History of Hampshire County West Virginia From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present
By Hu Maxwell and H. L. Swisher
Morgantown, West Virginia; A. Brown Boughner Printer; 1897

PART 3 - Family Sketches
Pages 707-708

Last Names beginning with "G"

HENRY N. GRAY, farmer near Sedan, son of 8pencer R. and Sarah Gray, German and English descent, was born 1859; married Regina S., daughter of Hiram and Jemima Spaid, 1893; children, Carrie M., Katie J., and Coddie G.

A. R. GOOD, miller of Capon district, son of James W. and Priscilla Good, was born 1832; German and English ancestry; married Mary E., daughter of Henry and Eliza Rosenberg, of Frederick County, 1878; children, Daisy H., Elsie E., Mamie M., Margaret R., and Sarah V. O.

D. W. GIFFIN, farmer of Capon, son of James and Eliza Giffin, Irish and German ancestry, was born in 1844; married Margaret, daughter of Joseph and Christina Seechrist; children, Mary A., Isaiah R., Lina L., Rittie, Robert, Bertha A., Samuel R., Blanche E., and Walter J. Mr. Giffin was a Confederate soldier. He took part in forty battles. He has a sword presented to Captain George B. Lang, in 1844, by the Highland Blues.

SILAS W. GARDNER, millwright of Capon, son of William P. Gardner, German ancestry, was born 1844; married Mary E., daughter of John and Margaret Larrick; children, Edward F., Annie L., Clarence W., aud Luella M. Mr. Gardner died 1886.

THOMAS E. GULICK, farmer of Gore, son of N. F. and Jane A. Gulick, French ancestry, was born 1842; married, 1865, Almira C., daughter of John and D. A. Haines; children, Charles N., John N., William T., I. M., Virginia L., Clara B., Howard E., Granville G. M., and H. V.

W. B. GRANT, of Morgan County, was born in Hampshire, 1859; German parentage; son of James M. and Elizabeth Grant; married, 1885, Jennie B., daughter of David C. and Emma Adams, of Virginia; children, William M., Karl M., Floyd, and Mabel.

PERRY W. GESS, a mason, Bloomery, was born of German parentage in Shenandoah County, 1851; son of William and Catherine Gess; married, 1873, Phoebe A., daughter of Dorsey and Nancy Whitacre; children, John H., Andrew S., Noah L., Ada B., Lina, Artie V., Cora, Miller, Nannie, and Holland D.

DAVID GIBSON was of Scotch-Irish descent. One of his ancestors was the Rev. Hugh Gibson, of Scotland, a contemporary of John Knox, with whom he shared the persecutions of those troublesome times, and finally took refuge in the north of Ireland, whence the father of the deceased, Andrew Gibson, emigrated to this country about 1765, and lived several years at or near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he married, aud thence removed to Winchester, Virginia, at which place his son David was born, July 22, 1795. His father died away from home when David was about a year old, leaving his mother with eight children and in very straightened circumstances. With a resolute spirit, she addressed herself to her arduous work; and, by her own exertions, succeeded not only in making comfortable provision for her children, but also in giving them a good English education. About the age of thirteen David commenced his mercantile career in the store of James Little, then doing an extensive business in Winchester, with whom he continued about four years, when, on the breaking out of the War of 1812, Mr. Little closed his business, and David was thus deprived of employment. "I could not think of living on my old mother," he writes; and by dint of strenuous exertion he procured employment at White Post; afterwards with another firm at Winchester; and finally he was led to Romney, where his main life's work was to be done. He alludes in touching terms to his desolate feelings on reaching that place. "On February 20, 1814, I arrived at Romney. It was Saturday night. My heart was sad. I was a poor boy, compelled to do as I could, not as I would; but I determined to support myself by my labor." He entered the store of Frederick Steinback; but some seven months after he was drafted for Norfolk, and with his company, commanded by Captain Cockerell, left Romney, August 9, 1814. Soon he was appointed orderly sergeant of the company, and was afterwards promoted to the rank of sergeant-major of the regiment.

He returned to Romney when peace was declared, but seeing no prospect of getting into business there, he spent several months in a store at Winchester, when John Jack, then cashier of the South Branch bank, offered him the charge of his store in Romney, with a share of the profits. This offer he accepted. The business prospered in his hands, and he continued with Mr. Jack until May, 1818, when two well knowu lawyers of Romney, Samuel Kercheval and Warner Throckmorton, proposed a partnership with themselves, in another store. Some of his best friends were strongly opposed to his leaving Mr. Jack; but the young merchant reasoned shrewdly on the subject. "If I remain with Mr. Jack, and build up a good business, the benefit of my labors will accrue to his son, who will eventually succeed his father. But these two lawyers know nothing about the mercantile business, and anticipating larger profits than they are likely to realize, they will become tired, and, by the time I shall have made enough to buy them out, they will be ready to retire." The event justified his sagacity. In much less time than he expected he became sole owner of the store, giving his bonds for the value of the goods. Having borrowed one thousand dollars he replenished his stock; "and by my constant attention to business," he continues, "was greatly encouraged, and built up a trade which continued to increase. This, May, 1819, was the date of my start in life."

In 1825 he was ordained a ruling elder of the Romney church, and continued to act as such up to the time of his death. In June, 1820, he was appointed by the county court a justice of the peace, and remained such until 1852, when, by a change in the State constitution, the office became elective by the people. He was re-elected, and served continuously until the commencement of the war, occupying, by the choice of his fellow-justices, the position of presiding judge. The services Mr. Gibson rendered to Hampshire County in this capacity were invaluable. He was gifted with that rare common sense which arrives at just conclusious, without a distinct consciousness, at all times, of the intervening mental process; and a mind like his could not but absorb a large amount of legal knowledge in the trial of tbe numerous cases argued before him.

In 1823 he was elected a director of the Valley Bank, and in 1837 became its president. In December, 1833, he was married to his second wife, the daughter of Isaac Vanmeter, of Hardy County, who died in August, 1859. Of her six children, two died in infancy. Her elder son sleeps in the grave of a Confederate soldier at Richmond.

In 1836 Mr. Gibson retired from the mercantile business, in which he had greatly prospered, and bought the valuable South Branch farm, upon which he resided during the rest of his life. His native energy and sound judgment, and the systematic habits contracted in his former employment, were brought successfully to bear upon the management of this novel enterprise. Here he dispensed a generous hospitality and died November 10, 1870.

JAMES A. GIBSON, son of David Gibson, was born in 1844. He was successively justice of the peace, assessor, commissioner of the court, and postmaster. His wife, Mrs. Sallie E. Gibson, died November 24, 1884, at the age of forty-eight. Isaac, a brother of James A. Gibson, was killed in the Confederate army. Miss Mary Gibson, daughter of James A. Gibson, is the possessor of an autograph letter from General Robert E. Lee, not written to her, but which came into her possession, and is preserved as a souvenir. Tbe family were all admirers of the great Confederate general.

JOHN W. GRACE, of Springfield district, farmer, son of John and Catherine Grace, was born 1834; married, 1864, Catherine, daughter of Jacob P. and Hannah Daniels; children, Emma V., Robert C., Jacob D., William H., Clarence E., Virgil J., and Walter L.

N. B. GUTHERIE, of Springfield district, merchant, son of William and Isabella Gutherie, was born in Pennsylvania, 1813; English and Irish ancestry; married, 1855, Mary E., daughter of Solomon and Mary Parker; children, Belle, R. E., M. T., and N. B.

CONRAD GLAZE, farmer of Green Spring, son of Andrew and Nancy Glaze, was born 1845; German ancestry; married, 1867, Eliza, daughter of John and Ellen Wince, of Virginia; children, John M., George W. W., James A., Edward, Nancy V., Maria, and Walter C.

W. N. GUTHRIE, merchant, resident of Romney, son of N. B. and Elizabeth Guthrie, of scotch and Irish ancestry, was born 1849; married, 1875, to Susan, daughter of James and Hannah Kuykendall; children, N. B., W. F., Hannah B., Elizabeth F., Fannie T., James K., Robert F., and Mary L. Mr. Guthrie was a merchant for many years at French's Station, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He moved to Romney in 1895.

JAMES A. GIBSON, of Romney, son of David and Ann M. Gibson, of Scotch and Irish ancestry, was born near Romney, 1842: married, 1872, to S. E. Gilkeson, daughter of John Bell and Mary Gilkeson, of Moorefieid; children, Mary, Ann M., Bell, David, and Sarah H. Further mention of Mr. Gibson is made in this book.

G. A. GIBBONS, clergyman, resident of Romney, son of Alexander and Rebecca Gibbons, of English ancestry, was born at Aquasca, Maryland, 1843; married, 1873, to Laura A., daughter of William H. and Jane E. Whaley, of Virginia; children, Page A., Hugh Kent, Mabel Earle, snd Ruth A.

H. B. GILKESON, lawyer, resident of Romney, son of Robert W. and Sarah E. Gilkeson, of Scotch ancestry, was born at Moorefield, 1850; married, 1884, to Mary K., daughter of J. J. and E. J. Paxton, of Virginia; children, Laura P., Robert W., and Henry B. Further mention of Mr. Gilkeson will be made in this book.

J. T. GOLDSBOROUGH, agent Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, resident of Romney district, son of Thomas and Hannah A. Goldsborough, of English and German ancestry, was born on Patterson Creek, 1859; married, 1890, to B. W. Parker, daughter of I. V. and Gertrude Parker; children, Bessie Ward, Blanche Parker, John Waldo, and Katie Marie.

JOHN R. GRAPES, farmer and teacher of Gore district, son of Isaac N. and Elizabeth Grapes, English parentage, was born 1861; married Lillie M. Wills; children, Flossie B., Nellie F., and Benjamin M.

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