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The Shearman/Sherman Family of McMinn Co., TN

Updated November 18, 2001

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The first indication of John Shearman and Catherine Unknown is in land records of VA, they removed to Granville Co., NC. John's will was probated on Mar 24, 1784 naming children; Frances married Thomas Goss [16 children], Lucretia married John Cash [15 children], Sarah married Phillip Lewis [2 children], Ellinor married James Meadows [8 children], John Jr. married Mildren "Millie" Unknown [7 children], Michael married Mary Hunt/Washington [8 children] and probably 1 unknown daughter that married Thomas Lewis. The line that I will follow is that of John Jr. b. May 28, 1750 Granville Co., NC d. ca 1795 Caswell Co., NC. From information I have received, he may be buried in a family cemetery west of Yancyville, Caswell Co., NC. John Jr.'s and Mildred's children were; Temperance married William Wallis [12 children],Elisabeth married John Burch [5 children], Margaret "Polly" married David Moore [10 children], Lucretia married [1]Unknown Davis [1 child] [2] Michael Kelly [4 children] [3] Unknown Jenkins [3 children], Thomas married Sarah Burch [5 children], Charles married Catherine Unknown [5 children], Catherine married William Thompson [9 children]. Temperance, Elisabeth and Thomas married in Caswell Co., NC from 1791-1800. Their mother, Mildred, shows up in the Russell Co., VA tax list for 1797, and Lucretia and Catherine married in Russell Co., VA. John Jr.'s son, Thomas, was found in Russell Co., VA in 1804 & 1807 with land purchased and 1810 tax list. All of John Jr.'s children removed to Claiborne Co., TN between 1810 and 1815. John Jr.'s son, Thomas, was born Aug 30, 1782 Caswell Co., NC, he and Sarah Burch were the parents of Elisabeth b. 1803 married Tidence C. Lane [see bottom of page for a short bio on the Lane Family], John Franklin b. 1805 married Malinda Neil [6 children] [see bottom of page for a short bio on the Neil Family], Rebecca b. 1808, Malinda b. 1812 married Russell Lane, brother of the above Tidence C., [7 children] and Sarah b. 1814, never married. Thomas and his sister, Temperance, removed to the area of Monroe, Bradley and McMinn Counties in late 1820's. Temperance d. 1855 and is buried in County Line Cemetery, McMinn Co., TN. Thomas and Sarah [Burch] Shearman came with 5 children to first to Monroe Co. then Bradley Co. and finally in McMinn Co., TN. They settled in the Mouse Creek, now Niota, area. The only son, John Franklin, of the Shearman's built a large home, starting in 1845 and completing in 1849. This home is now referred to as the Burn House, situated on the northeast side on Niota. John Franklin, Sr. and Malinda Neil Shearman were the parents of; Thomas J. b. 1831 married Sarah Elizabeth Cate [8 children], Neil Treynor b. 1833 d. 1851, Nancy Jane b. 1839 d. 1840, John Franklin, Jr. "Frank" b. 1841 married Margaret Ann "Anna" Middleton [3 children], Mary Elizabeth b. 1849 d. 1850 and Malinda Neil b. 1851 married [1]Alburtus Forrest [2] David H. Cleveland [1 child]. Thomas J. and John Franklin, Jr. "Frank" were large land owners in the Mouse Creek, McMinn Co., TN area and were engaged in the development of Niota, TN. "Frank" lived at the big house with his family, Alfred Neal "Steve" b. 1873, Thomas "Tom" b. 1877 [prominent citizen of Athens, TN, the Fine Arts Bldg. at Tennessee Wesylan College is named for him.] married [1] Laura Tipton, [2] Sue Humphrey Carter, and Frankie Lee b. 1885 married Jake Kent Rasnake. John Franklin "Frank", Jr. was murdered at the front gate of his home, northeast of Niota, his nephew was accused but never convicted. Thomas J., brother of "Frank", and Sarah Elizabeth Cate were the parents of;Mary Estelle b. 1854 married J.W. Fitz, Thomas Neil b. 1855 married Harriet E. Deatherage [7 children], John Franklin b. 1856 d. 1862 [ran over by train], Charles Pelar "Pete" b. 1859 married Lula M. Stewart [9 children], Martha Ellen b.1861 married Mike Shearman [3 children], William Hugh, Sr. b. 1862 married Caledonia Pyott [4 children], Sarah Frances b. 1865 married Da

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