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William Jefferson GILCHRIST

Male 1869 - 1943  (74 years)


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  • Name William Jefferson GILCHRIST 
    Born 31 Mar 1869  Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Dec 1943  South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Richland Center, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      "Bill" GILCHRIST was the second of three known children born to Thomas and Phoebe (KEELY) GILCHRIST. There are three young children buried very near the GILCHRIST graves near Leiter's Ford, IN, but only their first names and vital statistics are recorded. It has been assumed that these children were additional siblings of Bill's, but there is no confirmation of these births to Phoebe.

      Little is known of Bill's childhood. He was apparently of a more settled nature than his brother James who has been described by Bill's youngest son as somewhat of a wanderer... for a time a school teacher... went to Zanesville (Muskingum) Ohio to work on bridge construction on a major highway... Bill, however, remained in the family home after his marriage and apparently assumed the role of "loyal son".

      Bill's mother died in 1895, three years before Bill's marriage to Artiemicia MOW. When the young couple married, they stayed in Thomas' home in Rochester Twp. until Thomas sold that property in 1902. By this time, Bill's oldest son, Virgil, was nearly 2 years old. Later in that same year Thomas purchased property north of the Tippecanoe River in Richland Twp., and he, Bill, Artiemicia, and Virgil moved into a 2 story log house before the birth of Byron, the couple's only other child, in Jan.,1903.

      Family stories tell that Bill was a responsible, strong, and loving man, although his wife's family did not approve of him. Bill was an humble and mild-mannered man who adored his lovely wife, but could not provide her with a luxurious life style. The bride's family had hoped for a more affluent marriage for their eldest daughter.

      The couple never owned land. Bill had intended to buy his father's land over a long period, but before he could do so, Thomas became mentally incompetent and Bill was appointed his father's legal guardian. Artiemicia died at the age of 40, leaving a bereaved Bill with an ailing, aging father and a son of 17. Virgil was working away from home at the time of his mother's death.

      Bill GILCHRIST was a farmer, carpenter"as needed" and extremely active in the Grand View Church. He has been described by a sister of his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, as the "sweetest-tempered, most gentle man in the world". Most of the pictures of William show him standing apart from other people as though he were attempting to avoid being the focus of attention.

      William was a handsome man, probably just under 6' tall and of a sturdy build, but not heavy. Pictures of him as a young man closely resemble his grandson, Bob GILCHRIST. Both of his sons showed a strong resemblance to him as they aged.

      William GILCHRIST died while living with his youngest son and family at 412 Woodside, South Bend, IN. He had visited in the home of his elder son, Virgil, for a time and also that of his sister, Mary A. GILCHRIST AULT in Culver, IN, prior to making his home with Byron and Emma in South Bend.

      * * *

      Wilma MOW FOLTZ located and hand-copied the following obituary:

      William J. Gilchrist, aged 74, died at 4 a.m. today in the home of his son, Byron, 412 East Woodside Avenue. He had been in ill health since November. Born in Fulton County, Ind., March 31, 1869 he came here five years ago from Culver, Ind. His wife, Artiemicia Mow, of Richland Center, Ind. died in 1920. He leaves two sons, Byron, with whom he made his home, and Virgil, of Jeffersonville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. John Ault, of Culver. Friends may call in the Hay funeral home from Tuesday noon until Wednesday noon when the body will be sent to Grandview Evangelical Church, west of Argos, Ind. to lie from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Rev. Edward M. Sausoman, pastor of Ewing Avenue Evangelical Church, South Bend will officiate, and burial will be in Richland Center cemetery.

      William was very active in the Grandview Church and, per his grandson and grand-daughter (Jim and Wilma GILCHRIST) served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years.

      REFERENCES:

      1. Claudia (GILCHRIST) DEEN, 4790 Union Chapel Road, Corydon, IN 47112 granddaughter

      2. Byron GILCHRIST, 219 E. 54th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220, son

      3. Callie (O"DELL) WILLIAMS, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., Plymouth, IN 46563 compiler's aunt

      4. Cemetery Inscription, IOOF Cem., Richland Ctr., IN

      5. Obituaries: William J. Gilchrist, 1943; Mrs. William Gilchrist, 1920

      6. Virgil J. GILCHRIST, son of William; father of compiler

      7. Marriage License: William Gilchrist to Artemicia Mow; 31 Dec. 1898

      8. Notes from the farm accounts ledger of William GILCHRIST

      9. U.S. Census 1870 IN, Fulton Co., Rochester Twp., p. 34; #257/#257 MF #593-316

      10. U.S. Census 1880 IN, Fulton Co., E.D.#42; Rochester Twp., p. 43; #445/#445 MF #T9-278

      11. U.S. Census 1900 IN, Fulton Co., E.D.#41; p. 9; #195/#195; MF #623-372

      12. U.S. Census 1910 IN, Fulton Co., E.D.#56; Richland Twp., Sheet 12-B, #219-#219.

      (2) A household headed by William GILCRIST is listed in the 1900 census of Rochester Township, Fulton County, IN.

      William is listed in the 1900 census as a farmer who was then 31 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in March 1869. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were also born in IN.

      Listed with William is his wife, Artie, who was then 19 years of age. According to the 1900 census, she was born in July 1880. According to the 1900 census, she was born in IN, and both of her parents were also born in IN.

      According to the 1900 census, William and Artie had been married 1 year as of the time of the 1900 census. According to the 1900 census, Artie was then the mother of one child, who was then living.

      Also listed with William is his son, Virgil J., who was then 2 months old. According to the 1900 census, he was born in March 1900. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his father, Thomas, a widower who was then 56 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in June 1843. According to the 1900 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in Scotland.

      (3) A household headed by William GILCHRIST is listed in the 1910 census of Richland Township, Fulton County, IN.

      William is listed in the 1910 census as a farmer who was then 40 years of age. According to the 1910 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were also born in IN.

      Listed with William is his wife, Artie, who was then 29 years of age. According to the 1910 census, she was born in IN, her father was born in IN, and her mother was born in OH.

      According to the 1910 census, William and Artie had been married 11 years as of the time of the 1910 census. According to the 1910 census, Artie was then the mother of two children, both of whom were then living.

      Also listed with William is his son, Virgil, who was then 10 years of age. According to the 1910 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, Byron, who was then 7 years of age. According to the 1910 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his father, Thomas, a widower who was then 71 years of age. According to the 1910 census, he was born in the U.S., and both of his parents were born in Scotland.

      (4) Tombaugh, Jean C. and Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obituaries 1916?Rochester Sentinel, Rochester, IN: 1998:

      Saturday, August 26, 1916

      William GILCHRIST is spending a few days with a sick uncle, while gone the message came of the death of another uncle at Fulton. ?WHIPPOORWILL ITEMS.

      (5) A household headed by William GILCHRIST is listed in the 1920 census of Richland Township, Fulton County, IN.

      William is listed in the 1920 census as a farmer who was then 50 years of age. According to the 1920 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were also born in IN.

      Listed with William is his wife, Artie M., who was then 41 years of age. According to the 1920 census, she was born in IN, her father was born in IN, and her mother was born in OH.

      Also listed with William is his son, Virgil J., a carpenter who was then 19 years of age. According to the 1920 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his son, Byron B., who was then 19 years of age. According to the 1920 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in IN.

      Also listed with William is his father, Thomas, a widower who was then 80 years of age. According to the 1920 census, he was born in IN, and both of his parents were born in Scotland.

      (6) Tombaugh, Jean C. and Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obituaries 1943?Rochester News-Sentinel, Rochester, IN: 1995:

      Tuesday, December 21, 1943

      William GILCHRIST, 74, former Fulton county resident died Monday at his home in South Bend. Death was due to a heart ailment which he had suffered for the past two months.

      The deceased was born in Fulton County in 1869, the son of Thomas and Phoebe GILCHRIST. He was married to Artemicia MOW.

      A member of the Evangelical church at Grandview, he was a well known county resident, having many relatives in Fulton county.

      Surviving are two brothers [sic; should be sons], Byron G. [GILCHRIST], South Bend and Virgil [GILCHRIST], Jeffersonville; seven grandchildren and a sister Mrs. John AULT, Culver.

      Services will be administered Wednesday in the Grandview Church by the Reverend SAUSAMAN of South Bend will officiate. [sic] Interment will be made in the Richland cemetery.

      (7) Funeral book:

      Memorial Record
      In Memory of
      William J. Gilchrist
      Born Mar. 31, 1869
      Fulton Co., Indiana

      Passed away at
      South Bend, Indiana
      Date Dec. 20, 1943
      Aged 74 years 9 months 11 days

      Funeral Ceremonies
      Services
      Grandview Church, Rochester
      2:00, Dec. 22, 1943

      Officiating
      Rev. Edw. Sausaman,
      Ewing Ave. Evangelical Church

      Musical Selections
      By
      Mr. & Mrs. Herman Weir
      Mrs. Del Anderson
      Mr. Howard Weir
      Mr. Harold Weir

      Accompanist
      Mrs. Howard Weir

      Bearers
      Mr. Howard Anderson
      Mr. Clyde Mow
      Mr. Clayton Mow
      Mr. Howard Weir
      Mr. Herman Weir
      Mr. Harold Weir

      Family Record
      Father
      Thomas Gilchrist
      Mother
      Phoebe Keely Gilchrist

      Visitors' Register

      Mr. & Mrs. Paul Davidson
      Esther Wagoner
      Earl Stooky [sic; should be Stookey]
      Mr. & Mrs. John Ault
      Mrs. Eldon Ault Culver, Ind.
      Mr. & Mrs. Howard Ault Culver, Ind.
      Lena Stichler
      Mr. & Mrs. I. Oliver Pfeiffer & Edwin
      Mrs. C. D. Overmyer
      Mrs. E. Diedrich & Son
      Mr. & Mrs. Paul Arndt
      R. Richard Riggs Jr.
      Chauncey[?] Clouse
      Roland C. Kreps
      Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Reece
      H. Woodcox
      Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mow & Family
      Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Smith
      Russell Aulm
      Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Morgan
      Mrs. Geo. Padgett
      Ferne Buss
      Marjorie Carothers
      Mildred Miller
      Mrs. C. W. Aulm
      C. W. Aulm
      Mrs. Hugh Steiniger
      Mr. and Mrs. D. Whiteman
      Mr. R. Klopfenstein
      Mr. & Mrs. B. D. Daugherty
      Mr. & Mrs. H. Cronk
      Mr. & Mrs. F. V. Mow
      Mr. & Mrs. O. F. Mow
      Mr. & Mrs. R. Padgett
      Mr. & Mrs. O. C. Olsen
      Mr. & Mrs. D. Bentley
      Mr. & Mrs. O. A. Anderson
      Mrs. E. Showers & Dick & Sue
      Mr. & Mrs. W. Pavey
      Alice O'Dell
    Person ID I14  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 

    Father Thomas GILCHRIST,   b. 14 Apr 1839, Jefferson County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1926, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Phoebe KEELY,   b. 4 Nov 1846, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1895, Rochester Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage License 9 Jun 1862  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married 11 Jun 1862  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F711  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Millie Artiemicia MOW,   b. 2 Jul 1880, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1920, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1898  Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Byron Bruce GILCHRIST,   b. 27 Jan 1903, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1998, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
     2. Virgil James GILCHRIST,   b. 28 Mar 1900, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1971, Jeffersonville, Clark County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 17:00:28 
    Family ID F710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959: name: ThomasGilchrist event: Marriage event date: 11 Jun 1862 event place: , Fulton, Indiana other event place: registration place: , Fulton, Indiana, United States marriage license date: 09 Jun 1862 residence: gender: Male age (estimated): number of prior marriages: race: birth date: birthplace: father's name: mother's name: spouse's name: Phebe Keeley spouse's residence: spouse's gender: Female spouse's age (estimated): spouse's number of prior marriages: spouse's race: spouse's birth date: spouse's birthplace: spouse's father's name: spouse's mother's name: informant's name: officiator's name: page: 146 record number: reference: film number: 001871260 digital folder number: 004540542 image number: 00161 number of images: 1 batch number: M03028-4.

    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: name: Thomas Gilchrist event: Marriage eventdate: 11 Jun 1862 event place: , Fulton, Indiana other event place: registration place: , Fulton, Indiana, United States marriage license date: 09 Jun 1862 residence: gender: Male age (estimated): number of prior marriages: race: birth date: birthplace: father's name: mother's name: spouse's name: Phebe Keeley spouse's residence: spouse's gender: Female spouse's age (estimated): spouse's number of prior marriages: spouse's race: spouse's birth date: spouse's birthplace: spouse's father's name: spouse's mother's name: informant's name: officiator's name: page: 146 record number: reference: film number: 001871260 digital folder number: 004540542 image number: 00161 number of images: 1 batch number: M03028-4.