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Capt. David C. ChadwellAge: 100 years17321832

Capt. David C. Chadwell
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DAR Ancestor: A023744
Birth about 1732
MarriageElizabeth TurnerView this family
about 1770 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a son
John Chadwell
about 1772 (Age 40 years)
Kentucky County, Virginia Formed December 31, 1776 (Age 44 years)

Note: Kentucky County (then alternately spelled Kentucke County) was formed by the Commonwealth of Virginia by dividing Fincastle County, VA. into three new counties: Kentucky, Washington, and Montgomery, effective December 31, 1776. During the three and one-half years of Kentucky County's existence, its seat of government was Harrodstown (then also known as Oldtown, later renamed Harrodsburg).
Articles of Confederation November 17, 1777 (Age 45 years)

Note: The Continental Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification.
Kentucky County, Virginia Abolished June 30, 1780 (Age 48 years)

Note: Kentucky County was abolished on June 30, 1780, when it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties of Virginia.[1] These later petitioned together to separate from Virginia, which was approved by the Virginia House of Delegates.
Kentucky Becomes 15th State June 25, 1792 (Age 60 years)

Lincoln County, Kentucky Formed June 25, 1792 (Age 60 years)

Note: Lincoln was one of the original three counties formed out of Virginia's Kentucky County. (The other two were Fayette and Jefferson counties.) These three were separated from Virginia to create the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.
George Washington Relected December 5, 1792 (Age 60 years)

Note: Geo. Washington relected to his second term as president.
Knox County, Kentucky Formed December 19, 1799 (Age 67 years)

Note: Knox County was officially formed on December 19, 1799. Losing counties were Lincoln County.
Death of a wifeElizabeth Turner
about 1800 (Age 68 years)
Rockcastle County, Kentucky Formed January 8, 1810 (Age 78 years)

Note: Rockcastle County was officially formed on January 8, 1810. Losing counties were Lincoln, Pulaski, Madison and Knox counties.
New Madrid Earthquake December 16, 1811 (Age 79 years)

Note: New Madrid Earthquake reverses course of Mississippi River.(
Harlan County, Kentucky Formed January 28, 1819 (Age 87 years)

Note: Harlan County was officially formed on January 28, 1819. Losing counties were Knox County.
Death of a sonJohn Chadwell
January 31, 1821 (Age 89 years)
Death about 1832 (Age 100 years)
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Family with Elizabeth Turner - View this family
Marriage: about 1770Henry County, Virginia, USA
3 years
John Chadwell
Birth: about 1772 40 19Henry County, Virginia, USA
Death: January 31, 1821Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee, USA

Captain David Chadwell

The following story is unsubstantiated. It was copied from Ancestry.Com - LCJ 01.01.2015



This was copied from someone else at a libray.

According to information we have gathered, our first ancestor in the new world, DAVID CHADWELL, was a man large in stature, over six feet tall, with red hair, a strong physique, and known for his great courage and daring.  He was born in England in 1732.  Our first record of him shows that he acquired 237 acres of land in Halifax County, Virginia, which would lead us to believe that he landed somewhere in the Norfolk area and then headed west.  David has two sisters; Nannie Chadwell who married a Kesterson and had a son, David.  (In early records there is a John Casterson, which is perhaps the original spelling of the name), and Hetty Chadwell married a Redman, also spelled Redmond.  There is a strong possibility that David had two brothers in the Revolutionary War, Andrew and James, but we have no actual proof.  From all indications, David Chadwell was an adventurous, ambitious man but also a devoted family man.  He acquired thousands of acres of land in the southwestern part of Virginia and northwestern Tennessee.  According to records, he registered his cattle mark and was granted permission to establish a grist mill in Russell County in 1790.  We also know that he ran a way station and tavern so he was a man of diversified interests.  He wa obviously successful in most of his undertakings as he amassed quite a sizable estate.  This in spite of the fact that he could not write his name.

In 1773 we find he bought 115 acres of land from Jersey Turner of Pittsylvania County for 50 pounds.  George Chadwell was in Pittsylvania County at the same time which leads us to believe he was related to David.  In 1779 David bought land north of the Dan River for 2000 pounds from Henry Stone.  In August, 1779 he sold the same land to Nicholas Perkins of Pittsylvania County - but maybe not all of it - for 3000 pounds.  He was in Botetourt County in November, 1775 but perhaps in his capacity as an officer in the militia.

We know that he lived in Henry County for quite some time before moving on to Lee County.  Most of his children were born in Henry County.  The Deed Book of Henry County, Va. shows that on November 24, 1779, David Chadwell bought 40 acres of land from Carr Bailey and Mary Tumor (probably Turner) for $2400 Virginia money.  We know that he owned quite a bit of land in Henry County before this time, some of which he probably received for service in the Revolution.  A Lieutenant could receive 2000 acres or more.  Deed Book 3, page 311 dated April 9, 1878 shows that George Hairston sold David Chadwell two hundred acres.  Between September 30 and October 10, 1790, David and wife, Elizabeth, sold five tracts of land to John & Stanyx Hord (also spelled Hoard, Heard and Hard).  Total acreage was 999 acres all on the north and south side of the Smith River.  This river flows only a few hundred feet south of the town of Martinsville, rising in Patrick County near the Meadows of the Dan, flowing through the little town of Bassett, on through Martinsville and south into Rockingham County where it joins the Dan at Leaksville Spray.  The land that David sold to the Heard family is about five or six miles from Martinsville.  The old plantation still bears the name Hordsville Plantation and has been in the Hairston family for several generations.  One of the Heard family is buried there a few feet from the old mansion on a level field above the Smith River.

Joseph Martin of Henry County, Virginia was the first man to attempt to establish a permanent settlement in the territory which is now Lee County. He brought a party with him in 1769 and located a station or fort at or near what is now Rose Hill.  Martin's Station was destroyed by Indians in 1769.  Mordecai Hoard, usually pronounced Howard, settled on a 490 acre tract of land in the western end of the county.  He also took up an adjoining tract of 860 acres.  Hoard went back to Henry County where he died.  After his death, David Chadwell, also a resident of Henry County, purchased from some of the Hoard heirs the 400 acre settlement tract and 707 acres of the other tract.  He took a deed for these lands under date of November, 1791 but probably took possession of the land prior to the date of his deed.  The information we have is that David Chadwell settled in Lee County in 1779 or 80, bringing with him David Kesterson, his sister's son.  Since his own children were very young at the time, it is unlikely they accompanied him.  Immediately upon his arrival in Lee County, he built a station or Fort which was known as Chadwell Station.  He made his home at the station which furnished a stopping place for travelers going further west, as well as hunters and trappers who stopped for rest and supplies.  It was also a refuge for all in case of Indian uprisings.  He probably waited until the station was well established before he brought his family out.  We have found several writings that David Chadwell and David Kesterson accompanied Daniel Boone on one of his trips to New River, Virginia.  Alexander Cloud in his history theorized tha David Chadwell and his family came from Henry County after the Revolutionary War and struck (up with?) Boone who led him to Powell's Valley where they built the fort, returning later to New River to pick up David's wife and children.  According to a Kesterson descendant, they came from Henry County to what is now Wythe County, on New River and came from there on to Powell's Valley with Daniel Boone in 1779.  According to family legend, the first thing they had to sleep in when they arrived in Lee County was a big poplar log split open and filled with leaves, so it is likely there were only men in the party.

There are many stories of trouble with the Indians. A short time after they settled at Chadwell Station, the men were at work in a field (known as the long pasture) a short distance from the fort when a black horse they had tethered nearby began to hold his head up and snort.  David Chadwell said they had better get to the fort as soon as possible as there were Indians somewhere close.  They had no sooner reached the fort than the whole bottom was covered with Indians.  They were afraid to come too close to the fort because of the guns and disappeared as silently as they had come. 

The Chadwells and Kestersons would often go over on Powell's River to fish at the old Indian traps and the Indians would come out on the cliffs and shoot their arrows out in the river at them, being careful to stay out of the range of their guns.

 Soon after locating in Lee County, Chadwell began to make surveys of other tracts of land and in 1801 he was assessed with at least 1800 acres.  He continued to acquire lands both in Lee County and in the adjoining county of Claiborne, Tennessee.  Wheeler Kesterson, great grandson of David Kesterson, who came to Lee County, Va sometime after 1775, had in his possession a number of old deeds to land that were signed by officials before the line between Virginia and Tessessee was surveyed.  At that time, the territory of which Claiborne, Tenn. was a part was in Virginia.  David Kesterson came into Claiborne County some time between 1775 and 1780.  He settled on Cedar Fork where he lived until his death.  He was buried near Buis store on Cedar Fork.

Since very little was written about David Chadwell's personal life, we have only stories passed down from father to son.  Family legend says that he migrated to Virginia from England some time prior to the breaking out of the Revolutionary War.  Some stories say he was married in England and that there was a family Bible brought from England.  If this story is true, then Elizabeth Turner was his second wife, as we have proof that she was still Elizabeth "Turner' when named in her father's will in 1762.  In an article in the Claiborne Progress dated July 20, 1932, J. D. Cotrell, David's great great grandson mentioned two brothers, James and Andrew who joined the Revolutionary Army in Henry County with David, who was elected Captain of his company and served in this capacity until the end of the war.  Mr. Cotrell stated that David married twice and perhaps three times. 

WE do not have Elizabeth Turner Chadwell's date of death.  We do know that she came to Lee County some time around 1790 but we don't think she was alive at the turn of the century.  According to family history it was around 1800 and David was a widower when a young girl, carrying a baby on her hip and leading a milck goat or cow, was passing through the Gap and stopped to spend the night at Chadwell Station.  She remained for some time and married David Chadwell.  David's children were incensed at this marriage as she was younger than some of the children, so David deeded most of his land to his children and moved to Tazewell.  According to some stories David was 90 when he married her but we know that he removed to Tazewell some time around 1800 and was only 70 at that time.  The marriage didn't last long and some accounts say that she left Jack, the child she had when she arrived, and went her way.  David Chadwell gave Jack his name and reared him as his son.  DAR records list David's second or third wife as Susannah, but we don't know where they got that name.

It is obvious that David Chadwell was a loving father who was very concerned with his children's welfare.  After his last marriage he provided very well for his children, leaving many acres of land for only $1 and "affection".  He waas active in civic affairs, serving in the first legislature of Lee County and participating in juries, etc.  He led a full life, dying at the age of 100.  He was buried at Breastworks Hill, west of Tazewell.  This cemetery was used as a camping ground by both the North and the South during the Civil War, so very few headstones were left standing.  However, David Chadwell's grave has been located and the DAR plans to erect a marker.