|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1817|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1890|
George Dolphus "Butch" Gilley was the son of George E. Gilley and Sarah McCormick. He was born on June 10, 1817 in Montgomery Co, Georgia and married Pheriba Davis in Georgia in 1839. By 1841 they were in Alabama, where their first child was born. By 1850 they were in Dale/Houston County in southeastern Alabama. Nine of their children were born in Alabama. By 1855, they moved to Texas by way of Louisiana. Their last five children were born in Lufkin, Angelina Co, Texas.
George enlisted in the Confederate army in 1862 along with three of his sons, one of whom evidently switched sides, because he drew a Union pension. After the war, George was part of the Home Guard and often did battle with the former Union marauders known as Jayhawkers. His family was engaged in an ongoing feud with the Windhams, who were allegedly involved with the Jayhawkers.
George Gilley was considered a good man by respectable people; however, he did have a violent side. He killed 28 people, notching them on his gun, including a sheriff, and sometimes apparently without a lot of provocation. He taught his nine sons to follow in his footsteps. In 1866, there was what was known as "The Gilley War" in downtown Lufkin, Angelina Co, Texas in which George shot the sheriff, and 19 people died, and which resulted in George's hasty retreat back to Louisiana. In 1885, after 19 years of searching, the sheriff of Angelina Co. tracked George down and extradited him to Texas for trial. With his sons sitting glaring at the juries in both trials, George was acquitted.
When George got older, he was very sick for some time. What his ailment was is not known. When at last he was able to be out of the bed and able to walk, George was despondent and did not seem to know what he was doing. Pheriba, his wife, said that he cleaned his gun and cleaned it exceptionally well. She asked him why and his reply was "When it fires, I want it to do good work." One day when it was quite cold, Pheriba decided to make a fire for him. He told her not to bother. She insisted, and he said, "If you do, I'll kill you." Knowing that he was somewhat out of his head from his illness, Pheriba went on to make the fire, anyway. She went outside to get some splinters of wood for the fire, and as she went into the yard, she heard a shot. She thought he was shooting at her, and she fainted. Their daughter, Fanny, was at home, and she ran to see what happened. George had shot himself under the chin and the bullet went out the top of his head. Fanny felt his pulse and it was still beating, but he died soon afterward. This was March 12, 1890, and George Gilley was 72 years, 9 months, and 2 days old.
George and Pheriba were the parents of:
John Elbert Gilley 2/5/1841
Elizabeth Gilley (Burrows) 1843
Allen Gilley 4/29/1844
Edward Gilley 1845
Isaac Gilley 2/4/1847
Thomas Jefferson Gilley 10/31/1848
Ellender "Ellen" Gilley (Rowell) 1849
Mary Elizabeth Gilley (Burnett) 5/29/1851
Amanda Francis "Fanny" Gilley 1853
Franklin Pierce Gilley 5/20/1855
George Dolphus "Doll" Gilley, Jr. 2/4/1858
Samuel Houston Gilley 2/2/1860
W. Elbert "Ebb" Gilley 7/30/1862
Nancy Jane Pheriba Anzonette Victoria Gilley (Vincent) 2/6/1866
1) Aubrey Gilley - Gilley Surname DNA Project
2) Valma Fischer "History of the Gilley Family."
4) Deanna M. Reeves online gedcom
5) ghd gilley gedcom
6) Kenneth Gilley - Gulfport firstname.lastname@example.org
7) Trina Arledge Gilley email@example.com
Pheriba Davis Gilley (1824 - 1893)*
John Elbert Gilley (1841 - 1919)*
Isaac Gilley (1847 - 1882)*
Thomas Jefferson Gilley (1848 - 1926)*
Mary Elizabeth Gilley Burnett (1851 - 1932)*
Franklin Pierce Gilley (1855 - 1920)*
George Dolphus Gilley (1858 - 1916)*
Samuel Houston Gilley (1860 - 1944)*
W Elbert Gilley (1862 - 1892)*
Nancy Jane Pheriba Anzonette Victoria Gilley Vincent (1866 - 1925)*
Maintained by: Texan5099
Originally Created by: Herald
Record added: Aug 01, 2002
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