An American Family History

Abraham McClellan's Company

  Captain Abraham McClellan's Company of the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade of Mounted Volunteer Militia, Commanded by Major John R. Delaney was ordered into service during the Cherokee Removal from May 25, 1836 and served until April 30, 1837.  
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

The Cherokeewere indigenous people who lived in the southern Appalachian mountains. European Americans called their towns in eastern Tennessee, the Overhill Towns. The towns included Chota, Tellico and Tanasi.

In 1776, the Cherokee planned to drive settlers out of the Washington District. The settlers were warned and stopped the first attack at Heaton's Station. The second attack was stopped at Fort Watauga. In response to these attacks, the militia burned Tuskegee and Citico.

In 1780, while the militia was away at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Cherokee raided the setttlements. When the militia returned, Colonel John Sevier's men defeated the Cherokee at Boyd's Creek and destroyed most of the remaining towns.

Abraham McClellan Captain
Abraham Gregg First Lieutenant
James B. Riley Second Lieutenant
Henry Bullock Ensign
Saml. Evans First Sergeant
Saml. E. Edwards Second Sergeant
Maxwell Smith Third Sergeant
Christian C. Elkins First Corporal
James J. Angell Second Corporal
William P. Lacy Third Corporal
William H. Snodgrass Bugler
Uriah Acre  
Royston Boy  
Jno. G. Burnett  
John L. Burkhard  
Jacob Bushong  
Eli Cain  
Thomas Cawood  
Jesse Craft  
Samuel L Cross  
Jonathan J. Dryden  
David A. Dryden  
Hazel B. Davis  
Larkin Elkins  
Danl. Elkins  
Abel Edwards  
John Flemming  
Allen Farmer  
John M. Gifford  
George W. Goodman  
John Godsey  
Abraham J. Hicks  
Hiram B. Hughes  
William Hobbs  
Obed Hull  
Henry Kingery  
Thomas McLane  
Timothy Millard  
Elihu Messick  
James Morton  
Joseph McPhatridge  
Andrew J. Millhorn  
Thomas J. Newton  
Timothy Nickols  
Davia Pile  
Henry H. Pemberton  
John Page  
John Peters  
Edward C. Rutledge  
Thomas T. Rockhold  
John Sanders  
John C. Sawyers  
Walter J. Snodgrass  
David D. Spivy  
George L. Smith  
Benjamin Smith  
John G. Scott  
John I. Smith  
Nathaniel N. Smith  
Alexander H. Smith  
David Steel  
John Steel  
Isaac Stoffle  
Henry Smith  
Clifford Tyler  
William R. Tipton  
John Torbett  
Jonathan E. Vance  
John Webb  
Uriah Woods  
Owen M. White  
Jesse B. White  
James Hancher  
William O. King  
Elcanah Millard  



Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

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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