Prince George County

GILLIAMs of Prince George County
Updated May 22, 2011
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Background
cartoon-house-on-fire-pic Prince George County was named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne of England. It was formed from Charles City County in 1702. Its area is 298 square miles, and the county seat is Prince George. Prince George is one of the Commonwealth's Burned Records Counties. Most county court records were burned during the Civil War. A few record books survived and, proving that there is always hope, the volume in which deeds and wills were recorded between 1710 and 1713 was found within the last decade.

For a discussion of the GILLIAMs of the Hopewell and City Point, see the GILLIAMs of Hopewell page.


Parishes
Bath Parish, 1742-1752
Bristol Parish, 1702-
Martin's Brandon Parish, 1702
Westover Parish, 1702-1720
Weyanoke Parish, 1702-1720



Overview
The GILLIAMs of Prince George County are well documented. See Southside Virginia Genealogies.


Bibles
Dunlop family Bible record, 1779-1939 [microform].
4 leaves.
1 microfilm.
Notes and Summaries:
Other surnames mentioned: Baker, Freeman, GILLIAM, Lewis, Maitland, Maury, Osborne, and Spotswood.
Bible of John Dunlop.
Library of Virginia, Dunlop family Bible record, 1779-1939 [microform].


Bristol Parish
2 May 1712
John son of John and Ann GILLIAM born 2 May 1712

2 May 1713
John son of John and Ann Gillam born 2 May 1713

16 Jan 1714
Elizabeth daughter of John and Ann GILLIAM born 16 Jan 1714

1720
At Vestry held at the Chapple 7th ____ 1720, Charles GILLIAM being lame of his hands and feet is acquitted from paying Parish levies for ye future.

16 May 1725
At Vestry called at ye Chapple May 16 1725 Charles Gillam being lame & not able to work the Vestry orders that the s'd Cha. Gillam for the future be leavie free.

13 Dec 1725
John son of John and Elizabeth born 13 Dec 1725

28 Jun 1727
Phebe slave of John and Ann GILLIAM born 28 Jun 1727

17 Dec 1727
Lucy daughter of John and Elizabeth born 17 Dec 1727

16 Feb 1728/9
At a Vestry Call’d at ye Ferry Chapple, Febr ye 16th, 1728/9
It is further ordered that John GILLIAM orphan of John GILLIAM decsd be bound to Joseph Grainger and his heirs as the law directs.
[NB John GILLIAM, Sr. died prior to 16 Feb 1728/29, Bristol Parish.
Joseph Grainger leaves a Will in Rawleigh Parish, Amelia County, VA, dated 20 Jan 1735/36 in which he leaves land to John Gillum, son of John Gillum.
John GILLIAM, Jr.’s “father-in-law” was Thomas Reams according to Grainger's Will.]


10 Nov 1735
At Vestry held at the Ferry Chappel, November ye 10th 1735: To Charles GILLIAM for support, 400 lbs. tobacco.

15 Nov 1736
At Vestry held at the Ferry Chapple Novr 15th 1736: To Charles GILLIAM SR for support, 400 lbs.

20 Aug 1739
John GILLIAM Jr. [of Puddledock] process 20 Aug 1739

22 Aug 1743
John GILLIAM [of Puddledock] process 22 Aug 1743

29 Nov 1744
William son of John and Elizabeth GILLIAMs born 29 Nov 1744

31 Jul 1747
John GILLIAM [of Puddle Dock Run] process 31 July 1747

17 Aug 1751
John GILLIAM [of Puddle Dock Runn] process 17 August 1751

14 Mar 1792
Bristol son of Betty a Negro belong to John GILLIAM was born 14 Mar 1792 and baptized 20 Mar 1792

4 Mar 1792
Betsy Philipps, daur of Peninah, a Negroe slave belonging to William GILLIAM was born March 4th and baptized September 9th 1792.

26 Oct 1792
Elizabeth, daughter of William GILLIAM & Christian his wife was born Octr 26th 1792, & baptized april 4th 1793.

15 Apr 1795
John GILLIAM, son of William GILLIAM & Christian his wife born 15th April 1795 and bapt 5th Febr 1796.

9 Mar 1798
William, son of Do [Ditto, i.e. William GILLIAM & Christian his wife] born _______ & baptd 9th March 1798.


Broadway, Town of
At this time [1860], Broadway was listed as the only town in Prince George County, containing five inhabited buildings owned by Reuben GILLIAM (a free black), Edward Finney, James Richards, William Richards, and Granderton Keys.
Bolash, Nick. Broadway Landing: The Life and Times of a Civil War Supply Depot
1862 Land Tax Records for Prince George County, VA. Microfilm, Library of Virginia, Richmond.



Chancery

1789
John Boyd, etc vs. Legts of John GILLIAM
Amelia County Chancery Suits

1832
A bill of complaint, answer, and order (copy [imperfect] made by Robert GILLIAM), 1832, of Benjamin Cocke and Mary (Eppes) Cocke v. Charles Friend, John GILLIAM Friend, and Nathaniel GILLIAM Friend in the Chancery Court of Prince George County, Virginia (concerning Archibald Eppes, Christian (Eppes) GILLIAM, and Eppes Island, Charles City County, Virginia)
Section 32, Cocke, Benjamin (1781–1836), Legal Papers, 1832–1835, Records of Ante-Bellum Southern, Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, General Editor: Kenneth M. Stampp, Series M. Selections from the Virginia Historical Society, Part 3: Other Tidewater Virginia, Associate Editor and Guide Compiled by Martin Schipper.


Cemeteries
WPA Historical Inventory Project
30 Mar 1836
Elsie D. Hamlin

Drury Birchett Graveyard, Prince George County VA
Location: 4.3 miles southeast of Petersburg on Rt. 603.

Page 3

Drury W. Birchett, Son of Drury and Catherine Brichett.
Born Jan 4, 1803 and died Mar 17, 1836
Though lost to earth, to memory dear

Sacred to the memory of Catherine B. GILLIAM, consort of Col. James S. GILLIAM
who departed this life Mar. 5, 1849 aged 59 yr. 6 mo. and 25 days
Rest in peace thou gentle spirit, shroud above,
Souls like thine, with God inherit life and love
The endearing virtues of her who lies beneath this slab has passed away
Yet they’re not and cannot be forgotten by him who offers this humble tribute to the memory of his dear wife
[James S. GILLIAM was not a Colonel at the time Catherine died; therefore, it is assumed that the tombstone he erected was done so sometime after 1865. This might explain the Catherine's birthdate, which if accurate, would suggest that she was having children well into her late fifties. Also, it appears that several of the children were born less than twelve months apart which is unlikely as is the fact that daughter Rosalia died on the day she was born.]

Sacred to the memory of Rosalia E. Daughter of Col. James and Catherine B. GILLIAM
Born Aug 11, 1833 and died Aug 11, 1834

Sacred to the memory of Catherine S. daughter of Col. James S. and Catherine B. GILLIAM Born
Aug 30, 1836 and died Aug 21, 1837

In memory of William, son of James S. and Catherine B. GILLIAM
Born Dec 20, 1843 and died June 18, 1845

Sacred to the memory of Anna Isabella, infant daughter of R. B. and Agnes A. Wells
Born Jan 12, 1835 and died Aug 29, 1837

Sacred to the memory of Robt. B an infant of R. B. and Agnes A. Wells
Born Sept. 28, 1833 and died Sept. 18,1837.

Sacred to the memory of Howell Heath, son of Richard and Rebecca Heath
Born Oct. 31, 1804 and died Oct 2, 1837
This testimonial of affection is caused to be erected by his beloved widow, Mary H. Heath
There's not a joy this earth can give like that it takes away

Lucy B. Birchett, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Eppes
Born June 16, 1814 and died May 11, 1839.
There is an hour of peaceful rest
To Weary wanderers given
There’s a tear for souls distressed
A balm for every wounded breast
'Tis found above in Heaven!
Library of Virginia. WPA Historical Inventory Project. Drury Birchett Graveyard, Prince George County VA


Court Orders
Inventory of Temperance Robinson, dec'd, taken Jan 20, 1710/11, value £14.4.0. appraised by Instance Hall, Cha. ( ) Gillam, & Tho. Lizour.
Sworn before Robert Munford.
On 13 Feb 1710/11 inventory was presented by Xtopher Robertson and ordered recorded.

10 Dec 1717
At a court held at Merchants Hope for Prince George Co. for laying the county leavies, 10 Dec 1717.
Present: John Hamlin, John Poythres, Randel Platt, James Thweatt, Robert Munford, Robert Bolling, John Hardyman, John Peterson, Gent. Justices.
For Wolves Killed:
William Gillam one 100 lbs tob.

13 Oct 1719
At a Court Held at Merchants Hope for Prince George Co. 13 October 1719.
Present: John Poythres, Robt Hall, Sampson Merredeth, Lewis Green, Jr. and John Peterson, Gent. Justices.
Stepney, a negro boy belonging to William Gillam is adjudged 7 years old.
Prince George County, VA, Court Orders, page 285

11 Jan 1720
At a court held at Merchants Hope for Prince George County, 11 January 1720
For laying the county Levy
Present: John Poythres, Robert Munford, Robt Hall, Robt Bolling, Lewis Green, Jr. and John Peterson, Gent., Justices Prince George
To John Gillam, Jr. 1 100 lbs Tob
To John GILLIAM, Sr. 2 200 lbs Tob
Prince George County, VA, Court Orders, page 347


Diaries
Excerpts from the Diary Kept by Mrs. Martha Blodget at Cawsons Prince George County, VA in the Years 1795 and 1796

Feb 22
Spent the day very agreeable: the boat with Billy and Leander came for me in the evening: got home by sunset. Neddy M__ came in the evening all alone: got his 2 hoes, not paid for yet. Rode to Farmingdell; saw F. Sturdivant who was my overseer last year & who then took his pleasure, hard at work in Billy GILLIAM's cornfield, following the plough. Mr. G__ know how to manage an overseer. . .
Sunday, 1st of March 1795
A very fine day. Mrs. Bland at Cawsons. Dr. Walker & E. S. dined here. Boiled a ham, goose, turkey, tongue, turtled head, pigeon pye, sauceges & eggs, vegetables, mince pye, jelly, custards, plums, almonds, nuts, apples, &c. In the evening Dr. GILLIAM came on a visit to Mrs. B. who continues indisposed.
Monday, Feb. 22
Visited Dr. GILLIAM & Lady: helped Polly to dress, white silk & body & coat with silver fringe, elegant painted sash, (her own work.) Mr. M__ & myself play'd at Backgammon: bo't clamp brush.
Saturday, March 26.
Very fine day: all the people at Farmingdell ploughing; Paul & Jacob repairing the houses there. Leander drove Bazillico & Polly to Petersburg in the tumbril & bro't a b'll of flour from Mr. White, 3 gallons molasses 10 lb. brown Sugar from O. P.- molasses at the shocking price of 5s, 6 d per gallon, sugar 11d per pound. Mrs. Bland sent me a shad: sent to me for peach-Brandy: gave her a jugfull & basket of potatoes & vegetables. Sukey bro't me two shadds. Billy GILLIAM asks the moderate price of £3.2.6 per hundred: what will this World come to!!!
Cawsons. Saturday, June 4, 1796.
Recd a Note from Mr. GILLIAM informing me that Isaac had killed one of his shoats: the Hog was found in the bushes near to my cornfield fence tyed up in a bag: the proof was very strong: I sent Isaac to Mr. G___ & desired him to do with him what he please: after a parade of going to whip him, he was excused.
Tinling. Marion. Cawsons, Virginia, in 1795-1796. The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., Vol. 3, No. 2. (Apr., 1946), pp. 281-291.


Directories
Thomson's Mercantile and Professional Directory, 1851
Robert GILLIAM, County Clerk
Thomson's Mercantile and Professional Directory, 1851


Family Histories
The GILLIAMs of Bristol Parish

WOODHOUSE—MERIWETHER—BATHURST—SKELTON—GILLIAM
William & Mary Quarterly


Landowner's Directory of 1815
Christian GILLIAM, Appomattox River, 8N
James S. GILLIAM, estate, of Petersburg, Blackwater Swamp, Appomattox River 7SW, 8NW
John GILLIAM, Appomattox River, 6W
Rubin M. GILLIAM, Appomattox River 8NW
Walter B. GILLIAM, Life, Appomattox River, 8NW
William GILLIAM, estate, Broadway on Appomattox River, 9N
[Directions and distances are measured from the Courthouse.]
  • Ward, Roger G. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer) Volume 1, Central Region. Athens, GA: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997.


Legislative Petitions
18 Dec 1806
GILLIAM, Christian; Eppes, Mary & Archibald
Ask for the establishment of an inspection of tobacco at City Point. Includes notice & affidavit.
Library of Virginia, Legislative Petitions, Reel 162, Box 208, Folder 36, Oversized

17 Jan 1835
GILLIAM, John & Others
Protest against the petition making the Appomattox River a lawful fence.
Library of Virginia, Legislative Petitions, Reel 162, Box 208, Folder 67

16 Jan 1846
GILLIAM, Robert
Clerk of the County Court of Prince George asks that the justices of the peace be provided with Hening's Justice.
Library of Virginia, Legislative Petitions, Reel 162, Box 208, Folder 86

26 Jan 1848
GILLIAM, Robert
Administrator of Watkins Fenn, deceased, asks a law directing the sale of real estate belonging to the decedent.
Library of Virginia, Legislative Petitions, Reel 162, Box 208, Folder 90

31 Jan 1860
GILLIAM, Robert
Harbor & Ballast Master at City Point asks for an amendment to the 3rd & 4th sections of Chapter 95 of the Code of Virginia regarding fees.
Library of Virginia, Legislative Petitions, Reel 162, Box 208, Folder 10


Marriages
8 Apr 1775
Married, Mr. Robert Boyd, merchant of Blandford, to Miss Susan GILLIAM, of Prince George.
Virginia Gazette, p. 3, c. 1, Saturday, April 8, 1775.
[Susan GILLIAM is the daughter of John, the Elder, and Elizabeth GILLIAM]

3 Jul 1828
Married, in Prince George County, on July 3, Mr. James S. GILLIAM, to Miss Catharine Birchett.
Visitor and Telegraph, p. 3, c. 5, Saturday, July 19, 1828.

20 May 1830
Married in Prince George County, on May 20, Nathaniel B. Sturdivant, to Miss Lucy Ann GILLIAM, daughter of the late John GILLIAM.
Southern Religious Telegraph, p. 3, c. 5, Saturday, May 29, 1830.
[Lucy is the daughter of John and Hannah Sampson GILLIAM]

29 Oct 1839
Married, on Tuesday last, by Rev. Wm. H. Hart, Robert GILLIAM of Prince George County, to Miss Charlotte Isabella Sanray, eldest dau. of Richard D. Sanray, of Richmond.
Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, p. 4, c. 4, Friday, November 1, 1839.
[Miss Charlotte Isabella Sanray, should read Sanxay, the couple was married at Saint John's, Richmond, Rev. William H. Hart, see below]

29 Oct 1839
Married, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, by Rev. William H. Hart, Robert GILLIAM, of Prince George County, to Miss Charlotte Isabella Sanxay, daughter of Richard D. Sanxay, of Richmond.
Richmond Compiler, p. 2, c. 5, Thursday, October 31, 1839.


Papers
No Date
GILLIAM, Robert, Reminiscences
This collection contains a typed transcript of an undated reminiscence entitled "Reminiscences of a Former Confederate Treasury Clerk," by Robert GILLIAM. It concerns the evacuation of Confederate Treasury funds from Richmond in April 1865.
Virginia Historical Society, n.d. 1 item. Typescript. Mss7:3E487G414


Pensions
Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows
GILLIAM, Mary P, Widow



Periodicals
1 Jul 1770
Prince George, July 1, 1770
Notice is hereby given that the partnership between John GILLIAM and Co., has disbanded[?] And that on Wednesday the first of August next will be sold to the highest bidder, at Broadway’s . . .
John GILLIAM & Co.
[nearly illegible]
Virginia Gazette, Publisher: Purdie & Dixon, Page: 3, Column: 3, 1770-07-19

10 Oct 1771
As very little regard has been paid to our former advertisement, we once more request those indebted to us to pay off their respective balances, this October General Court, to Mr. Robert GILLIAM, otherwise we shall immediately put their bonds and accounts into a Lawyer’s hands, without respect to persons.
John GILLIAM, & Co.
Virginia Gazette, Publisher: Purdie & Dixon, Page: 3, Column: 2, 1771-10-10

22 Jun 1772
Prince George 22 June 1772
Came to my plantation, on the 20th instant, a likely outlandish negro fellow about five feet six inches high, talks some English words, but cannot, or will not, tell his master’s name so as to be understood; his clothing consists of an old Virginia Cloth coat bound with black ferret, and black horn buttons, rolls trousers, and osnabrug shirt, and an old cotton waistcoat. He has his country marks on his face. His owner is desired to take him away as soon as possible.
Robert GILLIAM.
Virginia Gazette, Publisher: Purdie & Dixon, Page: 3, Column: 3, 1772-07-16
[Osnaburg: a coarse linen, named for Osnabruck, a town in Germany, used to clothe slaves and servants]

12 Jun 1777
Prince George, June 12, 1777
To be sold, to the highest bidder, for ready money, on Wednesday, the 2d of July a new Vessel on the stocks, and ready to be launched, Burthen about 63 tons, and is well calculated for the times
Robert GILLIAM.
Virginia Gazette, Publisher: Dixon, Page: 3, Column: 1, 1777-06-20

29 May 1778
To be sold at Broadway’s six three pounders and six swivels, with some powder.
Robert GILLIAM
Virginia Gazette, Publisher: Purdie, Page: 4, Column: 1, 1778-05-29

Richmond, April 27, 1796.
Forty Dollars Reward. RAN AWAY from Richmond where he was hired, on or about the 1st of January last, a Negro Fellow named BILLY, otherwise BILLY POMPEY; he is about 23 years of age, 5 feet some inches high, and of a black complexion, remarkable thick and well made, has a round face, his upper teeth (I believe) are open, has a smiling countenance, with an insinuating and affable address. He is an extraordinary good ship carpenter, can read and write--It's likely he will change his name and pass for a free man, or forge a pass in my name, or Mr. B. GILLIAM's. Whoever will apprehend the above described Negro, and convey him to me, or secure him in some jail, so that I get him again shall receive the above reward. I forewarn all persons from harbouring, employing, entertaining, or carrying him out of the state. JOHN GILLIAM, Sen. Broadway, Prince George, 10th March, 1796. N.B. If the above Negro is taken out of the state I will give 50 Dollars on his being delivered to me. J.G. Senior
Virginia Gazette and Richmond and Manchester Advertiser (Pleasants)

Norfolk, October 2, 1800.
Twenty Dollars Reward. Ran away, about the 20th instant, a Negro Man called BRISTOL, and his daughter SALLY. Bristol is a short, thick, very black fellow, with very short curled hair; his clothes are sailor's, being accustomed to work on board of ships at City Point; he is remarkably fond of smoaking; his teeth are very rotten; he is a sensible artful fellow, and I believe was concerned in the late conspiracy, and procured a forged pass. His daughter is about 16, and very like him, but tall for her age. I expect they will attempt to get on board some vessel going to the northward. They formerly belonged to Mr. Robertson, of Manchester, by whom he was mortgaged by Mr. Boyd of Mecklenburg; his wife says he ran away fearing to be carried up to that country and sold. Masters of vessels are forwarned taking them out of the State. I will give the above reward to any person who will deliver them to me near Petersburg, or Ten Dollars if secured in jail so that I get them again.
JOHN GILLIAM, Jun. Prince George, Sept. 30.
Norfolk Herald (Willett and O'Connor)


Publick Claims
Robert GILLIAM 2853# fodder, 83 bu corn £14.13.1
William GILLIAM 100 bu wheat £20

10 May 1785
John, GILLIAM, 250# beef £2-12-8
Robert, GILLIAM, 650# beef £6-15-5.


Rent Rolls
1704
Gillam Charles, Prince George County
Gillam John, Prince George County



Revolutionary War Public Service Claims
John GILLIAM, Court Booklet, p 11, Certificates, 1, Commissioner’s Book, IV, p 362
Robert GILLIAM (Justice), Court Booklet, p 6,
Robert GILLIAM, Court Booklet, p 4, 11, Commissioner’s Book, IV, p 251
William GILLIAM, Court Booklet, p 4, Certificates, 1, Commissioner’s Book, IV, p 251
Library of Virginia, Revolutionary War Public Service Claims


Slaves
27 Apr 1796
Forty Dollars Reward. RAN AWAY from Richmond where he was hired, on or about the 1st of January last, a Negro Fellow named BILLY, otherwise BILLY POMPEY; he is about 23 years of age, 5 feet some inches high, and of a black complexion, remarkable thick and well made, has a round face, his upper teeth (I believe) are open, has a smiling countenance, with an insinuating and affable address.—He is an extraordinary good ship carpenter, can read and write—It's likely he will change his name and pass for a free man, or forge a pass in my name, or Mr. B. GILLIAM's. Whoever will apprehend the above described Negro, and convey him to me, or secure him in some jail, so that I get him again shall receive the above reward. I forewarn all persons from harbouring, employing, entertaining, or carrying him out of the state. JOHN GILLIAM, Sen. Broadway, Prince George, 10th March, 1796. N.B. If the above Negro is taken out of the state I will give 50 Dollars on his being delivered to me. J. G. Senior
Virginia Gazette and Richmond and Manchester Advertiser (Pleasants), Richmond, April 27, 1796.

23 Sep 1797
A Run Away
Taken up, a Negro Slave, named Harry Hall, the property of a person of Prince George county, Virginia, named John GILLAM. The owner may have him a gain by applying to the subscriber in the Northern Liberties, county of Philadelphia, and paying the charges.
Peter Facundas, Constable,
September 25, 1797
Aurora General Advertiser, Philadelphia, 1797
runaway Harry Hall

2 Oct 1800
Twenty Dollars Reward. Ran away, about the 20th instant, a Negro Man called BRISTOL, and his daughter SALLY. Bristol is a short, thick, very black fellow, with very short curled hair; his clothes are sailor's, being accustomed to work on board of ships at City Point; he is remarkably fond of smoaking; his teeth are very rotten; he is a sensible artful fellow, and I believe was concerned in the late conspiracy, and procured a forged pass. His daughter is about 16, and very like him, but tall for her age. I expect they will attempt to get on board some vessel going to the northward. They formerly belonged to Mr. Robertson, of Manchester, by whom he was mortgaged by Mr. Boyd of Mecklenburg; his wife says he ran away fearing to be carried up to that country and sold. Masters of vessels are forwarned taking them out of the State. I will give the above reward to any person who will deliver them to me near Petersburg, or Ten Dollars if secured in jail so that I get them again. JOHN GILLIAM, Jun. Prince George, Sept. 30.

Norfolk Herald (Willett and O'Connor), Norfolk, October 2, 1800.
[It appears that John GILLIAM had a difficult time holding on to his slaves. Above are advertisements for three different unaways spanning Philadelphia to Norfolk, VA.]

Citizens of Prince George County seek a more liberal appropriation for African colonization and ask that the new funds be placed more under the control of the Virginia Colonization Society. The growth of the free black population is “highly injurious,” they contend; the 1833 law, now about to expire, “fell short of the intentions of the legislature.”
Petitioners {22}: Birchell, William G.; Bryant, William; Butte, Richard; GILLIAM, M.; Wilkins, Edmund.
BLACK STUDIES RESEARCH SOURCES, Microfilms from Major Archival and Manuscript Collections, General Editors:
John H. Bracey, Jr., Sharon Harley, and August Meier. RACE, SLAVERY, AND FREE BLACKS: Series I, Petitions to Southern Legislatures, 1777–1867: A microfilm project of UNIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS OF AMERICA
An Imprint of CIS: 4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814-3389. Edited by Loren Schweninger, Assistant Editor, Robert Shelton, Guide Compiled by Charles E. Smith.
[Date unknown (after 1833), however, M. GILLIAM appears to be Marius GILLIAM, an 1850 resident of Prince George. Wm G. Birchell is found in the 1850 Prince George Census. Richard Butte is likely Richard Batte. Richard B. Batte is also an 1850 Prince George resident.]


Taxes
1787
GILLIAM, Robert
GILLIAM, John
GILLIAM, Ruben
GILLAM, John
GILLIAM, John Jr
GILLIAM, Henry P
GILLIAM, William

1790 Land Taxes
GILLIAM, Elizabeth, page 6
GILLIAM, GILLIAM [sic], page 7
GILLIAM, John, page 6
GILLIAM, Robert, page 6
GILLIAM, Robert, page 7

1790 Personal Property Taxes
GILLIAM, John, page 5
GILLIAM, John, page 6
GILLIAM, John (estate), page 6
GILLIAM, P[atrick]. H[enry]., page 6
GILLIAM, Robert, page 5
GILLIAM, Rubin, page 5
GILLIAM, W[alter]. B[oyd]., page 6
GILLIAM, William, page 5

1799 Land Taxes
GILLIAM, John, page 8
GILLIAM, Reubin, page 9
GILLIAM, William, page 9


1800 Personal Property Taxes

GILLIAM, James S., page 7
GILLIAM, John, Jr., page 7
GILLIAM, John, Sr., page 7
GILLIAM, M. Skelton, page 6
GILLIAM, Reubin, page 7
GILLIAM, William (estate), page 7
Binns Genealogy. 1790/1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia.


Wills, Estates, Appraisals, etc.
29 Aug 1711
Estate of Thos. Lewis, dec'd
Appraised by John (his X mark) Gillim, Nath: (N) Tatum, Charles (his X mark) Gillum. Sworn by Mr. Robert Munford, one of H[is] M[ajesty's] Justices
Prince George Wills & Deeds 1710-1713, Magazine of VA Genealogy

7 Jan 1711/12
Inv. of Walter Nunnally, dec'd
Appraised by Nath. (N) Tatem, Sr., Cha. (his X mark) Gillam & Lewis Green, Jr.

22 Mar 1711/12
Inv. of James Roux, dec'd, taken 22 Mar 1711/12
by Lewis Green, Charles (his X mark) GILLIAM, James (I) GILLIAM, Olive Coxon Admnr.

11 Jul 1738
Joshua Pritchett & John Gillam, exrs of Thomas Nunnally dec'd, returned a further inv & appr.,

13 Sep 1738
Suit of Joshua Pritchett Jr & John Gillam, exrs of Thomas Nunnally dec'd v. John Jones for debt, acknowleged by def and his atty Stephen Dewey

10 Jan 1739
Sheriff has money in hand to satisty debt of John Poythress to Joshua Pritchett Jr, & John Gillam, exrs of Thomas Nunnally

13 Nov 1739
John Gillam & Joshua Pritchett Jr exrs of Thomas Nunnally, exhibit accts of his est. Accts examined by Nicholas Hatch & Joseph Carter & ordered recorded
[Thomas Nunnally was likely the only, or eldest son of Walter Nunnally, since he inherits "Bull Hill" from Walter Nunnally. This suggests a relationship between, Charles GILLIAM the appraiser of Walter Nunnally, and John GILLIAM, the executor of Thomas Nunnally. It appears that John, is the brother of Charles for “below Bull Hill Plantation, which adjoined Broadway on the east was the land of John GILLIAM and through this GILLIAM land, toward hills in the rear of Broadway, ran a cart road described in records of 1700-1726 as the ‘City Church Pathe’."
Mason, George Carrington, “The Colonial Churches of Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia,” William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Second Series, Volume 23, Issue 3, Jul 1943, 258.

Will of Robert Poythress of Martins Brandon Parish,
24 May 1743

Robert Poythress of Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George County, in perfect senses and memory.

To my son Robert Poythress and his heirs forever all my lands on which I now live containing 1100 acres and also 291 acres adjoining the Butterwood Swamp.

To my son Peter Poythress and his heirs forever my lands containing about 600 acres lying on the Nottoway River and known by the name of Tanotoro and 297 acres lying on Butterwood, which I bought of James Glover.

To my son William Poythress and his heirs forever all my lands lying between Monkoes Neck and Nottoway which I bought of Capt. Thomas Bolling and all my lands in Amelia Co. contiguous to William Stone's land.

To my wife the use of 12 negroes: Harry, Hunt, Tom, Jamey, George, Nilsy, Sarah, Lucy, Nick, Hannah, Matt, Nan, Penelope and the use of 1/3 of my lands during her life or widowhood and 1/4 of my house furniture and stocks to be divided between my wife and my 3 sons and any of my daughters that are unmarried at the time of her mother's death and their heirs respectively. The division to be made by my brother, William Poythress, Col. Richard Bland, and Mr. John GILLIAM or the survivors.

I give to my son Robert and his heirs 9 negroes: Tom boy, Mingo, Charles, Judy, Bett, Jenny, Sarah, George, and Boatswain. I give to my son Peter and his heirs 9 negroes: Prince, Sterling, Cimon, Jack, Sarah, Bett, Agnes, Aneky, and Harry. I give to my son William and his heirs 9 negroes: Phillis, Seanah, Gambia, Caesar, Pheby, Kate, Pat, and Pompey. If either of my sons dies before he comes of age, the whole estate, real and personal, to be divided equally between the surviving sons or their heirs.

I confirm to my daughter Elizabeth GILLIAM all the negroes already given to her. I give to my grandson Robert GILLIAM a negro boy Johnny and a girl about the same age.

I give to my daughter Mary Anna Minge negroes: Abbah, Sawney, Jenny to her and her heirs and thirty pounds current money to be laid out in negroes. I give to my daughter Agness Harwood 98 pounds, 10 shillings current money which her husband has already received.

I give to my grand-daughter Tabitha Harwood one negro girl Amy now in the use of her father. I give to my daughter Tabitha Poythress 130 pounds current money and negro girl Sue. I give to my daughter Susanna Poythress and to her heirs 5 negroes: Pheby, Jack, Hannibal, Nan, and Tom. I give to my daughter Jane Poythress and her heirs 5 negroes: Phillis, Nan, Titus, Scot, and Phillis (sic). All the remainder of my estate I give and devise to be equally divided between my wife and 3 sons.

I appoint my wife and sons Robert and Peter to be my executors.

Wit: Richard Bland, Robert Poythress, William Batte William, Poythress

Recorded at court held at Fitzgeralds for Prince George County 13 Sept. 1743.

The widow and executrix Elizabeth Poythress exhibited the will with Robert Poythress qualified as executors. All witness proved will.

Chesterfield County Dead Papers, (copy is on file in the Virginia State Library and Archives).
[Elizabeth Poythress married John GILLIAM]

Copies of Wills probated in Prince George may be found in Charles Friend's Commonplace Book
John GILLIAM (1712–1774, pp. 1–2)
John GILLIAM (1761–1823, p. 24)
William GILLIAM (d. 1800, pp. 19–21)

Fragment of Will of John GILLIAM
Dated 26 Jul 1774, Presented 11 Oct 1774
Prince George County, VA

_____________ 18 day of July 1764, at the particular instance and request of my said son did pay him the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds current money, which said sum he received from me as a full satisfaction and in lieu of the remaining four negroes I had promised him and for the completing and performing my said promise do now give and devise and bequeath unto my son, Robert GILLIAM, and to his heirs forever the tract of land whereon he now resides and all the swamps and marshes thereunto belonging it being the land and marshes purchased of James GILLIAM and after the death or marriage of his mother give unto him, my said son, the plantation I now live on, commonly called Charles and my fishing marshes with the house thereon, which I give to him and his heirs forever.

Item 3. I give and bequeath unto my son William GILLIAM and to his heirs forever all my right and of and in and to the Island in Appomattox River, commonly called Cobb’s Island and if he dies under the age of twenty-one and without issue, I then give the same to my son, John, and his heirs forever.

Item __ . My Will and Desire is that after the death or marriage of my wife, all the rest and residue of my estate of what kind or sort soever, that is not already disposed of by this my last will an testament—I give and devise to my son, William and his sisters, Elizabeth, Ann, Jane, and Susana to be equally divided amongst them, which dividend I give to them and their heirs forever, each daughter in such dividend respectfully to account for the several sums of money advanced by me to their respective husbands, which sums are to be deducted from their proportions of the said slaves or their values, and my _____ and desire further is that if my son William should die before he arrives at the age of twenty-one years or my daughter Susana should die before marriage and before she arrives at the age of twenty one years and my son William without issue—that their his or her share or their shares shall be equally divided between my son Robert and his sisters which dividend I give to them and their respective husbands.

Item 3. Whereas throughout this my will I have given and devised unto my several daughters that are now married, sundry estates and interest by and under their Christian names as if I intended to deprive their several husbands of that share of my estate, which I ever intended my daughters when married is their portions, I therefore declare this to be my will desire and intention, that such of my sons-in-law (as) may survive any of my daughters at the time the within mentioned contingencies may happen or their heirs by any of my said daughters shall enjoy and received their respective their respective wives portion as if she then was living ________

Item 3. Whereas I have by this last will and testament done everything in my power to give that satisfaction to my children I could wish and according to their different circumstances and situations in life distributed my estate amongst them and being desirous this writing should be taken and received by my legatees as my last will and testament and according to the plain and simple meanings and significations of the words without any forced construction thereon—I d therefore ordain and declare it my will and intention that if any of the within legatees shall commence any suit or make use of any other methods with an intent to frustrate or make void any part point or devise whatsoever of this my last will, that then and in that case I do declare it to be my will and intention that he, she or they so acting shall forever forfeit all and every interest of and to every legacy or legacies so given or devised to him, her or them—and my will and desire is that the legacy or legacies so forfeited, be it in land, chattels or personal estates shall become vested in all the rest of my children, in as full and as ample a manner as if I never disposed it, to whom I then give it to and their heirs forever.

Item. I desire that my estate may not be appraised.

Lastly. I bequeath unto my sons-in-law Charles Duncan and Nathaniel Harrison the sum of forth pounds current money each, which I request them to accept as a small gratuity, and I appoint and constitute my said sons-in-law my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament, utterly revoking all others by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 26 day of July 1774.

N.B. The several interlineations before signed.

Signed, sealed published and declared to be his last will and testament by the said John GILLIAM

John GILLIAM (seal)

in the presences of us
Thomas Davis
John Lewis, Jr.
Charles GILLIAM

Probated Tuesday 11 day of October 1774, Prince George County
[Original in possession of Dr. James E. Smith of Richmond, VA, previously in possession of Nathaniel GILLIAM Friend of Whitehall, Prince George, VA, prior to 1865. The division of the slaves of John GILLIAM, the Elder, are contested in John Boyd, etc vs. Legts of John GILLIAM]

Will of Lucy Skelton GILLIAM

Will of John GILLIAM, the Younger
3 February 1790
Probated 19 July 1790
Prince George County, VA, Deed Book (1787-1792), page 388
[John GILLIAM, the Younger, preceded his father in death. John married Mary Ruffin Harrison, the daughter of Nathaniel Harrison, Sr., and Mary Ruffin, his wife. John's Will mentions daughter Mary and Jenny and nephew William Poythress, the son of William Poythress and Mary GILLIAM. Daughter Mary married John Dunlop and daughter, Jenny, married William Baird.]

Will of John GILLIAM, the Elder
19 September 1791
Prince George County, VA

In the name of God Amen. I John GILLIAM, the elder of the County of Prince George being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be God) do this 19th day of September 1791, make and publish my last will and testament in manner following viz;

First I give, devise and bequeath to my dear wife Jane GILLIAM the use of my who estate both real and personal to be held and enjoyed by her during her widowhood and I give and bequeath to my said wife my negroes whose names are Cess, Aggy, Beck, Hannah, Mott, old Beck, Hannah, Esther, Judy, Phillis and Beck. I also give her my negroe man named bob and my chariot and horses, which negroes before named, I give to my said wife to be disposed of by her in such manner and in such proportions among her children and grand children as she my think proper, and the carriage she may give to which of them she may think fit but if my said wife should die intestate and without having made any deed of gift of the last mentioned property to any of her children or grand children in that case I will and direct that the same shall be equally divided among my son W. Boyd GILLIAM, my daughter Mary Poythress, and the persons who I shall hereafter in this my will appoint trustees for my daughter Elizabeth Arthur.

Also upon the decease of my wife I give, devise and bequeath unto my son Walter Boyd GILLIAM and to his heirs forever all the land tenements and hereditaments which I shall die in possessed of, together with the negroe slaves followeth to with Ester and Pompey, Sucky, Billy, Dott, Tom, Ester, Sucky and Mat, Joe, Betty, Suckey and Mingo, Ciss, Phobe, Hall, York, Manmouth, Harry, Ned, Betty, and James, Moses, Bob, Mardy and Anthony, Lucy, Bristol, and the increase of the said female slaves, also I give to my said son, all my stocks of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs and my household and kitchen furniture and the tools and utensils of every kind belonging to my plantation, also I give the old Negroes following viz. Phebe, Lucy, Manny, Pegg, Doll and Hanah, also I give and bequeath after the decease of my wife, all the rest and residue of the negroe slaves which I may die possessed of and all the increase of my slaves not herein before mentioned to be equally divided in manner following.

Viz one third thereof to my son, one other third part thereof to my daughter Mary and the other third part thereof I give and bequeath unto Thos, Griffin Peachy, Walter Boyd GILLIAM and Reuben M. GILLIAM their Executors and Administrators upon this trust and confidence that the said T. G. Peachy, W. Boyd GILLIAM and Reuben M. GILLIAM, and the survivor of them and the Executors of administrators of such survivors do and shall receive and take all the issues and profits of the said slaves and of the other slaves which they may at any time hereafter become entitled to under this my will as trustees for my daughter Elizabeth Arthur and that they do and shall apply and pay all such issues and profits arising from the said slaves to and for the maintenance and support of my said daughter Elizabeth during her natural life in such manner and by such ways and means that no husband of the said Elizabeth nor any other person except herself and children shall receive or derive any benefit and advantage whatsoever therefrom, and after decease that they said Trustees before named of the survivor of them the executors or administrators of such survivor shall divide the said slaves among all the children of my said daughter Elizabeth and if any of her children should die before their mother leaving issue, then such issue to have and enjoy such dividend which their parent would have been entitled to if living, at the death of my said daughter and after such division aforesaid shall be made, I give the several dividends aforesaid which my be allotted to the descendants of my said daughter to them and their heirs forever

And it is my will that the trustees aforesaid shall not be answerable for the separate transactions of either but each for his own transactions in execution the Trust aforesaid. It is my will and desire that all my just debts be duly paid before any division of my estate may take place.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my wife Jane GILLIAM and Thos. G. Peachy, Walter Boyd GILLIAM and Reuben Meriweather GILLIAM Executrix and Executors of this my last and will and Testament, hereby revoking all wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and hear within written.

John GILLIAM (seal)

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the within named John GILLIAM, the elder, as and for his last will and testament in presence of us 19 Sept 1791. The words and the increase of the said female slaves being first interlined.
Isaac Hall
John Angus
Rich’d Carrington, Jr.
Burned Record Counties Database, Library of Virginia.

1800
Will of William GILLIAM
In the name of God amen, I William Gilliam of the Parish of Bristol and County of Prince George do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament vizt

Imprimis: I give and bequeath unto my wife Christian the plantation whereon I now live with the negroes except those hereafter mentioned and stocks and every kind also every other article appertaining or belonging thereto during her natural life.

Item I give unto my wife Christian all my Negroes, stocks and crops at Flow de Hundred during her natural life and also one third of the profits of my vessels during their continuance in the employment they now are in.

Item I give unto my wife Christian all the negroes I received with her and their increase to be disposed of in what manner she may please to my children and their heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son John after his mother’s death and after marries or arrives to the age of twenty-one years the plantation whereon I now live with all the stocks of every kind to him and his heirs forever with all the household furniture.

I give unto my son John my water lott in that part of Petersburg called Blandford lately occupied by Harris and Sturdivant and John Green and my Lott at Broadway to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give to my youngest son, not yet Christianed, my plantation in Amelia County after he arrives to the age of twenty on or marries with the stocks of every kind thereon to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give to my youngest son above mentioned my lott No 16 in that part of Petersburg called new Blandford to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give unto my son, John, two negroe boys Paul and one form Amelia plantation as near his age as may be which are to be bound some trade by executors and when they have served their time are to be delivered to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give unto my youngest son two negroe boys Tom and a boy from my Amealy [sic] plantation as near his age as may be to be bound in the same manner as the other two above mentioned to him and his heirs forever.

Item it is my Will and I do order that my estate not given my wife be kept together by my executors and the profits thereof be applied to the support and education of my children in the manner my executors may think best.

Item I give unto my son John and my youngest son and my daughters Elizabeth and Jane all my negroes not before devised in fee simple to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever.

Item it is further my Will and desire that my vessels be kept in the same employ they are present are in as long as my executors think it profitable and that they allow John Blackwell fifty pounds per annum to super___ them as long as they find him attentive and the business will admit of it and the profits arising from them except the one third before given my wife be applied to the support and education of my children in what ever manner my executors may think best in case after a trial my vessels should be thought by my executors un_____ to my estate and not worth the trouble that they must be at to keep them in the employment they now are in they shall be at liberty to sell them and apply the money arising form the sale to the support and education of my children and I do order that my watermen be kept in my vessels until such sale does take place they being always excepted in the devise made my wife.

Item it is my Will land I do order that my executors finish the vessel I am now building in partnership with Mr. Robert Maitland and that he shall have the sole management and direction of her so long as he holds a part of her and that he pay annually my proportion of profits to my executors for the benefit of my children but if Mr. Maitland should sell his part of the vessel then mine is to be sold and the money to be applied as provided in the sale of my other vessels.

Item It is my will that of the provision herein made for the support of my children should not be found sufficient for that purpose my executors may sell any part of my estate they may think proper for their support and education.

Item it is further my will that if either of my sons should die under the age of twenty one and with a child living at the time of such death then I give all the land herein given to the survivor and his heirs forever.

Lastly I do appoint my wife Christian, my brother-in-law Archibald Eppes and my nephew Benjamin Harrison and John Gilliam executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do order that no appraisement of my estate be made. I hope my executors will not refuse me the favour to act.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 1st day of November seventeen hundred and ninety-nine, 1799.

William Gilliam
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in presence of us:
Walter McIndoe
Robertson Eppes

At a court of quarterly sessions continued and held for Prince George County at the Courthouse on Thursday the 13th day of March 1800.
This last Will and Testament of William Gilliam dec’d was presented into Court and proved by the oaths of Walter McIndoe and Robertson Eppes, the Witnesses thereto and by order of the Court it is truly recorded.

Teste Peter Williams, Clk
A copy Teste Jno Jas. Thweatt, CPGC
2nd June 1813
Burned Record Counties Database, Library of Virginia.
[The unnamed youngest child appears to be William Gilliam, though the records of Bristol Parish record his baptism as before the date of the Will. Robert Maitland married William’s niece, Susanna Gillam, niece Ann Gilliam married Benjamin Harrison.]


Will of John GILLIAM of Prince George, 1823

The Commonplace Book of Charles Friend also includes documents pertaining to the division of the estate of Richard Eppes and his daughter Christian GILLIAM.

ca. 1794,
Lawsuit of Archibald Eppes, Christian (Robertson) Eppes, Richard Eppes (d. 1797), and Thomas Eppes (d. 1798) v. Mary (Eppes) Cocke
(1783–1844), Robertson Eppes, William Eppes, Christian (Eppes) GILLIAM, William GILLIAM (d. 1842), Elizabeth (Eppes) Maitland, and William Maitland in the Court of Prince George County, Virginia (concerning the estate of Richard Eppes (1736–1792)). This material comprises a bill of complaint (pp. 8–10), answers (pp. 10–11), and depositions of Thomas B. Bryant (p. 13) and John Robertson (p. 12).

1832–1833
Division of land in Amelia County (Sweathouse), Petersburg (Blandford), and Prince George County (City Point, Revelings, Weston, and White Hill), Virginia, and slaves (pp. 34–46) to Charles Friend, John GILLIAM Friend (1813–1869), Nathaniel Friend (b. 1780?), and Doctor Nathaniel GILLIAM Friend (d. 1849?).

1833
Agreement of Nathaniel Friend (pp. 52–54) and Doctor Nathaniel GILLIAM Friend concerning the estate of Christian (Eppes) GILLIAM and land in Amelia County (Sweathouse), Petersburg (Blandford), and Prince George County (City Point, Revelings, and Weston), Virginia.

1833
Agreement (incomplete copy), of John GILLIAM Friend (pp. 55–59), Nathaniel Friend, and Doctor Nathaniel GILLIAM Friend concerning the estate of Christian (Eppes) GILLIAM and land in Alabama (Greene County), Amelia County (Sweathouse), and Prince George County (City Point, Revelings, and Weston), Virginia.


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