Nicholas Ewstas

Notes


42. Ephriam Estes

This line of Estes' was contibuted by:
Mrs Merle V. Day
4705 Westerly Ct
Ocean Side, CA 92056

Parts of it was passed to her by:
Rex William Estes
5362 Long Canyon DR
Fair Oaks, CA 85628


91. Moses 09 Estes

Killed in Revolutionary War. Never married.


John Williams

1900 U.S. Census-McLennan County TX, E.D. 83, pg. 11, fam. 225.


45. John Estes

This data was submitted by unknown Sources. Also in the Ridge Runners,1982,
Volume XV, under Estes Family Records.

Died from a fall from horse.

Shirley Howell 680 E. Glouchester Dr. Sumter, SC 29150, also contributed.
#1- Mary Marshall.
#2-Elizabeth Coleman Pollard.


49. Elisha 16 Estes

Birth may be abt. 1749.
Will dated 4 jAN 1812. pROBAED 24 FEB 1812. Revf War - 2nd VA Reg. underCol Alexander Spotswood and Capt Francis Taylor. Owned 100 acres Pennsylvania Co., Camden Parish, 1767 From Wm & Mary Quarterly Vol 5Series 2, page 268.

Contributed by:

Gem Misenar
Apt B-7 5701 6th ave SW
Turnwater, WA 98501


107. Mary Tompkins Estes

Never married.


51. Benjamin Estes

Source: The book, Estes Genealogies by Charles Estes - Page 361 Para 3644.
Another researcher says the same information is found in the book Cary-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb & Patrick Mann Estes. The children of Bejamin Estes and Cecelia Rebecca Thorpe are show in the order presented in Estes Genealogies.


117. Triplett T. Estes

There was a Capt Triplett Estes who served in the War of 1812 in the 8th Reg of VA [see Newcomb Genealogy} - Source; Estes Genealogies by Charles Estes


53. Abraham III 10 Estes

The Will of Abram Estes, 15 January 1780

"In the name of' God Amen, I Abram Estes or the County of' Spotsylvania(VA) being sick and weak but of' sound mind and memory calling to mindthe uncertainty or this transitory life and that, I and all men must diedo make this my last will and testament in manner and f'orm following.First and principally I recomend my soul to God who gave it to me, humbleand hoping for salvation by the ______death of my blessed Savior andRedeemer Jesus Christ and as to the worldly goods it hath pleased God inhis great mercy to bless me with I give in manner and form following.

First, I lend to my loving wife Ann Estes the following slaves (to wit)Joe, Bob, James, Will, Sampson, Joe, Godfrey, Phyllis, Hannah, Moll, Bet,Thell, Rachael, Jacob, Jenny, Fryday, and Michael, together with theland I now live on, also my stock or horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, alsoall my household and kitchen furniture, also all my plantation tools,also my mill, also all my crop or every kind now on hand, also all mymoney now in the house or due to me (she paying all my just debts) forher and my hereafter named children's support during her natural life andno longer.

Secondly, my further will and desire is that after the death or myloving wife whatsoever estate should then remain both real and personalbe sold to the highest bidders and the monies arising from such sale beequally divided among the following children (To Wit) Elijah Estes,Richard Estes, Moses Estes, Fielding Estes, and Nancy Estes and in thecase the death of any or my said children (already mentioned) shouldhappen before that of my wife my desire is that the money arising fromthe sale be equally divided between those surviving at the time of herdeath.

Thirdly, I lend to my son Thomas Estes and Hannah his wife during theirnatural lives, one negro wench Nell and her increase to be equallydivided between the children he may have by his present wife. Whateverother part or my estate I have given to my son Thomas, which I think ishis full proportion, I give to him and his heirs f'orever.

Fourthly I lend to my son John Estes and Ann his wife one negro wenchDaphny and her increase during their natural lives and at their deaths tobe equally divided between the children John may have by his presentwife. I likewise give to my son John half of the lot of land he now liveson to him and his heirs, they paying the annual rent. Whatever otherestate I have given to my son John I give to him and his heirs .
Fifthly I give to my son Samuel Estes the one half of the lot of land helives on to him and his heirs, they paying the yearly rents. My furtherwill and desire is that my loving wife pay unto my son Samuel as soon asshe can conveniently raise the money from my estate one hundred pounds.All the other parts of my estate already given to my son Samuel I givehim and his heirs forever .

Sixthly I give to my daughter Sarah Hart fifty pounds to be paid by myloving wife as soon as she can with convenience raise it from my estate.All the other part of my estate already given I give to her and her heirsforever.

Seventhly and Lastly I appoint my loving wife and my son Richard,Executor and Executress of this my last will and testament. In witnesswhereof I hereunto fixed my hand and seal this l5th day of January onethousand seven hundred and eighty.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
as Abram Estes' last will and
testament in the presence ofABRAM (X) ESTES
( M or W ) Buckner
Geo Madison
James Mitchum


135. Samuel Estes

Used name of Estep in 1810 census. Rowen County.


142. John Tamplin

Born on Abraham, Jr.'s farm.


58. Phillip Estes

This data and the descendants of Phillip Estes and wife Ann was taken
from the Estes Trails - prepared 17 June 1996.

The surname for Ann Harris was contributed by Tribley Watson Estes, POBox 368
Jackson, LA 70748


145. George Estes

In George's papers on his Pension under the Act of 18 March 1828, WilkesCo.,
GA, a wife Isabell was mentioned and a son Phillip Estes. It is not knownwhich
wife was the mother of Phillip.
Contributed by Trilbey Watson Estes, PO box 368, Jackson, LA 70748.


Ann Samuels

This marriage is recorded on Page 68 of "Wingfiel's History of CarolinaCo.,
VA"


Sarah Anderson

This marriage is recorded in Wingfield's History of Caroline Co., VA.Page - 68.
There was no date shown for the marriage.


60. Richard Estes Jr.

Data on this family and children came from unknown sourses. Also data was
submitted by;
Vivian Gardner Pine
2027 Edgehill Dr
San Antonio. TX 78209


62. Charles Estes Sr.

This Charles Estes ihad ofetn been mistaken as the author of " The Estes Genealogies" published in1893. This publication was authored and published Charles Estes from Warren, R.I. of the Northern Clan of Estes families.

The children of this Charles Estes Sr. are shown as listed in this book. However, many historians have pointed out the Richard, Paschal, and Reuben were not his children but actually his (Charles') brothers. Richard Jr., Paschal and Rueben are also shown as sons under their father Richard Sr. as per the book, Estes Genealogies.

Charles and his son Paschal were Tories during the Revolution and lost all their property in NC in 1792.

According to the book, "Revolutionary Soldiers of Western NC, Burke County, Vol - I, Appendex B, states:
"An Aphabetical Listing of of Burke County Loyalists of the American Revolutiion. All but a few of those listed had to appear in open Court in 1792 to show cause as to why their property should not be confisicated, for being disloyal to the American Cause." This list shows Charles Eastis (Estes) and his son, Paschal Eastis (Estes).


64. Rueben Estes

Reuben was in the Rev War 1776 and at the close of the war he settled inColweel Co. NC a farmer.Source: Estes Genealogies by Charles Estes, page273.


Rueben and Delphia first moved to Charlotte Co. VA. Rueben and hisbrother In
Law, (husband of LeLita Estes), John Rice bought land in Caswell Co. NC.
Rueben and Delphia moved to caswell Co. NC in 1776. Ruebens brotherRichard was
in Orange Co. NC, a freeholder before 1776. Rueben Estes & family movedto
Burke Co. NC in 1780 and settled on the Johns River. Rueben Estesbelonged
to the Morganton District NC Militia and we (Jesse R. Estes) have his pay
vouchers for 1782-1784. Rueben is listed with the DAR. Rueben died in1811 and
Delphia died in 1818. They are buryed in the Estes Cemetry on the JohnsRiver
in what is now Caldwell Co. NC.

Rueben left his sons well off. The brothers Labon, Langston, Leonard,Lott,
Lance and Larkin owned a large amount of land on the Johns River.

Reuben, the youngest of Richard and Mary's children, is the next of our(Jesse
R. Estes) direct line. Reuben married Delphia Adkins in about 1760 andlived first in Charlotte
County, VA. In 1776 Reuben moved his family to Caswell County, NC. In1780 the
family moved to the Johns River area of Burke Co. Reuben was a member ofthe
Morganton militia and is listed by the DAR. Reuben and Delphia had nine
children. The family prospered and when Reuben died in 1811 he left hissons
very well off.

This is where the (Jesse R. Estes) line of Estes starts to becomeconfused, as
the line now descends from two of Reuben and Delphia's sons. LeonardEstes married Frances
Brown in 1790 and had a son Richard. Richard married Louis Puett and hada daughter Nancy
Caroline in 1821. Lance a younger son of Reuben and Delphia, marriedElizabeth
Coffet and had a son Louis J. Estes in 1817. Louis J. Estes and NancyCaroline
Estes, second cousins, are married in about 1840.


Reuben Fletcher

After Rhoda and Rueben were married they moved tp Buncombe Co.VA


177. Lora Estes

After Charlotte and John married, they moved to Indiana.


John Loving

LeRoy F. Eastes
17279 Lowery Rd

Gulfport, MS 39503
Ph (601) 832-2214 or
928-9127

Son of William Loving


John Loving

LeRoy F. Eastes
17279 Lowery Rd

Gulfport, MS 39503
Ph (601) 832-2214 or
928-9127

Son of William Loving


70. Elisha 07 Estes

Elisha was the son of John Estes Sr. of Lousia Co., VA
See Notes under John Estes, Sr.

The life of Elisha is clouded with mystery and to date only a few facts have been found. We believe he was born in Virginia probably between 1729 and 1732 It is also believed that he moved from Virginia to South Carolina, then to Tennessee.

In the notes under Elisha's father John Estes Sr. shows Elisha's wife as Jane. Elisha and Jane were shown in the 1800 Census for Lourens Co., SC . In 1801, Elisha sold his property and it is believed Jane had died.

Elisha's will and it's probate record is located in the Roane County, Tennessee Court House. This will names his nine children but no spouse, so we assume she was deceased. Many of us Eastes/Estes researchers have traced our lines back to Obadiah Eastes/Estes while others had reached a deadend with David Shipton Estes. The discovery of this will was a great genealogical event in the lives of all concerned.

The person who discovered Elisha Estes’ will was Marjorie Wheeldon Rogers who after years of researching her Estes line, came across this most important document. Marjorie is a descendant of Elisha’s son, David Shipton. The way Elisha’s will was found is best described when quoted in Marjorie’s own words:

"I first found a digest form of the will in some book at the NC State Archives. I have no idea which book or when I first found it. It simply gave the date and the names of the individuals listed. While looking at it I was intrigued by the name Sheptore. The person who had copied the data had listed the grandson noting that he had been left Elisha's rifle-gun. I had known of David, Elisha, and Obediah Estes from my Kentucky relatives, but the only thing that looked like Sheptore was Shipton. If you will look at my own handwriting you will see that at age 80, I make an old fashioned "r," which resembles an "n" with an upsweep on the last post. The "re" was really an "n" with an old style flourish to finish it off. I didn't realize this in the beginning."

"About 1983 we bought a motor home and began our period of "freedom." On one of our earlier trips we went to visit relatives in Pulaski County, Kentucky. When it was time to come home, I realized that it was just as convenient to go by Roane County, Tennessee before we went back through Knoxville. With a little nagging, I had my way and we camped near there while I went to the courthouse. I must admit when I first saw the real will, I let out a shriek that disturbed the dignity of the County Clerk's office! It was obvious that the name was Shipton--not Sheptore and not one time, but twice. The clerk had run out of space at the bottom of one page, had struck through the last line, and then repeated Shipton again at the top of the second page." "That's the way it was! And I was ready to come home. Biggest thrill I have ever had in genealogy."

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Here is a copy of this will as it is found in the the Court House in Roane County Tennessee

"In the name of God, Amen, I Elisha Eustus of the County of Roane and State of Tennessee, being in my perfect sences and soundnis of mind make this my last will and testament as follows.

I will to Elizabeth Crumless my daughter my mair and cow and calf and one yearling heifer two beads and furniture and beadstead with all of my farming tools with all my other tools my wearing cloths. My rifle gun I leave to grandson Shipton Eustus. I also will to my sons Elisha Obediah and David Eastus the sum of one dollar cash and also Wilmoth Mullikin, Jenny Neighbors, Susanna Eastus and Nany Webb and Mary Brister the sum of one dollar each. The residue of my money after I am decently bured I leave to my daughter Elisabeth Crumless. In testimony I hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of September 1818."
Signed ..... Elisha Estes

Attest: Joseph McPherson and Adam Carson

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Note that the will had the name Eastus at the beginning but was signed as Estes. Since no spouse was mentioned we assume she was deceased.

The will was made on 6 September 1818 and according to Roane County records, it was probated at the July 1819 Court session. Therefore, Elisha died some time between these dates.

When I began searching for this Elisha, I found that this was a frequently given name among the Estes families which really complicated the search. In collecting records on these Elishas, we used all available resources including Charles Estes’ book, "Estes Genealogies," contributions of data by GedCom files, commercial CDs and the internet. The information found on each Elisha was compiled to included as much of their ancestry and descendants as was available. Since there were so many Elishas, the next step was to assign each an arbitrary ID number to keep them separated. In this analysis, each Elisha was carefully studied and compared with the others, when confirmed duplicates were found, they were cautiously merged. Finally when the list was condensed they were numbered 1 through 34. The object of the search, the Elisha who died in Roane Co. Tennessee in 1819, just happened to come out as # 07!

This research effort was conducted over a period of three years and was accomplished with the help of some fifteen other descendants. It is highly advised that anyone who researchs the various Elisha Estes take extreme care, as it is very easy to mistake information from one Elisha when it actually pertains to another. Also, when investigating the history of these Elishas it will be found there is much conflicting information and controversy over some of the information and it’s sources.

The following are the children of Elisha #07 who are shown in the will:

Elisha # 07 Estes died 1819 .......... +Spouse Unknown. ( Not shown in the will). ........ 1 Elizabeth Estes b: 1754 ........... +unknown Crumless ........ 2 Obadiah Eastes b: 04-July-1758 ........... +Francis Harvey ........ 3. Wilmoth Estes ........... +unknown Mullekin ........ 4. Jenny (Jincy) Estes ........... +Neighbour ........ 5. Susanna Estes ........ 6. Nany Estes ........... +unknown Webb .........7. Mary Estes ........... +unknown Brister ........ 8 David Shipton Estes b: Abt. 1776 ........... +Kezziah unknown ........ 9 Elisha 08 Estes b: Abt. 1778

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The birth date for Elizabeth was estimated from the 1850 Census for Roane Co., TN. Obadiah’s birth date was estimated from the information from his headstone. The birth dates for David Shipton and Elisha Jr. were estimated from the 1850 census for Pulaski Co. KY. The dates for the other children are unknown and are shown as they were named in the will. They may not be shown in the proper order of birth.

In order to begin a logical systematic search for the origin of Elisha # 07, we needed to know about when he was born. All Elishas born outside these parameters could be eliminated from the search.

Obadiah’s estimated birth date was - - - - - - - 4 July 1758 If his Father was 21 years old at that time..................... -21 Then he - (Elisha) would have been born in ............... 1737
It is confirmed that Elisha died in Roane Co., TN in - - - - - 1819 If at that time he had been 90 years old ................................ -90 He would have been born in .............................................. 1729

A conservative estimate would then place Elisha # 07’s birth between 1725 and 1740.

As we search for the details of our heritage, we find the most important sources are the documents from the time and places where these people lived. With this in mind, let’s look at some key events in leading to the development of Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana just before and during the time our ancestors were present in the area.

1750 - Dr., Thomas Walker discovers the Cumberland Gap which was first a buffalo trail and then a major Indian trail.
1769 - Daniel Boone and John Finley explore Kentucky.
1769 - William Bean of Virginia, believed to have been the first permanent white settler, builds a cabin near the Watauga River in eastern Tennessee.
1772 - Settlers form Watauga Association, one of the earliest independent governments west of the Appalachians.
1774 - James Harrod starts building Harrodstown in Kentucky (Harrodsburg). Indians force settlers to withdraw but they return in 1775.
1775 - Transylvania Land Company buys Cherokee lands. Watauga Association becomes Washington District. It was annexed to North Carolina in 1776 and became Washington Co. in 1777.
1775 - Boiling Springs and St. Asaph were settled. The Indians give Richard Henderson the land between Ohio and Cumberland Rivers and he organizes the Transylvania Land Company.
1775 - Daniel Boone blazes Wilderness Trail and Boonesboro was founded.
1776 - Herrodsburg settlers send George Rogers Clark and John Jones to Virginia to ask for aid to fight the Indians. Virginia declares Transylvania Land Company illegal and creates Kentucky County.
1778 - Indians siege of Boonesboro. George Rogers Clark makes an expedition against the British north of the Ohio River.
1780 -Tennessee Soldiers led by Evan Shelby and John Sevier help defeat the British at Kings Mountain in South Carolina.
1784 - The first of ten conventions are held to prepare the way for the separation of Kentucky from Virginia.
1784 - North Carolina cedes western lands to the Federal Government, then repeals the act. Settlers organize the State of Franklin.
1792 - Kentucky becomes the 15th State.
1794 - General "Mad Anthony" Wayne is victorious at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio and ends the major Indian attacks in Kentucky.
1796 - Tennessee is admitted to the Union, the second State to be carved out of the territory west of the Appalachians.
1800 - Indiana is organized into a Territory.
1809 - Indians burn farms in Indiana and force some settlers back into Kentucky.
1811 - An extensive Indian uprising in southern Indiana is put down by Territorial Governor William H. Harrision. On 16 December the New Madrid Earthquake shakes the Ohio Valley
1816 - Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th. State.
(Ref: "Compton’s Encyclopedia and "Once Upon the Time in Indiana," published by The National Society of
Colonial Dames in Indiana.

Our ancestors being from Virginia and the Carolinas, found the southern passage much more convenient. These trails from the southeast had been used for untold hundreds of years by migrating buffalo to the lush pasturelands and rich salt deposits in the land know as Can-tuc-kee. As we will see in a later Chapter, our ancestors had trails available from close to their homes. These led to the lower Appalachian Mountains and through the pass known as the Cumberland Gap. From there, they it led into the lush valleys in the heartlands of Kentucky.

There are many stories about this great doorway to the promised lands enriched now with National Parks and Interstate Highways. From 1775 to 1810, when the gap saw its greatest years, it has been estimated that between 200,000 to 300,00 men, women and children had passed through into the wonderful lands in Kentucky.

The following narrative is based on historical records and many books have been written on the subject that may be found in most libraries. One book in particular, "The Frontiersmen" written by Allen W. Eckert tells the story in detail. In the Author's Note, Eckert wrote: "This book is fact, not fiction. Certain techniques normally associated with the novel form have been utilized, but in no case has this been at the expense of historical accuracy. In no case has there been any 'whole cloth' fabrication or fanciful fictionalization. Equally, every incident described in this book actually occurred; every date is historically accurate; and every character, regardless of how major or minor, actually lived the role in which he is portrayed." Although our ancestors are not mentioned in these works, they were in the area at this time. So, the day to day recorded events gives us an insight to the way they lived and some of the experiences they must have encountered.

Needless to say, the Shawnee Indians in the Indiana Territory were very upset about the intrusion of the white people moving into their lands. About 1802, the Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh, started his campaign to unite all the tribes from the Great Lakes to Florida. His objective was to unite all the tribes and at a given time, they would to push the white men back across the mountains.

Tecumseh had a twin brother Lowawluwaysica, who was a medicine man. Tecumseh had the apparent ability to forecast coming events which he passed to his brother thus setting himself up as a prophet. Tecumseh had it carefully planned. He would advise his brother of things to come and while the Prophet was inflaming the people with doctrine against the white man, he - Tecumseh, would confer with the Chiefs in private and gain their support toward his goals. This worked very well and Lowawluwaysica soon became known far and wide for his prophesies. For several years, Tecumseh traveled. He went as far south as southern Florida and north throughout the Great Lakes region and east to the western end of Vermont and Massachusetts.

After impressing his followers with several minor prophesies, Lowawluwaysica's powers were further enhanced when Tecumseh advised him that he had seen an end to a minor epidemic of stomach sickness. He told the Prophet that three more lives would be claimed and by the end of five days, those afflicted would be recovered. Tecumseh told his brother to assemble the villages and tell the people that the three who would die were evil and would die because they had engaged in witchcraft. But the rest of those afflicted he would cure in the five days. So the end of an epidemic came to pass. Lowawluwaysica was so pleased with these results that he called a gathering from many villages and various tribes and proclaimed,

"You have witnessed my powers," he said, "from this day forward, I shall be called, Tenskwatawa, - One With Open Mouth." He continued, "My mouth will be open with words to lead you to a better life, better health and to a better Future!"

(He rather sounded like a modern day politician!) The Prophet's comments were received among his listeners with roars of approval.

Finally, seeing unrest escalating among the Indians, the Indiana Territorial, Governor William Henry Harrison, sent a letter to the Indians to try and calm the situation. Among his remarks he said that Tecumseh's brother was not a true prophet and ask them to overlook his projections. This letter was read to the Indians who immediately began displaying doubts of the prophet's ability and took the matter to the Shawnee medicine man. After being counseled by Tecumseh, the Prophet made this statement to his followers:

"Fifty days from this day, there will be no clouds in the sky. Yet when the sun has climbed to it's highest poin At that moment the darkness of the night will cover us and the stars will shine around about us. The birds will go to roost, and the night creatures will wake up and stir. Then ,- you will see that your Prophet has been sent to you by Maneto."

And so it came to pass, exactly fifty days later on the 17th of June 1806, history records that precisely at noon, there was a total eclipse of the sun in that area. There was no doubt now, at least in the minds of the Indians, that Tenskwatawa was a true Prophet. The Prophet's followers rapidly grew in number and he continued to incite them against the white man. Indians came from great distances and from many tribes to hear and praise his messages.
During these times, Tecumseh prepared a large number of cedar slabs with coded carvings on them and constructed bundles of red sticks. He continued to visit the various tribes and gave them each a red slab and a bundle of the red sticks. The slab contained a coded message that told the Indians on both sides of the great river, that when the great sign was given, to come straight to Detroit with their weapons with lightning speed and unite to take over the place of the white man by warfare if necessary. The Chiefs of the tribes were told to throw away one stick each full moon and when the last one was reached it would be set aside and they were to prepare to receive the first sign. After they received this sign, the Chiefs were told to divide the last red stick into thirty equal parts, each represent the setting of the sun. Every day at sundown, one piece would be discarded. When the last piece was thrown away, then the final signal would be given.

As early as 1802, and as late as 1811, Tecumseh's description of the great sign, always remained the same.
"When the waiting period is over and the tribal unification is complete, then the great sign will be given. In the middle of the night the earth beneath will tremble and roar for a long period. Jugs will break although there would be no one near to touch them. Great trees will fall, though the air is windless. Streams will change their courses to run backwards and lakes will be swallowed up in the earth and others lakes suddenly appear. Bones of every man will tremble with the trembling of the ground and they will not mistake it.

No, There has never been anything to compare with it in your lives nor the lives of your fathers or their fathers before them since time began.

When this sign comes you will drop your tools, leave your fields, your villages, your hunting camps and join together and move across the lake river from the Fort Detroit. And on that day you will no longer be Mohawks or Senecas, Oneidas or Onondagas or any other tribe. You will be Indians! One people united together forever where the good of one would henceforth become the good of all! So it will be!"

At first the Prophet followed the instructions from his brother Tecumseh, but over the years he became overwhelmed with his own importance and when Tecumseh was away, he began making decisions on his own. His speeches and agitations soon caused skirmishes between his followers and the settlers that evolved into a premature war in Indiana Territory. As a result, the white forces under the direction of the Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison, badly defeated the Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe on the Wabash and Mississinawa Rivers. Prophets Town the center of the Shawnee Nation was destroyed. As our history records show, this final battle occurred on Monday 2 September 1911. Needless to say, when the news of the battle and the defeat of the Shawnee reached Tecumseh, he was very upset with his brother as a decade of work and planning was destroyed in one day.

On 11 November, the many Indian Chiefs cast aside the last of their red sticks from the bundle given them by Tecumseh. Throughout the lands they watch the clear night skies watching for a sign. Just before midnight it came - a great searing white and green flashing spear of light, appearing in the southeast and streaked across the sky and disappeared into the northwest. Tens of thousand of Indians across the land were awe stricken by the weird and magnificent sight. Some of the Chiefs angrily denounced the event while others left quietly to the privacy of their shelters to divide their one remaining red stick, into 30 equal parts and continued to wait.

At 2:30 in the morning on Monday, 16 December 1811, the earth began to shake. It rose slowly at first, then in broke with great violent shudders that seemed to twist the very universe. From the borders of Canada to the plains and far to the south, the earth rolled, shook and great waves rolled across the Great Lakes. Huge sections of forestlands were swallowed by gaping chasms in the earth. The mid section of the mighty Mississippi River churned, it's banks flooding and bluffs caving into it's boiling and swirling waters. Streams went dry and others flooded far over their banks. In the south, towering palm trees swayed and unusual waves danced along the shores, although there was no wind. In the center of this, where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi River and where Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois come together, enormous caverns appeared in the ground and huge tracts of land were swallowed up. A few miles from the Mississippi River near the Kentucky and Tennessee borders, an enormous section of land, miles long, sank as if a gigantic foot had stepped on the earth and mashed it down. Water gushed forth filling this tremendous cavity and became what we now call, Reel Foot Lake. In Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana Territory, settlers were thrown from their beds as they found their cabins ripped apart and the stones and mortar collapsed into piles of debris giving forth smothering clouds of dust. Trees were up rooted all about them. To the east, it made church bells ring in Boston, Massachusetts. Truly, chaos reigned throughout the lands.

This tremendous earthquake on 16 December was only the beginning. It not only continued for two terror filled days, but the air was filled with dust and smoke for a week and sun shone through a sickly haze. But this still was not the end! It struck again on January 23rd and again February13th! This last shock was the worst of the three and although it lasted only an hour, it caused as much damage as the other two. An uplift of over three meters was reported at one area several kilometers southwest of the epicenter where a lake formed by the St Francis River had it's water replaced by sand. Large fissures, so wide they could not be crossed on horseback, were formed in the ground. The quake left previously rich lands unfit for farming due to many fissures and much land was converted to swamps.

In later years it is said to have been the worst disaster to have ever struck this land since the coming of the white men to the eastern shores of the Continent. The quake was named The New Madrid Earthquake after the village closest to the epicenter. Since no means was available to measure it, it is estimated to have been a magnitude 8.0. This tremendous earthquake happened where none had ever struck before and with no warning or prediction, - except that given by the Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh, who prophesied it's coming so many times over for a period of nine years!

After the quake seemed to be over, many of the Indians did take up their weapons and move toward the assembly point but most were struck with fear of more to come. At first there were isolated incidents in Indiana Territory when a barn or cabin was burnt and cows were shot with bows and arrows. Eventually, on 19 August 1812, President James Madison declared War on the British. Many of the Indians then sided with the British and that becomes another story.

We must remember that many of our ancestors were in Kentucky and probably Elisha was in Tennessee. We know Obadiah and friends were in the southwest corner of Ohio in 1802 and according to official records, they had bought land and were located in Franklin County, IN on 1 August 1806. The census for Indiana Territory for 1807 shows he was still there. History also tells of many Indian raids in Indiana in 1809 that forced many of the settlers to move their families back south across the Ohio River to a safer haven where they waited, then moved north again when the troubles decreased.

So, as we study these and other true stories, we find these were very tense and trying times for the pioneers We can be assured, our ancestors must have had some very terrifying experiences!
By Roy Eastes - Ancestor & Compiler


Jane Unknown

Proof of the union between Elisha and Jane LNU is shown in the following property transaction:

Halifax Co. Deed Book 10 page 382, at November Court - 17 November 1779, Elisha Estes to Nicolas Vaughn of the same place, 1000 pounds for a tract of 277 acres in Halifax Co., situated and laying on the both sides of Popular Creek touching Boyd’s line and Fountain’s line. This is the messuage track. - Elisha signs.

Halifax, VA Deed Book11-382, at November Court, 18-Nov 1779, Jane Estes, wife of Elisha was examined privately and she relinquished her dower rights to the land on Poplar Creek. Elisha Estes to Nicholas Vaughn - 277 acres both sides Poplar Creek - Touched on Boyd’s line and Fountain's line -This is the Messuage Track - Elisha signed

Definition of “Dower Rights” - “That part of a husband’s property which his widow inherits for life.”

This is a very important item as it shows Elisha’s spouse was Jane. Note that the initial record was dated 17 November. Then the next day - 18 November, Jane appears in Court to relinquish her claim to the property.


Unknown Webb

It is believed that Nany (Nancy) Estes married James Webb.

Subj: Re: Webb Family
Date: 2/21/03 8:32:46 PM Central Standard Time
From: Mjones317
To: LEastes2, redbud@iland.net, kays@cdsinet.net, debnkay@iland.net

In a message dated 2/21/2003 12:07:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, LEastes2writes:


There is a James Webb with 1 Male under 16 and 4 females. This isinterpreted as James, his wife, 1 son under 16 and 3 daughters of unknownage.

There is a James Webb and Nancy Webb on rolls of Old Bildad BaptistChurch before 1820 in Warren Co., TN (now DeKalb Co., TN) and nearpresent Warren Co., TN and DeKalb Co., TN line. Also on rolls wereWilliam Mullican and Wilmoth Mullican. In Lincoln Co., KY with WilliamMullican was Jesse, Joel, & Townsend Webb. John William Mullican, Elias,James Jr & Sr, and Julias Webb is listed on the 1812 Warren County Taxlist in Richard Cantrell's District. William Mullican on 6 April 1813 heentered 60 acres of land on dry fork of Mountain Creek in Warren County.The land, which included said Mullican's spring, was surveyed on 17October 1813 with James Webb and William Mullican as survey chaincarriers.55 Also in 1813 his, brother John, and their father, William,signed a petition as citizens living in extreme Northeast corner ofWarren County to move voting place to Pine Creek56 [in present DeKalbCo.] He entered 12 acres of land on 12 October 1814 on waters of MountainCreek.57 The land was surveyed on 8 September 1815, and survey chaincarriers were James Webb and William Mullican. I think this is goodindication that James Webb in Greenville Co., SC and Warren Co., TN issame, and that he married Nancy Estes. I have been in touch with morethan one Webb researcher on Webbs of Warren Co., TN, and none knowanything about James Webb. Also in Warren Co., TN was Byars Webb who wasalso in Greenville Co., SC.

D. Mitchell Jones
http://www.dmitchelljones.org

It is believed that Nany (Nancy) Estes married James Webb.

Subj: Re: Webb Family
Date: 2/21/03 8:32:46 PM Central Standard Time
From: Mjones317
To: LEastes2, redbud@iland.net, kays@cdsinet.net, debnkay@iland.net

In a message dated 2/21/2003 12:07:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, LEastes2writes:


There is a James Webb with 1 Male under 16 and 4 females. This isinterpreted as James, his wife, 1 son under 16 and 3 daughters of unknownage.

There is a James Webb and Nancy Webb on rolls of Old Bildad BaptistChurch before 1820 in Warren Co., TN (now DeKalb Co., TN) and nearpresent Warren Co., TN and DeKalb Co., TN line. Also on rolls wereWilliam Mullican and Wilmoth Mullican. In Lincoln Co., KY with WilliamMullican was Jesse, Joel, & Townsend Webb. John William Mullican, Elias,James Jr & Sr, and Julias Webb is listed on the 1812 Warren County Taxlist in Richard Cantrell's District. William Mullican on 6 April 1813 heentered 60 acres of land on dry fork of Mountain Creek in Warren County.The land, which included said Mullican's spring, was surveyed on 17October 1813 with James Webb and William Mullican as survey chaincarriers.55 Also in 1813 his, brother John, and their father, William,signed a petition as citizens living in extreme Northeast corner ofWarren County to move voting place to Pine Creek56 [in present DeKalbCo.] He entered 12 acres of land on 12 October 1814 on waters of MountainCreek.57 The land was surveyed on 8 September 1815, and survey chaincarriers were James Webb and William Mullican. I think this is goodindication that James Webb in Greenville Co., SC and Warren Co., TN issame, and that he married Nancy Estes. I have been in touch with morethan one Webb researcher on Webbs of Warren Co., TN, and none knowanything about James Webb. Also in Warren Co., TN was Byars Webb who wasalso in Greenville Co., SC.

D. Mitchell Jones
http://www.dmitchelljones.org

It is believed that Nany (Nancy) Estes married James Webb.

Subj: Re: Webb Family
Date: 2/21/03 8:32:46 PM Central Standard Time
From: Mjones317
To: LEastes2, redbud@iland.net, kays@cdsinet.net, debnkay@iland.net

In a message dated 2/21/2003 12:07:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, LEastes2writes:


There is a James Webb with 1 Male under 16 and 4 females. This isinterpreted as James, his wife, 1 son under 16 and 3 daughters of unknownage.

There is a James Webb and Nancy Webb on rolls of Old Bildad BaptistChurch before 1820 in Warren Co., TN (now DeKalb Co., TN) and nearpresent Warren Co., TN and DeKalb Co., TN line. Also on rolls wereWilliam Mullican and Wilmoth Mullican. In Lincoln Co., KY with WilliamMullican was Jesse, Joel, & Townsend Webb. John William Mullican, Elias,James Jr & Sr, and Julias Webb is listed on the 1812 Warren County Taxlist in Richard Cantrell's District. William Mullican on 6 April 1813 heentered 60 acres of land on dry fork of Mountain Creek in Warren County.The land, which included said Mullican's spring, was surveyed on 17October 1813 with James Webb and William Mullican as survey chaincarriers.55 Also in 1813 his, brother John, and their father, William,signed a petition as citizens living in extreme Northeast corner ofWarren County to move voting place to Pine Creek56 [in present DeKalbCo.] He entered 12 acres of land on 12 October 1814 on waters of MountainCreek.57 The land was surveyed on 8 September 1815, and survey chaincarriers were James Webb and William Mullican. I think this is goodindication that James Webb in Greenville Co., SC and Warren Co., TN issame, and that he married Nancy Estes. I have been in touch with morethan one Webb researcher on Webbs of Warren Co., TN, and none knowanything about James Webb. Also in Warren Co., TN was Byars Webb who wasalso in Greenville Co., SC.

D. Mitchell Jones
http://www.dmitchelljones.org

It is believed that Nany (Nancy) Estes married James Webb.

Subj: Re: Webb Family
Date: 2/21/03 8:32:46 PM Central Standard Time
From: Mjones317
To: LEastes2, redbud@iland.net, kays@cdsinet.net, debnkay@iland.net

In a message dated 2/21/2003 12:07:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, LEastes2writes:


There is a James Webb with 1 Male under 16 and 4 females. This isinterpreted as James, his wife, 1 son under 16 and 3 daughters of unknownage.

There is a James Webb and Nancy Webb on rolls of Old Bildad BaptistChurch before 1820 in Warren Co., TN (now DeKalb Co., TN) and nearpresent Warren Co., TN and DeKalb Co., TN line. Also on rolls wereWilliam Mullican and Wilmoth Mullican. In Lincoln Co., KY with WilliamMullican was Jesse, Joel, & Townsend Webb. John William Mullican, Elias,James Jr & Sr, and Julias Webb is listed on the 1812 Warren County Taxlist in Richard Cantrell's District. William Mullican on 6 April 1813 heentered 60 acres of land on dry fork of Mountain Creek in Warren County.The land, which included said Mullican's spring, was surveyed on 17October 1813 with James Webb and William Mullican as survey chaincarriers.55 Also in 1813 his, brother John, and their father, William,signed a petition as citizens living in extreme Northeast corner ofWarren County to move voting place to Pine Creek56 [in present DeKalbCo.] He entered 12 acres of land on 12 October 1814 on waters of MountainCreek.57 The land was surveyed on 8 September 1815, and survey chaincarriers were James Webb and William Mullican. I think this is goodindication that James Webb in Greenville Co., SC and Warren Co., TN issame, and that he married Nancy Estes. I have been in touch with morethan one Webb researcher on Webbs of Warren Co., TN, and none knowanything about James Webb. Also in Warren Co., TN was Byars Webb who wasalso in Greenville Co., SC.

D. Mitchell Jones
http://www.dmitchelljones.org


192. Elisha 08 Estes

Resided in Pulaski County Ky in 1850. He was listed on the 1850 Census as being age 72 (therefore b: ca. 1778) in Virginia. He was living alone at the time of the census and was listed as next house to David and Susan Estes.