Captain John Gill, born c<1679, died "suddenly" between 28 Feb. and 10 Aug. 1720 (dates of will and probate in Barbados), mariner. Apparently resided in Bridge Town, Barbados at the time of his death (according to will of his son, William). Possibly same man: 11 Sept. 1700 Capt. John Gill married Mrs. Mary Wheeler, St. Michael's Parish, Barbados (Barbados Marriages, p98; p589, RL1/1); by my birth year, John would have been 21 or older. Since John's will was in St. Michael's Parish, this is probably him. This 1700 record implies that he was at least 21 in 1700, so he was born c<1679.

There are South Carolina records of this man.  Memorial for a land grant of 500 acres on south west side of Medway (Meadway in original) River in Berkeley County, and bounded on NE by the Medway River, on SE by lands of Landgrave Smith; on SW by John (Job) Howas, Esqr. (Howe or Howes) {Howes' land adjoined Yeoman's Ck., also called Goose Ck.; Howes' neighbors: Lewis Pasquenan?, John Emperor, Dr. Nathaniel, & John Gill}, on NW by Math Snowes; and is due 5 shillings rent on every first day of December. Return made by John Gill 8 Feb. 1704). (from odd volume on early land returns, Columbia SCDAH -Andrea).

According to his will in Barbados, this land was "in the possession of George Legon, Esq." in 1720 at the time of his death. The fact that John left it to his son, William, and was listed as "mariner" implies that John was an absentee landlord in South Carolina. John Gill mentioned on land plat of Robert Howe, Goose Creek, Berkeley Co. 16 Dec. 1706. Likely a reference to John: "Gill's Plantation", 1/2 mile distant from Rowzer's (likely Richard Rowser, see below), near "the Neck" dated 30 Aug. 1706, p179 of Records of British Public Rec. Office relating to SC 1701-10 [note name "Rowzer", which also occurs in records of Henry and James Gill]. (Barbados Records, Vol. III, Wills: "John Gill suddenly intended to depart this island, mariner. St. Michael's Parish, 28 Feb. 1720 (book states 1719/20), RB6/6, p107. My son, William Gill, at 21, plantation in Province of South Carolina in Berkeley County butting land now or late of Thomas Smith, Job Howes, and Nathaniel Snow, and on Midway and Cooper Rivers now in possession of George Legon, Esq., estates in Barbados and Great Britain; daus. Frances Gill, Anne Bellwain Gill, Mary Gill, and Jane Gill all at 16; my friend Henry Alleyne of St. Michaels Parish. Xtr. signed John Gill. wit. Mary Luisllbo, John Hempton, John Kempson. Proved 10 Aug. 1720." These records clearly associate this John Gill with South Carolina, Barbados, and England. Barbados is the easternmost island of the "West Indies", a small island of 166 square miles area. Children of John Gill (from his will):

  1. William Gill b. <1699 died between 12 Feb. 1740 and 10 Aug. 1743; at various times in Barbados, South Carolina, and England, a son and heir of Capt. John Gill, mariner. Will of William Gill sg. 12 Feb. 1739 and pr. 10 Aug. 1743 and recorded at Somerset House, London, England: "William Gill (son and heir) of Captain John Gill, Mariner, late of Bridge Town, Barbados, deceased, but now of London, Gentleman. Will 12 Feb. 17(39-)40, proved 10 Aug. 1743. To my sister Frances Gill, now in London, lands which my father, John Gill, bought of Nathaniel Snow, Doctor, situated upon the River near Charles Town, SC, also all goods due from my father's will in Barbados, Carolina, or elsewhere. Executrix, Sister Frances. Witnesses: John Eaglesfield, Ann Eaglesfield, Catherine Payne. Boycott 262." {FOC: "Boycott" apparently means name of clerk?}.
  2. Frances Gill b. <1704 alive in 1740 (will of brother Wm.) and apparently unmarried in 1740.
  3. Anne Belwain Gill b. <1704
  4. Mary Gill b. <1704
  5. Jane Gill b. <1704
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