Passports | Gilliams of Virginia

Passports of Gilliams Born in Virginia
Updated March 24, 2016

Background:
The U.S. government has issued passports to American citizens since 1789, albeit through several different agencies throughout the years. For the most part, passports were not required of U.S. citizens for foreign travel until World War I. Passports were required for a short time during the Civil War (Aug. 19, 1861-Mar. 17, 1862). An Executive Order given in 1915, and then later an act of Congress given in 1918, established the passport requirement for citizens traveling abroad. This law lapsed with the formal termination of World War I through treaties with Germany, Austria, and Hungary in 1921. In 1941, with the onset of World War II, the Congressional act of 1918 was reinstated. U.S. citizens have been required to carry a passport for foreign travel ever since.

This database contains passport applications from 1795-1925, including emergency passport applications (passports issued abroad) from 1877-1907. It also contains passport application registers for 1810-1817, 1830-1831, and 1834-1906. Passports issued March 4-5, 1919 (numbers 67500-67749) are missing from the NARA collection and therefore, are missing from this database as well.

Passport applications can provide a wealth of information, including:

▪ Name of applicant
▪ Birth date or age
▪ Birthplace
▪ Residence
▪ Date of application or issuance of passport
▪ Father’s and/or husband’s name
▪ Father’s and/or husband’s birth date or age
▪ Father’s and/or husband’s birthplace
▪ Father’s and/or husband’s residence
▪ Wife’s name
▪ Date and place of immigration to the U.S.
▪ Years in which have resided in the U.S.
▪ Naturalization date and place
▪ Occupation
▪ Physical characteristics

Some passport applications include a photo of the applicant. To receive a U.S. passport, a person had to submit proof of U.S. citizenship. This was usually in the form of a letter, affidavits of witnesses, and certificates from clerks or notaries. Sometimes these other documents are included as part of the application.

There was a variety of passport application forms used throughout the years. By 1888 there were separate application forms for native citizens, naturalized citizens, and derivative citizens. As a result, all of the above listed information may not be available for every applicant. Likewise, there may be additional information, other than what is shown above, listed on the application form. Some information may only be obtained by viewing the image of the application.

Passport application registers may provide:
▪ Date and number of application
▪ Name of applicant
▪ Age of applicant (1834-1849)
▪ Physical characteristics of applicant (1834-1849)



Name
Date of birth
Place of Birth
Father
Date of Issue
Destination
Archer E. Gilliam and Wife Sydnie Gilliam
3 Feb 1892
Farmville, Prince Edward County, VA
James W. Gilliam
[James D. Gilliam]
9 Jan 1920
Havana
Anne Bathurst Gilliam
20 Sep 1901
Petersburg, VA
Richard D. Gilliam
3 May 1923
China, Japan and Hong Kong
Elizabeth D. Gilliam
27 Aug 1879
Buckingham County, VA
John Branch Gilliam
9 Aug 1924
Great Britain, France, Norway, Italy, Sweden
Frank Johnson Gilliam
22 Apr 1895
Lynchburg, VA
James R. Gilliam
16 Aug 1920
Belgian Congo, Belgium, England, France
Frank Johnson Gilliam and wife Louise Johnson Gilliam
22 Apr 1895
Lynchburg, VA
James R. Gilliam
19 Jul 1924
Belgian Congo, Belgium, British Isles, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland
Hoge Gilliam
4 Sep 1872
Richmond, VA
Marshall M. Gilliam
19 Sep 1922
France, England, Germany
James Richard Gilliam, Jr.
11 Jan 1891
Lynchburg, VA
James R. Gilliam
30 Jul 1924
Great Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy
John Gilliam
10 Mar 1885
Surry County, VA
Richard D. Gilliam
2 Jun 1922
China, Japan, Hong Kong
John Gilliam
10 Mar 1885
New Quarter, Surry County, VA
Richard D. Gilliam
31 May 1913
China, Japan, Hong Kong
Richard Davenport Gilliam, Jr.
16 Nov 1897
Petersburg, VA
Richard D. Gilliam
5 Jun 1924
Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy
William Earnest Gilliam
12 Mar 1872
Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, VA
Joseph P. Gilliam
23 Aug 1921
Mexico



Sources
▪ Ancestry.com. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data:
▪ Passport Applications, 1795-1905; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
▪ Passport Applications, January 2, 1906-March 31, 1925; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1490, 2740 rolls); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
▪ Registers and Indexes for Passport Applications, 1810-1906; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1371, rolls 1-3, 13); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
▪ Emergency Passport Applications (Passports Issued Abroad), 1877-1907; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1834, 56 rolls); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C.