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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Gilliams who received Land in Alabama

Updated June 4, 2010

Background:
After the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Government established laws to survey and sell land gained from Britain. The area that became Alabama was originally part of the Mississippi Territory from 1798 to 1817. The defeat of the Creek Indians opened the heartland of Alabama to white settlement and caused Alabama fever to sweep the nation. Pioneers by the thousands left Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia seeking fertile land for growing cotton. Mississippi territorial law was in place, but when Mississippi became a state, Congress created the Alabama Territory in 1817.

Many settlers arrived in the area before government lands had been surveyed. Unable to buy, they simply picked a location, built a cabin, cleared fields, and put in crops. Such families were called squatters. Land laws were passed to provide legal title to land for settlers who already lived on the land. Some settlers claimed land by British or Spanish land grants, and others were squatters who claimed land by right of pre-emption.

Starting in 1804, U. S. Land Offices were established to sell land in the area which would become Alabama. By law federal land was sold to the highest bidders at public auctions. Alabama sales attracted men from all over the nation, many of them speculators. Groups of speculators bought large tracts, sometimes for as little as $10 an acre, then resold at $20 to $100 an acre. When an auction ended, poorer migrants could buy less desirable land for as little as $2 an acre. The smallest amount one person could buy was 160 acres. Under the Land Law of 1800 a purchaser could put one-fourth down and pay the rest off over three years. But when the price of cotton fell to eighteen cents a pound, few could meet payments on land bought at inflated prices. By 1820, Alabama owed the federal government $11 million--more than half of the national land debt. In 1820 and 1821 Congress passed new laws to deal with this problem. The Land Law of 1820 required future buyers to pay the entire amount in cash but lowered the minimums to $1.25 an acre and 80 acres. Those already in debt were aided by the Relief Act of 1821 which permitted them to keep part of their land and return the rest to the government or buy it all on the installment plan at reduced rates



Gilliams receiving Land in Alabama
Sorted by County


Patentee Name

County
Issue date
Land Office
Gillian, William M
Blount 
4 Nov 1899 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, William
Blount 
5 Dec 1884 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, John
Blount 
3 May 1895 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, Robert D
Blount, Cullman 
1 Mar 1858 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, Isaac
Butler 
2 Oct 1854 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Butler 
1 Feb 1843 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Butler 
20 May 1837 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Butler 
3 May 1848 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Butler 
28 Jul 1838 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Butler 
2 Aug 1837 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Butler 
1 Sep 1858 
Greenville 
Gilham, George W
Cherokee 
1 Nov 1884 
Huntsville 
Gillean, Lorenzo D
Cherokee 
1 May 1845 
Lebanon 
Gilliam, Robert D
Cherokee 
1 May 1845 
Lebanon 
Gillean, Major M
Cherokee 
1 Jun 1845 
Lebanon 
Gilliam, John
Cherokee 
10 Jun 1852 
Lebanon 
Gilliam, John
Chilton 
20 Nov 1835 
Cahaba 
Gilliam, John
Chilton 
15 May 1837 
Cahaba 
Gillion, Isaac
Elmore 
18 Aug 1837 
Cahaba 
Gilliam, Howel
Fayette 
10 Nov 1840 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillion, Henry
Fayette 
9 Apr 1917 
Montgomery 
Gillion, John A
Fayette 
15 Aug 1917 
Montgomery 
Gillion, Odie
Fayette 
28 Sep 1944 
Gen Land Office 
Gilliam, Littleberry
Franklin 
14 Oct 1834 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, Littleberry
Franklin 
14 Oct 1834 
Huntsville 
Gillen, Isaac
Greene 
22 Sep 1835 
Demopolis 
Gilham, Jesse
Hale 
1 Mar 1827 
St. Stephens 
Gillum, John
Jackson 
3 Oct 1854 
Lebanon 
Gillean, John
Jackson 
4 Oct 1898 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, Salina
Jackson 
20 Nov 1847 
Lebanon 
Gillum, John
Jackson 
15 Apr 1874 
Lebanon 
Gilliam, John
Jackson 
51 May 1848 
Lebanon 
Gilliam, Elias
Jackson 
1 Jun 1831 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, William H
Jackson 
15 Aug 1882 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, John
Jackson 
1 Sep 1849 
Lebanon 
Gillen, John
Jefferson 
2 Jun 1823 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillen, John
Jefferson 
10 Sep 1827 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillen, John
Jefferson 
15 Feb 1912 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, Howel
Lamar 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Howell
Lamar 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Peter
Lamar 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Peter
Lamar 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Peter
Lamar 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, William
Lamar 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, William
Lamar 
15 Jul 1854 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Howell
Lamar 
2 Jul 1860 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillham, David G
Lawrence 
15 Jan 1919 
Montgomery 
Gilliam, John B
Limestone 
22 Apr 1901 
Huntsville 
Gilliam, Joseph E
Limestone 
10 Apr 1907 
Montgomery 
Guilliams, George
Madison
1 Jun 1831
Huntsville
Gilliam, Richard Holland
Madison 
24 Apr 1957 
Washington Ofc 
Gillian, William F
Marion 
3 Dec 1919 
Montgomery 
Gillham, Thomas
Pickens 
10 Jun 1826 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillum, William
Pickens 
2 Jul 1827 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillam, Henry
Pickens 
30 Mar 1837 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillam, Henry
Pickens 
30 Mar 1837 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillum, William
Pickens 
4 Jan 1831 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Silas
Pickens 
20 Sep 1839 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Silas
Pickens 
20 Sep 1839 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Silas
Pickens 
20 Sep 1839 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Silas
Pickens 
20 Sep 1839 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillum, Solomon
Pickens 
20 Sep 1839 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, Reubin
Shelby 
17 Jun 1898 
Montgomery 
Gillum, James L
St. Clair 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gillam, Robert
Tallapoosa 
6 Oct 1840 
Tallapoosa District 
Gillam, John
Tallapoosa 
10 Nov 1851 
Montgomery 
Gillum, Yancy T
Tallapoosa 
1 Feb1860 
Montgomery 
Gillum, Yancy T
Tallapoosa 
1 Apr 1850 
Montgomery 
Gillum, Yancy T
Tallapoosa 
1 Mar 1858 
Montgomery 
Gillum, Harris
Tallapoosa 
10 Jun 1848 
Montgomery 
Gilliam, John
Tuscaloosa 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, John
Tuscaloosa 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, John
Tuscaloosa 
1 Jun 1858
Tuscaloosa 
Gillen, Joshua W
Tuscaloosa 
1 Jul 1848 
Tuscaloosa 
Gillian, William F
Tuscaloosa, Jefferson
1 Dec 1891 
Montgomery 
Gillam, William
Walker 
1 Dec 1851 
Tuscaloosa 
Gilliam, William B
Winston 
25 Mar 1909 
Montgomery 
Gilliam, William R
Winston 
22 Jun 1911 
Montgomery 



Sources
  • Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. www.glorecords.blm.gov/