Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia, 1756-1909 / ed. by Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr.  Pub info: Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1992, c1982.

 

Below are listed excerpts of the Headright and Bounty Grants for Georgia before 1820.  This was the time period when the Mississippi Gill brothers of James, Thomas and Robert would have been in GA.  Their passports through Indian lands were granted as follows:

 

“Executive Department, Monday 28th January 1811

On application ordered that Passports be prepared for the following persons to travel through the Creek Nation of Indians to wit,

One for Mr. Joseph Baker with his wife and three children, One for Mr. Lewis Cook with his wife and four children, One for Mr. Vinson Mixon with his wife and six children, One for Mr. Robert Gill with his wife and Messrs, James Gill with his wife and seven children and Thomas Gill with his wife and five children-all from the County of Bulloch in this State, and One for Mr. Nathaniel Day from Edgefield District of South Carolina.

Which were severally presented and signed.”

 

Grantee

Location of Grant

Grant Book

Page

Acres Granted

Year of Grant

Days Gill

Richmond

TTT

597

200

1790

James Gill

Bulloch

G.5

367

200

1808

James Gill

Bulloch

G.5

88

200

1807

James Gill

Effingham

UUUU

689

450

1795

Jeremiah Gill

Effingham

H.5

421

250

1811

Jeremiah Gill

Effingham

H.5

422

200

1811

Jno. (John?) Gill

Effingham

BBBBB

50

300

1799

John Gill

Liberty

DDDDD

364

100

1801

Robert Gill

Effingham

AAAA

170

200

1793

Robert Gill

McIntosh

F.5

341

200

1806

Thomas Gill

Effingham

G.5

518

200

1809

Young Gill

Clarke

G.5

258

350

1808

 

On the 1880 census, shown below, for David Gill, one of Thomas Gill’s sons, shows he was born in GA (3/30/1808) while both his Father (Thomas) and Mother were also shown as being born in GA.

 

1880 US census; Grant County AR; Volume 5; Franklin TWP; ED 98; page 212; sheet 26; line 17;No Dw or Fam #; June 10.

David Gill; M 72; Farmer;GA  GA  GA

Mary; F 24; Daughter; MS  GA  GA

 

That is why I firmly believe Thomas, born before 1775, (from census information shown on the 1820 [over 45] Marion Co., MS census and the 1830 [bet. 50-60] and 1840 Rankin Co., MS census) was in GA before the Revolutionary War.  A review of the maps of early GA indicates Bulloch Co. is immediately west of Effingham Co., which is located on the line with South Carolina just across the river from Allendale and Barnwell Cos., SC. Have not been able to tie them with any of the GA or SC Gills.

 

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