An American Family History

The Mauck Family of Sullivan County

  also spelled Mauk and Mock  
  Shenandoah, (was Orange then Frederick) County, Virginia  
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.

Peter Mauck was born about 1707.

He moved to Shenandoah County, Virginia with other families who settled in Sullivan and Washington Counties.

Peter 's children may have included:

Frederick Mauck,
Andrew Mauck (1759, married Elizabeth Broyles),
Henry Mauck, and
John Peter Mauck (1739).

In 1745 Peter applied for naturalization papers.

Peter Mauk of Frederick Co.,
410 acres on Toms Brook of North River of Shannandoah in said County.
Surv. Robert Rutherford.
Adj. Charles Huddle, Mathias Gabbart, Rynard Bodding, Henry Fravel
3 Aug. 1767.
(from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray)

Peter's died in 1771. His will was filed in Frederick County, Virginia.

Andrew and Henry moved to Sullivan County, Tennessee. In 1784, Henry received a warrant for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina.

Land Grant 352
November 10, 1784
to Henry Mock
50 shillings for every 100 acres
200 acres in Sullivan County, NC
on the north side of Holston River in the Island Flatts
joining Pendleton's pattent land...near the waggon road..near a dry branch
adj. David Weedley

November 6, 1788
Henery Mawk and Eve his wife
to Alexander Berry
all of Sullivan

In 1835, Andrew appeared on the pension list in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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.

Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

  John Mauck and Elizabeth Heiser came to Tennessee about 1799.  
  Joseph Mauck b. 9/7/1787 married in Washington Co., Tenn to Grace Broyles and
they moved to Gibson Co. Ind in 1826

Samuel Mauck (1790- 1876) married Mary (Polly) Broyles (1795-1865).

Samuel was the son of John Mauk and Elizabeth Heiser.

Samuel served in the War of 1812.

Their children probably included:

Ellender Mauck (1812, married Ephraim Bird),
Elizabeth Mauck (1814 married Alexander Julius Broyles),
James M. Mauck (1816, married Malinda Templin),
John Mauck(1819, Polly Ann Broyles),
Abraham Mauck (1823, unmarried)
Mary Ann Mauck (1823, married William Henderson Smith),
Lucinda Mauck (married Amos Bird),
Montgomery Mauck (1833, married Mira Jane Bell),
Tempa Mauck (1828, married Jesse Taylor),
Jacob Stephen Mauck (1836, married Josephine Presnell and Susan Smith) and
Elijah Embree Mauck (1839, married Nancy Katerine Kirk).

Samuel built the first cold blast furnace on the Nolachuckey River in Washington County, Tennessee. A town grew up in that vicinity and was called Mauktown. Mauktown had a general store, a blacksmith shop, a saloon, a grist mill, and a lumber mill.. In 1901 the town was washed away in a flood.

Samuel died May 7, 1876, and Mary died in 1865.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2

  Jacob Mauck b. 1791 married in Washington Co. Tenn. 8/9/1811 to Margaret
Hemp. They moved to Harrison Co. Ind. about 1820 where Jacob was killed in a
fall from a horse at Maukport in the late 1820's Brother Joseph took his widow
and children to Gibson Co. Ind
  Children of Andrew Mauk and Elizabeth Bowles included:
Rebecca Mauck
Christina Mauck (1785),
Henry Mauck (1786, married Margaret Latture)
Mary Mauck (1788)
Catherine Mauck (1789, married Christopher Latture)
Esther Mauck (1791)
Sarah Mauck (1794)
Andrew Mauck, Jr. (1800)

Henry Mauck was born in 1786. His parents were Andrew Mauck and Elizabeth Broyles.

He married Margaret Latture.

Elizabeth Mauck (1815)
Nancy Anne Mauck (1821, married Henry Daniel Geisler)
William Mauck (1823, married Malinda Miller),
Louisiana Mauck (1825),
Henry Mauck (1827, married Rebecca Stanfield),
Sarah C. Mauck (1832, married William M. Stanfield),
David Mauck (1829).

Henry died in 1851 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Margaret died in 1870 in Sullivan County.


Watauga Pioneer Neighbors



from Sullivan Co., Tennessee Veterans

Henry Mauk, born Oct. 1 1826 in Sullivan County, Tennessee to Henry Mauk (b. 1785, d. 1851) and Margaret Latture (b. 1793, d. 1870). On Oct. 10 1854 Henry Mauk Junior married Rebecca Stanfield in Sullivan County; they had five children.

On Feb. 10, 1863, Henry Mauk and his brother William enlisted in Co. E. 63 Regt. Tennessee Inf. (Confederate) at Zollicoffer (Bluff City), TN. His record shows he was present for duty until Aug. 10, 1863 when he was hospitalized for illness in Greenville. On Aug. 15, 1863 he was furloughed to Sullivan County where he "died of disease on Jan. 6, 1864." The nature of his illness was not specified.

Henry Mauk and his wife are buried in the Mauk family cemetery near Bluff City.



From Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

Mauk, Henry A. Farmer and stock dealer; born at Bluff City, Tenn., June 23, 1854; Dutch-Irish-English descent;
son of William and Malinda (Miller) Mauk;
paternal grandparents Henry and “Peggy” Mauk,
maternal grandparents Richard and Kate Miller;
educated at Zollicoffer Institute, Bluff City, Tenn.;
early occupation, teacher;
later general merchandising and commercial salesman;
director in Bluff City Bank and dealt in real estate;
married Maggie A. Miller June 20, 1882;
Knight Templar, Mason, Junior Grand Deacon of Tenn. F. & A.M. 1907;
independent Democrat;
two terms member of Co. Board of Education;
justice of peace;
member Methodist Episcopal church, South.


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.

Death and Funeral of Mrs. Polly A. [Broyles] Smith

Mrs. Polly A. Smith, an old and respected lady died yesterday at the home of her son, one mile east of town. She was 90 years 10 months and 7 days old and had been a widow for 60 years. She leaves two children Capt. Ross Smith, who was a popular conductor on the Southern Railway, for a number of years, but now retired, and Mrs. I. N. Babb, of this place.

The funeral exercises were conducted at the home by Rev. C.O. Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here, and the deceased was buried at the family cemetery.

In script following article: Generous man Mr. Smith her husband was county court clerk in years. He was a one arm man when he married he was teaching school at Asburry school house, boarding at Captain John Hunters. William Montgomery Mitchell was his best man. Louis Hunter of Color blacked his shoes etc. Mrs. Smith was a virtuous christian woman & mother.

Mrs. Polley A. Smith mother was a daughter of James Broyles. His James Broyles wife also being a Miss Broyles a distant relative of her husband James Broyles. Home was where his son Simeon Broyles lived up above Brownsbrough on South bank of Nolachucky River.

Samuel Mauk her father was a soldier in Revolutionary, in War of 1812 he lived at Mauk Town on South Side of Nolachuclee [Nolichucky] River at Mauk town. First district was named for him, Mauks District. He was a born noble.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2

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