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Posted by: linda thuemling (ID *****9263) Date: March 26, 2010 at 12:58:58

Sorry to take so long to respond to your posting. The following is what I know about Daniel Gill. I hope you won't be sorry I responded.

Daniel K. Gill was born in Oct 1861. I have a copy of his obituary notice but it doesn't list any siblings. He married in 1884 or 1885, to Mary Jane Swanger, daughter of George Swanger and Elizabeth (Bolinger) Swanger who lived in Cromwell, Hopewell County in 1870 and 1880. I have a list of Daniel and Mary Gill's children and grandchildren but won't go in to that now.

I don't know where Daniel was born or lived from birth until he was lisd on the 1880 census living with his uncle Dan Zimmerman (That's how I found out what his mother's maiden name was).

I later obtained a copy of Daniel's obituary notice from the Cambria County Library. The obit. gave his father's name as James Gill and mother's maiden name as Rachel Zimmerman so I started looking for Zimmerman families with a daughter named Rachel and a son named Dan, and found the family of Daniel and Barbara Zimmerman living in Blair County in 1850 and 1860 (I later learned that Barbara's maiden name was Knisely/Nicely). Dan (the son) was not listed on the 1850 census as he was not born yet. Rachel was 9 years old on the 1850 census and 19 on the 1860 census.

Since Daniel Gill was listed on the 1880 census living with and close to the Zimmerman family I started looking for any woman name Rachel living near the Zimmerman family. I found Rachel Bookhammer, wife of William Bookhammer listed at the bottom of the same page Daniel Gill is listed on.

More research about William and Rachel Bookhammer, I found that Rachel's maiden name was Zimmerman (I found them listed on the 1870 census as Bookhamer). Their oldest daughter, born in 1863, Mary Alice married Henry Teeters. Henry and Mary Teeter's names follow Daniel Gill's name on the 1880 census (the Teeters have a 1 year old daughter named Lily listed below Mary). Below is the name John Evans who later married Laura Bookhammer, another daughter of William and Rachel.

All this information led me to believe That Rachel (Zimmerman) Bookhammer is Daniel K. Gill's mother.

I obtained a copy of Rachel's death certificate but have been unable to obtain a copy of her Obiturary Notice. I thought that might list all of her children. She died August 6, 1921. Death certificate list county as Alley., city of Duquisne, address 510 n. Grant Ave. She is buried in Hopewell Cemetery at Sunnyside, Hopewell Twp. Bedford County, PA. next to Wm. Bookhammer.

I searched for Rachel Zimmerman on Rootsweb and found Jesse and Patricia (Wilson) Davis Connected and Collateral Families site. They have the Rachel Zimmerman and William Bookhammer family information. They list birth year as 1838 but on the 1850 census Rachel is 9, on the 1860 census she is 19, on the 1870 census she is 29, on the 1880 census she is 39. So I figured her birth year as 1841.

Since the Zimmerman family lived in Blair County in 1850 and 1860 I searched the Blair County census records for a Gill family with a son named James. I could not find one.

I found the family of James and Anna Maria (Maines) Gill in Centre County in 1850 and Franklin Twp. Huntingdon County in 1860. They had a son named James who was born in 1835. I haven't been able to obtain any more information about the son James.

The next thing I tried. I wondered how Daniel Gill met Mary Jane Swanger. I went back to the census looking at the Swanger and Bolinger families searching for a Gill family that lived close to them in 1870 and 1880.

On the 1870 census the household listed above George Swanger (Mary Jane's father) is of Michael Gill.

Michael Gill is 53 in 1870, his wife Elizabeth is 45. Below their name is John Murphy age 21. Below John's name, 6 children from age 5 to 19. I think their last name could be Gill. Maybe John Murphy is the son of Elizabeth from another marriage, maybe all the children are Murphy's. I can't determine how long Michael and Elizabeth have been married.

My new theory is that Michael Gill could be the father of James Gill and the Grandfather of Daniel K. Gill. Michael Gill is old enough to have a son who has a 9 year old son.

The Swanger family is listed on the 1880 census, still living in Cromwell but the Michael Gill family is not listed. I checked the 1860 census for Michael Gill and found one in Allegheny County who was 43 years old, No wife or family.

My thought is maybe Michael Gill died and is buried somewhere in Cromwell but I haven't found a cemetery with a Michael Gill.

Well Tim, are you overloaded with information about my Gill family? I have been searching for James Gill and his parents for 2 years and I just can't find anything.

I know James Gill was alive around February 1861 because Daniel was conceived around that time. I know that Rachel Zimmerman lived with her parents in 1860 in Blair County. I know that she is married to William Bookhammer in 1863. I know that Daniel Gill did not live with the Bookhammer's in 1870 because he was not listed on the census report in their household or in any other household. Maybe he was in an orphanage.

Maybe James Gill married someone else, maybe he died. I know there must be some clue I'm missing.

Tim, do you have any suggestions besides me giving up...?

I look forward to hearing from you and any suggestion you may have.


Linda Thuemling

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