Tabitha Gentry

27 October 1818–January 1864 (Age 45)
Surry, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Tabitha

When Tabitha Gentry was born on 27 October 1818, in Surry, North Carolina, United States, his father, Joseph Gentry, was 21 and his mother, Mary “Polly” Hodges, was 19. He married Elizabeth Fry on 18 February 1841, in Greene, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Highland Township, Greene, Indiana, United States in 1850. He died in January 1864, at the age of 45.

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Tabitha Gentry
Elizabeth Fry
Marriage: 18 February 1841
Caroline F. Gentry
Mary Kelley
Polly Gentry
Tabitha Gentry
John Gentry
Catherine Gentry
Shelton Gentry
Joseph Gentry
Elizabeth Gentry

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Fry


18 February 1841
Greene, Indiana, United States


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+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1830 · Trail of Tears

Age 12

In the 1830's, President Jackson called for all the Native Americans to be forced off their own land. As the Cherokee were forced out of North Carolina many of them hid in the mountains of North Carolina.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 14

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: nickname, sometimes perhaps ironic, from Middle English, Old French genterie ‘nobility of birth or character’. Compare Gentle .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Michael Gentry, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Michael Gentry, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Michael Gentry in entry for Elizabeth Fry Gentry, "United States Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, 1861-1934"

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