John Sowell (b. July 20, 1762, d. October 08, 1825)
John Sowell (son of Issac Sowell and Mary Quimby) was born July 20, 1762 in Salisbury District, Moore County, North Carolina, and died October 08, 1825 in Williamsport, Tennessee. He married Elizabeth Stanford on July 28, 1793 in Moore County, North Carolina.
Notes for John Sowell: John and Elizabeth Sowell left North Carolina to live in a valley near what is now known as Cross Bridges in Maury County, Tennessee. They lived in a log cabin with their son, Thomas, until their deaths.
DAR Records say Elizabeth's maiden name was Stanford.
John Sowell discovered that his father had erroneously been listed as a deserter in the American Revolution. In his plea to the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, he produced testimony to prove that his father died in the General Hospital in 1782 and was buried on Ashley Hill Plantation.
Heir at Law Petition for land from father, Issac Sowell's service in the Revolutionary War dated November 25, 1805, Moore County, North Carolina.
To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, now Sitting The petition of John Sowell of Moore County -Humbly Sayith, That your Petitioner as heir at Law of Isaac Sowell who died in the Service of this state in the continental line, in General Greene camp in South Carolina during the American Revolution, conceive himself intitled to the quantity of land that the state has granted to the heirs of those who died in service, but your Petitioner being ignorant of such Grant, or being so intitled, until some short time since, made application to the secretary of state for a Land Warrant immediately after he came acquainted with his claim, but on examining the returns and muster rolls in the secretarys office, the name of Isaac Sowell is on the musteroll returned or marked Diserted. your Petitioner therefore could not obtain a warrant from the secretary as he was intitled. Your Petitioner can produce a cloud of Testimony to show that his Father died in the American service as above mentioned, and that the return on the musteroll in the secretarys office is erronious. He therefore conceive it a cruel Hardship to be deprived of his right by the errors of returning officers or of transcribers, as the Bar to his claims must have originated with them.
Your Petitioner relying with full confidence on the equity of his claim, commits the merrit of his case to the Rectitude, the Justice and Humanity of your Honorable Body, as the only source from whence he can obtain relief, with full reliance that the testimony which accompany this will induce your Honorable Body to have a warrant issued for your Petitioner as Heir at Law to said Sowell, as he can produce the most undoubted proof that he died int he American Service as aforesaid and your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray John Sowell Moore County Dec 5th 1806 In the House of Commons 15 Dec 1806 read and refd to the Committee appointed to confer with the Secretary M By order J.Hart In Senate December 15th 1806 -
Read and refered as by the House of Commons, By order L. Stokes clk North Carolina Moore County Personally appeared before me Murdock Martin one of the Justices of the peace for said County , Neil McLeod and Thomas Graham and being duly sworn Deposeth and Say that they were acquainted with Isaac Sowell who went into the American Service as a private soldier towards the latter end of the American Revolution, and that they always heard that he died in General Greens camp in South Carolina, that they have been acqainted with the family before and since his entering into the service and that they are convinced the said Sowell never returned to his family, to which he formerly paid Great attention ~ and they further say that it was reported by soldiers that served with him that he died in the hospital while in Service
Sworn and Subscribed before me this 3rd Dec 1806 Test ~ Murdock Martin JP Neil McLeod Thomas Graham North Carolina Moore County John McLeod of Montgomery County personally appeared before me Neil McLeod one of the Justices of the peace for said county and being duly sworn Deposeth and Saith, that he served in the first Batalion of the North Carolina Regiment, in Captain Anthony Sharpe company, commanded by Colonel John Armstrong in the American Service in the Revolutionary War And he further deposeth that Isaac Sowell was a private in said Regiment in Captain Moore's Company ~ and he further Deposeth and saith that he was creditably informed by several of the soldiers of said Regiment, that he the said Sowell was sent to the General hospital for recovery of his health, and further saith that when enquiring of the soldiers about said Sowell Several of them told him, the said John McLeod that the aforesaid Isaac Sowell had Died in said hospital and was buried on Ashly Hill in the State of South Carolina and this Deponent further saith, that all the above information Concerning his going to the hospital and dying there, he received while encamped on Ashley Hill Sworn and subscribed before me this 3rd December 1806 John McLeod ~ Neil ~ McLeod JP North Carolina Moore County Hector McNeil personally appeared before me ;; Murdock McAuley one of the Justices of the peace for said County and being duly sworn Deposeth and saith that he served in the 2nd Batalion of the North Carolina Regiment commanded by Colonel John Armstrong in the American Service in the Revolutionary War. And he further Deposeth that Isaac Sowell was a private in said Regiment in the Company of Elijah Moore, and that he was present, when said Sowell was sent to the hospital for the recovery of his health and that in a few days, news came into the camp, that the said Sowell died in said hospital, while encamped on Ashely Hill under the command of General Green and he further saith that he and said Sowell were in one mess while in Service, and that he went to the hospital to Enquire about the Death of said Sowell, and that he was shown the Ground wherein he was buried, and that he was told there were some few Clothes in the hospital that belonged to him
-Sworn and Subscribed before me this Ist December 1806 Hector (his X mark) McNeill Test Murdoch McAulay
DEED for land near McLendon's Creek from John Sowell to William Barrett on January 7, 1817, Moore County, NC for 100 pounds. Attested to by Aaron Sowell and George Ritter.
Inscriptions on the five hand-carved stones which are in a perfect state of preservation on the Stockard Hill farm near Williamsport, Tennessee in a plot reserved in the old deed for the Sowell burying ground.
John Sowell died October 8, 1825, aged 63 years Elizabeth Sowell died April 20, 1847, aged 78 years In memory of Catherine Sowell who was born 1800 and departed this life August 27, 1844. Susan, wife of Thomas Sowell, born June 18, 1803, died May 31, 1861, Aged 55 years, 11 months, 3 days. Thomas Sowell, Born July 20, 1794, Died July 27, 1865, Aged 74 years and 7 days.
More About John Sowell and Elizabeth Stanford: Marriage: July 28, 1793, Moore County, North Carolina.
Children of John Sowell and Elizabeth Stanford are:
Isham Sewell, b. June 24, 1789, Moore County, North Carolina, d. date unknown.
+Issac Sewell, b. June 24, 1789, Moore County, North Carolina, d. January 1849, Cherokee County, Alabama.
John Sewell, b. April 04, 1792, Moore County, North Carolina, d. date unknown.