Mattie (Crouse) Gayman was born on a farm near Lithopolis, Ohio, December 28, 1880, the daughter of Daniel and
Sarah (Whaley) Crouse.
Daniel Crouse was born in Pennsylvania in 1821 and was one of a family of twenty seven children. His father was
a native of Germany and was twice married. On account of the large family, Daniel was placed in the home of Major
Boggs, of Pickaway County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. After his marriage he settled on a farm at Oregon, a
small hamlet west of Lithopolis. On May 11, 1869, Daniel Crouse married Sarah Whaley, who was born at Lithopolis,
August 22, 1835. Their children were: Katie, William Whaley, Sally Irene, George Augustus, and Mattie Gayman. Three
other children died in infancy. Sally Irene, now Mrs Philip Weber, of Canal Winchester, was born December 12, 1872.
The Whaley family were early settlers of Ohio. Nathan Whaley, grandfather of Sarah Whaley, came to America in January,
1776, and joined Washington's army. He fought throughout the remainder of the war and afterward lived in Maryland.
He came to Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1815.
Daniel Crouse died August 24, 1882, and his widow later was married, January 31, 1888, and removed to Wichita,
Mattie Crouse attended the public schools of Wichita and Friends University. She taught in the district schools
of Sedgwick County and in 1905 went to Ames, Oklahoma. She spent that summer at the State Normal School at Alva,
Oklahoma, and while teaching at Ames her mother died March 20, 1906. She then returned to Canal Winchester in June,
1907. In September, 1908, she entered Columbus Normal School from which she was graduated in June, 1909. The following
year was spent as a teacher in the McCracken school, Madison Township, and in September, 1910, she became a teacher
in the public schools of Columbus, in which capacity she served until June, 1919.
On June 14, 1919, Mattie Crouse married Oliver Powell Gayman, of Canal Winchester.
She has since been identined with newspaper work in the office of the Canal Winchester Times.
In November, 1921, Mrs. Gayman was elected as a member of the Canal Winchester School Board, reelected in 1925,
and 1929, and is now serving as vice president of the Board. In November, 1926, she was appointed Republican Central
Committeewoman of Madison Township, and is now serving in that office. She is a member of the Eastern Star, Daughters
of Rebecca, and Madison Grange.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Gayman hold membership in Davids Reformed Church, Canal Winchester.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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