Person:Alexander Montgomery (17)

Alexander Montgomery
  • HAlexander MontgomeryABT 1762 - 1817
  • WMargaret NapierBEF 1766 - 1830
m. ABT 1784
  1. John Alexander Montgomery1784 - 1860
  2. Robert Montgomery1785-1793 -
  3. Margaret Montgomery1793 - 1848
Facts and Events
Name Alexander Montgomery
Gender Male
Birth[1] ABT 1762 Augusta County, Virginia[based upon marriage date in 1784]
Marriage ABT 1784 to Margaret Napier
Census[2] ABT 1790 came from Ireland, settled on Pigeon River in Sevier County, Tenn.
Military[3] 1808 obtained a Tennessee grant for 263 1/2 acres
Death[2] 19 DEC 1817 Sevier County, Tennessee
Census? Montgomery family listed in "Notable Southern Families"

Alexander Montgomery was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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1. Acts of 1796 (2nd Ex. Sess.), Chapter 4, Page 10, appointed electors for the President and Vice-President of the United States in every County of the State. Samuel McGahey, Joshua Gist, and Alexander Montgomery were chosen to represent Sevier County.

1. Alexander Montgomery b. 1763, Rockbridge Co., Virginia ?, (s/o John Montgomery and Esther Houston) m. after 1783, in Virginia ?, Margaret Napier, b. before 1766, Virginia, (d/o Patrick Napier and Mary Judith Burk) d. 12 Dec 1830, Sevier Co., Tennessee. Alexander died 19 Dec 1817, Sevier Co., Tennessee, buried: Shiloh Cemetery, Sevier Co., Tennessee.

2.i John Alexander b. 17 Nov 1784.
3.ii William H. b. 12 Jan 1788.
iii Robert Montgomery b. 1785-1793, m. Mary Marshall.
iv Margaret Montgomery b. 17 Jun 1793, Sevier Co., Tn ?, m. Andrew Lawson, b. Ireland, bur: Shiloh Cem., Sevier Co., Tn. Margaret d 4 Aug 1848, buried: Shiloh Cem., Sevier Co., Tn. born in the midst of the Cherokee attacks on the Fort.

Second Generation

2. John Alexander Montgomery b. 17 Nov 1784, Tennessee, m. 15 May 1810, in Roane Co., Tennessee, Mary Winton, b. 16 Oct 1789, Tennessee, (d/o John Winton and Arabella Cunningham) d. 21 Nov 1839, Roane Co., Tennessee, buried: Winton Chapel, Rockwood, Roane Co., Tennessee. John died 9 Aug 1860, Roane Co., Tennessee, bur: Winton Chapel, Rockwood, Roane Co., Tn He fought in the War of 1812. Census: 1830/1840 Roane Co.,Tn

4.i William b. 29 Mar 1811.
5.ii Alexander b. 30 Aug 1813.
6.iii John Winton ( Jack ) b. 2 Oct 1816.
7.iv Jane b. 11 Oct 1819.
8.v Margaret b. 1 Jan 1823. Elbert Cunningham b. 23 Dec 1825.
10.vii Mary A. b. 22 Sep 1829.

3. William H. Montgomery b. 12 Jan 1788, Washington Co., North Carolina, m. 2 Apr 1821/4, in Roane Co., Tn, Elizabeth ( Betsey ) Winton, b. 2 Jul 1802, Roane Co., Tn, (d/o John Winton and Arabella Cunningham) d. 6 Dec 1877, Sevier Co., Tn, buried: Shiloh Meth Cem, Sevier Co., Tn. William died 29 Mar 1840, Sevier Co., Tn, buried: Shiloh Meth Cem, Sevier Co., Tn. born in area of NC that became Tennessee. He served in the War of 1812. Sevier County, Tn Court Minute Book 1856-1867 recorded on 1 Mar 1857. The State of Tennessee issued land warrant Number 45506 for 80 acres of land to G.W. Montgomery, B.N. Montgomery, and W.W. Montgomery, William's sons, in consideration of the service of William Montgomery, deceased, who served as a private in the War of 1812. William and Betsy lived on the West Fork of the Little Pigeon River in Sevier Co., Tn. He was secretary of the local Quarterly Conference, active in the Militia, commissioned Captain in the 11th Regiment of the Militia, signed by Governor Joseph McMinn on 17 May 1821, the 45th year of American Independence at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. William developed pneumonia from over exposure he suffered during a winter trip on horseback to Roane County and Chattanooga. He never recovered from the pneumonia and died shortly thereafter. His children were all minors so his estate went to Elizabeth. She married again to Wiley M. Walker who was 11 years her junior. Mr. Walker abandoned Betsy and she filed for divorce in Sevier County granted 13 April 1857. Rumor is that Benjamin H. Montgomery killed his stepfather, Wiley M. Walker, during the Civil War. Rumor was Walker mistreated Betsy and her children. He persuaded her to sell two Negro slaves and then took the money and abandoned the family. During the Civil War sons James, William Winton, and Robert Akin fought for the North while Benjamin, George and John Alexander fought for the South. family legend says at the Battle of Chattonooga the brothers fought against brothers. One brother went among the dead looking for his brothers and was found by another of the brothers doing the same.

11.i John Alexander b. 5 Jul 1825.
12.ii Margaret Cunningham b. 26 Jan 1827.
13.iii Mary McClelan b. 3 Apr 1828.
iv Arabella McCamy Montgomery b. 14 Aug 1829, Sevier Co., Tn ?, d. 7 Oct 1840, Sevier Co., Tn?, bur: Shiloh Cemetery, Sevier Co., Tn.
14.v Robert Akin b. 8 Nov 1830. James Asbury b. 25 Feb 1833.
vii Benjamin Holland Montgomery b. 7 Jan 1835, Sevier Co., Tn ?, d. 4 Sep 1893,Waldron, Scott Co., Arkansas.
16.viiiWilliam Winton b. 3 Mar 1836.
ix George Wesley Montgomery b. 2 Jan 1838, d. 12 May 1862. died in the Civil War?
x Dolly Elizabeth Grant Montgomery b. 18 Aug 1840, Sevier Co., Tn, d. 9 Feb 1841, Sevier Co., Tn, bur: Shiloh Cem, Sevier Co., Tn.
  1. John and Esther Houston Montgomery, 1719-1973, compiled by Beulah Henry Anderson, et al., pub. 1974, by Brazos Printing Co., Maryville, Tennessee, P. 30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alya Dean Smith Irwin Collection - unpublished work, McClung Historical Collection, Knoxville, TN, p. 3.
  3. Alya Dean Smith Irwin Collection - unpublished work, McClung Historical Collection, Knoxville, TN, p. 3.

    Alexander Montgomery obtained a Tennessee grant for 263 1/2 acres here in 1808. Such grants of 1808 were the first issued by the State of Tennessee and were bases on "occupancy and improvement" claims, an indication that the grantee was already a settler.