Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore 1829

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore 1829

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in USA

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, son of Patrick Joseph Gilmore and Mary McMahon, was born in Ballygar, County Galway, Ireland on 25 Dec 1829. 

He began his musical career at the age of 15. 

Patrick emigrated to the United State with his parents in 1848 and settled in Boston, Massachusetts.  There in Massachusetts, he founded “Gilmore’s Band” which became the leading Military and concert band in America.

By 1858 he was living in Salem, Massachusetts and married Ellen "Nellie" J. O’Neill, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her parents were Patrick and Mary O'Neill.

Patrick S. and Ellen Gilmore had at least two children: Minnie (Gilmore) Carter, b. 1867 and Mary Louise Gilmore, d. 1932.

In 1863 Gilmore wrote, the wildly popular  Civil War song, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, under the pseudonym, Louis Lambert. The tune was derived from a traditional Irish tune entitled: “Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye.”

Patrick Gilmore served in the 24th Massachusetts Volunteers.

In 1869 he organized two of the largest musical festivals in music history having thirty thousand singers and the best military bands. He became known as “The father of Military Bands.”

While playing in “Gilmore’s Band,” on 24 Sept 1892 in St. Louis, Missouri, Patrick S. Gilmore died suddenly.

He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, New York, USA.


Wikipedia: Patrick Gilmore 

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Find A Grave: Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, New York, USA

Laura Ingalls Wilder A-Z [website]-”When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again."


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Additional Information
Date of Birth 25th Dec 1829  
Date of Death 24th Sep 1892  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Patrick Joseph Gilmore  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Ellen "Nellie" J. O’Neill  
Place & Date of Marriage In 1858 he married Nellie J. O’Neill, in Lowell, Massachusetts.  
Place of Death Woodside, Queens, New York, USA.  
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