Thanks ever so much for the quick response. One interesting bit of information that I have unearthed, so to speak, is that Captain William Thweatt, William Gilliam, Thomas Gilliam and Harrison Gilliam, William Thweatt's brothers-in-law, all came to Tennessee together between 1805 and 1808. Their journey to Middle Tennessee began in Virginia. They were all from the Lunenburg, Dinwiddie, Charlotte County, Virginia area. Captain William Thweatt(his wife was Sally Gilliam, sister to the three Gilliam men mention next)and Harrison Gilliam settled in what was Rutherford County at the time. There is record of William Thweatt owning lad on Helton's Creek as one of the early, but not earliest settler's to the area. William and Thomas Gilliam settled in Maury County, Tennessee. It was Captain William Thweatt's (this man was born in Lunenburg, Virginia)son William Giles Thweatt, who married Sophia McKee. I think it is possible that the missing McKee link may be someone else who made that trek with the Thweatt/Gilliam party from Virginia to Tennessee.I also know that William Thweatt, father of William Giles Thweatt, donated land for a Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. I've included a copy of that deed at the bottom of this page. When I solve this riddle I will let you know. I am working on it with Scott Bowen who is a distant cousin of mine.
Page 193, Document Number 143 – Jas. Daugherty and his wife, Elizabeth to Charles Kavanaugh, John Baker, John Winn, Wm. Thweatt, John Hoover and Joseph Burrus for 1 acre. This indenture made 27 July 1809 between James Daugherty and his wife Elizabeth of Rutherford County and Charles Kavanaugh, John Baker, John Winn, Wm. Thweatt, John Hoover and Joseph Burrus, Trustees in trust for the purpose hereafter mentioned all of Rutherford County for a tract of land lying and being on the north east side of the east fork of Stones River in Rutherford County. Beginning at a sugar tree marked CK, thence due east 16 poles to an ash, thence south 10 poles to a sugar tree, thence west 16 poles to a stake near an elm, thence north 10 poles to beginning. The trustees in trust shall erect and build or cause to be erected thereon a house or place of Worship for the use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Witness: Peter Winn, Harriet Winn and Margaret Winn. Signed James Daughtery and Elizabeth Daughtery. Registered January Term 1812.
[Source: Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford County, Tennessee, Vol. I (1804-1813) Earliest Land Grants on Stones, Duck, and Elk Rivers. Compiled by Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh, southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenville S.C. TENN.R 976.857 MAR pg. 192]
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