Monday, May 21, 2018

William Morrison

I want so much to do a blog post today about whether William who is the son of Patrick Morrison of Pittsylvania County (during the Revolution) and William who married Rachel Witcher are one and the same or if these are two separate men.  However, I have only 3 hours before I start my two week lymphedema treatment and that is not enough I need to some things around the house more than I need to do this....but here are some notes for two weeks from now:

Need to get permission from Ronald to use his time line.
Need to make sure there are no other Morrisons in the general area.
Need to look at Fold 3 for all of the William Morrisons who received Rev pensions.
Need to look at children of this couple.  This morning what is bothering me the most is the statement made by Patrick Henry Morrison of Cabell County that he and his ....hmmmm....I can not put my hands on this information....but it was something like came to Cabell County with his three brothers and one sister....and that sister would have been Viola....not Elizabeth.  I need to give this some thought.  Does this suggest that Elizabeth was not his sister....or does it just mean that Elizabeth and Solomon came at a different time?  Remember that Ed Griffith has given me information about proofs that at least a couple of the children are proven children of William and Rachel....I think one was death information .....I need to look to see if there is other proofs in Cabell for any of the other children.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bath County, Virginia

Lynn asked me if I had a book in my library that had marriages in Bath County, Virginia 1791-1853.  I don't.  But her request had me looking on my computer to see what I DO know about Bath County, Virginia.  And what popped up was my Clendenin family.  My data base has the death of Archibald Clendenin Sr. as 1749 in Bath County, Virginia.  It took only a few minutes to see that I need to edit this information.  The reason the book begins in 1791 is that that is the year that Bath County was formed. Bath County was formed out of Greenbrier, Augusta,   hmmm....I need to add this tomorrow.  Almost certainly my Clendenin family was living on the Calfpasture river in either Greenbrier or Augusta.  Why do I know this?  Because I have the information from the store in which they bought rum....and also I have the information that Archibald Jr. had will probated in Augusta County.

I will edit this to make more sense.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Settlements in the Wautauga/Nolichucky area in the 1700s

I am still thinking about the Morrison/Goad/Hensley settlers in the Nolichucky area of what is now Tennessee but was then North Carolina.  I am reading today the First Families of Tennessee: A register of Early Settlers and there Present-Day Descendants.  These are pages that I copied on my visit to the Washington County-Jonesborough Library in Jonesborough, TN this winter.  The book was published by the East Tennessee Historical Society, so I am guessing that it is available on their site.  On page 19 of the book, the statement is made:  "The eighteenth-Century movement of people into Tennessee was fundamentally shaped by geography.  The places from which immigrants came and routes they took were largely dictated by topographical considerations.  In the North American interior, where early overland traffic moved on foot, unbroken ranges of high peaks presented a formidable obstacle.  ....The great valley of Tennessee, on the other hand, formed a natural extension of the Shenandoah Valley and the Valley of Virginia...."  The first area of what is now Tennessee was in four areas:  the North Holston, Watauga, and Nolichucky rivers and in Carter's Valley.  Slightly later settlers settled along the French Broad River.

Wikipedia shows these rivers with today's boundaries:

This gives one a sense of where the settlers were.

Several of the other pages that I read today talk about the fact that many of the settlers who went to the Nashville area early traveled via the Wilderness trail into Kentucky and then south into Tennessee from there.  There were other explanations of trails and routes taken.  I filed the pages that I copied into my Morrison cubby.

I want to add something to the end of is half baked....Patrick Henry Morrison of Cabell County says that his family traveled through the Cumberland Gap to get to Salt Rock.  We all know this is geographically not likely!  However, it works that the family did go through the Cumberland Gap if they traveled to the Nashville area before they returned to Pittsylvania County. It works if William and Rachel Witcher Morrison went to the Nashville area before they decided to return home to Pittsylvania County.  What I am reading today says that many of the settlers who moved to the Nashville area traveled on the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky before traveling south into the Nashville area.  This was a normal route for this migration pattern.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Goad and Morrison in PIttsylvania County

I ran into Jason Goad on Wednesday evening.  I told him that I have been looking at the Goad family in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in connection with what I hope is my Morrison family.  John Goad bought land on the North Fork of the Frying Pan Creek in 1753.  My research indicates that he was living next door to Patrick Morrison during the Revolutionary War.  Patrick's land was on Frying Pan Creek.

Last fall when we had our Morrison homecoming in Pittsylvania County, I wrote a blog post that includes information about the location of this land close to the end of the post:

Jason and I exchanged contact information and yesterday morning I sent him an e-mail giving him some information about my Morrison line and the Goad line that is intermarried and living next door in Pittsylvania County.  Also I included information about who had signed:

Petition for the State of Franklin was made to the General Assembly of North Carolina in December 1787. It is also known both as “Petition from Inhabitants of Western North Carolina Concerning a Separate Government” and “Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country.

You can find this information on my blog post (again close to the end)

Patrick Morrison and his family, John Goad Jr. (interpreted as Good in the document transcription that I looked at) and Gabrielle Goad and William Goad as well as Owen Atkin and Benjamin Hensley signed.  Almost certainly these people were moving together from Pittsylania County area to the Nolichuky and Wautauga area.  There may have been others that I don't recognize yet.  Jason's answer to my e-mail indicated that the Goad family may have been the driving force  for this move!  John Sevier was the nephew of John Goad, Jr.  Sevier was the son of John Goad Jr's sister, Joanna, who had married Valentine Sevier.  There was family over among the inhabitants of the Western Country!

So here is the information that Jason Goad shared with me:

It looks like this is one of the John Goads in my direct blood line.  The name John and Aaron go back hundreds of years and seem to alternate.  But, if you look at the entries from 1753 you will see Pittsylvania county.  Also, if you ever have any questions about Goads, the Michael Nestor (whose email is at the top) knows more than anybody.  Anyway here is the link:

And here is the information from Michael Nestor's site that is relevant:

 1771, 23 Jul Bedford Co Will Bk 1, p 132-34 (dated 7 Jul): John Goad's will proven, executor his son John.  Listed daus Joannah
.                   Sevear, Elisabeth Cox, Hanna Bennet, Ann Risden, sons William, Abraham, Robert, William, son Abraham's son James, and
.                   grandson Thomas Goad, son of John, and wife Ann Goad:
In the Name of God Amen:
.                                  I John Goad of Bedford County, Being in Perfect Sence and Memory, do constitute and appoint, this my last wlll and Testament.
.                   Emprimus  First, I Bequeath my Soul, to Almighty Goad that gave it me, and my Body, to be Buried in A Christian like manner, at the descretion of
.                                   my Executor.
.                         Item   I give to my Daughter, Joannah Sevear, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I give to my Daughter, Elisabeth Cox, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I give to my Daughter, Hannah Bennet, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I give to my Daughter, Ann Risden, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I give to my Son, William, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I give to my Son, Abraham, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I give to my Son, Robert, one Shilling Sterling, to be paid out of my Estate.
.                         Item   I lend to my Son, William, the Use of my Cow known by the Name of Blossom, with her Increase, till his son John, Shall come to the
.                                  age of twenty one years, and then the property to vest in Sd. John, But if the Sd John Shoud die, without heir, then the Sd. Cow and her
.                                  Increase to be devided among the rest of my Son William's Children.
.                         Item   I lend to my Son, Abraham, the Use of my Cow known by the Name of Star, with her Increase, till his son James Shall come to the age
.                                  of twenty one years, and then the property to vest in Sd. James, But if Sd James Should die without heir  then the Said Cow, with her
.                                  Increase to be devided among the rest of  my son Abraham's Children.
.                         Item   I give to my Grandson, Thomas Goad, Son of John Goad, my least gun.
.                         Item   I give to James Waldrop, the gun he has, of mine.
.                         Item   I give to my Loving Wife, Ann Goad, all of the Estate that She brought with her, when we was married, and all the rest of my personal
.                                  Estate, not yet menion'd, after my Just Debts is paid, I lend her the use of During her widowhood, and at her marriage, or Death, to be
.                                  Equally Devided between my son John Goad and his Children.
.                         Item   I lend to my Son, William Goad, the use, of that part of my land that he now lives on, as it is mark'd of to him During his life, and at his
.                                  Death, the property to vest in his son, John Goad, and his heirs for ever.
.                         Item   I lend to my Son Abraham Goad the use of that part of my land that he now lives on, as it is mark'd of to him, During his life, and at his
.                                  Death the property to vest in his son James Goad and his heirs for ever.
.                         Item   I lend to my Loving Wife the use of that part of my land where on I now live as it is laid of to her which She agrees to take for her thirds
.                                  During her life.
.                         Item   I lend to my Son, Robert Goad, the use of the upper part of my Land as it is mark'd of to him, and that part, that is laid of for my wifes
.                                  thirds, after her death.  I also lend him the use of as long as he lives, and at his Death the property to vest in his Son, Thomas Goad, and
.                                  his heirs for ever.
.                         Item   My Will and Desire is, that my Son John Goad, do receive all my Just dues, and pay of all my Just Debts, out of my personal Estate, if
.                                  My Dues Should not be Soficient.
.                         Item   I constitute and appoint, my Son, John Goad, Executor of this my last Will and Testament, given under my hand and Seal, this Seventh
.                                  Day of July 1771.
.                         Interlined before signed                                                                                                                  his
.                         (the use of)                                                                                                           JOHN GOAD              Imprimus Seal
.                         In the presence of Edward Wade,                                                                                                  hand and
.                         Geo. Phillips, Peter Bennet

on the rest of the information in Michael Nestor's VERY helpful timeline I would comment that The main thing that Michael Nester  forgot or ignored in the timeline are the dates of  the formation of the counties.  Lunenburg was not created out of Brunswick until 1746 and Pittsylvania County was not created out of Halifax until 1766.  But it is clear that these Goads were all living down in the area of what is now Bedford and Pittsylvania Counties as early as our Morrisons and etc.

Two more thoughts that I might think about another day:  First that we could probably figure out which John Goad it is living next door to Patrick Morrison by marriage dates.  I don't have the intermarriages between the Goad family and the Morrison family in my head.  Need to work with my h2 Morrison group on that.  and second is a crazy random idea:

I pulled out my Richmond County book on marriages and relationships….I wish that I had a will book instead so that I could have looked at a transcription of the will of 1737 for which John Goad was administrator or executor…can’t remember which…but Catherine Williams Goad (wife of Abraham Goad in Richmond County) who was the mother and grandmother of all of this brood of Goads married 2nd (after death of her Goad husband) William Smith.  Funny coincidence, huh?  There are lots of Smiths!  So may or may not be of interest.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Salmons in Stafford County, Virginia

A Salmons/Sammons researcher contacted me today.  He kindly sent me his family line.  I didn't get very far in reading how his family comes down from John Salmons of Cumberland County before I started thinking about the research that says John married Eleanor in Stafford County.  I have never proved nor disproved this John Salmons to be our ancestor.  I want to look at that today.

Here is what I have in my data base: [the 305 source says Valentine Papers (Pleasants), Vol 2, 983, info from Ruth Nassar, (rsn 263) Rec. DB 4 p. 548 Cumberland... I am not for sure exactly what the source means...need to look.  And the source 53 says Ruth Sammons Nassar's book]

Charles Rice says that he has a copy of the will of John Salmons, SR. listing his wife as Eleanor and listing his sons.  This will is from Cumberland County, VA.  There is a record of the marriage of John Salmons and Eleanor McCarty also. He says that he does not have a copy of the record of marriage.  He received the information from Garroll Sammons.

And here is the rest of what I have in my data base:

John Salmon, according to Ruth Salmons Nassar, moved up the James River to settle on acreage on Snowquarter Branch which he acquired from Benjamin Dumars about 1753, a part of which he sold to John Pleasants April 26, 1745305-ctx-.tiffAt the time of acquisition the land lay within the bounds of Goochland County, however in  1748 as the area became more populated it was decided that a new county should be created and another log court house built so the courthouse would be more accessible to settlers.  Thus Cumberland County was created.53-ctx-.tiff

Garroll Salmons says: “ We first pick up our line in Cumberland County, Virginia.  There on a small farm on the WIllis River south of Cartersville we find a poor man who apparently was having trouble paying his bills  He was John Salmons, Sr. of Southam Parish.  In 1761 we find John very sick and weak of a terminal illness.  He wrote his will naming his wife Eleanor and his four sons John, Lewis, Ezekia, and Rowland.  He died within the year.  He must have been in his forites for his sons were not grown and still needed to finish their schooling.  John Salmons, Jr. was the oldest following by Lewis, Ezekiah and Rowland in that order.  At this time I believe that Rowland was 1-5 years of age, Lewis was about 10, and John Jr. was 12-16 years of age.  This is just a guess.  It surely must have been a trying time for Eleanor with four sons and no one knows the number of daughters.  It is not known the problems that Eleanor had after John’s death, but sometime after that, between 1761 and 1770, the family moved to an area in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  This area later became Henry County in 1777.”  [note:  I know now that we can narrow down the date of the move more as I found John Jr. in “There is an entry in the vestry record dated February 1768 which records a levy laid on the membership to pay John Salmon for serving as reader for the parish for six months, for which he was paid 50 pounds of tobacco.  In the same entry, 33 pounds of tobacco was paid to George Rowland to recompensate for expenditures (Maude Carter Clement: History of Pittsylvania County)53-ctx-.tiff]

Will of John Salmon, Sr.  Will Book 1, page 219 [Cumberland County?]  [I found this in the folder labelled documents among Ruth Sammons Nassar’s information]

In ye name of God Amen the 29 January 1761 I John Salmon Sen’r. of Cumberland and Southam Parish being very sick and Weak in Body but of perfect and sound memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortalltiy of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in a decent manner Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall received the same again by the mighty power of God and Touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath been Pleased God to bless me with in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner  First of all I bequeath and desire for all my Debts as I owe in right of conscience to any Body to be fully paid and satisfied by my Executors hereafter named also I give bequeath all my Household goods and stock of horses Cattle and Hoggs to my wife Elioner Salmons during Widowhood not to be interrupted and if my Wife should die my eldest son John Salmons should servive I give and bequeath it into his care to be equally divided amongst my four sons John Salmons Lewis Salmons Ezkiah Salmons and Rowland Salmons after charges being paid for my three youngest Sons Schooling and maintainance and I bequeath and desire for my three youngest sons Lewis Ezekiah and Rowland to be under their eldest Brothers care and Jurisdiction until they come of age and years of discression to take care of themselves and further I appoint my Wife Elinor Salmons and John Salmons my eldest son my whole and soly Executors whereunto I hae set my Hand Seal this 29 day of January 1761.   John Salmons Sr. L.S.

Witnesses were John Newton and John Salmons, Jr. 

At a court held for Cumberland County 22nd June 1761.  This last will and testament of John Salmons dec’d. was proved by John Newton and John Salmons the Witnesses thereto and by the Court ofdered to be recorded and on the motion of John Salmons the Executor therein named who made oath according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probat thereof in due Form giving Security whereupon he with John Newton his Security entered into and Acknowledged their Bond with Condition according to Law and Liberty is reserved to Elenor Salmons the Executrix therein named to join in Probat.  Test Thompson Swann Clk Ct

This paragraph is then repeated for Eleanor.  The document is signed Betty R. Walton, Deputy Clerk Circuit Court, Cumberland County, Virginia  [so this is answer….this was obtained from Cumberland Court]

I have other blog posts that deal with information at a later date for this family.  You can find them by using the search term Salmons or Sammons in the search box.  Today, I am thinking about the marriage of John Salmons and Eleanor McCarthy in Stafford County, Virginia 10 April 1748.  Does this date make sense for this couple?  Absolutely!  If indeed John Salmons, Jr. is about 10 years old in 1761, he would have been born c. 1751 which is close to the date of the marriage.  Who was the McCarthy family in Stafford County?  What do I know about Stafford County?  Stafford County was a very old county in Virginia:

When was Stafford County, VA Created?
Stafford County was established on 1664 from Westmoreland County.

Early on the western boundaries were fuzzy.  It seems to have been mostly the land along the Potomac and Rappahannock River.  There were not yet families on the frontier that far west.  It would have been families who settled along the river least that is my guess.

By 1720 families were beginning to move up the rivers of Virginia into what was the frontier at that time.  Families who moved up the Rappahanock settled in the Fredericksburg area and in what is now Orange and Culpeper.  You can tell this by the counties that were beginning to form in these areas as they received enough families that there was a request for local government.

By 1776 Stafford was still long and it had been during the year (1750) in which John Salmons and Eleanor McCarty married.  I have not yet found that marriage record for myself.  

So it turns out that I have the book:

The back cover says:  Four political jurisdictions are included in this volume:  Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Orange County, and the independent city of Fredericksburg.  The marriages, recorded here in a master alphabetical listing, were extracted from minister's returns, marriage bonds, some newspaper notices, and in the case of Stafford County, marriages implied from early land deeds, family Bible records and cemetery records as well as the marriages recorded in Overwharton and St. Paul's parishes...  The book includes an index to brides.

So for right now, I remain unconvinced of this marriage in Stafford County.

There has been some rumor that Eleanor might have been a Rowland since the Salmons family and the Rowland family may have moved together from Cumberland County to what is now Henry County.  Also the youngest son is named Rowland.....and we who research the Sammons/Salmons name know that that name was passed down for generations.  One researcher who was a buddy to Ruth Nassar said that there were so many Rowland Salmons' in the hollers of Kentucky that they had to go by nicknames.

I am not convinced of the fact that Eleanor was a Rowland either at this time.  Hopefully either I will find proof one way or the other or someone will send that proof my way.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Richard Moore and family in Berks County, PA

March 2018, I drove to Boston for Rudy's birthday.  Crazy trip.  I drove up in storm Riley and drove back in a second storm that followed Riley.  But the storms actually made the trip more fun.  One of the fun things that happened is that I spent an unexpected day in the Berks County Historical Society's library.  It is a gem!  And the librarian who helped me was excellent!  Wonderful day!  Both of us agreed at the end of the day that I had probably found all that I would be able to find in their library about my Richard Moore and family.  I also bought a few books in the gift shop.

[I need to add an extra note into this blog post and don't know best place to do here it goes....My Moore buddies are some of my favorite genealogy buddies because each and everyone of them have such special genealogy gifts.  Two of them helped with editing suggestions after reading this post.  Pat asked me to clarify just exactly who was being discussed in this post.  It is my 7-gr-grandfather, Richard Moore who is the son of John and Jane Cureton Moore.  I believe him to be 3rd generation on these shores.  There is no indication that the first generations (James and Rose Moore) were Quaker.  However, James and Jane Cureton, who were second generation Moore family were Quaker and Richard and his family, who were third generation, were also Quaker}

The Schuykill River flows through the middle of Berks County and is of interest to my research as it separates the townships of Robeson and Exeter.  Robeson is on the southwest while Exeter is on the North East.  Oley is just north of Exeter.  The book above has large maps of each of these townships.  The maps are too late to show my ancestor's points of reference, but they are excellent for showing geographical details.  And the Friends Meeting house in Robeson is shown on the Robeson map and the Exeter Township map shows the Friend's District and the location of the Exeter Friend's Meeting House.

The library had a plat map that showed the original Warrants for Berks County.  The librarian showed me how to access this on the Pennsylvania archives website:

It is possible to zoom in and view the land on which many of Richard Moore's buddies lived.  Moses Embry 1737, John Scarlet 1737.  But Richard Moore is not on the map for Robeson Township.  So the question is:  Did he own land?  Is he in another township?  Did he buy land instead of receiving a warrant and thus would be found in the deed book instead of on the Warrant map.

"The third settlement of Friends was in Robeson township, on the west side of the Schuylkill River about the year 1740. Moses Embree, Owen Humphray, John Scarlet, Sr., John Scarlet, Jr., Thomas Thomas, Robert Long, Peter Marsh, Richard Moor, Evan Thomas, David Cadwallader, David Jenkins, John Wells, David Morris and Ephraim Jackson were the earliest Friends in this territory. “

While researching this time period for the Moore family, the librarian in the Berks County Historical Society library explained that in 1682 Penn formed Philadelphia County.  The East side of what is now Berks County which is the land on the east side of the Schuykill River was in Philadelphia County.  The land that is now in Berks County on the west side of the Schuykill River was in Chester County.  In 1729 Lancaster County was formed out of Chester.  So from 1729 until 1752 the land to the west of the Schuykill River was in Lancaster County.  I found many of Richard Moore’s buddies land on a plat map while I was there as they were given the original grants for their lands.  But Richard did not show up.  It is possible that he was a blacksmith and didn’t own land.  But it is also possible that I have not looked everywhere for his deed if he bought the land from someone who had originally obtained land from Penn or Penn’s land agent. 

[Ok, second note.  Joseph pointed out that while James (first generation on these shore) was a blacksmith as was his son John, there is no indication that Richard had followed that trade.  In fact, Joseph reminded me:   Also, remember that the only record found thus far of Richard's trade was his purchase of the 30 acres in Philadelphia Co., when he was named as a "mason." ]

The other significant information that I received from this trip was that I am now quite convinced that these Quaker families moved south to North Carolina because of the Indian problems in the area.  The Lenni Lenape Indians had lived in the area that became Robeson Township.  They were part of the Delaware Nation.  Lenni Lenape means original people.  A book that I looked at told about the Walking Purchase.  This transaction is explained in Chapter 3 of the book:

Prodded on by the French the Indians began taking their revenge on the settlers during the French and Indian War.  The atrocities took place between 1754 and 1763.  Most of the depredations did not occur any further south than Schuykill Couty.  But in all 150 inhabitants were killed and 30 captured in Berks County.

The Moore family stayed in Berks Co PA at Exeter MM until 1755.  The certificates from Exeter were received by Cane Creek MM in Orange Co NC on 6-4, 1757, for Richard Moore, his wife Sarah (Jenkins?), their son John and their daughter Prudence. 

 I find it impossible to rule out that the peace loving, non-violent Quaker families decided that it was time to move to safer land.

I also copied some pages from the History of Robeson Township compiled and edited by Shirley Shirey and Paul F. Seidel.  These pages are in my cubby for Moore in my office.  There is more information about the founding of the Quaker Meeting houses in those pages.

A man by the name of John E. Eschelman was well known as a local Quaker authority and as a regional Historian.  His valuable manuscript book, The Quakers of Berks, is available on line as well:

And finally while I was at the Berks County Library, I looked at a typewritten volume that was compiled from the original by John E. Eschelman.  It is the births, deaths and meeting records of the Exeter; Maidencreek; Pottstown; Reading; Robeson; and Tulpehocken Meetings, Berks County, PA.  I have not looked to see if this is available at Family Search nor on Ancestry.  It is possible that it is.  On page 232 both Joseph Moore and Richard Moore's families are listed.  I have also filed these pages in the cubby for Moore in my office.  As I read the pages tonight I interpret what I am reading in the following ways:

Joseph Mooney died in Wrightsboro Ga 10-2-1774  he married Mary Moore daughter of Richard and Sarah in 1747 in Robeson.  John Moore married a Perkins female while Abigail Moore married a Thomas in 1764.  I think it likely that Mr. Eschelman annotated the records with research of his own on latter happenings of each of the families.

I also bought the book:  "Rememb'ring our Time and Work is the Lords" The Experiences of Quakers on the Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania Frontier by Karen Guenther.  It is also in the cubby in the office labeled Moore.  This is the book that talks about Richard Moore's financial problems.

I already owned a book called Oley Valley Heritage The Colonial Years: 1700-1775 by Philip E. Pendleton that I bought many years ago.  I wish I could remember what I was visiting when I visited.  However, I think that at the time I believed that my Webb family line was the Webb family intermarried with the Boone family.  I have never proved that fact nor have I disproved that fact.   This book is on the shelf in the office.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Trip to JAX 2018

I am on my way home from my routine visit to Mayo in JAX.  If all goes well with appointments today, I hope to drive to the area shown on this map tonight:

I stopped quickly at a rest stop on the way down and picked up a map of the area, and realized how much I might like to do some research in the area....then much to my surprise, google found this:

It seems "meant to be".....Here are a few maps of interest for this area:

Luan indicates that the Morrison group may have already moved on to Sumner County near Nashville by 1796.

And that they were preparing for this move in 1795:

7th July 1795
William acted as attorney for Patrick in land sale in Greene County.

And from:

And here is the idea that I want to explore....possible reason for the move back to Pittsylvania County or is this in the wrong time period?  Information is from:

ll the settlements thought they were in Virginia territory and away form the tyranny of the NC Governor, but a survey of the area by John Donelson and Alexander Cameron discovered they were actually in NC territory. Government of Carolina orders all settlers to move back across the mountains. Robertson and the others now knew they could not gain title to the land but still ignored the order. The Watauga settlement and the Nolichucky joined together and decided to deal with the Indians directly. Indians allow settlers to stay until the crops were harvested and then Little Carpenter negotiated a deal that allowed the settlers to rent the land for 10 years. Indians were to receive manufactured products as rent payment. For the next several years the Indians and settlers lived in peace and actually helped each other. 
 The Wataugua Association 1. First written constitution in North America (a constitution is a document that sets up the framework of a government). 2. The Laws Drawn up were called: The Articles of the Watauga Association Formed a court of five members to exercise judicial matters, a sheriff, and a clerk to record deeds etc. Major concerns of the court were road maintenance, militia, and tavern rates 
10  The Transylvania Purchase Land: Europeans believed that land could be bought and sold – Indians believed that the land could be controlled for the whole tribe to use and that anyone could claim use of the land Indians thought that land was only used temporarily. Judge Richard Henderson along with other North Carolinians' offered to buy Indian lands for goods built in the colonies. Why did Judge Henderson want to buy the Indian’s land? 
11  The Transylvania Purchase Judge Richard Henderson along with other North Carolinians' offered to buy Indian lands for goods built in the colonies. Judge Henderson offered six wagons of goods for the Cherokee land. Indians send Little Carpenter and Nancy Ward to North Carolina to inspect the goods. Indians and members from the Transylvania Land Company meet at Sycamore Shoals in the Watauga settlement March 1, 1775 WHY DID THEY MEET IN MARCH? 
12  The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals Meeting lasted five day with lots of festivals As many as 1,200 people (settlers and Indians) showed up for the meeting. Trading of pelts and manufactured goods between settlers and Indians went on All seemed well between settlers from the Wataugua Association and Indians 
13  The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals Meeting lasted five day with lots of festivals Dragging Canoe (son of Little Carpenter) was one of the Indians that did not approve of the sale of Indian lands. He argued that the Indian was giving away their home. On March 14 th the other chiefs voted to accept the offer of six wagons of goods for most of their land. Dragging Canoe told them that Kentucky and Middle Tennessee would be bloody ground and it would be dark and difficult to settle. Native American Indian Treaties and Agreements 
14  Little Carpenter father of Dragging Canoe Nancy Ward and Little Carpenter were known as Peace Chiefs. During times of Peace the Chiefs wore white. The war council was composed of additional chiefs and only sat on the council during times of war. During times of war the chiefs wore Red. Thus the color white symbolized peace and the color red symbolized war. Most of the modern American History books contain the name of Little Carpenter as having fought with the Americans in the American Revolution. His son, Dragging Canoe fought on the side of the British, Chief of the Chickamauga Cherokees. Nancy Ward and Little Carpenter often warned the settlers of impending Indian attacks. 
15  Nancy Ward Nancy Ward was born in the Cherokee town of Vhota and was a member of the Wolf Clan. Nanyehi and Kingfisher fought side by side at the Battle of Taliwa against the Creek in 1755. When he was killed, she took up his rifle and led the Cherokee to victory. This was the action which, at the age of 18, gave her the title of Beloved Woman. Nancy Ward and her husband Kingfisher had two children, Catherine and Fivekiller. Nancy then married Bryant Ward, a South Carolina colonist and Indian trader, and their child was Elizabeth Ward, who became the Cherokee wife of General Joseph Martin. In the revolutionary War, Ward warned the whites of an impending attack by Dragging Canoe, an act that has made her a Patriot for the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 
16  Dragging Canoe Tsiyu Gansini "He is dragging his canoe", known to whites as Dragging Canoe, (c. 1738 – March 1, 1792) was a Cherokee war leader who led a dissident band of Cherokee (joined by Chikasaw, Shawnee, and Indians from other tribes/nations, along with British Loyalists, French and Spanish agents, renegade whites from the colonies, and runaway slaves), against the United States in the Revolutionary War and a decade afterwards, a series of conflicts known as the Chickamauga wars, becoming the pre-eminent war leader among the Indians of the Southeast of his time. He served as principal chief of the Chickamauga, or Lower, Cherokee from 1777 until his death in 1792, upon which he was succeeded by John Watts. 

Patrick Henry Morrison of Cabell County says he was born in TN in the 1850 census.  He reports his age to be 59 which would have made him born c.1791 in TN.

William/Billy Morrison of Cabell County who is said to have been brother to Patrick Henry married Elizabeth Jones in Pittsylvania County in 1813.  He is said to have been born in Pittsylvania County in 1786/87.  Why did this family move to TN and then move back to Pittsylvania County?

Elizabeth was born c.1781, so likely she was born in Pittsylvania County.  And her first child was born c. 1810/11 in Pittsylvania County.  Thus we begin to narrow down....

I don't think William resided in Sumner Count/Mero District before 1794. The Chickamauga Cherokee war wasn't settled until then, and the raids in the Mero District had been much worse and more frequent than in the Nollichucky Settlement/Washington District.–American_wars. At minimum, William had property and family in Nollichucky Settlement, and property and no family in Mero District before 1794.

And from Luan:

The document I refer to as the Petition for the State of Franklin was made to the General Assembly of North Carolina in December 1787. It is also known both as “Petition from Inhabitants of Western North Carolina Concerning a Separate Government” and “Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country.” This version was the one signed by the Morrisons. Site attached with information. I ordered my copy from the State of North Carolina archives.

[Note from me:  I found a typed copy of this document on a NC website with lists of those who signed:

Among the signers are:  James Morrison, Gabriel Goad, Owen Atkin, John Good, Jr. , William Good, Patrick Morrison, Benjamin Henslee.]

My David Morrison was reported on a later census by his son Adlai Morrison to have been born in North Carolina. I believe he was born AFTER William Morrison's move to Nolichucky Settlement area and before 1786 and before William's second marriage, so probably early 1780s. If David was a young child when his mother died, and if my William Morrison married Rachel Witcher just after that time, Caty and David and any other siblings would probably have been raised by Rachel and William. They could easily have moved to Pittsylvania County. When my David showed up in Smith County in 1802, he was in the company of John Goad, related to Daniel Witcher, all in the immediate area. It well may be that David was raised around the Witchers and Goads. 

December 1787
William Morrison signed Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country with Patrick, James, John, and David Morrison.

5 Aug 1790
William Morrison bought land "adjoining Patrick" on Jarrots Branch (Sullivan County Deed Bk 2, Pg 499)

17 Nov 1790 
Patick Morrison received Land Grant for 200 Acres on Lick Creek (Greene County Deed Bk. D, pg 96)

Ok...that ends information from Luan.

 I wanted to add a few more thoughts.  At the genealogy event at the library, there was a man who was quite knowledgeable.  His name is Allen Jackson.  His e-mail and  phone number are  in my contacts list.  His specialty is military history.  But he was quite knowledgeable about local history to that area.  

The group indicated that two of the historical information groups of the area are:

Johnson Wags Wautauga Association of Genealogy 
Boones Creek Historical Trust.

I am going to place the maps and copies from books in a file labelled Jonesboro, TN 2018 and place it in the cubby for Morrison.