Petition to Form Russell County, Virginia
December, 1785


Petition to Form Russell County, Virginia
December, 1785

     The petition of sundrey inhabitants of Clinch River, Moccasin Creek, Powells Valley, and others, citizens of Washington County humbly represent that your petitioners are situate from the line of Montgomery as it crosses near the source of Clinch River, down the same eighty miles; thence to the extreme settlements of Powells Valley forty more.
     The greatest proportion of your petitioners have to travel from twenty-five to fifty miles and some, eighty to a hundred; moreover are generally interrupted by Clinch Mountain and the north branch of the Holstein river; the former affording very difficult passes; the latter much danger and difficulty in crossing it in spring and after considerable rain. Contiguous to its southern bank a chain of hills almost as difficult as Clinch Mountain; so that great difficulty arises to your petitioners - not only in attending courts, but general musters and courts martial. And from the extent of schasm between our small settlements make it
exceeding difficult to arrainge companies without subjecting some to travel fifteen or twenty miles to private musters, and to difficulties in the militia law that principally affect your petitioners. These are evils, small indeed, compared to the feelings we constantly undergo when obliged to leave our helpless families exposed at so very great distance to obey the laws of our country. And however evident the may appear to us, will not certainly on our failure of duty, plead our excuse, a circumstance alone whereby sufficient to claim the honored respect of the Legislature to remove the grievance. 

    We therefore pray your Honorable House will take our case into consideration and divide the county. We further pray a line may be fixed along Clinch Mountain with Montgomery line to the Carolina line; or with the line at present dividing this county into two regiments to the aforesaid Carolina line; thence with the said line to Cumberland Mountain, including the extent of county between Cumberland Mountain and Montgomery line, and Clinch Mountain as the aforesaid regimental line, etc. for the new county; and southeast of the said Clinch Mountain remain Washington County. And we, your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, etc., etc.

H. Smith
David Ward

Alexander Barnett

Andrew Cowan

Samuel Robinson

Charles Bickley

James Leith

Moses Damron

Lazarus Damron

John Damron

Edward Stapleton

Isaiah Stils

Jams Osburn

James McKenny

James Bush

James Wharton

David Cox

Ben Graves

Thomas Price, Jr.

John Baker

James Smith

Joel Gallaher

Thomas Prater

William Gilmore

Charles Hays

William Vaughn

William Smith

Shadrack Montz

Edward Smote

James Alley, Sr.

James Alley, Jr.

Samuel Alley

Peter Alley

John Alley

Hosea Alley

David Alley

Patrick Porter

Christopher Cooper

Samuel Stallard

Alexander Ritchie

Thomas Carter

John Carter

Norris Carter

John Carter, Jr.

David Young

Ambrose Fletcher

Richard Fletcher

Joseph Blackmore

William Duncan

Alexander Ritchie, Jr.

William McDuck

Hamelton Crockett

Joseph Blackmore

Townsend Duncan

Samuel Haddox

James Duncan

John Duncan

Patten Nicholson

Benjamin Nicholson

William Bowland

Abraham Hayter

James Gibson

John McCulloch

James Harris

Henry Dickson, Jr.

John Kinkead

Arthur Bowen

William Hammond

Robert Benher

Archelas Bromley

Jonathan Cunningham

William Gilmore

Charles Hays

William Smith

Jonathan Langdon

Henry Dickinson

_____ Shelley

Phillip Shelburn

(name illegible)

(name illegible)

Edmond Pendleton

(name illegible)

John Trayer

James Davidson

Samuel White

Peter Macintosh (?)

Patrick Rishley (?)

Champ Farris

Samuel Davidson

William Davidson

Samuel Davidson

John White

Jacob Castle

Jonathan Wood

James Osborn

Joseph Castle

William Houston

James Ovelton

Zachariah Fugate

William Fugate

Coleby Fugate

Charles Dever

Samuel Haddox

Silas Enyart

Alexander Crockett

Edward Young

John Wright

John Jackson

James Elkins

Drury Elkins

James Jones

David Musick

Henry Skaggs

David Skaggs

Electius Musick

(name illegible)

John Belsher

Henry Mack (?)

William Prater

Jonathan Prater

Daniel Nelson

Johnson Nelson

Lyles Dolesbury

(name illegible)

Edward Covill (?)

James Wright

Robert Montgomery

Matthew Kincannon

Samuel Vance

Abraham Donelson

John Fowler

James Bradley

John Kennedy

Alexander Montgomery

Edward Smith

John Bowers

Johnny Davis

Samuel Young

Joseph Fugate

James Daniel

William Oney

George Belsher

Patrick Kendrick

Jessee Gray

Henry Hamlin

William Rogers

John Chase (?)

Jessee Elkins

Archibald Prater

George Roberts

John Enyart

Alexander Kirk

George Gibson

Adam Hop (illegible)

Edward ?

(name illegible)

John Campbell

David Cain

(name illegible)

Joseph Hensley

John Lathim

Robert (illegible)

James Montgomery

Robert Carden (?)

John Campbell

J. P. Black

Henry Dickenson

James Craig

George Clark

Hays Branson (?)

(?) Hensley

William Long

Benjamin Jones

Anse (?) Price

John Lewis

George Hatfield

Marsheck Stacy

John Stacy

Thomas Conway

Jared Bowland

George Asberry

Henry Asberry

John Wells

Thomas Green

Joseph Hatfield

Ennis Smith

Eli Smith

Joseph Hatfield

Enous Smith, Jr.

Thomas Cameron

John Lewis

Charles Neil

Harrison Wilson

Richard Wilson

Soloman Skaggs

Jeffrey Hildreth

Robert Higginbotham

Adam Lash

John Asberry

James Brown

Wyatt Daniel

James Young

Samuel Vanhook

William Jameson

Shady White

Dudley Young

John Green

(?) Bristow

William Asberry

James Pack (?)

Francis Browning

Charles Price

(name illegible)

James Landers

John Gibson

William Price

George Puckett

Zachariah Henderson

David Price

Daniel Price

Thomas Johnston (?)

Alexander Scott (?)

Henry Hamblen

John Bristor

Michael Sord

Abraham Beavers

William Robertson

George McCoy

Jacob Robertson

Robert McCoy

John Wagg

David Calhoon

Joseph McFarlan

Robert McFarlan

John English

Robert Craig

Thomas Bird

William Bird

William McPike (?)

John Wilson

Joseph Meredith

Benjamin Oney

Richard Oney

John Deskins

James Fugate

John Fulton

John Henry

John Vandyke

Abraham Millard

Charles Millard

Matthew Raimy

James Rogers

William France

Jessee Jackson

Jessee Vermillion

John Wells

James Shewmaker

John Gibson

John Shewmaker

George Robinson

William Hearlson

John Raney

John Thomson

Abraham Childress

John Webb

Richard Fields

Joseph Perrin

William Bruster

Michael Bruster

Thomas Francis

Thomas Tate

David Young

John Thompson

William Elsom

Alldon Williamson

William Evans

John Short

Benjamine Alderson

Thomas Short

William Runion

John Hatfield

William Thompson

Richard Thompson

William Johnson

Valentine Choat

Thomas Wallin

Stephen Wallin

Robert Tate, Jr.

Robert Tate, Sr.

Frederick Friley

James Friley

Martin Friley

Caleb Friley

John Friley

William Friley

William Orsborn

Thomas Orsborn

Lewis Walter

Edward Stapleton

Isiah Stil

William Porter

Joseph Whitey

John Tate

William Blanton

Edward Givens

Thomas M ?

Richard Henderson

Thomas Habos ?

Ephraim Hatfield

Zachariah Price

Isaac Elam

John Cowan

? Colvill

Edward Kelley

Joseph Hider

James Craig

Elijah Smith

William Edmisson

James Ryland ?

Jeremiah Coles

Abraham Hayter, Jr.

James (name illegible)

Solomon Litton

James Fullen

Alexander McFarland

William Preece

Joel Barker

Drury Puckett

Dale Barga (?)

Michel Allerd

James Price

Simeon Preston?

John Borum

Samuel Ritchie

William Crabtree

John Garrison

Jeremiah Puckett

James Jackson

Meshack Stacy

Alexander Martin

William Gilmore

Andrew Colvill

     Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia, published by the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia, publication 13 - 1979, pages 26 to 30

Return to Historical Sketches

Return to Wise Co

Copyright Notice
All files on this site are copyrighted by their creator. They may not be reproduced on another site without specific permission from Vickie Sturgill Stevens . Although public information is not in and of itself copyrightable, the format in which they are presented, the notes and comments, etc., are.