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.