William Coffee Gill born 30 Jan. 1819 died 10 Mar. 1899 in Lee Co., GA (Ken Gill) state senator from Lee Co., GA Oct. 1890 (from Mrs. M.J. Kellum), son of Robert Gill. William C. Gill was married to Harriet Morgan in 1837 when Peter P. Gill was born. Moses Morgan was a brother of Harriet Morgan and brother-in-law of W. C. Gill found in 1860 Census of Lee County Ga. All of these men were members of the 11th Georgia Inf. during the War Between the States. William C. Gill is a son of Robert Gill. In 1870 Martha Horn Pridgeon Gill was living with W. C. Gill in Lee County Georgia. Martha applied for a pension in April of 1871 for her husbands service in the War of 1812. I found her maiden name, place & date of marriage and date of husband died. She was living in Buena Vista, Marion Co. Georgia at the time. Place of death was listed as Marion County not Baldwin for Robert Gill. Landon Roberts found Robert Gill and family in 1830 census for Muskogee Co. Ga.
Sheila Maynor found the following and sent it for inclusion. "I came across this nice genealogical sketch of William E. Gill in the book, "Memoirs of Georgia" written by the Southern Historical Assoc. in 1895. (Volume 2, page 455)."
WILLIAM E. GILL, planter, Leesburg, Lee Co, Ga., is one of the oldest residents of his section, having farmed continuously in the county since 1846. He is, of course, an authority on everything pertaining to planting in sourthwest Georgia, the success which he has always had on his own plantation making his opinion doubly valuable. Mr. Gill is a native of Monroe county, Ala., born shortly before the state was admitted to the union, Jan. 30, 1819. the name of Gill is of Scotch-Irish origin. His grandfather, Days Gill, was a soldier in the revolutionary war, where he fought under Col. John Clark, and in the same company with the grandfather of Gen. C. A. Evans. Mr. Gill's father, Robert G., was a farmer by occupation, and died in May, 1840, in Baldwin county, Ga. William E. Gill acquired but a limited education, as he spent all of the earlier part of his life on the frontier, among the Indians. In January, 1846, he moved to Lee county, and settled near the old town of Stockville, at that time the county seat. He has always followed farming and has succeeded well. when the tocsin of war sounded in 1861 Mr. Gill enlisted as lieutenant of Company B, eleventh Georgia regiment, but was discharged for disability a year later. He was not again in the regular army, but served for a period as captian of Company B, Fifth Georgia state troops. He has been thrice married. June 3, 1838, Harriet, daughter of Moses Morgan, became his wife. After her death, Jan. 12, 1854, he married her sister, Nancy, who died in 1871. The following year he was united to Mrs. Eliza Chillan Kersey, who still survives. Of the children born, ten are living, and all are married except one, Josephine, who is still at home. Mr. Gill is active in his interest in public life. He held office of justice of the peace for thirteen years, and was sheriff of the county from 1858-1871. He has thwice been elected to the legislature of his state -- to the lower house in 1871, and to the state senate from the Tenth district in 1890. All of his public service has been performed with a characteristic energy and faithfulness, which has endeared him to the people of Lee county. Mr. Gill is a member of Eureka lodge No. 247, F. & A.M., and has been its worthy master for many years. As a citizen, kind and neighborly, as a public officer, obliging but firm and faithful to every trust, and as a friend, true and lasting, Mr. Gill wears his years with dignity and with honor."
This digitization of this record is Copyright ©2000 Sheila Maynor.
Ken Gill Found the graveyard with William C. Gill on a farm in Lee County near the city of Starksville (no longer there) along with several other Gills. The largest marker was for P. P. Gill. Checked my records and have nothing else on P. P. Gill...but with a marker the size of his...he may have been of some importance. He was a mason as was William C. Gill.
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Children of William C. Gill:
1. Peter P. Gill 1837-1901 was son of William C. Gill and Harriet Morgan. This is the line of Landon Roberts.
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Above information is from Ken M. Gill and Landon Roberts. Thanks to Ken for submitting these neat pictures!
Copyright ©2000, Ken Gill and Landon Roberts. These documents may be freely used for private purposes, and included in your own genealogy. However, this document is copyrighted and may not be sold, nor given to anyone who may attempt to derive profit from same. Please send any errors, corrections, conjectures, updates, etc. to Dr. Frank O. Clark.