Person:George Russell (39)

George Russell
b.1732 Ireland
m. abt. 1767
  1. Elizabeth RussellAbt 1769 - 1851
  2. George Russell, Jr.Abt 1770 - Bet 1850 & 1860
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Name[1] George Russell
Gender Male
Birth[3] 1732 Ireland
Marriage abt. 1767 Virginia[likely]
to Mary Underwood
Death[3] 1790 North Carolina
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    George Russell, Sr. was born ca 1735 in County Antrim, Ireland. It is not known when he came to America. He was married ca 1767, probably in Virginia, to Mrs. Mary "Polly" (Underwood) Whiteside, widow of John Whiteside Sr. and daughter of Joseph Underwood and Mrs. Molly (?) Brown, (Mrs. Molly (?) Brown was the widow of John Brown.) Mary (Underwood) had three children by John Whiteside: Thomas Whiteside, born ca 1754, Virginia, died 1816, Rutherford County, N.C., married Mary Kelly; Mary Whiteside Jr., born ca 1756, Augusta County, Virginia, died 1840 in Boliver, Polk County, Missouri, married Henry Kelly; and John Whiteside Jr., born 18 May 1758, Augusta County, Virginia, died 18 March 1835, Buffalo Creek, Rutherford County, N.C., married 1st to Eleanor Kelly, 2nd to Sarah Cook. Descendants of these Whiteside children are scattered all over the United States, many in upper Georgia.

    George Russell, Sr. and Mrs. Mary (Underwood) Whiteside had two children: Elizabeth Russell, born ca 1769-70, Virginia, died in 1851 in Rutherford County, N.C., married there in 1786 to Charles Crawford Lewis; and George Russell, Jr., born ca 1772 in Virginia, died after the 1850 census of Camden County, Missouri, married Rhoda Reavis.

    George Russell, Jr., lived about ten miles west of Rutherfordton, N.C. on Broad River, where the Hickorynut Gap crosses the river, at a plantation which was later owned by his son, George Russell Jr., John U. Whiteside, and Elias Lynch. George Russell Sr. was living at this place during the Revolutionary War when Ferguson and his army marched as far west as his home, which they plundered and then returned to the East. What money the family had was in silver. When they saw the army approaching the house they threw the bag of money in a little barrel of feathers that stood in the corner of the house. When the soldiers entered the house they began plundering and appropriating everything they saw proper to their own uses. One of them ran his arm down into the barrel of feathers, grabbed the bag of money and left. All the bedclothes and wearing apparel that the family saved were such as they carried to the swamp and were stowed away in a hogshead before the arrival of the army.

    According to the Lewis Genealogy in America, pub. 1893 by William Terrell Lewis, a grandson of George Russell, Sr., George was killed in 1782 by Indians while on a bear hunt. His grave has not been located. Mary Russell survived him for many years and maintained her home on Buffalo Creek until she deeded it to her son, George Russell Jr. in 1811. She died there (Rutherford County, N.C.) on 20 June 1828.

    George Russell, Jr., was married in Rutherford County, N.C. on 23 February 1791 to Rhoda Reavis who was born in Virginia on 21 September 1769. Rhoda was the eldest child of David Reavis (born 1748, died 1826, Cooper County, Missouri) and his wife, Gemima Reid (born 1750, died 1841, Cooper County, Missouri) George Russell, Jr. and wife, Rhoda Reavis, lived in Rutherford County, N.C. Following the death of his mother in 1828 George Russell Jr. moved to Haywood County, N.C. and by 1830 had moved to Macon County, N.C. We have found deeds and court minutes in both North Carolina counties of George Russell, Jr. and some of his children and allied families.

    Before the 1840 census, George Jr. and Rhoda Russell are in Boone County, Missouri living in the household of their widowed daughter, Arminta (Russell) Brittain. Then by 1845 all the families of George Russell, with the exception of two sons, are in Camden County, Missouri. George and Rhoda Russell died sometime after the 1850 census of Camden County, Missouri.

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    George Russell, Sr
    Birth: 1732, Ireland
    Death: 1790
    North Carolina, USA

    The first settlement was made on the west side of the river, at this place George Russell Sr., was living during the Revolutionary War, when Ferguson and his army marched as far west as his house which they plundered and turned east. (Genealogy of the Lewis Family pp 257-58-59) He lived near Rutherford NC on Broad Riverwhere Hickory Nut Gap Road crosses the river at a plantation.
    The family had a bag of money and threw it in a barrell of feathers. One of the soldiers found the bag of money and left. The familyh had saved the bedclothes and wearing apparel that they could carry and hid in a hogshead before the arrival of the army.

    Chas Lewis,who married Elizabeth Russell, is buried on Geo. Biggerstaff's farm, north of Ruthfordton
    (from History of Old Tryon and Rutherford Counties
    North Carolina... 1730 - 1936)
    by Clarence W. Griffin
    County Historian, Rutherford County
    Forest City, N. C. "
    book by "The Reprint Company, Publisher, Spartanburg, South Carolina"

    (From History of the Lewis Family) pg. 477
    Lt. George Russell, N. C. Militia at King's Mtn. Oct. 1780
    George Russell was killed by Indians whlie on a bear hunt soon after the end of the Revolutionary War
    page 46
    477. Lt. George Russell N. C. Militia at King's Mtn. Oct. 1780
    "The Tryon County Committee met on September 14, 1775. Their proceedings follow:
    14th September 1775.
    "Met According to Adjournment.
    Ppresent: Charles McLean, Chairman; Thomas Espey, Fetty Mauney, Frederick Hambright, George Russell, John Morris, Robt. McMinn, Abraham Kuykendall, John Robinson, John Barber, George Wiolliam Thomason, Nicholas Friday, Benj. Hardin, Perrygreen Mackness.:

    Children of George Russell Sr.
    1 George Russell Jr. who married Rhoda Reavis

    2 Elizabeth Russell was born Abt. 1770 in Russell Station Ruthford Co N. C., and died 1851 in Rutherford Co N.C.. She married Charles Crawford Lewis 1786. He was born 1761 in Albemarle County, VA, and died 1833.
    Daughter of Elizabeth Russell was Mildred Mccoy Lewis