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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JOSIAH GWYNN, farmer and stock-grower, who was born near where he resides, October 20, 1812, is a son of Joseph and Martha (Dowlin) Gwynn.  His grandparents on the maternal side were natives of Montgomery County, Penn., and were of Welsh origin.  Mr. Gwynn’s grandfather, Joseph Gwynn, came from London, England, to what is now Greene County, wand was among the early settlers in part of Pennsylvania.  His grandfather Gwynn came to this county before the Revolutionary war, and settled on the farm which Josiah now occupies.  This was then an Indian settlement—or rather, an Indian neighborhood, and he took what was then called “tomahawk claim.”  He left this country with the intention of returning to London, but got no farther than the Island of Cuba, and there he engaged in a sugar plantation, and on his return he found other parties had settled on two of his claims.  He served as county commissioner in what is now Washington and Greene counties.  Josiah Gwynn’s father farmed on the home place throughout his life.  He was drafted in the war of 1812, and died in 1864, at the age of seventy-five.  Josiah is the oldest of a family of eight children.  He attended school on his own farm, in the old-fashioned log schoolhouse, which he has since seen replaced by one of hewn logs, that by a frame building, and the frame ready to be superseded by a substantial brick.  Mr. Gwynn has made farming the business of his life, and owns 200 acres of the original entry made by his grandfather.  He was married March 28, 1841, to Lydia, daughter of George W. and Susannah (Myers) Phillips.  Mrs. Gwynn was born in Chester County, Penn., in 1824.  Her father was a farmer and butcher, of English descent.  Mr. and Mrs. Gwynn have eight children, six living—Martha L., wife of Wilson Huston; Joseph C., George W., E. E., wife of Lacy Craft; John R., and J. F.  All are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Gwynn is elder and superintendent of the Sabbath-school.  He has always been a liberal high-minded gentleman, and highly respected in the community.


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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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