Judy, For years and years I have searched for someone following the line of Barney Michael from NC to TN to Carroll Co., GA. Maybe we can pool our information. First, John Michael is a son of William and Hannah (Sellers) Michael. If you go to the 1830 Census of Carroll County you will find that William and Hannah had two boys under 5 years of age. In the 1840 census these two boys are now age 10-15. In addition there is another child under 5. In the 1850 census , Russell, who is William Russell, age 21 is in the household. The only other child who would be in the age range of 16 to 25 would be John who, during this census is working on the farm of William Easterwood next door. Another boy, Emanuel who was under 5 in 1840 is now 12 years of age. There is another child aged 9 who was not yet born at the time of the 1840 Census. His name is James.
Barney was born about 1769 in NC. I have not found his parentsor his wife, Catherine's parents. She was also born in NC. Barney was in Jefferson Co., TN in 1800. He was appointed Road Overseer there. By 1805 Barney had purchased 150 acres of property in Grainger County, TN. Both Barney and William were on the 1814 tax list of Grainger County. William had 200 acres. In 1815 William went to Jefferson County to marry Hannah Sellers. Hannah was the daughter of John Sellers and Rebecca George. John and Rebecca remained in Jefferson County until after the 1830 Census. They both died in Hanilton Co., TN in August 1839.
Barney and William and families moved to Monroe County, TN in the 1820s as soon as the Indians moved out. They purchased land in the Hiwassee District of Monroe County, TN and were there in the 1830 Census. In 1831 they sold their land and moved to Carroll Co., GA.
John did not have a sister named Mary that I know of. In 1830 he had one girl age 10 to 15. In 1840 he had one girl 5 to 10. The other, who would be 20 to 25, apparently married. In 1850 the census listed Sarah, age 16, as the only girl in William's home.
I am descended from Barney, William, William Russell, William Lumpkin, Claude, Elmer and then me. I live in Huntsville, AL.E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org please write me at my e-mail address.