George Thomas Gilpin Sr.

George Thomas Gilpin Sr.

Death 24 Apr 1951 (aged 74)
Burial Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 29007904 · View Source
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Gilpin Family
by Rankin Gilpin, Family 345
Freestone County History Book, Vol. I, p. 377-378

George Thomas Gilpin, attended school in Leon County and at Angus, Navarro County. He farmed as a boy, but got a job in a drug store in Corsicana, where he studied to be a doctor. He worked in Corsicana until about 1894, when he secured a job as pharmacist in Grand Saline, continuing his studies to become a doctor. In 1896, his mother became ill and he was forced to give up his hope of becoming a doctor and returned home to Angus to support his mother.
In 1897, he built a saw mill north of Young in Freestone County and operated it for about a year. He married Julia Dunbar in December 1898, and moved to Ward Prairie, or the Yerby Community, where he built a cotton gin. He operated this until about 1903, when he sold the gin and moved to the Turlington Community. He operated a cotton gin at Turlington until 1906, when he was elected commissioner of Precinct 1 and served two terms as commissioner. After that he was engaged in farming and moved to a farm about two miles east of Turlington.
George Thomas Gilpin again entered politics in 1916, when he was elected County Tax Assessor and served two terms. That year he also bought the Turlington Grocery and the J.M. Parker home place. He and his family moved there in January of 1917. Mrs. Julia Gilpin, his wife, was appointed post master at Turlington and served from 1917 until 1936, when the post office was discontinued. George Thomas continued to operate the grocery store from 1917 until the later part of the 1930's, with the exception of about one year in 1919, when W.A. Shockley operated the store.
George Thomas and Julia Gilpin had ten children born to them.
George Thomas Gilpin, Jr. (died Dec 14, 1930) married Lillian Roberts and they had three children:
Evelyn (died Sept. 2, 1966), married H.L. Dilbeck (d. May 14, 1968), Lurline, & Dorothy. Julia Irma Gilpin married Van Day, and they had three children, Eloise, Thomas Frederick, and Dennis Van Day. Ruby Lurline Gilpin married A.J. Emmons, JR and they had one son, Don Emmons. Bryan Reagan Gilpin (died June 29, 1971) married Ella Shelley; and they had two children, Bryan R. Gilpin, JR, and Tommye Jean Gilpin. Frances Grace Gilpin (died May 1, 1960) married Bernice Gibson; and they had three children, Julia, Jane, and Jerry Gibson. Bernice died Nov. 28, 1958. Rankin Gilpin married Betsy Oneta Shelley and they had no children. Vera Rebecca Gilpin married Noble N. Fortson (died Oct. 9, 1970) and they had one son, Noble Gilpin Fortson. Ora Dee Gilpin married Clifton Anderson and they had two children, and infant who died at birth and Harlin Anderson. Woodrow Wilson Gilpin married Faye Robinson and they had two sons, Bobby Wilson Gilpin and Ron W. Gilpin.
George Thomas Gilpin died April 24, 1951 and Julia Gilpin died April 10, 1959. Both are buried at Antioch Cemetery at Turlington.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Thomas Gilpin Sr. (9 Aug 1876–24 Apr 1951), Find a Grave Memorial no. 29007904, citing Antioch Cemetery, Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Harold N. Womble (contributor 46531730) .