Person:John Childress (9)

John Childress
b.2 December 1759 Albemarle County, Virginia
d.11 January 1849 Knox County, Tennessee
m. bef. 1759
  1. John Childress1759 - 1849
m. Abt. 1775
  1. James Childress1775 -
  2. John Childress1777 -
m. abt. 1779
  1. Lucretia "Lucy" Childress1784 - 1869
  2. Robert Lindsay Childress1785 - 1869
  3. Lindsay Childress1795 - 1849
  4. Elizabeth H. 'Betsy' Childress1798 - 1870
Facts and Events
Name John Childress
Gender Male
Birth? 2 December 1759 Albemarle County, Virginia
Marriage Abt. 1775 Amherst County, Virginiato Lucretia Edmiston
Marriage abt. 1779 Amherst County, Virginiato Elizabeth Lindsay
Burial[1] 1849 Mount Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Heiskell, Knox County, Tennessee
Death? 11 January 1849 Knox County, Tennessee [Died Intestate]

Records in Tennessee

  • ROBERT CHILDRESS v. BETSY HYNDS, Packet #512 (Knox Co., TN Chancery Court filed 17 Aug 1849) (Microfilm Reel #11, Chancery Court Cases 511-577): Transcript of Bill of complaint (or Petition) for judicial sale. A Bill. ROBT. CHILDRESS and others vs. BETSY HYNDS and others. Filed August 1849 To the Honorable Thomas I. Williams Chancellor & sitting in Chancery for the District composed of Knox, Anderson & Blount [Counties]: Humbly Complaining herewith unto your Honor Your Orators ROBERT CHILDRESS of Knox County, LUCY JULIAN & her husband JOHN JULIAN of Knox County, JOHN CHILDRESS of Anderson County & WILLIAM CHILDRESS of Campbell County, Ten[nessee] [plead] that about the 11th day of January 1848 [sic] their ancestor, JOHN CHILDRESS, departed this life in Knox County intestate, and at County Court of Knox County, your Orator ROBERT CHILDRESS & his son ROBERT CHILDRESS were appointed administrators of said estate. Said intestate was very little if any indebted at the time of his death. His personal estate is more than sufficient to pay & satisfy his debts. Said intestate died seized and possessed of a tract of land adjoining the lands of John Connor, ROBERT CHILDRESS & LINDSAY CHILDRESS of Knox County and is estimated to contain 453 [acres] it being the same place on which said intestate died. Your Orators state that in addition to your Complainants said intestate left the following named persons his heirs at law & distributees, to wit: BETSY HYNDS & her husband BYRAM HYNDS of Marshall County, Ala[bama], the heirs of LINDSAY CHILDRESS to wit: PHOEBE TINDLE & her husband JAMES TINDLE of ___ [sic] County, Missouri State. Also POLLY CHILDRESS who has since intermarried with THOMAS MAY, NANCY CHILDRESS since intermarried with JAMES DeARMOND, HUGH I. CHILDRESS & MARGARET CHILDRESS both minors have no guardians. They reside in Knox County, Tennessee. Also the heirs of SALLY COX, formerly SALLY CHILDRESS to wit: JACKSON COX of Anderson County, CURD COX of Knox County, JOHN COX of Claiborne County, ROBERT COX, MYRA PETRE & her husband WILLIAM PETRE of Knox County. Also the heirs of POLLY HYNES, formerly POLLY CHILDRESS to wit: LINDSAY CHILDRESS HYNDS of Marshall County, Ala., BENJAMIN J. HYNDS, LORRINDA PHARRIS & her husband SOLOMON PHARRIS, EBENEZER R. HYNDS, WILLIAM SINGLETON HYNDS, & MARJORY ANN HYNDS, all citizens of Texas. Also JAMES CHILDRESS of Pulaski County, Missouri. Your Orators charge that said tract of land is not susceptible of a division amongst said heirs [and] that to divide it would lessen its value & in fact ruin the farm; that it is impossible to give spring water to ___ and your Orators are perfectly satisfied that in order to [make] an equal division among the several heirs it will be necessary to sell said tract of land and your Orators believe that all of said heirs are desirous that said land may be sold and the purchase money divided. The premises considered. Your Orators pray that the foregoing named hairs at law of their said intestate [ancestor] may be made Defendants to this Bill & that guardians ad litem (195) may be appointed as defendants for the minors and they pray that on the final hearing of this cause that said land may be sold and the proceeds of said sale may be divided and if in any thing your Orators have mistaken their relief they pray for general relief according to the facts in this case. Boyd & Boyd, AOL [Attorneys of Law], for Complainants } ROBERT CHILDRESS and others. (195) A guardian ad litem [Latin, lit. guardian at law] is a special guardian appointed by the court in which a particular litigation is pending to represent an infant [one who is under legal age e.g. 21]. Rootsweb Message Boards

Information on John Childress

Name: John CHILDRESS , Jr
Sex: M
ALIA: Childers /Childris/
Birth: 2 DEC 1759 in Albemarle County, Virginia
Death: 11 JAN 1849 in Knox County, Tennessee
Census: 1787 Pg 172, Captain Thomas Farguson's Dist, Wilkes Co., NC.
Census: 1783 Head of Families - Virginia, 1783, Amherst County
Census: 1785 Head of Families - Virginia, Amherst County
Census: 1790 Pg 149, 1st Company, Wilkes County, NC
Burial: Mount Harmony Baptist Church Cemetary, Knox County, Tennessee
Military Service: BET 1778 AND 1781 Revolutionary War, Pvt VA Line
Event: Tax List 1806 Knox County, Tennessee
Event: Pension 1835 TN Pension List - 1835 - John Childress, Pvt VA Line, $31.66 Annual Allowance, $94.98 received, start May 3, 1833, Age 74
Note: DAR PATRIOT INDEX - Centenial Edition, Part 1, Page 555 - CHILDRESS, John: b 12-2-1759 VA d 1-11-1849 TN m X Pvt VA PNSR

GENEALOGOCAL ABSTRACTS OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION FILES - Volume I: A-E, Page 623, CHILDRESS, John, S2423, VA Line, sol was b 2 Dec 1759 in Albemarle County VA & lived there a short time & moved to Amherst County, VA & lived there at enl & 1785 or 1786 moved to Burke County, NC for 1 year then moved to Wilkes County, NC for 7 or 8 years then to Knox County, TN & appl there 9 Jan 1833. Extracted by James White, The National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, TN 1990

In the 1785 Virginia Heads Of Families, Amherst County, John Childress (5 White People) is listed next that of James Edmundson

John Childress was the executor of his father-in-law, James Edmundson's, Will and purchases items from his estate sale on 25 September, 1793. As Executor Of James Edmundson's estate he filed an account of the estate sale in Wilkes County Court on 2 May 1794. He also enherited under the will the sum of 4 pounds and a cow and her year old calf.

The 1784-1787 NC State Census for Wilkes County, NC lists John Childress (Childris) as head-of-household consisting of 1 WM (21-60), 3 WM (under 21 & over 60), and 2 WF (all ages).

The 1790 Federal Census for Wilkes County, North Carolina, lists John Childress (Childers) as head-of-household consisting of 1 WM (21-60), 3 WM (under 21 & over 60), and 3 WF (all ages).

John and his second wife, Elizabeth Lindsey had seven children: Robert, William, Lucretia, Robert Lindsey, Sally, Elizabeth and Mary Ann.

Father: John CHILDRESS , Sr b: 1735 in Goochland County, Virginia
Mother: Rachael PERKINS b: BET 1730 AND 1740 in Albemarle County, Virginia
Marriage 1 Lucreta EDMUNDSON b: UNKNOWN in Probably Augusta County, Virginia
Married: BEF 1775 in Amherst County, Virginia
James CHILDRESS b: 1775 in Amherst County, Virginia
John CHILDRESS III b: 1777 in Amherst County, Virginia
Marriage 2 Elizabeth LINDSEY b: ABT 1755 in Amherst County, Virginia
Married: ABT 1779 in Amherst County, Virginia


Possible Childress Relatives in Augusta County, VA Records

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1763 (B). - Heath vs. Blagg.--Henry Heath vs. Capt. John Blagg.--1761, July 31, to your order to John Grant; to your order to Abram Childers; August 20, to your order to Edward Childers; August 22, to your order to Edward Childs. August 29, to your order to Daniel McIntire and Childs. .
  • Page 542.--10th August, 1777. George Robertson and Jane, of Botetourt, to Alexander Robertson, of Montgomery County, 274 acres in Beverley Manor purchased by their father, James Robertson, of John Lewis, Gent., and bequeathed to said George and Alexander. Teste: Hugh Crockett, John Barnet, Stephen ( ) Childers.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1782 (B) - Contract by John Napper of Augusta, with Joseph Childers of Amherst to convey to Childers his right to a certain tract or parcel of land lying on the Great Kanawa, 9 miles below the falls in County of Botetourt, 14th August, 1776.
  • Vol. 2 - Morris vs. Hepburn--O. S. 224; N. S. 79--Bill, 1812. - Orator is Edmund Morris of Cabell County. On 7th September, 1782, William Morris and Joseph Childers made an entry in Montgomery County for 400 acres and obtained patent 23d March, 1792. William Morris died testate, devising the land to be sold to pay debts and surplus to be divided between children, viz: William Morris, Carrol Morris, John Morris, Jane Hansford, Catherine Venable, wife of Charles Venable, Cynthia, wife of Isaac Noyes. Childers conveyed to Morris's children and they conveyed the whole to orator...... Answer states the lands are included in a patent to Mathew Vaughn, 27th November, 1787, and conveyed to defendants. Deed 13th June, 1809, by William Morris and Polly, his wife; Carrol Morris and Frances, his wife; John Morris and Polly, his wife; John Hansford and Jane, his wife; Charles Venable and Catherine, his wife; Isaac Noyce and Cynthia, his wife; heirs and legatees of William Morris, deceased, all of Kenawha County, to William McComas of Cabell County, 400 acres at second falls of Mud River in Cabell County, patented to Wm. Morris and Joseph Childers, 23d March, 1792. Recorded in Kenawha, 13th June, 1809.
  • Vol. 2 - Allen vs. Hylton--O. S. 244; N. S. 86--Bill, 1814. - About 1760 George Hylton was married to Bethaniah Allen, widow of John Allen and one of daughters of James Nevil, then deceased. James's widow was Lucy, who married Abraham Childers.
  1. Find A Grave.

    John Childress
    Birth: Dec. 2, 1759
    Death: Jan. 11, 1849

    Pvt.2 Regt. VA. Militia, Revolutionary War.

    Family links:
    Sarah Childress Cox (1800 - 1824)*

  2.   Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.

    Pension application of John Childress (Childers) S2423 f34VA
    Transcribed by Will Graves rev'd 11/2/14

    State of Tennessee, Knox County: County Ct. January Sessions 1833
    On the 9th day of January 1833, personally appeared in open Court, at a Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions now sitting for the County aforesaid, being a Court of record, John Childress a citizen of said County aged seventy three years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions of an act of Congress passed 7th June 1832--
    That he was born in Albemarle County, Virginia on the 2nd day of December 1759, where he resided but a short time until he removed to Amherst County, Virginia where he continued to live at the time of the commencement, and during the continuance, of the Revolutionary war, and after its termination to the year 1785 or 86 as well as he now recollects. That sometime in August 1778 as well as he now recollects the militia of Amherst County were called out and put under the command of General McIntosh [Lachlan McIntosh] and Colonel Broadhead [Daniel Brodhead], and he now thinks that he entered the said Army as a volunteer and was immediately put under the command of Captain Roger Shackleford who was detailed for the purpose of driving and taking care of the beef cattle intended for the supply of the Army – that the said Army under the command of said General McIntosh marched from Amherst County, through Stantown [sic, Staunton] Virginia and crossed the Allegheny mountain and Braddock's old trace and crossed the Monongahela River at a place called the boat yard – from here the Army marched to the Ohio River and built Fort McIntosh, which they occupied a few months, and then crossed the Ohio River and marched to the Muskingum River where they remained some time, but how long applicant does not now recollect – applicant states that after the time the Army left Amherst County he with some others under the command of the said Captain Shackleford were ordered to take charge of the beef cattle and drove them on in the rear of the Army until they crossed the Monongahela River at the Boatyard as above mentioned, when the said Captain Shackleford was ordered to drive on a portion of the Cattle to the place where the said Fort McIntosh was afterwards erected, and applicant under the command of Captain Richard Gaffert [?]1, was ordered to drive the balance of the Cattle down upon Raccoon Creek for the purpose of procuring pasturage – applicant states that he remained on Raccoon Creek herding the cattle under the command of the said Captain Gaffert until the Army had returned from the Muskingum to Fort McIntosh, when the said Captain Gaffert received orders to drive the Cattle into a settlement on Muddy Creek and expose them to sale the Army having marched back and being discharged – applicant states that in pursuance of his orders the said Captain Gaffert drove the said cattle of which he had had charge, to Muddy Creek and there sold them, after which applicant and those who had been with him under the command of said Captain marched back and were discharged in Staunton-- applicant states that he reached home on the 22nd of February and he thinks he was discharged on the 20th two days before, and he states that his discharge mentioned a “six months service” -- applicant states that during this whole service he never was in actual contact with the Main Army, but always in its immediate neighborhood and at all times subject to the commands and discipline of the commanding General – applicant states that sometime in the fall of 1779 he together with a portion of the militia of Amherst County was ordered out for one month to guard the Hessian prisoners then stationed at Albemarle barracks-- that he entered the Army at some place in Amherst County, and was enrolled into a company commanded by Captain Richard Woodruff, which company was attached to a Regiment under the command of Colonel Taylor [Francis Taylor] – with this Company and Regiment applicant marched to Albemarle barracks where he remained during service until the month for which he had been ordered out, had expired, when he was discharged and returned home. Applicant states that sometime in the spring or summer of 1781 the militia of Amherst County were drafted among whom a certain William Davis was drafted, but he being unwilling from some circumstances to go, he hired applicant as his substitute accordingly applicant met his company at Amherst Courthouse and enrolled himself as a substitute for said William Davis into a Company commanded by Captain William Tucker, under whose command applicant with his company marched directly to Mawbin Hills [Malvern Hills], here our Company lay about a week and we then marched directly to Williamsburg, where we remained two or three days and then marched directly to the halfway house, between old Hampton and Little York, where we met the Main Army of militia under the command of General Nelson [Thomas Nelson] -- here we remained about two weeks, when all the militia then present marched under the command of General Nelson to Little York, where we met with the regular Army under the command of Lafayette – applicant well recollects that while they lay at York Lafayette gave them a sham fight and then reviewed their troops – applicant states that he had entered the service for two months only, but at the expiration of this time, the new levy not having arrived to supply their place, they were retained very much to their dissatisfaction, for two or three weeks after the two months for which they had been drafted, had expired, when they were marched back to Richmond and there discharged – applicant states that although, he had entered the service for two months only, yet it was nearly three months before he was discharged – applicant states that he has served as above mentioned one campaign of six months against the Indians as a private in the Revolutionary war, one campaign of one month as a private in guarding the Hessian prisoners, and one campaign of two months and fifteen days as a substitute against the British Army making in all nine months and fifteen days actual Service – for which he claims a pension – Applicant states that he has a record of his age in his family Bible was taken from an old record in his Mother's Bible – he states that he lived in Amherst County during the whole time he was in the Army and afterwards until sometime in the year 1785 or '86 when he moved to Burke County North Carolina where he continued to live about one year, when he moved to Wilkes County N. C. where he lived about seven or eight years, and then moved to the same neighborhood in Knox County Tennessee, where he has continued to live ever since and now lives – applicant states that the persons in his neighborhood who have long known him, and who can testify to his veracity and the reputation of his military services are, Joshua Frost, Page Portwood, James Epperson. Applicant states that he received written discharges for each of his campaigns, that he afterwards transferred all his claims upon the Government to different individuals, and gave them up his discharges, and he does not now know where they are to be found – he states that he now has neither of said discharges nor any documentary evidence whatever of his said services, nor does he know of any person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his services – he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity, except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
    Sworn to and subscribed in open Court the ninth day of January 1833.
    S/ Wm Swan, D. C.
    S/ John Childress

    [Joshua Frost (clergyman), Page Portwood and James Epperson gave the standard supporting affidavits.]

    [Veteran was pensioned at the rate of $31.66 per annum commencing March 4th, 1831, for service as a private for 9 months and 15 days in the Virginia militia.]