About William Nathaniel Gale
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."