An American Family History

The Emmert Family of Sullivan County, Tennessee

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

George (Johan Jorg) Emmert.

His children included:
Leonard Daniel Emmert (1752, married Marie Catherine Gunckle),
Frederick Emmert (1754),
George Emmert, Jr. (1757, married Margaret Shawley),
Jacob Emmert (1761),
Mary Emmert (1762),
Elizabeth Emmert Harkleroad (1764, married Henry Harkleroad)
John Emmert (1769),
Andrew Emmert (1770), and
Peter Emmert (1771, married Mary Miller).

They came to East Tennessee about 1770.

Four Emmert brothers came from Maryland to the Holston country at an early period. Their father came from Germany...Jacob (father-in-law of Hal Massengill), who settled near the present town of Piney Flats in Sulllivan County,....(from The Massengills, Massengales and Variants, 1472-1931 by Samuel Evans Massengill, M.D.)

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.

Watauga Pioneer Neighbors

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.

George Emmert, Jr. was born about 1757 in Virginia.

He married Margaret Shawley. (C0nley according to DAR Volume 150)

George Washington Emmert (1786, married Mary (Mollie) Hendrix (Hendricks)),
Lucas Emmert (1789),
Ruth Emmert (1808, married Jonathan Crouch).

He received a pension for service as private under Cols. Baylor and Washington, 3d dragoons, Virginia Troops.

He died in Carter County, Tennessee.


Berks County, Pennsylvania was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County. Northwestern parts of the county became Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811.

Greene County, Tennessee developed from the Nolichucky settlement. It was formed in 1783 from part of the original Washington County, North Carolina.

Frederick Emmert, Sr. was born in Richmond Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1754 and was the son of Philip Emmert.

He married Barbara Ann Neidig.

He enlisted for a three year term as a private in the Pennsylvania regiment under Colonel Anthony Wayne from Berks County. This regiment was sent to reinforce Colonel Benedict Arnold's retreating army in May, 1776. He was stationed at Fort Ticonderoga. Most likely he was in the Battle of Lake Champlain on October 11-13, 1776. Also he served in the Battle of Brandywine on Thursday, September 11, 1777 and in the Battle of Germantown on Saturday, October 4, 1777 as well as the other battles of the American Revolution. He was present at the Battle of Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered on Friday, October 9, 1781. He received an honorable discharge for his military service in the Continental army at the close of the American Revolution.

He was listed on the 1779 and 1780 tax lists for Rockland Township, Berks County. He was a cordwainer.

About 1782 they took their family to Hampshire County, Virginia (now West Virginia).

From there, they migrated through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to Sullivan County, Tennesse.

Then theywent on to Greene County, Tennessee.

On July 12, 1792, Frederick bought 200 acres on Sinking Creek for 30£ from John Peeble. He sold this tract to Jacob Hise for 100£.

Frederick and Barbara Ann migrated to Sevier County sometime in 1795.

The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.



The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

A cordwainer (or cordwinder) made shoes from fine, soft leather. There was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made shoes, and a cobbler who repaired them.


Jacob Emmert (1761) and Catherines' children included:

Jacob Emmert, Jr. (1789, married Mary Polly Smith),
Elizabeth Emmet Massengil (1790, married Henry Massengill),
Peter Emmert (1798, married Rachel Cruthers), and
John Emmert (1800, married Ruth Webb).

On October 4, 1825 Elisha Cole sold land to Nathan Webb and Jacob Emmert.


from Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia: Now West Virginia

December 28, 1791
Baker, Henry (w. Mary Elizabeth) of Frederick County
to Jacob Emmert of Hampshire County
258 a on North R?
rec. 2 -28- 1702
wit: Andrew Hor, Jacob Milislagle, Jacob Emmert, Jr.


from Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia: Now West Virginia

April 17, 1796
Martin, George (w. Ann) of Hampshire County
to John Wolford
174 a. in Hampshire Co.
rec . 4 -1-1796
Wit: John Hanson, Jacob Emmert, Absalom Ashbrook


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.




The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

Died-Elizabeth [Emmert] Masengill on Tuesday, the 18th of Sept., 1875. The subject of this obituary was born in Sullivan County, where A. J. Hall now lives, on the 5th of August, 1890. She therefore, lived to be 85 years, 1 month and 10 days old.

She was the daughter of Jacob Emmert, deceased and the mother of three children, viz., F. D. Masengill, John Masengill and Joseph Masengill. She was the second wife and widow of Henry Masengil, who was of Revolutionary fame, who died 23rd Sept., 1837. She remained a widow and a U. S. pensioner till she died. She made the house of her son, F. D. Masengill her home after her husband died, and for the remainder of her days was carefully and tenderly cared for.

She joined the M. E. Church, South in the year 1843, and lived a faithful and consistent member, and died in the full triumphs of the Christian's faith. The immediate cause of her death was a fall, which fractured her thigh within the capsule. She bore her sufferings with an unusual degree of Christian patience and resignation, and was entirely willing to die. She often expressed herself as being anxious that her Savior would come and take her home to join the objects of her eartly affection in the land of eternal light and glory. She left a bright example for her children and the blessed assurance that she now sweetly rests in the arms of the Redeemer of the world.

Dr. A. C. Emmert was her attending physican and did all he could to relive her suffering, but human skill was unavailing, and the veil was drawn aside and she crossed over the dark river and doubless, "Now sleeps that blessed sleep, From which none ever wake to weep."

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.


from Carter County, Tennessee Deeds
Books A-B (FHL film 847,620; from Alice Duncan 1978)
2 June 1812, James Walker of Clebourn Co. TN
to George Emert, Jr., of Carter Co.,
200 acres on north side of Watauga River.
Wit. Nathan Hendrix, Wm. Garland.
Reg. 12 Aug. 1812.

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