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History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio

By R. S. Dills -
Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio
1881

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Union Twp. -
MILLS GARDNER, attorney-at-law, Washington, was born at Russellville, Brown County, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1830, and is a son of Seth and Elma S. Barrere) Gardner.  His father was a native of New York, and his mother of Ohio.  They had family of three children. 
     Our subject was married, Oct. 9, 1851, to Miss Margaret A. Morrow, daughter of John Morrow, of Highland County.  They have two children - Gertrude and Hortense.  Mr. Gardner has always lived in this state, and has resided in Fayette County since 1854.  He received a common school education, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1855, and has followed the profession since.  He was prosecuting attorney of Fayette County for four years; was a member of the state senate in 1862-64; was a presidential elector on the Lincoln ticket, in 1864; was a member of the state house of representatives in 1866-68; was a member of the state constitutional convention of Ohio, in 1873; and was elected to the forty-fifty congress, as a Republican, receiving 16,549 votes against 16,098 votes for John S. Savage, Democrat.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 637
Union Twp. -
THOMAS F. GARDNER, editor, Washington, was born in Newmarket, Ohio, February 18, 1832, and is a son of Seth and Elma S. Gardner, natives of Ohio, who had a family of three sons: George B., Mills, and Thomas F., our subject, who was married August 4, 1852, to Miss Susan Evans, daughter of Richard and Isabella Evans, of Washington. They have three children: Nannie B. and Charles F., living, and one who died in infancy.
     Our subject enlisted in the 1st Ohio Cavalry, and after getting his hand broken was discharged, and afterward re-enlisted in a company of sharpshooters in the 60th Regiment, in front of Petersburg, where he remained until the close of the war, then he received an honorable discharge at Cleveland, in 1865, when the general discharge was made.
     In 1849, he and his brother published a paper, the present Register and when he was away he left his brother in charge of it. He afterward sold out to Pierce, who died, when the paper went into the hands of Samuel Pike, and he sold to W. G. Gould, and he to Beesley & Simmons, when Beesley died, and the administrator sold it to II. V. Kerr, who has since departed this life, and the paper is still continued by his son.
     Our subject commenced his present paper September 17, 1879. He has filled the office of mayor and justice of the peace, which he resigned on going into .the army. After returning home he engaged in different kinds of mercantile business, until he started the paper of which he is now the editor.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Received his education while working at his trade, not having the advantages of the schools, and stands to-day among our self-made men, an honor to any one. His youth was spent at Newmarket. In politics he is a staunch Republican.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 597
Wayne Twp. -
IRA J. GARINGER

* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 849

Wayne Twp. -
STEPHEN GARINGER

* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 849

Madison Twp. -
SHRIEVE GASKILL.  The Gaskills were Pennsylvanians, and came to this state in 1809, settling two miles east of Waterloo, in Pickaway County.
     Shrieve, the subject of this sketch, was the son of Caleb and Elizabeth Gaskill, and was born June 8, 1806.  He married Cynthia, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Harvey) Barton, of Virginia.  Their marriage took place Jan. 5, 1827.  Mrs. Gaskill was born July 28, 1812.  To his marriage was born ten children:  Elizabeth, born Oct. 6, 1828, wife of Warford Young; Harriet, born June 2, 1830, wife of Laban Timmons; Mary Ann, born Jan. 23, 1832, wife of James Young; Lewis, born Jan. 30, 1834, died Oct. 29, 1835; Sophronia, born April 22, 1836, died Jan. 4, 1837; James W., born April 13, 1837, married Mary Lysinger; Orrelius J., born Sept. 19, 1839, died Aug. 4, 1851; Vincent H., born Aug. 5, 1842; Warford Nilson, born Nov. 19, 1844, died Aug. 24, 1861; Artie, born June 19, 1846, died Aug. 8, 1867.
     Mr. Gaskill accumulated considerable property during a busy life time, and died in 1875, at the age of sixty-three years.  He was a man of sterling qualities, greatly esteemed for his character, which was that of an upright, consistent Christian.  He was a member of the Christian Church at Waterloo, and in the support of the ministry and other expenses of the church, he was liberal to a fault.
    
During the years of the rebellion, he was known as a man who stood firm for the right, and in word and deed went in for a vigorous prosecution of the war.
     His son, Vincent H., was fairly educated in the common schools, and at an early age evinced a taste for books.  He began reading medicine in 1860, completing his studies, in 1863, graduating at the Old Berkshire Medical Institution, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in November of the same year.
     In the following January, he entered the United States service as assistant surgeon, ranking as first lieutenant.  He did duty at Mound City and Cairo, Illinois, till the war closed.  Following this, he engaged in the practice of medicine in Waterloo, meeting with deserved success.  His reputation and standing as a physician, place him in the front rank of practitioners of this county.
     Dr. Gaskill has been twice married; his first wife, Frances Messmore, died January, 1876; she bore one son, Pliny E.  To the present wife, he was married March, 1879.  T this marriage has been one child, Ralph, born January, 1880.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 947
Wayne Twp. -
HUGH GHORMLEY

* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 851

Wayne Twp. -
WILLIAM L. GHORMLEY

* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 851

Marion Twp. -
JOHN C. GLAZE, farmer, is a son of Benjamin Glaze, who is mentioned elsewhere, and was born Dec. 17, 1827, in Ross County, this state, from whence he came to this township when but two years of age, and has lived here since, making farming an occupation.
     He was married, Jan. 9, 1853, to Mary, daughter of Edward Smith, of Union Township, and who was born June 2, 1832.  The union was blessed by three children: Jesse B., born May 27, 1855; Edward A., born Oct. 25, 1858 ; Charles, born Sept. 16, 1862—all living.
     His wife and himself are members of the United Brethren denomination, in which faith his parents died.  Politically, he is a Democrat, and has held the offices of township trustee, supervisor, and school director.  He owns three hundred and sixty-five acres of land, on the Glaze road, four miles from Holland, in a good state of cultivation, which he farms to grain and stock, with good success.  He has devoted himself to farming, and has noted and assisted in bringing about the great changes in the community, and is a good neighbor and respected citizen.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 903
Union Twp. -
J. S. GOLDTRAP, supervising agent Singer Manufacturing Company, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, July 13, 1844, and is a son of Thomas and Mary M. Goldtrap, both natives of this state, and who had a family of twelve children, all of whom are living but two.
John S., our subject, was educated in Clermont County, where his youth was spent.  He was married, February 22, 1873, to Miss Emma B. White, daughter of Dr. H. P. White, of Cincinnati; she was born May 22, 1854. They have had one child, Bessie May, born April 29, 1878. Mr. Goldtrap is a member of Temple Lodge, No. 227, I. O. O. F.  At present, he is engaged as supervising agent for the Singer Manufacturing Company, with his office on Court Street, opposite the Arlington House, where he is doing an extensive business; his sales amounting to fifteen hundred dollars per month. he handles only the genuine Singer Machine, whose merits are well known all over the world.  The sales of the company which he represents, during the year 1880, amounted to 538,609, being two thirds of all the machines sold in the United States, and an increase over their sales of the previous year of 107,442. Mr. Goldtrap keeps a full line of machine attachments, needles, etc., at his office.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 596
Union Twp. -
REDICK THOMAS GOODSON, farmer and stock-raiser, Washington, is a son of James Goodson, who was a native of North Carolina, but came to Clinton County, Ohio, and settled on a farm a short distance north of Sabina, where he lived and died. He was the father of five children, four sons and one daughter: Ozias, married and moved to Missouri; Elizabeth, twice married, and lives in Greene County; Belshazzar, married, and lives in Highland County; Everett, died at the age of twelve.
     The subject of this sketch was born October 3, 1818, and married Sela Sharp, daughter of John Sharp, who resides near Sabina, Clinton County. Eleven children have been born to them, three sons and eight daughters: Martha Jane, married, and lives in Indiana; John, married, and lives on the home farm; Dicy A., unmarried, and died at the age of twenty-five; Mary, married, and deceased; Keziah, married, and lives in the neighborhood; Belle, married, and lives near her father's residence; Lydia, Rebecca, Moab, and Rosetta, single, and remain at home with their parents. Mr. Goodson owned and lived on a farm in Clinton County for some twenty-five years, situated two miles south from Sabina, on the Greenfield pike, Nine years ago he disposed of that farm, and purchased the one where he now resides, known as the Fultz farm, being three miles west from Washington, on the south side of the Plymouth pike. This farm contains one hundred and nineteen acres, in a good state of cultivation, and is one of the many excellent farms of this township. He paid eighty dollars per acre for this farm, and considers it a bargain at that price. In politics he is a Republican, and in religion a Methodist. A well-to-do and much-respected family.  He is without an early education, but a man of sense and excellent judgment.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 596
THOMAS GREEN was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, in the year 1784. In 1807 he was married to Margaret Jobe, and in the following year the young couple, accompanied by a man named Jury and his wife, removed to this state. They came in a four-horse wagon; the country was scarcely traversable, and frequently were they obliged to cut their way through the almost impenetrable forests; at other times they constructed rafts that they might cross the many streams. The party settled near Hillsboro, in Highland County, where they remained until 1810, at which time the Greens removed to this county, locating four miles southeast of Washington, on Buckskin. Green was a member of the jury that was empaneled by the first court ever held in the town of Washington. He hired a substitute to go out in the war of 1812, but volunteered as teamster and hauled supplies for the American army. In 1816 he removed to Greene County, thence to Clarke; in 1826 he returned to this county. He frequently hauled pork and produce to Zanesville and Cincinnati, exchanging them for family supplies; being usually accompanied by Philip Moore. Green was captain of a home militia company for a number of years, and also justice of the peace of Paint Township. He at one time owned about fourteen hundred acres of land and was an extensive trader in cattle and hogs. His wife died in 1840; he in 1871, aged eighty-seven. His son, Hamilton, who was born in 1811, yet resides on the farm formerly owned by Adam Funk.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 245
Union Twp. -
ACE GREGG, judge common pleas court, Washington, was born October 4, 1845, in Jefferson Township, and is a son of John F. and Mary J. Gregg, both natives of Ohio, who have a family of six children, three sons and three daughters.
     Ace, the subject of our sketch, was married, in the year 1871, to Miss Amelia J. Jones, daughter of Reuben and Matilda Jones, of Bloomingburg.  He is a member of Temple Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F., Washington, and also a member of the Royal Arcanum. He received his education in the Normal School at Lebanon, and his law lectures at Ann Arbor, Michigan University.  Read law at Washington, with Hon. M. J. Williams, and commenced practice in the year 1870, under the firm name of Gregg & Corcoran, until 1880.  During his practice he was prosecuting attorney for six years, he was elected judge of the common pleas court in the fall of 1880, and went on the bench on the first Monday in November, 1880, where he now presides.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 598
Jefferson Twp. -
JOHN F. GREGG, farmer, Jeffersonville, is a son of James Gregg, a native of Kentucky, who came to this state, when a young man, and located in Hamilton County, where he married Miss Nancy McCorime, the mother of our subject.  They remained in the county just mentioned several years, then removed to Rush County, Indiana, where he died, in 1828, aged thirty-eight years.  After her husband's death, Mrs. Gregg returned to Hamilton County, where she died, in 1870, aged seventy years.  The family consisted of seven children; John being the second, and was born in Hamilton County, Sept. 27, 1816.  He came to this county, in October, 1843, and has lived in this township ever since.  He was married, Sept. 20, 1841, in Warren County, to Mary J. Ligget, who bore him nine children: Mary, Jane, Ace, Lot, Ann, Cos, Nay, Nye and Pope; Jane, Lot and Ann are deceased. Ace and Nye graduated at Ann Arbor ; the latter is at present one of the common pleas judges of this district.  The others are on the home farm, which consists of one hundred and ninety acres, well improved, situated on Paint Creek, three miles northeast of Jeffersonville.  He has lived on this farm about twenty-seven years, and devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits with satisfactory results.  Mrs. Gregg and four of the children are members of the Universalist Church at Jeffersonville.  This family is well and favorably known, and can count many true friends.  Excepting Mr. Gregg, who has several times voted with the Greenback party, the family has Republican proclivities.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 682
Madison Twp. -
LEVI GRIFFIN.  (Madison Twp.)  The subject of this sketch gave his life that the country might live.  All that was mortal of Levi Griffin fills the grave of a heroic soldier of the Union, and awaits the reveille of the martyr.  He was born on the 18th of May, 1828, and was the son of Caleb and Martha (Pliley) Griffin, of Indiana.  He came to Ohio with his parents when a child, and on the 22d day of October, 18439, he was married to Rebecca V., seventh child of James and Rachel (Cartmill) Nutt, of Clarke County.  Caleb and Martha Griffin had but two children: Levi and Harriet.  James and Rachel Nutt were the parents of thirteen children:  Sarah, John, Elizabeth, Catherine, Nancy, William, Rebecca, James Monroe, Hannah Jane, Lucinda, George W., Matilda D., and Madison Willis.
    
To Levi and Rebecca V. Griffin were born five children: George V., born Aug. 30, 1855, died Aug. 30, 1856; Laura Jane, born Jan. 3, 1857; John Franklin, born Oct. 22, 1858.
     Mr. Griffin answered the country's call for troops by enlisting in Company G, 113th O. V. I., in August, 1862.  His regiment was a part of the second brigade, second division, fourteenth army corps, and participated at Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Bentonville, and many other hotly contested fields.  On the 27th day of June, 1864, while charging the works of the enemy at Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, Levi Griffin was instantly killed, and was buried on the field after the battle.  His bereaved widow makes her home in Waterloo, and by the assistance of a pension from the government lives comfortably.  His children are the wards of the nation he died to save.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 948
Madison Twp. -
ALEXANDER GRIM, (Madison Twp.), farmer, is the youngest son and fourth child of Jonathan and Betsey (Long) Grim.  He was born in Ross County, this state, July 25, 1815.  His father's family consisted of four sons and four daughters: John, Jacob, William, Alexander, Polly, Susan, Elizabeth, and Sarah.
    
Our subject was married in the year 1836, to Elizabeth Cochran, of Ross County.  They had four children: Mary Ann, Susan, Margaret, and John.  Mrs. Grim died in Ross County, in 1840.  Mr. Grim was again married, in the year 1844, to Jane Dick of this county.  By this marriage eight children have been born: William, Charles, Martha J., Ann, Jacob W., James M., Laura Alice and Evan.
     Mr. Grim
has been a resident of this county since 1840.  He owns a farm, and is comfortably fixed for life.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 549
Jasper Twp. -
JOHN GROVE, miller, Milledgeville, is a son of John and Anna Grove, and was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, May 14, 1840, where he was reared. In 1862 he went to Clinton County, and remained until 1872, which time was spent in farming and milling. He was married, in December, 1862, to Miss Jennie Baschore, of Clinton County, who has borne him four children: Sarah E., Oliver, Henry, and Zella, all living.
     On coming to this place, Mr. Grove engaged in milling, and continues in the business successfully.  Mrs. Grove is a member of the Disciple Church.  This is one of Jasper Township's most highly respected families, who have many warm friends.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 730
Paint Twp. -
ALBERT GROVES

* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 997

Union Twp. -
MANFORD. B. GRUBBS, contractor and builder, Washington, son of Stephen and Diana Grubbs, was born in Washington C. H., February 21, 1838. His father was a native of Virginia, and his mother of Ohio. They had a family of eight children.
     Manford, our subject, was married, July 31, 1860, to Miss Ella D., daughter of Moses and Rebecca Adams of New Holland, Pickaway County. Five children are the fruits of this union : Werter, Charles, Stephen, Bessie, and Mamie. Mr. Grubbs was reared in this county, and taught school for ten or twelve years. In politics he is a Republican.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 599
Union Twp. -
OLIVER M. GRUBBS, blacksmith, Washington, was born August 30, 1823, in this county. he is a son of Stephen and Diana Grubbs, —both natives of Ohio,—who were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are living: Sarah, Oliver, Lorena, Harriet, Eliza, Manford, Louis, and Thomas, deceased.
     Oliver, our subject, was married May 14, 1856, to Mary Jane, daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Patton, of this county, who has borne him three children: Henry, Percival, and Jessie R.
     Mr. Grubbs received his education in this county, lived on the old home farm until seven years of age, and at eighteen commenced blacksmithing, which he has successfully followed to the present. Politically he is a Republican.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 598
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