G. C. ULLERY, M.D.
G. C. ULLERY, M.D., who is successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at West Milton, Miami County, Ohio, was born on a farm near Covington, this county, in 1880, a son of David E. and Rachel C. (Passage) Ullery. He is a grandson of David and a great- grandson of Jacob Ullery, the latter of whom was born on Chincoteague Island, off the eastern coast of Maryland, March 5, 1772, and who came to Ohio about 1810. Jacob died in Newberry Township, Miami County, Ohio, August 7, 1847. He was of German descent and a member of the Dunkard, or German Baptist, Church.
David Ullery, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, February 28, 1809, and was a boy when he accompanied his parents to Miami County. He became a prosperous agriculturist of Newberry Township and was a an widely respected. He was married, March 8, lS361 to Alsey Gibbons, who was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, March 20, 1818, a daughter of James and Mary Gibbons, who were natives of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. David Ullery were the parents of three children, Jacob, who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta, Georgia, July 21, 1864; James G., who died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and whose wife was Nellie Surratt, a native of Tennessee; and Mary E., who died April 8, 1873. David Ullery died June 5, 1842. His wife survived him until April 8, 1856.
David E. Ullery, father of Dr. G. C. Ullery, was born on the parental homestead in Newberry Township, October 25, 1839. He was reared in the usual manner of farmer lads, attending the district schools, and receiving a good home training. While he was still a boy, his father died, and the management of the farm, comprising a quarter-section of land, passed into the hands of David's elder brother. David began work in the fields at a very early age. When the homestead was subsequently sold, disliking to see it pass wholly into the hands of strangers, he purchased 100 acres of it. In the spring of 1872 he began the operation of a sawmill, which business he followed in connection with farming for twenty-eight years. His enterprise was successfully conducted and his marked energy, perseverance and business ability enabled him to acquire a comfortable competence.
In the spring of 1861, in company with Hugh Hart, an old school friend, he started on horseback for Illinois to visit his brother, Jacob Ullery, but before they reached their destination Fort Sumter had been fired on. This news stirred the patriotic blood of these two travelers, and before reaching their journey's end they had determined to enlist. When they arrived in Illinois they found that Mr. Ullery's brother, Jacob, had already joined the army, and David became a member of the same company for three months service. Enlisting April 22, 1861, he was assigned to Company D, Twentieth Illinois Volunteers, under Captain C. L. Paige, and afterwards re- enlisting as a veteran, served until the close of the war. He and his brother fought side by side until the Battle of Atlanta, where the brother was killed, dying on the field. The Twentieth Illinois was assigned to Gen. John A. McClernand's Division, and after the Battle of Shiloh was in the First Brigade, Third Division, under command of Gen. John A. Logan, in the Seventeenth Army Corps, under the command of Gen. McPherson. Mr. Ullery participated in the Battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, where he was wounded by a piece of shell, and in many smaller engagements in the Corinth Campaign and around Vicksburg. He took part in the Battles of Fort Gibson and Raymond, in the latter of which he received a wound affecting the right lung, from which he never fully recovered. His subsequent time was spent in the hospital until October, 1863, when he returned to his regiment. Promoted to the rank of sergeant, he accompanied Sherman's command on the march to Meridian. In the spring of 1864 he re-enlisted and was granted a thirty-day furlough, at the end of which he joined his regiment at Springfield, Illinois. Soon after he joined Sherman's army at Ackworth Georgia, when he took part in the Battles of Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta, in the latter of which his regiment suffered heavy loss, Mr. Ullery's brother, Jacob, as already mentioned, being among the slain.
On July 22d, after some desperate fighting and when the Twentieth Illinois was reduced to a regiment, Mr. Ullery was captured by the enemy. He spent the time from that date until February 27, 1865, in Southern prisons, first in Andersonville, then at Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina, and Florence, South Carolina. He was then paroled at Wilmington, North Carolina, and sent to St. Louis, subsequently going to Springfield, Illinois, where he was discharged July 13, 1865. He came home shattered in health, and weighing only seventy pounds, as a result of the hardships he had experienced.
On the 26th of August, 1865, only about a month after his return from the war, Mr. Ullery was united in marriage with Miss Rachel C. Passage, of Piqua, Ohio, who was a representative of an old pioneer family of the State. He parents were Peter and Sarah (Lines) Passage, and she was a granddaughter of Henry Passage, who was married in New York City to a Miss Claussor, a German lady. Henry Passage emigrated westward at an early day and died near New Waverly, Indiana.
Peter Passage, father of Mrs. Ullery, was born in Connecticut, in 1801, and when fourteen years of age went to New York City, where he was reared to manhood. By trade he was a cabinet maker, and at an early day he removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he learned surveying. He followed the latter occupation until a year prior to his marriage, which event took place in Piqua, the lady of his choice being Miss Sarah Lines, a daughter of Levi Lines. After residing for some time in Piqua, Peter Passage and his wife moved to New Carlisle, Ohio. He later worked for some time as section boss on the canal, during which time his family made their home at Houston, Shelby County, Ohio. Here his death occurred, on December. 20, 1845. His widow and the family then located in Piqua, and after the marriage of her daughter to Mr. Ullery she made her home with them until she, too, was called away, in 1887, at the age of eighty-six years. She was a native of Cincinnati. Her other children were, Cinderella, who married Anthony Harp, of Polo; Elizabeth, who became the wife and then the widow of James Harp, of Piqua; Levi, who died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, about 1889, Rebecca, wife of John Sprague; Peter, who died in Polo, Ohio, in 1896; and Jennie, who married Jacob Bowers.
Mr. and Mrs. David E. Ullery, after their marriage, took up their residence in a home which he prepared on a part of the Ullery homestead, where they enjoyed many years of happiness, devoted to each other and the family. They had six children: Minnie G., now the wife of William Drees, of Covington, Ohio; James Ellison, who died at the age of two and a half years; Sadie E., wife of William Orr, of Piqua; Clifford C., who died at the age of eighteen; Joseph C., and Gustin C., whose name appears at the head of this article. The father of this family died in 1902, at the age of about sixty- three years. He had taken a prominent part in public affairs, serving capably in various township offices. For fourteen years he was a member of the School Board, during which time he accomplished much for the cause of education locally. For eleven years also he was township trustee. He was elected real estate appraiser of Newberry Township in the fall of 1899, without opposition. In politics he was a stalwart Republican. He was a member of the Christian Church, and of Langston Post, G.A.R., at Covington. He was a man of genial personality, widely popular, and was by general consent classed among the enterprising and honored citizens of his native county.
Gustin C. Ullery received his education in the schools of Covington and subsequently became a student in the Medical Department of the Indiana University, from which he was graduated in 1907. He then located-for practice in West Milton, entering into association with Dr. H. R. Pearson. This connection lasted nine months, since which time Dr. Ullery has practiced alone, his office being conveniently located on Main Street. He married Vera Elizabeth Douglass, a daughter of D. F. Douglass, of West Milton, and they are the parents of one child, a daughter, Virginia. Politically Dr. Ullery is a Republican. He belongs to the Sons of Veterans, Col. J. C. Ullery Camp, No. 20, of Covington; also to the Masons. He is a member of the Christian Church. Though Dr. Ullery has not been long in the practice of his profession, he has already proved that he is a capable physician and surgeon. He is a close student and there can be little doubt that as the years go by he will be found well abreast of Twentieth Century progress in medical science. As a man and citizen he is held in high esteem by all who know him.
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