BIOGRAPHIES, Greenbrier County, WV - "G"

JOHN A. GEORGE - is living on the farm where he was born in Blue Sulphur district, Greenbrier County, and has 440 acres of land, 150 cleared, the rest finely timbered with oak, poplar and chestnut. He keeps in stock 30 head of cattle and 100 sheep. He was born September 9, 1842, a son of John and Margaret (MILLER) GEORGE, and a grandson of one of the pioneers who redeemed Greenbrier from the wilderness, and disputed with the savages for its possession. John GEORGE was born in this district, April 19, 1803, and died May 27, 1865, killed by a vicious horse. Margaret, mother of John A. GEORGE, was born in Summers County, (now) West Virginia, March 28, 1811, and she died May 6, 1862. John A. GEORGE served in the war between the States, in Company H, 26th Virginia Battalion, Eckles brigade, Confederate service. He was in the battles of Fayetteville, New Market, Cold Harbor, Snickers Gap, Kernstown, Winchester and Cedar Greek, besides minor engagements. He served from 1862 until the end of the war. In Summers County, West Virginia, May 26, 1868, John A. GEORGE and Elizabeth R. MILLER were united in marriage, and to them have been born eight children: Norma C., April 4, 1869; Maude V., January 10, 1871; Powhatan A., December14, 1872; Bertha M., December 27, 1874; Clarence T., January 8, 1877; Arthur H., December 18, 1878; John G., August 31, 1881; Homer Houston, March 29, 1883. The wife of Mr. GEORGE was born in Green Sulphur district, Summers County, January 2, 1850, a daughter of A. Alexander and Eliza (HINCHMAN) MILLER. Her father was born in Summers County, January 7, 1818, and is still a resident in that county: her mother, born in Monroe County, May 28, 1821,died November 9, 1866. John A. GEORGE may be addressed at Salem, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

CHARLES W. GILLILAN - son of Richard H. and Mary (HANDLEY) GILLILAN, was born near Frankford, this county, May 4, 1843. His parents were born in Falling Spring District, his father's birth September 14, 1814, and his mother born May 13, 1818. She died at Frankford, January 22, 1878. Charles W. GILLILAN married Charlotte Catharine BELL, who was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, January 20, 1848. Their marriage was solemnized near Frankford, November 17, 1869, and their children, all still at home, were born: Joseph H., August 14, 1870; Lockhart W., June 25, 1872; Charles F., August 5, 1875; Richard A., September 17, 1877; Henry W., November 7, 1879; Mary, February 8, 1882. Mrs. GILLILAN was a daughter of Thomas A. and Mary (DICKENSON) BELL. Her father, now a resident in Greenbrier County, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, July 11, 1807, and her mother, born in Greenbrier County, February 12, 1811, died at Frankford, April 26, 1870. Charles W. GILLILAN entered the Confederate army when he was eighteen years of age, enlisting in Company E, 60th Virginia Infantry, June 24, 1861, and taking part in the seven days' fight before Richmond, and many minor engagements, through all of which he passed unharmed. He served until the close of the war, since which time he has been farming and stock-raising in Falling Spring District. His post office address is Frankford, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

JESSE GUM - son of Roger and Matilda (HOLCOMB) GUM, was born on the headwaters of Jackson River, in Bath County, Virginia, July 24, 1824. When he was twenty years of age he took up his residence in Greenbrier County, and he has a farm of 356 acres in Anthonys Creek District, 175 acres of the best bottom land in the district, and all under fence. An excellent colybiate spring of superior medicinal quality flows near his residence, and he has one of the finest bearing orchards in the State, of apples, peaches, and grapes. In his younger days he was one of the most noted hunters of Western Virginia, killing in one year thirty-one deer, one bear and a large amount of smaller game. In this district, May 28, 1850, the marriage vows of Jesse GUM and Mary Jane HEIFNER were recorded, and their children were born: Huldah E., March 17, 1851; Lewis E., January 10, 1853; John A., January 16, 1858; Jesse U., November 15, 1860; Phebe L., October 10, 1864; Minnie E., November 1, 1868; Wormick O., August 16, 1874 - the six last named living in this district, and the oldest near Howard Creek. A daughter, Sarah Jane, was born November 1, 1871, and died December 20th following. John and Ruth (KEISTER) HEIFNER were the parents of Mrs. GUM, and she was born in this district, May 7, 1831. With her lives a sister, Huldah HEIFNER born August 6, 1833. Her parents moved to this district more than seventy years ago, and were among its most enterprising settlers. Mr. GUM's brother Cornelius was a Confederate soldier and died in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. His nephew William GUM was in that war, was caputred [sic] and died in Federal prison in 1864. Mr. and Mrs. GUM are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church (South), and four of their children are in the same membership. He has been class-leader, exhorter, steward and trustee. Columbia Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, is his post office address.

Transcribed and submitted by Valerie Crook, vfcrook@trellis.net, Darla Ruebush, darbush@wizrealm.com and Ed Johnson, EDEAJ@aol.com , 1998.

Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.

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