Sherrod “Sherwood” Mayes

Sherrod “Sherwood” Mayes

Henry County, Virginia, USA
Death Jul 1836 (aged 88–89)
Union County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: A list of the bodies exhumed was made by the TVA, since Sherrod's name was not found, it is assumed that his body rests unmarked, in the little home site cemetery at the bottom of Cherokee Lake.
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Birth: 1746, Henry County, Virginia
Death: 1836, Holston River, Grainger County, Tennessee
Reli: Methodist

AKA: Sherod, Sherrod

Some records indicate death date of 1825 and 1834.
Sherrod was said to have been of French and English origin.
One record reflects birth about 1751, another 1737.
Sherwood (Sherrod) Mayes was born in Henry County, Virginia in 1746. Sherrod migrated from Henry Co VA to Hawkins Co TN, later to become Grainger Co TN and settled West of Morristown on Young's Creek and South Holston River. He died at Holston River, Grainger County, Tennessee, in 1836.

Elizabeth & Sherrod were married in Guilford Court House, Guilford Co, NC, 25 Nov 1773

Sherwood was married to Elizabeth Nancy Smith who was born in 1752, in Henry County, Virginia. Sherwood and Elizabeth (Nancy) were married on November 25, 1773 in Henry County, Virginia. Elizabeth (Nancy) died at Holston River in 1848.
On August 30, 1777, Sherrod Mayes was one of the Henry County citizens to sign and state the Oath of Allegiance.

Sherrod Mayes received state and federal payment for food and feed that he furnished to the Revolutionary Soldiers under the command of Captain Daniel Lanier and Lt. Colonel Lee's Light Dragoons. After the War, Sherrod migrated from Henry County Virginia to Grainger County, Tennessee.
Sherrod Mayes II and his family emigrate from Henry County, Va., in 1787-8, to Washington County, North Carolina, settling near what became Rutledge, Grainger County, Tennessee.

Sherrod & Elizabeth lived there until after Sherod's father Henry died and Sherrod and his brother Henry Jr. sold their farms in Henry Co., Virginia to John Smith and moved with their families to Hawkins Co., North Carolina, settling in East Tennessee near Rutledge. "On the 5th of Jan 1795, John Tye Jr. was killed & John Tye Sr., John Burlison, Sherrard Mays, and Thomas Mays were wounded by Indians on the frontier of Hawkins Co., Tennessee, about 50 miles above Knoxville, on the waters of the Clinch." (In a chapter on Indian conflicts on the Clinch River, Cumberland Mtns, Powell's Valley area, etc. From 'The Civil and Political History of the State of Tennessee, by Judge John Haywood, published 1823, reprint 1915).

Sherrod Mayes II died in 1836, aged 90 years. (Old family data said born in 1737.) His will was recorded in 1836). Elizabeth (Smith)Mayes died at the ripe old age of 108 years.
Spouse: Elizabeth Nancy Smith
Birth: 29 Dec 1752, Henry County, Virginia
Death: abt 1848, Holston River, Grainger County, Tennessee
Father: Thomas Smith
Mother: Elizabeth Witt
Marr: 25 Nov 1773, Henry County, Virginia

Children: Thomas Deux (1774-1846),William (1776-1861),Patricia Jane (1781-),Elizabeth (1781-1840),Goodwin (1784-),Dudley (1786-1844),Nancy (1788-1848),Jane (1792-),Jonathon (1793-1852),Priscilla (1795-1849)

Sherod Mayes, second son of Henry and Phebey Mayes was born about 1751 in Virginia and died in Grainger county Tennessee in 1834. Sherod moved with his parents into Henry county Virginia about 1773 from Bunswick county Virginia. He married Elizabeth Smith, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth WITT Smith, in adjoining Guilford county North Carolina November 25, 1773. Elizabeth Smith was born December 29, 1752 in Virginia and died about 1848. On February 10, 1779, Sherod and Elizabeth bought 76 acres of land from Elizabeth's brother, Zackariah located on Fall Creek in Henry county Virginia near the North Carolina border. On August 10, 1777 near the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Sherod and his father along with his brothers took the Oath of Allegiance to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Commanwealth of Virginia. Even though Sherod was not a soldier in the Revolutionary War, there are several accounts of Sherod furnishing supplies to the soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Sherod's father died in spring of 1787, and soon after Sherod along with some of his other brothers removed to Hawkins county , now Grainger county Tennessee near the South Holston River.
After arriving in Hawkins county Sherad Mayes and brother Henry were listed on the payroll of Infantry under the command of Sgt Thomas Gibbons in the service to the US Southwest Territory from July 27 1793 to September 7, 1793.

Judge John Haywood published a book in 1823 (reprint 1915) of the "Civil and political History of Tennessee" . Judge Haywood mentions Sherod Mayes, and his son Thomas Mayes, John Tye Sr. and his son John Tye Jr. and John Burlison all being wounded by Indians on January 5, 1795 while on a hunting trip on the frontier in Hawkins county, about 50 mile North of Knoxville. John Tye Jr. was killed in the skirmish.

Henry Mayes, a brother to Sherod either received a Grant ( or bought one) for 400 acres of land in Hawkins county Tennessee. On December 5, 1795 Henry Mayes sold to Sherod Mayes 100 acres of land located near the South Holston River and Youngs Creek. (see Book c page 38 Hawkins Co TN)

Sherod and Elizabeth established a home on their land where Youngs Creek empties into South Holston River, about 5 miles West of Morristown, Tennessee. Sherod was not only a farmer but operated a Public Ferry on the South Holston River. Sherod soon acquired additional land and by 1814 Sherod paid taxes on 204 acre of land. In his religious preferences, Sherod was a Methodist. The first Methodist church in the county was organized at Read's Meeting House. The first Court in the county was also held there. About 1815 a camp ground called Sulphur Springs was established four miles South of Morristown, among the orginal campers were Soloman Wyatt, Frances Daniel, Sherrod Mayes, Benjamin McCarty and Joseph Daniel.

Sherod made his Will on April 11, 1829. The will was recorded November 29, 1834. He mentions his wife Elizabeth that she be left his estate for the remainder of her natural life, then the remaining estate be equally divided among his five sons. He states in the Will that his daugthers were provided for by their grandfather, Thomas Smith from Virginia.(Thomas Smith willed Elizabeth a nego women named Lettice and that she and her increase be equally divided between her daughters) Sherod named his Executors to the Will, Levi Satterfield and Joshua Daniels. Witnesses to the Will were Elijah Sims and Joshua Kidwell. It is interesting to note that on page 58, Volume 11, in Knoxville Tennessee Supreme Court Reports, September term 1849, we find the quite cellebrated decision in the case of five daughters of Mrs Sherod Mayes, daughters of Thomas Smith of Virginia. The suit, "Satterfield versus Mayes et al", decided the distribution of the female descendants of a female slave named Lettice "loaned for life" by Thomas Smith to his daughter, Elizabeth Mayes. The case got into Court, when two of Elizabeth's daughters died. Of the five daughters of Sherod and Elizabeth's, Nancy and Patsey died before their mother. (Court Records of the law suit over the slave "Letice")

Sherod's Estate wasn't settled until 1848. (Grainger Co TN Circuit Court Minutes, Vol 11, pages 157, 202, 221, 222, 223) Lot # 1 to Thomas Mayes, dec. & heirs 56 acres. Lot # 2 to Goodwin Mayes & heirs 27 1/2 acres. Lot # 3 to William Mayes & heirs 42 acres. Lot # 4 to Green Berry Mayes (son of Dudley) 62 acres. Lot # 5 to Edward Mayes (son of Dudley) & heirs 64 acres. A Dam has been built on the South Holston River forming Lake Cherokee in 1941 and it is likely Sherod's place is now covered by water. There is a road called Kidwell Ridge Road which runs along Youngs Creek on the East side of Lake Cherokee, no doubt named after the early Kidwell family who was Sherod's neighbor.

Children of Sherod and Elizabeth Mayes:

1. Thomas Mayes (1774-1846) married Elizabeth Bridges

2. William Mayes (1776-1861) married Susannah MAYES Bridges

3. Patricia (Patsy) Mayes (1778- ) married William Thomas Bridges

4. Elizabeth Mayes (1781-1840) married John McCarty

5. Goodwin Mayes (1784- ) married Elizabeth Caruthers

6. Dudley Mayes (1786-1844) married Elizabeth Daniels

7. Nancy Mayes 1788-1848) married Ruebin Graves

8. Jane Mayes (1792- ) married Benjamin Ivy

9. Jonathon Mayes (1793-1852) married Mary Daniels

10. Pricilla (Ciller) Mayes (1795-1849) married Edward Daniels

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