John Peter Gilles

24 July 1810–30 August 1880 (Age 70)
Hünerbach, Kelberg, Adenau, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany

The Life of John Peter

When John Peter Gilles was born on 24 July 1810, in Hünerbach, Kelberg, Adenau, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany, his father, Johann Josef Gilles, was 35 and his mother, Anna Maria Müller, was 43. He married Susanna Clasen on 25 February 1840, in Retterath, Adenau, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He immigrated to New York County, New York, United States in 1845 and lived in Taycheedah, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States for about 20 years. He died on 30 August 1880, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Johnsburg, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Peter Gilles
Susanna Clasen
Marriage: 25 February 1840
Peter Joseph Gilles
Anna Maria Gilles
John Joseph Gilles
Gertrude Gilles

Spouse and Children


    Susanna Clasen


25 February 1840
Retterath, Adenau, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany


    Peter Joseph Gilles


    Anna Maria Gilles





    Gertrude Gilles


Parents and Siblings

    Johann Josef Gilles


    Anna Maria Müller




    Peter Josef Gilles


    Mary Catherine Gilles


    John Peter Gilles


World Events (8)

1813 · Germans defeat Napolean in Leipzig

Age 3

On Oct 19, 1813, Germany defeats Napolean. The commanding officer for the Allied side was Prince Karl Phillipp Schwarzenberg.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 17

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 20

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 French: variant spelling of Giles .2 German: from the personal name Gilius, from Aegilius, a Late Latin variant of Aegidius ( see Giles 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Peter Gilles, "Wisconsin State Census, 1855"
  • John Gilles, "Wisconsin State Census, 1875"
  • John Gillis, "United States Census, 1870"

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