An American Family History


The Barron Family of East Tennessee

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

Joseph Barron was born in about 1723 in Maryland. His parents were John Barron and Sarah Stacy.

He married Anna Walker.

Hannah Barron (1747),
John Barron (1749, married Susannah McGee),
Joseph Barron (1752, married Sarah Murray),
William Barron (1755, married Mary Murray),
Henry Barron (1757)
James Barron (1759)
Sarah Barron (1760, married William Dodson), and
Mary Barron, (1767, married William Ford).

1795 in Washington County Deed of Conveyance John Barren to Charles Duncan, 120A, pbo Anderson Smith


Will of Joseph Barron 
Territory south of the Ohio, Washington County: I Joseph Barron,being very sick and weak but in perfect mind and memory to God for the same do make and ordain this my last will and testement.

First, I give my Soul to God, that gave it me and my body to be buried in a Christian like manner and such worldly goods as it hath been please God to bless me with, I give in the following manner:

Item...D, give to my beloved wife, Ann Barron, all what the law allows her.

I give to my five children, namely John Barron, Joseph Barron, James Barron, William Barron, Henry Barron, the balance of my estate.

My daughter Sarah Dotson, Mary Ford and Walker Barron, having already had their full share each of them, I give one shilling.  

Item. . .I appoint my two sons, Joseph Barron and William Barron, executors and do revoke and disanull all other wills before this made by me.  

Witness my hand and seal this second day of August, 1793.

Wit: John Kincheloe, Margaret (her mark) Barron.

  William Barron was born about 1755. He married Mary Murray.  
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.

Thomas Barron was born on February 6, 1776 in Virginia. He was the son of Joseph Barron and Sarah Murray.

He married Phoebe Jobe on October 31, 1794 in West Sinking Springs, Washington County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Jacob Jobe and Elizabeth MacKay.

They settled in Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee.

Thomas and Phoebe's children included:

Leah Barron (1796, married Asa Epperson),
Nancy Barron (1797, married Benjamin Epperson and John Crouch),
Daniel Barron (1799, married Mary (Polly) Bacon),
Jacob Barron (1801, married Jane Murray)
Sarah Barron (1805, married Thomas Bacon)
Deborah Barron (1807, married Jonathan Bacon)
John Barron (1810, died age 18)
Thomas Barron, Jr. (1812)
Lydia Ann Barron (1817, married Edmond Bacon) and
Phoebe Barron (1820, married Calvin Cox).

In 1806 Thomas bought 205 acres on Sinking Creek.

Thomas was a private in the Tennessee militia under Captain Jacob Hartsell during the War of 1812. He received a grant of 40 acres for his service.

On September 1, 1813 Thomas signed a petition for the reoganization of the courts in Washington County.

At the time of the 1830 census, the household was in the Sullivan County

1 male 50-60 - William, Sr.
1 female 50-60 - Phoebe
1 male 20-30 - probably John b. 1810
1 male 10-15 Thomas b. 1812
1 female 10-15 - Lydia Ann b. 1817
2 females 5-10 - Phoebe b. abt 1820 and Anna b. 1822

In 1856 when Thomas Barron, Jr. sold land to Jonathan Bacon he specified that his parents were to be permitted to reside on this land for the rest of their natural lives.

Thomas died on January 24, 1863 in West Sinking Springs. He was buried in the
Bacon Family Cemetery in Washington County.

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.

Appalachia was the 18th century backcountry and many settlers were Scots-Irish. It includes southern New York, western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.


Leah Barron
Leah Barron Epperson


Watauga Pioneer Neighbors





from Washington County, Tennessee Deed Book 1

This indenture March 31, 1806 between Morgan Murray and Thomas Barron, both of Washington Co., Tennessee...
Consideration of 1000 dollars...
conveys a tract of land on Sinking Creek...
begin at a post oak corner of the original survey...
then with the line of John Haile...
containing 205 acres ...

Morgan Murray, Nathan Shipley, Walker Barron, Shadrach Murray, Joseph Murray


from Washington Co., Tennessee Wills 1777-1872 by Goldene Fillers Burgner

Will of Thomas Barron
In the name of God Almighty I hereby make my last will and testament as life is uncertain and death is sure and yet being in sound mind I hereby want my Estate disposed of as follows:

In the first place after my death I want my body neatly put away after the manner and customs of the Country.

Secondly, my funeral expenses be paid out of my Estate.

Thirdly, all my just debts be paid if there should be any.

Fourthly, I want all of my heirs to have an equal share of my Estate after the expences is paid.

Fifthly, I want my Property what is on hands sold at public sale to the highest bidder on time as the Court may deem proper, and the money equally divided among my heirs.

I hereby give the names of them commencing at the oldest; and that is dead their children to have their parents portion--their names is as follows: Vizi
Leah Epperson and
Nancy Epperson,
Daniel Barron,
Jacob Barron,
Sarah Bacon,
Deborah Bacon,
John Barron,
Thomas Barron,
Lyddian Bacon, and
Phoebe Cox,
these is my heirs.

I want them to have my Estate for the affection I have for them.

I do hereby nominate and appoint Nathan Shipley my Executor to my last will and Testament to sell my property and wind up my Estate, and do further appoint the said Nathan Shipley my Lawful Attorney to tend to my business through life as I am old and infirm and cannot see to it myself and to be valued in law as though I did it myself.

I hereunto subscribe my name this 8th day October in the Year of our Lord 1859.
Thomas Barron

Test: Thomas Epperson, John W. Bowser, Nathan Shipley

Probated February 1863 2nd day.

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.


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