Dan Olds found an early document on this family in the Macon, GA library: Copied on December 28, 1999 by Daniel B. Olds from "The Heritage of Wake County, North Carolina", 1983. Editors Lynne Belvin and Harriett Riggs.
Little is known of the very early history of the Gill family of Wake County. One of the earliest records found is of David Gill of Warren County, North Carolina, buying land in Wake County in 1784. From this David Gill came the large Wake County Gill family. David had seven children, his son, David, Jr. had 10 children, and his son, Jesse, had 11 children.
It is believed that David Gill (estimated by FOC as born before c1758) married a daughter of John and Elizabeth Mann of Wake County, but her first name is unknown. Their children were: James; Elizabeth; Jesse, who married Tabitha Pace; Susanah; Isaac, who married Edith Mobley; John; and David, who married Salley Brice.
(I-FOC- reconstruct this as follows:)
David, Jr. and Salley Brice had the following children as listed on the 1850 Federal Census of Wake County: Francis G.; Henry P.; Tilas; Elgis; Jane E.; Cleophas; Amelia; Susan; Anfridana; and David D.
Fortunately much is known about the descendants of Jesse and Tabitha Pace Gill. Tabitha was the daughter of Buckner Pace. Little is known of this Buckner Pace, although some researchers think that he was the son of John and Ann Russell Pace of Brunswick County, Virginia. Jesse Gill and Tabitha Pace were married in Wake County on 26 October 1792. If he was at least 21 when they married, he was born before 1771. The reason that much is known about the descendants of Jesse and Tabitha is because Jesse left a rather large estate at his death and this estate was contested in the Wake County Courts for many years. The many papers in this file contains the names of Jesse's children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. These papers also list many death dates, first and second husbands and wives, and places of residence of the different descendants. Jesse and Tabitha had the following 11 children: Nancy Ann Gill married first Rose Wormley Ray on 24 December 1813 in Wake County. They had two sons: Buckner Ray and Henry C. Ray. Henry C. Ray married Cyntha G. Bailey in 1839 and they had Mary Eliza who married James A. Alien, Cynthia Paridadi, and Sarah Anderson who married William D. Ray. Nancy Ann Gill Ray married second Edward A. Parkam. They had eight children: Edward Amacy, Caroline, Avery, John, Emeline, William W. Buckner, Obidience (Bidy.)
(organization below is by FOC, and the numbers do not yet match)
Jesse Gill and Tabitha Pace Gill had the following 11 children:
Sources: Wake County courthouse records, Federal Census records.
Norman R. Peters
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