Seeking parents of JOHN MICHAEL b. abt 1828 in TN. who married Rachel WOOD, b. abt 1838 also in TN. Rachel was daughter of Joel WOOD and Mary SELLERS. Joel WOOD and Mary SELLERS were married 28 June 1809 in Jefferson Co., TN. Also married there were William MICHAEL and Hannah SELLERS IN 1815.
In 1830 and 1850, Joel Wood and Mary Sellers Wood were in Monroe Co., TN. Children in 1850 were Nathan, 21, Polly, 17, Joel 14 and Rachel 12. From other censuses we believe there may be as many as 11 children.
By 1860, Joel and Mary Wood were in Carroll County, GA (Villa Rica area) with sons Nathan and Joel Wood Jr. living nearby, and daughter, Rachel who was living next door married to a John MICHAEL. Children of Rachel and John were George W., William R., and Mahala J. The marriage probably took place in Carroll county but I have not been able to find the record.
From other resources I have learned that William MICHAEL and Hannah SELLERS also came to Carroll County from Monroe Co., but they came earlier. In 1850 Carroll Co., a John MICHAEL, age 22, born in TN, is living with William EASTERWOOD, age 38, and his wife, Mary, age 27, who was born in TN. Next door is William MICHAEL and Hannah, ages 60 and 54 respectively, with William's father Barney MICHAEL, 81, and mother, Catherine, 80, living with them.
Could my John be a son of William and Hannah Sellers Michael? Is Mary Easterwood actually Mary MICHAEL and a sister to my John?
My theory is that Mary Sellers Wood and Hannah Sellers Michael were sisters and John Michael was the son of William and Hannah. If so, it would mean that Rachel may have married her first cousin ... but ... what else is new with families back then?
Many of you seem to have done a lot of research on this particular MICHAEL family. Can you help me put these pieces together? Does anyone know who John MICHAEL's parents were?
Rachel Wood Michael was my GGgrandmother's sister. She was Mary Ann Wood who married William Jasper Payne in Monroe Co., TN in 1852 and also ended up in Carroll County.
Thanks in advance to any who can help. Judy in Newnan, GA