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More About Capt. Thomas Vincent and His Militiamen
Excerpts from the 1796 Sullivan Co, TN Tax List.

Important! The more we have studied this list, the more clear it is that a significant number of the men on this list were residents of Washington Co TN as well as Sullivan Co TN. Some may also have resided in what was then and/or now Southwest (Washington > Russell > Lee > Scott Cos) VA; and/or Wilkes Co NC.

Capt. Thomas Vincent's 1788 Militia Pay Roll, Sullivan Co, (NC) TN

The following militia payroll is for Sullivan Co NC (TN), men serving under Capt. Thomas VINCENT in the Chicamauga Campaign of 1788 who were “entitled to compensation for equipping themselves with horses and provisions.”

nb: This list was in poor condition, and as a result it was very difficult, impossible in some instances, for the transcriber to decipher the script. Notations within brackets [ ] are those of the transcriber, and indicate probabilities as versus certainties.

Returnd for pay for Capt. Thomas Vincent, Chukamagy Expedition in the Year 1788 for 29 days also finding the [muels?] horses and ten days ???tion

Draw backs Officer Rations
Thomas Vincent Captain
Samuel Breshears Lieutenant
Nicholas [M-r--r/s?] Ensign
John Chrater [Chester?] Sergeants
James Waldrope ["]
Thomas White ["]

Thomas Jackson

Private men

????? Gilling---
Richd. Calvall
William Jackson
??m Muarty [aka Moriarty?]
[Jhnaham? Jonathan?] Titsworth 5
Patrack Morrowson
David Morrowson
John Combs
Presley Buckner
James Cooper 10
John [?] Light
Vashal Light
----- Fa[?]sure
Charles Prewett [Previtt?]
Jeremiah Cloud 15
Moses Hunt
William Simpson
Michal Simpson
William Shoemaker
Thomas Bledsoe 20
Martin Roler
Adam Stoke
Benjamin Hambleton
John Fis [her?]
Samuel Coharn 25
John Clendinen
Stofle Wilfley
John Boman
John Pogue
Doneal Derossett
John Dogan
Hugh Ellitt
Thomas Ellitt
John Hawk
George Christian
Jacob Irland
R [- ng?ead?] Ad [k?] ison
William Gifford
Jacob Rhodes
James Hankins 40
James Carran
Robert Pogue

(Draper Collection, Tennessee and Kings Mountain Papers, Calendar Series, Vol. III, 2XX33-34, Transcribed by C. H ammett, Jun 1996.

Note: Researchers who can assist in identifying and/or have genealogical data for any of the above individuals are encouraged to email same to our Combs Research List at for inclusion in the following:

More About Capt. Thomas Vincent and his Militiamen --
-- A Work in Progress --

The following are a few records and/or genealogical data in regard to the men who served under Capt. Thomas Vincent (and/or men who resided in the same area at the same time with the same name). Additions will be irregular, on a catch-as-catch-can basis; however, eventually we hope to add basic data for as many of the men as possible. Surnames common to the above men have been emphasized.

See Also the RW Pension File of John FIELDS, who, although not on the above militia list, adds significantly to the knowledge about the activities of this time and place and also includes additional Combs and Brashear material.

(Washington Co, TN Deed Book 5 (Old Deed Book D) p 140-1) 8/7/1792; William MAGBEE Senr [McBEE?] to Isaac WHITE; 315 acs on Horse Creek 'where the said Isaac White now lives.' cons: 160 lbs. adj: John ENGLISH. Oth: John DUNCAN, Thomas TITSWORTH. Sig: William MAGBEE. Wit: George VINCENT, Ellenor VINCENT. CT: 1792 (Washington Co, TN Deed Abstracts, 1775-1800, Loraine Rae)

(Washington Co, TN Deed Book 7:82-3) 6/17/1793 NC Grant #1066 to George VINCENT; 150 acs. cons 50 shill per 100 acs; adj Capt. George RUSLE, Jos. DUNCAN, Peter NEAL, Mark MITCHEL, Peter BROWN. Sig: Richard DOBBS Spight by J. GLASGOW [Boons Creek?] (Washington Co, TN Deeds 1775-1800, Loraine Rae)

Notes: See also Combs-Duncan Connections.

Moses HUNT was b. 1771 in Bedford Co., Va., m. Susanna GIBSON. He had children: John, Thomas, Joseph, Henson, Archibald, Nancy and, possibly, Jeremiah. He had 10 brothers and three sisters. B & S : (probably all b. in Bedford Co, VA. South of the Stanton River in area that became Franklin Co. (near Hales Ford)) were: Jesse, b. 1755; Uriah, b. 1757 (early Baptist Preacher in Old Washington Co., Tn.--Jesse was there before statehood also); Esli, b. 1759, settled in Pendleton Dist., SC and was R.W.S. & m. 3X Nancy LACEY was mother of most of his children; Mary, b. 1761, who may have married Meshack HALE; Thomas, b. 1762 and died in Washington Co, TN. 1826; William, b. 1763, “visited” brothers in TN, settled for awhile in Pendleton Dist, SC; then to GA, in Habersham Co, then to Autauga Co., AL, where he died; Asenath, b. 1765, supposedly m. Richard HUMPHRIES and moved to E. TN also; Joel, b. 1766, m.x2 (last wife, Rhoda FANNIN) and he died in Franklin Co., Ga. in 1834; Peter, b. 1768 (no record); Elizabeth, b. 1769, reputed to have married John MORGAN 1st and George SHERRILL 2nd, probably died in Franklin Co., TN; Moses, b. 1771, went to E. TN for short time, then moved to Allen-Simpson Co., KY where he died (married Susanna GIBSON); John, who followed Moses to Ky. and is believed to have married Mary JARVIS; Benjamin, b. 1773, no record and Phoebe, b. 1776 & no record. All left large families, particularly Esli and Uriah HUNT.

Source: Researcher Felicia Gourdin, email:

Also Note: Esli HUNT is on the 1790 census of Greenville Co, SC with others from the 1788 militia list.

From Historic Sullivan, Taylor, p 225, "…the Tennessee to Abingdon, Virginia road [now Hwy 81] includes what is now Hawkins [County] … Walter JOHNSON, M ROWLER [Martin ROLLER?] Jr, John DEAN, John ANDERSON, David ERWIN among others…

MORRISON, Patrick, lived in Rowan Co NC at enl & he m Ann FOSTER abt 1769 in Rowan Co NC & aft the Rev they moved to TN & in 1801 they were living in Sumner Co TN & later moved to Wilson Co, TN where sol d 16 Jul 1833 & his wid d 20 Sep 1838, sol & wife had several children, but only surviving child at his mother's death, the son Hugh MORRISON d 16 Apr 1852 in Crittenden Co KY & his wife had d earlier he left at his death 2 children; Ann & Martha MORRISON both living in Crittenden Co KY in 1852, on 10 Aug 1852 one Benjamin BELT the adm'r of sol's estate made application for pension which may have been due sol at his death. (Abstracted from RW Pension File R75415, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Virgil D. White, 1990, p. 2428) Note: Not yet known if the above Patrick MORRISON is same as appears on list; however, according to Morrison Researcher Elbert Johnson, email:, sons of the RW Patrick MORRISON also included one by name of David MORRISON, a name also on the above list, as well as James, John and William; and a daughter by name of Betsey who married a Billy GOAD (See also William GOAD on 1796 Sullivan Co, TN tax list and William GOURD who, with James Combs and others, was tithed by George DAVIDSON on the 1768 Rowan Co NC Tax List of John BREVARD.

See also George MORRRISON of Sullivan Co TN who appears in the same 1812 Sullivan Co, TN Tax List District as Nicholas COMBS, and at whose home ca 1798, RW William CORNETT & Mary EVERAGE married. William and Mary EVERAGE Cornett later removed, as did Nicholas Combs, to Clay Co, KY where their daughter, Nancy, m 13 Dec 1819, Samuel COMBS, s/o Nicholas "8" & Nancy GRIGSBY Combs, thought to have been the same Nicholas as above. Their son, Robert B. CORNETT m in 1821 in Perry Co, KY (formed in 1820 from Clay and Floyd Cos) Louisa COMBS, d/o Elijah "8" & Sallie ROARK Combs, earlier of Hawkins Co, TN. It is not yet known if George MORRISON was kin to Patrick MORRISON; however, George's wife, Polly, appears to have been been the d/o Jonathan WOODS of Russell Co VA. Mary EVERAGE may have been the d/o Abner & Mary STACY Everage and gd/o Simon & Judith TOLSON Stacy (Pettit), with Judith TOLSON Stacy Pettit also residing in Sullivan Co TN at the time of the Cornett-Everage marriage. (See also Russell Co VA)

The John COMBS who appears on the 1788 Sullivan Co, Tennessee, Militia list may have been the son of William and Seth STACEY Combs, both born in Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co VA. William, son of Mason and Sarah Combs, Sr., lived in Frederick Co, VA, and then Rowan Co NC (later Surry Co, NC) by 1768. Seth STACEY was the daughter of Simon and Judith TOLSON Stacey (Pettit). (Combs-Stacy Researcher Barbara Stacy Mathews and see MORRISON above) Wm. COMBS' sister, Winnifred, married (1) William RIDGE, Sr., brother in law of John GOWEN (see below) and (2) Nathaniel ALLEN. John COMBS of 1788 was also possibly the same as, or close kin to, the following John COMBS:

(Greenville Co., S. C. DB A:213-214) Power of Attorney. Sept. 20, 1787. I, John COMBS of Washington Co., N. C. [now East TN], appoint my trusty and well beloved friend John MOLIN of Greenville Co., S. C., Gent., my true and lawful attorney, and in my name to sell, etc., a tract of land lying on Beaverdam Creek on the W. side of the N. fork of Saluda River, joining the lands of William GUDLOW, sd. land being surveyed by James SEABORN for sd. John Combs, containing 400 acres. Wit: Allen GOWEN, John GOWEN. /s/ John COMBS. Rec. Feb. 20, 1788 (Some South Carolina County Records, Vol. 2. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Editor)

Note: Allen GOWAN appears on the 1790 Greenville Co, SC Census, and it is the appearance of Allen and John GOWEN in the above record that may aid us in identifying John COMBS, as John GOWEN has been identified as the brother-in-law of William RIDGE, all of Surry Co, NC during the Revolutionary War - albeit in British Service apparently. (See Also George Baumbach's Tories of Surry Co NC). It appears, based on the above deed, that following a possibly precipitate departure from Surry Co, NC, that John COMBS may have detoured through Greenville, SC Carolina on his way to East TN. Note also Esli & Moses Hunt above in reference to Greenville District SC.

(Washington DB3, pp. 148-9, copied from “Old Book A” starting with page 311) p. 148-9. 8/6/1789. John THOMAS to Joseph MELVEN; 150 acres on the south side of Nobb Creek. Cons: 150 lbs. For: NC to John CALLEHAM 10 Nov. 1784; CALLEHAM to THOMAS. Sig: John THOMAS. Wit: Charles DUNCAN, John COMBS (Washington Co, TN Deeds 1775-1800, Loraine Rae Washington)

(Washington DB3,p. 151-3. 8/6/1789. John CALLIHAM/CALAHAM/CALLAHAM of Greenville County, SC, his NC grant of 10 Nov. 1784 to Samuel DENTON; 150 acres on the south side of Nob Creek. CONS: 100 lbs. SIG: John CALLAHAM. Wit: Charles DUNCAN, John COMBS (Washington Co, TN Deeds 1775-1800, Loraine Rae Washington).

John CALLEHAM may have also been from Surry Co, NC; and Charles DUNCAN was the son of Marshall DUNCAN of Prince William Co, VA > Surry Co, NC. (See Combs-Duncan Families)

Queries about the above John Combs & Combs-Associated Families should be addressed to: The Combs Research List with subject heading 1788 Sullivan TN Militia.


Samuel BRASHEARS/BRASHEAR, b 06 Aug 17663, d 25 Dec 1829, lived in now-Sullivan Co TN by 1784; m 25 Feb 1786, Margaret EAKIN, b 17 Aug 1762, Pennsylvania; Widow applied 14 Oct 1851, Perry Co KY, age 89, and applied for BLW land on 7 Apr 1855, aged 93(?). Children named: Margaret, b 9 Dec 1786; Sampson, b 21 Dec 1788; Robert S.,b 13 Apr 1793; Isaac, b 1 Feb 1796; James, b 25 May 1800; Phoebe, b 8 Mar 1803; John b 3 Mar 1805 and Ezekiel, b 21 Jun 1807. (RW Pension File W9370, BLW File #14544-160-55, 1830 Sullivan Co, TN Census, 1850 Perry Co KY Census, Goodspeeds' History of Northwest Arkansas, Madison Co AR Biographies, Brashears; RW Pension File of John FIELDS) Excerpts from History of Perry Co, KY, Johnson, 1953: “After Samuel BRASHEARS'S death, his family moved to Perry County around 1818 [sic]. Isaac and John moved to Missouri; James married Elizabeth YOUNG and operated a mill on the Kentucky River in Perry County and Robert S. married Polly, daughter of Mary EVERAGE, second wife of William CORNETT, Robert S. BRASHEAR operated a salt work at the mouth of Little Leatherwood and.. also a probate judge of PC in 1855… Ezekieal married Minerva COMBS, daughter of Jesse COMBS, of Hazard [Perry Co, KY]. He was a Circuit Court Clerk of Letcher County [KY] for many years. Sampson married Margaret BRIGHT of Tennessee…”

Note: Jesse COMBS was the son of Elijah and Sally ROARK Combs, Jr. of Hawkins TN and Clay and Perry Cos KY (See Morrison above)

William SIMPSON (spelled SYMPSON) was my 4th gr. grandfather. According to pension records he enlisted first in Oct. 1781 in Sullivan Co. when it was still part of NC, under Capt. John LOONEY, and Col. Arthur CAMPBELL and served 3 mos. He served as a substitute for his father, Henry SYMPSON. He enlisted again for 3 mos in 1782 under Capt. Mose COURT (CAOIT) militia, commanded by Col. SHELBY. He then crossed the Santee River and joined Gen. MARION'S Army, where he served 3 1/2 mos. In 1783 he enlisted from Sullivan Co., now Tennessee for one month under Col. Thomas HUTCHENS. This time he was a substitute for John CLENDENNON (whom I think was the John CLENDENIN who married his sister, Mary SYMPSON, probably the same who is also on this list). In Sept. 1783 he was drafted again and served under Capt. Thomas VINCENT. He was born Oct 25, 1766 in PA. He married John CLENDENIN'S sister Mary (other branches of the family claim that her name was Rebecca, but my family has never said anything but Mary). In 1795 they moved to KY and in 1796 settled in Green Co., bordering Simpson Co. Land records show a Michael SYMPSON there at the same time-- I assume this is the Michal SIMPSON on the militia list and I think he may have been a brother. Would love to communicate with anyone who has any Sympson or Clendenin info! (Sarah Shaw Tatounova,

Adam Stoke aka Adam Stokes married Barbara WOLFF. He was born 1760-1764 and died abt 1830 Sullivan Co, TN He had at least 2 children born in Sullivan Co. His daughter Catherine was supposedly born at Piney Flats, Sullivan Co, TN 1794. Son Adam b. 1797 in Sullivan Co. Also listed on the 1796 Sullivan County Tax list below. (Nance

James WALDROP may be the same later found in the records of Russell Co VA

Sullivan Co, TN, 1796 Tax List, Clerk's Copy

nb: 'Clerks' copy' indicates multiple lists, alphabetized by 1st letter of surname, have been merged, thus names appearing adjacent to each other were not necessarily in same tax district, but were more likely to be than if not adjacent to each other. Carriage returns between names indicates they were not listed adjacent to each other. When a name is followed by … this indicates the acreage and poll information was not abstracted.

ANTHONY, William
ARWINE [Irwin?], James 0 acs 1 white poll

ADAMS, Micajah …
ACOFF [Acuff], John…

ALLEN, Charles …

AMOS, Thomas…

ARRANTS, Harmon…

ANGLIN, Aaron 0 acres 1 white poll, 0 black polls
ADAMS, Elisha…

BAS, Benjamin, 1 black poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)
BISHOP, Thomas…
BISHOP, Peter…
BISHOP, William…
BUCHANNAN, William 0 acs, 0 white polls 1 black poll
BUCKNER, Presley 0 acs 1 white poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)
BOYD, James 84 acs 1 white poll
BROOKS, John 142 acs 1 white poll, 3 black polls

BOND, Henry…
BARNES, William…

BAKER, Charles…
BEAVER, Christn…

BARTON, Thomas

BLEVINS, William…

BLEVINS, Armstead…
BRITTAIN, Richard…


COX, Jesse, 100 acs 1 white poll
CRAFT, Michael Sr. 192 acs 0 polls
         in Long island 740 acs, 0 white polls 3 black polls
CHRISTIAN, George 0 acs 1 white poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)
CRAFT, Michael 0 acs 1 white poll
CHRISTIAN, Robert 400 acs 1 poll
CLOUD, Jeremiah 300 acs 1 white poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)
CRAFT, Jesse 0 acs 1 white poll
CHILDRESS, David 0 acs 1 white poll
CRUM, Henry 0 acs 1 white poll [Chrum? See Geo Combs of Halifax Co VA]
CHRISTIAN, William 0 acs 1 white poll
CONDRY, Richard…
CAFFRAY, Richard…
CHRISTIAN, Margaret 400 acs 0 polls
COPPINER [ Coppinger], Higgins, 0 acres 1 white pol, 0 black polls (See RW Soldiers of Warren & White TN)
COMBS, Nicholas, 140 acs, 1 white poll,. 1 black poll
CLAIBORNE, William C. C. 300 acs, 1 white poll 1 black poll
CHASE, Sarah…
CONKIN, George…
CROWDER, William…
COMBS, Nicholas 140 acs, 1 white poll
[nb: Was this father and son w/split acreage? Or a duplicate listing? See 1807 Clay KY]
COX, Jeremiah 416 acs 1 white poll
CRUMLEY, George 574 acs 0 white polls

DENTON, James 400 acs 0 white polls
DENTON, Joseph 100 acs 1 white poll

DYER, David 18 acs 1 white poll

EVANS, William…


FROST, John…
FORD, Alexander…

FOUST, John…
FOUST, Philip… [purchased land from William and Seth STACY Combs]
FOUST, Peter…


FIELD, Stephen…

GINNINGS [Jennings], John…

GOAD, John, 0 acs 1 white poll
GOAD, Gabriel 79 acs 1 white poll
GOAD, Margaret, 100 acs no white polls
GOAD, William 450 acs 2 white polls, 1 black poll (See Patrick MORRISON bio)
GREER, Andrew Jr.

HOLLOWAY, John 70acs 0 white polls
HACKER, John, 0 acres, 1 white poll [See RW Soldier Nicholas Combs & Perry Co KY]
HACKER, Julius, Sr., 640 acres, 1 white poll

HAWKE, John 200 acs, 0 polls (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)
HICKS, Isaac 40 acs 1 white poll

HICKS, Isaac 100 acs 1 white poll
HUNT, John 328 acs 0 polls (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list & Moses HUNT bio)
HARRISS, James 320 acs 1 white poll 2 black polls

JOHNSTON, Philip 100 acs, 1 white poll
JOHNSTON, Thomas 0 acs, 1 white poll

JOHNSTON, Walter, esqr 260 acs 1 white poll, 3 black polls

KEYWOOD, John, 940 A, 0 white polls, 6 black polls

LITE, Vitchel [Vashel Light?] 100 acs 1 white poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)

LANE, James…

McLARN [McLarren?], James

MOORE, Samuel…
MOLTON, William…
MURRELL, Richard 285 acres 1 white poll 1 black poll (Baptist preacher? from Henry VA? residing on Long Island, Sullivan Co, TN in 1805?)
     ditto for PAGE, John 293 acres
MORRISON, James 230 acs, 1 white poll
McCLAIN, Thomas…

McGUIRE, Thomas

MERCER, Nicholas 200 acs 1 white poll [Possibly the Sgt on 1788 Sullivan TN militia list?]
MERCER, Edward 264 acs 1 white poll

MORRELL, Edmund 0 acs 1 white poll [These are believed to be MOrrell, not MUrrell]
MORRELL, Thomas 100 acs 1 white poll
MORRELL, Jonathan 100 acs 0 white polls
MORRELL, John 87 acs 0 white polls
MORRELL, Daniel 0 acs 1 white poll

McCORKLE, Samuel…

ROLLER, Martin 750 acs 0 white polls 2 black polls
     in Knox County 200 acs 0 polls

ROWLER [Roller], Martin Jr. 412 acs 1 white poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)

RHEA, Matthew, 400 acs 1 white poll, 4 black polls [Co. Clerk]

SHIPLEY, Richard 480 acs, 2 white polls

SHIPLEY, Eli, 400 acs 1 white poll
SHIPLEY, John, 100 acs 0 polls

STOKE, Adam 200 acs, 0 polls (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)

STOKE, Adam 161 acs 1 white poll

SULLIVAN, Henry 107 acs, 1 white poll
SIMPSON, Mary 200 acs 0 white polls

SHARP, John 546 acs 0 white polls 4 black polls
SAUNDERS, John 200 acs 1 white poll
SCHELL, Frederick 66 acs 1 white poll

SHELBY, Isaac, 0 acres, 1 white poll [and a number more SHELBYS not entered]

TITSWORTH, Thomas 347 acs 0 white polls, 3 black polls (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)

TITSWORTH, Thomas 0 acs, 1 white poll

VINCENT, George 404 acs 1 white poll, 1 black poll
VINCENT, Thomas 136 acs, 1 white poll (See 1788 Sullivan Co, TN militia list)

WARREN, John 35 acs 0 polls
WRIGHT, David…
WEAVER, Frederick…
WARRING [Warren?], Edmund 300 acs 2 white polls

(Excerpted from Early East TN Taxpayers, Polly Creekmore, SHP, reprint, 1980)

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