History of Livingston County, New York : with illustrations and
biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers,
Chapter XXII History of the town of Mt. Morris p. 283
"George Gearhart was born near the Schuylkill, Pa., in 1774. Soon
afterwards his father removed to Scipio, Cayuga county, then a
wilderness. There George Gearhart married and had twelve children.
He moved to Portage in 1818 where he died in 1857.
Deacon John Gearhart, his son, was born Jan. 3, 1804. He
married Miss Elizabeth Guthrie in Nunda, June 19, 1828. She was
born in New Jersey, August 8, 1804. She was a woman of uncommon
abilities with a will to use them for the good of others. She died
July 13, 1879. Deacon Gearhart was one of the constituent members
of the Portage Baptist Church. He was a lumberman, built a
saw-mill and became a farmer on the paternal homestead.
They raised nine children: Chas. H., who married Louisa Taber; Anna
Cordelia, wife of Deacon Alfred Taber; John Gl, who married Anna
Vanslyke; Sarah A., wife of Rev Lucius E. Palmer; Mary F., wife of
Augustus Beardsley, of Portageville; Martha, wife of Menzo Lowell;
William C., who married Nancy Orton; Nath. A., who married Ella Gilbert,
volunteered in the 104th Regiment, and was severely wounded in the
battle of Gettysburg, has been several terms the efficient County Clerk
of this county, as chief or deputy; and George Adelbert, who enlisted in
the 130th Regiment or First New York Dragoons, served through the war,
was several years a merchant at Dalton, a public lecturer and an
efficient Sunday school superintendent. He married Miss Elizabeth
Wing, of Mt. Morris.
George Gearhart, the youngest of the twelve children of George
Gearhart, Sr., was born in 1816. He still occupies the paternal
homestead, and is a successful farmer. He married Miss Sally
Baldwin, whose father, Deacon David Baldwin, was one of the first
settlers. Their children were: Armilia, wife of Albert Dunn;
G. Munroe, killed at the close of the battle when Gen. Sheridan
destroyed the army of Jubal Early; Fayette, Esther, Mary, Merritt and