Barren County Kentucky’s Mill Creek Chism Family & Their Virginian Ancestors. A Genealogical Investigation. Part I. The Parents

1) Barren County Kentucky’s Mill Creek Chism Family & Their Virginian Ancestors. A Genealogical Investigation Part I The Parents
2) Barren County Kentucky’s Mill Creek Chism Family & Their Virginian Ancestors. A Genealogical Investigation Part II The Ancestors
3) Barren County Kentucky’s Mill Creek Chism Family & Their Virginian Ancestors. A Genealogical Investigation Part III Y-DNA Review, Including Chisholms of the Olde Dominion of Virginia

The following is a reproduction of the 3rd part of the above “Barron County Kentucky’s Mill Creek Chism Family & Their Virginian Ancestors”.

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Barren County Kentucky’s Mill Creek Chism Family & Their Virginian Ancestors.
A Genealogical Investigation. Part I. The Parents

Printed 30 May 2021
Researched and authored by Warren Atkinson
Edited by Robert Chisholm

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On May 21, 1788, John Chisum and his wife Mary of St. George Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, sold their land there, and then disappeared from the records of said county. Research leads this writer to believe this John Chisum to have been the same John Chism recorded on the February 27, 1790 census of Fayette CO., KY/VA., and who was the John Chishum found listed among the tithables of Nelson CO., KY./VA. in 1791.

During this time period the Cumberland Gap/Wilderness Road route was the most often travelled by settlers during their treks from Spotsylvania CO., VA. to what was at the time still known as Virginia’s District of Kentucky.

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The Chism Cemetery is located on the Old Stephen Ray Farm, off Gamaliel Rd. between Tompkinsville and Gamaliel, KY., GPS coordinates 36° 40.512′ N, 85° 43.579′ W. This cemetery lies within a grant of 200 acres of second rate land first obtained there in 1799 by John Chism, Senr. Barren CO., KY. was formed from parts of Green & Warren CO.s., KY. in 1799. The below land grants, shown as Green CO., KY., were located in that part of Green CO., KY. from which Barren CO. was formed.

“Land reserved for veterans was listed “First Rate” land, all other land was listed as “Second Rate” land. Prior to counties being formed, and even before Kentucky became a state, thousands of settlers “squatted” on this second rate land. Once ounties began to be formed, these settlers/squatters were required to appear in county court to prove “squatter rights.” Disputed claims were sorted out, with county surveyors establishing the boundaries of claimants, each of whom were awarded 200 acres or less. Copies of these surveys were kept in “surveyor’s books” in each county clerk’s office, with a copy of each survey/claim forwarded to the Land Office at the capitol.

Patents were issued to the claimants, and their claim(s) recorded @ the Kentucky Land Office in books entitled “Land Grants South of the Green River.”

Green CO., KY. Land Certificates. (spellings not corrected)

Feb. 21, 1799 Pg 59
No.1123. John Chisum SENR. 200 acres of second rate land on Mill Creek a branch of the Big Barren begining on the S side of the creek at 2 white oaks & hickory thence N80E 179 poles, N10W :79 S80W 179, south side of the survey.

Feb. 21, 1799 Pg 59
No. 1011. George Chisum 200 acres second rate land….on Mill Creek. Begining in Jesse Guins [sic] upper line an island in said creek 62 poles from his NW corner thence N30W 132 poles to Gidion Mayfield’s line & with it N78E 102 poles to his begining corner & with another of his lines N12 W 32 poles, N60E so far that a line 530E will give the quantity including his improvements.

Feb. 22, 1799 Pg 60
No. 1101. James Chism 200 acres second rate land …. on the south side of Mill Creek begining at 2 hickories & poplar thence N65E 179 poles, N25W 179 & S65W 179 & S25E to the begining including the inprovement nearest his begining corner.

Feb. 22, 1799 Pg 60
No. 899. Jesse Gum 200 acres second rate land…. begining at a white walnut, sugar tree and an elm near the south side of Mill Creek thence N40W 180 poles crossing said creek thence N50E 180 thence S40E 180 thence S50W 180 poles to the begining including his improvement in the begining.

“Grants south of the Green River – 1797-1886 (pg 287)
Name Acres Book Page Survey Date County Watercourse
George Chism 2oo 3 520 4-2-1799 Green Mill Creek
John Chism, Sr. 200 9 53 4-7-1799 Green Mill Creek
James Chism 200 2 86 4-7-1799 Green Mill Creek

George (b.ca 1774) & James Chism (b.Aug. 20, 1779) were sons of John Chism, Senr. Jesse Gum was a
brother of John Chism, Sr.’s wife Mary Gum.

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Barren County, State of Kentucky
County Clerk’s Office Deeds Vol. E 1815-1816. Pages 107-109
On Jan. 5, 1816, John Chism & his wife Mary deeded 160 acres (of his No.1123, 1799 land grant) to William Chism, and the remaining 40 acres to George Chism. The Chism Cemetery lies within these 200 acres. The map above is based on the old measurements provided in John Chism, Sr.’s. Feb. 21, 1799, No.1123 land grant, and he and wife Mary’s Jan. 5, 1816 deeds to sons William & George Chism.
(Boundaries could be off several meters)

Barren County, State of Kentucky

Barren County, State of Kentucky

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1816: John Chism, Sr. deeds 160 acres of his original 200 acre 1799 patent to son William Chism.

1816 John Chism Sr deeds 160 acres of orig 200 acre 1799 patent to son William Chism

1816 John Chism Sr deeds 160 acres of orig 200 acre 1799 patent to son William Chism

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1816 : John Chism deeds 40 acres of his original 200 acre 1799 patent to son George Chism.

1816 John Chism deeds 40 acres of his original 200 acre 1799 patent to George Chism

1816 John Chism deeds 40 acres of his original 200 acre 1799 patent to George Chism

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The third gathering of the Chism Clan took place at Glasgow CO., KY. Aug. 7-9, 1970. During this event “The Chism Family Association” placed a bronze plaque in the Chism Cemetery to commemorate Revolutionary War soldier PVT. James Chism, whom they errantly believed to have been the patriarch of the Chisms of Barren CO., KY. Immediately prior to the unveiling of this plaque, at a gathering of Chisms under the supervision of the Chism Restoration Committee, a commemorative tombstone for Mary Howard was placed in the Old Mulkey Cemetery in Monroe CO., KY., she then errantly believed to have been the wife of PVT. James Chism and matriarch of the Barren CO. KY. Chisms

Chism Clan Gathers In Glasgow

Chism Clan Gathers In Glasgow

In 1932, during the restoration of the Old Mulkey Church and Churchyard, the local Edmund Rogers Chapter of DAR placed “honorary” Rev. War soldier tombstones in the Churchyard there to honor Revolutionary War soldiers believed to have earlier lived in the area. Among these “honorary” tombstones was a stone for PVT. James Chism. No one is buried beneath these “honorary” tombstones.

While this Rev. War soldier existed, he wasn’t the patriarch of the Chisms of Barren CO., KY., nor is there any evidence he ever left Virginia. PVT. James Chism and Mary Howard are a fictitious couple whose origin began with faulty 1922 SAR & DAR memberships espousing this parentage. All publications on this created couple blossomed from the faulty parentage shown in the 1922 SAR & DAR memberships, for which no primary documents exist.

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“Monroe County Ky Archives News…..News Tidbits August 4, 1932
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Monroe Co. News August 4, 1932.

Glasgow DAR unveiled markers to honor old Mulkey Soldier – graves of James CHISM and Nathan BREED (Rev.soldiers), and Hannah BOONE, sister of Daniel BOONE. Done by the Edmund Rogers chapter of the DAR; Mrs. Charles F TERRY, Regent of Glasgow chapter in charge. Nathan BREED was once owner of BREED’s Hill or Bunker Hill whre the famous Rev battle was fought; he served in the west with John SEVIER. He and Breed lived near Old Mulkey. T K CHISM of T’ville is a great-grandson of both.

James CHISM married a niece of Nathan Breed’s; and his three sons married daughters of N BREED. Makers will be erected later for Tolbert THOMAS, grandather of Rev. W E THOMAS and Thomas’s two wives, for Jesse HOWARD and wife Lucy MAYFIELD HOWARD, Elizabeth BREED THOMAS and William Howard THOMAS.”

Application for Headstone

Application for Headstone

Tombstone of James Chism

Tombstone of James Chism

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On December 23, 1806, John Chism, Sr. and Mary Gum’s daughter Keziah Chism married William Kirkpatrick in Barren CO., KY. Keziah’s oldest brother, George Chism was bondsman for her marriage; marriage bond post-dated Dec 29, 1806.

On December 23, 1806, John Chism, Sr. and Mary Gum’s daughter Keziah Chism married William Kirkpatrick

On December 23, 1806, John Chism, Sr. and Mary Gum’s daughter Keziah Chism married William Kirkpatrick

Transcription

“Know all men by these presents that we William Kirkpatrick & George Chism are held and firmly bound unto his Eccellency Christopher Greenup, Esquire, Gov’r of the State of Kentucky in the sum of fifty pounds current money which payment well an truly to be made we bind ourselves and our heirs jointly and severally sealed with our seals and dated this 29th day of December 1806. The condition of this obligation is that if there be no lawful cause to obstruct a marriage intended between the above bound William Kirkpatrick & Kesiah Chism for which a license has issued then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue.
(Signed) Wm Kirkpatrick, George Chism
Attests: W. Logan”

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The Rev. John Mulkey’s Barren CO., KY. marriage returns for the Dec. 23, 1806 marriage of Keziah Chism & William Kirkpatrick.

The Rev. John Mulkey’s Barren CO., KY. marriage returns for the Dec. 23, 1806 01

The Rev. John Mulkey’s Barren CO., KY. marriage returns for the Dec. 23, 1806 01

The Rev. John Mulkey’s Barren CO., KY. marriage returns for the Dec. 23, 1806 02

The Rev. John Mulkey’s Barren CO., KY. marriage returns for the Dec. 23, 1806 02

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In 1889, 33 years prior to the false 1922 SAR/DAR memberships, Robert Campbell Kirkpatrick provided his “life sketch” to the authors of “An Illustrated History of Southern California.” R. C. Kirkpatrick stated he was born in Jackson CO., TN. in 1823. He identified his father as William Kirkpatrick and his mother as Keziah Chison [sic], and Keziah as the daughter of John Chisom of Tompkinsville, KY. Robert Campbell Kirkpatrick died in 1904.
https://ia800905.us.archive.org/33/items/illustratedhistofsc00lewi/illustratedhistofsc00lewi.pdf

History of San Diego County

History of San Diego County

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“Old King William Homes and Families” was published 25 years prior to the faulty 1922 SAR & DAR memberships. The author, Peyton Neale Clarke, identified the parents of Michael Chism who married Mary Breed as John Chism & ….Gunn.
https://books.google.com/books/about/Old_King_William_Homes_and_Families.html?id=5sfduQ5NYfsC

“Old King William Homes and Families”, 1897, by Peyton Neale Clarke, an account of Some of the Old Homesteads and Families of King William County, Virginia, from it’s Earliest Settlement, provides the following genealogy of Elizabeth Howard, b. May 9, 1838, in Monroe CO., KY. She married there on Oct 30, 1856, to William Houston Newman, who was born in Monroe CO., KY., Feb. 8, 1831.

(Author, Peyton Neale Clarke, married Mary Newman, the daughter of William Houston Newman and Elizabeth Howard)

“Elizabeth Howard, who was born May 9, 1838. She was the daughter of John Clements Howard, born April 19, 1819, who was drowned September 26, 1851, and Phoebe Chism, and granddaughter of Harmon Howard and Elizabeth Clements and * Michael Chism and Mary Breed, great-granddaughter of William Howard and Jane Hart, John Clements and Elizabeth Eakle, John Chism and Gunn, Nathan Breed and Mary Howard.”

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While the following snippet from “The American Register” on William Kirkpatrick & wife “Miss Chisholm” post dates the faulty 1922 SAR & DAR memberships by 8 years, this publication was a pre-eminent periodical during its era.
https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_American_Register/WAPnAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=chisholm

“The American register; a magazine of genealogy, history, biography., Volume V Number 6 – Nov. 1930, Shawyer publishing Company.

Page 10 “Kirkpatrick Genealogical Branch” by Asa C. Elliott, El Paso, Texas

The Rev. John Mulkey performed the June 11, 1809, Barren CO., KY. marriage of Michael Chism & Mary Breed in Barren CO. Mary Breed’s father Nathan Breed provided a permission slip for his daughter Mary to marry Michael Chism, dated June 9, 1809. This permission slip was witnessed by Jacob & James Chism, both of whom signed as Test(e).

Mary Breed’s father Nathan Breed provided a permission slip for his daughter Mary to marry Michael Chism 01

Mary Breed’s father Nathan Breed provided a permission slip for his daughter Mary to marry Michael Chism 01

Mary Breed’s father Nathan Breed provided a permission slip for his daughter Mary to marry Michael Chism 02

Mary Breed’s father Nathan Breed provided a permission slip for his daughter Mary to marry Michael Chism 02

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The same James Chism handwritten signature matches the Jan. 8, 1799 handwritten signature for the James Chism who was bondsman for the Jan. 11, 1799, Green CO., KY. marriage of Marshall D’Spain to Rachel Lynn, said marriage performed by the Rev. Manoah Lasley.

Jan. 8, 1799 Marshal D. Spain/Rachel Lynn Green CO., KY. marriage bond.

Jan. 8, 1799 Marshal D. Spain a Rachel Lynn Green CO.,KY. marriage bond

Jan. 8, 1799 Marshal D. Spain a Rachel Lynn Green CO.,KY. marriage bond

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Rev. Benjamin Lynn’s permission slip for daughter Rachel to marry Marshall D. Spain.

Rev. Benjamin Lynn’s permission slip for daughter Rachel to marry Marshall D. Spain

Rev. Benjamin Lynn’s permission slip for daughter Rachel to marry Marshall D. Spain

Jan 11, 1799, Green CO., KY. Marriage of Marshall D. Spain to Rachel Lynn.

Jan 11, 1799, Green CO., KY. Marriage of Marshall D. Spain to Rachel Lynn

Jan 11, 1799, Green CO., KY. Marriage of Marshall D. Spain to Rachel Lynn

Rev. Benjamin Lynn’s permission slip for daughter Esther to marry John Chism, Jr

Rev. Benjamin Lynn’s permission slip for daughter Esther to marry John Chism, Jr

Rev. Benjamin Lynn’s permission slip for daughter Esther to marry John Chism, Jr

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Marshall D. Spain bondsman for John Chism (Jr.’s) earlier Sep 27, 1798, Green CO., KY. marriage to Esther Lynn. Marshall D. Spain was John Chism, Jr.’s deputy.

Marshall D. Spain bondsman for John Chism earlier Sep 27, 1798, Green CO., KY.

Marshall D. Spain bondsman for John Chism earlier Sep 27, 1798, Green CO., KY.

Benjamin Lynn performed his daughter Esther’s Sep 27, 1798, Green CO.,KY. marriage.

Benjamin Lynn performed his daughter Esther’s Sep 27, 1798, Green CO.,KY. marriage.

Benjamin Lynn performed his daughter Esther’s Sep 27, 1798, Green CO.,KY. marriage.

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The Rev. Benjamin Lynn performed the Aug. 19, 1802, Barren CO., KY. marriage of John Chism, Jr.’s brother Jacob Chism to Priscilla Howard, Benjamin Lynn the father-in-law of John Chism, Jr.

The Rev. Benjamin Lynn performed the Aug. 19, 1802, Barren CO., KY. marriage of John Chism, Jr.’s brother Jacob Chism to Priscilla Howard

The Rev. Benjamin Lynn performed the Aug. 19, 1802, Barren CO., KY. marriage of John Chism, Jr.’s brother Jacob Chism to Priscilla Howard

John Chism, Sr., was the Jan. 21, 1805 bondsman for the Jan. 22, 1805 marriage of his son William Chism to Priscilla Breede. Barren CO., KY. Clerk of Court William Logan identified him as John Chism, Sr. in the body of this marriage bond, but John Chism, Sr. signed his own name John Chishum at the bottom of this bond.

John Chism, Sr., was the Jan. 21, 1805 bondsman for the Jan. 22, 1805 marriage of his son William Chism to Priscilla Breede

John Chism, Sr., was the Jan. 21, 1805 bondsman for the Jan. 22, 1805 marriage of his son William Chism to Priscilla Breede

This identical handwritten John Chishum signature is found on the Mar. 25, 1793 marriage bond for Jacob Gum’s Green CO., KY. marriage to Margaret McComus.

John Chishum signature is found on the Mar. 25, 1793 marriage bond for Jacob Gum’s Green CO., KY. marriage to Margaret McComus

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John Chishum signature is found on the Mar. 25, 1793 marriage bond for Jacob Gum’s Green CO., KY. marriage to Margaret McComus 02

John Chishum signature is found on the Mar. 25, 1793 marriage bond for Jacob Gum’s Green CO., KY. marriage to Margaret McComus 02

March 30, 1793 Green CO., KY. marriage of Jacob Gum to Margaret McComus.

March 30, 1793 Green CO., KY. marriage of Jacob Gum to Margaret McComus

March 30, 1793 Green CO., KY. marriage of Jacob Gum to Margaret McComus

The earlier mentioned Jesse Gum and Jacob Gum were both brothers of John Chism, Sr.’s wife, Mary Gum, Jacob & Jesse proven sons of Jacob Gum & Sarah Claypool(e) of Augusta & Rockingham CO.s., VA. John Chism, Sr. and Mary Gum’s son Jacob Chism was born in Virginia on Jan. 29, 1782, and is the first colonial era “Chisholm” from Virginia known to have given name Jacob. Jacob & wife Priscilla Howard’s Bible records show they had 12 children, 7 of whom were males.

Jacob and Priscilla named their 1st born daughter Mary Chism and their 1st born son John Chism, none of their children were named James. The false Chism Family Tradition had Jacob Chism’s mother Mary Howard & his wife Priscilla Howard as sisters, both daughters of Obadiah Howard and Priscilla Breed. This false family tradition had Jacob Chism marrying his own aunt.

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From The “National Genealogical Society Quarterly Volume 72, June 1984, Number 2.” Chisholm Families in the American colonies by Meredith B. Colkert, Jr., F.A.S.G.,

III CHISHOLMS OF VIRGINIA (page 88)

This section is not presented as definitive testament of this subject but rather as a foundation for future research. One account has already appeared on Virginia Chisholms. It was compiled by Dr. Arnold E. Hayes and published in 1972 in Volume 17 of Historical Southern Families edited by Mrs. John Bennett Boddie and was supplemented in 1976 in Volume 21. The purpose of the account was not tell the story of the Virginia Chisholms but to tell the story of the Tennessee Chisholms and their ancestors.

The least satisfactory of part of this account is the lineage from John to Richard Cheesome. A well-experienced genealogist, John Frederick Dorman, clearly rejects the early part of the genealogy in a review. His point of view is thoroughly endorsed by the present writer, who believes that on the basis of the available evidence Richard Cheesome is an unlikely ancestor.

The documents named relating to John Chisum are useful, yet the compiler has not proved the identity of John Chisum prior to the record of 1743, and he has failed to quote his will of 1793, which should provide some light on the identity of his children. Son John is identified as Capt. John Chisholm of Washington Co., TN, which he certainly was not. Capt. John Chisholm of Washington County was Capt. John Chisholm of Knoxville, whom the compiler erroneously identified as a son of (not Captain), John Chisholm of Craven Co., SC.

Son James to whom John granted land in Pittsylvania County in 1767 is identified as the James of Halifax County, who died by 1786. No convincing evidence is presented that James of Halifax County is of a late enough generation to be a son. The compiler had invaded the treacherous waters of Virginia genealogy (which has many pitfalls and many unanswered questions) in an effort to present a neat package. He has made allegations of relationships without having proved them. As a result his work, which has merit, must be used with caution.

Dr. Arnold Edmund Hayes, Sr., the source of the Chisholm ancestry found in Mrs. John Bennett Bodie’s “Historical Southern Familes”, was a Baptist missionary, not a genealogist. Major errors and ripe speculation are found within Hayes’s “research” of the early Chisholm families of colonial Virginia. Hayes’ “research” alleged the James Chisum who died in Halifax CO. VA. in 1786 to have been a son of Amelia CO., VA., John Chisum who married Eleanor Gillingtine, and 2nd VA. Regt., Rev. War soldier PVT. James Chism (Chisam) to have been a son of said James Chisum and his wife Barbara. Neither of these two connections has been proven. Hayes’ “research” appears to have relied upon the faulty 1922 era SAR. and DAR memberships to formulate his opinion for connecting manufactured couple PVT. James Chism, and Mary Howard to Halifax CO., VA. James Chism. No evidence has been found to indicate any relationship between the Chisms of Green & Barren CO.s., KY. and Amelia CO., VA. John Chisum who married Eleanor Gillingtine, or to James Chisum who died in Halifax CO., VA. in 1786. Contrarily, all evidences indicate otherwise, and Y-DNA evidence concurs.

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The original 1922 SAR application was submitted by Eugene Howard Ray, b 1871, grandson of Mary Chism, daughter of James T Chism & Phoebe Breed. His SAR application was examined and approved on July 18. 1922. The War of the Revolution service claimed in this membership application is as follows:

“Private James Chism enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary Army, serving in the 2nd & 10th VA. Regiments, Continental Line to the end of the war.” during the Revolutionary War. For this service he was given a tract of land of 100 acres, in Barren county, Kentucky February 21, 1784, Warrant #2574 (see land Office at Frankfort Kentucky.)”

Inaccuracies 1-3 found in the above claim:

1.PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. served three years in the regiment, and was discharged upon completion of his three year commitment on Feb. 10, 1780, he didn’t serve to the end of the Rev. War.

Virginia documents pertaining to James Chisam VAS2994

Virginia documents pertaining to James Chisam VAS2994

2.PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received Land-Office Military Warrant 2574 for 100 acres of land located on Flat Lick Creek, a branch of he Cumberland River on Feb. 21, 1784, at which time this location was still part of Lincoln County, Kentucky Virginia.

This area became part of Pulaski CO., KY. when Pulaski CO. was formed in 1799. This bounty land was not located in Barren or any of it’s parent Kentucky counties.

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PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received Land-Office Military Warrant 2574 for 100 acres of land located on Flat Lick Creek

PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received Land-Office Military Warrant 2574 for 100 acres of land located on Flat Lick Creek

PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received a survey for Land-Office Military Warrant 2574

PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received a survey for Land-Office Military Warrant 2574

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PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received grant for Land-Office Military Warrant 2574

PVT. James Chisam of the 2nd VA. Regt. received grant for Land-Office Military Warrant 2574

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3. PVT James Chizham of the 10th VA. Regt died at Valley Forge in March of 1778, while in the service of the 10th VA. Regt. At an April 28, 1785 Orange CO., VA. court, William Chizham was proven the heir of said PVT. James Chizham. William Chizham was awarded PVT. James Chizham’s 100 acres of bounty land, Land-Office Military Warrant No.4004.

PVT James Chizham of the 10th VA. Regt died at Valley Forge in March of 1778

PVT James Chizham of the 10th VA. Regt died at Valley Forge in March of 1778

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Muster Rolls for 10th VA. Regt. James Chizham 01

Muster Rolls for 10th VA. Regt. James Chizham 01

Muster Rolls for 10th VA. Regt. James Chizham 02

Muster Rolls for 10th VA. Regt. James Chizham 02

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Shown below is the April 28, 1785, Orange County, Virginia court record of deceased Continental soldier James Chizham & his heir, William Chizham.

Orange CO., VA. Minute Book 2 1774-1789 Page 311

Orange CO., VA. Minute Book 2 1774-1789 Page 311

Orange CO., VA. Minute Book 2 1774-1789 Page 311

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Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 01

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 01

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 02

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 02

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 03

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 03

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Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 04

Library of Virginia Rev. Soldiers 04

Land Office Military Warrant No 4004

Land Office Military Warrant No 4004

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Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants

Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants

Only Virginia Revolutionary soldiers who served in the Continental Army or Virginia State line and either completed three (3) years of service, or were disabled or died while in service were eligible to receive bounty land in Kentucky. The aforementioned PVTs. James Chisam & PVT. James Chizham were the only two James Chisms in Virginia to be awarded Rev. War bounty land in Kentucky. No evidence has been found to indicate 2nd VA. Regt. PVT. James Chisam ever occupied his bounty land on Flat Lick Creek, however Pulaski CO., KY. court records do show a Thomas Chisham was living on this land between 1804-1807.

The original DAR membership application claiming PVT. James Chism & Mary Howard as their ancestors was made Sept 4, 1922 by Maye Jenkins Kerley, it showing 4 children, James T Chism born 1784, Michael Chism born 1786, William Chism & Jacob Chism.

Military service shown in this DAR application is as follows:

“James Chism was born in Virginia in 1754, enlisted soon after the Revolutionary War began. Private in the 2nd Virginia Regiment. He served in this and the 10th Virginia Regiment until the close of the war, when shortly he removed with his family to KY.”

The same problems exist with Maye Jenkins Kerley’s 1922 DAR membership as those existing with the Eugene Howard SAR membership. None of the information put forth in these 1922 memberships was documented and the information which was provided has been proven false.

Research indicates 10th VA. Regt. PVT James Chizham was a cousin of John Chism, Sr., b. Aug. 1838, in Orange CO., VA. It’s also probable 2nd VA. Regt. PVT. James Chisam was a cousin of John Chism, Sr.’s. Chisham was the common spelling used for the Chisholms of Orange & Culpeper CO.s., VA. during the latter half of the 18th century. 1786-88 Orange CO., VA. Judicial Papers show a James Chisham assigning a bond to a Thomas Farish, who in turn assigned this bond to a Thomas Chisham. This may or may not have been the PVT. James Chisam & Thomas Chisham associated with the land on Flat Lick Creek in Pulaski CO., KY.

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Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911

Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911 01

Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911 01

Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911 02

Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911 02

Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911 03

Orange Co.,VA Judgements and other court papers 1735-1911 03

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John Chism, Sr. was also a cousin of the PVT. James Chisham who served in the Virginia militia during the Rev. War, and who with his older brother George Chisham, who was also a veteran of the Rev. War, moved to Scott CO., KY. from Orange CO., VA. circa 1808-09. This PVT. James Chisham signed his name with an “X”, and so was not the same James Chisham found signing the 1786 bond, as shown in the judicial records of Orange CO., VA.

All indications are John Chism, Sr. was the same shown to have served in various militia companies who fought against the Shawnee Indians on the Virginia frontier. (Eva Turner Clark Collection, housed in the James D. Hoskins Special Collection at the University of Tennessee Library in Knoxville) He was almost certainly the same shown serving in Capt. Alexander McClanahan’s Augusta CO., VA., Militia with his brother-in-law Jehu Gum in 1774. Jehu Gum was another son of Jacob Gum, and Sarah Claypoole.

During this time period Jacob Gum and wife Sarah Claypoole were still living in Augusta CO. VA. John Chisam [sic] and Jehu Gum’s names on Capt. McClanahan’s 1774 payroll were only separated by just one other name. This company of militia participated in the Battle of Point Pleasant. John Chism, Sr. & Mary Gum’s first born, George Chism, was born circa 1774.

Library of Virginia, Dunsmore’s War Pg 107 – 1774
Payroll roster of Capt. Alexander McClanahan’s company of Augusta Militia.
http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/drawer?
retrieve_image=DW&offset=+182&page=107&reel=001

Library of Virginia, Dunsmore’s War Pg 107 – 1774

Library of Virginia, Dunsmore’s War Pg 107 – 1774

Chisam, John.
Note(s)
County: Augusta County.
Recorded on: p. 107.
Company commander: Capt. Alexander McClannehan.
Biographical/Historical Note
Dunmore’s War was a conflict between the Colony of Virginia and the Native Americans of the Ohio Valley. Following increased raids and attacks on frontiersmen in this region, the Royal Governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, organized a large force of militia and marched to Fort Pitt arriving at the end of August 1774. Dunmore also ordered Colonel Andrew Lewis, commander of the southwestern Virginia militia, to raise an army in the south and meet Dunmore’s force along the Ohio River. Lewis formed militia companies from Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Culpeper, Dunmore, Fincastle, and Kentucky counties. After Colonel Lewis’ victory at the Battle of Point Pleasant, Dunmore successfully negotiated a peace treaty with the Delaware, Mingo, and Shawnee chiefs that prevented them from settling or hunting south of the Ohio River.
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Payrolls Virginia Augusta County. aat.
Claims Virginia Augusta County. aat.
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Chisam, John
Dunmore’s Expedition, 1774 — Registers
Virginia — History — Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 — Registers
Virginia — History — Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 — Claims
McClannehan, Alexander, Capt
Other title
Dunmore’s War.
Related Work
Part of the index to the names of Virginia citizens or soldiers from the counties of Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Culpeper, and Fincastle who were compensated in 1775 for supplies and service during Dunmore’s Expedition in 1774. This index covers individuals from the counties of Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, and Fincastle only. These records are now part of the Virginia Colonial Government records group (RG#1) and are housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
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Available on microfilm (Miscellaneous Reel 78, last item).
Photostat copy also available.
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English
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Virginia (Colony).
Library of Virginia

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“Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia” Vol. 1, Page 373

Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800
By Augusta County (Va.), Lyman Chalkley, Mary Smith Lockwood · 1912

William Bowyer – tithe taker
Wm. Bowyer vs. John Chisum.– Writ, 22d August, 1774. Defendant is in the service. The defendant was going out on expedition.

George Chisham was recorded on the Jul 10, 1777 muster roll of Capt. Joseph Spencer’s Company of the 7th VA. Regt., commanded by John Chism, Sr.’s former captain, Alexander McClanahan, who’d been promoted to Lt. Col. in command of the 7th Regt. in 1775. William Chisham was also shown serving in Joseph Spencer’s company.

George Chisham was recorded on the Jul 10, 1777 muster roll of Capt. Joseph Spencer’s Company of the 7th VA. Regt.

George Chisham was recorded on the Jul 10, 1777 muster roll of Capt. Joseph Spencer’s Company of the 7th VA. Regt.

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Only two adult James Chisms are found in the early records of Barren and parent Kentucky counties. Neither of these James Chisms were old enough to have fathered the Chism siblings first found in the records of Barren CO., KY. The first of these two James Chisms lived in Green CO., KY., and was married to Barbary. James & Barbary had sons Richard & John Chism. This James Chism was a son of Richard Chism and Ann Long who’d migrated to pre-Green CO., KY. from Orange CO., VA. several years prior to his cousin John Chism, Sr., who’d married Mary Gum. The only other adult James Chism found in these records was James Chism, born Aug. 20, 1779, who was the son of John Chism, Sr. and Mary Gum. This James Chism married Phebe Breed in Barren CO., KY., July 30, 1801. In 1819 James Chism wrote his Barren CO., KY. WILL, and in his WILL he identified his dere [sic] beloved wife as Phebe and a brother as Michael Chism. This James Chism died in June of 1819.

It’s obvious the authors of the 1922 SAR & DAR memberships relied on comingled earlier family history and what records they found for James Chism, b.1779, d.1819, for the crux of their faulty Rev. War soldier PVT. James Chism membership applications.

James Chism 1819 WILL – Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 30

James Chism 1819 WILL - Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 30

James Chism 1819 WILL – Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 30

James Chism 1819 WILL - Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 31

James Chism 1819 WILL – Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 31

James Chism 1819 WILL - Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 31

James Chism 1819 WILL – Barren CO., KY. WILL BK 2 Page 31

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Below snippet is from the [KYMONROE] Mailing List written by Gum researcher Dr. Phillip Rhoton.

https://mlarchives.rootsweb.com/listindexes/emails?listname=&thread=17960265
[KYMONROE] Chism Family Phil Rhoton
1/26/2001

“Also of interest is letter, apparently from the 1920’s, in the Chism family file of the Filson Club in Louisville, KY. The letter was basically written to determine if the Library had any information on the Monroe Co., KY family and notes that James Chism who married Phoebe Breed was the son of John Chism and Mary Gum (not Howard). In a different handwriting someone has noted this John was the son of James Chism and Mary Howard. I will revisit the Gum family later.”

Master genealogist Marsha Hoffman Rising wrote an article entitled “The Chism Family” in which she spelled out her reservations about a James Chism having been the father of the Chism siblings found in the earliest records of Barren CO., KY.; she was not a Chism descendant. The basic research she conducted on the Chisms of Barren CO., KY. was part of her project to track the paths of the first 1,000 families who came to Southwestern Missouri. Mrs. Rising’s research did not extend into the parent counties of Barren CO., KY., and appears to have relied on abstracts of at least some genealogical records. Mrs. Rising mistook the absence of John Chism, Sr. from Barren CO., KY. records after 1816 to mean he had died, and William & George Chism had inherited his Barren CO., KY. properties rather than acquired same by deed.

Mrs. Rising’s Bio:

A Certified Genealogist. In that capacity she became the President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a Fellow and President of the American Society of Genealogists, the Vice-President of the National Genealogical Society and a Trustee of both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She published several books, the most popular of which was The Family Tree Problem Solver. She also published several genealogical references, the magnum opus being Opening the Ozarks: The First Families in Southwest Missouri.
http://marsharising.com/Ozarks%20Families/chism_family.htm

Snippet from Mrs. Rising’s “The Chism Family”.

“Several member of the Chism family came very early to central Missouri from the part of Barren county that became Monroe in 1820. Those who made early purchases in Missouri appear to have been brothers of the Rev. Jacob Chism who later settled in Morgan County. There is some confusion as to their father. Most printed sources refer to him as James and state that he died in 1819 in Barren County, Kentucky. However, only one man has been found to be the age required and this was John Chism, Sr. who entered his 200 acres on Mill Creek in Barren County in 1799. From the tax records this John appears to have been the father of the younger men George, James, Jacob, William and Michael.”

Green CO., KY. Taxpayer lists 1795-1799 (John Chism, Sr.’s family in “italics”, Richard Chism & Ann Long family not in italics)

1795 Chisum, Benjamin, Chisum, Richard, Chisum, James Chism, John (Sr.)
1796 Chisum Richard, Chisum, John (Sr.), Chisum, George
1797 Chisum, Benjamin, Chisum Richard, Chisum, James, Chisum, William, Chism John (Sr.), Chisum, John Jr.
1798 …
1799 Chisholm, B(enjamin)., Chism, Ann (widow of Richard, d.1799), Chism, William, Chism, John (Jr. sheriff of Green CO., KY.)

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1800 G. Glenn Cliff’s (1800) Second Census of Kentucky (comprised of tax lists) Chisms taxed in Green CO., KY. Ann (widow of Richard Chism), Benjamin Chism, James Chism, William Chism, John Chism (Jr., sheriff of Green CO., KY.)

1800 G. Glenn Cliff’s (1800) Second Census of Kentucky (compiled of tax lists)
Chisms taxed in Barren CO., KY.
John Chism (Sr.) & George Chism.

Abstracts of Barren CO., KY., Tax List from Marsha Hoffman Rising’s “The Chism Family”.

TAX LISTS – CHISM

1799 – none in Barren County.

1800
John Chism (Sr.) 200 acres on Mill Creek 1 white poll; 2 blacks and 4 horses
George Chism 200 acres on Mill Creek 1 white poll, 2 horses.

1801
John Chism J 200 acres on E. fork of Barren 1 poll over 21; 4 horses.
James Chism no land 1 poll 16-23 2 horses .
John Chism S 200 acres on Mill Creek 1 poll over 21; 2 polls 16-21; 1 black poll under 16-21; 1 black poll over 21; 3 horses.
George Chism 200 acres on Mill Creek 1 poll 2 horses.

1802
James Chism 1 white poll above 21.
John Chism 300 acres on East fork of Barren 1 poll over 21; 2 blacks; 4 horses.
John Chism Snr. 200 acres on east fork of Barren 1 over 21; 2 16-21; no blacks 3 horses.
George Chism 100 acres on east fork of Barren 1 poll, 1 horse.

1803
James Chism 200 acres on East fork of Barren ent by Scott 1 poll; 2 horses.
ditto 100 acres on same ent. by Jas Chism (blank)
John Chism Snr 200 acres on Mill Creek 1 wp 2 horses.
George Chism 100 acres on Mill Creek 1 wp 2 blacks under 16, 3 blacks over 16; 2 horses.
Jacob Chism 120 acres on Skeggs Creek.
Jacob Chism 100 acres on Mill Creek 1 wp 1 horse.

By 1801 John Chism, Jr. had left the office of Sheriff of Green CO., KY. and joined his parents and siblings in Barren CO., KY. He was shown in the tax records there in 1801 & 1802, having land on the E. Fork of the Barren River. John, Jr. was not shown in later Barren CO., KY. tax records, but he is found later witnessing deeds there a couple of times. All indications are that by 1803 John, Jr. had moved his family one county south to Jackson CO., TN. He’s shown selling his Barren CO., KY. land on the E. Fork of the Barren River to William Hayes on Jan. 25, 1810, at which time he was shown a resident of Overton CO., TN; his brothers James & Jacob Chism witnessed this deed.

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(Overton CO., TN. was formed out of a portion of Jackson CO., TN. in 1806),.
(Barren CO., KY. Deeds Vols. B-C 1801-1813).

Barren Co KY Deeds Vol B-C 1801-1813

Barren Co KY Deeds Vol B-C 1801-1813

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John Chism, Sr.’s household was enumerated in the 1810 U.S. Population Census of Barren CO., KY.

1810 U.S. Population Census of Barren CO., Kentucky

1810 U.S. Population Census of Barren CO., Kentucky

1810 U.S. Population Census of Barren CO., Kentucky

John Chism, Sr. was shown in the records of Barren & its parent Kentucky counties from 1791 until he and wife Mary (Gum) deeded their lands there to sons William & George Chism on Jan. 5, 1816 (Barren CO., KY. Deeds Vol. E 1815-1816)

After divesting themselves of their lands in Barren CO., KY. in 1816, (see Barren Co Deeds on pages 4 & 5) John, Sr. and wife Mary disappeared from the records of Barren CO., Kentucky.

John, Sr. and Mary appear to have joined son John Chism/Chisholm, Jr.and his wife Esther Lynn in Maury CO., TN.

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Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, pp199-200 – 28 Jul 1820.
John Chisholm of the State of TN, county of Maury, to John D. Bibb of Alabama for $1600, paid to the said John Chisholm for 160 acres, SW quarter, Section 31, Twp 31, Range 1, East of Base Meridian, Madison County, Twp. Sig: John Chisholm Esther Chisholm.

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 199 - 28 Jul 1820

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 199 – 28 Jul 1820

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 200 - 28 Jul 1820

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 200 – 28 Jul 1820

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Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 200 - 28 Jul 1820

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 200 – 28 Jul 1820

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 201 - 28 Jul 1820

Maury Co. TN Deed Bk G, p 201 – 28 Jul 1820

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The preceding 1820 Maury CO., TN. deed indicates the two John Chism households (John Chisam & John Chishum) shown in the below 1820 U.S. Population Census of Maury CO., TN. were the households of John Chism, Jr. and his wife Esther, and John Chism, Sr. and wife Mary Gum.

1820 U.S. Population Census of Maury CO., TN

1820 U.S. Population Census of Maury CO., TN

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John Chism/Chisholm, Jr. was a land locator and land speculator who owned land in many locations, having been in the Madison County, Mississippi Territory as early as 1809, and being shown there on the July 19, 1810 tax list, along with his father-in-law Benjamin Lynn/Linn & brother-inlaw Marshall D’ Spain. John, Jr. owned land in what would later become Lauderdale CO., AL., said to have been among the first to obtain land there on Cypress Creek, when former Indian land was opened for settlement in 1816. Government Land Office Records indicate John, Jr. swapped adjacent tracts of land located on and near Cypress Creek for another adjacent tract of land on May 1, 1824. The Chisholm Cemetery is located on this tract of land, which is located several miles north of Florence, in Lauderdale CO., AL. John, Sr., wife Mary Gum, son John, Jr., and his wife Esther, some of their children and grandchildren and other relatives are buried in this cemetery.
Findagrave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/22111/chisholm-cemetery/photo

Location of Chisholm Cemetery on Old Chisholm Farm, Chisholm Road

Location of Chisholm Cemetery on Old Chisholm Farm, Chisholm Road

Location of Chisholm Cemetery on Old Chisholm Farm, Chisholm Road.
7.5 miles north of Florence Post Office, Florence AL.
Latitude 34°54’9.22″N Longitude 87°40’14.20″W

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Satellite view of the Chisholm Cemetery located north of Florence, Alabama

Satellite view of the Chisholm Cemetery located north of Florence, Alabama

Satellite view of the Chisholm Cemetery located north of Florence, Alabama

The Olde World spelling of surname Chisholm is shown on John Chism, Sr. & Mary (Gum) Chism’s tombstones, the most frequently found spelling used in Alabama.

Chism’s tombstones 01

Chism’s tombstones 01

Chism’s tombstones 02

Chism’s tombstones 02

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Direct line male descendants of John Chism, Sr. test in the J-M172 Y-DNA hapologroup, while direct line male descendants of his Orange CO., VA. ancestors test in the Olde World I-M253, YDNA hapologroup. Research & Y-DNA evidence indicates John Chism, Sr.’s father was a Stubblefield and his mother Keziah Chissum, daughter of Constable John Chissum who died in Orange CO., VA. in 1742.

Barren CO., KY. Chism’s Olde World I-M253 Chisholm Y-DNA ended with John Chism, Sr.’s grandfather, Orange CO., VA. Constable John Chissum. However, just as it does with the current Clan Chisholm Chief, Olde World Chisholm blood still flows through the veins of John Chism, Sr.’s descendants from his grandfather and mother. The current Clan Chisholm Chief’s ancestor was Mary Chisholm who married James Gooden. Mary Chisholm was the daughter of the 23rd Chief of the Clan. While John Chism, Sr. was fathered by a Stubblefield, similarly to the current Clan Chief, Olde World Chisholm blood flowed through John Chism, Sr.’s. veins from his mother Keziah Chissum and her father Constable John Chissum, and so it still flows through the veins of all of John Chism, Sr.’s descendants.

The Children of John Chism, Sr. and Mary Gum:

The Children:

1. George Chism b. ca.1774 (age from censuses/tax list), d. bef.Nov 16, 1821 (1821 Journal of the Commonwealth of KY.) – m. Oct 1, 1801 to Rebekah Gist in Green CO., KY. (Barren CO., KY. marriage records)

2. John Chism/Chisholm, Jr. b. Nov 22, 1775, d.Jul 18, 1847 (tombstone) – m. Sep 21 or 27, 1798 to Esther Lynn (Green CO., KY., marriage records ) married by Esther’s father, Benjamin Lynn. John Chism, Jr. was Deputy sheriff of Green CO., KY. by 1797, sheriff there by 1798. He was taxed on 200 acres of land on the E’ Fork of the Barren River in 1801 and for 300 acres there in 1802. Shown a resident of Overton CO., TN., on Jan 25, 1810, Barren CO., KY. when he deeded this Barren CO., KY. land to William Hayes. Shown on the July 19, 1810 tax list of the Madison Co, Mississippi., Territory with his father-in-law Benjamin Lynn and brother-in-law Marshall D. Spain (DeSpain). He and wife Esther Lynn shown residents of Maury CO., Tn. on July 28, 1820 when they sold land in Alabama to John D. Bibb. In a May 1, 1824 swap of adjacent lands John Chisholm (Jr.) obtained his Lauderdale CO., AL property on which the Chisholm Cemetery sits north of Florence. Both John Chism/Chisholm, Jr. and his sister Keziah Chism named children Toliver & Dorinda.

3. James Chism b. Aug 20, 1779, d. Jun 9, 1819 (Chism/Breed Bible record & 1819 Barren CO., KY. WILL) – m. Jul 30, 1801 to Phebe Breed in Barren CO., KY. James Chism and his brother 1.George Chism’s 1801 marriage Barren CO., KY. marriages are listed on the same marriage return from the Rev. John Mulkey. Left his 1819 WILL in Barren CO., KY. identifying his beloved wife as Phebe and a brother as Michael Chism.
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Journal/9FxBAQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0 ;
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Acts_of_the_General_Assembly_of_the_Comm/
e2BNAQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=james%20chism
(Note: This was the James Chism who’s records were likely mistaken for those of the only two James Chisms from Virginia who received Military Warrants for bounty land in Kentucky for their Rev. War service, and through which errant S.A.R. & DAR memberships were submitted in 1922 and falsely espousing PVT. James Chism & Mary Howard as the parents of the Chisms of Barren CO., KY).

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4. Jacob Chism b. Jan 22, 1782, d. abt. July 26, 1847 (Birth record from Jacob Chism Bible records, death date from Morgan CO., MO., Court records, codicil to Morgan CO., MO., WILL dated July 26, 1847) Aug 19, 1802 married to Priscilla Howard performed by brother John Chism, Jr.’s father-in-law, Benjamin Lynn (Barren CO., KY., marriage records) Findagrave Memorial ID 24681225 has wrong dates of the deaths of Jacob, who died in 1847, and wife Priscilla (Howard) Chism, who died in the first couple of months of 1858.

5. Keziah/Kessiah Chism b. 1782-d.Sep 27, 1845 (birth year of birth from 1889 life sketch of her son Robert Campbell Kirkpatrick –”Illustrated History of Southern California”, published 1890. (Findagrave memorial 17430791?) m. Dec 23, 1806 William Kirkpatrick (Barren CO., KY.) Named a son Toliver Kirkpatrick and a daughter Dorinda Kirkpatrick, as did her brother John Chism/Chisholm, Jr.

Isaac T. Reneau, a Disciples of Christ minister in Tennessee, wrote of a visit to the Old Bethel Church in Jackson County in September of 1845.

In his account he wrote of the effects of an epidemic in the neighborhood.

“The seventh (to die) was that venerable old sister Keziah Kirkpatrick, consort of brother William Kirkpatrick. These were among the oldest members of Big Bottom having embraced the principles of Reformation years ago, perhaps under the labors of the pious eminent and able Phillip Mulkey. Sister Kirkpatrick had been sick some time when brother James Kirkpatrick died. But she lingered on till the 27th of September 1845, when she fell asleep herself, leaving an old pious and affectionate husband, several sons and daughters together with several grandchildren, and other relatives to lament the loss.”

6. William Chism b. VA. Apr 18, 1784, d.11 Mar 1867 (Dates from Bible record agree and agree with 1850 & 1860 Monroe CO., KY., Federal Censuses, where is shown b.VA.) – m. Jan 22, 1805 Priscilla Breede (Barren CO., KY., Marriage Records) Findagrave Memorial ID: 122675937 (2MAR1864, Monroe CO, KY. WILL)

MONROE CO – CHISM BIBLE RECORDS by Sandi Gorin

At one time, this Bible was in the possession of Mrs. John W. Terry of Cookeville TN – I do not know of its whereabouts now; I have not seen the original: These families were from the Monroe Co KY.
(Note: John Chism, Sr., was bondsman for the 1805 Barren CO., KY., marriage of his son, William Chism to Prisiclla Breede).

7. Michael Chism b. Apr 9, 1786, d. Dec 20, 1835/6 (? source for specific dates unk.; censuses & the Monroe CO., KY., tax lists concur with dates shown, but are not specific), m. Jun 11, 1809 to Mary Breede (Barren CO., KY., marriage records) While Michael Chism is shown jointly buying land in Cooper CO., MO. with his brother Jacob Chism in 1824 & 25 (gov’t land records), he was shown a resident of Monroe CO., KY., in both the 1820 & 1830 U.S. Population Censuses, and a tax payer there in 1835.

Findagrave Memorial ID: 73125480 shows Michael Chism having died in Versailles, Morgan CO., MO., on Dec 20, 1836. Michael Chism was a resident of Monroe CO., KY. in 1835 (Monroe CO., KY., tax list) and his widow shown a resident there in 1836 (Monroe CO., KY., tax list). As Michael Chism’s widow, and some of her children did migrate to Missouri, it’s possible Michael did die there, perhaps in the process of moving from Monroe CO., KY. However, records would appear to indicate Michael Chism was still a resident of Monroe CO., KY. when he died.

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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY or THE COMMON WEALTH of KENTUCKY. DECEMBER SESSION, 1838 JAMES CLARK, GOVERNOR. PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY. FRANK FORT, KY.

A. G. Hodges…..STATE PRINTER. 1839.

CHAP. 1201.—AN ACT for the benefit of the widow and heirs of Michael Chism.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That the widow and adult heirs of Michael Chism, deceased, shall be, and they are authorized and empowered to file their bill in chancery, in the Monroe Circuit Court, setting forth that the said widow, who, under the will of said Michael Chism, deceased, is entitled to a life estate in the real estate of said Michael Chism, deceased, has made an advantageous sale of said real estate, with a view to investing the proceeds thereof in lands in the State of Missouri, for the benefit of said heirs; and upon said infant heirs being served with process, and answering said bill by their guardian ad litem, provided the allegation of said bill shall be made manifest by sufficient proof, it shall and may be lawful for the Judge of said court to require said widow to enter into bond with sufficient surety or sureties, in the penalty of double the amount of the proceeds arising from the sale of said land, conditioned for the faithful investment of said proceeds, in lands in the said State of Missouri; the title whereof shall be taken and held in conformity with the provisions of the will of said Michael Chism; and upon the said bond being entered into, the Judge of said court shall be authorized to appoint a commissioner to convey the title of the said infant heirs to the purchaser, and if practicable, to render a final decree in said case, at the first term of said court, after the filing of the petition by said widow and adult heirs.
Approved February 8, 1839.

Michael Chism’s widow, Mary (Breed) Chism, was shown head of her own household in the 1840, Morgan CO., MO., U.S. Population Census. This census shows John Chism, son of her brother-inlaw Jacob Chism, living next to Mary. Brother-in-law Jacob Chism’s household was only separated from Mary’s a few other households.

Genealogical Gems From Early Missouri Deeds 1815-1850, 2004,
by Marsha Hoffman Rising

On Sep 5, 1823, Michael Chism & wife Mary (Breed) of Monroe CO., KY., sold to Wm Martin of same, 160 acres of land in Cooper CO., MO.

On Jan 8, 1844, Mary (Breed) Chism entered into a prenuptial agreement with Benjamin Gist in Morgan CO., MO., whom she married there that same day. This same day she sold 340 acres of land in Morgan CO., MO. (to her children), identified as heirs of Michael Chism (children: Elizabeth (Chism) Gates, Jacob B. Chism, Nathan B. Chism, Phebe (Chism) Howard, Granville & Talbot (Tolbert) Chism, John C. Hunter and Sarah Hunter, heirs of Mary (Chism) Hunter deceased).

Mary Breed & Michael Chism named a son Tolbert Thomas Chism, who was b. Oct 6, 1825 tombstone (Findagrave Mem. ID 16042615). Widowed again, Mary (Breed) Chism/Gist was shown living alone in her 1850, Morgan CO., MO., household in the 1850 Federal Census. She was shown b.1790 in S.C. While it’s believed Michael Chism may at one time come to the Missouri Territory, records indicate if he did this move would have been a temporary one, as records all records indicate he remained in Barren/Monroe CO., KY. As both James Chism d.1819, and Michael Chism owned land in Missouri, it’s quite possible their brother, Jacob Chism, acted as their agent in Missouri, solely purchasing land for them there as an investment.

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#8. Tallevr/Tolliver? Was he the male shown 16-20 years of age on the 1806 Barren CO., KY. tax record of John Chism, Sr., the 10-16 YOA male shown in the 1810 Barren CO., KY., household (census) of John Chism, Sr.? Chism siblings John Chism and Kessiah (Chism) Kirkpatrick both named sons Toliver. On Sep. 18, 1812, Jacob Chism sold 100 acres on Mill Creek to his brother Willliam Chism. Their brother George Chism and Tallevr Chism also witnessed this deed. No further information has been found on Tallevr/Toliver Chism.

Sep 18, 1812 Jacob Chism deeded land to William Chism, witnessed by George Chism, R’brt Kirby & Tallevr Chism. Barren Co KY Deed Book C, p. 263.

Sep 18, 1812 Jacob Chism deeded land to William Chism 01

Sep 18, 1812 Jacob Chism deeded land to William Chism 01

Sep 18, 1812 Jacob Chism deeded land to William Chism 02

Sep 18, 1812 Jacob Chism deeded land to William Chism 02

End of Part I