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Elizabeth Roddy - Daniel Haston's Daughter?

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Elizabeth Haiston (or Houston) Roddey, Wife of James Roddey
A man named James Roddey married Elizabeth Houston (or Haiston*) in Washington County, NC (now TN).

James Roddey Marriage to Elizabeth Haston/Houston

David Tate** was the bondsman & James Stuart was the witness.
Source:  Page 120 of Volume O of Washington County, TN Marriage Records

**James Roddey and Samuel Tate were involved in a court case in Washington County, NC (now TN).  See the note below.  Was this the James Roddey who married Elizabeth? Col. James Roddy? Or someone else?  Was this Samuel Tate related to David Tate?  Col. James Roddy and a Samuel Tate were soldiers in the Battle of King's Mountain.
Source: Samuel Tate of Washington County; writ of fieri facias issued case of James Roddy vs. Samuel Tate; August 22, 1789. (available in East TN State University Archives of Appalachia at Johnson City, TN)
Note from Les Tate (10-09-10):

Regarding the writ of fieri facias, Samuel Tate purchased some land that the previous owner had bought from James Roddy, however that previous owner had apparently not finished paying Roddy for the land, so Roddy filed a motion to protect his rights. I don't recall the outcome, however an agreement seems to have been reached.

Samuel Tate served on the first grand jury of Washington County NC (later TN) and, later he and son Robert Tate, were made Justices of the Peace there. Samuel and Robert Tate of Washington County were among the men who served under John Sevier at the Battle of Kings Mountain.

*Note:  The clerk who transcribed this document, spelled Elizabeth's surname "Houston."  However, a closer examination of her name indicates that her name may have been written "Haiston."

Read the "Elizabeth H_____" name in the marriage document and determine for yourself what the intended spelling of her maiden surname was.  For a closer examination of the spelling of her surname, take a look at this highly magnified version.

  • January 1800
Elizabeth Roddy and Daniel Hastings were appointed as administrators for the estate of a deceased James Roddy in a Knox County, TN court.

James Roddy

On motion of Elizabeth Roddy and Daniel Hastings Administrators is granted them on the estate of James Roddy deceased, who have been sworn, and entered into bond together with William Tipton and John Desmond (Jun.) in the sum of One Thousand Dollars with condition as law directs.

Source:  Page 74 of Knox County, TN Estate Settlements, Reel # 1
(Volume 1, July 1792 - October 1811)

  1. Generally, the wife of the deceased was one of the administrators (the administratrix) of an estate settlement.

  2. Notice that Elizabeth Roddy and Daniel Haston presented the "motion" that they be the administrators.  They were not just conveniently and arbitrarily appointed by the court.

  3. As late as April 10, 1799 a James Roddy served on a Knox County, TN jury.  On October 9, 1798 a man by this name served on a Knox County, TN jury with Daniel Hastings.

  4. A John Dermand (Desmond?), Jr. was a member of the jury that tried Joseph Haston in the 1800-1801 "timothy lot" case.

  5. The William Tipton mentioned here was probably "Fighting Billy" Tipton, who lived south of Knoxville toward Maryville, TN.

  6. The oldest daughter of Col. James Roddy (of Jefferson County, TN) was “Elizabeth” but she was already married at this time and would have had a different name.

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  • July 1800
An inventory of the estate of James Roddy deceased was returned to the Knox County, TN Court by the Administrators.

James Roddy

An inventory of the estate of James Roddy deceased was returned to Court by the Administrators to wit

7 Notes of hand payable in corn amount 131 bushels; 3 notes of hand for cash amounting to 37 dollars 75 cents; 5 head of horses, 8 head of cattle; 3 head of hogs, 2 Rifle guns; 1 silver watch; 1 sett of Plough Irons; 1 falling ax; 1 foot adj; 1 small auger; 2 chissels; 1 wooden wheel carriage; 10 lb Iron; 1 Saddle & saddle bags; 4 crocks; 2 tea kettles; __ gallon, 9 del__ plates; 3 pewter plates; 3 tin cups; 2 pots; 1 dutch oven; 1 dr_per, fire bell_; 1 pr. shoe leathers; 1 bed & bed stead; 2 Jackett patterns; sundrie cloathing. 2 smoothing Irons, 2 cedar piggins. One 1/2 pint bottle; some shoemakers tools; 1 spinning wheel; 2 kegs; 2 chairs.  

BOOK ACCOUNTS: William Gilliam $1.50.  John Heron  sin (Harrison?) $1.66.  John Wood (Maryville) $1.32.  John Singleton 33 cents.  Nathaniel Hays, balance 88 cents;  Michael Foster 62_ cents; Thomas Anderson, 70 cents.  John Rhea 79 cents;  John Litster $1.21;  Samuel Lindsey $2.60;  Thomas Hamilton $1.62_;  John Hankins 20 cents  James Mitchell (Blue) $1.87 1/2;  William Tipton 25 cents;  Andrew Richey 13 cents;  John Millar (Butcher) $1.25;  James Rodgers Jun. 73 cents;  David Clark $3.06:  Note:  There are some notes or bonds in the hands of Dennis Thomey the amount not known.

Ordered that the said estate be sold as the Law directs.

Source:  Page 77 of Knox County, TN Estate Settlements, Reel # 1
(Volume 1, July 1792 - October 1811)


  1. From the January 1800 court record, the administrators mentioned here would have been Daniel Haston and Elizabeth Roddy.

  2. We have not found any evidence (land deeds or tax records) indicating that this James Roddy owned land.  Perhaps he rented land from John Wood of Maryville, did Daniel Haston (as per the "timothy lot" court case record).

  3. James Roddy had book accounts, but it isn’t clear if this is what he owed or what people owed him.  Most likely, these are amounts owed to other people, such as John Miller, a butcher in Knoxville, and John Wood, a land owner in Maryville.

  4. Some of the people of interest on this list:

  • John Wood of Maryville:  The “timothy lot” that Daniel & Joseph Haston’s hogs trampled was supposedly leased or subleased from a John Wood.  "South of the Holston, opposite Knoxville" (where the "timothy lot" was) would have been toward Maryville.  William Tipton, who put up security money for this estate settlement, was known to have lived down in the south Knox County area, toward Maryville.

  • Nathaniel Hays:  David Haston cut the tails off of cows owned by Nathaniel Hays, who apparently lived near the Daniel Haston and the Phillip Roddy families.

  • William Tipton:  (probably "Fighting Billy" Tipton)

  • Jane Roddy (some people have suggested that she may have been a sister of Margaret Roddy; others think that she was perhaps a cousin) married an Abraham Tipton on April 29, 1806.

  • William Tipton was also involved in the settlement of James Roddy’s estate, in that he put up bond money for the settlement process.

  • Abraham Tipton, in an 1815 final settlement of a James Roddy estate, was the administrator of the estate.  (Daniel Haston had moved on to White County, TN ten years or so prior to this time.)  This may have been a different James Roddy.

  • James Mitchell:  Was this James Mitchell the brother of Jacob Mitchell who (apparently) married Lucinda Haston, daughter of Daniel Haston?  What does the word "Blue" mean here?  James Mitchell (later, a Reverend) married Sarah (Sallie) Nave who was born in Rockingham County, VA.  She was the daughter of George Nave and Veronica Fanny Moore, but she was born in 1793 so she would have only been seven years old in 1800.  James was born on October 29, 1786, so he would have only been 14 years old in 1800.*
    *Source for birth date of James Mitchell: Page 51 of The "720" Descendents of Morris and Elizabeth Mitchell by Van Hines Mitchell (Published by Jean S. Mitchell of LaFeria, TX in 1998).

  • Dennis Thomey:  Phillip Roddy (and James Ryon) lived adjacent to Dennis Towney (Towmey?) in Guilford County, NC.  On February 15, 1791 Phillip Roddy sold land to Dennis Towmey.  On August 7, 1798 Phillip Roddy gave or sold 100 acres in Guilford County, NC to James Roddy and the transaction was witnessed by Moses Roddy.  The 100 acres was adjacent to Dennis Towmey.  At the time of the 1798 transaction from Phillip to Moses Roddy, they were both living in Knox County, TN.  In November of 1802, Daniel Haston's son Joseph traveled to Guilford County, NC to settle some James Roddy estate business with Dennis Towmey. 

    Note:  If you have major interest in this issue - be sure and read the page on this site - North Carolina Connections to the Daniel Haston Family.

Tentative Evidence-Based Conclusions:
  1. The James Roddy, deceased in 1800 in Knox County, TN was the husband of Elizabeth Haston.
  2. Elizabeth Haiston of the 1793 marriage bond was Elizabeth Haston, not Houston.
    Take a close look at the name on the bond.

  3. Elizabeth Haston was a daughter of Daniel Haston.
  4. Elizabeth may have been one of the two females in the Daniel Hiestand/Haston household who were already born by the time of the 1775 Dunmore County, VA census.  If so, she would have been approximately 19 years old on December 21, 1793 (keep that in mind for a few points below).
  5. James Roddy was (very probably) a son of Phillip Roddy.
  6. Phillip Roddy sold most of his Guilford County, NC land to Dennis Towmey on February 15, 1791.  Elizabeth Haiston (Houston?) married James Roddy in Washington County, NC (now East TN) on December 21, 1793, nearly three years after (presumably) Phillip Roddy moved his family away from Guilford County, NC. 
  7. Elizabeth Haston, daughter of Daniel Haston, married James Roddy, son of James and Mary McComiskey Roddy on December 21, 1793 in Washington County, NC (now East Tennessee). 
  8. Two of Daniel Haston's children may have married children of Phillip and Mary McComiskey Roddy.
    • Elizabeth to James Roddy (evidence but no absolute proof)
    • David to Peggy Roddy (evidence but no absolute proof)

More Information


  • April 9, 1801
A Betsy Roddy married James Cox in Knox County, TN on April 9, 1801.  "Betsy" is a nickname for Elizabeth.  Was this  Betsy Roddy, who married James Cox, the former wife of the deceased James Roddy?

Daniel Haston's son, Joseph, submitted a power of attorney document to the Guilford County, NC court.  The document declared that Daniel Haston of "Nox" County, Tennessee was the administrator of the estate of James Roddy who was deceased.  More

More Information About the James Roddy Estate Settlement in Guilford County, NC
and Philip Roddy, Possibly the Father of James Roddy, in the Same Area of NC

Philip Roddy in NC         James Roddy in NC

Elizabeth Hastings & Thomas Jefferson Johnson
According to some researchers, a Elizabeth Hastings or Hastins married Thomas Jefferson Johnson in White County, TN in about 1805-1806. 

Source: 1957 letter from Mildred M. Warren of Smackover, AR to Mary K. Mitchell of Sparta, TN - Image #002014 of Charles Leonard Papers TN State Library & Archives microfilm AC #1421-3

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