Eliza Eleanor Gilliland1

F, #241, b. 20 July 1806
Last Edited=22 Aug 2011
     Eliza Eleanor Gilliland was born on 20 July 1806.1 She was the daughter of Samuel Gilliland and Eleanor Vance.1 May have gone to Tennesse with her brother David and sister Hannah.1

Citations

  1. [S926] The Gettysburg Times, August 12, 1939.

Maria (Mariah) Gilliland1

F, #242, b. 7 September 1808
Last Edited=7 Aug 2012
     Maria (Mariah) Gilliland married ? Thum.2 Maria (Mariah) Gilliland was born on 7 September 1808.1 She was the daughter of Samuel Gilliland and Eleanor Vance.1

Citations

  1. [S926] The Gettysburg Times, August 12, 1939.
  2. [S2535] Lauderdale County, Tennessee Will Book D; pages 207-208.

Catherine Gilliland1

F, #243, b. circa September 1821, d. 12 March 1822
Last Edited=22 Aug 2011
     Catherine Gilliland was born circa September 1821 at Adams County, Pennsylvania.1 She was the daughter of Fleming Gilliland and Sarah Gilliland.1 Catherine Gilliland died on 12 March 1822 at Straban township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.1

Citations

  1. [S934] The Republican Compiler, March 20, 1822.

William H. Thompson1

M, #244
Last Edited=1 Feb 2011
     William H. Thompson married Hannah Lovenia Gilliland, daughter of Samuel Gilliland and Eleanor Vance, on 3 November 1831 at Tennessee.1

Citations

  1. [S936] The Republican Compiler, November 15, 1831.

John Gilleylen

M, #245, d. circa 23 October 1784
Last Edited=25 Oct 2017
     According to the book Notable Southern Families John was from Athlone which is a town on the River Shannon near the southern shore of Lough Ree in Ireland. It is on the border of counties Roscommon (province of Connacht) and Westmeath (province of Leinster).1 John Gilleylen married Hester Roome on 3 August 1742 at First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.2,3 John and his wife Hester were originally from Philadelphia.4 Their first three children were born in Philadelphia and baptised at First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.5

In May of 1750 they were living in Southhampton township, Bucks County. John placed an advertisement in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 31st offering a reward to anyone who would return his run-away slave Lilly.6 In the April 25, 1751 edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette John placed the following advertisement to sell his plantation situated in Southhampton township, Bucks County. The sale was scheduled for May 13th:
     "TO be sold, by way of publick vendue, on Monday the thirteenth of May next, at the dwelling house of John Gilleylen, in the township of Southampton, in the county of Bucks, viz. A fine commodious plantation, situate in the township of Southampton aforesaid, containing one hundred and six acres of good land, about fifty five acres thereof is cleared, twelve acres of which is fine mowable meadow, and about five or six acres more may be made, there are several fine springs of water therein, the rest of the land is exceeding well timber; likewise there is a fine young orchard thereon, containing one hundred and sixty five grafted apple trees, all bearing trees, of the best sorts of fruit, and above an hundred black heart cherry trees, all beginning to bear, with a large and commodious stone dwelling house, three stories high, with sash lights, some of them twenty four lights in a window, with a good cellar under the whole, a large stone kitchen adjoining the same, with sash lights likewise, and a fine well before the kitchen, containing eight, or seven feet water in the driest times, being fine water, springing out of a rock; it has been a long accustomed tavern, and is very suitable for either a publick house, or a store keeper, being situated in a fine part of the country for business; there is a large new stone stable on the said premises, which will hold forty horses and upwards, with large joists and loft over head that will hold fifteen bushels of grain and upwards, with other out houses; the place is all in good fence, and the most of it ditched, most of the fencing done with new chestnut rails and stakes, which was purchas'd two miles distance. The place being purchas'd of John Eastburn, and then mortgaged for the payment of Two Hundred and Twelve Pounds. Any person inclining to purchase, may repair to the said place, and view the premises, and know the terms, before the day of sale.
     Note, The Place stands me in upwards of Eight Hundred Pounds, however, I don't expect to be paid nothing near for my improvements.
     There is likewise to be sold, at the time and place aforesaid, a Negroe boy, and a Negroe girl, one riding horse, and three mares, likewise nails of sundry sorts, powder shot, and bar lead, with sundry other things, too tedious to mention. The terms of sale to be known at the time and place aforesaid, by me JOHN GILLEYLEN .
     N.B. The vendue to begin at nine in the morning."7

In 1751, John purchased property in East Caln township, Chester County from the estate of a Mr. Claypoole.4 That same year he also entered into a mortgage (he was the mortgagor - the borrower) with William Coleman and James Pemberton. On the mortgage he was listed as being from Philadelphia and the property was in East Caln.8

In 1755, one of John and Hester's infant children was brutally murdered by John Myrack. The following article appeared in the August 21st issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette:
     "We hear from Chester County, that on Tuesday last, one John Myrack of East Caln, murdered his wife, two of his own children, and a child of Mr. John Gilliland's that was nursing at his house, in a most barbarous manner; after he had murdered his wife, he burnt her face to such a degree that no person could know her. His children's skulls he beat to pieces against a rock that was before his door. And Mr. Gilliland's he carried a little way into the woods, and there killed and left it. He afterwards endeavored to make his escape, but was immediately taken, when he confessed the horrible fact, and is now confined in the Chester Goal."9,10

In early 1756, John had a couple instances where indentured servants of his had run off. Two advertisements were placed in the Pennsylvania Gazette offering rewards for their return. The first was run in the January 1, 1756 edition:
     "East Caln, Chester County, December 28, 1755. RUN away from the subscriber, of East Caln, Chester county, An English servant man, named John Brownsword, is near sighted, about 5 feet and a half high, about 25 years of age, long visage, with pale colour hair: Had on when he went away, A light colour great coat, with a cape, a jacket of the same, and one other birds eye jacket, lined with check, a new felt hat, new shoes and stockings, and a pair of large brass buckles in his shoes. He has a pair of old indentures with him. Whoever takes up and secures said servant, so that his master may have him again, shall have Thirty Shillings reward, and reasonable charges, paid by JOHN GILLEYLEN."11 Then on January 29, 1756 he placed the following advertisement:
     "Philadelphia, January 29, 1756. RUN away on the 19th inst. from the subscriber, living in East Caln township, in the county of Chester, A Dutch servant man, named Martin Bush, round faced, very fresh colour'd, and well set, speaks pretty good English, about 23 years of age, and about 5 feet 6 inches high, with dark brown hair: Had on when he went away, An old felt hat, grey colour'd home-made jacket with small brass buttons on it, old homespun shirt, pretty old buckskin breeches, white yarn stockings, old shoes, with large brass buckles in them. He is a great chewer of tobacco; he cost me about 7 weeks ago £25 and he has upwards of 4 years of his first servitude to serve yet; his father lives in Donegall, and it is supposed he is gone that way. Whoever takes up said servant and brings him to the subscriber, or secures him in any county jail, so as his Master may have him again, shall have Forty Shillings reward, and reasonable charges, paid by me JOHN GILLEYLEN."12

In November of 1758, John held a public sale of property in Philadelphia. He placed an advertisement in the Pennsylvania Gazette on October 26th to advertise the sale. It's not clear whether he owned the properties or was just acting as an agent:
     "Philadelphia, October 26, 1758. TO be sold at publick Vendue on Thursday, the second Day of November next, at the London Coffee House (where the Plan of the Lots may be seen) four Lots of Ground, between Chestnut street and Market street, and between the Sixth and Seventh Streets from Delaware, two of them on the West Side of Sixth street, each containing in Breadth 20 Feet, six Inches and three fifth Parts of an Inch, and in Depth 86 Feet, six Inches: And the other two, situated on the East Side of a 50 Foot new Street, extending into Market street, each of them containing in Breadth 20 Feet and an Half, and three fifth Parts of an Inch, and in Depth 86 Feet six Inches, bounded Eastward with the two first described Lots. The Title is indisputable. The sale will begin at Three o'Clock in the Afternoon, and the Purchaser shall have twelve Months Credit for one third Part of the Purchase Money, without Interest, giving Security, if required. JOHN GILLEYLEN."13

In 1761, John again entered into a mortgage with William Coleman. His residence was listed as East Caln township and the property was also in East Caln.14 In July and August of 1761, John was trying to sell a 400 acre plantation situated on the Great Road in East Caln township. He ran ads in the July 16th and August 27th editions of the Pennsylvania Gazette.15 The Grantor/Grantee Index for Chester County shows that John sold property in 1761 located in East Caln township to Samuel Muckleduff, George Erwin, and David Stuart. However, this must be different land from the 400 acres he was trying to sell as John continued to run his ads in the Pennsylvania Gazette for many years.16

In 1762 we find still another mortgage between John and William Coleman and again the property is in East Caln township. Was this to refinance the 400 acre plantation that John was having problems selling?17

On February 24, 1763, John placed yet another advertisement in the Pennsylvania Gazette to sell his plantation:
     "To be SOLD by the Subscriber,
     A Plantation and Tract of Land, situate on the Great Road, in East Caln, Chester County, containing above 400 Acres, 50 of which is rich mowable Meadow Ground. The whole Plantation is plentifully stored with Springs, and Streams of Water, and there be above 100 Acres of good Plow land. One of the Forks of Brandywine, runs near a Mile through the Land, many fine conveniences for erecting Merchant mills, an Orchard of 8 Acres, with upwards of 500 of the best Fruit Trees. Any Person inclining to purchase, may View the Premises, and know the Terms of Sale, by applying to JOHN GILLEYLEN living on the Place.
     N.B. [New Business] The Land is all new, therefore this is to acquaint the Public, That at 10 o'Clock, on Monday, the 14th of March, will be sold at public Vendue, at the Dwelling House of said JOHN GILLEYLEN (if the whole be not sold) 150 Acres along the Line of Thomas Fisher, Robert Darlington, and Archibald Irwin, very well known to be the best Land in the Parts, and all Woodland; about 20 Acres of rich Meadow Ground; the aforesaid Branch of Brandywine runs through the same. There will be sundry other Goods put up to Sale, too tedious to mention, due Attendance, and reasonable Credit, will be given by JOHN GILLEYLEN."18

On June 2, 1768, John placed an advertisment in the Pennsylvania Gazette to sell his slaves. "To be SOLD by the SUBSCRIBER, TWO Negroe Boys, and a Negroe Girl, their Ages from 16 to 19; all have had the Small-Pox and Measles; brought up to Country Work; a Vendue to be at the Subscriber of Sundries on Monday, the 13th of June, 1768. JOHN GILLEYLEN."19

November 2, 1769, John, being in debt, placed yet another ad in the Pennsylvania Gazette to sell one of his slaves:
     "East Caln township, Chester county, October 23, 1769. TO BE SOLD, A NEGROE BOY, 16 years of age, and a Negroe Girl, 19 years of age; I have had them ever since they were children, they have had the small-pox, have been brought up to every kind of house work, and country business; they are healthy, sound, valuable NEGROES, and sold for no fault; but, as I am in debt, to enable me to pay the same; they are not in the least addicted to any spirituous liquors. JOHN GILLEYLEN."20

John also showed up on various tax lists for Chester County always living in East Caln township and always with around 420 acres of land. In the tax lists I've been able to access he was found in the years 1766, 1767, 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, and 1775.21

In spring of 1770, John was still advertising to sell one of his young slaves. In the May 10, 1770 edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette appeared the following:
     "East Caln Township, April 30, 1770. TO BE SOLD, A NEGROE BOY, turned of 16 Years of Age, bred to every Kind of Country Work; a hearty sound Boy, has had the Small Pox, he is honest, not given to drink any spirituous Liquor to hurt himself, sold for no Fault, I had him from his Infancy. JOHN GILLEYLEN."22

John continued to live on his plantation, periodically running ads in the Pennsylvania Gazette to try and sell it. Then on March 10, 1773 he again placed an advertisement to sell this land by "public vendue" on March 30th. This new ad read as follows:
     "To be SOLD, by PUBLIC VENDUE, on Tuesday, the 30th day of this instant March, A PLANTATION and TRACT of LAND, situate in East Caln Township, Chester County, near the two Presbyterian Churches, upwards of 400 acres, 120 acres cleared, with meadow made and may be made upwards of 100 acres, and may be chiefly watered, the whole plentifully stored with springs and streams of water, one of the Forks of Brandywine running 3/4 of a mile through said place; the quitrent a grain of pepper; a young bearing orchard of 10 acres, with near 500 apple trees, a good stone dwelling house, two stories high, with a log kitchen, good barn, stables and cow houses; the most of the cleared land is new; the whole under good repair; the house pleasantly situate on the great road, leading from Lancaster road to Reading furnace. The sale to begin at one o'clock said day; where due attendance will be given, by me JOHN GILLEYLEN."23

At sometime after 1773, John and Hester moved to Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland.24

John Gilleylen died circa 23 October 1784 at Frederick County, Maryland.25,26 He was found dead on the mill race of Jacob Hockensmith's place in Tom's Creek Hundred. An inquisition was convened on October 23, 1784 by coroner and justice of the Peace John McAlister. The jury, made up of Thos. Samuel Poole, Henry Spalding, Wm. Shields, Sr., Nathaniel Patterson, Wm. Shields, Jr., Christian Smith, George Smith, Sr., George Hockensmith, Jacob Hockensmith, Conrad Hockensmith, Jr., Lina Griffin, Uriah Gates, and Samuel Shields, determined his death to be accidental drowning. [A copy of this inquest could probably be ordered from the Maryland Archives (http://guide.msa.maryland.gov/pages/index.aspx). Series Information: Frederick County Court, (Coroners Inquests), 1778-1789, C772, folder 40298-9]27 Peter Gilleylen and James Shields, who were the administrators of John's estate, conducted an inventory of his possessions on November 13, 1784. At the end of the inventory it listed Hester Gilleylen and Mary Merttin as his nearest kin. Could Mary Merttin be their daughter's married name? On October 10, 1786 Peter and James Shields filed their administrator's report with the final report being filed on November 1st.

In the October 20, 1790 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette the following notice appeared: "BY virtue of a Writ of Venditioni Exponas, to me directed, will be exposed to Public Sale, on the premises, on Thursday, the 18th day of November next, at two o'clock in the afternoon, a Messuage or Tenement, Plantation and Tract of Land, situate in Brandywine township (late East Caln) bounded by lands late of Moses Scott, Robert Darlington, Abraham Claypoole and Joseph Long, and lands of Thomas Fisher, James Jack, and ground belonging to the Manor Meeting house, containing 454 acres and 87 perches; there are on said premises a good stone dwelling-house, barn, and other out-houses, a large bearing orchard, about 40 acres of meadow already made, and abut 200 acres of excellent woodland; the land is good for grain or pasture: Taken in execution, and to be sold as the estate late of John Gilleylen, deceased. CHARLES DILWORTH, Sheriff."28

On March 9, 1791, another advertisment for the sale of John's plantation appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette.29 In 1791 there was a Sheriff's deed issued to a John Morton for the property in East Caln that was once owned by John and Hester.30

Children of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome

Citations

  1. [S1387] Zella Armstrong Notable Southern Families, page 212.
  2. [S11631] Ancestry.com, "U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970", (database online).
  3. [S939] John B. Linn and Wm. H. Egle, Pennsylvania Archives: 2nd Series; Vol 9, page 27.
  4. [S941] John Gilleylen, Book F-2, page 242, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Deed.
  5. [S987] John T. Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia Co, volume 1, page 181.
  6. [S998] “Run away,” Pennsylvania Gazette, May 31, 1750.
  7. [S1012] “TO be sold, by way of publick vendue ...,” Pennsylvania Gazette, April 25, 1751.
  8. [S942] John Gilleylen, Book H, page 287, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Mortgage.
  9. [S1006] “PHILADELPHIA, August 21,” Pennsylvania Gazette, August 21, 1755.
  10. [S949] Neil Websdale, Familicidal Hearts, page 96.
  11. [S1013] “East Caln, Chester County, December 28, 1755,” Pennsylvania Gazette, January 1, 1756.
  12. [S1003] “Philadelphia, January 29, 1756,” Pennsylvania Gazette, January 29, 1756.
  13. [S1004] “Philadelphia, October 26, 1758,” Pennsylvania Gazette, October 26, 1758.
  14. [S943] John Gilleylen, Book M, page 242, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Mortgage.
  15. [S1007] “To be SOLD by the Subscriber,” Pennsylvania Gazette, July 16, 1761.
  16. [S944] John Gilleylen, Book M, page 298, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Deed.
  17. [S945] John Gilleylen, Book M, page 389, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Mortgage.
  18. [S997] “To be SOLD by the Subscriber,” Pennsylvania Gazette, February 24, 1763.
  19. [S999] “To be SOLD by the SUBSCRIBER ...,” Pennsylvania Gazette, June 2, 1768.
  20. [S1000] “East Caln township, Chester county, October 23, 1769,” Pennsylvania Gazette, November 2, 1769.
  21. [S946] William Henry Egle, Proprietary Tax List of the County of Chester.
  22. [S1002] “East Caln Township, April 30, 1770,” Pennsylvania Gazette, May 10, 1770.
  23. [S1009] “To be SOLD, by PUBLIC VENDUE,” Pennsylvania Gazette, March 10, 1773.
  24. [S2465] Letter, Francis James Dallett to Emmitsburg Chronicle Editor, August 12, 1973, received copy via email on July 22, 2012.
  25. [S989] Stefanie R. Shaffer, Inhabitants of Frederick Co, MD, page 85.
  26. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  27. [S989] Stefanie R. Shaffer, Inhabitants of Frederick Co, MD, volume 1, page 85.
  28. [S1010] “West Chester, Chester county, October 19, 1790,” Pennsylvania Gazette, October 20, 1790.
  29. [S1593] “To Be Sold,” Pennsylvania Gazette, March 9, 1791.
  30. [S947] John Gilleylen, Book F-2, page 245, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Deed.

Hester Roome1

F, #246
Last Edited=22 Oct 2017
     Hester Roome married John Gilleylen on 3 August 1742 at First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.2,3 Hester Roome appeared on the 1790 Federal Census of Frederick County, Maryland, enumerated 1790, with a household listed as one male under 16 and two females.4 The male under 16 is probably her grandson, John, who she was made guardian of in 1785. She appeared on the 1800 Federal Census of Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland, with a household listed as one male 16-25, one female under 10, one female 26-44, two females over 45, and two slaves.5

Children of Hester Roome and John Gilleylen

Citations

  1. [S2464] Cathy Gilleylen Schultz, "Re: Cathy Gilleylen Schultz," e-mail to LuAnn Elsinger, July 22, 2012, Original data from Francis James Dallett, University Archivist, University of Pennsylvania.
  2. [S11631] Ancestry.com, "U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970", (database online).
  3. [S939] John B. Linn and Wm. H. Egle, Pennsylvania Archives: 2nd Series; Vol 9, page 27.
  4. [S1502] 1790 United States Federal Census, Frederick County, Maryland, First Census of the United States.
  5. [S1503] 1800 United States Federal Census, Taneytown 5-Dist, Frederick County, Maryland.
  6. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html

Jacob Gilleylen

M, #247, b. 29 May 1751, d. before 19 September 1797
Last Edited=29 Jan 2016
     Jacob Gilleylen was baptized on 29 May 1751 at Reformed Dutch Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.1,2 He was the son of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome. On May 14, 1777, Jacob sign the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity before a justice of the peace for East Caln that was required of all male citizens eighteen and above. (More can be found about this oath in the Pennsylvania Research page by clicking on the Research link at the top of this page.)3 Sometime after this he moved with his parents to Maryland. Jacob Gilleylen married Agnes Shields, daughter of William Shields and Jane Williams.4 Jacob and his family moved from Maryland to South Carolina.4

On March 25, 1785, 250 acres of land on Governors Creek in the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina was surveyed for Jacob by James Dougharty.5 On May 1, 1790, Jacob sold those 250 acres on Govenors Creek to James Brown for £50.6 On May 14, 1790, eighty-seven acres of land on a branch of Generostee Creek, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina, were certified for Jacob. The land was originally surveyed for him on July 19, 1787.7 Jacob Gilleylen appeared on the 1790 Federal Census of Pendleton District, South Carolina, enumerated 17 May 1791, with a household listed as five white males 16 and up, two white males under 16, and two white females.8 He was listed as living next to James and William Shields who may have been his wife's brothers. On May 15, 1792, Jacob purchased 100 acres of land in Elbert County, Georgia from Susanna Colbert.9 Then on January 6 and April 29, 1793, he and Agnes sold that land to William Hailey and to James Allston.10 As late as 1797 Jacob still owned land in the Pendleton District of South Carolina (His land was mentioned in a deed dated March 10, 1797 as being adjancent to the land being sold).11

Jacob Gilleylen died before 19 September 1797.12 Nancy Gileylen was listed as administrator of Jacob's estate in the Minutes of Inferior Court, 1791-1830, Elbert County, Georgia.12 Nancy is often a nickname for Agnes so this was probably his widow Agnes Shields.13

After Jacob's death, Agnes moved to Washington County, Tennessee with her children. In the 1850 census living next to her son William was a Mary "Gillerland", born circa 1793, Georgia. She was found living next to William in the 1860 as well as the 1870 census records. In the inventory report for Agnes' estate in 1826, Mary (Polly) "Gillaland" purchased a number of articles as did William and his half-sister Fidelia Woods. There is a possibility, though it is not proven, that Mary (Polly) was also a daugher of Jacob and Agnes.

Children of Jacob Gilleylen and Agnes Shields

Citations

  1. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  2. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 27.
  3. [S948] Richard T. and Mildred C. Williams, Oaths of Allegiance Chester County, PA, pages 42 and 65.
  4. [S1387] Zella Armstrong Notable Southern Families, page 211.
  5. [S2192] South Carolina Department of Archives & History, online http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx, Series: S213190; Volume: 0011; Page: 00340; Item: 001.
  6. [S2193] Jacob Gilleylen, Book B, page 382, Pendleton County (now Anderson), South Carolina, Deed.
  7. [S2192] South Carolina Department of Archives & History, online http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx, Series: S213190; Volume: 0025; Page: 00117; Item: 001.
  8. [S2212] 1790 United States Federal Census, Pendleton District, South Carolina.
  9. [S2301] Grace Gillam Davidson Historical Collections of the GA Chapters DAR, page 154.
  10. [S2301] Grace Gillam Davidson Historical Collections of the GA Chapters DAR, pages 157 & 175.
  11. [S2194] Betty Willie, Pendleton District, S.C. Deeds 1790-1806, page 137.
  12. [S2301] Grace Gillam Davidson Historical Collections of the GA Chapters DAR, page 144.
  13. [S2478] Nicknames and Naming Traditions, online http://www.tngenweb.org/franklin/frannick.htm

Hervey Joe Gilliland1

M, #248, b. circa 1929
Last Edited=17 Nov 2014
     Hervey Joe Gilliland was born circa 1929 at Oklahoma.2 He was the son of Jonathan Con Gilliland and Vella Mae Grimm.1 Hervey Joe Gilliland appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma in the household of his parents, Jonathan Con Gilliland and Vella Mae Grimm.2 Hervey Joe Gilliland appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma in the household of his parents, Jonathan Con Gilliland and Vella Mae Grimm.3 Hervey Joe Gilliland married Reva Jean Reed on 7 July 1957 at Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma.4

Citations

  1. [S7621] Valdosta Daily Times, August 8, 2003.
  2. [S7623] Con Gilliland household, 1930 U.S. census, Texas County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Guymon, ED 70-11, page/sheet 10B, dwelling 181, family 226.; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  3. [S7624] Con Gilliland household, 1940 U.S. census, Texas County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Guymon, ED 70-11, page/sheet 24B, dwelling 520.; National Archives (http://1940census.archives.gov).
  4. [S7625] Lubbock Avalanche Journal, May 13, 2008.

Maria Gilleylen

F, #249, b. 25 August 1748
Last Edited=22 Aug 2011
     Maria Gilleylen was baptized on 25 August 1748 at Reformed Dutch Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.1,2 She was the daughter of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome.

Citations

  1. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  2. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 27.

William Gilleylen

M, #250, b. 12 July 1743
Last Edited=22 Oct 2017
     William Gilleylen was born on 12 July 1743 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1,2 He was the son of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome. William Gilleylen was baptized on 15 July 1743 at First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1,3 He married Jane Liggett.2

Children of William Gilleylen and Jane Liggett

Citations

  1. [S11631] Ancestry.com, "U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970", (database online).
  2. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 27.
  3. [S987] John T. Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia Co, Vol. 1, page 181.
  4. [S2483] Wills & Administrations Index 1714-1923 File #3293.

Susanna Gilleylen

F, #251, b. circa 3 August 1744
Last Edited=22 Oct 2017
     Susanna Gilleylen was born circa 3 August 1744 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1,2 She was the daughter of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome. Susanna Gilleylen was baptized on 2 October 1744 at First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1,3

Citations

  1. [S11631] Ancestry.com, "U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970", (database online).
  2. [S987] John T. Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia Co, Vol. 1, page 181.
  3. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 27.

Esther Gilleylen

F, #252, b. 31 December 1745
Last Edited=22 Oct 2017
     Esther Gilleylen was born on 31 December 1745 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1 She was the daughter of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome. Esther Gilleylen was baptized on 5 January 1746 at First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.2,3

Citations

  1. [S987] John T. Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia Co, Vol. 1, page 181.
  2. [S11631] Ancestry.com, "U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970", (database online).
  3. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 27.

John Gilleylen1

M, #253, b. 1762, d. September 1777
Last Edited=22 Aug 2011
     John Gilleylen was born in 1762. He was the son of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome.1 John Gilleylen died in September 1777.2 He was buried at Seceder Burial Ground, West Brandywine township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Citations

  1. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  2. [S988] Forks of the Brandywine Seceder Cemetery, online http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/forks.htm

Peter Gilleylen1

M, #254
Last Edited=22 Oct 2017
     Peter Gilleylen was born. He was the son of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome.1 In the 1790 tax list for Fluvanna County, Virginia there was a Peter Gilleylen recorded on April 20th with one tithable above 21 and no males above the age of 16 and under 21. Peter Gilleylen married Margaret Shields, daughter of William Shields and Jane Williams.2

Child of Peter Gilleylen and Margaret Shields

Citations

  1. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  2. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 23.
  3. [S11350] Ohio. Probate Court (Stark County); Will records v. A-B 1811-1850, microfilm, access date: August 18, 2017, Film 0892409, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rachel Gilleylen1

F, #255, b. 1756, d. 18 July 1843
Last Edited=28 Nov 2011
     Rachel Gilleylen was born in 1756.2 She was the daughter of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome.1 According to Find-a-Grave, Rachel was first married to Andrew Buchanan who died In 1785 and left Rachel a young widow with six small children to raise. Around two years later she married William Clingan. William was a member of the Continental Congress 1777-1779, and one of the first signers of the Articles of Confederationin 1778. William died on May 9, 1790. On June 15th, Rachel petitioned the Orphans' Court of Chester County, Pennsylvania, to appoint guardians for her children.2

Rachel Gilleylen died on 18 July 1843.2 She was buried at Pequea Presbyterian Cemetery, Salisbury township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.2 The inscription on her tombstone reads: "In memory of Rachel Clingan who departed this life July 18th 1843 in the 87th year of her age". She is buried with her son, Isaac Buchanan's family.

Citations

  1. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  2. [S1677] Rachel Gilleylen Clingan, online http://tinyurl.com/6okajhg

Jane Gilleylen1

F, #256, b. 15 October 1764, d. 21 December 1849
Last Edited=25 Dec 2012
     Jane Gilleylen was born on 15 October 1764 at Brandywine Manor, Chester County, Pennsylvania.2,3 She was the daughter of John Gilleylen and Hester Roome.1 Jane Gilleylen married James Shields, son of William Shields and Jane Williams, on 1 April 1783 at Frederick County, Maryland, the Reverend Mr. Martin officiating.3 Jane Gilleylen died on 21 December 1849 at Grainger County, Tennessee, at age 85.3

Citations

  1. [S940] GenForum Message Board - Gilliland Family, online http://www.jenforum.org/gilliland/messages/550.html
  2. [S986] Steve Gilland, Early Families of Frederick Co, MD, page 28.
  3. [S1387] Zella Armstrong Notable Southern Families, page 212.

John Gilliland

M, #257, b. 1 January 1774, d. 19 December 1843
Last Edited=26 Mar 2018
     John Gilliland was born on 1 January 1774 at North Carolina.1 He was the son of Alexander Gilliland and Frances Elizabeth Baird. On December 29, 1797, John, who was living in Pendleton District, South Carolina, sold 172 acres of land on Crowders Creek in Lincoln County, North Carolina, that he had inherited from his father's estate, to Andrew Falls for $170.2 John Gilliland married Mary Miller, daughter of Robert Miller, in 1807 at Brown County, Ohio.1 John Gilliland died on 19 December 1843 at Brown County, Ohio, at age 69.1 He was buried at Red Oak Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Red Oak, Brown County, Ohio.1

According to Lyle Willis Gilliland, grandson of John Gilliland, John lived in North Carolina with his parents until about 20 years of age. He then moved to South Carolina and from there went to Brown County, Ohio. He was a man of medium size, 5 feet 11 inches in height, and weighed, in prime of life, 145 lbs. He had dark hair, dark blue eyes, and fair complexion. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.1

Children of John Gilliland and Mary Miller

Citations

  1. [S1053] Lyle Willis Gilliland, Willis and Gilliland Families, page 2.
  2. [S2662] John Gilliland, Book 20, pages 183-185, Lincoln County, North Carolina, Deed.
  3. [S1053] Lyle Willis Gilliland, Willis and Gilliland Families, page 12.
  4. [S1053] Lyle Willis Gilliland, Willis and Gilliland Families, page 4.
  5. [S1053] Lyle Willis Gilliland, Willis and Gilliland Families, page 13.
  6. [S1053] Lyle Willis Gilliland, Willis and Gilliland Families, page 14.

Joseph Gilliland1

M, #258, b. 4 November 1770, d. 1840
Last Edited=16 Feb 2012
     Joseph Gilliland was born on 4 November 1770 at Chester County, Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of James Gilliland and Hannah Adams.1 Joseph Gilliland married Catharine Cowden on 1 May 1794 at Chester County, Pennsylvania, and they settled at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.1,2 In 1805 they moved to Spring Mills, Centre County, Pennsylvania where Joseph kept a hotel.2

Joseph Gilliland appeared on the 1810 Federal Census of Centre County, Pennsylvania, with a household listed as four males under 10, one male 10-15, one male 26-44, one female under 10, one female 10-15, and one female 26-44.3 He appeared on the 1820 Federal Census of Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, with a household listed as two males under 10, two males 10-15, one male 16-18, two males 16-25, one male 45 & over, one female 16-25, and one female 45 & over.4 He appeared on the 1830 Federal Census of Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, with a household listed as two males 15-19, one male 20-29, one male 50-59, one female 5-9, one female 10-14, one female 30-39, and one female 60-69.5 He died in 1840 at Egg Hill, Centre County, Pennsylvania.1 A biography about Joseph's son James appeared in the book Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, including the Counties of Centre, Clinton, Union and Snyder published in 1898. The following paragraph was about Joseph:

     Joseph Gilliland, his father, in 1796 removed from near Downingtown, Chester Co., Penn., to White Deer township, in what is now Union county, and in 1805 moved to Spring Mills, Centre county. In 1814 he moved up to the end of Egg Hill in George's Valley, where his death occurred in 1840. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and was elected an elder of Sinking Creek Church in 1815. He adhered to the Scotch-Irish Presbyterian training, and the Colonel often remarked that he did not think that as long as he remained at home, a Sabbath ever passed without the Shorter Catechism being repeated by himself and his brothers and sisters. The wife of Mr. Gilliland was Catharine Cowden, and their children were: Ann, Allen, Joseph A., Jennet and Julia (twins), Robert, Jennet, James, John, David, William, Speer and Samuel. The death of the wife and mother occurred July 18, 1830.6

Children of Joseph Gilliland and Catharine Cowden

Citations

  1. [S951] William J. Gibson, History of The Presbytery of Huntingdon, pages 348-349.
  2. [S1614] Charles Almanzo Babcock Venango Co, PA Her Pioneers & People, page 892.
  3. [S1608] 1810 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  4. [S1609] 1820 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  5. [S1610] 1830 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  6. [S982] Unknown author, Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, pages 43-44.
  7. [S814] Robert Cowden, Descendants of William Cowden & James Gilliland, page 59.

Catharine Cowden1

F, #259, b. 18 June 1769, d. 18 July 1830
Last Edited=16 Feb 2012
     Catharine Cowden was born on 18 June 1769.2 She married Joseph Gilliland, son of James Gilliland and Hannah Adams, on 1 May 1794 at Chester County, Pennsylvania, and they settled at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.1,3 Catharine Cowden was probably the female age 26 to 44 listed in the household of her husband, Joseph Gilliland, in the 1810 Federal Census of Centre County, Pennsylvania.4 Catharine Cowden was probably the female over age 45 listed in the household of her husband, Joseph Gilliland, in the 1820 Federal Census of Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.5 Catharine Cowden was probably the female age 60 to 69 listed in the household of her husband, Joseph Gilliland, in the 1830 Federal Census of Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.6 Catharine Cowden died on 18 July 1830 at Pennsylvania at age 61.7

Children of Catharine Cowden and Joseph Gilliland

Citations

  1. [S951] William J. Gibson, History of The Presbytery of Huntingdon, pages 348-349.
  2. [S814] Robert Cowden, Descendants of William Cowden & James Gilliland, page 45.
  3. [S1614] Charles Almanzo Babcock Venango Co, PA Her Pioneers & People, page 892.
  4. [S1608] 1810 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  5. [S1609] 1820 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  6. [S1610] 1830 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  7. [S982] Unknown author, Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, pages 43-44.
  8. [S814] Robert Cowden, Descendants of William Cowden & James Gilliland, page 59.

William McCullough1

M, #260
Last Edited=11 Mar 2011
     William McCullough married Mary Gilliland, daughter of Hugh Gilliland and Ann Berryhill.1

Citations

  1. [S970] Hugh Gilliland, Book Z, page 381-384, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed.

Andrew Berryhill1

M, #261
Last Edited=11 Mar 2011
     Andrew Berryhill married Eleanor Gilliland, daughter of Hugh Gilliland and Ann Berryhill.1

Citations

  1. [S970] Hugh Gilliland, Book Z, page 381-384, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed.

John Grahams1

M, #262
Last Edited=11 Mar 2011
     John Grahams married Ann Gilliland, daughter of Hugh Gilliland and Ann Berryhill.1

Citations

  1. [S970] Hugh Gilliland, Book Z, page 381-384, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed.

William Craig1

M, #263
Last Edited=11 Mar 2011
     William Craig married Elizabeth Gilliland, daughter of Hugh Gilliland and Ann Berryhill.1

Citations

  1. [S970] Hugh Gilliland, Book Z, page 381-384, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed.

Robert Hill1

M, #264
Last Edited=11 Mar 2011
     Robert Hill married Agnes Gilliland, daughter of Hugh Gilliland and Ann Berryhill.1

Citations

  1. [S970] Hugh Gilliland, Book Z, page 381-384, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed.

Nancy Ann Haynes1

F, #265, b. circa 1781
Last Edited=26 Sep 2017
     Nancy Ann Haynes was born circa 1781 at Virginia.2 She was the daughter of Joseph Haynes and Jannet Young.3 Nancy Ann Haynes married Samuel Gilleland, son of James Gilleland and Susannah Young, on 28 January 1800 at Botetourt County, Virginia.1,4,5 (This same source on a different page states the marriage as July 12, 1800.)6 Nancy Ann Haynes was probably one of the two females age 26 to 44 listed in the household of her husband, Samuel Gilleland, in the 1810 Federal Census of Botetourt County, Virginia.7 Nancy Ann Haynes appeared on the 1820 Federal Census of Botetourt County, Virginia, with a household listed as one male under 10, four males 10-15, one female under 10, one female 16-25, and one female 26-45.8 She appeared on the 1830 Federal Census of Alleghany County, Virginia, with a household listed as one male 10-14, one male 15-19, one male 20-29, one female 15-19, and one female 40-49.9 She appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Alleghany County, Virginia, with a household listed as one male 15-19, one male 20-29, one female 20-29, and one female 50-59.10 She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Alleghany County, Virginia, enumerated 1 August 1850. Her son John was listed as living with her.2 Also living with her was Duiguid/Duguid Gilliland, male, age 23, who appears to be too young to be her son. He could be the son of Agnes who was listed in the 1830 census record for Alleghany County as was Nancy.2 On July 20, 1853, as Samuel's widow, Nancy was granted 80 acres of land in Iowa for Samuel's service in the War of 1812. She assigned that land to an Archibald Johnson.11 Then on October 15, 1859, she was granted 80 acres of land in Portage County, Wisconsin. This land she assigned to Edward Spaulding.12 Nancy Ann Haynes appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Alleghany County, Virginia, enumerated 13 September 1860.13 Also living with her was Duiguid/Duguid Gilliland, male, age 30.13

Child of Nancy Ann Haynes and Samuel Gilleland

Citations

  1. [S973] Botetourt Co. VA, Marriages 1770-1803, online http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/botetourt/vitals/marriages/…
  2. [S1900] Nancy Gilliland household, 1850 U.S. census, Aleghany County, Virginia, population schedule, 1st District, page 52, dwelling 353, family 354.; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  3. [S2957] Last Will and Testament of Joseph Haynes.
  4. [S996] Nicholas Russell Murray, Computer Indexed Marriage Records, VA, [v.3] Botetourt County, Virginia, 1770-1897.
  5. [S1221] Anne Lawry Worrell, Early Marriages, Wills, and Some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt CO, VA, page 19.
  6. [S2004] Virginia State Library (Richmond, Virginia), Register of marriages, Botetourt County, Virginia, 1770-1853, microfilm, access date: February 26, 2012, Film 0030734, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  7. [S976] 1810 United States Federal Census, Botetourt County, Virginia.
  8. [S2937] 1820 United States Federal Census, Botetourt County, Virginia, population schedule.
  9. [S2929] 1830 United States Federal Census, Alleghany County, Virginia.
  10. [S2925] 1840 United States Federal Census, Alleghany County, Virginia.
  11. [S3530] Military Land Warrant, volume 642, page 419; Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.
  12. [S3602] Military Land Warrant, volume 99, page 187; Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.
  13. [S1218] Nancy G. Gilliland household, 1860 U.S. census, Alleghany County, Virginia, population schedule, not stated, PO Covington, page 140, dwelling 927, family 925.; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).

Elizabeth Bailey1

F, #266, b. circa 1766, d. after 15 March 1856
Last Edited=12 Mar 2011
     Elizabeth Bailey was born circa 1766.1 She married John Gilliam on 25 December 1785 at Albemarle County, Virginia.1 Elizabeth Bailey appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Simpson County, Kentucky, with a household listed as one white male 15-19, one white female 5-9, one white female 10-14, one white female 15-19, and one white female 60-69.2 She died after 15 March 1856.1

Citations

  1. [S977] Records of the Veteran Administration, Record Group 15; Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Series: M805; Roll: 358; Image: 319; Application for Elizabeth Gilliam; File #W8849/BLWT39228-160-55, National Archives and Records Administration.
  2. [S978] 1840 United States Federal Census, Simpson County, KY.

John Gilliam1

M, #267, b. 10 August 1760, d. 4 June 1845
Last Edited=22 Aug 2011
     John Gilliam was born on 10 August 1760 at Albemarle County, Virginia.1 John served in the Revolutionary War for 14 months starting in 1776. He was living in Albemarle County, Virginia at the time of his enlistment. He served for three months as a private in Captain Lina Jones' Virginia company & three months as a private in Captain Nathaniel Garland's company, Colonel Reuben Lindsay's Virginia regiment, after which he enlisted and served two months as a private under Colonel Taylor. Hen then enlisted again in 1781 and served six months as private in Captain Slaughter's company, Colonel Charles Dabney's Virginia regiment and was at the siege of Yorktown.1

John Gilliam married Elizabeth Bailey on 25 December 1785 at Albemarle County, Virginia.1 John and Elizabeth moved to Madison County, Kentucky in 1816.1 Then in 1821 they moved to Logan County, Kentucky.1 John applied for a Revolutionary War pension on May 30, 1833. He was awarded a pension of $43.33 per year.1 John Gilliam died on 4 June 1845 at Logan County, Kentucky, at age 84.1

Citations

  1. [S977] Records of the Veteran Administration, Record Group 15; Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Series: M805; Roll: 358; Image: 319; Application for Elizabeth Gilliam; File #W8849/BLWT39228-160-55, National Archives and Records Administration.

Archibald Gilliland

M, #268, d. circa 1777
Last Edited=24 Mar 2019
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     Archibald Gilliland married Ellinor ?1 Archibald appeared in the list of assessed inhabitants of York County, Pennsylvania for Chanceford Township for the year 1762.2 On March 24, 1765, Archibald Gilliland, weaver, of Rowan County, North Carolina, purchased 190 acres in Mecklenburg County from Francis Beaty.3 On April 6, 1765 he was granted 300 acres of land on Fair Forest River (in what was then considered Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, but which is now just southeast of Spartanburg, South Carolina), which he then conveyed to John Irwin on April 17 & 18, 1765.4,5,6 He was probably a member of the Guinston Presbyterian Church, Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, as he contributed money toward the support of a minister there on August 26, 1771.7 On September 10, 1772, Archibald, weaver of York County, Pennsylvania, sold the 190 acres of land he had purchased from Francis Beaty in Mecklenburg County to John Clark, of York County, for 40 pounds, Pennsylvania money.8 Archibald Gilliland died circa 1777 at Hopewell township, York County, Pennsylvania.9

On March 26, 1778, Ellinor, as widow and administratrix of Archibald's estate, filed a petition in the Orphan's Court of York County, Pennsylvania to have guardians appointed for her three minor children: Margaret, age 10 years, James, age 7 years, and John, age 5 years.1 Also on that day an Administrative Bond was filed to execute an Inventory of the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Archibald's estate.10

Children of Archibald Gilliland and Ellinor ?

Citations

  1. [S1028] York County, PA Probate Records, Orphan's Court, Docket D, page 10.
  2. [S1019] Inc. South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, An Alphabetical Listing of the Assessed Inhabitants of York Co, PA, for the Year 1762, book 1, page 6.
  3. [S3210] Archibald Gilliland, Book 2, pages 45-48, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed.
  4. [S3209] Archibald Gilliland, Book 1, pages 143-145, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed.
  5. [S1489] Clara A. Langley SC Deed Abstracts, 1719-1772, page 145.
  6. [S1490] Brent Holcomb, NC Land Grants in SC, page 65.
  7. [S980] Rev. Francis McBurney, History of the Congregation of Guinston.
  8. [S3211] Archibald Gilliland, Book 8, pages 82-83, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed.
  9. [S981] David A. & Brenda L. Paup, Index to the Probate Inventories of York Co, PA.
  10. [S1030] York County, PA, Register of Wills, Administration Bond, Will Book D, page 84.
  11. [S984] Gilliland Trails Genealogy Forum; Topic: Archibald Gilliland of PA, NC, online http://users.boardnation.com/~gillilandtrails/index.php;action=display;threadid=623.
  12. [S1448] Ancestry.com, "Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania Church Records", (database online).

James Gilliland

M, #269, b. 27 January 1804, d. 1 April 1889
Last Edited=4 Apr 2015
     James Gilliland was born on 27 January 1804 at Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of Joseph Gilliland and Catharine Cowden. James Gilliland was probably one of the four males under age 10 listed in the household of his father, Joseph Gilliland, in the 1810 Federal Census of Centre County, Pennsylvania.2 James Gilliland was probably the male age 16 to 18 listed in the household of his father, Joseph Gilliland, in the 1820 Federal Census of Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.3 James Gilliland was probably the male age 20 to 29 listed in the household of his father, Joseph Gilliland, in the 1830 Federal Census of Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.4 James Gilliland married Eliza Rankin.1 James Gilliland and Eliza Rankin appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Bellefonte township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, enumerated 27 July 1850. Their children John R., Isabella, Henrietta, James C. and Charles were listed as living with them.5 Eliza died in 1854.1 James Gilliland married Mary Hamsher on 30 December 1857.1 James Gilliland and Mary Hamsher appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Snow Shoe township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, enumerated 29 June 1860. Their daughter Catharine was listed as living with them, as were James' children, John, Isabella, Henrietta, and James from his marriage to Eliza.6 James Gilliland died on 1 April 1889 at Linden, near Washington, DC, at age 85.1 The following biography appeared for James in the book Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, including the Counties of Centre, Clinton, Union and Snyder published in 1898:

     Col. James Gilliland, whose death occurred at Linden, near Washington, D.C., on April 1, 1889, when he was at the advanced age of eighty-five years, belonged to one of the pioneer families of Centre county, in which he was an official and well-known business man upward of fifty years ago.

     Joseph Gilliland, his father, in 1796 removed from near Downingtown, Chester Co., Penn., to White Deer township, in what is now Union county, and in 1805 moved to Spring Mills, Centre county. In 1814 he moved up to the end of Egg Hill in George's Valley, where his death occurred in 1840. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and was elected an elder of Sinking Creek Church in 1815. He adhered to the Scotch-Irish Presbyterian training, and the Colonel often remarked that he did not think that as long as he remained at home, a Sabbath ever passed without the Shorter Catechism being repeated by himself and his brothers and sisters. The wife of Mr. Gilliland was Catharine Cowden, and their children were: Ann, Allen, Joseph A., Jennet and Julia (twins), Robert, Jennet, James, John, David, William, Speer and Samuel. The death of the wife and mother occurred July 18, 1830.

     Col. James Gilliland was born in Buffalo Valley, Penn., January 27, 1804, and his early days were spent at Spring Mills, where his father kept a hotel. Young Gilliland was a keen observer of events, and a retentive memory, and his father's associations being with Judge Potter, Andrew Gregg and the prominent residents of Penn's Valley, the early incidents of the settlements of Penn's Valley were derived from listening to the conversation of his father's friends, and to Col. Gilliland, the local historian at Bellefonte is indebted for many important occurrences and interesting tales that otherwise would have passed into oblivion. While yet a young man, Mr. Gilliland was engaged by Hon. Isaac McKinney as a clerk in his store near Jacksonville, where he received good business training. In 1825 Judge McKinney built Hecla Furnace, and while with the Judge he assisted in taking "arks" down Bald Eagle and then West Branch to Port Deposit and Baltimore, and on one of these occasions the Judge insisted on his visiting Washington city. His business connections with Judge McKinney made him well acquainted through Centre county, and he soon became influential in politics, and when William L. Smith, the prothonotary, died in office, March 11, 1831, Mr. Gilliland was appointed his successor. He served as such until January 12, 1836.

     After retiring from this office he erected the fine stone residence on Alleghany street, in Bellefonte, later owned by Mrs. Pifer, and engaged in the mercantile business therein. In 1837 he was one of a committee, with John Irvin and John Hall, which erected the Presbyterian church edifice that preceded the present building. He was engaged several years in settling the estate of Gen. Philip Benner. In the spring of 1847 he purchased from the Gratzes three tracts of land in Snow Shoe township, and in partnership with Henry Van Dyke and John McCormick immediately built a first-class sawmill, established a blacksmith shop, and completed an elegant flouring-mill on the purchase. In 1849 Messrs. Gilliland and Van Dyke laid out the town of Moshannon, and in 1851 the Presbyterian church there was built on ground donated by them. Mr. Gilliland was chosen one of the elders and became clerk of the Session. On the breaking out of the war, he was made captain of a company raised at Snow Shoe, but on going to Harrisburg, owing to his advanced age, he was assigned to duty in the quartermaster-general's office under Gen. Hale, where he served some time, when Gov. Curtin appointed him commissary and quartermaster of the 1st Regiment of Pennsylvania Veterans, from which position he was transferred to Washington city as assistant agent of the State of Pennsylvania, to look after the interests of the soldiers of that State; this office he filled during the war, according to the testimony of Gov. Curtin, "admirable and with great fidelity." This is also the unanimous testimony of the soldiers from Pennsylvania. On the close of the war he moved some seven or eight miles out of Washington, where he resided the rest of his life.

     Col Gilliland was twice married, the first time to Eliza, daughter of John Rankin, of Bellefonte, who died in 1854. While on their wedding trip they stopped at Washington city and called on President Jackson. They were received in the east room, and the President honored the bride by taking a seat on the sofa, between her and the bridesmaid. He entertained the party for an hour. His second wife was Mary Hampshire, to whom he was married December 30,1857.

     Col. Gilliland was a genial, pleasant man, had great conversational powers, was a ready writer, and was all his life a great advocate of temperance and religion. He went down to his grave with the respect of all who knew him intimately, for his promptness and diligence in performing his official duties, and deeply regretted by his friends and kindred for the kindness, gentleness and affection he always showed them. Two sons, Capt. John R., late of the 51st Pennsylvania Regiment, and James C., and three daughters, Mrs. Isabella Wright (wife of Rev. W. O. Wright, of Milesburg), Henrietta and Catherine, survived him.1

Children of James Gilliland and Eliza Rankin

Child of James Gilliland and Mary Hamsher

Citations

  1. [S982] Unknown author, Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, pages 43-44.
  2. [S1608] 1810 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  3. [S1609] 1820 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  4. [S1610] 1830 United States Federal Census, Potter township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
  5. [S1606] James Gilliland household, 1850 U.S. census, Centre County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Bellefonte township, page 17, dwelling 30, family 33.; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  6. [S1607] James Gilliland household, 1860 U.S. census, Centre County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Snow Shoe township, PO Snow Shoe, page 117, dwelling 706, family 726.; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).

Ann Allen Gilliland1,2

F, #270, b. 26 January 1795, d. 4 October 1825
Last Edited=16 Feb 2012
     Ann Allen Gilliland was born on 26 January 1795 at Pennsylvania.2 She was the daughter of Joseph Gilliland and Catharine Cowden.1 Ann Allen Gilliland married ? Smith.2 Ann Allen Gilliland died on 4 October 1825 at age 30.2

Citations

  1. [S982] Unknown author, Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, pages 43-44.
  2. [S814] Robert Cowden, Descendants of William Cowden & James Gilliland, page 59.