William Nathaniel Gale

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William Nathaniel Gale

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of ... Gale
Brother of Susanna Helvey

Occupation: Innkeeper
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About William Nathaniel Gale

He was an innkeeper in Carter and Sullivan Counties, Tennessee. He was living at Watauga, Carter County, Tennessee in 1805. From 1809 he kept a house of entertainment in Sullivan County, Tennessee, on Reedy Creek Road, on the way to Lee Court House. He was living there in 1812 when guardianship papers were recorded for his niece's son William Gale Barron.

William N. Gale, Grant #2860, 19 A 26 July 1813, Sullivan Co.

FamilySearch.org (2016) identifies him as a son of Samuel Gale and Rebecca Underwood, of Watertown, Massachusetts but the identification seems unlikely. It says he was born in Pennsylvania to parents who lived their entire lives in Massachusetts and whose other children were all born in Massachusetts..

He was an uncle of Catherine Helvey (married James Roberson), who named her son William Nathaniel Gale Barron after him. If William Gale was son of John Gayle and Sarah White, he would have been uncle also of Catherine Gayle (who married (?) Herndon, and John Gibbs. The two Catherines have been confused in some sources, and might have been connected in some way.

He might have been related to the William Gayle who lived at Scott County, Kentucky. He also might have been related to Thomas Amis, an innkeeper in Hawkins County, Tennessee, whose first wife was Alice Gale, daughter of Thomas and Mary 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." 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."


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Pennsylvania, United States
Age 80
Tennessee, United States