Name: Captain Thomas GILLILAND
Birth: ABT 1745
Death of spouse Mary /POLK/ (2) BEF 1785
Death: BEF 12 DEC 1814 in Hardin County, Kentucky
Becca Gilliland Porter, 8 and 13 June 2004.
1) Captain Thomas Gilliland served under Michael Cresap (son of
Thomas Cresap) in the Dunsmore War. On payroll of 6 October 1775,
for 60 days service. Cf. Henry C. Peden, Revolutionary Patriots of
Maryland 1775-1783, A Supplement, p. 90.
2) Ohio County, (West) Virginia. March/April 1778. Thomas
Gilliland took oath in open court as Lieutenant in the Militia.
3) Ohio County, (West) Virginia. June 1780. Thomas Gilliland
recommended to the governor for promotion to Captain.
4) First marriage to Mary Polk in Washington County, Maryland,
or Ohio County, Virginia. Second marriage to Priscilla Huff in
Hardin County, Kentucky.
Becca Gilliland Porter, post to Genealogy.com Gilliland Family
Genealogy Forum, 11 and 12 July 2003. Thomas' first wife was Mary
1) James Gilliland, married 4 October 1808 Hardin County,
Kentucky, to Polly Morrison.
2) Hugh Gilliland.
3) Mary (Polly) Gilliland.
4) Hannah Gilliland.
5) Sarah Gilliland.
Second wife was Priscilla Huff. Their children:
6) Rebecca Gilliland.
7) Aseneth Gilliland.
8) Aaron Gilliland.
9) William Gilliland.
10) John Gilliland.
11) Mary Priscilla Gilliland.
12) Thomas Gilliland.
13) Rachel Gilliland.
Same children (with dates of births) are given by Don Collins,
Ancestors of Don and Edith Collins, and by Thomas J. Bell, Ancestors
and Allied Families of Matthew T. Bell, RootsWeb's WorldConnect
Project, 13 June 2004.
Becca Gilliland Porter, post to Genealogy.com Gilliland Family
Genealogy Forum, 16 February 2004. Captain Thomas Gilliland (circa
1745 Maryland? - before 12 December 1813 Hardin County, Kentucky)
married (2) to Priscilla Huff (1769 Pennsylvania - after 1820 Hardin
County, Kentucky), daughter of John Huff and Sarah Elizabeth
Doddridge. Their child:
1) Thomas Gilliland Jr. (1793 Hardin County - ?Coles County,
Illinois), married Mary Nancy Boles (1809 Pennsylvania - after 1871
Coles County, Illinois).
Duane Spurrier, spurrier relativity, RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project,
13 June 2004. Life dates 1750 - 1831 Kentucky. Birth in Crenty
[sic] Down, Ireland.
http://www.ronulrich.com/rfuged/nti09126.htm, Notes for Thomas
1) 15 November 1779 - 27 January 1780, Thomas Gillard enlist at Fort
Whetstone Point, Baltimore.
2) 1780. History of Washington County, p. 675. Lard of Charles
McRoberts bounded by that of Thomas Gilliland.
3) 1788, Warantee of Land in Washington County, Pennsylvania, Series
3, vol. 26, p. 561. Thomas Gilliland 348.5 acres, Mulberry Hill.
4) 1789. puchased 900 acres of Little Creek from Phillip Phillips
and George May; kept 250 acres on Nolan Creek. Total acreage 1525
5) 1794 Washington County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book L, p. 624.
Thomas and Priscilla Gilliland, both of Kentucky, conveyed Mulberry
Hill on Buffalo Creek to James Brownlee.
6) 1799, Samuel Haycraft conveyed to Thomas Gilliland of Ohio
County, Kentucky 75 acres on the South Branch of Bear Creek.
7) 12 December 1814 (date of probate), Hardin County, Kentucky, Will
Book 1810-1816. Names wife Priscilla; daughters Sinaith, Sarah,
Hannah [missing comma?], and Mary Priscilla, Rebecca, and Rachel; and
sons James, Hugh, Aaron, Thomas, and William.
8) Thomas buried Stewart Cemetery off rural route 222 near LaRue
County, line, on the original farm of 174 acres.
Rebecca Porter, 2 December 2004. Thomas and Hugh Gilliland were in
Donegal Township in 1772.
Steven Butler's Genealogy Website: The Gilliland Family,
http://www.watermelon-kid.com/bios/gillilandf1.htm, 26 April 2006.
Thomas Gilliland, circa 1755 - 1814. Earliest known member in this
ancestry. Birth place unknown. By the 1770s the family was living
in that part (now Fayette County) of southwestern Pennsylvania also
claimed by Virginia. Earliest record is his enlistment 1775 in
Captain Michael Creasup's Company of Maryland (Frederick County)
Militia. The Company numbered about 130 of whom 20 or more were
frontiersmen from "over the mountains." The Company joined General
Washington at Boston. Creasup died October 1775 in New York.
Returning from the war, Thomas was granted 400 acres of land in
Monongalia County, (now West) Virginia, on Hughe's River
(alternatively described as on or near Buffalo Creek) and adjacent to
the 400 acre tract of [brother] Hugh Gilliland.
2 June 1777, Ohio County, (now West) Virginia, Thomas Gilliland
took oath as lieutenant of the local militia. Grand jury service 2
November 1778 and 1 November 1779.
1 May 1780, Thomas purchased land from Zephania Dunn. One this
same day he was fined for failing to appear as a grandjuryman.
5 June 1780, recommended as Captain of the militia.
Twelve children with wife Priscilla: Sinaith, James (born circa
1783), Hugh, Aaron, Thomas, William, Sarah, Hannah, Mary Priscilla,
Rebecca, Rachel, and John.
In Nelson County, Kentucky, by January 1793. When separated
from Nelson County, he was recorded on the Hardin County tax list in
Will dated 5 April 1813, proved 12 December 1814 in Hardin
County, Kentucky. Place of burial not known.
1810 Kentucky census, Hardin County. Five sons and two daughters.
Gaye Gilbert, Willis Robertson Gilbert, RootsWeb's WorldConnect
Project, 5 May 2006. Place of birth uncertain: County Down,
Ireland; Frederick County, Maryland; or Virginia (census).
Thomas brought his family with five small children down the Ohio
River in a party with 12 other families, one of which was Sarah
Elizabeth Doddridge Huff with her seven small children.
Buried in the Stuart Cemetery near the Nolin River and Macky
Road, LaRue County, Kentucky, 10 miles south of Elizabethtown,
Kentucky. This is located on the original 274 acre Gilliland
Dorothy Jean Smith, 4 December 2007. Group sheet shows third
marriage to Hannah Huff in 1786. No children by this marriage.
Marriage not shown on her Descendants of Captain Thomas Gilliland.
Thomas and brother Hugh and Phillip last court and tax records
in Ohio County, (West) Virginia (Pennsylvania) in 1785; afterward
1787-1814 in Nelson County, Kentucky (Virginia).
Wayne Fourmont wrote that the gravestone is legible. Three
grandsons also buried next to grave of Thomas.
Property was purchased by Banner Friend, an uncle of Abraham
Nelson County, Kentucky, Deed Book 2, 1788 - 1789, p. 150, 17
April 1789. Thomas Gillerland purchased from Phillip Phillips and
George May a plot of 900 acres
Hardin County Deed Book. 24 September 1799. Thomas Gillalan
puchased from Samuel and Peggy Haycraft 375 acres on the second main
west branch of Bear Creek in Ohio County; for 50 pounds.
Will dated 5 April 1813, proved 12 December 1814. Names wife
Priscilla; daughters Sinaith, Sarah, Hannah, Mary Priscilla [sic],
Rebecca, and Rachel; and sons James, Hugh, Aaron, Thomas, William,
James R. Gilliland, 9 January 2008. Earliest known member of his
Gilliland family. Born in Maryland. Resided near the headwaters of
Brown's Run in what is now Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and area
then also claimed by Ohio County, Virginia. Associated families
Balsingers, Overturfs, and Keener.
Revolutionary War service with Captain Michael Creasup's
Company, Maryland Militia.
1775, granted 400 acres of land in Monongalia County, (West)
Virginia, on Hughe's River adjacent to property of Robert Cavins and
Hugh Gilliland (likely Thomas' brother). (Wirt County record)
Property otherwise identified as adjacent to lands on Buffalo Creek
of Charles McRoberts, Sr., Kenneth McClellan, and James and William
2 June 1777, Ohio County records, Virginia. Thomas Gilliland
took oath as Lieutenant in the local militia.
2 November 1778, Ohio County. Service on Ohio County grand
1 November 1779, Ohio County. Sale of land originally proved by
Thomas Gilliland, and now proved by Hugh Gilliland.
1 November 1779, Ohio County. Service on the grand jury.
1 May 1780. Purchace of land from Zephania Dunn.
1 May 1780. Fined 200 pounds of tobacco for failure to appear
when summoned for grand jury duty.
5 June 1780. Recommended promotion to Captain.
5 June 1780. Thomas Gilliand acknowledged to Hugh Gilliland a
bill of sale from Dunn to Gilliland.
14 December 1780. Survey of 400 acres of land of Thomas
Gilleland, settled in 1772.
9 February 1782, Virginia Land Office Treasury Warrant no.
10909. 100 acres granted to Thomas Gillelon.
27 May 1782, Ohio County. Survey for Thomas Gilleland of 100
acres of land on Buffaloe Creek.
1782, 1783, 1784, 1785. Thomas Gilland on Ohio County, (West)
Virginia, tax lists.
April 1789, Nelson County, Kentucky, Deed Book 2, 1788-1789, p.
150. Purchase of land by Thomas Gillerland from Phillip Phillips and
January 1793. Thomas Gilliland shown as property owner and
taxpayer in Nelson County, Kentucky.
1800. On tax list of Hardin County which had been formed from
part of Nelson County.
5 April 1813. Will in Hardin County; proved 12 December 1814.
Father: THOMAS GILLILAND b: BEF 1731
Priscilla HUFF b: 1769 in Friend's Cove, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
BET 1786 AND 1790
in Hardin County, Kentucky
- infant GILLILAND
- Mary Priscilla GILLILAND b: 11 SEP 1790 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- Aaron GILLILAND b: BET ABT 1790 AND 1798 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- Rebecca (Peggy) GILLILAND b: 3 APR 1792 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- Thomas GILLILAND b: 1793 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- Rachel GILLILAND b: AFT 7 JAN 1794 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- Ascenith (Aseneth or Senith) GILLILAND b: BET 1795 AND 1797 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- John GILLILAND b: BET 1800 AND 1806 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- William GILLILAND b: 14 MAR 1805 in Hardin County, Kentucky
Mary POLK b: AFT 1757 in Washington County, Maryland
BET 1775 AND 1780
in Washington County, Maryland
- James GILLILAND b: BET 1777 AND 1783 in Pennsylvania
- Hugh GILLILAND b: ABT 1780 in Ohio County, West Virginia
- Mary (Polly) GILLILAND b: 9 MAY 1781 in Ohio County, West Virginia
- Hannah GILLILAND b: ABT 1782 in Ohio County, West Virginia
- Sarah (Sally) GILLILAND b: ABT JAN 1783 in Ohio County, West Virginia