Slaves in My Gill Family

The data below is derived from the 1850 Census of Franklin County, North Carolina, for Robert Gill and family. Robert Gill is my 1st cousin, 5 times removed.

1850 Census Franklin County North Carolina - Peter Gill and Robert Gill

1850 Census, Franklin County North Carolina. Page 35 shows the households of brothers Peter and Robert Gill.

The appearance of Harry (or Henry) Turner, a free person of color in the household, is intriguing.  Generally speaking in this era, the only free persons of color living under the roof of the house holder were acknowledged blood relations of the same. This was not as uncommon as we have been led to believe. I suspect, though I realize that I cannot prove, that Harry (or Henry) was the child of Robert Gill.

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Schedule 1 – Free Inhabitants of (Illegible) District, in the County of Franklin, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 28th day of August, 1850. (Signed) John D. Hawkins, Jr., Ass’t Marshall

Name of persons in household, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Real Est. Value, Birthplace

Robert Gill, 42, M, ~, Farmer, ~, North Carolina

Rekces, 26, F, ~, ~, ~, North Carolina

William, 8, M, ~, At School, ~, North Carolina

Emily, 6, F, ~, At School, ~, North Carolina

Robert, 3, M, ~, ~, ~, North Carolina

Lucy, 6 mos., F, ~, ~, ~, North Carolina

Eliza Edwards, 57, F, ~, ~, ~, North Carolina

St. Georgianna Edwards, 21, F, ~, ~, ~, North Carolina

Harry (or Henry) Turner, 18, M, Mulatto, ~, Farmer, ~, North Carolina

[Eds. Notes:
1. Located on the same page, immediately above this entry, is the entry for the family of Peter Gill, Robert’s older brother. Based upon the data, it is to be assumed that the brothers were in residence, albeit in different households, on a single piece of property (valued at $9100, that was titled to brother Peter.

2. According to Thurston Titus Hicks, in his work “Sketches”, © 1926, this Robert Gill married Jane Jones, daughter of Robert Jones and Mary (Earl) Jones, granddaughter of John Earl, Jr. and Zebiah (Watts) Earl, great granddaughter of John Earl, Sr. He lists the children of Robert Gill and Jane Jones as “…1. Dr. Robert J. Gill married Annie Fuller. 2. William P. Gill married, killed at Battle of Malvern Hill. 3. Emily Gill married E.A. Fuller.”

It’s possible that Jane’s nickname was “Rekces”, and this was recorded by the census worker. It’s possible that Jane died, and Robert remarried, and the children attributed to Jane by Hicks, are actually the product of a second marriage to Rekces. There is some evidence to support this, as “Rekces” is sixteen years younger than her husband. Additional circumstantial evidence is the appearance in the same household of Eliza Edwards, 57 years old, and St. Georgianna Edwards, 21 years old. These two would appear to possibly be the mother and sister, respectively, of “Rekces”. (St. Georgianna is almost as strange a name as “Rekces”, so it follows that both girls are from the same family.)]

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1850 Census – Slave Schedule – North Carolina – Franklin County – Peter Gill

1850Slave Schedule - Peter Gill

Click to View the Lists of Slaves Owned by Peter and Mary B. Gill

 

 

Schedule 2 – Slave Inhabitants in Hayesville District, in the County of Franklin, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 27th day of August, 1850 (Signed) John D. Hawkins, Ass’t Marshall.

Name of Slave Owner: Peter Gill

Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color

1, 31, F, Black

1, 31, M, Mulatto

1, 26, F, Black

1, 25, M, Black

1, 21, M, Black

1, 22, F, Mulatto

1, 15, M, Mulatto

1, 12, F, Black

1, 9, F, Mulatto

1, 5, F, Mulatto

1, 9, M, Mulatto

1, 5, F, Mulatto

1, 3, M, Mulatto

1, 4, M, Mulatto

1, 18, M, Black

1, 1, F, Mulatto

1, 6, M, Black

1, 7 mos., M, Black

Total 18

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Immediately below the entry for Peter Gill is an entry for Mary B. Gill. I am uncertain of the relationship. This is possibly Mary Gill, daughter of peter, who married John H. Rowland.

Name of Slave Owner: Mary B. Gill

Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color

1, 26, F, Black

1, 12, M, Black

1, 1, F, Black

Total 3

1850 Census – Slave Schedule – North Carolina – Franklin County – Peter Gill

Schedule 2 – Slave Inhabitants in Hayesville District, in the County of Franklin, State of North Carolina, enumerated by me, on the 27th day of August, 1850 (Signed) John D. Hawkins, Ass’t Marshall.

Name of Slave Owner: Peter Gill

Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color

1, 31, F, Black

1, 31, M, Mulatto

1, 26, F, Black

1, 25, M, Black

1, 21, M, Black

1, 22, F, Mulatto

1, 15, M, Mulatto

1, 12, F, Black

1, 9, F, Mulatto

1, 5, F, Mulatto

1, 9, M, Mulatto

1, 5, F, Mulatto

1, 3, M, Mulatto

1, 4, M, Mulatto

1, 18, M, Black

1, 1, F, Mulatto

1, 6, M, Black

1, 7 mos., M, Black

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Immediately below the entry for Peter Gill is an entry for Mary B. Gill. I am uncertain of the relationship. This is possibly Mary Gill, daughter of peter, who married John H. Rowland.

Name of Slave Owner: Mary B. Gill

Number of Slaves, Age, Sex, Color

1, 26, F, Black

1, 12, M, Black

1, 1, F, Black

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6 responses to “Slaves in My Gill Family

  • nada62

    Hi there,
    I was drawn to your blog because of your posts about the travesty of the documents in Franklin County. (I was there on Dec. 6th, and watched with my own eyes.)
    As sad as that situation is, I’m glad it led me to you, because this is the first time I’ve come across another blogger with roots in Franklin County. I have some Gills on my family tree, but they are collateral relatives, and I don’t research them.
    You can check me out at http://www.justthinking130.blogspot.com.

    Renate

  • dwillwrite

    Wow, I just discovered your blog because someone sent me about the post about the burning of records in North Carolina. I am going to spend some time reviewing your blog because you have some very interesting posts and items. The slaves in the family blogs are of particular interest., My maiden name is Jones out of Arkansas for several generations. I have Gills on my maternal side and have hit a brick wall in that research. I have come in contact with some Gill cousins in the last year and we are attempting to fill in the gaps. Really lovin’ your blog. Thanks so much!

  • nada62

    So glad to have a new follower, especially one with ties to Franklin County! I actually just got home from there. I couldn’t stay, but there is a Commissioners’ Meeting tonight (happening now) during with the record situation should be addressed. If you are on FB, you should join the Heritage Society of Franklin County’s page so that you can get updates. There is also another pretty active page where this is discussed. Its the Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren Genealogy page.

    Stay in touch, and I’ll be on the lookout for your Gills!

    Renate

    • Grace

      Thanks Renate – I will go check out the newest conversations now. Hoping for updates. This thing is blowing up today. I’ve had 8000 visitors to the last Franklin Cty post, as of 5:00 today. I am baffled as to what happened to make it explode – but it has exploded!

  • nada62

    8000!!!!!!!???????!!!!!!! Wowsa!!!!

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