Gillette, Gillett, Gillet, Gilet, in California
This is a genealogy page about Gillettes in California.
As the title at the top suggests, various spellings of this surname such as Gillette, Gillett, Gillet, Gilet, etc are pertinent.
Gillettes have been in Modesto for a century. Here is some random information about some of them:
In the Wood Colony Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, Modesto, is
Frank N. Gillette Ctr Sec 2 Row L
Inez K. Gillette b. Feb. 14, 1895, d. June 25, 1969, is buried at Acacia (Masonic) Memorial Park at 801 Scenic Drive, Modesto. Location in cemetery, TR 114 GR 193
In the 1880 Federal Census of Stanislaus County, we see in Modesto,
Gillett, A Enumeration District (E.D.) 94 Page 40 Line 25
Gillett, Emerey Enumeration District (E.D.) 94 Page 40 Line 26
Gillett, Mary Enumeration District (E.D.) 94 Page 40 Line 27
Mary Gillett, b. Dec. 12, 1871, d. Aug. 5, 1956, buried at Acacia (Masonic) Memorial Park at 801 Scenic Drive, Modesto. Location in cemetery, TR 41 GR 26 With remarks in record book, "Plot Owner, Mrs. Paul Powell"
In the 1911 Polk-Husted Modesto City Directory on Page 37 we see
Gillet Frank E brtndr Schmidt & Peck b 305 Oak
Gillett Mary E (wid F N) h 305 Oak
Gillett Milo plumber C A Galvin b 305 oak
Gillette Andrew J horsemn h 404 12th
Gillette Lynn T h 1016 M
The Modesto Lodge of the
Daughters of the Golden West
(the Morada Parlor No. 199) was organized in 1912.
Kate Gillette, one of the 21 founding charter members, was its first Marshall.
(Page 157 of History of Stanislaus County, by Tinkham, 1921)
In the Modesto Citizens Cemetery we find buried
Gillett Andrew J b. 1844, d. July 23, 1913 Bl 92 Lot 3 GR 5, with remarks in record book, "69 y. b. WI Plot owner: Mrs. Ann Letha Gillett #427"
Gillett Frank E. b. 1884 d. Aug. 4, 1953, Ave 5 GR 53, with remarks in record book, "b. MI d. Modesto 68 y #427"
The 1910 Census for Stanislaus County has
Gillette A J E.D. 154 Sheet 3A Line 15
and Annie Gillette, same, but on line 16
In the 1912 Modesto City Directory on Page 37 we see the addresses just a bit differently for
Gillet Frank E b 309 Oak
Gillett Mary E (wid F N) h 309 Oak
They are listed as being at 309 instead of 305 as in 1911. The info on the others is the same in both years.
In the 1914 Modesto City Directory on Page 36 we see
Gillett Annletha (wid A J) h 404 12th
Gillett Frank E lab b 309 Oak
Gillett Mary E (wid F N) h 309 Oak
Gillett Milo plumber b 309 Oak
Gillette Lynne T brtndr Pike & Co h 1016 N
Gillette Paul F (Isis Theatre) r 19 1/2 10th
In the 1917 Modesto City Directory we see
Gillette Lynne T lab Borden's h 1016 N
Gillett Mrs Annletha h 404 12th
Interestingly, in the 1920 Directory, Annletha and others are listed not as Gillett but Gillette, with an "e".
Gillette Mrs Annletha J r 714 5th
Gillette Frank h 714 5th
Gillette John draymn r 1215 G
Gillette Milo r 714 5th
Gillette Sydney E (Gillette & English) r 823 1/2 10th
Gillette & English (S E Gillette C B English) billiards 911 1/2 10th
Does this addition of the "e" represent a correction of the Directory? That would mean the earlier listings shoud have been "Gillette" with an "e". Or this could represent an error in the 1920 Directory. It is uncommon for a number of relatives to all change the spelling of their surname simultaneously. That did happen on a rather large scale once when Senator Francis Gillett(e) ascertained in the 1800s after intensive research that his Gillett family should be using the "e" on the end, as his earlier ancestors had. When he made this correction numerous of his relatives made the change as well, on the authority of his research. But what happened here with the Modesto City Directory is unknown at present.
The 1937 Directory has
Gillette Bernard G emp Milk Producers of Central Calif r rt 4 bx 1085
Gillette Willard A (Stella) h 1018 1/2 12th
The 1950 Directory has some of the same as above, but also
Gillette Ivan H (Dorothy M) emp MPA h 621 Leon Av
Of course these bits of information are all from earlier years.
There are presently Gillettes living in numerous locations in and around Modesto.
A bit south of Modesto, in Merced, there are more: If when leaving Modesto today one enters the onramp of Highway 99 heading south from Modesto, and drives the legal speed limit, he will reach the City of Merced in Merced County in 20 minutes.
This region is another area that Gillettes have been in for quite some time.
One who settled in this area (two miles west of Le Grand actually) in 1879 was J. Lotus Gillette from Onondaga County, New York. His parents were Jason and Margaret (Fancher) Gillette. By the turn of the century, J. L. Gillette and his wife Carrie (Newman) Gillette had built their homesite into a 560 acre ranch. The "Historical and Biographical Record" of the region said of J. Lotus Gillette in his day that he gave "much assistance" to the "public welfare" and "by his public spirit and energy has become recognized as one of the representative men of the county."
SOME WHO CAME TO CALIF FROM NEW YORK: