|William "Squire" Gavin
Born July 11, 1816
|William "Squire" Gavin was the first of his family to emigrate to America. He was born on July 11, 1816 in County Wexford, Ireland. William worked as a mounted policeman in Dublin and taught school in Ireland before coming to America in the early 1840s. He first settled in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
While in Cuyahoga Falls, William met Catherine Tully whom he married on May 25, 1843. Catherine was born in Navan, County Meath, Ireland on May 1, 1827 and emigrated to America with her family when she was three years old. Shortly after their marriage, William and Catherine traveled by boat down the Ohio River to Cairo, Illinois, the Mississippi to Galena, Illinois and from there to Cascade. They purchased land at $1.25 an acre in Iowa Territory. The homestead was located in Section 10, Washington Township, Jones County, Iowa. There they built a log cabin and started a farm.
William Gavin (known as the "Squire") was active in community affairs and served as a Justice of the Peace. He sat on the Board of Trustees for Washington Township in his later years. William and Catherine raised twelve children in Jones County, Iowa: William, Jr.; Jane; Mary; Joseph; John; Catherine; Lucy; Charles; Elizabeth; Theresa; Ellen and James.
William Gavin died on January 22, 1903 and Catherine on January 22, 1917. Both are buried at St. Martin's in Cascade, Iowa.
Submitted by: Julie Glauninger
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