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Major William Cage of Sumner Co., TN

Major William Cage of Sumner Co., TN

Morton Rose (View posts)
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Surnames: Cage
I have been studying the family of Major William Cage of Sumner Co., TN fo 20 years. He was in the Rev. War. Need to clear up his ancestors. Several versions exist but there is no proof.

Cage family of Atwood, Tennessee area

Thelma A. (Cage) Noah (View posts)
Posted: 943623144000
Classification: Query
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Surnames: Cage
My father's family lived in Atwood, TN during this time period. I think there were 5 brothers who came from Scotland and settled in the TN area. Some of the family migrated to Alabama, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma. My father's family moved to Morris, Oklahoma about 1900.

Re: William Cage

Morton Rose (View posts)
Posted: 943627854000
Classification: Query
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Surnames: Cage, Fanning, Bledsoe, Looney, Blount, Douglass, George, Hale, Dillard, Morgan, Street, Carr, Jarrett, Morgan, Gillespie, Pulaski, Ventress, Hall, Doak, Stephenson, Winchester
John Cage--His will was probated July 16, 1677.
I John Cage of Charles County and Providence Maryland. Wife got Plantation on the freshes of the Wicomica River of 300 acres and after her death it goes to John Cage. My daughter, Margaret Rowland, gets one mare and her two daughters get one heifer. When Ann becomes 16 or is married or becomes of age, then the remainder of my estate is to be divided equally between John, William, and an unborn child and from one to the other to the longest liver.

On Feb. 2. 1650 John Cage got a warrant for the 150 acres on the west side of the Wickocomico River in Charles Co. MD. John Cage of Charles Co., MD was a member of the court. Anne Cage testified in a court case in 1658.

REF:Land notes Anapolis, MD 1634-55." Maryland Historical Magazine" p347. Charles Co.m MD Will Book A No.II p 27. Annapolis MD Land Office Will Book I p 250. "American Families Genealogical and Heraldic, Vol 31, (incorrect see below) Society, NY". Surname Index to Colonial Revolutionary Pedigrees, 1964, by G. Rodney Crowther. Call numbers are AF* C569.A5, AF**C569.A5 1932 ( this is it) AF***C569.A51932a, and AF****C569.C8 (folio). Vol #31 is a mistake but it wa found in AF**C569.A51932.

The above is probably true. Major William Cage was born in 1745 in Prince William Co., VA.

Prepared By: D. Morton Rose, Jr.
3510 Taliluna Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37919
Revised December 1990


"William Cage was born in Virginia in 1745. He removed to Chatham County, North Carolina, and served for a time as major in the Revolutionary army. His chief service was against the Tories under Colonel David Fanning. He seems to have been a prisoner of the Tories for a short time. He removed after the war to Sullivan County, North Carolina. That County sent him as one of its delegates to the house of commons of the North Carolina legislature of 1783, his associate being Colonel Abraham Bledsoe. He was returned to the succeeding session, along with David Looney. He voted against the first cession act; but became one of the moving spirits in organizing the new State of Franklin. He was elected speaker of the lower house of the first assembly, and was the first treasurer of the State of Franklin. In l785 (corrected to late 1787) he removed to Sumner County, probably influenced to do so by the Bledsoes. When the territorial government was organized, he was appointed by Governor William Blount as sheriff of Sumner County in 1790 and by successive appointments he served until 1796 when he was succeeded by James Cage, his son. William Cage died at his home in Cage's Bend (of Cumberland River), March, 1811." Footnote #1

There is some question as to when William Cage actually went to Sumner Co., TN. Cisco states that the move was in 1785 but this is incorrect and in fact Cisco did not even know about Cage's work in the State of Franklin. On October 12, 1787 there is an entry in the Amis Store (at Big Creek in Hawkins Co., TN)ledger that states that Col. William Cage charged whiskey to his account. Cage was very active in State of Franklin affairs in 1786 and 1787 and attended meetings in Washington Co., TN. In December 1787 William Cage and many others signed a petition that asked NC to take the area over. Considering these three reasons, I then conclude that William Cage left East TN after Dec., 1787. This would make Pulaski the last child born in East TN

William Cage had 11 children by his first wife, Elizabeth Douglass. Her parents were Col. Edward Douglass and Sarah George. Pricilla married William Hale (son of Nicholas Hale of Washington Co.). Wilson married Polly Dillard. Reuben married Polly Morgan. William Cage, Jr. married Fannie Street. Sally married John "Jack" Carr. James never married. Edward married Elizabeth Jarrett. John married Thankful Morgan. Lofton married Naomi Gillespie. Jesse married Mary Gillespie. Richard Pulaski married Mary Ventress.

After moving to Sumner County William Cage's first wife died in 1792 and he married Nancy (Anne) Hall Morgan who was the daughter of Major William Hall and Elizabeth Thankful Doak. They had 5 children. Harry married Catherine Stewart. Albert never married. Robert H. married Lucy T. Hunley. Elizabeth married Harmon A. Hays. Martha "Patsey" married Thomas Morton.

In 1800 his second wife died and he married Elizabeth Hale Stephenson who was the sister of his first daughter's husband. She was the daughter of Nicholas Hale of Washington County. The Cages probably lived near the Hale on Sinking Creek which is located to the west of Gray community. He did acquire two tracts of land on Sinking Creek by virtue of his marriage to Elizabeth Hale Stephenson. These tracts were originally part of a land grant to Nicholas Hale.

William Cage's first land grants were in Chatam Co., NC. William Cage had a NC Grant for a tract of land in Knox Co. on the south side of the Clinch River. He later sold it and never resided on it. He received a NC Grant on the Duck River for his Rev. War service. He settled on another NC grant on the north side of the Cumberland River in Sumner County on a bend of the river that was and still is known as Cage's Bend. He is buried in the family graveyard there.

Major Cage, his son (William), and General James Winchester had a store on the banks of the Cumberland River at Cairo near Galatin, TN They imported goods from as far away as Baltimore Philadelphia. They maintained an inventory of about $8000.00 in 1790. When the Major died his interest went to his son William.

The Cage home in Sumner County was a meeting place for area Methodists. Camp meetings were held regularly at Cage's Bend, near Galatin or Cairo on the Cumberland River. It is not known if Major Cage was active as a Methodist in the Watauga area. The uncle of his second wife was Samuel Doak, the famous Presbyterian minister and educator.

Footnote#1: Lost State of Franklin by Samuel C. Williams

RE: Sources gathered by Morton Rose and others.

Cages of Atwood

Posted: 945170915000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1049698869000
Surnames: Cage, Lanier
Go to
click on Atwood and read about J.H.Witt Cage
(aka John H.W.Cage). He migrated there from Madison County MS. He married Lucy Ann Lanier Feb. 17,1849 in Madison. He is listed on the Madison Co. census as being born in VA. Lucy's Father Sterling H. Lanier and his family are on the census also. They were the parents of Sterling Webster Cage who settled in Morris,Oklahoma.
As for how he ties in to the other Cages I'm still trying to find that out.

Cages at Cage Bend

Mary Cage (View posts)
Posted: 948700237000
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Surnames: Cage
The Cages of Cage Bend are my ancestors. Several of the Cages migrated to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, and there are quite a few records maintained by the Woodville Republican newspaper, which is the oldest and still existing newspaper in Mississippi.
I am a granddaughter of William Claiborne Cage, who was a Captain in the Civil War. I grew up in Woodville, but now live in Biloxi, MS.

William Claiborne Cage

Posted: 952547574000
Classification: Query
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Surnames: Cage
I'm Charles Claiborne Cage, grandson of Claiborne Wall Cage of Woodville. My great grandfather James Duncan Cage was also a Captain in the Civil War; so was his brother William Clinton Cage. I think your William Claiborne and my William Clinton are the same. Let's compare data.

William Cage

Mary C. Cage (View posts)
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Surnames: Cage, Hays
Thank you for answering my post.

You are right. William Clinton Cage is my grandfather. NOT William Claiborne. I just got the names mixed up.

Here is an article that appeared in Woodville Republican newspaper August 17, 1989, "From the Files of the Republican, 75 years ago..."

"Capt. William Clinton Cage died at his home on Percy's Creek...born in Woodville on October 18, 1840...At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in the Wilkinson Rifles. Co. K. 16th Mississippi Regiment... appointed sergeant of General Longstreet's couriers...made aide-de-camp on the staff of Major General Harry T. Hays in which capacity he rendered gallant service until the close of the war... He will also be remembered as a gentleman of the old school, chivalrous, kind-hearted and generous, and ever loyal to his friends..." According to this article, he died in 1914.

James Duncan Cage, his brother, is the father, I believe, of Nolan Cage and Wall Cage. I have an interesting story to tell you about Wall Cage, who I believe moved to Memphis Tennessee, or somewhere thereabouts.

I did not know your father. I was born in 1935 in Woodville and moved to New Orleans with my mother at the age of 14 in 1949. I currently live in Biloxi, MS.

Please email me and tell me more about yourself and your family and let me know if you know how to get in touch with any of the descendants of Clinton Cage who moved to Arkansas in the early 1900's. The story I have to tell you about Wall Cage concerns him.

MY father was named for your great grandfather. My father's name was James Duncan Cage, but he was called "Junior" all of his life.

As I calculate it, you and I are distant cousins

Major William Cage and his son, James

Marilyn D. Cage (View posts)
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Surnames: Cage, Bradley
To Morton Rose - I read with interest your information on Maj. Wm Cage, and that his son James never married. I believe he did, to Mary J. Bradley, and they had a son, my great grandfather, Adolphus Bering Cage. Please send me your email, and I will send you the information I have.

Major William Cage

Marilyn D. Cage (View posts)
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Surnames: Cage
To Morton Rose - I was mistaken, and have just learned that the James W. Cage in my family was the son of Poleman W. Cage, son of Wilson Cage, son of Major William Cage. If you would like any of the information I have from James W. Cage's line, please email me at, and I will be happy to share that information.

James Cage

Morton Rose (View posts)
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Surnames: Cage
My e-mail address is The descendants of James Cage are very interesting.
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