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Re: Gilsons from Groton, MA
Posted by: Betty Fredericks (ID *****7001) Date: November 12, 2009 at 01:51:49
In Reply to: Re: Gilisons from Groton, MA by Ken Gilson of 1008

Hi Ken,

I realize you posted this message almost 7 yrs. ago. But, I have a question for you.

Someone from Illinois has written a letter to the "Chelmsford Genealogy Club" (MA) asking for more information on Thomas GILSON, her 10th great-grandfather. I have a brief description of what she knows and she seems to have done some research. This is what she wrote to us:

"Mr. Gilson left from the Port of Lond on a ship called, 'The Alexander.' He was to be transported to Barbados. This ship left on May 2, 1635. He probably spent 9-12 mos. in Barbados before coming to MA. I do not believe he was an indentured servant, and he did not buy property or marry while there ...

I have not been able to find a source for a wife's name - it is possible that it was Kathern. References have been seen that Thomas Gilson's son, Joseph, was one of the original proprietors of Groton, MA, in 1650's or 1660's.

In reading the early history of Chelmsford there are references to a William and Ann GILSON.

Mr. William GILSON was one of 6 assistants to the Governor of MA, along with Miles Standish, William Bradford, et al. -- I am trying to see if there is any further information on Thomas, and,if William and Ann are related to Thomas. ....."

Thank you for any information you can provide.

Betty (near Lowell, MA)


While looking in the archives of the Lists and Boards at for the mention of Thomas GILSON, I was reminded that I had wondered how "Gilson's Hill" in the next town, Billerica, MA, had come to be named.

(Before the highway, Rt. 3, was created, "Gilson's Hill would have been near the border with Chelmsford.)

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