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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


J. F. GWYNN, merchant, who was born in Cumberland Township, September 2, 1842, is a son of John Gwynn.  His great-grandfather, Joseph Gwynn, Sr., came from London, England, settled in Greene County, and served in the Revolutionary war.  Mr. Gwynn’s father was born December 25, 1818, on the farm taken up by Joseph Gwynn, Sr., when he first came to this county.  He was married in the fall of 1840 to Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Mary (Wright) Rea, who were of English descent.  J. F. Gwynn is the elder of two children.  He received his education in Greene Academy and Waynesburg College.  In 1862 he enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, but was transferred to the U. S. Signal Corps, where he served till the close of the war.  He was in many engagements, among others, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and around Atlanta, etc.  At the close of the war he returned to his native town and engaged in the mercantile business in which he has met with success.  Mr. Gwynn was united in marriage January 24, 1868, with Elizabeth, daughter of William Hartman.  They have three children—William, John and Anna.  Mr. Gwynn is a Republican.  He has served as school director, is a member of the G. A. R., and is adjutant of Carmichaels Post 265.  He and his wife are zealous members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 29 June 2007

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