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Samuel M. Gesaman

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Samuel M. Gesaman

Posted: 18 Jun 2003 10:04PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Gesaman, Lonas, & Lawrie
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 453-54

Samuel M. Gesaman. He whose name initiates this review is a member of a sterling family whose name has been long and worthily linked with the history of Huntington county, and he is one of the progressive and substantial farmers of Huntington township, which section of the county has been his home from the time of his birth and in which he has marked the passing years with large and worthy achievement. He has impregnable vantage-place in the confidence and esteem of the people of his native county, and as one of the progressive and influential citizens of Huntington township he is fully entitled to specific recognition in this publication.

Mr. Gesaman was born on the old homestead farm of his parents, in Huntington township, this county, and the date of his nativity was October 28, 1862. He is a son of John H. and Sarah C. (Lonas) Gesaman, the former of whom was born near Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of whom was a native of Virginia, their marriage having been solemnized in Starke county, Ohio. About the year 1860 John H. Gesaman and his young wife came from Ohio to Huntington county, Indiana, the journey to the new home having been made with team and wagon. John H. Gesaman purchased a tract of land south of the city of Huntington, in Huntington township, and there he reclaimed a most productive farm, the homestead being now one of the model places of the township and being still the residence of the venerable and honorable pioneer who there established his home about a half century ago. The devoted wife and mother passed to eternal rest in 1884, and is survived by six children: Mary, who is the wife of Samuel Scott, of Rock Creek township; Frank E., who is a prosperous farmer in the state of Montana; Samuel M., who is the immediate subject of this sketch; John W., concerning whom individual mention is made on other pages of this volume; Jennie, who is the wife of Frank Minton, of Huntington township; and Charles W., a resident of Chautauqua county, New York state.

Samuel M. Gesaman found his childhood and youth compassed by the influences and discipline of the homestead farm on which he was born and to the work of which he early began to contribute his aid. He continued to attend the district school, principally during the winter terms, until he was about seventeen years of age, and he continued to be associated in the work and management of the old homestead place until he had attained to the age of twenty-four years, though his marriage occurred shortly after he gained the distinction of legal majority. He is now the owner of a well improved and most productive landed estate of nearly two hundred acres, all being situated in Huntington township. His homestead place, improved with an attractive residence and other excellent buildings, comprises eighty-one acres, and his other farm, located about two miles distant, has an area of one hundred and five and one-half acres. Both farms give every evidence of thrift and prosperity and the owner avails himself of the best modern facilities in carrying forward the various details of the farm operations. He and his wife have a wide circle of friends in their native county, and their pleasant home is a center of generous hospitality. Loyal and progressive as a citizen and a stanch republican in his political allegiance, Mr. Gesaman has manifested no desire for public office, though ever ready to aid in the furtherance of measures projected for the general good of the community. He is affiliated with Huntington Lodge, No. 93, Knights of Pythias, in the city of Huntington, judicial center of the county.

On April 7, 1887, was recorded the marriage of Mr. Gesaman to Miss Mary C. Lawrie, who was born March 28, 1863, in Huntington township, and whose parents, George and Margaret (Lillie) Lawrie, honored citizens of this county, met a tragic death, both having been killed by a mad and infuriated bull; the animal attacked them on their home farm and Mrs. Lawrie having met death when she went to the assistance of her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Gesaman have two daughters; Jennie H., wife of Prof. Merrill Schell, who is superintendent of the public schools of the village of Roanoke, this county; and Edith L., who was graduated in the Huntington high school in the class of 1913, and who is now a successful and popular teacher in the schools of her home county. Both daughters have also received musical instruction. The pretty homestead of Mr. and Mrs. Gesaman is known as “Green Lawn Grange.”

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