Reverend James Ruet Gilland


Reverend James Ruet Gilland


James Ruet Gilland (1810-1877) was a minister of Indiantown Church from 1858-1867. He was born on a farm near Greencastle, PA. He graduated from Jefferson College in 1836 but his failing health led him south, where he taught high school at Statesburg until entering the Theological Seminary at Columbia, graduating in 1840. He had one daughter, Mary Jane, by his first wife Mary Rebecca Hutchinson. After her death in 1843, Gilland married Mary Caroline Gibbes.
He was assigned to several locations in SC before his assignment began in Indiantown in 1858. In 1867, feeling the church had been so broken up by the war so as to be unable to support him, he headed West to work in AR, MO, and MS. He returned to Indiantown in the fall of 1877, spending his remaining months with his daughter, Mary Jane Gilland McCutchen.


Photo from Williamsburg Pictorial History
Life info from Memorial Volume of the Semi-centennial of the Theological Seminary at Columbia, South Carolina


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“Reverend James Ruet Gilland,” Johnsonville SC History, accessed January 26, 2022,

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