Joseph Gentry 1748-1835

  • Joseph was a farmer and foundry worker. Joseph was probably the forefather of all the Gentrys in what is now Johnson County, Tennessee.
  • He lived at the head of Roan Creek where he owned the Gentry Mountain and Iron Works.
  • Joseph Gentry paid property tax in Washington County, North Carolina in 1778 and up until Tennessee became a state in 1796.
  • He helped organize the Roan Creek Church of Christ April 20, 1794, the first in the area, now the First Baptist Church of Mountain City, Tennessee.
  • About 1798 he sold out property & iron ore forge site to Matt Taylor and Sons. He then pioneered another 500 acres of land, purchased from land agent William Cunningham, described as follows: "On Rogers Creek head of Laurel Creek, South Fork of the Holston River, South of the Ohio River territory of the United States, joining the cabin of John Rogers. This became known as Gentry Creek, Wards Forge and the Laurel Bloomery."
  •  He remained there until his death shortly after 1830.
  • He gave his land as follows: In 1811, Benjamin 126 acres, William 181 acres and 1829 to David 193 acres, his last official act.

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