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From Dr. Joseph A. Sharp Collection
Copy of letter from Mrs. Flossie H. Pickens, Maryville. 2/1/55
I have been working on the Black history ever since I last corresponded with you. Since then I have been able to borrow Our Tennessee Cousins by Worth Ray and The History of the Buffalo People by Rankin. Some information I have received from our Blount County historian and Nellie Pickens Anderson, author of Pickens History. But I don't have all of Joseph Black's children and from your letter I find that you are interested in Esther V. Black that married John Nichols. I will send you what I have if you have found Joseph Black's children I would like to have there.
The Black Family of Blount County and of Black's Station.
The name of Gavin Black appears on the: first census of the U. S. in Iredell County, N.C. in 1790. John Black's name appears in the immediate next to Gavin and in the same neighborhood lived Samuel Bogel at the same time. Which leads to the suggestion that the Blacks and the Bogles were old neighbors and associates in Iredell County, N.C. -- History of Buffalo Church and Its People.
The community was first settled by the Nottingham Company, a company organized and formed at Rising Sun, MO. That church was in Lancaster County, Pa. When our ancestors left there, the line was changed in 1767. The deeds are all dated Dec. 1756 in Guilford County to the colony that came. George Black, a tyrone signed, had children:
1. Thomas, who married Rebecca Kenny.
3. Livid Gavin, who married Sarah Hambright.
The man that built the log cabin, or stockage, was Gavin Black, not Joseph or John.