David, Thank you so much for responding to my inquiry about this Martha.
I don’t know if this Martha is daughter of the Thomas Gaddy referenced in the deed in Anson County in the Estate of Isaac Nichols and if that Thomas was Thomas with wife Lucy/Lucie or not. Another deed I found: Page 311 Anson County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts; 1749-1766 Abstracts of Wills & Estates 1749-1795. Estate of Reuben Phillips, deceased to Clement Phillips 18 Mar 1782. Paid Thomas Gaddy, Timothy Haney, Jerry Gulledge, Nathaniel Dobbs, Abraham Strickland.
The reason I am searching for this Martha is that “A Thomas Gaddy” is found with at least 2 deeds with Abraham Strickland. Abraham Strickland married a Martha. Abraham is thought to be the son of William Strickland and Martha Brown.Abraham Strickland is found in deeds in Edgecombe, Bladen, Richmond, Anson, and Robeson Counties, North Carolina.Abraham’s father, William Strickland was son of William and Olive/Oliffe from Edgecombe, Counties North Carolina and son of Matthew Strickland, wife Elizabeth from Isle of Wight, Virginia. William Strickland is also found in a deed with Coleman Nichols in 1774 ( May 2, 1774: Bladen County, NC.William Strickland was a witness on the sale of 200 acres of land by Moses Coleman to John Coleman. The other witness was Coleman Nichols. Deed Book 23, Page 286). The Stricklands had close ties to the Brown,Coleman, Nichols, Duncan, and Braswell families in this area, and probably Thomas Gaddy as well.
Abraham Strickland named one of his sons "Gadi" Strickland, born about 1778 in Robeson County.Gadi’s wife was Elizabeth Unknown.Gadi and Elizabeth named one son Thomas, MAYBE after Thomas Gaddy, one daughter Lucy, MAYBE after Lucy/Lucie Gaddy, and another son William, MAYBE after William Strickland.This is all circumstantial evidence but is the closest I have come to finding any information whatsoever after many years of searching related to Abraham, Martha, and Gadi.
Again, I don’t know which Thomas Gaddy it was in Anson County in the 2 deeds of1782, but if Thomas Gaddy with wife Lucy/Lucie died in 1788 per the Will, the time frame would fit.
Also, Abraham Strickland is found in the 1790 Census for Robeson County and there is a Lucy Gaddy in this same 1790 Robeson County Census, but I don’t know if that Lucy Gaddy is the wife of the Thomas Gaddy who died in 1788.
Do you happen to know who that Lucy Gaddy is in the Robeson County Census 1790?
I will continue to search for more concrete evidence. And, you’re right it can be frustrating but so much fun.
Thanks again for your response and I will surely follow your suggestion and try to find a copy of the book, "That Our Names May Be Written: A Gaddy Family History". TS