JOHN F. GAUL, farmer, P. 0. Marionville, was born in Philadelphia, Penn., March 12. 1820, and is a son of John
F. and Catherine M. (Mayhew) Gaul. His paternal grandfather, also named John F. Gaul, was born in Germany, July
4, 1760, and came to America with his parents in 1768. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His maternal
grandfather, Samuel Mayhew, was born in New Jersey, July 4, 1760, and also participated in the same war. His father
was in the war of 1812, serving as a private in Capt. Hoffman's company, Pennsylvania Rifle Rangers, and his uncle,
Christian Gaul, was third lieutenant in the same company and in the same war. John F. Gaul (our subject) was reared
in Philadelphia, and after completing his education, served an apprenticeship as a brass founder, afterward engaging
in that business in Philadelphia, which he conducted for seven years. June 20, 1855, he came to Forest county and
purchased his present farm in Jenks township, which was then a virgin forest. He was united in marriage, in 1846,
with Miss Harriet, daughter of Daniel Dixon, of New Jersey. She died in 1852, leaving two children: Catherine E.
(widow of J. Douglas Lawrence, of Philadelphia) and John F. (in Mexico). Mr. Gaul was afterward married, in 1857,
to Miss Deborah, daughter of James Eldridge, and by her had two children, one deceased, and James E., living on
the home farm, married to Edith, daughter of James A. Scott, of Jenks township, and has one child, James Clinton.
John F. Gaul is a member of the Democratic party, with prohibition proclivities. He raised a company in Philadelphia,
and joined the Fourth Pennsylvania Reserves, serving as lieutenant colonel, under Gov. Curtin, and resigned in
1862. He was commissioner of Forest county from 1863 to 1870; justice of the peace five years, and school director
twelve years. He is a member of Jenks Lodge, No. 250, I. O. O. F., and of the Lutheran Church.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Forest County, PA Biographies
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