Biography of Joseph H. Gearhart
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Mr. Gearhart, proprietor of the Auglaize Dairy Farm, in Defiance township. Defiance county, is one of the representative and popular citizens of his community.

Born July 28. 1850, in Crawford county, Ohio, Mr. Gearhart is a son of John D. and Mary J. (Hottle) Gearhart, in whose family were six children, he being second in the order of birth. The father died in Defiance township. Defiance county, but the mother passed away in Paulding county, Ohio.

When eight months old Joseph H. Gearhart was brought by his parents to Defiance county, and upon the farm where he still makes his home he was reared to manhood, early becoming familiar with all the duties which fall to the lot of the agriculturist. The farm comprises eighty six acres of highly cultivated and well improved land, which yields to the owner bountiful returns for the care and labor bestowed upon it. In connection with general farming Mr. Gearhart has given special attention to dairying since April, 1888, and in this branch of his business has also met with a well merited success.

In Highland township, Defiance county, Mr. Gearhart was married to Miss Rebecca Watson, a native of Tuscarawas county, Ohio, and a daughter of Gabriel Watson, of Highland township, Defiance county. The children born of this union are as follows: Charles, Lottie (now the wife of T. Morehead), Fannie, Alta, Eva, Roy and Ruth.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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