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Commander Greenleaf Cilley

Male 1829 - 1899  (69 years)


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  • Name Greenleaf Cilley 
    Prefix Commander 
    Birth 27 Oct 1829  Thomaston, Knox, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death 5 Feb 1899  San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Burial Elm Grove Cemetery, Thomaston, Knox, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I35347  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 19 May 2021 

    Father Jonathan Longfellow Cilley, U.S. Representative from Maine,   b. 2 Jul 1802, Nottingham, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 24 Feb 1838, Bladensburg, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Deborah Prince,   b. 6 Jul 1808   d. 14 Aug 1844 (Age 36 years) 
    Marriage 4 Apr 1829  [1
    Family ID F20761  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Malvina Vernet,   b. 5 Feb 1830, Malvina Islands, Argentina, now Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territory Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 24 Sep 1924, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 94 years) 
    Marriage 13 May 1861  Montevideo, Uruguay Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F20763  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 May 2021 

  • Notes 
    • He joined the US Navy as a midshipman shortly after his father was killed in a duel. He made a career of it and retired in 1865 with the rank of Commander. On a naval visit to South America he met and fell in love with Malvina Vernet, daughter of Luis Vernet, who was once governor of the Malvina Islands. They married in 1861 and lived in the United States for some years, where their first two children were born. They were present in Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. on 15 Apr 1865 when President Lincoln was assasinated. Not long after that, they moved back to Argentina, where they spent the rest of their lives.

      They had six children. Their oldest, a daughter, died before her second birthday. The second, Jonathan Vernet Cilley (1863-1947) was born in Brooklyn, New York, trained as a civil engineer, married an Italian woman, and spent the rest of his life in South America. The remaining four children, Luis Prince Cilley (1867-1941), Joseph Saez Cilley (b. 1868), D├ęborah Malvinas Cilley (b. 1870), and Malvina Justa Cilley (1872-1941), were all born in South America, married South American spouses, and died there, resulting in innumerable descendants of the New England Cilley family on that continent, mostly in Argentina and Chile.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5807] The Cilley Pages by Mark Cilley, at cilley.net, via the Wayback Machine at archive.org.