Name: John Gambier Scull
Birth: AFT 1755 in Cape May, NJ
Death: 27 OCT 1811 in Brunswick County, NC
Two spellings of his middle name found: Gambier and Gamblier. I have used Gambier because of more documentation on the Scull family at the second website listed below and, as shown further below, Gambier is the name used four times in a 1798 document of a relative.
Change Date: 25 Jul 2008 at 8:06:25
John Gamblier SCULL, Lt. Col., Rev. Army, b: Aft. 1755 in Hertford? County, North Carolina
There is substantial information about John Gambier Scull at
Another researcher shows a different birthplace. Email from Kitty Hoffman on 24 Jul 2008: "My interest in Elias Smith stems from a bond Elias Smith posted with Nathan Williams for marriage to Margaret Jane Scull d/o John Gambier Scull in Brunswick Co., NC about 1807. John Gambier Scull was from Cape May, NJ by way of Barbados before moving to NC. He was md. to a COLVIN.
From the genealogy database of Sharon Shaw at
John Gambier Scull
Marriage 1: Mary Colvin
John and Mary Scull had a dau., Mary Scull, who married John Mills Vernon.
Marriage 2: Dorcas Grissett b: c1787 in Brunswick Co., NC
This indicates that John and Mary's daughter's full name was Mary Catherine Scull and that she was called Catherine.
[The Vernon link is interesting since John's sister Eleanor married William M. Vernon. -- Les Tate]
The following document lists his middle name as "Gambier" four times.
State of North Carolina
This Indenture Tripartite made the 12th day of April in the year of our lord 1798. Between James WILLIAMS of the county aforesaid planter of the first --part & Eleanor Neal of the Same County Spinster of the Second-part- to John gambier Scull & Benjamin Mills both of the county & State aforesaid of the third part. Witnesseth that whereas a marriage is intended by the permission of god to be shortly had & Solemnized between the Said James Williams & the Said Elenor Neal & where as the Said Elenor Neal is entitled to Sundry Negro Slaves, & all other property as wife of Wm Senior/survivor, deceased late of the County and State aforesaid & to certain other Negroes Salves & other property by & under the last-Will & Testament of Thomas Neal of the Same County & State aforesaid, & also the other Negro Slaves & other property as one of the children to next of Kin of the late Pantewell [Cantwell] Scull deceased as here distributive Shone of the Real & personal Estate of the said Pantwell [Cantwell] scull by thorough & under the Statues of Distribution all of which Said Negro Slaves & other property remain undivided between devisors of the Said William Vernon & Thomas Neal & Next of kin of the Said Plantwell [Cantwell] Scull. Now This indenture witnesseth, that in consideration of the Said intended marriage & of the sum of ten pounds to the Said James Williams by the Said John gambier scull & Benjamin Mills by & with the consent of the Said Elenor Neal at or before the ensealing & Delivery of their Presents, the receipt-whereof the Said James doth hereby acknowledged & for Providing & Securing a competent provision of maintance for the said Elenor Neal for & during the Said conventuer & in case She Shall after the Said intended Marriage had surviving & over him the Said James Williams her said intended husband & for selling & securing the Said Negro Slaves & other property to Said Elenor Neal & unto such uses & upon such trust as are herein after expressed & Declared they the Said James Williams & Elenor Neal have & each of them both granted, bargained, Sold & confirmed & by these presence do & each of them grant, bargain, sell, & confirmed unto these presence do & each of them grants, bargains, sell & confirm unto the Said John gambier Scull & Benj. Mills their heirs & assigns all & Singular(?) the Said Negroes Salves & other property & the Issues & profits thereof & every part & parcel item thereof with all the Estate right -- titles, property, interest, claims & demand whatsoever, both at Law & equity of the Said James Williams & Eleanor Neal or either of them To Have & To Hold the Sd. Negros Slaves & other property with their future increase unto the Said John gambier & Benj. Mills, their heirs & assigns to such uses & upon Such trusts
& to and for such intents & purposes as hereafter mentioned of & concerning the Same That is to Say & the Sole & Separate use & behoof of the Said Elenor Neal from the Executors of these presents until the Solemnization thereof to the Joint use & behoof of them the Said James Williams & Elenor Neal for & during the Said coventure & if the said Elenor Neal Should Survive & over live the Said James Williams her said intended husband , therefore & after the decease of the Said James Williams to the Sole & Separate use benefit & behoof of her the said Elenor Neal, her Heirs & assigns forever, and the Said JAMES Williams doth covenant & agree to & with the Said John gambier Scull & Benja Mills that he will well and truly perform the covenant herein Expressed & the said John G. Scull& Benjamin Mills parties to these presents Doth covenant & agree to & with the Said James Williams and Elenor Neal his Said intended wife they will hold the Said Negroes Slaves & other property herein mentioned with their further increase according to the true intent meaning & intention of these presents. That is to Say the Said Negro Slave & other property with the future increase Shall & may at all times hereafter remain contained & be to & the further uses & purposes & upon the trust-& agreements herein before mentioned & So Shall remain contained & be.
In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands & seals this day & year first-above.
Witnesses -Signed Sealed & Delivered In Presents of Elka Allen, Jr,
Williams T. Ellsworth
John G. Scull
John Cains, Clk.
Brunswick County, July Term 1798
the due Executors of the within marriage settlement was proven in open court by the oath of Elkanah Allen Jr., one of the subscribing evidences thereto & was ordered to be registered.
From Kitty B. Hoffman , 10 Feb 2008:
Gene Peterson was in the New Hanover Library yesterday and found abstracts of vital records for the Raleigh, NC newspapers 1799-1829: "Married on 24 of November 1809 at the residence of JOHN G. SCULL, Mr. N. WILLIAMS merchant of Wilmington to MISS JANE SCULL." That clears up the Williamson vs. Williams discrepancy. It was a copy error. So Jane Scull was the daughter of John Gambier Scull. Nathan and Jane are listed in the 1850 NC Census for Brunswick Co., NC.
Father: Cantwell Scull b: 14 APR 1726
Mother: Mary Ann LNU
- Mary Catherine Scull
- Margaret Jane Scull