Joel Gillenwaters


Personal and Family Information

Joel was born about 1762 in Amherst County, Virginia, the son of Thomas Gillenwaters and Martha Unknown.

He died about 1840 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.

His wife was Loretta Gibbons, who he married in 1787 in Amherst County, Virginia. Their two known children were Thomas (1790-1865) and David (1787-1867).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Joel Gillenwaters


Thomas Gillenwaters


Martha Unknown



BirthEST 1762
Place: Amherst County, Virginia
Address: U.S. and International Marriage Records
DeathABT 1840
Place: Hawkins County, Tennessee
Will7 AUG 1779
Place: Amherst County, Virginia
Address: GILLENWATERS, THOMAS Amherst Co., Va. Will filed March 6, 1780. wife Martha s. Elijah Gillenwaters s. Joel Gillenwaters ....court house records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William, and Rockbridge Counties"
See Note 1




Note 1

Will of Thomas Gillenwaters

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Gillenwaters of the Amherst County being in a low condition of health, but in good and perfect memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Firstly I give my soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried in such decency as my Executors hereafter shall think proper. As to my worldly estate after discharging my true debts, I dispose of it in manner and form following.

Items: I give my sons Elijah and Joell my land as follows a straight line run from the old line where it crosses Duck Bill the upper part of which when so divided is to be equally divided so as the advantages of each may be as equal as possible. Elijah is to take his choice and Joell the other part of that subdivision. I give to Elijah one two year old heifer. I give Joell the first colt my horse Blaze brings, provided he shall stay on the year and work and behave on his place as usual.

Item: I give to my beloved wife the remainder of my land and plantation during the remainder of her natural life and then I give it to my son Thomas. As to the remainder of my stock, household furniture, shop tools and other advantages I leave them to my wife to raise her children on, by me begotten, during her widowhood. Provided she should marry, my desire is that what part of my estate should rest then in her hands should be the support of my young children, such of them as are incapable of maintaining themselves. Last of all I leave my beloved wife Martha Gilllenwaters & Elijah Gillenwaters executors to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this seventh day of August one thousand seven hundred & seventy nine.

Thomas Gillenwaters {his seal}

In presence of

Thomas Wright Snelling Johnson John Merrit