Manx Genealogy

Re: Message for Eric Gelling re: USA Gellings

Thanks for the background information on the Gellings and sorry for the time taken to respond, been trying to enter and organize all the bits and pieces. I find that there is considerable linkage between Kermode-Gelling-Cowley in the US, particularly in Wisconsin, and perhaps this has been covered before. Nevertheless, hopefully the following might fill some gaps. If I have made any errors, would appreciate them being corrected.

Starting with Francis Gelling (b. 3 Jul 1855). There is an arrival of the ship “Republic” at New York from Liverpool on 30 Aug 1880 with a passenger F. Gelling (age 25, b. abt 1855). Francis Gelling (age 28 s/o John Gelling, painter) marries Margaret Isabella Kermode (age 28 d/o John Kermode, tailor) at St. Philemon’s church, Liverpool; 12 Dec. 1883). There is a Frank Gelling (Age 29) and Mrs M. Gelling (age 29) arriving at New York 8 Feb 1884 on the “Wyoming”.
Francis and Margaret have children: George Francis (6 Sep 1884, Wis. or Colorado); Ouray Kermode (9 Jun 1886; Colorado); Olive (4 Apr 1888, Benton, Wis); Emaline Clarissa (22 1891, Ouray, Colorado). Margaret Isabella (Kermode) Gelling died in Ouray Colorado 29 May 1893); the MI for her father & mother at Lonan IOM (E-28, Lonan Old Yard) includes: “…Margaret Isabella/wife of Frank Gelling/who died at Ouray, Colorado/May 29th 1893 aged 37 years…”
The Benton Wis. 1895 census shows Frank Gelling with a household of 3 males and 3 females. Frank Gelling died 17 Aug 1898 and is buried at the Primitive Methodist church cemetery in Benton Wisc. It would appear that Frank’s mother, Jane (Raisbeck) Gelling may have immigrated to the US with or without her husband, John Gelling (I don’t have a death/burial for John Gelling); perhaps to assist Frank after Margaret’s death. She died 7 Jan 1894 and is also buried at the Primitive Methodist cemetery in Benton.

George Francis Gelling (b. 6 Sep 1884) died 17 Aug 1899 in Benton, Wisc. and is also buried at the same cemetery as his father, Frank. I came across an interesting transcribed item(s) from the Benton Mining Times describing how he died as a result of a rifle handling accident with a friend “Hoskin”; George was “14 years, 11 months, 11 days” at the time of death”. Unfortunately the item was truncated and didn’t have the first name of the Hoskin involved.

Ouray Kermode Gelling was born in Colorado 9 Jun 1886. He married Bertha Lawrence, about 1913 in Wis and according to his WW1 draft registration he was resident at Lafayette Co., Wis. on 5 June 1917. They had children: Charlotte (abt 1919); and Arlene (4 Oct 1921); both born in Wisconsin. In the 1930 census, the family is resident in Benton Wis.: Ouray (farmer; 43); Bertha (39); Charlotte (11); Arlene (8). One source indicated Ouray Gelling died in Benton 10 Dec 1937, but I can’t confirm that. His wife Bertha died in Richland Centre, Wis. on 9 Jun 1970. The daughter was listed in the 1940 census as a nurse, single, age 17 at Richland Center Wis. Arlene married Lawrence Rudersdorf and died in Richland Center, Wisc. 10 Jan 1994). Lawrence was also listed in the 1940 census in Richland Center Wis. with his family.

I don’t have much on Olive Gelling, other than she was resident with Wm & Eliz. Callow in Linden Wis in 1900 and 1905 and in as a in Cerro Gordo, Iowa in 1910 as a “roomer, single, teacher age 20).

Emaline Clarissa Gelling (b. 22 Feb 1891; Ouray, Colorado), following the death of her father in 1898, was resident with John and Jane (Kneale) Cowley (Linden, Wis 1900 census) and with Ole and Eliz. Paulsen in 1905 and 1910; and as a “companion” to Eliz Paulsen in Cerro Gordo Iowa in the 1920 census). I have that Alfred L. Cowley married Annie Mae Paulsen d/o Ole & Eliz. Paulsen in abt 1894. Emma Gelling shows in the 1930 census for Hidalgo, Texas with Alfred L. and Anne M. Cowley. Sometime after 1930, Emma married Frederick Byers and appears with him at Mercedes City, Hidalgo Texas in the 1940 census. She died in Hidalgo, Texas 17 Nov 1965, apparently w/o any children.

Regarding some of the other Gellings:
Georgine d/o John & Jane (Raisbeck) Gelling (b. abt 1864). Do you know if “your” Georgine also immigrated to the US. I have information for a Georgena Gelling (b. IOM) being married to James Hoskin, 21 Nov 1888, Lafayette Co. Wis. the 1900 Darlington Wis. census indicating she emigrated in 1883 and having children: John (b. 1881); Christopher (B. 1883); Mona (b. 1890); Dale (b. 1895). There is also a birth of Suba Hoskin 2 Dec 1890, Benton, Lafayette Wis to James Hoskin and Georgina Gelling, but I don’t see her on the 1900 census. I wonder if one of their sons was the one involved with the accidental shooting of George Gelling in 1899?)

Joseph Gelling s/o John and Jane (Raisbeck) Gelling (b. aft 1851, IOM). I noted the 1880 census that you have with his wife Hannah and sons Christopher, John, William and Ernest. There is also a Sibley, Osceola Co. Iowa 1885 census with these, plus and additional son, Raymond age 1. However, I have a marriage registration for a Joseph Gelling and Hannah Looney, 1 Jan 1873, Wisc; which would have Christopher born before this marriage. I have a marriage (18 Apr 1868, Wisc) of a Christopher Looney and Hannah Buxton, and believe that Hannah may have been married previously. An 1860 Benton, Wis. census has a Hannah Buxton (age 9) on the same page as Henry & Catherine (Raisbeck) Horsley and Robt & Jane (Gelling) Raisbeck. The 1870 New Diggings Wis. census has a Hannah Looney (and son Thomas) with the Buxtons. I don’t have a firm death for Joseph but the 1910 Dubuque Iowa census has him age 59, with wife Hannah 59; the 1920 Dubuque Iowa census has Hannah (widow age 68) there with son Ernest (age 39). There are Find-a-Grave entries for a the United Methodist Church Cemetery; Benton, Lafayette Co, Wis for a Joseph Gelling and Hannah Gelling (“wife of Joseph”), but no dates or other info provided.

Regarding the Raisbecks children of Francis and Elizabeth. In addition to son, Joseph who married Ann Kermode d/o Daniel and Margaret (Killip) Kermode and emigrated to Australis: Catherine Raisbeck d/o Francis Raisbeck m. Henry Horsley Lonan 11 Dec. 1841. They appear in the 1860 Benton Wis. census (with children: Henry J (17).; Joseph (13), Raisbeck (6) and Francis (3) and the same page as Robert and Jane (Gelling) Raisbeck (with children: Francis (8), Elizabeth (3) and Joseph (1).

Robert Raisbeck m Jane Gelling 17 Jan 1852 Lonan. The US Naturalization record shows Robert Raisbeck registered 20 Oct 1856, at Darlington, Wisc.; and being registered for the Civil War Draft at Benton, Wis. 1 Jul 1863. He is resident at Benton for the 1855 Wis. census; at Gardner Ill. in 1870 (with children: Frank (18); Eliz (13) Joseph (11), John (9) Lilly (4 and Hattie (5/12)), and in Gardner in 1880. In 1900, Jane Raisbeck (age 71), is listed as a widow, living next to her son John (age 38) and his wife Maggie) and her daughter Lillian McGahey and her husband. In the 1910 Braceville, Ill. census Jane is listed as age 80; and there is a death/burial (11 Feb 1923/14 Feb 1923) for a Jane (Gelling) Raisbeck. b 25 Mar 1829 for Braceville, Ill. There is also a death registration for a Robert Raisbeck, 24 Oct 1886 Wis. which would fit with Jane being a wide in 1900.

I have a few other bits and pieces (e.g. additional more recent families for some of the above) but hope this helps for now.