Morrow and Gambrell
From what I have found out about my family so far, my mother’s father’s ancestors were French Huguenots, who came to America to escape religious persecution. It has always been interesting to me, since my g-g-grandfather, Pleasant Marion Gambrell, was a slave holder in Anderson Co, SC. He paid for his sins of being a slave holder when a Yankee miniball took his head off in the Battle of Cedar Creek, VA in 1864. Although I have not found good evidence to this, what information I have is that his wife found another man at the end of the Civil War, and kicked out not only the previous slaves but her children by him as well. I’ve always wondered if the children and previous slaves might have traveled and worked together out of some sort of self-preservation.
On my father’s side, from what I know, the Morrow’s came from Ireland. I was always raised as a child of the south, and the assumption was that all my ancestors who fought in the Civil War fought on behalf of the Confederacy. After doing more research, I found my g-g-g-grandfather, Samuel Morrow, of Maury County TN, along with a number of his relatives and neighbors, volunteered for the 1st Middle Tennessee Calvary, which was led by William B. Stokes, who was pro-slavery but even en more pro-union. Samuel was too old to volunteer, but lied about his age. Some of the others that volunteered with him were too young, but lied about their age as well. After the war, he ‘paid for his sins’ of being on the union side by being murdered by the Klan in 1868, after which his children and grandchildren dispersed throughout the country, including my g-g-grandfather William Kincheon Morrow who wound up in Bolivar County Mississippi. From what I’ve read, it sounds like that part of Tennessee was not that much different from Yugoslavia recently, when neighbor turned against neighbor. Family legend is that he was partners with 2 other men and at his death his family was cheated out of their partial claim and rejoined other family members in Corinth Arkansas.