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Andrew Kellow, TN/NC 1784 ??
Posted by: terry davis Date: September 07, 2001 at 08:25:21
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Hi All,

I stumbled across another fairly early southern Kellow yesterday and I was wondering if anyone knew this fellow. He could well be a link to some of the Tennessee Kellows.

The source is:

The source is titled "North Carolina Land Grants issued on Tennessee Lands, 1784". It reads:

"Monday, May 17, 1784. The House....Mr. Person (this is Thomas Person who later signed the document) from the Committee to which was referred the Petition of the Inhabitants of Davidson County, reported as follows...that the following...

(then there is a list of 68 people including the name of "Andrew Kellow")

...each and every one of them, receive a grant of 640 acres of land, including their pre-emptions, without being required to pay any price to the State for the same, providing that every person receiving such grant shall pay the office and surveyors fees for the same."

The Petition/Grant also mentions others "...who were killed in the settlement and defence of the said county of Davidson..."

It also later mentions the "Cumberland Settlements" indicating that they are clearly speaking of the time (prior to TN statehood in 1796) when the "Cumberland Settlements" (now the Nashville, TN area) and Davidson County were part of NC. It's not completely clear, but implies that this Andrew Kellow was already an inhabitant (and of legal age) in the Nashville area even by 1784!

I need to do a little more research on the exact dates of "Davidson County" formation as a part of NC. I think it did exist as a NC county in the 1790 census, but the census-taking in that area was pretty hit and miss I'm sure. I'll post a followup on the time frames, but there's a new clue/person to track!



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