) Hott, both of whom are deceased. Barnett Weir, an uncle of Mr. Hott, was the discoverer of the famous Weir Cave, in Rockingham county, Virginia. The subject of this sketch has been carried through the cave when a child on the back of Mr. Weir. Mr. Hott's first wife was Mary Ann West, by whom he had one child, Mortier L., born April 21, 1845, died April 9, 1870. Nancy R. Patton became the wife of Mr. Hott in Highland county, Ohio, March 13, 1849. She is a daughter of James and Elizabeth (McClintic) Patton, and was born in Highland county, Ohio, July 8, 1827. She is mother of the following children: James P., born March 19, 1850, resides in Gallipolis; Columbia A., August 8, 1851, deceased; Thomas F., December 18, 1854, resides in Gallipolis; Harry A., March 1, 1862, resides in Gallipolis. The parents of Mrs. Hott are both deceased. Mr. Hott was appointed superintendent of the Gallia county infirmary in 1878, and has held the position ever since. He came to this county in 1859. 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.]


George House
Is a general insurance agent and notary public, his office being located over the first national bank, Gallipolis, Ohio. He was born in Gallia county, November 7, 1837, his parents being George and Catherine (Mitchell) House; his father is deceased, and his mother settled in Gallia county in 1836. Mr. House was enrolling clerk of the territorial legislature of Washington Territory, at the seventh session, in 1859-60. He was United States deputy surveyor from 1861 to 1865 for the territory of Washington. 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.]


Joseph Howard
Has been twice married. His first wife, Nancy, daughter of John and Nancy (Meloy) Bird, was born August 17, 1830, and died August 1, 1874. She left four children: Willis T., born May 5, 1853, lives in Barren county, Wisconsin; Davis W., April 19, 1857, resides in Barren county, Wisconsin; John J., May 28, 1859, lives in Springfield, Ohio; Emma F., June 9, 1868, at home. He married his second wife, Mary W. Neal, in Gallia county, July 13, 1876. Three children are the result of this marriage: Alta B., born June 27, 1877; Cora May, February 8, 1879; Chester F., April 13, 1881. She was born in Gallia county, March 18, 1841. Her parents, Thomas and Belinda (Allison) Neal, came to this county in 1817. Mr. Howard was born in Morgan county, Ohio, January 18, 1828, and settled in this county September 18, 1855. His parents are James and Alan (Moore) Howard. He enlisted in the late war, in Company K, 173d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He formerly held the office of trustee for three years. He was elected county commissioner in the fall of 1880, for three years. He was elected county commissioner in the fall of 1880, for three years. Business, 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.]


John W Howell
John W Howell and Cirene Northup was married in Green township February 16, 1860. He was born in Harrison, July 6, 1837, and his wife in Green township, April 3, 1840. They have the following children: Charlotte R., born May 13, 1861; Mary C., December 17, 1862; Cirene F., August 17, 1867; William E., November 11, 1869; Hattie B., December 21, 1872; they all reside in Harrison township. The father of Mr. Howell, Elijah, was born May 10, 1797. His mother, Rebecca (Roadarmour) Howell, was born June 10, 1806. Mr. Howell was a soldier in the war of the rebellion. He enlisted in Company G, 117th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, August 23, 1862, and served one year as infantry; the regiment was then turned into the 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery, serving as such until the close of th war. The parents of Mrs. Howell are Henry C. and Charlotte (Gilbert) Northup, settlers of this county in 1816. Mr. Howell is a farmer, residing in Harrison township. His postoffice address is Lincoln, 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 Hutsinpiller
An influential citizen of Green township, was born July 11, 1817. He is a native of Gallia county, having been born and reared within its limits. His parents were Abraham and Magdalena (Wax) Hutsinpiller, both now deceased. The subject of this sketch was married January 5, 1841, to Maria Winsor, Jacob Blazer, justice of the peace, performing the holy ceremony. Eleven children from this fitting union, in the order given below: Reuben L., born January 28, 1842, died May 15, 1864; Lydia R., November 16, 1843, resides in Springfield township, this county; Ina., August 27, 1845; Ada E., August 2, 1847, resides in Addison township, this county; Charles A., June 18, 1849, lives at Ironton, Lawrence county , Ohio; Simeon D., a Methodist Episcopal minister, September 10, 1851, lives now at Athens, Ohio; Jesse W., November 16, 1853; Anna D., June 1, 1856; William M., March 2, 1858, lives at Kansas City, Missouri; Rose W., March 24, 1860; and Jessie F., August 11, 1867. The parents of Mrs. Hutsinpiller were Mathewson and Nancy (Potter) Winsor. Her father was born in 1785 and died in 1843. Her mother was born in 1787 and died in 1860. Reuben Hutsinpiller, the eldest son, enlisted in the 7th Ohio Cavalry in 1862, and was taken prisoner in Kentucky, in November, 1863; he was taken to Andersonville prison, where he died May 16, 1864. He was also in the Libby prison before he was taken to Andersonville. Mr. Hutsinpiller is a farmer and stock-raiser, and may be addressed at Rodney, 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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