According to our family records, Catherine Gallion was the daughter of Young Gallion, son of Jacob and Nancy Gallion of Surry County, NC, son of Andrew Gallion. Young Gallion was a fur trapper and Indian hunter.He took a Cherokee wife, April, with whom he had four Children, two boys and two daughers.Young left the family with his father and went back to TN and later into AL before returning to Surry.He left other families in TN and AL.
April's mother April was Cherokee Indian.After father, Young, left family, mother April returned to her Indian Family leaving childern with Jacob.Catherine moved with Jacob's family to mountain region between North Carolina and Virginia border.There she met young man Bartlett Sexton and had a child, Thomas, born about 1794.Thomas was raised by his grandparents, John and Leatha Sexton.Catherine was believe to have returned to TN to live with the Cherokees.Oral tradition has placed her death in the 1838 Trail of Tears march from Tennessee to Arkansas.
Born as Thomas Sexton, served in the War of 1812 in Virginia Militia, Hale's Company.Some time between War's end in 1816 and marriage to Rutha Watson in 1820, Thomas changed his name to GALLION.Oral history relates story of man in Virginia stealing Thomas's bee hives.In the altercation that followed, the man died of injuries.Thomas fled west, not so much from the law, but from the man's family.He changed his name to GALLION, his mother's maiden name.In 1840 Thomas petitioned War Department for a War of 1812 pension.Thomas could neither read nor write.
Thomas, son of Young Gallion, served in War of 1812, having enlisted with 3rd Regiment (Copeland's) West Tennessee Militia and having served with 4th Regiment (Wood's) Virginia Militia.Thomas Gallion, Young's son, and Thomas Sexton are NOT the same person.Therefore the Gallion linage does not include Thomas.However Young's daughter, Catherine was the mother of Thomas (Sexton) Gallion.
Bartlett Sexton was in 1775 in Grayson County VA.Father, John Sexton, was part owner of family gist mill on the Elk Creek of New River.Bartlett and Catherine Gallion had a son, Thomas.In 1814, due to economic pressures associated with the War of 1812 and Indian Land becoming available in Western Virginia and Kentucky, John Sexton sold his share of the gist mill and migrates with his family and his brothers to Lawarence County, Kentucky.There is no record of Bartlett taking a wife after the birth of his son, Thomas.
John Sexton was born while enroute to Grayson County, VA to live with father's relatives.During the trip, his father Charles Jr. died in Shamokin, PA.John was born in 1758 in Loudoun County, VA.He, his mother, Elizabeth and grandmother Sarah, settled in Grayson County, VA.There they became part owners of a gist mill that was operated by John's great-uncle William Joseph Sexton on Elk Creek of the New River.The gist mill was very successful.In 1775, John married Leatha who lived in Grayson County.It is recorded John and Leatha had one son, Bartlett who was born in 1775.There are no records indicating another son was born of the union with Leatha.And among girls, the number of Sexton girls born in William Joseph's family make it very difficult to trace ancestries.In 1810, John's mother passed away and then in 1814, his beloved Leatha died.Due to economic pressures associated with the War of 1812 and Indian Land becoming available in Western Virginia and Kentucky and still grieving, John Sexton sold his share of the gist mill and migrated with fellow family members to Lawrence County, Kentucky.There he purchased property along the Big Sandy River and operated a saw mill until he died in 1835 at the age of 75 in Lawrence County, KY
John's father, Charles Jr. Sexton was born in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.As a child he migrated with his family from Long Island to Hopewell, NJ.Married Elizabeth Bush in December 1744.Worked as an itinerant wagon-wheel make but made home with Elizabeth's parents.When
Elizabeth's parents died in 1755, they sold the farm to move to Grayson County, VA in promise of free land.On the way to Grayson County, Charles Jr. would stop and build wagon-wheels.One of the sojourns to Shamokin, PA, Charles, Jr. died suddenly.Elizabeth was pregnant with John and got as far as Loundoun County, VA before his birth.Her mother Sarah was with her.After her and the baby's health improved, she continued to Grayson County.There she and John joined the family of William Joseph Sexton, Charles Jr.'s uncle.She and John became part owners of a gist mill.
Charles (Sexson) SextonWas born September 9, 1680 in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.He grew up and remained on Long Island until his later years.Therefore it is most probable that Charles was whaler, or at least involved in the industry.He married Catherine in 1710 at Huntington, Long Island, NY.Catherine who was born in Ireland and migrated to the Colonies around 1705 when her parents migrated to Long Island.There is record of them having only one child, son, Charles Jr.While the whaling industry begin to move from Long Island, Charles moved to Hopewell, NJ to work as a barrel maker.He died there in 1752.
Charles' father was George Jr. (Sexson) Sexton:Born 1656 in Limerick, IrelandDied 1698 At Sea off the coast of Long Island, NY.George was a seaman and immigrated to the New World sometimes after the birth of his son William Joseph, Est 1670-1698 and before the birth of son Charles, Est 1680-1752.He immigrated to the eastern point of Long Island, which was to become Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.That area became a whaling center.
When seventeenth-century settlers brought their knowledge of the ancient European whaling industry to the shores of New England, they were not the first to hunt the great beasts. Native Americans who lived along the coasts of the continent used carcasses of dead whales that washed up on shore for food, oil, and bone.The Native Americans also employed canoes to pursue whales that swam into shallow coastal waters.
The first organized whaling in the American colonies began on Long Island (New York) in 1640, and later there were whale-fisheries active in New England and New Jersey by the end of the century. The New World whalers used traditional techniques brought from Europe.The colonial whalemen launched small boats from beaches and harpooned whales that appeared near shore or swam into the relatively shallow harbors and bays along the eastern shore of Long Island.Once harpooned, the captured whales were towed to shore.There they were cut up for the blubber and bone.Of course the fresh meat was eaten.Some meat was salted and pickled, but most was dried.Ashore the whalers extracted the oil by boiling the blubber in large cast iron kettles called trypots. Wood from the forested areas of the island was used to fuel the fires.The oil was stored and shipped in barrels, which were made on the island.
As the number of whales near shore inevitably declined, the whalers were forced to chase the whales in single-masted sloops.They towed whaleboats for the actual hunt and harpooning of the whale.When the distances from shore became great, the cut up the whale while at sea; storing the whale blubber in casks, which were brought home to be tried out in the trypot.The sloops got larger and larger as they needed to carry provisions for several weeks.For most whalers they hunted whales by day and slept on shore at night.
George Jr. was such a whaler.Some time around 1700, George Jr. died at sea off the coast of Long Island.There is no record of the accident; if it was a sinking of a sloop, or of whaleboat; or if it occurred during bad weather or during a hunt for a whale.There are no records of what happened to George's wife, who accompanied him to the New World from Ireland.