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Davy Crockett


-Crockett's grandfather, also David, first settled in Pennsylvania
-Emigrated to Rogersville Tennessee
-Was killed by a Cherokee Indian attack
-John Crockett was David's father
-He fought in Revolutionary War in Battle of Kings Mountain
-Married Rebecca Hawkins
-Lived near mouth of Limestone Creek in Greene County
-The Crockett family moved about 10 miles to Cove Creek
-Moved again to Jefferson County near Morristown
-Operated a cabin tavern on the new Knoxville-Abingdon Road
-When David was 12, he attended school for four days
-A fight with a boy at school caused him to run away from home
-worked in Virginia for farmers, wagoneers, and hat maker for 2-1/2 years
-David returned home and became an expert marksman
-He returned to school for six months
-David married Polly Finley in Jefferson County on August 12, 1806
-He farmed in the community for two or three years
-A son John Wesley was born on July 10, 1807
-A second son, William was born 1808
-The family moved to near Lynchburg in Moore County in 1808 or 1809
-Another move brought them to Franklin County, 1810
-They located about 10 miles southwest of Winchester on Bean's Creek
-A daughter, Margaret was born 1812
-Crockett enlisted in war against Indian massacres in Southern Alabama
-David's wife Polly died 1813
-Crockett married to Elizabeth Patton, 1815
-A son, Robert Patton was born in Franklin County, 1816
-Land ceded by Chickasaw Indians to United States September, 1816
-Crockett first located in county at the head of Shoal Creek in 1816
-Became temporary magistrate in new government
-Helped organize county 1817
-Lived few blocks south of the Lawrenceburg public square for short time
-A daughter, Rebecca Elvira, was born on December 25, 1818
-Served as one of the first Justices of the Peace
-Was a member of commission appointed to select the county seat
-Elected colonel of Lawrenceburg's regiment of the Tennessee's Militia
-Became first representative in State Legislature, 1821-1822
-A daughter, Matilda, was born on August 2, 1821
-Crockett owned 614 acres in Lawrence County in 13 different tracts
-He first located at the head of Shoal Creek
-The complex cost more than $3,000
-Over 1-1/2 million tons of iron ore mined from  Shoal Creek
-Crocket also built a grist mill, powder-mill and distillery
-Complex built on the middle fork of Shoal Creek
-All of complex was washed away when Shoal Creek flooded
-Crockett moved the family west to Gibson County, 1822
-He represented 11 west Tennessee4 counties in Legislature, 1823-1824
-Was elected to U S Congress 1827-1835
-He was defeated in a Congressional election, 1834
-David decided to go to the aid of Texas in land dispute against Mexico
-He died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836
-His wife Elizabeth moved family to Texas
-She died on January 31, 1860 in what was Johnson County, TX
-She is buried in what is now Hood County, TX
·-A "Davy's Day" celebration held in Lawrence County, 1890
-"Davy Crockett Day" celebrated as part of annual Strawberry Festival May 14, 1955
 

A lot of people do not realize it, but Davy Crockett had a lot of relatives in Tennessee, including several first cousins by the name of David Crockett, which were named after Davy’s grandfather.  I believe the story about when Davy was rejected by a Quaker girl was invented to explain the marriage license found in Jefferson Co., of his cousin, Davy Crockett- probable son of his uncle William, to Margaret Elder, (proved by Bible records).  When Davy lived in Gibson Co., Tennessee, two other David Crocketts lived within 12 miles of him. One of these was referred to as David Crockett of Rutherford Co. by Goodspeed, and this was the cousin that married Margaret. They moved to Rutherford Co. with her father, David Elder, before moving to Gibson Co. The Elders and the Crocketts were probably moved together from Lancaster, Pa., to Frederick Co., Virginia, to Tyrone Co., NC, and then to Tennessee.  The other David Crockett was David B. Crockett, son of Davy’s uncle Robert. David B. married Drucilla Elder, sister to Margaret Elder. Their grandmother was Anne Gordon, who lived on Greene Mountain, South Carolina, where Davy’s father, John and his uncles fought in the revolution in the Battle of Green Mountain.  

David Crockett, the elder lived on Tuscarora Creek on North Mountain, Fredrick Co., Virginia, at least by 1748 as evidenced in a deed by Hugh Lyle.  His neighbors included the John and Patrick Gillaspy, William Patterson, Robert Jackson, James Glenn (bought from Mordicai Mendenhall), Richard Beeson (Mordicai Mendenhall's father-in-law), James Brittain, and Robert Elder.

    The earliest record  found on David Crockett was dated January 8, 1743. David Crockett is called by some David, the elder, to distinguish him from his grandson, the famous Davy Crockett, who died in the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas in 1836.  According to this deed, David Crockatt (Crockett) witnessed the sale of land between Morgan Bryan and his wife to Roger Turner in Frederick Co., Virginia.  An interesting fact of this association of David Crockett and Morgan Bryan is that it links the families of two of America's greatest frontiersmen.  Morgan Bryan's granddaughter, Rebecca, daughter of his son Joseph, married frontiersman Daniel Boone.  Assuming David was at least 21 years of at the time of this transaction he would have been born around 1722 or earlier.  Davy Crockett in his autobiography stated that his grandfather was born in Maryland or on the way over on a ship.  During this time there were Crocketts in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where Davy said his father spent time in his youth.  Some of David Crockett's neighbors may have also come from Lancaster as the Elders, Pattersons, Beesons who were mentioned in deeds with David Crockett were also names of families in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.  Modecai I. Mendenhall, who witnessed a deed with David Crockett, was born in Concord, Chester Co., Pennsylvania in about 1713. He married Charity Beeson on March 21, 1734/35 in Leacock, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, giving proof that some of these neighbors were indeed from Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.  Modecai moved to Guilford, Guiford Co., NC, as many of these families later moved to North Carolina.  Some of these families also moved to the Holston River Valley of Tennessee in what became Sullivan Co., where the Crocketts later moved.  One such person that moved from Frederick to the Holston River Valley and then to Clarkesville, Tennessee was Valentine Sevier, whose brother was General John Sevier.

    Records show that David Crockett was added to the tythe list in 1748, and he married Elizabeth, whose last name is not known, at about this time.   There has been speculation that she was the daughter of Jonas Hedge because there has been no record of David and Elizabeth buying land from Jonas Hedge, but a deed is in the records showing that they sold this land in 1768 when they left Frederick.  This is doubtful in that Jonas Hedge lived for some years after this date and there is no evidence of a daughter Elizabeth.  Elizabeth may have been a Patterson and possibly the daughter or sister of William Patterson that was mentioned in several deeds in Frederick and also in Tyrone Co., NC.  This would also account for the name of John and Rebbeca Crockett's son Patterson who was Davy Crockett's brother. Of course this is also only speculation.

     David and Elizabeth are proven by Davy Crockett's autobiography to have children by the name of John (Davy's father), William, James and Joseph.  A claim filed by William for James and  Alexander, the orphans of David Crockett, proves Alexander and shows that James and Alexander were underage in 1779.  Robert Crockett is proven by his Revolutionary pension application and by the fact he filed the estate papers with William when David was killed.  He also had the authority to sell David's land. There is also evidence of a son named David that was mentioned as David Crockett, Jr. in a court document in Tyrone Co. and that signed one of the petitions that David signed.  It has been suggested that jr. could also infer another David Crockett that was younger, but may not be his son.  Deeds show that a David Crockett was still living in the vicinity of where the Crocketts lived near what is Rogersville, Hawkins Co., Tn. after David and Elizabeth were killed.

 ESTATE OF DAVID CROCKETT

Take from Courthouse, at Abingdon, Va., Washington Co.                                                                               

August 19, 1778 

First Minute Book, p. 39.

     On motion of William and Robert Crockett administration is granted them on the estate of David Crokett, who made oath thereton and entered and  acknowledged their bond with John coulter and John Lowry their securities in the sum of one thousand pounds in the faithful administration of the said  decedent's estate.

Ordered that,

                John Cos,             

                William Ingham,

                Abraham McClelan, and

                James Hodges or any three of them being sworn appraise

                the estate of David Crockett

  

Ron Crockett 

First Will Book, p. 54

An inventory and Appraisal of the Estate of David Crockett

Black Horse....................60 lbs.         

Black Mare.....................40 lbs.         

Cow, Calf, Bull................15 lbs.         

Cow & Bull.....................17 lbs.          

Cow............................12 lbs.               

Steer..........................13 lbs.               

Bull............................2 lbs.  

Brown Mare.....................30 lbs.

Cow & Calf.....................15 lbs.

Cow & Calf.....................12 lbs.

Cow & Yearling.................15 lbs

Cow & Yearling.................18 lbs.

Cow & Yearling.................18 lbs.

Cow............................13 lbs.

Roand Mare.....................35 lbs        

Man's saddle and bridle........12 lbs., 16s.

Man's and saddle ba.............3 lbs.

Bed and furniture .............15 lbs.

Bed and bed clothes............17 lbs.

Cotton and bag..................5 lbs.,  6s

Great Coat.....................10 lbs.

Frying Pan..................... 1 lb.,2s,10

One musket..................... 1 lb.,2s,1

One Spinning Wheel

Azex and Chizel

Parsel of book

Set of spools

A Heckle

Wier Sifter

Plow irons i& ols iron

Cutting knife & steel

Drawing knife & lock

Pepper mill

Old clothes

Brimstone

Chest & Tromphney

One bell

Four old sickles

One pot & hook

A wagon & hook, chain, & geres

Mattick

Tract of land Carter's Valley

Ten notes

One note

Nov. 21, 1778.

 Frederick County, Virginia Court Records

Feb. 1743 Deed Bk 1, page 38 - 8 Jan. 1743," Frederick County Virginia, Deed Books 1,2,3,4  1743-1758" Abstracted and Compiled by Ameliia C. Gilreath

Bk 1, page 37 - 7 Jan. 1743

[Lease) Between Morgan Bryan & Martha his wife of Frederick County [to] Roger Turner  of the  same place  ... Consideration  of five Shillings Tract of Land being part of a Tract of Land containing four  hundred Acres Granted unto  said Morgan  Bryan by  patent dated  the 12th  Nov. 1735 ...Containing one hundred and  twenty five  Acres . .  Yielding & paying one pepper corn on 29th Sept. only if the same be demanded

Wit: Edw. Hughes Morgan Bryan

       John Grayson Martha (M) Bryan

       David Crockatt

Recorded: xth Feb. 1743 

Feb. 1743 Deed Bk 1, page 38 - 8 Jan. 1743, "Frederick County Virginia, Deed Books 1,2,3,4  1743-1758" Abstracted and Compiled by Ameliia C. Gilreath

[Release] Between  Morgan Bryan  & Martha  his wife of Frederick County [to] Roger Turner of the  same  place  ...  Consideration  of  twenty five pounds Tract of Land being part of a Tract of Land containing four hundred Acres Granted unto said Morgan Bryan by patent dated the 12th Nov. 1735 ... Containing one hundred and twenty five Acres.

Wit: Edw, Hughes Morgan Bryan

       John Grayson Martha (M) Bryan

       David Crockatt

Recorded:              xth Feb. 1743 

3 Aug. 1748 - It was ordered by the clerk that the name of David Crockett and his tithables be added to the tithe list.  Order Bk. 2, pg. 456 (from Crockett Cousins"), Kathryn Jones, 1984. 

6 Dec. 1750 - Hugh (x) Miller sold to "Robt Elder, waver of the county." Land between James Nail & Danl Kennedy.  Miller reserves use of house until May next, to reap & carry away that rye "which his Brother Claims Likewise a Nursery of young apel treys. . . "  (Signed) Hugh (X) Miller. Wit. Wm Pattison, and Wm. Paul, David Croket (?).  "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner. 

1751 Hugh Lyle, assignee of James Brittain; no warrant, surveyed  22 April 1751; 177 acres where he has improvements; adj. George Hobson, Wm Patterson.  CC-  Mordeca Mendenhall & David Crokett.  Surv. William Baylis

   N.D.  Brittain has now gone to Carolina.  1754 -  Brittain to Lyle. "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner. 

1751 John Glenn, assignee of Mordecai Beeson, assignee of John Beeson; 21 Sept. 1751 - 4 Apr. 1752; 247 acres where he (Glenn) has a good plantation on brs. of Tuscarora; adj. Richard Beason, Richard Thatcher, Hugh Miller, James Glenn.  CC - David Crockett & Saml Glenn. Surv. John Baylis.  Warrant in name of John Beeson, surveyed for James Glenn. "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner. 

1751- Hugh Lyle, assignee of John & Patrick Gillaspy, sons of Ann Gillaspy, widow of Patrick; 21 Sept. 1751 - 31 Mar. 1752; 789 acres where she lived in 1748 onTuscarorah at North Mt.; adj. David Croket.  CC- Francis Meginnise & Saml Glen.  Survyed by Wm Baylis.1751 John Snodgrass, assignee of Cornelius Bryson; no warrant, surveyed  7 Nov. 1751; 142 acres whereon Bryson lives on Mill Crk., Opeckon at foot of North Mt., Tuscarorah; adj. Richard Beason, David Croket, Jas Glen.  CC - Wm Patterson & Jas Minnes.  Surv. Wm Baylis. "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner.

 1751- Thomas Akings, assignee of David Croket; no warrant, surveyed 8 Nov. 1751; 116 acres whereon David Croket has improved, adj his late survey on Tuschorarah, a br. of Opeckon; adj Andrew Paul, David Croket. CC - William Patterson & Cornelious Bryson.  Surv. William Baylis. "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner.

 1751- Hugh Miller, Junior, assignee of Hugh Miller; no warrant, surveyed 7 Nov. 1751; 404 acres whereon he lives on Tuscarorah; adj, James Glen, Andrew Paul, Wm Patterson.  CC - David Croket & James Minnes.  Surv. William Baylis. "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner. 

1752- John Gillaspy ( Patrick being dead to John Alone); no warrant, surveyed 21 Nov. 1752; 267 acres on drs. of Middle Crk. & Tuscororah brs. of Opeckon; adj the said orphans survey, Wm Patterson, David Crokett, James Brittain.  CC - Wm Patterson & David Crokett.  Surveyed by William Baylis.  John & Patrick Gillaspy, Orphans of Gillaspy, decd.  "Abstracts of Virginia's NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS, FREDERICK COUNTY, 1747 - 1780, Volume II'', compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner. 

3 May 1753 - David Crockett entered suit against William Williams but the suit was ordered to be dismissed.  Order Bk. 4 pg. 494. (from "Crockett Cousins")

1754 - John Boyd, assignee of Robert Jackson; no warrant, surveyed 4 Dec. 1754;  101 acre on drains of Opeckon at North Mt. where said Jackson lives; adj. David Crokett, John & Patrick Gillaspy.  CC - William Bowl & John Tippey.  Surv. William Baylis. 

7 Sept 1756 Tract to David Crocket from Jonas Hedge was confirmed. (from "Crockett Cousins") 

Sept. 1762 - Suit dismissed when David Crockett refuses to prosecute William Long. (from "Crockett Cousins" 

9 Aug. 1766 -  400 acres of land was patented to David Crockett, located at foot of North Mountain on the Tuscorora, by Lord Thomas Fairfax, this land in said county.  Northern Neck Grant Bk. N, pg. 108. 

3 Mar. 1767 - Between David Crocket of County of Frederick (to) James Morrison of the same place . . .  consideration of ten shillings  . . . Tract of Land lying and being on the north side of Opechon Creek near the head of Tuscarorah being part of a Tract of Land Granted by Patent to said David Crocket . . . containing one Hundred and seventy eight and one half  Acres more or less  . . . rent of one pepper corn on the feast of St. Micaels the Arch Angel . . . Witt:  none signed David Crocket, Elizabeth (x) Crocket Bk 11, pg. 258, recorded 3 March 1767 

4 Mar. 1767 - Between David Crocket of Virginia Colony, County of Frederick,  (to) James Morrison of the same place, consideration of one hundred and forty pounds, 178 1/2 acres of land on north side of Opechon Creek near head of Tuscorora, being part of a tract of land granted by said David Crockett.  Deed Bk. Vol. 11, pg. 258 

3 Mar. 1767 - Between David Crocket of County of Frederick (to) Thomas Atkins of the same place . . .  consideration of ten shillings  . . . Tract of Land lying and being on the north side of Opechon Creek near the head of Tuscarorah being part of a Tract of Land Granted by Patent to said David Crockett . . . containing one Hundred and two and one quarter Acres and six poles more or less  . . . rent of one pepper corn on the feast of St. Micaels the Arch Angel . . . Wit:  none  \s\  David Crocket, Elizabeth (x) Crocket       Bk 11, pg. 258, recorded 3 March 1767 

4 Mar. 1767 - David Crockett of Virginia Colony, County of Frederick, conveys to Thomas Atkins of same, consideration of one hundred forty pounds, 102 1/4 acres and six poles more or less of land on north side of Opechon Creek near head of Tuscorora, being part of a tract of land granted by said David Crocket. . .

Wit:  none Recorded 3 March 1767  Deed Bk. Vol. 11, pg. 260 \s\ David Crocket, Elizabeth (x) Crocket 

4 Mar. 1767 - David Crockett  of Virginia Colony, County of Frederick ,conveys to John Snodgrass 102 1/4 acres of land on north side of Opechon Creek near head of Tuscorora, being part of a tract of land granted by said David Crocket. (From "Crockett Cousins" by Kathyrn Jones)

 13 June 1768 - David Crockett and wife, Elizabeth, of Frederick County convey 352 acres of land to Robert Watt.  Deed reads "a certain plantation or Tract of Land lying in the County of Frederick within four miles of Watkins Ferry, it being a patent granted to a certain Jonas Hedge and his wife, Elizabeth, bearing date of 7th of Sept. 1756".

 On 13 June 1768, David and Elizabeth Crocket of Frederick Co, VA, sold to Robert Watt of Cumberland Co, PA, for 100 pounds, 352 acres patented 7 Sept 1756 to Jonas and Elizabeth Hedges, within four miles of Watkins Ferry. The land was surveyed in April 1752, and a grant was dated 14 Nov 1754, for 352 acres about four miles from Watkins Ferry, on both sides of the Wagon Road, surveyed by John Mauzy, adjoining Major Carlisle. Witnesses: John Park, Hugh Lyle, Alex. Black. Recorded 2 August 1768. (Fred. Deeds 12, 410.) Somewhere between 1756 and 1768 Crockett acquired the land.

  Tyron County, North Carolina Deeds 

11 March. 1771 - Thomas Yeats of Berkley Co., S. C. sells to David Crockett of Tyron County Province of North Carolina on branch of Killion Creek, beginning at William Cathy's land, Kinneards corner, Ramsey's line, from patent Yeats got on 22 Dec. 1768 containing 160 acres. Witnesses:  John Hill, James Johnston and John Crockett.  Bk. 1, pg 477

 12 March. 1771 - David Crockett of Tyron County deeds to William Patterson of same for 50 lbs., land he purchased the day before the date hereof of Thomas Yeates, lying in Tyron County containing 250 acres adjoining Abraham Scotts's south corner on Coburn Creek.  Witnesses: Alexander Patterson, John Beaty, James Beaty.  Bk. 1, Pg 454  (Mention is made that if David does not repay the 50 lbs. from William Patterson within 18 months, Patterson can sell the property to recover his money).

 21 Oct. 1771 Samuel Coburn fo Tyron County sells to John Dozier of same for 20 lbs., 100 acres on south side of Catawba adjoining Joseph Wisharts, James Coburn, John Coburn, Samuel Coburn, part of a patent to said Samuel Coburn for 176 acres on Oct. 6, 1767.  witnesses:  David Crockett, Jr. and David Crockett, Sr.

Recorded July term 1772.

 1771 October - John Weedingham vs William Marchbank,  Case

The Jury Panel -John Stanford, N. Fisher, James McAfee, Lowry Glover, Thomas Bond, Samuel Lacey, Thomas Clark, Ephraim Wilson, John Williams, John Anderson, Sam'l Wilky, David Crockett

Impennelled & Sworn find for the plff Pounds 4 3 & /6 Costs

 17 October 1772 - A deed of Sale from Jon Kinkaid to William Kinkaid for one hundred and fifty acres proved by David Crockat Evidence thereof. Tyrone County NC Court Records October Term 1772

 19 January 1773 - Warrant 1158, To David Crockatt 300 Acres. On head waters of Coburn's & Killians Creeks. SS  558.

 April 1773 - The Last Will and Testament of Alexander Wells was produced in Open Court and Proved by  Oath of David Crocket.  On motion of John Dun Esq'r Ordered by the Court that Robert Ewart and James Johnston Executors of said Will have Letters Testmentary of all and Singular the good and chattles of the said Deceas'd who took the Oath of Executors which was accordingly granted.

 January 1775 - Court Case The King vs Thos Espey.  Extortion

Jury Panel:  John Hoyle, Wm. Kinkaid, Wm Crocket, Dav'd Crocket, Sam'l Gray, Ambrose Foster, Wm Going, Joseph Richey, Christopher Walbert, David Ramsey, John Gallespie, Adolph Reep.

Jury Impanneled and sworn find the Def'endent not Guilty.

  Watauga Petition 

Petition to North Carolina - July 5, 1776 

To the Hon. the Provincial Council of North Carolina:

 The humble petition of the inhabitants of the Washington District,

including the River Wataugah, Nonachuckie, &c., in committee assembled,

Humbly Showeth, that about six years ago, Colonel Donelson, (in behalf

of the Colony of Virginia), held a Treaty with the Cherokee Indians, in

order to purchase the lands of the Western Frontiers; in consequence of

which Treaty, many of your petitioners settled on the lands of the

Wataugah, &c., expecting to be within the Virginia line, and

consequently hold their lands by their improvements as first settlers;

but to their great disappointment, when the line was run they were

(contrary to their expectation) left out; finding themselves thus

disappointed, and being to inconveniently situated to move back, and

feeling an unwillingness to loose the labour bestowed on their

plantations, they applied to the Cherokee Indians, and leased the land

for a term of ten years, before the expiration of which term, it

appeared that many persons of distinction were actually making purchases

forever; thus yielding a precedent, (supposing many of them, who were

gentlemen of the law, to be better judges of the constitution than we

were,) and considering the bad consequences it must be attended with,

should the reversion be purchased out of our hands, we next preceded to

make a purchase of the lands, reserving those in our possession in

sufficient tracts for our own uses, and resolving to dispose of the

remainder for the good of th community. This purchase was made and the

lands acknowledged to us and our heirs forever, in an open treaty, in

Wataugah Old Fields; a deed being obtained from the Chiefs of the said

Cherokee nation, for themselves and their whole nation, conveying a fee

simple right to the said lands, to us and our heirs forever, which deed

was for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand pounds sterling

(paid to them in goods,) for which consideration they acknowledged

themselves fully satisfied, contented and paid; and agreed for

themselves and their whole nation, their heirs, &c., forever to resign,

warrant and defend the said lands to us, and our heirs, &c., against

themselves, their heirs, &c. 

The purchase was no sooner made, than we were alarmed by the reports of

the present unhappy situation between Great Britain and America, on

which report, (taking the new united colonies for our guide,) we

proceeded to choose a committee, which was done unanimously by the

consent of the people. This committee (willing to become a party in the

present unhappy contest) resolved (which is now in our records) to

adhere strictly to the rules and orders of the Continental Congress, and

in open committee acknowledged themselves indebted to the united

colonies their full portion of the Continental expense.

 Finding ourselves on the Frontiers, and being apprehensive that, for the

want of a proper legislature, we might become shelter for such as

endeavored to defraud their creditors; considering also the necessity of

recording Deeds, Wills, and doing other public business, we, by consent

of the people, formed a court for the purposes above mentioned, taking

(by desire of our constituents) the Virginia laws for our guide, so near

as the situation of affairs would admit; this was intended for

ourselves, and was done by the consent of every individual, but wherever

we had to deal with people out of our district, we have ruled them to

bail, to abide by our determinations, (which was, in fact, leaving the

matter of reference,) otherways we dismissed their suit, lest we should

in any way intrude on the legislature of the colonies. In short, we have

endeavored so strictly to do justice, that we have admitted common proof

against ourselves, on accounts, &c., from the colonies, without

pretending a right to require the Colony Seal.

 We therefore trust that we shall be considered as we deserve, and not,

as we have (no doubt) been many times, represented, as a lawless mob. It

is for this very reason we can assure you that we petition; we now again

repeat it, that it is for want of proper authority to try and punish

felons, we can only mention to you murderers, horse thieves and robbers

and are sorry to say that some of them have escaped us for want of

proper authority. We trust, however, that this will not long be the

case; and we again and again repeat it, that it is for this reason we

petition to this Honorable Assembly.

 Above we have given you and extract of our proceedings, since our

settling on Wataugah, Nolachuckie, &c., in regard to our civil affairs.

We have shown you th causes of our first settling and the

disappointments we have met with, the reason of our lease and of our

purchase, the manner in which we purchased, and how we hold of the

Indians in fee simple; the causes of our forming a committee, and

legality of its election; and same of our court and proceedings, and our

reasons for petitioning in regard to our Legislature.

 We will now porceed to give you some account of our military

establishments, which were chosen agreeable to the rules established by

convention, and officers appointed by the committee. This being done we

thought it proper to raise a company on the District service, as our

proportion, to act in the common cause on the sea shore. A Company of

fine riflemen were accordingly enlisted, and put under Captain James

Robertson, and were actually embodied, when we received sundry letters

and depositions, (copies of which we now enclose to you,) you will

readily judge that there was occasion for them in another place, where

we daily expected attack. We therefore thought proper to station them on

our Frontiers, in defence of the common cause, at the expense and risque

of our own private fortunes, til farther public orders, which we flatter

ourselves will give no offence. We have enclosed you sundry proceedings

at the station where our men now remain.

 We shall now submit the whole to your candid and impartial judgement. We

pray your mature and deliberate consideration in our behalf, that you

man annex us to your Province, (whether as County, district, or other

division,) in such manner as my enable us to share in the glorious cause

of Liberty; enforce our laws under authority, and in every respect

become the best members of society; and for ourselves and constituents

we hope, we many venture to assure you, that we shall adhere strictly to

your determinations, and that nothing will be lacking or any thing

neglected, that may add weight (in the civil or military establishments)

to the glorious cause in which we are now struggling, or contribute to

the welfare of our own or ages yet to come.

 That you may strictly examine every part of this our Petition, and delay

no time in annexing us to your Province, in such a manner as your wisdom

shall direct, is the hearty prayer of those who, for themselves and

constituents, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.

  John Carter, Chn         Zach Isbell         Jacob Brown     George Rusel

Charles Robertson    John Sevier        Wm. Bean         Jacob Womack

James Robertson      Jas. Smith         John Jones       Robert Lucas

 The above signers are members in Committee assembled.

 Wm. Tatham, Clerk, P.T.

Jocob Womack        James Easley        John I. Cox         Joud.Bostin, sen.

Joseph Dunham      John Haile           John Cox, jr.       Henry Bates, jun.

Rice Duncan         Elijah Robertson    Abraham Cox         Will'm Dod

Edward Hopson       William Clark       Emanuel Shote       Groves Morris

Lew. Bowyer         John Dunham         Thomas Houghton   Wm. Bates

Joseph Buller       Wm. Overall         Joseph Luske        Robert Mosely

Andw. Greer         Matt. Hawkins       William Reeves      Ge. Hartt

Jaob Mitchell           John Brown             David Hughes       Isaac Wilson

Gideon Morris            Jos. Brown          Landon Carter       Jno. Waddell

Shadrach Morris     Job Bumper            John McCormick    Jarret Williams

William Crocket     Isaac Wilson        David Crocket        Oldham Hightower

Thomas Dedmon     Richard Norton       Edward Cox            Abednago Hix

David Hickey        George Hutson       Tho's Hughes        Charles McCartney

Mark Mitchell       Thomas Simpson      Wm. Roberson       Frederick Vaughn

Hugh Blair          Valentine Sevier    Henry Siler         Jos. McCartney

Elias Pebler        Jonathan Tipton     Frederick Calvit    Mark Robertson

Jos. Brown          Robert Sevier       John Moore             Joseph Calvit

John Neave          Drury Goodan         Wm. Newberry        Joshua Houghton

John Robinson       Richard Fletcher    Adam Sherrell       John Chukinbeard

Chris. Cunningham  Alexander Greear   Sam. Sherrell,jr      James Cooper

Jas. Easley         Joseph Greear       Sam. Sherrell,Sr    William Brokees

Ambrose Hodge       Andrew Greear,jr    Ossa Rose           Julius Robertson

Dan'l Morris        Teeter Nave            Henry Bates,jr        John King

Wm. Cox             Lewis Jones            Jos. Grimes           Michael Hider

Crs.Cunningham,Sr John Davis             Joshua Barten,sr   John Barley

                       DEEDS THAT MENTION DAVID CROCKETT

9 Jun. 1777 - William Patterson of Tyron County sells to Jacob Baker of same for 125 lbs., 250, acres on south side of Catawba on Coburn's Creek adjoining Abram Scott, part of a grant to John Killion 13 Sept. 1759, conveyed to Thomas Yeates, then to David Crockett, then to said William Patterson, Recorded July term 1778.

 2165.Nov. 8, 1779 William Crockett, for Alexander & James Crockett orphans of David Crockett deceased, 400 ac in Sullivan Co. on N side of Holston R and on head waters of Back Cr; including said Crockett deceased's improvement; warrant issued Oct. 13, 1780 by Landon Carter; 400 ac surveyed Jan. 24, 1788 for "Thomas Randen" (or Rankin) by Arthur Moore; 400 acres entered by William Crockett on entry taker's report; [for grant see file#1204 in Green Co.; MARS 12.14.6. 1204] 

PETITIONS FOR GRANT SUSPENSIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA 1776 -1836 (PART 2)

pgs. 185-186, by Dr. A. B. Pruitt, ISBN #0-944992-48-X Copyright 1993 A. B. Pruitt

 1534. Sept. 5, 1792 Hawkins Co Arthur Gilbrath (of Hawkins Co) swears: On Feb.10, 1784 he bought "or exchanged" land with David Mahan agreeable to the following obligation: Feb.10, 1784 Arthur Glibrath (of "Sullivan" Co) to David Mahan (of Sullivan Co)--Gilbrath sells Mahan "a tract" on the Kentucky Road above widow Elliot's; the land includes a large spring where Levin Bledsoe formerly lived. Mahan sold Gilbrath--200 ac in Carters Valley; the land borders: David Crockitt deceased's claim In said valley and above said "Crocket's". Mahan and Gilbrath agree to the bargin under a bond of £500 specie each. Gilbrath is to "support his claim" to the above place. Mahan is to conduct "all further proceedings at Gilbrath's expence". "Mayhan" is to make a "proper conveyance" of the patent of his claim to Gilbrath. [copies of signatures] Arthur Gilbrath and David Mahan; witness [copies of signatures] George Maxwell and John Anderson. Mahan gave Gilbrath "immediate" possession. Later Gilbrath sold the land to Benja Merrell who has since sold to Thomas Amis who has made a large and valuable improvement there the value of which is "very considerable". But Mahan neglected to get and make out the title. Mahan's excuse was that he lost the warrant. To have a "legal trial we" laid a supernumery [vague] warrant on the land and got a grant Sept.26, 1791 in Thomas Amis' name. Mahan ignored the bargin and intends to defraud Gilbrath. In the Spring of 1792, Mahan got a copy of his warrant from Carter's Office and sold the claim a second time to James Berry who later sold to Daniel Hamblin, "have" surveyed the land due to a copy of this warrant, & "is" about to get a grant in the name of David Mahan, James Berry, or Daniel Hamblin "or some other assignee". The warrant from Carter's office is No.1863 dated Oct. 7, 1779. [signed] Arthur "Galbrith"before Elijah Chisum, J P. To Gov. Alexander Martin: I ask that the grant to David Mahan, James Berry, Daniel Hamblin, or anyone else be suspeded and a copy of "the proceedings" be sent to Hawkins Co Court so a trial can be held. [signed] Arthur "Galbraith". [on the back] Sept.12,1792 I certify Eiljah Chisum is Commissioner of the Peace for Hawkins Co. [signed] Rich. Mitchell, Hawkins Co Clerk Sept 22, 1792 at Danbury to James Glasgow, Secretary of State: I have suspended execution of a grant for the within described land; certify the same to Hawkins Co Court so a trial can be held. [signed] Alex Martin: fees paid T Rhodes.

                       REFERENCES 

TYRON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA LAND WARRANTS, 1768-1774 by Miles S. Philbeck

 17 Aug 1779
"JEAN CROCKETT came into Court and Chose JAMES GLEN her guardian and he was approved by the court." Washington County, VA, Court Minute Book No. 1 1777-1787. LDS film #34382, p. 70.

 William Crockett- Davy’s uncle

William Crockett is thought to be the eldest son of David and Elizabeth Crockett.  He was probably born in Frederick Co., Virgina as the Crocketts were living there at the time of his birth, as was his brother Robert who stated he was born there in his  revolutionary pentition application.  He moved with his parents to Tyrone Co., North Carolina in 1768 when his father sold their land in Virginia.  William and his father each bought 160 acres in Tyrone Co. on March 6, 1771.   This deed was witnessed by his brother John who was later the father of Davy Crockett.  French and Armstrong are in the opinion that he married Catherine Hawkins, and he likely married her about this time when he bought his own land.  On July 2, 1774 he sold his land on the Branch of Killion Creek to William King. William was on a jury panel in January 1775 in Tyrone Co.  The political situation with England was getting bad and many people were beginning to be tried for extortion against the King of England.  This may have influenced the Crockett's move to Carter's Valley which is now Hawkins Co., Tennessee and was part of Washington Co., Virgina at the time.

 On May 5, 1775, John Crockett, who later lived in McMinn Co., Tennessee was born.  He stated on the 1850 census that he was born in Tennessee. He is thought to be a son of William and Catherine.  This would have been close to where Rogersville, Hawkins Co., Tennessee presently is. 

On July 5, 1776 William and his father David  signed the Wautauga Petition.

 In May 1778, a William Crockett was recommended as Ensign of the army in Washington District, Virginia which was very near Carter's Valley. This may be the same William Crockett.

 In 1778 William Crockett entered (filed for)land for James and Alexander Crockett, the orphan of David Crockett on Big Creek on the land which had been held by their father in Sullivan Co., Tennessee near where Rogersville, Hawkins Co., Tennessee is today.

 In 1785, William Crockett was back in Lincoln Co., North Carolina, where he bought 100 acres from Isaac Kimball.  In 1787 he sold this land to Andrew Floyd who had move to Tyrone Co. from Frederick Co., Virgina about the same time as the Crocketts and Elders.

Apparently William's younger brother, Alexander accompanied William back to Lincoln Co, NC.  In 1789 William Crocket and Alexr Crocket were chain bearers for Samuel Elder's survey in Lincoln Co. The close connection between the Crocketts and the Elders has often been discussed in various postings and won't be repeated here. Samuel Elder entered his application for land 2 January 1789; a warrant was issued on May 1st; and the surveying record was dated July 10.

 

Deed (Tyrone Co., NC) - 6 Mar. 1771 -  Thomas Yeats of Berkley, S. C. sell to William Crockett for 16 lbs., beginning at William Cathay's land, Kinneards corner, Ramsey's line, from patent Yeats got  22 Dec. 1768 containing 160 acres.  Witnesses:  John Hill, James Johnston and John Crockett. Bk. 1, pg 477.

 Deed (Tyrone Co., NC) - 2 July 1774 - William Crockett sells to William King, planter, for 45 lbs., land in Tyron County on Branch of Killion Creek at corner of William Cathey on branch of Killion Creek at corner of William Cathey containing 160 acres.  Signed by William Crockett. Witnesses:  David Abernathy and William Kincaid.  Bk 2, pg. 24. Recorded in July 1774

 January 1775 - Court Case , Tyrone County, North Carolina, The King vs Thos Espey.  Extortion

Jury Panel:  John Hoyle, Wm. Kinkaid, Wm Crocket, Dav'd Crocket, Sam'l Gray, Ambrose Foster, Wm Going, Joseph Richey, Christopher Walbert, David Ramsey, John Gallespie, Adolph Reep.

Jury Impanneled and sworn find the Def't not Guilty.

 20 May 1778.  William Crockett Recommended Ensign, Washington County Militia; "The Militia of Washington County, Virginia, Index of Militia Officers 1777-1835", " The Militia of Washington County, Virginia,

 In 1778 William Crockett entered land in the name of Alexander Crockett and James Crockett, orphans, of David Crockett, desceased.  This record is in the North Carolina Archives and the land was in what is now Sullivan Co., Tennessee

 Nov 8, 1779 On this same day, William Crockett also again enters land on Big Creek for 400 acres which is near the site of Rogersville, TN where the family of David Crockett the Elder lived and was massacred sometime in the Spring of 1777.These two deeds were for land in the same area of TN.

 Deed (Lincoln Co., NC) - 11 Jan, 1785 Isaac Kimball of Lincoln Co. to William Crockett same, for 50 specie, conveys 100  acres land on Kings Creek adjoining Henry Jasper, granted to Kimbal 13 Oct. 1783. Signed Isaac Kimbal.  Witnesses:  John Wilson, Jr., Sarah Wilson, John Wilson. Recorded April term 1785

 Deed - 27 Mar 1787 Andrew Floyd (York Co., SC)  conveys William Crockett (Lincoln Co)  227 acres  on south side of south fork of Catawba river about three miles below the lower mount , consideration 180 pounds; part of grant Nov. 16, 1764 to Allen Alexander who sold to Nathl Henderson who sold to James Patterson who sold to David Elder who sold to Andrew Floyd.  /S/ Andrew Floyd. Witness Sarah Wilson, Mary Wilson, & John Wilson. Rec. Apr. 1787. Lincoln Co., Book 3 p. 200: book 14 p. 158

 1787, May 19. William Crocket enters a claim for 60 acres in Lincoln Co, NC. Saml Elder files a caveat June 15, 1787.

At the same time, Samuel Elder enters a claim for 60 acres in Lincoln Co, NC, "where he now lives", on Kings Creek. The decision is in favor of William Crocket and land is ultimately granted to Crocket who pays 6 pounds in fees. Elder's claim is discontinued. The land is on head waters of Kings Creek, adjoining land of Robert Weir and Crockett's own survey. Granted 11/17/1792. [Pruitt, A B, Abstracts of Land Entries, Tryon and Lincoln Co., NC, 1783-1795.]

1789, January 2. Samuel Elder enters a claim for 51 acres in Lincoln Co, NC, on the waters of Kings Creek, bounded by lands of Robert Wear, William Read, and his own land. Granted.
[Pruitt, A B, Abstracts of Land Entries, Tryon and
Lincoln Co., NC, 1783-1795.]
This land may be in modern Cleveland or Gaston Co, NC.

Deed - 20 July 1789 William Crockett (Lincoln Co.) to Richard Featherston (same) for 85 lbs. sold 227 acres on south side of Catawba River and south fork of Catawba River about 3 miles below "lower mound" , part of a tract granted to Allen Alexander by Patent dated 16 Nov. 1764 and conveyed by said Alexander to Nathaniel Henderson and by him to James Patterson and by him to David Elder and by him to Andrew Floyd and by him to said Crockett.  Signed by William Crockett.  Witnesses:  John Patterson, Robert Patterson. Lincoln Co., NC, Bk 16, pg 389.

 Deed - 17 Nov. 1792  Grant to William Crockett for 50 shillings for every 100 acres, 60 acres in county of Lincoln joining his own land and Robert Weir's on headwaters of Kings Creek and adjoining Samuel Elder.  Signed by State Officials at Newbern, N. C. Bk 2, pg. 68.  (Lincoln Co., NC)

  Deed -  Aug 18, 1794 William Crockett ( Lincoln Co.) to Robert Wier ( same); for 120 Pounds NC money sold 110 acres on head of Kings Cr; border: Henry Jasper; granted Oct. 13, 1783 to Isaac Kimbal who sold Jan. 11, 1785 to William Crockett.  Signed William Crocket. Witnesses: Jno Bird, John Carruth, David Elliot. Wit. oath Apr. 1795 by John Bird. Lincoln Co, NC, Book 17 p. 237

 Land Deeds of Jefferson County, Tennessee

Register of Deeds, Volume B ( Sep 1793 - Feb 1796)

47  36      Conveyance from William Goforth to William Crocket

     15 Apr 1794  18 Feb 1794 100 Acres  50 pounds

On the south side of Dumplin Creek and Branch including Beames improvement.

          Test:  Alexander Shadden; Nehemiah Ellis

 (Alexander Shadden, who witnessed the above deed served in the Rev. War from Caswell Co., NC. He purchase two land grants 1217 and 829 in Jefferson Co., TN. He was listed on the 1782 Washington Co., VA. Tax List and on the 1800 Jefferson Co. Tax List. He was an elder in the Pres. Church in Jefferson Co. in 1816. Alexander, Flora, Cynthia, and John Shadden were dismissed from Hopewell Presb. Church by certificated in March 1819.

 Deed Bk Q. pg. 8

Bill of Sale to Charles Hodges for negro man named George . . .

Know all men by these presents that I, William Crockett fo County of Know and State of Tennessee hath bargained and sold to Charles Hodges of County of Jefferson . . .Dated 20th Day of Sept. 1820. Signed by William Crockett. attested by Kinzey Smith. (I do not think this is the same William Crockett, I believe the uncle of Davy Crockett was deceased by this time.-Ron Crockett)

 Watauga Petition

Petition to North Carolina - July 5, 1776

To the Hon. the Provincial Council of North Carolina:

The humble petition of the inhabitants of the Washington District,

including the River Wataugah, Nonachuckie, &c., in committee assembled,

Humbly Showeth, that about six years ago, Colonel Donelson, (in behalf

of the Colony of Virginia), held a Treaty with the Cherokee Indians, in

order to purchase the lands of the Western Frontiers; in consequence of

which Treaty, many of your petitioners settled on the lands of the

Wataugah, &c., expecting to be within the Virginia line, and

consequently hold their lands by their improvements as first settlers;

but to their great disappointment, when the line was run they were

(contrary to their expectation) left out; finding themselves thus

disappointed, and being to inconveniently situated to move back, and

feeling an unwillingness to loose the labour bestowed on their

plantations, they applied to the Cherokee Indians, and leased the land

for a term of ten years, before the expiration of which term, it

appeared that many persons of distinction were actually making purchases

forever; thus yielding a precedent, (supposing many of them, who were

gentlemen of the law, to be better judges of the constitution than we

were,) and considering the bad consequences it must be attended with,

should the reversion be purchased out of our hands, we next preceded to

make a purchase of the lands, reserving those in our possession in

sufficient tracts for our own uses, and resolving to dispose of the

remainder for the good of th community. This purchase was made and the

lands acknowledged to us and our heirs forever, in an open treaty, in

Wataugah Old Fields; a deed being obtained from the Chiefs of the said

Cherokee nation, for themselves and their whole nation, conveying a fee

simple right to the said lands, to us and our heirs forever, which deed

was for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand pounds sterling

(paid to them in goods,) for which consideration they acknowledged

themselves fully satisfied, contented and paid; and agreed for

themselves and their whole nation, their heirs, &c., forever to resign,

warrant and defend the said lands to us, and our heirs, &c., against

themselves, their heirs, &c.

 The purchase was no sooner made, than we were alarmed by the reports of

the present unhappy situation between Great Britain and America, on

which report, (taking the new united colonies for our guide,) we

proceeded to choose a committee, which was done unanimously by the

consent of the people. This committee (willing to become a party in the

present unhappy contest) resolved (which is now in our records) to

adhere strictly to the rules and orders of the Continental Congress, and

in open committee acknowledged themselves indebted to the united

colonies their full portion of the Continental expense.

 Finding ourselves on the Frontiers, and being apprehensive that, for the

want of a proper legislature, we might become shelter for such as

endeavored to defraud their creditors; considering also the necessity of

recording Deeds, Wills, and doing other public business, we, by consent

of the people, formed a court for the purposes above mentioned, taking

(by desire of our constituents) the Virginia laws for our guide, so near

as the situation of affairs would admit; this was intended for

ourselves, and was done by the consent of every individual, but wherever

we had to deal with people out of our district, we have ruled them to

bail, to abide by our determinations, (which was, in fact, leaving the

matter of reference,) otherways we dismissed their suit, lest we should

in any way intrude on the legislature of the colonies. In short, we have

endeavored so strictly to do justice, that we have admitted common proof

against ourselves, on accounts, &c., from the colonies, without

pretending a right to require the Colony Seal.

e therefore trust that we shall be considered as we deserve, and not,

as we have (no doubt) been many times, represented, as a lawless mob. It

is for this very reason we can assure you that we petition; we now again

repeat it, that it is for want of proper authority to try and punish

felons, we can only mention to you murderers, horse thieves and robbers

and are sorry to say that some of them have escaped us for want of

proper authority. We trust, however, that this will not long be the

case; and we again and again repeat it, that it is for this reason we

petition to this Honorable Assembly.

 Above we have given you and extract of our proceedings, since our

settling on Wataugah, Nolachuckie, &c., in regard to our civil affairs.

We have shown you th causes of our first settling and the

disappointments we have met with, the reason of our lease and of our

purchase, the manner in which we purchased, and how we hold of the

Indians in fee simple; the causes of our forming a committee, and

legality of its election; and same of our court and proceedings, and our

reasons for petitioning in regard to our Legislature.

 We will now porceed to give you some account of our military

establishments, which were chosen agreeable to the rules established by

convention, and officers appointed by the committee. This being done we

thought it proper to raise a company on the District service, as our

proportion, to act in the common cause on the sea shore. A Company of

fine riflemen were accordingly enlisted, and put under Captain James

Robertson, and were actually embodied, when we received sundry letters

and depositions, (copies of which we now enclose to you,) you will

readily judge that there was occasion for them in another place, where

we daily expected attack. We therefore thought proper to station them on

our Frontiers, in defence of the common cause, at the expense and risque

of our own private fortunes, til farther public orders, which we flatter

ourselves will give no offence. We have enclosed you sundry proceedings

at the station where our men now remain.

 We shall now submit the whole to your candid and impartial judgement. We

pray your mature and deliberate consideration in our behalf, that you

man annex us to your Province, (whether as County, district, or other

division,) in such manner as my enable us to share in the glorious cause

of Liberty; enforce our laws under authority, and in every respect

become the best members of society; and for ourselves and constituents

we hope, we many venture to assure you, that we shall adhere strictly to

your determinations, and that nothing will be lacking or any thing

neglected, that may add weight (in the civil or military establishments)

to the glorious cause in which we are now struggling, or contribute to

the welfare of our own or ages yet to come.

 That you may strictly examine every part of this our Petition, and delay

no time in annexing us to your Province, in such a manner as your wisdom

shall direct, is the hearty prayer of those who, for themselves and

constituents, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.

 John Carter, Chn         Zach Isbell         Jacob Brown     George Rusel

Charles Robertson    John Sevier        Wm. Bean         Jacob Womack

James Robertson      Jas. Smith         John Jones       Robert Lucas

  The above signers are members in Committee assembled.

 Wm. Tatham, Clerk, P.T. 

Jocob Womack            James Easley         John I. Cox Joud.Bostin, sen.

Joseph Dunham       John Haile          John Cox, jr.       Henry Bates, jun.

Rice Duncan         Elijah Robertson    Abraham Cox         Will'm Dod

Edward Hopson       William Clark       Emanuel Shote       Groves Morris

Lew. Bowyer         John Dunham         Thomas Houghton   Wm. Bates

Joseph Buller       Wm. Overall         Joseph Luske        Robert Mosely

Andw. Greer         Matt. Hawkins       William Reeves      Ge. Hartt

Jaob Mitchell              John Brown                David Hughes Isaac Wilson

Gideon Morris            Jos. Brown          Landon Carter       Jno. Waddell

Shadrach Morris     Job Bumper               John McCormick        Jarret Williams

William Crocket     Isaac Wilson        David Crocket       Oldham Hightower

Thomas Dedmon       Richard Norton      Edward Cox Abednago Hix

David Hickey        George Hutson         Tho's Hughes           Charles McCartney

Mark Mitchell       Thomas Simpson      Wm. Roberson            Frederick Vaughn

Hugh Blair          Valentine Sevier    Henry Siler         Jos. McCartney

Elias Pebler        Jonathan Tipton     Frederick Calvit    Mark Robertson

Jos. Brown          Robert Sevier       John Moore                 Joseph Calvit

John Neave          Drury Goodan            Wm. Newberry           Joshua Houghton

John Robinson       Richard Fletcher    Adam Sherrell       John Chukinbeard

Chris. Cunningham   Alexander Greear    Sam. Sherrell,jr    James Cooper

Jas. Easley         Joseph Greear       Sam. Sherrell,Sr    William Brokees

Ambrose Hodge       Andrew Greear,jr    Ossa Rose           Julius Robertson

Dan'l Morris        Teeter Nave                Henry Bates,jr John King

Wm. Cox             Lewis Jones               Jos. Grimes        Michael Hider

Crs.Cunningham,sr  John Davis             Joshua Barten,sr       John Barley

 DEEDS THAT MENTION WILLIAM CROCKETT (or others associated with him)

 LINCOLN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA DEEDS. BOOK 19

 301. Apr. 25, 1795 Amos Spiece (Lincoln Co.) to Peter Forney, Joseph Graham, & Alexander Brevard (same) and John Davidson (Mecklenburg Co.) for 93 pounds 15 shillings sold 50 acres on waters of Kings Creek; border: Robert Weir, side of a hill near a branch, and Samuel Elder; part of 60 acres granted in November. 1792 to William Crockett who sold in Aug. 1794 to Amos Spiece.  Signed Annannuner(?) Speas (German). Witness Jno Fulenwider and Wm. Temple Coles "when Drunk". Wit. oath Jul. 1795 by John Fulenwider. Book 17 p. 283

 Jun 18, 1799 John Boggs ( Lincoln Co) to Spencer Shelton ( Pittsylvania Co, Va) for 150 Pounds NC money sold 160 ac on branches of Killions Cr: border: old corner of William Cathey, Kincaid, a hill, head of a hollow, a branch, and Ramsey; granted Dec. 22, 1768 to Thomas Yeats who sold Mar. 6, 1771 to William Crocket who sold Jul. 2, 1774 to William King who sold October 7, 1775 to Robert Knox.  Signed John Boggs.  Witness David Williams & B. W. Wheeler, Rec. Oct. 1800. Book 19, p. 609

 Lincoln Co., Court Records

Commissioners appointed to divide the real estate of Richard Featherston Dec'd. report they have laid off:

     Lot #1 of 115 acres to the heirs of Lewis Featherston Cec'd

     Lot #2 of 346 acres to Richard Featherston Junr;

     Lot #3 of 340 acres to the heirs of Lewis Featherston Junr dec'd.

     The above being the lands on which Richard Featherston dec'd. Lived.

      The following is a tract purchased by him of William Crockett:

     Lot #1 appropriated to the heirs of Lewis Featherston Dec'd. containing 115 acres;

     Lot #2 to Richard Jnr. containing 108 acres.

     Signed, Logan Henderson, Surveyor. Given under our hands & seals 1809 October 9, Peter Fite,   Samuel Caldwell, Lewis Williamson, Mathew Leeper.

  probate record for William Crockett of Jefferson County dated June 1807 in Will Book #1 1792-1810.

                     MARRIAGES

Isaac Newman's son, Joseph, married Catherine Cate in Jefferson Co. on April 22, 1800.

 Robert Stephenson married Rebecca Newman, Isaac Newman's only daughter on March 28, 1804 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. Rebecca died December 18, 1830 in McMinn Co., Tennessee.

  John A. Crockett's daughter Margaret E., married Isaac Newman's son, Robert M. Newman around  1814 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. Robert and Margaret moved from Jefferson Co. to McMinn Co.  after 1825. (Marriage bond not found, marriage documented in Estate Papers of John A. Crockett and by Newman family))

                     REFERENCES

 "WASHINGTON CO., WILL BOOK 1, 1777 - 1792" BY  Abstracted by Shelby Ireson Edwards

THE MITILIA OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

 John Crockett – Davy’s father

John Crockett was born around 1753 in Frederick Co. Virginia.  In 1768 he moved with his mother and father when they sold their last land in Frederick Co. on June 16, 1768, to Tyrone Co., North Carolina. His father bought land in Tyrone in March 11, 1771 and John witnessed the transaction.  This was the first mention of him in public records.  His father David and his brother William sold their land in Tyrone Co. in early 1775 and moved to Washington Co., Virgina.  John married  Rebecca Hawkins probably between 1770 and 1775 and they settled in Washington Co., Virgina with the rest of the family.

 11 March. 1771 - Thomas Yeats of Berkley Co., S. C. sells to David Crockett of Tyron County on branch of Killion Creek, beginning at William Cathy's land, Kinneards corner, Ramsey's line, from patent Yeats got on 22 Dec. 1768 containing 160 acres.  Witnesses:  John Hill, James Johnston and John Crockett.  Bk. 1, pg 477 (Tyron County, NC)

 Tennessee Land Entries: Washington Co. (Part 1)

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Feb 22, 1779 John Crocket  300 ac. in Washington co. on Richland Cr;border: joins Jessee Been and runs down the creek; includes Edward Shipman's improvement; warant issued Sept. 5, 1788 by J Carter; 300 acres surveyed Sept 7, 1788 for John Crockett by James Moore DS; 300 ac entered by john Bean on entry taker's report; [for survey see file 3087 in Washington Co.; MARS 12.14.20. 1479

 Greene County, North Carolina Deeds

North Carolina Land Grant No. 179 Page 196 (Sullivan Co. TN Deed Book 1)

To:  JOHN CROCKETT

50 Shillings for every 100 acres; 200 acres in Sullivan Co., NC, on Lenvil Creek, ADJ: George HYMES, 10 Oct. 1783

 (Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 1)

 Page 218           Deed fo Warranty         4 June 1787

               John CROCKETT/CROCRITE OF Greene Co., NC

To:            John WOODS of Sullivan Co., NC

L50 current money for 200 acres in Sullivan Co.,NC, on Lenvele Creek

ADJ : George HYMES

WIT:  Elija Cross, James CANAWAY

REG: 25 JUNE 1787                  JOHN CROCKETT

                         REBECKAH CROCKETT

 North Carolina Land Grand No 396 Page 232 (Greene County Deed Records)

For 50 shillings per 100 acres - Joseph Ray 150 acres in Greene County on head of McCartney's Creek Branch, adjoining John Crockett, Richard Caswell at Kinston, 20 Sept. 1787

 North Carolina Land Grant No 1050 Page 290 (Greene County Deed Records)

John Crockett - 300 Acres southside of the main Holston Road within a few miles of Perkins Iron Works on Mossy Creek, waters of Holston River, adjoining Grills, Alexander Martin at Hillsborough, 14 Apr. 1792. (This land is now in Hamblein Co., TN, it was in Jefferson Co., TN till Hamblein was formed.

 North Carolina Land Crant No. 1243 Page 320 (Greene County Deed Records)

John Crockett - 197 acres on  waters of Lick Creek, Stockstons Fork. Alexander Martin at Newburn, 27 Nov. 1792

Jefferson Co., Tennessee

Register of Deeds, Volume D (Apr 1797  -  Dec 1799)

159     89   Robert McFarland, Sheriff of Jefferson County, Deed to William Line

     7 Feb 1798     4 Nov 1795     300 Acres  $40.00

Green County on the south side of Main Holston Road within a few miles of Perkins's Iron Works on Mossey Creek the waters of Holston River adj. the Waggon Road, Grills; being the land granted John Crockett by Grant No. 1050 dated 14 Apr 1792.  Whereas a Writ of Fiere Facias issued from the superior Court of Law for the District of Washington commanding said sheriff that of the goods and chattles lands and tenements of John Crockett, he cause to be made the sum of $400.00, which John Martin had lately recovered and also the sum of $43.10 costs and charges in said suit: whereas said Sheriff duly levied the same on the above tract the property of said Crockett and exposed the same to sale to the highest bidder, being William Line.

      Test:  Gideon Smith                     /s/  R. McFarland

 Robert Crockett- Davy’s uncle

Robert Crockett was born in 1755 in Frederick County, Virginia.(later Berkeley County, Va,).  He enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1776 from Sullivan County, N.C. ( then a part of Washington County, Va. And now Sullivan County, Tennessee.).  He was in the Battle of Kings Mountain. After his discharge in 1781 or 1782, he resided in Greene County, N.C. (now Tennessee).  He bought for 50 shillings 100 acres of land on 20 September 1787, on waters of Lick Creek in Greene County.  Around 1800 Robert and his family moved to Cumberland County, Ky.  (then a part of Green County, KY.  In 1797 on Spring Creek water of Obey River.  At that time the Kentucky and Tennessee boundry was six miles south of the present line and included Wolfe River.  Some of the grant actually included a part of what is now Fentress County, Tenn.  Four months before his death, he was a resident of Fentress County, Tennessee.  As he was 81 years of age at the time, it is reasonable to assume he became ill and was cared for at the home of one of his children living in Fentress County.  At least two of his children, James and Robert, Jr., were residents of Fentress County in 1839 for these two sons applied from Fentress County for the final Revolutionary War pension payment of their "father, Robert Crockett of Cumberland County, Ky."  This claim also states that when Robert died, he left no widow.

Crockett Cousins, Chapter V, pg. 50, by Kathryn Jones, copyright 1984.

 North Carolina Land Grant No 412 Page 400

For 10 pounds per 100 acres - to Robert Crockett 100 acres in Greene County on waters of Lick Creek. Richard Caswell at Kinston, 20 September 1787.

 Greene County, Kentucky Deed Records

Page 197, June 14, 1799

No. 544 Robert Crockett assignee of Jonathan Jones 200 acres second rate land on the waters of Spring Creek joining David Jones line & extending to Jonathan Jones claim for compliment to include his improvement near the south side of his claim.

HUGH CAMERON WILL

AUGUST SESSION 1796

GREENE COUNTY, SOUTHERN TERRITORY

WIFE ELIZABETH. EXECUTORS: Wife Elizabeth , Robert Crockett.

Dated 2 January 1795  Witnesses: Andrew English, James Beatty Jurat.

 November 10, 1819

No. 6353, Pg 266 Greene Co., Tennessee

State of Tennessee - - to Alexander English 13 acres on Limestone Fork of Lick Creek - Entry 2897, 14 may 1817 - founded on certificate No. 1176 - issued by Jacob Tipton to James P. Taylor for 50 acres, 5 March 1816 - all of which is assigned to Andrew English enterer - Andrew English 13 acres a late entry of Philip Cole on both sides of a path leading from English's house to Sarah Cole's cabin, adjoining English, Thomas Coulson. Granted 10 November 1819.

 November 10, 1819

No. 6351 Page 266 , Greene Co., Tennessee

State of Tennessee  - to Alexander English for 7 acres on Clear Fork of Lick Creek - Entry No. 4065, 13 September 1817 - founded on certificate No. 1176 - issued to James P. Taylor for 50 acres, 5 May 1816 - all of which is assigned to Andrew English, dec. and lands formerly owned by Robert Crockett, now William McDonald, including house where Crockett lived, adjoing English Mill Survey.  Granted 10 November 1819.

 ROBERT CROCKETT WILL

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, KY

WILL BOOK C Page 196

Robert Crockett’s Last Will

 In the name of God, Amen. I Robert Crockett, of the county of Cumberland

and the state of Kentucky, being advanced in years and weak in body, but

of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human

life and being desirous to disclose of all such worldly estate as it

hath been pleased God to bless me with I do here by make this my last

will and testment.

 1. I desire that all the personal property of my estate be immediately

sold after my decease, and out of the monies arising there from all my

just debts and funeral expenses be paid and the balance, if any, be

divided between my children: JANE HIGHSAW, WILLIAM CROCKETT, ELZ BOYTER,

MARY TRAVIS, AND DAVID CROCKETT.

 Secondly I give and bequeath to my daughter JANE HIGHSAW a certain Negro

girl named Machael to have and to hold forever.

 Thirdly haveing been called upon to pay $643 fir my son WILL as his

security to Lewis Duvall, I do give and bequeath the same to him as his

full share of my estate except for the provisions I have made for him in

the division of my personal estate.

 Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH BOYTER, a Nergo

girl anmed Becky to have and to hold forever.

 Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter MARY TRAVIS, a Negro girl

name Anne to have and to hold forever,

 Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my son DAVID CROCKETT one Negro boy

named Sam to have and to hold forever.

 Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my son JAMES CROCKETT, one Negro girl

names Lucy to have and to hold forever.

 Eighthly, I give and bequeath to my son ROBERT CROCKETT one Negro girl

named Nancy to have and to hold forever.

 Ninthly, I give and bequeath to my sons JAMES AND ROBERT CROCKETT the

tract of land whereon I now live to be equally divided between them and

I also request that my son JAMES shall have the upper part of the said

tract and my son ROBERT to have the lower part so as to include the

dwelling house.

 Which said tract of land the aforesaid JAMES and ROBERT are to have and

to hold during their natural life and at their death the aforesaid tracts

of land to fall to the legal heirs of the aforesaid JAMES and ROBERT

CROCKETT agreeable to the foregoing divisions which said heirs or such

of as may live to have and to hold as an indivisible( ?) Inheritance

forever.

 And lastly I do appoint my friend Thomas and William Travis Exors (sic)

to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto

set my hand and affixed my seal this 8th day of September A. D. 1834.

 Signed, sealed and published as the last will and testament of the

above.

 Robert Crockett (seal)

 Signed;

John Irvin

Will Irvin

Samuel Williams

Francis Irvin

 Kentucky Cumberland County

 I, James Haggard, deputy clerk of the Cumberland County Court, do

certify that the within last will and testament of Robert Crockett,

deceased, was produced in open court at the February Term 1836 and

proven by John and Will Irvin two of the witnesses thereto and ordered

to record and the same is entered of record iln Will Book C p. 196 2nd

 March 1836

 M. King Clerk

By James Haggard D.C.

 Joseph Crockett- Davy’s uncle

 REG:  14 Oct. 1792

 Page 548        Land Grant 530     17 NOV 1790

          State of North Carolina, Richard Dobbs SPAIGHT, Gov.

To:        Joseph CROCKETT, assign of David KELSEY

50 shillings for every 100 acres; 85 acres in Sullivan Co., NC, on both sides of Beaver Creeek .  .  .  in an island...

                                        ALEXANDER MARTIN, Esq.

                                        By J. GLASGOW, Sec.

REG:  5 Apr. 1794

 

Page 651       Land Grant 601 27 June 1793

          State of North Carolina, Richard Dobbs SPAIGHT, Gov.

To:       Joseph CROCKETT

50 shillings for every 100 acres; 80 acres in Sullivan Co., NC, on a branch of Beaver Creek . . . on or near David SHEETS line . . .

                                        RICHD DOBBS SPAIGHT, ESQ.

                                        by J. GLASGOW, Sec.

 Page 667       Deed of Warranty    3 March 1794

          Joseph Crocket of Sullivan Co., Territory of the US South ot the Ohio

To:       L40 current Money for 73 1/2 acres in Sullivan Co.  Beg. on the side of the nobs . . .  crossing Beaver Creek . . . in an island . . .

                                        JOSEPH CROCKET (SEAL) ACK:  By Joseph CROCKET, Mar. Session 1794

 Page 801       Deed of Warranty    25 Nov, 1794

           David STEEL of Sullivan Co., Western Territory South of the Ohio

To:       Joseph CROCKETT     of the same place

$100 for 96 acres in Sullivan Co., Beg on STEEL' old line . . . it being part of a tract of land whereon said Steel now lives . . .

                                        DAVID STEEL ( SEAL)

     ACK:  By David STEEL, Nov. Sessions 1794

                                        TEST:  MATH RHEA, CSC

  Heres a letter from Joseph Crockett to Joseph Rogers of Hawkins Co.,Tennessee on a land dispute ;

" October 22,1808

Dear Sir,I received a letter from you Directed to my brother Robert Crockett and my selfe and surprised to hear there is like to be a dispute about your land we cannot understand...on which side your land the dispute can be or how you can be angered after having so long a possession...the line beween your land and that of Machans(Mahans?) was a conditional line...runs through the east end of town...Mr.Donelson surveyed...Robert Coyl sold you the land and Robert Crockett made you the conveyance...three hundred acres...Mr.Mitchell..makes entry...My business lies so I cannot well leave home at any time and the lines of the land mentioned in the patent grant needs no establishment until brock by a better right So Sir I can say no more at present but remains with all the love and friendship Ever had for you your friend and very humble servant Joseph Crockett

The 22nd of October-1808

Mr.Joseph Rogers"

Alexander Crockett, Davy’s uncle

In 1778 William Crockett entered land in the name of Alexander Crockett and James Crockett, orphans, of David Crockett, desceased.  This record is in the North Carolina Archives

 2165, Nov.8,1779 William Crockett for Alexander & James Crockett orphans of David Crockett deceased, 400 ac in Sullivan Co on N side of Holston R and on head waters of Back Cr, including said Crockett deceased's improvement; warrant issued Oct. 13, 1780 by Landon Carter, 400 ac surveyed Jan. 24, 1788 for "Thomas Randen" (or Rankin) by Arthur Moore; 400 ac entered by William Crocket on entry taker's report; (for grant see file #1204 in Greene Co; MARS 12.14.6.1204)".

Apparently Alexander accompanied William back to Lincoln Co, NC.
In 1789 William Crocket and Alexr Crocket were chain bearers
for Samuel Elder's survey in Lincoln Co. The close connection between
the Crocketts and the Elders has often been discussed in various
postings and won't be repeated here. Samuel Elder entered his
application for land 2 January 1789; a warrant was issued on May 1st; and the
surveying record was dated July 10

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