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Abel Gilliland

Parents and Children

    According to John Young, Pioneer and Patriot by Fred and Dessie Simmons, Abel Gilliland was a son of John Gilliland and Elizabeth Young. Gilliland is also spelled Gilleland in many records. Abel Gilliland and Mary Haynie, his wife, had seven known children. Six of them are found early in Caldwell County, Texas. Many of them lived later in Atascosa County, Texas. The children of Abel Gilliland and Mary Haynie were:
Louisa Gillilandm John Patton
Gideon Blackman Gillilandd bef 1860 Caldwell Co., Txm Jane C. Long 1844 Talladega, AL,
Elizabeth Gillilandd bef 1847m Daniel Fuller
Sarah Gillilandb abt 1812d aft 1860m Lewis C. Sims
Abel B. Gillilandb abt 1822d 10 July 1854m Margaret Louisa Mauldin
Grenade Drake Gillilandb 5 Feb 1825d 20 Jan 1918m Perlina [Paulina?] Roberts and Margaret Donaldson Haw
Juliette Gillilandb abt 1826d aft 1858m Asa Pullen


    Louisa Gilliland married John Patton. They have not been found in Texas records.

Gideon Blackman

    Gideon Blackman Gilliland married Jane C. Long in Talladega County, Alabama, on 19 September 1844. Jane was the eldest daughter of William Foster Long and Mary Elizabeth Black. Jane was born about 1827. Jane and G. B. Gilliland have not been located in the 1850 census, but are suspected to have been in Mississippi. He was deceased by 1860. He apparently died in Caldwell County, Texas, as probate records are found there. Two children were born to that marriage. Those children were Mary Elizabeth Gilliland and William S. Gilliland. Jane and her Gilliland children are found there in 1860. She was married again on 19 July 1864 to Stephen J. Dorris.
    Mary Elizabeth Gilliland was born 8 July 1845 in Mississippi. She was first married to Matthew B. Jeffrey on 1 August 1861 in Caldwell County, Texas. Matthew B. Jeffrey died about 1866, probably as a result of wounds or illness from the Civil War. He was a son of Jesse Jeffrey (b 1806) and Anna Hellums. Matthew Jeffrey and Mary Elizabeth Gilliland had one child, Anna Jeffrey, who was born about 1862. Anna was married 11 September 1879 in Caldwell County to John Kirksey.
     Mary Elizabeth Gilliland was married again on 31 January 1867 to Captain Edmund Foreman. He was a brother-in-law to Jane Long Gilliland's brother, James Black Long.
     Mary Elizabeth and Cap Foreman had three children before she died in 1880 or '81. They were William, Robert, Ida "Birdie" and Hattie Foreman.


    Elizabeth Gilliland was married to Daniel Fuller, probably about 1828, as their first child was born about 1829. Elizabeth died before 1847. Daniel married two more times after coming to Texas. Daniel was born about 1805 and died in September 1882.


    Sarah Gilliland was born about 1815 and died before February of 1869. She was married to Lewis C. Sims, who was born about 1809 and died 20 April 1882. They had one daugher, Mary Frances Sims.

Abel B.

    Abel B. Gilliland was born about 1822 and died 10 July 1854. He was married in Caldwell County to Margaret Louisa Mauldin.

Grenade Drake

    Grenade Drake Gilliland was born 5 February 1825 and died 20 January 1918. He married first Perlina [Paulina?] Roberts who died in 1865, and second Margaret Donaldson Haw. Perlina Roberts was a daughter of Abraham Roberts (son of Daniel, son of Cornelius) and Cynthia Jeffrey.

Juliette Gilliland

    Juliette Gilliland was born about 1826. She married Asa Pullen.

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