James Gill, Junior

James Gill, Jr. born before 1752, died after 1790, signed by mark,  is a possible son of old James Gill of Gill Creek.

Either James or John (born c1733) married the daughter of Hugh Murphy.  In 1739. Hugh Murphy under a precept dated 13 Apr. 1739 had 150 acres surveyed near the Congarees which bounded: Capt. Thomas Brown & Richard Jackson. Therefore Richard Jackson was in SC before this date predating the arrival of James Gill.   The 1762 will of Hugh Murphy names wife Mary, sons: Richard, Hugh, Phillip, & Dennis; daughters: Sarah Hay, Agatha Gill, Grace, Amey, Anna. Ex: wife & Wm. Hay. (what Gill did Agatha Murphy marry by 1762?  James Gill did not move here until c1748.  The Fishing Creek Gills did not arrive until 1766.   This is a Congarees record, so this has to be a male in James Gill's family, and born by 1762-21=1741.    I believe that permits only John Gill and James Gill as possibilities for a husband.  I favor John,  and have so assigned this marriage, but it could have been James.  I do believe that the Mississippi branch descends from Agatha Murphy, as the name Hugh Gill appears in that line.  Since their oral traditions very strongly favor a connection through John Gill born c1733, I think it was he who married Agatha Murphy.

Mr. Andrea, #168, asserts that James Gill, Jr. was the deceased husband of Abigail Gill, who is listed in the 1790 census in Richland Co. with two children.  I have seen no evidence of this.

1773. A James Gill signing by mark witnessed the 1773 deed in which John Gill born c1733 (signing by mark) and his brother in law John Jackson (signing by mark) sell land inherited by them from Richard Jackson, Sr. (and signed over by Jr.) to Howell Hay. This was in all likelihood a brother of John Gill born c1733 who witnessed this indenture. The other two witnesses were Richard Snelling and James Murphey. If 21 in 1775, he was born <1754. This is not old James Gill since he signed his name.

1775. A James Gill enlisted in the first SC. regiment 4 Nov. 1775 (Rev. War) commanded by Charles C. Pinckney.

1790. A James Gill is listed in Richland Co. in 1790, with 2 males <16, 3 males >16, and 2 females. If Abigail was his widow, then this must have been a son of Thomas, John, or James.

Abigail Gill appears in Richland Co. in the 1790 census, 1 male<16, 2 females. She must be a widow, but whose? Mr. Andrea thought she was the widow of this early James Gill, but it is not clear what his rationale was, since a James Gill also appears in the census.

1791 March 15 a James Gill signed his name as a witness to Valentine Gill's 1791 deed (Book C p) in which Valentine sold land inherited from old James Gill. Since James Gill signed by mark in 1774, it is not clear which this is.

In the SCDAH is an "Index to the General Assembly Papers", and on roll 6, James Gill, of Richland Co. on 17 Dec. 1831 petitioned for compensation for attending court as a juror, 2 pages 0010 004 1831 0025900. (I have not read this petition). Another petition, which I believe my notes say involves James Gill of Richland Co.: Commission of petition of James Gill to free a slave (or is this a petition of slaves to be freed?) 4 pages 1847 0010 004 ND00 0255400. Free slave Andy 16 Nov. 1847 0010003 1847 0001800. There is an entire series of petitions involving slaves or freed slaves, which should be examined (I have not done so).

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