I just recieved an email from a Jane Galstad. Her g grand father was Nicholas Gilles. Brother to Duane's Michael and my husband's Joseph. She left a post on Ancestry.com under the message board of Gilles family in LaCrosse WI. Here it is:
It was nice to get your response to my posting about the Gilles family. It appears that your husband and I are related. Your husband's grandmother, Clara Gilles Bina and my paternal grandmother, Louise Gilles McDonnell were first cousins. Clara's father, Joseph Sr. and Louise's father, Nicholas were brothers. They were amoung the nine children of Henry and Catherine Legros Gilles. Their children's names were: James, Michael, Anton, Nicholas, Henry, Peter, John, Joseph, and Mary. I don't know all their birthdates, so these are not necessarily in any particular order.
I have my grandmothers scrapbook. There are several articles about Joseph, Sr. His obituary says that when he died June 21, 1963, he left 268 descendants!! It also states that he had 12 children. I have the names, if you do not of Clara's eleven sisters and brothers.
I have been able to learn a fair amount about the family of Henry and Catherine Gilles. Let me know if you would like me to send my list of their descendants. I have nothing about Clara Gilles except that she married Joseph Bina. If you would be willing to share Clara's family tree, I'll add it to my Gilles family history.
By the way, I have a photocopy of a photo of Henry and Catherine Gilles and their nine children and one additional unidentified woman. If you don't have it, I can try to make a decent copy of the copy for you. I really can only identify three of the siblings, but maybe you can pick out Joseph.
Greetings to your husband! Happy family searching! Jane Galstad
From Hope Bina
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