Gillette, Brown genealogy



descendants of John Gillette


descendants of Leonard Rice


Descendants of Daniel Brown


Descendants of Charles H. Babcock






This post contains four reports — posted above in downloadable PDF format — showing the genealogy of the families of Chester Ellsworth Gillette (1883-1908) and Grace Mae Brown (1886-1906).

Gillette was executed in Auburn, NY in 1908 for the murder of Grace Brown.

Chester Gillette was the prototype of the character Clyde Griffiths in Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy. Grace Brown was the prototype for the character Roberta Alden in the novel.

The reports posted here were generated using genealogy software. They include:



Descendants of John Gillette

John Gillette (1729-1760) was an ancestor of Chester Gillette.



Descendants of Leonard Rice

Leonard Rice was an ancestor of Chester Gillette. Rice was the maiden name of Chester Gillette’s mother, Louisa Maria (Rice) Gillette (1859-1939).



Descendants of Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown (1696-1771) was an ancestor of Grace Brown (Chester Gillette’s murder victim), the daughter of Frank B. Brown (1856-1918) and Minerva (Babock) Brown (ca. 1858-1939).



Descendants of Charles H. Babcock

Charles H. Babcock (ca. 1832-1881) was the maternal grandfather of Grace Brown. Babcock was the maiden name of Grace Brown’s mother Minerva (Babcock) Brown.



—   Roger W. Smith

     June 2017; updated August 2020

3 thoughts on “Gillette, Brown genealogy

  1. Robert C. Williams

    Under both Daniel Brown and Charles H. Babcock genealogies, my father’s birth and death years are incorrect. He was born 22 Mar 1911, Toledo, Lucas, OH. Was married 30 Jun 1935, Angola, Steuben, IN. Died 19 Jun 1984, Naples, Collier, FL. Was cremated in FL and his cremains, along with my mother’s (Marian Brown Landesman) are located in the memorial garden, Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church Memorial Garden. I was present at his death.

    Further citations: Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
    Original data:  State of Florida. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Florida: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 1998.

    I am the great-grandson of Frank Browning Brown and Minerva (Babcock) Brown, parents of Grace Brown.


    Generation 4 INCORRECT FOR William Henry Williams.

    6. MARIAN BROWN4 LANDESMAN (Mary Caroline3 Brown, Minerva2 Babcock, Charles H.1 Babcock)32 was born about 1909 in New York (state)25. She died in Michigan?. She married WILIAM HENRY WILLIAMS. He was born on 05 Nov 192046. He died on 01 Aug 1995 in Pontiac, Oakland Co., Michigan46.
    Wiliam Henry Williams and Marian Brown Landesman had the following child: i. ROBERT C.5 WILLIAMS.



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