Notes for Jesse Blackshear: Williamson County was created in 1799 from Davidson County.
Williamson County was named in honor of Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), surgeon-general of North Carolina troops in the American Revolution (1779-1782), North Carolina legislator, member of the Continental Congress (1782-1785, 1787, and 1788), delegate to the convention which framed the Federal Constitution in 1787, a member of the State convention which adopted it in 1789, and elected as a Federalist to the First & Second U.S. Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1793).
The county seat of Williamson County is Franklin . __________________________________________________________________________ ______ From Blacksheariana, by Perry Lynnfield Blackshear, Sr., Atlanta, GA, published 1954: (Note: A Jacob Blackshear (1802) was the son of Jesse Blackshear (born 1767) who had migrated to Tennessee (Williamson County area) with the Dillahunty Party from North Carolina around 1795-1796).
JESSE, b. Jones Co., N. C., (or Craven), about 1767, d. 26 Jul 1803 in Williamson County, Tenn. Son of Susannah and Elisha Stout Blackshear, lived in Williamson and Haywood Counties, Tenn. d. 1803 Williamson County, Tenn and buried there. M. Jones Co., N. C., about Sep 1788, name of wife not given. (by 1995, wife of Jesse believed to have been HANNAH HUGGINS, b. 20 May 1771, d. 04 Jun 1829, bur. Brown Cemetery, Wayne County Tenn on Hardin Creek. Hannah believed to have been dau. of Luke Huggins who was born 1760-1770). Issue No. 1 Penny b. 06 Jul 1789 Jones County, m. John L. Grimes. by Oct 1814, No. 2 James, b. 08 Nov 1790, m. Susan Littleton 11 Apr 1820 Franklin, Tn, No. 3 Ezekiel b. 13 Jul 1792 Jones Co., d. 23 Apr 1837, b. Brownville, Hywd, Tn. m. Isabella Dobson. No. 4 Elisha, b. 24 Jan 1794 Jones Co., m. Grimes, No. 5 Luke, b. 18 Feb 1796, No. 6 David, b. 20 Aug 1798, No. 7 Elijah, b. 09 Jun 1800, d. 1850 Wayne County, m. Dicena McMahon 1820, No. 8 Jacob, b. 26 Jan 1802 Williamson Co. Tenn, d. 05 May 1872, m. (1) Mary Berry, (2) Jane ? (3) Mary P. No. 9 Jesse, b. 07 Mar 1803 Williamson Co. Tenn., m. Matilda Truett 1820 in Franklin, Tn. (The 1954 issue of Blacksheariana mentioned "three sons with names unknown...but did not include Luke and David as cited above. This leaves a potential other son with name unknown). Hannah, wife of Jesse Blackshear of 1767, married Isaac Mairs (or Marrs) on 03 May 1806 in Williamson Co., after the death of her husband in the 1803-1804 time frame. 1767, Born Jones or Craven Co., N. C. 1782, Surveyor's Chain Bearer Book 44 Jones Co., Grants. 1787-89, Paid 10 Shillings for a Marriage License in Jones Co., No bride named. (See note above) 1789, Surveyor's Chain Bearer for Moses B. Book 76. 1790, Jones Co., Census lists 1 M. over 16. 2 Females. 1794, Entered plea for land grant Jones Co. 1796, Granted 77 Acres on south side of Trent River Book 91. Not found in N. C. after 1796. - The Dillahunty Party - The first Baptist Association in the Jones County, North Carolina area was organized in 1758. One of the leaders in this Baptist movement was the reverend John Dillahunty. He was of French Hugenot extraction, and his name was an Anglicized version of de la Hunter. Before the Revolutionary War he frequently preached at the Chinquapin Chapel Church although the church continued under Church of England sponsorship until after the Revolutionary War. After the close of that conflict the church official became affiliated with the local Baptist Association, and Reverend Dillahunty became the pastor of the church. He continued as pastor until 1794 when he left for Tennessee. It was the members of this church who accompanied Dillahunty to Middle Tennessee and Williamson County. He is said to have brought "about a half dozen" families with him to Tennessee. One of those people accompanying Dillahunty was one Abraham Little, who himself was a licensed Baptist preacher, he being one of two licensed preachers in the congregation other than Dillahunty. After Abraham Little left with the Dillahunty party for Tennessee, the other licensed preacher John Koonce became the pastor of Chinquapin Chapel. The Dillahunty party arrived in Tennessee in March, 1795. Some of the members of that party were Martin Stanley, Jesse Blackshear, Abraham Little, John Little, Sarah Little, Charles Huggins, and others. It is difficult to say precisely who was in the Dillahunty party. One must surmise who the members of that party were based on the names that made their way into the public records of the day. Many Jones County, North Carolina names do appear in the early public records of Davidson County, Tennessee, and Williamson County, Tennessee, particularly the marriage records, which fact indicate the kind of people who were in the Dillahunty party. They were largely the second sons and daughters of second and third generations of Jones County. They, like many of the early settlers of Williamson County, were descendants of successful families of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. These successful families were large land and slave holding families. As their children came along and as the number of slaves increased, these people began to scout for new land to which their children and the children of their slaves could go to establish their own footholds. The Jones Countians who came to Middle Tennessee were for the most part young newly married couples or young unmarried persons in their late teens or early twentys. They married, many times, each other, just before leaving for Middle Tennessee or shortly after arriving at their destination. Hence, we are able to identify some of the Jones Countians by the association of their names in Middle Tennessee marriage records with the land and estate documents of their prominent ancestors in North Carolina. All of the members of the Dillahunty party seem to have been closely connected with the Chinquapin Chapel church. After his arrival in Tennessee in 1794/1795, John Dillahunty founded the Richland Creek Baptist Church, which was located at or near the Belle Meade Plantation. It was the first church organized west of Nashville. It was described as being on the "bank of Richland Creek at General Harding's." Dillahunty continued as pastor of that church until his death in 1816. Jesse Blackshear (Born 1767) and his wife Hannah were members of the Dillahunty party that came from Jones County, North Carolina, to Williamson County, Tennessee, in the 1790's. They seem to have settled in Williamson County immediately because they paid taxes there in 1800, the first year that taxes were assessed in the county after its formation in 1799. During 1992, Leon Blackshear of Jonesboro, Arkansas found a book within the library which listed deeds and other historical facts for the state of Tennessee for the year 1802. One entry relates to Jesse Blackshear (born 1767). The entry reflects this Jesse Blackshear to have been a member of the work crew constructing a road leading from Nashville to Franklin. The entry reads......
"Ordered that Charles Brown oversee the road leading from Nashville to Franklin from this county line at or near James Scotts to McCutchen Creek and that Richard Brown, James Bolen, Saml Edmiston, Robt Clayton, Hy Clayton, John Scott, Wm. Scott, Saml Scott, Saml McCutchen, Robt Hulme, Jesse Blackshear, John McAffe, Henry Kee, William Young, & William Stockett work thereon under his direction." This entry suggests what was the formal way for chartering and paying a road crew for that period of history.
Jesse Blackshear (born 1767) died in 1803, leaving in addition to his wife Hannah, minor children Luke, David, Elijah, Jacob and Jesse. Ezekiel and possibly another child was of age at the father's death. Court records reflect that Ezekiel was named as executor and guardian of the remaining children at home. This responsibility as guardian for the younger children was contested in court by Zacheus German and Isaac Mairs. Subsequentlly, Zacheus German was appointed guardian for the minor children. In 1806 the widow Hannah Blackshear was re-married to Isaac Mairs (Marrs?) The inventory of the estate of Jesse Blackshear included 126 acres of land on the Big Harpeth River, bricklayer tools, shoemaker tools, three Bibles, two testaments, other books, a tame deer, and numerous other items. The identity of Hannah is not known for certain but she would certainly seem to have been one of the Chinquapin Chapel families. Two family names, Newton and Huggins, have been identified as most probable. It would not be surprising to find that she was in fact the Hannah Huggins mentioned in the will of Luke Huggins as being his daughter. Note the name of one of her sons is Luke. It also is not known whether or not there were others of the Blackshear family of Jones County who were members of the Dillahunty party, but one Thomas Blackshear bought at the estate sale of Jesse Blackshear. He is not otherwise identified Most of the children of Jesse Blackshear came of age and married in Williamson County: Elijah to Diana McMahon in 1822, James to Susan Littleton in 1820, Jesse to Matilda Truett in 1820 and Ezekiel to Isabel Dobson in 1814. They then seemed to have moved to other places (Ezekiel spelled his last name "Blacksher" and married Isabella Dobson and their descendants moved to the Gainsville, Mo. area). None of them were enumerated in the 1840 Census of Williamson County. Some did move to neighboring Marshall County, probably the part that was originally Bedford. The 1850 Census of Marshall County, Tn lists several Blackshears in the neighborhood with Littles, Stanleys and Huggins.
- THE HUGGINS FAMILY AND THE BLACKSHEAR FAMILIES: Due to the multiple marriages of the children of Elisha Stout Blackshear to the Huggins family, it is thought appropriate at this time to include some background of this family. The Huggins family is found in North Carolina and seems to have migrated to Tennessee at the same time as the Blackshear family and the families are noted in Northeast Arkansas. The origin of the Huggins family of Chinquapin Chapel is unknown, but they were in Jones County before it was carved out of Craven. The early records show that Luke Huggins was acquiring and selling property in the 1740's. The most that we know of the early Huggins family comes from the will of Luke Huggins which was dated March 8, 1784 and probated in December 1784. In this will he names his wife Nelly (a nickname for Elleanor) and the following:
a. Phoebe Shelfer, a daughter who had married a Shelfer, no dobut of the early Palatine family of that name. b. Sarah Stanley, a daughter who had married a Stanley, an old family of Jones County, North Carolina. c. Nelly Littleton, a daughter who had married a Littleton, another old family name of Jones County. d. James Huggins - Married Elizabeth Blackshear, daughter of Elisha Stout Blackshear e. Luke Huggins, Jr. f. Isaac Huggins g. Esther Huggins h. Jacob Huggins i. Hannah Huggins, believed to have married Jesse Blackshear of Williamson County j. Thomas Huggins k. Charles Huggins, probably one and same who married Sarah Little in Davidson County in 1799. l. Temperance Huggins, married Abraham Little.
James, Luke, and Michael Huggins are listed as having served in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. Evidence that several of the Huggins name were a part of the Dillahunty migration from Jones County, North Carolina, to Middle Tenn., is reflected in the several Huggins marriages in early Davidson County, Tennessee, records: Charles Huggins to Sarah Little in 1799, Elizabeth Huggins to Mark Phillips in 1819, Jonathan Huggins to Elizabeth W. Smith in 1820, Salley Huggins to Martin Brown in 1808. Only two Huggins appear in Williamson County records. One was Charles Huggins, presumably the same as the one who married Sarah Little in Davidson County in 1799. The other was Reuben Huggins, who is unidentified. There are, however, records of Huggins in Davidson County, Rutherford County, Bedord County, and Marshall County of Middle Tennessee. Some of these Huggins and/or their descendants are also known to have migrated to Clay County, Arkansas at a subsequent time.
Other historical information on the Huggins family history states that one Jacob Huggins will was probated Nov 1799 in Onslow Co. N.C. He married Frances. Their children were, (1) Cooper, Luke, Jacob, Lizanner, Peureity, and Ruth Huggins. Luke Huggins married Nelly. His will was probated Jones Co. 1784. Children of Luke Huggins were Phobe, Sarah, Nelly, James, Luke B., Issac, Jacob, Esther, Thomas, HANNAH, Charles, Temperance.
James Huggins, Son of Luke Huggins and grandson of Jacob Huggins is said to have married Elizabeth Blackshear, daughter of Elisha Stout Blackshear and sister to Jesse Blackshear (1767). James and Elizabeth Huggins had five children, named: Jacob, Susannah, James, Nancy, and Hardy. James Huggins, husband of Elizabeth Blackshear, died 27 June 1830. Hardy Huggins middle name was "Blackshear", or full name of Hardy Blackshear Huggins and he was born in 1802. Since "Hardy", the fifth child of James and Elizabeth (Blackshear) Huggins was born in 1802 we must assume that James, the husband of Elizabeth Blackshear (born 1780) was also born by 1780 or earlier. Also, if one follows this logic then, as shown above, two children of Luke Huggins (Hannah and James) married into the Elisha Stout Blackshear family. Hannah Huggins marrying Jesse (born 1767) and James marrying Elizabeth (born 1780). Hardy Huggins married about 1826 to Julian Ann Stanley. Hardy and Julian Ann Huggins had children as follows: Stout Blackshear Huggins born 1828, Felix Huggins born 1829, Abraham Huggins born 1833, Henry B. Huggins Born 1841, James F. Huggins Born 1844, Julia Huggins born 1849, and Hannah Huggins born 1837. Stout Blackshear Huggins born 1828, married Nov 1, 1855 to Roxann Andrews (born 1838) and their children were named James E. Huggins born 1857, Sarah Huggins born 1860, Laura Huggins born 1863,Colia Huggins born 1867, and Luke Huggins born 1873.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Leon Blackshear was doing research in Paragould, Ark in Jun 1992 and found Nancy J. Blackshear, daughter of Jesse Blackshear of 1803 who had married a William Huggins. She was 61 years old at the time and William Huggins (born 1836) was 64 years old. Leon found them in the 1900 census for Clay County, Ark, Johnson Township. No children were shown but location in earlier census did show children. William and Nancy J. were charter members of the Boydsville, Ark church of Christ. Cit. 1790 Federal Census Jones Co., N. C. Family Chart J. Ap. Blackshear. Ala. Family records ("Lived in Tenn. and had Ezekiel.") Raines Vol. S. p. 43. Cit Also, family records of Jane (Graham) Craig, Franklin, Tennesse, 1995 and records of Leon Blackshear, Jonesboro, Ark
More About Jesse Blackshear: Burial: Williamson Co., TN.341 Fact 1: Bet. 1795 - 1796, migrated to TN (Williamson Co. area) with the Dillahunty Party from NC.342 Fact 2: Bet. 1790 - 1799, moved to Williamson Co., TN.
More About Jesse Blackshear and Hannah Huggins?: Marriage: Abt. September 1788, Jones Co., NC.343
Children of Jesse Blackshear and Hannah Huggins? are: