Thanks for your note:
Some further notes:
Rhea County Records
“1838 – William Noblett to Edward E Wasson, 171 ¾ acres…. Excluding one-half acre deeded for the meeting house. 28 March 1838”
“W. Noblett to Edward E Wasson, 35 acres. 28 March 1838.”
(Some Wassons married Nobletts or Noblett spouses' siblings -- in Missouri -- I would have to dig into records.)
(There is some indication that William Noblett left the rest of his farm, about 61 acres to one of his sons that did not follow him to Missouri. In fact, records indicate that a “H. Noblett” forfeited the farm for back taxes in 1879. The only known “H. Noblett” was a Henry Clay Noblett, who went to California during the 1849 Gold Rush with William “Berry” Noblett.)
Did you know that William Noblett donated land for the meeting house to be used by "Presbyterians, Methodists, Cumberlands" -- and whoever he decided should use it? And he created the first free school in Rhea County?
First School in Rhea County: In 1834 (19 November) William Noblett deeded one-half acre of land to the trustees of the First School District (Captain Smith’s Company) “Matthias Broyles, Ira D. Broyles, Thomas W. Noblett, Thomas W. Murry, Joseph McCray, and successors in office, a parcel of land on which a meeting house known by the name of Sulpher Springs Presbyterian Meeting House now stands… for use of a free school house as long as they appropriate it for nothing but teachers to learn and instruct the rising generation. To be null and void if used for any other purposes. The above named meeting house is free for the Presbyterians, Methodists, and Cumberlands to preach in and I, William Noblett, reserve for myself the right and power of granting unto any other denomination whatever the privilege of preaching in said house and also the power to prohibit when I deem it expedient.”
I have not been at this long. Actually, I had some notes from a cousin that I looked at occasionally, but got frustrated. So, I have decided to go about this a little differently, by looking at the historical events. That has helped.
For example the Noblett area in Rhea County eventually acquired a "hamlet" = "Sulphur Springs" 1835 - 1878, changing names to "Rhea Springs" which disappeared in 1943 after the TVA Watts Bar Dam on the Tennessee River started flooding the area. (And seems to have contributed to the disappearance of lots of records.)
Anyway, I have notes and records showing William, Thomas W. and Caleb working on the "Washington Road."
In 1801 President Jefferson ordered the construction of a road on the "Natchez Trace" a trail from Nashville to Natchez. During the war of 1812 Andrew Jackson fought the British in the area (with the Cherokees as allies!) and it became necessary to extend the road from Nashville to Washington. In 1809 Meriweather Lewis of Lewis and Clark was enroute to Washington when he was killed near Nashville.
One other important event in the area. The Trail of Tears; the removal of the Cherokees to Oklahoma. In spite of their help during the War of 1812, President Jackson decided that the Cherokees should be removed to the Indian Territory of Oklahoma 1836 -1838.
Rhea County Records show many men working at "Indian Removal" -- but NOT the Nobletts. Why? Quaker background? This may have contributed to the family's reasons for moving.
So far, there is no reason to believe that William was a practicing Quaker, but was that simply because there was no Quaker community in Rhea County? I looked at the issue of slavery, since William owned slaves. According to William Penn, there was no issue, == Quakers could own slaves.
From 1721 the Nobletts moved across North Carolina with the Quakers; in fact, the Quakers seem to have pushed settle-ment; there was a Mary Noblett Stout from York County Pennsylvania dying in Cane Creek, Orange County, (then, but divided later), North Carolina in 1811. Cane Creek was a BIG Quaker settlement founded in 1751. It is still there.
So -- I look at the history, but am still running into problems with William. I am now tracking down a John Noblett, living next door in Blount County, who -- in 1824 -- recorded a deed to two sons, including a William.
I could ramble on, but you may already have a lot of this.
I do hope I have managed to "share" some information. I have acquired hundreds of pages of "history" == lots of it starting with nothing more than a "hunch" or a "guess" == but it has helped.
Are you related to the Nobletts?
Leo C. Noblett
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