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GouRLEY Genealogy 

.lAMKS Cori! I.i;^' l,S(tK-lS74 

Genealogy of Samuel Gourley 
and his descendants, 


Together with accounts of the families of Albert E. Gurley, Thomas 

B. (Gourley, James Gourley, C. C. Lounsberry, .lames 

(lourley, Arthur Gourley, Thomas Gourley, Samuel B. 

Gourley, Joseph r.ourley and (ieorge 

Gourley, and account of Gourley 

Re-union. IWH. 


C. T. Hevdecker 

("opvKionT 1!»(>9 Bv C. T. Hkydkcker 
Waikegan. Illinois 

Price $1.00 


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AUG 5 1909 

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May it be realized in whatever clime, in seeing clearly our duty to 
(iod, and to avoid danger. 

This book is dedicated as a souvenir to my beloved wife, Caroline A. 
Heydecker, a daughter of the' late James Gourley. 

IIO.MK (JF C. T. IIK^ l)i;(Ki:i;, WAlKlJiAN. ILL.S. 


In the preparation of this little book, entitled "(ienealog-y of Samuel 
Gourley and Hi« Descendants," I have attempted to collect all the matter 
of general interest, tog-ether with such data as has been obtainable relating^ 
to said family, from about the year 1784 down to and inchiding the present 
time, giving the facts as were best known to the descendants, which have 
been retained in this book in the original letters written by the relatives, 
and those who knew the general facts relating to the family. 

To this has been added the names, dates of birth, marriages and 
deaths of all of the descendants, so far as has been al)le to be traced l)y 
correi^pimdence and interviews. 

The compiler desires to recognize and thank for courtesies extended 
in this research Albert E. Gourley. James Gourley, Arthur (iourley. C. C. 
Lounsberry. Thomas B. Gourley. INIartha Gourle}- Gehlman. I-"rancis A. 
Day. Samuel B. Gourle\- and Alary B. Crawford. 

In writing a work of even this small character, it required a large 
amount of ])^itience and correspondence, which is amply repaid by the 
satisfaction that all have been ready and \\-illing to lend a helping hand in 
gathering these facts. It is hi)]K"d that this little volume will be of interest 
to the family and a mode of preserving the facts and records therein set 
forth. If this is thereby accomplished, it will have answered its jjurpose. 

C. T. "Heydi-xkkr. 
Waukegan. Illinois, August 16, 1909. 

SAML'EL (.( ll•|<l,l•:^■•S I AM II, V. 

1. SaniiR'l ("lonrU'v. 1). ; d. at I'ickaway Co.. Ohio., about 

iS2();iii. . 

2. Xancy Sibbet. at lMiila(Icl])liia. I'a.: d. \X()0. a^ed 89 years, at Mt. 

X'ornoii. Iowa. 

Their chihhxMi arc : 

,^. William : ne\-er married ; died ah >nt iN-o. 

4. Sainuol Sibbct ( 10). 

3. Xaiicy Sibbet ; m. . Lawrence: no cliildrcn. 

C). John : never married ; (b't-d licfore he was j^o. 

/• Jaiiie.s (30). 

5. Josepli ( 105). 

u. Isaac: ne\"er married; dead. 
b'our children (bed in infancv. 

SAML'EL sip.r.i-rr Ci jirlia's i \milv. 

10. Samuel Sibbet Gourlew b. ( )ct. i ^. 1800: d. Dec. 22. i8;8: m. 
Ian. 14. 1823. 

I I. J-Jizabeih Ivi'binson. b. -\ul;'. 2J. 1803 : d. .^e])t. _'~. 1839. 

Their children are: 

12. Thomas 15., died in infancv. 

13. Xelson K.. b. Aui^. 31. 1827: d. Sept. 26, 1828. 

14. I lannali Taulinc (28). • 

15. Thomas lUirrell. b. May 14. 1834. 

16. Mary Klizabeth. b. Dec. kj. 1837: (b Jan. 4. 1838. 

Tliomas 11. ( iourley. nephew of James (lonrlev. late of Sprini^- 
fiekl. 111., and son of Samuel S. (loifrley. 

17. Thomas I'.. (Iourley. b. Ma\ 14. 1834: lives at I' Robles. Cal ; 

m. May 3. i85(;. 

18. .\lthea Lillian Hinckley. 

Their children are : 


ig. Clarence \\'illiam, 1). Jan. 28, i860. 

20. Alice Luella, 1). Xov. 15, 1862. 

21. Minnie Florence, b. Dec. 29, 1864. 

22. Jennie Eliza, h. Jan. 31, 1866. 

2^. Arthnr Franklin, b. Aug. 8, 1868. 

24. Charles Allen, b. Xov. 4, 1871. 

25. Addison Phelps, b. April 17, 1873. 

26. Thomas Adelbert. b. Xov. 10, 1874. 
2y. Xellie Marcia, b. April 13, 1878. 

Letter of Thomas l\. Cionrle}', Part IF 

28. Hannah P. Gourlev, a daughter of Samuel S. (lourlev; b. Se])t. 14, 

1829: d. -' . 1885; m. AFnrch i, 1848. 

29. Abram Haas : both are dead : never had an\- children : resided at 

Pekin, 111. 

(Letter of Martha J. Gehlman. Part II.) 

The family Bible, now with Mrs. Francis A. Day, Springfield. 111., 
contains the following : 

30. James Gonrley, son of Samuel Gourley and Xancy Sibbet. was 

born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., Aug. 2, 1808; d. March 26. 

31. Fucy Ann Poe, daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Poe, was born in 

Chatham C;>.. Xorth Carolina. lune 11, i8t8: d. April 20, 

XV)TE. — Thomas Poe, a brother of Lucy Ann ( Poe) Gourley, mar- 
ried Jane , who died. They had children: Elizabeth, Mar- 
garet and Lemuel. He then married Rebecca Bond, and they had Emma ; 

Olive, who 'married Roberts, a minister, at St. Paul, Minn. ; 

Frederick ; Femuel. married Lucy Ann Payne ; their children are James. 
Thomas, Lemuel and Lucy and others whose names cannot be learned. 

James Poe, also a brother of Mrs. James Gourley, married (name 
of wife cannot be obtained). Their children are: Lemuel, wdio was killed 
at battle of Shiloh, Tenn. ; Xeoma, Cornelius and others whose names 
cannot be obtained. One of the daughters married a Mr. Gill. 

Mr. James Gourley, an old citizen of this city, breathed his last on 
March 26, 1874, about 10 a. m. 

Mr. Gourley was confined to his room just three weeks with pneu- 
monia, suffering great pain during the greater part of his sickness. Mr. 
Gourley was 66 years of age; was well and favorably known in this city, 


w 1k'i\- 1k' IkuI resided tor m;in\ \cars. As a liiisino^ man, in his vcjuncfiT 
da\s, \\v was cncrm'tic. jirdnipl and reliable, lie tilled the office of con- 
stable, deputy sherilT and deputy I'nited Slates marshal, to the satisfac- 
tion of lliose having' business with him. lie was for a number of years 
the tyler of a body of Masons, of which he was a mcml)er. and in all the 
relations of life he was known as the ])ossessor of a kindly heart, ever 
ready to ser\e his friend^, and atf'ectionately attached to his larc^c family 
of children and grandchildren. He was strictly honest in his dealings 
and charitable in his judij;nient of the acts of his fellowmen. Peace to his 
ashes and sym])athy for his children in the loss of a father that was always 
near in atHiction and ver\- indulijent. — S pi iir^ticld Monitor. 

31a. James ("iourle\, ->on of .Sanniel ( lourley : 1). Au-^'. 2. 1808. at West- 
moreland Co.. i'enn. ; d. March 26, 1874. and l)uried at Sprinf^- 
field. 111.: m. l-'eb. 27. 1837. 

31b. Lucy Ann I'oe. of Chatham l"o.. .\orth Carolina; b. June ii. 1818: 
d. April 20, 1863. and buried at .'-^prino-field. ill. 

LhiUlren : 

31C. Martha Jane 141). 

;^2. William llenr\ Harrison (50). 

7,7,. L'harles Sibbct {56). 

34. 1-rancis .\nn ( 62 ). 

T^^. Albert l-'ranklin (7O). 

3^). Mary Louise (85 ). 

i,y. Caroline Alice (87). 

^S. James Thomas (93). 

39. Ada Emma Dora (100). 

40. Ahiyble Clark ( 107 ). 

41. Martha Jane Gourley. daughter of James (lOurley; b. Xov. 29. 

1837: resides at Si)rini;held. 111. : m. Sejtt. 24. 1866. 

42. l-'rnest 1". ( iehlman. b. .\])ril 28. 1827: <l. May 25. i8<j8; burierl at 

Sprintrficld. 111. 

Children : 

43. hrederick. b. Jan. 15. i8()8. at S])iinofield. 111. 

44. Alice \'.. (48 ). 

45. I'rancis Taylor, b. C)ct. K). 1871. at Springfield. 111. 

46. Ernest tiourley. b. Oct. 31. 1874. at S]irin.q;held. 111. 

47. Louis Walker (49). 


48. Alice E. Gelilmaii. daughter of ^lartha J. Gourlev; b. Xov. 29, 

1869; m. Oct. 26. 1904. 

48a. Eugene E. Bone, b. Jan. 12, 1867. Resides at Springfield, 111. 

Children : 
48b. Robert Gehlnian. b. June 2. 1906. 
48c. Francis Eugenia, jj. May 21, 1908. 

Note. — Eugene E. Bone was Cirand Chancellor Commander of the 
r)r(Ier of Knights of Pythias of the State of Illinois for the vear 1908-1909. 

49. Louis Walker (ieblman. son of ^iartha J. C.uurlev: b. IMarch 28, 

1877; m. June 11. 1902. 

49a. Lillian E. Wood, b. March (j, 1881. Resides at Springfield, 111. 

Children : 
4yb. Louis \\'ood, b. !\Iarch 7. Itp4. 
49c. ]\Iargarite Lucile. b. Sept. 3, i(p5. 
49d. Leonard ^\'ood, b. Aug. 28, 1907. 

50. AA'illiam Henry Llarrison dourley. son of James Ciourley ; b. March 

2t. 1840: deput\- naval officer. Xew York Citv : m. Sept. 3, 

51. Ella Sutherland, 1). Dec. 28, 1841, a daughter of Judge James 

Sutherland, Jr.. of Xew York Citv. 

Child : 

52. Blanche (53). 

53. Blanche Gourley, daughter of \\'illiam Henry Harrison Gourley ; 

b. June 16, 1868; resides at Detroit. ^Nlich. ; m. , 1891. 

54. John F. Richartz. 
Child : 

55. Ruth Dorothy, b. April 18. 1892: d. . 

Divorced; second marriage ( 190 ). 

55a. Eranklin Trapp. 

Says the August 19 issue of the Republican Xc-^'s, a journal ])ub- 
lished in X'^ew York City : 

"There is no officer connected with the customs service who has a 
better knowledge of the laws and requirements of that service than Harri- 
son \V. Gtjurley. special deputy naval officer. He is one of the authori- 
ties on the complex ciuestions constantly arising. ]\Ir. Gourley has passed 
through nearly every grade of naval office work, thus eminently fitting 
him for the responsible position he now occupies. 


"Mr. ( idurlc}' \\a> Ixn'ii in Spiiut^ficld, III., and >tU(lic(l law there. 
Ik' \\a> originally appointed to the naval ottiee a> a ])ers<inal appointment 
of .Xhrahani Linet^ln in iSoi, and is now a special (Icpiity naval officer. 
.\ conrleons. kindl\- i^enllenian in personal and Iju^ine^-^ hfe. hut strictlv 
])usiness where husiness is involved." 

5(). Charles Sihhet ( iourley. son of James (rtjurley; h. Dec. 3. 1842; 
d. Aui^-. 22. 1884: huried at Junction, (^rec^on : m. . 

^j. .Mary Stewart, h. ; d. Au.c;-. (). 1883: huried at Portland, 

( )remdn. 

Children : 

58. .\da. 

51). .Minnii,- .M . 

(yD. GeorjT^e. 

fil. James. 

Xo trace can he ohtained of thi> Iiranch of the familv. 

ri2. I'rancis .\nn Cioiu'iey, daug^hter of James Gourley : h. Vch. 14, 
1844: resides at Springfield, 111.: m. March 1. 18^)4. 

<)3. .\athan ( iillman. 

Children : 
(^. Charles I larrison (67). 
()5. .\lhert l-'ranklin (71). 

Divorced: second marrias^e Jan. 7. 18(^7. 
/"(». lh)ratio A. Day, h. Nov. 25. 18 — : resides at Sprini.;:-field, 111. 

\o children. 

()j. I'harles Harrison (iillman, .son of Francis Ann Gourley : h. ( )ct. 23, 
1864: d. April 6. 1903; huried at hreelove. Pa.: m. .Ma\ 2^. 

68. .\l\rtk' .\. I'.raden, 1). : resides at ParkershurL;. W. \'a. 

Children : 

6i). ^\'illiam (iourley. h. Sept. 2=,. i8yy. 

70. Mary l"rancis, h. March 18, 1901. 

71. Alhert I'ranklin Ciillman. son of Francis A. (Iourley: h. Xov. 13. 

1867: m. . 

72. Crlia J. Cantrall, h. Dec. 18, 1871. 
Children : 

73. I iarry A. ( 75a ). 


74- Maybel L. (750). 

75. Blanche C, b. July 2, 1892. 

75a. Harry A. Gillnian. daughter of Albert Franklin ( lillman ; 1). Jime 
18. 1887; m. , 1908. 

75b. . 

75c. Mayble L. Gillman, daughter of Albert P^ranklin Gillman ; b. April 
25. 1890: m. ^ — . 

75^1. • 

76. Albert Franklin Gourle_\', son of janies Gourley ; b. Oct. 29. 1840 ; 
resides at Springfield. 111. ; m. May 31, 187 1. 

yj. Jcnnett Craig, b. July ii, 1848. 

Children : 

78. Roy J. (81 ). 

79. \ incent C, b. Sept. 16. 1884. 

80. Louis Hill, b. Oct. 17, 1889. 

81. Roy J. (iourley, son of Albert b^ranklin Gourley; b. Feb. 6, 1874; 

resides at Springfield. 111.; m. June 10, 1896. 

82. Mary Ethel Beroley, b. Dec. 21, 1876. 
Children : 

83. Ethel Fern. b. Dec. 17, 1897. 

84. Roy Clifford, b. Feb. 17, 1902. 

85. Mary Louisa Gourley, daughter of James Gourley: b. Fell. [4, 

1849; <^b Sept. 17, 1875 ; buried at Barry. 111. ; m. June 12. 1873. 

86. E. J. Hurt. b. ; resides at Barry. III. 

Child : 

Baby, died when a few days old. 

87. Caroline Alice Gourley. daughter of James Gourley; b. Jan. 2^. 

1851 ; resides at Waukegan. 111.; m. April 18. 1875. 

88. Christian Townsend Heydccker. b. Sept. 4. 1846; resides at AVau- 

kegan. 111. 
Children : 

89. Coral T., b. Feb. 21, 1880. 

90. Nina Louisa, b. Dec. 12. 1883; *-^- 0<-'t. 2^, 1884. 

91. Bessie Irene, b. March 16. 1886. 

92. Alice Emma. b. June 2. 1888. 


C T. llc\<k'ck(.'r i> a dcsccndanl of 1 l(.'iir\ rowiiM-nd. of the Town- 
send brothers, who were driven from Hoston. Mass., as Quakers, and. 
with others, made the settlement at Oyster Hay. Long^ Island. X. Y., and 
we here produce the family coat of arms of the Townsend anrl Hevdecker 
ancestors : 

C. T. lleydeeker was state's attorney for his county, being elected 
three times, and held many positions of honor in the fraternal societies 
of which he is a nKinl)er. 

93. James Thomas Gourley. son of James (lourley: b. Jan. iS. 1S33 

resides at Springfield. 111.; m. Dec. 5. 1878. 

94. Anna M. Rubly : b. March 18. 1858. 

Children : 
95. Harrison C. b. June 8, 1879; d. Aug. 22, 1879. 
Louise (99a). 

Georoe Wood. b. Sept. 2^^, 1883. 
James Thrjiiias. b. Jan. 2t^. 1891. 
Samuel Rubl}', 1). June 25. 1898. 




99a. Louise Gourley, daughter of James T. Gourley : b. Sept. 26, 1881 ; 
m. Sept. 2. 1903. 

99b. Alillard Lobdell. b. July 9. 1879: resides at Springfield, 111. 

Children : 

99c. Anna Louise, b. Aug. 25. 1^05. 

99d. Charles Jerome, b. Jan. 2J, 1908. 

100. Ada Emma Dora Gourley, daughter of James Gourley; b. Feb. 2"/, 
1855; resides at A\'aukegan. 111.: m. Dec. 24. 1874. 

]Oi. George S. Gehiman. b. April 21. 1853: d. Feb. i, 1905: buried at 
Waukegan, 111. 

L hiblren : 

102. L\nn Severs, b. Sept. 14, 1875; d. ( )ct. 6. 1876. 

103. Albert James (105). 

J04. (ieorgianna. b. Se])t. 18. i'^79. at Denver. Colo. 

105. All)ert James Gehiman, son of Ada Emma Dora Gourley; b. Dec. 

0, 1876; resides at Chicago. 111.; m. July 6, 1908. 

106. Anna Ring. b. Xov. 6. 1881. 

107. Ma}ble Clark Gourley. daughter of James Gourley; b. Xov. 28, 

1857; d. March 5. 1887; buried at Springfield. Ilk; m. X"ov. 
30. 1880. 

108. Wilbur \A". Jilson, b. . 

Children ; , 

109. Louis A'., b. Jan. 4. 1882. 
no. Ella A'iola ('in). 

111. Ella A'. Jilson. daugnter of Mayble Clark Gourley; l\ Dec. 26, 

1883; m. June 28, 1905. 

112. Roy J. Mason, b. June 22,. 1878; resides in Chicago. 111. 
Child : 

:ii3. Kenneth Wilbur, b. July i. 1906. 



I'AKl' II. 

'I'lio tollowiii^ letters contain much of the family liist(jry obtainable. 
relatin>^- to the branches of the ( iourle}' family in the I'nited States: 

Allicrt E. Giirlcy. of W'illiniaiUic. Conn., has rccrntly puhlislicd "'\'hv History 
and Genealogy of the GnrJLy l-"aniily." from wliich we extract the following as 
being of interest to this hraneli of tlie family : 

"The Gurley motto is "Profunda Cernit' — May it lie realized in whatever clime, 
in seeing clearly our duty to God, and to avoid danger. 

"Part l-'irst contains a very interesting account of our lirst ance.stor of which 
tile author of this histo-y has been aide to fmd any record of. He is Ingelrani de 
(iurley. who accompanied William the Lion from .\\)rmandy, France, to Scotland 
in the year 1174. and for his sage counsels and good advice King William gave him 
a tract of land in Kincraig, in Fifeshire. which, J l)elieve, is possessed by the name 
to tliis day." 

XoTK. — Webster's International Dictionary. 1902. page 2077, says, under dale 
oi 1174, "William the Lion, King of Scotland, is taken prisoner by jhe I-".nglis!i : 
lie acknowledged the suzerainty of Henry 11." — C. T. IL 

In sjieaking of their religious con\ictions. he s;i3-> : 

"1 tind one who defied (in Scotland) the power of the Pope of Rome — that 
he had any power over the soul — but for this and the pamphlets he had secretly 
printed and circulated he had to flee Scotland, and went to Fngland, but the king 
being a Catholic, he .soon had to leave Fngland, and went to Canada, where he 
remained for three years, and then returned to Fngland. where he thrashed a man 
one da}' in Parliament for his aliusive language to him : and for this thrashing he 
gave this member of Parliament he was put in prison. I'.ut, nevertheless, he always 
denied the power of the Pope of Rome to save or condemn the soul of man. This is 
the only account of any Gurley that I find that was ever arrested on the other side 
of the Atlantic ocean, and only one in the L'nited States, and that an old soldier 
who was arrested for imbibing too much whisky and placed in the lockup over 
night and biied the next morning. 

"1 fmd that no Gurley in the L'nited States at the present time that is either 
engaged in the manufacture or the sale of any intoxicating drink of any kind, and 
but very few that use it in any form. 

"And for one, I am jiroud of tlie name of Gurley, and i)elieve all shotild be. 
T have made special inquiry in relation to temperance, character and religious quali- 
fication-; relative to our name, and the same applies to the name Gourley and 

In a letter to ^Ir. C. C. Lounsberry, Marshalltown, Iowa, he says : T have 
copied oflf a few extracts which may be interesting to you. and I Iiave a few- 
more of a similar ciiaracter. Just how far you design to carry your work I do 
not at> yet fully understand. If you simply wish to trace back the line of Goureys 
to which your mother is connected, or a general work for printing. However, that 
may be, you have started right for either — to get all the information you can and 
then look across the water for the balance. 

It looks to me now from what you state to me in your letters, that if you 
design to carry your undertaking to a complete success that after you had obtained 
all the information you could on this side that some one would h.ive to cross to 
tilt other side and search the records there. The records in Fdinburgh, Scotland, 
are kept in the best of style and presume they are about the same in Ireland. 

After the Gourlays fir>t settled in Kincrai,g. I'ifeshire. there was one who 
crossed over and settled in the north part of Ireland, and afterwards I learn others 
went to Ireland, but the larger part of the Gourlay people remained in Scotland 
where there are quite a number of them at the present time. .\ few went to 
Fngland. .\lso there is a branch wiiich came to this country about 1675 and settled 
South, and if you look in the P. O. directory, you will find several P. O. by the 


name of Gurlay. Gurley, Madison Co., Alabama ; Gurley, Marion Co., Ohio ; Gurley. 
Horry Co., S. C. : Gurley, Falls Co., Texas ; Gurley's Creek, Jefferson Co., Ala., and' 
Gurleyville. Tolland Co., Conn, (my native town). I have spent some six years 
of my life in traveling in the U. S. and been on the borders of Canada, and been 
in Alexico twice, lived twice in your state. 

If you should conclude to want to have the records of Scotland or Ireland 
looked up in relation to the Gourlay history 'with the intention of getting out a 
book gives the history of those living in Scotland and Ireland so as to connect 
with those on this side I would be pleased to know about it. I am carrving on 
the work I am now engaged in wholly at my own expense, but to visit Scotland and 
Ireland to search the records there I should want my expenses paid mostlv by 
others. If you should desire anything of this kind you perhaps might get others 
to assist in paying for looking up these records, but I leave the master with you. 

Extract from Burke's History of the Commoners. In notice of the family of 
Spens of Lathallan. Xathaniel Spens of Lathallan was restored heir to his father 
in 1662. He married a daughter of Sir Thomas Gourlay of Kincraig and had a 
son and successor Thomas Spens of Lathallan who married his cousin Margaret 
Gourlay, grandchild of Sir Thomas Gourlay of Kincraig, and had two sons. 

"Profunda Cernit" is the Gurley motto. "May it be realized in whatever clime, 
in seeing clearly our duty to God and to avoid danger." 

Extract from Burke's history of the Commoners, Vol. 4. In notice of the 
family of Taylor of Pennington. Col. Philip Van Cortlandt who died May 1st, 
1814 had a numerous family. His daughter Catharine Van Cortlandt, twin with 
Mrs. Taylor, married Dr. \\'illiam Gourlay. of Kincraig, Scotland, and of Maderia, 
and had issue. 

John died without issue. 

Jane married John Austine, Col. in the British army and Brigadier-General in 
the Portuguese army during the Peninsular war under the Duke of Wellington. 
They had issue, John, Eliza, Susan, Anna. Maria. 

Other children of Dr. William Gourlay, of Kincraig, Scotland, were : Eliza ; 
Catharine, married 1st Capt. R. Douglas, R. N., by wliom she had no issuer 

Col. Philip Van Cortlandt, of America, married Catharine, daughter of Dr. Wil- 
liam Gourlay, of Kincraig. Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1787. 

Sir William Bickerton, of Suffness, died in the time of King David Bruce, and 
left behind him three daughters : John Gourlay married one of them, and got wMth 
her the lands of Kincraig in Fife. (New Register.) 

Extract from collections concerning the Scottish History of Sir James Dal- 
rymple. Baronet, ■ Edinburg. 1705. Preface pages 78 and 79. Speaking of the 
Register of New Bottle. In the year 1293 I see Sir Andrew Frazer, designed 
Vicomes de Stirviling. a witness in a character by William Gourlay to this Abbacy, 
joined with Patrick de Graham. John de Callentra and William de Stirviling, 


El Paso de Rables, Cal.. December 16, 1896. 

C. C. LouxsBERRV, Marshalltown, Iowa. 

Dear Sir : Your favor of November 8th is received. I will cheerfully give you 
all the information I can in regard to the Gourley family, but am sorry to say it will 
be limited, and reaches back to Grandfather Gourley only and was received chiefly 
from Grandma Gourley. My grandparents on my father's side came from Ire- 
land, about the year 1784, grandma came from near Belfast, but if I ever 
knew what part of Ireland grandfather came from I have forgotten, neither do I 
know if they were acquainted in Ireland. The voyage was made in a sail vessel 
and took six weeks, during w-hich time they became engaged and were married in 
Philadelphia, at which place they landed. Grandfather's name was Samuel. Grand- 
mother's, Nancy Sibbet. They settled for a number of years in Pennsylvania but 
removed to Ohio — Pickaway Co. — where he died about the year 1820. He was a 
shoemaker by trade which he followed for a livelihood. They had eleven chil- 
dren, ten sons and one daughter. Of these I can remember but seven — William 
(Samuel Sibbet. my father), Nancy Sibbet, John, James, Joseph and Isaac. Of 
these Samuel, Nancy, James and Joseph were married. Samuel married Elizabeth 
Robinson, in Ohio. They had five children, three girls and two boys. 


'I'Ik' two clck'st ;nul tlic youiijijcst died young. My sister died ;it Pekiii. 111., 
some years ago, was married to Abram Haas, but left no cliihlron. 'iiiis leaves 
me alone of my father's family. My parents moved to Wapello, Louis Co., Iowa, 
in 1837. He built the lirst house in that town, lie and mother and my youngest 
sister tlied at that place in 1839. Xancy Lorance left no children. James (^I^s. 
Gehlman's father), left a large family of which she can better inform you than I. 
Joseph left four daughters and two sons who live in ditTereiit i)arts of this state. 
Three of the girls are married. 

William, John and Isaac, also Grandma, died on the homestead in Singen 
Grove, Liim Co.. Iowa. Lk'rtram, Grandma, died in 1860, the sons several years 
previously. I came to this state in 1859. Uncle Joe and Aunt Xancy came to 
California in 1864 and died some twelve years ago. I was married in Marion, 
Linn Co.. Iowa, in 1859, to Miss Altea L. Hinkley and started to this state in a 
few days and have since resided here. We have live sons and four daughters, all 
grown. One son and two daughters married, all living in this state. Have heard 
of G<nirleys in two ditYerent localities in this state but have not seen any of them. 

With regards, I am. Yours truly. 

T. P>. (ioikl IN'. 

2926 Lorena St.. Bkrkelkv. C.\l.. Oct. 2. 1904. 

Mk. C. T. Heydeckkk. Waukegan, 111. 
Dear Sir: 

Several months since you wrote me for information of Uncle Joseph Gourley's 
family. I was not at that time possessed of the desired information and did not 
succeed in obtaining it by writing. 

Later I paid a visit to Guerenvilie, Sonoma Co.. Cal.. and send you the family 
history as 1 was able to collect it. 

Joseph Gourley was born in Pennsylvania, August 12th, 1812. Mary Jane 
Galbraith, his wife, born in Ohio, Sept. 10th, 1828. They were married in Illi- 
nois. May 3rd. 1840? Moved to Linn Co.. Iowa, soon after. Came to California 
overland in 1864 and settled near Guerenvilie. Joseph Gourley died at same place, 
.\ugust 31st, 1873. Mary Jane, his wife, died at same place, January 9th, 1880. 
Their family consisted of five daughters and two sons, all at present living in this 
state, excepting the eldest. Alice, who died in Iowa, October 10th. 1846. 


.Mice was born .\pril 3r(I, 1842: Lida Ann Gourley was born .Vugust loth. 
1844: Sarah Alice was born March 6tli, 1847: Samuel Sibbet wa- born March 
6th, 1849: Ina Jane was born January 13th, 1855; Thomas Burrell was born January 
23rd. 1858: Minnie Ida was born January 20th. 1861. Tliey were all born in Linn 
Co.. Iowa. 

Lida Ann Gourley and Oliver Wcscott were married near Guerneville. May 
2n(l. 1866. They had four sons and one daughter. Two sons. George and Frederick 
are dead. Two, Frank and I'enjaminc are living and unmarried. jhe daughter, 
Mary, married James ISanks and has three sons and two daughters, all living. 

Sarah Alice Gourley and Charles B. Foster were married May 1st, 1857. Foster 
was drowned February 8th, 1878. They had three sons and two daughters. Two 
sons are dead, both daughters living and married. 

Sarah Foster married a few years after Foster's death to .\braham Slerritt. 
in San Joaquin Co.. Cal. Live at present near Reedley. Fresno Co., Cal. They 
had three sons and two daughters. One son and one daughter are dead. Cannot 
give names of children, nor dates of births or deatlis. 

Miimie Ida Gourley and I'redrick FJIison were married near Ciuerneville, .Au- 
gust 17lh. 18S1. Fllison died in sanitarium at San l-"ranci>co. March I2tli, 1899. 
Seven daughters were born to then\ including one pair of twins. Born in follow- 
ing order: (ieorgie, Bessie, Grace twin, Lida. Ina and Gcraldine. The eldest 
daughter married a Mr. Dillon. Xovember 14th. 1901. Died . Vugust 31st. 1903. at 
Cazadero, Sonoma Co., Cal. 


Am sorry I could not send tlio informaticm sooner and fear it will be too 
late to be of service to you. Have had poor health for several years, if anything 
additional is needed will be pleased to do all I can to supply it. 

Hoping this will hnd you and yours in good health and prosperity 1 am, with 
regards, Yours very truly, 

T. B. GoL'RLEY. 


105 Walnut St., Si'ki.vckield, III.. Oct. 31. 1895. 
~S[r. C. C. LorxsiiF.RRV, 

]My Dear Friend : Yours of October 12th was brought to me by one of my 
brothers, thinking- as T was the eldest of our family 1 would know more about 
what you wish than either of them. I was the eldest of ten children. 1 recall very 
little but have often thought since my father died I wish I had had him write 
down for us his early life. I know he was one of the younger sons of his parents 
and know they had ten sons and one daughter. Xancy, the eldest. ^Nly father's 
parents lived in Westmoreland County, Pa., emigrated to Ohio, near Circleville, and 
entered land there — my grandfather did. Samuel married there. The family then 
moved to Linn Co., Iowa, near Mt. Vernon. 

The son Samuel moved to Peoria, 111. My father came to this state with a 
brother-in-law of his brother, Samuel, and stayed on a farm with them for a good 
while near Decatur. He had previously learned the shoemaker's trade from his 
brother Samuel. He walked from Decatur here, put up at the largest hotel then 
here and obtained work, made friends and always lived here, and to the time of his 
death used to say he had as boy and man been in many places but always said Spring- 
field was the place for him. Mr. Lincoln was our next neighlior for many years. Then 
he was elected. ?*Iy father congratulated him. He said, "Jim you have not asked me 
for anything but I cannot forget the many kindnesses ni}- family have had at your 
family's hands. What would you like?" He replied, "nothing for me but if you 
would give Harrison (my eldest brother) a lift, I'd be glad." Soon after he left, 
my brother was sent for from the Marine ofifice in Xew York to report for duty. 
He entered there and has been promoted from place to place until now for about 
twenty years he has been chief clerk. ( Now Deputy Xaval Officer in Xew York- 
City. ) The next brother, Charles Sibbet Gourley, learned the jeweler's trade and 
went to Portland, Oregon, married a AlTss Mary Stewart. They both are dead. 
Left two girls and two boys. The next girl Frances. \\ as married to X'athan Gill- 
man, is a widow with two boys. The next was Louise who married Elisha Hurt. 
She died in Barry, 111. Albert F. Gourley and James, jewelers, both married in 
Springfield. Albert has three boys. James three boys and one girl. Caroline mar- 
ried C. T. Heydecker, of Waukegan, 111., has three children — one boy and two girls. 
Mabel married W. Jilson. is dead, left two children, boy Louis, dau.ghter Ella. T 
have five children, four boys and one girl. * * * I do not think my father ever 
saw his grandparents. From the family Bible T find this — James Gourley, son of 
Samuel and X^ancy Sibbet Gourley. born Aug. 2n(l, 1808, in Westmoreland Co., 
Pa. So you see his father's name was Samuel and his mother's name Xancy, Sibbet 
being her maiden name. Dtn"ing the war a cousin of my father who was called to 
the bedside of a son who was sick at Camp Butler visited us. He and my father 
talked of their families. He had prepared a tree of the jNIcCann's his father's 
family and was then looking up his mother's fannly. Sibbett said he would send 
my father a copy when done. He did so but we only kept it a few daj'^s and my 
father instead as I wished him to do. make a copy, could not w'ait he was so 
anxious his mother, sister and L'ncle William and his brother Samuel's son who 
lived there should see it and send it back. They -^aid the}' never got it — and that 1 
suppose was lost. I wrote to Cousin McCann .-ind instead of sending me another 
copy of the Sibbett family he sent that of the McCann, which only touches the 
Gourleys wdiere his father married mv grandmother's sister. The Uncle Samuel 
I spoke of moved from Peoria to Wisconsin. He and his wife died soon after 
each other and my father at the request of his brother expected to take charge of 
the son Thomas, and the wife's sister wanted the girl Hannah. Father went in a 
wagon from Springfield to Wisconsin, came home by Linn Co., Iowa, to see his 
mother, sister and brothers. Grandmother and Aimt Xancv would not hear of 

l'.itlKr'> l>rin^in;^ liiiii ;iu;iy from tliiiii llu- si.sli-r llannali came tn u^ lUr a visit, 
llien wi-iit Im Ikt aunt. Mrs. Samuel Allm in Pekin. Iliomas scvt-ral times visiteil 
lier and u>. llannali married Mr. .\l)ram llaas. died --everal years ago, had always 
lived in PeUin. She \isited i;randmother and Auni .\ancy in Linn Co., Iowa, and 
talked ahont the f.imily and knew nu)re than 1. .She often said .\nnt .\ancy said 
all of the Ciouileys e.ime from the same "stock," and tiiouj4h none had made much 
noise in the world, all were respectahle and had as clean a record as any family 
liviiifi. Thomas who tirew U]) witli L'ncle William. (Irandmother and .Aunt Xanc\ , 
I feel sure can tell >ou a ,i>(>od deal tliat 1 periiap-- ne\xr knew, and he is such a 
ready writer, and will make any statement hv h;is lo tell so jdain. * * * (irand- 
mother dii'd at the age of S9 ahout the year 1S57, and Thomas married and went 
to California, in ;i sliori lime Uncle William died and .\unt Nancy went with my 
Uncle Joseph's family to where Thomas was living. I think. Just after her 
mother's (K-atii she married a man l)y the name of Larence. I am under the im- 
pression he did not li\e long, * * Uncle Joe and wife died many years ago. 
Their daughter li\ed with .\unt .N'ancy. 1 never saw Aunt nor rirandmother. There 
I have written .dl tJiis and not told you that I have heard our grandparents were 
horn in Scotl.'ind of Irish parents and came to Pa. from Ireland. '■' * * M\ 
cousin. Il.'innah's hushand. used to call her Irish. She would remark. "I am Scotch- 
Irish protestant. and 1 gIor\ in that I am." She was very hright and could always 
hold her own, -a fluent talker and very earnest in her convictions, no half way 
ahout her. I can hear lier say, "I ani what 1 am — no halfway for a Gourley." 
Thomas, her hrother, is a good talker and writer. 1 hope he will rememher enough 
he has heard of grandmother. .\unt Xancy and Uncle William talk to have some- 
thing to tell you. The hrother. Harrison W. (iourley. in .\'ew York, married into 
one of the families in the state — the Sutherlands. Sister Ella tells II. he has no 
great grandfather. Me always says he nieans to found his own family. 
1 am witli much interest. Yours sincereh'. 

Marth.v Gourlky (ii hi m.vx. 


Maksh.m.i.towx, 1ow.\. Xov. 9tli. 1895. 
Mrs. M.vrtha (iorui.r.v (iKiii.M.w, 
Springheld. HI. 

My Dear Friend: \ was greatly pleased to get your kind letter of Oct. 31st. and 
I thank you most cordially for same. 

My great grandfather was Samuel (iourley. It is handed down that he was 
horn at "Mull of Glass. Scotland." hut afterwards moved to Banhridge. County 
Down. Ireland, and there married my great grandnujther whose maiden n.ame was 
Margaret Dunn. They had seven children, to-wit. Thomas. Ann, Mary. IClizaheth, 
John. Samuel and William, started for .\merica. which cost in those days lift}' 
guineas each, that is $250 each, hut a plague of scurvy and smallpox hroke out 
on the closely crowded ship and five out of the nine hundred on the ship hoard 
died an<l w ere huried at ocean antl among them great grandfather's two sons. Samuel 
and William. They were eleven weeks crossing the ocean. Those left, settled 
near Zanesvillc. Ohio. My grandfather James Gourley was born after they came 
to this country. They came in 1801. Thomas Gourley married three times and 
had a large family of children hut most of them are now dead. Most of those 
living ;ire now in Ohio. .\nn married a Mr. Walker. h^lizal)eth married a Mr. 
Xixon. Mary married a James Gihson. and there are a munbcr of their children 
.It Mt. \'crnon. our state, among them John Gihson. John had hut one son and 
we have not heard from him for many years, (jrandfaiher had the folh^wing 
children. Sarah .\gnes (mother). .\nna Rehecka. James !\rtemus, Thomas Wood- 
rufT, Edwin Rufus, and Samuel Birch Gourley. .Aunt .Anna and "Wood" live 
in Denver. Colo. Uncle Jim is now living at ShenaiuU)ah. Iowa, and the others at 
Denver. I shall write to your cousin Thomas (j. to see if he can go farther hack. \, loWA. I-'eh. 9th. 1896. 
Mrs. M.xrtha Gf.hi. max, 

1 rpiote the following from the letter of James (jourley. Detroit Mich.: "While 
1 don't know much aliont our immediate aiK-est'>r>;, 1 know that the pro.genitor of 

the Gourley family in Scotland came from Normandy in the year 1174 along with- 
William the Lion, King of Scotland (who was brother to ]\[alcolm the 4th, and 
grandson of David the 1st), with other Norman barons. William ascended the 
thrown in 1165, and reigned nntil 1214. Previous to 1174, while engaged in war 
with England he went there under a flag of truce and was treacherously captured 
and sent to Normandy a prisoner and had to remain there two or three years until 
released, as I said in 1174 when he returned to Scotland with a number of barons, 
among the number Ingleram de Gourley, the progenitors of the Gourleys of Great 
Britain. As the family increased they spread over the shires of Scotland, and 
Ireland, and later from there to America." 

My mother does not resemble the Gourle^-s as much as she does hep mother's 
family, the Mayhews. I was going to send you one of grandfather's photographs 
but have not succeeded in getting one yet. Grandfather had blue eyes, and "bay'' 
hair as he used to call it — that is, a light Ijrown, but my mother says that quite a 
number of his brothers had very black curly hair, and blue eyes such as you 
speak of, and one of mother's brothers, Samuel Birch Gourley has the same com- 
bination, except his hair is not curly. I will send you a cut of him in a few days. 
Grandfather Gourley was about five feet ten tall, and wlien 1 lirst knew him very 
fleshy and muscular. 

Marshalltowx. Iowa, April 5th, 1896. 

My Dear Mrs. Gehlman ; Your kind letter of March 25th was duly received and 
contents carefully noted, and I thank you for same. In the same mail with your 
letter came a letter from Albert E. Gurley of Willimantic, Conn., who is about 
to publish a genealogy of the Gurlej' family. Following is a cop}- of his letter: 

Willimantic. Conn., March 23rd, 1896. 


Marshalltown, Iowa. 

Yours of March 3rd, 1896. is before me, and contents noted and placed your 
name on list of- subscribers. My work will get into print some time between Nov. 
1st, 1896 and Jan. 1st, 1897. I connnence my final summing up about July 1st, next 
and am in hopes to get my work ready for print by Oct. 1st. if ])Ossible. 

My work will give the history of the Gourleys which in 1066 was Thomas de 
Gourlay, but is now spelt Gourley, Gourlay, Gurley, and Girly. This last Girly 
does not appear in this country. Your mother's first ancestor (the same as my 
ancestor), was Thomas de Gourlay. He accompanied William the Conqueror when 
he went from Normandy, France into England, and afterwards one settled in 
Ireland, and today we are represented in England. Scotland, Ireland and America 
as my history and records will describe more fully when 1 get them into print. 

I enclose a sample of my family record and photograph, as it will appear in the 
book when printed. The photograph adds much to make a family record com- 
plete. Sincerely. 

A. E. Gourley. 

You speak about the names of your father's family and your own. You gave 
me the names of your father's fa'mily but not of your own. 1 have written to Mr. 
A. E. Gourley ofTering to aid him all I can and I have sent him copies of your 
first letter and that of \()ur cousin, Thomas Gourley, and copies of some other 
letters. I think it would be well for you to get together as much as posisble a full 
family record of your line, including dates of births, marriage and death as to 
all of your line as much as you can and let me know if I can be of any aid by 
corresponding with memljers of your family living at a distance, for these dates. 

We certainly think all the (jourleys are related and it would seem that they 
need not go back more than seven or eight hundred years at furtherest for any 
one family to find a conmion ancestor with all the others. I thank you for enclos- 
ing card of Jn.o. R. Gourley, of Terre Haute, Ind., and have taken the address and 
shall write him and herewith return you the card, as your brother may wish to 
keep it, or you may. I beg to thank you most sincerely for your very kind invita- 


tion to conic and 'sec you, and may M)nic da_v take advantage of it. l)Ut n'ly regular 
employment keeps me here all tlie lime and 1 rlon't seem to l)e aljle to get away 
from town. Mother desires me to say >he read your letter and sends her regards. 

Sincerrly yours, 


j.\s. (;()n^;l.\^ . a. i. (.otklan'. 

SHIRT M \K1-:R.S A\1) I M I'()K'|-i;rs ()|- .MI:.\-S I'URXlSlllXL, (jUUUS. 

99 \\'oodward Avenue. 

DiiTRoiT, -Mil II.. Xdv. l.^tli. 1S95. 
Mr. C. C. Lor.NsuKUKV^ 

Dear Sir: Yours of tlie 12lh October was received and 1 am sorry to say tliat 
I am situated mucli in the same way as yourself with respect to my forefathers. 
My mother was fallier's second wife. He died when 1 was only ten years old, 
so that I never knew much about his relatives. ]\Iy father's name was Robert. 
His first wife's name was Cameron. Tliere was three children by the first wife, 
William (famous Scotch comedian), Tliomas, and Sarah. Thomas died in Brook- 
lyn, tile other two in Scotland. The second family consisted of eight: Robert. John, 
.Margaret. David, George, Lily, James and Alfred — all. including the first family, 
born in Edinl)urgh. Scotland. Robert and Joliii. as well as father died in the old 
country. My motlier whose maiden name was Lawson and the rest of the famil\- 
came to New York in 1856 and lived tliere till 1S70 when I came here with my 
wife, whose maiden name was Jean Fair Craig. The other members of tlie family 
came here within three or four years after, except my sister Lily who died in 
New York and was buried in (ireeriwood. Her husband's name was Welwood 
Murray, lie went to California. 

W'liile I do not know much about our immediate ancestors. I <1m know tliat the 
progenitor of the Gourlay family in Scotland came from Normandie in the year 
n74, with William the Lion, King of Scotland (who was brother to .Malcolm the 
4th and grandson of David the 1st), along with other Xorman barons. William 
ascended the tlirone in 1165, reigned till 1214. Previous to n74 while engaged in 
war with England he went there under a flag of truce and was treacherously- 
captured and sent to Xormandie a prisoner and had to remain there two or three 
years till released, as I said in 1174 when he returned to Scotland, accompanied b\- 
a number of barons. Among them Ingleram de Gourlay, the progenitor of the 
Gourlays of Great Britain. .\s the family increased they spread over the shires of 
Scotland. England and Ireland, and later from there to America. 

In 1787 Col. Philip Van Cortlandt, of America, married Catharine, daughter 
of William (!oui-lay, of Kincaird, Fifeshire. who was one of the family whose 
line is distinctly traced back to the original niein])er by deeds and conveyances in 
the records of Fife and is the line to which 1 believe our family belongs, because 
while we were born in Edinburgh my father and mother were both born in Fife- 
shire — mother being relateil to the Gourlay family before her marriage to father. 
There was only one of the name here when I came to Detroit, in 1870. Xow there 
are several families. There are Gourlays in Albany, Troy, Xew York. Brooklyn, 
St. Paul and in Canada, but as you say they are not numerous and I am very 
much inclined to be clannish ;ind am very much interested, and I am going to send 
for a liook wiiich I understand is being publisiied giving an account of the old 
Scotch families including the house of Gourlaj\ 

The name is spelled in various ways as De Gourlay, De Gourle, De Gurla, 
Gourlay, Gourlag, Gurlie, Gurli, etc., but they are all the same family. The upper- 
half of our trade mark is tlie family coat of arms. .\m sorry that I cannot give 
you more of the information which you desire but such as I have, I gladly give 
j^ou. With respect, I am. Sincerely yours, 

James Gouri-.w. 

My brother George is a great entiiusiast. He wants to know wliat ymi think 
of getting up a family reunion or something of that sort. 



Chicago, Oct. 14, 1895. 
C C. LouNSBERRY, EsQ., Marshalltown, Iowa. 

Dear Sir : Yours of the 12th to hand and I am glad to answer your questions 
as far as I can. I was born in Ireland, Tyrone County, and worked on a farm 
near a little town called Cookstown, Ireland, was married there and came to Chi- 
cago direct in 1871. My wife's maiden name was \IcKinney. Was married in 
Ireland, my father's family and wife's family being neighbors. We have only 
one child living, she is married to Mr. J. L. Campbell, secretary of the above com- 
pany. I have three brothers living. One in Oregon, one in Chicago, and one still 
on the old homestead in Ireland. My father's name was Arthur and he had two 
lirothers. One of them was named George and I cannot remember much about him. 
The other's name was Adam and he came to Philadelphia about 40 years ago, 
bad a large family but have only seen two of them since I came here. My grand- 
father's name was Arthur. He had a brother that came to the states a long time 
ago and left quite a legacy to tlie heirs. My father was born in 1796. My mother's 
name was McKinney. My wife's name and motlTcr's is the same -aamc but no 
relation. My mother's name was Eliza. She is dead 35 years — died at the age of 
56. My father was 84 when he died. It is hard for me to tell the ages of great 
grandfather and grandfather. My age is 53. When I came to Chicago I started 
to work in a lumber yard and worked my way up through all the departments 
except bookkeeper, of the largest yard in Chicago — S. K. Martin Lumber Co. I 
was with this firm 19 years, was the manager for same nearly 15 years, was a 
partner and vice-president five years. We have been in business under this name 
5 years. We sell over 35 millions per year and our business is still growing. 

Now if there are any other questions about the family would be pleased. to 
answer them. As far I can remember this generation are. all Presbyterians and 
was the same for four or five generations before this. There was also a family 
by the name of William Gourley and one by the name of Jno. Gourley that lived 
in Cookstown. Ireland, but I have lost track of them. 


Arthur Gourley. 

Note. — Two nephews of Arthur Gourley. the writer of al)Ove letter, named 
John and Thomas, reside at Waukegan, 111., and are engaged in the lumber business. 


]\lrs. Lillian Gray Howard, of Chariton, Iowa, furnishes the following informa- 
tion relating to one of the Thomas Gourley families. 

Mk. C. T. Heydecker, 

Dear Sir: In reply to yours of the 31st ultimo, will say my knowledge of the 
Gourley family is very limited ; Init most gladly will assist you that much. 

I do not know if you desire the family carried down as far as I have in the 
enclosed sheet, but you can do as you wish. 

In all cases of marriages I am not acquainted with names. Init can tind out 
some of them ; also children's names, viz, : Reulien Guy's children ; John T. Sutphin's 
-wife : William Gourley's family. .\lso Perry and T. Pressley Gaither's families. 

I wrote to Chester, S. C. a few years ago, and learned of James Gourley, 
Olive, York Co., S. C. I wrote but received no answer. 

Also in tracing the Wylies (my maternal grandmother being a Wylie), I wrote 
the Rev. David G. Wylie. and learned that his maternal grandmotiier was a Gour- 
ley; hence his middle name is Gourley. His address was. 161 West 93rd Street, 
New York. 

With sincere wishes for your success in this, I am. 

Yours very truly, 

Lillian Gray Howarp. 

The Mr. Gourley first mentioned lived in North Carolina, but removed to 
South Carolina. His sons then went to Indiana. Thomas, who had married in 
South Carolina (my grandfather), moved to Monroe Co., near Bloomington ; and 
Joseph and William to Gibson Co., near Princeton. 

Robert Gourley. nephew of above mentioned Mr. Gourley. and cousin of my 


graiidfatlKT, lived in T^looniinji{l«)ii. liid. My inotlicr thinks liis wife's name was 
McKissick. ik- had two sons, one, Hamilton, died nnniarricd. The otiicr, Williaiii. 
married Margaret Harliison. One daiifthtcr. Sarah, married Joseph Frost; the other, 
Rachel, was married hut do not know to whom. 

liiomas Ciourley, l»rother of the ahove name<I Kohert. went from M<i?iroe Co., 
Ind., to Princeton. Ind. We know nothing of his family. During the Civil War 
he was called "Aholition" Tom. 

In writing of my grandfather, Thomas Gourley, I omitted such dates as I 
knew, lie was horn in Chester District, 1 think, in South Carolina, in 1814; wa.s 
married there to Margaret Wylie, ahout 1833, and died in Logan Co., 111., in 1881. 

These dates may be of no use to you unless in the placing of those of the 
s.inie name, and there seems a number of such. 

There may he mistakes in what 1 have written, as we have no records, but 
my mother i- sure about most of the names. I will write inunediatcly to an aunt, 
older than my mother, who m;iy remember their grandfather's name. If 1 can 
be of an}- service to you again, please do n(5t hesitate to write me. 

Thomas Gourley married a Miss Wilson. 

(D: Robert. 

(2). Thomas married Margaret Wylie. 
1. Marv E. married John K. Gaither. 

1 . 'Perry. 

2. T. Prcssley. 

3. I'Vank. 

4. Tohe. 

5. Jay. 
. 2. Xancy. 

3. Lillie A. married Samuel Guy. 

1. Annie. 

2. Reuben married Mary P>eck. 

3. Samuel M. married Hester Ewiim. 

1. Earl. 

2. William. 

Lillie A. Gourley also married John Sut])hin. 

1. William. 

2. Alvia. 

3. Margaret A. 

4. John T. 

5. Montague. 

6. Lillie L., married U, M. Seal. 

1. Alberta B. 

4. Margaret R.. married .\ndrew D. Gray. 

1. Minnie L., married Chas. R. Kirk. 

2. Lilian G:, married Chas. E. Howarrl. 

3. lulgar E., married Minnie Soper. 
1. Margaret Ann is. 


5. Sarah L. 

Thomas Gourlev again married Elizabeth Daniels. 

1. Martha J. 

2. John P. 

3. Agnes. 

4. Sarah A. 

5. William. 

(3). Joseph (married twice, but do not know either name). 

1. Martha, married Thomas Bugg. 

2. Mary, married Cyrus Martin. 

3. Ij)uisa. 

4. Margaret. 

5. Thomas. 

Second marriage. 
1. Susan. 


(4). William, married Margaret. 

1. John. 

2. Thomas. 

3. . 

4. William. 

(5). Hugh. 

(6). Xancy, married Mr. Hindman (?) of Alabama. 


The following account of Samuel Gourley's faniil}^ has been furnished by 
Samuel B. Gourley of Chicago, Illinois, a descendant of said Samuel Gourley. 

After making a careful investigation as to this Samuel Gourley's family 
and the Samuel Gourley's family which is fully set forth in this book. T am 
satisfied that the two Samuel Gourleys were very nearly related in Scot- 
land: the dates of l)irth of both occurred about the same time; they are prob- 
ably related no further distant than first cousins. Neither one of these Samuel 
Gourley's ancestor's name can be given. 

This is mv conclusion after careful investigation. C. T. H. 

Samuel Gourley was born at Mull of Glass, Scotland, about 1755. 

Lady Margaret Dunn was born at Bainbridge, County Down. Ireland. 
al)out 1760. 

Samuel Gourley and Ladj' Margaret Dunn were married at Bainbridge, 
Ireland, about 1780. emigrated to America in 1801. settled at Sarahsville, Bel- 
mont Co., Ohio, where Samuel died Oct. 23, 1818. and Lady Margaret, his 
wife,' March 29. 1821. 

James Gourley, son of Samuel and Ladj- [Margaret, was born at St. 
Clairsville. Belmont Co., Ohio, June 16. 1804. 

Emiline Mayhew was born at St. Clairsville, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1817. 

James Gourley and Emeline Mavhew were married in their native place^ 
Aug. 10, 1847. 

There were born to them at ]\U)rristown, Belmont Count}', Ohio, six 
children, to-wit: 

John William, July 31, 1848: Sarah Agnes, Dec. 5, 1850; Anna Rebecca. 
Feb. 4, 1852: James An emus, ]\Iarch 22, 1853: Thomas Woodrufif, Nov. 8, 1854; 
Edwin Rufus, Sept.J9, 1856. 

In the j'ear 1857. they removed to Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, 
where another son named Samuel Birch, was born Feb. 24, 1859, and where 
both James and Emeline died, James. Jan. 17. 1888: Emiline, Dec. 21, 1867. 

Their eldest son, John William, also died at Marshalltown, ]May 5, 1868, 
and their son, Edwin Rufus, at Gififord, Harden County, Sept. 29, 1883. 

Harvey Wellington Lounsberry was born at Lexington. Richland Count}', 
Ohio, March 14, 1844. He and .Sarah Agnes Gourley, daughter of James and 
Emeline Gourley, were married at ^larshalltown. Iowa, Nov. 22. 1871. 

Children were born to them as follows, at Union, Hardin County, Iowa: 
Cecil Claude, Aug. 30, 1872; Harold Claire, June 14. 1874. At Albion. Mar- 
shall County, Iowa: James Clyde, Sept. 2, 1876, died Dec. 17, 1881. And at 
Marshalltown, Iowa; Mable Maude, Sept. 17, 1878, died June 27, 1883; Carl 
William, May 18, 1883: Iva Anna, June 29, 1885: Chancel Ray, April 2. 1888; 
Vance Earl. Aug. 24, 1890: Forrest Norman, Jan. 18, 1894, died April 22, 1903. 

Harriet Ellen Isham was born -. 

Cecil Claude Lounsberry, son of Flarvey W. and Sarah Agnes, and Har- 
riet Ellen Isham were married at Cedar Rapids. Iowa, Sept. 20, 1899. 

Cecil Isham Lounsberry, son of Cecil and Harriet, was born Sept. 9. 1900. 

Leon Claude born Jan. 18. 1903, and died Jan. 8, 1904. 

Charles Benson Slocumb was born at Phillipstown, 111.. Oct. 31, 1843. 

Hon. Charles B. Slocumb and Anna Rebecca Gourley Avere married at 
Eldora, Hardin County, Iowa, Jan. 22. 1874. 

Florence Ethel, daughter of Hon. C. B. and Anna R. STocumb. was born 
at Fairbury. Jefiferson County, Nebraska. .Sept. 11. 1876. 

Minnie Yocum was born at Bushnell. 111.. Jan. 9, 1869. 

James Artemus Gourlev and Alinnie Yucum were married at Atwood. 
Kansas, July 8, 1890. 


( yr. 1).. M>n i>i Jaim- A ;iihI Minnie (iouik-y, \va^ l)«>rn at Denver, Colo., 
July _'S. 1S91. 

Maude Mayluw \\a> \»>vn at N'lutnu. Ja-])ir ("ouiity. Iowa, N'ov. 25. 1X^)6. 

'ilioni.i- Wiindrurt' ("minlev and Maude .Mavliew were married :it Denver, 
Colo.. Nov. 14. 1S94. 


Mattf.on. 111. lulv 1. 10(14. 
.Mr. ( . r. licydecker, 

Waukejian. ill. 

Dear Sir: 

Have been uifornie<l liy Mr. Gourjey of .Sprinj^ilieM. III., that you are 
jjcttinji up a family tree of the (iourley family. I >h<iul(l like to hear from 
you and what l)unch of the family you helonjj to. 

M)- father's name wa.s James R. (iourley, his father's name wa.s Joseph 
Ciourley. JaniOs R. (iourley has a sister livini; in Milroy. Mrs. Sallie McXutt; 
the al)ove are all dead except Mi^. Sallie .MeXutt. .My grandfather came 
from Scotland. 

]\ you have any hooks out in re,y;ard to the f.imily let me know. 

Wry truly your>, 


John Thomas Robert Gourlcy, the only child of James R. (iourley and 
Mary Jane (jourley, was born at Shirley, Illinois, January 25, 1858. When 
about si.\ months old, his mother died. On .August 20. 1862, his father was 
mustered into Company I, of the 94th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteers 
:it I'loomington, Illinois. Then after a forced march of one hundred and 
twenty miles in three and a half days, he took part in a battle of Prairie 
Grove, .\rk.. December 7. 1862. He also took part in the raid over Boston 
Mountains in Van Bnren, .\rk., and a portion of the company engaged in the 
repulse of Marmaduke .tt S])riiigleld. Mo.. Jan. 8. 1863. and near this place 
it is supposed he took sick with fever and died. I was jnit in a family 
by the name of John McXitt after the death of my mother. 

.\t the age of about six years. I was taken to Logansport. Ind.. and placed 
in the family of my uncle, Robert G. McXitt. a brother of my mother. 
.\fter his death, another brother. C. M. McXitt. took me and raised me 
initil I wa< twenty-one j-ears of age. Both of the above were nij- guardians. 
My grandfather, who came to this country from Scotland, was named 
Joseph Gourley .md my grandmother, who came from Ireland, was Margaret 
McXitt. and both located on a farm near Milroy. Pa. They had two chil- 
dren, James R. Gourley. my father, and Mrs. Sallie McXitt. who is still 
living in Milroy, Pa. On .March 1st. at the age of twenty-three. I bought 
one-third interest in the saddlery firm of C. M. AIcNitt, at Longansport, Ind., 
and remained in business with him about five years, and then my health 
failing me, I was compelled to seek out-door employment. I left Logans- 
port. .Sept. 1, 1887, for Terre Il.iute, Indiana, and traveled for I-'roeb Bros., 
representing them on the road for live years in the saddlery hardware busi- 
ness. On Dec. 12. 1892, I left the above firm and went with J. O. Fleckncr & 
Son, of Evansville, Ind., and remained with them four years. Then finding 
my health much im|)rove(l in the nine years 1 was on the road. 1 again went 
into business for myself at Mattoon. Illinois, on Dec. 18. 1896. where I am 
engaged at the present time. .\ug. 15. 1*^)5, in the manufacture of saddlery 
and harness. 



Frost burg. Pa.. Jan. 22. 1906. 
Mr. C. T. Heydccker: 

Your letter handed t<> me for reply, would say wc have a Gourley re- 
union here every year, and they turn out like tlies around a sugar barrel in fly 

time. If any Gourlej's in j-our section give me their names I will send them 
invitations to our reunion for next summer. 

I would like to know the object of your wanting records. I live on my 
grandfather's farm, which was among the first settled, he first built a log 
cabin, some time after built a plank house in 1845. which is very good yet and 
I am living in same. 


It is thought that George Gourley and Samuel Gourley, who came to 
America about 1784, were brothers. The location of their settlement in Penn- 
sylvania would lead to that conclusion. The following article on the George 
Gourley's famil}^ record has been furnished by Aliss Mary B. Crawford of 
Smickburg, Pa. 


George Gourley was born in 1769. in Ireland, probably in Londonderry, 
and in 1816 he came to America, and after deciding upon a desirable location 
in Xova Scotia, he sent for his wife. Rosannah McXeal, who came bringing 
their six children. They then removed to Sinking Valley, Blair County, Penn- 
sylvania, where Mr. Gourley worked as a blacksmith and gave evidence of 
superior skill in his chosen work. Later he purchased a large farm in In- 
diana County, where his growing boys found employment in clearing the 
forest and tilling the soil as well as assisting their father in the smithery. It 
was true of them as of most early settlers — life was fraught with many hard- 
ships — luxuries were few, but devotion to duty developed noble character, 
possessing a sturdiness almost unknown to one born to ease. 

Mr. Gourley was one who enjoyed having things about him conveniently 
and neatly arranged and did much which contributed to the comforts of his 
home; moreover he was of a practical turn of mind, and on one occasion his 
attention was called to a flower bed, he replied; "1 would rather see a good 
hill of paratus Cpotatoes"). 

]\Irs. Gourley, nee Rosannah McNeal. was a most remarkable woman in 
many respects. She possessed a very amiable disposition, was a faithful wife, a 
devoted mother and a friend to all who knew her, very industrious in her 
habits, which is illustrated by this: During the harvest time she and her 
daughters assisted in the fields and at the noon hour while the men rested,- 
the girls cleared the table and set the house in order and she sat down to 
her spinning wheel and busied herself making preparations for protection 
against the next winter's cold. In after j^ears her own enfeebled bod}" seemed 
to be a result of her life of overwork. 

This couple being stanch Presbyterians and devout worshippers of God, 
were always observant of time for family prayers and on Sabbath rode on 
horseback to Perrj' Presbyterian church, a distance of eight miles awa}'. 

Their children all embraced the faith of their parents. The sons all be- 
came successful farmers and mechanics. Three of the daughters married 
farmers and one an expert tailor. Their children's children numbering about 
sixt3'-five. excepting a few have always resided in western Pennsylvania, in the 
farming district. As a people they are kind hearted, given to hospitality-, indus- 
trious, yet find great enjoyment in recreation. Talented in music and many of 
them enjoy dancing, or at least a number of them participated' in the amuse- 
ment at the .\nnual Reunion of the Gourlej^s. held in 1904. 

Of the fourth generation about one hundred and twenty-five are living; 
among them are found five who have chosen the medical profession, six whose 
husbands attach the M. D. to their signature, one professional nurse, one 
lawyer, one the wife of a Presbyterian minister, another of a civil engineer, 
one of an inventor, one a minister of the gospel, half a dozen tradesmen, one 
telegraph operator and a number of laborers, teachers, students, business men 
and farmers. 

Of the fifth generation there are living approximately one hundred and 
twenty-five, among whom are found teachers, seamstresses, students and a 
number skilled in domestic science and at least three have shown a willingness 
to continue in this line, as the}' have begun "housekeeping just for two." and 
two members of the sixth generation were here to welcome the j-ear 1906. 


Gcors:e riourlcv, horn 17()9. dictl Sept. 6. 1S5.^: Rosannah McXcal. l)<)rii 
. rlied Soi)t. 9. iS53. 

Their children: Thomas, hern Oct. 28. 1S05: John. l)nrn .M.iv 19. 1S()8, dic-fl 
M.iy. IWl: *J;inu's, born .Aur. 2.^. ISKI. died .March 21, 1867: Margaret. l)orii 
Jan. 24. 1812; .\le.\ander. I)orn June 4. 1814: Georuo. born March 17. 1816. died 
Jan. 23. 1846: Rosanna. born .March 12. 1819; .Armstrong. l)nrn Sept. 15, 1820: 
Robert, born M.iv 17, 1822: Xancv. born Nov. 2.^. 182.3: Marj- .\nn. Ixtrn Sept. 
18. 182(). 

*Janu's Gonrlev. burn Auk- -?>. 181(1. died March 21. 1867: Margaret 'S'onnj.? 
Travis. Ix.rn Dec. 7. 1818. (bed Jan. 1. 1889. 

Their children: Lmisia I'.arrett. born Feb. 16. 1837. died Sept. 2i, 1857: 
Mary Rosannah. born Jan. 27. 1841: .M.-iryaret .\nn. born May 5. 1843; died .\uk^ 
IS. 1882: Joseph Travis, born Jnly 7. 1845; John McXeal. born .\\\m. 3. 1847; 
Wiiliani .*^iinni^. Imrn Xov. 5. 185II. die<I .^ept. 18. 1853. 

J< )|IX .\l. G()L"RLi:N', 

John M. Gourley. a descendant of Geo. Gourley. was born in Indiana Co., 
Pa.. 1847. He had one sister. Mary Crawford, and one brother. Joseph Gourley. 
both of whom ;ire living. John M. Gourlej' moved from Indiana Co., Pa., to 
Pa.xton, III., in 1870. Me was married in 1873 to Mary Lantz. and to them 
seven children were born — W' G.. I'rederick L.. James, Mary, Margaret. 
Joseph and HIanche. .Ml are living except lUanchc. who died in her infancy. 
They still reside on a farm near Pa.xton. 111. 

W'm. G. was married in 1898 to F.dith Parker: to them three children. 
Leonard. Orin and Cecil, were born. I'rederick L. was married to Margaret 
M.iclnni--. 1904. and now is a physician in W'aukegan, III. Joseph Gourley. 
brother of John M.. was married to Jennie Doak. 1871. to them three children 
were born. Ma}'. Emma and Preston. Preston died in infancy. Maj- died at the 
age of twenty-six j'ears, is still living, married to W'cightman Smith, and 
lives with her father in Evans, Colo. 

Thomas Gourley was second lieuten.tnt. 2nd P)attalion. Pennsylvania Rifles, 
ami was promoted to captain, .\ddress not known. This information was" 
found in a war history of Pennsylvania. 

.\ccount of Gourley Reunion as published in the Punxsutawnev (Pa.) 
Spirit, of .\ugust 13, 1908: 


AUGUST 12. 1908. 

150 Friends and Relatives .\ttended — Doctors Galore — Baseball Game was the 

Big Feature of the Day. 

The happy, well-fed, baseball-loving Gourieys. to the number of 150. in- 
cluding many friends, yesterday congregated at Jefferson Park and spent the 
day. the occasion being the sixth annual reunion of the family. 

It was high noon Ijefore the enrollment was complete, but the clans were 
not long in distributing themselves ;it the various t.iiiles. There were prac- 
tically four bantiuets going on. .ill at the same time, but the Gourley women, 
who are famous throughout this section as culinary artists, were equal to the 
occasion. They not only had enough on hand to supply the reunionists for 
dinner, but they had an abundance left over for supper and at least three- 
fourths of those present remained for the evening event. How many courses 
the menu car<l contained nobody stopi)ed to figure out, but there was a-plenty. 

The Gourley family includes a large sprinkling of M. D.'s and hence they 
lake great liiierties with capacity. Yesterday there were included in the bunch 
seven physicians, namely: Harry and Russell C. Gourley, W. F. an<l Meig< 
Beyer. John .\. and Clark Xewcome and Dr. .'^. .S. Hamilton, and there are 
several .M. D.'s in the connection who were unable to be present. 

The elders (if the reuning family were all present, including Jamts .\. 
Gourley. of Big Run: Crawford and John .\. Gourley and .Mrs. J.icob Grube. 
of Punxsutawney. 


Relatives from a distance present were: Mr. and Mrs. A. C. AlcClung, 
of Mason. 0.:.Dr. and Mrs. John Newcome and family, of Sigel, and Mrs. 
Dr. W. H. Gilmore, of Mt. Vernon, III 

Guests from out of town were Rev. and 'Sirs. Coulter, of Big Run, and 
Rev. A. C. Powell, of Marion Center. 

Aside from the noon and evening banquets the annual l)all game was the 

Lex X. Mitchell and Syl Gourley were selected to prck up sides; ]\litchell 
won the toss for tirst bats, but Gourley won the game, 22 to 18. 

The teams lined up as follows: 

Dr. Clark Xewcome. p; ]\Ieiggs Beyer, c; Jacob Grube, s: Dr. Russell 
Gourley, 1st: Daniel Gourley. 2nd; Dr. Harry Gourley, 3rd; Syl Gourley, r; 
Aubrey McHenry. m; Charles Veil, 1; Walter Veil, sub catcher; score 22. 

Lex ^Mitchell's team — Dr. John Newcome, p; Lewis Grube, c: Mitchell. 1st; 
George Gourley. 2nd; Dr. W. F. Beyer. 3rd: A. C. IMcClung. r: David Gourley, 
m; J. J. Hamilton, s; James Gourley. 1; score IS. 

Umpire — Ty-on; official scorer — Dr. S. S. Hamilton. 

The game began immediately after dinner and was concluded some time 
T)efore midnight. The number of innings played is very much in doubt. The 
official scorer's data was kept on wooden pie plates, one plate for each in- 
ning and as some of them were used to pass pies around during the intervals 
between innings, they were taken into the system, inadvertently. 

There were no stomach pumps in the crowd and hence the rcords will 
probably be lost. It was generally conceded that the game went somewhere 
between 50 and 60 innings. 

Until a couple more pages are added to the paper it will be impossible 
to print the tabulated score in a single issue. 

Features of the game, besides the battery work, were Syl Gourley's 
even dozen home runs, the base stealing stunts pulled off by Dr. W. F. Beyer, 
Dave Gourley's long sprint and capture of a foul (off the table). 

Crawford Gourley and Adam Miller won the honors at quoits, their prizes 
being a bunch of lemons and a good luck trophy in the shape of a mule shoe.