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Warren County, Tennessee – 1812 through 1836
Warren County, Tennessee established November 26, 1807 from White County. By 1809, the General Assembly authorized the County Court to appoint commissioners to purchase acreage for a county seat and to lay off a town to be called McMinnville. By 1810 the commission obtained 41 acres of land north of Barren Fork River and laid off and sold lots in the newly platted town. Two acres, in the center of town, were reserved for the court house, jail and stocks. Settlement of the area continued at a rapid pace and by 1812, 28 year old, Ezekiel McGregor, along with wife, Sarah Ware, age 25, had left Montgomery County, North Carolina and were settled 13 miles east of the Warren County seat of McMinnville, Tennessee, between Ferry and Long Mountain, on Chestnut Hollow Branch, raising a large family.
Ahixoam, (Hixie), born 1806, Montgomery County, North Carolina
Temperance, (Tweky), born 1807, Montgomery County, North Carolina
Ezekiel Jr, born 1810, Tennessee
Willis, born 1812, Tennessee
Jason, born 1813, Warren County, Tennessee
Susan, born 1814, Warren County, Tennessee, married Benjamin Huckabee (b. North Carolina 1813 d. Bell County, Texas 1883)
Jemima, (Minnie), born 1816, Warren County, Tennessee, married William Huckabee (b. Montgomery County, North Carolina 1812)
Wiley, born 1818, Warren County, Tennessee
Avie, born 1819, Warren County, Tennessee, married first Benjamin Marks (b. about 1815, probably in North Carolina), second, Bartlett Huckabee (b. 1821, Illinois)
Henderson, born 1821, Warren County, Tennessee
Clinton, born 1824, Warren County, Tennessee
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Montgomery County, North Carolina -> Giles County, Tennessee – 1835 through 1837
The last record I found for Benjamin shows that he sought medical treatment in May 1834 from Dr. Francis J. Kron, the town doctor in Lawrenceville, Montgomery County, North Carolina. In Oct 1834, he settled his account in full with Dr. Kron.
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By August 1836 Ben had met and married Avie McGregor and the two were making their way to Giles County, Tennessee, where in July 1837, Avie would give birth to a son, James Marks.
The 1840 Census shows Benjamin, Avie and James living in Giles County, Tennessee. There are 2 unknown people, a male, age range 20 thru 29, and a male child, under the age of 5 years, listed as part of the household of Benjamin Marks. It is currently not known who the adult male or the male child, under 5 years of age, are.
Death of Benjamin Marks
Between 1844 and 1847 Benjamin Marks would die, most likely in Giles County, Tennessee, but possibly in Pontotoc, Mississippi, or while traveling there. The cause of Benjamin’s death is unknown, as is his place of burial. Avie, now a widow with two young sons, would marry Bartlett Huckabee around 1847. The Huckabee family has ties back to Montgomery County, North Carolina. Some of their descendants live there today.
Bartlett Huckabee with wife, Avie, and two stepsons, James and Ezekiel, would migrate to Pontotoc, Mississippi. Bartlett and Avie may have met and married in Mississippi. I have not found sufficient documentation to rule this out. Several more children would be born. The Huckabee/Marks final migration was to Bell County, Texas. Avie died on 9 Oct 1897 and is buried at Little River-Wilson Valley Cemetery. Her sons, James and Ezekiel, are buried close to their mother at the same cemetery.
Because so few details remain of Benjamin’s life, his relationship to my third great grandfather, William Buck Marks, would only be a best guess based on what little documentation is left. However, DNA evidence has now confirmed a biological connection between the descendants of Benjamin Marks and me, the descendant of William Buck Marks. DNA evidence has also confirmed a connection between the descendants of James and Ezekiel Marks, the sons of Benjamin and Avie McGregor Marks. DNA testing is changing some of the old belief's - belief's that were put in place and in writing when all that was available was the documentation.
Based on the current DNA evidence and the documentation found, Benjamin Marks may be the son of James and Catharine (Caty) Gunter Marks from Chatham County, North Carolina, thus making him a double first cousin to my third great grandfather, William Buck Marks, and not a brother, as I had thought.
In the past few months, DNA testing, and, new-found court documents, have proven William Buck Marks is the son of John and Mary Gunter Marks, and not James and Caty Gunter Marks, as I originally believed. New evidence has brought a change of mind, as it should. With that evidence, different questions arise. Why was William Buck Marks in Montgomery County, North Carolina, with his Father, John and his Aunt, Caty Gunter Marks? Why did he leave his mother and brothers and sisters, who were alive and well in Chatham County, North Carolina, in 1833? Questions I may never find the answers to, but, will explore in this Blog.
My new-found cousin, David Marks, whose wife, Sharon, is now blogging with me here at Uwharrie Roots, makes note in her Blog post, In Search Of Our Marks Roots, that David descends from Zacheus Marks of Chatham County, North Carolina. Zacheus’ father is John Marks and his mother is Mary Gunter. Sharon and I quickly discovered through two court documents she has from 1865, that my 3rd great grand father, William Buck Marks, and David’s 2nd great grand father, Zacheus Marks, are brothers, making David and me 4th cousins one time removed, and, the DNA match between David and me supports this assertion.
In the coming months, I will begin to explore the Marks from Chatham County, North Carolina in an attempt to understand why William Buck Marks left Chatham County and migrated to Lawrenceville, Montgomery County, North Carolina, now Uwharrie National Forest.