Notes on the Early Settlers of Wise County


Felix Creech lived on Killen Branch of Indian Creek and operated a carding machine just below the mouth of the branch.

Robert Shanklin "Shank" Salyer lived on Wheatley Branch of Rocky fork at what is now known as the Bud Hubbard place, and where Johnny Dotson lived.

James Hamilton lived at what is now known as the Creech place on Rocky Fork of Guest River. He was killed at Prince's Flats in 1862 by Tyree Salyers. His widow, Mary, sold the land to Felix Creech and moved to Killen Branch of Indian Creek.

Robert "Bobby" Davis, a Baptist preacher, lived on Russell Creek near Virginia City. He was a brother to Jessee Davis of Cranes Nest.

D. Stafford Hogue was a pioneer doctor. He lived on the site of Tacoma about the time of the Civil war.

Daniel Blevins, whose wife was named Lucy, lived and died at or near what is known as the John Salyer place on Rocky Fork, about 1825.

Langhorne Blevins, son of Daniel, lived at Fair Ground place in east end of Wise, in 1860.

John C. "Candy" Tipton lived on Guests Mountain before and during the Civil War.

William Bond, from Scott County, settled on Rocky Fork, about 1835.

Joseph Addington from Scott County, settled on Rocky Fork at what is still known as the Joe Addington place, about 1835. He bought out a claim of a man named Green.

Charles Addington settled where T. J. Addington now lives near Big Laurel about 1840.

Ralph "Rafe" Kilgore, Jr. settled at Big Laurel about 1830. From Scott and Wise County records.

Arthur Wheatley was living in Wheatley Gap on the ridge between Beaver Dam and Rocky Forks of Guest River about 1830.

Hiram Dean was living at Dean Place on Pinnacle Fork of Guests River about 1840.

Lewis Roberts was living at the Haddox Branch of Guests River, the graveyard place, in 1840.
     
Freeman Beverly was on Nettle Patch before 1850 and was the first settler there.  Lived near Newberry Camp on Guests River, below Ramsey, and operated a mill and carding machine. November 24, 1858. Deed Book 1, page 64.

Byrd Franklin lived on Sepulcher Branch of Rocky Fork and his lands extended across to Indian Creek, November 29, 1858. Deed Book 1, page 65.

Randolph Hubbard lived on head of Indian Creek on land owned by Byrd Franklin, November 29, 1858. Deed Book 1, page 65.

Moses McCoy lived on Sandy Ridge January 31, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 68.

Zachariah Wells lived on Sandy Ridge, joining Moses McCoy, January 31, 1859, Deed Book 1, page 68.

Mahal Wells lived on Little Stone Gap Fork of Powells River, January 25, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 68.

Clemmy Joseph lived on Powells River, joining Mahal Wells, January 25, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 70.

David Stidham lived on Powells River, joining Mahal Wells, January 25, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 70. 

David Stidham was living in this vicinity in 1817 when he, William Wells, and Beals Davis asked that the line of Scott County be relocated so as to leave them in Lee County.

John B. Collier lived on Little Stone Gap Fork of Powells River, February 5, 1859.

John W. Dickenson lived on head of Powells River, February 28, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 74. He operated a water mill there.

James M. Hill lived joining John W. Dickenson February 28, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 74.

Wiley Gardner lived on head of Powells River, joining John W. Gardner, February 28, 1859. Deed Book 1, page 74.

Benjamin F. Jones lived near present site of West Norton, February 28, 1859, Deed Book 1, page 75.

Isaac Willis lived joining Jones, same date, same references.
     
Isaiah Jones lived joining Benjamin F. Jones, same date, same reference.

William T. Huff lived on Black Creek on land he had bought of Edmond Ison, April 2, 1851. Deed Book 1, page 136.

George M. Gray lived on north side of Clinch River, just west of mouth of Lick Creek on lands formerly occupied by James Gray, deceased, November 4, 1868. Deed Book 2, page 14.

Robert E. Kilgore lived on Cranes Nest before 1865. Deed Book 2, page 16.

Ellington Kilgore lived on Cranes Nest, where Robert E. Kilgore formerly lived, May 26, 1868, DeedBook 2, page 16.

John Powers lived joining Ellington Kilgore, same date, same references.
     
Henry Powers lived joining Ellington Kilgore, same date, same references.

Waymon Riggles lived on White Oak Branch, a tributary of Guest River, May 31, 1869. Deed Book 2, page 50.

Andrew Jackson "Brandy Jack" Mullins lived on Cranes Nest or on Indian Creek (owned lands on both places) May 31, 1869. Deed Book 2, page 51. He had bought a tract of 2400 acres on Indian Creek from Wilson Rose.

Reuben Powers lived joining the 2400 acre tract of Andrew Jackson Mullins, same date, same references.

Absalom Russell joined the 2400 acre tract of Mullins, same date, same references.

M(atthew) S(tephen) Roberson also joined the 2400 acre Mullins tract, same date, same references.
     
Daniel Hall lived on Bull Run, March 25, 1867. Deed book 2, page 61. His land lay on both sides of the Pound Gap road.
     
William H. Dean lived on a 3500 acre tract on Rocky Fork of Guest River January 16, 1871. Deed Book 2, page 62. He was living by Mary Hamilton, widow of James, who was killed during the Civil War at Prince's Flats on the north by R. S. Salyer on southside of Norton. Bordered by C. Carter on the east and
James Hunsucker on the west.
     
Samuel Salyer, Jr. had settled at Gladeville (now Wise) before 1850. He sold out to Daniel Ramey and was the first settler at Prince's Flats (now Norton).
     
Daniel Ramey lived at Big Glades (Wise) before 1856. He had formerly lived at Osborn's Ford on Clinch River where he operated a ferry.
     
Samuel P. Dale lived on what was known as the French Land in 1857. His house stood where Walter Hash now lives in the Hurricane.
     
Solomon Wells lived just north of Little Stone Gap in 1857 and was a partner with Benjamin F. Jones in operating a carding machine.
     
William Huff lived near Little Stone Gap in 1857.
     
John Snodgrass lived near Little Stone Gap in 1857 and operated a grist mill at mouth of Benges Branch.
     
William Boggs lived on Cane Patch Creek, just above the Big Lick, in 1857.
     
John Hall lived on the west bank of Guest River about one and one-quarter above the mouth in 1857.
     
William L. Beverly lived in the town of Gladeville in 1857.
     
Andrew J. Dotson lived at Esserville where Lee Kilgore recently lived in 1858. He was Sheriff of Wise County.
     
Arthur "Arter" Wheatley lived on Wheatley Branch of Rocky Fork of Guests River in 1858.
     
John Davis lived at Esserville in 1858. He built a mill just above where US 23 crosses Guest River.
     
James V. Jones lived near mouth of Cedar Creek in 1856. He was dead before January 25, 1858, at which time his will was probated.
     
James W(hitely) Ramsey lived at mouth of Bear Creek on north side of Guest River in 1857.
     
Aaron Wright lived on waters of McClure (probably in Dickenson County) in 1858.
     
Wesley Swindall lived on the mountain north of Pound River in 1858.
     
Lewis Stone lived in South of the Mountain, north of Pound River in 1853.
     
Enoch Moore lived north of Pound River in 1858.
     
Isaac Moore lived on north of the Pound River in 1858.
     
Andrew J. Cifers lived on Cranes Nest in 1858. Title to the land was in Elijah Beverly's name.
     
Joseph H. Stallard lived on Cranes Nest in 1858.
     
D. F. Stallard lived on Cranes Nest in 1858.

     
John Hillman lived on waters of Cranes Nest in 1858.
     
Daniel Hall lived on Roberts Mountain, between Big Toms Creek and Little Toms Creek, in 1858, on land he had bought of John Powers in 1855. He also owned, with George H. Gray, a tract at Guests Station.
     
Dulaney Bolling lived on head of The Pound, his lands lying on Peter Cave Ridge in 1858.
     
Emmanuel Hutchinson lived on Birchfield in 1858.
     
Francis Powers lived on Birchfield in 1858.
     
Ira Gilliam lived on land joining lands of Emanuel Hutchinson in 1858.
     
Valentine Honeycutt lived on Guests Mountain in 1858.
     
John Wheatley lived on Indian Creek, his land lying on Bens Branch in 1858.
     
Byrd Franklin lived on Rocky Fork, at what is now known as the John Salyer place, in 1858.
     
Randolph (Ran) Hubbard lived on head of Indian Creek on Byrd Franklin's land in 1858.
     
Moses McCoy lived on Sandy Ridge, north of Guest Station, in 1858.
     
Zachariah Wells lived on Sandy Ridge in 1859.
     
Mahal Wells lived on the Little Stone Gap Fork of Powells River in 1859.
     
Clemmy Joseph lived on land joining Mahal Wells in 1859.
     
David Stidham lived on Black Creek before 1856.
     
John B. Collier lived on Little Stone Gap Fork of Powells River in 1859.
     
John W. Dickenson lived on head of Powells River in 1859.
     
James Hill lived on head of Powells River in 1859.
     
Wiley Gardner lived on head of Powells River in 1859.
     
George Gardner, brother to Wiley, lived joining John W. Dickenson and James Hill in 1859. He was taken prisoner in Cumberland Gap during Civil War and died in Camp Douglas.
     
Benjamin F. Jones lived near mouth of Benges Branch in 1859.
     
Isaac Willis lived joining Jones in 1859.
     
Isaiah Jones lived joining Jones in 1859.
     
Thomas Strong lived in Gladeville (Wise) in 1859.
    
John F. Wilson lived Guest River in 1859. His land lay on south slope of Guest Mountain and joined lands of Ellis Dean, Samuel Horn, James Jones, Martin Fraley and Schuyler Hamilton.
     
William E. Bond lived in Gladeville in 1859.
     
William Osborne lived on the south side of Guest River near the mouth, at a place called "Jay Bird" in 1859.
     
Daniel S. Hoge lived joining Osborne in 1859.

Ellington Wells lived on Powells River, his land lying on both sides of the stream, in 1859. He had bought his lands from Jeremiah Wells.
     
Andrew Williams lived joining Wells in 1858.
     
John C. Poindexter lived at the "Poindexter Place" on Indian Creek and kept a store in 1860.
     
James F. Jones lived on head of Guest or Powells River in 1860.
     
A. J. Skeen lived on Toms Creek above James Mc Jessee in 1850.
    
Noah B. Bruce lived in Gladeville and kept a tavern in 1860.
     
Andrew Sturgill lived at Forks of Roaring Fork in 1860. He kept a mill there.
     
George Robinett lived on Dry Fork of Bull Run in 1860.
     
Oliver Bond had resided on Dry Fork before 1860.
     
Andrew Blythe lived on the head of the Valley (Powell's Valley) in 1860.
     
John Huff lived joining Blythe in 1861.
     
Samuel P. Vance lived on Pigeon Creek in 1861.
     
William T. Huff lived on Black Creek in 1861.
     
George Gray lived at the mouth of Lick Creek and on the north side of Clinch River in 1868. James Gray, deceased, had formerly lived there.
     
James Hamilton lived at what is known as the Felix Creech place on Rocky Fork in 1862.
     
Felix Creech lived on Killen Branch of Indian Creek in 1862.
     
William Henderson (Squire Bill) Dean lived near mouth of Rocky Fork on what is still known as the Dean Farm in 1857.
     
Schuyler Hamilton was living on the south side of Guest River at the mouth of Clear Creek as early as 1810. He died between September 30 and November 26, 1861.
     
Jeremiah Bolling was living on North Fork of the Pound, near Flat Gap, as early as 1820. His father, Benjamin Bolling, had made a settlement at the forks of Guest River prior to 1800, but had moved back to North or South Carolina.
     
Griffin Collins, Sr., was settled on Clear Creek by 1845. He later moved to Birchfield where the remainder of his life was spent.
     
Jacob Riner was on Clear Creek before 1850. Later he lived on The Pound at what is now known as the Thurston Banner place. He finally bought the Jessee Hubbard tract on the head of Indian Creek and died and is buried there. The land is now owned by his granddaughter, Lilly Fair.
 


 
 
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