9. Nicholas GENTRY the Younger was born in 1717 in New Kent County, Virginia. He died in 1797 at the age of 80 in Surry County, North Carolina.
The following marriage was ascribed as a first marriage for his uncle of the same name. It's doubtful if his uncle, Nicholas II, had any wife other than Jane. The error has been corrected but so much of the older research is still available on the Interest, it's likely these two men and their wives will forever be confused.
This Nicholas is the one who was married to Mary Brooks. He appears in the records of Lousia Co as Nicholas the Younger to distinguish him from Nicholas II and Nicholas III who were called Nicholas Sr and Nicholas Jr in the records.
Louisa Co Va DB A:
p.249 22 Sep 1746 Nicholas Gentry the younger, and Mary his wife of Fredericksville Parish to Thomas Lane Junr of St Martins. 30 #'s. 100 acres. Signed: Nicholas (N) Gentry. wit: Thos Lankford, John Chisholm. Ack. by Gentry; Mary privately examined
In 1768, Nicholas was listed in a Rowan County (the precursor to Surry County), North Carolina tax list along with Joseph. His Surry County record begins with 1771 when he witnessed two deeds and was taxed along with Richard and Samuel. Thereafter he appears repeatedly in Surry County records, along with members of his family. He lived along Deep Creek in the southern part of the county until his death, apparently in 1800. (He was assessed for 142 acres in the 1800 Surry County tax list, but was not in the 1800 federal census, and was included in no later tax lists.) There is no mention of his wife Mary in any North Carolina references where relinquishment of dower rights appear not to have been as important as in Virginia, but she appears to have been still living at the time of the 1790 federal census.
I have had difficulty finding any record of the children of this couple, since most have placed Mary Brooks with the wrong Nicholas Gentry. I did find one database at FamilyCentral which seems to make sense, in view of the above records.
[Note. It has been mentioned in this Journal before, but bears emphasizing again that Mary Brooks was NOT the wife of Samuel-II's brother, Nicholas-II, in spite of repeated assertions to the contrary in genealogical literature of every imaginable variety. Nicholas Sr.'s wife Jane is mentioned in a Louisa County deed dated 28 Nov 1776 [Book E-124], "Nicholas Gentry and wife Jane of Trinity Parish and Louisa County, deed land" [at a time when Samuel's son was in North Carolina], and Nicholas Jr. appears in deeds such as that of 26 May 1752 [Book A-462], "Edward Stringer deeds to Nicholas Gentry Jr. and wife Elizabeth [daughter of Edward Stringer], 70 acres of land on which Nicholas Gentry now lives on Gold Mine Creek." [On the occasion of their marriage?]. Unfortunately, once faulty information has spread, it becomes very difficult to correct.]
Nicholas GENTRY the Younger and Mary BROOKS had the following children: