Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameJohn Hathcock Sr. 1564, 2C6R
Birthca 1745
Death1833, Bibb Co AL Age: 88
FatherThomas Hathcock Sr. (ca1718-1818)
Spouses
Unmarried
ChildrenBarnabus “Barney” (ca1775-1843)
 John (ca1785-1860)
 Charles (ca1794-ca1865)
Notes for John Hathcock Sr.
John Hathcock, Sr.1565 was probably born in the Carolinas between 1745 and 1750 and died in Bibb County, Alabama in the 1830's. Records located in the South Carolina Archives in the South Carolina Archives in Columbia indicate that his father was probably Thomas Heathcock who lived in Richmond County, North Carolina from at least 1779 to 1818. Thomas Hathcock of Richmond County is known to have been the son of Edward Hathcock of Northampton Co. John Heathcock, Sr. appears n the 1800 Census of Kershaw County, South Carolina, along with Samuel and a John Heathcock. Kershaw County was formed from Clarmont County of the Camden District in 1798; and Clarmont County had been formed from the area in and around Fairfield County about 1790. Fairfield County had been formed from part of the Old Craven District in 1785. The 1800 Census of Kershaw County enumerates John Heathcock, Sr.

1800 CENSUS OF KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
John Heathcock, Sr. Over 45 years of age

4 Males 0-10 years of age (probably Charles, age 6, Barney, Ranson, and James (?), age 10)
1 Male 10-16 years o£ age (John Hathcock, Jr.)
1 Female 10-16 years of age
1 Female 26-45 years of age

Living next door was Samuel Heathcock, his family, and John Hathcock and his family. A reasonable speculation is that Samuel Heathcock was the brother of John Heathcock, Sr., and John Heathcock was the son of Samuel Heathcock.

In the early part of 1802, John Hathcock, Sr. of Kershaw County, sold five hundred and forty acres of land in the Sumter District of South Carolina. It is likely that he sold off his land in preparation of moving to Burke County, Georgia. The deed states that John Hathcock, Sen. of Kershaw District sold three hundred acres of land to Fredrick Mathers of the Sumter District for ten pounds sterling. This land was part of an original grant to David Reynolds on the 6th day of November in 1786 containing 4900 acres. All or part of this land was subsequently transferred to Joseph Payne on 30 April 1793 by Ruben Long, Sheriff of the Sumter District. It was later conveyed from Joseph Payne to John­ Hathcock Sen. The date of conveyance is not given. The land conveyed by John Hathcock Sen. is described as lying in Sumter District on the head of Big Rafton Creek, waters of the Warree River, bounded by Miles Potter's land on the Northeast and by James and John Coosland's on the Northwest . The date of this land conveyance from John Hathcock Sen. to Fredrlck Mahers was 3 February 1802 and it was witnessed by Ezehiah Mather and Richard Williams (Book 4, page 71).

On the same date, John Hathcock, Sr. sold his adjoining land to Richard Williams for 40 pounds sterling. This land (340 acres) was originally granted to John Collins on 3 April 1786 and later conveyed to Solomon Balton who in turn conveyed 300 acres of this land to John Hathcock, Sr. The date of conveyance from Solomon Balton to John Hathcock, Sr. is not given.

Soon after selling all of his land in South Carolina, John Hathcock, Sr. moved to Burke County, Georgia, with Samuel Hathcock and John Hathcock, Jr. The date of this migration was probably in 1802 or 1803. William Bowling, Receiver of Taxes for Burke County, published in the Augusta Chronicle on 23 February 1805 "a list of defaulters in Burke County, for the year 1804." He published the list of those who had not paid their taxes for 1805 in the same newspaper on 11 January 1806, while the 1806 list appeared in the 7 February 1807 issue of the Augusta Chronicle. There are 418 names in these three lists. Of these 187 (around 45 percent) can be found in the 1805 Land Lottery list for Burke County. Thus, there were 231 persons owning property in Burke County whose names do not appear in the Land Lottery List for 1805. John Hathcock is in the 1804 list and Samuel Hathcock is in the 1805 and 1806 list. Neither appears on the 1805 Land Lottery, so they must have purchased this land from an individual and not the State of Georgia. John Haithcock, Jr., however, appears in the 1807 land lottery as living in Burke County, Georgia in that year. It appears that John Hathcock, Sr. and John Hathcock, Jr. and probably Samuel Hathcock removed to Tennessee for two John Hathcocks appear on a Bedford County, Tennessee Tax ana Miiitia List in 1812, who are believed to be John Hathcock, Jr., son of John Hathcock, Sr., and John Hathcock, son of Samuel Hathcock. Another John Hathcock appears on the Giles County Tax List of 1812, living near John Nelson and Woodell. No John Hathcock, Sr. or John Hathcock, Jr. appears on any record as such. Giles County is near Bedford County. Howell Hathcock b. 1768 married Mary Woodell in Virginia and later married the daughter of John Nelson.

About 1818, John Hathcock, Sr., his family, other closely related­ families, including his nephews, moved to Bibb County, Alabama. Unfortunately the 1820 Census of both Bibb County, Alabama, and Bedford County, Tennessee are not preserved and the next record of John Hathcock, Sr. does not appear until 1830 in Bibb County, Alabama Census.

On 18 November 1830, according to the census, John Hathcock, Sr. was living in Bibb County near John Hathcock, Jr., Barney Hathcock, and James Hathcock. In all probability, these were his sons .

His other son, Charles Hathcock, Sr., was living in nearby Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

1830 CENSUS OF BIBB COUNTY, ALABAMA (18 November 1830)
John Hathcock, Sr. 60-70 years of age
1 Female 40-50 years o£ age

John Hathcock, Sr. does not appear in the 1840 Census of Bibb County, indicating that he died probably sometime between 1830 and 1840. It is believed that two of his sons, Barney, and John Hathcock, Jr. moved back to Bedford County between 1830 and 1836 and he could have moved back to Tennessee with them. It is more likely, however, that he died in Bibb County in 1833. Family tra­dition has it that he died at the time when "Stars Fell on Alabama.” Indeed there was a meteorite shower in a large area of Alabama, including Bibb County in April 1833.* This would suggest that John Hathcock, Sr. died at or about this time in Bibb County.

*Note added by Clayton Heathcock, 4 March 2017: The 1833 meteorite shower was actually on 12 November 1833. It was reportedly a spectacular example of the Leonide Meteorite Shower and was an inspiration for a popular 1934 book and song entitled “Stars Fell on Alabama”.1566
Notes for John Hathcock Sr.
JOHN HATHCOCK SR.1567

One of the many John Hathcocks was the John Hathcock Sr. of South Carolina. The earliest record found to date pertaining to this John Hathcock Sr. is in Claremont County (Claremont was later abandoned as a county) deed on 4 August 1795. Because of the varied information given in this document, the record is duplicated in full below:

HATHCOCK TO NORTON DEED

THIS INDENTURE made this forth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five, and in the twentieth year of American Independence. between John Hathcock of the State of South Carolina and County of Claremont. Planter of one part. and Nathan Norton of the State and County aforesaid. Planter of the other part.

WITNESSETH that the said John Hathcock for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds good and lawful money of the State aforesaid, to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge. to have bargained, sold, aliened. enfeoffed. and confirmed, and by these presents do grant. bargain. sell. alien. enfeorr and confirm unto the said Nathan Norton. to his heirs. executors, administrators, and assignees. a certain tract of land containing four hundred and forty acres more of less. it being a part of a tract of six hundred and forty acres conveyed and deeded to the said John Hathcock by Joseph Payne the fourth day of August, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five. which six hundred and forty acres more or less is a part or moiety of a tract of Four Thousand Nine Hundred acres granted to David Reynolds the six day of November, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Six and deeded to aforesaid Joseph Payne the thirteenth day of April One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Three by Reuben Long, late sherrif of Claremont; bounding NW and SW on Reuben Brassfield’s land. SE on Lenor's land and NE on Cason Scott's land and situate on the Waters of Rafting Creek and Little Swift Creek. Reference may more fully be had by a plat hereafter thereunto annexed.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforesaid four hundred and forty acres more or less unto the said Nathan Norton, his heirs executors, administrators and assigns forever; with all appertaining thereunto or in any wise belonging thereto, together with all houses and housed waters, water courses, ways, passages, woods, trees, orchards, fences, easements, hereditaments, all remainder or remainders, rents, issued or profits thereof, and every part and parcel thereof, to the said Nathan Norton, heirs and assigns forever; and lastly the said John Hathcock doth for himself, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, doth warrant and will forever defend the right title to the land aforesaid, four hundred and forty acres more or less, to the said Nathan Norton, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the said John Hathcock have hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year just above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of:

Richard Cain John Hathcock
Jo Payne his mark
Miles Potter

South Carolina )
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Sumter County )

Personally came before me Jo Payne, who being duly sworn sayeth that he was present and saw John Hathkock (sic) sign and deliver the within deed, and Richard Cain and Miles Potter together with himself, did sign as witnesses to the due execution and performance thereof. Sworn to before me this 17th December 1810.

Jo Payne

(Recorded 8th March 1811) David Peebles JP

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• 6 Nov 1786: 4,900 acres granted David Reynolds
• 1 April 1793: foregoing land deeded to Joseph Payne
• 4 Aug 1795: 640 acres of the foregoing land deeded to John Hathcock by Joseph Payne
• 4 Aug 1795: 440 acres of the foregoing land deeded to Nathan Norton by John Hathcock
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Notice that the land in the deed was in Claremont County when conveyed to Nathan Norton in 1795 but it was in Sumter County when the deed was proven in court in December of 1810. Sumter County was created from a part of Claremont County in 1800 when Claremont County was broken up and ceased to exist.

John Hathcock Sr. may have moved from what was Claremont County (later Sumter County) to Kershaw County between 4 August 1795 and 1800 because he appears in the census of Kershaw County of 1800. In 1790, Kershaw County was formed from a part of Claremont County.

1800 Census of Kershaw County, South Carolina

John Heathcock, Sr.; Over 45 (probably 50-69)
4 males 0-10 (Charles, Barney, Ranson)
1 male 10-15 (John Jr., 15)
1 female 10-16
1 female 26-45

John Heathcock; 16-26 (son of Samuel)
1 male 0-10 (James?)
1 female 0-10
1 female 16-26 (Mary)

Samuel Heathcock; Over 45 (probably 55-75)
1 male 10-16 years (Philip, 13)
1 male 0-10 years (Flemon, 9-10)
1 female 10-16 years

In the 1790 census of Claremont County were Joseph Payne and Miles who were witnesses to the deed above. It would seem that John Hathcock Sr. would have been living in Claremont County in 1790 when the census was taken but he does not appear in that census. The census of Claremont County in 1790, however, does contain the names of three Hathcocks who were probably related to John Hathcock Sr.

1790 Census of Camden District, Claremont County, South Carolina

Males >16 Males <16 Females All

M. Hathcock 2 3 4
S. Haithcock 1 4 1
G. Haithcock 3 1 3

Others: James Scott, Miles Potter, William Sanders, Joseph Payne

It is impossible at this time to determine for certain who the three men were on the above census record. A Meshach Hathcock also lived in Claremont County at least from 3 May 1794 to 9 December 1800 (see Section 4.4). However, the relationship of Meshach and John Hathcock Sr. is not now known. Meshach Hathcock lived near James Scott, and a James Scott indeed appears on the 1790 census of Claremont County. Neighbors of John Hathcock Sr. were Miles Potter and Cason Scott Sr.

John Hathcock Sr. of Kershaw County sold land in Sumter County on 3 February 1802 and must have removed to Burke County, Georgia by 1803 for he was delinquent on his Burke County taxes in 1804. John Hathcock Sr. appears on a delinquent tax list of Burke County in 1804.

Sumter County South Carolina, Deed Abstract 1802; Book A - Page 71

John Hathcock Sr. of Kershaw Co. SC to Frederick Mathis 300 acres in the Sumter District on 3 February 1802. Land situated on Waree River at the head of Big Rafting Creek. Neighbors were Miles Potter, James and John Coosland. This land was part of the David Reynolds Grant 6 November 1786. 640 acres were later transferred to Joseph Payne on 30 Apri1 1793 by Reuben long and from Payne to John Hathcock on 4 August 1795. (Note: Today this land is located near the towns of Boykin and Rembert)

Sumter County South Carolina, Deed Abstract 1802; Book A - Page 72

John Hathcock Sr. of Kershaw Co. SC sold to Richard Williams of the Sumter District 240 acres in the Sumter District on 3 February 1802. This land was part of the John Collins Grant of 3 Apri1 1786 and later conveyed to Solomon Bolton who conveyed 300 acres of it to John Heathcock Sr. (Note: A Richard Williams appears on a 1821 land owner's map of Sumter County in this same area)

In a publication of the National Genealogical Society entitled Georgia Genealogical Gems (1981), a list of tax defaulters in Burke County, Georgia, for 1804-1806 was published. In this list a John and Samuel Hathcock are found spelled as Hatchcock).

TAX DEFAULTERS, 1804-1806

William Bowling, Receiver of Taxes for Burke County, Georgia published in the Augusta Chronicle on the 23rd of February 1805 "A list of defaulters in Burke County. for the Year 1804." He published the list of those who had not paid their taxes for 1805 in the same newspaper on January 11, 1806 while the 1806 list appeared in the February 7, 1807 issues of the" Augusta Chronicle. There are 418 names in these three lists. Of these, 187 (around 45 percent) can be found in the 1805 Land Lottery list for Burke County. Thus, there were 231 persons owning property in Burke County whose names do not appear in the Land Lottery list for 1805.

The county was divided into districts under a "Captain." These "Captains" in general were the same for the three years, but there were some exceptions.

TAX DEFAULTERS LIVING IN CAPTAIN JAMES MARTIN’S DISTRICT
of Burke County, Georgia


1804: John Hathcock
1805: Samuel Hathcock
1806: Samuel Hathcock*

[*The Samuel Heathcock in the 1805 and 1806 Georgia tax defaulters list is not found in the 1810 South Carolina census. S. Hathcock, however, does appear on the 1790 census of Claremont County (later Kershaw County) and could have been Samue1 Heathcock.]

The records of Burke County, Georgia, have long since been destroyed by the ravages of the Civil War and other natural disasters and it can not be determined just when John Hathcock Sr. purchased the land in Burke County. It must have been in the year of 1803; for John Hathcock Jr. was a participant in the 1807 land lottery of Burke County and to be eligible for two draws. He had to be twenty-one years of age with a wife and minor children, and had to have lived in Georgia since at least 26 June 1804.

1812 Tax List of Bedford County, Tennessee*

Name Page No. District

Auston Hathcock 26 34 John Sutton's
Howell Hathcock 29 36 John Sutton's
Elisha Hathcock 31 36 Richard Neily's
John Hathcock 31 37 Richard Neily's
Philip Hathcock 31 38 Richard Neily's
John Hathcock 31 39 Richard Neily's
Charles Hathcock 31 40 Richard Neily's
Howell Hathcock 31 41 Richard Neily's

[*The two men by the name of John Hathcock are believed to have been John Hathcock Sr. and his nephew, the son of his brother Samuel Hathcock. Indeed, John Hathcock Sr. may not have had a son named John Hathcock Jr., rather the John Hathcock Jr. found on the Bedford County tax 1ists of 1839 may be John Haithcoat who married Mary Holt and later married her sister Margaret Holt, widow of William Jones. The John Hathcoat who was the veteran of the War of 1812 appears on the earlier tax 1ists but moved to Marion County by 1839. The John Sutton and the Richard Neily Districts were both in the eastern part of Bedford County.]

It is thought that the men in the above tax list represent at least two different branches of the family; namely, Howell Hathcock and his family, who removed from Orange County, North Carolina, to Knox County, Tennessee, between 1800 and 1809 and on to Bedford County before 1812 and John Hathcock Sr. and his family; and the family of Samuel Hathcock, who had removed to Bedford County from Burke County, Georgia, between 1806 and 1812 (There is no evidence that Samuel Hathcock himself ever lived in Tennessee or Alabama.)

A 1809 petition for divorce in Knox County, Tennessee, appears to have Howell Heathcock's name on it as a signatory. This Howell Hathcock resided in what is now the Goose Pond Community of Coffee County. There were other Hathcocks in Knox County in the early 1800's and the presence of Howell Hathcock among them suggests that some of them came with him from South Carolina.

The two John Hathcocks on the 1812 Bedford County tax list are probably John Hathcock Sr. and John Hathcock who was the son of Samuel Hathcock. A Bedford County courthouse record proves that a John Hathcock Sr. was living in that county before 1817 (Bedford County Deed Book H at page 165, dated 20 October 1817). It must therefore be assumed that one of the Johns on the tax list above is John Hathcock Sr. A John Hathcock appears on the Giles County 1812 tax list, an adjacent county, but he is unidentified. This John Hathcock appears along with one John Nelson. This may be the John Hathcoat who was a veteran of the War of 1812, born in South Carolina ca. 1785 and married a woman whose name was Elizabeth, and who later lived in Bedford, Marion and Franklin Counties of Tennessee between 1815 and 1860. (Recall that a John Heathcock married a Elizabeth Anderson in Knox County in 1805.)

1812 Giles County, Tennessee Tax List

John Hathcock
John Nelson

John Hathcoat, veteran of the War of 1812 (born ca. 1785) must have been in Bedford County as early as 1814, since his son Thomas Jefferson reported that he (Thomas J.) was born in Bedford County in 1814.* One John Hathcock appears in the Bedford County census of 1830 near, but not adjacent to, a William Hathcock. Evidence suggests that this was the same John who was a veteran of the War of 1812. Also, adding to the evidence is the fact that this John Hathcock received a military land bounty in Bedford County in 1836 which described the land as being adjacent to Wi11iam Kerr (Book FF Page 429, deed dated 25 July 1836) and in the 1830 census William Kerr is found living next to this John Hathcock. John Hathcoat had only received this land from the Government a few days before he sold it to William Kerr and indeed John Hathcock probably never lived on this land, but he did live on adjoining land. It would seem conclusive, then, that this John Hathcock was the same that was in the War of 1812 and who later spelled his name as Hathcoat. Veteran John Hathcoat moved to Marion County by 1839. He does appear on Marion County census of 1840 but there is no record which shows how long he had lived there. It is likely that it is he who appears on the 1838 tax list of Bedford County and that he moved to Marion County, Tennessee, shortly thereafter.

[*Thomas Jefferson Hathcoat’s brother was Barney (the younger) and Barney married in Bibb County, Alabama. Thomas Jefferson Hathcoat is found in District 4 on the 1836 tax list of Hamilton County, Tennessee, south of the Tennessee River in Lookout Valley. Source: Ansearching News, Spring 1982 at page 27.]

William Hathcock is also shown on the 1836 tax list but living near the Wartrace Community in the northeast part of the county. A William Hathcock appears near John in the 1830 Bedford County census. This Wi11iam, however, could hardly been a son of John Hathcoat because it is almost certain that John later had a son named William born about 1839. A petition to the court of Bedford County in September of 1812 contains the name of what appears to be William Hathcock. It can be determined from the facts set out in the petition this William lived in the Wartrace Community at this time but he must been a different Wi11iam due to the great difference in ages (Bedford County Deed Book JJ at page 313, dated 18 May 1840).

Barney Hathcock is listed on the 1836 tax list as living in District 25 south of Duck River and a William is listed as living in District 3 which is near Wartrace. There is a John Haithcock "Jr." on the 1838 tax 1ist of Bedford County living near B. Hathcock. This John Jr. was born about 1785 and moved Marion County and ever later to Franklin County. Barney was his son.

About 1819, some of the Hathcock families included in the 1812 Bedford County tax list moved to Alabama and settled along the Bibb and Tuscaloosa County line. The migration is thought to have consisted of John Hathcock Sr. and his family, John Hathcock and his family, and Charles, Flemon, Philip, Barney, Ranson and James and their families. In the 1830 census, Charles Hathcock lived in Tuscaloosa County but the other families lived in Bibb County. It seemed logical at one period during this research that the two John Hathcocks on the Bedford County tax list of 1812, and the John Hathcock on the Giles County tax list of 1812, were the same three John Hathcocks who later appear the Bibb County, Alabama, census of 1830. Also, it was assumed earlier that the Barney on the Bedford County, Tennessee, tax list of 1836 and 1838 was the same Barney that appears on the 1830 census of Bibb County, Alabama. These assumptions may have been erroneous in part.

It is just possible that the John and William Hathcock in Bedford County were not part of the Bibb County families, rather were connected with the families of Knox County, Tennessee (see Section 7.1 and following table).

HATHCOCK CENSUS OF BIBB COUNTY ALABAMA - 1830

Page Head of Family MALES FEMALES
Age Groups
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P

150 John Hathcock :0:1:2:1:2:0:0:1: :0:0:0:1:0:0:0:1:
150 Philip Hathcock :0:0:1:0:0:0:1:0: :1:1:0:0:0:1:0:0:
150 Thomas Hathcock :3:0:0:0:1:0:0:0: :0:0:0:0:1:0:0:1:
155 John Hathcock Sr. :0:0:0:0:0:0:0:*: :0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:
155 John Hathcock :0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0: :0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:
155 James B. Hathcock :1:2:0:0:0:0:0:#: :1:1:0:1:0:1:0:1:
155 Barney Hathcock :1:0:0:0:1:1:0:0: :1:1:0:0:1:0:0:1:
150 Flemon Hathcock :1:1:0:0:0:1:0:0: :1:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:
150 Thomas Hathcock :0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0: :0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:

======= Age Group Abbreviation and Notes ========

MALES FEMALES

A – 0 to 5 years of age I - 0 to 5 years of age
B - 5 to 10 years of age J – 5 to 10 years of age
C - 10 to 15 years of age K - 10 to 15 years of age
D - 15 to 20 years of age L - 15 to 20 years of age
E - 20 to 30 years of age M - 20 to 30 years of age
F - 30 to 40 years of age N - 30 to 40 years of age
G - 40 to 50 years of age O - 40 to 50 years of age
H - 50 to 60 years of age P - 50 to 60 years of age
# - 60 to 70 years of age # - 60 to 70 years of age
* - 70 to 80 years of age * - 70 to 80 years of age
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