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Descendants of James Gilliam
and Frances Hopkins

Submitted by Lee Roy Gilliam
© 2005

James Gilliam was born about 1747-50 in Virginia. His parents were John and Sarah Farris Gilliam of Goochland County, Virginia. On December 16, 1772 in Goochland County, James married Francais Hopkins daughter of John and Susanna Hopkins. This marriage is recorded in Rev. William Douglas Register using the French spelling – Guillam.

James served in the Virginis Militia during the American Revolutionary War. He was sworn into service April 23, 1782 in Cumberland County, Virginia. James’s service record can be found in J. T. McAllister’s Record, Section 260, page 198 and John H. Gwatney’s Register of Virginians in the Revolution page 308.

In 1816 James and Francais along their neighbors Harrises, Meadors, Creaseys and others moved to Tennessee. Daughter Mary Gilliam Webb and husband Daniel Gary Webb bought land at the Head waters of Trammel Creek in Sumner County in 1815. James sons, Charles and John H. purchased land in Sumner County on May 18, 1818. James Gilliam died June 18, 1821 and was buried in the family cemetery near Westmoreland. A permanent grave marker has been placed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in a Memorial Service on May 28, 2005 with several living decendents present.  Reunion photos

Text taken from book currently being written by Lee Roy Gilliam, 2005 – Seven Generations of Gilliam’s in Sumner County from the Big Woods.

Descendancy chart for James Gilliam

Stephen Rice Gilliam and Nancy F. Duffer were married 22 April 1827 in Sumner County, Tn.
David Gilliam and Lucy Morris were married in Sumner County, Tn. on 27 September 1855.
Stephen Rice Gilliam and Rebecca Adaline Hodges were married in Sumner County, Tn. on 4 January 1881.
David Edwin Gilliam and Laura Adams were married in ____ on 30 December 1906.
Gordon Leon Gilliam and Ruby Lee Huddleston were married in Simpson County, Ky. on 16 June 1946.

Descendancy chart of James Gilliam


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