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John Gilmore, Sr

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Coleraine, Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland
Death: October 19, 1759 (56)
Kerrs Creek, Augusta, Virginia, USA (Shawnee raid at Kerr's Creek)
Place of Burial: Rockbridge, Va., USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gilmore, Sr.; (Immigrated)Thomas Gilmore; Marian "Mary" Sterling and (Immigrated) Marian Gilmore
Husband of (Immigrated w/husband,child,&in-laws)Agnes Gilmore and Agnes Anderson Gilmore
Father of (Immigrated w/parents)Capt John Gilmore, (Gilmer); Eleanor 'Ellen' Beattie; Capt. James Alexander Gilmore, Sr; William Morgan Gilmore; Robert Gilmore and 10 others
Brother of Thomas Gilmore Jr; Marian Gilmore; William Gilmore and Agnes Gilmore

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About John Gilmore, Sr

The following appeared in the Boston Transcript dated Jan 2, 1937: James Gilmore with three brothers came from Scotland via Ireland soon after 1700 (1734-36) to Philadelphia. James settled in New York; John went with the Scotch-Irish immigration to Augusta Co., VA. One brother stayed near Lancaster, PA and the fourth went to Guilford Co., NC.


John and Agnes followed or came with his father to the Colony of Pennsylvania in 1732 with other Gilmores, they brought with them six children and could have had others after they got to America as they were still young. The John Gilmore family lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They came through the Port of Entry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1759, John and Agnes were both killed in the French and Indian War.


   John, wife Agnes and three brothers came to America in about 1732 arriving in Philadelphia, PA. They spent some time in Lancaster and/or Carlisle PA (where one brother stayed) before moving on to Virginia, possibly as early as 1736. John and James settled in Virginia and the fourth brother went to Guilford County, North Carolina.
   On 21 Nov 1745, they bought 500 acres on the north fork of Tee's Creek (later known as Kerr's Creek) from land speculator Benjamin Borden, Sr. for 130 pounds sterling (Augusta County, VA Deed Bk. 1, pp. 220). On 16 Aug 1748, John bought additional 250 acres from Borden, Jr.; {who had taken over the land sales from the original Borden Grant after his father died}. On 16 May 1758, John sold 250 acres on Tees Creek in the Fork of the James, part of the tract John was now living on containing 500 acres to his son William. John was a justice of the Augusta County Court, going by the title of Constable, until his death.
   It is believed that John and his wife Agnes were killed by Indians in "The 1st Kerr Creek Massacre" on the 10th of Oct (1759). Two of their children still at home were also killed, but their names are not known. They were probably buried in the Old Monmouth Cemetery on Whistle Creek, but no stone remains.
   There is a lot of confusion in the different stories as to which Gilmore's where involved in each of the massacres. If John and Agnes Gilmore were indeed killed by the Indians at the Kerr Creek Massacre, it would have been in 1759 since their son, Thomas, was appointed bond administrator of John's estate on 22 Nov 1759. (Augusta Co., VA 22 Nov 1759. Will Book 2, pp. 342-343) Thomas Gilmore, William Elliott and John Gay made bond of 800 pounds for Thomas Gilmore, administrator of the estate of John Gilmore who died intestate. Signed: Thomas Gilmore (his mark), Wm. Elliot, John Gay.Children of John Gilmore and Agnes Anderson are:

+ 2 i. James Gilmore, born 1710; died Bef. 11 Feb 1783 in Rockbridge Co. VA.

+ 3 ii. John Gilmore II, born ca. 1715; died ca. August 1781 in Rockbridge Co. VA.

+ 4 iii. William Gilmore, born ca. 1724; died Aft. 1776.

+ 5 iv. Thomas Gilmore, born ca. 1725; died July 1763 in Kerr's Creek, VA.

  6 v.(Unverified)Jane Gilmore, born ca. 1726.
  7 vi.(Unverified) Agnes Gilmore, born ca. 1731.

Killed in 1st Indian massacre at Kerr's Creek

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John Gilmore, Sr's Timeline

1703
1703
Coleraine, Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland
1722
1722
Age 19
Coleraine,Londonderry,Ulster,Ireland
1722
Age 19
Coleraine, Ulster, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
1724
May 23, 1724
Age 21
Coleraine, County Londonderry, UK
1724
Age 21
Coleraine, Ulster, Londonderry, No. IR
1726
1726
Age 23
Frederick, MD, USA
1726
Age 23
1727
1727
Age 24
Coleraine, Ulster, Londonderry, North Ireland
1727
Age 24
Ireland, United Kingdom