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Mary Johnson Wash m. William Gambill I
Posted by: George Welch Date: January 03, 2000 at 11:35:41
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I would like more info on Mary Johnson Wash. Here is the record I have to date:

William Gambill, Sr. (Ca1740 - 1779) was the son of Henry Gambill, Sr. and Mary Davenport Gambill. William and his wife, Mary Johnson Wash, were from Bromfield Parish in Culpeper County, Virginia. William had moved with his parents from Louisa County, Virginia when he was around 12 years of age in 1752. He married Mary Johnson Wash, probably in Culpeper County, Virginia, around 1758/60. Mary may have been married before; however, her father's name was Thomas Wash, and William did not seem to make any distinction in their seven children.

Various legal records continue to exist for William in Louise and Culpeper Counties in Virginia, and in Wilkes County, North Carolina. William purchased and sold land, witness land transactions, received property, served on juries, and was appointed constable in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1764. He was one of several brothers who were pioneers of Wilkes County, North Carolina in the 1770's, where he received several land grants totaling around one thousand acres of land near what is presently known as the west fork of Roaring River. Since Wilkes County wasn't formed until 1778, William was first listed on Benjamin Cleveland's 1777 Surry County Tax List with 2 improvements, 4 slaves, 4 horses, 11 cattle, and 75 lbs. of money. In Wilkes County, he was appointed Tax Assessor in Captain Allen's District in 1778, served as juryman, and was a planter and miller. According to family legend, the Gambill Mill was a landmark in Wilkes County for over 100 years. William also served in the Revolutionary War as a private in the First North Carolina Battalion under Major John Baptista Ashe and Colonial Thomas Clark in 1777 and 1778. As least one of his descendents has been admitted to the DAR on William's service to his country during the Revolutionary War. He donated land for the first Walnut Grove Baptist Church in the Gambill Creek area. Today, there are also a Gambill Road and Cemetery in the same area of Wilkes County, North Carolina.
If you can help, thanks.
George Welch


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