What I know of Gilstrap History
I was always told that the Gilstraps originated in northern England -- Yorkshire. The brothers emigrated to the United States and split up to make their fortunes. One brother re-located to the Kentucky/Tennessee area. Another brother made his way through Ohio and Indiana to eventually settle in Texas. The last brother went to the Pacific Northwest. I guess they left their Gilstrap "spawn" along the way!
I was also told that the name "Gilstrap" stemmed from Middle to late English. "Gill" was an old english word for stream or brook, and "Strap" was a derivation of the word for a strip of land. The two words, "Gill" and "Strap," meant a field or land alongside a stream.
There are Gilstraps in England, including in Yorkshire.
I believe that there are Gilstraps in the records from emigration through Ellis Island, New York.
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