Hocking County Biographies

Company H, Sixty-third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
Francis A. Gibbons was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, March 8, 1820. He was a son of John Gibbons, an old settler in that county.  His ancestors counting back to grandparents, represented. Scotch. Irish and Dutch. About 1842, he removed to Hocking County, Ohio, and located in Starr Township. He was reared on a farm, but in business for himself, gave his principal attention to stock breeding, buying and selling. He was for years before the war engaged in buying stock for both Cincinnati and
eastern markets. He was among the last of the old time drovers, and was rated a rather successful one. When a boy his schooling was very limited, but he improved himself when he grew older, was a great reader, and became a gifted public speaker on social and moral questions. He greatly enjoyed public debates, on such questions.

His first wife was Priscilla Moore. She bore him six children, William, Marie, Hannah, Samuel, Lotta and Lewis Dalton. To his wife he always gave the principal credit for his success in life. He, with his second son. Samuel Gibbons enlisted as private soldiers in Captain Jackson's Company H, 63rd Ohio, in November 1861 without any suggestion or expectation of a commission but when the Company was full, it elected him First Lieutenant and he was so commissioned. He was a man of great soldierly taste and spirit. Prompt, cheerful, ready to obey orders, a good disciplinarian, and brave beyond all question, he served from the purest and most patriotic motives.
He took the field with the regiment and participated honorably in all its services whilst he was a member of it. This included New Madrid, Ft. Thompson, Island Number Ten, Siege of Corinth, the actions at Farming-
ton and battle of luka. His health failed. He was too old to stand hard campaigning and on September 30, 1862, his resignation was accepted and he went home.
After the war he moved west and located in Missouri, where his wife died. After this he removed to near Baxter Springs. Kansas, following his old business of stockman. In 1870 he married a second wife, Miss Loda Hibbard of Athens County, Ohio.
He died December 9, 1895. aged 75 years, 9 months and 1 day.
He was a prominent Mason, and in religious matters a Methodist.
Source: The History of Fuller's Ohio Brigade, Charles H. Smith, 1909
DAVID GOSS, cabinet-maker and undertaker, fourth son of Martin and Margaret (Strong) Goss, was born near Lancaster, Pa., March 27, 1813. When he was two years of age, his parents came to Hocking County, Ohio, and settled near Millville, where he lived until manhood, working on a farm and attending the common school. He began working at the cabinet trade when a boy, and when twenty-one years old opened a shop near Millville, where he worked three yeare, In 1837 he purchased the farm where he now resides, and worked at his trade until 1882. He has preserved measures of 2,500 coffins made by him during the time He has been engaged in the business. April 8, 1846, he married Magdalena, daughter of Frederick and Leah (Fought) Friesner, of Hocking County. They had ten children, five living - Martin, of Hocking County; Ellen, wife of John Evans; Effie, Ida, and Edward at home. Israel died in infancy; Simeon at eight years of age; Mary at four years of age. Frederick was drowned in the Hocking river June 4, 1865, aged thirteen years; and Emma, June 3, 1878 in her twentieth year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Goss was born March 18, 1827, and died July 22,1871. She was a member of the Albright Church. He and his daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
from: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
MARTIN GOSS, farmer, cabinet-maker and undertaker, son of David and Magdalena (Friemer) Gass, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, Jan. 5, 1847, and lived with his parents until  manhood. During his boyhood he worked for wages, and received a common-school education. At the age of seventeen years his father put him to work in his cabinet shop, where he remained until twenty. two years of age. In February, 1869, he purchased the farm where he resides, and has carried on farming in connection with his cabinet and undertaking business. He has preserved memoranda of his work, and has made 200 coffins. He has the most beautiful location and residence in the county. Oct. 8, 1868, he married Lucinda A., danghter of George and Annamary (Pontius) Hansel, who was born Dec. 10,1847. They had one daughter Mary Magdalena, who died in infancy. They have an adopted daughter-Emma J. Goss. He and wife are members of the United Brethren church. He is Class-leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Superintendent of the Sabbath-school.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
Henry Gompf, gardener, was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, April 25 1839. When ten years old he emigrated with his parents to the United States, they settling in Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio. He left home at the age of eighteen, and worked in the garden of his brother-in-law, Georg Saurbrunn, at Circleville, for two years, when he became a gardener for himself at Circleville, remaining there till September, 1862. He then enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to serve three years. He participated in many battles, among which were the battles of Chickasaw, Champion Hills and the charge on Vicksburg, May 22, 1863. AFter being discharged in 1865, he returned to Circleville, and soon after removed to Decatur, Ill., where he engaged in gardening, but not meeting with success he abandoned it, and was variously employed in different places until 1873. in that year he came to Logan, and engaged to his present business as a gardener, where he is meeting with sucess, having procured for himself and family a pleasant and substantial home. He was married April 8 1861, to Miss Christina Loel, of Waverly. She died in September, 1872, leaving two children--Edward Frederick and Samuel John. He again married Jan. 8 1873, Charlotta (Miller) Sanner, by whom he has had five children--Louisa, Frank, Clara, William and Robert. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Trinity Church of Logan, of which he is Elder.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
THOMAS W GRIFFIN-- was born January 22, 1843, in Hocking County, Ohio, and died July 20, 1896, at his home in this county. He was a son of Henry and Betsy Griffin. He was married to Amanda James, January 17, 1878. She was born in Davis County Iowa, October 30, 1859, being a daughter of Isaac and Nancy James. They had two children: Nellie F, born August 11, 1879; Thomas Ray, September 15, 1890. Nellie is now Mrs. W.F. Florea. Mr. Griffin came here with his parents in 1857and lived here on the farm till grown. He farmed till 1881 when he moved to Kirksville {Mo} and engaged in the grocery business for two years. He was also in some business at Bullion for three years, then moved to Montgomery County {Mo}, where he remained till his death July 26, 1896. After his death his widow lived in Kirksville with her family till 1910, when she bought her present place. It consists of forty acres, one mile north of the city of Kirksville. She has a beautiful home. Her son lives with her and helps manage the farm. Source Info: "The History of Adair County Missouri" by E.M. Violette (1911)
Transcribed and submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay
HENRY GROVES, section 19, Starr Township, was born in Morgan County, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1835. He was reared on the farm and re- ceived a common-school education. He came with his parents to this township in April, 1856. He was married April 23, 1863, to Mary A. Rose, daughter of Rev. William Rose, a Baptist preacher (old school), who was born in Pennsylvania in 1794. They have had eight children, seven now living---James W., Clarinda, Parthena, Ida B., Jesse B., William N. and Frank L. One son, Alfred, died at the age of five years. Mr. Groves owns 177 acres of valuable land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. On his farm there are two strata of coal, one four feet and the other six feet in thickness. Mrs. Groves is a member of the Bible Chris- tian church at Mount Zion. Henry Groves (deceased), the father of the above, was born in Hampshire County, Va., Dec. 7, 1795. At the age of sixteen years he began to learn the tanner's trade which he followed for a few years. In 1825 he came to Morgan County, Ohio, and to Starr Township in April, 1856. He was married in 1819 to Rebecca Devault, a daughter of Andrew De- vault. She was born Jane 16, 1795. They had ten children, six now living---Mary, Eli, Elizabeth, Eliza, Henry and Margaret E. Mr. Groves was for many years a member of the Protestant Meth- odist church. He died June 21, 1869, respected by all. Mrs. Groves' nephew, Andrew Jackson Devault, has resided with the family for the past thirty-nine years, and now resides with Henry Groves. He was born in June, 1829, and has been a cripple since he was twenty-one months old. Mrs. Groves died in 1869.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883

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