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Thomas William Gillis

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Louise Report 22 Feb 2010 20:43

Trying to find Thomas William Gillis's last name at birth .He came to Canada as a home boy and changed his last name.He was born Galashiels, Scotland Jan 5/1871.Father was born Peebles (no name was given ) mother was born Warwickshire ,England(no name was given) We are hoping that his first names are correct.We do not know what year he came ,but by 1894 he was known as Gillis.
Hope someone can help.Thank you. Louise


alviegal Report 22 Feb 2010 20:51

Hello Louise, it is not advisable to have your email address on these threads so you would be best to remove it.

As for Thomas, is this his marriage? Him and his father were born in Ontario though.

Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1926
about Thomas William Gillis
Name: Thomas William Gillis
Birth Place: Manvers
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1871
Father Name: Samuel Gillis
Mother Name: Sarah Jane Sisson Gillis
Spouse Name: Eliza Emma Gillespie
Spouse's Age: 23
Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Spouse Birth Place: Manvers
Spouse Father Name: John Gillespie
Spouse Mother Name: Mary Ann Dawson Gillespie
Marriage Date: 7 Sep 1899
Marriage Place: Northumberland and Durham
Marriage County: Northumberland and Durham
Family History Library Microfilm: MS932_99

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rootgatherer Report 22 Feb 2010 21:09

Have you looked on Scotlandspeople for his birth? More usual spelling Gillies.. So when searching on Scotlandspeople put the surname in as Gill*s


rootgatherer Report 22 Feb 2010 21:14

What names did he give his children please? What is the first record you have of him in Canada?


Louise Report 24 Feb 2010 02:56

We do not have any records But he lived near Mount Forest when my father was born . He married Mary Ann Katterman in Upper New York State After the Spanish American War where they were both injured .She was a nurse.Some of the children were .Morris,Francis,John,Margaert,Alvinia,Oscar,Harold (1925 My father) When he signed on for the war he was known as Gillis in 1894.By this time he was 23. We do not know when he came from Scotland.


rootgatherer Report 24 Feb 2010 08:51

Thanks for adding that information Louise. I was hoping that he may have used the Scottish naming pattern for his children which may have helped to identify his parents but it doesn't look as if he has.


alviegal Report 24 Feb 2010 21:10

This appears to be him, born Galashiels. Sorry not what you were asking for though.

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
about Thomas W Gillis
Name: Thomas W Gillis
Birthyear: abt 1876
Birthplace: Scotland
Enlistment Age: 30 2/12
Military: 8 Mar 1906


Louise Report 19 Jan 2013 17:59

Thomas Gillis was listed in the US army. I now have all info .Thomas mother listed as Maragret Stewart Of Scotland and father listed as Thomas w. Gillis of Peebles,Scotland.on Marriage licence ,Lyons N. Y State. .Still cannot find a birth record. Thank you to all who answered