Earliest Ancestor~William Gillihan
Our earliest GILLIHAN ancestor is William GILLIHAN. there is speculation of who
William's Father was but no documentation to prove it so we start with William.......William was born between 1744 and 1750
in Delaware or Virginia. - Possibly the son of John Gillihan, b. abt. 1700, d. abt. 1797, Military: Dunsmore's
War Military Service 1774 and Susannah Bracken, b. abt 1708, Married: Before 1730. Daughter of: William Bracken
& Hannah. d. 1749. (Some documentation at bottom of page)
His first wife was Nancy WALKER, daughter of, William WALKER of Virginia. They
were married about 1782 in Washington Co. NC. - Second wife was; Frances TADLOCK, b. about 1757, married, June 10, 1787. Frances
died, Oct. 17, 1843 in Polk Co. Missouri.
MILITARY SERVICE IN REVOLUTIONARY WAR, #S-38731, National Archives, 3 years
service. Enlisted for 1 year in Virginia in the Spring of 1775, served 9 months. Re-enlisted for 3 years in Georgia 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 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. A military pension of $8.00 per month commenced Sept. 27, 1819. William was one
of the early pioneers of Washington Co. NC. which later became a part of Tennessee. These early settlers had no government
and no protection from the Indians. They petitioned the State of NC. 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 had a family of 2 males
over 16, 2 males under 16 and 3 females. William was taxed in 1800 in Christian Co. Kentucky. William sold his land about
1800 and went to Tennesse with his Son, Clement. They settled in the Club Springs are of Smith Co. They were living there
when William applied for his pension. William is buried in Smith Co. in the Club Springs area. His first Wife, Nancy Walker,
Son, Clement and other members of the family are buried there in a family plot. The location has been long lost to present
Note: From Nola Gillihan Webster: Due to
the fact that I believe William was married to Frances Tadlock before he moved to Smith Co TN; I doubt that the above information
about Nancy Walker's burial is correct. If I was searching for Nancy's grave, I'd search in the NC/SC areas where they lived.
I don't think he got a divorce, therefore she must have died there.
NOTE: The latest DAR magazine (April 1998) published addenda and corrections
to their published Patriot Index. It has this entry:
GILLIHAN, William b. 1750 VA d 10-30-1830 TN m. Nancy Walker
SC VA PNSR
Delete wife: Nancy Walker....Correct Name of Wife: Frances Tadlock
William 2. Gillihan
b. 1804-1808, Barren Co. Kentucky
d. after October, 1835
Marriage: Arena Bush
John Harvey, b. Nov. 20, 1834, Tennessee, d. July 13, 1911, Married:
Nancy Downs Jones
William 3. b. 1835, Smith Co. Tennessee. Married: December 28, 1853 in Smith County, Tennessee,
Nancy Frances Smith, b. 1835, Tennessee
Nancy: b. 1833
Mary J. b. 1835, Tennessee, d. 1901, Married: Milton Roberts, b. 1827, KY. d. Sept 9,
1849, Smith Co. Tennessee
James Riley, b. Nov. 20, 1837, Tennessee, d. June 3, 1899, Married: December 30, 1865
in Smith County, Mary Ann Poole, b. March 11, 1833, Tennessee, d. August 15, 1884, TN.
Andrew V. b. 1838, Jackson Co. Tennessee, d. 1900, Married: Mary F. Brawner
Uriah R. b. 1843, Jackson Co. Tennessee, Died in the Civil War
Greenberry "Green", b. Jan. 6, 1845, Married: July
11, 1872, Margaret Hutchcraft, b. 1855
Rufus Mitchell, b. July 10, 1850, Smith Co. Tennessee, Married: May 26, 1867 in Smith
County, Tennessee, Mary J. Woods, b. September 8, 1846
William GILLIHAN- Info from 1850 Tn census. He was not listed in the 1880 census. His
wife was living with a daughter, Mary J in 1880..Arena- Information on her surname came from JoAnn Bullen, no confirmation
has been made, source unknown. JoAnn believes her name to be Arena BUSH. In the 1880 census, both of her parents were shown to be born in North Carolina. Some documents may refer to her has Irene.
TENNESSEE 1870 Census: Chestnut Mound, Civil Dist 10
50 housekeeper B. Tenn.
Green B. 22 B. Tenn.
William was her husband, when ?.
NOTES For John Riley Gillihan: Known as Riley, moved to Sumner co from the Smith Co, Tn area. Family stories say
Riley's first wife bore all of their children. Cemetary records shows she died in 1884. Children confirmed from
1880 census records. Also birth state from census records.
NOTES: Greenberry GILLIHAN- Info from census records and first name from Donald Gillihan.
Census records Census only show name as Green.
John Harvey Gillihan
b. November 20, 1834, Tennessee
d. July 13, 1911, Carmi, White Co. Illinois, Buried: Centerville Cemetery, Centerville,
White Co. Illinois
Census: 1870 Chestnut Mound, Smith County, Tn.
1880 White Co. Illinois Census, Burnt Prairie:
Marriage: Nancy Downs Jones, b. April 7, 1841, d. March 20, 1918, Buried: Centerville
Cemetery, Centerville, White Co. Illinois
Married: 1856, Illinois
Elmer Columbus, b. May 19, 1877 (See Below)
Mary Magdeline, b. 1857, Married: John Sumpter
Martha Jane, b. June 30, 1859, Married 1: James Mossberger, Married 2: Thomas Barbre
Elender "Link" Parlee, b. July 2, 1861, Married 1: John Wilson, "Chief Red Cloud" Russell.
Married 2: William Upton
Arrena, b. Feb. 9, 1864, Married: Martin Plock
William Harvey, b. Feb. 20, 1867, White Co. Illinois, Married: August 4, 1886 in White County,
Illinois, Proscilla Ann Russell, b. August 3, 1869 in White Co. Illinois
James Rufus, b. Sept. 20, 1869, White Co. Illinois, Married: May 3, 1891 in White County, Illinois,
Mary Ann Hicks, Married 2: January 4, 1897, Caroline "Callie" Bailey, October 8, 1870 in Elk River MN. Married 3: Frankie
Taylor, Married 4: Stella Trammell
Andrew Wilburn, b. Feb. 9, 1871, White Co. Illinois, Married: October 25, 1909, Mary
Josie Brittingham, b. March 13, 1892 in Pike County, Indiana
Everett Napoleon, b. May 19, 1878, White Co. Illinois, Married 3: Minnie Perlat, Married 2:
Margaret Taylor Randolph
John Riley, b. March 25, 1875, Illinois, Married 1: Emma Buttery, Married 2: Nancy Alice Porter
Elmer Columbus Gillihan
b. May 19, 1877
d. Sept. 10, 1955, Butler Co. Missouri
Burial: Old Ash Hill Cemetery, (Shain Memorial) Double Stone,
GILLIHAN, ELMER C & STANTON, OLLIE R (BK C PG 423) SALINE 03/08/1896
A 1/ 288
1910 Census -
Elmer-Self- Head of Household- 31- Married 14 yrs
Olive -Wife- 29 Married 14 yrs- 6 children
Willie -Son- 13
Louis- Son -11
Jesse- Son- 06
Opal -Dau-- 02
1920- Gillihan E.C.- 42- b. ILL
32= b. ILL
Osel- Dau- 12- b. ILL
Mildred -Dau- 06
Dora- Dau -3 1/2 b. MO.
Margie Dau 1 1/4 b. MO.
Effie -Stepdau -14 b. ILL
1920 Census-Stoddard County, Missouri
The following information, Source: Mildred Hanners Via E-Mail:
and Nettie had a small store, it was connected to the house.
Both Elmer and Nettie suffered strokes in the 1950's. Nettie
was never able to walk again but Elmer's wasn't quite as severe.
Marriage 1. Olive R. "Ollie" Stanton, b. 1881, d. before 1910
Married: March 8, 1896 in McDonough, Saline County, Illinois
William Andrew, March 15, 1897 (See Below)
Gertie, b. 1897, Illinois, d. About 1906 in Illinois
Lewis Edward, b. Nov. 23, 1898, d: Sep 25, 1974 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO, Married:
Violet b: Aug 12, 1900, d: Nov 1974 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co, MO
Jess Columbus, b. Oct. 5, 1904, Illinois, d. February
1973 in Mount Carmel, Wabash, Illinois, Married: Rosa Zella Young, b: December 8, 1914
Miami Marie (Twin), b. April 30, 1907, Illinois, Married 1: Garland Sanderson, Married 2: Fred
Rickman, married in Butler Co. Missouri
Opal (Twin), b. April 30, 1907, Illinois, d. September 21 1995 in Missouri, Married: Bon Wright, August 28, 1925 in Fisk, Missouri
Marriage 2: Genetta A. Corstson, b. March 20, 1886
Married: abt. 1910
John, b. before 1911, d. before 1920
Mildred, b. 1911, Ashill, Missouri, Married: Howard Sanderson, August 17, 1931 in Missouri
Dora D. b. 1915, Missouri, Married: August 18,
1931 in Fisk, Missouri, Harvey S. Smith
Margie Louise, b. Sept 19, 1918, d. October 3, 1994 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Married:
Orville Mathew Wilkerson, b. 1912
Pearl, b. abt. 1921, Missouri, Married: Everett Brannon
Alberta "Bert", b. bt. 1922
Elmer Columbus Jr. "E.C.", b. March 2, 1926, Missouri, Married: Lillian Parks
Osel, b. 1908
William Andrew Gillihan
b. March 15, 1897
d. March 1, 1981, Butler Co. Missouri
Burial: Shain Memorial Cemetery
Military: Military Service WW1 Private, U.S. Army, Stationed in France
Last Known Address: Parma, Missouri 63870 Social Security Number 499-32-9548 - Issued-Missouri
NOTE: That William was the Father of Elmer, we have no doubt, however, we have never been
able to find documentation of any marriage to Myrtle Hall.
NOTE: The Stoddard County Divorce Court Records don't give the exact date of divorce from
1930 St. Louis, Missouri Census:
Goodman Clarence -head-24yrs-M-M at 19- IN. IN. IN.-Chauffer/Hauling Truck
A-Wife-23yo-M at 18- MO MO MO
William A-Son-4yo-MO IN MO
Wilma I-Daughter-3-3/12- MO IN MO
Tommy C-Son- 9/12?- MO
Gillihan William A-Lodger-34yo-M at 16- In IL IN-Labor Geberal
Etta R.**-M at 13- IL IN IN
Pauline E-6yo- MO
Relationship 1. Myrtle Hall
b. May 5, 1897
Elmer Austin, b. Nov. 4,
1915, Posey Co. Indiana
Marriage 1: Etta Rae Goodman
Pauline Eugene, b. July 21, 1922-23, St. Louis MO.
Paul, b. July 21, 1922-23, d. 1922-23
Marriage 2: Cleo Simpson Lawrence
Marriage 3: Maude Janes Mineheart
Marriage 4: Marphesia Thorpe
Elmer Austin Gillihan
b. Nov. 4, 1915, Posey Co. Indiana
d. April 13, 1951, Evansville, Indiana
Military Service: Unites States Air Force
Occupation: Truck Driver Handcock Trucking Line
Note: Delayed Birth Certificate, not issued until 1940.
Elmer sometimes went
by the name "Steve". He died from complications of gall bladder surgery.
Marriage 1: Dorothy Alene Tafel, b. April 29, 1919
Married: December 9, 1933 in Evansville, Indiana
Gordon Gene Gillihan
Wayne Austin Gillihan
Sandra Alene Gillihan
Marriage 2: Maybelle Durham, b. 1919, d. 1997
Descendants of John Harvey Gillihan
1 John Harvey GILLIHAN b: Nov 20, 1834 Tennessee
d: Jul 13, 1911 Carmi,
White Co, IL
+Nancy Downs JONES b: Apr 07, 1841 d: Mar 20,
1918 Carmi, White Co,
...... 2 Mary Magdeline GILLIHAN b: 1857
.......... +John SUMPTER b: 1852
2 Martha Jane GILLIHAN b: Jun 30, 1859 d: Jun 04, 1892
.......... +James MOSSBERGER b: 1852
...... *2nd Husband
of Martha Jane Gillihan:
.......... +Thomas BARBRE b: Mar 11, 1854 d: May 11, 1903
...... 2 Elender (Link) GILLIHAN
b: Jul 02, 1861 d: Feb 28, 1925
.......... +John (Chief Red Cloud) RUSSELL b: 1858 d: Aft 1901
Carmi, White Co,
...... 2 Arrena GILLIHAN b: Feb 09, 1864 d: Oct 01, 1948
.......... +Martin Henry PLOCK b: Feb 09, 1854 d:
Oct 01, 1948
...... *2nd Husband of Arrena Gillihan:
.......... +Frank MCINTOSH
...... 2 William Harvey GILLIHAN
b: Feb 20, 1867 d: Aug 24, 1941
.......... +Priscilla Ann RUSSELL b: 1868 d: 1953
...... 2 James Rufus GILLIHAN
b: Sep 20, 1869 Carmi, White Co, IL
d: Jul 13, 1949
.......... +Mary Ann HICKS b: 1870
...... *2nd Wife
of James Rufus Gillihan:
.......... +Caroline 'Callie' BAILEY b: Oct 08, 1870 Elk
d: Apr 26, 1948
...... *3rd Wife of James Rufus Gillihan:
.......... +Frankie TAYLOR b: Mar 03, 1881 d: Oct 23, 1959
2 Andrew Wilburn GILLIHAN b: Feb 09, 1871 Burnt Prairie, IL
d: Feb 16, 1945 Fisk, MO
.......... +Minnie PERLATH
...... *2nd Wife of Andrew Wilburn Gillihan:
.......... +Margaret Taylor RANDOLPH b: 1859
Wife of Andrew Wilburn Gillihan:
.......... +Mary Josie BRITTINGHAM b: Mar 13, 1892 Pike County, IN
May 27, 1962 Vincennes, IN
...... 2 Elmer Columbus GILLIHAN b: May 19, 1877 d: Sep 10, 1955
STANTON b: 1881 d: 1909
...... *2nd Wife of Elmer Columbus Gillihan:
.......... +Gennetta CARLSON b: Mar 20, 1886 d:
Jun 20, 1963
...... 2 Everett Napoleon GILLIHAN b: May 19, 1877 d: 1960
.......... +Mollie MAUER
John Riley GILLIHAN b: Mar 25, 1878 d: Aug 17, 1945
.......... +Emma J. BUTTERY b: Jan 1873
...... *2nd Wife of John
GILLIHAN, CLEMENS & BLANDIN, MARY A MC
DONOUGH 11/11/1849 A/ 859
GILLIHAN, ELMER C. & STANTON,
OLLIE R (BK C PG 423) SALINE 03/08/1896 A 1/ 288
GILLIHAN, FRANK, age 20, parents: G.B. Gilliham and Margaret Hutchcraft , & BROWN, ADA SUE,
parents: W.H. Brown and Eliza E. Higginson, WHITE,
GILLIHAN, JAMES R, age 22,
parents: John Gilliham and Nancy D. Jones & STALEY, CALLIE BAYLEY (MRS)
WHITE 01/06/1897 20/
GILLIHAN, JOHN R, age 22, parents: John Gillihan and Nancy Danes (?) & BUTTRY, EMMA, age 24, parents:
John H. Buttry and Nellie Brown, WHITE 01/06/1897 20/
GILLIHAN, OSCAR & WORKMAN, FANNIE RICHLAND
12/06/1913 4/ 282 155
GILLIHAN, RICHARD H & ELLIS, GRACE
L MC DONOUGH 03/27/1895 / 1152
STEPHEN H & CLARK, SARAH MC DONOUGH 10/17/1844 A/ 60
GILLIHAN, WILLIAM & FARRINGTON, AREYTHUSA MC DONOUGH 08/02/1836
A/ 15 110
GILLIHAN, WILLIAM W & FOSTER, MARY E
MC DONOUGH 07/23/1853 / 314
ROUTH, ISAAC & GILLIHAN,
FRANCES GREENE 10/23/1831 1/ 17
RATHBUN, WILLIAM R & GILLIHAN, HANNAH N MC DONOUGH 11/29/1838 A/
SHOEMAKER, SAMUEL M & GILLIHAN, LENNIE CUMBERLAND
07/23/1889 1/ 42
HAYS, LEVI S & GILLIHAN,
MARY ANN MC DONOUGH 11/22/1853 /
GILLIHAM, ANDREW W, parents: John Gilliham and Nancy Jones & PERLATT, MINNIE, parents:
John Perlatt and Viola Neuleton, WHITE 05/30/1896 19/
GILLIHAM, GREEN B & HUTCHCRAFT, MARGARET WHITE
GILLIHAM, JAMES F &
SEFERT, NELLIE T JEFFERSON 01/17/1893 12/
GILLIHAM, JAMES R & HICKS, MARY A WHITE
GILLIHAM, LEVI & WILKIN,
ELIZA JANE MC DONOUGH 05/24/1855 / 559
RYDERAS C, & RICE, MARIAH J WHITE
GILLIHAM, WILLIAM & FARRINGTON,
AREYTHUA MC DONOUGH 08/02/1836 A/ 15 110
GILLIHAM, WILLIAM H, age 20, parents:
John Gilliham and Nancy D. Jones & RUSSELL, PRISCILLA A WHITE
RUSSELL, JOHN WILSON &
GILLIHAM, ELENDER P WHITE 10/26/1879 12/
SUMPTER, JOHN H & GILLIHAM, MAY F WHITE
PLOCK, MARTIN, age 29, parents:
Henry Plock and Margaret Sherman, & GILLIHAM, NANCY ARRINDA, age 21, parents: John H. Gilliham and
Nancy Jones, WHITE 11/09/1884 14/
William UPTON, age 43, parents: Andy Upton and Ruth Gray, & Mrs. Clender P. Russell, age
40, parents: John H. Gilliham and Nancy D. Jones, July 25, 1900
Thos. F. McIntosh, age 38, parents: Jeffry McIntosh and Electra White, & Mrs. Arrena Plock,
parents: John Gillihan and Nancy D. Jones, October 21, 1896
Riderous G. Gillham, age 49, parents: John
Gillham and Frances Warrut, & Mary A. Spence, age 33, parents: Andy Spence and Julia Mitchell, May 29, 1892
Vol. 2 book Dec 1808-Feb 1815:
Will Book B, Page 69
At the sale of the estate of John Lancaster, deceased
some of the buyers
were: Thomas Gillihan, $7.25; Cleman Gillihan $5.12; Squire Wood $40.21 3/4;
William Gillihan $.76;
and William Wood $16.51 1/4.
June term of 1813
Vol. Feb 1815-Aug 1816
Will Book C Page 199
Sale of Estate
of John Betty, deceased
Clemon Gilleham bought a sifter for $.25
Source: Alice Gillihan, I have two different
entries concerning bounty land to William Gillihan.
1791/12/24 - GILLIHAN William, plat for 200 acres on branch of Middle
River, Greenville County, Ninety Six District, surveyed by George Salmon.
(South Caroline Department
of Archives and History; series S213190, Vol 0027,
Page 00481, Item 01)
1792/Jan 2 - GILLIHAN, William, V. 2,
p. 43; 200 acres, Ninety-Six
District, Greenville County on both sides of a small branch of the middle ford of
Saluda River. ( "Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants in South Carolina" by Tony
Draine and John Skinner,
Could this be two different Williams? One who ended up in Smith County TN and one who went to Trigg County KY.
Or is this a variation of just one William
and which one could it be?
From U.S. and International Marriage Records 1560-1900 Cane Climer, spouse Nancy Gillihan,
b 1801 SC, marriage year 1850 in TN. Daughter of William 1 and Frances Tadlock
1850 Census, Smith Cty., N. of Cumberland,
E. of Caney
Cane Climer , 69 Farmer, b in MD
Nancy, 30 or 50?, b in SC
John, 18, Farmer, b in KY
Sarah, 16, b
Is it known if John and Sarah are Nancy's children from a previous marriage?
Bracken, Tadlock, Gillihan Source Notes:
This 1790 Census is a listing of the 954 heads of household and those living within their homes at the time.
The census shows only the names of the head of house. The detail numbers following each name represent five entries asked
for in the census taking. They are:
1] Number of free white males over the age of 16 including head of household.
Free white males under 16 years of age.
3] Free white females including heads of families.
4] All other free persons,
mulattos, free blacks, Native American.
01 04 03 00 00 68
GILLLIANS Joseph 02
00 07 00 00 68
TADLOCK James 01
00 01 00 00 68
William 02 02 03 00 00
GILLIHAN William 01 00
01 00 00 69
01 01 02 00 00 70
GILLILAND Robert 02
03 04 00 00 70
Notice that there are 2 William GILLIHAN's and
they are living near James TADLOCK. James is the brother of Frances Tadlock that moved to Barren County KY.
Note: While we do not know for sure that this John, William, and Elizabeth Gillehan are our ancestors; there
is a lot of things that indicate that they are related.
In 1763, John Gillehan and his daughter sold the land that they
had inherited from 'Old' William Brackin. Elizabeth's husband sold his land at the same time. Apparently they all went together
to North Carolina alnog with several Delaware families. [William Gillehan has vanished, as far as located records go!]
In 1779, William, Issac, Thomas, & James Brackin are on the Orange Co NC tax list for for 1,256 acreas.
Ashford Keen purchased land from them.
About 1794, James Gillehan (Elizabeth's son) went to Sumner Co TN and purchased
In 1806, William Brackin purchased land in Sumner Co TN from his son James (Deed Book 4, p 116). In Nov 1821, Elizabeth
Gillehan's will was probated (Gallatin, Sumner Co, TN Will Book # 1).
In about 1830, Ashford, William, James & John
Keen moved to Wayne County IL and settled in Hickory Hill Township at the site which later becames know as Keenville, IL..
[Elizabeth Gillehan-Bracken's son-in-law and grandchildren.]
'The Brackin Family in the Southeastern United
States' by DR. Henry Brackin, Jr.
'Genealogy of the Keen Family of Wayne County, Illinois' by Harry T. Keen, 1006
Street, Lawrenceville, Illinois printed 1965.
Dick Webber, a descendent of Elizabeth Gillehan
1. William BRACKEN, b. Before 1675 in Lancashire or Yorktown, England . d. April 8,
1749 in New Castle, Delaware. Emigration: August 25, 1699 Reached Philadelphia aboard the ship, Britannia
from Liverpool. Property July 14, 1702 Requested a land grant of 100 acres near Red Clay Creek, Newcastle, Deaware. Property
1726-1727 Gave 200 acres to son, Thomas, 150 acres to son, John April 8, 1749 Will was drawn. December 28, 1749 Will was probated.
Married: Hannah Unknown. The will is on file in Will Book G page 459, Wilmington Deleware.
2. Susannah, married: John Gillehan ( b:WFT Est 1682-1709 - d:WFT Est 1736-1796 )
One Theory: 1749 (Abt): William Gillehan is born, 1749 (Abt): Susannah Bracken dies, It is possible
that about 1750 the widower ,John Gillehan, marries another woman and that Clemmons Gillihan is born to
this union. - This is pure speculation, because no marriage record has been found. However, no other possible father
has been found and there are many indications that William and Clemmons are related.
Gillehan ( b:Est 1726-1744 - d:WFT Est 1731-1829 )
Elizabeth Gillehan ( aft 1730-bef Nov 1821) spouse: William
Brackin (abt 1720-1808) [He was her 1st cousin.]
Elizabeth BRACKEN - January 5, 1819 Will - Widow of William Bracken deceased. Daughter Polly Keen, wife of
Ashford Keen, tract land I now = live on. Appoints Addison Foster executioner. Proved Nov 1821
'Old' Willaim Bracken/Brackin was probably the first of his line in America. He reached Philadelphia PA
on Aug 25, 1699, aboard the ship 'Britannia' from Liverpool England. William Bracken witnessed the will of George
Goodsell July 25, 1699, while aboard this ship. Due to sickness aboard the ship,a committee was
appointed at the monthly meeting of Friends in Philadelphia August 25, 1699, "to assist the sick and weak passagers from Liverpool."
Apparently William Bracken was appointed a recipient for on August 29, 1714 the Friends in their meeting resolved "whereas
30 shillings were lent to William Bracken, he being now able to repay, therefore Anthony Morris and William Hudson are appointed
to write to him so he might return the money again for the use of other poor Friends."
Although the above suggests he was
a Friend, this family was connected with Holy Trinity (Old Swedes Church) in Wilmington, Delaware. This was a Swedish Lutheran
congregation until 1790. John Brackin, his son, and his family seemed to have been Presbyterians in North Carolina and was
so during the early years in Sumner County, Tennessee. There is no further record of William Bracken after he arrived
in Philadelphia until July 14, 1702 when he requested a land grant of 100 acres near Red Clay Creek (New Castle Co.,
Source: 'The Brackin Family in the Southeastern United States' by Henry Brackin, Jr M.D. printed in 1979 - on page
10.William Bracken, Yoeman, Mill Creek Hundreds (New Castle County) Delaware His will was written
in 1744, he died April 8, 1749 in Wilmington, New Castle Co.,DE, his will was probated December 28, 1749 - G359. His will
lists the following: sons; Thomas, John, & Henry - Daughters; Hannah Jordan (wife of James Jordan), Margaret Moore (wife
of Alex Moore), Martha Ball (widow of John Ball, Jr) -
John Gillehan (husband of Susannah Bracken now deseased) - Grandsons;
William Gillehan and William Bracken - Granddaughters; Elizabeth Gillehan and Martha Jordan - Exc's of will: Henry Bracken,
son and William Bracken, grandson. Source: 'A Calender of Delaware Wills, New Castle County, 1682-1800' that was abstracted
and compiled by the Historical Research Committee of the Colonial Dames of Delaware.
The will states the following pertaining to John Gilehan, "I do leave unto John Gillehan
who was married to my daughter Susannah deceased one shilling Sterling Currt money which shall be in full of his portion
and share of my real and personal Estate. Item. I do leave unto my Grandson William
Gillehan son of the said John Gillehan
thirty pounds Currt money of Pennsylvania to be put out at intrest for him by my Executors until he arrives to said
age of twenty one years and then to pay him the Principal and Intrest. Item. I do give unto my grand Daughter Elizabeth
Gillehan Daughter of the said John Gillehan the house and shop where John Lapsley lately lived it being on the main Road leading
to the White Clay Creek landing and four acres of Land joyning to it and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to her
and to her heirs forever and fire wood sufficient and convenient for twenty one years shee or her heirs cutting or hauling
the same But if it should happen that she shou'd depart this life without lawful Issue then it is my will and I do give and
Bequeath the above said house and shop and four Acres of Land and priviledges aforesaid to my Grandson William Gillehan
and his heirs forever."
William BRACKIN - 3 April, 1833 - Wife land I live on 340 acres. Son = Elvis J. negroes. Son James L., Daughter
Eliza B, Daughter Elvira and = her husband Samuel Turner. Brother-in-law Reuben Searcy and his wife = Polly.
William BRACKIN - 30 April, 1833 - Wife Plantation I live on 340 = acres. Son Elvis J. Brackin. Son James
L. Brackin. Daughter Eliza B. Brackin. Daughter Elvira and her husband Samuel Turner. Brother-in-law Reuben Searcy and his
wife Polly. (p.175)
Letters Left in Post Office:
John Gillihan/Gillihen Lancaster Co, PA
Dec 31, 1761
John Gillihan/Gillihen Lancaster Co, PA Jan 13, 1763
Gillihew Carlisle, PA
Dec 31, 1761
William Gillihan/Gillihen Carlisle, PA Mar 18, 1762
1771: John Gillihan is taxed in Botetourt County (?), VA (formed in 1769 Augusta)
1772: John Gillihan buys land in Wythe County (Wythe was not formed until 1789, then it was carved from
Montgomery, which was formed in 1776 from Botetourt, which was formed in 1769 from Augusta)
1774: John Gillihan in Dunmore's War which was fought in northwest Virginia.
1775: William Gillehan enlists in Continental Army in Virginia
Clemmons Gillihan enlists at Cheat River in Virginia
1783: John Gillihan receives land grant in Washington County, which included entire area of what is
now Tennessee and part of North Carolina. [NC Land Grant Book in TN, 1778-1791, by Burgner - John GILLIHAN in Washington
Co NC 1783, 400 acres, On the head of Thomas Brown's creek]
1783: Thomas Gillihan born in North Carolina, which could
have been what is now Tennessee.
Brother of Clement, per letter from Gideon B. Gillihan.
1784: John Gillihan
sold land in Washington Co, TN
1788(?): Clement Gillihan born to William Gillihan in SC.
1790: John Gillihan sold land and bought land in Sullivan County, TN which was still part of North Carolina
(until 1796.John Gillahan is in the 1790 census in Burke County, NC with 1 male over 16, 1 male under
16, and 3 females, per census records.
INDEX OF REV WAR PENSIONS APPS.
John Gillham South Carolina
South Carolina (Jacob Clemens Gillham?)
Isaac Gillham South Carolina
Clemence Gilliham Virginia (enlisted at Cheat River,
now W. VA)
William Gillehan South Carolina, Virginia (1775-79)
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC 1790: William Gillihan receives bounty land in Greenville County, SC
and is in census there.
1790 - Census 96th District Greenville Co, South Carolina a William Gillihan had 2 male under 16,
2 males over 16 and 3 females.
1793: John Gillihan in Buncombe County, NC ordered by court to lay road from ford
of Ben Davidson's Creek to middle of French Broad river.
Thomas Tadlock a carpenter from Virginia. I have data on a deed he sold in VA and data on property he
bought in Northampton County, North Carolina.
Mother: Elizabeth (surname is unknown at present).
Tadlock m. William Padfield 10 May 1787 in Greene County, TN.
2. Frances Tadlock [m. William Gillihan 10 June 1787 Greene
3. Thomas Tadlock m. Catherine David.
4. Joshua Tadlock m. Nancy (surname unknown at present)
E. Tadlock b. abt 1755 in VA. d. Abt 1820/1821 in Trigg Co., KY.
m. Sally Keel 1779/1780
m. Ann Harrod
19 Jul 1903 Mercer Co., KY.
m. Nancy Jordan Rochester 19 Jul 1805 Boyle Co., KY.
6. Lewis Tadlock b. 1764 d. 1815
Washington Co., TN.
Farmer m. Charlotte Padfield 19 Jun 1788
m. Jane Blair
7. Elizabeth Tadlock m. William
Hust 29 Oct 1791 Greene Co., TN.
8. James Tadlock m. Susanna (surname unknown at present).
All men in family signed
the charter for the formation of the State of
Franklin. FYI, this state was in existance for only about 4 years with
capitol at Greeneville, TN. It wasn't recognized by the Federal Government
and the land was returned to North
Carolina. Shortly thereafter what was
Franklin became Southwest Territory south of the Ohio River and then
into the state of Tennessee.
* Gillahan, John 32
13 B. Tenn
12 B. Tenn.
10 B. Tenn.
6 B. Tenn.
SMITH CO. Chestnut Mound,
Civil Dist 10
shows William was her husband, when ?.
10 B. Tenn.
6 B. Tenn.
3 B. Tenn
3/4 B. Tenn.
STEWART CO. Dist. 1, Cumberland City.