Joseph Magness

Male 1765 -


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  • Name Joseph Magness 
    Born 1765  (Bedford County) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military War of 1812 Veteran  [3
    Died Warren County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I4135  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2019 

    Father Peregrine Magness, Jr.,   b. ~1722, (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~1800, (Warren County, Kentucky) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Mother Mary Naylor,   b. 1725, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 76 years) 
    Married ~1745  (Prince George's County, Maryland) Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F1556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Annabella Twitty,   b. (Lincoln County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 3 Aug 1787  Lincoln County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • William Magness (brother), bondsman
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F1615  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Betsy Stewart 
    Married 19 Feb 1795  Woodford, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F12187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1765 - (Bedford County) Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - - Warren County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Aug 1787 - Lincoln County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Feb 1795 - Woodford, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Joseph Magness was born about 1765, probably in Bedford County, Virginia. The time of his death is not known; he was still living in 1825. On August 3, 1787, in North Carolina he married Arabella Twitty. In 1789 Joseph’s brother Zachariah was convicted of raping Arabella, and she accused Joseph of aiding and abetting the crime. he and Arabella evidently divorced, but jus when is uncertain. On August 10, 1792, Arabella Twitty Magness sold 85 acres which had been granted to her in 1786, before her marriage. (33) The Rutherford County, NC, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in April 1793 shows on the trial docket Arabella Magness vs. Joseph Magness, but the case was dismissed. The trial docket for April 1794 shows Polly Durham vs. Joseph Magness for slander, but that case was not prosecuted. It apparently arose from Polly Durham’s difficulties with Joseph’s brother George at the same time.

      Probably Joseph Magness had his divorce by 1794; he and Arabella evidently had no children. He saw only further problems ahead in North Carolina. He left Carolina for what was then the West, and on February 19, 1795, in Woodford County, Kentucky, he was married to Betsy Stewart. By 1798 Joseph’s father, Peregrine Magness, was also living in Woodford County, Kentucky, having lost all his land in North Carolina. In 1800 Joseph and Perigrine were in Warren County, Kentucky, where Joseph’s name is on the tax list. Possibly Robert Magness was also there; he appears in the Warren County records in 1801. Joseph’s brother George was also in Warren County. Peregrine died between May and July of 1800, leaving a will naming Joseph and George as executors.(34) The only clue we have to Joseph’s children is in the 1810 census of Warren County, which shows him with one male under 10 and three females age 10 t0 16, besides the two adults age 26 to 45. Joseph and wife Elizabeth (Betsy) sold 200 acres in Warren County in 1811, but they continued to live in Warren County. (35)

      Joseph Magness served in the War of 1812, from September 1 to December 25, 1812, in the company of Captain Alexander Stuart, Miller’s 3rd Regiment. Alexander Stuart was very likely a relative of Joseph’s wife Betsy Stewart. On October 9, 1816, Joseph Magness of Warren County, Kentucky, gave his power of attorney to Alexander Stewart to represent him concerning the estate of Joseph’s brother William Magness in North Carolina. (36) On July 7, 1817, Joseph Magness is in a list of those working on a road, (37) but his name is not found in the Warren County records after that date.

      Possibly he returned to North Carolina to claim his inheritance and to make his home. On February 7, 1825, he received as his part of the William Magness real estate 400 acres on Hickory Creek, along with another tract on Main Hickory Creek. A short time later, on April 26, 1825, he sold 191 acres of this property, and he is referred to in the deed as a resident of Rutherford County, North Carolina. (38) We presently have no further information on Joseph Magness, nor do we know the names of his children or how many he had. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4585] "The House of Magness", by John B. Cowden, 1876-1965, published 1956;, p. 7 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S7891] Thomas G. Webb | DeKalb County, TN Historian | 835 South College Street, Smithville, TN 37166 | Abstracted from his, "Ma.

    3. [S806] Thomas G. Webb | DeKalb County, TN Historian | 835 South College Street, Smithville, TN 37166 | Abstracted from his boo (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S4586] MacKenzie,David;Pedigree,3215 Gold Court,Lafayette,CA 94549-5405.

    5. [S4304] "The House of Magness", by John B. Cowden, 1876-1965, published 1956,, p. 7.

    6. [S14481] "Mary Magness (Naylor) (1725-aft 1800)", Profile, no sources, https://www.geni.com/people/Mary-Magness/60000000377456999.

    7. [S4597] "Lincoln County,North Carolina Marriage Records:1783-1866",Vol.I-Males,by, p. 85 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S45602] http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=4&p=surnames.magness.