An American Family History


1777 Petition of Holston Men


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

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

To the Honorable the President and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates:

The Petition of a Number of Inhabitants in the lower Parts of Washington County humbly Sheweth that your Petitioners were greatly Injured in the Division of Fincastle in the year 1776 by the manner in which the line was directed to be run, but on hearing that the Inhabitants of Montgomery and some part of the upper end of this County had Petitioned this Honourable House for an alteration of said Line, and pointed out a new one equally just and Convenient to both Counties, and which we highly approved of, and made no Doubt, from the Justice of their Petition, would be Granted, we therefore rested in hopes that their Grievances and ours would be Redressed at the same time, which alone prevented us from joining them in their Petition.

But now we find that only a small part of their Petition was Granted, and we are left to Labour under nearly the same Grievances as we formerly did, especially as the Court House is fixed in a place not above thirty miles from the Upper Line of the County and not twelve miles from the Boundary between this State and North Carolina, and from the Court House to the lower end of the County that is now inhabited is more than seventy miles.

But had the line been fixed as petitioned for by the People of Montgomery, the County from the Indian Boundary on Holston to the seven Miles ford of said River would not be more than ninety miles long and by fixing the Court house in the Center equal Justice would be done to all, which we humbly presume all have a right to, and which alone we expect or hope for from this Honourable House.

For as the case stands now, we cannot expect to have the Court house in the Center of the Inhabitants, nor within many miles of it, as our Representative in 1776 recommended Persons for Magistrates who lived mostly above the middle of the County and too much under his Influence, who placed the Court house where it now is, and had the Bill so framed that there is no appeal from their Judgment in this matter, and this was done at a Time when many of your Petitioners, and most of the Principal People in both Counties were engaged on the Cherokee Expedition, and therefore had no opportunity to prevent such measures as were carried on by our said Representative; by shewing the Injustice, Design, and Impropriety of them.

It is with Reluctance we give this Honourable House any Trouble in this matter but observing in so many Instances your Care and attention to the Rights of the People of this State, and your Readiness to enquire into and redress all just Grievances, we your Petitioners are therefore encouraged to Pray that our Case may be taken into your serious Consideration,

that the Line may be fixed and settled between the two Counties in the manner Prayed for in the Petitions from Montgomery and some of the Inhabitants of this County at the Last Sessions;

and that the Order of this Court for fixing the Court House at Black's Fort may be set aside, and such Methods fallen upon to have it set more in the Center of the County as you in your Wisdom may think best.

And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever Pray &c..

Name Lived from family  
Page 1        
Samuel Scott        
James Thompson        
George Scott        
Evan Shelby. Jr. Beaver Creek-Beaver Dam Bottoms      
Thomas South        
Pleasant Lockett        
James Campbell        
James Trenor        
Thomas Carter        
Alexander McFarland        
Alexander Douglass        
Thomas Campbell        
Mathew Moses        
George Moses        
Joshua Boucher        
Jos Boucher        
Jonathan Jennings        
Alexander Ritchie        
Lewis Green        
Rawley Duncan        
Lewis Green, Jr.        
John Blakemore        
Andrew Davis        
Samuel Ritchie        
William Duncan        
James Duncan        
James Green        
Josiah Payne        
George Payne        
Matthew Payne        
William Carre        
Isaac Randoll        
George Randoll        
Patrick Wall        
Richart Davis        
John Montgomery, Jr.        
William Galespe        
John Miller Knob Creek in Washington County, Tennessee      
Galley Semore        
Conrad Miller        
Robert Stuart (Stewart)        
John Downning        
John Holladay        
George Hart, Sr.        
Thomas Fowler        
Abraham Bledsoe Lived on Moccasin Creek in present day Scott County, Virginia      
James Clendennen        
John Clendennen        
James Williams        
Phillip Williams        
Henry Roberts        
Alexander Grant        
David Roberts        
William Roberts        
James Elliott        
William Elliott        
Archibald Fitcher        
Perron Ely        
John Long        
William Head        
Isaac Labo        
William Young        
John Wilson        
Jonathan Douglass        
John Long        
Andrew Cowan        
John Caseday        
Thomas Cawood        
John Cawood, Sr.        
John Cawood, Jr.        
James Berry        
Cornelius Riddle        
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Ezekiel Smith        
John Shelby        
David Shelby        
Daniel Morris        
George Hatt, Jr.        
William Blevins        
James Blevins        
Abraham Blevins        
John Blevins, Jr.        
Jonathan Douglas, Jr.        
David Webb        
William Hicks        
Mashack Hicks        
Abednego Hicks        
William Hicks, Jr.        
Samuel Smith        
George Little        
John Cox, Sr.        
John Drake        
Edward Cox        
John Cox, Jr.        
Thomas Hambleton        
Benjamin Drake        
Thomas Cox        
Jonathan Drake        
Isaac Drake        
Shederick Morris        
Grove Morris        
George Coplen        
John Williams        
William Wodloe        
Zachariah Cross        
Edward Bond        
John Lathim        
William Blanton        
John Burk        
John Tye        
Samuel Underwood        
Thomas Prather        
Joseph Wright        
George Webb        
John Webb        
Jonathan Webb        
Benjamin Webb        
John Malone, Sr.        
George Malone        
John Malone, Jr.        
William Malone        
John Hambleton        
Joseph Hawkins Sullivan County      
Nathaniel Hawkins Sullivan County      
Aaron Hawkins Sullivan County      
Mathias Hawkins        
Nicholas Hawkins        
Abraham Cross        
Elisha [Elijah?] Cross        
Thomas Phillips        
Joseph Cole        
Solomon Cole        
Gideon Morris Settled in 1771 in what is now Carter County, Tennessee along Lick Creek north of the Watauga.      
John Crockett        
William Crockett        
David Crockett        
David Crockett        
William Ingram        
David Hughes        
Ralph Fleming        
Thomas Hughes        
Samuel Hughes        
Robert Culwell        
Eamon Warren        
Wollery Beeler        
Jacob Beeler        
John Beeler        
George Beeler        
Joseph Beeler        
Ulius Hickes        
William Beatey        
Saml Forkny        
Daniel Millar        
Andrew Beaty        
Francis Fugit        
Robert Barent        
Richard Higgin        
Daniel McCormack        
John McCormack        
Thomas McCormack        
John Daugherty        
Abraham Crabtree        
Jacob Crabtree        
Joshua McCormick        
Edward Douglass        
Peter Lee        
Halbert McClure        
John McClure        
Thomas Smith        
Charles Scott        
Nathan Smith        
James Smith        
Samuel Smith        
Tillman Smith        
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Isaac Bledsoe area of North Carolina that later became Sumner County, Tennessee      
David Machan        
David Steil        
John Hollis        
Joshua Hollis        
John Steil        
George Steil        
Robert Steil        
James Steil, Sr.        
James Steil, Jr.        
Samul Kerr        
Joseph Kinkead        
David Kinkead        
John Johnson        
John Donahough        
David Adair        
Walter Johnson        
Benjamin Looney        
David Maxwell, Sr.        
George Maxwell        
Jesse Maxwell        
David Maxwell, Jr.        
James Brigham        
Peter Looney        
Robert Gray        
James Gray        
Hugh Crawford        
John Crawford        
William Inglis        
John Teeters        
Robert Looney        
John Looney        
Steven Renfrow, Sr.        
John Renfrow        
Steven Renfrow, Jr.        
Samuel Looney        
James Cain        
John Clark        
Richard Gamon        
Abraham McClellan        
Richard Burk        
Gilbert Karr        
Thomas King        
James B Meredith        
John Craig        
Allex Diver        
John Diver        
John Dunlop        
Moses Cavet        
Alexander Cavet        
William Young        
Mathew Hare        
Jessye Adams        
William Jennings        
William Hambleton        
Michael Looney        
Ephraim Grymes        
Alexder Hambleton        
James Blythe        
James Hambleton, Sr.        
James Hambleton, Jr.        
Archibald McNiel        
Henry Ramsey        
David Grymes        
Solomon Whight        
William Ramsey        
John Adams        
Micajah Adams        
Jonathan Adams        
Daniel Hoggan        
William Anderson        
William McMullin        
John Kearns        
Robert Gilliland        
William Craig        
Arthur Galbreath        
Valentine Bop        
Robert Williams        
Peter Morrison        
Alexander Mahan        
John Campbell        
Thoms Ramsey        
David Looney        
John [X] White        
Conrad Henninger        
Henry Henninger        
Michal Henninger        
John Gre[y] [torn]        
John Roark     b. 1735 in Frederick County, Virginia  
John Gilliland        
Thomas Bird        
John Norrice        
Will Bird        
Richard Stents        
Daniel Hinone        
John South        
John South, Jr.        
W. Williams        
John Williams        
Jacob Young        
Abreham Young        
John Shelby, Jr.        
George Broocks        
Samuel Wilson        
James Fulkerson        
John Carmack        
Edward Morgan        
Jacob Fleenor        
Cornelius Carmack        
Philip Mazen        
Adam Fleenor        
Michael Fleenor        
John Fleenor        
Adam Young        
Nicholas Fleenor        
Gaspar Fleenor        
Christopher Funckhouser b. abt 1710 in Switzerland      
Robin Henderson        
John Henderson        
John yous        
John Funkhouser        
Henry Grimes        
Christopher Funkkhouser, Jr. b. 1752 in Virginia      
Peter Yous        
Ruben Smidh        
Cornelius Carmack, Sr.        
William Carmack Sinking Creek      
Lewis Pitts        
John Robinson        
William Smith        
William Henderson        
Richard Canoor        
Henry Morris        
Vincent Hobbs b. 1720, Turkey Cove, present day Lee County      
Joel Hobbs        
Ezekiel Hobbs b. 1762      
William Blanton        
John Bennins        
Andrew Goff        
Page Portwood, Sr.        
Page Portwood, Jr.,   Fincastle, Virginia married Sarah Frost  
Evan Shelby present day Scott County      
Thomas [X] Portwood        
John oins        
Peter Mombaim        
Bahrents Harkelroad        
Henry Harkelroad Sullivan, Tennessee   b. 1746 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, married Elizabeth Emmert  
John McSwain        
James Shelby        
Garrett Fitzgerrell Junr        
James Sprouls, Sr.        
James Inglish        
Isaac Shelby

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John Blanton        
Moses Shelby        
Samuel Martin        
Henry Rice        
Nicholas Edwards        
Elijah Robertson        
Frederick Calvit        
James Robertson        
Joab Mitchel        
John M[ ]er        
[ ] [ ]ill        
[ ] Mitchel        
John Robertson        
John Honeycut        
Edward Hogan        
Druriah [X] Shaner        
Mark Robertson        
Scarborough Rees     s. John Rees & Mary Pentecost  
Abraham Sturgin        
John Michael Smithpeter Washington County, North Carolina that became Carter County, Tennessee Saxe Gotha, Dutch Fork, Province of South Carolina married Mary Katherine Kyle & Christena Miller  
Hubbard Rees     s. John Rees & Mary Pentecost  
Abraham Stodghill        
James Freeland        
John Green        
George Freeland        
Thomas Caldwell        
Joseph Martin        
Thomas Fletcher        
Moses Winters        
Robert Patterson        
Josiah Ramsy        
Görg Müller        
Charles Rice        
William Patterson        
John Patterson        
John Harris        
James Harris        
Thomas Henson        
William Henson        
Garret Fitzgerald        
Thomas Williams        
Amos Winters        
William Ramsey        
John Blakemore        
John Livingston        
William Gill        
Robert Killgore        
David Russell        
Micall Henagar        
William Davison        
James Davison        
Joseph Davison        
John Tate        
William Tate        
James Davison, Jr.        
Jonathan Wood        
Obadiah Terrell   North Carolina b. 1742, son of Joseph  
David Edwards        
Jess Cane        
James Carr Moccasin Creek      
Kasper Manscoe        
George Manscoe        
William Livingston        
Peter Livingston        
Robert Tate        
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Demsey Ward        
George Ward, Jr        
George Ward        
William Wood        
James Linn        
James Kelly        
Nathaniel Hicks        
Jacob Hoffman        
John Jacobs        
Thomas Bailey        
John Bailey        
William Mitchel        
Solomon White        
James Paterson        
Isaac Linsey        
Henry Hickey        
Stephen Holt        
David Evans        
Charles Fielden        
Peter Turney        
Henry Turney        
Palser Rouse        
John Robison        
Joseph Hatfield        
Jas Cauthron        
Danl M[ ]gle        
John Keewood        
George Gobble        
Abraham Newland        
George Halfacre        
Samuel Bell        
Moses Keewood (Cawood)        
Danell Davison        
Richard Price
The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

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

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

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