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An American Family History

George Webb

Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was a frontiersman who became an American folk hero. The Boone family were members of the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. He is best know from his exploration of Virginia and Kentucky.

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.

George Webb, was born on September 3, 1723 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. His parents were John Webb and Mary Boone.

His wife was named Hannah.

Their children included:

David Webb (1744),
Mary Webb (1745),
John Webb (1750),
Jonathan Webb (1753, married Rachel Hawkins),
Benjamin Webb (1755), and
George Webb, Jr. (1757).

In 1777, George and his sons moved to East Tenessee. They settled near Bluff City on the South Holston River in what is now Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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

In 1780 George, Benjamin, David, Jonathan and a Moses Webb were at Kings Mountain, under Colonel Shelby.

In 1782 Benjamin, John, and David Webb received warrants for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina. In 1783 George received a warrant.

Land Grant 200/206
October 10, 1783
State of North Carolina, Alexander Martin, Gov.
To George Webb
50 shillings for every 100 acres
613 acres in Sullivan Co., NC
on Bever Creek
Adj: Wallace, Hawkins & Nathan Severe or Levere

In 1786 James, David, and Benjamin Webb signed the Petition for Division of Sullivan County.

On October 10, 1783, George Webb, Sr. was granted 613 acres on Beaver Creek.

George was appointed as the constable for Sullivan County, Tennessee on March 16, 1791.

George died in 1812.

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.



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

 
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Jonesborough in 1857
 
 

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from The Kings Mountain Men by Katherine K White

Webb, George was a man of affairs on Watauga. In 1778 he sold 540 acres and then bought 640, proving each transaction by the oath of David Webb. He was on the grand jury in the examination of the Tory [Jacob] Dykes [who plotted to kill John Sevier].

Webb was the first settler in Greasy Cove, a company of Indians following him to his cabin and threatening to kill him if he remained there. He gathered up some more settlers and was not molested. George or David, probably the former, was the Captain Webb of Shelby's regiment.

 
 
 

The Flying Camp was an American military formation used during the second half of 1776. It was a mobile, strategic reserve of 10,000 men. The men recruited for the Flying Camp were militiamen from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

from The Webb Family News by Donald E. Webb

George Webb had five sons, who were: David, John, Jonathan, Benjamin and George Jr. All five served in the Revolutionary War, three becoming captains. Capt. John and Capt. Jonathan were in the famed Flying Camp Regiment of Berks county, serving under Col. Holler.

According to Peter Kaup's pension declaration who said that he served under Captains John and Jonathan Webb, they

marched to Amboy, from thence to New York, to Long Island, to King's Bridge, White Plains, and was at the battle of Long Island and White Plains.

David was also a captain while serving in Berks county. Benjamin was also in service in Berks county and George Jr. entered the service after moving to Tennessee.

In 1777 George Webb migrated to East Tennessee with all his sons. Daniel Boone, a first cousin of George Webb, had spent some time in the Watauga Valley a few years before, and perhaps this was the cause of George's migration to that particular area. George spent some time on the Watauga buying and selling land before he finally settled near Bluff City (called Shoat's Ford in pioneer times) on the South Holston river in what is now Sullivan county.

 
 
 
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