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Washington Co. Tennessee Marriages and Wills Vol. 1 1778 - 1820.
p-58 source p-54 original.
Reuben Payne witness to John Wear, Washington Co. Tn. Benefactors wife Agnes; (The lineage of John Wear's wife Agnes Blackburn)
Children, Nancy, Phebe, Susannah, Betsy, Jane, George, Hugh, Margaret Cunningham, Margaret Wilson, Benjamin. Exc: Agnes Wear, Benjamin Wear, John Wilson.
Wit: Reuben Payne, Allen Mathew, Pro. Aug 1800.
Signed John Weir.
This John Wear is evidently the son of Hugh Wear and Margaret.
Another John Wear was on the roster of soldiers of King's Mountain. He was on the First Tax List for the County of Greene, State of Tennessee, 1783 and was a signer of the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country for the formation of the State of Franklin, December, 1787. This was the son of Robert Wear and Rebecca Carrell

Deed Book A Volume 11 Page 241 - 242
John Sevier Sr. to John Handley, 300 acres on Nolochucky River
This indenture made this eigth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty seven between John Sevier, Gov. of the manifest State of Tennessee and County of Washington of the first part and John Handley of the same County and State of the other part. Witnesseth that the said John Sevier Senr. for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred pounds to him in hand paid the Culpt whereof is handly acknowledges haveing ????? and sold and by these presents to ???? and sells unto the said John Handly his heirs and assigns forever all that tract of land lying and being in said County of Washington on the south side of Nolochucky River, ???? the primeises whereon said Handly now lies and bounded as follows. Beginning at a stake on the mountain then north fifty west one hundred and fifty poles to stake on the White Oak and Sour Wood. Then north seventy west one hundred poles to a Sycamore on the River bank. Then down the River as it meanders including an island one hundred and thirty poles to a Sycamore then Clarks corner then with his line south twenty eight east sixty four poles to hickory, then south one hundred fifty poles to a Red Oak then east one hundred poles to maple and bush near Clarks Creek, then north one hundred and fifty poles to a stake. Then a direct line to the beginning. Containing three hundred acres to have and to hold unto the said John Handley his heirs and assigns forever all the aforementioned land and premises against myself my heirs Executor or administrators and against all and every other person or persons having any lawfull claims unto the aforesaid lands and premisises. In witnesses whereof I have hearunto set my hand and seal this day and year above written. Signed and Acknowledged in the presents of
Reuben Payne
John Sevier
James Handley
Washington County               John Sevier              February 1807.
This deed was proven in Court and registered ??? it be recored. Test John Sevier (signature)
State of Tennessee Washington County April 6 day, 1807
This was the written deed with the certificate registered in registers office Washington County in Book M. page 241.
John Adams             County Register 


Deed Book 9 1801 - 1808 page 217 and 218 2/26/1803                            Return to Top
This endenture made and concluded upon this twenty 6th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three between Reubin Payne of the County of Washington in the State of Tennessee of the one part and Saml Gamble of the other part of the County of Sullivan and State of said of the other part. It is this the same Reubin Paine and in consideration of the sum of Six Hundred and sixty Six dollars and Sixty Six cents, ????convait and confires unto him the said Saml Gamble his heirs and assigns for ever all that tract of land situated lying in the county of Washington aforesaid. Beginning at the North ??? West crossing Sinking Creek, Seventy poles to the white oak then the old State Line then North one hundred and eight poles to Loyser Ford or forks, ??? red oak then with his line eighty two poles crossing S. Creek to a ?? sapling then East one thousand and sixty poles to a white oak tree, then seventy one hundred and fifty two poles to a stake then west sixty eight poles to the beginning. Containing two hundred acres as by plat and from the Sate of North Carolina dated the 10th of November 1784. Recorded in the RegisterOffice in Book A page 258 appears together with all woods hay and water and what in ??? mines minerals ???? apparatus to the ???? or any part there of to hold to him the said Samuel Gamble his heirs and assigns against him the said Rubin Payne and his heirs and assigns and agents living other ???? by ???? is Wilnely Whine of the said Reubin Payne hath here unto set his hand and seal this day on year fore written. Signed and Delivered in person
Reuben Payne (signature) Seal
Nathan Shipley
James Payne
David Dyer
(When did Reubin Payne buy this tract of land? I have found no record of it)
Was James Payne the oldest son of Reuben, or possibly a brother. James was a merchant in the Southwest Territory in the 1790's as seen in Gov. John Sevier's Diary entry.   So. W. Point was then what is now the town of Kingston, TN.    I have found more on Nathan Shipley who I believe to be the father of Patience Shipley Parker, mother of John Payne's wife Rachel Parker.

Deed Book 11 Reg 1806-1808. p-241 August 8, 1797
John Sevier/Sevier Senr. to John Handley 300 Acres on the south side of Nolechucky River, including the land where Handley now lives CONS: 200 lbs. ADJ: Wm Clark Sig: John Sevier WIT: Rueben Payne, James Henley, Jas. Sevier. CT: Feb 1807 REG: 6 April, 1807.
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Gov. John Sevier's Diary owned by the McClung Museum Knoxville starting on Page 19
March Sun 8 1795 Fair & pleasant. Mon. 9 warm snowed at night. Tues 10 snowed in the morning. Bought of Mr. Paine 150 B. corn at 2/. Paid him Liere 7. (?) (?). Wed. 11 clear & cold. thur. Cold snowed at night. Fry 13 cold. Jno. Fickee 1 pr. overals 12/. Sat. 14 very cold.
Feb. 1796: Sun. 20 came home. cold. Mon. 21 cold. Tues. 22 Mrs. & Mr. Casson, Mr. & Mrs. Weir & Miss Jimmy & Betsy, Mr. McKee & his Lady, Mr. Debardeliben, James Sevier his Lady, Mrs. Jack Sevier, Capt. Harrison & Mr Evans staid at night. Wed. 23 Capt Harrison, Mr Waddle & Mr. Evans took Brak. & set out for Jonesbo. Rained some in the evening, Thur. 24 Rained some in the evening. Thur. 24 rained in the morng. Frost in the morng. Memo. Paid Mr. Doake for schooling Wasington & Saml. a half Joe(?). Paid Mr. James Paine towards Rye had some time ago 1 Guinea. Memo. Paid Alex Nelso for Expenses at Rodgers pr. order from Rogers 34/9. put into the hands of Walter King a patent of 25660 acres on waters of Cumberland. etc.      December 1796 Sun. 25 very cold Dined at Mr. Sherrills Mon. 26 V. cold. Dined at Mr. McKees. Tues. 27 Reuben Paine set in to be Overseer at 40 Liere pr. annum pd. Ruble the B. Smith 1/9. in full of all due for S. work ---pd. Richd. Campble 14/. for a pr. shoes. Wed. 28 very cold Thur. 29. 29 ditto. Fry 30 ditto. Sat. 31 ditto.
     July 1797 Sat. 29 came home in Co. with Col. S. Weir, Whorton Rector & a son of Col. Arthrus. rained a little in the night. Sun 30 light shower in the morining. Memo purchase yesterday from Wharton Rector this goods in Knoxville - for which I am to give him 25 pct. in advance. Samuel Weir, James Paine & young Arthur Wittens (?)  Mon. 31 Fair & hot.
     October 1798 Sun. 28 cloudy & very cool. Memo. recd from James Paine at So. W. point 4 dollars towards pay of thirty-three gallons of whiskee. Mon. 29 cool & dry hard frost. Tues. 30 cloudy & cold snowed a little in the night - dined at Colo. Henleys with Capt Henly & others.      April 1799 Thurs 25 Give Mrs. Field an order to Capt. Croziers for 19/ on acct. of John Miller. Let John Miller have 30 lbs of bacon at Sundry times. Let him have Cr. with James Paine at Simerals store for 30/. Messrs. Miller have had bacon at Sundry times also Cr. in Capt. John Croziers store - had a middling of bacon at one time. Memo. Robert Reynolds red. of Walter King pr my order some tome ago 1136 ls. Castings.
     Feb. 1800. Sat. 22 early in the morning 16 rounds of cannon fired - at 12 the army & Citizens in great numbers moved in procession in condolence of the death of Gen. Washington. Gove. Sevier & Wm. Blount. 2 monuments (?) Genl. White, Maj. McClung, Capt. Sparks, Maj. Roane Pall bearers guns fired all day &c. The day very fine.
     April 1800 Fry 18 ditto - ditto. Bob horse run away. Sat 19 sent Tobe after the horse. The forge began to work. Sun 20 myself and Mrs. King went to meeting at Combs Ferry. Mon 21 the forge began to work. Memo. to inquire after Aaron Ryley his mother lives near this place. Boil one quart of N. milch half away, with a half pound old bacon therein (good to cure the botts on a horse) Turn eggs with the small end down in good wood ashes. Change them onst a week and they will keep several months. Tues. 22 Tobe returned with the horse. Sun. 27 Mrs. Cuningham and Mrs. Combs dined with Mrs. King. Mon. 28 Reuben and James Payne came to the works. Cash on hand 34 & Eat fish for Brakfast. (*Note - First time he spells Payne)
June 1800 Tues. 10 set out in Co. with Colo. Harrison for Knoxville - Mr Sherrills continued very ill. Reuben Paine let a person living on old Kennedys place have 6 bushels of wheat to sow last fall. 


The rest of the entries regard his thoughts of how settlements were going on land in the Southwest Territory along with his notes on the survey of 1803. 
Memo. I left enclosed in a letter with Wm Sherrill a bond on Charles Robertson Ducased (?) directed to Maj. Sevier to bring suit for the recovery of the debt date Sept. 6, 1782. The sum 50 pounds payable 6 July, 1783 John Garny security and William Murphy deceased a witness. The bond taken in the name of John Sevier administrator of Robert Sevier. Colo. Harrison and myself dined at Waddle. lodged all night at Mr. Henry Ernests. September 1800; Fry. 26 Indorsed a note of hand on John McDonald for 65 dollars and one of 15 on John Fultons to John Sherrill in payment of a debt dues from Wm Sherrill of 100 dolls dues for a negro boy. Elisha Walling vs. James Barry a verdict by a Jury in the Suprior Court in Hamilton district in favour of the plantiff for lands in Powels vally. both parties had entered in Carters office in the year 1799 late. Berry had his land run off by Walter Evans the surveyor and the patent issued signed by Gov. Davie all in the year 1799. This observation is to show that all the different governors and secretaries have paid the same respect to the Carter warrant as they have to others wheresoever they were made.
September 1802 Self & Mr. Fisk started for Abingdon, Va., to meet the Commissioners to extend the division lines between the States Virginia and Tennessee.......
Fry 1 day of October We arrived at Abingdon - Gen. Martin one of the Virginia Commissioners arrived..... Sat. 2 Mr. Taylor & Mr. Johnson arrived in eveng. F. day Sun. 3 Still stayed at Mr. Carmacks. Mon 4 We all met at Cap Craigs & agreed to meet Tuesday morning on the line, near Cap. Duncans on Holsen.... Tues. 5 We met, made a Tryal to find the latitude on Henderson line. It was thought the observation was imperfect. It being some miles so. of 36 d 30 m the true latitude - We then agreed to meet next day on Walker (?) (?) We met on Walkers line made observations - Mr. Fisk on the part of Tennessee & Mr. Laws on the part of Virginia. By Mr. Fisk we appeared to be in Latitude 36 d 16 m. By Mr. Laws 36 d. 12 m....... Thurs 7 We proceeded to Henderson line Made observations - by Mr. Fisk we found it to be in latitude 36 14 by Mr. Law Lat 36 1..... Fry 8 We made observations on our side at the same place. Mr. Fisk the Lat to be 36 21 ... Mr. Law who took it about one mile from us made it to be in Lat. 36 47..... Sat. 9 we sent Mr. Markland off as express to Gov. Roane... Memo. Paid expenses since I set out from Home 13 1/4 dollars to this day..... Mon. 18 Set out for Mr. Keewoods to meet the Commissioners - left with Mr. Keewood 10 dollars for him to give unto my brother Jos. Sevier & for him to give the same unto Mr. David Deadrick..... Tues. 19 set out from Mr. Kings and met the Virginia Commissioners at Cap. Craigs Tarried all night..... thru. 21 We rapaired to William Kings Tarried all night after taking some observations... Sat. 23 After some notes passing between the Virginia & Tennessee Commissioners we mutually agreed to run an intermediate line between Walkers and Hendersons 7 sent the surveyors to measure the distance between the two lines - Rutledge & Martin attend the runing... Sun. 24 ... Gen. Martin retd. & the surveyors who reported that the true distance between the two lines was found to be two miles 1/2 & 25 poles; which was begun on Walkers line & run 2 1/2 degrees wt. of due north
Mon. Nov. 1802 Mr. Fisk went on to Hawkins C. H. Self and Genl. Rutledge crossed Clinch (?) Mountain at Loonys Ganp (?) traveled down lower creek to Abs. Loonys came up with the surveyors at Daws Rogers plantation. The line crossing at Waddels ford on Clinch river near mouth of Shelbys creek one mile above - lay there all night. Mr. Fisk retd. brought with him $50 Recd from Nelson sheriff of Hawkins out of which I received 18 dollars.... Wed. 24 Lay here this day & night Genl. Martin & Majr. Taylor arrived. Thur. 25 Rained Lay at Roberts Fry. 26 Clear day. We all sit out from Robert's crossed newmans Ridge & lodged all night on black water creek at Gibsons...Mssrs. Fisk and Taylor left us. Sat. 27 We st Y Crossed Powells mountain and lodged at Sanders mill 7 miles...Left the surveyors coming on from Blackwater. On our route today passed Daniel Flanarys on No. side of mulbery Gaup. Mulbery creek runs down into Powels river between Powels mountain and Waldens Ridge. Sun. 28 We measured the Cross line and found our course on quarter too far to the So - Lodged at same place. Mon. 29 We rectfied our course & still remained at Sanders.
December, 1802 Thurs. 2 Cleared up - We all sit out Crossed Waldens Ridge and powells river near 3 miles above Martins Creek - Lodged myself and Genl. rutledge at James Overton near James's salt lick. Fry. 3 We measured the cross line at James salt lick Found ourselves with the line five poles too far So. Sat 4 rectified the line, and sit out run through the lick leaving the pitt a few poles in Virginia....Myself and Genl. Rutledge retd. to Overtons Tarried all night, as we had on Fryday night.... Sun. 5...We sit out from Mr. Overtons after brakfirst. Lodged all night at Shadwilly (?).... Mon. 6 We sit out for Cumberland Gaup.. Arrived about 8 o'clock at Colo. Charles Cocks. Stayed all night.... Tues 7 Sit out again found the commissioners and surveyors at William Robertsons, near the gaup. We took up Camp here and lodged all night.... Wed. 8 Finished the line, which struck the Caintucky line about one Quarter So. of the Gaup - this day we made out our reports & exchanged on each side - Snowy day and very cold Lodged at same place. Thurs. 9 Myself & our Commisrs. and surveyors sit out for home. Very cold. Lodged all night at Claibornes Court House. Fry. 10 We traveled on to Gordon Beens old station.... Sat. 11 We again sit out early in the morning - Lodged all night at Crosses (Bulls Gap)..... Sun. 12 Set out early 18 miles to Babbs mill - 9 to Tho. Gillespy 2 to Mr. Mcallisters & 4 home, which we arrived at in the evening.......
That was all concerning the survey of 1802.                                                       Return to Top 
(*Later in the Diary)
December 1811 Sat. 21 Dined with President Madison, the guests were the French minister (?) the French Consul General, Vice President , Mr. Clay, the Speaker, Gov. Holmes, Judge Taylor, (?) Cox, Mr. Tait from Georgia, and others with General Granger &c.... February 1812 Fry 6.... Dined with President Sat 7... Stayed all night at General Bailys Sun 22.... Wrote to Mrs. Sevier china water & powder to blacken hair at John Scotts (Pha) (hair dresser & perfumer). Fry Visited in the evening in Co. with Colo. Smithe the Secretary of the Navy (Mr. Hamilton).... Sun 29...Wrote to Mrs. Sevier Wt. to Catholic meeting...... Cure for Cancer. Boil west Turkey figs in new mild which will thicken in boiling - apply them broken or whole to the affected part which must be washed every time dressed with sour milk. Use a fresh poultice night & morning and oncst in the middle of the day, & drink one gill of the mild the figs are boiled in twice in 24 hours.
April 1812 Sat. 4 Dined at Mr. Monroes Mon. 20 George Clinton Vice President died this morning.
July 1813 Wed 4 very warm packing up to start for Tennessee. Spent the evening at Mr. Davis's... thurs. 5... Mr. Rhea & myself then left the city and went to Geotown in eveng.
August, 1813 Sun. 15 Cure for the rheumatism - make 1/4 poke berry Juice, 3 parts whiske or some other spirits.
Decembre 1814 Dec. 31 I went to the office of the Secretary of State & deposited two deeds of release one for 40000 acres of land in the bend of Tennessee - one track laying on limestone creek, the other on Mulbery creek also one other of 10000 acres on the Tennessee at the mouth of Blew water. Sat. 18 Dined with the President
June 1815 Tues 27 We wrote a letter to the Path killer & chiefs of the Cherokees to meet us at this place on the 17th of July. Wed. 28... The commission made a requisition on the commanding officers of this place, Lieut. Pain & received 24 blankets, 24 soldiers shirts & 3 quires of coarse w. paper.
(Knoxville) Gen John Sevier died in September 1815 while running the boundary line in the Creek Nation. John Sevier is now supposed to be buried in the Courhouse Yard at Knoxville, Tn 

Preface to the book by Dr. Lucille Dillenger Alexander, Jones and Payne families of Sullivan Co., Mo.

My Grandmother was born Amanda Augusta Jones; her father was John Harvey Jones; his father was Ezekiel Jones, and that's as far as we go.   Because Jones is such a common name, it is difficult to research. Ezekiel was born in Tennessee in 1814 and apparently moved to Monroe County, Kentucky about 1820. (Land bought before 1820 would be listed in Barren Co., KY). There was many Jones families in Tennessee and many in Monroe Co, Ky, but it seems impossible to be sure which is his family. Ezekiel's wife, Nancy Payne, was the daughter of Daniel Payne (son of Reuben Payne). I have concentrated mostly on Sullivan Co., TN and Washington Co., TN, as those were the TN counties that Nancy's family was apparently in. In the Monroe Co., census, Daniel and his sons appear. Also Wm. Braden, Nancy's first husband appears in 1830. There were several Jones families near Daniel Payne and his sons and near William Braden. Nancy and Ezekiel were apparently married about 1836. It is usually the neighboring families who provide the spouses. Also it is sometimes fruitful to search the childrens's names. Children of Ezekiel and Nancy were John Harvey Jones, Sanford Payne Jones, Martha Ellendar Jones, and James King (or Knox) Polk.

The following is the orginial transcription of the deed refered to in the Reuben Payne & Samuel Gamble deed of 1803. There was a Thomas Payne also was sold land on the same day in 1784. Thought there could have been a connection but apparently not.
Old Book A page 258 State of North Carolina No. 517
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 hereby Grated paid unto our Treasury by Elijah Owens have given and Granted and by these presents are give and grants the said Elijah Owens a tract of land containing two hundred acres lying and being in our County of Washington on Sinking Creek Including big spring. Beginning at a white oak tree thence on a dividing line between this survey and a survey former by John Edmond now belonging to the said Owens, North sixty eight degrees west one hundred and six poles to a white oak thence on said dividing line North Eighty six degrees west seventy six poles crossing said creek to a white oak tree on Nicholas Halls line then on said Halls line north one hundred and eight poles to ?? Fords corner red oak which was formerly Johnstons. Then on said Fords line east eighty two poles crossing said creek to said Fords corner locust sapling then East Hundred and sixty two poles to a white oak tree then south one hundred and fifty poles to a stake then west sixty eight poles to the beginning as by the plat hereunto annexed doth appear together with all woods waters mines minerals Here delemants and Appedudagces to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold to the said Elijah Owens and his 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 Elijah Owens shall cause this Grant to be registered in the registers office of our said County of Washington within twelve months from the date here of otherwise the same shall be void and of no effect in testimony whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent and our Great Seal to be here unto affixed.
Witness Alexander Martin Esq our Governor Captain General and Commander in Chief at Newbern the tenth day of November in the ninth year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty four
By his Excellency Command T Glasgow, Secretary Alex Martin                   Return to Top

This Nathan Shipley was on several documents with Reubin Payne in Washington County near the turn of the 19th century. He also had a son Nathan who was a surveyor. He was Witness of the will of Isaac White on May 5, 1819, and recorded in Will Book 1, page 124. William White's wife was a Sarah Lawson. Richard Daniel to Jacob Robertson deed to lands described as lying on Kendrick's Creek, Richard Daniel. In presence of Nathan Shipley, William Kincheloe and John Brown, Feb. 13, 1824, Book 17, pg 388.

Also in the Will of Rev. Jonathan Mulkey, Washington Co. Will Bk 1, page 180 dated Aug 3rd, 1836 "Executors: "My friend Nathan Shipley and sons in laws William Slaughter and John Murray".

In Tennessee Cousins by Rhea it says: The Nathan Shipley family came from Baltimore, Maryland, to Washington County, Tennessee. Nathan was a member of the Legislature and a surveyor of Washington County for several years. He was the father of Enoch Shipley, born in Washington County, who had a son Nathan Shipley who married Mary Jones, daughter of a John Jones. This Nathan was born in Washington County in 1822. He and his wife Mary had a son Elbert A. Shipley born Feb. 18, 1849.
"The Over Mountain Men" by Pat Alderman
This regards the Indian Wars that took place about the years 1792. Captain Samuel Handley had been sent by Governor Blount, with a company of 42 men, to assist in the defense of Nashville. As the company approached the spring, they were met with heavy fire from the concealed warriors. Some of the unseasoned militia ran when this ambush caught them unprepared for a fight. Several horses were shot, one belonging to Leiper. Captain Handley went to his rescue and his own horse was shot from beneath him. He was captured and forced to watch while the savages brutally murdered and scalped Leiper. Handley's capture was a great event as he was one of their most wanted whites. Handley had served, as Colonel John Sevier's aid, on many Indian campaigns. This made him a marked man in Indian country. The Captain was taken to Willstown, home of Chief John Watts. The Chief was at home recovering from the serious wounds received at Buchanan's Station. A Council of the Chieftains was held and lasted three days. Handley, condemned to death by fire, was made to run the gauntlet before being tied to the stake. Severe injuries received in this ritual caused the death-by-fire ceremony to be postponed until the Captain recovered enough to stand up. Again all was prepared for the fire death. Handley was tied to the stake, insulted, and objects of filth were thrown into his face by the squaws. The fire was lighted and Handley, hoping to taunt the warriors into shooting him, called them old women, cowards and every insult thinkable. This had no effect; the fire burned on. A sudden thunderstorm and a heavy downpour of rain put out the fire, causing the second postponement. When the weather cleared, Captain Handley was again tied to the stake for execution. The fagots were lighted around the bound man. Chief Watts, now able to leave his couch, came outside to witness the death ceremony. Handley began to talk to Watts.
Here is a quote from Brown's "Old Frontiers."
"You are a brave Chief, and the white men love a brave man, and all of them love John Watts. They regret they must fight him. I am John Sevier's aid and he often talks of the brave Chief Watts. But you have a cowardly set of warriors. They are old women; if they were not they would shoot a warrior." Watts, greatly moved, had Handley released and took him by the hand. Other headmen followed his example. Watts took Handley home with him, where he was fed, clothed and made a member of the Wolf Clan. Colonel Sevier wrote Watts that if Handley were injured by any torture, he would treat his Indian captives in the same manner. Handley was allowed to write a letter to Colonel James Scott. Watts, himself, wrote a message to Governor Blount. A messenger took the two letters for delivery December 10, 1792. Captain Handley returned to Knoxville, January 24, 1793. He was accompanied by Middlestriker, Candy and eight warriors. Governor Blount received the group with proper ceremony and gave presents to each, consisting of a blanket, shirt, leggings, flap and match coat. Captain Handley's hair had turned white during the three months of captivity. He advised the Governor that Watts wanted peace with the Holston-Nolichucky settlements, but the Cumberland imposters must be removed of destroyed. This was but a tactful lie by Watts. 

The lineage:                                                                                          Return to Top
William and Margaret HANDLEY branches:
Samuel Handly
born ca. 17 Sep 1751-1752 in Virginia; died 4 Aug 1840 in Belvidere, Franklin Co. TN; married 1. Mary Adams 2 Susanna Cowan on 4 Feb 1782 in South Carolina.
Parents of Samuel were: William Handley born in VA and Margaret.
Known children: by second marriage:
Sarah "Sallie" Handley born in 1783 in TN
John Handley born 22 Feb 1786
Robert Cowan Handly born 6 July 1792 Washington Co, TN
William Claiborn Handly born 25 July 1803
Samuel Handly, Jr.
Betsy Handly
Mary Handly 
John and Grizel HANDLEY branches:

There was another Handley connection to East Tennessee, John Handley born ca 1752 in Augusta County , Va who married Sarah Campbell had a daughter Mary "Polly" Handley that married Fountain Livesay, son of Thomas Livesay and Margaret Walton.    Fountain Livesay would have been cousin to all the Livesay's later found in Hawkins and Hancock County Tenn.

Continued in the book; "The Overmountain Men, Battle of King's Mountain, Cumberland Decade, State of Franklin, Southwest Territory" by Pat Alderman, The Overmountain Press, Johnston City, Tennessee Reprinted 1986.
In 1784, Sullivan, Greene, and Washington counties formed a provisional State of Franklin in a move to secede from North Carolina. In 1785, Caswell, Sevier, Spencer and Wayne counties were created by the State of Franklin, in addition to Sullivan, Greene, and Washington. In 1788, Caswell, Sevier, Spencer, and Wayne counties were abolished. The area reverted to Hawkins, Sullivan, Greene, and Washington counties. In 1790, North Carolina ceded the Western Region (as immediately above, and it was organized as the Territory South of the Ohio River. Tennessee frontier falls after the start of American Revolution. The Tennessee Valley Frontier is an extention of Va frontier. Shennandoah Valley frontier belongs to later times. Washington district frontier differed from Maryland frontier. Four counties in NE Tn that make up Washington District Mero District is middle TN near Nashville. Seven Counties of the Southwest District. 1791 Hawkins Sullivan, Greene and Washigton. The Washington district was settled 10 years earlier than Mero District. The Wilderness Road was main source of travel for Washington district. River travel was main source for Mero District.

David Deadrick came to Jonesboro from Winchester, VA, in 1783 and soon opened a general store on Main Street, corner to Cherokee, and built his residence on the hill behind it.

By 1792, Nathaniel and Samuel Cowan advertised "for sale in their stores in Knoxville and Jonesborough a large, and general assortment of merchandise" while Samuel May must have given up storekeeping.

First Bank of Tennessee was chartered in 1811but was not opened for business until 1818. The bank had a Jonesboro branch. Hugh L. White, of Knoxville, was President, with Jas. V. Anderson local cashier.

Jonesborough: The First Century of Tennessee's First Town, Paul M. Fink, Washington Co. Historian. P.210-211

In 1790, when Samuel Doak and Hezekiah Balch organized Hebron Presbyterian Church with about 15 members, services for some time were held in the homes of some of the Elders. Before long, a log meeting house was built on the property of John McMahon, a building that was at times used for school purposes as well. On some occasions services were also held in the courthouse in Jonesboro.

Under various ministers, Hebron struggled along for a decade or so. Rev. John Whitefield Doak, a son of the founder, took the pulpit in 1801, just as the great revival which swept the country was beginning to have its effect in East Tennessee. No church building was large enough to care for the crowds, and camp meetings were held, often lasting for many days. One, in 1805, was in a grove on the southwest corner of Woodrow and First Avenue.

Accompanying the Great Revival was the queer religious manifestation called "the jerks". Under its influence, the victim would undergo wild contortions, as though in an epileptic seizure. A contemporary observer can best tell its effect:

"In 1804 I first witnessed that strange exercise, the jerks, although I had heard much of it before. It took subjects from all denominations and all classes of society, but it prevailed chiefly among the Presbyterians. I will give some instances:

"A Mr. Doak, a Presbyterian Clergyman of high standing, having charge of a congregation in Jonesborough, was the first man of eminence in this region to come under its influence. Often it would seize him in the pulpit with such severity that a spectator might fear it would dislocate his neck and joints. He would laugh, stand and halloo at the top of his voice, finally leap from the pulpit and run to the woods, screaming like a madman. When the exercise was over, he would return to the church as rational and calm as ever. "Letter of Rev. Jacob Young, D.D., quoted in Price, R.N., "Holston Methodism," Nashville, 1906, Vol. 1, p.377.

First Official Post Office in Jonesboro was established in June 17, 1796 with John Waddel, son-in-law of John Sevier, postmaster.

Lyman Draper recorded how the pioneers felt about it when he thus preserved the sentiments of one who fought under Sevier:

"Every man considered himself a soldier. He had his horse and his rifle, which he knows well how to use, and he was always ready at short notice to join his fellows in any emergency. All had a common interest and that most vital: their homes, their families, and everything dear to man. Thus there was formed among them a pride of tacit league and covenant, which all regarded as most binding.

When fighting came on, everyone fought for himself, officers as well as men. The best officers were those who fought best; as among the Indians, the officers were leaders rather than commanders. Command was always more nominal than real. In fighting, it was always expected that the officers would lead on; any failure to do this would be marked as cowardice, and the officers cashiered, not by court martial but by acclamation.

It would surprise men of this generation to see the power these leaders exercised over their followers. It was a power conferred by God and nature, much more effective than that on parchment."

"The Rivers of America, The Tennessee, Frontier to Secession" Vol. 1 by Donald Davison.

p194, 195. (Sep. 1794 Battle near Nickajack)

Joseph Brown was son of Col. James Brown a Rev. War Soldier.

Edmond Jennings was son of Jonathan Jennings of Donelson expedition. One where a Payne was killed.

The great raid of 1794, known in Tennessee history as the Nickajack Expedition, was planned and directed by James Robertson of Nashville, although he himself, for reasons of policy, did not lead it or take active part in it. It was, in official language, an "unauthorized expedition," and Gov. William Blount duly reprimanded Robertson for it. It seems certain that

Blount's official reproof was tempered by private satisfaction. Blount winked at the Nickajack Expedition.

Military action, in fact, was long overdue. The settlers had been restrained from earlier attack by two circumstances. One was lack of knowledge of a favorable route of approach to the Lower Towns from the Cumberland Settlements. The other was the policy of the Washington Administration, which frowned upon any volunteer forays, and yet declined to sanction or support any such large-scale operations as were conducted by General Wayne against Indian foes of the Northwest.

P 256 "The Tennessee"

In all the history of the relations between white man and Indian, no episode is sadder or more inglorious than the removal of the southeastern tribes. It is one of the scandals of American history. Nobody comes out of it with any credit, except the reluctant Indians, their few missionary friends, and an occasional individual like John Howard Payne, author of "Home, Sweet Home," who came to the Cherokee nation to write their story, only to be arrested and jailed by the Georgia militia and to see his manuscript confiscated and destroyed.

A more complete commentary of this event is found in "A Tennessee Chronicle", by Carrtter Patten, p 136.

"Chief John Ross planned to go to Washington prior to the December meeting, to make a final appeal for justice to the Cherokees before the federal authorities; but the Georgia militia crossed the Tennessee line on November 7th, 1835 and arrested Ross at his temporary home in Red Clay, thus preventing his departure. It so happened that John Howard Payne, the author of "Home, Sweet Home," was visiting Ross at the time and the Georgians arrested Payne also and confined them both on the Vann Plantation at Spring Place. Ross was released with ten days, but Payne remained a prisoner for three weeks. A few days after his release, Payne wrote in the Knoxville Register that Colonel Bishop of the Georgia Guard, after accusing him of coming into the country to "rise up the Cherokees against the whites" and "pry into things you've no business with," dismissed him with the advice, "Now, Sir, I order you to cut out of Georgia. If you ever dare again to show your face within the territories of Georgia, I'll make you curse the moment with your last breath. Clear out of the sate forever and go to John Ross, God damn you." Payne's reports caused such resentment in Tennessee that a group of volunteer East Tennesseans patrolled the Georgia border for a time; and when newspapers of the longer settled parts of southern Georgia began to prick up their ears, Colonel Bishop decided to resign his commission in the Georgia guard. Please visit this site for a poem that John Howard Payne wrote regarding the Then Lament of the Cherokee

General Winfield Scott was given command of 7,000 troops and ordered to round up and remove the Cherokees, May 23, 1838.

Page 96.

When Tennessee was admitted to the Union, it was still a pioneer state. The population of about 80,000, when statehood was granted, had increased to 105,000 when the Federal census of 1800 was taken. The area of settlement in East Tennessee extended from the Virginia border, south to the Little Tennessee River, thence westward with the main stream of the Tennessee to South-west Point, now Kingston, where the Clinch River joins the Tennessee. The Clinch River from Kingston north to Virginia, was roughly the western boundary of the settlement.

The "First Treaty of Tellico, signed in October, 1798, provided for the cession of two tracts of land, one between the Little Tennessee River and the former boundary, and a larger one between the Clinch River and the Cumberland Plateau. A map can be found in Fomsbee, History of Tennessee. 269070.

Life As It Is; or Matters and Things in General by J.W.M. Breazeale, Knoxville, TN, 1842.

Charles Elder.

Pg 75.

In October of 1792, Black's Station, on the waters of Little river, was attacked, three men killed, and one wounded. About the same time, measures were concerted between the Creeks and Cherokees, to build block-houses near the frontiers, and carry on a continual and furious war upon the white settlements. In November of this year, a house was attacked in Grassy Valley, Knox County. There were two men and their families in the house. The Indians forced open a window, and, pointed in their guns, but the two men fired upon them, wounded two, and by a second fire, killed one of the others, and the remainder of them fled.

Gen. Sevier was now ordered into service, with a number of volunteers and militiamen; and he established his quarters near South-west Point, at the place where Thomas N. Clark has for many years resided. Detachments of his brigade were posted at different points along the frontier.

In November, 1792, Capt. Samuel Hanley, with forty men under his command, marched from South-west Point, for the Cumberland settlements; and, on the third day after he set out, he was attacked by the Indians near the Flat Rock, on Cumberland Mountain, had several of his men killed, and he taken prisoner; those who escaped returned to Gen. Sevier's camp, at South-west Point. Capt. Hanley was treated with great cruelty by the Indians.

He was taken to Will's town, where the Indians attempted to make him run the gauntlet.

During the winter of 1792-93; and in the spring, they killed many persons in East TN. On the 8th of January 1793, the troops under Gen. Sevier were discharged; and as soon as the Indians knew this, they broke in upon the settlements with increased vigor. John Porter was killed on Crooked creek, two men of the name of Nelson killed on Little Pigeon, a number of horses were stolen from the neighborhood of Flat creek, in Knox county, Blackburn's station, on the north side of Holston, below Knoxville was burned, and numerous other depredations occurred.

Troops from the Cumberland's under Maj. Baird and Col. Dougherty reportedly marched into the Cherokee towns in violation of the Governors orders.

In the month of August of 1793, a large party of Indians attacked Henry's Station, in the lower end of Blount Co, killed two men, Lieut. Tedford and a man by the name of Henderson. In the month of September the Indians made an attack on Cavit's Station, eight miles below Knoxville, murdering the whole family, thirteen in number. After the massacre the Indians made a precipitate retreat, turning across the country towards the Clinch river, which they crossed in a few hours.

Gen. Sevier was then lying at John Ish's on the south side of Holston with about four hundred men. In the battle that ensued there was a Wear killed. August 1793.

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