Joseph Neal Luther
Benejah Gentry is the father of William Gentry and grandfather of Ann Gentry who married Silas Thompson, grandson of Neil Thompson. Nicholas Gentry, Sr. was Benejah Gentry's grandfather. Neil Thompson married Elizabeth "Betty" Gentry daughter of Simon Gentry and probably the granddaughter of David Gentry, brother of Nicholas Gentry, Jr.
Nicholas Gentry, Sr. was a member of the British Army and came to this country as part of the movement of troops to deal with Bacon's Rebellion. His sons included Nicholas Gentry, Jr. and David Gentry.
Nicholas Gentry, Jr. was born at St. Peter's Parish in
His will was probated in
His children included:
1. Moses Gentry, born 1722 in
2. David Gentry, born 1724 in Hannover County, Virginia; married lst to Jane Kendrick; married 2nd to Mary Estates; died in 1812 in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky. Revolutionary War service. Children included: Richard Gentry.
3. Nicholas Gentry III, born in 1726 in Hannover County;
married first Elizabeth Stringer; married second Sarah Dickens; died circa 1787.
Revolutionary War service. May
have been the Nicholas Gentry who died in
4. Mary Gentry, born circa 1728 in
5. Robert Gentry, born circa 1730 in Hannover County; married first Judith Joyner; married second Rachel West; died circa 1811 at Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Children included: Charles Gentry, Jesse Gentry, Bartlett Gentry, Martin Gentry, Elizabeth Gentry, Sarah Gentry, and Mary Gentry.
6. Elizabeth Gentry, born
7. Benejah Gentry,
born 1733 in
8. Martin Gentry, born
9. Nathan Gentry, born circa 1741 in
Will of Nicholas Gentry, Jr.
In the name of God amen, I, Nicholas Gentry of
I give and bequeath to my grandson Bartlett Gentry, son of Martin Gentry,
one Negro boy named Patrick, and to his sister Patty, my granddaughter, I give
one Negro girl named Minnie, to them and their heirs and assigns forever.
But if either of my grandchildren, Bartlett or Pattie, die without lawful
issue, the said Negroes Patrick and Minnie descend to my son Martin gentry, his
heirs and assigns forever.
And further, my will and desire is that my sons Moses, David and Nicholas
Gentry and my daughter Mary have twenty shillings apiece and no more, to be paid
out of my estate and that they, nor any of them shall enjoy any more, unless the
laws of this country, should entitle them to a greater sum; in that case my
desire is that they shall not possess, nor enjoy any more than the law entitles
disinherited children to.
Further, my desire is that after my will desired shall be executed, the
remaining part of my estate, shall be equally divided between my sons Robert,
Benejah, Nathan, Martin, and my daughter Elizabeth Haggard and my granddaughters
Jane Timberlake and Ann Jenkins; which two last Timberlake and Jenkins, shall
have half as much as my son Robert, shall have no more, and Ann Jenkins shall
have, as Jane Timberlake, and no more.
My desire is that my estate be appraised, and lastly I appoint my beloved
Jane Gentry and my sons David and Martin Gentry, as executors, of this my last
will and testiment, and I do hereby revoke all former wills made by me, and
declare this to be my last will and testiment.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this
20th day of Febry., in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
Signed, sealed and
in presence of
Signed Nicholas Gentry
was born in 1733 in
Benejah Gentry first married a Miss Austin who died in 1780
after the birth of their son, William Gentry.
He then married Ann Jones, daughter of James and Margaret Jones of
Benejah Gentry is described this way in "The Gentry
In 1817, Benejah Gentry transferred all his property to his son Robert, although his death did not occur until 1831, at the great age of 98.
The will of Benejah Gentry was probated in
1. Mary Gentry; married Jeremiah Cleveland, brother of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland - a hero of the Battle of King's Mountain who was terror to the North Carolina Tories during the Revolution; died in 1846 in Albemarle County. Children included: Benejah Cleveland, William Cleveland, Martha Cleveland, Sara Cleveland, Elizabeth Cleveland, and Ann Cleveland.
2. Elizabeth Gentry married William Goodwin.
3. Annie Gentry married Benjamin Sowell.
4. Sallie Gentry married George Hardin.
5. Jane Gentry married Thomas Fulture and settled in
6. William Gentry,
7. Thomas Gentry, born 4 April 1782 in Albemarle County;
married in Albemarle County on 12 December 1804 to Anna Carr, daughter of Gideon
Carr and Ann Sandridge; moved to Dickson County, Tennessee in 1805; died there
on 1 February 1849; buried in the Stuart Cemetery.
His will is dated
8. James Gentry, born
9. John R. Gentry, born circa 1790 in Albemarle County; married 20 November 1804 in Albemarle County to Mary "Polly" Thurman; died circa 1845 at Crozet, Albemarle County, Virginia.
10. Robert Gentry, born 1788; married Mary Wingfield; died 1879. Children included: Albert Gentry.
11. Martha "Patsey" Gentry; married Elijah
Dawson; moved to
12. Kate Gentry; married her cousin John P. Gentry, moved to Madison County, Kentucky.
13. Frances Gentry married William Dunkum. Children included: Susan Dunkum.
14. Susan Gentry did not marry.
William Gentry was
William Gentry immigrated with his brother Thomas to
In 1805, William Gentry had a land grant of 71 acres in
William Gentry appears on the 1820 Census of Dickson County, Tennessee at page 9. He also appears on the 1840 Census at page 211.
Lucy Carr was the daughter of Thomas and Ann (Sanders)
Carr. She was born in
William Gentry died in testate and his children made separate divisions of his property including parcels of land, slaves, equipment, etc.
William and Lucy (Carr) Gentry had 6 known children, including the following:
1. Elizabeth Gentry, born 5 November 1805 in Albemarle County, Virginia; married circa 1828 to Davidson Crunk; died 14 February 1882. They had 3 children: Lucy Elizabeth Crunk, Eliza Ann Crunk, William Crunk.
2. William Tazewell Gentry, born
3. Walter Carr Gentry, born 2 March 1816 in Dickson County;
married his cousin Nancy Gentry on
4. Matthew Leonidas Gentry, born 1 January 1818 in Dickson
County; married first Eliza Gentry; married second Susie Harris on 21 May 1842;
married third Nancy Richardson on 16 March 1844; married fourth Amanda Tate
Tidwell on 24 April 1870. Amanda
later married Andrew Jackson Luther, son of John and Laura (
5. Benejah Gentry, born 7 July 1819 in Dickson County; married his cousin Jane Gentry on 19 July 1840 in Dickson County; moved to and died in Tompkinsville, Monroe County, Kentucky. Jane was the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Tooley) Gentry. Children were: Lucinda Gentry, Milton Gentry, Benejah Gentry, and Robert Gentry.
6. Ann Gentry,
Garrett, Jill K. (1984)
Gatchell. Nellie E. (1984) Our Gentry Lineage: A Family History of William Tazewell Gentry. Clayton MO: Genealogical Research and Productions.
Gentry, O.B. (1975) The
Gentry Family from
Gentry, Richard - The
Gentry Family in
Goodspeed Publishing Company (1896) History of
Virginians in the Revolution, pp. 302.
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