Dr. John Gano was born at Hopewell, N. J., 22d July, 1727. His great grandfather, Francis Gerneaux (the original name), was a Huguenot refugee from the Island of Guernsey. He was ordained in May, 1754. He made several missionary trips to the South, was chosen pastor of the newly-organized Baptist church in New York city in 1762, and continued there for twenty-five years, though engaged part of the time during the Revolution as chaplain in the American army. In 1787 he
removed to Kentucky, reaching Limestone (now Maysville) on the 17th of June. The following year he became pastor of the Town Fork church, near Lexington. In 1798 he lost the use of one of his arms, by a fall from a horse, and afterward suffered a paralytic stroke, which rendered him almost speechless for nearly a year. He died in 1804 in the seventy-eighth year of his age. See Sprague's "Annals of the American Baptist Pulpit," p. 64, and Collins' "Historical Sketches of Kentucky " p. 113.
[From James McBride, Pioneer Biography: Sketches of Some of the Early Settlers of Butler County, Ohio, 1869, pp. 98-99. Document from Google Books. Scanned and formatted by JIm Duvall.]
Rev. John Gano
GANO, John, clergyman, was born at Hopewell, N. J., July 22, 1727, son of Daniel and Sarah (Britton) Gano. His earliest American ancestor was Francis Ganeaux, as the name was originally spelled, a French Protestant from the island of Guernsey, who settled in New Rochelle, N. Y., where he died at the age of 103. John Gano received a limited education, and was ordained May 29,1754, as pastor of the Scotch Plains (N. J.) Baptist Church. He traveled and preached extensively in tbe southern colonies, and for two years was a resident pastor in North Carolina. He returned to his native state in 1760, and he also preached for a while in Philadelphia and New York. He received a call to become pastor of the newly organized First Baptist Church on Gold street, in New York city, and remained at its head for twenty-six years. Mr. Gano was an ardent patriot, and in the war of the revolution served for some time as chaplain to Gen. Clinton's New York brigade. In the conflict on Chatterton hill he was continually under fire, aud displayed a cool and quiet courage which commanded the admiration of officers and men. In May, 1788, he left his New York charge, and became pastor of a church in Townfork, Ky., where he continued to officiate until his death. He was twice married; his first wife was Sarah, daughter of John Stiles, of Scotch Plains, aud sister-in-law of Pres. James Manning, of Brown University. He died at Frankfort, Aug. 10, 1804.
[From The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume X, 1909, p. 180. Document from Google Books. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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