Mountain Gate Cemetery

Location: Renick, Greenbrier County, WV
Falling Springs District
Latitude 38.0320 N
Longitude 80.3165 W

This cemetery is located on a hill in Renick's Valley, situated in the middle of a cow pasture. At present we have no explanation why some of the stones are engraved "Gillian" rather than "Gillilan", but they are indeed Gillilan gravesites.

Photos and notes contributed by Peggy Hollandsworth Lewis, 2009

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Mountain Gate Cemetery Mountain Gate Cemetery

Billy Mike Gillilan W. B. "Billy Mike" Gillilan, 1857-1934
Billy Mike, son of John Campbell Gillilan, was the great-grandfather of Peggy Hollandsworth Lewis.

Eliza Ann (Scott) Gillilan Elizza Ann (Scott) Gillilan, wife of W. B. Gillilan, 1857-1934
The Scott family has been recorded in Greenbrier from the 1700's.

Elizabeth (Beard) Gillilan Elizabeth (Beard) Gillilan, wife of John Campbell Gillilan, 1830-1903
The Beard family has a long history with the Gillilands, from colonial Virginia to West Virginia and Ohio. A copy of the marriage bond for Elizabeth Beard and John Gillilan is among the collection of Greenbrier marriage bonds in our library collection.

Maggie (Gillilan) Hollandsworth Maggie J. (Gillilan) Hollandsworth, daughter of W. B. & E. A. Gillilan, 1882-1966
Peggy is writing a book on her Hollandsworth family, which will also include photos and information on her Gillilan ancestry.

John Jordan Gillilan John Jordan Gillilan, son of W. B. & E. A. Gillilan, 1892-1938
John's obituary, provided by Peggy, is among those in the Gilliland Trails obituary collection.

Notes from Peggy

Below is a copy of the deed to the graveyard, deeded to Ben F. Hollansworth. Maggie had taken care of the graveyard her whole life, and then Billie Byrne Hollandsworth-her son, and then was entrusted to me.

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