JAMES EDWIN GAULT, general farmer, residing on the old Gault homestead of 156 acres which is situated in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born on this farm, April 6, 1857, and is a son of John and Mary (Davidson) Gault.
John Gault was born in Pennsylvania, and he was a farmer throughout his entire mature life. He was industrious and provident, and acquired the excellent farm which his widow and children own. His death occurred in September, 1869, and his burial was in Cross Creek Township. He married Mary Davidson, who was born in Maryland. She still survives, and resides on the homestead and, considering that she is in her eighty-fourth year, is in the enjoyment of remarkable health. The children born to John and Mary Gault were as follows: Davidson Stewart, Margaret Ann, William Chambers, Rebecca Elizabeth (wife of Robert Crouch), and James Edwin.
James Edwin Gault obtained his education in the country schools. When eighteen years of age he took many of the labors of the farm on his own shoulders and has continued on the homestead, and since the death of his father has operated the farm for his mother. The land is fertile and under Mr. Gault's excellent methods produces abundantly.
In November, 1900, Mr. Gault was married to Miss Julia Underwood, a daughter of John and Mary (Mansfield) Underwood. The father of Mrs. Gault is deceased, but the mother survives and resides with a daughter at Steubenville. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Underwood were: Julia; Agnes, wife of J. B. Nicholson; and Carrie, wife of J. M. Reynolds. As was his father, Mr. Gault is a Democrat, but he is no seeker for office. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church and his wife to the Episcopal Church in the township. His grandparents on the paternal side were Adam and Margaret (Stewart) Gault, and on the maternal, Elias and Susan Davidson, all old settlers in Jefferson County.