Ancestral Family Topic 418

 418   Nicholas Gillintine (-1773)
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Nicholas Gillintine, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Nicholas Gillintine might describe his life as follows.

My first appearance in the Colony was in 1714 when the governor granted me 200 acres near the Mattaponi River in present-day Caroline County, where I lived for the next 30 or so years.  Although most records from that county are missing, I can tell you I was a road surveyor 11 May 1739 to 13 June 1740. 
Mr. Milner Echols, who wrote about the family of John Echols of Caroline County, said of his daughters, “I only know they married outlandish men, one an Englishman named Nicholas Gillintine.” Although Milner never said the name of my wife, she was Mary when we acknowledged a deed to Samuel Norment 9 April 1742.  We had a son John, who died before I did, and four daughters.
Soon afterwards I moved our family to Amelia County and settled on a 997-acre plantation next to my brother-in-law Abraham Echols on Flat Creek a couple of miles north of present-day Paineville. 
In June 1743 I gave 397 acres to my son John, whom I was ashamed to hear got caught was passing counterfeit coins in 1753, and 200 acres on Bent Creek to John Chisum, husband to my daughter, Eleanor.  After Matthew Hillsman of York County married my daughter Ann, I gave them 200 acres on Flat Creek.  By 1748 Caesar and Rose were helping me work what remained of my plantation. 
I had grown grandchildren when I went to live with family in Halifax County, where I died in 1773. Although I wrote 2 wills, one filed in Amelia and a second, in Halifax, I deeded all my property to my daughter Eleanor and her husband, John Chisum.

He still owned land in Caroline County in 1751. 

The trial of Lodowick Ferguson
In 1743 Amelia County arrested Lodowick Ferguson for suspicion of felony and the court records included the reports of witnesses including Gillintines. The county alleged that Lodowick stole about £22, mainly of gold coins, from a trunk belonging to Catherine Whitworth, the daughter of Thomas Whitworth. Sadly, it seems Ann Gillintine, Catherine’s friend, had earlier shown Lodowick where the gold was.
On 25 July 1743 they brought Ferguson into the courtroom before the 8 justices of the peace: Edward Booker, John Burton, William Clement, William Booker, Richard Booker, Samuel Tarry, Hezekiah Ford, and Wood Jones.
According to depositions, John Gillintine had seen Lodowick at his father’s house helping harvest wheat Wednesday, 29 June. Ferguson owed John money but declared that he then did not have any. Two days later, Ferguson arrived at the Whitworth home while Thomas was away helping others harvest wheat and told Catherine he had work to do at Whitworth’s with Samuel Martin, who was on his way. While she was on the porch sewing with her mother, Catherine heard Ferguson go to her trunk and then saw him leave the house.
The next day, Saturday, when the militia mustered at Scott’s Ordinary, Ferguson asked John Leonard to change a doubloon for him, claiming he owed James Scott some money, and both James Scott and Dennis Reagan exchanged doubloons with Ferguson.
After Church Sunday, John Gillintine ran into Ferguson who repaid his debt to John with some gold and silver coins he took from a purse. Then Wednesday, Ferguson bought a horse from Gillintine for £3.14.0 that he said he had borrowed. Ironically, the same day, Samuel Martin arrived at Whitworth’s to work yet denied he was to have met Ferguson the previous Friday.
When Ferguson began to realize he was in a bind, he took Martin aside and asked him to rearrange his story to say that he did not arrive at Whitworth’s because he lost his horse. He also convinced Martin to come with him to Warwick, Va. Martin later reported that Ferguson had much money on hand and made several purchases from merchants. Martin’s forthrightness in the court was presumably because they had charged him with a felony and he was going to distance himself from Ferguson.
The evidence was sufficient to arrest Ferguson. Fearing they would hang him, Ferguson anxiously offered to become a witness for the King and impeach Samuel Martin for the theft. This failing, he hired a lawyer, who he was clearly able to pay. John Gillintine even said in court he saw Ferguson give money to the attorney. Apparently Ferguson and his father and brother tried to negotiate a settlement with the Whitworth’s. One scenario had John Gillintine, an unwitting beneficiary of the crime, helping with restitution.
Nine different citizens helped guard Lodowick in the prison whom the county paid 18 pounds of tobacco per day, including Lewis Vaughan got 36 pounds for two days. The Ferguson trial cost the county 1,368 pounds of tobacco, more than 7% of the annual county budget of less than 19,000 pounds.
Things must have looked bleak for Ferguson. A volunteer jailer reported that Lodowick tried to escape, breaking down a door and taking up several bricks from the hearth and chimney. With overwhelming evidence of a crime, the justices ordered Lodowick Ferguson to be taken to Williamsburg and tried at the next General Court on 4 Oct. The Ferguson’s put up a bail bond for Lodowick of £20. 
We do not know the disposition of the case because of the loss of General Court records. Amelia County set aside 1,288 pounds of tobacco—322 pounds each—in its Nov. 1744 county levy to pay John Gillintine, Thomas Whitworth, Thomas Whitworth Jr., and Catherine Whitworth. 

County service
When Nicholas became guardian of John Hurt Jr. in 1754, surety on his orphan bond was George Booker. George was guardian of John’s brother, Joel Hurt, and Nicholas was his surety.  Nicholas was a good citizen who served on several juries while in Amelia County.

The wills of Nicholas Gillintine
Two wills for Nicholas Gillintine remain—one in Amelia dated 2 Nov. 1771 and one in Halifax of 21 Oct. 1772. 
No date of probate is in Amelia County, but the Halifax will was recorded there 16 Dec. 1773. Nicholas still had one black slave in Amelia County appraised at £36.0.10 on 29 Nov. 1773. 
After penning both wills, Nicholas deeded all his property, including Rose, to John and Eleanor Chisum 28 Jan. 1773. 
Here are both Gillintine wills.

Will of Nicholas Gillintine - Amelia County
2 November 1771
My estate, both real and personal, to be sold and money arising therefrom to be divided between my three daughters Catherine Brown, Elizabeth Collins, and Eleanor Chisum, and the children of my deceased daughter Anne Hillsman; that is, the children of my deceased daughter Anne Hillsman to have the 4th part of my estate divided between them.
Remainder of my estate to be divided between my 3 daughters above named.
Grandson, William Gillintine, shall not have any part of my estate as I have given his father in his lifetime what I intend.
Matthew Hillsman,
James Garrett
Robert Willson

He appointed Thomas Mumford and George Booker coexecutors of his Amelia County will.

Will of Nicholas Gillintine - Halifax County
21 October 1772
… being weak in body but in sound & perfect sence & memory … Do consider that what of our affairs are not settled in this life cannot be settled hereafter…
To daughter Catherine Brown 1 feather bed to her and her heirs.
To Elizabeth Collins, 1 feather bed to her & her heirs.
To Elizabeth Chisum, daughter of John Chisum, 1 feather bed to her & her heirs.
To my son John Gillington I have given 400 acres of land which I intend should have been his full portion, nevertheless to make matters out of dispute, I give to his heirs £5 cash.
To John Chisum I give my land and plantation which I now possess in Amelia County—300 acres to be at his own disposal for which reason he is to pay Catherine Brown or to her heirs £20 and to Elizabeth Collins or her heirs £20, to Ann Hillsman or her heirs £20, ditto to Eleanor Chisum, ditto to Priscilla Hendrick my granddaughter or her heirs.
An as for my Negro woman Rose, she shall choose her Mistress among my daughters & they that they shall choose shall pay £20 to be equally divided amongst all my children & the rest of the moveables to be equally divided among all my children now living & two of my granddaughters which is Elizabeth Chisum, wife of John Estes & Jerusha, daughter of John Gillington deceased.
In the year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred & seventy two on the 21 day of October.
Nicholas Gillinton

Descendants of Nicholas Gillintine
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Names found in this topic include the following.
 Catherine (Gillintine) Brown,  
Daniel Brown,  George Marchbanks,   Thomas Foster,  
William Echols,   
 Elizabeth (Gillintine) Collins,  
James Collins,  
William Hutchison,  John Compton,  
John Hurt,  
Tabitha Collins,  Joel Hurt,  Sarah Anderson Hurt,  John Collins,  
 Ann (Gillintine) Hillsman (-c.1771),  
Matthew Hillsman,   
 John Gillintine (c.1720-1763),  
William Allen,  
Rachel Hendrick,  Adolphus Hendrick,  
William Echols,   Joseph Collins,   John Hill,  Moses Estes,  
William Gillintine,  Edward Booker,  Richard Murphy,   Joseph Echols,   
Richard Forrest,   Susanna (—) Gillintine,  
Benjamin Hubbard,   
Elizabeth Gillintine,  Isaac Martin,  Isaac Martin,  
Susanna Gillintine,  John Bostick,  Marable Winfrey,  
Priscilla Gillintine,  Nathaniel Hendrick,  
Mary Hendrick,  John Craddock,   
Sarah Hendrick,  Dews,  
Ezekiel Hendrick,  
Jerusha Gillintine,  
John Gillintine,  John Jennings Jr.,   
 Eleanor (Gillintine) Chisum (-1804),  
John Chisum,  John Chisum,  Elizabeth Bradley,  
John Cook,  
Zachariah Green,  Francis Calloway,  John Dyer Sr.,  
Richard Eggleston Jr.,  
Joseph Jordan,  Tabitha Huntsman,  Elizabeth Jordan,  
John Chisum,  
James Chisum,  Barbary —,  Henry Ward,   Joseph Lewis,  James Bates,   
James Chisum,  Johanna Phelps,  
John Chisum,  Polly Jones,  
Eleanor Chisum,  Lewis Flemister,  
Margaret Chisum,  Robert Neely,  
Edmund Chisum,  Mary Chandler,  
Sarah Chisum,  James Lloyd,  
Priscilla Chisum,  Laban Estes,  
Elizabeth Chisum,  John Estes Jr.,  
Moses Estes,  
Nancy Estes,  
William Estes,  
Chisum Estes,  
Elijah Estes,  
John Estes,  
Abraham Estes,  
Joseph Estes,  
Absalom Chisum,  
Adam Chisum,  
Capt. Elijah Chisum,  Lucy Claiborne,  Richard Claiborne,  Gen. John Sevier,  
Isham Chisum,  Russell,  
Chloe Chisum,  John May,  
Anna Chisum,  Ambrose May,  
Obadiah Chisum,  Richard Eggleston,  Mary Ann Cardwell,  Richard Cardwell,  Susannah Perrin,  
Nancy Lea,  
Priscilla Chisum,  John H. Hill,  
Sarah Chisum,  William Patillo,  
Elisha Chisum,  Elizabeth Walden,  James Walden,  Anne —,  Winifred (—) Chisum,  
Eleanor Chisum,  John Adam Walker,  John Adam Walker,  Elizabeth Blair,  
Elisha Chisum,  
Benjamin Chisum,  Polly Walker,  
George Washington Chisum,  
Letitia Chisum,  Dabney Wade Woodson,  
Simeon Chisum,  
Elizabeth Chisum,  John Gray,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Joel Hurt - French and Indian War James Chisum - Revolutionary War

Selected sources
Dennstedt, Alberta Marjorie. “The Hendrick Family of Virginia.” The Virginia Genealogist. 37:208-217, 277-285 (1993); 38:31-42, 94-100 (1994). • Depicts the family of Adolphus Hendrick whose children included Moses Hendrick who married Ruth Echols, Rachel Hendrick who married John Gillintine, and Alice Hendrick who married Benjamin Hubbard.
Hayes, Arnold E. Dr. “Captain John Chisum of King’s Mountain.” Historical Southern Families, 21:178-185. • Reputed to be identical to John Chisum.
Hayes, Arnold E. Dr. “Chisholm (Chism, Chisum) of Virginia and Other Southern States.” Historical Southern Families, 17:1-59. • Early Chisum family of Virginia including John Chisum who married Eleanor Gillintine, although it contains errors.

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