An American Family History

Malone Family

  also spelled Melone  
In 1774 Governor Dunmore declared war against the indignious Americans. The war ended after Virginia's victory in the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774.

John Malone was born between about 1720 in Maryland.

His children may have included:

John Malone, Jr. (1749),
Comfort Malone Hicks (1750, married John Hicks),
Mary Malone (1753, married John Adam Houk),
William Malone (1759, died as a young man), and
George Malone (1762),

On April 6, 1749, a John Melone of Baltimore County bought 50 acres called Timber Ridge from James Johnson according to Maryland Land Records. The warrant and deed were for land on the north side of Hollow Rock branch which descends into little Pipe Creek. The land is now in Carroll County, but was then Baltimore County and after that Frederick County.

In 1757 or 1758 a John Malone was listed in Captain Thomas Norris' Company , but he was not paid until 1767. He was paid 1d 10s for 30 days attendance.

On November 20, 1760, a John Malone purchased 100 acres from Joseph Chapline. It was recorded March 18, 1761. The witnesses were Thomas Prather and Moses Chapline. (Maryland Land Records)

On May 15, 1764, John Malone, blacksmith, of Baltimore County, Maryland sold 50 acres called Timber Ridge to John White. Sarah Melone released her dower rights. ( Maryland Land Records, LDS film # 0013939 Frederick County, Maryland, Liber J, p. 380)

John, Sr. and John, Jr. served in the militia during the campaign known as Lord Dunmore's War. In 1774, they were listed in Looney's Company.

A John Malone was also listed in 1775 with Captain George Matthews' Company from Augusta County. It did not say if it was John Sr. or Jr.

John Sr., George, John Jr., and William signed the 1777 petition of men living on the north Holston River complaining about the division of Fincastle County in 1776. They felt the line was not equitable and the court house was too far away.

On the 1778, Washington County tax list, John Malone was the only Malone listed. .

On September 29 1779, John Melone entered 200 acres in Washington County. The surveyor was ordered to lay off 200 acres on September 20, 1779

on the north side of Holston, at the blue spring of what runs into Beaver Creek including the plantation on which the said Malone now lives.

In October, 1782, John Malone and son, Michael ???, were each granted 200 acres in Sullivan County and son, William, was granted 100 acres for service in Lord Dunmore's War.

John died soon after and was laid to rest in Malone Cemetery.


John Malone, Jr. was born about 1749 in Maryland.

He married Mary Ann Posey in Bedford County, Virginia

William Malone (1781),
Charity Malone (1783, married Zachariah Luster),
Joseph Malone (1783, married Jenny Grimes),
Humphery Malone (1785)
Betsy Malone (1790, married David Reynolds),
Polly Mary Malone (1800, married Jesse Reynolds),
Anna Malone, 1790, married Rueben Reynolds),
Sally Malone.

On January 16, 1810, Nicholas Hensley sold 55 acres in Washington County, Virginia to a John Malone.

John died in Greene County, Tennessee in 1823, he was 71.


During the Civil war many citizens of East Tennessee opposed secession, but the area was under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Some citizens engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities and joined the Union army, while others were loyal to the confederacy. It was a heartbreaking case of neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.

George Malone, Sr.

He married Rachel about 1779.

Their children may have included:

William Malone (abt 1785, married Nancy Hicks),
Solomon Malone (1790, married Betsy Orton),
Amos Malone (1795, married Katherine Miller),
George Malone, Jr. (1796, married Mary Smith),
Ruth Malone (1807),
Joseph H. Malone (1809, married Mahala Hart).

His land bordered Leonard Hart's.

He was named in the 1786 petition to North Carolina requesting the division of Sullivan County.

On November 7, 1791, George purchased a tract of land on both sides of Lick Creek in Greene County from George Waggoner beginning on William Wilson's line.... John Carter's line. The witnesses were William Dawson, John King, Isaac Lanehart, and John Richardson.

He sold the 160 acres on both sides of Lick Creek to William Webster in October, 1796.

He was on the Sullivan County tax list in 1797 and paid poll tax there in 1796.

George Malone bought 100 acres from Leonard Hart (south side of Holsten) in November, 1802. Walter Cunningham and John Malone were the witnesses. That year he also bought a 23 year old negro woman named Cate from Elisha Cole.

Sullivan County deeds (Vol 11, p. 137) recorded the Sheriff's sale of the interest George's brother, Amos, had in his father's,land. It mentioned the land on which "...Widow Malone now lives adjoining land of John Smith."

He paid taxes in Sullivan county in 1812.

In the 1830 census, Rachel was living near John Smith.

Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.


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.

from Greenville Sun
May 16, 2009
Malone Cemetery Receiving Attention

2 Revolutionary War Veterans Are Buried There

After years of neglect, one of the most important older cemeteries in Greene County is getting a lot of attention these days. The Malone Cemetery contains the graves of two Revolutionary War veterans -- John Malone, 1724 -1783, and his son, John Malone II, 1752-1823.

Both men fought in the Lord Dunmore War in 1774-1776, along with George and William Malone, and possibly John Reynolds who also is buried there.

The two John Malones received land for their service in the Revolutionary War. They came to Greene County along with William and George Malone.

The Malones were Irish and came from County Leitrim, Ireland, where a Malone Castle is still standing. At least one John Malone was a Quaker.

Both John Malones signed the petition for Washington County, Tenn., on Nov. 6, 1777, along with George and William Malone.

One of the John Malones received 200 acres of land on Sept. 29, 1780, in Washington County. One of the John Malones owned land and lived in Sullivan County and signed the Sullivan County, Tenn., Petition of 1781. He also signed the Greene County Petition of 1792 and, in 1795, bought land in Greene County.

Three of John Malone Sr.'s children married children of John Reynolds in Greene County.

Malone Cemetery
Malone Cemetery is located near Ottway, behind Union Baptist Church on Casteel Road. It occupies about one acre and is located in a field that was once the Casteel farm.

There are 18 graves marked by gravestones, about 25 marked by field stones and several others totally unmarked.

Grave markers that are readable in the cemetery include the following last names: Casteel, Cox, Graham, Hach, Hatley, Johnson, Malone and Reynolds.. .


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

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