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CHESLEY JARNIGAN AND FAMILY OF GRAINGER COUNTY

After more than 150 years it is difficult to get some of these old families straight.

CHESLEY JARNIGAN and his wife MARTHA GILL were residents of GRAINGER COUNTY most of their lives, except a few years at CLINTON and ENOXVILLE, when educating their children. Reference to the JEFFERSON COUNTY NOTES herein will show that there was a CHESLEY JARNIGAN, who died in JEFFERSON COUNTY somewhere around 1826, and that he had married MARTHA BARTON in 1793 perhaps in Greene County, Tennessee, and settled in what was JEFFERSON COUNTY, with brothers and sisters, NOAH, PRESTON B., SPENCER and sister LAVINIA, who married a MAJOR LEA - doubtless the same MAJOR LEA who is listed as one of the first magistrates of CLAIBORNE COUNTY in 1796.

The marriage of CHESLEY JARNIGAN of JEFFERSON COUNTY to Martha BARTON in March 1793 is shown on the marriage records of the county published in these notes. The CHESLEY JARNIGAN of GRAINGER COUNTY died in 1879 at the age of 72 years at TATE SPRINGS. He was the father of THOMAS J. JARNIGAN, a merchant in CRAINGER COUNTY, who was born January 30, 1835. This CHESLEY JARNIGAN was NOT a lawyer, but a plain farmer. He was also the father of JOHN J. JARNIGAN and CHESLEY G. JARNIGAN, and his wife MARTHA GILL was perhaps a sister of SAMUEL GILL, a business man at ??EAN'S STATION. Now this CHESLEY JARNIGAN who married MARTHA GILL must have been a son of NOAH JARNIGAN, brother of the CHESLEY, of Jefferson County, whose wife was MARTHA BARTON, and whose daughter LAVINIA married MAJOR LEA, and a brother of MILTON P. JARNIGAN, who read law in the office of his COUSIN SPENCER JARNIGAN, at ATHENS, TENNESSEE. Also this CHESLEY JARNIGAN, of GRAINGER COUNTY was the close relative of MAJOR LEA, as shown.

CHESLEY JARNIGAN who married MARTHA GILL and lived in Grainger County had these children:

1. THOMAS JARNIGAN (b. 1835) 2. CHESLEY G. JARNIGAN 3. JOHN J. JARNIGAN 4. SPENCER CLACK JARNIGAN 5. HENRY T. JARNIOAN

THOMAS JARNIGAN married KATE M. TAYLOR

THE MURRAYS AND COBBS OF GRAINGER COUNTY

WILLIAM MURRAY, of Grainger County, was born about 1800, and married a SARAH COBB (1805-1883). They were married at BEAN'S STATION, and the husband DR. WILLIAM MURRAY practiced medicine in the county for thirty years or more. ??m. T., his son went to old TUSOULUM COLLEGE, but quit and enlisted in the forces of the Confederacy when the War Between the States started. Dr. Murray and his wife had five children and the son William T. Murray was the fourth. In 1867 William T. Murray married Mrs. ELIZABETH J. JARNIGAN, a daughter of Samuel Gill. they had a good sized family, mostly daughters.

THE SAMUEL GILL FAMILY OF GRA INGER COUNTY

THOMAS GILL was one among the very early settlers of what is GRAINGER County. He came there from the vicinity of BERTLE COUNTY, North Carolina. He came overland in wagons, bringing his wife and family, including several negro slaves along with him. The name of his wife is unknown, but may appear on some of the old tombstone records shown in these notes.

SAMUEL GILL was the son of THOMAS GILL, and was born April 12th 1812 probably at Bean's Station, Grainger County. He married DIANA COBB, who is said to have bean born in KNOX COUNTY. (She was perhaps of the WILLIAM COBB family, of WASHINGTON and SULLIVAN Counties, and of that branch of the family who lived near the line of GRAINGER CO. in the Flat Creek settlement, in the upper part of Knox County). SAM GILL and DIANA COBB were the parents of JAMES S. GILL, born October 12, 1857. He was sent to school at Morristown and Emory and Henry College, and in 1878 was married to Miss Sallie B. Mor??an, who was also born in Knox County.

JAMES S. GILL and his wife SARAH B. MORGAN, were the parants of the following children:

  1. 1. JOHN GILL
  2. 2. CARRIE GILL
  3. 3. JESSIE GILL

--1 son and 2 caughters.

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