Sunday, June 7, 2015

SUNDAY'S OBITUARY - Silas Gillen, Sr. - 1851-1931

Today’s obituary is for Silas Gillen, Sr.  He was the son of John Gillen & Nancy Miller, my 3rd great grand uncle & aunt.  This makes Silas my 1st cousin 4 times removed.

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. 

please contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.
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Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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  1. Hi,
    have a Gillen family in my tree...The parents came from Ireland, they had 7 children, born in the midwest....Wisconsin, Illinois, and the first in Ireland. The parents were Patrick Gillan and his wife was Alice Traynor. I know it is spelled differently, but thought I would check....

    1. Hi Sandy - sorry for the delay in answering you, I've been on vacation. Since we aren't sure of the origins of our Gillen line, then they certainly could be connected to yours. We do believe they came over from Ireland. The names Patrick and his wife, Alice aren't familiar, but I will keep them in mind. I'm ever searching for the parents of my William Gillen 1782-1841.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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