Gabriel Feurt was born in Scioto county, Ohio, July 3, 1827. His father, Thomas Feurt, was a native of New Jersey, and his mother, Mary, was born in Pennsylvania. His grandfather, George Bowers, served seven years in the Revolutionary War, and settled in Scioto county, Ohio, when there were but three other families in that county. Our subject received his education in the common schools of Ohio, and came to this county in 1845, in company with his mother and others of the family, and settled where he now lives-never having resided in any other than his birthplace, and where he now lives, in his life. Mr. Feurt was elected justice of the peace in 1861, -and held that office for ten years. In 1870 he was elected judge of the County Court, and filled that responsible office with greatest credit for eight years, and most of that time was the presiding justice. He has made farming and stock-raising his business in life, owns 800 acres of rich and fertile land, and is one of the leading farmers of the county.
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Mr. Feurt was united in marriage, December 21, 1848, to Miss Sarah Glaze, who was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, January 29, 1833, and is a daughter of Nathaniel and Catharine Glaze. Mr. Glaze was a native of Kentucky, but moved to Illinois at an early day, and to this county in 1843, dying here March 30, 1848. He had a family of nine children, four of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Feurt have had ten children; namely, George F., born September 14, 1849; Mary C., born September 8, 1851; Laura B., born May 15, 1854; James H., born August 30, 1856-died; Alice, born October 9, 1858; Crittenden J., born October 17, 1860; Eldora, born September 14, 1864 died; Fannie D., born October 5, 1867; and O11ie, born August 4, 1870.
Judge Feurt is one of the most valuable and prominent citizens in Daviess county. The well known qualities of truth, justice and probity which have characterized his course through life has endeared him to the people of the whole county, and placed his name high upon the scroll of those whom they have honored with their suffrage.