Gilbourne in Dublin and Co. Laois

Heads of Trees gathered in this group:
IdentifierSurnameForenamesGilbourne CountNotes
 6GILBORNEThomas & Margaret VICARS 47m. Ireland ca 1706. Son Edward d. Co. Laois 1759
 6bGILBOURNEWilliam & Ann ?12Leased land in Ballylusk townland, Co. Laois 1757
 6cGILBORNEJames & Mary SENIOR15m. Co Laois 1793;
 6dGILBURNEWilliam & Jane HARRIS8b. ca 1788; Children Co. Laois 1825-1829. England 1851; Son m. Co. Laois 1867; QLD, Australia 1874
 6eGILBORNEWilliam & Hannah HARRIS39Children b.1824-1838 Family N.Y. ca 1846
 6fGILBORNEJames & Jane ? 39Children b. Co. Laois 1818-1831. d. Otsego Co., N.Y. 1848
 6gGILBOURNEEdward & Susanna POWER2m.1786 (Dublin?)
 6hGILBORNEJohn Davis & Ann ?2Only known child 1815, Dublin
 6jGILBORNEArthur James & Mary Ann MYTTON17m. Offerlane 1831
 6bGILBOURNHenry & Margaret McEVOY 31st known child ca 1846, Co. Laois
 6lGILBORNEWilliam & Emily ?3Child Dublin 1823
 6mGILBOURNEWilliam & Adelia Townsley2b. Ireland ca 1807; Schoharie Co., N.Y. (1850)
 6nGILBOURNEEdward & Jane ?3b.Ireland ca 1811; Saratoga Co., N.Y. (1850)
 6oGILBORNEFrances & Robert GARRETT 1m. 1834 Ballyfin
 6pGILBORNEJoanna & James Lyons 1m. 1798 Dublin

William Gilborne & Hannah Harris

This is one of the largest tree fragments, and apart from the early days, based entirely in the United States. For reasons of size, the tree above shows only the first generation to be born in the United States. It is also one of the few trees that has been traced back to a definitive source in Ireland. Nothing is known of William and Hannah. After the baptism of their children in Ireland, the only place that their names have been found is the marriage certificate for the second marriage of their son, Benjamin. The name Benjamin itself is intriguing, the only other occasion it is found in Gilbourne in Ireland is in 1775 when William Percival and Isabella Gilborne baptised their son William Benjamin in Dublin St. John (Tree 6). He was likely named after Isabella's grandfather or uncle, Benjamin Luffingham. It is not known what became of William Benjamin - could he have been one of the several Williams found in Co. Laois?. The fact that Benjamin Gilborne named one of his sons Davis Gilborne suggests also a link to William Gilbourne and Frances Davis (Tree 6b)

No marriage between William and Hannah has yet been found. [There is an Ossory marriage licence bond dated 1820 between William Gilborne and Hannah Margaret Grace, otherwise Sherlock, but there is no evidence that she was Hannah Harris.]
Five siblings have been traced but the registers of Ballyfin contain eight baptisms of children of William and Hannah, initially of Ballyfin then of Ballycormick.The baptismal register of Ballyfin commenced in 1824, so it is possible that there are earlier children yet to found.

29 Feb 1824JaneWilliamHannahGilborneBallyfin
20 Nov 1825BenjaminWilliamHannahGilborne
18 May 1828MarthaWilliamHannahGilborneBallycormick
16 May 1830JamesWilliamHannahGilborneBallycormick
9 Dec 1832HannahWilliamHannahGilborneBallycormick
7 Sept 1834DavisWilliamHannahGilborneBallycormick
20 Oct 1836Mary AnnWilliamHannahGilborne
20 Jan 183920 Oct 1838HenryWilliamHannahGilborne
Note. The baptism for Mary Ann was initially omitted from the register and then entered out of sequence on the first page.

The Tithe applotments of 1829 showed that William Gilburne farmed 18ac in Ballycormick.townland, Clonenagh and Clonagheeen parish.

(The final 'Observation' column, besides the sequential numbers had the names 'Andrew Glbraith' and 'Peter Roe' written along the length of the column. there are believed to be either the landowners, or tenants of the landowner, who leased or sub-let the plots to the individuals named.)

Five of the children are known to have emigrated to the United States - Benjamin in !840; James in1846; Davis in 1852 and Henry in 1854. Mary Ann also emigrated, but the date is unknown. She consistently gave her birth as Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, which was clearly incorrect. The children emigrating sequentially indicates that the family did not emigrate as a unit. It is not known whether parents Willaim and Hannah emigrated, at some stage. Ballyfin death registers begin only in 1831 so it is not known whether any of Jane, Martha and Hannah died in infancy, or emigrated, or remained in Ireland. The fact that Mary Ann, born in 1836 consistently gave her birthplace as Troy, N.Y., might be taken to imply that she emigrated at an early age. However if she did, presumably it would be with her parents, but then they would also have taken her younger brother, Henry, but he didn't emigrate until 1854. The deaths of William and Hannah have not been traced.

Benjamin W Gilborne was baptised 20 November 1825. His life is described in an early book documenting the history of Iroquois County, Illinois :

B. W. Gilborne, farmer, Cabery, Ford County, was born in Ireland, on November 1, 1825. Living there till fourteen years of age, he came to America all alone, in 1840. He resided in Montgomery County, New York, some ten years, working on a farm and teaching school. In 1850 he went to Schoharie County, New York, living there till 1864, when he enlisted in Co. F, 13th N. Y. Heavy artillery, the next year being transferred to Co. A, and after the fall of Richmond, was consolidated with the 7th heavy artillery. He was in the siege service, fighting at Petersburg and Richmond. He, with four others, had charge of the mail-boat Fawn for a short time, on the Dismal Swamp Canal, leading from Elizabeth River via the Great Bridge, Pungo Landing, and Corn Jack. He was on provost guard and police duty at Norfolk and Portsmouth, and was finally discharged on August 24, 1865. He then returned home, and in 1867 he moved west, stopping at Rogers, Ford County, and two years thereafter, moved to the town of Chebanse, now Milk's Grove township. He was the first town clerk, serving two terms; has been assessor for five years, justice of the peace for three years, commissioner of highways for two years, and supervisor one year, all of which he still continues to hold. He is also farmer and schoolteacher. In fact he has been father and grandfather of the township for the past five years, he having attended to about all the business that has been transacted. He was married on July 25, 1852, to Miss Lodoizker [Lodoiska] Minard, who was born on January 30, 1830. They have four children: Mary E., now wife of Levi C. Latham; William H., Alice and John; James D. and Charles, deceased. He has 40 acres which he farms during the summer, and teaches school in the winter, which occupation he has followed for the past thirty years.

[The History of Iroquois County, together with Historic Notes on the North West., H.W. Beckwith, Pub: H.H. Hill & Co, Chicago, 1880.]

Much of this has been verified, though we get off to a bad start with neither Benjamin nor Lodoiska being found in the 1850 census. They are found in the 1855 N.Y. State census though, in the town of Carlisle, Schoharie Co. Benjamin's birthplace is incorrectly given as England and he was naturalised, while Lodoiska and their four-month-old daughter Mary E. were both born in Schoharie County. Benjamin's occupation is given as 'None' (!) and they had been living in Carlisle for only a year. Their frame-built house was valued at $800, but appeared to be occupied by three families. Benjamin owned no land. They were still in Carlisle in 1860, still not owning any land, and Benjamin was now a teacher. His personal estate was valued at $200, and two more children had been born.
Although nominally in Carlisle with his family in 1865, Benjamin was noted as being in the Army. Their youngest son had died, but Lodoiska was stated to be the parent of four children - had she given birth to another who had died too? He was described as a farmer and owner of land. Intriguingly, his birthplace was given as 'Queens' - supposedly Queens Co., New York. We know he was born in Ireland, in Queen's County. Details were given of his army service - a private in the 13th N.Y. Regiment, enlisting 3 January 1864 with 18 months still to serve. Interestingly, a History of Montgomery County, N.Y ., listed under the 13th Regiment Heavy Artillery, Roll of Montgomery County, 'Company F. - ... P.H. Becker, B.W. Gilbourne, W.H. Russell of Root;...' It is isn't clear why he should still be listed under Montgomery County when he had been in Schoharie for 10 years, but it probably tells us where he was before he moved to Carlisle. The same book also gives more detail of the regiment:

On May 11, 1863, the War Department authorized Col. William A. Howard to organize the regiment in New York. The men who had already been recruited by Maj. H. B. Williams for the Eleventh New York Volunteer artillery, but not assigned to companies, were transferred to this command, which was strengthened by also receiving the men enlisted for the proposed Twenty-ninth New York Volunteer Infantry, and for the Thirty-sixth Independent Battery of New York Heavy Artillery. The new levies were mustered into service for three years, but the regiment also contained some one year enlistments. The command in fact included men from all parts of the state. The regiment was mustered in by companies as soon as recruited during the latter part of 1863 and the early part of 1864, and its service in the field was of such a detached character that no regular narrative of its history can be given, except that found in its list of engagements. When the short term men were mustered out the remainder were consolidated, so that some of the companies lost their identity.
Official record of the battles of the Thirteenth.—Operations against Petersburg and Richmond, May 5 and 31, 1864; before Petersburg, June 15, 1864, and April 2, 1865; assault on Petersburg, June 15 and 17, 1864; Swift Creek, October 7, 1864; Day's Point, November 14 and 19, 1864; Fort Fisher, December 25, 1864 and January 15, 1865; fall of Petersburg, April 2, 1865.

The 1865 census gives us a wealth of detail on his farm. It was small - only one acre had been improved with another 3½ unimproved. Its value was $830, with stock valued at $100 and no equipment of value. A bushel of winter rye had been sown in 1864, and 34 bushels harvested. Twice that acreage had been planted in the current year; ½ acre had been planted with hops in both years, and 124 lbs harvested; 13 apple trees had given 13 bushels of fruit. He had 2 milch cows and 2 other cows, had killed one for beef the previous year, and made 225lbs of butter. Two lambs were raised and shorn in 1865 (none in 1864) producing 6½ lbs of wool. He grew no other crops, nor kept any other livestock, nor had he bought any fertilisers in the current year.
With the war over Benjamin moved his family west after the birth of another daughter in 1867. In 1870 they were in Chebanse, Iroquois County, Illinois. He was still a farmer, though no value was given for his real estate. His personal estate was valued at $800. [Although very faint, for some reason Lodoiska appears to be recorded as 'Sarah' in this census.] They were in the same town in 1880, though it had now been renamed as Milk's Grove. Another son had been born, and eldest daughter, Mary, had married and left home. Benjamin also now employed a farm hand. This census gives no information on property or farm size.
Lodoiska's death has not been traced but Benjamin married for the second time 29 March 1892 in Kankakee, Illinois, to Louisa Carpenter Eglesten. Benjamin died 19 March 1895 Benjamin and Lodoiska are both buried in Clayton Cemetery, Cabery, Ford Co., Illinois. Louisa in 1900 was living with her youngest step-son in Herscher Village, Kankakee Co., Illinois. Louisa had been born in New York, and a newspaper snippet in 1898 recorded Mrs. Marcia Chester and Mrs Louisa Gilborn of Illinois visiting a Mr Alonzo Eggleston in the town of West Kendall, Orleans Co., N.Y., probably a brother or other relative of Louisa's first husband. Louisa has not been found after 1900 and had probably died, but no record or grave has been found.

James W Gilbourne was baptised in Ballyfin 16 May 1830. He emigrated to the United States - in 1846 according to the 1900 census, but he has not been found in the 1850 census. In 1860 he was in Root, Montgomery County, New York . He had recently married Pollyanna Warner, the widow of Richard S. Warner who had died in Root in 1858. She had been born Pollyanna Wessel in Montgomery Co. in September 1819. The census however lists James with William Gilbourne (Gilbourin) and his wife and daughter Mary E, while Pollyanna (Polly A.) was listed below them as a separate household with her four children from her marriage to Richard Warner. At first glance William could be James' father, but as we shall see later, we know from other sources that James had a sister Mary A Gilborne. It is unlikely that William would have daughters Mary A and Mary E.
In 1865 Pollyanna was listed as the owner of land, and as the mother of seven children, having given birth to a daughter about 1862. James was a farmer and still had four of Pollyanna's children from her first marriage with them.
His farm was 168 improved acres and 30 unimproved, valued at $6930 with stock worth $846 and tools and equipment worth $297. 43 acres had been ploughed and none left fallow; 45 acres were in pasture and 77 acres of meadow. In 1864 he had sown 1 acre of spring wheat, which had produced 3 bushels of crop and he had produced 20 tons of hay. He had sown 2½ acres of wheat in 1865. 35½ acres of winter oats sown in 1864 produced 160 bushels of grain, but the acreage was reduced to 28 in 1865. 3 acres of winter rye planted in 1864 appeared to (not yet?) have produced any grain; 4 acres of buckwheat sown in 1864 produced 60 bushels crop and 8½ acres had been sown in the current year; 3½ acres of Indian corn had produced 20 bushels of grain, 3 acres had been planted in the current year; an acre of potatoes in 1864 had produced 60 bushels, ¾ acre were planted in 1865; ¼ acre had been sown with flax for the first time in 1865. 80 apple trees produced 40 bushels of apples. He had 3 calves in 1864 and the same number in 1865; He had 7 milch cows in both years, an killed one for beef in 1864; 6 cows in 1864 had enable him to make 700 lbs of butter, and he had one more cow in 1865; He had one colt born in 1864 and 4 other horses; he had 5 pigs born in 1865, 3 older and had killed 5 in 1864 producing 500 lbs of pork; he had 20 sheep shorn in both years, producing 100 lbs of wool in 1864 and 80lbs in 1865, and raised 20 lambs in 1864 and 22 in 1865; his poultry in 1865 was worth $15, up from $8 the previous year, enabling him to sell eggs worth $5. He had not bought any fertiliser in the previous year.
Still in Root in 1870, neither James nor Pollyanna now had any real estate. The farm was now apparently owned by 20 year old Mary Warner, who owned real estate to the value of $6000. This would seem to mean that the farm in 1865 had been owned by Pollyanna in trust for her children. James personal estate was valued at $2500. Also at the farm was 16 year old Richard Warner, their 8 year old daughter, Hannah Elizabeth, and a farm labourer. Ten years later, James and Pollyanna had with them, son Richard Warner and daughter (Hannah) Elizabeth Gilbourne but also 11 year old Hiram J Allen and 9 year old Aldin W Allen, both of whom were described as 'son' - presumably adopted sons. Hiram J in 1870 had been living in Root with his parents James S and Hannah E Allen, and it seems likely that they had died. No attempts have been made to follow the lives of these two children.
Hannah E. Gilbourne married in 1885 and in 1892 and 1900 James and Pollyanna were living alone in Root. Their daughter had already died. Pollyanna died just weeks after the census, on 9 July 1900. James Gilbourne died in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co. 1 January 1907 and was buried in Ames Cemetery with Pollyanna. He left his estate to his granddaughter.

Davis Gilborne was born July 1836 in Ireland according to censuses. He was baptised at Ballyfin 7 September 1834 so it is likely that the birth was July 1834. One must wonder if he is related to Lois Davis Gilborne who was baptised 30 April 1815 in St. Peter's, Dublin, the daughter of Ann and John Davis Gilborne. He emigrated to the United States in 1852 and in 1855 and 1860 was a farm labourer working for James Parsons, in Sharon, Montgomery County, N.Y. He appears to have gone to Sharon immediately after his immigration, for in 1855 he was said to have resided in Sharon for 4 years (so did he really immigrate in 1851?)
In 1862, with the Civil War in progress, he enlisted in the Union Army. His record reads:

Farmer; single; age 27; enlisted August 14, 1862; contracted typhoid fever in July 1863; treated at Fort Schuyler Hospital and rejoined his regiment at Lookout Valley; served on the Atlanta campaign until taken prisoner at Peach Tree Creek; confined in Andersonville for two and a half months, then taken to Savannah and Millen, and paroled December 27, 1864; sent to Annapolis Md., and furloughed home for 30 days; reported at Camp Chase, Ohio, sent to Bedloe's Island, New York, to Morehead City, N.C.; rejoined his regiment at Raleigh and marched on the home route as far as Richmond; then transferred by transport to Washington, and rejoining his regiment, took part in the Grand Review; discharged June 10, 1865, West Point, South Dakota.

The Muster-in roll of G Company confirms the enlistment date was 14 August 1962 in Sharon, and that he was enlisted by Henry Parsons - almost certainly related to Davis's employer, James Parsons, possibly his son, who was 23 in 1860.
A newspaper of Monday 1 October 1864 reported that Sergt. Geo. Gurnsey and Corp. D. Gilborn, had been posted missing from 'G' Co., 134th Regiment, after fighting near Atlanta.
Davis stayed 'out West' after his discharge and married Lydia Boulby (or Bowlby) 31 October 1867 in Kankakee, Illinois. Lydia had been born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in March 1842. In 1870 they were living at Rogers, Ford Co., Illinois, with their first son. They remained at Rogers until sometime after 1881, raising a total of three sons. With no state censuses available, we do not know when they left Rogers, but in 1900 were living at 522, S. Arch St., Aberdeen, Brown Co., South Dakota. He had been granted a land patent for 159.4 acres in Brown, S.D. 28 October 1890, and for 160 acres in McPherson County, S.D., 30 March 1895.
In 1900 their eldest son had married and left home, and a niece, Alvina Bowlby was staying with them. A thief broke into their home in 1908 and while Davis slept stole his pants and vest from beside his bed. The pants contained about $23 and a gold watch. They were still in Aberdeen in 1920, now living on their own. Davis died on his son's farm in Wetonka, a few miles from Aberdeen, in November 1920 and was buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Aberdeen. His obituary gives a different version of his early life:

Davis Gilbourne, resident of this city at 422 Fifth Avenue southeast, a retired farmer, died at the house of his son, on a farm near Wetonka, on Saturday last at 8:45p.m., aged 83 years, 3 months and 20 days, of influenza, following a brief illness. Deceased was born in Ireland and came to the United States with his parents at the age of 8 years. The family located in New York City where the subject of this sketch attained his majority and where he in 1861 enlisted in the 134th Volunteer Infantry of New York State for service in the army of the north during the Civil War.
He served three and one [half years?] and was captured and incarcerated in Libby prison, whence he was [???] moved to Andersonville and where he was liberated on the 27th of November 1864.
Returning to New York he remained there until 1866, when he joined the westward march of pioneers and reached Illinois, Ford County, where he located on a farm.
There he married to Miss Lydia A. Bowlby and to their union three sons were born. George A. who resides in Wyoming and is coming here for the funeral, Seth S. of Aberdeen and N.O. of Wetonka. His wife and a brother Dr. Henry Gilbourne of Kempton, Ill., are other surviving relatives. Deceased became a resident of Brown County in the early '90s and removed to Aberdeen in 1897, purchasing a home here.
He was a member of the M.E. church and also a veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic and member of the local post. He was held in high esteem by hosts of friends and was beloved sincerely by relatives who mourn his death.
The funeral will be conducted on Thursday afternoon from the [Huebl?] chapel.

This is known to be incorrect in stating that he enlisted in New York City in 1862, as we know that he enlisted in Sharon. If he came to the U.S.A. when he was 8 years old - about 1844 - then we should be able to find him in the 1850 census, but that is not the case.
Lydia Gilborne in 1925, aged 84, was living in Wetonka, probably with her son. She died 25 July 1929 in Yankton Co., S.D. and was buried with her husband in Aberdeen.

Mary Ann Gilborne was born August 1835, in Troy, N.Y. according to censuses, but with younger and older siblings apparently born in Ireland, that seems unlikely. Her baptism was initially omitted from the register in Ballyfin and was added out of sequence on the first page. The baptismal date was recorded as 20 October 1836. As this was a late addition we cannot be sure of the accuracy, and the best we can say is that Mary was born in 1835 or 36. She has not been found in censuses before her marriage to Orville B. Terwilliger 2 May 1861, probably in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., N.Y. They remained in Amsterdam, where Orville was a carpenter and builder, all their lives.

Orville Terwillegar was born at Hagaman's Mills in the town of Amsterdam on the 26th September 1837 and was educated in the public schools and old academy on Main St. In his early life he learned the carpenter's trade and for many years been one of Amsterdam's contractors and builders. On the 2d day of May 1801 he married Mate [sic] Gilbourne of Troy. They have three children, two sons and one daughter. … Mr Terwilliger's father, Solomon, was also born at Hagaman's Mills; he was a carpenter and builder and married Sarah A Priest of Esperance. They had seven children, five survive: Louisa, Abbie, Edward, John and Orville B. The family is of Dutch, English and German extraction.

There is little to add to this summary, apart for correcting the obvious typo in Mary's name. Orville died 12 February 1900 and the census that year showed Mary as head of household living with son Frank and his wife at 34 Kimball St., Amsterdam. They were still there in 1907 when Mary died 20 January and was buried three days later at Green Hill Cemetery.

Mary A. Gilborne, widow of Orville B. Terwilliger, died quite suddenly Sunday at midnight, at her home, No. 34 Kimball Street, of Bright's disease aged 67 years. Mrs. Terwilliger was about on Friday last but in the evening she was taken ill. Her condition was not regarded as serious however, and she passed away at the above stated hour without the slightest suspicion to members of her family that the illness was a fatal one. Mrs. Terwilliger was born in Troy but has resided in Amsterdam for the past 45 years. Her husband, who was one of the leading contractors of this section, died on February 12th 1900. She was of a generous and lovable disposition and during her long years of residence in Amsterdam won the esteem of a large circle of friends who will deeply deplore her death. She was an attendant of the First Baptist church. Mrs. Terwilliger is survived by two sons, George P. and Frank G. Terwilliger, and one daughter, Mrs. John M. Smith, of this city. She also leaves two brothers, Davis Gilborne of Aberdeen South Dakota, and Dr. Henry Gilborne of Kankakee, Ill. About two weeks ago another brother, James W. Gilborne of Ames, N.Y., died and Mrs. Terwilliger attended the funeral service.
The funeral will be held at the house Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. J.M. Hutchinson of the First Baptist church officiating. The interment will be in Green Hill.

Despite the statement again that she was born in Troy, we can be sure that ths is the correct Mary A Gilborne, as the obituary correct names her siblings.

Henry Gilborne is the last of the known children of William and Hannah.He claimed to be born October 1840 in Ireland but his baptism in Ballyfin 20 January 1839, gave his date of birth as 20 October 1838. He stated in 1900 that he entered the U.S.A. in 1854. In 1855 was a 16 year old ‘apprentice’ to farmer John Beakley in Sharon, Schoharie, N.Y. In 1860 he was a labourer for Peter Fritcher in the same town, but by 1865 was back working for John Beakley. Sometime in the next few years he married Julia M Loucks. The exact date and place is unknown, and Henry has not been found in the 1870 census. Julia, however, is still living with her parents, John and Margaret Loucks, in Lyme, Jefferson Co., N.Y. She also has a ten-month old daughter, Anna, with her.
John Loucks was a homeopathic physician, and his wife was formerly Margaret Beakley, who also came from a family involved in Homeopathy. Another resident in their house in 1870 was 19 year old C.B. Walrad, a grandson. He was to become a doctor in Johnstown, N.Y., and writing about him in 1893 the local paper reported

A remarkable fact in connection with the family is that his grandfather [John Loucks], four uncles, and two cousins were all homoeopathic physicians. His uncle, Dr. Jacob Beakley, founded the New York Homoeopathic Medical College and was Dean of that institution and lecturer on surgery for several years.

H. Gilborne (of Cabery, Ill.) graduated from Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, 9 March 1872 in homeopathy. This probably explains his absence from the 1870 census in New York, though he has not been found in Philadelphia either. (When he was described as an apprentice in 1855, was it an apprentice physician?) Henry moved west in 1872, and became the first physician in Cabery, Ford Co., Illinois. They initially lived about a mile north of the town, but when the railroad was built moved into the town. In 1880 they were living at Cabery and Henry was a physician. They now had a son, born about 1875 in New York, as well as their daughter. With no 1890 census, nothing is known until 1900, by when Julia had died, though the exact date is not known and her burial place has not been traced. Henry was still living at Cabery. In addition to his two children he now had his niece, Alice Gilborne, staying with them. In 1910 he was living alone in the village of Kempton, Mona Township, Ford Co. His birthplace on this occasion was recorded as New York. It was again recorded as New York in 1920, when he was again recorded on his own, but daughter Anna, now married was living in the same house, but listed as a separate family. Henry died in 1927 and is buried in Clayton cemetery, Cabery.