I am also researching these families in Sevier Co., ca 1800-1880.
Isaac A. Atchley, (of Isaac, of Thomas) was my great-grandfather.He, along with some other Atchley families, and some Longs, Maples, and Lindseys, moved from Sevier Co., TN to Greene Co. MO about 1877.They seem to have paused in Greeneville, Green Co., TN long enough for one of his younger sons to have been born there (or perhaps the expectant Catherine went there to stay with relatives during the move).Last summer I visited Rose Hill Cemetery near Willard, MO, where most of these folks are buried.
BTW, if your are researching Atchleys, Longs, and Maples you need to add Lindseys to the list as they were another part of that "cluster."
I have solid documentation from myself back to Isaac A. Atchley/Catherine Duggan.All I have from Isaac A. back is from various published sources but I haven't found any original documentation, yet (I'm just getting to that point in my research).All I have from Catherine Duggan back is guesswork.
I recently received Isaac A Atchley's CW pension file.Among the gems it contains are a true copy of his marriage record and a complete list of his children.Some of his daughter's married names are also revealed in the pension file.I also have Thomas Atchley's RW pension file but I haven't had time to read it closely, yet.I ordered Noah Atchley's pension file at the same time I ordered Isaac's, but it hasn't arrived, yet.Noah served as a sergeant in the same company that Isaac served in and, when I ordered the file, I was thinking that this was Isaac A's uncle Noah.However, this Noah is more likely a cousin of Isaac going by his age (he had sworn affidavits on Isaac's behalf in Isaac's pension file).
I found one cute fact in perusing census data.One of these families (might have been the Longs) named one of their children after Lemuel Duggan.I stumbled across the census that was taken a couple of weeks after that child was born, and Lemuel Duggan was the census enumerator!Now, I know that realistically he was probably well known to the family, perhaps even related, and all that, but still, coming across that census entry raised this picture in my mind of the census enumerator knocking on the door and, when he asks the baby's name, the young couple scratches their head and says "we haven't been able to think of one, hey, what's your name?"
If you have good source citations to original primary or secondary documentation from Isaac A. back I'd love to see the data.I am planning on visiting Sevierville this summer and any head start I can get on research would be very much appreciated.BTW, there is no substitute for on-site research!My trip to MO this past summer was incredibly fruitful - I was able to find original documentation on about three generations of all involved lines in a matter of a few days.I am hoping that Seveierville will be as fruitful.