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William John "Pa" McGillin

William John "Pa" McGillin

Male 1827 - 1901  (~ 74 years)

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  • Name William John McGillin 
    Nickname Pa 
    Born Jun 1827  Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Aug 1901  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Sep 1901  Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1963  Simon and Related Families | Descendants of Simon Carr (1812-1888)
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2017 

    Family 1 Ann Munn,   b. Abt 1835, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1861, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 19 May 1853  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John McGillin,   b. Aug 1854, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1854, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. John Joseph McGillin,   b. 17 Oct 1855, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1875, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     3. William Thomas McGillin,   b. 4 Dec 1857, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1874, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     4. Robert McGillin,   b. 14 Dec 1859, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1871, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)
    Documents
    McGillin, William | Munn, Ann - Marriage
    McGillin, William | Munn, Ann - Marriage
    1853 marriage record for William McGillion and Ann Munn from Register of Marriages for St. Patrick's RC Church, Philadelphia.
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F631  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine "Ma" McCoy,   b. 11 Nov 1847, County Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1937, Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1865  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ann Josephine McGillin,   b. 7 Jun 1865, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1895, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     2. James Bernard McGillin,   b. 17 Jul 1867, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     3. Peter C. McGillin,   b. 28 Jul 1869, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1933, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Janet Loretta "Lottie" McGillin,   b. 8 Dec 1871, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1891, Lancaster City, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     5. Edward McGillin,   b. 2 Jan 1874, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1896, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     6. Catherine "Kate" McGillin,   b. 11 Feb 1876, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1900, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     7. William John McGillin, Jr.,   b. 30 Jul 1878, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1899, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     8. Michael Joseph McGillin,   b. 22 Nov 1880, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1954, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     9. Thomas Robert McGillin,   b. 29 Nov 1883, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1917, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     10. Francis McGillin,   b. 15 Nov 1884, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1893, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     11. Mercedes L. McGillin,   b. 25 Nov 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1972, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     12. Joseph A. McGillin,   b. 6 Mar 1888, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1921, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Documents
    McGillin, William | McCoy, Catherine - Marriage
    McGillin, William | McCoy, Catherine - Marriage
    The top image shows the crossed out entry in the Register of Marriages for Assumption BVM Church, Philadelphia, for the marriage of William McGillin and Catherine McCoy on 5 April 1865, the date that is also given in Philadelphia City Records. The bottom image shows the marriage being shoehorned in between two entries in April 1864, so as to make…
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F625  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 May 1853 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Apr 1865 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Aug 1901 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Sep 1901 - Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    McGillin, William John (1827-1901)
    McGillin, William John (1827-1901)
    William John McGillin. Picture from 1901 article in the Philadelphia Times reporting on his death.
    Broad and Sansom - Prior to Union League Construction
    Broad and Sansom - Prior to Union League Construction
    Watercolor of South Broad Street, between Sansom and Moravian Streets, painted on September 10, 1863. This is the current location of the Union League of Philadelphia building. This picture depicts the buildings identified by Philadelphia City Directories at the time as housing the first tavern of William McGillin. Original picture in…
    Broad and Sansom - At Onset of Union League Construction
    Broad and Sansom - At Onset of Union League Construction
    Photograph of corner of South Broad Street and Sansom Street, circa 1864. This is the current location of the Union League of Philadelphia building. This photograph shows the process of demolition of buildings on the site to construct the Union League building. The buildings previously shown to the left of this one (in the watercolor from 1863)…
    McGillinsAleHouse - 1941
    McGillinsAleHouse - 1941
    McGillin's Old Ale House, circa 1941. Note that it had three stories. The top story was destroyed in a fire and the current building only now has two stories
    McGillinsAleHouse - 2014
    McGillinsAleHouse - 2014
    McGillin's Old Ale House, Philadelphia, in 2014. The top story was removed after a fire.

    Documents
    McGillin, William
    McGillin, William
    1901 Philadelphia Death Certificate for William McGillin.
    McGillin, William John
    McGillin, William John
    Obituary for William John McGillin.
    McGillin, William John; Catherine McCoy McGillin
    McGillin, William John; Catherine McCoy McGillin
    1941 Postcard for McGillin's Old Ale House with pictures of "Pa" and "Ma" McGillin. Original in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH:
      Year of birth would be 1825-1826, according to age (75 years) in 1901 Philadelphia City Death Certificate. Location of birth given as Ireland.
      Year of birth would be 1826-1827, according to age (74 years) in obituary published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, 30 August 1901, page 12.
      A William McGillin, age 20, is enumerated as a laborer with two apparent brothers, Robert McGillin, age 22, and Thomas McGillen, age 18, in the 1850 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, page 466, line 26. Location of birth given as Ireland. Enumerated in the household of Charles "McCafiden" and his wife Mary. It is noteworthy that two of William McGillin's sons of his first marriage were named William Thomas and Robert.
      Year of birth would be 1826-1827, according to age (38 years) given in Philadelphia Marriage Register for 1865, page 14, line 31, on microfilm in the Philadelphia City Archives (Cabinet 7, Drawer 1 , Reel 2). Place of birth given as Ireland.
      Year of birth would be 1828-1829, according to age (41 years) in 1870 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, page 108, line 23. Location of birth given as Ireland. Enumerated as Wm. McGillian, with wife Catherine McGillian, along with other relatives and employees.
      Year of birth would be 1829-1830, according to age (50 years) in 1880 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, page 397A, line 16. Location of birth given as Ireland. Enumerated as William "McGillen" with wife Kate, children, and 4 servants, three of whom were listed as bartenders by occupation.
      Month and year of birth given as June 1827 in 1900 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, E.D. 147, Sheet 1B, Line 59. Location of birth given as Ireland. Enumerated as "William McGillam" with spouse Catherine and children, grandchildren, and boarders and servants.

      IMMIGRATION:
      Year of immigration given as 1850 in 1900 U.S. Census.
      Two potential immigration records for 1850 exist for William McGillin.
      The more likely immigration record is for a William McGillon, age 21, a shoemaker from County Tyrone, Ireland, arriving in New York on the ship "Princeton," on 19 April 1850. This record is found in the database "Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrival Records 1846-1851," on www.ancestry.com. The record is deemed to be more likely because in a number of the early records for William McGillin in the Philadelphia City Directories for 1856, 1860, and 1861, as well as in the 1865 birth record for his daughter Mary Ann, William's occupation is given either as shoemaker or bootmaker. This immigration date also places him in the United States prior to the enumeration date for the 1850 Census sheet in which he appears.
      The less likely immigration record is for a William McGillan, arriving on 23 May 1850 in New Yok City, on the ship "Hyndeford" from Glasgow, Scotland. William McGillin's enumeration in the 1850 U.S. Census did not take place until 21 August 1850, making this record possible. The original record in on "Registers of Vessels Arriving at the Port of New York from Foreign Ports, 1789-1919." Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M237, roll 88, and is indexed in "New York, Passenger and Immigrations Lists, 1820-1850" on www.ancestry.com.
      A William McGillian filed a Declaration of Intent to become a citizen in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on 13 October 1856, according to Filby, P. William, ed. Philadelphia Naturalization Records. Detroit, MI, USA: Gale Research Co., 1982, online on www.ancestry.com.

      MARRIAGE:
      Wife named as Catherine McGillin in his and his wife's obituaries, but the 1870 census record shows children from a previous marriage. The fact of two marriages was confirmed in oral history relayed by the current owner of McGillin's Olde Ale House, Christopher Mullens, to Robert M. Simon on 31 August 2011.
      - First marriage to Ann Munn:
      Full date given as 19 May 1853 in marriage register of St. Patrick's RC Church, Philadelphia, entry 865, available on findmypast.com. Wife named (in Latin) as Annam Munn, Witnesses -- William Ramsey and Bridget Morris. Priest -- G. O'Hara.
      First marriage is also evidenced by the existence of 3 children, ages 10-14, in the 1870 U.S. Census Record for William McGillin and his wife, Catherine. They are listed in descending age sequence along with the known children of his marriage to Catherine McCoy. All are listed as being born in Pennsylvania.
      In the death record of one of the three children, John Joseph McGillen, the mother is named as Ann. This is consistent with the marriage record for William McGillin and his first wife, but the record also gives the name of the father as John. This makes the assignment of his spouse's name a little unclear--John was apparently the middle name of William McGillin, but only appears in references to his son, who was known as William John McGillin, Jr. One assumes that the undertaker did not correctly get William's name.
      - Second marriage to Catherine McCoy:
      Full date of 5 April 1865 given in Philadelphia Marriage Register for 1865, page 14, line 31, on microfilm in the Philadelphia City Archives (Cabinet 7, Drawer 1 , Reel 2). Couple described as William McGillian, Hotel keeper, resident of Philadelphia, born Ireland, age 38; and Catherine McCoy, resident of Philadelphia, age 17. Catholic ceremony performed by Rev. C.J.H. Carter, 1121 Spring Garden Street. This was the address of Assumption BVM Roman Catholic Church.
      Full date of 5 April 1865 corroborated by an entry in the Register of Marriages for Assumption BVM Church, Philadelphia, on this date for William McGillian and Catherine McCoy. The entry was subsequently struck out and a new entry interpolated into the register for 5 April 1864. It is clear, though, that the 1865 date is the correct one, as that date has a sequence number, whereas the interpolated entry for 1864 does not. Witnesses -- Peter McGillian and Margaret Moran.
      Wife named as Catherine McGillam in 1900 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, E.D. 147, Sheet 1B, Line 60. Record states that they were married for 36 years, yielding an estimated year of marriage of 1864.
      In the 1930 U.S. Census, the age at marriage for Catherine McGillin as given as 16 years. Given that her year of birth was 1848, this supports a marriage in 1864.

      ADDRESSES:
      Locust ab[ove] Broad (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1852, page 280)
      Broad n[ear] George (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1856, page 407) Note: George Street was the former name of Sansom Street to the west of Broad Street.
      Jefferson bel[ow] 15th (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1857, page 426) Note: Jefferson Street was the former name of Moravian Street, so this would be the 1400 block of Moravian.
      1419 Jefferson Street (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1858, page 429)
      Broad ab[ove] Sansom (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1859, page 451)
      1403 Moravian Street (shoemaking business); 1419 Moravian Street (home address) (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1860, page 622) Note: Moravian Street was 1 block south of Sansom Street, to the west of Broad Street. It was also known as Jefferson Street during the1850s.
      Broad n[ear] Sansom (bootmaker); 1400 Moravian (tavern) (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1861, page 623)
      Moravian Street West of Broad (1861 Death Certificate of first wife, Ann McGillin)
      Broad n[ear] Sansom (tavern); 1419 Moravian (home) (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1862, page 424) Note: These two addresses would have been just around the corner from each other.
      Broad bel[ow] Sansom west side (Entry for William McGillian in 1862 Tax Assessment List, Pennsylvania, District No. 2, September 1862 - April 1863, on www.ancestry.com)
      Broad bel[ow] Sansom (tavern); 1427 Moravian (home) (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1863, page 485) Note: These two addresses would have been just around the corner from each other.
      913 Callowhill (1865 birth record of daughter, Mary Ann McGillin; McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1866, page 463; 1867, page 655 [listed as William McGillian]; Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory 1868, page 1041)
      Juniper and Sansom Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1867 birth record of James B. McGillin; 1871 Death Certificate of son, Robert)
      113 South Juniper Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Gopsill's 1868 Philadelphia City Directory, page 1041, listed under William McGillian, hotel, with Barney McGillian and Michael McGillian listed as waiters at this address; 1870, page 997, and 1871, age 941, listed under William McGillian, liquors, with Bernard McGillian and Michael McGillian listed as waiters at this address)
      3735 Market Street, Philadelphia (liquors) -- address in Gopsill's 1870 Philadelphia City Directory, page 997; 1871 Philadelphia City Directory, page 941; and 1874 Philadelphia City Directory, page 866, in addition to the address given on South Juniper Street (and for 1874, Drury Street).
      4068 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia (liquors); residence at Sansom c[orner] S[outh] Juniper (Gospill's 1872 Philadelphia City Directory, page 888)
      4068 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia (liquors, under the name of Wilimam McGillian); residence at 1312 Drury Street, Philadelphia (under the name of William McGillan, both entries in Gopsill's 1873 Philadelphia City Directory, page 863; 1874 Philadelphia City Directory, page 866; 1876 Philadelphia City Directory, page 978)
      1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia (1875 Death Certificate of John McGillian; Gopsill's 1877 Philadelphia City Directory, page 938)
      1320 Drury Street (1878 birth record of son, William McGillin)
      1312 Drury Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory: 1879, p. 1039; 1880, p. 1090; 1881, p. 1057; 1883, p. 1031 [misprinted as 1342 Drury]; 1886, p. 1102; 1888, p. 1123; 1893, p. 1236)
      South Side Drury Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1880 U.S. Census)
      1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1886 birth record of daughter, Mercedes McGillin; Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory: 1887, p. 1088; 1890, p. 1188; 1891, p. 1189; 1894, p. 1267)
      1312 Drury Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory for 1901, page 1554)
      1310 to 1314 Ionic Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1900 U.S. Census) Note: Drury Street was sometimes referred to as Ionic Street.
      1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1901 Death Certificate, obituary)

      OCCUPATION:
      Cordwood (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory, 1852, page 280 [listed as William McGillian]; 1857, page 426 [listed as William McGillin]; 1858, page 429 [listed as William McGillin]; 1859, page 451 [listed as William McGillican])
      Shoemaker (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1856, page 407 [listed as William McGillian]; 1860, page 622; 1865 birth record of daughter Mary Ann)
      Bootmaker (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1861, page 623 [listed as William McGillan])
      Tavern (McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory: 1861, page 623 [listed as William McGillen]; 1862, page 424; 1863, page 485; 1866, page 463; 1867, page 655)
      Tavern keeper (1867 birth record of son, James B. McGillin; 1870 U.S. Census)
      Saloon (Gopsill's Philadelphia CIty Directory, 1868)
      Liquors (Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory, 1870, page 997; 1871, page 941; 1872, page 888; 1874, page 866; 1876, page 978; 1893, page 1236; 1901, page 1554)
      Hotel (1880 U.S. Census)
      Saloon keeper (1900 U.S. Census)

      BUSINESS RECORDS:
      In 1862, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service assessor in Philadelphia collected $20 from a "Wm. McGillian" for a "Retailer liquors" license. His address was given as "Broad bel[ow] Sansom west side." (Entry for William McGillian in 1862 Tax Assessment List, Pennsylvania, District No. 2, September 1862 - April 1863, in "U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918" on www.ancestry.com)
      In 1865, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service assessor in Philadelphia collected $25 in excise tax from "Wm. McGillian" who was listed as a "Retail Dealer in Liquors" at 913 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Entry for William McGillian in 1865 Tax Assessment List, Pennsylvania, District No. 3, May 1865, in "U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918" on www.ancestry.com)
      In 1866, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service assessor in Philadelphia collected $25 in excise tax from "Wm. McGillian" who was listed as a "Retail Dealer in Liquors" at 913 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Entry for William McGillian in 1866 Tax Assessment List, Pennsylvania, District No. 3, May 1866, in "U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918" on www.ancestry.com)
      In 1866, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service assessor in Philadelphia collected $25 in excise tax from "Wm. McGallan" whose occupation was listed as "Liquors" at 113 Juniper Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Entry for William McGallan in 1865 Tax Assessment List, Pennsylvania, District No. 2, in "U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918" on www.ancestry.com)

      DEATH:
      Full date given as 29 August 1901 in Philadelphia City Death Certificate No. 5554 (1901), available online in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 on www.familysearch.org. Cause of death given as apoplexy.
      Full date also given as 29 August 1901 in obituary published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, 30 August 1901, page 12.

      BURIAL:
      Full date given as 2 September 1901 in Philadelphia City Death Certificate No. 5554 (1901), available online in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 on www.familysearch.org. Buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pennsylvania.
      The above information is also given in obituary published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, 30 August 1901, page 12.

      OBITUARY: The following obituary was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, 30 August 1901, page 12.
      "McGILLIN. -- On the 29th inst., William McGillin aged 74 years. Funeral on Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock, from 1310 Drury street. Solemn requiem mass at St. John's Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery."

      POSSIBLE IRISH LINKS:
      A connection to Northern Ireland is documented by the 1930 U.S. Census entry for Michael J. McGillin, the son of William and Catherine McGillin. In the census entry, he states that both his father and mother were born in "Ulster Northern Ireland."
      A further link within County Tyrone is suggested by the birth locations for some of the McGillins who are not the children of William McGillin, but who are buried in the grave site that he owned in Cathedral Cemetery, West Philadelphia. These McGillins are the descendants of Bernard McGillin and Alice Keenan, who lived in Glenroan Townland, Plumbridge District, Upper Bodoney Parish, County Tyrone in the 1850s and who appear in Griffiths Valuation for Glenroan Townland. The family surname in Irish records is McGillian or McGillion.
      The 1825-1826 Tithe Applotment Book for Bodoney Upper Parish (transcribed by Len Swidley and available on http://www.cotyroneireland.com/tithe/bodoneyupper.html) List the following McGillian families in Glenroan Townland:
      James McGillian
      Michael McGillian
      Patrick McGillian
      Widow Bryan McGillian
      William McGillian
      Further research is needed to determine if one of these is the common ancestor of William McGillin and Bernard McGillin.

      OTHER RESEARCH DIRECTIONS:
      Peter McGillian and Margaret Moran appear as both witnesses to William and Catherine's marriage and as baptismal sponsors of their first child, suggesting a close relationship. They apparently lived with one other, as they had an illegitimate child, James McGillian, in 1868.


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