John Gill born ca 1755 (before 1760), married Nancy c1780.  Probably a son of either Peter Gill of Chesterfield Co. or Daniel Gill of Chesterfield Co.  John Gill died in 1801 and his widow Nancy was administrator of the estate, with their oldest son, Peter Gill, as one of the securities. Their seven other children were: Elizabeth, Susannah, Nancy, Frances, Sarah, William and Clarkey.  Children:

  1. Peter Gill, first child, born 1780-1782
  2. Elizabeth Gill
  3. Susannah Gill
  4. Nancy Gill
  5. Frances Gill
  6. Sarah Gill
  7. William Gill
  8. Clarkey Gill

Closely associated with this John Gill in Halifax records (see details below) was one Daniel Gill who married Judith Slaughter in 1782 in Halifax Co., VA.

I have GILL ancestors in Halifax County, Virginia, whom I believe to be of the Chesterfield County family; however, I am having a difficult time finding exactly where they fit. I hope with the information I am providing below that you or other experts on the Gill genealogy can help.

My earliest GILL ancestor was John whom I have born ca 1755. He was probably born no later than 1760 and may have been born several years before that. He married Nancy, maiden name unknown, about 1780 and their first child was born 1780-1782. He is associated in the Halifax records with a Daniel Gill, whom I have assumed was his brother, though he may have been some other relation. This Daniel Gill married Judith Slaughter in 1782 in Halifax.

Daniel Gill purchased two tracts of land in Halifax, 252 acres in 1778 and 262 ½ acres in 1779. He sold the 252-acre tract on October 14, 1783. In June, 1782 he sold 87 acres, “part of a larger tract,” to John Gill for 5 shillings, before Daniel married to Judith Slaughter in October. This appears to be a portion of the 262 ½ acres that he bought in 1779 for 930 pounds. The purchase price of 5 shillings makes the transaction seem like a gift, especially considering the original purchase price. On the same date that the 252-acre tract was sold, Daniel and John Gill jointly sold the 262 ½ -acre tract. Both were married at that time and their wives (Judith, wife of Daniel, and Nancy, wife of John) agreed to the sale.

My John Gill died in 1801 and his widow Nancy was administrator of the estate, with their oldest son, Peter Gill, as one of the securities. Their seven other children were: Elizabeth, Susannah, Nancy, Frances, Sarah, William and Clarkey.

With the usage of the names Daniel, John and Peter, you can see why I believe this Gill family must be of the Chesterfield group. What has been most confusing in trying to unravel this mystery regards the Slaughter family connection. I know from the records cited below that my John Gill was closely associated with Daniel Gill who married Judith Slaughter. According to Slaughter family records, Judith had a sister Martha “Patty” Slaughter (born 1764) who married John Gill, and the obvious assumption is that of two brothers (Daniel and John Gill) marrying sisters (Judith and Martha Slaughter). In addition, two other Slaughter siblings married Gills---Betty Slaughter (born 1752) married Unknown Gill, and Samuel Slaughter (born 1758) married Frances “Fannie” Gill (born 1760).

I just can’t figure how my John Gill fits in. Any ideas, suggestions or help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Please forward this to any other Gill researchers that might also be able to help.

If you have records, suggestions, or any help on this man, please contact William L. “Butch” Johnson. Feb. 2005


Records cited below were personally abstracted by Butch Johnson at the Halifax County, Virginia courthouse.

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 10, page 363. 15 January 1778. Humphrey Hendrick of Halifax County to DANIEL GILL of Halifax … for 252 pounds … 252 acres … granted to him by deed from Charles Smith … Mirey Creek … Winfrey’s line … Easley’s line … Charles Smith’s line. Signed Humphrey Hendrick Witnesses John Hendrick, John Echols, Lucy Anah Echols

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 304. 9 April 1779. John Moore of Halifax to DANIEL GILL of Halifax … 930 pounds … 262 ½ acres … boths sides Mirey Creek (part of greater tract patented 25 July 1749) … Warham Easley’s line … Signed John –M- Moore Wtinesses Cornelius Crenshaw, Bartlett Crenshaw, Robert Easley

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 12, page 211. 20 June 1782. DANIEL GILL of Halifax to JOHN GILL … 5 shillings … branches of Miery Creek … 87 acres … part of a larger tract conveyed to said Gill by indenture … Signed Daniel Gill Witnesses Bedford Davenport, David Wood, Joseph Holt

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 12, page 372. 14 October 1783. DANIEL GILL to Daniel Moore … 252 pounds … 252 acres on Mirey Creek … Easleys line …Charles Smith’s line … Winfrey’s & Jno Hendrick

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 12, page 374. 14 October 1783. DANIEL GILL & JOHN GILL to David Franklin … 262 ½ acres … 262 pounds … both sides Mirey Creek Signed Daniel Gill, John Gill Acknowledged by JUDITH GILL wife of DANIEL and NANCY GILL wife of JOHN.

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 13, page 275. 15 September 1785. William Hall of Halifax to JOHN GILL of Halifax … 150 pounds … 150 acres … south side Banister River Signed William Hall

Halifax County, Virginia Order Book 11, page 87. June Court 1786. Michael Roberts vs JOHN & DANIEL GILL.

Halifax County, Virginia Order Book 20, page 28. February Court 1801. On motion of NANCY GILL, widow & relict of JOHN GILL, dec’d. – letters of administration with Joseph Abbott, PETER GILL & Henry Washam as securities for $1000.

Halifax County, Virginia Will Book 6, page 302. October Court 1801. Appraisement of JOHN GILL, Dec’d, 25 March 1801 made by John Maynard, William Logan and Nathl. Royster.

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 28, page 16. 24 June 1819. The Legatees of JOHN GILL, Deced. of Halifax to PETER GILL of Halifax … 150 pounds … 150 acres … south side of Banister River … Daniel King’s line …John Crews line … Signed Elizabeth –X- King (her mark) William King Sr. Susanah –X- Hagood (her mark) John Hagood Nancy –X- Hagood (her mark) John Hagood Jr Francis Gill Sarah –X- Gill (her mark) William –X- Gill (his mark) Clarkey –X- Gill (her mark) We Dudley Glass and Peter Reves magistrates for the County of Halifax aforesaid do hereby certify that William King and Elizabeth King his wife John Hagood and Susanah his wife John Hagood Junr. and Nancy his wife Frances Gill Sarah Gill William Gill and Clarkey Gill … personally appeared before us … acknowledged the same to be there hands and seals acts and deeds and requested us to certify the acknowledge aforesaid to the Clerk of Halifax … fifth day of July 1819.

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 34, page 142. 7 December 1824. PETER GILL & CELIA GILL his wife and NANCY GILL, widow of JOHN GILL, decd to WILLIAM GILL … each of Halifax … the said NANCY GILL Stands Justly entitled to one third part of the land of JOHN GILL dec’d and all of the land being conveyed by the legatees of said JOHN GILL dec’d unto the said PETER GILL and now the said NANCY GILL being desirous to convey her said interest to WILLIAM GILL … 50 acres … Crews corner pine … Banister River Signed Peter -X- Gill, Celia –X- Gill, Nancy –X- Gill

Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 40, page 333. 30 August 1832. WILLIAM GILL and wife ELIZABETH to John Crews, all of Halifax … $260 … 50 acres bounded by Banester River & Jno Crews … Signed William –X- Gill Witnesses Jas. Adkisson, Jeffrey D. Palmer, Jas. Younger


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