Virginia is more or less divided into four parts: The eastern shore (shared with MD and DE aka DELMARVA), theTidewater (Williamsburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Petersburg, etc - this is more or less the original colonial part - easily settled due to the rivers), the Northern Neck including Fairfax Co- I live in adjacent Loundon Co., and the Highlands/Shenendoah Valley.This includes Rockbridge Co (Lexington), Rockingham Co, Augusta Co, Highland, and others. Fairfax would be a straight shoot for persons migrating from eastern MD while the Shennedoah would be more accessible from western MD (Frederick) and PA. The English pretty much settled the Tidewater and Eastern shore while Scots-Irish and Germans settled the Shennedoah, and the Northern Neck is a mixture of all.
While all of the names are original in their own right, they appear to really get mixed up here in VA (the census takers apparently were not the most educated of persons). HereGullatt is a natural corruption of Gilliat.Some Gilliats pronounce the name with the i as a long e and the a short while others combine the ia into either a short e or as a long a, hence the Gillet/Gillet and Gillat.Same with the pronounciation of the i as either a short u, e, or a. From what I have seen, the spelling of Gillits/Gillets in New England are consistent as are the Gullats of NC. I'll look up the Gullats of Rockbridge for you, but it may take me a few days. What with Peter's death occuring when it did and with a son John, it is of interest to me. Did your Gullatts then move on to NC and GA or stay in VA? Cecil Co, MD is up in the NE corner of MD, adjacent to the DELMARVA peninsula.I had other ancestors go from DELMARVA to Cecil Co MD to northern VA to NC, so it wouldn't surprise me if your Gullatts did the same. I am hoping for a will or deed listing my Gilliat. Virginia has 36 counties in which the records have been destroyed.For research, they are listed from very difficult to hopeless.Additionally, the census for 1790 and 1800 were also destroyed.