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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 Church, Neighbors & Related families Military
Alison *

1779 Jonesborough

Piney Flats

Frederick, Maryland  

Piney Creek Presbyterian Church

New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney FlatsMcKinley
Deery
McCorkle

1793 Sullivan Militia

Arrants 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee        
Bacon Washington - Sinking Creek Berks, Pennsylvania   Crouch, Webb, Barron  
Baker Washington County, Virginia Pennsylvania   Shelby, Worley,
Head
 
Barron * Sinking Creek Montgomery County, Virginia 1812 bought land Bacon, Epperson, Cox, Jobe Hartsell in 1812
Bean * Washington-
Boones Creek
Northumberland, Virginia 1769 Robertson 1813 McLin's Company
Berry 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee Augusta, Virginia 1777 Petition Crow,
King

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

1790 Sullivan County Militia

Bledsoe 1782 Washington County, VirginiaMoccasin Creek 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
1813 McLin's Company
Boring * Sinking Creek Baltimore, Maryland 1812 bought land Little
Odell
Cox
Reno/Reneau
Tipton
 
Bowman Washington
Boones Creek,
Knob Creek
Rockingham, Virginia 1783    
Boy Sullivan County, Tennessee York, Pennsylvania
Virginia
    1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee
Broyles * Washington and Greene - Little Limestone Creek Orange, Virginia 1789 Humphreys  
Calbaugh Washington County
Carter County
Pennsylvania   Smith
McCorkle
Nave
Massengill
Hendrix
1793 Sullivan Militia
Carmack*

1782 Washington County, Virginia

Sinking Creek

Frederick, Maryland

 

1774-Land Survey

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

1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee
Carriger

1792 Washington County,Virginia

1794 Washington County, Virginia

Brunswick, Pennsylvania 1782 Nave  
Cawood Sullivan Charles, Maryland
Frederick, Virginia

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Sevier 1790 Sullivan County Militia
Clay*   Henrico, Virginia      
Cobb

1792 Washington County,Virginia

1794 Washington County, Virginia

Washington
Sullivan - Piney Flats

Isle Of Wight County, Virginia 1771 Massengill
Deery
1782 Womack's Militia
Colbaugh *

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

Berks , Pennsylvania   Hendrix
Humphreys
McCorkle
Nave
Massengill
 
Cole *

1779 Jonesborough

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Smith
Malone
Deck
Cross
1790 Sullivan County Militia
Cox 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee Maryland 1777 Petition Carr
Cross
1774 Looney's Company
Cox Washington
County- Brush Creek
Virginia 1775 Boring
Bowman
1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee
Crocket 1771 Head of Holston  

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

   
Cross

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

Baltimore, Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Cole
Hicks
Smith
Malone
Looney
Cox
Milhorn
Webb

 

1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee

1836 Cherokee Removal

Crouch *

1840 Carter, Tennessee

Sinking Creek

King George, Virginia 1790 land grant Webb
Denton
Hunt
 
Crow       Hart  
Curtis Carter
Boones Creek
Virginia 1792 Hendrix
Humphreys
Pitts
 
Deck 1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee Lincoln, North Carolina   Smith
Booher
Cole
Shrite
 
Deery
Sullivan Ireland   Alison  
Denton * Sinking Creek

Tom's Brook

1785 Big Pigeon Settlement

1775 land survey Little
Tipton
Odell
Moore
Jobe
Carr
Robertson
Crouch
Jobe
1775 Tipton's Company
Devault

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

York County, Pennsylvania   Range
Massengill
Crouch
Giesler
Hughes
 
Doak       New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats  
Doty Greene - Lick Creek Rowan/Burke, North Carolina   Smith  
Dungan * Washington & Carter Rhode Island
Pennsylvania
Virginia
1778 Hendry
Humphreys
Smith
 
Dyer

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

Ireland  

New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats

King
Emmert

 
Eaves *         William - King's Mt.
Ellis Boones Creek     Bean
Crouch
Cox
 
Emmert *

1794 Washington County, Virginia

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

Sinking Creek

Maryland 1792 bought land Massengill
Webb
 
Epperson         1813 McLin's Company
Feathers 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee        
Fleenor     1777 Petition    
Ford * Sinking Creek Baltimore, Maryland 1784 land grant   1793 Sullivan Militia
Fulkerson 1782 Washington County, Virginia   1777 Petition Livingston
Bledsoe
1793 Sullivan Militia
Glaze Washington County
Boones Creek
    Humphreys  
Gregg

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

    New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats

1790 Sullivan County Militia

1836 Cherokee Removal

Greenway * 1830 Carter, Tennessee Frederick, Virginia   Dungan
Looney
Humphreys
 
Hammer          
Hammett Washington     Keen
Pitts
 
Hart *

1830 Carter, Tennessee

1840 Carter, Tennessee


Sinking Creek Baptist Church

Virginia   Hendrix
Mottern
Tipton
Emmert
Webb
 
Hawkins     1777 Petition    
Head 1782 Washington County, Virginia 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

 

1776 Cherokee Expedition

1793 Sullivan Militia

1836 Cherokee Removal

Hodge/Hodges

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

New Bethel Presbyterian

Ireland
Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania
 

New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats

King
Smith

 
Hughes

1779 Jonesborough

1782 Washington County, Virginia

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

New Bethel Presbyterian

 

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats 1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee
Humphreys *

1792 Washington County,Virginia

1794 Washington County, Virginia

Virginia   McLin
Smith

 

 

1776 Cluggage's Company

1793 Sullivan Militia

1813 McLin's Company

Hunt Sinking Creek Bedford County, Virginia which became Franklin County, Virginia early 1790s Crouch
Humphreys
Smith
 
Isbell * Washington Virginia
North Carolina
Surry, North Carolina
  Carr 1782 Womack's Militia
Jackson
Sinking Creek
Virginia

1786 Petition

1794 bought land

Jobe  
Jobe * Washington- Brush Creek

Tom's Brook

1785 Big Pigeon Settlement

  Cox
Little
Tipton
Carr
Humphreys
Denton

1775 Tipton's Company

1790 Sullivan County Militia

Johnson       Denton  
Jones 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee       1782 Womack's Militia
Keen Washington Maryland   Barron
Cox
 
King *

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

Pennsylvania 1777 Petition New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats

1790 Sullivan County Militia

1793 Sullivan Militia

1813 McLin's Company

1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee

Latture

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

Pennsylvania     1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee
Little *

1771 Head of Holston

1794 Washington County, Virginia

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

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   1785 Big Pigeon Settlement 1777 Petition Jobe
Whitson
 
Malone

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

Maryland

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

  1774 Looney's Company
Massengill * 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee Virginia 1769 New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats 1782 Womack's Militia
Matthews Greene Virginia   Stanfield  
Mauck * Sullivan Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia - Tom's Brook     1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee
McClellan    

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

  1790 Sullivan County Militia
McCorkle 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee Frederick , Maryland - Piney Creek Presbyterian Church   Rhea
Webb
1774 Looney's Company
McKinley * 1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee Maryland   New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney FlatsKing
Allison
Smith
 
McLin   Pennsylvania   Humphreys 1813 McLin's Company
Milhorn 1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee   1788 Smith 1836 Cherokee Removal
Miller Knob Creek Baltimore, Maryland   Webb
Hicks
1774 Looney's Company
Moore Washington Virginia 1780 Denton
Tipton
Odell
Reno/Reneau
Alison
Pitts
 
Mottern 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee        
Mulkey* Sinking Creek 1785 Big Pigeon Settlement   Denton
Odell
Reno/Reneau
1776 Cherokee Expedition
Nave *

1792 Washington ,Virginia

1794 Washington , Virginia

1830 Carter, Tennessee

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

1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee

North Carolina 1777 Petition Stanfield
Smith
1774 Looney's Company
Plumley          
Range Washington - Knob Creek New Jersey   Humphreys
Pitts
 
Renfro     1777 Petition    
Reno /Reneau * Sinking Creek 1785 Big Pigeon Settlement 1784 land grant Tipton William R.- McClellan's Co.
Rhea * 1840 Buffalo Ridge, Washington, Tennessee Frederick , Maryland - Piney Creek Presbyterian Church   New Bethel Presbyterian, Piney Flats 1790 Sullivan County Militia
Ripley Greene     Smith
Stanfield
Matthews
 
Robertson /Robinso Washington Brunswick,Virginia 1777 Petition Sevier
Bean
Tipton
Cobb

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

Sevier

1779 Jonesborough

1792 Washington County,Virginia

1794 Washington County, Virginia

     

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

Shelby    

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Looney

1774 Fincastle Militia

1776 Cherokee Expedition

 

Shrite          
Smith, Henry *

1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee

       
           
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      
Stewart          
Tipton *

1792 Washington County,Virginia

1794 Washington County, Virginia

1830 Carter, Tennessee

Sinking Creek

Baltimore, Maryland via Tom's Brook 1783 Reno/Reneau
Denton
Moore
Odell

1775 Tipton's Company

1836 Cherokee Removal

Torbett 1840 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee       1836 Cherokee Removal
Tullis * Washington New Jersey
Virginia
  Humphreys  
Waggoner

1771 Head of Holston


Russell, Virginia   Greenway  
Webb * 1830 Piney Flats, Sullivan, Tennessee Berks, Pennsylvania

1777 Petition

1786 Petition

Miller
Emmert
Smith
Massengil
Malone


1774 Looney's Company

1793 Sullivan Militia

1835 pension Sullivan, Tennessee

1836 Cherokee Removal

West   Loudoun, Virginia   Humphreys  
Whitson   1785 Big Pigeon Settlement   Denton  
Womack*   Henrico, Virginia   Isbell

1776 Cherokee Expedition

1782 Womack's Militia

Worley 1794 Washington County, Virginia        

 

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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