Question 1) Is the Morgan District of Ashe Co, NC, on the 1800 census the same place as the Morgan District, on the Burke Co, NC, 1790 census?
2) Where is 'the north fork of the Catawba River?'
In purusing the 1800 census index online I noticed that a 'Jno. McClisky' was listed in the 1790 census for 'Morgan District, Burke Co, NC'. I believe this to be John McClatchey II, whose family had land variously described as being on 'both sides of the north fork of the Catawba River' and 'North Cove,' all locations supposedly in old Burke, modern McDowell County, NC.
(The name McClatchey is often badly mispelled, I have found it rendered McClotchy, McClatkey, McClaskey, McLaunky, and so forth. There is no other name that remotely resembles it on the 1790 census for Burke Co, and since the McClatchey family was known to have land in Burke Co, at this time, it has to be him.)
However, while purusing the Ashe Co, NC census for 1800, I noticed Meredith Ballou (Balew, Ballew, Belew, Belehew, etc), was listed in the Morgan District for Ashe Co, NC. He is the grandfather of Mary Jane Ballou that married the future Sheriff Wiley 'Meggs' McClatchey of Walker Co, GA. He was the grandson of the aforementioned John McClatchey II. They were married in Ashe Co in 1865, and I always wondered why he went so far from his home in TN to get married, but if his family inherited land in Ashe it would make sense.
John McClatchey II had a sister, Mary McClatchey, who married David Alexander (blacksmith), in Iredell Co, NC; their descendants and inlaws are all over Watauga Co, NC, which was cut off from Ashe Co, in 1849.
The name Holloms/Halman connect also, two Haltom brothers (Haltom is variously spelled Altom, Haltum, Hallum, Hullum, Halton, etc), married two daughter of (William) Hamilton McClatchy Jr in Marshall Co, MS. Hamilton Jr is the brother of John II and Mary. The Haltoms were originally from NC, paused in TN, then moved on to MS.
I see numerous other names on the 1800 census that are familiar to me by having connections with one or more branches of the McClatchey family, but I don't have access to census records to look up particular individuals to try and verify their identity.
If anybody has information about early Ashe Co, its formation and early families (1780 - 1820), or connects with any of the families names mentioned above, please let me know.
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