John E. “Gilliand” Gilliland

John E. “Gilliand” Gilliland

Death 8 Aug 1923 (aged 61)
Burial Richville, Coosa County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 110080512 · View Source
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John Gilliand was the son of Charles Gilliland and Zilpha Batson. On November 18, 1833, He married his first wife, Sarah Frances "Fannie" Allen, the daughter of Samuel S Allen and Lucretia Crecy Owens. They had five children:

James W Gilliland
Susan J Gilliland
John Oliver Gilliand
Zilphia Alpha Gilliland
Benjamin H Gilliland

Fannie Gilliland* died in 1900 or in early 1901. She was enumerated on the 1900 Census of Travelers Rest, Coosa, Alabama, so was still living. She had died by August 29, 1901: on that day, John Gilliand married Nancy Catherine Patterson, the daughter of James and Martha Pope Patterson, of Travelers Rest in Coosa County, Alabama. John Gilliand and his second wife had seven children of their own:

Joe Wheeler Gilliand
Ida Lee Gilliand
Columbus Gilliand
Mary M Gilliand
Jessie L Gilliand
Georgia Gilliand
Mattie Pearl Gilliand

This branch of the Gilliand family was plagued by the mystery of "the missing L". The belief was that John E. Gilliand dropped the "L" during the Civil War years, but a perusal of the census records negated that assumption. Like many great mysteries, this mystery may have been "due to clerical error". John E. was a Gilliland in 1900 and 1910, but had become a Gilliand by 1920. His son, John Oliver was a Gilliland in 1900, 1910, and 1920 and, then, a Gilliand in 1930. The first occurrence of "Gilliand" verses "Gilliland" was actually on June 5, 1917 when John Oliver's surname was recorded as "Gilliand" on his Draft Registration Card. He did not write the information: he signed with his mark, so the clerk who recorded the information may not have understood him when he said "Gilliland".

The Gilliand / Gilliland family was steeped in American history. Both John's father, Charles Gilliland, and his grandfather, John Gilliland, were soldiers in the CSA: John died in the service of the Confederacy.

In the American Revolution, Gilliands were Whigs, loyal to the Patriotic cause. Gilliand's great grandfather, William H Gilliland, fought at both the Battle of Cowpens and the Siege of Augusta, GA. He was rewarded with 250 acres in Georgia for his service. The DAR designated him DAR Ancestor Number A044942.

Thomas Gilliland, great, great grandfather of John E Gilliand, was born in Ireland. It was ironic that he left the tyranny of the English rule and crossed a vast ocean to be greeted by the same oppressive rule. When the actions of the English became so atrocious the Colonists found them unbearable, the elder Gilliland embraced the ideas of freedom of speech and "no taxation without representation". Despite his advanced age, he served as a Member of the Committee of Observation. After the Revolutionary War, an Act and Resolve of the General Assembly, passed at Augusta on August 20, 1781, entitled Thomas Gilliland to 250 acres for his service in the Revolutionary War. The DAR designated him DAR Ancestor Number A044941.

The picture of John E Gilliand and his second wife, Nancy Catherine Patterson Gilliand, was originally shared on on 06 Jun 2011 by jeremyfowler81. Thank you, Mr. Fowler.

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  • Created by: Vonnie L Cantrell
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 110080512
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John E. “Gilliand” Gilliland (Oct 1861–8 Aug 1923), Find a Grave Memorial no. 110080512, citing Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, Richville, Coosa County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Vonnie L Cantrell (contributor 47192880) .