I am also working with Duane on this.this is the only info I have about James/Jacob Gilles..
A James Gilles age 62 found in state of Maryland on 1930 Census which would be about the right age for our Jacob/James.He marital status is listed as Widowed, Occupation-a Farmer.Worchester County, Election District 9, District 18.Born in Wisconsin. Parents born in Germany.
There wereobits that mentioned James lived Maryland.
That's all I have.I'm sure Duane must have looked in wisconsin.How do you know that James was in Merrillan in 1938?