Lydia Armstrong Gilliland (Gillilan)

Lydia Armstrong, is my sixth great grandmother and a member of one of the best known families in Augusta County Virginia. Lydia was born October 17, 1755 and died on July 23, 1817. She married James Gilliland (my sixth great grandfather) who was a Revolutionary War Soldier born in Augusta County, Virginia. Marriage: Abt. 1781, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia

James started out as a private but was promoted to Lieutenant. He was granted a pension of $78.22 per annum on February 5, 1834.

You can find more information on James Gilliland here:

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James and Lydia Armstrong Gilliland had six sons: Robert, James, Nathan, William, Samuel, and George. They also had six daughters: Jane, Sarah, Elizabeth, Nancy, Lydia and Mary Polly.

After Lydia died in 1817, James Gilliland married James Edmiston’s widow Jane Smith Edmiston. Jane was the mother of Andrew Edmiston. Andrew Edmiston was married to James Gilliland’s daughter, Mary Polly Gilliland which means that James Gilliland was Andrew Edmiston’s father in law and Step-father.

Mary Polly Gilliland (daughter of James and Lydia Armstrong Gilliland) b. 4 July 1790 and Andrew Edmiston (son of James and Jane Smith Edmiston) b. 22 July 1777 were married on 8 January 1807.

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My 7th Great Grandmother Sarah Dyer Armstrong

Sarah Dyer Armstrong was born in 1720 and married James Armstrong in 1748. James died in 1759. Sarah died on the 31 January 1787 in Flagg Springs, Augusta County, Virginia, United States.

I found a probate record for my seventh great grandmother Sarah Dyer Armstrong. It was listed in Augusta County Virginia 07 October 1759 in Virginia, Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850. This probate record was originally published in “Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County” by Lyman Chalkley. Sarah was listed as the Executrix for her husband James Armstrong’s noncupative will – “Wife, Sarah (pregnant); daughters, Liddy and Jean. Executors, wife Sarah and Brother Robt. Armstrong. Proved by witnesses and executors qualified.” Book WB2-341, Prove date: 21 November 1759.

Executors, wife Sarah and brother Robert Armstrong, Teste: Thomas Lloyd, Samuel Archer. Proved, 21st November, 1759 by witnesses, and executors qualified, with Sampson Archer, James Bell. Vol.1. Book VI, p. 319; 21 Nov 1759, “Sarah relict of James Armstrong, summoned to show cause against James’ nuncupative will.” Chalkey’s Page 350. 18 March 1760. James Armstrong’s appraisement, by John Finley, Sampson Archer, James Hogshead, Andrew Foster. 

Vol. 1, p. 156: February 17, 1762: Robert Armstrong is appointed guardian of Lydia, James, and Jane Armstrong, orphans of James Armstrong- Chalkey’s

Sarah was pregnant with James Jr. when his father James died in 1759. His sisters are Lydia Armstrong (who is my sixth great grandmother who married my sixth great grandfather, Revolutionary War Patriot James Gilliland) and Jane/Jean.

Lydia moved to Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) with their uncle Robert Armstrong when her father James died.  

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James Armstrong is buried in the Geeding-Keller Cemetery which is located on the farm of Dr. James Knopp, behind Green Hill Cemetery, on Route 836 near Churchville. Overgrown with trees and some brush.

Inscription on the tombstone reads as follows:

Armstrong, James                           d  6 Oct 1759
Here lies the body of James Armstrong departed this life in the
28th year of his life, October the 6th 1759.

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McCoy’s Fort in West Virginia

McCoy’s Fort in Williamsburg, WV (Greenbrier County Virginia) during the Revolutionary War. Lt. William McCoy is my sixth great grandfather. I am so happy to see this Fort being preserved.

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McCoy’s Fort was a defensive fort at the home of William McCoy (my 6th great grandfather). It is located approximately one mile north of Williamsburg in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Family records indicate that my 6th great grandfather built his two-story log house around 1769 and most likely became a fort around 1774 during the Indian conflict known as Dunmore’s War.

William McCoy was the son of pioneer settler James McCoy. He was a lieutenant in the militia under Captain Robert McClanahan. He advanced to captain after McClanahan’s death at the Battle of Point Pleasant in October 1774.

There are documents that indicate that McCoy’s Fort was attacked during the Revolutionary War after the failed attack on Fort Donnally on May 29, 1778. Fort Donnally is located approximately six miles south of McCoy’s Fort. It is documented that Militia from Renick’s Fort, which is located about six miles east of McCoy’s Fort, came to the aid of McCoy’s Fort, which was…

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William McCoy, Sr. of Greenbrier County, Virginia

My Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors: Lt. and later Capt. William McCoy, Sr.(my sixth great grandfather) of Greenbrier County Virginia, The Hamilton’s of Greenbrier County Virginia, and James McCoy (my fifth great grandfather).

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Lieutenant William J. McCoy, Sr., born 1740 in Augusta County, Virginia; died 1795.He was the son of James McCoy and Jane.

William McCoy, Sr. married Agnes (Nancy) Hamilton daughter of William Hamilton and Alice. Nancy Hamilton, born 1745; died 1833 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.

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Lt. William McCoy’s children are named in the Lane Grant book of Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in the Auditor’s Office; Vol. I, Pg. 558.

McCoy, Wm. decd, Heirs at Law of Greenbrier County 1 Augt 1818, On the waters of Sinking Creek adjoing the land of Charles Lewis decd &c. “Wm McCoy, Jas McCoy, Andw McCoy, Jane Raider,  Alice Hanna, Nancy Miller, Jno McCoy, and  Moses McCoy.” -Grants 67, p. 407.

William and Nancy Agness Hamilton McCoy’s children were also mentioned in the will of Andrew Hamilton (b. 1738 d. 4 March 1796 in Greenbrier County, Virginia).

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William was Commissioner of the Peace in 1791; member of the Grand Jury…

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James Gilliland (Gillilan), Revolutionary War Patriot, Greenbrier County Virginia

James Gilliland (my sixth great grandfather) and Revolutionary War Patriot of Greenbrier County, Virginia (present day West Virginia).

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In Richard Hill Gillilan’s Biography from Greenbriar County West Virginia it states that Richard’s grandfather, James Gillilan (who is my 6th great grandfather), was one of the pioneers in the Falling Springs vicinity. He is documented as coming from Augusta County, Virginia where he was reportedly born March 16 1749. It lists James as settling on 400 acres of land near the Falling Spring. It also states that he brought the first wagon to the county and took his produce to the market in Philadelphia. He married Lydia Armstrong (my 6th great grandmother), who died July 22, 1818.

In T.C. Miller’s “West Virginia and Its People,” James is documented as being married to Lydia Armstrong. Please see below:

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James died on Februrary 14. 1844 at the age of 99.

Here are copies of James’ Revolutionary War Pension records:

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Service: VIRGINIA    Rank: ENSIGN

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