Stephen B(enskin) Easley

Male 1718 - 1811  (93 years)

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  1. 1.  Stephen B(enskin) Easley was born 1718, Manakintown, Powhatan County, Virginia; died ~1811, Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee.


    Stephen B. Easley; pedigree:

    Born 1718 in Manakintown, Henrico, Virginia, Colonial America
    Ancestors ancestors
    Son of John Daniel Easley Sr and Mary (Benskin) Easley
    Brother of Judith Easley, John Easley II, Stephen Easley, William King Easley, Warham B. Easley, Robert B Easley, Daniel Easley and Thomas Easley
    Husband of Mary Ann (David) Easley married 10 Oct 1750 [location unknown]
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    Father of Sarah (Easley) Stubblefield, Thomas Easley, Daniel Easley, Stephen Easley Jr. and Peter Easley
    Died about 1811 in Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee, USA
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    Stephen B. Easley, son of John Daniel Easley Sr and Mary (Benskin) Easley, was born 1718 in Manakintown, Henrico, Virginia, USA. He married Mary Ann (David) Easley on 10 Oct 1750. They had the following children, Sarah (Easley) Stubblefield, Thomas Easley, Daniel Easley, Stephen Easley Jr. and Peter Easley. Stephen B. Easley died about 1811 in Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee, USA.

    Research Notes

    May 20, 1773, Stephen and Mary Ann conveyed 200 acres to William Chilress, the same day they granted 200 acres to their daughter Sarah Easley and her husband Robert Loxley Stubblefield.

    McCulley Family Farm

    Lou Ann M. Moore

    The McCulley Family Farm, established in 1782, is among a select group of farms certified as Pioneer Century Farms. For a farm to be designated as a pioneer farm, it must predate the founding of the state of Tennessee in 1796 and remained in the same family and in agricultural production. These farms are among the most historic sites in the state.

    Stephen Easley, a Virginian, purchased four land grants from the State of North Carolina in 1782, near the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, which totaled 1,733 acres in what is now southwestern Sullivan County. Easley, his wife Mary Ann David, and his adult children lived in a log home they built upon their arrival; the family also built two barns and many other outbuildings. Along with agricultural activities, the Easley land grant hosted Bishop Francis Asbury, who is credited with helping to spread Methodism to the frontier, in 1788 and 1790.

    Prior to Stephen Easley?s death in 1812, his land was divided between two of his sons, Robert and Peter; the other four children had relocated farther west. Robert?s farm grew to 1,280 acres by 1812. He and his wife Winifred Dixon raised there nine children on the land and grew hay, wheat, oats, tobacco, and fruit while raising cattle sheep, hogs, and chickens. Robert and his siblings were influential in their community and in the organization of the State of Tennessee; he served in the militia, signed the petition to separate from the North Carolina, and served as a justice of the peace in 1802. Robert?s two-story home of hand-hewn logs was located within a mile of his father?s and Peter?s home. Though the building stood in the 1970s, it could not be restored and had to be torn down. Robert died ca. 1832 at the age of 78.

    Thomas was born in 1790, and in 1830, he purchased 276 acres from his father, Robert. He married Sarah Hamilton and they raised a family of nine children. While owners of the farm, the family continued to maintain a diverse operation. He built a log house within sight of his parents? home. He also built a large log barn with four stalls for mules, a corn crib, granary, and harness room. This building is still in use.

    During the Civil War, the Easley family supported the Union while their neighbors, the Bachman family supported the Confederacy. Each family had sons in the opposing armies. Five years after the Civil War, a son, Timothy Edward Easley was living in his father?s house and was listed as the head of the household. His sister, Mary A., and his nephew, Albert Thomas Easley, lived with him. When Timothy passed away in 1894, he was buried in the Thomas Easley Cemetery, located near the home, where previous generations were interred. The cemetery currently contains thirty engraved gravestones and innumerable unlettered limestone headstones dating to at least the 1850s.

    Thome Easley Cemetery, located about three hundred yards up a slope that overlooks the house and barn.

    At Timothy's passing, Albert inherited the farm; he and his wife Anne E. Boyer and their seven children raised cattle and sheep while growing hay, grains, and tobacco on the property. After Albert's death, the farm was purchased by his brother, William "Uncle Billy" Wallace Easley, in 1901.

    Frank and Lucy Easley McCulley's wedding picture.

    Uncle Billy sold 166 acres to his sister and her husband, Lucy Ann and Frank McCulley, in 1905. The McCulleys had six children but only four survived to adulthood. Lucy Ann Easley McCulley died in 1918 due to complications of childbirth, leaving Frank and his three sons to care for each other and the farm. Lawrence Bailey McCulley, known as ?Doc?, was only eight years old when his mother died. He was among the first graduating class of Sullivan High School. He married Gladys Ellen Chase in 1938, and their daughter, Lou Ann, was the first child of either family to be delivered in a hospital. Doc worked at Tennessee Eastman Company until the outbreak of World War II. He and two of his cousins worked on their Uncle Billy?s farm for the duration of the war raising acres of tomatoes, corn, oats, hay, as well as cattle and hogs for the war effort. Doc acquired 96 acres of the farm in 1958 following the death of his father in 1956 and added more of the original Easley acreage in later years. Gladys McCulley inherited the property when Doc McCulley died in 1992, and owned it for ten years. Lou Ann McCulley Moore inherited the family farm in 2002.Lou Ann McCulley pictured in the local newspaper's "Teen of the Week" section.

    Mrs. Moore joined the 4-H Club in fifth grade and won district and state awards, during her school years in which she was also included in the Honor Club, All-Stars and Roundup. After graduating from Sullivan High School, as had her mother and father, she earned a degree in Home Economics from East Tennessee State University and went on to receive a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While working as a U.T. Extension Home Economist in Clarksville, she met and married Tom Moore, and their work took them to a number of places and positions over the years. They also became the parents of Heather and Andrew.

    Tom Moore retired from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003 and Mary Lou Moore retired from the Department of Children?s Services in 2006. They now farm fulltime and co-manage the operation. Both are certified as Tennessee Master Beef Producers and are members of the Tennessee Cattlemen?s Association. The Moore family, including their son, Andrew, and daughter, Heather and her husband, John Kunysz, live and work on the farm today. With a history that begins on this farm before Tennessee became a state, it is no wonder that Mary Lou McCulley Moore writes, ?I have always been a farmer at heart.?

    Photos (top two): C. 1845 barn built by Thomas Easley two hundred yards from his house. The barn has two log pens. In 2012, significant restoration was undertaken so that it should continue to remain in use for many years. The right picture shows the v-notches on the logs, foundation stones, and metal hinges that are from a more recent time.

    Photo (center) top: Thomas Easley Cemetery, located about three hundred yards up a slope that overlooks the house and barn.
    Photo (center bottom): Frank and Lucy Easley McCulley's wedding picture.
    Photo (right): Lou Ann McCulley pictured in the local newspaper's "Teen of the Week" section at the age of seventeen.


    Thank you to Stephen Gregory for creating WikiTree profile Easley-239 through the import of Gregory Ancestors.ged on Feb 28, 2013.

    Easley-384 was created by Sue Smith through the import of Easley Family Tree _Sue to Stephen_2014-04-28_01.ged on Apr 28, 2014.

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    Stephen married Marianna David 10 Oct 1750, (Virginia). Marianna was born ~1723, Manakintown, Powhatan County, Virginia; died 1815, Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]

    1. Sarah Easley was born 1 Dec 1752, Cumberland County, Virginia.

Generation: 2