(1) This Robert Gill is probably not consistent with an undocumented son of John Gill who died in Allendale (Barnwell) County, SC in 1822 for two reasons. First, the census age of 1805 is probably inconsistent. He could be the first born male of Thomas Gill, shown in the census as born 1801-04 present in 1810 and 1820 census, although he should be born in SC, and not GA in this case. If the census ages are reliable, he cannot be a son of Richard Gill, and Valentine Gill did not have a son named Robert. The second reason, as stated, is that he should have been born in SC, not Georgia.
(2) It is possible (this does not mean this conjecture is correct!), that he is the son of James Gill, who Cupit says was born prior to 1780, and may have died c1823 In Lawrence Co., MS. Cupit reports the death of a James Gill in Lawrence Co., MS in 1823 and also states that there was a James Gill in Marion Co., MS at the same time John Gill, II, was in Lawrence Co., MS, and that this James supposedly removed to LA. This James Gill is presumably the father of Alsey Gill that Cupit's John Gill married. Is James Gill also the father of Robert Gill? We have not yet begun to sort out all of these records, and it may not be possible. However, the father whom we seek, or Robert Gill born c1805, should be in Georgia in 1805, not in SC. Read on!
(3) It is possible, makes sense, and fits the records, that this Robert Gill born c1805 is a son of the Robert Gill born <1763, the Loyalist, who was documented to be in Columbia County, Georgia in 1806. This Robert Gill was a Revolutionary War Loyalist, and is associated with Days Gill, and therefore probably of the set of Gills who show up in Laurens Co., SC in deed, probate, and census records. Some of these Gills in Laurens Co. have given name affinities with those of Chesterfield Co., VA, but Thomas Gill, son of James, was documented to be in the Laurens Co. area well before the Revolutionary War. If Robert Gill born <1763, the Loyalist, was a son of Thomas Gill born c1732, and the father of this Robert, then he may have indeed followed the Richland/Barnwell Gills to Mississippi. This is supporting corroboration in the records for this possible connection. First, the early James and Robert Gill land record in Effingham Co., GA, while directly across the river from Allendale, are of people too old to fit in anywhere in the family of John Gill who died in 1822, and are not sons of old Richard or Valentine Gill. Therefore, these land records are probably of these two Loyalist James and Robert Gill who were sneaking back up the Georgia side of the Savannah River. Second, there is a more direct and definite link. John Gill who died in 1822 in what is now Allendale Co., SC had an illegitimate son, John Neilson Gill, who ran mildly afoul of the law and had his land seized in 1821 (this was the estate of John Gill, see records on him). He immediately went to Columbia Co., GA, where we know these other Loyalists were hiding, and shows up in a tax record there! The fact that he is documented to have immediately gone to Columbia Co. is suggestive that he knew these other Gills who were there. However, Days, and some other Gills, were Loyalists, and they may have been hiding out in Columbia Co. and not related.
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