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"I will go back to my great great grandfather. He lived near the Kentucky line. His name was Joseph Franklin (NOTE: Not Joseph, but John. He lived in North Carolina, not Kentucky- J.E. Nowery). In his family he had a little girl named Jemima and she was 11 years old when the Revolutionary War began. I don't know if she had sisters or not. She had brothers, one named Joal, one named Benjamin.

When the war was over, citizens were told they could take the wounded British soldiers to their homes and care for them until they got well. Grandfather Franklin took a young soldier to his home by name of Daniel McCoy. (NOTE: There is evidence that Daniel McCoy was an American soldier - J.E. Nowery) (NOTE: According to Jemima's son, David McCoy, the soldier was named Hugh McCoy - R.Plemmons)

This little Jemima was now a young lady and I think was beautiful (for I remember so well how pretty she looked to me as I sat in her lap when I was small). So the soldier fell in love with Jemima and she promised to be his bride. Years passed and they had a home there in Kentucky. Their children were Daniel, Pheba, Hannah and John. (NOTE: They may have lived in Kentucky, but Iredell Co., N. Carolina seems more likely - J.E. Nowery).

This great grandfather (Daniel McCoy) was of Scottish birth and he wanted to visit his native land and people (but I don't know if his parents were living or not) and as a legacy was due him in Scotland, he took ship for his old home and was heard of no more. The ship was lost on the voyage.

Then our great grandmother was left to her people to care for her. Her daughter, Hannah, stayed with a lady in Lexington, Kentucky and there she had a sweetheart.

About this time the Indians were being taken from the states of Alabama and Tennessee and that country was the place to find homes. A colony of that country where great grandmother lived, got together and started for Alabama and Tennessee. The brothers of my great grandmother were going so she, with her children and some of the family slaves prepared to go too." – Diary of Tranquilla McNaughton


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