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More Settlers at Fort Nashborough

Mary Turney Miller (View posts)
Posted: 1033699553000
Classification: Query
Thanks for the list of the people who arrived Ft Nashborough/Nashville 24 April 1780 with Donelson. This was the group who came by boat, the group who came over land is another list - these are all probably on the list of signers of the Cumberland Compact.

But....when I began more than 10 years ago researching this, most history books, etc. made it sound like all the settlers of Nashborough were from these two groups and all were from North Carolina. I have since found that yes, they were the first, but there was a group out of Eastern Tennessee - the Holston River, Clinch River, Carter's Valley area. And these people had around 1773-1777 come out of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Now some do not appear on the Cumberland Compact, but are listed as having gotten there in time for all the Indian fighting....

I got this list long ago - when I was stupid and did not know to write down where it was from.

The Cumberland Settlements, stretching about forty miles along the river, centering around Fort Nashborough, were not egalitarian enterprises, but were characterized by having had from the beginning a definite leadership. These pioneers had no doubts as to the blessings of government and they stated as much. However, the Scotch-Irish and Germans had no illusions.......To James Robertson (born in Virginia, June 28, 1742), fell the responsibilty of leading the military and governmental services....Thus the revolutionary settlements had to treat with the Indians, and also with the Spanish, who were to the South; for some years, Middle Tennessee was "The Mero District," a misspelling of a Spanish royal Governor's name, which was Miro.
Finally, on April 19, 1784, North Carolina's legislature passed an Act for the Relief of Sundry Petitioners Inhabitants of Davidson County, completing the circle, and be it noted, endowing the settlers with the same rights as those of soldiers. The only fountain-head of law which could have operated, therefore, accepted these people as full patriots. They extended the area of an un-born nation.
Among those receiving rights of pre-emption under Chapter LXIII, Act, April Session, were
John Cockrill
Robert Espey
James Espey
John Buchanan
Cornelius Reddle
James Mulhjerrin
James Todd
Isaac Johnston
John Givson
Francis Armstrong
John Kennedy, Jr.
Mark Robertson
William Ellis
James Thompson
James Shaw
James Franklin
Henry Howdeshall
Peirce Castello
Morris Skean
William Logan
David Flood
John White
William Collins
Jonas Menifee
Daniel Williams
John Evans
Andrew Thompson
Gasper Mansker
George Freeland
Daniel Johnston
Edward Swanson
Andrew Kellow
Francis Hodge
John Mulherrin
James Freeland
John Tucker
James Foster
Amos Heaton
Dennis Condry
Frederick Stump
Russell Gower
Thomas Rater
Isaac Lindsey
Moses Winters
James Harris
Lewis Crane
John Montgomery
Stephen Ray
Daniel Hogan
Thomas Spencer
Humphrey Hogan
Hayden Wells
Henry Ramsey
John Barrow
John Thomas
William Stewart
Samuel Walker
David Rouncevall
Arthur McAdoo
James McAdoo
Samuel Barton
John Dunham
Ephraim Prat
William Overall
James Robertson
(These had settled on the land prior to June 1, 1780 -
63 settlers killed by the Indians in 1782 and 1783 were represented by their heirs. They paid no price for the land except entry and surveyors fees.)

Now, Mansker was from the area which was Augusta Co VA at the time (Hampshire in West VA today/), Henry Turney was from near Edinburg in Shenandoah Co VA, Ramseys had also been in Augusta Co VA...and so on.
Turney, Mansker, and Ramsey are among a group who signed a petiton to VA in 1777 from men north of the Holston River, Washington Co VA (eastern Tn today).

Records of Davidson Co TN Will Book 1
page 88 Article of Agreement between Henry Turney of Cumberland, Settlement of North Carolina, and Daniel Chambers of Lincoln Co., VA. Government. Turney sells one-half of his right as a settler in the above said county and settlement of Cumberland, etc. 2 Sept 1782
(so the free land he got, he sold half of it. I still think the original land he went to in 1780 and finally registered in 1787 was the Springhave property near Hendersonville - near Mansker's Station) By the way - Cumberland North Carolina was of course Nashville TN area (Davidson County), and Lincoln County Virginia - would later fall in Kentucky.

So anyway, Henry Turney was not on the boats or the land party, he did not sign the Cumberland Compact, but he still seems to have arrived around June or maybe July/August 1780 at Ft Nashborough.....and he was coming from the Holston River area of eastern Tn. It has been a hard row to hoe trying to prove Henry Turney was among the early settlers of Ft Nashborough, and I know there must be a lot of others whose ancestors were early settlers and got free land for their defense of the fort, and probably came out of VA....but they are still trying to prove all of it.

Anyway, seems you or someone mentioned a Rater in connection to the Brown/Erwin group and there is a Rater on this list.

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