Biography - C Gelwicks

Rev. C. A. GELWICKS, Lutheran minister, Hillsboro, a native of Pennsylvania, and was born January 7, 1835, and son of John GELWICKS, a farmer, and also a native of Pennsylvania, was born March 16, 1811, and is still living. His wife, Magdalena WOLF, was also a native of the same State, and was born in December, 1812. She is also living in her native State. The parents had six children born to them, but only three raised to maturity, two sons (C.A. being the eldest) and one daughter. Our subject was educated at Gettysburg, Penn., at the Pennsylvania College, where he took a classical course, but was called away just three months before he would have graduated, and then went to the Theological Seminary at Springfield, Ohio, where he graduated in 1858, and took charge of a church at Stratsburg, Penn., immediately after leaving the Seminary. He has devoted his entire life, up to the present, in the profession of his choice. Our subject was a volunteer in the sanitary department of the federal army during the war, and was at Mechanicsburg at the time that town was surrendered to the Rebel forces in 1864, which occurred a few days prior to the battle of Gettysburg. Subject is now and has always been a Republican in politics, and has been a member of the Good Templars for a number of years. He was married at Springfield, Ohio, on the 24th of June, 1858, the same day that he graduated and took charge of his first church. His wife was Mary Isabell WILSON, a daughter of Elon WILSON, of Springfield, and she was born December 26, 1836. Her father was born March 31, 1801, and died in October 1864. Her mother, Mary WILSON, was born in March, 1810, and is now living at Ida Grove, Iowa. Subject has had six children born to him, but four living, one son, Wilson Gelwicks, and three daughters, viz.: Jennie, Belle and Lena. Himself, wife and eldest daughter are members of the Lutheran Church. Our subject has been a successful minister, as is proven by the few moves he has made. In twenty-four years' service he now has his fifth charge. He certainly has reason to feel proud of his ministerial career.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 106.

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