JAMES GILLIES, farmer, Sec. 36; P.O. Cooksville; was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1815; he is the son of James Gillies, a weaver by vocation, and with whom, at the age of 13 years, he began the same trade, and continued that business there fifteen years; in May, 1845, he sailed from Liverpool for America, and landed in New York City on the last day of that month; and came thence to the town of Porter, Rock, Co., Wis.; a few months later, he bought 80 acres on Secs. 35 and 36, town of Rutland, Dane Co., to which he then removed, and upon which has since resided; he now owns a farm of 231 acres on Sec. 25, 35 and 36, of this town.  He was married in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1841, to Elspit, daughter of William and Betsy (Pigge) Hume, a native of that shire; they have two children-James H. (who married Isabel Newman, and resides on this farm; they have two children-Ines M. and William) and Jennett (now the wife of Nathan T. Slosson, who lives in this town).  The family is connected with the Congregational Church.Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, page 1200.