farmer, post office, Sharpsville, PA, is a son of David
and Sarah (Moreland) Gilliland, and was born in 1827, in Indiana
County, PA. The father of
our subject was a native of County Derry, Ireland, and immigrated
to this country in 1791. His first settlement was in York County, PA.
He learned the trade of a weaver in that county, and removed to
Armstrong Township, Indiana Co., PA, where he married, his family
consisting of seven children:
Elizabeth, Mrs. James Gailey; James,
John, Rachel, Mrs. Robert Calhoun; Mary, Sarah and David.
Our subject was reared in Indiana County until he was fifteen
years old, when he went to Pittsburgh, and was taught the stone-cutting
trade, and followed it for an occupation in that city until 1847, when
he removed to Chicago, IL and remained there until 1859, when he removed
to West Middlesex, Mercer County. In
1861 he enlisted in Company B, Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves, and served
two years, when he was discharged for disability.
While in the service he participated in the following
seven days fight, Fair Oaks and Antietam.
On his return he followed his trade in West Middlesex until 1879,
when he purchased his present place and is engaged in general farming.
He was married in 1863, to Miss Emily,
daughter of John Thompson, of Pymatuning
Township, who died October 12, 1872.
By this marriage they had one son, John D.,
who died April 9, 1872. Our subject was again married, to Miss
Jennie, daughter of John Porter, of Pymatuning Township, and by
this union they have one child. Mr.
Gilliland belongs to Post 234, G.A.R. of Sharpsville, is a member of the
United Presbyterian Church of Clarksville, and in politics is a
of Mercer County, 1888 page 907
and Submitted by Janet Stanko