"Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage", 1994, p 261.
Charles Stokely, Sr., farmer and stock dealer, was born June 19, 1821, on the farm where he has since resided. Since he began for himself at his majority he has acquired a fine farm of 175 acres, his home, besides other tracts. About 1850 he married Sarah, a daughter of John Black, of South Carolina. Their children are Mary J., Sarah E. (deceased), Thomas (deceased), Rhoda E., Susan C., Royal J., Nancy A., (deceased), Steven D., John B.(deceased), James (deceased), Jesse, W.D., Cora B., Lilla (deceased). He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he has been a deacon for five years. He began with Henry Clay in his presidential voting, but is a Democrat. He is the seventh of ten children of Royal and Jane (Huff) Stokely, both of English and English-Dutch descent respectively. The father was a justice for twenty-one years, and the mother, a native of Virginia, when eighteen months old, came to Cocke County, where she died. The grandfather, Jehu, a native of England, was a sailor for seven years, and in 1747 settled in Charleston, S.C., and afterward lived in North Carolina and in Cocke County. the maternal grandfather, John Huff, a native of Roanoke County, VA, came to Cocke County about 1785. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and was a financial success as a hunter and trapper.
The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1887