David G. Gourley was born in Perry Township, Jefferson County, PA, on May 29, 1843, the son of Alexander Gourley of
Whitesville, and spent his early years in that area. He learned the blacksmith trade as an apprentice in his father's business. When the Civil War began, he tried to enter the army but was
not accepted. Later, he and several other youths went to Indiana, PA, and were all enrolled in Company C., 202nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on June 17, 1863 for
a period of six months service. When he was discharged from that term, he re-enlisted as a corporal in Company B, 206th Regiment and was finally discharged from that group on June 26, 1865.
On July 16, 1867, he married Martha Marie Horton and established a home in Brookville and opened his own blacksmith shop. He took an avid interest in politics and
served as sheriff of Jefferson County. The family later moved to Beaver, PA. David G. and Martha were the parents of 8 children, several of them having died young.
David G. Gourley, died at his home in Beaver, PA on February 6, 1918, and was buried in the Brookville Cemetery, beside his
children. His wife, Martha, died in 1932, and was buried beside him in the family plot.