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About Robert Gentry

  • ID: I515292412
  • Name: Robert GENTRY
  • Birth: Abt. 1730 in Pahmunket, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover, VA
  • Note: It is believed that Robert and his sons Jesse and Charles joined the Virginia or North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War
  • Father: Nicholas GENTRY b: 30 May 1697 in New Kent, Va or Albermarle, VA
  • Mother: Jane Austill Benajah BROWN b: Abt. 1705 in Albemarle County
  • Marriage 1 Judith JOYNER b: Abt. 1733 in Hanover, Hanover Cty, VA

Children

  1. Jessie GENTRY b: Abt. 1757 in Albermarle, VA
  2. Tabitha GENTRY
  3. Charles GENTRY b: Abt. 1753
  4. Martin GENTRY b: Abt. 1757
  5. Elizabeth GENTRY b: Abt. 1758
  6. Sarah GENTRY b: Abt. 1760
  7. Bartlett GENTRY b: Abt. 1761
  8. Mary GENTRY b: Abt. 1762
  • Robert Gentry (Nicholas , Nicholas , Samuel ) was born in 1730 in Pamunkey Neck, St. Paul's Paris, Hanover, Va. He died Jun 29, 1814 in Jefferson, TN.
  • Robert and his family moved to Jefferson County, TN.
  • Robert was born in VA, moved east to TN and helped found Green Co., TN.

Note

  • Robert gave his son-in-law, Duke Kimbrough a farm near Dandridge.
  • Robert was 81 years old when he died.
  • Robert lived east of Dandridge, TN on the French Broad River.
  • Robert was a planter of the parish.
  • Robert married (1) Judith Joyner in 1754 in Albermarle, Va. Judith was born in 1733 in Albermarle, Va. She died in 1803 in Jefferson, TN.

They had the following 8 children:

  1. Charles Gentry was born in 1755 in Albermarle, Va. He died in Overton, TN. Charles married Elizabeth Joyner in 1777 in Albermarle, Va. Elizabeth was born about 1757 in Albermarle, Va.
  2. Jesse Gentry was born in 1757 and died in 1834.
  3. Elizabeth Gentry was born in 1758. Elizabeth married Murror Morror in 1785 in Albermarle, Va. Murror was born in 1763 in Albermarle, Va.
  4. Sarah Gentry was born in 1760 and died in 1795.
  5. Bartlett Gentry was born in 1761 and died in 1857.
  6. Mary Gentry was born in 1762 and died in 1784. First wife of Marmaduke Kimbrough (Kage); "Rev. Duke", "Father", born 19 Nov 1762, Rowan Co., NC, died 21 Sep 1849, Jefferson Co., TN, and is buried in the family graveyard on the farm he owned at Mossy Creek Iron Works, about two miles from Jefferson City. He moved from NC to TN, probably with his brother, Jesse, about 1780, and settled near Dandridge, in what is now Jefferson Co., but at that time was Greene Co.
  7. Martin Gentry was born in 1763 and died in 1823.
  8. Tabitha Gentry was born in 1776 in Va.

Robert also married (2) Rachel West on 13 Nov 1804 in Jefferson Co., TN.

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Married Judith Joyner, daughter of Phillip Joyner of Albermarle County, Virginia. Robert and Judith had seven children, four boys and three girls:

  1. Charles,
  2. Jesse,
  3. Bartlett, BARTLETT IV GENTRY was born about 1755 in ALBEMARLE, VA. He died in AL. Parents: ROBERT GENTRY and JUDITH JOYNER. He was married about 1783 in JEFFERSON, NC (TN). Children were: ROBERT V GENTRY, JOYNER V GENTRY, JOHN V GENTRY, BARTLETT GENTRY, JESSE GENTRY, JENNIE GENTRY, ELIZABETH BETSY GENTRY, MARY POLLY GENTRY, SALLIE GENTRY, KATHERINE KATE GENTRY.
  4. Martin,
  5. Elizabeth,
  6. Sarah, and
  7. Mary.

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  • Robert Gentry, 1730 – 1811
  • Echoes of the Past
  • A Book For the Descendents of John Alexander Gentry & Minnie Bell Woods
  • Compiled by Helen Watson Edwards Montgomery, AL 1992
  • Pg. 67
  • Robert Gentry was born in 1730 in Hanover, Virginia (later became Louisa County). He was the 5th child of Nicholas II and Jane (her maiden name is unknown). Robert was reared in a landed family, owning a plantation with a number of slaves in what is now Louisa County, Virginia. Robert was educated because he signed his deeds. He married Judith Joyner, daughter of Phillip Joyner of Albermarle County, Virginia.

Robert and Judith had seven children, four boys and three girls. These children consist of Charles, Jesse, Bartlett, Martin, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Mary. The first child was born in 1755 so Robert and Judith probably married in about 1752 or 1753.

When Judith's father died in 1762, Robert Gentry was one of the witnesses of Phillip Joyner's will. Robert Gentry's sons, Charles and Jesse, inherited 200 acres of land each from their grandfather. This land is now the University of Virginia.

In 1776, Robert and Judith sold 234 acres in Albermarle county, Virginia, to John Woodson and probably left shortly there after to go to what is now East Tennessee, but then was known as Washington County, North Carolina. Robert was probably about 47 years old. They may have soon been drawn into the Revolutionary War. Robert and his sons Jesse and Martin probably served in the Revolutionary War under North Carolina Militia as there is a record in the North Carolina Military Pay Roll Department where they requested payment for services although it does not say what those services were. It is logical to assume that they were for military service.

The earliest record found of Robert Gentry's presence in East Tennessee is that of his oldest son, Charles, serving on the first Grand Jury of Washington County, North Carolina. (East Tennessee)

Both Robert and Charles are listed on the first tax lists of Washington County which are on file in the County Court Clerk's office in the court house at Jonesboro, Tennessee. On this list Robert showed property valued at 173 pounds 10 shillings and was charged a tax of 1 pound 15 shillings and 6 pence.

The May 1780 minutes of the Washington County Court of Pleas in Vol 1, mention Robert Gentry putting up bond to guarantee his presence as a witness in the trial of the State vs William Nelson who was charged with passing counterfeit money. Robert was apparently put under bond to guarantee his attendance as a witness.

The Court records show that in 1781 Robert was on a jury in a case of the State vs Patrick Murphy on a charge of stealing a bell. Incidentally Mr. Murphy was found not guilty.

In May, 1782, Robert was again on a jury.

Robert moved to Jefferson County in 1783. He is listed as one of the earliest settlers in that area. His name is on the earliest records of the courts and in the second church founded around Dandridge, Tennessee. The French Broad Baptist Church was established about two and a half miles East of Dandridge in 1786, by Jonathan Mulkey and Isaac Barton. Robert Gentry's name is on the original roll of members. Charles' name also appeared on the original membership roll as the church clerk.'

Robert received two land grants from the State of North Carolina. One of them dated 1783 was for 375 acres on little Limstone Creek. Another land grant occurred in 1787 for 475 acres on the head of Kelsey's Mill Creek in Green County. In February 1789 Robert sold land to Hugh and James Cunningham and it was acknowledged in open court. In the same court Robert was a witness to a man's power of attorney.

Then in February 1790 Robert appeared before the court to report he sold Thomas Embree 62 acres of land. (In the early days it was the custom to appear in court to vouch for your signature on a deed to make a record of it and authenticate it.

In Jefferson County court Minutes in February Session 1795 it says, "Robert Gentry hath leave to record his mark which is a crop and two half pennys in the right ear and a swallow fork in the left". It was the custom in those days to mark their cattle to show ownership.

Sometime during this time Robert lost his wife, Judith, because there is a record of his marriage to Rachel West on November 13, 1804. Robert would have been about 74 years old and his new wife was probably beyond the child bearing age as they had no children. Robert Gentry died sometime during the year of 1811 as his will was probated at that time. He is probably buried outside of Dandridge, Tennessee, but thus far there is no record of the location of his grave.

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Robert Gentry's Timeline

1730
1730
Pamunkey Neck, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., VA
1754
1754
Charlottesville, VA
1757
1757
Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
1758
1758
Albemarle, VA, United States
1760
1760
Virginia, USA
1761
1761
Albermarle County, Virginia, United States
1763
1763
Albemarle, Virginia, United States
1770
1770
Virginia, USA