Wilkes County Cherokee Melungeons

CHEROKEE -- MELUNGEON 
& 
Other Families of Ashe and Wilkes County 

Extracted From


NEW RIVER GORGE
PROCEEDINGS
New River Symposium 1984

EARLY SETTLEMENT ALONG THE NEW RIVER (NC AND VA) BASIN
William D. Bennett
Raleigh, N. C.

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Ashe

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21. John COX
Ch B: Edward SIZEMORE - John COX Jr
30. William LENOIR
Pr Occ: Robert Gipson   Ch B: James CRAIG
33. Benjamin HERNDON
Pr Occ: George COLLINS
William HOWELL
34. George REAVES
Adj L: David COLLINS  
William Bell was living at Colonel Chiswell's mines. Andrew Baker settled on land in the present county of Grayson, within the grant to the Loyal Company. It was originally surveyed in 1753 for Peter Jefferson, Thomas and David Meriwether and Thomas Walker. It was the Peach Bottom tract. John Cox settled there the same year.George Collins and George Reeves settled there in 1767.

35. Moses TOLLIVER
Land Grants
36. Not Used
South Fork of New River -- Land Grants - #966 Moses Tolliver & #967 George Gibson  
51.Abraham ROWLAND
Pr Occ: William NALL
Micajah BUNCH
103. Vincent HOLLENSWORTH See-- Hollandsworth, Collins and Reed Records
104. Vinson HOLLANDSWORTH See-- Hollandsworth, Collins and Reed Records
105. Benjamin WRIGHT
106. Stephen REED See-- Hollandsworth, Collins and Reed Records

Testimony in Morgan Co., Ind., by one Henry Ridenour states that John and Jame Reed were 'uncles' of Abraham Collins. The Reed, Collins, & Hollandsworth moved from Ashe to Clay Co., Ky., then Indiana together. Telitha Collins, believed to be wife of Ambrose is living next door to James and John Reed in Clay County, Ky., in 1820.
Testified the Reed family were Portuguese.
112. George MORRIS
113. Owen SIZEMORE James Blevins married Lydia Sizemore. 11 June 1776 - The Fincastle Committee of Public Safety ordered that William Blevins, James Blevins and John Blevins be summoned to appear at Captain Evan Shelby's on Saturday 22nd of this month to answer the following Complaint: That they have refused to bear arms or muster in Capt. Shelby's Company of Militia agreeable to the Ordinance of Convention by reason of their attachment to the Enemies of American Liberty and Correspondence with Tories and the Cherokee Nation
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114. James MULKEY 772 - James Blevins settled along Little River, buying the land from James Mulkey.
115. William STURDIE
116. William STURDIE
117. Benjamin CLEVELAND Benjamin Cleveland and his father in law settled near 
Mulberry Fields, indentified as an old Cherokee Indian Village by the Moravians in 1752.  MoreHere

Micajah Bunch - King of the Melungeons; The Melungeon, who called their leaders "king" instead of  "chief,"  intermarried with the Cherokee Indians and were considered a branch of the tribe. Micajah Bunch was part Melungeon and part Cherokee
118. Benjamin CLEVELAND
119. Memican HUNT
120. John COX
121. John COX
122. John CATE
123. Joel GIPSON
126. Henry HARDIN
Adj L: Reubin STRINGER
Samuel COLLINS
 



 

NAMES APPEARING ON ENTRIES FOR LAND GRANTS AS ACTUAL OCCUPANTS OF THE LAND

Micajah BUNCH Cranberry Creek 16 Mar 1780




 

ASSESSED VALUE IN 1778 OF TAXABLE ESTATES IN THAT PART OF WILKES COUNTY WHICH BECAME ASHE*

Northern Part of the New River Basin

ADKINS, Wm. 119.00.00 COLLINS, David 41.15.00 FLANNERY, Silas 33.05.00
BOGS, Jas. 112.00.00 COLLINS, George 26.06.00 FOSTER, Mark 132.16.00
BURTON, John 431.08.08 COX, John 60.00.00 HAMMONS, Ambrose 1621.17.08
COLLINS, Amboise 20.08.00 FEE, John 40.14.00 HAMMONS, John 45.05.00
COLLINS, Charles 44.01.02 FLANNERY, John 122.10.00 HAMMONS, John Jr. 198.02.00

*Values were based on land improvements, horses, cattle, money on hand and at interest. Shown are the names of taxables and the value of their estate in 1778 in Pounds, Shillings and Pence.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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