Moses SEXTON, the son of Timothy and Esther (SISEL) SEXTON, Sr., was born on 18 Mar 1789 in York District, South Carolina, according to the Revolutionary War pension of his father. Moses died on 1 or 5 Jun 1850 in Scott County, Tennessee, according to his War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrant. Moses served in the War of 1812 in Captain James TUNNELL'S Company. He married in 1814 in what is now Scott Co., TN, Leander HATFIELD (b. 1795-d. 1860's in Scott Co., TN). Moses and Leander SEXTON had twelve children. About 1848, Moses took up with a woman named Sarah PHILLIPS and had two children by her. Proof of Moses and Leander's children come from several different sources. Their twelve children were: John, James, Fountain, Rebecca, Aaron, Julien, Shadrack Mashac, Caswell, N.R., Hiram and two daughters, whose names are not known. The two children that Moses had by Sarah PHILLIPS were Ransom (PHILLIPS) SEXTON and Pernetta SEXTON. Due to the nature of the sources that are used to prove the children of Moses and Leander, the children will not be discussed in order of birth.
On the 1850 Scott County, Tennessee, Census, Leander SEXTON, the widow of Moses SEXTON, was listed as the head of household along with three of her children. The ages listed as the head of the household along with three of her children. The ages listed on the census are incorrect. The three children that were living with Leander were Julien, N.R. and Hiram SEXTON. Julien SEXTON was born in 1828 and he married Easter PHILLIPS. N.R. SEXTON was born in 1837 and there is no further information about him. The youngest child was Hiram. He was born in 1838 and Emarine ALEXANDER.
Julien SEXTON is a key figure is proving the children of Moses and Leander. Another key figure is Ransom SEXTON (b. 1848) who was the son of Moses SEXTON and Sarah PHILLIPS. In the Civil War Pension of Ransom SEXTON (XC-2706838), Julien made a deposition, dated 23 Nov 1899, stating that "The soldier [Ransom SEXTON] is my half brother . . . My father took up with a woman named Sarah PHILLIPS and this Ransom was their child and my father died when Ransom was about a year old and I took the boy and raised him. Ransom's sister, was born a few months after my fathers death and was raised by her mother . . ." Moses SEXTON'S daughter by Sarah PHILLIPS was named Pernetta SEXTON.
In this same deposition, Julien stated that "I had a brother Shadrack that lived near Elk Valley, Campbell County, who is dead. I had a brother Hiram who lived near Monticello, Kentucky." Shadack SEXTON was born in 1830 and married Nancy THOMPSON. Hiram was already been mentioned. Julien also stated in this deposition that "His mother [Ransom's] and sister are both dead. I got this information from my brother James, in the locality of Elk Valley . . ." James SEXTON was born in 1818 and married Sarah McPETERS.
Also in the pension file of Ransom SEXTON, Elizabeth MATHES SEXTON, the first wife of Ransom SEXTON, stated that the "Soldier [Ransom] had several brothers there; Julian, Fountain, Jim and John were all his brothers and they lived near us." John SEXTON, who was the oldest child of Moses and Leander SEXTON, was born in 1816. He married first to Rebecca BUTTRAM, and secondly to Jane (BUTTRAM) PARKER. Fountain SEXTON was born in 1822 and married Margaret SEXTON, the daughter of William and Rhoda (GRIFFITH) SEXTON. James (Jim) and Julian have already been discussed.
At this point, seven of the twelve children of Moses and Leander SEXTON have been proven. Also it has been proven that Moses had two children by Sarah PHILLIPS.
Proof of the eighth child of Moses and Leander SEXTON comes from the Civil War pension file of Jehu PHILLIPS (WC 451-104). In this file, Julien SEXTON made an affidavit stating that "I was acquainted with the soldier Jehue PHILLIPS ever since he was a young man. I was acquainted with his first wife Rebecca PHILLIPS all her life She was my Sister." Rebecca SEXTON was born in 1823 and married Jehue PHILLIPS. In 1860, Rebecca's mother, Leander SEXTON, was living with her on the census.
The ninth child of Moses and Leander SEXTON was Caswell SEXTON. In the Civil War pension file of Caswell SEXTON (WC 451-1040), Jehu PHILLIPS made an affidavit saying that "Caswell SEXTON . . . was my brother-in-law." Caswell SEXTON was born in 1835 and married Malinda HICKS.
So far, nine of the twelve children of Moses and Leander SEXTON have been proven. The tenth child was Aaron SEXTON. There is no direct proof that Aaron was the son of Moses. However, there is strong evidence that he was. On 7 Jan 1851, John SEXTON, the son of Moses and Leander SEXTON, surveyed 300 acres of land on New River (Scott County Surveyor's Book 1, page 60). The sworn chain carriers were Aaron and Julian SEXTON. Aaron and Hiram SEXTON married ALEXANDER sisters, and they both removed to Wayne County, Kentucky. Aaron SEXTON was born in 1826 and married 1st, Nancy ALEXANDER, and 2nd, Mary Jane YORK. Aaron and Nancy SEXTON named three of their sons, Julian, John, and Hiram.
The names of Moses and Leander SEXTON'S two other children are unknown. They were both daughters.
Moses SEXTON, the son of Timothy and Esther (SISEL) SEXTON, Sr., was born on 18 Mar 1789 in York District, S.C. He married in 1814 in what is now Scott Co., TN, Leander HATFIELD (b. ca 1795-d. 1860's in Scott Co., TN). He served in the War of 1812 in Captain James Tunnell's Company. Moses died on 1 or 5 Jun 1850 in Scott Co., TN. Moses and Leander had 12 children. About 1847, Moses took up with a woman by the name of Sarah PHILLIPS. He had two children by her.
Children by his wife, Leander HATFIELD:
Children by Sarah PHILLIPS:
Copyright, 1992, Robert L. Bailey. All Rights Reserved.