Early Floridians

Archibald Gilmore


Archibald GILMORE was born 28 Nov 1832 in Coleraine, Derry, Ulster Ireland, Europe, and died 15 Oct 1910 in Gilmore, Duval , Florida. At the age 16(about 1847) he arrived in New York City, New York. He is reported to having been a" Cabin Boy" on a ship(unknown  name).  He married JANE STUART GRAY 22 Jan 1857  at the Charles Street Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York.  Their first four children Jane, Margaret,  Letitia, and Archibald, Jr. were born in New York, New York.  His Occupation: painter at age 27.

Archibald enlisted as a Private on Aug 23, 1862 at the age of 29 in the Union Army.  He enlisted in the Co. D, 5th Infantry Regiment, New York on Aug 25, 1862. Company D which was formed by the Fifth Ward Volunteers in New York City. The unit fought in Centreville, Va., Antletam, Md. and Fredericksburg, Va. before he transferred into the 146th Infantry Regiment, New York on May 4, 1863 where the unit  fought in Gettysburg, Pa., then mostly in Virginia at Bristoe Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotslvania, Laura Hill, North Anna River, Totopotomoy Creek, Cold Harbor, Gaines' Farm, Bethesde Church, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Hatcher's Run, White Oak Ridge, Dabney's Farm and Five Forks.  He mustered out of service on Jun 3, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia.  He received a pension.

They moved to Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia after July 16,1865  where sons, John Gray (1866-1935), William Thompson (1870-1945) and Andrew Gray (1873-1930) were born (erroneously reported to have been born in Kansas).  He tried his hand as a fisherman while there and later worked as a painter again.

They later moved to what is now the Gilmore Community (now part of the Arlington--Jacksonville )area and homesteaded 160 acres in 1885 and subdivided the part south of the  old  JM&P Railroad. There were 18 lots on Jane Road which ran down the center of it.  Gilmore Heights Road ran along the west edge.  The land was platted in 1914 as Archibald Gilmores subd pb6, pg 43.

Gilmore Business Card

From 1882 until about 1908 when he retired, he owned and operated a sign painting business called "Gilmore and Son located at 52 and 52 1/2 West Forsyth Street, Jacksonville,Florida, along with his sons, Archibald and William Thompson. 

In 1893, Archibald Sr. and wife, Jane, sold a piece of property to their daughter, Margaret Gilmore Beausang for $25.00, deed witnessed by William T. Gilmore and Andrew G. Gilmore.  

Archibald, his brothers and neighbors built a one room school, which was located about where the 

 Don Brewer Elementary school is now located off Hartsfield Road.  The "Gilmore School" closed its doors in 1920 when Arlington Elementary School opened in 1921.  Margaret "Mardel" Sikes was the last school teacher at the old school to teach their children.

Archibald Gilmore died Oct. 15, 1910.

Jane Stuart GRAY, born Mar 27, 1836 in Coleraine,Derry, Ulster, Ireland,  preceded Archibald  to America before 1850 and worked in a millner's shop in New York City. After Archibald's death she moved in with her son and family for a while.  She died 08 Mar 1925 in Gilmore, Duval, Florida, at age 89.  

Both of them were buried in the Gilmore-Cameron Cemetery .  Their parents names did not appear on their death certificates.
Children of Archibald and Jane (GRAY) GILMORE   

  Jane GILMORE was born 30 Nov 1857 in New York City, New York, New York.  She died 7 Nov 1862 in New York.
    2.   Margaret GILMORE was born 07 May 1859 In New York City.   She married David Beausang on June 2, 1878. Location unknown.  They had 2 children, Nellie and Martin Gilmore Beausang.  David passed away about 1892.  In 1893 she purchased land from her parents for $25.00-witnessed by William T. Gilmore and Andrew G. Gilmore. She later married his brother, Tony (or Theodore) date and location not known.  They had 2 children. Her 3rd marriage was to an Abraham A. Davis. They had no children.  He predeceased her in 1892. She died 24 Sep 1915, location unknown.

    3.   Letitia GILMORE, b. 07 Jun 1861, New York City, New York, New York,  married Archibald Cameron in Jacksonville on Jan 22, 1881. She lived for a time in Grahamville in Marion County.  The majority of her married life was spent in Duval County.  The 1935 census shows they had  seven children, James R.,Sadie, “Willis”(William), Agnes, another son whose name is illegible, Ernestine, and Edna.  The census was hard to read.  It was said that she ate some matches and died  30 Dec 1939, Gilmore, Duval, Florida.


Archibald Cameron is listed as doing various jobs in the census: laborer, lineman, laborer on a dredge boat

    4.   Archibald GILMORE,  b. 21 Jan 1863, New York, , New York; d. 13 Feb 1942, Gilmore, Duval ,         Florida

    5.   John Gray GILMORE,  b. 27 May 1866, Savannah, Chatham, Georgia; d. 31 Aug 1935, Gilmore, Duval,     Florida.

    6.   William Thompson GILMORE, b. 26 Oct 1870, Savannah, Chatham, Georgia; d. 16 Nov 1945,                 Jacksonville, Duval, Florida.

 7. Andrew Gray GILMORE, b. 17 Nov 1873, Savannah, Chatham, Georgia; d. 22 Mar 1930,             Portsmouth, , Va.


The Gilmore United States Post Office was named in his honor by his son, William Thompson Gilmore, the first Postmaster.  It later became a R.F.D. route when the mail was shifted to the Southside Post Office for sorting and delivery.


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