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History of Highland County, Ohio
by Rev. J. W. Klise -
Publ. Madison, Wis.,
Northwestern Historical Association


NOAH GAYMAN, of Taylorsville, is particularly deserving of mention among the citizens of French descent, and as a man of worth and prominence in his township.  He was born near Mowrystown Mar. 28, 1863, son of Charles Gayman, a native of France.  Charles Gayman, the father, was born in August, 1832, and came to Highland county in 1851, where he found employment as a farmer, and afterward married Mary Goux, a native of France.  Not long after this marriage he bought a farm of 110 acres, where he is still living, and where their home was blessed with ten children.  These were Adeline, Eugene and Jennie, deceased; Charles, whose home is in Adams county; Jennie, at home; Noah; Louisa, wife of A. F. Lilbert, of Mowrystown; Abel, living in Nebraska; Julia, wife of W. H. Walker, at the old home, and Edward, in Illinois.  The mother of these children died at the age of forty-five years, and during the next fourteen years the home of the father was shared by his second wife, Margaret Trickeer, a native of Adams county.  Charles Gayman is a devoted member of the Bell Run Baptist church, of which he was one of the organizers, and for several years a local minister, and in his old age he enjoys the esteem of many friends.  Noah Gayman, at the age of eighteen years, began work for himself as a farm laborer, and after four years of this he married Ida Cornetet, a native of White Oak township and daughter of Louis and Leah Cornetet, and began housekeeping near Taylorsville.  Four years later they made their home in Taylorsville, where Mr. Gayman began his business as a blacksmith and wagon maker and dealer in buggies, wagons, harness and farming implements, in which he has been quite prosperous.  He also owns and cares for a small farm, and is, altogether, a busy and successful man.  At the time of the destructive fire at Taylorsville, he lost all his buildings and property, but notwithstanding this disaster he has continued in business and is doing well.  In official affairs he has filled for two terms the office of constable and was school director for several years.  In the United Brethren church he is an active and valued worker, aiding greatly in the building of the new church, and serving as trustee.  For fifteen years he has been superintendent of the Sunday school of this denomination.
Source: History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 - Page 318
JAMES T. GIBSON, M. D., a popular physician of Lynchburg, si of Irish lineage which became Americanized by residence in Old Virginia.  His grandfather, Thomas Gibson, was a native of the little town of Hillsboro, Ireland, and where he married Elizabeth Brown and emigrated to America in 1822.  After a short sojourn in the east, the new arrivals made their way to the Old Dominion and located in the county of Augusta, where they spent the eleven subsequent years.  In 1833 hey caught the "Western fever," then so prevalent, and concluded to try their fortunes in the still crude but rapidly developing country beyond the Alleghenies.  After making the usual journey across the mountains and down the rivers, Thomas Gibson and wife finally reached Highland county, Ohio. and found a home near the city of Hillsboro.  There they spent the remainder of their days, Mr. Gibson dying at the ripe old age of ninety-three years.  His children consisted of five boys and four girls, including James B. Gibson, who was born March 10, 1832, and reared at the Highland county home of his parents.  In April, 1860, he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of James Hogsett, and member of an influential pioneer family.  The children resulting from this union are Cora A., who remains at home; Frank R. in the coal trade at Aurora, Illinois; James T., the subject of this sketch; and William Arthur at home.  James T. Gibson, third of the above enumerated children in order of birth, after obtaining the usual education in the common schools, successfully taught for five years in the public schools of Clinton county.  After this he entered the Medical College of Ohio and on finishing the course was graduated with the class of 1897.  In the following month of May he located in the enterprising town of Lynchburg, entered immediately into the practice of his profession and has since continued to reside there, his office being in the Holmes block on Main street.  May 5, 1897, he was married to Vernice, daughter of Alfred and Virginia (Smith) Cadwallader, from the Willettsville neighborhood in Highland county.  Mrs. Gibson's mother, Virginia Buckingham county, Va. and sister of Prof. E. G. Smith, of Hillsboro, Ohio.  Dr. Gibson is a member of the Highland county medical society and the Alumni association of his alma mater.  HE is a past-master of Lynchburg lodge, No. 178, F. & A. M., and member of the Modern Woodmen of America.  Frank Brown Gibson, only child of Doctor and Mrs. Gibson, was born Dec. 2, 1900.
Source: History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 - Page 319
GEORGE G. GRIM is one of the popular and substantial men of Paint township, as is proved by his repeated elections to the position of trustee, the most important of the township offices.  He is a native of Paint township and has spent all his life there, doing his share towards there growth and development of that portion of Highland county.  He is a son of Jacob Grim and his birth occurred at New Petersburg, Highland county, Oct. 23, 1857.  He grew up on a farm, learned all the details connected with that kind of work and in the meantime secured a fair education by attendance at the common schools of the village.  In 1882 he was married to Miss Minnie Martin soon after, in conjunction with his brother Frank, bought the farm where Thomas Cope now lives.  In 1890 he removed to his present place of residence where he has since carried of general farming and stock-raising. When the removal of Thomas Davis caused a vacancy in the office of township trustee, Mr. Grim was appointed to fill the same and at the expiration of his term was elected to serve one year.  In the spring of 1902 he was again elected trustee of Paint township for a term of three years, which he is now serving.  Mr. Grimm has a fondness for fraternal life and has been quite active in Oddfellowship.  For fifteen years he has been a member of Emerald lodge, No. 21, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at New Petersburg, and has filled all the chairs connected therewith.  At present he holds the position of financial secretary and is regarded by his associates as one of the moving spirits in keeping up interest in the order.  He is also a member of the popular fraternity known as the Modern Woodmen of America.  Mr. and Mrs. Grim have three children, Grace, Frank L. and Ralph W. and the family is highly esteemed in the community.
Source: History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 - Page 327
JACOB M. GRIM, a civil war veteran with the rank of first lieutenant, and a substantial farmer, belongs to a family which has been prominently identified with the agricultural interests of Highland county since 1820.  In that year his father, Peter Grim, came from Rockbridge county, Virginia, and settled in Highland county, where he became a popular and influential citizen.  He married Mary, daughter of John Walker, an Irishman by birth who also came to Ohio from Virginia and was one of the first settlers of Highland county.  Peter and Mary (Walker) Grim reared a family of five children, of whom John W. and William C. reside in Paint township; Sarah Ann married William P. Hughey, but is now dead, and Henry Turner has also passed away.  Jacob M. Grim, the youngest of the family, was born in Paint township, Highland county, Ohio, in 1833, and grew to manhood on his father's farm.  The log cabin schoolhouse was still in vogue in his boyhood days and he got the full benefit of the same, after which his life passed uneventfully on the farm until the outbreak of the civil war.  During the summer of 1863, it became necessary to garrison numerous forts and other strongholds captured from the enemy and to meet this demand two regiments of heavy artillery were recruited in the Sixty Ohio congressional district.  June 7th, 18653, Jacob M. Grim was appointed second lieutenant of Company A, Second regiment Ohio heavy artillery, which was mustered into the service at Camp Dennison and on August 19, ordered to the barracks at Covington, Ky.  In the spring of 1864 it was sent to Tennessee and participated in the campaigns of that and other states during the remainder of the war under the command of Col. H. G. Gibson.  January 1, 1864, Mr. Grim received promotion to the first lieutenancy of his company and he held a commission as such when mustered out August 23, 1865.  After the cessation of hostilities, he resumed farming, which has been his lifelong occupation in the county of Highland, with the exception of one year spent in Iowa during his early manhood.  He owns a fine dairy farm in Paint township and it would be proper to describe him as one of the successful and representative agriculturists of Highland county.  Aside from his farming interests, he has found time to take a lively part in all the local political battles and has been quite prominent in the ranks of his party.  He came within one vote of obtaining the nomination for sheriff some years ago and has held several of the more important township offices, being trustee for six years and justice of the peace for a long period.  He helped to organize Trimble post, No. 442, Grand Army of the Republic, at Rainsboro, and was commander of the same several years.  He has been connected with the Masonic order for half a lifetime, being a member of the blue lodge for thirty-five years and of the chapter for twenty years.  He has been connected with the Masonic order for half a lifetime, being a member of the blue lodge for thirty-five years and of the chapter for twenty years.  He has also held membership in the order of Odd Fellows for forty-nine years.  In 1853 he married Nancy Malvina Maddox, member of a family that was old and highly respectable on the side of both parents.  Her father, Samuel Maddox, who came from Virginia, was a prominent and prosperous citizen of Paint township and noted for his enthusiastic patriotism before and during the civil war.  Though above the military age, he insisted in volunteering and became a member of the Eleventh regiment Ohio cavalry, with which he was serving in the Rocky Mountain regions at the time of his death near Cripple Creek, Col., Mar. 31, 1863.  His wife was Malinda E. Huitt, a near relative of the distinguished New York family of this name.  Her father, Dorthica Huitt, was the builder of the old mill on Paint creek, known by his name for many years, and one of the first establishments of the kind in Highland county.  He was a notable character in many ways, being a Methodist preacher of considerable reputation, and known far and wide for his skill with the fife, having played that instrument of martial music during the stirring days of the war of 1812.  Samuel and Malinda (Huitt) Maddox reared a family of nine children:  Nancy Malvina, as previously stated, became the wife of Jacob M. Grim; Mary, who married Milton Newby is dead; Amanda, widow of William Edmondson, is living at Indianapolis; Leonidas served four years in the civil war, first in the Sixtieth Ohio regiment with which he was captured at Harper's Ferry and paroled, subsequently joining the Twenty-fourth Ohio independent battery of light artillery and being shortly afterward killed; Samuel  is an attorney at Louisville, Ky.; Emily, widow of Sanford W. Washburn, resides at Springfield; Allen D. is a Methodist minister of Westville; Eva, is wife of William Holrin, shipbuilder at Newport News; John is in the lumber business at Clarksburg, W. Va.  Mr. and Mrs. Grim have had four children, only two of whom are living.  Frank, the eldest son, who had been in the railroad business for twenty years, was struck Oct. 25, 1899, by a train in the yards at Chattanooga, Tenn., and died in a few hours.  Mary Ida died in 1860 at the age of four years; William P. lives in Ross county and George resides on the old home place near New Petersburg, Highland county.  Mr. and Mrs. Grimm are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Source:  History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 - Page 326
THOMAS J. GUSTIN, of Belfast, a veteran business man and influential citizen, is of a family long known in this part of Ohio, being a grandson of Dr. John Gustin, of Adams county, famous among the early settlers for his success in treating disease with those natural remedies known to the Indians and other students of nature.  On account of the nature of his practice he was widely known as the "Root doctor."  Dr. Gustin was a native of Kentucky and son of a soldier of the Revolution who served under General Morgan and carried to his grave a British bullet received at the battle of Cowpens.  When a young man Dr. Gustin married Susanna Scott, daughter of a Revolutionary soldier, and with his wife removed to Adams county with the early settlers.  their children were Edward S., deceased; William, of North Liberty; Bratton, living at the old home in Adams county; Cornelius, Melinda, Susanna, Rebecca and Rhoda, deceased; and Delilah J., of Adams county.  Edward S. Gustin, father of Thomas J., was born on the home farm near Mayhill, Adams county, where Dr. Gustin at one time owned a large area of land, and he resided there after his marriage to Louisa Kerr, a native Virginia, until his untimely and lamented death at the age of thirty-six years.  His widow, who survived him for many years, reared at the old homestead their family of five boys, Thomas J., Charles W., John M., and Nicholas O.  The two latter are now upon the home place, and C. W. resides also in Adams county.  Thomas J. Gustin was born at the Adams county home of his family, Dec. 20, 1845, and was reared there until in his youth he went to the battlefield with the gallant boys of Ohio in defense of the Union.  His first enlistment was a private in Company G of the Hundred and Seventy-second regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, with which he was mustered in at Charleston, Va., and served in the mountain campaigns in the Virginias.  He was often under fire, took part in numerous skirmishes and was a participant in the battles of Cloyd Mountain, Loop Creek and the Salt Works, while with this regiment, and six months later re-enlisted in Company A of the Eighty-fourth regiment Ohio infantry, with which he was in various minor engagements, and while at Charleston received injuries that crippled him for life.  After this devoted service for his country Mr. Gustin returned home, and for ten years was employed with his uncle William at North Liberty, as a carriage maker.  Subsequently, after residing at various places, he made his home at Belfast, where he carried on the work of carriage manufacturing until 1897.  Since then he conducted an undertaking establishment.  He also owns a small farm in Jackson township and several pieces of town property.  He is a man widely known and popular, and is a valued member of the Methodist church, the Masonic order, the Odd Fellows, in which he has held all the offices in the Belfast lodge, and the Grand Army of the Republic.  After the war he was married to Mary J., daughter of Thomas and Mary Roberts, a lady belonging to one of the old and influential families of the county, and they have four children: Clyde, Homer (deceased), Mary and Bertha.
Source:  History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 - Page 329

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