Gilkinson, James M.

Gilkinson, James M.

Male 1788 - 1856  (67 years)

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  • Name Gilkinson, James M.  [1, 2
    Born 1 Jun 1788  Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 1856  Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I16621  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2018 

    Father Gilkison, James,   b. Abt 1753, Botetourt Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807, Scioto Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Currens, Elizabeth 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 9 Sep 1783  Greenbrier Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • by Elder John Alderson, Baptist Church
    Family ID F7441  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Coffinberry, Nancy,   b. 13 May 1793, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., Virginia (now WV), Estimate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 17 Oct 1808  Richland Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Gilkison, Maria  [Natural]
     2. Gilkison, Samuel V.  [Natural]
     3. Gilkison, George C.,   b. 26 Aug 1810, Mansfield, Richland, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1881, Burr Oak Twp., St. Joseph Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [Natural]
     4. Gilkison, Eliza,   b. 3 Jun 1812,   d. 24 Feb 1884  (Age 71 years)  [Natural]
     5. Gilkison, Louise Lamanda,   b. Feb 1817,   d. 11 Sep 1831  (Age ~ 14 years)  [Natural]
     6. Gilkison, James J.,   b. 30 Aug 1818  [Natural]
     7. Gilkison, Mary Jane,   b. 7 Dec 1820, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     8. Gilkison, Susan B.,   b. 5 Oct 1822,   d. 21 Sep 1837  (Age 14 years)  [Natural]
     9. Gilkison, Caroline Ann,   b. 31 Oct 1824, Mansfield, Richland, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1911, Mancelona, Antrim, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [Natural]
     10. Gilkison, Eben Sturgis,   b. 29 Mar 1827,   d. 31 Mar 1915, Josephine Co., Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [Natural]
     11. Gilkison, Nancy,   b. 16 May 1830  [Natural]
     12. Gilkison, Harriet F.,   b. 16 Oct 1832,   d. 1833  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
     13. Gilkison, Cynthe Ellen,   b. 20 Nov 1834,   d. 1835  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F6935  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jun 1788 - Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Oct 1808 - Richland Co., Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1856 - Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    James M Gilkisson - 1850 United States Federal Census
    James M Gilkisson - 1850 United States Federal Census

  • Notes 

    • 1850 St Joseph County, MI Census

      Page 135, Lockport twp.,
      Gilkisson, James M., 62, Ky.
      ,Nancy, 57, Va.
      Deyree ,Mary Jane, 29, Ohio
      Putman ,Caroline Ann, 25, Ohio
      Gilkisson, Nancy, 20, Ohio

      __________________________________________________________________________ _____

      From: Coffinberry. Genealogy of the Coffinberry family, Descendants of George Lewis Coffinberry, 1760-1851, & His Wife Elizabeth (Little) Coffinberry, with rlated families Coffenberry, Gilkison, Keasy, Platt, comp. by B. B. Scott. 64 p. 1927.


      NANCY Coffinberry

      NANCY Coffinberry was born May 13, 1793. She married Squire James M. Gilkison of Marshfield, Ohio on October 17, 1808.
      (Nancy and her. sister, Sarah, married brothers, James
      M. to Nancy and John C. to Sarah.)
      James M. Gilkison was born June 1, 1788. Died 1856.

      In the beginning the Gilkisons migrated from Scotland to the north of Ireland. From there two brothers came to America and landed at North Carolina. One of these brothers afterwards settled in Virginia and one in Greenup County, Kentucky. He had three sons named Jonathon, James, John. He made a living by hunting and trapping. When the settlement grew more populated and game scarce he would move to a new district or region.
      It was after one of these moves that the boys, James and John, were lost in the woods. It was solid forest for miles, the time of the year, fall. The boys took a grain sack and went into the edge of the woods to see if they could find some nuts. They were accompanied by their dog. James was eight years of age and John was ten.
      Soon after reaching the woods the dog began barking at something and the boys ran to see what he had treed, but he was on the trail of some wild animal and led them far into the woods. Naturally they became bewildered and lost. When night came it began to drizzle and remained that kind of weather all the days that they were lost.
      The father looked for them the first light, the next day he got the aid of some hunters. The third day the dog came home in the night. The hunters thought that if they had seen him when he came they might have been able to send him back again, but in the morning he could not understand what they wished him to do. The father then went back to the settlement and got together a hundred men, they killed a beef, divided the meat among them and began hunting. This routine was gone through every morning until the evening of the eighth day, when the men decided it was no use to hunt any longer and so gave up the hunt.
      In the meantime the little boys were traveling trying to find a way out of the forest which contained many honey locust trees. It was upon the pods of these trees that the boys lived on as they could find neither berries nor nuts. They suffered most for want of water. Although it drizzled all the time not enough water came down for them to get a taste. Not knowing any better, they tried to quench their thirst from the water on their own bodies. By so doing they thus made their thirst greater.
      By this time, little James had become so weak he could not walk much and coaxed his brother to quit traveling and lie down and die, but the brother would not consent to the proposition and he helped the little brother along the best he could.
      Their feet were very sore, full of thorns; their clothing damp; their throats sore and swollen.
      The morning of the ninth day the sun shone for the first time since they were out. Greatly encouraged, John said: "I thought I heard nuts dropping in the night and I'm going up on the hill to see if I can find some, you stay here." But James did not wish to stay alone and cried, so they went together up the hill.
      James was now so weakened that he crawled on his hands and knees, in fact, John went that way some of the time as their feet were so swollen and festered by thorne. All the time they were out they never saw a berry or a nut and the locust pods had become so sickening to them. On the top of the hill they came to a sort of an open space sodded over and a nice log for a resting place. To the right of them there appeared to be an old trail sodded here and there.
      On the morning of the ninth day three Hunters (by profession)who had been in the hunt for the boys, decided that they would get some of the deer which seemed to be plentiful. One of these Hunters, John Creighton by name, came up this grassy slope in his hunt for deer and came full upon the boys.
      Little James was nibbling on a locust pod. The Hunter blew his horn and then took the boys to a creek where he broke off a small piece of corn bread about the size of a walnut and soaked it in the water, then broke off half and divided it between the two boys. The coarse bread scratched their throats as it went down and the boys cried out in pain. Little James cried for more, but on account of their nearly starved condition the hunter did not dare give the children any more just at that time.
      The other hunters hearing the horn came up. The blowing of the horn had been a signal previously agreed on if one of them needed help, so they loaded the boys on the horses already loaded with deer and started homeward. The boys, when found, were about forty miles from home.
      The hunters, on arriving home with, the boys, found that the father had gone on foot to a camp of Indiana some twenty miles away, which was a dangerous undertaking, on account of the Indians being partly hostile. He did not find his boys there. They were nowhere about camp, so he turned
      towards home.
      When Mrs. Gilkison opened the door in response to the hunters' rap on the door with his foot, and he said: "Mrs. Gilkison, how would you like a couple of boys?" That lady promptly threw up her hands and fainted. So he not only had to unload the boys, but had to resuscitate her. As soon as she regained her senses she began to make a comfortable place for the boys. She placed a feather bed on the floor by the stove, but the hunter interfered. saying: "My good woman, you, cannot do that. Put a
      blanket on the floor as far away from the stove as possible. Let the boys lie on that, nothing over them. I was lost once and found by Indians and I have done for your boys just as they treated me. He also told her how to feedthem and cautioned her that any diversion from his directions might cause
      the death of one or both.
      There was no place on the feet of the boys that a pin could not be placed without coming in contact with thorns. They could not get a shoe on all winter, there were yet thorns in their feet when spring came-after picking thorns all winter.
      The three Gilkison boys settled in Ohio. After a while Jonathon settled in Illinois at Mt. Carmel and James later at Centreville, Michigan. James was justice of peace in Mansfield for over thirty years and resigned to move to Michigan.
      Caroline Gilkison, daughter of James and Nancy, took care of her father and mother in their declining years. Her mother lost her mind in her declining years and at times was quite violent. Neighbors advised the husband to take his wife to an asylum, but he would never consent to do that. He passed out ofthis world before his wife and he told his daughter, Caroline, that his greatest sorrow was in leaving Nancy behind. Caroline promised that she would always care for her mother and would never let her go to an asylum. James Gilkison had a little straight jacket that he used to put on his wife Nancy when she became violent. She and he were both strict church members and the church was very near their home, but he seldom attended on account of his wife's condition. She was a very beautiful singer.

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Antrim County Vital Records, Bellaire, Mi.

    2. [S787] Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995,, (Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online.
      Record for Caroline A. Stoner

    3. [S71] Census, 1850, Lockport Twp., St. Joseph Co., MI, page 135.

    4. [S376] 1850 United States Federal Census,, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Year: 1850; Census Place: Lockport, St Joseph, Michigan; Roll: M432_362; Page: 390A; Image: .
      Record for James M Gilkisson

    5. [S148] Gilkison Family Research, Maureen (Molly) McGUIRE COLSON, (Name: GEDCOM Import;).
      Date of Import: Mar 26, 2001