General (ly)Gillmore- Recogniton Lorain? Pt 6

September 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm 2 comments

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Part One https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/general-quincy-a-gillmore-the-dining-room-dilemna/

Part Two https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/general-ly-gillmore-lorain-the-early-years/

Part Three https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/generally-gillmore-lorain-the-early-years-pt-3/

Part Four https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/generally-gillmore-lorain-part-4/

Part Five https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/general-ly-gillmore-lorain-civil-war-part-5/

I had promised the last of the Lorain Gillmores- Peggy I would one day write about her illustrious family for the www. In 2007 Peggy joined us in the Bicentennial Celebration of the founding of this settlement which eventually became Lorain.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12219598@N06/

Peggy posed with the “reenactor” of her famous relative “General Quincy Adams Gillmore”

Peggy Gillmore 2007

Peggy Gillmore 2007

Speaking with Peggy over the years , I know, she felt perturbed the home town of General Quincy Gillmore did very little to recognize his contribution to this nation and also the fact her family was barely recognized, except by a few, as to their contribution to bringing Lorain into being.

There is no plaque in the the oldest park,now known as Veterans Park
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/veterans-memorial-park-fini/
from whence sprung a community recognizing the founding fathers or its importance to the history of this community.

Durand Map 1834

Durand Map 1834

“(Lorain) content(s) itself with the scant available records of this period, preceding the 16th day of July 1834, when a tiny map somewhat crude according to present day standards (1926) was presented to the county recorder for public record “
This was the Durand Map of May 10th 1834

Mr. Meyer refers to this as “our corporate birth certificate”
On July 2nd 1834 Conrad and Abigail Reid, Daniel and Sophia Baldwin, Quartus and Elizabeth Gilmore, Barna Meeker and Ann Meeker appeared before Frederick Whittlesesy (Justice of the Peace) and acknowledge the map to be a true plat of the town.

PDF File of the Lorain In Retrospect by Jacob Meyer 1926

162. Lorain in Retrospect by Jacob Meyer

Lakeview Park has a plaque – a replacement –
Gilmour Tablet
Photo Dan Brady

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2014/03/general-quincy-adams-gillmore.html

Gillmore was honored by his hometown on April 27, 1922 – the one-hundredth-birthday anniversary of General U. S. Grant. The Nathan Perry Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution planted a memorial tree and dedicated a plaque in Lakeview Park in Lorain, near the site of the house in which Gillmore was born.

The plaque, which was placed on a large boulder, read, “This tree is planted and this boulder erected in memory of Quincy A. Gillmore, major-general in the Union army, war of 1861-65. Dedicated by Nathan Perry Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.”

The replacement tablet in Lakeview Park

Sadly, the original plaque was later stolen. It was replaced in recent years with a replica plaque with slightly different wording, and the “new” monument was relocated to a special area in the park designed for historical markers.

Of all the 1,000 acres deeded to the Gillmore family in 1811/1812 the only parcel left still in the Gillmore family was the home of Peggy Gillmore, on the corner of 4th and Oberlin. This little house built with pride and loving care has held the memories of the Gillmores. 403 Oberlin (2)
Original photo 403 Oberlin Ave. from the artifacts from Peggy

It is a testament to Peggy’s remaining family the house this spring and summer the home has been re painted landscaped and re roofed – The lovely side porch (4th street side), added at a later date- a place where Peggy loved to sit of an evening once again fly’s the flag she loved so much.
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In amongst the family portraits, bibles and books – an old map hand drawn in pencil. The map, fading and barely readable now, (of an unspecified date) shows the neighbors of the time referred to as Little John Brown” – One Arm John Brown residing where the old Irving School, now Constellation Charter School, now stands.

The property of Barna Meeker, Baldwin, NB Gates who wrote of the great railroad scandal of the 1836-38 where Charleston Village “died a borning”
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The Elyria Republican (N.B. Gates) states that in 1836 State Engineer Dodge came in from Coshocton “As the engineers came down real estate went up …. All the Black River clerical force was again employed writing land contracts…. We all dabbled in city lots more or less, and nearly everybody in Black River and a good many in Elyria got rich – on paper- in a very short time. H.C Stevens claimed to be worth half a million- in fact we were all rich”
And then the bottom fell out

The Ohio Railroad scheme resulted in total failure for this community. Such was the shame attached to such speculation that the people wished to revert back to the name of Black River and to thereby blot from record and memory the event.
Major Hammond wrote in the Black River Commercial “It (Charleston) died without a struggle. Its hotels were practically closed, its merchants departed, its warehouse were almost given away to farmers for barns and fences, and even its corporate organization was abandoned; its name blotted out by common consent, and its memory placed in the category of western paper city failures”

Their buildings and properties handwritten on a map that is quickly disintegrating .

Handwritten Gillmore Map date unknown

Handwritten Gillmore Map date unknown

And so my dilemma continues…. the map should be preserved, the portrait of General Gillmore still watches me from the dining room, the family geneology bears testament to a family of “founders” , and then the print from 1890 –
The 54th Massachusetts

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Among the troops who assaulted Ft. Wagner was the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-Americans led (as required by regulation) by white commissioned officers. Gillmore had ordered that his forces be integrated and that African-Americans were not to be assigned menial tasks only, such as KP or latrine duty, but instead they were to carry arms into battle. They and their assault on Ft. Wagner were the subject of the 1989 Civil War movie Glory, which starred Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick.

to be explored further in Part 7.

But if Lorain does not appreciate the Gillmore connection maybe a home outside Lorain??? Part One https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/general-quincy-a-gillmore-the-dining-room-dilemna/

TO BE CONTINUED Thanks to Matt Weisman, Dan Brady, Renee Dore for their help in this series.

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General (ly) Gillmore – Lorain- Civil War – Part 5 General (ly) Gillmore- the portraits of men- Part 7

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  • 1. Tammy Ramirez  |  September 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Seems history continuous to repeat itself in Lorain. First the railroad left the city behind, then the shopping area locations, then the tax credits run out so big business leaves, then route 2 passes the city by….

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  September 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    but hey we had roverfest!!!! 😉

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