An American Family History


The Mottern Family

  also spelled Mathorn, Mattern  
Berks County, Pennsylvania was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County. Northwestern parts of the county became Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811.

John Nicholas Mottern was born on March 25, 1753 in Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

His wife was named Margaretha.

Susannah Mottern (married George Goodman),
George Mottern (1782, married Susan),
John Mottern (1785, married Sarah Hart),
Mary Mottern (1787, married John Colbaugh and William Carter),
Nicolas Mottern (1788, married Elizabeth Hobaugh),
Catharine Mottern (1791, married Richard Miller),
Henry Mottern (1794, married Margaret Range, Mary Bullington and Mary Ann Plummer), and
Cristina Mottern, (1800, married Moses Blevins).

He served in Captain Jacob Shraedel's Company during the Revolution.

On June 10, 1788 they bought 160 acres from Juliana and David Shults in Sullivan County.

In 1812 he appeared on the tax list of Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1830, Nicholas was in Piney Flats, Tennessee.

John died in 1832 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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.


In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

John Mottern was born about 1785 in Pennsylvania.

He married Sarah Hart on August 16, 1805.

Mary Mottern (1806, married Reuben Hicks),
Elizabeth Mottern (1807, married John S. Morrell),
Catherine Mottern (1810, married William Smith),
George Washington Mottern (1812, married Louisa Miller and Catherine Smalling),
Susannah Mottern (1816),
Christina Mottern (1818),
Matilda Mottern (1820, married Henry Little),
William T. Mottern (1822, married Susannah Smith),
Unknown Mottern (1824),
Sarah C. Mottern (1826), and
Francina Mottern (1828, married Timothy M. Hickey).

During the War of 1812, he was in Captain William King's company of the Tennessee militia.

The 1820 manufacturer's census listed a pottery owned by Isaac Hart and John Mottern. The pottery continued until the early 1870s.

At the time of the 1850 census they were in Carter County, Tennessee. The household consisted of

John Mathour 65
Sarah Mathour 62
Timothy Hicky 24
Liva Hicky 21
Washington Loudermilk 15
Sarah E Mathour 3

John died on June 13, 1858 in Carter County, Tennessee.

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









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