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The family of John Gambill


b 16 July 1813, Sumner Co., Tennessee m Phineze Pollan [dau Robert Carlisle Pollan] (17 Dec 1818-5 Feb 1894), 17 September 1837, Barry Co., MO.    d 10 February 1861, Dade Co., Missouri children:
        Robert Carlisle, 1 Sep 1838-1903
        William Madison, 1840-1865
        John Wesley, 1844-1906
        Matilda Jane, 1845-1865
        Elizabeth "Eliza" Margaret, 1846-
        GEORGE WASHINGTON, 1848-1914
        James Polk, 1849-1923
        Mary Frances, 1851-
        Lucy Delaney Phineze, 1853-1915
        Benjamin Franklin, 1855-1915
        General Jackson, 1858-1934
        Henry Napoleon, 1861-1930

Twenty-four-year old John Gambill married Phineze Pollan, 19, on 17 September 1837, settling to raise his large family in the northeast section of what was then Barry Co., later to become Dade County.  In 1840, John Gambill made one of the earliest land entries in Dade County (Township 30, Range 26), and by the time he died in 1861, he owned more than 400 acres of farmland in Range 26, Dade Co. (known locally as "Gambill Springs"). His request to be buried in the exact geographic center of his extensive land holdings resulted in the establishment of the old Gambill family graveyard in Dade Co.; today, a county road jogs around the graves of John and Phineze Gambill and two of their children, son William Madison and daughter Matilda Jane, victims of typhoid.    Dade County pioneer John Gambill was also one of the earliest members   of the Church of Christ at Antioch Meeting House, Dade Co., Missouri   (organized 1844), and was later appointed a commissioner--one who held the   deed to the church property--after the two original commissioners moved from the area.

George Washington GAMBILL (son of John Gambill and Phineze Pollan)
        b 18 March 1848, Dade Co., Missouri m Mildred Ann Clarkson, 9 Oct 1867, Dade Co., Mo. d 24 May 1914, Dade Co., Missouri
        children: infant, 1868 (born dead)
        MARY OPHELIA FINLEY, 1869-1899
        Henry Wesley, 1874-1951
        George Washington, Jr., 1878-1954
        Sallie Clarkson, 1881-1968

George Washington Gambill, although very young, saw Confederate Army service during the Civil War. His military service record in the National Archives confirms that Gambill was a private in Co. I, Hooper's Regiment (6th Missouri Cavalry). His name appears on a roll of prisoners of war of Cos. I and K of J.C. Hooper's Regiment, C.S.A., commanded by 1st Lt. J.D. Williams,  surrendered at New Orleans, La., by Gen. E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A., to Major Gen. R.S. Canby, U.S.A., on May 25, 1865. Seventeen-year-old George Gambill--and other members of his regiment--were paroled at Shreveport, La.,  on June 14, 1865.

It is interesting to note that Gambill and David S. Clarkson, later to become his father-in-law, both served in the 6th Missouri Cavalry, a unit of Missourians mustered in Arkansas. According to an early Dade County  history, many Dade County men and boys joined Confederate units in northern Arkansas.

George W. Gambill and Mildred Ann Clarkson, youngest daughter of  David S. Clarkson, were married in October 1867 at Liberty Baptist Church (est. 1841) near the Clarkson home in Everton, Dade Co., Missouri; witnesses were the Misses Ellen and Finley Poindexter, the Rev. John Shelton officiated.   Gambill participated in the 6th annual reunion of the Missouri United Confederate Veterans, John W. Stemmons Camp No. 1044, Greenfield, Mo., 21 July 1902. He was also one of the founding members of the UCV in Dade County.

By 1900, George W. Gambill and family moved from Pennsboro area of Dade County north to the Arcola area. The 1910 census shows unmarried sons Henry Wesley and George W., Jr. listed with parents, and married daughter Sallie C. (Gambill) Hutchins all residing in North Twp., Arcola.   George Washington Gambill and Mildred Ann Clarkson Gambill are buried  in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Arcola (Dade Co.); son Henry Wesley and daughter Sallie Clarkson (Gambill) Hutchins also buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery; son George Washington, Jr., buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery (Dade Co.), Missouri; daughter Mary O. Finley (Gambill) Norris is buried at Antioch Church near Pennsboro.

Mary Ophelia FINLEY GAMBILL (daughter of George W. Gambill and Mildred Ann   Clarkson) b 30 September 1869, Dade Co., Mo.  m Santford Lafayette Norris, 8 November 1888, Turnback, Dade Co., Mo.   d 12 October 1899, Dade Co., Mo.
        Bertha Angeline, 1889-1959
        CLARA JANE, 1891-1963
        Golden E., 1899-1900

Finley (Gambill) Norris and her infant daughter Golden are buried in  Antioch Church Cemetery, Dade Co., Mo. -- the same Antioch Church her  grandfather John Gambill helped establish in the 1840s. 

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Clarkson Family

DAVID CLARKSON (son of Anselm/Ancel Clarkson) b June 1761, Louisa County, Virginia m Phoebe Smith (1774-1864) 4 July 1790, Bourbon Co., Ky.   d 15 November 1833, Boone Co., Kentucky 

In 1778, Louisa County, Virginia, resident David Clarkson joined the Continental Army and served as a private in various Virginia regiments during Revolutionary War (including two months garrison duty guarding prisoners at the nearby Albemarle Barracks). He was mustered out of service 1781 after Yorktown.

Official documents show that David Clarkson married Phoebe Smith in Bourbon Co., Ky., in July, 1790. Other early Bourbon County, Kentucky,  records indicate residence of an Anselm, John, and William Clarkson there by 1798, and 23 July 1800 tax lists show Anselm, John, David, and Charles Clarkson as residents.

David Clarkson lived many years in Bourbon and Pendleton Counties, Ky., but in October, 1833, he applied for--and was granted--in Boone Co., a military pension of $40 per year. Veteran David Clarkson may also have been a lay preacher of the gospel since his son David S. Clarkson's gravestone in Dade County, Missouri, notes his father was "the Rev. David Clarkson."

Widowed Phoebe Smith Clarkson applied for a widow's pension (one-half  the amount of the soldier's pension) in Pendleton Co., Ky. in March, 1839.  She removed to Missouri in October, 1841 with her adult children and their families and requested transfer of her widow's pension to Greene Co., Mo., in October, 1845. Ten years later, in Dade Co., Mo., she applied for and  received 160 acres of bounty land for her late husband's Revolutionary War service. Phoebe lived with son David Clarkson and his family until her death in Dade County MO in 1864.

        Nancy, 1796- (m. Griffin Eastin) Emigrated to Dade Co. MO, c 1841
        Patsy (m. Michael Glaves) Remained in KY
        Marie (m. Jeremiah Monroe) Remained in KY
        DAVID SMITH, 1801-1871 Emigrated to Dade Co. MO
        *Ancel, c 1806- Emigrated to Dade Co. MO
        *James J., c 1811-1865 Emigrated to Dade Co. MO
        Isaac S., 1813 Emigrated to Dade Co. MO

 *National Archives Index to Compiled Service Records, Mexican War, Missouri   Units lists Anselm Clarkson, First Sergeant, Co. F, 3rd Regiment, Missouri   Mounted Infantry (Rall's Division); and James J. Clarkson, Captain, same unit.  

DAVID SMITH CLARKSON (son of David Clarkson and Phoebe Smith)  b 19 Sept 1801, Bourbon Co., Kentucky m Mary Asbury (7 Oct 1803-3 Aug 1887) c 1827, Pendleton Co. KY   d 3 April 1871, Dade Co., Missouri 

David S. Clarkson and his family removed to Missouri in October,  1841, from Pendleton Co., Ky., accompanied by his widowed mother, brothers and sisters and their families. Dade County records show that David S. Clarkson served several terms as County Court Judge, beginning in 1844.  Bureau of Land Management records and family papers show David Clarkson  purchased several hundred acres of land near the present-day village of  Everton by 1859. In addition to farming, David Clarkson bred and raised the  then-famous "Clarkson horses and mules" on this property.    An early history of Dade County, Missouri, reports that David S. Clarkson (known locally as "Uncle Davy") served the duration of the Civil War on the Confederate side, then returned to Greenfield and died "soon after."  The same history notes son "Young Davy" [David M.] lost an arm at Wilson's   Creek; died the following summer of complications from the wound. Missouri State Archives records show David S. Clarkson enlisted 26 June 1861 in Co. E,   5th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Missouri State Guard and was discharged 26  December 1861, after six months service, and paid $140.22 on 27 April 1862.  Apparently, he served in the same cavalry unit attached to the infantry regiment commanded by his brother Col. James J. Clarkson. His military service record in the National Archives show that on April 9, 1863, in Powhattan, Arkansas, David S. Clarkson enlisted for three years service as a private in Co. A of the 6th Missouri Cavalry under a Captain Lea. Clarkson was listed on the company muster roll for January and February, 1864 (was last paid on August 31, 1863). This regiment was variously known on the field as 3rd Regiment, Shelby's Brigade; Smith's, Thompson's, or Hooper's Regiment, Missouri Cavalry; but it was designated by the Confederate War Department as the 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry.   David S. Clarkson and his wife Mary Asbury Clarkson are buried in the Sinking Creek Cemetery (Dade Co.) Missouri. His original tombstone inscription states he is the son of "Rev. David Clarkson and Phoebe Clarkson"  and that he was a veteran of the Mexican War, although no records have been found to document Mexican War service. Son Confederate veteran David M. Clarkson and daughters Sarah Finley Clarkson and Mary Smith Clarkson are also buried there.

Other Clarkson family members in Sinking Creek Cemetery include David S. Clarkson's older sister, Nancy Clarkson Eastin, her husband Griffin Eastin, their son David Clarkson Eastin, his wife and son.  children:
        Sarah Finley, 22 Oct 1828-7 Feb 1908 (unmarried)
        David M., 1 May 1830-15 June 1862 (CSA casualty)
        Mary Smith, 11 April 1835-1918 (unmarried)
        Maria Ophelia, 1838- (m 1866 Wm. M. McMillen)
        MILDRED ANN, 16 Apr 1840-27 Jan 1924 (m George Gambill)

 MILDRED ANN CLARKSON (dau of David S. Clarkson and Mary Asbury) b 16 April 1840, Falmouth, Pendleton Co., Kentucky m George Washington Gambill, 9 Oct 1867, Dade Co., Mo.         d 27 January 1924, Dade Co., Missouri    Old Dade Co. newspaper notice of the Gambill-Clarkson marriage at   Liberty Church notes that Misses Ellen and Finley Poindexter were witnesses,   the Rev. John Shelton officiated. Liberty Baptist Church, near Everton, Mo.,   was established in 1841, and is probably the site of this marriage.    Mildred Ann Clarkson Gambill are George Washington Gambill are buried in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Arcola (Dade Co.) Missouri; also buried  there is son Henry Wesley Gambill and daughter Sallie Clarkson Hutchins.

 children: infant, born dead
        MARY OPHELIA FINLEY, 1869-1899 (m. Sanford Norris)
        Henry Wesley, 1874-1951 (m. Birdie Palmer)
        George Washington, Jr., 1878-1954
        Sallie Clarkson, 1881-1968 (m. Mack Hutchins)

Submitted by:  Nancy Bunker Bowen  Athens, GA

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1999 - 2008;  Katy Hestand ; information submitted will remain the property of the submitter.