Friday, April 1, 2016

A is for Amos Gorrell & Amos Gorrell Jr, who lived long lives

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

I have been wanting to write some family history blog posts and this will give me incentive to keep it up at least for a month. Who knows, it might create a nice habit to come.

I will be posting short bios of my children’s ancestors, so some of the people might end up on the wrong blog (i.e, ancestors of my grandmother) so I might repost them to the Mam-ma’s Southern Family later.

Amos Gorrell & Amos Gorrell Jr. lived long lives

There are two Amos Gorrells in my husband’s line.

The first Amos, my daughter’s third great grandfather, was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on 7 August 1804[1] to James Gorrell and Sarah Mulholland. He died in Ross County, Ohio on 14 Sep 1890.[2] He married again at age 70 to Sarah Monroe, who was 43 years younger.[3]

The second Amos, my daughter’s second great grandfather, was the son of the first Amos Gorrell and his wife Leah Wollam, born 12 February 1837 probably in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He died in 31 Mar 1928 in Blackwater, Cooper County, Missouri.[4]
Amos Gorrell, Jr. 1914
Looking at both these men, they lived long lives. The father Amos was 86 years old when he died. He lived 17 years past his wife. The son Amos was 91 years old at his death. He lived 10 years past his wife’s death.

Amos Jr. had a son, Joseph Norman Gorrell, who also lived until he was 91 years old,[5] and his son, George Joseph Gorrell, was 96 years old at the time of his death.[6]

Isn’t it wonderful to have such longevity in your family?

[1] Birth was calculated from age at death of 86y, 1m, 7d on 14 Feb 1890.  Census records show birthplace was Pennsylvania.
[2] Tombstone inscription at Denver Cemetery in Ross County, Ohio reads: "Gorrell, Amos  d Sep 14, 1890 ag 86y1m7das."
[3] Ohio, "Ohio County Marriages 1789-1997", database & digital images, (, Affidavits 1871-1876, 1875 Gorrell-Monroe, p 494.
[4] Old Lamine Cemetery, Cooper County, Missouri, photo of tombstone taken by author.
[5] J. N. Gorrell, death certificate 60-011151 (1960), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Office of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
[6] California Department of Health Services, Death Certificates, death certificate 3052011040707 (2011), George Joseph Gorrell.

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