Has anybody found anything further on this family? Joe Matlock
Stokley Choate, By Shawn Martin - Jan 17, 2001View | Viewers | Reply to this item
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dawn,I have that Stokley was the son of Christopher & Sally (maiden name unknown) Choate.This Christopher was the Revolutionary War hero and son of Richard and Nancy (maiden name unknown) Choat.Richard was the son of Christopher and Flora Hawkins Choate.The following are the notes I have on this Christopher.
Revolutionary War soldier that moved from Virginia to South Carolina.
"South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution", p. 862 lists: Shote, Christopher -- Served under Col. Polk and Gen. Sumter. A.A.6968;p. 169 lists:Choat, Christoher, b. 1 Jan 1750, Bedford Co., VA, d. after 1833.
Facts gleaned from his application for Revolutionary War Pension with notes by Irene Choate Williams. 1.He was born 1750 in Bedford Co., VA (Bedford Co. was formed 1753-54 from Albemarle and Lunenburg Cos.).There were 3 men in this area in that time period that could be the father of this Christopher.They were Sabret, Richard and Christopher III.
2.Moved to East Tennessee when very young, before the Rev. War (The Choates moved into East TN 1773-75 and Christopher would have been at least 23 years old so he would not have been so young, but can we assume from this statement that he moved with his parents and therefore was not married at this time?We have no indication of Sabret ever being in East TN so can we then assume that he could not be father of this Christopher?Also Nadine and I proved to our satisfaction that Christopher had a son Christopher, Jr. born about 1750 so that would rule him out as the father of this Christopher so this would leave Richard as the father????)
3.Entered the service from the 96th district of SC in 1781.
4.Served about one year (this puts Christopher in SC in 1781)
5.After the War moved to Natchez, MS for about a year (This would put him in MS in 1783 and a deed in Washington Co., TN in 1783 states "...on the land next to land where Christopher now lives." and the land records of Washington Co., TN show the Christophers there from 1778-1784 so that would rule out the Revolutionary War Soldier as being the land owner in Washington Co., TN).
6.Moved to Georgia for about two years.(Since he is saying "about" we can say that he probably was in GA about 1784-85)
7.Moved back to South Carolina for two years.(SC records bear out the fact that he was in SC in July 1785 so it would seem his recollection of his movements were pretty good and this would have him leaving SC about 1787-88).
8.Moved to Davidson Co., TN until 1823.(This would mean he moved to Davidson Co., TN about 1788 and at that time Davidson Co. covered a large part of Middle TN, so it is hard to determine just what part of TN he came to from SC, it certainly would not be east TN)
9.In his final pension application he stated that he lived in McNairy Co., TN for twelve years.(This puts him there in 1825 and McNairy Co. was formed from Hardin Co., in 1823.)Before that he lived in Lawrence Co., TN.
These records along with the deed records of Washington Co., TN prove without a shadow of doubt that Christopher, the Revolutionary War Soldier was not the Christopher that was married to Prudence.I realize that someone is in the DAR on the information that Prudence was the wife of the Revolutionary War Soldier and know the books used for this proof and neither of them have any such proof.I have corresponded with the compilers of both of these books and they both say it was just something told to them and they did not check for any proof.***ICW
Pension Application Receipt #15187.On June 1833 Christopher of McNairy Co., TN age 83 declared that he was born January 1, 1750 in Bedford Co., VA.That he moved from there when very young before the Revolution to East Tennessee and from there to 96th District South Carolina.There he volunteered in 1781 in Capt. Sterling's Company; Colonel Cark's Regiment.On a five month tour of duty, he marched to Broad River, the dividing line between North and South Carolina where they joined General Sumpter.Marching towards the Congaree they were stopped by Tarlton's army and did battle with them at Shierie Ferry on Broad River.A small party of which Christopher was a part was ordered to search for General Tarleton.Under the command of Colonel Chandler, they traveled along the Charleston Road, capturing wagons and prisoners, until they finally engaged in battle at Black Stocks on Forque River.After they they marched to Packolet where Christopher was discharged as his tour of duty had ended.That same day he re enlisted, again under Captain Sterling and Colonel Clark.They marched with General Pickens Regiment to the 96th District of SC.There Christopher became a member of scouting party which watched and gave information about Tories and the British.He served nine or ten months before he was discharged.After the war Christopher said that he moved to Natchez on the Mississippi River for one year.From there he moved to Georgia for two years.From there he went to South Carolina for two years, and then to Davidson Co., TN until 1823 when he came to McNairy Co., TN.
From the Tennessee Pension Roll of 1835 the following can be found: Christopher Choate McNairy County Private South Carolina Line $46.66 Annual Allowance $139.98 Amount Received September 11, 1833 Pension Started Age 84
1830 --McNairy Co., TN Census
Children are believed to be:Aaron; David (1780-1881) m. Judith Seever; Thomas (1778-1887) m. Naomi Choate (dau. of Aaron son of Christopher III & Prudence); Darius (1790) m. Elizabeth Dabbs; John R. (1776-1850) m. Mary ?; Nicholas (1792-1841) m. Mary ?; Moses Livingston (1794-1868) m. Maria Ursula Cook; Stokley (1800-1881) m. Prudence Dora Choate (dau. of Thomas Kyle & Elizabeth Renfro Choate); Sarah "Sally" (1804) m. Jonathan Job; Champion (1805-1880) m. Ann Burk; and Elizabeth (1807) m. John English.