Scott County Historical
Scott County, Virginia
LANES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND
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.
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.