John Henry Gilliam

“Death’s Harvest.

Aged 97 Years.

John H. Gilliam died last Friday, Jan. 14, at his home near Leftwich in the 3rd district of this county. Deceased had lived to the ripe old age of 97 years, having first seen the light of day in Wythe County, Virginia, on the 24th day of November, 1800, a little over a year after the death of George Washington. When 8 years of age, he, with his father and mother and three other children, moved to Tennessee and settled near Rock Spring in this county, at which time this section of the country was very sparsedly settled. Shortly after the closing of the Civil War, he moved to the 3rd district, where he has since lived. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Nancy Hardison, who will soon be 83 years old, and one son and daughter, who have both passed the marks of “three score years and ten.” His second wife, who is 73 years old, also survives him. The funeral services were conducted at the residence and the burial took place in the (Robert) Hardison graveyard near Rock Spring.”.

SOURCE: Columbia Herald, January 21, 1898.

MyJennealogy Note:  This is my 4th great grandfather.


Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee– talks of John Henry Gilliam

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.