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The Massey Family

John Massey was born May 30, 1765 in Hanover County, Virginia and died 1837 in White County Tennessee. John married December 29, 1779 in Amherst County Virginia Lucretia Edee Tucker born June 30, 1765 , daughter of Matthew Tucker. John was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and enlisted in February or March of 1779. John must have been extremely mature for his age (14) as he entered the service as a substitute in the place of Thomas Hammonds who had been drafted for 18 months in the Company of Captain Kilpatrick at a place called Cumberland Old Courthouse Barrickcs in Virginia.

After his 18 months were up, he again enlisted at Manchester in the Unitied States Army and was sent to Manchester Barracks to guard some prisoners called "Burgayne's Men" He became sick and was forloughed and sent home in 1781 about the time Lord Cornwallis surrendered. John and Lucretia moved to Greene County Tennessee in 1802. There is evidence John and his family moved back to Amherst County, Virginia for a short time then moved to White County, Tennessee. John settled on Glade Creek near Bakers Crossroad, which is located about seven miles northwest of Sparta ,Tennessee. One 50 acre tract was bought by John December 30, 1812, a year later John's land acreage had increased to 320 acres according to tax records. John and Lucretia had the following children:

1. Adam Durham Massey born September 27, 1772 died July 22, 1848 married (1) Guriah Smith (2) Janice Thomas 2. Sally Massey born 1783 married a Mr Roberts 3. James Massey born 1790 died after 1850 married Hannah 4. Elizabeth Massey born December 13, 1793 died September 14, 1866 married John Williams 5. Female Massey born 1795 6. John Massey Jr. born 1798 7. Pleasant Massey born September 27, 1804