"Died at Helena, Montana
Saturday January 9th 1892 at
7:15 AM John Townsend Gilpatrick
aged 87 yrs - 9 mo - 7 da -.
Died in Helena Montana January
16th 1892 at 1 PM Ann Gilpatrick
aged 85 yr 11 months 1 day
She was christened "Nancy" Collins
and is so named in the old record of
the Collins family bible
Apparently these are the parents
of Stephen C. Gilpatrick."
Bible from the American Bible Society
1846, on New Testament title page in the middle of the Bible.
Jim's guess that the handwriting on the title page was of
Stephen Gilpatrick since it was in his possession and there is another family
bible, apparently also an older Collins family bible, that has not been relocated
This bible is in the possession of Jana Gilpatrick Hanner
in Abilene, Texas. It was given to her by her grandfather Stephen because
it was falling apart and he knew she would spend the money to have it repaired.
She has had it handsomely rebound. I should have photographed the cover too.
There is another unaccounted for Collins bible that this
bible refers to. Stephen Fergus Gilpatrick was had it and we have not relocated
This bible is for the Collins family of Lynn, Massachusetts, who migrated
west to Illinois, Wisconsin, and then Montana. Family names and dates for
their vital records are all used in my genealogy.
Clipping inside front cover with note and arrow from 1862:
The loss of the vessel is recorded in:
Frederick Way's book Way's Packet directory, 1848-1983
: passenger steamboats of the Mississippi River system since the advent of
photography in mid-continent America. Published in Athens, Ohio by Ohio
University 1983. Located in the Historical Society Library stacks in Madison
Wisconsin HE565 U5 W39 1983.
SW p wh b. Jeffersonville, Ind., by Howard, 1853. 166 x 37.6
x 5. In 1854 running New Orleans-Bayou Sara, Capt. William McCombs, in place
of the BELLA DONNA. In 1960 [sic], New Orleans-Red River, Capt. J. J. Labarthe.
In 1861 owned at New Orleans by New Orleans, Opelousas & Great Western
RR, Capt. T. K. Porter. Exploded and lost at St. Joseph Island, La., Oct.
9, 1862, with loss of 12 lives.
No photograph of this vessel.
John Henry Gilpatrick
obituary from the Shullsburg Wisconsin
Pick and Gad, May 11, 1911, 29(46):5.
--Henry Gilpatrick was born in Maine
in 1831, and attended for a time Bowdoin College in that state. He came west
and settled in White Oak Springs, where his father kept a general store for
many years. He became a pilot on the Mississippi when that river was the
home of so many palatial steamers, and on which most travel from the south
was done. He had the reputation of being the best pilot on the river between
St. Louis and St. Paul, being for many years employed on the old Eagle line.
He naturally acquired the gentlemanly habits so general on the steamboats
of that day and having naturally a kind disposition became a most lovable
character. He was friendly with all and his cheerful life left a ray of sunshine
in his life's path. His death occurring May 6th, 1911, was the direct result
of a stroke of apoplexy and he was buried at the old White Oak cemetary on
the Monday following. Rev. Callahan delivered a beautiful address at his
funeral and the choir from Veta Grande furnished excellent music. Deceased
had been clerk of his town for many years and was always an efficient and
willing officer. He had excellent literary tastes and enjoyed good reading.
He was of old New England Presbyterian stock and of excellent family, his
mother being a Collins. Henry will be greatly missed. He was one of the last
of the old White Oak crowd, and no one has left more kind remembrances behind
While searching for the above, from the Pick & Gad May 18, 1911, 29(47):8.
Back to Adam
A parchment roll over a foot wide and
nineteen feet long containing the genealogical tree of King Henry VI is in
the Welsh National library at Aterystwith. The work is beautifully executed
in tabular fashion of the latter half of the fifteenth century and is illuminated
with miniatures, rich capitals and red ornamental letters. The pedigree is
traced from Adam, and the particulars occupy a red line of six yards on the
scroll. On the left side of the pedigree appears the list of archbishops
of Canterbury down to John Stafford and on the right side the list of Welsh
princes down to Edward I.--Dundee/Advertiser.
Gilpatrick family in White Oak Springs Census data
Jim had been looking for them unsuccessfully
in the Galena, Illinois census and vital records because that is where I
thought they lived with the family having sons that were Mississippi River
I found them in the White Oak Springs census as neighbors
of the Blackstones when I searched Blackstones in the 1880 census the LDS
put on CD-ROM. So nice of them.
While at Madison in June 2002, I took the opportunity to
search the other census years for Gilpatricks in White Oak Springs, Wisconsin.
Not all the family members were found probably because they were off to school
or working elsewhere at the time.
There is a George Gilpatrick in Benton, Iowa county then
but Lafayette county now, just west of White Oak Springs. Both George and
John Townsend Gilpatrick are in the same area in several Wisconsin State
censuses as well as the federal censuses. I think they are brothers. J. T.
's brother George is born Jan. 26, 1813 in Saco.
In the 1850 federal census George Gilpatrick was a miner
from Maine. He is listed there as single along with a bunch of other single
miners. His age is either 54 or 59, the writing is not good. He is in the
Town of Benton, District 5, page 411.
Apparently this George was in Wisconsin Territory before
John T. Gilpatrick and maybe even they were together at first. In the book
I looked at summarizing the Wisconsin territory or state census of 1836 (also
1842 and other years) George Gilpatrick is in the Western Division, Iowa
County with 6 persons in his family. Either his family was all miners or
more likely our Gilpatricks of 3 sons and John T. and Ann Gilpatrick were
with him at first totaling the 6.
John T., Ann, and S. C. Gilpatrick are in White Oak Springs
in the 1850 census on 18 September in district 5, page 468-469. J. T. is
age 46 from Maine, a merchant, with $600 real estate. S. C. is attending school.
No other persons. J. T. is also in the 1855 state census.
J. T., Ann, and S. C. Gillpatrick are in the same place in
1860 census. Same data for J. T., and this time with $795 in personal property
in addition to the the real estate worth $600. S. C. is a clerk. In between
Ann and S. C. is Caroline McCullens? age 13, female born New York. So she
is the one in the 1880 census and apparently adopted unofficially as later
never any last name. No occupation for her. Page 82.
John T., Ann, Carrie Gilpatrick same place in 1870. Carrie
is listed as 21 and at home. There is another word that I could not read
after merchant. Perhaps Beloit, a town due east. $1000 real and $1400 personal
estate. Page 508.
John T., Ann, John H., and Carrie Gilpatrick are in the 1880
census. J. T. is postmaster, John H. is a laborer and Carrie is blank for
occupation. Page 203.
In the 1885 State of Wisconsin census there is a H. Gilpatrick
in White Oak Springs on page 89. He is listed as the 1 male. No other family
members. Of course the 1890 census burned so there is nothing left for our
In 1900 in White Oak Springs our John Henry Gilpatrick is
listed by himself as Herold Gilpatrick, retired. No one else. Page 139B.
In 1910 John H. Gilpatrick age 68 is "widowed" and the town
clerk. Page 138-B. He died in 1911 and I looked in 1920 and he is not there.
I found his obituary and probate records later.
John H. Gilpatrick Probate Records
in Lafayette County Courthouse in Darlington
John H. Gilpatrick
Looks like after all the bills were submitted
and the real estate sold there was a balance of $68.03 that was due to his
brother Stephen Collins Gilpatrick in Montana.
Stephen Collins Gilpatrick calls his brother Henry. "Brother Henry's wife
died some years ago. No surviving children by the union." There are no vital
records for any of Henry's family in Wisconsin, not even his death that was
in found in the obit.
There were lots of other items not looking
as interesting as these.
There is not mention of a tombstone and none was found in either cemetery
found in White Oak Springs in 2002.
James R. Dangel
1504 Sawmill Creek Road
Sitka, Alaska 99835 USA
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