I am trying to determine if there is a connection between the Emerson and Emerton families in the Tennessee.
Our earliest known Emerson ancestor, George Emerson, first appears in our records in the 1830 Lawrence County, Alabama, Census. In the 1850 and 1860 Census, he states that he was born in Virginia. A very likely link from Virginia to Alabama is Franklin County, Tennessee.
First, Mack Emerson visited the Emerson family in what I believe was the Rock Creek community of Franklin County in the 1940s. A family connection was mentioned at that time.
Second, several members of the Robinson/Roberson family, originally from South Carolina (George Emerson's wife was Esther H. Robinson and census records indicate she was born in SC) can be found in the Franklin County, Tennessee records, and is documented by other researchers.
I haven't been able to find any Emersons in Franklin County Tennessee, other than Margaret Ann "Peggy" Emerson who married Thomas Walker Roberson. There are two Embersons (John and James) and one Emburson (George) listed in the 1812 Franklin County Tax List. There are several Robertsons and Robinsons listed. A William Emberson is listed in Franklin County Men in the Indian Wars.
The "Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists" (1977) lists the following Emersons (and variations): George Emberson (Franklin-1812), John Emberson (Sullivan-1796, Franklin-1812), Walter Emberson (Sullivan-1796), James Embuson (Franklin-1812), H. James Emerson (Maury-1816), James Emerson (Davidson-1811), John Emerson (Maury-1816), William Emerson (Maury-1816), Thomas Emerton (Davidson-1811), William Emetton (Davidson-1811), John Emmerson (Maury-1811), Thomas Emmerson (Knox-1815), William Emmerson (Maury-1811).
The Goodspeed History of Franklin County (1886) has the following information:
"The early settlers came mostly from Virginia and the Carolinas, and some from Kentucky and Georgia. It may be truthfully said that with the exception of those who have settled since the war the inhabitants of the county are nearly all descendants from the best families of " Old Virginia" and the Carolinas. It is claimed that Maj. William Russell, who settled on the Boiling Fork, near Cowan, and Jesse Bean, who settled on Bean Creek, both about the year 1800, were the first two settlers in the county. This is quite probable, as these two families are prominently mentioned elsewhere in the organization of the county, the first court being held at Maj. Russell's house, and Mr. Bean being one of the commissioners to locate the county seat. Bean Creek took its name from the Beans who settled thereon."
The 1790 Virginia Census (which is actually a compilation of individual censuses taken between 1782 and 1785) lists the following heads of families: John Emmerson (Pittsylvania-8 white; still appears to be there in 1818 according to other records), Richard Emmerson (Fairfax in both 1782 and 1785), Arther Emerson (Nansemond in 1784), Henry Emberson (Albemarle in 1785), Abel and Thomas Emberson (Hampshire in 1784), Thomas Emison (Frederick in 1782), John Epperson (Hanover in 1782), William Epperson (Charlotte in 1782).
If this sounds familiar to anyone, please let me know!