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GARLAND, James of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

James Garland, farmer, P.O. Vera Cruz, son James and Susanna Garland, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1826. When sixteen years old, he came to this country, to Adams County, Ohio, where he worked at farming. He was married in 1850, to Susanna, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Mullin, born in Adams County, Ohio. They have seven children, four living—Thomas B., Robert, John and Maggie; the deceased were William, Francis and James. Soon after their marriage, Mr. Garland bought ninety-eight acres of land in Liberty Township, Adams Co., Ohio, cleared up over thirty acres, and erected a fine house and barn. In 1867, he sold and came to this township, and bought 162 ½ acres of land, now has 148 ½ acres, on which he has erected a fine residence. Mr. Garland has held several township offices, Supervisor, School Director, etc. Himself and family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 136.

GAUCHE, Anthony of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Anthony Gauche, farmer, P.O. Box Vera Cruz, son of John C. and Mary E. Gauche, was born in France in 1832. When fourteen years of age, his parents came to this country with a family of five children, besides Anthony. His father was a weaver by trade, and worked in a cotton factory on Third street in Cincinnati one year, and then moved to Williamsburg, Clermont Co., Ohio, where he worked at farming, and weaving five years. He then moved to the southwestern part of this township, but did not buy land or settle permanently at that time. He bought 100 acres of land in Jackson Township, Clermont County. Anthony was married in St. Patrick's Church, Fayetteville, September 26, 1856, to Mary M., daughter of William and Elizabeth (Crone) Bamler, born in this township. They have two children, John E., born January 13, 1858, and Elizabeth C., born July 24, 1874. They have a fine farm of 105 acres, ninety-five of which are in a high state of cultivation. Mr. Gauche has been Supervisor in this township two years, and School Director six years. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 136.

GILLILAND, James M.

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

James M. Gilliland, farmer, PO Ripley, is a son of James, Jr., and Marcissa (McLain) Gilliland, natives of South Carolina and Pennsylvania, respectively. James, Jr. was a farmer by occupation, but was largely engaged in the pork business in this county for some years. He was one of the original organizers of the Farmers' State Bank, and its President for many years, and an active businessman all his life. He was deeply interested in church and educational affairs, and died in this county in 1880, on the homestead now occupied by his son, the subject of this sketch. His wife followed him to the better home the following year. James M. Gilliland, was born in Union Township May 5, 1842. He has always made farming his principal occupation, and under his supervision the homestead farm has been so improved as to make it one of the finest in the county. Mr. G. was united in marriage in 1873, to Miss Ella Sutherland, a native of Dayton, Ohio, and a daughter of William H. Sutherland, a Methodist divine, residing at Yellow Springs., Ohio. To this union five children have been born, four of whom are living--Mary N., James L., Verna T., and Eddie. Mr. G. is a Director of the Farmers' National Bank, at Ripley, and Trustee of the Presbyterian Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 66.

GRANGER, Thurstin of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Thurstin Granger, farmer, P.O. Vera Cruz, son of Ephraim and Dorotha (Lambkin) Granger, was born in Cuyahoga County, N.Y., October 1, 1803. His father was born in New York also, and was a carpenter by trade. In 1814, his parents came to this township, and bought fifty acres of land, southwest of Vera Cruz. Mr. Granger now owns and resides on half of the original purchase. The county at that time was simply a wilderness, occupied chiefly by wild animals and Indians. They had a hard struggle for several years. They lived in a log cabin, and worked hard to clear the land to raise provisions for the family. They had ten children, five sons and five daughters. Ephraim Granger died July 4, 1839, and his wife Dorotha, about 1854. Mr. Thurstin Granger, the subject of this sketch was married in this township to Hannah A., daughter of Benjamin and Euphemia Doughty, born in Burlington County, N.J., in April 1, 1812. They had eleven children, five living, all born in this township—Benjamin D. and Francis M. are physicians at Russell Station, Highland Co., Ohio; Margaret A., married to John Gustin, a cooper in Indianapolis; Mary A., widow of Eli Smith, now living at Milford, dress-maker and Sarah A., dress-maker and milliner in Fayetteville. Besides the homestead, Mr. Granger also owns 160 acres of land in this township. Mr. and Mrs. Granger are members of the M.E. Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 137.

GRIMES, William A.

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

William A. Grimes, farmer, P.O. Decatur. Joshua Grimes, the grandparent of our subject, located in this township, near the Adams County line about the year 1807. He cleared a farm and raised a family. John, the father of William, our subject, was then only sixteen years of age. He, John, married Mary Geeslin and they raised a family of nine children, six boys and three girls. Of these children, seven are living. Grandparent and father of William A., both died in this county; the latter in 1862. Both bore an active part in the early settlement of Brown County, and took an active interest in the M.E. Church, as well as township and county affairs. William A. Grimes was the fourth son born to his parents in Byrd Township, Brown County, in 1834. He was married in 1857, to Miss Julia, daughter of Noah and Martha Pettingen. Mr. Grimes has always taken a keen interest in the growth and advancement of Brown County. For twenty years he has been prominently identified with the M.E. Church at Decatur, and is one of the enterprising, energetic farmers of the county. His living children are John W., Mary E., Minerva J., Laura, Maud and Ella. His estimable mother, who servives the father, is at this time living in the eighty-second year of her age.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 302.

GUIES, Nicholas of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Nicholas Guies, dealer in dry goods and groceries, Fayetteville, son of Mitchell and Janette Guies, was born in France in 1809. He learned the trade of cabinet-making. He was married in France in 1843, to Elizabeth, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Lambert. They had one child, born in France, Peter. In 1846, Mr. Guies came to this country with his family; they landed at New Orleans, where they remained a few months, and then moved into Highland County, Ohio, and bought a small farm of twenty-six acres; he afterward added twenty-four acres to it. In 1858, he exchanged for property in Chasetown, upon which he built a steam saw-mill, which he run twelve or fourteen years. He also had a brewery about twelve years. In the fall of 1879, he opened his store, where he keeps a small but well-selected stock of dry goods, groceries, liquors, cigars, etc. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 137.

GUILLAIME, John J. of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

John J. Guillaime, farmer, P.O. Fayetteville, son of Henry and Mary A. Guillaime, was born in Belgium October 21, 1812, where he learned the shoemaking trade. He was married in 1840, to Mary Leonard. They have two children, Mary and Joseph. In 1852, they came to this country and settled in Green Township this county, where they bought sixty acres of land. After a short residence of two years, they sold, and came to Fayetteville, where Mr. Guillaime opened a shoemaking shop, and kept a saloon in connection sixteen years, when he bought a farm of twenty-three acres on the Georgetown pike south of Fayetteville, where he now resides. His wife died in Fayetteville, in 1859, and he again married to Rebecca Emmery, by whom he has two daughters, Rosa and Fannie. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 136-137.

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