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JAMES BARRY
Was born in Noble county, Ohio, April 24, 1835. He is a son of Thomas and Milley (Moffett) Barry. His parents was born in Pennsylvania, and came to this county in 1873. Grace A. Devold became the wife of Mr. Barry in Noble county, Ohio, August 10, 1856. She was born in Noble county, Ohio, December 4, 1834. She is a daughter of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Devold. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Barry are: George W., born September 16, 1857, died May 13, 1858; Martha A., September 11, 1858, died April 28, 1869; Nancy, January 1, 1860, resides in this county; Lianas, June 10, 1861, at home; William, November 24, 1864, at home; John D., April 25, 1865, at home; Elzy, June 28, 1866, at home; Rosey, December 6, 1868, at home; Mary, February 6, 1872, died April 5, 1876; Lafayette, March 4, 1874, resides at home James, January 9 1876; Levi, November 4, 1877. Mr. Barry held the office of township trustee for six years in Center township, Noble county, Ohio. He is a resident of Guyan township, where he is engaged in farming. 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; tr. by A. Parks]


LEROY D. BROWN
Lerov D. Brown was born in Noble county, Ohio, November 3, 1848, and at a very early age developed the reading habit which so prominently characterized his entire life. In the old township library which was found in his neighborhood he had access to a few of the best books and soon made himself conversant with them. He was especially interested in biography, history and travel. In addition to this valuable habit he also learned, at an early age. in the school of hard manual labor, on the farm, to depend upon his own personal efforts for success, and to respect and honor all those who toil.
At the age of fifteen, having been prohibited by his father from entering the army, he ran away from home and in January, 1864, enlisted as a member of Company H, 116 O. V. I., in which company he served until the end of the war.
Upon his return from the army he again entered the district school which he attended for a short time and then began more advanced work in the graded school at Senecaville, Ohio. During the winter of 1866-1867 he taught school in a district adjoining the one he had attended as a pupil a few years before. The following spring he entered an academy at Athens, Ohio, where he made partial preparation for college. In 1869 he became a student in the Preparatory Department of the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware. Ohio, from which institution he afterward graduated. He was compelled to work his way through college and to enable him to do this he devoted considerable time to teaching. In 1871 he was appointed county examiner in his native county. In this county he was associated with John M. Amos, now editor of the Cambridge Jeffersonian, in the management of a normal school which proved to be very successful. Perhaps no man in Ohio knew more of the real inward life and character of Mr. Brown than Mr. Amos. In a recent editorial he speaks of him as follows: "No man who ever lived was more worthy of the closest and most intimate relations or personal friendship. He was true as tempered steel: able, energetic, amiable, shrewd, and forceful, he left the impress of his labor and of his character wherever he lived and worked.
In referring to the normal school to which attention has already been called, Mr. Amos says: "While yet a very young man he was sought out and employed as my associate in a normal school in Caldwell, and when thus employed he walked nearly all over the county talking with boys and girls and their parents, and as a result when the school opened over one hundred young men and women came forward as students. His energy was marvelous. His courage indomitable."
In the fall of 1873, Mr. Brown took charge of the graded school at Newport, Ohio, and in a short lime had so thoroughly organized and systematized the work that the office of superintendent w-as created and he was elected to fill the position. His work here was so successful that he was called in 1874 to the superintendency of the Belpre, Ohio, schools, and in 1875 to the superintendency at Eaton, Ohio. It was in this position that the writer, who was then teaching his first country school, formed his acquaintance, and his helpfulness and kindness can never be forgotten. He was not only always ready but also anxious to render assistance to the teachers who were beneath him in position but who gave evidence of an honest desire to merit success. He never forgot his own early struggles and on this account kept in close touch with the younger members of the teaching profession.
In 1879 he was elected to the position of superintendent of public schools at Hamilton, Ohio, and in 1881 was re-elected for a term of two years. He held this position until January 1, 1884, when he entered the office of State Commissioner of Common Schools to which he had been elected in the preceding October.
He was untiring in his attention to all the calls of duty in this office where her calls are many and various, until the end of his term, July, 1887, when he moved to Alliance, Ohio, where he was engaged for a short time in the banking business. He then went to Reno, Nevada, to accept the presidency of the State University. He was afterwards superintendent of schools at Los Angeles, California. His declining health made it necessary for him to confine his work to a smaller sphere the last few years of his life, but he never lost any of the intense zeal which had characterized him in his days of better health and strength. He was an active member of educational associations, county, state and national and served as a school examiner in nearly every county in which he taught. He was appointed by President Harrison, Visitor to West Point, and in many ways not enumerated here he showed that he was not only interested in educational work of all kinds, but was also worthy of the honors conferred upon him.
[Educational history of Ohio: a history of its progress since the formation ..." By James Jesse Burns; pub. 1905; LR - Sub. by FoFG]



M. F. COWDERY
was born in Pawlett, Rutland County, Vermont, in 1815. He spent his early life in western New York. After an attendance for several years at a district school, he entered the academy at Wyoming, New York, and subsequently that at Canandaigua, one of the eight institutions that received legislative aid for the education of teachers. In 1836, Mr. Cowdery began the work of teaching in Ohio, and taught in district and private schools until 1841, when he became connected with the Western Reserve Teachers' Seminary, of which Dr. Lord was then principal. Here he met with many who had taught in the public schools, or were preparing to teach, and his attention was thus turned to consider the defects in the common school system. From 1845 and onward, Mr. Cowdery labored faithfully in the interests of the schools of the state, attending nearly all the earlier institutes, meeting with others at Akron, in 1847, to organize the State Teachers' Association, instructing in the normal class at Norwalk. and everywhere laboring by word and work, to infuse into others the same interest which he himself felt and exhibited. In November, 1848, he commenced his labors in Sandusky, and, excepting one interval of about seven months in 1863-4, continued in the superintendency until July, 1870.
Few have been associated with Mr. Cowdery, cither as teachers or pupils, without acquiring something of the earnest, conscientious spirit he brought to his work, and of his desire for the physical, moral, and intellectual well being of those intrusted to his care — in a word, for their education in its broadest signification. His well known collection of "Moral Lessons" illustrates the spirit of the man.
In one report he says: "It seems to me that most of the present defects in the common schools of our county and State have their origin in the general indifference to the importance of common schools to society and the country. It is not for want of means or of statute regulations that good school-houses are not found in our county, abundantly supplied with furniture and apparatus: it is not for want of facilities that teachers in our county are not thoroughly qualified for their duties; it is not for want of legal powers that school directors do not employ a competent teacher, and render the common school a blessing to the community; but it is from the low estimate placed upon the importance of common schools by citizens generally, and the want of faith in their capacity for improvement, that such defects exist in these schools from year to year." These were truthful words in 1840. They are quoted to show what a shrewd observer said of the schools in the rural districts forty years ago — to what extent will the facts warrant us in using different words to-day?
Graded schools, as now organized and conducted were then unknown in the Western States. In the peculiar work of superintending such schools, Mr. Cowdery was in one sense a pioneer. He was not a genius, and did not claim to be such, but he possessed what is of far greater value in school management — common sense and confidence in one's ability to achieve success. He was fearless and determined, and rarely, if ever, male concessions to whim and prejudice: but he had the instincts and the culture of a true gentleman, and won the confidence of the entire community by his evenness of temper, blameless life, and willingness to listen patiently to advice or criticism, no matter from what source it came. Teachers visited his schools to learn how to conduct their own.
While he never neglected his professional duties, but bestowed his best thought and most exhausting labor upon them. Mr. Cowdery always kept abreast of the times, was a thoughtful, critical reader of the best literature, and something more than a mere lookeron in both the social and the political world.
Mr. Cowdery was eminently an industrious man. Having learned in early life the important lesson that one can rest and still not be idle, he did not seek ease or cessation from toil, the so-called rest of the sluggard, but found in change of employment all the rest or recreation he seemed to need. Gardening, care of orchard or vineyard, the pursuit of some favorite study, the entertainment of friends, and outdoor and indoor work of other kinds, occupied the moments many would have spent in listlessness or harmful amusements, or in dissipation of some sort. Doubtless some persons who saw him busily at work in garden, vineyard, or factory, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, thought he cared more for them and the income from them than for the schools he was employed to superintend. They failed to see that these varied occupations, engaged in with wise purpose, and pursued not as tasks, instead of impairing his strength or vigor or having a tendency to divert his thoughts from his chosen life-work, were the means by which, under providence, he was enabled to engage in that work with the energy, buoyancy of spirit, and enthusiasm which characterize him only who has a sane mind in a healthy body. Let all who would win success in our profession, follow his example.
[Educational history of Ohio: a history of its progress since the formation ..." By James Jesse Burns; pub. 1905; LR - Sub. by FoFG]

WILLIAM N. DAILY
Was born in Noble county, Ohio, September 19, 1850. He is a son of John J. and Eliza (Caple) Daily. His father died in 1855, and his mother in 1869. The subject of this sketch was married to Anna M. Ensley, in Noble county, June 22, 1870. She was born in Belmont county, Ohio, December 8, 1851. She is a daughter of Asa and Clarinda (Wellons) Ensley, settlers of this county in 1878. The children of Mr. Daily are: Laura L., born February 10, 1871; Cora J., December 14, 1872, died October 22, 1877; Mary Eliza, November 22, 1875. Mr. Daily has a farm located 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 - tr. by A. Park]


JAMES M. DALZELL was born in Allegheny City, Pa., September 3, 1838. When he was nine years of age his father removed to Ohio. Under great difficulties he succeeded in obtaining an education, and was a junior at Washington College, Pa., at the outbreak of the war.
He served two years as a private in the One Hundred and Sixteenth O. V. I. After the close of the war he studied law, filled a clerkship at Washington, and in 1868 settled permanently in Caldwell. During his life Mr. DALZELL has been a prolific and able writer for the prose; his championship of the cause of the private solder of the Rebellion has been spirited, fearless and influential. Over the signature of Private DALZELL his writings have appeared in almost every newspaper in the land. In 1875, and again in 1877, he was elected to the Ohio Legislature, but withdrew from political life in 1882. He is a very able stump speaker, an ardent Republican, and associate and friend of such men as Sumner Garfield, Hayes, Sherman, and their contemporaries.
Mr. DALZELL was the originator and author of the popular Soldiers union, now held annually in all parts of the country. Mr. DALZELL takes great pride in his work in behalf of John GRAY, the last soldier of the Revolution. In 1888 Robert Clarke & Co., of Cincinnati, published a volume entitled “Private Dalzell.” It contains “My Autobiography,” “My War Sketches,” etc., and “John Gray.” It is an interesting and valuable publication. We quote a retrospect of his political life. “In an evil hour, in the summer of 1885, I foolishly accepted a nomination to the Legislature, was elected, and there ended my prosperity. After the election, in October, my name was in all the papers, congratulations poured in on me from every quarter, and I was invited to take the stump in Pennsylvania, which I did, at a great waste of time and money. I thought nothing of it then. It was only when, years after, I looked into an empty flour barrel and hungry children’s faces and felt in my empty pockets, that I fully apprehended my folly. Four years I now spent in the maelstrom of politics, whirled and tossed about at the caprice of fortune, without any power to control it. I look back on it with pain,...It is a grand game, and none but grand men need try to play it. Let men of moderate abilities like myself, keep out of it if they would escape the chagrin and mortification of failure, accentuated with the pangs of poverty.”
["Historical Collections of Ohio, an Encyclopedia of the State ...", Volume 2, By Henry Howe; pub. by the State of Ohio; 1908]



WILLIAM H. ENOCHS was born near Middleburg, March 29, 1842, and is the only native of Noble county who attained the rank of General in the late war. He enlisted as a private in April, 1861; saw much hard service and distinguished himself for bravery and gallantry. At twenty-two he commanded a brigade,
and at twenty-three he was commissioned Brigadier-General. Ex-President Hayes says of him: “His courage, promptness and energy was extraordinary. His diligence was great and his ability and skill in managing and taking care of his regiment were rarely equalled.” Gen. Enochs is now a prominent lawyer of Ironton, Ohio.
["Historical Collections of Ohio, an Encyclopedia of the State ...", Volume 2, By Henry Howe; pub. by the State of Ohio; 1908]

JAMES R GOTHARD
James R Gothard and Mary J. Smith were married in Gallia county, Ohio, March 3, 1880. They have one child, Charles, born January, 1881. Mr. Gothard was born in this county January 16, 1852, and his wife is a native of Noble county, Ohio, born November 28, 1859. John R., and Rachel A. (Clark) Gothard are the parents of the subject of this sketch. They came to this county about 1850. The parents of Mrs. Gothard are James and Elizabeth (Wise) Smith. Mr. Gothard is a manufacturer of wagons and buggies, and is also engaged in blacksmithing. He warrants all his work. 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.]


JOHN GRAY, the last surviving soldier of the American Revolution, was born at Mount Vernon, Virginia, January 6, 1764, and died at Hiramsburg, Ohio, March 29, 1868, aged 104 years. His father fell at White Plains, and he, then only about sixteen years of age, promptly volunteered, took up the musket that had fallen from his father’s hands and carried it until the war was over. He was in a skirmish at Williamsburg and was one of the one hundred and fifty men on that dangerous but successful expedition of Mayor Ramsey. He was also at Yorktown at the final surrender, which event occurred in his eighteenth year. He was mustered out at Richmond, Virginia, at the close of the war and returned to field labor near Mount Vernon, his first day’s work after his muster out being performed for General Washington at Mount Vernon. Mr. GRAY married twice in Virginia and once in Ohio. He survived his three wives and all his children, except one daughter, who has since died over eighty years of age, and with whom he resided in Noble county, Ohio, at the time of his death. In 1795 Mr. GRAY left Mount Vernon and crossing the mountains settled at Grave creek. Here he remained until Ohio was admitted to the Union, when he removed to what is now Noble county. Mr. GRAY was not illiterate; he learned to read and write before entering the Revolutionary army. In disposition he was quiet, kindly and generous; a good Christian, having joined the Methodist church at twenty-five years of age, and was for seventy-eight years a regular attendant. His means of support was earned by farm labor. When in his old age, poor and infirm, Congress granted him a pension of $500 per annum. The bill providing this was introduced in the House in 1866, by Hon. John A. Bingham. This tardy act of justice to the old hero was the result of efforts in his behalf by Hon. J. M. DALZELL, whose kindly interest and generous efforts to make comfortable and peaceful the last years of Mr. GRAY are highly honorable to him.
Mr. DALZELL has published a full and complete account of John GRAY’S career and it is to this work that we are chiefly indebted for the sketch here given.
On the occasion of Mr. DALZELL’S last interview with John GRAY, he asked if he were not growing fatter than when he last saw him. “Oh, no,” laughingly replied Mr. GRAY, “we old men don’t fatten much on hog and hominy and the poor tobacco we get now-a-days.”
Mr. GRAY had used tobacco about a hundred years and knew something of its virtues as a solace, for later in the interview, speaking of deprivations in the past, he said: “I sometimes have had nothing else but a dog,” and musing a moment he added, “a plug of tobacco, of course; for without a dog or tobacco I should feel lost.”
This simple, inoffensive, kind-hearted old hero died of old age, in his one-story, hewed-log house, near Hiramsburg, where he had resided the last forty years or more of his life. His funeral services were held in a grove near his home, with an audience of more than a thousand people present and presided over by several clergymen, the principal speaker being Capt. Hoagland, of the 9th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, a minister of the Protestant Methodist church.
He was buried some two hundred and fifty yards north of the house in which he lived and died, in a family graveyard containing about thirty of his relatives and family connections. Near his remains lie those of two of his relatives, Samuel Halley and Gillespie David; the first fought under General Harrison at Fort Meigs during the war of 1812, the other died in the war of the Rebellion. Thus the heroes of three wars and of the same family lie side by side.
["Historical Collections of Ohio, an Encyclopedia of the State ...", Volume 2, By Henry Howe; pub. by the State of Ohio; 1908]


WILLIAM H SWAIN
Is the owner of a farm, located in the township of Guyan. He was born in Noble county, January 1, 1856, and came to this county with his parents. His parents are Othey and Emily (Artest) Swain. The subject of this sketch was married in Gallia county, Ohio, December 25, 1881, to Lucy A. Williams, who was born in this county April 9, 1861. She is a daughter of Elijah and Eliza (Griffith) Williams. The father of Mr. Swain was a soldier in the war of 1861. The postoffice address is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


FREEMAN C. THOMPSON was born in Washington county, Pa., February 25, 1846. His family removed to Noble county, Ohio, in 1854. At sixteen years of age he enlisted in the 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and in the assault on Fort Gregg, April 2, 1863, he performed the gallant action for which he received a medal of honor by vote of Congress. The County History says:
“In this engagement (which General Grant in his Memoirs says ‘was the most desperate that was seen in the East’), through a perfect tornado of grape and canister, he and his comrade reached the last ditch. How to scale the parapet was a question requiring only a moment for solution. Using each other as ladders they commenced the ascent. Almost at the top one was shot and fell back into the ditch. Thompson was struck twice with a musket and fell into the ditch with several ribs broken, but in short time was again on the top of the parapet fighting with muskets loaded and handed him by his comrades below. Soon the advantage was taken possession of, the whole army swept in and the fort was ours.” In 1865 Mr. Thompson was elected sheriff of Noble county and re-elected at the expiration of his term.
["Historical Collections of Ohio, an Encyclopedia of the State ...", Volume 2, By Henry Howe; pub. by the State of Ohio; 1908]



JAMES MADISON TUTTLE was born near Summerfield, Noble county, September 24, 1823. His father removed to Indiana when James was ten years old. James enlisted in the Union army at the outbreak of the war and at the battle of Fort Donelson he gallantly led his regiment into the enemy’s works, it being the first to enter. The tender of this post of honor was first made to several other regiments and declined and Gen. Smith then said to him: “Colonel, will you take those works?” “Support me promptly,” was the response, “and in twenty minutes I will go in.” The Second Iowa “went in” with Col. Tuttle at its head and planted the first Union flag inside Donelson. Col. Tuttle was slightly wounded in this assault, but was able to stay with his command. In June, 1862, he was commissioned Brigadier-General for gallant service in the field.
After the war Gen. Tuttle settled in Des Moines, Iowa, and has been engaged in mining and manufacturing interests. He has been commander of the G. A. R. for the department of Iowa and twice a member of the Iowa Legislature.
["Historical Collections of Ohio, an Encyclopedia of the State ...", Volume 2, By Henry Howe; pub. by the State of Ohio; 1908]



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