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Phillip Gartland


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/11/2010 at 15:11:07

Phillip Gartland now lies retired at No 728, Burton street, Boone after a life of arduous labor, which brought his a competency. He was born in Ireland, in what is called the “Gap of the North, “ in the town of Carrickmacross, where the five counties of Louth, meath, Cavan, Armagh, and Monaghan meet. His dater of birth was January 6, 1835, and his birth place was just over the line in Monaghan county, He is a son of Peter and Ann (Corrigan) Gartland, natives of County Monaghan, and a grandson of Patrick Gartland, who was born and lived all his life in County Monaghan. Peter Gartland followed farming all his life. He removed from Monaghan to County Clare and died there about 1850 at the age of sixty-seven years. His wife, Ann was a daughter of John and Nancy (Murphy) Corrigan, farming people. Mr and Mrs Peter Gartland were the parents of the following children: John who died in Ireland when young, Mary who died in infancy, Phillip of this review, Daniel who emigrated to America at the age of twenty, and George and Peter, who died in infancy.
Daniel Gartland, the aforementioned, was joined in this country by his brother Phillip after the latter had reached American shores. Both went through the Irish famine in the years 1847 and 1848, when the United States sent the first ship of corn to the suffering Erin, and it is a curious incident that this ship while making for Ireland met two vessels going to Liverpool, which were loaded with the best the island could produce, the goods being consigned to the absent landlords. On June 1, 1861, Daniel Gartland enlisted in Jonesboro as a private in Company D, Third Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and served until November 24, 1862, when he as discharged on account of disability. He was captured in the seven days’ battle of the Wilderness and was placed in the famous Anderson prison, being paroled at the end of three months. He then went to Connecticut, where he worked in a hoe factory and later moved to Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, where he again enlisted on August 1, 1864, as a private in Company F, Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was killed October 7, 1864 in front of Petersburg.
Phillip Gartland attended the schools of his native land until seventeen years of age, engaging at odd times in farm labor. In 1854, when nineteen years of age, he went to England, working in a blast furnace at Durham. Having heard of the advantageous conditions existing in America he on June 30, 1863, left Liverpool for New York, sailing on a steamship of the Cunard line. After arriving on American shores he made his way to Connecticut, where he found work in hoe factories at Naugatuck and Seymour, making bayonets for the soldiers at the front. He removed to Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the anthracite coal mines for a time but alter returned to Connecticut. There on October 9, 1864, he was married to Miss Ann Hughes, of Seymour Connecticut, the ceremony taking place at Derby, that state. They subsequently removed to Hubbard, Trumbull county, Ohio, where he was engaged in coal mining until 1867. In May of that year with his wife and one child came to Moingona, Boone county. He continued to mine coal there until 1893 and also took an active part in the public life of the municipality, serving for one term as township clerk. For eight years he was secretary of the school board and from 1877 until 1891 held the position of justice of the peace, discharging his duties fairly and impartially. He also served as treasurer and recorder several times. In 1892 Mr Gartland went to Seymour, Wayne county, Iowa, continuing in coal mining and then removed to Marceline, Missouri, where he mined until 1896. In that year he came to Boone, where he also followed mining but later w employed by the Northwestern Railroad Company in the round house. After many years’ labor Mr Gartland retired in 1909 having acquire a comfortable competency by thrift and industry.
At Derby, Connecticut, Mr Gartland married on October 9, 1864, Miss Ann Hughes, of Seymour, Connecticut, a daughter of Edward and Ann (Murphy) Hughes. Mr and Mrs Gartland were the parents of the following children: Ann, who was born in Hubbard, Ohio married William Hughes and they now live in Grinnell, Iowa. Daniel who was born in Moingona, Iowa died while young. Edward was born in Moingona, Boone county, March 13, 1870. He attended public school until eight and a half years of age, then went to work with this father in the mines, so continuing until twenty years of age. Part of the time he drove the mules but as the years passed became a full fledged miner. He spent much of his time in mining in Wyoming, Missouri and Illinois and took up his permanent residence in Boone in 1894, where he established himself as a wholesale and retail liquor dealer. He was at first located in the Wells house but afterward removed to 715 Allen street, where he remained fourteen years. He then changed his location to 281 Island street, buying the property and building the structure which now stand there. His present place of business is 101 ˝ Story street and is known as the Bain block. Politically he is a democrat, taking an active part in the progress of his city, and fraternally is a member of he Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Mary Catherine was born in Moingona Iowa and married P J Moffett, and they now reside in Denver. Sarah a native of Moingona, remains at home. Susie, who was also born in that city, married William Gartland and they make their home with our subject. Elizabeth Jane who was born in Moingona graduated with the class of 1901 and is now teaching in the public schools of Chicago, after having taught in Boone county for four years. Agnes Frances, the next in order of birth was born in Moingona and is a graduate of the Boone parochial school. Phillip B, born in Moingona, also graduated form the Boone parochial school and then joined a surveying party of the Northwestern railroad, being now engaged in that work in the west. Mrs Gartland died in Boone, April 1, 1911, and is buried in this city. She was a devout member of the Sacred Heart church and generous in her contributions to that institution.
Mr Garland is a stanch democrat and thoroughly devoted to the interests of his party. He is a member of the Sacred Heart church, the services of which he regularly attends. He enjoys in large measure the esteem and respect of his fellowmen and can look back upon his life record with pride for al that he has achieved he has secured through is own efforts. He is now in his eightieth year and yet takes an active interest in life’s affairs.

1914 Boone County History Book


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