Canyon Hill Cemetery of Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho

Kate's notes:

Dennis McIndoo has created an excellent website for the Canyon Hill Cemetery of Caldwell, Canyon Co., Idaho. The link to Dennis' site, the Canyon County, Idaho Headstone Photos and Obituaries Project, is: headstones.htm

Dennis has generously given me permission to post some of the Gilliland-related tombstone photos to the Gilliland Trails library, along with his transcription of an obituary for James Milton Gilliland. (See the "Obituaries" collection.) If you have related materials to share with Dennis or would like to drop him a line of support for all his hard work, please visit his website. Volunteers such as Dennis are doing the vital work needed and enjoyed by genealogists and family historians everywhere.

Photos of these stones have been added to our library with the permission of Dennis McIndoo and should not be used or copied for any other purpose without his permission.

James Milton Gillilan (1868-1931)

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James Milton Gillilan was born in Linn County, Iowa to Andrew Edmiston Gillilan and Amanda Esther Kee. His line can be traced from that of Nathan Gilliland of Augusta County, Virginia (John>Samuel>Nathan>James>William>Andrew>James Milton). To anyone of this line, the name of Edmiston is sure to be very familiar, as there were several early marriages between these two families. In this case, James' grandfather William Gillilan had married Ann Edmiston in Greenbrier Co., WV. Their marriage bond is among those in the collection of our library. It was William who took this Gillilan line to Linn County, Iowa.

On this Gillilan family stone you will find the names of James, his mother Amanda Esther (Kee), older brother Frank and Frank's wife, Edith.

Nellie Gililand, 1888-1908

Nellie Gililand

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This footstone is a bit of a mystery. Not only is Gililand a rarer version of the family surname, there are no other Gililands buried at this cemetery. James Milton's second wife was named Nellie so at first I suspected this Nellie may have been a daughter whose name had been misspelled on the marker, but in 1900 -- twelve years after this Nellie was born -- James was still married to Delta Tress and living in South Dakota with younger brothers Harry and George. There are no children listed on this census. Any information on the identity of Nellie Gililand would be most welcome.

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