Gill, William one of the early Methodist ministers in America, was born in Delaware, November 23, 1697. He entered the itinerant ministry in 1777, filled a number of important stations successfully, and died October 14, 1789. He was a man "of very quick and solid parts," and, although he had not enjoyed great advantages of early education, he became so skilled in theology that Dr. Rush, of Philadelphia, pronounced him "the greatest divine he ever heard." — Minutes of Conferences, 1:33; Wakeley, Heroes of Methodism, page 199.