Obituaries of the Giblin & Related Families


Herkimer County, NY

Contributed by Steven Knight

"I've recently been researching the McDonough family in Herkimer County and found a most interesting family. Mary Elizabeth McDonough (1834-1913), daughter of Patrick (d. 1847) and Bridget Fitzmaurice (1799-1881) McDonough, married Michael Giblin. Here are obituaries for Mary Elizabeth and five of their twelve children. This Giblin family of Irish immigrants produced some very successful off-spring."     Steven Knight

Mary Elizabeth (McDonough) Giblin

Evening Telegram
Herkimer, NY
October 1913

Mary E. Giblin

Ilion, Oct. 31 - The death of Mrs. Mary E. Giblin, widow of the late Michael Giblin, occurred last evening at her home at 74 West street after a three years illness.

Mrs. Giblin was in her 80th year and was born at Cloonfad, Roscommon, Ireland. She has lived in this village since 1846 and was highly respected. She is survived by seven children, John A., Michael and Miss Katherine Giblin of Ilion, Frank of Utica, William of New York city, Mrs. J. J. Raleigh of Syracuse and Miss Gertrude Giblin of Tarrytown. The deceased was a devout member of the Church of the Annunciation from where the funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Friends are requested not to send flowers.

John A. Giblin

Daily Press
Utica, NY
October 5, 1925


Ilion's Oldest Business Man Victim of Stroke at Age of 75

Long Active in Community

Known Throughout Valley as Executive and Financier of Ability

Ilion, Oct. 4 - The sudden death of John A. Giblin of 168 Otsego Street occurred Sunday morning in Ilion Hospital. Early Saturday night Mr. Giblin was stricken at the office. He was removed to the Ilion Hospital where he was attended by Dr. C. J. Diss and Dr. F. J. Counterman of Ilion and Dr. Fred J. Douglas of Utica. No hopes were entertained for his recovery and without regaining consciousness, he breathed his last Sunday morning.

Mr. Giblin was Ilion's oldest business man, having been directly interested in business in Ilion for more than 50 years and his death removes another of those sterling men who have lived in Ilion during its making and was closely related to the men of the last generation who made it possible.

He was born in Frankfort, July 6, 1850, the son of the late Michael J. and Mary Giblin. His parents soon removed to Ilion where he was educated in Ilion schools. As a young man he went to work for the late John Roche at a salary of $20 per month and continued in his employ until 1878 when he associated himself with Mr. Roche's son, Edward, under the firm name of Roche and Giblin. The firm continued in the clothing business for a time after which they engaged in the wholesale and retail coal business, establishing a large trade.

Financier and Executive

Mr. Roche died in 1895 and Mr. Giblin continued the business alone, later incorporating the business under the name of the Giblin Coal Company, Inc, of which company he was treasurer and devoted his life to its management.

Ilion has been blessed with many energetic business men who took pride in advancing the material growth and propriety of their home town, and in their ranks none ***** higher than Mr. Giblin. Not only in this capacity but in that of a financier and executive, he won for himself a name known throughout New York State. He was always active and zealous in affairs and always ready to advance the interests of his home town and of its individuals and many a young man can give credit to his station in life through his aid, training, and advice and counsel.

He was a man of infinite goodness of heart, broad sympathies and understanding, which did much to assist him in winning his way into the esteem and affection of all who had the honor of his acquaintance. His judgment was sound and ******** and often sought in various ***********.

Honesty of purpose and conduct and an unfailing devotion to the principle of upright Christian manhood were characteristics that made him a credit to the community, which in his death feels the loss of the best of its citizens.

He possessed strength and individuality of character and was decided in his views and one always knew where they stood on all questions.

Jovial and young in spirits, he enjoyed the company of young people who knew that in him they had a pleasant companion and a true friend.

Most charitable and benevolent, many kindly acts preformed during his business career in a quiet unassumed manner will bear witness to his goodness of heart.

Thirty-eight years ago Sunday the Ilion Permanent Savings Building & Loan Association was organized during which time it has been instrumental in the erection of hundreds of homes in Ilion and instilling into Ilionites Thrift. Mr. Giblin had been treasurer of this organization since the start. The Ilion Realty Company was organized in 1898 to supplement the work of the Savings & Loan Association and in this activity Mr. Giblin was treasurer during its existence.

The Ilion Free Library was founded in 1893 and opened its doors the following year. The library was presented to Ilion by the late C. W. Seaman and has been one of the most successful libraries in the state and at one time had a larger proportion of the inhabitants as readers than any other library in the United States. Mr. Giblin had been a member of the library board since its inception and was treasurer for many years.

In politics, Mr. Giblin was a Republican, but he was always too busy to accept public office but never too busy to take a stand on all affairs that were for the good and betterment of the community.

He was also one of the founders of the Manufacturers National Bank of Ilion, which was organized in 1908 and had served as a director and vice president.

He was a director in the Second National Bank of Utica from 1906 to 1916 and in the latter year he became a director of the Oneida County Trust Company of Utica. For several years he was a National Mohawk Valley Bank at Mohawk. For several years he was a stockholder in the Ilion and Mohawk Gas Company and for several years in addition to this business was superintendant of the company and was acting in that capacity when Ilion inaugurated its first electric street lighting. After the purchase of the company by the Utica Gas & Electric Company, Mr. Giblin continued with them for a short time.

He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Ilion Housing Corporation, the Fort Schuyler Club of Utica, Ilion Lodge 1444, B.P.O.E. Elks.

July 11, 1917, at Cleveland, Ohio, he married Miss Elizabeth Hayes of that city, formerly of Little Falls, who has the sympathy of her many friends. Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Miss Gertrude Giblin of Tarrytown, and two brothers, Frank T. Giblin of Utica and William Giblin of New York City.

The funeral service will be held from the Church of the Annunciation, of which he had been a member since the church was first established, on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.

Utica, NY
October 7, 1925

Funeral of Mr. Giblin

The funeral of John A. Giblin was largely attended from his home, 168 Otsego Street, Ilion, at 9:30 this morning, and at 10 o'clock from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a solemn requiem high mass was celebrated. The celebrant was the Rev. J. B. Gilloon; the deacon. The Rev. Father Serrault; and the sub-deacon, the Rev. Patrick Wallace. St John's Male Quartet of Utica, under the direction of Prof. George H. Fischer, sang the mass. The directors of the Oneida County Trust Company, attended in a body.

The honorary bearers were Samuel T. Russell, Conrad Klipple, Charles Brill, William J. Powers, John J. Reilly and Frank Winant. The active bearers were Ralph LeRoy, Frank C. Thurwood, Joseph H. Rudd, Arthur M. Roberts, Walter Rix and Leo H. Powers. A large attendance and numerous flowers marked the final tribute.

The remains were taken by H. J. Quinn to Little Falls, where interment was made in the family plot, St. Mary's Cemetery, with final absolution pronounced by Fathers Serrault and Wallace.

Some more notes on John A. Giblin, son of Michael and Mary Elizabeth McDonough Giblin.

Marriage of John A. Giblin

Utica Observer
Utica, NY
July 12, 1917

A Surprise In This Knot

Prominent Man, John A. Giblin, Announces Marriage in Ohio

Ilion, July 13 - Many Ilion friends will congratulate John A. Giblin on his marriage to Miss Elizabeth Hayes of Cleveland, Ohio, which took place in the western city yesterday. The bride is a former resident of Little Falls and the groom one of Ilion's best known men. He is widely known in financial circles throughout the state. He conducts a coal business here, and is a director of the Second National Bank, Utica, vice president of the Manufacturers National Bank, Ilion, treasurer of the Ilion Home Building and Loan Association and trustee of the Ilion Public Library.

Will of John A. Giblin

Daily Press
Utica, NY
November 3, 1925

Half Of Estate Of John A. Giblin Goes To Aid Fellow Men

Late Ilion Man Remembers Many Institutions in Will After Wife Gets Life Use - Total Well Beyond Six Figures

Ilion, Nov. 3 - Many public institutions together with relatives and friends are remembered by the last will and testament of John A. Giblin, which has been filed for probate in Surrogate's Court. St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica; Ilion Hospital and Lucretia P. Carpenter Nurses' Home, Ilion; St. Joseph's Infant Home, Utica; Old Ladies Home, Mohawk; the Home for Aged Men and Couples, Utica, and St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, will share in the residuary estate following the life use by the widow, Elizabeth H. Giblin.

While the petition for probate places the value of the estate at more than $5,000 real and $25,000 personal, it is estimated that the value amounts considerably beyond six figures since the total bequests reach beyond.

Many Bequests

The Oneida County Trust Company is named executor.

After making provision for the payment of past debts and funeral expenses, the instrument sets forth a **** of the house and lot known as 168 Otsego Street, Ilion unto his widow, Elizabeth H. Giblin, with all household furniture, beds, bedding, **** and table linen, books, pictures, paintings and all articles of household adornment and utility in and about the said house and lot.

Mrs. Giblin is also bequeathed absolutely the sum of $11,000 and also in trust, the sum of $15,000 from which she is to receive the income in quarterly installments for her support and maintenance during her life, the said sum becoming part of the residuary estate at her death.

To the executor in trust is bequeathed the sum of $10,000 and the income is to be paid his niece, Mary Raleigh, daughter of John J. and Mary A. Raleigh of Syracuse in semi-annual installments during the term of her natural life, reverting to the residuary estate upon her death. Mary Raleigh is given a bequest of $**** absolutely.

Each Get $10,000

Katherine Raleigh and Margaret Raleigh, nieces, are each given bequests of $10,000 absolutely. They are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Raleigh of Syracuse.

Elizabeth Moran of Syracuse is given a bequest of $1,000 and the sum of $500 is bequeathed to Alice Moran of Ilion.

Two thousand dollars are in trust, principally, and whatever income may be derived thereon is to be paid an aunt, Ann O'Hara of West Street, Ilion, in monthly installments of not less than $10, leaving to the executor in his discretion, if deemed necessary to pay her a larger amount monthly, also if any of said amount remains at the death of the aunt, it may be used to pay her funeral expenses and if any part remains, it shall become part of the residuary estate.

Three nieces, Katherine Giblin, Ellen Giblin and Rosaline Giblin, daughters of William Giblin of New York City, are each bequeathed $10,000 in trust and are to have the income until they become 30 years of age when the principal is payable to them. Should one of the sisters die before 30 years of age, the bequest to her is in **** to her surviving sisters and if there are no survivors, it is to revert to the residuary estate.

One in Little Falls

Florence Hayes of Little Falls is bequeathed the sum of $**** and there are also bequests to Margaret F. Mahoney of Lynn, Mass., and to Margaret Ryan and Joseph Ryan of Boston, Mass., and Florence **** Grinnell of Boston, Mass., Margaret F. Mahoney is a cousin of Mrs. Giblin.

(The article was cut off here but obviously continued in the original newspaper. A 1966 newspaper article about St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the major donations it has received over the years notes that John Giblin's donation amounted to $45,000.)

George J. Giblin

Sunday Tribune
Utica, NY
June 4, 1911

George J. Giblin died recently in the Albany Homeopathic Hospital according to the announcement received in this city. He lived here until four years ago. He is survived by his wife and daughter Elizabeth Giblin of 193 1/2 Park avenue, also his mother and several sisters and brothers of Ilion. F. T. Giblin of this city is also a brother.

Catherine A. Giblin

Evening Telegram
Herkimer, NY
September 1917

Ilion, Sept. 8 - Information reached here today of the death of Miss Katherine Giblin of West street, which occurred at the Women and Children's Hospital, at Syracuse at 5:30 Friday afternoon.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Raleigh of Syracuse and Miss Gertrude Giblin of Ilion, and four brothers, John A. Giblin and Michael J. Giblin of Ilion, Frank T. Giblin of Utica and William Giblin of New York city. The remains will be brought to her home in this village and the funeral services will be held from the Church of the Annunciation Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Gertrude Giblin

New York Times
New York, NY
April 10, 1956

Giblin, Gertrude, on April 9, 1956, sister of the late William Giblin of Pelham, N.Y. Reposing Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham, N.Y. Requiem Mass St. Catherine's R.C. Church on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

William T. Giblin

New York Times
New York, NY
May 3, 1944


Former Official of Safe Deposit Company Dies Here at 74.

William Giblin, retired safe deposit company executive, died on Monday in his home, after a brief illness. His age was 74.

Born in Ilion, N.Y., Mr. Giblin joined the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company here in 1890 and became its president in 1908, which post he held until 1930, when he became vice president of the Chase Safe Deposit Company. He retired from the vice presidency in 1935, but continued as a director until his death. He was a former president of the Equitable Safe Deposit Company.

He leaves a widow, Mrs. Sally Gallagher Giblin; three daughters, Mrs. John W. Balet of Pelham, N.Y.; Mrs. George A. Hoffman of Metuchen, N.J., and Mrs. Jerome J. Crowley Jr. of South Bend, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. James V. McFadden of Indianapolis; a stepson, Cornelius G. Rowsey of Manhasset, L.I., and a sister, Miss Gertrude Giblin of Tarrytown, N.Y.

Some miscellaneous obituaries from the Giblin family.
Mary A. Giblin (1854-1922), daughter of Michael and Mary Elizabeth McDonough Giblin, married John J. Raleigh.

Unknown Newspaper but probably a Utica, NY issue -

Death Takes John Raleigh In Syracuse

Man Prominent in Music Circles in Utica and Vicinity is Dead After Period of Illness

John J. Raleigh, for several years prominent in musical circles in this vicinity, died at his home in Syracuse, yesterday afternoon.

Prof. Raleigh had been confined to his home for three days, although he had been in poor health for some time. The funeral is announced for Thursday at 9 o'clock from his home, 403 Graves Street, Syracuse, and at 9:30 from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Born in New York City, May 13, 1857, he attended the public schools of that city and later took up the study of music in New York City and Boston. In 1876 he went to Ilion as organist in the Church of the Annunciation. Three years later came to Utica where he was organist at St. Patrick's and St. Francis de Sales churches at various times until 1891 when he was named organist and choirmaster of the Cathedral at Syracuse.

This position he held continuously for 16 years until 1925 when he was retired as organist and choirmaster emeritus and has since been an advisor in the musical work at the Cathedral.

From 1899 until the time of his death Prof. Raleigh held the position of supervisor of music in the Syracuse public schools.

At the conference of teachers, held in this city the later part of October, he was chosen head of the division of music teachers and supervisors.

Although for several years a resident of Syracuse, Prof. Raleigh was a frequent visitor to Utica.

In 1878, Prof. Raleigh married Mary A. Giblin of Ilion, who died in 1927. There survive three daughters, Mary C., Catherine and Margaret, and three sons, Walter J., Stuart F. and Thomas L., and four grandchildren.

[Note: The death date on Mary's tombstone reads 1922 not 1927 - Steve Knight]

Francis T. Giblin (1856-1935), son of Michael and Mary Elizabeth McDonough Giblin, married Esther Denning (1863-1943). Francis was a lawyer in Utica and, according to the Oneida County Historical Society, owned Giblin & Co. It operated from 1894 to 1931 at the corner of Broad and Mohawk Streets, in Utica manufacturing stoves, furnaces and boilers. Prior to 1894 the company was known as Head's Iron Foundry. Francis died in Miami Florida in 1935.

Utica Observer-Dispatch
Utica, NY
March 6, 1943

Mrs. Esther Giblin

Mrs. Esther C. Denning Giblin, formerly of Rutger St., died Mar. 6, 1943, in her home in Sauquoit, after a brief illness.

She was the widow of F. T. Giblin.

She leaves a daughter, Miss Mary Giblin, Sauquoit, and five sons, Paul, Sauquoit; Dr. John Giblin, Derry, N.H.; Robert A., New City; Leo F., Chicago, and Thomas R. Giblin, Montclair, N.J.

This one is like reading an adventure story.

Utica Herald Dispatch
Utica, NY
January 10, 1912


Former Ilion Man, Imprisoned in a Vault of the Burning Equitable, Had Narrow Escape from Death - Rescuer Was Ordered Away But Refused to Leave.


Mr. Giblin, Taken to Hospital, Was Found to be Suffering Only From Exposure and Was Able to Go Home Today-- Has Condition Was Much Improved.

One of the most thrilling incidents of the great fire in New York, which destroyed the Equitable Building yesterday, was the rescue of William Giblin, president of the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company, which had its offices and vaults in the north end of the ground floor. Mr. Giblin is a brother of Frank T. Giblin of 58 Rutger street, Utica and John Giblin of Ilion, where he lived until about ten years ago. He has other relatives and friends in Ilion.

Mr. Giblin was notified of the fire by a clerk in the Breslin Hotel, says the Times, and arrived on the scene in a taxicab at 6:30 a.m. Despite the objections of the police, he made his way to the Cedar street entrance of the burning building. There is a heavy steel door at the entrance which locks with a spring lock. Mr. Giblin unlocked the door and forgot to take the key out of the keyhole. A watchman whose name Mr. Giblin did not even know, accompanied him, and the door swung shut on the two and locked itself.

It was dark on the ground floor and Mr. Giblin and the watchman groped their way to the front of the building. No one missed them, apparently, for Cedar street at that time in the morning was so dark that forms could be distinguished only vaguely, and the dangling shining keys in the blacked steel door were forgotten or not even seen. There was little fire on the ground floor, but of smoke there was a great deal and Mr. Giblin and his aid reached the Broadway windows with difficulty.

Prisoner in a Vault

Within fifteen minutes after Mr. Giblin had entered the building there was a crash. A heavy safe had tumbled from an upper floor. The inrushing air brought the fire with it, and soon the ground floor was a mass of flames. Mr. Giblin, however, did not see this for he had stepped into his vault big enough to conceal a company of men, and the door was keeping both flames and smoke from him. He was busily engaged looking for the papers which he had come to save. It was only when he had obtained what he wanted that he opened the door of the vault to retrace his steps. A rush of smoke almost overcame him instantly. He pulled the door behind him and realized he was a prisoner. He glanced about for the watchman but did not see him. He knew then that his life *** was only a matter of time, and he waited for that time.

The rumor ****** outside that a well dressed man who had entered the building had perished in the flames. Some said that his name was Giblin but the busy firefighters soon forgot his incident for there were other things which kept them alert every moment.

Reporter Discovers Signal

The story of the rescue as told by the Sun follows:

At 7:30 a.m. a white pocket handkerchief which was being waved by President William Giblin of the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company between the iron bars of the gate of the Broadway entrance to the deposit company's offices in the sunken ground floor two steps down from the Broadway sidewalk attracted the attention of a reporter who was standing with the Rev. Father McGean, a chaplain of the Fire Department across the street from the burning building.

There's somebody alive over there in the ********** ********* ******** the reporter said. Father McGean had heard no cries from the basement floor, but he had been hearing groans from floors above. He and Chief ****** ran across through the smoke and spray together. The stone lintels over the doorways were crashing to the street all around the grillwork opening. Already the dark opening was beginning to be framed with a thick picture frame of ice. And for a background was a dull glare as the fire ate upward toward where the president of the company crouched beside Watchman William Campion, who was dead, and Watchman William Sheehan, whose right arm was pinned against the dead man by the fallen ceiling timbers that had killed Campion.

Three Men Saved at the Steel Bars

Fireman James Dunn of Engine 6 disobeyed orders and saved President Giblin and Sheehan. When Father McGean had heard Mr. Giblin's confession and had been pulled away from the grill by Acting Chief Devanny, a watchman named Peck came up with two hacksaws which he had found at 113 Broadway. Peck started in with one of the saws on the bars of the door and dropped the other. President Giblin reached through the bars and got hold of the saw and started to try to help Peck cut the inch and one-half bars. Mr. Giblin worked for ten minutes or until the falling water had so chilled his hands that he had to drop the saw. Peck's saw broke.

There was a wait of fifteen minutes while no one came near the iron door where the dead man stood frozen to the bars and the president of the company and Watchman Sheehan called on God for help. Then Fireman Jim Dunn of Engine 6 jumped up to the grating. Jim Dunn had a saw and started in to cut the bars.

Somebody, a superior officer at any rate, ran up to Dunn through the falling spray and ordered Dunn to get away from the face of the building where now big chunks of stone were smashing down more frequently.

"These two fellows are alive!" yelled Dun to his Chief. "I'm going to saw them out."

"OK, then, you fool," cried the chief and got out of range of the falling stones.

Jim Dunn Finished the Job

For a long time then - Sheehan says about an hour, but it was probably much less - Jim Dunn sawed away. While he was working Commissioner Johnson personally directed that a stream be sent in through the grating to keep back the fire which was creeping streetward toward where Giblin and Sheehan stood, now too cold and weak to help. The stream struck Giblin and for an instant, pressed him back forcibly against the debris that held him close to the door. And during the rest of the time the fireman was sawing the bars, the stiff spray alternately was hitting Dunn and Giblin and coating them with ice.

Dunn got through a bar and found that even when it was pried to one side the imprisoned men couldn't be pulled out to the sidewalk. He patiently started at another bar. And after an hour and a quarter of steady sawing got two bars cut through. Then he left the grill and for another ten minutes Giblin and Sheehan waited for him to come back.

The Living Out. The Dead Left

Dunn had left them only to get a crowbar to pry the cut bars aside. He stretched the bars to either side and reached in and got out first Mr. Giblin and then Sheehan. Campion evidently was dead and was left standing there. All afternoon and until dark through the spray two white blurs might be seen where his hands stuck outward through the bars.

Dunn, Father McGean and Commissioner Johnson carried Giblin and Sheehan across the street to the boiler room of the Trinity Building, where Dr. Thatcher Worthern and Dr. Garrett of the Hudson Street Hospital and Dr. Girdansky of Gouverneur Hospital had established a relief station in the hot boiler room and the two men were stripped, rubbed down and drank a stimulant. The clothes of Giblin had to be cut to get them off because of the solid coating of ice. Fire Commissioner Johnson worked his own arms to break the coating of ice on his own coat sleeves, drew off his coat and then pulled off his sweater and drew it over the head of Mr. Giblin.

Mr. Giblin at the Hudson Street Hospital was found to be suffering only from exposure and will be able to go home soon unless a heavy cold ******** ********* ********.

Sheehan suffered a broken right arm; the arm that had been pinned against Campion, which was set after he had recovered some bit from his exposure and shock.

A dispatch from New York today states that Mr. Giblin was much improved this morning and left the hospital for his home.

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