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Leftwich & Carrick & Dibrell as Merchants
Posted by: Richard Zieman (ID *****1423) Date: January 31, 2009 at 07:48:00
In Reply to: Re: Leftwich & Carter in both Wythe VA and White TN by Gayle Basaldu of 908

Thanks so much for the quick and detailed reply! Back to you with some tidbits: from our combined data (yours, mine and Dave Johnson), shall we say that Isaac and John Leftwich of Wythe Co VA HAVE to be brothers? Just too many coincidences to be overlooked!?! Note: The Dibrell were not in Wythe Co VA - they are "picked up" in Wayne Co KY. Point is, Reed Creek (flows into the New River) is the exact site of the grandfather - and great g.f. - of this Wm. F. Carter.

The interplay of names is amazing - by the way, Sheriff Will had a younger brother named Wayman Carter. Just as a "last straw" for both of us: our Will had older siblings with very unusual names we now tie back to his maternal grandmother - any indication the Leftwich were Quakers???

Just one part of our notes on our Sheriff Wm. F. Carter of Sparta.

Let's make this very clear: beginning with the 1835 road crew assignments, our Carter, and various Dibrell, Carrick and Leftwich, are proven in the same neighborhood of District 1. of White County, Tennessee from 1850 thru 1870. But then, in addition to the 1855 Deed of Trust (White County Documents below) with all the names certifying “personal knowledge” of the signers, we have two special items to consider:

A. The US Census 1850 TN White, District 1:
Household 73 Waman Leftwich - Merchant 51 VA Rebecca 50 TN and Joseph, Louisa and Jefferson
Household 74 William F. Carter - Farmer 32 KY Marian 21 NC Montgomery 2 months

(See the White County documents of the 1840's below for "Leftwich & Carrick, Merchants".)

Dave Johnson on the Leftwich Forum: "As you can see from the values of Waman's estate in the above censuses he was wealthier than the average. Waman was a merchant in a business called Leftwich & Dibrell located in Sparta. He and Rebecca had 4 children: ….. (1) Mary E. 10/01/1824-07/29/1894 md George Gibbs Dibrell (a merchant) 04/12/1822-05/09/1888 on 01/13/1842 in White Co., TN. Both have stones in Old Sparta Cemetery .... In Old Sparta Cemetery in Sparta, White Co., TN are the graves of Waman and Rebecca Leftwich, buried side by side. The stone for Waman gives a lot more information than the average stone. It reads:

Waman Leftwich Born Wythe Co., VA Dec 2 1798 Died April 28 1873"
Apparently the nephew of the witness John Leftwich:

[Isaac, John and Betsy Leftwich simply APPEAR in Wythe County Virginia in 1793. It is quite possible that they were siblings. 17 April 1801- Isaac Leftwich patented 430 acres in Wythe County on the waters of Reed Creek adjoining Fuller, Ingledove. Wayman Leftwich was born to Isaac Leftwich and Mary "Polly" Engledow (m. Sumner Co TN). Isaac Leftwich was a trader. Grandfather, William Engledow was named guardian of his grandsons, Wayman and Isaac Jefferson Leftwich, Wythe County, in the spring of 1810].

That's all the way from the New River and Reed Creek in Wythe County to next door neighbors in Sparta; furthermore, John Leftwich was a witness to the sell-off of our Wm. Carter Sr. to Col. Walter Crockett in 1801at Harbert's Ferry.

B. The 1880 US Census TN White Co, District 1.:
Household 367: Waiman [sic] Dibrell age 37 … yes … the son of Gen. G. G. Dibrell below
Household 370: Vance? Carrick age 35 ..... son Waiman age 2 etc.etc.
Household 387: William F. Carter, Mary Ann [Dunn], William, Clark and nephew James Evans
Household 390: W. L. Carrick age 70 … Wayman Leftwich Carrick …the other merchant in town
Household 391: Gen. Geo. G. Dibrell age 58 (a boarder: in the US House of Rep. 1874-1884)
Household 394: Hiram Dibrell age 47 [re: Hiram Craig Carter of Wythe, last son of Mitchell]

It's begging the issue, but there is no genealogy found in either RootsWeb or the Dibrell Board on Hiram;
on the other hand, Dave Johnson missed a few points on his ancestor - who is the son of Anthony and
our Aunt Millie Carter Dibrell - and - who married the daughter of Wayman and Rebecca Leftwich:

"Congressman and industrial entrepreneur George G. Dibrell was born and raised in Sparta and returned to White County after attending East Tennessee University (now University of Tennessee) in Knoxville. In 1842 he married Mary E. Leftwich [daughter of Wayman Leftwich of Wythe], and they had eight children, one of whom went on to become a state senator. In 1848 Dibrell was elected county court clerk, a position he held until 1860. In October 1861 he became White County's Democratic representative to the Thirty-fourth General Assembly but left after the opening session to join the Twenty-fifth Tennessee Infantry. He organized the White County "Partisan Rangers," which eventually joined Nathan Bedford Forrest's brigade. Dibrell became a brigade commander in 1863 and ultimately obtained the rank of brigadier general.

"After the war Dibrell became a successful industrial entrepreneur. Owner of over fifteen thousand acres in White County, he established the Bon Air Coal & Coke Company, which became one of the county's leading industries and largest employers. He was also a key figure in the development of the Southwestern Railroad, which connected Sparta with the Nashville and Chattanooga line.

"Dibrell resumed his political career in 1870 as a delegate to the state constitutional convention. Beginning in 1875 he repeatedly won election to the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 1875 to 1885 in the Forty-fourth through the Forty-eighth Congress. In 1886 he was one of three candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. A former Whig and secessionist, Dibrell was a conservative "redeemer" Democrat who opposed railroad regulation and favored the interests of businessmen. Divisions within the party, however, weakened support for Dibrell, and the nomination went to Robert L. Taylor, who went on to win the race for governor".

Teresa Biddle-Douglass, Nashville

That's Carter and Evans and Leftwich of Sparta proven back to Wythe County, Virginia! And it turns out that Gov. Brownlow, who appointed our Will to his various positions, was a Unionist from Wythe!

Brownlow, William Gannaway 1805-77, U.S. politician, governor of Tennessee (1865-69),
known as the "Fighting Parson," b. Wythe Co., Va. Brownlow won a large following in
E Tennessee as an itinerant preacher, editor of the Jonesboro Whig, and, after 1849, editor of
the influential Knoxville Whig. Along with Andrew Johnson, whom Brownlow despised, he
shared the Unionist leadership in E Tennessee, although he did not oppose slavery.
In Oct., 1861, his paper was suppressed by the Confederates,...

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