Notes as written by Mrs. R.A. Hairfield from publication
entitled History of Old Gilley Settlement in Virginia -1750, produced
about 1950 in Critz, Virginia. Full publication is located in the Bassett
Branch Historical Center.
Francis Gilley, Sr. came to America from England and settled first in
Chesterfield or Henrico County, Va. He was living in Buckingham County in
1773-1774. This fact was confirmed in his son Richard's Revolutionary Pension
Declaration made in 1833, in which he states he was born in Buckingham County,
Va. The 1773-74 accessories of Buckingham County reveals that Francis, Sr., and
his sons were there at that time. The 1775 tithables of Pittsylvania County, Va.
reveals they had moved into that county. In 1776 a portion of Pittsylvania
County was cut off into Henry County, Va. It was in this part that Francis, Sr.,
had settled, and here he died in 1791. This is no doubt the place near Ridgeway,
Henry County, Virginia, on Turkey Cock Creek now called Big Creek. He owned 1100
acres of land here. This information will be found in his will made in 1790.
Francis Gilley, Sr., took the oath of allegiance in 1778 but refused to swear.
Evidently he was a Quaker, for he affirmed. Quakers will affirm but will not
swear. Francis Gilley, Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) had
four sons and two daughters, namely:
I. Richard Gilley, 1756-1839. Probably the oldest son of
Francis, Sr., and Elizabeth Gilley. He was a Revolutionary soldier. Fought in
the battle at Guilford Courthouse 1781. His name is listed in Col. Abraham
Penn's list of the Henry County Militia who fought at Guilford Courthouse. No
record of when he married or how many children he had. One record of only one
son and one daughter; they are: 1. Francis; "Frank" he was called. 2.
Martha - She married Bennett Cox - this information was secured from papers
showing that she had taken steps to collect pension money she thought was due
(Other information - Richard Gilley R.S. born Feb 1756 in Buckingham Or Henry
Co., VA. Died 1839 in Henry Co., VA. On the VA Revolutionary War Pension Roll of
1835: Richard Gilley, Henry County, Private, Virginia Cont'l $20.00 Annual
Allowance $50.00 Amount Received September 6, 1833. Pension started, age 79 He
married Martha Cox, circa 1780 in Henry Co. Va).
II. Francis Gilley, Jr., son of Francis, Sr., and Elizabeth Gilley, was born
about 1759 - was living in 1840. This information was secured from his second
Pension Declaration made Dec. 13, 1840. Francis, Jr., so he states, was in the
battles at the Guilford Courthouse, Kings Mountains, and Eutaw Springs. His name
is also listed in Col. Abraham Penn's list of the Henry County Militia. After
the war he moved to South Carolina, later to Georgia, and from there to Alabama.
His wife was named Nancy. They had a son, Francis III we have no further record
of his family.
(Other information - Francis Gilley R.S. Born 1759 in Buckinham Or Henry Co. VA.
Died Before 20 Mar 1848 in Lee Co., VA. He married Mary Bateman AND Francis
Gilley, Jr. b. cir 1759, Buckingham Co., VA, m. Mary Bateman. Francis died Henry
Co., VA, buried: Virginia. A conflicting source shows this Francis Gilley as
having moved to Alabama where he supposedly died in 1840. ??? Mary: Earlier
source gives her surname as Bateman, we don't know who her parents may have
III. Nancy Gilley, daughter of Francis, Sr., and Elizabeth Gilley. No record
of birth, death, marriage or family.
IV. Elizabeth Gilley, daughter of Francis, Sr., and Elizabeth Gilley. No
dates or records of her family. (married Richard "Dickie" Pilson)
(Other information - Elizabeth Gilley b. cir 1752, Virginia, m. abt 1760, in
Albemarle Co., VA, Francis Turner, b. cir 1740, Buckingham Co., VA, (son of
James Turner and Mary -------) d. 1803, Patrick Co., VA. Elizabeth died 1817,
PCVA. Francis: Rank of Captain in the Continental Army, Served two years in the
Revolution before moving to Patrick Co. Migrated to Patrick County in 1781.
Owned large tracts of land in Patrick and in Montgomery Co. A member of the
first court of Patrick county, and was a member of the group that laid out the
plan for the Town of Patrick Courthouse, now Stuart. Sources: Files of O.E.
Pilson supplemented those of Ida Clifton, WVa, Mr. A.N. Turner, Ina, IL, and
files of Connie Lee Wood, PCVA).
V. Charles Gilley, third son of Francis, Sr., and Elizabeth Gilley. He was
picked by the Militia of Henry County, but it is likely that he never saw
service, as no records have been found to show that he saw active service. He
married a girl named Elizabeth. We have no other records of him or his family.
VI. George Gilley, the youngest son of Francis, Sr., and Elizabeth
Gilley, was born about 1765. The 1830 census of Henry County, Va. listed his age
60-70. That means he was between 60 and 70 years of age. Census at that time did
not give the exact age. He first married Mary "Polly" Wilson,
daughter of Thomas Wilson, about 1792. She died in 1809. He remained a
widower until 1818, when he married Lavina "Kitty" Wilson, a sister to
his first wife. Lavina died May 8, 1858, at the age of 93, which means she was
born in 1770. To George Gilley and Mary "Polly" Wilson were born three
sons and five daughters, namely: Gideon, Lavina, Elizabeth, Nancy, Lucy,
Polly, George, and William. To George Gilley and Lavina "Kitty"
Wilson, the second wife, was born one daughter, Rachel. Rachel married a Davis.
Rachel was the ninth child of George Gilley. George Gilley's will made Aug. 15,
1828, put on record June 10, 1833. Children of George Gilley by first wife:
1. Gideon Gilley, born 1795. He moved to Cannon County, Tenn., sometime in
the 1830's - we have no record of who his wife was or of his family.
2. Lavina Gilley, b--- d---. Probably named for her Aunt Lavina Wilson, who
later became her stepmother. Lavina Gilley married Azel Bateman. Their children
are: (1) Polly married to Robertson. (2) Joe Henry married Hutcherson. 3.
Elizabeth Gilley X d----, married Isaiah Turner. Their children are: (1) George
Turner (probably the only child) married a Green. (2) ? (3) ?
4. Nancy Gilley, b--- d - 1901. Married Stephen Terry Turner, who died Feb. 1,
1861. He was a brother to Isaiah Turner. To this couple were born the following
children, namely: (1) Stephen Turner, called "Tobe".) (2) George
Turner, called ~Pomp~ ) They were twins (3) Hardin Turner (4) Monroe Turner,
b--- d. Dec. 24, 1862, while in the Confederate Army at Richmond, Va., of
intestinal fever. He married Martha Grant. They had a son, Thomas A. Turner, b.
Oct. 18, 1856. He is the father of A. N. Turner of Ina, Illinois.