Kentucky Family Group Sheet for the John Granger Tye Family


Husband: John Granger TYE
Birthdate: Abt. 1742
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Death date: 16 Mar 1833
Place of death: Carpenter, Whitley, Kentucky
Burial: Golden Cemetery, Whitley, Kentucky
Father: John Tye
Mother: Prescotia

Marriage date: 1770
Marriage place: Richmond, Virginia

Wife: Molly WHEELER
Birthdate: 04 Mar 1747
Birthplace: Virginia
Death date: 15 Jun 1809
Place of death: Carpenter, Whitley, Kentucky
Burial: Golden Cemetery, Whitley, Kentucky
Father: John Wheeler
Mother: Elizabeth "Betsy" Tye

CHILDREN

Child No. 1: John Tye
Sex: M
Birthdate: 1766
Birthplace: North Carolina
Death date: Oct 1784
Place of death: killed by Indians
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Child No. 2: Mary Tye
Sex: F
Birthdate: 1786
Birthplace: Whitley, Kentucky
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Spouse's name: Joseph Prichard

Child No. 3: John Tye
Sex: M
Birthdate: 1770
Birthplace: Virginia
Death date: 23 Jan 1795
Place of death: Hawkins, Tennessee
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Child No. 4: George Tye
Sex: M
Birthdate: 11 Feb 1782
Birthplace: Hawkins, Tennessee
Death date: 09 Feb 1845
Place of death: Knox County, Kentucky
Burial: Golden Cemetery, Whitley, Kentucky
Marriage date: 08 Apr 1807
Marriage place: Knox County, Kentucky
Spouse's name: Nancy Elizabeth Mays Pearce

Child No. 5: Elizabeth Tye
Sex: F
Birthdate: 19 Mar 1774
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia
Death date: 18 Dec 1848
Place of death: Carpenter, Whitley, Kentucky
Marriage date: 1790
Burial: Golden Cemetery, Whitley, Kentucky
Marriage place: Whitley, Kentucky
Spouse's name: Drury Tye

Child No. 6: Joshua Tye
Sex: M
Birthdate: 21 Dec 1783
Birthplace: Hawkins, Tennessee
Death date: 29 Mar 1870
Place of death: Whitley, Kentucky
Burial: Golden Cemetery, Whitley, Kentucky
Marriage date: 12 Mar 1805
Marriage place: Knox County, Kentucky
Spouse's name: Elizabeth Cummins
 
 
Documentation:
* MOLLY WHEELER TYE AND THE TYE FAMILY OF CARPENTER KENTUCKY From "Our Wheeler Family", 1997, by Marshall R. Wheeler.
* "On the 5th Instant, John Tye, junior, was killed and John Tye, senior, John Burlinson, Sherard Mays, and Thomas Mays wounded by Indians on the frontiers of Hawkins County, Tennessee." from The Knoxville Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 2, January 23, 1795.

Notes:
* Not much is known about Molly (also known as Mollie and Mary) and some of what is "known" may be wrong, e.g., that she was from "the New York Colony." Once printed, that statement has been repeated over and over, but a genealogical form for the N.S.D.A.R. for her grandson, George Washington Tye, states that she was born in Virginia.
* A marriage record has not been found, but, she married John. G. Tye (one in a series of father-son John Tye's) probably @1772 in Virginia. He was from the Baltimore area, born it is said @1737 (if so, then Molly may not have been his first wife since she was born @1757 as an estimate). Their first child, Betsy (Elizabeth) was born in Virginia in 1774, son John @ 1776, George in 1782, Joshua in 1783, and Polly (Mary) @ 1787. There may have been, also, a Susan Tye, born 1800. Molly died 15 June 1809 and was buried in the Tye Cemetery, Carpenter, Whitley County, Kentucky.
* Her husband married again, to Elizabeth (Betsy) Hamblin, and they had at least four daughters. There may have been other children as well; - a descendant said that "...old John Tye died in bed at age 91, and he fathered so many children that he lost count." He is also buried in the Tye Cemetery, not far from the mouth of Golden's Creek where it meets Big Poplar Creek.
* Their daughter Betsy also had quite a reputation. According to Steven Alsip, a descendant, she "...was a very liberated woman for her time. She ran a ferry from Tye's ferry to Williamsburg. She cussed like a sailor, and smoked a corncob pipe." She had a number of children, but no husband, apparently. The rumour was that their father was Stephen Golden who lived nearby.
* "Capt. Young gives in one negro hired of Colo. Davies refuses to given in his property in a house adjoining J. Hunter's Mr. Abbey Peggy McLine her daughter and a child also Mr. Tewer a Soldier, works in the laboratory, his wife and child one horse. Also in the adjoining house assembly house Mr. Jones, a child, and a negro girl. Also in J. Hunters, Mrs. Roades, Molley Tye, and four children. Also in Mrs. Streaker's 8 children, four orphan children (Barkers). Three heard of cattle one mare belonging to her eldest son who is lame". Richmond, Virginia, 1782 Census.
* John Tye, Molly's husband, was a Revolutionary War soldier, and apparently left her in a rooming house in Richmond, Virginia, while he was gone, as is shown in this enigmatic entry in the 1782 census of Richmond. The four children mentioned after her name may have been hers, but this isn't certain. Before going to Kentucky soon after 1790, they were in North Carolina and Tennessee, and then settled in Whitley County, Kentucky (still part of Knox County then). There he and his sons built a 2-story double log house. - rather like two houses connected by a breeze-way. It was a famous landmark for decades.
* Their son John was killed by Indians while a teenager, and was buried at that spot. There is a memorial marker for him at the Tye Cemetery. Their son Joshua, a veteran of the War of 1812, became a rich landowner -owning as many as 40+ slaves. He was said to have been relatively kind to them, and never sold any. When they were all freed, eventually, they stayed with him, and he ended up a poor man from trying to take care of them all.
* George Tye, also a War of 1812 veteran, was the one who helped Sarah Wheeler. Children of his 2nd marriage went west @ 1866 and eventually founded Tye Texas, 12 miles West of Abilene.
 

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