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Biography for Andrew Gault, Sr. and family who lived in Washington County PA at one time but who moved to Jackson Township, Mahoning County, Ohio

Searched and typed by Judith Florian

Background of migration into Ohio via The Connecticut Land Company 


Note:  If you download the entire biography of either volume, the book page numbers do not match the PDF page numbers, but the webmaster gives both numbers on each biography.

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Andrew GAULT, born in 1804, was the first white male child born in the township, and James Van EMMON the second [child]. Mary EWING (Mrs. Andrew GAULT) was born in 1807, and is said to have been the first female child.

Probably the first marriage was that of John EWING and Margaret ORR, which took place in 1805 in a little log-cabin on the ORR place, now known as the GOLDNER farm. The ceremony was performed by Squire CHIDESTER, of Canfield.

The first death was that of Mary [ORR], daughter of William [ORR] and Mary ORR, who died February 18, 1805, in the fourteenth year of her age. Her grave is in the old burying ground adjoining the Covenanter church.

WILLIAMS, p. 150 [PDF 237]


Andrew GAULT, Jr., youngest of seven children of Andrew GAULT, Sr., was born in Jackson township, Mahoning county, December 7, 1804. Andrew GAULT, Sr., was a native of Ireland and when about seventeen years of age he emigrated [sic=immigrated] to America and after a time settled in Washington county, Pennsylvania. April 22, 1788, he married Eleanor CHESNEY, by whom he had seven children. In 1803, he emigrated with his family to Trumbull county, Ohio, and settled in Jackson township, where his grandson, James G., and his mother now live.

He died January 8, 1832, surviving his wife, who died April 27, 1829. Andrew GAULT received a good education for the times, attending, besides the common schools, select schools and the Canfield school. He helped to clear the farm on which he lived and devoted his life to his chosen occupation, that of farming. March 31, 1831, he married Mary EWING, of Jackson township. She was born May 22, 1807. The result of this marriage was ten children, viz: Eleanor, Margaret, John E., Andrew R., Robert A., Margery Ann, James G., Sarah J., Mary C., and Rachel E., all of whom are living except Eleanor and Margery. 
It is said that Andrew GAULT, our subject, was the first white male child born in Jackson township, and that his wife was the first female child. Mr. GAULT was an intelligent but unassuming man and a Christian. He was a member of the Coventer church. He died at the age of about sixty-six.

Robert A. GAULT, son of the above, was born on the old homestead in Jackson, August 26, 1839. In 1861 he enlisted in company [sic] F, Forty-first Ohio volunteer infantry, serving four years and two months in the Army of the Tennessee and was in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Murfreesboro, Dallas, etc. He entered the service as a private but rose to the position of captain. In 1867 he was married to Miss Martha JOHNSON and has three children, viz: Cassius, Homer J., and Edith E.

James G. GAULT, youngest son of Andrew GAULT, Jr., was born in Jackson township August 21, 1842. In 1864 he went out in the one hundred day service, enlisting in company [sic] G, One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Ohio National guard [sic]. In 1869, June 15th, he married Mary Ellen EWING, who was born November 24, 1844. They have three children, viz: Charles C., Lois M. B., and Grace Irene.

Williams, p. 157 [PDF 246]


Robert GAULT, Jr., was born in Green township, Mahoning county, on December 8, 1814. He is the only child of Robert GAULT, Sr., who was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 1789. Robert GAULT, Sr., was the oldest child of Andrew GAULT. Robert GAULT was educated in the schools of Pennsylvania, and thus had probably better advantages than his younger brothers, whose chances for "schooling" were in the pioneer schools. He aided in clearing up and making a home and a sustenance on the tract of land which now constitutes the homestead. He and his father, when he [the son] was grown, purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, on which the subject of this sketch now resides. In the fall of 1813 he married Charlotte BOWMAN, daughter of Phillip BOWMAN, a pioneer of Green township. He was a German by birth and immigrated [sic=emigrated] from Maryland to Iowa. Prior to his immigrating [sic=emigrating] he was one of the soldiers of the Revolutionary war [sic]. A few months after their marriage Robert GAULT, Sr., was drafted in the War of 1812, and started for Detroit. At Cleveland he was taken ill, but for fear of being called a coward he proceeded with his company toward Detroit, but on the way was taken worse and died at Rocky River, Ohio, at the house of Widow Miner, October 29, 1814. Mrs. GAULT, meanwhile, had gone to her father's in Green township, Mahoning county, where soon after her husband's death she gave birth to her only child by this husband. She afterwards married Joseph HUDSON and moved to Iowa. When Robert GAULT, Jr., was two years old he went to live with his grandfather, Andrew GAULT. With him he grew up [sic=With his grandfather, Robert grew up.] On December 9, 1835, he married Margery EWING, daughter of John EWING of Jackson township. She was born in Jackson township on June 3, 1816. This marriage was blessed with twelve children---John, born December 27, 1836; Alexander, and Margaret Sarah (twins), May 26, 1838; Mary, December 14, 1839; Andrew, November 6. 1846; Caroline, July 8, 1843; Martha J., March 8, 1845; Gideon, November 6, 1846; Samuel S., March 11, 1848; William, March 28, 1850; Gibson J., December 6, 1852, and Robert E., March 7, 1855. Caroline died August 31, 1844. Andrew enlisted in 1861 in the Forty-first regiment, Ohio volunteers, and was in the Army of the Cumberland. He was wounded in the arm at a skirmish at Dallas, Georgia, while retreating. This necessitated amputation, from the effects of which he died July 8, 1864. Both Mr. and Mrs. GAULT are members of the United Presbyterian church [sic].

Williams, p. 157 [PDF 246]

Source for Background: Tract No. 96 Annual Report of The Western Reserve Historical Society (Inc. 1867).  "The Connecticut Land Company and Accompanying Papers". October, 1916.  Parts I and II. Published Cleveland, Ohio: 1916   Sub-section:  Land Papers   Sub-section:  The Connecticut Land Company: A Study in the Beginnings of Colonization of the Western Reserve by Claude L. Shepard.

Sources for biographies: (book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 1 (Google eBook; History Category) H.Z. Williams & Bros.  H. Z. Williams, 1882.

(book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 2 (Google eBook; History Category ).  H. Z. Williams & Bros.  H.  Z. Williams, 1882.

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