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Husband:  John GILLHAM
Birth:  4 or 14 Jan 1756, Augusta Co., VA
Death:  30 Apr 1835, Madison Co., IL
Disposition:  buried Wanda Cemetery, Madison Co., IL
Military Service:  Revolutionary War
Father:  Thomas GILLHAM
Mother:  Margaret Gay "Peggy" CAMPBELL

Note:  the town of Wanda was originally named Gillham.

Marriage said to be:  Mar 1776
They are said to have been married in Pendleton Co., but I doubt it.  Back then, young women usually lived with their parents until they married, and from 1767 until their deaths, Sarah's parents were living in Union [now Cherokee] Co., SC.

Migration:  Jun 1803, said to have moved to Wanda, Madison Co., IL

Wife:  Sarah CLARK
Birth:  ca. 1750s, of VA
Death:  Mar 1832, Madison Co., IL
Disposition:  buried Wanda Cemetery, Madison Co., IL 
Father:  Reyderus CLARK
Mother:  Anna __?__
Children born in SC:
  1.  Margaret "Peggy" GILLHAM, b. 1776; d. 29 Jul 1819, Winchester, Scott Co., IL; m. Samuel BROWN
  2.  Ann GILLHAM, b. 1778; m. Isaiah DUNNAGAN
  3.  James GILLHAM, b. 6 Aug 1781; d. 23 Aug 1867, Madison Co., IL; m. 1809, Madison Co., IL, Mary "Polly" GOOD
  4.  Ryderus Clark GILLHAM, b. 13 Jun 1783; d. 29 Nov 1846, IL; m. 1 Feb 1806/7, Madison Co., IL, Susannah G. BROWN
  5.  Thomas GILLHAM, b. 1785; d. 1801
  6.  Sarah GILLHAM, b. 1787; m. Daniel BROWN
  7.  Charles GILLHAM, b. 1789; m1. 25 Mar 1822, Madison Co., IL, Celia MEDFORD; m2. 13 Mar 1828, Mary MURPHY
  8.  Elizabeth GILLHAM, b. 1791; m. Micajah COX
  9.  Susannah GILLHAM, b. 1793; m. 20 Apr 1820, Madison Co., IL, William M. RAMSEY
10.  Mary "Polly" GILLHAM, b. 1795; m. Thomas COX
11.  John GILLHAM, b. 10 Jan 1798; d. 29 Apr 1835; m. 2 Oct 1822, Madison Co., IL, Phoebe DUNNAGAN
12.  William GILLHAM, b. 15 Apr 1802; d. 29 Aug 1884, Alton, Madison Co., IL; m. 18 Mar 1823, Madison Co., IL, Mary "Polly" McKINNEY
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, South Carolina, Virginia


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):
1784 Gilliam, John NC Granville Co.    
1786 State Census Gilliam, John NC Granville Co. Raglands Dist. p. 1
I doubt if this is our subject.

3.  United States Bureau of the Census.  1907/8.  Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States taken in the year 1790.  Gov't Printing Office, Washington, DC (online in the Archives of SCGenWeb, along with digitized images of the original pages).
1790 SC 96 Dist. Union Co. p. 47 John Gilham 01-04-02-00-00
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 free white male 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = John (b. 1756)
4 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = James (b. 1781)
= Ryderus (b. 1783)
= Thomas (b. 1785)
= Charles (b. 1789)
2 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Sarah
= Sarah (b. 1787)
We are short two daughters.  Have the two eldest girls married already?  They were very young!  Seems more likely their birthyears are wrong, and more likely still that this is census-taker error because in the 1800 census, there are three more girls born before 1790.  John and Sarah are living five doors down from Sarah's parents.

4a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched).  In this case, the page number is also wrong. 
1800 Gillham, John SC Pendleton Dist. p. 29 13110-2031000

4b.  1800 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #65 of 125; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1800 SC Pendleton Dist. p. 30B/134 John Gillham 20310-13110-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1790-1800 = John (b. 1798)
= Charles (b. 1789)
3 males 16-25 1774-1784 = Thomas (b. 1785)
= Reyderus (b. 1783)
= James (b. 1781)
1 male 26-44 1755-1774 = John (b. 1756) 
1 female 9 or under 1790-1800 = Polly (b. 1795)
= Susannah (b. 1793)
= Elizabeth (b. 1791) 
3 females 10-15 1784-1790 = Sarah (b. 1787)
= ?
= ?
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = ?
1 female 26-44 1755-1774 = Sarah
Listed 19 lines below William GILHAM.

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313).  There was no 1810 or earlier Federal Census in Illinois because it did not achieve statehood until 3 Dec 1818.  Territories usually did a census as part of their application for statehood, and it appears that these data are just such an enumeration.
1818 Gilham, Charles IL Madison Co. p. 126 01-06-00-00
1818 Gilham, Charles IL Madison Co. p. 127 01-03-00-00
1818 Gilham, Charles IL Madison Co. p. 135 01-05-00-00
1818 Gilham, Isham IL Madison Co. p. 125 04-06-00-01
1818 Gilham, Isaac IL Madison Co. p. 126 01-05-00-00
1818 Gilham, Isaac IL Madison Co. p. 128 01-04-00-00
1818 Gilham, James IL Madison Co. p. 126 01-04-00-00
1818 Gilham, James IL Madison Co. p. 127 01-01-00-00
1818 Gilham, Jane IL Madison Co. p. 127 01-05-00-00
1818 Gilham, John IL Madison Co. p. 125 02-04-00-00
1818 Gilham, John IL Madison Co. p. 128 01-02-00-00
1818 Gilham, John IL Madison Co. p. 133 01-06-00-00
1818 Gilham, Rydus C. IL Madison Co. p. 126 02-06-00-00
1818 Gilham, Samuel IL Madison Co. p. 126 01-08-00-00
1818 Gilham, Thomas IL Madison Co. p. 128 02-05-00-00
1818 Gilham, William IL Madison Co. p. 127 02-05-00-00
1818 Gilham, William IL Madison Co. p. 134 04-10-00-00
Amazing collection of similar given names.  What a headache to sort out!

6.  1820

7.  1830 

8.  Myra Sydney (Davis) Dipple.  nd.  Chronology of the Life of Col. Henry Clark.  Extract pertaining to John GILHAM and Sarah CLARK: 
13 Dec 1801 Rydarus Clark, with sons-in-law, John Bird and John Gillham, sold a tract of land on Gilkey's creek of Thicketty Creek* for $2570.  This seems to be the disposal of Rydarus's estate, recorded 25 June, 1803.  John and Sarah Gillham moved to Wanda, Madison Co., Illnois, in June of 1803. Union Co., SC,
Deed Book G,
Page 279.
* This land is now in Cherokee Co., SC.

9.  Patricia Law Hatcher.  1987.  Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots.  4 vols. Pioneer Heritage Press, Dallas, TX (online at Ancestry.com).
Name Cemetery Location Reference
GILLHAM, John Wanda nr Wood River & Roxana, Madison Co., IL, 56 Vol. 2, p. --Serial: 11999; Volume: 8

10.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

11.  The Gene Pool (online at Ancestry.com).

12.  Messages in the Gillham Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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