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History of Hocking Valley, Ohio -
Published Chicago:
by Inter-State Publishing Co.
1883
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  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JOHN GALLAGHER, policeman of the C., H. V. & T. R. R., at Logan, was born in Green Township, Hocking County, July 7, 1846, son of Peter and Nancy (O'Brine) Gallagher.  He was reared on a a farm, receiving his education in the common schools.  He remained at home three or four years after becoming of age.  He pursued farming till 1878 when he was appointed one of the guards of the Ohio Penitentiary at Columbus.  In 1880 he resumed farming, but in 1881 was appointed to his present position by Governor Foster.  Feb. 11, 1868, he married Miss Anna Wright, of Logan.  They have five children - Nannie, Susie, Ella, Katie and John.  Mr. Gallagher  is a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Logan.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 951
  Laurel Twp. -
JOHN GEIGER,
a native of Maryland, born in the city of Baltimore, Dec. 19, 1810, was a son of John Geiger, a native of France.  In 1821 his parents came to Ohio and located in Morgan County, where he was reared.  He was married when twenty-seven years of age to Mary T. Busgoon.  They have six children - James, Phillip, William, Mary Ann, Julian and FrancisMr. Geiger came to Laurel Township in 1848 and located on section 24, where a good residence and farm buildings.  Politically he is a Democrat.  He has been Justice of the Peace six years.  He is a member of the Catholic church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1136
  Laurel Twp. -
JOEL GIBISON is a native of Monmouth County, N. J., born Sept. 22, 1807, a son of Samuel and Mary (Hendrickson) Gibison.  When he was eleven years old his parents came to Ohio and located in Pickaway County.  In 1826 he came to Laurel Township and in 1849 bought the farm where he now resides.  He married March 13, 1828, to Elizabeth Friend, of this county.  They had three children - Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Eliza.  He was married to his second wife, Mrs. Susan Judy in 1836.  She died in 1872.  March 7, 1875, he married Almira Keller, of this township.  They have three children - William, Nevada and Joel.  Mr. Gibison is politically a Republican, and has served his township as Constable, Township Trustee, Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.  He is a member of the United Brethren Church.  He has seventy-three acres of fine, well cultivated land.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1136
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
HENRY GOMPF, gardener, was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, April, 25, 1839.  When ten years old he emigrated with his parents to the United States, they settling in Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio.  He left home at the age of eighteen, and worked in the garden of his brother-in-law,  Georg Saurbrunn, at Circleville, for two years, when he became a gardener for himself at Circleville, remaining there till September, 1862.  He then enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to serve three years.  He participated in many battles, among which were the battles of Chickasaw, Champion Hills and the charge on Vicksburg, May 22, 1863.  After being discharged in 1865, he returned to Circleville, and soon after removed to Decatur, Ill., where he engaged in gardening, but not meeting with success he abandoned it, and was variously employed in different places until 1873.  In that year he came to Logan, and engaged in his present business as a gardener, where he is meeting with success, having procured for himself and family a pleasant and substantial home.  He was married Apr. 8, 1861, to Miss Christian Loel, of Waverly.  She died in September, 1872, leaving two children - Edward Frederick and Samuel John.  He again married Jan. 8, 1873, Charlotta (Miller) Sanner, by whom he has had five children - Louisa, Frank, Clara, William and Robert.  He and wife are members of the Lutheran Trinity Church of Logan, of which he is Elder.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 952
  Ward Twp. -
S. M. GORDECKE
was born at Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 28, 1854, and is a son of W. and Isabella Gordecke.  His mother is now making her home with him.  She is sixty-one years old.  Mr. Gordecke was educated in the common schools of Ohio, and at the age of fourteen went into business.  He is a business young man and is at present chief clerk and general manager of the company store at Longstreth.  He has one of the best stores in the State of Ohio, and does a cash business of about $60,000 a year.  He was married Feb. 16, 1876, to Lutie J. Clark They have three children - Nettie, Bersie and Susie.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1018
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
DAVID GOSS, cabinet-maker and undertaker, fourth son of Martin and Margaret (Strong) Goss, was born near Lancaster, Pa., Mar. 27, 1813.  When he was two years of age, his parents came Mar. 27, 1813.  When he was two years of age, his parents came to Hocking County, Ohio, and settled near Millville, where he lived until manhood working on a farm and attending the common school.  He began working at the cabinet trade when a boy, and when twenty-one years old opened a shop near Millville, where he worked three years.  In 1837, he purchased the farm where he now resides, and worked at his trade until 1882.  He has preserved measures of 2,500 coffins made by him during the time he has been engaged in the business.  Apr. 8, 1846, he married Magdalena, daughter of Frederick and Leah (Fought) Friesner, of Hocking County.  They had ten children, five living - Martin of Hocking County; Ellen, wife of John Evans; Effie, Ida, and Edward at home.   Israel died in infancy; Simeon, at eight years of age; Mary, at four years of age.  Frederick was drowned in Hocking River, June 4, 1865, aged thirteen years; and Emma, June 3, 1878, in her twentieth year.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mrs. Goss was born Mar. 18, 1827, and died July 22, 1871.  She was a member of the Albright church.  He and his daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 952
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
MARTIN GOSS, farmer, cabinet-maker and undertaker, son of David and Magdalena (Fiesner) Goss, was born in Falls Township, Hocking Co., Jan. 5, 1847, and lived with his parents until manhood.  During his boyhood he worked for wages, and received a common school education.  At the age of seventeen years his father put him to work in his cabinet shop, where he remained until twenty-two years of age.  In February, 1869, he purchased the farm where he resides, and has carried on farming in connection with his cabinet and undertaking business.  He has preserved memoranda of his work, and has made 200 coffins.  He has the most beautiful location and residence in the county.  Oct. 8, 1868, he married Lucinda A., daughter of George and Annamary (Pontius) Hansel, who was born Dec. 10, 1847.  They had one daughter - Mary Magdalena, who died in infancy.  They have an adopted daughter - Emma J. Goss.  He and wife are members of the United Brethren church.  He is Class-leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Superintendent of the Sabbath-school.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 953
  Starr Twp. -
ALFORD GRAY, section 33, Starr Township, was born in Fairfield County, Conn., Jan. 14, 1809.  His father, Eli Gray, brought his family to the head of Seneca Lake in New York State in 1818, and to Tioga County, Pa., in 1820, and there settled in a wilderness.  Our subject came to Hocking County in 1853 for his health, and has since resided here.  He was married Feb. 18, 1830, to Anna, daughter of Ira Pettibone.  They have seven children - Alva, Aurinda, Aaron, Albert, Adaline, Dexter and Marietta.  Mrs. Gray was reared within twenty miles of that battle-ground.  Mr. Gray's Grandfather Wood was also a Revolutionary solder, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis and saw a colored man step up to the former and hold the following interview:  "Is this General Cornwallis?"  "Yes," said Cornwallis, bowing very low.  "But it must be 'Cornwallis now, 'case General Washington has shelled all de cohn off," replied the darky earnestly.  One daughter of Mr. Gray, Adaline, married Napoleon Stout, and had three children - Frank M., Frederick A. and Edward A.  Marietta married William Dishennet and had two children, one living - Anna M.  Mr. Dishennet's first wife was Eliza A. Harter.  They had one child - George L.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1051
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
LEWIS GREEN was born near St. Joseph, Perry Co., Ohio, Nov. 24, 1837.  He was married June 24, 1873, to Annie McFadden, of Somerset, Ohio.  In 1867 Mr. Green assisted in establishing the New Lexington Herald, and continued as its editor and proprietor till 1881.  From 1870 till 1873 he was editor and proprietor till 1881.  From 1870 till 1873 he was Representative from Perry County to the State Legislature, elected on the Democratic ticket.  In 1872 he purchased Hocking Sentinel, and removed to Logan in 1873.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 953
  Benton Twp. -
P. J. GREEN, M. D., son of  John and Catharine (Darwin) Green, was born Feb. 17, 1817, in Enniskillen, Fermanagh County, Ireland, and came to the United States with his parents in 1829.  they came to Ohio in 1832, locating first in Muskingum County, and in the spring of 1833 moved to Perry County.  His father gave him the benefit of a liberal education, intending to fit him for his father's plans, and so, when nineteen years of age left home to take care of himself.  In the fall of 1837 he entered to Cincinnati Medical College and attended three sessions, graduating in 1839.  He was clerk on the river steamer Tuscarawas for four years and a half, and was on board at the time it was blown up with gun-powder.  He then went to Cuba, but did not remain long, returning via New Orleans to Perry County, where he taught school twelve months.  Sept. 3, 1845, he married Asenath Dollison and moved to Muskingum County, where he taught school and reviewed his medical studies three years.  In October, 1849, he came to Hocking County and entered upon the practice of his profession in Logan.  After a residence there of two years he went to New Mt. Pleasant, where he remained eight years.  He then went to Kingsville, Ross County, but in 1860 left there and came to Bloomingville, where he still resides.  He has, by close application to his profession, acquired a large and lucrative practice.  Dr. Green has reared a family of seven children, six now living.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1095
  Washington Twp. -
JOHN GRIFFIN was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., Aug. 2, 1816, a son of John Griffin, a native of the same county, born July 26, 1768.  His grandfather, Patrick Griffin, was a native of Ireland, born in 1746, and came to America when a young man.  He died in 1834.  His wife, Margaret (Allgire) Griffin, died in 1840, aged eight-six years.  John Griffin, Sr. was married when twenty-six years of age to Susan Herring, a daughter of John and Christia Ann Herring.  She was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., Dec. 8, 1798.  They had a family of eleven children, all but one living till maturity.  Three sons and two daughters are still living.  Mr. Griffin died Nov. 11, 1854, and Mrs. Griffin, Aug. 24, 1868.  John Griffin, Jr., lived on a farm till he was eighteen years old, and then went to learn the blacksmith's trade, working two and a half years for George Albert, of Youngstown, Pa.  He was then variously employed till his marriage.  In 1839 he came to Ohio and bought eighty acres of land in Salt Lick Township, Perry County, but did not settle in Ohio till 1848.  May 27, 1849, he married Catharine Sowers, a daughter of John and Catharine Sowers.  She is a native of Frederick County, Md., born Mar. 14, 1819.  The summer after his marriage Mr. Griffin worked on a farm and the next winter at his trade.  In the spring of 1850 he settled on his farm, moving into a little log cabin, where he lived five years.  Apr. 3, 1855, he came to Hocking County, and bought the farm of 165 acres where he now lives.  In August, 1878, he had his barn and all its contents destroyed by fire; value, $1,200, insured for $700.  Mr. and Mrs. Griffin have five children - John Alexander, born Oct. 21, 1854; James Augustus, Apr. 17, 1856; Susan Agnes and Mary Ann (twins), Nov. 7, 1857; Peter Franklin.  Oct. 30, 1860. Mrs.. Griffin's mother died when she was four years old, and she with a younger sister was reared by her grandfather, Michael Lutz.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1077
  Marion Twp. -
NOAH GRIMMfarmer, second son of Jacob and Margareat (Holt) Grimm, was born in Rush Creek Township, Fairfield County, Jan. 18, 1822.  His parents came from the Shenandoah Valley, Va., to Ohio in 1818, and first settled on Rush Creek.  He lived with his parents until eighteen years of age.  At eighteen years of age he was apprenticed to Jacob Beery, to learn the carpenter and joiner's, also cabinet-maker's, trade.  He worked at the trade a few months when his health failed and he returned to his father's and worked on the farm two years.  He then worked at his trade till 1848.  From 1848 till 1860 he was engaged in milling.  He then returned to his father's farm and three years later sold his interest and purchased the farm where he now resides.  He served as Assesor of Marion Township one year.  Sept. 21, 1851, he married Nancy, daughter of John and Aseneth (Speer) Hamilton, of Hocking County, by whom he has five children - Aseneth, wife of Baxter M. Shaw, of Neosho County, Kan.; Israel, a machinist of Indianapolis, Inc.; Sarah A., Amos and Phoebe, at home.  John died aged twenty-three years, Jacob aged eight years and William in infancy.  His wife died Oct. 7, 1882, aged fifty-six years.  She was a member of the German Baptist church.  He is a member of the same church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1152

Jas. R. Grogan
Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
HON. JAMES RAYMOND GROGAN, attorney at law at Logan, was born at Lockport, N. Y., Oct. 20, 1825.  When one year old his parents, Thomas and Ruth (Bowes) Grogan, removed to Ohio, and settled near Straitsville, Perry County.  He received an elementary education in the district schools, but obtained the greater part of  his education in the district schools, but obtained the greater part of his education by private study and at the Dominican Convent school of St. Joseph, Perry County, under the tutorship of Rev. Father James Whalen.  During the winters of 1845-'46 he taught school, and in 1846 began the study of law, which he pursued at intervals until he was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1849, but did not commence the practice of his profession till 1855, in which year he established himself permanently at Logan.  In April, 1847, he was employed in the Quartermaster's Department of the United States Army, under Captain Webster, and served during the Mexican war, being stationed near Puebla, Mexico.  After the war he returned to Ohio, and during the winters of 1848-'49 he taught school at Gore, Hocking County.  In October, 1849, he was elected Recorder of Hocking County, and re-elected in 1852, serving six years.  In 1857 he became the proprietor and editor of the Hocking Sentinel, a Democratic paper, which he disposed of in 1859, since when he was appointed Chairman of the Military Committee of Hocking County by George Todd, and aided in raising and organizing companies for the Union service, which position he held till the close of the war.  In 1864 he was appointed Mayor of Logan to fill a vacancy, and was re-elected in 1865-'66.  In August, 1866, he was appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Hocking County, to fill a vacancy.  In 1879 he added to his law business that of real estate.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 953
  Starr Twp. -
HENRY GROVES, section 19, Starr Township, was born in Morgan County, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1835.  He was reared on the farm and received a common-school education.  He came with his parents to this township in April, 1856.  He was married Apr. 23, 1863, to Mary A. Rose, daughter of Rev. William Rose, a Baptist preacher (old school), who was born in Pennsylvania in 1794.  They have had eight children, seven now living - James W., Clarinda, Parthena, Ida B., Jesse B., William N. and Frank L.  One son, Alfred, died at the age of five years.  Mr. Groves owns 177 acres of valuable land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising.  On his farm there are two strata of coal, one four feet and the other six feet in thickness.  Mrs. Groves is a member of the Bible Christian church at Mount Zion.  Henry Groves (deceased), the father of the above, was born in Hampshire County, Va., Dec. 7, 1795.  At the age of sixteen years he began to learn the tanner's trade, which he followed for a few years.  In 1825 he came to Morgan County, Ohio, and to Starr Township in April, 1856.  He was married in 1819 to Rebecca Devault, a daughter of Andrew Devault.  She was born June 16, 1795.  They had ten children, six now living - Mary, Eli, Elizabeth, Eliza, Henry and Margaret E.  Mr. Groves was for many yeas a member of the Protestant Methodist church.  He died June 21, 1869, respected by all.  Mrs. Groves' nephew, Andrew Jackson Devault, has resided with the family for the past thirty-nine years, and now resides with Henry Groves.  He was born in June, 1829, and has been a cripple since he was twenty-one months old.  Mrs. Groves died in 1869.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1051
  Starr Twp. -
J. FOREMAN GUTHRIE,
section 34, Starr Township, was born in Fayette County, Pa., Nov. 2, 1851.  His father, Absalom Guthrie (deceased), was a native of Preston County, Va., and brought his family to Starr Township in March, 1866.  There were eleven children in the family, our subject being the fifth.  Nine are now living - Isaac, Mary F., Rachel A., James M., J. Foreman, Martha, Virginia A., Sarah L., and William N.  The father died in February, 1869.  Our subject was married Dec. 27, 1881, to Hannah Grimes, daughter of Josiah Grimes, of Perry County, Ohio.  They have one child - Charles W.  Mr. Guthrie owns 300 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising.  He also deals extensively in stock.  Mrs. Guthrie was born Jan. 6, 1859, in Perry County.  Her grandfather, John Grimes, settled there fifty-five years ago.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1052

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