Means Family of Blount County, Tennessee
by Linda Fincher Wood

    As a step back from what we already knew about the James Means family who moved circa 1816 to Upson County, Georgia, I decided to see how much information I could accumulate about this family while they were in Blount County, Tennessee, where their daughter Eleanor was born in 1810. The following information, presented chronologically, concerns ANYONE with the surname Means found in Blount County, Tennessee, in the 1800's.   Each source is listed in brackets after the event.  A link to my bibliography can be found at the bottom of this page. Of course, the next step back is to discover the family's activities in Mecklenburg, North Carolina -- evidently the home of the Means before their move to Tennessee.  My thanks to all the people who have contributed to our general fund of information about the Means family, especially Patricia Crook Barger, James Cole, Edward Means, Jim Means, Frank O'Neal, Angie Spangenberg, Barbara Smallwood Stock, and Elaine Turk.  Please feel free to offer help of any kind, especially contributions of other events and your assessment of "who's who among the Meanses."  Remember, this is not complete -- it's definitely a work in progress!

James MEANS was born circa 1782-1784 in North Carolina.

[Augusta Lambdin, History of Lamar County, p. 375; gives year as circa 1784;   Georgia DAR Lineage Forms, Family History Center, Birmingham, AL (film on loan from LDS, Salt Lake City);   "James Means -- Mary Ann McKenzie descendancy charts and family group sheets," submitted by Barbara Smallwood Stock, on 8 June 1997.]

Both William MEANS and John MEANS  (probable sons of William)  were born between 1780 and 1790.
[See 1830 Census information below -- hopefully, their birth places can be established by researching these men in the 1850 Census.]

William MEANS was mentioned in the deed of David CRAIG, grantor, and William MACLIN, grantee, on 26 September 1804 in the sale of 600 acres "including the plantation whereon I live" in Blount County, for a consideration of $3,000. The land was adjacent Colonel HENDLEY, James MCMURRY, William MEANS, George TEDFORD, and Robert TEDFORD. John WILKINSON acted as witness. The deed was acknowledged by Wilkinson on 18 August 1806 before John OVERTON, Judge.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 25, deed #182; Deed Book I, pgs. 127-28.]

James MEANS married Mary Ann MCKENZIE, daughter of William MCKENZIE and Eleanor CAMPBELL, ca 1809, (in North Carolina or Tennessee?).

On 24 February 1809 Barclay MCGHEE signed a deed to Joseph WEAR in Blount County.  The deed states: "Know all men by these presents that I ... do bind myself, to make a deed of conveyance to Joseph Wear...for 23 acres out of the tract of land claimed by me under John MEANS agreeable to lines as run by John WILKINSON...as soon after the Grant is obtained as it conveniently can be done."   Signed by B. McGhee and witnessed by John LOWERY, the deed was registered February 3, 1823.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, 1819-1833, p. 53; Deed #301, Book 2:259.]

In 1810 James and William MEANS received Land Grants from the State of Tennessee for adjacent properties in Blount County.   These Land Grants may be viewed at:
James Means 1810 Land Grant
William Means 1810 Land Grant

Eleanor [sometimes found as "Ellender"] MEANS, daughter of James and Mary Ann McKenzie MEANS was born on 9 March 1810 in Blount County, Tennessee.
[This really fortuitous bit of information which initiated the Blount County search was provided by Patricia Crook Barger (a descendant of Eleanor) via e-mail to Elaine Turk on 29 January 1999.   Please read Eleanor's obituary quoted below.]

John MEANS was mentioned in the deed of William MACLIN, grantor, and John MONTGOMERY, grantee, on 3 July 1810 in the sale of 629 3/4 acres on waters of Nine Mile Creek in Blount County, Tennessee for a consideration of $3,100.   The land was adjacent that of David HENLEY, James MCCAMY, and John MEANS, being Grant #1099 dated 15 May 1810.  The deed was witnessed by Charles DONEHOE, Samuel LOVE, and James BERRY and was registered on 14 November 1810.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 16, Deed #122.]

Please view the will of William MEANS signed 5 December 1810.   He mentioned the following legatees:
Wife:  Sarah    (Notice that our James and Mary Ann McKenzie Means have a daughter "Sarah," as well as sons "William" and "John.")
Sons:  James, John, Ormond, and William
Daughters:  Elizabeth, Isabel, Margaret, and Mary.
Executors were James MCKEMY [sometimes spelled MCCAMY] and William GAULT.
Witnesses were David MCKEMY and Patrick CULTON.

B. MEANS (Beard?") was mentioned in the deed of William HAMILL, grantor, and Robert STRAIN, grantee, on 19 August 1813 in the sale of 372 acres in Blount County, Tennessee for a consideration of $400.   The land was adjacent property of Robert HENDERSON, Thomas MAXFIELD, B. MEANS, Joseph WILSON, Patrick CULTON, and B. CUSICK.   Witnesses were William LOWERY and Jonathan TRIPET.   The deed was registered on 10 May 1814.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 53; Deed #372; Deed Book I, pg. 270.]

On 19 November 1813 William MEANS of "Macklen" [sic] County, North Carolina, sold to "Benjamin TAYLER" 230 acres on waters of Six Mile Creek, adjacent James MEANS in Blount County, Tennessee, for a consideration of $233.   Witnesses were William WILLIAMS, William DELZELL, James TAYLOR, and James TAYLOR, Sr.   The deed was registered on 25 April 1814.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 53; Deed #372; Deed Book I, pg. 270.]

On 20 November 1813 Allen STRAIN sold to William MEANS 175 acres on the waters of Pistol Creek, "corner to William MEANS' survey in Blount County," for a consideration of $300.   The land was a claim of Josiah DANFORTH excepted as to warrant. Witnesses were John MEANS, James MCKAMEY, William MCCAMY, and William DELZELL.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 68; Deed #493; Deed Book I, pgs. 363-364.]

William MEANS was mentioned in the deed of David RUSSELL, Sheriff, grantor, and George ERWIN, grantee, on 7 February 1815 in the sale of 98 acres on waters of Six Mile Creek in Blount County, for a consideration of $71.   The land was adjacent the property of William MEANS, John HOLLOWAY, and the INDIAN LINE.  It had been sold on 5 March 1814 to satisfy judgment obtained by John MCGHEE against Anthony PATE.   Witnesses were John GARDNER and Samuel BOYAL.   The deed was registered on June 12, 1815.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 59, deed #424; Deed Book I, pg. 310.]

William MEANS (probable son of John) was born on 9 June 1816.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

On 7 August 1816 Benjamin TAYLOR sold to James DELZELL 12 acres on waters of Six Mile Creek adjacent MCGHEE in Blount County, Tennessee, for $150.   The property had been granted to William MEANS.  Witnesses were Robert DELZELL, William DELZELL, George HOGE.   The deed was registered December 15, 1819.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, 1819-1833, p. 8; Deed #42, Book 2:38-39.]

Sarah MEANS, daughter of James and Mary Ann McKenzie MEANS was born (in North Carolina or Tennessee?), on December 10, 1816.
[See next event and source.]

James and Mary Ann McKenzie MEANS moved to Georgia in (circa) February 1816.
[This is confusing, but I quote from Addie Paramore Howell, Cemeteries and Obituaries of Houston County, Georgia, p. 214, obituary of Mrs. Sarah [MEANS] HICKSON, who died 10 December 1898:   "She was born in North Carolina and would have been 83 years old on 3 January 1899.   Her father, Mr. James MEANS, moved to Georgia when she was five weeks old."]   (It seems more likely to me that James and Mary Ann moved to Georgia from Tennessee rather than back to North Carolina and then to Georgia -- but who knows?)

William MEANS was mentioned in the deed of John WILLIS, grantor, and William JACKSON, grantee, on 12 December 1816 in the sale of 60 acres on waters of Pistol Creek in Blount County.  This property was part of a 174 acre grant dated 27 June 1810 to John EDMISTON, conveyed to Willis 16 October 1816.   It lay adjacent property of Robert HENDERSON, John B. HAINS, William MEANS, and heirs of MAJORS.  The deed was signed by John (x) WILLIS. Witnesses were Ro BOGLE, Jonathan TIPTON, and Thomas MAXWELL.   The deed was registered November 4, 1817.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 82; Deed #617; Deed Book I, pgs. 460-461.]

On 20 January 1818 Ormand MEANS sold to Allen STRAIN 240 acres on waters of Baker's Creek in Blount County, Tennessee, for $500.  The land was adjacent property owned by Joseph WILLIAMS/WILSON, James MCCAMY, and John MEANS.  The land had been surveyed and granted to William MEANS.   Witnesses were John GARDNER and Jake B. HARRIS. The deed was registered November 25, 1818.  (Back to William Means will.)
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 92, Deed #702; Deed Book I, pgs. 528-529.]
(ORMAN/ORMOND is an unusual name so I have linked the Orman Means of Pike County, Georgia, with the Ormand Means of Blount County, Tennessee.   I do not know for a fact they they are the same person.)

William MEANS witnessed the deed of Polly MAYERS to William DELZELL on 4 September 1818 in the sale of "all our...claim that we as heirs have to the Plantation willed to us" in Blount County, for $254.   Signed by Polly (x) MAYERS, Robert (x) MAYERS, Elijah (x) SULLIVAN, Malinda (x) SULLIVAN. Witnesses were Robert YOUNG, Wm MEANS, David DELZELL, Jas. ALEXANDER. The deed was registered November 25, 1818.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, p. 93; Deed #704; Deed Book I, pg. 530.]

On 26 December 1825 Ephraim DUNLAP sold to Alexander KENNEDY 122 acres on waters of Baker's Creek in Blount County, for $400.  The land was on a corner of properties owned by John GOULD and William MOORE.   Witnesses were William EWING and Wm. MEANS.   The deed was registered on January 24, 1827.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, 1819-1833, p. 93; Deed # 528, Book 2:448-449.]

On 25 September 1826 James TEDFORD sold to Nelson WRIGHT 60 acres on waters of Pistol Creek in Blount County, for $300.  The land was adjacent property of William HOUSTON, decd, John GAUTT, MCGHEE, Samuel HARVEY/HARRY?.  Witnesses were Jas. ALEXANDER and John MEANS.  The deed was registered February 20, 1827.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, 1819-1833, p. 96, Deed # 548, Book 2:464.]

Margaret MEANS married George GRIGSBY/GREGORY? on 24 November 1829, in Blount County.  The wedding was performed by Isaac ANDERSON, P.N.P. Church.
[Parham, Blount County Marriages, 1795-1865, p. 71; Whitley, Blount County Marriages, p. 30.]

William Means (son of William?) was enumerated as the head of household in the 1 June 1830 census in Blount County, as "Wm Means".  His household consisted of two males under age 5, one 5-10, one 10-15, two 15-20, and one 40-50.  The females were one under 5, one 5-10, two 10-15, one 30-40, and one 50-60, totaling thirteen white persons and no slaves.
[TNGenWeb, Blount County 1830 Census Project (Western Division, p. 255-261), Blount County, Tennessee GenWeb site, at http://www.tngenweb.org/blount/1830/blou255.htm, 23 June 1999;   Annie Walker Burns, compiler, 1830 U. S. Census of Blount County, Tennessee, p. 8.]

John MEANS (son of William? was enumerated as the head of household in the 1830 census in Blount County.  In his household were one male aged 5-10, one 10-15, one 15-20, and one 40-50 [John?].    Females were:  one aged 5-10, two 10-15, one 40-50, and one 50-60  [perhaps his or his wife's mother?].   The family totaled nine persons, with no slaves. (Back to birth information of John and William.)
[TNGenWeb, Blount County 1830 Census Project (Western Division, p. 255-261), Blount County, Tennessee GenWeb site, at http://www.tngenweb.org/blount/1830/blou255.htm, 23 June 1999;   Annie Walker Burns, compiler, 1830 U. S. Census of Blount County, Tennessee.]

On 20 February 1832 Allen STRAIN sold to John FOWLER 42 acres on waters of Baker's Creek in Blount County, for $80.   The land was adjacent property belonging to John MEANS. Witnesses were David MCKAMY and John MORRIS.   The deed was registered on January 8, 1833.
[Thomas, Blount County Deeds, 1819-1833, p. 225, Deed #1189, Book 4:346-347.]

Isabel MEANS married Isaiah DOTSON on 31 March 1839.
[Whitley, Blount County Marriages, p. 20.]

William MEANS (probable son of John) married Lucinda Ann FROW on 9 June 1840, at age 24.   The wedding was performed by Isaac ANDERSON, P.N.P. Church.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

Polly MEANS  (probably a nickname for "Mary")   married Charles MCCARTY on 12 November 1840.   The wedding was performed by Joseph Wilson, J.P.  (Could this be the "Mary," daughter of William Means, mentioned in his 1810 will?)
[Parham, Blount County Marriages, 1795-1865, p. 113.]

John Newton MEANS was born on 15 July 1841.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

Andrew M. MEANS married Elizabeth CARUTHERS on 16 December 1841.  The wedding was performed by Isaac ANDERSON, P.N.P. Church.
[Parham, Blount County Marriages, 1795-1865, p. 128, entry #2597.]

Beard MEANS married Betsy Ann HOUSTON [possibly a relative of SAM HOUSTON who lived in Blount County in the early 1800's] on 2 February 1843.  The wedding was performed by A. VANCE, M.G.
[Parham, Blount County Marriages, 1795-1865, p. 128, entry #2598.]

"Saml D. WEAR" married Sarah MEANS on 28 August 1848.
[Whitley, Blount County Marriages, p. 79.]

James Anderson MEANS was born on 26 February 1851.  (This is interesting due to the fact that James Means of Upson County, Georgia, named one of his sons "James Anderson Means.")
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]   

John MEANS signed his will on 14 November 1852.   Legatees mentioned were:
Sons:  William and Beard
Daughters:  Mary S. and Nancy T. MEANS
Grandson: John, son of William
He also mentions [sister and brother-in-law] "Isabella and Isah Dotsen."
Executors were Samuel D. MEANS and Nancy N. C.? CARUTHERS.
Witnesses were David MCKAMY and Robert B. STRAIN.

William W. MEANS married Mary A. WALLACE on 24 August 1854, in Blount County.  The wedding was performed by J. S. Craig, M.G.
[Parham, Blount County Marriages, 1795-1865, p. 128, entry #2600.]
Orman MEANS and Ellen WATSON obtained a marriage license on 13 January 1857 in Zebulon, Pike County, Georgia.   They were married on January 14 by James B. Hanson, M.G. [Hanson was a circuit-riding pastor who preached at Fincher Methodist Church which may have been the site of this wedding.]
[Pike County, Georgia, Marriage Book K, 1855-1872, , p.56.].

James Anderson MEANS died on 22 September 1865 at age 14.  He was buried in Clover Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

Cora A. M. MEANS was born on 4 February 1871.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

John Newton MEANS died on 16 June 1878 at age 36.  He was buried in Clover Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blount County.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

OBITUARY OF ELEANOR MEANS SMITH, who died 23 June 1884 in Troupe, Texas, as copied by Patricia Crook Barger from Thomas Jefferson Flinn, Jr.'s  "The History of the Flinn Family."   The name of the paper in which the obituary was published is unknown:
"Sister Eleanor SMITH was born in Blount County, Tennessee on March 9, 1810; professed religion and joined the M.E. Church South in her fifteenth year, in Upson County, Georgia; was joined in matrimony to Mr. Lindsey Smith January 31, 1832; moved to Texas in 1852 where she lived and labored in her Masters Vineyard till January 23, 1884.   In the town of Troupe she ceased to labor here and was transferred to the life above.... She leaves five daughters and one son ... "
Eleanor is buried in the Smith Family Cemetery, Omen, Smith County, Texas.

William MEANS (probable son of John) died on 29 December 1884 at age 68.  He was buried in Clover Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.]

Cora A. M. MEANS died on 29 March 1898 at age 27.   She was buried in Clover Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
[Little, Blount Cemetery Records, p. 80.  The cemetery is located about six miles southwest of Maryville -- about a mile left off Morganton Road.]

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