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    W. H. H. GAHAGAN

    W. H. H. Gahagan (deceased); born in Miami Co., Ohio, Nov. 14, 1835; was a son of W. H. Gahagan, a prominent agriculturist; he was the chief organizer of the Miami Co. Agricultural Society, and served as its Secretary for seventeen years; died April 14, 1870; his wife, whose maiden name was Hester L. Culbertson, died Sept. 9, 1874; they were the parents of nine children, four daughters now living. William Gahagan, the grandfather of our subject, was among the early pioneers of Miami Co., and, in 1809, entered a part of the land now within the corporation limits of Troy; a few years later, he purchased a large part of the land upon which the business portion of Troy now stands, donating to the city for a cemetery the lot where now stands the first school. Our subject being the only son, followed the occupation of his father, succeeded him on the farm. which he greatly improved, exhibiting taste in beautifying and tact in managing the same; he was a Republican in politics, and, while he had no aspirations for office, labored hard for the success of the party; was patriotic and manifested great interest in military affairs; on the breaking out of the war of the rebellion, enlisted in the three months' service, then re-enlisted for three years in the 11th O. V. I., and was appointed Second Lieutenant Co. D, which position he resigned on account of ill health; in the fall of 1861, he returned home, and, never regaining his health, died Dee. 4. 1877. He was married to Hannah M. Smith April 2, 1863; who was born in Clark Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1838; they have three children, viz., Walter H., Mary E. and Bessie, all now residing with their mother, who is a daughter of David J. Smith, one of the early pioneers of Clark Co.; was a native of Scotland; came to America when an infant; died in Clark Co., Sept. 13, 1878.

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