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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 327 - 328.


civil war flags.jpg "G. W. GARTIN, farmer, section 8, Middle Fork Township, was born in Fulton County, Indiana, January 31, 1842. His parents were Felix and Phoebe (Moyer) Gartin, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Clermont County, Ohio. They were married in Indiana, and had a family of eight children - Griffith, George W., Anderson, Charles and Nancy (twins), Allen, Mary Amanda and Robert.

When our subject was thirteen years of age, his parents removed to Lucas County, Iowa; settled in Davis County for a short time, then returned to Indiana, locating in Miami County, where they resided until 1858, then returned to Lucas County, settling six miles south of Chariton. He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools.

October 24, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry, and was in several of the famous battles of the war. He was at Shiloh, siege of Vicksburg, Kenesaw Mountain, siege of Atlanta, and in Sherman's march to the sea, then marched to Goldsboro, North Carolina.

He served as musician until the siege of Atlanta, when he shouldered the musket, and was mustered out as Orderly Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in July, 1865, and returned to Lucas County.

In the spring of 1869 he removed to Bates County, Missouri, where he lived eighteen months, then returned to Lucas County and remained until 1875, when he settled upon his present farm, which was then in a wild state. It is now well cultivated and well improved. He has a comfortable house surrounded with maples, an orchard, barn and out-buildings for stock.

He was married Mach 25, 1864, to Miss Marietta Threldkeld of Lucas County, and they have five children - Rosetta Belle, Thomas, Stephen, Franklin and Eugene. The father and sons play fife and drums, and they form one of the best martial bands in Southern Iowa.

Mr. Gartin is a member of the Anti-Horse-Thief Association is president of the same. Politically he is a Republican. Postoffice, Redding."

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