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Biosketch of Reuben H. Gill (b. 1817)

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Biosketch of Reuben H. Gill (b. 1817)

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Reuben H. Gill, an old and honored resident of Clear Creek Township, is a native of Bracken County, Ky., and was born January 9, 1817. He was the sixth of eight children—five sons and three daughters—born to Reuben and Nancy (Hanson) Gill, natives of Virginia and Maryland, respectively, the former of Irish and English, and the latter of English descent. Our subject was reared in his native county, working upon a farm. He remained at home until he reached the age of twenty-three, after which he worked a part of the time at the trade of a stone mason, and continued in this way for a number of years. His marriage to Martha S. Herndon occurred in his native county, December 3, 1840. She was born in Campbell County, Ky., January 14, 1822, and was the fourth in a family of five children—three sons and two daughters—born to John and Nancy (Rariden) Herndon. She was left an orphan very early in life and in consequence she was reared chiefly among strangers. During the six years prior to her marriage she made her home with Aaron Gregg, who was a relative by marriage, and who resided in Bracken County, Ky. During the first year after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gill resided upon a farm in Bracken County. In 1842 they came to this county and settled in the woods of Clear Creek Township, where they have ever since resided. The site of their present farm was then a wilderness and the clearing of the farm occasioned a great deal of hard work. Mr. Gill chopped, grubbed, burned brush, rolled logs, made rails and, in fact, everything which the development of anew country necessitates. While thus industriously engaged, his wife stood and administering to his wants, as only a devoted wife could; and not unfrequently did she, too, enter the clearing, and assist in such ways as she could to prepare the ground for the plow. They are the parents of twelve children as follows: William F., born October 29, 1841; Susan F., born October 12, 1843, died August 12, 1865; John S., born March 21, 1846; Sarah E., born August 25, 1848; Elias H., born October 6, 1850; Laura E., born February 27, 1852; Mary L., born May 23, 1855, died June 19, 1859; Axalonia M., born September 20, 1857; Joseph M., born March 14, 1860; James E., born March 15, 1863, died August 17, 1865; Martha E., born April 13, 1865, and Dessie B., born February 15, 1871. Mr. and Mrs. Gill are members of the Christian Church. In politics Mr. Gill formerly affiliated with the Whig party, casting his first presidential vote for William Henry Harrison in 1840. He was a firm supporter of Henry Clay, and continued to act with the Whig party until 1856, since which time he has ardently supported the principles of the Republican party. He has filled the office of trustee of his township in all about twelve years, and he has also held the office of assessor one term. He owns 120 acres of good land and a comfortable home, where he and wife are spending the decline of life in a quiet happy way. Though it is now nearly forty-seven years since their marriage, both are enjoying good health, and promise to live for many years to come, to reap the benefits of their labors in earlier years. He and wife have lived a useful and industrious life and they enjoy the universal respect and esteem of all.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Clear Creek Township, pages 581-2.

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