Nelly Gilliam

Gilliam, Miss Neil, single, born 18 Oct 1883 in Maury, died 10 Jan. 1928 of uraemia coma due to nephritis; buried Morton Cemetery, daughter of Jim Gilliam, born in Maury, and Nancy Miller, born in Maury; information by Mrs. Pearl Hardison, Route 9, Lewisburg, Tenn.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 69, copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928.

MyJennealogy Note: Nelly Gilliam was the daughter of James Riley Gilliam and Nancy Miller.  This is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

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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.

Lutie May Whitehead Harmon

Harmon, Lutie May, married, born 29 Aug. 1886, in Maury, died 4 July 1926 of intestinal obstruction, cause unknown; buried Hardison Cemetery; daughter of J. D. Whitehead, born in Maury, and Lucindy Wood, born in West Tennessee; information by Mrs. J. A. Hendrix, Lewisburg, Tenn.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 67, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee

MyJennealogy Note:  Lutie May Whitehead was married to Luther Martin Harmon. Their son, Joe Martin Harmon was married to Ethel Mills.  This is the mother-in-law of my grand aunt, Ethel Elizabeth Mills Harmon.

Thomas P. Hardison

Hardison, Thomas P., single, born 21 Oct. 1845 in Maury, died 20 jan. 1925 of influenza; buried Hardison Cemetery; son of Robert Hardison, born in Maury, and Nancy Gilliam, born in Maury; information by Mrs. W.L. Gilliam, Route 5, Columbia.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 61, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee.

MyJennealogy Note:  This is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Francis Marion Hardison

Hardison Frank M., married, born 12 Nov. 1840 in Maury, died 5 Dec. 1924 of exhaustion due to fracture of the hip; buried Morton Cemetery; son of Robert Hardison, born in N. C., and Nancy Gilliam, born in Maury; information provided by Miss Carrie Hardison of Glendale, Tenn.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 60, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee

MyJennealogy Note: Frank Hardison was married to Sarah Watson b. 13 Feb 1843, d. 27 Mar 1930.  This is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

William S. Gilliam

Gilliam, William S., married, born 17 March 1875 in Maury, died 13 June 1924 of artero sclerosis; buried Rock Springs, son of J. R. Gilliam, born in Maury, and Nancy Millers, born in Maury; information by Mrs. A. A. Rumage, Columbia.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 60, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee.

MyJennealogy Note: William S. Gilliam was the son of James Riley Gilliam and Nancy Miller.  This is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

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.

John Francis Gilliam

John Francis Gilliam was born on July 16, 1863 in Maury County, Tennessee.  He is the son of Stephen M. (1828-1902)  and Nancy Niles Campbell Gilliam (1829-), both of Maury County, Tennessee.   He was the youngest of the five (5) children of Stephen and Nancy Gilliam.    John’s older siblings included Amanda J. (born January 9, 1847), James Riley (born October 13, 1848, Sarah C. (born September 10, 1854) and Delaware (born August 18, 1861).

John is my great-great grandfather.  My mom, Dalsie Mills Norman, fondly referred to John as “Pa John”.  She said that she remembered him, although he died when she was four (4) years old.  She said that he was a very kind and loving man.

1880 US Census for John F GIlliamJohn appears in the 1880 US Census for Maury County, Tennessee, District 3.  He is listed with his parents.  No other children are reported as living in their home at the time.  They are reported as 52 years old and he is 17 years old.   Both Stephen (dad) and John are listed as a farmer and Nancy (mom) as keeping house.  Stephen reported that he was born in Tennessee; while his parents (John’s grandparents) were both born in Virginia.

On December 23, 1883, John married Mildred Gertrude Neathery (daughter of William and Mary C Braden Neathery) in Maury County, Tennessee.   Mildred (also called Maggie or Meg) was born on June 4, 1867 and died in 1901 (probably in Marshall County, Tennessee).  Mildred is buried in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee at the Bethlehem Cemetery. John and Maggie had four children:  Eunice Ada (born October 8, 1884) and brother Willis G (born June 24, 1887), Lunie Mae (born August 23, 1890) and William Leslie (born February 18, 1894).  (Click here for marriage record)

John married Rachel Catherine Lovett on October 23, 1904.  They did not have children together.  Rachel Catherine was the daughter of Thomas Davis Lovett and Mary Palestine Derryberry.  She died in 1928 (probably in Marshall County, Tennessee) and is buried at the Bethlehem Cemetery, Lewisburg, Tennessee. (Click here for marriage record)

1910 census

 John and Rachel C., along with Lunie M. and William L. are listed in the 1910 US Census, District 4, Maury County, Tennessee.  John is reported as 47 years old and a general farmer.  The Census states that he is renting the property that he is farming.  Catherine is reported as 47 years old, Lunie as 20 years old and WIlliam as 16 years old.

1920 US Census for JohnGilliam

John and Catherine are listed in the 1920 US Census, District 4, Maury County, Tennessee.  John and Catherine are both listed as 56 years old.  John is listed as owning his own home/farm without a mortgage.  His occupation in listed as a general farmer.  Listed in the 1920 US Census, living in household with John and Catherine is  Willis (son to John and Mildred).  He is reported as 33 years old and widowed.  His children, Gertrude (daughter, age 10) and Neuion (son, age 5), are living in the house also.  Willis’ occupation is listed as a teamster at the sawmill.

!930 US Census John F Gilliam

John is listed alone and “widowed” in the 1930 US Census, District 4, Maury County Tennessee.  He is reported to be 66 years old and a general farmer that owns his own home/farm.    

John died on December 9,  1936 , in District 4, Maury County, Tennessee,  of labor pneumonia, according to his death certificate.  Information for the death certificate was provided by Mrs. M.E. Mills (Lunie Gilliam Mills).  The certificate also reports that John is buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery, Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, on December 10, 1936.

John F Gilliam Death Certificate

Lunie Mae Gilliam Mills

Gilliam Lunie

Lunie Mae Gilliam was born on August 23, 1890 in Maury County, Tennessee.  She was the third child born to John Francis (1863-1936) and Mildred Gertrude (Neatherly) (1867-1901) Gilliam.  She was my great-grandmother.  We called her Mammy Mills.

Lunie was welcomed by her older sister, Eunice Ada (born October 8, 1884) and brother Willis G (born June 24, 1887). Their younger brother, William Leslie (born February 18, 1894) would come later.

Lunie Gilliam married Milton Everett Mills, son of Marshall R. Mills (1857-1939) and Nancy Lorra Comelia Clark (1863-1935) Mills, on September 18, 1910 in Maury County, Tennessee.   They had three (3) children:  Ethel Elizabeth Mills Harmon (1911-1990), Floyd Mayhue Mills (1913-1981) , and Mildred Louise Mills (1915-2002).

I remember Mammy to be smaller in stature, maybe under 5 feet tall.

She died on December 13, 1981 in Maury County, Tennessee.  She is buried at Jones Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee beside her husband, Milton Mills.