History of Black Hawk County, Iowa - 1878 - G

Black Hawk County >> 1878 Index

History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878.

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Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

GARDNER, A. W., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. La Porte City; born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., Feb. 26, 1829; he emigrated to Licking Co., Ohio, in Sept. 1852, where he married Clarisa A. King Dec. 19, 1853; she was born in same county Dec. 12, 1832; Burton F. and Eugene A. are their living children. Mr. G. came to this county in June,1864, and in Dec., 1866, settled on his present estate, consisting of 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre. Held the offices of Assessor and Justice of the Peace, and has been otherwise prominently identified with the interests of the town and county.

GARDNER, GILSON, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. La Porte City; born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., in 1830, and emigrated to Licking Co., Ohio, in 1851, where he married Margaret Humphrey in 1855; she was born in same county in 1832; came to this county in 1855, and entered the land comprising his present estate, upon which he permanently settled with his family in 1860; his farm consists of 240 acres, valued at $46 per acre. Frank P., William T., Fred H., Numan A. and Birdie J. are their living children.

GARTON, THOS. H., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Nautrill; born in St. Joseph Co., Mich., in 1834. Married Margaret Pashby in 1857; she was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1840; have seven children - Ada F., Fred, Della P., Joe, William H., Nettie G. and Agnes v. Came to this county in the Spring of 1867, and settled on his present place, consisting of 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre.

GEORGE, JAMES S., County Superintendent of Schools; was born in Yorkshire, England, April 27, 1833; Mr. George, with his father, left England in June, 1836, arriving in Rockford, Ill., the following September; he was educated at Jubilee College, Peoria, Ill., after which he went to Ottawa, Ill., in the Fall of 1851, teaching school, and where he married Mary J. quirk May 8, 1861; she was born in Belvidere, N. J., Feb. 24, 1839; came to this county in 1856. Elected on the Republican ticket for County Superintendent.

GEORGE, JOHN S., farmer, S. 21; P. O. Waterloo; born in Marshall Co., Ill., Oct. 26, 1840. Married Susan Cox Sept. 2, 1872; she was born in Kane Co., Ill., Dec. 10, 1853; have two children - Walter and Lewis. Came to this State with his parents in 1856, and settled in Benton Co., where he enlisted in the 32d I. V. I., Co. D, July 6, 1862; participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain and Atlanta, and was with Sherman on his march to the sea; was honorably discharged in July, 1865, when he came to this county, and in 1872, settled on his present estate, valued at $1,000.

GEORGE, PATRICK, deceased, Sec. 21; born in Essex Co., Mass., in April, 1804. Married Elizabeth Miller in 1855; she was born in Virginia, Oct. 8, 1817; have two children - Phebe, born Dec. 11, 1856, and Mattie, born Aug. 4, 1860; came to this State and settled in Benton Co. in 1856; where they lived until 1866, when they came to this county and settled in the city of Waterloo, and in 1871, settled on their present farm, valued as $1,000; Mr. George died May 26, 1878 and was beloved by all who knew him.

GEYER, ADAM, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Naunell; born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1854, and in 1868, came to this county, living with his father until 1876, when he moved upon the present farm, which he carries on in connection with his brother, consisting of 160 acres of land.

GEYER, JOHN C., farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Nautrill; born in Germany in 1815, and married Margaret Smith in 1838; she was born in Germany in 1821. Came to this country in 1836, settling in New York City, and after seventeen years, removed to Columbus, Ohio, where he remained until he came to this county, and settled on his present estate of 120 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Andrew, George, Adam, Henry, Margaret, Kate, Susan and Ann are his living children; one died - John.

GIBBS, CHARLES, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Waterloo; born in England in 1830. Married Mary J. Joice March 17, 1856; she was born in England in 1839. Came to America in 1842, and settled in Onondaga Co., N. Y., where he lived until 1860, when he emigrated to this county, and settled o his present farm, consisting of 120 acres of land, valued at $37 per acre. Is one of the earliest settlers in this town, and both are members of the M. E. Church. Fred J. is their only child.

GIBSON, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Hudson; born in Ireland in 1834; he emigrated to this country and Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1850; to Iowa and on his present farm in the Fall of 1853. He was married in 1860 to Miss Mary Wheylen, from New York; they have seven children - Margaret, Mary E., Jennie, Lillie, William S., Dora and Charles. He has 547 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. He has held the offices of Justice of the Peace two years, Township Trustee four years, Township Treasurer one year, School Director six years, Road Supervisor ten years. Mr. Gibson made a trip to Kansas and Pike's Peak in 1858 and 1859. He was the first and only settler in Lincoln Tp. for twenty-seven years. He deals quite extensively in cattle, horses and hogs; he has 230 head of hogs at this time. In politics, Republican.

GIFFORD, DANIEL A., farmer, Sec. 3; born in Canada West in 1843, and came to this county in 1866, and settled in Poyner Tp., where he married Mary C. Fuller in 1872; she was born in Illinois in 1854, and have two children - Nora B. and Tabor B. Settled on his present farm in the Fall of 1877, consisting of 160 acres, valued at $35 per acre, where he has since made it his home.

GIGER, J. F., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Gilbertville; born in Perry Co., Ohio, in 1842; moved to Iowa, and Tama Co., in 1851; to his present location in 1875. He was married in 1869 to Miss M. Winset, from Indiana; they have had one child - Regina, born Aug. 28, 1872. Mr. G. enlisted in the 44th I. v. I., Co. G, in the Spring of 1864; mustered out in the Fall of 1864. He has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,000. Has held the office of Township Assessor the past two years, School Director two years. Mr. G. took a regular classic course at Cornell College, Linn Co., Iowa; graduated in 1869.

GILBERT, FRANK, farmer, Sec. 4; born in Vermont in 1837, and emigrated to the West in 1853, and settled in Kendall Co., Ill. Married Henrietta Collins in 1866; she was born in Kendall Co., Ill., in 1846; children - Seth, Harriet A., Catherine R., Francis, Edward and Harvey. In 1861, he enlisted in the 10th I. V. I., Co. H, and served three years; participated in battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson and others, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Settled on his present farm in 1877, where he has 160 acres of land under cultivation.

GILBERT, G. W., dealer in dry goods; born in Tioga Co., N. Y., July 10, 1833. Married Sarah M. Jenks, April 12, 1858, who was born in Worcester, Mass. Emigrated to Fort Dodge in the Fall of 1855; the following year, he went to Algona, Iowa, and in the Fall of 1857, went to Waverly, N. Y., where he married; came to this city in in Aug., 1858.

GILCHRIST, J. C., Principal of the Iowa Normal School; born May 20, 1832, in Allegheny City, Penn.; in 1837, came to Trumbull Co., Ohio; in 1851, attended the Poland Institute in Mahoning Co., Ohio; remained there till 1853, then taught school about two years; in 1855, attended the Antioch College, Ohio, and continued for two years; since 1857, he has been teaching continuously; in June, 1876, he was chosen Principal of the Iowa State Normal School; was three years County Superintendent of Washington Co., Penn.; then Principal of the Southwestern State Normal School at California, Washington Co., Penn.; then Principal of the State Normal School at Fairmont, West Va. He helped to recruit a company in California, Penn., and spent about one year recruiting and assisting the government. Married Hannah Cramer in 1858; she was born April 1, 1835, in Hubbard, Trumbull Co., Ohio; had ten children, six living - Cleland, Maud, Willard C., Fred C., Grace, and infant daughter. Are members of the M. E. Church.

GILLEY, THOMAS, farmer, Secs. 23 and 24; P. O. Gilbertville; born in Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1845; moved with his parents to Iowa and this county in 1856; settled on his present farm in 1873. He was married in 1873, to Miss Aggie Schroeder from New York; she died in 1876. He lives with his brother Michael, on Sec. 2; he has ninety-four acres of land, valued at $3,000. His family were among the earliest settlers of the county; his father died in 1862; his mother still lives, and makes her home at Gilbertville.

GILLIN, E., Mrs., farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Hudson; she was born in Bedford Co., Penn., Jan. 29, 1826; she moved with her parents to Cambria Co., Penn., in 1840. She was married in 1846 to John Gillin, from Pennsylvania; he was one of the seven children born on the ocean on the passage from Ireland to this country July 18, 1818; he died Oct. 1, 1865; she moved with family to Linn Co., Iowa, in 1867; to her present farm in 1870; she has had ten children - Samuel B., Robert J., John E., Alexander S., Mary C., Martha M., William S., Mesach, Frances Jane and Charles W.; they have 140 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Her son, Mesach, died. John E. is a physician and located at Reinbeck, Grundy Co. Alexander S. teaches school. Samuel is a farmer in Linn Co. The other boys remain at home. She is a member of the German Baptist Church.

GNAGEY, JOSEPH D., far., S. 5; P. O. Waterloo; born in Somerset Co., Penn., Nov. 28, 1854, where he married Anna Blough June 5, 1876; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., Dec. 3, 1853; they emigrated to Carroll Co., in the Fall of 1876, and to this county on June 25, 1877. Members of the German Baptist Church.

GOLINVANE, MARY B., Mrs., farmer, S. 21; P. O. Gilbertville; she was born in France Feb. 10, 1827. She was married to August Golinvean April 15, 1850. They emigrated to this country, arriving in New Orleans in July, 1854; left New Orleans in 1857 and came to Iowa, and Dubuque, where they lived eleven years; settled on their present farm in March, 1868; they have had nine children - Joseph P., Mary P., Lewis J., Emele P., Gust. D., August, Mary M., Julia, Eugene, Mary P.; Eugene and Joseph P., died. Mr. Golinvean died Aug. 31, 1870. The estate contains 400 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre. They age members of the Catholic Church.

GRAHAM, ALEX., merchant and custom milling; resides on South Main street; born April 6, 1816, in Utica, N. Y.; in 1820, came to Cortland Co., N. Y., with his parents; in 1837, located in Tompkins Co., N. Y., and commenced a general merchandise business; in1858, removed to Janesville, Wis., and came to Cedar Falls in 1876,and established his present business. Was married in September, 1842, to Miss Abigail M., daughter of Gen. Martin Keep, of New York; she was born in April, 1816, in Homer, N. Y.; had three children; lost Richard M. in 1846, aged two years; William R,. and Kate M. (now Mrs. Cook). W. R. enlisted in 1861 in Co. E, 3d Wis. Cav.; served about ten days; was promoted to Col. Barstow's staff, then transferred to the line and attached to Co. G as Lieutenant Commanding; he was then 18 years of age. He was a graduate of the Michigan State University, and admitted to the bar in Janesville, Wis.

GRAHAM, HENRY, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Waterloo born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., in 1836; he emigrated to Iowa, and on his first farm in 1855. He was married in 1864 to Miss Mary Gibbs, from New York; they have four children - Frances O., Ida, Carrie and Lewis; Frances and Ida are dead. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $4,000. They are members of the Methodist Church. They were among the earliest settlers in the township. His nearest market was Independence. Politics, Republican.

GREEN, LIONEL, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Lester; owns 160 acres of land, probable value $3,200; he was born June 4, 1814, in Leicester, England, and emigrated with his parents (George and Sarah Green) to the United States, arriving in New York City in Sept., 1836; his father was engaged in general grocery business in England, and previous to their coming to this country, he took his family to France, and traveled through a great portion of that country. At a place near Paris, he met with some Americans, who advised him to come to this country, and on receiving letters of introduction to some parties in New York City from friends in Havre de Grace, he sailed from the last mentioned port for the United States; on arriving in New York, he started at once to Milwaukee, Wis., where he still lives. Lionel lived in Milwaukee until 1843, and then went to Naperville, Ill., where he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, and followed that business until 1852, when he went to California, arriving in "Hangtown" in Sept. of the latter year; he worked at mining until Dec., 1853; went thence to San Francisco, where he sailed, via Panama, to New York City; thence to Naperville, Ill. He was married Dec. 30, 1846, to Polly Ann, daughter of Roswell and Hulda Hyde, of Naperville, Ill.; she was born Dec. 4, 1824, in Cattaraugus Co., N. Y.; they have six children - George L., born Sept. 25, 1847; Harriet N., Nov. 26, 1849; Edgar, June 8, 1858; Ida, Aug. 11, 1860; Adelaide, April 5, 1863, and Lydia, July 6, 1865. In May, 1855, Mr. Green came to Black Hawk Co., and settled in Lester Tp.; there was only one house between the place where he now resides and Independence; they were obliged to drive stakes to serve as guideposts to and from Waterloo; no schools, roads or bridges in those days; he says that game abounded in this county at that time, and deer tracks were to be seen all around the country. In politics, he is a Republican, and was Justice of the Peace two years, Township Clerk one term, School Director two or three terms, and Road Supervisor three or four terms. He is a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church.

GRIFFITH, M. C., farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Waterloo; born in Montgomery Co., Nov. 28, 1843; he moved with his parents to Ohio in 1855; to Rock Co. Wis., in 1857; to Iowa and on his present farm in 1871. He was married in 1869 to Miss Isabel Chambers, from Lancaster City, Penn.; she was born Aug. 8, 1843; they have three children - John H., born March 9, 1872; Charles C., born June 3, 1874; William H., born April 27, 1876. He has eighty acres of land, valued at $2,000. In politics he is Republican. He has held the office of Road Supervisor one year. They are members of the Congregational Church. He is adding many fine improvements to his farm.