Humprhey Hogan 1745/50 - 1789/90

New Findings


·                     2004: Wife’s name is Rebecca (proof by Bud Miller)

·                     640 Acres Land sold off for back taxes 1802

·                     Rebeccah Hogan Hines Relinquishes Title to 1/3 of Same Land 

·                     Fincastle Co. Militia: Humphrey Hogan + Daniel Boone


·                     2005: Son - Walter Hogan in Old Miller County, Arkansas 1825, part of which extended across the International boundary into Mexican Texas.

·                     Son – Charles Hogan in Mexican Territory of Texas in 1825


·                     2006-2007: Y-DNA Assists Children's Names (See Section II)

  •  Found Humphrey Hogan in 1758 (See Section III)
  • Original Source found for 1st School Teacher in Tennessee (Section VI) 


·                     2008-2010: Letter Found: Humphrey Hogan with Eaton Party

Reaches Middle Tennessee January 1780 - See Section VII

·                     Proof that Humphrey Hogan was in Tennessee Territory in 1770


Part I – Summary for Humphrey and Rebecka Hogan


Humphrey Hogan – The Long Hunter

Born at an unknown location and time.  Best birth date estimate is now 1745-1750.

Married to Rebecca Johnson, estimated ~1769/1770 at unknown location

Died: 1789 or 1790, probably leaving some children not yet adults

Parents: speculation exists, but simply no one knows.  Mother may be Mary Hogan (born ? to ~June 1767) as noted in Antrim Parish Records, Halifax County, Virginia.   Current research efforts are looking at an earlier Humphrey Hogan (born ~1693 and died 1739) who might be a possible grandfather.  He married on 10 January 1713 at Anne Arundel County, Maryland to Rebekah Murphy.  A subsequent 1739 probate named two heirs – Charles Hogan (likely his son) and Rebecca Hogan (probably wife to Maryland's Humphrey Hogan).   Charles Hogan had a wife by the name of Mary.  After 1741, this Charles Hogan is lost.


Rebekah or Rebeccah Jonson (or Johnson) 

Born at an unknown date, but estimated ca1750.

Died: last noted living 1804

Marriage: 1st to Humphrey Hogan ~1769 and 2nd to William Hines ~1795.

Parents: unknown.

Relative: possibly Walter Johnson of Sullivan County, Tennessee


Previous update - 23 October 2010; this update 24 September 2011 – Jim Murphy and Morphew/Murphy Story at  Thanks go to Bud Miller and Gary Tharp for their great assistance and support.  The mystery of Humphrey Hogan's origins is not yet solved and it is hoped more findings will come to light.


This chapter is divided into the following sections:


Part I…….Summary for Humphrey and Rebecka Hogan

Part II......Y-DNA Comment – April 2006

Part III.....Halifax County, Virginia <1758 to 1765

Part IV.....Bedford County, Virginia, possibly as early as 1764 to ~1771  

Part V......Long Hunters Explore Kentucky and Tennessee 1769 and 1770

Part VI....SW. Virginia and Eastern Tennessee 1771 to 1779/80


Part VII....Bound for Middle Tennessee 1779 or 1780

Part VIII…Early Middle Tennessee Records 1779/80 to 1784

Part IX.....Estate of Humphrey Hogan and Heirs


Part X......Rebekah Hogan Hines, former wife of Humphrey Hogan Surfaces

Part XI.....Children of Humphrey Hogan – the Long Hunter  


(Part II). Y-DNA Comment – April 2006


            Two Y-DNA tests for 37 markers showed a perfect match between a living male descendant from Walter G. Hogan (~1778) and another from William Hogan (1777) of Estill County, Kentucky.   Now both descendant lines can be better linked to Humphrey Hogan – the Long Hunter as the common ancestor. 


            Furthermore to our surprise, two other Y-DNA tests showed a relationship to another William Hogan (also born 1777) of Union County, South Carolina and Overton County, Tennessee.  These last tests averaged 2 mutations over 37 markers, suggesting a common ancestor further back in time, perhaps in Ireland.    For further discussion on Y-DNA testing, see the William Hogan chapter for a Y-DNA discussion.       


(III). Earliest Records found in Halifax County, Virginia – 1758 to ~1765


1758 March - Halifax County, Virginia Court: "Ordered that the Churchwardens of Antrim Parish bind out Humphry Hogan, a poor orphan, according to law" – 16th March Court 1758.   This is our earliest record for Humphrey Hogan found so far.

(Halifax County, Virginia Court Orders 1758-1759 – Plea Book No. 2, Part 2, TLC Genealogy, 1998); Original in Pleas #2, Part 2, 1755-1759, page 273, 16th March 1758 Court, microfilm #31919.) 




1758 Halifax County – Antrim Parish Records are incomplete: "For Reasons appearing to this vestry, ordered that Nathl. Terry treat with some person to take care, maintain and support Mary Hogan and make report to the next Vestry."   The next five pages are missing. 


1759 November 14 - Vestry held for Antrim Parish:  "Ordered that Mary Parks be paid for Nursing an orphan Child three months 200 pounds of tobacco and be paid for maintaining a pensioner...another 200.”   


Names of Humphrey and his father are never mentioned.  Mary Hogan is likely his Mother.  Keep in mind that Colonial law defined an “orphan” as having no father, but could include a living mother.  When Mary Parks was “nursing” an orphan in 1759, they probably meant taking care of a sick orphan.  Best estimate of Humphrey Hogan’s birth date is 1745-1750 which would make him at 9 - 14 years old in November 1759. 


1760 November 21 - Vestry held for Antrim Parish:  Levy laid (to pay) "Samuel Parks for maintaining an orphen Child (not named) one year...800 (pounds of tobacco)."   This is the only unnamed orphan mentioned at this time.   


1761 November 28 - Vestry held for Antrim Parish:  "To Samuel Parker for Keeping a Orphen Child &c...800" pounds of tobacco.  Next line states:  "To William Laws for maintaining his Mother, a Poor object...800 pounds of tobacco.  There are no other unnamed orphans and Parker should be Parks.


1763 February 16 - Vestry held for Antrim Parish at Halifax Courthouse:  "To Samuel Parks for Maintaining a Orphen Child...1500 pounds of tobacco.  On the next line: "To William Laws for Maintaining his Mother who is a Pensiner...800" pounds of tobacco.  They again do not mention any other unnamed pensioner and unnamed orphan.    Samuel Parks had one tract of 98 acres of land on Buffalo Creek at the northeast corner of today’s Pittsylvania County.  Buffalo Creek empties into the Roanoke River in Halifax County.   


1763 November 29 - Vestry held for Antrim Parish:  "to William Laws for Maintaining a Pensiner...800 pounds of tobacco.  Comment: there were 4 unnamed pensioners on this list.  


1764 November 27 - Tuesday at a Antrim Parish meeting at the Town of Peytonsburg: Levy made..."to William Payne for maintaining Mary Hogan two months a Pensioner...320 pounds Tobacco.  No unnamed orphan is mentioned.  Humphrey Hogan has already left to serve eleven days in 1764 with Captain William Christian’s expedition.


1765 January 10 - Halifax County: James Terry of Orange County, North Carolina, Gentleman deeded to Theophilus Lacy of Halifax County, Gentleman, for 70 pounds, 1,200 acres on Polecat and Miry Creeks, being part of a greater tract of 2,950 acres granted to said Terry by patent 13 March 1755, or record in the Secretary's Office of this Colony; beginning at Stith's corner...Thomas Spencer's line...John Wood's line...All trees, woods, ways... (Signed) James Terry.  Witnesses: Richard Murphey, Garland Terry, Joseph Terry, Humphrey (“+”) Hogan.  Recorded 21 February 1765

(Halifax County, Virginia Deed Books 2-6, 1759-1767 by Marion Dodson Chiarito, 1986)


1765 November 28 - Thursday at a Vestry held for Antrim Parish at the Town of Peytonsburg:  "to William Payne for maintaining Mary Hogan, a Pensinor and finding Blanket (for her)...2020 pounds of Tobacco.   Again, there is no unnamed orphan mentioned during this meeting.   


1766 October 15 - Wednesday at a Vestry held for Antrim Parish at the Town of Peytonsburg:  "Thomas Payne agrees to take the care of Mary Hogan one year for twelve pounds or 1920 pounds to Tobacco.  Payment was made to William Payne for maintaining Mary Hogan for 11 months...1760 pounds. 


1767 November _ -  Monday at a Vestry held for Antrim Parish:  "to Thomas Payne for maintaining Mary Hogan eight months and burying her...1760" pounds tobacco.    

(from "Vestry Book of Antrim Parish Halifax County, Virginia 1752-1817," by Marian Dodson Chiarito, 1983.  Chiarito reported that the Antrim Vestry Book was in mutilated condition with missing pages when found in 1838 by J. Grammer, rector of Antrim Parish.  His search failed to find the Parish register which gave births, marriages, and deaths.)                    


Other Hogans in Halifax County at this Time


            Two different Hogan lines have been found in Halifax County during these years.  A question arises whether Humphrey Hogan might be related to one of these lines. 


            Hogan line #1 includes William Hogan (~1705) + Sarah Sullivan and their children, including James Hogan (~1728) and his wife Silence, and William Griffin Hogan (~1730).  They lived in the SE corner of today's Pittsylvania County (established 1766/67 from Halifax County) near the Dan River.   Humphrey Hogan does not belong here.


            Hogan line #2 includes Daniel Hogan, whose origins are unknown.  He purchased 100 acres on 20 June 1757 in Halifax County on both sides of the North Fork of Panther Creek, now known as George's Creek.  He appears a number of times in Halifax County records until he sold this land on 21 November 1763.   Bud Miller points out that John and William Payne were Mary Hogan's Church Warden caretakers.  The Paynes (Pain) also witnessed a 1763 grantor deed by Daniel Hogan of the North Folk of Panther Creek.  John Pain also owned land on the North Fork of Panther Creek, although he had other lands.  Daniel's land was about 7 miles SE of the town of Gretna in today's Pittsylvania County, possibly within a triangle bounded by county road 686, 685, and the creek.    

(Panther Creek location from "Property Lines from the Old Survey Boos, Pittsylvania County, Virginia in 1746 to 1840," by Roger C. Dodson 1995, pages 121, 123.)


            The 1765 James Terry deed witnessed by Humphrey Hogan is interesting.  Terry, an Antrim Parish churchwarden, a sheriff in 1754+, and surveyor of Halifax County, sold in 1755 land adjoining William Hogan on Cain Creek in present day Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  This 1755 land belonged to William Hogan (~1705) who married Sarah Sullivan. 


(IV). Bedford County, Virginia, ~1766? to ~1770


After the marriage of Humphrey Hogan to Rebecca Johnson, about ~1769, their son Charles Hogan (born ~1770) reported to an 1806/1810 Louisiana Church that: "Charles Jonson Hogan (son of) Homfrey & Rebecca Jonson) was of "Bedfort County, Virginia."  (see Section XI – Charles Hogan write-up)


1764: “Humphry Hogans,” served for 11 days in a 1764 expedition authorized by Colonel Andrew Lewis and commanded by Captain William Christian.  Between 6 April and 16 September 1764, one hundred seventy five troops were deployed to the James and New Rivers in Virginia to locate hostile Indians and protect settlers. 

(From “Early Adventures on the Western Waters, Volume 1.  The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days 1745-1800,” by Mary B. Kegley and F. B. Kegley, page 289, and “Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers,” by Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck.)


            Comment: Humphrey Hogan had to be in western or southwestern Virginia to be employed by Captain William Christian.   At about this same time, Daniel Hogan sold his Halifax County land on 21 November 1763 and possibly moved further westward. 


1764 February 28 - Bedford County, Virginia:  Daniel Hogan was deeded 150 acres somewhere in Bedford County on the south side of Stanton River. 


1765 May 28 - Bedford County: Daniel Hogan next sold this land to Joseph Calland of Cumberland County, Virginia.  Daniel did have another 100 acres in Bedford County, but his grantee deed has not been found. 


1768? Bedford County: Daniel Hogan and his wife Elizabeth of Bedford County sold this land to Joseph Calland of Cumberland County.


            Comment: Humphrey left no Bedford County records.  We now have a major problem with the Halifax County’s Daniel Hogan who has entries from 1757 to November 1763.  Is he the same person making Bedford County records between February 1764 and ~1768 with wife Elizabeth?


In Cumberland County, there is a Daniel Hogan who married Elizabeth Roberson, as noted in a 1767 Cumberland County will of John Roberson.   Cumberland County's Daniel Hogan, a legal guardian, made continuous county records twelve times from 26 February 1759 to 22 October 1764.  These children were Sarah, Phebe, and Drusilla Holloway, infant orphans of John Holloway, deceased.   He is on a 1759 jury, a court witness in 1760, and in a debt case from 1760 to 1762.  After October 1764, their migration path is lost until he later ends up in Burke County, North Carolina.      


            Who, then, is the real Bedford County Daniel Hogan?  Were there two of them married to an "Elizabeth?"  Could the Halifax County Daniel be same Daniel Hogan (1733 – 1811) who later migrated to Davidson and Robertson County, Tennessee?


(V). Long Hunters Explore Kentucky and Tennessee – 1769/70


            The stories of the Long Hunters vary, but the best is from Lyman Draper, as reported:


“In June 1769, about twenty hunters met at branch of New River, called Reed Creek, about 8 miles below old Fort Chiswell, Virginia (still on current maps).  Included were Casper Mansker, John Rains, Abraham Bledsoe, Isaac Bledsoe, John Baker, Joseph Drake, Obadiah Terrill, Robert Crockett, Henry Smith, Thomas Gordon, Humphrey Hogan, Castleton Brooks, Ned Cowan, Uriah Stone, and others.   Previously in 1766-67, Uriah Stone had traveled with the party of Colonel James Smith and others along the Cumberland Valley in Kentucky and probably served as a pilot.”


“The hunters and explorers passed down the Holston Valley, through Moccasin Gap, into Powell’s Valley, through Cumberland Gap to Cumberland River, and into a place known as Price’s Meadow or Settlement in present-day Wayne County, Kentucky.  This was beautiful open country and was near an excellent spring where they decided to make it their main camp to deposit their skins and furs.  Then they dispersed in different companies with intentions of returning every five weeks.  Some of these parties directed their course southwest and came to a southern tributary of Cumberland and called it Obey’s River after Obadiah (Obey) Terrill.  Years later, “Obey Terrill” was found cut upon a tree on the bank of this stream.  Near the headwaters of Roaring River, Robert Crockett was killed by Cherokee warriors.”


“Several parties continued down the southern side of Cumberland River to reach Caney Fork before re-crossing to the north side of the river and moving west to Big Barren River, and then up Drake’s Creek to its head.  They crossed over a ridge and traveled down a creek to within three miles with the Cumberland.  Here they set up camp, giving creek the name of Station Camp Creek   A buffalo road passed by the camp, so Bledsoe and Mansker explored in opposite directions for 12 to 13 miles in search of suspected salt licks or sulfur springs.  Bledsoe found hundreds of buffalo congregating in an hundred acre area fed by a dozen sulfur springs.  During the hunting trips, Drake’s Creek, Drake’s Pond and Drake’s Lick were named.” 


“While they were absent from camp, Twenty-five Cherokees carried off or destroyed about 500 deerskins, some clothing, ammunition, pots, and kettles.  The hunters were unable to track the Indians and found themselves with little remaining ammunition and key camp supplies.  Bledsoe and two others agreed to return to the settlements for the needed supplies and eventually returned to complete the hunt.”


“By 6 April 1770, half or more of the party decided to return to the settlements.  Meanwhile Stone, Mansker, Baker, Gordon, Hogan, Brooks, and four others built two boats, two trapping canoes, and with a deserted boat they found, loaded them with furs and bear meat and descended the Cumberland River.  They discovered French Lick where Nashville is now located.  Near there they killed several buffalos in an immense herd for their hides to cover their boats.  Canoeing further, they reached the mouth of Cumberland at the Ohio River.  With their bear meat at risk of spoiling, they turned it into bear oil for market and stored it in the lightest boat.” 


“At this location, they met Piomingo, the Mountain Leader also called John Brown, and his 25 Chickasaws on their way to war against the Senecas.  These Indians robbed the explorers of two guns, some ammunition, salt and tobacco.  The guns proved the heaviest loss, but were soon replaced by some passing French boats   They traded for some tafia, a cheap kind of rum.” 


“They descended the Mississippi River to Spanish Fort Natchez where they sold their cargo.  By then most wanted to return home.  However, Mansker was delayed by illness, but finally they moved on with Baker to Ozark where they met one Fairchild, a Drover.  They passed through the southern Indian country to Georgia and then to New River, probably in the summer or early autumn.” 

(From Lyman Draper’s unfinished book about Daniel Boone and found in Draper Manuscript Collection by Wisconsin Historical Society – Volume 3B, Chapter 5, pages 47-52, modified)


Part VI – SW Virginia & Eastern Tennessee 1771 to 1779


1771 Botetourt County, Virginia tithables:  Humphrey Hogan – 1.  Next to Isaac Bledsoe –1, from Robert Doacks list of Tithables, “not” returned August Court,

(From Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 9 and 10. 1966-7.


            Burton adds this tithable was in Looney's Company (district).^    This should be Capt. David Looney who moved to Muddy Creek in today's Sullivan County.  Summers reports the following in 13 March 1770 Botetourt County, Virginia Court: "The court doth appoint David Looney (to be Surveyor of the Road) from Beaver Creek to Fall Creek. ^^    Beaver Creek, Falls Creek, and Muddy Creek are near each other in today's Sullivan County, Tennessee,  This is good evidence that early Botetourt County had administrative duties all the way south into today's Sullivan's County, Tennessee.  Based on this 1771 Botetourt County tax record, one could reasonably presume Humphrey Hogan was living in Tennessee Territory by 1771.

^ Botetourt County, Virginia, Its' Men 1770-1777, by Charles T. Burton, undated, typescript.  Tithable is list 13, page 29.

^^ Annals of Southwest Virginia (1769-1800) by Lewis Preston Summers 1929, now on CD format, Archive CD Books USA, page 73.


1772 Botetourt County Court: Humphry Hoggan against John Rutherford case dated 12 August 1772 Court.   (From Botetourt County Court Order Book for 1772, page 131)


1773 July 7 - Fincastle County, Virginia Court: Obadiah Terril, Gasper Manscar, Castleton Brooks and Uriah Stone, each were allowed two days attendance in court as witnesses in suit of Josiah Baker against Humphrey Hogan.  The parties were “fully heard, and the case dismissed with costs.”

From Fincastle County Order Book #1, page 104). 



How One Location could be in so Many Counties


Note: Tennessee lands north of the South Fork of the Holston River (including the Reedy Creek settlements) were administered by the following Virginia County Governments:


Botetourt County, Virginia 1769 to 1772

Fincastle County, Virginia 1772 to 1776

Washington County, Virginia 1777 to 1779 or so 

Sullivan County, North Carolina (now Tennessee) 1779-1783; 1789-1794 

Sullivan and other counties, Independent State of Franklin 1784 – 1788

Sullivan County and other counties, State of Tennessee in 1795+.



1773 November -  Fincastle County Courts:  Humphrey Hogan versus Jacob Stern, on attachment - defendant failing to appear, the judgment was awarded to the plaintiff (Hogan) 3 pounds, 2 shillings.  The Sheriff ordered the attached watch of the defendant to be applied to the proceeds to the judgment. 

(From Fincastle County Order Book #1, page 147, courtesy of Bud Miller 9/2002.)


1773:  “Early records show that many of the first settlers in this area had fine hand writing which was evidence of formal education.  With few roads and scattered settlements, some families used tutors to teach children in the home.  Forts often served as classrooms.  Sullivan County’s first such school (1773) was in King’s Fort, Arcadia area.  The teacher was Humphrey Hogan, Explorer and Long Hunter.” 

(From “Families and Histories of Sullivan County, Tennessee, Volume 1. 1779-1992,” page 141, entry 147, compiled by Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1993 and source was “Adventures in Education,” Sullivan County 1773-1983 by Thelma G. Barnes – her source is Draper Manuscript Collection)


Undated: "Humphrey Hogan is mentioned in the Lyman C. Draper manuscripts in a letter dated 25 September 1853.  George Christian, born 28 March 1769, wrote Draper in Madison Wisconsin: "of Humphrey Hogan I can only say he was the first school teacher I ever heard of.  He taught a school near King's Fort on Sandy Creek.  My brothers and sisters older than myself went to him...."

(From "Adventures in Education," by Thelma Gray Barnes and shared by Bud Miller, letter of 13 April 2007)          


About 1773 - Reedy Creek Settlement on Virginia-Tennessee border:  “Among these hardy pioneers who journeyed into the Reedy Creek settlement (1770-1773) from Virginia were Humphrey Hogan, William Anderson, three brothers of the Roberts family, Henry, John, and David, John Clendenin, Archibald McNeal, Gilbert Christian and members of the McMillian, Williams, and King families.   King built a large mill above the cascades of the North Fork of Reedy Creek, now Boozy Creek.  Humphrey Hogan, the local schoolmaster, perhaps Tennessee’s first schoolteacher, was a rugged long hunter who could read but not write.  However, he taught the children of Reedy Creek settlement how to read and cipher.  Gilbert Christian had picked his homestead location from where it flowed into the Holston River.  Here between 1772 and 1773 he brought his wife Margaret Anderson Christian and their children, Robert, Elizabeth, William, George, and John....” 

(From “Kingsport Heritage – The Early Years 1700 to 1900,” by Muriel Millar Clark Spoden, 1991.”


Comment:  There was a Lochaber Treaty Line of 1770 with the Cherokee Indians.  This line ran from the South Fork of the Holston River, beginning six miles east of Long Island of the Holston River and ran to the Ohio River at the junction of the Kanawha.  Any intrusion west of the line became a fighting call for the area Indians.  The early Reedy Creek settlement mentioned above was just east of this line by about two miles.  The line probably became worthless even before the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant or the 1776 Battle of Long Island (Holston River), which surely ended the treaty.  Long Island was about 10 miles SW of the early Reedy Creek settlement.


7 May 1774, Fincastle County Order Book: Thomas Gather (Gathor) versus Humphrey Hogan, on petition - “Defendant not being served, plurias (additional) summons ordered issued (was) not given.”  Also Josiah Baker versus Humphrey Hogan, on petition, defendant not being served, plurias summons ordered issued. 

(Fincastle County Order Book #2, pages 104, 107, courtesy of Bud Miller 9/2002 and “Fincastle and Kentucky Counties, Va-Ky Records and History, Volume 1,” by Michael L. Cook, C.G. and Bettie A. Cummings Cook, C.G. 1987)



1774-1775 Indian Attacks and Frontier Militia Defense

Dunmore’s War – Battle of Point Pleasant

From the Perspective of Reedy Creek and Kings Fort 


            On 21 July 1774 (date disputed), Tahgahjute, Mingo Indian Chief who had the English name of Logan, attacked settlers on Reedy Creek which is within present-day Sullivan County, Tennessee.  The settlers in this region had yet to take refuge in forts, and consequently Logan and his followers entered the homestead of John Roberts.  Both Roberts and his wife and several children were killed, except for their ten year old son James who was taken prisoner and a younger son who was badly scalped, but lived for several days.  Lyman Draper reported:   About sunrise, noises from shouting and guns were heard by neighbors.  Captain William Cocke raised a small party to pursue the Indians.  John Anderson, James Clendenin, and another person collected about twenty members from nearby families and fled about four miles down Reedy Creek to King’s Fort.  This tiny fort was commanded by Gilbert Christian who was absent at the time.


            At Roberts’ forest cabin, Logan left a war-club which was attached to a message that he had Robinson write:  “To Captain Cresap:  “Why did you kill my people on Yellow Creek for?  The white people killed my kin at Conestoga, a great while ago, and I thought nothing of that.  But you killed my kin again, on Yellow Creek, and took my cousin prisoner.  Then I thought I must kill too, and I have been three times to war since – but the Indians are not angry – only myself.  (signed) Captain John Logan, 21 July 1774.


            Logan had misidentified the killer as Captain Cresap who was part of a July 1774 army of 400 men sent by Lord Dunmore.  This group had gone through what is now Wheeling, West Virginia and into Ohio where they were ambushed by Indians.  The soldiers retaliated by burning several Indian villages and their fields of corn.  What Logan didn’t know, was that Logan’s brother and pregnant sister was killed by a Daniel Greathouse after he lured them into his house.

(From Lyman Draper Manuscript Collection on microfilm, courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society, Volume 2B, pages 140-142, Chapter 8, from the unpublished book about Daniel Boone – now recently published as “The Life of Daniel Boone,” Lyman C. Draper, LL.D. and edited Ted Franklin Belue, 1998). 


 This Reedy Creek attack and numerous others like it became a deciding factor for the frontier’s able-bodied men to form two large armies, a northern one under Lord Dunmore, Virginia Governor, and the southern one under Colonel Andrew Lewis.  On 10 October 1774, Colonel Lewis’ militia fought and won the Battle of Point Pleasant at the junction at the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, with an estimated 1000 farmer-soldiers against 900 Indians. 


While these two armies were in action, some militia units remained behind to protect the settlers.  They were few and had to protect settlers along a 350 miles frontier.  Included in the Fincastle County local militia were two units of interest.


Fincastle County Militia of Captain James Thompson, who was paid for 94 days of service, dates not known.  His company of 125+ men included:

Lieutenant Gilbert Christian

Privates included: John Anderson, Humphrey Hoggan


Fincastle County Militia of Captain David Looney, who was paid for 58 days of service, dates not known.  His company of 170+ men included:

Lieutenant Gilbert Christian

Lieutenant John Cox

Lieutenant Daniel Boone

Ensign John Anderson


Privates included:  Humphrey Hoggan for 27 day's pay and another entry for 31 day's pay, Israel Boone, John Anderson, Daniel Hoggan for 57 day's pay, Henry Roberts, David Roberts, William Anderson, Humphrey Hoggin.  William Anderson, Henry and David Roberts were possibly Reedy Creek settlers, since they were names reported by Spoden.

(“Kingsport Heritage – The Early Years 1700-1900,” by Muriel Millar Clark Spoden, 1991.)  


After Dunmore’s War, Fincastle public service claims included Humphrey Hoggan by 6 days horse hire for 9 pence; by 2 days riding express for 10 pence.  None of these records are dated.


(From “Lord Dunmore’s Little War of 1774,” by Warren Skidmore and Donna Kaminsky, 2002.)  Skidmore's books lists Humphrey Hogan as a Sergeant, but inspection of original microfilm record at Library of Virginia shows this is an error.  



1776 June 10:  The following is a Fincastle County Petition, endorsed as received on 10 June 1776:  “To the Honourable the President and Gentlemen of the (Virginia) Convention.  The Petition of the western parts of Fincastle County humbly sheweth that the great extent of our County and the difficulty of attending Courts induced your Petitioners sometime ago to solicit the General Assembly for a division of the said county.  But the subsisting disorders in the State then commencing prevented an answer.  Whereby your Petitioners have been obliged to labour under the hardship of attending (many of them) near 150 miles, upon all Publick business, which grievance induces your Petitioners how to address your Honourable House for relief by a Division, if practicable, or a separate district, same that we may attend Committees & c. without so much expense and trouble as at present we are exposed to.”  (213 names, included)...Humphrey Hogan.

(From “Holston Pastfinder,” Holston Territory Genealogical Society, Volume 18, Number 70, March 2000) 


1778 November 17 - Washington County, Virginia Court Record: Humphrey Hogan and Paul Whistenhunt gave special bail for Alexander Hamilton at the suit of James Patterson. 

(From “Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769-1800,” page 1005.)


            There was an early “Hogan” at “the Forks” (probably Holston River and now inside the City of Kingsport) in Sullivan County, with no further details.   This writer believes this to be Humphrey Hogan.

(From “Goodspeed’s History of Sullivan County, Tennessee.”)


1779 March 16 – Washington County, North Carolina:  Robert Sellers requested a 300 acre land grant in Washington County, North Carolina.  The Entry Book recorded it on 17 June 1780 next to “Humphrey Hogan’s old improvement on the south side of the Holston River” in Sullivan County.  On 10 November 1784, Sellers was granted 267 acres of this land in Sullivan County, Tennessee on South side of “Holstein River (Holston).”   


Comment:  The March 1779 grant states it was in Washington County, North Carolina at the time (now in Tennessee, established 1777), and when granted in June 1780 put the land within Sullivan County, North Carolina, (county established 1779).


1779 March 19 - Petition of Inhabitants of Washington District to (have Sullivan Territory) to be made a County of North Carolina:  Beginning on S. or SW of Holston River, six miles above the Long Island in said river SW to the ridge, which divides waters of Watauga from waters of Nolachucky SE to the blue ridge or line dividing North Carolina from the Cherokee lands to the Virginia line west along Virginia line to Holston River.  Humphry Hogan is listed as a petitioner. 

(From “Families and Histories of Sullivan County, Tennessee, Volume 1, 1779-1992,” page 5, entry #7, compiled by Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1993.


(VII). Bound for Middle Tennessee 1779 and 1780 with Eaton (Heaton) Party


Thomas Eaton Interview in Draper Manuscripts

September 22, 1844 (courtesy of Bud Miller, email 4 May 2008)


            "Amos Heaton (his father) was living near the Long Island in 1772.  (He) emigrated to the Cumberland (Middle Tennessee) in 1779 – three months crossing, stopping several days to hunt for game by the way.  Amos Eaton (Heaton), Fred Stump, John Thomas, William Scoggins and Humphrey Hogan and their families and others – some eight families in all.  On the way Stump went out one morning and got several shots without killing anything; conceited that one Hopper, a young (Indian-?) along had placed a spell on his gun, returned to camp in anger and swore "I'll be dam, I'll be sware, I'll shoot you, you spell my gun! And cocked his gun and would have shot but for the interference of others.  Stump was always impressed with the belief (that) he could only see an Indian first they could not shoot him."

(From Draper Manuscripts, Series S, Volume 1, page 74, Wisconsin Historical Society microfilms)


            The first settlers to start out for French Lick (Nashville) were the James Roberson party, who began in October 1779.  They passed through the Cumberland Gap, and traveled overland through southern Kentucky and arrived Christmas Day, 1779.  They built a stockade called the Bluff Station for protection from the Indians.  This was located at the foot of Church Street in today's Nashville. 


            During the same winter, a number of immigrants followed the same route and reached Cumberland country first beginning in January 1780.  Amos Eaton (Heaton) built his Eaton Station about 1.5 miles west of Bluff Fort on the Cumberland River.

(VIII). Early Middle Tennessee Records – 1779/80 to 1784


1780 March: Humphrey is listed with the signers of the Cumberland Compact, May 1780.


1783 March 4: Humphrey Hogan brought lawsuit against Stephen Ray before the Committee of the Cumberland Association.


1783 April - Davidson County, Tennessee: Humphrey Hogan and Henry Ramsey were ordered by the Committee of Cumberland District, North Carolina to lay off a road between Heatonsburg (Eaton’s Station) to Mansco’s Station.   Mansker’s or Mansco’s Station was on Mansker’s Creek about 12 miles north and slightly east from the center point of today’s Nashville. 

(Davidson County Pleas, book 1, folder 1, page 3 left)


1783 to 1786 Davidson County: The exact location Humphrey Hogan lived in the early 1780’s is unknown at this time.  If he was with friends, then this might be important:  In 15 March 1783, Captain Isaac Bledsoe, and Lieutenant Casper were at Manskers’ Station.   On the other hand, the locations of his associates and individuals from his law-suits suggest the West Fork of Mill Creek about 1783-1786 (eastern edge of today’s Nashville) or possibly near the north bank of the Cumberland River 1.5 miles from today’s center point of Nashville as noted: 

West Fork of Mill Creek:  John Brown, James Mayfield, Daniel Hogan*

North bank of Cumberland River 1.5 miles from town:  Daniel Hogan*, Stephan Ray (Wray), John Kitts

Nashville Town:  Obediah Terrell, Abednego Llewallen    


Humphrey Hogan also brought suit against John Brown, Isaac Mayfield, Mayfield’s mother, for the recovery of a kettle lent to James Mayfield, deceased, father of Isaac Mayfield by Hogan.  Witnesses were Casper Mansco and Phillip Trammel.  The court found in favor of Hogan and “that John Brown and his mother-in-law pay the costs of the suit.”  


Humphrey Hogan filed a suit for scandal, or libel, against Stephen Ray, in behalf of Hogan’s wife.  Ray pleaded that Hogan had not taken the oath.  The plaintiff’s witnesses were Rebecca Montgomery, and Cheziah John.  Committee found for the defendant Stephan Ray.   Hogan also brought suit against Obediah Terrell and Burnet Harrod.* 


* Burnet Harrod is more correctly spelled Barnabeth Herod, son of James and Elizabeth Herod.  After James Herod was killed at Fort Nashville probably during an attack by Dragging Canoe, Elizabeth later married Daniel Hogan.

(email 20 June 2009, courtesy of John Meyer)

1784 Court Records mentioning Humphrey Hogan


1784 North Carolina Preempton Act of 1784 named Humphrey Hogan as one of the settlers on the Cumberland in 1780 who stayed and defended the settlements.  This entitled him to 640 acres without any price to be paid to the public. 


1784 April 6 - Nashborough, Davidson County Court: “Appeared Humphrey Hoggan bound in recognizance at the suit of Jno Kitts: for his appearance at the then ensuing court.  And his good behavior toward all the good subjects of the State, more especially toward the said Jno Kitts. --  Jno Barrow being sworn says that the defendant threaten that he would kill the said Kitt’s hogs; if he did (not) keep them from his door and also (would) whip himself, -- The court __ the hearing of the parties (deciding) the recognizance of the desire of said Kitts.  Jno Barrow approved (for) two days attendance at the Suit of Jno Kitts.”  

(County Court Minutes, Volume A, page 14)


1784 July 5 – Davidson County Court: “Abednego Lewallen having been summoned to appear....  To the presentment of the Grand Jury against him for the crime of fornication...appeared and pleaded not guilty on which a jury was called, to wit:  Daniel Durnam, Francis Armstrong, Elmore Douglass, Benjamin Kuykendall, John Barrow, John Boyd, Solomon White, Ambrose Maulson, Amos Heaton, Francis Hodges, Humphry Hogan and George Flynn, who being elected tried and sworn sayeth that the said Lewallen and Nancy Snow live together in one house.  On which the jury with crew returned and say they do not find the said Lewallen guilty of the crime charges against him in the indictment.”

(County Court Minutes, Volume A, page 24)


1784 July Term – Davidson County Court: “John Harris Sr. plaintiff against Benjamin Kuykendall defendant:  In a plea of trespass on the case to which the defendant pleads not guilty.  And on which comes the following jury to wit:  John Gibson, Humphry Hogan, Saml Martin, William Grahams, Jonathan Drake, Turner Williams, John Buchanan, John Mullens, John White, Daniel James, Israel Harman and Isaac Drake, who being __ tried and sworn will and truly to try the __ joined & c.  Find the witnesses to Wit:  Jas. Harris being sworn sayeth that he heard the defendant say that he heard the plaintiff say that he would give the plaintiff a horse in lieu of a mare.  John Childers, sworn, sayeth, that he heard the defendant say that if Mr. Harris the plaintiff had behaved himself he would have given him the mare for a good sow and pigs.  Thomas Lamasters being sworn sayeth that the he saw the defendant say the following - Twelve dollars for the said mare on which the plaintiff was to draw the suit then pending and pay the costs.  On which the jury with __ return and say they find for the defendant.  Therefore it is considered by the court that the defendant recover against the plaintiff his costs of the defense.” 

(County Court Minutes, Volume A, page 31)


1784 July Term, Davidson County Court: “John Shaddock plaintiff against Rubin Davis defendant in a plea of debt of which the defendant pleas that he “owes nothing.”  On which came a jury to wit:  Capt Anthony Crutcher, Humphrey Hogan, Benjamin Castleman, William Graham, Jonathan Drake, Turner Williams, John Buchanon, John Mullens, John White, Daniel James, Israel Harman, and Isaac Drake, who being selected, tried and sworn, will and truly to try the __ joined & c.  And John Childers being sworn the truth to say that at the time Rubin Davis the cross defendant caused an attachment to be served on the goods of the said plaintiff; he was living with him in this county and that he never swore that he absconded or concealed himself.  John Staton, being sworn, succeeded to what the said Childers had sworn.  Find further said that the said Shaddock now plaintiff, __ that his goods was attached.  Ephraim Payton being sworn sayeth that the plaintiff forbid him to pay to the defendant some skins for which he had formerly given him an order, and said that he meant to Shuffle him out off it, on which the Jury (did) return and say they find for the defendant.  Therefore it is considered of by the court that the defendant recover against the plaintiff his costs of defense expenses.” 

(County Court Minutes, Volume A, page 32)

Grant Lands, Deeds, Tax Records naming Humphrey Hogan

Humphrey Hogan – first named on Station Camp Creek - 1784


1784 April 17 - State of North Carolina, Grant #8? Davidson County (Tennessee): To the surveyor of said county __ and to direct you to measure and lay off for  James Sanders, Assignee of Humphrey Hoggan a preempt of.640 acres of land lying in the folk of the Middle fork of Station Camp Creek about one mile above Afher's (Asher's-?) Road including a spring and improvements...up and down on both sides of the creek for__,   Entry No. 17_ __ __ And for your so doing this to be your warrant...given under my hand this 24th day of April 1784.  Sam. Barton. S. T.     

      (Courtesy of Bud Miller, email of June 2008)  

Humphrey Hogan on Sulfur Fork of Red River - 1786


1786 March 7 – Davidson County: “Humphry Hogan from North Carolina Grant, No 187.  Know ye that we have granted unto Humphry Hogan assignee of John Christmas, a private in the Continental line 640 acres of land in Davidson County on both sides of Sulpher Fork of Red River beginning at two white ash trees running then South 226 poles to a Hickory, west 452 poles to a Hickory North 226 poles to a stake; east 452 poles to the beginning to hold unto the said Humphry Hogan his heirs and assignees forever stated the 7th day of March 1786.  T. Glasgow, Sec, _ Caywell.” 

(Courtesy of Bud Miller, 13 August 2003 letter.)

1787 Davidson County tax list: H. Hogan


~1789 Davidson County deed extract:  Daniel Hogan (from) Alexr. Martin of Stump of Jas. Brock on the Sulpher Fork of Red River the south side of the Creek adjoining Humphrey Hogan on the east and Jacob McCarty on the south and running east and south for compliment.  Signed Alex. Martin, L-4069, acreage 60, D. 20th, Removed by Daniel Hogan. 

(Not dated in “Davidson County, Tennessee Land Records 1788-1793,” Historical Records Project, 1937, but both previous and following deeds were 1789.)


(IX) Death and Estate of Humphrey Hogan and His Heirs


            By 1790 Humphrey Hogan is dead, as noted by the following records: 


1790 Tennessee County, Tennessee Deed:  William Crutcher, S. Rite…lying on the waters of Carr’s Creek, a fork of the Sulfher Fork of Red River joining Humphrey Hogan’s heirs on the south boundary and running as the law directs to include a field and cabins that John Tagert now lives in for compt.    Undated, but March 1790.  


Comment:  Carr’s Creek begins west of the town of Springfield in Robertson County, and heads upstream in a southeast direction ending before reaching the Davidson County border.  It lies entirely within Robertson County.


1794 October - Tennessee County, Tennessee: Humphrey Hogan’s estate inventory is noted in 1794 (with a few spelling corrections):  An inventory of the person estate of Humphrey Hogan, deceased...formally returned: viz, 2 horses, 3 mares, 1 colt, yearling when before returned, 3 cows, 1 calf, 10 head of sheep, 1 kettle – 18 gallons, 1 Dutch Oven, 2 axes, 1 mallet, one set of ploughs, 4 weeding hoes, 1 bed, 1 woman’s saddle, 6 pewter plates, 2 pewter dishes, 3 pewter basins, one cotton wheel and spindle, with one of the above mares and colt SOLD before any sale was made of the property.  The above property was sold at public sale some time before the October Court 1794 and amounted to the sum of 87 pounds.  This inventory was never signed by any person. 

(1794 Montgomery County, Tennessee Wills and Inventories, #36.  Comment:  This was really filed in Tennessee County, as Montgomery County didn’t exist at this time.)


1796 July 25 Tennessee CountyWilliam Hind leases to Jacob McCarty, July 25th 1796, North Carolina West Territory, Tennessee County.  By these presents, I, William Hines, do lease or contract unto Jacob McCarty of said County, a certain tract of land together with the Houses, field, timbers, and tenements during the life of his wife, Rebeccah Hines, she formerly being the wife of Umphrey Hogan, for which the said William Hines do bind myself under the penal sum of Forty Pounds lawful money of said State, to keep said Jacob McCarty in possession of till the decease of said Rebecah Hines, then I the said Jacob McCarty also bind myself under a penal of the afore written to give said land up to the heirs or trustees as my require the land and improvements of him.  (Signed):  William Hines, (Witnessed by) James Herod; E.W.E.N. Thornton, Registered by me.  B. Boren, Reg. R.Co.

(Robertson County Deed Book A, page 12, courtesy of Bud Miller letter, 13 August 2003)


Why Land is Declared in the Name of Heirs


Tennessee had a strange law that did NOT require heirs to register their new lands until they sold.  It is possible for one tract of land to pass through several generations before being recorded again.  Tracking Humphrey’s heirs became important because the names of his children were not much more than speculation.  However, this opportunity seemed to be a dead end when taxes for the land went unpaid and Robertson County officials ordered it to be sold.


Sale of land for taxes by Robertson County, Tennessee


Reported Lands for Taxes:  “Whereas the following tracts of Land was last Court Ordered to be published agreeably to the Law in the Tennessee Gazette, it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that said Land has been published agreeably to the Law; Judgment is hereby entered up against said lands for the tax and costs due thereon.”


“It is therefore ordered by the Court that the Clerk issue execution immediately for the taxes due on each tract that the Sheriff proceed to sell agreeable to the law, the tracts are as follows, to wit;” (entries combined, Robertson County, Tennessee Minutes Book #1, pages 206 - 208, 217, 218, 219) and found on   


1799: Taxes overdue for Humphrey Hogan’s Heirs, 640 acres and Humphrey Hogan 100 acres


1800: Taxes overdue for Humphrey Hogan Heirs, 640* acres; David Rounsavall assignee of Humphrey Hogan 100*; William Hogan 471


1801: Taxes overdue for Daniel Hogan 100 acres; Humphrey Hogan’s Heirs 640; Humphrey Hogan 100; William Hogan 471*


1802: Taxes overdue for William Hogan 471*


1802 March 31 - The Tennessee Gazette Extra advertised the Robertson County tracts of land to be sold for nonpayment of taxes for the year 1800 and 1802.      

(From Genealogical Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers 1791-1808,” by Sherida K. Eddleman.)


1803: Taxes overdue for Daniel Hogan 100 acres Sulfur Fork


The “*” next to the records indicates the count further noted that the “*”owners had no goods or chattels within the county on which tax collector, James Menees, could “distress,” although it is not clear if this statement extended to other entries. 





Deed Records on Lands lost by Humphrey Hogan’s Heirs


1801 April 16 - Robertson County, Tennessee: Deed from William Karr of Livingston County Kentucky to Joel Lewis of Robertson County, Tennessee - 16 April 1801.  A tract of land in Robertson County on the Sulphur Fork of Red River...containing 50 being part of a 640 acre tract granted to Humphrey Hogan, Robertson County.  February Term 1806.

DB F/109, original page 176 as transcribed and courtesy of Bud Miller, 2 September 2003)


1805 November 6 - Robertson County, Tennessee: James Menes (Sheriff) deeded to William Karr and J. Flenn(?) (and entered) on 14 April 1806.  This indenture…was founded on a judgment claimed by the State of Tennessee and Robertson County against Heirs of Humphrey Hogan, deceased, issued from the Court of __ Quarter Sessions, sold for the County of Robertson on the third Monday in April 1802 in the town of Springfield…one tract of land containing 640 acres __ __ as follows to wit: the beginning on the 2nd day of June 1802 and sold to the said William Karr and John Flense(?) who was the highest bidder for the sum of $6.25.   

Deed Book F. page 96, 97, original page 154, and transcribed and courtesy of Bud Miller, 2 September 2003      


(X). Rebekah Hogan Hines, Former Wife of Humphrey Hogan Surfaces Again  


After the land was sold for back taxes, one heir, Rebecca, former wife of Humphrey Hogan, deceased, surfaced to legally acknowledge William Karr’s deed to her former land.  Note that this following deed was indexed under the name of Robert Hines and not William Karr (Deed Book F, page 149).   The deed index books for Robertson County show no other entries for Robert Hines.


1804 June 12 - Robertson County, Tennessee:  This indenture made 12th day of June 1804 between Rebecka Hines of Christian County, State of Kentucky on one part and William Karr of the County of Robertson, State of Tennessee of the other part, witnesseth that the said Rebekah Hines doth grant, bargain, assign, and convey all her rights, title, interest to her third of a certain tract of land in the State the Forks of Karrs Creek on the Sulfur Fork of Red River, it being part of a tract granted to Humphrey Hogan, Doc. No. 187, Warrant No. 51, dated March 7th Day of 1786, beginning (boundary description in chains, trees, etc)...includes the old improvement,...Rebekah Hines to William Karr, his Heirs or Assignees...signed, __, delivered in the presence of Walter Hogan, Jonathan Hogan, Humphrey Hogan.  (Signed) Rebekah Hines, Her seal Affixed

Regd. By Bazel Boron, Regis, Robertson County Court, November term 1805.  This deed was proven in open court by the oath of Jonathan Hogan and ordered to be registered.


1805 November 5 - Robertson County Court: Deed of Rebekah Hines to William Karr for 1/3 of 640 acres was proven by the Oath of Humphrey Hogan and ordered to be registered.    (page 366)


Information on William Hines, 2nd Husband of Rebekah Hogan.


Little information has been found so far.  The first two entries may not be our subject:


1787 Davidson County:  Listed on same property: William Hines, Hamilton Hinds, James Hines, and Thomas Hinds on the 1787 Davidson County tax roll with 3 taxables. 

(1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements, compiled by Richard C. Fulcher, 2002)


1792 Davidson County: Inventory for Wm. Hind, W1, 255, 1792, 305.  (Comment -  This Inventory has not been seen, and could this mean that this William Hinds of Davidson County is dead?) 


1796 July 18 - First (ever) Robertson County Court Minutes:  Deed William Hinds to Jacob McCarty proven by the Oath of James Herod, a Subscribing Witness.

(Robertson County Court Minutes, Book 1, page 3.  Comment: deed listing is incorrect and should be a lease.)


1797 April Term Robertson County Minutes:  Thomas Johnson Plaintiff versus. William Hinds, Defendant.  Case.  “To which at April Term 1797, the plaintiff appeared by Bennet Searey, Esquire his Attorney; the Defendant failing to appear or any person for his Judgment by Default was Entered Against him after which the cause and Preceding se had thereon was continued until July Term 1797, at which time came here into Court the Plaintiff by his Attorney aforesaid the Defendant still failing to attend or any Person in his behalf there thereupon came a jury lawful me.  

(No other details about case were found, both items from Bud Miller, 18 August 2003)


1797 Christian County, Kentucky Tax Lists:  William Hynes – 1 white male over 21, 2 horses, and no other information.  He does not appear again (1797 to 1809 covered).  Comment:  This is the year that Christian County was established from Logan County, and he does not appear in Logan County records.  Also, there is no marriage record in Christian County showing Rebecca Hines remarrying.      


(XI). Probable Children of Humphrey Hogan and Rebecka Johnson

 Based on the Rebecca Hines Document, Y-Dna Tests and other findings

(Thanks go to Bud Miller for so much information)


(1). Charles (Johnson/Jonson or L?) Hogan, born ~ 1770


Charles Hogan is estimated born before 1773, perhaps 1769 or 1770, and died on or before 1837.   Charles Johnson Hogan married Sara Hatcher or Hocker (~1780 to >1860?).  There is a marriage record for Charles Hogan to Sarah Hocker on 20 December 1800 at Ohio County, Kentucky (county record).  

(Thanks go to Bud Miller for sharing his information on Charles Hogan, emails of 3/2005 – 8/2005)


            The break-through on Humphrey Hogan and his son Charles Hogan is found on the following record found at St. Martin of Tours Church, St. Martinville, Louisiana.   Spellings are probably phonetic, so that Charles Jonson Hogan is likely to be Charles Johnson Hogan.


Charles Jonson Hogans, son of Homfrey & Rebecca Jonson Hogans, married Sara Hatcher.  Charles Jonson Hogans of Bedfort (Bedford) County, Virginia + Sara Hatcher of Louisville, Kentucky gave birth to two daughters and one son: Prudence Hogans born 8 January 1806; Anne Hogans, born 22 June 1808; Thomas David Lucas Hogans born 2 November 1810.    

(modified from Southwest Louisiana Records, Volume 1 – 1756-1910," by Rev. Donald J. Hebert, 1974)


The name used by the son is thought to be Davis L(ucas) Hogan as found in the U.S. Census of Clairborne Parish, Louisiana in 1850.   There are probably more children, but are not known at this time.  Sightings for Charles Johnson Hogan are:


1796 Logan County, Kentucky Tax Record: Charles Hogan with 1 male 21+ and 1 horse.  (females were not entered).  In the following year the newly formed county of Christian was formed from Logan County.


1798 May – Christian County, Kentucky: Charles Hogan, Joab Hardin, and George Hardin were appointed Road Commissioners to plan a road from the mouth of Cumberland River as far as Cal Fitsworth’s on its way to the Christian County Court House. 

(From “Christian County, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical,” edited by William Henry Perrin, pages 120-121, courtesy of Bud Miller, 29 January 2005, via Marla Goodrich, via Carol Hogan).


1806-1810 St. Martin Parish, Louisiana – see church record/registry.


1825 Charles Hogan in Mexican part of Texas:  “Besides the McFarlands, other Irish in Ayish Bayou, Texas were....Charles Hogan”

(from and” 


The town founded in Ayish Bayou was San Augustine (now in San Augustine County), which still exists today.  1825 was 11 years before the Battle of the Alamo was fought!


1833/34 – his grandson, Charles Hogan, was born in Texas, according to the 1850 U.S. Census, suggesting this line stayed in Texas at least this long.


1833 Columbia Township, Lawrence County tax list: Charles Hogan and Martin M. Hogan.

1837 May 8 – Sevier County, Arkansas:  Personally appeared Davis L. Hogan, living in Sevier County, the following heirs and legal representatives of “Chs. Hogan,” deceased:  (includes only) Sarah Hogan and said Davis L. Hogan. 


 1837 July – Sevier County, Arkansas: Davis L. Hogan was named administrator of the estate of “Charles L. Hogan,” deceased.  The “L” was repeated twice.  Estate of Charles Hogan was settled and dismissed in probate court on July 1841.


1840 Jackson Township, Sevier County, Arkansas (U.S. Census), Davis Hogan is recorded next to the families of Catharine Hogan and Walter Hogan.  Davis appears to have another family living with him, including a female, age 50-60 which could be Sarah Hoglan.   Catharine Hogan (born ~1770) is the widow of Humphrey Hogan (“II”), (born ca1770), and Walter Hogan (born ~1800/1805) is her son.  


Further Details on Davis L. Hogan, son of Charles Hogan


Davis L. Hogan (1809/10 to ?) married at least three times.  The name of his 1st wife is unknown.  He married on 20 July 1842 at Sevier County, Arkansas to Sarah Burnside (county record).  By 1850, Davis Hogan is married to Catharine __.  


1850 U.S. Census of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana gives useful information on where Davis lived.


Davis Hogan 40, Planter, born Louisiana; Catharine Hogan 40, Missouri; Charles Hogan 16 Texas (approximately 1833/34); Jefferson Hogan 14 Arkansas; Elizabeth A. Hogan 13 Louisiana; Amanda C. Hogan 8 Louisiana; Joseph Hogan 7 Arkansas; Sarah Hoglan 70 Kentucky; Elizabeth Hoglan 18 Texas (probably mother of Catharine Hogan).


(2). Humphrey Hogan, Jr. or “II”, estimated born circa 1775 and died before 1830


 Humphrey Hogan “II” married 24 June 1800 in Davidson County, Tennessee to Catharine Fisher (county record).   Catherine is estimated born ~1770-1780. 


Tennessee Deeds Referring to Humphrey Hogan “II”, born ca1770 - 1780


The following are records found for Humphrey Hogan “II” in the Sulfur Fork of Red early Tennessee.   It is not clear how this land came into his possession.  In fact, the land appears near the 640 acres of Humphrey Hogan – the Long Hunter and the question arises if this land was part of the heirs of Humphrey Hogan “I.” 


1796 Davidson County Deeds:  sto. Donelson.  Assignee of Jeremiah Thomas, lying in Robertson County on the Sulfur Fork of Red River joining the west Boundary of Jacob McCarty and the North boundary of “Humpry Hogan.” 


1797 January Robertson County Minute Book Session:  Matthew Sellers (Plaintiff) versus executors of Jesse Reed – “Ejectment):  Description of Land – in Robertson County, North side of Cumberland River on the waters of the Cumberland River, below the fork of Nelson’s Creek, about a mile below the fork.   Land to “a stake in Humphrey Hogan’s line.”   April 1797 Court, Jury Trial - Defendent to keep Possession.  County boundary in 1800- extended southward to Cumberland River. 

(Robertson County Minute Book I, 1796-1807, page 28, courtesy of Bud Miller, 18 August 2003.)  


1797 December 8 - Montgomery County, Tennessee Deed:  Between John Love of Prince William County, Virginia and Elizabeth his wife and Levi Powell and Cuthbert Powell of Alexandria, Virginia for $3500 – over 10 tracts of land totaling 10,320 acres, including a 640 acres on Sulphur Fork of Red River joining the west boundary of Jacob McCarty and the north boundary of Humphrey Hogan

(Deed Book B., page 165)


1800 August 2 - Montgomery County, Tennessee Deed: Between Cuthbert Powell of Virginia and Leven Powell, Jr. of Loudon County, Virginia for $1.00.  Nine tracts of land each 640 acres including a tract of 640 acres lying on the Sulphur Fork of Red River joining the south boundary of Jacob McCarty and north boundary of Humphrey Hogan.  (Deed Book 1, Page 175)


            Robertson County, Tennessee Court Minutes, Book 1, 1796-1807, reveal Humphrey Hogan had 100 acres there, but the taxes hadn’t been paid for the years 1799 and 1801 and this land was put up for sale by the county for back taxes.


1805 April 15 - Robertson County Deed (abstracted):  James Menees, Sherriff deeded to David Rounsavell, both of Robertson County on 15 April 1805.   (Previously, this was an) indenture 15 October 1803 for the none payment of taxes for the year 1799 against David Rounsavell, assignee of Humphrey Hogan for the sum of $3.75, one tract of land containing 100 acres beginning at a hickory of Humphrey Hogan’s north boundary...crossing the Sulphur Fork...running along said creek, crossing Karr’s Creek to a second branch of said Sulphur Fork, Hogan’s north boundary then with said Hogan’s line to the beginning.  On 2 June 1802, David Rounsavell was the highest bidder.

(DB F/09 - courtesy of Bud Miller, letter of October 2003)        


Events for Humphrey Hogan “II”


1799 Davidson County, Tennessee Court:  Benjamin Drake to oversee from Wilie Barrows ferry towards Clarksville beginning at Dry Fork above Potters to the fork of the ridge with __ north of the East fork of White Creek and East and West of Main White’s Creek from the crossing of Whites Creek and below Fed Stumps new mill up the above mentioned Dry Fork.  Names to assist include: Humphrey Hogan


1802 Davidson County reported a list of persons for taxes due by John Boyd, Jr. Collector, included:  Humphry Hogan, 1 w. Poll.


1806 – 1812 Christian County, Kentucky:  Humphrey Hogan is noted on their yearly tax lists beginning 1806.  The 1810 U.S. Census for Christian County, Kentucky shows him with 2 males 0-<10, 1 male + 1 female 26-45.  He is adjacent his brother, Walter Hogan on this census.  The tax lists for this county note the following:


1806:  Humphrey Hogan, 10001 (1st number is 1 male 21+, 5th number is 1 horse, mare, or cattle), entered in south district of the County.

1807:  Humphrey Hogan, 10001, west district

1810:  “Umphrey Hogan,” 1003 (only 4 numbers, middle two numbers are blacks 21+, total blacks, and last number is horses, mares, or cattle).  U.S. Census reports 2 males  0-10 years of age, 1 male and 1 female ages 26-45.

1811:  Humphrey Hogan, 10003

1812:  Humphrey Hogan, 1004 (only 4 numbers entered)


1815 & 1816 Lawrence County, Missouri Tax List (future Arkansas):  Humphrey Hogan and Walter G. Hogan.


1830: Sevier County, Arkansas Territory:  Catharine Hogan, without Humphrey is noted on the 1830 U.S. Census.  She was now a widow, age 40-<50 with 1 male 10-<15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 20-<30 and 1 female 5-10.  Her son, Walter Hogan is listed elsewhere.      


1840: Jackson Township, Sevier County, Arkansas:  Catharine Hogan appeared on the U.S. Census adjacent to her son Walter Hogan and nephew-in-law Davis Hogan. 


1850 Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas: Catharine Hogan, age 80, born Tennessee was living in the family of Margarie Morris, age 49 (from 1850 U.S. Census).  This census stated she was 80 years old.  


The children of Humphrey Hogan + Catherine Fisher are becoming better understood, although James Hogan continues to be a puzzle.  Tax records of 1800 and 1802 Christian County, Kentucky mention a James Hogan.   Catharine Hogan's 1830 Census + Walter Hogan suggest four sons and one daughter.  


            (A). Walter Hogan (1800-1805 to 1843 at Sevier County, Arkansas).  Wife's name may be possibly Millie Morris. Walter Hogan died before 15 November 1843 and his wife Milly died before April 1845.  Walter noted in the following (information courtesy of Bud Miller in various mailings from, 3/2005 to 28 July 2005):


1825 Old Miller County, Arkansas Territory Petition: Requests reconsideration of ceding lands to Choctaw Indians which settlers had prior settlements.  Petitioners included: "Walter Hogon."  A portion of Old Miller County extended into what is now Bowie County, Texas due to a vague international boundary with Mexico.


1828: Old Miller County, Arkansas Territory Petition, named Walter Hagen.           


1830: Sevier County, Arkansas Territory (U.S. Census)


1835 October Term:  Sevier County Clerk of the Court announced Walter Hogan, administrator of the Estate of James Hogan, deceased, presented letters of administration.  Who James Hogan is or belongs is currently unknown.


1840 - Jackson Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, next to Davis Hogan and Catharine Hogan.


1841 July Term:  Sevier County Court reported Walter Hogan was Administrator of the Estate of James Hogan, deceased, and business of the Estate be closed.  No other names were mentioned.


1843: Sevier County Court reported James Morris, administrator of the Estate of Walter Hogan, deceased, begun 22 November 1843, duties performed.  Mentioned William Story and Henry Morris.  Names of heirs: "Eliza Hogan, Polly Hogan, Alexander Hogan, James Hogan, Sally Hogan and Marjory Hogan, children of the said deceased of Sevier County Arkansas."


1845 April Term Sevier County:  Noted Henry Morris, Administrator of the Estate of Milly Hogan, deceased, this day came Margaret Morris, a plaintiff, in the estate business.


(B). William Hogan, born after 1800.  Little is known about him. (courtesy of Bud Miller, July 2005):


1828 Old Miller County Petition included:  "Walter Hagan" and "William Hogan."


1828 – 1832:  Loss of lands, Claim #360 in Old Miller County, Arkansas.   Deposition stated William Hogan was an inhabitant of that part of the Territory of Arkansas, which was ceded by the treaties of 1820 and 1825 to the Choctaw Indians, and was engaged in the cultivation of his own two acres of land on Little River, about 20 miles north of Red River and 8 miles west of the present western boundary line of Arkansas Territory.  On 5 April 1832, his deposition stated he was a single man, over the age of 21 years, and resided with his mother Caty Hogan, and now resided in Sevier County, Arkansas.   Deposition witnesses included Walter Hogan, James Morris, John Dunlop, Phineas Robinson, and William Shelton

(courtesy of Bud Miller, e-mail 11 July 2205, from Marla Goodrich.  Original source was "The Settlers of Lovely County and Miller County Arkansas Territory 1820-1830" by Melinda Blanchard Crawford and Don L. Crawford).              


(3). Walter G. Hogan, born at or before 1778 and died after 1832


Walter G. Hogan was born at or before 1778* and died 1838-1839 at Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas.  Walter married 18 March 1800 at Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky to Susannah Miller (county record).  Susannah Miller was born 1778 at Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina and died 1857 at Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas.


Estimating a birth date and birth location for Walter G. Hogan:  1880 U.S. Census for Martin Miller Hogan stated his father was born in Tennessee.  Also the 1799 tax list for Christian County, Kentucky stated Walter was 21 or older.


1800 – 1813 Christian County, Kentucky tax records, South District of County.  The 1807 tax records showed he had 150 acres on the Cumberland River.  The 1810 U.S. Census of Christian County, Kentucky gives this data: 2 males + 1 female 0-<10; 1 male + 1 female 26-<45.  Adjacent to him on the 1810 Census is Humphry Hogin.


1815 & 1816 Lawrence County, Missouri Territory tax list:  Walter G. Hogan & Humphrey Hogan.


1820 March 28 - Lawrence County: On petition of Walter G. Hogan and others to alter the road leading through his plantation....  (from "Early Lawrence County, Arkansas, Records")


1825: Martin Miller, father of Susannah Miller, died and his will named Susanna Miller, alias Susanna Hogan. (Lawrence County, Arkansas Loose Probate Papers 1815-1890).


1829, 1830, & 1832 Columbia Township, Lawrence County tax lists note Walter G. Hogan having 160 acres the SW1/4, Section 8, Township 20 N, Range 1 East.  In 1888, he is granted 40 acres adjacent to this land.   He is on Lawrence County tax lists from 1829 – 1835.  This land location is in present day Randolph County (established 1835) near the Missouri State line, on Tennessee Creek about 1 mile from where it empties into the Fourche River, and near Tyler Ridge Road.  Close by is Ingram, Randolph County, Arkansas.


Marla Goodrich remarks about the old homelands: "My mother and my two sisters and I visited the old farm of Walter G. and Martin Miller Hogan in July.  It is a beautiful farm and a beautiful area.  (From Marla Goodrich 27 September 2006, courtesy of Bud Miller, email 3 October 2006)  


The reported children of Walter G. Hogan and Susannah Miller are:


(A). Martin Miller Hogan (28 August 1801 – 26 January 1894 Randolph County, Arkansas), who married 10 March 1826 Cape Giardeau County, Missouri to Sophia A. Myers, and 2nd on 27 December 1846 in Randolph County, Arkansas to Mary Ann Mooris (county record) but is really Myers, a sister to Sophia.  According to the writings of Mary Ann Hogan, granddaughter of Martin Miller Hogan, Martin Miller Hogan + Sophia Myers had eight children: (1) Humphrey Hogan, (2) Henry Andrew Jackson Hogan (may be two persons), (3) Rebecca Susannah Hogan, (4) Benjamin Hogan, (5) Daniel F. M. Hogan, (6) Jane Hogan, (7) Mary Elizabeth Hogan and (8) Martin Hogan. Martin Miller Hogan + Mary Ann Myers had four children: (1) Delilah Hogan, (2) Lavina Hogan, (3) Joseph Antony Hogan and (4) John Gabriel Hogan.  (From Marla Goodrich, courtesy of Bud Miller, 3 October 2006). 


Walter G. Hogan + Susannah Miller lived in the following locations:


1828 March 2 Lawrence County, Arkansas: "John Divers, Martin M. Hogan, William Jarrett and Lewis Russell are appointed overseers of various roads." ("Early Lawrence County, Arkansas Records")

1829: Columbia Township, Lawrence County, Arkansas Territory Tax List

1830: Lawrence County, Arkansas Territory (U.S. Census)

1831 Columbia Township, Lawrence County tax list

1833-35 Columbia Township, Lawrence County tax list

1838:  Randolph County land Grant in same section of land as Walter G. Hogan – T-20N, R-1E, Section 8.    

1846 - 1894: Randolph County, Arkansas      

1880 U.S. Census in Columbia Township, Randolph County, Arkansas.  States father was born in Tennessee.

1886 – Martin went to live with his two youngest sons, John G. Hogan and Joseph A. Hogan after his wife Mary Ann died.  (from Marla Goodrich).              


(B). Humphrey Hogan (1806) married to Phoebe Dotson.  They lived in the following locations:


1830: Mitchell Township, St. Francis County, Arkansas Territory (U.S. Census)

1832 Columbia Township, Lawrence County tax list

1833 Cache & Languiell Townships, Lawrence County tax list

1839: Land grant in today's Cross County, Arkansas (T-9N, R-3E, S-11).  This grant is about two miles north of Cherry Valley and about 1-1.25 miles north of Copper Creek. 

1840: Mitchell Township, Poinsett County, Arkansas

1856: Another land grant in today's Cross County, Arkansas (e1/2se T-9N, R-3E, S-36) about 1.5 miles north of Pleasant Hill and slightly west.  Also, it is about 1-1.25 miles north of Prairie Creek when it turns straight west.  This is very mountainous and U.S. Geological Survey Map shows that it has/had a mine.    


(C). Rebecca Hogan (1809), who married James McDonald.  On 4 September 1823, "Martin Miller here unto moving, gives to his granddaughters, Sophia Hogan and Rebekah Hogan, some cattle.  Part of the cattle was given by said Miller to Sophia Hogan in the year 1813.  Recorded 10 September 1823 (Early Lawrence County, Arkansas Records)."   


(D). Sophia A. Hogan (1814) married Daniel Legate. 

(details from Bud Miller 9/2002 – 3/2005 and Marla Goodrich 31 October 2003)


            (E) Charles Hogan, son of Walter G. Hogan, has been questioned.  However a descendant, Edna Hughes, had done quite a bit of research stated Charles was a son of Walter G. Hogan. 


 (4). Rebecca Hogan, estimated born roughly 1773/74(?) and died ?


(V). Rebecca Hogan is speculative at this time.  Her birth date is unknown, and she married on 19 September 1791 at Davison County, Tennessee to John Nancarrow.  If she married about the age of eighteen, Rebecca's birth year might be estimated to 1773 or 1774.  Also, this marriage record could be the former wife of Humphrey Hogan – the Long Hunter.


1801-1803 Warren County, Kentucky tax records show a John Nancarrow 


(5). William Hogan, born 1777 and died 1825/26.


            William Hogan was born 1777 Tennessee and died 1825/26 at Estill County, Kentucky.  He married Nancy Wadlaw/Wadlow (1778->1830).   Although a 37 marker Y-DNA linked perfectly to a descendant of Walter G. Hogan, I cannot explain why William Hogan was first found so far east of Davidson/Robertson Counties, Tennessee and remained so isolated from the other Hogans.  Possibly he left home when his mother remarried to William Hines, and returned to the Johnson clan, of which nothing is known at this time.  Two key children of William Hogan stated he was born in Tennessee, which included his son Humphrey Hogan (1809).


            See the William Hogan (1777) + Nancy Wadlaw chapter for this line of Hogans and further details.


 (6). James Hogan, estimated born circa 1782 and died 1841 


Possibly, James Hogan was a child of Humphrey Hogan.  He migrated westward to Christian County, Kentucky and later into Arkansas with the Walter G. Hogan and Humphrey Hogan (Jr.) lines.  Speculation exists that he may be an illegitimate son of Humphrey Hogan – the Long Hunter and Mary Kitts, as noted in several vague Davidson County Court records.


1800, 1803, and 1806 Christian County tax records: James Hogan for adults 21 and above.  Then on 1802, he is listed to be 16-20 age.  The 1806 tax record stated that he had 100 acres on or near the Cumberland River.  For many years the Tennessee-Kentucky border was a point of confusion and Cumberland River lands would appear in Tennessee.    


1841, July Term Sevier County, Arkansas Court:  Walter Hogan was Administrator of the Estate of James Hogan, deceased, and business of the Estate be closed.  No other names were mentioned.  There is no indication he married.


(7). Jonathan Hogan, born unknown date, but could be 1786 and died ?


Little is known about him and the following are sightings:


1804 June 12 - Robertson County, Tennessee:  Rebecka Hines of Christian County, Kentucky deeded to William Karr of Robertson County, Tennessee…doth grant, bargain, assign, and convey all her rights, title, interest to her third of a certain tract of land in the State the Forks of Karrs Creek on the Sulfur Fork of Red River, it being part of a tract granted to Humphrey Hogan, Doc. No. 187, Warrant No. 51, dated March 7th Day of 1786…includes the old improvement... (Signed) Rebekah Hines, Her seal Affixed.  Witnesses: Walter Hogan, Jonathan Hogan, Humphrey Hogan


1806 Christian County, Kentucky tax record notes Jonathan Hogan as one male age 16 to less than 21 and no further details.


1807 Christian County tax record has Jonathan Hogan with 400 acres in the East District of County, “in Warren County, Kentucky,” with 1 male age 21 and above, 1 male 16-<21, and one horse.  A search of yearly Warren County Tax Records was negative for Jonathan Hogan.


The two 1806 and 1807 Christian County tax records might suggest Jonathan Hogan was born about 1786, but the actual record quality is much too poor to depend on for such dating.  Interestingly enough, there is a single 1804 Christian County tax record for a “Rebekah Hogan” with one male age 21 and above, and one horse and no further details.  The 1805 tax year returns were damaged and cannot help us. Might Rebekah be living with Jonathan by 1806?


There is a Jonathan Hogan reported in the Minutes of the 1827 Elk Lick Baptist Church in old Estill County, Kentucky.  He mixes with the William Hogan (1777) + Nancy Wadlow (1778) clan, and would be more likely their son.  Any other link would seem most speculative.