Me again...I didn't see any Phillip/Philip Gilson in the l900 Census for Michigan.In reviewing the l881 Canadian Census being you believe he would be old enough to father a child in the l890s and perhaps from Canada, well I thought I would take a look.
I did locatek, but only one Philip Gilson, age 10 born l871..he was the son of Nelson and Maria Gilson living in North Cayuga North, Haldimand County, Ontario Canada. Nelson born Ontario age 44, Farmer and Maria born Ontario age 34.
The listed children were and all born in Ontario: Rosanna, Age 16 Mary, Age 14 John Age 11 Phillip, Age 10 Melaeie (??), Age 7 (Male) perhaps Michael? Nettie, Age 5 Carrie, Age 2
Would these perhaps be the family of Philip Gilson?
You can find these individuals, free, at: www.familysearch.org
Then find the tab marked "Census"...you can review: United States, Canada, Britain for l881.