This writing is via Roger Kammerer in ,"The Heritage of Onslow County", Pub. 1983 by The Onslow County Historical Society in Cooperation with Hunter Pub. Co., Winston-Salem, NC.
(Sources: Census records; Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Folks Huxford.)
NATHAN GORNTO was born Sept 17, 1779, in Onslow County, the son of John and Rhoda Jarrott Gornto and grandson of John and Mary Gornto of Onslow County. Nathan was one of a group of Onslow County people who moved to Bullock County, Georgia, from Onslow County about 1800-1802; in this group were Enoch Godfrey, Joseph Sheppard, Daniel Sheppard, John and Daniel Burnett and others.
Nathan Gornto was married in Bullock County Oct. 16, 1802, to Easter Burnett, born 1781 in Onslow County also. She had moved with her widowed mother and brothers, John and Daniel, to Bullock County shortly before 1802.
Nathan Gornto with his family removed to Irwin County, Ga, from Bullock County in 1819 or early 1820. There he served as tax collector from 1825-1826; justice of the peace from 1827-1831; and Trustee of the Poor....1827. He moved again in 1830 to Lowndes County, Georgia , where he served as justice of the peace 1834-1845.
Nathan served as a private under Capt. Robert D. Bradley in the 13th Regiment Florida Militia, Dec. 28, 1837, to Feb. 11, 1838, in the Indian War. His sons, Elijah D. and David were also privates in the same company. About 1848, Nathan moved again to Madison County, Florida.
After his children were all grown and married, he and his wife moved back to Brooks County, Ga (cut from Lowndes County, Ga in 1858), and made their home with their son, Joel, until the smallpox epidemic in the fall of 1860, in which Joel died. Nathan and his wife then hurried away to Florida and made their home with another son, David, in LaFayette County. Nathan Gornto died there Oct. 22, 1861. His wife died there Dec. 13, 1864. They were buried in the Fayetteville Cemetery, in present Dixie County, Florida.
NATHAN and EASTER Gornto had the following known children:
DAVID GORNTO, b. Sept. 25, 1804, married Nov. 20, 1827, to Eliza Allen.
JOEL GORNTO, b. Nov. 27, 1806, married July 4, 1837, to Mary Blair.
HANNAH GORNTO, b. Feb. 22, 1809, married Nov. 8, 1838, to William McMcLeod.
ELENDER GORNTO, b. April 11, 1811, died single Dec. 21, 1847.
POLLY H. GORNTO, b. Feb. 1813, died May 11, 1822.
JOHN J. GORNTO, b. May 8, 1815, married first Dec. 7, 1835, to Jane Blair, married second April 19, 1846, to Martha Jane Connell.
ELIJAH D. GORNTO, b. Sep. 3, 1817, married Dec. 18, 1838, to Susan Allen.
ELIZABETH H. GORNTO, b. Aug. 25, 1821, married March 30, 1843, to Simeon Duggar Allen.
JAMES BURNETT GORNTO, b. May 17, 1824, married first July 28, 1840, to Peggy Ann Blanton, married second Feb. 10, 1849, to Levicy Mehala Dean.
Note: Daniel Burnett married Hannah Gornto, sister of Nathan Gornto.
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My connection to the Gornto family - and I have not researched the GORNTO line in depth - is this:
GEORGE W. DANIELL, b. 5 April 1782, Onslow County, NC, d. 20 August, 1845, Laurens County, Ga - married as his 2nd wife, MARY GORNTO b. ca 1781, Onslow County, NC d. 1 June 1835 in Georgia. (Married 25 June, 1807, NC.)
George W. Daniell was a son of Stephen Bedon Daniell and Ann Goodlet Howe, grandson of John Daniell and Sarah Raven of Charleston, SC - and gggrandson of SC & NC Gov. Robert Daniell 1646-1718 & his 2nd wife, Martha Wainwright.
"My" Mary Gornto (above) may have been a sister to Nathan Gornto - but that is ONLY a possibility.
Can any Gornto researcher help me place my Mary Gornto in the correct place?
I noticed John Gornto (Jr. and Sr.) and a Nathaniel Gornto in Princess Ann County, Va in 1790...could these people be part of the Nathan Gornto family?
Fran in SC
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