|GILILLAND FAMILY STORIES
THE NAME GAME
Transcript and Comments on a letter written by Robert Roy GILLILAND January 23, 1952
Transcription and Comments by Uncle Roy's GG-Nephew, Michael L. Gililland
The two different spellings of the name are highlighted in different colors for ease of
identification; GILILLAND and GILLILAND
Robert Roy GILLILAND was born Robert Roy GILILLAND, the son of John Sanford
GILILLAND. About 1915 he convinced some of his brothers that their last name was
actually GILLILAND, and further persuaded them to have it changed. The story he told
has since been proven to be inaccurate, but it split the family into two distinct branches.
Roy was right about one thing; the name was spelled GILLILAND at some time in the
past. Most likely it was Roy's Great-Grandfather who changed the spelling 100 years
earlier. At least, we think he did...
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