The Descendants of Duncan Gillis


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The Descendants of Duncan Gillis

First Generation

1. UNKNOWN GILLIS. Born in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. died in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. Buried in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. Occupation: Presumably a Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

Children:

2 i. DUNCAN GILLIS ({Prior to 1750 - )

ii. DONALD GILLIS Born prior to 1750 in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. DONALD died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

iii. HUGH GILLIS Born prior to 1750 in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. HUGH died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

DUNCAN, DONALD and HUGH GILLIS are known to left Brinacory North Morar, Scotland,and emigrated to Saint Jean Island (now Prince Edward Island.) The reason for this emigration is not, as yet, known. It may have been because of the land clearances or it may simply have been to make a better life for themselves and their families. DONALD GILLIS was the indentured servant of John MacDonald. The GILLISES were a part of the Glenaladale Settlers who founded Scotchfort.

Second Generation

2. DUNCAN GILLIS. Born pre 1750 in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. He married Unknown in Scotland. DUNCAN was a farmer. Religion – Roman Catholic.

DUNCAN GILLIS emigrated from Brinacory, North Morar, Scotland, to Saint Jean Island (now Prince Edward Island), arriving in 1783. It is known that he was accompanied by his brother, HUGH GILLIS. It is believed that his wife and son, DUNCAN GILLIS, also accompanied him, although their names do not appear on the ship’s lists. He was a part of the Glenaladale Settlers who founded Scotchfort. He settled on Lot 36 with his brother, DONALD GILLIS.

In 1784, DUNCAN GILLIS and his brother, DONALD GILLIS (who preceded him to Prince Edward Island, arriving in 1772) petitioned Governor Fanning for land on Lot 37. Approximately 1800 – 1805, it is believed DUNCAN GILLIS relocated to Lot 41, the Saint Peter’s Bay/Greenwich area, to be close to his son, DUNCAN GILLIS. DUNCAN GILLIS and his wife died on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

They had the following children:

3 i. DUNCAN GILLIS (-1815)

ii. Names Unknown (Females) GILLIS

iii. Names Unknown (Males) GILLIS

Third Generation

3. DUNCAN GILLIS. Born in Brunacory (Brinacory), North Morar, Scotland. He married Unknown in Scotland. DUNCAN was a farmer. Religion – Roman Catholic.

Although their names do not appear on the ship’s list, it is believed that DUNCAN GILLIS and his wife accompanied his father, DUNCAN GILLIS, when he emigrated to Saint Jean Island (now Prince Edward Island), in 1783. This is based on the 1798 Head of Household Census for Lot 37, which lists two males 16-60, one female 16-60, and one female 60+ years living in his household.

Approximately 1800 – 1805, DUNCAN GILLIS moved to Lot 41, the Saint Peter’s/Greenwich area, where he purchased 50 acres of land, freehold, built a log cabin and cultivated his property. On February 22, 1812, he was appointed to serve as Fence Viewer for one year "…in the List of Fence Viewers and Constables Appointed by His Majesty’s Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island to serve the ensuing year ves Charlottetown, Hillsborough River, Saint Peters…"

Although there is no record of a Will’s being presented for Probate, it appears that DUNCAN GILLIS willed his property, giving a portion to his daughter, ANN GILLIS, who died unmarried, leaving her share to her sister, MARY GILLIS; and MARY GILLIS, who died unmarried. This is derived from the WILL OF MARY GILLIS, dated May 20, 1847, in which she wills all her interest in the farm (her own share and her sister, ANN GILLIS’ share) to her nephew, JOHN MacINNIS, the son of her sister, CATHERINE MacINNIS.

DUNCAN GILLIS died approximately 1815. The date of his wife’s death is unknown.

They had the following children:

4 i. DONALD GILLIS (-1876)

ii. JOHN GILLIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Farmer. Religion – Roman Catholic.

iii. ANGUS GILLIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer. Religion – Roman Catholic.

iv. MARY GILLIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Mary died in 1847 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Religion –Roman Catholic. MARY never married. By her Will, dated May 20, 1847, MARY GILLIS willed all her interest in the family farm, consisting of her own share and the share of her sister ANN GILLIS (who had predeceased her) to her nephew, JOHN MacINNIS, the son of her sister, CATHERINE (GILLIS) MacINNIS.

v. ANN GILLIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Ann died before 1847 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Religion – Roman Catholic. ANN never married. On her death, all of ANN GILLIS’ right, title and interest in the family farm went to her sister, MARY GILLIS. (See iv. Above)

5 vi. CATHERINE GILLIS

Fourth Generation

4. DONALD GILLIS. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died prior to 1876 at Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer Religion – Roman Catholic.

In May, 1852, document recorded in 1855, DONALD GILLIS obtained ninety four (94) acres of property from the government (property owned by the Estate of Charles Worell). This property was adjacent to the farm he freely owned. His holdings totaled one hundred seventy three (173) acres. (This transaction notes DONALD GILLIS had two (2) brothers, JOHN GILLIS and ANGUS GILLIS.

Donald married MARY BARRET. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died prior to 1876 at Prince Edward Island, Canada.

They had the following children:

6 i. AENEAS DUNCAN GILLIS (later called DUNCAN ALEXANDER) (1850 - 1938)

7 ii. MARY ANN GILLIS (1852-1876)

8 iii. MARY SARAH GILLIS (1854-)

9 iv. JOHN DANIEL GILLIS (1856-1920)

10 v. CHRISTINA EMMA GILLIS (1858-)

vi. MARY ELIZABETH GILLIS (called ELIZABETH) born on 4 May, 1860 at Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, died at Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer's wife, homemaker. Religion – Roman Catholic. MARY ELIZABETH married JAMES McCORMACK, who was born and died on Prince Edward Island They had no children. After the death of her husband, MARY ELIZABETH’s nephew, MARTIN McINNIS, went to live with her.

5. CATHERINE GILLIS. Born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, died on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer's wife, mother, homemaker. Religion: Roman Catholic. Catherine married JAMES MacINNIS, son of JOHN MacINNIS & UNKNOWN. Born on Prince Edward Island, Canada. JAMES MacINNIS died in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

They had the following children:

11 i. JOHN MacINNIS

ii. SARAH MacINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

iii. NEIL MacINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer? Religion: Roman Catholic.

iv. ANGUS MacINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer? Religion: Roman Catholic.

v. ELLEN MacINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Farmer’s wife? Religion – Roman Catholic.

vi. CATHERINE MacINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Farmer’s wife? Religion – Roman Catholic.

Fifth Generation

6. AENEAS DUNCAN (later called DUNCAN ALEXANDER) GILLIS. Born on 30 Jan 1850 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island on 29 Mar 1938, he was 88. Buried in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. For a reason lost in history, AENEAS DUNCAN dropped the AENEAS and added ALEXANDER to his name – and was known as DUNCAN ALEXANDER GILLIS. He used the name DUNCAN ALEXANDER GILLIS when he married. For some time, he was a postman, delivering the mail, on horseback, between Charlottetown and East Point.

On 25 Feb 1876 when AENEAS DUNCAN (later called DUNCAN ALEXANDER) was 26, he married ANASTASIA MacDONALD, daughter of John MacDONALD & Christina SUTHERLAND, in Saint Peter's Church, Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Born on 29 Apr 1845 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. ANASTASIA died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island on 29 Apr 1924, she was 79. Although the cause of death is listed as acute gastroenteritis and shock, it is believed that ANASTASIA died of a myocardial infarction (heart attack). It is also believed that she was a diabetic.

From the Charlottetown Guardian, Friday, May 9, 1924:

" IN MEMORIAM:

On Tuesday night, April 29th, death claimed as its own the spirit of Mrs. Duncan Gillis, St Peter’s.

The deceased who was in her seventy fifth year, was in apparent good health up to about two hours previous to her death – when she was suddenly stricken with acute indigestion. Medical aid was summoned, but of no avail. Strengthened by the oils of Holy Extreme Unction, her soul took its flight to receive its reward.

Mrs. Gillis was endowed with all the qualities of a good Christian woman, and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in trouble. Her death is therefore a great loss to her friends as well as to her saddened family.

She leaves to mourn besides a sorrowing husband, the following daughters and sons: Mrs. John J. McDonald, Peakes; Mrs. Edward Kesterton, Boston, Mass.; Mrs. Daniel Powell, Roxbury, Mass.; Joseph of Quebec; John and Ronald of Boston, Mass.; James and Paul at home, also one sister, Mrs. William Foley Glochester.

The funeral took place from her home, Saturday morning to Saint Peter’s Church where a Mass of Requiem was celebrated by her pastor, Rev. A. McAulay, who also officiated at the grave.

The large number that followed the remains to its last resting place, together with the many spiritual bouquets received, were proof of the high esteem in which she was held.

Requiescat in pace."

It is apparent that ANASTASIA’s age was reduced by five years. Her actual date of birth according to her Baptismal record from Saint Peter’s Church, was April 29, 1845, making her 79 years at the time of her death.

ANASTASIA appears to have been the person who started what is almost a tradition in certain branches of the Gillis Family – dying on holidays, birthdays or weddings. ANASTASIA died on her own birthday which was also the birthday of her son, JOHN JEROME. Her son, RONALD, died on the day of the birth of his niece, JOHN JEROME’s daughter, BERNICE CLAIRE. JOHN JEROME died on Christmas Eve; his wife, CATHERINE, died on Halloween Eve; his oldest daughter, MARIE, died on the birthday of his youngest daughter, LEONA. In another branch of the family, it seems every wedding which occurs is accompanied by the death of a family member.

They had the following children:

i. DONALD FRANCIS (called FRANK) GILLIS Born on 14 Sep 1876 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, died in Boston, Massachusetts on 26 Jun 1914, from complications of diabetes. He was 37. He is buried at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation – Farmer, fox breeder. Religion – Roman Catholic. Like all of the Gillis males, DONALD FRANCIS was musically talented. He had a wonderful singing voice. He was in charge of the music at Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Peter’s Bay, until his death. DONALD FRANCIS GILLIS never married.

From The Charlottetown Herald, Wednesday, July 1, 1914:

"DIED: Suddenly in Boston on Friday, June 26th, Frank Gillis, son
Of Mr. Dunken Gillis, St. Peter’s. Deceased was Secretary of the
St. Peter’s Bay Silver Black Fox Company, and left here for Boston
About six weeks ago on business in connection with this company.
Letters from him intimated that he was not very well, but nothing
serious was anticipated until Friday when a telegram arrived
stating he was very sick. This was followed the same day by
another, saying that he was dead. The remains were brought home."

12 ii. ANNE MATILDA GILLIS (1878-)

13 iii. AENEAS JOSEPH (called JOSEPH) GILLIS (1879-1954)

14 iv. MARY CHRISTINA (called MAISIE) GILLIS (1881-)

15 v. MARTINA (called TINA) GILLIS (1883-1962)

16 vi. JOHN JEROME (called JACK) GILLIS (1885-1952)

vii. LORETTA GILLIS Born on 24 May 1887 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island in 1894, she was 6. Buried at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. It is believed LORETTA was diabetic.

viii. RONALD JOSEPH GILLIS Born on January 29, 1889, in Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. on 27 Jul 1933, he was 44. Buried at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Carpenter. Religion: Roman Catholic. RONALD GILLIS never married.

ix. PETER PAUL (called PAUL).GILLIS Born on 29 Jan 1891 in Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, died at Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island in 1959, he was 67. Buried in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Shoemaker, cobbler, fiddler. Religion: Roman Catholic. PETER PAUL was crippled by polio as a child. Henever married.

17 x. JAMES GREGORY GILLIS (1893-1957)

7. MARY ANN GILLIS. Born on 2 Aug 1852 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island on 23 Jun 1876, she was 23. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island.

MARY ANN married JAMES A. McCORMACK. Born in Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Fish Inspector. Education – Unknown. Religion – Roman Catholic. JAMES died in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

MARY ANN’s children were raised by her sister, MARY SARAH (Gillis) McINNIS and her husband, PATRICK McINNIS.

They had the following children:

i. JAMES A. McCORMACK Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation - Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

ii. SARAH ALICE McCORMACK Born in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

iii. MARY LEONA McCORMACK Born in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

8. MARY SARAH GILLIS. Born on 11 Jul 1854 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Storekeeper’s wife, mother, homemaker. Religion: Roman Catholic.

MARY SARAH married PATRICK McINNIS. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Storekeeper. Education – Unknown. Religion – Roman Catholic. PATRICK died in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

They had the following children:

i. NORBERT McINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Died in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Unknown. Religion – Roman Catholic.

ii. JAMES McINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died in Prince Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada Occupation: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. JAMES lost his legs in World War I

iii. MARTIN McINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Salesman. Religion – Roman Catholic. After the death of her husband, MARTIN went to live with his aunt, MARY ELIZABETH (called ELIZABETH) (GILLIS) McCORMACK

iv. LORETTA McINNIS Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. LORETTA died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. LORETTA was a diabetic. She died at 12 years of age.

9. JOHN DANIEL GILLIS. Born on 28 Nov 1856 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. JOHN DANIEL died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island in 1920, he was 63. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. JOHN DANIEL died in the Influenza Pandemic which followed World War I.

In 1885 when JOHN DANIEL was 28, he married CATHERINE ANN (called KATIE) CAMPBELL, in North Lake, Prince Edward Island. Born on 16 Dec 1861 in Elmira, Prince Edward Island. CATHERINE ANN (called KATIE) died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island on 17 Aug 1932, she was 70.

They had the following children:

18 i. JOSEPH GILLIS (1887-1950)

19 ii. COLUMBIA PETER (called PETER) GILLIS (1889-1966)

iii. REGINA FRANCES GILLIS Born on January 23, 1895, at Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 1929, she was 33. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: School Teacher, Nursemaid. Education: University. Religion: Roman Catholic.

iv. MARY GILLIS Born on 14 Feb 1897 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. MARY died in Morell, Prince Edward Island in 1976, she was 78. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Registered Nurse. Education: University. Religion: Roman Catholic.

v. BLANCHE GILLIS Born August 6,1899, in Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island. BLANCHE died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1968, she was 68. Buried in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Occupation: Sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame. Education: University. Religion: Roman Catholic.

20 vi. ANNA FAUSTINA GILLIS (1898-1991)

21 vii. DANIEL JEROME GILLIS (1900-1958)

22 viii. BRENT GILLIS (1902-1990)

ix. ADOLPHUS (called DOLPH) GILLIS Born in 1903 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. ADOLPHUS (called DOLPH) Died in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1990, he was 87. Buried n Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Occupation: Priest. Education: University. Religion: Roman Catholic. FATHER DOLPH served as a Chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II.

x. MARY ANN GILLIS Born on May 16,1888 in Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Island. Mary Ann died on 16 May 1888 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island

xi. PIUS DANIEL GILLIS died as an infant. Born January 19, 1892, at Saint Peter’s Bay, died 1892, at Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, Buried at Saint Peter’s Bay.

xii. RONALD JOSEPH GILLIS, died as a child. Born April 5, 1893, At Saint Peter’s Bay, died 1895 at Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, Buried at Saint Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island.

10. CHRISTINA EMMA GILLIS. Born on 23 Dec 1858 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. CHRISTINA EMMA died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer's wife, mother, homemaker. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

CHRISTINA EMMA married JAMES McADAM. Born in West Saint Peter's, Prince Edward Island. JAMES died in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

They had the following children:

i. AENEAS McADAM Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. AENEAS died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Presumed to be a Farmer. Education – Unknown – his parents were literate, so it is presumed he was literate. Religion – Roman Catholic

ii. PETER McADAM Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. PETER Died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation – Presumed to be a farmer. Education – Unknown – His parents were literate, so it is presumed he was literate. Religion – Roman Catholic.

iii. RONALD McADAM Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. RONALD died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. were literate, so it is presumed he was literate. Religion – Roman Catholic.

iv. GEORGE McADAM Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. GEORGE died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Presumed to be a Farmer. Education: Unknown - his parents were literate, so it is presumed he was literate. Religion: Roman Catholic.

v. JOHN McADAM Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. JOHN died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Presumed to be a Farmer. Education: Unknown - his parents were literate, so it is presumed he was literate. Religion: Roman Catholic.

11. JOHN MacINNIS. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. JOHN died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. Since MARY GILLIS, JOHN MacINNIS’ aunt, by her Will dated 1847, willed her share and the share of her deceased sister, ANN GILLIS, of the Gillis homestead property to her nephew, JOHN MacINNIS, it is presumed JOHN MacINNIS was a farmer.

JOHN married Unknown.

They had one child:

23 i. AENEAS DANIEL MacINNIS

Sixth Generation

12. ANNE MATILDA GILLIS. Born on 23 May 1878 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. ANNE MATILDA died in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Farmer's wife, mother, homemaker. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. Like the Gillis males, ANNE MATILDA was musically talented. She had a wonderful singing voice.

ANNE MATILDA married JOHN JOSEPH (called JOHN JOE ANGUS) MacDONALD. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. JOHN JOSEPH (called JOHN JOE ANGUS) died in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

They had the following children:

i. FRANCIS MacDONALD Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Died approximately 1975 in Montreal. Occupation – UnknownEducation – Unknown. Religion – Roman Catholic.

ii. CATHERINE MacDONALD Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. CATHERINE served as a Nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II. It is believed CATHERINE married and settled in Ottawa.

iii. JOANNE MacDONALD Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. JOANNE served as a Nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II. It is believed JOANNE married and settled in Ottawa.

13. AENEAS JOSEPH (called JOSEPH) GILLIS. Born on 19 Dec 1879 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. AENEAS JOSEPH (called JOSEPH) died in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island in 1954, he was 74. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. Like all of the Gillis males, AENEAS JOSEPH GILLIS was musically talented, he had a wonderful singing voice.

AENEAS JOSEPH (called JOSEPH) married MARY JANE MONTGOMERY. Born in 1889 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. MARY JANE died in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1947, she was 58.

There were four (4) daughters and two (2) sons born of this marriage.

14. MARY CHRISTINA (called MAISIE) GILLIS. Born on 15 Nov 1881 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. MARY CHRISTINA (called MAISIE) died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Buried in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Occupation: Waitress. Education: Unknown - she was good in mathematics. Religion: Roman Catholic.

MARY CHRISTINA (called MAISIE) married EDWARD KESTERTON. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. EDWARD died in Presumed lost in action in Europe in World War I.

They had one child:

i. EDWARD KESTERTON Born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. EDWARD died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Occupation – Unknown. Education – Unknown. Religion – Roman Catholic

15. MARTINA (called TINA) GILLIS. Born on 5 Oct 1883 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. MARTINA (called TINA) died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in Dec 1962, she was 79. Buried in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Occupation: Waitress at Union Club of Boston. Education: Unknown - she was excellent in mathematics. Religion: Roman Catholic.

MARTINA (called TINA) married DANIEL POWELL. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. DANIEL died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

They had the following children:

25 i. FRANCIS DANIEL POWELL (1917-1973)

26 ii. GERALD FOCH POWELL

16. JOHN JEROME (called JACK) GILLIS. Born on 29 Apr 1885 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. JOHN JEROME (called JACK) died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. on 24 Dec 1952, he was 67. Buried in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Occupation: Carpenter, Woodworker. Education: Unknown - he was excellent in mathematics. Religion: Roman Catholic. Like all of the other Gillis males, JACK was musically talented. He was a wonderful singer. He could work magic with wood. JACK died of a myocardial infarction (heart attack.)

On 25 Nov 1925 when JOHN JEROME (called JACK) was 40, he married CATHERINE ANN HENDRICKEN, daughter of LOUIS ALEXANDER MARTIN HENDRIGAN A/K/A HENDRICKEN & CATHERINE HUGHES, in Saint Mark's Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts. Born on 1 Mar 1897 in Fanning Brook, Prince Edward Island. CATHERINE ANN died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. on 30 Oct 1969, she was 72.

When she was young, CATHERINE ANN was called "COOLIE", because of the color of her hair – it matched the color of the collie dog’s coat. (It is believed "coolie" was the old Irish way of saying collie.) When she was about 11 years old, CATHERINE ANN was swinging from a rope hung from the ceiling of the barn, holding her youngest brother, DANIEL. The rope broke, she was able to throw DANIEL into the hayloft, but she fell to the barn floor. It is believed that she broke her shoulder (no medical attention was given) because she had a hump on her right shoulder for the rest of her life. When she was about 12 years old, CATHERINE ANN was sent to live with another family and help the woman of the house (servant). CATHERINE ANN was a very talented woman – she made all of her children’s clothes, tatted, knit, crocheted, did open cutwork embroidery and was a wonderful cook. CATHERINE ANN suffered from asthma and died of blood poisoning caused by stones blocking the common duct (gallbladder/liver problems)

There were five (5) daughters born of this marriage.

17. JAMES GREGORY GILLIS. Born on 25 Jul 1893 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. JAMES GREGORY died in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 10 Nov 1957, he was 64. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Farmer. Education: Saint Dunstan's University, Charlottetown. Religion: Roman Catholic. JAMES GREGORY, like all of the other Gillis males, was musically talented. He was a wonderful singer and played the piano, the organ and the fiddle. He was the organist and in charge of the music at Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Peter’s Bay. JAMES GREGORY was a Justice of the Peace and a Clerk of the Courts. JAMES GREGORY was excellent in mathematics. In December, 1926, AENEAS DUNCAN GILLIS, deeded the family farm (homestead) to JAMES GREGORY GILLIS, his youngest son. JAMES GREGORY and his wife, ELIZABETH (MAC MILLAN) GILLIS, lived in the homestead, farmed the land and raised their children. ELIZABETH also took care of AENEAS DUNCAN GILLIS until his death in 1938. This was a difficult task, especially since he lost his sight in his latter years. JAMES GREGORY and ELIZABETH lived in the family homestead until JAMES’ death in 1957. Since ELIZABETH was unable to work the farm, it was sold to a neighbor and ELIZABETH and her youngest children moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, close to her older children.

JAMES GREGORY married ELIZABETH EMILA MacMILLAN. Born on 18 Feb 1903 in Cardigan Road, Prince Edward Island. ELIZABETH EMILA died in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on 29 Sep 1996, she was 93.

There were six (6) daughters and seven (7) sons born of this marriage (Three of the children died as infants)

18. JOSEPH GILLIS. Born on 21 Jan 1887 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. JOSEPH died in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 1950, he was 62. Buried in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Occupation: Elevator Maintenance. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

JOSEPH married MAMIE (DUNN) MacPHEE. Born in Massachusetts. MAMIE died in Massachusetts.

There was one (1) daughter and four (4) sons born of this marriage. JOSEPH and MAMIE also raised MAMIE’s children from her first marriage.

19. COLUMBIA PETER (called PETER) GILLIS. Born on 24 Apr 1889 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. COLUMBIA PETER (called PETER) died in Massachusetts in 1966, he was 76. Buried in Massachusetts. Occupation: Boston Elevated Railway. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

COLUMBIA PETER (called PETER) married ALICE LUND. Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. ALICE died in Massachusetts.

There was one (1) daughter and two (2) sons born of this marriage.

20. ANNA FAUSTINA GILLIS. Born on 20 Feb 1898 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. ANNA FAUSTINA died in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1991, she was 92. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Homemaker. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

ANNA FAUSTINA married THOMAS LEDWELL, son of WILLIAM LEDWELL & MARGARET O'HANLEY. Born in 1887 in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. THOMAS died in Prince Edward Island, Canada on 20 Jul 1973, he was 86.

There were three (3) daughters and four (4) sons born of this marriage.

21. DANIEL JEROME GILLIS. Born on 4 Sep 1900 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. DANIEL JEROME died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1958, he was 57. Buried in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Occupation: Manager, Condon Woolen Mills. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic.

DANIEL JEROME married ADA CONDON. Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. ADA died on 30 Jun 1999 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

There were two (2) daughters and two (2) sons born of this marriage.

22. BRENT GILLIS. Born in 1902 in Prince Edward Island, Canada. BRENT died in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1990, he was 88. Buried in Saint Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Occupation: Canadian National Railroad, Woodworker. Education: Unknown. Religion: Roman Catholic. BRENT GILLIS went to live with his aunt, MARY SARAH (GILLIS) McINNIS. BRENT’s family lives in the old McINNIS homestead.

BRENT married MAUDE MACAULEY. Born in 1911 in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

There were four (4) daughters and three (3) sons born of this marriage.

23. AENEAS DANIEL MacINNIS.

AENEAS DANIEL married UNKNOWN.

They had one child:

51 i. JOHN ALPHONSUS MacINNIS (called JACK DAN)


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