An American Family History

Greenway Family

The New River flows through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia .In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles (1732-1815) was captured by Shawnee warriors near Blacksburg and taken to Ohio. She escaped and made her way home by following the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers.

William Greenway was born about 1725.

He married Elizabeth Stevens.

William and Elizabeth's children probably included:
George Greenway (1750, married Dinah Kelly),
Hannah Greenway (1753, married David Russell), and
William Greenway (1755, married Elizabeth Humphreys).

A Captain Joseph Greenway and Mary Greenway Stratton have been incorrectly linked to this family.

William died in 1767 in Frederick County,Virginia and in 1770 it was

Ordered that the church wardens bind William Greenway, George Greenway and Hannah Greenway, poor orphans, unto Elisha Dungen until they come of age and that he learn the said George and William to read, write and cypher and the trade of Mason and the said Hannah to read, write and that he immediately give security not to carry the said children out of the county.

William's wife, Mary, was alive, but it was customary for a man to assume guardianship.

Mary married Francis Austin and

At a court held for Frederick County May 1, 1770 -
Present John Hite, Adam Stephen, Angus McDonald and John McDonald Gentlemen Justices.

Upon petition of Francis Austin and Mary his wife, setting forth that Elisha Dungen detains their son George Greenway illegally and uses him it be ordered that he be summoned.

But Elisha did not comply

The complaint of Frances Austin against Elisha Dungen for illegally detaining his son George being heard it is the opinion of the Court that the said Elisha hath no right to detain the said George. It is therefore ordered that he be discharged from any further servitude.

Upon petition of Frances Austin and Mary his wife setting forth that Elisha Dungen had not complied with the order of the Court directing him to bring in George Greenway from New River and for not giving him Bond according to the said order, it is ordered that he be summoned to appear at the next Court to answer the same.

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Bound children were indentured servants whose master provided training in a craft, board, lodging, and clothes for seven years or until the child came of age.
Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

George Greenway was born about 1750.

He married Dinah Kelly.

Joseph Greenway (1775, married Nelly Webb).
Sarah Greenway (1780),
George Greenway (1784, married Rachel Webb)
Richard Greenway (1793).

Nelly and Rachel were daughters of John Webb. When he died, they inherited 5,000 acres in Greene County, Tennessee.



Joseph Greenway was born about 1775. He was the son of George Greenway.

He married Nelly Webb. Nelly was the daughter of John Webb.

George Greenway (1805)
Mary Greenway (1806)
Elijah Greenway (1813)
Nathan Taylor Greenway (1819, married Rachel Davis)

He married Mary (Polly) Lakeland.

Louisa Greenway (1834)
Walker Greenway (1837)
John Greenway (1839)

In 1830, Joseph Greenway was in Piney Flats, Tennessee.

In 1832 Joseph and Elijah Greenway sold Nathan the land that Nelly inherited from her father.




from Sullivan County Deed Book 11, p. 167:
Transcribed by Robert Keyes Feb 15, 2005 Source: LDS FHL film #972708

This Indenture made and concluded This thirteenth of January eighteen hundred and thirty two [1832] between Elijah Greenway and Joseph Greenway of the one part and Nathan Greenway of the other part all of the County Sullivan and State of Tennessee

Witnesseth that for a valuable consideration to them the said Elijah Greenway and Joseph Greenway in hand paid by the said Nathan Greenway the receipt whereof is acknowledged doth by these presents release and to the said Nathan Greenway all the right title or demand that Elijah & Joseph Greenway has in and to a certain tract of land Elijah and Joseph Greenway now lives on by virture of a marriage to Nathan Greenways Mother by Joseph Greenway to Nelly Webb

Beginning on two Beeches on the South side of Holston river
then with Coles line one hundred eighty six poles to two White Oaks
thence with George Greenways line
to two Maples & a Linn on the river
thence up the river to the Beginning

to have and to hold to him the said Nathan Greenway and his heirs for ever

In witness whereof the said Elijah Greenway and Joseph Greenway doth hereby release and convey all the title that is vested in them in testimony whereof we the said Elijah and Joseph Greenway hereunto set our hands and afixt our Seals this the day and date above written in presents of attest
Joseph Greenway (seal)
Thomas Beard
Jacob Himes
Elijah Greenway (seal)


from Sullivan County Deed Book 12-134: Jan 2, 1838
Abstract by R.W. Keyes

Richard Greenway, acting as attorney for his wife Mary
by virtue of a POA in Montgomery Co., VA
dated Nov 21, 1837 sells to Felty Massengill for $200 the 1/4 interest in part of 230 acres it being Mary Greenway's part of an undivided tract descended to her as heir of her mother Nelly Greenway dec'd formerly Nelly Webb.
Wit: Jesse Cross & M. Massengill.

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