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Abner Deatherage, from The Deatheridge Family

Taken From: The Deatherage Family: The First Four Generations in America, by Richard W. Tobin II, Second Edition, On-Line, copyright 1984 and 1992, [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tobin/Deatherage/gen3pt2.html] last viewed 4 Dec 2014
[[From the chapter titled "Generation III: Grandchildren of William Deatherage" on pp. 62 and 63, with notes by Robin Richmond. I have also highlighted and hyperlinked my ancestors]]

26. ABNER DEATHERAGE3 (George2, William1), son of George and Nancy (Johnson ) Deatherage, was born between 1770 and 1780 [Fed Cen]. Abner died in 1838 in Roane Co., Tennessee, intestate [Probate Record].

He married his first wife in North Carolina. She died about 1823 [Probate Record: Abner Deatherage].

After his first wife died Abner married Elizabeth Morrison. Elizabeth, daughter of James and Mary (Barnard) Morrison, was born c1795 in Tennessee [Fed Cen]. She was living with her daughter Jennett Tilley in Roane Co., Tennessee, when the federal census was taken in 1850 and 1860.

Abner was living in Stokes Co., North Carolina, in 1802 when his father deeded 414 acres to him and his brother-in-law George Cloud. Abner moved to Greene Co., Tennessee, where he was living in 1806. He moved to Roane Co., Tennessee, about 1821. He was in Captain Oliver’s Company of the Roane County Militia in 1821. He had land surveyed in the Hiawasee District in 1822. Abner was a deacon in the Baptist Church. He is mentioned frequently in the records of Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church in Roane Co., Tennessee.

children [[of Abner Deatherage and his first wife. The first 8 were born in North Carolina]]:
  1. Alexander c1797-1885 m.1)Rosanna Buster 2)Catherine Hornsby
  2. Elizabeth 1800-1899 m. James Matheny
  3. Nancy c1803-1860-4 m. William Jolly
  4. Bird 1805-1880 m. Elcie Mann
  5. William James c1808- m. 1)Elizabeth Ahart 2)Sarah Gideon
  6. Abner c1810- m. Mary A. Marney
  7. Mary   m. John Jolly
  8. Martha c1816- m. Benjamin Snow
  9. Lucinda 1816-1865 m. John A. Matheny [[1812-1878]]
    [[Lucinda was my great, great, great grandmother. I have been to her grave in the Owen-Jaquess Cemetery in Jackson County, Tennessee, very close to Cookeville.]]
  10. [[Some sources say that there was a 10th child, named John E, born in 1817. Lucinda did have a son named John English Matheny, born in 1846]]
children of Abner and Elizabeth (Morrison) Deatherage
  1. Allen 1823-living 1899 m. 1)Charity Sellers 2)Martha Jane Kindrick 
  2. Sarah c1826- m. Alexander E. Brandon
  3. Jennett/Jane c1827- m. Jeremiah Tilley
  4. Ellender "Nelly" c1829- m. Henry Martin
  5. Rebecca 1831-1892 m. Samuel Brandon
  6. John M. 1831-1914 m. Lydia Jane McCollum

SOURCES [[from p218]]

  • Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1785-1810, by Joyce Martin Murray, 1996. 
  • Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1810-1822, by Joyce Martin Murray, 1997. 
  • 1812 Greene Co., Tennessee, tax list Abner Deatherige Capt. Francis Register’s District 
  • 1821-1822 Minutes of the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Roane Co., Tennessee. 
  • 1830 Roane Co., Tennessee, federal census Abner Deatherage
  • Estate Records of Abner Deatherage Roane Co., Tennessee 
  • Thornton, Mable H. Pioneers of Roane County, Tennessee 1801-1830, 1965, pp. 91, 103 
  • Letter, dated 23 Feb 1986, from Marilyn McMillan, to the author gives Abner’s date of death as 25 Jan 1839. She cites Mules and Settlements of Roane County, p. 32

[[These additional source notes are from the online edition of the book, The Deatherage Family: The First Four Generations in America, by Richard W. Tobin II, Second Edition, On-Line, copyright 1984 and 1992, last viewed 22 Oct 2019]]

  • "...Whereupon it is ordered by the court that Michael Bright, Robert Hays, Thomas Coulson, Phineas Jones, David Snodgrass, William Jolley, Israel McBee, Abner Deatherage, Byrd Deatherage, Henry Ferguson, Andrew English Esqr., Samuel Caldwell Esq. and Cornelius Newman, be and they are hereby appointed ajury, being first sworn, to view both of the aforesaid roads as petitioned for and report the conviences and inconviences to our next Court. Joint order issued 13 Nov 1806" (Wednesday, 29 Oct 1806, Pg 77: Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807).
  • 28 Sep 1809 Register of Deeds Vol 8, Pg 437. Indenture dated 22 Jul 1809, between James Johnson, Greene Co, Tn and Abner Deatherage of same place, 100 pounds paid, 100 acres on both sides of George Martin spring branch, and on both sides of road leading from Snaps ferry to Bulls gap at head of Lick creek, bounded on West by David Snodgrass, on East by Widow Carder, & on South by land of William Glaze, Decd. Orginal title to land dated 26 Nov 1789, the 14th year of our Independence.
  • 1812 Greene Co., TN, taxlist Abner Deatherige Capt. Francis Register's District
  • "Will dated 23 Oct 1815. Wife, Elizabeth English, and son, Alexander. Executor, Alexander English. Wittnesses: Alexander Whitlock, Abra Deatherage, John English. Proven January Session, 1816." (Book A, Pg 107:Washington County, Tennessee Wills, 1777-1812).
  • 15 Feb 1819 Register of Deeds Vol 11, Pg 356. Indenture dated 20 Aug 1818 between William Jolly, Senr, Greene Co, Tn, one part, and Israel Woolsey, Washington Co, Tn, other part, $200 paid, part tract Jolly now lives on, being 50 acres on Lick creek & adjoining his own tract including 2 springs, and adjoining Thomas Brannon, and being in orginal grant NC 633 dated 29 Sep 1809 & of American Indepen the 34th. Witnessed: Abner Deatherage, William Hall, Henry Hall.
  • __ ___ ____ Register of Deeds Vol 11, Pg 357. Indenture Date & Parties as in above deed, $800 paid, being tract where William Jolly now lives, & being 200 acres on Lick creek adjoining William Hall's new survey formerly called orginal the George Martin line, Grant No 1221, 12 Jan 1793. Witnessed: Abner Deatherage, William Hall, Henry Hall.
  • 31 Oct 1820 Register of Deeds Vol 12, Pg 197. Deed of Trust dated 25 Sep 1815 between Isaac Holman, Washington Co, Tn, one part, and William Dickson, Greene Co, Tn, other part, $81.58 paid, tract being part of 2 surveys, one of George Martin, the other of William Walker, 66 acres, tract bounded by lands of James English, Andrew Hannah, Abner Deatherage, John Gormsley, Benjamin Delany and Margaret Wheeler. The purchase price is to be paid to Connaly Findley of said Washington Co, Va. Witnessed: Benjn. Estill, Samuel Bailie, James Ellis. Acknowledged before John Campbell, Clerk Washington Co, Va, on 15 Aug 1820, and certified by Robert Campbell of same place.
  • __ ___ ____ Register of Deeds Vol 12, Pg 280. Indenture dated 21 Mar 1821 between Abner Deatherage and William Hall, both of Greene Co, Tn, $400 paid, 135 acre tract where said Deatherage now lives, being on both sides of George Martin's spring, and on both sides of road leading from Snapp's ferry to Bull's gap on headwaters od Lick creek, tract bounded on West by land of William Hall, on East by land of Carter Orphant. Witnessed: Elijah Matheny, Alexander English, Benjamin Dulany.
  • 1821-1822 Minutes of the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Roane Co., TN.
  • 1830 Roane Co., TN, federal census Abner Deatherage 01001001-211101
  • Estate Records of Abner Deatherage Roane Co., TN
  • In a response dated 26 Aug 1842 by Thomas Brown, Austin L. Green, his deputy, to the court order to determine the amount due each child of the estate of Abner Deatherage: ".....being divided between 15 children is the sum to each child $77.70 cents. There being six children by the last wife....." (Roane County, Tennessee Chancery Court, 28 Sep 1841). Also in the petition to the court filed 5 Apr 1841 : ".....that a certain Abner Deatherage departed this life sometime in 1838 then a citizen of the county of Roane without making any will leaving all the complainants the legal heirs and representatives of him the said Deatherage by his first wife who departed this life sometime perhaps in 1823 and said Abner some time afterwards married his second wife and at the death of the said Abner he left his second wife his relic and widow, Elizabeth, and these other children by his last wife to wit, Allen, Sally, Jennett, Nelly, Rebecca and John Deatherage all the last mentioned children are minors ....." (Roane County, Tennessee Chancery Court, 28 Sep 1841).
  • From the guardianship bond of the minor children of Abner Deatherage, dec. " Know all men by these presents, that We, John Jolly and Alexander Deatherage are held and firmly bound unto ........ signed with our seals and dated this second day of February 1846. The condition of the above obligation is such, that, whereas, the above bound John Jolly has this day, by the court aforesaid been appointed Guardian to Jennetta, Nelly, Rebecca & John Deatherage, minor orphans of Abner Deatherage , dec." (Roane Co, TN Guardianship Files-1846). Appears Alexander Deatherage and his brother in law, John Jolly, signed the bond for John Jolly's performance.
  • 1841, Apr 5 Chancery case Bk. C
  • Deedbook J-1 p.449 (roll 168) (Roane County?)
  • Thornton, Mable H. Pioneers of Roane County, TN 1801-1830, 1965, pp.91, 103
  • 1850-1860 Roane Co., TN, federal census
  • Letter, dated 23 Feb 1986, from Marilyn McMillan, 818 S. Third, Bozeman, Montana 59715, to the author gives Abner's date of death as 25 Jan 1839. She cites Mules and Settlements of Roane County, p.32
  • Before he died Alexander Deatherage had been declared an "imbecile" and Samuel Snow was appointed his guardian. In the settlement of Alexander's estate the only distribution was to his guardian and nephew Samuel Snow.
  • Alexander probably died between 23 Dec 1885 and 31 Dec 1885. (Roane Co, TN Estate Files, Alexander Deatherage-1886). 
  • First: Assuming he is alive at this point, "Received of Saml. Snow Guardian of A Deatherage imbecile Three dollars for com bought for the use of his ward: Dec. 23.1885 J A Sacro"
  • Second: "Alex. Deatherage Estate Dr to Jno. Swafford for the following articles viz:
  • Dec 31 1885 - 1 Pr Pant 2.00, 1 visit 1.65, 6yds linen .75 .... 4.40
  • Dec 31 1885 - 9 yds Brown Dom .90, 1 Pr Hose .10............1.00
  • Dec 31 1885 - 1 Dog Screws .15, 1 # Nails .05..................0.20 $5.60
  • .......Subscribed and sworn to before this the 3rd day of Nov 1886. Jno. Swafford, Charles Walker J.P." [Tom McMurray, Ltr, 11 Aug 1998]
  • Catherine died between January 1885 and prior to Alexander's death. (Roane Co, TN Estate Files, Alexander Deatherage-1886). 
  • First: " In acct. with Alex Deatherage Decd. For medical attention to his wife Katie Deatherage Decd.
  • Jan 1885 Two visits $3.50 each. Total $7.00.............subscribed and sworn to before me this the first day of Non 1887. B H McLeallon MD, Charles Walker J P"
  • Second: Catherine is not mentioned in the distribution of Alexander's estate. Only his guardian, Samuel Snow received a distribution. [Tom McMurray, Ltr, 11 Aug 1998]
  • Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1785-1810, by Joyce Martin Murray, 1996.
  • Greene County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts 1810-1822, by Joyce Martin Murray, 1997.

PlaceRoane County, Tennessee, USA
Location35.83612, -84.56415
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