You may want to check Tryon Co., NC, land records for more details. Tryon Co. became Lincoln Co., but the Gladden area is now Cleveland Co. not far outside Kings Mountain, NC.
The area where Joseph lived in 1778 was Tryon Co., and according the minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, he had a dispute with Peregrine Magness over 150 acres at the head of Murphy's Branch of Buffalo Creek and Freeland's Branch joining Gladden and Weir property. Both my ancestor, John Weer/Weir and his brother Robert owned land in this area, but Robert was on the jury to settle this case. Does this mean he was not the Weir with the adjacent property? I don't know how the legal system worked back then to handle a situation like this, but I do know that John had substantial holdings on both sides of Buffalo Creek near the current Buffalo Creek Bridge on Highway 74 outside Kings Mountain, NC. His cabin was a mile or two north of the bridge. Robert was a large landowner but acquired most of his known property later and in other parts of the area.
The 1790 census lists Joseph about 7 families from John Weer and he was also about 4 families from Elizabeth Goforth whose cabin was still standing in Kings Mountain about 20 years near Afton Rd. off the Shelby Rd. (Highway 74). Robert Weer was listed farther away. Since I know where Elizabeth and John lived, my guess is that Joseph's land adjoined John's near the bridge. Since houses weren't all that close together back then, Joseph may have had property a little east of the current bridge in the El Bethel community.
Hope this gets you a little closer.
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