The birth date given for Nicholas Gentry is actually his baptism, St. Peter's Parish.
Nicholas II has been given several wives by researchers. Jane was his wife at the time of his death. An earlier wife named as Mary Brooks, daughter of Richard Brooks has been shown to have been the wife of Nicholas the 2nd's nephew who was also named Nicholas, but was the son of his brother Samuel Gentry. Jane, wife of Nicholas II, signed her "mark" as a backward "B" giving rise to the speculation that she may have been a Brown. The Gentry family did live near a Brown family when they moved to Albemarle Co.
The Haggard database divides Nicholas II's children among two wives, the first Mary Brooks and the second Jane Benajah. Since there was no first wife Mary Brooks, it's likely all the children were Jane's.
After his baptism at St. Peter's Parish, there is no mention of Nicholas II. He does appear in the Vestry book of St. Paul's Parish after it was separated from St. Peter's and after Hanover County was separated from New Kent. This was in 1719 when he was processioned near his brother Samuel in the vicinity of Stone Horse Creek.
In 1736, Nicholas, or his father, was granted land on Dirty Swamp in what was then Hanover County. All records point to Nicholas living in Louisa Co until 1776 - This actually could also be his nephew of the same name - Richard Brooks gave 100 acres on Dirty Swamp to his daughter Mary and son-in-law Nicholas Gentry the younger. It appears both lived in the same area. However he remains listed as a land owner at St. Paul's Parish until 1769. There are indications that the list of landowners may not have been updated for many years and that other Gentrys were instead occupying this land.
Louisa Co DB 2
p.228 Nicholas Gentry 24 Jan 1758. To Moses Gentry for good will & Natural affection. 103 acres. Begin David Gentry's line; Col. Charles Barrets line. Nicholas (his mark) Gentry. 24 Jan 1758, ack in open court.
In 1776 at age almost eighty, Nicholas moved with sons David, Moses & Martin to Albemarle Co. Robert, Elizabeth & Benajah had already been there for several years. The family settled in the vicinity of Brown's Cove in Albemarle. Only Nicholas Jr & Nathan remained in Louisa Co.
Nicholas wrote his will 20 Feb 1777 before leaving Louisa Co; it was received for probate in Albemarle Apr 1779. He left his wife Jane in possession of his real & personal estate during her life. Gifts to sons Martin & Nathan, grandson Bartlett & granddaughter Patty, children of Martin. Sons Moses, David, & Nicholas & daughter Mary only 20 sh [Moses & David had previously rec'd land, Nicholas had land rec'd from his father-in-law, doubtless Mary had also rec'd her share], One equal share of remaining estate to Robert, Benajah, Nathan & Martin and dau Elizabeth Haggard. One-half share to granddaughters Jane Timberlake & Ann Jenkins. Executors: wife Jane, sons David & Martin. Wit: Bezaleel & Benajah Brown.
NICHOLAS GENTRY II and Jane ?BROWN had the following children:
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