Rawlings of Tennessee

North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee

These records are from two different sources

Green Co Tn Land Records Oct 13, 1783

No 404. Pg 9 For 50 shillings per 100a, to William Berry 150 a in Washinton County at head of Sinking Creek between Joh Morrel and Asahel Rawlings sealed by Alex. martin at Hillsboro Oct 13, 1783.

No 491. Pg 11 For 50 shillings per 100a, to Asahel Rawlings 121 1/4 a in Washinton County on Lick Creek between Archibald Sloan and the Walnut Valley, and land of William Ritchey, south of Sloan. Sealed at New bern Nov 10, 1784.

No 344 pg 13.  also No 355.1 Pg 357 (same text)
For 50 shillings per 100a, to Daniel Rawlings 200 a in Washington County on west side of Lick Creek and a creek called Plumb Creek, on each side of the War Path. Sealed at Hillsboro, Oct 13, 1783.

No 412 pg 363 For 50 shillings per 100a, to Aaron Rawlings 200 a in Wash. Co. on south side of Carricks Branch, waters of Lick Creek, including Clay Lick. Alexander Martin at Hillsboro, 13 Oct 1783.

No 430 pg 363 For 50 shillings per 100a, to John Rawlings 200a in Wash. Co. on Lick Creek, on branch above Nathaniel Rawlings, including Clay Lick. Alexander Martin at Hillsboro, 13, Oct 1783.

No 441 pg 349 For 10 pounds per 100a, to Asahel Rawlings 268 acres in Wash. Co. on north side of Nolichucky River. Hillsboro, 13, Oct 1783

No 427 pg 352 For 50 shillings per 100 acres, to Michael Rawlings 200 acres in Washinton County on Cain Creek above Asahel Rawlings' entry. Alexander Martin at Hillsboro, 13 Oct 1783.

No 424 pg 353 For 10 pounds per 100 acres, to Nathaniel Rawlings 300 acres in Washington Co. on Carricks Branch of Lick Creek, including large Clay Lick in War Path above John Carricks improvement of Carricks Branch. Alexander Martin, 13 October 1783.

No 442 Pg 358 For 50 shillings per 100 acres, to  Nathaniel Rawlings 200 acres in Washington Co on s fork of Cain Creek, on each side of War Path. Alexander Martin at Hillsboro, 13 Oct 1783.

Source: ron

Washington County, Tenn. 1782:

#362: Daniel Rawlings

Washington Co 1783

384. Asaheal Rawlings
419. Aaron Rawlings
431. Nathaniel Rawlings
#434. Michael Rawlings
437. John Rawlings
445. Asahael Rawlings
448. Asahael Rawlings
449. Nathaniel Rawlings
498. Asahael Rawlings
572. Asahael Rawlings

Explaination from linked site:

When North Carolina gave up her claim to Tennessee the Secretary of State of the United States requested a list of the lands that had been granted in that territory so the rights of ownership could be protected. Microfilm # 68, Roll # 1 is a microfilm copy of this report as it was reported to the President by Thomas Jefferson. ( the original report from North Carolina has not been found). There is also a note that 2,275 more warrants had been issued to officers and soldiers of the Continental Line for which grants had not yet been made.


Any family that had previously moved into the area reserved for grants was given a grant of 640 acres. Nothing indicated that residence was required to receive a grant, therefore, it is probable grants were given to many people who never were residents of Tennessee. There were also many people who lived in Tennessee but received the title to their property in some other manner and do not appear on this list, purchase or other land acts.

When theQuakers came to Greene County in the late 1700's they settled in at least two locations. One group settled somewhere on Lick Creek and another was about a mile north of Rheatown on a stream called Nolichucky. The group were first referred to as "the little meeting atNolachuckey". In 1794/95 it was established as New Hope Monthly Meeting and it was later called Quaker Knobs. In 1795, probably after the first meetinghouse had been erected, Samuel Frazier deeded to the “commissioners of New Hope Monthly Meeting, William Reese, GeorgeHarworth and Ellis Ellis, for the consideration of 3 pounds, 2 shilling Virginia money for the purpose of building a meeting house and for burying ground for the whole sole use of said New Hope Meeting - 3 acres, 16 poles." This deed is recorded in Deed Book 14, p.10. The old New Hope Meeting House is still standing and the burial ground is nearby.

Barbara Windrup bwindrup@intertex.net

Asahel Rawlings1 (1742, 1813) md Margaret Rezin (1741, 1763).Both Died in Greene Co., TN. They had a son Michael (1764, aft 1802) and a son Nathaniel (-,1813). Both died in Greene Co., TN.

Ashakel Rawlings Represents Greene County (then North Carolina, now Tennessee) at the North Carolina Constitutional Convention

From Biographies of Tennessee General Assembly, Greene County

Rawlings, Ashakel (1742-1813)
North Carolina Constitutional Conventon, 1788; representing Greene Count,(then North Carolina, now Tennessee). Born in Virginia on March 19, 1742;names of parents not given. Served in the American Revolution from NorthCarolina; active in the organization of the western county afterwards.Sometime justice of the peace of Greene County. Married to Margaret Rezin;children--Daniel, Michael, Aaron, Rezin, Ashakel, Jr., Elizabeth, John,and James Rawlings. Died, place not given, on December 3, 1813.

Sources: Ramsey, Annals of Tennessee, 277; D.A. R.,Rosters and Soldiers, 1331-32.

Goodspeed's Biographies of some Greene County citizens

Green County ...lies between the Unaka Mountains on the south and Bays Mountains on the north, and is traversed by a series of valleys and ridges. The principal stream is the Nolachucky River, which receives as tributaries Lick Creek, Little Nolachucky, Horse Creek and Camp Creek. The soil of the county is generally fertile, with the exception of the extreme southern part...The richest farming lands occupy the northern portion of the county and the bottom of the "Chucky River." The minerals embrace almost every variety found in East Tennessee, with the exception of coal. Iron is especially abundant in many places, and has been worked with success.

The settlement of what is now Greene County was begun about 1788.

Among the other early settlers of the county were James English, on the headwaters of Lick Creek; Joseph Hardin, on the Roaring Fork of Lick Creek; George, William and Henry Conway, at the mouth of Lick Creek; .... Robert Carr and Robert Hood, on the sight of Greeneville; James Patterson, who had four sons -- James, Andrew, Nathaniel and William -- located on Lick Creek in 1783. The Moores, Rankins and David Rice also settled in the same vicinity. A station was erected by the Carters about eight miles northwest of Greeneville.

About 1790 a large number of Friends or Quakers began to come into the county from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, although a number of person of that faith had come several years before. Among the pioneers were William Reese, Garrett and Peter Dillion, William and Abraham Smith, Solomon, David and John B. Beales, Samuel and Mordecai Ellis, Abraham Marshall, Samuel Pearson, Samuel Stanfield and George Hayworth. The first religious services were held on the eleventh day of the ninth month, 1791. In 1795, New Hope monthly meeting was organized about one mile west of Rheatown where a house of worship was erected. A church house was also erected on Lick Creek at an early day.

In 1783, the General Assembly of North Carolina passed an act dividing Washington County for the second time, and establishing the county of Greene. On the third Monday of August, the court of pleas and quarter sessions met at the house of Robert Carr, which stood near to what is known as the Big Spring in Greeneville. The magistrates present were Joseph Hardin, John Newman, George Doherty, James Houston, Amos Bird and Asahel Rawlings. Daniel Kennedy was elected clerk; James Wilson, sheriff; William Cocke, attorney for the State; Joseph Hardin, Jr., entry taker; Isaac Taylor, surveyor, Richard Woods, register, and Francis Hughes, ranger. For convenience the county was divided into four civil districts, three of which lay north of the Nolachucky and French Broad Rivers, which the fourth included all the residents south of these streams. For these districts the following assessors were appointed: First -- Lanty Armstrong, Owen Owens and William Stockton; Second -- Gideon Richie, James Dillard and Henry Conway; Third -- Alexander Kelly, Jeremiah Jack and Henry Earnest; Fourth _____ ______. The constables appointed were John Hammond, James Robinson, Joseph Box and Robert Ore.

In May, 1785, the county was reorganized under the State of Franklin, and all the officers who were reappointed were required to take a new oath of office. The Magistrates qualified were: Joseph Hardin, George Doherty, Benjamin and John Gist, John Newman, Asabel Rawlings, John Maughon, James Patterson, John Weir and David Craig. The old county officers were removed except Daniel Kennedy, clerk and Francis Hughes, ranger. The county, as a whole, was the most loyal to the Franklin government of any of the counties composing the State, and jealously guarded against anything tending to weaken its influence or authority....Even after every vestage of the authority of Sevier's government had disappeared from the other counties this court transacted its business in the name of the State of Franklin.
In August, 1788, however, the county passed once more under the authority of North Carolina.
In November, 1790, the county court was once more reorganized, to comply with the government of the territory south of the river Ohio.... six years later, the court was reorganized according to the laws of the State of Tennessee.

The first courthouse was completed about 1785, and in November of that year the third Franklin convention was held in it. Afterward it served as the meeting place for the Commons, while the Senate met in Carr's old house near the Big Spring. The building is described by Ramsey as follows: "It was built of unhewn logs, and covered with clapboards, and was occupied by the court at first without a floor or loft. It had one opening only for an entrance, which was not yet provided with a shutter. Windows were not needed, either for ventilation or light, the intervals between the logs being a good substitute for them." It stood at the lower corner of the present courthouse lot. It was used until about 1804 or 1805, when both a courthouse and new jail were erected. The latter was built of stone and stood near the middle of East Depot Street.

....The merchants [became] prosperous, and many of them acquired a large amount of wealth, hence a sort of aristocracy sprang up, which, on political issue, was opposed by the mechanics and the laboring class generally. Among the latter the leaders were Andrew Johnson, Mordecai Lincoln and Blackstone McDaniel. The last named was a plasterer and is still living. Mr. Lincoln was a tanner and also carried on a shoe and saddler's shop. he was a relative of Abraham Lincoln, and is said to have been very much like the latter, both in character and personal appearance.

Source, Page 2

Goodspeed's Biographies of some Greene County citizens Enumerations  |  

Asahel, Daniel, and Michael Rawlings are Petitioners for the State of Franklin, 1787

The State of Franklin was an autonomous state, now included in the eastern part of Tennessee, formed in 1784 and dissolved in 1788.

In 1784 North Carolina ceded to the U.S. government the western lands, a portion of which had originally been governed by the self-constituted Watauga Association. The cession was to be accepted within one year, but North Carolina repealed the cession before the year expired. Before learning of the repeal, however, the settlers in the eastern counties had organized the state of Franklin, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, and elected John Sevier as governor. North Carolina attempted to conciliate the westerners by creating a Washington District with Sevier as brigadier general and David Campbell as judge, thus removing the necessity of taking court cases across the mountains for trial; the settlers, however, decided to continue the separate-state movement. The U.S. Congress failed by two votes to gain the two-thirds majority necessary for passage of a resolution to accept the North Carolina cession. North Carolina refused, until 1789, to remake the cession and encouraged opponents of Sevier, led by John Tipton, to maintain North Carolina government in the Franklin area.

For three years the governments of North Carolina and Franklin attempted to govern the same people and region. The government of Franklin had a constitution providing for the payment of taxes and salaries in the produce of the country. An even more democratic constitution, which would have renamed the state Frankland, was rejected through the influence of Sevier. The feud between Sevier and Tipton reached the point of hostilities, and Sevier was arrested by North Carolina on a charge of high treason. The charge was later dropped, and Sevier was seated in the North Carolina legislature and in Congress. The legislature ceded the Tennessee country a second time; Congress accepted the cession in 1790 and created The Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio (commonly known as the Southwest Territory), which became the state of Tennessee in 1796.

—From: Encarta 99

State of Franklin Petitioners - 1787

- From North Carolina State Records, Vol. 22, pp. 705-714.

List of residents of the State of Franklin who petitioned for release from all obligations, taxations, and duties to the North Carolina government:

Ashael Rawlings

Daniel Rawlings*

Michael Rawlings

From: “The State of Franklin and its Petitioners” by Robinson Cousins

*Daniel Rawlings ( October 23, 1771- 1822), son of Asahel, would have only been about 16 years old in 1787

Deed from Greene County, Tennessee between Daniel Rawlings and Henry Dryman.Book 2, page 192/193

This Indenture made the first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two between Daniel Rawlings of Greene County and Territory of the United States of America south of the River Ohio of the one part and Henry Dryman of the same of the other part. Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of fifty five pounds to him in hand paid by the said Dryman the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge himself satisfied and paid and hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth0 bargain, sell, alien and confirm unto the said Dryman a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in our County of Greene on Lick Creek at the mouth of the Long Fork of said Creek. Beginning at a white oak running east one hundred and fifty four poles to a white oak on Jas. Rogers line thence south two hundred and twelve poles to a Beech Dogwood and Hickory sapling on the North side of a High Ridge thence west one hundred and twenty poles to a white oak tree on Patrick Morrisons corner on the west side of Lick Creek near the bank of the Creek thence North thirty one degrees west fifty eight poles with said Morrisons line to a Hickory Saplin in a flat thence N seventy Degrees West one hundred and thirty four poles to a white oak thence N forty five poles to two white oaks thence N sixty degrees east one hundred and forty seven poles to the beginning containing three hundred acres of land which tract or parcel of land together with all and every of the apertenances there unto belonging to have and to hold with the said Dryman His Heirs and Assigns forever the said Daniel Rawlings will warrant and forever defend from his Heirs executors.

John Kennedy Greene County Court August Session 1792
Asahel Rawlings
There was the Execution of the within deed being duly proven in court and ordered to be registered. Daniel KennedyRegistered the third day of May 1793 by me John Stone, Clk.
Dryman Family

Rawlings, Moses 1802 Jonesborough, TN :Resigns as Washington County Justice of the Peace

Papers of Tennessee Governors: Archibald Roane. Letter from Moses Rawlings, Box 1, folder 5. Contact: reference@state.tn.us

Goodspeed's History of Washington County, Tennessee

Historic Tour of Jonesborough

From Ron: I don't know who the Moses is in Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. I do have this sentence copied from a query answer by Ed W. - "...As you know, Asahel of Greene/Washington Co.'s, TN also had sons named Ezekiel, Michael, Asahel, Daniel, and there was a Moses who owned a tavern in Jonesboro (the tavern that suffered a fire, which Andrew Jackson helped to extinguish about 1803)".

1803: MOSES RAWLINGS petitions on behalf of GASPER LOTT, a free black man

Reel 13. 0035.

The petitioners request that Gasper Lott, a free black man, be permitted to prove his accounts. Lott was a man of "great industry and Honesty" who had accumulated "considerable property". Not able to bring his debtors to account, the white people argue, "tends to deprive him of the common benefits of a Citizen." Petitioners {148}: Bullington, William; Ford, M.; McAlister, John, Jr.; RAWLINGS, MOSES; South, John.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Historical and Genealogical Information

ACTS OF TENNESSEE 1796 - 1850 : R (Part 1) : Ragan - Reeve

Chapter &
RawlingsAsahel182429148.3Hamilton County - turnpike authorized
RawlingsAsahel182631 Private 110.1 Appointed commissioner of Hiwassee Canal Co.
RawlingsDaniel180916109.1Tenn. Academy trustee
RawlingsDaniel181117106.1Rhea County - commissioner
RawlingsDaniel18131965.1Rhea County commissioner
RawlingsDaniel B.182631 Private 15.1Samuel Houston Academy Trustee
RawlingsMichael180916109.1Love Academy trustee
RawlingsMichael18091688.1Bledsoe County commissioner
RawlingsMichael182227129.1Bledsoe County - turnpike commissioner
RawlingsSarah E.182530338 Land entry to be voided and re-entered
Rawlings(not given)184950118.1Sumner Co. - mentioned in turnpike road description
RawlingsA. M.183135 Private1.1Hamilton Male Academy trustee
RawlingsA. M.18374317.1Hamilton Co. - Look Out Railroad Company commissioner
RawlingsA.J.184749118.14TN Central Railroad Commissioner
RawlingsAsa183743249.4McMinnville and TN River Turnpike Company commissioner
RawlingsAsahel183135 Private224.1Hamilton Co. - authorized to open turnpike road
RawlingsAsahel183541 Private2.1Hamilton Co. - Railroad Commissioner
RawlingsAsahel18374317.1Hamilton Co. - Look Out Railroad Company commissioner
RawlingsDaniel R.18374317.1Marion Co. - Look Out Railroad Company commissioner
RawlingsDaniel R.1845481.2Marion Co. - Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad Company
RawlingsDaniel R.184548200.1Marion Co. - Union Turnpike Company commissioner
RawlingsGeorge Washington 183339 Private34 Sumner Co. - an act for his relief
RawlingsIsaac183135 Private221.1Shelby Co. - Memphis Railroad Company commissioner
RawlingsIsaac1832362.1Shelby Co. - Union Bank of TN
RawlingsIsaac18333848.2Shelby Co. - Atlantic and Mississippi Railroad Company
RawlingsIsaac18333854.1Shelby Co. - Farmers and Merchants Bank of Memphis
RawlingsJoseph J.183237 Private50.1Shelby Co. - Authorized to survey land for the town of Raleigh
RawlingsMadison183541 Private1.2Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad Company Commissioner
RawlingsMadison183541 Private 3.1Railroad Commissioner
RawlinsA.M.183541 Private 6.2Middle and East TN Railroad commissioner

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See also, numerous Rankins on this list

State of Tennessee, Hamilton County.  On this 28th day of August 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Worshipful Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Hamilton County now sitting James Davis a resident of said County and state aforesaid, aged seventy one years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on this oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7th 1832....He has long since lost his discharges and has no documentary evidence to produce.  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is no on the pension roll of the Agency of any State in the United States.

James X Davis
The day and year aforesaid

We George McGwier and Asahel Rawlings resident of the County and state aforesaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James Davis who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy-one years of age.  That he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

George McGwier
Asahel Rawlings

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier.

State of Tennessee, Hamilton. On this 4th day of March 1844, personally appeared before the court of said county now in Session (which court is a court of record, Mary Davis a resident of Hamilton County aforesaid aged seventy eight years to be the best of her knowledge she having no record of her age and being entirely illiterate cannot state the date of her birth, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the acts of Congress passed July 7th 1838 and the 23rd if August 1842 granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War, that she is the widow of James Davis who was a private in the army of the Revolution that he served under Captain Gorden of the ___ Regiment commanded by Col. Malberry and that the annual amount of pension which he received was forty three dollars and thirty three cents.  She also declared that she was married to said James Davis at about the age of sixteen years or about sixty two years ago.  She recollects that her said husband served in one campaign under Col. Cleveland after her marriage with him, but his service under Col. Malberry was before.  She also states that her said husband James Davis died on the 9th day of December 1843 that she was married to him prior to his last service but not prior to his first service the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1784 to wit as above stated.   She further declares that she has not married since the death of her said husband James Davis but still remains and now is a widow.

4th day
Mary X Davis
Of March 1844
Test. Asahel Rawlings, clerk

State of Tennessee, Hamilton County, March Session 1844.  I Asahel Rawlings clerk of the county court of Hamilton County aforesaid held at Harrison in and for said county.  Do herby certify that Satisfactory evidence has been exhibited in said court that James Davis was a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States at the rate of forty three dollars and thirty three cents per annum and was a resident of this county.

Submitted by Phebe Morgan

  1/13/1837. William Clift & Robert C. McRee, conveyors of Mathey McClung & Hugh L. McClung, executors of Charles McClung, to ASAHEL RAWLINGS. $600.0 1000 acres, on PRAIRIE CREEK, GUM SWAMP & LICK BRANCH OF N CHICKAMAUGA CREEK including Gum Swamp and Columbia Ridge, part of tract #1 part of 2000 acre tract between Charles McClung & three heirs of James Cozby, corner to Asahel Rawling's 632 acre tract purchased of Richard G. Waterhouse, corner Rawling's 200 acre tract purchased of McClung & James Cozby, line of Rawling's 638 acre tract purchased of McClung & Cozby, corner Thomas Layman, corner Elisha Askew's 100 acre tract purchased of McClung, John Hopper's line. Witness John Corvett, A. M. RAWLINGS, James B. Roberson, Joel Hale. Proved by Robert C. McRee 1/13/1837 and William Clift 3/6/1837. Regd 4/4/1837 Book C p. 113-115. Source: Col. William Clift Site

1845: ASAHEL RAWLINGS, N.N. RAWLINGS, AND P.T. RAWLINGS of Hamilton County, petition for PARLOUR WASHINGTON AND HIS WIFE CELICIA, to remain in Tennessee

Reel 14. 0123.

Residents of Hamilton County seek permission for Parlour Washington and his wife, Clicia, to remain in Tennessee. Washington, emancipated in Virginia, is a tanner, and the couple boasted a "good name, fame and reputation, as moral religious and upright persons." Petioners{161}: RAWLINGS, ASAHEL; RAWLINGS, N.N.; RAWLINGS, P.T.; Roy, Robert c. [note from Ron: Here is what I have on the ancestors of the Asahel (1820) that is in the reference you sent. Note that the N.N and P.T. Rawlings, also mentioned, are his brothers, Nathan Newton and Phillip Thurman Rawlings.]

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Watauga Association

Watauga Association, government (1772–75) formed by settlers along the Watauga River in present E Tennessee. Virginians made the first settlements in 1769, and after the collapse of the Regulator movement in North Carolina, citizens from that colony under James Robertson established homes farther west on the river. For their mutual protection these settlements united in 1772 and drew up a written agreement, called the Watauga Association. A five-man court constituted the government. Other settlements along the Holston and Nolichucky rivers also adhered to the Watauga Association. In 1772 the Wataugans secured a 10-year lease from the Cherokee for the land along the river; in 1775 they organized as Washington district, but in 1776, at their own request, they came under the protection of North Carolina, which created (1777) Washington co. for the area. After the American Revolution the Wataugans belonged to another new, short-lived government (see Franklin, State of) before Tennessee became a state in 1796.

Franklin, State of
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From Ron:

1. ASAHEL 1 RAWLINGSwas born April 17, 1742 in prob Frederick Co., VA, and died December 03, 1813 in Greene Co., TN. He married MARGARET REZIN March 12, 1763 in MD.  She was born March 09, 1740/41 in MD or Berkeley Co., VA, and died 1814 in Greene Co., TN.


                  i.      MICHAEL2RAWLINGS, b. 1764, MD; d. Aft. 1802, of Greene Co., TN; m. AGNES ENGLISH, Bef. 1786.

2.              ii.      REZIN M. ORR .RAWLINGS, b. 1769, MD; d. Rhea Co., TN.

3.             iii.      DANIEL RAWLINGS, b. October 23, 1771, VA or MD; d. 1822, Rhea Co., TN.

4.             iv.      JOHNT.RAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1775, VA or MD; d. Aft. 1856.

                 v.      AARONMARSHALRAWLINGS, b. August 12, 1773, MD; d. December 08, 1843, Memphis, Memphis Co., TN; m. MARTHAGOODWIN, December 08, 1843, Memphis, TN.

                vi.      JAMESRAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1776, TN; d. 1812; m. SALLYSMITH.

               vii.      WILLIAMRAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1779, prob MD; d. Prob Rhea Co., TN.

5.           viii.      ASAHELRAWLINGS, b. July 24, 1781, Lick Creek, Greene Co., Terr TN; d. Abt. 1840, Dallas, Hamilton Co., TN.

                 ix.      MARGARETRAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1784, TN.

                  x.      ELIZABETHRAWLINGS, b. January 15, 1789, Of Rhea and Hamilton Co TN; d. 1820; m. PALATIALCHILTON, March 16, 1809, TN.

                 xi.      NATHANIELRAWLINGS, b. Bet. 1764 - 1782; d. Bef. December 03, 1813, of Greene Co., TN; m. SARAHGRAHAM, November 27, 1797, Green Co., TN.

Generation No. 2

2. REZIN M. ORR. 2RAWLINGS(ASAHEL1)was born 1769 in MD, and died in Rhea Co., TN. He married (1) VINEYMILLER.   He married (2) POLLYANNKENNEDYSeptember 06, 1808 in Rhea Co., TN, daughter of DANIELKENNEDYand MARGARETHUGHES. She was born Bet. 1770 - 1777.



                  i.      REZIN3RAWLINGS, b. Bet. 1809 - 1825.

                 ii.      HARRIETRAWLINGS, b. Bet. 1809 - 1825; d. Aft. 1885, Of Union City TN; m. JOHNE.LEWIS, Bef. 1862; d. Of Union City TN.

                iii.      MARYKENNEDYRAWLINGS, b. April 01, 1813, Greene Co. or Rhea Co., TN; d. December 04, 1863, Chattanooga, TN; m. ROBERTM.HOOKE, March 22, 1831, Rhea Co., TN; b. January 01, 1807; d. October 17, 1893, Chattanooga, TN.



3. DANIEL2RAWLINGS(ASAHEL1)was born October 23, 1771 in VA or MD, and died 1822 in Rhea Co., TN. He married MARYKENNEDYOctober 23, 1794 in Greene Co., TN, daughter of DANIELKENNEDYand MARGARETHUGHES. She was born Bet. 1770 - 1777.



6.               i.      DANIELRITCHIE3RAWLINGS, b. 1801, Greene Co., TN; d. Or Rhea then Hamilton Co., TN.



4. JOHNT.2RAWLINGS(ASAHEL1)was born Abt. 1775 in VA or MD, and died Aft. 1856. He married (1) SARAHRITCHEYJuly 04, 1798 in Knox Co., TN. She was born Bef. 1783, and died Bef. 1813. He married (2) LUCYPOEBef. 1813. She was born Bef. 1798.



                  i.      MICHAELA.3RAWLINGS, b. 1813; d. 1876, Sevier Co., TN; m. HARRIETS.LANNING; b. 1826; d. 1899, Sevier Co., TN.



5. ASAHEL2RAWLINGS(ASAHEL1)was born July 24, 1781 in Lick Creek, Greene Co., Terr TN, and died Abt. 1840 in Dallas, Hamilton Co., TN. He married PHEBETHURMANMarch 26, 1811 in Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, daughter of PHILIPTHURMANand KEZIAH. She was born June 25, 1786 in Chesterfield District, SC, and died August 17, 1840 in Dallas, Hamilton Co., TN.



                  i.      AARONMADISON3RAWLINGS, b. January 05, 1812, Madison, TN; d. December 09, 1843, Memphis, TN.

                 ii.      DANIELJEFFERSONRAWLINGS, b. January 24, 1813, Madison, TN.

                iii.      KEZIAHTHURMANRAWLINGS, b. September 13, 1814, Madison, TN.

                iv.      REZINMONROERAWLINGS, b. August 13, 1817, Rhea Co., TN.

7.              v.      NATHANNEWTONRAWLINGS, b. December 02, 1818, Rocky Point, Old Washington, Rhea Co., TN; d. Abt. 1877, Liberty Twp., Ouachita Co., AR.

8.             vi.      ASAHELRAWLINGS, b. March 17, 1820, Rhea Co., TN.

               vii.      INFANTRAWLINGS, b. 1821.

              viii.      INFANTRAWLINGS, b. 1822.

                 ix.      MARGARETKENNEDYRAWLINGS, b. May 20, 1824, Dallas, Hamilton Co., TN.

                  x.      PHILIPTHURMANRAWLINGS, b. January 02, 1826, Dallas, Hamilton Co., TN; d. March 18, 1872, Rhea Co., TN.

                 xi.      ELIZAANNRAWLINGS, b. March 03, 1828, Dallas, Hamilton Co., TN.

                xii.      INFANTRAWLINGS, b. February 1830.



Generation No. 3


6. DANIELRITCHIE3RAWLINGS(DANIEL2, ASAHEL1)was born 1801 in Greene Co., TN, and died in Or Rhea then Hamilton Co., TN. He married (1) ADELINEKELLY1827. She died Bef. 1835. He married (2) MARTHAGOODWIN1835 in Rhea Co., TN. 



                  i.      MARYMILLER4RAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1839, Rhea Co., TN.

                 ii.      JOHNGOODWINRAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1841, Rhea Co., TN.

                iii.      SARAHELIZABETHRAWLINGS, b. Abt. 1836; m. BENJAMINTUTT, 1852, Prob Chatanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.



7. NATHANNEWTON3RAWLINGS(ASAHEL2, ASAHEL1)was born December 02, 1818 in Rocky Point, Old Washington, Rhea Co., TN, and died Abt. 1877 in Liberty Twp., Ouachita Co., AR. He married MALINDAP.COLLIERFebruary 14, 1856 in Decatur, Dekalb Co., Georgia, daughter of MERRILLCOLLIERand ELIZABETHWARD. She was born Abt. 1828, and died Bet. 1856 - 1858 in TN.



                  i.      MALINDAC.4RAWLINGS, b. October 28, 1856; d. May 30, 1954, Dayton, Rhea Co., TN; m. JAMESWENDELLGILLESPIE.



8. ASAHEL3RAWLINGS(ASAHEL2, ASAHEL1)was born March 17, 1820 in Rhea Co., TN. He married PENELOPESMITHAbt. 1836. 

In 1762 a Lady by The Name of ANN HARLAN Died in FREDRICK COUNTY,VA and she Stated That HER BROTHER WAS ONE JOSEPH HURST,Thereby Making Her Full Name as ANN HURST. She may have Been Born somewhere in 1718-1725 (Speculation) But she Had MARRIED A GEORGE HARLAN B 22 FEB 1718/19 D BETWEEN 1760-1762 IN FREDRICK COUNTY,VA. At The Bottom of a Copy of The Will of Ann Harlan was The Name ASAHEL RAWLINGS and a ELIZABETH TRAGE signing as subscribers. I am Led to believe (My Thoughts) that Elizabeth Trage may well Be a Elizabeth Harlan and That ASAHEL RAWLINGS MAY HAVE WELL BEEN THE FATHER OF ONE ELEANOR RAWLINGS THAT ALSO MARRIED ONE MOSES HARLAN, BROTHER TO OUR GEORGE HARLAN, BROTHER TO STEHEN AND MOSES. (Proof is Lacking at This time,and I am only looking at the Copy of That WILL,That is supposed to be In Fredrick Co,Will Book 3 Pages 62-63 and Order Book 10 Pages 72-72. In Alpheus Harlans Book on The HARLAN Famliy we Believe That Ann HURST name was Mistaken for Ann HUNT  on Page 40 Of His Book. Any Light That you can shed on Asahel Rawlings and Ann Hurst ,and Eleanor Rawlings would Be Greatly Appreciated. Other Names That were in The Harlan Family (Book)was Martha Ashby,Eleanor Rawlings,Dinah Harlan Davis, George Harlan. Moses, and Stephen among others were Quakers and SOME OF THE CHILDREN OF JAMES HARLAN, FRIEND, YEOMAN, B 8/19/1692 (OLD STYLE) NEW CASTLE COUNTY (NOW IN DELAWARE) DIED IN FREDRICK CO,VA AND IS BURIED AT THE HOPEWELL MEETING HOUSE IN VIRGINIA. IN 1715 while a Resident of KENET TOWNSHIP CHESTER COUNTY, PA he "married by a Priest and Contrary to the Usages of "Friends", Elizabeth ???? who was also a member of That society.

 The Children of JAMES HARLAN AND ELIZABETH were as Follows.
1 John ( 02 Jan 1715/16 in Kennett Twp, Chester Co, Pa;d. 1790 in Frederick Co, Virginia) m Martha Ashby
2 GEORGE (b. 22 Feb 1718/19 in Kennett Twp, Chester Co, Pa; d.c. 1761 in Frederick Co, Virginia) m ANN HURST
3 James (b. 20 Jul 1721 in Kennett Twp, Chester Co, Pa; d. c. 1800 in KENTUCKY) m Dinah (Harlan) Davis
4 Phillip died in Infancy Kenet Twp Chester Co,Pa
5 Jacob(b Last (30) of 9th Month (Nov) 1725 (Old Style) in Kennett Twp, Chester Co, Pa; d after 1785 in HARLAN STATION, MERCER CO, KENTUCKY;) m. unknown.
6 STEPHEN b 1731 in New Garden Twp, Chester Co, Pa; d.in Frederick Co, Virginia (BROTHER IN LAW TO ANN HURST,AND IN WILL AS EXECUTOR)
7 MOSES (born c.1729 in New Garden Twp, Chester Co, Pa) m ELEANOR RAWLINGS
i. Reason Rawlings Harlan b. 28 Jun 1758 and died in 1837.
ii. George Harlan.
iii. Edward Harlan .
iv. Moses Harlan .
v. Mary Harlan .
vi. Rebecca Harlan .
vii. Eleanor Harlan .
viii. Sinai Harlan was born on 28 Mar 1767 and died on 28 Mar 1832.
8 Aaron b???  d 1760 Fredrick Co,Va Unmarried
9 Hannah
10 Elizabeth b //d/// Supposed to have died in Infancy,However Further Search
seems as If she survived.

That is about all I have on Asahel But would be In your Debt if we Can Uncover more on These Familys. PLEASE E MAIL Ron and/or Margaret.


Joseph HURST would have lived in PA from the early through the mid 1700's.  He had a sister Ann HURST who was m. by 1746 to (Quaker) George HARLAN. George d. 1760 Frederick Co., VA. When the widow Ann HURST Harlan made her will 18 Feb. 1762 , Frederick Co., VA she requested brother Joseph HURST to take her daughters Catherine and Elizabeth back to PA. I'd like any information on this Hurst family. Contact: George M Hargreaves

Sumner County Marriages thru 1850
(Formed 1786 from Davidson Co.)
Bride: Rawlings, Bennetta E.; Groom:Douglass, Young N.; date:16 January 1834;
Rawlings, Betsey; Parrish, Joel; 20 June 1816; Bondsman: Shelby, Anthony B.;
Rawlings, Margaret; Watkins, Bartholomew ; 8 August 1826; Edwards, William;
Rawlings, Nelley; Howard, James; 20 February 1810; Shaefer, William K.
Rawlings, Patsey P.; Cartwright, Jesse; 24 December 1806; Rutherford, James
Rawlings, Sarah A.; Wood, James F.; 21 January 1830; Lauderdale, William A.

1821 Land Tax list Sumner Co.:
Benjamin Rawlings: 697 1/2 acres; location: Station Camp Creek;/130 acres where John Lewis Lives
11-346: 26 March 1826, Alexander H. Rawlings of Sumner Co. TN to Thomas A. Duncan of Davidson Co. TN, $350, 112 acres adj. A. Rogers, Wm. Hutchison, James Howard and R. Taylor. Wit. Chs. (Charles) M. Nickal of Davidson Co., Henry W. Bugg of Sumner Co. Proven on oaths of wit. (FHL film 467,524)
Sarah (“Sally”) Taylor, b. c. 1746 Nansemond Co., VA, md. Hardy Hunt (b. c. 1746, d. 19 Mar 1829 Sumner Co., TN, will rec. May 1829). Hardy Hunt was a son of Thomas Hunt whose 1790 will in Franklin Co., NC, includes sons Hardy and Henry Hunt. Hardy Hunt moved to Smith Co., TN, abt 1800 and later owned land in Smith, Sumner, and Wilson Cos., TN. He was enumerated in 1840 in Wilson Co., TN, p. 288. Children: Sion Hunt, b. 15 Mar 1769 Bute Co., NC, md. bef. 1792 Franklin Co., NC, Sarah ______, and d. May 1845 Christian Co., KY; Mary (“Polly”) Hunt, md. ____ Allen; Patsey Hunt, md. ______ Linsey; Sarah (“Sally”) Hunt, md. 20 Oct 1802 Samuel Taylor; Alsa Hunt, md. (1) John Seawell, md. (2) 3 Nov 1808 Sumner Co., TN, Rhodan Rawlings, and d. bef. 1812 Sumner Co., TN; Chloe Hunt, md. 21 Dec 1804 Sumner Co., TN, David Hobbs; Lucretia Hunt, md. 22 Aug 1820 Sumner Co., TN, Dixon Stroud; Penelope Hunt, md. 2 July 1810 Sumner Co., TN, Fielding Grimsley, and d. c. 1828; Sabrina Hunt, md. 30 Nov 1810 Sumner Co., TN, Charles White; Hardy Hunt, Jr., b. 1777, d. 1859, lived Sumner Co., TN; Thomas Hunt, b. c. 1778 Bute Co., NC, md. Mary White, and d. c. 1831 Sumner Co., TN; Elizabeth Hunt, md. William Mitchell; and John Hunt.

Shelby County


The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1887
                                                                    transcribed by Helen Rowland   

At this time, 1820, Memphis had fifty inhabitants, the following being some of the principal heads of families besides those already named: Isaac Rawlings, who came here originally about 1813 as a sutler with Gen. Jackson.  He was also Indian agent up to the time of their removal.  For a number of years he had a large quantity of Indian and army stores in the block-houses at Fort Pickering.  He was in addition a kind of magistrate by popular consent, without the formality of an election or an official appointment, from which fact he was honored with the title of “Squire Rawlings,” and it is written of him in “Old Times Papers,” that “it is questionable whether justice was not more equally administered then than it has ever been since.”  It is also said that after the extinguishment of the Indian titles he was appointed by the Legislature one of the magistrates, but did not give the satisfaction when administering justice by a written system as when governed by the dictates of his own honest heart; somewhat on the principal probably that a violinist accustomed to play by rote cannot play equally well by note.  But he became a great student of law, especially of the decisions of the most distinguished judges, and if he were not one of the most learned men of the day, he was certainly one of the most mistaken men of the day.

John C. McLemore was another of those heads of families.  He purchased Gen. Jackson’s interest in the town site, and thus became one of the proprietors of the town, as also one of its most active and liberal friends.  It was through his exertions that a large number of settlers was induced to make the Bluff their home.  Isaac Rawlings, as has been before stated, was an Indian trader years before the establishment of the town of Memphis, and after its establishment he continued still in the commercial line, his principal competitor being Maj. Marcus B. Winchester, one of the handsomest and courtliest of men, whose stock of goods was far more extensive and valuable than anything that “Ike” had ever had.  Maj. Winchester’s place of business was on Front Street just south of Jackson Street, where he erected the finest house in the town.  Rawling’s establishment was at Anderson’s bridge, a favorite camping-ground, particularly with the Indians, in consequence of which he had carried on the most extensive trade; but after Winchester’s fine store was put up on the Bluff, the trade was gradually transferred to the latter place, and to change this condition of affairs, Rawlings determined to change the location of his store.  He selected a lot on the west side of Second Street, between Jackson and Winchester Streets, for which he paid some $10 or $15.  The selection of this position was considered by him a fine strategic movement, as the place was high, overlooking the camping-ground at the bridge and also Winchester’s store at the Bluff, and would, he thought, enable him to retain all of his trade at the former place and draw off a good deal of that of his rival, Maj. Winchester.  But in order to secure the full benefit of his new position it would be necessary to have the alley on which his new store stood widened, but this he could have done without going to Winchester, who represented the proprietors, and asking him to have it done.  Putting a bold face upon the matter, as is usually the better way, the haughty Rawlings made the proper request of the proper party, and much to his surprise the request was readily and politely granted and he himself given the privilege of conferring a name upon the widened street.  Rawlings, therefore, named it “Commerce Street.”  The new store, erected at greater expense than would have been the case had not Winchester had such a fine store, is still standing with a basement added on account of the grading down of the street.  A large stock of goods was put in, a portion of which remained on hand unsold in 1844, eighteen years later, because of his resolute resistance to marking down his prices in order to compete with his rivals.  The fact that everybody else was underselling him, and that his custom was for this reason steadily leaving him, was in his judgment no reason for taking the only practical method of retaining his trade.  His store therefore at length became little else than a magistrates office, in which he delighted to sit for hours every day arguing legal questions and giving advice upon all subjects pertaining to agriculture, commerce or law, while the simple principles upon which to conduct his own little business of merchandising, were either entirely ignored, or were as profound a mystery as was the origin of the pyramids or of the Sphinx.  It was thought then by some, and it must have been true, that the retrograding movement which Memphis then underwent was due in great part to “Ike” Rawlings’ persistent opposition to everything in the way of improvement, although it is also said that the general impression abroad that Memphis was a very unhealthy place very much retarded her growth.  Like all new towns in the South and West, her citizens were subject to malarious fevers, which nothing can prevent but the improvements gradually introduced by civilization.  The larger part of the sickness afflicting Memphis from her origin to the present time, except the special epidemics of yellow fever and small-pox, have doubtless been caused by the existence of large areas of unclaimed wild lands, ponds, and lakes across the Mississippi River in Arkansas.

The sale of lots went on slowly in this way until 1829 when the attorneys for the proprietors made application to the county court for a division of their different undivided interests in sundry unsold lots in Memphis and a tract of 1,200 acres of land.  In this petition which was dated April 20, 1829, the petitioners state their respective interests to be as follows: John Overton’s one-half; John C.McLemore’s, one-eighth; the heirs of Gen. James Winchester, one-fourth, and the devisees of William Winchester, one-eighth.  It was signed by William Lawrence, attorney in fact for John Overton and John C. McLemore, and by M. B. Winchester, attorney in fact for George and William Winchester.  The court in accordance with this petition ordered that Anderson B. Carr, Nathaniel Anderson, John Ralston, David Dunn, Tilman Bettis, James H. Lawrence and William Lawrence, or any five of them, be appointed commissioners to set apart to the petitioners their several portions in severalty of said town lots and land and report to the next court.  The next court of pleas and quarter sessions was held at the courthouse at Raleigh July 20, 1829, to which the commissioners reported that they had made a particular examination of the unsold lots and of the 1,200-acre tract, lying northeast and south of the town of Memphis and usually known as the town reserve, and had parcelled the said lots, etc., into eight divisions as nearly equal in value as they could make them, and that John Overton was entitled to four of said eight divisions, John C. McLemore to one, George and William Winchester, together, to one, and that the estate of the late Gen. James Winchester was entitled to two of the said eight divisions.  The particular division which should belong to each interest was determined by ballot, and the entire proceedings of the commissioners signed by Tilman Bettis, John Ralston, William Lawrence, Anderson B. Carr and James H. Lawrence.

In December, 1826, as is elsewhere stated, the Legislature passed an act incorporating the town of Memphis.  This took the citizens generally by surprise.  Some were pleased, others were indifferent, and still others were very much opposed to having to support an incorporation.  At a public meeting at which “Ike” Rawlings presided, the incorporation was denounced as a trick of the proprietors, and the chairman of the meeting himself made a strong speech against it, showing how severe it would be on several of the poor people living in the outskirts of the proposed town.  Speakers on the other side as strongly favored the incorporation as being a necessity and proposed, in order to satisfy Rawlings’ temporary prejudices, to leave out the poor people in the outskirts.  Notwithstanding the opposition to the incorporation it was a success.  After two years of charter life, Memphis having experienced meantime considerable improvement, the charter was amended so as to give to the town all the powers of Nashville, and providing that the mayor should not hold any office under the Government of the United States.  This without anything else in his favor would have elected Isaac Rawlings mayor of the town, M. B. Winchester being at the time both mayor and postmaster, and he was elected and re-elected a number of times, serving in all many years.

     We, the undersigned, being judges of an election, opened and held at the old courthouse in the town of Memphis, on the 26th day of April, 1827, for the purpose of electing seven persons to serve as aldermen for the said town of Memphis, do certify that upon counting out the votes M. B. Winchester, Joseph L. Davis, John Hooke, N. B. Atwood, George F. Graham, John R. Dougherty and William D. Neely were duly elected.

                                                                      Nathan Anderson.

                                                                      Isaac Rawlings.

S. R. Brown, Sheriff.                                    A. Rapel.

At this first meeting M. B. Winchester was elected mayor by the board in accordance with the requirements of the charter, and the first resolution passed was that it was important to the interests of Memphis that ordinances be passed.  Notice was given that on May 12 an election would be held for treasurer, recorder and town constable, the election when held resulting in the choice of Isaac Rawlings for treasurer; Joseph L. Davis, recorder and John K. Balch, town constable.

On October 17, $80 was set apart for the improvement of Chickasaw Street and $120 for a wharf from high to low water mark at the lowest steamboat landing.  On May 19, 1828, David Banks was elected constable, and the office of town surveyor established.  January 16, 1829, a superintendent of the graveyard was provided for.  At the second election for mayor, M. B. Winchester was again selected.... On the 4th of March, 1829, Isaac Rawlings was elected mayor, by a vote of four to three of the board, and he was again elected in March, 1830....

In March, 1831, Seth Wheatley was elected mayor, and Robert Lawrence in 1832.  Isaac Rawlings was then elected mayor for three consecutive years.  Enoch Banks was elected in 1836 and 1838, John H. Morgan intervening in 1837.... In March, 1839, Thomas Dixon was elected mayor, and on the 4th of March, that year, a list of the taxable property of the town and the taxes thereon was as follows: 471 town lots, valued at $587,400, taxes thereon $2,950; 152 slaves, value $91,800, taxes $223.50; five carriages, taxes $20, and 231 white polls, taxes $231.  The reader of the general history will remember that the constitution of 1834 disfranchised the free colored men, hence at this time there was no poll tax except upon white polls.  Thomas Dixon was again elected mayor in March, 1840, and on the 25th of April the Legislature passed an act changing the title of the place from the town of Memphis to the city of Memphis.  The tax list for this year was as follows: 499 lots, value $552,425, taxes $4,143.18 3ŕ4; 221 slaves, value $107,500, taxes, $268.75; 324 white polls, $324; 6 carriages, $24.  In March, 1841, William Spickernagle was elected mayor.  All the previous incumbents of this office appear to have served their city without a salary, but now the town having become a city, the aldermen at last began to think that his duties had become sufficiently valuable and onerous to deserve a pecuniary compensation, and to learn whether this sentiment was also entertained by the people, it was resolved on the 15th of September, that the recorder be required to ascertain as nearly as possible the sense of the people on the subject of giving the mayor a salary and to inform the board at the next meeting.  The sense of the people appears also to have been in favor of the salary, for on the 12th of November, 1841, it was resolved that the mayor be paid a salary of $500 per annum, “from the 15th of September last.”

R/RFHA Newsletter, December 1989

From Ed Wiessing, 6436-D Applecross Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28304

Here's ah excerpt from "Yesterday's Memphis" by Charles W. Crawford:

P.15: ISAAC RAWLINGS, who had been on the bluff since 1813, was one of the city's first merchants, and a proprietor of a store for many years until forced out of business by his rival, Marcus Winchester. RAWLINGS was also a magistrate, served five times as mayor, and ran for the post of delegate to the 1834 Tennessee Constitutional Convention as an opponent of slavery. In 1840, just before his death, he had himself carried in a chair so that he could vote for the Whig Ticket.

Marcus Winchester, a sophisticated and learned man, was also an important figure on the bluff during the early days of Memphis. His store replaced RAWLINGS' as the most popular place to trade soon after it was opened. His marriage to a woman of partially black descent, however, almost ruined him in Memphis. Although many men, including RAWLINGS, lived with their black housekeepers, it was not considered proper to marry outside of one's race. The criticism that Winchester received drove him to drink, and cut short his career.

 Excerpt from "Memphis Down in Dixie" by Shields McIlwaine

In the Council Chamber of the City Commission in Shelby County's courthouse are portraits of the first two mayors of Memphis; Marcus Winchester (1827-29) and ISAAC RAWLINGS (1829-1831). Marcus was handsome and distinguished looking, ISAAC was a dapper young Virginian.

After Winchester opened his new store, RAWLINGS moved his up on the bluff away from the lucrative Indian Trails where he had begun. He was unhappy. He knew the Indians because he had been a government factor to the Chickasaws before Winchester had shown up. The Indians continued to trade with him, but the whites switched allegiances and traded with Winchester.

RAWLINGS had been a sutler in Andrew Jackson's army, was used to the wilderness and its ways, and continued to do business his own way. But Winchester began taking over the town; made Justice of the Peace, then Postmaster, then Mayor. But RAWLINGS ran against him for the latter job, saying he was standing up for the squatters and the poor of Memphis who had first settled the town. Winchester won and RAWLINGS became Town Treasurer. Two years later, it was RAWLINGS' turn to be Mayor, and he served several terms. When Winchester was disgraced by his marriage and the children who followed, RAWLINGS continued living with his black housekeeper who bore him a son, WILLIAM ISAAC. In his will, the father left everything to his "natural son", his lands, his store, and his personal fortune. The young man had been declared "free" by the Shelby County Court in 1837, and baptized in 1838 as an Episcopalian like his father. This was unheard of, but the will stood up to any challenge which might be made.

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