Revolutionary War
George Doherty
of Early Tennessee
Compiled by C. Hammett, 2001
for TNGenWeb (TNGenNet) and the Combs &c. Research Group

GEORGE DOHERTY, born in Virginia in 1749, died 27 May 1833, Jefferson County, Tennessee, applied for his revolutionary pension in Jefferson County (a resident), declaring that he had first enlisted in Virginia troops in Greenbury [Greenbriar County?], Virginia, but during the Revolution had moved to Washington County, North Carolina, (now Tennessee). In 1779 he was engaged against the Cherokee and in 1780 he served in the battle of King's Mountain under Colonel John Sevier. (Rev War Pension File) George DOHERTY, Sen., Jefferson County, Tennessee, Private, Virginia Line, $80.00 Annual Allowance, $178.40 Amount Received, February 25 1833 Pension Started, Age 85, Died May 27 1833 (1835 Pension Roll) George DOHERTY is on the 1783 Greene County Tax List.

According to Armstrong, George DOHERTY "...was the son of Major George DOHERTY and Elizabeth WILLIAMS Doherty whose brother was George WILLIAMS. He was a member of the first county court of Greene County, Tennessee, in 1783; he was a leader in the State of Franklin movement. He was Colonel of a regiment of militia in Caswell County, State of Franklin. In 1785 he moved to a site west of the present Dandridge, Tenessee and was a member of the Jefferson County Court. He was a member of the North Carolina Convention of 1789. He was Lieutenant Commandant for Jefferson County. He was a member of the first Territorial Assembly in Tennessee and the first Constitutional Convention in Tennessee. He was a member of the first Tennessee Senate and served in the Assembly several terms. He served in the Expedition to Natchez in 1803. In the Creek War he was a Brigadier General of an East Tennessee brigade. He was in the battle of the Horseshoe. He was given a grant of 2,000 acres by North Carolina for service in the Revolution. He married twice first Priscilla GOFORTH and second Sally RANDAL, December 3, 1823. His will in Jefferson County signed January 15, 1833, mentions his wife, Sally; his sons, George, William and James Tennessee; and his daughters Jenny, Dorcas INMAN, Prescilla MORROW, Rachel LEATH: his granddaughter Sally, daughter of his son George; his grandson George, son of James T.; his grandson George, son of George; The children mentioned were all by his first wife. George married Nancy MCDOWELL, Dorcas married Benjamin [INMAN], Priscilla married David MORROW, Rachel married Joseph LEATH."


Armstrong, Zella, Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution, compiled from Pension Statements, Originally Published in Five Pamphlets in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1933, reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1975)

White, Virgil, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Abstract Files, National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, 1990

The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century, J.G.M Ramsey, Walker and Jones, Charleston, SC, 1853, reprinted by the East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1967.

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