The 1820 Wilkes County census (page number stamped is 542, genealogy.com uses page 384) lists at line 8, "William Gilliam" and at line 9, "William Gilliam, Jr." Only the one identified as Junior matches the known data (from later census entries through 1860) for Sarah (Souther) Gilliam's children.
Please remember, in that time and place, use of the terms Junior and Senior indicated ONLY a difference in age, kind of like talking about Tall Joe Smith and Short Joe Smith. When citizens had identical names, the county tax collectors and militia captains had to know which citizen was meant in their records; these officials had no reason to try to indicate relationships.
I have no idea of the parentage of William Gilliam, Jr.
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