Corporal in Co. G, 129th IL INF

23 Mar 1827 1
Xenia, Green County, Ohio 1

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Full Name:
James Hook Gaff 1
Also known as:
James H Goff 1
23 Mar 1827 1
Xenia, Green County, Ohio 1
Male 1
Physical Description:
Height: 5' 6 1/2" 1
Eye Color: blue 1
Hair Color: brown 1
Place: Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois 1
From: 1859 1
To: 1920 1
Place: McLean County, Illinois 1
From: 1851 1
To: 1859 1
Place: Xenia, Green County, Ohio 1
From: 1827 1
To: 1851 1
Catherine Powell 1
23 Dec 1850 1
Fayette County, Ohio 1
Spouse Death Date: 13 Mar 1920 1
blacksmith 1

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From the 1878 History of Livingston County: "J. H. GAFF, blacksmith, Pontiac; was born in Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio, March 23, 1827; when he was 4 years of age, his mother removed with her f\imily to Fayette Co., Ohio, where he resided until 1851 ; he followed farm life until he was 18 years old, and then learned the trade of a blacksmith, which he has followed to the present time; in 1851, he removed to McLean Co., Ill., residing there until his removal to Pontiac in 1859. Worked at blacksmithing until September, 1862, when he enlisted in the 129th I. V. I., as a private in Co. G ; was promoted to Sergeant and served until the close of the war; he took part in every battle in which the regiment was engaged. In the Fall of 1866, he was elected Sheriff of Livingston Co., serving two years, and afterward two years as Deputy Sheriff; he held office of Assessor for four years. He was married Dec. 23, 1850, to Miss Catherine Powell, of Fayette Co., Ohio, and has one child living — Ann E." There is a more lengthy biography in the 1900 Livingston County History Book which can be seen on by searching Livingston County Illinois.

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