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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M72- 7
Creator: Gamble family.
Title, Dates: Family history notes, 1898.
Amount: 1.00 microfilm reel 35 mm.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Gamble family arrived in Tallahassee from Virginia in the 1820s.  John Gratton Gamble came out in 1823 with family, slaves, and household goods. His brother, Robert, brought his family out in 1827. The brothers were the sons of the Revolutionary War hero, Robert Gamble (1754-1810), who led "The Forlorn Hope," which stormed Stony Point on the Hudson and captured the fortress.
    The Gambles settled on a large tract of land in Jefferson County, which they had divided between themselves.  John and his family lived at Waukeenah plantation, while Robert and his family lived at Welaunee.  Later, each moved to Tallahassee, where John owned Neahmantle plantation on the St. Augustine Road and Robert lived in the Gamble mansion on College Avenue.  Their descendents have played significant roles in the city and region.
    John Gamble's son, Major Robert Gamble (1813-1906), played an important role in Florida history.  He, too, was born in Virginia and made the journey to Florida as a boy.  He was trained at West Point and served in the Second Seminole War and in the Civil War. The close of the war saw the opening of Manatee County for settlement and the Major gradually built a sugar plantation there of 3500 acres.  Gamble sold the plantation in 1858 and returned to Tallahassee.  He married Laura Wirt Randall, granddaughter of William Wirt, Attorney General of the United States under James Monroe.
Summary:     This notebook contains a family history of the Gambles and transcriptions of various documents relating to events in the family's past.  It is, in fact, a compilation of notes kept by Col. John G. Gamble and used as a basis for a family history being written at that time.  Col. John G. Gamble's son, Major Robert Gamble, brought them together in this notebook.  Apart from the family history, the notebook contains Revolutionary War records of Robert Gamble (1754-1810), extracts from articles regarding Gamble genealogy, and the Seminole War (particularly the Battle of Withlacoochee) journal of Major Robert Gamble (1813-1906).  Also included is a narrative account of the burning of Tallahassee in 1843 and a brief description of the treatment of slaves by the Gamble family.
Finding Aids: Microfilm listing available.
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Reproduction Note: Microfilm.
Location of Originals/Duplicates: The location of the original is unknown.
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Subject Access Fields: Gamble, Robert, 1754-1810
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842.
Withlacoochee (Fla.), Battle of, 1835.
Seminole Indians Wars
Slavery Florida
African Americans History To 1863. Florida
Genealogies. aat
Reminiscences. aat
Diaries. aat
Leon County (Fla.)
Tallahassee (Fla.)
United States History Revolution, 1775-1783
Florida Genealogy
Added Entries Gamble, John Grattan, 1779-1852
Gamble, Robert, 1813-1906