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Colonel Harlee's Notes on 1226 Mark Robertson

[1226] Mark Robertson is shown herein to have been the brother of [1221] Gen. James Robertson and others and was therefore son of their parents, [122] John and Mary (Gower) Robertson.

It is estimated that he was born about 1745. He apparently became of age about 1776. [If he came of age in 1776, he was born about 1755, not 1745. TR] [1221] James Robertson went to Wake Co., N. C., "whither he had gone in the Winter of 1776-77 to adjust his unsettled business there and to receive from Col. Michael Rogers, as guardian of his brother [1226] Mark, the legacies and personal estates to which he was entitled under the will of their father." (Haywood's History of Tennessee, Ch. II.)

Also in that year [1226] Mark Robertson signed the "petition of the inhabitants of the Washington District including the River Wataugah, Nolachuckie, etc." to the provincial Council of North Carolina "that you may annex us to your province...."

[1226] Mark Robertson accompanied his brothers, [1221] James and [1222] John Robertson, when they removed, 1779-80, from the Watauga to the Cumberland (Draper MS. 6XX96) and also accompanied his brother, [1221] James Robertson, on his perilous trip soon afterwards into Illinois (Draper MS. 6XX65).

"[1226] Captain Mark Robertson, brother of [1221] General James Robertson and [1224] Col. Elijah Robertson . . joined his brother [1221] James on the Watauga and went with him to the settlement on the Bluffs of the Cumberland where he signed the memorable document known as the Cumberland compact on the 13th day of May 1780 at Nashboro (now Nashville)...[1221] Mark Robertson took a gallant part in the military activities of the western frontier. He married, says Miss Jane Thomas in 'Old Days in Nashville,' a Mrs. Hunt (Hunter. WCH) whose first husband was killed by Indians. Her second husband, [1226] Mark Robertson, was also killed by Indians. Dr. W. A. Provine, D.D., editor of Tennessee Historical Magazine, thinks the third husband of Mrs. Mark Robertson was Judge John McNairy." (Mrs. Bond's Kinship Book, p. 513).

(Note by Dr. W. A. Provine: The name which Miss Thomas called "Hunt" was "Hunter." Miss Bell first married Hunter, then [1226] Mark Robertson, then Judge John McNairy).

Mrs. Bond then states that [1226] Mark Robertson's will mentions "his children [12273] Charity Robertson who married - - - Johnson, [12271] Mary Robertson, and [12272] Elizabeth Robertson." This is erroneous. His will mentions "my sister [1227] Ann Cockrill's three daughters, viz: [12271] Mary, [12272] Elizabeth, and [12273] Charity Johnson" and does not mention any children of [1226] Mark Robertson, thus creating the presumption that he then had none....

[Davidson County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes, 1783-1792, Book A, 27. July 1784. Mark Robertson gave bond and security of £250 to idemnify the county of a bastard child of which he stands the reputed father. TR]

The wife of [1226] Mark Robertson was originally Miss Mary Bell. Her first husband, Capt. John Hunter, was killed by the Indians as was her second husband, [1226] Mark Robertson. She then married the notable Judge John McNairy.

"About the time Capt. John Hunter was killed, a little after, James Hunter, in a boat attempted to draw his gun towards him, muzzle, foremost, it went off & killed him. The news of the death of both brothers went to their parents in N. C. at the same time." (Draper MS. 315204: Dr. Draper's note made from conversation with "Mrs. Col. Elijah Robertson [married 1224] & son.")

State Records of North Carolina show under Roster of the Continental Line from N. C.: "Robeson, Mark, pt. McRee's Company, enlisted 28 Apl '81 for 12 mo. Left service 28 Apl 82 (Vol. XVI, p. 1149) Also under Army Accounts of the North Carolina Line: "Mark Robertson 32£ 10s" (Vol. XVII, p. 244) . Also that [1226] "Mark Roberson" and other inhabitants of Davidson Co., each received a grant of 640 acres of land for defense of Davidson Co., against Indian allies of the British during Revolutionary War (Vol. XIX, p. 572). Also that "Mark Robinson" was killed by Indians (Vol. XX, pp. 722 and 730).

"His (James Robertson's) brother [1226] Mark was killed in June (17)87 by a party of Indians who had laid wait on the. path as he was returning home from his brother's." (Draper MS. 6XX96).

"In the month of May, 1787...the Indians came to Richland Creek, and in the day-time killed [1226] Mark Robertson, near the place where Robertson's mill now (1823) stands, as he was returning home from the residence of [1221] Col. Robertson, his brother." (Haywood's History of Tennessee, Ch. VII).

This Richland Creek flows into the Cumberland River near Nashville, Tenn. There are other Richland Creeks in Tennessee.

The exact date of [1226] Mark Robertson's death is stated by relatives as 11 Jun 1787.

His original will is filed in Davidson Co.,- Tenn., Clerk of County Court and is recorded in Will Book 1, p. 53.

The will, dated 12 Aug 1784, was proved 2 Jul 1787 when each of the executors named gave bond of 1000 pounds each.

The will shows that [1223] Charles, [1221] James and [1226] Mark Robertson were brothers and had sister, [1227] Ann Cockrill, whose first husband was Johnson, also a [1225] "Sister Cash", who is elsewhere shown to have been wife of William Cash.

Transcript of [1226] Mark Robertson's will.

Source: William Curry Harlee, Kinfolks: A Genealogical and Biographical Record, 3 vols. (New Orleans: Searcy & Pfaff, 1935-37), 3: 2553-2554.

Last updated: Monday, November 17, 2003

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