Descendants of James Gill – Four Generations

 

1.    James Gill, b. 1780 in Maryland, d. 3 Aug 1850 in Washington, DC, buried in Greenleaf’s Point, Washington, DC, occupation Grocer.  He could have been born as late as 1790, however his obituary states that he was 70 years old at the time of his death. Dates of military service in the War of 1812: 19 Aug  to 8 Oct 1814. Military rank: Private. Served in 2nd Regiment (Brent's) District of Columbia Militia.  He was present during his service time and was paid $13.41 pay at the rate of $8 per month. His total service was one month and 21 days. Appeared in DC records 1816. Had a store and residence at 6th & M Sts, S.W. His obituary reads, "At his residence, Greenleaf's Point, August 3rd in the 70th year of his age, of consumption, James Gill. He was a good citizen, a kind parent and an honest man."  Greenleaf’s Point, where he is buried, is now Ft. McNair. On the 1820 & 1830 census, and in the Washington Directory for 1822, the Gill and Pumphrey families lived in the same ward, and seemed to be only a few houses apart. James Gill and Susan Pumphrey had at least two other children, names unknown.  Robert Gill who d. 1774/75 in Charles Co., Md. with sons James, John and Robert is possibly the ancestor (Grandfather?) of this James Gill.  More research needed. He married Susan Pumphrey, married 19 Jun 1816 in Washington, D.C., b. 2 May 1795 in Prince George's Co., MD, (daughter of James Pumphrey and Usley Osborn) d. 12 Mar 1836 in Washington, D.C., buried in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.  Susan: The only child known is John F. Gill. There were two other children (daugters), as yet not found. On her gravesite memorial: "In Memory of Susan Gill who was born May 2 in the year of our Lord 1795 and departed this life March 15, 1846, leaving an affectionate husband and three children to mourn her loss."

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2.    John F. Gill, b. circa 1820 in Washington, D.C., occupation Gardener/Laborer, d. aft 1870 in Washington, D.C.  He lived at 34th and M St., SW, Washington, DC.  He was a gardener in his younger days, later a cartman and laborer. He married (1) Patience Brown, married 3 May 1839 in Washington, D.C., b. ca 1820 in Virginia, (daughter of Speak Brown and Barbara *Unknown (Brown)) d. 15 Sep 1856 in Washington, DC, buried in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.  Patience: Patience died of consumption (tuberculosis) at age 36. She was probably born in Alexandria, VA and grew up in Washington, D.C. She was originally buried in the cemetery called "Eastern Methodist Cemetery - Old Methodist", which was discontinued in 1893. This was connected with the 4th Street Methodist Church, which was founded in 1802 in a tobacco factory. She was re-interred in Congressional Cemetery. He married (2) Jane P. Bramell, married 7 Nov 1860 in Washington, D.C., b. ca 1830 in Virginia, d. 5 Nov 1871 in Washington, D.C.

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3.    James Perry Gill, b. 18 Sep 1843 in Washington, DC, d. 10 Jan 1933 in Silver Spring, MD, buried 12 Jan 1933 in Rockville Union Cemetery, Avery Rd., Rockville, Montgomery Co., Md.  His mother died when he was just 13 years old. James Perry Gill enlisted in the U.S. Navy 15 May 1863 at the Washington Navy Yard. He served on the ship "U.S.S. Primrose". He was discharged from the Potomac Flotilla 14 May 1864 as a 2nd Class Fireman. He enlisted 1 Sep 1864 as a Fireman, and was discharged from the "Thomas Freeborn" as 1st Class Fireman 31 May 1865. (From original document of the Treasury Department-Fourth Auditor Office, 31 Jan 1893.)  On his Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension, he stated that he "incurred an injury to chest resulting disease of the same. This injury was incurred as the result of being thrown on a spittoon by a comrade in a friendly bout". He was treated at the Navy Yard Hospital for this injury. He had blue eyes and brown hair, and his height is listed on the original application as 5'10". His later application listed his height as 5'7". In 1864 he lived at 34 M South, Washington, D.C. - occupation "Fireman". His occupation in 1879 was listed as "Blacksmith". His occupation on the 1880 Census is listed as Farm Laborer. He died 2 weeks after his wife - was said to have become sick after attending her funeral on a cold and sleety day. Cause of death was "Acute Bronchitis". Medical Information on his death certificate stated: senility since 1927. His grandchildren called him "Grandpap". He married Anna Maria Rannie, married 11 Nov 1869 in Montgomery Co., MD, b. 12 Nov 1844 in Wheaton, MD, (daughter of James Rannie and Isabel Rainnie) d. 29 Dec 1932 in Silver Spring, MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Avery Rd., Rockville, Montgomery Co., MD.  Anna: On 12 Oct 1922, James and Annie sold their farm, "Willow Brook", and moved to Silver Spring, MD. They lived on Grove Street around the corner from their daughter Molly Gill Hewitt.  Annie died two weeks before her husband after 63 years of marriage.  Her children wrote a song about her when they were small, which is still remembered.  It begins "Annie Mari-ah, fell in the fi-ah"...  The original Rannie home was at the intersection of Veirs Mill Rd. and Georgia Ave. in Wheaton, MD.

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4.    Albert Gill, b. ca 1851 in Washington, DC, d. 4 Nov 1898 in Norbeck, Montgomery Co., MD, occupation Blacksmith.  In 1879 he was living in Norbeck, owned 3 acres, and stated that he had settled in the area in 1865. He died without a will. His Inventory of Estate is on file in Montgomery Co., MD.  At the time of his death, his estate was appraised at $123.19. He married Emma J. Nast, married ca 1871, b. ca 1851 in VA, d. 4 Nov 1898 in Emergency Hospital, Washington, D.C., buried 7 Nov 1898 in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.  Emma: She died from injuries sustained in an accident when she was struck by two bicycles in Washington D.C. Her skull was fractured, the immediate cause of death was cerebral hemmorrhage.

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5.    Levi Clinton Gill, b. Oct 1853 in Washington, DC, d. 4 Mar 1914 in Montgomery Co, MD, occupation Farm laborer (1880 Census).  On the 1880 Census, Levi Gill is living in Montgomery Co., MD, 5th Election District, and is a farm laborer. On the 1910 Census, Levi is shown as renting his house; they had 10 children with 9 living; married 31 years. He married Augusta E. Wilson, married ca 1880 in Washington, D.C., b. Dec 1857 in Illinois, d. 1936 in Montgomery Co., MD, buried in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.

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6.    John Gill, b. 2 Sep 1872 in Montgomery Co., MD, baptized 9 Oct 1878 in Emory Church, Montgomery Co., MD, d. 3 Apr 1949 in MD, buried in Colesville Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.  He married Mary A. Dixon, married ca 1900, b. ca 1875, d. 1949 in Silver Spring, MD, buried in Colesville Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.

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7.    Lottie Gill, b. 17 Aug 1874 in Aspen, Montgomery Co., MD, baptized 9 Oct 1878 in Emory Church, Montgomery Co., MD, d. 4 Jan 1942 in Aspen, Montgomery Co., MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.  Lottie Gill and her husband Palmer Rabbitt were second cousins. She married Edward Palmer Rabbitt, married 26 Oct 1899, b. 3 Feb 1862 in Aspen, Montgomery Co., MD, (son of Edward Rabbitt and Christina "Tina" Leadingham) d. 23 Jan 1925 in Aspen, Montgomery Co., MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.

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8.    Mary "Molly" Emma Gill, b. 4 Nov 1876 in Montgomery Co., MD, baptized 9 Oct 1878 in Emory Church, Montgomery Co., MD, d. 28 Nov 1956 in Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.  She married Joseph Thomas Hewitt, married 19 Feb 1901 in Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., MD, b. 23 Jul 1870 in London, Ontario, Canada, baptized 14 Aug 1870 in St. Peter's Cathedral Basicilica, London, Ontario, Canada, d. 20 Apr 1957 in Sykesville, MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.  Joseph: Son of Richard Hewitt and Julia Dowling.

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9.    Esther Gill, b. 18 Oct 1881 in Montgomery Co., MD, baptized 22 Jul 1883 at "Mrs. Dwyer's", d. 1 Apr 1975 in MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.  Jessie Moonie, the first child of Esther Gill Mooney, died young. She married Edward Mooney, married circa 1905 in Montgomery Co., MD, b. circa 1880 in MD, d. ca 1955 in MD, buried in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.

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10.    Nellie Edna Gill, b. 16 Jan 1884 in Aspen, Montgomery Co., MD, d. 27 Dec 1968 in (Hospital) Montgomery Co., MD, buried 30 Dec 1968 in Rockville Cemetery, Avery Rd., Rockville, MD.  The Gill family home where she was raised was on (now) Aspen Hill Road, near the intersection with Georgia Av. A family story has it that Nellie and her sister Molly chose the name "Aspen" for the area, winning a contest at school. It was said that she caused a "family scandal" when she married Will Beall, who was not only a Democrat but also a Baptist! She joined the Baptist Church after her marriage. Lively and fun-loving, she especially enjoyed being with her family. After raising nine children, and being a farm wife for most of her life she and Will moved into the town of Rockville in 1949. They had a small home within a few blocks of several of their children, and they rode around in their 1954 Plymouth and visited their other children and grandchildren every day. She died two weeks before her husband, after 65 years of marriage. Her 18 grandsons stood as her pallbearers at her funeral. (She often mentioned that she was related to President U.S.Grant, but no connection has been found.) She married William Leroy Beall, married 1904 in Alexandria, VA, b. 13 Sep1881 in Rockville, Montgomery Co., MD, (son of William Vernon Beall and Mary Elizabeth Purdum) d. 4 Jan 1969 in Takoma Park, Montgomery Co., MD, buried 7 Jan 1969 in Rockville Cemetery, Avery Rd., Rockville, MD, occupation Farm Manager.  William: Named for his father, William Vernon Beall, and known familiarly as"Will". He was a devout member of the Baptist Church, and a lifelong Democrat. He lived in and around Rockville all of his life, where he was the manager of several large dairy farms.  Enjoyed hard work - after retiring from the farm, he drove a truck and worked as a security guard.  He enjoyed singing and storytelling.  His 31 grandchildren called him "Pappap". Information on William L. Beall from personal knowledge, marriage records, death records and church records.

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11.    Archibald Gill, b. 1 Sep 1888 in Aspen, Montgomery Co., MD, d. March 1966 in Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., MD, buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Aspen Hill, MD.  A very small man, not especially handsome, with an unusual voice and laugh. (This according to one of his nieces.) He married Anne Bridget McGarvey, married circa 1910, b. 30 Aug ? in County Tyrone,Ireland, d. 8 Sep 1984 in Waldorf, MD, buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Aspen Hill, MD.  Anne: Fun loving and pretty, she never returned to Ireland to visit her family, although one sister did finally come to America and lived with her. She drove a car at a time when most women didn't drive, and loved to go visiting, She also loved to organize parties and dances.

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12.    Levi C. Gill, b. Jun 1889, d. 6 Aug 1943 in Montgomery Co., MD, occupation Salesman in 1930.  He married Florence Proctor, married bef 1912, b. ca 1889 in Washington, D.C.

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