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ROBERT,2 son of William and Helen (Stevenson) Gilfillan was baptized at Balfron, Jan. 26, 1765. He m. Jean McIndoe their names being entered for proclamation of marriage Feb. 10, 1794. In the Session records of the church at Barnet Center, is the record of two certificates, one of which was issued by the church at Killearn, and dated Feb. 17, 1794, certifying that the bearer, Jean McIndoe was born in that parish and had resided there till Candlemas in the previous year. It is signed by James Graham, who was minister of that parish from June, 1768, till ab. 1821.

The other certificate certified that Robert Gilfillan had been employed by different masters as a wright (carpenter), that he was an honest and industrious lad, and that both he and his wife had been free of public scandal and Church censure. It is signed by James Jeffrey, who was minister at Balfron from Apr., 1768, till his death in Oct., 1821

He came to America and Barnet in 1794 and m. Jean, dau. John McIndoe, who d. Sept. 18, 1859. He d. Jan. 26, 1827,

(1) I William,3 bapt. Feb, 26, 1795; m. Isabel, dau. James Morrison.
(2) II. Walter;3 bapt. Apr. 17, 1796; d. June 20, 1883; m. Apr. 25, 1826, Margaret, dau. John Bachop.
(3) III. Robert,3 b. June 6, 1798; m. Feb. 25, 1825, Janet, dau. John Bachop.
IV. Jean,3 b. Aug. 25, 1797; m. Alexander Blair, q. v.
(4) V. John,3 b. Aug. 25, 1800.
VI. Marion,3 bapt. Feb. 3, 1803; m. Joseph Blair.
VII. Helen,3 bapt. Apr. 14, 1805. No record.
VIII.        Margaret.3
IX. James;3 b. 1808; d. May 4, 1874.
X. Nancy,3 b. 1812; d. Dec. 4, 1888; never m.
XI. Mary.3
XII. Archibald,3 b. 1816; d. Nov. 9, 1886.
(1) WILLIAM3 (Robert,2 William1) b. Scotland. Jan. 27, 1795. Came to America with parents; m. March 21, 1821, Isabella Morrison (b. Balfron, Scotland July 10, 1797; d. Barnet, March 10, 1880). They lived on the river road in the northeast corner of Ryegate, lately owned by Mr. Trask, then on the Hunt place. Rem. to Barnet, 1849, where she made her home with her son James. He d. in Ryegate, Feb. 21, 1835.
Children all b. In Ryegate:
I. Jean,4 b. Jan. 20, 1822; m. 1845, Henry Shepard of Holderness, N.H. One daughter, Sarah; all dead.
II. Robert,4 b. July 6, 1823; d. March 11, 1842.
(5) III. James.4 b. Nov. 24. 1824; d. Jan. 1, 1921.
(6) IV. William,4 b. Aug, 2, 1826.
V. Jemima,4 b. July 15. 1829; in. March 28, 1850, Jacob Varnum, and lived in Danville. He d. 1814, and she m. 2nd Fred Green of North Danville. She d. March 16, 1915.
1. Henry5 (Varnum), d. young.
2. Harvey W.5 (Varnum), connected with the firm of Varnum & Gilfillan, railroad contractors, also with the granite quarry of Milne & Varnum. Barre. Res. Jeffersonville, Vt.
3. Bryan G.5 (Varnum), on home farm in Danville.
VI. Helen,5 b. July 17, 1831; m. Apr. 3, 1856, Sherman Hoyt of Barnet, who d. Dec. 25, 1885. She lives at St. Albans with her son.
(1) Viola,5 (Hoyt), m. Charles Lyman of Massachusetts; d. Greenfield. Mass., leaving a daughter.
(2) Elmer E,5 (Hoyt), res. St. Albans, Vt.
VII. John,4 b. Apr. 15, 1833; d. March 13, 1842.
VIII. Isabel,4 b. Nov. 21, 1834; m. 1st, Charles Wesley Balch of St. Johnsbury; 2nd, a Mr. Thayer of Whitefield, N.H.
(2) WALTER3 (Robert,2 William1). bapt. Apr. 17. 1796. He m. Apr. 25, 1826, Margaret, dau. John Bachop. Lived on the Dick farm in Ryegate. Bought the Stevenson farm; d. June 20, 1883; she d. Jan. 3, 1869.
I. Robert,4 bapt. Oct. 28, 1827. Blacksmith at West Barnet. He m. Oct. 29, 1868, Frances Jane, dau. Archibald Bachop. Child: Walter Clement5 b. Apr. 15, 1878. Blacksmith.
II. John,4 b. 1829.
III. Moses.4 b. 1831; m. Feb. 4. 1861, Adaline, dau. Thos. F. Moore.Went to California, where he was a farmer and drover.
IV. Samantha.5 b. 1833; d. Dec. 11, 1915; m. Wm. Roy, q. v.
V. Julia,4 b. 1835; d. Nov. 26. 1906; m. Stephen P. Carter, q. v.
VI. William,4 b. 1839; d. Feb. 28, 1913.
VII. Walter4 b. 1839. Went to California.
(3) Robert3 (Robert,2 William1), b. Barnet, June 6, 1798; m. Feb. 22. 1825, by Rev. David Goodwillie. Janet, dau. John Bachop (b. Jan. 5. 1805; d. July 8. 1885). He d. ,Jan. 12, 1891. Farmer; rem. to Peacham ab. 1843.
I. Janet Bachop,4 b. Dec. 4, 1825; d. Minneapolis. March 6. 1886; m. John Martin of Danville. Jan. 4, 1849. Rem. to Minneapolis before 1858. One daughter. Jean.5 who m. J. Edward Brown. Children: (1) John M,6 d. young; (2) Earle Nelson.6
II. Marion,4 (twin to Janet). d. in infancy.
III. Jeannette,4 b. June 22, 1827; d. Peacham, Sept. 4, 1884; m. Alexander McPhee. q. v.
IV. Mary,4 b. Oct. 5. 1829; d. Osceola, Stark Co., Il., Aug. 20, 1862; m. June 1, 1854, Mark Varnum. One son. Fred Stevens5 (Varnum).
V. Robert,4 b. June 24. 1833; d. at Sacramento, Calif., Apr. 9, 1872; un-m.
(7) VI. John B.,4 b. Feb. 11, 1835.
VII. Son,4 b. Danville, Feb. 6, 1844; d. in infancy.
(4) JOHN3 (Robert,2 William1), b. Aug. 25, 1800. He m. Feb. 12, 1834. Zerviah, dau. Jacob Carpenter (b. Waterford, Jan. 28, 1806; d. March 3, 1868). She was a sister of Rev. E. I. Carpenter, pastor of the Cong. Ch. at Barnet for some time. He d. Sept, 13. 1882. Buried at Center.
I. Hannah Jane,4 b. Nov. 6, 1834; d. March 16, .1914; never m.
II. Jonah C.,4 b. Dec. 16, 1835. Rent ,to California; m. June 17, 1865. Sarah A. Barker. One daughter, Carrie5 b. July 15, 1869. He d. Dec. 11, 1893.
(8) III. Henry Admond,4 b. Jan. 9, 1837.
IV. Emily Victoria,4 b. Dec. 14. 18.38; m. Feb. 10, 1854, Augustus Fuller of Lawrence. Mass.
V. Mariett Elvira,4 b. March 7, 1840; m. San. 5, 1863, B. F. Varnum of Peacham.
VI. Althea Cheney.4 b. May 22, 1843; d. Feb. 3, 1847.
VII. Helen Zervia4 b. ; m. Hiram Marsh of Concord, N.H.
VIII. William Lucius,4 b. _____; d. May 8, 1905; m. 1st, Viana V. Aiken, who d. Sept. 11, 1876; 2nd, Apr. 27, 1880, Ruth Emma Bailey, dau. of Truman and Agnes (Nelson) Bailey, b. Peacham. 1854. Children: Hiram of Worcester, Mass.; and Henry, who lives on the homestead; Frances and Fred, who d. young. She d. Jan 8, 1920.
(5) JAMES4 (William,3 Robert,2 William1), b. Ryegate, March 28. 1824. Farmer in the Joe's Brook district, in the neighborbod called "Scotland." He m. 1st, Dec. 25, 1858, Jane, dau. Walter Buchanan (b. Ryegate, Feb. 17. 1825; d. Barnet, June 12, 1880) ; 2nd, Nov. 6, 1883, Christie Ann, dau. William and Christian (Blair) Gibson (b. Ryegate, Apr. 23, 1828; d. Barnet, March 19, 1918). They were members of the Center Ch. Rem. to Barnet Village, where he d. Jan. 1, 1921, the oldest person in Barnet.
Children by 1st m.:
I. Mary Isabel,5 b. July 21, 1859; m. Dan McLellan of Grand Valley, Canada. She d. Niagara Falls, Ont., March, 1918, and buried there. Oue daughter, who m. Russell Dale of Springfield, Mass.
(9) II. Charles J.5 b. Sept. 25, 1860.
(6) WILLIAM4 (William3 Robert,2 William1), b. Ryegate, Aug. 1, 1826. In California two years in the early 50s, He m. March 10, 1853, Alma Currier of Peacham. Farmer in Peacham and Danville, then on the farm on Joe's Brook. now owned by Samuel Corriveau, their son-in-law. In old age they made their home with their daughter. She d. Aug 9. 1904; he d. Apr. 27, 1911; both at Auburndale, Mass., and buried at Barnet Center.
I. George Currier.5 b. Danville, Nov. 22, 1853. Educated St. Johnsbury Academy. Went west May, 1879. Has filled positions in several railroad offices. Now treasurer of A. N. Palmer Co.. Cedar Rapids, Ia. He m. Aug. 31, 1880. Carrie Coe of Romeo, Mich., who d. Oct. 5, 1899. One daughter (adopted) Lillian Ruth.
II. Lura May,5 b. Peacham, Apr. 10, 1857. Graduated St. Johnsbury Academy. Teacher in public schools in Barnet and in Andover, N.H., assistant in High School at Hopkinton and Framingham, Mass. She m. Jan. 10, 1894, Dr. Chessman Palmer Hutchinson, then in practice at Holliston, and now at Auburndale. Mass. Child: Paul Chessman,6 b. Holliston, June 21, 1895; d. Auburndale. Feb. 22, 1902.
III. Carrie Baker,5 b. Barnet, Feb. 2, 1873. Educated St. Johnsbury Academy; m. Oct. 29. 1896, Samuel Corriveau. They bought the home farm on Joe's Brook, on which they reside.
1. Doric Alma6 b. Sept. 26, 1898; d. Dec. 14, 1907.
2. Leon Wilbert6 b. Aug. 9; d. Oct. 11, 1901.
3. Walter Napoleon6 b. May 19, 1904.
4. Lyman Chessman6 b. Dec. 3. 1907.
5. Esther Lou6 b. March 28, 1909.
(7) JOHN BACHOP4 (Robert,3 Robert,2 William1), b. Feb. 11, 1835. Lived on farm, at work and attending district school. When he was 12 years of age the family moved to Peacham, where he attended the Academy, fitting for Dartmouth College. Began teaching at 17 years, teaching three winters to obtain funds for the college course, but was persuaded by his brother‑in‑law, Capt. John Martin, who had settled at St. Anthony's Falls, to come to that new country and teach, which he did. intending to return to college.
Studied law in the office of Nourse & Winthrop, afterward that of Lawrence & Lochren. Admitted to the Bar of Hennepin Co., 1860. Partner with James R. Lawrence, then alone, after the war broke out. Joined, in 1871, the law firm of Lochren & McNair, the style being Lochren, McNair & Gilfillan. This firm became the most prominent in Minneapolis.
In 1885, Mr. Lochren was placed on the bench of the State District Court. The practice of the firm with which Mr. Gilfillan was connected was very large. It had some cases so notable that they settled the law in probate and equity practice. The members of the firm were also attorneys in their partnership capacity of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, the Chicago & Omaha, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railways, which brought them an immense practice, with almost invariable success.
The firm of Gilfillan, Belden & Willard was formed in 1885. This was emphatically, a Caledonia Co. concern. Mr. Belden came to Minneapolis In 1884, from St. Johpsbury where he had been a partner in the law firm of Belden & Ide. Mr. C. A. Willard was a son of A. J. Willard of the firm of Willard & Ross, also of St. Johnsbury, Mr. Ross being afterward Chief Justice and U. S. Senator. After the promotion of Mr. Belden to the bench, Stephen Willard. a younger brother of C. A. Willard, came into the firm, the name being Gilfillan, Willard & Willard. The younger Willard died in 1900, and in 1901 his brother was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippine Islands, then under the administration of Gov. Gen. Henry C. Ide. After serving several years, Mr. Willard was appointed by President Taft, who had known him in the Philippines, Judge of the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, to succeed Judge Lochren, retired.
Mr. Gilfillan's services to education began in organizing a mechanic's institute at St. Anthony in 7859. He also drafted the bill for organizing a school board. This bill was the model upon which the school system of Minneapolis was formed and is sustained. In 1880 he was appointed a regent of the State University, holding that office 8 years.
In 1876 he was elected State Senator for the part of Minneapolis east of the Mississippi, including the counties of Anoka, Isanti and Sherburne, holding the position 8 years. He was elected as a Republican, but largely supported by his political opponents. He was chairman of several important committees, especially of taxes and tax laws, of the Judiciary Committee and of the Financial Committee, also of the University and University laws. All these positions required vast labor and responsibility. In the most important act of Governor Pillsbury's administration, the adjustment of the state railroad bonds, he bore a prominent part.
Elected to Congress, 1885, as a Republican in a Democratic House, there was small opportunity for distinguishing himself.
In 1887, he visited Europe with his family, placing the children at school in Dresden, visiting every country except Portugal, even the North Cape, extending his journey to Egypt and the Holy Land, being absent about two and one-half years.
Of late years Mr. Gilfillan has had no associate, maintaining his office as general counsel, mainly with his old clients. He has also directed a farm of several hundred acres on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, thus getting back to the land.
Director since 1894 in the First National Bank, now merged with the Security Bank under the name of the First and Securitv National Bank.
Member and Trustee of the Westminster Presbyterian Ch. and chairman of the Board.
He m. 1st. Jan. 20, 1870, Rebecca Corse, dau. Capt. James and Rebecca (Corse) Oliphant of Sylvan Mills, Pa., who d. March 25, 1884; 2nd. June 28, 1893, Lavinia, dau Capt. Ezra and Anna (French) Coppock of Lisbon, O.
I. Robert Corse,5 b. June 29. 1872. In business at Norfolk, Va.
II. James Oliphant,5 b. Oct. 6. 1875. Proprietor of a horse and cattle ranch in North Dakota. He is m. and has two sons, John B.,6 3rd, and James.6
III. John Bachop5 b. Jan. 18, 1879. Grain dealer and grain commission merchant in Minneapolis; not m.
IV. Rebecca Janet,5 b. Oct. 12. 1880; m. Edward S. Avery, financier and broker, New York City. One son, Gilfillan Avery.6
V. David Walter,5 b. March 17, 1854.
(8) HENRY A.4 (John,3 Robert,2 William1), b. Barnet. Jan. 9. 1837. Educated in public schools. Farmer with his father. Enlisted in Co. F, 15th Vt.. Oct. 7, 1862. Elected sergeant and was never excused from duty during service. Discharged at end of service. He m. Oct. 7, 1862, Margaret, dau. Wm. Morrison. They lived many years on the Morrison farm, but, later, bought the adjoining farm, called the Tilden place, on which he d. Nov. 6, 1906.
Member of United Pres. Ch., Barnet Center. Charter member and first commander of Stevens Post No. 85, G.A.R. Town Representative, 1884, holding other town offices. Was influential in establishing the Barnet creamery, the first in this section, was its president and business manager. He did an extensive business with probate court as administrator, executor, guardian and otherwise. Mrs. Gilfillan d. Feb. 9, 1920, at Barnet Village.
I. Emily M.,5 m. Frank P. Davison of Charlemont. Mass.
II. Albert N.,5 on homestead.
Ill. Jonah C.,5 leading physician at Bebee, Quebec.
IV. Aldace.5 d. Feb. 7, 1871. aged 4 years.
V. Jennie M.,5 d. May 5, 1893, aged 22 years.
(9) CHARLES J.5 (James,4 William,3 Robert,2 William1), b. Barnet, Sept. 25, 1860. On home farm till 1881. In the West three years. Returning home he went into the contracting business with H. W. Varnum, forming the company of Varnum & Gilfillan. They were among the pioneers of steam shovel contracting in New England, doing many large jobs for the Boston & Maine R. R., the Bangor & Aroostook R. R. and others, with an office at St. Johnsbury. He m. Dec. 18, 1889, Calista A. Dole of Danville. Res. St. Johnsbury.
I. Freda J.,6 b. Danville, March 21. 1892. Graduated Cornell University, 1892, as an architect. Employed in Walker & Walker's office at Montpelier, and in Fairbanks Scale Works at St. Johnsbury, in the drafting department. She entered, Dec., 1919, the U. S. Service in the World War as a draftsman in the Hull Division of the Ship Building Department at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, leaving there for private work after the Armistice was signed. Is now (1921) in an architect's office in Boston.
II. Max D.,6b. St. Johnsbury, March 22, 1894. Graduated June, 1897 from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, in the Animal Husbandry Department, having previously signed up for the U.S. Marines on the second day after the United States entered the World War. Entered the Federal service May 22, 1917, taking his training for the U.S. Marine Corps at Quarttico, Md. Overseas, Oct. 24, 1917 to March 1, 1919. Battles: Toul Sector, Verdun and Belleau Woods. Wounded in action, June 6, 1918. Decorated, Croix de Guerre, received May 9, 1918; French G. O.. dated Jan. 13, 1919. Cited in Grand Order (U.S.M.C. No. 40. "seriously wounded while bravely leading his men to battle"). Promotions: 1st lieutenant, July 1, 1918; captain, July 2. 1918. Honorably discharged, Aug. 7, 1919. Now (1921) manager of a box shop for the Swift Co. at Fort Worth, Tex.
III. Ross,6 b. May 26, 1896; d. in infancy.
IV. Lila F.6 attended Indianapolis University of Music, 1917-18, giving with others, in the University her time in community service and musical entertainment of the boys in camp at Fort Harrison, Ind. She m. Aug. 5, 1920, F. W. Nealand of Orono, Me.

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