GILLSON AND JILLSON FAMILY
James. There is no record to be found of his marriage. The name of his wife was Mary, and they both died a short time previous to the division of the homestead between their two sons, November 13, 1712.
Their tomb stones are in the old burying ground in South Attleboro, and are common stones from the fields, plainly inscribed, "I.G., 1712, M.G., 1712."
The spot where James first located and built his log house can still be pointed out. It was burnt by the Indians in the summer of 1675 or 1676, at the time they were scouring the country in small bands. He was away at the time, (so tradition saith,) and his wife was at a spring near the house, with her child, washing, and the Indians did not discover her. If they had, there would have been no occasion of writing our family Genealogy -- Nathaniel being an infant at that time. She fortunately eluded their observation, and escaped with her child to the garrison in Rehoboth, a distance of six miles, where her husband found her.
James Gilson's proportion of the tax to defray the expense of King Philip's war, was four pounds eighteen shillings and two pence. His name also appears among those who drew lots for the meadows in the north part of the town, (Attleboro) in 1668.
Nathaniel, b. Jan. 24, 1675; d. in Cumberland, R.I., May 9, 1751.