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William GillhamRevolutionary War Audited Account Folder #2853: submitted by Ray Hart, [email protected]

William GILLHAM died at the home of his son, John Davidson Gillham, Oct. 27,1825. William Gillham was the father of John D. and Ezekiel Gillham, and the father-in-law of John G. LOFTON and John McDOW. He and his father, Thomas Gillham, six brothers, and two brothers-in-law, were Revolutionary War soldiers. After the close of the war, in 1812, William and four of his brothers located in Madison County, Illinois, where four of them remained, but William and his family located in Lofton’s Prairie in 1816, and he died at the residence of his son, John D., in 1825. (Some of the Gillhams came to Madison County, before 1812.)

His father, Thomas Gillham, came from Ireland and settled in Virginia in 1730, later moving to South Carolina, where he reared his family and he and all the male portion of his family enlisted in behalf of the colonies, and through William and his family, their direct knowledge, experiences and family history may be traced back of the establishment of the government of the United States. Thomas Gillham was married and had one son when he arrived in Augusta County, Virginia, from Ireland. This would have made him quite old for military service at the time of the Revolutionary War, but he undoubtedly did serve in the war. He died in York County, South Carolina, and is buried there.

William, John D. and other Gillhams are buried at the East Newbern Cemetery, which is also near Dow, Illinois. The church there is a Methodist Church. The DAR’s have placed a plaque on the tombstone of William Gillham.

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