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The SEXTON FAMILY of SCOTT COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Compiled by Robert L. Bailey Copyright 1992


The following is from my four volumes of The Sexton Family of Scott County, Tennessee, published and copyrighted in 1992. Although these books (and my other Scott County books) are published and sold by The Scott County Historical Society, I own the copyright and reproduction rights to my books. This had led me to these web pages. As time permits, I will add more. If you wish to purchase these books, they are available from The Scott County Historical Society, P.O. Box 7, Huntsville, TN 37756. Volume I, contains my documentation of the early generations. Volume II traces the descendants of Timothy Sexton, Jr. (1783-1850's). Volume III traces the descendants of William SEXTON (1786-1854) and Volume IV traces the descendants of Moses Sexton (1789-1850).


Timothy SEXTON, Sr., was born about 1750, possibly in Connecticut. He enlisted in the army during the Revolutionary War in Morristown, New Jersey in 1777. In 1781, he was discharged at Baltimore, Maryland. He fought in battles at Brunswick Amboy Wertfield, Staten Island and Long Island, New York. He married 18 Aug 1782 in York District, South Carolina, Esther SISEL (b. ca 1755-d. 23 Jan 1850 in Scott County, TN). After his marriage to Esther, he fought against the Catawba Indians and Tories. Timothy and Esther SEXTON were living in York District, South Carolina, in 1790 as they are listed on the 1790 Census. By 1800, they had left South Carolina and moved to Georgia, living in Wilkes County and Elbert County, Georgia. They then removed to Knox County, Tennessee. One of the first records of their appearance in Tennessee occurs in 1808. On 18 May 1808, Timothy SEXTON, Sr., surveyed land on the west side of New River opposite to the mouth of Buffalo in Campbell County, Tennessee. He also surveyed 108 acres of land on New River which included "the improvement on which he now lives" on 10 Dec 1809. Timothy and Esther continued to live in Campbell County, Tennessee until about 1819 when he removed to Brimstone Creek in Morgan County, Tennessee (now a part of Scott County, Tennessee). Timothy, Sr., died on 18 Jun 1832 in Morgan (now Scott) County, Tennessee and is probably buried in the Rob Sexton Cemetery near Round Mountain on Brimstone. Both Timothy and Esther received a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War.

Timothy and Esther (SISEL) SEXTON, Sr. had five sons. Four of their sons, Timothy, Jr., William, Moses, and John, are mentioned in Timothy Sr.'s pension file. The fifth son, Aaron, is mentioned as being a son in the Morgan County Court Minutes. In the April 1850 term, Jesse TRIPLETT came into court and said that Esther SEXTON, the widow of Timothy SEXTON had died on 23 Jan 1850 and that she left five surviving children, Timothy, William, Moses, Aaron and John. [Morgan County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, April 1850 term, page 89).

The oldest son was Timothy SEXTON, Jr. He was born on 25 Dec 1783 in York District, South Carolina, according to the Revolutionary Pension file of Timothy SEXTON, Sr. Timothy Jr. married Nancy ELLIS. The second child was William SEXTON. He was born about 1786 in York District, South Carolina and he married Rhoda GRIFFITH. The third child of Timothy and Esther SEXTON, Sr. was Moses SEXTON. He was born on 18 Mar 1789 in York District, South Carolina, according to the Revolutionary War Pension file of Timothy, Sr. Moses SEXTON married LEANDER HATFIELD. The fourth child was Aaron SEXTON. Aaron was born about 1791. The youngest child of Timothy and Esther SEXTON, Sr., was John SEXTON. He was born about 1795.

Of these five children Timothy and Esther SEXTON, Sr., only Timothy, Jr., William and Moses stayed and raised families in Scott County. All of the SEXTONS in Scott County, Tennessee are descended from these three sons.

Children of Timothy and Esther (SISEL) SEXTON.

  1. Timothy SEXTON, Jr. (b. 25 Dec 1783 in York District, South Carolina-d. 1850's in Scott Co., TN) md Nancy ELLIS

  2. William SEXTON (b. ca 1786 in York District, South Carolina-d. 10 Sep 1854 in Scott Co., TN) md Rhoda GRIFFITH

  3. Moses SEXTON (b. 18 May 1789 in York District, South Carolina-d. 1 or 5 Jun 1850 in Scott Co., TN) md Leander HATFIELD

  4. Aaron SEXTON (b. ca 1791-

  5. John SEXTON (b. ca 1795-

 

Copyright, 1992, Robert L. Bailey. All Rights Reserved

The SEXTON FAMILY of SCOTT COUNTY, TENNESSEE