Biography of James Gilfillan
Forest County, PA Biographies





JAMES GILFILLAN, millwright, P. O. Nebraska, was born August 22, 1838, at the Albion mines, Nova Scotia, a son of Rev. James and Jane (Robertson) Galfillan, natives of Scotland, who came to the TJnited States when each was about thirteen years of age. They resided in Schuykill county, Penn., and were there married and had two children; they then removed to Nova Scotia, where the subject of these lines was born, and when he was two years old the family returned to Schuykill county, Penn. From there, when James, Jr., was a boy of six years, they came to Clarion county, Penn., where they settled on a piece of wild land and cleared up a farm. The father was an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in Ohio, in 1864, while in active work. The subject of our sketch resided on the farm in Clarion county until he was in his eighteenth year, when he moved to Venango county, Penn., and was there apprenticed to learn the joiner's trade, afterward carrying on that business in the same county where he put up numerous buildings. Subsequently he took up the trade of millwright, building several mills in STenango (now Forest) county and vicinity, among them the large one owned by Collins, Darrab & Co., at Nebraska; and since 1864 Mr. Galfillan, has most of the time more or less been identified with mills. He came to Forest county when it was a part of Venango county, and when the county seat was established at Tionesta. In 1863 he was united in marriage with Hannah I. Siggins, of West Hickory, Forest Co., Penn., who bore him four children: Alba J., Genevieve (Mrs. Charles Smith, of Warren, Penn.) Gertrude and Rachel D. Mr. Gilfillan is a member of the Methodist Church, and has served as classleader for a number of years. In politics he is a Democrat; has held the office of jury commissioner, and for three terms was justice of the peace. He has two brothers who served in the Union army during the Civil war, Thomas, of Indiana, who participated in avery battle the army of the Potomac was engaged in, being wounded in the last one, and John B., of Tidioute, Penn., who was with Sherman's army during the last year of the war, and was discharged at the end of the struggle.

From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
Pennsylvania
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Chicago, 1890.


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