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The History of Marion County, Ohio

Containing
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, etc.:
General and Local Statistics;  Military Record; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men;
History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Publ. Chicago; Leggett, Conaway & Co. -
1883

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CHRISTIAN GAST, born Apr. 23, 1726, and is wife Christina, born in 1729, were both natives of Wurtemberg, Germany.  About the year 1750, immediately after their marriage, they emigrated to America, first settling in Maryland, not far from Philadelphia, Penn., and subsequently moving to Center County, Penn., where they passed the remainder of their lives.  They had two sons and one daughter who grew to maturity and raised families.  Their names were John, Nicholas, Catherine and Christian.  The last mentioned bought a farm on the banks of the Juniata River in the town of Frankstown, Huntingdon Co., Penn., where he and his wife both died, he at the advanced age of about eighty years.  They raised a family of ten children, who grew to be men and women.  Their names were as follows:  Catherine, born Feb. 12, 1789; Christian, Aug. 9, 1790; John, Nov. 13, 1793; George, Feb. 8, 1796; Jacob, Mar. 24, 1798; William, Mar. 15, 1800; Mary, Mar. 21, 1803; Margaret, Dec. 15, 1805; Sarah, Dec. 17, 1807; Samuel, Jan. 19, 1810.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 920
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CHRISTIAN GAST

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 921


DAVID GAST
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DAVID GAST

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 922

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G. F. GAST, a native of Prospect Township, was born Aug. 25, 1856, a son of David and Catharine M. (Row) Gast.  This gentleman has always followed farming, and now resides one mile west of Prospect Village, adding to his farming the raising of fine poultry.  He was married, Jan. 2, 1881, to Mattie A. Boxwell, daughter of Titus and Lucetta Boxwell, of Pleasant Township.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 923
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GEORGE GAST

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 922

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JOHN B GAST, was born Sept. 18, 1827, and is a son of William Gast, who was born Mar. 15, 1800; his mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Lingerfelter.  At the age of sixteen he learned the tailor's trade, and afterward learned the cabinet maker's trade, which business he carried on in Prospect Village for eighteen years, when he bought sixty-six and one-half acres of land west of the village, where he has ever since resided.  He was married, Jan. 1, 1832, to Miss Sarah Smith, a daughter of Jacob and Frances Smith who came to Ohio about 1839.  Mr. and Mrs. Gast have two children - Elizabeth Frances, born Mar. 16, 1853; and Candace Ann, born Aug. 5, 1865.  Mr. and Mrs. Gast are members of the Lutheran Church.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 923
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REV. PHILIP GAST

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 923 \

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PHILIP M. GAST

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 924

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WILLIAM W. GAST

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 924

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T. J. GLIDDEN, M. D.  Dr. Glidden is a native of Westfield, Morrow County, Ohio, and was born in June 1836.  His father. T. P. Glidden, was a physician and practiced at Cardington, Morrow County, for many years.  T. J. commenced reading medicine in the office with his father in 1857; after reading with him four years, he entered Staring Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, as a student and graduated in 1865.  On finishing his medical course, he began practicing in Radnor, Delaware County, remaining there until 1872, when he removed to Prospect Village, continuing his practice there until the present time.  He has a practice extending for miles around Prospect, and owns and operates a drug store in the village.  He has retained the most of his old patients in Radnor Township, where he first commenced, they having followed him.  He was married, at Cardington, Ohio, to Miss Millie Liggett, daughter of Alexander Liggett, of that place.  They have three children - Nellie M., Edna V. and Anna A. - all living at home except Nellie, who is now the wife of Dr. Gorslene, of Radnor.  The doctor is a Republican.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 924
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J. G. GOMPF.  This family originated in Germany about 1800; five Gompf brothers were living in that country.  One sailed for Rio Janeiro, South America, where he has become very wealthy, often visiting his boyhood home in later years.  Another embarked for Philadelphia, becoming a physician of repute and affluence.  Two others removed to London, doing a thriving business.  The fifth brother was our subject's grandfather, Philip Gompf.  He served in the German Army fourteen years against Napoleon Bonaparte, escaping without a wound, the only man in the regiment who returned unimpaired.  His son John G. was our subject's father.  J. G. Gompf is an intelligent, enterprising citizen, a native of Richland Township, where he was born Feb. 3, 1837.  He is a son of J. G. and Sarah (Seltzer) Gompf.  His father came from Hessia, Germany, in 1835, while his mother came from Pennsylvania in 1833.  They located on what is known as the old Gompf farm, and reared a family of three children; the father died in 1879, aged eighty-two years, the mother still surviving at the age of eighty yeas.  His grandfather Seltzer attained the remarkable aged of one hundred and two years, and cradled wheat in his one hundredth year.  Mr. G. obtained his education wholly in the common school.  when a young man, he saved 265 sheep, worth $4,500, from drowning, by an exhibition of fortitude almost unparalleled in the county.  June 5, 1862, he married Miss Julia A. Pontius, daughter of John and Anna (Warline) Pontius.  Nine children have blessed their home, one dying young; the living are Calvin O. G., John B. W., William H., Charles M. E., George D. N., Cicero B. F., Joseph H. M., Mary J. M. and Francis M. W.  Mr. Gompf purchased thirty acres of the south farm in 1862, which he has increased to 277 acres, valued to-day at $80 per acre.  His farm is well fenced and underdrained.  He cultivates with special care fine sheep, of which he owns at present 200 head.  Mr. G. and family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has served in nearly every capacity being Class Leader at present.  His fellow-citizens have continued him as Justice for three years, and made him Land Appraiser in 1870.  He is now President of the Board of Education.  He has settled several estates satisfactorily.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 955
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CHRISTOPHER GRACELY is a native of Richland Township, born Aug. 15, 1846, the son of Jacob F. and Sophia Gracely, who came from Germany in 1832, locating in the above township.  Cholera raged upon the vessel upon which they came, and forty-eight of their fellow-passengers died.  They were six weeks moving, with an ox-team from Cleveland to their place of settlement.  They removed to Big Island Township in 1873.  The mother died in 1857.  Their children numbered nine; one son is Rev. David Gracely, of the German Methodist Episcopal Church.  The old gentleman, born in 1806, is still vigorous.  Christopher having received a fair education, married, Apr. 18, 1871, Miss Angeline Bauer, daughter of Croft Bauer, of Pleasant Township.  The name of their only child is Emanuel W.  Mr. Gracely purchased his home of eighty acres in 1871, paying $5,000, adding since forty acres, all worth $65 per acre.  As a farmer, he has a fine beginning.  His $1,000 barn is just completed.  His farm is stocked with the best grades.  This is the fourth year of his Town Trusteeship.  Himself and family are members of the German Methodist Episcopal Church, which he has served in all official relations.  He is a highly respected citizen.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 658
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J. F. GRAY is one of Big Island's highly respected and thrifty farmers; is the son of Judge George and Mary Gray, and was born Oct. 23, 1834.  They came from the State of Delaware in 1817, locating in Salt Rock Township, where they remained till 1850, when they moved to Big Island Township, where they remained till 1850, when they moved to Big Island Township.  He served two terms as Probate Judge.  Of his seven children, five were boys.  J. F.'s grandfather, Frazer Gray, was on military duty at the hanging of Maj. Andre, the British spy, and he often conversed with Gen. WashingtonMr. G. was married, June 1, 1865, to Miss Amelia E. Riley, daughter of Patterson and Sarah A. Riley, of Marion Township.  Their union has been supplemented with six children, two dying infants; the surviving are David, Robert, Cora and Eddie.  Mrs. Gray rented several years, but purchased his present farm in 1872, consisting of 160 acres, paying $45 per acre, worth to-day $80 per acre.  He takes great pride in his farm, having a good barn, fences, etc., and $340 worth of tiling done.  Every rod of his land is arable.  This summer (1883) he is building one of the finest houses in the township at cost of $3,000.  His varieties of stock are of the best.  Both himself and wife belong to the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian) Church at Urbana, Ohio.  Mr. Gray is Town Treasurer, and has been for five years; the Trusteeship he has also held.  He is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge at Marion, No. 70, also an official member of the Chapter.  He is a respected and thrifty farmer.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 658
  Bowling Green Twp. -
HON. JOHN D. GUTHREY

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 679

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PHILIP E. GUTHERY

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 680

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J. H. GUTHRIE is a stirring, vigorous young man, of only eighteen summers; was born June 30, 1865, the son of John D. and Susan Guthrie, of Bowling Green Township.  He has been prosecuting his studies at the Ada and Danville Normal Schools, but his spring (1883) he has been conducting the "Longacre farm," owned by his father, and consisting of 126 acres.  On this farm are twenty-five acres of wheat, seventy five acres of corn and good live stock.  In all probability Mr. Guthrie will make this his permanent residence.  The farm is supplied with good stock.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 659
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JOSEPH D. GUTHRIE, son of John D. and Susan (Frederick) Guthrie, is a native of Bowling Green Township, born Mar. 12, 1855.  He finished his educational career by completing a commercial course at Lebanon, Ohio, in 1873; he then became a pedagogue, teaching the winter months until his marriage.  This important event occurred May 29, 1877, with Miss Mary E., daughter of John G. and Elizabeth Wolford.  Their union has been crowned with the birth of Erven, aged four years, and Bernard, one and a half years.  Mr. Guthrie is a respected and energetic young man, having under his control about 690 acres of land.  He ranks among the leading farmers and stock dealers in his township.  He votes the Democratic ticket.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 680

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