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Milam County, Texas - Historical Markers


Daniel and Precilla Gilleland

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Photograph by Milam County Deputy Sheriff Greg Kouba - 19 Aug 2003

Marker TitleDaniel and Precilla Gilleland
Location8 miles west of Rockdale on FM 487, approx. 0.2 miles from intersection with FM 1600
Citynear Rockdale
Year Marker Erected1988
Text on MarkerAmong the first Anglo American settlers to come to Texas with colonizer Stephen F. Austin, Daniel (b. 1795) and Precilla Boatwright (b. 1803) Gilleland were members of Austin's Old Three Hundred colony. The couple and their infant daughter, along with relatives in the Kuykendall and Boatwright families, left their homes in Arkansas Territory and arrived in Texas in December 1821. Making his living as a farmer, Daniel Gilleland received land grants in present colorado and austin counties. During the 1830s and 1840s the family moved frequently, farming in Wharton, Fayette, Washington, Harrison, and Montgomery counties. By 1847 they had settled in present Milam County. Daniel Gilleland was instrumental in the growth of the Methodist Church in Texas, assisting several congregations. He and Precilla were the parents of thirteen children, three of whom died in childhood. Six Gilleland sons served in the Confederate army. The family cemetery (2.8 miles SW) was established in 1848 and serves as the final resting place of Daniel and Precilla Gilleland, bot of whom died in 1873 after more than 50 years spent as pioneers in Texas.
SourceTexas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Sites Atlas Database - Aug 2003


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