|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1842|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1917|
Price Perkins Gantt, born 04 Jan 1842 in "Oakwood", Scottsville, Albemarle Co., VA; died 12 Feb 1917 in Roseland, VA. He was the son of Dr. John Weems Gantt and Sarah Perkins. He married first Tempsette W. Eppes 15 Aug 1867 in Albemarle Co., VA. She died Bef. 1885 in Albemarle Co., VA. He then married Lila Goode Boyd on 08 Apr 1885 in Nelson County. She was born 20 Feb 1861 in "Blue Rock", Roseland, Va., and died 27 Mar 1943 in Arrington, VA. She was the daughter of Henry Curran Boyd and Juliet Anna Massie.
Notes for Price Perkins Gantt:
Price Perkins Gantt (1842- 1917) was probably born at "Oakwood." He was enrolled at Bloomfield Academy near Charlottesville in 1859 and in 1860 was a student at the University of Virginia. Bloomfield Academy was a preparatory school for boys planning on attending the University of Virginia. It had a rigorous curriculum of Latin, Greek, math, sciences, etc. and according to the catalogue, had an enrollment of about 70-110 boys.
On August 15, 1867 he married Tempsette (or Tempe) W. Eppes (1846/47 - 1872), daughter of Dr. Wylie J. Eppes of Buckingham County, at Christ Church in Saint Anne's Parish, Albemarle County. Tempsette was the sister of Martha B. (or Pattie B.) Eppes, who married Price's brother Henry Gantt. The couple apparently had only one child, John E. (Eppes?) Gantt, born in 1870, and who died as an infant.
Tempsette Eppes Gantt died in 1872 while trying to give birth to a child, and it was not until in 1885 that Price re-married, this time to Lila Goode Boyd (1861—1943) of a prominent Nelson County family who lived near Roseland. This was towards the end of his families financial difficulties and he must have thought he could rebuild the family's fortunes by marrying into the prominent Massie-Boyd family of Nelson Count. Lila and her mother may have thought the same, but both proved to be disappointed. Two members of the Boyd family from Massie's Mill in Nelson County served as officers in the 19th Virginia with Colonel Gantt, which probably explains the original connection between the two families. Price and Lila [pronounced as "Lie - la"] had six children.
At some time prior to the 1880 census, Price's mother Sarah Perkins Gantt and his sister Octavia Bocock moved to "Hayfield." Both women were widowed at the time, and the bachelor status of their son and brother living alone in his house after the death of his wife in 1872 must have been reason enough for them to accept his apparent hospitality and move in to help "keep house."
Price and Thomas Gantt inherited property in Albemarle County from their father John Weems Gantt, and land in Buckingham County their bachelor uncle Thomas H. Perkins. John Weems Gantt died in 1860 and divided his Albemarle farms among his three sons. He willed the 508-acre "Valmont" property to his oldest son Henry. Next, he gave the two younger sons Price and Thomas the following:
".. .the tract of land upon which I reside (known as Oakwood), it being the land I purchased of Charles A. Scott of Buckingham containing about 800 acres including a little piece of land at the upper end purchased of Price Perkins [his father-in-law], as by deed from Perkins to Scott & in my possession, but never recorded. Also a tract of land lying on both sides of Totier Creek bought by me of William B. Harris of Albemarle and containing say 555 acres of land." 94 '[Throughout this summary the original Scott farm is identified as "Oakwood", and arbitrarily I have called the Harris tract "Totier."]
My mother, Maria Gantt Keller, related that he lost three family farms that he pledged for notes of his nephews who could not afford to repay, but the more recent research of Richard Nicholas paints a picture of a formerly wealthy family now living on the edge as it struggled to adjust to the conditions of Reconstruction. When business ventures or farming did not profit, he and his brothers would borrow to try again the next year. Eventually they were forced to sell everything. Price and Lila and the first three of their five children then moved to a portion of the "Blue Rock" farm to begin our line of the Gantt family in Nelson County. The widow of his brother Thomas remarried and also settled in Nelson Co. near Wingina. Of the three brothers Price was the only who did not serve in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States. How he avoided service is unknown since both of his brothers were officers. Since his father had died in 1860, he may have been exempted to care for the family's extensive farm interests. Richard Nicholas apparently found a UDC application of Eva Weems Gantt Durrette date 12 September 1908 which listed him as having served but no other documents have been found to confirm any military service.
Burial: 13 Feb 1917, Jonesboro Cemetery by G. H. Parr Undertaker
Cause of Death: Chronic Nephritis
Census: 09 Jun 1900, Massies Mill District-ED 87 Sheet 5
Education: Bet. 1860 - 1861, University of Virginia
Lila Goode Boyd Gantt (1861 - 1943)*
Price Perkins Gantt (1887 - 1967)*
Juliet Gantt Wills (1889 - 1980)*
Henry Lewis Gantt (1891 - 1959)*
Conrad Durell Gantt (1894 - 1896)*
Marie Alice Gantt Redd (1897 - 1993)*
Katherine Earle Gantt Dixon (1899 - 1993)*
Created by: Andy Keller
Record added: Oct 05, 2006
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