An American Family History

The McCorkle Families near Sullivan County

  also spelled McCorkel, McCorcle  

James McCorkle was born about 1720.

He married Elizabeth Rhea.

James and Elizabeth's children included:

Samuel McCorkle (1740, married Mary Alison)

James was a Presbyterian pastor.

In 1775, James McCorkle was a member of the Fincastle County Committee of Safety.


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

John McCorkle

Joseph McCorkle,
Francis McCorkle and
Finley M. McCorkle

On November 23, 1760, Jacob Everhart sold an enslaved man to John McCorkle and George Smith.

On September 3, 1761, James Brooks sold John McCorkle 127 acres.

John was a trustee for the Piney Creek Presbyterian Church. The Rhea Family were also members of Piney Creek Church.

John McCorkle appeared in Captain Looney's list in 1774.

On September 1, 1799, John sold 102 3/4 acres to Henry Spaulding.

On Janaury 25, 1811 John McCorkle was granted 123 acres on the Holston River adjacent to Samuel McCorkle (deceased) and Benjamin Webb

In 1819, John McCorkle was in Washington County, Tennessee.

On January 23, 1823, Joseph, Francis and Finley M. McCorkle, heirs of John McCorkle sold their shares to Samuel McCorkle, Jr.

Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.

  Mary McCorkle (abt 1760) married Henry Massengill.  
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.

Samuel McCorkle was born about 1760 in Frederick County, Virginia. He was the son of James McCorkle and Elizabeth Rhea.

He married Mary Alison.

They moved from Frederick County, Maryland about 1787 to Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Their children may have included:

John McCorkle (1789, married Polly Cunningham),
Samuel McCorkle (1790, married Christina),
Susannah McCorkle (1794, married Joseph Scott),
Francis McCorkle (1795, married Isabel Sevier granddaughter of Robert Sevier),
George McCorkle (1797)
Finley McCorkle

Samuel McCorkle was in Sullivan County in 1796, 1797, and 1812.

John McCorkle was in the 1812 census of Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1790 the household was in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1793, Samuel McCorkle bought 400 acres in Sullivan County next to Benjamin Webb and Joseph McCorkle.

In 1794 Samuel was appointed to be a Justice of the Peace for Sullivan County.

Samuel McCorkle sold the first town lots in Middletown (Bluff City) in 1798.

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


John McCorkle was born about 1789 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. He was the son of Samuel McCorkle.

According to the 1850 census, John was a saddler.

John married Polly Cunningham on October 13, 1813.

John and Polly's children included:

James McCorkle (1821, married Nancy Hampton),
Samuel B. McCorkle (1822, married Margaret Britton),
Nancy McCorkle (1827, married William Oliphant),
Francis McCorkle (1828, married Samuel Prothro),
John McCorkle (1831), and
David McCorkle (1836).

At the time of the 1830 census John McCorkle was in Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee.

The household consisted of

a man and a woman between 30 and 39
a man between 20 & 29
a boy between 15 & 19
a boy and a girl between 10 & 14,
2 boys and 3 girls between 5 & 9

In the 1850 census the household consisted of:

John McCorkle 61
Mary McCorkle 52
Nancy McCorkle 23
Francis M McCorkle 22
John McCorkle 19
David McCorkle 14

John, Jr. died in 1860 and is buried at Mount Bethel Cemetery in Greene County Tennessee where his sister, Nancy Oliphant is buried.

Son James moved to Marshall County, Alabama.

John, Sr. died in 1881 in Chattanooga, Hamilton CountyTennessee where his daughter, Francis Prothro ,was living. He was buried at Forest Hills Cemetery.


Samuel McCorkle was born about 1790. He was the son of Samuel McCorkle.

His wife was Christina. Christina was born about 1798.

George C. McCorkle (1812, Susanna Torbett,
Lydia McCorkle ( 1820, married Samuel Torbett),
Minerva McCorkle (1825, married Joseph Jenkins),
Charlotte McCorkle (1826, married Tyre Lawson),
Clarissa McCorkle (1828),
Elizabeth McCorkel (1829, married Elisha Lillard),
Lucinda McCorkle (1834, married Lafayette Francis Lillard),
Robert McCorkel (1835)

At the time of the 1840 census, Christina was in Piney Flats, Tennessee. The household consisted of

a woman between 40 & 49 -Christina
2 men between 20 & 29
a girl between 15 & 19 -Minerva
2 girls between 10 & 14- Charlotte & Clarissa
2 girls between 5 & 9 - Elizabeth & Lucinda
a boy 5 thru 9: 1- Robert


Joseph McCorkle was born about 1792.

He married Elizabeth Alison and lived in Meigs County, Tennessee

Evaline McCorkle (1827, married W. Hodge, M. D.),
E.T. McCorkle (1829, married Emaline Witt),
Franklin McCorkle (1831, married Julia Hodge and Josephine Hodge),
Tennessee McCorkle (1831, married John T. Russell), and
Lafayette McCorkle (married Minnie Putnam).



Joseph McCorkle was born about 1790.

He married Mary Hendry on November 14, 1815 in Tennessee.

Joseph and Mary's children included:

Samuel McCorkle (1819, married Lucinda Colbaugh),



Elizabeth McCorkle (1815) married George W. Colbaugh.



Samuel McCorkle was about about 1819 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. His parents were Joseph McCorkle and Mary Hendry.

He married Lucinda Colbaugh.

Samuel and Lucinda's children included:
Eliza McCorkle(1836),
Mary C. McCorkle (1838, married Rodney Webb),
William Monroe McCorkle (1840, married Catherine Webb), and
John Joseph McCorkle (1846)
Mary McCorkle,
Martha McCorkle,
Susan McCorkle, and
Harriet McCorkle.

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




from Goodspeeds History of Tennessee

J. J. [John Joseph] McCorkle, farmer, was born in Sullivan County, January 4, 1846, the son of Samuel and Lucinda (Colbaugh) McCorkle the former a native of Tennessee, and born in 1818, the son of Joseph, a native of Pennsylvania, and of Irish origin.

The father was a highly successful farmer, and died in 1885. The mother, born in 1812, in Sullivan County, was the daughter of John Colbaugh, a soldier in the war of 1812, and a farmer. Their children were William M., John J., Eliza, Mary, Martha, Susan and Harriet.


North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

Sullivan Co., Tennessee Deed Book 2, p. 673:
State of North Carolina to Samuel McCorkle
Transcribed by Robert W. Keyes

State of North Carolina No. 586
To all to whom these presents shall come greeting know ye that we for & in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by Samuel Mccorkle have given & granted & by these presents do give & grant unto the sd Samuel Mccorkle a tract of land containing four hundred acres [400] lying & being in our County of Sullivan on the south side of Holston river including the plantation where Edward Chote formerly lived

  • Beginning at Andrew Cittles corner forked poplar near the river
  • then on a dividing line between said Samuel Mccorkle & Jos Mccorkle South 29 degs West 152 poles to a pine tree
  • then on sd line North 80 deg west 70 poles to a poplar
  • then South 6 poles to Benjamin Webs corner white oak then with his line South 75 West 84 poles to his corner spanish oak
  • then with his line South 66 degs west 178 poles to a forked poplar
  • then on sd line North 130 poles to a stake then up said river the several courses to the beginning as by the plat hereunto annexed doth appear

together with all woods waters mines minerals hereditaments & appurtenances to the sd land belonging or appertaining to hold to the sd Samuel Mccorkle his heirs & assigns forever

yeilding & paying to us such sums of money yearly or otherwise as our general Assempbly from time to time may direct provided always that the sd Samuel McCorkle shall cause this grant to be registered in the registers office of our sd County of Sullivan within the time limited by law otherwise the same shall be void

& of no effect in testimony whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent

& our great seal to be hereunto affixed witness Richard Dobbs Spraight Esquire our governor Captain general & commander in chief at Newburn the 27 day of June in the 17 year of our independence & in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety three [1793].
By his Exclly Com'd Richard Dobbs Spraight
J Glasgow Secretary
June 24 th day 1794 Reg'd Ex'd Exed M.A.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Sullivan Co., TN, Deed Book 6, p. 152:
State of Tennessee No. 1932 to John McCorkle
Transcribed by Robert W. Keyes

To all to whom these Presents shall come greeting.
Know ye that in consideration of an entry made in the office of the Surveyor of the Sixth District of nunber 349 dated the Thirteenth day of October Eighteen hundred and and nine [1809] founded on a Warrant of number 149 issued by Archibald Roane to John Nave for Two hundred acres of land dated the Sixth day of July Eighteen hundred and eight which said Warrant is assigned to John McCorkle the enterrer

There is granted by the said State of Tennessee unto the said John McCorkle and his heirs a certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and twenty three [123]acres lying in the county of Sullivan in the District of Washington

  • begining at two sugar trees on the South bank of Holston river
  • Thence along down the same South sixty West two poles to a hickory and dogwood
  • then South five West Twenty two poles a long a line of Samuel McCorkle Deceased to a Poplar
  • then south Twenty nine West one hundred and fifty two poles to two white oaks
  • then north eighty West Seventy poles to a white oak South six poles to a white oak and dogwood
  • then south seventy five West twelve poles to three chesnut saplings on Benjamin Webbs line
  • then along the same South Twenty East one hundred and sixty eight poles to two Chesnut oaks and a white oak on the on the top of a hill
  • thence North fifty East one hundred poles to a forked white oak on Elijah Watsons line
  • Then north seven East two hundred forty poles to the Beginning
  • Surveyed December the Fourth 1809

    With the herediaments and appurtenances to have and to hold the said Tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said John McCorkle and his heirs forever

    In witness whereof Willie Blount governor of the State of Tennessee hath hereunto set his hand and caused the great seal of the said state to be affixed to Knoxville
    on the twenty fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Eleven and of Americas independence the thirty fifth
    By the governor Willie Boount
    R Houston Secretary

Teter Nave


from Washington County, Tennessee Marriages

McCorkle, Joseph married Harrison, Jean on 30-Dec-1793

McCordle, Jacob married Ball, Rebecca on 18 August 1814

McCordle, Hannah married Speck, Tobias on 21-Sept-1817
McCorkle, Mary Jane married Vance, David on 10 June 1834

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