JOANNAH GOAD, daughter of JOHN GOAD and CATHERINE
, was born November 01, 1723 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia1, and died Abt. 1773 in probably Rockingham County, Virginia2. She married VALENTINE SEVIER, son
of JOHN SEVIER and MARY SMITH, 1744 in Culpepper Co. VA.3. He was born February 01, 1711/12 in St Giles Parish. Cripplegate, London, England4,5, and died December 30, 1803 in Carter City,
near Watauga Setlementt, Carter County, Tennessee6,7.
(See also Joe Payne's web site
information on Joannah and Valentine)
Saint Francis Xavier
was born) in Navare, Spain, in 1217, it is spelled "Savierr." This is remarakably close to the modern spelling by Valentine's descendants.
Joannah and Valentine lived for a time in the Rockingham and Shenandoah County area of Virginia. They did not appear to have gone to Bedford County with her father. Most of Joannah's children
were born in the Rockingham and Shenandoah area.
Valentine was "An imigrant with a considerable talent for acquiring property." After Joannah's death, Valentine remarried.
The Goads - A Frontier Family, Second Edition, by Kenneth F. Haas
"Velentine Sevier was born in the city of London, England and decended from a
French family who spelt their name Xavier in very early days" (letter from Col. George Washington Sevier, Valentine's grandson, to Dr. Lyman C. Draper). Apparently, Valentine's father had gone to London, England in the
last part of the 17th century, fleeing religious persecution in his native Paris France.
Over the centuries, in different countries and languages, the surname Sevier apparenltly has varied in
spelling and pronumciation. In the earliest known spelling of the Castle of Xavier (Javier) (where
The English pronunciation renders it
"Say-veer" (or in Arkansas, "Suh-veer"). In Portuguese, it is said to be more like "Sheveer." In Castilian Spanish, which does not use an "X" to begin words, it starts with a
"J" which is pronounced with an "H" sound.
Valentine was the son of Valentine Xavier. His father was a Huguenot who fled Paris France when the Edict of Nantes
was revoked (Oct 22,1685). In England, he became a prosperous merchant, marrying an English girl, Mary Smith.(Harrison , p 146)
Valentine became a large landowner, energetic colonizer, merchant, agent for the colony, miller, and family man.
Valentine proved his importation at Orange court, May 28, 1742
Valentine owned various tracts of land on Smiths Creek and the North Fork of the Shenandoah, some of which appears to have been where
the town of New Market was started. His son, John, is said to have laid out the town soon after the French and Indian War(Harrison , p 146).
In 1742, Valentine Sevier was a member of a colonial militia company known as "No. 5," captained by Peter Scholl under Col Beverly.
Scholl was an early resident of Smith's Creek and apparently married a niece of Daniel Boone.(Harrison , p. 143)
When Valentine was first there, the country was a lonely wilderness, with only the rudest of log cabins at first. . Only the rudest of log
cabins were at first constructed. Though wild game was plentiful, the ability to obtain other food by tilling the soil was only achieved through slow laborious labor.(Harrison , p. 162)
Unlike the current popular notion, the Valley at this time, like much of
the forest lands of eastern America, was not one unbroken primeval forest. The Indians, in the past, had burned over large areas of land in their anuual hunts. There were large areas of prairie interspersed with the woods. In
some arreas, the grass was said to be so tall "that a man passing through it on horseback could tie it across his saddle-bow." In these natural pastures, the early settlers raised horses and hogs, not needing to plant
any grasses or clover.(Harrison , p. 162)
No roads existed.
The first road up the valley, the Indian Road, which followed an old Indian trail, was laid out in 1745.(Harrison , p. 162)
The old Augusta Parish Vestry Book provides many of the names of early landowners of 1747, the year the first vestry met. One of the
vestry's duties was to attend to the partitioning of of lands and the Vestry Book contains a processioners list. With the boundarys of the early settlers' tracts poorly defined or temporarily marked, the Vestry appointed
partitioners to preserve the boundaries. Every four years, by law, the boundaries of each landowner was required to be marked. On March 8, 1748, Valentine Sevier is listed as "not processioned." (processioner lists -
Augusta Parish Vestry Book, pp. 4, 19, and 23; Chalkley, Vol II, p. 435.) (Harrison , p. 162)
In the Land Entry Book No. I, of Augusta County, an entry was made May 20, 1748, to Valentine Sevier, for 400 acres on Smiths Creek. (Harrison, p 164)
On September 29, 1749, Valentine witnessed a
deed of James Wood of Frederick to Robert Shankland of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 300 acres of land on Muddy Creek (Deed Book 2, p. 342.) (
Harrison, p 223)
In the processioner returns of 1756, Processioners John Harrison, Jr and his cousin Daniel Smith included,
"processioned from Fairfax's line to North River, by Joh Harrison and Danl. Smith, viz.: ...for Valentine Sevier.... (processioner lists - Augusta Parish Vestry Book, pp. 157, 164, 174, Chaulkey, Vol. II, pp 442-4)(Harrison) , p 182)
In 1767, the processioner returns of Jeremiah
Harrison and Robert Cravens includes Valentine Sevier (Augusta Parish Vestry Books, p. 444.)(Harrison)
Valentine originally owned 200 acres of what was later the 1,700 acre plantation of Thomas Moore in Rockingham County, Va. The land was patented by
Valentine on June 27th, 1767 in consideration for "the importation of four persons, viz: James Porteus, John Roe, Patrick McDonald, and Daniel Warner." (Chalkley, Vol II, p26). It was on "Smith's Creek crossing
Daniel James' Branch."(Harrison , p146)
A deed of
Alexander Buchanan and Isabella, of North Carolina to Michael Boyer on April 10th, 1769 shows that Sevier lived on Smith's Creek very near the land mentioned above. In this deed, the land is discribed as "The tract
commonly known by the place whereon Valentine Sevier formerly lived, containing 400 acres, side of Daniel James' Branch. (Deed Book 15, p. 492, Chalkey, Vol III, p. 487) This 400 acre tract was patented by Sevier on January 12,
1746.(Harrison , p146)
Valentine moved to the Watauga
settlement in Tennesse, December 25, 1773. (Harrison
) (This was only four months after Joannah's death - mpg)
Valentine Sevier sold his farm to Leonard Hart in 1796.
Valentin'e second wife, Jemima, is mentioned in his will. Based on the will, there were probably no children from the second marriage. She may have been a widow. The Jemima Young in the will, whom Valentine bequethed a woman's saddle and featherbed to, was probably his step-daughter or step-grandaughter.
A stone-block house built by Valentine Sevier in 1792, Sevier Station is the oldest standing structure in Montgomery County. (From the Atlanta Games Website, which no longer exists )
Most of this section was from A Contribution to The History and Genealogy of Colonial Families of Rockingham County, Virginia -
SETTLERS BY THE LONG GREY TRAIL - Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County, Virginia, and Their Descendants, of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines by J. Houston Harrison, copyright 1935
Children of JOANNAH GOAD and VALENTINE SEVIER are:
- JOHN SEVIER, b. September 23, 1745, Augusta County, Virginia; d. September 24, 1815, Fort Decatur, Alabama.
- VALENTINE SEVIER, b. 1747; d. February 23, 1800, Clarksville, Tennessee.
- ROBERT SEVIER, CAPTAIN, b. 1747; d. October 16, 1780.
- MARY (POLLY) SEVIER, b. Abt. 1753, Rockingham County, Virginia.
- CATHERINE SEVIER, b. Abt. 1757, Rockingham County, Virginia9; d. September 06, 1824, Tennessee10; m. WILLIAM MATLOCK, Abt. 178410.
- CHARLES SEVIER, b. Abt. 1757.
- BETHENIA SEVIER, b. Abt. 1759; m. JAMES HAWKINS.
- ABRAHAM SEVIER, b. February 14, 1760, Frederick (now Shenandoah) County, Va.11,12; d. June 18, 1841, Overton (now Clay) County, Tennessee13,14; m. MARY LITTLE.
- ELIZABETH SEVIER, b. Abt. 1762; m. WILLIAM MATLOCK.
- JOSEPH SEVIER, b. 1764; d. June 18, 1826, Overton County, Tennessee.
- SOPHIA SEVIER, b. Abt. 1764; m. WILLIAM PETERS.