Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Homesley Family in Roane County, Tennessee


The Homesley family members who traveled to Roane County, Tennessee,
started arriving in 1805.
They all had left by 1810, leaving a small number of records behind in a short five year span.
They were children of Joseph Homesley and Mary Smith, and children of 
Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self, all living in Lincoln County, North Carolina.



Patcy, Chaney, Burrell, Ana and Garnet all left LINCOLN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
and went to ROANE COUNTY, TENNESSEE.
Roane County had just been formed in 1801 from Knox County and Indian Lands.
It is interesting to add here that the name "Homsley" was often confused with "Hornsby"
in Roane County; one because the names look much the same in old cursive writing,
and two because there actually was a "Hornsby" family in Roane County, Tennessee.
Perhaps this article may alleviate the confusion between the two spellings and families.


Burrell HOMESLEY, son of Joseph Homesley and Mary Smith, sold his land in Lincoln County,
North Carolina in 1804 to his Uncle Benjamin Homesley. He probably left Lincoln County
around the same time. Burrell shows up in Roane County, Tennessee on an 1805 tax list.


It appears Burrell had left Roane County and went to UNION COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
by 1811- his uncle DAVID SMITH mentioning Burrell in his will dated 22 June 1811 in 
Union County. David Smith's relation as uncle to Burrell shows that 
Burrell's mother's maiden name was Smith.


In his will, David left his land to his wife, Elizabeth Smith;
the land to go at the time of her death 
to nephew Burrell Homesley or his heirs. But as fate had it, Burrell passed away in 1819, 
Elizabeth Smith five years later in 1824. More about this later in this article.


Garnet HOMESLEY, son of Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self,
was in Roane County in 1806, as he signed the marriage license
of Chaney Homesley to William WILSON on
8 December 1806. Garnet left Roane County by 1810,
for he is listed on the 1810 census
in WARREN COUNTY, KENTUCKY.
 No wife is listed with him in 1810, but his three sons Elias, Lawson and James are listed. 
Also listed with Garnet in 1810 is a female over 45 years, who is believed to be 
Mary Smith-Homesley. William Wilson and Chaney Homesley lived nearby.
By 1817, Garnet had returned to Lincoln County, North Carolina.


Patcy Homesley, daughter of Joseph and Mary, married Alexander MAHAN 
in Roane County on 21 March 1805. 
Joseph MCPHERSON signed their marriage license.


Prior to his marriage to Patcy, Alexander was married to Peggy BRASHEARS.
Alexander and Peggy lived in NINETY SIX DISTRICT, South Carolina where Alexander
received a plat for two hundred acres on the south side of the SALUDA RIVER on
10 December 1788. By 1790 Alexander and Peggy were in
PENDLETON, SOUTH CAROLINA
They had ten children.


In 1799, Alexander Mahan signed the petition
to form Roane County, Tennessee.

Patcy Homesley and Alexander, after their marriage in 1805,
continued to live in Roane County until 1809, when Alexander sold his land.
 They are on the 1810 census in BURKSVILLE, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, KENTUCKY.
By 1810 Alexander and Patcy's daughters, Mary Jane
1809-1894 and Elizabeth 1810-1884 were born.
After their sons, William 1811-1856 and
Joel 1814-1864 were born, Alexander and Patcy are found in
MONROE COUNTY, KENTUCKY on the 1820 census.


Ana Homesley, daughter of Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self, and her husband
William PARKER lived in Roane County, Tennessee in 1806, as William had placed his
"X" mark on Chaney Homesley's marriage license in Roane County in 1806.
William and Ana are next found in Burksville, Cumberland County, Kentucky
in 1810 near Alexander and Patcy.
By then William and Ana had six children, four boys and two girls.
Three of the boys' names
were Henry, Joseph and Burrell Parker.

Ana's father Benjamin Homesley is also listed in Cumberland County, Kentucky.
He is on the 1820 census there.

"The Mahans, Roane Co and Beyond", a family tree on Rootsweb.com by member lindai, shows the Parkers and the Mahans all together in Cumberland County: "Henry Parkers 10A
Mud Camp Creek; 11/10/1815 A-398; j. William Parker, Hughs IT SCC; cc-Joseph
and Burrell Parker; Alexander MAHAM, Jun'r, Marker; Alexander Maham and William Parker; housekeepers; del to James Ferguson"

Chaney Homesley, daughter of Joseph and Mary, married William WILSON in Roane County on 8 December 1806. Garnet Homesley signed their marriage license,
and William Parker placed his "X" mark on the document.


Chaney and William remained in Roane County until at least 1808, as William was involved in a land transaction there in 1808. On "www.roanetnheritage.com", under "1807-1813 Surveys" is listed: "William Wilson. S#207 8-1-1808. E#320 7-27-1808.
25 acres on waters of POPLAR CREEK. Beginning on Michael Arnold's line. SCC: Michael ARNOLD Senr, Michael Arnold Junr.
Lifted by Wm Wilson 7-30-1810.
Left and sent by J.MCCLELLAN 8-29-1810. Granted."




After leaving Roane County, Tennessee, William and Chaney went to 
Warren County, Kentucky where they are listed on the 1810 census.
They had one son under 10 and one daughter under 10 in 1810. They lived
near Garnet Homesley in Warren County.




By 1816, William and Chaney were in Cumberland County, Kentucky.
William is listed with Alexander Mahan there in a land survey that year.
From "The Mahans, Roane Co and Beyond" by lindai,
"William Wilson as. of John LANEFIELD 20 a. MASHECK CREEK
4/4/1816; a-420; jmCc ds; CC-William Maham and
Alex Maham; Alex Maham, sen., M.:"



In 1820, William and Chaney were in Monroe County, Kentucky.
Listed with them on the census that year is believed to be
Chaney's mother, Mary Smith-Homesley. Also listed with them
are two sons and three daughters.



In 1824, Elizabeth Smith, widow of David Smith, passed away in
Union County, South Carolina. Her land was to go to the heirs of
Burrell Homesley. Mary Smith-Homesley of Monroe County, Kentucky
appointed William Wilson to be her attorney in the matter
on 28 August 1824, as did Alexander Mahan of Monroe County
appoint William Wilson his attorney on 28 August 1824.
From the research of LOUISE HILL OF NYSSA, OREGON:

"Mary Homesley of Monroe Co., Ky came before Monroe Co. court
and made oath that her daughter, Patsey Homesley, now Patsey Mahan
is lawfully united in wedlock with Alexander Mahan
and now lives in the aforesaid county, and that her daughter,
China (Chaney) Homesley, now China Wilson, is lawfully united in
wedlock with William Wilson, who lives in the aforesaid county
and State. signed: 28 August 1824"


The whereabouts after 28 August 1824 of William and Chaney Wilson,
 Alexander and Patcy Mahan, and Mary Smith-Homesley
remain mysteries to be unraveled.



"VRR's Ancestors2", a family tree on Rootsweb, by Valita Randolph,
tells of ".....the members of one of the Presbyterian churches in
Cumberland County (KY) who all packed up and moved
to Pickens County (AL) about 1825."
William and Ana Parker, and Joel and William Mahan may have
been part of that group because William Parker and William Mahan
are listed next to each other in PICKENS COUNTY, ALABAMA in 1830.
Joel is found on the 1840 census in Pickens County.



Roane County, Tennessee was a springboard by which
the Homesleys and their families jumped to new places.
Further research about the Mahans,
the Wilsons and the Parkers is needed.

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