John Gillis House, 1850s, Treutlen County

When I first came across this house in 2010, I knew immediately it was among the most significant survivors of its type in the entire region. Thanks to Olivia Williamson Braddy, and the passage of eight years, I have some historical background. Olivia writes: This is the John Gillis house (1807-1891). Son of Murdoch Gillis and Catharine MacAlpine, Scottish emigrants, John married his cousin, Mary Ann Gillis in 1853. At least eight children were reared in this house.

It’s essentially a hall-and-parlor house, with a back porch which mirrors the front. A preacher’s room is located at the front.

treutlen county ga hall and parlor farmhouse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

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7 responses to “John Gillis House, 1850s, Treutlen County

  1. Nfutral

    Is this the same Treutlen County Gillis’ as the namesake of I-16, Jim Gillis Jr, his father (Sr) and his grandfather Neil Gillis?

  2. Mark Phillips

    Fabulous house and looks in good shape! Can just imagine it with end chimneys replaced! The size and layout of this type house is readily accommodating to modern living. Would love to see it restored(to insure its survival) but must admit I LOVE it in its present state! Thank you Brian for another great find!

  3. James lanier

    The porch columns are interesting. I’ve only seen one other house with that style or shape porch column. It was in a house west of Twin City in Emanuel County. Can anybody shed some light on the columns? Are they as rare as I think or was it a “signature” column of a particular builder ? Thank you in advance, I enjoy Vanishing Georgia immensely.

  4. Olivia Williamson Braddy

    This is the John Gillis house (1807-1891). Son of Murdoch Gillis and Catharine MacAlpine, Scottish emigrants, John married his cousin, Mary Ann Gillis in 1853. At least eight children were reared in this house.

    • The only thing better than the previous identification you provided is this one! I have been obsessed with this house and wanted to know anything of its history for at least eight years. I think it’s one of the most important remaining in the whole region and your identification adds a layer of meaning to its prominence. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop now with a thank you, again! I’m going to estimate it tot he 1850s to concur with the wedding date. If it’s earlier let me know and I’ll update again.

  5. inez adams

    Sorry, misspelled traveling!

  6. inez adams

    The room on the left, just off the front porch used to be called the preacher’s room. Years ago trasveling preachers came through preaching God’s word, he will stop at night and stay in the preacher’s room, get up the next morning and be on his way.

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