Submitted by James Mantooth, 3536 Evangeline Dr., Augusta, Ga. 30906
The name Mantooth is derived from the Scottish name Monteith. Thomas Monteith was born in Scotland about 1694 and records show that he was in Virginia by 1714. Thomas was a large landholder in Virginia and was known as Gentleman Thomas the Merchant. Thomas had four children Magdaline, Elizabeth, James and John. Magdaline married Anderson Doniphan and is the GG Grandmother of Harry Shipp Truman. John married a Cherokee Indian and at this time the two brothers disowned each other. In Thomas Monteith's Last Will and Testament John was not mentioned as the other three children were. One of the children of John and the Grandson of Thomas Monteith was Thomas (Cherokee Tom) Mantooth. It was at this time that the name changed. The Monteith's stayed in Virginia until later years and descendants of Thomas (Cherokee Tom) Mantooth migrated south into North Carolina. In the late 1700's and early 1800's the Mantooths came across the mountain from an area west of Asheville, North Carolina known as Sandy Mush to East Tennessee. Cocke County has had a population of Mantooths for many years with some Mantooths migrating west over a period of time. Thomas Mantooth with his family, his oldest daughter being married to Austin Vinson, settled in Lufkin Texas in 1857. Thomas was a probate judge in Lufkin for some time. Thomas' son Edwin J. Mantooth attended the Cumberland University, Lebanon Tennessee and studied law, graduating with the class of 1879 before returning to Texas to set up office. Edwin J. Mantooth was one of two people that founded the Lufkin Telephone Company that is the 16th largest in the United States. The Mantooth and Vinson names are well established in East Texas.
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