Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameJohn Hathcock Jr. 1959, 3C5R
Birthca 1785, Fairfield Co SC
Death1860-1870, Franklin Co TN Age: 75
FatherJohn Hathcock Sr. (ca1745-1833)
Spouses
Birth1785, SC
Death1860-1870 Age: 75
Marriage13 Aug 1810, Grainger Co TN537
ChildrenRachel M. (ca1809-)
 Barney (ca1812-)
 Thomas Jefferson (1813-1890)
 John (1827-)
 William Carol (1830-1905)
 Jasper (1832-)
 Martha (ca1835-)
Notes for John Hathcock Jr.
Following from research of Douglas W. Hathcock.1968

John Hathcock, Jr.

John Hathcock, Jr. was born about 1785 in or around Kershaw County, South Carolina. His father was John Hathcock, Sr. His grandfather was probably Thomas Heathcock, who migrated from Northampton County, North Carolina to Richmond County during the American Revolution. This particular part of South Carolina was undergoing devisions of counties during these early years. Part of Craven County was organized as The Camden District and Clarmont County of Camden District was formed in 1785. Later it became Kershaw County in 1798.

The first possible record of John Hathcock, Jr. is found on the 1800 census of Kershaw County, when he was living in his father's household.

1800 CENSUS OF KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA

NAME AGE GROUP
John Hathcock Sr.
Males 0-10 years of age (probably Charles, about 6 years, Ranson (?) and Barney)
Male 10-16 years of age (probably John Jr., about 15)
Male over 45 years of age (John Sr.)
Female 10-16 years of age (unknown)
Female 26-45 years of age (Wife--name unknown)

Although names of children are not indicated on the census records until 1850, there is little doubt that the relationships, indicated in parentheses, are at least in part true. An analysis of subsequent census records of John Hathcock, Sr. substantiate these Lationships, as will be seen.

John Hathcock's (Jr.) father sold 540 acres o£ 1 and in the Sumter District of South Carolina on 3 February 1802. The deeds indicate, however, that John Hathcock, Sr. was living in Kershaw County at that time. It may be assumed that John Hathcock, Sr. sold his land in South Carolina in preparation to moving to Burke County, Georgia. It was probably in 1802 or 1803 that John Hathcock, Jr. actually moved to Georgia with his parents. After a few years in Georgia he moved to Tennessee.

The 1812 tax and militia list of Bedford County, Tennessee, contains name of two John Hathcocks. Since John Hathcock, Jr. was about 27 years of age in 1812, it can be reasonably assumed that he was one of the two John Hathcock's appearing on this list.

His father was at least 57 years of age at this time and would not have been required to register for the militia. It follows that the other John Hathcock was the son of Samuel Hathcock and the first cousin of John Hathcock, Jr. John Hathcock, Jr. enlisted as a Private in the War of 1812 on 17 January 1814 under Colonel Samuel Bunch and Captain John Dobbins in the East Tennessee Militia. He was discharged a few days later on 23 January 1814 due to inability.*

*Note: There is good evidence, however, that John Hathcock Jr. received land in Tennessee in pay for his military service. He enlisted in 1812 and 1814, and was discharged in the Creek Indian Nation.

John Hathcock, Jr. lived in Bedford County, Tennessee until about 1818 dor 1819 when he, his parents, and close Hathcock relatives moved to Bibb County, Alabama and settled near what is now near Woodstock, Alabama.

The first certain record of John Hathcock, Jr. appears in the 1830 Census of Bibb County. At this time he was living near his father, John Hathcock, Sr. and near his brother, Barney Hathcock, the elder.

1830 CENSUS OF BIBB COUNTY, ALABAMA NAME

NAME AGE GROUP
John Hathcock, Jr.
1 Male 40-50 years of age (John Jr.)
1 Female 40-50 years of age (Wife}

The scarcity of information available on John Hathcock, Jr. has led to confusion as to his activities after 1830. After careful study, the only reasonable assumption is that John Hathcock, Jr. and his brother, Barney Hathcock, moved from Bibb County, Alabama back to Bedford County. John Hathcock, Jr. must have moved back in the 1830's and Barney probably moved back at the same time. However, Barney is not recorded in the 1830 Bedford County Census for some reason whereas the 1830 Census of Bedford County contains John Hathcock, Jr. with William Hathcock., living next door. William has not been identified, but perhaps was a son of the elder Barney Hathcock. It is possible that John Hathcock, Jr. left his wife in Bibb County for some reason noting that no older female is in the household of John Jr. in the Bedford County Census of 1830:

1830 CENSUS OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME AGE GROUP
John Hathcock 40-50 years of age (45 years)
1 Male 15-20 (Thomas Jefferson, about 17)
1 Male 10-15 (Barney, about 16)
3 Males 0-5 (John 2, Jasper, William C. ?)
4 Females 5-10 (Ann 2, Martha 15, Elizabeth , ?)

1830 CENSUS OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME AGE GROUP
William Hathcock
1 Male 15-20 (William, about 21)
1 Female 15-20 (Charlotte)

The fact that John Hathcock, Jr and John Hathcock appear in two states at the time of the 1830 census would seem to prove that they were two different men, particularly since the composition of their families are altogether different. A reasonable explana­tion of this could be that John Hathcock, Jr. moved to Bedford County, Tennessee from Bibb County, Alabama in the year 1830. And he and his family were actually counted in the 1830 Tennessee census but in Alabama the census taker relied upon distant·neighbors for the census information. It is known that this was a common curence and it leads to suspicion of the accuracy in many census records, particularly prior to 1850. It is believed that John Hathcock, Jr. had moved to Tennessee shortly before the Alabama census was taken and someone else gave the erroneous information to the census taker. Although no other exp1anation seems plausible, just whether the two John Hathcock's are the same man remains unproven. It is noted that the younger Barney Hathcock, son of John Hathcock, lived and married in Bibb County, Alabama before moving to Arkansas with his brother Thomas Jefferson Hathcock (later Hathcoat) about 1855.

In 1830 John Hathcock, Jr . and his family were living near Gage Creek in Bedford County. Their neighbors were: William Kerr, William Mop and William Johnson. The William Hathcock married a roman by the name of Charlotte about 1830. William's father is unknown. John Hathcock, Jr.'s sons were: William Carol Hathcock, Thomas Jefferson Hathcock, John Hathcock, Jasper and Barney Hathcock. Bedford County land records indicate that a John Hathcock sold 50 acres of land to his neighbor, William Kerr, on 25 July 1836. The price of the land was $40.00.

Tax lists of Bedford County between 1836 and 1839 show that John Hathcock, Jr., his sons and his brothers or sons of his brothers were in Bedford County, Tennessee during these years .

1836 TAX LIST OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE
William Heathcoat 3 (Near Wartrace and Shelbyville, Tennessee)
Allen C. Heathcock 24 (Near Flat Creek, Tennessee)
Barney Haithcock 25 (South of Duck River)

Recalling that John Hathcock, Jr. had sold his land 6 years before, (Book FF, Page 429), he may not have had any taxable land in 1836. Although Allen C. Hathcock was only about 17, he was probably listed as a militia registrant rather than a taxpayer. William Hathcock at age 27 was probably both a taxpayer and a militia man. Barney Hathcock who was about 46 years of age was probably a taxable landholder. In 1837 the Tax List of Bedford County includes John Hathcock, Jr., William Hathcock and Allen C. Hathcock.

1837 TAX LIST OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE
William Heathcoat 3 (Near Wartrace and Shelbyville, Tennessee)
A. C. Heathcock 24 (Near Flat Creek, Tennessee)
John Hathcock 25 (South of Duck River)

The next year in 1838 the Tax List of Bedford County includes John Hathcock, Jr. and his brother Barney Hathcock living in the same district . Allen C. Hathcock has not been identified, but it is likely that he was a son of Barney. Further it is likely that the William in the Tax Lists was a son of Barney.

1838 TAX LIST OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE
William Heathcoat 3 (Near Wartrace and Shelbyville, Tennessee)
Allen C. Heathcock 24 (Near Flat Creek, Tennessee)
John Hathcock 25 (South of Duck River)
Barney Haithcock 25 (South of Duck River)

In 1839 only John Hathcock Jr. and William Hathcock appear on the Tax list.

1839 TAX LIST OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE
William Heathcoat 3 (Near Wartrace and Shelbyville, Tennessee)
John Hathcock 25 (South of Duck River)

It would appear that both William and Allen C. were sons of Barney. (See 1840 Census of Bedford County.) Allen C. Hathcock appears on the 1840 Census of Bedford County, Allen was a common name among the Williamson County, Tennessee Hathcocks.

1830 CENSUS OF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE

NAME AGE GROUP
Allen Hathcock
1 Male 15-20 years of age (Allen C.)
1 Female 15-20 years of age

William Hathcock is not enumerated in the 1840 Census of Bedford County for some reason. However, William Hathcoat does appear on the 1850 Census of Bedford County.

1850 CENSUSOF BEDFORD COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Civil District #3, Wartrace Community, 5 November 1850, House/Family 42

NAME SEX AGE BIRTHPLACE
William Haithcoat Male 41 Tennessee
Charlotta Femaie 32 Tennessee
Sara E. Female 13 Tennessee
Elvira Female 11 Tennessee
Luciinda Female 7 Tennessee
James B Male 2 Tennessee
Martha E. Female 1/2 Tennessee

On page 121 of Part I, Bedford County Court Minutes 1848-1852 mention is made of William Hathcoat being appointed a juror for the 1849 December term of the circuit court. In the April term of 1852 Chancery Court minutes mention is made of Sara and James (?) Hathcock and J. Whitthorne as their guardian. This suggests that William Hathcock died in 1852.

John Hathcock, Jr.must have moved to Marion County, Tennessee in late 1839 or early 1840 for a John Heathcoat is enumerated on the Marion County Census in 1840. Since the census indicates he was born between 1780 and 1790, it must be assumed that this was John Hathcock, Jr. (born ca 1785) . Also the ages of the children seem to match .

1840 CENSUS OF MARION COUNTY TENNESSEE

NAME AGE GROUP
John Heathcoat 50-60 years of age (55 years)
1 Male 5-10 years of age (maybe Jasper)
2 Males 10-15 years of age (maybe John Jr. 12 and William C. 9)
1 Female 5-10 years of age (maybe Martha)
1 Female 15-20 years of age (maybe Ann)
2 Females 20-30 years of age (maybe Rachel)
1 Female 50-60 years of age (Elizabeth)

By 1850 John Hathcock, Jr. had moved from Marion County to Franklin unty, Tennessee and settled in District 14.

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1850 Census of Franklin Co TN

Family 1631
Name Age
John Heathcoat 64
Elizabeth Heathcoat 63
Martha Heathcoat 16

Family 1632
Name Age
John Heathcoat 23
Cassandra Heathcoat 18
William Heathcoat 1

Family 1630
Name Age

George Yarborrough 41
Racheal M Yarborrough 41
Elizabeth Yarborrough 17
Matilda Yarborrough 14
John Yarborrough 12
William Yarborrough 10
Angelina Yarborrough 7
Martha Yarborrough 5
Mary Yarborrough 3

Elizabeth Yarborough is probably the future wife of William C. Heathcoat, brother of John Heathcoat.

Living in Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee in 1860 census, (and wife Elizabeth, age 75):

1860 Census of Franklin Co TN

Name Age

John Heathcoat 75
Elizabeth Heathcoat 75
Wm Adams 30
Martha Adams 25
Mary J Adams 3
Jno H Adams 4/12
Jasper Heathcoat 28
Anna Heathcoat 32
Francis Heathcoat 10
Geo W Heathcoat 6
Thos J Heathcoat 4
M A Heathcoat 1
Rachael Jackson 14

Note: In the Ancestry.com census index, William and Martha Adams and their two children, Mary J. and John H. Adams are incorrectly indexed as William Adams Heathcoat, etc. Examination of the original census page shows that this was an error. Martha was the daughter of John and Elizabeth; she married William Adams in 1852.

Note added by Clayton Heathcock, 26 February 2017: If Martha and Jasper were children of John Hathcock and his wife Elizabeth Musteen, they were born when Elizabeth was 47-50 years old.

In 1911, Martin M. Hathcoat said his Grandfather was John Hathcoat and was in the war of 1812 and his Grandmother was Elizabeth. (Dortha Heathcoat Gamel, 2002)1969
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