I am posting some extracts of a letter I sent to a Gayle family researcher recently, with the hope these records will help someone else.I haven't had time to post the Chancery Court Suit as yet to my webpages @ the following
Extracts from MY letter:
"Of special interest-earliest record of Josiah & Matthew Gayle (Sr) in Lunenburg Co., Va:
Lun. Co., Va. DB 9, P 199 Aug 3, 1763 James Cole and Ave, his wife, of Lun, to Josiah Gayle of Lun. Co, for 100f, a certain tract of land of 240 Ac in Lun. Co, Lower side of Dry Crk, and b/b John Roe, Nicholas Christopher, . Sig: James Cole Wts: Christopher Billups, Matthew Gayle,Chris. Robinson Rec Aug 11, 1763
Earliest Records on Matthew Gayle in South Carolina:
CAMDEN DIST., SC WILLS
1782 Edwin Rees, planter, WILL proved 29 July 1782. Wife Mary, daughters Sally and Elizabeth. Executors Brothers Hugh Rees and Isham Rees, Edwin Rees; witnesses: Philip Pettypool, Sarah Rees, Thos Andrews.
Inventory by Isham Moore, Huberd Rees, Abijah Rembert, 17 August 1782; mentions Philip Pool (Pettypool) Matthew Gayle, Adam F. Brisbane, Samuel Hatfield, Robt Dearington, Thomas Andrew, Dr. Wright, Capt. Josiah Furman, Peter Brunson, Henry Whelar, Mr. Hardis, George Spain, David Neal, Col. Nathl. Moore, Wm Moore, Wm Rees, James Habersham, Wm Dinkins, Flemin Tynes, Mr. Grimes, Henry Clark, Caleb Gayle, Wm Barden, Greenberry Caper, Isaac Knighton, Edward Lane, Willis Ramsey, Charles Leflour, Alexander Campbell, James Borough, Benjamin Holloway, Lenard Powell, Capt. Lewis, Matthew Peterson, (Paterson)Mr. Skinner, Robt Moses, Ephraim P. Pool, (Pettypool) Golbert Crosswell, Archabald Henson, John Denny, Philip P. Pool, (Pettypool) John Hamilton.
The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume VI Number 3, Summer, 1978
Early Wills of Camden Dist P172
[list of accounts and bonds, no title given, but the original list is found in the estate file of William Richardson] Long list Incl: (All dated 1780's)
Mathew Gale note to F. Woodroof for £ 50 and his own note to WR (William Richardson) Left with J. Pinckney to be Sued;Ambrose Gayle note to Seth Petty Pooll (Pettypool) dated 24 Feb 85 for two Negroes; Hubbard Rees note to John Rambert dated 3 Apr 84 for one Negro; Etal
Mathew Gale Conditional Note respecting the Assignment John Winn & John R Davis bond and Gersham Kellys note for 4 Negros;Morgan Sabb note to Mathew Gale (Gayle) in poss. of Jno Smyth;etal
Last record of the Gayle family in Lunenburg Co., Va deed records:
Lun. Co., Va DB 13, P 579- Feb 28, 1784 Matthew Gayle & Wife Lukey* and Matthew Gayle, Jr & his wife Mary** (does not state Residence here) to John Billups of Amelia Co, for 312 f abt 312 A in Lun Co on Ledbetter CR bnd'd by Wm DeGaffenreidt , John Ingram, Joseph Billups, Wm Pamplin, Christopher Billups. Signed: Matthew Gayle, Lukey (her X mark) Gayle, Matthew Gayle Jr. Wit: Christopher Billups, Richard Mackie Dozier, John Patteson, John Chappel Rec Mar 11, 1784 Lukey voluntarily relinq dower rights in the lands conveyed
SGS note- Mary, w/o Matthew Jr is mentioned in the deed, but did not sign deed
*Lucretia BILLUPS Gayle
** Mary P. REES Gayle
MY NOTE-These Court Records have NOT been posted to my weebsite yet-there are many pages and I am still transcribing them.
Chancery Court Records, Lunenburg Co, Va, 1785-1788
I am holding in my hand a copy of a lawsuit (which I am having some slight difficulty in transcribing, some pages being written in different penmanships; perhaps the court clerk changed from time to time)wherein John Ingram sued Matthew Gayle for non-performance of two bonds, one being a tobacco bond inthe amt of $2,000.,(which Matthew Gayle paid in part ). The Sheriff /Deputy Sheriff of Lunenburg Co., Va. is unable to locate the defendant Matthew Gayle in those parts; (acting on several court orders to locate Matthew Gayle and bring him into court in person).There was also one John Pettus note involved, and some exchanging done.
Here is an extract from this lawsuit, in part "That your Orator was at last obliged to commence suit against the said defendt. on both of the aforesaid bonds in two separate actions, pending which the said deft. was about to move to So. Carolina, & your Orator was afraid he should lose his debts altogether, as also the amount of an open acct. due by the sd. deft. to your Orator, etc etc"
This lawsuit is dated Dec.1785-Mar.court, 1788, referring to the debts as being made in 1784.
This lawsuit alone proves that Matthew Gayle of Lunenburg Co, Va., is one and the same as the Matthew Gayle who shows up in South Carolina about the same time."
Sadie Greening Sparks