A Biographical Sketch of
Patriot John Tillery

(Patriot Ancestor of Clarence Eugene Bell)

John Tillery


Samuel Tillery died in St Georges Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia in April 1728 His will left everything to his wife Winefred and when she remarried in 1729 she transferred all of the property to her children John and Mary Tillery.

Winefred married David Kincade who had fled Scotland after the unsuccessful uprising of 1715. They moved with the small children John and Mary west to Greenbriar County, VA.

The son John Tillery married Margaret Davenport and they moved with the Tillery family out of the frontier because of the Indian problems. They moved in 1775 to Craig's Creek in Botetourt County, V A and purchased 193 acres.

John Tillery enlisted in Virginia Troops, Continental Line July 1777. He was a drummer or fifer. He served unti1 1883. He was at Valley Forge, White Plains, Pompton Plains, Middlebrook, Haverstraw, Ramapaugh & Camp Near to name a few.

John was given a land grant of 5000 acres in the state of Franklin, later the state of Tennessee for service in the war. This was part of Grassy Valley Plantation and the first water supply came through wooden pipes from a spring on the Plantation.

John and his wife are buried in the family cemetery in Knoxville TN.

The cemetery stones were placed in a wall with a DAR Stone and brass plaque placed there at a special DAR Ceremony.






Our ancestor Samuel Tillery's death was recorded in St.GeorgeWs

Parish Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in April, 1728. His Will named his wife, Winefred, Ex., and mentioned his son, John "all my carpenter and cooper's tools", and daughter, Mary, both small.

The next year Winefred transferred the property, "for the natural love and affection which I have for my children, John Tillery, my son, and Mary Tillery, my daughter," etc., goods and chattels.(Feby 3rd 1729) Winefred then married the second time, David Kincade. (Davld Klncade and two brothers, (brothers of the 'Laird') fled Scotland after the unsuccessful uprising of 1715.) Winefred and David Kincade, and the two small children, John and Mary Tillery, moved westward to the Valley of Virginia, then to the Calfpasture Country, and Greenbriar County. Somewhere along the line, John Tillery married a Margaret Davenport -- and they had at least three children: John Price, who was a Revolutionary War Soldier, and Anne and Rebecca.

Indian troubles on the frontier caused the Tillery family, as well as many others, to pull back from the Frontier. John and Margaret moved to Craig's Creek, in Botetourt County, Virginia, in 1775. On February 14, 1775, they bought 193 acres of land on Craig's Creek; sold same land March 3, 1779. Their daughter, Anne, married James Taylor, 1778, and Rebecca'married William Price, also 1778; both marriages recorded in early Botetourt County. Price and Taylor families were prominent in the area. Taylors were related to Caufields(Lord Charlemont) of County Armagh, Ireland. John Price Tillery, married Miss Lettitia(Lettice) Mathews, in Virginia. Family tradition states that they danced on the Natural Bridge.

Military records show he enlisted in Virginia Troops, Continental Line, July I, 1777, in Virginia. He was drummer or fifer; served duration of the war (1883), --Valley Forge, White Plains, Pompton Plains, Middlebrook, Haverstraw, Ramapaugh, Camp Near, -1782, Light Infantry, Virginia Troops, Capt. Alexander Parker's Company, of Foot of Virginia Detachment.

Winefred's second husband, David Kincade, died and his Will was probated in Washington County, Virginia, in 1779. John and Margaret Tillery had sold their property on Craig's Creek, and migrated to Oglethorp County(created from Wilkes), Georgia; --Where Winefred died in 1787. Winefred's Will, probated in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1787, left her feather-bed to her great grandson, Samuel, son of John, the Revolu tionary War soldier. John(the soldier), and wife Lettice, went to Georgia after he was mustered out, and some of their children were born there. John Tillery, Sr., may have died in Georgia. (no record found).

By the early 1790's, John and Lettice Tillery, and their family had moved to Knox County, Tennessee. Family tradition states he was given a land grant of 5000 acres, (now called Inskip), for his service in the Revolutionary War.(No proof of this land grant) Tennessee was then the State of Franklin. Grassy Valley Plantation, which was part of this land grant later became in part, Old Norwood Developement, in Knox County, which is now a part of Greater Knoxville, Tennessee. Tradition also states that the first water supply of Knoxville came through wooden pipes from a spring on Grassy Valley Plantation.

According to one of the engineers for the City of Knoxville, Third Creek begins on Fitzgerald property, Second Creek in Norwood,(which was property originally known as Grassy Valley Plantation) near south side of Merchants Drive, bounded on east by Central Avenue Pike, west by Camellia, and south by Inskip Road, two laterals going east from Second Creek, just south of Inskip Road. This leads us to believe that the water supply of Knoxville may have come from three springs, one being on Grassy Valley Plantation.

Our ancestor, John Price Tillery, was of Scotch-Irish descent, born in Virginia, in 1754, and died February 24, 1834, in Knox County, Tennessee. He married Miss Lettitia(Lettice) Mathews, born about 1759, in Virginia, and died October 30, 1843, in Knox County, Tennessee. Both are buried in a family cemetery adjoining the Sterchi Farm, known also as the Callahan or Lonas Farm, Dante, Knox County, Tennessee. This cemetery is located on a high hill with beautiful trees, but many of the stones have been broken, through age or vandalism, and are lying on the ground(1965). Among other Tillerys buried in this cemetery are: John(son of John and Lettice) and wife, Rebecca Yarnell Tillery, their son Caswell, and daughter, Letty; also Sampson, son of John and Lettice. John Price and Lettice Tillery had ten children, and their many descendants now live in several of these United States of America, whose freedom he fought for so bravely. Family tradition states that he was an excellent marksman.

Upon the discovery later that the cemetery stones were on the verge of being destroyed a decision was made save them. Six decendents of various families were envolved in moving the markers to another cemetery at the end of Tillery street in Knoxville, Tn. They were, placed in two walls that straddled a new DAR stone for John Tillery. A brass plaque related where the bodies still were. Identity for the Six persons were given. A special DAR Ceremony was given for the occasion.


November 6, 1983
This letter gives permission for the enclosed charts of
the Tillery family to be published.


Ruth Tillery Berry
2413 Alberta Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee

Data for this Tillery Family History, from:
37920 Mrs. Elva Pearl Merriott,San Diego,Cal.
Mrs. Katharine T. Knox, N.C.
Mrs. Eunice L. Andrus, Texas

Mrs. Ruth T. Rogers, Kingston, Tenn. and others

Historical Records in State Libraries U. S. Census, Military, and Marriage Records
Cemetery Records Family Records





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