Claiborne County TN Queries for April and May 1998

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Ricky Lee Meyers 98-05-29 09:53:23 EDT
My grandfather was Jacob Meyers at one time he was a deputy sheriff or sheriff this some time around 1930 I have a pitcher of him taken some place in claiborne county I just knew the names of a couple family members. The names are as fllows. Carson, Harrison, Aunt Roddy Meyers, aunt Mint Meyers. Grandpaw Meyers is buried in the cemetary south of Tazewell on hy 33 just below deroyall industries. All or most of the family are around the Meyers Grove area. Thru marriage we are related to Giles,Kecks,Neeleys,Cardwell. Any help you can give me I will really appreciate. Ricky Lee Meyers

DPAB68 98-05-28 22:06:44 EDT
I have just recently started researching my family tree and found that both sets of grandparents came from Claiborne County Tennessee area. I am looking for information on the great granddad John B. Pearson/ great grandmother Mary L. Johnson on granddad's side and great granddad Martin Mayes/great grandmother Mary Octavia Cline on my grandmothers side. If you could direct me to resourse material to assist in my search, i would very much appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

Wyatt CARPENTER and Caleb HOWARD 98-05-28 14:25:11 EDT
14:25:11 EDTI am researching Wyatt CARPENTER and Caleb HOWARD who together migrated to Greenup Co. KY about the time of the War of 1812. Also researching Nancy "Ann" HOWARD b. ca. 1814 married 1. Stephen CARPENTER b. Hawkins Co, TN d. Menifee Co, KY, and married 2. ?? MCDANIEL; and Sarah "Sally" HOWARD b. 1814 Claiborne Co, TN d. 2 Dec 1886 Lambric, KY married 1. William CARPENTER b. Hawkins Co TN, d. 1846 Quicksand, Breathitt Co, KY and 2. Enoch MORGAN. I would like to compare notes and share information with someone who also has information on these folks. Jean Carpenter Temple

William STANDIFER and Elizabeth JONES 98-05-25 12:59:35 EDT
William STANDIFER and Elizabeth JONES were married in Claiborne county about 1840. William was born in Lee co. VA 1822. Would like to correspond and eschange info with anyone else searching this family.

William WILSON 98-05-23 23:16:13 EDT
Need info on William WILSON b. ca 1755 in Va. d. 1835 Claiborne Co. Tn. m. ca 1780 to Christena. ch. Jonathan b ca 1785 Va., Margaret, Peter b ca 1790 Va, Sarah, Polly m.__ LEE, Samuel b ca 1796 Va. m. Hesse S., William b ca 1800 Va. William appears in Claiborne Co. 1817 Ann Farnsworth

James Carr 98-05-23 01:09:07 EDT
My name is Robert A. Carr. I am a decendent of one James Carr of Sneedville, TN. We know he was born in 1801, but have not been able to find anything else concerning his parents. He was married to Margaret Peggy Royston and had seven children. All were girls except for William R. Carr who married Elizabeth Louisa Mayes. The girls were Eliza Louisa Carr who married Joseph Ferguson, Charlotte Carr, Margaret Carr, Mary Carr who married Johnny Parker, Harriet Carr who married Lynch Hatfield, and Emiline Carr.

Mary Leger Littlejohn 98-05-22 16:57:22 EDT
Searching for information on my gr gr gr grandparents, Peter & Rachel Madden LEGER. They were married in Claiborne County TN 02Oct1808. They had eight or nine children, all born in Claiborne County. Peter LEGER was born around 1780 in SC. Rachel LEGER was born around 1789 in TN. Rachel MADDEN may be the daughter of James MADDEN from Claiborne County. Peter LEGER served in War of 1812, East TN Militia. Information is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Mary Leger Littlejohn MAL831@AOL.COM

Richard Holland 98-05-18 14:59:34 EDT
Trying to prove if John A. Holland was the son of William H. Holland, there is a gap in William's children that would indicate that, abt 1828. John, (my GG grandpa) married Louisa Mallicoat in Grainger Co. TN 1846. Moved to Washington Co. AR 1850. William was a renter and "sharecropper" left very little paper trail. Have lots of info on the Holland's & Mallicoat's will share. Thanks, Richard Holland Member of CCHS

SLAVEN, DANIEL 98-05-18 10:41:46 EDT
Is anyone researching early settler of Claiborne County, Daniel Slaven, Slavin, Slavens? Will exchange Contact

Peter LEGER/LEGEAR 98-05-16 15:08:03 EDT
Searching for information on my gr gr gr grandparents, Peter LEGER/LEGEAR and his wife Rachel MADDEN. They were married on 02Oct1808 in Claiborne County and lived in Claiborne for many years. Peter was born approx. 1780 in SC and died 02Apr1858 in Hancock County. Rachel was born approx. 1789 and died around 1884 in Hancock County. Rachel MADDEN was the daughter of James MADDEN. All information is greatly appreciated. Mary Leger Littlejohn MAL831@AOL.COM

Givens Family 5/9/98 10:07:47 AM Central Daylight Time
I have found deeds to the Givens family living in Claiborne County and Hancock Co. My great,great, great grandfather was John Givens, married to Elizabeth Seals. They came from Virginia. I have found references to Elizabeth's family, but not to many for her husband John. I have found some of the children of this marriage, as some moved to Monroe Co. I beleive some also stayed in Claiborne and Hancock counties. The sons I have found are James b-1789; Edward b-1790; and Thomas b-1792 all born in Va., I also found Zachariah b-1797 in Tn.; Samuel b-1804 and John C. b-12-18-1806 in Tn. I believed they had a couple sisters but have been unable to find them. I have also found that the whole family moved to Monroe Co. about 1825, except Edward and Thomas, and they stayed in Claiborne and Hancock counties. Any information on this family, I would be most greatful. Please send any email to Thank you, Cindy

cherokeewo@ cbpu. com 5/9/98 5:01:24 PM Central Daylight Time. New email address submitted 3/26/2006

I am looking for information on Thomas Joseph EASTES/ESTES Birth: 1891, Spouse: Delcie L. LANHAM Birth: 19 Mar 1891, Delcie's mother was Louise Catherine LAMBERT Birth: 4 Mar 1871, Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN Death: 27 Jul 1943 Spouse: Moses Garrett LANHAM Birth: 8 Jun 1864, Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN > Death: 14 Dec 1928. The particulars that I am looking for are Thomas Joseph Eastes parents' names. I think he may have been raised by a Massengil woman after his mothers death but not positive. Have heard that his fathers name was Calloway Eastes and that he died in his 30's out in a field working and that his mothers name was Martha but have no written information. ANY information on any of above names would be appreciated. Thank you and happy researching.

JACOB PIKE 5/9/98 10:37:40 PM Central Daylight Time
I have a Jacob Pike that came from Virginia in a covered wagon and set up homestead in Tennessee. In 1826 he was given a land grant of 50 acres by the Governor and another land grant in 1838 of 25 acres. both in Claiborne County. In 1846 he got marrried to BETHENA JONES in Tazwell and moved to Union Co. and it appears that he sold the land in Claiborne. at one time he lived in Powell's Valley. he is also listed on the 1860 census of Union Co. there childern are: ALFRED JONES PIKE(A.J.)brn. 1847 or 1849, LUM, JESS, MATT, JAKE, DICK, KIN, EMMA, MARY JANE, and MARGARET. If any one has information please E-mail me. Thanks John Hicks

Pressnel, Rose 5/8/98 10:23:48 PM Central Daylight Time
I'm looking for my ggrandfather WILLIAM RILEY PRESSNEL born 5/1863 in Hamilton County, TN. He was married to ELIZABETH ROSE who was born 5/1864 in Hamilton County, TN and "LIZZABETH" died 11/13/1927 in Briceville, TN. They married about 1883. They had 6 children. After "LIZZABETH" died WILLIAM married BESSIE ?. WILLIAM owned a dry goods store in Cumberland Gap, and, he was a methodist minister there at a church called "The Old Methodist Church House". If you have any information, please e-mail me. Thanks Linda

Karen M Raichle 5/6/98 2:29:29 PM Central Daylight Time
Looking for any information on the family of William HOPPER/HARPER and wife Mary (possibly SHELBY) of Claiborne, Campbell and Union Co., TN. willima was born about 1800 in NC and died sometime after 1870 in Union Co. Known children included Johnson who married Sarah (nmn), William, Jane, Mary, James who married Malinda (nmn), Sarah who may have married Calvin EVANS, and Jonathon Wesley who married Barthena SHELBY 24 July 1865 in Union Co., TN. Any help appreciated. Would love to share with any descendants of William and Mary. Thanks, Karen M Raichle

Karen Otto 5/7/98 12:08:11 AM Central Daylight Time
I am looking for information on my great grandfather, James Anderson Brooks, and his father John Brooks. Also my gg grandmother Elizabeth Cannon Brooks and her mother Polly (Mary) Cannon. They were all from Tazewell, Tennessee. Thank you. Karen Otto

Margaret Lynn Weaver Owens 5/4/98 6:41:57 PM Central Daylight Time
Searching for any information on C. J. OWENS who, according to the death certificate of his son (Isaiah Van Buren Owens), was born in Virginia, his first name was Charles, and his wife's name was Poly An Ivy (the spelling on the death certificate). Word of mouth says C. J. was born around 1810, and the last record found on him was the 1860 census when he and his wife were living with their son, Gilbert, in Union County. Have records indicating one of his oldest sons, Isaiah, was born in Claiborne County, Tn. in 1838. C. J. and Polly reared their family in Claiborne and Union Counties (probably did not move, the county boundary just changed). Margaret Lynn Weaver Owens

Steve Standley 5/3/98 6:18:14 AM Central Daylight Time
1)Moses was born in 1766 in Standleydale, Scotland. He died in Claiborne County, TN near Cumberland Gap. Moses and his wife Lizabeth Bird or Byrd had five children after their son Noble* was born, as follows:Ramsey, Lemuel, Jeremiah, another son, then their last child, William Harrison Standley, born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, May 15, 1814. He married Elizabeth G. Shelton, March 1,1834. 2)Moses Standley,( son of William Standley, b. abt. 1720 and wife Judith), was born abt. 1752 probably in Orange Co., VA and died place unknown. He married Elizabeth Byrd or Bird abt 1773 probably in Henry Co., (Now Franklin Co.) VA. They had the following children:Moses JR, b. 1775, died 1853 in Hancock Co.,IL; Richard, b. abt 1777--d. 1835-1840 prob. in Morgan Co.,IL;Joseph b. 1785, d. 1860; Thomas b. 1787, d. unknown, and Noble Standley, b. March 1791 md Nancy Smart----This Noble Standley, my GGG grandfather, died in 1862 in Morgan Co., IL. If I could find any information on Moses and/or Standley(Stanley) in Claiborne, Co., it might help to resolve the two somewhat different versions of our early ancestry. I know Noble Standley migrated from Franklin Co., VA to Robertson Co., TN and then to Morgan Co.,IL. So, he may have lived in Claiborne Co.,TN before Robertson Co. and that may have been where Moses died. Thanks again, Steve Standley

ANN FARNSWORTH 5/3/98 10:13:32 AM Central Daylight Time
Need info on John BULLARD b ca 1765 in Tn. d. 1834 in Claiborne Co.Tn. m Nancy (Boyer?) ca 1790 Ch: Joseph, Henry, Isaac, Anna m. Woolry BEELER, William, Elizabeth m. John McMAHAN, Mahulda m. Alfred MOORE, Sarah m. George W. LEWIS, John, Martha m. Barnet HECKLIN, Bowyer, Christopher.

ANN FARNSWORTH 5/3/98 10:13:32 AM Central Daylight Time
Need parents or other info on John McMAHAN b. ca 1800 Claiborne Co. Tn. m. Elizabeth BULLARD ca 1816. Lived in Madison Co. Ala. 1818-30. John apparently died and Elizabeth and children moved back to Claiborne Co. before moving to McDonald Co. Mo. by 1850. Ch: John b 1818, George R. b 1821, Parmela b 1824 m. John G. MOORE, Sarah b 1828 m. Enoch MOORE. All born in Madison Co. Ala. What happend to John? Two John McMAHAN's on 1830 census of Madison Co. Ala. One descends from Sanders MCMAHAN and remained in this area and d. in Cherokee Co. Ala.

Russell's Chapel Methodist Church 98-04-15 19:33:25 EDT
Can anyone give me infomation about what disposition was made of church records for Russell's Chapel Methodist church, which was located near Lily Grove in Claiborne County? The church was built by my great grandfather, Robert J. Russell, and his sons in the late l800's. TVA took the land when Norris Dam was built about 1935 and the church was torn down. The church cemetery remains there. I'm looking for records showing church members, births, baptisms, deaths, etc. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Lucile Russell Sharpe, 20l0 Nickerson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917 E-Mail address:

Doug Cheek 98-04-19 20:19:32 EDT
I'm looking for James Cheek born about 1804 in Clairbone county,his wife's name was Polly Johnson born 1810, but I don't know where. Thank you........Doug Cheek

BONNIE Y SMITH 98-04-16 22:40:11 EDT
Seeking information on MAHALA DUFF who was a "moonshiner" on the VA/TN county line in the 1800's. Story says she built her home across the state line of TN and VA, possibly Claiborne Co/Lee Co. When the Law of either state came to arrest her, she simply moved across the building to the other State, out of their jurisdiction. Who was Mahala married to?? When? Did she have any children? What happened to her? Was she related to the Lee, Scott, Washingon and Russell Co. VA DUFF's? Thanks. Bonnie Duff-Smith, P.O. Box 254, Judson, TX 75660-0254, or Email:

Doug Sherman 98-04-15 22:06:17 EDT
I am looking for information on James CHEEK/CHICK. He was born ca. 1799-1800, possibly in VA. I believe he migrated from Knox Co, KY to Claiborne Co., TN between 1820 and 1830. The 1850 Census lists his wife Jane (born ca. 1797-1798) and children James (b. 1835) and Mary (b. 1838). Other children possibly include Jefferson (b. 1818), William (b. 1824), and Robert (b. 1828). James served as a constable and Justice of the Peace in Claiborne County and had obtained a land grant. I would like to know if his father was James CHICK of Knox, KY; if Jefferson, William, and Robert were his sons; and when he and his wife died.

The Massingale,s...Massingill,s...Massengill 98-04-15 14:23:16 EDT
My Great grand father James Calvin Massingill was listed by his self on the 1850 claiborne county census, tazewell as 18 yrs old. My Grand father James Nelson Massingill was on the 1860 census borne 1855. He married Lizie Skidmore in 1882 had a son named Joseph Walter late in same year. dont know what happened to her. He married my grand mother martha Earls in 1896, they had 12 children there in a place called Lonesome Valley. The first child borne in 1896 and the last in 1916, she was 20 yrs his junior. My grandpa sold his farm and moved up to Harlan County, Kentucky in the late 1920. In a place called Yancey Harlan County, Ky, in 1932 Dec.09, my dad had 6 of his brothers killed in a single coal mine explosion, my dad was also a coal miner. I was borned and raised in Harlan county, Kentucky. Better get off i have taken enough your time. Thanks for the ear Jerry W. Massingale This is the way we spell the last name my ancestors spelled it different ways. Thanks again

Jane Altum 98-04-08 00:07:20 EDT
Needing information on Lucy Tiller Johnston. She married James Johnston don't have a marriage date. Lucy died 1936, James died 1933, both are buried in Ely Cemetery. Does anyone have ties to this family? Would love to hear from you. Jane Altum Wilson

My grandf.-William Moss Jennings b. 1861 d. 1934 at Lone Mt. Wm is the son of David Jennings & Louisa Davis and was married to Sallie Payne. Sallie & William are buried at Payne cemetery at Lone Mt. My great grandf-John Beeler b. 1871 Claib Co and Mahaley Jennings b. 1874 Claib Co . Johns parents are Joe Beeler and Mary Kelly. Mahaleys parents are John Jennings b. death certificate says England 1810 ) and Ellen Johnson. Can't connect them with the Beeler-Jennings families. Sure hope you can help. Joann e-mail

Jane Altum Wilson 98-04-08 00:04:59 EDT
Searching for information on the family of Angeline (Tiller) & William T. Seivers. Angeline & William were married 1872 in Anderson Co TN. They were both buried in the Ely Cemetery in Claiborne Co TN. Would like to know if they had children and any information on them. Any information will be appreciated. Jane Altum Wilson

Jane Altum Wilson 98-04-08 00:04:59 EDT
Searching for information on Thomas L. & Nancy A. (Tiller) Long. Both Thomas & Nancy are buried in Ely Cemetery in Claiborne Co TN. Would like to know if they had children and any information on them. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Jane Altum Wilson

Jerry W. Massingale 98-04-14 19:47:06 EDT
Looking for any information on James Calvin massingale, he was living in Tazewell Claiborne county tennessee in 1850 as census indicate. He enlisted in the union army in 1862 as a sergent, and had a child in 1865 but disapeared on the 1870 cnnsus. his wife [ my great grandmother] was listed with her daughter Nancy[ massingill] Arnold. Story has it that he was hanged near the virginia border, any information about this will be appreaciated, and his parents. You can e-mail me at Thanks in advance Jerry W. Massingale

Brian & TerriRene Howard 98-04-04 22:58:25 EST
Martha CANE married Jesse DEVER 16 Dec 1806 in Clairborne Co.. Jesse was the step-son of Garrison TATE and may have used the Tate surname. Jesse TATE DEVER (aka DaVar and misc spellings) served in the War of 1812, having enlisted in Blaiborne Co., East TN. I am looking for their ancestors, desendants, and documentation. Information and sources gladly exchanged.

Frank Corbin 98-04-02 23:40:06 EST
Would the lady, that wanted info. on Marcellus J. Moss,please update her e-mail add, or e-mail me at I have info. for her and cannot get it to her. Thanks Frank Corbin--Morristown, Tenn.

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