Gilstrap Family History & Genealogy
Biographies & Family Trees
Gilstrap Last Name History & Origin
Nationality & Ethnicity
These are the earliest records we have of the Gilstrap family.
Gilstrap Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 1,822 people with the last name Gilstrap that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Gilstrap family on AncientFaces.
- Harriet Gilstrap lived 104 years
- Mary E Gilstrap lived 102 years
- Pearl H Gilstrap lived 100 years
- Eva Gilstrap lived 99 years
- Lena Gilstrap lived 98 years
- George Gilstrap lived 97 years
- Junue Gilstrap lived 97 years
- Annie Ethel Angaline Gilstrap lived 97 years
- Mary D Gilstrap lived 96 years
- Pearl E Gilstrap lived 96 years
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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