An American Family History

Virginia Families
in the Watagua Settlement

  A group of affiliated families from Virginia resettled in what became Tennessee.  


Family   From Approximate
Denton Jonas, John,
New York 1735 1775    
Jobe Abraham Pennsylvania     David Quaker
Little Thomas          
Mackay Robert New Jersey via Maryland 1731     Quaker
Mauck Peter   1734   Andrew & Henry  
Odell Samuel New York 1744 1788 Caleb & Isaac  
Tipton   Maryland bet. 1745-50      
Whitson     aft 1750 bef. 1783 William, Jr., James  


Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

In the 1730s families were attracted to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia by land grants.

1755, September 2d.
Officers present, viz: Fairfax, County
Fairfax, , Colonel;
T. B. Martin, Lieutenant-Colonel;
Meredith Helm, Major;
Richard Morgan, Captain;
John Funk, Jr., Captain;
Jeremiah Smith, Captain;
Samuel Odell, Captain;
Jacob Funk, Captain;
William Bethel, Captain;
Isaac Parkins, Captain;
Edward Rodgers, Captain;
John Hardin, Captain;
John Lindsay, Captain;
Cornelius Ruddell, Captain;
William Vance, Captain;
Lewis Stephen, Captain;
John Denton, Captain;
Thomas Swearingen, Captain.


Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

  1775 Tax Tax list of Dunmore County by Henry Nelson Jr  
Allen, John      
Bailey, John      
Beaver, Cunrod      
Bragg, Thos.      
Bullington, John      
Campbell, Zachariah      
Cave, Jonah      
Cave, Joseph      
Coleman, Jacob      
Coleman, Spencer      
Coleman. John      
Conklin, George      
Cron, Fergus      
Cunningham, Adam      
Davis, William      
Denton, Jonah      
Dobson, Will      
Dotson/Dodson, Thos.      
Eagan, Barneby      
Eagan, Barneby Junr,      
Fleming. William      
Hankins, Ann      
Harding, Samuel      
Hurst, Thos.      
Hurst. Absalom      
Jackson, Peter      
Job/Jobe, David      
Job, Enoch      
Job, Joshua      
Job, Moses      
Jones, Thos.      
Leeth. Marion      
Levesque. John      
Maddux, Matthew      
Mathes, Alex      
McDaniel, John      
McKay, Abram      
McKay, Isaac      
McKay, Jeremiah      
Mcneil, James      
Moody, Moses      
Morgan, Jonah      
Morris, Israel      
Nail, Will      
Nelson, Henry      
Odell, Jonathan      
Odell, Samuel      
Odell. Benjamin      
Odell. James      
Odell. Jermiah      
Pence. John      
Penly. William      
Sisk, Thos.      
Skelton, John      
Snider, George      
Stover, Samuel      
Strickler, Daniel      
Strickler. Abram      
Trygler. Daniel      
White, Will      
Whitson, George      
Whitson, John      
Whitson, Joseph      
Whitson, Will      
Whitson, Will J.,      
Whitson. Charles      
Williams, Benjn.      
Wood, Isom      
Young, Sinnit      
  1780 a partial list of landholders exists for another Hite-McKay-Duff and Green tract  
John Reed,      
Robert Gray,      
William Whitson,      
Dr. George Keller,      
John Denton Sr.,      
George Ridenour,      
Abraham Dealbeck,      
Robert Scott,      
Phillip Munch,      
William Wood,      
Francis McFall,      
John Parkeston,      
George Weaver,      
Jonathan Denton,      
Edmund Basie,      
Christopher Croiser,      
Darby McCartney     (with note: sold to Joe Combs in 1763),
Caleb Odell,      
John Dilley,      
Timothy Eagle,      
Leonard Hornsby (note: sold to Elijah Odell in 1765),      
Jacob Galladay,      
Jacob Burner,      
Simon Morgan,      
Henry Walters,      
John Denton Jr.,      
Fergus Cron,      
Samuel Odell,      
Thomas Sisk,      
Teter Clem,      
George McInturff,      
John and Fred McInturff,      
Michael Clem and      
John Morrell      

from A History of the Valley of Virginia by Samuel Kercheval, Charles James Faulkner, John Jeremiah Jacob

At a council of war, held for regulating the militia of Frederick county, in order to take such steps as shall be thought most expedient in the present critical conjuncture, the 14th day of April, 1756, present,
the Rt. Hon. the Lord Fairfax, county lieutenant;
John Hite, major;

John Lindsey,
Isaac Parkins,
Richard Morgan,
Samuel Odell,
Edward Rogers,
Jeremiah Smith,
Thomas Caton,
Paul Long, captains.


from Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia by Carrie (Hunter) Willis, Etta Belle Walker

In one of the old deed books of Frederick County are some memoranda of a court martial held at Winchester on Tuesday, September 2, 1755; and following is a list of the officers present:
The Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax, County Lieutenant;
George William Fairfax, Colonel;
Thomas Bryan Martin, Lt.-Colonel;
Merideth Helm, Major;
Richard Morgin,
John Funk, Jr.,

Jeremiah Smith,
Samuel Odell,
Jacob Funk,
William Bethel,
Isaac Parkin,
Edward Rodgers,
John Hardin,
John Linsey,
Cornelius Ruddell,
William Vance,
Lewis Stephen, and
John Denton, Captains.


from Settlers by the Long Grey Trail

The Indian road as laid out "to begin at Tom's Brook at Frederick County line" joined there a continuation of the trail ordered opened through Frederick county in 1743. The county having established its court November 11, 1743, had jurisdiction of the settlements north of Tom's Brook at the time of the Orange court order; hence the beginning at this line.