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Robert Wickliffe Gilliam
Birth: 1847
Davenport
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1927
Los Angeles County
California, USA

PVT U.S. ARMY
CO. "D" - 49th MO INFANTRY

Robert was the son of Kentucky natives James and Mary Agnes Gilliam. One document shows He was born in Dubuque, Iowa; but His enlistment papers signed by himself, shows he was born in Davenport, Iowa.

1850 U.S. Federal Census -
Dubuque Co., Iowa:
James Gilliam 27 Kentucky
(Occupation: Miner)
Mary Agnes (wife) 25 KY
Benjamin (son) 5 Iowa
ROBERT (son) 3 Iowa
Austin J. (son) 1 Iowa

1856 Iowa State Census -
Dubuque Co., Iowa:
James Gilliam (Miner) KY
Mary Agnes (wife) KY
Benjamin (son) Iowa
ROBERT (son) Iowa
Austin J. (son) Iowa

1860 U.S. Census - Salt
River, Audrain Co., Missouri:
James Gilliam (Farmer) KY
Mary Agnes (wife) Kentucky
Benjamin (son) Iowa
ROBERT (son) Iowa
Austin J. (son) Iowa

On Sept. 3, 1864 in Warrenton, Missouri, Robert enlisted for 1 year in the Union Army and served as a Private with Co. "D" - 49th Regiment Missour Infantry. At the time of His enlistment, He was 17 years old, worked as a Farmer and received a $100 Bounty for enlisting. He was described as a 5'10" tall, gray eyes, light hair and a fair complexion. On Sept. 13, 1865, Robert was mustered into service and sent to South River Township, Warren Co., Missouri for duty. He was mustered out of the military on Aug. 2, 1865 in Benton Barracks, Missouri.

1885 Kansas State Census -
Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., KS:
ROBERT GILLIAM (Deputy Marshall)
Lizzie (wife)
Lilly (daughter)

On May 14, 1892, Robert registered to Vote in Fresno Co., California.

On Sept. 27, 1908, Robert filed for a Civil War Pension and sometime after this date, His pension application was approved under Certificate #1151039.

On March 29, 1912, Robert was admitted to the Soldiers' Home in Sawtelle, Los Angeles Co., California.

1915 Fresno, CA. City Directory:
Sarah was living at 727 Mildreda in Fresno, CA. This verifies that Elizabeth and Sarah are the same person but it shows her as a widow of R.W. Gilliam. Robert didn't die until 1927.

March 1920 U.S. Census -
Los Angeles Co., California -
Sawtelle National Military Home:
ROBERT GILLIAM (patient)

May 6, 1920 Census -
Fresno Co., California:
ROBERT GILLIAM Kentucky
Sarah (wife)
Lillian Sunderland (daughter) 47
Alpheaus Sunderland (son-in-law) 53
Pearl Sunderland (gddaughter) 17

1924 Frensno, CA. City Directory -
Sarah is living at 715 University in Fresno, California. This address was the address of their daughter, Lillian Sunderland.

On Oct. 21, 1927, Robert passed away at the Sawtelle Soldiers' Home in Los Angeles Co., California. On a document from the home, it shows his wife's name as Elizabeth, which could be another name for Sarah. His personal affects were given to his daughter, Lillian (Mrs. A. E. Sunderland) of Fresno Co., California.

Sources:
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1856 Iowa State Census
1885 Kansas State Census
1850-1860-1920 U.S. Census
1915-1924 Fresno, CA. City Directory
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans: 1925-1949 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Elizabeth Gilliam (1854 - 1931)*
 
 Children:
  Lillian May Gilliam Sunderland (1871 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section: 52 - Row: E - Site: 18
 
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