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  • Papers, 1781-1884, of the Gannaway family of Buckingham County, Virginia, most notably John Gannaway, Jr. (ca. 1720-1771), his son John Gannaway (1748-1827), and his sons John E. Gannaway (1778-1855) and Marmaduke Gannaway (b. 1780). This accession is part of the Buckingham County Circuit Court Records. There are six goups of materials contained in this collection. They include:
  • 1) memorandum book (9 leaves), which contains sales of the personal articles belonging to the estate of John Gannaway, Jr. (ca. 1720-1771), slave sales, and a settlement of his estate including mostly legal fees and miscellaneous accounts. His son John Gannaway served as administrator;
  • 2) agreement (2 leaves), 22 November 1793, concerning the division and distribution of the dower portion of the estate of John Gannway, Jr. (ca. 1720-1771) signed by his children following the death of their mother;
  • 3) bond (2 leaves), 13 December 1781, concerning the sale of the estate of John Gannaway, Jr. (ca. 1720-1771);
  • 4) administration accounts of the estate of John Gannaway, Jr. (3 leaves). This item, dated 1795, is a copy and includes the amount due the legatees;
  • 5) account book (35 leaves) which appears to have initially belonged to William Evans (1756-1839). His daughter Catherine married John E. Gannaway (1778-1855). It includes biographical information on Evans, as well as distributions on his estate charged to his children prior to his death. Also included in this book are later miscellaneous accounts, slave births, horse stock memoranda, and a log of workers which includes the date of hire and articles of clothing and food charged to them;
  • 6) miscellaneous papers (6 leaves), including additional materials concerning the estate of John Gannaway (1748-1827), as well as military records belonging to Marmaduke Gannaway (b. 1780)
  • Most of the items in this collection have been transcribed and published in FAMILY TRAILS ACROSS AMERICA: HIGDAY, RIDGEWAY, GANNAWAY, BENEFIELD, VAN SLYCK, WARREN, ROBERTSON, AND ALLIED LINES compiled by Hamilton Higday (Seattle, Wa.: Pigott-Washington Press, 1933: pp. 74-80). The military records of Marmaduke Gannaway have been transcribed and published in the WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY (Second Series), Vol. 10, No. 2 (April 1930), pp. 168-171
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John Gannaway, Jr. was born in Scotland on 2 August 1720. He married Mary MacGregor in Aberdeen in 1746. They emigrated to the United States and settled in Buckingham County, Virginia. He died there ca. 1771-1772. They had 14 children, including a son also named John Gannaway. He was born on 4 September 1748 and died in 1827. He married Martha Woodson on 22 April 1773. They had at least seven children, including sons Marmaduke Gannaway and John E. Gannaway. Marmaduke Gannaway was born on 28 September 1780. He served in the War of 1812. He was married to Drusilla Woodson. They were living in Buckingham County in 1850. John E. Gannaway was born on 1 October 1778 and married Catherine Evans. He also served in the War of 1812. He died on 19 September 1855.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Acquisition information unavailable (Possibly from John Gannaway Trent, Dillwyn, Virginia?)
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Photostats (negative).
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