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L.M. Safford
Was born in Green township, Gallia county, Ohio, August 22, 1830. His parents were Robert and Almira (Cubbage) Safford. He was married to Johanna Spicer, in Gallipolis, Ohio, December 31, 1856, by the Reverend T. L. Simmons. Eleven children have resulted from this union, as follows: Elizabeth K., born October 12, 1857, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Charles E., February 16, 1859; Lydia C., October 12, 1860; Mattie L., November 22, 1862; Alice L., September 19, 1864; David R., September 29, 1866; Lena M., January 17, 1868; Thomas C., January 26, 1871; Emma D., September 26, 1872; Nolia S., October 21, 1874; Edna P., December 19, 1878, died December 22, 1878. Mrs. Safford is the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Rial) Spicer. She was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, September 5, 1835. Her parents settled in Gallia county in 1848. The subject of this sketch was elected to the office of constable sixteen years ago, and has held the same uninterruptedly ever since. He follows farming as a profession. 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.]


Colonel Robert Safford
There is no one more early identified with the history of Gallipolis than the subject of this sketch. He belonged to that sturdy, courageous and enterprising class of pioneers who formed the advance guard of civilization, and who have now nearly all passed away. As will be seen by reference to the history of the early settlement of Gallipolis, he was a member of Major Burnham’s party, who came on June 8th, 1790, in advance of the French settlers, and cleared the ground and erected block-houses, stockades and log-cabins upon what is now the public square, ready for the colonists, who came and occupied them over four months later.
After the selection of the site and landing, with that spirit to take the lead which characterized him through life, he sprang ashore with ax in hand and felled the first tree. As provisions were dear and game plentiful, he joined a band of thirty hunters, who were employed to furnish meat to the settlement, of which McMann, afterwards killed at Fort Recovery, was captain. Besides the wages paid; each man, as a stimulous to his industry was allowed the valuable skins and furs of the animals they killed. It was customary with the band to observe the Sabbath by resting from the exciting chase, and spending the day in cleaning their guns, repairing their moccasins, and stretching and dressing their skins. Colonel Safford, while hunting on one occasion, killed a panther ten feet long. He was also one of the regular appointed scouts, and has experienced many exciting adventures with the Indians. While on one of his scouting expeditions on Raccoon creek, in the winter of 1790-1, he discovered a cave near which were the remains of an old log-cabin, almost entirely decayed with age. It was a matter of wonderment to him all his lifetime as to who the builder and occupant could have been, and it remains a mystery still.
Daniel Boone, the famous Kentuckian, James Burford, the celebrated story-teller, and Colonel Safford were firm friends, and trapped together in 1792 on Raccoon creek near Adamsville, where they caught one hundred beavers; also at Beaver Dam, on the creek, near Vinton. When Boone took leave of his friend Safford, he presented him with the largest of his traps, which he had named “Old Isaac,” also a tomahawk and a small ax [sic]. These Colonel Safford kept until his death, when they passed into the hands of son, T. C. Safford, and they are now exhibited as very interesting relics. James Burford, mentioned above, gained a national reputation for relating remarkable stories in a bland, suave and impressive style that carried conviction with them, notwithstanding their absurdity. Many of these are related, not only at Gallipolis, but in all parts of the country. An attempt was made at one time to impeach his testimony on the ground of this remarkable characteristic, and Colonel Safford was called upon, who testified that he was a strictly truthful man and only told these stories for amusement. As an evidence of the confidence the people placed in him, the township records show that he was elected to the responsible position of Fence Viewer, in 1803, but there was is no record of his ever being elected again to office. Mr. Burford, although unquestionable an honest man in all matters pertaining to business, and was never known to deceive a man to injure him, was, nevertheless the most notorious sensation-yarner on the frontier. He claimed the championship in this, and well earned it, and when a Yankee named Jacobs came down from "Varmount" and beat him at it so palpably that he was forced to acknowledge his defeat, he became completely chagrined and dejected, and it so worked upon his feelings that he sold out his farm in Racoon township and went to Indiana, where he soon after died.
Colonel Safford was chairman of the first board of township trustees, in 1802; was the first junior warden of the Free Mason Lodge No. 7, of Gallipolis; was a soldier in the war of 1812, and history informs us that he was a magistrate here in 1798, and officiated in several marriage ceremonies at that early date. He was a member of the Ninth General Assembly, in 1810, and was elected State Senator in 1828 to 1831, inclusive, when members were elected annually. Nearly all his lifetime he held positions of honor and responsibility, and his name appears as often as that of any other man in the history of this section.
On the second Tuesday of September, 1817, Jim Lane was hung – the only man ever executed in the county. Judge Thompson, of Chillicothe, presided at the trial, but he managed to evade the painful duty of pronouncing the death sentence, and it devolved upon Associate Judge Safford, who did it in his characteristically prompt style. Samuel Holcomb was sheriff, and it is said that Rev. Gould, the Presbyterian minister, preached a sermon tow hours long upon the occasion.
He was a remarkably active man in his old age, and when over eighty used a rifle with an accuracy and skill to be envied by the keenest-eyed backwoodsman. In 1852, when eighty-six years of age, he eagerly accepted an invitation from Charles Creuzet to accompany him to Philadelphia to "see the elephant." Everything was new and full of interest to the old gentleman. He tired out his young companion the first day, who tried to follow him in his sight-seeing. Arising in the morning at daylight, he perambulated until night, day after day, during their stay, attended the theatre at night and kept Mr. Creuzet up until midnight relating the wonderful things he had witnessed in town.
He died July 26th, 1863, in his ninety-eighth year, and his remains were buried in the family burial ground upon his farm, a few miles from Gallipolis. His descendants are numbered among some of the most prominent families in this part of the country.
[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 Sanders
Is a native of Fluvanna county, Virginia, where he was born July 3, 1823. His father, William Sanders, was born September 26, 1786, and died May 8, 1861. He served through the war of 1812. Sarah (Strong) Sanders, mother of Joseph, was born February 4, 1798, and died September 2, 1863. They settled in this county in 1835. The paternal grandparents of Mr. Sanders are John and Ann (Cothen) Sanders. Both his paternal and maternal grandfathers were in the war of the revolution, and were both at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. His maternal grandfather, John Strong, was taken prisoner by the British. The brothers and sisters of Joseph Sanders are: Samuel II., born June 27, 1816; Elizabeth C., May 22, 1818; John M., April 18, 1820; William J, February 7, 1821; Sarah A., June 6, 1825; Thomas B., April 23, 1827; Susan M., November 14, 1829; July M., June 24, 1831; Lucy J., August 14, 1834; Stephen E. and Jacob J., December 23, 1835; Eliza F., February 4, 1838; Hezekiah H., July 6, 1840; Zachariah P., June 26, 1842. Joseph Sanders was married in Gallia county, January 7, 1846, to Sarah Sheets, who is a native of this county, born February 9, 1828. She is mother of the following children: Manerva M. (Whitrock), born December , 1846, died November 23, 1878; Bettie Jane (Barlow), September 2, 1849, resides in Guyan township; Mildred A. (Sanders), September 20, 1851, died in 1852; Sarah A. (Barlow), February 14, 1854, resides in Guyan township; Ida A., January 9, 1856, resides in Mason township, Lawrence county; Juda, December 20, 1857, died May 1, 1859; Alfred W., January 11, 1860, resides in Guyan township; Charlotte L., December 14, 1861, resides in Mason township, Lawrence county, Ohio; Emily S., October 14, 1863; Joseph W., January 10, 1866; Clarence U. G., December 16, 1867; Gideon E., November 4, 1871; infant son, born and died August 28, 1848. The grandchildren of Mr. Sanders are: Noah E. Whitrock, born May 8, 1869; Sarah J., December 18, 1870; Joseph C., May 10, 1875, died January 3, 1881. Mr. Sanders had five brothers in the late war on the Union side. Two of them died in the service. Stephen E. at Memphis, Tennessee, and William J. at Covington, Kentucky. Mr. Sanders is engaged in farming in Mason township, Lawrence county, Ohio. 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.]
 


James K Scott
Farmer, son of Robert and Mary A. (Keeble) Scott both deceased, was born in Morrow county, West Virginia, January 7, 1809. He settled in Gallia county, Ohio, in 1862. He died August 27, 1868. He was united in marriage with Clarissa A., daughter of Thomas and Prucilla (Craft) Black, both deceased, in Greenbrier, West Virginia, May 11, 1841. She was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1823. They had two children: Samuel A., born May 6, 1848, resides in Lewisburg, West Virginia; Sarah E., May 11, 1851, lives at home and is a school-teacher. He held the position of captain of militia from 1840 to 1849. Postoffice address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Mons. Peter Serot
Mons. Peter Serot was a French sailor until he arrived at Alexandria with the emigrants. There in 1790, he married Mary Catherine Avaline, a Parisian lady of education, after a courtship of five days. Mons. and Mad. Serot resided at Gallipolis, and by their industry received the respect of the community and gained considerable property. September 30th, 1796, M. Serot died leaving four children; Mary, Leonard, John and Peter, and was buried in the public square at Gallipolis, six years after his arrival. February 12th, 1797, Mad. Serot married Andrew Le Croix, a settler of the French grant.
[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 Serriere
Is the resident of the township of Harrison, where he has an extensive farm. He was born in the city of Gallipolis, February 18, 1817. He is a son of Francis and Nancy (Sanns) Serriere. They came to this county in the year 1818. Clarinda Cottrell became the wife of Mr. Serriere in Clay township, April 14, 1856. She was born in that township December 19, 1830. They have the following children: James, born November 28, 1856, died August 27, 1857; George I., February 26, 1859, died January 10, 1878; John S., August 24, 1862, died November 16, 1863; Eliza, November 16, 1864, died March 7, 1882; Henry, May 3, 1866, resides in Harrison township; Edward, November 9, 1868, resides in Harrison township; Francis, June 9, 1871, resides in Harrison. The parents of Mrs. Serriere are Edward and Rhoda (Langford) Cottrell, who settled in this county in 1809, when it was nothing but a wilderness. Mr. Serriere came to this county in 1825. His postoffice address is 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.]


George W Shack
Was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, May 11, 1832. He is a son of John D. and Mary Ann (McGhee) Shack, who settled in this county in 1832. The former was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1807, the latter in Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1809. The first wife of Mr. Shack was Hannah Shivly, to whom the following children were born: Virginia, born February 8, 1857; George E., August 17, 1858; John D., September 23, 1860 - they all reside in Vinton. The second wife of Mr. Shack is Catherine Robinson. She is a daughter of Kinsey and Hannah (March) Robinson. Her father came to this county in 1848, and her mother is deceased. She was born in Columbiana county, May 6, 1835. There is one child by this union: Sarah M., born October 2, 1865. Mr. Shack is engaged in the mill and woolen manufacturing business. 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.]



John Shively
Was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, April 18, 1818. His parents, both of whom are deceased, were John and Hannah (Wallum) Shively. The subject of this sketch was married in Columbiana county, Ohio, November 15, 1838, to Elizabeth Bard, who is also a native of Columbiana county, born March 15, 1821. They have the following children: Henry, born December 28, 1842, resides in section 22 of this township; Jeremiah, August 22, 1845, deceased; George, May 1, 1851, resides in Vinton; Richard Campbell, November 22, 1855, resides in Pickaway county; Mary Elizabeth, June 12, 1858, deceased; Daniel Devore, December 3, 1860, resides in Pickaway county; John J., July 23, 1863, deceased. The parents of Mrs. Shively were Henry and Winford (Hueston) Bard, both deceased. Mr. Shively is a farmer of Huntington township. Address, 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.]


David R Severenus Shaffer
Was born in Page county, Virginia, October 23, 1837, where he worked on a farm with his father, attending school two or three months each year, until he was twnety years of age. During the winter of 1857-8 he got the benefit of a six months' term of school at the Luray academy in Page county. By close application and hard study he learned soemthing about geometry, surveying, algebra and chemistry. He taught school during the winter of 1858-9. He left Page county for Missouri on the 3d of March, 1860, arriving at tipton, Moniteau county, Missouri, the 7th of the same month. He worked in a flouring mill the most of the time that he was there. He was within eighteen miles of Booneville when General Lyon fought the rebels there. He remained in Missouri during 1860-61 and part of 1862, the war excitement running very high at that time. He left Missouri, June 7, 1862, starting from Tipton by rail, and spending several days in St. Louis. From there he took passage on the large stern-wheeler, Prima Donna, for Cincinnati. From there he took passage on the steamboat Izetta for Cheshire, at which place he landed June 13, 1862. He taught school in the winter and worked at the carpenter's trade in the summer, which was varied by a two week's service in the Ohio National Guard during the Morgan raid in Ohio. He also served ten days with the militia termed "Squirrel-Hunters." His regiment was encamped in the Chickamauga bottoms, known to us as "Camp Hard-scrabble." They were stationed there during General Lighburn's retreat down the Kanawha valley. Mr. Shaffer also served four months in the 141st Ohio National Guard in the summer of 1864. In the spring of 1865 he entered into a partnership with Captain Samuel Rothgeb in the mercantile business at Addison. They continued the business until 1872, when Mr. Shaffer bought the whole business, which he is still carrying on. He acted as assistant postmaster from June, 1865, until February, 1880, when he was appointed postmaster, which office he still holds in 1882. The parents of Mr. Shaffer are Isaac and Mary (Rothgeb) Shaffer. Mr. Shaffer was married in this county, June 8, 1865, to Louisa Rousha, who was born in Gallia county September 6, 1839. Her parents are William and Esther (Rothgeb) Roush. Her father was born in this county and her mother in Page county, Virginia. Her mother came to this county in 1827, with her parents. The following are the children of Mr. Shaffer: Joseph V., born February 26, 1866; Vest D., May 5, 1870; David H., December 13, 1874; they all reside at home. Their mother died November 1, 1881. Mr. Shaffer was treasurer of Addison township in the year 1874. His address is 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.]


Michael Shaffer
Was born in Wythe county, Virginia, October 16, 1803, and came to this county with his parents, Michael and Hannah (Miller) Shaffer, in 1813. His father was born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, and died in 1829. His mother died January 26, 1850. At the date of settlement of the county it was in a very wild state, and the parents of Mr. Shaffer had to endure a great many hardships and privations. Emily McCoy beame the wife of Mr. Shaffer in this township May 31, 1836. She is a daughter of William and Catherine (Merredi) McCoy, and was born in Wythe county, Virginia, March 5, 1818. Both of her parents are deceased. The following are the children: Hannah Maletha, born July 7, 1837, resides in this township; Catharine Amanda, September 21, 1838, resides in Greenfield township; Luke, September 19, 1840, died June 20, 1842; Elizabeth Margaret, September 13, 1842, resides in Oak Hill, Jackson county, Ohio; William Allen, October 10, 1846, resides in Palo Alto, Hamilton county, Illinois; Lewis Cass, November 5, 1848, resides in Oak Hill; Franklin Pierce, July 23, 1851, resides in this township; Mary Jane, October 5, 1844, resides in this township; Martha Adaline, March 17, 1853, resides at home; Sarah Emeline, February 11, 1855, resides in Oak Hill; David Ransom, February 19, 1857, resides at home; Ellen, September 21, 1859, resides at home; Anna Belle, January 9, 1862, resides at home; Michael Sherman, August 20, 1864, resides at home. Mr. Shaffer held the office of supervisor and trustee for a number of years. His son, William Allen, was in the war of the rebellion. He enlisted in the 73d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, going out at the last call and serving one year. He was in proximity to the battle of Nashville, but his regiment was not called into action. Mr. Shaffer died March 19, 1881, after an illness of ten months, with paralysis. His funeral discourse was preached by Reverend B. W. Mason, the text being taken from the sixth and seventh verses of the fifth chapter of Job. His wife survives him, and is residing on the homestead at the age of sixty-four, hale and hearty at this date, 1882. The duties of the farm are attended to by the sons and daughters who remain at home. The farm contains three hundred acres. David R. Shaffer is pursuing the study of anatomy, and has in his possession the skeleton of an European lady, which he purchased to aid him in his studies. Michael Shaffer was by trade a blackmith. The postoffice address of Mrs. Shaffer 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.]


Lewis C. Sharon
Is a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, where he was born November 22, 1823. His grandfather came to this county in the Mayflower from England, and settled with his parents near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. During the revolutionary war he came with Zane to the fort opposite Wheeling, and helped support it. The parents of Mr. Sharon were William and Susan (Kirk) Sharon. His father was born in 1794, and died April 5, 1879. His mother was born in 1796, and died in 1862. William Sharon emigrated to Jefferson county, Ohio, with his parents in 1806, being the first settlers opposite Wheeling. The grandfather of Lewis served eight years in the revolutionary army under Washington; he was a second lieutenant. Lewis' grandmother Sarah Smiley gave him a present which he still retains, which was given her by Washington in the year 1782, at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The father of Lewis served in the war of 1812. Lewis Sharon was married to Philena Jones in Meigs county, Ohio, October 5, 1858. She was born in that county November 16, 1823. They have one child: William A., born October 11, 1859, and who resides at home. The parents of Mrs. Sharon were Phillip and Mary (Higly) Jones, who died in 1870 and 1866, respectively. Mr. Sharon held the office of township clerk in Jefferson township for one term. The subject of this sketch is a brother of Senator Sharon, of California, whose name is, perhaps, more closely identified with the Great West than that of any other single individual now living. Though, like most other men, he has seen times when fickle fortune has turned her back upon him temporarily, yet his life has throughout been marked by a degree of success which it is the happy lot of but very few men to attain. Nor has this been due to a good luck alone. Ability, shrewdness, and unlimited spirit of enterprise, and a strict adherence to the laws of fair dealing, have made Senator Sharon what he is - whether he is judged as a millionaire or a social and political magnate. The amount of good which he has done for San Francisco and California, it is beyond our power to compute. For many years past all the most important enterprises in the State have either been originated or substantially encouraged by him. If he had done nothing else but build the Palace Hotel, that alone would be a long enduring monument to his business sagacity and pluck, and the magnificent scale on which he bases his ideas of enterprise. But he has done far more than this for the Golden State. Her mills, factories, railroads, and nearly all her other leading and prosperous industries testify in his praise he has worked for the people and with them, as only one man in a generation can work, and almost every interest that he has touched and supported has grown and flourished as if by magic. For the State of Nevada he has done as much. With his wealth he has developed her mines, and with his railroads he has brought her remotest silver regions and other resources into communication with the outer world. Nevada rewarded him by making him her senator; but even that great honor by no means cancels the debt of gratitude she owes him. A man with a record like Sharon's has reason to be prouder of his life than any monarch, and certainly has a stronger hold upon the affections of the people than the mightiest sovereign could have. Lewis Sharon came to Gallia county in 1864, locating in Addison township, where he is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Galllipolis, Gallia county, Ohio.
[SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


James Shaver
A resident of Springfield township, was born in this county December 27, 1816. His parents, Thomas and Susan (Clark) Shaver, came to this county in 1815. His wife, Mary A., daughter of William and Mary A. (Kerr) Edwards, was born in Dumfarland, Scotland, June 17, 1813, and settled in this county with her parents in 1836. She was married to Mr. Shaver in Gallipolis, April 27, 1841, and is the mother of six children, who are: William E., born February 10, 1842, resides in this county; Abraham C., July 21, 1843, lives in Kanawha county, West Virginia; Mary J., May 8, 1845, at home; Susan (Fergason), June 18, 1847, lives in this county; James L., February 20, 1850, resides in Kanawha county, West Virginia; Thomas J., October 12, 1857, at home. Mr. Shaver had two sons, William E. and Abraham C., who enlisted in the late war. William enlisted in 1861, in the 19th United States Regulars, served to the close of the war and received an honorable discharge. He was wounded twice during his service, once in the battle of Chickamauga and again the battle of Bull Run. Abraham enlisted in 1865 in the 194th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was fine sergeant of Company C, but was taken sick and never went out in the service. Mr. Shaver has held several public offices, and is now engaged in farming. Address, Pine Grove, Gallia county, Ohio.
[SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Brice H Sheets [No 1]
Is a native of this county, born July 11, 1823. He has been twice married. His first wife was Mahaly Fowler, who was born May 17, 1823, and died March 26, 1864. She is mother of the following children: Rebecca J., born January 2, 1846; Louis M, December 14, 1848; Sarah A., June 26, 1851; Susan F., April 20, 1853; John F., April 12, 1855; Rhody A., May 2, 1857; Elizabeth E., March 7, 1862, died August 20, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Fowler are the parents of the first Mrs. Sheets. The second wife is Sarah S. Sanders, born in this county February 10, 1838. They were married in Lawrence county, Ohio, August 27, 1865. She has the following children: Lorena B., born October 2, 1866; Araminta, October 17, 1868; George R., January 20 1871; Chloe F., January 29, 1873; Faraby, September 30, 1876; Retha O., March 5, 1878; Vilony E., November 5, 1881; they all reside at home. The parents of Mr. Sheets are John H. and Susan (Henry) Sheets, settlers of this county when it was nothing but a wilderness, in 1816. The parents of Mrs. Sheets came here in 1820. Their names are Jesse and Nancy (Strong) Sanders. Her father died in 1865, and her mother in May, 1858. A brother of Mr. Sheets was a soldier in the war of 1861, serving one year. Mr. Sheets 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.]


Edward Sheets
Was born July 13, 1855, in Gallia county, Ohio. His father, George W. Sheets, was born March 25, 1830, and his mother, Susan M. (Sanders) Sheets, was born December 14, 1829, and died in 1874. They settled in this county in 1830. George W. was a soldier in the late war, serving ten months. The brothers and sisters of Mr. Sheets are: William J., born July 17, 1853, died March 4, 1879; Albert W., July 16, 1857, died August 30, 1858; Sarah J., April 13, 1859, resides in this county; Elizabeth M., March 25, 1861, resides in this county; Susan C., August 10, 1864, died March 1, 1869. Mr. Sheets was married in this county, August 2, 1876, to Virginia E. Warren, who was born in Glenwood, Mason county, Virginia, July 2, 1855. She is mother of the following children: Adonirum J., born June 25, 1877, resides at home; Fanny A., January 23, 1879, died September 16, 1880; Andrew H., February 4, 1880. The parents of Mrs. Sheets are Andrew J. and Mary A. (McCoy) Warren, who came to this county in 1864. Her father was born February 4, 1821, and her mother June 16, 1821. The farm of Mr. Sheets is located in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Mercerville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Gory W Sheets
is a resident of Guyan township, where he is engaged in farming. He is a native of this county, born January 18, 1838. John Sheets, the father of Gory, was among the very settlers of this township, enduring all privations incident to a pioneer life; he died in 1862. The mother of the subject of this sketch, Susan (Henrey) Sheets, died July 21, 1876. The date of their settlement in this county was 1806. The first wife of Mr. Sheets was Becky Willcox. The second marriage took place in Gallia county, September 28, 1861, to Eliza A. Martt, who was born in this county, January 15, 1843. She is a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Page) Martt. The children by this marriage are: Hulda E., born August 14, 1862, resides at home; America F., October 21, 1863, resides in this township; John W., March 26, 1865; James M., April 3, 1867; Emily S., July 28, 1868; Jerry, July 30, 1870, died November 6, 1874; Electa F., Eugene, March 31, 1878; Bertha A., March 7, 1880. Mr. Sheets has been school director in this township for twelve years. The address of Mr. Sheets 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.]


John H Sheets [No 1]
Is a native of this county, born June 14, 1824. His father, William Sheets, was born 1795, and died March 7, 1871, aged 76 years. Elizabeth (Henry) Sheets, his mother, was born in 1793, and died March 2, 1864, aged 71 years. They came to this county in 1806. The first wife of Mr. Sheets was Jane, daughter of Elijah and Jane (Bogan) Fowler, who was born July 18, 1824, and died June 19, 1871. She is mother of the following children: William F., born March 20, 1846; Louis M., November 11, 1847; Elijah W., January 16, 1850; Elizabeth F., November 16, 1852; Brice M., April 28, 1856; John J., December 28, 1859; James S., December 21, 1861; Luther W., February 28, 1863. They are all residents of Gallia county. The father of Mr. Sheets came to this county when there were no roads, schools, churches or mills. Everything was done by hand. Game was very plentiful, and he killed a few bear in this township. Sarah E. Niday became the wife of Mr. Sheets in this township July 4, 1872. She was born in this county January 21, 1833. Her parents are Jacob and Unes (Colwell) Niday, settlers of this county in 1827. Mrs. Sheets is the mother of two children, viz: Caony F., born January 20 1876; March C., January 28, 1878. Mr. Sheets has been trustee of this township for four years. Mr. Sheet's son, William F., served one year in the war of 1861. Mr. Sheets is a farmer, his farm being located in Guyan township. His 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.]


Lewis M Sheets
Lewis M Sheets and Nancy C. Drummond was married in Gallia county July 26, 1868. He is a son of John H. Sheets, No. 1, and Jane (Fowler) Sheets, settlers of this county in 1824. Lewis was born in Gallia county November 11, 1847, and his wife is also a native of this county, born June 12, 1850. They have the following children: Harriet C., born August 2, 1869; Elizabeth J., March 8, 1871; Lela Vo., September 2, 1873; Franklin T., August 4, 1876; William E., December 10 1878; Chloe F., July 25, 1881; they all reside in Guyan township. The parents of Mrs. Sheets are Sylvester and Elizabeth (Earwood) Drummond. Mr. Sheets filled the office of assessor in Guyan township one year. He is engaged in teaching school, having followed that profession for sixteen years. He got his education by his own efforts at home. The postoffice address of Mr. Sheets 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.]


Louis M Sheets [No 2]
Was born in this county December 14, 1837. He is a son of Brice H. Sheets, No. 1, and Mahala (Fowler) Sheets, settlers of this county in 1832. Nancy L. Harbour beame the wife of Mr. Sheets in this county September 5, 1869. She is a native of this county, born March 24, 1853. The following comprise their children: Richard H., born January 25, 1871; Bertha A., February 18, 1872; Sherman, February 20, 1873; Lenora F., March 11, 1874; Teressa J., August 10, 1875; Mahala C., January 22, 1877, died January 30, 1877; Letha C., January 16, 1878; Matilda S. September 25, 1880; Sarah E., March 11, 1822; they all reside at home. The parents of Mrs. Sheets are Richard and Clorinda (Stover) Harbour. They settled in this county in 1824. Mr. Sheets 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.]


Claiborn Shelton
Was born in this township and county, August 1, 1816. His parents, John and Catherine (Mosbarger) Shelton, settled in Gallia county in 1810, coming from Virginia. They endured a great many privations incident to a pioneer life, having to pound their corn for bread. His father was born in 1792, and died in 1864; his mother is also deceased. The first wife of Mr. Shelton was Nancy C. Booton, who was born in Jackson county, Ohio, June 28, 1823, and died June 20, 1863. She is mother of the following children: John, born June 16, 1842, resides in this county; Catherine, March, 29, 1844, resides at home; Tobitha, March 5, 1850; Elizabeth, October 27, 1852, resides at home; Anna S., August 2, 1854, resides in West Virginia; Mary A., March 6, 1856, resides at home; Mariah, October 1, 1858, resides at home. The present wife of Mr. Shelton is Anna Jones, who was born in Wales, May 30, 1834. The following are her children: Thomas J., born August 8, 1864, resides at home, as do all the rest; William E., August 23, 1866; Claiborn, January 12, 1869; Tallitha, November 10, 1871; Anna, February 1, 1874; Benjamin F., August 4, 1876; David, February 1, 1880. The parents of Mrs. Shelton are Evans Jane (Lewis) Jones, settlers of Gallia county in 1841. Mr. Shelton has filled the office of justice of the peace twenty-one years. He was the first assessor and land appraiser, and has had the office of clerk about twenty years, treasurer three years, and trustee two years. 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 Shelton
Was born in Greenfield township, Gallia county, Ohio, May 7, 1846. His parents were Claiborn and Nancy C. (Booton) Shelton, who settled in Gallia county, in 1816. The mother died in June, 1863. John Shelton was married to Isabella Wickline, in Raccoon township, Gallia county, Ohio, on the 10th day of November, 1864. This fitting and happy union gave birth to ten children, as follows: Phoebe C., born October 5, 1865, resides at home; Tabitha E., October 4, 1867, died July 18, 1868; Virginia C., March 21, 1869, resides at home; Lucy E., January 5, 1871, resides at home; Mary A., October 28, 1872, lives at home; William A., November 17, 1874, died November 19, 1874; Sarah F., December 27, 1875, resides at home; Thomas E., March 20, 1878, resides at home; Claiborn J., April 24, 1880, resides at home; Vinnie J., April 23, 1882, resides at home. Mr. Shelton's father, Claiborn Shelton, was born in Gallia county, Ohio. Mrs. Nancy C. Shelton is the daughter of David and Phoebe (Wiseman) Wickline, who died June 28, 1863. The subject of this brief biography is a farmer by profession, and possesses the respect and esteem of all who know him. 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.]


Colonel Luther Shepard
Colonel Luther Shepard was born in Hampshire county, Massachusetts, July 31st, 1777. He came with his father’s family to Marietta, in 1790, and, in company with his brother Calvin (who is mentioned herein in connection with the history of the Methodist Episcopal church), arrived at Gallipolis shortly after the year 1800. In 1809 he married Margaret, a daughter of John Enteminger (whose name will be found in the extract published of the early records of the township, among its list of original officers, in 1802, and who came to Gallia county, from Virginia, in 1795.)
Colonel Shepard served as captain of a company in the war of 1812 during a portion of which service he was post commandant at Chillicothe, whither he was accompanied by his wife. He had under his charge at that point a large number of British prisoners, among whom was an artist of considerable repute, who, while there, painted finely executed portraits of himself and wife, on wood, which are now in the possession of one of his descendants, and highly prized, not only as interesting relics, but as valuable works of art. As a matter of interest, in this connection, a copy will be given of an old document which is found among the papers of Colonel shepard, and now in the possession of one of his descendants. In contrasting the appearance of it with military papers of like import of the present day, one is impressed with the lack of modern red-tape and its business-like language:

Chillicothe, April 4th, 1814.
Sir: On receipt of this you will take charge of Camp Scioto, in which the British prisoners are confined. You will put all the prisoners in close confinement who have been concerned in the mutinous conduct to-day, in rejecting their provisions after they were passed as good by their own noncommissioned officers. You will keep them under guard for twenty-four hours, without suffering them to cook or eat. You will order out the one-half of your effective force on guard, this day and to-morrow, and have the guard well supplied with ammunition. If any of the prisoners become refractory, or insolent, you will order them to be tied.
Yours, with respect,
John Miller,
Colonel of 19th Regiment, Infantry.
Captain Shepard,
Commanding Ohio Militia

Colonel Shepard, after the war, continued to reside at Gallipolis, an honored citizen, lending an active business life until his death, which occurred in 1852. Four of his children are yet living, viz: Mrs. Alexander Vance, Mrs. Margaret Aleshire, Miss Julia Shepard and Edward T. Shepard.
[SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


John L Shoemaker
Is a native of the township of Harrison, born jul 9, 1836. He is a son of John and Nancy (Carter) Shoemaker. John L. was married in Gallipolis, February 3, 1877, to Rachel S. Irvin, who was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, May 4, 1852. She is the daughter of John G. and Jerushie (Sainer) Irvin. They have the following children: Effie J., born December 29, 1877; John R., November 22, 1879; Katie E., July 29, 1881. Mr. Shoemaker was a soldier in the war of the rebellion. He enlisted in Company B, 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1864, and was discharged at the close of the war in 1865. Mr. Shoemaker is a farmer, residing in Harrison township. His address is Northup 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.] 


George Siders
George Siders and Nancy Wolfinberger were married in this county August 5, 1832. They have had five children, namely: Mary J., born February 7, 1834, lives in Leavenworth county, Kansas; Noah, February 25, 1837, resides in Butler county, Kansas; Julia A., October 8, 1839, died June 17, 1840; Davis, June 1, 1841, died in Georgia, 1864; Kate, December 2, 1844, lives in Butler county, Kansas. Mr. Siders is the son of Henry and Catherine (Motherspaugh) Siders, and was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, February 14, 1812, settling in this county with his parents in 1828. His wife was born in this county December 2, 1814, and her parents, John and Mary (Shoemaker) Wolfenberger, settled in the county in 1812. Mr. Siders' two sons, Noah and Davis, were in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry in the late civil conflict. Noah, after serving three years, received an honorable discharge and returned home. Davis was taken prisoner at Rogersville, Tennessee, November 6, 1863, and confined in the prison at Belle Island, Virginia, where he remained for four months. He was then taken to Andersonville prison and kept seven months; finally he was taken to Savannah, Georgia, where he died from disease in 1864. Mr. Siders has held the office of township trustee for three terms; he has also been postmaster at Morgan Center, Gallia county. Business, farmer and cooper. Address, 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.]


Benjamin Sibley
Was born in Tolland county, Connecticut, March 28, 1812. He came to this county in 1838, and settled in this township in 1839, and since that time there has been a great change; there are but two families here now who were residents at that time; real estate has advanced since he came here about 500 per cent; the number of schools have doubled. Mr. Sibley was married to Mary Reynolds in Cabell county, West Virginia, January 25, 1839. She was born in Washington county, Ohio, October 19, 1819. She died March 28, 1879. She is mother of the following children: Marshall L., born December 13, 1839, resides in this township; Joseph A., October 23, 1841, died June 6, 1869; Charles W., twin, October 23, 1841, died in infancy; Charles W., August 6, 1843, died June 6, 1869; Zuba L., November 17, 1845, died June 6, 1869; Benjamin F., April 6, 1848, resides at home; Lorongo D., April 9, 1850, resides in Scott county, Missouri; Ira E., January 10, 1853, resides in Wappello county, Iowa; Harvey F., September 30, 1854, resides at home; Mary E. (Crum), September 25, 1856, resides in this township; Tryphena I., February 11, 1859, at home; Sarah C., May 6, 1861, died March 26, 1867; Julia G., August 20, 1863, resides at home. Three of the above named children, viz.: Joseph A., Charles W., and Zuba L., were drowned while boat-riding on the Ohio river, with four others, who also were drowned. The parents of Mr. Sibley are Aaron and Tryphena (Agard) Sibley. Mrs. Sibley's parents are Luke and Isabel (Bar) Reynolds, settlers of this county in 1839. Mr. Sibley has been justice of the peace three years, and township trustee for a number of ears. He is 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.]


Dr Nelson B Sisson
Was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, July 17, 1820. Hs parents were Stephen Sisson, born in New York State in 1795, and Matilda (Varian) Sisson, who died in May, 1828, aged 28 years. The former came to this county in 1818, the latter in 1807. At Porter, Springfield township, on July 4, 1849, Lucevia Blakely became the wife of Dr. Sisson, she being a daughter of Zerah Blakely who died at Rising Sun, Indiana, in 1865, and Laura (Wells) Blakely, who died at Wilkesville, Ohio, in 1841. The two last named came from Pennsylvania in 1832. Mrs. Lucevia Sisson was born in Conneaut village, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1826. Mr. and Mrs. Sisson's children are: Mary Jane, born April 19, 1852, died January 28, 1853; Charles H., December 18, 1855, died at Marietta, Ohio, October 18, 1870; Caroline M., August 24, 1859; Nelson E., February 2, 1863. The two latter reside in Porter, Gallia county, Ohio. Mr. Nelson B. Sisson, who resides in Springfield township, is a merchant, physician and farmer by occupation. William H. H., a brother of the doctor, enlisted in 1861, in the 4th Virginia, was promoted to first lieutenant, wounded at the battle of Winchester in 1864, and died in Gallipolis, December 24, 1877. Benjamin W. enlisted in 1864 in the 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, contracted disease, and is now permanently disabled. The subject of this sketch, Nelson B. Sisson, M.D., was also a participant in the war of the rebellion. He was commissioned as assistant surgeon, August 14, 1862, in the 92d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, resigned at Atlanta, Georgia, August 15, 1864, on account of dangerous domestic affliction, and returned home, suffering from partial deafness. He was one of the successful electors of President James A. Garfield in the year 1880. Studied medicine and graduated at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1846. The first wife of Dr. N. B. Sisson was Mary Jane Cable, who died April 28, 1848, a daughter of Samuel and Catherine Cable, both of whom died in Louisville, Kentucky. They were married in Louisville, Kentucky, October 30, 1846, being the place of her birth, and the date August 13, 1829. They had one child by this marriage, Samuel Stephen, born April 24, 1848, resides at Harper, Harper county, Kansas. Samuel Stephen Sisson graduated at Marietta College in 1870, and was a tutor in the same for two years, studied law and was admitted to the bar at Pomeroy, Meigs county, Ohio, in the year 1876, moved to Kansas and engaged in the practice of law where he still resides. The post office address of Dr. Nelson B. Sisson is Pine Grove.
[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.]


Brice H Smith
Is a resident of Guyan township, and is engaged in farming. He is a son of William Smith, who was born in North Carolina, August 15, 1786, died November 26, 1849, and Margaret (Waugh) Smith, who was born in West Virginia, December 22, 1794, died June 6, 1860. They came to this county in 1808. Mr. Smith was born in this county June 27, 1831. His wife, Nancy L. Dickey, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, and is a daughter of Wilson S. and Elizabeth (Riley) Dickey, the former born in Centers county, Pennsylvania, October 17, 1794, and died December 23, 1860; the latter was born February 11, 1802, in Washington county, Pennsylvania. They settled here March 9, 1832. Mr. Smith married Nancy Dickey in Harrison township, this county. Their children are: George R., born May 10, 1848, resides at Bladensburg, Ohio; Orlander W., August 18, 1851, died October 18, 1852; Viola A., May 2, 1854, resides in Ohio. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for nineteen years, and he still stands firm in the faith, and always expects to be found doing his duty. Mr. Swain resides in Guyan township, where he is engaged in tilling his farm. 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.]


George R. Smith
Was born in Gallia county, Ohio, May 10, 1848. He is a son of Brice H. and Nancy E. (Dickey) Smith, who were both born in this county in 1821 and 1825, respectively. Mr. Smith was married to Belle L. Kinder in Chambersburg, this county, November 4, 1873. She is a native of this county, born September 22, 1854. The following comprise their children: Ninna, born August 31, 1874; Tenny, May 7, 1876; Levie, December 11, 1878; Twelvy, August 2, 1881. The parents of Mrs. Smith are Noah R. and Elizabeth (Overall) Kinder. Her father was born September 18, 1819; came here when he was seven years old, and his death took place February 28, 1882. Her mother was born in this county in 1832. Mr. Smith keeps a general merchandise store in Bladensburg. He has filled the office of clerk in Ohio township for five years and treasurer three years. 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.]


Richard Small
Was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1807, and came to this county in 1848. He is a son of Simon and Margaret (Smith) Small. Mary Edwards became the wife of Richard Small in Pittsburgh, October 26, 1828. She is a daughter of John and Mary (Jones) Edwards, and was born in South Wales, England, August 17, 1810. Her parents came to this county in 1833. Mr. Charles Small is a coal dealer and a farmer. They have discovered what is supposed to be good furnace clay on their farm, which is located one mile south of Bladensburg, and there is also coal located there. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Small are as follows: John E., born July 17, 1829, resides in Indiana; Richard H., April 10, 1831, drowned in the Ohio river March 24, 1849; Simon S., January 10, 1833, resides in Urbana, Illinois; Finley E., December 6, 1834, resides in Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Mary A., December 21, 1836, resides in Crown City; Margaret J., December 15, 1838, resides in this township; Virginia H., March 27, 1841, resides in Stark county, Ohio; Elizabeth, January 12, 1843, resides in Meigs county, Ohio; Henry C., December 26, 1845, died April 3, 1854; William P., October 26, 1846, resides in Gallipolis; Winfield S., July 21, 1848, resides in Ohio township; Charles R., February 25, 1850, resides at home; Catherine, February 15, 1852, died March 30, 1861. Mr. Small had two sons in the late war. Finley and William served three years in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company I. William was wounded in the battle of Chickamauga, on the 18th of September, 1863. Richard Small died in 1854. His widow is now on the old homestead. The postoffice address of Mr. Charles Small is Bush's Mill, 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.]


Zacariah Spence
Was born in Carrol county, West Virginia, August 24, 1840, and settled in Gallia county in 1866. His parents were James and Nancy (Watson) Spence. On May 1, 1874, in Putnam county, West Virginia, Zacariah Spence was united in Marriage with Rachel E. Lambert, who is a daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (Fetty) Lambert. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Spence are: Martha J., born March 21, 1875; James R., May 26, 1877; Jeremiah, September 26, 1879. Martha, the eldest, was born in West Virginia; James R. and Jeremiah in Ohio. Mr. Spence is a stonecutter, and 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.]


James D Sprague
Has been married three times. He was united in marriage with his first wife, Jane, in Gallia county, October, 1835. She was the daughter of John and Grace (Oddell) Mossman, born March 14, 1817, and died March 14, 1839. She had one child, John E., born October 6, 1838, resides in this county. His second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Margaret (Short) Denney, was married to him in this county in 1849. She was born in this county, and died March 25, 1868. She had eight children: George; Margaret, born December 9, 1859, died in 1869; Lawrence; Augustius, October 7, 1856, lives in Gallia county; James, Charley; Ruth, February 8, 1864, reside at home; Joseph, April 24, 1867, resides at home. He was united in marriage with his third wife, Nancy Murray, in Gallia county, October, 1870. She was born in Columbiana county, Pennsylvania, and is the daughter of Peter and Nancy (McBride) Murray. Mr. Sprague is a resident of Springfield township, and was born in Sidney, Maine, December 18, 1806. He came to this country with his father in 1812. His mother was Louisa (Davis) Sprague. He and his father were among the earliest settlers in the county settling first in Gallipolis township. When he was twenty-one years old he bought a farm of eighty-eight acres in that township, and in 1842 bought land in Springfield township, and now owns two hundred and eighty-eight acres in that township. His son, John E., enlisted in the late war, in 1863, in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served nine months. He reenlisted in 1864, in the 179th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge. Mr. Sprague is a stone-mason and brick-layer by trade, but is now occupied at farming. Address, 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.]


William Steel
Is a native of Augusta county, Virginia, born October, 1808. He is a son of William and Elizabeth (Hanger) Steel, settlers of this county in 1815. They are both deceased. Mr. Steel was married in this county in October, 1835, to Sarah Barlow, who was born in Gallia county February 27, 1808. She is a daughter of Elnathan and Anna (Morehouse) Barlow, who were among the very early settlers of this county, coming here in 1803. Her father died in 1814, and her mother is also deceased. They came here from Connecticut, and her father served in the war of 1812, and died while in the service. Aaron Barlow, grandfather of Mrs. Steel, was a colonel in the revolutionary war, and his brother, Joel Barlow, was one of the land agents of Ohio. He was a poet, philosopher, politician, and a chaplain in one of the regiments in the revolutionary war. After the war he was sent as United States Minister to France, and he was one of the persons who induced the French colony to settle at Gallipolis. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Steel are Leander C., Sylvester B., deceased; Sarah V., Henry C., Augustus W., and Alonzo C., deceased. Henry C. Steel is keeping a general store in the village of Centreville, and is doing a good business. He was married in Delaware county, Ohio, November 5, 1879, to Mattie C. Holmes. She is a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Bixler) Holmes. She was born in Delaware county, December 14, 1850. Her father was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, and died in Delaware county, Ohio, February 10, 1863. Her mother was born in Perry county, Ohio, and died in Allen county, Ohio, December 1, 1872. Mr. Steel, the subject of this sketch, came to Gallia county in 1815, and was engaged as a merchant and hotel-keeper in Centreville. He died January 14, 1861. The address of Mrs. Steel is Thurman 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 Stewart
A farmer and stock-raiser in Walnut township, settled in this county in 1839. He was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, February 16, 1818, and was united in marriage with Sally Cook Neal, in Gallia county, April 14, 1842. Nine children are the result of this union: Mary A., born August 19, 1843, lives in Gallia county; James R., July 1, 1846, died October 3, 1851; Sarah E., October 17, 1849, died September 8, 1880; Euphemia, November 28, 1857, lives in Gallia county; John T., April 14, 1854, lives in this county; Charles P., September 16, 1856, lives in this county; Archibald, February 8, 1859, died November 28, 1860; Grace, August 31, 1861, resides in Lawrence county; Joseph, August 2, 1864; at home. Mr. Stewart's wife was born in Monroe county, West Virginia, July 17, 1821. Her parents, Charles and Martha (Arnot) Neal, were among the early settlers, settling here in 1824. They endured many hardships and privations, having to pound and grate their own corn. Mrs. Stewart's father, when he settled here, had but seventy-five cents and a large family. He had his wife worked hard and soon earned enough to buy a small piece of land. Their meat consisted of wild game such as deer, turkey and bear. Her father afterwards prospered enough to buy land for all his children. There were no churches or schools when her father first came, and the first preaching was in his house. The first school was held six years after he came, in a log cabin. Mr. Stewart formerly held the office of trustee for six years. He is now justice of the peace, which office he has held eight years. Address, Waterloo, Lawrence county, Ohio.
[SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John J Stewart
Was born in Gallipolis township, Gallia county, July 6, 1818. His parents were James B. and Fannie (Dungey) Stewart; his father was born in 1792, and died in 1852. He was the first minister that preached a sermon in Greenfield township; he acquired a good education by his own exertions, as has also his son. The mother of John died in 1868. Eliza Ann Harris became the wife of Mr. Stewart, in Greenfield township, January 5, 1844. She was born in Virginia, June 13, 1823. The following are her children: James C., born December 12, 1844, resides at Vesuvius Furnace, Lawrence county, Ohio; John S., October 18, 1846, resides in Fulton county, Kentucky; Calvin L., September 30, 1848, resides in Greenfield township; Mary M., October 19, 1850, died September 16, 1872. Mr. Stewart is a farmer, residing 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.]


David Stirling
Was born in Duntoher, Scotland, April 8, 1835. His parents were David B. and Wilhelmina (Ferriage) Stirling. He was married to Martha Phenix, in Gallipolis, May 9, 1875. Two children resulted from this union, as follows: Olive, born May 5, 1876; and Mary, April 4, 1880. Mrs. Stirling was born in Petersburg, Virginia, May 28, 1845. She is a daughter of John and Elizabeth Phenix. Mr. Stirling's first wife, Mary, was born December 25, 1840, and died July 22, 1874, in Nottoway county, Virginia. She was mother of the following children: Wilhelmina, born September 12, 1858; John March 10, 1861; George, July 6, 1863; Elizabeth, August 13, 1866; Anna, October 7, 1868. The subject of this brief biographical sketch is a house-joiner by profession, and is universally respected in the community where he resides. 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.]


William Alonzo Strait
Teacher and farmer, settled in this county with his parents in 1858. He served as township clerk one year, in 1879. He was son of John Phelps and Rebecca (Lewis) Strait, and was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, December 2, 1857. He was united in marriage with Alzina, daughter of Giles S. and Mary Perkins Harrington, in Gallia county, September 3, 1879. She was born in Gallia county, June 2, 1861. They have one child: Bertha, born April 1, 1881, lives at home. His father served three years in the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He contracted disease that caused his death. 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.]


Charles Stuart
Is a son of Robert and Letitia (Scott) Stuart, both of whom are deceased. Charles was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, and came to this county in 1846. He was married in Gallia county, October 12, 1848, to Missouri J. McCall, who is a native of this county, born November 12, 1831. She is mother of the following children: James R., born April 27, 1850, resides in Harrison township; Letitia M., September 20, 1852, deceased; John T., February 5, 1855, resides in Harrison township; William S., October 3, 1857, deceased; Mary Ann, March 5, 1860, deceased; Rachel A., August 19, 1862, resides in Gallipolis; America E., August 7, 1865, resides in Gallipolis; Anna J., April 1, 1868, resides in Gallipolis; Charles Oscar, March 9, 1871, resides in Gallipolis; Orrie G., December 21, 1874, resides in Gallipolis. Mr. Stuart was elected sheriff of Gallia county in 1875, and reelected in 1877, serving two terms. He served during the late war as first lieutenant in Company E, 141st Ohio National Guard, serving his full term and was mustered out in September, 1864. He reenlisted in February, 1865, recruiting a company, and joined the 193d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war in Company B, of that regiment as first lieutenant. Mr. Stuart came to this county in 1846, locating in Harrison township. Gallipolis is his present postoffice address.
 [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 H D Summers
Is a son of James Harvey and Elizabeth Hannah Summers, and was born in Gallia county, Ohio, October 20, 1858. His father was a soldier in the war of the rebellion. Charles Summers was deputy clerk of courts in Gallia county for four and a-half years, from September, 1877, to February, 1882. He is at present filling the office of deputy auditor. 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.] 


William H Swain
Is the owner of a farm, located in the township of Guyan. He was born in Noble county, January 1, 1856, and came to this county with his parents. His parents are Othey and Emily (Artest) Swain. The subject of this sketch was married in Gallia county, Ohio, December 25, 1881, to Lucy A. Williams, who was born in this county April 9, 1861. She is a daughter of Elijah and Eliza (Griffith) Williams. The father of Mr. Swain was a soldier in the war of 1861. The 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.]


Benjamin F Swanson
Came to this county with his parents in 1818. He was born in Augusta county, Virginia, June 10, 1814. His father, Dennis Swanson, died in 1861. His mother, Sarah (Freeholder) Swanson, died November 18, 1842. Mr. Swanson was the first township assessor elected in Raccoon township. He has held the office of township trustee several terms. Mr. Swanson and Hannah Kyre were married in this county in April, 1836. She was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, April 27, 1814. They have the following children: Henry C., born January 17, 1837, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Martha J., October 21, 1839, died July 5, 1841; John W., November 17, 1842, died May 29, 1863; Margaret A., November 17, 1844, died December, 1844; Catherine R. (Decard), February 17, 1848, resides in this county; David A., April 28, 1851, resides in Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio; Jordan N., June 16, 1853, died July 16, 1860. Mr. Swanson had two sons in the late war. Henry C. enlisted in 1863 in the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close. John W. enlisted in 1862, in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, but was taken sick at Somerset, Kentucky, and died there May 29, 1863, and he was buried at Bethel Church in Somerset, Pulaski county, Kentucky. Two of Mr. Swanson's brothers were also soldiers in this war. John W. Swanson enlisted in 1861, in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served about five months, and was discharged for disability. Ami Swanson served in the same regiment, and was also discharged on account of disability. They both died of disease contracted in the army. The parents of Mrs. Swanson are Nicholas and Sarah (McMillan) Kyre. They came to this county in 1818, and died in 1856 and 1861, respectively. Mr. Swanson is a farmer and bricklayer. His address is Rio Grande 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]


Silas W Swanson
Came to Gallia county in 1818, from Augusta county, Virginia, where he was born November 11, 1816. He is a son of Dennis and Sarah (Freeholder) Swanson. His father died in 1848, and his mother October 25, 1841. Silas was married in Huntington township, this county, November 25, 1841, to Ruth M. Holcomb, a daughter of Abner F. and Ruth (Burdick) Holcomb, who was born in Chenango county, New York, May 9, 1820. Her parents came to this county in 1822. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Swanson are: George W., born August 10, 1842, died July 5, 1875, of inflammation of the stomach; Zephenia J., September 15, 1844, died December 24, 1852, from the effects of a fall from a horse; Henry B., December 1, 1846, died April 17, 1870; Franklin F., March 23, 1849, resides in Wellston, Jackson county, Ohio, where he is a general agent; Mary M., September 27, 1851, resides in Wellston; Leonidas W., August 12, 1855, resides at Cheshire, where he is engaged in the marble business; Serepta J., January 24, 1857, married to J. T. Coughenour, November 24, 1880, and resides on his father's farm in Cheshire township; Gusta R., June 28, 1862, resided at home. Leonidas W., one of the sons, was married September 24, 1879, to Ina M. Day, and they have one child, Ora D., born July 17, 1881. His wife is a daughter of Alfred and Maria (Anderson) Day, and they reside in this township. George W., another son, was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted in the three months' service, and was discharged for disability. The father of Silas W. Swanson was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving till the close. Mr. Swanson has held several township offices when it could not be avoided, such as clerk, etc. The business which Mr. Swanson follows is the tin and hardware. His wife died January 24, 1882. The address of Mr. Swanson 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.]


George W. Swisher
Is a native of the township of Cheshire, born November 10, 1831. He is a son of Peter and Sarah (Mauck) Swisher. His father was born in 1806, died August 11, 1876, and his mother died in 1864; they were both born in this township. Mr. Swisher has seventy-five acres of bottom land, and twenty-two acres of coal land, nicely situated on the Ohio river. He was married to Samantha J. King in this township November 28, 1850. She was born in Cheshire township April 4, 1833. Her parents were Newel and Clarissa (Darst) King. Mr. King was born in North Carolina in 1805, and came to this county in 1812, and died March 28, 1853. The mother of Mrs. Swisher was born in 1811 and February 22, 1882. The children of Mr. Swisher are: Henry G., born September 25, 1852, resided at home; Curtis J., November 10, 1854, was married January 1, 1882, to Laura Rothgeb; Julia A., May 10, 1857, resided at home; Rinaldo, September 13, 1859; Clara B., January 27, 1862; Wesley E., July 31, 1864. Mr. Swisher has helped to advance the interests of the county and township by holding different offices. Mrs. Swisher had two brothers in the war of 1861. Newel and Wesley King enlisted in 1862 in Company B, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Captain Nida commanded the company until his death, and was succeeded by Captain Blazer. Both of the boys served till the close of the war. Mr. G. W. Swisher had two brothers in the war. P. W. and D. W. were in the same company and regiment as the King boys. D. W. was discharged for disability and P. W. served to the close of the war. Mr. Swisher is engaged in farming. 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.]


William Symmes
Is a son of Edward and Mary A. (Bush) Symmes. He was born in Jackson county, West Virginia, April 14, 1817. In Addison, Gallia county, Ohio, November 2, 1838, William Symmes was married to Eliza Matthews, who was born in Cheshire, Gallia county, Ohio, April 18, 1820. She is a daughter of Phineas and Abigail (Nobles) Matthews, who came to this county in 1798. Mr. Symmes has held the office of township clerk and chattel assessor for several years, from 1846 to 1852; real estate appraiser in 1853, in Huntington township; justice of the peace in Cheshire township from 1873 to 1879; member of the decennial State Board of Equalization of Ohio, 1880-0881, at Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Symmes, who resides in Cheshire township, settled in this county in 1828. He is now a farmer, having been engaged in merchandising from 1854 to 1875. Postoffice address, Cheshire, 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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