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Thomas GILCHRIST

Male 1839 - 1926  (87 years)


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  • Name Thomas GILCHRIST 
    Born 14 Apr 1839  Jefferson County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Apr 1926  Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery, Leiters Ford, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      Thomas was the last of four children known to be born to James and Mary (ANDERSON) GILCHRIST while the family lived in Jefferson Co., IN. An entry in the Fulton Co. Atlas, 1883, p 29, states that he was born in 1845; however, his tombstone and notes found in his son's farm accounts ledger give his birth date as 1839. The GILCHRIST family left Jefferson Co. about 1846 and appear in Fulton Co.'s 1850 census. About 1860, James GILCHRIST conveyed nearly all his farmland to his three surviving children. At this time, both Thomas and his older brother, James, were living with their parents. Their sister, Jennet, had married and appears in the home of her husband, Christopher CAMPBELL in the 1860 census. In Nov., 1881, the two brothers divided their 180 acres into two equal shares.

      Thomas married in 1862 and with his wife, Phoebe, remained in the family home in Rochester Twp. even after James's and Mary's deaths. Phoebe died in 1895 and the couple's younger son, William, brought his bride, Artiemicia MOW, into the home in 1898.

      In 1890, Thomas's older brother, James, conveyed his share of their father's property to Thomas and Phoebe "for one dollar plus love and affection...reserving for himself a life estate in the...land". Although Wm. GILCHRIST's notes include the death of Thomas's brother, James, in 1897 in Fulton Co. there is no other record of when or where James died.

      Thomas maintained the original GILCHRIST farm in Rochester Twp. until 1902, when he sold the farm to Clyde NAFE, a neighbor and seemingly a close friend of Thomas's son, James K., who named his son "Clyde Nafe GILCHRIST". Later in 1902, Thomas bought 122 +/- acres on the north side of the Tippecanoe River in Richland Twp. There Thomas lived until his death with his son, William, daughter-in-law, Artiemicia, and two grandsons, Virgil (compiler's father) and Byron.

      Thomas's will was written 04 May 1918, naming William as executor and leaving his estate to be divided among his son, William; his daughter, Mary AULT; and his grandson Clyde. (James K. GILCHRIST, the oldest son of Thomas and Phoebe, had died four years earlier in Muskingum County, OHIO. Sometime after Thomas had written this will, William was appointed his father's legal guardian.

      Thomas died in the family's home in Richland Twp. in 1926. Cause of death per the death certificate reads "Decompensation of the heart".

      Pictures of Thomas after his three children were grown show him as a man of small to average build with brownish-gray hair and beard. His hands appear to be large with thick, somewhat short fingers... much like the hands of his grandson, Virgil GILCHRIST.

      * * *

      The following item appeared on page 160 of "Newspaper Excerpts" from Rochester/Fulton County (name and date of publication unknown)

      "RICHLAND TOWNSHIP NOTES by Cicero

      Thomas Gilchrist was grubbing last week. His mattock caught on a limb and he grubbed himself in the top of the head. Loss, a small tuft of hair."

      * * *

      The following is quoted from a letter written to compiler by Emma (PFEIFFER) GILCHRIST, wife of Byron, Thomas GILCHRIST's grandson and compiler's uncle:

      "Dear Ann & Ernie,
      ...

      Thomas died in 1926 while Byron was in Fla. While Thomas lived an agreement was made for Wm. to care for his father and Aunt Mary and Clyde to get a share if anything was left. In the meantime the barn burned in 1921, Artie died in 1920, Thomas 1926. The farm was sold to the Boy Scouts during the depression. Al Campbell was the attorney in the case as Byron remembers. Al Campbell was Wm's cousin...."

      (Compiler's note: "Al CAMPBELL" should be "C.C. CAMPBELL", son of Christopher and Rebecca ZUCK CAMPBELL. C.C. was an attorney, and his signature appears in several places in the probate file of Thomas GILCHRIST. "Al" CAMPBELL was a school superintendent, per the Christopher CAMPBELL histories in Fulton Co. History references at the F.C. Pub. Library in Rochester.)

      * * *

      School enumeration in 1896 shows Thomas GILCHRIST as guardian of Jessye FELTY, a 7-year-old female, and Susan FELTY, 6 years old. These probably were the children of one of Phoebe (KEELY) GILCHRIST's siblings. Phoebe died in 1895; the reason Thomas would have been acting as guardian for these children is unknown.

      REFERENCES:

      1. Tombstone: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Leiters Ford, Fulton Co., IN
      2. Death Certificate: Thomas GILCHRIST; Book C21, p.4; Fulton Co. Dep't of Health, Rochester, IN (copy owned by compiler)
      3. Marriages Certificates: Thomas and Phoebe GILCHRIST (copy owned by compiler) Marriage record on file at Fulton Co. Clerk, Rochester, IN
      4. Probate File: Thomas GILCHRIST; Fulton Co. Court House, Rochester, IN (Copies of entire file owned by compiler)
      5. U.S. Census 1850, IN; Fulton Co.; Rochester Twp.; p (?); Dw. #103/ Fam. #103. Microfilm #432-146.
      6. U.S. Census 1860, IN; Fulton Co.; Rochester Twp.; p 181; #1131/ #1135. Microfilm #653-260.
      7. U.S. Census 1870, IN; Fulton Co.; Rochester Twp.; p 34; #257/#257. Microfilm #593-316.
      8. U.S. Census 1880, IN; Fulton Co.; Rochester Twp.; E.D. #42; p 43; #445/#445. Microfilm #T9-278.
      9. U.S. Census 1900, IN; Fulton Co.; Rochester Twp.; E.D. #41; p 9; #195/#195. Microfilm #623-372.
      10. U.S. Census 1910, IN; Fulton Co.; Richland Twp.; E.D. #56; Sheet 12-B; #219/#219. Microfilm #624-350.
      11. "Fulton County Indiana Will Excerpts", p. 207: Gilchrist, Thomas, (WR "F" p.364) 04 MAY 1918; Probate 01 MAY 1926, Fulton Co., IN exr: son, William Gilchrist. Wits: William Mohler, C.C. Campbell
      12. "Fulton County 1883 Atlas", p.29; "Thomas Gilchrist", Fulton Co. Pub. Lib., Rochester, IN
      13. "Fulton County Cemeteries", p.86: Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery, Section 1, Row 15. Fulton Co. Lib., Rochester, IN
      14. "Newspaper Excerpts, Rochester/Fulton Co., IN" p. 160; Fulton Co. Lib., Rochester, IN (Photocopy via Wilma FOLTZ; 1049 E. 450 N; Rochester, IN 46975; desc. of David B. MOW and geneal. researcher.)
      15. "1896 School Enumeration, Fulton County, IN" p.115; Fulton Co. Lib., Rochester, IN
      16. Deed Book 37, p. 329; Fulton Co. Recorder; Rochester, IN (Jan. 1902).
      17. Deed Book 38, p. 358; Fulton Co. Recorder; Rochester, IN ( Mar. 1902).

      (2) A household headed by Thomas GILLCHRIST is listed in the 1880 census of Rochester Township, Fulton County, IN.

      Thomas is listed in the 1880 census as a farmer who was then 35 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1855. According to the 1880 census, he was born in OH, and both of his parents were born in Scotland. [The compiler believes that Thomas was born in IN, not OH.]

      Listed with Thomas is his wife, Phebe, who was then 30 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1850. According to the 1880 census, she was born in IN, and both of her parents were born in OH.

      Also listed with Thomas is his son, James, a farm laborer who was then 16 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1864. According to the 1880 census, he was born in IN, his father was born in OH, and his mother was born in IN.

      Also listed with Thomas is his son, William, who was then 10 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1870. According to the 1880 census, he was born in IN, his father was born in OH, and his mother was born in IN.

      Also listed with Thomas is his daughter, Mary, who was then 6 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1874. According to the 1880 census, she was born in IN, her father was born in OH, and her mother was born in IN.

      (3) Tombaugh, Jean C. and Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obituaries 1926?Rochester News-Sentinel, Rochester, IN: 1997:

      Monday, April 26, 1926

      Death, early this morning claimed one of the county's oldest residents in the person of Thomas GILCHRIST, aged 90, who has resided in the Loyal neighborhood for four-score years or more. Death was caused by complications due to old age.

      Thomas Gilchrist, [son] of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. GILCHRIST, was born in Jefferson County, Ind., April 14th, 1839, moving to this county with his parents when but five years of age. The homestead was established in the Mud Creek neighborhood, and on June 11, 1862 he was united in marriage to Miss Treba KELLY. To this union three children were born, two of whom survive, William [GILCHRIST] of near Loyal and Mrs. John AULT of near Argos. His wife preceded him in death several years ago.

      The funeral arrangements have not been announced pending word to be received from relatives in Florida.

      (4) www.findagrave.com:

      Thomas Gilchrist
      Birth: 1839
      Death: 1926

      Family links: Parents: James Gilchrist (1799 - 1876), Mary Anderson Gilchrist (1799 - 1877); Spouse: Phoebe Keely Gilchrist (1846 - 1895)

      Burial: Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery, Leiters Ford, Fulton County, Indiana, USA

      Created by: Kim White
      Record added: Oct 05, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 77687903
    Person ID I16  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 

    Father James GILCHRIST,   b. Between 4 Nov 1798 and 4 Nov 1799, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1876, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary ANDERSON,   b. 8 Sep 1799, Johnstone, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1877, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 13 Aug 1826  Jefferson County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Marriage License 13 Aug 1826  Jefferson County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Marriage License 9 Jun 1862  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Married 11 Jun 1862  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Sideny M. GILCHRIST,   b. 10 Mar 1876, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1876, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     2. Nellie I. GILCHRIST,   b. 17 Mar 1888, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1889, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     3. Edward L. GILCHRIST,   b. 11 Jan 1890, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1890, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     4. James K. GILCHRIST,   b. 10 May 1863, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1906, Muskingum County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
     5. William Jefferson GILCHRIST,   b. 31 Mar 1869, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1943, South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     6. Mary Anderson GILCHRIST,   b. 13 Sep 1875, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1949, Culver, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 15:31:29 
    Family ID F711  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959: name: JamesGhilchrist event: Marriage event date: 13 Aug 1826 event place: other event place: registration place: , Jefferson, Indiana, United States marriage license date: 13 Aug 1826 residence: gender: Male age (estimated): number of prior marriages: race: birth date: birthplace: father's name: mother's name: spouse's name: Mary Anderson 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: And Isaac page: 68 record number: reference: film number: 000549400 digital folder number: 004714736 image number: 00067 number of images: 1 batch number: M03495-4.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.