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December 2006, Confirmation of Gilman research

I have been in contact with another Gilman researcher, who has confirmed that William Child Gilman was the son of Samuel P Gilman and Nancy Clark.

November 2006, New discoveries in Gilman research

I am currently working on the hypothesis that William C Gilman's parents were Samuel P Gilman and Nancy Clark. I am currently looking for definitive documents to verify this. But I believe I have enough evidence of this connection to add information about their descendents to this genealogy. Samuel was born in Maine in 1797. In 1817 he married Nancy Clark in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Their 13 children were born in New Hampshire and Vermont. In the mid to late 1850's Samuel and family moved to Wisconsin, settling first in La Fayette, Fayette County and then in Buffalo County. Several sources of information state that Gilmanton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin was named for Samuel. William and other of his siblings eventually moved to Minnesota while others remained in Wisconsin.

May 2006, Walter Woodworth of Scituate, Massachusetts

Charles Woodworth (Florence Woodworth Gilman's father) is descended from Walter Woodworth of Scituate, Massachusetts. Walter came from Kent Co, England to Scituate in 1635. I am in the process of gathering information to document this lineage.

May 2005, Documentation from Naeseth Library on Norwegian ancestry

Found documentation from Nord Trondelag, Stod, Qvam records:

  • 1811: birth of Malena, daughter of Jon Andersen Skaugan, 25 Jun 1811
  • 1813: birth of Rasmus, son of Jon Skouge, 18 Aug 1813
  • 1820: birth of Martha, daughter of Anders Baardson Haug and Marithe Olsdatter, 25 Nov 1820

October 2005

Heard from another researcher about a possible connection between our genealogies. We finally determined there was a definite connection through Jon Andersen Skogan (or Skauge).  I am descended through his son Rasmus Johnsen (who took the farm name Groettum after emigrating to the U.S.)  The other researcher is decended through Jon's daughter Malena Jonsdatter.  Her son, Johannes, emigrated the same year as Rasmus. Johannes (John) eventually took the Skauge farm name as a surname: 

  • Malena Jonsdatter and husband Anders Johnson Skauge emigrated to the U.S. in 1866 at the same time as Johannes' future wife, Seriane Arnetsdatter Borgum.
  • Johannes, his wife Seriane and his parents all settled in Spring Grove and later Black Hammer, Minnesota.
  • Skauge and Skadsem families have been located in the 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 census records.
  • Johannes (aka John) and Seriane (aka Sorianna, Serine Anna) had 9 children.
  • Johannes and Seriane are buried in the Black Hammer Church cemetery.

September 2005, New information on Danish Ancestry

Found during a visit to Forman, Sargent County, North Dakota:

  • Anna Marie (Andersen) Brandt had a sister Emelie (Andersen) Christensen who also settled in Sargent County.
  • Peter and Emelie Christensen emigrated from Denmark in 1881 (source 1910 Census) with at least two sons, Christian and Walter.
  • They first settled in Michigan, where their son Andrew was born.
  • Twin sons, James and Marious, were born in North Dakota in 1887.
  • Peter died in 1889 and Emelie in 1934.  They are both buried in the Old Trinity Cemetery, 3 miles south of Forman.
  • Also buried in Old Trinity are, Chris and his wife Helma; Walter; and Marious.
  • In addition the land homesteaded by J.C. Brandt in Forman Township, a quarter acre of land was registered in the bordering Rutland Township to Anna M Brandt
  • J.C. and Anna's daughter, Margretta, was among the first confirmants of the Trinity Lutheran Church (originally the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Church) in 1892
  • J.C. Brandt was one of the founders of Trinity Lutheran Church.
  • Among his other endeavors, in 1909 he operated a confectionary store where he also sold Edison cylindar phonographs.