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Friday, October 15, 2010
Photograph of the Gilman Brothers of Flushing New York: Ned, Lawrence & Joe
Photograph by H. F. Stahmer studio of Flushing, New York studio of three Gilman Brothers: Ned, Lawrence and Joe. They are Edward Coit Gilman, Arthur Lawrence Gilman and Joseph Gilman.
From online research, hopefully correct:
These brothers were the sons of Arthur Coit Gilman and his wife Bessie Amelia Lawrence. Their paternal grandparents were noted minister Edward Whiting Gilman, who spent time at the First Church in Bangor, Maine, now All Souls Church, and his wife Julia (Silliman) Gilman, who was the daughter of Benjamin Silliman, a professor at Yale and the first person to distill petroleum.
Their maternal grandparents were Effingham Lawrence, born in New York, and his wife Jane Lucretia (Osgood) Lawrence, who was born in Louisiana. I'm not exactly sure yet which of the several Effingham Lawrences was the father of Bessie Amelia (Lawrence) Gilman. Some references have him as the Effingham born in 1817 and others as the Effingham born in 1820, who was a one-day US Senator from Louisiana.
Arthur Lawrence Gilman was born 5 July 1878 in Flushing, New York. In 1904 he married Elizabeth Wright Walter. He was an author composer and music critic, working at times for the New York Herald, Harper's Weekly, Harper's Magazine, North American Review and finally, at the New York Herald Tribune. Most references have him as Lawrence Gilman, but in the 1880 Census, he was listed as Arthur L. Gilman.
Edward Coit Gilman was born in November of 1879 in New York. He died fairly young, in 1909, and I don't believe he married.
Joseph Gilman was born 5 May 1881 in New York. I believe he died in 1962 in Vermont. I don't know if he married.
Their father Arthur Coit Gilman is believed to have committed suicide over his finances. After his death, his partners believed that he had been stealing from the company. Whether this was ever proved, I don't know. Here is a link to a New York times article of 30 April 1891: Arthur Coit Gilman
Their uncle Henry Kingsley Gilman also died under circumstances that some considered suicide: Henry Kingsley Gilman
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment in the comments box or contact me directly.
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