Biography of Hugh M. Gamble
Crawford County, PA Biographies





HUGH M. GAMBLE, farmer, P. O. Jamestown, Mercer Co., Penn., was born in this township, August 14, 1820, and is a son of Rev. John and Elizabeth (Parr) Gamble. His father was a native of the north of Ireland, and was twice married, his first wife dying in Ireland, leaving three children, one of whom, John D., a farmer, still lives. His father came to America in 1821, as a missionary for the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and being a classical scholar he turned his attention to the profession of teaching for a part of his time. He first landed in Newfoundland, where he remained for a time; next he came to Boston, Mass., and then to this county, where he was the real founder of the Jamestown Seminary, and the original source for Bible instruction, for which the community is so much indebted. He was found to be the right man in the right place. To him did many of the most eminent men of his day look up for instruction. His second wife, Elizabeth (Parr) Gamble, was also a native of Ireland, and by her he had eight children, seven living: Mary A., wife of James M. Snodgrass; Martha; Caroline; William J., married first Helen Beebe, who lefts two children, next he married Esther Bingham, who has three children; Andrew T., who is in California; Hugh M., our subject; and David, who is married to Samantha Mossman, and has three children. Our subject was educated in the Franklin Academy, where his father was Principal. He was brought up to hard labor, and when embarking out on life's career for himself he had no money nothing but stout hands and a willing heart, and by frugality and unabating efforts he has secured a beautiful farm near the village of Jamestown. Here he lives and enjoys the confidence and respect of his many neighbors. Mr. Gamble was married in 1862, to Ellen, daughter of William McKee, who died in 1865, leaving one child Wilson P. Mr. Gamble was next married to Ellen, daughter of the late William Dickey, and by this union there are four children: William D., Mary E., Maggie M., and Samuel C. In this volume appears a portrait of our subject as a representative of the Gamble family who did so much for the village of James. town, in the way of educational interests, etc. It was preferable on the part of Mr. Gamble to have his father's portrait in the work, but as no likeness of the latter exists, he consents to appear himself. Mr. Gamble is a member and Ruling Elder of the United Presbyterian Church; is a sociable, affable gentleman, one who attends strictly to his own business and. relies on his own judgment.


From:
History of Crewford County, Pennsylvania
Illustrated
Warner, Beers & Co.,
Chicago; 1895

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