GENERATION #1 -
Adam Russell and
wife Isobella Millar Russell
Adam Russell born between 1670-1699 and married 1716 in Fife to Isobella
1695 Fife, Scotland.
They had two known sons, William Russell
and Andrew Russell (Sr.)
GENERATION #2 -
Early 1700s, Ireland/Scotland -
Andrew Russell, Sr.
Florence Henderson Russell
Born in 1716 in Atnrim Parish,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andrew married
Florence Henderson who was born in Dunfermline, Fifeshire, (British Isles) in 1718
to John and Rose Finley Henderson. Andrew is the Irish immigrant
male ancestor for this line, being in Pennsylvania until 1732 when he then settled in
Christian's (Christie's) Creek, VA, perhaps as early as 1735 per
Dr. J. Randolph Turpin (Click here to see his
In 1739 he married Florence Henderson in Beverly Manor, VA (map). Andrew was a member of the Tinkling Springs Meeting
House, Fisherville, Augusta County, Virginia, in 1744. Info
on the 1740 Meeting House can be found at:
Tinkling Spring Photo Album.
Here are a couple of the photos on that page:
reads, "Sacred to the
"Sacred to the Memory of the Immigrants to this valley who turned the wilderness
into habitations." It lists the names of the original members who were assessed
twelve shillings each to build the first meeting house. Administratively, the
membership was divided into three Quarters headed by John Christian, William
Wright, and John Finley. Christian's quarter included families named Black,
Cowin, Wilson, Long, Bell, Alexander, Stewart, Patton, Hall, Robison, Cristian,
Davison, McCollock, Caldwell, Armstrong, Rutledge, Henderson, Conegham, Thomson,
Scott, Gamel, Ramsey, Preston, Maxwell, McDonal,
Russell, Lewis, Hutchison, McClanahan, Brackenridge, and McCollock. Wright's quarter
included families named Smith Hutchison, Palmer, Thomson, Moday, Frazer,
Johnston, Logan, Henderson, Scileran, Black, Cear, McCune, Fergeson, and Wright.
Finley's quarter included families named McClure, Turk, Gay, Finley, McCollock,
Gelaspey, Edmiston, Campbell, Stewart, Peterson, Cear, Tays, Steel, and White.
To see the map of where Andrew Russell lived in VA, click
Andrew owned 496 acres known as Beverley Manor (map) on the west side of the Blue
Ridge Mountains in 1742. On the 18th of May 1762, Andrew and
Florence conveyed to their son Joshua Russell 150 acres on Christian's Creek in
Beverley Manor, part of 496 acres conveyed by Beverley (land agent) to Andrew.
On the 20th of July 1764. Andrew Russell, Sr., conveyed to Andrew Russell, Jr.,
his son, 150 acres in Beverley Manor on Christian's Creek, again, part of 496 acres.
Beverly Land Grant 1736=>
Andrew died on or before 20 Nov. 1780 in Virginia. Florence died before 1764. Children:
1) Joshua Russell b. 1738
in Orange/Augusta Co., VA;
d there sometime before October
2) Andrew Jr. born October 28th 1740 in Cowpasture, Augusta
County, VA. Andrew Jr. died in Knox County, TN. Andrew Jr. served in the
Revolutionary War. Andrew married Elizabeth White (2nd marriage);
children with White: Elizabeth, Matthew, Mary, Ann, William, John, Jean,
James, Andrew, and Alexander. Andrew Jr. died in 1803 in
HERE for his Last Will and Testament.
3) Robert Russell, baptized August 15th 1742
John Russell, baptized 24 Feb. 1748, died 15 April
1783. He married Elizabeth Swink.
5) Martha Russell, baptized on April 24, 1749.
POSSIBLE GENERATION #3 Mid 1700s, Virginia
John Russell and
wife Elizabeth "Betsy" Swink Russell (GGGG Grandparents)
John born: 24 FEB 1747/48, d. 15 APR 1783 (Died about
John Russell's Baptism: 24 FEB 1748 Tinkling
Springs Meeting House Congregation, Fisherville, VA per
John Russell was born in Augusta, VA and died in Pike, IN.
Elizabeth Betsy Schwenk/Swink was the daughter of Lawrence Swink and Anna
Margaret Schwenk. John and Betsy had 15 or
16 children including:
- Mary Russell,
b. 14 Jul 1772, Shenandoah Co., VA, d. 18 Oct 1854, Campbellsville, Taylor Co.,
- Naomi Russell married George Len Shultz as his first wife in March of 1814. She died just a
couple of years later on 2 January 1817 in Augusta County, VA.
Their son, Cyrus Russell SHULTZ born in 1815, in Rockbridge County, VA, died
3 February, 1910, in Knoxville, TN. After Naomi died, Cyrus went to live
with Naomi's brother, Robert RUSSELL, and Robert's mother, Elizabeth SWINK)
RUSSELL. (Cyrus R. SHULTZ married Mary Jane WHITE on 3 January,1837, in
Augusta County, VA, by the Rev. Stephen SMITH. Mary Jane WHITE was born 26
April, 1818, in VA, and died 18 Dec.1888, in Knoxville. Mary Jane was the
daughter of David WHITE. Robert RUSSELL was the guarantor of the marriage
license bond). Cyrus and Mary Jane had eleven children. For more on
- Joseph Russell who married Sarah Jane Braden Russell (see Gen. 4
1775 OR SO (GGGG Grandparents)
Joseph Russell and
wife Sarah Jane Braden Russell
Joseph Russell was born in 1775 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married Sarah
Jane Braden on February 13, 1797 in Augusta County. They had eight children in
22 years. He died in 1830 in Tazewell, TN at the age of 55. Sarah Jane Braden
was born one year earlier than Joseph Russell, in 1774 in Augusta County.
She died in 1837 at the age of 63.
Eventually they lived at the Lead
Mine Bend of the Powell River, which became a part of Union County, TN in about
1850 (*long after they had died.)
Heirs of Joseph Russell as listed on this
1. Sarah (Braden) Russell, wife
2. Edward ("Ned") Russell, son
4. Jason Meador, son in law, husband of daughter Hannah
5. John Graves, son in law, husband of daughter Anna Russell
Honeycutt, son in law, husband of daughter Mary Russell
7. Josiah Russell, son
8. Robert J Russell, son
9. John Russell, son.
Early 1800s (GGG Grandparents)
Robert J. Russell
and wife Sarah Elizabeth Honeycutt Russell
Robert J Russell was born on
October 12, 1809, in Claiborne County, TN, the child of Joseph and Sarah Jane.
He married Sarah Elizabeth Honeycutt in 1832. They had 19 children in 26 years.
He died on February 3, 1884, in Claiborne County, at the age of 74, and was
buried in Russell's Chapel Cemetery, Claiborne County.
Sarah Elizabeth Honeycutt was born on July 10, 1813, in Tazewell, TN, the child
of John and Sarah. Later she married William Henry Houston and they had nine
children together. She died on March 3, 1891, in her hometown, having lived a
long life of 77 years and many children, and was buried in Russell's Chapel
Cemetery, Claiborne County, TN.
Their many children are:
- Sterling Honeycutt (1830-1909) (This is likely a nephew
- Elizabeth "Betsy" Russell (1831-1892)
- Hiram "Harm" Russell (1833-1898) - One of the church
founders listed below
- Nancy Mahala Russell (1835-1898)
- William Russell (1838-1869)
- Celia J Russell (1840-1938) (Twin?)
- Sarah Russell (1840-?) (Twin?)
- Barbary Russell (1841-1921) (Twin?)
- Henry Russell (Civil War) (Heart Failure) (1841-1910)
-One of the church founders listed below (Twin?)
- Edward Russell (1843-?)
- Robert Franklin "Doc" Russell (1845-1924)
- Catherine Russell (1846-?)
- Joseph Taylor Russell (1847-1898)
- Lucinda Russell (1848-?)
- Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Russell (1850-1919) One of the
church founders listed below
- Anna M. Russell (1851-?)
- Merideth P. Russell (1855-?)
- Millard Fillmore Russell (1856-1886)
Tombstone of R. J. Russell
Robert J. Russell (b. 1809 d. 1884) was
the son of Joseph Russell and Sarah Jane Braden; husband of Sarah Elizabeth
Tombstone of Sarah Honeycutt Russell
Sarah Elizabeth Honeycutt Russell (b. July
10, 1813 d. March 3, 1891), daughter of John Honeycutt and wife of Robert J. Russell.
SARAH HONEYCUTT: "Sarah and her brother Urias (married Mary Russell) both
married Russell siblings. Sarah and her husband are both buried at Russell
Cemetery in Claiborne Co, TN. Sarah remained in Tennessee and did not migrate to
Indiana. Many sons of Sarah formed a new Methodist Church in Tennessee and their
picture was taken for the paper along with "cousin" Alvis Brogan."
(See photo of group below)
1840s (Great Great Grandparents)
Henry Russell and
wife Jane "Jennie" Rouse Russell
When Henry Russell was born in October 1841 in Tazewell, TN his father,
Robert, was 32 and his mother, Sarah, was 28. He married Jane "Jennie" Rouse on
October 20, 1861. They had 12 children in 24 years. He died on August 17, 1910,
in Claiborne County, TN at the age of 68. "Jennie" was born on January 6,
1841, in Tazewell, TN, a bit older than Henry, the child of Alexander and Mary
A. Woods Rouse. She died on March 10, 1915, in Claiborne County, Tennessee, at
the age of 74.
His picture is on
left side in
front row below:
Picture was taken for the paper for being founders of
the Lily Grove Methodist Church. Standing from
L-R: Joseph Taylor "Joe" Russell, Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Russell, Robert
Franklin "Doc" Russell. Sitting from L-R: Henry Russell, Alvis Brogan (1st
Cousin), Hiram "Harm" Russell. Picture from Ancestry.com. NOTE:
It appears that these gentlemen did not leave their old church happily and
changed to a new church and a new denomination. This picture would have
been taken in 1898 or earlier even though it was not published until 1903.
Jennie and Henry had several children:
Death Certificates of Henry Russell, who suffered
from heart failure and of Jennie Rouse Russell, who
died of rheumatism and complications.
1860s (Great Grandparents)
Russell and wife Martha "Marthie" Treece Russell
Joseph Taylor Russell was born on August 11, 1866 and died April 21, 1947.
He grew up to marry Martha "Marthie" Treece who was born Jan 6 1867 and died Oct
5, 1947. They had 10 children in 13 years! They died of "old age".
By 1900 the census shows us that Joe is farming and he and Martha are in their
30s and have been married 12 years. They have 7 children living with them
at this point:
James I. Russell, 11 - April 1889 (works as farm laborer and is a student)
Mary E. Russell 9 - June 1891
"Vina" Russell 7 - October 1892
John W(esley) Russell 5 - September 1894 (See next generation)
William Lee Russell 4 - February 1895
Landrith D. Russell 2 - Sept. 1898
Walter Brownlow Russell 8 months - Sept. 1899
Another 10 years pass and Joe is still farming in Claiborne TN. His son
is now teaching students instead of being a student! All the kids are
still single. There is now another child listed, Sarah E. who is 8.
Interestingly in 1920 census Joe is now a furniture cabinet maker. He and
Marthie are in their 50s. They are living at 317 Churchwell Avenue
in Knoxville (which will become the home of John Wesley and his wife in the next
Daughter Vina is a seamstress at a knitting mill, which is a typical job for
that time and
area. John is, of course, a railroad brakeman, and John and his wife Cora
live with Joe and Marthie. Also living with Joe and Marthie are son
Landrith who is a railroad fireman and Walter "Brownie" Russell who works,
perhaps, in the same knitting mill as Vina, as does daughter Sarah who is a
seamstress at a knitting mill.
An interesting family
memory is that both Joseph and Martha could speak German and "yelled" at each a lot - loud but loved
by John Wesley Russell. His sister Vina took after her parents with their
Joseph and Martha
They are both buried at
Bookwalter Cemetery in North Knoxville TN Plot: Section I.
Bookwalter Methodist Church
GENERATION #8 Late 1890s/Early
Cora Eliza Brimer and John Wesley Russell
Cora: 1899 - 1982
John: July 20, 1894-September 14, 1974
Married: December 15, 1919; 5 daughters
John was self-educated and
worked for many years as a freight conductor for Southern Railway. During the
time of WWI draft registration card, John was living at 317 Churchwell Av. in
Knoxville TN and was a knitter for Standard Knitting Mills at 1400 Washington St
in Knoxville. He was single and was physically disqualified for WWI
military duty. On December 15, 1919 he married Cora Brimer in Knox County TN; he
was 25 and she was 21. In 1920 and 1930 they lived at this same address.
In 1926 he was a brakeman for Southern Railway. We know from the 1930
census that he and Cora owned this home and lived there with their daughters
Marion who is 8 and Maxine who is 5 and baby Wanda Lou who is 2 years old.
In 1930 John was working as a flagman for the railway.
There are lots of Russells listed on the 1930 census page including John's
dad, Joseph T. Russell who is a dairy farmer and mom Martha Russell who live at
Another Russell on the same street is Walter Russell, a machinist, and
his wife Opal and their son James Russell. They live at #323 with the
Bowman family. Walter and Opal are the brother and sister-in-law of Frank
Bowman (head of household). Melvina A. Bowman was born a Russell. The
Bowman/Russell household is next door to the John Wesley and Cora Russell
Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery
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