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Reverend James Q Lakin
Was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, May 29, 1815; is a son of Daniel and Theadosia (Shreves) Lakin; his father died March 2, 1839, and his mother July 6, 1824. The first marriage of Mr. Lakin occurred in Fairfield county, Ohio, June 22, 1836, to Eliza White, a daughter of Jesse and Sarah White; she was born December 11, 1813, and died June 22, 1846. She was mother of the following children: Jesse W., born March 12, 1837, resides in Terre Haute, Indiana; Mary J. H., January 6, 1839, died January 13, 1862; William H. S., August 19, 1840, died November 4, 1840; Francis A., October 12, 1841, died January 22, 1847; Sarah A., December 30, 1843, died July 9, 1849; Catherine, June 7, 1846, died June 10, 1846. The second marriage of Mr. Lakin was to Martha A. Vermillion - February 23, 1847; she died August 27, 1862. She had the following children: Delay F., born November 25, 1847, died March 7, 1848; Cyrus B., February 20, 1849, resides at Des Moines, Iowa; Karleen, July 29 1850, resides at Dresden, Ohio; Ann Jennet, May 15, 1852, resides at Columbus, Ohio; James E., November 27, 1853, resides at Independence, Missouri; Alice Grant, September 7, 1856, resides in Franklin county, Ohio; Uriah H., June 16, 1858, resides in Columbus, Ohio; Eddie C., June 25, 1860, resides in Columbus, Ohio. The present wife of Mr. Lakin is Martha A. Black, who was born in Ross county, Ohio, June 15, 1827; they were married in that county, January 28, 1864. She is a daughter of Charles and Anna (Rittenhouse) Black; her father died May 3, 1836, and her mother, March 25, 1844. Two of the sons of Mr. Lakin were soldiers in the late war. Francis A. served as first lieutenant, and was in duty during the whole of the war; he was taken prisoner, and confined at Libby prison eighteen months. Cyrus B. served about eighteen months; they both got their honorable discharge at the close of the war. Mr. Lakin came to this county in 1881, and has charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Centreville, Ohio, with his postoffice address 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]


David Lasley
Is the third son of a family of eight, all of whom, at this date are living. He was born in Cheshire township July 14, 1843. He is a son of Matthew and Rebecca (Eakin) Lasley, who were born October 6 and 16, 1815, respectively. Mr. David Lasley enlisted on the 23d of October, 1861, as a private of Company H, 53d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served as a private and non-commissioned officer, holding nearly all the offices in his company. He was commissioned officer, holding nearly all the offices in his company. He was commissioned first-lieutenant by Governor Brough May 20, 1865, and mustered into Company F, 53d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, He was in a great number of battles and was slightly wounded in the groin at the battle of Ezra Chapel, Georgia, but he did not leave his company. The fight occurred July 28, 1864. Mr. Lasley had four brothers in the service. Jonathan H. was second lieutenant; Joseph was in the 18th Ohio Battery; Matthew was a private in the 53d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was taken prisoner before Atlanta on the 22d of July, the same day McPherson was killed. He was in Andersonville two months. David was with him when he was captured. James L., the youngest brother who was in the service, was a member of the 3d Ohio Cavalry. Jonathan H. was shot in the left thigh, and it was considered a mortal wound, but did not prove so. David Lasley was married to Rilla Mauck in Cheshire township, January 1, 1866. She is a native of two children: Amos Baker, born March 11, 1868; and Thaddeus Frederick, June 26, 1869. Mr. Lasley has held several township offices, such as trustee, etc., at different periods. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising. His postoffice address is Cheshire, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Henry Lear
A resident of Walnut township, was born in Dorste, Ostrode county, Germany, October 21, 1839. He emigrated from Hanover, Germany, and landed at Philadelphia, in 1854; thence he went to Pittsburgh, remaining there till 1859, when he moved to this county. He was united in marriage with Caroline Klages, in this county, December 28, 1862. She is the mother of six children, namely: Caroline, born March 22, 18 , lives in Perry township; Augusta, November 20, 184; Frederic, September 18, 1866; Gustav, February 8, 1869; Henry A., January 1, 1872; John, June 15, 1874; the five youngest live at home. She was born in Dorste, Ostrode county, Germany, January 22, 1843, and is the daughter of Frederic and Agustine (Wise) Klages, who settled in this county in 1862. Mr. Lear's parents, August and Caroline (Klages) Lear, settled in this county in 1859. He was a soldier in the late civil conflict, in Company B, 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and, serving till the close, was honorably discharged. He formerly served as township trustee for three years. Business, farming and stock-raising. Address, Patriot, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Mons. Francis Le Clercq
Mons. Francis Le Clercq was a man of fine education, and born in Annis, France, January 8th, 1773; came with the first colonists; taught school at Gallipolis, and married Eulalie C. Marret, about 1808, who died January 12, 1809. Nine months afterward he married Marie Louise Cadot, a young lady whom he met at the Grant while engaged in surveying town lots of what was then Burrsburg, now Haverhill. For more than twenty-five years he was clerk of the court in Gallia county, and postmaster at Gallipolis for the same length of time. He was a Whig in politics and a member of the order of Free Masons. He was a highly respected citizen during his active life, and died November 17th, 1837, in his 64th year, and with his first wife, is buried in the Gallipolis cemetery.
[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. St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Gallipolis, Ohio)]



William E Leslie
Was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, November 13, 1837. He is a son of William and Nancy (Hall) Leslie, who were born in 1795 and 1803, and died in 1844 and 1867, respectively. William had three brothers in the late war, named John B., Robert P. and James E. Robert and James served three years in the 5th Virginia Volunter Infantry, and John in the 49th Kentucky Mounted Infantry. They were all honorably discharged. James is superintendent of infirmary in Boyd county, Kentucky; Robert is at Hocla Furnace, Lawrence county, Ohio; John is in Minnesota. Mr. Leslie has held the office of supervisor in this township for one year. The first wife of Mr. Leslie was Elizabeth Rose. She was born April 3, 1845, died January 11, 1871. She was mother of the following children: Margaret G., born August 30, 1863; John E., August 5, 1865; Charles R., April 4, 1867; Andrew T., November 1, 1868; Francis M., December 9, 1870, died July 22, 1871. The present wife of Mr. Leslie is Henriette Wigner Simmons, who was born in Perry township, March 17, 1844. They were married in Greenfield township January 14, 1872. The following are her children: Ada A., born April 17, 18 ; Florence E., May 18, 18 ; Emeret H., March 1, 1875; Eugene H., May 17, 1877; William R., January 18, 1879; Nellie J., June 4, 1881. The parents of Mrs. Leslie are John and Margaret (Wigner) Simmons. Her father is deceased. Mr. Leslie came to this county in 1862, and engaged in 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.]



Benjamin Lewis
Was born in Cardiganshire, Wales, where he was married to Esther Jones, who is also a native of that shire. His parents are Evan and Elizabeth Lewis, both of whom died in Wales. John Jones, the father of Mrs. Lewis, died in New Jersey, and her mother, Mary Jones, in Wales. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis are as follows: Evan, deceased March 31, 1876; John, resides in Clinton county, Missouri; David, deceased February 19, 1859; Mary (David), died in Jackson county, Ohio, August 1, 1866; Daniel, died in Clinton county, Missouri, March 16, 1860; Elizabeth (Davis), resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Margaret (Garland), resides in St. Louis, Missouri; Sarah, deceased October 15, 1861; Benjamin B. and Anna reside on the homestead where their parents settled in 1841. Their niece, Sarah Jane Davis, also resides with them. She is the youngest child living of William W. and Mary Davis, the latter of whom died August 1, 1866. Benjamin Lewis, the subject of this sketch, died June 10, 1866, at the age of seventy-two years and his wife died March 26, 1882, at the age of seventy-nine years. They were both thorough Christians, and members of the Congregational church, as were their parents before them and children after them. The postoffice address of Benjamin B. Lewis is 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]


David T Lewis
Is a son of Stephen and Mary (Gardner) Lewis. He was born in New York, May 8, 1827, and came to this county in 1840. He was married in this township March 23, 1854, to Lucy J. Ward, who was born in Monroe county, Ohio, January 21, 1835. The following are their children: Eleanor S. (Highley), born May 15, 1856, resides in Athens county, Ohio; Harvey Wilson, October 16, 1856, resides in Morgan township; Libbie, September 21, 1858, died October 3, 1860; John L., September 3, 1860, died December 14, 1865; Emma I., October 14, 1862, died January 20, 1864; Samuel M., August 9, 1864, drowned June 14, 1879; Martha J., October 10, 1866, resides in Morgan township; Charles E., August 16, 1869, resides in Morgan township; David E., April 19, 1872, resides in Morgan township. The parents of Mrs. Lewis are Benjamin and Nancy (Burns) Ward, settlers of this county in 1852. Mr. Lewis served in the late war, enlisting in Company I, 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, August 11, 1864, and was discharged at the close of the war. Mr. Lewis is a farmer, and his land is located in Morgan township. His address is Pine Grove 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.]


Jesse B Lewis
Is a son of Samuel and Mary (Burcham) Lewis, who settled in this county in 1830. Jesse was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, November 18, 1827. He was married to Levina Drummond, who was born in Gallia county, July 28, 1833. Her parents are Thornton and Lucy (Stover) Drummond. Their marriage took place in Walnut township, November 7, 1850. They have the following children: Eliza E. (Gillilan), born December 22, 1851, resides in Walnut township; Susan C. (Stewart), January 11, 1854, resides in Harrison; Lucinda C. (Champer), November 22, 1855, resides in Walnut township; Evan J., January 31, 1859, resides in Harrison; George S., May 7, 1863, resides in Harrison; Evaline I., April 15, 1867, resides in Harrison; Clara V., November 10, 1871, resides in Harrison. Mr. Lewis came to this county in 1849, where he is engaged in farming, his farm being located in Harrison 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.]


William Lewis
Is a native of the township of Huntington, born December 30, 1835. His father, Samuel Lewis, came to this county in 1834. He is still living, and during Morgan's raid into Ohio in 1864, he served his country by joining the force organized to drive him out. The grandfather of William Lewis was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving about one year. He died September 9, 1855, aged 82 years and 5 months. Hannah Lewis died March 23, 1853, aged 79 years. Electa (Wilcox) Lewis, the mother of William is deceased. William Lewis was married in this township January 1, 1857, to Sarah Jane Cardwell, who is also a native of Huntington township, born May 17, 1836. She is a daughter of James D. and Mary (Wood) Cardwell, who settled in this county in 1831. The grandfather of Mrs. Lewis was in the war of 1812, and three of her brothers enlisted in the Ohio Guards at the time of Morgan's raid in 1864. Mr. Lewis was also a solder in the war of the rebellion. He enlisted in August, 1862, in Company H, 27th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and reenlisted as a veteran December 28, 1863. He received his discharge at Louisville, Kentucky, July 11, 1865. Captain Stephen Attison was his commanding officer. Mr. Lewis was trustee of Raccoon township one year, and school director three years. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis are: Mary Ellen, born January 11, 1858, resides near Rodney; Almira Malanee, May 11, 1860, resides in this township; Nancy Cora, August 4, 1866, resides at home; Eric Samuel, October 17, 1868, deceased, November 29, 1870; Thomas Simeon, September 8, 1871, resides at home; Isadora, November 21, 1875, resides at home; Charles Dixon, January 5, 1879; died October 12, 1880; Carrie Arminta, April 2, 1880. Mr. Lewis' brothers, Hovey died September 19, 1858, aged 3 years and 9 months, and Aaron died June 12, 1855, aged 6 years and 6 months. Mr. Lewis' brothers, Perry and Alfred, were in the late war. Perry enlisted in the 27th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served about eighteen months, and reenlisted in the same company and regiment, and served to the close of the war. Alfred enlisted in the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, and was held about one month, when he was exchanged. He was then discharged. Mr. Lewis is a farmer of 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.]


William Lindsey
Has 500 acres of land in Cheshire township, which is stocked with thirty head of blooded horses, twenty-one head being of the Clydesdale and Norman breed. He has also 430 head of sheep and twenty head of cattle. About 400 acres of his land contain coal, and is located one mile east of Kyger and four miles west of Middleport. The subject of this sketch was born in Warren county, Pennsylvania, May 22, 1828, and came to this county in 1838. His parents are William and Hannah (Lewis0 Lindsey, who also came here in 1838. His father was born July 19, 1793, and his mother March 6, 1798. Their marriage took place December 29, 1825. He had been previously married to Margaret Wilson, September 8, 1814, and whose death occurred October 12, 1825. Mr. Lindsey had a half-brother who was in the late war, a member of the 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and he served until the closing battle of the war, when he was killed by a shell, and buried in the cemetery at Richmond, Virginia. A strange fatality of deaths from accident appears in this family history, who were composed of seven members, four full brothers: William, Lewis, Isaiah and Wilson; and three half-brothers: David, James, and Wesley. David was killed by a tree while cutting logs with an Indian, his death occurring about four hours after the accident; James was killed in the army by a shell; Wesley was killed by a bolt in a lath-mill in Indians, and died twenty-four hours after the accident; Wilson was drowned in the Ohio river at Story's run, the body being recovered in three-quarters of an hour afterwards - he was only eleven years of age. Mr. Lindsey is mainly engaged in raising blooded stock, in which he deals quite extensively. His postoffice address is Middleport, Meigs county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


George B Little
Son of John and Sarah (Beatie) Little, was born in Temple Village, Ireland, March 9, 1830, and settled in this county in 1857. He was united in marriage with Eleanor J., daughter of John and Mary Ann (Wiseman) Powers, in Lawrence county, May 14, 1857. She was born in this county, August 9, 1841, and is the mother of three children, all of whom are at home: George A., born July 9, 1859; Mary A., April 21, 1862; John P., March 6, 1865. John Powers was born in this county March 5, 1817, and Mary A. Powers in Virginia, May 27, 1818. The latter came to this county in 1830. Mrs. Little has three brothers. James and Richard were both wounded in the late war. Richard lives in Lawrence county. James and Robert reside in New York city. Mr Little is a merchant, farmer and stock-dealer. Address, McDaniels, Walnut township, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Dr Solomon Long
Was born in Ash county, North Carolina, May 8, 1821. He graduated at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1855, and has taken an active part in the profession ever since. He is the only doctor in the village of Wales, and has been for a number of years. He is the only doctor in the village of Wales, and has been for a number of years. His parents are John and Susannah (Stamper) Long. His father was born September 30, 1783, and died in April, 1876. His mother was born in June, 1790. Dr. Long was married by Rev. S. Stamper in the city of Wilksborough, North Carolina, December 4, 1844, to Nancy E. Abshire, who was born in Wilkes county, North Carolina, February 18, 1826. She is mother of the following children: Candace J., born June 18, 1845, resides in Perry township; Alfred C., October 27, 1847, died January 19, 1848; Nancy V., August 25, 1849, resides in Perry township; William R., March 12, 1852, died May 30, 1868. The last named came to his death by drowning while bathing. Mr. Long filled the office of justice of the peace in North Carolina for twenty years. The parents of Mrs. Long are William and Elizabeth Abshire. Her father was born in 1793, and died in 1847; her mother was born in 1790. The date of Dr. Long's settlement in this county is 1868. His postoffice address is Wales, 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 Loucks
Is a son of Jacob and Ledocia (Langford) Loucks. He was born in this county January 23, 1822. Frances M. Canterbury became the wife of Mr. Loucks in Harrison township, June 12, 1871. She was born in Harrison township, February 5, 1851. They have the following children: Waldo D., born April 20, 1872; Olive, December 22, 1874; Zella, August 17, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Loucks are Hugh and Louisa (Golden) Canterbury. The first wife of Mr. Loucks was Susanah Campbell, to whom he was married July 13, 1846. The children by this marriage are: John R., born May 26, 1848, resides in Harrison township; Lexaville (Martin), August 16, 1851, resides in Harrison; Emily (Catrell), October 20, 1853, resides in Clay township; Jacob S., February 2, 1857, resides in Harrison; William E., August 4, 1859, resides in Harrison township; Francis M., April 2, 1863, resides in Harrison. Mr. Loucks enlisted in the 18th Ohio Cavalry, August 5, 1862, and was discharged June 20, 1865, at the close of the war. He is a resident of Harrison township, where he is engaged in farming. His address is Thivener 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.]


Lee Lowry
Was born in Gap Mills, Monroe county, West Virginia, June 18, 1841. His parents are William L. and Catherine D. (Humphreys) Lowry. They were both born in Monroe county, Virginia, where his mother died. Mary M. Patterson became the wife of Lee Lowry, at Salem, Greenbrier county, West Virginia, February 28, 1861. She is a native of the same place, born May 3, 1838. Her parents are Joseph and Mary B. (Puckett) Patterson. Her mother was born in Nelson county, Virginia, and both her parents reside in Greenbrier county, West Virginia. Mr. Lowry was in the government employ for three years, conveying supplies to the army. Mr. Lowry has the following children: Mary A., born June 22, 1862, resides at home; Joseph W., January 20, 1865, in Kanawha county, Virginia; Andrew C., March 4, 1867, in Fayette county, West Virginia; Lee A., December 26, 1871, in Greenbrier county, West Virginia; John H., March 17, 1872 - Sarah C., March 17, 1872 (twins); Charles I. G., July 29, 1879. Mr. Lowry's son, Lee A., received injuries which caused scrofulous sores on his knee joint, causing him intense pain ever since 1877, since which time he had to carry himself on crutches. He is now being attended by Dr. S. B. Hartman, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who is relieving him of his suffering. Mr. Lowry is engaged in farming and stock-raising. His postoffice address is Sprinkle's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Thomas L Lloyd
Was left without his parents when twelve years of age, and since then he has had to support himself. He worked about eight or nine months of the year to clothe himself and pay for his schooling, which he attended in the winter months. He educated himself so that he was competent to teach school, and has taught for seventeen terms in adjoining counties. He commenced mercantile business on his farm July 4, 1876, and has continued in that business most of that time. He also carries on the business of saw-milling and coaling for the last three years. He was born at Howard Furnace, Scioto county, Ohio, January 24, 1853. He is a son of Evan and Hannah (Davis) Lloyd, settlers of this county in 1853, both deceased. Mr. Lloyd was married June 24, 1880, to Martha M. Williams, in Gallipolis. She was born in Walnut township, Gallia county, November 7, 1858, and died May 9, 1881. Her parents are John and Mary (Knox) Williams. Mr. Lloyd has filled the office of township treasurer four years and clerk one year. He is engaged in merchandising and farming. His postoffice addresses are Gallia Furnace, Gallia county, and 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.]

 





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