Volume 3 Issue 10
October 2003
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The "Biblical" Brothers

Willard Gentry

Three sons of Allen-III Gentry, are described in detail, namely Shadrack, whose family stayed in Person County, North Carolina; Meshack, whose family spread to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi; and Abednego, most of whose family remained in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina, but with two sons who ventured on to Missouri and parts beyond.

Allen Gentry dictated his will and signed it with his mark on 21 Dec 1801, leaving his property to his wife, Mary, to two daughters, Mary Buchanan and Agnes Whittemore, to three sons, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego (spelled "Obednigo" in the will), and to one of his grandsons, Shadrack junior, son of Abednego<1>. These children have been briefly described in a Gentry Journal article about Allen (vol 2, issue #9), but we will consider his three sons here in more detail.

A.  Shadrack Gentry, First and Second Generations

– born about 1746 in Louisa County, Virginia.
– died spring 1842 in Person County, North Carolina<7>.
– unmarried relationship with [Unknown] Davis, mother of his oldest children
– married 23 Aug 1792, Halifax County, Virginia, to Susannah Davis<2> (died 1825).
  Children of Shadrack and [Unknown] Davis:
i Sally Gentry (Davis), born about 1784, probably in Caswell County, North Carolina; married 21 Dec 1803 (bond), Person County, North Carolina to Thomas Allin/Allen<3>.
ii Mary Gentry (Davis) (speculation), born about 1786 to 1790; married 11 May 1809 (bond), Person County, to John Trew/True<3>.
iii + Simon Gentry (Davis), born about 1792, Person County, died 1868, Person County; married 10 May 1809 (bond), Person County, to Martha ("Patsey") Buchanan (also Buckhannon)<3>.
Children of Shadrack and Susannah (all born in Person County)
iv Polly Gentry, born about 1794; married (said to be) 15 Nov 1821 to Jackson Dunn.
v + Abednego Gentry, born 6 Aug 1795, died 27 Mar 1839, Person County; married 22 Oct 1816 (bond), Person County, to Frances ("Fanny") Ramsey/Ransey<3>.
vi [Unknown Son] (speculation), born about 1798, died before 1810.
vii Elizabeth Gentry, born about 1801; married 11 Dec 1822 (bond), Person County, to Jesse Chambers<3>.
viii + Allen Gentry, born about 1803; married 19 Nov 1822, (bond) Person County, to Harriet H. Jones<3>.
(Note "+": Third generation data listed in Refr 8)

Shadrack and his brothers spent almost all of their early life in Lunenburg County, Virginia, where their father, Allen, moved shortly after Shadrack and Meshack were born in Louisa County. Allen was one of the last of his siblings to leave Lunenburg County, selling his property there in 1770. Allen briefly moved to Surry County, North Carolina, where four of his brothers had already settled. It is there that we find the first record for Shadrack in the tax list for 1774. We can infer that he was with Allen in 1772 also when the latter was assessed for two tithes<4>. Shadrack is in a fleeting notation in a Surry County, North Carolina tax list of 1774 and was probably present two years before that when his father Allen was assessed for 2 white polls. Their presence in Surry County, where they did not remain, may have been a "fishing" expedition, looking for possible land at the time when hundreds of back-country North Carolinian "Regulators" abandoned their homes as a result of their defeat by Colonial Government forces in the "War of the Regulation" in 1771.

VA and
NC Counties, 1820
Fig. 1   Destination Counties in North Carolina,
Coming from Virginia, 1820

Shadrack's family has three points of uncertainty. First and foremost is the identify of the mother of his oldest children — was she Susannah Davis who married Shadrack after a prolonged period of serving as a common-law wife; or was she an older sister of Susannah; or was she someone from a different family. The early life of Shadrack is unusually lacking in references, culminating in no information about his unmarried relationship with the mother of his oldest children. All we know is that her surname was Davis. More will be said about this question below. Two of Shadrack's children are speculative. The Mary who married John "Trew" in 1809, fits neatly into a vacant time slot in the family. There are no other logical Gentry families in Person County to which she could belong at that period of time. The unknown son in the family is suggested to account for one of three male children in Shadrack's family in the 1800 census, born 1790-1800, who was not present in the 1810 or 1820 census.

A chronology of the additional references to Shadrack follows:

1777 Shadrack and his father Allen listed as subject to tax on property in census of tithables in Caswell County, North Carolina (on the occasion of Caswell's creation from Orange County). Samuel Gentry (presumably Shadrack's grandfather) was assessed for a tithe only<5>.
1784 Shadrack and Allen assessed for personal property in Caswell County<5>.
1789 Allen, Shadrack and Abednego Gentry taxed for 1 white poll each in Halifax County, Virginia.
1792 Shadrack's marriage to Susannah Davis in Halifax County, Virginia, confirmed by a marriage bond and record of marriage. Susannah's parents Jonathan and Bathsheba Davis gave their consent, Meshack Gentry provides surety<2>.
1794 Shadrack (of Halifax County) bought from his brother-in-law Andrew Buchanan, 100 acres land on the waters of Castle Creek in Person County, North Carolina (separated from Caswell County in 1791)<6>.
1799 Shadrack (of Person County) bought 105 acres in Person County from Edward Deshazo<6>.
1802 Distribution of Allen Gentry's estate includes bequest to Shadrack<1>.
1805 Shadrack, his brother "Obednego", and presumably his mother Mary in Person County tax list, first two assessed for land, Mary assessed for no land but for five slaves><5>.
1805 Shadrack cited as a land owner, adjoining property on the waters of Castle Creek sold by Andrew Buchanan to Abednego Gentry<6>.
1808 Shadrack cited as an adjoining land owner in sale by Abednego Gentry to Simon Gentry<6>.
1815 Shadrack and his son Simon in Person County tax list<5>.
1820 Shadrack deeded to his son Abednego ..."for natural love and affection"...105 acres on the waters of Castle Creek in Person County<6>.
1823 Shadrack and his sons Simon and Abednego listed in Person County tax list<5>.
1839 Sheriff of Person County, inquiring into the state of mind of Shadrack ... found him to be a lunatic ... court appointed Simon Gentry to be his guardian<7>.
1842 "Shadrack Gentry died intestate in the spring of the year...Simon appointed as administrator<7>.
1842 Bill of complaint signed against Simon Gentry by other heirs to the estate of Shadrack<7>.

Halifax Co. VA
and Person Co. NC
Fig. 2   Halifax County, Virginia, and Person County, North Carolina

Allen Gentry and his two sons Shadrack and Abednego appear to have left Caswell County after they were recorded as being there in 1784 and moved north to Halifax County where they were resent in 1789. There is no record of the sale of their property. Shadrack left Halifax County in 1794 and returned to Caswell (now Person) County where he bought property. He spent the rest of his life there, and was included in the Person County census for 1810, 1820, and 1830.

The documents that have survived relating to the settlement of Shadrack's comparatively substantial estate following his death at the age of approximately ninety-six, testify directly to the question of his marriages or lack thereof<7>. The court case that ensued during the administration of the estate do not place the younger children of Shadrack in a very favorable light, inasmuch as they rejected a brother who had been very much a part of Shadrack's family, including serving as surety for the marriage of Shadrack's son, Abednego. Briefly, these younger children, or their heirs, claimed that Simon was not eligible to inherit any of their father's property, because he was an illegitimate son of a mother surnamed Davis, and thus was not a valid heir of Shadrack. Simon acknowledged that he and his sister Sally were children of a mother who may or may not have been married (and he demanded proof that she was not married), but that he at least, had been legally legitimatized by an act of the North Carolina legislature. Unfortunately, we do not know the details of the story's ending, since the court papers do not include the judgment of the court. Simon, at any rate, continued to be a prominent part of the community until his death in about 1868.

It is now appropriate to consider further the question of Shadrack's marital situation. We observe firstly that Simon's mother was surnamed Davis, the same as Shadrack's wife Susannah Davis. It does not seem probable that these were one and the same person, else the petitioners in the court case were even more selfish in rejecting the claims for inheritance by a son of their own mother, rather than a half-brother. Moreover, there is a question of age of Susannah. To receive the consent of her parents for the marriage implies that she was not of age. If this was true, there was no way that she would have been able to have been the mother of Shadrack's daughter, Sally. The 1810 census lists Susannah's birth as before 1765, but this was probably an erroneous entry.

This writer is inclined to believe that the mother of Sally, Mary and Simon Gentry was an older sister of Susannah. Simon's birth in about 1792 suggests that Simon's mother died in child-birth or shortly thereafter, and that Shadrack moved swiftly to find a new mother for his new-born child. There were many cases of a younger sister following in the marriage footsteps of an older sister in colonial times, so this would be a very common and expected occurrence. The question of why Shadrack did not marry the mother of his first children is beyond us.

In concluding the story of Shadrack, we can observe that his family was one that was satisfied with their surroundings in Person County. All of his children remained in North Carolina and became the forebearers of the Gentrys who still abound today in Person County and its immediate vicinity.

B.  Meshack Gentry, First and Second Generations

– born about 1748 in Louisa County, Virginia.
– died 4 Jul 1846 in Monroe County, Tennessee.
– married (1) Ann [Unknown].
– married (2) [Unknown], in about 1826 or 1827, Monroe County.
  Children of Meshack and Ann:
i Pleasant Gentry, born about 1783, in Virginia, died 10 Jun 1859, Owen County, Kentucky; married 28 Jul 1804, Surry County, North Carolina to Lucy Alnut.
ii Allen D. (David?) Gentry, born about 1789, probably in Halifax County, Virginia; died 1853 in Monroe County, Tennessee; married (1), 2 Mar 1810, Surry County, Nancy Gentry, divorced 12 Jan 1846, Monroe County; married (2) 1 May 1848, Monroe County to Susan Ivy,
iii Jordan Gentry, born about 1790, Halifax County, died in Itawamba County, Mississippi; married in Surry County, probably about 1813, to Elizabeth ("Betsy") Holcomb

There have been suggestions, including in "The Gentry Family in America", that Meshack had some daughters as well as these three sons. In particular, a Nancy Gentry who married George Hudspeth in Surry County, North Carolina in about 1803 has been suggested as a daughter of Meshack. George Hudspeth, a son of Ayres Hudspeth of Surry County, was a neighbor of Meshack at the time of the marriage and they participated in a number of interchanges of property. George named one of his sons Meshack and another one, Jordan. The only evidence that bears on this question is the Virginia state tax enumeration for Halifax County that served in lieu of a "census", which lists in 1784, a "Michael" Gentry with 5 members in his family. Since there has been no suggestion of a Michael Gentry living in Virginia, this has commonly been accepted as being a misspelling of "Meshack". While no sex is identified in this reference, the size of the family accounts for Meshack having only three children. Moreover, in the 1800 Surry County census, Meshack is shown with three sons as his only children. The identity of the Nancy above remains a mystery. We may remark further that Meshack's son, Allen was always referred to as "Allen D.", never with the middle name spelled out, and rarely without the initial.

We have no marriage record for Meshack and his wife Ann, but the latter is identified in a Halifax County deed of 1787. The existence and timing of a second wife is more uncertain. In 1840, a law suit against Meshack's son Allen D. Gentry in Monroe County, Tennessee, refers back to an earlier promissory note: "In 1826 or 1827, Allen D. Gentry of Monroe County made a note to his father, Meshack Gentry, who has a new wife." While the wording is somewhat ambiguous, the author has taken the timing of taking a new wife to be in 1826 or 1827, not 1840 when Allen was brought to court. The 1830 Monroe County census lists this wife as being in the same age range as Meshack, that is she was over 80 years old at that time, if the census was correct. Meshack is missing from the 1840 census so there is no check on this possible wife.

Meshack's movements have been unusually well documented in his petition for a Revolutionary War pension, filed in Monroe County, Tennessee, in 1836<10>. His petition for a pension was rejected for lack of documentary proof of commission as a captain and his service in the North Carolina militia. His petition outlines virtually all of the significant events during his life starting with his birth in Louisa County, Virginia, and ending with his departure from North Carolina to Tennessee where he spent 2 years in Greene County, 2 years in Bledsoe County, 2 years in McMinn County, and finally moved to Monroe County.. In 1852, Meshack's son, Allen D., petitioned again for pension benefits as a surviving son, and reported that Meshack had died 4 Jul 1846.

A year-by-year chronology of references to Meshack, other than those in his pension application follows.

1771 Witnessed deed in Lunenburg County, Virginia<9a>.
1784 Meshack Gentry (of Halifax County, Virginia), bought 240 acres on Bold Branch in Caswell County, North Carolina, from Thomas Ragsdale<9b>.
Meshack and wife Ann sold 100 acres land on Coleman Creek in Halifax County, to Joseph Huell [Howell]<9b>.
Meshack Gentry (of Halifax County) sold 240 acres land on Bold Creek (which he had bought in 1784), to Roger Atkinson<9b>.
1791 Meshack and Joseph Huell [Howell] sold 73 acres land in Halifax County to Jesse Atkinson<9b>.
1793 Meshack Gentry (of Halifax County) sold 169 acres land on Coleman Creek in Halifax County, bordering land of Roger Atkinson, to Pleasant Turner<9b>.
1796 Meshack bought 150 acres on both sides of Deep Creek, Surry County, North Carolina, from Airs Hudspeth; witnessed by Allen Gentry, George Hudspeth Jr.<15>.
1797 Bought 100 acres on Hunting Creek, Surry County, from Isaac Johnson<15>.
1797 Bought 160 acres on North Hunting Creek from Isaac Johnson<15>..
1800 Meshack present in Surry County census with wife and all three sons<15>.
1800 Sold 160 acres on Hunting Creek to Thomas Harvey<15>.
1801 Bought 35 acres on south fork of Deep Creek from George Hudspeth; witnessed by Pleasant Gentry<15>..
1802 Meshack named as an heir of Allen Gentry in Halifax County probate proceeding<1>.
1805 Land owned by Meshack adjoins plot sold by George Hudspeth for which Jordan Gentry served as a witness<15>.
1805 Bought 115 acres on Deep Creek, bordering Meshack's own line, from George Hudspeth<15>.
1807 Witnessed two purchases of land by Abednego Gentry<15>.
1810 Meshack in Surry County census with wife and son Jordan; son Allen D and wife listed separately in census<15>.
1811 Meshack's land identified as bordering land of Richard Gentry<15>.
1817 Sold 60 acres on south fork of Deep Creek below mill seat to William Durham; witnessed by Nancy Hudspeth<15>.
1817 Sold 185 acres including mills and mill seat, on south fork of Deep Creek, to Phillip Holcomb; witnessed by Abednego Gentry<15>.
1819 Sold 80 acres on Deep Creek including head of mill pond to George Hudspeth; witnessed by Allen D. Gentry and Nancy Gentry<15>.
1827 Meshack and Allen D. Gentry sold negro girl, Amy, to William Blair in Monroe County, Tennessee<11>.
1827 Meshack and Allen D. Gentry assigned slaves in Monroe County to Samuel Fouts in settlement of a suit in Rowan County, North Carolina, against Meshack<11>.
1834 Meshack sold property in Monroe County [details missing] to son Allen D. Gentry; witnessed by Pleasant and James R. Gentry<11>.
1836 Meshack filed Revolutionary War Pension application in Monroe County<10>.
1840 Justus Steed, now of McMinn County, involved in court action versus Allen D. Gentry relating to a note from Allen D to Meshack in 1826 or 1827. The note was to pay off a money lender Samuel Henry of Blount County. It was assigned by Meshack and his new wife to Justus Steed and then lost<12>.
1852 Allen D. Gentry refiled for pension for Meshack. Allen reported Meshack died 4 Jul 1846<10>.

Surry Co.
Fig 3.   Settlement of Surry County, North Carolina by Gentrys

In addition to the references cited above. Meshack is identified repeatedly in Surry County tax lists, starting in 1796 and ending in 1816<15>. In 1803, 1804 and 1806, Meshack was taxed not only for land and poll tax but also for a cotton mill or gin. Later land references in 1817 and 1819, mention mills and a mill pond, and in 1821, his son Allen D. Gentry sold land that included a grinding mill. It appears that Meshack was involved in both the ginning of cotton and the grinding of grain.

For many of the tax list references, Meshack is included in the same tax district as his brother Abednego and Abednego's son, Shadrack. In 1804 through 1809, Meshack is listed in a district with Pleasant Gentry, after which Pleasant's name no longer appears in Surry County records. Meshack's son Allen D. is included in lists for 1813 to 1817, but always in a district separate from Meshack. Allen D. was also involved in two sales of land on Hunting Creek in 1819 and 1821 (with no indication as to whether he was still a resident of Surry County or had left the county). Meshack's son Jordan is listed in tax lists for 1814 to 1820.

From all of this, we can infer that Meshack left Person County in 1796 and moved to Surry County where he was joined by Abednego in 1807. The tax and land records agree with his pension application statement about leaving Surry County in about 1818 when he moved to Tennessee. It is uncertain as to whether Allen D. accompanied his father to Tennessee, or followed along a few years after the latter's departure from North Carolina.

Children of Meshack
Meshack's son, Pleasant became an independent landowner in 1804, the year he was married, and remained in Surry County until 1809 when he left and moved to Fayette County, Kentucky. He appears in the 1810 Fayette County census along with his wife, one son and a daughter, is missing from any 1820 Kentucky census, then appears again in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 Owen County, Kentucky, census records. Numerous Alnutt families from North Carolina were living in Owen County in 1850, and it appears that Pleasant's initial move to Kentucky was with members of his wife's family. Pleasant's oldest son, John T., is listed in the 1840 Owen County census, and his children were present in 1850, but John was missing, probably dying before that time. Pleasant's second son, Allen, is also present in the 1840 and 1850 Owen County census. Pleasant's other children are believed to have been Polly, Nancy, Elizabeth and Mahala.

Meshack's second son, Allen D, as mentioned above, left North Carolina with his father, or shortly afterwards, settling permanently in Monroe County, Tennessee. He has been described at length in a previous article of this Journal, with many details of his family, and his and their checkered marital life<13>. There is no need to discuss him further here.

The third son, Jordan Gentry, has no marriage bond or other direct reference documenting his marriage, but he almost certainly was married to the Elizabeth Holcomb who was listed as Betsey Gentry in the will of her father, Lawrence Holcomb, in 1823. Jordan was included in Meshack's family in the 1800 and 1810 census. His appearance separately in the Surry County tax lists for the first time in 1814 suggests that he was probably married during the preceding year. While he was not taxed for any land, he may have been living on and farming a portion of his father's land. Jordan was in the 1820 Surry County census with what appears to be two sons and a daughter, but with some other household members who were too old to be members of his own family, but may have been Holcomb relatives. Jordan is missing from any 1830 census, but in 1840 and 1850 he can be found in Itawamba County, Mississippi, records.

Itawamba County, in the northeast corner of the state, was formed in 1836 from territory ceded by the Chickasaw Indians to the State of Mississippi in 1832. The 1850 census indicated that two of Jordan's children were born in Tennessee in about 1831 and 1834, suggesting that the family's move to Itawamba County occurred at about the time that land in Itawamba County became available for settlement. The author has not been able to find any trace of Jordan in any Tennessee records during the period between 1820 and 1840. Two of his children, Lewis and Margaret, were living with Jordan in 1840 and 1850. Of the older children, two sons and a daughter were born within the period from about 1814 to 1820, so the daughter and at least one of the sons was of marriageable age in 1840 and quite likely to be missing from Jordan's family in that year. A second daughter was born between 1825 and 1830, so by 1850 she also would have been of marriageable age and missing from Jordan's family. The author has searched for male Gentrys in Mississippi and neighboring states that were born in North Carolina and were between 30 and 36 years of age, but has not found a match for any potential sons of Jordan. The probable alternative is that hw died of accident or disease before 1840.

C.  Abednego Gentry, First and Second Generations

– born about 1758 in Lunenburg County, Virginia.
– died possibly 31 Oct 1844 in Surry County, North Carolina.
– married (1) about 1778, probably in Caswell County, North Carolina, to Elizabeth Brooks;
– married possibly (2?) [Unknown], in Surry County.
  Children of Abednego and Elizabeth:
i. Mary Gentry, born about 1779, probably in Caswell County, died after 1850, Surry County; married about 1811, Surry County, to Samuel Stokes.
ii + Reuben Gentry, born about 1782, probably in Caswell County, died about 1810, Surry County; married [Unknown].
iii Nancy Gentry, born about 1785, probably in Caswell County, died about 1862, Monroe County, Tennessee; married 2 Mar 1810, Surry County, to Allen D. Gentry.
iv Elizabeth Gentry (speculation), born about 1791, probably in Person County, died about 1844, Surry County; married 4 Jan 1813 (bond), Surry County to William Sparks.
v + Shadrack Gentry, born about 1793, in Halifax County, Virginia, or Person County, died 1853, Yadkin County, North Carolina; married (1) 14 Oct 1810 (bond), Surry County, to Polly Jacks; married (2) 2 Feb 1847 (bond), Surry County, to Melinda Messick.
vi [Unknown daughter], born about 1798, in Halifax County or Person County.
vii + Allen Gentry, born 11 Feb 1804, in Halifax County or Person County, died 3 Jan 1878 (gravestone dates), Guilford, Nodaway County, Missouri; married (1) 24 May 1822 (bond), Surry County, to Sarah ("Sally") Brittain, married (2) 20 Sep 1874, Nodaway County, to Louisa Jane (Denny) Martin (widow).
viii + William Gentry, born 26 Jan 1810, Surry County, died 10 May 1879, Hamptonville, Yadkin County (gravestone dates); married (1) 1 Dec 1830 (bond), Surry County, to Lucy J Myres, married (2) 6 Dec 1865, Yadkin County, to Sarah A. Long.
ix + Abednego Gentry, born about 1813, Surry County; married about 1839, Surry County, to Sarah [Unknown].
(Note "+":  Third generation data listed in Refr 16)

There is a large gap in time between our proposed dates of birth for Shadrack and Meshack and that for Abednego. It is probable that most of this gap was filled by the birth of his two sisters, Agnes and Mary. If there were any other siblings, the absence of their names in Allen's will would suggest that they died early. References to Abednego's early life are almost non-existent. If our estimate of his date of birth is reasonably correct, if present, he would have not been included in the 1772 and 1774 tax assessments for his father in Surry County because of being underage. North Carolina legislative archives include his signature in 1779 of a petition for the division of Caswell County. But aside from that, a tax reference to him in 1798 in Halifax County, and the reference to him in his father's will, Abednego was a "non-entity" before 1805. The inclusion of a special provision for Abednego's son, Shadrack, in his grandfather's will suggests that this grandson was a particular favorite of Allen's. Abednego was undoubtedly living with and caring for his father, Allen, and his mother, Mary, up to the time of Allen's death. The location of this residence when he died is a matter of some uncertainty despite the fact that Allen referred to himself as "of Halifax County" in his will and the fact that his will was received for probate in that county. This has been discussed in the earlier Journal article on Allen. We can speculate that Abednego's move from Person County to Surry County in 1807 probably occurred after the presumed death of his mother, Mary, when he no longer felt an obligation to care for her.

The limited further references to Abednego are included in the following chronology.

1779 Samuel and "Obednigo" Gentry sign petition in Caswell County, North Carolina
1798 Allen and "Ebednego" Gentry taxed in Halifax County, Virginia
1805 Abednego bought 164 acres of land on Castle Creek, adjoining land of his brother Shadrack's in Person County from his brother-in-law Andrew Buchanan<6>.
1805 "Obednego" and Shadrack Gentry assessed for land in Person County, Mary Gentry (presumably their mother), assessed for 5 slaves but no land<5>.
1807 Abednego bought 100 acres land on the south side of the South Fork of Deep Creek in Surry County; witnessed by Meshack Gentry<6>.
1807 Abednego bought 52 ½ acres land on the south waters of Deep Creek in Surry County; witnessed by Meshack Gentry<15>.
1808 Abednego sold his land on Castle Creek in Person County to his nephew, Simon Gentry<6>.
1836 Abednego Gentry Sr, sold 50 ½ acres in Surry County to Abednego Gentry Jr.<15>.
1836 Abednego Sr, sold 100 acres to Abednego Jr.<15>.
1836 Abednego sold 100 acres partially adjoining Allen Gentry, to William Gentry; witnessed by Abednego Gentry Jr.<15>.
1842 Abednego sold 100 acres and 52 1/2 acres on Deep Creek to William Martin [This must be Abednego Jr., prior to leaving North Carolina].
1844 Purported letter from Samuel Stocks to his sister-in-law, Nancy Gentry, in Monroe County, Tennessee, reports the death of Nancy's father [Abednego].

Like Meshack, Abednego was included in tax lists in Surry County on a year-by-year basis, beginning with the list for 1807. The tax list references are not included above or in the references for this article, but may be seen in the Journal article for Allen Gentry and his family<15>. From time to time, besides Abednego, various of his sons appeared progressively in later tax lists, and included Reuben, Shadrack, Allen, William and Abednego Jr.

Abednego's Family
The justification for the name of Abednego's first wife, Elizabeth, lies not in Virginia or North Carolina, but in South Carolina. In Newberry District, South Carolina, in 1799, the will of David Brooks was received for probate, and included provision for dividing his estate between his brother Richard Brooks and his sister, "Elizabeth Gentry, now living in North Carolina". By a process of elimination, we can rule out any Gentry husband for Elizabeth with the exception of Abednego. Fortunately, this matches other vague but unsubstantiated suggestions that his wife was named Elizabeth. From other evidence, David Brooks has been identified as a son of John Brooks who lived in Lunenburg County, Virginia, during and after the time that Allen Gentry's family lived there. It is significant that John Brooks and his two sons, David and Richard were in the same initial Caswell County census of taxable individuals in 1777 as Allen, Shadrack, and Samuel Gentry.

Elizabeth Gentry was identified in the 1810 and 1820 census as having been born before 1765, as would be expected for Abednego's wife. Her place in the family is missing in the 1830 and 1840 census for Surry County, and what appears to be a second wife takes her place. In 1830, this new female is listed as having been born between 1790 and 1800. In 1840, what was probably the same individual was identified as having been born between 1780 and 1790. If indeed this was a second wife, the two census listings can be approximately reconciled if this wife was born about 1790. Of course, this individual (or individuals) could have been someone quite different from a new wife for Abednego, but we have no a priori reason for suggesting this, and common sense suggests a marital relationship.

Abednego's proposed oldest son, Reuben, has been described in a prior Journal article (vol 2, issue #12) along with arguments for his being a part of this family. Reuben appeared in the Surry County tax lists only once, in 1809. His sister, Mary, was also listed that same year and again in 1813. It was presumably at that time that she married Samuel Stokes. The next sister, Nancy, is included in a marriage bond in 1810 for her marriage to her first cousin, Allen D. Gentry. We have already remarked that this family has been discussed in some depth in volume 3, issue #7 of this journal. The identification of Elizabeth, as being a daughter of Abednego, depends upon a comparison of ages of eligible girls as shown in the census listings and the marriage bonds recorded in Surry County in the period between 1810 and 1820. In the latter year, this daughter of Abednego was no longer listed in the census with his family. There is further confirmation of a sort in the letter supposedly written by Samuel Stokes to Nancy Gentry in 1844, in which William Sparks, who married Elizabeth, is said to want to marry Nancy to replace his deceased wife (indicating at least a close family acquaintanceship). Another presumed daughter of Abednego, was present in the 1810, 1820 and 1830 census records, living with the family, but missing in 1840. Whether the absence is due to marriage (for which we have no record) or was due to death, we do not know, but in any case, there is no identification available for her.

The sons of Abednego, other than Reuben, present no problem in identification. Shadrack was the grandson of Allen mentioned in the latter's will. Shadrack had two sons, Gardner and Richard. Both died unexpectedly early in life, in Surry County, but Gardner lived long enough to have a family of four sons and three daughters, all of whom can be found in the 1850 Surry County census. Richard died before the 1850 census; his widow, Catherine, and a young daughter moved in with Nicholas Ball (probably her brother) and Catherine remarried in 1850. All of Shadrack's daughters appeared in Surry County marriage bond records<14>.

Abednego's son Allen left Surry County in about 1846, along with a number of his relatives and neighbors — the Brittains and Weathermans in particular — and moved to Nodaway County, Missouri. There he lived to the age of 74, marrying at age 70, a widow, Louisa Martin, whose maiden name was Denny and who had also lived in Surry County. Allen fathered a daughter, Sarah Jane, by her. All the rest of Allen's children were sons, the oldest of whom has never been identified as he did not go to Missouri, or he died before 1850. Of the remaining sons who accompanied Allen to Missouri, John and Thomas died early, William (the great-grandfather of the author) and James died in service in the Civil War, only Alfred, Abednego and Jesse (or "Lee") lived to survive their father<16>.

The two youngest sons of Abednego were William and Abednego Jr. Both names occur in Surry County deeds in which their father sold his remaining land to the boys in anticipation of his death<15>. Abednego Jr. apparently left Surry County abour 1842, and moved to Buchanan County, Missouri. Little is known of his family other than the fact that his wife's first name was Sarah, and the couple had two children, Mary A. and William.

Abednego Sr.'s son, William, lived in Yadkin County (which was created from Surry County in 1850), his entire life. He had three sons, John, Robert and Francis, and three daughters, Polly, Sarah and Nancy. William's tombstone and that of his brother Allen in Missouri, are the only two gravestones of that generation of Gentrys known to still exist. William is buried in the Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Hamptonville, Yadkin County. All of William's family remained in Yadkin County with many descendants living in the area today<16>.

The three sons of Allen Gentry we have discussed here present interesting contrasts in their apparent life-styles, adventurous outlook, and coverage by contemporary documentation. Like the biblical trio, their names have become by-words among North Carolina Gentrys. We have been able to propose solutions to a number of puzzles as to their life and times, but there are others that will never be answered.

1.  Will Books, Halifax County, Virginia

1802 Jul 26 Will Bk(6-374)
  Will of Allen GENTRY, signed 21 Dec 1801 and received for probate in Halifax County court.
  Bequeaths to wife Mary all real and personal estate during her lifetime:
  To eldest son Shadrack:, negro man Jack and share of residual estate
  To son Meshack: negro man Toney and share of residual estate
  To daughter Mary Buchanan: negro woman Lucky and share of residual estate
  To daughter Agnes Whitmore: ten pounds currency and share of residual estate
  To son Obednigo: ten pounds currency and share of residual estate
  To grandson Shadrack: son of Obednigo, negro man Toby, two negro women Hanna
    and Amy, two negro children Hanna and Enos, to be kept by Andrew Buchanan until Shadrack is of age.
  Executors Andrew Buchanan and Shadrack GENTRY.

2.  Marriage Bond Register, Halifax County, Virginia

1792 May 17 Bk 1-26
  Nancey Gentry and John Mullins, with Nancey's own consent. Surety Henry Polley [Pollard?].
1792 Aug 21 Bk 1-25
  Shadrack GENTRY and Susanna Daviss, dau of Jonathan and Bethsheba Daviss who consent. Surety Meshack GENTRY.
Married 23 Aug by Rev. Reuben Pickett.

3.  Marriage Bond Register, Person County, North Carolina

1803 Dec 21 Thomas Allin to Sally Gentry;
sur: W. Jeffreys; wit: Anth'o Brown
1809 May 10 Simon Gentry to Patsey Buckhannon;
sur: David Buchanon; wit: H. Haralson
1809 May 11 John Trew to Mary Gentry;
sur: Thomas Word; wit: Dan'l C. Townes
1816 Oct 22 Abednego Gentry to Francis Ransey [Ramsey]
sur. Simon Gentry; wit. Ira Lea
1822 Nov 19 Allen Gentry to Hariet [Harriet] H. Jones
sur. Abednego Gentry; wit. Wm McKissack
1822 Dec 11 Jesse Chambers to Elizabeth Gentry
sur. James A. Atkins

4.  Tax Lists, Surry County, North Carolina

(a) William Johnson, "Surry and Wilkes County Taxables, 1771-1777", 1974, vol 1:
1772 Tax List, Surry County, NC
  Nicholus Gentry
Allen Gentry
Richard Gentry
Allen Gentry
Samuel Gentry
Allen Gentry
Mezhi (Meshack) Gentry
[white polls]
  [The Allen Gentry with two tithables was probably Allen-III and his son Shadrack. His son, Abednego, was also probably present but was underage. One of the other Allen Gentrys was the oldest son of Nicholas-III. Who or why there was a third entry for an Allen Gentry is not known.]
(b) Luther Byrd, Records transcribed by, 1944 (filed with original records in State Archives files).
1774 Capt Samuel Freeman's District
  Samuel Gentry
and Shadrack Gentry
[white poll]

5.  Tax Lists, Caswell and Person County, North Carolina

(a) William P. Johnson, "North Carolina Genealogy"
1777 vol 20, p.2918 (1974) Caswell County, NC Tax Lists for Nash District:
Includes Allen Gentry and Shadrick Gentry (assessed for land), and Samuel Gentry (no land tax but liable for poll tax).
1779 vol 16, p.2572 (1970) North Carolina Legislative papers, box 29:
Abstract of papers includes: "Samuel Gentry and Obednego Gentry sign petition for division of Caswell County".
(b) Katharine Kerr Kendall, "Person County, North Carolina Compilations, Land Grants, Tax Lists and Record Book Abstracts 1792-1820",1978:
  Record Book (Person County)
1797 Allen Gentry and others made purchases at estate sale of John Rogers
  Tax Lists (Caswell County) Acres White
1777 Allen Gentry
Samuel Gentry
Shadrick Gentry
land assessed at £937[+]
subject to poll tax
land assessed at £362[+]
1784 Shadrack Gentry
Allen Gentry
  Tax Lists (Person County)
1794 Absolum [Allen?] Gentry 250 1  
1795 Nash District - Meshack Gentry, Shadrick Gentry.
1805 Shadrack Gentry
Obednego Gentry
Mary Gentry
  [Note. This must be Allen's widow, with 5 slaves left by will].
1815 Simon Gentry, Shadrack Gentry.
1823 Simon Gentry
Abednigo Gentry
Shadrack Gentry
[son of Shadrack]

6.  Deed Books, Caswell and Person County, North Carolina

(a) References to Shadrack Gentry
1794 Oct 8 Person County Bk(B-79)
  Andrew Buckhannon of Person Co. NC to Shadrack Gentry of Halifax County, Virginia, for £100 deeds 100 acres more or less on the waters of Castle Creek. Wit: L.A. Buchanan.
1799 15 Feb Person County Bk(C-26)
  Edward Deshazo of Person County, NC to Shadrack Gentry of said county and state, for £61 13/4 deeds 105 ac. Wit: And'w Buchanon, Dean J. (X) Buchanon.
1820 Dec 26 Person County Bk(E-301)
  Shadrack Gentry ... to Abednego Gentry ... son of Shadrack Gentry for the natural love and affection ... [for] Abednego Gentry his son deeds 105 ac on the waters of Castle Creek. Wit: Johnson Davis, A. [Allen?] Gentry.
(b) References to Meshack Gentry
  Katharine Kerr Kendall, "Caswell County North Carolina Deed Books 1777-1817", Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC, 1989
1784 Jul 20 Bk(C-15) (p.61)
  Thomas Ragsdale of Caswell County to Mesheck Gentry of Halifax County, Virginia for £100, deeds 240 ac on Bold Br. Wit: J. Coffee, Fielding Lewis, And'w Buch'n [Buchanan].
1787 Dec 24 Bk(E-254) (p.101)
  Meshack Gentry of Halifax County VA to Roger Atkinson Sen'r of Dinwiddie County VA, for £200, deeds 240 ac on Bold Cr ... land purchased by Gentry of Thos. Ragsdale 20 Jul 1784. Wit: Artha Brooks, D.Mann, Rog'r Atkinson.
 [Same book has 14 references to Andrew Buchanan on Mayo and Castle Creeks including state grant in 1779 and deed below.]
1786 Jan 16 Bk(C-177) (p.71)
  Robert Dickens of Caswell Co. to Andrew Buchanan of same, 167 3/4 ac on Castle Cr. both sides of Dry Br. and Main Rd adj. James Hague. [This is land Andrew later sold to Abednego Gentry]
(c) References to Abednego Gentry
1805 Jan 25 Person County Bk(C-560)
  Andrew Buchanan of Person County, NC to Abednego Gentry of said county and state for £100 deeds 163 3/4 ac land ... bought by the sd Buchanan from Rob't Dukins [0] on the waters of Castle Creek [adjoining Shadrack Gentry's land ... and also a part of the tract of land Shadrack [where] now lives on the East side of the Spring Branch ... the whole lands containing 200 ac. Wit: Thomas Allin.
1808 Jun 13 Person County Bk(D-119)
  Abednego Gentry of Surry County, NC to Simon Gentry of Person County, NC for £100 Virginia money deeds 167 3/4 ac in Person County on the waters of Castle Creek joining Shadrack Gentry's land ... also a part of the said tract of land Shadrick Gentry now lives on the East side of the Spring Branch ... the whole containing 200 ac. Wit: Thomas Allin, Edward (X) Martin, William Allin.

7.  Miscellaneous Records, Person County

Abstract of Estate Records for Shadrick Gentry: (Loose papers in folder of Person County Wills and Estates, in North Carolina State Archives)
1842 Mar 21 Simon Gentry appointed administrator of Shadrack Gentry estate.
1842 Nov Bill of Complaint signed against Simon Gentry by:
  Jesse Chambers and wife Elizabeth; Jackson Dunn and wife Polly; Allen Gentry; William Gentry; Richard Jones and wife Martha Ann; Jane Gentry;, John, Margaret, Susan, Nancy, Thomas, Larkin, Stephen, Henry, and Francis Gentry, the last nine of whom are minors under the age of twenty-one and sue in this behalf by Jesse Chambers, their next friend.
  Complaint says in effect:
  " the year 1839 a writ of lunacy by Person County Court directing the sheriff to inquire into the state of mind of Shadrack Gentry...found him to be a lunatic [in modern terms, senile] June term of court appointed Simon Gentry to be his guardian.
"Heirs left surviving at the time of his death ... further show that the defendant Simon Gentry is not entitled to any portion of the personal estate of said Shadrack Gentry for that said Simon is an illegitimate son of said Shadrack born out of the bonds of matrimony and although by an act of the legislature passed perhaps in the year 1835 his name was changed from Simon Davis to Simon Gentry, yet this same act gave him no heritable capacity to take property of distribution shares of lands by descent."
 Simon answered in effect:
  "...It is true that he does claim to be one of the heirs of law and next of kin of the deceased Shadrack Gentry, his intestate, and that he is in truth entitled to a distribution share of his estate ... For that although he may have been illegitimate (and whether he was or not he does not know and does not admit that he was, and insists upon proof) ... Yet he was legitimated if he was illegitimate by act of assembly and made capable of inheriting property as one of the children and heirs at law of Shadrack ... besides his own claim as one of the heirs at law and next of kin--one Sally Allen, formerly Sally Gentry or Sally Davis also claims to be an heir at law for distribution in said Shadrack's estate ..."

8.  Family of Shadrack, Second and Third Generations

  A.  Children of Simon and Martha Gentry (all born in Person County):
i Sarah Gentry, born about 1810; married 9 Dec 1929, Person County, to John Buchanan.
ii Mary Gentry, born about 1816; married 5 May 1835, Person County, to Richard Springfield.
iii Hixy Gentry, born about 1821; married 6 Dec 1841, Person County, to William W. Buchanan.
iv Elmira M. Gentry, born about 1824; married 2 Jul 1845, Person County, to Alexander Elexson/Elixon.
v Mahala Gentry, born about 1826; married 6 Feb 1844, Person County, to Drury Gravett/Gravit.
B.  Children of Abednego and Frances Gentry (all born in Person County)
(Dates of birth and middle names abstracted from family Bible in the possession of Grace Gentry Crow of Allensville, Person County, posted March 1999 by Alex Wade to:
i William Wesley Gentry, born Oct 1817; married Martha [Unknown].
ii Martha Ann Gentry, born 14 Feb 1819; married 10 Jan 1839, Person County, to Richard Jones.
iii Jane P. Gentry, born 19 Jan 1821; married 26 Apr 1846, Person County, to John Walker
iv John Hensley Gentry, born 13 May 1823; married 28 Oct 1841, Person County, to Elizabeth ("Sally") Morton.
v Margaret Moore Gentry, born 16 Jan 1825.
vi Susannah Davis Gentry, born 2 Nov 1826; married 1 Mar 1843, Person County, to William H. Humphries.
vii Nancy Allen Gentry, born 14 Dec 1828; married 28 May 1845, Person County, to William Barrott.
viii Thomas Ruffin Gentry, born 3 Dec 1830; married 10 Jul 1850, Person County, to Susan Jones.
ix James Larkin Gentry, born 5 Feb 1833; married 9 Nov 1852, Person County, to Mary Walker.
x Henry Shadrack Gentry, born 12 Jan 1835.
xi Stephen Pleasant Gentry; born 30 Apr 1837; married 3 May 1855, Person County, to Sarah A. Vanhook.
xii Abednego Francis ("Franc") Gentry, born 18 Jun 1839; married 1860 to Mary Martin.
C.  Children of Allen and Harriet Gentry
i Lucinda Gentry, born about 1825; married 26 Sep 1845, Person County, to Charles Ragan.
ii Elizabeth Gentry, born about 1827; married 22 Apr 1845, Person County, to George W. Ragan.
iii [Unknown Son] (speculation), born about 1828, died before 1840.
iv Mary A. Gentry, born about 1829.
v Martha J. Gentry, born about 1830; married 5 Feb 1853, Person County, to David Ragan.
vi John C. Gentry, born about 1832; married 1 Jun 1852, Person County, to Martha J. Carver.
vii Joseph Gentry, born about 1833; married 11 Mar 1852, Person County, to Martha Chambers.
viii Susan D. Gentry, born about 1834; married 6 Mar 1861, Person County, to William T. Ragan.
ix Margaret M. Gentry, born about 1836; married 16 Oct 1861, Person County to William H. Inge.
x Benjamin S. Gentry, born about 1838; married 8 Nov 1867, Person County to Mary L. Oakley.
xi Pleasant T. Gentry, born 1842.

9.  Deed Books, Lunenburg and Halifax Counties, Virginia

(a) Lunenburg County
1771 Oct 1 Deed Bk(12-85)
  Richard Haggard of Bute County, NC, to Rich'd Dunston of Lunenburg County, for £100, a certain tract of land of about 50 acres, being half the land bought of David Allen, being in Lunenburg County and Crooked Cr.. Signed: Richard Haggard. Wit: John Hix, Mourning Hix, Robert (mark) Willis, Meshack Gentry, John Hix. Recorded 12 Mar 1772.
(b) Halifax County
1787 Jan 18 Bk(14-42)
  Meshack Gentry and wife Ann deed to Joseph Huell; estimated 100 acres of land lying on the waters of Coleman Creek, adjoined by land of John West.
1791 Sep 26 Bk(15-210)
  Meshack Gentry and Joseph Huell of Halifax County deed to Jesse Atkinson of same county; 73 acres of land in Halifax County.
1793 Jan 26 Bk(15-514)
  Meshack Gentry of Halifax County, deeds to Pleasant Turner of same county; 169 acres of land on Coleman Creek, neighboring land of Roger Atkinson, Wyatt Huell, William Robertson, John Carmical [Carmichael], Eliza Spencer, said Pleasant Turner and Major Hood.


10.  Meshack Gentry, Pension Application for Revolutionary War, filed 29 Aug 1836, in Monroe County, Tennessee, aged 88 years.

11.  Reba Bayless Boyer, "Monroe Co. Tenn Records, 1820-1870", Vol 1 Deeds, abstracts compiled by, 1869.

1827 Jul 20 Book A-51
  Sale of Negro girl named Amy by Allen D Gentry and Meshack Gentry to William Blair (subject to conditions relating to settlement of a promissory note due Thomas L. Williams).
1827 Sep 19 Book A-64
  Agreement by Allen D Gentry and Meshac Gentry to assign slaves to Samuel F. Foute in settlement of a court decree in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC in favor of Samuel Edwards against Meshac Gentry.
1834 Jan 20 Book N-745
  Deed from Meshack Gentry to son Allen D. Gentry, witnessed by Pleasant and James R Gentry
 12.  Albert W. Dockter, Jr. "Monroe County Tennessee Chancery Court Records 1832 - 1852 Mentioning Blount County", Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1994
1840 Sep 1 Suit 160 (p.224)
  In 1826 or 1827, Allen D. Gentry of Monroe County made a note to his father, Meshack Gentry, who has a new wife. He made the note for the purpose of discontinuing it to Samuel Henry, a money lander of Blount County; but it was not discounted and supposedly lost - but Meshack and new wife assigned it to Justus Steed then of Monroe County but now of McMinn County who is now sueing Allen D. Gentry.


13.  Willard Gentry, "Allen D. and Nancy Gentry", Journal of Gentry Genealogy, vol 3, issue #7 (July 2003),

14.  Marriage Bond Registers, Surry and Yadkin Counties

(a) Surry County
Date Groom Bride Surety
1804 Jul 28 Pleasant Gentry Lucy Alnut George Hudspeth
1810 Mar 2 Allen D. Gentry Nancy Gentry Shadrach Holcomb
1810 Oct 14 Shadrach Gentry Polly Jacks William Vanhoy
1813 Jan 1 Elizabeth Gentry William Sparkes Wiley Craft
1822 Mar 24 Allen Gentry Sallay [Sarah] Brittain David Buchannon
1830 Dec 1 William Gentry Lucy Myres Jeremiah Francis
1847 Feb 2 Shadrac Gentry Milinda Messick Lawson G. Penix
(b)Yadkin County
1865 Dec William Gentry
married 6 Dec 1865
Sarah Long W. R. Gentry

15.  Deed, Tax List and Census References, Surry County
To avoid unnecessary repetition, please refer to "Journal of Gentry Genealogy", vol 2, #9 (Sep 2002). (For convenience in accessing, right-click on link and open into a new window or tab).

Additional References

16.  Family of Abednego, Third Generation Gentrys

  A.  Children of Reuben Gentry
i Sally (Sarah?) Gentry, born about 1801 (1850 census), probably in Person County, North Carolina; married William Chamberlin (Chamberlain), 21 Dec 1828 (bond), Surry County, North Carolina.
ii Elizabeth (Betsey) Gentry, born probably Aug in 1806 (indenture), probably in Person County, North Carolina; married Robert Sims, 9 Jun 1822 (bond), Surry County, North Carolina.
iii William White Gentry, born probably Apr in 1808 (indenture), probably in Person County, North Carolina; married Cynthia Haines (Haynes), 27 Jul 1830 (bond), Surry County, North Carolina.
B.  Children of Shadrack and Polly Gentry (all born Surry County)
i Gardner Gentry, born about 1811, died before 1853, Yadkin County; married 1 Feb 1830 (bond), Surry County to Susannah Weatherman.
ii Lucy Gentry, born about 1812; married 10 Oct 1831 (bond), Surry County, to John Ball.
iii Margaret Gentry, born 2 Dec 1815, died 13 Aug 1908, Yadkin County (gravestone dates); married 11 Jun 1836 (bond), Surry County, to Cranberry A. Bell/Beall.
iv Charity Adaline Gentry, born about 1819; married 30 Nov 1837 (bond), Surry County, to Henry S. Hicks.
v Richard Gentry, born about 1820, died before 1850; married about 1844, Surry County, to Catherine Ball.
vi Amelia Gentry, born about 1822; married about 1843, Surry County, to Josiah Lewis Roughton.
vii Mary Ann Gentry, born about 1825; married 18 Mar 1847 (bond), Surry County, to William A. Chappell.
C1.  Children of Allen and Sarah Gentry (all born Surry County, North Carolina)
i [Unknown Son], born about 1823.
ii John Gentry, born about 1826, died Nov 1852, Guilford, Nodaway County, Missouri
iii Thomas Gentry, born about 1828, died about 1866, Guilford, Nodaway County; married 1 May 1853, Holt County, Missouri, to Esther Hobson.
iv William Ellis Gentry, born 24 Jul 1829, died 30 Oct 1861, Savannah, Andrews County, Missouri (disease); married 23 Sep 1852, Mills County, Iowa, to Rebecca Wiles.
v Alfred ("Alf") Gentry (sometimes Albert), born 3 Feb 1834, died 15 May 1910, Oregon, Holt County, Missouri; married 28 Dec 1854, Holt County, to Rachel Hobson.
vi James Henry Gentry, born Dec 1837, died 5 Dec 1862, Patterson, Wayne County, Missouri (wounds); married 1 Feb 1857, Nodaway County, to Anna Miller.
vii Abednego Gentry, born about 1839, died 21 Aug 1920, Oklahoma; married 27 Sep 1877, McDonald County, Missouri, to Mary Jane ("Mollie") Mitchell.
viii Jesse Leander ("Lee") Gentry, born 20 Oct 1842, died 3 Apr 1921, Indianola, Red Willow County, Nebraska; married about 1865 to Susannah/Susan Irick.
C2.  Children of Allen and Louisa Jane Gentry
ix Sarah ("Sadie") Jane Gentry, born 12 May 1876, Guilford, Nodaway County, died 1965 (gravestone dates); married 21 Nov 1899, Nodaway County, to James H. Carter.
D1.  Children of William and Lucy Gentry
i John W. Gentry, born about 1831, Surry County; married Jane Hughes.
ii Mary ("Polly") Adaline Gentry, born about 1834, Surry County, died 23 Jan 1862, Yadkin County; married 11 Dec 1860 (bond), Yadkin County, to Joshua Bethel Gentry (first cousin).
iii William Robert Gentry, born Jun 1835, Surry County, died 1922, Yadkin County; married 28 Dec 1865, Yadkin County, to Sarah C. (Reinhardt) Brandon/Branham (widow).
iv Sarah Gentry, about 1837; married William C. Chamberlin.
v Francis Lee Gentry, born 14 Jun 1840, Surry County, died 12 Apr 1917, Yadkin County (gravestone dates); married (1) 7 Jun 1865 (bond), Yadkin County, to Sarah T. Casey; married (2) to Elizabeth Rabena Casey; married (3) to Jerusha Casey.
vi Nancy C. Gentry, born about 1842, Surry County; married 21 Jul 1864, Yadkin County, to Frank Long.
D2.  Children of William and Sarah Gentry
vii Martha E. Gentry, born about 1867, Yadkin County; married William Lee Hudspeth.
viii Amanda E. Gentry, married William Brooks.
ix Lucy Jane Gentry, born about 1869, Yadkin County; married William H. Vanhoy.
E.  Children of Abednego and Sarah Gentry
i Mary A. Gentry, born about 1840, Surry County
ii William L. Gentry, born about 1841, Surry County
(Marriage bond references taken from the marriage bond records of Surry and Yadkin Counties. Missouri references are for marriage licenses and/or record of marriage.)

10/31/03, Minor additions and revisions, July 2014.

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