Joseph GILSOUL
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Joseph GILSOUL

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Minnesota

Comp. , 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery

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Enlisted

September 14, 1864

Discharged

June 24, 1865

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Born

1845, Crehen or
12 September 1849, Créhen, Liege Belgium

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Married

Maggie BUCKLEY, August 15, 1865
Mary BUCKLEY (widow SAVAGE)
Eugenie LANGEVIN, January 19, 1917

Death

1916
or Faribault, Mn, about 1929

Children

1868 : Mary; 1870 : Louis; 1872 : Nellie; 1874 : Anton 

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Biography:

Joseph Gilsoul  born at Crehen near Liege in Belgium, 1843. His parents Hubert Gilsoul and Marie Tilman. The family sailed into the port of New York on the ship F. Gebhard on May 10, 1858. The father was born on January 11, 1795 at Thisnes, also near Liege. He stated being 58 y.o. in the ship manifest but was older.  At 63 years, it was a very old age to go to the New World to begin a new life. With him, his wife Marie Catherine born 1804 and and 4 of his 5 remainging childs (3 other ones were dead in Belgium at respectively 2, 8  and 14 y.o.): Marie Therese, 22 y.o. (Marie Thérèse Joséphine born 1835); Stephanie, 20 y.o (Stéphanie Joseph born 1837); Joseph, 13 y.o. (François Joseph born 1843); Louis 9 y.o. (Jean Louis born 1848). The eldest girl, Marie Angélique, was married in 1856 in Belgium at Crehen and remained in Belgium.

No trace of them after their arrival. The 1860 census doesn't list that family, nor the following ones. The only Gilsoul found in later days is (François) Joseph Gilsoul. The only hint they stayed in America is the 1880 census, where Joseph Gilsoul is listed twice. One with his family and one with his mother, 75 y.o. in Polk County, Minnesota. She was living with Florentine Lebrun family, also from Belgium.  

Following the 1870 census, Joseph Gilsoul settled in Faribault, Shieldsville township, Rice County, Minnesota. He married 3 times. First with Margaret Buckley (in 1865) and with her widow sister (in 1870) Margaret (Savage) Buckley. He married a third time with Eugenie Langevin, from Canada, in 1917.

He died on march 16, 1929 and is buried in Pine Grove cemetery, Cass lake, Cass county, Minnesota.

Sources :
J. H. Mertens : "The Second Battle"
Lacourt : Immigrants Belges