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GARDNER Mr.  (of Root & Gardner)
Of Mr. Gardner it may be said, that he is a native of Nantucket, Mass.; born January 31, 1856. Receiving his preliminary education at Boston, in 1875, attending Columbia College Law School, becoming a graduate in 1877, he was admitted to practice in all the Supreme Courts, practicing in New York for a period of 18 months. In conclusion, we wish the new law firm a hearty success in their practice at Carrollton
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 480; - transcribed by bmt

GARDINER J. B. farmer and stock raiser. Sec 13, P.O. Kane, son of Christopher J. Gardiner, the pioneer minister of Greene County, who was born in Prince William County, Virginia, on the 10th day of June, 1798, where he resided with his brother-in-law, William Evans, till his sixteenth year, his parents having died in his early infancy. It was during the Spring of 1814 he emigrated to Kentucky, and located in the town of Hopkinsville, where he made a profession of religion, and united with the Methodist Church, of which during life he was an active member. In July, 1818, he removed to St. Louis, where he established a tan-yard, the second one in the then village of St. Louis, which he continued to operate until the Fall of the next year, and in December, 1819. located in Greene County, where he was destined to play so important a part as a successful agriculturist and minister of the Gospel. Selecting land near Rivesville, he began the improvement of his farm. On the 14th of December, 1823, he was married to Miss Margaret Mains, a daughter of Robert Mains, who was one of the early pioneers of Illinois. By that union Mr. Gardiner had six sons, five of whom are yet living: The eldest, James B., is a merchant at Kane; the second, William P., many years ago, crossed the Plains for California, and has never been heard from; Samuel G., postmaster and merchant at Kane; Joshua A. Gardiner is a resident of Texas; Christopher J. Gardiner, who resides on the old homestead property; L. D. Gardiner is a resident of Christian County. On the loth of October, 1835, occurred the death of Mrs. Gardiner, and on the 26th of March, 1837, Mr. Gardiner was married to Sarah Arrowspiger, by whom he had three children. Mrs. Gardiner's demise occurred on the 5th day of June, 1844, and on the 20th of August, 1845, Mr. Gardiner was united in wedlock, with Elizabeth Burch. This marriage was blessed with one child. Christopher J. Gardiner, Jr., from whom this sketch is obtained, was born in Greene County, February 24, 1833, where he has followed the occupation of a farmer from his earliest years. In March, 1874, he was married to Miss Matilda Witt, a daughter of William P. Witt, who bore a prominent part in the growth and development of Greene County. Three children were born of this marriage, two of whom are living: Lena W. and Hally. Christopher J. Gardiner is one of the most successful agriculturists in Greene County, and the owner of 460 acres of valuable land. At the present writing he holds the position of township trustee and justice of the peace
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 733-4(T9N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GARDINER & SHEPPARD, contractors and builders, have been established in businsss but one year, and have gained an enviable reputation for workmanship and honesty and reliability. John Sheppard, of this enterprising firm, was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1833. Received a liberal education; at nine he became employed in a pottery, working nine years; he became a skillful workman. Leaving England, he emigrated to America, locating at Jerseyville, Jersey County, he worked as a carpenter, having a natural inclination for this calling; starting in 1856 he won his way rapidly into public favor. He it was who drew the plans and built some of the best stores and dwellings at Jerseyville, White Hall, and Roodhouse. His partner, George Gardiner, was born at Somersetshire, England, in 1848; came to America in 1870; served apprenticeship in England
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 527-8(White Hall); - transcribed by bmt

GILES ANDREW, proprietor Astor House and constable of the town of Kane, is a native of Ireland, born in Dublin County in 1836. At the age of twelve his parents concluded to better their fortunes in the new world, and accordingly the year 1849 found them passengers on board a sailing vessel. They landed in due time in New York City, eventually settling upon a farm in the State of New York, and there passed the remainder of life. Our subject wended his way west in 1848, locating in Jersey County, where he secured employment upon a farm. Here he married Miss Mary Sweeney, a daughter of Michael Sweeney, one of the first native Irishmen in the county. Four children were born of this marriage: William, John, James and Peter. In 1863 Mr. Giles enlisted in Co. G, 14th Ill., a non-commissioned color sergeant. He served honorably through the war and became a participant in numerous battles, as Belmont, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and others, noted in history. When the war closed he returned to Jersey County, where he remained until 1867, when he moved to New Kane, where he became the proprietor of a hotel, transacting a successful business. Mr. Giles is the owner of town property here, and a worthy citizen of the town
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 734(T9N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GILLESPIE DANIEL H, proprietor Carrollton Saw Mills; for a period of seventeen years, the above named gentleman has transacted a successful saw-milling business at various points in Greene County. For the past three years has been the successful proprietor of the above named works, within the corporation of Carrollton, where having all modern facilities he is fully prepared to meet all demands that may be made upon him. This mill, in all probability, is better adapted and has better facilities for sawing than any mill of a similar character in Greene County, and the large and constantly increasing trade has been brought about through the energy and reliability of its successful proprietor, who was born in Brown County, Ohio, July 26, 1826, where he grew to manhood, and in the adjoining county of Adams was united in marriage in 1849 to Miss Ann Hoop. In 1856 Mr. G. became a resident of Greene County, where he has since turned his attention to the above business
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 479-80(Carrollton); - transcribed by bmt

GILSON EDWARD P. attorney and counsellor at law, is a native of Macoupin County, Ill., born in 1853, the oldest son of James W. and Marion Gilson. James Gilson was a grain merchant at Brighton, where the subject of our notice passed his early years. Receiving his prelimmary education in the district schools of his native place, at an early age he entered Blackburn University, where he entered upon a course of classical studies, graduating from this well known institution of learning in 1875; he now proceeded to Chicago, Ill., where he entered the law office of the Honorable Judge Lyman Trumbull, with all the energies of his nature bent upon acquiring a full knowledge of the law. At the expiration of two years he was admitted to practice in all the United States Supreme Courts at Mount Vernon, Ill. For the past year Mr. Gilson has been a resident of Carrollton, where among his many skillful competitors he makes a very fair showing indeed, and we heartily wish him success in the profession for which he seems peculiarly fitted
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 480(Carrollton); - transcribed by bmt

GILSON HENRY D. farmer. Sec. 23, P.O. Breese, was born in Grafton, Windham Co., Vermont, Sept. 23, 1825. He came to Bridgeport Nov. 11, 1848. He was married twice; first in Vermont, July 5, 1845, to Calista M. McCollister, daughter of Reuben and Lucy McCollister, West Windsor, Ver.; she was born Sept. 16, 1825. They had eight children: Daniel H., born in Vermont, May 1, 1847; Arthur E., born in Vermont in 1849; Charles A., born in Breese, Aug. 13, 1850; Mason E., born June 15, 1855, in Scott Co.; Donna M., born in Scott Co. in 1857, died in Fall of 1861; Isaac H., born in Scott Co., deceased; Luman R., deceased. Married second time Nov. 3, 1871, to Elizabeth A. Davis, of this county. By this marriage he had three children, but only one is living, A. Burr, born Dec. 21, 1875. He has forty acres of land, on which he has lived since 1861; he is also occupied in moving buildings, and has moved over three hundred buildings and can furnish numerous references. He has an old shotgun, made by Robins, Kendell & Lawrence Windsor, Vermont, in 1847, which is six and a half feet long and is quite a curiosity
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 615-6(T12N R13W); - transcribed by bmt

GIMMY ADAM. Deceased, who during his life was a prominent farmer within the borders of Greene County, was born in the kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, Aug. 25, 1822. But little of his early life can now be learned, and accordingly we enter into a short description relative to his career in America; during the winter of 1848 he worked at his trade, that of a shoemaker, at Cleveland, Ohio. Remaining one year at this city we next find him a resident of St. Louis, where he worked at his trade until his location in Carrollton, where he entered into partnership business with a brother, Frederick Gimmy. For that period of time the firm transacted a successful business. Dissolving partnership in 1853, Mr. Gimmy next turned his attention to farming, continuing in this vocation until resuming business in 1859 at Carrollton, where he conducted a successful merchandise until his decease, which occurred during the Spring of 1877, when all that was mortal of Adam Gimmy was laid at rest in the beautiful cemetery of Carrollton, a handsome monument marking the spot. The survivors of the family are Mrs. Gimmy, Adam, Mary B., Lewis F. and George. Adam, from whom this narration is obtained, embarked in his present business of grocer four years prior to the death of his father, and a more live, energetic business man it would be a hard matter to find; his stock of goods, always of the best, are bought low for cash, which customers will do well to note. See business card elsewhere
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 480(Carrollton); - transcribed by bmt

GIMMY JOHN, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 10, P.O. Kane. John Gimmy is a native of Germany, born in 1836, oldest son of Frederick and Margaret. In 1850 this family crossed the ocean for America, landing in the city of New Orleans; from the Crescent City making their way to the city of St. Louis, where they remained one month when they removed to Greene County on the second of January, 1851, where the members of the family still reside. John, from whom this sketch is obtained, has through unremitting industry, acquired a large estate, comprising 289 acres. In January, 1869, Mr. Gimmy was married to Catherine Weaver, of Germany, by whom he has three children: Frederick, Henry and John.
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 734-5(T9N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GOODE W. B. farmer. Sec. 29, P.O. Berdan; was born in Christian County, Kentucky, Sept. 16, 1827; was the fourth son of W. H. and Gensey Goode, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Tennessee. They came to this county in 1829, which was at that time almost a wilderness. The subject of this sketch was about one and a-half years old when he came to this county; has since been a resident, and expects to spend the remainder of his days on the farm he now resides upon. In August 22, 1845, was married to Eliza Ann Davidson, by whom he had eight children; five are now living: Ginsey Ann, born June 11, 1846; Emeline, born Jan. 28, 1848, Angeline, born Jan. 28, 1848, twins; Melissa Jane, born Oct. 4, 1849; John L. born July 25, 1851. Mr. Goode was married the second time to Elizabeth Walker, a native of this county, by whom he has nine children, but two are now living, viz: Alzina, born Jan. 5, 1865; Alvin, born April 20, 1872. Mr. Goode owns 365 acres of land; has an interest in 160 acres not yet divided. Mr. Goode has acquired what he has by close attention to business, rigid economy, and patient industry; commenced with the traditionary mould-board plow and the hand sickle, and thus moved along with the passing years, and is now in the fruition of his early and sanguine anticipations  
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 633(T11N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GOODE, William
William Goode, Deceased - This gentleman, who for many years previous to his death was a respected citizen of Chetopa township, Neosho county, was a native of Virginia, born April 6, 1821. His parents were William and Agnes (Cole) Goode, who were also Virginians by birth and who migrated from Virginia early in the last century and settled in Green county, Illinois, and there subsequently lived and died - the father dying in 1841 at about the age of seventy-seven and the mother in 1854 at about the age of seventy-six. Mr. Goode's father was in the war of 1812 and his grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier. The Goodes and Coles being among old Virginia families, members of these families figured in all the early Indian wars as well as in the Colonies' contests with the mother country. They were natural fighters and born pioneers being people of large frame, strong constitutions, courageous and self-reliant with an inbred love of freedom and fondness for the forest and the rude life of the frontier.  William Goode, growing up among such a people and such surroundings, naturally took to that sort of a life himself and when he found the country becoming too thickly settled for him in Illinois he cast his eyes toward the great west and hither directed his footsteps as offering the most promising arena for his activities. He came to Kansas on a tour of investigation in 1869 and remained about a year when he returned to Illinois and having made up his mind to settle here moved his family out and located in Chetopa township, Neosho county, in March, 1870. He filed on a quarter section of land in that township and there subsequently lived and died. He was, as the date shows, an early settler of that locality, a farmer and stock raiser and met with a fair degree of success. He never had any desire to accumulate a great amount of property but was contented to live and let live. He discharged his duties acceptably as husband, father, friend and neighbor and took such interest in the welfare of the community as might be expected of a good citizen. He died April 27, 1901; was for fifteen years previous to his death a member of the Christian church.  Mr. Goode married Melissa Sterling in Green county, Illinois, in 1847. Mrs. Goode was born in Athens county, Ohio. Her father was Morris Sterling and her mother bore the maiden name of Roxana Ballard, both of whom were natives of New York and who moved to Athens county, Ohio, at an early day, lived there a number of years when they went to Greene county, Illinois, where they subsequently lived and died, dying, the father in 1864 at about the age of fifty from disease contracted in the Union army, the mother in 1894; at the age of ninety-one.  Mrs. Goode is the eldest of a family of seven children, the others being Emily, who was married to James Guthrie and is deceased; Salina, who was married to Nathaniel Moore, and is deceased; Sarah, who was married to George Sterling and lives in Chautauqua county, Kansas; Selena, widow of Azariah McVay, who makes her home with Mrs. Goode; James, deceased, and Myron, who lives at Palmyra, Macoupin county, Illinois.  Mr. and Mrs. Goode raised a family of two sons and three daughters, namely, Mary, wife of Richard Howlett, of East St. Louis, Illinois; Benton, who lives in Chautauqua county, Kansas; Virginia, who was first married to Francis Messet and after his death to William McDonald, and resides in Wilson county, Kansas, Myron who resides in Kiowa county, Kansas, and Annie, wife of Edward H. Deats, a sketch of whom appears in this work. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by Vicki Bryan]

GOODING CHARLES, farmer. Sec. 15, P.O. Athensville. Son of M. S. Gooding, who was born in North Carolina, July 22, 1791; married in Kentucky to Eva Dunlap, and settled in this county about 1825, and died in 1834, leaving five young children to be provided for by their mother, who, by great perseverance succeeded in her labor of love, and died in July, 1854. Charles Gooding was born Feb. 10, 1834; married April 13, 1853, to Maria, daughter of Theo. and Ellen Stafford, of Morgan Co., born Nov. 14, 1825; this union has been blessed by four children, viz: Ellen M., born July 1, 1854, Milton S,, born Dec. 9, 1856, Henry E., born Feb. 9, 1858, and Charles A., born Aug. 9, 1861. Mr. Gooding has devoted his industries solely to agricultural pursuits; homestead consists of 180 acres
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 604-5(T12N R10W); - transcribed by bmt

GRAVES JAMES M. painter. Sec. 4. P.O. Carrollton. Mr. Graves was born in Missouri, on the 24th of February, 1844. Here many years of his life were spent, where he was apprenticed to the trade of a painter at the early age of fourteen. When the war came on he enlisted in Company B, Provisional Regiment, remaining three years in the service of Uncle Sam. He followed his vocation of painter in Missouri until 1868, when he moved to Illinois, locating at Carrollton, Greene County. Here he formed the acquaintance of and married Miss Mary E. Thorp, a daughter of William Thorp, of Ohio. Of this marriage two children were born : William P. and Rufus M. Since his residence here Mr. Graves has followed the occupation of painting, and is well and favorably known. See business card elsewhere
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 517(T10N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GRAY J. HOWARD, druggist, Greenfield. The subject of this sketch first beheld the light of day in Halifax County, N. C, on Christmas day, 1828. Is the son of J. J. Gray; his mother's maiden name was Lizzie Hubbard. They are of Scotch and Dutch descent. At an early day the family emigrated to this State, and bought a farm near Greenfield, in Macoupin County, where the father of J. Howard still resides; he is now seventy-five years of age; has in his time officiated in different pastorates, being a regularly ordained minister of the Presbyterian faith. In 1837, he went to Monmouth, where he accepted a call, and supplied that pulpit until his failing health compelled him to return home. In the early part of J. Howard's life, he received his education at a private school, in which he had all the advantages in the way of the courses, that is now taught in our colleges, he having taken a classical course. In Oct. 9, 1855, he was united in marriage to Sarah Allen, daughter of George W. Allen, who is an old and well known resident in this county, and is the original proprietor of the town. Mrs. Gray was born in this county, Aug. 14, 1831. No issue. While they have never had any children of their own, yet they have always had in their family more or less children who have been unfortunate in losing their parents, and were left without 'a home, yet Mr. Gray and wife have taken care of them as if they were their own offspring, and have lavished the same kindness and good counsel upon them as if they were really their own. Mr. Gray, like all men who appreciate their wives, is justly proud of his, and twenty-three years of married life has not been sufficient to make him regret the choice he made, and thinks, if he had it to do over, he would choose as before. Many people are "married," yet not mated. In the year 1857 Mr. Gray embarked in the business in which he is now engaged, and it is said "if any man in the town has a gilt-edge credit, J. Howard Gray has, "and he is of the few, who began business at the time he did, that have sustained themselves, and made their business a steady growth and the enterprise a financial success. Mr. Gray has been a member of the M. E. Church for the last thirty years, and is also a Royal Arch Mason, and is a man that has preserved unsullied the family prestige, and is well deserving of the high character that he sustains in the circle of his acquaintances, and in the community in which he resides
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 676-7(T10N R10W); - transcribed by bmt

GREAVES WILLIAM O. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 27, P. O. Carrollton. Although not among the older residents of Greene County, Mr. Greaves is worthy of more than a passing notice. He was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1808. Growing to manhood in England, he became a butcher, followed this occupation many years, opening a shop and becoming quite successful. On the 9th day of January, 1832, he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Emmerson, by whom he had four children : Eliza, born June 6, 1S43, died August 24, 185 1; Emma, born October 18, 1835; Mary J., born January 5, 1847, and William H., born February 9, 1853, and died November 21, 1867. In 1841 Mr. Greaves landed in America, and settled in Greene, a man of no ordinary industry. In Carrollton and vicinity he followed the calling of butcher for a number of years. Mr. Greaves is now the owner of 160 acres of valuable land near Carrollton. Further notice will be given in another department of this work
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 517-18(T10N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GREENE JOHN H. farmer and stock raiser. Sec. 16, P.O. Kane. John Greene is a native of this county, born in 1847, and is the oldest son of Foster Greene, one of the wealthy agriculturists of this section, and the first white child born south of the Macoupin Creek, whose biography appears elsewhere. Amid the surroundings of pioneer life young Greene grew to manhood, and attained a vigor which laid the foundation of future success. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Pope, a daughter of the late Samuel Pope, one of the early settlers and prominent men here in official life. Mr. Greene has held but one office, that of commissioner of the county, in which capacity he gave general satisfaction, and upon retirement from office settled upon his farm, comprising 432 acres of valuable land. He ranks among the more successful farmers of this county. Of this marriage four children were born, three of whom are living: Gustin, Lela and Frank
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 735(T9N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GREENE NELSON, farmer and stock raiser. Sec. 24, P. O. Kane. Time has wrought many changes in the great and growing West, and few have been more stirring actors on the scene of action than the Greene family. Foremost among the leading spirits of pioneer days, we mention with more than a passing notice, William Greene, father of our subject; he was born in the State of Kentucky, of an extremely daring disposition; in his youth he wended his way to the State of Illinois, settling in Bond Co., thence to Madison Co., at a time when few then traversed Illinois, save the harbingers of advancing civilization, the hunters and trappers, who ever move onward at the advance of civilization. We do not know the motive that inspired William Greene to become a resident of this State at this early date, and eventually a leader among men, whose daring nature overcame all obstacles; doubtless the West, where game abounded in the forest, and the finny tribe that swam our Western waters, had claims for him; his martial spirit made him a leader among men, and shortly after his arrival in the West, we find him a soldier among other troops for the protection of the frontier; he was destined to witness many stirring events during these Indian expeditions; in 1819, he became a resident of Greene County, where he was destined to play so prominent a part, and where himself, John Greene and Thomas Carlin were instructed as to the laying out of the county seat; as we have seen, he was a man of no ordinary courage, and evinced so much reckless daring as the leader of parties known as the Macoupinites, equally as daring as himself, that when it became necessary for the erection of a court house in Carrollton, in after years, it is safe to assume that he bore no secondary part in the payment of money toward its erection. In early days, Carrollton was a central point for the militia drills, over which Mr. Greene was the presiding officer; in many ways he will long be remembered as one who helped materially toward making Greene County, named in honor of William and John Greene, one of the most flourishing counties in the State; he died in 1828; his estimable wife, who bore him five children, is still living, a resident of this township, a lady of sturdy independence and will, that distinguished many of the pioneer women, who spent no time in idleness. Nelson was the fourth child, and as our narrative is obtained from him. we here append a short biography. He was born in Greene County, in the year 1822, and grew up a stout, vigorous boy, early becoming inured to the hard work of a farm, and receiving such education as he obtained in a subscription school; in 1847, he was married to Elizabeth Ann Gano, a daughter of John S. Gano, a Virginian; in his own language —"I borrowed the clothes which I wore to the marriage," and subsequently borrowed many of the household utensils that formed the simple furniture of his cabin; but he worked hard, and this paved the way for future success; he is the owner of 120 acres of land in one of the best townships of Greene County; is a whole-souled, liberal gentleman, and enjoys the confidence of his many friends; he was twice elected justice of the peace, serving eight years, and has probably married more happy couples than any other man in the county. Mr. G. is the father of eight children: John, Emily, Mary, Sarah, Lucy, Herschel, Robert and Clarence
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 753-4(T9N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GREENE S. F. who bore a prominent part in the growth and development of the flourishing county of Greene, is a native of the county, born in 1820, and is in all probability the first white child born south of the Macoupin Creek. Of his parents it will be well to enter into a short description: John Greene, the head of the family, was a cotemporary settler with .Samuel Thomas and John Huitt, having settled south of the Macoupin Creek in 1819. He was a native of Kentucky, and is described as a man of genial manners, and whose hospitality was unbounded. Such was the confidence reposed in his honor and integrity, that in 1838 or 40, when the legislature convened in Vandalia, he served one term as a member, receiving a re-election two years later. His wife was Miss Nancy Mains, of Georgia. The marriage occurred in Madison County, but as nothing has been retained in writing by the surviving members of the family, the date cannot be ascertained. Both husband and wife have long since passed away, and the survivors of the family are now six sons and one daughter. The subject of our sketch, whose life history is here appended, is the second child born of this marriage. Growing to manhood upon the old farm homestead, he received such education as the facilities of a log cabin offered. In 1846, November 5th, he was united in marriage to Miss Polly Witt, a daughter of Franklin Witt, by whom he had one child, John H. Mrs. Greene departed this life September nth, 1850, and two years later Mr. Greene was married to Miss Eliza J, Witt, a cousin of his first wife, and the daughter of William P. Witt by whom he has six children: William R., Hattie L., Robert W., Mary E., Justina and Walter B. During the Autumn of 1866 Mr. Greene received the nomination and was elected sheriff of this county, and serving one term gave general satisfaction to the law-abiding portion of the community, and in 1877 he was elected county commissioner by a large majority Ranking among the prominent farmers of the west, Mr. Greene is the owner of 706 acres of valuable land, and holds a controlling interest in the private banking institution known as Littlefield & Greene's
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 735(T9N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GREENE & SMITH, dealers in dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc. The above enterprising firm was organized as John Greene & Co., subsequently the above firm came into existence, who started comparatively in a small way compared to their present extensive business. The senior member of this, by far the largest house in the town of Kane, was born in this county in 1847, and grew to maturity on the old farm homestead of his father, Nelson Greene, receiving a liberal education in the district schools of his native place. The first venture in business was made with Mr. N. M. Perry, in the town designated as Old Kane, where a general merchandise business was done. Subsequently Mr. Greene purchased the interest of Mr. Perry, and conducted a successful business at Old Kane, until his removal to the present town. His business career in this place is too well known to be repeated here. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Perry, a daughter of N. M. Perry, deceased, by whom he had three children, two of whom are living, Mabel and Morrison
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 735(T9N R11W); - transcribed by bmt

GREENE W. E. farmer and stock raiser. Sec. 31, P.O. Rockbridge, is a native of this county; born May 25, 1824. His father's name was John and his mother's Mary, of the Mairs family, who were the parents of five children, of whom W. E. was the fifth in order. They came to this State as early as 1818, located near Kane, entered land, and lived on the same until their death. The subject of this sketch had very limited advantages, so far as education was concerned, but learned to read and write, and got some little idea of figures, but his education has been more of a practical nature. He remained at home until he attained his twenty-sixth year; at this time he was united in marriage to Eliza J. Enslow, born June 29, 1833. She was a daughter of Worthington Enslow, of this county. After his marriage, he rented land of his father, up to the year 1854, when they moved to some land that Mrs. Greene had inherited from the estate, where they continued about two years, then returned to the land they had formerly occupied, of the Greene estate, remaining there until the year 1860. Then going back again to the Enslow land, where they built them a hewed log house; continued here twelve years, and in the Spring of 1872 they moved to the place they now reside; this farm is known as the Witt estate. They are now located for life, and have, after their many changes and good management, accumulated until they now own 880 acres of land, which is well improved. Mr. Greene has always been an adherent to the principles of Democracy. They have had nine children, seven of whom are now living: Trinity Ann, born Oct. 23, 1852; Evans N., born March 7, 1854; John G., Oct. 9, 1855; Julia E., born Oct. 16, 1856; George N., bom Jan. 13, 1859; James F., born April 30, 1860; David R., born Nov. 9, 1868
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 677(T10N R10W); - transcribed by bmt

GREGORY A. B. farmer and stock raiser. Sec. 11, P.O. White Hall, was born in Greene County, Illinois, 1839, is the son of Chas. Gregory, who was born May 28, 1797, in Connecticut, and died May 6, 1845, in Greene County; emigrated to Ohio with his father when small, living there till 1818, then started for the far West to seek his fortune with the old pioneers of Illinois; came down the Ohio in a canoe with a young man by the name of Elom Brown, landing at Shawneetown, Illinois, and walked from there to Wood River, near Alton; when he landed there had the small sum of fifty cents; staid in Illinois one year, made enough money to buy a horse and pay his expenses back to Ohio, where he staid a short time and returned to Madison County, Illinois, living there and in Missouri till 1821, then entered land in Greene County, improved it, and married in 1825, to Elizabeth Woodman, who was born March 20, 1804, in Vermont; have six children—one living. Mr. Gregory was in the Black Hawk war of 1831-2; acted as State Treasurer in an early day; was a member of the Legislature, and Colonel of State Militia in 1844. Three of his children grew to manhood: Byron L. born Aug. 2, 1827, educated himself for a lawyer and practiced in Winchester, Ills., died Aug. 8, 1855; James N. born July 29, 1829, was married Feb. 14, 1856, to Sarah E. Pierson, who was born in Greene County; have three children: Mary E. Lenora I. Eugenia L. J. N. Gregory was a farmer and stock dealer; was a prominent man, and had the respect of all who knew him. The wife died Feb. 1, 1878, and Mr. Gregory survived but one day, dying with the heart disease Feb. 3d
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 645-6(T11N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GRIMES JOHN, deceased, for many years a farmer in Greene County; was born in Kentucky, July 21, 1815. In a very early day he wended his way to the West, first settling in Jersey County where he remained a short time, when he moved to Greene County, locating on what is now known as Lorton's prairie, where he erected a small rough log cabin; living in this rude affair until he located near White Hall on the farm properly now owned by Mrs. Grimes; this land was bought at a low price, as the means of the pioneer were limited. Here he worked and prospered for many a year, acquiring a property of some 200 acres. Mr. Grimes departed this life January 28, 1872. Mr. Grimes was first married to Miss Mary Ann Potts in 1836, by whom he had seven children, Ellen M , Margaret J., William B., Julius F., Sarah Ann, Anna A., Elam A. and Mary E. His second wife Sarah Webb, is a daughter of James Rawlins and relict of John Webb; children by second marriage are Charles, Julia F., Dora B., Jennie S., and John R. Mrs. Grimes is the owner of a large estate in Greene County
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 553-4(T12N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GRIMES W. B. proprietor White Hall livery, cor. Main and Bridgeport Sts., was born in Pike County, Ill., in 1836. He was the third child of John and Mary Ann Grimes, natives of Illinois. John Grimes was a well known, wealthy farmer. He died in 1872; his wife was laid at rest some years before. There were born of this marriage seven children. At the age of twenty W. B. Grimes entered the service of the United States, enlisting in Company I, 91st Ill. Inf.; engaged in many important battles. He was honorably discharged. In 1S65 he returned to Greene County, and became a farmer until 1870, when he became engaged in his present calling. A short time ago he purchased the livery of Samuel Potts; these in connection with his old establishment are unequaled in Greene County. His present partner, Ike Powell, is a well known business man of this place. In 1866 Mr. Grimes was married to Miss Elizabeth Baston, a daughter of Charles and Nancy Baston, of Tazewell County, Illinois
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 528(White Hall); - transcribed by bmt

GRISWOLD EDGAR, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 9, P.O. White Hall, was born in Vermont, 1820, came to Greene County, Illinois, with his father, David E. Griswold, in 1831, when the country was but thinly settled; followed the occupation of a farmer; has dealt in stock to a large extent, and now owns a fine farm which is well improved, which contains 264 acres, and one farm in Christian County, of 560 acres; was married March 12, 1840, to Lucia North, a native of Greene County, born 1822, have eleven children: Perry D. born April 14, 1841; Seth, born Jan. 16, 1843; Chester S. born Dec. 22, 1844, deceased; Mary E. born Aug. 17, 1847; Silvy J. born Jan. 19, 1850; Martha H. born Sept. 10, 1852, deceased; Damon A. born Oct. 31, 1855; Lydia, born May 7,1858, deceased; Caroline, born Oct. 16, 1859; George A. born Aug. 15, 1863, deceased; Edward A. born June 26, 1866.
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 646(T11N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GRISWOLD U. A. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 5, P.O. White Hall, born Dec. 29, 1828; was married Jan. 14, 1863, to Sallie E, Baker, who was born in 1836, in Kentucky, the daughter of C. B. Baker; have five children; George C. born Nov. 6, 1863; Mary E. born July 20, 1865; Elmer E. born Feb. 4, 1867; Louis M. born Sept. 6, 1868; Albert H. born July 25, 1874. The father of Mr. Griswold, Harry Griswold, was born Jan 9, 1790, in Vermont; came to Illinois in 1820 with but one hundred dollars, with which he bought land from the government, and as he accumulated money bought more land, and at the time of his death he owned a large tract of land. Was married Oct. 5, 1826, to Maria Post, who was born Jan. 1, 1804; have eight children, five of whom are living. The subject of this sketch lives on the homestead of his father and owns 335 acres of land, all of which his father entered from the government
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 646(T11N R12W); - transcribed by bmt

GUTHRIE MELTON, deceased, was born in 1809, in Illinois; for many years he was a resident of Madison County; the date of his settlement in Greene County can not now be ascertained, but that it was an early one is evident from the fact that but one log cabin, whitewashed, or having a white appearance, marked the present town of White Hail. For two campaigns he became a participant in the Black Hawk war. January 14th, 1833, he was united in marriage to Miss Katherine W. Either. At the time of his marriage he owned 80 acres, where he worked and toiled for many a year, while the improvements that characterized the Eastern States gradually became manifest in the West; an energetic man, a worthy type of the generous pioneer, his memory is warmly cherished; he passed away in 1877. His wife, who helped very materially toward her husband's prosperity, is a resident of township 12, range 11. There were born of this marriage eight children: Julia, who married Walker Gunn; James, who married Mary Ann Smith; died 1877; John, who married Frances Babbitt, and on her decease married Martha Williams; William, who married Miss Elizabeth Martin; Joshua, who married Miss Louisa Martin; Martha, who married John Moore^ and Dempsey, who married Margaret Kicis
Source: "History of Greene County Illinois"; Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879, page 588(T12N R11W); - transcribed by bmt