Wednesday, July 8, 2020

John Chisum, 1732-1806, Biographical Information

In 1732, John Chisum was born in Margaret's Parish, Caroline Co., VA. His parents were John Chisum II and Eleanor Gillentine. He had several siblings.

In 1745, John attended school in Fredericksburg, VA. His home was in Sherando Valley, associated with Seivers and Harisons.

Capt. John Chisum was reportedly a woodsman, land viewer, and Army Scout (Spy). He associated many years with Valetine Sevier II, who was listed in one Virginia payroll as a 'spy'.

He married Sarah Kilpatrick in 1754. Their son, John (Red Buck) Chisum was born January 28, 1779.

John spend most of his life on the frontier.

In 1753 he was considered a 'Land Viewer', in the Augusta County frontier.

John Chisum was found on the Soldier form of the Augusta County Record in 1758. He started out as a "Private" and was a Scout with Valentine Seiver, spending much time in the woods. He was in Capt. Mosby's Company, Colonel Robert Slaughter in command.

The Tax List in 1772 show him owning two properties in Botetourt Co., VA, his address being Reid's Island.

In 1777, John Chisum and Elijah, his brother, took the Oath of Allegiance in Henry Co., VA. He assisted Gov. John Seiver organizing Washington Co., TN, comprising all of the land due west of North Carolina in 1777. He was also Justice-of-The-Peace and member of the new court listed in the earliest minutes of the Washington County Court up to 1782.

1778: Washngton Co., NC organized with boundaries co-extensiave with present day State of Tennessee. John Chisum named a Justice of Peace. First court held February 23, 1778.

1781: Visits parents in Amelia County, reciving his family inheritance, land in Prince Edard Co., VA.

After selling this land, he goes with brothers Elijah and Obadiah to Hawkins Co., TN.

1783: Visits General John Seiver at the general's home at Mount Plesant, on Nollchucky River.

1787: Appears on Hawkins Co., TN Tax List with his brother, Elijah Chisum.

1797. John Chisum, with power-of-attorney from his brother Absalom, files a suit in Davidson Co., Mero District, to obtain title to 640 acres of land on Richland Creek (afterwards designated as the Sulphur Fork of Red River) for which he had been granted preemption under the laws of North Carolina. Absalom and John mentioned as brothers in this writ.

1803. Joined his brother Elijah in Jackson Co., TN. This region would soon be organized into White Co., TN.

Capt. John Chisum died in the home of Elijah Chisum (his brother) who lived in Sparta, White Co., in 1806.

HISTORICAL SOUTHERN FAMILIES, Edited by Mrs. John Bennett Boddie. ADDITIONAL SOURCE: Title: John (Red Buck) Chisholm, Recipient: Carol Niven, Abbrev: Chisholm. Author: Ron Crooker Publication: 15 Feb 2001'

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