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Richard William Gentry
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1763
Louisa County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 12, 1843
Madison County
Kentucky, USA

Private, Virginia, U.S.A. during the Revolutionary War. Present at the capture of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

This veteran has two burial places--it seems he was exhumed and buried in the Jefferson National Cemetery in St. Louis, becoming the only Revolutionary War veteran buried there. The son of David Gentry (son of Nicholas, son of Nicholas) and Mary Estes (dau of Richard Estes and Mary Yancey/Yancy). He was a Revolutionary soldier, enlisting from Albemarle Cty., Virginia, and serving first for two months as a private under Capt. William Dalton, at the age of 17. He was present at the capture of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Married (1) Jane Harris (in 1784)(dau of Christopher Harris and Agnes McCord); (2) Nancy Guthrie (in 1821)(dau of Nathaniel Guthrie and Nancy Jane Johns); had 19 children (seven with second wife), 16 of whom were sons. He was 'wealthy in lands and slaves' after the 1786 move from Virginia to Kentucky via the Cumberland Gap. His wife is said to have ridden the trip on horseback carrying her son Reuben in her arms. They settled at Boone's Fort, then established a plantation in Madison County. He boiled down salt water to salt and became wealthy in Kentucky, where salt was like money. Died on his estate in Madison County. (Some records give his name as William Richard.) This information was added from his son Rhodes's memorial page. 
Family links: 
  David Gentry (1724 - 1812)
  Nancy Gutherie Gentry (1799 - 1881)
  Jane Lucy Harris Gentry (1763 - 1821)*
  Reuben Estes Gentry (1785 - 1839)*
  David Gentry (1787 - 1836)*
  Richard Gentry (1788 - 1837)*
  Christy Gentry (1790 - 1866)*
  Nancy Harris Gentry Bush (1795 - 1863)*
  Joseph McCord Gentry (1795 - 1795)*
  Joshua Gentry (1797 - 1864)*
  Rhodes R. Gentry (1804 - 1854)*
  Jane Harris Gentry Blythe (1806 - 1872)*
  Robert R Gentry (1824 - 1887)*
  Valentine White Gentry (1827 - 1897)*
  Tyre Martin Gentry (1830 - 1844)*
  David Gentry (1761 - 1812)*
  Oney Gentry Cain (1762 - 1823)*
  Richard William Gentry (1763 - 1843)
  Winifred A Gentry Martin (1769 - 1852)*
*Calculated relationship
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Sandy Morrey
Record added: Jan 05, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 19384
Richard William Gentry
Added by: Connie Nisinger
Richard William Gentry
Added by: Connie Nisinger
Richard William Gentry
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My fifth great grandfather. Thank you for your service and your life.
- Marti Schuller
 Added: Oct. 6, 2016

- Cori H
 Added: Sep. 5, 2016
RIP ....
- Lynn
 Added: Oct. 7, 2015
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