David Hedden: Birth: BET 1756 AND 1774.
Title: <i>1800 Census of Spartanburg District South Carolina</i> <i>1790 Census of Wilkes County North Carolina</i> <i>1810 Census of Spartanburg District South Carolina</i>
Continued: The parentage, birthdate, and place of birth of Elisha Hedden Sr. are unknown; however, Elisha Hedden, Jr. gave his father's birthplace as Wales in the 1880 census. As a child or very young man, he settled in the semi-autonomous area of North Carolina west of the Appalachian Mountains, which later became the State of Franklin, and finally, in 1796, Tennessee. Elisha Hedden was one of the first settlers in what is now Washington County, Tennessee where he appears in the records from 1783 to 1795. He served for seven years in the Revolutionary War and was wounded several times. In 1783, he received land in Tennessee from the state of North Carolina in return for certificates issued to him for his services in the Revolution. In a manuscript volume located in the North Carolina archives titled "Revolutionary Army Accounts" (Volume I, page 11, Folio 2) and headed "An Account of Specie Certificates paid into Comptroller Office by John Armstrong Entry Taker for Land in North Carolina" is recorded that Elisha Hedden was paid 3 pounds, 14 shillings, 4 pence by Bledsoe & Carter on June 12, 1783. At one time Elisha Hedden was stationed at Houston Station six miles from Maryville,Tennessee, and sixteen miles south of Knoxville, Tennessee to reconnoiter along the Little Tennessee River to search for Indian sign. He was under the command of Maj. Thomas Stewart and Gen. Joseph Martin. The following account is taken from the Georgia state gazette and register, Augusta dated November 1, 1788, Abbeville County, S.C. July 9, 1788, "On Friday the 8th of August last (1787) a party of armed men consisting of 31, under the command of John Fain left Holston Station on Nine mile creek, and crossed the river Tenasee, about 8 or 9 miles distant in order to gather apples in the vicinity of an Indian town called Cittico, lately abandoned by the Cherokees. The Indians suffered them to pass the river unmolested, and immediately, unperceived by our people, took possession of the ford they had crossed, likewise another at a small distance above, by this time some of our people were in the orchard, and some on the trees, gathering fruit, when they were suddenly attacked by a body of savages on all quarters, this sudden and unexpected alarm threw them into the utmost confusion, so that every man who did not immediately fall, endeavored to make a retreat, but the savages being in possession of the fording places; a number took to the river, and whilst endeavoring to escape by swimming, several were killed and wounded; they later were pursued, and most of them fell a sacrifice to savage barbarity. The following is a list of the unfortunate men killed and wounded: Killed: John Fain, Capt.; Caleb Jones, Joseph Alexander; Van Piercefield; William Lang; Jonathan Dean; J. Brannon; William English; John Medlock; Robert Huston; George Matthews; Isaac Anderson; Charles Payne; Luther Johnson; Herman Gregg; George Baly. Wounded: Elisha Haddon; John Kirk, Thomas Brown, _______ Bullock." Sometime after 1795 Elisha Hedden moved to Spartanburg County, South Carolina where records show that he bought land on the North Tyger River and had several transactions during the next 20 years. He was married twice. The name of his first wife is not known, but they had seven children whose names are mentioned in his will (Anderson County Estate Papers-South Carolina State Archives). The first child is named Betsey, the second David, the third is a male whose name may have been Joseph as indicated in the 1837 lawsuit, fourth is Polly, fifth is Susy, the sixth Sathy?, and the seventh is Jacob. Elisha Hedden's second wife was Elizabeth Pinson (b. 07-04-1777), daughter of Joseph and Margery Pinson. There were eight children by the second marriage whose names from the will are: George, Joel, Garet, Mariah, Cate, Doshe, Elisha, and Jeffrey. Elisha Hedden, Sr. wrote his will on 21 March 1820 and it was probated on 15 September 1820. He did not appoint an executor in the will, but explained how his second wife was to handle the estate. Records show that Elizabeth Hedden asked for letters of administration of the will of Elisha Hedden, Sr. which was published at Antioch Church on 10 September 1820. This was never given and the estate was tied up in lawsuits until as late as 1839. Furthermore, no settlement was ever reached as far as can be determined. Following Elisha Hedden, Sr.'s death, Elizbeth married William Visage and moved to Rabun County, Georgia in the 1820's. At least three of the Hedden children came with them: Mariah, who married Joseph Eller; Elisha, Jr. who was a noted Baptist Minister of the area; and Jeffrey, born 1816, who died unmarried in the Spring of 1838 while attending the Mercer Manual Labor School at Penfield. William Visage and his son-in-law Joseph Eller moved to the Hightower community of Old Union County, Georgia where they were enumerated in a special census taken of all white persons in the Indian Territory of North Georgia in 1833. Visage, Georgia was named after William Visage. The Post Office was located at John H. Corn's. William Visage and Elizabeth Pinson Visage died in the 1850's and are probably buried in Upper Hightower Cemetery. <i><b>By Henry Hedden and Jerry Taylor for "Hearthstones of Home"
</b></i>Gilbert Heady was a charter member of Rockaway Church, Morris County, New Jersey, on Mar. 2, 1758, continuing on at least through 1768. Aaron Hedden and Samuel Hedden were members of Rockaway Church in 1781.
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