Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897
[p. 526] This energetic and enterprising citizen of Neshannock township, is carrying on a grocery business, and although the business is only of a few years duration, he has been meeting with abundant success. Mr. Gott was born in Osworth, England, Dec. 20, 1831, and is a son of Ralph Sr., and Bessie (Hall) Gott, both of whom were born in England, and having lived a thoroughly useful life, were laid to rest in their native country, the father dying in 1853, aged sixty-eight years, and the mother passing away in 1866, aged eighty years. Our subject's father supported himself and family throughout his life at the occupation of a coal miner. To him and his wife, who was a daughter of Robert Hall, were born nine children by name: Ralph, Jr.; Elizabeth; Isabelle; George; Mary; Jonas; Robert; Ralph Jr., the second of that name; and Charles. In the matter of religious belief and attendance they were members of the Church of England.
Ralph Gott obtained some little education in his native place in England, but at an early age began to work in the mines, and continued to follow that vocation about fifteen years. In 1857 he came to America, and after a year's stay returned to England, where he lived until 1863, when he once more became a resident of the land of the stars and stripes, settling in Neshannock township, Lawrence Co., Pa., where he has since remained. His first employment was at his old occupation, that of coal mining, and he followed it until 1895, when he engaged in the grocery business, attracting to himself a desirable patronage, and extending his business with every season.
In 1852, he was joined in marriage with Margaret May, daughter of Matthew May, a native of England, and to them have been given the following children: Ralph, the first of that name; George; Mary A.; Lizzie; Margaret J.; Hannah; Isabella; Ralph, the second of that name; Charles; and Thomas, deceased. In politics, he is a Prohibitionist, and in his religious views he is a member of the Salvation Army.
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897
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