Descendants of Thomas Gent Gant
Generation No. 1
1. Thomas Gent1 Gant was born 1618 in England, and died Abt. 1690 in Isle of Wight, Virginia. He married (1) unknown 1660 in unknown. He married (2) Sarah Elmes 1686 in Charles City, Prince George Co., VA. She was born 1640 in Virginia.
Notes for Thomas Gent Gant:
Came to America (Charles City records) in 1638. Very few of Charles City records have survived. Read below.
Posted by: Cliff Gant Date: January 08, 2002 at 15:27:59
In Reply to: Re: Ann Lanier by Elaine of 1526
Thanks for your response to my posting. Here is some additional information for you or others reading this to consider.
Couple of comments on this posting. I think you meant to write that John Washington, son of Richard of London, was bpt. 14 March 1631/2 in London (St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church). Also, I have read that there is some question about the maiden name of Mary Ford who married John Washington of Surry being Flood, a daughter of John Flood. Those who believe so point to the marriage of John and Mary being witnessed by a John and Thomas Flood. Dorman, in his Adventures of Purse and Person, stated that there is no evidence that John Flood had a son John or a daughter Mary.
My purpose in writing you is to see if you have any records of a John or Thomas Gent/Jent that might help me in my search for my immigrant Gent/Jent ancestor (could also be Ghent). In such search, I've collected quite a bit of information about the Washington and Lanier families. Earliest record of my earliest known ancestor was in 1717 when my John Gent (sometimes spelled as Jent) purchased 300 acres in Isle of Wight Co., VA from Richard Washington of Surry Co., VA for 4,000 lbs of pork with Sampson Lanier (his son-in-law) as his attorney for the sale.
While using pork or tobacco or other property as the medium of exchange was not all that uncommon in those times due to the shortage of currency, it might indicate a unique relationship between the parties. This coupled with the fact that I have found persons with the surname of Gent in Barbados in the mid-1600s where Richard's father, John, had spent some time and a John Gent as an associate (perhaps a servant?) of Robert Washington (a brother of John's father, Richard) of Great Brington, England in 1611, I suspect that my John Gent or his father was brought to Virginia by John Washington of Surry Co., VA.
I have collected a lot of information about the many persons named Gent in Northampton in the 1600s and elsewhere in England with no success in connecting any to my John Gent in VA. I have found no record of any John Gent being transported to VA. As we know, there is no record of John Washington arriving in VA either. Did a Gent/Jent travel with him or did he travel with John Lanier (see below)?
Here are some other intriguing facts about the Laniers. In 1638 Roger Davis received a patent of land in Charles City Co., VA for transporting John Pasmore and Mary his wife, which sd. Mary is now wife to sd. Davis (now wife of Roger Davis), John Panier (Lanier?) and others that included Tho. Jent, Tho. Jennings, Alexander Maties and Oliver Simmons (C & Ps). In 1638, Peter Wyche & John Leneare (Lanier) received a patent for land in Charles City Co., VA for transporting Jon Pasmore, Mary Pasmore, Tho. Jent, Tho. Jennings, Alex Maly, Oliver Symends and others. Note that not only were the Pasmores, Jent, Jennings, Maly (Maties) and Symends (Simmons) included in the 1638 and 1683 patents (45 years apart) but they were listed in the same sequence. Also note that Mary Pasmore had married Davis 'way back 45 years or more ago. Obviously a fraudulent listing of these persons (hope I'm not insulting you or one of your ancestors).
By aside from that, it appears to me that the John Lanier who made his will in 1717 in Prince George Co., VA was not the immigrant, John Lanier, of the Laniers of VA, but perhaps a son of the John Panier (Lanier) who was in Charles City Co., VA as early as 1638. Had he been only a young boy of say, 15, in 1638, he would have been born in 1623 and over almost 100 years old in 1717 (not likely). It's possible that the Tho. Jent in the 1638 patent (born ca. 1620) was the immigrant ancestor of my John Gent/Jent who, I suspect, was born ca. 1685 and thus about 65 years younger. As a matter of fact, a Thomas Gent died in Charles City Co., VA in 1689 and he might be a grandfather of my John.
Cliff Gant has written a book about these Gants or Gents who he states are not, in his opinion, related to the Maryland Gants or Gaunts. Here is what he has to say and his work is quoted throughout
"No, I have not had a DNA test. I'm positive there is no connection between my Gant/Gent ancestry and that of the Gaunt/Gantt of Maryland.
The fragment from the Will and Deed Book 1689-1690 abstracted by Weisiger was the inventory of Thomas Gent. I doubt there was a will because other records re. Thomas Gent referred to an administration of his estate. That implies he left with no will as she or someone else would have been named an executor.
I have done a considerable amount of research on England Gents, Gants etc. Another distant relative hired 2 different record searchers to search English records particularly in Northamptonshire where I suspect my Gent ancestor originated. My suspect was based on the fact that John Gent seemed closely acquainted with Richard Washington in Isle of Wight Co., VA by buying 300 acres of land from and by paying him with the rather unusual payment of 4,000 pounds of pork. Also because we found a John Gent was closely associated with a Robert Washington (who shared common ancestry with Richard Washington) in 1602 in Northamptonshire and we found several persons surnamed Gent who were associated with John Gent in Northamptonshire who could qualify as an ancestor of John Gent and/or Thomas Gent in Virginia. However, I could not make any connection between English Gents and American Gents."
I think my Gent/Ghent ancestors came to England long ago, perhaps as early as 1200, from Ghent in Flanders (present day Belguim). Possibly among those who brought wool weaving skills to England. No connection to either Gilbert de Gant who was related to William the Conqureor who invaded England in 1066 nor John of Gaunt. Ben Gantt and I spent considerable research on Gilbert and my wife and I traveled around England checking him out before I knew I was not one of his descendants. The Gents were just commoners, farmers, etc.
Yes, a Thomas Jent/Gent was transported by Roger Davis who received land in Charles City Co., VA in 1638. I believe he was my immigrant ancestor because Roger Davis moved to Isle of Wight Co., VA and died there in 1680 and that the Gents/Gants had long time relationships with members of the Davis families that I suspect descended from Roger. I continue to research the descendants of Roger. The 1683 reference you had to Thomas Gent included Thomas' name and several others who were in the 1638 entry-an obvious fraud using those names. The 1690 grant to Bannister for importing a Thomas Gent is a possibility.
Proofs: Bk "Death and Buriels in Charles City County" by Sherry Brown Tyler, pg. 370. Inventory recorded in April Court 1690...fragment of Wills and Deeds, 1689-1690...Thomas Gent..date action taken Jan.20, 1689..Court orders pg. 298: 1689, Tho.Gent-
widow's (Sarah) transfer of administration to others.
Bk "Virginia Colonial Records, 1600s-1700s, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book 1, Part II,Page 87 reads: ROGER DAVIS, 550 acs. in Apamattuck Riv, Chas City Co., 4 May 1638, p. 552. W. upon sd.river, abutting South upon the Swampe belonging to Henry Miller. due for trans. of 3 servt., & the adv. of John Passmore & Mary his wife, which sd. Mary is now wife to sd. Davis, & trans. of 6 pers: Wm.Serjeant, Jon. Panier (?), Alex Brett, Rowland Williams, Jane Honine (?), Tho. Jent/Gent, Tho. Jennings, Alexander Maties, Oliver Simmons (Note: No distinction is made between "servants" and "Persons.")
Note by compiler the above does name nine people. Are the first six the "persons" and the last three named the "servants, or perhaps visa versa? Either way it would seem that Tho. Jent/Gent would not be a servant. Your compiler maintains that this Thomas acquired land in Charles City County before his death in about 1690. The partial inventory of his estate shows he owned cows and pigs. He would need land for them to graze. Since the records of Charles City County burned there is no way to prove that John was his son except that John's will (1738) names first son as Thomas. The naming pattern of the time was to name the first son after the husband's father. The immigration of Thomas Gent in 1638 would indicate he was a grown single male. He evidently married in America where his children (unknown) were born. His wife's first name we know was Sarah (from the records).
More About Thomas Gant and unknown:
Marriage: 1660, unknown
More About Sarah Elmes:
Date born 2: 1640
More About Thomas Gant and Sarah Elmes:
Marriage: 1686, Charles City, Prince George Co., VA
Child of Thomas Gant and unknown is:
+ 2 i. John2 Gant, born Abt. 1667 in Charles City, Virginia; died 1728 in Isle of Wight Co., VA.
Generation No. 2
2. John2 Gant (Thomas Gent1) was born Abt. 1667 in Charles City, Virginia, and died 1728 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. He married unknown Abt. 1699 in Virginia.
Notes for John Gant:
Note: Cliff Gant has written a book about these Gants (or Jents). He believes, but cannot prove that Thomas b. abt.1618 ?, d. 1689/90 in Charles City, Va. was the father of this John.
Deed Nov. 18, 1717...Richard Washington and wife, Elizabeth Washington, of Surry County to John Gent of Isle of Wight County...300 acres on the Nottoway River. Wit: Thomas Washington and Sampson Lanier.
In 1728, John Gent of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, wrote a will
giving 150 acres of land containing his plantation house to his "oldest son, Thomas" and the remaining 150 acres to his "youngest son, John."
On October 12, 1744, his son, John Gent of Edgecombe Co., NC, sold 300 acres of land in Isle of Wight Co., VA, to Richard Vick, Sr., which was the same land as previously owned by his father and bequeathed to his sons. The property was described as lying on the south side of the Nottoway River. Witnesses were Arthur Washington, William Newton, Henry Vaughn and John Turner, Jr. Evidently, he had acquired his brother Thomas's land.
More About John Gant:
Name 2: John Jent or Gent Gant
More About John Gant and unknown:
Marriage: Abt. 1699, Virginia
Children of John Gant and unknown are:
3 i. Edward Gent3 Gant, born Abt. 1700 in Isle of Wight Co., Va..
4 ii. Thomas Gent Gant, born Abt. 1700 in Isle of Wight Co., Va.; died in North Carolina.
+ 5 iii. [DAC] John Gent Gant, born Abt. 1713 in Isle of Wight Co., VA (probably); died Abt. 1783 in Franklin Co., NC.
Generation No. 3
5. [DAC] John Gent3 Gant (John2, Thomas Gent1) was born Abt. 1713 in Isle of Wight Co., VA (probably), and died Abt. 1783 in Franklin Co., NC. He married Ann Abt. 1730 in Probably Granville, N.C.. She was born WFT Est. 1694-1719, and died WFT Est. 1759-1809.
Notes for [DAC] John Gent Gant:
Records found in North Carolina and Virginia indicate that John Gant
was from Isle of Wight County in Virginia where he had married at 18 years of age and where his first three sons, William, John and Isham, were born. It was about 1737, at the age of 24, he and his family first settled into the Shocco District of North Carolina.
On February 22, 1739, at the age of 26, John was granted by the Executive Council of the State of North Carolina 150 acres of land in the Shocco District of Edgecombe County, NC, near the Little Shocco and Isinglass Creeks. Since the newly formed Edgecombe Co. did not have a courthouse at this time, it was necessary for the petition to be filed at the courthouse in Edenton which was ninety miles to the east. This portion of land later became part of Granville County in 1746, Bute County in 1764, and finally Franklin County in 1779.
On March 15, 1743, at age 30, John received another grant of 150 acres of land in Old Edgecombe County, NC, located on the lower side of Six Pound Creek, an area now located in Hallifax Co., NC. This land was soon sold on April 11, 1743, to William Kendrick for 15 pounds.
On October 12, 1744, this John Gent of Edgecombe Co., NC, sold 300 acres of land in Isle of Wight Co., VA, to Richard Vick, Sr., which was the same land as previously owned by his father and bequeathed to his sons (purchased in 1717). The property was described as lying on the south side of the Nottoway River. Witnesses were Arthur Washington, William Newton, Henry Vaughn and John Turner, Jr. Evidently, he had acquired his brother Thomas's land.
In 1747, John Gant was listed singly on the tax list of the Shocco District. By 1750, the list shows John and his "sons, William and John." Since the minimum age to be listed on the tax list was 16 years, this helps to fix the age of his two oldest sons.
On December 2, 1747, John purchased 50 acres of land from John Thornton. Later that same year, records show that John Gant was appointed to a 16-man Grand Jury to serve on the March 1748 court. The court was held at Col. William Eaton's house, 3-4 miles from Henderson where earlier courts were held.
On November 26, 1748, at age 35, John bought 300 acres on the north side of Little Shocco Creek from John Crookshanks. In 1754, at the age of 41, John was listed on the muster roll of the Granville County Militia along with his sons John, Jr., William and Isham. This regiment was headed by Col. William Eaton. In 1757, John sold the three hundred acres for 40 pounds to his son William who had already been living on the land with his wife Ann.
In 1778, as a result of the Revolutionary War, four of John's sons are recorded as having declared their allegiance to their home colony in Bute Co., formerly part of Old Granville Co. Two of John's other sons, John, Jr., and Edward, had moved to Orange Co., NC. His son William had moved to Rowan Co. (later Burke Co., then Lincoln Co.), NC. It is believed that his son Andrew had died earlier in that same year.The name was spelled in England and early Virginia as Gent and Ghent
Cliff Gant, 8/91: "... In the:
Granville County, NC tax list for 1747, John GAUNT is listed alone. In the 1750 tax list, he is listed with sons, William and John.
Cecil Franklin reported:
Granville Co., NC 1755 tax list: John GANT, sons ISHAM & JOHN (the father & 2 younger brothers of William). If the sons were born in 1738 & 1734, they would be 17 & 21 years old. ] - 3 polls.
"North Carolina Tax Payers, 1701-1786" by Clarence A. Ratcliffe: Gant, John, Granville Co. , NC, 1755 [with sons, Isham S. and John].
Bute Co., NC 1771 tax list: Shocco District (taken by Jethro Sumner): John GAUNT & son Charles [if John born in 1713, he would be 58; males over 60 were not listed on the tax rolls. Pre sume his older sons married and left home. ]
Per Cliff Gant, 8/91: "...
This indicates that John was not over 60 at this date (born 1711 or later) as males above that age were not listed on the tax rolls. This also indicates that Charles was older than 15 but younger than 21, born in the years 1751 through 1756, let's assume 1755 or 2 years older than his brother, Lewis."
From a copy of various letters from Cliff Gant, La Quinta, CA to Maxine Nebeker received by M . B. Gantt, Houston, from her 6/91:
- 12/8/86: "... who were the antecedents of John [Gant] (c1707-c177?) who first appeared [ was granted 150 acres] in Edgecombe county, N.C. in 1739. We are now sure that William (c1732-1809) was his son because of a 1750 tax list for Granville county, N.C. where John Gant is listed with "sons William and John". Since males of 16 or older are listed as taxables and neither of these sons appeared on the tax list for 1747, we can establish their years of birth as between 1732 and 1734. With William being the older, I am now showing the birth of William in 1732 and John in 1732. ... Perhaps the Wood and Gant families also came into NC from Augusta county, VA and Lancaster county, PA.
- 7/11/89: "... the names Wiliam Stroud, Charles King and John Wilkins could be important in pursuing a connection between John Gant of Granville [NC] and William Gent of Brunswick [VA ] as these men appear to be connected to both parties in land transactions... [N.B.: Willia m Stroud & Charles King were in Granville Co., NC militia roll in 1754 in Captain Richard Coleman's company.] .
.. the 1739 and 1743 grants ... she is certain that it was John Gant of Shocco Creek who received both grants. ... John Gant [of Shocco] was born about 1712. ... a 1759 Edgecombe [Co ., NC] record ordering a John Gent/Gant to maintain roads during the period from Feb. 1739 until Granville County was formed in 1746 and in Granville [county] thereafter. [Cliff Gant in 7/91 concluded that this "road crew John" was NOT John of Shocco, but a different one - probably the father of a Jesse Gant who declared he was born in 1760 in Edgecombe Co., NC when he filed for a Revolutionary pension while living in White County, TN] ... she concludes that it was John Gant of Shocco Creek who executed the 1744 Isle of Wight [County, VA] deed ."
- 8/10/89:"...on the same day in 1739 that our ancestor, John1 Gant (it was also spelled Gent) received his patent of land along Isinglass Creek in Edgecombe County, NC, John Lyles, Edward Jones and William Kendrie (Kendrick) received theirs. Also, on the same day in 1743 tha t John Gant (again it was also spelled Gent) received his patent along Six Pound Creek, John Lyles, Ed Jones, John Martin, William Stroud and William Parsons, among others, received theirs. John Gant sold his Six Pound Creek patent to William Kendrick the following month. .. . John Lyles and Wiliam Parsons were also patentees in Prince George County, VA in 1722 in the same area that Thomas Gent patented land in 1720 and William Gent in 1723. ... among these patentees in 1722, were three names, Lewis Green, Sr., William Epes, Jr. and Richard Jones , Jr.
Giving surety bond to Sarah Gent, widow of Thomas [Gent], Charles City County [VA], 1690 were Lewis Green, William Epes and Richard Jones; the latter also taking over from Sarah as administrator of the estate of Thomas Gent. Here we have a incontravertible connection between John Gant of Edgecombe, NC in 1739 and Thomas Gent of Charles City, VA in 1690 who appears to be his grandfather.
... It appears that our John [Gant of Shocco] is either the son of John Gent of Isle of Wight or William or Thomas Gent of Prince George/Brunswick [VA]. I suspect these [last two] Gents were brothers and sons of Thomas in Charles City, [VA]."
- Dec. 1989: "... a 1717 deed for 300 acres in Isle of Wight County, Va.from Richard (and Elizabeth) Washington of Surrey County, Va. to John Jent of Isle of Wight [ County]. The property description is the same as that in the deed covering the sale of the 300 acres by John Gent[Gant] of Edgecombe County, NC to Richard Vick in 1744 and surely the same 300 acres bequeathed to his 2 sons [Thomas and John?] in 1728. ..." [Cliff Gant believes this is a different Gent/Jent family that was in the Wake County, NC area and not our John Gant; a different conclusion than he reported a Mrs. Leary held in his 7/11/89 letter.] [1 /92, CG sent MBG a copy of this deed.]
"Histories of Pope, Carter and McFerrin Families", p. 34, "CRNC 4 625; Council held at Edent on, North Carolina, 15 March, 1743, John Gant petitions for 150 acres in Edgecombe County. " [The Six Pound Creek property?]
"Abstracts of The Early Deeds of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1765 by Zae Hargett Gwynn, pub. by Joseph W. Watson, 1974:
- Granville County Deed Book A, 1746-1751, pg 1, #1-4: John Wade to Abridgeton Jones ... "on south side of Great Shocco (Creek) at first branch above Frank Young's ford running to JOHN GANT'S line."
- Deed Book C, (pg. 99), #447,448: [5 Sep 1757] JOHN GANT to WILLIAM GANT for 40 pds. 300 acres where William Gant now lives on N. side of Little Shocco (creek), which was granted 1745 . Wts. John Wood, John Thornton.
- Deed Book C, (p.108),#551-553: Nov 18, 1758- WILLIAM GAUNT and wife ANN to Presly Nelms .. . 300 acres on N. side of Little Shocco Creek, ...
- Deed Book F, (pg. 240), #339,361- Feb. 26, 1763- Samuel Choat to WILLIAM GANT for 30 pds . ...
Edgecombe County, NC, File #154, Bk 4, p. 109: 22 Feb 1739, JOHN GANT received a grant of 150 acres of land "lying near Little Schocco and Isingglass Creeks". (This is south of Warrenton, NC near the border of present-day Warren and Franklin Counties, NC.) ... GEORGE the SECON D - know ye that we have given unto
JOHN GAUNT one hundred and fifty acres of land in Edgecombe County lying near Little Schocco and Isingglass Creeks.
Land Grant Office, Raleigh, NC: Deed Book 4, p. 109, dated .
"The Colonial Records of N.C., Vol. IV, 1734-1752" [above land grant]
!11 Apr 1743 - John Gant of Edgecombe Co. to William Kendrich of Edgecombe Co., 150 acres on lower side of Six Po[u]nd Creek, joining the mouth of a branch and the creek whereon Kendrich now lives.
1743 - At a council held at Edenton the 15 day of March, among business ... read the following petition as follows; viz... among these ... John Gant 150 A(cres). Edgecombe. Granted (C R 4:625) Council Journal.
Wanda book, p. 9: In 1745, Isle of Wight Co., VA, John Gent of Edgecombe Co., NC sold 300 acres on the South side of the Nottoway River to Richard Vick, Wit. by Arthur Washington, William Newton, Henry Vaughn & John Turner, Jr. (See NC Record)."
- 24 Mar 1745 John Gant recorded in Granville Co. his mark for cattle as a crop & a slit i n the left ear ... identify roaming livestock. [cited in "Twelve Families", p. 10]
Note: Granville County, NC was formed from Edgecombe in 1746.
2 Dec 1747 - John Thornton of Granville Co. to JOHN GANT of the same Co. for the sum of two pounds, 10 shillings a parcel of land containing 50 acres, part of a patent to said Thornton for 400 acres on 20 Apr 1745.
22 Dec 1747 - Summons for jurors to attend court at the house of William Eaton (his colonel in the militia?) 3-4 mi. from Henderson: JOHN GANT (one of 16 men).
8 Oct 1754 - Granville Co., NC "Muster Roll of Militia" Colonel William Eaton's command, Company of Capt. Sugar Jones, among others, JOHN GANT, Isham Gant, John Gant, Jr., John Wood, William Wood, et. al.
"State Records of N.C., Vol XXII", p. 376: John1, John Jr., William and Isham GANT served in the militia under Captain Sugar Jones.
Cliff Gant, 8/91, re: Bute Co., NC Oath of Allegiance in 1778 "... We think John [Gant, Sr. ] was alive in 1778 but was too old (over 60) to be required to take the oath. ..."
Xerox copy found in Lee Gantt's files 8/91: "I found this in N.C. Archives [Raleigh, NC] William Gant provided 48 lbs. bacon and 5 bushels [indian] corn. As far as I know, this line has not been established for DAR. Ophelia Wade" Attached to handwritten note dated May 10th, 1781 and what appears to be an assignment [No. 1855] by William Gant. [Would this be his original signature?]
Jean Gantt, 12/92: "... John Gant, [of] Edgecomb [Co., NC] sold land to Osborn Jefferies, Isle of Wight [Co., VA]. Assume Pierce line as swamp. Adj[acent] to Nicholas Casey, Wm. Poson bys. Eliz[abeth] Mathews line. Ambrose Hadleys old field. Capt. Henry Applewait & Abraham [Albritton?] Jones line." ???
- John Gent witnessed the Osborne Jeffreys' Northhampton [Co., VA?] 1744 deed to Nicholas Sessum, Edgecombe Co. [, NC?] West side of Tar River. [Cliff - We think this John Gentt was our John1 Gant and that this document connects him to Isle of Wight Co., VA because Osborne Jeffreys lived there with the Boddies, Hadleys and others, including Richard Gent. William & Mary Gent did not witness
this deed but were "of Edgecomb Co." NC when they sold land in Brunswick Co, VA which had formerly been in Prince George Co., VA ...]"
Wanda book, p. 31: "... Although documentation is lacking in some areas it APPEARS that John Gant had 2 wives with the 2nd being either a Brantley or a Bobo. This author tends to believe she [2nd] was of the Lewis Bobo lineage of Bute Co. [NC] since Lewis Gant named one of his sons Absolom Bobo Gant. ..."
Jessie Gaunt Palmer note: Granville Co., NC Deed Book A, p. 68: 26 Nov 1748, John Crookshanks to John Gaunt, both of Granville Co., 300 acres on ns [north side] of Little Shocco [creek ] patented 20 Apr 1745.
Helen Gant Donald, *E, 3/97: A John Gant was a "sworn chain carrier" on August 20, 1748 in a survey of property purchased by John Brantley in Granville Co., NC. Analysis: John2 Gant would have been a teenager  and therefore, could not have served as a "sworn chain carrier". It also shows that John1 Gant was literate, a condition that one could not necessarily assume in those days.
More About [DAC] John Gent Gant:
Name 2: John Gant
Date born 2: Abt. 1713, prob, Isle of Wight, VA
Date born 3: Abt. 1713, prob. Isle of Wight, Va
Died 2: Abt. 1783, Franklin, N.C.
Died 3: Abt. 1783, Franklin, NC
Fact 1: See Note Page
Notes for Ann:
Cliff's book, p. 7: "... [re: Estate of Edward Brantley of Isle of Wight Co., VA dated 27 Ma r 1739] ... Because the given names of Edward Brantley's sons were nearly identical to those of John Gant's younger sons, we suspect (we will not assume) that John Gant may have
married a daughter of Edward Brantley's; however, no daughter was mentioned in Brantley's will. ... "
"Twelve Families - An American Experience", by William F. Odell had her name as Ann [but most of the rest of the story about John and "Ann" GANT seems to be pure fiction.
More About Ann:
Fact 1: See Note Page
More About John Gant and Ann:
Marriage: Abt. 1730, Probably Granville, N.C.
Children of John Gant and Ann are:
6 i. Isham4 Gant.
7 ii. Lewis Gant.
8 iii. William Gant, born Abt. 1730 in Shocco District, Granville, NC. He married Anna Wood.
+ 9 iv. [DAR] James Gant, born Abt. 1740 in Shocco District, Granville, NC; died Mar 1798 in Franklin, NC.
Generation No. 4
9. [DAR] James4 Gant (John Gent3, John2, Thomas Gent1) was born Abt. 1740 in Shocco District, Granville, NC, and died Mar 1798 in Franklin, NC. He married Elizabeth Wood Abt. 1765 in Edgecombe Co., N.C., daughter of John Wood and Ann Britain. She was born Abt. 1744 in Bertie Co., N.C..
Notes for [DAR] James Gant:
.. James died in March, 1798 (WB B, page 43) leaving a will dated Dec. 9, 1798. ... " Cliff, 11/92: "... when an entry of his estate was recorded in the Sep 1798 court, the entry indicated he had died in Mar 1798. ..."
1778 Bute Co., NC - list of those who took Oath of Allegience to State: District of Capt. Matthew Thomas: ... James Gant ...
"Histories of Pope, Carter and McFerrin Families", p. 35 reports "Abstract of Wills, North Carolina, 1760-1800, page 116: Franklin County, will of James Gant; wife, Elizabeth [?], 1793[ 7]." [Is this the date of will instead of date of death?]
Lee Gantt reported a James Gant's will [dated?] 9 Dec 1797 in Franklin Co., NC listing his children. [Wanda, p. 95 has transcription.]
E. L. Harris comments: "... The will of James Gant in 1797 names brother, Isham Gant ..."
Halifax Co., NC, Will Book 3, page 330. Will of Colyer Hill[?] of Franklin, Co., NC (at the house of William Hill in Halifax Co., NC) 19 May 1799: Aug. Ct.
1799 ... my brothers and sisters: Robert & Thomas & Benjamin and ELIZABETH GANT [emphasis added] and the children of Sarah Adams ..." [Was this Elizabeth (Hill) Gant the wife of James Gant who died 1797, Franklin Co., NC? Cliff Gant says NO!] - Mary Hinton Kerr letter.
Cliff Gant, 8/91: "...We have a copy of the incomplete 1766 tax list for Bute County [, NC] ( formed from Granville in 1764) which lists only William2, Isham2 and James2. This does tell us, however, that James2 was at least 21 in 1766, [i.e.] born before 1745. Since we know he was younger than [his brothers] William2, John2 and Isham2 but older than his other brothers, we have assumed that James was born in 1739. ..."
Martha Heafner, 9/91:
Will book of Franklin Co., NC, 1785-97, p. 45 has abstract of "Will of James Gant". Mentions, son, Henry; wife, Eliz[abe]th; daughters: Polly, Nancy, Betsey, Myma, Abby and Amy Davis ; son, Sampson Gant and brother, Isom Gant. December 9, 1797 ... Undated.
CG, 11/91: "... She [Myma] was named fourth among five daughters each of whom, with their mother, were given equal shares "as they come of age or marriage" in "all my land that I have not heretofore given away."
Franklin Co. [NC] Deed Book 9, p. 5: "p. 151 HENRY GANT, ELIZABETH GANT, MARY GANT, NANCY GANT and MIMA GANT sold land devised to them by JAMES GANT, deceased, with the exception of a part within bounds allotted to ABBY GANT as her right, witnessed by ISHAM GANT, Jan. 30, 1799. " [Jessie Palmer had Will Book A, p. 209]
CG, 1/92 ltr. NGC: "... in 1790 census for Franklin Co., NC: James 2 is listed as 3 males over 16 and 5 females.
While I have difficulty with the 3 males as it should have been 4 (unless Sampson was listed separately somewhere - don't find him in Franklin Co., NC), I have no trouble with the females as it means that only 4 of the 5 minor daughters had been born by 1790; the youngest, Abby, was born ca. 1792.
Jeanne Clary, 7/92: "V. 1, Warren Co. Will Abst, p. 61 [1779-1814 by Mary Hinton Kerr?]: Wil l Book 2, p. 232, Estate sale of Peter Walker, dec'd 24 Feb 1778 buyers James Gant, Peter Robinson, Thomas Cooper, John Robinson."
Cliff's book, p. 327: "... In the 1790 census of Franklin Co. [NC], James2 was shown with two sons 16 or over, [i.e.] born 1774 or earlier; one was Sampson, the other, we believe, was Britton. ..."
- 8/93: "... Wanda [of New London, NC] told me she had filed with the DAR and had quite a time proving that Henry3 was a cousin of John?? ... [Cliff understood that] James2, Henry3's father, was involved in a battle just preceding the Rev. War."
Dona Gantt McSwain's DAR ap.: 1852, widow, Elizabeth, petition for yearly allowance.; Estate Records; Bute Co. [NC] Oath of Allegiance; will in Franklin Co., [NC]
DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, 1990, part 2: James: b. c1745, NC, d. 12- -1797, NC , m. Elizabeth ---, PS [Patriotic Service], NC.
Some speculations about the ancestry of the Jint families who were in the 1790 of Wake Co., North Carolina.
Despite the variation in the spelling of the family surname, we can assume with little doubt that the Jint families in the 1790 census record of the Hillsborough District of Wake Co., NC were the same families as those listed as Jent or Gent the later census records of Wake County and of Barren and Monroe counties of KY and Smith County of TN. The given name of these Jints/Jent/Gents in the census records of Wake County were Thomas, John and Jesse. We believe these men were brothers and that Thomas was the oldest, born before 1760, John was in the middle and Jesse was the youngest, born in 1760.
The assumption that the Jint families of Wake County were the same families as those found in later census records of KY and TN is also based on the fact that the names of their neighbors in the 1790 census of Wake County who were also found in these later census records. The full names and surnames of these neighbors as well as the surnames of the persons who married into the Jent families in Wake County are also of particular significance in tracing the origin and ancestry of these Wake County Jints/Jent. These surnames included Brown, Cooke, Driver, Joyner, Poe and Stinson.
The key record in tracing back the ancestry of the Jents of Wake County was the application filed by Jesse Gent on 18 July 1833 for a pension due to his service as a soldier during the American Revolutionary War service (have copy). In his application, Jesse Gent stated that he was born in Edgecombe Co., NC in 1760. He also stated that he began his first 3 months of service in Aug 1780 and was married after his return home a few days after Christmas (note that this confirms the date of his marriage bonds on 9 Jan 1781 in the Wake County marriage records. Also be aware that the actual date of marriage might be several days or more after bonds are filed).
Unfortunately, Jesse Gent was not required nor did he state the names his parents or children(notice the difference in the spelling of Jesse's surname in his pension application as this also confirms his link to the Gents found in earlier records of Edgecombe Co., NC). Wiley Brown, Drury Brown, Rev. John Saunders and Dempsey Driver confirmed the statements made by Jesse in his application. The following are the records found thus far in Edgecombe Co., NC and surrounding of persons with the surname of Gent:
1. On 2 Oct 1744, John Gentt witnessed a deed of land in Edgecombe County along the Tarr River between Osborne Jeffreys and Nicholas Sessums. Other witnesses were Samuel Sessums and John Parker. This John Gent was too old to be the John Jent of Wake County who was born just before 1760 according to the above census records.
2. On 27 Jan 1755, Thomas Jent applied for a grant of land (not granted) in Cumberland Co., NC (Wake was formed in 1770 from Cumberland, Johnston and Orange counties). This Thomas Jent is also too old to be the Thomas Jent of Wake County who was born just before 1760 according to the above later census records.
3. In Jun 1759, John Gent was ordered to be a member of a road crew along the Tarr River in Edgecombe County. Another member of the crew was John Parker. This is the same man as in 1, above. Also in this crew were many men from Isle of Wight Co., VA including William and James Smelly, William Braswell and Henry Flowers.(same name as a person fond in earlier records of Isle of Wight Co., VA in 1720).
4. On 21 Jan 1763, Thomas Gent was a chain carrier when land in Orange Co., NC was surveyed for Enoch Spinks (see note above relating to the formation of Wake County). This is the man as in 2, above.
5. In Aug 1770, John Gent and Thomas Gent were assigned to a road crew in Edgecombe County. These are the same as in 1 and 2, above. Others in the crew were Solomon Joyner and Thomas Driver. Among others appointed on other road crews at this time were Thomas Saunders and Jeremiah Brown. (note that men with these surnames were neighbors of the Jents in later records mentioned above).
6. In 1771, Thomas Gent was ordered to a road crew in Wake County (see note above relating to the formation of Wake County). Same man as in 2, above
7. On 11 April 1780, Thomas Jent was granted land in Wake County. This could be the Thomas Jint in the 1790 census of Wake County, above.
8. On 15 May 1787, Thomas Jent was granted land in Wake County. This could also be Thomas Jint in the 1790 census of Wake County, above.
9. On 31 Aug 1788, Jesse Jent was granted land adjacent to Thomas Jent in Wake County. These are the same men as in the 1790 census of Wake County.
The above records indicate that John Gent of Edgecombe Co., NC was probably born before 1723, Thomas Gent of Edgecombe was born probably born before 1734 and they were probably brothers. Further that the origins of the Jints of Wake Co., NC lie in Edgecombe Co., NC. The full names or surnames of those who were associated with the Jints of Wake County can also be traced back to Edgecombe County. They include the full names of Dempsey Driver who married Elizabeth Stinson in Wake County in 1805 and Amos Joyner who married Easther Jent in Wake County in 1802.
In turn, the forebears of these men can also be traced back to Isle of Wight Co., VA. Dempsey Driver was mentioned as the grandson of Giles Driver, Jr. in Giles' will of 1744 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. Amos Joyner's father, Moses, married Joseph Vick's daughter, Patience. Joseph Vick was the son of Richard Vick who was a resident of Isle of Wight County. Others in the above mentioned 1759 record of Edgecombe County that can be traced back to Isle of Wight County are Richard Braswell and Henry Flowers and those with a surname of Body, Sellers, Hardy, Smelly and Strickland. However, I see no particular significance in seeing these surnames in the records of that part of North Carolina that bordered Virginia as it was quite common for men or their children to move south to improve their fortunes on much fertile soil.
Here's another record that might also be key to tracing the Gents of Edgecombe Co., NC back in time:
On 2 Sep 1744, William Gent of Edgecombe Co., NC sold his remaining land in Brunswick Co., VA to William Irby (Brunswick from Prince George, Isle of Wight and Surry in 1720). Mary, wife of William, relinquished her right of dowry. M. Cadet Young, Moses Dunkrey and Charles King were witnesses. It might be significant as well that William Gent appeared in earlier records of Prince George Co., VA with a Thomas Gent who was probably a brother. William and Thomas Gent appeared together as witnesses to the will of Susannah Tillman in Prince George Co., VA in 1716. We believe William and Thomas might have been sons of the Thomas Gent who died in Charles City Co., VA in 1689 (Prince George from Charles City in 1703).
On the other hand, the Gent families of Edgecombe Co., NC could very well have been descendants of anyone of the following:
1. John Gent who was ordered to make additional wages to Samuel Hillman by the Charles City Co., VA Court in 1642.
2. John Gent who was a fisherman out of Salem, MA in 1642 and died at sea in 1661. He might be the same man as 1, above. He married Elizabeth probably in Devon Co., England and they had Daniel, died after 1682; Mary, died after 1683; Elizabeth, born 1637-1645; Thomas, born 1642 and John, died after 1676.
3. Thomas Jent transported by Roger Davis who received a patent of land in Charles City Co., VA in 1638.
4. William Jent transported by John Legatt who received land in New Kent Co., VA in 1662.
5. William Gent who arrived in MD ca. 1663.
6. James Gent transported by Thomas Batts who received land in Henrico Co., VA in 1674.
7. Thomas Gent who died in Charles City Co., VA in 1689. William Epes, Lewis Green and Richard Jones gave bond; the latter took over administration of Gent's estate at the request of Gent's wife, Sarah, who had declined administration appointed by the court. Nicholas Overbury and Henry Wall inventoried Gent's estate.
8. Thomas Gent transported by John Bannister who received land in Charles City Co., VA in 1690.
9. Thomas Gent transported by Daniel Mackgirt who received land in New Kent Co., VA in 1699.
10. Nicholas Gent transported by Edward Smithwicke who was granted land in Chowan Precinct, Albemarle Co., NC on 8 Mar 1693. Hugh Smithwicke, Edward's father, arrived in VA ca. 1642 where Edward was born and settled in Albemarle Co., NC in 1661.
11. Henry Gent transported by William Arrington who received a grant of land in Chowan Precinct, Albemarle Co., NC on 7 Sep 1694. Despite receiving rights to land for Elizabeth Arrington (his wife) and Sarah Arrington (a daughter), William Arrington might not have moved to NC because he died in Isle of Wight Co., VA in 1725 where he and his wife, Elizabeth, had lived for many years. For example, William and Elizabeth Arrington allowed William Boddie to sell wood from land their "father", James Pedden (apparently Elizabeth's father) leased from William Boddie (see note about Richard Gent, below).
12. Alles (Alice?) Gent witnessed a bill of Edward Smithwicke in Albemarle Co., NC in 1697. She was probably the wife of either Nicholas or Henry Gent, above - most probably Nicholas as he was associated with Smithwicke.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can furnish me with more proof about the ancestry of the above Jint/Jent/Gent families or who want additional information from me. My earliest known ancestor was John Gent/Jent and his earliest record was in 1717 when he purchased land in Isle of Wight Co., VA. He might indeed have had the same roots as the Gent families in Edgecombe Co., NC. Please contact me at email@example.com.
More About [DAR] James Gant:
Date born 2: 1740, Shocco Dist., Granville,N.C.
Died 2: Mar 1798, Franklin, N.C.
Fact 1: See Note Page
Notes for Elizabeth Wood:
CG, 1/92 ltr. to NGC: "... It also appears from the above assumed and given birth years for the children of James2, that Elizabeth was probably a second wife of James2 and that she was the mother of the 5 minor daughters and James2's first wife [name unknown] was the mother of the sons and, probably, Amy. Presumably, Elizabeth remarried before 1800 as I have not found her in any 1800 census; perhaps she also moved to SC."
More About Elizabeth Wood:
Fact 1: See Note Page
More About James Gant and Elizabeth Wood:
Marriage: Abt. 1765, Edgecombe Co., N.C.
Child of James Gant and Elizabeth Wood is:
+ 10 i. Henry5 Gant, born Abt. 1770 in Virginia; died Dec 1852 in Lincoln Co., N.C..
Generation No. 5
10. Henry5 Gant (James4, John Gent3, John2, Thomas Gent1) was born Abt. 1770 in Virginia, and died Dec 1852 in Lincoln Co., N.C.. He married (1) Sara "Sally" Bass Abt. 1789 in Franklin Co. , NC, daughter of Benjamin Bass and Martha Hicks. She was born Abt. 1775 in Brunswick Co. ,VA, and died Bef. 1814 in Lincoln, North Carolina. He married (2) Elizabeth "Betsy" Walls 08 Sep 1814 in Lincoln Co. N.C..
Notes for Henry Gant:
LTG quote from Mrs. Arthur E. Gantt ltr.: "Sometime shortly before 1800, Henry, probably a first or second cousin of John [b. c1758/67, son of Wm.2] moved to Lincoln Co. [NC]. The Gantts of present day [1987?] Western N.C. descend from either John or Henry but at this time I have not proved who my husband's g.g. grandfather was." ... Catawba Co., NC was formed from Lincoln Co. in 1824.
- 10/93: "DAR only knew about Henry3's two sons, Tyre4 and Henry Jr.4 the only two that went to Cleveland Co. [NC] with him. Cleveland, Gaston and Catawba Counties were all made out of Lincoln Co. in 1841-46 but Henry3 did move between the 1830 and 1850 census[es]. He was not listed in the 1840 census. I used a petition from Sherod4's widow, Sarah, found in the Lincoln [Co.] Pleas & Quarters [Session?]. (Sherod died in 1864. He was not listed in the 1850 census but was in the agriculture schedule.) ...
- Henry3 bought 214 ac. on Mountain Creek [Lincoln Co.?] in 1804 from Jesse Perkins. From 1804 to 1837 Henry3 bought a total of 387 ac. and sold 235 ac. leaving a total of 152 ac. in the present Catawba Co. (formerly Lincoln Co., NC). In 1846, Henry3 bought [17 ac. of] land [ on Buffalo Creek] in Cleveland Co., NC where he moved with his sons, Tyre4 & Henry, Jr.4. His estate was never settled after his death in 1852. ..."
- 9/94: "... James2's son, Henry3 sold the land he inherited [about 1798] and moved with his wife and sons to Lincoln Co., NC to be near his first cousin, John3 [Wm.2]."
Jessie's Index: "Henry Gantt, m. 8 Sep 1814, Botetourt Co., VA marriage Bonds to Betsey Walls " , second wife.
Cliff Gant, 9/91: "... Henry3 went to Lincoln Co., NC ... Elizabeth Bray Sherrill a CGR of Sherrill's Ford, NC ... did find that Henry3 purchased land from Jesse Perkins [who is this?] in 1804 and it appeared that Henry3 and [William2's son] John3 were close."
Martha Heafner, 10/91: Franklin Co., [NC] Deed Book 9, p. 5: "p. 151 [mentions] Henry, Elizabeth [Betsey], Mary, Nancy and Mima Gant sold land devised to them by [their father] James2 Gant, deceased. ... Jan 30, 1799."
CG, 1/92 ltr. to Norma G. Carter:, "... I have not found any of the above heirs [to James2] in an 1800 census except for Henry who, family researchers believe, is the Henry Ghant (later censuses have it as Gant) in Lincoln Co., NC with a John Ghant (later Gant) who, family researchers believe, was the son of William2. ..."
- 11/91: "... Henry, who was born in 1770 (per the 1850 census of Cleveland Co., NC [which shows him at age 80]) ..."
- 7/92: "... the 1850 census [of Cleveland Co., NC?] indicated that Henry, age 80 was born in NC (year 1770) as was his sons, Tyra, born 1806 and Henry, Jr. born 1813. ..."
- 1/93: "... Henry3 stated in the 1850 census that he was born in NC as did his five sons [ 2 spouses]."
- 3/93: "... it is possible that Warren was a son of Henry's because I have not identified one of his two sons under 10 in the 1820 census. One was Henry, Jr., born 1814; the other could be Warren, born 10 Oct 1810 and not yet 10 years old when the  census was taken as of August 1, 1820.
Jean, 12/92: Surety on 8 Sep 1814 wedding was Nathaniel Edwards.
Cliff's book, p. 325: "... a Henry Gant ... was listed in the 1800 census of Lincoln Co., NC . Henry remained in Lincoln county until he appeared in the 1840 census of Cleveland Co. [NC]; as a matter of fact, Henry may not have moved because Cleveland [Co.] was formed from a part of Lincoln county in 1841. ..."
- p. 34: "... the only other Gant who moved to Lincoln County [NC] was cousin Henry3 (John1 , James2); this according to Evelyn Harris. However, Henry did not move there until after 1800."
- p. 151: "... 1800 census of Lincoln Co., NC, Henry3 Ghant (sic) appears as
31010-00010 with John3 Ghant (sic) as 11010-20010. ...
1810 census, his family had grown to seven children (23010-10010) with one son, Sherrod, with his own family. [Wanda Gantt, 10/93: "... All six sons were listed in the 1810 census and Henry3 did not m. his second wife, Betsey, Wall[s] until 1914." [or was it 5 sons & 1 f., Mary?]] - p. 156: "... The 1830 census of Lincoln Co., NC listed a male with Henry, Sr. born 1815-20 who may have been a sixth son of Henry's but whose identity has not been established. [6/93: [re:] Bill Jennings [Little Rock, AR] letter. My guess is this man descends from James2, Henry3 and that William Washington4, born 1818, is the unidentified male in Henry4's household born 1815-20 (see page 156 of my book). We've heard of a William Washington Gant from this area from others (don't have my notes). ..."
Cliff, 9/93 & 10/93, Census Analysis of Henry3, (Jas.2):
- 1800 - Lincoln Co., NC, p. 884: 31010-00010.
- 1810 - " , N. Twp., p. 354: 23010-10010.
- 1820 - " : 220101-10110. [Sherrod shown separately]
- 1830 - " : Males: 1 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 20-30, 1 50-60;
Females: 1 10-15, 1 40-50.
- 1840 census, Lincoln Co., NC: 0000100-100010. [9/94, Wanda said NO!]
- 1850 - Cleveland Co., NC, p. 199/1235: age 80, "pauper", b. NC; with
Elizabeth, age 75, b. NC [shown as a pauper probably due to age only.] Next door to Tyre4 & 7 doors away is Henry, Jr.4.
Dona Gantt McSwain's DAR ap.: mentioned in James2's will; Sarah Bess mentioned in "Genealogy of Peiter Heyl"; Betsey Walls "Marriage Bonds of Tryon & Lincoln Co., NC" by Bynum, etc.
Wanda M. Gantt, 9/94: In 1846 Henry3 bought 17 acres on Buffalo Creek [in] Cleveland Co. [NC ] and moved [there] with two sons, Henry, Jr.4 and Tyre4. Cleveland Co. was organized from Lincoln and Rutherford Cos., NC but the three families did move further South while Henry's [ot her] sons Sherod4, James4 and Willis4 remained in the same area which became Catawba Co. in 1842. ... In the loose file at Raleigh [NC Archives?] in the Cleveland [Co.] Estate Records, 1795 to 1840, 14 Dec 1852 there is a settlement of personal effects only, but it does not include any land.
Sarah "Sally" Bass cannot be proved as a wife of Henry Gant since no record of their marriage exists (per this researcher).
There is proof of his second marriage. Record found in Lincoln Co., N.C.
More About Henry Gant:
Name 2: Henry Gantt
Date born 2: Abt. 1770, Bute, N.C.
Died 2: WFT Est. 1820-1862, Cleveland,NC
Died 3: Dec 1852, Cleveland, N.C.
Fact 1: See Note Page
Notes for Sara "Sally" Bass:
Martha Heafner, 9/91, said name may be Bess. 11/91, *P*, "... trying to track down Sarah Bass, Henry3's wife. So far all I have picked up is that in 1808 Kentucky tax lists there appears a Tyra Bass. That's an awfully interesting coincicence [of name], since Tyra is such an
unusual name. Barbara Steinau is the person who sent me the information and she didn't know any more. But she did send me the address of a second cousin who had done a great deal of research on the Bass family. I have written to him but have not heard back. I will let you know if anything comes of it."
*P* note from Larry Washam, 1/20/92: "... Edward Bass, b. 19 Oct 1672 in Norfolk Co., VA .. . he had a son named Benjamin Bass was born (based upon deeds) before 1737 who moved to Granville Co., NC (March 7, 1758 Deed Bk C - Peter Day of Granville Co., for L30, deeds to Benjamin Bass of Northhampton Co.
103 acres of land in Granville Co. [NC] on Fishing Creek) ... John Hicks Bass, son of Benjamin Bass who married Martha Sarah Hicks (Sarah was born c. 1761/2). Sarah was dau. of Robert Hicks ... Children of Benjamin Bass and Sarah Hicks Bass: ... 6. Sarah ... [her bro. John Hicks Bass was b. 1763 in Brunswick Co., VA]"
[With Henry3 b. c1770 could he have m. WIDOW Sarah Hicks Bass or dau. Sarah? MBG votes for dau. Sarah, and guesses she was b. about 1765!]
Cliff, 11/93: "... Evelyn Harris ... wrote me that "Henry, Jr.4 gave two versions of his birth year 1814-1815 so there is a question which wife was his mother". Evelyn must have gotten her 1815 number from the 1860 [census] index. I don't believe Betsy Walls was the mother of Henry, Jr.4 because her m. to Henry, Sr.3 did not take place until 8 Sep 1814. It's my guess that Sarah Bass died as a result of complications arising from the birth of Henry, Jr.4." Jr.4."
More About Sara "Sally" Bass:
Name 2: Sarah Bass
Date born 2: Abt. 1765, prob Brunswick, VA
Date born 3: Abt. 1780, Brunswich Virginia
Died 2: Bef. 1814, Lincoln, NC
Died 3: 12 Dec 1840, Lincoln, N.C.
Fact 1: See Note Page
More About Henry Gant and Sara Bass:
Marriage 1: Abt. 1789, Franklin Co. , NC
Marriage 2: Abt. 1789, Franklin, North Carolina
Marriage 3: Abt. 1797, Lincoln C., N.C.
More About Henry Gant and Elizabeth Walls:
Marriage: 08 Sep 1814, Lincoln Co. N.C.
Children of Henry Gant and ? Sara Bass are:
11 i. James6 Gant, born Abt. 1797 in Franklin, Lincoln, NC; died Abt. 1865 in Catawba Co., N.C.. He married (1) Mary Eaton 27 Dec 1822 in Lincoln, NC; born Abt. 1798 in Lincoln Co., N.C.; died Bet. 1850 - 1860 in Lincoln Co., North Carolina. He married (2) Sarah "Sallie" Johnson 31 Oct 1861 in Cleveland Co. N.C..
Notes for James Gant:
- 1810 census - Lincoln Co., NC with father;
- 1820 census - ?? ;
- 1830 census - Lincoln Co., NC, separate HOH; 3<5, 1 10-15, 1 30-40; F: 1 20-30.
- 1840 census - Lincoln Co., NC, p. 094, Upper Regiment Militia [2031010-000001]
- 1840 Agriculture Schedule on microfilm, Catawba Co., NC: James Gant, 40 ac., improved, 70 ac. unimproved, 2000 cash value, 650 value, 5 horses, 2 mules, 3 milk cows, 12 bu. oats.
1850 census - Catawba Co., NC, age 47, b. NC, with Mary, age 50, & family.
Ag. Sked.: 40 ac. improved and 70 ac. unimproved yet there is no record that he ever bought or sold land [so he got it from his father's
- 1860 census - Catawba Co., NC [with son, Jefferson], 60, m, farm labor.
James had been the bondsman for his sister, Mary, when she married Solomon Hart. James died in 1865 before the petition [see Sherrod ..." "moved with his parents and three brothers to Lincoln Co., NC just before the 1800 census was taken."
- 1837, Lincoln Co., [NC] tax list, Wycough's Co. (In Raleigh-Lincoln misc.): James Gant, 144 ac., 216 value, one white pole[poll], (loose file 1778-1845).
- 1839, Lincoln Co., [NC] tax list, Wycough's Co.: James [Gant], 144 ac., 216 value, one white pole[poll], 79 total.
- 1840, Lincoln Co., [NC] tax list, Wycough's Co., James Gant, no land, no value, one white pole[poll], 45 total.
- "... no record in Lincoln or Catawba [Co.] where James bought or sold land."
"... Henry had bought 387 acres, sold 235 leaving 152 acres in Lincoln Co., NC. In the 1850 Agriculture schedule for Catawba Co., James Gant is listed with 40 acres improved and 70 acres unimproved, yet there is no record that James ever bought or sold land." ..
DOM 31 Oct 1861 as reported in Lincoln Co., NC Marriage, has to be different Gant.
More About James Gant:
Date born 2: Abt. 1797, Franklin/Lincoln, NC
Died 2: Abt. 1865, Lincoln, NC
Fact 1: See Note Page
Notes for Mary Eaton:
Mary's sister Nancy Elizabeth Eaton married William Washington Gant. On the 1800 Lincoln Co., N.C.census there is a John Eaton with two daughters and two sons who could be Mary's parents.
More About Mary Eaton:
Fact 1: See Note Page
More About James Gant and Mary Eaton:
Marriage: 27 Dec 1822, Lincoln, NC
More About James Gant and Sarah Johnson:
Marriage: 31 Oct 1861, Cleveland Co. N.C.
12 ii. Sherrod Gant, born Abt. 1795 in Franklin, Lincoln Co. NC.; died Abt. 1842.
13 iii. Willis Gant, born Abt. 1792 in Franklin, Lincoln Co., NC; died Abt. 1850.
14 iv. Tyra T. Gant, born Abt. 1805 in Franklin, Lincoln Co., NC; died Abt. 1891.
15 v. Warren Gant, born Abt. 1810 in Franklin, Lincoln Co., NC; died Abt. 1903.
16 vi. Mary Gant, born Abt. 1812 in Franklin, Lincoln Co., NC.
Child of Henry Gant and Elizabeth Walls is:
17 i. William Washington6 Gant, born Abt. 1818 in Lincoln, North Carolina; died Bet. 1880 - 1890 in Yell Co, ARK. He married Nancy Elizabeth Eaton Abt. 1841 in Lincoln, NC; born Abt. 1820 in Lincoln, North Carolina; died Bet. 1880 - 1890 in Yell Co, ARK.
More About William Washington Gant:
Date born 2: Abt. 1818
More About William Gant and Nancy Eaton:
Marriage: Abt. 1841, Lincoln, NC
If anyone has knowledge of Nancy Eaton's parents please contact Virginia Email: Gintut@aol.com
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