My ancestors are George Vaughn and Sarah A. (Williams) Gambrell, who migrated to Tippah County from Anderson County, South Carolina in between 1842-1845 or so. They were accompanied by George's brother, John Bruton Gambrell and his family. No one knows why they pulled up stakes and left, let alone together as a group, but they did.
My great grandpa, the Rev. David E. M. Gambrell, was the fourth child out of five, and the only son, of George and Sarah. The last four children were all born in Tippah. I am looking for information on these children, but in the meantime, I have a small amount of information I would like to share.
The Rev. DEM grew up and married a Miss Zollie Morgan, born 10 December 1861 near New Albany, Mississippi. They were married sometime around 1890 or so. They lived together until 1943.
One of the Rev. DEM's sons, Leon Mason Gambrell, was my grandfather. He was born in Fordyce, Arkansas, on 3 January 1891. I have his old Bible. In it, there are factual details, as well as notes of first names and dates that are either birth dates, marriage anniversaries, or such, but I do not know which.
The Bible itself is an interesting old volume, with introductory chapters on the history and derivation of names, terms and events in the passages, scriptures, and also old maps and photographs of the Holy Land. It is not in great shape, with evident water damage and split from use and age, but it is a treasure nevertheless.
It is called, "The New Indexed Bible," which "alphabetically indexes and combines the studies of Biblical Biography, Geography, History, Theology, the Cardinal Virtues, Moral Philosophy, and Character Building." It is further "illustrated with a large number of photographs of places of Biblical events as they appear to-day; making a Sacred Album for every home."
It was published in 1909 & 1913 by the John A. Dickson Publishing Company, of Chicago, Illinois.
It begins with an inscription by my grandfather,
"This Bible was given me
It continues with a detailed drawing of a large cabinet labeled "Chart No. 1 The Divine Library" over a crucifix and the date, "B.C. 400 A.D." and the following labels on the shelves of the cabinet:
Following Chapter 4 of the Book of Malachi, there is an insert section containing a marriage certification for Leon Mason Gambrell and Beatterice Brown, married in Shawnee Oklahoma on the 6th day of August, in 1917. Witnesses were the Mother of the Bride: Mrs. Anna M. Brown, a Mr. George E. McKinnis, a Mrs. J. H. Fisher, and my great grandfather, D. E. Gambrell.
At the bottom of the page is the notation: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh." Gen. 11.24
In the following pages is a brief family history, which for many years is all I had, until recently. This contains the names of the Bride and Groom, their parents, and their parents' parents. It reads as follows, starting with the grandfather of the Groom:
Groom's Father's Parents:
Groom's Mother's Parents:
Bride's Father's Parents:
Bride's Mother's Parents:
Bride and Groom:
Beatterice and Leon had two children:
David Edwin Gambrell (my father)
In addition to this factual information, there is a blank page with Leon's writing which lists several names of (I believe) his siblings and their birth dates, plus additional names and scattered dates I cannot identify:
Jan. 3 - Leon
Anna - July 5 (Beatterice's mother)
Clyde - May 11 (Beatterice's brother)
That's all of the family information. Finally, Leon left behind several of his sermons in the back of the old book, ranging from "Christmas is personal," to "Caleb the conqueror" to "Love's waste" to "Why men are saved" and "Equipped for service."
One line is especially beautiful:
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