Evidence Index


Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. About Samuel Newell we will some day be able to conduct personal interviews and he will be able to use a perfect memory. He always too care to speak the truth, distinguishing between what he knew, what he belived, and what he didn’t know with a best guess when pushed. Some questioners are too pushy in asking others and tend to collect hasty responses given to remove an annoyance. Some answerers are too pushy, unwilling to say “I don’t know.” Some answerers are too boastful. Their answers are filled with whatever they think they can slip by without being called a bold faced liar. They walk the line between being a dunce bacause of no answer to what they should know to being a fool for not understanding whaat they know to being a liar for trying to impress somebody with how much they know.

A writer could always work a little harder to learn facts, to sort and analyze, and to choose how to best present a collection of facts. A writer cannot produce a perfect book because of imperfect knowledge and an imperfect audience. A book might be short of details for an avid student and long on details for a less interested reader. It can be completely unusable to somebody without a level of background knowledge to understand. There comes a point when one must say “that’s a horse of a different color” and get the best ride from the horse he has.

If you have never shot a squirrel, measured a line, drawn a picture, owned a dog, sucked a honeysuckle blossom, admired the horizon from the top of the hill, skipped a rock, or sipped from a mountain stream, what are you doing here? Go get busy, boy. If you were an Eagle Scout, you will understand most of what I am placing here and appreciate some of it.

East Tennessee Historical Society publication #45, Robert M McBride, State Historian of Tennessee for what it is worth speaks much of Samuel 1754 Newell. Some of it and of history is true. Biographical Directory of the Tennessee General Assembly, Robert M McBride condenses some of the pub #45 fact and fiction.
Lyman Draper King’s Mountain and its Heroes is the definitive work detailing the Overmountain Trail and the Kings Mountain battle. The grandson of Fincastle County judge Draper at Draper’s Meadow two generations after the war performed an exhaustive and meticulous search with testimony and letters of inquiry from participants and their families. It is a tough read compared to some reader friendlier condensed accounts. It is a valuable reference book.
The Sanders Saga, McConnell, supplemented with Sanders family notes obtained from the Wythe County Historical Society provide much information around the New River area and the James Newell clan.
Catherine Downey Mattson, Samuel Newell of the Shenandoah Valley and his Descendants, obtained from the Virginia State Library microfilm, Richmond. Kay’s interest was primarily genealogical. Kay provides considerable Colville and Newell records. Jackie Redding was one of her sources. Kay’s and Jackie’s notes, if they may be found, would be an interesting addition to the understanding of the subject of Sam Newell
County records of Frederick, Shenandoah, Augusta, Botetourt, Wythe, Fincastle, Washington, Lee VA, Southwest Territory, Superior Court and Knox Co, Sevier Co TN, Lincoln, Pulaski, and Wayne Co KY, Owen Co IN. Will books and the various books of court orders, marriages, deeds, surveys, and other records for all the counties where Sam Newell resided or visited. I read some of them in manuscript form. For others I relied in transcriptions of those who had them recorded in printed form. For example, Nutter for Wayno County. Foremost among them was Summers Annals of Southwest Virginia.

Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts (Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wise.), Judge Draper of Fincastle Co VA saved his papers and collected all he could acquire from eye witnesses to events from 1750s thru 1830s. He further invited witnesses to be interviewed and he took notes of their statements. Lyman Draper, a University of Wisconsin history professor borrowed his grandfather’s records from Montgomery County. He organized, cataloged, transcribed many, and stored them. The Commonwealth of Virginia microfilmed and copied many of them and houses the film and copies at the state library. Widely known as “The Draper Papers.”

Lewis Preston Summers, History of Southwest Virginia, 1742-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870 (Richmond, 1903), Judge Draper C246. A more readable form than the annals which transcribed county records organized as the manuscripts were stored.
Lewis P Summers, Annals of SW VA 1769-1800 , 1929 Kingsport Press, Kingsport TN, 26 years after writing the history, Summers published the details.
Dept of Interior Bureau of Pensions, Washington DC claim #R-7617. Samuel Newell’s military file.

Moss, Bobby Gilmer
, The Patriots of Kings Mountain, Scotia Hibernia, Blacksburg, SC 1991. 300+ pages. The definitive list of Kings Mountain paraticipants! We might learn the accurate rosters of the Battle of Kings Mountain when we read the book of life. Until then, Bobby took a huge leap to bring those rosters closer to the real picture. Early lists and some later lists relied on what was readily available without determining the accuracy. The early result was collections of less than 100 names which Draper was able to track down and chose to publish. The middle result was pushed by pride to include all those who could be proven by almost any boast. Abingdon wanted their Virginians known and collected all 800 of their 400 participants of whom about 200 fought. Greeneville pushed to name all the Watauga and Nolichucky boys, and so forth. DAR chapters earlyon were recruiting membeers on their word. lists of the 4000 who overwhelmed the Tories and Red Coats. Naming the thousand or so at hand was at first a problem of backwoods record keeping using colonialand colonial Bobby found government arvhives, Draper’s archives, and area manuscripts to get to the source

Reuben Gold Thwaites and Louise Phelps Kellogg (eds.), Documentary History of Lord Dunmore’s War, 1774 (Madison, Wise., 1905). 214-15. The scalped Samuel Newell was neither the WV judge who after 1777 presided over court in Ft Pitt nor Sam of King’s Mountain nor his father both of whom signed the 1789 petition to partition Greene County NC.
Samuel Cole Williams, History of the Lost State of Franklin, Revised edition (New York, 1933).Judge Williams was a justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court..
Samuel Cole Williams ,, Tennessee During the Revolutionary War , 143-45, 225.

Alma Owens Tibbals, A History of Putaski County, Kentucky (Bagdad, Ky., 1952), 46.

Joseph Black to Lyman C. Draper, June 21, 1854, in Draper Manuscripts, 14DD60.
J. G. M. Ramsey, The Annals of Tennessee (Charleston, S. C, 1851}; reprinted, Knoxville, 1967), Dr. Ramsey was a witness to some of the events he recorded. He lived across the French Broad from Sam Newell. The Sevier County courthouse which Sam Newell ordered to be built was not yet burned when Dr Ramsey had access to its records. Dr. Ramsey studied under Jane Newell’s brother in law, Samuel Doak.

Paul M. Fink, “Some Phases of the History of the State of Franklin,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, XVI (1957), 204.
Ada Campbell Larew papers 1885-1950 at TSLA, Nashville.

The Blount Journal, 1790-1796 (facsimile printing, Nashville. 1955), 61. The commission does not indicate a change of residence. With the dissolution of the State of Franklin, the counties created by it fell into abeyance and the Sevier County of Franklin became a part of Knox, created in 1792.

www.NewRiverNotes a good collection of transcriptions in electronic form. We need more surveyor books, tax lists, census reports, etc on-line.

Bits and pieces:

Draper Manuscripts, 3XX32;
Pulaski County Deed Book 2 page 36
Pulaski County Historical Fact Book II, Somerset Community College, c 10 http://www.rootsweb.com/~kypulask/fact_book/ten.htm
Lineage Book of the D.A.R. Vol. 139, p. Ill; O’Byrne, Roster of Soldiers, 278-79.
Kentucky Land Office, Frankfort, Federal Land Office Terra Haute.
Southwest Virginia Historical Society, the Depot, Abingdon VA
Internet web pages, http addresses shown in place
http://www.sevierlibrary.org/genealogy/landgrant/fbh.htm Sevier Co history
http://www.henrystation.org/cherokee.htm Sevier Co Dumplin Creek
http://www.tngenweb.org/cessions/colonial2.html Land deals w/Indians
http://members.aol.com/esarrett/na/15401799.htm Cherokee timeline.
http://www.smokykin.com/smhs/sevier.html Sevier Co History
http://www.rootsweb.com/~indian/creswell.htm Sam Newell and Joseph Black surety to estate of Henry Creswell
http://www.scott.k12.va.us/history/priorto.html has a chronology of southwest Virginia.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~kypulask/fact_book/one.htm says earmark for Charles Newell.
http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/results/default.aspx?searchCriteria=type=patent|st=IN|cty=119|ln=evans|sp=true|sw=true|sadv=false#resultsTabIndex=0&page=1&sortField=11&sortDir=0 hold the Terre Haute land documents
Article from The Somerset COMMONWEALTH-JOURNAL Tuesday, September 11, 1979 says Charles Neal got the earmark.
The Tinkling Spring, Headwater of Freedom, A Study of the Church and Her People, 1732-1952.” Howard McKnight Wilson. Verona, VA, McClure Press, 1974. Presbyterianism in early Augusta County, VA
http://microgravity.grc.nasa.gov/drop2/history.htm shows lead shot drop towers

http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/092.html shows that quartermaster records are in Philadelphia and Washington. These could contain receipts for lead.
The Quartermaster Corps, the Army’s supply corps, became a part of the Department in 1949. Earlier records are shelved with the Department of War Quartermaster’s Department (1812-1912) and the National Military Establishment (1947-1949) under the Quartermaster General of the Army.
www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/findingaids/68-355.pdf – States that the James Lauderdale Alexander papers have quartermaster info from the 1`812 TN volunteer regiment.

www.tcarden.com/tree/ensor/Kingsmountainroster.html lists the names of people in the battle of King’s Mountain. It has maybe 1700 entries, many intentionally duplicated. Historians generally number the force at about 1000.
Ky special act of 24Dec1803 from papers of the governors, James Garrard



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