Edward Gilkey

Edward T. Gilkey (1839 - 1906)

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Edward T. Gilkey aka Guilkey
Born in Greenup County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 13 Feb 1865 in Boyd County, Kentuckymap
Died in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 15 Mar 2018 | Created 9 Jul 2016
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Genealogically Defined


Edward Gilkey served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: 20 April 1861
Mustered out: 23 September 1864
Side: USA
Regiment(s): 6th Indiana Infantry; 8th Indiana Cavalry

Edward Gilkey was born on 19 February 1839 in Greenup County, Kentucky the son of William Gilkey and Harriet Blankenship[1][2] He was named for his grandfather and the family patriarch Edward Gilkey who adopted the use of the spelling Guilkey for the family name. Many descendants continued using the Guilkey spelling variation although in the twentieth century the family returned to the original Gilkey spelling.

Young Edward grew up in Greenup County and was living there in 1850 with his father and mother, William Gilkey and Harriet Blankenship. Between 1850 and 1860 Edward's mother died and he went to Indiana with his older brother Elinzey. They stayed with their uncle, John Gilkey, who owned a farm in Hamilton County, Indiana near the town of Noblesville. [3]

In April 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumpter. Noblesville, Indiana and the surrounding area were caught up in a patriotic fervor to save the Union. When President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to form an army to put down the rebellion men from Noblesville and Hamilton County were among the first in Indiana to answer the call. These volunteers were originally called the "Hamilton Continentals" but later became the Sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers.

Edward Gilkey enlisted for a term of three months as a Private in Company I, 6th Regiment Indiana Volunteers on 20 April 1860 at Noblesville, Indiana. Military records give his physical description as: 5 ft 8 in tall, light complexion, sandy hair and grey eyes. He was 22 years old.

After his three month term was up in July 1861 Edward returned to Noblesville, Indiana and after a brief visit re-enlisted as a Corporal in the 39th Indiana Regiment for a three year term. He was first sent to Kentucky where he became ill and was hospitalized in Louisville in January and February 1862. When he was returned to the regiment he was detached to act as Assistant Wagonmaster for the Division and served in that capacity for most of the rest of his war service. His brother, Solomon Gilkey, was a Division Wagonmaster and they served together. He was at the Battle of Shiloh, 7 April 1862 as well as numerous other engagements including the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. He was mustered out of the service at Atlanta, Georgia on 23 September 1864. [4]

After the war he returned to Kentucky where he married Elizabeth Johnson Sinnett, the daughter of John and Sabilla Sennet, on 13 Feb 1865 in Boyd County, Kentucky. The bond dated 12/13/1865, was signed by Edward Guilkey and C.S. Guilkey. She was born 1841 in Ohio and was the widow of Samuel Boyles. The marriage took place at the home of C.S. Guilkey in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. William Hampton performed the marriage ceremony. [5]

Edward worked as a teamster and moved his family every few years between Boyd County, Kentucky; Ironton, Ohio; and Portsmouth, Ohio. In the 1880 census Edward and Elizabeth along with their children resided in Ashland, Kentucky with his sister Grace. [6] In 1900 he was working as a teamster for a wagonmaster in Portsmouth, Ohio.

A newspaper item in 1896 with the headline,Old Soldier Robbed, provides a little insight into Edward Gilkey's life.

Greenup, KY. Sept 16. "Ned Guilkey, an old soldier, was robbed while intoxicated of $19 and a pair of gold spectacles. He did not discover his loss until Tuesday morning, and claims the deed was done while he was asleep. Guilkey makes his home at the military home at Dayton, O., and is here on a visit." [7]

Poor health and old age continued his decline leaving him in the deplorable condition of serving a term as a Prisoner in the the jail at Portsmouth, Ohio in 1900. [8]

He applied for a military pension based on disability in June 1885 and eventually received $10.00 a month. [9] In 1904, he was in the National Military Home in Dayton, Ohio and there died 25 September 1906. [10] His occupation was listed as Teamster. [11] [12] His widow Elizabeth Gilkey received a widow's pension for his military service until her death in 1914 in Columbus, Ohio.

Edward and Elizabeth Gilkey had seven children: Charles, Albert, Mary, Edward Jr, Oddie May, Harriet, and William.


  1. Edward Gilkey was age 11, born Kentucky and living in the household of his father Wm. Gilkey. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M65Q-KW5 : 9 November 2014), Edward Gilkey in household of Wm Gilkey, Greenup county, Greenup, Kentucky, United States; citing family 1, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. Family recollections of Eleanor (Guilkey) Bookman [1] and the family files of Karen Webb Wertman [2]
  3. John Gilkey was living in Hamilton Co., IN by 10 Feb 1838, when John Guilkey is recorded purchasing a bed spread and axe at the estate sale of Sarah Murphy. see: Bevelhimer, Susan, Abstracts of the will records 1824-1901 Hamilton County, Indiana., p 14.
  4. 1890 Veterans Census. Year: 1890; Census Place: Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio; Roll: 68; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 206
  5. Boyd County, Kentucky Marriage Book 2A, Feb 13, 1865. Edward Guilkey, age 25, born Greenup County, father born Greenup Co, mother born Kentucky; Elizabeth (Sinnett) Boils, age 24, widow, born Lewis County, Kentucky; parents born Virginia.
  6. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCCS-8WP : 11 August 2016), Edward Guilkey in household of Grace Guilkey, Upper Ashland, Boyd, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district ED 10, sheet 213B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0404; FHL microfilm 1,254,404.
  7. The climax. (Richmond, Madison County, Ky.), 23 Sept. 1896. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. [3]
  8. Edward Gilkey, Prisoner, age 60, born Kentucky, occupation Teamster. His birth was recorded as Jan 1840 which is incorrect but the data may have been given by someone else or Edward may simply not have remembered. US Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Portsmouth Ward 2, Scioto, Ohio; Roll: 1319; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0123; FHL microfilm: 1241319
  9. Edward Gilkey Invalid Pension Claim #900906 for service in the Civil War. Widow Pension #624107.
  10. "United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZ3S-9ZZ : 4 December 2014), Edward Gilkey Or Guilkey, 1895; citing p. 22074, Dayton, Ohio, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1749 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 43; FHL microfilm 1,547,813.
  11. "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F62K-P57 : 13 December 2014), Edward Guilkey, 25 Sep 1906; citing Death, Montgomery, Ohio, United States, source ID v 6 p 92, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 1,030,828.
  12. Find A Grave: Memorial #697458 Edward T Guilkey, 1906; Burial, Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States of America, Dayton National Cemetery

See also:

  • Prechtel-Kluskens, Claire. “Wagonmasters Serving the Union during the Civil War .” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 85. (Dec. 1997): 295–311. (FHL book 973 B2ng.)
  • THE DUTIES OF THE U.S. ARMY WAGONER by Greg Krenzelok.[4]

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