Michelle, my mother was a great-granddaughter of Sion and Kitsey (Chancy) Hutcheson, and I have done some research into the history of that family.On his CSA enlistment records, Sion gives his residence as Twiggs County, Georgia.This is puzzling, because he had been living in Coffee County, Alabama, at least since November 1854, when he purchased land there.If the information passed down in the family is correct, his eldest son Daniel (my great-grandfather) was born in or near Elba, Coffee County, Alabama, in 1845.Between the birth of Sion about 1817 and the birth of Daniel, I have no information on Sion.He was mustered into the CSA on August 05, 1864, and a few weeks later, on September 17, 1864, he died, apparently in a Confederate hospital at Greenville, Butler County, Alabama. About 1870, his widow, Kitsey, and the rest of the family moved to the Loango Community in Covington County, Alabama.
I do not know that any of them ever lived in Early County, Georgia.Kitsey's family, however, may possibly have resided there for a brief period.If it is true that her sister Matilda Chancy was born in South Carolina in 1827-1830, and that her brother Irwin Chancy was born in Abbeville, Henry County, Alabama, in 1833, then obviously the family moved from South Carolina to Alabama between those dates, and they may have resided in southwest Georgia for some time between those dates.This is merely a possibility, because I have no evidence, only speculation.
As to the story about Sion and Kitsey taking in and raising as their own any children of the Stewart and/or Holland family, I have no evidence, only the family traditions, and they have inconsistencies.One version says that my great-grandfather Daniel was a son of Jacob Holland and Sion's sister Hannah, and that he was orphaned when Jacob was slain by Indians and Hannah died a few years later.But Daniel was born in 1845, a number of years after the last Indian conflict in Alabama, although Jacob might have been slain in one of the Seminole wars.Another version has it that it was Sion himself who was a son of Daniel Sumner Holland!I find lots of Stewarts and Hollands in Georgia and Alabama during the early 1800s, but I have not been able to connect them specifically to the Hutchesons.
If you'd like to discuss these family puzzles with me, you may contact me via my e-mail address. I gather from your surname that, as a Holland, you may have a perspective on the problem that is new to me, and so maybe we can put our information (or mis-information?) together and devise a more likely theory.