Excuse me, I believe that you are very wrong and obviously new to genealogy.Yes, "Partain" looks French.I am a licensed French teacher.But "Partain" is not French.I have worked on genealogy since Jan. 1977.My children descend from a John Parton/Partin/Partain/Parten/Pardon/Parting/
etc/Spelling was not standard.
John was born ca mid 1770s in VA.Some of his children lived in the Crooked Creek area of Burke Co NC, now McDowell Co, NC, in the early 1820s to 1840s.I have well documented his family on the Parton, Partain, Partin, etc. forums.
He had a son Gabriel George or George Gabriel Partain who was on the 1830 Cocke Co TN census.Gabriel went to Pope Co. AR and his descendants live all over the west especially in Yell, Montgomery, and surrounding areas of Arkansas.
Years ago, I shared information with a Dorothy Partain of the Yell, Montgomery, etc, area of Arkansas.They had a belief in their family that they descended from a French trapper.I was able with the censuses and known facts on this family to show her that was not the case.Gabriel may have been a trapper, and I believe at onepoint a miner, but he was never French!!!
I live in East TN, just about a tenth of the mile over the line from Sevier Co. TN.I am just over the mountain from Haywood Co. NC. and Cherokee Co. NC. I drive there is about anhour.There simply was no Partain who was a trapper or dealt with the Cherokee Indians in any way. There is no such record. There was no such person.
If you will look elsewhere on the Parton/Partain/Parten genforums and do a search on my name or on Gabriel, you will find where I have posted the many brothers and sisters of Gabriel.
Dolly Parton, the famous entertainer, is the paternal aunt of my children.Her great-great grandfather Benjmain Chris Parton was in the Union army for a brief spell until he deserted (East TN was predominantly Union, and Sevier Co., TN, was the most Unionist county.We are 99% white here because few slaves were owned in this area).When he tried to get a pension, they asked him how to spell his name, "Parton" or "Partain."He replied that he didn't know because he wasnot a scholar.I have a copy of that pension with that question and reply in it.I believe thatpretty wells sums it up, straight from the horse's mouth.Benjamin Chris was a son of Benjamin.Benjmain was a brother to Gabriel.
John Parton born ca mid 1770s VA.I believe that he is out of the Partons/Partins/Partains who were in old Montgomery Co VA ca 1780s, on Big Reed Island Creek, a branch of New River, now Grayson, Floyd, Carroll Counties.
Those families went to NC ca 1787.
I believe that some of the family may have been in Montgomery and Mecklenburg Counties NC in the early 1820s.
Some of the children of John were in Crooked Creek, near Old Fort, then Burke County NC, now McDowell Co., NC, in the 1820s and some up until 1840s.None remained there after that time.
John's wife's name, first and last unknown.John may have been the John "Purden" on early Buncombe Co NC or Haywood Co. NC. A Benjamin Partin lived in the area of Buncombe called Swannanoa.It is just over the county line from Crooked Creek, then Burke Co NC.That Benjamin may have been a brother to John, but John was born in VA, and Benjamin was born in SC.That is still possible.
John's children (from memory):
Benjamin born ca 1798-1801 NC married Hannah Cole, descendants go by "Parton." Witness to brother Moses's marriage in Burke Co NC in 1828, on 1830 Cocke Co TN census beside Gabriel, 1840 Greene Co TN census beside father John, 1850 Murray Co GA, early 1850s onward in Sevier Co, TN, ancestor to Dolly Rebecca Parton, famous entertainer.
Gabriel George or George Gabriel married Anna Lough.Anna's father said to be Portugese.Descendants mostly go by "Partain."He was born in NC.He is first found in records on 1830 Cocke Co TN census beside brother Benjamin above. 1840 Pope Co Arkansas.
Jonn (son of John and brother to the two men above)married Anna Allison in Burke Co NC.Anna was the dau of Rev. War soldier and his late in life wife who was maiden name Ryan and had previously been married to a Hostley/Hasley.
John was on the 1830 and 1840 Burke Co NC census in the area of Crooked Creek.He was on the 1850 Greene Co TN census with many brothers and sisters nearby.I believe that he was on the 1860 Franklin Co TN census, and 1870s to Nodaway Co MO.He descendants mostly use the "Partin" spelling.
possbily Jameswho married Isabelle Edmiston/Edmundson/various spellings. He was on 1830 and 1840 Burke Co NC near the above "brothers."He was in Layfatte, Walker Co., GA, by 1850, and remained there.His descendants use the "Partin" spelling.The Ira Phipps family was beside James in 1840 in Burke Co NC, and then the Ira Phipps family was with other Parton families in Greene Co TN in 1850.
Randall married Nancy, believed to be the daughter of Matthew Goodson and wife Celia.Randall was on the 1840 census beside John above and the Goodsons.He was on the 1850 Greene Co TN census.He is gone by 1860, believe he and his wife were deceased by then.His children were reared by the Goodsons in Greene and Cocke Counties TN.Descendants mostly use "Partin" spelling.
William m Sarah Baker in Greene Co TN.They were in Greene Co in 1850.They attended Wittenburg Chruch. This helped me pinpoint where the Partons/Partins/Partains/etc. lived in Greene Co TN.They lived on both sides of the Nolichuckey River.There is still a Wittenburg Church although probably not the same building.Brother Moses's dau Nancy, wife of Martin Kiker, is buried in a cemtery just down the road a few miles from the church.I do not know anything about William's descendants.I believe that he did not appear on the 18 60 Greene Co TN census.
Eli born NC. Married Mary Ann Borden McCoy.He was on the 1850 Greene Co TN census.Moved to Hamilton Co TN.Had no sons to survive him, only daughters.From two of Eli's daughter, we have had our only clues to the names of the original John (born mid 1770s)'s wife, and the two clues do NOT match!
Moses born NC. Married Mary S. Hasley/Hostley in Burke Co NC.Mary may have been a
close relative to brother John's mother-in-law whose first husband was a Hostley/Hasley.Moses and John lived side by side on the 1830 Burke Co NC census.
I believe that Moses was on the 1840 York Co SC census as a skilled laborer/miller/ working in a factory or mill.Moses was 1850 Greene Co TN, and from the early 1850s onwards, he was in Sevier Co TN near his brother Benjamin.
Irene, Irena, Irenah, Serena, etc.
married John Hicks probably in Cocke Co TN, lived Cocke Co, TN.Sons included George Gabriel or Gabriel George (That was the clue to how I realized that the George on the 1850 AR census was Gabriel!), Moses, etc., the same names as her brothers. Lived in Cocke Co nearher sister Candace.
Candace, Candis,etc.married George Washington Crum in Greene Co TN.Lived Cocke Co TN.A descendant said that Candace father was a John and her husbands's father was a John.
The Riley Parton on the 1850 Greene Co TN census was not a sibling or known relative to the above family.
The Elizabeth who married a Whaley in Sevier Co TN does not fit, as it has been found that her maiden name was Evans.
I have done all this from memory.My home is full of Parton files, the old fashioned kind, and thousands of dollars worth of censuses and books that have helped me search Parton/Partin/Partain/Parten/Pardon/etc.(By the way, the Pardon's Jewelery Store in Knox Co TN was the scene of a robbery this past week. You can read about that at the Knoxville TN web site for the New-Sentinel.That Pardon family descends form Sevier Co. Partons. They are descendants of generation 1 John, generation 2 Benjamin, generation 3 Elisha Wilburn Parton, and on down.When this particular Parton was in the service, WWI I think, he kept getting his checks to "Pardon" instead of "Parton" and he just kept that spelling.)
Whether you descend from John (start of this diatribe) or from another "Partain,"I believe that if you follow your censuses and other factual trails backwards,you will find that your family legends are wrong.That is hard for all of us to swallow.All people who work family trees have to face this.Some legends turn out true. Some do not.The facts speak for themselves.My best friend of the late 1960s had the maiden name of "Crow".She was from Izard Co. Arkansas.Her family legend was that she was part Crow Indian.Her family said that you could look at the pictures and see the high cheek bones, dark hair, and eyes, etc.Well, I got her started on genealogy.In less than a year, she traced her family to Kroughs in Germany in the 1400s or 1500s, and there was not one drop of Indian blood.
But she also had a legend in her family that her ancestor who was a Stump was a chaplain to President George Washington.That legend turned out to be true.
Don't let your legends throw you off the factural trail.Every single family from the mountains of East Tennesseee and NC claims Indian blood, almost always a Cherokee Indian princess.This is called White Man's Royalty syndrome.We experienced genealogist were once beginners like you, and we used to believe totally that we were part Cherokee.I have actually run my "Cherokee" full blood (person was actually 1/8) back to a full blood Creek who lived in Haywood Co NC. This was not a Parton line.Some Indian lines check out, but in 24 years of checking, I have yet to find a Cherokee or any other Indian in thisparticular Parton/Partain/Partin/etc. line. Some who went west married Indians, and an Indian element was added at a latter date.
I work on over 100 surnames on may children's family tree.Parton/Partin/Partain/etc. is just one of them, but I have spent more time on it than on any other.I have been at it, as I wrote earlier, since Jan. 1977.
I hope that you are open to the facts.I hate to see the legends printed actually.They throw so many people off track.I know people who have made the trip to the archives at Cherokee NC only to find that there is no Parton/Partain/Parten/Partin/etc. ancestor in those records.
Ms. Doris Noland Parton
born March 28, 1949, Sevierville, Sevier Co. TN
married 21 Dec. 1967 to Bobby (name not Robert) Lee Parton, in Sevierville, Sevier Co., TN. Divorced 1982.
I am beginning my 25th year as a school teacher.I currently teach grade 5.I have taught every grade K-12 except for first and second.I am certified all subjects 1-9, and at the secondary level in all the social studies and French.I have a A.A. from Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, Washington; a B.S. from the UT, Knoxville; M.A. from Tusculum in Greeneville,TN; Ed.S. from Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate,TN, and have completed all couse work on Ed.D. from East TN State University at Johnson City, but I dropped out of dissertation stage due to health problems. The fact that I have this education does not mean that I am a good genealogist, but I endeavor to employ the same scholarly methods to research genealogy that I would use to research any other problem or question.
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