Does any one have any information about the Gentry family of Madison county N.C. riding with George W. Kirk during the civil war. My great grandfather was named William Kirk Gentry and was called "Kernal," my Dad never knew why, but I must assume that"Kernal's" Dad was with Kirk and named my great grandfather after him.
All of this came as a great shock to me as I grew up thinking our family were all confederates.
I am somewhat familiar with the Shelton Laural Massacre and the turbulence of the time and county. Any relevant information is appreciated.