New Kent County | Gilliams of Virginia

GILLIAMs of New Kent County
Updated March 29, 2016

Background
New Kent County was named either for the English county of Kent or for Kent Island, in the upper waters of the Chesapeake Bay. William Claiborne, a native of Kent who had been driven from Kent Island by Lord Baltimore, was a prominent resident of the New Kent area about 1654 when the county was formed from York County. Its area is 221 square miles, and the county seat is New Kent.

Saint Peter's Parish was formed from Blisland Parish in 1679. In 1704, St. Peter's Parish was split into two parishes, its lower part remained St. Peter's Parish and it's upper part became St. Paul's Parish in New Kent County. In 1720, Hanover County was created from New Kent County, encompassing the entire parish of Saint Paul's Parish. Several parishes were formed from Saint Peter's Parish, but they were formed into counties other than New Kent.

Unfortunately, most of the records of New Kent County no longer exist. The colonial records of New Kent County were destroyed by a fire in 1787, which was set by John Price Posey, for which he was hanged. It was the greatest loss suffered because the early records of many counties were in the New Kent Clerk's Office: King and Queen, 1654-1691; King William County, 1654 to 1691; Hanover County, 1654 to 1721; Louisa County, 1654 to 1728; and part of Caroline County, 1654 to 1691. (Caroline Co., Va. was formed in 1728 from Essex, King and Queen, and King William Counties. King and Queen County, VA was formed from New Kent County, VA. in 1691, and King William County, VA was formed in 1702 from King and Queen County, VA.) The records for New Kent between 1787 and 1864 were burned at the time the village of New Kent Courthouse suffered a disastrous fire. The records for New Kent since 1864 are intact and are in good condition.
 

Parishes
Blisland Parish, 1654
Saint John's Parish, 1680-1691
Saint Paul's Parish, 1704-1720
Saint Peter's Parish, 1679
Saint Stephen's Parish, bef 1674-1691
Stratton Major Parish, 1655-1691

The GILLIAMs were later (mid to late 1800's) members of Pamunkey United Methodist Church.

 

Overview
It appears that Richard, a son of William, Constable of Weyanoke, Charles City County, and brother of Jeffrey GILLIAM of Charles City, settled in New Kent. Richard is mentioned in connection to his father and brother:

Jeffery GILLAM of Chas. City Co., for 200 lbs. tob. to John Hunt of same, 50 A. in Weyanoke Par. on N. side, formerly bought of Mr. Daniel Clark of this Co. by my father Wm. GILLAM and Jefry Munford jointly and by sd. Munford the survivor made over to me as one of the heirs of my father, 5 Apr 1669. Land is bet. Seller Run and Oldmans Cr., being undivided from a parcel purchased by sd. Hunt from my brother Richard GILLAM and given to sd. Richard by sd. Munford. 18 Jan 1692
Rec. 3 Aug 1693.
Signed Jefry (I) GILLAM.
Wit: John Turner & Richard (X) Homes.

Richard was living in St. Peter's Parish by 1689, when he is mentioned in processioning records. The births and baptisms of several of his children are recorded in the Parish Register.

The descendants of Epaphroditus Gilliam, the son of William and Jane Gilliam of St. Peter’s Register continue to live in New Kent until the 1900s.

 

Bankruptcy

26 Jul 1872
This is to give notice--that on the 16th day of July 1872, a warrant in bankruptcy was issued out of the District Court of the United States for the eastern District of Virginia, against the estate of Richard L. Gilliam, of New Kent county, and state of Virginia, who has been adjudged a bankrupt on his own petition; that the payment of nay debts and the delivery of any property belonging to said bankrupt, to him or for his use, and the transfer of any property by him are forbidden by law; that a meeting of the creditors of said bankrupt, to prove their debts, and choose one or more as assignees of his estate, will be held at a court of bankruptcy, to be holden at the Register’s office, Richmond, Va, before W. W. Forbes, Esq. Register, on the the 6th day of August, 1872, at 10 o’clock AM.
David B. Parker
US Marshall
The Daily State Journal, July 26, 1872
[Richard L. Gilliam was the son of John L. Gilliam and Martha Susan. Though the above refers to the “estate” of Richard, it also refers to “his own petition.” Richard died in 1894.]
The Daily state journal., July 26, 1872, Image 2



Cemeteries
Pamunkey United Methodist Church, Cemetery

Olivet Presbyterian Church Cemetery
James Blair Gilliam
Birth: Jun. 28, 1905, USA
Death: unknown
"Interred Hollywood Richmond VA
Officer Counter Intelligence Corps United States Army World War II"
[A search of Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond fails to reveal a James B. Gilliam]

 

Census
1810
Epaphroditus Gilliam
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): New Kent, New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 2
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 8


Frances Gilliam
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): New Kent, New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 4


1820
Epaph Gilliam [Epaphroditus Gilliam]
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
Slaves - Females - Under 14: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 16: 5
Free White Persons - Over 25: 3
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 11

Frances Gilliam
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Over 25: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 3

1830
John S Gilliam
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 1
Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 1
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total Slaves: 4
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 8


Overton T Gilliam
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 4
[Son of Thomas Gilliam, the son of Jeffrey Gilliam of Charles City. Grandson Overton is mentioned in the Will of Jeffrey.]

Sarah Gilliam
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6

Robert Gilliam
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 3
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 5
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total Slaves: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 10

Juduthun Gibson
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 2
Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total Slaves: 6
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 12
[Name is spelt in numerous ways. Also as Giddaythan Gibson. Mr. Gibson married Elizabeth Gilliam the daughter of Jeffrey Gilliam of Charles City. It appears Elizabeth has died by 1830]

1840
John L Gilliam
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7

Richard L Gilliam
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4

Robert Gilliam
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 2
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 3
Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10

Tabitha Gilliam
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): New Kent, Virginia
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 1
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 1

1880
Name: Richard Gilliam
Age: 62
Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1880: Cumberland, New Kent, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah F Gilliam
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Farmer
Richard Gilliam 62
Sarah F Gilliam 58
Sarah F Gilliam 35
Percilla A Gilliam 28
Corda Johnson 18, servant, teamster

Name: John C. Gilliam
Age: 41
Birth Year: abt 1839
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1880: Ware Creek, New Kent, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elmore Gilliam
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Retail Grocer
John C. Gilliam 41
Elmore Gilliam 31
Claud D. Gilliam 5
Maud N. Gilliam 2
____Gilliam 4m [Blanche M.]
Wm. Hill 21, works on farm
Julius Robberson 22, house servant

Name: Epaphroditus Gilliam
Age: 35
Birth Year: abt 1845
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1880: Cumberland, New Kent, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Recilla Gilliam
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Farmer
Epaphroditus Gilliam 35
Recilla Gilliam 22
Richard C Gilliam 2
Epaphroditus Gilliam 1


Name: James R. Taylor
Age: 61
Birth Year: abt 1819
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1880: Ware Creek, New Kent, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Octavia Taylor
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Farmer
James R. Taylor 61
Octavia Taylor 42
Jane Gilliam 35
Jane Lewis 20, servant,
Mertle E. Lewis 1, daughter of servant


Name: Wm P Pomfrey
Age: 62
Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1880: Cumberland, New Kent, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Pomfrey
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Housecarpenter
Wm P Pomfrey 62
Elizabeth Pomfrey 56
Martha A Pomfrey 22
Sarah F Pomfrey 18
Florence L Pomfrey 14
Bettie B Gilliam 33
John Gilliam 8
Ozella Gilliam 7
Maria J Gilliam 6
Ida R Gilliam 4



Deeds
1 Mar 1864
Isaac Henry Howle & wife Emaline C. to Robt B. Franklin, $1000, 90 acres, New Kent, formerly owned by John M. Lacy & conveyed to sd Howle by Thos. Q. GILLIAM
Sig: Isaac H. Howle, Emaline C. Howle
Emaline, wife of Howle, relinquished dower right, 1 Mar 1864 city of Richmond.
Rec: 14 Apr 1864, 10 May 1866
New Kent County, VA, Deed Book 1, page 39.
[Emaline C. GILLIAM, married Isaac H. Howle. She is the sister of Thomas Q. GILLIAM and daughter of John L. GILLIAM and Susan, his wife.]

2 Jun 1868
John B. Langley to Robt S. Taylor $221.50, 50 acres, New Kent, formerly held by Henry B. Langley, decd & sold by Ct Order in Austin et al vs. Langley, adj. Thomas S. Martin, Benjamin M. Morris, estate Richard B. Taylor, decd, Richard L. GILLIAM, estate John Slater decd.
Rec: 5 Mar 1869.
New Kent County, VA, Deed Book 1, page 338.
[Richard L. GILLIAM is the brother of John L. GILLIAM, above. Richard and John are believed to be the sons of Epaphroditus GILLIAM of New Kent.]

26 Nov 1869
Robt B. Franklin & wife Elizabeth to Robt S. Taylor. $300, 88 acres, New Kent formerly owned by John M. Lacy decd & conveyed by Thos. Q. GILLIAM to Isaac Henry Howle & by Howle to Robt B. Franklin.
Sig: Robert B. Franklin, Elizabeth Franklin.
Elizabeth, wife of Franklin, relinquished dower right.
Rec: 13 Dec 1869
New Kent County, VA, Deed Book 1, page 407.

23 Jan 1871
Richard L. GILLIAM of New Kent declares intention to claim homestead; New Kent, (1) 25 ac., adj. R. B. Taylor estate, (2) 38.5 ac., (3) 47.5 ac., including 10 cattle, household & kitchen furniture, 3 sow, 13 shoats, mule.
Sig: R. L. GILLIAM
Rec: 24 Jan 1871

New Kent County, VA, Deed Book 1, page 536.



Land Taxes
Gilliams of New Kent County Land Tax Record

Gilliams of 1863 Commissioner of Revenue Land Tax Records


Landowner's Directory of 1815
Epaphraod [Epaphroditus] GILLIAM
[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.
 


Military Records
Lower Company of Foot, 1702

Civil War
Epaphroditus Gilliam
Residence: New Kent County, Virginia
Enlistment Date: 23 Feb 1863
Enlistment Place: Chester, Virginia
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Virginia
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 23 February 1863 at the age of 18. Enlisted in Company E, 53rd Infantry Regiment Virginia on 23 Feb 1863.
Deserted from Company E, 53rd Infantry Regiment Virginia on 28 Oct 1863.
Sources: 21
Height: 5'7 "
Eye Color: brown
Hair Color: brown
Complexion: light

Epaphroditus Served from 23 Feb 1863-28 Oct 1863 and fought
Fought on 28 Feb 1863.
Fought on 8 Apr 1863 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 12 Apr 1863 at Suffolk, VA.
Fought on 13 Apr 1863 at Suffolk, VA.
Fought on 15 Apr 1863.
Fought on 16 Apr 1863 at Suffolk, VA.
Fought on 19 Apr 1863 at Suffolk, VA.
Fought on 3 May 1863 at Suffolk, VA.
Fought on 20 May 1863.
Fought on 21 Jun 1863 at Upperville, VA.
Fought on 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 3 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 4 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 5 Jul 1863 at School House Hospital, Chambersburg, PA.
Fought on 5 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 5 Jul 1863 at Cashtown, PA.
Fought on 14 Jul 1863 at Falling Waters, MD.
Fought on 23 Jul 1863 at Snicker's Gap, VA.
Fought on 24 Jul 1863 at Manassas Gap, VA.
Fought on 1 Sep 1863.
Fought on 5 Oct 1863 at Yorktown, VA.
Fought on 13 Oct 1863 at Clarksburg, WV.
Fought on 14 Oct 1863 at West Virginia.
[Epaphroditus Gilliam was the son of Richard L. Gilliam of New Kent County, VA]
Historical Data Systems, comp. American Civil War Regiments [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA

Thomas Q Gilliam
Age at enlistment: 32
Enlistment Date: 28 Jun 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: New Kent Court House, VA
State Served: Virginia
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Virginia 3rd Cavalry Regiment on 28 Jun 1861.
Mustered out on 04 May 1864 at Yorktown, VA.
Birth Date: abt 1829
The Virginia Regimental Histories Series
[This record states that Thomas mustered out on 4 May 1864; however, the following record states that Thomas Quincy Gilliam deserts his company on 4 May 1864]

Thomas Gilliam
Enlistment Date: 28 Jun 1861
Enlistment Place: New Kent Court House, Virginia
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Virginia
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 28 June 1861 at the age of 32.
Enlisted in Company F, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Virginia on 28 Jun 1861.
Deserted from Company F, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Virginia on 4 May 1864 at Yorktown, VA.
[The above record states that Thomas mustered out on 4 May 1864; however, this record states that Thomas Quincy Gilliam deserts his company on 4 May 1864]
 

Parish Records
The Vestry and Register of St. Peter's

The Vestry of Blisland Parish
 

Patents, Headrights and Bounds
29 Apr 1659
Georg Browne, 200 acs. New Kent Co
On N Side of the head of
Ware Cr., S. on William GILLMAN and Mr. Overman & SE on a branch parting it from Robert Harrison. Trans of 4 pers: John Heynes, Sr. Evan Johannes, John Haines, Senr. Robert Scottell.
Cavaliers and Pioneers

29 Jan 1661
James Wilson, 700 acs. New Kent Co
On the head of Ware Cr. on the E side beg at Mr. Stanawayes corner, SW. on Mount Holly path WNW to a branch of Cowpen swamp, down same to Robert Harris lyne etc. SW. to the Reedy Swamp to GILLMANS land etc. Trans of 14 pers: Wm. Lewis, Thomas Wood, Eliz. Wood, Lyddy How, Wm. Badger, Jno. Guffer, Danll Merick, Jno. Jones, Edward Luc, Mary Wms. Edward Webb, Abell Jason, Wm. Richardson, Ann Robbinson
Cavaliers and Pioneers

18 Feb 1673
Mr. Tho. Hall & Jno. Pigg, 3831 acs.
On NE side of Mattopony Riv. Above the tides flowing about 40 aces above an Indian Weire, &c. Trans. Of 77 pers: James Meate, Hen. Jack, Ann Akin, Alesdr. Logan, Cha Jack, And. Jack, Ja Coggill, Mary Coggill, Jno. Russell, Tho Shory, Eliza Gray, Sa. Williams, Wm. Thorne, Samll Peachy, Jno. Sheppard, Abra. Robinson, Jno. Jones, Mary Smith, Sarah Smith, Jno. Overbury, Wm. Clopton, Hen. Rider, Fra. Hatton, Samll Moody, Hun. Moody, Math. Huberd, Sarah Fenn, Jno. Gillett, Robt. Shockey, Richd Price (or Prin), Robt Purvis, Tho. Parker, Wm. Daniell, Mary Daniell, Ann Cowthorne, Rich Simins, Robt. Bishope, Wm. Gray, Susan Smith, Jennett Bogy, Hen. Turner, Samll Talke, Jno. Hawford, Tho. Conny, Jno. Underhill, Thom. Smith, Jno. Dowglass, Daniell Frizell, Danll. Sanders, Mary Bough, Jno. GILAM, Robt, Holme, Eliz. Montague, Wm. a boy, Wm. Brate, Eliz. Parr, Mar. Luckett, Rowland Graham, Richd. Fitzee (or Fichee) Tho. Browne, Mary Hayes, Edwd. Drapier, Richd Rade, Robt Jennings, Robt Lee, Abra. Brown, Robt Prior, Robt Lambo, Ingoe . . . & 8 Negroes
Cavaliers and Pioneers

24 Feb 1675
James Wilson, 700 acs.
On the head of Ware Cr. on the E. side Beg. at Mr. Stanaway’s on Mount Folly Path, down the Cowpen Sw. to Robt. Harris, along a br, of the Reedy Sw. to GILLMAN’S land &c. Renewal of his patt. Dated 29 Jan. 1661.
Cavaliers and Pioneers

16 Jun 1714
Thomas Barbar, 363 acs.
(Escheat L.) Thomas Taylor; lines of GILLAM, Richardson; & Hockaday; up Perrins Sw. to the mouth. Escheated from Mary Horseington, by inquisition under Philip Ludwell, Esqr., for 500 acs. Survey returned by Valentine Minge
Cavaliers and Pioneers
 

Pensions
John Bailey
Ansolem Bailey, aged 76, in Richmond city, VA on 21 Dec 1833 states that he knew John Bailey from childhood and that John Bailey enlisted and acted as Quarter Master. In 1780, John Bailey was Quarter Master at Bowling Green in Caroline County, VA. Anselm Bailey, Jr., Nancy Bailey, John Bailey, Parke Bailey, and William Bailey, William GILLIAM and Tabitha GILLIAM, his wife, who was Tabitha Bailey, John Boswell and Lucy Boswell, his wife, who was Lucy Bailey all of New Kent County, on 3 Aug 1835 state that John Bailey, formerly of New Kent County, enlisted in 1775. Charles Bailey, formerly of New Kent County, enlisted in 1777 and died intestate in service at Valley Forge. Thomas Baines, formerly of New Kent County, enlisted in 1776 in the Company of Capt. Abner Crump in a Regiment commanded by Col. George Gibson. The memoralist further states that they are the only next of kin, heirs and distributees of John Bailey, Charles Bailey, and Thomas Barnes.
Signed: Parke Bailey, Tabitha GILLIAM, John Boswell, John Bailey, Ann Bailey, and Ansolem Bailey.
(A note dated 31 Jul 1834 states that Tabitha GILLIAM is dead without issue.)
[The above Bailey's are found in the 1830 New Kent Census; however, neither William GILLIAM, not Tabitha may be found. There is a William GILLIAM in both Hanover and York in both 1820 and 1830. Interestingly, a Tabitha Gilliam is found in the 1840 New Kent Census]
 

Periodicals
thomas q

7 January 1871

Assignee Sales

By Cook & Laughton, Auctioneers

Assignee’s Sale of
Several Tracts of Land in New Kent County
At Auction

In compliance with a decree of the United States court of the district of Virginia of August 31st 1869, in the matter of Thomas Q. Gilliam, bankrupt, I will sell at auction, on

Thursday, the 12th day of January 1871,
At 12 o’clock PM in front of the United States Courthouse in the city of Richmond, the following property in New Kent County:

A farm containing 400 acres with improvements
Also
A small farm of 100 acres near New Kent Court House
Also
A small farm with improvements on which Jeremy Chandler resides
Also
One-fifth interest in a farm on which John S. Gilliam resides.
All necessary particulars of these various acts will be obtained before day of sale.
Terms—one third cash; the balance on a credit of six and twelve months, the purchaser to give notes, interest added, for the deferred payments, the title to be retained by the assignee until said notes are paid.
Lewis E. Higby, Assignee.
The Daily State Journal., January 07, 1871, Image 2
[Thomas after the above auction settles in Isle of Wight]

 

Slave Schedules
1850
Home in 1850: New Kent, Virginia
Name of Slave Owner: Tho Q Gilliam
All Slaves Owned:
Age Gender
35 Male
45 Male

1860
Home in 1860: New Kent, Virginia
Name of Slave Owner: Thomas Q. Gilliam
All Slaves Owned:
Age Gender
18 Male
25 Female
1 Male



Tax Records

Personal Property Tax Records

In 1782 Land Tax Records
William GILLAM's Est. was charge for 145 1/2 acres
Jacob GILLAM was charged for 160 acres
[Some abstracts give Jacob's name as Gillan, however the original clearly reads GILLAM.]

In 1790 Land Tax Records
William GILLIAM's Estate is listed 145 acres

In 1791 Personal Property Tax Records
Jane GILLIAM is taxed for 2 blacks over 16, and 3 horses, etc.

In 1800 Land Tax Records
Epaphroditus GILLIAM is charged for 145 acres

In 1800 Personal Property Tax Records
Epaphroditus GILLIAM, 1 white male tithable over 16, 1 black male tithable over 16, 1 black over 16, $287 amount of tax
Binns Genealogy. 1790/1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia.


Wills, Estates and Inventories
4 Sep 1893
Will of Martha E. Diggs
To Niece Mary E. Manning (in consideration of her father's kindness to an care of me), all property, farming lands, all appurtenances, all stock (cows, hogs, etc.,) household & kitchen furniture, excepting feather bed & bed furniture;
To Elmore GILLIAM, sd feather bed & furniture;
Maria Manning (mother of Mary E. Manning) to have home at this place with Mary E. Manning as long as she desire;
Ground on on which testatrix's husband is buried not to be trespassed upon, sold or conveyed to anyone;
Residue of estate to Mary E. Manning
Sig: Martha E. Diggs
Wit: D. C. Duvall, John F. Atkinson
Rec: 9 May 1895, by oaths witnesses
New Kent County, VA, Will Book 2, page 64.
[Martha E. E. GILLIAM married Thomas A. Diggs. Martha left her estate to her niece Mary E. Manning, the daughter of Maria S. GILLIAM and Armistead R. Manning. Martha E. E. GILLIAM and Maria S. GILLIAM were the children of Richard GILLIAM of New Kent. Martha also mentions in her Will Elmore, the wife of John C. GILLIAM, her first cousin.]

27 Sep 1905
Will of J. C. Gilliam
In the name of God. Amen. I, J. C. Gilliam of New Kent County, Virginia do make this my last will and testament, as follows to wit:

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Maude Gilliam five hundred dollars in cash.
Second. I give and devise unto my son, Benjamin M. Gilliam five hundred dollars in cash.
Third I give and bequeath and devise unto my daughter Emma L. Gilliam, three hundred dollars in cash.
Fourth I give and devise unto my daughter Minnie B. Bingley one hundred and fifty dollars in cash.
The balance of my property to be equally divided between all my children.

I appoint my wife, S. Elmore Gilliam, guardian during their respective minorities of such of children as at the time of my death shall be under the age of twenty one years and I desire that no security shall be required of her as such guardian.
Six I appoint my said wife, S. Elmore Gilliam executrix of this my last will and testament and require that no security shall be required of her as such.
Seventh, I hereby revoke all previous will and codicils hitherto made by me
Witness my hand this 27th day of September in the year of our Lord, 1905.

Sig: J. C. Gilliam
Wit: I. S. Couch, J. W. Eames

In the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office of New Kent County the 23rd day of October 1905

The last will and testament of J. C. Gilliam, decd was this day produced before the clerk in office by S. Elmore Gilliam the executrix therein named, proved by the oaths of I. S. Couch and J. W. Eames, the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Teste: T. N. Harris
New Kent County, VA, Will Book, 1, page 94



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