Elizabeth City County | Gilliams of Virginia
GILLIAMs of Elizabeth City and City of Hampton County
Updated March 23, 2016

Background
Elizabeth City County (extinct) was named for Elizabeth, daughter of James I, and was one of the eight shires established in 1634.  It became extinct in 1952, when it was incorporated into the city of Hampton, which was the county seat.  Elizabeth City is one of the Commonwealth's Burned Records Counties.  Its records were damaged and/or destroyed during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.  A few early deeds, wills, orders, and guardian's accounts survive.


Parishes
Elizabeth City Parish, 1619
Kecoughtan Parish, abt 1610-1619
Lower Parish of Elizabeth City, 1632-1636
Nutmeg Quarter Parish, 1630's
Santley Hundred Parish, 1628-1635
Upper Parish of Elizabeth City, 1632-1636
Waters Creek Parish, 1629-1634



Overview



Census
1850
GILLIAM, Ann, age 40, Seamstress
GILLIAM, Martha, age 18, Seamstress
GILLIAM, Anna, age 16, Seamstress
GILLIAM, William, age 12
GILLIAM, Walker, age 9
[Ann and family removed to Williamsburg. Billy has been memorialized in "The Military Funeral of Billy GILLIAM."]
Ancestry.com. Federal Census.


Marriages
1 Dec 1836
Married, on Thursday (Dec. 1), by Rev. John M. Willis, E. M. GILLIAM, to Miss Maria E. Cole, all of Hampton.
American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, p. 3, c. 1, Thursday, September 8, 1836.

29 Oct 1840
Married, at Elmwood, Elizabeth City County, on Oct. 29, by Rev. John Walker, Allan B. Magruder, of Charlottesville, to Miss Sarah GILLIAM, only dau. of the late Richard GILLIAM.
Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, p. 4, c. 5, Tuesday, November 17, 1840.

29 Dec 1853
Lucy F. GILLIAM
Married, On Dec. 29, 1853, at Bryorfield, Elizabeth City County, the residence of B. P. Lee, by Elder H. H. Wynne, Thomas A. Moss of Yorktown, and Miss Lucy F. GILLIAM of said county.
Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, p. 1, c. 2, January 20, 1854.


Obituaries
1 Jan 1836
Died at his residence in Hampton on Friday, Jan. 1, Rev. Richard GILLIAM, leaving wife and daughter.
American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, p. 2, c. 5, Tuesday, January 5, 1836.
[Rev. Richard GILLIAM performed numerous marriages in and around Hampton, VA in the 1820's and 1830's. His daughter, Sarah, married Allan B. Magruder, 29 Oct 1840]


Taxes
1798, Personal Property List A
Richard GILLIAM, page 3
William GILLIAM, page 3
Binns Genealogy. 1790/1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia.


Wills
21 Apr 1796
Will of Edward Delaney
Leg: Wife Elizabeth, Son Edward, Daughter Pamelia, Son John.
Extx: Wife Elizabeth Delaney
Rec: 28 Jul 1796
Wit: John Perry, John Parish, Richard Gilliam
Elizabeth City County, Will Book 1787-1800, page 309
Chapman, Blanche Adams. Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia 1688-1800. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

1 Jul 1797
Will of William Hunt
Leg: Wife, Ann Hunt
Extx: Wife, Ann Hunt
Rec: 26 Jun 1800
Wit: John Cooper, Richard Gilliam, J. Hardyman
Elizabeth City County, Will Book ___, page ___.
Chapman, Blanche Adams. Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia 1688-1800. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.


Sources
  • Binns Genealogy. 1790/1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia.
  • Chapman, Blanche Adams. Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia 1688-1800. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.