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James W. Gasaway, retired farmer, was born July 29, 1811 Ross County, Ohio. He is a son of John Gasaway, farmer, and native of Frederick County, Va., who married Catherine Anderson of the same county. They settled in 1810 on the Scioto bottoms in Ross County, among the pioneers. Nine children were born to them. Of these James W. Gasaway was the pioneer of Illinois locating on section 9, Lake Fork Township, in 1852. Here his wife died, August 7, 1877, leaving four children -- Nicholas B., of Mount Pulaski; William D., of Hastings, Nebraska, and two daughters, Sciota Alice and Minerva Jane. They lost eight children - Thomas, aged seventeen; John, aged fourteen, and the others in childhood and infancy. Since 1878 Mr. Gasaway and his daughters have resided in Mount Pulaski, though owning his Lake Fork farm. He has been a life-long farmer and is a Democrat in politics. In Lake Fork he served several years as collector, assessor, road commissioner, and justice of the peace. His son, N. B., Gasaway, married Evelyn Mann, who died December 15, 1881, leaving seven children; W. D. Gasaway married Rebecca Farner and has five children.

Source: History of Logan County, Illinois. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company [1886], page 788.