I'm researching 3 Mathis families that are in Hamilton(old James) County, TN in 1850/1860 etc.James K. Mathis mar Melissa McDonough.Her parents are from Bledsoe Co, TN but are in Hamilton Co in 1850.James K. Mathis and Melissa are in Murray Co, GA in 1850.John F. Mathis, James K.'s cousin is in Murray Co in 1850 but in Bradley Co, TN in 1860.James K.'s brother, John E. (E.J.) Mathis is in Hamilton County in 1850 married to Melissa's sister, Elvira.
James K. and John E. were brought to Marion County, TN at an early age and grew up there; must have been about 1825.The McDonough's were in Bledsoe County around 1808 or so.The McDonoughs moved from Raliegh, NC.Melissa and Elvira were first cousins to President Andrew Johnson.
We haven't been able to find the parents of any of these Mathis'.John F. was born in NC in 1818.James and John E. usually say they were born in TN around 1820 give or take a few years.
Do you have any information on these Mathis'? The K. may stand for Kitchen or Kenton.I was told Kitchen.