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.

He married Mary Hannah Flemming (1723).

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, married Elizabeth Spurgeon).

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.

George and his sons migrated to Sullivan County, Tennessee about 1777. They settled near Bluff City.

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.

Benjamin was on the 1835 pension list in Sullivan County.

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.

Jonesborough in 1857



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 Dykes. 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.


from Families and History of Sullivan County, Tennessee, Volume 1, 1779-1992

Elizabeth Spurgeon was born in July 1777 in NC, probably Rowan County, but grew up in Sullivan County. She married George Webb, and from 1795 to about 1812 they had 10 children (probably all born in Sullivan County): David, Benjamin, John, Jane, George, Elizabeth, Sarah, Agnes, Samuel, and Mary.

Her husband was born 1758, probably in Berks County Pa, and settled in NC before coming to Sullivan County....... He served in the Revolutionary War and received a pension, and died in Sullivan County in Feb 1836. His widow died in 1853.

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle of the American Revoluton. It took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson.

Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee was founded in 1779. In 1784, it became the capital of the State of Franklin.

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

Selections from George Webb's Revolutionary War Pension Application W6445 originally transcribed by Robert W. Keyes from FHL film# 972514 Jan 5, 2005

State of Tennessee
On this 24 day of Janry 1834 Sullivan County personally appeared before me William Rockhold a justice of the peace for said county

George Webb a resident of the State and County aforesaid aged 76 years & some [or seven] months who being first Duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of provision made by the act of congress passed June 7th 1832 that

he volentered in the service of the United States he thinks in year 1779 & served a tour of duty under Lutenant Moses Looney and was employed in guarding the frontier against the then hostile Cheroke Indians and was principally employed at a place caled Chimny Top Mountain and served the time for which he voluntered and was verbally discharged but does not recollect how long in said service but also venture to say not less then one week nor more then one month

Deponant further saith in the year 1780 in the later part of the summer or early in the fall he was drafted for three months tour And did serve said three mounth tour from Sullivan county Tennessee then Carolina under Capt Jonathan Webb Col. Shelbys regment and was marched to Kings Mountain and was in the heat of the memorable battle fought at said place and at or near the exporation of said three months was verbally discharged by Capt Jonathan Webb.

Deponant further saith very shortly after he was discharged from the Kings Mountain tour of Duty say in a few weeks he was drafted again from Sullivan County for three months to go against the Cherokee Indians and did serve said three months or more under Capt Jonathan Webb Col Cristys Regment and was marched into the Cherokee nation who was at war with the United States and alley of the British and was actively engaged in said tour in burning the indian towns distroying their property and making prisoners of from fifty to sixty of the indians besides the kild & wounded

Deponant says that he rendered his above services During the revolutionary war and as above stated six months as a drafted maletia man and the balance as a volenteer but will not say he was more than one week as volunteer and does positively say in all he served six months & one week - and does declare his name is not on any pension roll of any agency of any state or terytory and does hereby relinquish every claim what ever to a pension or annuity accept the present Sworn to and subscribed the day and year last above mentioned
George Webb

We Benjamin Webb and William Lendemand residing in Sullivan county Tennessee do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with George Webb who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration and the said Benj Webb has been acquainted with him from his childhood being & owlder brother (& the said Benj says he personally knows he served as he states one tour he served with him & the others he well recollects and the said Lendmand has known him for thiry years & have always understood that he was a soldier of the revolution and we do both believe he served in the revolutionas above stated
his Benj + Webb mark Sworn & subscribed before the date aforesaid
William Lindamond
Wm Rockhold (seal) Justice of the peace

I William Rockhold one of the Justices of the court of pleas & quarter sessions for Sullivan County do hereby certify that I have attended to this examination out of term time at the house of Benj Webb he being the principal witness and is so cripled that he is unable to attend before the court for said purpose, and that I have put the following questions & have rec'd the following answers
q 1 Where and in what year were you born
A 1 In berks county pensylvania for 1758

q 2 have you any record of your age and if so where is it
A 2 I have a record in my possession

q 3 Where were you living when cald in to service where have you lived sence the revolutionary war and where do you now live
A 3 I lived in Sullivan county when cald in to service near the spot of ground where I now live and have lived at the same place ever since the revolutionary war

q 4 how was you cald into service &c &c
A The first tour I volunteered & the other two tours was drafted

q 5 state the names of officers regments circum stances &c
A I new Shelby & served under him at Kings mountain & had ??ting ???? for ??hart t????? Know Sevier & & Cammel? both whom command Regments at Kings Mountain and Cleveland? as I believe also, and I new I served under Col Cristy against the Indians and all the service that I rendered was under Capt Webb accept a short time under L. Looney

q 6 Did you ever receve a discharge & ifso what has come of it &c &c
A. I did receve verbal disharges only [more that is crossed out]

q 7 State the names of the persons in your neighbourhood who you are acquainted with & who can testafy to you character for varacity &c
A .I am acquainted with the above witnesses as intradused and almost every person in Sullivan County accept some of the youngsters that has grown out of my knowledge and even proud to say that I now of none that I think woud doubt my honesty or verasety

And I do further certify that the foregoing questions & answers were put and recd & apears by me and that I do believe they are subsantially correct and I do further certify that there is no regular ordained minister of the gospel immediately in said neighbaurhood whose attendance could be convenuntly procured and that I do believe the statements made by the applecant and witnesses to be substantially correct

giving under my hand & seal this [blank] day of [blank] 1834
Wm Rockhold (seal) Justice of the peace State of Tennessee


By James Claud DC [Another Document:] In order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of the 29th July 1848 State of Tennessee Sullivan County On this 1st day of July 1850 personaly appeared in open Court before the Worshupful County Court was sitting Mrs Elizabeth Webb a resident of the County and State aforesaid aged Seventy three years on the 23d day of July this month who being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benifit of the pension made by the act of Congress passed July 29th 1848

That she is the widow George Webb who was a private in the North Carolina Militia in the war of the Revolution That her husband the aforesaid George Webb drew a pension under the act of Congress of 7th June 1832 of $20.72 for his said service she further declares that she was married to the said George Webb on the 19th day of October 1797 for perticulars she refers to her marriage bond accompanying this declaration that her husband the aforesaid George Webb died on the 11th day of February 1836 That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the second day of January 1800 eighteen hundred viz at the time above stated she further declares that she often herd her husband the aforesaid George Webb say that his pension did not pay him for the ammount of service rendered by him in the War of the Revolution she refers the Department to the report of the Comptroler of North Carolina accompanying this her declaration and she is still a widow and she never made application for a pension
her Elizabeth X Webb mark State of Tennessee

July Term 1850 Sullivan County On this day personally appeared Mrs Elizabeth Webb in open Court and made oath in due form of Law to the foregoing declaration and the said Court further certifies that she is the widow of George Webb who drew a pension and she is entitled to the act of Congress refered to and hereby direct the Clerk and Chairman for the Court to endorse their approval in the papers

Robt P Rhea Sworn to and Subscribed in open Court this 1st day of July 1850
Chairman of the County Court
Test. Tho. P. Ford Clerk of the County Court
By John C. Rutledge D.C.

Marriage Bond State of Tennessee Sullivan County.
Know all men by these presents that we George Webb and William Lewis our heirs &c are held and firmly bound unto John Sevier Esqr Govrnor of the State aforesaid & Successors in office in the penal sum of fifteen hundred dollars to be void on condition there is no lawful objection why the above bounden George Webb and Elizabeth Perkins may not be joined together as man and wife in the holy state of matrimony. Witness our hands and seals the 18th day of October in the year 1797
Test Matthew Rhea
George Webb (seal)
William Lewis (seal)

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.

Bounty Warrant
State of Tennesse
On this 30th day of May 1855, before Sullivan County me an acting Justice of the Peace in & for said County, personally came Elizabeth Webb aged 78 years a resident of the said County, & who upon oath duly administered states that she is the widow of George Webb a soldier of the Revolution, who served in the said war a sufficient length of time to enable him during his life to obtain under the act of C June 1832,

a pension which was ???? up to the date of his death ??? the 11th of February 1836 at the rate of $20.87 per annum and

that she, as the widow of the said George Webb applied for a pension & sustained? a claim to the same under the act of 2?th Feb. 1848, & is now in the receipt of it at the Jonesboro, Ten Agency at the rate of $20.87 per annum,

She states further that her said husband was a volunteer, and was present at the Battle of King's Mountain & was present at other engagements, & skirmishes in the war of the Revolution; but as she has no proof nor can she obtain any that she know of, either of witnesses ?? ????, the ????? to the papers on file in the pension office ?? said claims to shew to service of her sd husband in the Revolutionary war.

States further that she was married to the said George Webb in Sullivan County, state of Tennessee in the 16th day of october 1796 by the Joseph Wallace ? J.P. that her name prior to thereto was Elizabeth Spurgin that she knows of no public or private record of her said marriage as being in existance, but refers to the proof thereof now on file in the pension office; & that since her said husbands death she has remained a widow; and that this application for Land Bounty; under act ????? 1852 is the only one ever made ?? her sd husbands, or her own name, widow bounty having ever issued to either of them under any act of congress whatever.
her Elizabeth X Webb mark

We Nathen Lewis and William W Smith ???????? of the said County, hereby state on oath that the within declaration was signed & acknowledged by the said Elizabeth Webb, on the day of its date, & that we know her to be the identical person she claims to be in the said declaration,

We state further that we know the said Elizabeth Webb and George Webb to live together as lawfully wedded husband & wife and were so [acknowledged] & respected, that the George Webb is now dead, having died in said county that the date set forth in the within Declaration, that the said Elizabeth is now in the receipt of a pension as his widow, payable at Jonesboro, & that she is still a widow, & that we are not interested in her claim for said Bounty.
Nathan Lewis
William W Smith

A marriage bond was paid to the court by a groom prior to his marriage. If the marriage didn't take place, he would forfeit the bond. The bondsman, or surety, was usually a close relative.

John Adams, Jr. (1735-1826) was the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797).

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.

The Cherokeewere indigenous people who lived in the southern Appalachian mountains. European Americans called their towns in eastern Tennessee, the Overhill Towns. The towns included Chota, Tellico and Tanasi.

In 1776, the Cherokee planned to drive settlers out of the Washington District. The settlers were warned and stopped the first attack at Heaton's Station. The second attack was stopped at Fort Watauga. In response to these attacks, the militia burned Tuskegee and Citico.

In 1780, while the militia was away at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Cherokee raided the setttlements. When the militia returned, Colonel John Sevier's men defeated the Cherokee at Boyd's Creek and destroyed most of the remaining towns.

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