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Ancestors of William Greenberry Ray

Generation No. 4

      12. John Collins, born Bef. 1755 in Virginia; died 1797 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. He was the son of 24. Edward Collins and 25. Jane Jones. He married 13. Catherine in Virginia.

      13. Catherine, born WFT Est. 1741-1764 in *; died WFT Est. 1786-1852.

Notes for John Collins:
Numerous Collins and Fain's are to be found in the census and mortality records of Patrick Co., VA (Danville).

Notes for Catherine:
Fain could have been a maiden name for this person?????
Child of John Collins and Catherine is:
  6 i.   John Fain Collins, born March 18, 1781 in Virginia*,per Kathy Sehon Jones; died Aft. 1850 in Morgan Co., Alabama; married Mahala Sehorn March 26, 1805 in Dandridge, Jefferson County, TN.

      14. John Sehorn, born June 21, 1748 in Fredrick County, VA, Now Shenandoah C, Beckford Parish*; died May 23, 1831 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. He was the son of 28. Nicholas Sehorn and 29. Catherine Woodley. He married 15. Elizabeth Cathey July 19, 1773 in Dunmore or Shenandoah County, Virginia*.

      15. Elizabeth Cathey, born May 15, 1752 in Augusta Co., Virginia*; died February 23, 1819 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. She was the daughter of 30. William Cathey and 31. Elizabeth /Blair?/.

Notes for John Sehorn:

John Sehorn served in the Revolutionary War as an ensign (1776), then lieutenant ( April 30, 1778), then captain of the Dunmore (Shenandoah) County Militia. The Family home was near New Market. In 1784, John sold the land left him by his father and moved to Washinton County, Tennessee before statehood. He became involved in efforts to establish the State of Franklin. He was asked by Gov. Sevier to raise a militia unit in Sevier County, NC. He also served as Entry Taker for Caswell County, State of Franklin and was involved with issuing land warrants. He served as Secretary of the 'State of Franklin'. After the failure of the Franklin effort he became a major in the Tennessee Militia and subsequently served several terms in the general assembly of the State of Tennessee. The family home was at Sehorn's Ferry near Dandridge, TN in Jefferson County. The Sehorn family was originally German and came initially to Pennsylvania.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Biographical Directory of the Tennessee General Assembly, 1796 - 1861", pub. by Tenn. State Lib. & Archives: by R. M. McBride; pg 656: "Seahorn, John (1748 - 1831): House 6th, 8th, and (th, General Capitol Assembly, 1805 - 1813; Representative of Jefferson County, etc.; M Elizabeth Cathey, daughter of William and Elizabeth Cathey" -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Will of John Sehorn dated 28 November, 1830:

In the name of God Amen. I, John Sehorn, of Jefferson County and State of Tennessee being weak of body but in my perfect mind & memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do constitute and make this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, to wit: my son Cathey Sehorn one hundred and seventy acres of land off the upper end of my plantation on south side of French Broad River the place on which I now live... son George one hundred and thirty six and a half acres of land.... son Alexander B. (Blair) Sehorn, the balance of land...also household and kitchen furniture, horses, hogs, cattle, etc...Alexander to give to George full possession of the ferry landing on the north side of the river...consequence of deeds of trust, one to H. Martin and one to John Fain.
Item...son John Sehorn's heirs two dollars each.
Item...daughter Catherine Denton ten dollars.
Item...daughter MAHALLA COLLINS ten dollars.
Item...Executors to sell off all of the crop of grain and any that may remain on hand at my death for the purpose of paying off all of the above bequeaths to my son John's heirs and my two daughters...etc...also executors make any new arrangement with H. Martin and John Fain to hold deeds of trust for Alexander B....
My Negro man Harry and his wife Lucy to be free.

from Jefferson County Cemeteries by David Templin and Cherel Henderson:
SEHORN - JOHN 21 Jun 1748 O. S. 23 May 1831 (fieldstone broken)
Elizabeth Died 23 Feb 1819 (fieldstone)
A visit to this cemetery is as a return to another era. Time seems to have stood still here in this forgotten site. Imagine our surprise when we recorded this cemetery and found the graves of three Revolutionary War soldiers, none of whom, apparently were known to have been burried here. The most exciting find of the day was the grave of John Sehorn, a Revolutionary soldier and captain under John Sevier in the State of Franklin days! The inscription on his stone is unique because it bears the date of 21 June 1748 and after this is written O.S., which stands for 'Old Style'. In 1752 England, along with her colony the United States, adopted the Gregorian Calendar, which dropped ten days from the calendar. Those born before that date (such as George Washington) often changed their date of birth to the 'New Style' or added 'Old Style' after the dates! This is the only time in over 500 cemeteries we have recorded, that we have found this written! John Sehorn's stone is broken.

To reach this site, take Exit 424 from I-40 and drive the short distance to the intersection with US 25W-70 and drive 0.5 miles beyond the intersection. The cemetery is located in a large grove of trees on top of the hill to the right behind the Fox home.
ALTERNATE SPELLINGS OF SEHORN: Zahaun, Sehon, Sehorn, Sehorne, Seehorn, Seahorn, Sheorn

More About John Sehorn:
Buri: 1831, Graham Cem., Dandridge, Jefferson Co., TN
Fact 9: 1776, officer in Virginia Militia - Revolutionary War
Fact 10: Abt. 1788, Secretary of the "State of Franklin"
Fact 11: Bet. 1805 - 1813, Representative in the Gen. Assmby of TN
Occu: soldier, planter, polititian

  Notes for Elizabeth Cathey:
FROM WFT 4332:

"Cathey" is Scotts and is probably a shortened form for Maccathay. The family probably moved into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In Virginia the family were said to be from Cathey's River (Now called Middle River), Augusta County.
From the US Genweb Archives come a list of Headright Grants copied from the Orange Co., VA, Court of Common Pleas in the 18th century; "These headrights function as the only real immigration record for English, Scot or Irish immigrants in that time period." "Headrights were grants of 50 acres of land per "head" - or per white male over the age of sixteen who transported himself to the colonies.":
28 Feb. 1739 - James Cathey, Ann, his wife; Wm., Elizabeth, Andrew, George, Margrot & Ann Cathey (from Ireland)
- Alexander Blair, Jane, James, Mary & John Blair (from Ireland)
- Samuel Givens, Sarah his wife; ........... (Sarah was a sister to James Cathey)

More About Elizabeth Cathey:
Buri: 1819, Graham Cem., Dandridge, TN

Marriage Notes for John Sehorn and Elizabeth Cathey:
According to Marty Grant, this marriage occured July, 17, 1773 in Augusta County, Virginia.
Children of John Sehorn and Elizabeth Cathey are:
  7 i.   Mahala Sehorn, born February 17, 1785 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee*; died 1889 in Morgan County, Alabama, per Kathy Sehon Jones; married John Fain Collins March 26, 1805 in Dandridge, Jefferson County, TN.
  ii.   John Sehorn, Jr., born October 20, 1779 in Virginia; died December 11, 1809 in Overton County, Tennessee; married Mary Graham October 22, 1799 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee.
  iii.   Jacob Sehorn, born November 22, 1780 in Virginia; died Bef. 1830 in Jefferson County, Tennessee; married Nancy Gilbraith December 30, 1801 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee.
  iv.   Catherine Sehorn, born May 11, 1782 in Virginia; died August 17, 1873 in Jefferson County, Tennessee; married Josiah Denton December 24, 1802 in Jefferson County, Tennessee; born 1770; died 1866.
  Notes for Catherine Sehorn:
Burried in the Cemetery of the Antioch Baptist Church in Jefferson County, TN.

Per 1870 US CENSUS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: age 87, lived with daughter Mrs. William C. (Catherine) Henry.

  v.   Martin Sehorn, born May 27, 1788; died Bef. 1830.
  vi.   Cathey Sehorn (Dr), born March 14, 1790 in Jefferson County, Tennessee*; died 1831 in Clark County, now Crawford Co., Illinois; married Elizabeth "Betsy" Montgomery 1812; born June 25, 1788; died August 27, 1854.
  Notes for Cathey Sehorn (Dr):
Per US Genweb Archives, Cemeteries in Rockbridge Co., Virginia: Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery; Dr Cathy Sehorn, March 14, 1790 - 1830 York, Il; Elizabeth "Betsy" Sehorn, June 25, 1788 - August 27, 1854, aged 64 yrs. Lafayette Sehorn, Nov. 18, 1825 - March 9, 1876 aged 50 yrs. Other Sehorns, probably children of Lafayette and his wife Jane E., are also listed.

  vii.   George Sehorn, born May 15, 1793 in Jefferson County, Tennessee; died 1832 in McMinn County, Tennessee; married Frances Hoskins May 29, 1814 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee.
  viii.   Alexander Blair Sehorn, born May 10, 1795 in Jefferson County, Tennessee; died December 20, 1879 in Scott County, Arkansas; married Mary (Polly) Long September 06, 1823 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee.

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