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GENTRYS MILL

 

GENTRYS MILL‘s earliest settler was Andrew Miller who owned property in Bell County in 1854 and had extensive holdings of land which would become Hamilton County in 1858. In 1856 Andrew Miller settled permanently in Comanche County although the Comanche /Hamilton County line later was drawn through his farm. Miller gave land for the church and school at Gentrys Mill and for the Gentrys Mill Cemetery. Gentrys Mill is eight miles west of Hamilton on CR 607.

Gentrys Mill was named for Capt. Frederick Browder Gentry.  Mr. Gentry received a section of land (640 acres) on the Leon River for his service in the Battle of San Jacinto. In the Spring of 1856 Capt. Gentry came to Hamilton County and his family joined him in the Fall. The year of 1856 (as well as 1859) was a year of severe drought in the area which would become Hamilton County. There was little water in either the Leon River or the Cowhouse Creek that year. The Gentry family moved into Hamilton in 1874, and in 1875 Gentry purchased and moved to a tract of land on Waring Creek in western Hamilton County He built a water retention structure on Waring Creek to divert water to a grist mill, a saw mill, and a gin. With a shortage of water power, only the grist mill continued operation. Capt. Gentry was one of the first white settlers in that part of the county. 

Gentrys Mill had at one time a flour mill, a lumber mill, a Masonic hall and several churches, and it was larger than Hamilton. William Harrison Secrest moved his family to the Gentrys Mill area from Carlton before 5 October, 1860, when Jacob Edgar Secrest was born. S. C. Terry built a horse powered gin at Gentrys Mill.

"Thomas Walker Roberson, Jr. was born in Tippah County, Mississippi on October 17, 1852 and emigrated with his parents and other relatives to Duffau, Erath County, Texas ca 1859. He married Mary Parlee Wolfe in Erath County, Texas on June 12, 1879. The Robersons moved to the Gentrys Mill, Hamilton County, Texas area in 1906.Children of this marriage were : 
Edna ( b. April 1880 ), who married Sam King and lived in Kemp, Texas; 
Iris Della ( b. January 18, 1882, d. October 20, 1963 ), who married John R. White and lived in Knox City, Texas; 
John Stephens " Steve " Roberson ( b. January 9, 1884, d. February 1964), married Nora Unknown and lived in Quanah, Texas; 
Henry Calvin ( b. April 11, 1886, d. May 13, 1962 ), married Angie Mozelle Alexander and lived in Gentrys Mill and Hamilton, Texas; 
Efiie Diannah ( b. September 21, 1888, d. February 5, 1965 ), married Walter Daniel Dunn and Lived in Erath County, Texas; 
Ina ( b. December 9, 1890, d. February 1980), married (1) Stephen S. Robinett (2) John Wesley " Wes " Sadberry and lived in DeLeon, Texas; 
Lula " Will" ( b. September 23, 1893, d. October 13 1956 ), who married Frank Barton Fuqua and lived in Hamilton County; 
Walter W. ( b. March, 1896, d. 1946 ), who married Hallie Kay and lived in Knox City, Texas; 
James Lester ( b. April 26, 1898, d. May 20, 1972 ), who married Johnnie Belle Fuqua and Lived in Gentrys Mill area;
 Luther W. ( b. October 21, 1900, d. October 1968 ), who married Myrtle Manning and lived in Strathmore, Tulare County, California.

Henry Calvin and Angie Mozelle Roberson's son, Norman Ezelle ( b. April 5, 1914, d. December 24, 1957 ) married Nellie Jo, the daughter of Alvie Richard and Allie Featherston Lightfoot who were also residents of the Gentrys Mill area for many years.-- From Joe Lee

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Gentrys Mill TX Hamilton populated place 314731N 0981331W Gentrys Mill
Gentrys Mill Church TX Hamilton church 314714N 0981305W Gentrys Mill

 

"GENTRY'S MILL, TX." The Handbook of Texas Online

 

 
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