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WYLY, James

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  • Name  WYLY, James  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Born  19 Dec 1762  Iredell, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Feb 1850  Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID  I1090  JamesHall_b1760
    Last Modified  7 Apr 2013 

    Father  WYLY, James,   b. 1724, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1772, Mecklenberg, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  HARRIS, Martha Isabelle,   b. 1728, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1811, Millers, Blount, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  1749  Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F236  Group Sheet

    Family 1  SHANKS, Sarah,   b. 1760, U, S. A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840 
    Married  20 Jul 1790  Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. WYLY, Samuel,   b. 1793, N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Nov 1873, Anderson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WYLY, John,   b. 1794, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. WYLY, Thomas,   b. 1805, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. WYLY, Elias,   b. 1803, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Falcon, Columbia, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. WYLY, William,   b. 1798, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1876, Nevada, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. WYLY, Ezekiel,   b. 1803, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. WYLY, James,   b. 21 Aug 1797, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1876, Nevada, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F269  Group Sheet

    Family 2  WHITTENBERGER, Mary,   b. 22 Aug 1800, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1867 
    Married  15 Jan 1828  Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. WYLY, Benjamin Franklin,   b. 02 Feb 1834, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Aug 1925, Comanche, Comanche, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WYLY, Amy Aris,   b. 05 Jan 1829, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jan 1897, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. WYLY, Mary Martha,   b. 03 Mar 1842, Morgantown, Loudon, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. WYLY, John Calhoun,   b. 14 Feb 1837, Morgantown, Loudon, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1913, Adair, Mayes, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. WYLY, Jackson Randolph,   b. 24 May 1832, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. WYLY, Mahala Jane,   b. 09 Aug 1830, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1848, Loudon County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. WYLY, Felix Grundy,   b. 24 Jan 1838, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1851, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Marriage date: 15 Jan 1828
    Marriage place: Blount, Tennessee
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Family ID  F270  Group Sheet

    Family 3  CLEVELAND, Jemima,   b. 1765, Ft Madison, Oconee, SC, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  06 Jul 1784 
    Children 
     1. WYLY, Elizabeth,   b. 23 Apr 1784, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WYLY, James Rutherford,   b. 24 Jun 1782, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1855, Clarksville, Habersham, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F271  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Dec 1762 - Iredell, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Jul 1790 - Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jan 1828 - Blount, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Feb 1850 - Blount, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
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    James_Wyly b1762

  • Notes 
    • James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot was born on 19 December 1762 in then Mecklenburg County, NC and died on 12 February 1850 in old Blount County, now Durham County, TN. James fled with his family to the Indian Territory when 10 years of age, following the death of his father and reprisals against many Regulators. The family eventually made their way back to the family plantation in Montgomery County, VA. This home was about 10-12 miles from the lead mines on Cripple Creek, a branch of the New River. James Wyley enlisted in the Mounted Rangers, Captain William Preston and later Captain Isaac Shelby’s Company, Colonel Walter Crocket’s Regiment, Virginia Militia during May 1779. These troops later re-enlisted as a Light Horse/ Cavalry Troop of the Virginia Continental Line assigned to Colonel William Washington’s Mounted Legion. James served more than two years of continuous duty until November 1781 following Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, VA (See Revolutionary War Service Pension File W. 26,145). James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot first married young Jemima Cleveland, illegitimate daughter of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, on 6 July 1784. She was born about 1765 in NC, supposedly her mother was the half-breed mistress of old Colonel Ben. James and Jemima continued to live in Montgomery County, VA until 1788 where James Wyley became a Captain of Militia and Justice of the Peace (J.P.). During 1788, James moved his family to Washington County, NC to occupy a Revolutionary Service Land Grant (see BLW 26214-160-55). However, there were many white settlers not receiving Land Grants in the new Districts about this time who repeatedly violated treaties by encroaching on lands promised to the Cherokee. As the situation disintegrated in late summer through winter 1788, tensions between the Cherokee and settlers increased, erupting during several weeks in the spring and early summer of 1789. White settlers raided Cherokee towns and the Cherokee raided the settlers' farms and forts in retribution leading to the Watauga Campaign during which James Wyley was a chief scout. Colonel Benjamin Cleveland along with numerous other Revolutionary War veterans, all friends of James Wyley, had obtained Service Land Grants in the new Greenville District, South Carolina and Franklin County, Georgia besides Washington County, Tennessee along the upper reaches of the Tugaloo, Saluda, and Tygar Rivers. Jesse Walton, brother of Major William Walton, and another Veteran Horseman, occupied prime land located along the easy to travel Seminole Trail running North-South and another ancient Cherokee Trail running East-West from the Coast to the Little Tennessee River, in very close proximity to the new boundry with the Cherokee who frequented these paths. When the major conflict erupted in the spring of 1989, most settlers secured their families in forts or fortified farm houses or moved them out of the area. Jesse Walton secured his family in a nearby fort for protection then decided to return to his home and farm to work the crops and defend his property. A Cherokee raiding party caught Major Walton off-guard one day in July 1789 and he was brutally tortured and murdered. His body was carried to nearby friend's house, fellow Revolutionary War veteran Benjamin Cleveland. Jesse Walton's widow sold the land to her brother, Joseph Martin, another veteran who lived nearby after the hostilities since she could not maintain the house and farm herself. James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot was a also shrewd businessman besides an experienced fighter from his experiences against the Shawnee and Cherokee. James Wyley/ Wyly also understood the strategic location of these rivers/ trails and land as a crossroads for future commerce given “Manifest Destiny”. Not only was the land astride the Seminole Trail and old Cherokee Trail, it was at the navigable end of the Tugaloo and Saluda Rivers making the property an excellent investment since the major form of transportation was by these rivers. James Wyley/ Wyly bought this land from Joseph Martin for $2000 about 1800 and immediately obtained a commission to scout and survey the road from his home on the Little Tennessee River to his property on the Tugaloo River in Georgia between 1806 and 1810. James Wyley/ Wyly gave much of this job to his eldest son, James Rutherford Wyley/ Wyly, who occupied the lands purchased in Georgia as well as property inherited from his grandfather, Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. James Wyley/ Wyly the Patriot also bought major land in Habersham County, Georgia about 1805 which was the first Georgia “Gold Rush” and also separated from Jemima by this time who subsequently married at least one if not two more times in several years. James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot possibly married or lived with a consort named Sarah (LNU) in Habersham County, Georgia having other children (TBD). James Wyley/ Wyly the Patriot served as a Captain of Militia and Justice of the Peace (J.P.) in Habersham County, Georgia again as did his son later. Their work was interrupted briefly by the War of 1812 when James Rutherford Wyley/ Wyly served under his father and grandfather, Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, against the Creek Indians. However, James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot and Scout along with his eldest son soon became James Wyley/ Wyly the business tycoons when they managed to become the lead contractors for the Unicoi Turnpike from Maryville, TN to Toccoa, GA between 1811 and 1813. The Unicoi Turnpike just happened to follow the major Indian trails near his property in Tennessee and directly through the property he’d purchased from Joseph Martin more than 10 years earlier. This was a trafficable, wide road and the first “Toll Road” or turnpike in the southern U.S. which allowed the government and Wyley to repay investors in just a few years. James Wyley/ Wyly the Patriot moved back to Tennessee about 1818 where he appears multiple times in the Roane County, TN Chancery Court; multiple affidavits and property records; and Revolutionary War Pension Roll for TN. James Wyley/ Wyly subsequently met and married Mary Whittenberger on 15 January 1828 in Blount County, TN. Mary was born on 22 August 1800 and died 19 January 1867. James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot is buried in the large Wyley-Grigsby-Hall Family Cemetery on a hill which was part of the old James Wyley/ Wyly Plantation. The land had been divided and sold, then taken over by the TVA to create the Tellico Dam and Basin on the Little Tennessee River in present day Durham County, TN. The cemetery is located above the high water line on a hill but could not be easily accessed for many years and erosion was a problem. The land was obtained by the Rarity Development Corporation in a trade with the TVA in 2005. The old plantation is now being developed and the cemetery restored with easy access. There are more than 3 dozen graves, of which some 2 dozen are marked with Fieldstones and only 3 with legible Tombstones. The two prominent Tombstones belong to James Wyley/ Wyly The Patriot and his second wife, Mary Whittenberger Wyley/ Wyly – see below. James Wyly also appears on the Blount County Revolutionary Soldier Monument raised by the Blount County, TN DAR Chapter

  • Sources 
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      Birth place: Mecklenburg, NC
      Death date: 12 February 1851
      Death place: Blount, TN

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