Transcription of obituary
GILLEN - On Monday evening, August 3, 1931, at 9 o'clock. Silas Gillen Sr., in his 80th year, of 4403 Canal Street. Husband of Mathilde Wenger, father of Silas Gillen, Jr., and Henry Gillen and brother of Mrs. E. Stephenson of Champagne, Ill.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the services from the P.J. McMahon & Sons Funeral Home, 4800 Canal Street, near cemeteries, at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, August 5, 1931. Interment at Metairie Cemetery.
Champagne, Ill., papers please copy.
Silas was born 6 Feb 1851 in Ohio. He was the 6th of 9 children born to John & Nancy Gillen. On 16 Jun 1885 he married Mathilde Wenger in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana. To them were born two son, Silas Jr., and Henry C.
Silas was living in Champaign, Champaign Co., Illinois in 1870. I cannot locate him in the 1880 census. Since he married Mathilde in 1885, he may have relocated to Louisiana between 1870 and 1885. I next find him in the 1900 census working as a Barkeeper.
My source for the exact birth date of Silas Gillen, Sr. is the family headstone located in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana. His death date can be found both in the obituary and on the headstone. I have not located vital records to substantiate these sources. Still looking.
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