Alexander James Gilliland (1737 - 1795)

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Birthplace: Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Gastonia, Gaston, NC, USA
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About Alexander James Gilliland

A Patriot of the American Revolution for North Carolina. DAR Ancestor #: A044929

married Oct 15,1790; she was his second wife

(first wife Francis Elizabeth Baird)

Buried in Olmey Presb., Church Cem., Lincoln, North Carolina.

Alexander Gilliland is listed in Virginia Records of Revolutionary soldiers as in Capt. Barbour's Company of militia in 1776 and later. Date of his will, 09/18/1795. Record in 4th vol. Sprague's America Pulpit pp144-145, and D.A.R. record No. 102854.

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Alexander appeared to be a real character and apparently was very wealthy. He was married several times. One of sons, James, became a Presbyterian minister who was anti-slavery and anti-drinking and had to baptize Alexander on his death bed.

The following is from Fannie Huggins Pettijohn's (his granddaughter 1888 Family History:

"I think grandfather was pretty well off for he had a farm of his own and he bot a colored woman. She had come from Affrica when a little girl & never liked white folks...she never liked to do house work. Would rather work in the field. My grandfather and mother had seven children. James, Elizabeth, John, Frances, Robert, William & Mary. when my mother was a small girl her grandfather died and her grandmother came to live at grandfathers. she brot Jean & two or three children with her. Old Gilly went to live with Mothers uncle Adam Baird." Grandfather remained a widower for about a year, then married a widow with 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. the stepmother then had two Gilliland children, Thomas and Alexander."

According to Vol. 6, Misc. Family Records, William Gaston Chapter DAR 1956, The Olney Presbyterian Church was established in Gaston County, North Carolina in 1795 on York Road. the earliest grave in the cemetery is "In memory of Alexander Gilliland who departed this life Oct. 17, 1795, age 59. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ALEXANDER JAMES GILLILAND

September 18, 1795

In the name of God Amen. This Eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord 1795, I Alexander Gilliland of the State of North Carolina and County of Lincoln being frail of body but of sound memery thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed to all persons once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the first place I Recommend my soul to God Who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried with decent buriel at the discration of my executors hereafter named and tuching Such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bestor upon me I give and bequeth as followeth: Impremis I give and Bequeth Unto My Beloved Wife Rebaca Gilleland one Mare Nimed Snip + to My son James Gilleland one Crown. I Bequeth unto My datter Elesebeth Silson Eight Dolers. I Bequeth unto My Son John the Duck Colt Likwise I Life to him the End of My plantation Joining to John Dinwoode Beging upon the hill over the Brench frome the South Doar and the Corse acrose Bothe Sirvays of the End Lines Nixt to Jon. Dinwody. I Beque6th unto my Datter Frances Gilleland the pigen Mear and a good Bed and furenter I Bequith to my Son Robart Gilleland two H8undred Eakers of Land lying in Comberland and Likewise one horse Nemed Shandey. I Bequeth unto My son William Gilleland one Hundred Eakers of Land over falls Brench one Horse called foley I Bequeth Unto My Dotter Marey Gilleland one horse nemed Tojer one Bed and furenter I Bequeth unto My Stepson Samuall McColleth one Colt Called Dick + All the Remndr of My Estate at the Disposing of my Ecetors amoungst the family. And in the Last place I appoint Constetue and ordain My Wife Rebace Gilleland and John Dinwodey Excuror of this My Las Will testament and I Do Hereby Ratefy and Cunfirm this and this only to Be My Last Will and testament in further testamony Whereof I have hereunto Set My Hand and Sell the Day Month and year first above writing.

Sined Seled publised Pronounced and Delevered Bu the Sed Allexander Gilleland the testater as this Last Will and testament In the presents of us Who ware present at Sinning and Seling thereof James Camfy, John Wilson

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  1. ID: I0930 View Post-em!
  2. Name: Alexander James GILLILAND
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 18 NOV 1737
  5. Death: 18 OCT 1795 in Georgiaston, North Carolina
  6. Reference Number: 930
  7. Note:
   Alexander appeared to be a real character and apparently was very wealthy. He was married several times. One of sons, James, became a Presbyterian minister who was anti-slavery and anti-drinking and had to baptize Alexander on his death bed.
   The following is from Fannie Huggins Pettijohn's (his granddaughter 1888 Family History:
   "I think grandfather was pretty well off for he had a farm of his own and he bot a colored woman. She had come from Affrica when a little girl & never liked white folks...she never liked to do house work. Would rather work in the field. My grandfather and mother had seven children. James, Elizabeth, John, Frances, Robert, William & Mary. when my mother was a small girl her grandfather died and her grandmother came to live at grandfathers. she brot Jean & two or three children with her. Old Gilly went to live with Mothers uncle Adam Baird." Grandfather remained a widower for about a year, then married a widow with 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. the stepmother then had two Gilliland children, Thomas and Alexander."
   According to Vol. 6, Misc. Family Records, William Gaston Chapter DAR 1956, The Olney Presbyterian Church was established in Gaston County, North Carolina in 1795 on York Road. the earliest grave in the cemetery is "In memory of Alexander Gilliland who departed this life Oct. 17, 1795, age 59. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
   LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ALEXANDER JAMES GILLILAND
   September 18, 1795
   In the name of God Amen. This Eighteenth day of September in the year of our Lord 1795, I Alexander Gilliland of the State of North Carolina and County of Lincoln being frail of body but of sound memery thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed to all persons once to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the first place I Recommend my soul to God Who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried with decent buriel at the discration of my executors hereafter named and tuching Such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bestor upon me I give and bequeth as followeth: Impremis I give and Bequeth Unto My Beloved Wife Rebaca Gilleland one Mare Nimed Snip + to My son James Gilleland one Crown. I Bequeth unto My datter Elesebeth Silson Eight Dolers. I Bequeth unto My Son John the Duck Colt Likwise I Life to him the End of My plantation Joining to John Dinwoode Beging upon the hill over the Brench frome the South Doar and the Corse acrose Bothe Sirvays of the End Lines Nixt to Jon. Dinwody. I Beque6th unto my Datter Frances Gilleland the pigen Mear and a good Bed and furenter I Bequith to my Son Robart Gilleland two H8undred Eakers of Land lying in Comberland and Likewise one horse Nemed Shandey. I Bequeth unto My son William Gilleland one Hundred Eakers of Land over falls Brench one Horse called foley I Bequeth Unto My Dotter Marey Gilleland one horse nemed Tojer one Bed and furenter I Bequeth unto My Stepson Samuall McColleth one Colt Called Dick + All the Remndr of My Estate at the Disposing of my Ecetors amoungst the family. And in the Last place I appoint Constetue and ordain My Wife Rebace Gilleland and John Dinwodey Excuror of this My Las Will testament and I Do Hereby Ratefy and Cunfirm this and this only to Be My Last Will and testament in further testamony Whereof I have hereunto Set My Hand and Sell the Day Month and year first above writing.
   Sined Seled publised Pronounced and Delevered Bu the Sed Allexander Gilleland the testater as this Last Will and testament In the presents of us Who ware present at Sinning and Seling thereof James Camfy, John Wilson

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Father: James Adam GILLILAND b: 18 OCT 1715 in Londerry Ireland

Mother: Margaret Francis BURR b: 1715 in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Marriage 1 Rebecca MCCULLOUGH b: 1748 in North Carolina

Children

  1. Has Children Thomas GILLILAND b: 17 MAR 1788 in Caney Creek, Pendleton, South Carolina
  2. Has Children Thomas GILLILAND b: 1791 in Lincoln Co., North Carolina
  3. Has Children Alexander GILLILAND b: 1794 in South Carolina

Marriage 2 Francis Elizabeth BAIRD b: 1743 in Virginia

   * Married: 18 NOV 1766 in Gastonia, North Carolina

Children

  1. Has Children John GILLILAND b: 1767 in Gastonia, North Carolina
  2. Has No Children William GILLILAND b: 1770
  3. Has Children John Jacob GILLILAND b: 1 JAN 1772 in Gaston, North Carolina
  4. Has Children Robert GILLILAND b: 1774 in Lincoln Co., North Carolina
  5. Has Children Frances GILLILAND b: 27 OCT 1775 in Gaston, Holmes Co., North Carolina
  6. Has Children Elizabeth GILLILAND b: 1780 in Lincoln Co., North Carolina
  7. Has No Children Charles GILLILAND b: 1781
  8. Has Children Mary GILLILAND b: 28 MAR 1782 in Lincoln Co., North Carolina
  9. Has No Children Rachel GILLILAND b: 1786
 10. Has No Children Lucretia GILLILAND b: 1792
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Alexander James Gilliland's Timeline

1737
November 18, 1737
Chester Co., Pennsylvania
1766
November 18, 1766
Age 29
Gastonia, Gaston Co., North Carolina
1769
October 28, 1769
Age 31
Lincoln County, North Carolina
October 28, 1769
Age 31
Lincoln, NC, USA
1770
1770
Age 32
1772
January 1, 1772
Age 34
1775
October 27, 1775
Age 37
Chapel Hill, Chatham, NC, USA
1791
1791
Age 53
Lincoln Co., North Carolina
1795
October 17, 1795
Age 57
Gastonia, Gaston, NC, USA
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