|i.||Elizabeth Chitwood, born 1712.|
|ii.||Matthias Chitwood, born 1714; died 1775 in VA; married Mary Fore 1743.|
|iii.||William Cheatwood, born 1716 in VA; died 1784 in VA; married Jean Hugenet.|
Notes for William Cheatwood:|
They had 14 children. Jean was of a Huguenot family. They spelt the name "Cheatwood".
In the 1783 Powhatan Co. VA census, page 59, William Cheatwood is listed having 8 white males, and 1 black male. John Cheatwood was listed on the same page having 1 white male and 1 black male.
Of their six children (Matthias & Mary (Key), the first was a daughter, Eliner = Eleanor, etc.
Her marriage is unknown, as is her children. The remaining five children were sons, as you noted. The fifth child, James Chitwood, who moved to NC, was as far as is known, the only Loyalist among the family during the Revolution and for that stand, he paid with his life, as you may know. However, you do have an incorrect date for his death. Capt. James Chitwood was a commander of the Tories at the Battle of King's Mountain and was captured by the Continental forces after the British commander was killed during the battle and the remaining British surrendered. James and eight others were hung by the colonial forces at the end of the first day of forced march for the British prisoners. They were given a 'drum head trial', according to reports, and hung in groups of three. All witnesses
>note that the British 'died like Spartans', which I guess meant they died with as much dignity as the situation would allow. Others had been condemned to death, but higher officers rode into camp just in time to save them for a 'real' trial when they reached Virginia and colonial authorities. Capt. James Chitwood was hung on 14 October, 1780, in Gilbert Town, NC. The other eight were buried in shallow graves next to the hanging tree, but a local Tory family took the body of Capt. James to their home about a mile away and buried him in their family cemetery. His sons of military age were all arrested as tories or traitors to the patriot cause, but after they renounced their father's stand and took the oath of allegience to the Continental cause, they were set free. I believe they all left NC shortly after, which was the only thing they really could do. It was just a matter of time before all land owned by Tories or British Loyalists was seized and sold to those who had supported the colonies. The sons and their families moved west where they could begin anew.
If you find an account of the battle of King's Mountain, you are sure to find Capt. James mentioned. By the way, family researchers feel James married Alice Carpenter.
We, too, descend from William Cheatwood. His daughter Elizabeth (Betsey) married into our Lyon family. However, she first married John Dennis (Tennison/Dennison), a wealthy planter in Caswell County, NC. She had five children with him before his death in 1807 in Caswell County. John Dennis had eight children from his first marriage, some still young when he married Elizabeth Cheatwood. After John's death, Betsey's neighbor Edmond Lyon became one of the guardians for her minor children by John Dennis. Betsey and Edmond were married about 1808 and eventually had at least six children of their own. By 1811 they had sold the estate inherited by Betsey from her first husband and moved west, eventually settling in Overton County, TN. Elizabeth Cheatwood Dennis Lyon died before the Civil
War, it is thought. Her widower, Edmond Lyon, lived with Betsey's stepson, Levi Dennis and his wife Susan, in Overton County until his own death, sometime during the Civil War.
The only other Cheatwood that I have been able to find in Caswell County, NC, is Betsey's older brother, Lancelot. His name is occasionally spelled 'Lanslot' or 'Lottie' in various county records. He does not appear to have lived in Caswell County, but he was close enough to purchase some goods at an estate sale, so I suspect he lived in southside Virginia along the NC border. Lancelot married Mary Mayo, and Richard Cheatwood at email@example.com descends from this couple and has done considerable research on this branch. He is very generous with his material and I would recommend him if you have not already done so.
The only other tidbit I have on William's children is the possibility that Elizabeth and Lancelot's sister, Patience Cheatwood, and her husband Robert Elam, both died young, leaving at least one orphan, Townsend Elam. John Dennis becomes the guardian for an apprentice, Townsend Elam, and as wards were often placed with family members, when possible, it would make sense to me that Betsey would take in her sister's son if she could. There may be no connection between this boy and Betsey's sister, but it would appear logical to me. Townsend was born in 1796, and assigned to John Dennis in early 1807 - after John's death, he was assigned to a James Holder in
Caswell County (Sept, 1808). That may have been at the time Betsey married Edmond Lyon.
I hope this adds a bit to your database,
|iv.||John Chitwood, born 1718 in VA; died Dec 1798 in VA; married Elizabeth Tillotson.|
Notes for John Chitwood:|
Subject: Report 061- JSC Descendant
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 09:50:08 -0500
From: "Michael Field" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
John Sr. Cheatwood (1718 - 1798)
bd. 1718, Powhaten & Bedford Co. Virginia
dd. 1798, Franklin Co. Virginia
& Elizabeth Tillotson ( - >1793)
bd. Chesterfield Co. VA
dd. aft 1793
| Joel Cheatwood (~1740 - 1830)
| bd. abt 1740, Bedford Co.,Virginia
| dd. 1830, Lincoln Co.,Tennesee
| & Sarah Cantrell
| Ann Chitwood (<1753 - )
| bd. bef 1753
| William Cheatwood (~1754 - 1822)
| bd. abt 1754, Bedford & Franklin Co. Virginia
| dd. 28 Feb 1822, Franklin Co. Virginia
| & Susannah Nowlin (1754 - 1840)
| bd. 1754
| dd. 29 Jun 1840, Franklin Co. Virginia
| m. 1 May 1777, New London, Bedford Co. Va.
| John Chitwood Jr (1754 - 1831)
| bd. 1754, Virginia
| dd. 31 Oct 1831, Rocky Mount, Va
| & Rhoda ? (1757 - >1850)
| bd. 1757, Virginia
| dd. aft Sep 1850, Franklin Co. Va
| m. 1775/1785
| Ellis Cheatwood
| Claiborn Cheatwood ( - 1777)
|32||v.||Richard Chitwood, born 1722 in VA; died 1785 in Rutherford Co NC; married Winney Randolph.|
|vi.||James Chitwood, born 22 May 1790 in Rutherford Co. NC; died 14 Oct 1780 in Gilbert Town, Kings Mountain NC; married Alice Carpenter.|
Notes for James Chitwood:|
Capt. James Chitwood was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and was captured and hung after the battle of King's Mountain NC. "The names of the condemned Tories were --- Colonel Ambrose Mills, CAPTAIN JAMES CHITWOOD, Captain Wilson, Captain Walter Gilkey, Captain Grimes, Lieutenant Lafferty, john McFall, John Bibby, and Augustine Hobbs. They were swung off (the Gallows Oak) three at a time, and left suspended at the place of execution. According to Lieutenant Allaire's account, they died like soldiers --- like martyrs, in their own and friends' estimation. 'These brave but unfortunate Loyalists,' says Allaire, 'with their latest breath expressed their unutterable detestation of the Rebels, and of their base and infamous proceedings; and, as they were being turned off, extolled their King and the British Government. Mills, Wilson and CHITWOOD died like Romans.....The poor Loyalist leaders had been left swinging from the sturdy oak upon which they had been executed. No sooner had the Whigs moved off, than Mrs. Martha Bickerstaff, or Biggerstaff, the wife of Captain Aaron Bickerstaff who had served under Ferguson, and been mortally wounded at King's Mountain, with the assistance of an old man who worked on the farm, cut down the nine dead bodies. Eight of them were buried in a shallow trench, some two feet deep; while the remains of Captain Chitwood were conveyed by some of his friends, on a plank, half a mile away to Benjamin Bickerstaff's, where they were interred on a hill still used as a grave-yard." Taken from the book "Kings Mountain and its Heroes", by Lyman C. Draper.
Capt. James Chitwood would have been the Uncle of James Chitwood, who was one of the founders of Winfield (formerly Chitwood) TN. It is probable that he was named for his Uncle.
Children of 2nd Gen-Richd & James of NC
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 20:58:46 -0700
"Carolyn Fairall" <email@example.com>
"Bill & Julie Chitwood" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My GGG grandfather, Richard Chitwood, of Greenbrier Co, VA 1789-1793, of Shelby Co, KY to 1797, and of St. Louis Dist. 1798-1822, was the son of Capt. James Chitwood. Richard Chitwood (of St. Louis 1798) named his first son James after his father, and his 2nd son John C., after his wife's father, John Cantley. Richard named his youngest son, Amos, after his brother, of Jefferson Co, IN. Richard's daughter Elizabeth, b 1800 MO, married her cousin, James Chitwood, b 1796 Greenbrier Co, VA, son of Joshua Chitwood and Jane Robinson. (Joshua appears next to John Cantley in 1796 Tax List, Greenbrier Co, VA).
I most respectfully appreciate all the wonderful research of Ira Chitwood. My first notice of him was in the files of Grace Chancey at the Univ. of MO archives, where his correspondence with her was found. He was thorough… in the letter (I think dated in 1960's or 1970's), he tells her he had just discovered those Patrick Co, VA records for family of Joel, son of John Chitwood of Franklin Co, VA. In this he included all the marriage and deed records he had gleaned for this family. I do have a difference of opinion with him, however, in his theory of the children of the 2nd generation (bros Richard & James Chitwood of NC).
A statement by Ira Chitwood himself in THE HERITAGE OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA, VOLUME I, 1984, p. 158, clearly indicates theory (not fact): "...SUBJECT TO CORRECTION the names of the children of Captain James Chitwood and his wife were." This theory is stated as fact in his cousin's book, and has been copied in all the databases and web sites on the
Positive proof that the five siblings of early Missouri (bef 1800) were children of Capt. James Chitwood, is found in a letter dated 1809 from Thomas Thomson in St. Louis, addressed to Mr. James Chitwood in NC (the only James still in NC in 1809 was the son of Capt. James). The letter was
published in the St. Louis Genealogical Society Bulletin, 1979, and also posted @
http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?Fairall::chitwood::316.html. Thomas Thomson described his arrival in St. Louis 6 weeks after leaving NC… and said he lived a mile from Richard Chitwood. On back of letter, he wrote: "Richard Chitwoods family and your sister Bettys family is in good health. Your brothers Seth and John Chitwood is well…."
Definitely do not want to offend any of my cousins out there, but firmly believe the children of the 2 brothers of 1773 NC, are as listed at the above site. Intend to begin full-time search for additional proof.
Carolyn Chitwood Fairall, Tempe, AZ
[7Philip G/6Charles R/5Milton R J/4John C/3Richard/2James/1Matthias]
P.S. A new book by Bobby G. Moss, about Battle at Kings Mountain, is supposed to be published soon. A fellow genealogist went to a lecture in NC, where Bobby G. Moss talked about the book: "He told me that according to the diary of Dr. Uzal Johnson there were as many as four separate hangings. Not the one most of us know about. He did not give me the names of the daughters but did say...'the daughters of Captain Chitwood came to the camp and had fits begging for their father's life....The girls were told
that their father had been pardoned to calm them down....Dr. Johnson spent the evening with the girls in a lean to by a fire trying to calm them down when the word of his death came.' I have paraphrased his quotes slightly, but that was the gist of our conversation."
This has to be Elizabeth (Isabella) Whiteside & Catherine (Caty) Burts. You can read accounts of pathos on both sides, but this is a real diary... am anxious to see the book.
My maternal Andersen grandparents (Danes) homesteaded in Chandler in 1904. My Chitwood grandparents did not arrive in Chandler until 1913.
Yes, pass anything along you want, and would appreciate criticism or additional information you receive. That St. Louis map is the first I've seen showing the names of the early settlers there. Thanks again. Nice talking with you,
Bill & Julie,
Thank you for your entry of 27 May 2000 on CHITWOOD-L, with map of north St. Louis. My GGG grandfather, Richard Chitwood (land grant 1798 St. Louis Dist) & his siblings, Seth Chitwood (land grant 1797), Isabella Chitwood Whiteside Hubbard (land grant 1797, and his sister Catherine's husband
William Burch/Burts (1798), are all named on this map. Their original decrees of survey are included in list @ ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/mo/stlouis/land/1803land.txt. The deed of partition of Isabella Chitwood's estate in 1853 @http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/surnames/c/h/CHITWOOD/deeds/8
describes division of her land between her six children. Another interesting note, is the first survey in Howard Co, MO (described in deposition @ ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/mo/howard/deeds/deed0001.txt ) tells about …"William Clark, being produced, sworn, and examined on the part of the defendants, deposeth and saith that on the 22nd day of July, 1804, this deponent set out from Richard Chetwood's, about 4 miles below the mouth of
the Missouri river, in company with Ira Nash, William Nash, James Whiteside, and Daniel Hubbard, for the purpose of ascending the Missouri and seeing the country……" Ira Nash also is shown on the map below & left of S. Chitwood's land.
Carolyn Chitwood Fairall
[7Philip G/6Charles R/5Milton R J/4John C/3Richard(of 1798 St Louis)/2James/1Matthias]
Thank you for forwarding the interesting information this morning. Ambrose Mills is another name mentioned in the 1782 NC court record you forwarded from Judy. He was one of the 9 hanged at the same time as Capt. James Chitwood. The following is from THE LOYALISTS AT KINGS MOUNTAIN, by Bobby G. Moss, 1998:
p. 57 - "Ambrose Mills was born in England about 1722 and was brought while young to Maryland. He married Mourning Stone and settled on James River in Virginia. Later, he moved to the South Carolina frontier, where his wife and children were killed by Indians during the Indan Wars (1755-1761).
Thereafter, he married Anne Brown, sister of Col. Thomas Fletchall. About 1765, he settled on Green River. In 1776, he served against the Indians. During 1778, he and Col. D. Fanning raised a corps of 500 men and attempted to withdraw to Florida. Mills and sixteen others were captured and taken to
Salisbury, North Carolina. After being set free in the course of time, he joined Ferguson in Brannon's Settlement as colonel over a unit of loyalists from his home area. He fought at Earle's Ford and at Kings Mountain. Mills was captured at Kings Mountain, was tried, and executed at Bigger-staff's."
p. 16 - "James Chitwood, of Ninety Six District (or Rutherford County, North Carolina), served as a captain under Ferguson and was captured in the battle of Kings Mountain. He was executed at Biggerstaff's."
p. 6 - "Aaron Bickerstaff (Biggerstaff) was of English descent and resided in present day Rutherford County, North Carolina. He was one of the loyalist leaders at Ramsour's Mill and was a captain under Ferguson. Bickerstaff was mortally wounded at Kings Mountain. He was taken to Union Court House, where he died. It was at his plantation where some of the prisoners taken in the battle were hanged. His wife, Martha, with the help of an old farmer cut them down and buried them."
This book has well documented sources, including not only the Draper Manuscripts, but also Loyalist Transcripts from the British Public Record Office, Kew, Surry, England.
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