Commander Greenleaf Cilley1
#223, b. 27 October 1829, d. 5 February 1899
Commander Greenleaf Cilley|b. 27 Oct 1829\nd. 5 Feb 1899|p223.htm|Honorable Jonathan Longfellow Cilley|b. 2 Jul 1802\nd. 24 Feb 1838|p165.htm|Deborah Prince|b. 6 Jul 1808\nd. 14 Aug 1844|p222.htm|Major Greenleaf Cilley|b. 1 Mar 1767\nd. 24 Feb 1808|p140.htm|Jennie Nealley|b. 22 Sep 1772\nd. 26 Mar 1866|p159.htm|Honorable Hezekiah Prince|b. 7 Feb 1771\nd. 27 Dec 1840|p1875.htm|Isabella Coombs|b. 9 Apr 1781\nd. 2 Dec 1840|p1876.htm|
Commander Greenleaf Cilley was born on 27 October 1829 at Thomaston, Knox, Maine.1 He was the son of Honorable Jonathan Longfellow Cilley and Deborah Prince.1 He married Malvina Vernet, daughter of Luis Vernet Gov. and Maria Saez, on 13 May 1861 at Montevideo, Uruguay.2,1 He died on 5 February 1899 at San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina, at age 69.2 He was buried at Elm Grove Cemetery, Thomaston, Knox, Maine.2,3
Commander Greenleaf Cilley
Commander Greenleaf Cilley began military service on 26 February 1841, appointed midshipman US Navy.4
Commander Greenleaf Cilley appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Bath, Lincoln, Maine, in the household of Edward S. J. Nealley Esq. and Lucy Prince, aged 20, Lucy is the sister of Deborah Prince, Greenleaf's mother, in the Navy and owned real estate valued at $800.5
Commander Greenleaf Cilley appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Thomaston enumerated 8 June 1860, at age 31 and a Lieutenant in the US Navy, his personal property was valued at $800.6 He ended military service on 18 March 1865, on retired list.4
Greenleaf and Malvina were in the Ford Theater in Washington, DC 15 April 1865 when President Abraham LINCOLN was shot. Malvina's mother made a note of it in her diary.7,8
Commander Greenleaf Cilley appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Rockland, Knox, Maine, in the household of General Jonathan Prince Cilley.9
Greenleaf joined the Navy at an early age shortly after his father, the Honorable Jonathan Longfellow Cilley, was killed in a duel. He made a career of the Navy and retired from it in 1865 with the rank of Commander. On one of his naval expeditions to South America he met and fell in love with Malvina Vernet, daughter of Luis Vernet, who was once the governor of the Malvina Islands (also known as the Falkland Islands). They lived for a time in the United States where their first two children were born. But after their first child died and President Lincoln was assassinated they moved back to Argentina.
Excerpt from Memoirs and Services of Three Generations published in 1909.10
The Cilley Family Roots in New England, Vol. II published in 2004.7
Children of Commander Greenleaf Cilley and Malvina Vernet
- J. P. Cilley. The Cilley Family. Augusta, ME: n.pub., 1878.
- Richard Cilley. History and Genealogy of the Cilley Family, 1563-1978. Lake Geneva, WI: Richard Cilley, 1978.
- Elm Grove Cemetery, Thomaston, Knox, Maine. Gravestone.
- Unknown author. Who Was Who in America. N.p.: n.pub.
- 1850 Federal Census of Lincoln County, Maine, population schedule. Micropublication M432:261. Washington: National Archives.
- 1860 Federal Census of Knox County, Maine, population schedule. Micropublication M653:443. Washington: National Archives.
- Annie M. Cilley. The Cilley Family Roots in New England, Vol. II. 148 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970: Higginson Book Company, 2004.
- Diaro Hoy, La Plata, La Plata, 5 Feb 1998.
- 1880 Federal Census of Knox County, Maine, population schedule. Micropublication T9:482. Washington: National Archives.
- Unknown author. Memoirs and Services of Three Generations. N.p.: Privately printed, 1909.
- Rev. Elliott C. Cogswell. History of Nottingham, Deerfield, and Northwood, NH. Manchester: John B. Clark, 1878.