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WILLIAM F. GAGE, a farmer of Bennington township, Morrow county, is a son of Phillip Gage, who was born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 1791.   His father, Phillip Gage, was a native of New York, and was a prominent physician.  The family in America are descended from General Gage, a native of England, who commanded the British army in Boston.  Phillip Gage, Jr., was married in New Jersey, June 6, 1813, to Deborah Flood, born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 1793, of Irish and German descent.  After marriage, Phillip Gage and wife came to Ohio, locating on a farm adjoining the one our subject now owns, the same being then covered with timber.  His death occurred here in 1886, and his wife died in 1884.  They were the parents of the following children: William F., the subject of this sketch; Stephen, of Bennington township; Sarah Ann Goodwin, deceased; Elizabeth Hess, and George, a resident of Marengo, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Gage were members of the Presbyterian Church.  He was a Whig and afterward a Republican.
     William F. Gage
was born at Woodbridge, New Jersey, November to, 1822, and was fourteen years of age when he came to Ohio, where he attended the primitive log school house.  He assisted his father to clear 300 acres of land.  The family were very poor, and the father was obliged to make shoes in order to obtain food, which often consisted of only potatoes and salt.  After they had been here for some time the father secured some money, and, learning that an old Quaker residing about ten miles distant, near where the present village of Ashley, Delaware county, is situated, had some flour to sell, he determined to secure at least a small supply, as the family had had no bread for some time.  Accordingly, in company with his son Clarkson, the old gentleman walked over to investigate as to the possibility of securing some flour.  The old Quaker agreed to let them have the flour on the condition that Clarkson should work for him and thus pay the purchase price.  So the boy stayed, and his father walked home, bearing the coveted sack of flour on his shoulder.  On his arrival there was great rejoicing among the children, who were eager to once more have a slice of bread to eat.  After the family began to raise wheat of their own they were compelled to take the same to Zanesville, forty or fifty miles distant, to have it ground.  After his marriage, our subject located on the farm now known as the Robert Taylor estate, and thirty-one years ago came to his present place of 136 acres, all of which is under a fine state of cultivation.  In his political relations Mr. Gage affiliates with the Republican party, and has held the position of Road Supervisor.
     July 3, 1845, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Price, born in this township in 1830, a daughter of John Price and Barbara (Silkmitter) Price, natives of Pennsylvania.  They located in Bennington township as early as 1820, on the farm now owned by Royal MooreMrs. Gage is the only living representative of the family.  Our subject and wife have five children, namely: James P., who married Angeline Keys, resides in Kansas and has four children; Samuel P., who married Alice Sherman, has one child; P. W., who married Minnie Sleif, resides in Delaware county, Ohio, and has two children; Lida is the wife of Willie Hunt, of Bennington township, and they have two children; and Ellswort E. married Margaretta Hempey, and resides in Granville, Ohio.  The eldest son, James P., was a soldier in the civil war, a member of the Forty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded in the right arm at the battle of Peach Tree Creek.  The children have all received good educations, three of them having been successful teachers, and Mr. Gage has served as School Director.  Mrs. Gage is a member of the Methodist Church.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 308-309

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MAHLON GANO, who is one of the venerable and honored citizens of Cardington, Morrow county, and who has devoted the major portion of his days to the noble art of husbandry, is now living in that peaceful retirement which is his due after the long years of toil and endeavor.
     His father, David Gano, was a native of Hampshire county, Virginia (now West Virginia), where he was born August 24, 1775, living there until he had attained man’s estate, devoting himself to work on the farm of his father, who was of Irish extraction.  David Gano was called out for service in the war of 1812.  He married Elizabeth Schanck, who was born in Virginia, April 15, 1782, a daughter of Steven Schanck, of Holland-Dutch descent.  The marriage of our subject’s parents was consummated in their native State, and they emigrated to Ohio prior to 1806, settling in Palmyra township, Portage county, at a time when it was still a forest wild, with Indians, wolves, bears, etc., much in evidence.  Here they developed a fine farm, remaining there for the residue of their days.  The father died in 1861 or ’62, and the mother survived until August 6, 1875.  They became the parents of fourteen children, of which number twelve grew to maturity, but all of whom are now deceased except our subject and his sister Elizabeth, who lives in Michigan.  One brother, Elisha, was an officer in an Illinois regiment during the late war of the Rebellion.  The mother of our subject was a devoted member of the Disciple Church.
     Mahlon Gano, to whom this review is dedicated, was born on the old parental homestead, in Portage county, this State, December 16, 1817, and there remained until he had attained mature years.  He had been enabled to attend the subscription schools for a few weeks, but his educational discipline was cut very short, inasmuch as while he was still a mere boy his services were called into demand in the work of grubbing out brush on the farm and in other duties incidental to the reclaiming and improvement of the pioneer farm.
     He remained at home until the time of his marriage, which event was celebrated December 30, 1841, when he was united to Miss Mary Ann Case, who was a native of Hampshire county, Virginia, and a daughter of Jacob and Penelope (West) Case, both of whom were born in the Old Dominion State, ––the former October 25, 1794, and the latter March 2, 1802.  Their marriage was one of romantic order, since they compassed an elopement and were wedded in Maryland.  They settled in their native State, and there remained until 1836, when they came to Ohio and took up their residence in Portage county, where they remained until the death of the husband and father, October 20, 1869.  He was a soldier in the war of 1812.  His widow survived until April 11, 1880, passing away at a venerable age.  They were the parents of twelve children, of whom ten grew to maturity and six still survive.  The date of Mrs. Gano’s birth was May 7, 1822.
     In 1842 our subject and his wife came to Morrow (then Delaware) county, and took up their abode on a heavily timbered farm of 100 acres, in Lincoln township, there being no roads cut through at that time, and settlers being few and far between.  Mr. Gano’s worldly possessions at that time were summed up in his farm and $300 in cash.  He built a log cabin, 18 x 20 feet in dimensions and one story in height, the roof being covered with rough, split clapboards, and here he and his wife lived during the first summer, without the conveniences of doors, windows or chimney.  In the broad, fertile acres of his present farm one can see but slight resemblance to what it must have been in those early days.  He effected the clearing of the entire place, with the exception of five acres, and all the improvements on the farm were made by him.  They lived on the old place about thirty years, and then, in 1871, came to Cardington.  In Cardington township he owned a piece of land, and on this he erected a large dwelling-house, but his present fine brick residence he purchased, the same being one of the most attractive homes in the locality.
     Mr. and Mrs. Gano
became the parents of twelve children, of whom only four are living at the present time, namely: Minerva A., born October 14, 1842, is the widow of Spencer Wheeler, resides in Cardington and has two children, Annie Richardson and Elba Ernest; Betsey, born December 12, 1845; Martha Ellen, born March 8, 1856, is the wife of Smith Yant, of Richland county, and has two children, Alfred Mahlon and Clyde S.; and Lois Belle, born July 31, 1861, is the wife of James Slicer, of Cardington, and has one child, Blanche.
     Our subject and his wife have been prominently identified with the Christian Church for forty years, and the former was a Deacon in the same for a number of years.  He has served as School Director, has been ever interested in educational matters and gave his children the advantages of those opportunities which he had been denied in his youth.  Politically Mr. Gano was originally a Democrat, but he soon severed his allegiance to that party and has ever since supported the Republican party.  He has invariably refused to accept anything in the line of political office.
     He was bereaved in the loss of his wife October 7, 1894, they having lived together contentedly and happily for a period of nearly fifty-three years.  She always performed her share in the struggle of their pioneer days and together they enjoyed their prosperity.  She was a kind and indulgent mother and a devoted and economical wife.
     A man of marked intelligence and one whose days have ever left the impress of his honorable and upright character, he is held in the highest esteem in the community where he has lived for so many years, being unlike the prophet, and not without honor in his own country. 

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 201-203
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REUBEN B. GARDNER, a farmer of Peru township, is a son of Robert Gardner, who was born in the District of Columbia in 1792.  His father, John Gardner, was a native of Scotland, and came to America as a soldier in Cornwallis’ army during the Revolutionary war, and served under that General until the surrender at Yorktown.  He then settled near Washington, District of Columbia, where he followed the tailor’s trade.  In a very early day he came to Ohio, purchasing and locating on a farm where Zanesville is now situated, but in 1810 located on the farm now owned by our subject in Morrow county.  At that time there was only one house in this locality.  He was the father of two sons by his first marriage, three by the second, and seven children by the third.
     Robert Gardner
, father of our subject, was married in this county, in 1817, to Polly Benedict, born in Peru, New York, in 1798, a daughter of Reuben Benedict, who came to Morrow county, Ohio, in 1812.  After his marriage, Mr. Gardner located on fifty acres of land just east of our subject’s present residence, which he cleared and improved, and died there April 6, 1860.  His wife departed this life June 1, 1873.  They were the parents of eight children, three sons and five daughters, seven of whom grew to years of maturity, ––Nelson, deceased; Sarah, wife of Samuel Ullery, who resides near New Albany, Ohio, and they have five children; Annie, deceased, was the wife of Anson Place, and they had two children; Rebecca, deceased; Phoebe, widow of Daniel Osborn, and has one child; Hannah, wife of Morgan Doty, and Reuben B., the subject of this sketch.  The parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which the father was Trustee and Class Leader for many years.  He was am active worker in the Whig party, afterward becoming identified with the Republican party, and served as Trustee of Peru township for many years.
     Reuben B. Gardner
was born on the farm where he now resides, June 18, 1820.  He has been a life-long farmer, and now owns 320 acres of the best agricultural land in this locality, where he is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.  He was married in 1853 to Hannah Wilson, born in Bennington township. Morrow county, September 3, 1831, a daughter of Elias and Wealthy (Wells) Wilson, the former born in New York, July 8, 1791, and the latter born in Pennsylvania, March 20, 1806.  They located in Ohio in a very early day, and were among the early and leading pioneers of Bennington township.  The father was a soldier in the war of 1812.  He was first married to Charity Demuth, and they had five children, four now living, ––Mary Ann Dubois, Julia Harvey, Maria Wells and Sally Tinkham.  By his second marriage he had eleven children, seven now living, viz: Abigail Beard, Charity Duty, Thomas, Mrs. Gardner, James, Polly Rogers and Rosalind WestbrookMr. Wilson died November 5, 1885, and his wife survived until October 27, 1887.  Our subject and wife have two children, ––Robert Nelson, born February 4, 1859, married Margaret Ella Gardner, and resides on the home farm; and Nevada, born October 4, 1869, is the wife of C. Flavius Brown, of Lincoln township, Morrow county.  They have one child, Francis GMr. Gardner has one daughter deceased, Alice, and her child, Cora A., born May 8, 1875, has been reared by our subject.
     Reuben Gardner
and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which the former has served as Steward and Trustee.  In his social relations he has passed all the chairs in the I. O. O. F.  He affiliates with the Republican party, and has served as Trustee of Peru township for many years, as Road Supervisor, and is the present School Director, having held that position for over thirty years.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 260-261
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WASHINGTON GARDNER, who resides on a farm in Lincoln township, Morrow county, Ohio, is one of the octogenarians of the county.
     His father, John Gardner, was born in Edinburg, Scotland, and came to America with the British soldiers during the Revolutionary war; was in Cornwallis’ army and surrendered at Yorktown.  After the close of the war he settled in Loudoun county, Virginia, where he was subsequently married to Miss Elizabeth Groves, a native of Maryland, and of Dutch descent.  As early as 1795 they removed to the Western Reserve and settled at what has since been known as Zanesville, Ohio, where they lived until 1816.  John Gardner was the second man to build a cabin at that place.  In 1816 he moved to Delaware county, now Morrow county, and located in Peru township, this part of the country then being almost an unbroken wilderness.  Here he and his good wife spent the residue of their lives and died, honored and esteemed by all who knew them.  Both were members of the Baptist Church, in which he was a Deacon.  During the whisky rebellion in Pennsylvania he was one who helped to put a stop to the troubles there.  He and his wife were the parents of seven children, namely: Rebecca, Nancy, John L., Elizabeth, Mary, Washington and Fannie.
     Washington Gardner
is the only survivor of this family.  He was born November 2, 1814, at Zanesville, Ohio, and was a child when he came with his parents to Peru township, where he was reared and educated, remaining with his parents until their death.  He was married September 5, 1847, to Miss Mary Wiseman, a native of Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of John and Hannah (Culver) Wiseman, both natives of Pennsylvania, the father being a farmer.  The Wiseman family moved to Ohio in 1829 and settled on a farm in Columbiana county.  In 1835 they located at Bucyrus, and some years later moved to Lincoln township, this county, where the father and mother both passed away.  They were the parents of thirteen children, of whom five are living, viz.: Mrs. M. W. Caris, Mrs. Gardner, John, Isaiah, and Mrs. Sarah MartinMrs. Gardner was educated at Bucyrus and at Kenton Seminary, and was for some years engaged in teaching, beginning in Morrow county when she was sixteen.  She received $1.50 per week and “boarded around.”
     After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gardner settled at Westfield, Morrow county, and in 1865 removed from there to their present farm in Lincoln township.  He was for seventeen years engaged in the milling business, and for some years also worked at the carpenter’s trade.
     In politics Mr. Gardner is a Republican, and has all his life taken an active interest in public affairs.  He has been a delegate to both county and State conventions, has served as Trustee of Westfield, Peru and Lincoln townships, and now, at the age of eighty years, is serving as School Director.  When the civil war came on he was among the first to tender his services for the protection of his country.  He enlisted July 25, 1861, in Company G, Twenty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as teamster, and was in the service for eleven months, participating in the battle of Booneville, West Virginia.  He is a member of the G. A. R.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Gardner are members of the United Brethren Church.
     Of their nine children, only four are living, and of these we make record as follows: W. S. is married and has two children and lives in Denver, Colorado; Maggie, wife of John W. Howard, lives in Lincoln township, this county, their family consisting of three children; John, married, is the father of one child, and lives in Delaware, Ohio; and Lola, wife of Conrad Hoffmire, of Fulton, this county.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 329-330
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ANDREW J. GORDON, one of the leading farmers of Franklin township, Morrow county, was born in Perry county, this State, November 26, 1843, the eldest son of Israel Gordon.  August 3, 1861, Andrew J. enlisted for service in the late war, entering Company A, Thirty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three years.  He spent two months in guarding boats at Gallipolis, was then at Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky, until February, 1862, and next went to Somerset, that State, where he was assigned to General Thomas’ command and took part in the battles of Mill Spring.  Returning to Louisville and on to Nashville, he participated in several skirmishes.  Next, under General Bull, Mr. Gordon took part in the second day’s fight at Shiloh, and served through the siege of Corinth.  Returning to Huntsville and Louisville, he took part in the battle of Perrysville, thence on to Nashville, to guard Cage’s Ford, and repelled General John Morgan’s forces.  Mr. Gordon, who was then on picket duty, saw the army coming, and notified the regiment.  He fired at a horseman, knocking him from his saddle, after which the fight began in earnest, with the result that Morgan was repulsed.  Returning to Nashville, he participated in a small fight at Triunt, Tennessee, also in the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga.  At the latter engagement he was shot in the left side of his head by a musket ball, about 3 P. M., on September 19, 1863, and remained senseless for a long time.  He was taken to Hospital No. 3, at Nashville, where an operation was performed, and was afterward removed to Zollicoffer’s barracks.  In the meantime his regiment was discharged on a furlough.  After his recovery he rejoined them at Nashville, where they were on veteran furlough, and the regiment marched from that city to Chattanooga.  Mr. Gordon was a participant in the memorable “March to the Sea,” took part in the engagement at Dalton, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, and in all the battles in which the regiment participated, including the siege of Atlanta.  During all that time he suffered greatly from his wound, which did not heal for two years after his return home.
     After leaving the army, Mr. Gordon remained on his father’s farm for a time, and then followed the carpenter’s trade for several years.  He subsequently settled on a farm in this township, and nineteen years ago came to his present farm of 318 acres, all of which is under a fine state of cultivation.  In 1881 he built his residence, at a cost of $1,700.  In addition to general farming, Mr. Gordon is extensively engaged in raising Shorthorn cattle (owning at one time forty head) and Shropshire sheep.
     November 13, 1869, our subject was united in marriage with Rachel La Rue, a native of Perry county, Ohio, and a daughter of John B. La Rue, deceased.  To this union have been born four children, ––John B., Dora, William, and Susan.  The eldest son graduated at the Ohio Wesleyan University in the class of 1894.  Mr. Gordon is a life-long Republican, and has served as School Director for sixteen years.  In his social relations he is a member of the Independent Order Odd of Fellows, at Mount Gilead, also the Encampment, and is a member of the U. V. L.  Mr. Gordon still suffers greatly from the wound received in the war.

Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 334-335
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T. F. GORDON, who occupies distinctive preferment as Sheriff of Morrow county, and who is one of the well-known and popular citizens of the thriving little city of Mount Gilead, which represents the county’s official center, is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in Perry county, June 8, 1852.
     His father, Israel Gordon, is a native of Greene county, Pennsylvania, where he was born September 10, 1818, his father having been a farmer.  At the age of fourteen years he started forth to carve out a career for himself, courageously assuming the responsibility of his own maintenance.  He left his native State then in 1832, and made his way to Ohio, being entirely alone in thus sallying forth into the world.  Reaching McCuneville, Perry county, he there secured a position in the salt works, remaining in that place a couple of years; the rest of the time until his marriage was spent working as a farm hand in the neighborhood.  Soon after marriage he bought a farm (and moved on) where the town of Shawnee, Perry county, now stands.  He lived there until 1871, when he removed to Morrow county, and located on a farm in Harmony township, where he has ever since continued to abide, being one of the successful and honored farmers of that locality.  In politics he has given his influence and support to the Republican party for many years, having identified himself with that organization in ante-bellum days.  Religiously he is a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church.
     The Gordon family is of Scotch extraction, and the American originators of the line were three brothers, who came here from Holland in an early day.  The paternal grandfather of our subject was George Gordon, who was born in Maryland, and whose death occurred in 1830.
     Israel Gordon
married Susan Irvin, who was born in Fairfield county, this State, but who accompanied her parents to Perry county while she was still a child.  Her father, Andrew Irvin, was a native of the Old Dominion State, having been born in Rockingham county.  He was one of the prominent early settlers in Ohio, and his marriage was consummated in Washington county, this State.  His father was of Irish descent.
     Israel and Susan (Irvin) Gordon became the parents of seven children, namely: Andrew J.; George W.; Margaret; Harriet, who died in 1862; Thomas F.; Robert S., and Charles W.
     Thomas F. Gordon, the immediate subject of this review, was reared in Perry county, attending the district schools and supplementing this instruction by a course in the public schools of Chesterville, Morrow county.  He accompanied his parents to this county in 1871, and was engaged in general farming and stock raising until 1893, when he was elected to the responsible office of Sheriff of the county, on the Republican ticket.  He is still the incumbent in this office, having been renominated and reelected in 1894, ––a fact that offers sufficient voucher for his ability as an executive, and evidence that his dispensation is one that has given satisfaction to the public, in whose gift the preferment has been retained.
     Politically, Mr. Gordon has lent an active support to his party, and has wielded a marked influence in the directing of local affairs.  Fraternally, he is identified with Chester Lodge, No. 204, I. O. O. F., and with Mount Gilead Lodge, No. 195, Knights of Pythias.
     Our subject is unmarried.  He is a man of genial nature and sympathetic and generous impulses, and enjoys not only the respect of the people, but a distinctive popularity, his friends being in number as his acquaintances.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 163-164
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DR. GEORGE GRANGER deceased. ––It is eminently fitting that in this connection we incorporate a memoir of the life of one who held a position of distinctive prominence in Morrow county, Ohio, and one who contributed much to the social and substantial advancement of Westfield township.
     George Granger
was born in the State of Vermont, July 10, 1814, and when a young man he came to Ohio, entering the Medical Institute at Worthington, where he remained until he had secured the coveted degree of Doctor of Medicine, graduating at the institution named in 1837.  In the same year he located in Westfield township, Delaware (now Morrow) county, taking up his abode on the same place where his widow now retains her home.
     Here he engaged in the practice of his profession, receiving a representative support, and gaining the confidence and affection of the people of the community.  He was a man of much force of character, and was alert and progressive in his methods.  Thus it came about that, in addition to his professional work, he became connected with other business enterprises.  He carried on his farming industry, and was also engaged in the mercantile business at Westfield, being associated in the latter with Adam Wolf.  Professionally he was in partnership for some time with Dr. E. Luellen, to whom he acted as preceptor.
     Dr. Granger
was a man whom the people delighted to honor, and such was the confidence reposed in him that he was frequently urged to accept official preferment.  He was elected County Treasurer in 1859, and was the incumbent in the office at the time of his death, which occurred June 15, 1860.  Fraternally he was prominently identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and had passed several of the chairs in the same.  He also held office in the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a devoted adherent.
     January 16, 1840, Dr. Granger was united in marriage to Miss Mary Bishop, who was born in Oxford township, Delaware county, Ohio.  She died in 1846, leaving one son, Wilbert, who is now a resident of the city of Delaware, this State.  Our subject consummated a second marriage March 17, 1847, when he wedded Miss Adah Carpenter, who survives him.  She was born at Galena, Delaware county, this State, January 15, 1824, the daughter of Lyman Carpenter, a native of Pennsylvania.  He came to Ohio with his parents when a small boy, his father having been Gilbert Carpenter, who was likewise a native of the old Keystone State, and who was a soldier in the war of the Revolution.  Gilbert Carpenter was one of the earliest pioneer settlers in Delaware county, locating near the present hamlet of Berkshire, where he took up Government land, clearing and improving the same, and there remaining for the residue of his days.  The maiden name of Mrs. Granger’s mother was Nancy Lewis, and she was a native of Pennsylvania, whence she came to Ohio with her parents when a child.  Her father, Robert Lewis, was a native of Wales, and when a young man he emigrated to America and located in Delaware county, Ohio.  Mrs. Granger’s parents were reared in Delaware county, and after their marriage they continued their residence in the same, locating in Westfield township, which now comprises a portion of Morrow county.  The mother died at the age of sixty-four years, and the father at the age of eighty-seven, both having lived to see the forest wilds displaced by cultivated fields and modern improvements.
     Lyman and Nancy Carpenter
became the parents of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, namely: Adah, who is the widow of the subject of this memoir; Chester E., deceased; Robert L., of Delaware, Ohio; Lois Ann, deceased; Catharine, wife of D. D. Smith, of Waldo, Ohio; Gilbert, a resident of Delaware county; Henry, Jerome, and Bennett, all of whom arc deceased; and Lafayette, a resident of Westfield township, Morrow county.
     Mrs. Granger was reared in Westfield township, and here received her educational training.  By her marriage to Dr. Granger she became the mother of three children: Solon, born March 10, 1851, was married November 16, 1873, to Miss Lin Durkee, who was born in this township, February 14, 1855, the daughter of A. J. and M. R. Durkee, the former of whom was a native of New Hampshire and the latter of Pennsylvania; Solon and Lin Granger are the parents of four children: George A., Emma A., Mamie R., and Griffith S.; Mrs. Granger’s second child, Mary, is the wife of Daniel D. Booher, of Mount Gilead, this county, and is the mother of six children: Raymond G., Edna D., Adah A., Emma C., Herbert S., and Helen J.; the third child, Emma N., was the wife of Albert Bishop.  She died August 30, 1879.
     Upon the death of her honored husband, in 1860, Mrs. Granger assumed full charge of the homestead farm of 220 acres, and conducted the business successfully until the coming of age of her children, fortifying herself to meet the emergency, and proving a discerning and capable business woman.  Upon her also devolved the care of her children, all of whom she reared and educated, while performing a similar and equally devoted duty to Wilbert, her husband’s son by the previous marriage.  Mrs. Granger is a woman of the noble type, and her strength has been as her days.  Not alone for her marked ability, but for her sterling attributes of character, has she been honored and cherished by a large circle of devoted friends.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 159-161
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DR. E. G. GRAY, one of the leading medical practictioners [sic] of South Woodbury, was born in Delaware county, Ohio, March 7, 1867, son of James Gray, a native also of this State, of Irish descent, and a farmer in Porter township, Delaware county.  His father, James Gray, came from Pennsylvania to Tuscarawas county, Ohio, in an early day, and thence to Delaware county.  Our subject’s mother, née Ellen Riggle, was a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of William and Mary Riggle, natives also of that State.  She came with her mother to Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. James Gray were married in Delaware county, and located in Porter township, where they still reside.  They are the parents of six children, ––Minerva, wife of Pat Trimmer, of Logan county, Ohio; Mary, deceased; Alice, wife of Daniel Beard, of Porter township; George E., who married Josie Cooney, and resides in Porter township; Elmer G., our subject; and Ethel, deceased at the age of eighteen months.
     Dr. Gray was reared on his father’s farm, attended the district schools, also the Galion College, and completed his preparatory course in the Lebanon Normal.  At the age of sixteen years he began teaching, following that occupation five years, and during that time also studied medicine with Dr. G. F. Foster, of Olive Green, Delaware county.  In 1892 he completed a course of lectures at Columbus Medical College, and in the same year located at South Woodbury, where he has ever since been actively engaged in the practice of medicine.
     The Doctor was married in 1889, to Addie Huddeston, a native of Knox county, Ohio, and a daughter of Lucius and Marietta Huddeston.  They are the parents of three children, ––Nora, Fred, and Eddie.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, p. 403
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JOSEPH GROVES, of Cardington, Ohio, was born in this city April 22, 1837, and his ancestors were originally from Holland.  His father, Benjamin Groves, was a native of Pennsylvania, but came to Ohio in a very early day, locating in what is now Canaan township, Morrow county, and was a miller by occupation.  About 1835 he located in Cardington, and operated the old Bunker Mill near the dam, having been the first miller in the old water mill here.  Three years afterward he moved to Lima, Ohio, and his death occurred there in 1847.  Mr. Groves married Ann Haight, a native of Guernsey county, this State.  They had four sons and two daughters, four now living, namely: Joseph, Augustus, William and Martha Jane.  The father had been previously married to a Miss Hight, and their son, Samuel S., is now living in Canaan township, Morrow county.
      Joseph Groves
, the subject of this sketch, learned and followed the blacksmith’s trade in Jasper county, Missouri.  In 1860 he went to Kansas, and in the following fall located in Pekin, Illinois.  April 25, 1861, he enlisted for service in the late war, entering Company F, Eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, the first regiment sent out by the State of Illinois into the Rebellion.  They were drilled at Cairo, and were discharged at the close of the three months’ service.  Immediately re-enlisting in the same regiment, Mr. Groves was promoted to Corporal, and served as such until after the battle of Fort Donelson, when he became Sergeant.  He took part in the capture of the Rebel flag at Columbus, Kentucky, December 22, 1861; participated in a midnight skirmish at Norfolk, Missouri, and served in the battles of Belmont, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, Holly Springs, Port Gibson, Grand Gulf, Black River, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, and took part in the entire siege of Vicksburg, lasting forty-seven days.  While there his gun was struck by a piece of shell and knocked him down, and, although disabled, he remained at his post.
     In July, 1863, Mr. Groves participated in the battles of Clinton, Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely.  He was detailed by General Canby to place the stars and stripes on the battle house in Mobile, Alabama, on its surrender, and successfully accomplished the task.  He was veteranized January 5, 1864, and was promoted to Orderly Sergeant.  He carried the regimental colors through the later battles of the war.  August 28, 1865, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant of Company F, Eighth Illinois Volunteers, and January 20, 1866, was made First Lieutenant of the same company, both having been issued by R. J. OglesbyMr. Groves was ordered for duty in Texas, and served there until finally discharged at Springfield, Illinois, in June, 1866, after a continuous service of five years and one month.  Just before the battle of Shiloh our subject went outside the lines to get squirrels for a sick comrade, and, while hunting, a rebel ordered him to drop his gun and proceeded to march him to Corinth.  On the way Mr. Groves put his hand in his pocket for tobacco, where he also had a loaded revolver, which he drew upon the rebel and turned the tables, marching him to General Leggett’s headquarters.  He then went back after the squirrels.  Mr. Groves took part in twenty-three battles in all, and was never wounded.
     In the fall of 1866 he went to Wisconsin, but two years afterward removed to Michigan, and in 1874 came to Cardington, Ohio.  In his political relations, he affiliates with the Republican party.  Socially, he is a member of the I. O. O. F., also of the Encampment and Rebekahs, is Commander of the James St. John Post, No. 82, G. A. R., and is a member of the U. V. L., No. 89, of Mount Gilead.
     Mr. Groves was married, in 1868, to Alvira Benson, who was born in Lincoln township, Morrow county, March 29, 1847, a daughter of Darius and Eliza A. (Warner) Benson.  Our subject and wife have four sons, ––Otto J., Arden B., George F. and Charles S.

Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 225-226
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