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I am Paul Gentry of Smyrna, Tennessee. The bulk of my ancestors came from Virginia, North and South Carolina to Jackson County Tennessee in the earliest 1800's.

Jackson County Tennessee at that time comprised what is now Jackson, Pickett, Clay, Overton, parts of Putnam, and Fentress Counties of Tennessee.

My family has been active in "Cousins By The Dozens" a geneological organization which just held its 31st annual meeting in August of 2000 at the Center Grove Community Center in Jackson Co., TN. "Cousins" is very active in researching the Loftis, Chaffin, and allied faimilies of Tennessee.

I am researching the Gentry, Gallion, Chaffin, Harley, Way, and other ancestors of my children. I am especilly interest in correctly listing additional descendants of Jesse Gentry (Jentry) who married Elizabeth Gallion(Galyen, Galyon) in Grangier County Tennessee on 28 Jan. 1807.

Jesse and Elizabeth Gentry were known to be on Blackburns Fork of the Roaring River in Jackson Co. by 1812. They were know to be close associates of Elizabeth's Brother and Sister-in-law Thomas and Sarah Huckeyby Gallion as shown by land transaction records.

It is strongly believed that Jesse is the son of David Gentry b. ca. 1754 in VA. and David's first wife (possibly Elizabeth (Eliza J.) Smith). David's second wife was Sarah Ann Roberts Johnson.

David Gentry was a Revolutionary War Soldier, and also is said to have fought in the War of 1812. Both Jesse and his brother-in-law Thomas Gallion enlisted in Overton Co., TN in 1813 and fought against the Creek Indians in the 1812 War effort.

Jesse and Elizabeth Gentry had three know children. William Riley, b. Sept. 24, 1813. Thomas b. 1817, and Barbara b. 1829.

David Gentry, Jr. b. 1812 and living next door to Thomas Gentry in the 1850 Jackson Co., TN census most probably is the 1/2 brother of Jesse Gentry, being the son of David Gentry and Sarah Ann Roberts Johnson. Sarah is living in David Jr.'s house in the 1850 Jackson Co., TN Census.

It is now known that my Jesse is not the son of Bartlett Gentry as listed in the "Gentry Family of America". That Jesse Gentry who also lived in Jackson Co a while moved on to Smith Co., and died there. That Jesse's and spouse death records are listed in a book in the Smith Co., TN courthouse.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Jacob Galyen, Jr. (1763-1818) of Surrey Co., NC married ca. 1785 to Barbara (Black ?)of present day Forsyth Co., NC. It is believed that Jacob's parents were Jacob Gallion and Elizabeth Arnold.

Elizabeth was a sister to:

Thomas Gallion married Sarah Huckeyby 15 Oct. 1805 Grainger Co., TN,

Jacob Gallion(Jr?)b. ca. 1789,

William Gallion married Rebecca lived in New Madrid, MO.,

Susannah Gallion married Nimrod Johnson ca. 1815 lived in Jackson Co., TN,

Barbara married Robert Young ca. 1821 and lived in Talley's Hollow Jackson Co., TN.

Additionally, most likely Parlitha "Patsy" Gallion (b. 1808)who married Thomas Jefferson Loftis and lived in Jackson Co., and

Madison Gallion (born 1810) who lived in Illinois and Missouri are also siblings.

It is possible that Jesse and Elizabeth left Jackson Co. and went to Vermillion Co., IL. and lived with Abraham Gallion, their nephew, at some point per Paul Deitz, a Gallion Researcher. However if they did, Elizabeth returned and is listed in the 1850 Jackson Co., TN Census living with her 21 year old daughter Barbara, next door to Thomas and Rebecca Brown Gentry.

I will be interested in corresponding and trading information on these and other lines.

I would like to thank my parents for instilling in me the importance of knowing from where I came. I want to thank Mitchell Judd of Cookeville, TN for sharing information on our common Gentry ancestors. I want to thank Von Way of Cookeville, TN for sharing information on my wife's family, and Bobbie Bryant and Jimmie Loftis for their work on the Loftis Famiy.
"The Paul Bain Gentry Family Home Page"
Updated April 12, 2001


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  • Thomas Gentry 1817-1898 (25 KB)
    Thomas Gentry was the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Gentry. He wed Rebeckah Brown, 1827-1886,dau of Henderson Brown and Melvina Birdwell. He and Rebeckah are buried in the Gentry Cemetery on Gentry School House Road in Jackson Co., TN. They had 9 children. I am descended of his eldest, Henderson Brown Gentry.
  • Henderson Brown Gentry Family Reunion ca. 1902 (162 KB)
    This photo was taken on Morrison Creek Jackson Co., TN ca 1902 at a reunion of all children, spouses and children of Henderson Brown and Louvernia Loftis Gentry. The picture is dated Lola Gentry Mayberry b. 1901 appears as an infant in the photo. I know of only two copies of the photo to exist.
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