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“Gillette sees his parents”


‘Gillette Sees His Parents’ – NY Times 3-1-1908



Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is a New York Times article about a visit Chester Gillette’s parents made to the prison in Auburn, NY where he would be executed a month later. Gillette had just lost an appeal of his conviction.


“Gillette sees his parents,” New York Times, March 1, 1908



Gillette 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:



The Descendants of John Gillette

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


The 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).


The Descendants of Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown (1696-19771) was an ancestor of Grace Brown.



The 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 (Balcock) Brown (1858-1939).



 — Roger W. Smith

    June 2017; updated January 2018