GENTRY FAMILY HISTORY

William Gentry III was born in 1735. He was married. He died in 1789.

Richard Gentry IV was born the son of William Gentry III on Apr. 30, 1773 in Virginia. He married Rebecca Lindsay Barnett on April 19, 1788 in Lousie County, Virginia.

Eliza Carmichael GENTRY was born on Sept. 20, 1800 in Virginia or Huens Creek, Stokes County, North Carolina. [Already had a birthdate of 1786 which doesn't make sense.] She married Benjamin Sillivan in 1825. She died on July 7, 1855 in Monroe County, Indiana. [Already had death date of 1843] She was the 3rd of 12 children of Richard IV and Rebecca Gentry.

PROBATE of Eliza (Gentry) Sillivan's Inheritance from Benjamin Sillivan - 1855/7 - Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana

Probate Order Book #1 Monroe County Court House Bloomington, Ind. July Term, 1855 2nd Page 381 "Eliza Sillivan's estate" Comes now Ira J. Sillivan, Administrator of said Estate and files additional report of final settlement of estate. Showing that by references to this final settlement account made to the Court, there was still left in his hand and belonging to the heirs of said deed the sum of $616.54. He files vouchers of said decadent and numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for said sum of $616.54, showing that the Administrator has fully administered all of the assets in his hands and how on his motion, it is ordered that he be discharged from all further duties and liabilities. July 20, 1855--This was the 5th day of the July Term. Here comes Absalom Baker, Guardian of Susan R. Sillivan and Martha P. Sillivan, minor heirs of Eliza Sillivan, dec'd. by Mortan C. Hunter, attorney, and files his partial settlement account.

Said Guardian charges himself with amount which has come into his hands as such Guardian, the sum of $478.59. Claims credit for disbursements made out of the assets of the minors estate and shown by vouchers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8, to the sum of $243.33. Leaving a balance of $235.16. Court approved above and confirmed Guardian stand charges with $235.16 and the business be continued. Page 576 "Eliza Sillivan's Heirs" Probate Order Book #1 April Term --4th day, 1857. Same as above except Guardian charges himself with amount of assets in his hands of principal and interest belonging to said minors to sum of $329.93. Claims credit for disbursements of $11.69 as shown by vouchers. Leaving balance of $318.24. Report approved by Court and confirmed and Guardian stand charged with said sum and business of estate by continued.

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Note from Ruth Carter:

I checked Probate Order Books dated before this one and found nothing more about Her estate--so I do not know whether all of her children (the five mentioned in the Will of Benjamin L) rec'd anything or not. Perhaps she left hers all to those two who might have been only minors. Don't know what became of Gilbert and Guardian John Thrasher. Neither could I find (so far) a final settlement of the Guardian since Susan did not become of age until 1859. I do know that Kent says the Bakers were of some kin somewhere. Maybe this Absolem Baker married a sister of Eliza. I do know that Kent's father (son of Susan was named William Absolem and we think that he was named for this man). I also know the Thrashers have always been very good friends of the Carters. I do not know whether they were kin. And they all were strong works in the Baptist Church. I checked marriages again and found the following: John L. Sillivan to Hanna McFarland --- July 15, 1853, by David Dillman, J.P. (sp. Sullivan)

Also Susan named her oldest son John, her second son Ira, the next Wm A. (Absolem for Absolem Baker) a daughter was named Martha P. (which I was told stands for Pearl) and another son Morton C. (for their lawyer and a very well known man). Susan and J. Frank Carter were married at the home of Absolem Baker. (He did not marry a relative, but a Smith). Sorry, John Thrasher married a Smith. Haven't found a record for Absolem Baker, perhaps he was married before moving into the country. Later I found that the estates of both Eliza and her husband, Benjamin L. were terminated at same time. George FINLEY was born on 15 Feb 1789 in Kentucky. He died on 3 Nov 1851 in Monroe Co., Indiana. He was buried in Mt. Salem Cemetery, Perry Twp., Monroe County, Indiana. Will filed Nov 13, 1851. Directs that wife, Frances Finley, remain and live upon the premises and in the house where I now live during her widowhood and give her express power to use, enjoy, transfer, sell, or in any way dispose of personal property of any nature, kind, and description when it is needed for her support or for the support or education of certain of yet minor children. Daughters Maria Finley, Frances Finley and Jane Finley each $40. sons David and James D. Finley each $50. At expiration of widowhood of said Frances Finley, or death, after paying sums mentioned the real or personal property be equally apportioned between all of my children and when my youngest child shall arrive at the age of 21 years, my said wife, Frances Finley, and my children, if they all agree to do so, may sell real and personal property and make distribution as before mentioned. Wife, Frances Finley--Executrix and said Executrix must not permit my estate to come under the (couldn't make out word) of the Probate Court by an action of hers. George Finely (seal) Witnesses: Elias Abel and William C. Tarkington Nov 13, 1851, George Finely, late of Monroe County, deceased. Milton McPhetridge, Clerk [Copied by Mrs. G. Kent Carter, who said she didn't take time to writ the usually beginning paragraphs about paying outstanding expenses, etc. If we want it she said she would copy later. Has not found settlement yet. Rufus Finley--oldest son-- (died in Miss. and his wife Nancy (Mitchell) Finley, was brought back to Monroe County in wagon sent for her by her brother, probably John Mitchell as in 1850 she was living with him in Perry Township.

--------------------------- U. S. General Land Office Recorded in Volume 49, page 86 Geo. Graham, Comm. of Gen Land Office March 18, 1834

The Indenture made this 18th day of March, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, between Nathan Padgett and Sarah, his wife, of the County of Monroe and State of Indiana, of the first part, and George Finley, of the State and County aforesaid of the second part. WITNESSETH that the party of the first in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars lawful money of the United States, to them in hand paid by the party of the second party, the receipt whereof is hereby adknowledged, have bargained, granted, sold, and confirmed and by these presents do bargain, grant, sell and confirm unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, two certain tracts or parcels of land lying and being in the State and County aforesaid, one tract containing eight-three (83) acres, more or less, it being the south part of the south-east quarter of Section 17, Twp. 7, north of Range 1 west and bounded as follows, to-wit: Beginning at the southeast corner of said quarter section thence north 85 poles, thence west 160 poles, thence 83 poles to the line of said quarter, thence east to the beginning. Also one (1) tract or parcel of land containing sixty (60) acres, be the same more or less, and bounded as follows, to-wit: Beginning at the northeast corner of section 20 in the Township aforesaid and running west 160 poles, thence south 60 poles, thence east 160 poles, thence north to the place of beginning; it being a part of the northeast quarter of Section 20 and Twnship 7 north of Range 1 west, it being coveyed by the party of the first To Have and To Hold the said tracts or parcels of land above described, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, and the said party of the first part for themselves, their heirs, executors and administrators doth warrant and forever defend the said premises from themselves, their heirs and assigns and against the claim or claims of any person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the same. In Testimony Whereof the said Nathan Padgett and Sarah, his wife, have hereunto set their hands and seals. (Signatures on back of page, not copied.)