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William Clement Gillihan

Birthplace: Greenville, Augusta, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: October 30, 1830 (80-81)
Club Springs, Smith County, Tennessee, United States of America
Place of Burial: Club Springs, Smith, TN, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Gillehan and Susannah Gillihan
Husband of Nancy Ann Hardin; Frances Gillihan and Nancy Gillihan
Father of Mark Hardin Gillihan; Levi Gillihan; Prudence Davis; Lydia Campbell; William Riley Gillihan, Sr and 12 others
Half brother of Clemmons Gillihan

Military Service: (USA) Revolutionary War
Managed by: Patty Ringer Brown
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About Clement Gillihan

Military Service in Revolutionary War - 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.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA - SOUTH CAROLINA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor # A031619

William Gillihan I
Virginia, USA
30 Oct 1830 (aged 80–81)
Club Springs, Smith County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Details Unknown. Specifically: Private Family Cemetery
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Husband if Frances Tadlock
Husband of Nancy Walker

Family Members
Frances Tadlock Gillihan

Thomas Gillihan

Clement Gillihan

Polly Mary Gillihan Jinkins

This article was written by Mike Murphy "An Ancestor To Be Proud Of" Seven generations back on my mothers side, I had an ancestor, Clemons Gillihan, who fought in the Revolutionary War. After hearing about him from my grandmother, his story has been of interest to me. I wanted to know why this young frontiersman got involved in the American Rev. This is his story. Clemmon lived with his Irish parents near the banks of the Monogahela River in what is now West Virginia. He learned early to be a skilled outdoors man and was a free and independent person helping his parents eke out a living hunting, trapping, and fishing. For years his family had existed free of interference of Government or regulations, living on the Western fringe of the Colonies. The Indians were their friends. Clemmon's family, along with the rest of their frontier neighbors had almost forgotten their ties to Great Britian even tho, the wilderness where they lived was pretty much established as a British possesion. Yet in Williamsburg, the Colonial Captial of Virginia, there were rumblings to claim that land for Virginia. Clemmon's mother was and expert with a needle and sewed all the clothes for the family from hides and furs. She made his hunting jacket with many little hidden pockets where he could carry his gunsand knives. On a hunting expedition in early fall of 1776, he was tracking some game far to the Southwest of their settlement on the Winchester Road. He was come upon by some of Captain Terry's tories and captured, because he seemed to be a fighting patriot. The soldiers searched him, took his rifle and large hunting knife. They bound him and left him by the creek while they sought food for the British Army. He managed to reach a fancy knife hid in one of the secret pockets. He escaped and fled for home. That was the first time he'd lost his personal freedom and he vowed never again to let this happen. This experience made him start to think of the cause of the Revolution and what it really meant. The following January 1777, he enlisted at Cheat River, Virginia. He was to serve under Col. John Gebson's 7th Virginia Regement. Although, the records of the French and Indian wars and the Campaigns with the Indians that followed, the name Harden is found amoung the soldiers. While in the war, Clemmons became a buddy of Mark Hardin who later became his brother-in-law. They went to explore Kentucky after the war. Later he married Mark Hardin's sister. Clemmons Gillihan born about 1750 in Virginia (we think); lived in Washington County Kentucky; married Nancy Ann Hardin; died 2 Feb 1840. Created by bgill 03 May 2007


In the name of God, Amen. I Clemmons Gillihan of Washington County, State of Kentucky being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my lasst will and testament. Principally and first of all I give and commend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the dicretion of Executor and as to what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with in the world I give and disppose of it in the following manner and form. I will and bequeath to my wife Nancy one horse beast to be chosen by her from among my horses and one women's saddle and one negro girl names Louisa, and also one-third part of my land to be laid off so as to include the dwelling house and to give her a fair proportion of cleared land and of timber; also one bedstead and gurniture to be chosen by her during her life. In the next place I will and bequeath to Mark H. Gillihan sixty-seven dollars, it being money the said Mark has paid to Elias Davidson as the security of my deceased son, Levi Gillihan and provided the said Mark should by law have to pay a debt which he was security for the said Mark the amount of that debt. I will and bequeath to my stepson, Benoni Hardin, one hundred dollars. I have already given to Mark H. Gillihan one hundred and fifty dollars, to my daughter Prudence Davis, one hundred sixty dollars; to William Gillihan, one hundred twenty dollars; to my daughter Mary Fun, one hundred and sixty dollars; and to my daughter, Lydia Patton [Hatton] one hundred and fifty-six dollars. Now I will to Mark, William and Lydia Patton as much as will make them equal to what Prudence Davis and Mary Funk have received before mentioned. My land all to be sold subject to the life estate of my wife as devised to her and also to all other property of which I am possessed to be sold on such credits as he thinks most advantageous by my Executor and the money to be equally divided between five children above named, after paying all that is above devised.

The negro girl and other property devised to my wife Nancy, to be sold after the death of my wife and to be equally divided among my five children above named and I do nominate and choose Mark H. Gillihan to be my executor and I hereby ytterly disavow and revoke all and every former wills and testaments made by me, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 20th day of July, 1830.

Clemmons Gillihan

I underline before time

Signed, sealed and delivered

In the presence of:

James Harris

Tavner Nantz

At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the Courthouse in Springfield on Monday the 23rd of August 1830; this last will and testament of Clemmons Gillihan, deceased, was returned and ordered to be recorded which is accordingly done in Will book D, page 495.

Attest: John Hughes, Judge of Circuit Court

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Clement Gillihan's Timeline

Greenville, Augusta, Virginia, Colonial America
Washington County, North Carolina, United States
Greenville, SC, United States
Nelson County, KY, United States