I have been researching the best that I can and I guess my line had so few males in it when my great grandfather left East Tennessee in or around 1890 he didn't look back. I think that his father William born in 1813 was the brother to Wiley L.I also believe that they had a brother named Riley D. and a brother named John. I also think there were several sisters. William married in 1837 to a woman named Peggy Smith from Knox county so he lived for a time there. I also know that in the 1850 census Wiley L. and William's occupations were in the wood business. I have found a deed record that has Riley, William and Reuben on the same page, and also a court case between Saphronia, Wiley and John where it even states that John is Wileys brother.
My Great grandfather that I stated before left in 1890 or around that when his mother Martha Jones Hagler Gholston died. His name was James Wiley.... Anyway the one bit of proof that I have with connections to North Carolina is that both Reuben and John are on the petition to form Anderson county from Knox in 1799.. now Chatham County 1790 census says that only Captain Charles had sons of that age four in all 2 under 16 two over 16... John and William of Chatham county did not have sons of that age at that time... but yet when I bring this to other researchers they say that this is a misunderstanding and a mistake in the 1790 census,, and that all Charles children are accounted for... in all actuality I believe that John and Reuben struck out on their own and signed the petitions for Anderson county in 1799,, leaving sometime after the 1790 census,, and that is why they are not heard from in Chatham county at any later date than 1790... I do know that John later left for Wilson county after his first wife died,, Margaret Lowe daughter of Acquilla Lowe of Knox county ,, he was a prominent Baptist Minister.
I just think that if we cannot find any more information about the three brothers of Chatham county and with the findings of the 1790 census we have to think seriously that possibly Reuben is the son of Charles and not John who is either several persons or had a family in Chatham county,, Knox county and Wilson county all at the same time...
Let me know what you think,,,
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