Thursday, November 15, 2007

North Carolina: Washington County [Tennessee]

Washington District, North Carolina was formed 1777 and included all of Tennessee

1775 April 1 A land office was opened for the Wataugans, deeds were made by Christopher Cunningham, Andrew Greer, James Robertson (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker page 15)

1776 July 5 the following petitoned Virginia for annexation, among the signers were: James Robertson, Andrew Greer, Christopher Cunningham, Thomas Simpson, Adam Sherrill, Samuel Sherill Jr. and Sr, Ossa Rose and John Robinson (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker page 15)

1776, July Gen. Rutherford led 2400 men down the French Broad River to fight the Cherokees to fight the Cherokees in western NC (the area that later became eastern TN) Thomas Simpson (would have been at least 16 years old and born before 1761), William Moreland, Andrew Greer, Capt. James Robinson, James Blackwood, Col. Charles Medlock, Charles Perkins and others (article in Ansearchin News, The Tennessee Genealogical Society, Vol. VII, No. 4, October 1960) (The History of Wash. Co., Tennessee states that Andrew Greer settled there about 1770 and had been in the area about 1766)

1776 November and December petiton to create Washington District was signed by Samuel Sherrill, Jr & Sr., John Sherrill, Hugh Blair, Adam Sherill, Urias Sherrill, Chris. Cunningham, George Sherrill, Thomas Simpson, Thos. Cunningham and others (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker p. 16)

1776 Among the members of the court of the newly formed Washington District were Andrew Greer and Thomas Simpson but this court was short-lived (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker p. 16)

1777 early in the year Thomas Simpson was not listed as a member of the court (History of Washington Co., Tennessee courtesy of Barbara Baker page 16)

1778 February the first court met and two of the constables were John and Samuel Smith (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker)

1778 land grant issued to Lee Roy Taylor for the orphans of John Kennedy dec, William, John, Thomas and Samuel Kennedy. The land adjoined Daniel Kennedy’s. (from Jayne McCarley jaymmcarley@prodigy.net)

1778-1779 tax list no Simpsons on the list, on the list were Samuel Sherrill Sr. & Jr., Adam Sherrill, Andrew Greer Esq., Richard Collett and others (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker)

1780 tax list Thomas Simpson, Samuel Simpson (had 4 horses @ value of 210., 3 cattle @ value of 30 and a total value of 240.0.0) (research of Barbara Baker) A Samuel Simpson born 1780 TN was on the 1850 census in Johnson Co., Arkansas (Courtesy of Shirley Hopkins) (is one of these men the father?)

1781 tax list Thomas Simpson, Samuel Simspon (had 4 horses @ value of 210., 3 cattle @ value of 30 and a total value of 240.0.0) (research of Barbara Baker)

1782? tax list (before 1783) Samuel Simpson (had 630 horses, 30 cattle, for total value of 660.0.0) (research of Barbara Baker)

1783, April 2 Wm. Simson, Saml Simpson, Wm. Kennedy & others signed a petition (Watauga Assn of Genealogists of Upper East TN Vol 31 No. 1)

1784 August 23 attending a meeting at the court house were Benjamin Holland, Daniel Kennedy and others (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker page 20)

1785 June 10 a treaty with the Cherokees opened land on the French Broad River to settlement (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker page 21)

1787 December a petition was signed by the inhabitants of “Western Country” by a Reuben Simmon (perhaps this was Simpson?), Harmon Kennedy, Robert Simpson, William Kennedy, Moses Kennedy and others (History of Washington Co., TN courtesy of Barbara Baker p. 22-23 & Watauga Assn. of Genealogists of Upper East TN Vol. 30 No. 2)

1778 May Samuel Tate appointed to the first grand jury of Washington County NC along with, among others, John Hoskins; Samuel buys land from Hoskins and wife Ruth in 1783 (Thomas Simpson, apparently a lawyer, married Dorcas Tate, daughter of John Tate, son of Samuel Tate. Samuel Tate was a neighbor and companion of Daniel and Squire Boone in Rowan County NC, was one of the small group who went with Daniel Boone to build the Wilderness Road and Fort Boonesborough, then moved to the Watauga Settlement. He had one son, John, who is fairly well documented – per Les Tate email address lrtate@comcast.net – see Claiborne and Overton Counties, Tennessee for more info).

1790 tax list Samuel Simpson 1 white pole, no black poles, no stud horses, no town lots. In this tax list, he was listed as Samuel Simmons (research of Barbara Baker)

1798 James Simpson on upper Big Limestone Creek (Don Simpson report No. 3, June 1995)

1799 James Simpson and John Simpson (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995)

1800 Nathaniel Simpson witnessed a deed from Peter Moore to Peter Epperson for land on Kendricks Creek (Don Simpson report No. 3 June 1995)

1800 Robert Simpson and Rebecca Lyon were married

1800 October 6 Thomas Simpson was on the delinquent tax list for 100 acres on Horse Creek (General Abstracts from TN Newspapers by Eddleman found by Reva Hopkins Bruhn)

1801 Nathaniel Simpson on Kendricks Creek. (Don Simpson report No. 3 June 1995)

1801 January 14 Thomas Simpson who owned 100 acres on Horse Creek, Washington Co., TN was listed in the Tennessee Gazette, Collection District #2, the following tracts of land were sold for nonpayment of a direct tax within US on Feb. 2, 1801.

1801 John Simpson tax list (per info from Barbara Baker this John Simpson was born 1777 Ireland, died April 29, 1844 Greene Co., Tennessee; married 1st Elizabeth Bowman ca, 1799, married 2nd Barbara Bashar 1 September 1842 Washington Co., Tennessee)

1801 James Simpson, John Simpson, Robert Simpson upper Limestone creek area.

1810 Jan 9 John Simpson & Tolbart/Talbert/Tolbert Haile, Wayne Co. Kentucky, Thomas Murray, Washington Co. Tennessee & Butler/Butlar Hale, Sullivan Co., Tennessee legatees and heirs of Edward Mercer, late of Wash. Co. TO Pointon Charlton Senr; 200 acres on both sides of Kendricks Creek, $1100. Adj: Richard Daniels, James Gates, George Kincheloe. Sig: John Simpson, Tolbert Hale, Thomas (x) Murray, Butler Hale. Wit: John Helm, Pointon Charlton, Polly Snap. CT: May 1811. REG: 9/8/1811 (Washington County, Tennessee Deeds: 1797-1817, Vol. 2 by Loraine B. Rae, Published, copy provided by Larry Herrin)

1810 Pointon Charlton purchased 200 acres on both sides of Kendricks Creek from the heirs of Edward Mercer, deceased. One of those heirs was John Simpson of Wayne Co., Kentucky. (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995)

1816 July Robert Simpson had died by this date (Don Simpson Report No. 3 June 1995)

1818 July John Simpson’s land on the waters of Big Limestone Creek, adjoined land owned by Joseph Clark when John McCracken sold 15 acres to Thos. Nelson. (Watauga Assn. of Genealogists, Vol. 34, No. 2: 2005)

1819 August 9 John Simpson of Wayne Co., Kentucky & Palbert Hale of Wayne Co., Kentucky, Thomas Murray of Washington Co., Tennessee and Butler Hale of Sullivan Co., Tennessee and heirs of Edward Harin of Washington Co., Tennessee paid $1100 for 100 acres on the banks of George Lindriel’s Creek in Washington Co., Tennessee (from Barbara Baker)

4 comments:

Elvina said...

Thanks for writing this.

Robert said...

James, John and Robert Simpson are thought to be brothers. DNA from all three lines are confirmed to match. The question now becomes who is Dad and where did they come from in Ireland.

Nona said...

Robert,
Can you be more specific about which James, John and Robert Simpson are proven related by DNA tests?

Thank you.

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