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Francis Maybury - Grainger County Records


Compiled by Don Collins who has written a book on Francis Maybury(late 1600's) and Elizabeth Gilliam of Surry, VA and their descendents. Contributed to the Grainger County website by:
W. Eugene Mayberry

1788 Feb 9: Flat Creek Francis Maybury of Knox County sold to William _____ of Grainger Co TN, James Baker of Jefferson Co TN, and Martin G______ of Wilkes Co North Carolina for $500 ___, 1,266 acres on Flat Creek in Grainger County. Proven in open court 7 Feb 1790. (Grainger Co Deed Bk. A, p. 62)

1793 Jun 24: *File 438; Warrants 120 & 459; Grant 316 for 800 acres on the East Fork of Flat Creek in Hawkins County. Entered in 1780; Issued 24 Jun 1793: others mentioned are James Guthery, Thomas King, Edmond Pendleton, Robert Preston, Robert Stewart, and Archibald Taylor. #120 Warranted originally to Archibald Taylor...land entered by Robert Stewart; then assigned to Archibald Taylor; then assigned by Taylor to James Maybury; then assigned by James Maybury to Bartholomew Donahow. . Warrant 459 was originally to Francis Mayberry and entered by Robert Preston for Edmond Pendleton and assigned to Thomas King and by King to James Guthery. Book 80, p. 191. (See 30 May 1807 for registration in Hawkins County and 1814 Feb 5 for registration in Grainger Co.)

On 23 Dec 1797 Willie Blount of Knox County sold to Francis Maybury of Knox County, for $1,200, a tract of land in Grainger County, late a part of the county of Knox, on Flat Creek, beginning at the corner of an 800 acre tract which was conveyed by Francis Maybury to Wm. Blount Dec 11, 1794 and by William Blount to ?Peter Baker May 9, 1797, containing 1280 acres. (Recorded 27 Apr 1801) Vol. 2, p. 240.

1798 Feb Grainger Deed of conveyance from Francis Mayberry to James Baker proven in open court.

1798 Aug Grainger Court order: that Francis Mayberry have leave to build grist mill on the Clear Branch, otherwise Magbees Branch, he owning the land on both sides of the said branch.

1799 Grainger Francis Mabry on tax list with 1780 acres in Capt. Coxe’s Company and 640 acres in Capt. Isaac Lane’s Co.

1800 Apr 10: Thomas King of Hawkins Co TN sold to Francis Maybury of Knox Co, 1,000 acres on waters of Flat Creek in Grainger County; wit by Thos. Jackson & Jos. Gentry. (now in Grainger & Union near the town of Chesney, TN); see sale to Jas. Armstrong in Jan 1801.

1800 May 20 Grainger Deed from Elizabeth Bean and Robert Blair for one hundred acres proven in open court. Let it be registered for Isaac Cooper. (WPA) Grainger County Court Minutes 1796-1801 , p. 170.

1801 Grainger The first courthouse was built in the county by Francis Mayberry in 1801. (p. 7 of Gleanings from a Scrapbook by Thomas Roach, 1983).

1801 Grainger The first courthouse in the town (Rutledge) was completed in 1801. It stood just in front of the present building, and was erected by Francis Mayberry. It was occupied until 18__, when it was purchased by members of the Presbyterian Church. It is still standing, and is used by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church as a house of worship. (East Tennessee History: Reprinted from Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, p. C20f).

On 25 January 1801 George Mabry, Jr. was granted administration of the estate of George Mabry, Sr. by the Knox County Court. George Mabry, Jr. entered into bond with George Hays and Rowland Childs providing security in the amount of $1,000. (Knox County. Adm. Set., V. 1, p. 79) N.B. another source says this record is in Grainger County, TN.

(Jane: I suspect that George Sr. was the father of Francis Maybury and that George Jr. was a brother of Francis Maybury.)

1801 Feb 14: Francis Mabury of Knox County sold to Joshua English 320 acres of land in Powell’s Valley, Grainger County for $360. Later the same year the land fell into Anderson County when Anderson was created. Anderson County Deed Bk. A-1

1801 aug 12: William Hall, ____lly, Robert Patterson, William Clay and William Hankins, commissioners of Grainger County sold to Francis Maybury of Knox County for $96, lots #8 and 44 in the town of Rutledge, on north side of Main Street, corner o Public Square. (Deed Bk. A, p. 271). Another document says the date was 20 May 1802 (recording?). These same lots were sold by Francis Mayberry to Frederick Moyers the same day (Book A, p. 268).

1801 Dec 12: Francis Maybury of Knox Co sold to Frederik Moyers of Grainger Co. for $120, lots #8 and 44 in the town of Rutledge containing "one quarter and half quarter of an acre each. Wit: ___ Clay and ___ Mouns (or Morens). Proven in court May 1802 (Grainger Co. TN Deed Book Vol 4, p. 268)

1802 May Grainger Deed of conveyance from Francis Mayberry to Frederick Moyers for 2 lots in the town of Rutledge (Lots 8 & 44, 1/4 acre each); proven in open court by William Clay, subscribing witness.

1804 Aug 23 Grainger Bill of sale from Francis Mayberry to James Brown for a Negro girl named Jinny; witnessed by William Cook. Vol. 2 Minutes of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1812, p. 82.

1805 Grainger Francis Mayberry on tax list with 1 free poll; 7 black polls; 275 acres. Robert and Samuel Blair (brothers) and James Wilson are on the same list. Robert Blair appears next to James Wilson. A William Stubblefield is also on the list.

On 23 Aug 1805 Francis Maybury of Grainger County, sold to Thomas Jackson of Hawkins County for $200, his undivided half of 640 acres, joining James Miller on the head of Fourth Creek, which was conveyed to Maybury and Jackson by Thomas Hutchings. Wit: James Hagan & John Allen. (Recorded 28 Aug 1807 in Bk M1, p. 130).

1805 Nov Grainger Court case: Wm. Dyer, Sr. Vs. Edward Cormak and Francis Mayberry. Court found damages suit for plaintiff in the amount of $2.80. (Minutes of Court of Pleas and queater Sessions, Vol. 2, p. 121)

1806 Grainger Francis Mayberry on tax list with 265 acres, 2 free polls, 7 black polls, Capt. Jas. Mitchell’s Co.

1806 May Grainger Bill of sale from Francis Mayberry to James Wilson for Negro and other property. Proven in open court by oath of Thomas Grimes.

1806 May 17 Grainger Bill of sale from Francis Maybery to Mathew Campbell for a negro girl. Elizah, proved by Robert Blair. (Minutes of Court of Pleas and quarter Sessions, Vol. 2, p. 147) There is also a deed for this same transaction showing the the amount was $200 and that the girl was about seven years old. The deed was witnessed by Robert Blair and Presley Bucknor. Grainger County Bk B, p. 204.

1806 Aug Grainger? bill of sale from Francis Mayberry to James Richardson for 2 negroes. (Minutes of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Vol. 2, p. 163)

On 4 Sep 1806 Francis Maybry and Thomas Jackson, both of Tennessee sold to Robert Blair of Grainger County, Tennessee 150 acres at the Head of Roseberry & Beaverdam Creeks, adj. Gibbs. Recorded 30 Aug 1809 in Bk. N1, p. 298.

1807 May 16 Knox Francis Maybury of Grainger County granted power of attorney to Thomas Graham of Knox County on 16 May 1807 "to sell leave rent and convey all or any part of the lands I hold in said State of Tennessee either by Patent Deed Leave or Entry, and also to dispose of every other Property I have in Negroes, Horses, Cattle, Household Furniture and otherwise and to ___ sue for and recover any debts due to me in said state by Bond Note, Agreement or Book account, also to settle with my Creditors on such terms as he thinks best". Wit: Henry Roberts & Nathaniel Graham. Registered 26 Feb 1808 in Bk. M1, p. 325f.

1807 May Grainger James and Wm. Park vs. Francis Mayberry; jury rules plaintiffs to recover the deft. $7.50. (Minutes of Court of Pleas and quarter Sessions, Vol. 2, p. 212)

7 Sep 1804 Francis Maybury of Grainger Co. sold to Robert Blair of Grainger County, "in consideration of the sum of $400 to be paid to the said Francis Maybury on the first day of January in the year 1812 and $100 to be paid on the first day of January annually during the natural life of said Francis Mayberry and Mary Mayberry his wife bonds being forfeited to the said Francis Mayberry for the same under the following restrictions that is that if the said Francis Mayberry & Mary his wife should depart this life before the time above mentioned then and in that case the said Robert Blair is not bound to pay more than at the rate of one hundred dollars per year during the life of said Mayberry or his wife Mary that is when either survives now for and in consideration of the above payments to be truly made and done the said Francis Mayberry doth hereby relinquish and assign over unto the said Robert Blair during the natural life of him the said Mayberry and Mary his wife all their right title property interest and demand of in and to the one half of the land & plantation purchased by James Wilson from John Beaty that is to say one half of the land that was then cleared and what said Maybury has since cleared & liberty to clear as will appear by an agreement between said Mayberry his wife & said James Wilson bearing date the tenth day of August 1804 and likewise the houses and other improvements made on said land by or for said Mayberry...etc. Wit: Henry Hawkins, Jr. and William Hutchison. (Grainger Co. Tn. Deed Bk. B, p. 186). See also 10 August 1804.

1808 Jul 26: Francis Mayberry of Granger Co., Tenn to Marston Mead of Knox Co., Tenn for $633 1/3, 1000 acres on the waters of Clear Creek...a tract of land lying & being in the Eastern District on the North side of Tennessee Riverin Clear Creek in the Second Valley from Cumberland Mountain. Beginning at (trees) on the North side of the reek...which by virtue of a removed [? On ed] warrant No. 2507 was surveyed for Francis Mayberry the 7 July 1792. Wit: William Hutchison, James Wilson. Recorded: January Session 1813. Acknowledged by Francis Mayberry & state tax paid 8 Jan 1813. Endorsed & Registered 8 Apr 1813.

1808 Aug 17: This is a deed from Francis Maybury for $1 confirming to Philip Syler his purchase of 300 acres, which was part of an original 800 acre grant on the East Fork of Flat Creek to Francis Maybury on 24 Jun 1793. The land had been sold by Francis Maybury to William Blount; then conveyed by William Blount in May 1797 to Peter Bealer; then conveyed by Peter Bealer on 20 May 1799 to William Nall; then by William Nall on 28 Oct 1799 to Philip Syler. The reason for this document was because the deed from Francis Maybury to William Blount had been lost before it could be registered. Wit: William Dyer, Henry Matlock. Registered in Grainger County on 13 October 1808. (Bk. B, p. 181).

1808 Nov Grainger a bill of sale from Francis Mayberry to Robert Blain (Blair?) and James Armstrong for a Negro woman named Sarah; Wm. Hutcheson and Amos Sharp, wit. (Minutes of Court of Pleas and quarter Sessions, Vol. 2, p. 250)

1808 Nov 23: Francis Maybury of Grainger County to John and William Bell of town of Petersburg, Virginia. Francis for his indebtedness to John and William Bell the sum of $754 as assignees of James Stuart, Merchant in Petersburg, for purpose of discharging the debt, does sell to the Bells 377 acres in Campbell County in Powells Valley. Signed Francis Maybury (Seal) by Thomas Graham his attorney in fact in the presence of P(leasant). M. Miller and Thos.Davides. Proven March term 1809 in Hamilton Distrct of Tennessee Court. Proven June term 1809 in Campbell Co., TN Reg. 5Aug 1809.(Campbell Co. Deed Book A. p. 105 & 106).

1809 May Grainger Benj. Nall for use of Adam Lyttle vs. Francis Mayberry; Robert Blair being summoned a garnishee in this case declares on oath that he is not now nor was at the time he was summoned indebted to F. Mayberry and that he has not now nor had not at the time he was summoned any effects of F. Mayberry in his hands and does not know any person indebted to said Francis or has any effects in their hands. (Minutes of Court of Pleas and quarter Sessions, Vol. 2, p. 276)

1809 Aug Grainger Ordered that James Elkins be overseer of the road from Coxes old place to the Knox County line in the room of Robert Blair and that he have the same bounds for hands that said Blair had... (WPA - Grainger County Minutes of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1812, p. 286)

1809 Nov 17: Francis Mayberry of Grainger County sold to John Ferby of Knox County 333 acres (out of an original grant of 4400 acres to Hinds and Mayberry) for $300 on both sides of Wolfe River adj. Thos. Mayberry and the SW corner of John Hinds; wit by Simon and John Huddleston. (N.B. Francis Mabry was "of Grainger County and John Ferby was of Knox County").

1810 Grainger Francis Mayberry listed in the 1810 census of Grainger County: 1 male over 45; 1 female over 45; no slaves.

1810 Grainger Charles Mayberry listed in the 1810 census of Grainger County: 1male under 10; 2 10/16; 2 over 45; and 1 female 26/45; 2 10/16; 3 under 10

1810 Nov Grainger Ord’d that James Blair have leave to administer on goods and chattels of James Blair, the elder, dec’d. and said James Blair enters into bond of $5000 with Joseph Cobb, Robert Blair, and Samuel Blair. (WPA - Grainger County Minutes of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1812, p. 349)

1812 Feb 18 Grainger Robert Blair having preferred a petition for a license to keep a house of publick entertainment and it appearing that the said Blair was a man of sufficient property...ordered a license to issue. His security: Henry Hawkins, $1,000. (WPA - Grainger County Minutes of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1812, p. 413

1812 Feb 24: Indenture, 24 Feb 1812 between Francis Maybury of Grainger County and Sampson David of Jacksborough, Campbell County. For $300 Francis Maybury sells 392 acres in Powells Valley, ?part of a NC grant to Maybury. Witnesses: Edmond Townzen, Jubiles Clibourn & James C. Magee (Campbell County Deed Book B, p. 121 & 122)

1813 May 17 Grainger The will of James Campbell was exhibited in court and proven by the oaths of Francis Mayberry and Robert Blair. Matthew Campbell was the Executor. (Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Book 3, p. 92)

1814 Feb 5: The State of Tennessee sold to Francis Maybury for "ten pounds for every hundred acres" 800 acres lying in Hawkins County on the East Fork of Flat Creek joining John Anderson’s survey of 697 acres. (N.B. This was originally a grant issued by the State of NC on 24 Jun 1793 and was registered in Grainger County on 30 May 1807; then registered in Hawkins County on 5 Feb 1814. (Bk. B, p. 71)

1814 Feb 15: Francis Maybury sold to Abraham Cocke for $1,000, a 300 acre tract of land lying on both sides of the "waggon road which leads from Cheeks Cross Roads to Knoxville. Wit: Robert Blain & William E. Cocke. Proven Feb 1814 in open court. (Deed Bk. 3, p. 313).

1814 Feb 15: Francis Maybury of Grainger County sold to Boater Kennedy of Jefferson County for $100, 50 acres in Jefferson on south side of road leading from Mossey Creek to Dodson’s Fork on Holston River and being part of a tract of 640 acres granted by the State of N.C. to Jas. Maybury beginning on a post oak corner to said survey...; Wit: Mordecai Mendenhall, Jacob (x) Willson, Junior. Reg’d 30 Jun 1815 (Book M, p. 117)

1814 Feb 15: Francis Maybury of Grainger County, Tenn. To Mordecai Mendenhall of Jefferson for $200 sold land in Jefferson and Grainger on both sides of the road leading from Dodson’s Ford to Mossy Creek Iron Works being part of a 640 acre tract patented ty State of N.C. to James Mabury, dec’d. and containing 125 acres, beginning at a stake in the main road corner in Boater Canady...; Wit: Jacob (x) Wilson, Junr., Boater Canady; Reg’d 1 Aug 1815 (Deed Book M, p. 138)

1814 Aug 29: Tract 431 on Flat Creek. King was of Hawkins County and Francis Mayberry was of Knox County. Wit. by Thos. Jackson and Jos. Gentry.

1814 Aug 29: Francis Mayberry under oath states that he was unable to find this land (tract 431) granted him on 29 Jul 1793 by Thomas King.

1815 Nov 21 Grainger A bill of sale from Abner Carr to Matthew Campbell for 1 negro woman named Julia was proven in court by oath of Francis Maberry and Robert Blair.

1817 Mar 8: Francis Maybury of Grainger County, Tenn. To Clisbe Riggs of Jefferson for $55 sold 112 acres in Jefferson on the main road leading from Mossy Creek to Dodson’s Fork on Holston River being part of a tract of land granted by the State of N.C. to James Maybury, bounds John Bull, said Riggs; Wit: Elihu Milliken, Edward Riggs, William Cantrell; Reg’d 6 Apr 1817. (Deed Book O, p. 106)

1818 Sep: "Died - Maybury, Frances - Age 70 years. Died Sept. 1818 (Very Old)". This record, found in some miscellaneous notes assembled by a Mrs. Wayland of Knoxville, Tennessee in 1962, seems very likely to be a reference to the tombstone of Francis Maybury. Unfortunately no other information is given about the location of the grave, etc.

No further records of Francis Maybury found after this date. Note that these are ONLY the Grainger County records! There are many more in other counties!!

I hope this will eliminate any duplicate searches. It will give you an overview of the activity of Francis Maybury in Grainger County which we believe was his last place of residence. Perhaps you can think of some OTHER kinds of records to look for in Grainger County. Or perhaps you can help us with locating where it was in Grainger County that Francis actually lived. If we can narrow it down to a neighborhood, then we might be able to find something locally. Don
Mabry Family Webpage: www.execpc.com/~dcollins/mabry.html

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