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23. Moses GENTRY5 was born about 1735 in Hanover County, Virginia.5 He died in 1808 at the age of 73 in Albemarle County, Virginia.5

Married Lucy Sims about 1758 in Louisa Co VA.
From The Gentry Family in America, 1676-1909, Richard Gentry, The Grafton Press, NY, 1909
(Moses Gentry) Born in Hanover Co., Va., about 1722, and lived mostly in Louisa and Albemarle. Louisa was organized from Hanover in 1742, and at that time quite a number of Gentrys had settled in Louisa Co. In 1744 the County of Albemarle was organized still further west of Louisa, but it was not until about 1760 when the Gentrys began to settle in Albemarle. Moses Gentry bought land of Samuel Gay, of Albemarle, March 13, 1778, on the old Lynchburg road, north of Garland's Store, on the south side of Ragged Mountain, and made it his permanent home. He was a Ruling Elder in the Cove Presbyterian Church, a large brick church building situated about six miles from his home. His wife, Lucy Sims, was noted for her religious zeal and church work. She lived to be nearly one hundred years of age, surviving her husband many years. After his death, which occurred in 1808, she kept an inn, or tavern, her home being suitably located on the main road from Lynchburg to Richmond.

Louisa Co DB B
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.

Louisa Co DB C, p.190
p.190  10 May 1763  Wm Lane & Anne his wife of TrinityParish, Louisa to Moses Gentry of St. Martin's, Hanover Co.  75#'s. 150 acres.  Begin Cub Creek,corner ash in Watkins's line; widow Mills's line; Robert Anderson's corner, hisline; Winstons line to Cub Creek then down the Creek.
Signed:  William Lane,Anne Lane.  Wit:  William Pettus, Charles Dickenson, Benjamin(x) Grisum
Ack & dower released, same day.

Will of Moses Gentry
Will: March 15, 1806; Probated December Court, 1808
Albemarle County Will Book 4, Page 346
Will: In the name of God, Amen. I Moses Gentry of Albemarle County being well in body and in Sound mind memory and Judgement and considering the uncertainty of this mortal Life do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say I first recommend my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God, who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner, at the discretion of my Excecutors hereafter named and touching such worldly Estate as God hath blessed me with I do leave it in manner and form following: It is my will and Desire that my Wife Lucy Gentry have the whole of my Estate both real and personal after paying all my just Debts, which Estate she is to enjoy during her widowhood and after the death of my Wife Lucy my lands to be sold by my Ex'trs for the best price that can be had for it, and the money arising from the Sale of my Land to be equally divided among my Children except Joanah Walters, but the part that would have come to her to be equally divided among her Children. It is my Will and Desire that my Son David Gentry have Sixty pounds over and above his proportionable part for living with and taking Keer of his Mother, it is my will and desire that all my Children that hath not been furnished with a Feather bed and furniture or horse bridle and saddle and Cow & Calf, that they be furnished out of my Estate before any division takes place. It is my will and desire that my Daughter Joanah Walters have one equal part with my other Children but that part that she would have had to be put in the hands a Trustee to for her and her Children's Use and not be in the power of her husband Joseph Walters to dispose of in any Manner whatever, and lastly, I do appoint Edward Garland, Andrew Hart and James Gentry Sole Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and disallowing all former wills by me made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 15th day of March in the year of our Lord 1806. Signed Sealed and delivered by the above named Moses Gentry to be his last will and Testament.
Signed: Moses Gentry (his mark) (seal)
In presence of: Alijah L. Old, Robert B. Maxwell, John Maxwell, Robert Miller, Samuel L. Hart, John Robinson
At Albemarle December Court 1808
This last Will and Testament of Moses Gentry was produced into Court and by the Oaths of A. Old, R.B. Maxwell, J. Maxwell & R. Miller fully proved and ordered to be recorded.
Teste: John Nicholas, C.C

Final settlement was not made by the administrator, Edward Garland, until 1825.

Only children David and Joannah were named in Moses's will.
An online list includes:
Elizabeth, b. 1751(too early - prob born about 1758-60) who married James Haggard , David who d. 1839, Clayborne, b. 1775-d. 1852 , Jane, Joanna who married Joseph Walters, Moses, Nicholas, Polly, James, b. abt 1767, Louisa, died 1833, Winchester, Clark, KY; John P., Benajah, b. 1780
(this list did not include a daughter Frances - see next)

List from the Gentry book cited above:
1. James
2. Moses, settled in Western Kentucky; no issue.
3. John P. (married Kate dau of Benajah, moved to Madison, KY
4. Benajah, born Jan. 10, 1780.
5. Claybourn, born in 1775.
6. Nicholas
7. David, died without issue in 1839, and willed his property to his nephew Addison Gentry, and others.
8. Elizabeth, married Rev. James Haggard, her first cousin, and they settled in Kentucky.
9. Jane, married James Maxwell of Virginia.
10. Frances, married Thomas Fitzpatrick.
11. Joanna, married Joseph Walters.
12. Polly, married John Gentry, son of her uncle, Martin Gentry, a?nd settled in Kentucky. (Note: was he also John P. Gentry? often named as John Pleasant Gentry)

Moses GENTRY and Lucy SIMS were married circa 1758. Lucy SIMS was born (date unknown).

Moses GENTRY and Lucy SIMS had the following children:



Elizabeth "Betsie" GENTRY.



Benajah GENTRY.



Mary "Polly" GENTRY.