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Subject: [LONGCANE] Ewing notes in my Watkins and Duncan files...moreconnections to E TN...just a tip of the iceberg of what I have in TNresearch
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 07:16:43 -0500

>From "Marylanders to Carolina..." by Henry C. Peden, Jr.

Gillespie, Robert. "Robert Gillespie, son of George, was one of the
witnesses to the will of Alexander Ewing in Cecil CO, MD in 1738. He
subsequently settled in Rowan CO, NC. His wife was Elizabeth Maxwell and
their child was Richard Gillespie (who served in the Rev. War), Robert
Gillespie, and Margaret Gillespie (who married Rev. Samuel McCorkle).
Robert died around 1763 and his widow married Wm. Steele, a cousin of her
first husband. Their only son, General John STEELE (born Nov 1, 1764), of
Salisbury, NC." (Ref: WSR-518.)

Gillispie, Wm. John Gillespie of Frederick CO, MD, died testate in Nov
1768. In his will he named his brothers Wm. Gillispie ("in Carolina"), and
Thomas Gillispie (in parish of Clougher, Co Tyrone, Ireland). His ex were
George Gillispie, Sr, and George Gillispie, Jr, and a witness was Martha
Gillispie. (Ref: MCW 14:67.)

A Samuel Ewing died ca 1757 PE CO, VA, who served on committees w/Joel
Watkins, Henry Watkins, John Leigh, etc.

History of Blount CO, TN:From War Trail to Landing Strip:1795-1955," revised
by Inzez E. Burns, Sponsored by Mary Blount Ch. DAR; TN Historical Comm.,

P 36. On Aug. 2, 1795, the following appointments were made for Blount CO:
Alexander KELLY, Lt. Col. Commander; John McKEE, Lt. Col; Samuel GLASS, 1st
Major; James WOODS LACKEY, 2nd Major; George EWING, Capt; Wm. RAGAN, Lt;
John RAGAN, John SINGLETON, Robert RHEA, Samuel HOUSTON, Henry RAGAN, John
COCHRAN, James SCOTT, James HOUSTON, Robert BOYD, George TEDFORD, Joseph
TEDFORD, Joel WALLACE, and Samuel BOGLE, all Ensigns. Calvary offices were:
James CUNNINGHAM,Capt; John LOWRY, 1st Lt; John ALEXANDER, Cornet, Civil
Appointments: Littlepage SIMS, Sheirff; John McKEE, Clerk; Wm. WALLACE,
Register; Robert RHEA, Coroner. Justices of the Peace: David CRAIG, William
WALLACE, James SCOTT, Andrew BOGLE, Thomas McCULLOCH, William LOWRY.

By these appointments the machinery of Blount CO were ready to set into
motion in September, 1795. (TN statehood is 1796)

p 39. The first Circuit Court was organized Feb. 2, 1810, by James Trimble,
who appt. Robert HOUSTON, clerk.

About this time Sam HOUSTON of future TX fame was in town and he and Capt.
John B. CUSICK disturbed the court with a drum to the extent that they fined
Houston $5 and Cusick $10 (fine was suspended the next day). This was, of
course, leading up to the time that Capts. McKAMY, DUNCAN, TEDFORD, TRIMBLE,
TIPTON, WALKER, BUCHANAN, GILLESPIE, and others recruited men locally and
went to the battles of the Horseshoe and New Orleans.

Morgantown, which became in the 1820's and 30's a very important county town
was est. by act of Leg. in 1813. The petition of Hugh & Charles KELSO &
others, asked to lay out the town of Portsville, since public inspection was
est. there by act of leg. The plan, of the town submitted, contained 19 lots
at the junction of Baker's Creek and the TN River. Wm. LOWRY, James J.
GREENE, John EAKIN, Richard DEARMOND, Matthew WALLACE, James WYLEY, John
LAMBERT, SR, and Joseph DUNKIN are named as comm. to have power to fill all
vacancies The town was est. as Morgantown, probably named so in honor of
Gideon MORGAN who was a prominent citizen of this period.

Washington CO, VA, survey:

Page 377 - Robert Preston, assignee of Samuel Lysle - 1200 ac - Preemption
warrant #2001 and 200ac by treasury warrant #15153 - on the south side of
Powells River below Wallen Creek and on bothsides of the Hunter's trace -
corner to Alexander Ewing's land - line of Benjamin Sharp's land - corner
toJohn Ewing's land and down the river - near the mouth of the Trading Creek
corner to William
McMillian's land - October 15, 1783

Alexander EWING earlier in Davidson CO?
. +Isabella MCCLURE m: February 24, 1825 Blount CO, TN b:


1787 Nashville, TN, tax list
Bell, Hugh 2
Bell, John 2
Cox, Thomas 1 Cockrill, John 1
Duncan, M. 1
Duncan, John 1 Delaney, James 1
Dodge, Richard 1 Duncan, William 1
Duncan, Samuel and John 2 Donaldson, James 1
Duncan, D. 1 Drake, Benjamin
Ewing, Andrew 1 Ewing, Alexander 3
Euman, E. 1 Evan, Jesse 1
Edmonston, William, John, Robert, and Robert (2d) 4 Evans, John 1
French, Thomas 1
Hodge, F.
Howard, John
Marshall, William
Oglesby, John
Ralston, David
Roberts, Isaac 1 Reed, Alexander 1
Robertson, Elijah 6 Robertson, Richard 1
Robertson, James 8 Ramsey, Josiah 2
Ross, James 1 Stuart, William
Walker, Samuel, John, Phil. 3 Walker, John


p. 518 of Mecklenburg Signers & Their Neighbors: will of Alex. EWING of
Cecil CO, MD, in 1738:

The Maryland Calendar of Wills," Jane Baldwin, editor, 1738-1743, vol. VIII,
Gen. Publ Co,Baltimore, 1968, borrowed from UVA's Alderman Library

Page 26. Alexander EWING:18 Apr, 1738;15 mch 1738; To wife __, 1/3 pers. Est
& share of plantation as law directs; son James, ½ plantation; sons John &
Wm, other ½ ofplantation, Wm HUSBANDS to make the division Son James to pay
20 lbs to dau. Margarett when she becomes 16; John & Wm. To pay to son
Samuel 20 lbs. At age 16; son-in-law andrew PORTER, personality. Shd sons
incl to sell their portion of lands, it shall be to their bro. Sons James &
John to be bound to trades, Wm & Margrett, likewise. Exrs: Andrew BARRY,
Esq., James PORTER, Samuel EWING, nathaniel EWING. Test: Wm. MITCHELL, Rbt.
GILESPIE, Rachall EWING. Probate aken in presence of James, eldest son of


Territory the United States May 13, 1795

This indenture made this eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and ninety five, Between James Robertson of the
County of Davidson and territory South of the Ohio of the one part and
Philip Kiser of Sumner County and territory aforesaid of the other part.
Witnesseth that the said James Robertson for and in consideration of the sum
of one hundred dollars to me in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby
acknowledged, hath and by these presents doth grant bargain sell and convey
and confirm unto the said Philip Kiser his heirs & assigns forever, a
certain tract or parcel of land containing six hundred and forty acres be
the same more or less lying and being in the County of Davidson, and on the
North waters of Little Harpeth, beginning at a boxelder and dogwood corner
to a 274 acre tract on Samuel McCutchens line runs with his line West
crossing the left hand trace from Johnstons Lick at thirty chains a branch
seventy chains to a white oak. Then North ninety one chains and fifty links
to an ash. Then East seventy chains to a stake. Then South ninety one chains
and fifty links to the beginning. With all and singular the appurtenances,
whatsoever to the said tract of land belonging or appertaining. And the
reversion and reversions, rents and issues, thereof and all the state, right
title interest property claim and demand of the said land aforesaid in the
said Philip Kiser his heirs & c. of in and to the same and every part and
parcel thereof either in law or equity. To have and to hold the said Granted
premises of six hundred and forty acres of land with the appurtenances. The
said James Robertson his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claim
and demand of all and every person or persons whatsoever, shall and will
forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof the said James
Robertson hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above
test Andrew Ewing and Bennett Searcy
James Robertson L.S.

The execution of which deed of conveyance as above recited was in Court held
for the County of Davidson April Sessions 1795. Proven to be the act and
deed of the said James Robertson by the oath of Andrew Ewing and Bennett
Searcy subscribing witnesses.


#15 Wayne County, KY misc. Court Orders Vol. A - 1814
September Court 1814 continued
p. 255
The Spo? duces tecum awarded at the last term against George Ewing at
the instance of Thos Crawford Exor of the last will &c of David Ewing
decd commanding him to produce certain papers &c being retd ? the Said
Ewing appearing & not producing Said papers ord that an attachment Issue
against Said Ewing to compel him to produce Said papers & to show cause
if any he hath why he may not be fined for such his contempt



Original Stockholders Dismal Swamp Canal

The following was located in the Tennessee Archives Library in Nashville, TN

List of original stockholders in the Dismal Swamp Canal taken from the
records of the Superior Court at Edenton, N. C.

"Pursuant to the directions of the Act of Assembly, entitled "An Act for
cutting a navigable Canal from the waters of Pasquotank River in the State,
to the waters of Elizabeth River in the State of Virginia, John Hambleton,
one of the Commissioners for receiving subscriptions for the purpose of
cutting the said Canal, produced to the Court a return of the Proceedings of
the said Commissioners under the hands of Willis Cooper, Thomas Harvey, John
Cowper, Robert Andrews and George Kelley, five of the Commissioners in the
said Act named and moved that the same might be recorded-agreeable to the
directions of the said Act.

Ordered that the same be recorded accordingly which is in the words
following, To-wit:

We the underwritten, Managers, for receiving subscriptions to the Dismal
Swamp Canal do hereby certify that the following is a just and true list of
all the subscribers to the said Canal, with the sums subscribed by each
according to the books of subscription now laid before us. Given under our
hands in the town of Halifax, in the State of North Carolina this 19th day
of September, 1791.

Signed. Willis Cooper, Thomas Harvey, John Cowper, Robert Andrews, George

The names of the Subscribers to the stock and the number of shares taken by
each follows, to-wit:

"Samuel Blodgett, 2 shares; John Morrison Galt, 2 do; Robert Hull, 2 do;
Richard E. Lee, 5 do; Donald Campbell, 3 do; Adam Lindsey, 1 do; John Boush,
3 do; Charles Stewart, 1 do; William Nivison, 2 do; John Taylor, 2 do;
Thomas Wilcox, 4 do; Robert Taylor, 1 do; Cary H. Hansford, 1 do; Thomas
Newton, Jr., 4 do; James Taylor, 2 do; George Kelly, 1 do; James Cator, 2
do; William Lindsey, 1 do; William Plume, 1 do; John Ingram for William Y.
Ingram, 1 do; Ben Pollard, 2 do; William Stokes, 1 do; Robert Hayes, 1 do;
William A. Bayley, 1 do; Henry Brass, 1 do; Thomas Blanchard, 1 do; Patrick
Parker, 1 do; John Kennedy, 2 do; Thomas Matthews, 1 do; Bennett Armstrong,
2 do; Thomas Ritson, 1 do; Edm'd Almand, 1 do; Charles Odeon, 1 do; Robert
Brough, 1 do; Robert Farmer, 1 do; Simon Vashan, 1 do; B. Street, 1 do; John
Dunn, 1 do; John Smallwood, 1 do; Joseph Shipwash, 1 do; Alex and Eben'r
Cowan, 1 do; William Atchison, 2 do; John Lawrence, 1 do; Seth Foster, 1 do;
Gilbert Robertson, 1 do; Peter Brunet, 1 do; Samuel Burke, 1 do; William
Cuthbert, 1 do; James Ramsey, 1 do; (end of page 430 in book) Daniel
Bidinger, 1 do; Stephen Wright, 1 do; J. G. Martin, 1 do; Edward Owens, 2
do; John & James Reed, 1 do; William & James Douglas, 1 do; Bailey Hill, 2
do; James Boyce, 1 do; Edward Archer, 1 do; Elliott & Purviance, 1 do; John
Brent, 1 do; John Drinane, 1 do; Richard Bourke, 1 do; Samuel Goodrich, 1
do; John Stuart, 1 do; Willis Cowper, 3 do; James McClure, 1 do; Miles King,
1 do; Robert Andrews, 4 do; G. S. Tucker, 1 do; David Jameson for the Dismal
Swamp Co., 20 do; Ro Boush, 3 do; Thomas H. Parker, 1 do; James Whitehead, 1
do; William Graves, 1 do; Andrew Martin, 2 do; William Hobdey, 1 do; James
Crawford, 1 do; Philemon Gatewood, 1 do; John H. Hall, 1 do; Allison &
Hunter, 1 do; David Patterson, 1 do; Alexander Moseley, 1 do; Paul Proby, 1
do; William Willoughby, 1 do; George Lovall, 1 do; Moses Myers, 2 do; Robert
Barron, 1 do; John Brown, 1 do; William Pinnock, 1 do; Edward Valentine, 1
do; George Chandler, 1 do; Robert Gibson, 1 do; Martin Doyle, 1 do; Wm.
Stokes for Chas. Stokes, 1 do; Howard Poole, 1 do; Samuel Pool, 1 do; Will
Sherlock, 1 do; Chas. Mortimer, Jr., 1 do; Alex Love, 1 do; Samuel Davis, 2
do; John Kearns, 3 do; John Lightfoot, 1 do; Thomas Pierce, 4 do; J. Parker,
2 do; George Beale, 1 do; Joseph Jones, 3 do; J. Hamilton, 1 do; B. Jones, 1
do; Nath'l Paine, 1 do; Joseph Richardson, 1 do; Miles Richardson, 1 do;
Holland Lockwood, 1 do; M. Fennell, 1 do; James Pearce, 1 do; Polly
Stokelie, 1 do; Isaac Stokelie, 1 do; Thomas Harvey, 1 do; Lemuel Palin, 1
do; Thomas Brownrigg, 1 do; Joseph Scott, Jr., 1 do; Job Carver, 1 do; Fred
B. Sawyer, 1 do; Joseph Keaton, 1 do; Isaac Gregory, 2 do; James Young, 1
do; A. Slaughter, 2 do; Richard Blow, 2 do; John Nivison, 1 do; John Cowper,
3 do; Willis Wilson, 1 do; John Davis, 1 do; James Harper, 1 do; Sam'l Kerr,
1 do; Bd Magnion, 1 do; Robert Reives, 1 do; John Stratton, 1 do; A. Martin,
1 do; James Williamson, 1 do.

Signed: Willis Cooper, John Cowper, Robert Andrews, Thomas Harvey."

"Superior Court Oct. 6th, 1792."

*NOTE--The shares of stock were $250.00 each.

"The following list of subscribers to the Dismal Swamp Canal was returned by
Robert Andrews, President, Thomas Newton, Jr., John Cowper, Benjamin Jones
and Daniel Bedinger directors of the Company, agreeable to the directions of
the Act of Assembly in that case made and provided and on motion ordered to
be recorded which is in the words following, viz:

A list of additional subscriptions received since Sept. 30th, 1791. John
Blair, Williamsburg, Va., 2 shares; John Bracken, Williamsburg, Va., 2 do;
James Madison, Williamsburg, Va., 2 do; William (end of page 431) Lee, Green
Springs, 2 do; James McClury, Richmond, Va., 1 do; Robert Morrison, of
Philadelphia, by Benjamin Harrison, Richmond, Va., 2 do; John Ambler, James
City, Va., 2 do; Patrick Henry, Prince Edward, Va., 1 do; Wm. Nelson for the
Executors of Thomas Nelson, Sr., King William, Va., 1 do; Robert Andrews for
Thomas L. Shippen, Philadelphia, 3 do; Jacqln Ambler, Richmond, Va., 50 do;
Alex McCauley, York, Va., 10 do; Ebenezer Ewing, Williamsburg, 2 do; Henry
Skyrin, Hampton, Va., 1 do; Jon Shelburne, Norfolk, Va., 1 do; Jon Dunbar,
by Wm. Nelson, his attorney, Charles City, 2 do; John Lawrence, New York, 4
do; J. Parker for N. P. Parker, Isle of Wight, Va., 4 do; William Smith,
South Carolina, 12 do; John McKinney, Norfolk, Va., 1 do; James Bennett,
Norfolk, 1 do; Anth'y Metcalf, Norfolk, Va., 2 do; Isaac Sexton, Nansemond,
Va., 1 do; John Mason, Camden, N. C., 1 do; Benjamin Pollard, Norfolk, 2 do.

We certify that the foregoing list beginning with John Blair and Ending with
Benjamin Pollard, contains the additional subscriptions amounting to 112
shares, made in the books of the Company &c., since 20th day of September,

Given under our hands at Norfolk, 10th day of April, 1792.



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