According to the 1880 Census of Casey County, Kentucky, Jonathan Gadberry ws still living in that area. The enumerator recorded his father was born in Ireland and his mother ws born in Prussia. John Gadberry (b. between 1755 and 1760 in Ireland; m. Christeney Unknown of Prussia) would appear to be the father of this line. It is not known the exact date of John's voyage to America or whether he traveled alone. The earliest record of John is one of Montgomery County, VA, 1782. Most of the Gadberrys who came to America seem to have disembarked in VA and then moved westward. John first entered land on 3 Aug. 1782. He registered 76 acres in Montgomery county, VA. The documents were sealed by James Monroe, then Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. John continued to acquire land over the next several years. On 22 Apr. 1795, John had all his parcels of land surveyed. He now had 490 acres of land, all in Montgomery county. The grant for this land was received on 26 May 1801. The grant states that John's land was located on the waters of Connelly's Branch and Plumb Creek, branches of New River. John then paid $250. to William and Elizabeth Terry for an additional 150 acres "on the head of Cedar Branch waters of Elliott's Creek waters of the south fork of Roanoak, together with all appurtenances to said John Gadberry and his heirs." Indenture mad 1800. In July of 1801, John Gadberry sold to Thomas Turner the 490 acres of the waters of Connelly's Branch and Plumb Creek for $500. This was the land he had acquired through grants. Although he had lived on this land for about two decades, he sold the entire tract approximately two months after receiving the grants. On 4 May 1802, John Gadberry sold to Wigton King 50 acres "being part of a tract of 150 acres lying in Montgomery Co. on head of Cedar Branch of Elliot's Creek waters of the south fork of Roanoak, land and appurtenances." Price: 40 pounds. On 8 Sept. 1805, Samuel Gadberry, son of John Gadberry, used his Power of Attorney and sold the remaining land that John owned in Montgomery Co. This land was purchased by B. Goodrich and Bolling Rogers for $100. "current money." This was the land bought from William Terry five years prior. John did not sell this land himself because he had already gone to Kentucky. He is first found paying taxes in Lincoln Co. KY on 3 Aug 1804. Samuel Gadberry was born circa 1780-1784. He was probably the first son of John Gadberry. Samuel wife may have been Nancy Gadberry, found near Casey County, KY in 1830. Samuel is believed to have died approximately 1820-1825. The land tax of 1803 places John Gadberry in Lincoln Co. KY. By 1806, John moved to Pulusky Co. KY. (Puluski Co. was on county carved from Lincoln county in 1799.) The remaining tax lists for 1806, 1807, and 1808 show John on Goose Creek in Puluski County. Goose Creek, however, is found in Casey and Russell Counties so John exact location is can not be pinpointed. It is clear however that he lived somewhere along the Goose Creek. William Gadberry(b. circa 1795 and found in Adair Co.) may have been a son of John Gadberry. Jonathan Gadberry (b. 1805 in the Goose Creek area) is assumed to be the youngest son of John Gadberry.
Christeney Gadberry was born in Prussia. Her maiden name is unknown. Many records refer to her as Christianna Gadberry. Christeney lived between twenty and thirty years after her husband, John Gadberry passed away. In 1822 and again in 1838 she obtained land grants from the state of Kentucky in her own name. This was very unusal for a woman of those times. Christeney was approximately 50 years of age when she accomplished this task. Christeney was born circa 1760-1765 and it is not certain just when she died. In 1830 she is enumerated in the census in her own household. However, in the 1840 census she appears not in her own household but in that of Jonathan Gadberry. This is not unusual because Jonathan was her youngest son and as she got older it would have been natural for her to live with him. Christeney is thought to have been approximately 75 years of age at the time of her death. Christeney Gadberry obtained 100 acres of land on Turkey creek on 8 May 1822. She also acquired 100 acres on the South Fork of Green and Fishing Creek. On 12 Sept. 1832, She gave Andrew Gadberry the 100 acres she owned on Turkey Creek. The land record which shows the transfer of this property from "Christena" to Andrew clearly states that Andrew was her son. Jonathan Gadberry also acquired 100 acres of land on the South Fork of Green and Fishing Creek that Christeney had acquired. The 1880 census of Casey County discloses that Christeney was born in Prussia. However, where Jonh and Christeney met is not known. Possibly John traveled from Ireland to Germany for a short time before coming to America. It is also possible that the two met after arriving in America.
Jonathan Gadberry was born about 1805 in the area of Casey, Pulski, and Russell Counties. He remained in this area all of his life. Jonathan is first found acquiring land in 1834 in Casey Co. On 27 Sept. 1834 Jonathan acquired 70 acres fom William K. Shepard and his wife, Nancy on Sloan's Fork (this may be Stone's Fork) of South Fork of Green River for $200. On 20 Jan. 1837, Frances Gadberry, Jonathan's second wife, inherited part of her father's land. They sold it on the same date to Jacob Clifton. On 10 Sept. 1846, Jonathan had 60 acres surveyed on Sloan's Fork in Casey Co. On 16 Mar. 1848, Jonathan had 100 acres surveyed. This 100 acres were also in Casey Co. No waterway was given for this parcel. Jonathan married three times and had a total of 15 children. He must have been quite a character. His first wife, Betsy Eller Gadberry, died shortly after the birth of Andrew Jackson Gadberry on 15 April 1835. When Betsy's father, George Eller died about 1850, he left instructions in his will that what he was leaving to his daughter Betsy was not to go into the hands of Jonathan. Jonathan's second wife was Frances Canaday (Kennedy,) the daughter of James Canaday. Jonathan married Frances in time to come into her inheritance. She received one-seventh of her father's estate. This of course could have been mere coincidence.