Biography of William H. Gilmore of Pavilion, NY





William H. Gilmore was born in Pavilion, October 23, 1836, a son of William and Mehitable (Smead) Gilmore. William was born at Cambridge, N Y., in 1809, came to Pavilion in 1826, opened a saddler's shop, and conducted the business for 51 years. He was also a general merchant for 18 years. His second wife was Sarah H. Carr. George Gilmore, father of William, was from Pittsfield, Mass., and was a sufferer by the raid of the Hessians during the Revolutionary war. The family are of Scotch descent. William H. Gilmore received a common school education, and is a graduate of the Albion Academy and Pittsburg Commercial College. At the age of 14 he entered a drug store. Two years later he went to school, where he continued for five years, and excepting one year spent in Iowa has always lived in this town, being engaged in the general merchandise and drug trade. In 1883 he organized the Gilmore Aromatic Wine Co., with a capital of $20,000, whose products received the endorsement of the medical profession. In 1886 he sold out his interests in the company and the business was moved to Rochester. Mr. Gilmore has filled public offices for 17 years, being eight years post master of the village. He has been twice married, first to Ellen, daughter. of James Wilson, and second to Elva, daughter of Edwin Fellows, of Orleans County. He has four children, Sarah E. and Nellie N. (twins), Clayton N., and Clarence H. The family are members of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Gilmore is a member of the order of A. O. U. W.


FROM:
Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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