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GISE, Joseph D.

Gise, Joseph D., farmer and stockman, was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., April 27, 1834. His grandfather, Nicholas Gise, was a native of Lehigh county, Pa., and a carpenter. He married in Lehigh county, and had a family of five sons and three daughters.

Among the sons of Nicholas Gise, was Benjamin, father of Joseph D. Gise. He was a farmer in Lehigh county, where he was born and spent his early life. While still a young man he removed to Dauphin county, locating in Lykens township, on a farm of eighty acres, which he greatly improved, and on which, besides farming, he made a business of raising live stock. Benjamin Gise was married, in Lykens township, to Rebecca Umholtz, born in Lykens township, December 25, 1810. They had ten children: Joseph D.; John B., at Gratz; Mary A., wife of Jacob Shiro, of Gratz; Sarah A., wife of B.J. Evitts, postmaster at Gratz; Amanda, wife of J.W. Hoffman, farmer Lykens township; Edward; Jacob; Henry, and Daniel, deceased, and two children who died in infancy. Mr. Gise died at Gratz in 1885. He was a Republican, and served as supervisor of roads. In all religious matters he took a deep interest, and was an active member of the Evangelical church, serving as deacon, elder and class leader, also as a local preacher. He was a prominent and very useful citizen, and an upright and devout Christian.

Joseph D. Gise attended subscription schools and was for one year in the public school of the township; he was also for two terms a pupil in the New Berlin Academy, Union county, Pa. He began to work on the farm in early boyhood, and was employed there until he was twenty-three years old. During the latter part of this time he taught school for two terms. For fourteen years after leaving home he worked as a farm hand in summer and taught in the township schools during the winter months. Throughout all that time he diligently pursued a course of private study, and reading with the view of acquiring a more liberal education.

Under the administration of President Grant, Mr. Gise was appointed and commissioned in the Internal Revenue service as a storekeeper and gauger of the Fourteenth Congressional district of Pennsylvania, and entered upon the duties of the office under an official bond of $20,000. He retained this position for seventeen years and performed its responsible duties with entire satisfaction to the Government and with the utmost credit to himself. After leaving the Government service Mr. Gise bought a farm of twenty acres in Lykens township, on which he made substantial improvements, building a fine dwelling house and barn, planting orchards, etc., and engaged in farming and stock raising.

Joseph D. Gise was married, at Berrysburg, Pa., January 27, 1857, to Elizabeth E. Witmer, born in Uniontown, Pa., March 14, 1840; daughter of Benjamin Witmer, a tailor, of Uniontown. They have three children: Henry Day, professor in the high school, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., where he has been employed for eleven years, being a graduate in the class of 1878 of the State Normal School, Millersville, Pa.; George W., attorney-at-law, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., read law under Guy Farquhar, of Pottsville, Pa., and has a large practice; Mary A., died young.

Mr. Gise enlisted in the Union army at Harrisburg, May 25, 1862, in company I, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers, Col. George B. Wiestling and Capt. Benjamin J. Evitts, and was mustered in as second lieutenant. He was discharged and mustered out August 5, 1864, having served on guard duty at Norfolk and Suffolk, Va., and at Gettysburg, Pa.

Mr. Gise is a Republican; he has held most of the township offices, and was twice elected justice of the peace, but declined to serve. He is a member of Kissinger Post, No. 376, G.A.R., at Gratz, and has also belonged to the I.O.O.F.; to K. of P.; to S.P.K.; and the Grangers; he is interested in the Grange store at Gratz. He is a most worthy man, honored and esteemed in the community.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick,, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -

Date of Transcription: February 11, 2001

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