John H. Gilliam, one of Maury County’s oldest and most respected citizens, was born in Charlotte, VA on 24 Nov 1800. His parents, Thomas Gilliam (born 12 Apr 1778) and Sarah Pettnes Gilliam (born in 1782) were also from Charlotte County, VA. Thomas Gilliam came to Rutherford Co., TN in 1806 were he was a very successful farmer for two years. He relocated to Maury Co. in the Rock Springs community and once again took up farming. In 1812 he built the first saw mill on the Duck River, known as the Wallace Mill. After seven years he took up farming when he moved onto a tract of land north of Rock Springs. Thomas was known as a “Hardshell” Baptist and a Democrat. He died on 1 Oct 1844 and his wife, Sarah, had died before him on 6 Sep 1835.
John H. Gilliam married Martha Gilliam, daughter of Robert and Estella (Marsby) Gilliam from Charlotte Co., VA, on 6 Jan 1822. Martha was born 30 Oct 1799. So at the age of 21, John took up the business of farming in Maury Co., TN. John and Martha Gilliam had four children, Sarah P. (1824); Edward H. (1825); Stephen M. (1828) and Charles W. (1833). Martha died 27 Sept 1868 and John married his second wife Julia C. Jones Martin (born 24 Mar 1824) on 6 Jan 1867.
SOURCE: This is from a biography of John Henry Gilliam taken from Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee.
MyJennealogy Note: This is my 4th great grandfather.