Today I received a nice letter with a photo of William and Rebecca from my double cousin, Marlene Versluis of Glendale, Arizona. I was really excited because I don’t have any photos of my Great Grandfather, George Washington Wade, Senior. He is the ONLY Great Grandparent of whom I’m missing a photo! This photo is of his father’s sister and his mother’s brother. Rebecca Wade Gabbert was the sister of John William Wade, who was my Great Great Grandfather and my Grandpa Wade’s Grandfather. William Gabbert was not only the husband of Rebecca Wade, but he was also the brother of John Wade’s wife, Mary Polly Gabbert. I got to see John Wade’s grave in December of 2005, when my Aunt Joan and Uncle Bill drove me around to some local cemeteries. One was the Union Chapel or Bachelor Cemetery–way out past Deep Cut Lake. It is the final resting place of John William Wade and his second wife, Virginia Robertson. Unfortunately, no one knows where Polly is buried. Polly’s mother is buried in an empty field near Salem, Indiana. I went there in November 2008. There is just one slab on the ground, but the area has a fence around space for two graves. Polly’s mother, also a Polly, Polly DePauw Gabbert, was the sister of Napoleon Bonapart DePauw. He also was the only relative that I ever found who owned slaves at one time or another, as in his will in 1858, he gave two their freedom. Anyway, Napoleon put these slabs on several graves of close relatives (his brothers, sister, and father).
Speaking of slaves, William and Rebecca Gabbert were very involved as southern sympathizers. They were living in Missouri at the time of the Civil War. They not only were sympathizers, but William was a famous guerrilla Bushwhacker in Vernon County, Missouri. His exploits and those of his and Rebecca’s daughter and son, Eliza and John, and John’s wife Lennora, are chronicled in several books and displays at the Bushwhacker Museum, located in Nevada, Missouri. For more info about Rebecca and William, see my genealogy website. Don’t forget to click the links in the History section on their individual pages for more stories. Also, check out their children, John and Eliza, for more tales about spying for the Confederacy. John’s wife, Lennora, and Eliza both risked their lives as couriers. In the post about Confederate sisters, Lennora and Eliza tricked Northern soldiers into releasing their captured friends by posing as their distraught lovers. John Gabbert however had died in the fighting in 1863.
If you are interested in these Gabberts and want to find out more about them, I’ve also been corresponding with Jon Lockhart. John Gabbert and Polly Gabbert Wade’s older sister, Rachel Gabbert Lockhart, is his ancestor. He has a great blog called Family Ramblings and has done a lot of research on the Gabberts and the DePauw’s. Also, on this page, Merida Wade, John Wade’s father, is mentioned in a couple of posts about land patents. The two maps show where all the families (Wades, Gabberts, DePauws, Lockharts, etc.) originally lived in Washington County, Indiana. The Wade Farm was very close to West Washington High School, a few miles from Salem. Merrida and his wife Ferrabee, are buried just down the road at the site of the current Mount Tabor Church of Christ. I visited there in January of 2009, but I couldn’t find their graves, but I did find several other family members.
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