An American Family History

William Humphreys

Carter County is in northeastern Tennessee. It was part of the Washington District of North Carolina organized in 1775. In 1777, the district became Washington County, North Carolina.

William Humphreys was born about 1809 in Tennessee.

In 1800, only the Elisha Humphreys and Jesse Humphreys households were in Carter County.

William married Leasy Hutson or Hudson on June 7, 1827 in Carter County, Tennessee.

Their children may have included:

Henry Jefferson Humphreys (1828, married Perlina C. Lilly),
John S. Humphreys (1831, married Nancy Gale),
Catherine Sophia Humphreys (1834, married David Henry Feathers, son of William Feathers and Elizabeth Myers),
David Franklin Hmphreys (1835, married Sarah Carr),
William G. Humphreys (1838, married Sarah Elizabeth Little),
George Washington Humphreys (1840)
James T. Humphreys (1843)
Sarah Elizabeth Humphreys (1845, married Andrew Jackson Lacy) and
Nancy Ann Humphreys (1846).

At the time of the 1830 census, William was in Carter County. The household consisted of

a man and a woman between 20 & 29
a boy and a girl under 5 -

On the same page were Gabriel, Clark and Sarah Hutton.

In 1840, William Humphreys

a man and a woman between 30 & 39
a woman between 20 & 29
a boy and a girl between 10 & 14 Henry and ?
a boy and a girl betwen 5 & 9 - John and Catherine
3 boys under 5 - David, William, George

In 1850 William Humphreys

William 41
Lecey 41
John S. 18
Katarine S. 16
David 14
William G. 12
George W. 10
James J. T. 8
Sarah E. 5
Nancy A.
Henry J. 22
Pulina C. 20
David W. 0



William 51
Lucy 51
William 22
James 18
Elizabeth 15
Nancy A. 13
Catharine Leathers 26
D. H. Leathers 26

Leasy died in 1896.



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.




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