I am hoping this project can help identify relationships between unconnected Lines. Here are the branches I am aware of.
John Gambrell - Barbra Bruton South Carolina prob descended from John Gambrell the planter of old Anson Co NC who died around 1753
William Gambrell - Winifred Elkins Laurens Co SC in the late 1700s. Moved to Muhlenburg Co KY, Gibson Co IN, and into DeWitt Co Illinois by the 1850s
Hugh Gambrel - Sarah Crain b. somewhere in VA in 1795. Migrated through Wood Co (W)VA to Hamilton Co OH, Union Co IN, and Hancock Co IN. Had brothers Edward, Travis, and John. Verbal traditions say this family came from NC. There is strong evidence that the Father, James Gambrel was from in Scotland.
Henry Gambill - Marie Davenport - at least 3 of his sons were in Wilkes Co NC during the American Revolution. Later descendants migrated to SE KY. A younger son stayed in Albermarle Co VA, and a grandson was Court clerk in Augusta Co VA (thus a plethora of hits when you search Chalkey's Chronicles.)
William Gambrill the Planter of Maryland. Thought by some to be the progenitor of most of the Gamb*ls in America. Maybe the Grandfather of both Henry Gambill and John Gambrell the planter of old Anson Co NC
Paris Gambriel - Ann Friend (widow of Joseph Friend) died in Gallatin Co KY 1818. His widow was the first Gambr*l in Hancock Co IN He is most likely from Maryland and a descendent of William the planter.
Bradley Gambrill of the Wautauga Settlement, moved into Tennessee and was killed by Indians there.
Ross County Ohio branch of Gambrels. Some of this clan settled in Sangamon Co IL by the 1850s (in very close proximity to the Gambrel - Elkins clan) This family has a rumor that one of the "sons" married a slave girl. The 1850 census of Ross County Ohio lists James Gambrel as a "mulatto".
And the African American Gambrels, do any of them have similar yDNA.. with each other, or with other family branches?
Do any of the members here have DNA evidence of close relationships between these family groups?
Some family historians hint at the name being a corrupted "Frenchification" of the Scottish Campbell's, or possibly Gammell. What can DNA tell us about these theories?