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Ephraim E Waddell
One of the oldest residents of Green township, was born in this county, September 29, 1831. His parents were William and Eliza (Eddy) Waddell, who first settled in Gallia county as far back as the year 1812, and have been closely identified with its best interests ever since. His mother died May 13, 1882. The subject of this brief history was married to Jennie Grayum on the first day of May, 1855, by Ira Eddy. Mrs. Waddell was born in Meigs county, Ohio, November 29, 1831. This marriage was blessed with six children, as described below: Charles W., born March 5, 1856, now a resident of the State of Missouri; Eliza E., November 3, 1858, living in this county; Robert B., February 13, 1862, living at home; Harry F., December 13, 1864; Mary March 4, 1867; and Jennie G., October 9, 1871. The parents of Mrs. Waddell were Charles and Martha (Van Sant) Grayum, both deceased. The Waddell ancestry settled in Gallia county as far back in its history as 1803. Mr. Waddell is a farmer, with postoffice address at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was a township magistrate for six years.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Jacob Wagoner
Was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, February 5, 1859, his grandfather, Jacob Wagoner, came from Germany to this county in 1840, and settled in Gallia county with his wife and four children, three boys and one girl, Jacob, Phillip, Adam and Catherine. Jacob lives in Kentucky, Phillip, father of the subject of this sketch, resides in Greenfield township; Catherine resides in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, and they are all hale and hearty. Adam died May 1, 1880. The subject of this sketch was married to Harriet A. Norman, who was born in Greenfield township, April 8, 1844. She is mother of the following children: James D., born March 25, 1862, died June 9, 1863; Annie R., November 9, 1863, resides in Perry township; Charles M., January 14, 1866, resides at home; Calvin F., February 13, 1868, resides at home; Rosco C., April 4, 1872, resides at home. The parents of Mr. Wagoner are Phillip and Ellen (Caleher). His father was born October 1, 1810, and at present is attending to his duties on his farm at the age of seventy-two, and is hale and hearty, as a man of thirty. Jacob's mother was born in 1808, and died August 3, 1860. Mrs. Wagoner's parents are James and Rachel (Haptonstall) Norman. Mr. Wagoner held the office of assessor in this township for one year. Phillip, Adam and James Wagoner, brothers of Jacob, were soldiers in the late war. Phillip was a member of the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Adam of the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and James in the 2d Ohio Heavy Artillery. Adam died in Fayette hospital, West Virginia, June 20, 1863. The other two were honorably discharged, and are living in Washington Territory. The postoffice address of Mr. Wagoner is Sprinkle'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.]


Philip Wagoner
Was born in Husburg, Germany, October 1, 1810, and settled in this county in 1848. His parents were Jacob and Margaret (Nichols) Wagoner. His father was born March 30, 1786, and died March 3, 1873. His mother was born April 8, 1791, and died March 3, 1860. The first wife of Mr. Wagoner was Ellen Cliher, who was born in 1808, and died August 3, 1860. She is mother of the following children: Jacob, born February 5, 1839, resides in this township; Phillip, April 19, 1840, died April 22, 1840; Catherine, July 19, 1841, resides in Junction City, Lane county, Oregon; Phillip, No. 2, January 11, 1843, resides in Washington Territory; Adam, June 3, 1844, died June 20, 1863; James February 1, 1846, resides in Farmington, Whitman county, Washington Territory; Daniel, October 31, 1848, resides in Greenfield township. The second wife of Mr. Wagoner is Ann Reynolds. She was born in Westport, Mayo county, Ireland, in August, 1836. She is mother of the following children: John, born September 9, 1862, resides at home; Annie, June 27, 1864; George F., April 30, 1866, died July 7, 1878; Mary E., March 21, 1868; Joseph H., July 24, 1870, died July 7, 1878. George F. and Joseph H., two of Mr. Wagoner's sons, were drowned in Symmes' creek, while bathing. Mrs. Anna Wagoner was formerly married to Edward Cayton, whose occupation was stonecutting. He was sunstruck and died the same evening. They were married in July, 1857. Their children are: Malaca, born May 1, 1858; Anthony, December 8, 1859; Catherine, November 22, 1860. Three of Mr. Wagoner's sons were in the late war. They faithfully served their country for three years, one dying in the Fayette hospital, West Virginia, and the other two were honorably discharged. Mr. Wagoner has filled the offices of school director and trustee. The parents of Mrs. Wagoner were Lawrence and ? (Cannon) Reynolds. Her mother died November 11, 1877, and her father is also deceased. Mr. Wagoner is 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.]


Jesse Walker
Was born in Athens, Ohio, April 8, 1806, and came to Gallia county, in 1850. He is a son of Obadiah and Casandra (Halsey) Walker. Mr. Walker's first wife was Permelia Richardson, who was born in 1809, and died September 21, 1833, of cholera. She was mother of two children: Oscar, born August 21, 1830, lives in Nevada, where he is married; and Milton R., June 26, 1832, died June 13, 1871. Margaret Mauck became the wife of Mr. Walker in Cheshire, April 21, 1847. She is a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Whaley) Mauck, and was born in Cheshire, November 3, 1817. She is mother of the following children: Perlie M., born December 6, 1850, resides in Cheshire, where he is married to Miss T. B. Flower; Amos L., June 2, 1858, resides at home. Mr. Walker had three brothers in the war: Ansel, Vincent and Obadiah F. They served through the war and received their honorable discharge. Mr. Walker is a farmer, his farm being located in Cheshire and Addison townships. 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.]


Pinckney T Wall
Was born in Martinsville, Henry county, Virginia, March 20, 1853. He is a son of Claibourne D. and Elizabeth J. (Smith) Wall, settlers of this county in 1854. His father was a doctor of medicine. Mr. Wall was married in Gallipolis, Ohio, June 26, 1879, to Clara V. Beall, who is a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, born June 26, 1861. They have had the following children: Harvey Z., born December 22, 1880, deceased; and Alice, born December 18, 1881. The parents of Mrs. Wall are Henry and Susan (Priestley) Beall, settlers of this county in 1870. Mr. Wall is engaged as a newspaper reporter and insurance agent in Gallipolis, where communication to him should be addressed. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Francis Walter
Was born January 5, 1830, in Duchess county, New York. His parents were from Dublin, Ireland; his father was a cloth finisher and came from Ireland to America in 1828; resided in New York for nine years; they then removed to Jefferson county, Ohio, where they lived on a farm twelve years; then removed to Gallia county, where Francis was married March 6, 1854 to Sarah Blackburn, who was born in Virginia, March 5, 1830. Francis had four brothers; the elder two, William and John, were mechanics; William made the first cottonmill in Tennessee. Mr. Walter has lived on the same farm in Harrison township since 1849. He volunteered in the company which was organized and mustered in the 117th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, September 15, 1862, reorganizing as Company G, 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery, August 10, 1863, where he held the position of first lieutenant; he was mustered out of service July 25, 1865, at Knoxville, Tennessee. The company traveled by railroad 1,378 miles, by water 725 miles, and marched 1, 289 miles; all the above travels were made during ten months; total number of miles 3,392. The children of Mr. Walter are: John H., born January 14, 1855, died August 25, 1866; Rhoda A., July 8, 1859; Joseph B., August 18, 1860; Mary C., January 5, 1862; H. Augusta, January 26, 1866; Charles W., March 3, 1868; Lucy E., June 8, 1870; they all reside in Harrison township. William Walter, the father of Francis, was born November 25, 1790, and his mother, Ann (Dick) Walter, May 30, 1794. They settled in this county in 1849. The parents of Mrs. Walter are John and Sarah (Walden) Blackburn, who came to this county in 1836. The postoffice address of Mr. Walter is Lincoln, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Joseph Walter
was born in Manchester, England, November 22, 1826, and settled in this county with his parents, William and Ann (Dick) Walter, in 1849. He was united in marriage with Hannah Null, in this county, October 31, 1852. Their children are: William J., born December 25, 1853, lives in Harrison township; David H., June 22, 1855, lives in this township; Elizabeth J., December 5, 1856, lives in this township; George F., June 30, 1858, died June 8, 1859; Sarah A., May 24, 1860, resides at home; Mary A., January 2, 1862, died June 7, 1862; Hannah E., June 6, 1863, lives in Harrison township; John a., October 31, 1865, resides at home; Missouri A., December 14, 1867, resides at home; Julia C., June 8, 1870, resides at home; Ada F., June 4, 1872, resides at home. Mrs. Walter was born in Gallia county, September 6, 1830. Her parents, William and Abigail (Massie) Null, came to this county in 1823. Mr. Walter served in the late civil conflict as corporal in the 100-day service, and served four months and three days, when he was honorably discharged. He is a farmer and stock-raiser of Walnut township, and has served as trustee for one year. Address, Lincoln, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Arthur Wellesley Warner
Was born in Washington county, Ohio, September 27, 1813; is a son of Anaximander and Lucretia (Porter) Warner. His father died May 31, 1843, and his mother in 1859. Mr. Warner was married in Harrisburg; this county, March 1, 1837, to Mary J. McCarley, who is a native of Harrisburg, Gallia county. Her parents are Samuel and Elizabeth (Boggs) McCarley, both of whom were born in this county. Mr. McCarley died March 11, 1841, and his wife is also deceased. Mr. McCarley was one of the proprietors of the land where Harrisburg now stands. The town was laid out by him and Charles Topping, the survey being made by Joseph Fletcher, who was county surveyor at that time. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Warner are: Virginia, born January 29, 1841, died September 13, 1841; Francis E. (Kerr), September 13, 1842, resides in this county; Emma L. (Howe), June 19, 1845, resides in Athens county, Ohio; Florence J. (Cerr), February 27, 1848, resides in Gallia county Ohio; Cyrus D., June 8, 1851, resides in Harrisburg, this county; Mary B. (Weed), January 11, 1856, resides in this county. The wife of Mr. Warner died July 7, 1878. Mr. Warner's son, Cyrus D., was married August 9, 18 , in this county, to Malinda A. Frederick, who was born in this county in 1847. She is a daughter of Henry and Hannah (Ewing) Frederick, and is mother of the following children: Lulu L., born May 27, 18 , died September 2, 1876; Bennie A., February 28, 18 ; Howard E., June 28, 18 ; Lorena E., March 12, 1881. Mr. Warner has been postmaster of Harrisburg since 1856, and is at present the oldest postmaster in this county. He has been a notary public for nine terms; also justice of the peace and other offices, at different times. By trade Mr. Warner is a blacksmith, and also a farmer. Address him at Harris, 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 Watkins
Formerly a farmer and resident of Heatly, Springfield township, this county, died May 18, 1871. He was born in Surry county, North Carolina, September 4, 1790, and came to this county with his wife Mary, in 1811. They were married in Surry county, North Carolina, in 1810. His parents, James and Lydia (Vincet) Watkins, and her parents, Presley and Anna (Harrison) Lawles, came to this county in 1811 also. His wife died April 25, 1877. She was the mother of twelve children, namely: Jefferson, born July 11, 1811, died November 19, 1844; Lucinda (Hayes), June 17, 1813, lives in Meigs county, Ohio; Sarah (Radikins), February 27, 1815, lives in Nebraska; Mary (Sprauge), March 9, 1817, deceased in Illinois; Johnson V., March 9, 1819, lives in Gallia county, Ohio; Jane, April, 1821, died in 1830; Presley, 1823, died August, 1830; Francis (Sprauge), lives in Illinois; Alvy H., August 13, 1827, died in 1862; Eliza, September 20, 1829, died in 1830; Junius L, May 7, 1831, lives at the old homestead in Gallia county; Anna (Young), March 11, 1833, died November, 1855. Junius L., the youngest son of Mr. Watkins, married Olive Randolph, in this county, June 7, 1855. She is the daughter of James F. and Lettes Randolph, and was born in this county October 8, 1838. They have had six children: O. J. born July 8, 1856, died March 18, 1857; E., October 20, 1857, died same day; India, April 19, 1857, at home; James J., October 30, 1861, at home; Edward, May 1, 1865, at home; Willie D., July 20, 1872, and Nettie (Randolph), adopted, July 25, 1875, both at home. Mrs. Watkins, wife of Junius, had two brothers who were in the late war. Job F. Randolph enlisted in 1862 in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and was taken prisoner at Rogersville, Tennessee, and confined in Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia; he was then taken to Andersonville prison, where he was kept about nine months, when he was exchanged and returned home. He was so reduced in health that he could not join the army again. James Randolph enlisted in 1861 and served till the close of the war. He was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, but was immediately exchanged. William Watkins, while living, held the office of justice of the peace about twelve years. The postoffice address of J. L. Watkins is Heatly, 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]



Andrew Watts
Son of David and Elizabeth (Morrison) Watts, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, June 7, 1807, settling in this county with his parents in 1817. His first wife, Martha G., daughter of William and Mary (Ross) Waddell, was married to him in Gallia county, Ohio, October 3, 1833. She was born in Gallia county June 25, 1814, and died March 12, 1841. Their children were: Mary E., born November 3, 1835, died December 21, 1856; Sarah E., June 2, 1837, resides in Karnes county, Texas; William W., March 29, 1839, resides in Gallia county. His second wife, Mary A., was married to him in Gallia county, Ohio, September 12, 1841. She was born in his county March 6, 1819, and is the daughter of John and Miriam (Waddell) Thompson, who settled in the county in 1801. The following are the children of this marriage: John A., born October 1, 1843, lives in Dewitt county, Texas; David, March 27, 1845, resides in Gallia county; Martha E. (Ramsey), April 4, 1847, lives in this county; Miram M. (Hott), August 6, 1848, lives in Gallipolis; James A., January 20, 1851, died December 16, 1854; Charles E., January 26, 1853, died May 9, 1854; Charles A., December 5, 1857, resides in Gallia county. Mr. Watts had three sons in the late war. William W. enlisted in 1862, in the 117th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served til the close of the war and received an honorable discharge. John A. enlisted in 1862, in the State Guards, doing State duty. He served till the close of the war. David enlisted in 1864, and served about five months, when he was honorably discharged. Mr. Watts has held a number of public offices, among which were infirmary director for six years, justice of the peace twelve years, and township treasurer for several years. Business, farming and stock-raising. 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.]


David Watts
Was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted in the 141st Ohio National Guards, 1864, and served about five months, when he was honorably discharged. Mr. Watts is a son of Andrew and Mary A. (Thompson) Watts, his father settling in this county in 1817. He was born in Gallia county, March 27, 1845. He is a resident of this township, and was united in marriage with Eliza Cherrington in this county March 19, 1867, and is the father of five children: William A., born December 28, 1867; George H., May 22, 1870; Charles E., February 20, 1872; Perly A., July 6, 1876; David A., March 6, 1882, all residing at home. His wife was born in this county December 7, 1843, and is the daughter of William M. and Jeannette (Martin) Cherrington. Business, farming. Address Kerr 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.]


J.A.C. Watts
Was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, July 28, 1839. He settled in this county with his parents, John and Isabella (Waddell) Watts, in 1852. He is a resident of Springfield township and follows the occupation of farming. He was united in marriage in this county, October 31, 1860, with Margaret A., daughter of James and Diantha (Chamberlain) Donnally, who came to Gallia county in 1801. She was born in this county, August 10, 1840, and is the mother of six children: Anna D., born December 15, 1861, at home; Homer F., April 2, 1863, died March 11, 1882; Ciara D., June 4, 1867, at home; Ibbie J., October 30, 1874, at home; Sally M., August 23, 1876, at home; Myrtie I., April 19, 1880, died February 14, 18 . David C., brother of Mr. Watts, enlisted in the late war in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, in 1862, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Mrs. Watts had four brothers in the war. James L. enlisted in 1862 in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and was taken prisoner at Rogersville and confined in Andersonville prison, where he died August 11, 1864. Jon P. enlisted in 1861 in Company F, 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was taken prisoner at Chickamauga September 19, 1863, and died in 1864 in the 179th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company D, and was taken sick in camp and soon died at Nashville, Tennessee, December 14, 1864, aged eighteen years and four months. Joseph A. enlisted in 1862 in Company L, 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry; was captured in September, 1863, on a raid and lodged in Castle Thunder at Richmond, from whence he escaped by tunneling, and joined his regiment. Few, if any, families in this county can give greater evidence of loyalty and devotion to the cause of their country. Address J. A. C. Watts at Kerr 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]


James W Watts
A physician and surgeon of Springfield township, studied medicine under the instruction of his father in Webster, Scioto county, Ohio, for eight years. He then attended lectures at the Ohio Medical College, in Cincinnati, for three winter terms; also about half a term at Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated at the Ohio Medical College, March 4, 1880, and located at Rio Grande, Gallia county. He afterward moved to Rodney, this county, where he is now practicing medicine. Mr. Watts was born in Rodney, Gallia county, January 19, 1851. His parents are Dr. W. M. Watts and Mary (Campbell) Watts. His wife, Euphernia S., daughter of Wiley and Sarah E. (Coverston) Hill, was born in Green township, Gallia county, March 3, 1856, and was there married to him September 22, 1878. Their only child, Mary, was born May 6, 1881, at home. Mr. Watts' brother, H. W. Watts, enlisted in the late war in the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1863. He was appointed orderly sergeant of his company, and soon after was promoted to first lieutenant. He served as such till the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge and returned home. Mrs. Watt's brother, George Hill, also served in the late war to the close, and received an honorable discharge. Address Dr. J. W. Watts at Kerr 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]


Ross S Watts
Ross S Watts and Elizabeth Cherington were united in marriage in this county December 8, 1859. His children by this marriage are: William R., born September 25, 1860; Mary C., May 10, 1862; Jefferson C., January 4, 1864; Martha H., September 3, 1866; Frank, July 31, 1869; Millie J., January 19, 1873; Artie L., June 20, 1875; all live at home. Mr. Watts is a resident of this township, and was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, January 10, 1828. He settled in this county with his parents, John and Isabell (Waddell) Watts, in 1852. His wife, daughter of Jefferson and Mary (Hank) Cherington, was born in this county, November 22, 1837. Her father was also born in this county, in 1806. Mr. Watts was formerly united in marriage with Susan Buster in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, June 8, 1852. She was born in the same place June 7, 1833, and died September 2, 1858. Her parents are Michael and Margaret (Hutsinpiller) Bunger. Two children were the result of this marriage: Margaret A., born May 23, 1853, resides in this county; Isabella J., April 2, 1855, also resides in this county. David C. Watts, a brother of Mr. Watts, served in the late war, enlisted in 1862, in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and received an honorable discharge at the close of the war. Mrs. Watts had two brothers in the war. Caleb enlisted in the ninety-day service in 1861, then reenlisted and served till the close of the war, and received an honorable discharge. Charles served until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge. He was wounded in the able of Cedar Creek, Virginia. Business of Mr. Watts is farming and stock-raising. Address, Kerr 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.]


Charles L Waugh
Charles L Waugh and Elvira Gillmore were married in Gallia county, Ohio, April 21, 1867. They are both natives of this county. He was born July 21, 1845, and his wife September 20, 1842. The parents of Mr. Waugh are Amos and Mariah J. (Roos) Waugh. His father was born March 10, 1814, and died September 16, 1868. His mother was born July 2, 1820. The parents of Mrs. Waugh are John and Sarah (Trotter) Gillmore. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Waugh are: Elmer E., born October 30, 1869, resides at home; Emma J., October 15, 1871, at home; John L., September 15, 1873, at home; Levi R., May 7, 1875, died July 3, 1876; Sarah E., November 27, 1878, died August 3, 1879; Edith, January 1, 1879; Albert F., July 24, 1881. Mrs. Waugh's great-grandmother was a great Indian fighter, carrying ammunition to the white's into fort when not a man in the company would venture out. She rode her horse "Liverpool," through showers of shot fired by the savage red men. She was determined to have revenge for the murder of her husband. A biography of her life, which was full of romantic incident, written and published under the title of "Mad Ann Bailey," (a name given her at an early date), and a brief sketch is given in connection with the preceding history of the township. Mr. Waugh has held the office of trustee in Ohio township. He is engaged in smithing and farming. His postoffice address 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.]


John H Waugh
Is a native of the county of Mason, West Virginia, born May 23, 1842. He is a son of Thomas and Miriam (Slone) Waugh, who came to this county in 1843. Mr. Waugh was seven months old when he came to this township. Wealthy Lusher became the wife of Mr. Waugh in Gallia county March 10, 1870. She was born in this county July 27, 1847. She is mother of the following children: Sebert L., born 22, 1871; Minnie F., August 28, 1873; Carrie A., August 1, 1878. The parents of Mrs. Waugh are John L. and Elizabeth J. (Smith) Lusher, who settled in this county in 1830. Mr. Waugh is a resident of the township of Ohio, where 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.]


Theodore Waugh
Was born in Gallia county, Ohio, November 10, 1847. He is son of Amos and Mariah J. (Ross) Waugh, settlers in this county in 1814. His father was born March 10, 1814, and died September 16, 1868. His mother was born July 2, 1820. Mr. Waugh is by trade a stone-mason and also a blacksmith. He was married to Mary Sowards, in this county, April 1, 1869. She is a daughter of George and Rachel (Burchem) Sowards, and was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, April 3, 1844. They have the following family: Eza R., born January 13, 1870; Mamie M., July 28, 1872; George A., December 20, 1873; Wilbert H., June 28, 1876; they all reside at home. Mr. Waugh held the office of justice of the peace three years, constable one year and school director two years. 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.]


Thomas Waugh
Was born in Gallia county, May 27, 1807. He is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Brown) Waugh, settlers of this county in 1801. At that date the county was a perfect wilderness, and they had to endure many privations; they had to go up the Guyan 27 miles to a mill; most of their corn for bread was ground by hand, and grated on a tin grater. They had lots of wild game, mostly deer and turkeys. They had no churches on the Ohio side of the river, and they attended church in Virginia, at what was called the Green Bottom Baptist church. The house in which Mr. Waugh lived was burned in 1840, in the middle of winter, destroying all of their clothing, and they were left in the deep snow destitute. Their next house was a small cabin, in which they had to put boards on the top of benches for a table and make their beds on the floor. Mrs. Waugh has shed many a tear thinking of their destitute condition, but they now have one of the finest residences in the township, and plenty of this world's goods. Thomas Waugh was married in this county August 1, 1833, to Miriam Slone, who is a native of this county, born March 3, 1815. She is a daughter of John and Sarah (Henry) Slone, settlers of this county in 1802. Her father was born October 31, 1778, and died February 5, 1831. Her mother was born September 13, 1780, and died October 17, 1838. The children of Mr. Waugh number eleven, as follows: March C., born June 21, 1834, resides in Ohio township; Sarah J., April 8, 1836, died June 10, 1858; William S., March 19, 1838, died January 15, 1840; George E., February 22, 1840, died May 18, 1841; John H., May 23, 1842, resides in this township; Elizabeth S., March 5, 1845, resides in Kansas; James T., March 5, 1845, died September 12, 1865; Matilda A., January 5, 1848, resides in Walnut township; Mary F., October 21, 1849, resides at home; Thomas J., February 8, 1851, resides at home; Eliza A., May 29, 1854, died October 27, 1865. Mr. Waugh was elected representative in 1857, and served two years. He has held the offices of township treasurer, clerk, trustee, and assessor for a number of years each. The house where Mrs. Waugh was born is still standing on their farm. It was built in the year 1811, and was known as the first house of any note in Ohio township. The farm of Mr. Waugh is located in Ohio township. 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.]


David D Wells
David D Wells and Rebecca J. Sheets was married in Gallia county, Ohio, April 22, 1866. He was born in Monroe county, Ohio, September 8, 1845, and his wife is a native of this county, born January 2, 1845. They have the following children: Sarah P., born April 12, 1867; Louis M, May 18, 1869; Arnett M., March 1, 1871; Celestia C., February 12, 1873; Thomas M., July 30, 1875; Franklin M., January 6, 1878; Minerva F., January 2, 1880; all of the children reside at home. The mother of Mr. Wells is Malinda Wells, who came to this county in 1869. Mr. Wells served as a soldier in the late war. He was a member of the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving two years and five days. He participated in a number of battles, and was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry. Brice H. and Mahaley (Fowler) Sheets are the parents of Mrs. Wells. Mr. Wells 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.]


James M Wetherhalt
Son of Thomas and Anna H. (Ward) Wetherhalt, the latter, who died October 6, 1862, moved to this county in 1824. James M. was born in Clay township, Gallia county, September 21, 1842. He married Sarah E., daughter of John and Clarinda (Waugh) Campbell, in Gallia county, November 7, 1866. She was born in Ohio township, Gallia county, June 27, 1847. They have three children: Sherman L., born November 28, 1867, lives at home; John H. January 27, 1870, lives at home; Thomas E., September 9, 1872, lives at home. He is a farmer and lives in Clay township. He served eight months in the 193d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His brother, John W., served the same time in the same regiment. Address, 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.]


Thomas Wetherholt
Farmer and son of John and Rebecca (Clark) Wetherholt, both deceased, settled in this county in 1824. He was born in Wythe county, West Virginia, October 17, 1814. He married Anna H., daughter of Jacob and Mary Ward, in Gallia county, January 1, 1837. Her parents settled in this county in 1816; both deceased. She was born in Gallia county October 10, 1816. They had eleven children: John W., born May 19, 1838, lives in Ohio township, Gallia county; Jacob W., September 24, 1839, lives in Clay township; Eliza A., March 21, 1841, lives in Clay township; James M., September 21, 1842, lives in Clay township; Rebecca J., June 6, 1844, lives in Ohio township; Charles A., February 10, 1846, lives in Clay township; Harvey J., April 21, 1847, lives in Harrison township; Thomas J., November 20, 1840, lives in Harrison township; infant, March 29 1854, died same day; Amma C., January 8, 1856. He was trustee in Clay township twenty years, and infirmary director three years. He had two sons who served in the war seven months each; John W. and James M. he settled in Clay township when but twelve years old, and had to endure the hardships and privations of a pioneer life. He married and raised his family, and by industry had plenty, although he frequently ground his corn in a hand mill for bread. He married a second time, Sarah S., daughter of Henry H. and Amelia (Bellomy) Angel, April 23, 1868. They had one child, Mary C., born May 2, 1869, and died July 24, 1869. Stephen O., a grandson whom he took to raise, born September 4, 1871, who lives with his grandfather, the subject of this sketch. Address, Eureka; Clay township, Gallia county, Ohio.


Andrew J Whitaker
Son of Isaac and Sarah (McNeal) Whitaker, was united in marriage with Anamira, daughter of John W. and Susan (Lighter) Stine in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1837. The result of the marriage was ten children: Isaac W., born October 12, 1838, lives in Gallia county; James M., April 26, 1840, killed in the war September 20, 1863; Adam J., February 16, 1843, killed in the war September 19, 1863; Louis T., May 8, 1845, lives in West Virginia; Andrew J., January 3, 1848, murdered in Arkansas April 19, 1878; George W., March 13, 1850, lives in Gallia county; Dacter B. F., January 21, 1853, drowned in the Ohio river August 15, 1869; Jasper M., May 25, 1855, resides in Gallia county; Francis M., February 4, 1858, lives in Laclede county, Missouri; Major W., May 18, 1861, lives in Butte county, California. Mr. Whitaker is a carpenter and farmer, and was born in Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1815. His wife was born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 17, 1816. He had three sons in the war. Isaac enlisted for three years and served six months; James M. served in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry three years, reenlisted, and was killed in the battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863; Adam J. served nearly three years in the 18th Battery, and was killed September 19, 1863, at the battle of Chickamauga.  [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.]


Enoch White
Son of Job and Catheirne (Hamilton) White, was born in Baltimore county, Maryland, February 20, 1822. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth M. Burgee, July 1, 1847, in Anne Arundel county, Maryland. She was born in Prince George county, Maryland, January 6, 1824, and is the daughter of Elisha and Mary (Harvey) Burgee. She has had one child: Ephraim, born July 28, 1853, died August 24, 1854. They adopted Margaret E. Clark, born October 13, 1859. Mr. White settled in this county in 1849, and is a farmer in Walnut township. He is a machinist by trade. He served as trustee two years, first in 1856, second in 1863. Address, Sand Fork, 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.]


Rufus White
Was born in Millersport, Lawrence county, Ohio, October 30, 1812. He is a son of Alfred and Mary (Perry) White, who died in 1853, and 1868, respectively. Rufus White's first wife was Lucinda Childers, who was born December 26, 1822, died January 26, 1868. The second wife of Mr. White is Margaret Daniels, who was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, September 20, 1835. They were married at Gallipolis, January 27, 1869. The following are the children of the first wife: Abraham, born December 24, 1839, resides in Lower California; Levi, July 24, 1841, resides in Idaho; Alfred, December 9, 1843, died October 9, 1858; Julia A., February 4, 1846, died March 5, 1847; Sarah L., January 5, 1848, died August 27, 1864; Mary e., May 7, 1850, resides in Wellston, Jackson county, Ohio; Martha Ellen, September 22, 1852, resides at Grape creek, Vermillion county, Illinois; John R., November 14, 1854, resides at home; Mahala J., April 16, 1858, resides in Wellston, Jackson county, Ohio; Charles L., June 15, 1861, resides at home; Rachel M., April 20, 1863, died February 27, 1864; Emma L., April 5, 1866, resides at home. Mr. White has held the office of supervisor since 1855. His son, Abraham White, served in the late rebellion, enlisting July 1, 1861. He win in the following battles : Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga and Sound creek, and was five months in Libby prison. After the close of the war he volunteered to scout for the army among the Indians. A singular act of Abraham was when they encountered 1200 Indians, and one warrior made a dash at him with his tomahawk, which struck his sabre six inches from the end; that was his closest escape. Sixty solders were all there were to fight the 1200, and only a few Indians escaped, while but a few soldiers were killed and wounded. Abraham passed through the war and never was injured, but encountered a great many conflicts. While in the west he was chased by an Indian seventy-five miles, and it being very cold weather he froze his legs up as far as his knees, some of his toes dropping off at the joints. A neighbor of Rufus White's father, named Jacob Miller, living in Miller's bottom, on the Ohio river, now called Millersport, encountered a couple of Indians while plowing corn. He would hang his hat on a stick and hold it out a little from the three where he was hiding, and shoot with his other hand. He shot one and commenced a scuffle with the other. While the Indian attempted to draw his knife, Mr. Miller drew it from him, and plunged it deep into the Indian's body, killing him instantly. He then took their skins and made drum heads from them after tanning them. Mr. White's father came down the Ohio river to Millersport in 1809 on a raft made of white pine lumber. The lumber was sawed on the Brokenstraw, a branch of the Allegheny river, the families landed and when they awoke the next morning the raft was sunk to the bottom of the Ohio. There were two families who came at that time on this structure, that conveyed their household goods. Mr. White is a farmer and stock-raiser, and his 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 R White
Was born in Gallia county, February 23, 1835. He is a son of John and Susanna (Wigner) White. His father is deceased, and his mother still resides in this county, having settled here in 1817. Mr. White is at present surveyor of Gallia county, and has held the office most of the time since 1872. The first wife of Mr. White was Lodisa S. Hill, by whom he had the following children: Lillie L. born July 9, 1863; Carrie A., July 9, 1863; and Genevieve, December 20, 1872. His present wife is Phebe C. Holcomb, a native of this county. She was born December 31, 1847, and was married to him November 11, 1877. Her parents are Zephenia and Mary Holcomb. Her father is deceased, and her mother still resides in Gallia county. The present Mrs. White is the mother of one child: William R., born March 13, 1879. The postoffice address of Mr. White 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 Wilhelm
Was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, December 8, 1838. He was united in marriage with Catherine T., daughter of Sarah J. (Scarlett) and John C. Miller, in Carroll county, Ohio, June 27, 1867, and settled in this county, March, 1868. She was born in Carroll county, Ohio, August 26, 1849. They have three children: Winnie Wilhelm was born June 8, 1868; Maggie M. Wilhelm, February 28, 1870; Otho, February 9, 1872. His parents are Henry and Margaret (Russell) Wilhelm. His father was born in 1814 and his mother in 1813. He was elected mayor of the incorporated village of Chambersburg, Gallia county, Ohio, in 1876, and served four years. He was also elected justice of the peace in April, 1877. Business, lumber merchant. Address, Eureka, Clay 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.]


John Willey
Son of Thomas and Maria (Alexander) Willey, was born in Delaware county, Delaware, September 14, 1836. He is a farmer in Clay township. He married Frances R., daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Coffman) Smith, in Gallia county, April 7, 1862. She was born in Mason county, West Virginia, December 16, 1840. They have five children: Edward F., born October 17, 1863; Jane T., November 9, 1865; Wesley B., February 3, 1867; Lotta A., April 1, 1871; Lizia M., September 12, 1874. They all live at home. He served three years in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, taking part in a great many severe engagements. Postoffice address, Clipper 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.]


David B Williams
Was born in Carnarvonshire, Wales, June 14, 1828. His parents are William Williams and Elizabeth Thomas Williams. A remarkable fact in connection with this couple is that they were born on the same date and year, both joined the Presbyterian church at the same time, both died the same day, in October, 1862, and they were both buried in the same grave at Oakhill, Jackson county, Ohio. Anna J. James became the wife of Mr. Williams in Gallia county, December 28, 1860. She is a daughter of William and Amelia (Meredith) James, and was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1838. Her father settled in this county in 1854, and remained until 1870, when he moved to Nebraska, where he died in 1872. Two brothers of Mrs. Williams were soldiers in the late war. David W. James enlisted in 1861, in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and reenlisted as a veteran in 1864 in the same regiment, serving until the close of the war. John M. James enlisted in 1861 in the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served for three years. William M. James was in the employ of the government as a teamster during the war. He was taken prisoner, and was sent to Andersonville prison, where he was kept three months, when he died of general debility in 1863. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Williams are as follows: Wellington W., born September 17, 1864; William M., October 6, 1865; Effie A., November 28, 1869; Charles E., October 9, 1875; Nellie M., May 8, 1879, they all reside at home. Mr. Williams resides in Raccoon township, where he is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Elijah Williams
Was born in Guyan township, November 4, 1820. His father, John Williams, was born February 20, 1796, and was one of the first settlers of this township, enduring many privations. They had to grind their own corn by hand, and had to grate and pound it to make bread; all the schools they had were supported by subscription; wild beasts were very plentiful, often destroying what little stock the farmers had; game, such as deer, turkeys, and wild hogs, was abundant. Louisa T. (Sartin) Williams, the mother of Elijah, was born April 20, 1803, and died November 19, 1876. Mr. Williams had three brothers in the late war. John S. Williams enlisted for three years, and, after serving two years, he died of measles; William P. and James H. Williams both served three years, and the latter died in the hospital at Washington after the war had closed. Elijah Williams and Eliza Griffith were married in Lawrence County, Ohio, June 1, 1853. She is a native of that county, born February 10, 1835. Their children are: Angaline, born December 2, 1854, resides in this township; John W., September 31, 1856, resides in this township; James M., February 10, 1859, died October 12, 1881; Lucy A., April 9, 1861, resides in this township; Louis B., January 12, 1864, at home; March E., December 7, 1868, at home; Elijah S., February 10, 1870, at home; Murtie M., July 10, 1872, at home; Albert R., March 1, 1874, died March 21, 1874; Letha E., April 5, 1876, at home; Charles W., September 22, 1880, resides at home. The parents of Mrs. Williams are John and Mary (Gwinn) Griffith, who was born in 1793 and 1800, respectively. Mr. Williams is engaged in farming 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.]


George E Williams
Was born in Greenfield township, Gallia county, Ohio, August 10, 1874. His parents were George and Catherine (Davies) Williams. His father was born April 19, 1822, and moved to this county in 1847, where he died in 1878. His mother was born August 10, 1825, and is still living. The subject of this sketch was married, August 10, 1847, to Jane A. Jones, in the same township where he at present resides. One child, Annie, was the fruit of this happy union, which terminated only with the death of the faithful wife, which occurred in April, 1882. Mrs. Williams was born in Cardigan, Wales, in 1846. She was a daughter of John P. and Annie (Lewis) Jones. George E. Williams follows the pursuit of agriculture, and has acquired a goodly competency during a somewhat busy life. 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.]


George G Williams
Is a son of George and Hannah Williams, settlers of Gallia county in 1840. He was born in South Wales in 1817, and came to this county in 1842. In 1846, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was married to Catherine Davis, also a native of South Wales, where she born in 1825, her parents being David and Mary Davis. The following are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Williams: George E., born August 9, 1847, resides in Greenfield township; David, February, 1849, lives in Jackson county, Ohio; Matthew H., February, 1851, deceased; Owen J., February, 1853, deceased; Benjamin, February, 1855, resides in Jackson county, Ohio; Abel, February, 1857, resides in Jackson county; Mary J., February, 1859, resides in Jackson county; William R., January, 1861, resides in Columbus, Ohio; Hannah E., January 1866, lives at home; James A., January 1868, deceased. Mr. Williams is a farmer in Greenfield township, 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.]



Isaiah S Williams
Was united in marriage with Mary E. McDaniel, in Gallia county, March 7, 1861. She is the daughter of Sylvester and Mahala (Louks) McDaniel, and was born in this county December 11, 1841. She is the mother of four children, namely: Roma W., born February 1, 1863, resides at home; Elmer S., April 22, 1866, resides at home; Edwin E., July 28, 1869, resides at home; Charles T., November 17, 1872, died February 24, 1879. Mr. Williams was born in this county November 2, 1873. His parents, Joseph and Isabel (Phillips) Williams, came to this county in 1834. He is a farmer in Walnut township. Address, Sprinkle'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.]



James K Williams
A resident and farmer of Walnut township, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, August 11, 1840. His parents, William and Lucinda (Allison) Williams, settled in his county in 1817. Mr. Williams was a soldier in the late war, serving in Company I, 18th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. At the expiration of seventeen months he was honorably discharged. He participated in the following battles: Athens, Short Mountain, Cross Roads, Stone River and several other minor engagements. His wife, Lucy daughter of Uriah and Nancy (Corn) Vermillion, was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, September 8, 1838. She was married to him in Lawrence county, March 20, 1864, and is the mother of eight children, namely: William W. T. and Effie H. (twins), born February 8, 1854; Edith J., July 2, 1867; Sarah J., November 19, 1869, died April 29, 1871; Area K., September 6, 1873; Osa B., January 17, 1876, died November 7, 1881; John H., July 4, 1878; Flora L., January 4, 1882. Address, Boggs, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


William G Williams
Was born in Cardington, South Wales, February 16, 1816. His parents were George W. and Hannah (Lewis) Williams, settlers of this county in 1839. His father died in 1872, and his mother in 1870. The first wife of Mr. Williams was Ann Rollins, who was born in Wales in 18 . she is mother of the following children: Rolland and Ann, born August 6, 1840, both deceased; David R., November 6, 1841, deceased 1865; Ann, November 9, 1843, resides in Cincinnati; Hannah V., August 15, 1845, resides in this township; Rolland W., July 17, 1847, resides in Covington, Kentucky; Arthur W., January 1, 1849, resides in this township; Benjamin W., July 27, 1851, died in October, 1875 - Edward W., July 27, 1851, (twins), resides in Shawnee, Ohio; Sarah W., July 5, 1854, resides in this township; William S., May 6, 1857, died June 29, 1859. The present wife of Mr. Williams is Mary Isaacs, who was born in Cardington, South Wales, March 16, 1827. They wre married at Gallipolis, March 14, 1871. Her parents are John and Jane (James) Phillips, who at present reside in Wales. Mr. Williams held the office of supervisor on year. David R., one of his sons, served four years in the late war, a member of the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and he died of consumption soon after his discharge. Mr. Williams' farm produces iron ore and coal in large quantities. He has a large lime-kiln with which he furnishes burned lime to Gallia Furnace, and also supplies the township. The narrow gauge road crosses his farm. The postoffice address of Mr. Williams 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.]


Edward Willis
Is a son of Jacob and Leah (Brown) Willis, both of whom are deceased. Edward was born in Gallia county, May 11, 1821, and settled in Gallipolis in 1869. He was married to Martha A. Gee, at Gallipolis July 5, 1853. She is a daughter of John and Barbara (Stowars) Gee, and was born in this county March 3, 1831. She is mother of the following children: John G., born September 13, 1856, resides in Gallipolis, and is at present a student at law and professor of music; Edward, junior, March 3, 1859; Billy, October 10, 1861, deceased. The parents of Mrs. Willis are both dead. Mrs. Willis is also deceased. Mr. Willis is a farmer in Gallipolis 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.]



David Wilt
Was born in Springfield township in October, 1833. His parents, Jacob and Mary (Cook) Wilt, settled here in 1815. David was married in Morgan township, December 24, 1856, to Martha Lewis, who was born in New York, May 19, 1837, and died July 2, 1865. She was a daughter of Stephen and Mary (Gardner) Lewis, settlers of this county in 1840. The following are Mr. Wilt's children: Homer, born January 2, 18 , died September 10, 1859; John F., December 2, 1859, resides in Morgan township; Mary K., November 8, 1862, resides in Morgan township. Mr. Wilt has held the office of trustee in this township for five years. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, enlisting in Company I, 194th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, February 16, 1854, and served to the close of the war. Mr. Wilt is by Occupation a farmer and carpenter. His address is Pine Grove, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


James Winegar
Is a son of John and Lucinda (Starling) Winegar. The former was born January 25, 1804, and died March 10, 1862; the latter was born February 5, 1798, died May 6, 1867. He was born in Augusta county, Virginia, January 14, 1830, and came to this county in 1845 with his parents. His farm is located on Poplar Ridge, five miles northwest of Cheshire. He was married to Susannah, daughter of Eli and Elizabeth (Shafer) Hix. She was born in Addison township July 15, 1855, and their marriage took place in Cheshire township March 6, 1851. They have the following children: Margaret D., born February 3, 1852, died July 23, 1852; William H., February 17, 1854, is married and resides at home; Eli C., March 25, 1856, is also married and resides at home; Sarah L., August 26, 1858, married and deceased; Elizabeth Jane, May 17, 1860, married and resides in Cheshire; James F., July 21, 1862, resides at home; Andrew Johnson, March 20, 1865, resides at home; Lillie Belle, August 11, 1867, resides at home; Chancey J. Edward, April 9, 1870, resides at home; Charles Fremont, November 27, 1873; Oscar Perry, October 22, 1876; Clarence E., June 3, 1879. Mr. Winegar was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted September 20, 1862, in Captain W. J. Matthew's Company, H, 13th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served two years, and was honorably discharged, on account of disability, from the hospital at Gallipolis. He was reduced in weight from 175 pounds to 119 pounds. Since his return he has not been able to do a hard day's work. He is a store-keeper, and also farming. His address is Kyger, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


George Wise
Was united in marriage in Belmont county, January 27, 1842, with Julia A. (Hamilton), daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wise) Hamilton. Her parents came to this county in 1843; both deceased. His parents, John and Jane (McMillon) Wise, moved to Belmont county in 1800; both deceased. He was born in Belmont county, Ohio, January 3, 1820. His wife was born in Belmont county, August 9, 1823. He is a farmer in Clay township, moving there, with his bridge, in 1842. Five children were born to them: Anna M., born February 3, 1843, lives in Gallia county; Elizabeth J., August 6, 1844, lives in Gallia county; Mary M., November 5, 1845, died August 27, 1874; Josephine, March 2, 1851, died June 2, 1870; William, September 28, 1853, lives in Doniphan county, Kansas. Postoffice address is, Clipper 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.]



Samuel Wise
Was born in Belmont county, Ohio, April 25, 1815. He was united in marriage with Margaret, daughter of Christopher and Sarah (Keyser) Hinkele, in Belmont county, January 10, 1837. She was born in Belmont county, August 9, 1816. They are the parents of six children: Sarah E., born in Licking county, November 8, 1837, resides in Belmont county, Ohio; Jacob, in Belmont county, October 2, 1839, lives in Putnam county, West Virginia; Susannah, in Belmont county, July 22, 1841, died July 28, 1850; Thomas H., in Belmont county, July 31, 1843, lives in Gallia county; John W., in Belmont county, September 1, 1848, died September 26, 1850; Samuel D., in Belmont county, February 11, 1850, lives in Putnam county, West Virginia. His parents are Jacob and Elizabeth (Colvin) Wise. He settled in this county in 1856. His business is undertaker and farmer. Address, Eureka, Clay 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.]



Rev Andrew Wiseman
A minister of the Gospel, was born in Monroe county, West Virginia, May 6, 1830. He settled in this county in 1837 with his parents, Isaac and Sarah (Ramsey) Wiseman. He has been married twice. Hannah, his first wife, daughter of John and Mary (Becket) Pine, was born November 23, 1831, and died October 29, 1863. She was married to him January 6, 1853, and was the mother of six children: Mary A., born December 26, 1853, lives in Gallia county; George F., September 6, 1855, lives in Lawrence county, Ohio; John N., August 21, 1857, lives in Gallia county; Sarah A., June 12, 1859, lives in this county; Sophronia A., April 25, 1821, lives in this county; Hannah V., December 13, 1862, died January 17, 1864. His second wife, Margaret, daughter of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Shumate) McDaniel, who settled here in 1820, was born in this county, September 22, 1842, and was married to him October 12, 1864. Mrs. Wiseman was formerly married to Joshua Hall, in 1859. He died in hospital at Gallipolis, December 5, 1861. Mr. Wiseman served in the 100-day service in the late war. He held the office of justice of the peace for two years in Perry township. He has a farm, and his address is Sprinkle's Mill, 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.]


Francis M Womeldorff
Farmer and railroad contractor, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, January 12, 1838, and is the son of Michael and Jane (Waddell) Womeldorff. His wife, Silvina V., daughter of William and Louisa C. (Pilcher) Morrison, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, May 23, 1836 and was married to him in the same county March 16, 1859. They have had eight children: Lulu B., (Cushman), born December 24, 1859, resides in Gallipolis; Lewis M., February 1, 1861, died March 27, 1862; Carrie D., March 25, 1863, at home; Harry M., September 29, 1864, at home; Lue A., September 26, 1866, died August 24, 1867; Fred M., September 18, 1868, at home; George E., May 16, 1871, at home; Osie V., August 20, 1879. Mr. Womeldorff's father came to this county in 1801, and married Jane Waddell in 1812, and had twelve children, seven boys and five girls, of whom three girls and two boys are deceased. Address, Mr. Womeldorff, 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]


Harrison Wood
Was born in Charleston, West Virginia, September 7, and came to this county with his parents in 1865. His father, Nehemiah Wood, died September 21, 1824, and his mother, Eva (Buffner) Wood, on January 29, 1821. Mr. Wood has been married three times. His first wife was Mary Rickabaugh, who was born in Gallia county, February 9, 1806. Her parents, Adam and Mary (Koontz) Rickabaugh, came to this county in 1800. She was married in this county, September 18, 1825 and was the mother of the following children: Bethsama, born January 2, 1827, resides at home; Andrew J., December 30, 1829, died February 1, 1863; John H., February 18, 1831, resides in Gallia county; Caroline, December 30, 1832, resides in Gallia county; David R., January 12, 1835, died February 20, 1871. Mrs. Wood died July 15, 1835. Mr. Wood's second marriage was to Mary (Mauck) Bing, which occurred in this county April 6, 1840. She was a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Buzwell) Mauck, who was born April 19, 1806, and died February 9, 1868. She had been formerly married to William Bing, by whom she had two children: Nancy, born July 13, 1828, resides in Gallia county; and Elizabeth, February 14, 1830, deceased. The third wife of Mr. Wood was Permelia Ridgway (Atwood), who was born in this county in 1802. She is a daughter of David and Elizabeth (Wagoner) Ridgway. Their marriage occurred November 1, 1870. She had been previously married to Nehemia Atwood, who died in December, 1869. She had no children by either marriage. She still resides in this county. John H. Wood, a son of the subject of this sketch, was married in this county April 8, 1868, to Amantha S. Roach, a daughter of Simeon and Diana (Koontz) Roach, and was born in this county June 2, 1839. Her father came to this county from Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1828. She is mother of the following children: Harry A., born May 5, 1869; Mary D., July 27, 1872; Carrie E., April 21, 1877; Nellie A., August 28, 1879. Andrew J. Wood, a brother of John H., was a soldier in the war of 1861, and was killed at Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Wood died February 12, 1877. The address of his widow is Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio.


Lewis R Wood
Lewis R Wood and Elizabeth Brandbury were married in Gallia county, Ohio, April 17, 1856. He is a native of this county, born May 17, 1833; his wife is also a native of Gallia county. The parents of Mr. Wood are William M. Wood, who died January 2, 1880, and Mary (Koontz) Wood, who died April 5, 1857. They were among the early settlers of this county, coming in 1805. The parents of Mrs. Wood are Henry and Mary (Blagg) Blandbury. William M. Wood, the father of this subject of this sketch, was born in the State of Virginia, August 7, 1804, and was married to Mary Koontz, March 29, 1827, in Rockingham county, Virginia, and removed from there to Gallia county, where they had four boys and three girls born to them, of whom the three daughters and the youngest son died here: the rest of the family still live here. William M. Wood was married the second time to Sarah Shiers, December 16, 1858; she was the mother of two children, Winifield S., born October 10, 1859, died in childhood; Julia W., June 28, 1861, resides in this county. The father of Lewis R. served as justice of the peace in Raccoon township for twenty-seven years, and in Green township, this county, for three years. Lewis R. Wood is engaged as a general merchant and also as a farmer. He has the following children: William P., born January 19, 1857, died February 28, 1877; Harrison H., March 7, 1859; Laura E. and Flora M., twins, October 30, 1866; Charles E., February 11, 1869. The postoffice address of Mr. Wood is Harris postoffice, Gallia county. [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]


Sylvester P Wood
Is the son of William M. Wood, who was born in the state of Virginia, August 7, 1804, and married to Mary Koontz March 29, 1827, in Rockingham county, Virginia, and settled in this county where they had a family of seven children, four boys and three girls; the three girls and the youngest son died in this county; the remainder still reside here. Mr. William M. Wood's wife died April 5, 1857. His second wife was Sarah Shiers; they were married December 16, 1858; she is the mother of the following children: Winfield S., born October 10, 1859, died in childhood, and Julia W., July 28, 181, resides in this county. William M. Wood died January 2, 1880. Sylvester P. Wood has been twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Bing, who was born in this county, February 14, 1830. They were married September 22, 1852. She was a daughter of William and Mary (Mauck) Bing, and died July 7, 1869. She was mother of the following children: Mary A., born June 28, 1854, resides at home; William L., November 5, 1856, resides at home; Margaret E., January 24, 1859, died March 26, 1867; Nanny P., August 11, 1861, died January 3, 1880; Elmore E, July 3, 1864, resides at home; Ida B., July 2, 1868, resides at home. The second wife of Mr. Wood is Lucretia Cahoon. She is a daughter of William C. and Evaline (Wood) Cahoon, and was born in this county, February 18, 1843. Their marriage took place in Gallia county, May 14, 1871. The parents of Mrs. Wood came to Gallia county in 1808; her father died June 5, 1860, and her mother November 22, 1870. Mr. Wood has held the office of postmaster at Rio Grande for nine years, and he is at present postmaster at Tycoon. He has also held several public offices ever since he was twenty years old. He is engaged as a farmer and also as a miller and dealer in grain and flour. His postoffice address is Tycoon, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]


Joseph G Worthington
Enlisted in the late war in Battery B, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery, October 1, 1861. He reenlisted January 19, 1864, and was mustered out of service June 28, 1865. He participated in the following battles: Droop Mountain, West Virginia; Winchester; Leetown; Harper's Ferry, and others. He was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, June 26, 1841, and settled in this county in 1868. He was united in marriage in Lawrence county, Ohio, December 2, 1866, with Julia A. Bandy. She was born in Lawrence county, November 5, 1841, and is the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Cauly) Bandy. She has four children, all at home: George A., born October 19, 1867; Arch T., June 4, 1870; Annie E., April 1, 1873; Winnie E., March 9 1876. Mr. Worthington is a son of Alexander and Ann Eliza (Rutter) Worthington. He is a merchant salesman in the general store of Smith Brothers. He is also a farmer. Address, Sprinkle'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.]

 
John W Wright
Was born in this township April 17, 1839. His parents are Wyatt and Eliza (Porter) Wright. His father was born August 1, 1807, and his mother died July, 1851. Mr. Wright was married in Wales village, Gallia county, June 16, 1858, to Martha Love, who was born in Raccoon township, this county, November 17, 1833. They have the following children: Samuel R. W., born November 28, 1866; Mary R. J., February 8, 1869; Charles N., July 4, 1872; James P., December 13, 1875; they all reside at home. Mr. Wright has held the office of school director for three years, and is now serving another term. The parents of Mrs. Wright are Robert and Rosaline (Willmore) Love. Mr. Wright was engaged during the Morgan raid, in 1862, and later drove team for the government, carrying supplies to the army, the water in the Kanawha river being so low boats could not run. Mr. Wright is a farm residing in Perry township. His postoffice address is 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.]

 



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