William Riley Gilstrap

1825–1906 (Age 81)
Pickens, Pickens, South Carolina, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Gilstrap was born on 12 June 1825, in Pickens, Pickens, South Carolina, United States, his father, Bright Gilstrap, was 32 and his mother, Elizabeth Ann Morgan, was 32. He married Sarah Stewart about 1847. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Eastatoe, Pickens, South Carolina, United States in 1880 and Wagener Township, Oconee, South Carolina, United States in 1900. He died on 16 August 1906, in Walhalla, Oconee, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Coneross Cemetery, Oconee, South Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Riley Gilstrap
Sarah Stewart
Marriage: about 1847
Mary M. Gillstrap
Susan Gillstrap
Barthema Gillstrap
Nancy Isabell " Dell" Gilstrap
Robert Lewis Gillstrap

Spouse & Children

about 1847


  • Mary M. Gillstrap


  • Barthema Gillstrap


  • Nancy Isabell " Dell" Gilstrap


  • Robert Lewis Gillstrap


  • Susan Gillstrap


Parents & Siblings



  • Male1825–1906Male

  • Lewis Benson Gilstrap


  • Female1826–1902Female

  • Elias G. Gilstrap


  • Joseph G. Gilstrap


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1829 · Fort Sumter Constructed

Age 4

In 1829 Fort Sumter is constructed in the Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Fort Sumter is most known for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War. It is barely ready when the American Civil War starts.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 35

In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.

Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place with a name such as Gil(l)sthorp(e), the first element being on Old English or Old Norse personal name, the second being Old Norse þorp ‘hamlet’, ‘settlement’, or possibly an Anglicized form of a Danish habitational name from Gelstrup or Gølstrup in Jutland. The surname is found in SC, GA, and TX.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • William Gillstrap, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William Gilstrap, "United States Census, 1870"
  • W R Gilstrap, "United States Census, 1880"

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