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Jesse Gentry

Birthplace: Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Death: 1833 (75-76)
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Gentry and Judith Gentry
Husband of Elizabeth Young and Sarah
Father of William Henry Gentry; Anderson Gentry; Elizabeth "Betsey" Gentry; Martin Gentry; Ann Elizabeth Scoggins and 5 others
Brother of Charles Gentry; Elizabeth Gentry; Sarah Randolph McKirk; Bartlett Gentry; Martin Gentry and 3 others

Managed by: Mary Louise Neal
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About Jesse Gentry

Jesse Gentry had two families. It would appear that Elizabeth, born of his first wife was possibly the last child of that marriage. According to other family genealogists, a son, Jesse Jr.'s birth date has not been established. He could be from either the first marriage of his father, or a product of the second. The birth date of Elizabeth was established by the 1850 Census of Anderson County, Tennessee, at which time her age was listed as fifty four years. The birth date of Elizabeth's brother, Issac is listed in other family histories as about 1799, and that he was from the second marriage of father Jesse.

It would appear without doubt that the Mitchell's, the Gentry's and Taylor's entwined their respective families by marriage. Taking into account the pattern of naming offspring that was common in those early days, on can often trace family relationships by that pattern. It is noted that Martin, the son of Jesse, named one of his sons, Issac Chesley, and a daughter Locky Jane. Charles Mitchell, brother of Chesley also named a daughter Locky, an unusual name. Martin Gentry's wife was Sarah Mitchell most likely a sister to Chelsey and Charles Mitchell. Edmund Taylor, who married Sarah Jane Mitchell, daughter of Charles Mitchell, named a son Jesse Martin, presumably after his grandfather, Jesse Gentry and his uncle Martin Gentry. Edmund Taylor's mother was Elizabeth Gentry, daughter of Jesse Gentry and brother to Martin Gentry. This could also explain Aunt Marie's middle name listed on her birth certificate, it was "Jesse." We have many famous distant cousins linked to our Gentry line.

Name: Jesse Gentry

Birth: 1757 in Albemarle County, Virginia Death: 1834 in Possibly in Souther Kentucky, USA

Jesse and his brother Charles inherited by will from their grandfather, Philip Joyner of Albemarle County, Virginia, 200 acres of land each, being the same land on which the University now stands. Jesse sold his part of this land in 1783 and probably went to Tennessee. He is mentioned as a legatee in his fahter's will in 1811. It is probable that he finally settled in Southern Kentucky.

There are quite a number of Gentrys in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas who are descended from a Jesse Gentry, who was born about 1780 and lived in Kentucky, where his children were born.

Father: Robert Gentry b: 1730 in Pamunkey Neck, St. Paul's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia Mother: Judith Joyner b: 1733 in Albemarle County, Virginia

* Marriage 1 Tobitha Murphy

  • Children
  • 1. Isaac Gentry
  • 2. Mary Gentry b: 5 MAY 1785

* Marriage 2 Elizabeth Young b: in North Carolina

  • Married: ABT 1778 in Albemarle County, Virginia 4
  • Children
  • 1. William Gentry b: 1779 in Washington County, North Carolina, USA
  • 2. Jesse Gentry b: 1780 in Albemarle County, Virginia
  • 3. Thomas Gentry b: 1781 in Virginia
  • 4. Silas Gentry b: 1782 in Washington County, North Carolina, USA
  • 5. Elijah B. Gentry b: 1783 in Virginia
  • 6. Anna Elizabeth Gentry b: 1787 in Virginia
  • 7.John N. Gentry b: 1789 in North Carolina
  • 8. Elizabeth Gentry b: 1792 in North Carolina
  • 9. Robert Preston Gentry b: 1792 in Missouri
  • 10. Mary Gentry b: 1784

* Marriage 3 Sarah Eve Miller b: 1761 in Albemarle County, Virginia

  • Married: 1793 in Washington County, North Carolina 4
  • Children
  • 1. Martin Gentry b: 26 APR 1794 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
  • 2. Anderson Gentry b: 1797 in Knox County, Tennessee
  • 3. Gentry b: 1799 in Knox County, Tennessee
  • 4. Eleanor Gentry b: 1801 in Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • 5. Rebecca Gentry b: 1803 in Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • 6. Rachel Gentry b: 1807 in Knox County, Tennessee, USA

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Jesse Gentry's Timeline

Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina, United States
North Carolina, USA
North Carolina, USA
April 26, 1794
Knox, Tennessee, USA
Tennessee, USA