Gilbert C. Granger is one of the widely known citizens of Sheboygan county, of which he has been a resident during nearly all the years of his life. Since December, 1898, he has been in the employ of the government as a rural mail carrier and has the distinction of being the first appointee to that position in Sheboygan county. He was born in McHenry county, Illinois, June 19, 1850, and is a son of Gilbert and Susan B. (Williams) Granger. The founder of the American branch of the Granger family of which the subject pf this review is a direct descendant was Launcelot Granger, a native of England, who emigrated to this country at an early day and settled at Suffield, Connecticut, where he died September 3, 1689. The next in line of descent was George Granger, who was born November 28, 1658, at Newbury, Massachusetts, and was there married to Miss Lydia Younglove, of Suffield, Connecticut. They were the parents of ten children, of whom John was the eldest John Granger was born May 30, 16cJ4, at Suffield, Connecticut, and married Miss Dinah Holcomb, of Simsbury, that state. His death occurred on the 6th of September, 1782, and his wife passed away December 17, 1788. They were the parents of nine children, of whom Elisha was sixth in order of birth.
Elisha Granger was born July 3, 1743, at Turkey Hills parish, now East Granby, Connecticut. He married Sarah Pierce, of Simsbury, Connecticut, and her death occurred on February 17, 1775. He was again married, his second union being with Hannah Harmon, of Phelps, New York, who passed away June 26, 1807, his death occurred April 12, 1821. Five children were born to them, Pierce being second in order of birth. He was born August 13, 1769, at Turkey Hills parish, Connecticut, and married Clarissa Trumbull, of Suffield, Connecticut. He died at Maxfield, Ohio, October 6, 1845, and his wife died at Phelps, New York, August 18, 1813 Of their family of twelve children Oliver was second in order of birth. He was born February 7, 1794, at Phelps, New York, and later moved to Ohio, his death occurring at Kirkland, that state, August 27, 1841. He married Lydia Dibble and they became the parents of eight children, of whom Gilbert was the eldest.
Gilbert Granger, the father of the subject of this review, was born October 14, 1814, at Phelps, New York, and was married at Maxfield, Ohio, June 20, 1838, to Miss Alice Marble, whose death occurred at Waukegan, Illinois, August 7, 1847. On May 24, 1849, he was again married, his second union being with Susan B. Williams, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and to them was born a son, Gilbert C., of this review.
By his first marriage Mr. Granger became the father of four children, only one of whom grew to maturity, Dighton C., now a resident of Chicago. As a young man the father removed from the city of his nativity to Maxfield, Ohio, where his first marriage occurred. Shortly, afterward, he started for Illinois and in 1850 took up his residence in McHenry county, that state. In that year he started for California and his death occurred at American river, that state, in August of the same year.
Gilbert C. Granger was reared in the home of his uncle, Bartholomew Trumbull, and received his elementary education in the district schools of Wilson township. At the age of seventeen he started in life for himself and engaged in work for his uncle, with whom he remained until he was twenty-one years of age. He then worked out for a few years and later purchased a farm of forty acres located on section 7 in Wilson township, Sheboygan county. On that place he lived until 1881, when he removed to Lima township, having sold the place on section 7, and there lived on section 14 until 1892, after which time he returned to Wilson township and established his home on the old Trumbull place, where he continued to reside until 1896. He then built a house on his own farm on section 6, in Wilson township and there continued to live until 1911, when he rented his farm to his son-in-law, George Scharinger. He then purchased a home in Sheboygan Falls, where he now resides.
In 1899 Mr. Granger received the appointment as rural mail carrier and has since continued in that service. Mr. Granger was united in marriage November 25, 1873, in Sheboygan township, to Miss Julia Gould, a daughter of William and Ruth (Slocum) Gould, both of whom were natives of Nova Scotia, where all their children were born with the exception of their daughter, Julia, whose birth occurred in Sheboygan county. She was educated in Sheboygan and is a graduate of the old Union school.
The family came to this country in 1849, taking up their abode on a farm in Sheboygan township, in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where the parents continued to live during the remaining years of their lives. Mrs. Granger's great-grandfather and also her grandfather, William Gould, were soldiers, the latter being a member of the English army which was engaged in the battle of Waterloo. To Mr. and Mrs. Granger five children have been born: Dighton, who is also a rural mail carrier and resides at Sheboygan Falls; Rosie, the wife of William Wilke, of Wilson township; Evelyn, the wife of George Scharinger, of Wilson township; Daisy, the wife of William Rammer, of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Chester, who is a rural mail carrier and resides at home.
Mr. Granger is affiliated with the republican party but during late years has taken little or no part in political matters. He was for five years chairman of Wilson township and served as assessor in both Wilson and Lima townships. He has also held various school and township offices in Sheboygan county. He is a member of the Christian Science church and is in every way entitled to be numbered among the useful and desirable citizens of his county and state.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL