HISTORY OF PERRY COUNTY
SURNAMES BEGINNING WITH "G"
GALLAGHER, PETER, mine boss, Sheldon, Ohio. Was born February 15, 1845, in Athens county, Ohio, son of Peter and Bridget (Farrie) Gallagher. Was raised on a farm, and followed agricultural pursuits until 1861, at which time he enlisted in Company A, Sixty-third Regiment, O. V. I., under Captain Nathan Picket, for three years, or dur the war, and was engaged in the capture of Island Number Ten, bom- bardment of Fort Pillow, and under hot fire at New Madrid, serving eleven months, when he was discharged by reason of disability, caused by measles, whooping-cough and cold. After receiving his discharge he was unable, for two years, to engage in any kind of business; at this time he again engaged in farming, which he continued for about two years, since which he has been engaged as follows: Grading on Hocking Valley Railroad, taking charge of a squad of men for three or four months; laying track about six months; took charge of gravel train two months; foreman of laying iron three months; then took charge of railroad switch for the Straitsville Great Vein Coal and Iron Company for one year, at which time he gave up that position on account of the many miners' strikes, and mined for two years, when he went into grocery and provision store, continuing until the panic of 1872 and 1873, which obliged him to close up business, having largely credited customers; again engaged in mining for about one year, when he was elected Marshal of New Straitsville, serving three years, during which time he also was constable. Resigning his office at this time, he accepted the position of guard at Ohio Penitentiary, remaining about two years. Returning at this time, and engaged with the Consolidated Coal and Coke Company, which had charge of the Great Vein Coal and Iron Company's mine, at track laying, mining, and check weighman, for
one year. He was then appointed to his present position, mine boss. He was married November 10, 1874, to Miss Rosa McClain, born May 18, 1850, in Monday Creek township, this county, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Hoy) McClain, They are the parents of four children, viz.: James F., Charles L., Sarah T., and Maggie. GALLAGHER, M. J., proprietor American House, Somerset. Born September 28, 1858, in Reading township. His father, Charles E., was born in 1836, in St. Johns, New Brunswick. He came to this county in 1842. He was married November, 1857, to Miss Mary Dumolt, of Hocking county. She was born in 1834. They were the parents of eight children, six of whom are living. M. J. is the eldest. He and his sister came into the hotel November 22, 1880. In December the old people came to live with their children in the hotel. The father of the subject of this sketch died January 29, 1881. The hotel is still being run by M. J. Gallagher. His grandfather, Francis Gallagher, died March 25, 1881. GARRY, JACOB, postmaster, Maxville, Ohio. Was born in Reading township. Perry county, Ohio, November 11, 1835; son of Charles and Mary (Hontz) Garry. Brought up on a farm, and at the age of eighteen was apprenticed to the trade of shoemaker. Came to Maxville, Ohio, in 1862, where he has ever since resided. Enlisted May, 1864, in Company F, One Hundred and Sixtieth Regiment, O. N. G., and was honorably discharged from the same in September of the same year. Was appointed postmaster April 23, 1879, which position he has ever since filled with credit. Mr. Garry was married December, 1852, to Malinda, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Strohl) Bowman, to whom were born six children: Caramay, Ida Elizabeth, Amanda C., William E., Harvey F., Elmer E., the two oldest of whom have passed to the "bright beyond." Mr. Garry is one of the substantial citizens of Maxville, and can ever be found busy at the bench, plying his trade, in that village. GIBSON, MATHEW, track layer. New Straitsville Ohio. Was born January 17, 1849, in Northumberland, England; son of Mathew and Isabelle (Mason) Gibson. Was raised in a mining region, and began work about a mine at the age of nine years, and has given his attention to that business up to the present time. Emigrated to America in 1856, with his father, who, landing in New York, went to Mason City, Virginia, where he still lives, and has been engaged in mining. Mathew remained with his father until he was nineteen years of age, and was employed at Mason City about ten years, three months of which was for himself. Since that time he has been employed at the following places: Galva, Illinois, two months; again at Mason City about two years; Coalton, Kentucky, about eight months; returned to Mason City, and in September of 1871 went to Nelsonville, Athens county, Ohio, remaining only about two weeks; Lick Run about nineteen months. During his stay here he was married. May 19, 1872, to Miss Mary Ann Parker, who was born September 7, 1853, in Peach Orchard, on Big Sandy river near Catlettsburgh, Boyd county, daughter of Michael and Adortha (Natress) Parker. They are the parents of three children, viz.: John William, Ellen and Margaret. After his marriage he moved to Shawnee, Ohio. where he lived about five years, when he moved to
Knightsville, Indiana, remaining about six months, and returned to Shawnee, from where he moved in six months afterward, September. 1879, to this place, where he has remained up to this time and become a permanent citizen, owning his present place of abode, and upon which he has erected a neat cottage dwelling. Mr. Gibson is at this time a member of the Town Council. While living in Shawnee he held the office of Township Trustee for one term, and served as Street Commissioner also in that place. He is now Past Grand of the Kincaid Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Shawnee, Ohio. GOODLIVE, HENRY, deceased; was born July 8, 1808, in Switzerland, and died December 1, 1867. Mr. Goodlive was raised a farmer, and followed that business during his life. He was married October 8, 1830, to Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Good, who was born in January, 1812. They became the parents of twelve children, viz.: Martha, Catharine, Mary A., Jacob, George, Sarah A., Abraham, Elizabeth, Julia A., deceased, Matilda, Amanda and David L. In 1839 Mr. Goodlive came to Monday Creek township, which he afterward made his home up to the time of his death, and where his family still reside, upon a farm of eighty acres. GOODLIVE, ADAM, Monday Creek township, farmer, Maxville, Ohio; was born August 3, 1841, in this township; son of Abraham and Christina (Bear) Goodlive. Mr. Goodlive was raised on a farm, and has followed farming pursuits up to this time, except time spent in the military service. In October of 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Sixty-second Regiment, O. V. I., and participated in all the engagements of the Army of the Potomac. He retired from active service in July, 1862, and returned home. He was married December 24, l865, to Miss Martha Nunemaker, born April 1, 1840, daughter of Peter and Catharine (Hammer) Nunemaker, of Hocking county, Ohio, to whom were born four children, viz.: Charley, William H., Thomas H. and John S., all of whom are living. GORDON, JOSEPHUS, post office Rehoboth, farmer and stock raiser; born in Perry county in 1835; son of Samuel and Dorothy (Wells) Gordon, who emigrated here from Greene county, Pennsylvania, about the year 1834. They are of German and Irish parentage. The subject of this sketch was married in 1859 to Miss Harriet J. Kelly, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Shaw) Kelly. They are the parents of ten children, viz.: John E., Samuel C., George V., Mary E., Emma W., Maggie K., Joe M., Paul, Earl, James, deceased. GORDON, P. A., M. D., physician and surgeon, Junction City, Ohio, was born March 7, 1853, in Perry county; son of Basil and Margaret (Keeman) Gordon. His boyhood days were spent on a farm until the age of nineteen years; then taught school and attended normal school until twenty-five years of age, after which he took a course at the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati. Mr. Gordon located in Junction City in the spring of 1880, and at present writing has established a good practice. He was married April 6, 1880, to Miss Kate, daughter of Michael and Rebecca (Beckwith) Forquer. This union has been blessed with one child, viz.: Earl Augustine, born January 26, 1881. Mr. Gordon is employed by the B. & O. Relief Association, for medical and surgical assistance.
GORMLEY, JOHN E., book-keeper. New Straitsville, Ohio, was born April 9, 1850, in St. John's, New Brunswick; son of Patrick and Margaret (Denny) Gormley. While living at home his father moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1852, where they lived until John E. was fifteen years of age, when they moved to Columbus, Ohio, where John E. lived twelve years and engaged in business at the early age of sixteen years, with Miller, Green & Joyce, with whom he remained nine years, first a chore boy and assistant clerk, after which he was appointed entry clerk, book-keeper and cashier successively. He was next employed as book-keeper for the New York & Ohio Coal Company, with whom he remained one year, when he came to this place and took his present position. Mr. Gormley was married March 2, 1875, to Miss Belle M. Cushman, daughter of George W. and Belinda (Mitchell) Cushman. They are the parents of three children, viz.: Harry, Blanche and Grace. Mr. Gormley's father, Patrick Gormley, was born in 1816, in County Tyrone, Ireland, and emigrated to America in 1837, settling at St. John's, New Brunswick, where his family was born as above mentioned. But after living in Columbus for some length of time, he returned to Boston, Massachusetts, where he now lives. His mother, Margaret Denny, was born and raised in Londonderry, Ireland; was married in 1837, and died in Columbus, Ohio, February, 1870, where she is buried. GOULDING, JABEZ, miner, New Straitsville. He was born in Gurn- diffath, near Pontypool, Monmouthshire, in 1837; is a son of Samuel and Mary Goulding, natives of Gloucestershire, who settled in Gurn- diffath early in life, and raised nine children, six sons and three daughters. Mr. Goulding married Ruth Randall, July 27, 1866, and the same year moved to Glamorganshire, South Wales, where he was employed by the Greenhill, Church & Pentre Company to open a new mine called the Church mines, on the number three vein. He was employed by this company till 1869. In March, 1869, he started for America, arriving in New York, March 28th. He was first employed in the Potomac mines, on George Creek, Maryland. After four months work here he came to Jackson county, Ohio, where he located and sent for his family in South Wales. They arrived in this country in 1872, and after residing in Jackson county for eight years they moved to New Straitsville, where he engaged in the mining business, and success has attended him. GRANGER, GEORGE A., proprietor of the Merchant and Custom Mill, New Lexington, Ohio, was born January 25, 1842, in Suffield, Hartford county, Connecticut; son of Aratus K. and Cordelia M. (Hathaway) Granger. George A. was brought up on the farm, where he remained until he was twenty-one years of age, when he engaged in his present business. He came to this place in 1863; he erected his present mill building in 1879. Mr. Granger was married June 16, 1868, to Miss Josephine E., daughter of Abner M. and Margaret C. (Chapalier) White. They are the parents of one child---Joan, deceased. Mr. Granger's mill grinds about one hundred and fifty bushels of wheat per day the entire year. GRANT, JOHN A., farmer, Saltlick township; P. O., Shawnee, O.; was born August 15, 1828, in Fauquier county, Virginia; son of Samuel
and Maria (Hitch) Grant. Mr. Grant was raised a farmer, and has followed agricultural pursuits to the present time. Was brought to Ohio by his father in 1828, who first settled in Muskingum county, where he remained until 1835, when he came to Perry county, and settled upon the farm of one hundred and twenty acres, where Mr. Grant now resides. It was bought from Alvah Buckingham, who entered it. When he came, he had to build his cabin and clear the land, it being an entire wilderness. Here he lived until his death in September, 1861. By will of the father, John A. became owner of the farm by paying the stipulated sum of $900. John A. has added one hundred and twenty acres to his farm, and erected a fine frame dwelling. After the death of his father, John A. took care of his mother until her death in 1875. Mr. Grant served as Justice of the Peace of this township for eight years, and resigned one year before the closing of his last term. Was township clerk one year, and land appraiser in 1880. Mr. Grant was married October 13, 1853, to Margaret M., daughter of Robert and Margaret (McClelland) Adams of Clayton township, this county. They became the parents of two children, viz.: Robert F., married, and lives in Nebraska, and Samuel R. Mrs. Grant died December 21st, 1858. Mr. Grant was married the second time, January 10, 1861, to Jemima, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Watlin) Rockhold of Harrison township, Perry county, Ohio. They are the parents of six living children, viz.: Iva, Joshua T., Maria E., Earl C., Roscoe Conklin, and Mandie M., and one, deceased, Joseph Madison, died March 2d, 1875, aged eleven years and six months, with inflammation of brain and lungs. This was an exemplary boy, who was fond of the words of God, and became familiar with many passages; he was a regular church and Sunday school attendant; said he was going to Jesus, and prayed for his parents, brothers and sisters. His interest in the welfare of others was more than ordinary, even remarkable; his knowledge and manners would have adorned one of riper years, and will ever be a pleasant remembrance to his friends. Mr. Grant enlisted February 7, 1864, in Company A, Thirty-first O. V. I., for three years, or during the war, and served to the close of the war. Was engaged in the battles of Resaca, Buzzard Roost, Peachtree Creek, where he became disabled. Was sent to Louisville, Kentucky, where he was recruited and discharged, on his way to rejoin his regiment. GRIGGS, SAMUEL, born in New Jersey, November 19th, 1794; was a son of Daniel Griggs, and brother of John, Christopher and Joacum, the first and last named having died in Pennsylvania, while Christopher, when last heard from, was in Iowa. Samuel sent a substitute into the war of 1812, and in 1833, came in a two-horse wagon with his wife, who was Debby Fields, and their two children, John and Elizabeth, to Somerset, where they rested until they purchased the Henry Bowan farm, a few miles west of Somerset, now known as the Miles Dittoe farm, which he sold in less than three years; and after visiting Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, in search of another home, and finding no place that suited him, purchased the farm where he afterwards lived until his death, and where his only son, John Griggs, now resides, in the south-west corner of Reading township. Debby Fields, the wife
of Samuel Griggs, is a full cousin of the famous Cyrus W. Fields, thus connecting the name of Griggs with that of Fields. GRIGGS, JOHN, was born 1819, in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, and was therefore only fourteen years old when he came to Ohio, and seventeen when he began life where he now resides. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Lechrone, in March, 1843. Their children are Katharine E., wife of John Kerr, deceased, and who ended her widowhood by marriage to Joseph Newton Eyman. William Griggs was married to Miss Josephena D. Eyrnan, daughter of Bryan Eyrnan, Esq., and departed this life in 1881, leaving his wife, one son, and three daughters. Henry W. Griggs was married to Miss Ida Phillips, daughter of Mr. Reuben Phillips, and resides in Walnut township, Fairfield county; post office, Millersport. Watson Griggs was married to Mima M. Neely, daughter of John Neely, and resides on the home farm. The family is Scotch on the Griggs side, and English on the Fields side of its ancestry. Here lives John Griggs, independent as a sovereign, his gentle wife and aged mother comprising the household---that aged mother whose memory yet sparkles with gems of recollection, and whose dark eye flashes with thought. Her son John has added to his possessions the celebrated Lydey Rock farm, just one mile up the Wagner valley, from the Newark, S. & S. R. R., which contains a strong magnesian, chalybeate spring, three feet of iron ore, and a landscape wild and picturesque. GRIMES, F.M., farmer, Pleasant township; post office, Moxahala; he was born April 7, 1844; son of David and Nancy (Hollingshead) Grimes, both natives of this State. His grandparents were natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. F. M. Grimes was born on the farm on which he now resides, and his farm contains two hundred and twelve acres. He married Miss M. E. Buxton February 6, 1873; she was of Monroe township. They became the parents of three children, viz.; Burt, born Dec. 12, 1873; John, September 16, 1877; Grace, June 21, 1879. GREINER, H. C., dentist; Somerset; he was born in 1828 in Somerset. His father and mother were both born in Wurtemburg, Germany. The subject of this sketch went West in 1850, and came back in 1853, being inside that time one year in Dakota. He went into the army. Thirty-first O. V. I., in 1861; he enlisted as Lieutenant, and was promoted to a Captaincy. He resigned in 1863. He remained at home six months on account of sickness. He enlisted as Captain in the spring of 1864, and came back in the fall of 1864. The last time he was under General Thomas. Mr. Greiner was elected to the State Legislature in 1879. He is the author of the famous "Hawk Bill." He learned his profession since the war. He was married to Miss Mary P. Rankin of Brownsville, Licking county, Ohio. She was born in Muskingum county, Ohio. They are the parents of three children, two of whom are living: Caddie, Willie, (dead); John D.