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LAND RECORDS

LEWIS CLICK

WASHINGTON CO. TENNESSEE

Howdy y'all!!! Come on "down yonder" (song playing) and visit us at our original Lewis Click family farm. Before you go on this journey with me, picture in your mind the 1780's in Washington District of the Western North Carolina wilderness filled with all kinds of wild game (including bears), Indians, log cabins, oxen with carts, and the primitive bare basics of life. These were the conditions that our pioneer grandparents were faced with when they came to the first Western frontier of America as settlers.

This is the location where our Click family first owned land in the southwestern part of Washington County, Tennessee in the beautiful little community of Broylesville. Broylesville at that time was on the old stage road from Jonesboro to Greeneville and was a thriving metropolis. Here the Broyles family, another German family, owned an inn. There, also, was the cobbler's house. From working with the Tennessee State Department of Archeology, we now have reason to believe that our Lewis was perhaps a potter. The type of pottery that was made was an old German style brought with them from Germany. Several of his grandson's continued their entire lives as potters, using that same style brought with him from the old country. The grandson's would have been old enough for grandpa to have taught them the trade before he died.

It was a lead based glaze used on pottery up until the 1820's or later, when the glaze changed, because the potters were getting lead poisoning. However, our Click potters did not cease to use this method, which made their pottery stand out all the more. And they did suffer medically from the ill-effects of the lead. The area in which they lived there was an ample supply of lead from the iron ore being processed in the area. Crockery was a well used item by the settlers for all sorts of storage.

Our land was located on a branch of Little Limestone Creek, which was adjacent to James Graham, another one of my grandfathers. The land descriptions in some of the deeds of James Graham indicated a "deep hollar" running through the land. Standing on the Click farm we are looking at the land of James Graham. The creek runs north and south and the branch to our farm runs off to the east where our farm is located. Of course, any farm can't be without a barn.

The 1787 Tax List of Washington County, now in the private collection of Mr. Paul M. Fink of Jonesboro, Tennessee, shows Lewis Click as paying tax on 200 acres of land and paying two white poll taxes. He continued paying a poll tax every year until 1793, after which he paid tax only on the 200 acres; he did not pay a poll tax after 1793. No one over the age of 50 years was required to pay a poll tax; therefore, we can conclude that Lewis Click became 50 years of age in 1793, and thus born circa 1743. (This matches with the birth date of our Lewis according to records Gary D. Click found in Germany)

REFERENCE: "TENNESSEE ANCESTORS" BY EAST TENN. HISTORICAL SOCIETY VOL. 5 PAGE 81

WASHINGTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA TAX LIST 1789 AND 1790 - A LIST OF TAXABLE PROPERTY CONTAINED IN THE DISTRICT OF CAPT RIFFE'S COMPANY MILITIA TAKEN BY JOHN STRAIN.

LEWIS CLICK 8 - BLACK POLES (SLAVES) 200 ACRES OF LAND

WILL IN JONESBORO, TENNESSEE

Note by Carolyn Whitaker: We now know that at one time Lewis had a will. I have checked the Tennessee State Library and Archives and they do not have a will listed for Lewis.

We know that the land was purchased in 1793 from the following deed.

DEED BOOK #2 PG 304 ROLL #195 WASHINGTON CO. TENNESSEE 7 August 1793

This indenture made this seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three between Ebenezer Byram of the County of Knox in the Territory of the United States south of the River Ohio of the one part and LEWIS CLICK of the County of Washington in the said Territory of the other part witnefseth that the said Ebenezer Byram for and in consideration of the sum of $200 current to him in hand paid the receipt hereof is hereby acknowledged hath and by these presents do grant bargain sell allien (?) enfeoff (?) and confsein (assign) unto the said Lewis Click his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred acres be the same more or lefs lying and being in the County of Washington in the aforesaid Territory and laying on a small branch of Little Limestone Creek and beginning at a red oak a corner in James Grymes (JAMES GRAHAM) line thence south one hundred and sixty poles to a red ? on the side of a hill thence west one hundred and eighty poles to two post oaks on the south of a hill thence north one hundred and thirty poles to a stake thence south eighty one degrees east one hundred and eighty four poles to the beginning according to the courses in the original grant to me issued with all and singular the woods water courses proffits commodity hereditements and appurtenances whatsoever to the said tract of land belonging or appertaining and the revertion and revertious reminder and remainders rents and issues thereof and all the estate rights title interest property and demands of him the said Ebenezer Byram his heirs of in and to the same and every part and parcel thereof either in law or equity to have and to hold the said two hundred acres of land with the appertenances unto the said Lewis Click his heirs and assigns forever against the -- all the claim and demands of all and every person or person whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In witness thereof the said Ebenezer Byram hath hereunto set his hand and seal this day and year above.

SIGNED: EBENEZER BYRUM (SEAL)

WITNESSES: A. NELSON; G. ROLSTON; JOHN RHEA

Court of pleas and quarter sessions begun and held for Washington County at the courthouse on the fourth Monday of August, 1793. The within conveyance from Ebenezer Byrum to Lewis Click was proven in open court let it be registered.

(seal) J. Sevier, Clk

From other tax lists we know that Lewis was still alive at least until 1805, when he drops off the tax lists. We're not exactly sure if he had died or was living on the land and the boys were paying the taxes. It appears that they were, yet they were living in Greene County. So the timeframe we have to conclude when he died was between 1805 and 1818 when the heirs sign the deeds to his property. We know that grandmother is also dead, as their are no dowry rights taken of her to this land.

There is SOME speculation, however, of some newly surfaced information that he may have perhaps been living near Powell's Valley which is just to the NW of Washington county, with daughter Mary and son in law Abraham Miller. A letter in the family of Stephen C. Miller, son of Abraham, indicates that a grandfather disappeared when he went to cut wood while living in Kentucky. It doesn't name the grandfather, so we just don't know for certain, but a possibility. We, also, speculate that Stephen Miller's middle name may have been CLICK. We, also, know that one of Abraham's other son's James Harvey Miller's obituary states specifically that he was born 1813 in "Panell's Valley", in which we figured out it was "Powell's Valley" which is now located in Lee Co. Virginia on the Kentucky border. The obituary goes on to say that they then moved to Washington County, prior to their move to Cocke County. Other members of our family moved to Cocke County in 1823 when this land was sold by son George Click prior to the move to Cocke.

These are the deeds that were discovered back in the 1970's, which established the children of our grandfather Lewis Click of Washington County, Tennessee. The descriptions in the deeds places our farm on a branch of Little Limestone Creek.

Through these deeds and others that adjoined our farm, I was able to pinpoint the location of our family farm where we believe Lewis could probably have been buried or did he die in Kentucky??

Washington County, Tennessee, Land Records

Located at Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville Roll #199, Page 88-90 As transcribed by Gary D. Click

Deed

Heirs of Lewis Click to George Click Jr

This Indenture made this 16th day of February in the year of our Lord 1818 between Peter Click & Henry Click of the County of Washington & Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown & Catherine McCollom of the County of Greene and State of Tennessee, of the one part and George Click Jr. of the County of Washington & State aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Peter Click, Henry Click, Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown & Catharine McCollom for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars to them in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby ackd. hath granted, bargained, and sold and by these present doth grant, bargain and sell unto the said George Click, to his heirs or assign their right, title, Claim and interest to a certain tract or parcel of land situate in the County of Washington and State aforesaid on the waters of Little Limestone joining a tract of forty acres granted by the State of Tennessee to said Click & the Land George Senr. Now lives on and bounded as follows: Beginning at a black Oak corner and above named tract of forty four acres, Thence South Eighty five poles to a stake near a Post Oak & black Oak Saplin, George Click Senr. Corner; Thence with his line north fifty five west Eighty Six(?) and one half poles to a Stake in a road thence north thirty one degrees, East Eighty poles and Eighteen links to a Stake in said road; Thence north Sixty degrees; West Seventy Eight poles to a White Oak; Thence west forty three poles crossing a small branch to a stake near a Sugar tree & Spanish Oak; Thence North fourteen and one half poles to a hickory and Sugartree corner to the said tract of forty four acres; Thence with a line of said tract South Eighty one degrees, East one hundred & Eighty two poles to the Beginning. Containing thirty nine acres, more or less together with all woods, water, mines, minerals, heredetaments, and appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold unto the said George Click Jr., his heirs and assigns forever which tract or parcel of Land the said Peter Click, Henry Click, Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown & Catharine McCollom doth hereby warrant and forever defend unto him the said George Click is free from them, their heirs, Executors, administrators, or assigns. In witness whereof the said Peter Click, Henry Click, Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown and Catherine McCollom hath hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written.

Martin {X} Click

Peter {X} Click

Henry Click

Joseph Brown

Abm. {X} Miller

Caty {X} McCollum

Signed, Sealed & Delivered In presence of ATTEST: George Click Senr., John Click, Sam Waddle

State of Tennessee, Washington County, Apr Session 1818, This deed was proven in open court & recorded. Let it be registered. Test. Jas. Sevier Clerk, By his Dept. Jas. B. Johnston

State of Tennessee, Washington County, July 29th 1818, Then was this deed duly registered by Saml Greer C C

Roll #167, Book 16, Page 90-92

Heirs of Lewis Click to George Click

This indenture made this 16th day of February in the year of our Lord 1818 between Peter Click Henry Click of the County of Washington & Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown & Katharine McCollum of the County of Greene & State of Tennessee of the one part and George Click of the County of Washington and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the Peter Click, Henry Click, Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown & Catharine McCollom for & in consideration of the sum of three hundred Dollars to them in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted, bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell unto the sd. George Click his heirs or assignes all their right, title, claim & interest to a certain tract or parcel of land situate in the county of Washington and State above named on the waters of Little Limestone including the house and improvements where the said George Click now lives and bounded as follows: Beginning at a stake between a sugar tree and Spanish Oaks, Thence South one hundred & eighty three poles along said line to two black Oaks, Thence north Seventy Eight poles to a stake near a Post Oak and Black Oak on a hill, Thence north fifty five degrees, West Eighty Six & one half poles to a stake in a road, Thence north thirty one degrees, East Eight poles to a White Oak, thence west forty three poles Crossing a branch to the Beginning. Containing one hundred and Sixty one acres more or less, together with all woods, waters, mines, minerals, heredetaments, & appurtenances to the said land belonging or appertaining to hold unto the said George Click his heirs and assigns forever which tract or parcel of land the said Peter Click, Henry Click, Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown & Catharine McCollom doth hereby warrant and forever defend unto him the said George Click free from them their heirs, Executors, administrators, or assigns. In testimony whereof the said Peter Click, Henry Click, Martin Click, Abraham Miller, Joseph Brown, and Cartherine McCollom hath hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written.

Martin {X} Click

Peter {X} Click

Joseph Brown

Henry Click

Catharine {X} McCollom

State of Tennessee, Washington County, Apr. Session 1818, Then was this deed proven in open court and recorded. Let it be registered.

Test. Jas. Sevier, Clk, By his Dept. Jas. S. Johnston

State of Tennessee, Washington County, July 29th 1818

Then was this deed duly registered by Saml Greer C C

Signed, Sealed and Delivered In presence of

ATTEST:

John Click, Saml Waddle, George Click Jr

We, also, gain the knowledge that there was another purchase of land in 1794 from Thomas Gourley of 40 acres. This deed surfaced after Lewis' death when son, George Lewis Click, obtains title to that land.

DEED BOOK #17 PAGES 40 & 41 WASHINGTON CO. TENNESSEE 24 September 1818

This indenture made between HANNAH GOURLEY, Administratrix of THOMAS GOURLEY, deceased, of Carter County, Tenn., and GEORGE CLICK of Washington County, Tennessee... that the said HANNAH GOURLEY admrx., aforesaid that Thomas Gourley in his lifetime by bargain and sale unto LEWIS CLICK a certain tract of land in Washington County containing 40 acres and by his hand bearing date 7 June 1794 obligated himself to well and truly make unto the said LEWIS CLICK a deed of conveyence.. and by Intestate failing to comply with the requirements of said Bond in his lifetime and the said LEWIS CLICK by his certain Indorsement on the back of the said Bond having appointed the contents thereto to the said GEORGE CLICK -- now this Indenture that I the said HANNAH GOURLEY -- in persuance of the statues in such cases -- and by reason of the consideration of the sum of 44 pounds of Virginia Currency paid by the said LEWIS CLICK in the lifetime of Thomas Gourley -- therefore I the said Hannah Gourley conveys unto the said GEORGE CLICK -- a certain tract of land in Washington County on the Waters of Little Limestone Creek -- begin corner of JAMES GRAHAM ---

SIGNED: HANNAH GOURLEY, Admrx. of Estate of Thomas Gourley

WITNESSES: WILLIAM GRAHAM; GEORGE (X) CLICK (of Malachi); WILLIAM GOURLEY; JANUARY SESSIONS 1819

We then have George beginning to sell off the land, getting ready to make the move to Cocke County. George Lewis Click, George Click, son of Malachi referred to in the deeds as JR, and some of the children of Henry Jackson Click, Sr, and Abraham Miller's families all seemed to make the move about the same time in 1823.

George Lewis sold a portion of the land to George Click, Jr, son of Malachi and he lived there for about 3 years prior to selling it and making the move. The land was then sold to RICHARD GREENWAY. The road that now runs through the property is known as GREENWAY ROAD. It makes a half moon circle through Lewis' land to the two main roads in the area.

15 Sept 1820 Washington Co. Tenn Deed Book 17 pg 120-121

George L. Click, SR sells this 40 acre tract for $100 to George Click, JR. George L. Click SR is NOT the father of George Click JR (son of Malachi Click) The "senior" and "junior" seemed to have been used merely as a means of identification.

Deed: This indenture made between George (Lewis) Click, Sr and George (son of Malachi), Jr, both of Washington County, Tennessee - - -consideration $100 - - a certain tract of land in Washington county - - a tract granted to Thomas Gourley of 40 acres lying on the waters of Little Limestone Creek - - begin corner of land formerly owned by James Graham, deceased - - to a Spanish Oak stump on the widow Graham's line - -.

George L. Click

Witnesses: James (x) Cannon; John (x) Cannon

Here is where George makes the final sale of the land.

30 Dec 1823 Washington Co. Tenn Deed Book 17 pg 423

George L. Click of Washington Co. Tenn sold 161 acres to RICHARD GREENWAY OF HAWKINS CO. TENN FOR $1300.

By this time George L. Click has disposed of his 200 acres in Washington Co. Tenn after residing there for 36 years that we can document. I imagine there were many grandchildren born on this very land, including my 2nd great grandfather William Columbus Click who was born 7 Jan 1806, along with his siblings Lewis Anderson; James; Henry Jackson Jr; Rachel; Amanda; Hepsebaugh (which incidentally is an Indian name); Darcus; and Andrew.

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