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Re: Cherokee Indian Craigs in NC?TN
Posted by: John Moore Date: January 04, 2000 at 14:47:10
In Reply to: Cherokee Indian Craigs in NC?TN by Thomas Jackson of 6432

] In 1776 Washington Co VA was formed from Fincastle so the Craig land was now Wash Co, VA near Abingdon VA. Pg 1123, James Craig, Sr was sued by John Reid 1782 for a bad debt back to 1774. "Over Kings Mountain" pg 120 lists James Craig, John Craig, and David Craig in the battle of Kings Mountain 1780. DAR Mag Vol 53 apr 1919 lists families who moved from Washington Co, VA to Greene Co, NC, now Tennessee. James Craig, Sr family included.
[9085] Early Tenn tax assessors return 1783 in E. Tenn Hist. Society, Vol 39, 1967, pages 124 & 125: James Craig, Sr - no land, James Craig, Jr. 200 Acres, David Craig 200 acres, John Craig listed as a taxable poll.
[9086] 1801 Tax List of Blount Co.
[9087] John, James, Jr, David, James, Sr. Craig; and David Copeland The Craig and Copeland children intermarried and James Craig Jr and David Copeland families moved to now Maury Co. TN about 1806. They settled near each other on the Fountain Creek Area.
[9088] 1802 Blount Co. TN Court Record states "On motion of call David Craig was administrator of James Craigs Estate." James Craig was on the 1800 Tax List Blount Co. TN and not on the 1803 Tax List. There was no will or inventory.

] My Ancestor, James Craig Jr. left Blount Co. TN abt 1805 and came to Williamson Co. (now Maury Co. TN. He came to Limestone Co. AL in 1818 where he lived near his son David Hall Craig until 1823, he then moved to Carroll Co. TN where he died Sep 7, 1828.
[29594] The James Graig of Lincoln Co. TN is not this James Craig of Blount Co. TN. John Coffee Craig is the son of John of Lincoln Co. TN who later moved to Giles Co. TN abt 1830 where he died. John Coffee Craig moved to Tippah Co. MS where he died and his tombstone says he was born in SC.
[29595] James, Jr. was listed as being at the Battle of Kings Mountain with brothers John and David from Washington Co, Va, page 1385, Summers Hist of SW VA and in Over Mountain Men, page 120.
[29596] He received land grant # 1117 for 430 acres S Side of Nolichuckey River near Greeneville 7 Jun 1784, Greene Co. TN.
[29597] James Craig, Jr. Greene Co., TN in 1783, tax assessors list him as owning 200 acres and next line down was James Craig, Sr no land listed. Greene Co. Deed Book G pages 14 & 15 James Craig, Jr. of Blount, TN. sold 218 acres of land to John Horton on south side of Nolichucky River on Cedar Creek Oct 25 1796. So he had already moved bef 1796 to Blount Co. TN.
[29598] 1800 Blount Co, TN tax rolls listed James Craig, Sr, James Craig, Jr. David and John Craig. In 1802 Blount Co Crt rec states " on motion of call David Craig was administrator of James Craigs estate." then James, Sr died in Blt Co in 1802. His name was not on the 1803 tax list. There was no will or inventory listed.
[29599] From an article publ by the Athens Post, Mar 7 1867, reprinted Dec 17, 1942:
[29600] Athens Post, Limestone Co. AL, Mar 7, 1867, reprinted Dec 17, 1942:
[29601] "James, Jr. went down the Tenn River from Blount Co, TN to now Athens, AL with his sons in 1800 to find new land, and returned to TN because of hostile indians. In 1802 there were no white citizens in the county, occupied mainly by chickasaw with a light sprinkle of choctaws, cherokees and creeks.
[29602] In 1803 immigrants began to pour into the northern portion of the MS Terr from VA, TN and NC. Most came by way of Knoxville, down the TN river in flat boats, to the head of Muscle Shoals".
[29603] James Craig , Jr went back to Blount Co was on the 1801-02 tax list in Captain Scott's Co. Again in1803 he attempted, but soldiers had been sent to keep settlers off Indian lands. His wife Susan was on the 1800 Tax List in Blount Co. TN.
[29604] About 1805 he moved to Williamson, now maury, Co. TN settling in the Fountain Creek areas with the David COPELAND family. David Copeland had married Susannah Craig on 25 Jun 1800 in blount co. with James Craig as Security.
[29605] James Craig, Jr. died in Carroll Co. TN, 7th Sep 1828. Ann Craig filed his nuncupative will on 8 Dec 1828. No children were named in the will, but it stated that there were eleven heirs (not named). From court records, land deeds, wills, probate and Bible records it has been determined that he had at least five sons.

I doubt if they were Cherokee..

John Moore


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