I have been researching my bloodlines for the past 12 years and go to the Raleigh state archives frequently. I have many lines out of NC, one being DONALDSON (Donalson, donelson, etc).
I have spent many years researching our Donaldsons of Mecklenburg Co,NC (just south of Iredell where Wm Gill /Susannah Young died). I came across your web data, downloaded it and have been researching the children of Wm Gill of Meriwhether Co, Ga. My interest lies in his son F.L. Gill listed in the will you detail.
I have a FIELDING LEWIS GILL, b. 1817, Georgia, that migrated to Texas, Upshur Co. by abt 1870. It is unfortunate that the will only has initials "F. L.", but not too many names will fit the letters. Also I have located a HENRY A. GILL, census records 1870 Bradley Co., AR, with wife MARTHA, and children. He and wife and children all born in GA. I don't have my folder out for I am at the co. library, been checking census records for all the children of Wm Gill of Meriwhether Co.,GA on "Heritage Quest" census records this afternoon. On the AR census for Henry and Martha there is abt. a 10 year gap in the ages of the last children like age 11 and age 1. I assummed this Martha might be a second wife. Then I rechecked your data and Henry A. was listed in 1850 census GA as single living in house of a sister. This Henry A. Gill of AR (Bradley Co.) had a child b. 1848, then the last child on census b. 1869 age 1. Seems as though this Henry A. Gill of AR wasn't with his family for about a decade. The child in 1848 b. GA, the child age l b. AR. I believe this data fits your Henry A. Gill, son of Wm Gill of Meriwhether Co. His age also fits, b. 1813 (recalling from memory).
I also believe that F.L. Gill, son of Wm. Gill of Meriwhether Co. GA, was this Fielding Lewis Gill of Upshur Co. TX, 1880 census. This Fielding Lewis Gill family had connections to southern AR, that is why I looked at the AR census and found Henry A. Gill. This family of Wm Gill of GA is hard to document, for I checked all sisters names and husbands' names in Heritage Quest this p.m., found very little. My Fielding L. Gill married into my Donaldson family of NC that migrated into MS then into TX.
Juliet Wills 9 Sept. 2004
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