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"A TWEED FAMILY HISTORY: The History and Descendants of William Tweed of Ireland"
Written by: Diana Smith Chesser. This 594+ page book is now avilable for orders. 30 Additional pages of photographs. For more information please contact: Chesser67@cs.com

William Tweed (c1744-1844) arrived in America from Ireland around 1795. He came to America with his daughter Isabella and son James; the family eventually settling in Western North Carolina.
A Tweed Family History contains hundreds of descendants of William Tweed, family history, court records, Civil War records, documents, and family stories from the Tweed family of Greene County, Tennessee, and Madison County, North Carolina. The book is 670 pages in length and offered in a softbound or hardbound book. Thirty-five pages of photographs are included, some as early as the late 1800's.

Descendants of William Tweed

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM TWEED was born Bet. 1744 - 1749 in Ireland,
and died September 08, 1844 in Henderson County, North

Children of WILLIAM TWEED are:
1. JAMES TWEED, b. Abt. 1785, Ireland; d. 1877, Madison
County, North Carolina; married Rachel Neely
2. ISABELLA TWEED, b. Abt. 1796, South Carolina; d. Aft.
September 10, 1850; married Hugh Pinner.

Generation No. 2
1. JAMES TWEED (WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1785 in Ireland,
and died 1877 in Madison County, North Carolina. He

Children of JAMES TWEED and RACHEL NEELY are:
1. NEELY J. TWEED, b. Abt. 1816, North Carolina;
d. April 21, 1862, Flat Lick, Kentucky; married
Lucinda Hensley, February 14, 1837.
2. THOMAS TWEED, b. February 04, 1820, Madison
County, North Carolina; d. April 26, 1863,
Madison County, North Carolina, married Celia
Sams, April 30, 1843
3. ABNER GRAINGER TWEED, b. August 1825, Buncombe
County, North Carolina; d. February 04, 1907,
White Rock, Madison County, North Carolina; married
Jane Pinner, June 20, 1852.
4. JOSHUA TWEED, b. Abt. 1827, North Carolina; d.
November 11, 1864, White Rock, Madison County,
North Carolina; married Suphronia Jane Ponder,
June 1, 1859.
5. JOHN TWEED, b. February 18, 1832, Madison
County, North Carolina; d. January 17, 1913,
Greene County, Tennessee; married (1) Martha
Franklin, c1851, married (2) Mary Potter, March 7,
6. REUBEN TWEED, b. Abt. 1817, Madison County,
North Carolina; d. November 1900; married Caroline

2. ISABELLA TWEED (WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1796 in South Carolina, and died Aft. September 10, 1850. She married HUGH PINNER, son of WILLIAM PINNER.

1. SALLY PINNER, b. Abt. 1825.
2. LEANDER PINNER, b. Abt. 1827.
3. MARGARET PINNER, b. Abt. 1829; m. SCION B.
4. CHARITY PINNER, b. Abt. 1831.
5. JANE S. PINNER, b. Abt. 1832, North Carolina; d.
1912; married Abner Grainger Tweed, June 20,

William Tweed Family Home Page
Updated March 26, 2014

Diana S. Chesser
331 Rockhouse Rd.
Johnson City, TN 37601
United States

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Family Photos

  • Abner & Jane Pinner Tweed (25 KB)
    Latest information indicates this is a photograph of Abner & Jane Pinner Tweed.
  • Unknown Photograph (65 KB)
    This is an unknown photograph from the collection of Magnolia Tweed Fannon.
  • Napoleon B. & Dora Wallin Tweed (152 KB)
    Their 50th Wedding Anniversary
  • John and Mary Potter Tweed (52 KB)
    Photograph of John Tweed and his second wife Mary Potter.
  • Matilda Tweed (549 KB)
    From the collection of Magnolia Tweed Fannon. Matilda was the daughter of Eason Tweed
  • Napoleon B. Tweed's Store (31 KB)
    Send an e-mail if you know where this store was located - Greeneville, TN or Madison County, NC?
  • Milam Tweed Shelton (25 KB)
    This is thought to be a photograph of Milam Tweed Shelton, daughter of Thomas Tweed, and wife of Baldwin Baxter Shelton. Please e-mail me if anyone can confirm this is her photograph.
  • John and Jane Cutshall (195 KB)
    Does anyone know who were John and Jane Cutshall, parents, etc.?
  • Unknown Farm Photo (62 KB)
    This another photo from Napoleon Tweed's family. Let me know if you know the people in the photo. (Thanks to Danny Riddle for all the photos from Napoleon's family files)
  • 1844 Obituary - William Tweed (213 KB)
    The original obituary for William Tweed, dated 1844, from the Highland Messenger, Asheville, NC's first newspaper
  • Unknown Photo (46 KB)
    From the family photos of Milford Dalton Tweed
  • Unknown Tweed - 4 (39 KB)
    Written on the back is: Rec'd Aug. 18, 1901 from Virgie J. Rice; Dora Tweed. Is this a photo of Dora's first cousin, Virgie Rice. Virgie was the daughter of William Spencer Rice and Emily Alice Tweed. Emily Alice was the daughter of Newton Tweed.
  • Jane Pinner Tweed (234 KB)
    Is this a picture of Jane Pinner Tweed? She does look a lot like the picture of Jane Pinner Tweed posted above. But, the family who have this old photograph think it might be Jane's daughter Magnolia Tweed Fannon. Does anyone know? Please e-mail me if you can solve this mystery.
  • Milford Dalton Tweed (217 KB)
    Milford Dalton Tweed, wife Rosa Bell Smith Tweed, children Murphy and George
  • Unknown - Tweed 5 (53 KB)
    Another unknown Tweed photo from Napoleon Tweed's family files.
  • Unknown Tweed Group Photo (99 KB)
    This photograph came from Lillian Tweed Mysinger, a daughter of Napoleon B. Tweed. Napoleon's great-grandson, Danny Riddle, kindly shared the photograph with us. It is not known if this photo is from Napoleon's family or from his wife Dora Wallin's family. Please send an e-mail if you know who this is.
  • Bill Williams (8 KB)
    William "Bill" Williams, born c1896 in Reno County, Kansas, Army, stationed in Pennsylvania 1940's. He is possibly a Shelton descendant. If anyone recognizes him, please let me know.
  • Darcus Griffee (1629 KB)
    Darcus Griffee c1820 - 1920, mother of Alexander Griffee, Merrimon Griffee, and Julia Griffee
  • Unknown Tweed -1 (21 KB)
    Another unknown Tweed photo from Napoleon Tweed's family.
  • Unknown Tweed Photo (52 KB)
    This photo came from the Reuben Tweed family. Thought to be some "Tweed's".
  • Alexander and Elizabeth Chandler Griffee (1001 KB)
    Alexander Griffee, thought to be a son of Neely Tweed.
  • Unknown Tweed - 2 (23 KB)
    Another unknown Tweed photo from Napoleon Tweed's family. Written on the back is: Laire Brown, NYC, NY
  • Ruth Usebia Tweed Chandley (33 KB)
    Ruth was the daughter of Thomas and Celia Sams Tweed
  • Unknown Tweed -3 (49 KB)
    Another unknown Tweed photo from Napoleon Tweed's family.
  • Malissa Cordelia Tweed Coates (6 KB)
    Malissa was the daughter of Thomas and Celia Sams Tweed.
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