DAVISON S. GAULT, in whose death on April 20, 1898, Cross Creek Township lost one of its best known and most respected citizens, was a farmer by occupation. He was born on the farm now owned and operated by his widow and children, in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, August 1, 1845, and was a son of John Gault, mention of whom is made on another page of this work.
Mr. Gault attended the public schools during his boyhood and then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits which he followed throughout his active life. He bought the home farm of 119 acres from his father's heirs and conducted it successfully until his demise. He always took an earnest interest in the affairs of the community and for years was a member of the township school board. He was a Democrat in politics, and was affiliated with the Patrons of Husbandry.
On November 30, 1871, Mr. Gault was married to Miss Nancy E. Stark, a daughter of James and Margaret (Todd) Stark, her father a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, and her mother of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Stark was young when she came to Jefferson County with her parents, who were Joshua and Rebecca (Wilson) Todd. The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Gault were James and Elizabeth Stark, pioneers of Jefferson County. She was one of the following children born to her parents, both of whom died and were buried in Noble COunty, Ohio; Rebecca, deceased wife of Joseph Windham; Adaline, wife of James Robison; Mary Eva, Nancy E. (Gault), and William. To Davison S. and Nancy E. Gault were born the following children: John J.; Ada, who died at the age of seventeen years; William W.; Mary Boyd, wife od Samuel Crawford; Thomas Chambers; Charles Stark; Etta Usher, wife of Reed Scott; Frank M.; Margaret E.; and Elizabeth Alma. In religious faith, all are members of the Presbyterian Church.