This line comes from Thomas Gafford: Patriot Thomas Gafford is listed on the Revolutionary War Records of Virginia as an infantry soldier (source:Ancestry Library at www. ancestry.com under "Land Records-Revolutionary War-Virgina pg.241")He served in the 1st, 10th, and 14th Regiment of Foot Soldiers in the Virgina Continental Line from 1777 to 1779.
He was living in Lunenburg, Virginia from 1752-1783 which includes his service years as evidenced by Virginia Tithe records (tax records).
By 1790, Thomas had moved to South Carolina and is found on the 1790 census pg. 72 as the head of household living with his wife Mary Elizabeth and a white male child under the age of 16.
By 1800, the family was living in Laurens County, South Carolina appearing there on the census pgs. 4, 15 living only with his wife both being over the age of 45.They owned no slaves.
Court and deed records: 1784-1786: Nathaniel Norwood of North Carolina, laborour, sold to Thomas Gafford, planted of the 96th District for 135 pounds, Virginia money 135 acres on North Creek and bounded by lands of George Anderson, James BurnsideJohn Owings (deceased), Joshua Roberts, and Christopher Hardy (Deceased).100 acres of which was a tract originally granted to Margaret Wiseman on August 12, 1774 and 35 acres being part of George Norwood's head rights.Witnessed by Robert Young, William Bailey, and Mary Anderson.
September 28, 1780-April 26, 1790:Jacob and Ann Neal, husband and wife, of Laurens County, South Carolina sell to Thomas Gafford of the same county, 140 acres on branches of Walnut Creek, being part of a grant of 170 acres to said Neal in 1788 bounded by Tomesmore, Christopher Matthews and Arthur Durrow for 30 pounds.Witnessed by James Clardy and Matthew Gafford.
May 5, 1760:William Pettipool sold to Thomas Gafford (both of Cumberland Parsih, Lunenburg County for 40 pounds, 304 acres on Couches Creed, adjoining Robert Malone (Lunenburg DB6, page 32). Signed Wm. Pettipool: 5 May 1760; recorded 6 May 1760; Mary, wife of William Pettipool, relinquished dower right to said land sold to Thomas Gafford 14 July 1769.
1772 and 1789 Thomas was recorded in vestry records in Lunenburg Co. March 1782:At a court held for Lunenburg County agreeable to an act for adjusting claims for property impressed or taken for public use Thomas Gafford 250# beef.
He married MARY ELIZABETH HINTON They had five children Michael lived 1765-1849 born in Lundenburg, Virginia to Dickson Tn by 1820.HE married Caroline Warren who died in 1849.They were married in 1796 and had 7 children
William Gafford b. SC 1797-1838 and died in Dickson married Betty Ford 1816 in SC d. 1839 #of children unknown
William T. Gafford:William Gafford was born in 1813 in TN and married Sarah Ann Clark on December 23, 1837.William and Sarah, called Sallie, had ten children.Two of their sons,William Jefferson Gafford and James Polk Gafford called Polk, served in the Confederate Army in theCivil War.According to the 1850 Census, James and William ages 8 and 11 had attended school during the year.In that same year, Sarah's sister Jane was living with them.Jane Clark could not read and write but both Sarah and William Gafford could.
James Polk Gafford: James Polk Gafford was born Sept. 1, 1840 and died Dec. 27, 1910.He was better known as "Polk".Polk was raised in Dickson County around Cumberland Furnace.He married Missouri Ann Lindsey (Linzey), born Oct 26, 1844 and died May 12, 1917.Both are buried in Pleasantview Cemetery also known as Center Point Baptist Church Cemetery.Missouri's lost her father at a young age.She was one of three children.Her sister Louisa married John M. Gafford, Polk's brother.They had eight children five of which lived beyond 1900 many living in Houston County.Missouri was sometimes called "Ann" as was her mother and sometimes "Sue."They lived most of their lives in Dickson County
Lou Ida Gafford b. May 3, 1874 d. May 17, 1959 m 3/7/1896 in Dickson had 4 children Kelly Gene, Leonard Polk, Anneen, Frank Cheatham.
This is where our lines seperate as our ancestor was Lou Ida's Brother William Lee