Sarah Whitlock was, if I have the children of Thomas Whitlock and Hannah Phillips ordered correctly, the couple’s fourth child. Sarah’s my 4th-great-grandmother. I’ve shared all that I know about her life in a number of previous postings. As this previous posting states, Sarah’s name is recorded in a family bible that belonged to her and her husband Thomas Brooks, and which passed from them to their oldest son Charles Brooks. This bible is discussed in another previous posting.
This posting continues my discussion of the two daughters of Charles Whitlock and wife Mary Davies — Agnes, who married John Grayson; and Hannah, who married James Calfee. I began this discussion with this previous posting discussing Agnes and her husband John Grason. In what follows, I’ll discuss Hannah Whitlock, her husband James Calfee, and their family.
A note to tell readers who may have read this previous posting about Agnes Whitlock, daughter of Charles Whitlock and Mary Davies, and her husband John Grayson, that I’ve added the following information (with the sketch above) to that posting:
In the prints and photographs section of its special collections department, the Library of Virginia has a drawing of Green Meadows done in 1936 by Edward A. Darby in connection with the WPA Federal Art Project. This drawing (above) is online at the Library of Virginia’s special collections site. I am grateful to a valuable reader of this blog, John Blythe of Huntersville, North Carolina, for pointing me to this drawing.
And now another addendum to a series of postings from the past — these tracking the life of my ancestor David Dinsmore, who was born in Ulster in 1750, arrived from Belfast with his wife Margaret aboard the Earl of Donegal in Charleston, South Carolina, on 10 December 1767, and received a grant from the colony of 150 acres on the Tyger River in Craven County (later Ninety Six District, then Spartanburg County) on 27 February 1768. When the American Revolution broke out, David took the British side, in 1775 and ended up in Nova Scotia, with his wife Margaret and their five children remaining behind on their farm on Jamey’s Creek of the Tyger River in South Carolina. I told David’s story and the story of his family in a seven-part series (citing documentation you’ll find as you read this series) that began in February 2018 with this posting.
After I posted yesterday about Agnes Whitlock (1793-1858), daughter of Charles Whitlock and Mary Davies of Wythe County, Virginia, and her husband John Grayson (1787-1874), I ran across two documents that provide interesting information about John. I’d like to share these now as an addendum to yesterday’s posting. Both are petitions presented the Virginia legislature mentioning John and his residence on Walker’s Creek in Wythe (later Bland) County, Virginia. These petitions are archived and made digitally available at Library of Virginia’s Virginia Memory website.
As my last posting states, Charles Whitlock and wife Mary Davies had two daughters, Agnes and Hannah, who are named in the Whitlock vs. Whitlock chancery court case file documenting the lawsuit their mother’s uncle William Davies filed on their behalf in Wythe County, Virginia, in September 1799. An 8 May 1798 Wythe County court minute noting the appointment of the same great-uncle as their guardian also names Agnes and Hannah as Charles Whitlock and Mary Davies’s daughters. As these documents indicate, Agnes and Hannah were minors when their father Charles died in April 1796 in Wythe County.
The next child of Thomas Whitlock (abt. 1745 – 1830) and wife Hannah Phillips, their third child if I have their children in correct order, was a son Charles Whitlock. A number of previous postings contain biographical information about Charles. As I state in a previous posting, in my view, Thomas and his siblings were likely raised by their older brother Charles after the Whitlock parents, James Whitlock and Agnes Christmas, died, James in 1749 in Louisa County, Virginia, and Agnes between 1750 and 1757, probably also in Louisa.
I don’t have documentary proof of my deduction that, as the oldest of James and Agnes’s children, Thomas’s brother Charles brought his younger siblings to Albemarle County, where he lived from 1760 or a bit earlier up to around 1780, when he moved to Surry County, North Carolina. But such information as I have suggests to me that this is what happened. As the posting linked above states, in my view Thomas Whitlock named his only son Charles after the older brother who raised him.
In my last posting, I stated that John Hammons’s daughter Elizabeth appears to have been born 1805-1810, and that she married a Henderson, according to Becky Shrader’s testimony about John’s children in 1831. I also concluded that, because Elizabeth is not named in the 1838 list of John’s children the linked posting cites, she had died between 1831-8. And I indicated that I had not been able to determine the name of her Henderson husband.
In what follows, I’ll tell you what I know of the children of John Hammons and his wife who was a daughter of Thomas Whitlock and whose given name I have not discovered. I do not have proof positive that all of these children were born to John’s Whitlock wife, but since documents listing them as his children never indicate that any of these children were half-siblings to each other, I think it’s safe to assume that all are children of John’s Whitlock wife. Note that, according to Betsy Shrader in her 1831 affidavit cited below, John Hammons had two children in addition to the six listed below, who died prior to 1828 and of whose names I have not seen a record.
Warren County, Tennessee, Years, 1807-1819
As the previous posting indicates, John Hammons Jr. disappears from the Wayne County tax list after 1807, when he moved with his father and brothers Leroy and Woodson to Warren County, Tennessee. On 7 August 1807, John entered 100 acres in White County by virtue of warrant #1686. The land entry states that the land was assigned to John by D. Ross by his attorney J. (or T.?) Hopkins, assignee of Stokely Donelson, assignee of Patrick Hamilton. The entry was location #143 in the 3rd district, and adjoined John’s occupant claim, location #141 and Martin Harpool.