JOHN W. GOSNELL. a farmer of wealth, prominence and old family. who for many years has successfully followed agricultural
life in the County of Kent. was born in Orford Township in that county, June 2 , 1844. a son of Joseph and Caroline ( Dobbyn) Gosnell.
John W. Gosnell grew to manhood on the old home in Orford township, at the age of twenty-one years starting his own career.
In February. 1866, he married Margaret Conner, the estimable daughter of Charles and Sarah (Ogiletree) Conner. who came from Ireland and settled in the County of Kent. on the 3rd Concession. in Howard township where Mrs. Conner died when Mrs. Gosnell was but a child.
Charles Conner lived to the age of eighty-five years, dying in 1898, while residing with a son in London, Onario.
Mrs. Conner left nine children, five of whom still survive. Mrs. Gosnell was born in September, 1846, in Howard, and there grew to womanhood and married Mr. Gosnell. The young people started housekeeping and home-making on a farm in Concession 10 there they lived until 1868.
Religiously the Gosnells are among the leading families in the Methodist Church. Mr. Gosnell is a trustee and steward, and he and his wife have been active in promoting its usefulness.
Politically he has always supported the Reform party, and socially he is a member of the Royal Templars of Highgate, County of Kent.
His ancestry is old and honourable in the Dominion and the family is known through the county for the prominence of its members in many walks of life.
Mr. Gosnell’s early days were not without their struggles, but like his father and grandfather John W. Gosnell proved the fibre of which he was made. and with industry and perseverance pushed on to honourable competency.
Many men in these days gain wealth and so-called prominence, but none have acquired these gifts through more honest avenues than has this worthy representative of a fine old family….from the Kent County Beers Atlas 1904