- Family tradition says Henry Bohannon served in the American Revolution from the state of Virginia. A record in Virginia State Library's "List of Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia" showed Henry Bohannon served as a private in the 1st Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, Light Dragoon, commanded by Captain Robert Boling for a three year enlistment, 6 July 1778 to Jun 1781. The regiment was raised from the area south of James River for the relief of General Nathaniel Greene in the South during the Revolutionary War.
In Virginia Soldiers of 1776 by Louis A. Burgess, it was found that apparently this same Henry Bohannon received bounty warrant number 1394 for 100 acres on 6 July 1781 and bounty warrant number 1390 for 200 acres on 23 June 1783 from the State of Virginia. It was for his Revolutionary War service in the Continental Line. As late as 1856, the records show the bounty warrants were not redeemed. It is believed this Henry Bohannon went to the state of South Carolina, and later to Sevier County, Tennessee, rather than into the Kentucky and Ohio military district under the auspices of the state of Virginia.
In 1790 Federal Census of Ninety-six District, Abbevile County, South Carolina, there was 1 white male over 16 years; 4 white females in the household ... Henry Bohannon and his wife, Amillia Shotwell, three daughters born from circa 1786 to 1790.
From 1800 Federal Census of Abbeville District, South Carolina, there were 2 white males and 2 white females under 10 years of age; 2 white females age 10-16; 2 white females age 16-26; 1 white male and 1 white female age 26-45 in the household ... Henry Bohannon and his wife, Amillia Shotwell, eight children born from circa 1786 to 1800. [NOTE: This household was listed under the name - HENRY BUCKHANAN]
Circa 1801, Henry Bohannon and his family migrated to Sevier County, Tennessee from Abbeville District, South Carolina. There was one early land entry for Henry Bohannon in Sevier County. This land grant, dated 15 June 1810, is as follows:
"...a certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and fifty and three roods lying in the County of Sevier in the District South of French Broad and Holston, there being due and chargeable on said land the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars seventy five Cents with the Interest thereon." This land joined the line of Hugh Duggan, James Oldham and vacant lands. It was located in the watershed of the East Fork of Little Pigeon River.
At an early date the family evidently lived in White Oak Flats community (now Gatlinburg, Tennessee). In November 1817 the Forks of Little Pigeon Baptist Church met with a group of people from White Oak Flats community...they agreed to hold a meeting for reception of new members at "Henry Bohannon's place in White Oak Flats."
In December 1817 when the White Oak Flats Baptist Church was formed as an arm of "Fork of Little Pigeon Baptist Church" in Sevierville, Tennessee, Henry Bohannon's wife, Amillia, was listed as a charter member.
There was another land entry for Henry Bohannon dated 25th day of January 1826. This land grant indicated that this family moved from White Oak Flats community to the area of Middle Creek and Pigeon Forge. It was as follows: "...a certain tract of land containing fifty acres, lying in the county aforesaid, on the waters of Mill Creek..." and joined the vacant lands and William White's line.
Listed in 1840 Sevier County, Tennessee census 1 male 5-10, 1 male 70-80, 1 female 5-10 and 1 female 40-50.
It is believed that Henry Bohannon lived and died at his home on "waters of Mill Creek".
"Ownby-Watson Family History", Percival David Park, May 1985, p 67.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 137-138.
Timothy Welch Stinnett GEDCOM, August 1995.