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John Gambill

Male 1751 - 1839  (88 years)

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  1. 1.  John Gambill was born in 1751 in Culpeper Co, Virginia (son of Henry* (John) Gambill and Mary* (Sarah) Davenport); died in 1839 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.

    John married Caterine Gross "Caty" Wash in 1770 in Louisa, Louisa Co, Virginia. Caterine was born in 1752 in Culpeper Co, Virginia; died in 1800 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. John Gambill was born in 1771 in Culpeper Co, Virginia; died after May 1859 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Henry* (John) Gambill was born in 1710 in Virginia (son of Thomas* Gambill and Ann* (..) Gambill); died before 1768 in Brumfield Parish, Culpeper Co, Virginia.


    Information provided by Helen Roche, Correspondence Secretary for Wilkes Co. NC Genealogy Society, 1997

    Henry Gambrell (Ca 1700 - By 1768) married Mary Davenport around 1735. Legal records indicate that Henry resided in Louisa, Spotsylvania, Albemarle, Hanover, and Culpeper Counties in Virginia. He was a legal witness for Martin Davenport, his wife's father, in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1735, and purchased 175 acres of land on Little Rocky Creek in Hanover County, Virginia during the same year.
    In 1753, Henry purchased 900 acres of land in Culpeper County from Thomas Kennerly of South Carolina. John Minor of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in his will executed in 1754, even refers to "land lately bough of Henry Gambrell in Culpeper".
    Henry and Mary had at least seven children - six sons and a daughter. Their children were: William, Benjamin, Henry, John, Thomas, Martin, and Sarah.
    This family probably lived in an area known as Gambrell's Mountain in Culpeper County, Virginia. Various court and service-connected records were recorded for Gambrells in the Culpeper region during the 1750-1780's era.
    Benjamin, Henry, John, and William are listed as witnesses in the 1764 Culpeper Court minutes, which was the only book preserved before 1798. Henry and John were sergeants in the Culpeper Militia under Colonel Thomas Slaugher. This group orgaed in August, 1755. For their service of approximately one year, Henry and John were each paid 1,710 pounds of tobacco in April, 1756. A David Gambrell also received pay on 5 Oct 1775,for service under Lord Dunmore. A payment was made to Thomas Gambrell, aninfantry soldier, on 24 July 1786. James and William were listed as Virginians in the Revolution. Matthew and Henry were noted living adjacent to the Albemarle Barracks in 1781. In fact, there were numerous Gambrells in Albemarle County, Virginia, in the mid to late 1700's. The Gambrells in the Albemarle County, Virginia area were even listed in the historical aspect when the county was formed in 1745. Richard was a long time Tobacco Inspector at the Henderson's Tobacco Warehouse. John was listed as a member of the Orthodox Reformed Presbyterian Church Congregation who hired Rev. Samuel Black on 29 March 1747. Henry (maybe Jr.) built the second jail in the county around 1783, and was on the 1785 Virginia Taxpayer List as a head of a family of 10. As late as 1796, Matthew Gambrell received a land grant of 25,798 acres of land in Albemarle, Orange, and Rockingham Counties. Hence, the Gambrells appeared to migrate to western Virginia or to western Carolina during the late 1700's.
    (Researched by Karen Paramore, November 1, 1995 in Claiborne County Library, Tazewell, Tennessee.)

    Henry* married Mary* (Sarah) Davenport in Oct 1735 in Hanover Co, Virginia (probably). Mary* (daughter of Martin* Davenport, Sr and Mrs. (1st wife of Martin)* Davenport) was born about 1706 in King William Co, Virginia; died before 1775 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Mary* (Sarah) Davenport was born about 1706 in King William Co, Virginia (daughter of Martin* Davenport, Sr and Mrs. (1st wife of Martin)* Davenport); died before 1775 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.


    The identity of the Mary who later married Henry Gambill as a Davenport is clear from the baptismal record of a grandchild, Susanna White, in St. Martin's Church, St. Martinsville LA, dated 2 Nov 1791. That record identifies the child's mother as "Sarah Gambill, daughter of Henry Gambill and Marie Davenport, Virginians.

    Excerpt from "Pioneer Lewis Families, rev Jul 5, 1992"
    MARY DAVENPORT, m c 1735 Henry Gambill (Gamble), b early 1700s d between 1762 and 1775. Lived the last part of his life in Brumfield Parish, Culpeper County Virginia. Of their sons was William Gambill (father of Mary Gambill who married Fielding Lewis)
    Children of Henry Gambill and Mary Davenport are:
    William Gambill, Sr., born 1740 in Louisa County, VA; died 1779 in Wilkes Co, NC; married mary Johnson Wash; Benjamin Gambill; Henry Gambill; John Gambill;Thomas Gambill; Martin Gambill; Sarah Gambill.

    1. Benjamin Gambill was born about 1736; died in 1839 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.
    2. 1. John Gambill was born in 1751 in Culpeper Co, Virginia; died in 1839 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.
    3. William Gambill, Sr was born in 1740 in Hanover, Louisa Co, Virginia; died in 1779 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.
    4. Thomas Gambill was born about 1742; died after 1786.
    5. Captain Martin Cleveland Gambill was born on 9 May 1750 in Culpeper Co, Virginia; died on 20 Feb 1812 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.
    6. Henry Gambill was born about 1746; died after 1790 in Albermarle Co, Virginia or Giles Co, Tennessee.
    7. Sarah Davenport "Sally"* Gambill was born about 1748 in Culpeper Co, or Hanover Co, Virginia; died on 20 Feb 1828 in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Thomas* Gambill was born about 1680; died after 1729 in of, Spotsylvania Co, Virginia.

    Other Events:

    • Emigration: Bef 1701, Middlesex Co, Virginia (possibly)
    • Immigration: Bef 1701


    Information from Helen Roche (correspondence secretary, Wilkes Co. NC Genealogical Society, 1997)

    The simplest explanations would be that a Thomas Gambrell arrived on the coast of Virginia in 1701, then possibly worked for someone to pay his passage for three years. Then in 1704, he rented 450 acres of land from Major L in King and Queen County, Virginia. However, another Thomas Gambrell was also transported on 24 Oct 1701, to New Kent County, Virginia, by John Saxon who had received a Virginia Land Grant for 1,024 acres. Furthermore, a William Gambrell was also transferred there in 1704, and a Mary and Margaret Gambrell were cared for in the same area. Records indicate that some members of all of these families may be connected through the use of common family names, residing in the same counties during the same time frames, similar occupations, etc. Hence, additional research needs to be conducted in the early history of this Gambrell line.

    Thomas and Ann Gambrell first appeared in the Middlesex County, Virginia records in 1701. Then, they were in St. Margaret's Parrish in King William County, Virginia by 1729, because court records show that they sold land in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. A John Gambrell also appeared as a legal witness in 1724, and in 1729, in the same county. If one analyzes land records, Thomas and Ann owned land in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on the north side of the North Anna River. Across the river in the same vicinity, Martin Davenport owned property in Hanover County, Virginia. Hence, some believe that Thomas and Ann were the parents of Henry Gambrell.

    Thomas* married Ann* (..) Gambill before 1701 in of, Middlesex Co, Virginia. Ann* was born about 1680; died after 1729. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Ann* (..) Gambill was born about 1680; died after 1729.
    1. 2. Henry* (John) Gambill was born in 1710 in Virginia; died before 1768 in Brumfield Parish, Culpeper Co, Virginia.

  3. 6.  Martin* Davenport, Sr was born in 1680 in Pamunkey Neck, King William Co, Virginia (son of Davis* Davenport and Ann* Woodruff); died before 2 Oct 1735 in Hanover Co, Virginia.

    Other Events:

    • Residence: 30 Mar 1704, King William Co, Virginia
    • Residence: 8 Nov 1721, St. Margaret Parish, King William Co, Virginia
    • Other-Begin: 24 Mar 1724, North Anna River, Hanover Co, Virginia
    • Property: 7 Feb 1726, North Anna River, Hanover Co, Virginia
    • Will: 2 Oct 1735, Hanover Co, Virginia


    Researched by Karen Paramore, Nov 1, 1995 in Claiborne Co Library, Tazewell, TN.

    THE DAVENPORTS (Deavenports)
    Leased 100 acres of land in King William Co, VA in 1704.
    Martin Davenport, Sr. (16__ - 1735), a landowner in Virginia, and his wife, Dorothy Harralson, had several children. They were: Martin, Jr., William, David, John, James, Mary, and maybe more since no daughters were listed in Martin, Sr.'s . Legal records can be found for this family in various Virginia Counties-Hanover, Louisa, King William, New Kent, and Spotsylvania. Either Martin Jr. or Sr. obtained a 400 acre land grant in Hanover County, Virginia on 7 Feb 1727.

    Martin Davenport was on the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls list for King William County, assessed for 100 acres

    On 8 Nov 1721, Martin Davenport Sr. lived at St. Margaret's Parish, King William County, VA. Fragments of a lease and release executed by Martin Davenport identify his residence as of 1721. (Source: John Scott Davenport, 'The Pamunkey Davenport Chronicles').

    A survey of land at this time for one Captain Thomas Carr located that tract by reference to land of Martin Davenport along the North Anna River in Hanover County. That land wasn't patented to Davenport at the time but must have been surveyed and marked in order to be used as a benchmark for someone else's survey. (Source: John Scott Davenport's 'Pamunkey Davenport Chronicles').

    On 7 Feb 1726/27, Martin Davenport Sr. lived at Hanover County, VA. Martin Davenport's patent for 400 acres along the south side of the North Anna River was issued. (Source: John Scott Davenport's 'Pamunkey Davenport Chronicles').

    He left a will on 24 May 1735 at St. Martin's Parish, Hanover County, VA. Martin Davenport executed his will in Hanover County. (Source: John Scott Davenport's 'Pamunkey Davenport Chronicles') The will only named five sons and did not leave property to all of them (several were contingent beneficiaries only). This strongly suggests that other arrangements had been made during Martin's lifetime for other older children and the children benefiting from the will were only his youngest.

    Martin, Sr.'s will was written on 24 May 1735 and proved on 2 October 1735 in Hanover County, Virginia. The provisions were:
    I Martin Deavenport of Hanover Co., St. Martains Par. being very sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory do made this my Last will and Testament. I give my soul into the hands of God and my body I recommend to the Earth to be bud in a Christain like and Decent manner at the descretion of my Exors.: I give to my well beloved sons David Deavenport and James Deavenport 150 acres whereon I now live to be equally divided between them as follows: David Deavenport the plantation whereon I now live and 75 acres thereto joyning and remainder to my son James; in case my son, David dies without heir then his part to my son Martin Deavenport; if son James dies without heirs then his part to my son, John Deavenport; to my well-beloved son Wm. Deavenport 20 acres of land in King William Co., part of 100 acres left me by my Davis Deavenport and I do appoint my well belov'd wife, Dorothy Deavenport and my well belov'd son Wm. Davenport, my Exors.
    Martin (X) Deavenport

    Wit: Garrott Connor, John (I) Sersay, Henry Gambill
    2 Oct. 1735 proved by oaths of witnesses hereto

    ADMIN.BOND We Dorothy Deavenport. Paul Harralson are farmly bound unto Nicholas Meriwether Gent. Justice in the Commission of the Peace for Hanover Co. in the sum of L50 sterling. 2 Oct. 1735 Condition: if above bound Dorothy Davenport Execx. of the last will and Testament of Martin Deavenport dec'd. do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods, Chattels and Credits of the sd. Dec'd obligation to be void.
    Dorothy (D) Deavenport
    Paul Harralson
    2 Oct. 1735 ack. by Dorothy Deavenport and Paul Harralson

    Martin* married Mrs. (1st wife of Martin)* Davenport before 1706 in King William Co, Virginia. (1st was born about 1682 in of, King William Co, Virginia; died before 1716 in King William Co, Virginia. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Mrs. (1st wife of Martin)* Davenport was born about 1682 in of, King William Co, Virginia; died before 1716 in King William Co, Virginia.
    1. 3. Mary* (Sarah) Davenport was born about 1706 in King William Co, Virginia; died before 1775 in Wilkes Co, North Carolina.
    2. Thomas Davenport was born in 1711 in King William Co, Virginia; died on 10 Nov 1810 in Burke Co, North Carolina.
    3. William Davenport was born about 1717 in Hanover Co, Virginia; died in 1795 in Spotsylvania Co, Virginia.

Generation: 4

  1. 12.  Davis* Davenport was born about 1660 in Parmunkey, King William Co, Virginia; died before 1735 in King William Co, Virginia.

    Other Events:

    • Residence: 30 Mar 1704, King William Co, Virginia


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    THE DAVENPORTS (Deavenports)
    The Davenport name was one of the earliest surnames in Britian, dating back to the conquest of William I when he awarded them land titles. Actually, Davenport is an English place named from Davenport, Cheshire, England. Various Davenports ented America, as early as the 1600s. The early history pertaining to this line of Davenports is unclear at this time. By 20 July 1639, a Lancelot Davenport was granted land in James City, Virginia. Furthermore, on 10 December 1668, a Jno Davenport was transported to New Kent County, Virginia. In 1677 and 1683, Richard and Edward also were transported to the same county. By 1701, Susannah, George, William, and other Davenports were also being transported to this area. Davis or David Davenport (16 ) was located in King William County, Virginia on the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls where he leased 200 acres of land. One of his children, Martin Davenport, Sr., also leased 100 acres of land in the same county and time period.

    Note bef 1660 According to John Scott Davenport of the Pamunkey Davenports website: 'The major problem relative to identification of Pamunkey Davenport ancestry before Davis Davenport today lies in the family having emerged from a Seventeenth Century record limbo of an Indian reservation into a Twentieth Century Virginia records void. The [... early] records of New Kent, King & Queen, King William, Caroline, and Hanover counties, crucial to Pamunkey Davenport identification, have largely been destroyed by courthouse fires of one sort or another. ... Yet we know, by Virginia Patent records, that there was a Davenport presence (female) in the Pamunkey Neck as early as 1650, ... that as soon as the Neck ceased to be Indian in 1701 and King William County was created, there was a Davenport Path of some antiquity noted in several surveys, and that Davis and his son Martin were listed as small acreage freeholders (land owners) there in 1704. ... [T]he evidence is that Davis Davenport and his son Martin, whose presence in the Neck are proven, were of the pioneer yeomanry, who achieved by their own labor, and not of the Cavalier, great planter aristocracy who had indentured servants and slaves to do their work.'

    Birth c 1660 Davis Davenport was born c 1660. According to John Scott Davenport's Pamunkey Davenport Chronicles (see website: http://www.pamunkeydavenport.com/ The two Davenports appearing by Time and Place in Virginia records most likely to have been Davis' immigrant parent were apparently single women, namely Hannah, transportee of 1650, or Anne, transportee of 1658. ... As uncomfortable as the thought might be -- although the America of the Twenty-First Century is more amenable in its judgmental morality to accepting such a possibility -- the Pamunkey Davenports may descend from a female immigrant ancestor, whose son became the patriarch of a family bearing the Davenport surname although his father may have had the surname of Davis. ... The possibility that Davis Davenport was the bastard child of either Hannah Davenport or Anne Davenport, given the lack of a male parental candidate, is real. If Martin was age 21 in 1704 (his appearance on a Quit Rent List was prima facie evidence that he was an adult), he was born 1683 or before. If Davis is accorded the same minimum of 21 years of age (25 years is accepted in formal genealogical estimates) before fathering Martin, then Davis himself was born c1662 or before. This scenario would fit Anne of 1758 comfortably. Assume older ages for both Davis and Martin, and the scenario would fit Hannah comfortably. The problem with both of the most viable male candidates for the honor of having been Davis' father is that each appears in the records uncomfortably late for either of the Davis-Martin age scenarios of John Davenport in 1668, Richard in 1677. Labored rationalization is required to force a fit for either. ...[T]he practice of giving bastard sons their fathers' surnames as given names also existed -- particularly where the father acknowledged the child. Hence, Davis Davenport, if born out of wedlock, may well have had a Davis father (there were a number of Davis possibilities early in or near the Neck in proximity to Hannah and Anne). ... We would note that Graves Family descendants claim Anne Davenport, born c1696, and who married Thomas Graves, as their matriarch, and believe and claim that Anne was a daughter of Davis Davenport. (Thomas Graves and his wife Anne play major roles in the Pamunkey Davenport chronology that follows.). Then too, Anne Davenport, transportee of 1758, was associated with land no more than four miles from where Davis Davenport first appeared in Virginia records thirty-eight years later (1696). The Bar Sinister scenario is speculative, but must be advanced as one hypothesis of Pamunkey Davenport origin.1'

    Davis Davenport was listed on the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls for King William County VA, assessed for 200 acres

    Davis* married Ann* Woodruff about 1680. Ann* was born about 1660; died after 1710. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 13.  Ann* Woodruff was born about 1660; died after 1710.
    1. 6. Martin* Davenport, Sr was born in 1680 in Pamunkey Neck, King William Co, Virginia; died before 2 Oct 1735 in Hanover Co, Virginia.
    2. Sarah Ann Davenport (maybe Clark?) was born about 1696 in Pamunkey Neck, King and Queen Co, Virginia; died on 15 Aug 1782 in St. George Parish, Spotsylvania Co, Virginia.

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