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JD Gilkey (#47334715)
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Bio Photo Working on the Sievert and Gilkey Family Geneaology. Would appreciate requests for transfer of family memorials be honored. I will update them and return them to you if you prefer to keep them.

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David Ingersoll
RE: Melvin Gilkey
Melvin was not a Marshal but deputized by Marshal Byrd in September 1868 to ride in pursuit of 3 horse thieves, Harris, Roulette, and Sutherly (still pretty cool). All three claimed to be associated with (John) Morgan’s guerilla band. The 3 were captured near the city of San Luis Obispo, Ca. but only after they robbed a citizen and killed a posse member by the name of Manchega, shot by Sutherly. The 3 horses were recovered and returned to the owner in Watsonville. Only Sutherly would be tried for Murder. (The Pajaronian, September 17, 1868, Page 2, Col. 3). The article never used Melvin’s first name but referred to him as Mr. Gilkey. I’m confident it was in fact Melvin. I’ve included a link which will help you understand the social climate in Watsonville at the time.

You have already found that Melvin was an enemy of Matt Tarpy who was a stanch Democrat. So was the Marshal but he disagreed socially with Tarpy, so much so he became a Republican. Melvin was an earnest Republican and was given the honor by Marshal Byrd of announcing his conversion at one of Watsonville’s largest public meetings. Cheer after cheer greeted Melvin’s welcome and eloquent speech and the crowd rose up in mass and gave Mr. Byrd three cheers and a tiger. (The Pajaronian, October 22, 1868, Pg.2, Col.4.). This no doubt enraged Matt Tarpy.

Tragedy would visit Melvin in November 1868 when he would lose his Wife Emeline, on the 23rd and son George on the 24th. Both succumbed to small pox which ravished the area in late 1868. (The Pajaronia, November 26, 1868, Pg.2, Col. 6) The paper mistakenly listed Melvin’s son Milton J as father and husband to George and Emeline.

March 17, 1873, Melvin involved in the hanging of Matt Tarpy east of Monterey Californa. 3 cheers and a double tiger for Melvin. Tarpy was a vicious, nasty killer. There is a restaurant near the location of the hanging called Tarpy’s Roadhouse. The jail from which Melvin took Tarpy still stands today at Colton Hall in Monterey, Ca.

In July 1873 Melvin’s youngest daughter Ella would accuse him of incest. On examination of the case the Grand Jury dismissed the charge. (The Pajaronia, July 10, 1873, Supplement, Pg. 3, Col.1). An article published July 31, 1873 would insinuate the entire incident was perpetrated by Tarpy’s friends who still infested the city. I have a gut feeling Dr. Cleveland was one of the friends.

February 21, 1874, Gilkey-Cleveland Duel. A description of the duel can be found in the book, Watsonville, Memories that Linger, by Betty Lewis. The book also mentions that Melvin, in 1871, built the liberty pole which stood in the city plaza. The book has a picture of the pole and of a check issued to Melvin in 1872 for services to the city. As for the duel all I can say is that Melvin has a bigger headstone.

It might take a while but I’ll see to it you get what I have on Melvin and family.

Of Melvin I would say he was an honest and trust worthy man and good friend to those that were fortunate.

Dave Ingersoll

Added by David Ingersoll on Aug 27, 2015 4:29 PM
David Ingersoll
Melvin Gilkey
I am currently doing a research paper on Watsonville Town Marshals (1868-1905). Melvin was a friend of the first Marshal, James Douglas Byrd. Melvin was born 8 July 1821 and his brother William 8 Apr 1821. Were they twins? Or oddity?
Dave Ingersoll
Added by David Ingersoll on Aug 25, 2015 4:28 PM
Helen Koehler Gilkey
Mr. Gilkey,

I just finished uploading a photo request you filed for a George Gilkey, buried in the Town of Maine Cemetery in Park Ridge, IL. While I was there, I noticed that the grave next to it was a Helen Koehler Gilkey. This was not in your queue of photo requests, nor was there a relationship link on George Gilkey's page.

I am going to create a page for Helen Koehler Gilkey, but I am not going to link it in any way. If there is a relationship link (which I suspect there is), I'll let you take care of that.

It is always a special honor to photograph military headstones and honor those who wore the uniform.
Added by Tegan on Aug 16, 2015 12:23 PM
RE: Stephen Gilkey
Not related, only info. is what I got from funeral home obit. I will transfer memorial to you if you wish.
Added by BEAR on Jul 18, 2015 1:52 PM
RE: #107906238
Thank you for pointing that out. I have no idea how I did that. My apologies. I have removed the photos.
Added by RAP on Jul 13, 2015 12:15 PM
RE: Illegal use of YOUR photo
BTW... You're welcome - for me fulfilling your photo request.
Added by NLColes on Jul 07, 2015 2:10 PM
Elizabeth Olmstead
John Gilkey
Please do sent those edits. It is really simple and easy with the new edit system.
Added by Elizabeth Olmstead on Jul 03, 2015 8:32 AM
RE: Children for Jacob C. Gilkey
Sorry it took me a while to get back to this. Life... 😐.

The children of Jacob C. And Nancy C.S. Gilkey... you have 4 listed:
Marie L.
Elizabeth A.
Reba Flora, and

I've been working mostly on, and the kids listed there are:
Minnie (which is Marie I'm sure)
Addie L.
Hattie M., and
Ida L.

I consulted the 1900 and 1910 censuses, and both have 6 kids (nicknames in one and formal names in another). I'm just wondering where "Reba Flora" came from?

I'd love to see the family tree you've got.

Kristin White
Added by KristinCW on Jun 04, 2015 8:23 PM
Emily Marsh
Sample Gilkey
Also when you are done with adding stuff to the memorial please transfer the memorial back to me. Thank You!
Added by Emily Marsh on May 13, 2015 5:39 AM
Emily Marsh
RE: Sample Gilkey
Do you have info on him?
Added by Emily Marsh on May 13, 2015 5:37 AM
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