172. Thomas5 Gorby (Levi4, Job3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born in Noble Co, OH. October 17, 1828. Thomas died September 22, 1910 in Georgesville, OH., at 81 years of age.
He married twice. He married Elizabeth McNabb BEF. 1857. He married Nathalie Black in Madison Co, OH., January 1, 1893. Nathalie was born ABT. 1844. Ref: CEN1910 (1936) Thomas Gorby's 1st wife and mother of his four sons was Elizabeth McNabb.
They lived at Lilly Chapel, OH, near Columbus. He was a successful farmer, at one time being quite well to do. After the death of his first wife, he married Nathalie Black. When he grew too old to do active farming he owned a store and also conducted what is now called a "store to your door", and it was on one of these trips with a wagon full of wares that he lost his life. On September 22, 1910 at Georgesville, a few miles from Lily Chapel, his wagon was struck by a train and he was killed, at the age of 81 years, 11 months, 5 days, quite a venerable age to be doing such active work. At the time they were living at London, OH, a nearby town.
He and his first wife are buried at Georgesville, in a beautiful lot near the entrance, where he himself had set out four beautiful, needle-like pines, one at each corner of the lot, now rising tall, slender and straight as shaft's, making a beautiful resting place. The second wife is buried at Huntington, WV. Two other graves, with no markers, are on the Georgestown lot.
Having no daughters of their own, Mr and Mrs Gorby had to borrow them, one Elizabeth Newman, who later married their son Hillis, the other Hazel Markwood, now Mrs Shonting of 129 S Harris Ave, Columbus, OH. It was she who gave information leading to the whereabouts of this family.
Thomas Gorby was an interesting personality, not only able to make and keep friends of his own age, but of men many years his junior, even 40 or 50 years younger, young men who thoroughly enjoyed his friendship and companionship.
Ref: CEN1910 - Living in London, Madison Co, OH. Also listed wife Natalie age 66 and Hazel, age 13. Ref: History of Madison Co, Beers, 1883 - Thomas Gorby was a founding member of the Lilly Chapel Grange (Fairfield Twp) February 14, 1874. Ref: Marriages of Madison Co 1810-1900, Thompson
Thomas Gorby and Elizabeth McNabb had the following children:
763 i. John6 Gorby was born in Lilly Chapel, OH. ABT. 1859. John resided :. Went to Oklahoma.
Sibling info: Twin to Luther M Gorby. Marriage info: Married, Spouse name not known.
+ 764 ii. Luther M Gorby was born ABT. 1859.
+ 765 iii. Hillis Jerome Gorby was born July 17, 1856.
+ 766 iv. Levi Gorby was born April 29, 1862.
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