Revolutionary War
Tidence Lane and Sons
of Early Tennessee

Compiled by C. Hammett, 2001
for TNGenWeb (TNGenNet) and the Combs &c. Research Group



Captain Tidence LANE and his sons, Isaac and Tidence, Jr., were all three both Revolutionary Soldiers and Revolutionary Reverends, among the earliest Baptists in East Tennessee:

TIDENCE LANE, Sr., born near Baltimore, Maryland on 31 Aug 1724 (christened Tidings at St. Paul's parish in that city), was the son of Richard and Sarah LANE, grandson of Dutton and Pretitia TIDING Lane, and great-grandson of Major Samuel LANE, an officer in the King's service in the Province of Maryland in 1680. The family moved to Lunenburg County, Virginia (where a Tidance LANE is found on the 1748 list of tithables returned by William Caldwell), but according to Burnett, Tidenc was already in Randolph County, North Carolina when he married Esther BIBBIN or BIBBER on 9 May 1743. A Tidance LANE is on the 1779 tax list of Randolph County, North Carolina, where Tidence had earlier been converted to the Baptist religion by Shubael STERNS of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church Circuit in North Carolina. He came to Tennessee in the 1770s as part of a group of Baptists from Sandy Creek who settled on Boone's Creek in Washington County, and in 1779, it was under the leadership of Tidence LANE that the Buffalo Ridge Church was built in that county, the oldest church in the state of Tennessee. Ramsey concurs with this date, stating that in 1779, "Tidence Lane, a Baptist preacher, organized a congregation this year [1779]. A house of worship was erected on Buffalo Ridge." (Tidence was also the first moderator of the Holston Association of Baptist Churches at "Cherokee meeting-house" in Washington County, on the "Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October, 1786").

TIDENCE LANE, JR. was born 12 May 1763 in Randolph County, North Carolina, and lived in Washington County, North Carolina, when he first enlisted in the service of the Revolutionary War. He applied for his pension on 3 Sep 1833 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, declaring that he had married Mary (surname not stated) on 23 Oct 1783. He died 25 Jan 1841 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and his widow applied on 20 Jan 1844 in Jefferson, aged 77. Their children were: Lydia, born 6 Jan 1786, Isaac, born 8 Aug 1788, Nancy, born 4 or 24 Jul 1791, Esther, born 6 Nov 1793, John, born 4 Jun 1796, Noah, born 18 Oct 1798, Mary, born 20 Nov 1800, Right, born 7 Jun 1803 and James Madison LANE, born 3 Nov 1805 (Rev War Pension File No. W3777).

In 1800, Tidence Lane, Sr. with 350 acres, 1 black poll and no white polls, is the tax list of a Capt. Lane (Tidence himself?) in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Also on this list are Richard Lane with 1 white poll, Tidence Lane, Jr. with 200 acres and 1 white poll, and Aquila Lane with 321 acres, 1 white poll and 1 black poll. In 1812, a Tidens Lane is on the Warren County, Tennessee Tax List of Benjamin Lockhart.

Isaac LANE, son of Tidence and Esther BIBBIN or BIBBER Lane, (according to his Revolutionary War pension file), was born on 14 Feb 1760, and lived in Pittsylvania County, Virginia when he first enlisted in the service of the Revolution, later removing to Watauga County, North Carolina [sic, but Washington County, North Carolina, parent county of Tennessee, and earlier known as Watauga], According to Ramsey, Isaac and Aquila Lane (his brother) were members of a Washington County militia company "of whigs" that included Captain William Bean, James Robertson and John Sevier when, in 1778, they drove Isam Yearley, a loyalist on Nollichucky, out of the country, and afterward pursued a party of Tories who "under the lead of Mr. Grimes, on Watauga, had killed Millican, a Whig, and attempted to kill Mr. Roddy and Mr. Grubbs. The latter they had taken to a high pinnacle on the edge of the river, and threatened to throw him off. He was respited under a promise that they should have all his property. These tories were concealed high up Watauga in the mountain, but Captain Bean and his whig comrades ferretted them out, fired upon and wounded their leader, and forced them to escape across the mountain. Capt. Grimes was hung after King's Mountain battle, in which he was taken prisoner."*

* Ramsey adds that other members of Bean's company were Joseph Duncan, John Condley, Thomas Hardiman, William Stone, Michael Massingale, John and George Bean, Edmond Bean, James Roddy, and Samuel and Robert Tate. He does not give his source.

Isaac served as a Lieutenant under Col. John Sevier at the battle of King's Mountain on 7 Oct 1780. (Burnett and Ramsey. Alderman's Overmountain Men places both Isaac and Tidence at King's Mountain, with Tidence as a Captain).

In 1783, Isaac is on the Greene County Tax List, and in 1797, both an Isaac and a Tidence Lane are on a 1797 Grainger County, Tennessee Intruder List. In 1799, Isaac Lane is on the Grainger County Tax List of Capt. Lane (believed to have been Isaac himself), his land in that part of Grainger County that became Claiborne County in 1801. In 1802, Isaac gave the land on which was built the meeting house of the first Baptist church organized in Claiborne County, at Big Springs, now Springdale. Isaac applied for his Revolutionary War pension in 1832, by then a resident of McMinn County, declaring that he then to Grainger County, Tennessee, then to Claiborn County, Tennessee, then finally to McMinn. He had married May 1782 to Sarah RUSSELL in Washington County, North Carolina, and had served under a Captain George RUSSELL (relationship to Sarah, if any, not stated). He died on 9 Nov 1851 in McMinn, and his widow applied there on on 18 Aug 1852, aged 92. She also applied there for BLW on 14 Apr 1855, their children mentioned, but only son Tidance C. Lane, of McMinn County in 1844, was named in the calim. A Russell Lane was also mentioned, but no relationshipo was stated. A Mary JARNAGIN, widow of Noah JARNAGIN, was aged about 88 when she made an affidavit on 6 Oct 1853 in Grainger County, Tennessee, about the wedding of Isaac and Sarah. (Rev War Pension File No. R6137, BLW File #1243-300-14)

AQUILLA LANE, born 18 May 1753, resided in Orange County, North Carolina when he first enlisted in the service of the Revolution, but by 01 Feb 1780, when he married Agnes FITZGERALD, was in Washington County, North Carolina (now Tennessee). Agnes was born 18 Jun 1763, and their children were: Esther, born 7 Nov 1780, Garret, born 18 Jun 1782, Ransom, born 17 Oct 1784, Jane, born 6 Mar 1787, Tidence, born 18 Apr 1789, Theney, born 29 Sep 1791, John King Lane, born 7 Jan 1794, Clear, born 4 Apr 7196, Anna, born 4 Apr 1798, Pleasant, born 20 Apr 1800, Adelina, born 17 Sep 1802, and Thomas Jefferson Lane, born 9 Oct 1804 (Also shown in these records were Thomas J. Lane who married Vaney Pangle, 25 Jul 1822, Pleasant W. Lane, who married Mary H. Coltharp, 21 Aug 1832, and she was born 6 Aug 1805, Mary Katherine, daughter of P.W. and Mary H. Lane, was born 25 Dec 1823). In Jan 1852, Thomas J. Lane stated his mother Agnes Lane had died "some four years earlier." (Rev. War Pension File No. R6116)


Burnett, J.J., Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers," first series, Vol.
I, Nashville: Marshall and Bruce, 1919.

Toomey, Glenn A., Bi-Centennial Holston: Tennessee's First Baptist Association and Its Affiliated Churches, 1786-1985, Johnson City, Tennessee: (privately published), 1985.

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

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


February 18, 2013 – “It is my belief and that of other reachers of our family that you have incorrectly stated Isaac(1) as the son of Tidence(1).  Isaac(1) is the nephew of Tidence(1), and the son of Tidence's(1) brother John Fuller Lane and wife Elizabeth Cloud.  It is very confusing because i believe Tidence(1) did have a son named Isaac(2).  Isaac(1) also has a brother named Tidence(2).  So including Tidence, Jr.(3) there are three people named Tidence in two generations.  It is my belief that the Isaac(1) that served at King's Mountian and Boyd's Creek is the Issac(1) born to John Fuller and Elizabeth Cloud. – correction submitted by Damon Lane <>.


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