|That's Susan Burgess Gillespie, Joseph Gillespie and their daughter Susan Milne with her two children, Joseph & baby Irene|
The couple came to the U.S. on 23 Dec 1862 with their two infants. Their passage was paid for by Susan’s mother, Elizabeth Gaydon Burgess. I was able to locate this information in a book I purchased called Passage to America 1851-1869: The Records of Richard Elliott, Passenger Agent, Detroit, Michigan by Mary Lou Straith Duncan
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|Page 68 showing Joseph & family|
In this 1900 census the couple is renting a home at 71 Jones St. Joseph is working as a Machinist, an occupation he took up sometime after 1870.
Living in the home with them is their daughter, Susan and her two children, Joseph (my grandfather) and Irene. Susan became widowed 6 months before the birth of her daughter, Irene. Her husband Andrew Charles Milne died of consumption 8 Dec 1892. Little Irene was born 6 months later on 13 Jun 1893. How sad that Irene never knew her father and that Susan was left widowed. I also think it’s miraculous that neither Susan nor their young son, Joseph, didn’t contract consumption (tuberculosis) from Andrew.
Read more about Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Gillespie in these posts WEDDING WEDNESDAY - Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Anne Gillespie – 1880; TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ The marriage record of my great grandmother, Susan Gillespie and her 2nd husband, Clyde J. Smith – 1904
Here is the cropped portion of my Gillespie family from that 1900 census record. Note that the Milne surname has been misspelled as Millen. We all know how many ways our ancestor’s names can be spelled.
The great thing about the 1900 census is the detail it provides (assuming it’s correct) regarding the birth month as well as the year. We also get the number of years married, how many children born to the woman and how many are still living. The year of immigration and how many years in the United States and whether alien or naturalized.
This census tells me that Joseph is a naturalized citizen. One of the types of records I have yet to obtain for any of my ancestors is a naturalization record. And, there should be quite a few, given that myself and my husband are only a couple of generations removed from our immigrant ancestors on some branches. Pursuing this naturalization record has moved up on my “to do” list. Wish me luck.
TIP: In reviewing records we located many years ago, we can almost always learn something new or spot something we missed before.
If you are related to this family (and there must be many of you out there) please contact me. Surnames associated with this Gillespie family are: ADDICOTT, BAKER, BARROWCLIFF, BECK, BURGESS, CARPENTER, COSWAY, DAVY, GAYDON, MILNE, PATTERSON & ROE.
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