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            LANES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHEAST TENNESSEE

Our Lane family originated near Baltimore, MD. Several Lanes were early pioneers in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee, which was then part of North Carolina. Three brothers, Lambert, Corbin and Dutton Lane came to the area in the 1770's or early 1780's. Two of their first cousins, brothers Tidence and John Fuller Lane brought their families to the area from the Yadkin River area of NC in the 1770's. The exact dates are uncertain, but there is evidence that all were here before 1781. Thomas Lane, son of John Lane and a nephew of Lambert, Corbin and Dutton, came to Greene County about 1805, and it is possible that his brother John and three sisters came with him. A sister of Lambert, Corbin and Dutton, Sarah Lane Hays and her husband Joseph Hays may also have come to Greene Co, TN about 1800.

Lambert (1737-1804) was the first arrival, getting here before 1776. He and his wife, Nancy Anderson, moved from the Susquehanna River area to some part of Virginia where they reportedly lived for about four years, and then to the Holston River settlement in present day Tennessee where they "lived in the wild woods near the Indians." 1n 1777, he was a soldier in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians from the Holston Settlement. He is listed in the DAR Index as having served in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War. He apparently moved his family to Shelby County, Kentucky, after staying in the Tennessee area for only a few years. I have no proof of any of his descendants still in this area. (But I am a bit suspicious that Ann Lane, b. abt 1758, a known Indian ancestor of my Mother's family could have been a daughter of Lambert.)

Tidence (1724-1805) and John Fuller Lane (1727-1785) were in the area by 1778 when Tidence founded the Buffalo Ridge Meeting House (Baptist Church) near modern day Gray, TN. Tidence is widely recognized as the first pastor of an organized church in Tennessee. They may have been here earlier because the families were close friends of William Bean, who settled in the area in 1769, and is considered the first settler in the state. They were neighbors of William Bean in Pittsylvania County, Va. and were neighbors in 1778 near Boones Creek. Richard Lane, father of Tidence and John Fuller Lane, moved his family from Maryland to Pittsylvania County, VA, in 1746. Tidence and John Fuller Lane were several years older than their cousins Lambert, Corbin, Dutton, John and Sarah.

Tidence moved to Jefferson County, near modern day Whitesburg, about 1785 where he started another church and became a leader in the organization of the Holston Association. It appears that his family followed him and many continued to move west with the frontier. It appears that none of his family moved to Scott County, VA, but some stayed in Greene Co. Larry James of Neosho, MO, has written an excellent book on the early Lane family and is a descendant of Tidence.

John Fuller Lane died intestate in 1785 under mysterious circumstances (said to have been poisoned by a slave woman.) His wife remarried and moved much of the family to Claiborne County. Some of his family also moved to McMinn County and other areas in middle Tennessee. Some of his children may have stayed in the area, and their descendants may still be here, since some of his children's families have not been documented.

Corbin and Dutton Lane probably brought their families to the area about 1780. All Lanes in Scott County that have been connected to the pioneer families are descended from either Corbin or Dutton.

Corbin Lane (abt 1740-1816) was born in MD and was living in Bedford County, PA, 1773-1779. He was a Revolutionary War Patriot in Sullivan-Washington County, NC (now TN), having provided supplies or services in 1781-83. Other sources have reported him as a soldier, but the DAR has not found proof of his being a soldier. In Jan 1783, he sold 150 acres of land on a branch of Lick Creek in Greene Co. He had surveyed 250 acres of land on Feb 18, 1782 at modern-day Red Hill in Scott Co where he was living at his death in 1816. He moved to Greene County, NC (now TN), in 1787 and got a land grant. He had several land transactions in Greene County, TN. He left Greene Co about 1795 and he permanently moved back to his home on Red Hill in what is now Scott County. He and his sons Abraham (Lane) and Samuel (Lain) signed the petition to form Scott County in 1814. Corbin is thought to have married twice. Children of his first wife are thought to have been Thomas, Mary Susan (m. Samuel Estep), and maybe Elizabeth (m. Shadrack Estep). He and his second wife, Frances Prock (or Proctor), are thought to have been parents of Rachel (m. Asa Pennington), Samuel, Abraham, Rebecca (m. John Penley), Frances (m. John Williams), Ruth (m. Thomas Spears), and Temperance (m. James Williams). Some think that another daughter was Catherine (m. John Peters.) Thomas may have been the one who died in Greene Co in 1792, or he may be the one who lived in Hawkins Co. No descendants of Thomas have been discovered yet. John & Frances Williams did not have any children. Asa & Rachel Pennington moved to TN, KY, Ind and MO. John & Rebecca Penley moved to Ky.  Many descendants of Mary Susan, Elizabeth, Abraham, Samuel, and Temperance are known, and active research is underway to identify more descendants of Rachel, Rebecca and Ruth.

Dutton Lane (1745-after 1828) has often been confused with other Dutton Lanes. Tidence had a son by the same name and about the same age, and Tidence's brother Dutton also had a son by the same name. There is strong evidence that the Dutton whose family was in Scott and Greene Counties in the early 1800's and whose family stayed in this area was the brother of Corbin. It appears that Corbin and Dutton probably came to the area together from Bedford Co, PA with a possible short stay in North Carolina. Dutton lived mostly in Greene Co, but he was in Scott County in 1815, 1820 and 1828. Some of his family stayed in Scott County, and are among the Scott County Lanes. Dutton was married twice (to Mary and to Kezia who died in Scott Co, VA, at the age of 100 in 1850) and is thought to have had the following children: Joseph, Samuel, William, Susannah, Nancy (m. Stephen Loveall), Dutton Jr, Benjamin, Kezia (m. John Hood), Abraham, John, Catherine (m. Henry Starnes) and Mary (m. Fields Davis). Soloman could be another son, but evidence now points to his being a son of William Lane and grandson of Dutton Lane. Henry & Catherine Starnes left Scott Co in 1830, and their descendants have not been located. I have not been able to find any descendants or a marriage or descendants for Susannah. Children of the others are known. There is no proof and a lot of uncertainty about Dutton's family since very few documents exist and all of the evidence is circumstantial.

Donald W. Lane

10/30/1998

 

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