This page contains biographical sketches (full or extract) of former Hillsdale County residents.
The majority come from pre-1921 published sources as cited in the sketch.

Hon. James S. Galloway * Edward Gamble * George F. Gardner * Isaac J. Gates * Isaac H. Gibbs
Lemuel Gibbs * Dr. Frank M. Gier * Prof. S. J. Gier * John Glasgow * Silas W. Glasgow
William Glasgow * Edgar Goodrich * Mirtt W. Green * John Greenhoe * William L. Greenly
J. B. Graham * Ebenezer Oliver Grosvenor * Prof. Charles H. Gurney

Hon. James S. GALLOWAY

Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan. 2 Parts - Fully Historical and Largely Biographical published 1903, Elon J. Reynolds, ed. Chicago: AW Bowen & Co. page 186-187. NOTE: Full page engraving of James between pages.

Hon. James S. GALLOWAY was born 5 Mar 1841 in Wayne County, New York. His parents were Rev. Edgar GALLOWAY and Deborah SUTTON GALLOWAY. Both parents died in Wayne County.
James attended Antioch College in Ohio, where he graduated in 1860. He came to Hillsdale County Michigan in 1862.
In 1863 he was admitted to the bar and joined William S. EDWARDS under the firm name of EDWARDS & GALLOWAY. He was involved in other law partnerships, as well as being the president of the First State Bank of Hillsdale.
In 1865, James married Miss Lizzie EDWARDS, daughter of Henry EDWARDS of Montgomery County, New York. James and Lizzie had 2 children, Edgar O. GALLOWAY, "a rising business man of Canada" and Ava GALLOWAY "living at home".

Edward Gamble

From the Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., MI, 188, p.394

Edward GAMBLE, a praiseworthy member of the community of Wright Twp. for twenty years, was born in Lincolnshire, England, on the 4th of July, 1833. His father, also Edward, was a native of the same shire where the paternal grandparents also spent their entire lives. Edward, Sr., was the only member of the family who came to America. He was reared in Lincolnshire and at a very early age commenced as a shepherd boy, which he followed until manhood. In 1840, accompanied by his wife and four children, he started for America, setting sail from Liverpool on the 1st of June and landing in New York City after a pleasant voyage of five weeks and four days. Edward, our subject, was then seven years old but still recalls much of that memorable journey. From NYC they traveled west via the Hudson to Albany and thence by canal and lake to Cleveland, OH, after which they located in Huron Co., OH, where they lived until the following spring.

Early in 1841, the father commenced farming on rented land in Richland Co., OH, but two years later abandoned farming and employed himself at whatever he could find. He was industrious and honest, saved his earnings and, in 1846, purchased a yoke of oxen and a wagon and with his family set out for the northwestern corner of the state. In that part of Williams Co. which is now included in Fulton Co., he bought a tract of land at $3 per acre. He put up a small log cabin for the shelter of his family and began to clear his land, rolling together and burning giant logs that would now sell at a great price. He continued his labors, building up a good homestead and before his death, in Jan. 1883, was the owner of more than 200 productive acres which had become very valuable. The mother of our subject, Sarah DICKINSON, also was born in Lincolnshire. She passed away some years before her husband in Gorham, OH, in! 1875. The children of this couple were Edward, the second-born; John, a resident of Fulton Co., OH; Richard who lives in Primrose, OH, and William who settled near the the old homestead. The eldest child died in England in infancy.

Our subject was reared to manhood on the farm in Fulton Co. Upon reaching his majority, he started out for himself, working by the day and month but continued to live with his parents until his marriage. That event occurred on Mar. 28, 1861. His bride was Miss Nancy WISE who was born in Crawford Co., OH, Jan. 28, 1842. After their marriage the young couple moved to Hillsdale Co., MI, where Mr. Gamble had previously purchased land. They endured the hardships and difficulties incident to opening up a new farm. Their labors and sacrifices were richly rewarded as the wilderness was transformed into cultivated fields and simple structures replaced by substantial buildings.

Mrs. Gamble was the daughter of Solomon and Isabella (TARNS) Wise, natives respectively of PA and OH. The father was born Oct. 8, 1808 and the mother Aug. 20, 1822. The paternal grandfather, John Wise, was one of the early settlers of Seneca Co., OH, where he farmed and spent his last years. Solomon Wise, who was just a boy when the family removed from the Keystone State to Ohio, grew to manhood in Seneca Co. Thereafter he resided some time in Crawford Co., then returned to Seneca Co. where he learned the blacksmith's trade and carried on business in Attica and later in Carlisle. His last days were spent in Omar, Seneca Co. where he died Nov. 14, 1887. His wife, the mother of Mrs. Gamble, is still living in Omar. Mr. Gamble is a Democrat.
submitted by Katherine Paty
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Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan. Elon G. Reynolds ed. Chicago: AW Bowen & Co 2 Parts - Fully Historical (1903) and Largely Biographical (1903) page 374-75 [NOTE: The following is an abstract of the original sketch]

George F. GARDNER was born in 1847 in Jackson, Michigan and was the son of George F. GARDNER (native of New York) and Emeline WALLACE GARDNER (native of Vermont).
George Jr. was the only child in the family to reach adulthood. George Sr. and Emeline came to Jackson about 1836 - both were deceased by 1903. George Jr.'s grandfather was George GARDNER "who lived in the East".
George Jr. went to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and came to Hillsdale in 1864. He was involved in several businesses in the area.
George married Jennie CHAMBERLIN (a native of Monroe, Michigan) in 1880. No children are mentioned in the sketch.

Isaac J. GATES

Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 402

Isaac J. GATES was born 12 Feb 1817 in Ontario Co., NY.
His father, Jeremiah, was a native of Hartford, CT, who went to VT as a young man. There he married Sarah Jane SOUTHWORTH of Rutland Co. Her father was Isaac SOUTHWORTH, native of VT and a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
Jeremiah, Sarah and six children moved to Ontario Co., NY in 1815. In 1822 they moved to Orleans Co., NY and, in 1836, sold out and moved to Plymouth, Wayne Co., MI. Jeremiah died there in 1858 and Sarah in 1871. In all they had eleven children.
Isaac S. was their seventh child. On 19 Nov 1840, he married Harriet HOWELL. She was born 26 Jan 1820 in Southampton, Long Island.
Her father was Benjamin HOWELL and her mother, Nancy BISHOP. Both were natives of Southampton. Nancy's parents were John and Nancy BISHOP, lifelong residents of L.I.
In 1833, Benjamin and Nancy HOWELL and seven children moved west, first to west state NY and then to Mich. Terr. in 1835, settling in Canton, Wayne Co. Nancy died there in 1871. Benjamin went on to MO where he lived with a son in Audrain Co. until his death.
In 1841 Isaac and Harriet GATES moved to Wheatland Twp., Hillsdale Co. They had no children of their own but fostered: William DINSMORE, Nellie (WAY) BRADFIELD, Annie (AMBROSE) CARL and Frederick CARRIGAN.

Isaac H. GIBBS

Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 727
[NOTE: The following is an extract of the original sketch]

Isaac H. GIBBS was b. in Madison Twp., Richland Co., OH on 6/9/1835. His father, James, was a native of VA and his father, also James, was b. in Ireland.
The elder James came to this country in colonial times and fought in the Revolutionary War. After the war he settled in Tuscarawas Co., OH where he lived until his death.
The younger James grew up in VA and served in OH during the War of 1812. He settled in Madison Twp., Richland Co., OH after the war and lived there, from 1814, until his death in 1878. His wife, the mother of Isaac, was Nancy SHANKS who was b. in Bradford Co., PA. She died at the Madison Twp. homestead in 1870.
Isaac H. was one of 13 children, 10 of whom attained adulthood. He learned the carpentry trade and worked in Richland and Auglaize Counties until 1856 when he moved to Wright Twp., Hillsdale Co.
He purchased land in 1857, started to clear a farm, sold out and went to work for the Union Pacific R.R. in Douglas Co., Neb.; was there for 18 months, returned to Wright Twp. and, in 1866, purchased a farm in section 5 (T. 9 south), where he still lived in 1888.
On 6/14/1857, Isaac marr. Eliza A. HUBBARD who was b. in Portage Co., OH on 9/3/1834, the dau of Alexander K. and Eliza (BORTON) HUBBARD.
Alexander was b. 5/7/1787 in Schoharie Co., NY, the son of Ephraim HUBBARD. Alexander's wife, Eliza BORTON, was b. in NJ, the dau. of Daniel and Tabitha BORTON, natives of NJ and pioneers of Columbiana Co., OH. She spent the last years of her life with her children in Wright Twp., dying at the age of 87 years.
Isaac and Eliza GIBBS were the parents of Oliver H., Paul Sydney and Frank H. Oliver marr. Viola E. GIBBS and they lived next to his parents.

Lemuel GIBBS

Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 895
[NOTE: The following is an extract of the original sketch]

Lemuel GIBBS was born 2/3/1832 in Livonia, Livingston Co., NY. He was the son of Augustus and Esther (STEDMAN)GIBBS, both natives of Litchfield, CT who, before their marriage, migrated to Livingston Co., NY in abt 1800 and there married.
Esther died April 1846 aged 48 years. Augustus continued to live on their homestead until his death in 1873 at the age of 78 years. They had three sons and three daus. (not named). Lemuel was the fourth born.
Lemuel was educated at the Wesleyan Seminary in Livonia and at Temple Hill Academy at Geneseo. He taught school briefly and finally returned to Livonia where he married, on 10/16/1855, Ellen THURSTON, who had been a classmate of his at the Wesleyan Seminary. She also attended Ingram Univ. at LeRoy.
Ellen was b. June 1833 in Livingston Co., NY, the dau of William and Abbie (HANNAHS) THURSTON who were natives respectively of RI and CT. William was a blacksmith. He died in Livingston Co. in 1858 at the age of 64 years. Abbie died in Livingston Co. at about the age of 78 years.
In 1868 Lemuel and Ellen moved to Litchfield Village, Hillsdale Co., where they lived for about 10 years, later settling on a nearby 87 acre farm. Their two children, Mettie D. and William T. completed their studies at Litchfield Union School in 1885.

Dr. Frank M. GIER.

Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan. Elon G. Reynolds ed. Chicago: AW Bowen & Co 2 Parts - Fully Historical (1903) and Largely Biographical (1903) pg 376-77

Having practiced his profession in Hillsdale county for a period of twenty years and been eminently successful and attained distinction in it, winning golden opinions from the people and also from his professional brethren, it was learned with regret that Dr. Frank M. GIER has decided to retire from medical practice in this county and devote himself to a different line of activity, notwithstanding the work in which he is engaged is a beneficent one also, full of promise of advantage to suffering humanity.
Doctor GIER disposed of his practice and the good will of his office to Dr. S. B. FRANKHAUSER in February, 1902, and at once gave his whole attention to the management of the Abilene Mineral Water Co., of Abilene, Kans., of which he is the president. The company has a capital of $250,000 and its purpose is to introduce the valuable medicinal mineral waters which it controls into the hospitals of the country for general use.
GIER is a native of Hillsdale county, born in Ransom township on January 8, 1859. His parents are Henry W. and Lydia A. (HALLECK), the former a native of Ohio and the latter of New York, her father being a cousin to Gen. Henry W. HALLECK, of Civil War renown.
The doctor's father was by trade a carpenter and joiner, and came to Hillsdale county about 1835, settling in Ransom township. He enlisted in 1863, in Co. I, Eleventh Michigan Infantry, but served less than a year, being discharged on acccount of a disability; which made him an invalid for life. He was in the Army of the Cumberland and participated in, some of its most noted engagements.
His wife's people came from New York to this county in 1850 and here passed the rest of their days.
The Doctor has three brothers and one sister, two of his brothers being residents of Hillsdale. Their grandfather, Henry GIER was a native of Philadelphia and his parents came from Germany.
Doctor GIER passed his early school days in the county, and, after leaving school was engaged for a number of years in successful teaching. In 1880 he entered the medical department of the University of Michigan, and in 1884 he gradduated there from with the degree of M. D., he having worked his way through college by various occupations. He began practicing at Ransom Center in association with Dr. Wilfred BATES, and after a some time residence at this place he went to Waldron, where he remained only four months. In 1885 he located at Pittsford, there remaining until 1900, when he came to Hillsdale, which has since been his home and the center of his large and representative practice.
In politics he has always been a zealous and active Republican, and for thirteen years he was a member of the pension board for this county. Hehas also served as the mayor of the city, his term covering the year 1899, he having been an alderman from 1897 to that year; for four years he was health officer and for six he was county physician.
In the organizations belonging to his profession he has taken a warm and helpful interest, holding memberships in the State Medical Society, the Tri-State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and also serving eight years as secretary of the Tri-State Society and as its president for one term.
He is an active working Freemason, having held high offices in all branches of the order up to and through the commander, of which he is now (1903) eminent commander. He also belongs to the Sons of Veterans, and was for a time colonel of the Michigan' division and later was made the surgeon-general of the organization for the United States.
In 1894 he was married to Miss Harriet G. RICABY, a native of this county and daughter of the late Col. Richard W. RICABY, a prominent attorney of Chicago, where he died. They have one child, their daughter, Frances H. Mrs. GIER's father was the colonel of the Seventeenth Michigan Infantry in the Civil War.

Prof. S. J. GIER

Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan. Elon G. Reynolds ed. Chicago: AW Bowen & Co 2 Parts - Fully Historical (1903) and Largely Biographical (1903) pgs p 254-55

Every person knows the immense public schools and looks for them as among the best features of every community. Whatever else a town may offer as inducements to new settlers, this must not be overlooked. Let sites for manufactories be as free as the air, let all plants be entirely exempt from taxation, let franchises be thrown away with prodigal liberality, let shipping facilities be provided to the widest limit at the cheapest rate, the question will still arise - "What school advantages can be had"? Tried even by this severe standard Hillsdale will compel a high regard. Its public school system is progressive in movement, comprehensive in scope, modern in method, luxurious in appointments, judicious in administration; its work is supervised by a force, constructive as well as conservative, practical as well as theoretic, sympathetic as well as exacting, inspiring as well as elevated, which gives example as well as precept, in the office of the superintendent.
Prof. S. J. GIER, the superintendent, is a native of Ransom township, this county, born on June 13, 1865, a brother of Dr. Frank M, GIER, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. He was educated in the Public schools of Allen and Quincy, this state, being graduated from the latter in 1884.
He then taught for one year at Quincy and for another one at South Butler, in Branch county. In 1896 he entered the. State Normal School at Ypsilanti, from which in 1890 he was graduated, in the meantime, during 1888 and 1889, teaching one year.
After graduating in the fall of the same year he came to Hillsdale to become the principal of the high school For nine consecutive years thereafter he filled the position with great credit and acceptability. In 1899, he accepted the superintendency of the public schools of St. Clair, remaining there until he was made city superintendent at Hillsdale, the post he is now occupying.
In 1891 he took a special course of instruction in science at the Lansing Agricultural College. Thus properly prepared for his work as superintendent, he has not disappointed the hopes of those who placed him in the office, but has made a state reputation as a vigorous, progressive and efficient school officer.
While a gentleman of quiet and genial manners himself, he possesses great executive powers and inspires others with enthusiasm and zeal. He has done excellent institute work in various portions of the state and in his way has rendered very acceptable and highly appreciated service to the cause of public education.
Professor Gier was married, at Hillsdale, in, 1895, with Miss Leila I. SMITH, a native of New York state, a graduate of the music department of Hillsdale College and afterwards a successful teacher of music in the public schools of the citv. They have one child, their son, Samuel Richard GIER. The Professor, a Republican in politics, has been a member of the county board of school examiners for his resident county and also for St. Clair county. He is a past worshipful master of his Masonic lodge, and he is enthusiastic in the work of the chapter and the commander to which he belongs, being commander at present of the latter organization.


Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 688
[NOTE: The following is an extract of the original sketch]

John's parents, John and Jane, were born in Scotland, the father in abt. 1778 and the mother in abt. 1783. After they were marr. they moved to County Tyrone, N. Ireland, where their children were born. There were four sons and three daus. John was the fourth child.
An older bro. emigrated to the U.S. in 1833. In 1839, John followed him to Auburn Co., NY. In August 1843, John came to Fayette Twp., Hillsdale Co. His farm was on section 7. The parents, John and Jane GLASGOW, came to Jonesville, Hillsdale Co., in 1848, from Ireland.
John marr. first: Betsey (EDDY) HOAGLAND, a native of OH. Only one of their children survived to adulthood, Mary J., Mrs. James GOULD, of Wheeling, MO.
John marr. second: Mary SINCLAIR, who died abt. 1872. They had two children:
Walter, who marr. Dora MILLER, and who lives in Fayette Twp. and Rose B., Mrs. Cassius CLARK, of Allen Twp.John marr. third: Mrs. Mary A (BABBET) HOWARD, widow of Laban HOWARD.


Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 383
[NOTE: The following is an extract of the original sketch]

Silas W. GLASGOW was the son of William and Eliza GLASGOW and was born 10/2/1843, in Fayette Twp., Hillsdale Co.
On 9/7/1870 he marr. Emma L. MITCHELL at the home of her parents in Jonesville. Emma was b. 6/22/1851 in Aurora, Erie Co., NY.
Her parents were Jonas F. and Cordelia (ROWLEY) MITCHELL, both natives of NY, Jonas being born in Erie Co. and Cordelia in Castile, Wyoming Co. They lived in Aurora until 1860 and in Dec. 1861 moved to Hillsdale Co. Besides Emma they had one son, George M., who died 1/5/1877 aged 22 years.
Silas and Emma had three children: Amarette J., Eva L. and William M. The family resided mainly in Allen Twp.


Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 395
[NOTE: The following is an extract of the original sketch]

It says that William's parents, John and Jane, were both b. in County Tyrone, N. Ireland, of Scotch parents and that they left Ireland in 1844, coming directly to Fayette Twp., Hillsdale Co., near Jonesville.
In this article John GLASGOW and Jane's children are named.
1. Robert, killed by a falling tree in Barry Co., MI, when he was abt 55 yrs. old.
2. Mary A., who was married and died at her home in Moscow Twp., abt. 1850.
3. William
4. John
5. Bessie, Mrs. William HENRY, who died abt. 1853 in Barry Co., MI.
6. James, who is a merchant with his two sons in Jackson, MI.
7. Margaret, Mrs. Samuel GLASGOW, who died in Auburn, NY.
William was b. 2/11/1811, in County Tyrone. Upon reaching maturity, he emigrated to the U.S., arriving in NYC. He lived and worked in Auburn, NY for abt. 10 years, until 1842, when he and his wife, one child and his brother,John, moved to Fayette Twp., Hillsdale Co.
William marr. Eliza GLASGOW on 8/4/1836 in Auburn, NY. Eliza was also born in County Tyrone, on 8/28/1814. She came to the U.S. with her future husband and her two brothers when she was 18 years old.
Eliza and William had four children: Wesley C.; Silas W., of Allen Twp.; Julie A., Mrs. William HOWLETT of Trinidad, CO and Cassius L., a general merchant in Nashville, MI.
Wesley C. GLASGOW was a man of unusual abiltities, b. in Auburn, NY, 4/28/1842, a graduate of Hillsdale College and of the U.of MI Law School. He practiced law in Lagrange, IN, and from 1871-1875, was the Prosecuting Attorney for the twelfth Indiana District. His life and career were cut short by his death 10/26/1881 at the age of 39.


From the Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., MI, 1888, p.682.

Edgar GOODRICH is a son of one of the pioneers of Pittsford Twp. and was born in Williston, Crittenden Co., VT. His father, George GOODRICH, was born in Wells, VT, and there grew to manhood and married. After marriage, he and his bride moved to Williston and bought a farm where they resided until 1836. On the 15th of Nov., 1836, the family set out for the Territory of Michigan via Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal to Troy, NY, thence by the Erie Canal to Buffalo and on by lake to Toledo where they hired teams to take them to Bean Creek Valley.
Mr. Goodrich had the previous year made a visit and had purchased 160 acres on section 14, Pittsford Twp. He had erected a house for the use of his family. They lived in this house until the death of the father on June 22, 1850. His wife's name was Clemania LEE. She was born June 12, 1790, and departed this life Dec. 13, 1863.
Edgar was only five when the family moved to Hillsdale Co., but he remembers well the incidents of pioneer life. The father's house was small but he never turned the hungry away from his door and always welcomed the wanderer, providing a bed on the floor of the cabin where he might rest. Deer, wolves, wild turkeys and other small game were plentiful and the pioneer's son was ever willing to provide wild meat for the family larder.
Edgar received such education as was available at that time and assisted his father as soon as he was able, in clearing the land. He has continued a resident of the parental homestead, upon which he has made many improvements and has brought it to a high level of cultivation and production.
Edgar was married in Nov. 1871, to Miss Albina KINGMAN, a native of Shiawassee Co., MI, and a daughter of William KINGMAN who was born in NY State where his father, Justis KINGMAN, spent his last years. William KINGMAN was a pioneer of Shiawassee Co. where he farmed for some years. He subsequently improved a farm in Lenawee Co., where he now lives in Morenci. His wife, Mrs. Goodrich's mother, was Lucinda COY, also a native of Shiawassee Co.. She died in Lenawee Co.
Mr. and Mrs. GOODRICH have seven children: Bertha, Elenora, Orson, Mary, Jerome, Caroline and Jessie. In politics, Mr. G. is a Democrat.

Mirtt W. GREEN

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., MI, 1888, p.910.

Mirtt W. GREEN is the owner of a fertile farm, pleasantly situated on section 28 of Scipio Twp., Hillsdale Co. Mr. GREEN was born in Hamburg, Erie Co., NY, Aug. 27, 1818. His parents were George B. and Philinda (WOODHOUSE) GREEN, both natives of Burlington, VT, where they were reared and wedded. After marriage they removed to Erie Co. where they spent the remaining years of their lives. The father was quite prominent in Erie Co. and served as Under Sheriff for several years. He also dealt in real estate and acted as agent for the Holland Purchase Company for a long time. He was a man of good business capacity and sound integrity.
The family included three sons and four daughters. Mirtt GREEN was the first born and spent many years in his native county. He received his education in the Hamburg schools and at the academy in Springville. After leaving school he turned his attention to farming and also served for six years as Deputy Sheriff in Erie Co.
Mr. GREEN was married to Miss Lucy A. WELLS on May 4, 1848, in Buffalo, NY. She is the daughter of John and Amarilla (SACKETT) WELLS, both of whom were born and spent their entire lives in Erie Co. Mr. and Mrs. WELLS had two sons and two daughters, of whom Mrs. GREEN, the second child, was born in Buffalo Dec. 15, 1831.
Mirtt and Lucy GREEN have six children: Lucy J. is the widow of James REDFERN; William P.; Elizabeth is the wife of George BLEISTEIN; Aldrich W. and Charles E. One son, Chandler, is deceased.
Mr. GREEN and his family left NY in 1861 and, coming to Hillsdale Co., settled in Scipio Twp. where they still live. He purchased a farm of 120 acres and has since devoted his time to improving his land which is now in a good state of cultivation. Politically, Mr. G. is a strong Republican and, socially, is identified with the Masonic Fraternity.


Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., MI, 1888, p.377.

Comparatively few years ago the farm belonging to this gentleman, which is now one of the finest in Hillsdale Co., was little more than a valueless piece of swamp land. After serving two years in the late war, Mr. Greenhoe made his way to Michigan and purchased the land which he now owns and occupies, and has since given to it his attention, with the results we now behold, and with which any reasonable man should be satisfied. He has a tract of 70 acres under good cultivation, has erected commodious buildings and is amply fitted for successful farming after the best known methods.
Our subject was raised and educated in OH, having been born in Wayne Co., that State, on Feb. 1, 1836, at the modest homestead of his parents near the town of Chippewa. His father, also named John Greenhoe, and his grandfather Michael Greenhoe, were natives of PA, whence the latter removed his family to Wayne Co., OH, during the early settlement of that State. The journey was made overland with teams, the grandfather taking up a tract of timber land in Chippewa Twp. There he cleared a farm and resided upon it until he was an old man, then sold out and moved to Medina Co., OH, where he lived in retirement until his death in about 1852. He had been an industrious man, possessed of good judgment and accumulated a fine property, giving each of his children a tract of land.
John Greenhoe, the father of our subject, was a young man when his parents removed from PA to OH. Not long after, he was married to Miss Catherine AIKENS, also a native of OH and the daughter of George and Catherine (DAVIS) Aikens. The young couple settled upon 40 acres of land in Chippewa Twp. where they resided until 1836, then, selling out, purchased 100 acres in Medina Co., OH, near the town of Liverpool. There John, Sr., cleared a good farm and spent the remainder of his life. At the time he settled in that area all kinds of wild game were plenty and he lived to see the country well settled up by enterprising and prosperous people. His widow subsequently came to Mich. and died at the home of her daughter, near Sheridan, Montcalm Co.
Our subject was the sixth in the parental family of eleven children and was but 15 years old at the time of his father's death. He was then thrown upon his own resources and set out to earn his living. His first wages were $10 a month but as time went on and his usefulness increased, he was paid $16.
After marriage he commenced farming his father-in-law's land and was thus occupied for three years until after the outbreak of the late war. In Sept. 1863, he enlisted in Co. "D", 128th Ohio Infantry, serving until the close of the war the following year. Soon after he came to Hillsdale Co., as already mentioned, and purchased the land where he now resides. He was obliged to cut away the timber to make room for a log house and to lay the necessary tile in order to properly drain his land.
The marriage of Mr. Greenhoe and Miss Elizabeth WICKS was celebrated at the home of the bride in Medina Co., OH, on the 6th of April 1859. Mrs. Greenhoe, like her husband a native of Wayne Co., OH, was born Feb. 6, 1840, and is the youngest child of George and Barbara (BREENE) Wicks, both natives of PA.
The mother spent her last days in OH; the father is still living. The paternal grandfather, George Wicks, was born in PA in 1803. He was the son of Christian Wicks, whom, it is believed, was also a native of the Keystone State, and was a carpenter and joiner by trade. He also was one of the early settlers of Wayne Co., OH, where he spent his last days.
The father of Mrs. Greenhoe emigrated to OH when a young man and was there married to Miss Barbara Breene, a native of PA. He followed the trade of cabinetmaker for a time, but later operated a coal bank, and after that purchased a farm near Litchfield, Medina Co., OH. The mother died at her home in OH in 1881 at the age of 76 years. Mr. Wicks is still living and makes his home with his children in OH.
Mr. Greenhoe is a member of the Free Methodist Church while his estimable wife is identified with the United Brethren. They are people greatly respected among their neighbors and have contributed their full quota toward the progress and welfare of their township.
(Transcriber's note: There is no mention of any children belonging to this couple.)
Submitted by Katherine Paty, Tempe, AZ

William L. GREENLY

Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. p 121

William L. Greenly was governor of the state of Mich. for the year 1847.
He was born Sept. 18, 1813 in Hamilton, Madison Co., NY.
Graduated from Union Coll., Schenectady, 1831. Admitted to bar 1834. Moved to MI, (Adrian, Hillsdale Co.), 1836.
Served in the state senate 1837-1839.
Elected Lt. Gov. of MI, 1845. Became Governor when previous gov. resigned to represent MI in the US Senate.
No details about his parentage or of his personal life are included in the article. There is a portrait of him.


From the Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., MI, 1888, p.943

The Honorable J. [Johnathan] B. GRAHAM, who is well known throughout Fayette Twp., came to this part of Michigan Territory in 1836. The following year he brought his family here, traveling the entire way by carriage, a trip of 37 days. Since that time he has been a continuous resident of this township where he has served as Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, and Township Treasurer and held other positions of trust and responsibility. In the fall of 1843 he was elected to the Michigan Legislature.
Mr. Graham was the son of Benjamin and Candace (BIDWELL) Graham, the latter a dau. of Jonathan Bidwell. The Grahams were of Scottish ancestry and originally settled in the area where Hartford, CT, now stands. Benjamin Graham was the father of ten children, four sons and six daughters, of whom J. B. was the ninth child. He and his younger brother, of Hartford, CT, are the only ones still living.
J. B. Graham was married on 8/19/1835 to Miss Maria J. LOOMIS, dau. of Jacob and Jerusha (GILLET) Loomis. She was born 4/23/1813 in Bloomfield, CT. Her mother was a cousin of Senator Marion Gillett of Connecticut. Mr. Loomis was a farmer and, with his wife, lived and died within five miles of the city of Hartford.
Mr. and Mrs Graham were the parents of four sons: Malcolm, is a practising physician in Jonesville; Frank M. became a lawyer and began a practise in Kansas. He was married. On 7/14/1874 he died despite great efforts to save his life. The third son, Gustavus Mills, is a farmer in Rook Co., KS. John, the youngest son, died suddenly of heart disease in Ellis Co., KS. The first Mrs. Graham passed away at her home in Jonesville on 2/17/1881.
On 12/6/1881, Mr. Graham was married for a second time to Miss Anna Thompson who was born in Butler, Branch Co., MI. The wedding took place at the home of the bride in Spring Arbor, Jackson Co., MI. Of this union there are two children: Lillie and Jonathan B., Jr. Mr. Graham was the candidate for his party two or three times for State Senator but, being on the minority ticket, was defeated with the balance of the candidates.

Ebenezer Oliver GROSVENOR

Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan_ Elon G. Reynolds, ed Chicago: AW Bowen & Co Part First - Hillsdale County Michigan Fully Historical 1903 -Page 109-112

Ebenezer Oliver GROSVENOR

Born: 26 Jan 1820 Stillwater (Saratoga) NY 3rd of 9 children
Parents: Ebenezer O. GROSVENOR (d. 6 apr 1871) & Mary Ann LIVERMORE (d. 1849, Albion MI)
Married: 22 Feb 1844 Sally Ann CHAMPLIN (daughter of Hon. Elisha P CHAMPLIN)
Died: after 1903 ?
Children: a daughter (not named) married 1873 Charles E. WHITE
Other Information: Ebenezer's grandfather was Daniel GROSVENOR, a captain in the Revolutionary War. Ebenezer came to MI in June 1837 and to Jonesville in 1840. He was the Lieutenant Governor of MI in 1864, a Mason and an Oddfellow.

Prof. Charles H. GURNEY

Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan_ Elon G. Reynolds, ed Chicago: AW Bowen & Co Part First - Hillsdale County Michigan Fully Historical 1903 - Page 112-13

Prof. Charles H GURNEY
Born: 17 Jul 1847 - Stanfordville (Dutchess) NY
Parents: Benjamin A GURNEY and Caroline E HULL (Quaker ancestry)
Married: 3 Apr 1878 - Mary A RISING of Salem NE
Died: after 1903
Children: Mary B, F. Ethel and Ruth R.
Other Info: Acting President of Hillsdale College. Came to MI in 1868.

Submitted by former MIGenWeb Hillsdale County Coordinator, Tracey Morris
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