Robert Perry GILLIAM

Male 1801 - 1858  (57 years)


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  • Name Robert Perry GILLIAM 
    Born 6 Jan 1801  Buncombe Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Sep 1858  Fannin Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Porter's Chapel Cemetery, Fannin Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • !Gilliam Clan, June 1992, Vol. 10, No. 2, page 12: Robert P. Gilliam, son of Epaphroditus Gilliam, was born 6 January 1801 in either Buncombe or Haywood County, North Carolina. Epaphroditus Gilliam was listed on the 1800 Buncombe County census but was listed on the 1810 Haywood County census. Robert P. Gilliam was the eighth child of Epaphroditus Gilliam.
      Robert Gilliam married Myra Jones in Clay County, MO, 24 January 1824.
      Jesse Gillum and John Jones were witnesses. Someone apparently a clerk, erroneously wrote John Gillum and Myra Jones in the margin of their marriage.
      At least one book has reported that this marriage was for John Gillum and Myra Jones. The 1850, 1860, and 1870 census reports showed that Myra was born in Tennessee. Their nine children were all born in Missouri.
      Various records show different spelling of these given names. Most of these children have given names which were not generally used by the children of Epaphroditus Gilliam.
      Robert and his family moved to Fannin County, Texas, in 1850 and apparently lost contact with the Gilliams that stayed in Missouri or moved on to Oregon and California. Only one descendant of Robert has contacted us about this family. Her address in 1980 was Ina Belle Duncan, P. O. Box 236, Randolph, TX 75476.
      On 16 June 1853, Robert signed his will in Fannin County, Texas. The will started out "I Robert P. Gilliam of the county of Platte and state of Missouri." This seems unusual when he had been in Texas for about three years. The will mentions his wife, Myra, and the nine children mentioned above.
      Robert died in Fannin County on 2 Sept 1858. A 'History of Fannin County, Texas', by Ploy C. Hodge, 183, showed the following: Gilliam.
      A settler from Missouri lived only a few years after he homesteaded in Fannin County in 1850. Pioneer Robert P. Gilliam (1801-1858) and his Myra (1803-1878) stopped along Bois d' Arc Creek 10 miles south of Bonham where they cleared land for a farm. Both Robert and Myra were natives of Tennessee.
      Several of their children were born in Missouri.
      Gilliam descendants are buried in Porter cemetery where the family plot was started in 1858 at the death of Robert.
      Children of Robert and Myra Gilliam were John E., Serepta, Elizabeth, Sophia, Verlinda, Miranda, Jarmeda, (Zarelda) and Washington H. who was married to Sarah Blanton.
      Note: The 1850 Platte County, MO, census report, the only census to show Robert's birthplace, shows that Robert was born in North Carolina and Myra was born in Tennessee.

      Rambling Notes about Gilliams and Taylors in Missouri, 24 Jan 1979, H. Narron:
      Robert Gilliam - W 1/2 of NE 1/4 & NE 1/4 of SE 1/4, 15, 58-30 19 Nov 1835.
      (This is about half way between Maysville and Cameron where Benjamin Taylor also lived.) (probably DeKalb county land records)
    Person ID I6580  William Means Descendants
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2011 

    Family Miranda JONES,   b. 5 Mar 1803, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1878, Fannin Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1824  Clay Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Verlinda C. GILLIAM,   b. 6 Jan 1831, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1865, Fannin Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     2. Zerelda A. GILLIAM,   b. 11 Apr 1840, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1868  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F2435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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