Alvin W. Gannett, farmer, P. O. Spencer; was born June 8, 1824, in Genesee Co., N.Y., and was married Oct. 1, 1846, to Miss Mary Stuart. She was born April 11, 1821, in Cortland Co., N.Y.  The names of their children are - Frank A., born Nov. 16, 1847; Sarah M., May 17, 1849; Martha D., Aug. 20, 1850 (now Mrs. Henry Franks); Worthy H., April 24, 1856; Warner A., May 26, 1858; he died March 30, 1862; Willie A., May 26, 1860.  The father of the subject of this sketch, Joseph Gannett, was born June, 1774, and was a native of the Old Bay State, his occupation being the oldest known to man, viz, farming.  He married Miss Martha Stone, who was born in March 1783, in the State of Massachusetts.  They moved with their family to this State in the year 1835.  Mr. Gannett died in this county in 1846.  They had the following children - Aleck, Ruth, Joseph, Hannah, Alvin W. and Mary J; there are four now living - Olive, Joseph, Hannah and Alvin W.  Mr. Gannett says their present fine farm was a perfect wilderness when he and his father moved upon it. Together they felled the forest and subdued the land for their chosen occupation, and in common with others felt the privations of pioneer life.  Theirs was the first frame house between the centers, and for a long time they were nearly alone.  He has seen farm after farm gradually brought under cultivation, until now a landscape spreads in all directions of well-cultivated fields dotted in all directions by homes of friends and neighbors.  The farm, consisting of 150 acres of high, rolling, easily drained land, lies to both sides of the north-and-south road, is well fenced, has a good, commodious farm dwelling and convenient barns.  Mrs. Mary (Stuart) Gannett had two brothers in the Union army who served their country faithfully during the war, in the 23d O.R.I.  President Hayes' old regiment.  Elijah R. was twice wounded, and once had the misfortune to be taken prisoner of war, and confined at Danville, VA.


History of Medina County, Ohio.  Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.