William Nathaniel Gale Barron (1801 - 1885)

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Birthplace: Wythe, VA, USA
Death: Died in Brick Store, Lee, VA, USA
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About William Nathaniel Gale Barron

He was raised by his uncle William N. Gale. Guardianship papers were recorded 18 August 1812 in Sullivan County, Tennessee, and re-recorded 1816 in Washington County, Virginia.

In 1823 Henry L. Sheffey testified that about 1805 he and Thomas Warner took the illegitimate son of Joseph Barron, "acknowledged by him as such", then between four and five years old to the residence of William N. Gale in Tennessee where the child was left. Gale had no children of his own as Sheffy stated, "Gale and Barron were on terms of great intimacy and friendship." The child, living in Lee County, Virginia, and identified as William N. Gale Barron stated that he went to live with Gale when he was four years old. He left Gale when he was 17 or 18 years old and spent eight months at Cumberland Gap. Gale had sent him to school about four years and he learned reading, writing and common arithmetic as "far as addition of vulgar fractions." He worked for Gale when he was 15 or 16 years old. From 1809 Gale kept a house of entertainment in Sullivan County, Tennessee, on Reedy Creek Road, on the way to Lee Court House. The boy worked at feeding horses and did other work "as bound boys do." His father's 1815 will left "Gale Barron" a plantation in Anderson County, Tennessee.

Gale Barren appears on the 1830 census of Lee County, Virginia. He and his wife were age 20-30. They had a son and daughter between 0-5, a son and daughter between 5-10, and a son 10-15. William N. G. Barron appears on the 1835 tax list of Lee County, at some distance from his mother and step-father (East District, 2). He later bought and improved the Collier farm at Turkey Cove in Lee County. During the Civil War he lent money to the Confederate government. When he died, much of his estate went for delinquent taxes.

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William Barron's Timeline

December 1, 1801
Wythe, VA, USA
August 8, 1822
Age 20
Lee, VA, USA
January 1, 1885
Age 83
Brick Store, Lee, VA, USA