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10. Joseph GENTRY was born circa 1720 in Hanover County, Virginia. He died on 11 November 1804 at the age of 84 in Surry County, North Carolina.

Joseph GENTRY and Agnes SHELTON were married about 1747 in Louisa County, Virginia. Agnes SHELTON was born circa 1732 in Louisa County, Virginia. She died in 1826 at the age of 94 in Surry County, North Carolina.
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Agnes Shelton – daughter of William and Lucy - did not marry Joseph Gentry. Her mother Lucy’s will, was written in 1816. See: Albemarle County, WB 6, page 181. Lucy names her daughter Agnes Shelton. Apparently Agnes didn’t marry and neither did the daughter Sarah.

William Shelton made his will July 13, 1802. The will names his wife Lucy and sons Weatherston, William Harris and Thomas. He named daughters Sarah, Agnes, Lucy Brown and Mourning the wife of Archibald Woods. He also named granddaughters Lucy, Susannah and Elizabeth daughters of his son Thomas, deceased. The executors of his will were Joel Harris, John R. Kerr and son Weatherston Shelton. Witnesses to the will were John Gillum, William Fretwell, William C. Maupin, Austin Shelton and William Davenport. The will was probated in Albemarle County, VA December 1803.

See: Albemarle County WB 4, page 255: Ordered 1, February and recorded 2, July 1807: Appraisement of the Estate of Sarah Shelton deceased taken at the home of Lucy Shelton this first day of January 1807 agreeable to an order of court to us directed. [Her brother William (Harris) Shelton and Pleasant Gillum were witnesses.]

Agnes Shelton – the wife of Joseph Gentry is believed to be William’s sister and not his daughter. You show Agnes, the daughter born in 1755. She could not have been Joseph Gentry’s wife. The following two Lunenburg Co. deeds show this.

1756, October 29 – Joseph Gentry and Agnes his wife to William Shelton of Albemarle Co. VA
274 acres on Reedy Creek for Ł77 Witness: Geo. Walton, Simon Gentry, Nicholas Gentry
(Lunenburg County, VA Deed Book 4, pg. 335)

1762, Feb 2 – William Shelton of Albemarle Co. VA. to Tyree Glen of Lunenburg Co. VA
274 acres for Ł100 . . . a tract Joseph Minor purchased of one Mackie and said Minor sold to Joseph Gentry and said Gentry sold to William Shelton. Witness: Nathaniel Williams, William Smithson, Jeremiah Glenn. (Lunenburg Co. Va Deed Book 7, pg. 149)

Joseph Gentry and Tyree Glenn moved first to Lunenburg County, VA and then to Surry County, NC. with their wives Agnes Shelton Gentry and Sarah Shelton Glenn.

Joseph GENTRY and Agnes SHELTON had the following children:



Samuel GENTRY.