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Free Genealogy Biography of Thomas B. Gilland,
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Thomas B. Gilland

Thomas B. Gilland, attorney at law, Chambersburg, was born in Antrim Township, Franklin Co., Penn., December 25, 1840, eldest son of Thomas and Susan (Conrod) Gilland. He was reared on his fatherí s farm in Antrim Township, in the schools of which he received a fair English education, which enabled him to teach school successfully for fifteen winter sessions.

In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Fifty-eighth Regiment, 158th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was placed in the Eighteenth Army Corps, and during his term of service he participated in the various skirmishes and engagements of the command. He was discharged, and mustered out of the service at Chambersburg, in the fall of 1863.

The following year he passed in the State of Indiana, returning to the home place in the fall of 1865, and for the next fourteen years was engaged in farming, teaching, and reading law in the office of Stenger & McKnight.

In September, 1879, he was admitted to the bar, and commenced the practice of his profession at Chambersburg, in connection with which he served as clerk of the county commissioners, during the years 1882-83-84, since which time he has devoted his attention wholly to law, and is at present attorney for the town council.

In 1868 Mr. Gilland was married to Miss A.R., daughter of William Vanderau, of Chambersburg, and to this union one son, Edgar R., was born, April 3, 1870. Mr. Gilland has been a member of the I.O.O.F. for many years, and a member of the G.A.R. since the organization of P.B. Housum Post, No. 309, of which he is at present commander, also aide-de-camp to the commander-in-chief of the National department of the G.A.R. In politics he is a Democrat. He and family are members of the German Reformed Church.

Source: Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens; Chicago. Genealogical Pub. Co.. 1905. Notes: Prepared in part by George O. Seilhamer.

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