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Early Families on the Watagua

 
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In the late 18th and early 19th centuries families settled on southern the Watagua River in what is currently eastern Tennessee. The area is on the border of Washington and Sullivan Counties. The families are connected through a century of marriages. It is difficult to study one without the others.

The families came from Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Settlement in the Watagua area south of the Holston began about 1769. At that time it was in North Carolina.

Jonesborough and Piney Flats were settled in the late 1770s.

 

Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee was founded in 1779. In 1784, it became the capital of the State of Franklin.

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Family Residence Prior Residences year Neighbors & Related families Military
Alison * Sullivan - Piney Flats
Frederick, Maryland - Piney Creek Presbyterian Church   McKinley
Deery
McCorkle

Finley & John - Gregg's Company

John - with Shelby at King's Mountain

Arrants Sullivan County        
Bacon Washington - Sinking Creek Berks, Pennsylvania   Crouch, Webb, Barron  
Baker Washington County, Virginia Pennsylvania   Shelby, Worley,
Head
 
Barron * Sinking Creek Montgomery County, Virginia   Bacon, Epperson, Cox, Jobe Hartsell in 1812
Bean * Washington-
Boones Creek
Northumberland, Virginia 1769 Robertson  
Berry Washington County, Virginia Augusta, Virginia 1777 Petition Crow,
King

1774 Fincastle Militia
1776 Cherokee Expedition

Bledsoe 1782 Washington County, VirginiaMoccasin Creek 1734 Orange, Virginia 1777 Petition Fulkerson, Head 1774 Looney's Company
1776 Cherokee Expedition
Blevins * Sullivan Virginia

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Humphreys
Massengill
Odell
 
Booher * Sullivan & Washington,Virginia Washington, Pennsylvania   Stanfield
Deck
 
Boring * Washington
Brush Creek
    Little
 
Boring * Washington - Sinking Creek & Sullivan Baltimore, Maryland   Little
Odell
Cox
Reno/Reneau
Tipton
 
Bowman Washington
Boones Creek,
Knob Creek
Rockingham, Virginia 1783    
Boy Sullivan County, Tennessee York, Pennsylvania
Virginia
    private in Captain Sensum's company
Broyles * Washington and Greene - Little Limestone Creek Orange, Virginia 1789 Humphreys  
Calbaugh Washington County
Carter Counnty
Pennsylvania   Smith
McCorkle
Nave
Massengill
Hendrix
at Cavet's Station
Carmack* 1782 Washington County, Virginia - Sinking Creek Frederick, Maryland 1777 Petition  

1774 Fincastle Militia

1782 Womack's Militia

Carr Washington
Boones Creek
Charleston, South Carolina 1777 Petition Humphreys
Denton
Jobe
1774 Looney's Company
William - Shelby at King's Mt.
Carriger Carter Brunswick, Pennsylvania 1782 Nave  
Cawood Sullivan Charles, Maryland
Frederick, Virginia

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Sevier  
Clay*   Henrico, Virginia      
Cobb Washington
Sullivan - Piney Flats
Isle Of Wight County, Virginia 1771 Massengill
Deery
1782 Womack's Militia
Colbaugh * Sullivan Berks , Pennsylvania   Hendrix
Humphreys
McCorkle
Nave
Massengill
 
Cole * Sullivan Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Smith
Malone
Deck
Cross
 
Cox Sullivan Maryland 1777 Petition Carr
Cross
1774 Looney's Company
Cox Washington
County- Brush Creek
Virginia 1775 Boring
Bowman
William - with Shelby at King's Mt.
Crocket 1771 Head of Holston  

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

   
Cross Sullivan - Piney Flats Baltimore, Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Cole
Hicks
Smith
Malone
Looney
Cox
Milhorn
Webb
Elijah - Shelby at King's Mt.
Samuel - McClellan's Co.
Crouch *

Washington

Sinking Creek, Boones Creek
Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church

King George, Virginia   Webb
Denton
Hunt
 
Crow       Hart  
Curtis Carter
Boones Creek
Virginia 1792 Hendrix
Humphreys
Pitts
 
Deck Sullivan & Washington Lincoln, North Carolina   Smith
Booher
Cole
Shrite
 
Deery
Sullivan Ireland   Alison  
Denton * Washington - Sinking Creek & Brush Creek
Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church
Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia - Tom's Brook
then Big Pigeon
1775 Little
Tipton
Odell
Moore
Jobe
Carr
Robertson
Crouch
Jobe
1775 Tipton's Company
Devault Washington & Sullivan York County, Pennsylvania   Range
Massengill
Crouch
Giesler
Hughes
 
Doty Greene - Lick Creek Rowan/Burke, North Carolina   Smith  
Dungan * Washington & Carter Rhode Island
Pennsylvania
Virginia
1778 Hendry
Humphreys
Smith
 
Dyer Sullivan Ireland   King
Emmert
 
Eaves *         William - King's Mt.
Ellis Boones Creek     Bean
Crouch
Cox
 
Emmert * Sullivan -Piney Flats
and Sinking Creek
Maryland 1770 Massengill
Webb
 
Epperson          
Fleenor     1777 Petition    
Ford * Washington & Sullivan
Sinking Creek
Baltimore, Maryland      
Fulkerson 1782 Washington County, Virginia   1777 Petition Livingston
Bledsoe
 
Glaze Washington County
Boones Creek
    Humphreys  
Greenway * Washington Frederick, Virginia   Dungan
Looney
Humphreys
 
Hammett Washington     Keen
Pitts
 
Hart * Sullivan
Sinking Creek Baptist Church
Virginia   Hendrix
Mottern
Tipton
Emmert
Webb
 
Hawkins     1777 Petition    
Head 1782 Washington County, Virginia 1734 Orange, Virginia      
Hendrix * Carter Virginia 1780 Emmert
Hart
Dungan
 
Hendry *   Frederick County, Virginia   Dungan
Humphreys
McCorkle
 
Hensley 1782 Washington County, Virginia     Head
King
Pitts
1774 Fincastle Militia
Hicks Sullivan Baltimore, Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Malone
Cross
Emmert
Smith
Miller

William -Gregg's Company

Abraham- McClellan's Co.

1776 Cherokee Expedition

Hodge New Bethel Presbyterian Ireland
Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania
  King
Smith
 
Hughes

1782 Washington County, Virginia

Boones Creek
Sullivan - New Bethel Presbyterian

 

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

   
Humphreys * Washington
Boones Creek
Virginia    

David - Gregg's Company

William - King's Mountain

1776 Cluggage's Company

Hunt Washington- Sinking Creek and Buffalo Ridge Bedford County, Virginia which became Franklin County, Virginia   Crouch
Humphreys
Smith
 
Isbell * Washington Virginia
North Carolina
Surry, North Carolina
  Carr 1782 Womack's Militia
Zachariah Jr. & Sr. - with Servier King's Mt.
Jackson Washington
Sinking Creek
Virginia 1786 Petition Jobe  
Jobe * Washington- Brush Creek Chester, Pennsylvania
Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia - Tom's Brook
then Big Pigeon
  Cox
Little
Tipton
Carr
Humphreys
Denton
1775 Tipton's Company
Johnson       Denton  
Jones         1782 Womack's Militia
Keen Washington Maryland   Barron
Cox
 
King * Sullivan- Piney Flats Pennsylvania 1777 Petition Crouch John & James - Gregg's Company
Latture Sullivan Pennsylvania      
Little *

1771 Head of Holston

Sullivan - Piney Flats

New York
Shenandoah , Virginia -Tom's Brook

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Denton
Tipton
Boring

1774 Looney's Company


1782 Womack's Militia

Livingston 1782 Washington County, Virginia   1777 Petition    
Looney *   Augusta, Virginia 1795    
MacKay     1777 Petition Jobe
Whitson
 
Malone Sullivan - Piney Flats Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

  1774 Looney's Company
Massengill * Sullivan - Piney Flats Virginia 1769   1782 Womack's Militia
Matthews Greene Virginia   Stanfield  
Mauck * Sullivan Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia - Tom's Brook      
McClellan    

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

   
McCorkle Sullivan & Washington Frederick , Maryland - Piney Creek Presbyterian Church   Rhea
Webb
1774 Looney's Company
McKinley * Sullivan - Piney Flats Maryland   King
Allison
Smith
 
McLin   Pennsylvania   Humphreys  
Milhorn Sullivan   1788 Smith Andrew- McClellan's Co.
Miller Knob Creek Baltimore, Maryland   Webb
Hicks
1774 Looney's Company
Moore Washington Virginia 1780 Denton
Tipton
Odell
Reno/Reneau
Alison
Pitts
 
Mulkey* Washington     Denton
Odell
Reno/Reneau
1776 Cherokee Expedition
Nave * Carter - Siam Valley Augusta County, Virginia
Rowan, North Carolina
1771   1774 Fincastle Militia
Odell * Washington - Brush Creek New York
Frederick County, Maryland
1778 Denton
Boring
Tipton
1775 Tipton's Company
Pitts * 1782 Washington County, Virginia North Carolina 1777 Petition Stanfield
Smith
1774 Looney's Company
Plumley          
Range Washington - Knob Creek New Jersey   Humphreys
Pitts
 
Renfro     1777 Petition    
Reno /Reneau * Carter - Sinking Creek Prince William, Virginia
Frederick County, Virginia
1784 Tipton William R.- McClellan's Co.
Rhea * Sullivan - Beaver Creek Frederick , Maryland - Piney Creek Presbyterian Church      
Ripley Greene     Smith
Stanfield
Matthews
 
Robertson /Robinso Washington Brunswick,Virginia 1777 Petition Sevier
Bean
Tipton
Cobb

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

Sevier Jonesborough      

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

Shelby    

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Looney

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

 

Smith, Henry * Sullivan - Evans Branch        
           
Smith * (no established relationship with Henry Smith) Sullivan - Piney Flats - Evans' Branch   1777 Petition Malone
Cox
Cobb
Cole
Henry- Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Sproul 1782 Washington County, Virginia   1777 Petition    
Stanfield * Sullivan North Carolina      
Tipton * Washington - Sinking Creek Baltimore, Maryland via Tom's Brook 1783 Reno/Reneau
Denton
Moore
Odell
1775 Tipton's Company
Tullis * Washington New Jersey
Virginia
  Humphreys  
Waggoner 1771 Head of Holston
Sullivan - Lick Creek, Piney Flats
Russell, Virginia   Greenway  
Webb * Sullivan Berks, Pennsylvania

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Miller
Emmert
Smith
Massengil
Malone

Aaron - Gregg's Company
1774 Looney's Company
Jonathan - with Shelby at King's Mt.
John - McClellan's Co.

West   Loudoun, Virginia   Humphreys  
Whitson   Big Pigeon   Denton  
Womack*   Henrico, Virginia   Isbell

1776 Cherokee Expedition

1782 Womack's Militia

Worley          

 

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Washington Count, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Boones Creek is a tributary of the Watagua River.

 

Looney's Company

McClellan's Company

Sullivan County Militia

1786 Petition

Sinking Creek

Piney Creek Presbyterian

Tom's Brook

New Bethel Presbyterian

Washington County, Virginia Tax List

1835 Pension Roll for Sullivan County, Tennessee

Knob Creek

Lewis Company

 
 

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