The following is a summary of the Gill family of New York and Michigan.
1. Samuel Gill (1769-1856) was born to John GILL born c1750 . Samuel Gill married Nancy Graves (1772-1814)
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2. Samuel GILL (John Gill-1) was born in 1769 in Unknown.6 He resided Eaton, Madison Cty, NY in 1810 in Eaton, Madison Cty, NY.7 He died in 1856 in Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY. 8 He was buried in 1856 in Punkshire Corners, North of Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY. 9 He was married to Nancy GRAVES GILL about 1791 in Unknown.10 Nancy GRAVES GILL was born in 1772 in Unknown.11 She died in 1814 in Unknown.12 Samuel GILL and Nancy GRAVES GILL had the following children:
+3 i. Adolphus GILL (born on December 5, 1792).
+4 ii. John GILL (born in 1794).
5 iii. Samuel GILL, JR was born in 1796 in Unknown.13 He served in the military in 1812 in War of 1812. 14 He died Unknown in Unknown.
6 iv. Sarah GILL was born in 1798 in Unknown.15 She died Unknown in Unknown.
7 v. Melinda GILL was born in 1800 in Unknown.16 She died in 1835 in Unknown.17
8 vi. Ira GILL was born in 1802 in Unknown.18 He died in 1804 in Unknown.19
9 vii. Nancy GILL was born in 1804 in Unknown.20 She died Unknown in Unknown.
10 viii. Erastus GILL was born in 1806 in Unknown.21 He died in 1808 in Unknown.22
11 ix. Horace GILL was born in 1809 in Unknown.23 He died Unknown in Unknown.
12 x. Betsy GILL was born in 1810 in Eaton, Madison Cty, NY (Probably). 24 She died in 1832 in Unknown.25
13 xi. Alfred GILL was born in 1813 in Unknown.26 He died Unknown in Unknown. He was married to Sally UNKNOWN GILL about 1815 in Unknown.27 Sally UNKNOWN GILL was born in 1793 in Unknown.28 She died in 1868 in Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY. 29 She was buried in 1868 in Punkshire Corners, North of Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY. 30 Samuel GILL and Sally UNKNOWN GILL had the following children:
14 i. Lewis W GILL was born in 1817 in Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY. 31 He died in 1899 in Unknown.32
15 ii. Sophia GILL was born Unknown in Unknown.33 She died Unknown in Unknown.
16 iii. Laura GILL was born Unknown in Unknown.34 She died Unknown in Unknown.
17 iv. Minerva GILL was born Unknown in Unknown.35 She died Unknown in Unknown.
Little is known about (1) Samuel Gill, neither his birthplace nor the country from which he or his ancestors emigrated. The above information comes from The Family History of Ladd J. Lewis, published 1921 (Ladd Lewis shares a common ancestor through (3) Samantha Gill). The census records of 1810 place Samuel Gill in Eaton, Madison County, New York. Lewis claims that Samuel's father's name was John Gill, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Albany Co. Militia, 17th Regiment in 1775, but I have not been able to substantiate it. There is, however, a John Gill who was one of the original 25 grantees of land in the settlement of Skenesborough in 1765 (see note under (2) John Gill).
Samuel Gill is buried in a country cemetery at Punkshire Corners, north of Arcade, in Wyoming County, New York (about 30 miles southeast of Buffalo). With Samuel in this cemetery are his second wife, Sally, along with (2) John Gill and his wife, Harriet.
Children of Samuel Gill and Nancy Graves :
First known son of Samuel Gill (1769-1856) married Nancy Graves (1772-1814)
2. Adolphus Gill (1792-1873) married (1815) Eliza Parmalee (1800-1841). Adolphus GILL (Samuel-2, John-1) was born on December 5, 1792 in Unknown.36 He died in 1873 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty. NY. 37 He was buried in 1873 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY.38. He was married to Eliza PARMALEE GILL in 1815 in Unknown.39 Eliza PARMALEE GILL was born on August 3, 1799 in Unknown.40 She died in 1841 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 41 She was buried in 1841 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 42 Adolphus GILL and Eliza PARMALEE GILL had the following children:
18 i. Sarah A GILL was born in 1816 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 43 She died in 1838 in Unknown.44
19 ii. Samantha GILL was born in 1818 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 45 Married a relative of Ladd J Lewis, author of "The Family History Ladd J. Lewis. She died in 1896 in Unknown.46
+20 iii. Erastus GILL (born on January 3, 1820).
21 iv. Mary GILL was born in 1821 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 47 She died in 1862 in Unknown.48
22 v. Nancy GILL was born in 1823 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 49 She died in 1861 in Unknown.50
23 vi. Caroline GILL was born in 1825 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 51 She died in 1897 in Unknown.52
+24 vii. Orrin GILL (born on April 29, 1827).
25 viii. William GILL was born in 1829 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 53 He died in 1843 in Unknown.54
26 ix. Alvira GILL was born in 1831 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 55 She died Unknown in Unknown.
27 x. James GILL was born in 1833 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 56 He died Unknown in Unknown.
28 xi. David GILL was born in 1836 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 57 He died Unknown in Unknown.
29 xii. Sumner GILL was born in 1838 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 58 Sumner's mother died when he was abt three years old. It is believed that his oldest brother, Erastus GILL, took custody of Sumner, and when Erastus married Eliza H. MIX GILL, they adopted Sumner and he became their first of ten children. He died in 1862 in Unknown - Civil War (Probably). 59 He served in the military in 1862 in the Civil War. 60
30 xiii. Ann Eliza GILL was born in 1841 in Wethersfield, Wyoming Cty, NY. 61 She died in 1858 in Unknown.62
He was married to Fanny GRAVES GILL Unknown in Unknown. Fanny GRAVES GILL was born Unknown in Unknown. She died Unknown in Unknown.
Children of Adolphus GILL (Samuel-2, John-1) 1792-1873 and Eliza PARMALEE GILL:
Second known son of Samuel Gill (1769-1856) married Nancy Graves (1772-1814)
2. John Gill (1794-1864) married (1822) Harriet Anderson (1800-1860)
According to his newspaper obituary, (2) John Gill had been born in Skenesborough, New York. The town is presently called Whitehall and is located in Washington County, at the south end of Lake Champlain. This settlement had an interesting history. It was started in 1765 as a grant of 25,000 acres of land by King George III to a Major Philip Skene. Skene was born in London in 1725, of Scotch parents. Along with 24 associates, he intended to establish the township of Skenesborough, giving each family a tract of 1000 acres. One of the associates was a John Gill, although the date of the grant is 29 years before (2) John Gill was born.
The settlement apparently thrived, with the operation of a sawmill and the mining of iron ore. Through purchases and additional grants, the township grew to over 56,000 acres. However, as a British subject during the Revolutionary War (he had previously left military service), Skene was twice imprisoned. In 1779, the State of New York confiscated his property, and Skene and his son were declared enemies of the State. Despite articles supporting his cause, in the peace treaty signed by Great Britain and the United States after the war, Skene was never able to get his land restored to him. The land was sold off at a fraction of its value.
The name of Skene's settlement was later changed, but not before (2) John Gill was born there. John's wife came from South Deerfield, Massachusetts. They were farmers, and they lived in the town of Eaton, Madison County, New York. This is about 30 miles southeast of Syracuse. The first recorded land ownership that I noted was a parcel of 53 acres sold in 1822 to "John Gill of Eaton," although I can't say for sure if this was our John (he would have been 28 years old).
In 1834, John and Harriet sold their property and moved to Wyoming County. They were both listed as residents of the town of China (present-day Arcade) at the times of their deaths. John and his wife are buried in Wyoming County along with his parents (see note under (1) Samuel Gill).
4. John GILL (Samuel-2, John-1) was born in 1794 in Skenesborough (Whitehall), Washington Cty, NY. 63,64 He served in the military in 1812 in War of 1812. 65 He Sold a 53-Acre Parcel of Land in 1822 in Eaton, Madison Cty, NY. 66 He was a Farmer about 1833 in Eaton, Madison Cty, NY (30 Miles South of Syracuse, NY).67 He moved his family in 1834 to China (now Arcade), Wyoming Cty, NY. He died in 1864 in China (Arcade), Wyoming Cty, NY (Probably).68 He was buried in 1864 in Punkshire Corners, North of Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY.69
He was married to Harriet ANDERSON GILL in 1822 in Unknown.70 Harriet ANDERSON GILL was born in 1800 in South Deerfield, Franklin Cty, MA. 71 She died in 1860 in Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY.72 She was buried in 1860 in Punkshire Corners, North of Arcade, Wyoming Cty, NY. 73 County Cemetery. John GILL and Harriet ANDERSON GILL had the following children:
31 i. Henry A GILL was born in 1824 in Eaton, Madison Cty, NY (Probably). 74 He died in 1895 in Unknown.75
+32 ii. Alfred J GILL (born in 1830).
33 iii. John Jay GILL was born in 1833 in Eaton, Madison Cty, NY (Probably). 76 He died in 1901 in Unknown.77
34 iv. Charles GILL was born Unknown in Unknown.78 He died Unknown in Unknown.
Children of John GILL (Samuel-2, John-1) born 1794 and Harriet ANDERSON GILL:
3 Alfred J. Gill (1830-1897) married (1855) Harriet Eliza Rogers (1836-1917). (3) Alfred Gill was born in Madison County, New York, probably in the town of Eaton. When he was five, his parents sold the farm there and moved to Genesse County, where they purchased 200 acres and "engaged in sheep-raising and wool-growing." The county was subsequently divided, and the farm then resided in Wyoming County. The location was listed as the town of China, an early name for present-day Arcade. The parents of Alfred's wife, Harriet E. Rogers, were Calvin Rogers (1795-1890) and Emily Hotchkiss (1800-1878). Calvin Rogers was known locally as an architect and builder, whose signature act upon completion of construction was to climb to the highest part of the structure and stand on his head! The parents of Calvin Rogers were James Rogers (1765- ? ) and Dorothy Leonard. I have the genealogy of Emily Hotchkiss back to 1554. At some point Alfred took up residence in Holland, Eire County, New York, although this town is only about five miles northwest of Arcade. In 1865, Alfred moved his family to Kent County, Michigan, west of Grand Rapids (Walker Township). The family passed through Buffalo at the time Abraham Lincoln's funeral train was making its way across the country to a burial in Springfield, Illinois. Alfred purchased 100 acres in Walker Township and in 1869 built "a substantial residence at an expenditure of about $3000." The home still stands. Alfred and his wife are buried in a family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids.
Anita Molda, an architecture student, is doing a report about the house that Alfred and Harriet had built in Walker Township. Also a possible correction related to that, the city assessor has the house being built in 1875. She has promised us a copy of the report when finished for the Gill web site!
Children of Alfred J. Gill (1830-1897) and Harriet Eliza Rogers (1836-1917):
4. William Everett Gill (1856-1942) married (1882) Florence N. Calhoun (1857-1914). (4) William Gill had a second wife, Ulrica Louise Thomas (married 1924). (4) William Gill was nine years old when his family moved from New York State to western Michigan, in 1865. He lived the remainder of his life in Grand Rapids. He attended Swensberg Business College and was a school teacher for seven years. In later years he was secretary and treasurer of Plumb & Lewis Manufacturing, and held similar positions in the Wolverine Spice Co. The parents of William's wife Florence were John Hunter Calhoun (1815-1902) and Mary Corrington (1820-1903). They were at one time living in Peoria, Illinois. The paternal grandparents of Florence were Alexander Calhoun (1784-1839) and Anna Phillips ( ? -1832); the maternal grandparents of Florence were Samuel Corrington (1786-1872) and Ruth Dickinson (1792-1832). William and his wife are buried in Oakhill Cemetery in Grand Rapids.
Children William Everett Gill (1856-1942) married (1882) Florence N. Calhoun (1857-1914):
5. Gaylord Calhoun Gill (1894-1965) married (1916) Nella Eva Wagemaker (1892-1971). (5) Gaylord Gill was the first of this Gill line to be born in Michigan. He was born in, and lived his whole life in, Grand Rapids. He was also the first to attend a university, entering the University of Michigan at the tender age of 16. He held a vice-presidency in the Wolverine Spice Co., working with his father. Following this he started Gill's Food City, a local chain of grocery stores. In later years he operated The Boat House, an outdoor recreation store co-owned with his son, Gaylord Jr. The parents of Gaylord's wife, Nella, were Isaac Wagemaker (1870-1923) and Elizabeth Van Dommelen (1868-1936). Isaac's father was Hubrecht Wagemaker (1836- ? ), who came to America in the 1850's as a young man from the Netherlands. Isaac's mother was Pieternella Hoage. The parents of Elizabeth were Cornelius Van Dommelen (1838-1913) and Margareta Hoogewerf (1841-1915). Gaylord and his wife are buried in Oakhill Cemetery, along with his parents.
Children of Gaylord Calhoun Gill (1894-1965) married (1916) Nella Eva Wagemaker (1892-1971):
6. Gaylord C. Gill, Jr. (1918-1979) married (1941) Etta Margaret Lawrence (1919- )
(6) Gaylord, Jr., is another Gill who lived his entire life in Grand Rapids. He didn't attend college, but he served in the Army during World War II. Most of his life he worked for or with his father. In later years Gaylord sold real estate. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and he had several fine collections of stamps, coins and firearms.
The parents of Gaylord's wife, Margaret, were Howard C. Lawrence (1890-1961) and Clara L. Luther (1890-1984). Margaret's paternal grandparents were Cyrus S. Lawrence (1844-1924) and Maggie Neidhardt (1890-1895), and her maternal grandparents were Alexander T. Luther (1854-1942) and Etta May Talcott (1863-1953). We have a great deal of information about the Lawrence line, which is English.
This Gaylord is also buried in Oakhill Cemetery.
Children of Gaylord C. Gill, Jr. (1918-1979) married (1941) Etta Margaret Lawrence (1919- ):
Please contact Gaylord C. Gill III, December 2004
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