Biography of Josiah Gano



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman was the eldest in a family of six children, and was born May 22, 1827, in Paris, Ohio. His father, John Gano, removed at an early day from Virginia to Ohio, and in the latter State became acquainted with and married Jane Kelsey. Josiah Gano lived with his father until he was twenty-three years of age, when he was married to Miss Margaret Calvin, daughter of Robert and Margaret Calvin; their union being consummated July 3, 1850. Their children, six in number,—two sons and four daughters,—are all living. After his marriage Mr. Gano worked his father’s farm about four years, and in 1854 removed, with his family, to Michigan, settling in Pipestone township, Berrien Co. The place on which he located contained one hundred and sixty acres, and was in the midst of the heavy timber, the nearest road being one mile distant. Mr. Gano worked zealously to clear and improve his farm, and his labors were crowned with most gratifying success. He died April 15, 1875, and Mrs. Gano and her children have since managed the affairs of the farm. Mr. Gano was possessed of a good common-school education.

In politics he was a Republican, but always respectfully declined to accept office. His religious views were of a liberal nature. Mr. Gano at one time suffered the loss of his buildings by fire, and met various other losses, but at his death left his family in comfortable circumstances. His loss was sincerely and deeply mourned, and a loving wife awaits the summons of the death-angel, when she shall join him in a better land.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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