Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lillis Collection: James T Lillis


James T Lillis
Originally uploaded by targeteer2k.

Here is James T. Lillis the Surrogate of the County Hudson, New Jersey. This is an adoption document from 1898 for Robert Tym. This item has double coolness, it's over a hundred years old and an official document with a big blue seal on it.

If you have any information to add about James let me know.

9 comments:

Karen Lillis said...

I'll look into it. My Lillis'es are from Hudson County, but I don't know all their names.

Richard Lillis said...

thanks Karen! it would be very neat if this James Lillis was your relative.

Henry Sill said...

James T Lillis is my 2nd Great Grand Uncle (married to Alice Dooley). He raised his nephew James Thomas Lillis (my great grandfather).

Interesting I found your blog

Richard Lillis said...

@Henry in my genealogy research I haven't made a connection to James. maybe one day I will :-)

Henry Sill said...

I can help you with the connection. It's on the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census Jersey City Ward 11, Hudson, New Jersey. I will make another post about this James T Lillis for you. Is he any relation to you btw?

Henry Sill said...

JAMES T. LILLIS, Surrogate of Hudson County, is the eldest son of Martin and Catherine (McCarthy) Lillis, both natives of Ireland, who came to this country about 1849 and settled in the north part of the County of Hudson. His father, one of the prominent and extensive truckmen of his time, died in Jersey City on the 1st of January, 1879. His mother's death occurred there August 21, 1887.
Surrogate Lillis was born in West New York, Hudson County, March 6, 1853, and when about four years old his parents moved to Jersey City. He there acquired his early education in public and parochial schools. Entering_ Rutgers College at New Brunswick in 1870, on a scholarship granted him by the freeholders after he had passed the required examination, he was graduated with the degree of B.S. in 1873, and the same year entered the Hudson County surrogate's office in Jersey City, with which he has ever since been connected. The probate history of Hudson County during the past twenty-seven years is practically a history of Surrogate Lillis's life, and vice versa. From a clerkship he rose steadily to the post of Assistant Surrogate, and in November, 1896, was elected Surrogate on the Democratic ticket over his Republican opponent, Hon. P. F. Wanser, then Mayor of Jersey City, receiving a flattering majority. Surrogate Lillis still holds that office, and has discharged its duties with ability and satisfaction. Having had more than a quarter of a century's uninterrupted experience in general probate matters, it is not strange that he should be everywhere regarded as the man best qualified to perform the work coming before a surrogate, and during a life-long devotion to his labors he has achieved an enviable reputation as well as signal success. Genial, sympathetic, and able, thoroughly versed in every department of probate law, and methodical in all his efforts, he is one of the most popular of Hudson County's citizens, and prominent in both political circles and private capacities.

For many years he has been a leading member of the Hudson County Democratic Committee, and for some time he served as its Secretary. He is also a member of the Robert Davis Association of Jersey City, of the Berkeley and University Clubs of the same place, of the Knights of Columbus, of the Benevolent Order of Elks, and of other bodies. He has resided in Jersey City for more than forty years, his present residence being at 208 Palisade Avenue.

Surrogate Lillis was married June 3, 1877, to Alice Dooley, daughter of Felix Dooley, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. They have four children: Martin J., James T., Jr., John, and Anna.

Richard Lillis said...

He isn't of any relation from recent generations meaning he's not the brother of my Great Great Grandfather John Lillis who lived in Bronx, New York in the late 1800's

Richard Lillis said...

wow that's great information Henry! Thanks for posting it. It's very possible there is a relation going back in Ireland and one day I'll find it. There is so much to research

Henry Sill said...

No problem Richard. Yes it is possible that the lines connect somewhere in Ireland. And I agree much research is required for the Surname Lillis. I can however offer you some insight. A lot of Lillis's changed their name on their voyage over to America. It is believed through word of mouth in my family line that the surname was "Lawless." A name given to the Lillis's by the British; probably for the Lillis's being a "Proud" bunch lol. So in your research don't count out the name Lawless because there is a connecting and you may be able to tie the two together in your family line.