WILLIAM GILL OF LUNENBURG CO.,VA & IREDELL CO., NC

The records of WILLIAM GILL, sometimes referred to as MAJOR WILLIAM GILL, b. Lunenburg Co., Va. 1750, d. Iredell Co., N. C. 4 Sept. 1797, and those of a father and son also named William Gill of Mecklenburg Co., Va. during the same period have become combined in some printed records. Examples are The History of Iredell County, N. C. , 1980, a heritage style book, and at least 5 membership applications of the D.A.R. from the early and mid-1900s which have subsequently been determined to be incorrect. Thomas Cadet Young, Sr., father-in-law of this William Gill, moved to Iredell Co., N. C. in 1778. His initial deed that year called him “of Macklenburg Co., Va.” The family assumed that his son-in-law William Gill was also of Mecklenburg Co. where “the other William Gills” lived. Further research has revealed that Mr. Young was on the Lunenburg Co., Va. tithe rolls from 1772 to 1776. Before that he was in Brunswick Co. where he was born 5 Jan 1732, a son of Michael Cadet Young. No land or other records have yet been located in Mecklenburg for him. These assumptions have tainted research of this family for many decades. Records abound in Lunenburg Co. for the Iredell Co. Gills and Youngs. This paper is offered to correct those early assumptions.

WILLIAM GILL was born in Lunenburg Co., Va. in 1750, only known son of HENRY GILL of Crooked Creek in that county. He m. SUSANNAH YOUNG, dau of THOMAS CADET YOUNG, SR. of Brunswick and Lunenburg Cos., Va., and Iredell Co., NC. The only known source which calls him Major William Gill is Cyrus Hunter’s Sketches of Western North Carolina, originally printed in 1877. The now rejected D.A.R. applications all contained the identical wording about him: “William Gill (1750-1797) served as an officer in the N. C. troops. He was b. & d. in N. C.” The facts are he was not born in N.C. and his service was with Virginia organizations. Hunter’s book of 1877 claims that Major Gill was an aide to Gen. George Washington. This is discussed later. Since Hunter was in contact with the family prior to 1877 there must be some kernel of truth in his account. The Lunenburg Co. tithe records record him in 1772-1776. The next available record was following the war when he appeared in 1783 with his father Henry Gill.

Jump to children of William Gill born Lunenburg Co. to Henry Gill

HENRY GILL, father of William Gill of Lunenburg, birth est. to be ca. 1728, possibly earlier. He first appeared on Lunenburg Tithe rolls (age 16+) in 1749 apparently with household of Joseph Blank. His earliest found land was in 1753, for which he should be over 21. Henry purchased land from John Blank, son of Joseph, in 1784. A bill of sale dated 15 May 1789 from Vandyke to “William Gill & James Hazelwood, all of Lunenburg Co.” had as one of 3 witnesses, Martha Gill, LDB 15, p. 388. She may have been William’s mother. Henry’s will did not name a wife or other female of that name.

Henry Gill did name in his will (Daughters):

  1. Sarah Russell,
  2. Betty Gill,
  3. Polly Gill,
  4. Nancy Gill,
  5. Patty Gill, and
  6. heirs of dau. Rebecca Dearden (Darden),
  7. heirs of son William Gill (who had d. 1797 in N.C.)
    1. granddaughters: Betty Ingram Gill,
    2. Polley Gill and
    3. Charlotte Gill.

Friends as executors: Benja Gee Sr. & Drury Gee. Witnesses: Silvanus Ingram, John Moody (son in law), Jesse Andrews, and Lucus Gee. Ingram Allen Gill was a son of William Gill in Iredell Co., N. C.

Sources:

  1. Will of Henry Gill of Lunenburg (LWB 8 p. 46, made 6 Mar 1813, recorded 10 Jun 1819.
  2. Henry Gill sold 183 acres in Lunenburg to son William, for love and 5 shillings (Lunenburg DeedBook 15 p. 495, 10 Feb 1790).
  3. William and Susannah Gill of Lunenburg sold this same land plus 58 a. more (241 a.) for 200 pounds 11 Dec 1792 (LDB 16 pp. 283-4), selling out for move to Iredell Co., NC.
  4. William Gill bought of Thomas Beatty, 300 a. 100 pounds on Red Bank, South Yadkin River in Iredell Co., NC, 21 Jan 1793 (Iredell Co., NC Deed Bk A, p. 494, recorded 4 Nov 1793).
  5. Bell, Brandon: Old Free State (Lunenburg Co., Va.) v. l, pp. 214, 215-7, 219-20 shows him a pvt. in Capt. James Johnson’s Co. with Washington at Valley Forge, Pa., winter of 1777-1778. This company was part of the 6th Va. Regiment under Colonels Mordecai Buckner and James Hendricks. It was later combined with the 2nd Va. Regiment (Berg’s Encyclopedia of Continental Army Units, 1972, p. 127).
  6. Bell, Brandon: Sunlight on the Southside Lists of Tithes Lunenburg Co., Va., pp. 301, 319, 334, 355. He appears with father Henry in 1772-1776. He was listed in 1783 after the end of Revolution.
  7. Hunter, Cyrus L.: Sketches of Western N. C. Historical and Biographical, Raleigh, 1877, pp. 189-192. Major William Gill, his father in law Thomas Young, others Service of Gill with Washington in the Revolution. Gill’s widow Susannah died only 48 years prior to publication date.
  8. Will of William Gill of Iredell Co, NC, dated 27 Aug 1797 (Iredell Co., NC Will Book 1, p. 103).
  9. Will of Susanna Gill of Iredell Co., NC, dated 14 Apr 1828 (Iredell Co., NC Will Book 2, p. 92)

Analysis: Henry Gill is first found in Lunenburg Co., Va. in 1748, tithes taken between Hounds Creek and Meherrin River. He was with Joseph Blanks and 2 below him in 1749; 1752 he is next to “Amy Blanks list: Isaac and Harry”. He bought 100 a. 6 Aug 1753 from William Jordan of N.C.. Found in tithes lists 1764, in 1772-1774 with son William who was absent during the war until the published lists resumed and ended with list of 1783.

The William Gill next treated is found in tithe lists as indicated below. Henry Gill virtually gave son William 183 acres in Feb. 1790. This same land was sold by William in Dec 1792 just before buying land in Iredell Co., N.C. in Jan 1793 near his father in law Thomas Young. Young was originally from Brunswick Co., Va. but had been in the tithe rolls of Lunenburg Co., Va. in 1772 (26 tithes), 1773 (11 t.), 1774 (11 t.), 1775 (11 t.), finally in 1776 (11 t.). This marks the approximate time of his departure to N.C. Letter from daughter Susannah Gill and husband William dated 28 Apr 1792 sent from Lunenburg Co., Va. to her father indicates a long separation.

Petition in Lunenburg Co., Va. dated 12 Aug 1781, signatories included Henry Gill, son William Gill, other relatives and in-laws.

The only official record of William Gill (1750-1797) in the Revolutionary War is that given by Bell in The Old Free State. He cites a payroll of Capt. James Johnson’s company of the 6th Va. Regt., Continental Forces for the period April 1 to May 1, 1777 showing William Gill present as a private. Other records in the National Archives prove this company was at Valley Forge, Pa. with General George Washington during the winter of 1777-78. Carlos Godfrey’s The Commander-in-Chief’s Guard Revolutionary War, printed 1904, p. 172 tells of a different William Gill (b. 12 July 1761, d. 18 Aug. 1851) of Cumberland Co., Va. who was a member of the Guard until Feb. 1778. If Hunter’s account of Major William Gill is correct, he could have enlisted as a private and later commissioned an officer during the war or could have achieved that rank later as a militia officer in Lunenburg Co., Va.


Prepared January 9, 2011, by Janice McAlpine.  E-mail: mcalpage@cox.net

 

Susannah Young b. 7 or 17 Sep 1756 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia, d. 29 Sep 1829, Iredell or Rowan Co, North Carolina.    She married William Gill about 1774 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia.  She married second to Mr. <John> Gabard about 1828 in North Carolina.  Susannah and William Gill are buried in Young Cemetery, N.E. corner, Harmony Hall, Hunting Creek, Iredell Co., North Carolina.

 

There is a minor discrepancy concerning the exact date of Susannah's birth. I think the family Bible entry is a bit difficult to read.  In any event, the birth and death dates are from Young Family Bible Records, Years: 1732-1853, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C., (Call Number: 2A , MARS Id: 400.1.1.2167 (Folder))  and Young-Houston-Dalton Bible, 1793-1853, Genealogical Society of Rowan Co., NC, Journal Vol. 7, No. 4, Dec 1993, p. 139 and 140; and Memorial and Family Tree  of Michael Cadet Young, of Brunswick County, Virginia, and of His Descendants From 16__to 1895, Captain Calvin Duvall Cowles, 1895.

 

Susannah was mentioned in all three of her father Thomas Cadet Young's wills.  She was Susannah in the first will and Susannah Gill in the subsequent wills. (See the file for Thomas Cadet Young.)

 

The following are the children of William Gill and Susannah Young:

 

A.  Judith Gill b. abt. 1775 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia, d. between 2 Feb. 1804 and 14 April 1828,  probably in Iredell Co., North Carolina  --  probably before 1810.  She married Mr. Donalson/Donaldson before 27 August 1797 in Iredell Co., North Carolina.

 

B.   William Gill b. about 1777 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia,  b.  6 September 1858, in Meriwether Co. Georgia.  He married 1st by about 1804, probably in North Carolina.  At the time he died, his wife was Rhoda born in South Caroline.  Some researchers say that William married Rhoda Poole or Pope of South Carolina, on 12 Aug. 1813, in Morgan Co., Georgia.  If this is the case, another wife was the mother of his first few children.

 

C.   Ingram Allen Gill  born 5 Feb. 1780 in Lunenburg Co., North Carolina, died 14 July 1853, in Iredell Co., North Carolina, and is buried in the Gill/Young cemetery in Iredell Co., North Carolina.  Ingram married Mary (Polly) Tomlinson.

 

D.   Thomas Young Gill  born  August 6, 1790/1791, in Lunenburg Co., Virginia, died shortly before June 26, 1874, in Meriwether Co., Georgia.  Thomas married Nancy Burks on 11 July 1816 in Wilkes  Co., Georgia.

 

E.   Rebecca Gill born 26 Apr 1792, in Iredell Co., North Carolina, died 11 Aug 1857 Caldwell, Milam, Texas. Rebecca married  Hugh Brevard King on 9 Apr 1812, in Iredell Co., North Carolina.  [Caveat: Her year of birth is probably wrong.]

 

F.   Henry Gill born abt. 1795 in  Iredell Co., North Carolina, died after the 1850 census, probably in Iredell Co., North Carolina.  He married Eliza Reid, the daughter of James Reid.

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I have not found a marriage record for Susannah Young and William Gill.  I assume they married about 1774 because they had a daughter Judith, who married by 1791, and a son William, born abt. 1777. The marriage probably occurred in Lunenburg Co., Virginia, because Susannah's father, Thomas Cadet Young, was on the Lunenburg Co. tithes lists from 1772 through 1776. 

 

I also think William Gill was from Lunenburg Co., Virginia, and probably was the William Gill, who first appeared with Henry Gill on the 1772 tithes list in Lunenburg Co., Virginia,  William was listed with Henry Gill in 1772-1774, but was in his own household in 1775  --  probably indicating that he had married between June 1774 and June 1775. 

 

SUNLIGHT ON THE SOUTHSIDE, Transcribed by Thomas Walter Duda

Part 11 1772 Tythables

page 301

Henry Gill

  Wm. Gill .................................................  3

 

 Part 10 1773 Tythables

page 319

Henry Gill

  William Gill .............................................  3

 

 Part 11  1774 Tythables

page 334

Henry Gill

  William Gill .............................................  3

 

 Part 12 1775 Tythables

page 354

Henry Gill .................................................  2

William Gill ...............................................  1

 

Part 14  1783 Tythables

page 393

Gill, Henry ..........................   2 (tithes) 9 (whites) 1 (blacks)

Gill, William ........................   1 (tithes) 4 (whites) 1 (blacks)

 

Notes on the 1783 tithes list:  It appears that William's household consisted of himself, his wife Susannah and three children  --  probably Judith, William and Ingram. I believe Henry Gill also had a son named Henry, who died in Lunenburg Co., Virginia, in 1813.  I think Henry Jr. was still living with his father in 1783.

Although a number of researchers say that William Gill was married before Susannah and had a daughter "Judah" with his first wife, this isn't correct.  William  and Susannah named their first daughter Judith after Susannah's recently deceased mother. (The name "Judith" often shows up as "Judah" on old records. This is similar to "Judith" showing up as "Judy" in modern days.)  Assuming Judith Gill was born 1775, she would have been 22 years old at the time William Gill wrote his will naming his married daughter "Judah Donaldson."  The granddaughter Susannah Young Gill remembered in her will (see below),  Caroline Louisa Weaver was the married daughter of Judith Gill Donaldson.

 

Contrary to what is stated at page 101 of  Gill : abstracts from records in southern states and genealogical notes, Eva Turner Clark,  New York: R.R. Smith, 1939, our William Gill did not marry Judith Maynard on 8 December 1783 in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia.  That was a different William Gill.  I believe he was the son of William and Frances Gill of Mecklenburg Co., Virginia.  (Our William Gill is often incorrectly attached to the Mecklenburg family.) The other William Gill  might also have been the William Gill, who showed up in Granville Co., North Carolina, but I will leave that question to other researchers.

 

A side-note on Eva Turner Clark's book: Her abstracts are fine, but her genealogical comments are wrong often enough that they can't be relied upon and need to be independently verified. 

 

It is not clear whether our William Gill had the glorious Revolutionary War service record attributed to him, but I believe he actually did served from Lunenburg Co., Virginia.  The following record seems to confirm that belief:

 

Gill : abstracts from records in southern states and genealogical notes, Eva Turner Clark,  New York: R.R. Smith, 1939,  page 99:  "William Gill on roll of Captain James Johnson 's company for 1month, April 1 to May 1, 1777, Lunenburg Co."


Bell, Brandon: Old Free State (Lunenburg Co., Va.) v. l, pp. 214, 215-7,  219-20, lists  a payroll of Capt. James Johnson’s company of the 6th Va. Regt., Continental Forces for the period April 1 to May 1, 1777 showing William Gill present as a private.

 

Given that William Gill was serving in the Continental Army, rather than a county militia, his term of service was undoubtedly more than one month.   Capt. James Johnson’s  Co. was with Washington at Valley Forge, Pa., winter of 1777-1778. This co. was part of the 6th Va. Regiment under Colonels Mordecai Buckner and James Hendricks. It was later combined with the 2nd Va. Regiment (Berg’s Encyclopedia of Continental Army  Units, 1972, p. 127).  This is consistent with family history placing William Gilll with Washington at Valley Forge.

 

It appears that William also contributed rations and forage to the war effort, as set out in the following record:

 

Lunenburg County, Virginia Publick Claims 1780-1784: And at a court held for the said County the 13th day of February [1783]  following:

Page 35

William Gill for furnishing for the use of the men and horses on command by order of Brig.

Gen. Lawson 6 rations and forages

 

The record is listed in the Library of Virginia catalog as follows:

Gill, William.

Place of residence: Lunenburg County.

Court booklet(s): p. 35.

Commissioner’s book(s): IV, p. 13.

Summary: The certificates issued by the commissioners of the provision law include date, a description of the item impressed including its value, and the name of the owner of the item. Court booklets and lists compiled by the county courts contain excerpts from the court proceedings and lists of authenticated certificates. The commissioner’s books recorded the date payment was authorized, the name of the claimant, and a description of the property.

Other Format: Available on microfilm. Public Service Claims. Court Booklets and Lists (reels 1-4) (arranged by county). Available on microfilm. Public Service Claims. Commissioner’s Books (Nos. 1-3, reel 5; Nos. 4-5, reel 6).

Biog./Hist. Note: During its session begun in May 1780 the General Assembly passed an act authorizing the governor to impress supplies needed by the American army. The governor appointed commissioners of the provision law in each locality to carry out the terms of the act. The commissioner, when he impressed property, gave the owner a certificate describing what was taken. Between 1781 and 1783 county courts held special sessions at which certificates were presented and authenticated, and booklets listing authenticated certificates were compiled and sent to Richmond for settlement. Two commissioners appointed to settle the claims recorded those for which they authorized payment, and warrants were issued by the auditor of public accounts.

Related Work: These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: Military Expenditures - Public Claims. Impressed Property Claims and are housed in the Library of Virginia.

System Number           001068398

 

Although Susannah's father, Thomas Cadet Young,  moved to Hunting Creek, Rowan (now Iredell) County, North Carolina, about 1779-1780, we know from family letters  that Susannah Gill, remained in Virginia.  (See the file for Thomas Cadet Young.) 

 

William Gill was on the Lunenburg Co. tithes list in 1789.  Henry Gill, also on the list, was probably his younger brother:

 

Lunenburg County, Virginia

http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/Lunenburg/1789PersonalB/04.jpg

March 14 Henry Gill 1 w tithe, 1 bl 16+,  2 horses, 1-14 tax.

March 14 William Gill  1 w tithe, 1 bl 16+, 1 bl 12+, 2 horses, 3-8 tax.

 

Henry Gill sold 183 acres in Lunenburg to William Gill, for love and 5 shillings (Deed Bk 15 p. 495, 10 Feb 1790). 

William and Susannah Gill of Lunenburg sold this same land plus 58 a. more  (241 a.) for 200 pounds 11 Dec 1792 (LDB 16 pp. 283-4), apparently selling out for the move  to Iredell Co., North Carolina.

William and Susannah Gill were still in Virginia in April 28, 1792, as can be seen from the following letter from them to Susannah’s father Thomas Cadet Young and step-mother Lucy Ragsdale in Iredell Co., North Carolina.  The Ragsdale, Johnson and Sadler relatives, mentioned in the letter, were in Brunswick and Lunenburg  Co., Virginia  --  see their files. I believe this letter was written by Susannah because William signed his will with a mark  --  implying that he could not read and write.  All of Thomas Cadet Young's children, including daughters, were literate.  The original of the following letter is in the Kennedy Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.  I have a photocopy in my paper file:

 

April 28, 1792

 

Dear Father and Mother

 

As we are at so great a distance not to enjoy each others company as we formerly did.  I have undertaken once more by way of writing to you to inform you of our State of health, as we thank god we are all well at present and we hope this letter will find you and your Family in good health .  We have nothing Strange nor uncomon to inform you of but are very uneasy in our minds that we do not hear from you, We have not received a letter from you for many months which makes us fear you have forgot us intirely.  We hope and pray for the future you will be mindful of to inform us by every opportunity of your state and wellfare as we still esteem you as Honoured parents. We have got another son and for your sake we have named him Thomas.  Your old Dady and mamy Ragsdale and their family is well likewise Uncle Billy Johnsons family.  Old uncle and aunt Sadler is well also but poor Featherston is in a low state of health. Something has risen on his nose and is likely to kill him.  The Neighbors is all rite  pray give our best love and respects to and Andrew Carson and his family and inform us by the first opportunity of Judith’s wellfare and where [slives ?] and so I’ll conclude and remain your loving and dutiful children till Death.

                                   

Wm and Susanah Gill

 

[ ] give my compliments to Esquire Huston and his family also to Mrs. McCord and hers.

* * * *

Notes on the above letter: Thomas Cadet Young responded to the letter because the response was passed on to Susannah's uncle John Young, then of Mecklenburg Co., Virginia.  John in turn wrote his own letter to Thomas Cadet Young in December 10, 1792.  He mentioned having received  news about Thomas Cadet Young "by Mr. Gill."  John Young also mentioned having seen the Johnsons and the Sadlers and commented "Featherston has something risen on his nose and is likely to kill him." 

 

The Gill letter also asked for news of "Judith."  As far as I know, the only Judith in the extended family at that point was their daughter Judith Gill.  Judging from her likely age and the letter, Judith probably was recently married to Mr. Donalson/Donaldson and living in North Carolina near her grandfather Thomas Cadet Young.

 

The letter also states: "We have got another son and for your sake we have named him Thomas."  This implies that Thomas Young Gill was a recent addition to the family, perhaps born in August 1791 rather than in August 1790 as stated in his obituary.  At a minimum, this letter shows that Thomas Young Gill was not born in 1778 because his grandfather was still in Virginia in 1778 and would not have needed a letter in 1792 to tell him about the birth of his namesake.

 

The letter also does not mention the birth of daughter Rebecca Gill, who, according to descendents, was born April 26, 1792  --  two days before the date of the letter.  This makes me think that Rebecca was actually born in 1793. 

 

William and Susannah Gill probably moved to Iredell Co., North Carolina, in the winter of 1792-1793, between the harvest and the next planting season.  William was listed as "of Iredell Co." in a deed from June 1793.  See the following abstract:

 

Gill : abstracts from records in southern states and genealogical notes, Eva Turner Clark,  New York: R.R. Smith, 1939,  page 113: "William Gill of Iredell Co., from Thomas Beatty, same co., deed for a parcel of land in Iredell on Red Bank Branch of South Yadkin, beg. at William McCray's corner, to John Callahan's line, containing 300 a. Wit: Joseph McGuire, Joseph Nichols.  29 June 1793. Deeds A, 559." 

 

William Gill bought of Thomas Beatty, 300 a. 100 pounds on Red Bank, South Yadkin River in Iredell Co., NC, 21 Jan 1793 (Iredell Co., NC Deed Bk A, p. 494, recorded 4 Nov 1793). 

 

William Gill wrote a will on 27 August 1797.  The will was witnessed by Susannah's brother-in-law Andrew Carson and her half-brother John Young.  Susannah's brothers, William and Archibald Young, were appointed executors:

 

The Will of William Gill, Iredell Co., North Carolina, Will Book 1, page 103. (Transcription courtesy Charles McDaniel):

 

In the name of God Amen

I William Gill of Iredell County being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be God) do this 27th day of August in the year of our Lord 1797 make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner following that is to say. First I recommend my soul to them that gave it. It is my will that all my just debts be paid, that the two horses now in my possession known by the name, of prince and burton be sold to discharge my debts if not sufficient as much of the other of my personal estate as will be sufficient. bequeath to my wife all my personal and real estate to have the sole use of until my youngest child comes of age as is provided by law, provided she my wife lives if she dies before my youngest-living child comes of age then all my property both, personal and real shall be equally divided between my living children male and female except Judah Donaldson my oldest child which I have already given her a full share. It is my desire that if my wife does live till my youngest living child comes of age she shall have and equal share of my estate with my children as it is mentioned. I hereby make and ordain my wife and my worthy friends Wm. and Archibald Young Executors of this my last will and testament, In witness whereof I the said William Gill have to this my last will and testament set my hand and sealed day and year above written.

William hisXmark Gill (seal)

Signed sealed and published in presence of us as the last will and testament of the testator.

Andrew Carson, Juret

Humphry B. Tomlinson

John Young.

 

William Gill died September 4, 1797, and is buried in the Young Family Cemetery , Iredell County, North Carolina.   (Photo of gravestone below.)

 

I don't know where Susannah was for the 1800 census. 

 

Susannah was in her own household for the 1810 censuses.  I believe Allen Gill on the same census pages was her son Ingram Allen Gill.  Susannah had sons Thomas and Henry, daughter Rebecca and probably her Donalson grandchildren in her household:

 

1810  >  NORTH CAROLINA   >  IREDELL  >  NO TWP LISTED Series: M252  Roll: 40 

Page: 492 

Susannah Gill  11100//10101  plus 4 slaves [1m under 10 (boy Donalson?), 1m 10-15 (Henry), 1m 16-25 (Thomas Y.), 1f under 10 (Caroline Donalson?), 1f 16-25, (Rebecca) 1f 45+ (Susannah)]

Allen Gill  2010//1001  1 slave

 

By 1812, if not earlier, Susannah's sons William and Thomas were in Wilkes Co., Georgia, (see their individuals sections for more information).

 

Son Thomas Y. Gill was still in Wilkes Co., Georgia, in 1817, when he deeded his share of William Gill's estate to his brother Ingram A. Gill of Iredell Co, North Carolina.  The deed specifically  referenced William Gill's land on the Red Bank Branch of South Yadkin which our William had acquired in 1793.  So there is no question that the Thomas Y. Gill in Wilkes Co., Georgia, was the son of William and Susannah Gill of Iredell Co., North Carolina.

 

An abstract of the deed transferring Thomas Young Gill's interest in the land to Ingram is in Gill: abstracts from records in southern states and genealogical notes, Eva Turner Clark,  New York: R.R. Smith, 1939,  page 112: "Thomas Y. Gill (son of William Gill of Iredell Co., will 1797), of the State of Georgia and County of Wilkes, to Ingram A. Gill of Iredell Co., N.C., consideration of $116.66, a certain tract of land in Iredell on the Red bank Branch of South Yadkin, it being the tract of land belonging to the estate of William Gill, dec'd , the said Thomas Y. Gill being heir to the one-sixth part of the estate  . . . beginning at an oak . . .Wm. McRay corner on John Calahain's line" 4 Dec. 1817. Wit: John Burke, Archibald Tomlinson, Henry Gill.  Deeds J, 570."

 

Susannah was on the 1820 census in Iredell.  I believe her son Henry was still living with her.  I think the young woman in the household was granddaughter Caroline Donalson, but it is possible that she was Henry's wife:

 

1820  >  NORTH CAROLINA   >  IREDELL  >  NO TWP LISTED Series: M33  Roll: 80  Page: 150

Susannah Gill  0001//00101  plus 12 slaves [1m 26-44 (Henry), 1f 16-25 (Caroline Donalson? Henry's wife?) 1f 45+ (Susannah)]

Allen Gill  1212//4001  3 slaves

 

Susannah Gill wrote her will on 14 April 1828.  It mentioned her living children,  Allen Gill, William Gill, Thomas Gill, Rebecca Gill King and Henry Gill, and her granddaughter Caroline Louisa (Donalson) Weaver.  Sons Henry and William were appointed executors of the will.  The appointment of William is a bit puzzling because records place him in Georgia after 1812, but perhaps he was appointed to make sure that he and his brother Thomas, who was also in Georgia, got their shares:

 

THE WILL OF SUSANNAH GILL, Iredell Co., NC, Will Bk. 2 page 92. (Transcription courtesy Charles McDaniel)

State of North Carolina Iredell County. In the name of God Amen.

Know all men by these presents, that I Susannah Gill of the County and State aforesaid, have made this my last will and testament revoking all others. Being in sound mind and memory do give and bequeath my property after my death as follows I give to my grand daughter Caroline Louisa Weaver twin negro girls Ruby Ann and Lindy and one negro boy named Mot and my bed and furniture and all my wearing clothes, this property I will to Caroline Louisa Weaver, and her yous (illegible). The balance of my property I leave to my children after all my just debts are, paid, here named, Allen Gill, William Gill, Thomas Gill, Rebecca King and Henry Gill. I leave for my executors Henry Gill and William Gill. I have set my hand and seal this 14th of April 1828.

Susanna Gill (Seal)

In the presence of

Wm. Carson

Alfred Y. Carson, Jurat

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I suspect Susannah wrote her will shortly before she married for a second time to Mr. Gabbard.  Although most sources do not list a second marriage for Susannah, there is evidence of a very brief second marriage  in what appears to be her death notice:

 

The Yadkin and Catawba Journal Salisbury, North Carolina, Death Notices October 27, 1829 <http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/newspapers/salisdea.txt>:  Gabard, Susanna, 73, dau. of Thomas Young, who died at same time, in Hunting Creek, Iredell County, North Carolina. [No date given.]

 

Susannah's  father's death notice was in the same paper, so Susanna Gabard certainly seems to have been the daughter of Thomas Cadet Young of Iredell Co.:

 

The Yadkin and Catawba Journal Salisbury, North Carolina, Death Notices October 27, 1829  <http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/mecklenburg/newspapers/salisdea.txt> : Young, Thomas, 98, in Hunting Creek, Iredell County, North Carolina  Revolutionary Solider. [No date given.]

 

The likely second husband for Susannah was widower John Gabard, Sr., born abt. 1726 in London,  England, and died 18 Aug 1828 in Mocksville, Rowan, North Carolina.  John was on the 1820 census in neighboring Rowan Co., North Carolina:

 

1820  >  NORTH CAROLINA   >  ROWAN  >  YADKIN Series: M33  Roll: 81  Page: 217

GABARD JOHN 001011//00201

 

Susannah died 29 September 1829 and was buried with her first husband, William Gill in the Young Family Cemetery:

 

Young Family Cemetery Northern Iredell County, North Carolina Surveyed and reported by Stuart Bloom, P.O. Box 597, Earlville, IL 60518. <ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/ iredell/cemeteries/youngcem.txt>

 

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF SUSANNAH GILL, relict of Wm. GILL Who departed this life 29 Sep. 1829 in the 74th year of her age

 

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF WILLIAM GILL Who departed this life September 4th 1797 In the 47th year of his age.

 

 

 


“THE OTHER WILLIAM GILL” and son COLONEL WILLIAM GILL of Mecklenburg Co., Va. and Granville, Co., N. C.

Herewith are some records of WILLIAM GILL, b. ca. 1717-1722, of Mecklenburg Co., Va., d. 1780. He was in title rolls (Bell: Sunlight on Southside, pp. 121, 165, 180, 190, 197, 251), Lunenburg Co., Va. in 1749, with MICHAEL GILL consecutive 1750 and 1752, with JOSEPH GILL consecutive 1764 (Mecklenburg Co. formed 1765). They were not found in Lunenburg after Mecklenburg was split off 1764-1765. . According to LDS and published records he m. FRANCES POYTHRESS. Much of his many acres of land was on Tewayhomony Creek (var. spellings), later called Aaron’s Creek, now part of boundary between Mecklenburg and Halifax Cos., Va. Members of this family expanded south across the state line into Granville Co., NC. He was quite prominent and was probably the man referred to as William Gill, Colonel of NC Horse Regt. His will dated 3 July 1780 (Will Book 1, p. 355) named wife Frances, 9 children, and two sons-in-law: Thomas Pool and Bartlett Greer. A codicil gave a daughter 400 acres and mill on west side of Aaron’s Creek in Halifax Co., Va.

Known children were:

  1. Joseph Gill, b. 1742, d. 10 Mar 1819; Nanny (Ann) Gill, b. ca. 1744, m. Bartlett Greer;
  2. Sarah Gill, b. ca. 1746;
  3. Jane Gill, b. ca. 1748;
  4. Mary Gill, b. ca. 1750;
  5. Frances Gill, b. ca. 1752;
  6. Robert Gill, b. ca. 1754;
  7. WILLIAM GILL, JR., b. ca. 1758, m. JUDITH MAYNARD of Mecklenburg Co., Va. on 8 Dec 1783;
  8. Obedience Gill, b. ca. 1762 m. Childers; a daughter, b. ca. 1762, m. Thomas Pool.

Analysis:

His records indicate that he was of the same generation as Henry Gill of Lunenburg. It is possible they were relatives but no proof has been found. The sons of these two men named William show that Henry’s son William was 8 years older and died 19 years earlier than the below William Jr. Tithe lists indicate close relationship between the elder William Gill, Michael Gill, Joseph Gill, and Peter Gill. William had a son Joseph b. 1742 with him in 1764 list. Michael Gill with William Gill in 1750 and 1752 lists possibly a brother. Thomas Gill for whom Gills Creek in Bedford Co. (now in Franklin Co.), Va. was named appears to be the same as in tithe list of Lunenburg for 1749.

COLONEL WILLIAM GILL, JR., b. ca. 1758, in what was later Mecklenburg Co., Va.. He was married as noted above to Judith Maynard. She predeceased him. The Raleigh (N. C.) Register issue of Friday, 20 Sept. 1816, p. 3, col. 5, reported his death. “Col. Wm. Gill of Granville county, an old revolutionary officer”, died lately. His father began buying land in Granville across the line in N. C. fairly early. William Jr. moved there and became a prominent citizen. He became a justice of the county court and apparently a colonel in the county militia. In the absence of a will there is no concise list of his children, but a study of his estate papers would yield some answers in that regard.

Copyright ©2006, Charles R. McDaniel, Sr., Roanoke, Va., all rights reserved.  You may use this information in your own genealogy, but it may not be used in for profit enterprise.

Charles R. McDaniel, April 2, 2006


Note by FOC: following is older material, kept for reference.  Charles McDaniel has done a superior job of sorting  out these records.

William Gill did not marry Judith Maynard in 1783. He did marry Susannah Young, daughter of Thomas Young some time prior to 1777, and she appears to be the mother of all of their children except Judah Gill.  Susannah GILL, relict of Wm. GILL Died 29 Sep. 1829 in the 74th year of age, buried in the Young Cemetery in Iredel Co., NC.

(Mrs. Clark assigns him as son of Wm. Gill of Mecklinburg Co., Va, will of 1780). Andrea, record #76 lists him as "Capt. William Gill" 1750-1797 married in 1776 Susan Young and membership in DAR #301349 and service in Continental Line from SC.  (FOC: note Charles McDaniel's analysis above, there are retained for completeness)

(Mrs. Clark p172, Young section) "Among published accounts of various Gill families is the following:" "Sketches of Western North Carolina, by C.L. Hunter, p189: "In the year 1778, Thomas Young removed from Mecklinburg, Virginia, to North Carolina and settled on Hunting Creek within three miles of the place where the counties of Yadkin, Davie, and Iredell now form a common corner. He was then past the age for military service but had furnished three sons-in-law and two sons to the army of General Washington and a third son at sixteen years of age to the army at Norfolk, Virginia.

"One of his sons-in-law, Major William Gill, entered the service at the beginning of the war, and became connected with the staff of General Washington. He served in the capacity of Aide to the Commander-in-Chief through the war and was with him at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. From this point he returned to his family at Mecklinburg, Virginia, who had not heard from him in two years." "Soon after the establishment of peace, Major Gill, with his family and the other two sons-in-law of Mr. Young, viz.: Major Daniel Wright and Dr. Thomas Moody, and his sons, William, Henry, and Thomas Young, removed to North Carolina and settled near him. Major Gill settled on Rocky Creek near to the site of the present village of Olin and at his death was interred in the family burying ground on the lands of his father-in-law. The record on his tombstone states that he died on the 4th of September 1797, in the 47th year of his age. His commission is now in possession of his descendants in Iredell County.

"The part which Major Gill bore in the great struggle for independence was once familiar in the traditions of his family and must have been satisfactory to General Washington from the fact that he continued with him to the end of the war, and bore with him into retirement the commission which made him one of the military family of the father of his country." "A single incident will show the spirit with which Major Gill bore himself on the battlefield. At the battle of Brandywine, while discharging his duty, he became separated from his command and in the dense smoke of the conflict rode into the ranks of the enemy. Upon discovering the situation, the only means of escape which presented itself was to leap his horse over a high rail fence which was being scattered by the artillery of the enemy. This feat he accomplished successfully and afterwards received the congratulations of his general for the spirited adventure and escape.

"It has not been recorded in history that the mortal remains of a member of the staff of General Washington repose on the banks of Hunting Creek, Iredell County , North Carolina. The tradition here given of the fact can be fully attested by surviving members of the family of Major Gill, as well as by his commission." "Captain Andrew Carson was a younger son-in-law of Mr. Young, having married after the family removed to North Carolina. He & his brother, Lindsay Carson, both joined the service in the southern army - & let it be recorded in passing that Lindsay Carson was the father of Christopher Houston Carson, now widely known as 'Kit Carson', the great Indian scout, & that 'Kit" was born on Hunting Creek within half a mile of Mr. Thomas Young. Note: See NC will of Wm Gill of Iredell County, 1797." (Mrs. Clark)

William Gill of Iredell Co., NC - 6 heirs (assumed to be the William Gill who married Susannah mentioned by Rebecca Gill of Alabama). Wm Gill of Iredell Co., NC, from Thomas Beatty, same Co., deed for parcel of land in Iredell on Red Bank branch of South Yadkin, beginning at Wm McCray's corner, to John Callahan's line contain 300 a. wit: Joseph McGuire, Joseph Nichols. 29 June 1793, Deeds A 559 (Mrs. Clark p115).

Will 27 Aug 1797. To wife, personality & real estate until youngest child is of age; Judah Donaldson, "my oldest child"; "my living children" (Mrs. Clark: names not given, one was certainly Thomas Y. Gill). Executors: Friends, Wm and Archibald Young. Wit. Andrew Carson, Humphrey B. Tomlinson, John Young. (Mrs. Clark: This is the will of Major Wm Gill-see p172. He married Susannah Young the daughter of Thomas Young, She is the only known wife.

(Mrs. Clark's book p172) published accounts of Gill families include: "Sketches of Western North Carolina", by C.L. Hunter, p189: "In the year 1778, Thomas Young removed from Mecklenburg, VA, to NC and settled on Hunting Creek within three miles of the place where the counties of Yadkin, Davie, and Iredell now form a common corner. He was then past the age for military service but had furnished 3 sons-in-law and 2 sons to the army of General Washington and a third son at sixteen years of age to the army at Norfolk, VA." "One of his sons-in-law, Major Wm Gill, entered the service at the beginning of the war, and became connected with the staff of Gen. Washington. He served in the capacity of Aide to the Commander-in-Chief through the war and was with him at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. From this point he returned to his family at Mecklenburg, VA, who had not heard from him in two years.

"Soon after the establishment of peace, Major Gill, with his family and the other sons-in-law of Mr. Young, viz.: Major Daniel Wright and Dr. Thomas Moody, and his sons William, Henry, and Thomas Young, removed to NC and settled near him. Major Gill settled on Rocky Ck. near to the site of the present village of Olin and at his death was interred in the family burying ground on the lands of his father-in-law. The record on his tombstone states that he died on the 4 Sept. 1797, in the 47th year of his age. His commission is now in the possession of his descendants in Iredell Co." "The part which Major Gill bore in the great struggle for independence was once familiar in the traditions of his family and must have been satisfactory to Gen. Washington from the fact that he continued with him to the end of the war, and bore with him into retirement the commission which made him one of the military family of the father of this country.

"A single incident will show the spirit with which Major Gill bore himself on the battle field. At the battle of Brandywine, while discharging his duty, he became separated from his command and in the dense smoke of the conflict rode into the ranks of the enemy. Upon discovering the situation, the only means of escape which presented itself was to leap his horse over a high rail fence which was being scattered by the artillery of the enemy. This feat he accomplished successfully and afterwards received the congratulations of his general for the spirited adventure and escape."

"It has not been recorded in history that the mortal remains of a member of the staff of Gen. Washington repose on the banks of Hunting Creek, Iredell County, NC. The tradition here given of the fact can be fully attested to by surviving members of the family of Major Gill, as well as by his commission. Captain Andrew Carson was a younger son-in-law of Mr. Young, having married after the family removed to NC. He and his brother, Lindsay Carson, both Joined the service in the southern army - and let it be recorded in passing that Lindsay Carson was the father of Christopher Houston Carson, now widely known as "Kit Carson", the great Indian scout. "Kit" was born on Hunting Creek, within half a mile of Mr. Thomas Young."


COPY Of The Will Of William Gill, Iredell Co., NC Will Book 1, page 103. (courtesy Charles McDaniel)

In the name of God Amen

I William Gill of Iredell County being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be God) do this 27th day of August in the year of our Lord 1797 make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner following that is to say. First I recommend my soul to them that gave it. It is my will that all my just debts be paid, that the two horses now in my possession known by the name, of prince and burton be sold to discharge my debts if not sufficient as much of the other of my personal estate as will be sufficient. bequeath to my wife all my personal and real estate to have the sole use of until my youngest child comes of age as is provided by law, provided she my wife lives if she dies before my youngest-living child comes of age then all my property both, personal and real shall be equally divided between my living children male and female except Judah Donaldson my oldest child which I have already given her a full share. It is my desire that if my wife does live till my youngest living child comes of age she shall have an equal share of my estate with my children as it is mentioned. I hereby make and ordain my wife and my worthy friend Wm. and Archibald Young Executors of this my last will and testament, In witness whereof I the said William Gill have to this my last will and testament set my hand and sealed day and year above written.
William hisXmark Gill (seal)
Signed sealed and published in presence of us as the last will and testament of the testator.
Andrew Carson, Juret
Humphry B. Tomlinson
John Young.


COPY OF THE WILL OF SUSANNAH GILL, Iredell Co., NC, Will Bk. 2 page 92. (courtesy Charles McDaniel)

State of North Carolina Iredell County. In the name of God Amen.

Know all men by these presents, that I Susannah Gill of the County and State aforesaid, have made this my last will and testament revoking all others. Being in sound mind and memory do give and bequeath my property after my death as follows I give to my grand daughter Caroline Louisa Weaver twin negro girls Ruby Ann and Lindy and one negro boy named Mot and my bed and furniture and all my wearing clothes, this property I will to Caroline Louisa Weaver, and her yous (illegible). The balance of my property I leave to my children after all my just debts are, paid, here named, Allen Gill, William Gill, Thomas Gill, Rebecca King and Henry Gill. I leave for my executors Henry Gill and William Gill. I have set my hand and seal this 14th of April 1828.
Susanna Gill (Seal)
In the presence of
Wm. Carson
Alfred Y. Carson, Jurat


Gill/Young Cemetery in North Carolina


Seven Known Children of Maj. Wm Gill (Judah Donaldson in will, Thomas Y. Gill 1827 deed, all in DAR record). Andrea record #76, DAR record #301349 lists children, will of Susannah Gill lists the rest:

  1. Judith Gill (or Judah) married a Donaldson (Donnelson in will).  William Gill refers to her as "my oldest child", probably daughter of his first wife, according to Mrs. Clark. (If so, not Judith Maynard. CRM)
  2. William Gill born c1777 in Virginia, married Rhoda Poole born c1787 d>1860, removed to Meriwhether Co., GA.
  3. Thomas Young Gill was born August 6, 1790/1791, in Lunenburg Co., Virginia, and died shortly before June 26, 1874, in Meriwether Co., Georgia. He married Nancy Burks on 11 July 1816 in Wilkes Co., Georgia, and was on subsequent censuses in Wilkes and Meriwether Co., Georgia, until his death. His birth in 1790/1791 comes from a letter written by his parents to his maternal grandfather, Thomas Cadet Young and from his obituary.
  4. Ingram Allen Gill born 5 Feb. 1780 married Mary (Polly) Tomlinson.  Ingram Allen Gill died 14 July 1853, and is buried in the Gill/Young cemetery in Iredell Co., NC.  Mary GILL, wife of Ingram A. GILL, Senr. Died 23 Nov. 1844 in the 61st year of age, and is also buried in the Young Cemetery in Iredell County, NC.
  5. Henry Gill, born c<1797) of Iredell Co., NC, married ___ Reid.  Henry Gill of Iredell Co., NC, to Ingram A. Gill, same Co., consideration of $1500, deed for negroes, horses, stock, crops, furniture, and all the right, title, and interest I now have in the estate of James Reid, dec'd, my wife's father, late of the county of Iredell; also all books, notes, etc. due from any person whatsoever; 21 May 1827. Deeds M 1043 (Mrs. Clark p105). I do not think he is the Henry A. Gill in 1840 census in Meriweather Co., GA p112 10001(20-30), one son -10001(20-30) no slaves, one son and one daughter, and if so I have guessed his birth year incorrectly.
  6. Rebecca Gill born 26 Apr 1792, d. 11 Aug 1857 prob. in Texas, m. Hugh Brevard King 9 Apr 1812. They lived in Lauderdale Co., Alabama. Hugh B. King gives "Power of Attorney to Samuel Young of North Carolina, County of Iredell, to make sale of any and all real estate coming to the said Hugh B. King in right of said wife Rebecca from the estate of the said Wm. or said Susannah Gill." Iredell Co., NC, 24 Oct. 1829. Book O p279. Certificate from officials of Lauderdale Co., AL, relative to signatures of Hugh B. King and Rebecca King (Mrs. Clark). Mr. King was b. 7 Mar 1783 and died in Burleso, Texas 5 Sep 1843.  This is the line of M. S. White.  Comments by M. S. White: I am descended from William Gill through his daughter who married Hugh B. King. I have extensive information on the Kings down to myself if anyone is interested. I know all about the William Gills in the Revolutionary War. A line was made on him and many, many people joined on him, including my aunt and my first cousin. The line was closed by the DAR because too much proof was based on family tradition. Some said Maj. Gill had a silver buckle given him by Gen. Washington, some said he received a pension (which is not correct), some said SOMEONE had a copy of a NC voucher that was in his name. I will say in defense of this line, that the first member to use Maj. Gill as their ancestor did so in 1909. To have done research of any magnitude was a great feat in 1909. I have been working on this and so far have not been able to learn anything. The best I am hoping for is to prove he was a patriot in NC.
    1. William Alphius King, b. 28 Dec 1812 in NC, d. 29 Apr 1888 Travis Co., Texas
  7. Susan Gill married Samuel Tomlinson

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