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Gen. Richard Montgomery Gano (1830-1913), Texas Pioneer, Doctor, Indian Fighter, Soldier and Preacher

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Gen. Richard Montgomery Gano, born 13 January 1830, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the son of Rev. John Allen Gano (1805-1887) and Mary Catherine Conn (1810-1891). His father was a famous preacher in the Christian Church, who in the course of a ministry of sixty years baptized more than 10,000 persons, and who was a co-laborer with Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone and other leaders, who laid the foundations of the Christian Church in Kentucky. Gen. Gano graduated from Bethany College, W. Va., in 1849, and two years later from the Medical University of Louisville. He practiced his profession at Baton Rouge, La., until 1857, when he came to Texas with his family and settled at Grapevine Prairie, in Tarrant County. The following year the Comanche Indians raided through North Texas, attacking settlers in Parker and Wise Counties. Gen. Gano assisted in organizing a company and went in pursuit of the Indians. The campaign lasted a month, and at the end of it the citizens of Tarrant County presented Gen. Gano with a sword for meritorious conduct on the field. At the close of the war Gen. Gano entered the ministry of the Christian Church, preaching his first sermon at Leesburg, Ky., in July, 1866. He devoted much of his time throughout his life to evangelical work, in the course of which he baptized more than 8,000 persons and established many churches. In 1853 Gen. Gano was married to Miss Martha J. Welch, daughter of Dr. Thomas Welch of Crab Orchard, Ky. Twelve children were born of this union. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, thousands of courageous Americans and British forces stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of their countries. This Allied invasion of France would lead to the end of World War II one year later. One American solider, First Lieutenant James McCaul Jr, father of US Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, served as a bombardier on a B-17 whose squadron participated in the D-Day air campaign.

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