Descendants of Josephus (Joseph) GILL

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

1.  JOSEPHUS (JOSEPH)3 GILL  (GEORGE2, THOMAS1 GILL?) was born October 31, 1789 in Chester Co., SO Carolina, and died March 09, 1855 in Benton Co., MO.  He married MARTHA BROWDER October 24, 1816 in Hopkins Co., KY, daughter of ISHAM BROWDER and RACHEL SLADEN.  She was born September 14, 1795 in Hopkins Co., KY, and died April 13, 1877 in Benton Co., MO.

 

Notes for JOSEPHUS (JOSEPH) GILL:

When Joseph and Martha were married, she was 21 and he was 27.  A little over

a year after marriage Joseph sold to Woodford Jones 50 acres, which were

located on the waters of Rose Creek, for $100.  On Nov. 26, 1818 he bought a

50 acre tract on Rose Creek which his brother George owned, for $70.  This

transaction was carried through the mail, since George was, "..of Lawrence Co.

Missouri Territory."

     In 1819, Joseph and Martha decided to leave Kentucky.  They bid farewell to his mother, and excitedly headed for Howard Co., Missouri Territory.  Just 15 years before, the area had been acquired by the U.S. government as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

     According to a Howard County history Joseph, along with other settlers of the county, claimed land there that spring.  However, a letter written by Martha's father, Ishram Browder, in Hopkins C., KY in 1822 states"...your

sister Gill wishes you to write..to direct your letter to the post office Bloomfield, Ray Co.  Mr. Joseph Gill is postmaster at that place...and writes that they have had a very wet season, so much so that people had planted

their corn the 11th of June."

    They settled in the area where the town of Fayette was laid out in 1823.  A salt works had been established near there, and a grist and saw mill had been built in 1819, just a few miles away at Old Franklin on the mighty Missouri River.  In 1824 a brick court house was built in Fayette, and a small hotel stood on the

southeast corner of the public square.  A businessman had begun selling goods from his log house nearby.

     When the town was incorporated by the county court in November 1826, Joseph Gill was named one of the five original trustees.  Two other trustees were the first school teacher, an Irishman who taught classes in his log

cabin, and Dr. Samuel Crews, one of the two community physicians.

     For $25.25 Joseph and Martha bought town lots 146 and 110 from Fayette's Superintendent of the Courthouse and Jail on Feb. 14, 1827.  The transaction was witnessed by Joseph's friend Dr. Crews. Perhaps Joseph built his home on lot 110.  As a watchmaker like his father and his brother, he set about establishing his business.

     On August 27, 1829, four years after his mother's death, "Joseph Gill of Howard Co., State of Missouri, for diverse and good causes and considerations, me hereunto moving, have made and authorized Sam Woodson Esq. my lawful attorney to ask for and receive from Richard Graham of Hopkins County, part of the estate of Mary Gill, all sums of money whatsoever due and owing me as one of the legatees, I authorize my attorney to sell all my rights to two Negroes of said estate: Peter and Hetty to the purchaser."  Evidently his brother-in-law had not settled the estate by this time, and Joseph felt the need to pressure him.

     In 1830 the town of Fayette was re-incorporated, and Joseph was once again asked to serve on its board of trustees, along with one other of the original trustees.  Two years later he bought 38 acres, described as part of

the west 1/2 of the southeast 1/4 of section 34, range 16, township 51, for $100.  Then in a smart business move, he paid Mary Simpson for a small business lot, 119, fronting the town square, measuring 15' across the front,

directly southwest from the courthouse.

     He and Martha acquired 18 more acres in Sept. 1833, which bordered their rural acreage to the south, from James Howell $100.  (Presently just outside of town near D.C. Rogers Lake on highway 5.)       Then in 1839 the Gills started selling their property.  Lot 119, facing the public square, was sold to Thomas Ray for $200, which was a nice profit, or it may have included a building which housed his watch shop.  In March of that same year they sold their 18 acres to Reuben Johnson for a sizeable amount: $900.  By the next year they registered ownership of two slaves, a woman and man.

     While still living in Howard Co., Joseph, or Josephus as he was now often called (even on legal records), traveled to Benton Co., MO and bought 80 acres from James McFarland on October 27, 1840.  It was described as the east 1/2 of the northeast 1/4 of section 9, township 40, range 22, and lay about two miles northeast of the small town of Warsaw, 35 miles south of Sedalia (presently on Lake of the Ozarks).  He paid $420 for the acreage.

     In 1842 the Gill family packed up and left for their new home near Warsaw, Benton Co., MO, some 100 miles to the southwest.  Zereldah was then a young lady  and of much help to Martha as they set up housekeeping on their farm, while ten year old Mary assisted.  Edwin and Elbert helped with the stock and farming.  Nine year old Thomas and six year old Ira had a delightful time getting acquainted with the creeks and hideaway spots on the farm.  Three year old William toddled after them.

     Two years later Warsaw and the nation were engaged in a presidential election, with Henry Clay running against James K. Polk.  "The Warsaw Democrats had tied a rooster on the roof of the courthouse a few days before the election, and every morning this rooster was to crow for Polk and Dallas." A noted Warsaw lawyer went to some of the older boys from Whig supporting families, including young Thomas Gill, and secretly got them to tie a large racoon on the roof the night before the election.  "The next morning, there was no crowing, but a lot of feathers were flying about."  The lack of a rooster's crow didn't decide the outcome of the election however, for James Knox Polk won.

     The next year, after the crops were brought in, Josephus and Martha made a trip back to Fayette.  On the afternoon of October 20, 1845, they sold lot 146 to Joseph Carey for $55.      In order to help their son Edwin set up his business as a "Tinner" in Warsaw, Josephus loaned him $200, and Edwin signed a promissory note on April 12, 1849, promising to pay that sum back, plus 6% interest.

     By 1850 Josephus registered his age on the census record as 61, his birthplace as SC, his occupation as watchmaker and his property value at $2100.

     Josephus continued to prosper on his farm, where his watchmaking business was probably carried on from a workshop in his home.  In 1852 he and Martha made their last trip back to Fayette, where "Josephus Gill of Benton Co.," sold lot 110 to Catherine Marley for $475.  It probably included the house they built there over 20 years before.  Three years later the new owner died from an epidemic of cholera.

    Realizing that he wasen't getting any younger, and wanting to ensure his family a proper division of his worldly goods, Josephus made his will on May 23, 1853, designating his wife Martha and son Edwin R. as executors.  On March 9. 1855, Josephus died and his will was probated the next month.

    "I give and bequeathe to my beloved wife Martha Gill all my lands, together with my dwelling house and all my household furniture...for and during her natural life to be disposed of as she may think proper.  Also my

large Music Box, all my stock of horses and all my work oxen with four milk cows, all my sheep and all my hogs.

     I give to my eldest daughter Zereldah Gill of Henderson, KY the sum of $100, she already having received $100.  To my eldest son Edwin R. Gill I give the sum of $200.  To my son Elbert J. Gill I give the sum of $200.  To my son Thomas Gill I give the sum of $180, he having already received $20. To my son Ira Gill I give the sum of $200, to be paid him when he arrives at the age of 21 years.  To my youngest son William T. Gill I give the sum of $200 to be paid him when he arrives at the age of 21 years, also my fine "Silver Watch and Rifle gun."  To my daughter Mary Gill I give the sum of $200 to be left in the hands of my wife, whom I will to be her guardian as long as she may think proper...Lastly, I will that my two Negro slaves Jerry  and Lucy be hired to good masters, until the money arising from said hire amounts to the sum of $654 clear from expenses in the premises, then both of said slaves to be set free, agreeably to the law of the State in that case, and said slaves then I will shall be free."

            Above taken from Twyla Gill Wright's "Latchstrings"

 

Letter from Josephus Gill:

 

July 12, 1847     Black Oak Grove, near Warsaw, MO

 

My very dear children.  Your letter dated 20 June has come safe to hand, sometime since, and I would have written to you immediately, agreably to your request, but at the time of its reception, I was confined to my bed by sickness, and have had a very narrow escape, but through the blessing of the Lord I have recovered once more, and am at present nearly well.

 

My disease was an infection of the breast, called by the doctors Neumonia I believe.  I was my own physician.  I never send for a doctor.  There is not one of them in ten, but what is after your money if they had that they do not careif you weare in the bottom of the sea.

 

If I had callled the doctor to every case in my familyas some are in the practice of doing I am prettysure I would at this time have been in poverty and perhaps half of my family in their graves.  did you ever know a doctor that took a physic?   The rest of the family enjoy excellent health at present, are all working finely on the farm  Your Motherand Elbert having the whole concern of it.  I have nothing to do with it at all.  You never saw a prettier crop and if ??? than they have got (at present) in your life but prospects may be blasted by drouth; and a curious striped bug, has appeared in this neighborhood, threatening to destroy the coming crop.  We know not what tomorrow may bring. forth.  I follow my old occupation walk to town, in the morning after breakfast, work at my business all day and return home at night, thus walking five miles every day, and saving what I make in the shop clear of incombance.

 

Your Mother wishes me to answer your enquiries, which I will do with great pleasure, as far as in my power.  Our friends in Fayette, were all well a few days since.  Kincheloe is still at College improving rapidly. Preaches sometimes universally beloved and respected.  Your old friends the Wilsons, are all gone to sticks.  the girls have behaved too bad for you to hear of it.  A. Morrison has got rich. Cousin Minera is so fat she can hardly walk.  J. Jackson getting along in the usual way without variation.  Cousin Prior married a rich relation and is living near his fathersdoing well as to the world.  I can think of nothing more to write you from that quater.  Nancy Burnett is well, doing very well and is the mother of two fine boys.

 

I saw Br Browder on yesterday, he was in fine health, and said the family were all well.  His two oldest boys Wm. and James are in the army st Sante Fee.

 

Thus my dear children, we are tossed about by the waves of this ocean world which we at present live in, every thing repeatedly changing and nothing permanent  ought we not to be wise, and timely secure life preservers to ?????? when our vessel goes to pieces.  A storm will burst on ????? earth of ours some of hese daysand truly destroy it this is true as heaven

        "Amazing period!  when each mountain height

        Out burns Vesuvius; rocks eternal pour

        Their melted mass, as rivers once they poured

        Stars rush; and final ruin fiercely drives

        Her plough share o'er creation!

See God's words to us poor mortals, 2, Peter 3.7,10 2, Thes.1.7,8,9.

 

Yes my dear children, we are here in this world, and if we are in our proper senses, we know that it is a world of trouble, change and death, and we are compelled to believe, our Maker, the good being will change it at last, and us too, and make each permanent     and He has not left us to grope our way in the dark in this matter    no, no, the constant student of the writings of those inspired men, whom he commissioned to speak his own words to us, knows He has given us, the necessary information        we must be "born again" born of water, and born of the Holy Spirit      and this Spirit must abide in us until death, in orderto help our infirmities    it giving us power, to resist temtation, comforting us in all our earhly troubles, by inspiring us with hope           and must be our PASPORT    into the new earth and heavens, which will be  formed from the present, when dissolved by fire;  and which will be unchangeable, lasting eternally     this is heaven     those of us, who are admitted; have eternal life. (The nonadmittance into this new earth and heavens, is hell.)   The resurrection is a doctrine continually in the mind of the great Apostle to us gentiles;  Paul, (but do the preachers of our day ever mention it?) this is the mighty truth which the Apostle strives to make us understand ?izthe making our  ???? alive again after we die, that we may enjoy, with our revived Lord, in that new Paradise a life that will neither change nor end.    "For, if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you;  he who raised up Christ from the dead, will ever make even your mortal bodies alive, through (by) his Spirit who dwells in you."  Rom.8.11,  Dear children, your earthly father exhorts you most fervantly, to pray at least every day, to your heavenly father, for the Holy Spirit, that it may abide in you to the day of eternity. Adieu

 

All the family send their best love to you and your little Isabell      rest assured of my constant prayers for your present and eternal happiness.   Amen.

 

                           I remain your ever affectionate father

                                             Josephus GILL

(wM. t. (orG) & Zerelda Gill)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12/[18]47.  Black Oak Grove near Warsaw Mo.

 

       My very dear children. Your letter dated 20 June has come safe to hand,

some time since, and I would have written to you immediately, agreably to your

request, but at the time of its reception, I was confined to my bed by

sickness, and have had a very narrow escape, but through the blessing of the

Lord I have recovered once more, and am at present nearly well.

 

       My disease was an affection of the breast, called by the doctors

Neumonia I believe. I was my own physician  I never send for a doctor  There

is not one of them in ten, but what is after your money  if they had that,

they do not care if you weare in the bottom of the sea.

If I had called the doctor to every case in my family as some are in the

practice of doing  I am pretty sure I would at this time have been in

poverty   and perhaps half of my family in their graves   did you ever know a

doctor that took any physic?  The rest of the family enjoy

excellent health at present, are all working finely on the farm  your Mother

and Elbert having the whole concern of it   I have nothing to do with it at

all    You never saw a prettier crop and if ??? than they have got, (at the

present) in your life    but their prospects may yet be

blasted by drouth; and a curious striped bug, has appeared in this

neighbourhood, threatning to destroy the coming crop   we know not what

tomorrow may bring forth.  I follow my old occupation walk to town, in the

morning after breakfast, work at my business all day

and return home at night    thus walking five miles every day, and saving what

I make in the shop clear of incombance

 

      Your Mother wishes me to answer your enquiries, which I will do with

great pleasure, as far as in my power   Our friends in Fayette, were all well

a few days since,   Kincheloe is still at College improving rapidly   preaches

somtimes    univerally beloved and respected   your old friends the

Wilsons, are all gone to sticks   the girls have behaved too bad for you to

hear of it   A. Morrison has got rich    Cousin Minera is so fat she can

hardly walk    J. Jackson getting along in the usual way without variation   

Cousin Prior married a rich relation and is living near his fathers

 doing well as to the world    I can think of nothing more to write you from

that quarter   Nancy Burnett is well, doing very well and is the mother of two

fine boys.

 

    I saw Br Browder on yesterday, he was in fine health, and said the family

were all well   his two oldest boys Wm. and James are in the army at Santa Fee.

 

   Thus my dear children, we are tossed about by the waves of this ocean world

which we at present live in.    every thing repeatedly changing and nothing

permanent   ought we not to be wise, and timely secure  life preservers

to  ??????? when our vessel goes to pieces    A storm will

burst on ???????? earth of ours some of these days and totally destroy it   

this is true as heaven

   "Amazing period!  when each mountain height

    Out  burns Vesuvius; rocks eternal pour

    Their melted mass, as rivers once they poured

    Stars rush; and final ruin fiercely drives

    Her plough share o'er creation!                       "

See God's own words to us poor mortals, 2, Peter 3.7,10  2, Thes.1.7,8,9.

 

Yes my dear children, we are here in this world, and if we are in our proper

senses, we know that it is a world of trouble, change and death, and we are

compelled to believe, our Maker, the good being will change it at last, and us

too, and make each permanent       and He has not left us to grope

our way in the dark in this matter   no, no, the constant student of the

writings of those inspired men, whom He commissioned to speak his own words to

us, knows He has given us, the necessary information     we must be "born

again" born of water, and born of the Holy Spirit    and this Spirit

must abide in us untill death, in order to help our infirmities   it  giving

us power, to resist temtation, comforting us in all our earthly troubles, by

inspiring us with hope         and must be our PASPORT

into the new earth and heavens, which will be formed from the present, when

dissolved by fire; and which will be unchangable. lasting eternally   this is

heaven    those of us, who are admitted; have eternal life. (The nonadmittance

into this new earth and heavens, is hell.) The resurrection is a

doctrine continually in the mind of the great Apostle to us gentiles; Paul,  

(but do the preachers of our day ever mention it?) this is the mighty truth

which the Apostle strives to make us understand ?iz the making our  ???? alive

again after we die, that we may enjoy, with our revived Lord, in that

new Paradise a life that will neither change nor end. "For, if the Spirit of

him, who raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he who raised up Christ

from the dead, will make even your mortal bodies alive,

through (by)his Spirit who dwells in you." Rom.8.11,   Dear children, your

earthly father exhorts you most fervantly, to pray at least every day, to your

heavenly father, for the Holy Spirit, that it may abide in you to the day of

eternity. Adieu

 

    All the family send their best love to you and your little Isabell    rest

assured of my constant prayers for your present and eternal happiness. Amen.

                                 I remain your ever affectionate father

                                                  Josephus Gill

(Wm. T. (or G?.) & Zerelda Gill)

 

 

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There is an Isabelle Gill in the Newport, N. Ky, Campbell co.

census for 1900. Is this the Isabelle mentioned???

 

 

 

More coming

Connie Adams-Pitt

Sunny Califorina

 

 

 

 

 

 

90    421   Feb 1874     Gill minors                      Ira Gill, G&C               ---

 92    438   Dec 28, 1904 Gill, Ira                        Official bond               ---

 90    405   Jan 1853     Gill, J.                         Martha & E. R. Gill, Exrs.  ---

 90    424   ---          Gill, Mary                       ---                         ---

 

 

1850 CENSUS BENTON CO., MO:

313b    11     Gill           Edwin R.       26      Missouri       pg0306a.txt

311a    10     Gill           Ira            13      Missouri       pg0306a.txt

311a    6      Gill           Josephus       61      South Carolina pg0306a.txt

311a    7      Gill           Martha         54      Kentucky       pg0306a.txt

311a    8      Gill           Mary           18      Missouri       pg0306a.txt

314a    11     Gill           Sally          36      Kentucky       pg0306a.txt

311a    9      Gill           Thomas         15      Missouri       pg0306a.txt

311a    11     Gill           William        11      Missouri       pg0306a.txt

 

6   536  536 Gill           Josephus       61   M         Watch Maker    2,100     South Carolina

 7   536  536 Gill           Martha         54   F                                  Kentucky

 8   536  536 Gill           Mary           18   F                                  Missouri

 9   536  536 Gill           Thomas         15   M                                  Missouri                X

 10  536  536 Gill           Ira            13   M                                  Missouri                X

 11  536  536 Gill           William        11   M                                  Missouri                X

 12  537  537 Sally          A.S.           24   M         Sheriff                  Kentucky

Gill                   Adaline                    27       Virginia               140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Drusilla                   21       Mo                     140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Elbert I.                  32       Mo                     140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Ewin P.                    36       Mo                     140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City                

Gill                   Ira                        24       Mo                     134       360        pg359.txt   Township 40 Range 22      

Gill                   Jerry                      58       Virginia               149       379        pg371.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Louella                    6/12     Mo                     140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Lucy                       52       Ky                     149       379        pg371.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Martha                     64       Ky                     134       360        pg359.txt   Township 40 Range 22      

Gill                   Mary                       28       Mo                     134       360        pg359.txt   Township 40 Range 22      

Gill                   Roena                      8/12     Mo                     140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   Sarah                      45                              143       371        pg371.txt   Warsaw City               

Gill                   William                    2        Mo                     140       368        pg359.txt   Warsaw City                

 

1860 CENSUS:

INE | Dwell | Famil | Lastname             Firstname                | Age    S Color   | Occupation               | Real  Personal | BirthPlace           | Married  Scho R D | SNDX | Remarks                                                                

=====|=======|=======|===============================================|==================|==========================|================|======================|===================|======|================================================================================================

   

   9 |   758 |   755 | Gill                 Martha                   |     64 F         | Farming                  |  1200      492 | Ky                   |                   | G400 |

  10 |   758 |   755 | Gill                 Mary                     |     28 F         |                          |                | Mo                   |                   | G400 |

  11 |   758 |   755 | Gill                 Ira                      |     24 M         |                          |                | Mo                   |                   | G400 |

  

 

More About JOSEPHUS (JOSEPH) GILL:

Burial: PROBABLY Benton  Co., MO

Comment: July 12, 1847, Origin of letter to daughter, Mrs. Zeralda Gill, was Black Oak Grove, near Warsaw, MO

Occupation: Farmer & Watchmaker

Parents (Facts Pg): s/George GILL-Mary Lewis(?)

 

More About JOSEPHUS GILL and MARTHA BROWDER:

Marriage: October 24, 1816, Hopkins Co., KY

       

Children of JOSEPHUS GILL and MARTHA BROWDER are:

2.                i.    ZERELDA4 GILL, b. 1823, Howard Co., MO.

                  ii.    EDWIN R. GILL, b. 1824, Howard Co., MO.

 

Notes for EDWIN R. GILL:

Edwin was a businessman in Warsaw.  He owned a prosperous tin shop on the

corner, and in 1854 stood near the Southwest Democrat Printing office on Main

Street.  In 1859 his advertisement appeared in the local newspaper:

                         Ed.R. Gill

                         Dealer in

                      Stoves & Tinware

 

Warsaw, MO

     I HAVE on hand a very large number of COOK and HEATING STOVES of every

description and size, which I am selling as low as any house in the State, St.

Louis excepted, and my Tinware...newer than any shop in the State.  Come and

try me, and be convinced...Guttering made so any person can put it up. A large

quantity always on hand.  Tinware repaired with neatness and dispatch.

Self-sealing fruit cans of all sizes always on hand.

 

Above copied from Twyla Gi8 Wright's, "LATCHSTRINGS"

 

More About EDWIN R. GILL:

Parents (Facts Pg): Son Josephus Gill & Martha Browder

 

                 iii.    ELBERT J. GILL, b. 1826, Howard Co., MO.

 

Notes for ELBERT J. GILL:

Elbert J. Gill was a respected citizen who took pride in civic affairs.  He

was listed in the newspaper in 1855 as one of the managers who was selling

tickets to a Grand Civic Ball on Washington's Birthday in Warsaw.  He also

served Warsaw as its postmaster from 1862 to 1864, during the Civil War.

 

 

More About ELBERT J. GILL:

Comment: July 12, 1847, Josephus said in a letter to his daughter Zereldah, that Elbert and his mother were running the farm near Warsaw, MO

Parents (Facts Pg): Son Josephus Gill & Martha Browder

 

                 iv.    MARY GILL, b. 1832, Howard Co., MO.

 

More About MARY GILL:

Census: 1870, Still residing at home with Martha, her mother, Lindsey, Benton Co., MO

Parents (Facts Pg): Dau. Josephus Gill & Martha Browder

 

3.               v.    THOMAS J(EFFERSON) GILL, b. July 17, 1833, Fayette, Howard Co., MO; d. 1922, probably Cincinatti, OH.

4.              vi.    IRA GILL, b. 1836, Howard Co., MO; d. March 28, 1927, Benton Co., MO.

                vii.    WILLIAM TELL GILL, b. 1839, MO; d. June 17, 1861, Killed In Civil War while serving with Warsaw Confederates.

 

Notes for WILLIAM TELL GILL:

Benton Co., MO was a border county of Civil War activities.  Regular armies,

rebels and bushwhackers of both Union and Confederates swept Missouri.  Since the county was criss-crossed with major roads, many military groups marched through the countryside.  The citizens of the county were divided.  Southern sympathizers raised their flag on the court house lawn at Warsaw during the circuit court meeting after the encounter of Fort Sumpter.  Not far away, at Cole Camp, the Germans were patriotically for the Union, and formed a Home Guard there.  Tension rose to the melting point.

      On June 17, 1861, young William Gill marched proudly in a unit of Warsaw Confederates, under the command of Captain O'Kane.  They were on their way to Camp Cole, providing a cover tactic to allow the Confederate sympathizing govenor to escape south to set up the capitol at Carthage.  Two barns gave shelter to the Union troops at Cole Camp.  At dawn an attack was made on one barn, with William screaming the "Rebel Yell" as he ran.  In the first onslaught he and five other rebels were killed.

 Inmates of the barn scattered, and after attacking the second barn the Confederates held the grounds.  Nineteen had died, and 22 lay wounded.  That night they buried William and the others, then marched back to Warsaw the next day.

    Martha's heart must have been broken at the death of her youngest child, cut down in his youth, but like other Southern sympathizers she may have born her grief as a gift to the cause.

 

 

More About WILLIAM TELL GILL:

Burial: Buried near Warsaw, MO where he fell

Military service: 1861, Confederate Army in MO. during the Civil War.

Parents (Facts Pg): Son Josephus Gill & Martha Browder

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

2.  ZERELDA4 GILL (JOSEPHUS (JOSEPH)3, GEORGE2, THOMAS1 GILL?) was born 1823 in Howard Co., MO.  She married WILLIAM Y(?) GILL(?)

 

More About ZERELDA GILL:

Comment: July 12, 1847, A letter to Zeraldah, was addressed to Marion, Crittenden County., Kentucky.

Parents (Facts Pg): Dau. Josephus Gill & Mary Browder

Residence: 1853, Henderson Co., KY

       

Child of ZERELDA GILL and WILLIAM GILL(?) is:

                   i.    ISABELL5 GILL(?).

 

More About ISABELL GILL(?):

Census: 1900, There is an Isabelle GILL in the Newport, N. KY, Campbell Co.

 

 

3.  THOMAS J(EFFERSON)4 GILL (JOSEPHUS (JOSEPH)3, GEORGE2, THOMAS1 GILL?) was born July 17, 1833 in Fayette, Howard Co., MO, and died 1922 in probably Cincinatti, OH.  He married (1) ANNIE BROWDER 1858 in Cherry Valley Otsego Co., NY.  She was born Abt. 1839 in KY, and died Abt. 1860 in Otterville, Cooper Co., MO.  He married (2) MARY A,. MCKINLEY September 17, 1866 in Henderson, KY.  She was born Abt. 1849 in Of Synthiana, KY.

 

Notes for THOMAS J(EFFERSON) GILL:

Thomas Gill also went adventuring west, going to California with Capt. J.H.

Holloway.  However he was back in Warsaw, MO working as a "tinner" like his

eldest brother, when the Civil War broke in the area during 1861.  Thomas was

a member of Warsaw Grays and marched away to war under the command of General Sterling Price, who fought in the battles at Carthage, at Wilson's Creek, and at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas.  After the war Thomas moved away to Ohio.

 

 

Here are two write-ups that Thomas J. Gill had to do for his job, which was being a Minister.  He gives details as to what was happening in certain years of his  life and names of wives and some childrren.  Here is what he wrote, in his own words/spelling.    This info was provided by Connie Adams.

 

[No date]   [he refers to being 83 so that would make the date 1916.....EAG]

Dear Brother Elmore,

I fear you have given me a hard task to perform giving you a written history of my life work.  I suppose more religious than secular will necessitate a going back and travelling by memory, a journey of 83 years, dotted along with both clouds and sunshine for my life has not been an uneventful one.

 

Born in the flesh at Fayette, Howard Co., MO, July 17, 1833 and off Water and of the Spirit Feb. 20th, 1851.

 

In the spring of 1842, We moved from Fayette to Benton Co., MO, where I received my early training both concerning religions and secular things of life. My parents being strictly pious, devout christians, early planted in the minds off their children (of whom there were five boys and two girls, two boys and one girl still living) the beauty of holiness, loveliness and faith in the word of God.

 

There was no congregation of disciples at Warsaw when we moved there and up to 1850, when Bro. Winthrop Hopson came there during one of his Missouri tours and organized one.  M. M. Mentlo and my father, Josephus Gill were made Elders.

 

Bro. Hopson came again in 1851 and held  two weeks meeting, it was at this meeting I obeyed from the heart the form docterine Bro. Hopson preached, I can never forget the text Bro. Hopson preached from the night. (he only preached of nights save Sundays.)   It was Cor. 10:1-4. and vividly showed us how the children of Isreal were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  I remember also, our babtistry was not heated, nor enclosed in a church house, as invention now have it, but was in a hard frozen river, the ice being a foot tthick or more.  Also, there was two women, Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs Fields confessed at the river side and obeyed their Saviour in babtism.

 

Query, Would their be any babtizing under such circumstances to day.

 

During the California gold fever 1853, I crossed the plains to California, here I came in contact with the alluriments of this world, in all its hideous and demon like forms, as well as in the form of angeles of light but midst it all, I held my faith.

 

I  remember in discussing the form and design of babtism with two of my brother, Miners, they accused me of being a "Cambelliti"  [( Calvin religion)] that settled it.  I returned to Missouri in 1857.  Settling in the little town of Otterville, in Cooper Co., where I engaged in the tin sheet iron and stove business.

 

In 1858, I was united in marriage to Miss Annie Browder of KY in Cherry Valley, Otesgo Co., NY, but fate decreed our life's pilgrimage together should be short, two years, she was laid to rest at Otterville.

 

1860, The war broke out in '61, being extremely Southern in sentiment I enlisted as a Soldier in the Southern Army under Gen. Sterling Price, serving out my enlistment I went to Kentucky.

 

Stopping at Henderson, He I found the church all torn up over the South and North questtion.  Such a hatred as forbid them to eat the Lord's Supper together, having no such feeling myself, and desiring to see the Church awakened, I set to work and finally got the brethern to come together.  (My recollection now is that there were 28 brothers and sisters.  My proposition to them was, for the old Officers of the Church to all resign their position, elect new officers, and go to work.  The two sides confered desided to resign if I would assume the position of elder, and appoint two deacons.  I consented to do so, if they would give me their hearty support, in attendence and prayers, and by God's grace, I would do the best I could.

 

The Church at Henderson has weathered the storm from that night when brothers, Hart, Stee, the two Allen Brothers, and Bro Keer shook hands over the bloody chasm.

 

It was at Henderson I met and wooed my present (then Miss Mary A. McKinley of Snthiana, KY.) wife, who still, lives to share with me the burdens of the day, as well as to drink of the sweets of life. We were married Sep't 17, 1866.

 

1869, We moved to Madisonville, Ky, where I put my membership in the Church and where too, I spent the earnest of my life's work in the Church and out of it, first as deacon and then elder, for a number of years.

 

There was a gap of four years, we lived in Sheffield, AL.  Here we found no Church of our people, I put a notice in a paper, calling all members of the Christian Church to meet at the public school house, on the next Sunday, twenty two answered the call, we agreed to meet on the first day of each week to break bread, and otherwise worship God as best we knew how.

 

We had no Church house to meet in, but met just whenever we could find a lodging.  Quite frequently under my own roof, I will staate here, that we sought and got a deed to a lot for a Church building and had the deed recorded in Tuscumbia.  LeaVing Sheffield and returning, I do not know what became of that little band of breathern.

 

I was reappointed elder in the Church of Madisonville on our return their in 1893, and served as such, until we moved to Cincinatti, in the fall of 1898, where we have resided ever since, putting our membership in with the Walnut Hills Christian Church, and am cheerfully, joyfully working in the ranks, as the good Lord enables and prospers me.

 

 

 

More About THOMAS J(EFFERSON) GILL:

Baptised: February 20, 1851, With water and spirit

Burial: Probably Walnut Hills Cemetery, Cincinnatti, OH

Census: 1910, Ohio, Enumeration District: 0043; Cincinnati. Hamilton Co.,; Head of Household; Age 76.

Comment: 1842, Moved from Fayette to Benton County, MO

Military service: Bet. 1862 - 1863, Enlisted as a Corporal on August 10, 1862 in Company D, 9th Cavalry Regiment , Kentucky on 22 August. Mustered out Company D, 9th Calvary Regiment Kentucky on 11 September 1863 in Eminence, KY.

Parents (Facts Pg): Son Josephus Gill & Martha Browder

 

More About ANNIE BROWDER:

Burial: Otterville, Cooper Co., MO

 

More About THOMAS GILL and ANNIE BROWDER:

Marriage: 1858, Cherry Valley Otsego Co., NY

 

More About THOMAS GILL and MARY A:

Marriage: September 17, 1866, Henderson, KY

       

Children of THOMAS GILL and MARY A are:

                   i.    MARY A..5 GILL, b. Abt. 1868, Ky.

 

More About MARY A.. GILL:

Census: 1870, Hopkins Co., kY, aged 2

 

                  ii.    DAU. GILL, b. Aft. 1870.

                 iii.    WILLIAM J. GILL, b. Aft. 1870.

 

More About WILLIAM J. GILL:

Occupation: Employed at Standard Publishing Company, which publishes the leading Organ of our brotherhood, the CHRISTIAN STANDARD.

 

                 iv.    LAVERNE M. GILL, b. Abt. 1891, AL; m. CHARLES CLIFFORD ADAMS.

 

 

4.  IRA4 GILL (JOSEPHUS (JOSEPH)3, GEORGE2, THOMAS1 GILL?) was born 1836 in Howard Co., MO, and died March 28, 1927 in Benton Co., MO.  He married CYNTHIA MCCONKEY February 14, 1875 in Benton Co., MO. 

 

Notes for IRA GILL:

     Ira Gill reportedly left home for an adventure, traveling westward across the Plains with a group whose guide was the famous mountainman Jim Bridger.  Upon his return he settled down in nearby Lincoln to become a businessman, building and operating the well-known Gill Hotel there.  Ira was elected Public Administrator in the 1880s. His daughter joined him in the management of the Gill Hotel.

    "Uncle Ira" died at his home in Lincoln at 91 years of age.  It was said of him that, "He was well read & could talk intelligently any subject."

 

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Name:             Ira Gill

Estimated Birth Year:           abt 1836

Age in 1870:         34

Birthplace:             Missouri

Home in 1870:               Lindsey, Benton, Missouri

Family and neighbors:                 View Results

Race:              White

Gender:         Male

Value of real estate:             View Image

Post Office:           Cole Camp

Roll:                M593_759

Page:              269

Image:            110

Year:               1870

 

More About IRA GILL:

Occupation: Adventurer and Hotel Operator

Parents (Facts Pg): Son Josephus Gill & Martha Browder

 

More About IRA GILL and CYNTHIA MCCONKEY:

Marriage: February 14, 1875, Benton Co., MO

       

Child of IRA GILL and CYNTHIA MCCONKEY is:

                   i.    ROBERT COFFEE5 GILL, b. Missouri.