William Gerwin, a substantial farmer of Woodville township, Sandusky county, was born in Hanover, Germany, March 14, 1839, son of Louis and Sophia (Hunton) Gerwin.

Louis GERWIN, who was a wagonmaker by occupation, came to America in 1853. He located in Woodville township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, and bought seventy-two acres of timber land, the greater part of which, with the help of his children, he suceeded in clearing. He died in May, 1861, and his wife who survived him, died in June 1877, at the age of seventy-seven years. They were the parents of six children, viz.: Dora married Casper Anthonsen, and they have seven children; they live in Ottawa county. Henry died at the age of sixty years. Sophia married Henry Shomberg, a carpenter, and they live in Toledo, Ohio. Fred lives in Toledo. William is the subject of this sketch. Harmon is a farmer in Madison township, Lake Co., Ohio.

William Gerwinreceived his education in the Fatherland, and was fourteen years of age when he came to America. During his early life he remained under the parental roof, and on April 28, 1866, was united in marriage with Elizabeth Falling, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Cook) Falling. Ten children have blessed their union, as follows: Sophia, born November 27, 1865, married William Schmitt, and they live in Gibsonburg, Sandusky Co., Ohio; Henry L., born February 21, 1867, died March 5, 1867; Ludwig H., born March 28, 1868, lives in Woodville township; Henry G., born January 6, 1870, lives in Ottawa county; Maria Louise was born January 14, 1872; Herman, September 20, 1873; Louisa M., March 14, 1875; William Henry, August 1, 1877; Johanna F., January 14, 1879; and Fred, October 3, 1881. Mr. Gerwin has seven good oil wells on his place. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religious affiliation a Lutheran.



Sandusky & Ottawa Counties of Ohio Commemorative Biographical Record, J.H. Beers & Co.: Chicago, 1896