Notes for Jonathan Pickens: from PICKENS FAMILIES OF THE SOUTH--E. M. Sharp p. 76 "About the earliest record we have of Jonathan is a land grant in South Caroina dated September 3, 1765 for a tract of 100 acres of land in Granville County on the Savannah River, bounded on the SW side by Kelly and on the south by the River. The location of this land is near the mouth of Rosses Creek. The tract was surveyed by John Pickens, District Surveyer. He received another grant for 50 acres on Sept. 23, 1784, surveyed by Pat. Calhous, D.S. and described as bounded by the river on the SW, by William McCowen on the east, and on the NW by his own land.
If he was a soldier during the revolution there is no record of it. There is record that he received an indenture in 1785 for some beeves furnished the militia (Appendix No. IX). The census of 1790 shows him in Abbeville District, with 3 males above 16 and 3 females, including himself and his wife. He was not in Abbeville County in 1800 and his whereabouts have not been discovered. He may have gone to Georgia since later census records show some grandchildren born in Georgia about 1800-1805.
Tradition states they were early pioneers to Tennessee, and lived in Lincoln Co., TN but by 1819 most of them moved to the new county of Hardin in Tennessee. Jonathan Pickens Sr is shown in the census of 1830, living in Hardin County with his wife. He was between ages of 80-90, born between 1740/50. His wife was born between 1760/70. The two sons also moved to Hardin County.
Jonathan Pickens Sr. had two sons and four daughters. His wife's name is unknown as are the names of the four daughters. The sons appear to have been Jonathan Pickens Jr., and Gabriel Pickens.
p. 88....Tradition in this family indicates that some of the Jonathan Pickens family came to Tennessee quite early. The records of Maury County Tennessee have the following deed: "Book M, p. 313, dated February 4, 1815. "Gideon Pillow and Joseph Laun of Giles Co, Tennessee made deed to Jonathan Pickens of Maury County for the sum of $395, a tract of land on Silver Creek, a fork of Fountain Creek, a branch of Duck River" Witnesses: Phil Thomas, Abner Pillow, James Strett..."
p. 148. APPENDIX IX-INDENT ISSUED TO MR. JONATHAN PICKENS. August 29, 1785 for 3 pounds 17 shillings and one penny for two beeves furnished for Militia use in 1781 and 1782, per account from commissioners. (Sally Stub entries, No. 631, Bk. W)