Gillihan, William or Gillehan (Note: name is listed this way)
Military Service in Revolutionary War
#S-38731 National Archives 3 years service. Enlisted for 1 year in VA in the spring of 1775 and served 9 months. Re-enlisted
for 3 years in GA and served in the state of SC. He was in the Battle of Savannah. He was a private in a company commanded
by Captain Jarvis in the 5th Regiment under Colonel Fluger of the SC line. William was discharged between 1 and 2 years in
SC at Charleston some months before the end of the war. After the war; William received a bounty land grant of 260 acres in
SC, in the County of Greenville, on the banks of the Saulda River in 1790. Military pension of $8.00 per month commenced 27
Source: National Archives # S-38731
William was one of the early pioneers of Washington County NC, which later became a part of TN. - The early
settlers of the western part of NC had no government and no protection from the Indians. They petetioned the State of NC.
for a release and proceded to set up their own rules for self-government, calling their area the State of Franklin. One of
the signers of this petition was William Gillihan. In the 1790 Census of Greenville Dist SC, William Gillihan had a family
of 2 males over 16, 2 males under 16, and 3 females see page # 068. (A William Gillihan was taxed in 1800 in Christian Co
KY.) William sold his land in about 1800 and came back (?) to Tennessee along with his son, Clement. They settled in the Club
Springs area of Smith County and were living there when William applied for his pension. William is buried in Smith County
TN in the Club Spring area. His first wife, Nancy Walker and son Clement and other members of the family are all buried in
a family plot. The location has been long lost to present family members.
Source: History of Smith County Tennessee #F335
Smith County, Tennessee, Roll No. 44A, Book: Vol 18, Page 401-402, County Court Minutes
Satisfactory evidence was addressed in open court to prove to the satisfaction of the court that William
Gillihan was a Revolutionary pensioner of the United States under act of March 18, 1818 and was a resident of Smith County,
Tennessee, and died in Smith County on the 30th day of October, 1830, leaving a widow named Frances Gillihan who survived
him and continued his widow until the 17th day of October 1843 when she died in the State of Missouri, Polk County, leaving
the following and only children of herself and the said William Gillihan, to wit: Clemons, Charlotte Wood, Polly Carlisle,
Peggy Brown, Nancy Close, Frances Close, William Gillihan. All who still survive and that William Gillihan is administrator
of the said Frances Gillahan deceased and qualifies as such according laws, all of which is ordered to be entered of record
and certified by the clerk.
b: Abt. 1749 in VA d: Oct 30, 1830 in Smith County, TN
+Nancy WALKER b: Abt. 1760
m: Sep 13, 1782 in Washington Co, NC or VA
d: Abt. 1787
.........2 Thomas GILLIHAN b: Abt. 1783 in North Carolina
d: May 04, 1840 in Polk Co, Missouri
............. +Lucy (BROWN
b: Abt. 1794 in North Carolina
m: Abt. 1809 in Jackson County TN ?
d: Abt. 1840 in Polk Co, Missouri
.........2 Elizabeth 'Betsy' GILLIHAN b: Aft. 1784
m: Aug 15, 1807 in Barren County, KY
*2nd Wife of William Gillihan:
.. +Frances TADLOCK
b: Abt. 1760 in Virginia
m: Jun 10, 1787 in Greene Co, TN
d: Oct 17, 1843 in Polk County, MO
.........2 Clement (GILLAHAN/GILLIHAN)
b: Abt. 1788 in Greenville County, SC
d: Feb 09, 1860 in Smith County, TN
.........2 Charlotte GILLIHAN b: 1790-1803
Francis GILLIHAN b: 1790-1803
.........2 Nancy GILLIHAN
.........2 Polly Mary GILLIHAN b: 1790-1803
.........2 Margaret Peggy GILLIHAN
.........2 William GILLIHAN, Jr. b:1804 1808 in Barren
A Nancy Walker married a William GALLAHER/GOLLOHER on Sep
13, 1782 in Washington Co VA, but the condition of the record may have been of poor quality and could have been interpreted
incorrectly, Compiled by Dorothy Ledbetter Murray and Nicholas Russell Murray, Hunting For Bears, Inc., P.O. Box 25593, Salt
Lake City, Utah 84125. [Note the 2 spelling of William's surname. - This may not be our William.]
1790 - Census
96th District Greenville Co, South Carolina a William Gillihan had 2 male under 16, 2 males over 16 and 3 females. (1 male
over 16 was William) [Could the other male over 16 have been his father or another relative? - 2 males under 10, Thomas &
Clement?]- [females = 1 wife + 'Betsy'? and ?]
1810 - Census for Barren Co, KY listed a William Gillihan
20201-21210 (2 males under 10, 2 males 16-20, & William - 2 females under 10; 1 female 11-15; 2 females 16-20; 1
female 21-45; 0 females +46) [under 10 = William & ?, 16-20 = Clement & Thomas?] Clement was drafted into the War
of 1812 on the 1st day of May 1812 in Barren Co KY, per official records. [Thomas's first child was born abt 1811 in Jackson
Co TN(?) and his next child in 1813, could this other 16-20 yr old be Thomas?]
William Walker, late of Washington County, died intestate, leaving
widow Elizabeth and eight children v12 Nancy (m Wm Gallehan), Betsey (m Wm Carmack), John, William, Peggy (m. Elijah Taneray),
James (infant), Lucy (infant), Elsy (infant). At William's death all were infants except John, oldest.
settled on Laurel Fork. Elisha Dungans, a settler, deposes
that Wm. Walker in 1778-79 moved to Middle Fork of the Holston.
Walker, wife Elizabeth b. 1730, d 1782 in Washington County, TN.
1. Nancy b. 1760 m Wm Gallehan b. 1750, 2.
Betsey b. 1757, 3. John b. 1755, 4. William b. 1762
5. Peggy 1764, 6. James 1766, 7. Lucy 1770, 8. Elsy 1772
[Thomas Gillihan died in 1840, three years before his mother
(or step-mother) Frances. Thomas's wife Lucy appears to have died shortly before Thomas.]
Smith County, Tennessee
Roll No. 44A
Book: Vol 18
County Court Minutes
October Session, 1853
Satisfactory evidence was addressed in open court to prove to the satisfaction
of the court that William Gillihan was a Revolutionary pensioner of the United States under act of March 18, 1818 and was
a resident of Smith County, Tennessee, and died in Smith County on the 30th day of October, 1830, leaving a widow named Frances
Gillihan who survived him and continued his widow until the 17th day of October 1843 when she died in the State of Missouri,
Polk County, leaving the following and only children of herself and the said William Gillihan, to wit: Clemons, Charlotte
Wood, Polly Carlisle, Peggy Brown, Nancy Close, Frances Close, William Gillihan. All who still survive and that William
Gillihan is administrator of the said Frances Gillahan deceased and qualifies as such according laws, all of which is ordered
to be entered of record and certified by the clerk.
Clemmons (Clement) Gillihan
(abt 1758-Jul 30,1830)
Rev War Vet, Clemence Gilliham Virginia (enlisted at Cheat River, now W. VA) Clement
Gillihan was born in VA. He enlisted for service in the War of Independence in 1777 on Cheat River in Monogahela County. He
was a private in Benjamin Rees Co. He enlisted for three years and served for six years. His wife applied for a pension and
was allowed same Feb 1, 1840. He was married in Nelson Co,KY. His wife was the widow of Mark HARDIN a Kentucky pioneer
and had one previous son Benoni Hardin. The will of Clement (Clemmons) Gillihan was recorded in Will book D, page 495
on 23 Aug 1830 in Springfield, Washington Co,KY.
From "War of 1812 Pensioners', Transcribed by Virgil D. White - Page 816
GILLEHAN, Clement (Clemons),
Nancy Shours [Shores], m 6 Mar 1823 Smith Cty TN, sd 9 Feb 1860???, served Henry Yeakey's Co KY Mil, lived Smith
Cty TN, wid lived Izard Cty AR in 1879.
There is a Clement Gillihan listed as serving in the 3 Reg't (Miller's) Kentucky
Militia during the War of 1812. [This may be another unit that he served with during the war.]
A 1879 Affidavit for Clemen
GILLIHAN's War of 1812 pension was submitted by Squire WOOD, age 63, of White River Township, Izard County, Arkansas that
"I have known Clemen GILLIHAN and his wife, Nancy, 56 years. My brother, William WOOD, born 15 August 1825 was
3 months younger than their oldest child".
BOUNTY LAND CLAIM
FORM OF DECLARATION FOR SURVIVING OFFICER OR SOLDIER
OF TENNESSEE, COUNTY OF Smith
ON this 9th day of April A.D., one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, personally appeared
before me, a justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Clemmons Gillahan who was a private in the
Company commanded by Captain Yeakey (sp ?) in the Regiment of Kentucky Militia commanded by Colonel ? for the term of 8 (?)
months and continued in actual service in said war for fourteen days; that he has heretofore made application for bounty land
under the act of 28 of September 1850 and received a Land Warrant No. (blank) for forty acres, which he has since legally
disposed of and cannot now return.
He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which
he may be entitled under the act approved the 3rd day of March 1855. He also declares, that he has never applied for nor received,
under this or may other act of Congress, any bounty land Warant except the one above mentioned.
Clemmon X Gillahan [the
'X' is his mark]
CLAIM OF WIDOW FOR BOUNTY LAND
STATE OF ARKANSAS
COUNTY OF IZARD
On this 11(?) th day of October
A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight personally appears before me Henry Buercklin (sp ?) a Justice of the Peace
within and for the County and State aforesaid, Nancy Gilehan age 78 years, a resident of Union Township in the county of Izard
in the state of Arkansas who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Clemmon Gilehan, deceased
who is the identical Clemon Gilehan who served under the name of for the term of twelve months, and continued in actual service
in said war for the term of eight months, and whose service terminated by reason of honorable discharge, on the (blank) day
of (blank) A.D. 1812. She further
states that the following is a full description of said husband at the time of his enlistment,
vis: about (25 or 28) years old, a farmer, born in Kentucky, about 5'6" high, black hair, hazel eyes, light complexion. She
further states that she was married to the said Clemon Gilehan in the County of Smith and the State of Tennessee on the 6th
day of March A.D. 1823 by one Josuah (sp?) Coffe who was a Justice of the Peace and that her
name before her marriage was
Nancy Shors; and she further states that her said Husband and Soldier had been previously married, his first wife's name was
Patsy Grey, whom died in Smith County Tenn, time unknown and that her said husband Clemon Gilehan died at Smith County in
the State of Tennessee on the 9th day of February A.D. 1860 and she further declares that the following have been places of
residence of herself and her husband since the date of his discharge from the Army, vis: he moved to Smith County Tenn shortly
after his discharge and remained there to the time of his death Feb 9th 1860. She -------for the purpose of obtaining the
bounty land (or the additional bounty land) to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 3, 1855 and hereby appoints,
with full power of substitution and revocation W. McAllestor, Jr (sp ?) of Washington D.C. her lawful attorney, to prosecute
her claim. She also declares that she has heretofore made two applications for Bounty land on the 1st application (about 1849)
she received warrant for 40 acres, on the second application (about 1859) she received warrant for 80 acres and that her residence
is No. (blank) city (or town) of Pineville county of Izard and State of Arkansas and that her post office address is Nancy
Gilehan, Pineville, Izard County, Arkansas.
signed Nancy X Gilehan (her mark) and 2 other people
Note: The surname GILEHAN is very clearly written. She states that he was born in Kentucky, but most
Gill(a,e,i)han researchers believe that he was born in South Carolina in 1788. Her maiden name is also very clearly written
as SHORS, but most researchers believe that is was actually SHORES. - Nancy was 78 years old when this document was prepared
and may not have been able to read what she was signing.
Barren County Kentucky Tax Records
Reel #2 1811 - thru 1819:
1811 Clement Gillehan, 1 white over
21, no land
1812 Clement Gillehan, 1 white over 21, no land
Mar 06, 1823 Smith County TN marriage record issued to Nancy Shores & Clement Gillihan
1850 Smith Co, TN Census:
Gillihan, Clement 62, Nancy 45, Jane 19, James 18, Franky A. 15, Martha 13,
Clemance 10, Allen 7, Edmund 3, SC Ga, Sm-436-485
1870 Izard Co AR Census; Union Twp, Page 11:
67, b. PA, 600 acres, farmer
Allen, 26, b. TN, works on farm
Edward R., 24, b. TN
32, b. TN
Wade, Sarah J., 9, b. TN
Martha Gillihan [Clem & Nancy's daughter] married Elias
Wade and they had a daughter named Sarah J. Wade.
1860 --- Clement died, 1880 -- Nancy died
The following are recorded as have served in the War of 1812. (Note the spellings
of the surname...............
GILLEHAN, James, Consolidated Art'y & Infantry Reg't. New York Militia.......
GILLIHAN, Mark H., Two
Regiment (THOMAS) Mounted Kentucky Volunteers...
GILLEHAN, Mark W., Same listing as above..................................
William, Dudley's Mounted Batt'n, Kentucky Volunteers............
GILLIHAN, Clement, 3 Regiment, (Miller's) Kentucky Volunteers.........
James, Allison's Regiment, East Tennessee Militia.................
GILLIHAN, Major, Brown's Regiment, East Tennessee Volunteers..............
Adam, 8th Regiment (Wilcox's) Kentucky Militia............
GILLELAND, David, 2 Regiment, (Benson's) Tennesse Volunteers.........
Henry, 2 Regiment, (Mounted Gunmen, (Brown's) East Tennessee Vol...
GILLELAND, Hugh, Collier's Regiment, Ohio Militia...........................
Isaac H., Bunch's Regiment, (1814) East TennesseeVols..............
GILLELAND, James, Allison's Regiment, East Tennessee
GILLELAND, James, Austin's Regiment, South Carolina Militia.................
1 Regiment, (Bloom's) New York Militia.............
GILLELAND, James, 2 Regiment, (Benton's) Tennessee Vols..............
James, 2 Regiment (Pillow's) W. Tennesse Vol's...........
GILLELAND, James, 2 Regiment, Mounted Gunmen (Williamson's) Tenn.
GILLELAND, James, 3 Regiment, (Johnson's) E. Tennessee Militia.......
GILLELAND, Joel, 2 Regiment (Cocke's)
W. Tennessee Militia...................
GILLELAND, John, Cossett's Batt. Pennsylvania Vol's.....................
John, 1 Regiment (Dodge's) New York Militia.......................
GILLELAND, John, 2 Regiment, (Benton's) Tennessee Vol's........................
John, 2 Regiment, (Pillow's) W. Tennessee Vol's.....................
GILLELAND, John, 133 Regiment, (Gowdy's) Pennsylvania
GILLELAND, John, 135 Regiment, (Christy's) Pennsylvania Vol's.........
GILLELAND, John, 137 Regiment,
(Marlin's) Pennsylvania Militia........
GILLELAND, John B., 2 Regiment, (Benton's) Tennessee Vol's.............
Joseph, Cabean's Batt. Pennsylvania Militia...................
GILLELAND, Matthew, 135 Regiment, (Christy's) Pennsylvania
GILLELAND, Morgan, 3 Regiment, (Miller's) Ohio Militia................
GILLELAND, Robert, 133 Regiment,
(Gowdy's) Penn. Militia................
GILLELAND, Samuel, 5 Regiment, (Fenton's) Pennsylvania Militia........
Thomas, 1 Regiment, Mounted Gunmen, (Dyer's) Tennessee Vol's.......
GILLELAND, Thomas, 1 Regiment (Sutton's) Ohio Militia................
Thomas, 3 Regiment, (Miller's) Ohio Militia................
GILLELAND, William, 2 Regiment, (Patterson's) Pennsylvania
GILLELAND, William, 4 Regiment, (Bayle's) E. Tennessee Militia
From "Virginians in the Revoulution"
GILLIGAN, Clement, 9 CL
GILLIHAM, Clenemt (Gillihan) 7 CL
Peter (Gilham) 7 CL.
GILLIHAN, Clem (Clemance) 7 CL
GILLIHAN, Clemance, 7 CL, 13 CL, 9 CL, also Clemens, Clements.
From "Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds",
Pg 334, Military Warrants
GILLEHAM, Clem 200 acres, Warrant #1117,
During War soldier in
Virginia line 6-24-1783
From "Kentucky Marriages, Early to 1800", compiled by Jordan R. Dodd Pg. 77
GALLAHAN, Clemens to Hardin, Mary md.
20 Aug 1790, Nelson county, KY
I have a copy of CLAMMANS GILLIHAN'S Will and at the first was written,
" I CLAMMANS GILLIHAN,
BEING OF SOUND MIND" and it was signed CLAMMANS
GILLIHAN. I thought everyone would like to know this is the only
way hespelled his name in the Will. Dated 20 July 1830 Ky.
Clement Gillihan Revolutionary Soldier-Profile
Clement came to Kentucky with the Hardins. When several of the Hardin men returned to the Monongahela for
their families Clement was one of the Hardin clan left on Pleasant Run to prepare for the arrival of the newcomers. Traveling
was difficult for him for he carried a musket ball in his hip which he had received in the early part of the revolution. On
August 20, 1790 he married the widow Ann Hardin. With Nancy came her small son, Benonie Hardin.
In 1793 Clement purchased
a 1000 acre tract from John Lewis at the mouth of the Pleasant Run which extended down the north side of the Beech Fork River.
His land was within the Hardin settlement.
Clement was granted a pension in 1828 for his service as a private in the 7th
Regiment of Virginia. He died July 30, 1830. Ann was allowed a widow's pension in 1840 when she was seventy-seven.
of Clement's children are not included in his will, though he does include a bequest to his step-son, Benonie. The full list
of his heirs is found in Deed Book G, p. 212. His son Mark H. Gillihan was his executor. Mark married Sarah Askins and died
in Sept 1834 before his father's estate had been settled.
Clement's other children are: Elizabeth A., married a Gordon
and secondly George W. Eyre; Hannah; Stephen; John H. 'Jack'; Clement; Levi who died before his father; William W.; Sarah
A. Some of his heirs had moved to McDonough Co, IL before the estate was settled.
Washington County News, from the Washington
County Historical Society. Springfield, KY 40069
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