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Subject: [ISBELL] Tennessee Cousins Monroe Co Tn
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 20:08:45 -0500
I found this in a book Tennessee Cousins and the names might help someone
PEOPLE WHO LIVED AT "FOUR MILE BRANCH POSTOFFICE" IN MONROE
COUNTY, TENNESSEE, 115 YEARS AGO.
HISTORICAL ENTRIES ON THE OLD LEDGER OF CUNNINGHAM & RANKIN'S STORE
One Hundred and Fifteen years ago (1835) FOUR MILE BRANCH was the name of the postoffice located
in the Four Mile Branoh neighborhood, and OUNNINGHAM & RANKIN had a little country store there.
It included all the people who lived in the general vacinity of the NILES FERRY, up and down
the river on both sides for several miles, and back as far as the present town of VONORE.
Of course there are few people living in MONROE COUNTY today who can remember there being a
postoffice at that place, and NONE who could possibly remember the firm of CUNNINGHAM & RANKIN.
Sixty-five years ago, JOHN LATTBMORE owned a stors at the same place, doubtless the successor
to the ??unningham & Rankin establishment. The Lattimores, McChees, Callaways, Blairs, Whites
and Howards dominated the community, to a large extent, and names of these particular families
stand out prominently in the memory of a boy who looked upon all of them as practically his
"kin folks". Long after that boy's parents had moved away to Texas, letters used to arrive
from Tennessee, postmarked at "Four Mile Branch".
A few years ago when the idea of writing these notes first began to form in the mind of the
writer, he ran across an old ledger kept in 1835 to 1836 kept by the Cunning - ham & Rankin
Store. On it appears hundreds of items charged to customers who lived in the trade territory
of FOUR MILE BRANCH. The entries are historic. Names appear on that ledger that belonged to a
lot of people who are now looked upon as the "remote ancestors" of hundreds of descendants who
have perhaps forgotten their names and that they ever lived in that particular community.
I can imagine no more delightful task than to copy those names in these notes, with an
occasional comment on their identity, where I happen to know about them.
THESE NAMES SHOULD STIR THE MEMORY OF MANY MONROE COUNTY PEOPLE
I know this family is still in
Probably brother of ELISHA P. LUSK
and uncle of SAM LUSK who went to
Texas and served in the C. S. A.
JOHN M. RANKIN
One of the partners in the store.
His descendants still live in the
town of Vonore, near by the old
Four Mile Branch. There are
hundreds of Isbells still living
in Monroe County. The Isbells
were related to Rev. Joseph Calloway.
William Upton, Esq.
Related to Pendleton Isbell.
DARBY REAGON (or Ragan)
The Reagans have been there long
years. There are ??odles of them.
William A. Upton
RALPH HAGLER. They lived on the North
side of Tellico.
Probably came from Jefferson or
Brothers from North Carolina who
were related to the JONES FAMILY
by intermarriage - the Charles
C. and JOSHUA JONES, who came
along later from South Carolina.
ALLEN HENLEY. This probably the
one who married the widow of
John Beatty. Kin of the WHITES.
SAINTHY (CYNTHIA) McGHEE
Unidentified members of the BARCLAY
In 1831 Justin Stead, with JOSEPH
TRAVIS, A. R. HENDERSON and DAVID
RUSSELL were witnesses to the will
of REV. JOSEPH CALLAWAY.
Wesley Strather (or STROTHER)
G. W. TEMPLETON
Maybe of the same family at the
Henry Crossroads in Jefferson Co.
SOLON C. CANNON
Of the Miles Cunningham family.
Came from BLOUNT COUNTY.
Col. A. R. T. HUNTER.
George Snyder, Jr.
Joseph Marshall was the second
Register of MONROE COUNTY, in
The Vaughts were from the Watauga
Valley. One Vaught married
OBEDIAH RAY, JR.
James G. Formby
JOHN CARSON, SR.
Hensleys lived in Unicol County in
the Nollichucky region.
Of the Blount County family.
ELLSHA P. DUSK (See 1850 Census)
Of the Jefferson and Knox County
family of that name.
Probably the ancestor of the McConnells
of Blount County, some of
whom are buried at the Baker's
Creek Presbyterian Church.
G. W. Graves
Son of RICHARD WHITE and the grend-father
of THOMAS WHITE of the present
Four Mile Branch neighborhood.
Probably nephew of REV. JOSEPH CALLOWAY,
who came from North Carolina.
May have been the Jesse Watkins who
several years later was killed by
Indians in Texas.
Of the family of that name who were
early settlers in the Watauga Valley
in Carter County.
Belonged to the Hargis family, some
of whom are buried at Baker's Creek
WILLIAM ROGERS (May have been kinsman
of the famous person of that name).
Possible ancestor of the man of the
same name, who in 1920 ran for the
Republican nomination for President
of the United States.
The Cerdeal family probably came
from BRUNSWICK CO. VA. stock.
Descendant of Charles Centry from
Hefferson County, Tennessee.
This man was the oldest son of the
famous architect who built "Mecklenburg"
on the Holston from F. A.
Ramsey & a home for CHARLES McCLUNG.
George Snyder, Jr.
This was GIBBS McADOO & bro.
SAMUEL McADOO, of the family of
JOHN WAUGH, ESQ. (See later)
GEORGE VAN ZANDT
HIRAM VAN ZANDT
They came over from Rutherford
County, N. C. where they were
living in 1790 on the first census.
Eventually this family removed
to FORT WORTH, TEXAS.
This was the son of BARCLAY McGHEE
of Blount County and the
son in law of CHARLES McCLUNG &
his wife MARGARET WHITE.
Mrs. Tp. Gary
Col. M. Logan.
Father of GEORGE HOWARD and the
Grandfather of THOMAS CALLOWAY
HOWARD, who married ALVA McGHEE,
daughter of JOHN BARCLAY McGHEE.
THOMAS WHITE (See above)
Probably married one of the sisters
of THOMAS WHITE.
B. F. Seandlen
Col. John Humphries
Miss Peggy Beatty
Son of James McTeer and his wife
Martha Ferguson and grandson of
ROBERT McTEER of McTEER'S Fort,
in Blount County. He moved from
this section to BARTOW COUNTY, Ga.
early in 1840. His full name was
Henry Fergus on McTeer.
Rev. E. JONES
C. A. Humphries
Sarah Price Davis
See account of the CUNNINGHAMS OF
MONROE COUNTY, which appears in
these notes later.
John F. Gilbreath (or Galbreath)
See the Bible Records of the Daniel
family in these notes
Son in law of the JOHN DANIEL, above
mentioned; also see the Armstrong
Morrow Bible Records.
SOME RESIDENTS OF MONROE COUNTY IN THE YEAR 1830 - FROM THE CENSUS.
At the United States Census Bureau in Washington the writer obtained names of some of the early
settlers of MONROE COUNTY in the year 1830, five years earlier than the old account book
mentioned above. Among them were:.
WILLIAM I. I. MORROW, who was living
in Monroe County at that time &
was between 20 and 30 years old.
JOHN MORROW between 30 and 40 years
PETER MOSER, between 40 and 50 years
JOHN CALLAWAY between 50 and 60.
JAMES RAY between 20 and 30 years of
WILLIAM GRAYSON with nine white persons
in his family.
LEVI WILLIAMS between 20 and 30 years
Geo. C. Montgomery
Fifty cents reward for anybody
whe can tell me just whe this
MERRIMAN McGHEE was and his relation
to the B??rclay McChee family
--as I am sure he was so related.
JOSIAH BLAIR (I know who he was - see
the Blair family of Reane County.)
SAMUEL BAYLESS, from 40 to 50 years
ARCHIBALD RAY between 40 and 50 yrs
of age, in 1830.
SAMUEL McCROSKEY between 40 and 50
years of age. Came to Monroe
from either Jefferson or Blount
VALENTINE MAYO between 60 and 70
years of age. (See his will).
MARCARET HENDERSON (widow) between
40 and 50 years old.
SAMUEL LOWE between 20 and 30 years
of age. (May have been S. D. W.
LOWE, who in 1850 was in KNOX
CHARLES KELSO between 40 and 50 in
1830. He was one of the first
county commissioners of MONROE
SAMUEL HENDERSON, under 30 years of
age. Came from Jefferson County.
JONATHAN TIPTON between 50 and 60.
Son of the famous JOHN TIPTON -
advasary of JOHN SEVIER. Lived on
Flat Creek at Eve's Mills.
JOHN B. TIPTON between 30 and 40, a
son of JONATHAN TIPTON above.
JOHN OUNNINGHAM between 20 and 30.
JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM between 50 and 60
years of age.
ROHERT CUNNINGHAM between 20 and 30
JAMES DENTON between 20 and 30 and
a married man.
Matthew Donnell 20 to 30.
All these McSpaddens came to M??NROE
County from Jefferson County,
where the family had settled at
an early day.
JOHN KING between 30 and 40 years of
DAVID CALDWELL between 50 and 60 yrs.
old and with 10 whites in family.
THOMAS ELDRIDGE between 30 and 40 &
he must have come down out of old
Brunswick County, Virginia to
JASON ISBELL was between 20 and 30.
SAMUEL LUSK between 20 and 30 years
old. This may have been the one
who afterwards settled in WARREN
COUNTY, Tennessee, or it may have
been his son SAMUEL LUSK, whe
went to Texas, and settled in the
STEPHEN RAY aged somewhere between 20
and 30 years, and a married man
with a wife.
HUGH CUNNINGHAM between 40 and 50 years
- and a married man with family.
MILES CUNNINGHAM between 50 and 60 in
1830, with ten in family.
ISAAC DENTON eged 30 to 40 and married.
JOHN DENTON 30 to 40 married.
DAVID L. ELY 20 to 30.
CARY S. CAILLAWAY
REUBEN DENTON 40 to 50 years of age.
JOSEPH CALLAWAY aged 30 to 40, with 8
in family and 22 slaves.
AARON RAY aged 20 to 30, with family.
ADAM DARNEL 20 to 30, and married.
JEREMIAH JACK (See other records pertaining
DAVID CUNNINGHAM between 50 and 60 &
with 10 in family.
BENJAMIN HOWARD between 20 and 30.
HENRY D. RAY age between 20 and 30 and
JOHN DOUGHERTY between 50 and 60 years
JOHN DOUGHERTY 20 to 30.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN MONROE
Following herewith is a copy from the old Cumberland Presbyterian Church records, of the order
or agreement by which the first church of that denomination was established in MONROE CO. TENN.
The order reads:
March 4, 1835.
State of Tennessee
WE, whose names are hereby annexed having formed ourselves into a society in the usual form,
request the Presbytery to confirm the same according to the following boundary, towit:
Commencing on the stage road three and one-half miles E. of Madisonville; thence in a northern
direction to Coesa Jack's mill on Bat Creek; thence with the dividing line or ridge between Bat
Creek and Fork Creek to the line between MONROE and McMINN counties; & thence with said line
to the Federal Road; thence with the said road to JOHN McCLUNG'S; thence down NOTCHERY CREEX
to BENJAMIN CLIFT'S, and from thence to the place of beginning; known by the name of
Madisonvills. Among the signers was: