1 Unknown PITMAN

2 William PITMAN "the Longhunter" was born about 1736 in Virginia, and died before 14 July 1789, in Greene Co KY. He may have lived in the Campbell / Bedford or Lunenburg County areas of Virginia before moving into Kentucky. William PITTMAN had known brothers John and Thomas, and sisters Margaret and Mary. He probably died before 1796; Deed Bk 1 - 217 "William Pitman's Heirs to Will Gill," indenture made agreeable to Act of General Assembly passed 1796 in "Chapter the thirty-sixth" on motion of thomas pitman (sic) - Administrator of William Pitman, deceased," praying Green Co Court, etc. His first appearance in KY records, ca 1775; last appearance ca 1796. Deed Book 1 p 217 Green Co KY William Pitman's Heirs to Will Gill; Thomas Pitman, adm. to William Pitman, deceased; pray Green Co Court to appoint William Barnett, William Vance, John Chism guardians for said heirs. To make William Gill of Green Co Ky title to land, bond given by William Pitman in his lifetime to William Gill, 250 ac WILLIAM PITTMAN STATION TRACT, which he took on a Treasurer Warrant, 500 ac on Pitman Creek, signed 25 March 1798; branch of Green River.

Deed Book 1 p 226 William Pitman sold rights to 500 ac survey of Said PITMAN STATION TRACT for 30 pounds to Will Gill March 19, 1798. Deed Book 6 p 74 Lincoln Co Ky Feb 13, 1810 - part of Gill's Survey on PITMAN'S CREEK, one line adjoined land of William Pitman; (attested by Phillip Beswick & Phillip Wells, Patrick Nowlan) recorded 20 Aug 1810. (Land in Green Co KY)

Mercer Co Ky Will Bk 1 p 36 Will of John Gill. probated Richland Co., South Carolina Oct 9 1789; probated Mercer Co Ky June 22, 1790; Names wife Margaret Gill; children mentioned, not named. Executors in Kentucky, Thomas Pitman and John Pitman and William Gill (brother); executors in South Carolina, William Bishop, Richard Ellis, Robert Lethgaw.

2 Margaret "Peggy" PITMAN,

Sister of William PITMAN "the Long Hunter," she was born about 1760. She married on 13 Oct 1778, to John GILL of Bedford County, VA. John GILL was born in Scotland. He died in June 1790, apparantly in Richland County, South Carolina, but the will was probated in Mercer County, KY. In the will he describes himself "of Mercer County, Virginia, District of Kentucky." He names executors in both South Carolina and Kentucky. Archibald BILBO is named guardian to Sally and John GILL. In July 1793 Margaret PITTMAN GILL married Jacob MINOR, in Mercer County, KY. They had a least one child, William.

  1. 3 GILL Mary ( Margaret2, unknown Pittman1 ) m 20 Dec 1796 Archibald BILBOA / BILBO Mercer Co KY - their children went to Indiana
  2. 3 GILL Elizabeth ( Margaret2, unknown Pittman1 ) m 5 Dec 1800 James MARTIN Mercer Co KY - removed to St.Charles Co MO - had five children
  3. 3 GILL John ( Margaret2, unknown Pittman1 ) removed to St.Charles Co MO - carpenter m 23 Jan 1814 Mary WATTS dau of Peter WATTS, Mercer Co KY
    1. 4 GILL Margaret A.
    2. 4 GILL Peter W
    3. 4 GILL Sarah A.
    4. 4 GILL Elizabeth M.
    5. 4 GILL William I.
    6. 4 GILL John P.
    7. 4 GILL Bently T.
    8. 4 GILL Adam F.
    9. 4 GILL Lucy G.
    10. 4 GILL Mary B.
  4. 3 GILL Sally ( Margaret2, unknown Pittman1 )

Please contact B. Capps Williamson with information on this family.

MERCER CO.,KY. note that has been added re: John & Margaret (Pitman) GILL. He has a brother William. I personally believe these 2 Scottish GILLs are the S.C. (Richland) link. His information matches what I sent you on an 11/15 sheet.

I also posted a few notes in the ST. CHARLES, MO. rootsweb to a ?? Reid. He is a John & Margaret (Pitman) GILL. Other notes are in the GILL Genforum in Jan 2000 (different Census/Tax notes on KY Gill names that also may help add information in Dr. Clark's KY GILL notes.)

The MERCER CO.,KY will is the one that ties them together as Bros. online and in J.E.S. King's Ky. Records Abstracts :

John GILL Will Sept 26, 1788 Prob Oct 9, 1789 Richland Co.,S.C. , 1790 Mercer Co.,KY. Book 1 pg 36 ::: Leg, wife Margaret Gill, ch. not named William GILL (My brother) to handle Exor in KY, with John & Thomas Pitman. In S.C. Wm Bishop, Rchd Ellis, etc. as in Dr. Clarks site.

***MARGARET PITMAN Gill/Minor also in a will settlement of Christopher IRVINE in Madison Co.,KY., as widow of John Guiles (I don't have the mispelling of the name, but not as Gill).

The CENTENIAL D.A.R. records-lists both as born SCT.-

The Centenial D.A.R. record gives John's bp. SCT & wife, Peggy PITMAN The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy:Va. by W.W. Hinshaw, list the Oct 1778 marriage of John GILLS to Peggy PITTMAN.

WILLIAM GILL - has ties through the Pitman/Robertson lines.

1 John GILL and Margaret Pitman

  1. 2...John Gill ma. Mary Watts in Mercer Co 1814
    1. 3...*his ch. named by Missouri descendants/see the St. Chas.,MO 3...John Pitman GILL ma. Susan Jane CUNNINGHAM (Mo)/IGI records.
  2. 2...Polly Gill ma. Archibald BILBO in Mercer Co 1796 (*1803 Mercer Co. Ky Court Order Bk he is named as guardian of John & Sally GILL)
    1. 3...Elizabeth Bilbo (b. abt 1798 Ky) ma. John Hight (to Monroe Co.,IN)
    2. 3...William BILBO (b.abt 1800 Ky) -
    3. 3...Martha Bilbo (b. abt 1802) ma. Foster L. Webb

(The ch/o Mary (Gill) & Archibald BILBO had a land claim/suit to be settled in FLEMING CO.,KY agains William McIntyre, James P. Mitchell was their attorney)****

1 WILLIAM GILL (b. abt 1750 / d. abt 1812/1816 )

  1. 2...Sarah/Sally GILLma. John ROBERTSON
  2. 2...Martha/Patsy GILL ma. Elisha ROBERTS
  3. 2...Peggy GILL ma. Martin MITCHELL
  4. 2...Esther GILL (unmarried at the time/ 1816)

***land suit against Robert PRESTON in KY Court of Appeals 1816***

THOMAS PITMAN, SR. father of:

Margaret Pitman ma. 1778 October John GILL(s) Bedford Co.,Va (Quaker Rec) Thomas Pitman, Jr. ma. 1782 Mar Rachel BERRY Lincoln Co.,Ky John Pitman ma. 1785 May Dorothy Peyton Robertson Lincoln Co.,Ky.

The daughter of Thomas Pitman,Jr. and Rachel BERRY PITMAN,

Margaret Pitman b. 1796, d. 1853 ma. Jeremiah Owens , son of Jeremiah

OWENS & Jane KENTON (Sister of Ky /MASON Co.,pioneer SIMON KENTON)

**She is the one I believe everyone confuses w/Margaret Pitman GILL/MINOR wife of Rev. War Soldier, John GILL b. abt 1755 d. 1788.

I will try to send additional update. But I hope this will help to connect the two men, the South Carolina families, esp. the LA & MS. Thanks Sheila.

2...Sally GILL b. 1787 Ky.

2...Elizabeth "Betsy" GILL b. abt 1780 ma. James MARTIN (b. abt 1775)

This information contributed by, copyright to and thanks to S. Evans.


My husband's ggggrandfather Rev. George Rice married 3 Aug 1840 in Ralls Co. MO Mary Gill, who was born in 1820 in Mercer Co. KY, a daughter of John Gill and Mary Watts. I have read the Genweb Pitman and Gill forums and see where people have posted that this John Gill came to Mercer Co. from Richland SC. with his parents John Gill(b. Scotland-died 1788 Mercer Co KY-left land in Richland Co. SC)and Margaret Pitman who he married 1778 in Bedford Co. VA. The postings say that he had a brother William b. in Scotland.

I would greatly appreciate any information on this John Gill family.  A. Rice 19 Jan. 2001


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