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Re: Early Settlers of Wilkes,North Carolina
Posted by: Claude E. Wells Date: April 05, 1999 at 08:15:28
In Reply to: Early Settlers of Wilkes,North Carolina by Melody Hamby-Goss of 1643

Greetings! The main branch of my family, the McMillan's, didn't arrive until abt. 1788. Somtime after July 1788. But they married many descendants of some of teh original families,the Reeves', Gambill's, Koontz's, Colvard's, Fields', etc. Most of them did get involved in the Civil War. My direct ancestor was Andrew N. McMillan, he was the grandson of John and Marion McMillan the progeninators of this branch of teh McMillan's in MC. He and his brothers, cousins and uncles served at various times in different units of the armies and calvary. Some were part of the 5th NC, theywere more or less a home guard unit that had responsibility for guarding prisoners, which they didn't particularly care for, the job that is, as at one muster almost all of the unit was listed as awol.

Andrew N. McMillan was a part of the 26th NC, the Ashe County Company, he was elected Lt. or Capt. and served in that position until he was injured in teh battle of New Bern. After he returned home he started his own Calvary unit and served as a part of teh Militia in Ashe County. And for a period his unit was a part of McRae's Calvary unit until it was disbanded and Andrew's unit continued on. According to Mr. Weavers New River Valley web site Andrew's roster records were teh most complete of these units for personnel.
Andrew and several of his relatives are buried in the Senter Cemetery.

I know the above got away from Wilkes County, but most of them moved several conties over teh years and they never packed a bag. The original Wilkes County kept getting subdivided over teh years and they went from Wilkes to Ashe and some to Allegheny County.

The one person I am trying to find info onwould date back to the original Wilkes COunty. He is from my paternal side of teh family. (the first part of this mesage is on my maternal family.) I am on a quest, as are abt. 70 other members of teh Zachariah Wells Descendant lists. We are trying to verify info to prove or disprove facts and/or myths. We had all pretty much discounted any connection to a possible black sheep. The Tory Zachariah Wells,who was hung by Benjamin Cleveland on the Yadkin River in Wilkes County, NC. This Zachariah Wells had land he acquired abt. 1780 or earlier, but was hung abt. 1782. Later abt. 1787 Zachariah Wells bought land and later sold land abt. 1790 prior to settling in the region of VA around Powell's Valley and Big Stone Gap. REcent comments from otehr researchers unrelated to this man have suggested that he had a son, named Zachariah who is teh one who moved to VA. I am trying to find anyone who may have info on the Tory Zachraih, his family - children, wife, etc. Where he was from and his parents. This would through new light on teh family research not only for myself but a lot of others trying to solve these mysteries.

I have family reports on several of my main family branches, i.e.; teh Wells', the Koontz's, teh Robinette's and the McMillan's, posted at my users pages located on teh Family Tree Maker web site. The url is: http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/e/l/Claude-E-Wells/

These reports contain all my known data on these families and and in teh case of Zachariah Wells I have noted the discrepencies.

Any assistance or suggestions would be appreciated.



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