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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

William Gill Biography

William Gill, died in Bellefonte, Nov. 21, 1876, aged eighty-nine years. He was born in Bucks County, and came when quite a child with his father, Isaac Gill, to Buffalo township, Northumberland County, now Union.

In September, 1814, he enlisted in Capt. Henry Miller's company, Col. George Weirick's regiment, and accompanied it to Marcus Hook. He was injured in lifting some cannon, and discharged Oct. 26, 1814.

He subsequently resided at White Springs, in Union County, and 1823 removed to Centre County. He had a powerful physical frame and an intellect which, with the advantage of a good education, would have forced him up to fame; but in his case opportunities for education did not present themselves, and beyond being a living chronicle of the events of the last eighty years, which his astonishing memory for dates enabled him to detain with cbronological accuracy, he did not aspire.

He was an honest man, a devout Christian, and served his day and generation in hard labor, receiving his earthly reward in kindness with which his two daughters supported and soothed him in his declining years.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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