I do not have any information about George Washington Argenbright who came from Indiana to Texas ca 1872, coming first to Smith Co. I did obtain the following excellet info 12/15/2001 about my George Argenbright’s father which could possibly help you.
The Argenbrights came from the Palatinate region of Germany arriving in the Colonies aboard the ship Mary of London in 1732. To begin with, the trunk of the tree in America is Hans Georg Erkenbrecht who brought his wife and children to America in 1732 and settled in the counties around Philadelphia. By the time of his death (around 1750), all three of his sons had married and begun their own
families. The eldest, Hans Georg Jr., seems to have stayed around Lancaster Co. PA with his wife and daughters (so far no evidence of any sons). However, his brothers, Hans Martin and Hans Jacob, soon began to liquidate their assets and took their wives and young children into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where they began acquiring land in the early 1760's. Both families prospered there. When we studied
the early church, court, and tax records of Augusta and Rockingham Counties VA, we were able to discern that there were at least 5 or 6 Johns, Georges and Jacobs living in the region by the year 1800.
The father of your George(VA.>Tenn>Tx)was named John, but he was not the son of the John that married Elizabeth Bowen. That John was the son of Hans Martin and Susannah Forr and thus a cousin of George's father, John. The John that married Elizabeth Bowen did have a son that they named George, but he lived most of his life in Montgomery Co. VA where he died around 1843. Elizabeth Bowen must have died young (around 1792) because John remarried the next year to a girl named Ann Smith. John soon began a second family with Ann and they moved to Montgomery Co. VA where they remained until 1825. Then John and Ann and their son, John Jr., and his wife, Polly (Mary) Jones, moved to Breckinridge Co. KY around 1826. The elder John died there about 1828.
John, the father of your George(VA.>Tenn>Tx), was the son of Hans Jacob and Susannah Pardemer Erkenbrecht; he was born in Pennsylvania around 1853 and must have married by 1775. Unfortunately, we have not found any record of this marriage. There are researchers out there who believe that a John had married a Mary Miller and this could be the one, but I have no direct proof yet. John and his wife, "what's her name," had many children: Jacob (b. abt. 1775 and married to Susannah Russell); Catherine (b. 12-10-1777 and married to George Huffman); your George (b. abt. 1778 and married to Salley Finley); Susannah (b. abt. 1782 and married to Jacob Kise); John (b.abt. 1783 and married to Susannah Hook(I think!); my Philip (b. Oct 15, 1784 and married to Naomi Cox); Frederick (b. 1-21-1786 and married to Mary Graham); and Elizabeth (b. abt 1790 and married to Nimrod Brown).
John, the father of your George(VA.>Tenn>Tx), left Rockingham Co. in 1807 and moved to Ross Co. Ohio in the Congress Lands probably as a reward for serving in the Virginia Militia during the Revolution. He was joined there by most of his children, But I still have found no mention of his wife's name there. Their son, George, however, did not come to Ohio because he had already left Virginia by 1803 and soon ended up in Hawkin's Co. Tennessee. I do have proof that your George was the son of the John that ended up in Ross Co. Ohio. In the deed books for Ross County there is a quit claim deed filed by George Argubright of "Hocking (Hawkins) Co. Tenissee" regarding his share of his father's land [John died on September 1, 1825.].
Your George (VA.>Tenn>Tx) was indeed the Captain of his own company of East Tennessee volunteer riflemen during the War of 1812 and was later involved in surveying the boundary between Tennesseee and Kentucky. He left Tennessee in time to be enumerated in the 1850 Smith Co. TX Census and was joined by most of his family. Salley must have died because I have not found her listed. George must have died before 1860 since he is not listed on any census that I can find. I am guessing that he is buried in the Argabright [Argenbright] Cemetery near Starrville, TX ,but I have not been able to corroborate that yet.
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