Bradley Gambill-5th Great Grandfather

     Bradley Gambill was born circa 1751.1

     Bradley Gambill married Susanna Unknown.

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Elizabeth Gambill.

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of John Gambill circa 1771.2,3,4,5

     In 1772, settlers living south of the Holston River, on the Watauga and Nolichucky Rivers, within the boundaries of the North Carolina colony, organized the Watauga Association, giving America its first written constitution.6

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Lydia Gambill in 1772.5,4

     Bradley Gambill received land by a landgrant on 26 September 1772 in SC. He received 150 acres on the Granville River in South Carolina from King George III of England.7

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of James H. Gambill before 1775 assumedly in SC.

     In 1775, the Wataugans changed their name to "Washington District." The main settlements in the Washington District were Watauga, Carter’s Valley, and Nolichucky.6

     Bradley Gambill received land by a landgrant on 19 November 1775 in Washington District, NC. It was part of the land considered the Wautauga Purchase.8  The following is a transcription of that landgrant.

Bradley Gambal on the 19th day of November Anno Dom obtained a patent from this office for a tract of land lying on Boone’s creek bounded as follows to wit beginning at a white oak corner to William Bean line Thence No 54 degress W 166 poles to a post oak near the creek thence 36 degrees E 34 poles to a white oak thence N 54 degrees W 80 poles to a white oak and red oak to a bridge thence S 46 degrees W 266 poles to a buckeye in a branch thence south 50 degrees E 240 poles to a post oak, thence N 47 degrees 254 poles to the beginning containing 380 acres more or less which tract was entered by William Bean the third day of May 1775 who obtained a warrent [sic]for the surveying the same a plat of which was returned to this office by the hands of Wm. Bailey Smith Surveyor

     During the Revolutionary War, Bradley Gambill was enlisted with the Continental Service. He served in VA and NC.1

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Aaron Gambill in 1776 assumedly in Washington District, NC.4

     Bradley lived in Washington District, NC. In 1777, parts of Washington District, NC became Washington County, NC. He and his family probably did not move. After that date, he would have been living in Washington County, NC. Included in the boundaries of the new county is most of present-day Tennessee.6

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Rhoda Gambill in 1777 assumedly in Washington County, NC.4

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Benjamin Gambill on 4 September 1781 in Washington County, NC.4,9,10

     Bradley lived in Washington County, NC. In 1783, parts of Washington County, NC became Davidson County, TN. He and his family probably did not move. After that date, he would have been living in Davidson County, TN. Davidson County, TN was created by an act of the North Carolina Legislature in 1783. It was named in honor of William Lee Davidson. Davidson was killed in battle at Cowans Ford on the Catawba River in North Carolina.11

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Mary "Polly" Gambill assumedly in NC.

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Jordan Gambill assumedly in NC.

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Susanna Gambill in 1790 assumedly in NC.12,4

     Bradley Gambill bought land on 4 July 1790 in Davidson County, TN. He bought 300 acres on Mill Creek.7

     Article I, section 2, of the U.S. Constitution requires that a decennial population census, a nationwide enumeration or count of the population, be taken every 10 years. The first census was taken in 1790. While Bradley Gambill was probably living of Davidson County, TN, the census roll is no longer in existance.

     Bradley Gambill bought land on 16 November 1790.7

     Bradley Gambill received land by a landgrant from North Carolina on 10 December 1790 in Davidson County, TN.13  The following is a transcription of that landgrant.

State of North Carolina

No 1350

Know ye, that we have granted unto Bradley Gamble assignee of George Granston six hundred and forty acres of land in the County of Davidson on the waters of Bartons Creek beginning at a Hackberry and Black oak about Eighty poles north of the thirty male tree being Jacob Castlemans corner then south with Castleman’s line three hundred and twenty poles to an Elm and Walnut, thence East three hundred and twenty poles to a white ash thence North three hundred and twenty poles to an Elm thence West to the beginning To hold to the said Bradly Gamble his heirs and assigns for ever dated 10 Dec 1790

Alex Martin

     Bradley Gambill received land by a landgrant from North Carolina on 10 December 1790 in Davidson County, TN.14  The following is a transcription of that landgrant.

No. 1242. Know ye that we have granted unto Bradley Gambill assigned of Martin Armstrong Sixty four acres of land in the County of Davidson, lying on Mill Creek Beginning at a Sugar tree, being the North West corner of George Nevill’s [illegible] right, then West with John Buchannan line forty poles to Thomas Hardens East boundary line, then south with said line to his former White oak seventy six poles, thence West forty nin poles to a Dogwood being James Mincer’s corner thence south with said Mincer’s line Eighty one poles to a White Oak being David Gowan’s former thence East Eighty nine poles crossing Mill Creek to a Hickory [illegible] said Gowan’s line Intersects said Nevill’s line, thence North to the beginning. To hold to the said Bradley Gambill his heirs and assigns forever dated 10th Dec 1790.

Alex Martin

     Bradley Gambill received land by a landgrant from North Carolina on 10 December 1790 in Sumner County, TN.15  The following is a transcription of that landgrant.

State of North Carolina

No 1273

Know ye, that we, have granted unto Bradly Gambill assignee of Jacob Jones six hundred and forty acres of land in the county of Sumner. On the Waters of Barton’s Creek, beginning at an Elm being the South West corner of a survey of Bradley Gambill which [illegible] is the thirty mile [illegible] then West with Jacob Casselson [name is hard to read] line three hundred and twenty poles to a Dogwood, thence South three hundred and twenty poles to an oak thence East three hundred and twenty poles to a Hickory thence north to the beginning. To hold to the said Bradley Gambill his heirs and assigns forever dated 10 Dec 1790.

Alex Martin

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Milton Gambill in 1792 in TN.

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Ann Gambill on 24 December 1796 assumedly in TN.16,4,17,18

     Bradley Gambill paid the surety for the wedding of Sarah Kimbro and John Gambill on 1 November 1798 in Davidson County, TN.5,3

     Article I, section 2, of the U.S. Constitution requires that a decennial population census, a nationwide enumeration or count of the population, be taken every 10 years. The 1800 schedules furnish only the names of the free heads of family, not of other family members. These schedules totaled the number of other family members, without name, by free or slave status. While Bradley Gambill was probably living of Davidson County, TN, the census roll is no longer in existence.

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Bradley Kimbro Gambill on 14 January 1800 in Nashville, Davidson County, TN.4

     Bradley and Susanna became the parents of Hiram H. Gambill in 1801 assumedly in TN.4

     Bradley Gambill sold land to John Gambill on 24 September 1804 on the banks of Stewart’s Creek located in Rutherford County, TN.19,20  The following is a transcription of that deed.

This Indenture made this twenty forth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four between Bradley Gambill of Rutherford County and State of Tennessee of the one part and John Gambill of the same County and State of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Bradley Gambill for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said John Gambill the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed with the said John Gambill his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land containing one hundred acres Situate lying and being in the County aforesaid on the waters of Stewart’s Creek being part of the tract said Bradley Gambell now lives on begins at Aaron Gambell’s north east corner two sugartrees thence west one hundred and nineteen poles to an Ash thence north one hundred and nineteen poles to a Stake, thence South to the beginning to have and to hold the aforesaid land with all and singular the [illegible] benefits and profits, conduments [illegible], hereditaments and appurtenances of in and to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to the only wise benefit and behoof of him the said John Gambill his heirs and assigns forever and the said Bradley Gambill for himself his heirs and his administrators and assigns covenant and agree to and with the said John Gambell, his heirs and assigns that the [illegible] and bargained premises he will warrant and forever defend against the right, title and interest of all and every person or persons whatever. In witness whereof the said Bradley Gambill has hereunto set his hand and seal this day and year above written.

     Bradley
[his X mark] Gambill.

     Bradley Gambill sold land to Aaron Gambill on 24 September 1804 on the banks of Stewart’s Creek located in Rutherford County, TN.21  The following is a transcription of that deed.

This Indenture made this twenty forth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four, between Bradley Gambill of Rutherford County and State of Tennessee of the one part and Aaron Gambill of the same County and State of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Bradley Gambill for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said Aaron Gambill the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed with the said Aaron Gambill his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land containing one hundred acres Situate lying and being in the County aforesaid on the waters of Stewart’s Creek being part of the tract said Bradley Gambell now lives on begins at a Spanish Oak in the line of the original [illegible] of Bradley Gambill, thence along said line West one hundred and nineteen poles to a large White Oak, thence North one hundred and thirty five poles to an Ash, thence East one hundred and nineteen poles to two Sugartrees, thence South to the beginning to have and to hold the aforesaid land with all and singular the rights, benefits and profits, conduments, hereditaments and appurtenances of in and to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to the only wise benefit and behoof of him the said Aaron Gambill, his heirs and assigns forever and the said Bradley Gambill for himself his heirs and his administrators and assigns covenant and agree to and with the said Aaron Gambell, his heirs and assigns that the afore recited and bargained premises he will warrant and forever defend against the right, title and interest of all and every person or persons whatever. In witness whereof the said Bradley Gambill has hereunto set his hand and seal this day and year above written.

Bradley
[his X mark] Gambill.

     Bradley Gambill died between 19 June 1806 and 8 March 1807 in Rutherford County, TN.22,23,3,4,7

     Bradley Gambill wrote his will on 19 June 1806 in Rutherford County, TN. Benjamin Gambill, Milton Gambill, James H. Gambill, Jordan Gambill, Bradley Kimbro Gambill, Hiram H. Gambill and Susanna Gambill , Bradley’s ‘beloved wife" were listed as heirs.24,25  The following is a transcription of that will.

Be it known to all men by these presents that I Bradley Gambill of Rutherford County have made my last will and testament in writing date of June the nineteenth one thousand eight hundred and six. I the said Bradley Gambill by these presents do confirm my last will and testament and do further give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Gambil a certain tract of land lying on Cainy fork in Smith County containing three hundred and twenty acres if note worth two hundred dollars for the executors to make it up that sum out of my property that can be convenient [sic]spared and I give and bequeath to my son Melton two hundred dollars a hourse brute to the value of sixty dollars I give and bequeath to my son James two town Lots in Jefferson if not worth two hundred dollars for the executors to make it up to him out of some of the other property and a sixty dollar horse I give and bequeath to my son Jordan if he should marry two hundred dollars if not at his mother’s death to have an equal share with all my children To my beloved wife I lend the plantation where I now live and Possession during her natural life at her death for the two hundred acres of land that I now live on to be equally divided between my two youngest sons Bradley and Houram, I leave it in my wife power as my daughters marries for her to give them as much household furniture and property as I give my others that married in my lifetime. I leave Executory my estate my son Benjamin Gambill and Joseph Morton my things herein mentioned and contained be faithful and surely perform in every respect that I have set my hand my last will and testament which my hand this nineteenth day of Jun 1806.

Bradley Gambill

Wit. Bird Nance

William Nance

     The Executor or Administrator’s first job after receiving Letters of Administration is to take an inventory or appraisal of the estate’s assets. This inventory must be filed with the court. Benjamin Gambill and Joseph Morton served as the Executor or Administrator of Bradley Gambill’s estate and filed an inventory with the court 5 March 1807 in Rutherford County, TN. 24,26 The following is a transcription of that inventory

Two head of horses, thirty four head of cattle, forty head of hogs, sixteen head of sheep, one still and fencing, four beds and furniture and household furniture as much as is common on Two tedious to mention and as for corn about enough to surport the family by cash two hundred dollars in notes eighty four dollars and fifty cents due to the estate [illegible] some other Little debts some farming tools of almost every description. Given power under our hands this fifth day of January Eighteen hundred and seven and [illegible]

Benjamin
[his X seal]
Gambill

Joseph
[his X seal]
Morton

March 5, 1807

     James Smith and Jordan Coleman sold land on 20 July 1807 in Rutherford County, TN. Bradley Gambill were mentioned as bounding neighbors.27 The following is a transcription of that deed.

This indenture made 20 Jul 1807 between John Smith of Williamson County, and Jordan Coleman of Rutherford County for a tract of land in Rutherford County, beginning at Wm Nance’s north east corner at a sugar tree, thence south Bradley Gambell’s line 184 poles to a sugar tree, thence east 235 poles to Joseph Morton’s line and John Gambell’s corner, thence north 185 poles on the said Morton’s elm corner Isaac Nance’s line, thence west 235 poles to the beginning.

Witness: Bird Nance and Francis Coleman

Signed John Smith

Registered January Term 1808.

Children of Bradley Gambill and Susanna Unknown
  • Elizabeth Gambill
  • John Gambill
  • Lydia Gambill 
  • James H. Gambill
  • Aaron Gambill
  • Rhoda Gambill
  • Benjamin Gambill
  • Mary "Polly" Gambill
  • Jordan Gambill
  • Susanna Gambill
  • Milton Gambill
  • Ann Gambill
  • Bradley Kimbro Gambill
  • Hiram H. Gambill
Citations
  1. National Society of Daughters of American Revolution, Bradley Gamble Patriot Lookup Email, e-mail message from e-mail address (http://www.dar.org/natsociety) to Teresa Elliott, Jan 2007. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gamble, DAR Patiot Index, #2811.
  2. John Gambell household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 80. 1840 Federal Population Census, Overton, Rutherford, & Robertson Counties, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M704, Roll No. 533], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: between 1770 and 1780. Hereinafter cited as 1840 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambell: #2799.
  3. Ruth Gillespie, Bennett-Manier, Family Group Sheets . Photocopy is currently owned by Teresa Ghee Elliott. Hereinafter cited as Bennett-Manier Family Sheets: BENNETT-MANIER SHEET, #1428.
  4. Wautauga Association of Genealogist-Upper East Tennessee, compiler, History of Washington County Tennessee 1988 ( Johnson City, TN: The Association, 1988). Hereinafter cited as History of Washington County, TN: GAMBILL-Misc, #1595.
  5. Louise G. Brown and Jane C. Luna, The Descendants of Bradley Gambill ( L.G. Brown and J.C. Luna, 1979), page 2. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill Descendants: GAMBILL (1), #1531.
  6. Washington County, TN History, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnwashin/helps/…. Hereinafter cited as Washington Co., TN History.
  7. Louise G. Brown and Jane C. Luna, The Descendants of Bradley Gambill ( L.G. Brown and J.C. Luna, 1979), p. 1.. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill Descendants: GAMBILL (1), #1531.
  8. Bradley Gambill, Wautauga Purchase. Deed Book A, Page 25. Davidson County, TN, Deed Books A-C 1784-1796, Roll 0001, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN, Family History Library Film 332658. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill, Wautauga Purchase: GAMBILL-Deeds, #1636.
  9. James Wilbur Vaughan, Line of Descent Chart to Bradley Gambill, Application to First Families of Tennessee, 30 Nov 1994 .  He states that Benjamin was born in Washington County, N. C.. Photocopy is currently owned by Teresa Ghee Elliott. Hereinafter cited as James Wilbur Vaughan, Line of Descent Chart: GAMBILL-Misc, #1729.
  10. Benjm Gambill household, Bedford County, TN, Page 45. 1820 Federal Population Census, Bedford, Davidson, Hardin, Hickman, Humphreys, Montgomery, Overton, Perry, Warren, Wayne, White, and Wilson Counties, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll No. 122], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: He lists himself as 26-45.. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Bedford Co., TN-Benjm Gambill: #2789.
  11. Davidson County, Tennessee-Genealogy Page, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~tndavids/nashgene.htm. Hereinafter cited as Davidson Co., TN-Genweb.
  12. William Polk household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 9. 1810 Federal Population Census, All TN Counties lost except Rutherford County, Film not extant, National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: between 1784 and 1794. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-William Polk: #2819.
  13. State of North Carolina to Bradley Gamble. Landgrant. North Carolina Landgrants, Book C-3, Page 127. North Carolina Land Grants, Roll 006, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gamble Landgrant: GAMBIL-Deeds, #1637.
  14. State of North Carolina to Bradley Gambill, Landgrant. Book C-3, Page 78. North Carolina Land Grants, Roll 006, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill, Landgrant 2: GAMBILL (1), #1634.
  15. State of North Carolina to Bradley Gambill, Landgrant. Book C-3, Page 92-3. North Carolina Land Grants, Roll 006, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Gambill, Landgrant 1273: GAMBILL (1), #1642.
  16. John Nance household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 327. 1830 Federal Population Census, Montgomery, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rutherford, and Robertson Counties, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M19, Roll No. 179], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: between 1790 and 1800. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Rutherford Co., TN-John Nance: #2818.
  17. Susana Gambrell household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 23. 1810 Federal Population Census, Rutherford County, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M252, Roll No. 063], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: between 1794 and 1800. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-Susana Gambrell: #2807.
  18. John Nance household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 98. 1820 Federal Population Census, Giles, Maury, Rutherford, Shelby, Stewart, and Sumner Counties, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll No. 124], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: between 1794 and 1804. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Nance: #2812.
  19. Bradley Gambill to John Gambill, Deed. Book A, Page 34. Rutherford County, TN, Deed Books A-F, G (missing) 1804-1808, Roll 109, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Gambill-Gambill, Deed: GAMBILL-Deeds, #1547.
  20. Helen and Timothy R. Marsh, Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford County, Tennessee 1804-1813 Volume 1, Volume 1 (Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc, 2001), p. 7. Hereinafter cited as Rutherford Co., TN Land Deeds, #1906.
  21. Bradley Gambill to Aaron Gambill, Deed. Book A, Pgs. 34-5. Rutherford County, TN, Deed Books A-F, G (missing) 1804-1808, Roll 109, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill-Aaron Gambill, Deed: GAMBILL (1), #1541.
  22. National Society of Daughters of American Revolution, Bradley Gamble Patriot Lookup Email, e-mail message from e-mail address (http://www.dar.org/natsociety) to Teresa Elliott, Jan 2007, states he died in TN before (ante) 10- – 1806. Not sure if that means October 1806, or the 10th day of some unknown month in 1806.. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gamble, DAR Patiot Index, #2811.
  23. James Wilbur Vaughan, Line of Descent Chart to Bradley Gambill, Application to First Families of Tennessee, 30 Nov 1994 . Address of Compiler: 204 Poplar Street, Martin, TN 38237. States 1806 in Rutherford County, TN. Vaughan is quoting Descendants of Bradley Gambill by Brown and Luna.. Photocopy is currently owned by Teresa Ghee Elliott. Hereinafter cited as James Wilbur Vaughan, Line of Descent Chart: GAMBILL-Misc, #1729.
  24. Bradley Gambill will, Record Book 2, Page 21-23. Rutherford County, TN, Index to Books 1-28 Index to Books 18-28 County Court Record Books 1-7 1804-1827, Roll 259, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill, Will: GAMBILL-Wills, #1635.
  25. Helen C. Marsh, Wills and Inventories of Rutherford Co., Tennessee Vol 1, 1804-1829, Volume 1 (Greenville, S. C.: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1998). Hereinafter cited as Marsh, Wills and Inventories, #1891.
  26. Helen C. Marsh, Wills and Inventories of Rutherford Co., Tennessee Vol 1, 1804-1829, Volume 1 (Greenville, S. C.: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1998), p. 5. Hereinafter cited as Marsh, Wills and Inventories, #1891.
  27. Helen and Timothy R. Marsh, Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford County, Tennessee 1804-1813 Volume 1, Volume 1 (Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc, 2001), He is mentioned as a bounding neighbor. Hereinafter cited as Rutherford Co., TN Land Deeds, #1906.

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3 thoughts on “Bradley Gambill-5th Great Grandfather

  1. Thanks, Teresa, for sharing this example of a blogged biography. I also read your graveyard rabbit bio and think it would be fun to meet you someday. I also appreciate all your helpful suggestions on the Facebook genealogy group.

  2. Thanks Lynn. I can’t take credit for all the work. I used TMG 7.0 and Second Site 2.x on that report. They did most the design. I just created the sentences. I prefer each event to be a separate paragraph. That encourages me to look for more narrative ideas for each event. If you read my bio and still think I’d be fun, I must be doing something right. LOL

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