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Henry Runnion Runyon
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Birth: 1804
Death: 1875

This cemetery is maintained by Steve Crum. You can contact him by email
He also is a descendant of Henry Runyon

Submitted by Darrell Brown member 47458585 Darrell Brown, Henry’s gg-grandson]

In Cocke County documents of the time, Henry's surname is spelled variously as Runyon, Runion, Runions, Runyons, Runnion, Runnions and Runyan, even varying in the same document. According to census data, Henry was born in North Carolina in 1803 or 1804, probably in Buncombe County, where his sister Nancy was born a year later.

His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth (Shepherd) Runyon. They had been born in Virginia, but their families had moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, in the late 1770s. After Joseph and Elizabeth married, they moved to Buncombe County. At that time Buncombe extended to the Tennessee line, which runs along the ridge of the Great Smoky Mountains, but the western part of Buncombe is now Haywood County. There, just 2½ miles from the Tennessee line, one finds “Runyon Creek,” which runs down from “Runyon Ridge” past “Runyon Gap” and into the Pigeon River. This is most likely the place where Joseph and Elizabeth Runyon lived, and where Henry Runyan was born. Currently this location is part of the Pisgah national forest.

Judging from the birthplaces of Henry’s siblings, sometime between 1806 and 1811 the family moved 15 miles up the Pigeon River valley into Cocke County, Tennessee. Eventually they settled a mile inland from where the Sweetwater Creek joins the Pigeon River, near what is now the Edwina-Bridgeport Road.

Sometime before 1840 he married Margaret Mantooth, who was 15 years younger, and they had seven children, all of whom grew up and married. She was the daughter of Thomas Mantooth Jr. and Letitia Dillon.

Henry and Margaret had seven known children who grew to adulthood:
1. George Washington Runyan (1840 – 1904) m. Nancy Jane Mantooth. In 1871 they migrated west to Arkansas, and in 1891 they moved to Oklahoma.

2. Mary J. Runyan (1841) m. (1) John S. Mantooth who changed his last name to John Burke.

3. Margaret J. “Maggie” Runyan (ABT 1846 – AFT 1891) She had a son Roy Runyan who joined the army. Otherwise her life remains a mystery.

4. Luthany Runyan (1847 – 1918) m. John Holder.

5. Amanda C. Runyan (ABT 1849 – 1916) m. John Roberts

6. Thomas W. Runyan (1852 – 1921) m. Mary E. Wood

7. John McDonald Runyan (1855 – 1938) m. Mary Delaney Wood

Henry and his son George served in the mounted infantry. Six of their children remained in Cocke County, but his first born George moved to Arkansas with some of his wife's relatives, and from there to Texas and Oklahoma.
Henry and Margaret are buried on the land where they had lived and farmed.
Family links: 
  Joseph Runnion (1776 - ____)
  Elizabeth Shepherd Runnion (1774 - 1841)
  Margaret Mantooth Runyon (1817 - 1880)*
  George Washington Runyan (1840 - 1904)*
  Mary J Runnion Burke (1841 - ____)*
  Luthanna Runyon Holder (1844 - 1918)*
  Amanda Runnion Roberts (1851 - 1916)*
  Thomas Winfield Runyan (1852 - 1921)*
  John McDonald Runyan (1855 - 1936)*
  Henry Runnion Runyon (1804 - 1875)
  George W. Runnion (1806 - 1881)*
  Elizabeth Runion Leatherwood (1812 - 1887)*
  Joseph Runion (1817 - 1903)*
  Isaac Runnion (1819 - 1877)*
*Calculated relationship
Luranie Thicket Cemetery
Cocke County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: historyseeker
Record added: Mar 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87632619
Henry Runnion Runyon
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