Southampton County

GILLIAMs of Southampton County
Updated July 13, 2012



Background
Southampton County was named, in the opinion of many authorities, for Henry Wriothesley, third earl of Southampton and treasurer of the London Company from 1620 to 1624. It is more likely, however, that the county was named for the borough of Southampton in England. Southampton County was formed in 1749 from Isle of Wight County, and part of Nansemond County was added later. Its area is 604 square miles, and the county seat is Courtland. 


Parishes
Nottoway Parish, 1749
Saint Luke's Parish, 1762



Overview
The GILLIAMs of Southampton County are well documented. See Southside Virginia Genealogies (formerly Virginians.com).


Bibles
Person family Bible record, 1823-1934.
6 leaves manuscript.
1 leaf typescript.
Notes and Summaries:
Areas covered are Southampton and Greensville counties. Bible published in 1849. Other surnames mentioned: Claud, Darden, Eppes, and GILLIAM.
This is the Bible of William T. Person and James H. Person.
Library of Virginia, Person Family Bible Record, 1823-1934.


Births
Ages And Birth Dates, Southampton County
by L. H. Hart

The following ages and birth dates were found among the various loose papers of Southampton County. Most of the items were taken from depositions in chancery and judgment papers. The items are arranged giving the name of the individual, his age or birth date, and the date of the deposition.
The following is printed with the kind permission of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Southampton County.

1. John Webb, son of Elizabeth; 20 years; 1759.
2. Charles GILLIAM; 63 years; 1759.
3. Thomas GILLIAM; 50 years; 1759.
4. William Kirby, son of Richard; upwards of 50 years; April 8,1762.
5. Peter Butts; near 50 years; April 8, I762.
6. Thomas King of Surry County; 30 years last May; Dec. 17 1760.
7. Henry Thomas; 53 years; 1768.
8. Micajah Thomas; 47 years; 1768.
9. Benjamin Williams; 42 years; 1768.
10. James Ridley; 43 years; Feb. 1753.
11. Joshua Claud; 47 years; Feb. 1753.
12. William Vaughan; 36 years; Feb. 1753.
13. Lewis Bryant; 53 years; 1762.
14. Ann Fowler; upwards of 30 years; 1762.
15. Abigal Edmunds; 60 years; Jan. 31, 1764.
16. Rachell Simons; 28 years; Jan. 31, 1764.
17. Sarah Bryant; 28 years; Jan. 31, 1764.
18. John Upchurch; near 70 years; July 14, I763.
19. Rebecca Lowe, dau. of James Basden; 56years; June 8, 1773-
20. James Basden, son of James Sr.; born July 12,1732; June 8, 1773.
21. Elizabeth Harrison, sister of Wm. Norwood; upwards of 50; Mar. 27, 1762.
22. Benjamin Chapman Donaldson; 65 years; Mar. 27, 1762.
23. Richard Harrison; about 24 years; Mar. 27, 1762.
24. Francis Sharpe; 50 years; Mar. 27, 1762.
25. Henry Harrison; about 27 years; Mar. 27, 1762.
26. Amos Garris; about 60 years; Mar. 27, 1762.
27. Mary Rease; born June 24,1735; Feb. 8, 1786.
28. Jesse Cooper; born Feb. 8, 1755; Feb. 8, 1786.
29. Margaret Bruce, sis. of Timothy Thorp, Sr.; 70 years; Oct. 4,1786.
30. John Bruce, son of Margaret (he is now dead); born Jan. 4, 1757; October 4, I786.
31. Richard Vick; son of Arthur and Mary; born June 14, 1770; Nov. 1, 1788.
32. Mary Foster; 71 years; June 20, 1763.
33. Thomas Jarrell (now dead); born Feb. 2, 1753; July 30,1789-
34. Richard Jelks. Jr.; 22 years; April 28, 1770.
35. Matthew Turner of Wayne Co., NC, son of Joseph, dec.; 40 years; Nov. 7, 1782.
36. Joel Dickinson of Wayne Co., NC; 42 years; Nov. 7, 1782.
37. Daniel Dickason; 24 years; June 1, 1773-
38. Jonathan Roggers of Hertford Co., NC; 51 years; Nov. 1782.
39. Mary Waller; 55 years; Mar. 7. 1786.
40. Drury Waller, son of Mary; born Dec. 26,1753; Mar. 7,1786.
41. Elizabeth Jones, dau. of James Jones; about 39 years; Feb. 6,1786.
42. Lucy Nichols, wife of John, dau. of Howell Edmunds; born April 22, 1755; Mar. 8, 1786.
43. Nicholas Williams; 66 last January; Mar. 29,1809.
Hart, L. H. “Ages and Birth Dates, Southampton County,” Southside Virginia, Volume 1, page 140-141.


Census
Southampton County, John Simmons
No. Souls 1775 or 6

The Following is an abstract of a fragment dockected as in the title. It was located in the Southampton County Court Papers 1796.
Thomas Gilliam, Jr: 1 white male over 16, 1 white male under 16, 2 females, 0 black males above 16, 1 black male under 16, 4 black females
Thos. Gilliam Sen.: 2 white male over 16, 0 white male under 16, 3 females, 3 black males above 16, 2 black male under 16, 6 black females
Arthur Gilliam: 1 white male over 16, 2 white male under 16, 3 females, 1 black males above 16, 3 black male under 16, 6 black females
Hart, L. H. Southampton County, John Simmons, No Souls 1775 or 1776. Southside Virginian. Volume 6, page 99


Chancery
1797
Southampton County, Virginia. In 1797, prior to his marriage to Martha James, Arthur GILLIAM explained to her father, John James, “that he was poor and unable to support a wife, unless he could marry a woman possessed of some property.” In response, James gave him a female slave named Liah and some other property. The petitioners, daughters and sons-in-law of the said GILLIAM, note that GILLIAM “remained in quiet possession of her until the period of his death.” They further assert that during GILLIAM’s “last illness” their grandfather “the said John James said in presence of the company which was there that he Arthur GILLIAM could do with the said negro woman as he pleased.” After GILLIAM’s death, however, the petitioners note that their grandfather “took back into his possession the said negro woman and her increase.” Noting that their mother has remarried and their grandfather has died, the petitioners pray that the court will “decree that the said slaves Liah and her increase should be divided between your complainants according to the respective rights” and that Martha’s dower portion of the slaves be allotted to her and her husband.
Names mentioned: Edwin Davis, Martha Gilliam Davis, Eli Coker, Susan Gilliam Coker, John Vasser, Lucy Gililam Vasser,
Library of Virginia. Chancery Suits.
Digital Library on American Slavery. Petition 21681806

1802
Rochelle, Butts and Johnson vs. GILLIAM
Butts, Mary.
Butts, William.
GILLIAM, Thomas.
Johnson, William.
Rochelle, Judith.
Tidewater Virginia Families: A Magazine of History and Genealogy. Williamsburg, VA. v.10, no.1 (May/June 2001), p. 55-56.
Also, Virginia Historical Society, General Collection, F221 .V8 T432 v.10 no.1
Record #176814
[Mary Butts, Thomas GILLIAM, Judith Rochelle are the children of John GILLIAM and his wife Lucy Clements of Southampton]


Court Orders

Court Order Index

8 Nov 1750
A writing purporting the Last Will and Testament of Robert Bryan dec presented & proved by Oaths of Robert GILLIAM & Lewis Bryan two of the witnesses, William Bryan on the the Extors refused Executorship, Thomas Bryan the other Extor to be summoned to Court and Robert Bryan the heir at law also to be summoned.
Southampton County, VA, Court Order Books 1749-1759, p. 94


Deeds

Deed Index

Deed Book 1, 1749 to 1753
No GILLIAMs are indexed.

Deed Book 2, 1753 to 1760
10 Jan 1754
Joseph Strickland of Edgecombe County, North Carolina to John Edwards, 50 acres on the north side of the Maherin River (patent to Matthew Strickland on 17 Aug 1725),
Sig: Joseph (I) Strickland,
Wit: Robert GILLIAM, Harris Taylor, and Newitt Harris
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 2, page 20

11 Feb 1757
Andrew McMial and wife Sarah to Lewis Bryan, 250 acres on the north side of the Maherin River and on the east side of Tarraroe Swamp adj. sd. Lewis, Benjamin Pope, Spring Branch, sd. Andrew, and Stoney Branch (patent to John Pope on 22 Jul 1738),
Sig: Andrew (A) McMial,
Wit: Robert GILLAM, Harris Taylor, and John Edwards
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 2, pages 151-152

19 Mar 1759
Richard Kirby Jr., a tailor, to John GILLIAM, Sells several slaves
Sig: Richard Kirby
Wit: Benjamin Clements and Benjamin Clements Jr.
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 2, page 289


Deed Book 3, 1760 to 1767
9 Mar 1761
Henry Harrison and wife Elizabeth of Sussex County to John GILLIAM, merchant
300 acres on the north side of Raccoon Swamp adj. the road over sd. swamp to Peter’s Bridge, sd. John, and sd. Henry,
Sig: Henry Harrison,
Wit: William Simmons, David Edmunds, and Joshua Nicholson Jr.
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 23-24

11 Mar 1761
John Harper and wife Mary to Jacob Newsum
75 acres on the south side of Reedy Branch and the north side of Three Creeks adj. Thomas Newsum, Stephen Vaighan, and the new road,
Sig: John (J) Harper and Mary (M) Harper,
Wit: John Larke, John Matthews, and Ephraim GILLIAM
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 24-25

11 Mar 1761
John Harper and wife Mary to Elizabeth Gould
75 acres on the south side of Reedy Branch and the north side of Three Creeks adj. Thomas Phillips, Christopher Robertson, new road, Watkins, and sd. Harper,
Sig: John (J) Harper and Mary (M) Harper,
Wit: John Larke, John Matthews, and Ephraim GILLIAM
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 25-27

11 Mar 1762
Edward Windham to Cordall Norfleet
40 acres where sd. Windham now lives on the south side of Flat Swamp adj. Morgan and Watson Gray (part of patent of 90 acres to Francis Ward on 8 Sep 1730) and 100 acres adj. the first tract on the north side of Proctors Branch (part of patent of 335 acres to William Spence on 5 Sep 1749),
Sig: Edward Windham,
Wit: Charles Briggs, John GILLIAM, and Howell Edmunds.
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 137-139

25 Sep 1762
Christopher Foster Jr. to Thomas GILLIAM
482 acres on the south side of Raccoon Swamp,
Sig: Christopher (+) Foster Jr.,
Wit: John GILLIAM, Charles (O) Barham, and Richard Johnson
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 170-171

17 Nov 1764
John Pope Sr. of Pitt County, North Carolina to John Pope Jr.
50 acres on the south side of the Nottoway River adj. GILLIAM Branch, Thomas Everitt, and the county line (patent to Lewis Davis on 16 Jan 1727 for 300 acres),
Sig: John Pope Sr.,
Wit: Nicholas Maget, Samuel Maget Jr., and Titus Carr
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 352-353

9 Oct 1765
Thomas GILLIAM Jr. to William Kirby
175 acres adj. the north side of Cocks Swamp (land purchased by Thomas Francis from William Pope when sd. Thomas was underage, sd. Pope patented on 28 Sep 1732),
Sig: Thomas GILLIAM Jr.
Wit: Benjamin Lewis, John Simmons, and Peter Hay
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 3, pages 393-394

4 Jun 1767
Thomas GILLIAM of Southampton, 93 pounds, three shillings, eight pence, do sell to Wm Taylor and Benj Simmons the following Negroes: Harry, George, Sam, Quamiry
Sig: Thomas [his X mark] GILLIAM
Wit: John Hay, John Stewart
Said Negroes delivered
Wit: Will Andrews Jr, Ann Holt
Sig: Thomas [his X mark] GILLIAM
Rec: 12 Nov 1767

Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 4, pages 58

5 Feb 1768
John Pope Jr of Southampton to Titus Carr of same, £20, 50 acres, southside Nottoway River, adjoining Robert GILLIAM's corner, Everitt's line, John Pope, Thomas Kerr [Carr], Nansemond's line, being land patented to Lewis Davis and conveyed to John Pope Sr and by him conveyed to John Pope Jr.

Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 4, pages 107

11 May 1769
James Odom of Southampton to Edward Drew of Heartford North Carolina, £27, 160 acres, southside the Nottoway River adjoining William Bryant's line, Drew's line, Lewis Davis' line, John Delk's line, being land given to Jacob Delk by the Will of Joseph Delk, and by Delk conveyed to James Odom.
Sig: James [his O mark] Odom
Wit: John GILLIAM, John Sandifer, Josiah [his X mark] Simmons
Rec: 14 Dec 1769

Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 4, pages 212-213

9 Aug 1770
Benjamin Clements, Senior of Southampton and Thomas Clements of Sussex, £500, 900 acres, on northside of the Nottoway River, part whereof is in the county of Sussex and part in Southampton and bounded by Reedy Branch, to corner of Thomas GILLIAM, Richard Parker's land, corner of Thomas Clements, and land Thomas Clements purchased of Richard Parker.
Sig: Benj Clements
Wit: William Hunt, Samuel Clifton, Thomas Peete
Rec: 14 Feb 1770.

Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 4, pages 337

24 Sep 1770
Moses Westbrook of Southampton and Graves Sharpe of Southampton, land given by John Westbrook to his son Moses Westbrook, 150 acres, adjoining Mary Ramsay's land, John Saul's land, John MCundel's Land, William Read's,
Wit: Will Andrews
Sig: Moses Westbrook
Thomas GILLIAM, Jr., memorandum that on the 24th day of Sept 1770, purchased John Gray, possession and seisin of the within mentioned land and premises was made by the within named Moses Westbrook according to the form and Effect of the within written
Sig: Moses Westbrook
Wit: Wm Andrews, Thos GILLIAM Jr., John Gray

Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 4, pages 374-375


15 Jan 1774
Memorandum of an agreement between John Rogers and Hincha GILLIAM, is such that the said John Rogers for his part doth agree to give the said Hincha GILLIAM the third part of his profits he paying third part of expenses agreeable to bargain between the sd John Rogers, he & Lazarus Cook & give three pounds ten shillings when he arrive to the age of twenty one years and the sd HInchea GILLIAM for his part doth agree to work as a partner ought to do
In witness where of we have hereunto set our hands & seals this 15th day of January 1774
sig: John Rogers, Hinchea GILLIAM
Wit: Isham Lundy
At a Court held for the County of Southampton on the 8th day of Sept 1774, this agreement between, John Rogers & Hinchea GILLIAM was proved by the oath of Isham Lundy, the witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 5, pages 98

1 Jul 1774
William Kirby of Southampton to William Vaughan, £90, 175 acres, being the land bequeathed to Wm Kirby by his father, Wm Kirby, conveyed to him by deed from Thomas GILLIAM, and to him by Thomas Francis, and to him by deed from Wm Pope and to him a grant dated the 28th Sep 1732, adjoining the northside of Cocke's Swamp
Sig: Wm Kirby
Wit: Benjamin Newsom, Shadk Kennebrew, Jac. Kennebrew
Rec: 1 Jul 1774
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 5, pages 221

15 May 1777
Thomas Ridley of Southampton appoints WIlliam HInes as his attorney.
Sig: Thomas Ridley
Wit: Jesse Drew, J. GILLIAM, W. Barker
Rec: 12 Jun 1777
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 5, pages 270

7 Dec 1779
John Barrett and Cherry, his wife, of Southampton and Nath Britt, Jr., of said county, 16 acres, adjoining Thomas Everitt, Nathan Britt, Sr, Fitch[?] Road to Robert GILLIAMs.
Sig: John Barrett, Chery [her X mark] Britt
Wit: Nathan Edward [his X mark] Britt
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 5, pages 434

10 Jan 1782
Nathan Britt, Sr. of Southampton and Nathan Britt, Jr. of Southampton, £100, on south side of Nottoway River, 6 acres, adjoining Nathan Britt, Sr, John Barrett's line, Edward Drew's line, being land conveyed by John Barrett to Nathan Britt, Sr.
Sig: Nathan Britt
Wit: John Chitty, John GILLIAM, Edward Britt
Rec: 14 Jan 1782
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 6, page 5

22 Mar 1784
Burwell Bell and Priscilla, his wife, of St. Luke's, Southampton and John Peters of Albemarle Parish, Sussex, £160, 150 acres, southside Nottoway River, adjoining north branch of Raccoon Swamp, fork and Nottoway River.
Wit: William Butts, William GILLIAM, Thomas Jones, William Moss
Rec: 22 Mar 1784
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 6, page 243-245

26 Apr 1784
Keaton Everitt of Southampton and Exum Everitt of same, £50, 100 acres in Saint Lukes,
“Beginning at a Cypress in the run of the Cypress Swamp a corner of the said land Robert Lawrence’s and formerly William Turner’s, then on the said Lawrence’s lines to the Great Branch, then down the various courses of the run of the said Branch to the mouth of the Little Meadow Branch then up the said Little Meadow Branch to Robert GILLIAM’s lines, then on the said GILLIAM’s line to Titus Carr’s line, then on the said Carr’s line to the Cypress Swamp then up the various courses of the run the said swamp to the beginning. . .”
Sig: Keaton Everitt
Wit: Nicholas Maget, Samuel Maget, Micholas Maget, Junr, Thomas Everitt
Rec: 9 Sep 1784
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 6, pages 277-278

16 Oct 1784
Robert Ivey and Amy his wife, of Southampton and John Williamson of Sussex, £200,
250 acres, lying southside of Three Creeks, adj Moses Thorpe, road leading to Hicks Ford, John Ivey’s, run of Three Creeks, Little Branch, Joseph Reese, decd,
Sig: Robert Ivey, Amey Ivey
Wit: Carter GILLIAM, Richard GILLIAM, Thomas GILLIAM
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 6, page 334-335

9 Jan 1797
Carter Wommock of Halifax Co., N. C., to William Wright of Southampton Co, VA, 85 acres, £128 Pounds, land adjoining Francis Branch, Elizabeth GILLIAMs and the said William Wright.
Sig: Carter (his X mark) Wommack
Wit: Robt. Mabry, Jacob Underwood, David Westbrook, Edmunds Myrick.
Southampton County, VA, Deed Book 8, page 364


Deeds, Unrecorded
16 Oct 1784
Robert ivy and wife Amy of Southampton to John Williamson of Sussex £250, 215 acres adj Moses Thorp, John Ivey, Joseph Resse, decd.
Wit: Carter ___, Thos Gilliam.
Hart, L. H. Unrecorded Southampton County Deeds. Southside Virginian. Volume 2, page 168

1 Jan 1794
Lucy Johnson and husband Richard Johnson of Wake County, NC to Thos Gilliam of Southampton £50 all my right in lands of my father Thomas Gilliam, decd. adj Richard Blow, W. Butts, Arthur Gilliam and ____ Clements.
Wit: Kinchen Jelks, John Fort
Docket Sep 1894, proved by two witnesses
Hart, L. H. Unrecorded Southampton County Deeds. Southside Virginian. Volume 2, page 172


Ejectment Suits
1752
[In a suit involving Lundys, John Gilliam of North Carolina examines witnesses and takes depositions.]
William Short, John Moore, Roland Williams, and John Gilliam of North Carolina, Gent, ordered to examine witnesses for both
plaintiff and defendant, dated 15 February 25th year of reign of George II.
Northampton Co.

Deposition of John Davis, planter, of full age.
He was formerly acquainted with one Sarah Sherard that was said to be a single woman and that he believed her to be so and that he never heard of her being married to James Lundy or any other person and that the said Sarah Sharrod had a child which was afterwards called James Lundy which child she carried about with her three or four years and was generally said to be a bastard child and the deponent further saith that he believes the said Sarah Sharrod bound her child to one Thomas Vinson a taylor and further saith not.
Sig: John [his X mark] Davis

Taken before us this fourth day of July 1752
John Moore
John Gilliam
Hart, L. H. Southampton County, Ejectment Suit, 1752. Southside Virginian. Volume 7, page 17


1815 Landowner's Directory
GILLIAM, Lucy, 12N
GILLIAM, Penelope, 15S
GILLIAM, Susan, 12N
GILLIAM, Richard, Estate, Meherrin River, 25W
GILLIAM, Celia, Nottoway River, 13NW
GILLIAM, Martha, Raccoon Swamp, 12N
GILLIAM, Joseph, Three Creek, 25W
[Directions and distances are measured from the Courthouse.]
Ward, Roger G. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer) Volume 2. Athens, GA: Iberian Pub. Co.


Legislative Petitions
20 Dec 1826
GILLIAM, Charlotte, Widow & relict of Henry R. GILLIAM asks for a law empowering the county court of Southampton to decree a sale of his estate. Includes deeds.
Library of Virginia, Legislative Petitions, Reel 184, Box 234, Folder 77


Marriages
8 Jun 1758
John GILLIAM and Lucy Clements, daughter of Benjamin Clements. Surety Peter Butts, Wit: Majo. Richard Kello, Benjamin Clements, Jr., and Thomas Clements.

11 Feb 1762
Richard Johnson and Lucy GILLIAM, Sur. Thomas GILLIAM. Wit. Richard Kello.

23 Jul 1782
Carter GILLIAM and Elizabeth Hancock

18 Nov 1782
Richard GILLIAM and Elizabeth Reese. Sur. Joseph Reese. Wit: Anslem [sic] GILLIAM and Carter GILLIAM.

5 Dec 1782
John GILLIAM and Mary Chitty

13 Jan 1783
William Butts and Mary GILLIAM, dau of John GILLIAM, deceased. Thomas GILLIAM guardian of Mary. Sur. Richard Johnson. Wit. Thomas GILLIAM.

6 Feb 1783
John Williamson and Martha GILLIAM. Minister's Returns.

1 Jan 1794
William Chitty and Sally GILLIAM. Sur. Samuel Matthews. Wit. John D. Haussman.

6 Nov 1797
John Gurley and Betsey W. GILLIAM, dau of Thomas GILLIAM, Sur. Benjamin Edwards. Wit. Samuel Kello, Jr.

10 Apr 1801
Capt. Stith Tucker and Polly GILLIAM, dau of Thomas GILLIAM, Sur. John GILLIAM, Wit: Samuel Kello.

21 Sep 1801
Charles Champion and Callia (Seley) GILLIAM. Sur. Randolph Newsum. Wit. Samuel Kello, Jr.
[Seley was the widow of Thomas GILLIAM, Sr. She was Selah Sowerby/Sowersberry]

Oct 1801
Edward Davis and Martha GILLIAM. Sur. John James.

[Martha GILLIAM was the widow of Arthur GILLIAM; she was nee Martha James. See 1797 Chancery.]


13 Oct 1801
John GILLIAM and Elizabeth Ellis, daughter of Polly Jelks, Sur. William Myrick, Wit. Samuel Kello.
[Polly Ellis married Kinchen Jelk, 12 Mar 1798]

17 Jan 1803
Robert GILLIAM and Milley Turner. Sur. John Barnes. Wit: Benjamin Cobb.

20 Sep 1803
Robert GILLIAM and Rhoda Britt, dau of Nathan Britt, Surety, Newit Edwards, Wit: Benjamin Cobb, Bond 20 Sep, 1803, by Rev. Benjamin Barnes, Methodist.

27 Aug 1806
Henry R. GILLIAM and Charlotte Turner, daughter of Charlotte Turner. Surety Peyton Lundy, Wit. Rice B. Pierce and Mary Lundy

5 Mar 1810
Matthew GILLIAM and Betsey Barrett, Wit: Samuel Kello. Consent only.



Military
Removals from Delinquent Militia Fine Lists
Southampton
St. Lukes
James Gilliam, Sussex

Kolbe, J. C. “Removals from Delinquent Militia Fine Lists” Southside Virginian. Volume 4, page 129


Papers
1912
GILLIAM, Joseph Simmons, Letter, 1912 A copy of a transcript of a letter, 21 March 1912, from Joseph Simmons GILLIAM of Virgilina to J. D. Drewry concerning the "Rough and Ready Boys," Company G of the 3d Virginia Infantry Regiment. The letter includes a roster of the company and a brief history of its organization.
Virginia Historical Society, 1 item. Photocopy of typescript. Mss2G41433a1.


Parish Records
A church court [Raccoon Swamp Baptist Church] first suspended Thomas GILLIAM, Sr., from communion in May 1789, then charged him with misconduct in February the following year, again barred him from communion in December 1795, but did not finally excommunicate him until May 1796.
Minute Book, Raccoon Swamp Baptist church, 1772-1837
Lindman, Janet Moore. Acting the Manly Christian: White Evangelical Masculinity in Revolutionary Virginia. The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., Vol. 57, No. 2. (Apr., 2000), pp. 393-416.

[Thomas GILLIAM, Sr., at age 89, married secondly 7 Jan 1789, Selah Sorsberry, about age 45. Given the dates it seems likely that Thomas' church discipline in linked to his marriage to Miss Sorsberry.]


Patents
Thomas GILLIAM, 40 acs. 11 Apr 1732
On N. side of Nottoway River adj. Francis Clements dec’d, 10 Sep. 1755, 5 Shill. Whereas by Pat 11-12 April 1732 gtd. Hinchia GILLIAM 40 acs. Isle of Wight Co. now Southampton Co and whereas Thomas GILLIAM, Charles GILLIAM, & Walter GILLIAM in whom the right of sd. land is since become vested have failed to pay quit rents & to make cultivation & improvements & Robert Jones hath made humble suit & obtained a grant for the same which he hath assigned unto Thomas GILLIAM
Cavaliers and Pioneers, VI, 108

Arthur GILLIAM, 33 acres 20 Jun 1753
on south side of Nottoway down Rackoon Swamp adj. Walter GILLIAM, 5 shill
Cavaliers and Pioneers, VI, 134

Thomas GILLIAM, 40 acs. 10 Sep 1755
On N. side of Nottoway River adj. Francis Clements dec’d, 10 Sep. 1755, 5 Shill. Whereas by Pat 11-12 April 1732 gtd. Hinchia GILLIAM 40 acs. Isle of Wight Co. now Southampton Co and whereas Thomas GILLIAM, Charles GILLIAM, & Walter GILLIAM in whom the right of sd. land is since become vested have failed to pay quit rents & to make cultivation & improvements & Robert Jones hath made humble suit & obtained a grant for the same which he hath assigned unto Thomas GILLIAM
Cavaliers and Pioneers, VI, 108

Benjamin Clement, 1750 acs. 10 Sep 1755
Southampton Co. on the N side of Nottoway River, in the head of the Pole br. in a meadow on the Reedy Branch & the Watry br. adj. Thomas Johnson, Richard Parker Junr., Charles Simmons, Thomas ______ & Walter GILLUM, £3S15. 1000 acs. part gtd. Francis Clements by letters pat 2 May 1706 & 750 acs. residue never bef gtd,
Cavaliers and Pioneers, VI, 119-120

Jacob Barrott, 230 acs. 10 Mar 1756
Southampton Co. on the N side of Maherrin Riv. by the line dividing the sd Co. from Nansemond adj. Joseph Delk, Thomas Everitt & Robert GILLIAM, £1.S5.
Cavaliers and Pioneers, VI, 312

Thomas Day, 623 acs. 29 Aug 1757
Southampton co. at the Mouth of the round Meadow down Sneed’s br. & down Cox’s Sw. adj. Thomas GILLUM, Thomas Barrow, John Barrow, Thomas Blake, Joshua Cloud & sd. Day’s old line. 15 shill., 500 acs. Part gtd. Thomas Wren by Pat 1 Jun. 1741 the right of which is since become vested in the sd Thomas Day and 123 acs. The residue never bef gtd.
Cavaliers and Pioneers, VI, 222


Taxes
abt 1775
Thomas GILLIAM, Jr., 1 white males above 16, 1 white males under 16, 2 females, 0 black males above 16, 1 black males under 16, 4 black females
Thomas GILLIAM, Sen., 2 white males above 16, 0 white males under 16, 3 females, 3 black males above 16, 2 black males under 16, 6 black females
Arthur GILLIAM, 1 white males above 16, 2 white males under 16, 3 females, 1 black males above 16, 3 black males under 16, 6 black females


1790 Personal Property A
GILLIAM, Arthur, page 15
GILLIAM, Arthur, page 15

GILLIAM, John, page 14
GILLIAM, John (of Robert Barham), page 15
GILLIAM, Penelope, page 14
GILLIAM, Richard, page 14
GILLIAM, Thomas, Jr., page 14
GILLIAM, Thomas, Sr., page 14
GILLIAM, William, page 15
Binns Genealogy. 1790/1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia.

1798 Personal Property B
GILLIAM, Thomas, page 11
GILLIAM, Celia, page 11
GILLIAM, Elizabeth, page 11
GILLIAM, Penelope, page 11
GILLIAM, Arthur Estate, page 11
Binns Genealogy. 1790/1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia.


Wills, Estates and Inventories

Will Index

28 Aug 1750
Will of Robert Bryan
In the Name of God Amen I Robert Bryan of Southampton County being very Sick & weak of Body but in perfect memory thanks be to God for it and remembring [sic] the mortality of my Body do give and Bequeath in the manner following first I Bequeath my Soul to God who ….
gave it and my Body To be Buried in decent manner according to the discretion of my Executors and with what wordly [sic] Goods God hath been pleased to Endow me with I give & dispose of in manner & Terms as following:
Item I give and bequeath to my loving wife her choice of two feather Beds and all my Pewter and Iron Pots.
Item I give to my son William Bryan one square Table and Iron bound Chest one Copper Kettle and two Guns and the Plantation where I now live and all the Land belonging to me that joins to the said Plantation.
Item I give to my son William a Plantation that lieth on the North Side of Tarararo Creek in Southampton County a hundred & sixty Acres more or less.
Item I give to my Daughter Morning one Cow & Calf to be paid this Spring following and one Feather Bed that she hath now in her Possession and one pot & Frying Pan.
Item I give to me Daughter Ann one Cow & Calf.
Item I give to my Grandaughter [sic] Elizabeth Gardner One Cow & Calf when she cometh of Age.
Item I give to my Son Thomas Bryan all my wearing cloaths [sic].
Item I give to my Son Robert Bryan One Shilling.
Item I give to my Son John Bryan One Shilling.
Item I furthermore do Give & bequeath all the remaining part of my Estate to be Equally divided between my Daughter Rebecca and my Daughter Alsie and my Daughter Mary Gardner and my son Gail and my Daughter Ann and my Daughter Sarah and my Daughter Elizabeth all be Equally divided among them
I do hereby Constitute and appoint my Sons William Bryan and Thomas Bryan my Whole & Sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament Witness my Hand & seal this 20[?]th Day of August 1750
Sig: Robert " R B" Bryan
Test Robert GILLAM, Andrew "A" Mackmail, Lewis "L" Bryan
At a Court held for the County of Southampton on Thursday the 8[?]t of November 1750.
This Writing was proved the oath of Robert GILLAM
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 1, pages 17-18

Personal Estate of Arthur Whitehead Decd
To paid
Robert GILLAM his acct £1.2.11 1/2
Southampton County, VA, Will Book, page 91

Will of Charles Webb
21 Feb 1758
Wit: Benjamin Clements, Thomas Caple, Arthur GILLIAM
Rec: 13 Apr 1758
Southampton County, VA, Will Book, pages 245-246

Will of Walter GILLIAM
28 Apr 1758
In the Name of God, Amen. I Walter GILLIAM, being sick and weak of Body but of perfect mind & disposing memory praise be almighty God for the same & calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life so make this my last will & testament in manner following that is to say

First, I recommend my soul to almighty God that gave it to me, steadfastly trusting to his gracious acceptation thereof & to have free pardon & remission of my sins thro the meritorious mediation of my blessed Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, & my body I commend to the earth to be buried in such decent manner as my executors hereafter shall think fit & as for what worldly goods it hath pleas’d God of his goodness to bestow upon me I give & dispose them as followeth

I give bequeath to my son Arthur GILLIAM, the plantation whereon I now live with all my land that is joining thereto to him my son Arthur GILLIAM & to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever.

I give & bequeath to my two sons Drury GILLIAM and Ephraim GILLIAM the plantation I bought of William and Abel Mabry to be equally divided between them the land to be divided crossways & my son Drury GILLIAM to have that half the houses is on & my son Ephraim GILLIAM the other half to them & their heirs lawfully begotten forever.

I devise to my loving wife, Sarah GILLIAM the use of all my plantations during her natural life & then to decend as above given.

I give to my wife Sarah GILLIAM all my negroes to dispose of at her natural death also all the stock belonging to the plantation where I now live and I do hereby nominate & appoint my wife Sarah GILLIAM my whole & sole executor of this, desiring her to see this my last Will & testament truly performed in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my land & seal the 2nd day of April 1758

Sig: Walter [his X mark] GILLIAM
Signed, sealed in the presence of us: Burril GILLIAM, William [his W mark] Hutchings, Arthur Foster.

At a court held for the County of Southampton the 10th day of August 1758. This Will was present in Court by Sarah GILLIAM the extrix therein named, proved by the oath of Burwell GILLIAM Arthur Foster two of the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Extrix who made oath according to law, certificate was granted her for obtaining a certificate hereof in due form giving security whereupon, etc.
Teste. R. Kello
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 1, page 261-262

Estate of Joseph Delk
Rec: 11 Jun 1761
Appraised by Robert GILLIAM, Jacob Barrett and Robert Lawrence.
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 1, page 386

Estate of Walter GILLIAM
11 Mar 1762
Appraised by John GILLIAM, Thomas Holt and Charles Barham
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 1, Page 422

Estate of Nathan Newsum
Rec: 11 Mar 1762
Appraised by John GILLIAM and James Jones
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 1, page 419-421

Will of John GILLIAM of St. Luke's Parish
25 Feb 1765
Wife Lucy
sons Jerimah, underage, Thomas Clemens GILLIAM, underage
daughters, Judy when 18 and Mary, when 16
father, Thomas GILLIAM
Executors, father, Thomas, and Benjamin Clements, Jr. and wife Lucy
Wit: Samuel Peete, Ann Holt and Arthur GILLIAM
Presented 11 Apr 1765
Southampton County, VA, Will Book E, Page 126

The Account of Estate of John GILLIAM
14 Aug 1766
Southampton County, VA
Appraised by W. Andrews, Drewry Parker, and Benjamin Simmons.
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 2, page 159-161

The Account of Estate of John GILLIAM
10 Aug 1769
Southampton County, VA
The Account of estate of John GILLIAM mentions Pennington, Kerr and Loftin
Audited by John Wilkinson, and Charles Briggs
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 2, page 293-294

Will of Lewis Davis
24 Mar 1771
To my loving mother Elizabeth Davis and my sister in law Rachael Davis the use of all my land in Southampton County with the appurtenances also the use of my Negro Frank and my still during their natural lives. The survivor of them to have the use of the hole [sic] during her life.
I give after my loving Mother's and Rachael Davis decease unto Britain Barnes, son of Nathan Barnes, the plantation where I now dwell with three hundred and twenty acres of land it being the land I had by the death of my brother John Davis deceased to him and heirs forever.
I give unto Jacob Barrot, son of Jacob Barrott deceased after my Mother's and Racheal Davis decease all my other lands in Southampton County with the appurtenances to him and his heirs forever.
I give unto Benjamin Bryant son of William Bryant after my mothers and Rachael Davis decease one Negro boy Called to him and his heirs for ever.
I give unto Josiah Barnes son of Jacob Barnes after my Loving mothers and Rachael Davis decease my still to him and his heirs forever.
My will and desire is that my plantation and land in Nansemond County shall be sold by Executer so to the highest bidder and the money be equally divided between my Mother and Racheal Davis
I give all the remainder of my estate after my debts paid to be equally divided between my mother and Rachel Davis and to their own dispossing.
I appoint Nicholas Maget my hole and sole Excutor.
Sig: Lewis Davis
Wit: John GILLIAM, Keton Everet, Joseph GILLIAM
Rec: 11 Apr 1771
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 2, pages 380-381

Will of William Kirby, Parish of St. Luke
Dated 26 Sep 1772
To son William, land bought of Thomas GILLIAM
Wit: George Gurley, David Edmunds, Robert Bittle
Rec: 12 Nov 1772
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Benjamin Clements of the Parish of Nottoway
9 Jul 1778
son George my plantation in Prince George County, on which he now lives, reversion to his children,
Elizabeth, Thomas, Lucy, George and Richard Clements,
son Benjamin
son Thomas
Daughter Anna
Grandson Jesse Butts the land bought of Charles GILLIAM
Daughter Elizabeth Butts
Daughter Sarah Butts
To the nine children of Peter Butts, my grandchildren, Thomas, John Benjamin, William, James, Daniel, Lucy, Mary, and Elizabeth Butts
Granddaughter Judith GILLIAM,
Grandson Thomas Clements GILLIAM
To the five children of Thomas Peete, my grandchildren Elizabeth Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas and Alexander Peete
Grandson Thomas Clement Butts
Sig: sons Benjamin and Thomas Clements.
Wit: John Knight, John Brown, Thomas Peete
Rec: 8 Oct 1778
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Jacob Newsum, Parish of Saint Luke
2 Oct 1771
Wife
son GILLIAM at age 21
To my four sons
To all my children
Ex: Wife, friends Anselm and Isham GILLIAM
Codicil
to my three sons, Littleberry, Isham and Jacob Newsum
Dated 9 Mar 1778, Rec. 12 Nov 1778
Wit: Thomas Holt, Sr., Etheldred Taylor, Henry Taylor, Temperance Taylor
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Phillip Claud
25 Jan 1773
In the name of God Amen I Phillip Claud of Southampton County being in perfect health and memory and calling to mind that it is ordered for all men once to dye do ordain this to be my last will and testament in the following manner and form. First of all I recommend my Soul to God that gave it {to} me and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my two sons Newitt and Joshua all my lands containing four hundred and thirty acres more or less in the following manner The Manor plantation to my son Joshua Claud to him and his heirs forever to be bounded. Thus beginning at the north of Harrison’s Branch up that Branch to a marked Pine from thence to a line
of marked Trees to a pine stump in the Green Pond Branch, likewise, Two Negroes Jenny and Winny to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give to my son Newett Claud two Negroes Lyd and Ben to him and his heirs forever. My will and desire is that my Wife Elizabeth Claud shall have the use of my plantation during her life or widowhood, likewise two Negroes Tom and Nan and at my Wife's death or marriage my whole estate to be sold and equally divided between two sons Newett and Joshua.

I appoint my Wife Elizabeth Claud, John Claud and Jeremiah Drew my Executors of this my last will and Testament in witness whereof show where unto set my hand and seal this 25 January 1773.
Sig: Philip Claud (Seal)

In the presence of
Thomas G. GILLIAM Senior
Robert Wilkins (his X mark)
Matthew Worrell

At a court held for the county of Southampton the tenth day of June 1773. This will was presented in court by Elizabeth Claud and Jeremiah Drew the Executors therein named proved by the oaths of Thomas GILLIAMs and Matthew Morrall two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executors who made oath according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate hereof in due form giving Security whereupon, etc
R Kello CC
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Thomas Everitt, Sr.
26 Oct 1780
son Keton,
son Thomas, land adjoining Robert GILLIAM,
son Exum
Daughter Ann
Daughter Elizabeth
Daughter Mary
Daughter Pemby
Wife Elizabeth Everitt
Wit: John Chitty, John GILLIAM, Jacob Barrett
Rec: 13 Dec 1781
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Joseph/Jesse GILLIAM
23 Oct 1781
Wife, Penelope, and "her" children.
Executor: wife Penelope and John GILLIAM.
Wit: Leonard Britt and Samuel Mathews.
Proved 10 Jan 1782
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 3, Page 361
[Original "I Jesse GILLIAM . . . signed Joseph GILLIAM. Apparently Joseph went by the name Jesse!]

Inventory of Joseph/Jesse GILLIAM

Sig: John GILLIAM
Rec. 14 Feb 1782
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Account of Thomas Turner

Rec 13 Jun 1782
Paid Robert GILLIAM for schooling Mathew and Thomas Turner . . .
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Appraisal of Estate of Henry Moss
28 Oct 1778
Estate appraised by Thomas GILLIAM, Jr., and Henry Westbrook.
Rec: 10 Oct 1782
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Thomas Holt
29 Dec 1786
Wit: Thomas GILLIAM, Jr., William Barnes, Joseph Fort.
Rec. 11 Apr 1788
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of John Ivy, Sr.
16 Jan 1787
Wit: John Williamson, Richard GILLIAM, John Reese, Jr.
Rec: 10 Dec 1789
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Robert GILLIAM, 1787

Appraisal of the Estate John Lundy

Rec: 15 Apr 1791
Estate appraised by Frans Branch, Richard GILLIAM, and James Lundy
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Appraisal of Estate of Drewry Hart
Rec: 15 Apr 1791
Estate appraised by Samuel Maget, Andrew Cheatham, and John GILLIAM
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Appraisal of Estate of John Ivey
8 Jan 1790
Wit: Moses Thorp, Rich'd GILLIAM, and James Lundy
Rec. 13 Oct 1791
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Thomas GILLIAM, 1793

Account if Benjamin Clements, Jr.

Rec: 11 Sep 1794.
Paid Thomas GILLIAM, Jr., guardian of Thomas C. GILLIAM as by decrees of the Southampton court
Sig: Thomas Peete, the surviving Ex.
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Robert Barham of the Parish of St. Luke
20 Mar 1792
Wife Hannah,
Daughter Peggy, Charlot [sic], Sally,
son Howel [sic]
Daughter Mary Cooper
To all my children: Milly Hutchings, Patsey GILLIAM, Betsey GILLIAM, Peggy, Charlot, Sally and Howel
Wit: John Simmons, Sr., Levy Rochell, Joel Barham and Peter Mannery.
Rec: 15 May 1797
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Accounts Current Robert Barham with Joel Barham, Executor.
Paid - Howell Barham
Paid - Margaret Barham
Paid - Sally Barham
Paid - Walter GILLIAM
Paid - John GILLIAM
Paid - Balaam Hutchings
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 5, page 318

Will of Nicholas Maget
10 Dec 1795
I, Nicholas Maget, of Virginia and county of Southampton, being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, and touching such worldly estate which it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give in the following manner:

I give to my son John Maget all the negroes and their increase and every other article which I have heretofore put in his possession, also what he is indebted to me to him & his heirs forever.

I give and devise to my son James Maget the lands I purchased of William Bryant and all the negroes and their increase and every other article which I have heretofore put in his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

I give and devise to my son Samuel Maget the plantation whereon I now live with three hundred and twenty acres of land, more or less, joining thereto bounded by Arthur Mitchends [?], the said Samuel Magets line, and a line of marked trees from the said Samuels corner near a southeast course to the Cypress Swamp and down the run of the said Cypress Swamp to the Cabin Swamp and into the said Cabin Swamp to the begining and, and all the negroes and their increase and every other article which I have heretofore put in his possession, also one third of my cattle, to him and his heirs forever.

I give and devise to my son William Maget all my land in Southampton County South Carolina and all the negroes and their increase and every other article which I have heretofore put in his possession, one third of my cattle to him and his heirs forever.

I give to my son Nicholas Maget all the remainder of my land and six negroes (viz): Tom, Ben, Jacob, Cate, Agness & Susan, one grey horse, one third of my cattle and hoggs (my hoggs which have now fatt excepted) also provision sufficient for his family until the 25th day of December 1796, also one third part of my household and kitchen furniture to him and his heirs forever.

I give to Sally Everett, daughter of Etheldred and Elizabeth Everett, one negro girl called Chancy to her and her heirs forever.

My will and desire is that the negroes and increase and other articles which I have heretofore put in the possession of John Edmunds, dec'd, may be considered as part of this estate.

As to all the residue of my estate, be it of any kind or quality whatsoever, I give to be equally divided amongst all my children, to them and their heirs forever.

I hereby appoint my two sons John Maget & Samuel Maget my whole & sole Executors to this my Last Will revoking all other Wills by me before made.

IN WITNESS whereof I, the said Nicholas Maget, hath hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this tenth day of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.

Sig: Nicholas Maget
Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of:
William Bryant, Sr, Exum [his X mark] Evite, Jacob GILLIAM
At a Court held for the County of Southampton the 18th day of December '79

This Will was presented in court by Samuel Maget and John Maget, the Executors therein named, prov'd by the oaths of William Bryant Sr and Exum Evite, two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said
Executors who made oath according to law, Certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form giving security whereupon
Rec: 18 Dec 1797
Wit: William Bryant, Sr., Exum Everett, Jacob GILLIAM.
[This Jacob has not been identified.]
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 5, pages 25-26

Appraisal of Arthur GILLIAM
Estate appraised by Moses Foster, Robert Nicholson and William Butts.
Sig: Robert Goodwyn.
Rec: 21 May 1798
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Appraisal of Collins Rogers

28 Jan 1797
Estate appraised by Thomas GILLIAM, Robert Nicholson and Henry Simmons
Sig: James Guy
Rec: 20 Aug 1798
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Will of Patience Newsum

1 Jun 1798
Isham Newsum and Sally his wife, to my said daughter Sally Newsum with reversion to Martha GILLIAM and Elizabeth Newsum; Martha Taylor with reversion to my 5 granddaughters, Nancy, Sally N., Betsey, Mary, and Lucy Taylor; Patsey G. Newsum; 2 daughters, Martha Taylor and Sally Newsum's children.
Ex: friend Thomas Jones
Wit: Thomas Pope, John Barrow, Lucy Barrow
Rec: 15 Oct 1798
[Does this read Martha GILLIAM or Martha GILLIAM Newsum? Is Patsey G. Newsum, Martha GILLIAM Newsum? This individual has not been identified.]
Southampton County, VA, Will Book ____, page ___

Estate Robert Barham accounts current with Joel Barham, Executor.

15 Feb 1802
Cash Paid Howell Barham 58-5-8
Cash Paid Margaret Barham 55-0-9 ½
Cash Paid Sally Barham 55-0-9 ½
Cash Paid Walter GILLIAM 50-9-0
Cash Paid Balaam Hutchings 58-1-5
Cash Paid John GILLIAM 61-8-3 ½
Cash Paid Robert Mabry 1-13-5 ½
Cash Paid George Mason 1-8-10
Cash Paid Charles Holt 0-10-0
Amt. of sale of Peter 12-0-0
Examined by Levy Rochelle, Robert Nicholson, Frederick Parkes.
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 5, page 318

Will of Hannah Barham
4 Mar 1804
son, Peter Manry
Daughter, Marget
Executor: Nathaniel Marks
Wit: Mildred Hutchings, Martha GILLIAM
Probated 20 Aug 1804
Southampton County, VA, Will Book 5, page 528

Will of Edna GILLIAM
14 Jun 1805
Rec: 16 Jan 1809

Southampton County, VA, Will Book 6, page 598

Will of Matthew GILLIAM
9 Jan 1824
In the name of God Amen, I Matthew GILLIAM of the County of Southampton and State of Virginia do make and devise this my last will and testament revoking all others hereto fore made by me

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth GILLIAM after paying all my just debts, the whole of my estate, real and personal to her and her heirs forever

I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth GILLIAM as above named my whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my named and affixed my seal this 9 day of January 1824, signed, sealed ackd

Sig: Matthew GILLIAM

in presence of
Collin Britt, Benjamin [his X mark] Beale and Thomas W. Drewry,

At a court held for the county of Southampton on the 19th day of April 1824, This Will was presented in court by Elizabeth GILLIAM the executrix herein named, proved by the oaths of Benjamin Beale and Thomas W. Drewry two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executrix who made oath according to law, certificate is granted to her for obtaining probate therefore due form on her giving bond and security whereupon the said Elizabeth GILLIAM together with William Hill and John Barrett her securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five hundred dollars. On dates said as law directs.

Teste James S. Rochelle,
Southampton County, VA Will Book 9, page 224
[Matthew married Elizabeth Barrett on 5 Mar 1810]

24 Sep 1843
Will of Richard N. GILLIAM



WPA Historical Inventory
Subject: The Winnie GILLIAM Home
Location: One half of a mile west of Handsom, Virginia. on Route 681, three hundred yards south of Route 681
Date: 1840
Owner: This property was part of the William Beale estate, and the house was built by him and remained in possession of the Beale Family until 1885, when the one hundred and eighty-five acres tract was sold to Robert T. GILLIAM, at the purchase price of $1885.00.
At the death of Robert T. GILLIAM, the property was owned by Mrs. Winnie GILLIAM until her death in 1892, and then came into the possession of her son John GILLIAM, who sold it to J. D. Abbitt in 1898. J. D. Abbitt sold the property to Mr. Jeff Bishop in 1906. It is now owned by the Merchants and Farmers Bank of Franklin, Virginia.

Cavin, O. Fred. WPA Historical Inventory: "The Winnie GILLIAM Home." 10 May 1937.
[Winnie GILLIAM was the widow of Thomas GILLIAM. Winnie was born in North Carolina to Joseph Elisha Whitley and Sarah Lane, his wife. The entire report may be found at The Winnie GILLIAM Home]


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