Carl Christ Wilhlem Gallwitz (later Charles Gallwitz) was born on March 11, 1800, in Ansbach, Germany. He later lived in Koblenz, Germany, and he moved to the United States in the spring of 1820. After opening a school in Canton, Ohio, he traveled throughout the country between January 1821 and May 1822. He settled in Ohio permanently after a brief return to Germany in 1822. On September 28, 1824, Gallwitz married Margaret Mueller (or Miller). They had three daughters: Mary M. (ca. 1839-1916), Caroline Charlotte (ca. 1841-1918), and Louisa Wilhelmina (b. ca. 1842).
Georges Pierre Mathes (1833-1916), an Alsatian immigrant, gained United States citizenship in 1855 and lived in Ohio, where he was a farmer. He married Christina Haas in 1860 and they had 4 children: Alice Arminda (1864-1913), Emma Clarette (1867-1913), Ida Jane (b. 1869), and Martha Matilda (b. 1871). After Christina's death, George married Louisa Gallwitz on February 17, 1875, and they had 2 children: Jessie Dell (b. 1877) and Charles Bennet (b. 1879).