Life in Colonial Times

Did you know our Gilley family was living in the original 13 colonies well before the later waves of immigrants began arriving in this country? The book not only lists the names of Francis' descendants, but also delves into U.S. history so that one will gain an understanding and appreciation of our place in history and time. In the book, you will discover that Francis received land grants from the British Crown and from George Washington. Before permanently settling in Henry County, VA in the 1770’s, Francis began his family in the central part of the state. The book illustrates and documents the family’s lifestyle through drawings, maps, and information pertaining to the colonial era. He was granted 444 acres in Henry County, which indicates a medium-size, middle-class plantation.

There is one specific chapter in the book dedicated to this subject, and it covers these topics with illustrations:


Dear Francis

Your tombstone stands among the rest; neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care; it is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist; you died and I was later born.
Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear Francis, the place you filled over a hundred years ago,
Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so.
I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you.

Author Unknown (adapted)