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Dr. Miles McCorkle [Wilson County, TN]
Posted by: James M. Richmond (ID *****3788) Date: August 21, 2010 at 11:16:27
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Dr. Miles McCorkle was a physician to Andrew Jackson as noted in a letter from Andrew Jackson, Sr., while in Washington, D.C., addressed to his son, Andrew Jackson, Jr., dated 19 August 1829. A footnote of the letter included the middle name, Blythe, in the reference to Dr. Miles Blythe McCorkle.
Source: "The Papers of Andrew Jackson, 1829": Volume 7 (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 15 December 2007), 384; digital images, Google Books, ( accessed June 2010.)

This fact raises the question: was he the son of Margaret Blythe, rather than the son of Martha King, as reported by John Hale Stutesman in his book, Alexander McCorkle and His Kin?

Source: John Hale Stutesman, Jr., Alexander McCorkle [1722-1800] & His Kin, four generations on the American frontiers. (305 Spruce Street, San Francisco, California, 94118, John Hale Stutesman, Jr., July 1983).

Without further evidence, this author submits that it is probable that if a child were born of the second wife, it would NOT be given a middle name the same as the maiden name of the father's first wife. Thus, it is very likely that the mother of the child was the father's first wife.

This new information strongly suggests that Dr. Miles Blythe McCorkle was the son of William McCorkle and his first wife, Margaret [Peggy] Blythe, rather than the son of his second wife, Martha King Purviance McCorkle. Other children of William and Margaret were Samuel Montgomery McCorkle, Rev. Richard Blythe McCorkle, and Asenath [McCorkle] Anderson.

Richard Blythe McCorkle had a son that he also named Miles Blythe McCorkle.

Dr. Miles Blythe McCorkle married Catherine Ann "Kitty" Munford, d/o William B. Munford and Letitia Ball.

They had Henry McCorkle and Rev. William Munford McCorkle.

A son of Rev. William Munford McCorkle and Emma Fourqurean was Thomas Owen McCorkle, who was a great grandson of William McCorkle and a grandson of Dr. Miles Blythe McCorkle.

From the Research notes of John Hale Stutesman, for his book, "Alexander McCorkle [1722-1800] & His Kin", 1983 was taken the following:

"Copied from a letter sent to my grandfather Feb. 20, 1909, from Thomas Owen McCorkle, Wash. D.C., a direct descendant of William.

''William McCorkle, son of Alexander and Agnes [Montgomery] McCorkle, was born... .., 17.., in .....county, ....He married, prior to the year 1790, Martha, daughter of James and Elizabeth (King) Blythe, Martha Blythe's sister, Elizabeth, became to wife of William McCorkle's brother, Robert. William and Robert McCorkle, with their wives, accompanied their father-in-law and his family to Kentucky, prior to the year 1790, and are said to have lived in a fort located in Fayette county. The continued hostility of the Indians induced the Blythes and McCorkles to move to Sumner County, Tennesssee, after a year or two, and here the wives of both William and Robert McCorkle died. We think that William's wife died about the year 1793. She bore three children: Samuel Montgomery, Richard Blythe and Asenath. William next married, probably in the year 1795, Martha [King] Purviance, widow of John Purviance, who had been killed by Indians at King's Station. This wife bore him but one child, a son, Miles. William married a third time, the last wife's maiden name being Jane Graham. We presume that the latter marriage occurred in Rutherford County, Tenn., since William had made his home in that county since a date prior to 1796. Jane Graham McCorkle bore three children: John, Emily and Luckey Blanche. We do not know the date of William McCorkle's death, but believe same to have taken place between the years 1810 and 1820."

This explains the inconsistency in John Hale Stutesman's book vs the current findings, but it is unlikely that the undocumented information that Thomas Owen McCorkle wrote in his letter was completely correct.

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