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David Gentry (1724 - 1812)

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David Gentry
Born in Pamunkey Neck, St Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about in Louisa Co, VAmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Madison County, Kentuckymap
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Land Record

Louisa Co DB 2, p.214
Nicholas Gentry of Fredericksville Parish, for good will & fatherly love to my son David Gentry, 100 acres on branches of Dirty Swamp.  Begin W. Winstons line, Maj. John Starkes corner.
Signed:  Nicholas (A) Gentry.  23 Aug 1757 ack. By Nicholas Gentry.
David married Mary Estes on 16 Jul 1758 in Louisa Co VA. She was born about 1726 in New Kent Co VA, daughter of Reuben Estes.
It is possible that David had a brief earlier marriage before he married Mary Estes. There is a Bailey listed in tax lists in Trinity Parish, Louisa Co, that seems to be too old to have been a child of Mary.
David bought 500 acres in Albemarle Co in 1778, but left there in 1787 to move to Madison Co KY. He appears in the 1800 tax list in Madison Co. His will is also in Madison County.
The editor of the Gentry JOURNAL suggests that David's name as eldest might indicate that the wife of Nicholas I was a Crawford, daughter of David Crawford. The Crawfords were active in St. Peter's Parish & had bought Samuel Gentry's land grant. He proposes the daughter Elizabeth but other Crawford records suggest that Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of David married Nicholas Meriwether.


  • WorldConnect database at Rootsweb [This is the same file available from Family Trees.] Subsequent Source Citation Format: WorldConnect database at Rootsweb. * Repository: R3 Name: My Files Address:
  • Gentry Journal: W. M. Gentry, Editor, Journal of Gentry Genealogy; Online publication Subsequent Source Citation Format: W. M. Gentry, Editor, Journal of Gentry Genealogy; Online publication BIBL W. M. Gentry, Editor. Journal of Gentry Genealogy; Online publication. TMPLT TID 0 FIELD Name: Footnote VALUE W. M. Gentry, Editor, Journal of Gentry Genealogy; Online publication FIELD Name: ShortFootnote VALUE W. M. Gentry, Editor, Journal of Gentry Genealogy; Online publication FIELD Name: Bibliography VALUE W. M. Gentry, Editor. Journal of Gentry Genealogy; Online publication. Repository: #R6 Page: Vol 1, Issue 9; Sept 2001 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page VALUE Vol 1, Issue 9; Sept 2001


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David Gentry was born in Hanover, Virginia in about 1724 to Nicholas Gentry (b. New Kent County, Viriginia 1697).[1]

David was married twice.[1] His second wife was Mary Estes (d. Rueben Estes, m. abt 1758).[1]

David sold land in Louisa on August 22, 1748 to John Brooks.[1] In 1778, he deeded 178 acres of land in Albemarle, Virginia, to his brother Martin Gentry and earlier that year purchased 500 acres in Albemarle from Thomas Hull.[1]

David and his first wife had one child, namely William Gentry.[1] David and Mary had additional children including David Gentry Jr. (b. 11 Nov 1761 in Louisa County, VA), Richard (b. 6 Sept 1763 in Louisa County, VA), Winifred (Gentry) Martin (b. in Louisa County, VA, m. William Martin (s. of James Martin and Sarah (Harris) Martin)), relocated to Madison County, KY and had 13 children), and Onie (Gentry) Martin (m1. to David Martin, brother of sister's husband and relocated to KY, m2. William Blythe, m3. John Cain and the couple relocated to Howard County, MO).[1]

David relocated to Kentucky and reported resided there with his son Richard Gentry.[1] David passed away at 88 years old and was buried in Madison County, Kentucky.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Richard Gentry, Ph.D., Gentry Family in America 1676 to 1909, Including Notes on the Following Families Related to the Gentrys: Claiborne, Harris, Hawkins, Robinson, Smith, Wyatt, Sharp, Fulkerson, Butler, Bush, Blythe, Pabody, Noble, Haggard, and Tindall , pp. 33, 37-39, 54-65 (Grafton Press, New York 1909). Copy available at and at

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On 10 Jul 2017 at 16:43 GMT Holly (Knight) Battle wrote:

Gentry-160 and Gentry-331 appear to represent the same person because: Set as unmerged match for some reason. But are clearly the same person. All names, dates, locations, and spouse are the same. Please prceed with merge

On 12 May 2014 at 00:22 GMT Holly (Knight) Battle wrote:

Gentry-160 and Gentry-186 appear to represent the same person because: Looks like may be the same David Gentry. Only conflict is death locations

On 14 Mar 2014 at 19:22 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

Gentry-436 and Gentry-160 appear to represent the same person because: Testing a new merge feature. These do seem to be the same person, so please review and complete the merge if you agree!

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