Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania, Vol. 2
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
Pgs. 1002, 1003
GAMBLE – Nearly a century ago JOHN GAMBLE came to Western Pennsylvania, settling in Allegheny County, where prior to 1830 he bought a farm in what is now Forward Township. There the present representative of the family, HEZEKIAH D. GAMBLE, now lives and there he and his father were born.
JOHN GAMBLE bought his farm of 220 acres when it was virgin forest, and his after life was devoted to clearing and improving his purchase. He erected good buildings and lived to see the greater part of it yielding bountiful crops. He was a justice of the peace for many years, and as “SQUIRE” GAMBLE was widely known. Both he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church. Children: JAMES, JOHN, OLIVER, HIRAM, of further mention; HARVEY, SARAH, MARY.
HIRAM, son of JOHN and SARAH GAMBLE, was born at the Forward Township homestead, and there died in 1898, aged 73 years. He aided in its clearing and cultivation as his father’s assistant, and at the death of the latter inherited the property. He is buried at Round Hill Cemetery, with his wife, who was a member of Round Hill Presbyterian Church. He married JANE TORRENCE, who died in 1884, aged 52 years, daughter of JOHN TORRENCE and his wife, MARY POWERS, old residents of Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, where both died. JOHN TORRENCE was a farmer, and both are buried in Round Hill Cemetery. Children of HIRAM and MARY JANE GAMBLE: 1. HEZEKIAH DOUTHITT, of further mention. 2. POWER TORRENCE, an agent and collector of Avalon. 3. ELLIOTT A., died in the west. 4. OLIVER PERRY, now residing on the west half of the old homestead arm. 5. MARY, died in in youthful womanhood. 6. A child died unnamed. (on page z002 the page previous to pg. 1003 is a picture of H. D. GAMBLE)
HEZEKIAH DOUTHITT, eldest son of HIRAM and MARY JANE (TORRENCE) GAMBLE, was born on the homestead farm in Forward Township, Allegheny County, now his home, July 21, 1853. He was educated in Pleasant View public school, and from boyhood aided his father in the cultivation of the home farm and for several years was its manager. Later he became owner of 110 acres of the homestead, and there still resides, engaged in general farming operations. He is a supporter of the Prohibition Party.
MR. GAMBLE married, in 1907, MRS. MARY LIZZIE (BRAWLEY) HICKMAN, daughter of JOHN and MARTHA (JAMES) BRAWLEY, of Athens County, Ohio, and widow of DANIEL HICKMAN, of Coal Run, Washington County, Ohio. JOHN BRAWLEY is a farmer of Athens County, and both he and his wife (MARTHA JAMES) descend from old Ohio families. MRS. BRAWLEY died in June, 1912. By her first husband, MRS. GAMBLE has three children: HATTIE; MAJOR DEWEY, died in August, 1912; and CHARLES.
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