Monday, June 29, 2009

Milo was the oldest son of Joshua Younger Gamblin and his second wife Mary (Polly). He was born in 1818 in South Carolina and died in 1871 in Ripley Co. Missouri.
He first married Judith Edna Gough in 1842 and they had 2 children Naomi (born 1842) and Joshua (born 1843 - died 1881). Judith died soon after the birth of Joshua and he then married her niece Margaret Ellen or Edna Gough and they went on to have 9 children. This is an excerpt from a Gamblin book:
From the "Gamblin Family History" by Albert Smith and Jane Smith
In the 1850 Federal Census for Graves Co. Ky. Rhoda Gough was in the household of her son Wm. R. Gough - age 76. Rhoda Gough was furious when her granddaughter margaret Edna Gough married Milo Gamblin who had been married to Margaret's Aunt Judith Gough. Judith died a short time after the birth of her son Joshua in about 1844. Margaret was only 14 years of age when she married Milo. Margaret's fathr Jesse was not happy either. Rhoda simply ignored Margaret and her children for as long as she lived.

This is the marker for Milo and his family in Arnold Cemetery, Ripley Co. MO. , sadly they are buried with several of their children who died young. Eudora and Josephine twins - Josephine died at birth or shortly thereafter and Eudora only lived for 2 years. They also lost their daughter Pauline who died at the age of 8, she is not shown on the cemetery map and may have died in Grave Co. KY, before they moved to MO.
Maybe one day I will find Milo's parents Joshua and Polly. And Easter, who was a slave of Polly's, but was was considered one of the family - so the folk lore says.
And if the gods are really smiling down on me I might find Joshua's first wife Annie Grey who would be my direct ancestor.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Great Grandpa

This is one of the few pictures I have of my Great Grandfather Mattie, Great Grandmother Nancy, their son Roy and Roy's two oldest girls Arlene and Clarice.
Mattie (James Madison) was born in 1855 in Graves Co. Ky. and died in 1929 in Dent Co. Mo.
His father was William Henry and his father was Joshua brother of the elusive Josiah buried in California. Both Joshua and Josiah were the sons of James Gamblin and Nelly (Noel), James being the son of Joshua Younger son of William and Susannah.
Nancy was Nancy Minerva Norris born in 1848 and died in 1930 in Dent Co. Missouri. Roy was their youngest son and brother to my grandfather Bradford. His first daughter Arlene was born in 1922 so I'm guessing she was about 5 or 6 in the picture which means it was taken shortly before Mattie died.
I have a wonderful story about Nancy and her family during the civil war - I'll post it one day.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'm So Cotton Picken.......

excited!!! While browsing through a website for El Dorado, CA, looking for any info on Josiah, I came across a "look up" address. I e-mailed them, expecting nothing, but instead someone got back to me to say they have over 50 pages of probate records from his estate when he died.
They said he only had $44.00 dollars to his name but had a gold mine claim just outside Fair Play, CA.
There may not be much info about his family in the records, but one never knows. I've sent for the records and will keep you updated.
Doesn't take much to make me excited does!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I have a million questions. They are becoming an obsession.
Who is this man? Is he the missing brother who left to go to the California Gold rush and was never heard of again? Or was that just family folklore.

If he is the missing one, why does it say "A Native of Georgia" he was born in Graves County, Kentucky - wasn't he?

Did he move to Georgia because of a family fight before he moved to California and decided to say he was from Georgia?

Did he marry? Did he have children? In the 1860 census he is shown as living with a family of Chinese folk, who were they?

So many questions, so few answers.