29. Thomas4 Gorby (Job3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born in Majorsville, Ohio Co, VA. October 6, 1804. Thomas died May 8, 1879 in Crail Hope, Green Co, KY., at 74 years of age.

He married three times. He married Mahala Jane Gliddon January 6, 1825. Mahala was born in OH. March 17, 1806. Mahala died March 27, 1843 in Noble Co, OH., at 37 years of age. (1936) Charles Glidden, brother of Mahala (Glidden) Gorby, lived to be 102 years old and married just after he passed the century mark. Another brother of hers, Joseph Farwell Glidden, secured a patent on a machine to manufacture barbed wire back in 1874, together with J L Elwood. The Gliddens were natives of Ohio.

He married Mary Eleanor Dean in Noble Co, OH., May 22, 1847. Mary was born in Noble Co, OH. March 14, 1824. Mary died October 28, 1854 in Near Shellsburg, IA., at 30 years of age. Her body was interred. Buried near Shellsburg, IA. Mortality info: Died of typhoid fever.

He married Martha Anne Asbury in Sedalia, MO., May 18, 1862. Martha was born in Green Co, KY. September 17, 1827. Martha died September 23, 1882 in Crail Hope, Green Co, KY., at 55 years of age. Martha resided :. Crail Hope, KY. (1936) Martha Anne (Asbury) Gorby was visiting a brother at Sedalia, MO when she met Thomas Gorby. Both she and Thomas Gorby are buried at Crail Hope, KY on the old home place, as is also Leonard Fowler Gorby. Marriage info: Married by Rev L Rush. (1936) As Job Gorby's old homestead, still standing, is in Majorsville, VW, just across the line from Greene Co, PA, Thomas Gorby was probably born there. On September 23, 1816, he settled with his parents on a farm near Hiramsburg, Noble Co, OH, living there until 1823 when he moved to Muskingum Co, OH. There he married Mahala Jane Glidden on January 6, 1825, later returning to Noble Co. To this union were born two sons and three daughters, all growing to manhood and womanhood, four living to a good old age.

On May 22, 1847, in Noble Co, OH, he married Mary Eleanor Dean. Four sons were born, the two older ones in Noble Co, the two younger in Iowa, near Shellsburg, for in 1851 Thomas moved his family to Iowa where some of the Deans lived. There in 1854, the Mother and two younger sons died in the same month from typhoid fever.

In 1858 he moved to Knox Co, MO, where he lived until after the Civil War. Here on January 18, 1862, he married the third time to Martha A Asbury from Green Co, KY, to which union was born one daughter.

Thomas Gorby lived in that section of Missouri that sympathized with the South, he himself owning slaves at that time, so when war was declared he enlisted with the Confederate army, serving for three years and seven months, two years and five months of that time being spent in prisons at Ft St Louis, McDowell Medical College, which was being used as a prison, and at Alton, IL. He enlisted from Knox Co, MO, and most of his service was in Missouri and nearby states. He rose to the rank of Colonel before the close of the war. His three older sons also served in the Southern army.

He was both farmer and cabinet maker, many pieces of splendidly made furniture being highly prized by his descendants. He joined the Masonic Order at 25, The M.E. Church at 40, and was also a member of the Sons of Temperance, and Washingtonians. He was a man of culture and filled judicial positions in Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky. Politically he was a Democrat, though in his younger days he was a member of the Whig party.

After the war he moved to Crail Hope, Green Co, KY, his last wife's home, in 1867, living there until his death and is buried there. Burial was conducted by the Masons - the James F Keel Lodge, No 320. The minister was a warm friend - Mr Will Sandidge.

Ref: CEN1860-8.21.99 - Living in Benton Twp, Knox Co, MO. Age 55, born VA, occupation carpenter.

Thomas Gorby and Mahala Jane Gliddon had the following children:

child + 159 i. Lydia Anne5 Gorby was born May 31, 1826.

child + 160 ii. Melissa Gorby was born June 22, 1831.

child + 161 iii. Orrin Gorby was born April 10, 1835.

child + 162 iv. Thomas Owen Gorby was born December 8, 1836.

child + 163 v. Mary Jane Gorby was born March 12, 1841.

Thomas Gorby and Mary Eleanor Dean had the following children:

child + 164 vi. Sylvestor Scott Gorby was born February 5, 1848.

child 165 vii. Leonard Fowler Gorby was born in Noble Co, OH. August 3, 1850. Leonard died June 26, 1878 in Crail Hope, Green Co, KY., at 27 years of age. His body was interred. Buried at Crail Hope, KY.

Leonard's occupation:. Methodist minister. Ref: CEN1860-8.21.99 - Living with his father. Age 10, born OH.

Marriage info: Never married.

child 166 viii. Francis Marion Gorby was born in Near Shellsburg, IA. September 29, 1852. Francis died October 2, 1854 in Near Shellsburg, IA., at 2 years of age. His body was interred. Buried near Shellsburg, IA.

Mortality info: Died of typhoid fever.

child 167 ix. Sydney Gorby was born in Near Shellsburg, IA. May 29, 1854. Sydney died November 29, 1854 in Near Shellsburg, IA., at less than one year of age. His body was interred. Buried near Shellsburg, IA.

Mortality info: Died of typhoid fever.

Thomas Gorby and Martha Anne Asbury had the following child:

child + 168 x. Henry Albon Gorby was born December 12, 1868.

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