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History of Pickaway County
and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf
Circleville, Ohio
Publ. 1906



JONATHAN RENICK GULICK, a representative farmer of Pickaway County, the owner of considerable valuable land in Darby township, resides on his home farm of 49 acres, which is admirably situated not farm distant from Derby, on the Darbyville, Circleville and London turnpike, a very important highway in this locality.  Mr. Gulick was born July 1, 1856, in Muhlenberg township, Pickaway County, Ohio, and is a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Seymour) Gulick.
     The Gulick family is of Welsh descent and was established in Virginia, from which State in 1818 the grandfather of our subject, William Gulick, came to Pickaway County when his son Jesse was about three years old.  The latter became a farmer and a respected citizen of Muhlenberg township.  His death occurred in 1878 at the age of 63 years, and his burial took place on Decoration Day.  During some years of his early manhood he was in the employ of Abel Seymour, at whose home he met employer's cousin, Elizabeth Seymour whom he subsequently married, the ceremony taking place on the Seymour farm.  To this union were born seven daughters and three sons, the record being as follows:  Mary, who married Peter Merrill
and died at Florence, Alabama, in 1892; Minerva, who is the wife of William C. Hill, of Jackson township; Elizabeth Sidney, who married Elmer Strader; Margaret, widow of Alexander McCord, of Grove City, Ohio; Rachel, who married Levi Closan, of Mount Sterling; Fannie, who married Nelson McKinley and resides near Darby; Josephine, unmarried, who resides at Columbus; Abel Seymour, living on the old Seymour place in Muhlenberg township, who married (first) Anna B. Carpenter, of Kentucky, and married (second) Mrs. Matilda Strader; Augustus P., a resident of Darby township, who married Elmira Hoover, daughter of Henry Hoover, of Robtown; and Jonathan Renick of this sketch.
     Jonathan R. Gulick was reared to agricultural pursuits.  His education was obtained in the district schools in his native locality.  He remained on the home farm for one year after the death of his father, then married and still  remained for another year on the homestead in Muhlenberg township.  He then rented a farm from his mother-in-law, Mrs. Susan A. Bell, following which he bought his 76-acre farm, taking immediate possession.  After living there for 11 years, he purchased his present home farm and has continued here until the present.  The former farm is located southeast of his present home and was formerly known as the John W. Bell farm.  The home farm, before it came into possession of Mr. Gulick, was known locally as the Dave Deyo farm.  Owning to the care and good management of Mr. Gulick and to his many substantial improvements and his thorough methods of farming, all his property, in the past decade, has doubled in value.  Time was when the land, all raw prairie and swamp, could be bought for $2.50 an acre.  Now it is not for sale at $150 an acre.
     Mr. Gulick carries on general farming and stock-raising, giving especial attention to corn.  He has developed a fine strain of Norman horses on his farm and now owns 14 head of these fine animals.  He gives the preference to Delaine Merino sheep, having 225 head and also has 50 head of hogs.  He has provided for the care of his stock by erecting a fine windmill which connects with a notable well situated on his farm, bringing up the finest water in the county from a death of 104 feet.  The mill is so constructed that it furnishes power to saw his wood and do all his grinding.  In 1900 Mr. Gulick built his handsome residence, a commodious, well planned frame dwelling of 13 rooms, so arranged as to give convenience and comfort to its inmates and to also present an attractive aspect to the stranger or visitor.  For many reasons, one of these being the genial hospitality offered, the Gulick farm is one of note in the neighborhood.
     In December, 1880, Mr. Gulick was married, a coincidence of interest being that the ceremony took place on the last day of the last month in the year, uniting the last son of one family with the last daughter of another.  Mr. Gulick married Laura Virginia Bell, who is a daughter of John W. Bell, who was a slaveholder prior to the Civil War.  He died in Pickaway County when his daughter was four years old.  The family of Mr. and Mrs. Bell contained seven daughters and  two sons, viz.: Agatha, Mollie, Elizabeth, Elawisa, Rebecca, Sally, Laura Virginia, Charles and James.  Charles went to the West and was never heard from.  James married a daughter of Alfred Taylor.  Mrs. Bell and her sister met death while driving across the railroad tracks near Harrisburg.
     Mr. and Mrs. Gulick have had two children, viz.:  Agatha Rebecca and James Earl.  The former died aged five years.  James Earl Gulick, who is a rural mail clerk, married Anna Griffin and they reside on the home farm.  Mr. and Mrs. Gulick are well known all through the neighborhood.  Mrs. Gulick is well posted on county history in this section and has many entertaining reminiscences of people and events which would add interest to any published record of the northwestern section of Pickaway County.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 728


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