When Elias P. Gilpin was born in 1817, in Ohio, United States, his father, Elias P. Gilpin, was 36 and his mother, Lydia Ball, was 31. He married Ailsey Jones about 1841, in Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Newton Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Benton Township, Hocking, Ohio, United States in 1860. He died in 1864, at the age of 47.
English: unexplained. This surname is found mainly in Devon and Yorkshire.
Irish (Connacht): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fionn ‘son of the fair-haired lad’. In Ulster, the name may be of northern English origin (see 1 above).
History: A family of this name (see 1 above) is recorded in the 13th century in south Westmorland; it apparently gave its name to the River Gilpin there.