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Name: Ron Stephens
Email: rstephens@cableone.net< br> Surnames in Biography: Gilmour, Hickman, Bronaugh, Linebarger, Davenport, Casady, Kirkendall
Biography Title: John Wilson Gilmour
Biography: Taken from the OREGON PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD PAGES 1279 and 1280 published in Oregon circa 1900 JOHN WILSON GILMOUR, retired, now residing in Silverton, Marion County, Oregon was born in Lincoln County, KY, September 13, 1813, and is a son of GEORGE and POLLY [HICKMAN] GILMOUR. His father, a native of Kentucky, was a son of JAMES GILMOUR, who was born in Pennsylvania [1745]and in his youth settled with his parents in Virginia. GEORGE GILMOUR was a friend of Daniel Boone, the famous pionner of Kentucky who made his home near that of the Gilmour family. POLLY HICKMAN's maternal grandfather, JOHN WILSON, was a member of the famous band of free-lancers under the command of Francis Marion, and participated in the battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina {where he was killed}. August 20, 1833, JOHN WILSON GILMOUR married JANE ALEXANDER BRONAUGH and two months later settled in Hancock county, Illinois near La Harpe. In 1851, he started across the plains for Oregon with his wife and eight children. Six months later, the family arrived in what is now Washington county, Oregon, locating temporarily near Hillsboro. The following year they moved to Linn county where Mr. GILMOUR followed his trade of blacksmith and incidentally engaged in farming. At his shop, four miles west of Lebanon, he made many of the first plows used in Linn county. He became a man of considerable influence in the community, and four years later served as Justice of the Peace. Soon after locating in Linn county, the Rogue River Indian War broke out and for nine months he served as Captain of a wagon train for the government. Mr. GILMOUR's wife was a daughter of TALIAFERRO and JANE [GILMORE] BRONAUGH, representative of old families of Kentucky. Mrs. GILMOUR died December 9, 1885. To Mr. GILMOUR and his wife were born ten children [nine of them in Hancock County, Illinois], namely: 1. MARY JANE GILMOUR (born in 1834; deceased before 1851] 2. LUCY ELEANOR GILMOUR (born in 1835; deceased in 1853) married ANDREW JACKSON LINEBARGER 3. WILLIAM DAVID GILMOUR(born in 1839; deceased in 1868) married HARIETT LOUISA CASTEEL 4. JOHN THOMAS GILMOUR [born in 1840] married VIRGINIA LINEBARGER and resides in Ellensburg, Washington 5. GEORGE GILMOUR (born about 1841; deceased before 1850) 6. JAMES ALEXANDER GILMOUR [born 1842],was married to MARTHA ANN TURNER, and resides in Okanogan county, Washington 7. NANCY ELIZABETH GILMOUR [born 1844], married first in 1862, HENRY WISNER [deceased prior to 1870] married second,in 1872, TIMOTHY WOODBRIDGE DAVENPORT of Silverton, Oregon 8. GEORGE ROBERT GILMOUR [born 1848] married first to EMILY CASADY (deceased in 1884) and second in 1892, to MARY ETTA MITCHELL,and is a farmer near Silverton, Oregon; 9. MARTHA ANN GILMOUR [born 1850], married in 1865 NATHAN KIRKENDALL and lives in Olympia, Washington 10.SARAH GILMOUR (born 1852, in Oregon; deceased circa 1899) married in 1871, LAFAYETTE CASADY who lives in Ellensburg, Washington. The members of the GILMOUR family inherit a rare degree of artistic ability, their paternal grandparents having been gifted musicians, and the BRONAUGH family having exhibited considerable literary talent. This pioneer family has become well known throughout the Pacific Northwest, and its representatives are respected and admired for their many fine traits in character. . --------------------------------------------------

Name: Connie Breeden
Email: bre@adam.net
Surnames in Biography: Grindle, Fulton, Zarley, Maze, Shaw
Biography Title: Jacob Polk Grindle
Biography: 1. Grindle, Jacob Polk, one of the progressive farmers of Hancock County, owns and operates a fine farm of 100 acres on section 32 of Rock Creek Township. He was born in Knox County, Ohio, March 8, 1842m a son of Daniel and Hannah (Zarley) Grindle, natives of Pennsylvania. The mother of Mrs. Grindle died when she was an infant, and she was taken by her grandparents to Ohio. When Daniel Grindle was twenty-one years old, he went to Ohio, where he was engaged in coal mining until November, 1846, when he bought land in Davis County, Iowa, near Bloomfield, and farmed until 1852. In that year he moved to Schuyler, County, Mo. where he was engaged in farming until he retired. His death occurred in 1867. His widow survived him many years, dying in 1911 at the age of ninety-three years. Their children were as follows: Henry J., Polk; Lydia, who is Mrs. Oliver Fulton, lives in Sonora Township; Susan, who is Mrs. Pinkney Maze, lives at Kirskville, Mo.; Alva who lives in Oklahoma; James L. who lives in St. Clair county, Mo.; Margaret, who is Mrs. Lewis D. Fulton, lives in Arkansas; and Hanna Maria, who is Mrs. John Shaw, lives at Canton, Ill. Jacob Polk Grindle only received three months of schooling and that was when he attended a subscription school. On March 10, 1862, he enlisted for service during the Civil War in the Second Missouri Cavalry, which regiment was sent against the bushwhackers in Missouri and Arkansas. He was discharged March 22, 1865, and returned home. When his father died in 1867, he took charge of affairs and remained with the family until 1871, when he came to Hancock County, and in 1882 bought a farm in Montebello Township. After four years, he went to Sonora Township, and rented land until the spring of 1895, when he moved on his farm on section 32 Rock Creek Township, which he had previously bought. Since then he has tilled the land and put in many other improvements, having now a valuable property. On February 1, 1872, Mr. Grindle was married to Octavia Secricia Fulton, born in the southern part of Hancock County, a daughter of William and Mary (Smith) Fulton, native of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Grindle became the parents of the following children; Burieigh William, who died when eighteen years of age; Daniel Merritt and Clement Polk, both of whom live in Rock Creek Township. Warren Melburn, who lives in Arkansas; and Mary who is at home. Mrs. Grindle attended the district schools. In politics a Republican, Mr. Grindle has served as assessor for two years and also as a school director, and is a representative man in every respect. . --------------------------------------------------

Name: Linda Crocker
Email: llbc100@msn.com
Surnames in Biography: SEELEY, WHITE, FITTERLING
Biography Title: History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; Volume I - Shutter (Historical); volume II - Biographical; volume III - Biographical
Biography: Vol III, pg 236-239 GEORGE HENRY SEELEY George Henry Seeley, a prominent realtor of Minneapolis and also a large lumber operator, belongs to that class of men who owe their success to hard work and perseverance, for from a very early age he has been compelled to fight life's battles unaided, and his record is proof of the fact that merit and ability will always come to the front. He was born at Warsaw, Illinois, June 17, 1876, and his parents, Henry and Mary (White) Seeley, were also natives of that state. The mother passed away in 1879 and the father died in 1883. George H. Seeley, thus left an orphan when but seven years of age, attended the public schools of his native town, remaining there until 1896, when he came to Minneapolis and entered the public schools of this city, also completing a course in a business college at the corner of Third street and Marquette avenue. He next took up the study of electrical engineering, devoting about five years to that pro­fession, and then sought another field of activity, as he was desirous of conducting an enterprise of his own, seeing no future in a salaried position. In 1904 he purchased a half interest in Edward Ecklund's insurance business and two years later acquired entire control of the undertaking, which he has since operated inde­pendently under the name of the George H. Seeley Agency. He deals in real estate and fire insurance and his enterprise and close application have enabled him to build up a large business in both departments. In 1912 he became interested in the lumber business and organized the White Salmon Development Company, which is capitalized at two million dollars. He is president of the firm, which owns a large tract of land in the state of Washington, containing about three hundred million feet of timber, and the company also operates a large sawmill on the Columbia river, about sixty- five miles east of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Seeley has the broad vision, keen sagacity and executive ability necessary for the management of an undertaking of magnitude and carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes, for the word fail has never found a place in his vocabulary. His standing as a business man is indicated in the fact that he was made sole executor of the Elias Fitterling estate, valued at about one million dollars, and administered its affairs with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the heirs of the property. The will stated that he was to be trustee without bonds and he was at that time the youngest man in Minnesota ever trusted in this manner without being required to furnish bond. On the 17th of July, 1909, Mr. Seeley was married to Miss Bessie M. Fitterling, a daughter of William Fitterling. Mr. and Mrs. Seeley have become the parents of three children: Evelyn, Marion and George Henry, Jr. The family residence is at No. 2115 Emerson avenue South. Mr. Seeley is a prominent Mason, having taken the thirty-second degree in the consistory, and he is also a Noble of Zuhrah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is a life member of the Elks Club and since its organization has been connected with the Minneapolis Automobile Club, of which he was secretary for two years. He is also a member of the Minneapolis Athletic Club, the Minnetonka Country Club and the Old Colony Club of this city. He is a self-made man, before whom the door of opportunity has swung open because of his ability, industry and determination, and in winning advancement he has at the same time gained the unqualified esteem and respect of those with whom he has been associated, for he is thoroughly dependable and his integrity and honor have ever remained unquestioned. .