Descendants of Phillip (Lieut) Smith


Generation 1


1.      PHILLIP (LIEUT)1 SMITH was born on 30 Apr 1633 in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. He died on 10 Jan 1685 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA. He married REBECCA FOOTE. She was born on 03 Sep 1634 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, CT. She died on 06 Apr 1701 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA.   Phillip is my 8th Great Grandfather.


Phillip (Lieut) Smith and Rebecca Foote had the following child:


2.               i. DEACON SAMUEL2 SMITH was born in Jan 1658 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA. He died on 28 Aug 1707 in East Hartford, Hartford Co, CT. He married MARY CHURCH. She was born on 23 Jan 1665 in Hartford, Hartford Co, CT. She died on 18 Jun 1700 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA.


Generation 2


2.      DEACON SAMUEL2 SMITH (Phillip (Lieut)1) was born in Jan 1658 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA. He died on 28 Aug 1707 in East Hartford, Hartford Co, CT. He married MARY CHURCH. She was born on 23 Jan 1665 in Hartford, Hartford Co, CT. She died on 18 Jun 1700 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA.


Deacon Samuel Smith and Mary Church had the following child:


3.               i.    MARY3 SMITH was born on 28 Dec 1689 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA. She died on

28  Mar 1776 in Middleton, Essex Co, MA. She married JOHN KINNE. He was born on


15  Aug 1689 in Glastonbury, CT. He died on 28 Mar 1776 in Middleton, Essex Co, MA.


Generation 3


3.      MARY3 SMITH (Deacon Samuel2, Phillip (Lieut)1) was born on 28 Dec 1689 in Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA. She died on 28 Mar 1776 in Middleton, Essex Co, MA. She married JOHN KINNE. He was born on 15 Aug 1689 in Glastonbury, CT. He died on 28 Mar 1776 in Middleton, Essex Co, MA.


John Kinne and Mary Smith had the following child:


4.               i. JOHN4 KENNEY was born in 1720 in Salem, Essex Co, MA. He died in 1816 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He married Catherine Steward about 1749 in Virginia. She was born about 1731 in Virginia. She died in Greenbrier Co, VA.


Generation 4


4.      JOHN4 KENNEY (Mary3 Smith, Deacon Samuel2 Smith, Phillip (Lieut)1 Smith) was born in 1720 in Salem, Essex Co, MA. He died in 1816 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He married Catherine Steward about 1749 in Virginia. She was born about 1731 in Virginia. She died in Greenbrier Co, VA.


Notes for John Kenney:


Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol 1, County Court Judgements, Augusta County


John Keney vs. James Rutledge.--Debt. Writ 26th August, 1749. Defendant lives at South Branch. From the data of Carol Keeney-


According to historical documentation passed on by the Montgomery kin, on April 25,1751 John Keeney patented 40 acres in what was then called Augusta County (now Greenbrier Co.). Another 375 acre landgrant followed. According to these records his date of birth is March 12,1714 in New England. According to the family bible he lived to the age of 102.


Deed Book 1,pg 121 Greenbrier Co.: August 26,1791:


Deed between John Keeney and Catherine, his wife, in consideration of the parental affection which they have for David and Moses Keeney 350 acres where J & C now live. Muddy Creek settlement,joining land of Michael Keeney and Simon Shoemaker,...MGL files. Settled in Greenbrier County in 1756;Keeney's Mt. in Summers Co. is named for him.(Roscoe Keeney Update Vol 1,No.1)


Greenbrier County


(Twenty-six West Virginia counties were in existence (but in Virginia) in 1835, at which time Joseph Martin compiled his famous New and Comprehensive Gazetteer of Virginia. Greenbrier was one.)


"GREENBRIER was formed by Legislature in 1777, and created from portions of Botetourt and Montgomery. It is bounded N. by Nicholas, and Pocahontas, - E. by Bath and Allegheny, - S. by Monroe, - and W. by Great Kanawha, which separates it from Logan.....It is principally drained by Greenbrier river, and its tributaries; but from its western border numerous creeks flow northwestwardly into Gauley river, the principal of which is Sewell's creek. It rises in Sewell's Mountain (the highest mountain in this county,) and is one of the extreme southern sources of the Gauley river. The surface of this county is much broken and in parts mountainous. The most conspicuous is that known by the name Keeney's Nob, on which is a creek which rises near the top of the mountain, runs west and empties into the New River, one mile below Richmond's Falls. Keeney's Nob runs parallel with the New River. The country here is wilderness. The mountains are covered with a growth of large timber of various kinds, and are infested with reptiles, such as the ratlesnake, copperhead, blacksnake, &c., &c. There is an abundance of deer, wild turkey, pheasants, wolves, wild cats, panthers, bears, and a variety of small game. - The mean elevation of the farms above the ocean level is at least 1,500 feet. Staples of this county are Indian corn, oats, buckwheat and cattle.


"County Seat: Lewisburg. Magisterial Districts: (10): Anthony Creek, Blue Sulphur, Falling Spring, Fort Spring, Frankford, Irish Corner, Lewisburg, Meadow Bluff, White Sulphur, and Willamsburg."


"The area comprising Greenbrier was taken from parts of Botetourt and Montgomery Counties and at the time of its formation the eastern boundary line was the top of the Allegheny Mountain and it extended westward to the Ohio River. Since 1778, 16 counties, wholly or in part, have been formed from the original part of Greenbrier."


"The first permanent settlement in Greenbrier County was made in the spring of 1769 near the present town of Frankford by John Stuart, William Renick, Robert McClanahan and William Hamilton."


Greenbrier County, Blue Sulphur District Cemetery List shows Kenney Cemetery but no marked stones.


Between the years of 1769 and 1774, settlements had been made by the Cooks from the Virginia Valley on Indian Creek (one of their number, John, being killed by the Indians),the Woods on Rich Creek, the Grahams on the Greenbrier, and others near Keeney's Knobs. Cook's Fort was on Indian Creek about three miles from New River, Wood's fort on Rich Creek on a farm recently owned by the family of John Karnes, and about 4 miles East of the present village of Peterstown in the County of Monroe. The Keeneys built Keeney's fort near Keeney's Knobs. The Snidows, Lybrooks, Chapmans and McKensey built Snidow's fort at the upper end of the Horseshoe farm on New River, in what is now Giles County. The Hatfields built Hatfield's fort on Big Stony Creek in the now county of Giles on the farm belonging to the late David J. L. Snidow. The fort at Lewisburg was built in 1770. The Bargers built Barger's fort on Tom's Creek in the now County of Montgomery. Colonel Andrew Donnally built Donnally's fort. Colonel John Stuart built Fort Spring, and Captain Jarrett the Wolf Creek fort, the three last named on the Greenbrier waters.[New River Settlement 1654-1753 pg. 36-37]


While this attack upon Donnally's Fort was being threatened and made, a number of men gathered at Jarrett's and Keeney's Fort, made up in part of men from Captain Joseph Renfroe's company from Bedford County, among them Josiah Meadows who makes a full statement in regard thereto in his declaration for a pension before the County court of Giles County in the year of 1832.



A small fort situated near Keeney's Knob, Summers




1786: The first wagon road, called "Koontz's new road," was opened from Lewisbury to the Kanawha River. It's route was by Muddy Creek, Keeney's Knobbs, Rich Creek, Gauley, Twenty-Mile, Bell Creek and Campbell's Creek, with side trails down Kelly's Creek and Hughes; Creek to the "Boat Yards." (Trans-Allegheny Pioneers, pg. 271]


JOHN KEENEY FORT AT MUDDY CREEK [ Keeney Update Vol. 18, no.1, March 2001]


The Jacob Stevens Interview, from the Draper Papers, 12 CC 133-138


Jacob Stevens, near Slate, 1½ mi. to the left of Jeffersonville: was born in Bedford Co: Va. In 1761.


Draper Papers interview with Jacob Stevens VIRGINIA


In 1778 or 1779, some indn: came on Roanoke, 14 or 15 ms this side of Botetourt C. H. [Court House], and scalped 3 children all of whom got well. Some of them were Rayburns. This was in the summer. The people were gathered for about 4 weeks and forted at one Peter Dierly's ¾ of a m. from Rayburn's right on the bank of the River. This was all the place there was any forting in that country.


In 1775, we moved on to Muddy Creek, running into Greenbriar. Before we came, John Kenney's fort, on the Muddy Cr. Was attacked by the indns: We were not forted in Greenbriar. We staid there 3 years, then in Botetourt 3 or 4 years, and then came to Ky. In 1781. The 1st visit was in May, 1781, as one of 300 of the Greenbriar Militia, under command of Major Hamilton G.; John Woods, [blank space] Armstrong, and Jas: Gilkerson, being Captians. The design was to have joined a body of troops (that was to have come down the river) at Cincinnati, and gone on to take Detroit. We stopped at Clark's S. [Station] in Lincoln, till July, when we heard there were no troops to meet us, and returned. The indns: stole some three of our horses, on the Cumberland, and put off in the roughest mountains, so that they co'dn't be pursued.


2nd: time I came out, was in Sept. 1781. Rolly Madison (bro: of Thos: and George Madison & Gabriel M. from Bottetourt off Roanoke) drove out his cattle, and hired me. There was no family in Company, and just 4 or 5 of us. Rolly M. settled at the Cove Spring. When I got here, I went to Matthias Yocum's Station, at the head of Shawnee River, 4 ms. From Harrodsburgh, where I staid till 1785.


THE FIRST KEENEYS IN GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV [Keeney Update Vol 3, No. 2 March 1986]


On 25 April 1751 John Keeney patented forty acres in the Greenbrier region, then Augusta Co., Va. This unbroken wilderness began to be settled about that time; the earliest settlement on Muddy Creek, was wiped out in the Indian massacre of 1763 . About 1769 some daring settlers returned, but not until after the battle of Point Pleasant (1774) could they be safe from Indian raids. The army of Gen. Andrew Lewis had hacked out a road to the Kanawha Valley and it became a wagon road in 1782.


History of West Virginia and the People Chapter XXVI The Greenbrier Valley--Guyandotte Valley


In 1769 Robert McClanachan, Thomas and William Renick located near where the town of Frankford now stands. Captain McClanachan, afterwards killed at the battle of Point Pleasant, settled on the north side of the Greenbrier river, midway between Frankford and Falling Springs, but sold his land to Major William Renick. His wife was Catherine Madison, a cousin of President James Madison. After his death she married Captain William Arbuckle, spent several years in Fort Randolph at Point Pleasant, and afterwards lived and died on the banks of the Kanawha, on what has since been known as the Craig farm, four miles below the town of Buffalo. Other pioneers were Thomas Williams, 1769; William McCoy, same year; James Jordon, 1770; John Patton, 1771; in 1772, Samuel McKinney located on Muddy creek, near the Clendenins place, and where that family was murdered nine years before. His first neighbor was David Keeney from whom Keeney's Knob takes its name. In 1773 William McClung settled on the banks of Big Clear creek. When he built his log cabin there the place was a hundred miles from a mill, a store, or any signs of civilized life. In 1778 came Erwin Williams, James Crawford, David McClure and John McDowell, who settled near the center of what has since been known as the Irish Corner District. In 1781 the immigrants were John Gardner, Samuel Williams, Robert Knox and David Williams.


In 1770 this area became Botetourt Co., in 1776/7 Montgomery Co., in 1778 Greenbrier Co.


The Keeney family arrived by 1773, perhaps after several trips by father John. The oldest of his 7 sons was 20 in 1770 and surely there must have been some daughters.


Rev. John Alderson, pioneer Baptist preacher and circuit rider married most of the settlers and baptized many of them, including Catherine Lewis Keeney, wife of Michael.


During the Revolutionary War son Jonathan was a soldier and Michael, Thomas and David had acquired another 375 acres. In 1789 he was granted 170 acres (sold in 1804 by son David) and 115 acres (sold by him and Catherine in 1795). In 1791 John and Catherine, recognizing advanced age and citing "parental affection", deeded to their two youngest sons, David and Moses, the 353 acre Muddy Creek settlement. The sons were "to maintain" them. Witnesses were John Matthews, John Viney and Simon Shoemaker, a neighbor.


Children of John & Catherine Keeney included these sons; JONATHAN (b.12-25-1750), who went to Tennessee by 1773, and whose family spread to Iowa, Missouri, Oregon and elsewhere; JOHN M. (1759-1832), married Mary Sampson in 1781 and lived at Fort Arbuckle; MICHAEL (1761-1790) married Catherine Lewis; THOMAS B. (b. 1764), DAVID b.1765), married Peninah Bailes 4-4-1778, and MOSES, father of the Kanawha Co. Keeney clan (1766-c.1840), married Frances Harris. The MOSES KEENEY family is listed in detail in 2,597 KEENEY RELATIVES, published 1978.




First generation Keeneys in West Virginia included John Keeney, who is listed by the William & Mary Quarterly as the owner of 40 acres of land in Greenbrier County on april 25, 1751. In the book "Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes" by Ruth Woodson, David Keeney is listed as Greenbrier County settler in the 1769-1773 period. John Keeney had two grants of land on Muddy Creek, Greenbrier County, in 1779


Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Volume I




pg. 301


by Thomas Renick, John Holmes and others, to James Murray, dated 31st December, 1741. John Keney vs. James Rutledge.--Debt. Writ 26th August, 1749. Defendant lives at South Branch.


pg. 329


John Kenney vs. John Smith.--1760. To my wages, four months under your command, £4, 0, 0.


pg. 476


Kenny vs. Smith.--Col. John Smith to John Kenny, debtor. 1760, to my wages four months under your command, £4. Sworn to by John Kenny, 26th May, 1762.


THE ALLEGHENY FRONTIER (book in KVGS -Elkview West Virginia Beginnings, 1730-1830 by Otis K. Rice The University Press of Kentucky Lexington 1970


pg. 30


Most of the settlers-numbering some fifty families-who had taken up lands by 1753 resided on Anthony's Creek, Howard's Creek, Spring Lick Creek, Muddy Creek, Knapp's Creek, in the locality known as the Sinks, and along the Greenbrier itself. Among thses pioneers were the families of John Keeney, James Brnside, Thomas Campbell, Samuel Carroll, Archibald Clendenin, Andrew Lewis, George Frederick, and John See, Matthias and Felty Yocum, Lemuel Howard, James Ewing, Patrick Davis, William Renick, and John and Robert Fulton.


pg. 131 John and Michael Keeney were signers of Greenbrier Co. Legislative Petitions dated Nov. 18, 1782.


John Keeny


3-20-1789-115 acres on Muddy Crrek adjoining land of Michael Keeney, Joseph Claypole and others


3-20-1789-353 acres on Muddy Creek adjoining land of Martin Coyser, Michael Keeney & others


3-21-1789-5 acres on Muddy Creek adjoining ladn of Wilson Lewis


The History of Summers County from the earliest settlement to the present time By James Henry Miller, Maude Vest Clark


pg. 38 Keeney's Mountain, over which the Indians passed in their last raid into the Muddy Creek country, is still known by that name, and was named for one of the first settlers within the territory of this county, by the name of David Keeney, who settled near the foot of the Greenbrier County side in 1787.


pg. 73 The principal mountains of Summers County are Keeney's Knob, which is a spur of the Allegheny Mountains, and was named after David Keeney, who settled at its base, and its top was the county line between Greenbrier and Monroe before the separation. The highest point on this mountain is on the county line between Summers and Greenbrier, and known as "Stinson's Knob" (the correct name being Stevenson's Knob, it being thus named after an early settler near Clayton


pg. 302 first missionary Baptist Church in the New River or Greenbrier Valleys was established about one mile above the mouth of Muddy Creek, and is known as the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, in what is now North Alderson, founded by John Alderson, the pioneer missionary Baptist minister, west of the Allegheny Mountains. He was the pastor of the Lynnville Baptist Church of Rockingham County, Virginia, from 1775 to 1777.. Rev. Alderson made three visits into the regions west of the Alleghenies and baptized three persons, John Griffith, who was killed afterwards by the Indians, and Mrs. Keeney. We are unable to secure the name of the third. They were the first persons ever baptized by immersion in the Greenbrier River. He brought his family and settled in 1777.


pg. 352 Keeney's Knob or Mountain, a part of the Allegheny system, after Keeney, a first settler, who was killed by the Indians;


The Mississippi basin; the struggle in America between England and France ...By Justin Winsor pg. 319


these hardy British adventurers a certain John Howard, who was, perhaps, the first, on the English part, to travel the whole course of one of the great ramifications of the valley. It was in 1742 that he passed from the upper waters of the James over the mountains to New River, by which he reached the Ohio. Descending this main affluent, he was floating down the Mississippi itself when he was captured by some French and Indians and conveyed to New Orleans. An air of circumstantiality is given to the expedition in the journal of John Peter Salley, who was one of Howard's companions. Fry, in his report to the Ohio Company at a later day, made something of this exploit as crediting the English with an early acquaintance with the Great Valley. The most western settlements of the Virginians are marked in Evans's map of 1755 as that of J. Keeney at the junction of Greenbrier and New rivers, and Stahlmaker's house on the middle fork of the Holston River. These isolated outposts of the English were an exception to their habit of making one settlement support another. The English alleged, as set forth by Mitchell, that the French planted their posts " straggling up and down in remote and uncultivated deserts, in order thereby to seem to occupy a greater extent of territory, while in effect they hardly occupy any at all."


The claims, then, of these rival contestants for the trans-Alleghany region, as they respectively advanced them at the time, may be thus put: -


The English pretended to have secured their rights by a westward extension from the regions of their coast occupation, and down to 1763 they stubbornly maintained the rivai this claim, though forced to strengthen it, first, by alleging certain sporadic, and sometimes doubtful and even disproved, wanderings of their people beyond the mountains; and second, by deriving an additional advantage from professed rights ceded to them by the Iroquois.


Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes-Ruth Woods Dayton pg. 23


Another settlement was made abouth the same time [1769] in the Willimasburg region, and some even earlier were in existence on Anthony Creek and also on Big Clear Creek, in the remote western end of the county. Dr. Thomas Walker, exploring the western side of the Alleghanies in 1750, spoke of settlers on Anthony Creek. Captain Matthew Arbuckle, Captain Samuel McClung, Colonel Andrew Donnally, builder of Fort Donnally in Rader's Valley, which successfully withstood a determined Indian attack and seige in 1778, James Callison, Patrick Lockhart, Peter Van Bibber, John McCoy, David Keeney, from whom Keeney's Knob takes its name, John Patton, and William Lewis were a few of the settlers in this region in the period from 1769 to 1773.


The first semblance of a road, little more than the trail made long before by the herds of buffalo in their yearly migrations to graze in The Levels, and used by the bands of Indian hunters, was more definitely cut throught the mountains in 1774 by the army of General Lewis when it blazed the way to Point Pleasant. Thereafter the road was known as "Lewis Trace." Steps were begun to secure a wagon road from Warm Springs to Lewisburg in 1781, and the road was built the following year.


After many false starts and delays usual to legislative procedure, the General Assembly finally in 1786 provided funds suficient to carry the road all the way to the Kanawha Falls, thirty-five miles east of Charleston.


History of West Virginia: in two parts By Virgil Anson Lewis pg. 522


In 1769, Thomas Williams settled about two miles south of Williamsburg, on what has since been known as the Glendi farm. The same year William McCoy built his cabin near where Williamsburg now stands, and William Hughart reared his three miles southwest of the present town. In 1770, James Jordon settled on lands adjoining Hughart's. In 1771, John Patton settled at the foot of Hughart's mountain, and William Blake on Culbertson's creek. Abouth the year 1772, Samuel McKinney located on Muddy creek, near where the Clendenins were murdered, nine years before. His first neighbor was David Keeney, from whom Keeney's Knob takes its name.


In 1773, William McClung settled on the banks of Big Clear Creek. When he reared his cabin there was not a store or mill within a hundred miles of his lonely habitation. He patented a large tract of land on Meadow river, and here, on December 20, 1777, was born William McClung, son of William and Abigail, his wife. He was the first white child born on Meadow river. Captain McClun was soon joined by his brothers, John and Edward. The first settlement within the limits of Anthony


District was made in 1774, by a man named Hatfield. In the same year Andrew Donnally settled on land ten miles northwest of Lewisburg; here remain the ruins of old Fort Donnally. In 1775, Uriah Jenkins, Frank Ford and John McFerrin settled i the vicinity. In 1776, came William Cabendish, who afterward became the first clerk of Kanawha county. Abouth the same time, came Alexander Ockeltree and James Burns, both of whom were killed at Donnally's Fort. Anthony Rader added his cabin to the settlement in 1778. In 1780, the number of settlers was increased by the arrival of James Kincaid, John Gregory, George Mollahan and Charles Hyde.


Lord Dunmore's Little War of 1774: his captains and their men who opened up... By Warren Skidmore , Donna Kaminsky pg. 136-137


Fincastle County Militia, part one.


For old Fincastle County (long abolished) we have appended the page numbers where the Captains and their men will be found printed in Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia (Dublin, Virginia, 1974) by Mary B. Kegley. This is a useful publication as the complier lists the days served by every soldier-a labor that has not been attempted for this edition Kegley does not include the companies from the northern part of old Fincastle County (rolls 48-56) that included what are now Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe, and Kanawha Counties.


[Roll 48] Captain Mathew Arbuckle.[Greenbrier County] He was paid L33 for 66 days at 10 sh per diem. Most of these men were paid for 66 days, but many were paid for shorter periods of time suggesting that they came and went at the Old Fort. None of them were paid as scouts or are listed as casualties, so it is likely that this was a non-combatant detachment................


Privates: ..William Morris, John Morris, John Keeney, William Kelly, James Patterson, Samuel McClung, John Welch, George Yokem, William Scott, (i have ommited many names and only included the ones I have seen in Kanawha Valley,skk)


The West Virginia Encyclopedia-pg 22


..the fort [Fort Arbuckle] stood on the property of John Keeney when it was built in the spring of 1774, under orders of Capt. Matthew Arbuckle.


The Allegheny frontier: West Virginia beginnings, 1730-1830 By Otis K. Rice 1970 pg. 131


Signers of the petitions included, among others, Andrew Donnally, William Renick, James


Alexander, Michael See, John See, Michael Keeney, John Keeney, ...


Fort Arbuckle This was a small Stockade fort erected by Captain Maihew Arbuckle, at the mouth of Mill Creek, a stream falling into Muddy Creek four miles from its mouth, in Blue Sulphur District, Greenbrier County. Major James Robertson, writing Colonel William Preston, from Culbertson's Bottom, now Crump's Bottom, on New River, under date of August 1, 1774, says: "This minute I got flying news of the Indians shooting at one of Arbuckle's Centerys on mudy Creek. They Say Likewise that they atacted One Kelleys yesterday about half a Mile from that Fort where they Tomak'd Kelley and Cut him Vastly, but the men from the fort heard the Noise and ran to their assistance and drove the Indians off* * * they took Kelly's Daughter [it was his niece] Prisoner, its said."Sources.-"Documentary History of Dunmore's War," pp. 103, 104 ; Stuart's "Memoirs of the Indian Wars and Other Occurrences," p. 43; "Magazine of American History," Vol. I, pp. 668, 740.


John Kenney and Catherine Steward had the following children:


i.        JAMES5 KEENEY.


ii.       JONATHAN KEENEY was born on 25 Dec 1750 in Greenbrier Co, VA.


iii.      THOMAS B KENNEY was born on 25 Dec 1750 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He died on 01 Jan 1821 in Jefferson Co, TN. He married Mary Reeves on 08 Sep 1778 in Bedford


                Co, VA. She was born in 1750 in Virginia. She died in 1785 in Jefferson Co, TN.


Notes for Thomas B Kenney:


3 children ages 6,4, and 2 died within days of each other in 1788


Revolutionary War records are in Raleigh,NC. Received land grant in West Virginia for his services.Grant #2265, 67 acres in 1788 on the north side of French Broad River, Greene County, Tennessee. This area became Jefferson County in 1792, and Cocke County in 1796.


John and Ann joined the Big Pigeon Baptist Church in 1794 and were dismissed by letter in 1799.


John is listed in a 1783 assessor's listing with 14 horses and 9 cattle. In February 1797 he was appointed road overseer from Indian Creek to Big Pigeon. He was listed in Cocke County history as one of the founders in 1797. Their children left Tennessee about the War of 1812,


as western lands were becoming available, and they settled first in Indiana, but then scattered to northwest Missouri and the Polk and


Warren County ares of Iowa. Almost all of the family made their way to Oregon and scattered out from Idaho to California.


Cocke County was created by an Act of the General Assembly, passed in October, 1797. It was cut off from jefferson County and was named in honor of Gen. William Cocke, one of the most distinguished of the pioneers of Tennessee. The commissioners appointed to locate the seat of justice and superintend the erection of county buildings were Henry Ragan, William Job, John Coffee, Peter Fine, John Keeney, Reps Jones and John McGlocklen. They chose a site about one and one-half miles below the present county seat, at what was known as Fine's Ferry. Fifty acres of land were donated by John Gilliland, and the town was soon after laid out. A log courthouse and rock jail were then erected; the latter building was about twenty feet square, substantially built. The courthouse was used until 1828, when a new brick building was erected. the jail did service about ten years longer. A building was then erected with double walls of hewed logs, the intervening space being filled with small rock. It was two stories high, with a debtor's room above and a dungeon (


iv.      JACON KENNEY was born in 1757 in Greenbrier Co, VA.


v.       JOHN KENNEY was born in 1758 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He died in Jan 1790 in Muddy Creek, Greenbrier Co, VA.


vi.      MICHAEL KENNEY was born in 1759 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He died in Muddy Creek, Greenbrier Co, VA.


vii.     JOSEPH KENNEY was born about 1760 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He died on 06 Nov 1854 in Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania Co, VA. He married SARAH GRIFFIN. She was born on 18 Aug 1773 in Lancaster, Lancaster Co, VA. She died in 1825.


viii.    NELLY KENNEY was born in 1761 in Greenbrier Co, VA.


ix.      DAVID A KENNEY was born in 1765 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He died in 1846 in Virginia.


x.       MOSES KENNEY was born in 1766 in Greenbrier Co, VA. He died in 1840 in Cabin Creek, Kanawha Co, WV.