____ Gill married Alice. William Drewry
of Anne Arundel County died by 1676. His wife, Alice
Gill, had been the widow of _____ Gill, and she was the mother of
Stephen Gill of Severn River.
Stephen Gill of Severn River died by 1687 and
left two sons and one daughter, at least.
John Gill was a minor when his father died and
John was bound out to George Valentine, also of Anne Arundel County. By 1704,
John was of legal age when he bought land from George Valentine of Port
Annapolis. John was called a planter. John Gill was on the 1705 tax
list of Baltimore county. His name was right above that of John McComas.
John turned to shipping by 1707. He was Commander of the ship "William and
Mary". He published rates for shipping tobacco from Maryland to England.
The rate was 16 pounds per ton. On February 3, 1710, John sold Lot
No. 99 in Baltimore Town for 3500 pounds of tobacco. He might have been taxed
on this land in 1705. the buyer was Capt. William Fowler, mariner of London.
John Gill bought 100 acres of "Black Walnut Neck" on June 30, 1716.
This had been a portion of "Howard's Chance" granted to John Howard in 1668
and which passed down to his son and grandson. No price was recorded. The
land was north of the Patapsco River on Middle Branch in Baltimore County.
John Gill, Baltimore County, died by November 26, 1718. His widow was
Jane and she married Jacob Vandear by that date. One half of the estate went
to the widow and "the other half to Stephen Gill, the legal representative
of his nephew, Stephen Gill, unless the brothers of the dec'd of the half
blood show cause to the contrary." No records pointed to the identity of
John Gill's half brothers. Between the date of John's death and the
date of the administrative accounts, John's son, Stephen, Jr., died. Stephen,
Jr., wrote his will September 23, 1717, and it was recorded November 18,
1717. He gave land to "Uncle Peter Bond" and the dwelling plantation to his
mother, Jane Gill. After his mother's death, the plantation was to go to
"Uncle Stephen Gill".
Daughter Gill - A girl named Elinor was wed
to Peter Bond. Peter Bond died by 1724 and his widow married Hill Savidge.
Stephen Gill married Elizabeth, widow of Daniel
McComas I. They apparently lived on "Browne's Chance" for several years before
moving to Baltimore City. Stephen had obtained "Littleton" in 1687
as a gift from Thomas Thurston. The deed mentions the 182 acres on Bush River
and states "for love and good will for friend Stephen Gill, son of Stephen
Gill, late of Severn River in Anne Arundel County, planter." This land was
traded to John McComas in exchange for "Browne's Chance" in 1710. The
death of Peter Bond by 1724 must have created a few small problems for Stephen
Gill as administrator of his nephew's estate. His nephew, Stephen Gill, Jr.,
had died in 1717. Stephen returned to court to show payment of the debts
of the estate. Stephen Gill and his wife, Elizabeth, reared four children
of their own, besides the children of Daniel and Elizabeth. Stephen's
administration account was dated August 13, 1736. Elizabeth, his widow, was
executrix. She paid five pounds and one shilling to each child: Edward Parish
who wed Elizabeth, the daughter of the dec'd; Stephen Gill; John Gill; and
William Rogers who wed Sarah, the daughter of the dec'd.
(note by FOC: This listing of children
does not contain all that are listed in James D. Gill's book. It is
possible that the rest of the children are contained in a Bible record and
are not listed in these equity records. It is also possible that someone
simply combined every Gill in the area and assumed they were children. At
this point, I have not a clue which is correct, if either.)
As they obtained land, John and Stephen Gill appeared to have Daniel McComas'
sons in mind, all except Alexander. John and William McComas shared "Littleton"
and Daniel, in some way, obtained "Black Walnut Neck" . perhaps, the Baltimore
Town lot No. 99 had been intended for Alexander since he was a carpenter.
Note: this certainly looks like the family of the Stephen Gill of Baltimore,
and the two do not agree in detail. If you have clues, please send
them. Contributed by, and thanks to,
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