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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 Tennessee County of Residence Prior Residences Last Residence 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

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   Crow,
King
 
Bledsoe Moccasin Creek,
Washington County, Virginia
  Virginia   Fulkerson Looney's Company,
Cherokee Expedition
Blevins * Sullivan   Virginia   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
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* Washington, Virginia - Sinking Creek   Frederick, Maryland     John Carmack was with Captain Evan Shelby
Carr Washington
Boones Creek
  Charleston, South Carolina 1789 Humphreys
Denton
Jobe
Gilbert & William - In Looney's Co.
William - Shelby at King's Mt.
Carriger Carter   Brunswick, Pennsylvania 1782 Nave  
Cawood Sullivan Charles, Maryland Frederick, Virginia   Sevier  
Clay*   Henrico, Virginia        
Cobb Washington
Sullivan - Piney Flats
Isle Of Wight County, Virginia   1771 Massengill
Deery
Pharoah & Arthur - Capt. Womack
Colbaugh * Sullivan   Berks , Pennsylvania   Hendrix
Humphreys
McCorkle
Nave
Massengill
 
Cole * Sullivan   Maryland   Smith
Malone
Deck
Cross
 
Cox Sullivan   Maryland   Carr
Cross
David, John Jr. & Sr. - In Looney's Co.
Cox Washington
County- Brush Creek
  Virginia 1775 Boring
Bowman
William - with Shelby at King's Mt.
Crocket            
Cross Sullivan - Piney Flats   Baltimore, Maryland 1795 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
 
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            
Ford * Washington & Sullivan
Sinking Creek
  Baltimore, Maryland      
Fulkerson Washington County, Virginia       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            
Hendrix * Carter   Virginia 1780 Emmert
Hart
Dungan
 
Hendry *     Frederick County, Virginia   Dungan
Humphreys
McCorkle
 
Hensley Washington County, Virginia       Head
King
Pitts
 
Hicks Sullivan   Baltimore, Maryland   Malone
Cross
Emmert
Smith
Miller

William -Gregg's Company

Abraham- McClellan's Co.

Hodge New Bethel Presbyterian Ireland Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania   King
Smith
 
Hughes Boones Creek
Sullivan - New Bethel Presbyterian
         
Humphreys * Washington
Boones Creek
  Virginia    

David - Gregg's Company

William - King's Mountain

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 Godfrey- Captain Womack
Zachariah Jr. & Sr. - with Servier King's Mt.
Jackson Washington
Sinking Creek
  Virginia   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
 
Johnson         Denton  
Keen Washington   Maryland   Barron
Cox
 
King * Sullivan- Piney Flats   Pennsylvania 1782 Crouch John & James - Gregg's Company
Latture Sullivan   Pennsylvania      
Little * Sullivan - Piney Flats New York Shenandoah , Virginia -Tom's Brook 1777 Denton
Tipton
Boring
Andrew, Matthias, & Valentine -In Looney's Co.
Matthias & Valentine- Captain Womack
Livingston            
Looney *     Augusta, Virginia 1795    
MacKay         Jobe
Whitson
 
Malone Sullivan - Piney Flats   Maryland     John - - In Looney's Co.
Massengill * Sullivan - Piney Flats   Virginia 1769   Henry & Michael - Captain Womack
Matthews Greene   Virginia   Stanfield  
Mauck * Sullivan   Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia - Tom's Brook      
McCorkle Sullivan & Washington   Frederick , Maryland - Piney Creek Presbyterian Church   Rhea
Webb
John - In Looney's Co.
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
John - In Looney's Co.
Moore Washington   Virginia 1780 Denton
Tipton
Odell
Reneau
Alison
Pitts
 
Mulkey* Washington       Denton
Odell
Reneau
 
Nave * Carter - Siam Valley Augusta County, Virginia Rowan, North Carolina 1771   Teeter - with Servier at King's Mt.
Odell * Washington - Brush Creek New York Frederick County, Maryland 1778 Denton
Boring
Tipton
 
Pitts * Sullivan & Washington   North Carolina   Stanfield Lewis - In Looney's Co.
Plumley            
Range Washington - Knob Creek New Jersey     Humphreys
Pitts
 
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 Washington   Brunswick,Virginia   Sevier
Bean
Tipton
Cobb
Charles - with Servier at King's Mt.
Sevier Jonesborough         King's Mt.
Shelby         Looney  
Smith, Henry * Sullivan - Evans Branch          
Smith * (no established relationship with Henry Smith) Sullivan - Piney Flats - Evans' Branch       Malone
Cox
Cobb
Cole
Henry- Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Stanfield * Sullivan   North Carolina      
Tipton * Washington - Sinking Creek   Baltimore, Maryland via Tom's Brook 1783 Reno
Denton
Moore
Odell
 
Tullis * Washington New Jersey Virginia   Humphreys  
Waggoner Sullivan - Lick Creek, Piney Flats   Russell, Virginia   Greenway  
Webb * Sullivan   Berks, Pennsylvania 1777 Miller
Emmert
Smith
Massengil
Malone

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

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