Gilbert Lafayette Bulan Fetterman1

#21708, (circa 1825 - May 1883)
Father*Washington Wilfrid Fetterman Jr.1 (1802 - 1838)
Mother*Sarah De Bulan1 (c 1798 - 1862)


Augusta Gloninger b. 1836
Children 1.Gilbert Fetterman Jr.11 (c 1870 - )
 2.Alice Fetterman12 (1874 - 1908)
Birth*circa 1825He was born circa 1825 at PennsylvaniaG.1 
1 July 1837He was named as a minor child in the will of Washington Wilfrid Fetterman Jr.; (codicil added 27 Jun 1838.)2 
19 August 1850He appeared on the census of 19 August 1850 in the household of Sarah De Bulan at 1st Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG, age 25, b. PA, lawyer.3 
2 June 1860He appeared on the census of 2 June 1860 in the household of Sarah De Bulan at 4th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG, as G L B, age 35, b. PA, lawyer.4 
1861He and Sarah De Bulan lived in 1861 at 81 Penn, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.5 
Death13 October 1867He witnessed the death of George W Fetterman on 13 October 1867 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.6 
Marriage*circa 1870He married Augusta Gloninger, daughter of John Gloninger and Mary J Ringold, circa 1870 at Baltimore, Maryland.7 
9 September 1871He left a will on 9 September 1871 at Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.8 
11 June 1880He and Augusta Gloninger appeared on the census of 11 June 1880 at 261 North Avenue, Allegheny City, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.9 
Death*May 1883He died in May 1883 at North Avenue, Allegheny (now Pittsburgh), Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.10 
Probate*19 June 1883His estate was probated on 19 June 1883 at Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.8 


  1. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S1666] Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, index and images, online, Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Register of Wills, Will Books Vol. 5, pp. 79-80, imgs. 330-331/579. Last will of Washington Wilfred Fetterman of Pittsburgh, 1 Jul 1837. Names wife Sarah as executrix and heir to all real and personal property; names Sarah as Guardian of children Gilbert, George, Gertrude, Wilfred [sic] and Francis [sic]; bequeaths to "my trusty and tryed friend" William Sheehy five shares of stock in the "hope that he will assist my executrix;" devises to his [unnamed] mother $1000 "as a testimony of respect for one whom I dearly love." Codicil 27 Jun 1838, to William Sheehy $500 in lieu of stock, and $500 to Belinda Pennington. Witnesses H MacShane and George W Holdship. Recorded 5 Feb 1839. Copies of the will also recorded in Taylor and Harrison Counties, VA (now WV), and Madison Co., OH; citations available on request. Note: W.P.A. typed abstract omits child Wilfred.
  3. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Sarah B (48), b. PA, real estate value $200,000.
  4. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. S B Fetternan (64), b. PA, real estate value $180,000, personal estate $30,000. Also Mary Moran (age 45, cook) and Mary Loughrey (age 19, housemaid), both b. Ireland.
  5. [S1940] Thurston's Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities (n.p.: Geo. H. Thurston, Year 1861, p. 93, img. 57/221. G L B Fetterman, of N. P. & G. L. B. Fetterman; Sarah B Fetterman, wid. of Washington W,81 Penn. Offices of the Fetterman brothers, 137 Fourth.
  6. [S1943] Letters and their enclosures received by the Commission Branch of the Adjutant General's Office, 1863-70, Publication M1064, Record Group 94, NARA, online, File H1103, Late Capt. Geo. W. Fetterman (46 images). Letter of 16 Nov 1867, from Capt. Henry Haymond to the Adjutant General, informing him that Brevet Major George W Fetterman, Capt. 15th US Infantry, d. at the res. of his bro., Gilbert Fetterman, in Philadelphia PA, 13 Oct 1867, of chronic diarrhea; he was bur. 16 Oct 1867 at the Catholic Cemetery "near the City," attended by several officers. Viewed online at
  7. [S1935] Papers of the Fetterman Family, MSS#151, biographical sketch, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  8. [S1666] Pennsylvania Wills and Probate 1683-1993, online, Allegheny > Will Books, Vol. 26, 1881-1884, pp. 297-299, imgs. 521-522/689. Last will of Gilbert L B Fetterman of Pittsburgh, 9 Sep 1873. Bequeaths $1000 to Rev. George S Grace; "to my beloved wife, Mary Augusta Fetterman," "the rest and residue of my estate, real, personal and mixed." Names wife Mary Augusta executrix and guardian of infant son, Gilbert L; also names brother Wilfred B Fetterman and brother-in-law John Gloninger as executors. Witnesses Arthur O'Leary and Redmond J Grace. Codicil 18 Feb 1875, reduces to $400 bequest to Rev. Grace and adds bequest of $600 to Rev. Lowerkamp, pastor of St. Philomena Church, Pittsburgh; adds dau. Mary Alice Grace Fetterman to guardianship of wife Mary Augusta. Witnesses P Moran and Joseph S Morrison. Proved 19 Jun 1883. Copies also registered in Beaver Co. PA and Taylor Co. WV (the WV copy has Wm Gloninger rather than John Gloninger, in error).
  9. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Gilbert (50), b. and parents b. PA, lawyer; Augusta (35), b. and mother b. MD, father b. PA, keeps house.
  10. [S1937] Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  11. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  12. [S1570] Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963/1964/1966/1968: Year 1908, 116201-120200, img. 2882/4103. File No. 118987, Reg. No. 9806, Primary Reg. Dist. 2. Alice Fetterman Walsh, b. PA 8 Jun 1874, dau. of Gilbert Fetterman and Augusta Gloninger, both b. PA [sic]; marr., housewife; d. 523 North Negley Ave., Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. PA, age 34y 6m 21d, vascular disease of heart for 14 years due to rheumatism; inf. John L Walsh, same res.; bur. St. Marys Cemetery 2 Jan 1909, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, online