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Ancestors of Amelia Strong

Generation No. 8

      148. James McCown, born Abt. 1744 in Augusta County, Virginia565; died 1825 in Cumberland County, Kentucky565. He was the son of 296. Francis McCown and 297. Margaret Patterson. He married 149. Jane Patton.

      149. Jane Patton, born Abt. 1756 in p. Virginia565; died Bef. September 23, 1802 in p. Virginia565.

More About James McCown:
Burial: Cumberland County, Kentucky565
Children of James McCown and Jane Patton are:
  i.   Francis McCown, born Abt. 1773 in Augusta County, Virginia565; died Abt. 1819 in Lincoln County, Tennessee565
  More About Francis McCown:
Burial: Lincoln County, Tennessee565

  ii.   James McCown, Jr., born Abt. 1775 in Augusta County, Virginia565; died Abt. 1825 in Cumberland County, Kentucky565
  More About James McCown, Jr.:
Burial: Cumberland County, Kentucky565

  iii.   John McCown, born Abt. 1777 in Augusta County, Virginia565; died Abt. 1826 in Wayne County, Kentucky565
  iv.   Mary McCown, born Abt. 1779 in Rockbridge County, Virginia565
  v.   Thomas McCown, born Abt. 1781 in Rockbridge County, Virginia565
  74 vi.   George McCown, born 1783 in Montgomery County, Virginia; died Bef. June 1855 in Tippah County, Mississippi; married Nancy Ann Elizabeth Bright June 24, 1805 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
  vii.   Issac McCown, born Abt. 1785 in Montgomery County, Virginia565; died April 1850 in Lincoln County, Tennessee565
  viii.   Malcolm McCown, born Abt. 1785 in Montgomery County, Virginia565; died February 11, 1828 in Lincoln County, Tennessee565
  ix.   Elizabeth McCown, born Abt. 1787 in Montgomery County, Virginia565

      150. James Bright565. He married 151. Margaret Smith.

      151. Margaret Smith565.
Child of James Bright and Margaret Smith is:
  75 i.   Nancy Ann Elizabeth Bright, born 1794 in South Carolina; died Bet. 1870 - 1880 in Tippah County, Mississippi; married George McCown June 24, 1805 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

      152. Nathan Stedman He married 153. Prudence Hurlbut.

      153. Prudence Hurlbut
Child of Nathan Stedman and Prudence Hurlbut is:
  76 i.   Nathan Alexander Stedman, died in of Chatham County, North Carolina; married Ann Frances Clark.

      154. William Clark, died Bef. 1811 in North Carolina566. He married 155. Frances Porterfield.

      155. Frances Porterfield, died Bef. 1811 in North Carolina566.
Child of William Clark and Frances Porterfield is:
  77 i.   Ann Frances Clark, died in of Chatham County, North Carolina; married Nathan Alexander Stedman.

      156. Thomas Griffis, born September 05, 1749 in Virginia567; died June 12, 1808 in Lincoln County, Tennessee568. He was the son of 312. Edward Griffis and 313. Katherine Unknown. He married 157. Ann Ragland April 17, 1770569.

      157. Ann Ragland, born November 25, 1736569. She was the daughter of 314. William Ragland and 315. Sarah Howard.

Notes for Thomas Griffis:
      Thomas Griffis was one of many early settlers of Lincoln County, such as Elisha Stedman, from Chatham County, North Carolina. These early pioneers named the county seat of Lincoln County "Fayetteville" after the county seat of Chatham County, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

      From "Memories and Ancestors," by Henry Harold Griffis and Martha Angus Carroll Griffis, at pages 2 and 3:

      "Meanwhile, Thomas Griffis (II) had moved from Virginia to Chatham County, North Carolina along with his youngest sister, Ede Elizabeth. Nothing further is known of the remainder of the Edward Griffis family by this writer. Mary Virginia Griffis Sawyers of Dallas, Texas has researched other children of the family. Elizabeth married a man named Partridge (according to Sarah Susan Renshaw) or Johnson (according to Mary Virginia Sawyers) and nothing further is known about her. The family of Thomas Griffis (II) and Ann Ragland Griffis were (1) William; (2) Pleasant; (3) Herbert; (4) Dayley (also known as Doily); (5)Sarah; (6) John and (7) Polly Ann (also known as Mary). These were recorded in their family bible. William married on 21 November 1799. No record is found of his birth or death but he is listed on page 252 of the Federal Census for Middle Tennessee for 1830. No information is available regarding his wife and/or children, if any. According to Dr. Sam Ashby (another descendant of Thomas) of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Pleasant married and had a son, also named Pleasant. This son disappeared (presumably going to Texas) under 'unexplained circumstances.' This story may be the origin of the 'so called' horse thief in the family. Herbert, born 5 November 1778, married Frankie (Frances) Buchanan and they had a large family which included 6 boys and 4 girls (Rebecca or Rebekah was one of the daughters). Dayley married Nancy Ramsey when Dayley was 50 years old after a courtship of 15 years. No children are indicated. Herbert and Dayley are listed on Page 260 of the Federal Census for Middle Tennessee for 1830. This census lists a family female as being over 80 years residing in the home of Dayley Griffis. This possibly indicates that Ann Ragland Griffis resided with Dayley (on her and her husband's land) following the death of Thomas (II). Sarah Griffis, born in 1781, is reported to have married a William Dye and moved to Mississippi sometime around 1837-1839. They had four sons. William served as an officer in the Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812. Polly Ann married John Williamson and they had three children. Sarah Susan Griffis Renshaw (daughter of John Griffis) stated that she remembered her Aunt Polly leading the singing in the church near her girlhood home. John, born in April 1784, married his cousin Sarah Howard Ragland on 26 March 1814. This will be discussed further later on.
      "According to DAR records, Thomas Griffies was a private, Civil Service (CS), from North Carolina in the Revolutionary War. The records further state that his wife was Ann Ragland. His date of death is the same as listed in the records of Sarah Susan Renshaw (his granddaughter). Whether Thomas Griffis (II) had a land grant for services in the Revolutionary War is not known, but sometime after 1800 he, with his entire family and a number of slaves, moved from Chatham County, North Carolina where they owned at least 200 acres of land purchased from William and Sarah Ragland (Ann's parents) in August of 1775. The travelers arrived in Middle Tennessee (now Lincoln County) after a long and tiresome journey. They settled along the Elk River in South Central Tennessee where they would remain for the next thirty to thirty-five years. Although the distance was several hundred miles, occasional visits were made back to North Carolina.
      "Thomas (II) died on 12 June 1808 at the age of 67 years and 10 months. He was buried in the family burying ground and a wall of brick was built around the plot at that time. This cemetery is now a part of the Rawls Cemetery near Molino, Tennessee (southwest of Fayetteville.)"

More About Thomas Griffis:
Burial: Rawls Cemetery, Molino, Lincoln County, Tennessee
Observation: Revolutionay War soldier
Children of Thomas Griffis and Ann Ragland are:
  78 i.   Herbert Griffis, born November 05, 1778 in probably North Carolina; died July 04, 1841 in Lincoln County, Tennessee; married Frances Buchanan.
  ii.   William Griffis, married Unknown Wife November 21, 1799.
  iii.   Pleasant Griffis
  iv.   Dayley Griffis
  v.   Sarah Griffis, born 1781569; married William Dye.
  vi.   John Griffis, married Sarah Howard Ragland March 26, 1814.
  vii.   Polly Ann Mary Griffis, married John Williamson.

      224. Thomas Lindsay, born Abt. 1728 in p. Scotland570; died Bef. 1790 in Abbeville County, South Carolina570. He married 225. Elizabeth Unknown Abt. 1752 in p. Northern Ireland570.

      225. Elizabeth Unknown, born Abt. 1732 in p. Scotland570; died Aft. 1790 in Abbeville County, South Carolina570.

Notes for Thomas Lindsay:
      From "Family Connections of Ebenezer Erskine Lindsay and Mattie Gordon Compton Lindsay," by James P. Sloan, a descendant of Ebenezer Erskine Lindsay, the son of John Lindsay and Martha Pressly Lindsay who settled in Ora, South Carolina, on file in the Manuscript Collection of the South Carolinia Library, Columbia, South Carolina, at page 11:

      "Several years ago, Uncle John and Aunt Pauline had printed some data relating to our immigrant forebear, Captain Thomas Lindsay. The statement is as follows:
      'Thomas and Elizabeth Lindsay and their children arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, from Belfast on the Ship 'The Earl of Hillsborough' early in 1767 (accompanied by 10 or more other Lindsays). Thomas and his family were granted by the Colonial Council February 27, 1767, plantation of 400 acres in Granville County (Abbeville District's original name) on Carson's Branch, it being an eastern branch of Lower Long Cane Creek, near Belfast (Boonesborough) Township, bounded on S. W. by Bordeaux (Hillsborough) Township. Thomas may have been a political refugee from Scotland or Ireland, with nine years between the birth of their first child, Agnes, and second, Elizabeth, representing imprisonment or exile term. Thomas died before the 1890 Census (possibly in the Revolutionary War). The 1790 Census reports his widow, Elizabeth, living on a plantation adjoining that of her son, Thomas, born in 1766.' " [The nine year gap between the first two children also suggests that the mother of his first child could have died and he then remarried after some time.]

      From the notes of the Rev Smythe H. Lindsay, S.T.D., of "The Anglican Press," 8131 S.W. 124th Street, Miami 56, Florida, on file at the Manuscript Collection of the South Carolinia Library, Columbia, South Carolina (Rev. Smythe Lindsay being descended from Joseph Caldwell Lindsay, a son of Thomas Lindsay, Jr. and brother of John Lindsay who came from South Carolina to Tennessee):

      "A handwriting authority's investigation reveals there are three Thomas Lindsays represented in South Carolinas’s revolutionary War Records, 'Thomas Lindsay, File #4599,' State Archives Department, Columbia.
      "The three are:
      "(1) Captain Thomas Lindsay of Granville County, Ninety-Six District, now known as Abbeville County; Lieutenant, and Captain of horse in Col. Waters' Regiment, 1780 and 1781 (Indent #1289. '1d'). Home and identity unknown until now.
      "(2) Thomas Lindsay, son of Captain Thomas Lindsay, whose recognized signature to Transfer (1787) of Captain Lindsay's Indent matches the signature of this second Thomas Lindsay on his own will, signed in 1820, and on file in Abbeville. Young Thomas, then 21, was signing Indent Transfer as Executor, or Administrator, of the Estate of his father, Captain Thomas Lindsay, believed to have been killed in the War, or invalided home. Transfer '2d'.
      "Young Thomas Lindsay, himself, is believed to have served in the Revolution, and represented also in Indent File #4599 by Indent #2591 'to Thomas Lindsay, Jnr. for Military Duty in Waters' Regt. since the fall of Charleston. Currency L15.10.2, Sterling L2.4.3. ('4d')'. His signature is not on the Indent, but exhaustive research reveals no other Thomas Lindsay, Sr., and Thomas Lindsay, Jnr., father and son combination of possible War age. John
Lindsay signs the receipt.
      "(3) Thomas Lindsey of Newberry (son of Col. John Lindsey and brother of Lt. Col. John Lindsey, all of Newberry) 'for Militia Duty in Capt. James Kelley's Co., in Col. Waters' Regt.' ('5d').
      "Confusion, in addition to identical names, also comes from the fact all three men served in Col. Waters’ Regiment!
      "Some time ago I obtained a photo-copy of the will (1820) of Thomas Lindsay, on file in the Abbeville Courthouse. This Thomas was the son (b 1766) of (Captain) Thomas Lindsay, who brought his wife, Elizabeth, and children: Agnes, Elizabeth, James, and Thomas, from Belfast on the ship 'The Earl of Hillsborough' to Charleston, and was granted by the Colonial Council February 27, 1767, a plantation of 400 acres in Granville County (now Abbeville). A fifth child, Arabella, was born in 1767, and christened July 12, 1767, in St. Philip's
(Anglican) Church, Charleston.
      "Recently I obtained photo-copies of the contents of 'Thomas Lindsey File #4599' from the State Archives Department in Columbia, through Miss Laura Bellinger Jones, genealogist, 628 Pickens Street, Columbia 1, S.C. Miss Jones in the past seven years has compiled information for me on 'The Lindsays of South Carolina.'
      "Comparison of the Thomas Lindsay signatures on the Indents with the Thomas Lindsay of Abbeville will signature, revealed a startling similarity between the signature on Captain Lindsay's Indent Transfer, and the signature on the will.
      "Mr. Herman V. Bennett of Miami, Consultant on Handwriting and Questioned Documents, and former Federal Agent, was shown the documents photo copies. He, after a thorough examination, pointed out similarities, and expressed belief both signatures were by the same man.
      "This identifies Captain Thomas Lindsay of Ninety-Six District with the Abbeville Lindsays, as father of Thomas Lindsay (b.1766)(d.1821) of Abbeville, and the immigrant from Belfast granted 400 acres in Granville (Ninety-Six - Abbeville) County in 1767."

      This four hundred acres is located in what is now McCormick County, South Carolina, near Troy, South Carolina.

      The following account of Thomas Lindsay's service in the war is contained in "Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution," by Bobby Gilmer Moss, at page 570:

      "He served sixty-one days as a lieutenant of foot under Capt. John Lindsay [his brother] from 14 March to 15 May 1780 and two hundred twenty-four days as a lieutenant of horse from 17 July 1780 to 20 June 1781. In addition, he served one hundred eighty-eight days as captain of horse under Col. Waters from 21 June to 25 December 1781."

      "A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina 1763-1773," by Janie Revill, at pages 67-70, records Thomas Lindsay arriving on the ship "Earl of Hillsborough" with his wife Elizabeth, age 35, daughters Agnes, age 13, and Elizabeth, age 4, and sons Joseph, age 1, and James, age 3. The Council on February 27, 1867 granted him a warrant for 400 acres, which, based on the way the Bounty Act was administered, indicates he brought a wife and four children with him to South Carolina. Also on board the "Earl of Hillsborough" were John, Isabella and Samuel Lindsay, in all likelihood his brothers and sister.
Children of Thomas Lindsay and Elizabeth Unknown are:
  i.   Agnes Lindsay, born 1754570
  ii.   Elizabeth Lindsay, born 1763570
  iii.   James Lindsay, born 1764570
  112 iv.   Thomas Lindsay, born 1766 in Northern Ireland; died December 15, 1821 in Abbeville County, South Carolina; married Grizel Unknown.
  v.   Arabella Lindsay, born 1767570
  More About Arabella Lindsay:
Baptism: July 12, 1767, St. Phillips Church, Charleston, S.C.571

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