GISH, JOHN R., farmer and stockman, Hockersville, Pa., was born in Donegal, Lancaster county, Pa., November 18, 1840. He is a son of John L. and Annie (Ressor) Gish. John L. Gish was born in West Donegal, Lancaster county, and was the son of Jacob Gish, also a native of Lancaster county and a very extensive farmer. The Gish family were among the early settlers of the State, and are suppose to be of Swiss origin. John L. grew up on the farm of his father and made farming his lifelong occupation. He was a Whig, and a member of the Mennonite church. His wife, Annie (Ressor) Gish, was born in Lebanon county, a daughter of Peter Ressor, of that county. They had these children: Peter, farmer of West Donegal, Lancaster county, Pa., Jacob, farmer on the old homestead at Donegal; David, deceased; Samuel, also on the homestead; Abraham, deceased; John R.; and Annie, who died young. John L. Gish was an honorable, upright man, intelligent and of sound judgement; his advice was sought in business and social matters. He was popular and highly esteemed.
John R. Gish was educated in the common schools of the township. He worked upon the farm until he he was twenty-five years old, when he married and made a home of his own. He rented a farm in the same township which he cultivated for two years, after which he removed to Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, and occupied another rented farm for three years. In 1873 he removed to Dauphin county, locating in Derry township, where he settled upon a tract of seventy-four acres. He has improved it at an expense of several thousand dollars and has made his home here since his removal. He has a good limestone farm and raises fine livestock. On February 23, 1867, he was married, at Donegal, Lancaster county, to Mary, daughter of John Rider, who was born in Donegal, September 30, 1841.
John Rider was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 22, 1811. He was a son of George Rider, a farmer of German descent. He married Lydia Doner, of Lebanon county, by whom he had three children: Eliza, widow of S. Dyer, of Cleveland, Ohio; George, deceased, of Williamsport; and Mary, wife of John R. Gish. Mr. Gish had three children by a former marriage: Lillian, born November 6, 1867, unmarried; John, born January 19, 1871, deceased; Clayton, born July 30, 1874, attending school at Lebanon. Mr. Rider was a Republican, and died at the farm of Mr. Gish; his wife still lives, aged eighty-four years, and makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. J.R. Gish.
Mr. John R. Gish is a Republican. He is a member of the United Brethren church. He is much interested and very active in all church matters. He has been a trustee of the church for six years, and contributed liberally toward rebuilding the church edifice. He is genial and agreeable, and enjoys the esteem of his neighbors.
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