Mary Etta’s Scottish ancestry can be traced back to George Gaddy of Virginia. Family history maintains that his father, William Gaddy was born in Cupar, County Fife, Scotland in 1695. Sixteen-year-old William (Gaddyn) boarded a ship in Bristol, England. He disembarked fifteen days later in the Colony of Carolina. From there he traveled to New Kent County, VA.
William’s future son, George lived to see Virginia transform from a British province into an independent state. His wife and children witnessed Kentucky County, Virginia attain its own statehood in 1792. Over two hundred years later, Gaddy descendants continue to call central Kentucky home.
Mary Etta Hazlewood of Hart County, KY descended from George’s eldest daughter, Mary Gaddy. (Click here to read of Mary and her daughter RUTHA PARRISH MEARS.) Please note that the Gaddy name has multiple variant spellings: Gaddie, Geddy, etc.
The Gaddy Family of Virginia
Eighteen-year-old Mary Ann Sherwood of Goochland was born and raised in the Virginia Colony. Her parents likely preferred her to wed an Englishman. Instead, a Scottish newcomer named William Gaddy won Mary’s heart. On a cold January day in 1725, she gave birth to George, one of their seven children. The Gaddy clan grew as the siblings each established families of their own.
George celebrated the Christmas of 1752 with his newlywed wife Anna Stovall. In 1770 the couple settled in Bedford County (near present day Lynchburg) raising their family on Fleming’s Mountain. The cold water of Ivy Creek ran through the farm on its way downstream to the James River. Two hundred acres of ridges and hollows boasted plentiful game. Walnut groves provided an annual nut harvest. George kept apple and peach orchards for fresh fruit, hard cider, and maybe a bit of peach brandy.
Anna managed a comfortable household, which included the luxury of feather beds. A nearby barn sheltered their horses and dairy cows. She tended the garden, while her daughters helped with the cooking and cleaning. The boys fished and hunted the mountainside together. But not all was idyllic.
By the time Anna gave birth to their last child in 1772, Virginia and the other colonies were tiring of British oppression. The Gaddys sided with the Patriot cause. Son George, Jr. volunteered towards the end of the Revolutionary War, returning to Bedford County in 1781 after a six month tour of duty.
In March of 1785, George Sr. was ailing. He drew up his last will and testament in the presence of his neighbors, Reuben Cobbs and Baptist minister John Anthony. Sometime that spring/summer George died at the age of sixty.
Six sons and three daughters survived their father. Most of them remained in Bedford, yet nearly half headed west into Kentucky: George, Francis, and Mary moved to Green County with their respective families. Elijah relocated to Madison County, KY. Even George’s widow, Anna moved to Nelson County, KY where she married her second husband, Abraham Uncil in 1793.
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