|As most of you know we are busy sometimes and not busy others. For the past two months,we have made 1189 changes to the information in the files. These includes additions, duplicate deletions and corrections to the master files. The maority of the latest updates being from Dianne & Norman Jones. To which we owe or deepest thank's. Keep them card's,letter's and e-mails coming. I havegotten a new computer and have not upgraded it to the lastest version of Family Treemaker. One of these day I will do that and attempt another upgrade to the file as shown on this web site. In case you were wondering I use Personal Ancestry File as my primary Genealogy program. |
The master files of the Gilstrap Family Association also includes names in the Powell,Wood,Chapman,Cleveland & Luther lines. Our Luther line was originally thought to come from the brother of Martin Luther but(the following quoted from LUTHER GENEALOGY, authored by George Luther, Published June 2001)"In view of the abundance of authentic evidence presently submitted, tracing the family back through unnumbered generations of English ancestry, the tradition of relationship to the Reformer can be regarded in no other light than that of pure fiction",futher," In light of these publications it is evident that the family (Luther) was established in England long before the Norman Conquest(1066),and traces back to the shadowy period scarcely subsequent to the Roman occupation in the 3rd century AD".The master files have some information on my wife's family covering the Ashcraft, Stokes, Nall, Greer, Driver & Thomas lines. The latest addition includes information on the Ashcraft line back to Thomas & Johannah (unk) Ashcroft, Kent Co VA, ca 1740 as well as the Nall line back to Martin & Mary Aldin Nalle ca 1675.
The old English surname "Gilstrap" probably originated in Nottinghamshire, England sometime in the late 14th century.
Research done in England the 1960?s indicates that it is a place name and was originally "Gelsthorp" or ?Village Thorp) of Gels (Gold) which became Gilstrap through metathesis.. The earliest record of the name "Gelsthorp" and its many variants (Gelstrap, Gilsthrop, Gelstrop, Gilstrap, Gilstrapp, and others) are in the Paris Record catalogued by the Church of Latter Day Saints in England.
The earliest mention found to date is that of an Avice Gelsthorp who married Richard Roger 6 Feb 1584 in Whatton Notts. The earliest mention of the name ?Gilstrap? (spelled as it is today) is the marriage of Jane Gilstrap to Alexander Kent, 8 Dec 1747 at Westminster, St. Georges, Mayfair, London.
An explanation of the migration of the name to the new world is, at best, still confused and subject to conjecture and further research.Family tales(and these vary depending on thefamily group) indicate that three or four brothers emigrated to colonial North Carolina from England (or Scotland) and settled in the New Bern (Craven and Jones Counties).
Recent research by Nancy Gilstrap Mann has revealed that there were two Gilstraps, James and Peter, in Somerset County, MD in the mid 16th century. It appears that James died without issue and that PeterSr. married Rachel Aydelotte (Idolet) and that they were the parents of Peter, James, Idolet and John.
[Peter Gilstrap, Sr. bc 1705 in England (date estimate from his 1726 indenture, he'd have been 16-30 most likely). Peter Sr. signed an indenture with John Taylor in London in 1726. The original record and whatever details it had (age, hometown, etc.) are gone. The note says Peter was bound for Jamaica, but John Taylor also had dealings in Maryland, and the researchers of indentures say that many noted for Jamaica went to MD and vice versa. It would seem Peter went straight to Maryland because there wouldn't have been time for him to serve his indenture, save for and purchase travel to Maryland, AND be married by 1731].
I have attempted to update the tree of Peter Gilst
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Updated July 21, 2010