(all from D. Smith) John Robert Gill 1842-1922, is buried in Fort Green Methodist Cemetery in DeSoto County (now Hardee).   He was born February 26, 1842 in Baker County, Georgia (NW of Thomas County) and died in March 1922. He died in Hillsborough County, but was buried in the Fort Green Cemetery.  His daughter, Missouri Mae Gill , married Peter H. Albritton. They lived in Fort Green for awhile. John was a Methodist circuit riding preacher. Nothing much exists of Fort Green anymore, just the Methodist cemetery and the Baptist Cemetery, but the road off the main highway is named after John Robert Gill.  Missouri Gill Albritton died at the age of 26, about six weeks after having their fifth child in 1909.

"I have found a bit more information to be added to John Robert Gill's data. From his pension papers I learned that he left Baker County, Georgia at the age of ten which would be in 1852 to go to Hamilton County, Florida. No mention was made of who accompanied him, perhaps his father was dead by then and he traveled with his mother-only a thought-but since he hasn't been tied in exactly with the other Gills in Hamilton County, I wondered. Later he enlisted in the CSA at Hernando Florida-County, I assume. After the war he evidently went back to Hamilton County as the pension papers quoting him said he then moved from Hamilton County to Hillsborough County. That is where he died.

After getting the pension papers, I finally got his death certificate. Richard Gill, born <c1821 (1842-21), was listed as his father. Now as you know there was a Richard Gill on the 1850 Baker County, Georgia census, but he was only twenty years old and was living with another family. This Richard Gill could very well be a brother to John and he could be Richard Gill, Jr., of course. John Robert's son was also a Richard so perhaps all of this ties in. However, John Robert Gill's wife at his death, Nellie Benham Gill, gave the information and it was written that his father was born in Florida and also his mother, Sarah Clemons (?) not sure of the last name. I don't know whether his father Richard WAS born in Florida since John was born in Baker County, Georgia, or perhaps Nellie did not know and assumed it was Florida. At any rate just getting his father's name was a big help. Now if someone can just tie Richard Gill in with the other Gills in Florida.

Grace also provided me with a full list of John Robert's children

  1. Matochia Gill (male)- born 1881-I believe his tombstone gave a differnt date.
  2. Missouri Gill born 1883(my grandmother)
  3. Jenniet(?) Gill born 1884
  4. Orbie Mae Gill born 1887
  5. Jane Isabelle born 1893
  6. Solon Loraine born 1895
  7. Oliver Rochester Gill born 1898

This is the family of D. Smith, please contact D. Smith with information on this family.

Baker County, GA is over in the southwest corner of the state, not far from Thomas County.  This is not far off of the diagonal path that Thomas Gill is documented to have taken in 1822, when he left Allendale Co., SC (Barnwell Co. then), and wound up in Thomas Co., GA.  I would hazard a guess that John Robert Gill is either a grandson of Thomas by an early born son, or is the son of a brother of Thomas, whom we have not documented.  We know there were other brothers, it is only that Thomas was the singular child still nearby when his father died in 1822, and it is he who appears in Barnwell probate records as son.

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