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Gilliland

(Gilleland, Gililland, Gillerland, Gilland, Gillen, Gillon)
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The STR haplotypes for participants of this project can be found here.  They are sorted by their haplotype signature and labeled based on their deepest known SNP on the Y-DNA haplogroup tree.  So far, most clusters of project participants fall under the R1b1a2 branch on the Y-DNA haplogroup tree.  FTDNA’s haplogroup tree is out of date and the latest tree can be found at ISOGG.  As of now, most of the below SNPs on the tree have a male progenitor that was born over 2000 years ago.  In the coming year, the Y-DNA tree is expected to explode with new branches because of the reduced cost of full sequencing of the Y-chromosome.  It is anticipated that there will be a SNP for every three generations in your paternal line (very exciting times).  Below is the current state of the tree and we’ve broken down the groups accordingly.  If you’d like to know how to test your kit for SNPs on the tree, please contact a group administrator since this is an evolving field and the costs vary widely depending on your situation.



R    M207

•    R1    M173

•   •    R1b    M343

•   •   •    R1b1    L278

•   •   •   •    R1b1a    P297

•   •   •   •    •    R1b1a2    M269

•   •   •   •    •   •    R1b1a2a    L23

•   •   •   •    •   •   •  R1b1a2a1    L51

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    R1b1a2a1a    P310

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •    R1b1a2a1a2     P312

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •    R1b1a2a1a2a    DF27

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •    R1b1a2a1a2a1    Z196

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    R1b1a2a1a2a1b     L176.2

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •    R1b1a2a1a2a1b1    Z262

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •    R1b1a2a1a2a1b1a   SRY2627   Gilliland Group 1

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •    R1b1a2a1a2c    L21

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •    R1b1a2a1a2c1   DF13

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    R1b1a2a1a2c1a   DF49

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •    R1b1a2a1a2c1a1    DF23

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •    R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a   Z2961

•   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •   •    •   •   •    R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a1   M222   Gilliland Group 2



These are the groups that have been established for the Y-DNA test results.  Additional information on most of these lines can be found on the Gilliland Genealogy - A One Name Study website.

R1b1a2a1a2a1b1a ( SRY2627 ) Gilliland Group 1

Kit #N18967 - earliest known ancestor - Andrew Smith Jr (only known child of Andrew Smith Sr and Nancy Ann Kennedy), born 1 May 1780, and died 17 Dec 1858.  He married Nancy Elizabeth Robarts (Roberts).  This descendant is from his son James P., born 1811 in MS. (see also kits #179801, #307013, and #434912).  The similarity between the DNA for these tests and others in this group is being investigated.

Kit #48967 - earliest known ancestor - James P. Short, born about 1805, possibly in Washington Co, VA. He was in Harlan Co, KY by 1827 when he was involved with a paternity question.  He married Rebecca Bailey on 30 Sept 1829 and they had nine known children.  A family journal lists James’ date of death as 22 Jan 1894 and he and Rebecca are buried in the Short Cemetery at Holmes Mill, Harlan Co, KY.  Family stories relate that James and his sister were orphans and another says that Short is not really the family name.  The genetic relationship with this Gilliland group is being investigated.

Kit #94575 - earliest known ancestor - William van Buren Gilliland, born 17 May 1838 in St. Clair Co, AL, and died 10 Oct 1932 in Etowah Co, AL.  This DNA test is for only 12 markers so it is not known if it will remain in this group if additional markers are tested.

Kit #103485 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born about1750 in Ireland, and his wife Hannah Michaels, through their son Andrew M. who was born in 1791 in York Co, PA and married Mary Kearns.

Kit #111207 - earliest known ancestor - William Gilliland, born 1763, came to Beaver Co, PA in the early 1800’s.  The ancestral line lived near Eglinton, Londonderry, Northern Ireland for at least four generations before coming to America.  This DNA contains special variances that should be discounted for comparison with this group. The variances at DYS 459b, 464c, 464d and CDYb happened as one event and should be counted as a single variance.

Kit #115091 - earliest known ancestor - William Davis Hill, born1781 and lived in Amherst Co, VA.  His mother was Elizabeth Hill daughter of William and Susannah Hill.  Susannah married a Mr. Gilliland about 1787 and because of the DNA match it is believed that the father of William D. Hill could be related to this Gilliland line.

Kit #139250 - earliest known ancestor - Richard Gilliland, born 1765 in Ireland, apparently lived in Philadelphia, then Ohio and died 11 March 1838 in Brown Co, Indiana.  His son William was born 1 Feb 1808 in Pennsylvania and died 29 March 1885 in Brown Co, Indiana.

Kit #162062 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, born 1819 in OH and his wife Anna Partlow, through their son James G. who was born 1845 and married Rebecca Chancellor. About this time the name was shortened to Gillilan, which has been continued to the present.

Kit #164306 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilleland, born in 1763 in NC.  He married Mary Allen and the majority of Gillelands in Lincoln/Catawba Cos, NC are believed descended from him.  This descendant is from his son Thomas. (see also kits #179310, #191162, #225706, and #274564)

Kit #165548 - earliest known ancestor - Alexander Gilliland, born about 1737, and his wife Frances Elizabeth Baird. Alexander Gilliland died 17 October 1796 in Lincoln Co, North Carolina.

Kit #177142 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel Gilliland, born about 1685 and married Elizabeth Smith in PA, through their son Nathan who was born about 1720 and married Jane Donahue.  Nathan was recorded at the Scots-Irish Settlement in Augusta Co, VA by 1745.  The name changed to Gillilan in the early 1800’s and later changed to Gillian, which is used today.

Kit #179310 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son William, born 1786.

Kit #179801 - (see Kit #N18967) - This descendant is from his son Hiram P., born 1826 in MS. The similarity between the DNA for these tests and others in this group is being investigated.

Kit #191162 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son Allen and Jane McClure White who were married in Lincoln Co, NC.

Kit #194002 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born about 1745 in VA, and died about 1798, and wife Elizabeth Young, through their son Elijah (Eli) Gilliland who married Keziah Haynie.

Kit #206459 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel Nesbitt Gilliland, born 1 Sept 1798 in SC and died 4 Jan 1858 in Attala Co, MS.  He married Rebecca Ann Harvey on 15 Jan 1829.

Kit #208123 - earliest known ancestor - James Evans Gilliland.  Researchers are trying to connect this line with the Etowah/DeKalb, Co AL Gilliland group that came from Pendleton SC, where James Evans Gilliland was born (according to his civil war registration).

Kit #213340 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born 1790 in Caney Creek, SC and died 1834 in Gallant, Etowah Co, AL.  He married Rebecca McBrayer 10 Apr 1811 in Buncombe Co, NC, daughter of David McBrayer and Mary Young.  Rebecca was born 5 Mar 1794 in Horseshoe Creek, Buncombe Co, NC and died July 1849 in DeKalb Co, AL.

Kit #214292 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1808 in TN who married Elcie O’Dell, through their son William who married Rebecca Jenkins.

Kit #216037 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1768 in VA and died circa 1810, and wife Sarah Berry, through their son John Berry Gilliland who was born 17 Jan 1790 in Washington Co, VA and died 28 Sept 1857 in Huntsville, Madison Co, AR.  His wife was Jane McFerrin.

Kit #218390 - earliest known ancestor - Jesse Gilliland. (Information on this line is expected.)

Kit #223462 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilleland who had land in Guilford Co, NC in the 1783-87 period.  He was supposedly married to Mary Morrison.  James moved his family to Barren Co, KY around 1800 where his will was filed in January 1825.  His son Samuel was born 7 Jan 1802 in Guilford Co, NC and married Mary Welborn in KY in 1823.  Samuel and Mary later migrated to Miller Co, MO.

Kit #225271 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born 1763 in Ireland and died 14 Feb 1826, and wife Jane Briggs, through their son James Gordon Gilliland, born 7 May 1800 in Hagerstown, MD and died 2 October 1862.  James is buried in Van Wert, OH. His wife was Margaret Lawson.

Kit #225706 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son James through his son Osborne.

Kit #229634 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1797 in NC and died circa 12 Oct 1855 in St. Clair County, AL, and wife Sarah Elizabeth Brasier through their son James Alexander.

Kit #229712 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born circa 1735 and died 1793, who settled near what is now Augusta, GA in 1759, through his son William H. Gilliland, born 25 Nov 1761, St. Paul Parrish, GA, and died 25 Nov 1840 in Fayette Co, GA.

Kit #231032 - earliest known ancestor - Hugh Gilliland who married Ann Berryhill and died between November 1751 and 3 December 1751 in Lancaster Co, PA.

Kit #233748 - earliest known ancestor - Flemming Gilliland, born between 1811 and 1820, and found in Pickens Co, SC in the 1840 census.

Kit #234344 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, died before January 1817, Barren Co, KY.

Kit #241477 - earliest known ancestor - Elijah Gilliland, born circa 1795 in SC and died before 1860.  Probably the son of David Gilliland from Greenville District, SC.

Kit #264052 - earliest known ancestor - Archibald Gilliland, born in Ireland and died circa 1777 in York County, PA, and wife Ellinor, through their son John Gilliland who married Margaret Miller, through their son Archibald who married Margaret Winthrop Graham.

Kit #270219 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born circa 1 Dec 1784, PA, and died 3 Jan 1837, Vevay, Switzerland County, IN, and wife Ann, through their son Robert J. Gilliland and his wife Emily Agness Hensley.  The subject of this DNA testing was adopted and through autosomal DNA test comparisons was able to discover the name of his Gilliland ancestor.

Kit #270956 - earliest known ancestor - Archibald Gilland, baptized on 9 Jan 1830, St. Anne's Parish Shankill, County Antrim, Ireland and died 1864 at Camp Sumter Military Prison, Andersonville, Georgia, and wife Mary A. Suter.  His father was Archibald Gilliland, born in Ireland circa 1776 and died circa 1860, Ripley County, IN. Name changed from Gilliland to Gilland.

Kit #274564 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son David through his son Robert Kelton Gilliland.

Kit #279130 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1797 in NC and died circa 12 Oct 1855 in St. Clair County, AL, and wife Sarah Elizabeth Brasier, through their son William Brasier Gilliland.

Kit #307013 - (see Kit #N18967) - This descendant is from his son Hiram P., born 1826 in MS.

Kit #310195 - earliest known ancestor - William Gillen, born in VA and married to Elizabeth Ashley born in OH, through their son George Washington Gillen, born 11 Jan 1837 in Lawrence County, OH and died 7 Jan 1916 in Portsmouth, OH. George was married to Sarah Pierpont born 18 Dec 1837 and died 12 Feb 1917.

Kit #312007 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, born circa TN, and wife Jane Giles, through their son Quinton.  James and Jane were living in Polk County, TN in 1850.

Kit #316756 - earliest known ancestor - Robert Gilliland, born circa 1758, Ireland, and died circa 1823, Laurens County, SC, and wife Nancy Ross, through their son Robert Gilliland.

Kit #319272 - earliest known ancestor - David "Hamilton" Bradford Gilliland, born 1 Jun 1842, Pickens County, SC and died 29 Nov 1923 in Arkansas.

Kit #345798 - earliest known ancestor - Matthew Gilliland, born circa 1757, Cumberland County, PA (now Franklin County), and wife Jane, through their son Robert, born in 1798 at Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA.

Kit #B369528 - earliest known ancestor - Robert Gilliland, born circa 1820 in TN, and wife Eliza Kane, through their son William H. Gilliland who died on 28 Oct 1912 in Ozark County, MO.

Kit #383260 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1815, North Carolina, and wife Tabitha “Dicie” Ingle, through their son Robert Henry Gilliland. In 1850 they were in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Kit #434912 - (see Kit #N18967) - This descendant is from his son Hiram P., born 1826 in MS.

Kit #447903 - earliest known ancestor - Henry Gilleland, who married Jane Steel on 9 Nov 1772, and lived in Fayette Co, PA, through their son William who married Mary Henry.

Kit #590314 - earliest known ancestor - William Thomas Gilliland, born 13 Feb 1888, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, who married Emma Pearl Cargo, 11 Dec 1915, Chicago, Cook Co, IL, and who died 30 Apr 1952 in Chicago, Cook Co, IL.

Kit #743503 - earliest known ancestor - Hugh Gilliland and wife Elizabeth Morgan, through their son Jesse Gilliland who married Margaret “Peggy” Douglass.  Hugh died between June 17, 1815 and May 1816 in Belmont County, OH.

Kit #783761 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Monroe Gilliland, born circa 1792 in GA who married Malinda Ann Ponder, 10 Oct 1816, Jasper Co, GA, and who died before 1870 Marion Co, AL.

Kit #810330 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, born circa 1774 and died 20 Apr 1860 in French Creek township, Venango Co, PA, and his second wife Margaret McClaran, through their son Joseph P. Gilliland.

Kit #897314 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1814 in Hancock Co, GA who married Lucretia Burge on 22 Sep 1830 in Fayette Co, GA.  John died in TN on 23 Mar 1862.

Kit #909895 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1843 OH (wife's name unknown) through his son Harvey Webster Gilliland who was born 1 Jan 1880 in Clearfield Co, PA, and who died 16 Dec 1965 in Delaware Co, OH.

Kit #918037 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born circa 1745 and died in 1814 in Hardin Co, KY, and his first wife Mary Polk, through their son Hugh Gilliland.  Thomas' second wife was Priscilla Huff whom he married circa 1790. 

R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a1 ( M222 ) Gilliland Group 2

Kit #B1446 - earliest known ancestor - Joseph Gilliland, born circa 1756 and died circa 1823 in Chatham Co, NC, and his wife Lettice/Letty, through their son John who died circa Dec 1838 in Delaware Co, IN.

Kit #B11899 - earliest known ancestor - William Edwin Wood (genetically a Gilliland), born 14 Dec 1900 in Martins Ferry, Belmont Co, OH and who died 13 Dec 1942 in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH.

Kit #790703 - earliest known ancestor - William Gilleland who married Nancy Johnson and died in 1800 in Nashville, Davidson Co, TN through their son Daniel Gilleland who married Precilla Boatwright.

Kit #173432 - earliest known ancestor - Josiah Gilliland, born circa 1841 in IN and died 30 Jul 1909 in Los Angeles Co, CA, and his wife Melissa Jane French, through their grandson Herman James Gilliland, born 1898 in Marian, Indiana and died 1935 in San Francisco, CA.  He married Anita Ferne Wilcox (1907-1984) on 20 Jun 1922.  Josiah may have been the son of Joseph Gilliland and Lucinda Clark.  Joseph was the son of John Gilliland and Anna Elizabeth Turner and John was the son of Joseph Gilliland of Chatham Co, NC (see Kit #B1446).

Kit #194368 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland (1766-1849) who married Charity Richardson, daughter of Mathias and Frances Richardson.  John Gilliland appeared on the 1790 and 1800 Anderson Co, SC census records along with his in-laws the Richardsons.  Records show that in the early 1800s John and Charity moved to KY.

Kit #214968 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born 1790 in SC, died 1860 in Hopkins Co, KY, married Martha A."Patsy" Armstrong, 4 Feb 1812 in Caldwell Co, KY, through their son John, born 1814 in Hopkins Co, KY and died 1882 in Christian Co, KY.  This DNA has a match with a line found in the Sorenson database for Thomas Gilliland, born 1790 SC, through his son Alexander Gilliland, born 6 April 1825 Hopkins Co, KY.

Kit #219078 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born 5 Sep 1830 in SC, married Patience Sullivan (place unknown), and settled in Tuscaloosa Co, AL in the early 1850's.   Thomas died in Moores Bridge, Tuscaloosa Co, AL on 12 Mar 1888.  Thomas and Patience had 12 known children.

Kit #222479 - earliest known ancestor - William Gilliland, born in 1801 in KY (possibly Barren Co), moved to Jackson Co, AL and died in Van Zandt Co, TX about 1875.

Kit #228001 - earliest known ancestor - Allen Gilliland, born 19 Oct 1783 (probably in SC) and died 16 Nov 1860 in Overton Co, TN.  He was married on 12 Dec 1809 in Pulaski Co, KY to Polly Pascal/Paschal who was born on 23 Apr 1792 in VA and died 28 May 1861 in Overton Co, TN.  There is a good possibility that the father of Allen was Robert Gilliland who was in Greenville District, SC in the late 1700s and eventually moved to Warren Co, KY where he died.

Kit #233050 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born about 1782, died 16 May 1852, Tuscaloosa Co, AL, and his wife, Mary Ann Galliher, through their son, Samuel W. Gilliland, born about 1821, SC, died in GA, and married Mary J. Ley, 26 Oct 1841 in GA.

Kit #293692 - earliest known ancestor - John Hamilton (genetically a Gilliland), born about 1861, died 11 Jan 1937, Yell Co, AR, and his wife, Mary Rowan Smith, who he married 19 Nov 1888 in Conway, Faulkner Co, AR.

Kit #467766 - (see Kit #293692).

Kit #474040 - earliest known ancestor - Robert W. Gilliland, born about 1810 KY, and his wife, Eliza Dunson, through their son, Lorenzo J. Gilliland, born about 1851, AR, died 1889 in TX, and married Minnesota Dunn in 1872.

Kit #496030 - (see Kit #293692).

Kit #574159 - earliest known ancestor - Joseph Gilliland, born 16 Feb 1816 in NC, died 11 Oct 1873 in TN, and his wife Margaret M. Henry, through their son, John Bingerman Gillon, born 10 Feb 1852, Madison County, TN, died 11 Jul 1924, Chester County, TN.

Kit #629886 - earliest known ancestor - Silas J. Gilliland, born circa 1827 in AL who first married Mary Blackford and 2nd married Nancy Witcher.  Silas died in July 1884 at Hamilton Co, TN.

Kit #618209 - earliest known ancestor - Alexander Gillan, born 11 Dec 1837 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland, who married Jennie Johnson/Johnston in 1858 in Kirkinriola, Ireland, and died 1 Apr 1906 in Cordova, Seward Co, NE.

Kit #897117 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1818 in NC, who married Tabitha Nichols on 14 Jul 1841 in Obion County, TN and who died circa 1870 in Madison Co, TN.

Unmatched Miscellaneous

Kit #167664 - earliest known ancestor - John Berrisford Gilleland/Gilliland, born 1776/7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and died June 1849 in Jackson Co, Ohio.  His wife was Sarah Johnson and he was an early justice of the peace in Jackson County.  He does not appear to be related to the other Gilleland, Gilliland and Gillilan families in Jackson Co at that time.

Kit #232846 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born 24 July 1824 in Butler Co, PA and died 23 July 1886 in Umatilla Co, OR.  He married Martha Thorn on 14 Jan 1845.  Their son Thomas Pence Gilliland was born 12 Feb 1858 in Hardin Co, IA and died 1 Aug 1926 in Umatilla Co, OR.  He married Fannie Elizabeth Bolin on 10 Dec 1882.