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The Flood's - The Twins


The TwinsThis was only effected by the exercise of the strictest economy and the most incessant industry. The paternal grandparents of our subject were John and Isabelle Gosney, who united their lives and fortunes on the 14th of December, 1815. Grandfather Gosney was born in Kentucky, July 2, 1794 and carried a gun in the War of 1812. His wife, Isabelle, was the daughter of Charles and Amelia Yelton, of Kentucky, and was born July 23, 1784.

The mother of John W. Gosney, husband of Sarah L. Griffing, his mother was the daughter of Hampton and Margaret Bryan, the former of whom was born May 13, 1795, and was the son of Samuel Bryan, who was born May 6, 1756. The latter was the son of William & Mary (Boone) Bryan. Mary Boone was the daughter of Squire and Sarah Boone, near of kin (sister), to the old Kentucky pioneer, Daniel Boone, whose exploits of bravery and daring are closely identified with the early history of the Blue Grass State. She was born Nov. 3, 1730 and died on the 6th of July, 1819. The great-great-great grandfather, William Bryan, her husband, was born March 10, 1734, and died May 1780. He was the son of Morgan and Martha Bryan, the maternal great-great-great grandparent of John W. Gosney. It thus appears that John W. Gosney is a lineal descendant of the Boones, Bryans, and Gosneys, and that his wife is the *Griffing and Yelton blood. All these families were prominent among the pioneer settlers of Kentucky, well-to-do and substantial people, who carried on agriculture extensively, and had great influence in the Blue Grass State.

There is no picture of John W. Gosney. However, his wife Sarah Griffing Gosney is pictured, seated on the left two pages back.