Hi Fred,I hope I thanked you before for the great information you sent!I found the letter below at the Sevier Tennessee genealogy site.This is not my direct line, but my Harrises received land grants on Crooked Creek in Blount, Tennessee and I am trying to find out more about Black's Station there.
My Harrises were Scots Irish that emigrated from Ireland bef 1730.They lived in PA and then the brothers started to move South, only Thomas stayed in PA. William moved to Cecil, Maryland and brothers Samuel, Charles, James, and Robert moved to Mecklenburg, North Carolina and their brother John lived in South Carolina, probably very close to them, but on the South Carolina side once the boundaries were settled.Probably in the Waxhaws area along with the Pickens, Baskins, Calhouns and McCalls.There were Blacks and Wilsons very close in the Bullock Creek area.Many in this area of SC joined the Spartan Regiment under Colonel John Thomas.
After the war, my Harrises are on Crooked Creek and William is helping a Margaret Thomas nee Brevard.Her family is connected with the Harrises back to Scotland. Brevards, McKnitts, ALexanders are with them in PA, MD, NC, and SC.Margaret's husband Jacob Thomas died in 1804 before she received the land grant in 1807 on Crooked Creek.
I wondered if you had any Thomas information?There is a Joseph Black that is will my line in Abbeville.I do think it is possible that Gavin established the fort as that line connects to the VA line.Gavin Black son of George Black, son of James Black and Jane Thomas and brother to Joseph Black of Abbeville.Jane Thomas being the sister of Colonel John Thomas of the Spartan Regiment.The Blacks go back to Chester, PA as do the THomases, who emigrated from Wales.
Here is the letter I found on the Sevier site.Letter dated 1955
From Dr. Joseph A. Sharp Collection
Copy of letter from Mrs. Flossie H. Pickens, Maryville. 2/1/55
I have been working on the Black history ever since I last corresponded with you. Since then I have been able to borrow Our Tennessee Cousins by Worth Ray and The History of the Buffalo People by Rankin. Some information I have received from our Blount County historian and Nellie Pickens Anderson, author of Pickens History. But I don't have all of Joseph Black's children and from your letter I find that you are interested in Esther V. Black that married John Nichols. I will send you what I have if you have found Joseph Black's children I would like to have there.
The Black Family of Blount County and of Black's Station.
The name of Gavin Black appears on the: first census of the U. S. in Iredell County, N.C. in 1790. John Black's name appears in the immediate next to Gavin and in the same neighborhood lived Samuel Bogel at the same time. Which leads to the suggestion that the Blacks and the Bogles were old neighbors and associates in Iredell County, N.C. -- History of Buffalo Church and Its People.
The community was first settled by the Nottingham Company, a company organized and formed at Rising Sun, MO (Terese’s note MD). That church was in Lancaster County, Pa. When our ancestors left there, the line was changed in 1767. The deeds are all dated Dec. 1756 in Guilford County to the colony that came. George Black, a Tyrone signed, had children:
1. Thomas, who married Rebecca Kenny.
3. Livid Gavin, who married Sarah Hambright.
The man that built the log cabin, or stockage, was Gavin Black, not Joseph or John.
I also found this information on the family of Gavin Black-
•John S. Black from Handbook of Texas
BLACK, JOHN S. (1790–1851?). John S. Black, early Texas colonist, participant in the Texas Revolution, and Indian commissioner, was born in Tennessee in 1790 and settled in Grimes County, Texas, in 1830. Like many other settlers who came to Texas during this time, he came from a family that had taken part in the American Revolution. His father, Gavin Black, was a lieutenant in the American army. His grandfather, George Black, signed the Tryon Declaration of Independence in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1775. Black staked out his claim on the Coushatta Trace, on an "open picturesque prairie dotted with small groves of timber and covered with a carpet of tall nutritious grass." His title for a league of this land, later known as Black's Prairie, was granted on April 6, 1831. He later received an adjacent quarter league abandoned by his brother Marcus, who returned to Tennessee.
In 1835 Black served as a cavalryman under the command of Stephen F. Austin. He and his son Monroe took part in the siege of Bexar on December 5–9, 1835, under the command of Gen. Edward Burleson. Black went on to participate in the battle of San Jacinto as a captain in the quartermaster's corps. In 1838 he received two bounty warrants for land for his service in the Texas army. After independence, he remained in the service of the Republic of Texas in the quartermaster's depot in Houston. After 1842 he was an Indian commissioner. Under the leadership of Sam Houston, he worked to gather many Indian groups to persuade them to remain at peace and engage in commerce with the white man. Black was one of three Texas Indian commissioners who met with eight Texas Indian groups on Tehuacana Creek on March 8, 1843. This meeting was a preparation for a larger general council to be held in the fall of that year (see TEHUACANA CREEK COUNCILS). On April 10, 1843, Houston authorized a payment of $200 to Black for his services as Indian commissioner in the fall and winter of 1842, as well as $175 for his continued service on the Texas frontier.
Black was a devoted Mason who tried to settle his area exclusively by Masons. His name is listed on a monument under the old Masonic Oak in Brazoria. He died around 1851 and was buried on a hill near his land, which is today south of a roadside park. His wife, Mary, was buried next to him in 1868.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Irene Taylor Allen, Saga of Anderson—The Proud Story of a Historic Texas Community (New York: Greenwich, 1957). Grimes County Historical Commission, History of Grimes County, Land of Heritage and Progress (Dallas: Taylor, 1982).
History of Blount County reads as follows:
"On the 3rd of October, Black's Blockhouse on the head of Crooked Creek, a branch of Little River, there was a Sergeant's command. It was attacked by surprise just after dark by a party commanded by a Cherokee of Wills Town, called the "Tail". The party consisted of three other Cherokees and five Creeks. James Paul was killed (TEM-James Pate was scalped and killed) inside the house, George Morse (TEM I think this might be George Moss) and ROBERT SHARP were killed at the fire on the outside; and John Shockland was wounded. Three horses were killed and seven taken."
1792, James White >Captain Thomas Gillespie seemed to have charge of the area for protection against the Indians though it seems meager.Ensign Joel Wallace is stationed at Blacks Station with 4 men.
Blacks Station is very close to where Fort Loudoun was located before it was overrun by the Indians.Fort Loudoun was manned by South Carolina and was in a strip of the territory south of the Ohio that ran across to Mississippi which make me think in 1792 the area where Blacks station was would be manned by South Carolina.
Do you have Sharps, Thomases, Cusicks in your line and any Harris connections?I wondered if you have connection to Gavin Black?