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Colonel Harlee's Notes on 1222 John Robertson

[1222] John Robertson was son of [122] John and Mary (Gower) Robertson as shown by the evidence that he was brother of their son, [1221] Gen. James Robertson...

[1222] John Robertson is frequently mentioned in the earliest records of Washington County Court. At the March term, 1779, he was elected constable. (Note from Judge Samuel Cole Williams).

"In October (1779) he...[1221]...James Robertson...set out (from the Watauga settlement with his stock in company with his brothers, [1226] Mark & [1222] John Robertson, his son [12211] Jonathan..., ten years old, and a negro man of his own family & several other persons. They came through the wilderness by the way of Kentucky & arrived at Nashville during the winter & drove his horses & cattle on the ice over the Cumberland River at the mouth of the Big Branch towards the last of February." (Draper MS. 6XX96).

Among the signers, in 1776, of the petition of the inhabitants of the Watauga Settlement and District of Washington to be annexed to North Carolina was [1222] "John Robinson".... He is believed to have been [1222] John Robertson, brother of [1221] James, [1224] Elijah, and [1226] Mark, all of whom signed that petition.

"In the fall of (17) 80 his (James Robertson's) brother [1222] John with three other white men & three negroes went to Stoney River nine miles above Nashville in a boat to gather & bring down some corn that had been raised there during the summerbut the Indians becoming so troublesome the plan was abandoned. This boat was waylaid by a party of Indians and when they entered it were fired on by them and the four white men were killed and one of the blacks & the other two made prisoners & taken off." (Draper MS. 6XX96).

"In the same year, 1780, the Indians killed...[1222] John Robertson son of [1221] Capt. James Robertson" (Haywood's History of Tennessee). This [1222] John Robertson was brother, instead of son, of the then [1221] Capt. (later Gen.) James Robertson. It is well known that [1221] James Robertson had no son, John, who was killed by the Indians.

State Records of North Carolina, Vol. XIX, p. 572, show that the heirs of [1222] "John Robertson" and others "who were killed in the settlement and defense of the said County of Davidson" now in Tennessee, were granted 640 acres of land. This was enacted in 1784.

"We are indebted to Miss Jane Thomas' account of 'Old Days in Nashville' for the only statement found in print that there was a person named Mrs. Dolly Maclin Robertson living in Nashville in early times. Yet in the name alone we find evidence that she was daughter of Mrs. Sarah (Clack) Maclin...who would naturally have named a daughter for her sister, Dolly Clack.... Moreover, her name and the name of her sister, Mrs. Jane (Maclin) Clack..., are needed to complete the number of the 'seven Maclin sisters' of whom I have heard ever since I can remember knowing anything of family history" (Mrs. Bond in Kinship Book, p. 497). In the text which follows "[1222] Captain Jonathan Robertson brother of [1224] Col. Elijah, [1223] Colonel Charles [who was not a colonel TR], [1226] Captain Mark, and [1221] General James Robertson" is ascribed as her husband. However, the only other known brother of [1221] James, [1224] Elijah, [1226] Mark, and [1223] Charles Robertson was, [1222] John, instead of Jonathan, Robertson.

If there was a Dolly Maclin, daughter of William and Sarah (Clack) Maclin who married a Robertson, he was very probably this [1222] John Robertson.

It is well known that the wife of [12211] Jonathan Robertson..., son of [1221] Gen. James Robertson, was not Dolly Maclin.

Source: William Curry Harlee, Kinfolks: A Genealogical and Biographical Record, 3 vols. (New Orleans: Searcy & Pfaff, 1935-37), 3: 2555-2556.

Last updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2003

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