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was born 1772 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, and died 1856 in Bryson City,
Charlestown Township Swain County, North Carolina.
He met (1) JANE
daughter of JOHN
She was born 1772, and died in Cocke County, Tennessee.
He met (2) MARY
Bef. 9 January 1798 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia, daughter of JEANIE
She was born 17 July 1774 in Botetourt County, Virginia, and died January
1828. He married (3) ANN
9 January 1798 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia.
She was born 1774 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1850 in
Macon County, North Carolina.
settlement in areas lying along the Oconaluftee and Tukaseegee Rivers, within
the borders of present Swain Count, began soon after the Cherokee Indian
cessation of 1798. The remainder of
the land now belonging to Swain County was surrendered by the Cherokees in the
Treaty of February 27, 1819. However,
it was not until the North Carolina General Assembly on March, 1871 was held
that an act was passed by the state legislature, ratifying Swain as a new
county. Swain was formed from
Jackson and Macon Counties. It was
named in honor of David L. Swain, Governor of North Carolina and resident of the
University of North Carolina. It is
the western section of the state and is bounded by the state of Tennessee and
Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Graham Counties in North Carolina.
The present land area if 525.66 square miles and th 1990 population was
11,268. The first court was ordered
to be held at Cold Spring Meeting House. Special
commissioners were named to select a site for the courthouse, provided all the
commissioners could agree on a certain place.
If they could not agree, the county commissioners were to submit the
question of selecting a place to the voters.
The county commissioners were to lay out a town by the name of Charleston
which was to be the county seat. In
1889, the name Charleston was changed to Bryson City in honor of Colonel Thad
Dillard Byrson. Bryson City is the
current county seat. Swain County,
North Carolina was the birth place of my father, William Joseph Welch, October
20, 1883. (from William R. Welch,
Almost nothing is known of the early life of Jonas except that he was
born in Shenandoah County, Virginia of Welsh and Scotch-Irish heritage. Jonas
had red hair, blue eyes, and a bad temper
Jonas was married to Polly Williams, but fathered children with Jeannie
BRICKEY and her daughter Elizabeth "Betsy" BRICKEY.
Jonas ran a legal distillery of whiskey and brandy, and the BRICKEY
ladies were employees of his. Betsy
died at the birth of her son, Peter, in 1828.
The marriage on January 9,
1798 to Polly Ann was signed by Jane Jenkins, Ann's guardian.
It may be assumed that her parents were dead by the time of their
marriage because the marriage bond names Jane Jenkins as guardian in the place
of Ann's parent's name. Upon their union Jonas and Ann migrated to East
Tennessee, possibly settling in Cocke County. Shortly after marrying, Jonas and
Polly migrated to East Tennessee where remained until after 1810.
During the War of 1812, Jonas Jenkins enlisted in James Allen's Company,
Col. Bunch's Regiment of the East Tennessee Militia.
He was mustered into service at Knoxville on January 10, 1814, however on
the 27th of the month he was furloughed due to sickness and did not return to
Afterwards, Jonas returned with his family to Shenandoah County and
remained until 1821. Within this
year they again journeyed south and settled this time
on the other side of the Great Smoky Mountains in Haywood County, North
Carolina. He purchased in 1821, l50
acres on Shoal Creek, a tributary of Soco Creek.
His tracts, on the Indian line, was in the realm relinquished by the
Cherokee government two years earlier in the Treaty of 1819.
Jonas was situated as a neighbor among the Indians who chose to remain in
the valley rather than remove to the receded Cherokee territory.
Jonas Jenkins, Sr. first appears in Haywood County, North Carolina about
1823 and was settled in Soco Valley by 1828.
In that year, he bought a one-hundred acre track of land on the north
side of Soco Creek. Later in 1828, he bought several tracks of land on the south
side of the creek from Abraham Enloe, the man some historians claim is the
actual father of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States.
Jonas and his three sons owned over a thousand acres of land along Soco Creek.
Over one-hundred and fifty years later, the area north of the creek is
still recorded on the U.S. Geological Survey maps as Jenkins Ridge.
In 1830, Jonas Jenkins was granted by patent 100 acres on Soco Creek and
soon after followed additional grants of land on both sides of Soco. His sons,
Nathan, Jonas Jr. and John, purchased adjoining tracts until their farms
together exceeded a thousand acres. Jonas
was active in the county's civic concerns, being summoned numerous times through
the years to serve jury duty at
and to aid in the surveying and opening of roads.
One of many such court assignments appears to be work on what is now
Ordered by court that Jonas Jenkins be overseer of the public road Top of
from the Soco Creek to Jonas
Jenkins' and that all the working hands who live on
Soco Creek and its waters from the mouth of Swearing Jim Mill Creek
including both forks
and all their waters work under said overseer.
5th October 1826. --Minutes of Haywood County
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Book 3,
A peculiar domestic situation developed with Jonas while living in Soco
Valley. Having received a licence
from the county to sell Spiritous Liquors at his dwelling house, he allowed a
woman by the name of Jane or Jennie Brickey to live at his still house and work
for him. By her he bore two sons;
and sired one son by her daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy). Elizabeth Brickey died
after delivering her child. Jane
Brickey took charge of him with her own two sons until in a matter of years
an apparent confrontation drove her away. Her eldest son, Thomas, is
reported to have related in late age how his mother told him she was going to
hunt the cows on the mountain when she was last seen.
He said she was wiping her eyes with her apron as she went and she
repeatedly turned and looked back on them.
Jonas and his three sons (Nathan, Jonas, Jr. & John) eventually owned
over a thousand acres of land along Soco Creek.
Over one hundred and seventy years later the area north of the creek is
still recorded on U. S. Geological Survey maps as Jenkins Ridge.
In 1838, Jonas Jenkins sold his remaining tracts on Soco Creek to William
H. Thomas, agent for the Qualla Cherokees, who supposedly was buying land for
the Indians allowed to remain during
the 1838, removal of the Cherokee Nation. The
family's farms, two miles west of Quallatown, eventually reverted back to the
Cherokees after 1870, with the establishment of the Qualla Boundary.
Their former holdings left a legacy on the land with Jenkins Creek,
Jenkins Divide (or ridge), and Jonas' Fields.
Moving a few miles west in 1838, Jonas and his sons settled on the
Tuckasegee River at the present Jenkins Branch,
one mile west of what is now Bryson City.
In 1840, Jonas entered a grant for one hundred acres on the south bank of
the river along the boundary
of the former Big Bear Reservation in Macon (now Swain) County.
In time he accumulated about five hundred acres in this vicinity.
Jonas Jenkins remained on record until 1856 when he sold some of his
tracts to his sons, Charles and Thomas. He
died in that year or shortly afterwards, about the age of 84.
It is believed he and his wife Polly are buried in the Henry Jenkins
Cemetery located on a hilltop west of Jenkins Branch on the north side of
References: Age and birthplace per 1850 Census Macon Co. NC, p. 348; B.M.
Ashby, "Shenandoah County Virginia Marriage Bonds"; military service
per N/A M602 Roll 110; Confederate
service per N/A
Group 109; Census:
1820 Shenandoah Co, VVA, p.
28; 1830 Haywood Co,NC p.380; 1840 Macon Co. p. 156; 1850 Macon Co. p. 348.
Gary Claude Jenkins, l983
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 82-094133
above is attributed to the great research of Gary Jenkins of Ft. Oglethorpe, GA.
North Carolina Volunteers participating in the Indian Removal: Thomas
Angel Company - Jonas Jenkins
Swain County, North Carolina, Arlington Cemetery
Brickey family may have been Huguenot in origin.
It is said that they descended from one John Brickey who emigrated from
France in 1680.
Williams marriage bond was signed by Jane Jenkins, who was her guradian at the
b. 9 December 1826, Haywood County, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1888, Graham County,
b. 16 May 1829, Macon County, North Carolina; d. 20 January 1915, Bryson City,
Swain County, North Carolina.
b. 13 January 1828, Haywood County, North Carolina; d. 12 December 1912, Haywood
County, North Carolina.
b. 1793, Tennessee; d. Aft. 1860, Jackson County, North Carolina.
b. 10 February 1801, Scott County, Virginia.
b. 1803, East Tennessee; d. 17 April 1871, Cherokee County, North Carolina.
b. 1805, Tennessee; d. 1874, Jackson County, North Carolina.
b. 22 March 1805, Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee.
b. 1810, Haywood County, North Carolina.
b. 16 November 1814, Tennessee; d. 1925.
b. November 1827, North Carolina.
b. 1828, North Carolina.
was born 1782. He married LUCY
2 January 1815.