1. Davies Gill, p521, rank refugee from 96, Savannah & recommended by Col. Campbell & Col. Pearson
  2. Deas Gill, p11, Capt. Murphy, Savannah 1 Dec. 1779 (Adam Sigler also in this group)
  3. James Gill, p316, pay record, Col. Thos. Pearson's Regt., Little River Militia, 96 Brigade Aug.-Oct. 1782, enlisted 3 Nov. 1779.
  4. James Gill, p318, Col. Thos. Pearson's Regt., Little River Militia, 96 Brigade, Charleston 1782.
  5. John Gill p3, (James Wilson in this company too) enlisted 12 Mar. 1781, #25 private, Lt. Innes' SC Royalists, Camden.
  6. John Gill p5, (James Wilson also) Lt. Col. Innes, 24 Oct. 1781, Quarter House, SC.
  7. Robert Gill p11, Murphy Co., Savannah, 1 Dec. 1779, enlisted 3 Nov. 1779
  8. Robert Gill p316, Col. Thos. Pearson's Regt., Little River Militia, 96 Brigade, Aug.-Oct. 1782
  9. Robert Gill p318, Charleston, Aug.-Dec. 1782
  10. Robert Gill p521, rank refugee from 96, Savannah & recommended by Col. Campbell & Col. Pearson
  11. Thomas Gill p369, drummer, Capt. Neill McArthur, Royal NC Regt., St. Augustine, Apr.-June 1783
  12. Thomas Gill p408, Vacant Company, formerly Royal NC Regt., St. Arbuthnot.  Apr.-Jun 1782

I think most of the above are records of children of my Thomas Gill born c1732. (below)  Specifically, I think Davis or Daes and John were brothers, and there is one pre-war hog-stealing record linking these two.

Lt. Col. Innes' SC Loyalists have some interesting names: James Bassett (Quarter House, SC 24 April 1782), Thomas Rhodes (ibid), John Gill, and James Wilson.  These family names all appear together in Allendale Co., SC.  They do not appear in the Royalist brigade from that area, however, that of Capt. Levi Youmans, who was so hated that he reputedly fled to British possessions in the Caribbean after the war.  Some of these families are documented to have come from Richland Co. (now Columbia).  I believe the "Quarter House" reference above was a troop barracks in or near Charleston.  Does anyone know for sure?

Source: Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, by Murtie June Clark (none of us Clarks are related, amazing!), 1981, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, and page numbers are for that reference.


And one more probable Gill Loyalist record, but this one should be of an officer, of whom I see no record above:

From: Joan Dawson [mailto:joan.dawson@ns.sympatico.ca]; Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 9:35 PM; To: FCLARK@BIGFOOT.COM; Subject: Valentine Gill

I was looking at your web site re Valentine Gill. There was a Valentine Gill who apparently made maps in Nova Scotia in the early 19th century. A map of the Halifax area dated about 1816 is attributed to him. The name is an unusual one. Do you know of any branch of the family that is known to have come to Nova Scotia, possibly with the Loyalists in the 1780s?

FOC: I do not, but there are clearly many documented Loyalists in this (my) family.  Valentine is not a common name in any family.


Thomas Gill of the Congarees, SC, a documented son of James Gill who resided in what is now Richland Co., SC, was born c1732 (range 1731-1744)- died (1784-6) m. Hannah.  Thomas Gill was born in Virginia., first born son of James Gill (his brother, John Gill, may have been his twin).  A few documents are listed here which locate Thomas Gill in the area of South Carolina.  There is more detail on the Gill web page. (on this server, not linked to this web site)

Jump directly to the children, who seem to be split between the older being Patriots and the younger Loyalist.

Thomas Gill of the Congarees born c1732 (1731-44) died >30 Oct. 1784 - 24 Nov. 1786, documented eldest son of old James Gill, after whom Gill Creek in Columbia, SC is named, signed his name. Married Hannah, born <c1765 died (>1810 <1820).

1753. Thomas Gill and wife Hannah were documented to be in Anson Co., NC in 1753, then in Cheraw (later Chesterfield Co. or adjacent Lancaster Co., SC; early boundary uncertainties here), by deed records.

7 Oct. 1765 Colonial Plat Vol.8 page 519. So. Carolina Pursuant to a Precept from John Troup Esqr. Dr. dated Oct. 7 1765 vis? I have Laid out unto Thomas Gill 150 Acres of Land in the fork between Broad & Saludy Rivers, Bounded on a small branch of Little River waters of Saludy River, also Bounded So. on Chas. Pinkney Esqrs land, all other sides vacant Land & hath such shape form & mask on the above platt represents. Certified Oct. 23d 1765. Edwd. Musgrove D.

3 Dec. 1766. Colonial Plats Vol. 11 page 235 (Roll AD 587). Pursuant to a Precipt directed under the hand and Seal of John Troup Esqr. D.L. Genl. dated 3 Dec. 1766, I have admeasured and laid out unto Thomas Gill a plantation or tract of vacant Land in Barkley (sic) County Containing 150 acres in the fork between Broad and Saludy rivers, Situate on a Small branch of Little river Called Mudlick Creek not five feet broad nor one deep and bounded S on land laid out to Mr. Pinkney and Eastward on Land laid out to Benjamin Colliar (Collear on plat) and West part on Land laid out to Thomas Gill and part vacant the other sides on vacant Land and hath such shape from and marks as the above plat represents. certifide (sic) under my had this 16 day of April 1767 Enoch Neanrom? D.S.

1767 plat & grant, Register of Conveyances 310:396. (Mrs. Hicks April 1986 p6) Thomas Gill 150a on a branch of Little River, Craven Co. 17 Feb. 1767 Royal Grants Vol 14 p208 (Little R. Fairfield Co., north of Richland Co., or Newberry District). Both a Mudlick Creek and a Rocky Creek flow into "Little River", which in turn flows into the Saluda River. This location is approximately 11 miles west and 2 miles south of "Newberry Village". This is the only indexed Mudlick Creek in Mill's Atlas.  (Mrs. Hicks says see Thomas Gill deed Laurens Co., selling grant of 1769).

1769 (Andrea record #99, 100)(Laurens Co.) Thomas Gill with dower by wife Hannah Gill make deed for the above 150 acres of land on Mudlic Creek between Broad & Saluda Rivers, said land granted to Thomas Gill 19 Feb. 1769, Deed to John Moore.

1769. Thomas Gill, born <1748, witnessed deed of Richard Jackson, Jr., resident of Winton, 29 July 1769, giving his share of Miles Jackson's land to John Gill. Deed states that "Thomas Gill (among others) came before Thomas Young, J.P. for Winton." Thomas Gill, 21 years or older, was in Winton in the summer of 1769. Considering all implied children of James Gill, plus the documents relating to the Chester Fishing Creek clan, the only possibility for this person is this Thomas Gill. Thomas Gill signed his name.

5 Aug. 1772 Plat Hughes Ck. Vol. 16 p99. 26 Sept. 1772 grant 100a on Huses (Hughes) Ck. a branch of Broad River Vol. 26, p540. Thomas Gill 100 acres situate on Huse Creek on the West of Broad River, bounding SW on Henry Longs Land and to the SW, NE, and SE on vacant land. Granted 26 Sept. 1772. Certified by John Mils, Pro.C.C. There is no Fishing Ck. Thomas Gill born early enough to associate with this record. Thomas Gill married to Rebekah Curry was 10, Thomas Franklin Gill was 15, and Thomas Gill son of Robert David Gill was 17. One had to be 21 to appear in a legal record. Hughes Creek flowing into the Broad River is shown on Mill's Atlas in Union County just south of Lockhart's canal, or about 9 miles NW of Unionville center.  This is about 15 miles north of the location where Francis Gill in Laurens Co. resided, a strong geographical link between the two.

23 Nov. 1772 Memorial Broad River Vol 12, p1. S. Carolina Thomas Gill 10 Acres 2Th 3/Stg. or 4/Co. money Certified by R.L.: A memorial exhibited by Thomas Gill to be registered in the Auditor Gen. Office agreeable to order of Council and to a Condition to the Grant hereafter mentioned of a plantation or tract of land Containing 100 acres situated on Huse Creek on the eldest? side of Broad river bounding SW on Henry Longs NW NE & SE vacant lands. Survey Certified the 5th of August 1772 and Granted 26 Sept. 1772 to the Mem.st Quit Rent 3/Ster. or 4/Proc. pr hundred acres to Commence two years for the date. Witness Whereof he hath hereunto set his hand the 23 day of Nov. 1772. Robt. McFadden LS, del March 1st 1773 to Christopher Straight. Christopher Straight is documented as a neighbor of the Chester Gill clan.

A Thomas Gill died 7 December 1776 (enlisted 2nd S.C. Regiment 4 November 1775, supposedly commanded by "The Swamp Fox" himself, Francis Marion). This cannot have been Thomas Gill, Sr., although this may have been a son of Thomas, Sr.  Thomas Gill born c1732 sold some of his father's land in 1784, nearly immediately after the cessation of hostilities. This 1776 record must be of a younger Thomas Gill in the area, or perhaps a Charleston Gill, perhaps an undocumented grandson of James, born <c(1775-16=1759). This Thomas could have been a second born son of our Thomas, as I have assigned him, or a son of John Gill born c1734, as we do not yet know the other children of those families.  If he was at least 16 years of age in 1776, he was born before c1760, which would make him a contemporary with John Gill born c1759, documented son of Thomas GIll born c1732.

There is no Revolutionary War record of which I am aware associated with Thomas Gill of Richland Co.  Indeed, none that I can associate with the wildest interpretation, which seems unusual to me.  Are there Tory leanings implied by this?  Were Days Gill and his two brothers, all hard core Tories who felt they had to flee the state, sons of Thomas Gill?

1779.  Thomas Gill appears on a list of 2154 residents of old 96 Dist. in 1779, compiled by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Revised: 11/09/96 prsr@aol.com.

1784. Thomas Gill to Benjamin Everitt Lease. Charleston Deed Book T5 Page 169. Thomas Gill of Camden district and Benjamin Everitt of the aforesaid county & state, for Fifty pounds sterling Sell one hundred and seventy five acres in Camden District on the North Side of Congaree river it being the half of a Tract of Land originally granted to James Gill containing three hundred and fifty acres, and the above divided one hundred and seventy five acres, the sd Thomas Gill being eldest son and Heir to James Gill Thomas Gill (LS) (Thomas Gill signed his name).

Thomas Gill has documented links to a location just to the north of the Laurens Co. Gills:  5 Aug. 1772 Plat Hughes Ck. Vol. 16 p99. 26 Sept. 1772 grant 100a on Huses (Hughes) Ck. a branch of Broad River Vol. 26, p540. Thomas Gill 100 acres situate on Huse Creek on the West of Broad River, bounding SW on Henry Longs Land and to the SW, NE, and SE on vacant land. Granted 26 Sept. 1772. Certified by John Mils, Pro.C.C. There is no Fishing Ck. Thomas Gill born early enough to associate with this record. Thomas Gill married to Rebekah Curry was 10 years of age, Thomas Franklin Gill was 15, and Thomas Gill son of Robert David Gill was 17. One had to be 21 to appear in a legal record. Hughes Creek flowing into the Broad River is shown on Mill's Atlas in Union County just south of Lockhart's canal, or about 9 miles NW of Unionville center. This is about 15 miles north of the location of Francis Gill in Laurens Co. resided.

These deeds link Thomas to a trek directly from 15 miles north, to just to the south, of the Laurens Co. Gills! Plus, Mrs. Hicks says Thomas has a deed in Laurens Co. selling land he was granted in 1769!

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