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  GEORGE WILLIAM GATCHMr. 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 district judge.
     Elizabeth, became the wife of Aaron Matson.
     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 following children:
     Rachel, passed from this life at the age of twenty-two years.
     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 mention.
     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 Wallace B.
     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.
the librarian.*
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?
  ALLEN GLANCY.  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 family.
     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 church.
     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 distance.
     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, Ohio.
     Elmira (Thompson), deceased, and her daughter, Mrs. Frank Titus, resides at Batavia.
     Thomas, a contractor of Batavia, Ohio.
     Elizabeth, wife of Louis Rossell, of Dayton, Ohio.
     Keturah, who became the wife of Fred Gomien, of Batavia.
     Emma, who is the widow of John Gerber, of Dayton, Ohio.
     Anna, the wife of Major T. A. Fravell, of Dayton, Ohio.
     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 ethics.
     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 painting.
     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 Woman's Club.
     Mr. and Mrs. Glancy are consistent members of the Methodist church and are active in all church affairs.
     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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