County, North Carolina
Sketches of Prominent Families
(Alphabetically arranged; not indexed.)
The Adams Family
Alfred Adams was born in 1811, July 10th. His wife was Elizabeth Flannery, born in Lee County, Virginia, November 28, 1815. These were married on Cove Creek December 29, 1839. Their children were Sarah, who married Carroll Wilson, who was killed in the Civil War, and, after his death she married Jocob S. Mast; George F., born December 8, 1842, and was killed in Civil War; Tarlton P. Adams, June 7, 1877 and, second, Mollie Tugman, December 15, 1910; Leah E., who married Issac Dougherty about 1876, and Abner, who married Elizabeth Combs about 1875. The father of Alfred Adams was John, who was born in France of English ancestry and came with Lafayette’s soldiers as a drummer boy of sixteen years. He stayed till the Revolutionary War was ended, but when Lafayette’s soldiers were about to return, John hid himself in a flour barrel at Philadelphia and escaped. There he joined a whaling ship and went with it two years, after which he apprenticed himself to a cabinet maker for seven years in Philadelphia. It becoming rumored that the French were about to search the city for deserters, John set out for North Carolina and reached the head of the Yadkin, where he met and married Easter Hawkins. Their children were Frank, who married ___________; Tarleton, who married a Harman; Squire, who married a Greene; Allen, who married a Greene; Alfred, who married Elizabeth Flannery; George who died at eighteen; Patsy, who married a Williams; Rachel, who married Jehiel Smith, and Elizabeth, who married Enoch Green.
Tarlton P. Adams was elected a county commissioner in 1878, and was appointed on Board of Education in 1882, and, with the exception of four years, from 1896 to 1900, has been a member ever since and will be six years longer – by far the longest service in the state.
Ezekiel Baird was the father of Bedent and William Baird, and came to North Carolina from New Jersey. William went west, where he died. Bedent married Mary, a daughter of Cutliff Harman, and lived one mile down the Watauga River from Valle Crusic on its left bank, where Walter Baird now lived, though Bedent’s old house has been replaced by the present large frame dwelling. Bedent’s sons were Alexander, who married Nancy Vanderpool, and lived on the waters of Brushy Fork; Franklin who married Catharine Moody, daughter of Edward, who lived at what is now Foscoe. Franklin lived one mile down the Watauga, where James Church now lives, and just above Walter’s; Palmer, who married, first, Elizabeth McBride, and lived on Beech Mountain, three miles from Bedent’s; Blodgette, who moved to Tennessee and married a lady near Nashville. He was absent forty years before he was heard of at Valle Crucis. The next was Euclid, named for the geometrician, and he married Louisa council, daughter of Jordan Councill the first, and lived where ex-Sheriff W.B. Baird now lives.
Franklin’s children were: Jackson, who married Tempe Shull; William, who married Sarah McNab; Susan, who married James Lowrance; David F., who married Elizabeth Wagner; Thomas Carroll, who went to Texas, where he died unmarried about 1861.
Alexander’s children were: Bedent, who went west and married Susan Jane Merchant; Abram, who married Elizabeth Hartley; Warren, who married Rebecca Hartley; Ezekiel, who married Sarah Wilson; Jonathan, who died in the Civil War; Phoebe, who never married; Elizabeth, who married Hiram Wilson.
Palmer’s children were: John, who married Mss Shupe; Andrew, who died in the Civil War, unmarried; Ann, who married Wm. Grimsley; Carolina, who married ______; Eliza, who never married.
Blodgett’s children are not known to his Watauga relatives.
Euclid’s children were: Benjamin, who married Celia Gragg; John, who married Emeline Shell: Hiram, who died in the Civil War; Thomas, who went west and died unmarried; Sarah, who married John Hackney; Charlotte, who married Eli Brown; Mary, who married Hiram Gragg.
Rittenhouse’s children were: William B., who married Eliza Gragg.
David F.’s children are: Victoria, who married T.H. Taylor; Allie, who married J.M. Shull; Nora, who married D.C. Mast; Susan, who married Jack B. Horton; Emma, who married W. W. Mast; Lula, who married J. C. Moore; Thomas C., who married Emma Mast.
From Murphey’s Papers (Vol. II, P. 381) we learn that Joseph Banner was born in Pennsylvania in 1749 and moved to Stokes County, North Carolina, in 1751. Stokes was then Anson County, and it was there that Joseph’s father settled. His home was on Town fork, near the present village of Germantown, N.C. One of the Banners entered land in Ashe soon after its formation. Banner is a Welsh name and used to be written Bannerman. It seems, however, that Henry Banner was the first of the name to come to America, arriving between 1740 and 1750, and married a Miss Martin from England. They settled on Buffalo Creek, then Rowan, now Stokes County. He bought land from Lord Granville in 1752. There were three sons of this union: Ephriam, Joseph and Benjamin. Ephriam was the father of Joshua, and Joshua of Lewis, and Lewis of Edward J. Banner. Lewis Banner’s brothers were Martin, who married Mary Ogburn; Anthony, who married ______: John, who married a Miss Shiposh: Edward, Mathew and Joshua, who married, but the surnames of their wives have been forgotten. All these came to Banner’s Elk about three years before the Civil War, except Martin, who came in 1849. Martin died at Montezuma, Anthony and John at Banner’s Elk, Edward at Elk Park, Mathew in Texas in 1914, and Joshua in Surry County. Martin Manner’s children were: Virginia, born in 1832: Napoleon, in 1834: William, in 1836: Oliver, in 1838: Columbia, in 1840; Newton, October 8, 1842; Luther, in 1844; Martin, in 1846; mary, in 1848, and Missouri, in 1850. Newton Banner married Sophronia Mast in 1866.
George M. Bingham was born July 20, 1805, on Reddy’s River, Wilkes County, and married Mary Ann Davis, who was born in 1813, on water of Cove Creek. He died January 21, 1880. They were married in 1833 or 1834. Their children were: William G., Born in 1835, and who married Roxanna Presnell; Louisa, who married Marshall Miller in 1856, lived on Cove Creek till 1892 or 1893, when she moved to Idaho, her husband having died during the Civil War. She died in Idaho in 1900. Harvey was the next child, and was born February 13, 1839: died March 17, 1895. He married Nancy Ann Miller in 1861 and went to the war in Young Farthing’s company, 37th North Carolina regiment, but was discharged in the latter part of 1862 because of bad health, having been slightly wounded twice. He became major of the battalion at Camp Mast of the Home Guard. After the war he went to Haywood County and taught school at what is now Canton, but was then Ford of Pigeon River. Then he went to school at Sand Hill, Buncombe County, to a Presbyterian minister named Hood. Then he came back to Watauga County and was admitted to the bar in 1869, and practiced here till 1881, when he moved to Statesville, where he taught a school of law and engaged actively in the practice of his profession. The next child was Harrison Bingham, who died in infancy; then came Violet Emeline, who died when barely grown; then came Elliott, who was killed in the Civil War on Beech Mountain; Marshall, who died at thirty-four, unmarried; Isodor, who died when two years old, and Carolina, who married E.L. Presnell. George M. Bingham’s father was William, and his wife was Elizabeth McNeil. William was born in Virginia and came to Reddy’s River when a young man. Their children were: William, who married; Sarah, who married, first, Thomas Proffitt, and, second, Wm. Case; Nancy, who married Joseph Miller; Joel, who married a Miss Miller in Georgia, and Jemima, who died unmarried when about grown. It is a family tradition that Benjamin Bingham, brother of William, who came from Virginia to Reddy’s River, fired the last cannon at Yorktown. Hon. Thomas Bingham thinks that Benjamin was the ancestor of Robert, Steven and Duval Bingham, and that Steven was a Methodist preacher and first cousin of George M. Bingham. This Benjamin was a giant in his day, and it is related of him that a noted fighter, wishing to test his strength as a wrestler, came to Reddy’s River and lay in the shade of some trees and watched Benjamin lead the reapers in the wheat harvest till sundown, when he made his business known. It was then that Benjamin, without resting or eating, girded his loins and threw his opponent as often as he wished to try conclusions with him.
Thomas Bingham was born February 3, 1845, and he married, first, Sarah Ann Farmer, February 17, 1870, and, second, Laura E. Combs, July 4, 1885. There were two children by the first marriage, one of whom died unmarried, and the other Etta, married Ed. Madron. There were fourteen children by the second marriage. Thomas Bingham was early elected assistant township clerk, and then to the county board of education; he was then appointed a member of the board of county commissioners in 1895, to fill out the unexpired term of Critt Horton, and was then elected to the legislature in 1880, 1886, 1896, and clerk of the Superior Court in 1902 and 1906. He was stricken with paralysis October 7, 1910. He was also editor of the Watauga Enterprise from February till November, 1888.
John H. Bingham, Esq.
This distinguished attorney was born in 1867, and was a son of William G. Bingham. He married Alice Smith about 1890, and was elected Superior court clerk in 1898. Filmore and Richard Bingham are physicians, and are brothers of John H. Bingham.
Major Harvey Bingham.
In the winter of 1864-65, the Home Guard battalion of Watauga was camped on Cove Creek near what is now Sugar Grove, the name of their camp having been Camp Mast. Harvey Bingham was the major, and Geo. McGuire, who had been absent from the county for a long while before his return and election, was captain of Company A. Jordan Cook was captain of Company B, of which Col. W.L. Bryan, of Boon, was first lieutenant. Major Bingham and his adjutant, J.P. Mathewson, left camp to go to Ashe to confer with Captain McMillan, who commanded a cavalry company there, about co-operating with his battalion in a raid he then contemplated. During his absence Company B, under command of Lieutenant Bryan, was camped at Boon, and Captain McGuire sent him word about dark that he expected an attack on Camp Mast that night. Lieutenant Bryan, however, did not start for that place till the following morning, and when he got near it, discovered the cabins in smoking ruins and all of Company A absent. McGuire had surrendered them to Colonel Champion, of the Federal army, the night before. They were taken to Camp Chace and kept till the close of the war. It is said, however, that Mcguire was not treated as a prisoner, but was allowed a horse and rode away with the officers to whom he had surrendered his men. It was thought at the time that McGuire had betrayed his men to the enemy, and he certainly had surrendered them under the protest of many of his subordinated officers; one of whom, Paul Farthing, told him that if the company was surrendered Farthing’s life would be surrendered, meaning that he would not survive captivity. He and a nephew who was surrendered with him shortly afterwards died in Camp Chace. After the war Major Bingham wasa candidate for the State Senate before a Democratic convention held at Lenoir, and the late W.B. Farthing stated that Bingham was suspected of complicity with McGuire in the surrender of the troops at Camp Mast, and that if he was nominated the people of Watauga would not support him. This led to his defeat and there was talk of a duel between these two, but both decided it was best to save the issue to the future rather than to two leaden bullets, and the matter was dropped. But feeling still ran high against Major Bingham, and he and his wife, a daughter of John B. Miller, of Wilkes, left Watauga together and rode on horseback to one of the western counties, where they taught school till a better feeling pervaded their home county, when they returned. He studied law and practiced in Statesville, to which place he soon removed. He died there, a respected citizen and able lawyer, and time has fully vindicated his memory of the unjust suspicion that once drove him from his home, and no one now doubts his entire loyalty to the cause of the Southern Confederacy.
The first of the name to come to this section, according to Mr. Clyde C. Miller, of Sands, N.C. a member of the Blackburn family, was Benjamin, a soldier of the Revolution, who settled on the South Fork of New River at what is now called the Cal Tucker place, near the new town of Riverside. He and another Revolutionary soldier named Jones are buried on the opposite side of the river in the same graveyard. Benjamin had three sons and one daughter, Sarah, who married Levi Morphew or Murphey. Their children were Edmund, Levi and John. Edmund had a daughter who married Joseph Williams, and two sons, one named Benjamin and the other Levi, the latter of whom married a Greer, from whom there were Noah, William, Isaac, Edmund, John and Hampton; his daughters were Rebecca, Hannah, Nancy, Elizabeth and Sarah. Rebecca married Jonathan Miller; Hannah married John Campbell; Nancy married John Gentry and moved to Tennessee; Elizabeth married William Miller, and Sarah, W.S. Davis. Noah Blackburn lived and died in Carter County, Tenn. Among his children were Dr. Larkin Blackburn and Milly Blackburn. William married a Ray and lived in Bald Mountain township. He had a large family, principally of girls, several of whom died in childhood, Margaret living to womanhood and marrying Asa Clawson, and Martha, who married Julius Graham, and Elizabeth, who married Dr. Graham. Isaac Blackburn married Martha Tatum and moved to Missouri. He was killed in the Civil War, leaving three sons, all of whom now live in Missouri. Edmund lived and died on Meat Camp, where he reared a large family, many of whom are still living. His children were: Martha, Mary, Alexander, Smith, Wiley, Manley B., Martitia, Eugene Spencer and Thomas. Martha married Wm. Blackburn and lives at Virgil; Mary married T.B. Miller and lives on Meat Camp; Alexander, who married Rhoda Howell and lives at Elkland. Smith died when young. Wiley married twice, first, Mary Norris, and then Nora Houck, and lives on Meat Camp, near the old home place. Manley B. married Martha Norris and lives at Boone. He has been postmaster, register of deeds and clerk of the Superior Court, succeeding his brother, Eugene, who died unmarried while serving as register of deeds. Martitia married Jonathan Greene and moved to Missouri, where she now lives. E. spencer became a lawyer and located at Jefferson, and was elected to the legislature from Ashe, becoming speaker of that body. A few years later he was appointed assistant United States District Attorney for the Western district of North Carolina. Then he moved to Wilkesboro, and while residing there was elected twice to represent the Eight District in Congress. Afterwards he moved to Oklahoma and then to Elizabethton, where he died in 1912. Thomas studied medicine, located at Boone and afterwards became assistant surgeon in the United States Navy. He is now practicing medicine at Hickory, N.C. John married a Case, and had three children, Silas, Levi and Mary. Silas is married and lives in Tennessee. Levi is married and lives at his father’s place in Ashe. Mary married Mack Edwards and lives at Wilkesboro. Hampton married a Snyder, dying at Todd and leaving two boys and five girls: the boys, Roby and George, are married and live at Todd. Roby studied medicine and is now a practicing physician. Victoria married Shadrach Graham; Florence married B. Bledsoe; Callie married Caleb Green; rose died unmarried ; Sophronia married K Edwards and lives in Ashe.
Edmund Spencer Blackburn, born in Watauga County, September 22, 1868; attended common schools and academies, admitted to the bar in May, 1890; was reading clerk of North Carolina Senate 1894-1895; representative in State Legislature 1896-1897; was elected speaker pro tem of this Legislature; appointed assistant United States Attorney for western district in 1898, and assisted in the prosecution of Breese and Dickerson in the First National Bank case; elected as Republican to 57th Congress (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1903); re-elected March 4, 1905, and died at Elizabethton, Tenn., March 10, 1912. Interment at Bone, N.C. Edmund Blackburn was the first of his family to settle in Watauga, then Ashe County, and married a relative of Levi Morphew, who died in 1914 on the New river, well up in the nineties. Edmund’s children were Levi, Sallie and Edmund, Levi having been the grandfather of E. Spencer and M.B. Blackburn, of Boone. Levi Morphew is a son of Sallie Blackburn. Among the first Methodist Churches in Watauga was the one built by the Blackburn family on Riddle’s fork of Meat Camp Creek, called Hopewell, the Methodists having worshipped in Levi Blackburn’s house prior to that time. Henson’s Chapel on Cove Creek was probably the first Methodist church in Watauga. The first church built in Boone was built about 1880. About 1904 Mr. Blackburn married Miss Louise Parker, daughter of Myron T. Parker, of Washington, D.C., from which union two girls were born.
James Blair came from England and went to the Jamestown Settlement of Virginia at some period of its existence, but exactly when tradition does not state. His wife was a Colvert, she ahd her and his family having accompanied him over, one of their sons having been named Colvert. This son was after awhile returned to England and married a Miss Morgan and returned with her to Virtinia. Some of their descendants came to this State and settled in Randolph County, John Blair, Sr., having been born there July 6, 1764 where he married a Miss Hill. Their children were James, who married a Barnes; William, whose wife’s name has been lost; Thomas, who married Susannah Edmisten; Colvert, who married a Barnes; Henry Blair was born April 22, 1806, and Mary Steele February 10, 1806; John Culbison, born April 9, 1833; Nancy Rebecca, born August 26, 1835; Elijah S., born June 14, 1838; Wm. Morgan, born December 27, 1840; James Thompson, born October 16, 1843; George Henry, born March 25, 1847; Of these, James Culbison married Susan C. Powell, June 21, 1871; Nancy Rebecca married Wm. Horton, October 16, 1860; Elijah S. married Corrinna Finley, May 17, 1870; Wm. M., killed in Civil War, having been wounded March 31, 1865, and died April 19, 1865, near Petersburg, Va.; James Thompson was accidentally killed September 25, 1850; George Henry married first, Mary E. Council, January 2, 1872, and then Mary A. Rousseau, September 27, 1882.
Thomas Blair was also a son of John Blair, Sr., and his children were: John C., who married Julia A. Conley first and then Lidia Ann Yelton. Their children were Wm. T., who married Mary E. Boyd, April 15, 1866; James B., who married Emeline Curtis; Mary S., who married Wm. Glenn; Julia Carolina, who married L.R. Jones. By john c. Blair’s second marriage there were: Sarah Jane, who married Richard Taylor; Alice M.A., who married Valentine Reese; Lou Ellen Rebecca, who married Mathew Hammons; Margaret I., who married John Hammons; Margaret, daughter of Thomas, married Reed Moore, of the Globe.
John was another son of John, Sr., and married Abigail McCreary and lived on Little river.
Morgan was another son of John, Sr., and married Elizabeth McLeod, and lived on Little River. Elijah was still another son, but died unmarried; also William, who married and moved to Virginia, where he died.
Colbert’s children were: James B., who married Harriet Coffey; John, who married in Buncombe; Nancy, who married Martin Dougherty; Louisa, who married Robert Greer; Sarah, who married a Harman; Elizabeth, who married Joseph Green, and Polly, not married.
The daughters of John Blair, Sr., were: Frances, who married and moved to Virginia; Elizabeth, who also married, and another who married Martin Cox in Caldwell county.
James Brown came from Holland to Wilkes County and settled near Holman’s ford of the Yadkin – the Dutch equivalent of Brown sounding very much as the English word is pronounced. He had ten sons, of whom is still remember Joseph, who settled just below Three forks church. He married a Miss Hagler, of the “Big Waters of Pee Dee,” in south Carolina. Their children were: Thomas, Elizabeth, Jesse, Sallie, Nancy and James. Thomas married Susan Greene, a daughter of John “Flatty;” Joseph married Nancy farthing, daughter of Rev. Wm. Farthing; Elizabeth died unmarried; Jesse married a Miss Webb, of Judge James L. Webb’s family; Sallie married Reuben P. Farthing; Nancy married Daniel Bradley; James married Harriet Farthing, daughter of Rev. Wm. Farthing. James’ sons were Eli, James, Frank, Thomas, Hubbard, Jesse and Ben. Eli and Ben settled in Ashe. Eli had one son, Jesse, who lived on Brushy Fork, and he left a son who now lived there. Benjamin left a son, Asa Brown, who lives near Todd or Elkland, and a daughter, who is now Mrs. Church, and lives at the head of Watauga River. James the second had a son, Eli, who settled in Ashe and married a Miss Sands, and left Newton, who moved to Missouri before the Civil War. Milton, who died on Middle Fork, and married Hannah Shearer, daughter of Jack and granddaughter of Robert Shearer the first. Carolina never married. Nancy married Thomas Brown; David went to Missouri and married a Miss Brown; David went to Missouri and married a Miss Brown there. Eli, son of James the second, had a number of brothers, of whom Thomas is still remembered. He went to Alabama; William went to Georgia and another brother, whose name has been forgotten, went to Missouri. James, youngest son of Joseph Brown, settled on Roan Creek, Tenn., and married Harriet Farthing. Their children were Hamilton, who was killed by a tree on Roan Creek when fourteen years old; Nancy, who is still living; Captain Bartlett Roby brown married Callie Wagner, daughter of “Gray Jake;” Stephen Justice married a sister of B.R. Brown’s wife and died in 1913; Mary, wife of William Shull, both now dead, left a son, James A., who lives at Neva; Sallie, who died when nine or ten years old: Eva, yet living at Neva; Martha, who married Norman Wills and lives at Sliver Lake; James Julian, who died at twenty-one, and Dudley, who married a miss Williams and lives near Knoxville.
Thomas Brown, eldest son of Joseph and grandson of James the first, was county surveyor of Watauga County, and one morning was out before breakfast making up his field notes while sitting under a tree near Henson’s Chapel on Cove Creek, with a number of men. There was no wind, but suddenly hearing bark begin to fall, the others ran. But he, waiting to gather his papers, was delayed and unfortunately ran in the direction in which the tree fell. He was caught by its branches and killed. It was an immense tree and prostrated five other trees when it fell. His sons were Richard, Joseph, Bartlett, Daniel, Alfred, who was a baby when his father was killed; Mary, who married Rufus Hostsclaw, and Elizabeth, who married Elisha Green, all now dead. James Brown the first entered 640 acres of land on Meat Camp from a description of its boundaries given to Daniel Boone and his companions while James still lived in Wilkes and before he had even seen the place. Rev. L. W. Farthing, his great-grandson, surveyed the land by the original grant, which was dated 1789 or 1790.
John and Lewis Bryan or Bryant – This name used to be spelt Bryant, but when it was discovered that the “t” was superfluous, it was dropped. Morgan Bryan spelt his name with a “t”, as did all who now call themselves Bryan. Battle Bryan, as he was baptized, but changed his name, because the children called him a battling stick, to Bartlett, was the son of Lewis Bryan and Elizabeth White, of Iredell County. Lewis was the first merchant in Jefferson, about 1800, but he had a clerk whose name we Merchison, and on one occasion, when Lewis was absent, purchasing goods, this clerk sold all the goods he could convert into money at a small price, collected all the debts he could at a large discount, and disappeared. When Lewis Bryan returned he remarked to his wife, after looking over his affairs, “Betsy, I’m busted.” He returned to Iredell with his wife, and was killed there by a tree which fell on him at a “chopping frolic.” Lewis was the son of John Bryan, who was at home on a furlough when the notorious Col. David Fanning, of the Revolutionary period, killed him in cold blood.
From “Murphy’s Papers” (Vol. 2, pp. 397, 398) we learn (p.396) that Wm. Lindley was one of Col. David Fanning’s men, but took no part in Fanning’s cruelties, being beloved by his neighbors. Towards the close of the Revolutionary War, when the Tories began to think the Whigs would eventually triumph, Lindley, with many others of the Tories, “crossed the Blue Ridge and determined to remain on New River until the fate of the war was determined. But before this he had given offence to two Tories, Wm. White and John Magaherty, and they pursued and killed him on his way over the mountains. Fanning hanged White and Magaherty for this, both on same limb (p.397). in trying to save his head from the blow of a sword in the hands of one of his murderers the fingers of one of Lindley’s hands were cut off, but his head was wounded notwithstanding. White gave his own wife, who was pregnant, an account of all this, and when the child was born it had marks on its head and the fingers on one hand were declared to be precisely such as White had described (p. 397). Toward the close of the Fanning did not pretend to fight openly, but went about with from five to fifteen men, murdering, burning and wantonly destroying property of defenseless people. He killed Andrew Balfour in the presence of his wife and daughter and burnt the house of Colonel Collins.” From that place they proceeded to John Bryant’s. He closed his doors; they called on him to come out and surrender (p. 398). He refused. They then threatened to burn his house. He agreed to surrender himself if they would treat him as a prisoner of war, which they promised to do. Bryant came out, and they instantly shot him down. On the same day they hanged Daniel Clifton, of Virginia, to the same limb on which they had hanged White and Magaherty.
Lewis Bryan’s children were John Gilson, a Baptist preacher, who married the daughter of James Norris, of New river, and lived on Meat Camp where Billy Green now lives. He moved to Alexander county and afterwards to Georgia, where he died at the age of ninety-eight. The four girls all married and reared families. Their names were Sarah, Ann, Polly and Fanny. Another of Lewis Bryan’s sons was Battle, who married Rebecca Miller, a daughter of hon. David Miller, and reared twelve children, four boys and eight girls, and, strange to say, there was not a dose of doctor’s medicine ever given one of the family until after the youngest child was grown. The other boys in the Civil War, who escaped without a wound, were W. Lewis, John and Joseph.
Battle Bryan’s children were John, who married Lydia Ann Holder; Henry M. who was killed at Spotsylvania, Va., having been shot in the center of the forehead; William Lewis, who lives in Boon; Joseph who married Sallie Hodges, daughter of Thomas Hodges; Polly, who married Lawson Woodring; Susan, who married Amos Green; Nancy, who married David Norris; Elizabeth, who married Jehiel Eggers; Sallie, who married a Raegan; Jane, who married John White; Carolina, who died young and unmarried, and Ann, who married T.J. Brown. He is dead, but she still lives.
William Lewis Bryan
He was born on Meat Camp November 19, 1837. His father was Battle or Bartlett Bryan and his mother Rebecca Miller. Battle Bryan was a son of Lewis Bryan, and his wife, Elizabeth White, and was born in what is now Alexander County in 1899, dying in 1894. Rebecca Miller was the daughter of Hon. David Miller, and was born in 1806 and died in 1904. Colonel Bryan moved to Boone in 1857, after having attended several schools on Meat Camp and spending one summer in the home of Paul Hartzogg, near the mouth of Phoenix Creek, Ashe, helping Daniel Moretz build an overshot grist mill for Jacob Rintils, and made shoes for Jack Horton. Rintils having moved to Statesville about 1858, where he married Betty Wallace, a sister of Isaac and David Wallace, Colonel Bryan followed him there, and clerked for him in a few months, after which he returned to Boone and carried on business for Rintils in the James H. Tatum store till early in the Civil War. Rintils having withdrawn, colonel Bryan and Moretz Weisenfeld continued the business at the same stand till Weisenfeld went into the confederate Army, when Colonel Bryan moved the stock to the store room which stood where the J.D. council house now stands, buying everything he could that he though the people needed. Stonman’s men did not molest him or his stock, but robbers who followed that raid stole all he had. He then returned to Meat Camp and tended a crop on shares for his aunt, Mrs. Polly Lookabill. He married Miss Sarah Hayes, a daughter of Ransom Hayes, on the 12th of December, 1865, and went with her to his Meat Camp home, where they resided till the death of her father in 1868. Then they returned to Boone and farmed till March, 1870, when he opened up a mercantile business in the old Councill store for M.V. Moore, buying Moore out in 1873. He continued in this business till his store and dwelling and stock were burned July 4, 1895. Since then he has farmed. He was for years United States commissioner and mayor of Boone. He has done much to preserve local history.
Kasper Cable came from Germany in the British army during the Revolutionary War, but deserted at the first opportunity and went to Dry Run, in what is now Johnson County, Tenn., where he married a Miss Baker. Their children, Jacob, Benjamin, Joseph, Kasper, Daniel, Conrad and several daughters. Of these children, Conrad had the following sons and daughters: Kasper, who married Lucinda Hamby; John, who married Edith Blevens; Andrew, who married a Miss Bradley; Claiborne, who married Lotta Dugger; Edna, who married William Stauton; Polly, who never married; Sarah, who married Morgan Swift; Rhoda, who married John Dugger, and another daughter who married Elias Swift. T.A. Cable is a son of Claiborne, and was born June 22, 1846. He married Ermine B. Farthing, November 17, 1870
The Coffey Family
Thomas Coffey was a son of John Coffey, and his wife Jane Graves, of the Church of England. His grandfather came from Ireland to America, where he died, leaving two sons and three daughters, as follows: John, Elizabeth, Patsy, Anister and Edward. John married Jane Graves, whose parents came from England. They had six sons and two daughters, as follows: James, who married Elizabeth Cleveland; John, who married Dorcas Carter; Edward, who married Nancy Shenalt; Thomas, who married, first, Eliza Smith, and, second, Sally Fields; Reuben, who married Sallie Scott; Benjamin, who married Polly Hayes; William, who married Elizabeth Ashburn; Elizabeth, who married Thomas Fields, and Winnifred, who married Nicholas Morrison.
The children of Thomas Coffey and his first wife, Eliza Smith, were Betsy, who married David Allen; John, who married Hannah Wilson; Thomas, who married ____ Coffey; James, who married Delia Fersuson; Polly, who married William Coffey; Smith, who married Hannah Boone.
The children of Thomas Coffey and his wife, Sallie Fields, were: Martha, who married James Dowell; William, who married Annie Boone, niece of Daniel Boone; Reuben, who married Polly Dowell; Elijah, who married Polly Hull; Sally, who married Samuel Stewart; Jesse, who died unmarried; Lewis, who married Harriet Powell; Larkin, who married Catharine Wilson, and McCaleb, who married Elizabeth Collett.
McCaleb Coffey was born August 22, 1803, and married Elizabeth Collett, February 5, 1828. He died February 17, 1881. His wife was born March 8, 1809, and died July 6, 1887. Their children were Thomas Jefferson Coffey, who married Mollie Greer; Charles L., who married Emily Coffey; Sarah A., who married John Steele; An infant who died unnamed; John E., drowned when a child; Mary L., who married George Nelson; Margaret, who died unmarried; W. Columbus, who married, first, Carrie Curtis, and, second, Mrs. Ada Penn; Martha E., unmarried; Henry C., who married Sophronia Coffey; Carrie, who married David J. Farthing; James E., who died of diphtheria at Petersburg, Va., in 1864; Rachel M., who married Thomas Coffey; Jennie, unmarried; Laura, died when four years old; Buddie, who died when two years old.
Smith Coffey, son of Thomas Coffey and Elizabeth Smith, his first wife, married Hannah Boone, a niece of Daniel Boone and a sister of Anna Boone. Their children were: Squire, who married Ella ____; Morgan, who married ____; Athen, who married ____: Sallie, who married Wm. Puett; Leland, who married Myra Day; Issac, who married Sallie Estes; Millie, who married, first, Wiley Stanley and John Tritt.
Abram Collett came from Scotland and married Margaret Wakefield, by whom he had three children: Betsy, who married Thomas Church; Rachel, who married a Mr. Ingmon; Charles, who married Amelia Parks, by whom he had ten children: Margaret, Rachel, Abram, Thomas, John, Mary, James, Elizabeth, Francis and McCoy. Of these, Rachel married William Wakefield; Abram married Mary Stewart; John married Margaret Murphy, who died, and he then married Eliza Jane Caldwell; Jane, who married Jane Stewart; Elizabeth, who married McCaleb Coffey, and Frances, who married Alfonso McGimpsey.
William Columbus Coffey
He was born near Patterson in Caldwell County April 3, 1839; went to Butler, Tenn., in April, 1859, where he arrived with only three cents in his pocket. He went into business there, on the left bank of Roan Creek and a little above the present residence of D.J. Farthing, where the store washed away in September, 1861. He waded waist deep in water trying to save the stock. In April, 1862, he went into the 26th North Carolina regiment, where he remained till 1863, when he got a transfer to the 58th North Carolina, Col. J.B. Palmer, in which he was elected third lieutenant in April, 1864, in which capacity her served till the 58th and 60th regiments were consolidated, when he became second lieutenant. He surrendered at Greensboro with Johnson’s army in April, 1865. In November, 1865, he came with his brother, Thomas Jefferson Coffey, to Boone and opened a store in the J.W. Councill store. In June, 1866, he left Boone and opened a branch store of Thos. J. Coffey & Bro. at what is now Zionville, near the head of Cove Creek, where he carried on business in a store room which is now gone, but which stood on Reuben Farthing’s land. He returned to Boone and assisted his brother to build the Coffey hotel and store in 1869, and moved into that hotel before it was completed, which was not till 1870. He married Carrie L. Curtis, daughter of Hezekiah Curtis, of Wilkesboro, in 1866. Their children were Edgar S., who married Anna Parks; Thomas Finley, who married, first Jennie Councill, and, second, Blanche Wells, of Manning, S.C. After the death of his first wife, W. C. Coffey married Mrs. Ada Penn in July, 1908.
Thomas Jefferson Coffey was born near Patterson, Caldwell County, in December, 1828, and died in June, 1901. He taught school at Valle Crusis before the civil War, but soon went into business at what I now Butler, Tenn. He joined the Confederate army, finally becoming captain of Company E, 58th North Carolina infantry. He married Mollie Greer about 1866. She is still living in Statesville. Their children were Elizabeth, who married W.B. Councill; Margaret, who married Stacy Rambo, of Mountain City, Tenn., and Stewart, who married, first, a Miss Sanborn, and then a Mrs. Roby, and lives at Statesville. Before his death he and brother, W.C., entered into an agreement that whichever survived the other should carry on the firm business as long as he thought fit, and then divide the property. Upon the death of Thos. J., in 1901, W.C. carried on the business as before for about two years and until T.J.’s youngest child become became twenty-one years old. He then divided the property into two lots. Lot No. 1 contained the stock of merchandise on hand, the debts due the firm, cash on hand and part of the land. In lot No. 2 were the greater part of the land and the love stock principally. T.J. Coffey’s heirs were given choice of the two lots, and chose lot No. 1. Thomas J. Coffey had most to do with the building of the turnpike from Blowing Rock to Boone. He got the charter through the legislature and took the contract to build the road, which contract was given to himself and brother, W.C. Coffey. The survey was made by S.T. Kelsey, the overseeing was done by alexander McRae, the work was commenced in August, 1893, and the road was finished in October 1894.
Wm. Cottrell, Sr., settled in Caldwell County, and was the father of several children, among whom was William, Jr., who married Lucy Day. Their children were: John, who married a Triplett, and moved to Mississippi, where both died, leaving children, two of whom live in that State and one in Texas. Thomas and William and several girls were other children of William, Jr., and Lucy Day. One of these girls married a Minton and settled near Wilkesboro, another married Wm. Brown and moved to Georgia, while a there married a Coffey and settled on Mulberry, where they died several years ago, leaving several children in Caldwell County. William Cottrell married Susan Shearer, settled in Caldwell, where they died. James, a brother of William and Thomas, married a Blair and settled in Caldwell. Thomas Cottrell married Louisa Shearer and settled in Watauga. To them were born ten children, all of whom are dead but four. These are: Louisa and Julia, who live in Calwell; Susan, who lives with Mr. And Mrs. L.N. Perkins near Boone, and C.J. Cottrell, who married Melissa Norris. This gentleman is a justice of the peace and is connected with the Appalachian Training School. He lost an eye at Resacka in 1864. He is a most worthy and highly respected citizen.
The following facts have been taken haphazard from the family bible in possession of Mrs. J.S. Williams. They will be valuable to all who trace their ancestry from this family, the first of whom was Jordan, making three Jordans in succession before 1850. Jordan Councill, who lived at the Buck Horn Tree place, just east of the town of Boone, where Jesse Robbins now lives. Was born in 1769, having been the son of Jordan Councill. He married Sallie Howard about 1797, and died December 19, 1839. His son, Jordan Councill, was born September 22, 1799. Sarah Councill was born September 23, 1802.
The children of Jordan Councill, Jr., who married Sallie Bowers, September 3, 1823 were: John C., born August 1, 1824; James W., born December 29, 1826; William Bowers, born February 23, 1829; Elizabeth, born September 29, 1831; Sarah Louise, born December 7, 1841; Martha Adelaide, born December 8, 1845; George r., born Octover 12, 1849.
Daughters of Jordan Councill, Sr., and his wife, Sallie Howard: 1. Sallie, who married Alfred Martin, of Yadkin County; 2. Lottie, who married John Hardin, Sr.; 3. Elizabeth, who married Willis McGhee; 4. Nancy, who married Col. Euclid Baird; Eliza, who married, first, George Phillips, the father of Dr. J.B. Phillips, and, second, Rittenhouse Baird, the father of ex-Sheriff William B. Baird, who lived below Valle Crucis on the old homestead. George Phillips was the sheriff of Ashe County, and on his return from Raleigh, where he had gone to settle the taxes collected by him, was drowned in the Shallow ford of the Yadkin. This was long before the Civil War and soon after the birth of his son, Dr. J.B. Phillips.
The children of Dr. W.B. Councill, who married Alice M. Bostwick, June 7, 1854, were: Jefferson Bostwick, born October 3, 1855; William Bower, born August 11, 1857 ; Margaret, born February 10, 1861; I. Lenoir, born March 25, 1864; Emma A., born June 19, 1866; Mary Virginia, born January 12, 1862.
The children of J.W. Councill, who married M.V. Cocke November 29, 1854, were: Mary Alice, born October 17, 1856; G.W., born December 31, 1859; J.D., born August 21, 161; R. Lenoir, born April 19, 1864; Sallie M., born September 16, 1866; Bettie folk, born August 17, 1870; John Hardin, born February 25, 1874; Walter Armfield, born May 14, 1878.
George R. Councill (“Toad”) married Anna M. Carter June 28, 1881; S.W. Boyden married Margaret F. Councill February 14, 1882; John S. Williams married Elizabeth F. Council January9, 1889; Dr. L.C. Reeves married Sallie M. Councill April 16, 1890; Richard L. Councill married Cora Bryan October __, 1889; Geo. N. folk married Elizabeth A. Councill October 16, 1853; J.W. Councill died November 19, 1884; Jordan Councill, Jr., died July 24, 1875; Sarah L. Councill died November 26, 1844; Martha A. died November 3, 1856; Sallie B. died April 23, 1877; George R. died July 9, 1891; Mary V. died November 26, 1894.
Jordan Councill the First – He married Sallie Howard, daughter of Benjamin Howard, and lived on the right hand side of t he old road which led from Councill’s store to Jefferson, at what is now called the Buck Horn Tree place and whereJesse robins in 1914 erected two houses. There is a fine spring near by. Councill’s house was of logs. He was a farmer and a man of means. His children were: 1. Jesse, who married Sallie Dizon, of Ashe, and lived where Jerry Ray now lives, nearly two miles east of Boone and off the road to Three forks. 2. Jordan, who married Sallie bower, sister of George Bower, and lived at the old Councill home, opposite Richard M. Greene’s home in Boone. He was the father of Boone, and Ransom Hayes, who gave as much land as he, was the Step-father of Boone. 3.; Benjamin, who married, first, Lizzie Mast, daughter of Joel Mast, and lived at Vilas, and, second, Tempe Shull, sister of Joseph Shull, Sr., and of Phillip Shull. There were four children by the first and four by the last marriage.
Jordan Councill’s Grandchildren. – Jesse’s children were: 1. Sallie, who married Jesse Ray and lived on Old Fields Creek; 2. Nancy, who married Thomas Green and lived at the mouth of Meat Camp; 3. Elizabeth, who married Albert P. Wilson and lived on Cove Creek after the Civil War, when he sold the place to Hiram McBride, of Tennessee, and came to Boone, where his wife died. He now lives near three Forks Baptist Church. 4. Louisa, who married D.B. Ferguson, of Meat Camp, and died when he was in the Civil War. Ferguson still lives in Catawba. 5. John, who died unmarried while in the Confederate army, as did also Jordan. Jordan Councill’s children were James W., who married Mollie Cocke, of Sumter, S.C. These were the parents of J.D. Councill, of Boone. Dr. William B. Councill, who married Miss Alice M. Bostwick, of Sumter, S.C.; George R.C. council, who married a Miss Carter, of Yadkin Valley; Elizabeth A., who married Col. George N. folk at Easter Chapel on upper Watauga River, Rev. Henry H. Prout officiating. Benjamin Councill’s children were, by his first marriage: Jacob M., who married Sallie Lewis, daughter of Jacob, who lived at the head of Hog Elk and was killed by Stoneman’s men, March 28, 1865, aged thirty-five years. Their children were: Mary, who married George W. Blair; Benjamin J., who married Blanche Hagaman, and Mattie, who married John Hardin, of Boone; Joseph C., who married in Texas, where he died; Sallie, who married Eben Smith, son of Jehiel; Elizabeth, who married Holland Hodges, both of whom are living at Hodges Gap, two miles west of Boone. By his second marriage Benjamin, who married, first, a Miss Adams, and, second, a Miss Bradley; James, who married Sallie Horton, and Polly, who married James W. Horton, of Cove Creek.
James W. Councill’s children were: 1. Alice, who married Samuel Lenoir and still lives in Sumter, S.C. though her husband is now dead; 2. George W. (Bud), who died unmarried in Sumter, S.C.; 3. J. Dudley, who married Emma, daughter of Joshua Winkler, and lives in Boone; 4. Richard L., who married Cora Bryan and died in Boone in October, 1895; 5. Sallie, who married Dr. L.C. Reeves, who died at Blowing Rock about 1899. She still lives there with two children. 6. Elizabeth, who married John S. Williams and lives near Three Forks Baptist Church; 7. John H., who died unmarried; 8. Walter, who died before reaching manhood. Dr. Wm. Bowers Councill’s children were: 1. Jefferson B., a physician, who lives in Salisbury; 2 Judge W.B., who married Elizabeth Coffey, daughter of T.J. Coffey and wife; 3. Margaret, who married Stephen Boyden, of Salisbury. She is dead, leaving four children. 4. Emma, who married James, the son of Henry Taylor, of Valle Crucis. He is dead, but she still lives at Hickory and Blowing rock. 5. Jennie, who was the first wife of Finley Coffey, of Manning, S.C.
Jesse Councill’s daughters were: Sarah, who married Jesse Ray; Nancy, who married Thomas Greene; Elizabeth, who married Albert P. Wilson; Louisa, who married Burnett D. Ferguson. His two sons never married. They were John and Jordan, and both died in the Confederate army. Benjamin Councill’s first wife was a Miss Mast. Their children were: Jacob, who married Sarah Lewis, of Hog Elk; Joseph, who married a lady in Texas; Sarah, who married Eben Smith and moved to Texas, where both died; Elizabeth, who married Holland Hodges and are still living a few miles west of Boone. Benjamin Councill’s second marriage was to Tempe Shull, an aunt of Joseph Shull. Their children were: Jordan, who married Polly Horton and died in Lee’s army in Virginia; Benjamin, who married a Miss Bradley, daughter of Daniel Bradley, of Brushy Fork, where he died, and James P., who married Sarah Horton, daughter of Jack Horton, and lived at Vilas; sold out to Finley Holsclaw and moved to Limestone, Tenn., and Polly, only daughter ,who married James W. Horton and lived at the old homestead on Cove Creek.
Jordan Councill, Jr. – Was born at the Buck Horn Tree place, Boone, and married Sallie Bower, a sister of George Bower, of Ashe county. His son, James W., married Mary Cocke, of Sumter, S.C.; another son, Dr. William Bower council, married Alice Bostwick, of Sumter, S.C.; George Russeau married Annie Carter, of Caldwell County; Elizabeth, who married George N. Folk, noted lawyer, who lived at Boone where Dr. J.W. Jones now resided, but moved to Asheville shortly before the Civil War, where he entered into a copartnership with one of the Woodfins, but returned to Boone and made up a company of cavalry, which was a part of the First North Carolina Cavalry. When he was in Boone he made a speech to his men from the front of the store which stood on the site of the present residence of W.L. Bryan, and where Wallace, Elias and Rintils were merchandising. J.W. Councill was the first lieutenant; J.B. Tood, second lieutenant, and J.C. Blair was third lieutenant. J.W. Todd, afterwards the distinguished attorney of Jefferson, was the first sergeant.
Nathaniel R. Critcher was born in Granville County, North Carolina, September 6, 1803, and married Cynthia A. Clarke, who was born in Orange County, North Carolina, August 9, 1804. They, with her mother and David and Daniel Clarke and Elisha Holder, moved to what is now Watauga in 1840, Nathaniel settling where Abe J. Edminsten now lives, Holder on Howard’ Creek and the Clark brothers at the mouth of Roan Creek, now Butler, Tenn. Nathaniel’s children were: Guilford A., Sarah J., William J., Nancy C., John c., Thomas A., all of whom are dead except Sarah J. Hodges, John C. having been killed near Richmond, Va. in the Civil War. Guilford A. was born in Orange County, North Carolina, April 28, 1828, and married Frances R. Satterwhite, daughter of Nathan and Lucy, of Granville County, North Carolina, December 29, 1852. In 1858, they settled where Charles L. Cook now lives, and where they both died. Thomas L. Critcher, the oldest living son of Guilford A., was born October 20, 1857. He married Nannie J. Wilson, daughter of Isaac, and she died December 20, 1910. He is a merchant, justice of the peace and civil engineer. He owns part of 640 acres granted to William Miller in May, 1887, and deeded to Nathan Horton May 20, 1898, the deed having been witnessed by Shadrach Brown and Hodges Councill. It is in Cook’s Gap of the Blue Ridge in which Thomas, Bethues and Jonathan Buck, William Miller, Nathan Horton, Robert Greene, the Coffeys, Hayes and Shearers have been settlers, or through which they have passed on their way further West, following in the footsteps of the famous Daniel Boone. James and Alfred Brown, Henry Blair, Nathan Satterwhite, Samuel Brown, Adam Cook, have at various times owned an interest in this land, which could not be bought now for $10,000.00. it is through this gap that the Grandon Railroad is to pass on its way to Boone.
James Davis was first of this family, and he was born in England and immigrated to America. His son, James, married Nancy Fullbright. He was born and reared in Lincoln County, till Catawba was established, five miles northeast of Newton. James the second moved close to Miller’s farm on Meat Camp in 1844 when William S. Davis was thirteen years of age. W.S. married Sarah Blackburn November 30, 1854. The object James had in coming was to run the linseed oil mills for John Moretz. James Davis had four sons, Isaac and David, both of whom died young; Smith, who moved to Texas, and James, father of William s.
H.A. Davis was born in Catawba County July 17, 1840, but in December, 1845, moved to Watauga County with his parents, James Davis and his wife, who was born Nancy Fullbright, their parents having come to North Carolina from Pennsylvania. H.A. Davis was married January 23, 1868, to Mary a. Hodges, daughter of Wm. R. Hodges and Nancy Triplett Hodges, who were born in Watauga and Wilkes counties, respectively. May 17, 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company D, 1st North Carolina cavalry, and was captured by the 16th Pennsylvania cavalry June 9, 1863; exchanged June 30, 1863; was wounded September 22, 1863, near Jackshop, Va. His wife, Mary A., born January 1, 1850, died December 5, 1875. James Davis, father of H.A., died August 30, 1859. Nancy Fullbright Davis, mother of H.A., died August 30, 1895. James Davis’ parents were Janes Davis and Delphia Mahaffa. Nancy Fullbright Davis’ parents were Wm. Fullbright and Nancy Plonk. Nancy Triplett Hodges died in May, 1912. Wm. R. Hodges’ parents were Jesse Hodges, who was murdered in 1864 by Thomas Roberts, of Johnson county, Tennessee; Polly Clawson, died in 1863.
In 1793 or 1794 Benjamin Dugger came to Watauga County from Yadkin Elk, where a creek and mountain still bear his name. He entered land on Brushy fork, near the present Holtsclaw settlement. His children were Selah, who married Laus Goodin; Daniel Dugger; Cora Ann, who married Samuel Burnes; Susannah, who married John Whittington; Mary, who married John Calihan; David and William Dugger. David Dugger bought out the other heirs. The deed is dated November 1, 1815, and calls for two tracts on Brushy fork. There were three Dugger brothers who came from Scotland to Yadkin Elk, having settled for a time near Petersburg, Va., Benjamin, Daniel and Julius. Ben stopped on Brushy Fork, Daniel went to Kentucky and Julius settled in what was then Carter County, Tennessee, near Fish Spring, where some his descendants still live. It was from the Julius Dugger family that the Dugger forge and the beginnings of Cranberry forge started. David married Margaret Ernest and their children are: Henry, who married a Green; Polly, who married David Howell, Elizabeth, who married Jehiel Smith, and William, who married Unice Munday. Williams’s children were: Henry, who never married; Franklin, who married Martha Presnell; David, who married Mary Munday; Elizabeth, who never married; John, killed in Civil War; William Eben., married Nannie Wilkerson; Margaret and Mary Jane, not married.
The Eggers Family
Landrine Eggers came from London to the eastern part of this State first and then to Ashe county. He was born in 1747 and died March 17, 1833. He was married first, to a lady whose name has been forgotten, and, second, to Joanna Green, whose family lived near Three Forks Church and were members of that body. Children of first marriage have been forgotten, but those of the second are: Hugh, the date of whose birth and the name of whose wife are not known, and one daughter, Lydia, who was born December 14, 1791, and married James Swift, who died January 9, 1858, leaving the following children: Franklin, born August 11, 1816; Elias, born February 5, 1818; Morgan, born October 23, 1819; James, born December 3, 1821; Martha, born January 1, 1824; Margaret, born August 26, 1826; Elizabeth, born June 20, 1828; Wilburn, born October 7, 1831; Mary, born March 16, 1833; Rebecca, born April 15, 1835. Hugh’s children were: Landrine, born September 10, 1805; Malinda, born February 11, 1802; Washington, born August 21, 1808; Nancy, born April 15, 1836: Jehiel s., born October 20, 1834; Martha C., born September 27, 1837, and the following, the dates of whose births are unknown: Cleveland, Abner and Joel. Landrine the second married Ellen McBride, daughter of Wm., of rowan county, born August 5, 1800; died December 5, 1872. The children of Landrine the second were : Brazilla, born June 18, 1825, married Sarah Isaacs; Ransom, born January 6, 1827, married Rachel Isasacs; Hugh and Sarah, twins, born December 26, 1828, of whom Hugh married Alva Kilby, and Sarah, John Issacs; Landrine the third, born November 18, 1830; Anna, born July 21, 1832, married Franklin Reese; Richard, born February 1, 1834, married Elizabeth Reese; John, born December 2, 1835, married Martha Stout; Ellen, born January 16, 1839, married Maston Davis. Landrine the third married September 7, 1854, first, Sarah Ward, daughter of James Ward, of Watauga River, who was born November 26, 1834, died July 6, 1867 the children of the first marriage were: Sarah Ellen, born May 17, 1862, married Solomon Grogan. Landrine the third’s second wife was Mary Potter. They were married March 8, 1868, she having been born March 15, 1831. Their children were: John L., born July 21, 1870, married, first, Alice Greer; second, Daisy Adams, and, third the widow Woodring; Omer C., born August 14, 1873, died of Diphtheria November, 1887; Luther D., born December 26, 1876, married Emma Jones, daughter of Rev. E.F. Jones, and lives at Post Falls, Idaho; Barton R., born August 17, 1878, died of Diphtheria November, 1887; Carroll and Jehiel, twins, born May 30, 1881, died November 9, 1887, and were buried in same grave.
Wm. Wallace Dixon Edmisten was born on Mulberry Creek, Caldwell County, August 29, 1850. He was the sone of James Edmisten and Mary Shull, a daughter of Phillip Shull, and they were married September 25, 1848. Their children were W.W.D. and Nancy Carolina, the latter of whom married Frank Read. James Demisten’s father was William and his wife was Nancy Garner. William’s father was also named William, and his wife was the widow of _____ Blair, born Sudderth, a sister of Abraham Sudderth. Her husband, ____ Blair, was killed at King’s Mountain while fighting on the side of the British, and William Edmisten married her after the Revolution. She was then a young widow, but William had fought at King’s Mountain, too, where two of his brothers, who were said to have been officers, were killed, but he and they had fought on the American side. These brothers were from Virginia.
The first of this family came from France to Pennsylvania and thence to Davie County, North Carolina. From this state they have spread out to Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and South Dakota, Henry C. Elrod having been governor of the latter state a few years since. Conrad Elrod was father of William, and died near the present Reformed Church, on the Blue Ridge. He was buried in a hollowed out chestnut log. William married Elizabeth Lowrance, and their children were: Chaney, who married Robert Greene, father of Judge L.L. Greene; Malinda, who married Asa Triplett; Henry, who married Sarah Brookshire; Alexander, who married Polly Shearer; Mary, who married Thomas Cook; Ann, who married Lot Greene; Hardin, who married Temperace Bradshaw; Rachel, who never married, and John, who married Elizabeth Brookshire. Henry Elrod moved to the Watts Farthing place when two years old, traveling over a trail, and having the household articles carried on pack horses for want of a road. He had two children, William and Louisa. William married Chaney Brookshire and Louisa married T.M. Cannon. William remembers that when he was eight years old, on September 27, 1856, there was a show storm in Watauga County. He also remembers when a wagon was a rare sight in this section. He remembers when the buckhorn which had been nailed on the old oak tree on the old Jordan Council place showed through the bark, and when it was entirely covered by the bark. He saw this when he came to the old Musters before the Civil War. Top buggies were even rarer than wagons, and James W. council had what was probably the first in the county in the fifties. Henry Elrod was conscripted after he moved in 1857 to the Flat Top Mountain, and taken to Camp Vance, after which he was transferred to Camp Mast, where he was captured. He died in 1885. Alex Elrod was captured by Stoneman, but, pretending to have rheumatism, was allowed to escape.
Dudley Farthing was born in Virginia, April 6, 1749. He was the son of William Farthing and his wife, Mary. Dudley Farthing died in Wake County February 22, 1826. His wife was Annie, daughter of Wm. Watkins and Phoebe, his wife. She was born July 4, 1747, in Virginia, and died February 13, 1812, in Wake County. Their children were: Phoebe, born November 15, 1778, and she married John Link, February 3, 1803; Mary, born July 3, 1780, and died March 22, 1826; William, born August 25, 1782, married Polly W. Hallyburton, February 9, 1804; John, born September 26, 1784 married Lucy Goss, first, who died April 9, 1827, and then Polly Amos; he died February 29, 1868; Reuben, born September 1, 1787,married ____; died August 14, 1834; Eliza, born February 22, 1790, and died August 3, 1790. The children of the Rev. William W. Farthing were: Dudley, born November 29, 1804, married Nancy Mast in 1831; he died July 8, 1895, and she September 22, 1882; Patsy, born December 4, 1805, married Thomas Shearer, an uncle of Robert Shearer; they moved to Kansas between 1850 and 1855; Nancy was born February 21, 1897, married Joseph Brown and went to Missouri; Reuben P., born June 28, 1808, married Sallie Brown, and died December 20, 1889; John Atkins, born July 21, 1809, married, first, Melissa Curtis, and , second, Keziah Farthing; William Brown, born December 20, 1810, and married Annie Kindle; Edward F., born April 30, 1812, and died May 3, 1812; Thomas, born May9, 1813, married Ermine Hallyburton; Annie Watkins, born September 5, 1814, married Wm. Young Farthing, father of W.S. Farthing; Harriet, born March 22, 1816, married James Brown, and died May 16, 1897; Mary Hervey, born February 21, 1818, married Hiram McBride, died May 26, 1869; Abner Clopton, born October 6, 1819, and married Mary Narcissus Farthing; Paul, born April 17, 1821, married Rachel Farthing; he died in a Federal prison at Camp Chase in 1865; Stephen, born January 3, 1823, married Margaret Adams, and died January 25, 1882. Dudley Farthing’s wife was Nancy, daughter of John Mast and Susan Harman, and she was born May 18, 1809. Their children were: William Judson, born February 6, 1832, and went to Texas in 1859, where he died unmarried September 1865; Susan, born July 12, 1833, and is yet alive; James Martin, born July 25, and was killed December 13, 1862, in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.; Mary White, born January 9, 1837, married Newton More in 1860 and died May 11, 1914, in Virginia; Thomas Jefferson, born August, 13, 1838, never married, died of pneumonia at Lynchburg May 21, 1862; John Young, born May 17, 1840, married Polly Farthing; Henry Harrison, born October 7, 1841, married Sarah Catherine Baker November 29, 1872; Martha B., born August 24, 1843, died in infancy; Joseph, born August 9, 1844, died in infancy; Lewis Williams, born November 6, 1845, married Nancy McBride, daughter of Hiram; Sarah Carolina, born January 31, 1849, married Warren Green, first, and then Anderson Cable; Wile Hill, born March 23, 1850, married Rachel Louisa Farthing, sister of W.S. Farthing, and lives near Blountville, Tenn.; Nancy Emeline, born January 6, 1852, and never married. John Farthing was a brother of Rev. William Watkins Farthing and a son of Dudley the first. He was born in Durham, then in Orange County, July 29, 1812, and in the fall of 1826 came with his brother, W.W., to Beaver Dams, but he lost his wife there and also his brother, W.W. john’s first wife was Miss Lucy Goss, and he returned to Durham and married Polly Amos and came back to Watauga in 1831 and settled where Zionville now is, where he owned most of the land. The children by his first wife were: William Young, who married Ann W. Farthing; Dudley, who married Sarah Wilson; Sherman, who was killed by a tree near Zionville just before 1840, thus preventing his expected marriage; Nancy, who married Wm. Ferrall; Rachel W., who married Paul Farthing, a son of Wm. F. Farthing; Mary Narcissus, who married Abner C. Farthing, a son of Wm. W. Farthing; Keziah, who married John A. Farthing, who lived where W.S. Farthing now lives; Lucy White, who never married; Anne, who married Caswell King in Wake County, was an infant when her mother died in Watauga, and was taken back by her father, John Farthing, and reared by Keziah Cozart in Wake County. In her old age she came again to Watauga, where she died.
The children by the second marriage were: Reuben, who married Ellen Wilson, first, and then a Miss Harman; Elijah, who married Amanda Oliver; John, who died when nineteen years of age; Sallie, who married John Adams.
John Farthings’ father was Dudley Farthing, who died in Wake, his wife having been Annie Watkins, whom he married February 2, 1778. The first Dudley Farthing had, beside William Watkins and John, the following children: Reuben, who married a Miss Hargus, his descendants still living in and near Durham.
The Farthings came originally from Wales to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, from which they went to person County, North Carolina, where Annie Watkins was reared. The Rev. William Watkins Farthing was a minister and traveled some for the old Missionary Society of North Carolina, which antedated the Baptist State Convention, and he was traveling and preaching when he first got acquainted with Watauga County. His sons, Reuben, John A., Abner C. and Stephen J., were ministers, the two youngest having been ordained under authority of Bethel and the two elder under that of Cove Creek churches. Rev. J. Harrison Farthing, son of Abner C., is a minister, as are also Calvin S., son of Thomas; Robert Milton, a son of Calvin S., and he preaches in Tennessee, and Rev. L. Whitfield also preaches.
Dudley Farthing was a son of Rev. W.W. Farthing; married Nancy Mast, a daughter of John Mast, who lived where Finley Mast now lives. He had been a member of the Ashe County court prior to the establishment of Watauga County, having been appointed in 1832 to fill out the term of Abram Vanderpool, and from that time till the Constitution was changed in 1868 he was chairman of the Watauga Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. He presided with great dignity and administered his office with sound judgment and ability. No superior court judge who ever came to Watauga County presided over his court with more justness, impartiality or legal learning than Dudley Farthing. He was elected county commissioner after 1868 and became chairman of the board. According to the recollection of his son, col. Henry H. Farthing, there was reason to suspect that $1,000.00 of the county funds was missing, and Judge Farthing declared that at the next meeting that matter would be investigated. The court house was burned before that meeting and with ti all the records except Deed Book F. He was born November 4, 1804, and died July 8, 1895. He was just twenty-two years old when he moved with his father to Watauga County. It is said that when corn was scarce he would not sell it for money, saying that a man with money could get it anywhere, but a man who had no money could get it only where he was known and his needs obvious. He lost little if anything by thus crediting his neighbors in distress. Dudley Farthing lived where Mrs. Susan Farthing lives now, in a frame house built about 1850, three quarters of a mile southwest from Bethel church. He and his wife are buried there, Stephen Farthing having inherited the W.W. Farthing home place and objected to additional interments in graveyard above the old home place. There is a graveyard which W.S. Farthing and others have used for burial of their relatives east from the old Farthing graveyard.
Rev. L. Whitfield Farthing was a son of Reuben Pickett and grandson of W.W. Farthing. R.P. farthing married Sarah Brown, a sister of Thomas Brown, below Three Forks in 1831. Their children were: Thomas Brown, who was born in 1833, and married Celia Greene; William Watkins, who was killed at Brandy Station, Va., in the Civil War; James Hervey, who was born about 1836 and married Lucretia Farthing, but moved West, where they died; L.W., who was born April 18, 1838, and married Nancy Farthing in October, 1866; Joseph Elmore, who was born April 18, 1840, and married Mary Harman; Mary, born in 1842, but never married; Jesse, born in 1844, but died when twenty or twenty-one years of age; John Watts, who was born February 15, 1848, and married Adeline rivers in 1876.
Rev. Reuben P. Farthing was the son of Rev. William Watkins Farthing and his wife, Phoebe. He was born June 28, 1808; married Sallie Brown, and died December 20, 1889. He was early admitted to the ministry of the Baptist church and preached for nearly all his adult years, literally “without money and without price.” He was one of the foremost educators of his day, and did much for the advancement of the religious and educational status of the people of Watauga county. He answered every call from all who needed his aid and assistance. His life was one of devotion to duty. When he died the late Major Harvey Bingham paid a tribute to his worth and excellence of which any man might well have been proud. This was published in one of our newspapers and is preserved by the family as a sacred memorial of a great and good man, for in it was said that, while not a college graduate, Reuben Farthing was nevertheless a highly educated and very learned man, having unaided and alone dug out from the classics and from scientific books a store of knowledge that was not only abundant, but practical. A distinguished visitor to his home was struck by his erudition, and was surprised to learn tht he had acquired it all by dint of hard work and unremitting study.
Levi Franklin was the father of Lawson A., and resided at what is now Altamont on Linville River when that was a part of Watauga County. His sister married Leroy McCanless, who is now a resident of Florence, Colorado, and a brother of D. Colvard McCanless. Rev. William Colvard Franklin, of Altamont, bears part of his name, and is now about sixty years of age.
William Gragg was of Irish descent and settled, first, in West Virginia, from which he came with his wife, born Elizabeth Pulliam, to John’s river, Caldwell County, soon after the Revolutionary War, in which he had been a soldier under Washington, having fought from the first to the last battle of the war. Their children were: John, born September 7, 1781, in Virginia; William, Obediah, Robert, James, Benjamin, Susan and Elizabeth. Of these, John married, first, Elizabeth Majors, and, second, Susannah Barrier. The children by the first marriage were: Tilmon, John, Tipton, Major, Elisha, Nelson and Hamilton. Those by the second marriage were Harvey, Empsey, Alexander and William Waightstill. There was one daughter by the first marriage, Nicie, and six by the second, Irene, Elvira, Margaret, Eliza and twins, Adeline and Carolina.
William married Celia Boone, a grandniece of Daniel; Obediah married Elizabeth Webb; Robert married Rhoda Humphrey; James married Nancy Humphrey; Benjamin married Nancy Dyer; Susan married Isaac Green; Elizabeth married Alfred Pritchett.
Tilmon married, first, Hila Layell, and, second, Jane McNeely; John married a miss Morris in Georgia; Tiption married Rachel Greene; Major married Celia Wilson, first, and Polly Ollis, second; Elisha married Selina Piercey; Nelson married Violet Greene; Hamilton married, first a Cobb, then a House, and third, Martha Strickland, and Harvey married Melinda McLeard. Empsey married Serena Ford, first, and then Susan Barrier; alexander married Carolina Munday; William W. married Martha McGhinnis, first, and, second, a lady in the State of Washington.
Nicie married James Calloway; Irene married Samuel Barrier: Elvira married Wiley Holtsclaw; Adeline married W.W. Pressley; Carolina married Madison Gragg; Margaret married Archibald Qualls; Eliza died young and unmarried.
From “The Greene Family of Watauga,” by Rev. G.W. Greene, we learn that the first Greene to come to America came from Wiltshire, England, to Massachusetts about 1635. His name was John, but he was a Quaker and soon joined roger Williams in Rhode Island, and from him in the fifth generation sprang Gen. Nathaniel Greene, of the Revolution. Early in the eighteenth century one branch of this family went to New York State and settled near Brooklyn, but soon passed on to New Jersey, where many of its members became prominent. But about the middle of the eighteenth century Jeremiah Greene came to North Carolina with the Jersey settlers and bought 541 acres of land on the waters of the Pee Dee, near Linwood. This was about 1762. Jeremiah’s son, Isaac, and himself remained in the Jersey settlement, but “Stephen Greene, who was probably a younger son of Jeremiah Greene, in 1784 settled in the Forks of the Yadkin, and has left in Davie County a large and honorable progeny.” Soon after the Revolution three sons and two daughters of Jeremiah Greene left the Jersey Settlement and moved to what si now Watauga, then a part of Wilkes. These brothers were Richard, Jeremiah and John, all then married, as were their sisters, Joanna, to Landrine Eggers, and Sarah, to a man named Wilson. Richard, the eldest, settled at Blowing rock and was accompanied by his father-in-law, and old man named Sullivan. He brought a tombstone with him and died February 27, 1794. His coffin was hewed out of a poplar tree when the wood was frozen hard. The stone still stands in the graveyard of the German Reformed church, one mile from Blowing Rock. This is the inscription: “E.E.S 1794”. I will be noted (in original text) that the “S” is upside down. But, according to Mr. Greene’s sketch, the inscription is : “F 27 1974.” If he is right, the F probably stands for February and 27 for the day of that month on which he died.
The brother, Jeremiah and John, settled in the middle or the eastern part of the county, while the sisters, Mr. Greene thins, probably lived nearer the borders of Tennessee, which is true of the one who married Landrine Eggers, at least, and possibly of the other also, according to the Wilson she married. Richard Greene’s children were eight in number, the first five of whom had twelve each, two others had ten each, while one had to be contented with seven. Jeremiah Greene, whose wife was Polly Wiserman, an aunt of J.W. Wiseman, of Farmington, had eleven children, his oldest son, Isaac, living to be seventy-nine years old. At his death he counted eleven children, 102 grandchildren and 100 great-grandchildren. Issac’s son, Solomon, lived to be quite old, eighty-five, and had twenty-one children, 160 grandchildren and 160 great-grandchildren, and two or three of the fifth generation. This was in 1886, and he lived two or three years longer. His eldest sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Norris, was then ninety-two years old. John “Moccasin” Greene with part of his family moved to Mitchell, then a part of Burke, while his brother moved to Rutherford. John “Moccasin” died in Madison county in 1852 when more than ninety years old. The most noted member of the family was Judge L.L. Greene, of the Superior Court, of whom a sketch is given below (in original script).
Judge Leonidas L. Greene
He was born in Watauga County, at Blowing Rock, on the 11th day of November, 1845 and was elected judge of the Superior court in 196 and served till his death in 1898. He was a son of Robert Greene and his wife, Chaney Elrod. He was consummate politician and managed party affairs adroitly. On March 1, 1876, he married Martha Horton, a daughter of Col. Jack Horton, who survives him. Judge Greene’s portrait hangs over the judge’s desk in the county court house in Boone. He left two children, Albina, who married Frank Mandefield, of Duluth, and Wilhelmetta, unmarried. Judge Greene was also United States commissioner. He was considered a good lawyer and enjoyed a large practice. He was a good neighbor and well liked.
Benjamin Greer was a soldier of the Revolution. His wife was a Miss Wilcox, and their children were: John who married Nancy Owen; William, who married Hannah Cartright and died when 103 years of age; Jesse, who married Mary Morris; Thomas, who married a Ketron; James, who married a Hampton; David, who married Nancy Hodges; Samuel, who married Sallie Church; Joshua, who married Jennie Church; Rachel, who married Robert Judd and moved to Kentucky; Ann, who married Thomas Holman and went West.
Benjamin Greer arrived a second time, after the death of his first wife, Mrs. Sallie Atkinson Jones, widow of Thomas Jones, who died from a wound received in the Revolution. She reared children by both husbands. They moved to Green River, Ky., where he died in 1810. Samuel Greer has three children living here: Elizabeth Hendrix, now ninety-four years of age; finley Greer, ninety-two years of age; riley Greer, ninety years old.
Mary Ray Greer was born September 22 1813 and died March 26, 1906, at the Cricher hotel. Her grave is in the cemetery at Boone. She was the daughter of William Ray, of Elk Creek, above Todd, and the wife of Thomas Greer. Her daughter, Jennie, married J. L. Phillips, while Evelyn became the wife of George Grubb; Martha the wife of Julius Elliott, of Rowan, and Millie the wife of Thos. J. Coffey. Her son, Larkin, was killed in the Civil War. The latter was about to marry Sarah Ferguson, of Meat Camp, when he was at home once during the Civil War on furlough, and was on the way to the magistrate’s to be married when they were met by her sister, Martha Ann, who faced them about and prevented the marriage. Sarah afterwards, married Zachariah Moretz. Martha Ann never married.
The Grider Family
John Grider married Agnes Flowers in 1844 and their children were: Adolphus, killed in Civil War; Mary, born in 1848 and married George P. Sherrill; Sarah, who married Duke Glenn, and Martha, who married Monroe Harman. John’s father was John, who married Nancy Gibbs, of Alexander county, and their children were: William, who married Amanda Rector after the death of his first wife; Cameline, who married; Rufus, who married Betsy White; Wiley, who married Malinda____; sally, who did not marry, and Betsy, who did not marry; Pinckney, who married Becky Pool. All these lived in Alexander County, near Taylorsville.
The frst of this family were a Grubb and his wife who started from Germany with their children, but the parents died at sea. Their sons, George and John, married two sisters of the name of Leonard and went to Indiana, while Henry, another son, married a Miss Michael, first, and then a Miss McBride; Jacob married Susannah Hedrick; Conrad and David were twins, David marrying a Young and Conrad a Hedrick; Frederick married a Gordon; Daniel married a Thistle, first, and then a Miss Grubb, and Jacob, whose son, John, married Martha, a daughter of John Morphew.
Thomas Hagaman married Sarah Reese, and their children were: John, who married Mary Shoun; Hamilton, who was killed in the Civil War; M. Granville, who married Mary Winkler, a daughter of Joshua; Thomas, who married a Miss Blackwelder; Joseph, who married a Crawford; Louisa, who married Captain A.J. Vritcher; James Roby, who married a Crocker of Lincolnton, and Epsey, who married Jerome Moretz. Joseph Hagaman was a brother of Thomas, but never married. Thomas was born, according to his tombstone on Brushy Fory, in 1810, and died about 1876. Issac Hagaman married Joanna Reese, and his son, Hugh, married Elizabeth Wilson, Daughter of Alexander. Their children were: Smith, who married Blanche Sherrill; Millard, who married Grace Isaacs; Emmett, who married Florence Cook; America, who married Wm. Smith; Ennis, who married Roy Dotson; Alice, who married Wllis Moody, and Nancy, not married. Isaac Hagaman was the father of Theron, who married, first, a Greene, a sister of Jeremy on cove Creek, and, second Mary Dougherty, daughter of Elijah and sister of D.B. Dougherty. The children by the first marriage were: Rev. Jacob G., who married Helen Hayes; Brazilla C., who married Dilly Scott, and W.Jasper, who married Amanda Wilson, daughter of Alexander. Children of the second marriage were: Raleigh, who died at about twenty years of age, was unmarried; Isaac Hagaman, Jr., married Hilah Dougherty and moved away long ago, their three children, Annie, John and Carey, living near Asheville for awhile and then moving to South Carolina. Jacob Hagaman, son of Theron, had the following children: George, who married Margaret Sherrill, and Cora, who married Lee Qualls and lived in Tennessee. John Hagaman, son of Isaac, had the following children: Alexander, who married Anna Farthing; Daniel, who married Mary Harmon; Hugh, who married ____; Thomas, who married ____; Francis, who married a Gambill; also two daughters, names not recalled by informant.
Henry Hardin came from England and settled in Pennsylvania. His sons were: Wilburn, John and Richard. His daughter was named Catharine.
Wilburn married and lived on Beaver Creek, Ashe County. His children were: John, who married a Ray; Joseph, who married ____; Martin, who married a Hawthorne; Marcus, who married ____; William, who married ____; and Catharine, who married a Burkett, who was killed in the Civil War.
John, who lived at the old Hardin place east of Boone, married Charlotte, sister of the first Jordan Councill. On a tombstone in the Boone cemetery is found: “Charlotte Hardin, born April 16, 1795, died November 1, 1843.” Their children were: Henry W., born December 29, 1821, died January 11, 1904; his wife was Nancy Lucinda Horton, born May 27, 1824, died March 8, 1909; Sarah, who married George Snider; Martha, who married John Snider; Elizabeth, who married John Powell, and Jordan C., who married Julia Williams.
Richard married a Ray (?) and settled on Beaver Creek in Ashe County. Their children were: Hence, who married an Oliver; Frank who married Rhoda Howell; George, who married a Ray; Catharine, who married a Graybeal; John, who married a Goodman, and Ida, who married a Reeves.
Catharine, who married Thomas Sudderth, settled in Caldwell County. Their children were: Wilburn, Tolliver and John.
Henry C. Hardin’s children were: James H., born October 19, 1847, married Emma Sutherland; William H., born February 13, 1852, married Sarah Wilkler; Jordan C., born May 17, 1854, married Nannie Kitzmiller; H. Joseph, born October 24, 1857, married Alice McRary; L. Cornelia, born April 19, 159, married, first, Wm. Church, and then John Snider; Ida B., who was born October 13, 1862, and married Wm. Spainhour.
In 1791, Cutliff Harman came from Randolph County and bought 522 acres of land on Cove Creek from James Gwyn, to whom it had been granted August 6, 1791, according to Malden C. Harman in Watauga Democrat (newspaper) of April, 1891.
Cutliff married Susan Fouts, and was about ninety years of age when he died in 1838, his wife having died several years before, and he having married Elizabeth Parker, a widow. He had ten children by his first marriage; non by his second. Among his children were: Mary, who married Bedent Baird; Andrew, who married sabra Hix; Eli, who married the widow Rhoda Dyer (born Dugger); Mathias, who married and moved to Indiana; Catherine, who married Benjamin Ward, and went west; Rebecca, who married Frank Adams and moved to Indiana; Rachel, who married Holden Davis; Sarah, who married John Mast; Nancy, who married Thomas Curtis; Rev. D.C. Harman was a son of Eli Harman and was born April 17, 1826, and died December 23, 1904.
Waightstill Hartley came to America from Shropshire, England, in 1740, and settled near Frederick, Md. His children were: John, who married Elizabeth Becket; Mahala, who married john Dinwiddie, and Nancy, who married David Tucker. It is said that Elizabeth nursed Thomas Jefferson. John Hartley had seven children: Nancy, who married George Tucker; Elizabeth, who married General Wilson; Ava, who did noe marry; Finley, who married Sarah Brooks; George, who married Elizabeth Davis; James, who married Anna McCrary; Reuben, who married Jane Fullenwider. John Hartley was a weaver and died in Virginia, after which his family came to North Carolina in 1783, finally settling in , while others of the connection settled in Caldwell and Burke. George has six children: Clinti, Larkin, George, Alfred, Waightstill, and Mahala. George Hartley, Sr., was a saddle and harness maker. He died in 1834, aged seventy-two. Clinton never married. He was a colonel of the militia and sheriff of Burke and one of the commissioners who located Lenoir. He was a Whig, and died at the age of ninety-five. Larkin never married. He was a blacksmith and a great hunter, and died at the age of fifty-three. George married Catharine Fincannon, and they had five children: Rufus, Jason, John, Polly and Mahala. Rufus married Piety Kirby, and they had four children: Jason married Sarah Ann, daughter of Waightstill Hartley; Polly, daughter of John W. Hartley, married W.W. Sherrill, and her son, George P. Sherrill, now lives on Beaver Dams, Watauga County.
Ranson Hayes died in March, 1868, aged about sixty-three years. He married Sallie Greene, daughter of Joseph. Joseph Green had married Leizabeth, daughter of Robert Shearer, Sr. Ransom Hayes’ children were: 1. Joseph, who died in 1911, aged about seventy-five, on Brushy fork. He married Eliza, daughter of Larkin Hodges, of Poplar Grove. His son, Joseph, now lives there. 2. Elizabeth, who married Thomas Storie, son of Joshua, and died in 1875. 3. Robert, who married Rebecca Hately, daughter of William, who lived about Watauga Falls postoffice. 4. John, who married Eliza cook, daughter of Rev. John Cook, of Vergil. John died in the army at Richmond, Va. His widow is still living. Their one son, John Lee, was one of the builders of Blowing Rock. 5. William, who married Benjamin Brown’s daughter, Clorinda, and lived near Todd. William lived near Poplar Grove, but went first to Tennessee and then to Oregon, where he died about 1900. 6. Thomas, who was killed in the second battle of Manassas in the 37th North Carolina Regiment. He never married. 7. Nancy, who married Harvey Dougherty, of Johnson County, Tennessee. He was a brother of D.B. Dougherty. Nancy died in Bount County, Tennessee, in May, 1913. 8. Sarah, who married W.L. Bryan December 12, 1865. They moved to Meat Camp in 1865 within a mile of Soda Hill, where farming was carried on till the fall of 1868, when they returned to Boone. 9. George, who married, first, Emily, daughter of Riley and Violet Hodges, and , second, Louisa Bumgarner, of Howard’s Creek. They live near Boone. 10. Ransom, who was born in 1846 and married a lady in Texas. He died in 1910, his wife having died several years before. They had two daughters, one of whom died young and without having married, and the other, Nannie, now Mrs. Yeagel, lives in Dallas, Texas. 11. Richare, born about Nay, 1849, and married Delphia Hayes, a distant cousin, of Caldwell County. After having lived in Mitchell County, they returned to Caldwell and now reside in the Globe.
Thomas Hodges came from Virginia and settled at Hodges Gap, two miles west of Boone, during the Revolutionary. He was a Tory. His family came with him. His son, Gilbert, married Robert Shearer’s daughter. Robert died about 1845.
Gilbert Hodges lived where I.W. Gross now lives, about one half mile east of Hodges Gap. His children were: 1. Thomas, who married Mary Ingraham. 2. Robert, who died in the summer of 1914 near Hodges Gap, at the home of George Teague, who had married his niece. His wife was Peggy Ingraham. 3. Holland, who was born July 18, 1827, and still lives near the place of his birth. In 1856 he helped Jordan McGhee kill 432 rattlesnakes on Rich Mountain. 4. Riley, who is still alive and lives on the waters of Laurel Fork. He married Violet Moody, of Watauga. 5. Elizabeth, who married Edward Clawson, her cousin. 6. Louisa, who married John Greene. He was killed in the Civil War. She afterwards married John Dougherty, who still lives, having married Martha Cook after the death of his first wife. 7. Larkin, who married Miss Eliza Gragg, a daughter of John Gragg, who lived where David F. Faird now lives at Valle Crucis. Larkin Hodges lives in Buncombe County.
William Hodges lived a quarter of a mile east of the cabin in which Jacob M. Councill was killed by Stoneman’s men in March 1865. That cabin is still called the Mark Hodges house, as William’s son, Mark, built it. It is almost due north from Benjamin Councill’s present residence. William was a brother of Gilbert Hodges, and married a Miss Mullins, sister of Jesse Mullins, who was a great hunter and lived on the South Fork of New River three miles from Boone. His children were: 1. Larkin, a preacher, who married Miss Polly Moody. 2. Adam, who married Twice. He lived and died in Knox County, Tennessee. 3. William, who married Miss Morris, of New River, and lived near Todd. 4. John or Jack, who married Fanny Morris, sister of William’s wife, and lived near Boon. 5. Burton, who married Miss Northern and lives in Tennessee. 6. Jesse, who married and lives in Knox County, Tennessee. 7. Demarcus, who married a Miss Calloway, daughter of Isom Calloway, who lived on Elk above Todd. 8. A daughter, who married Solomon Green. 9. Sallie, who married Rev. John cook, son of Michael, Sr. 10. Delphia, who married Adam Cook, brother of John.
Jesse Hodges was a brother of William and Gilbert, and married Polly Clawson. He lived a mile and a half north of Soda Hill, at the head of Little Grassy Creek. His children were: Frank, who married Nancy Ingraham; William, who married Nancy Triplett; Elbert, who married Katie Davis; Larkin, who died young and unmarried; Jack, who was killed by bushwackers during the Civil War; Thomas, who died in the Confederate army unmarried; Patsy, who married Jesse Stanberry; Cynthia, who married Edmund Blackburn; Elizabeth, who married Jacob Jones, first, and then Captain William Miller, son of Hon. David Miller, and moved to Middle Tennessee, where they died. Jones, her first husband, was lost in the Confederate army; Nancy, who married Thomas Griever, of Johnson County, Tennessee.
Jesse Hodges sold his farm to David Lookabill about 1858 and moved to Johnson County, Tennessee, where he and his son, Jack or John, were killed by renegades in the Civil War.
James T. Holtzclaw came from Germany and settled first in Virginia, near what is now Gordonsville, about 1735 or 1740, where John Holtzclaw was born, and his brothers, Henry, William, Joseph and Benjamin. John Holtzclaw served in the Revolutionary War under a Captain Lewis, after which he settled on Watauga River, near Valle Crucis, where he married Catharine Hicks (sometimes spelt Hix). Their children were: John Hicks, Henry, Benjamin, Marcus and William, Agnes and Nancy. Of these, John married Laurana Dugger and lived on Banner’s Elk; John Hicks married Sallie Hartley and lived near Watauga River; Henry moved to Albany on the Ohio River below Louisville, Ky.; Joseph moved to Alabama and settled near what is now Birmingham; Benjamin married Nancy Hately and settled on waters of Watauga River; Marcus married Lena Green and settled on Brushy Fork four miles west of Boone; William married a Miss Smith and lived near Cranberry Forge; Agnes married William Dugger and lived in Johnson County, Tennessee; Nancy married James Morgan and lived in Ashe till the death of her husband, when she moved to Tennessee. To John Holtzclaw and Laurana was born one son, Rufus, and to Benjamin Holtzclaw and Nancy were born Wiley, Rufus, William and Sally. To Marcus and laura were born Pemberton, Crawford and Wesley, Catharine, Agnes and Lena, and by Marcus’ third wife, whose name was Elizabeth Munday, were born Thomas C., Lafayette, Eliza, Mary, Laura and Nancy. Pemberton Married Catharine Pharr and lived in Haywood County, North Carolina; John Wesley married Martha Williams and made his home mostly in Watauga County; Thomas C. married Carrie Munday, first, and second, a Miss Cairns, and lives in Transylvania, N.C.
Nathan Horton settled in Rowan, near the Jersey Settlement, but afterwards moved to a farm near Holman’s Ford in Wilkes County. Then he came to Cook’s Gap in the Blue Ridge, the very gap through which Daniel boon, in May, 1769, had passed on his first trip to Kentucky. With Horton came also his own wife and William Miller and wife, Mary, and their son, David Miller, and Ebenezer Fairchild and family. Horton went into a hunter’s camp at Buck’s Gap, while Fairchild went on to what is now called Howard’s Creek. All these became members of Three Forks Baptist church, which had been organized in November, 1790. There is a tradition in the Horton family to the effect that the camp into which Nathan went belonged to Richard Green, and that on one occasion, when the fire went out and Mrs. Horton went to a neighbor’s several miles distant to get some live coals, she found this Green in possession of this camp, which was their first acquaintance with each other. But there are among the Fairchild papers receipts from Jonathan Tompkins, tax collector for 1780, showing that he collected taxes in this settlement at that early date. There is also a knob of the Blue Ridge, near Deep Gap, which bears his name. there is also a tradition that the Greens were members of the Jersey Settlement, and that James Jackson, William Miller, the three Bucks, Tompkins and Horton himself were members of the Jersey Settlement. They were all members of the Three forks Church between 1790 and 1800, and the probability seems that Richard Green told Horton where his camp was and invited him to take possession of it and that Buck extended the same invitation to Miller with regard to his own camp nearby. Nathan Horton lost his little daughter, Hannah, at Hagerstown, Md., on his way from New Jersey, she having sickened and died there. William Horton was an infant in arms when the family arrived at Cook’s Gap, and he became the grandfather of Hon. Horton Bower, afterwards member of Congress, William having married Millie Dula and settled at Elkville, Wilkes County. James, another of Nathan’s sons, married a daughter of James Webb and settled where Noah Brooksher now lives on South fork of New River, half a mile below Three Forks Church. David Eagles, named for his mother, who was born Elizabeth Eagles, married Sallie Dula and settled one mile above Elkville. Phineas, another son, married Rebecca Councill, daughter of the first Jordan Councill, and settled on the land now occupied by J.C. Horton, his house having stood in the bottom in front of J.C. Horton’s present home, though Phineas afterwards built a log house on the ridge, just above the present J.C. Horton home. Sarah and John, two of Nathan’s children, died when children, while Jonathan, another of Nathan’s sons, married Malinda Hartzog and settled where R.F. Vannoy now lives. Elizabeth, daughter of Nathan, married Zephania Horton, of Yancey County. William Horton, of Elkville, had eleven children.
James Horton’s children were: Colonel Jack, who married, first, Rebecca Mast, and then Mary Swift; Lucinda, who married Henry W. Hardin and lived where Joseph Hardin now lives; Elvira, who married Mathias Bledsoe near Todd; Eveline, who married Hamilton Ray, of Roan Mountain Station, Tenn.; William, who married a Shull and lived on Cove Creek, afterwards removing to Roan Creek, Tenn.; Polly, who married Thomas Ray, of three Tops, Ashe County.
The children of David Eagles Horton were: Thomas, who married Clara Perkins and lived in Burke; David, who married Jane Young, of Yancey, and now lives on the Yadkin one mile from Elkville; Adeline, who married C.P. Jones and lives on the Yadkin above Elkville; Larkin L., who married Louisa Isbell and lived on King’s Creek; John and Jane died unmarried; James, who married Rosa Lynch, of Yadkin County; Louisa, who married James M. Isbell, of Kings’s Creek.
Phineas’ children were: William, who married Rebecca Blair and settled at the J.C. Horton place; Nathan, who married Juliette Gentry, of Jefferson, and settled on the opposite side of New River from the J.C. Horton place; Jonathan and James died in the Civil War.
Jonathan Horton had no children and died in Boon November 24, 1895. His widow, Malinda, died April 17, 1911.
Elizabeth’s children were: Nathan, James and David, and lived near Burnsville, Yancey County.
The children of William, son of Phineas Horton, were: James Crittenden, who married Mary Elrod, of New River; Jonathan Crittenden, who married Mary Elrod, of New River; Jonathan Blair, who married Miss Smith of Elkin; Julia, who died unmarried; Wm. Phineas, who married Emma Wyn, of Warren County, North Carolina; Emma, who married Lewis P. Moore, of High Point; Addie Elizabeth, who married J.S. Winkler, of Boone; Henry Walter, who married Susan Usher, of Charlotte, and lives in North Wilkesboro; Sallie Hill, who died when eight years old.
Col. Jack Horton’s children were: James w., who married a Miss Councill, and David, who married a Miss Mast, and Mattie, who married Judge L.L. Greene.
Col. Nathan Horton was born at Chester, N.J., February 25, 1757, and married Elizabeth Eagles in New York City July 10, 1783. She was a daughter of John Eagles. Nathan and wife removed to North Carolina about 1785. Elizabeth Eagles was born in New York City December 1, 1766, and Hannah, their first child, was born at Chester, N.J., October 15, 1784; William, their second child, was born on New River August 15, 1786; James was born there February 28, 1789; David Eagles was born there May 5, 1792, as was Phineas January 9, 1795; Sarah was born September 19, 1794; John was born June 11, 1800; Elizabeth, September 15, 1803; Jonathan, February 26, 1806. Malinda, Jonathan’s wife, was born May 10, 1820. Col. Nathan Horton died on New River July 22, 1824, and his wife died there May 19, 1854. Nathan Horton bought in Richmond, Va., in 1803, a negro boy fourteen years of age, and Vinie, a girl, eleven years old. Vinie’s first child was born in 1806 when Vinie was only fourteen years old. This child was named Tempe. Among J.C. Horton’ s heirlooms is a grandfather clock seven feet high, with a mahogany case and a face showing the rising and setting of the moon, a hand to mark all the seasons and several other devices. This was Nathan Horton’s property which he hauled all the way from New Jersey to North Carolina on his journey down. There is still in the family a shot gun or rifle with a bore capable of chambering three buck shoe, on top of which a bullet the size of the barrel was rammed home encased in buckskin, thus making a load that was apt to “git ‘em, both a-goin’ and a –comin’.” It has a flint-lock, and it was used by Nathan in guarding Major Andre when the latter was executed as a spy. Col. Nathan Horton was buried in Three Forks churchyard, and on his tombstone is carved the fact that he was a soldier of the Revolutionary War. He was several times in the legislature, and built the wagon road through Cook’s Gap and on the Beaver Dams, called Horton’s Turnpike.
Horton Family Genealogy
In 1876 the Home Circle Publishing Company, Philadelphia, Pa., published the “Horton Genealogy, or Chronicles of the Descendants of Barnibas Horton of Southold, L.I., 1640.” It was compiled by George F. Horton, M.D. There is a picture of the old Horton homestead, erected by Barnibas Horton, Esq., in 1660, and was still standing at Southold, L.I., in June, 1873. Barnabas was probably the son of Joseph Horton, of Leicestershire, England, and was born in the little hamlet of Mouseley of that shire. He came over in the ship “Swallow” in 1633-38 and landed at Hampton, Mass., but in 1640 he and his wife and two children were in New Haven, Conn., in company with Rev. John Youngs, Wm. Welles, Peter Hollock, John Tuthill, Richard Terry, Thomas Mapes, Mathias Corwin, Robert Ackerly, Jacob corey, John Conklin, Isaac Arnold and John Budd. There, on the 21st day of October, 1640, they fomed a Congregational Church and sailed for the east end of Long Island, now Southold. They had all been members of Puritan churches in England. These were the first to settle the east end of Long Island. The genealogy of the family is then traced down to 1876 and included the North Carolina Family whose History has been given above.
David Ingram was reared in New England, from which section he came to North Carolina before anyone now living remembers. He married a Miss Frieze from near Winston-Salem. His son, Jacob, was born hear Jefferson and married Peggy, daughter of John Greene, who then lived half a mile from Sand’s Postoffice, Watauga County. John Ingram, son of Jacob, was born on New River one mile from Sands December 24, 1823. John Greene, father of Jacob’s wife, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War. Besides John, Jacob had a son, Richard, who died in Texas during the Civil War unmarried, and Susan, who married Daniel Miller, of Ashe; Eliza, who married Ben. Greer; Mary, who married Thomas Hodges; Hannah, who married Isaac Greer; John, who married, first, Martha Ray, of Ashe, and Second, Louisa Gragg, widow of Edward Hodges; Nancy, who married Franklin Hodges, and Peggy, who married Robert Hodges.
Richard Issacs was the first of this family and came from Ireland about 1790, and his wife was a Miss Robbins, of Randolph County, from which place he moved to settle in the Cherokee country, but when he got to Morganton, he heard of Watauga River and especially of Cove Creek, when he came through Linville Gap up Elk and Beech Mountain to Hiram Hix’s ford of Watauga, from which place he struck up Cove Creek to the Cove Creek Church, where Wm. Williams’ family now lived, close to the old graveyard. Their children were: James, born 1791, married Rachel Reese; Richard, born 1793, married Lily Swift; Solomon, born 1795, April 1st, and married Lily Giles, first, and , after her death, Sarah Eggers, a daughter of Hugh Eggers; Massy and Mary, twins, born in 1789, of whom Massy married Samuel Swift and Mary a man named Massagee, but they left this section and went west before Hugh M. Issacs was born.
Solomon was married twice. The children by his first wife were: Elijah, who married Sally Hartly; Peggy, who married Milton Davis; William, who married a Norris in Missouri. His second wife’s children were: Hugh M., born May 13, 1839, and married, first, Nancy Thompson, and, second, Leona Presnell; Martha, born June 17, 1841, and married, first, John Wilson who was killed at Chickamauga, and, second, Sherman Swift; Solomon, born June 2, 1845, and Richard, born August 15, 1847. Hugh M. joined Company I, 58th North Carolina; William Miller, captain, and Fred. Toby, adjutant.
William W. Lenoir
He was born in Caldwell County about 1823 and died at Shull’s, Watauga County, July 26, 1890. He graduated with high honors at the North Carolina University, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845, and married Miss Cornelia Christian, of Staunton, Va., in 1856, but she died soon afterward. He lost a leg in the Civil War at the battle of Ox Hill, September, 1862. He was a descendant of Gen. William Lenoir, a lieutenant in Rutherford’s expedition against the Cherokees in 1776; was a captain at King’s Mountain battle; was first president of the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina; was president of the Senate in 1790-94; was a member of the constitutional conventions of 1788-89; was chairman of the county court of Wilkes; was major-general of militia.
The sons of Richard Lewis the first were: Jacob, who married Hannah Waters and lived on Yadkin Elk. Their children were: 1. Betsy, who married Abraham Younce; Allie, who married Charles Hayse; Nancy, who married Abraham Lewis; Sallie, who married Jacob Council. 2. Daniel, who married Sallie Allen, their children being: James, who went to Texas in 1840; David, grandfather of P.C. Younce. By his second wife (Betsy Vanderpool) Daniel Lewis had Abraham, and John, who went to Texas in 1840; Richard, who went to Arkansas; Jonathan, who went to California in 1849; Daniel, who married Martha Hendricks; Louisa, who married A. Younce. By his third wife, Louisa Franklin, Daniel had Andrew, who married Victoria Reese; Elizabeth, who went to Georgia; Emeline and Columbus, who also went to Georgia. 3. David Lewis married Polly Hendricks, and their children were: Sallie, who married Daniel Brown; Betsy, who married Alfred Simmons; Minerva, who married Joseph Bingham. 4. Richard Lewis married Phoebe Vanderpool, and their children were: Rebecca, who married Thomas Robbins: Nancy, who did not marry; Malinda, who married a Day, and William. Margaret Lewis was buried at Cove Creek Church. Daniel Lewis settled where Jacob Lewis now lives, one mile from Sherwood on the Vanderpool Mill Creek, where the Vanderpools lived and where Lewis married a lady of that house. Lewis is said to have come to this section prior to 1800. Jonathan Lewis, son of Daniel, left Zionville for California in 1848, settled at Fresno, Cal., and became rich.
Romulus Z. Linney
He was born in Rutherford County December 26, 1841; was educated in the common schools of the country, at York’s Collegiate Institute, and at tDr. Millen’s school at Taylorsville; he served as a private in the Confederate army until the battle of Chancellorsville, where he was severely wounded, and discharged. He then joined a class in Dr. Millen’s school at Taylorsville, of which Hon. W.H. Bower was a member; studied law with the late Judge Armfield; was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court in 1868; was elected to the State Senate in 1870, 1872, 1874, and again in 1882; was elected to the 54th, 55th, and 56th Congresses as a Republican, receiving 19,419 votes against 18,006 for Rufus A. Doughton, Democrat, and 640 for Wm. M. White, Prohibitionist. He married Dorcas Stephenson in Taylorsville. In 1880 he became interested in Watauga so much that he bought property there, and in September, 1902, he bought a tract of land he called Tater Hill on Rich Mountain, where he built two rock houses. He was influential in getting a wagon road built along the top of the Rich Mountain range from the gap above Boone to a gap just north of Silverstone. He contributed $500 to the Appalachian Training School. Above the front door of the chief building of this college is written in marble the following quotation from one of his speeches delivered July 4, 1903: “Learning, the Handmaid of Loyalty and Liberty. A vote Governs better than a Crown.” He died at Taylorsville, April 15, 1910. His mother was a sister of the late Judge John Baxter.
Col. Edward F. Lovill
He was born in Surry County February 10, 1842, married Miss Josephine Marion of the same county, February 15, 1866, and moved to Boone in 1874. He was admitted to the bar in February, 1885, and was commissioner to the Chippewa Indians from 1893 to 1897. He was captain of Company A of the 28th North Carolina Infantry, and on the second day of Chancellorsville commanded that regiment in the absence of Col. Samuel D. Low. Of this incident Colonel Lowe reported: “While absent, General Stuart again commanded the line forward, and my regiment charged through the same terrible artillery firing the third time, led by Captain (Edward F.) Lovill, of Company a, to the support of our batteries which I had just got into position on the hill from which those of the enemy had been driven.” Captain Lovill had commanded the same regiment during the midnight attack of the night before. Upon the death of Col. Asbury Speer at Reems Station and the resignation of Major Samuel Stowe, Captain Lovill was senior officer of the 28th till the surrender at Appomattox, and commanded the regiment at the battle of Jones’ farm near Petersburg in the fall of 1864, where he was severely wounded. He returned to duty in March, 1865, and was recommended for promotion to the colonelcy of his regiment t the time that James Lineberger was recommended for the lieutenant-colonelcy and George McCauley for the majority, but the end came before these appointments were published. He was wounded in the right arm at Gettysburg. At Fredericksburg “Captain Lovill, of Company A, the right company of the regiment, stood on the railroad track all the time, waving his hat and cheering his men, and neither he nor Martin (who had just shot down the Federal color bearer) was struck.” Soon after the battle of Jericho Ford, in September, 1864, Surry, Natt Nixon, a seventeen-year-old boy of Mitchell’s River, Surry, was desperately wounded, and at night Captain Lovill and Private M.H. Freeman, a cobbler of Dobson, went to get him, as he had been left within the enemy’s lines. They called him and he answered, saying the Federals were between him and the, but had been to him and given him water. Freeman put down his gun and accoutrements and shouting in a loud voice, “ Natt, I’m coming after you I am coming unarmed, and any man who shoots me is a damned coward,” started. It was night, but no one fired at him, and he brought his stricken comrade back to Captain Lovill, but the poor boy died near a farm house to which he had been borne before daylight. Colonel Lovill is a director of the Oxford Orphanage, having been appointed by Governor Aycock. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Appalachian Training School and a lawyer of ability.
John McBride came from the north of Ireland and settled in New Jersey, from which place he moved to Rowan County with the New Jersey settlers. He married Mary Baird in Rowan, and their children were: Brazilla, who married Rachel Wilson in Rowan; Timothy, who went to Missouri, where he remained, and William, who married a Miss Swicegood in rowan and died there. One of the daughters married Levi Heath; Ellen married Landrine Eggers, while another daughter married David Goss, who moved to Missouri. Brazilla was in the War of 1812 and named his first son for Andrew Jackson.
Brazilla’s children were: Andrew Jackson, who married Polly Green; Brazilla Carrol, who married Catharine Brinkley, of West Tennessee; Sarah, who married Harrison Johnson; Ann, who married Squire Green; Mary Amanda, who married John Combs; Emily, who married Jonathan Green.
Brazilla’s second wife was Elizabeth Eggers, and their children were: Manly, who married Martha Norris; John, who married Miss Greer; Rachel, who married George Hilliard; Ellen, who married Bruce Harman; Louisa, who married Jacob Younce; Martha, who died unmarried at the age of sixteen; Nancy, who married William Church; Elizabeth, who married Richard McGuire.
From the gravestones in the Cove Creek graveyard the following was taken: Rev. Brazilla McBride was born September 27, 1790, and died December 10, 1858; Hiram McBride was born August 9, 1818, died July 30, 1880; Mary, wife of Hiram, born February 21, 1818, died May 26, 1869; Rachael, wife of Brazilla McBride, born February 15, 1797, died August 18, 1839.
From the A.J. McBride graveyard the following was taken: Rev. Andrew J. McBride was born November 27, 1822, and died November 12, 1891; Silas McBride was born November 18, 1827, and when he died, he was aged seventy-two years, six months and twenty days; Elijah green was born November 4, 1800, died July 15, 1882. His wife was born October 19, 1803, and died January 8, 1879.
Willis McGhee came to this county early in the nineteenth century and resided with Jordan Councill, bringing with him a fine stallion and a negro man slave. McGhee married Bettie, daughter of Jordan Councill, Sr., and settled in Hodges Gap of the Rich Mountain. Their children were: Jordan C., James H. and Willis, Jr., Eveline, Carolina, Louisa, Elvira and Mary. Jordan C. married Eliza Todd, a daughter of James Todd; James H. married Vina Vandyke; Willis, Jr., married a Miss Hall of Wilkes; Eveline married Bart Wook, a brick mason; Carolina married Col. J.B. Todd; Louisa married, first, Nathan Hartley, but he died in the Civil War, and then she married J.B. Clark. She still lives; Elvira never married; Mary married Thomas Triplett. Jordan C. was a brick mason, but has been in a hospital on account of poor health for many years.
Joseph Mast, the first of the name to come to Valle Crucis, Watauga County, was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, March 25, 1764, and on the 30th of May, 1783, married Eve Bowers, who had been born between the Saluda and Broad rivers, South Carolina, December 30th, 1758. Joseph was a son of John, who was brother of the Jacob mast who became bishop of the Amish Mennonite Church in Conestoga, Pa., in 1788. They had left their native Switzerland together and sailed from Rotterdam in the ship “Brotherhood,” which reached Philadelphia November 3, 1750. John Mast was born in 1740, and shortly after becoming twenty years of age left his brother, Jacob, who had married and was living near the site of what is now Elverson Pa. John wandered on foot through many lonely forests, but finally settled in Randolph County, where Joseph was born. There he married a lady whose given name was Barbara. From Joseph and Eve Mast have descended many of the most substantial and worthy citizens of Western North Carolina, while the Mast family generally are people of influence and standing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, California, Kansas, and, in fact, nearly every State in the Union. C.Z. Mast, of Elverson, Pa., in 1911 published a volume of nearly a thousand pages, all of which are devoted to an excellent record of all the Masts in America. John A. Mast was born on Brushy Creek September 22, 1829. He married Martha Moore, of John’s River, December 5, 1850. He died February 6, 1892. His paternal grandfather, John Mast, and maternal grandfather, Cutliff Harman, were among the pioneers of this section and were Germans, settling on Cove Creek.. his wife, Martha Mast, was born April 13, 1833. She died February 15, 1905.
Joseph Harrison Mast
His father was John Mast and his mother , Susan Harman, who are buried at the Taylor burying ground at Valle Crucis. John Mast’s father was Joseph, and he lived where Finley Mast now lives, while Cutliff Harman lived where David Harman now lives. Joseph H. Mast was born April 9, 1829, and married Clarissa P. Moore October 12, 1848. Her father was Daniel Moore, of the Globe, Caldwell County. Their children were: Sophronia, wife of Newton Banner, born July 15, 1850; Andrew J., born February 25, 1852; Leona, born December 2, 1853; Martha V., born April 20, 1856; John H., born October 10, 1863; Daniel H., born June 26, 1866; Joseph C., born May 8, 1869. He settled at his present home at Sugar Grove 1848, and built the dam and grist mill of the present Mast mill before the Civil War, bolting the ground wheat by an old reel still in existence, though J.C. and J.H. Mast, his sons, changed that old mill into the first roller mill in Watauga County in 1897, E.F Bingham building the second half a mile above. His children married as follows: Andrew Jackson married Joana King; Lwona A. married Robert Mast; Martha V. married Thomas Sullivan; John H. married, first Eleline, daughter of Hiram McBride, and second, Nancy, daughter of Hiram Wilson; Alice J. married Finley Mast; Sarah C. married John Smith; Daniel H. married Ruia Lowrance; Joseph C. married, first Nora Phillips, and second, Ada Madron, of Bristol, Fa. Joseph H. Mast, Sr., died September 8, 1915. The brothers and sister of J.H. Mast, Sr., were: Noah, who married Elizabeth Roland; Leson, who married Sally Dugger; Eli, who married Callie Dugger; Jack, who married Martha Moore, of the Globe, and Finley P., who married Rhoda Smith.
According to Clyde C. Miller, of Sands, N.C., there is a tradition that, several years before the Revolutionary War, three young men, a Horton, a Miller and Baird, all married sisters named Eldridge and moved to the upper Yadkin from Pennsylvania. They probably came with the Hersey settlers. Tradition also gives this Miller the name of William and credits him with having fought in the Revolution. His son, David, was one of the first settlers in the bounds of what is now Watauga County, near Meat Camp Creek. David Miller and Levi Murphey or Morphew were constables and called the first court in Watauga to order. David had twelve children, seven sons and five daughters: Wayne, David, John, William, Joseph, Ephriam and Jonathan; Lydia, who married a Bingham; Elizabeth, who married an Allison, and Nancy, who married a Lewis.
Wayne’s sons were: William, James, Daniel, Jonathan and Alfred. David, a brother of Wayne, was the father of Clingman, who has been for years in the State of Washington; George, Mrs. L.D. Cole and Mrs. George Moody were also children of Wayne. Daniel lived and died on Cove Creek. John lived on Meat Camp and was the father of three boys and four girls: Jonathan, Calvin, Thomas, Myra, Katharine, Carolina and Angeline, all the boys having been in the Confederate army. Calvin lived at Sutherland and died in the summer of 1913; J.B. Miller lived on Meat Camp and died December 14, 1914; Myra married a Greer and moved to Kentucky; Carolina married John Norris and moved to Kentucky; Katharine married B.F. Burkett, and Angeline married C.P. Todd. All have been dead a number of years.
William Miller, captain of Company I, 58th North Carolina, was the father of Ephriam, Harrison, Silas, John, Wayne, David and Levi.
Joseph married Sally, daughter of Edmund Blackburn, and had two sons, Lorenzo Dow, who lives near Zionville, and Frank, who lives on Meat Camp. Ephriam also was a soldier in the Confederate army, and had two sons, Alexander and David, the latter living in Tennessee. Jonathan also served in the Civil War and is the only one of these brothers still living. He is in good health and lives on Howard’s Creek, although ninety-odd years of age. He married Rebecca, daughter of Levi Blackburn, and is the father of Edmund and Henry and of Carolina, who married Ben Tugman; of Neomi, who married Marsh Tugman, and of Martha, who married Pat Hodges, all of whom are yet living.
John Moretz was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, about 1788. His first wife was a Miss Moser, and to this union was born nine children. John’s second wife was Catharine Hefner, and from this marriage there were sixteen children, eight boys and eight girls, Alfred Jacob Moretz, of Deep Gap, having been the eighth child. The first John Moretz’s father came from Pennsylvania, and he and his wife were full blooded Germans. John Moretz and his second wife and family came from Randolph County in September, 1839, and there Alfred Jacob was born the following October. John bought land and the original mill on Meat Camp from Samuel Cooper, who then moved to Meadow Creek. John’s eldest son first moved west, but returned and lived at Soda Hill, which he bought from a Norris. He died September 12, 1868. Alfred J. married Mary Emeline Lutz, who was born in Burke and reared in Caldwell. She was a daughter of Ambrose L. Lutz, who had moved from Lincoln to Burke and then to Caldwell, near Rutherford College. With John Moretz also came one son and two daughters by his first marriage. He reared three daughters and two sons by the first wife, and seven girls and seven boys by the second lived to be grown, although there were four of his daughter who died of diphtheria during the Civil War within a few days of each other. Of john’s children, Christian, now dead, married a Miss Condor; Jonathan, a Miss Norris; Zachariah Taylor married, first, a Miss Bowman and then a Miss Ferguson; Joseph L. married a Miss Miller, a sister of John Moretz’s wife; Sallie, who married Jacob Winebarger; Carolina, who married A.S. Davis; Mary, who married a Miller, the three youngest of John’s daughters having died young and before marrying. Joseph L. Moretz was the father of J.M. Moretz, of Boone.
Joseph Morphew married Mary Burke, a sister of the Tory colonel, Benjamin Burke, who was killed at the battle of Shallow Ford. Their children were: Mary, who married Ephriam Norris; Naomi, who married Ephriam Allison; James, who married and one of whose children, Mary, married Thomas Robbins, Sr., the rest of the children going to Butler County, Ohio, before the Civil War, about 1820; Silas married Elizabeth England about 1775. The Morphews were Quakers and Tories, and Silas was hanged, but a woman held him up by the legs till help came and he was cut down and his life saved. This happened in Rowan, probably. The children of Silas and Elizabeth were: Uriah, born about 1780, and married a Fairchild; Obediah, born about 1782 and married a Berry; Silas who married Matilda Cayton; James M., who married Sarah Blackburn in 1813; James, who never married ; Aaron, who married Nancy Sample; Rhoda, who married Samuel Todd; Jennie, who married George Wells. Peggy, Kizzy and Sallie never married. All left this country long ago, except John Morphew, grandfather of Cyrus A. Grubb.
The Norris Family
John Norris came to North Carolina from Pennsylvania before the Revolutionary War and was probably a loyalist. His son, John, was born in Wilkes County, and his wife was Nancy Brown, of the same county. They moved to Ashe, now Watauga, and settled on Meat Camp and there their son, Ephriam, was born, July 12, 1819. This son was killed March 28, 1865, at Boone by Stoneman’s men. He had married Margaret Greene in 1842. Captain Elijah J. Norris was born at the same place as Ephriam September 4, 1843, and married Mary E. Norris, whose father was first cousin to Ephriam, his name having been John. Their children were: Emma B., born November 20, 1869, and married W.R. Greene; Jackson Ephriam, who was born April 25, 1877, and married, first, Zenna Brown in 1904, and, second, Maggy Hardy in 1913; Mollie A., born March 30, 1887, not married. Captain E.J. Norris joined Col. J.B. Palmer’s regiment at Johnson City, Tenn., July 12, 1862. He was wounded five times, the last time desperately through the hips, September 4, 1864. He was in Boone when Stoneman passed through in March, 1865, and told his father to run when he became sure the men were regular troops and not Jim Hartley’s crowd, whom the Home Guard expected to attack them that day. These were native Union men who claimed to be in the service of the Union. The Home Guard had net that morning in Boone and elected Jordan Cook captain and himself (E.J. Norris) a lieutenant, to keep order and prevent depredations by marauders. Stoneman got to Boone about 11am and burned the jail that night. In 1910, E.J. Norris was elected commander of the Nimrod Triplett Camp U.C.V. No. 1273.
John Norris, a son of William, Sr., married Rachel Sands, a sister of David, and reared a family of seven children: Sallie, who never married; Anna, who married Joseph Hayes; Lucinda, who married George Brown; Susan, who married John H. Brown; Mary, who married E.J. Norris; Joel S., who married Sarah Hopkins; William D., who married, first, Bartlett Brown’s daughter, and , second, Miss Parlier. They lived three miles east of Boone on the Jefferson road, and used to operate a carding machine for carding wool into rolls. Joel Norris, son of William Sr., lived near Soda Hill, which he owned and is famous and much admired. He married Polly Griffa and reared three children: Granville, Millard and Bittie. Bittie married Ed. Gragg and moved to Oregon. Joel and wife are both dead, while all their children are still living.
William Norris, Sr. – He lived on Brushy Fork, near its mouth, where it empties into Meat Camp Creek, and married, first, a Miss Case and their child married Isaac Greer and moved to Kentucky. His second wife was Eunice Shinn, from which union were five boys, Samuel, Levi, Joel, Jonathan and David, and three girls, Rebecca, Anna and Myra, all of whom married and reared families. Samuel married a lady near Ducktown, Tenn.; Levi married Margaret Morphew, daughter of John; Joel married a lady of the name of Griffith; Jonathan married Ailsey Proffitt; David married Matilda Proffitt; Rebecca married Samuel Trivette; Ana married Michael Cook; Myra married Jacob Cook. Of the last marriage about eighteen children were reared, the eldest daughter marrying John Hartley. He was a son of Eli and Delphia Hartley, and was born on the 8th day of February, 1835, “The Cold Saturday.”
A.W. Penley, who lived on the southeast side of the Blue Ridge, about twelve miles from Boone, on Joe’s Fork of Buffalo Creek, was the first county court clerk of Watauga County elected by the people. He was a man of great intelligence, and a magistrate for many years. He married, first, Rena Triplett, to which union were born two boys, Avery and Jasper, and one girl, Mary Ann. His second marriage was to Elizabeth Triplett, to whom there were born Adolphus, Robey and Alice. He was a clever man, went through the Civil War and returned without a wound. He was also a member of the county court for several years, and a great hunter.
The Perkins Family
L.N. Perkins, who lives on the Jefferson Road, two miles from Boone, is a worthy representative of this distinguished family. Joseph and Timothy Perkins were the first of the name in these mountains, and came from one of the New England States, where they had been tax-gatherers just prior to the commencement of the Revolutionary War. But being loyalist, they were not welcome there after that great struggle began. They moved to Old Fields in Ashe County, retaining their allegiance to the British crown all during that struggle, Timothy losing his life in a skirmish in Ashe. He left several sons and one daughter, Lucy, who married a Young. Joseph also left sons and daughters. Granny Skritch, who lived with one of her Perkins relatives on Little Wilson, remained loyal to King George even when she had reached a great age.
Solomon Presnell was born in Chatham County in 1810 and caome to Watauga County in 1827. His wife was Mary Mundy, who was born in what is now alexander County in 1813. Their children were: Melvin, who died in infancy; Carolina, who died when three years old ;Wesley Wayne, who was born July 22, 1837 on cove Creek road at the Vanderpool place. He married Susan Adeline Gragg March 17, 181. The next child was Amanda, who married Holden Moody; Benjamin, who was killed at Bentonville; Squire Adams, who married, first, Catharine Hartley, and , second ,Mattie Fox; James M., who married Rebecca Greene; Rufus W., who married Sallie VanDyke; N. Jerome, who married Caroline Hodges; Mary A., who married David Fox. Solomon’s father was Nathan Presnell, and his wife was Mary Whitehead. He came and settled near Lenoir in 1814. She was probably reared in Union or Chatham County. Besides Solomon, their children were: William, who married a Miss Watkins, of Alexander County. Mary Whitehead had a brother who went to Tennessee and settled on Elk Creek.
Asa Reese, Pioneer
Valentine Reese came from Germany to America about 1750 and married Christina Harman, settling at the old Bowers Place, now called Trade, Tenn. Their children were: John, born in 1770 and married Sarah Eggers, John dying at age seventy and his wife at age ninety-six. They reared ten children: Hiram, born in 1798, married Rhoda Smith and settled in Watauga. They had six children, and after Rhoda’s death Hiram married Martha McCall, six children having blessed this union. A divorce followed, and two years later Hiram married his third wife, Jane Widby, by whom he had one child, a daughter. Hiram died July 9, 1872, aged seventy-four years. Asa, son of Hiram and Rhoda, was born May 9, 1820, and married Catharine Wagner February 27, 1845, settling two miles from what is now Mountain City, Tenn. His wife joined the Baptist Church in February, 1872, and he in December, 1876. They had ten children, one of whom, a girl, dying in childhood. Asa died November 27, 1898, and was buried near his home and daughter, Rhoda. Asa’s children were Jehiel, Asa, John, Nelson, Cinderella, Mahetebel. After the death of his first wife Hiram Reese moved his family to what was known as the old Jim Reese house, below Phillip Greer’s on Cove Creek, in 1830. In 1832, during a cold spell, a family named Hutchinson, with their team, were added to the family of fourteen already at the small house, where they remained till warm weather, without money and without price. During this time Asa and his brother had to sleep on the open porch, with a snow coverlet frequently to keep warm. In copartnership with Samuel Reese, of Buncombe, Hiram Reese lost much money wagoning to South Carolina, and the sheriff sold him out for debt about 1834-35, and the family was broken up. In the fall of 1838 Asa, with Alfred Adams (father of T.P. Adams) and Sarah mast, took a trip to Sequachy Valley, Tenn., near Collins River, Warren County, Asa’s father having consented that the boy should keep all he earned after reaching nineteen years of age. In the fall of 1840 Asa, with Hiram McBride, Riley Wilson, two of Asa’s uncles, a girl named Roland, and two daughters of Jacob Reese, went to the Platt Purchase, Mo., 300 miles west of the Mississippi River, where he stopped with his uncle, James Webb, crossing the Platt River, at New Market. But McBride got home-sick and returned. Asa returned to this State in spring of 1844 in company with John Ellington and Reuben Sutherland, going to his uncle, Bennett Smith’s and his cousins, George and Polly Hayes. In the summer of 1844 he worked for awhile with the Fairchild ladies on Howard’s Creek, where he flirted with a girl named Winkler whom these ladies had hired to weave for them, much to their disgust. But Asa concluded that “old maids are the most jealous, superstitious, whining old things that belong to the human family.” He decided not to enlist for the Mexican War, visiting his father in Russell County, Virginia, and finding him in poverty, but hs declared he loved him as much and reverenced him more than if he had given him a couple of thousands of dollars, adding that children who are aided by their parents often forget them, and sometimes their God, as well. While Asa was a small boy he and his brother attended Sunday School in a small old log house which stood at the mouth of a hollow, just below where the widow, Ann farthing, used to live on Beaver Dams. This must have been about 1828, and was undoubtedly the first Sunday School of which there is any record known to this writer. Thus, to the many other good deeds, the Farthings have the glory of having instituted Sunday Schools, now universal, then unknown. The house in which Asa was born stood on a branch of Sharpe’s Creek and was built of logs, with puncheon floor, the chimney of which was built of stone inside and of wood outside to the top of the mantelpiece, above which it was of sticks and clay. It was covered with old-fashioned clap-boards. His father had a smoke house for his meat, though many hung their meat in the gables of their homes, thus giving all kinds of meat a chance to become smoked yellow, including hog, beef, bear, venison, coon, etc.
Col. J.J.T. Reese, eldest son of Asa Reese, was born near Mountain City (then Taylorsville) Tenn., June 21, 1849, where he was educated, and after wards taught school at Butler and elsewhere. He was in the mercantile business at Butler in co-partnership with L.L Maples, after wards moving to his farm on Beaver Dams, N.C., where he remained three years. He married Margaret N. Wagner, daughter of N.T. Wagner, Esq., near Shouns, Tenn., April 19, 1880. She was a granddaughter of David Wagner, who came from Davie County, North Carolina, partly cutting his way through the mountains to Roan Creek, where he settled and became owner of a thousand acres of that fertile land. After his marriage, J.J.T. Reese moved permanently to his Beaver Dams farm, where he farmed and dealt in live stock for a time, after wards engaging in the lumber and timber business. He has refused all offices except that of justice of the peace, preferring a quiet life to politics. Five children bless this union, the entire family being members of the Baptist Church.
Dr. James Gray Rivers was a son of Samuel and Rebecca Rivers, who were Virginians by birth. Rebecca Rivers was born Grey, while Samuel Rivers was a descendant of one of three brothers who came to America from England, landing at Edisto Island, S.C., one of them having been named Horace, as is evidenced by his name engraved on a heavy silver ladle now in the possession of Rev. Dr. Murray and wife, of Spencer, N.C., Mrs. Murray having been a Rivers before her marriage. Dr. James Grey Rivers married Miss Lucretia Jane Rhea, who was born at Clarksburg, W.Va., near the Ohio River. Her father was R.P. Rhea, also born in West Virginia, and a graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. He became a teacher of great note, and had the honor of having taught Gen. T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson, as will be seen from any authentic life of that great Confederate soldier. He was a dull student, according to Mr. Rhea. Dr. J.G. Rivers refugeed from Carter County, Tennessee, to Watauga County, North Carolina, during the Civil War, serving in the Home Guard till the capture of Camp Mast in February, 1865. He suffered many hardships and lost much property, living as he did on the border line between Tennessee and North Carolina. He moved to Boone in 1865 where he practiced his profession of medicine till his death in 1878. He left four children, all of whom are living except one. R.C. Rivers, Miss Nannie Rivers and the wife of J.W. Farthing survive.
David Sands was born April 4, 1791, and died June 30, 1884. His father was Joseph Sands, who was born in 1743 and died October 15, 1821. He came from Scotland. The Sands family lived about three miles east of Boone, and a postoffice of that name still recalls the family name. David was a son of Joseph. Of David Dr. Elisha Mitchell has this to say in letters to his wife, published by the University of North Carolina, 1905 (p. 56) “Rode from Shearer’s down to David Sands, Esq., a bachelor with three or four sisters, and his mother with him. He showed me some ore from Tennessee which he supposed to be antimony, but which proved to be micaceous oxide of iron. Walked with him to see a white substance in the creek on his land. It was porcelain clay. Sands rode down with me to Esquire Miller’s. we passed through a meadow, beautiful like those of Yankeeland.” This was David Miller’s.
Robert Shearer the first was a Scotchman and came to Ashe before the county was formed form Wilkes. He settled near Three Forks Church, to the left of the road and at the foot of a hill still called Shearer’s Hill. Just when he was born or the maiden name of his wife is not know now. He lived to a great age and his grave is in the graveyard of Three Forks Baptist Church, of which he was a consistent member. There were eight children: John Shearer, born August 9, 1792; died January 2, 1858. He married Mary Greene, April 27, 1815. She was born August 15, 1797, and died August 30, 1868. Louisa Shearer, born May 7, 1817, married Thomas Cottrell and died January 31, 1896. Susannah Shearer was born December 10, 1818, married William Cottrell and died December __, 1896. He died December 2, 1895. His widow survives. John Shearer was born May 5, 1828; died January 11, 1908. William Shearer, born June 28, 1830 and moved to the West. Sarah Shearer, born March 7, 1843, and moved to the West. Hannah Shearer was born May 11, 1838; married Milton Brown, who is dead, but she survives and lives on New River. Mary Shearer, born May 15, 1843; died April 25, 1844. The daughter of the first Robert Shearer were: 1. Elizabeth, who married Joseph Greene; 2. Sallie, who married gilbert Hodges; 3. Polly, who married Richard Green; 4. Nancy, who married Daniel Greene, brother of Richard. Robert Shearer’s sons were: Jack, who married Mary Greene, sister of David and Richard; Thomas, who married Patsy Farthing, daughter of Rev. William.
Children of Robert Shearer, the Second. – Milton Shearer was born September 4, 1855; married Mary Ann Estes, September 25, 1884, and lives in Lenoir. Mary shearer was born October 31, 1861; married L.N. Perkins, May 18, 1889, and lives at the old Shearer homestead, near Boone. Myra Shearer, born November 8, 1863; married J.G. Pulliam, July 24, 1888, and lives in the West.
William W. Sherill was born January 21, 1828, in Caldwell County, and he married Mary Hartley, who was born August 14, 1830, in Caldwell County. William W. died January 11, 1903, while his widow still survives. They were married in 1849. Their children were: George P., who was born December 9, 1850, at Deals Mills, Caldwell County, and married Mary Grider, March 28, 1869. Their second sone was David, who went to Texas, where he died; Louisa married Wade Sherrill; Jason married Titia Wilson; Vienna married William Edmisten; Zeb Vance married Free Love Cole; George M. married Rebecca Payne and went first to Cherokee and then to Kansas, where he married a second time; William, who married Mary Hartley; Thomas, who married, first, Polly Wilson, and, second, a Satterwhite, and , third, a Sherrill; Sarah, who married William Wilson; Amanda, who married Miles Bowman. Still another married a White and moved to Cherokee. The father of David was William, who was born in 1733 and died in 1829. He had at least two children, David and William. Tradition says these were English people who came first to New York and thence to North Carolina, settling on Catawba River, at Sherrill’s Ford, below Newton. William was a farmer and wagon maker and a man of all work.
From the genealogy of Simon Shull and family, taken on Watauga River, Ashe County, North Carolina, January 30, 1814, the following is culled: Simon was son of Frederick and Charity, born in Lincoln county October 24, 1767. Mary Sheifler, daughter of Philip and Mary Ormatenfer Sheifler, was born May 5, 1772, in Loudoun County, Virginia. Simon Shull’s children were Elizabeth, born on John’s River, March 6, 1791; the rest were born on Watauga River; Mary, born March 19, 1793; Sarah, born March 2, 1795; Phillip, born February 15, 1797; John, born March 24, 1799; Joseph, born April 22, 1801; Temperance, born October 16, 1804; Elizabeth, born April 10, 1808. Simon Shull married Mary Sheifler on Upper Creek of Catawba Rive, March 25, 190, Wm. Penland officiating. Elizabeth Shull died February 15, 1794, two years and eleven months old; Joseph died April 7, 1886; Elizabeth died January 2, 1897; Adeline Taylor died April 15, 1894. Joseph Shull married Lizzie Mast October 28, 1835; W.F. Shull married Mary Brown September 28, 1896; Temperance Shull married W.H. Horton March 26, 1866; B.C. Shull married Ollie Berry; John T. Shull married Chaney Hayes November 5, 1874; J.M. Shull married Sarah Greene January 12, 1882, and after her death he married Allie Baird August 30, 1888; John T. Taylor married Addie Shull March 28, 1878; Mary married David Mast; Sarah married James Ward; Phillip married Phoebe Ward; Joseph married Lizzie Mast; Temperance married Ben Councill; Elizabeth married Noah Mast. Joseph Shull’s children were: William F. born September 18, 1836; Temperance C., born August 7, 1838; Noah S., born April 15, 1840; Phillip P., born July 20, 1842; Ben. C., born October 23, 1859; Mary Adeline, born March 28, 1861.
Phillip Shull’s Family
Phillip married Phoebe Ward and their children were: Elizabeth, who married Wm. Cannon; N. Canada, who married Elmyra Green; Matilda, who married Jesse Gragg; Thomas, who married Polly Spainhour; Polly, who married James Edmisten; Rhoda, who died unmarried; Sarah, who married Phillip Duvall; Temperance, who married A.J. Baird; William , who married Eugenia Campbell; Carlolina, who married Alexander Ward; Simon, who married Martha Baird; Joseph Carroll, who married Eliza I. Mast; Phoebe Sophina, who married Peter Dana.
George Smith was the first of this family to come to these mountains, arriving about 1780. According to his Bible, he died April 30, 1838, aged ninety-one years and fifty days. Elizabeth, his wife, died March 8, 1842, aged ninety-two years and ___ days. Their children were: Abner, died May 20, 1850, aged sixty-nine years. He had two sons, Bennett and Jehiel; Bennett died November 15, 1844, aged forty-two years, eight months and twenty-two days; Abner. Mehetabel was the wife of Abner. She was born Fairchild and died March 3, 1855, aged eighty-four years, nine months and sixteen days; Bennett Smith married Elizabeth Moody December 23, 1824. Bennett Smith’s children were: Abner, who married Chaney Greene; Polly, who married George Hayes. Abner’s children were: Bennett, who married Kimes; Polly, who married James Rayfield; Elijah, who married Emma Austin; Elizabeth, not married; Sally, who married Pink Henson; George, who married, first, Emma Price, and, second, Mary Bingham; Rebecca, who married Julius Isenhour. The daughters of the first Abner were: Rhoda, born August 27, 1799; Mary, born February 27, 1802; Elizabeth, who married Jacob Reese, March 17, 1825; Susannah, who married Jacob Moody April 28, 1831; Rebecca, who married Jacob Norris March 27, 1835; Mary, who married Wm. Roland June 6, 1835. Jehiel was born September 16, 1806, and died January 10, 1885. He was twice married, his first wife having been Rachel Adams and his second wife Elizabeth Dugger, whom he married September 15, 1835.
Jehiel’s children were: Ebenezer, born March 3, 1828; Bennett, born January 29, 1835, and married Jane Green December 6, 1856; Wiley, born June 27, 1836, never married ; Carolina, born January 5, 1838, never married; Rhoda, born March 22, 1839, married Finley P. Mast; Henry, born March 3, 1841, never married; William, born September 18, 1842, never married; Mary, born October 9, 1845, married Tillett Combs; Martha, born June 15, 1847, and Jehiel, born October 27, 1849. Martha married D.J. Lowrance.
Bennett Smith married Jane Green December 6, 1856, and their children were: Carolina, born May 3, 1857, and died April 26, 1859; John C. Smith, born January 28, 1861, and married Sarah C. Mast January 2, 1881. Abner and Bennett Smith settled at Silverstone, Abner having been in the legislature in 1821 and 1825, while his great grandson, Abner W., was sent there in 1914.
This name is also spelt Storie. The first of the family who came to Western North Carolina was Jesse, who settled on King’s Creek. He came from Pennsylvania and married Frances Bradley. Their children were Joshua, John and Eli, all of whom married and reared large families, Eli moving with his family to Missouri many years ago. About 1815 Joshua and John were living on the old Thomas Lenoir place on the Yadkin River, both having married Greens, but about 1825, they removed with their families to Ashe county, following members of their wives’ families, one of whom settled at the Wm. Gragg place and the other at Blowing rock, near the present store of Mr. Holtshouser, while a third settled at what is not Green Park. The Storys, however, settled at what is now known as Bailey’s Camp, where Thomas H. Story, son of Joshua, was born. The nearest mill to their home at that time was what is now known as Winkler’s, two miles south of Boone, The children of Joshua were: Elvira, Willima, Thomas, Lucy, Channie, Jesse, Amos, Issac, Rufus, Martha and Noah. John’s children were: Walter, Bettie, Ann, Jonathan, Rachel, Eliza, Sena, mary and Jesse. William, Noah and Jesse (son of John) were in the Federal Army in the Civil War, while Walter, Jonathan, Rufus, Jesse (son of Joshua) and Amos were conscripted into the Southern Army. Issac was in the Home Guard. Some of the others tried to enlist in the Federal army, but could not get through the lines. The homes of the Storys were open to the Federal soldiers and sympathizers, and the women of the families often waded the streams to carry food to outlyers, Bettie and Lucy once taking a wounded Yankee to Coffey’s Gap in the night on an old horse, while on another occasion they hunted and found the body of a man named Hines, who had been killed by the Home Guard, and buried it decently. Jesse, son of John, is the only survivor. It is said that the Toledo Blade a few years ago stated that the Story family came to America on the Mayflower in 1620, but afterwards moved to Pennsylvania. This is a very prolific family, the single school district of Aho having out of 105 children of school age, twenty-nine Storys. Of the present family, Mr. G.L. Story has been active in promoting good roads in Watauga County.
Samuel Swift came from Germany and settled where Joseph Johnson now owns on Cove Creek. His children were: Samuel, who married ___; Hilda, who married Berryman Fletcher; Rhoda, who married James Lewis; Polly, who married Jack Horton, sheriff; Sarah, who married William Proffitt; Emily, who married Bartlett Hilliard; Massy, who married Calvin Moody, and Nancy, who married Hugh Harman; Thomas, who married a Greene; Elias, who married an Adams, a daughter of Squire Adams.
Thomas’ children were: Richard, born in 1845 and died in the Civil War; Enoch, born in 1847 and married Martha McBride; Clarissa, born in 1849 and married J.C. Davis; George, born in 1851 and married Jane McBride. Enoch is the father of Wiley, the distinguished friend of factory children. Samuel Swift deeded the land for the Cove Creek Baptist Church.
Elijah Tatum was born April 16, 1816, and married a cousin, S. Goodin Tatum, November 21, 1852, near Old fields, in Ashe. She was a daughter of Joseph Tatum and wife, Sarah Pearson. Joseph was reared in Ashe, but Miss Pearson came from Burke. Elijah’s father was George and was reared in Ashe and was a brother of Joseph. Their home was what is now Riverside. George married Delphia Jennings, of Old Fields. The father of George and Joseph was James and a soldier of the Revolutionary War. James’ wife was a Miss Sheppard , of Ashe. James was born in Rowan County, from which he came to Ashe before the Revolutionary War when he was about fourteen years old. His father had come to America from England. Elijah had nine children. Only two of his boys lived to be grown, George and John. George married a daughter of Jacob Walters, of Burke, and John married Zora C. Tugman about 1880. Her father was Thomas Tugman and his wife was Anzanette Davis, daughter of W.S. Davis. Elijah’s children were: James, who married Julia, and Senter, who married Evelyn Tatum, sisters, and daughters of Joseph Tatum. George Tatum had two brothers, Joseph and Buckner, the latter having married a Miss Sheriff of Ashe. John Lee Tatum is a son of Elisha, and has an old sword which tradition says was used by James Tatum in the Revolutionary War. James is buried in Ashe County, near Riverside, the new railroad station. James and Senter, sons of Elijah, moved to Newtonia, Mo., where James died about 1907. Buckner moved to Georgia about 1845.
Samuel Tester came from Scotland and settled at the mouth of Cove Creek before 1840. His wife was a Miss Foster. Their children were: Robin and Ransom, Jennie, who married Hiram Hix; Ellen, who died young, and another who married a man in Tennessee. Robin married first a daughter of David Hix and their children were Finley, Harman and Elizabeth. Robin’s second wife was Katie Ward, daughter of Duke, and their children were Robin, Duke, James and Samuel; Sarah, who married Councill Harman, and another daughter who married Waightstill Davis; Celie, who married a Panther, and still another who married Link Pressly. Ransom married Fannie Hix, daughter of Harman, and their children were Harman, Samuel, Ellen and Polly.
William Thomas was the first of the name and was born in Salem, N.C., and married Sarah Sutherland, of Ashe County. Their children were Alfred, Margaret, Sarah, Joseph, Steven and William. By a second marriage to Mary Greer, there were the following children: William K., Thomas, Wiley and Elizabeth. Alfred was born in 1823 and married Malinda Wilson; Joseph was born in 1825 and married Sarah Wilson; Stephen was born in 1837 and married Lidia Porter; Sarah was born in 1828 and married Alexander Osborn; Margaret was born in 1821 and married Reuben Potter; William, born in 1834, married a Miss Potter; Alexander, born January 26, 1820, at Sutherland, and married Elmira M. Ward in 1853. Alex. fan away from his uncle, Joseph, when the former was about eighteen years of age, going to Missouri, where he remained about eighteen months, and then crossed the plains to California in 1849. He returned via the Panama route in 1853. He married Elmira M. Ward in 1853 or 1854 and settled at the old Samuel Baker farm on lower Watauga River, where Samuel Baker had lived till about 1909. (Ashe County Deed book D, pp. 207, 210.) He died December 13, 1909, and was buried at St. John’s church.
Col. Joe B. Todd
He was born September 2, 1822, and died December 11, 1903. From the old Todd family bible, printed in Edinborough by Mark and Charles Kerr, MDCCXCI, it is learned that James Todd was born July 31, 1757, and Margaret Erwin, his wife, October 14, 1759. These were married March 11, 1784; and that John Sharp Todd, father of James, was born December 11, 1724, and his wife, Nancy, was born June 7, 1739. James Todd died November 17, 1814. He was a soldier of the Revolution, and Mrs. Lizzie McGhee, of Boone, has the old powder-horn he used in that war. Col. Joe B. Todd’s first wife was Caroline McGhee, a daughter of the first Jordan Councill, and wife of William McGhee, who was born December 5, 1830, and died September 1, 1873. Two of their children are buried in the cemetery at Boone: Joe C. Todd, born November 8, 1855, and died November 1, 1858, and Maggie E., born July 7, 1853, and died February 12, 1858. James Polk Todd and Mary, wife of F.P. Moore, and William G. Todd, three of his children, survive him. Col. Todd’s second wife was Mrs. Eliza Edmisten, widow of Harrison Edmisten and a daughter of Mr. Dancey, of Wilkes County.
Colonel Todd was a non-commissioned officer in the Mexican War, having first volunteered in Boone, but, there being delay in calling out the volunteers from Ashe County, he went to Cabarass County, joined a company there and went to Mexico with them, participating in several battles. He received a pension till the Civil War, and it was restored long after the close of that struggle. He was colonel of the 98th North Carolina Militia. He was candidate for clerk of the Superior court in August, 1852, but was defeated by George M. Bingham, who, however, resigned, owing to an impediment in his speech, and a young lawyer named Clewell was appointed in his place. Upon Clewel's removal from Watauga, Col. Joe B. Todd was appointed by the court, and he was sent for in the night, his residence then being at Dugger, now Penly Postoffice, east of the Blue Ridge. He was first lieutenant in Company Dof the 1st North Carolina cavalry in the Civil War, but resigned on account of heart disease and returned home. He re-entered the service soon, however, joining the 37th North Carolina Infantry. After the close of the war, he was elected clerk of the Superior Court and served till the arrival of Judge J.L. Henry, when he was removed because he could not take the iron-clad oath. He was elected to the legislature in 1872, and then in 1882 to the office of clerk of the Superior court, which office he held for twelve years after the close of the Civil War. With his ten years’ service before the Civil War, this makes the longest service of anyone in this office in Watauga County. Colonel Todd was highly esteemed by all. He was a fine sportsman, delighting in hunting and fishing.
The great-great-grandfather of Larkin M. Trivett lived in Pennsylvania before the Revolutionary War, in which he was a soldier and during which he was killed in battle. His widow with two sons moved to Surry County, North Carolina, where one of these sons married and reared a large family of six or seven boys, two of whom settled in what is now Watauga County. One of these was named John, who settled on the south side of the Blue Ridge on Stony Fork, near the Wilkes line. He married Sallie Elrod, daughter of Adam Elrod, and reared one son and two daughters. The son was named Elijah, and he married Irena Carleton, daughter of Wyatt Carleton and his wife, Nancy y Livingston. Elijah was the father of thirteen children, ten of whom are still living. One of the daughters of John Trivett, of Stony fork, married Larkin Greene, son of Solomon, and they reared a large family of boys and girls. The other daughter of John Trivett married David Adams, son of Allen Adams, and his wife, Maggie Greene (familiarly known as Aunt Petty Adams), and they reared a large family. John Trivett, of Stony Fork, had a brother whose name was Samuel, and he settled in the western part of Watauga County near the Tennessee line on a creek known as Poga. He married Rebecca Norris, daughter of William Norris, and to them were born nine children, four boys and five girls. Larkin M. Trivette, the author of this sketch, is a civil engineer and a man of ability.
Micajah Tugman was born about 1820 and married Nancy Greer in 1843. They had six children, five boys and one girl, all of whom lived to be grown, except one boy, who did not survive his fourteenth year. James M. died at Richmond in August, 1862, in the Confederate service, unmarried; Benjamin married Carolina Miller and died in January, 1900; William L., who died at fourteen; Thomas J., who married Anzonette Davis, was born in Riddle’s Fork March 5, 1851; Mary married L. Frank Ragan and died August 31, 1910; Marshall E., who married Neomi Miller and is still living. Micajah Tugman’s father was William and his mother Mary Hawkins both of Mecklenburg County, while William’s father was James and his mother Elizabeth____, goth of whom came from England to America. Micajah Tugman had a brother, james, who married Lemedy Hendrix, and two sisters, Nancy and Jennie. Nancy married Wilburn Groman. Of these, James lived in Wilkes, Jennie in Caldwell and Nancy in Watauga.
Van Dyke Family
A widow Van Dyke came from Pennsylvania to Catawba County with her parents and her one child, a son, named William, where, after rearing him to manhood, she died. This son moved to Watauga in 1846, after marrying Sarah Herman, of Catawba County, and settled where George L. Van Dyke, his son, now lives, one mile from Three Forks Church. William’s children were: Demarcus, born in Catawba about 1834,; Emanuel, born about 1837; Luvina, born about 1840; and George L., born January 17, 1843. George L. married Mildred Morris April 4, 1867. He was a sergeant in Company I, 58th North Carolina Regiment, having enlisted in November, 1862, remaining in the service till the close of the war. His children are: Ada Cornelia; Alice Delona, who married John C. Brown; William Thomas, who married Nevada Elrod, and Clara Ella, who married Leonard Cook. For fine housekeeping, this family is rivaled only by those of John K. Perry and J.J.Y. Reese, of Beaver Dams.
Jesse Vannoy married Elizabeth Fairchild. Their children were: Ann, who married, first, Adam Greene, and , second, Reuben Issacs; John M., who married Martha Byers; Melvin, who married Amanda Eggers; Matilda, who married George Younce; Clarinda, who married Jacob Norris; Elizabeth, who married Jonas Winebarger.
Among the first to settle on lower Watauga at what is now called Watauga Falls, Postoffice (though the actual falls are just across the border in Tennessee), was Benjamin Ward, who had seven sons; Duke, Daniel, Benjamin, Nicodemus, McCaleb, Jesse and James. He also had three daughters, one of whom was named Celia. Benjamin Ward, Sr., was a most enterprising and worthy man, and his widow lived to be 105 years of age, while their son, Dan, lived to be 110. Duke married Sabra, widow of Andrew Harmon, and moved to Illinois. Ben., Jr., went to Cumberland Gap, and his son, Duke, came back and married Lucy Tester, while Amos, son of Duke, Sr., came back from Illinois and married Sally, sister of Lucy Tester. They had two sons, L.D. and John, the latter having been killed before Richmond in 1863.
David Watson was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and on a retreat escaped because his horse jumped a ditch which his pursuer’s nag could not get over. David probably came from Scotland, but it is certain that he married a Miss Hamby and settled in Wake County, where twelve children were born, moving afterwards to the old Davis Place, near Holman’s Ford. Their children were: Elizabeth, James, Gillie, Thomas, Bedie, John, Elihu, Mary, Sarah, David, Willis and Daniel. Of these Elihu married Celie Sherrill, of Burke, she having been born in June and he in August of 1803. Their children were: Mary, George, Nancy, Melinda, Susannah, Ann, Lucy, John, who died in the Civil War; Smith, Sarah, Elizabeth and Catharine. Of these George W. Watson was born in 1823 and married Keziah Morphew, who was born March 10, 1831, June 7, 1849. Their children were: Issac S., John, Sarah and Celie. Issac S. was born October 4, 1850, and married Mary C. Proffitt April 20, 1873, twelve children having been born to them.
William Welch, of Ireland, married Elizabeth Roper about 1823, and of this marriage Wm. P. Welch, of Deep Gap, was born, October 22, 1837, at High Point, Guilford County, N.C. Wm. P. Welch moved to Deep Gap in 1863 and married Margaret Bradley about that time. They have eight children. Solomon Greene had lived where W.P. settled, and his house had long been a famous stand or stopping place for travelers and stock drovers from Tennessee to Kentucky. But he sold out to his son-in-law, Larkin Greene, and W.P. Welch bought hi out and has remained ever since. The country was all in woods which Welch came, and with the exception of the Murphy old place at the foot of the mountain, where Wilson Bros. have a store and house now, and the old David Greene place, Welch’s home was the only house in that section.
Charles Wilson came to North Carolina from Pennsylvania about the time of the Revolutionary War. His wife is said to have been a sister of Gen Nathaniel Greene, of Rhode Island. Charles was in General Greene’s army and was killed at Guilford. Hiram Wilson married a Miss Smith and they settled on Cove Creek about 1815. Their children were: John, who married Mary Mast; Lucretia, who married Issac Wilson, a distant kinsman; Sarah, who married Dudley Farthing; Issac, who married Miss Carolina Greer; Ellen, who married Reuben Farthing; Albert P., who was born April 14, 1826, and married George Younce; Hiram, who married Alex. Baird, and Wm. Carroll, who married a Miss Adams, a daughter of Alfred Adams. Hiram, Issac and Carroll were killed in the Civil War, and Albert P. was wounded twice, John having died just prior to the Civil War.
Another Wilson Family
A.J. Wilson was the head of this family, and it is said that he "came over in the Mayflower." Issac Wilson, a son of A.J. Wilson, is said to have been killed at Lexington, N.C. in the Revolutionary War. His children were: Boyd, Isaac, John and Hiram. Boyd went to Middle Tennessee; Isaac settled at Sutherland and was killed by a tree falling on him; John married and lived on Sawyer’s Creek, as did Hiram. Who lived lower down that creek. Hiram’s children were: John, Crissy, Sarah, Albert, Clarissa, Hiram and Carroll. John’s children were: Betsy, Hannah and Susan, William, Alexander and John. This family of Wilson came about 1817, when John Wilson, who was born in 1815, was two years old. Lemuel, John and Hiram Wilson came from Rowan and Lemuel settled at Sutherland and John and Hiram near John Mast’s present home.
Lemuel Wilson lived near the Tennessee line and near the dividing line between Watauga and Ashe. His children were: Andres, who is yet living in that neighborhood, and Alexander, who was in the Civil War. Lemuel had two daughters one of whom married Alfred and the other Joseph Thomas, sons of William Thomas, of that section. Rev. Leonard C. Wilson, of Beaver Dams, is a son of Lemuel Wilson and grandson of Lemuel Wilson. William Thomas was a school teacher on Sharp’s Creek, just below T.P. Adams’ present home. He had a number of rules, among which was one that no scholar should nickname another scholar, but this rule did not apply to the pedagogue himself. He nicknamed T.P. Adams when he was six years old because he said he reminded him of pictures of President John Tyler. This nickname clung till T.P. was grown.
Isaac Wilson, son of Hiram, known as Little Isaac, was “bushwacked” during the Civil War and killed. His son, Rev. W.A. Wilson, a missionary of the M.E. Church, South, has been stationed at Hiroshima, Japan, a number of years.
George Wilson, of Fork Ridge, was the father of Lucky Joe Wilson, but not related to the other Wilson families.
Jacob Winebarger married Sallie, daughter of John Moretz; lived on Meat Camp Creek and reared a good sized family. He was a good carpenter and millright and owned a good grist and sawmill. He came from Lincoln County, was a good citizen, and was about sixty years old when he died about 1895. John, Hiram, Levi and Abel Winebarger also came from Lincoln and settled on Meat Camp and New River about 1850, where their descendants still reside. These were carpenters and farmers and excellent citizens.
Joshua Winkler was born in Wilkes County and in 1856 bought the farm two miles south of Boone on which his son, George, now lives he married Carolina Pearson, and they reared ten children, five boys and five girls. He kept a grist and saw mill on what is now known as Winkler’s Creek, the same stream that was formerly called Flannery’s Fork. He introduced the first burrs into his mill for grinding wheat. He was a good farmer and stock raiser and a most estimable citizen. His death was caused by a hurt received from a cow, followed by the measles.
Lincoln also gave Watauga another good citizen of German blook in the person of John Woodring, who settled on Meat Camp. He and his sons were farmer and hard workers, and accumulated much wealth. The boys were Daniel, Joseph, Alfred, Lawson, Rufus, Noah and Marcus. All have died but Marcus who yet lives on Riddles’s Fork. His one daughter was named Kate, and she married Ephriam Miller, but died in childbirth.
According to Phillip C. Yountz or Younce, of Mabel, N.C., Phillip was the first of the name to come to America, he having emigrated from Holland about 1700. He settled in New York. It is said he had one noted son, John, born in 1748, a blacksmith, who shod horses for Washington’s army during the Revolutionary War, was twice captured by the British, and twice rescued. After the war he moved to Germantown, near Winston, N.C., coming thence to what is now Watauga, at the head of the New River. He married Rhoda Foutz and died while crossing Elk ridge on a very cold day when he was about 100 years old. Their children were: Andrew, who moved to Macon County; Phillip and John, who settled in Miami County, Ohio; David and Elijah remaining in Ashe, while Solomon came to what is now Watauga. Solomon was born August 1798, and married Sallie Rollen near Jefferson. She was born in 1802. Their children were: John, born December 15, 1818, married Hannah Lowrance, and to them were born twelve children; Abraham, born December 10, 1820, married Betsy Lewis, for children. After the death of his first wife, Solomon married Louisa Lewis, whose children were: Charlotte, born August 2, 1823, married Franklin Greer, seven children; Pollie, born March 11, 1828, married David Roten, ten children; George, born March 19, 1830, married Clarissa Wilson, eight children; Barbary, born August 19, 1834, married Isaiah Greer, five children; Sabra, born July 26, 1836, married Hugh Reese, eight children; Hannah, born July 10, 1838, married Henry Grogan, five children; William, born August 1, 1840, died when a small boy; Rhoda, born August 6, 1842, married Elijah Grogan, five children; Nancy, born November 18, 1845, married Rev. E.F. Jones, seven children. This family is very musical, pious and independent in thought.
(Source: A History of Watauga County, North Carolina With Sketches of Prominent Families, by John Preston Arthur (1915). Transcribed by Keith Redmon)
BACK -- HOME
Copyright © Genealogy Trails