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WILLIAM GATCH. Mr. George William Gatch,
one of the native sons of Clermont county, who has
sought occupation in other fields, is a mail carrier of
Cincinnati, residing on Cleveland avenue, Milford, Ohio.
He is a son of Rev. George Gatch and was born on
the old Gatch farm, near Milford, Ohio, Nov. 6,
1842. He is also a grandson of the Rev. Philip
Gatch, whose life record appears in these volumes.
The children of the Rev. Philip Gatch were:
Precosia, whose first marriage was to Mr.
Garland. She was again married to a Mr. Osburn.
Conduce, married Peggy McGrew.
Thomas, married first, Miss Barber,
and second, Miss Lucinda McCormick.
George, married Sarah Jones.
Ruth, married Michael Swing, and a
son of theirs, Philip B., became United States
Elizabeth, became the wife of Aaron
Philip, first married Miss Dimmitt,
and second Miss Susan Ulrey.
George Gatch the father of our subject,
was born on a farm near Fredericksburg, Va., and was two
years of age when his father, the Rev. Philip
Gatch, came to Ohio, making the trip from
Pittsburgh to Cincinnati on a flat boat. He was
reared and educated in the schools of Clermont county,
where the family finally located, and when quite young
began his life in the ministry as a circuit rider.
He married Miss Sarah Jones and
settled on the “Old Gatch Farm,” becoming
a local preacher. He was the father of the
Rachel, passed from this life at the age of
Elizabeth, died in early life.
Virginia, married Charles J. Buckingham,
and died in 1868, at the age of thirty-five years.
Precosia, passed away in early life.
George William, the subject of this
Mahala, married Charles J. Buchingham,
and died when a young woman, leaving two children.
Samuel, married Lillian Wiggs.
They live in Los Angeles, Cal., and have one child.
George William Gatch grew to young
manhood on the home farm and received a good common
school education, learning the details of farm life.
Nov. 30, 1871, he was united in marriage to Mary E.
Boyer, of Milford, who is a daughter of Thomas
Wallace and Eunice (Condit) Boyer. They have
had two children born to their union:
Fannie B. is at home.
George W., married Miss Emma Vogt, and is
a farmer of
Montana. They have two sons, George Albert and
From the “Old Gatch Farm,” George William
inherited one hundred and sixty-six acres on which was
the house built by his grandfather, Rev. Philip Gatch,
and was the first frame building in this part of the
country. It was used as a meeting place for the
Methodists believers and sheltered many of the circuit
riders of that day. In 1885, Mr. Gatch sold
all of this farm with the exception of forty-six acres
surrounding the home, and in the same year received an
appointment as carrier of the mail in Cincinnati, and is
still in the service.
Mr. Gatch was reared a Republican, but
has taken no active
part in politics. He and his charming wife are
active members of the Methodist church of which Mrs.
Gatch has taught in the Sunday school for many
years, and has been most successful in this line of
church work, she being popular with the young people.
In 1867, Mr. Gatch became a member of the
Free and Accepted Masons, of Milford, Ohio, and has
filled all the chairs of his local lodge. In the
latter years of the late war he joined the army,
enlisting in Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-third Ohio
volunteer infantry, and was in
the service of his country until the close of the war.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio
- Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 466
* Sharon Wick's Note: 'the librarian' is typed as it is
in the above mentioned Volume II. It's possible
that he was a librarian in his Company?
It is always of interest to the reader of history to
examine into the life records of pioneer families, to
note those qualities of enterprise, sound judgment and
unwavering integrity which have been characteristic of
those sturdy men and women of the early days, who have
left comfortable homes in settled communities to brave
the uncertain elements and conditions of a new country.
It is of great interest to note how those courageous men
and women met and conquered the obstacles and
difficulties that arise in the daily life of the pioneer
Allen Glancy is a scion of one of the most
notable of the early families of Clermont county, and is
numbered among the oldest residents of Batavia, Ohio,
where for the past forty-two years he has conducted a
general merchandise store in his present location.
Mr. Allen Glancy was born in Batavia township,
one mile from Batavia, and his parents were William
and Hester (Fitzwater) Glancy.
The paternal grandfather of the subject of this
mention, James Glancy, was born in Pennsylvania
in 1791, and upon the death of his parents, he and his
sister, Elizabeth, became the wards of their
father's elder brother, Jesse Glancy, who came to
Clermont county in 1805 from Harrisburg, York county,
Pennsylvania, settling on a large tract of land around
what is now known as Williams's Corners, in
Stonelick township. After James had reached
his majority, his uncle, Jesse Glancy, settled
him on a fine tract of land in Temples's survey,
No. 4459, in Batavia township, which was later occupied
by his son, William. James Glancy was
united in marriage to Amanda Ashton, whose family
were early settlers of Montgomery, Ohio. She bore
him three sons and two daughters, William, Thomas,
Joseph, Rachel (McAfee) and Elizabeth (Maham),
all of whom are deceased. James Glancy
passed from this life in 1839, highly esteemed and
respected by all who knew him.
William Glancy was born on the old home farm two
miles north of Batavia, in the year of 1812, and grew to
young manhood upon his father's farm. After his
marriage, he rented the farm on which Allen was
born, following which he purchased the interests of the
other heirs in the old homestead, and there resided
until his death, which occurred in 1891. He
followed the occupation of general farming, in
connection with which he also worked at the brick laying
trade, erecting many fine buildings and homes in the
county. In politics, William Glancy was a
Democrat, and although he did not aspire to office,
served as trustee for many years. In religion, he
was at one time a member of the Christian Union church,
but mainly favored the belief of the Methodist Episcopal
Hester (Fitzwater) Glancy was born in 1824, two
miles east of Batavia, and was a daughter of Elias
and Elizabeth (Davidson) Fitzwater, the latter being
a daughter of General Davidson, a pioneer of
Clermont county, and the former accompanied his father
to Clermont county from Pennsylvania, driving the entire
To the union of William and Hester (Fitzwater)
Glancy were born eleven children:
Allen, our subject.
Amanda, who became the wife of William Kirby,
of Dayton, Ohio.
Melvin, deceased, whose family live at Dayton,
Elmira (Thompson), deceased, and her daughter,
Mrs. Frank Titus, resides at Batavia.
Thomas, a contractor of Batavia, Ohio.
Elizabeth, wife of Louis Rossell, of
Keturah, who became the wife of Fred Gomien,
Emma, who is the widow of John Gerber, of
Anna, the wife of Major T. A. Fravell, of
Elbert C., of Dayton, married a daughter
of Judge Ashburn, of Batavia.
Mellie, died in infancy.
Allen Glancy passed through the years of his
boyhood and youth on his father's farm, no event of
special importance occurring to vary the routine of farm
life. He attended the schools of Batavia and
having displayed considerable artistic talent during his
early years, upon the completion of his course of study
at the high school, entered the T. C. Lindsay Art
School, of Cincinnati, where he studied landscape work
in oil. He has an extensive collection of his
work, although he has sold paintings in many cities in
various parts of the country. He has exhibited at
the National exhibits of Cincinnati and Atlanta, Ga.,
and while on one of his trips of Georgia, he made a
splendid painting of old Andersonville prison, which
excited considerable favorable comment from art critics.
However, the artistic talent of Mr. Glancy has in
no way interfered with his business activity, and he has
enjoyed a trade that is indicative of his excellent
business capacity, His straightforward methods,
and his conformity to a high standard of commercial
On the 24th of March, 1864, Mr. Glancy was
united in the holy bonds of wedlock to Miss Jennie
McColm, the ceremony being solemnized at Owensville,
Clermont county, Ohio. Miss McColm was born
at Rushville, Ind., in the year of 1843, and her parents
were John and Nancy (Wilson) McColm, the latter a
daughter of a Revolutionary soldier and a major of that
war. Nancy Wilson was born in Vermont in
1812, and her forebears came over in the Mayflower,
landing at Plymouth. Her death occurred in 1850,
at the age of thirty-nine years. The McColm
family are of Scotch lineage, John McColm being
born in North Carolina in 1796, two years after his
father James McColm, came to America from
Scotland. James McColm later removed to
Adams county, Ohio, where he resided until his death.
Several of the men of the McColm family for
generations have been ministers. John McColm
was a farmer by occupation, living in Jackson township,
Clermont county, and was one of the pioneers in the
Methodist church in this section of the State. His
death occurred in 1852. To the union of John
and Nancy (Wilson) McColm were born five children,
Mrs. Glancy, E. W. McColm, of Carthage, Ill., and
David, Louise and Albert, deceased.
Mrs. Glancy was reared and has resided her life
thus far in Clermont county. She and her husband
have traveled life's journey together for nearly fifty
years, their life being one) of extreme harmony.
Their union has been blessed with one child, a son,
Homer B., lieutenant-colonel of the First
regiment, Ohio National Guards, residing at Batavia,
Ohio. He enlisted as a soldier in the
Spanish-American war, and was made sergeant of the First
regiment. After the close of the war, he organized
a company of Ohio National guards at Batavia, of which
he was elected captain, and was later promoted to the
office of lieutenant-colonel. He is a member of
the Masonic fraternity. Homer B. Glancy
chose for his life's companion, Miss Bessie Denham,
of Indiana. Her mother was a daughter of Henry
Lindsay, of Clermont county.
In political matters, Mr. Clancy is a Democrat,
though not in the light of an office seeker, prefering
to devote his time and attention to his business and his
Socially, Mr. Glancy has held membership for
thirty-five years with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and has satisfactorily filled the office of
treasurer of Batavia lodge, No. 136. Both he and
Mrs. Glancy is a charger member of the Batavia
Mr. and Mrs. Glancy are consistent members of
the Methodist church and are active in all church
The cause of moral development in his community is of
deep and sincere interest to Mr. Glancy, and
matters of public welfare elicit his attention.
His co-operation is given to every movement which he
believes will prove of definite and immediate service or
of permanent good.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio
- Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 428
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