All available information about Nicholas-II Gentry, the youngest of the sons of Nicholas Gentry, Immigrant is reviewed. Virtually all known contemporary references for Nicholas-II are summarized. A brief description of each of the children of Nicholas-II is also given along with representative references concerning them.
The standard source reference for Nicholas-II Gentry, son of the immigrant Nicholas Gentry, has been and still is the book, "The Gentry Family in America" (GFA), published by Richard Gentry in 1909<1>. With respect to the descendants of Nicholas-II, this book is comprehensive but not authoritative. As is the case with any genealogical compilation, one needs to be aware of the possibility of errors in fact and/or interpretation.
With respect to the descendants of Joseph-II and Samuel-II Gentry, the book is neither comprehensive nor authoritative. The coverage for the latter two lines of descent is very spotty, and rarely linked together for more than a couple generations. If one is a descendant of either of these two 2nd-generation Gentrys and is lucky enough to find his or her ancestor in the "Other Gentrys" portion of the book, great caution should be taken in accepting the details presented without outside confirmation.
The following article will duplicate some of the information for Nicholas-II and his immediate family, but GFA provides very little detail and very little documentation, and there are significant discrepancies in the book. Accordingly, we will be presenting most of the known references to Nicholas and will provide a basic summary of the information known about Nicholas' children. While covering some of the same basic facts, further discussion and interpretation of these facts can by found in three articles published in "Gentry Family Gazette and Genealogy Exchange" by Denny Ellerman<2>.
Summary of Nicholas Gentry Genealogy (GFA #2, p.33)<3>
|– Born New Kent Co. (later Hanover Co.), Virginia, baptized 30 May 1699, St. Peter's Parish.|
|– Married to Jane --?--.|
|– Nicholas died 1779, Albemarle Co., Virginia.|
(All born in the vicinity of Stone Horse Creek, Hanover Co., until 1736, thereafter in vicinity of Dirty Swamp, Hanover Co. (later Louisa Co.)).
|i||David (GFA #4) born abt 1722, Hanover Co.; died abt 1810, Madison Co., Kentucky; married probably (1?) abt.1752, Louisa Co. to --?-- Bailey(?); married (2?) abt.1757, Louisa Co. to Mary Estes.|
|ii||Robert (GFA #6) born abt.1725, Hanover Co.; died 1811, Jefferson Co., Tennessee; married (1) abt. 1748 in Albemarle Co., to Judith Joyner; married (2) 13 Nov 1804, Jefferson Co., Tennessee, to Rachel West.|
|iii||Nicholas (GFA #5) born abt. 1728, Hanover Co.; died 1803, Adair Co., Kentucky; married (1) abt. 1752, Louisa Co. to Elizabeth Stringer; married (2) abt.1769, Louisa Co. to Sarah Dickens<4>.|
|iv||Elizabeth born 14 Aug 1731 (GFA also gives her birth as 14 Oct 1731), died 28 Jul 1820, Clark Co., Kentucky; married abt. 1752 to Nathaniel Haggard.|
|v||Benajah (GFA #7) born 1733, Hanover Co.; died abt.1830 (his will was proved in January 1831), Albemarle Co.; married (1) to Elizabeth(?) Austin; married (2) abt 1781 to Ann Jones|
|vi||Moses (GFA #3) born abt. 1736, Hanover Co.; died 1808, Albemarle Co., Virginia; married abt. 1758, Louisa Co. to Lucy Sims.|
|vii||Nathan (GFA #8) born abt.1745, Louisa Co.; died 1784, Louisa Co.; married abt 1777 to Marianne [/Mary Ann] Black.|
|viii||Martin (GFA #9) born 11 Sep 1747, Louisa Co.; died 22 Apr 1827, Madison Co., Kentucky; married 23 Jan 1766, Louisa Co. to Mary Timberlake.|
|(Order of birth unknown, perhaps in the interval between Moses and Nathan):|
|ix||Mary married --?-- Henson. [GFA gives "Hinson", but "Henson" was a known neighboring family]|
|x||Daughter married to --?-- Timberlake. Their daughter Jane was included in Nicholas-II's will.|
|xi||Daughter married to --?-- Jenkins. Their daughter Ann was included in Nicholas-II's will.|
The order of children listed here varies from that given in GFA and many other published family trees for Nicholas, and is solely the responsibility of this writer. The reasoning for placement of each child is given below in the discussion of individual children. An assumption has been made here that the two grandchildren, Jane Timberlake and Ann Jenkins, named in Nicholas' will, were children of unidentified daughters of Nicholas who married husbands with those surnames. The further presumption is that in each case, the daughter had pre-deceased Nicholas, although in either case a husband might still have been alive. An alternative, less likely, explanation is that Jane and Ann were daughters of one or two of Nicholas' sons who then married husbands with those surnames. This would require that each of these two grandchildren were of marriageable age, say about 20, and consequently had been born by the end of the 1750's. The children of the older sons of Nicholas are sufficiently well known that one has great difficulty in arguing the presence of two more children named Jane and Ann. Moreover the awarding of half-shares of Nicholas' estate argues for the fact that they were the heirs of deceased daughters.
Nicholas-II is the only one of the sons of Nicholas, the Immigrant, to be documented by contemporary references. Nicholas' baptism, 30 May 1699, is recorded in the Register of St. Peter's Parish in New Kent County, Virginia,, along with that of two of his sisters.<5>. The first succeeding reference to him is found in the Vestry book of St. Paul's Parish, after St. Paul's was separated from St. Peter's Parish, and after Hanover County was separated from New Kent County, and is dated 1719<5a>. Thereafter, references to him occur at intervals in the vestry records until 1735<5b-f>, both in connection with "processioning" of land (see vol 1, issue #2 of this journal for a description of processioning), and in fulfilling various parish responsibilities such as the upkeep of local roads.
While living in St. Paul's Parish, Nicholas appears to have left his father's home on Totopotomoy Creek at an early age and moved west with, or to join, his brother Samuel, settling in the vicinity of Stone Horse Creek (which later became the western boundary of the parish). We don't know if he was living with Samuel in 1716 when the first reference to the latter appears in the records, but by 1719 he appears to have been living on land separate from Samuel. This leads to an interesting situation concerning Nicholas' marriage. Two possibilities present themselves.
By 1723, Samuel Gentry had obtained grants of land farther downstream along the South Anna River near Beech Creek (see map below), and thereafter he was listed in St. Paul's processioning records in a precinct separate from Nicholas, yet close enough that both were part of a road-clearing crew appointed to duty in 1735<5e>. Nicholas continued to live in the vicinity of Stone Horse Creek until 1736, in an area bounded by that creek, the South Anna River, and Beech Creek as outlined in a later description of his precinct<5g>.
St. Paul's Parish Records for Nicholas after 1736
There is a question concerning Nicholas' movements after 1736 that cannot be definitively answered. Nicholas was granted land on Dirty Swamp in 1736, and all of the Louisa County records point to Nicholas living there during the years from 1736 to 1776. Moreover, in order to satisfy the terms of a land patent it was necessary to improve and cultivate the land. However, the St. Paul's vestry records continued to carry his name as a land owner in Precinct 6 for the years from 1739 to 1769<6>. Other land owners listed erroneously in that precinct included John Spradling who was known to have died by 1733, and George Alves who moved to Dirty Swamp and died there in 1732. It was not until 1771, when precincts were renumbered, that a new list of land owners was recorded for that area (most of the owners remained the same as earlier). It was in that year that Nicholas' name was removed from the precinct list (along with John Spradling and George Alves) and George Gentry's name suddenly appears<6g>. During that entire time, the names of the landowners varied hardly at all, even though Nicholas surely had left, and one wonders whether those responsible for the processioning were lazy in their reporting and did not update the property list. Did Nicholas continue to own that land even though he did not occupy it? The sudden appearance of George Gentry in place of Nicholas, suggests this possibility, and suggests further that George (and earlier, George's father) occupied this land beginning from the time Nicholas left. [We know for certain that George was living in the vicinity as early as 1765, based on testimony of his son George Jr.] This question will receive further attention in a later article in this journal on the family of Joseph-II Gentry.
Deed books have survived in relatively good condition from the earliest days of 1742 and show only very modest activity on the part of Nicholas. In 1747, he joined with his brother Samuel in selling land along Dirty Swamp that adjoined each other<10a>. Then in 1757 and 1758, he gave 100-acre portions of his land to his son David and his son Moses<10b,10c>. These were probably on the occasions of the marriage of each son.
[Note. It is necessary to use discretion in many of the court and deed records if one wants to differentiate between Nicholas-II (Nicholas Sr.) and his son Nicholas Jr., especially in the later years of Nicholas Sr.'s life. Context, geographical setting (i.e. vicinity of Dirty Swamp for Nicholas Sr., and vicinity of Gold Mine Creek for Nicholas Jr) and type of activity are helpful. In the references quoted here, we have tried to identify and include all those for Nicholas Sr. and to omit those for Nicholas Jr. unless the latter are significant for some reason. In the same way, there is difficulty on occasion in differentiating between David-III (the son of Nicholas Sr.) and David-IV (the son of Nicholas Jr). The same geography differences are helpful there. We have mentioned in a previous article the further complication of identifying the son of Samuel-II, who was also a Nicholas but who was identified as Nicholas "the Younger" in the few Louisa County deeds in which he appears.]
Lists of tithable individuals and taxable property exist only from 1768 onwards and
Nicholas and his family are found only in the lists through the year 1775. [Colonial government
tithes or personal property taxes were assessed on all males 16 and above; on all negro, mulatto,
and Indian women 16 and above; on land; and on wheeled carriages. A separate county tax was
also assessed on taxable individuals.] During the years from 1768 to 1776, Nicholas was
included in the tax rolls, listing the taxable male members of his household and
slaves<11>. Besides the tithables, the lists also show Nicholas being taxed for 182 acres of
land. By virtue of his age, Nicholas appears to have been relieved from the necessity of paying
poll taxes for the years from 1773 onwards. From 1768 through 1770, Nathan Gentry was living
with his father, then presumably left to establish his own home. Martin continued to live with his
father throughout this entire period, and in fact it is probable that Nicholas was living with
Martin in Albemarle County at the time of his death.
Nicholas Sr. died soon after moving to Albemarle County. His will was dated 20 Apr
1777, written at the time he was in the midst of moving. It was received for probate in April
1779 so the assumption is that he died in early 1779. The text of his will is given in
GFA, a brief summary is included here<12>. The text
of this will has generated controversy, first voiced by Richard Gentry in
GFA, concerning whether the will indicates that Nicholas' children
were the result of two separate wives.
Controversy relating to wife Jane of Nicholas' later years has to do with her name. Various maiden names have been suggested: Brown, Benajah, Braxton, Martin, Austill and others about which we can only argue and guess since there is no way of proving the correct choice. The one very frequent suggestion that can be most emphatically refuted is that Nicholas married Mary Brooks, daughter of Richard Brooks. This has been discussed in previous articles, and it can be shown without question that Mary was the wife of Nicholas' nephew, known as Nicholas the Younger, son of Samuel-II Gentry. The origins of the names Jane Martin and Jane Austill are a mystery. The name Jane Benajah has apparently been suggested to account for giving the name Benajah to a son (and a grandson) of Nicholas. This suggestion is not attractive because there appear to be no contemporary families by the name of Benajah living in Hanover or Louisa County at the time. In addition one can much more logically argue that this son of Nicholas was named for Benajah Brown, as suggested below, or at least was prompted by another source for whom both Benajah Brown and Benajah Gentry were named. Similarly, Jane Braxton apparently originates as a source for the name of Nicholas Jr's son Blackston (sometimes spelled Braxton).
The name Jane Brown has been more commonly accepted for a couple reasons. Denny
Ellerman writes in one of his articles on Nicholas Gentry<2c>:
"The backward "B" by which Nicholas Gentry's wife Jane signs one of the deeds suggests that her maiden name may have begun with a B. Assuming this to be so, I have always considered Brown the leading candidate for the following reason. When Nicholas and his wife moved to Brown's Cove in Albemarle County, they settled among a whole group of Browns with whom they had many and close dealings for the ten years or so that they remained there. One of those Browns was named Benajah, from whence perhaps the name of one of Nicholas and Jane's sons. As was typical of so many moves west, family connections tended to guide the path. In this case, Nicholas and Jane and sons David, [Moses] and Martin did not move close to where their sons, Robert and Benajah had settled earlier in Albemarle County but in an area of the county where there were no other Gentrys at that time. I think it possible that it was her [Jane's] family that determined the direction of that particular move."
[Note. In early September of this year, a search of the Ancestry.Com WorldTree website for Nicholas Gentrys born in 1697-1699 brought up 77 separate families. The discouraging summary for spouses of Nicholas showed:
Blank = 14; Mary Brooks = 49; Jane Aubert = 1; Jane Benajah = 6; Jane Brown = 4; Jane Martin = 4; Jane with Brown/Benajah/Braxton/Austill in various combinations = 8; Sarah Dickens = 1. (Totals add up to more than 77 because of multiple spouses).]
This earlier date for a marriage and birth of a son for David suggests that this was a first marriage, and that after the death of this wife, David married Mary Estes as a second wife. The naming of a son, "Bailey", raises the possibility that this hypothetical first wife of David was a Bailey. Supporting this suggestion is the existence of a family by this name as shown by the fact that a John Bailey (or Bayley) served with Nicholas Sr on a panel appointed to appraise the estate of, coincidentally, a Mary Estes (perhaps David's mother-in-law)<9c>. [Note added 11/5/13: Gentry references discovered in Kentucky have led to a proposal that David and his first wife had an additional son named James born about 1756, who had a wife named Ann. This is discussed in JGG, issue 2011(C).]
The date for David's marriage to Mary Estes was probably about 1757 when David's father gave him 100 acres of land that was a part of the family plantation on Dirty Swamp in Louisa County<10c>. In support of this, is the fact that the surviving children of David were born in years much more appropriate to this date than earlier. David Jr. for example, is identified with a birthdate of 1761, while son Richard was born in 1763. Other children of David and Mary were daughters Onie and Winifred ("Winnie").
David spent the early and mid-years of his life in Louisa County. He joined with his father in selling their adjoining land in 1778 preparatory to leaving Louisa County<10e>. David bought 500 acres in Albemarle County the same year, then sold part of this land to his brother Martin<14a,14b>, with whom their father Nicholas undoubtedly lived for the brief remainder of his life. David left Albemarle County in 1787<14c,14d>, moving to Madison County, Kentucky, where he appears in the 1800 tax list for that county. David is believed to have died in about 1810 in Madison County. David Sr.'s family, which included sons David and Richard, and daughters Winifred (Winnie) and Onie all accompanied him to Kentucky. A will dated 1813 by a David Gentry in Madison County is easily confused with David Sr., but this was the will of his son David Jr. who died only three years after his father. They can be distinguished in this case by the identification of the children named in the will. David Sr.'s son Richard was the direct ancestor of the "General" Richard Gentry who died in the Florida Seminole Indian Wars, and of the Richard Gentry who compiled GFA. Not surprisingly, these families are described in great detail in the book.
It should be noted that GFA's description of David confuses this
David-III with his uncle, the David-II who was a son of Nicholas-I. Comments on a first
marriage (to a wife whom GFA did not identify but whom other family
listings frequently give as Sarah Brooks), and the listing of a son, William Gentry, by this first
wife all arise from the failure of Richard Gentry and other family historians to realize that
there were two separate Davids living briefly in Louisa County until 1748.
We will not discuss Robert Gentry further in this article since his life and that of his
children have been described in a previous article of this Journal (volume 1, issue #6). As a
reminder, however, Robert's children, named in his will, included sons Charles, Jesse, Bartlett
and Martin, and daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary, all of whom moved from Virginia to
Tennessee in the very earliest years of the settlement of that state.
The children of Nicholas and his first wife were Mildred, David, Nicholas-IV, John, Nancy, Sally, Fannie, Martin, and Blackston (Blaxton). They are named in a court document dated 1782, which appears to involve some controversy between Nicholas and his older group of children, probably on the disposal of property that may have belonged to or was owing to his wife Elizabeth<17b>.
(Nicholas-IV, who was missing from that document, is thought to be the Nicholas Gentry who is assumed by GFA to have committed suicide in 1787. This Nicholas is the subject of an unusual court order in 1772 when his father was relieved of the need to pay county taxes [but not Crown taxes] for his son for the next two years<17a>. Three years later, Nicholas-IV was excused from Crown taxes as well. What the circumstances or reason for this action are completely unknown but may have involved some physical or mental disability.)
Nicholas' second wife was Sarah Dickens, (see e.g. deeds dated 1783 and 1787) by whom he had another ten children: Mary, Henry, Elizabeth, Zachariah (Zachary), (James) Richard, Sarah Perrine, Robert, Benajah, Jane and Wesley. (Nicholas' daughter Sarah Perrine who married William Goudge, is frequently confused with Sarah or Sally, the daughter of Nicholas and his first wife Elizabeth. The latter Sarah married James Smith.)
Nicholas spent most of his life in Louisa County, being the exception in the Nicholas-II family in not moving to Albemarle County. In later life, he moved to Kentucky where his name can be found, along with the name of his son Zachary, in the 1800 tax lists for Green County, the precursor to Adair County, Kentucky. Nicholas died in 1803 in Adair County. Some of his children remained in Virginia, but most of them moved to Kentucky before or after their father. These included John, Martin, Blackston and Henry in Bullitt County, and Zachary/Zachariah, Richard, and Robert in Adair County.
Nicholas' son David-IV is worth noting separately. GFA lists a
David among the children of Nicholas but gives the wrong family description for this David.
Nicholas' son married Elizabeth Whitlock and his daughter, Mildred, married William Whitlock.
and moved from Louisa to Caroline County. David's wife, Elizabeth, is named as a beneficiary
in the 1777 will of Thomas Whitlock, sister of Elizabeth and William, and David was a witness.
David is further identified in a deed of sale of land to his brother Nicholas<18b>. David's
four sons, John N., Elias, Thomas, and Jesse moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, and
were among the early settlers there. Their parents followed them to Buncombe County in later
years where they were eventually buried.
Elizabeth's husband, Nathaniel Haggard is said to have married Mary Hazelrigg first, by whom he had two children: Henry Hazelrigg, and Martin. The children of Elizabeth and Nathaniel included: Elizabeth, John, Mary, James, Jane, Bartlett, David and Nathaniel. The Haggards and Gentrys intermixed freely in the next generation as James Haggard married Betsie Gentry (daughter of Moses Gentry), and Jane Haggard married David Gentry (son of David-III).
Elizabeth and Nathaniel moved to Albemarle County and lived for a time there on land
adjoining Jesse Gentry (son of Robert). They sold this land in 1788<19> and
bought land the same year in Lincoln County, Kentucky<20>, from part of
which Clark County was formed in 1790. Nathaniel died in 1806 leaving a will which left
everything to his widow Elizabeth. On her death in 1820, the estate passed to all of their
children except Martin who had been killed by Indians at an earlier date.
The story of James and his proposed marriage with Elizabeth Gentry may have some elements of truth, such as James being a schoolteacher, but most of the story is undoubtedly false considering the following facts:
Since the proposed relationship did not originate with the Haggard family book but was
added afterwards, it appears to me that some Haggard/Gentry genealogist in filling out a
pedigree chart, skipped a couple generations by mistake, and confused the original James
Haggard with the James Haggard who was a son of Elizabeth and Nathaniel, who did indeed
marry an Elizabeth Gentry.
Benajah married twice, his first wife was Elizabeth(?) Austin, his second was Ann Jones
whom he married in about 1780. His children by his first wife were Mary, Elizabeth, Sally,
Annie, Jane, and William. His children by his second wife were Thomas, James, Robert,
John, Katherine (Kate), Patsey Frances, and Susan. William and Thomas moved to Dickson
County, Tennessee while James settled in Monroe County, Kentucky. His youngest sons, Robert
and John, remained in Virginia. His daughter, Kate, who married her cousin, John P. Gentry,
moved to Madison County, Kentucky.
Like his brother Benajah, Moses' name appears frequently in Albemarle County court documents, road orders, and the like, and was accompanied in later years by the names of some of his children. These children included James, Frances, Moses Jr., Jane, Claybourn, John, Benajah, Nicholas, Polly, David, Elizabeth, and Joanna. Many of his family moved to Kentucky to join other Gentrys. James, Claybourn, John and Benajah went to Madison County, while Moses Jr. went to Green County. Nicholas and David both died at a relatively young age in Albemarle County. Two of Moses' children married cousins, John married Kate Gentry, daughter of Benajah-III, and Mary ("Polly") married John Gentry, son of Martin-III.
There are reports that John P Gentry had a twin brother named Marle Lee Gentry who was
put in the care of neighbors who had him wet-nursed by a houseslave who had recently given
birth (perhaps Lucy Sims did not have enough milk for both twins?). His name is said to have
derived from Albemarle County and Lee Creek which bordered the family farm. He ended up
staying with the neighbors until he was 14, when he was taken to Henderson County, Kentucky.
A job application by his son James in 1825 gives his age at that time as 47, indicating a birth date
The name of Nathan's wife and the birth of one of his children was recorded
by the Rev. William Douglass in his church register of births and christenings in Louisa County:
"April 8, 1781, Nathan Gentry and Marianne Black, a son named Wyat, born March 15, 1781."
GFA estimates the date of birth of a first child, Patrick, as 1780. The marriage in 1802 of an Eleanor Gentry, daughter of Mary Gentry<25>, is strongly suggestive of a child of Nathan and Mary Ann, born before Wyatt, and if Patrick's date of birth is approximately correct, then Eleanor was probably born before Patrick also. This would mean Nathan was married in the mid- to late-1770's, but the fact that Nathan left his father's home in 1771 might mean he was married as early as that year. Parenthetically, there is a record of Mary Ann Gentry, we must assume the same Mary Ann, "living in adultery" according to a 1783 court judgment<26>. There is no record of other children. Nathan died at a relatively early age in 1784 in Louisa County<24>. His wife seems to have lived for many years after his death without remarrying. Her name appears as a buyer in at least two sales of estate property, and she appears to be the same Mary Ann Gentry as is found in the 1810 Hanover County census records and probably the Mary Gentry in the 1820 Louisa County census.
The goal of this article has been to flesh out and fill in the gaps in the brief descriptions found in GFA of the life of Nicholas-II Gentry and his children. Further information on the lines of descent from these children can be found in varying degrees of detail in Richard Gentry's book. Corrections and interpretations of controversial issues relating to Nicholas are shared in some respects by other Gentry historians but some are solely the responsibility of this author. With this article, we have completed a summary of the lives of two of the sons of Nicholas Gentry, the immigrant. A summary of the life of the oldest son, Joseph, will be presented in the next issue of this Journal, along with an outline of a number of Gentry families whose connections to Nicholas-I are not known but are assumed to be descendants of Joseph.
Nicholas-II, and his descendants through some half-dozen generations, are described in considerable detail in "The Gentry Family in America". The entire first half to three-fifths of Richard Gentry's book is devoted to this family line. The remainder of the book is made up of family groupings that may be connected for two or three generations, but in general make up a collection of Gentry families which Richard was not able to tie to the original Nicholas Gentry. The latter series of family descriptions contain more errors than the first part of the book, but even in the Nicholas-II family tree there are mistakes. The book frequently does not list the children in a family in birth order, even when the birthdates listed are obviously out of order. In addition, occasionally the name of a child in a family may be right (presumably), but the description of that child applies to another individual by the same name.
2. A. Denny Ellerman, articles concerning Nicholas-II Gentry in "Gentry Family Gazette and Genealogy Exchange", published by Richard H. Gentry, McLean, Virginia):
3. Individuals who appear in GFA are identified by the family number assigned to them by Richard Gentry in his book.
4. C. G. Chamberlayne, editor, "The Vestry Book and Register of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent and James City Counties, 1684-1786", The Library Board, Richmond, VA, 1937. [Earlier edition, "The Parish Register of Saint Peter's, New Kent County, VA. from 1680 to 1787" , published by the Colonial Dames of America in 1904 ], Register, Vol I, p.11:
" Eliz. dau't to Nich. Gentry, bap't 29 day of August 1689
[Same date in previous edition of Register. Note GFA has "1687" for this date].
nicholas Son of nicholas Gentrey baptiz the 30 may 1699
mabell daut'r of nicho. Gentry baptiz the 13 Dec'r 1702."
5. C. G. Chamberlayne, editor,
"The Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Va, 1706-1786", The
Library Board [of Virginia], Richmond, 1940, reprinted 1973
6. Chamberlayne, Op. cit.
Succeeding processioning entries subject to question and interpretation.
7. Denis Hudgins, editor
"Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants"
"Vol IV (1732-1741)", Virginia Genealogical Society, Richmond, 1994;
1736 Dec 28 Vol IV p.125 (Patent Bk 17, p.222):
[Grant to] "Nicholas Gentry 400 acs Hanover co., both sides Dirty Sw; adj Richard Brookes/Brooks, Capt. Overton, Mr. Charles Barret & Thomas Rice".
8. Ruth and Sam Sparacio, "Louisa
County, Virginia Orders", The Antietam Press, McLean, VA, 1999
The Sparacios have abstracted in separate volumes, most of the court minutes and orders that are included in the surviving order books. These books in some years were highly fragmented with widely varying years being recorded in a given book. The references below give the page number for the applicable volume of the Sparacio abstracts with the original order book number in braces.
9. John C. Bell, "Louisa County
Records You Probably Never Saw of 18 Century Virginia", Nashville, TN, 1987.
Minute or Court Order Book 1760-1764
10. Louisa County Deed Books
11. Rosalie Edith Davis, "Louisa
County Virginia Tithables and Census 1743 - 1785", Manchester, MO, 1988.
Tithables of Trinity Parish:
|Year||Hd of House||Other Members||Negroes||Tithes/Acres|
|1768||Nicholas Gentry||Nathan Gentrey
|[Therefore Nathan and Martin born bef. 1752]|
|1769||Nicholas Gentry||Martin Gentry
|1770||Nicholas Gentry||Martin Gentry
|1771||Nicholas Gentory Sr||Martain Gentry|| "Gage" [George],
|1773||Nicholas Gentry||Martin Gentry|| Jessy, Thomas,
|[Nicholas not taxed?]|
|1774||Martain Gentry||"Jessy Thomason"
| [Jessy & Thomas?],
|1775||Nichs Gentory||"Jessy Thomason"
| [Jessy & Thomas?],
|[In 1774 and 1775 it is not clear if "Jessy Thomason" is a white occupant of Nicholas' household, and a member of the Thomason family present in Louisa County at the time, or if the entry was in the wrong location on the form and was a miswriting of the two slaves Jessy and Thomas found earlier in Nicholas' household. If the latter, Nicholas appears not to have been taxed for the years 1773 to 1775 (see also refr. 17a.).]|
12. GFA, p.33-34, refr 21:
|Year||Hd of House||Other Members||Negroes||Tithes/Acres|
|1769||David Gentry||Bailey Gentry||2/100|
|1770||David Gentry||Bailey Gentry||2/100|
|1771||David Gentry||Bailey Gentry||2/253|
|Tithables of St. Martin's Parish:|
|1773||Benjamin Cook||Bailey Gentry||James, Punch, Cate, Venus, Bett||7/193|
Ruth and Sam Sparacio,
editors "Virginia County Court Records, Deed Abstracts of Albemarle County, Virginia,
1772-1776 (Deed Book 6)", Antient Press, McLean, VA, 1992
17. Sparacio, "Louisa County
Virginia Orders 1766-1774"
18. Louisa County Deed Books
|19.|| 1788 Apr 9 Albemarle County Deed
Nathaniel Haggard & Elizabeth Haggard his wife to Hudson Morton, 250 ac on Moore's Creek where said Haggard now lives. Signed Nathaniel (his mark) Haggard and Elizabeth Haggard; witness George Bruce, William Colvard, Hastings Mark. Ack at Alb. Apr 11 court 1788 (Elizabeth relinquishing right of Dower) and recorded.
|20.||1788 Apr 9 Lincoln Co., KY Deed
Indenture for sale by Lewis Johnson and Massie his wife, of Albemarle Co. VA to Nathaniel Haggard of 700 ac land granted by patent to Lewis Johnson in Lincoln Co. on the north side of Dick's River.
22. Nathaniel Mason Pawlett,
"Albemarle County Road Orders, 1783-1816", Virginia Highway & Transportation
Research Council, Charlottesville, VA, 1975.
Mulltiple references to Benajah Gentry as well as other Gentrys.
24. Nancy Chappelear and Kate
Binford Hatch, "Abstracts of Louisa County, Virginia Will Books
|1802 Aug 14||William Anthony||Elenor B Gentry||/sur/Stanley Alvis|
|over 21 years of age||/w/ William Perkins|
|dau of Mary Gentry||David Kersey|
|J L Walton|
26. Janice Abercrombie, "Louisa
County, Virginia Judgments 1766-1790", Iberian Publishing Company, 1998.
Compiled from the microfilm of the Judgments/Loose Papers of the Louisa County Clerk's
|27.||1783 Oct 13 Louisa County
Nathan Gentry and wife deed to William Lipscomb.
28. Sparacio, Op. cit.
Scattered revisions, November 2013
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