John Price Tillery, was born in 1754 in Virginia. During the Revolutionary War, he had extensive service in Virginia and North Carolina regiments and, as a result, received sizeable land grants in Ohio and Tennessee. John married Letitia Matthews (1759-1843) on February 18, 1782, in Rockbridge, Virginia. They first moved to Georgia where Letitia’s uncle, George Matthews, who had served as one of George Washington’s generals, was governor.
In about 1795 or 1796, John and Letitia moved to Knox County where they lived out the remainder of their lives on a sizeable land grant which included most of present-day Inskip. The oldest of their 10 children was Richard M. Tillery, Sr. who was born in 1788 in Georgia. He married Margaret Rebecca Cole (1796-1849) on November 2, 1813, in Knoxville. They were parents of nine children. Richard died on April 11, 1860 in Knoxville at age 72, leaving his estate of 404 acres to his children.
John L. Tillery, 2nd child of Richard and Margaret Tillery (Cole) b.1816 was a farmer in the Ebenezer Community, 11m. W. of Knoxville. John Tillery m. 3 Nov 1842 Mary Ann Elender Smith (1822-1856) (dau of John Smith and Mariah ADAIR CHRISTIAN Smith), and g-dau of John Adair, who established Fort Adair in Grassy Valley in 1788. The area later became Fountain Head and, when a post office was established there in 1890, it became Fountain City.