What we know and don’t know
The Elizabeth Sloan that I refer to above was born 4 April 1746, possibly in Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania, or in Virginia. Elizabeth first appears in a record in Rowan Co. NC in 1766, when a marriage bond is executed for her marriage on 26 March 1766, to Andrew Morrison, born 9 Jan 1745, in PA, , son of William and Margaret (Hays?) Morrison. Signatures on the bond are John Frohock, James Patterson and Walter Carruth, none of whom appear to be a relative of Elizabeth. It is spelled SLOAN on the marriage bond.
Andrew and Elizabeth were married in Rowan Co., and she bore 8 known children in that county:
William Hays George Milton
Rebecca Andrew Sloan
It is interesting to note that all of the male children in this family were given middle names, William’s is Hays, believed to be his paternal grandmother’s maiden name, George ‘s was Milton for which there is no known connection at this time, and Andrew’s was his mother’s maiden name. This is at a time before middle names were common among the Scots-Irish. This middle naming pattern was about 2 generations earlier than it is customary to find middle names, but soon became common among the Scots-Irish community. The female children were not accorded middle names.
Elizabeth and Andrew migrated to TN ca 1810 – probably directly to Franklin Co.
Location of children at Andrew’s death in 1815 is being investigated.
Andrew’s will, dated 22 August 1815, written and probated in Franklin County TN: Abstracted in Franklin County Wills 1808-1875, Ingmire.
“my three daughters who now live with me”
“My son Andw S in connection with Wm Alexander in Elk River to have the use of sd. land during life or while married
“among my wife and daughter now with me”
Elizabeth, daughter, Polly daughter. Ed note: This is Mary.
“To son George I leave $20 for his troubles in settling my affairs to collecting debts in Carolina the property which has before this date come into the hands of son Andrew.”
“I will that the first Hundred dollars received from Carolina on my account shall be given to son Andrew S. to assist in paying for his expenses in behalf of my family”
“my beloved wife during her life time as respecting an interest in an estate in Virginia that in cas son Andw S shall see fit to do so any thing in obtaining it he shall be intitled to all the profits thence arising”
Signed: Andrew Morrison (seal)
Executors: Capt. George Davidson; Wm. Alexander, Esqr
Witnesses: James Harris, Jurat; Matilda M. Brown, Jurat.
Dated: 22 August 1815
The notation regarding an “estate in Virginia” is possibly a clue as to the earlier life of Elizabeth.
Note: witness Matilda M Brown is granddaughter of Andrew Morrison, dau of Rebecca Morrison Brown, widow of Robert Brown.
No knowledge of burial site for either Andrew or Elizabeth, nor when or where Elizabeth died. .
Advised by Julia McCorkle Montgomery (deceased in 2008) of a letter of Elmira Sloane McCorkle, noting that “Great Grandmother Morrison (this would be Elizabeth Sloan Morrison) was a sister to Grandfather McCorkle”. (This would be her paternal Grandfather. Unable to get a copy of that letter.
Elizabeth Morrison was witness to will of William “X” Archbald on 6 October 1777, in Rowan Co. NC . William Archbald’s wife was a Martha McCorkle. Exr: of William Archbald’s will was Alexander McCorkle, William Archbald’s father in law; Wit: John Rosebrough, William Rosebrough, Elisabeth Morrison. Rowan Co. Will Book A:251
Other Elizabeth Sloan’s contemporary to my Elizabeth Sloan in the Rowan county and Iredell County area…and data- research about whom could not lead me to my Elizabeth Sloan.
Elizabeth Sloan, daughter of John Sloan “Ironmaster” married William “Willy” S. Brown
Elizabeth Sloan, married to Captain Samuel Espy of Lincoln Co. NC. She was sister to Mary Sloan. Rowan Co. 5 April 1785
Elizabeth Sloane, married Samuel Snoddy. Noted in her will of 9 May 1794, sons Thomas, William, Samuel Jr. Fergus, John, and daughters Eleanor (who married a James Morrison) Sarah, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Agnes, Martha
Elizabeth Sloan, d/o Fergus and Ann E. Robinson Sloan, born ca 1750, d. 1831, married Thomas Hall, s/o James Hall and Prudence Roddy Hall. DAR Patriot Index Vol III, page 660.
Elizabeth Sloan m. Timothy Anderson, Rowan Co. 1770. Her parentage is unknown.
Elizabeth Sloan, married Samuel Haynes. See P. Roberson research notes
Elizabeth Sloan, married James Morrison in Burke County NC. James was a son of William Morrison of Burke Co. believed to be son of Thomas, son of James? Her parentage is unknown.
Elizabeth Sloan, daughter of Archibald and Margaret ____ Sloan. This Elizabeth Sloan is listed in the Patrick Sloan Bible memo as being his sister, and dau of Archibald.
Andrew Sloan Morrison (Reverend) was a son of Andrew Morrison and Elizabeth Sloan Morrison. Andrew Sloan Morrison’s location at time of his father’s death in Franklin County TN is unknown, though he probably was in the vicinity of his father (Probably Blount Co.TN) He is listed as MG in a majority of marriage indexes in that county at that time. Will of Andrew Morrison was dated 22 Aug 1815 in Franklin Co. TN.
Blount Co. TN work – was ASM there at time of his father’s death. Did mother Elizabeth Morrison join him as a widow or where was she?
??? Franklin Co. TN , , Bedford County TN , Coffee County – formed in 1836
This memo pertains to one Elizabeth Sloan, my fourth great grandmother. I have found at least eight other Elizabeth Sloan’s contemporary to her in Rowan , Burke and Iredell Co. NC, none of whom have led me through their parentage, to my Elizabeth’s mother and father.
5478 Hanover Circle
Cincinnati OH 45230
Sister of Morrison DNA Project – Number M115