Birth: 1770; Bladen County, North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec., 1861; Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
Born near Drowning Creek which is today in Bladen County, North Carolina but then it was Anson County. Son of William Gulledge & Basheba (this is what she is called in the Deep Creek Church minutes)Watts Gulledge. He was a farmer and Baptist preacher. Rev. Joel Gulledge donated the land for the present Deep Creek Baptist Church in June 1820. At that time the church was Gulledge Meeting House. The present church is on land that orginally belonged to William Gulledge, his father, from which Joel acquired 100 acres on June 8, 1782. Rev. Joel Gulledge was the pastor of Deep Creek Baptist Church from June 15, 1816 until November 1858 except one year November 1853-November 1854 when Evander David was pastor. While Evander David was pastor he was still at Deep Creek Church. Was instrumental in helping organize or getting started several churches in Anson (Mt. Olive, Mineral Springs) and Union (Meadow Branch now Wingate) Counties, N.C. His first wife was Zilpha Huntley and his second wife was Jerusha Smith Sellers, daughter of Rilah Smith. This man was a pillar for the Baptist faith in Anson, Union, and Chesterfield Counties.
Children of Joel Gulledge and Zipha Huntley Gulledge:
- Amelia "Rilla" Gulledge born about 1790-died July 17, 1860, married about 1808 James Gaddy born about 1783-died December 25, 1850, son of Thomas and Jane Gaddy.
- Jeremiah Gulledge born about 1794-died about 1853, married about 1810 Phoebe Sellers born about 1787-died before 1850, daughter of Hardy Sellers and Mary Cook.
- Thomas Huntley Gulledge, born July 16, 1795-died December 15, 1857, married Rachel Ratliff born March 9, 1806-died September 18, 1884, daughter of James R. Ratliff and Frances Hamer.
- Jeptha Gulledge born about 1799-died September 1842, married Catherine Sellers born March 2, 1806-died August 28, 1855 in Carroll, Tennessee.
- Joel Gulledge Jr. born about 1797-died about 1880 probably in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, married about 1820 Sarah Elizabeth Sellers born about 1796-death date unknown. Joel Jr. was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Chesterfield County, South Carolina and is probably buried there with no marked grave.
- Elijah Gulledge born about 1800-died about 1841 in Henry, Tennessee, married about 1818 Lively Little born unknown-died unknown Henry, Tennessee.
- Mary E. "Polly" Gulledge born about 1802-died about 1850, married about 1831 Phillip Sellers Jr. born unknown-died unknown, son of Phillip Sellers Sr.
- Nancy Gulledge born about 1804, nothing else known.
- Lavinia Gulledge born about 1806-died August 1849, married about 1827 Hardy Sellers Sr. born March 2, 1757 in Johnston County, North Carolina-died January 17, 1835 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
- Ailey Gulledge born about 1808-died after 1880, married about 1828 John Phillips.
- David Gulledge, born September 14, 1813 and died September 14, 1895, married Eleanor Lauretta McBride, daughter of William McBride and Mary Jane Blackwell. She was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. David moved to Van Zandt County, Texas.
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- David Keys : 23andMe, GEDMatch M864632
- Charles Keys : 23andMe, GEDMatch M081952
- Michelle (Keys) Whittington : 23andMe, GEDMatch M335109
- Jean (Gallagher) Alford : 23andMe
- Pat Simmons : 23andMe, GEDMatch M392412
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