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John Montgomery, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1764
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1845
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Son of Alexander & Martha (Walker) Montgomery. Husband of (1) Susanna Elizabeth Porter (1st cousin), m. Aug 5, 1785, & (2) Elizabeth Harris, m. Nov 20, 1804.

John was the son of Alexander and Martha Walker Montgomery and the grandson of Alexander and Anna (Sutherland) Montgomery I and John and Ann (Huston) Walker. On August 5, 1785 he married Susanna Elizabeth Porter the daughter of Patrick Porter and Susanna Walker. Their children are: Alexander Montgomery, Anna (Montgomery) Watson, Samuel Montgomery, John Montgomery Jr., Martha May (Montgomery) Allen, Joseph Montgomery-1795/1803, Jane (Montgomery) Poplett and Margaret Montgomery. On December 30, 1802 his first wife Susanna died in Virginia. On November 20, 1804 he married second wife Elizabeth Harris. Their children are: A Son Montgomery-died an infant, Sarah (Montgomery) McGinsis and Susanna Montgomery. John Montgomery Sr. was a Soldier in the Revolutionary War.

John Montgomery was born in Orange County, North Carolina, Aug 5, 1764. His birth was recorded by his father and in 1833 was in the possession of his brother James Montgomery. In 1771 when John was 7, he moved to Virginia with his father, Alexander Montgomery, his mother Martha and his brother, Alexander and others. During that fall Robert Trimble, Benjamin Logan and some other stayed at his fathers house.

While residing at Moores Fort, Washington Co., (on Clinch River) Virginia, John Montgomery enlisted as a private in the summer (June) of 1777 when he was 13 yrs old, for 5 years service. Michael Montgomery (who knew John since childhood) was present or was the one who informed John's parents that John and his brother, Alexander, had enlisted under Captain Nathan Reed. John was placed under Captain John Snoddy, who commanded the fort until he would be called by Reed to march in the continental Army. He served in the 7th regiment of the Virginia line. Instead of marching under Reed he served under Captain Dazey's (Or Dazzard's) Company; his Major was David Ward, his Colonel was William Campbell. He marched from the Fort the spring after he enlisted, about 25 miles to Abbington in the county of Washington, state of Virginia where he remained under Captain Dasey until he marched to the Guilford battle in which he was engaged (but a few days before that engagement he was engaged in the retreat skirmish at Whitsell Mills). After the Guilford battle he was sent back Moores Fort and place under Captain Snoddy where he remained until he was discharged in the year 1782. He was recommended for Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion 72nd Regiment of Virginia Militia by the court of Russell Co in Aug. 1797 at the age of 33.

He was in the posse with Samuel and John Porter when the horse thief Amos Allord was killed.

After the war John made his fathers house his home. In 1785 he was married to Susanna Porter and they removed to Amherst County, Virginia where from the government he had title to a piece of land called a "Corn Right". He moved to Russell County, Virginia probably between 1790 and 1795. Dec 30, 1802, Susanna died, leaving him a family of four girls and four boys.

On 20 November 1804 John Montgomery married Elizabeth Harris of Virginia. He continued farming in Russell County for a time. Sarah was born Sept 20, 1812 in Russell County, Virginia. In 1820 John was involved in a land transaction of some sort (Martin 1983:35, does not provide complete information) for "land on Copper Creek Ridge on the waters of Clinch River, known by the name of McCorkle's Clearing...." This may be the property acquired by Patrick Porter in 1783 referred to as 'McCorkle's Siding'. This transaction was witnessed by Wm. Bickley, Thomas Moore, Patrick Porter (presumably Jr.), and Peter Hutchinson.

Then once more he moved with his family to Floyd County, Kentucky, about 1821. At the end of three years, about 1824, he took his family in wagons and carefully avoiding the Indians arrived safely in Franklin County, Indiana, where he remained for seven years. In 1826, the children from his first marriage were grown and no longer living with him, but Sarah and Susanna were 14 years and 11 years old. They removed to Parke County, Indiana, in 1829. In 1830-33 John Montgomery was living in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County, Indiana where Michael Montgomery was a neighbor living 2 1/2 miles from him. Michael Montgomery was born about 1765. Sarah was married to George I McGinnis in Parke County, Indiana, January 1, 1829. In 1835 they removed to Peoria County, Illinois with their daughter, Sarah, her husband and two children. In 1839 three of John Montgomery's children, including the youngest, were then living in the state of Illinois. That year the Millers bought out "Old Mr Montgomery", John Miller owning that property in 1915.

John Montgomery was for a time a friend and companion of Daniel Boone, being with him at Fort Boone when it was besieged by the Indians. The Montgomery family was represented in the French and Indian Wars and in the War of 1812."

Elizabeth and John are buried in the Princeville Cemetery in Peoria Co. Illinois. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Harris Montgomery (1770 - 1846)
  Susanna Elizabeth Porter Montgomery (1763 - 1802)*
 
 Children:
  John Montgomery (1793 - 1870)*
  Martha May Montgomery Allen (1798 - 1886)*
  Sarah Johnson Montgomery McGinnis (1812 - 1897)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Princeville Township Cemetery
Princeville
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Div A, Row 1
 
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Record added: Jan 09, 2008
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