Notes for Elizabeth Bennett Gilliland
1790 census Northumberland, PA
Wm Bennitt 2-3-4
2 males age 16 & older (William, age 79 & Robert, age 17)
3 males under age 16 (Anthony, age 13, Henry, age 12, Samuel, age 7)
4 females (Ann, age 53, Margery, age 6, Elizabeth, age 4, Margaret, age 3)
Next to Robt Bridgens, and near William Reed, James Bennitt, Henry Thompson, Benjamin Thompson. Where is William Bennett, Jr, age 20 or John Bennett?
1800 - age 14
1804-1810 - Unknown daughter #1 born
1805 - daughter Nancy born
1806 - daughter Ann born
1809 - daughter Jane born
1810 census Shenango, Crawford
William Bennett page 423 (Henry & Anthony's father)
1 male over 45 (William, age 99)
1 female over 45 (Ann, age 73)
1 female 16-26 (Ellizabeth, age 24)
1810 census Conniotte, Crawford Co., PA
Hugh Gilleland Jr
1 male age 16-26 (Hugh, age 25)
1 female age 16-26 (Elizabeth, age 24? or First Wife??)
4 females under 10 (Nancy, age 5, Ann, age 4, Jane, age 1 & Unknown Daughter #1, age 0-6)
1811 - daughter Sally born
1816-1820 - Unknown daughter #2 born
1816-1820 - Unknown daughter #3 born
1820 - daughter Margaret born
1820 census Fallowfield, Crawford Co., PA
Hugh Gilliland 000010-44010-01
1 male 26-45 (Hugh, age 35)
1 female 26-45 (Elizabeth, age 34? or First Wife??)
4 females 10-16 (Nancy, age 15, Ann, age 14, Jane, age 11 & Unknown Daughter #1, age 10-16)
4 females under 10 (Sally, age 9, Margaret, age baby, and Unknown Daughters #2 & #3, ages 0-4)
1822 - daughter Elizabeth born
October 31, 1827 - Elizabeth is referred to in a land deed as "Elizabeth Gilliland wife of Hugh Gulliland, of Coniatt twp, of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, late Elizabeth Bennett." She was deeded 9 acres adjoining a 400 acre tract that was conveyed the same day to "heirs and legal representatives of Matthew Gamble, late of the township of Shenango, County of Crawford, Pennsylvania, dec'd." Matthew Gamble is listed in Shenango Twp in 1820. He was age 26-45, had a wife age 16-26, and there was also 1 male age 16-26, 1 male age 10-16 and 1 female age 10-16.
The 9 acres Elizabeth got in 1827 was assessed for taxes to Hugh Gilliland until he died in 1848
census Summerhill, Crawford Co., PA
1 male 40-49 (Hugh, age 45)
1 female 40-49 (Elizabeth, age 44)
4 females 20-29 (Nancy, age 25, Ann, age 24, Jane, age 21 & Unknown Daughter #1, age 20-26)
1 female 15-19 (Sally, age 19)
3 females 10-14 (Margaret, age 10, and Unknown Daughters #2 & #3, ages 10-14)
1 female 5-9 (Elizabeth, age 8)
1831-1835 - unknown son born??
1840 census Summerhill, Crawford Co., PA
1 male 50-59 (Hugh, age 55)
1 male 5-9 (Unknown son, age 5-9?)
1 female 50-59 (Elizabeth, age 54)
3 females 20-29 (Margaret, age 20, and Unknown Daughters #2 & #3, ages 20-24)
2 females 15-19 (Elizabeth, age 18)
1847 - Elizabeth signed a land deed so was still alive at this time.
October 04, 1848 - Hugh died in Crawford Co., PA. On October 25, 1848, his land in Summit Twp (formed from Summerhill in 1843) was divided up by "Hugh Gillilands"s heirs"
In 1849 and 1850, the 9 ½ acres Elizabeth got in 1827 were assessed to Gilliland, Elizabeth (heirs).
1850 - ?? There is an Elizabeth Gilliland, age 66, wife of Robert Gilliland in Summit, Crawford Co., PA. Living next door to households of Seth Gilleland, age 32 and also Hugh Gilliland, age 45. This is Elizabeth Lindsey Gilliland, who was born Oct 16, 1784 and married Robert Gilliland onSept 9, 1800. I do not find Elizabeth, widow of Hugh.
1851 - "one half of the undivided-nine acres" which had belonged to Elizabeth Gilliland were sold to John Collins by Henry Bennett, Anthony Bennett, and Margaret Collins of North Shenango Twp. " Were her siblings named her heirs because she did not have surviving children? Were the children who were heirs of Hugh Gilliland in 1848 from a previous marriage??
1852 - four and a half acres purportedly belonging to Elizabeth Gilliland were sold to the same John P. Collins at a tax sale
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Name: High GILLILAND
Marriage 1 UNKNOWN
Nancy GILLILAND b: 1805
Ann GILLILAND b: ABT 1806
Jane GILLILAND b: ABT 1809
Sally GILLILAND b: ABT 1811
Margaret GILLILAND b: ABT 1820
Elizabeth GILLILAND b: ABT 1822
Marriage 2 Elizabeth BENNETT b: ABT 1784
Married: BEF 1827 in Summerhill Twp., Crawford Co., Pa
SAMUEL BENNETT'S HEIRS
Other land titles were more complicated. In drafting the 1817 agreement, to indicate which tract had been settled, the name of the original warrantee (rather than the tract number) was listed opposite the settler's name. "Thomas Sinn" thus appears opposite the name of Anthony Bennett, and "John Sinn" opposite Henry. Matthew Gamble was also a party to the agreement, and opposite his name is that of Joseph Sherrett. The tract warranted in the name of Joseph Sherrett was numbered 45, adjoining Henry Bennett's land. Isaac Wright Collins also had some claim to this property, for on the same day he executed the agreement with Baldwin and Barlow, he gave a "Deed of Release" quitclaiming to Matthew Gamble all of his interest in the tract "warranted in the name of Joseph Serritt." This was recited to be "the same tract of land on which the said Matthew Gamble now lives."
Some of the settlers, such as Henry Bennett, had previously had their tracts re-surveyed on new warrants. Tract 45, where Matthew lived, had again been warranted on 4 April 1804 in the name of "Anthony Bennett Adm. In trust for the heirs of Samuel Bennett dec. The Bennett interests there also needed to be extinguished if Matthew was to obtain clear title. On 26 June 1817, a month after execution of the Baldwin and Barlow agreement, Matthew Gamble was deeded this 400 acres by Robert Bennett, Anthony Bennett, Henry Bennett, Isaac Wright Collins and Margaret Collin, his wife, and James Mason, all of Crawford County. The deed recites that the land had been "warranted in the name of Joseph Sherrit, settled by Samuel Bennett, and by said Samuel surveyed on a vacating warrant, and at his death descended to us by heirship, the said Samuel having died intestate, we being the heirs at law of the said Samuel." Gamble had probably been paying the taxes on Tract 45 since at least 1813, when Anthony was no longer assessed as agent for the heirs of Samuel Bennett.
How were the grantors Samuel's heirs at law"? They were not his children, since he had been assessed as single only sixteen years earlier. Under Pennsylvania intestacy laws at the time, the real estate of a man who died without issue went to his siblings, with his widow receiving a life estate in one-half of the property. If he was unmarried, his land went to his parents (if they survived him) during their lifetimes, then to his siblings or to their issue by representation. The three Bennetts, the Collins, and James Mason were all roughly the same age, and evidently Samuel's contemporaries, hence they had to have been his siblings, or their spouses. This confirms the assertion in the county history that Anthony and Henry had been brothers. It also agrees with a biographical sketch of Robert B. Collins (1825-1892), which states that his mother, Margarey, "was a daughter of William Bennett and sister of Robert, Anthony and Henry Bennett, who were among the first settlers of North and South Shenango Twp. James Mason's wife Margery had died the previous year, and adding her to the list of siblings explains why Anthony Bennett is referred to as James's brother-in-law in a descendants' account. This Samuel Bennett had thus been the brother of Robert, Anthony, Henry, Margaret, and Margery. Other deeds suggest that there were also two other sisters.
The 1817 deed was not recorded until 1828, after the death of the grantee, Matthew Gamble. Matthew, who had served as Constable of Shenango Twp. (as well as owning a distillery), testified in February of 1822 that he had been assaulted there in the execution of his duties. His exact date of death is unknown, but it occurred by the following January (as a result of his injuries?) Anthony Bennett, and Thomas Elliott, James Mason and Robert McKee served as additional bondsmen. Baldwin and Barlow finally obtained the patent to Tract 45 in 1825, and on 31 October 1827, deeded part of the tract "warranted to Joseph Sherrit" to the unnamed "heirs and legal representatives of Matthew Gamble, late of the township of Shenango, County of Crawford, Pennsylvania, dec'd. The purchase price for this 161 acres was stated to be $300. . . . .
ELIZABETH GILLILAN'S [GUILLAND] HEIRS
On the same day that Baldwin and Barlow conveyed land to Matthew Gamble's heirs, they also deeded an adjoining nine acres from the same 400-acre tract to "Elizabeth Gilliland wife of Hugh Gulliland, of Coniatt twp, of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, late Elizabeth Bennett." The Gillilands lived in that part of Summerhill Twp., which in 1843 became Summit Twp, but Hugh continued to be taxed on this 9 ½ acres in South Shenango Twp, until his death in 1848. In 1849 and 1850, the 9 ½ acres were assessed to Gilliland, Elizabeth (heirs). Elizabeth was still alive in 1847, when she signed a deed, so evidently she died shortly before or after Hugh. In 1851,"one half of the undivided-nine acres" which had belonged to Elizabeth Gilliland were sold to John Collins by Henry Bennett, Anthony Bennett, and Margaret Collins of North Shenango Twp. Henry, Anthony, and Margaret were thus three of Elizabeth's heirs. As for the other half-interest, four and a half acres purportedly belonging to Elizabeth Gilliland were sold to the same John P. Collins at a tax sale held in 1852.
Only if Elizabeth had died without surviving issue could the three Bennett siblings have been her heirs. Her husband, however, was survived by several children, as shown by deeds acknowledged 25 October 1848 in which "Hugh Gillilands"s heirs" divided up his land in Summit Twp. Consequently, Hugh must have had a previous wife. This leaves open the possibility that Elizabeth had been Matthew Gamble's widow, since Hugh's youngest known child (by that previous wife) was born about the time of Matthew's death.
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