Clement & Nancy Hardin Gillihan

Clement & Nancy Hardin Gillihan - Stories




    Nancy Ann Hardin (abt 1763-Feb 2, 1830) mar: Aug 26,1790 Nelson Co, KY

    Mark Hardin Gillihan (abt 1791-Sep 14, 1834)
    sp: Sarah Askrin on Sep 15, 1813 Washington Co, KY
    Levi Gillihan (abt 1793-?)
    William Gillihan (abt 1795-?)
    sp: Areythusa Farrington on Aug 2, 1836 in McDonough Co, IL
    Prudence Gillihan (abt 1797-?)
    sp: John Davis
    Mary 'Polly' Gillihan (abt 1799-?)
    sp: William Funk on Oct 5, 1820 Washington Co, KY
    Lydia Gillihan (aft 1801-?)
    sp: James T. Hatton on Dec 15, 1825 Washington Co, KY

    This article was written by Mike Murphy

      "An Ancestor To Be Proud Of"
      Seven generations back on my mothers side, I had an ancestor, Clemons
      Gillihan, who fought in the Revolutionary War. After hearing about him
      from my grandmother, his story has been of interest to me. I wanted to know
      why this young frontiersman got involved in the American Rev. This is his
      story. Clemmon lived with his Irish parents near the banks of the Monogahela River in what is now West Virginia. He learned early to be a skilled outdoors
      man and was a free and independent person helping his parents eke out a living
      hunting, trapping, and fishing. For years his family had existed free of interference of Government or regulations, living on the Western fringe of the Colonies. The Indians were their friends. Clemmon's family, along with the rest of their frontier neighbors had almost forgotten their ties to Great Britian even tho, the wilderness where they lived was pretty much established as a British possesion. Yet in Williamsburg, the Colonial Captial of Virginia, there were rumblings to claim that land for Virginia.
      Clemmon's mother was and expert with a needle and sewed all the clothes for
      the family from hides and furs. She made his hunting jacket with many
      little hidden pockets where he could carry his gunsand knives. On a hunting expedition in early fall of 1776, he was tracking some game far to the Southwest of their settlement on the Winchester Road. He was come upon by some of Captain Terry's tories and captured, because he seemed to be a fighting patriot. The soldiers searched him, took his rifle and large hunting knife. They bound him and left him by the creek while they sought food for the British
      Army. He managed to reach a fancy knife hid in one of the secret pockets. He
      escaped and fled for home. That was the first time he'd lost his personal freedom and he vowed never again to let this happen. This experience made him start to think of the cause of the Revolution and what it really meant.
      The following January 1777, he enlisted at Cheat River, Virginia. He was to
      serve under Col. John Gebson's 7th Virginia Regement. Although, the records of
      the French and Indian wars and the Campaigns with the Indians that followed, the name Harden is found amoung the soldiers. While in the war, Clemmons became a buddy of Mark Hardin who later became his brother-in-law. They went to explore Kentucky after the war. Later he married Mark Hardin's sister.
      Clemmons Gillihan born about 1750 in Virginia (we think); lived in Washington
      County Kentucky; married Nancy Ann Hardin; died 2 Feb 1840.


        Clement Gillihan was born in VA. He enlisted for service in the War of Independence in 1777 on Cheat River in Monogahela County. He was a private in Benjamin Rees Co. He enlisted for three years and served for six years. His wife applied for a pension and was allowed same Feb 1, 1840. He was married in Nelson Co,KY. His wife was the widow of Mark HARDIN a Kentucky pioneer and had one previous son Benoni Hardin. The will of Clement (Clemmons) Gillihan was recorded in Will book D, page 495 on 23 Aug 1830 in Springfield, Washington Co,KY.


          Nancy Ann HARDIN was born ca 1763 in (probably) Frederick Co.,VA.
          Her parents are believed to be:
          Mark HARDIN (b 1735 Prince Wm. Co, VA d 1792 Nelson Co., KY)
          & Ann HARTLEY mar ca 1763 in Frederick Co.,VA
          Mark HARDIN’s parents were Major John HARDIN (b 1710 Northumberland Co.,VA d 13 Oct 1789 Nelson Co.,KY) & Catherine MARR (b ca 1710 Stafford Co.,VA (?) d 1770 Fayette Co.,PA). Married ca 1732 in Prince Wm. Co.,VA. Moved to Frederick Co ca 1740 where he served as sheriff. The story is told that when John Hardin led a contingent in 1754 of Frederick County men to the call of the Virginia militia commander, one George Washington, some were jailed after trying to relieve their boredom. Believing free men should not be confined, they tore the jail down and returned home. Over the next four years he was active in the French & Indian Wars where he served as lieutenant and captain. 1767-69 one of the pioneer settlers on Georges Creek in Monongahela Valley (Springfield Township) Fayette Co.,PA where was Justice of the Peace, built boats and equipped militia expeditions.