the john alton & mary gilburn family
JOHN ALTON (1806-1890) (Parents Unknown)
MARY GILBURN (1820- 1895?)
John and Mary both appear to have been born and raised in County Kerry, Ireland.
They were married in Ireland but the location and date are unknown. John
and his family came to the United States some time after 1850 and by 1855
the family was located somewhere in Iowa. By 1857, the family had moved to
Illinois and finally moved to Minnesota in the early 1860s. In 1861, John
settled on a farm in Empire Township. in Dakota County, Minnesota.
Mary (1841- ) marr 1855 John K. Sullivan (in Traverse
County, MN 1900)
Thomas ( - ) marr 1876 Mary Dougherty buried Calvary
Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota
John (1847-1942) marr 1874 Margaret Gannon buried All
Saints Lakeville MN
Margaret (1852-1868) buried Highland Cemetary, Lakeville MN
George H. (1854- ) married 1875 Ann Ryan (in Stevens
County MN 1880)
Jeremiah (1857- ) marr 1884 Katherine I. Reilly (1862-)
Ann Jane. (1861- ) (No information available)
Both John and Mary are buried in Highland cemetary in Lakeville Township,
Dakota County, Minnesota.
MARY ALTON Dau of John
Alton & Mary Gilburn
JOHN K. SULLIVAN (1822-1906) (Parents Unknown)
Both Mary and John were from Ireland. Their eldest child, Patrick,
was born in Illinois; son John and the rest of the children were born in
Minnesota. This family living in Elba Township, Winona County (1870),
Ripley Township, Dodge County (1880), and Croke County, Traverse County (1900).
John (1858- ) marr abt 1895 ???
Mary J. (1861- )
Margaret (1863-) Only in 1870
Thomas J. (1865-) marr 1899 Minnie Marceau (Marquette, Michigan 1920)
Adelia ? (1866- ) Only in 1870
Rosa (1869- )
Catherine (1870/71 - )
Annie (1875 - )
Delia (1877 - )
Daniel J. (1880-1963) (St. Paul, Ramsey County, MN 1963)
Cleve? (1884- )
Child (Bef 1900 - Bef 1900)
Child (Bef 1900 - Bef 1900)
In 1900, Mary reported having had 14 children with 10 living. It appears
that son, John M., was farming next to his parents in Croke, Traverse
Son Thomas was a railroad man progressing from conductor in 1900 to yardmaster
in 1920. Michigan census records indicate the children of Thomas and
Minnie were: Raymond (1900- ), Garrett? (1903- ), John M. (1905- ),
J. William (1907- bef 1920?), and George D. (1915-).
THOMAS ALTON ( - ) Son of John Alton & Mary
MARY (DOUGHERTY) ( - ) (Parents Unknown)
Mary Jane (1877- )
James (1878- )
In 1880, Thomas and Mary were living in Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota
with children Mary Jane and James. By 1900, Thomas, Mary, and son James
were living in St. Paul, Minnesota.
There was a Grace M. Alton born in 1901 and died in Dakota County in 1990
whose mother was a Dougherty.
JOHN ALTON (1847-1942) Son of John Alton &
MARGARET GANNON (1849-1934) Dau.of Patrick
John was born in Ireland and came to Minnesota with his family. He grew up
in Empire Township in Dakota County. After his marriage, he moved to Credit
River Township in Scott County where his children were born.
Thomas J. (1874-1937) married Mary or May Murphy? (Moved to St.Paul
John H. (1876- 1942?) marr 1909/10 Eleanor (1883- ) (Moved to LeCenter
Ellen or Mary (1879- )
Patrick J. (1881- 1961) marr Florence E. Lundberg (1883-1977)
Mary Ann or Ellen (1883- ) marr 1902 Raymond Steele
Ann L. (1885-1976)? Patrick H. Kelly (married
1913) buried All Saints Lakeville MN
In 1910, Thomas J. and Mary were living on McLean Avenue in St. Paul.
Mary's nickname was Martha. This couple had three known children:
Harold J. (1903- ), John Francis (1904-1959), and Margaret M. (1906-
). Thomas was the proprietor of Twin City Picture Framing Company,
a picture framing shop in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Patrick and Florence farmed in Credit River Township, Scott County, Minnesota
in the early 1900s. They had two known children: Richard D.
(1909- ) and Sylvia (1910-1998). Sylvia married Gordon Sayers
(1904-1982) and this couple were buried at Greenwood Presbyterian Cemetery
in Eureka Township, Dakota County, Minnesota.
In 1910, Mary and Raymond Steele and Mary's sister, Anna, were living in
St. Paul, Minnesota. Raymond, a Michigan native, was a traveling salesman
of stereoscopic views and met Mary on his travels. By 1920, Mary and Raymond
were in Greenfield Township, Wayne County, Michigan and Raymond had switched
careers to become a real estate developer. The known children of Mary
and Raymond Steele are: Frank C. (1903-1962), Lester J. (1903-1959), and
Margaret Lois (1916-1998). Lois married Eric Hedberg (1908-1971). Minnesota
records suggest that Mary and Raymond had a 4th child - a baby that died
shortly after birth on June 6, 1911. For more information on Mary,
Raymond and their descendants, see
by Bob Wacker.
Anna L. married Patrick Kelly, son of Irish immigrant pioneer farmers who
farmed in Eureka Township, Dakota County, Minnesota. For more on Patrick's
family, see the William Kelly & Anna Walsh family
GEORGE ALTON (1854- ) Son
of John Alton & Mary Gilburn
ANN D. RYAN (1853-1934) (Parents Unknown)
John J. (1876 - )
Elizabeth Jane. (1878 - ) marr 1897 John Haley
Jeremiah Alton (1880 - )
George H. "Harry" (1882 - ) marr Josephine ???
Mary S. (1884 - 1951)
Thomas F. (1886 - )
Margaret (1888 - ) marr S____?
Elizabeth Irene "Bessie" Alton (1895 - 1989)
Michael R. Alton (1897 - 1905)
Myrtle G. Alton (1900 - )
Child Alton (Bef. 1900 -}
Child Alton (Bef.1900 - Bef. 1900)
This may be the same George Alton who was reported to have killed a man in
a knife fiight in Rosemount following a card game. It is possible that George
left the area as a result of this incident. In 1880 George and his family
were residing in Stevens County, Minnesota. By 1900, this family was living
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George was a carpenter.
JEREMIAH ALTON Son of
John Alton & Mary Gilburn
KATHERINE I. "KATE" REILLY
Mary (1885-1926) marr James Verrill (1876-)
Joseph H. (1887- )
Henrietta (1891 - )
Steven J. Alton (1892-1921?)
Child (Bef 1900-Bef 1900)
Child (Bef 1900-Bef 1900)
Georgiana (1908 - )
|This family file contains
the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty as of March 2006. Mr. Geraghty is
researching the families and descendants of those buried at the Highland
Cemetery. For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research,
please send him e-mail at kgerag at aol.com
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