FERGUSON SPRINGS PRECINCT.
WILLIAM M. GILLAHAN, farmer, was born in Trigg County, Ky., June
2, 1818, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Baker) Gillahan. Subject's
grandparents came from North Carolina, and were among the first settlers
in Trigg County. His father lived and died near what was the site of the
old Empire Furnace; his mother died in the fall of 1861 by the hand of
one of her slaves (Easter Gillahan), whom she had reared from childhood.
William M., our subject, has made farming his sole occupation. On Christmas,
1859, he settled on the farm which he now owns, and which is one of the
best in Ferguson Springs Precinct. In 1843 he married Cecelia Ferguson,
a native of Kentucky, by whom he had eight children; two sons and one daughter
are living. Mrs. Gillahan departed this life in March, 1861, and in November,
1862, Mr. G. married Margaret Choat; to this union have been born eight
children, seven of whom are living. Three of his children by his first
wife and one by his last are married. K. P. was married to Nancy F. Choat
March 27, 1863; they have two daughters. Robin was married May 9, 1880,
to Martha B. McWatters; they have one son and one daughter. S. R. married
Martha Lampkins March 8, 1883; Cecolia was married, December 21, 1882,
to J. H. Smith; they have one daughter. The children at home are: R., J.
Margaret G., R. M., Christian L., Robert L. and Ellen T. Three grandchildren-Lillie
Gillahan, William P. and Florence, the last two, orphans of J. C. Gillahan,
also make their home with our subject. Mr. Gillahan's aunt was the first
white child born in Christian County. K. P. Gillahan's wife and his father's
wife are sisters.
W. C. HOLLAND, worker in iron, was born in Trigg County, Ky.,
November 17, 1825, and is a son of A. W. and Jane (Rhodes) Holland; the
former was born in Kentucky and died in 1857, aged fifty-seven. His father
(and grandfather of our subject) came to this locality about the year 1790
and settled where Cadiz now stands. Subject's maternal grandfather, Ephraim
Rhodes, settled on the land now occupied by W. D. Grace, and here the mother
of our subject was born in 1810 and died July 20, 1846. Subject was reared
on his father's farm, and attended the schools of the neighborhood. At
the age of nineteen he engaged in the saw-mill business for William H.
Martin; later he was employed by W. D. Grace for three or four years. In
1852 he went to Texas and remained until 1856, when he returned. Since
that time he has been employed by D. Hillman, D. Hillman & Sons, and
now by J. H. Hillman, of Center Furnace, and also superintends his farming
interests in Tennessee. Mr. Holland was married, May 16, 1858, to Maria
Clements, a daughter of W. C. Clements, of Huntsville, Ala. To them were
born eight children, of whom seven are living.. Mr. H. held the office
of Justice of the Peace in Calloway County; he is a member of the I. 0.
0. F., and a consistent member of the Baptist Church
*- County of Trigg Kentucky , HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL -
EDITED BY WILLIAM HENRY PERRIN - ILLUSTRATED. - F.A. BATTEY PUBLISHING