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Subject: BIO: GERWIN, 1896, Sandusky County
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 15:51:03 EDT

Beers & Co.: Chicago, 1896, pages 265-266.

HERMAN H. GERWIN, one of the oldest pioneers, and a prominent
agriculturist of Madison township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, was born in the town
of Bohmte, Hanover, Germany, July 3, 1844, and is the son of Ludwig and
Sophia (HUNTE) GERWIN, whose family numbered seven children, of whom four are
yet living.
The father was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1799, and was a contractor
and builder by occupation, also, engaged in the manufacture of carriages, and
in the undertaking business. He followed these pursuits in his native town,
and at the same time owned and superintended a farm. In 1826 he was married,
the lady of his choice being also a native of Hanover. A brief record of
their seven children is as follows: Dora, born in Hanover, is the widow of
Casper ERNSTHAUSEN. John Henry, a carpenter and joiner, of Toledo, Ohio,
died June 8, 1892; his wife died June 8, 1895, leaving a family of three
children. Sophia, wife of Henry SCHOMBURG, died in Toledo leaving one son,
Lewis, who is treasurer of the Merchants Savings Bank of Toledo. Frederick
is engaged in repairing cars in the employ of the Ann Arbor Railroad Company
at Toledo. William, who died October 9, 1895, was a farmer of Woodville
township, Sandusky county. Christopher died in Germany. The father of this
family emigrated to America in 1853, and located in Woodville township,
Sandusky county, where he engaged in farming for seven years. His death
occurred in 1861, at the age of sixty-one. His wife survived him some
sixteen years, and departed this life in 1877. They were worthy people,
highly esteemed by all who knew them.
Mr. GERWIN, the subject of our sketch, attended school in his native
country for a year and a half, and then removed with his parents in 1853,
from his old home to the New World. They came direct to Ohio, and located on
a farm in Woodville township, Sandusky county. Our subject pursued his
studies in the schools of Toledo for a period of eighteen months, after which
he returned to his father's home, and assisted in the labors of the farm;
also attended school in the neighborhood for two winters. He continued to
aid in the cultivation of the fields on the old homestead until 1863, when he
went to Toledo, and served an apprenticeship to the trade of carpenter and
joiner, which he followed until 1872, removing then to Gibsonburg, where he
embarked in contracting and building. He did successful business there,
employing a number of men, erecting many fine structures both in that place
and in Madison township, Sandusky county. While thus engaged, through
economy and thrift, he managed to save enough to purchase some real estate in
the city of Toledo, which he afterward sold, and bought property in the town
of Gibsonburg. In 1877 he abandoned his trade, and returned to agricultural
pursuits, trading his real estate in Gibsonburg for a farm of forty acres in
Madison township, a small portion of which was under cultivation. He soon
cleared the remainder, erected theron a substantial dwelling, good barns and
other necessary outbuildings, set out a fine orchard, and made general
improvements, all within the short space of six years. He then sold and
purchased sixty acres of land, forty of which was improved. It was not long
until the remainder was under cultivation, and enclosed with fences. Three
years later he again sold, and removed to Washington township, where he
purchased fifty-six acres of improved land. He spent three years on that
farm, remodeling the dwelling and barn, digging ditches, laying tiles, and
continuing the work of improvement until he sold in 1889. In that year he
became the owner of seventy-five acres of improved land, and on selling half
of this bought seventy-two acres of an adjoining farm, making a total of 101
acres, which he is to-day cultivating. He is progressive in a high degree,
and has carried forward the work of improvement along various lines until he
is now the owner of one of the finest farms in Madison township. He also
carries on stock raising.
On November 4, 1869, Mr. GERWIN was married in Pemberville, Wood Co.,
Ohio, to Miss Christina BERLEKAMP, and this happy union has been blessed with
six children: John, was born February 16, 1871, and died December 25, 1872;
Cora S., born June 29, 1874; Mary K., February 3, 1878; Carl W., February 12,
1881; Herman H., January 22, 1887; and Lewis William, August 13, 1889.
John BERLEKAMP, father of Mrs. GERWIN, was born in Germany, and in 1851
crossed the Atlantic, locating in Seneca county, Ohio, where he farmed for
two years. He afterward removed to Wood county, and purchased 120 acres of
land, continuing its cultivation up to the time of his death. He was married
in Germany to Mary BEIMDICK, and their children were: Katarina, wife of
Henry KOHRIG, a farmer of Wood county, Ohio; Mary, wife of David HUMMELL,
also a farmer, living on the old homestead in Wood county; Christina, who was
born in Germany, December 18, 1847, and is the wife of our subject; Henry,
who died in Germany; Louisa, wife of William HAGEMIZER, a farmer of Wood
county, Ohio; Emma, who married Henry BUDEMYRE of Wood county, and is
deceased; and Frank, who died in that county in October, 1878. John
BERLEKAMP passed away February 6, 1893; his wife died eighteen years
previous, in 1875.
Mr. GERWIN is a sel-made man. Through industry and strict attention to
business he managed to acquire a start in life, and through his perseverance
and energy he has won success, assisted by his wife, who has indeed been to
him a faithful companion and helpmeet, sharing with him in joys and sorrows,
the adversity and prosperity; which have checkered his pathway. He is a
member of Gibsonburg Lodge, No. 687, I.O.O.F., and in religious belief is a
Lutheran. On questions of national importance he votes with the Republican
party; but at local elections supports the man whom he thinks best qualified
for office, regardless of party affiliations.

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Joyce Godfrey
October 13, 1999

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