Elder John Gilliland (b. July 11, 1797, d. October 12, 1856)
John Gilliland (son of Alexander James Gilliland and Frances Baird) was born July 11, 1797 in North Carolina, and died October 12, 1856 in Bethlehem Church, Gallant, Etowah Co., AL.He married Sarah Brasier on December 30, 1819 in Huntsville, Madison County, AL. Notes for John Gilliland: Elder John Gilliland was born in North Carolina, the exact place has not been learned of as of January 1999.The first record of his presence in Alabama is found in DeKalb County.In the year of 1818 at the age of 21, he and two brothers left North Carolina with parties of a 40 wagon mule train seeking new land in the frontier.They passed through Tennessee on their way to Alabama. One brother stayed in Cleveland, Tennessee. We do not know his name.John and B. D. Gilliland (we believe) continued on to Blount County where they obtained land and started families. That same year John obtained land about half way between Ellison's Crossroads and Hood's Crossroads ( on County Road #39) in an area named Murphy's Valley.He increased his land holdings substantially in 1822. On December 30, 1819, at the age of 22, John married Sarah Brasier in Madison County.They would eventually have six sons and five daughters. In 1831 John was licensed to preach by the county of Saint Clair.From this point he was to be known as Elder John H. Gilliland.It was about this time when he established his family in Greasy Cove near Clear Springs (now Gallant).This land is now covered by a man made lake.Later he purchased more land in Blount Countyand in Etowah County near Attalla. Elder John Gilliland is credited with establishing several churches in Blount, DeKalb, Etowah (then called Bain), and Saint Clair Counties. John, Sarah, and many of his children are buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church, near Gallant, Alabama. John Gilliland was referred to as Elder John.He was a Primitive Baptist Minister.He established the Wills Creek Baptist Association around Gallant, Alabama.He also ran for public office but was defeated.He was considered a good man but very strict in his beliefs and unbending.Therefore, many were pleased he did not win election. License Record, March 20,1820-Dec.1830,p.307. In a Special Orphan Court held in the town of Blountsville in and for Blount County on the fifteenth day of February A D 1830. To all whom it may concern. Know ye that John Gilliland (now of Blount County) this day produced to this court credentials of his ordination and of his being in regular cummunion with the Baptist Christian Society which it appears he is a member. This Testimonial is therfore to Authorise the said John Gilliland to solominize the Rites of Matrimony in said State of Alabama. (signed Mace T.P.Brindley, Register of the Orphans Court of Blount County. John Brasher married Louisa Davis 20 April 1826 by John Gilliland, Justice of the Peace....that means there is a BOND made for John when he became JP...might tell us something and should be recorded in Orphans Court Minutes. Brashiers in area with John and Sarah.. She just well may have been a Brasher-Brashier but I have looked at the original marriage record in Huntsville and it is BRASIER..close enough it may be Brasher..Jerry Jones, Attalla has long said, back in TN she was Brasher. Re:Leona E. Gilliland, AL & Family by Jerry B. Jones, posted February 03, 1999 by Bruce Gilliland, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.Message URL:http://www.genforum.com/gilliland/messages/245.html. John Gilliland was born in Pendleton District SC in 1797.He came to Alabama and married Sarah Brasill(?) (some sources say Brosscals) around 1819 in the Huntsville area.(One source has a child born in 1816!!).James Alexander was born in 1820.He married Mahulda (?) Ricks.William VanBuren (also known as Doc) was born in 1838 and died in 1922.John's descendants account for many of the Gillilands in north Alabama.Another group of Gilliland's (my family) came to east-central Alabama from Georgia in the mid-1830's. I have not totally substantiated this, but i believe that John (b1797) is the son of Alexander James Gilliland, b 1771 in North Carolina.His father, also Alexander James, was born in 1737 in Pennsylvannia.His father was James Adam Gilliland, born 1715 in Ireland.James Adam was one of several brothers who came to Pennsylvannia, probably in the early to mid 1730's. RESIDENTS OF INDIAN LAND in 1819 - Sequatchie & Marion Counties, TN & Jackson County, AL ==================================================================== USGENWEB NOTICE: In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. 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Key, John Kindder, Holbert Moor, James Street, Wm. Eanes, Daniel Hays, William Harrall, Whitefield Saxton, Alexander Seykes, John Matthews, John Mann, Mathew R. McLaughlin, William Suddarth, Dyer McMillin, E. K. Hardwicke, J. Paschal, William Cathching, Meredith Slone, Samuel C. Hill, John _ Hill, Thomas Hill, Joseph Hill, John Sr. Hill, Mitchell L. Burress, William Mahony, Denis Farris, Ricard Shelton, Peter Hill, Thomas M. [marked out] Tully, Lewis B. [Tally?] Reeves, Wm. Lea, Wm. W. Bradford, Jos. H. Harris?, S. W. Miner, Samuel Tarrant, Leonard Snead, Richard Price, Euagey Reaves, Abner Russey, Benjamin Barrett, Jeremiah Embrey, Wiley S. Branagan, John J. Bacon, Thos. Jones, J. W. Estill, Wallis Howell, Thomas Cowan, Samuel M. Harris, Mark M. Rainey, Benj. A. Frazier, Thompson Cock, Lester Wiggin, J. P. Ellis, Ellison Townsend, Joshua Townsend, Ozra Blagg, Israel Townsend, Thomas Townsend, John Hutton, John Hutton, William Williams, Thomas Jenkins, Richard Bost, Thomas Johnson, Jacob Sr. Johnson, Reuben King, Allen Walker, Edward Williams, David Gilliland, James Davidson, H. M. Davidson, George Woods, Peter Davidson, William Davidson, John P. Williams, Alexander Jr. Frost, Joseph Williams, Theoples Frost, Thomas Looney, Isam Looney, John Erwin, George Williams, Alexander [marked out] Blevins, Elisha Blevins, John Johnston, John Acton, John Sullivan, J. _ Crafford, Adam Bird, John Freeman, Johnson Bird, George Garrison, Joseph Garrison, James Looney, Jessee Looney, Isaac Looney, Absolum Looney, Benjamin Looney, Allen Looney, Benjamin Looney, William G. Burks, Isham Sr. Burks, Wm. Burks, John Thurman, John Burks, Charles Burks, Isham Jr. Forbush, Absalem Meek, Jacob Meek, Henery Saxon, Robert Saxon, Robert Jr. Cargile, Lewis Carsson?, Danel Couch, Moses Couch, Lindley Bond, Jesse Bond, Benjamin Looney, John Woodson, Abraham Brock, Jesee Woodson, David Jonston, Jacob Crawford, Joseph Crawford, David Corbit, Benjamin Bass, Mit Johnson, Benjamin Cox, Abel Morris, Robert Jenkins, William Jenkins, Joshua Woodson, Shdrach Goode, Joseph Jenkins, Jospeh Thornton, William Corbit, Charles Corbit, Thomas Garrison, Isaac Byford, ______ Mullins, Washington Parker, Robert Schrimshear, William Mullin, Swifte Underwood, Benjamin Berry, John Forkes, Daniel Hall, James Neeley, H. N. Jones, John Gaily, James Rentfro, Robert Maxwell, John Oban, Robert King, Spencer Stephens, William Cage, Valentine Brisco, Thomas Brisco, James Brisco, Wiliam Bire, George Dawson, William Hawks, Moses Lollar, James Johnson, John Williams, Bryant Scott, William Allen, Wilson Price, Kinchen Wimberly, Joel Martin, David Scott, Samuel Lollar, Jacob Price, John Harmon, Mark Sides, Levi Schrimshear Williams, Wiley Price, Edwin Lollar, Isaach Lollar, Henry Lollar, John Bird, Benjamin Bird, Valentine Bird, John Jr. Williams, Alexander Williams, Lewis Williams, Bryant Canada, Quate Rutherford, James Charles, Oliver Williams, James Thornton, William Walker, James H. Miller, Alexander Brown, William Brown, Alexander Blanchet, Peter McGQueen, David C. Murry, Robert Thornton, Joseph Thornton, Clark Corbit, Charles Kelly, Mathew Lynch, Eligh Blevins, Jonathan Lewis, John Young, Joseph Cain, Daniel R.? Acton, John Allen, Wilson Bacon, Thos. Barrett, Jeremiah Bass, Mit Berry, John Bird, Benjamin Bird, George Bird, John Jr. Bird, John Bird, Valentine Bire, George Blagg, Israel Blanchet, Peter Blevins, Elisha Blevins, John Blevins, Jonathan Bond, Benjamin Bond, Jesse Bost, Thomas Bradford, Benjamin M. Bradford, Jos. H. Branagan, John J. Brisco, James Brisco, Thomas Brisco, Wiliam Brittain, William Brock, Jesee Brown, Alexander Brown, William Burks, Charles Burks, Isham Jr. Burks, Isham Sr. Burks, John Burks, Wm. Burress, William Burritt, W. Burton, R. Buttrite, Thomas Byford, ______ Cage, Valentine Canada, Quate Cargile, Lewis Carsson?, Danel Cathching, Meredith Charles, Oliver Clayton, R. B. Cock, Lester Corbit, Benjamin Corbit, Charles Corbit, Charles Corbit, Thomas Couch, Lindley Couch, Moses Cowan, Samuel M. Cox, Abel Crafford, Adam Crawford, David Crawford, Joseph Davidson, George Davidson, H. M. Davidson, John P. Davidson, William Dawson, William Dickson, James Dixan, W. D. Doughterty, John Doyal, T. Eanes, Daniel Ellis, Ellison Embrey, Wiley S. Erwin, George Estill, Isaac Estill, Wallis Farris, Ricard Forbush, Absalem Forkes, Daniel Frazier, Thompson Freeman, Johnson Frost, Joseph Frost, Thomas Gaily, James Garrison, Isaac Garrison, James Garrison, Joseph Gilliland, James Goode, Joseph Hall, James Hardwicke, J. Harmon, Mark Harrall, Whitefield Harris, Mark M. Harris?, S. W. Hawks, Moses Hays, William Hayter, J. J. Henderson, A. Hill, James Hill, John Sr. Hill, John _ Hill, Joseph Hill, Mitchell L. Hill, Thomas Hill, Thomas M. [marked out] Howell, Thomas Hutton, John Hutton, William Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins, Jospeh Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, William Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Jacob Sr. Johnson, John Johnson, Reuben Johnston, John Jones, J. W. Jones, John Jonston, Jacob Kelly, Mathew Key, John Kindder, Holbert King, Allen King, Spencer Kinningham, William Klepper, Powel _ Lea, Wm. W. Lewis, John Lollar, Henry Lollar, Isaach Lollar, Jacob Lollar, James Lollar, John Looney, Absolum Looney, Allen Looney, Benjamin Looney, Benjamin Looney, Isaac Looney, Isam Looney, Jessee Looney, John Looney, John Looney, William G. Lynch, Eligh Mahony, Denis Mann, Mathew R. Martin, David Matthews, John Maxwell, John McGQueen, David C. McKinney, Thomas [Kinney?] McLaughlin, William McLaughlin, Wm. B. McMillin, E. K. Meek, Henery Meek, Jacob Miller, Alexander Miner, Samuel Moor, James Morris, Robert Mullin, Swifte Mullins, Washington Murry, Robert Neeley, H. N. Oban, Robert Parker, Robert Paschal, William Price, Edwin Price, Euagey Price, John Price, Kinchen Pryor, John? Raines, William M. Rainey, Benj. A. Reaves, Abner Reeves, Wm. Rentfro, Robert Robinson, Jonas Robinson, W. H. Russey, Benjamin Rutherford, James Saxon, Robert Jr. Saxon, Robert Saxton, Alexander Schrimshear Schrimshear, William Scott, Samuel Scott, William Seykes, John Sharp, Robert P. Shelton, Peter Sides, Levi Slone, Samuel C. Snead, Richard Stephens, William Street, Wm. Suddarth, Dyer Sullivan, J. _ Tarrant, Leonard Tatton, Robert Taylor, Joseph Thornton, Clark Thornton, Joseph Thornton, William Thornton, William Thurman, John Townsend, John Townsend, Joshua Townsend, Ozra Townsend, Thomas Trigg, Abram B. Tully, Lewis B. [Tally?] Underwood, Benjamin Walker, Edward Walker, James H. Wiggin, J. P. Williams, Alexander Jr. Williams, Alexander Williams, Alexander [marked out] Williams, Bryant Williams, Bryant Williams, David Williams, James Williams, Lewis Williams, Theoples Williams, Thomas Williams, Wiley Wilson, Zacheus Wimberly, Joel Woods, Peter Woodson, Abraham Woodson, David Woodson, Shdrach Young, Joseph Young?, Joseph Jr. Cain, Daniel R.? Permanent publication rights granted to TNGenNet Inc., and to USGenWeb Project Archives. More About John Gilliland and Sarah Brasier: Marriage: December 30, 1819, Huntsville, Madison County, AL. Children of John Gilliland and Sarah Brasier are:
+James Alexander Gilliland, b. October 06, 1820, Blount (or Madison) County, Alabama, d. January 08, 1898, Bethlehem Cemetery, Gallant, Etowah Co., AL.