||Abner Witt settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.|
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In 1741 Abner's grandfather, William Witt, deeded certain acreage in Goochland County to Abner's father, John Witt. This is where Abner grew up and met and married his wife Anna about 1758. Shortly after 1785, Abner left Virginia with his brothers, John Jr. and George, and settled in North Carolina/Tennessee, acquiring land in Greene County and Hawkins County. (This area became Knox County, Tennessee in 1792.) Although the grants, totaling 500 acres, were registered in 1793, the land was surveyed and entered about 1790.
In 1804 and 1806 Abner appears on the Tax List records in Knox County. No records have yet been located for Abner after 1806.
In November 1806 Abner is reported to have gone alone into the Caney Fork region of Cumberland in Middle Tennessee. He returned about August 1807. In December 1807 he then moved into the area which would become Hamilton County to join two of his sons-in-law, Robert Gamble and Robert Patterson. In 1823, in a deposition given by Robert Patterson after the death of Abner Witt, Patterson said he had been acquainted with Abner Witt “since 1787 or 1788, with Soloman Reed since about the time of Blount's Treaty with the Cherokee Indians where Knoxville now stands.”
No birth record has been found. Birth date is based on date of marriage and birth of children.
No marriage record has been found. Abner married Anna Churchill about 1758 in Albemarle County, Virginia Colony. Marriage year is based on birth of daughter Elizabeth Witt, born about 1759. There has been disagreement on the surname of Abner's wife, with some researchers maintaining she was Anna Luttrell. The general consensus seems to be she was a Churchill. (See Note #2 below.)
No death record or burial site has been found. Most researchers state he died in 1823 in Rhea County, Tennessee. If he did die in 1823, it would have been in Hamilton County which was formed from Rhea in 1819.
The only reference I have found to any support for this death date is a quote in Wilson, John, Hamilton County Pioneers - The Witt Family. If anyone has documentation for birth or death, please let me know. Strutton-11 14:27, 29 September 2014 (EDT)
1758 Abner married Anna in Albemarle County, Virginia Colony.
1783 Heads of families, Federal Census 1790, Amherst County, VA; Abner Witt, 7 whites, 4 blacks.
1785 Heads of families, Federal Census 1790, Amherst County, VA; Abner Witt, 9 persons, 1 dwelling
1793 29 July 1793 granted 250 acres "on the south side of Halston River beginning on the north side of the ridge that divides the waters runs into Caoux (?) Creek from those running into Inman's Creek .... " in Hawkins County, North Carolina (later Tennessee) "... for and in consideration of the sum of Ten Pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted, paid into our Treasury, by Abner Witt."
1793 29 July 1793 granted 250 acres "... on the south side of Holston river on Cedar fork of Sinking Creek.... " in Greene County, North Carolina "... for and in consideration of the sum of Ten Pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted, paid into our Treasury, by Abner Witt."
1804 Tennessee, Early Tax List Records; Capt. Looney's Co., Knox County, Tennessee: Witt, Abner 150 acres, between 2d & 3d Ck.; Witt, Abner, 45 acres , Grasey Valey; Witt, Abner, 200 acres, Inmans Creek; Witt, Abner, 17 acres, joining Joseph Greer.
1806 Tennessee, Early Tax List Records; 12. Captain Lonas' Company, Knox County, Tennessee: Witt, Abner, 151 acres. Footnote #175 attached to entry: "Descendant of a French Huguenot who emigrated to the colony of Virginia and settled at Mannikentown; moved to Knox County and lived there until 1806, when he moved to Jackson County, Tenn,; returned to Knox County for a year or two; then moved to Rhea County and settled on Sale Creek, where several of his sons and sons-in-law had preceded him. Allen, "Leaves from the Family Tree," loc. cit., Dec. 17. 1933."
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On 24 Nov 2014 at 18:30 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:
On 28 Sep 2014 at 16:43 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:
On 28 Sep 2014 at 16:42 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:
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