Saturday, December 19, 2015


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Ely William, The Big Sandy Valley Catlettsburg KY 1887. Reprint Baltimore.1969. p.81. "The Marr family...if of French origin, descendants of the Huguenots. The family settled in Maryland before the American Revolution."
Harman, Annals of Tazewell County, Vol II p. 376 "Elizabeth Maxwell married William Marrs, raised a family, his sons, William and Maxwell Marrs, married two sisters Jennie and Sallie Brooks, Maxwell MArrs had a family, two have visited his widow and children. William and his wife had no family...the rest of the Marrs have moved to Kentucky."
Pendleton, History of Tazewell County p. 432,433. A sketch on the Maxwell Family - "James Maxwell, who was of the Scotch-Irish blood, came from the province of Ulster to America and settled in Pennsylvania early in the 18th century. He married a Miss Roberts, and moves to Augusta County now embraced in Rockbridge. Three of his sons, Thomas, James, and Robert, were among the first settlers in the present Tazewell county. Thomas and James settled on Blueston, not very far from the present town of Graham; and Robert located near Plum Creek, about two miles west of present town of Tazewell. They came3 in about 1771 or 1772."
Chalkey, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish, Vol. II p.120, Maxwell vs. Pickens. "Bill. 1807. Orator is James Maxwell of Tazewell County. In 1772 orator went from Botetourt, where he lived, to present Tazewell County to make a settlement. It was then a wilderness. He was in company with Samuel Walker. Found a tract with some improvements, viz: The foundation of a cabin, some rails split and some trees deadened. That night they fell in with a party of hunters, among them Uriah Stone, who claimed to have made the improvements, and orator purchased it, and the same year moved his family there and lived until 1784. In that time two of his daughters were killed by the Indians. William Ingles set up claim to the land and devised it to his daughter Rhoda, who married Bird Smith. Thomas Peery disposes in Tazewell County in 1809, that in 1772, when deponet went to that country, James Maxwell had made James Peery disposes that he went to Tazewell with Major Maxwell. John Peery disposes that John Tollett moved from Georgia to New River. Thomas Witten disposes that he was on the land in 1771. Samuel Walker is about to remove out of the country and amd William Wynne is is aged and infirm in 1807. Mathias Harman disposes, 1809, that when he first came to this country the land in dispute was called Ingle's Crabb Orchard and there was an old improvement on it. This was in 1760. Henry Marrs disposes that that he first knew Maxwell on the land in 1773, 1774. About three weeks after murder of Maxwell's daughters, two of Robert Moffitt's sons were taken prisoners by Indians, and about a week after that the family of Capt. Thomas Ingles was taken out of Burk's Garden by Indians and depredations were committed until 1793. Daniel Harman, Sr. deposes that 22d June, 1809, that about 49 years ago he was on a hunting expedition and camped on the land in dispute and took shelter in a small cabin built there, said to be Inglis's. Col Inglis did not himself make the settlement, but it was made by his uncle, John Ingles. Joseph Hix deposes as above, that 44 years ago Col Wm. Inglis told him that the land was his and he claimed it under his uncle, John Inglis. Lawrence Murray deposes as above, that 33 years ago he was in Wright's Valley at Uriah Stone's cabin. William Cecil deposes as above, that in or about 1771 he, in company with his brother and father, was on the disputed land. Deed dated 24 September 1805 by John Tollett and Margaret of Tazewell County to Thomas Pickens: 200 acres by survey in 1753, part of Loyal Company's grant. Recorded in Tazewell 24 September 1805." Fromstudying the original documents of this case [located in the Augusta County Courthouse in Staunton] other facts are gleaned: Maxwell built a "tubb" mill on the property. John Tollett settled on the land after James Maxwell moved off, but he had to remove also. The land lay on the outside of the settlement, adjacent to the wilderness. When Major Maxwell removed he moved about 3 1/3 miles to place where he now lives. James Peery said that when he came in 1772 with Capt. Samuel Walker and Major James Maxwell , they planted corn, tended it, and returned home. The following fall Maxwell moved his family to the land. John Peery said that John Tollett moved from Georgia to New River, about 60 or 70 miles from the land, purchased the land of Bird Smith who lived about 70 miles from it. Christopher Marrs deposed that in 1773 he went with his father to Maxwell's mill and and frequented the mill until one was built nearer the settlement. There was a cabin Maxwell had built for himself, and 8 or 10 others occasionally built by inhabitants for forting against the Indians. When John Tollett moved from the land in 1791 he moved to my fathers for about 10 days then moved to Montgomery County, and later back to the disputed land. Henry Marrs deposed that Mr Maxwell got his mill running in 1773/1774. In July 1790 John Tollett moved from New River. He lived on the land about 3 years, then because of the Indians he moved his family to the house of Samuel Marr about 10 days then back to Montgomery County. In 3 or 4 months he moved back and resided on said land about 4 years, then moved to Sandy River for 2 or 3 years, then back to the land in dispute. James Starr depsoed on Oct 14 1809 that he and Thomas Pickens were living on the land in dispute in 1808. Samuel Walker deposed 30 Oct 1807 that the disputed land lay adjacent to Sandy and it was the way the Indians came in. Daniel Harman, Sr. said that Uriah Stone owned a "corn right" on the bluestone about 7 miles from the disputed land. Joseph Hix said Mr. Looney tried to purchase the land, but Ingles and he did not agree on price. Joseph made "my home the greater part of the time with Col. Englis about 55 miles, but I kept stock in Burk's Garden. Lawrence Murray said that Uriah Stone lived 33 years ago on his fathers land in Wright's Valley. Mr. Tollett has built a fine house , a saw mill, and a grist mill on the disputed land. Thomas Pickens won this case.
I am assuming Ingles, Inglis, & Englis are the same person. deb
DAR "GRANDFATHERS PAPERS " Series 3, Vol. 51, Robert Maxwell. gives the following information: James Maxwell was born about 1750 at Ulster, Ireland. He married Jane Roberts in Pennsylvania. His death occurred 27 March 1821 in Tazewell County. Issue: Thomas; James (m. Mary Witten): Robert (m. Mary Maxwell); William; John (m. Jean Maxwell); Mary (m. Audley Campbell); Margaret (m. David Whitley); Elizabeth (m. Wiliam Marrs); Nancy (m. Paul Whitley); Mollie; Jane. See fotnotes on Robert Maxwell below.
Pendleton, History of Tazewell County,p. 432: "Robert Maxwell, who settled on Plum Creek, had eight children. Their names were as follows: Robert, Mary, John, Margaret, James, Jennie, Mattie, and Elizabeth. Jennie and Mattie were killed by the Indians. Margaret, a daughter of Robert & Mary Maxwell, married David Whitley. James Maxwell, son of Robert, married Mary Witten, who was who was a daughter of Jeremiah Witten...Note the discrepancies in the material on James and Robert Maxwell above.
Brock, Virginia and Virginians Vol. II p.842-sketch on James Robert Hicks, M.D. - "James Robert Hicks married Eliza Virginia Walker, whose mother's name was Sally Caldwell, daughter of William Caldwell. William Caldwell died 4 February 1849, aged 85 years, and left 500 direct descendants. Dr. Hicks is a grandson of Joseph Hicks, Jr., son of Joseph, Sr. who first settled on Wolf Creek. The mother of Dr. Hicks is Elizabeth Maxwell, daughter of William Maxwell, who was born in Ireland." Note: This may not be this William Maxwell. William Maxwell was living in Giles County in 1827 (Tz. Town Tax Records)

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