4 June 1804 married Tuesday evening by Rev. Dr. Furman, Mr. Isaac Gill  (son of George Gill) to Miss Ann B. Evans, both of Charleston.  From Marriage and Death Notices from the Charleston Times 1800, 21, page 16.

(info taken from rootsweb.com)

Isaac Newton Gill, Chester Co, SC born 1780 in SC.  Death: 1834 in Henderson Co., KY Occupation: Clockmaker-Silversmith married: Ann Caroline Evans in 1804 in Henderson KY? would have been about 30 when Isaac was born in 1810 Announcement in Charleston Times: June 4, 1804 married Tuesday Evening by Rev. Dr. Furman,Mr. Isaac Gill (son of George Gill) to Miss Ann B. Evans, both of Charleston SC."  Marriage 1 Ann Caroline EVANS b: ABT 1793 in Chester, Charleston, SC Married: 3 JAN 1814 in Charleston S.C.

  1. c1805 Mary E. BARNARD in Henderson KY
  2. c1807 Eliza G. GILL in Henderson KY
  3. c1809 Maria Louisa GILL in Henderson KY
  4. c1811 William Y. GILL b: in SC in Henderson KY
  5. c1813 Joseph L. GILL in Henderson KY

A mystery is why were Thomas and Isaac in Lincoln Co NC in 1840? And where were they all in 1830. Isaac Newton Gill reportedly did not die until 1834 and Isaac and Thomas were most likely married by then, Samuel was born in 1836. The township in NC was Lower Regiment, which may or may not allude to a military installment. I do know that Thomas Guideon's children were born there and that Samuel Thomas Lists his father as being born in SC and his birthplace as North Carolina. I hope to solve the NC connection somehow. The following is a conundrum that stumps us all:

Laurel 1840 c1811 MC GILL, ISAAC or M. Gill?  1 M 30-40, 1 F 30-40, 1 M <5, 1 F <5

Lincoln 1840 Gill, Isaac Township: Lower Regiment Page: 114  1 M 5-10, 1 M 20-30, 1 F <5, 1 F 20-30 (Next to Thomas G.) Samuel was born in 1836, so in 1840 he would have been 4.  Isaac in 1840 would have been about 29 to 30 .Don't know where the daughter is either way. No sign of her in 1850 which means she might have died. Who was who? Both Isaacs are too young to be Isaac Newton, could they have been cousins? There was an Isaac in Hopkins KY but he died without issue so far as I can tell.

The main snag is Isaac Gill being listed in both NC and Laurel Co KY for 1840. The KY Gill comes up McGill when I search, but looking at the actual page the person above him is named McHargue then it shows Isaac Mwith a curlicue at the end like McHarge above (neither with an actual C) then Gill. So it could be a typo by the transcriber or a mistake by the original writer, however, I don't know if it is possible for Isaac to be listed in two censuses at the same time. The info is almost identical, which is so frustrating because neither definitely rules out the other. Also without birth records, I don't know if Isaac had other children. I followed the MacGill lead that someone gave me, but came up completely empty, though there was a large influx of Scotch-Irish to NC according to this history of North Carolina:

"By far the greatest of all the migrations was that to North Carolina from 1730 to 1775. These immigrants were primarily of Sleat, Clanranald, MacAlister and Islay; including many of their septs - MacArthur and MacQueen of Skye, Buie and Darrach of Islay, and Jura, MacLarty of Kintyre, MacEachan and MacEachern, Galbreath, MacCraine, MacGill, MacIntyre, MacMurchie, MacBeath, Macvey, MacKisack, Curry, MacBride, MacAlexander, MacCulloh, MacDaniel, MacLallen, Macwilken, MacCall, Allan and many more. These North Carolina Clansmen spread into South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and all the way to Texas. "

However, I can find no trace of these MacGills in the early records. I did find a Thomas McGill in Lincoln Co NC prior to 1830, but if he is the father, then why would Thomas have been born in South Carolina, though I know the border was disputed until the late 1780s and that Tryon County from which Lincoln was formed included the northern parts of SC. I would think by 1808 they would know the difference? Curiously, one of Thomas Guideon Gill's sons was born in Charleston. HMMMM? Perhaps while on a visit to family?

Here is an update on the two brothers:

Thomas G. Gill was given a land grant in KY in March 1848, 100 acres at Horse Lick Fork in Rockcastle County.

His first wife was Margaret Pearson, Daughter of Samuel and Mary Pearson.

Family arrived in December 1822 on the ship Caledonian to Charleston SC, Port of Embarkation Belfast Ireland:

Samuel Pearson (50)

Wife Mary Pearson (48) with infant.

  1. Daughter Betty Ann Pearson (19)
  2. Son William Pearson (14)
  3. Son Joseph Pearson (15)
  4. Son Jacob Pearson (13)
  5. Daughter Margaret Pearson (9)
  6. Daughter Isabel Pearson (5).

Thomas and Isaac were in Lincoln Co Lower Regiment NC in 1840 (both brothers born in SC, both brothers married women from Ireland).

Thomas Guideon and Margaret Pearson had their children as follows.

  1. Mary Jane Gill b. 1837 in Lincoln Co NC
  2. Josiah C. Gill b. 1839 in Lincoln Co NC
  3. James Monroe Gill b. 1841 in Greeneville, NC
  4. Andrew Jackson Gill b. 1842 in Lincoln Co NC
  5. Elizabeth Ann Gill b. 1845 in Lincoln Co. NC
  6. Thomas Lee Gill b. 2/22/1848 in Lincoln Co NC.

They are living in KY in 1850. Margaret dies. Thomas marries Emily before 1855. Their son

     7. George  Gill is born June 20, 1855.

Information supplied by Diana Gill Hurwitz.

Descendants of Isaac Newton GILL

Generation No. 1

1. ISAAC NEWTON3 GILL (GEORGE2, THOMAS1 GILL?) was born 1780 in Chester Co., SO Carolina, and died 1834 in Henderson Co., KY ; age abt 54. He married ANN CAROLINE SWITZER EVANS June, 4 1804 in Charleston S.C., daughter of JOHN RUDOLPH SWITZER. She was born Abt. 1795 in Charleston, SC, and died February 26, 1839 in the 44th year of her age, Henderson Co., Ky.

Notes for ISAAC NEWTON GILL:  Young Isaac Newton Gill was probably his father's shadow in the clock shop, always watching how he put the pieces together, asking questions. It must have been a delight to George Gill Sr. to realize that his son was a true artisan who wished to follow in his father's footsteps. Isaac probably served an apprenticeship under his father, and grew particularly fond of constructing watches, which was a rather unusual specialty, since most small timepieces were imported from Europe.

Isaac learned to coil springs of tempered steel. cut gears, make dials of enamel and metal, work with jewels and produce or purchase inner and outer cases of tin, silver and gold. After a watch was completed Isaac may have placed a small circular piece of fabric or paper between the cases to keep the outer case firmly closed and protect the works from dust. Sometimes he got his mother to embroidery these cloths with fine needlework, thereby making sentimental treasures to be given away by the buyer. On the watchpapers, he and his father may have printed their names and location in an elaborate design to advertise their work.

Isaac received a tract of 60 acres from his father's estate situated on Rocky Creek adjacent Pagan and James H. Walker, dec'd.

About 1797 Isaac Gill packed his watchmaking tools, waved goodbye to his family, and headed down the Charleston Road. Joseph must have felt an immense loss of Isaac, for as a nine year old he was just beginning to learn the rudiments of watch making from his older brother.

Ahead of Isaac lay an exciting future in the charming port city, the cultural center of the state. By the winter of 1798 he had established himself in his trade, perhaps as a journeyman under Bethel Threadcraft. On

December 28th of that year he signed his name "Isaac N. Gill" as a witness in a marriage settlement between a silversmith, Charles P. Butler, and Ann Poyas, with Mr. Threadcraft, a watchmaker, signing as a trustee.

In 1804, Isaac married a gentle young woman, who was quite literate, named Ann Caroline Evans. The Charleston Times carried their wedding announcement on January 5, 1804, "Married on Tuesday evening last (Jan. 3) by the Rev. Doct. Furman, Mr. Isaac Gill to Miss Ann Evans, both of this city." Isaac busily made his timepieces, and possibly had watch-papers engraved or lithographed in elaborate designs to advertise his shop. He also took out advertisements in Charleston directories from 1807 through 1816 as "Isaac Gill, watchmaker."

Isaac's artisan love of watchmaking, and inventiveness, led him to experiment, to create and patent a special piece, which he called, "Marine Timekeeper." He received notification of his patent, number 1194X, dated January 15, 1810, at his home in Charleston, SC.

On May 2, 1815, Isaac Gill "watchmaker, of Charleston, SC" gave a land deed to William Stringfellow of Chester County for 60 acres of land "situated on Rockey Creek and adjacent the land of Pagan and James Walker...being my part of the lands of my father, George Gill, dec'd."

Isaac began a family in Charleston, and enjoyed the beauty of the brick architecture of the city. Perhaps he and Ann took strolls up Meeting Street to view the newly constructed three-story house built in the Adam style by merchant Nathaniel Russell before 1809. By the turn of the next decade, 1820, he had made a drastic decision. They would move to Kentucky and join his mother and brothers.

What a joy it must have been when Mary heard a wagon approaching her house. Her old eyes could hardly believe the sight. It was Isaac and Ann Caroline and their children!! It had been 15 years since she had seen them.

Isaac bought corner lot # 62 in the town of Madisonville from Thomas Cardwell which lay east of William R. McGary's lot. Immediately he hired men to help him build a brick home and workshop on it. It was a fine addition to the budding town, and an excellant location for his watchmaking business, since it stood directly across the street from the northeast corner of the public square. At some point he also acquired lot 61 & lot 60.

As 1825 drew to a close, Isaac probably made more frequent trips out to the farmhouse of his mother. She was quite feeble, but was well cared for by her slave Hetty, and daughter Hannah, who lived near by. On December 15, while winter winds moaned around the log house, and a fire burned on the hearth, Mary's long life flickered and went out.

At the grave site on the back side of her property, Hannah and Richard, their children, and Isaac and Ann Caroline, along with friends and neighbors, watched her wooden coffin lowered by ropes into the cold winter ground. At the heard of her grave, the family later placed a fine tombstone, its top curved in a decorative arch. On it was inscribed: Memory of Mary Gill, Died Dec 15 1825, Aged 80 years. (Many years later Rose Creek cemetery grew up, enclosing her grave within it. Her tombstone is still standing)

That summer, in June, Isaac decided that Ann Caroline needed more help with the house and growing children, so he bought from John Ashley a thirteen year Negro girl known by the name of Eliza. He paid $530 of the paper of the Bank of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for her and her future increase.

By 1830 Isaac had decided for some reason to relocate, and moved his family north to the town of Henderson in Henderson County. There he bought a town lot and once again set about making watches and clocks. Four years later he made out his will on July 25th, 1834, perhaps due to ill health. In it he gave to his "beloved wife Ann C. Gill a house and lot in the town of Madisonville, and my real estate whatsoever..all my estate real, personal, and mixed. I appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament...and desire that she may not be compelled to give security...but merely return an inventory of the goods and chattle received by her as my executrix. And I desire my said wife may consult James Rouse my friend as to the management of her affairs." Shortly thereafter he died and his will was proven in court that same year.

Two years later Ann Caroline sold lots 61 and 62 "including the brick house built by the late Isaac Gill, deceased," to James Bishop, Samuel Woodson and Orlean Bishop, merchants and partners " Bishop and Woodson and Company" of Madisonville. They paid her $800 for the choice piece of real estate. A month later, August 1836, she bought from Frances and Lydia Lockett a portion of lot 52, bordering on Second or Locust Street in Henderson for $170.

In January 1839 Ann Caroline Gill, still living in Henderson, sold the remaining lot in Madisonville, lot 60, to George Noel for $50. On that same day Jan 9th, she also made out her will.

"...It is my will and desire that my house and lot situated in the town of Henderson, State of Kentucky, in which I now reside, remain unsold and be occupied and used as a residence by my three daughters Mary E. Barnard, Eliza G. Gill and Maria Louisa Gill free of rent until my youngest daughter, Maria, shall arrive at the age of twenty one years. Then it is my wish and desire that my said executor sell the house and lot...and that all money of my estate be put out on interest which will then be appropriated to the maintenance and education of my two youngest daughters Eliza and Maria. I do give and bequeath my beds and bed clothes to my two daughters Eliza and Maria to be equally divided between them.

I do give and bequeath to Archibald Dixon of the county and town of Henderson in trust for my daughter Mary E. Barnard a small musical clock made by my husband Isaac Gill. And of the money arising from the sale of my said property when the whole of it shall be sold, I give and bequeath two fifths of the sum to two sons William Y. Gill and Joseph L. Gill to be equally divided between them... The other three fifths I give to Archibald Dixon in trust for the use and benefit of my three daughters (their interest in the same to be equal)." Her friends L.W. Powell and Elizabeth McBride signed as witnesses. By the August 1839 court term she was dead and her will was then proven. (All of the above information was condensed from Twyla Gill Wright's "LATCHSTRINGS" published in 1987)

4 June 1804 married Tuesday evening by Rev. Dr. Furman, Mr. Isaac Gill (son of George Gill) to Miss Ann B. Evans, both of Charleston. From Marriage and Death Notices from the Charleston Times 1800, 21, page 16.

(info taken from rootsweb.com)

Isaac Newton Gill, Chester Co, SC born 1780 in SC. Death: 1834 in Henderson Co., KY Occupation: Clockmaker-Silversmith married: Ann Caroline Evans in 1804 in Henderson KY? would have been about 30 when Isaac was born in 1810 Announcement in Charleston Times: June 4, 1804 married Tuesday Evening by Rev. Dr. Furman, Mr. Isaac Gill (son of George Gill) to Miss Ann B. Evans, both of Charleston SC." (Ann B......Could Ann Caroline have been previously married to a BARNARD as her eldest child's last name is BARNARD ????? E. A. GILL)

  1. 1. Mary E. BARNARD
  2. 2. c1807 Eliza G. GILL
  3. 3. c1809 Maria Louisa GILL
  4. 4. c1811 William Y. GILL b: in SC
  5. 5. c1813 Joseph L. GILL


Burial: Probably Rose Creek Cemetery, Madisonville, KY

Moved: Bet. 1819 - 1820, Henderson, KY

Occupation: Clockmaker-Silversmith

Parents (Facts Pg): s/George GILL, Sr.-Mary LEWIS


The following death notice appeared in the "CHARLESTON OBSERVER" issue of April 20, 1839:

"Departed this life at Henderson, Kentucky, on the 26th day of Feb. in the 44th year of her age, Ann Caroline Gill, daughter of the late John Rudolph Switzer of this city."

EAG note: It would appear that Ann Caroline was married briefly to an EVANS, since her father's name was SWITZER.


Burial: Probably Rose Creek Cemetery, Madisonville, KY

Marriage Notes for ISAAC GILL and ANN EVANS:

Marriage records indicate that Ann Caroline's Maiden name was SWITZER or else she had been married before to a SWITZER (Source NC & SC marriages)

Children of ISAAC GILL and ANN EVANS are:

i.MARY E.4 BARNARD, b. SC; m. JAMES WILLIAMS, May 23, 1833, Henderson Co., KY.  More About MARY E. BARNARD:  Relative: Probably a step daughter of Isaac N.  More About JAMES WILLIAMS and MARY BARNARD:  Marriage: May 23, 1833, Henderson Co., KY

ii ELIZA G. GILL, b. Bef. 1834, SC?.  More About ELIZA G. GILL:   Parents (Facts Pg): d/Isaac Newton GILL-Ann Caroline EVANS

iii.WILLIAM Y. GILL, b. Bef. 1834, Charleston, SC,   More About WILLIAM Y. GILL:  Parents (Facts Pg): s/Isaac N. GILL-Ann Caroline SEVANS

iv.JOSEPH L. GILL, b. Bef. 1834, Charleston, SC .  More About JOSEPH L. GILL:  Parents (Facts Pg): s/Isaac N. GILL-Ann Caroline EVANS

v. MARIA LOUISA GILL, b. Bef. 1834.  Notes for MARIA LOUISA GILL:  Ann Caroline: It is my will and desire that my house and lot situated in the town of Henderson State of Ky ...remain unsold and used as a residence by my three daughters Mary E Barnard, Eliza G. Gill and Maria Lousia Gill rent free until my youngest daughter Maria shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.  More About MARIA LOUISA GILL:  Parents (Facts Pg): d/Isaac N. GILL-Ann Caroline EVANS  Will: January 1839, Ann Caroline: See notes...

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