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Samuel P. Gage cashier of the People's Saving Bank Company, of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, was born in Morrow county, Ohio, October 2, 1850, and is a representative of one of the pioneer families of this locality. His parents, William F. and Mary J. (Price) Gage, passed the greater part of their lives in Morrow county. William F. Gage was born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, a son of Phillip and Deborah (Flood) Gage, with whom when a boy he came to Ohio and settled near Sparta, in Bennington township. Morrow county, where he grew to manhood and married. He owned one hundred and forty acres of land in Bennington township, to the cultivation and improvement of which he devoted his energies for many years, up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1898. Politically he was a Republican, radical and enthusiastic, and for years was active in local politics. He was a staunch member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is also his widow, now eighty years of age. Her parents, John Price and wife, were natives of Pennsylvania. Of the children of William F. and Mary J. Gage we record that J. P., the eldest, is a resident of Kansas ; Samuel P., next in order of birth, is the subject of this sketch ; Eliza A. is the wife of William Hunt of Morrow county ; P. W. is a resident of Delaware, Ohio; and Elsworth is engaged in railroad business at Alexander, Ohio.
Reared on his father's farm, Samuel P. Gage attended district school until he was sixteen years of age, after which he was a student at Galena High School and Cardington High School and later spent two years at Lebanon, Ohio, where he took a course in the National Normal University. In the meantime he taught school, beginning when he was eighteen, and by this means paid his own way while he pursued his higher studies. All told, he taught school sixty months, a part of this time being principal of a private school. And his experience as teacher added to the value of his service when he was made a member of the School Board of Mt. Gilead.
In 1873 Mr. Gage built the Central House at Marengo, Ohio, which he operated for eight years, and at the same time filled the office of township clerk. In 1881 he was elected clerk of Morrow county. He was the incumbent of this office two terms, having been re-elected, and served in all six years. Afterward, for a period of six years, he was secretary and treasurer of the Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Company. Then he engaged in banking. For eleven years he was cashier of the National Bank of Morrow County, and at the end of that time he was one of the organizers of the People's Saving Bank Company, which began business April 23, 1904, and of which he has from that date held the position of cashier. At the present writing, 1911, this bank has a deposit of two hundred thousand dollars, and its officers are as follows: Dr. W. B. Robinson, president; W. M. Carlisle, vice president ; Dr. N. Tucker, second vice president ; S. P. Gage, cashier; A. C. Duncan, assistant cashier; and Z. A. Powers, teller. During his successful business career Mr. Gage has accumulated considerable property, including two valuable farms in Morrow county, one of two hundred and eighty acres in Gilead township and the other, four hundred and forty acres in Bennington township, and residence property at Mt. Gilead and Columbus. He and his family reside in their pleasant home on Cherry street Mt. Gilead. Mrs. Gage, formerly, Miss Alice Sherman, born April 18, 1851, is a daughter of Daniel Sherman and previous to her marriage was engaged in teaching. She and Mr. Gage were married in 1872, and they are the parents of one son, Ralph P., born January 5, 1875, who is a graduate of both the Mt. Gilead High School and Delaware College, he having received the degree of A. B. at the age of twenty-one years. He is now engaged in the practice of law at Los Angeles, California.
Like his father before him, Mr. Gage is an active and influential member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the official board, and at the time of the building of the Methodist church edifice in Mt. Gilead he served as chairman of the building committee. Fraternally he is identified with Mt. Gilead Lodge, No. 169, IOOF., and Encampment No. 59, and in the latter was a member of the board of trustees. Mr. and Mrs. Gage were charter members of the Rebekahs at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Lodge 352. They have crossed the continent of America twice, visiting their son. [Source: "History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account...", Volume 2; By Abraham J. Baughman, Ro bert Franklin Bartlett; Lewis Publishing co, 1911 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

J. W. GALLEHER, of Bowen & Galleher, grocers; Mt. Gilead; was born on his father’s farm in Congress Township Richland, now Morrow Co., Ohio, Oct 21, 1843, and lived there eight years, when they moved to Franklin Township and engaged in farming. He attended school until he was 15 years of age, and then began working at carpentering by the month, following the same principally until 1872, when he began farming on his own account in Canaan Township. He lived there until 1875, when he engaged in the grocery business at Denmark, the firm being Harris & Galleher. They continued about eighteen months. He then sold out and came to Mt. Gilead, and engaged in his present business. March 1, 1866 he married Miss Mary J. Smith. She is also a native of this county. They have four children Frank, Ardella, Clyde and Alice. In 1861, he enlisted in the 136th O. N. G. and served until the command was discharged. While in Denmark, he served as Postmaster, during the last year’s residence there. His parents William and Frances Itson Galleher were natives of Loudoun County, VA. They were married there, and came here at an early day. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

ROSCOE S. GALLEHER, Carpenter, Mt. Gilead, was born December 8, 1856, in Franklin Township, Morrow Co., Ohio. He was the son of Joseph H. and America C. (Hepsley) Galleher. His father was a native of Loudoun County VA. The mother was born in Maryland, near Baltimore. Joseph H. was a farmer, and removed to Morrow County in 1830. Roscoe was the eldest of a family of six children, viz Caleb R.; George F.; William J,; Dora M. and Ernest E. who died in infancy. Roscoe remained at home until 15 years of age, and then commenced learning his trade with Ezra Woodward, of Morrow County. He continued working at his trade until about 1875, when he went to Frederickstown, working on the grist mill, being at that time in business for himself. He stayed there until November 1875 and then returned to his father’s in Morrow Co. He afterwards worked on the town Hall building, for Mille & Smith, at Mt. Gilead. In 1877 Mr. G. purchased 75 acres of land, and for two years his time was partly occupied in farming. In 1879 he returned to Mt. Gilead, and was married to Arrilla M. Caywood, in 1877. They have one child – Ellis A., born February 16, 1878. Mr. G. has finished for himself an elegant residence on West High Street, and is beginning to reap some of the results of an industrious and well spent life. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

JOHN GARDNER, farmer. P, O, Mt. Gilead, was born in Franklin Township, Knox, now Morrow Co, May 1, 1819. In 1825, his parents moved to Richland Co., and located about four and one half miles northeast of Mt. Gilead. He lived at home twenty two years, then, in company with his brother in law he farmed a place belonging to his father, and located near West Point. December 29, 1842 he married Miss Harriet Carr. She was born in Richland County, Ohio, April 17, 1821. They occupied a house on the farm, and with his brother in law, continued farming the place, until 1850, in the fall of which year his father died, and the following year he bought the old homestead farm, which was entered by his father about 1822, and occupied in 1825. He farmed the place for three years, and then sold the same and bought his present place, and has lived here since. By his marriage there are four children – Quincy T. born February 16, 1844, and married Miss Lydia Truax, of Elkhart Co. Ind. He is farming his father’s place. Of their three children two are living – Eliza and George, Eunice, now Mrs. Bargar, born May 22, 1846 and lives in this vicinity. They had three children, two living – Melville and Zoa. Mary E., now Mrs. Iden, born November 4, 1848, and lives in Denmark County. Albert C, born March 30, 1856, and lives near Denmark. Mr. Gardner resides on his farm, which contains seventy five acres, and is located three and one half miles northeast of Mt. Gilead. He has served in the offices connected with the school and road, also as Township Trustee. His parents, Timothy and Sarah (Hawkins) Gardner, were natives of New Jersey and Vermont. They were married in Knox County, Ohio, where she came with her parents, and he when a young man. They settled here in Morrow County in 1825, and lived here until his death, in 1850. She lived on the old homestead until the sale of the same. She then moved to Minnesota, and later she went to the State of Maine, and lived with her son William until her death, March 17, 1873. They had eight children, six of whom are living. Her parents, Thomas and Sarah (Crosby) Hawkins, were natives of Conn. And New Jersey. Mrs. Harriet (Carr) Gardner ’s parents, David and Sarah (Fisher) Carr, were natives of New Jersey. They came to Richland County, Ohio, he in 1816, and she in 1820. They married there in 1820. He died there February 2, 1875. She is living on the old place where she has made her home for the past sixty years. Of their eleven children, eight are living, all but one of whom are married. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

JOHN B. GATCHELL, County Recorder; Mt. Gilead; was born in Harrison County, Ohio, June 18, 1843, and is the son of Amos P. and Barbara E.(Barger) Gatchell. His mother was born in Pennsylvania and his father in Harrison Co., Ohio, and was a farmer Here our subject remained until he was 15 years of age, when he began to learn the trade of carpenter and cabinet maker, which he followed some years and at the breaking out of the late civil war, he enlisted in Co. I, 15th O. V. I. Three months regiment from Wyandotte Co, having moved there in 1850, participating in the battles of Philippi, Laurel Hill, etc. and was honorably mustered out at the expiration of his time, when he re-enlisted as private for three years in Co F. 55th O, V, I. serving full time, and re-enlisted for the third time, and served until the dawn of peace. He participated in some of the most severe marches and battles of the war, took an active part in twenty four prominent engagements, Cedar Mountain, Springville, Cross Keys, second battle of Bull Run and Gettysburg, where in the second day’s fight at dark he was painfully wounded in the right hand and leg with a Minnie ball and the bursting of a shell; he remained in the hospital from July 2 to Sept 15, when he reported for duty to his regiment in Virginia. When the regiment was ordered west, in company with General Joe Hooker, he participated in the memorable battle of Lookout Mountain, known as the battle above the clouds; Mission Ridge, at Chattanooga. Mr. Gatchell took sick with the typhoid fever, remaining indisposed for a number of days; with this exception, his health was good. At the close of the war, being discharged August 15, 1865, he returned to Ohio and engaged in farming in Wyandotte Co some two years, when in 1868 he moved to Morrow Co and located in Mt. Gilead, where he was engaged in clerking and the sewing machine business. In 1870 he was appointed Assistant U.S. Marshal, taking the census. He filled the office as Deputy Clerk over two years. In 1875 he was nominated by the Republican party as Recorder of Morrow Co, being elected to that office by a majority of 15, and in 1878 was re-elected to the same office by a rousing majority of 590 votes. He is a Republican and a hard worker in it’s ranks. He married Oct 12, 1865, Miss Julia E. Bartlett, who was born in Mt. Gilead, December 8, 1845, and is the daughter of A. M. Bartlett, who settled in Mt. Gilead at an early day They have two children. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

SAMUEL GELLER, retired. Mr. Gilead, was born on his father’s farm in Knox Co., Ohio, Sept 3, 1820, and lived there about 12 years. When, with his parents, he moved to Marion (now Morrow) Co., and settled on a farm near the present Levering Station, where he lived until he was 27 years of age, assisting his father on the farm. He then began farming on his own account, on a piece of land in the neighborhood, given him by his father, upon which he continued until the year 1866. He then sold his land and moved to Mt. Gilead, where he since lived a retired life. January 9, 1848, he married Miss N. A. Beatty. She was born in Pennsylvania and came to this county with her parents when a child. His parents, Solomon and Mary ( Walker ) Geller were natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in Knox County Ohio, Whither they had moved at an early day. They came to Mt. Gilead as stated, where they died. He in March 1861, and she in August 1863. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

E. A. GOORLEY, farmer; P. O. Gilead Station, was born in Brooke County Va, November 8, 1825, and lived there eighteen years, receiving but a limited education in the subscription schools of that period. In 1843, they came west, to Ohio, and settled on a farm two and a half miles south of Mt. Gilead. They came by wagons, one a four and one a two horse team. On the route, near Rockford, the larger team became frightened and ran away, going a mile and a half. The wagon contained household goods, on top of which sat the two daughters. It was upset, but, save a sprained wrist and some delay, no damage was done, and they finished the trip, and settled on the farm. E. A. lived at home until 1852. May 13 of that year, he married Miss Matilda Coe, who was born in this county. They have no children. They raised Mr. George O. Coe, and their niece, Sarah E. Blaney. Mr. Goorley now resides on his farm, located about two miles from Gilead Station. He has held offices connected with the school and roads, also that of Township Trustee and Assessor. His parents, William and Nancy (Archer) Goorley were natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia. They have ten children, seven of them boys. All are living and except one, away in Missouri. All were with their father during the last days of his life. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

D. T. A. GOORLEY, drugs, books etc. Mt. Gilead; is a native of Brooke County, Virginia. He was born on the farm August 3, 1836, and lived there until he was seven years of age, when his parents moved West to Marion, now Morrow Co., Ohio, and settled on a farm about three miles south of Mt. Gilead. He lived at home until he became of age, during which time he attended school, and worked on the farm. He also taught school while at home, and during after years in this and adjoining counties. March 6, 1862, he married Miss Lucy A. Newson. She was born on her father’s farm, near Mt. Gilead. After the marriage he moved to a farm about four miles north of Mt. Gilead, and farmed there for about four years. He then came to Mt. Gilead, and engaged in his present business. By his marriage there are five children – Nellie, Netta, Anna, Clara, and Grace. His father, William Goorley, Sr., was born in Cumberland County, PA. April 3, 1793. At the age of 13, he moved with his parents to Brooke County, West Virginia and in his 29th year he married Miss Nancy Archer, an estimable and devoted Christian lady, with whom he lived in happy fidelity for more than thirty years. Seven sons and three daughters were born unto these parents and in addition to this large family, these parents had the charge of a widowed mother, who died in their house at the advanced age of 96 years. In 1843, Mr. Goorley and family moved to Morrow Co, Ohio, and settled on a farm, located a few miles southeast of Mt. Gilead, where he lived until his death Oct 14, 1877, aged 85 years. The first three years of his life was during Washington ’s second administration. He also saw the General at the head of 15,000 men enroute for Western Pennsylvania, to quiet the Whisky Insurrectionists. His father was a soldier throughout the Revolution, and he and his brother were soldiers in the war of 1812. Oct 15, 1851, he was called to mourn the death of his wife. In November 1854, he was untied in marriage to Miss Margaret Harper, who cheered him in his declining years. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

It has often occurred to the writer that the metropolitan press does not fully or fairly appreciate the thorough pervading influence of the country newspapers and the faithful, able and valuable services of country journalists. While none fail to give due credit to the agricultural classes and rural communities as forming the stanchest element in economy of America's world-famed prosperity and general happiness, the fact is often ignored that no one individual has a larger voice in their affairs and is more honored as a wise adviser and strong advocate than the able and faithful editor who, although one of them in sympathies and intimate knowledge of their lives, is still a leader and an inspiration. When the country editor is thus adopted into the community as a strong elder brother, affectionate and yet just, and remains bound closely to all its interests from young manhood to old age, as with the Rev. J. W. Griffith, of the Morrow County Sentinel, Mount Gilead, it is an injustice indeed that the entire press of the country should not place a very large account to country journalism in striking a balance sheet on national prosperity, national patriotism and national stability and progress in general.
Mr. Griffith is a native of Pennsylvania, and since early boyhood has developed in an atmosphere of printer's cases, presses and editorial "copy." After attaining his majority he came to Ohio to take a position with his uncle at Shelby, but the call of the printer soon drew him away from the mercantile field and he applied for a 'case' at the office of the Shield and Banner, Mansfield. As there was no vacancy on that paper, he sought work in the same line elsewhere, and fortunately learned from a fellow compositor that a case was idle in the office of the Sentinel of Mount Gilead. So the weary but persistent youth trudged to the county seat of the newly formed county, and was rewarded by securing the coveted work at his beloved trade. That was sixty- three years ago, and since that time the industrious, faithful and able compositor has surely risen to the position of editor and proprietor of one of the most influential and prosperous country papers in Ohio, with a substantial subscription list and a fine mechanical plant.
Quoting the words of one of Mr. Griffith's warm and appreciative fellow journalists: "Brother Griffith has never been sensational as a writer, but is always conservative and thoughtful, lie never has to take back today what he published yesterday. He is loyal and true to his friends, and in conversation is entertaining, with a tinge of mirth and charming repartee." Again, as suggesting characteristics both of editor and his paper, is the following taken from the first number of the thirty- third volume of the Sentinel: "This issue rounds to a close the thirty-second volume of the Sentinel, and on the threshold of the new year it is befitting that we should look back with our readers over the checkered path we have trod together. Thirty-two years! Could the Sentinel speak and tell us of the changes it has witnessed, the trials passed, the triumphs achieved, the friends it has seen pass away or grown gray, as it has grown strong how the tale would enthrall our breathless attention! But thirty-two years is not the age of gushing confession, and we cannot expect to hear of its early loves and disappointments, the frolics and vicissitudes of its youth. A generation has passed since its birth, and while its servants and friends have grown older and fonder of the ease earned by a life of toil, it has just arrived at maturity, and rejoices like a strong man to run a race.
"In public life what revolutions the Sentinel has seen. Parties have fulfilled t heir mission and passed away like autumn leaves; the cause of freedom rising in the cloud of 'free soil' not larger than a man's hand, has spanned the heavens, and equal rights, casting its shadow over a weary land, has delivered that which was holy and set the oppressed free. The public life of the last thirty-two years has been eventful, charged with potencies for weal or woe to the nation, and the Sentinel, in its place and way, has borne its part without wavering and without regret; and standing now on the eve of another conflict between the old elements of antagonism it draws fresh inspiration from this birthday retrospect, and renews its faith in the policy of honesty, liberty and equal rights before the law and at the ballot box."  [Source: "History of Morro w County, Ohio: A Narrative Account...", Volume 2; By Abraham J. Baughman, Ro bert Franklin Bartlett; Lewis Publishing co, 1911 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

SYLVESTER STORRS GRINNELL, born in Mt. Gilead, O., Jan. 12, 1850. His preparatory education was obtained at Farmers’ Institute, Ind., and at Maryville, Tenn.; graduated at Maryville college, 1874; Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1878; ordained Rochester, Vt., Jan. 14, 1879. Preached Rochester, Vt., 1878-80; student Andover Theological Seminary, 1880-81; preached Green River, Wyo., 1881; Des Moines, Iowa, 1882-84; Rockford, 1884-87; Lancaster, Wis., 1887-90; River Falls, Wis., 1890-94; Alpena, Mich., 1894-96; without charge, Pasadena, Cal., 1896 to the time of his death. He was married Jan 13, 1887, to Corrinna Amira Phelps of Rockford, who survives him. Died at Pasadena, Cal., Dec. 12, 1897. [Class of 1878] [Source: Necrology Oberlin College For The Year 1897-8. Transcribed by: Helen Coughlin]

JOHN J. GURLEY, lawyer; Mt. Gilead; is one of the oldest members of the Morrow County Bar, who came to Mt. Gilead in 1850. He continued in the practice of law here ever since, save when the partiality of fellow citizens have called him to occupy public offices. He was born in St. Lawrence Co. N.Y. Aug 6,1819; is the son of John S. And Nancy (Spink) Gurley. He comes of good New England stock, his mother being a native of Rhode Island, and his father of Connecticut. His mother lived to the rare old age of 88 years, passing away at St. Lawrence County in the present year. Mr. Gurley spent his minority upon the farm where he was born, when, possessed with a desire for the practice of law, he entered upon the preparation of his chosen profession. After reading law some two years, he came to Ohio, and in the year 1843 entered the office of Corey and Ramsey, attorneys at law, at McConnelsville, in Morgan Co. He was admitted to the Bar in 1844, at Bucyrus, and continued with this firm some four years longer, when he went to Ashland Ohio where he opened another office at Mt. Gilead, in 1850. Three years later he was elected to the Legislature, a position which his love for his profession led him to resign to accept the position of Probate Judge in 1854, when he served the people for three years with great acceptance. In 1873, he was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention, an honor he prizes more than any other that he has received from the public. In 1874, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney, when his abilities as a lawyer were fully recognized and appreciated. Mr. Gurley is a Democrat, but brings to this subject, as to all others a candid consideration unbiased by party passion or the hope of personal preferment. He is an earnest, conscientious worker for the principles of the cause which he has espoused and alike commands the respect of his political friends and foes. He was married in 1850 to Miss A. C. Armentrout, of Ohio, a union that has been blessed by the birth of two children. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

William W. Gurley is now and has been for thirty-five years past a member of the Chicago Bar. He was born at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, January 27, 1851. His father, Judge John J. Gurley, was a native of St. Lawrence county, state of New York, and located at Mt. Gilead in the year 1850, and was an honored and prominent member of the bar of Morrow county until his death April 30, 1887.
When Judge Gurley came to Mt. Gilead he formed a partnership for two years with Thomas W. Bartley. who was afterwards one of the judges of the Supreme Court of Ohio, from February 9, 1852, until February 9, 1859, and with Samuel J. Kirkwood, both of Mansfield, Ohio, under the firm name of Gurley, Bartley and Kirkwood. Mr. Kirkwood later removed to Iowa and became governor, and in 1881-2 was secretary of the interior in President Garfield's Cabinet. The mother of William W. Gurley was Anseville Carr Armentrout Gurley. She was one of the most poetic, gentle and amiable wives and mothers that the writer of this sketch ever knew. She was a native of Richland county, Ohio. She died April 2, 1882, and she and husband lie side by side in River Cliff cemetery, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Our subject has the best reasons to feel proud of his ancestry.
He attended the Union School in Mt. Gilead, and at the age of sixteen years was admitted at the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and was graduated therefrom in 1870, shortly after he became nineteen years of age. The degree of Bachelor of Arts has been conferred on him by his Alma Mater. He was admitted to the bar by the district court within and for Morrow county, Ohio, on June 19, 1873, and in Illinois on the second day of April 11, 1875. On May 1, 1876, he became a member of the firm of Cooper, Packard and Gurley, which firm continued for about two years, when the firm of Cooper and Gurley was organized and which remained in existence for about six years. Since the dissolution of the last named firm he has practiced alone. Of later years he has been chiefly occupied with the affairs of corporations. He has for many years been general counsel of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railway Company and of the Chicago Railways Company and its predecessor companies.
On October 28, 1878, he was married to Miss Mary Eva Turney, daughter of the late Joseph Turney, of Cleveland, Ohio, late treasurer of the state of Ohio. Of this marriage there were born three children, the eldest, William Turney Gurley. dying in infancy. The second, a daughter, Helen Kathryn, was born September 15, 1890, and is still living. The third, a son, John Turney Gurley, was born December 15, 1893, and died October 26, 1903. The daughter is a graduate of the class of 1909 of the Misses Masters School at Dobbs Ferry, New York. [Source: "History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account. ..", Volume 2; By Abraham J. Baughman, Robert Franklin Bartlett; Lewis Publishing co, 1911 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

R. P. HALLIDAY, cashier in the First National Bank; Mr. Gilead, is a native of Scotland, and was born in the Village of Dalbeattie, August 7, 1835, and at the age of 14 he entered the wholesale and retail grocery house of John Nicholson, and served in the same for five years. He then served one year in the grocery house of John McCaig. And next went into the employ of the Messrs. Sloan Brothers, wholesale dealers in groceries and importers of lumber. Upon his becoming of age, he came to the United States and settled in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where he engaged in the general merchandise business. In 1864 he enlisted in the 136th O. N. G. and served about four months, the command being called out for 100 days. In 1867 he sold his general merchandise business and took his present position as Cashier of the First National Bank of Mt. Gilead. October 29, 1862, he married Miss Lucretia J, daughter of C.H. and Sarah ( Lyon )Chamberlain. She is a native of Knox, now Morrow County Ohio. They have two children-Grant c. and Robert M. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

JUDGE HOUSE, retired, Mt. Gilead; was born in Chester Co., PA January 8, 1798, and is the son of Francis and Mary (Loney) House. Both parents were born in PA. His father was a chair maker by trade, but in later years followed farming. In about 1805 or 6, our subject with father and mother, emigrated to Ohio, and located in Jefferson County, near Mt. Vernon. His father died in Knox Co. Dec 1843, over 69 years of age. Judge House and his brother, Nathan House, learned the house joiner’s trade, which they followed together for a number of years. In 1828, Nathan House and Judge House commenced mercantile business two miles east of Mt. Gilead, where Nathan House carried on the business of the store, while our subject worked at the joiner’s trade, and in 1832, they moved their store to Mt. Gilead, and was at that time the third grocery store of that place. In 1833 Judge House moved to Mt. Gilead, where he has been one of it’s honored citizens ever since. These brothers carried on a very large business, owning at one time a grist mill, tannery, distillery, saddle shop and store, and operating two fine farms. Nathan House died in 1845, a respected and honored citizen, leaving a wife and six children to mourn his loss. When Judge House came here he, in 1833, built his present house, which he has made his home ever since. He continued in the mercantile business until 1872, when he retired. On the organization of Morrow County he was it’s Associate Judge, filling that office in 1847 and ’48 with marked ability. He was married in Mt. Vernon to Miss Mary D. Clements of England, March 2, 1830. She came to America and located in Ohio in 1828. By this union they have four children. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

J. C. HOUSE, flouring mill, Mr. Gilead. Son of Richard House was born in 1832, in Mt. Vernon Ohio and when quite young went into his father’s flouring mill, and at the age of 16 had entire charge of the mill. Three years later he became his father’s partner, the firm named being J. C. House & Co. A few years afterwards a younger brother came into the firm which then read J. C. & W. S. House. This partnership was dissolved in 1862, when the mill passed into the hands of J. C. House. His long experience in the business enables him to furnish a grade of flour which cannot be surpassed. It is located on the Mt. Vernon Road just east of Mt. Gilead. Mr. House was untied in marriage to Arrietti M. Rhodes. They have three children – George C. born 1855; Miriam Bell born 1857; Frederick Wilber Richard, born 1859. Mr. House has been a member of the Baptist Church since 1838, is a Republican. He has been a member of the Board of Education and Town Council. He is liberal in his views and an active public spirited man. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

W. S. HOUSE, flouring mill; Mt. Gilead, was born in Mt. Gilead, in 1837. He is the son of Richard House, further mention of whom will be found in the biography of Mrs. Clara House Talmage. W.S. House commenced the milling business when 19 years of age, and continued until 1862, when he engaged in farming in Gilead Township. In 1877 he went back to the business for which he ws so well fitted by early training and long experience, and since that time has been furnishing the public with the choicest brands of flour, feed, etc. he has for a partner, Bradford Dawson, who is also a man of large experience in the business and is withal a genial whole souled gentleman.the quality of their flour being well known in Morrow and adjoining counties, they find ready sales for the same. Mr. House was married in 1859 to Victorine S. Barton. They had four children – Mary C. (being the only one living) Richard, Helen, and one who died in infancy. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

BEN J. HULL, retired, Mt. Gilead, was born on his father’s farm in Sussex County, N. J. December 20, 1819. When he was 5 years of age his parents moved to Knox (Now Morrow) County, Ohio, and engaged in farming near Chesterville. He accompanied his parents to Indiana, and after their death there, he, in 1839, returned to Knox County, Ohio, and in 1840 he was apprenticed to the masons’ trade, to Mr. Joseph Beers, of Fredericktown. After three years service he came to Mt. Gilead and worked at his trade until 1874, since which time, owing to illness, he has retired, only looking after his farming interest. January 12, 1847, he married Miss Elizabeth Newson, a native of Maryland. She came to Ohio, when quite young. Of their three children, one is living – Alice R., now Mrs. Milton Davis, of Mt. Gilead. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

MILTON HULL, farmer, P. O. Mt. Gilead, was born on his father’s farm in Congress Township, Richland County, Ohio, April 30, 1829. He lived at home until January 26, 1851, when he married Miss Rachel Wink. She was born in Gilead Township, Marion (Now Morrow County), Ohio. After marriage he moved to a farm near Caledonia and lived there one and one half years, when he moved to a farm on the Whetstone, and lived there about two years. He then came to his present place, which contains 150 acres, located about three miles northeast of Mt. Gilead. There were born six children, five o whom are living – Calvin, Alfaretta, Charles S., Tillie and Ida. His parents Charles and Rebuecca (Slack) Hull, were natives of PA. They married there and came west in the fall of 1828. They came West in wagons and wintered at Kern’s Tanyard, and the following spring they located on some land about three miles northeast of Mt. Gilead, and lived there until his death. After his death Mrs. Hull moved to Williamsport, and thence to Mt. Gilead, where she died. Of their eleven children, eight are living – Isaac, Bradford, Julia Ann, now Mrs. Boxley, Jane, now Mrs. Bird, Milton, Lydia, now Mrs. Vanatta, Thomas and Claude. All are married, and all except Thomas live in this county. He lives in Missouri. Mr. Hull was one of the soldiers of 1812 who settled in this vicinity. [Source: "History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state..." By William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1880 - tr. for Genealogy Trails by Charlotte Slater]

James L. McCamman who resides at 782 West High street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, is well known as one of the financially substantial men of Morrow county, where he has spent his life and where his enterprising efforts and strictly honorable dealings have brought him the success he now enjoys.
Mr. McCamman was born in Gilead township, Morrow county, Ohio, July 23, 1850, a son of John and Henrietta (Kelly) McCamman, both now deceased. In their family were five children, of whom one daughter, Alice, is now the wife of Edmund Wooley and resides in New York state. When James L. was six years of age his parents moved to the farm in Gilead township on which he was reared and which he still owns, this farm comprising a tract of two hundred and ten acres and being situated a mile and a half east of Mt. Gilead. Here his boyhood days were passed, attending district school and working on the farm, and here he continued to make his home until 1901, when he came to Mt. Gilead, since which time he has resided on West High street. For years Mr. McCamman has dealt extensively in cattle, buying by the car load, grazing them on his broad pastures and then shipping to the markets. From time to time he has made investments, and is a stockholder and director in various enterprises.  Mr. McCamman and his wife have an only daughter, Florence, wife of Robert Ginn, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Mrs. McCamman, formerly Miss Ora V. Powell, was born and reared in Morrow county.
Politically Mr. McCamman is a Republican, though he has never been active in politics, his own personal affairs claiming the whole of his attention. He has fraternal relations with Mt. Gilead Lodge, No. 160, I. O. O. F., and Morrow Encampment, No. 59; also he is a member of Charles H. Hull Lodge, No. 195, K. of P., in all of which he has been honored with official position. He and his wife are prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Mt. Gilead and at this writing he is one of its stewards. [Source: "Histor y of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account...", Volume 2; By Abraham J. Baugh man, Robert Franklin Bartlett; Lewis Publishing co, 1911 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Jacob Miller, Jr., farmer; P. O. Shaunks; born in Cumberland Co., Pa., Sept. 2, 1825, and is a son of Jacob Miller, who was born March 17, 1792, in Lancaster Co, Pa., whose wife was Catharine Cassel, born in Dauphin Co., Pa., in 1792, and died April 30, 1878. The family emigrated to Richland Co. when Jacob, Jr. was 5 years of age, where they remained until 1841 when they moved to Congress Twp., and became permanent residents. At the age of 23 Jacob was married to Mary J. Wright, who was born in Richland County. Jacob's father was a wagon-maker by trade, which business he followed for eight years; after this he engaged in farming. Jacob has now a good farm, consisting of 168 acres. Their children's names are Jason, Asa, Mary A., Virda and Zenis. His wife and Mary A. are members of the Disciple Church. [Source: pg. 692, "History of Morrow County and Oh io : containing a brief history of the state of Ohio from its earliest settlement to the present time...", Chicago: O.L. Baskin, 1880 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

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. (TRANSCRIPTION NOTE:  There is no Morrow county, WV or VA, so this is more than likely meant to be Morrow, Ohio]

JOHN H WATKINS, of Ransom Township, one of the prosperous, progressive and successful farmers of Hillsdale county is a native of the county, born here in Jefferson Township on August 22, 1861, and with the exception of a short time spent in farming in Ohio, his life has passed among the people of the county, entering fully into the spirit which animates them, helping to advance the interest of the section and taking an active part in its public life.
He is the son of Jason R. and Margaret A. (Feltis) Watkins. and interesting account of whose life will be found elsewhere in these pages. He remained at home until he reached his legal majority, getting his education at the district schools and Hillsdale College, where he attended one year.
After leaving college he rented land in Ohio, and during one year was engaged in farming in that state.  He then returned to his native county, and here followed the same pursuit, farming rented land, until 1896. In that year he bought the eighty-five acres on which he now lives, and which he has since managed with skill and intelligent industry, making it an excellent farm and a very comfortable and attractive home. Mr. Watkins is energetic, progressive and thrifty, being out of debt and with capital to properly push his enterprises and make himself useful in the community and helpful to others who are going through the struggle he has had.
He is a Republican in politics, with an earnest interest in the welfare of his party, and breadth of view and public spirit in helping to conduct its affars. He has rendered faithful service to his township as highway commissioner during the past two years, performing his official duties with an eye single to the general good of the community and without reference to personal interests for himself or others. He is a valued member of the lodge of Foresters at Hillsdale.
On January 10, 1883, he was married to Miss Etta Foust, a native of Montpelier, Ohio, daughter of Edwin and Elizabeth (Cope) Foust, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Pennsylvania. For a number of years they have been residents of Jefferson township in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have three children, their daughters, Alta M., Grace and Avice E. The parents are members of the South Jefferson Congregational church. [pgs 432-433, "Compendium Of History And Biography Of Hillsdale County, Michigan" , Elon G. Reynolds, Editor, Chicago, A. W. Bowen and Company, 1903 - Submitted by Judith]

John C. Williamson prosecuting attorney of Morrow county, Ohio, is a representative of one of the pioneer families of this country and was born on the old Williamson farm near Iberia April 7, 1883. John Williamson, his great-grandfather, came to Ohio as early as 1820 and established his home on a tract of land near Iberia, which has ever since remained in the Williamson family, now being owned by the heirs of James Williamson, the father of John C., and who died in 1892. James Williamson and his wife, Mary E. (Denman) Williamson, were the parents of six children, three sons and three daughters, namely: II. Elizabeth teacher in high school, Edison ; Rosa A., wife of G. W. Struthers, farmer, Iberia; Caroline J., librarian, St. Louis City Library; James W., who wedded Miss Marion Hughes, and died at Iberia, January, 1905; John C., and Jonathan D., attorney, Columbus, Ohio.
John C. Williamson was reared near the vicinity of Iberia. He received his early education in the schools of Iberia, and is a graduate of the Iberia High School with the class of 1899. In 1901 he was a student at Baldwin University, Berea, Ohio, and the following year he attended the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, after which he spent some time in the school room as a teacher, and later took up the study of law. In the meantime he farmed and made a trip, spending five months in the far west. After his return to Ohio he entered the law department of the State University, where he graduated in June, 1906. That same year he was admitted to the bar and engaged in the practice of law at Mt. Gilead, and in November, 1908, he was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of prosecuting attorney of Morrow county, in which he is now serving, and he was re-elected in 1910, by a majority of eight hundred and twenty-six votes.
Mr. Williamson married Miss Anna K. Patton, of Crawford county, Ohio, and they are the parents of two little sons, James W. and John, the former born in 1906, the latter in 1909.
Both Mr. Williamson and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church, and fraternally he is identified with the Masonic Order, being a member of both the Lodge and Chapter at Mt. Gilead, and he is also a member of the Knights of Pythias No. 561, at Iberia. [Source: "History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account...", Volume 2; B y Abraham J. Baughman, Robert Franklin Bartlett; Lewis Publishing co, 1911 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

M. C. Wolford, farmer, P. O., Andrews; is a native of Dauphin Co., Pa., and was born Aug. 24, 1820; is the eldest of a family of eight children, born to George and Esther (Cassel) Wolford, both of Pennsylvania. Michael Cassel, came west with his parents when he was but 10 years of age, they located in Franklin Tp., Richland Co. Here he was raised and stayed until he was 23 years of age. Jan. 23, 1843, he was united in wedlock to Elizabeth Kohler, who was born April 15, 1822, in Adams Co., Pa; her father's name was Jacob, whose wife was Elizabeth Miller. After the marriage Mr. Wolford moved to Blooming Grove Twp., where he bought eighty acres in "the woods," which he cleared up, and upon which he lived nine years. March 25, 1852, he moved to this township and bought 160 acres of land, situated 2 ½ miles north of Williamsport, on the "angling" road , leading to Mt. Gilead; he has a splendid location, one of the finest in the township; he has since added to his original purchase, having now 240 acres. They have five children – Mary E., now Mrs. C. B. Hart, John G., Uriah E., Leah M., now Mrs. Allen Peoples, and Jacob C. March 19, 1880, Mr. Wolford bid a sad farewell to the companion of his wedded life; an amiable lady, a kind mother and affectionate wife, as well as a truly Christian woman. Mr. Wolford is a member of the Disciple Church, of which his wife was a constant member. [Source: pgs 701-702, "History of Morrow County and Ohio : containing a brief history of the state of Ohio from its earliest settlement to the present time...", Chicago: O.L. Baskin, 1880]



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