What I know of Gilstrap History

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My name is Mary Gilstrap; I am the daughter of Stanley Gilstrap, who was the son of Ralph Gilstrap, my grandfather. Ralph was born in Kentucky and moved to the Neosho/Joplin area of Missouri, where my father was born. Both Ralph and Stanley moved to Southern California, which is where I was born -- in Burbank. I have three brothers: David, Stephen & Matthew.

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.

If you have any information about the name or Gilstrap history, please e-mail me at [contact link].
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John Johnson THER WERE GILSTRAPS IN GRAND RONDE OREGON
BOB & LOUIS
3 DAUGHTERS
SHARON
BOBBY
LYNN
I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THEM IN 1945 TO 1950
Dec 16, 2006 · Reply
Anita Quarles I descend from two early Gilstrap familys. My grandmother was Mary Elvira Gilstrap Smith born in Oconee County, SC. Her father was Abraham Gilstrap who was a Confederate Soldier from Pickens County, SC. His father was Peter Gilstrap who was also born in SC. Peters's father was Hardy Gilstrap who died 1830's in Pendleton Dist, SC. Hardy's father was James Gilstrap from NC. My Ggrandmother was Mary Ann Gilstrap Smith , her father was William born in NC died in FOrsyth County, GA 1871. Williams father was Lewis Gilstrap who was a brother to the above Hardy and a son of James. Their brother Richard did move to Indiana . Some of his children were born in Washington County, INdiana some in Wayne County, Kentucky. Interesting, isn't it!
Dec 16, 2006 · Reply

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