Re: Father of Jehu Stokely
Hello all Stokely descendants:
I have some information that might help you with your research on Jehu Stokely, my GGGGGrandfather.The possible connection to his father has been reported as a John Jehu Stokely born abt 1715 in Wales, not confirmed but reported.
John Jehu father has been reported as Samuel G. Stokely from England.
Here is what I have:
Jehu was an English sailor who at a very early day (1747) came to Port of Charleston, SC and later made his way to the French Broad settlement in Cocke, Co., TN
Jehu Stokely bought land from Captain John Waddle in 1802.
Father: Samuel G. STOKLEY
Mother: Elizabeth's 1st COUSIN b: in some generations later there was child jehu stokely (1747)
Marriage 1 Nancy NEIL b: 1760 in Charleston S Carolina
1. Royal STOKELY b: 10 APR 1784 in Warren Co. NC
2. Susan STOKELY b: 13 JUN 1782 in Warren Co. NC
3. John STOKELY , Sr b: 27 DEC 1786 in Warren Co. NC
4. Thomas STOKELY b: 26 JUL 1789 in Warren Co. NC
5. Nancy STOKELY b: 13 FEB 1792 in Cocke Co., Tn
6. Polly STOKELY b: 17 MAR 1797 in Cocke Co., Tn
7. Sarah STOKELY b: 1 APR 1797 in cocke Co., Tn
8. Rhoda STOKELY b: 12 NOV 1802 in Cocke Co., Tn
Jehu Stokely is reported to be the first Stokely in the Tennessee area.No further info on who his parents are (it has been reported by other researchers that a George Stokely was the father).Jehu Stokely and Nancy Neil were married in Charleston, S.C. in or around 1780.Nancy could be the daugther of William Neil and Ann. Jehu Stokely died in Del Rio, Cocke County, TN in 1826.
1790 Census - Warren Co., North Carolina, lists Jehu Stokely and family.
1798 - Taxable Inhabitants List - Washington Co., Tennessee - listed is a Jehue Stokely in the Free Taxable Inhabitants of Capt Joseph Morrisons District.Copy on file.This record found at the Los Angeles Public Library in the Tennessee section.
Jehu Stokely is mentioned in the book, “By the river and beyond” by William Nathan Jones, page 281.Jehu Stokely entered the United States through Charlston, South Carolina and enlisted as a private soldier.After a time he re-enlisted with the Navy and remained until terminated.He married Nancy Neil of Irish blood.Jehu is from South Wales, British Isles.
A document titled, “Stokely Family Ancestors” by Mrs. Charles L. Grigsby of Asheville, N.C. wrote the following and it was printed in a newspaper (probably Cocke Co., Plain Talk):
Jehu Stokely, a native of England, told how the members of his family were lovers of good horses and took part in justs and tournaments of the Mediavel era.It seemed fateful that the love of these sports should be the cause of Jehu being bound to the sea and eventually bringing him to America.This is the story as told by Jehu to his family; on the way to a large tournament, Jehu and party were riding at a rapid rate, suddenly his horse stopped and rebelled at going on.The following act changed the entire life of this young man.He (Jehu) reached up and broke a switch from the shrubbery that lined the road and with it he forced his horse to obey.Soon he joined his party and went onto the tournament.Shortly after this, Jehu was arrested, charged with malicious trespassing and for injuring the shurbbery, on an estate border.He was tried and found guilty and sentenced to sea duty for seven years in the Great Britain Navy.
At that time, many such methods were used to secure men for ship service and the most trivial offenses carried heavy penalties.This sentence which humiliated both Jehu and his family meant never seeing any member of his family again or returning to England.Jehu felt enraged at England and he retained this bitterness all his life.During his seven years of servitude on the seas he visited every known port of the world and became familiar with naval activities and life.He was captured in battle, held prisoner, then exchanged.At the end of seven years he landed in Charleston, South Carolina and as soon as he received his discharge from the English Navy, he cast his lot with John Paul Jones, who was commanding the American vessel Bon Homme Richard.Jehu had no desire to return to his country and he had learned to love the sea.He was assigned to Naval duty because of his experience.The attack of the superior British ship, Sercysis, off the coast of England, resulted in a fierce battle lasting many hours.The two vessels being so close together, their cannon-muzzles touched and when the American vesel began to sink, John Paul Jones ordered his men to lock the two ships together and the battle resumed even more furiously.The decks were scenes of fearful carnage.The British commander had to surrender and John Paul Jones and his men took possession of the British Ship.
Jehu Stokely, no doubt, thought of his ancestor, Admiral Samuel Stokely and his excellent seamanship and probably wished that the Monarch of England could have witnessed this great sea battle.From this time on, Jehu accepted America as his home.
Hope this information helps,
Mary Stokely McKillop