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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROBERT HAMILTON GILLIN was born in Penn township, in Philadelphia, being the son of James and Matilda (Felten) Gillin. The old farmhouse in which he was born stood at what is now Twenty-ninth and Master streets, where the father conducted a market garden and dairy. He attended school in that vicinity and at the Eight Square in Gwynedd township, after the removal of the family from Philadelphia to the old Isaac Ellis farm purchased by the father in 1853. He was nine years, of age when they removed to the farm. He continued on it for some years, assisting in its management, and later, after the death of his parents, receiving a portion of his father’s estate on which he now resides. He married, August 20, 1903, Annie, daughter of Evan Thomas and Cornelia (Hinkle) Kreider, of Philadelphia. Mrs. Robert H. Gillin is a graduate of the Philadelphia Girls’ High and Normal School, of the class of 1877, and taught in the schools of Philadelphia for a number of years. The portion of the farm occupied by Robert Gillin and his wife is known as Edgewood, from the situation of the buildings on the margin of the woodland. It is located on, the watershed or ridge which divides the waters that flow on one side into the Delaware river and on the other into the Schuylkill. Mrs. Gillin taught in the graded school at Twelfth street and Fairmount avenue for several years. The house in which the couple reside is of colonial architecture. Shipments from the farm are made to commission merchants in Philadelphia. Mrs. Gillin is one of four children.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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