Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: William N. Gamble & Elizabeth Ann Wrean Gamble

I found this photo at http://www.findagrave.com.  William and Elizabeth are buried at Cedar Run Cemetery in Cedar Run, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.  They were my paternal grandfather's grandparents.  I'd like to find some photos of them, if they exist. 

In Spencer Kraybill's book Pennsylvania's Pine Creek Valley and Pioneer Families on page 729 is a quote from a book called History of Lycoming County by McGinness written in 1892.  It says that William was a farmer who took over the family farm when he was 26.  After four years of running the family farm, he went into the lumbering business with George Tomb (his cousin, I believe).  He lumbered in various places and then settled in Sugar Bottom.  He purchased 100 acres there and continued farming and lumbering until 1865.  At that time a flood destroyed his buildings.  He then went back to the family farm and bought a sawmill.  He pursued the lumbering business in partnership with Hiram Hilborn for three years and then went to work for Ramsdale & Duffy for 11 years.  After that (about 1879) he bought his own 94 acre farm and pursued farming and lumbering again.

My grandfather never met his grandparents as he was born in 1914.  Seems this family had children late in life.  I know this entry is kind of rambling.  I'll be doing more research before I post again.


  1. I don't think your post is rambling. It seems like it reflects William's life, rambling between farming and lumbering.

  2. Thank you for your kind comment. :-) I really appreciate it. William did seem to move quite a bit.