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Prince George's County (created in 1696 from Calvert County and Charles County)

Land Records

1742, Jun 14 - Evan Shelby, farmer, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, sold 150 acres of land called Rigg [sic] Spring to Hugh Gilliland, farmer, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, for 75 pounds. Recorded June 23, 1742. Deed (Prince George's County): Liber Y, Folio 497-498.

1742, Jun 14 - Evan Shelby, farmer, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, sold 100 acres of land called Cherry Soil [or Sail], part of a tract of land called Hazard to Hugh Gilliland, farmer, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, for 40 pounds. Recorded June 23, 1742. Deed (Prince George's County): Liber Y, Folio 498-499.

1747, Nov 21 - Evan Shelby, Sr., farmer, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, sold 50 acres of land called Bells Fort to Hugh Gilliland, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, for 6 pounds. Recorded March 23, 1747/48. Deed (Prince George's County): Liber BB, Folio 408-409 (Also Liber EE, Folio 399-401.).

Frederick County (created in 1748 from part of Prince George's County)

Land Records

1750, Aug 21 - Hugh Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold 150 acre tract called Big Springs to James Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, for 56 pounds. Recorded August 23, 1750. Deed (Frederick County): Liber B, Folio 234-235.

1750, Aug 21 - Hugh Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold 50 acre (plus mills) tract called Bealls Fort to James Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, for 80 pounds. Recorded August 23, 1750. Deed (Frederick County): Liber B, Folio 235-237.

1750, Oct 9 - Thomas Cresap, gentleman, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold 100 acres part of a tract of land called Darlings Delight to William Gilliland, yeoman, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, for 85 pounds. Recorded November 19, 1750. Deed (Frederick County): Liber B, Folio 289-290.

1752, Oct 6 - James Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold both his tracts of land, Big Springs and Beals Fort to Charles Carroll, merchant, City of Annapolis, Province of Maryland, for 53 pounds, 10 shillings. Recorded October 6, 1752. Deed (Frederick County): Vol. 701, pages 319-321.

1753, Aug 18 - Thomas Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold 100 acres of land called Indian Bottom, lying on the Potomack [sic] River to Nicholas Johnson, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, for 100 pounds. Recorded August 21, 1753. Deed (Frederick County): Liber E, Folio 247-248.

1754, Jan 4 - James Gilliland, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, recorded bond. Nicholas Johnson, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, was bound to James Gilliland, in penal sum of 500 pounds; condition of obligation: Nicholas Johnson was to hand over to James Gilliland, by deed, a certain parcel of land on the Potomack [sic] River known as Indian Bottom containing 100 acres. Recorded July 6, 1764. Deed (Frederick County): Liber J, Folio 670-671.

1755, Mar 8 - James Gilliland, millwright, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, leased to Gasper Shiphart, millwright, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, land lying on the Potomack [sic] River on the east side of Gilliland's saw and grist mills. Recorded March 20, 1755. Lease (Frederick County): Liber E, Folio 685-686.

1755, Nov 17 - James Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold 150 acres of land called Big Spring, a draught of the Potomack [sic] River to Adam Easter, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, for 130 pounds. Hannah Gilliland, wife of James Gilliland, acknowledged the deed. Recorded November 24, 1755. Deed (Frederick County): Liber E, Folio 922-923.

1756, Jan 31 - James Gilliland, farmer, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, sold 45¼ acres of land called Beals Fort to George Easter, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, for 30 pounds. Hannah Gilliland, wife of James Gilliland, acknowledged the deed. Recorded February 3, 1756. Deed (Frederick County): Liber E, Folio 981-983.

1770, Jun 19 - Hugh Gilliland, of Frederick County, Province of Maryland, made a petition to the Justices of Frederick County to examine evidence to prove the bounds of a tract of land called Bells Fort. A deposition of one Hanna Polke, age about 39 years, was taken saying that about 16 years ago she was in the company of a certain James Gilliland and that in her presence he stuck a large post in the ground where there now stands a stone marked with the letters BB. She also stated that this tract of land, Bells Fort, then belonged to the aforesaid James Gilliland. Deed (Frederick County): Liber N, Folio 448-450.

1800, Jul 4 - John Shields, of Green County, Tennessee, executor of the last will & testament of William Shields, Frederick County, Maryland, deceased, sold lot number 7 in Shield's Addition to Emitsburgh, Frederick County, Maryland to Margaret Gilliland, Frederick County, Maryland, for 3 pounds, 15 shillings. Recorded August 4, 1800. Deed (Frederick County): Liber WR 20, Folio 89-90.

Wills

1753 - Polke, Charles, farmer. 19 Mar 1753. To Christian, my wife, 1/3 my m. e., & for widhood, use of the plntn. To son William, his horse & saddle, & my plntn. when sold is to be equ. div. among William, eldest son, Edmond, my 2d, Thomas, my 3d, Charles, my 4th, & John, my 5th, & Sarah, my dau., & if any of my chldn. d. before coming of age.    Extrs: s wife & Ralph Matson. Witn: Henry Stewart, John Tictin, William Gilliland. 20 June 1753, sworn to by Tictin & Gilliland. [Liber 28, folio 494]

1756 - Gilliland, William. 16 May 1756. To wife Mary: all my estate real and personal. Executor: wife Mary. Mentions son William. Witnesses: Thomas Prather, Alexander Beall, Moses Chapline. Proved 19 Jan 1758 by three witnesses. Pages 116-117. [From the book Frederick County Maryland Wills 1744-1794 by Donna Valley Russell] (Will Book Liber A, No. 1, 1744 1777 has been indexed and the only Gilliland name to be found is William's, so it appears that none of the other Gillilands made out wills.) Will Image.

** Summary for Frederick County

There appears to have been four Gillilands in Frederick County in the 1750s — Hugh, James, William, and Thomas. Hugh, prior to arriving in Frederick County can be found in Prince George County. James' wife was named Hannah and William's wife was named Mary. More information can be found about these men in the book Early Families of Frederick County, Maryland and Adams County, Pennsylvania by Steve Gilland.

Cecil County

Land Records

1777, Dec 8 - Thomas Gilliland, sadler, East Nottingham, Cecil County, State of Maryland, sold two pieces of land lying in East Nottingham, the first being about 14½ acres (about 2½ acres being in Pennsylvania) and the second about 20 acres, to Elizabeth Hamilton, Cecil County, State of Maryland, for 258 pounds, 5 shillings. Recorded April 10, 1778. Deed (Cecil County): Liber 14, Folio 246-248. [Note: This is the Thomas Gilliland listed in Chester County, Pennsylvania for East Nottingham and most likey the son of James Gilliland.]

Indenture

1808, Sep 5 - Thomas Gilliland, Cecil County, State of Maryland, an orphan, age 13 years old as of March 13, 1808, was placed as an apprentice, with consent of his mother, to James McCracken, taylor, until he reached the age of 20 years. Recorded October 3, 1808. Indenture (Cecil County): JS Book 4, pages 330-331.

Somerset County

Tax Lists [from the Maryland State Archives http://guide.mdsa.net/series.cfm?action=viewSeries&ID=C1812]

Year: 1723;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 113
Name: Gilleland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1724;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 18
Name: Gilliland, Jno.; Status: HEAD - TAXED 

Year: 1725;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 7
Name: Gillaland, Jno.; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1727;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 102
Name: Gilland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1728;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 153
Name: Gilliand, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1729;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 43
Name: Gilland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1730;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 156
Name: Gilland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1731;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 14
Name: Gilland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1733;  Hundred: BALTIMORE;  Household Number: 182
Name: Gilland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1734;  Hundred: BOGERTERNORTON;  Household Number: 17
Name: Gilleland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1735;  Hundred: BOGERTERNORTON;  Household Number: 106
Name: Gilleland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1736;  Hundred: BOGERTERNORTON;  Household Number: 63
Name: Gillaland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1737;  Hundred: BOGERTERNORTON;  Household Number: 83
Name: Gilleland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1738;  Hundred: BOGERTERNORTON;  Household Number: 138
Name: Gilleland, John; Status: HEAD - TAXED

Year: 1739;  Hundred: BOGERTERNORTON;  Household Number: 103
Name: Gillaland, widow;  Standardized Name: GILLILAND, JANE;  Status: HEAD - UNTAXED

No Gillilands appear after 1739.

Land Records

1734, Apr 25 - Elisabeth Atkins, Somerset County, Province of Maryland, sold her Dwelling House (and furnishings) in All Hallows Parish, Somerset County to John Gilliland, Somerset County, Province of Maryland, for 17 pounds. Recorded May 13, 1734. Deed (Somerset County): Liber AZ, Folio 143-144.

1737, Jun 28 - John Bishop and Elisabeth his wife, Somerset County, Province of Maryland, leased 200 acres of land called Strife Ended, part of a larger tract of land called Doals to John Gilliland and Jane his wife, Somerset County, Province of Maryland for 20 pounds and a yearly rent. Recorded July 18, 1737. Deed (Somerset County): Liber EI, Folio 194-195.