Inventors & Inventions

John Ralph Gilliland and William J. Gilliland

1922 patent of John Ralph Gilliland and William J. Gilliland, both of San Francisco

I am not at this time certain of the pedigree for these men, but presume they are descendants of a John R. Gilliland who, along with a David R. and Thomas T. Gilliland, received California land patents along the Mount Diablo Meridian in the 1870's. A notice regarding the estate of John R. Gilliland, deceased, was published in the Sacramento Daily Record-Union, Sacramento, CA on Jan 9, 1891, though the notice was signed by his executor on December 18, 1890.

More information on this line or the two inventors would be welcome.

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James F. Gilliland

1884 Patent of James F. Gilliland. James was part of a family of Gillilands famous as inventors. He was the son of Robert Gilliland, whose biography may be found in our library, and a brother of Ezra, who was for a time a partner of Thomas Edison.

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Edgar Beresford Gilleland

Edgar Beresford Gilleland of Los Angeles, California, was a descendant of Irish-born John Berrisford Gilleland, who settled in Jackson County, Ohio in the early 1800's. These two patents, dated 1935 and 1938, illustrate his development of a curling iron. The second draft looks remarkably like many modern curling irons.

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