An American Family History

The Milhorn Family of Sullivan County, Tennessee

  or Melhorn, Millhorn  

George Milhorn was born about 1740 in Frederick County, Virginia.

George and his wife, Agnes', children included:

George Milhorn (1783),
Mary Milhorn (1787, probably married John Colbough), and
John Milhorn (1790, married Susan Dyer).

George and bought land in 1788 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

George was in the 1796 and 1797 tax lists of Sullivan County. He had 200 acres.

In 1830, Agnes Milhorn appeared in the census in Sullivan County, Tennssee. She was between 80 and 89 years old.


George Milhorn's (1783) children included:

George Washington Milhorn (1813, married Elizabeth Klepper),
Celina Milhorn (1815, married George Washington Smith),
Nancy Milhorn (1817, married Zebadee McKamey), and
Elkhana Milhorn (1822, married Elizabeth Hodges).

George appeared on the 1837 tax list of Sullivan County. He had 120 acres.

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.


John Milhorn (1790) married Susan Dyer (1795).

Andrew Jackson Milhorn (1814, married Margaret Anne Sanders),
Harrison Milhorn (1815, married Martha Archer),
George Washington Millhorn (1820, married Margaret Emmert),
Henderson Milhorn (1825, married Nancy Ann Cross, daughter of Jesse Cross),
Elizabeth Milhorn (1826, married Jesse Feathers) and
James Milhorn (1836, married Rachel Cross).

In 1836/37 Andrew J. Millhorn was in Captain Abraham McClellan's Company of the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade of Mounted Volunteer Militia, Commanded by Major John R. Delaney. They was ordered into service during the Cherokee Removal from May 25, 1836 and served until April 30, 1837.

John appeared on the 1837 tax list of Sullivan County.



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 Mountain Memories by Gene Morrell

The Millhorn family was among the early families who settled in this section of the county, and a great many of the descendants in the county today trace their lineage to George Millhorn Sr.

Millhorn and his wife, who is unidentified, were the parents of two children: George Millhorn Jr. and John A. Millhorn.

The wife of George Millhorn Jr. is also unidentified, but they were the parents of three children.
Celina Millhorn married George Washington Smith, and
Nancy Millhorn (b. 1817; d. 1882) married Zabadee McKamey (b. 1822; d. 1901).
William Washington Millhorn (b. 1849; d. 1909) married Sara Elizabeth Davis (b. 1846).

John A. Millhorn, the second son of George Millhorn Sr., married Susie Dyer, and they were the parents of seven children.

Andrew Jackson Millhorn (b. 1814; d. March 11, 1882) married Margaret Anne Sanders (b. May 18, 1818; d. Jan. 17, 1897).
James Millhorn married Rachael Cross (b. 1836), and
Elizabeth Millhorn married Mr. Feathers.
Samuel Millhorn married Martha Archer, and
Harrison Millhorn (b. 1815) married Sarah Ann Dyer (b. 1816).
Polly Millhorn married Mr. Collins, and the seventh child,
Henderson Millhorn (b. 1825), married Nancy Ann.

Andrew Jackson Millhorn was a private in the 2nd Regiment of the East Tennessee Mounted Volunteers, commanded by Capt. Abraham McClellan. Other officers in the unit were 1st Lt. Abraham Gregg and 1st Sgt. Samuel Evans.

Millhorn joined the unit on July 8, 1836, and participated in campaigns against the Cherokee and Creek Indians in 1836-1837.

While serving in the unit, he contracted a disease from which he never fully recovered.

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.
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.

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

George Milhorn bought land in 1788 appeared on the tax list of Sullivan County as early as 1796.

[His son, George] He had at least four children;
George Washington Milhorn (1813),
Celina Milhorn (1815),
Nancy Milhorn (1817), and
Elkhana Milhorn (1822).

Sullivan County Tennessee Deeds - State of North Carolina to George Milhorn, Sullivan Co

To all to whom these presents shall come greeting
Know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred acres of Land hereby granted paid Into our tresuary by George Milhorn have given and granted and by these presents Do give and grant unto the said George Milhorn a tract of Land containing two hundred acres lying and being in our County of Washington

Begining at a white oak and hickory on Scotts Line on South side of a hill above Shotes plantation on the waters of Wattagah
& Runing thence South twenty five Degrees East Seventy eight poles with Scotts line
to white oak on the east side of a Dry Branch South forty five west one hundred and twenty two poles
to a white oak South ninety poles
to a white oak near a spring west Seventy eight poles
to a sower wood on the north side of a hill South fifty eight west fifty two poles
to a dogwood north forty five west one hundred and two poles to a stake north fifty two east three hundred and twenty three poles to the Begining

as by the plat hereunto annexed Doth appear together with all woods waters mines minerals hereditaments and appertenances to the said Land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said George Milhorn heirs and assigns forever yielding and paying to us such sums of money yearly or otherwise as our general assembly from time to time may Direct provided always that the said George Milhorn shall cause this grant to be Registered in the Registers office of our said County of Sullivan within twelve months from the Date hereof otherwise the same shall be void and no effect in testimony whereof we have caused these our Letters to be made patent and our great seal to be hereunto affixed
witness Samuel Johnston Esquire our govenor Captain general and Commander in Chief
at Fayette
the 17 Day Nov'm in the 13th year of our Independence and
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight [1788]
By his Excellys Com'd J Glasgow Secretary Sam Johnston
1789 Nov 14th Regst

The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool equal to 5 1⁄2 yards.

ye is an archaic spelling of "the."

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.



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