Samuel Gill

Samuel Gill (1752 - 1822)

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Samuel Gill
Born in Botetourt County, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married after in Berkeley County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Garrard, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jun 2012
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Categories: Botetourt County, Virginia Colony | Botetourt County, Virginia | Berkeley County, Virginia | Fincastle County, Virginia | Virginia Militia, American Revolution | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors | NSDAR Patriot Ancestors | Valley Forge, Winter Encampment | Garrard County, Kentucky.



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Native Virginian (moved to Kentucky in 1784)

Samuel Gill was born in Botetourt County, Virginia in 1752.[1] He married Ruth Van Meter (Vanmetre) in Berkeley County, Virginia in 1779 (obtained marriage bond June 15, 1779).[2]

DAR records show that Samuel Gill served in the 4th VA Regiment from 1776 to 1778, having enlisted in Berkeley County, Virginia, and achieved the following ranks:

  • ENS, 10 FEB 1776
  • 2nd LT 28 SEP 1776
  • 1st LT 12 JAN 1777

On 14 SEP 1778, Samuel Gill retired as a captain.

Land-Office Military Warrant No. 3033 for 4,000 acres was issued to Captain Samuel Gill on April 30, 1784 for his 3 years of service in the Virginia Continental Line.[3]

Samuel and Ruther (VanMeter) Gill had the following children:[4]

  • Cassandra Gill (born Dec. 1779), married James Aldridge[5]
  • Mary "Polly" Gill (born March 30, 1782), married John P. Aldridge[6]
  • Samuel Gill (born July 17, 1785)
  • Elizabeth Gill (born Aug. 1, 1787), married William Owsley
  • William Gill (born Dec. 1, 1789)
  • Erasmus Gill (born June 27, 1792), married Anna Elizabeth Smith[7]
  • Joseph Gill (born Nov. 30, 1795), married ____ Lamb
  • Martha "Patsy" Gill (born March 10, 1798), married John Gill[8]
  • Emily Gill (born Dec. 1, 1799), married James George, Jr.

Samuel Gill passed away after 1799 (bible record transcription shows his last child as Emily, b December 1, 1799), which agrees with the information below that shows his birth/death as August 20, 1752 - November 6, 1822. Pension application and DAR records also show he died in 1822.

Information from online source about "Samuel Gill Cemetery":

SAMUEL GILL CEMETERY Buckeye Quadrangle, Lancaster on the West side near the Teater Addition under a large blackberry tree, Teater Bros. Farm Garrard Co. KY

GILL, Samuel b. Aug. 20, 1752 d. Nov. 6, 1822
GILL, William Y. d. 1833
ALDRIDGE, John (son-in-law of Samuel Gill) no dates available
GILL, Ruth Van Meter b.1758 d. 1845 (w. of Samuel Gill)
PAULDING, ? (bro. of William Paulding) no dates available
PAULDING, ? (Henry's wife) no dates available
NOTE: The Tombstones have been moved to the regular Lancaster Cemetery.
GILL, Joseph V. (no dates available)
GILL, Mary (no dates available)
The folowing were buried in this cemetery or nearby:
PAULDING, William (no dates available)
PAULDING, Susanah (no dates available)
BANTON, Ann b. 1782 d. 1843 (dau. of John)
SMITH, Mary Banton (no burial date available) married James Smith in 1826
SMITH, James b. 1794 d. 1845

According to the April 8, 1844 pension application filed by his son Erasmus, only four of Samuel's children were living at that time: Erasmus, Patsy (wife of John Gill), Elizabeth Owsley, & Cassandra Aldridge, widow of James. The application also says their mother died in 1840. Either way, the transcription of Ruth's death date above cannot be correct (1845 - Erasmus filed the pension application in 1844 on behalf of the living children of the deceased widow [Ruth] of the veteran [Samuel]).

A look at his service

In searching for information about Ruth's death date, I found a Virginia Magazine submission from a Mr. P. Fall Taylor, of Frankfort, Kentucky, who said he had found the papers along with his commission and grant for 4,000 acres of bounty land in Kentucky, in an old trunk. (These documents weren't in the article, but the transcriptions included are of interest, such as the one that says Samuel Gill was "on duty at the Gen'l Hospitals in Country & Valley Forge from 19'th June to the 21'st Sept'r, 1778").
Mr. Taylor writes: "Striking evidence is given of the condition of the troops of the Virginia Line in 1778 by the 'return' made by Lieutenant Samuel Gill, of the Fourth Virginia Regiment.
"These men had served out the term of their enlistment, which must have been a long and hard one, and were on their way home. Of these 'old Continentals in their ragged regimentals' not one could 'fall in' with a complete equipment, and some of them were without either coat, 'hatt' or shoes ; even 'overhalls' seem to have been a luxury. ..."
"Heitman's 'Historical Register of the Officers of the Continental Army' states: 'Samuel Gill, ensign Fourth Virginia, 10th February, 1776; first lieutenant, November, 1776; captain, January, 1777; retired 14th September, 1778.'"
See more in the Virginia magazine of history and biography, Vol. 1, no. 3, January 1894 (pp 202-207).


  1. one DAR record shows he was born August 20, 1750, at Battletart Co., VA
  2. they married June 29, 1778, according to papers transcribed with the pension application (see W8882)
  3. see image and additional information under sources
  4. from DAR records, pension application (W8882), and page 138, Old Southern Bible Records, compiled by Memory Aldridge Lester
  5. Friday, Dec. 24, 1780 (which wasn't a Friday) according to papers transcribed with the pension application (see W8882)
  6. John Palmer Aldridge, according to this DAR record
  7. just one Erasmus, born June 27, 1792, in the transcription of the bible record. According to papers transcribed with the pension application (see W8882), among the children listed were:
    • Era's Gill was Born Sunday the 30th Nov'r. 1783
    • William Gill was Born on Tueasday De'r. 1st day 1789
    • Eras' Gill the second was Born on Winsday 27th June 1792
  8. see this DAR record - birth date of Patsy, daughter of Samuel, matches with Martha, born March 10, 1798, from bible record
  • transcript of W8882 (pdf), Southern Campaign
  • Sons of the American Revolution (SAR search July 6, 2015): Ancestor #P-166220 Samuel Gill (1750-1822)
  • Valley Forge Muster Roll, Lt. Samuel Gill, 4th Virginia Regiment
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed May 4, 2015), "Record of Captain Samuel Gill", Ancestor # A044721.
    • record for national number 431192
  • Additional information on his service and the land grant:
  • No. 3033 Gill, Samuel, Capt. 4000 30 Apr. 1784 (4000 and date under “Original Allowance” – there was no entry for him in the column “Additional”). From Virginia Soldiers of 1776, by Louis A. Burgess (a 1973 reprint of the 1927 book), in a “List of Supernumerary Officers” (p 78, volume 1 – I couldn’t find a date but one entry in the list had 1808), p 79 had Gill entry.
  • p 307: Gill, Samuel, Ensign 4 CL [4th Virginia Regiment, Continental Line] Feb. 10, 1776; 2nd Lieut. Sept. 28, 1776; 1st Lieut. Jan. 12, 1777; retired with rank of Captain Sept. 14, 1778. Awarded 4,000 acres. (p xiii: "Where no special reference is given, the name is to be found in the alphabetically indexed papers in the Old Records Division, Adjutant General's Office, War Department, Washington, D.C., or in the Navy Department.") From Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution (originally published Richmond, Virginia 1938 by John H. Gwathmey; copyright renewed 1966 by Mrs. John H. Gwathmey and Harriet White Gwathmey, Abingdon, Virginia). Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1973, 1979.
  • Old Southern Bible Records, compiled by Memory Aldridge Lester (see pages 4 and 138)
  • Samuel Gill Cemetery
  • Liz Shifflett created this profile and biography on June 8, 2012. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Liz and others.


from Owsley Family Historical Society, deed abstracts first published from December 2000 to December 2001 in the Owsley Family Historical Society Newsletter

Garrard County, Kentucky Abstracts of Owsley Deeds 1797 - 1864, abstracted from microfilm by Ronny O. Bodine

Deed Book J
Deeds Recorded September 1825 to November 1829

p. 108 Deed of 13 Aug 1824 from James Aldridge & Cassander, his wife, John Aldridge & Polly, his wife, William Ousley & Elizabeth, his wife, John Gill & Patsy, his wife, James George Jr. & Emily, his wife, William Gill, Joseph Gill & Thruse, his wife, to Erasmus Gill, all of Garrard Co. 202 acres, 2 rods and 20 poles, of the estate of Samuel Gill, decd, reserving to his widow Ruth her dower rights for $20 per acre. No witnesses. Reg. 31 Aug 1824.

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