John Gambill (Gambrill) 4th Great Grandfather

John Gambill, son of Bradley Gambill and Susanna Unknown, was born circa 1771.1,2,3,4

     John Gambill married Sarah Kimbro, daughter of William Kimbrough and Elizabeth Gooch, on 1 November 1798 in Davidson County, TN.4,2

     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 John Gambill was probably living of Davidson or Rutherford County, TN, the census roll is no longer in existence.

     John and Sarah became the parents of Charlotte Gambill between 1800 and 1804 in TN.5

     John and Sarah became the parents of Elizabeth Gambrill between 1800 and 1804 in TN.6,7,8,9

     John and Sarah became the parents of John K. Gambill between 1804 and 1810 in TN.7,10,11,12

     John Gambill bought land from Bradley Gambill on 24 September 1804 on the banks of Stewart’s Creek located in Rutherford County, TN.13,14  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.

     John and Sarah became the parents of Keziah "Kezzie" Gambill on 12 March 1806 in Rutherford County, TN.5,15,2,16,17,18

Bradley Gambill, father of John Gambill died between 19 June 1806 and 8 March 1807 in Rutherford County, TN.19,20,2,3,21

     James Smith and Jordan Coleman sold land on 20 July 1807 in Rutherford County, TN. John Gambill were mentioned as bounding neighbors.22 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.

     John and Sarah became the parents of Frances Permelia Gambill on 26 August 1808 in TN.5,15,23

     John and Sarah became the parents of Martha J. "Polly" Gambill circa 1810 in TN.24,7,25

     John Gambrell was listed as the head of a family on the 1810 census in 1810 in Rutherford County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household: John K. Gambill, a free white male, age newborn to 10 years old, Keziah "Kezzie" Gambill, Frances Permelia Gambill, Charlotte Gambill, Elizabeth Gambrill and Martha J. "Polly" Gambill, free white females, age newborn to ten years of age, Sarah Kimbro, a free white female, age twenty-six to forty-five years of age.26 26

     John and Sarah became the parents of May "Patsy" Gambill between 1810 and 1820 in TN.27,25

     John and Sarah became the parents of Evaline Jane "Jane" Gambill between 1810 and 1820 in TN.27,28

     John and Sarah became the parents of Male Gambill between 1810 and 1820 in TN.

     John and Sarah became the parents of William Hamilton Benjamin Gambill on 24 September 1810 in TN.29,30,31

     John and Sarah became the parents of James Tilford Gambill in 1814 in TN.32,30,31

     John and Sarah became the parents of George Washington Gambill in 1815 in TN.33,31

     John Gambill bought land from Joseph Coleman on 24 September 1817 in Rutherford County, TN. The following is a transcription of that deed.

Joseph Coleman to John Gambrill for Deed. This indenture made 24 September 1817 between Joseph Coleman of Rutherford County and John Gambrill of same place for a tract of land in Rutherford County on the waters of Stewarts Creek. Beginning on Bradley Gambills north west corner on William Nance’s east boundary line, thence north with said Nance’s east boundary 68 poles,thence east 235 poles on Morton’s line, thence south 68 poles with Morton’s line John Gambrill’s corner, thence west 235 poles to the beginning. Containing 110 acres.

Witness: Joseph Morton and Allen Nance

Signed: Joseph Coleman

Registered February 27, 1819.

     Beginning on 07 August 1820, the 1820 census enumeration was the first to ask about naturalization status. John Gambill was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 census of Rutherford County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household:, James Tilford Gambill, George Washington Gambill, William Hamilton Benjamin Gambill and Male Gambill, free white males, age newborn to 10 years old, John K. Gambill, a free white male, age ten to sixteen years old, May "Patsy" Gambill, Martha J. "Polly" Gambill and Evaline Jane "Jane" Gambill, free white females, age newborn to ten years of age, Keziah "Kezzie" Gambill and Frances Permelia Gambill, free white females, age ten to sixteen years of age, Elizabeth Gambrill, a free white female, ages sixteen to twenty-six years of age, Sarah Kimbro, a free white female, ages twenty-six to forty-five years of age. By the time this census was taken, Charlotte was already married. There’s a female age 16-26 and a male 0-10 in this family that I can’t account for. Sarah is much older than the box checked for her.34 
     John Gambill was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 census in 1830 of Rutherford County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household: , James Tilford Gambill and George Washington Gambill, free white males, age ten to fifteen years old, Male Gambill and William Hamilton Benjamin Gambill, free white males, age fifteen to twenty years old, May "Patsy" Gambill and Evaline Jane "Jane" Gambill, free white females age twenty to thirty years old, Sarah Kimbro, a free white female age fifty to sixty years old. By the time this census was taken Elizabeth, Charlotte, Keziah, Martha, and Frances are already married. The girls are listed as 20-30, despite the fact that on the 1820 census they were 0-10. I am wondering if the census taker just put the two in the wrong column and they should have been 15-20.35 
     John Gambill married Hannah Raney on 10 April 1834 in Rutherford County, TN. The license was issued 02 Apr 1834 and the marriage ceremony was performed by Jacob Payne, J. P. Martin Clark was surety.36,4,37 38

     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 1840 census included a special inquiry regarding pensioners for Revolutionary or military service. This section named persons who were either family heads or members and specified the pensioner’s age, not just a range of ages. John Gambill was listed as a head of a family on the 1840 census in Rutherford County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household: Hannah Raney, a free white female age fifty to sixty years old, .38

     John’s daughter, May "Patsy" Gambill, died before 16 May 1843.

     John Gambill wrote his will on 16 May 1843 in Rutherford County, TN. Hanna Gambill, Charlott Hall, Elizabeth Lovel, William Gambill, John K. Gambill, Martha Hatfield, Kiziah Brown, Frances Dyer, Jane Pope, George W. Gambill, James T. Gambill and Thomas Rogers (son of May Rogers) were listed as heirs.39  The following is a transcription of that will.

I, John Gambill do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made.

     First I direct that my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible and the very few out of any money that I may die possessed of or that may come into the hands of Executors.

     Second, I loan to my wife Hanna one hundred acres of land Beginning at my southeast corner near Thos. Bennett, Black Smith shop thence west for enough to include the fields on each side of my land and 20 poles farther thence north sufficiently far to include my cotton field even if said bounds should contain more than 100 acres thence east to my eastern Boundary thence south to the beginning with the privilege of getting timber south of said land if then (with all the building and my mill contional [sic]) is not sufficient on it this lane to be void so soon as my wife Hannah marries or dies or [can’t read] that in as much as I paid for her two hundred and nine dollars after our marriage that she shall refund or pay said money to my estate at her death and the acceptance of this will shall guarantee the payment of said money also I loan to her one horse wither Charlie or Kit two cows and calves two sows and pigs 5 ewes two set of cups and saucers two set of plates a set of knives and forks and 3 dishes a half dozen chairs a table one pot one skillet one ven and 2 pair of hooks. Also I confirm our marriage contract that is to say she shall have to dispose of as she pleases at her death one negro man named Ted and one named Davy one negro woman named Fanny and her children Booker and Alfred and increase, one cupboard two beds and bedsteads and all the bed cloths she bought here one chest and two trunks one hundred dollars in money and her full years provisions for the next year but there is to be interruption of the making or saving the crop the years provisions to consist of one hundred Barrels of corn fifteen hundred pounds of Pork 20 bushels of wheat 50 # of coffee 100 # sugar and a barrel of salt.

     Third, I give and bequeath to each of my children in the manner following or their heirs one equal share or portion of my estate of the heirs of Charlott Hall, Elizabeth Lovel, John K. Gambill, Kiziah Brown, William Gambill, Frances Dyer, Martha Hatfield, James T. Gambill heirs of May Rogers, John Pope, George W. Gambill

     Fourthly, I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Lovel and her heirs the tract of land on which she now lives believing that it will only make her equal to the rest of my children in a division already made not to be taken into the division of this will with all the property of mine on said premises and I appoint my son William her trustee to take charge of said property and also her portion as legatee to manage for her benefit and at her death descend to her children.

     Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my grand son Thomas Rogers son of Mary Rogers decd. five hundred dollars in the the Nolensville turnpike stoke in lew of any part of my land the balance of one share to the made out in money and in case of his death without heirs the property or bequeath to return to my estate and I authorize my Executors to act as Guardians for him his share in not to extend to division already made.

     Sixthly, all that part of my estate devised to Martha Hatfield and James T. Gambill shall go into the hand of Wilie Brown who I appoint their trustee to manage and control for their benefit and at their death to descend to their heirs.

     Seventh, I appoint John Hall trustee for my daughter Jane Pope with the power of managing and controlling said property for her benefit and at her death said property to go her children.

     Eighth, wither of my children that is dissatisfied with their trustees may change said trustee by confirming to law or applying to court and if the same drawn does not suit the situation of the the legatees the trustee by the consent and joint conveyance of the legatee may change or sell said share but nothing in this contained shall excuse said trustees from giving bound as provided by law;

     Ninth my land at home shall be equally divided among all my legatees except T. Rogers; according to quality and quantity the school tract of land by R. Halls and the Puckett tract together may be divided into shares to suit the number of my legatees also excerpt T. Rogers. In the [illegible] on that is to be made among my children notes and amounts which I have against them are to be taken into the amount and I nominate and appoint D. R. Gooch George [illegible]William Allen Jas S. Smith and Robert Cook to make the division of the land.

     Tenth for the purpose of making an equal division amount my legatees I direct my slaves to be sold to the highest bidder with all other property of mine which I have not heretofore disposed of on a credit of twelve months.

     Eleventh all the perishable property I have loaned to my wife shall be valued to her and paid back to my estate at her death Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my son William H. B. Gambill David R. Gooch and James S. Smith my Executors in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this 16 May 1845 My Executors are not to be ruled to security.

John [his X mark]Gambill

May 19th 1843

     John Gambill died between 16 May 1843 and 6 July 1843 in Rutherford County, TN.2

     John Gambill wrote a codicil to his will on 6 July 1843 in Rutherford County, TN.39

     The following is a transcription of that codicil.

I John Gambill on reflection to do more equal justice do ad [sic[:ITAL]] this codicil number one in lew of the legacy left my grandson Thomas Rogers my wish and desire is that he have out of my estate the stock of five hundred dollars in the Nolensville Turnpike and three hundred and fifty dollars in cash out of my estate this is to be in full of the legacy bequeath in my will above I also give my wife Hannah in addition to what I gave her above one pail, one can, one Pegin [illegible] one cotton wheel and half dozen tumbles and one looking glass

John
[his X mark]
Gambill

R. B. Vaughn

A. M. Dunaway

State of Tennessee

Rutherford County Court July term 1843


John Gambill had his will probated on 6 July 1843 in Rutherford County, TN.39

The following is a transcription of that probate.

State of Tennessee

Rutherford County

Court July Term 1843

The execution of the foregoing last will testament and codicyl thento of John Gambill Decd. was this duly proved in open court by the oath of Josiah Elllis. A. M. Dunaway and Richard B. Vaughn Subscibing witness thento and was ordered to be recorded.

Recorded 6 July 1843

Robert S. Morris Clk

Children of John Gambill and Sarah Kimbro
  • Charlotte Gambill
  • Elizabeth Gambrill
  • John K. Gambill
  • Keziah "Kezzie" Gambill
  • Frances Permelia Gambill
  • Martha J. "Polly" Gambill
  • May "Patsy" Gambill
  • Evaline Jane "Jane" Gambill
  • Male Gambill
  • William Hamilton Benjamin Gambill
  • James Tilford Gambill
  • George Washington Gambill
Citations
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. John Gambrell household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 10. 1810 Federal Population Census, Rutherford County, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M252, Roll No. 063], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: has her born between 1800 and 1810.. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambrell: #2792.
  6. Wm. Lovell household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 57. 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 1810 and 1820. Hereinafter cited as 1840 Rutherford Co., TN-William Lovell: #2798.
  7. John Gambrell household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 10. 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 1800 and 1810.. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambrell: #2792.
  8. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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 Gambril: #2793.
  9. William Lovel household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 336. 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 1800-1810. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Rutherford Co., TN-William Lovel: #2796.
  10. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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 1804-1810.. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  11. John K. Gambill household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 332. 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 1800-1810. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Rutherford Co., TN-John K. Gambill: #2794.
  12. John K. Gambill household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 87. 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 1800-1810. Hereinafter cited as 1840 Rutherford Co., TN-John K. Gambill: #2802.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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: has her born between 1804 and 1810. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  16. W. Brown household, Rutherford County, Tn, Page 15, Dwelling 283, Family 273, Civil District 3. 1860 Federal Population Census, Rutherford, Scott, & Sequatchie Counties, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll No. 1271], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Original roll in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as 1860 Rutherford Co., TN-W. Brown: #1644.
  17. Jill K. Garrett and Iris H. McClain, Some Rutherford County, Tennessee Cemetery Records. Hereinafter cited as Garrett McClain, Cemetery Records: BROWN (1), #1649.
  18. Wiley Brown household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 243, Dwelling 33, Family 33. 1870 Federal Population Census, Rutherford County (part), TN, [National Archives Microfilm M593, Roll No. 1558], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as 1870 Rutherford Co., TN-Wiley Brown: #1852.
  19. National Society of Daughters of American Revolution, Bradley Gamble Patriot Lookup Email, e-mail message from (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.
  20. James Wilbur Vaughan, Line of Descent Chart to Bradley Gambill, Application to First Families of Tennessee, 30 Nov 1994.  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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Minnie Fairfield Dyer, The History of Eagleville Minnie Fairfield Dyer, 1972), p. 55.. Hereinafter cited as History of Eagleville, #1350.
  24. James Hatfield household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 81. 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 1800 and 1810. Hereinafter cited as 1840 Rutherford Co., TN-James Hatfield: #2800.
  25. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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 1810 and 1820. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  26. John Gambrell household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 10. 1810 Federal Population Census, Rutherford County, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M252, Roll No. 063], National Archives, Washington, D. C.. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambrell: #2792.
  27. John Gambill household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 333. 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 1800 and 1810. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambill: #2795.
  28. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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: has her born between 1810 and 1820. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  29. Stones River Chapter S. A. R. and Rutherford Co. Historical Society, compiler, Rutherford County, Tenn. Cemeteries, Vol. 1 Northwest Third of County ( Rutherford County, TN: Stones River Chapter S. A. R. and Rutherford Co. Historical Society, 1975), p. 46. Hereinafter cited as Cemeteries book, Vol 1, #1890.
  30. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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: has him born between 1810-1820.. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  31. Louise G. Brown and Jane C. Luna, The Descendants of Bradley Gambill ( L.G. Brown and J.C. Luna, 1979), p. 4. Hereinafter cited as Bradley Gambill Descendants: GAMBILL (1), #1531.
  32. James T. Gambill household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 185. 1850 Federal Population Census, Robertson & Rutherford Counties, TN, [National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll No. 894], National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: 1814. Hereinafter cited as 1850 Rutherford Co., TN-James T. Gambill: #2803.
  33. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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 1810-1820.. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  34. John Gambril household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 104. 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. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambril: #2793.
  35. John Gambill household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 333. 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. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambill: #2795.
  36. John Gambill and Haney Raney, Marriage Record, Book 1, Page 58. Original copy can be found in Rutherford County, TN, Marriage Records 1804-1881, Roll 243, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN, Family History Library Film 379649. Hereinafter cited as Marriage-Gambill-Raney: GAMBILL-Marriages, #828.
  37. Unknown compiler, compiler, Colonel Hardy Murfree (), p. 27.
  38. 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. Hereinafter cited as 1840 Rutherford Co., TN-John Gambell: #2799.
  39. John Gambill will , Will Book 12, Page 381. Official copy held by Rutherford County, TN, County Court Record Books 11-13 1840-1847, Roll 261, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN, Family History Library Film 380489. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as John Gambill, Will: GAMBILL (1), #1627.

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5 thoughts on “John Gambill (Gambrill) 4th Great Grandfather

  1. I just took the time to read this entire post and, may I say, it was fascinating! I just want to know, did John Gambill not like his wife or was it a sign of the times that she owned no property? It was really, really interesting (even if I didn’t understand all the bequests … how can he lease something if he’s dead?) and I loved the way the deed described property boundaries by trees. (Sorry it took me so long to get to it!)

  2. It was not unusual during that time period for land to be given to a woman to use during her lifetime (or until she remarried). Especially in this case where she was not the mother of all his children.
    He wouldn’t have leased anything, but his executor acting on his behalf and those of his minor heirs could have. Often this was done to provide for the wife and minor children until the time the children were of age. A large farm would have been impossible for a woman to have farmed and cared for a large family. Since Hannah was not the mother of the children, he wanted first to be sure that she was cared for and second that she not take what belonged to his children.
    He also basically wrote several grandchildren out of his will. That could be because he’d already given them a great deal, or he was disinheriting them for some reason.

    It’s a big read. And a lot for a non-genealogist to follow. Thanks for reading it.

  3. Wow we share this ancestor! I found your blog researching my Gambrell family. Here my family thought we were transplants to Middle Tennessee but come to find my line of Gambrells came from Michigan via Alabama via Tennessee. So exciting since I moved to Tennessee as a child and we were practically neighbors. I grew up in Williamson County.

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