John Ogle 8th Great Grandfather

John Ogle
John Ogle was born on September 30, 1649, at Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, England to John Ogle of the same place. The elder John was from Eglingham, and in 1650 received a commission as captain of militia for the four northern counties, and the next year he was under the commonwealth a commissioner and also commanding a troop of horse in Scotland. According to Mormon Church which deals in genealogy, John was a direct descendant of King Edward the First. The Ogle?s had their own castle in Northumberland.

Young John Ogle early became aware of the difficulties which his family were likely to experience after the Restoration, and he undoubtedly had heard tales of adventures in the New World; and so when the opportunity was presented to him, John Ogle joined Colonel Nicolls’ expedition, bound for America. He was a scant 14 when he joined Nicholl?s ranks.

In March 1664, the whole of the territory in America occupied by the Dutch on the Atlantic seaboard was granted by Charles II to his brother, the Duke of York, on the plea that it was British soil by right of discovery. On 25 May 1664, Colonel Nicolls, with four ships, 300 soldiers and 450 men, sailed from Portsmouth. The expedition arrived at New Amsterdam, and without firing a shot, Governor Stuyvesant surrendered the town on 29 August and promptly changed the name to New York.

Delaware had been originally settled by Swedes, who quarreled with the Dutch, who built Fort Casimir 6 miles from the Swedish Fort Christiana. In 1654 Governor Rising brought a large number of colonists from Sweden; he took Fort Casimir, renaming it Fort of the Holy Trinity, in honor of the day of capture. Governor Stuyvesant, who later came down from New Amsterdam and recaptured the fort, renamed it New Amstel.

John Ogle, who had served under Captain Carr in Delaware, became a permanent resident of White Clay Creek Hundred, named from the deposits of white clay found along its banks. John Ogle first resided at New Castle, where he was a large land-buyer; he afterwards lived at various sites on his extensive holdings. He commenced acquiring land at an early date, probably as soon as the confusion of the conquest and the settlement of Indian troubles permitted it.

The first grant that John Ogle received was in February 1666, from Governor Nicolls, who had empowered the officers of Delaware to dispose of ‘implanted’ land there for the best advantage of the inhabitants. This tract was 800 or 1000 acres total, including a 300 acre tract known as “Muscle Cripple”. The original document omits the exact acreage, but it requires a yearly quitrent of 8 bushels of wheat, the standard being 1 bushel for each hundred acres per year. Later records record him owning 1,000 acres in Christiana, although it is unknown if it was all from the original grant or a combination of lands. The following is the wording in the Duke of York?s grant of this land:

“A Confirmation granted unto Sergeant Thomas Wollaston, John Ogle, John Hendrick, and Hermann Johnston, for a certain parcel of land in White Clay kill in Delaware River

Richard Nicholls, Esqr. &c Whereas there is a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in White Clay kill near unto Christeen kill in Delaware River bounded to the E. with Hans Bones Plantation to the South with James Crawford’s, to the North and West by a fresh creek or Run of water at the head of Bread and Cheese Island containing about (blank) acres of woodland, as also a piece of valley or meadow ground known by the name of Muscle Cripple running up the kill about (blank) of a mile which said piece or parcel of land was by the officers of Delaware who were empowered by my commission to dispose of implanted land there for the best advantage of the inhabitants granted unto Sergeant Thomas Wollaston, John Ogle, John Hendrick, and Herman Johnson, the said grant bearing date (blank) day of February 1666. Now for a confirmation unto them the said Thomas Wollaston, John Ogle, John Hendrick, and Herman Johnston, in their possession and enjoyment of the premises. Know yee that by virtue of the commission and authority to me given, I have given ratified confirmed and granted unto the said Thomas Wollaston &c. the afore recited parcels of land and premises, &c., yielding and paying therefore yearly and every year unto his Majesties use eight bushels of Wheat as a Quit Rent when it shall be demanded, by such person or persons in authority as his majesty shall please to establish and empower in Delaware River and the parts and plantations adjacent. Given under my hand and seal, at Fort James, in New York, on the Island Manhattan, the first day of August, in the 20th year of his Majesty’s reign, Anno Domini, 1668.”

The land as platted for Ogle was a long rectangle, lying between the north side of the Christiana Creek and the south side of the White Clay Creek. It encompasses the area currently encompassing the town of Christiana, the Christiana Mall, and the Christiana Hospital Center Complex. It was bounded on the east by Hans Bones, the south by James Crawford, and the southeast by Sergeant John Erskine. The north and west were undeveloped, due to the fact that they were above the head of navigation on the streams.

The parcel known as Muscle Cripple was granted to Sgt Thomas Wollaston, John Ogle, John Hendricks and Herman Johnson. It consisted of a part of 300 acres and was bounded by a creek at the head of Bread and Cheese Island and also by the plantations of Hans Bones and James Crawford. Sgt Wollaston had been a comrade in arms, as had James Crawford of the adjoining plantation. James Crawford, having gained some knowledge of medicine in the army, was known as ‘Doctor’ on the early assessment rolls. His daughter Mary was later to marry into the Ogle family. Crawford was one of the heroes of the Nicolls expedition, his grant specifically stating that it was given ‘in consideration of the good service performed by James Crawford, a soldier’. In addition, John Ogle purchased lands along St. George?s Creek, near the present town of Delaware City. It was on these lands to which some of his sons would later relocate. The story of John Ogle is closely bound up with that of his friends Thomas Wollaston and James Crawford, who took a liking to young Ogle and formed a friendship which continued throughout their lives. In about 1670, Ogle married Elizabeth Petersdotter.

Elizabeth Petersdotter was the daughter of Peter Jochimsson, a settler in New Sweden in the first voyage in 1642. Eshe was born in 1654, moved from her home as a teenager to help in the household of her uncle, Anders Stille, living on Christina River. Here she met and married John Ogle, an English soldier who had participated in the English conquest of the Delaware in 1664. John and Elizabeth Ogle had two sons:

Thomas Ogle, born c. 1672, died 1734 in White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle County; married [1] Mary Crawford, [2] widow Elizabeth Graham., John Ogle, born c. 1674, died 1720 in White Clay Creek Hundred; married widow Elizabeth Harris.

John Ogle and Rev. Jacob Fabritius were indicted in 1675 for inciting the Swedes and Finns to riot in opposition to orders of the New Castle Court to build a dike and road for Hans Block, a Dutchman. The three friends settled on nearby plantations in New Castle County, where their wives survived them. The Records of the Court of Newcastle give a picture of their lives after 1676.

An eye-witness account of the events of June 1675 has revealed something of the character of John Ogle of that period – swashbuckling, rash and reckless, with an amount of courage appropriate to the rough and tumble frontier environment. He was not one to be imposed on, especially by one of the Dutch who certainly did not amount to much in the eyes of His Majesty’s soldiers. Under order of the Governor-General, the magistrates met at New Castle on 4 June 1675, and decided that it would be necessary to build a road across the marsh and to build a dyke in the marsh next to the town. Another dyke across Hans Block’s marsh was also thought necessary, and the inhabitants were ordered to assist in the project by contributing labor or money. The project was strenuously opposed by the settlers because the dyke across Hans Block’s marsh was an improvement to private property. John Ogle was a leader of the objectors and peremptorily informed the magistrates that no dykes at all would be built under any such unfair conditions. His objections stirred the people to great excitement in the church where the public meeting was held; and Ogle was put out of the church. Mathys Smith and the Rev. Jacobus Fabricius took up the cause and as a result Ogle and Fabricius were arrested. They were confined in a boat which was anchored nearby, where they continued their public imprecations. Excitement was high, and they were eventually released. Later Hans Block encountered Ogle on the street and was told that if the Finns had been drunk no good would have come from the incident. It was an affront to constituted authority and called for severe disciplinary measures.

Conditions in New Castle were not good at that time; carousals, fights and robberies were the order of the day, and it wasn’t a safe place for a stranger. William Edmunsdon, ‘a Public Friend’ visiting there, found it difficult to secure lodgings, ‘the inhabitants being chiefly Dutch and Finns addicted to drunkenness’, who refused to take him in, even though he had money.

Special warrants were issued by the Governor against Fabricius and Ogle, who with others had signed a remonstrance. The two chief trouble makers were ordered to appear in the August Court, and the other signers before a later court. Fabricius appeared and the proceedings resulted in the unfrocking of the troublesome person; Ogle, who conveniently fell sick, failed to appear, and no further action was taken against him.

After the excitement of the summer of 1675, Ogle proceeded to acquire more land, and the tract known as Hampton, on the south side of St. George’s Creek, consisting of 300 acres, was confirmed to him by Governor Andross on 5 November 1675.

New Castle court records reveal that in February 1676 Ogle accused one of the Dutch residents of stealing his heifer. As one of the jurymen was Thomas Wollaston, the outcome was predictable.

The above incident marked the beginning of a series of court proceedings which involved John Ogle and James Crawford for the rest of their lives. Ogle was an extensive producer of tobacco, and like other planters he was continually involved in financial and other difficulties. Little ready money changed hands in those days, and the barter system was the common way of doing business.

In 1675 the Governor ordered the construction of highways, and the inhabitants of New Castle and the surrounding area, and on the south side of Christiana Creek were made responsible for constructing a highway from New Castle to Red Lyon between the first of January and the end of February. The highway was to be a good passable one, twelve feet wide, and John Ogle was appointed overseer of the residents around Christiana Creek.

Various deeds of the period after 1678 record transfers of extensive tracts of land to a number of Ogle’s associates; among them, Swart Neuton’s Island was transferred to John Darby of Maryland, and other lands to John Test and to Augustine Dixon.

Ogle was instrumental in the construction of a bridge over the Christiana Creek on his land. “The court at New Castle in 1679 specified that certain roads were to be laid out ten feet wide, under the jurisdiction of an overseer. The inhabitants on the north side of the Christiana were ordered to clear a road to Christina Head and there erect a bridge. The head of tidewater on the Delmarva Peninsula was the preordained site of a town, so at an early date, the little hamlet that was to become Christiana Bridge had sent its roots into the soil. Higher up on the Christiana, John Ogle and the Quaker, Valentine Hollingsworth had each come into possession of 1000 acres. (Weslager 1947:39). “The area that was to become the village was originally part of a tract called “Eagle’s Point” which was surveyed for John Ogle by the government of William Penn in 1683. This parcel of land was located to the north of the present-day intersection of routes 7 and 273, and contained the upland and high ground north of the modern town. Ogle (sic :Ogle’s descendants) sold this parcel in 1731 to Dr. Rees Jones, a “practicioner of Physick”, and a prominent individual in the village, and the land was resurveyed to Jones in 1741″ (Catts 1989:22).

On 25 August 1680, Thomas Wollaston of White Clay Creek wrote a letter to John Briggs of West Jersey which he gave to John Ogle for delivery. Wollaston had a debt of three years standing against Briggs. Ogle made the journey, stopping in New York, where 27 August he made an affidavit concerning the transaction. The affidavit began: ‘John Ogle, aged thirty-two or thereabouts,” The incident itself is not important, but Ogle’s statement of his approximate age has been of crucial importance to ogle genealogy, as without it, it would have been impossible to connect him with absolute certainty to his Northumberland Family.

John Ogle was recorded as owning 400 acres of land near New Castle, and the 1,000 acre plantation in the “Constabulary of North Christina Creek” in 1680 (Records of New Castle, II, pps 80, 83).

In November 1681 Ogle received a court order to take up 200 acres of land for each of his two sons, Thomas and John Ogle, and on 27 December 435 acres, called the ‘Fishing Place’, on Christiana Creek were surveyed on the warrant. On August of the following year, Northampton, a tract of 200 acres in White Clay Creek Hundred was surveyed for Ogle. On 14 October 1683 more acres in Mill Creek Hundred were surveyed for him, and on 8 December Eagles Point in White Clay Creek Hundred was also surveyed. This ended the accumulation of the original Ogle acreage, for in late 1683 John Ogle died.

John Ogle died insolvent in the winter of 1683/4. A clue to the death is found in the will of Ralph Hutchinson, which,. Although written and signed on February 16, 1679, it was not proved until December 31, 1683, and mentions land to go to ?John Ogle?s sons?, suggesting he may have died soon before (Calendar of Delaware Wills, p. 7).

As early as December 16, 1684, Elizabeth Ogle was complaining to the Court that her husband had already paid more than the appropriate amount of taxes on their holdings:

“Att a Court held at Newcastle for our Lord ye King & ye Hon?ble Proprietary December ye 16th 1684?Elisabeth Ogle brings in an account in Court that She hath paid many pounds more to her husbands account than the whole Estate of her said late husband did amount to by ye Appraysment (Records of New Castle, II, 93).”

Adding to his widow’s troubles was a 1684 raid by Colonel James Talbot from Maryland which resulted in the destruction of her hay and the building of a Maryland “fort” on her property. Elizabeth Ogle and Anders Stille then sold their property and moved to White Clay Creek. She lived at the “Hopyard,” which had been surveyed for her husband the year before.

The next listings of the taxables in Delaware, recorded in early 1685, early 1686, and 1687 listed Elizabeth Ogle as owning 1,000 acres on the north side of Christiana Creek (Records of New Castle, II, p. 102. 122. 170). However, apparently the question of whether the taxes were paid on the estate continued to plague Mrs. Ogle most of her life. She appeared in court a second time, in March of 1689, wherein it was recorded:

“Came into Court Elisabeth Ogle widdow and Administratrix of John Ogle deceased and made appear by Inventory and other papers and accounts in Court produced, that she hath over and above paid the Value of the Inventory of goods belonging to the said Ogle deceased, and committed to her Administration whereupon the Court grant her a Quieta est and discharge her from paying any more debts of the said John Ogle.”

Unable to pay all of the estate’s debts, Elizabeth Ogle was discharged from all further debts of her husband on 17 June 1690 by the New Castle Court. Meanwhile, her brother Peter Petersson Yocum in 1687 had purchased the “Hopyard” to protect it from creditors.

In 1696, Elizabeth?s son John began to sell off the lands around present day Christiana. A tract of 75 acres was sold by John Ogle to John Latham on March 16th, 1696, for “land at Christina Bridge” (Records of New Castle, II, 224); and on the same day sold ?the upper half of a tract of land at White Clay Creek, three hundred acres (Records of New Castle, II, 225). These land sales suggest that Elisabeth Ogle may have already been deceased by that date.

Elizabeth died before 12 Sept. 1702 when John Hans Steelman and Judith Yocum, as executors of the Yocum estate, sold the property. The family relocated to the area which was to become known as Ogletown, but maintained a wharf in Christiana as late as 1806, when the Orphans Court in the estate of Joseph Ogle recorded ?a Wharf and two old Store houses in Christiana Bridge? (New Castle County Orphans Court, Record I-I-451). However, the passing of Elizabeth Ogle and the division of her lands by her sons finally set the stage for the town of Christiana to be able to be developed.


Smoky Mountain Clans, Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 128b. ‘The English Origin of John Ogle’,

Francis Hamilton Hibbard, 1967, p 9-14, 16.

Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne’s Descendants, Langston & Buck, 1986, p 199.

‘Ogle & Bothal’, Sir Henry Ogle, 1902, Pedigree XIB.

Calendar of Delaware Wills, New Castle County, 1682-1800. Historical Dames of Delaware, Frederick H. Hitchcock, New York.

Records of the Court of New Castle, Vol. II, 1681-1699. Published by the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, Meadville, PA, 1935 John Ogle’s House, formerly at Ogletown, Delaware.

John Ogle (1644 – 1683)
8th great-grandfather

Thomas Ogle (1675 – 1734)
son of John Ogle

Thomas Edward Ogle sr (1721 – 1803)
son of Thomas Ogle

William “Billy” Ogle (1756 – 1803)
son of Thomas Edward Ogle sr

Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of William “Billy” Ogle

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
Son of Charles Key Goode

Evelyn Goode Miller 1939-
Daughter of Ben Cates GoodeJohn Ogle House

Thomas J. Ogle 4th Great Grandfather

Thomas Goode War of 1812
Thomas J. Ogle
b. 1784 d. 1862

Thomas J. Ogle led a long life with the love of his life at his side.

Thomas J. was born in 1784 in Wilkes Co., GA. His parents were William (Old Billy) Ogle (1756-1803) and Martha Jane Huskey Ogle (c1760-1827). William was the son of Thomas Ogle and Elizabeth Robeson. Martha Jane’s parents were probably John Frederick Huskey (1702-1733) and Rebecca Washington (?-1733). Thomas J. was the third child and second son born to William and Martha Jane. (The J. in Thomas’ name is a mystery. Since his paternal grandfather was named Thomas, that may be the source of his first name, but I was unable to find any records giving either of the two Thomases’ middle names. One of the “cousins” suggested that since Thomas was born around the time of the Rev. War, his middle name might be Jefferson.)

Move to SC

Somewhere around 1786. while Thomas was still a toddler, his parents moved the family to the 96th District of South Carolina.where the rest of Thomas’ siblings were born. Thomas grew up in a family of seven children:

1. Hercules (1780-1854) m.(1) before 1803 to Elizabeth Unknown. m.(2) c1840/50 to Rebecca Huskey (1822-1850/60) Hercules and Elizabeth had 8 children
2. Rebecca (1782-c1880/1890) m. before 1803 to (1) James McCarter (?- c1818) m.(2) Middleton Whaley (1790/1800 – ?) Rebecca and James had 8 children, all boys. Rebecca and Middleton had three children: two girls and a boy (Rebecca and James are both our ancestors, too. James is one of “our” McCarters. They are both Papaw’s great grandparents)
3. Thomas J (1784-1862) our ancestor for this AOM
4. John ( 1786-1841) m. c1808 to Elizabeth McBryant (1786/1790 –1840) John and Elizabeth had 11 children: 7 boys and 4 girls
5. Isaac (1788-2 Sep 1881) m.c1809 to Susannah Bohanon (1793-before 1770). Isaac and Susannah had 14 children: 8 girls, 5 boys, and an infant whose gender was not recorded
6. William (Black Bill) (1790-25 Aug 1855) m.c 1710 to Nancy Bohanon (1792-3 Jun 1869). Black Bill and Nancy had 11 children: 4 boys and 7 girls
7. Mary Ann (Polly) (1793-1872/1880) m. 26 Dec 1811 to William M. Whaley (1789-1880). Polly and William had 16 children: 9 boys, 5 girls, and two infants whose gender was not recorded.

In Edgefield, SC, Thomas J.’s parents were close to two other families, the Huskeys and the McCarters. The Huskeys and Ogles had been neighbors in Wilkes Co., GA. Thomas’ mother had been a Huskey, and Thomas’ sister Rebecca would grow up to marry James McCarter. The Ogles, Huskeys, and McCarters were all farmers with an urge to own land.

The Lure of TN

In 1803 Old Billy returned to SC from a trip he had taken to the mountains of Eastern TN. Stories vary as to the reason for the trip. The two major reasons were hunting and scouting out land. Family tradition says that Old Billy had received land from the government for his service in the Revolution. Whatever the case, Billy was impressed with what he had seen in TN and came home determined to take his family to the “paradise” he had found. Unfortunately, an epidemic (probably typhoid or malaria) swept the SC region, and Billy succumbed to it.

Two Funerals and a Wedding

Martha took her family to VA to pay a bereavement call on her in-laws. Not only had her husband Billy died, so had his father, Thomas Ogle. After a few weeks the family returned to SC, stopping on the way to visit Hercules Ogle, (Old Billy’s brother) who lived in East TN. Upon her return, Martha announced her decision to fulfill Billy’s plan to take the family to TN.

In 1803 Thomas J was about 19 years old and had been smitten by a young red-haired girl named Sophia Bosley, (1789/1790-13 July 1857) Sohia’s family was from Maryland, but there is no other information about them. She was only about 14 years old, but she and Thomas J married before his mother led the family to TN. The young couple went with the group.

Before he left, however, Thomas J. had to serve as executor with his brother Hercules for their father’s will. Until 1811 Thomas still held land in SC that had been part of the acreage William had left his “four boys” in his will. He and Sophia also apparently had other land in SC that they rented out after moving to TN. This land may have been the young couple’s home place after they married and before they left for TN. They sold this land in 1825.

The Trek to TN

The caravan to TN was quite large because Martha’s brother Peter Huskey decided to come, too. He brought all his grown children and their families plus some of their extended family members and a few friends. In addition, Rebecca Ogle had by this time married James McCarter so she and James’ family and possibly one or two of James’ brothers signed on for the move. (See “Pioneer Travelers” on the Eli and Betsy McCarter web page for a list of the people who made the SC to TN trip. Link is on homepage for this website.)

Upon arrival in the mountains of TN, Martha and her sons found the area that Old Billy had cleared and described to them. They found the logs he had hewn for a cabin, and with the help of the Huskeys and McCarters, build a cabin where the family could stay. Rebecca and James McCarter and the Huskeys moved on–the McCarters about 6 miles to the northeast and the Huskeys further north to Walden’s Creek .

Life in White Oak Flats

Soon Thomas J. and Sophia had their own cabin in White Oak Flats, the area the family had successfully reached in their quest for Old Billy’s “paradise.” The settlement was called White Oak Flats because of the many white oaks that grew in the flat areas beside the river. (A replica of Martha Jane’s cabin can be seen in downtown Gatlinburg.)

In most cases, land in White Oak Flats and the region in general was procured by “squatting.” People moved in, build cabins, farmed, and filed for ownership of the land by virtue of “seizure and occupancy.” A large number of early settlers in the area also received their lands as compensation for Revolutionary war service. One version of why Old Billy went to the region in the first place was to scout out land for his military service.

As with most of our ancestors, the way to wealth was through hard work and land acquisition. Thomas J. followed this path. The Sevier County courthouse fire destroyed many records, and this could be a reason that there are no land records for Thomas J before 1807. In 1807, however, a deed was recorded which shows that Thomas J and his brother Hercules sold some land they owned on Walden’s Creek (the area where some of the Huskeys had settled) to William Murphy. There are also land deeds dated in the 1820’s for lands granted to Thomas J. from the State of Tennessee. Thomas J would also later receive land grants in the 1850’s from the government for his service in the War of 1812.

Thomas J. and Sophia’s Family

After their arrival in White Oak Flats, Thomas J and Sophia began their family. They eventually had fourteen children.

1. Easter (7 May 1806-6 Jan 1888 ) m. c1824 to (1) James Bohanon (1800-c1825/1826) m. 1826 to (2) William Trentham (27 Mar 1793-10 Dec 1848) Easter and James had two boys. She and William had 11 children: 5 girls and 6 boys
2. Martha (1807-1885) m. c. 1823 to Jacob Evans (1797-c1878) Martha and Jacob had three children: 2 girls and a boy
3. William T. (Rev) (27 May 1810-29 Dec 1894) m. 22 Dec 1825 to Sarah Bohanan (1807-25 Sep 1887) William and Sarah had 9 children: 5 girls and 4 boys
4. Nancy (our ancestor) (24 Aug 1810-18Feb 1844) m. 30 Jan 1830 to Daniel Wesley Reagan (15 Oct 1802-25 Jan 1892) Nancy and Daniel Wesley had 9 children: 4 boys and 5 girls
5. Harkless T. (1811-21 Mar 1892) m.1898 to (1) Margaret (Peggy) Ownby (20 Mar 1810-6 Feb 1849) m. c 1849 to (2) Serrena Huskey (1820-21 Jul 1888). Harkless and Margaret had 10 children: 5 boys and 5 girls. Harkless and Serrena had 7 children: 4 boys and 3 girls
6. Thomas T. 1813-?) m. c1838 to (1) Maria Clark (1822-1851/1856) m c.1856 to (2) Sarah Eslinger (1838-?) No record of any children
7. Mary (24 Jan 1815-aft. 1864) m.1834 to Nicholas Ownby (11 Dec 1812-15 Aug 1883). Mary and Nicholas had 15 children: 7 boys and 8 girls.
8. Isaac T. (1819-?) m. 1839 to Nancy Conner (11 Feb 1823-28 Mar 1890). Isaac and Nancy had 12 children: 5 boys and 7 girls
9. Eliza (9 Apr 1823-9 Apr 1910) m. c1839 to David Ownby (24 Jan 1816-10 Oct 1889). Eliza and David had 13 children: 6 girls and 7 boys
10. Marriah (1825-?) m. c1841 to James Madison Trentham (c1820-?) Marriah and James moved west and there is no information about their children.
11. Preston (1827-20 Jun 1864) m. 4 Dec 1845 to Rebecca Conner (1828-13 May 1892) Preston and Rebecca had 8 children: 3 boys and 5 girls
12. Levi (Apr 1829-?) m. c1848 to Charity A. Huff (1829-?) Levi and Charity had five children: 3 boys and 2 girls
13. Caleb 1831-1 Dec 1893) m.c1848 to Lydia Huff (Mar 1834-1916) Caleb and Lydia had 7 children: 6 boys and 1 girl
14. Sophia Elvira (1833-30 Aug 1897) m. c1850 to Andrew J. Conner (1832-25 Nov 1887). Like Caleb and his wife, Sophia and Andrew had 7 children; but they had 6 girls and 1 boy.

(Two items of interest: a) All the Ogle family tended to name their children the same names. There were lots of Williams, Thomases, Harklesses, etc. To keep them all straight, the families started using the father’s first name as a middle initial for the boys as a method of family identification. Ie: William T was the son of Thomas whereas William H was the son Harkless. b) Sophia was still having babies in her 40’s; this was common.)

War of 1812

When the War of 1812 came along, Thomas J. served in Captain Andrew Lawson’s Company of East Tennessee Drafted Militia. His regiment was commanded by Colonel William Johnson, His service involved fighting against the Creek Indians, and for this he later received land grants.

Importance of Religion

Thomas’ wife Sophia was quite religious and worked long and hard for a church in Gatlinburg. She held weekly prayer meetings and led her family and friends on foot for 13 miles (each way) each Sunday to attend church services in Sevierville. (The group carried their shoes to keep them from getting muddy.) She prayed that White Oak Flats could have its own church and minister. (For more information on Sophia, , scroll down the navigation bar on the left side of this page until you get to Sophia Bosley. Click and there you are.)

When the White Oak Flats community built a church in 1855, Thomas J donated land that was centrally located for the building. In addition to the building, Sophia was also instrumental in getting ministers for the church. Two of her sons, William T and Caleb, became ministers, and a number of her other relatives and descendants became ministers, too. In 1857, two years after Sophia’s battle to get a church in Gatlinburg was won, she died. Thomas J. never remarried. In 1861 he officially deeded the land to the church and died himself a year later.

Thomas J. Ogle vs. Radford Gatlin (mixed martial arts)

Near the end of his life in the late 1850’s Thomas J. was plagued not only with the sorrow of his wife’s death, but also with hostile encounters with a fellow townsman, Radford Gatlin. Gatlin was a cantankerous soul who kept things in an uproar. He was involved in questionable land claims; he tried to get the main road moved so that it would be more advantageous to his store; he had slaves in an anti-slavery community; he was a secessionist in a highly union area. He even had actual physical altercations with some of his neighbors. None of these actions made him more likeable.

Though many of Gatlin’s neighbors disliked him, his wrath seemed to be focused on Thomas J Ogle and his son Levi Ogle. There are numerous court battles recorded between the Ogles and Gatlin on both the county and state levels. In 1857 Gatlin’s wife Elizabeth flew into an actual physical attack on Thomas J. Shortly after, Gatlin’s barn and stables burned down. His cattle were killed. (No one knows the culprit(s), but I don’t think TJ had anything to do with it. Of course, I am a bit biased). When the grand jury issued no indictments, Gatlin swore out peace warrants on a number of the Ogles and other neighbors. He said he was afraid these people would burn his

dwelling house and other buildings and perhaps destroy the lives of him…and his wife or that they [the Ogles, et al]’ will procure or cause the same to be done by putting into circulation false reports.”

The result of all this was that a local justice of the peace threw out all Gatlin’s charges as “frivolous” and required Gatlin to pay all court costs. (All this was going on around the time of Sophia’s death.) In 1858 Gatlin went to court again, asking that the decision about the 1857 peace warrants be reviewed. In November 1858, Gatlin was found guilty of assault on Thomas J. Ogle. Four months later Elizabeth Gatlin was also found guilty of assault on Thomas J. In both cases, the Gatlins were fined one dollar each.

It was not long after this that Gatlin decided to leave Gatlinburg for good (The town’s name was changed from White Oak Flats to Gatlinburg [at Gatlin’s request] when the US post office opened a branch in Gatlin’s store. This renaming happened during all the hubbub. (When I was a little girl I was told that the people of White Oak Flats told Gatlin that they would name the town after him if Gatlin would leave. At that time the reason was said to have been because Gatlin had cast the one vote for secession in Sevier Co. I’ve since found that neither story was quite true.)

Thomas Joins Sophia

Thomas J Ogle died in 1862. His will decreed that his estate be equally divided among his heirs, and son William Thomas was designated executor.

Thomas J Ogle lived almost 80 years. He amassed a great deal of land and did a great deal of good. His life had its share of joys and sorrows. His children brought him much joy and gave him over 100 grandchildren who lived in the area. In addition, two of his sons made him proud when they became ministers. His son Thomas T. (Is that Thomas Thomas?) brought both happiness and sadness. Thomas T. became an herbal doctor but moved away to North Carolina.

As to be expected, Thomas J’s children also contributed sorrow to his life. Daughter Easter’s husband James Bohanon drown after falling off a log bridge over the river below Gatlinburg. He was carrying a large sack of maple sugar and lost his balance on the log. Bohanon was the first person to be buried in White Oak Flats. Another sad day occurred when Thomas J received word that his son Preston, a Union soldier serving in KY, had died of typhoid.

All in all Thomas J. is to be envied. Perhaps the most enviable feature of his life is his long loving marriage to his wife, Sophia. Luckily the couple spent over 50 years together, and he seems to have supported her in all that she endeavored to do.

Line of Descent from Thomas J Ogle to Eli McCarter

Thomas J. Ogle (1784-1862 + Sophia Bosley (1794-1857)
Nancy Ogle (1810-1844) + Daniel Wesley Reagan (1802-1892)
Marriah Reagan (1842-1923) + Thomas Hill McCarter (1846-1923)
Rev. Eli McCarter (1886-1955) + Mary Elizabeth Hatcher (1889-1969)

Line of Decent from Thomas J Ogle to Evelyn Goode Miller

Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
4th great-grandfather

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Sources- Eli and Julia Ogle Website

Ahnentafel Chart of Eli McCarter from Sevier County Genealogy Library Data Base

Gatlinburg Interpretive Outline 3/14/2007

Greve, Jeanette S. The Story of Gatlinburg. Nashville, TN: premium press America, 1931; reprint 2003.

McCarter charts, traditions

Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans, Vol 1. Knoxville, TN, 1978

Thomas Edward Ogle, 6th Great Grandfather

Thomas Ogle
b. 25 Jul 1721 d. before March 1803 Thomas Edward Ogle Sr.

Thomas Ogle was the second child and second son of John Ogle III (1690-1741) and Elizabeth Robinson Ogle (1700-1743). He was from a long line of British subjects who could trace their lineage back to Charlemagne and the early kings of England. His great grandfather John (of Delaware) Ogle (1649-1684) (“The Immigrant”) had arrived on American soil in 1664 as a British soldier serving under Colonel Robert Nicholls who had come to protect British interests in the colonies–especially against the Dutch in Delaware and New York. At that time John was only about fifteen years old, but he performed his duties and stayed in the colonies after his military service was complete. It is he who began the Ogle family dynasty in America that spread to Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and other parts of the new world.

(John Ogle [“The Immigrant”] was the AOM for October 2006. To read more about him, Go to the link at the top of this page; then, when you reach the Archives, scroll down the Navigation bar on the left side to “John [of Delaware] Ogle.”)

Parents and Siblings

Thomas’ parents John Ogle III (c1690-c1741) and Elizabeth Robinson Ogle (!700-1743) lived in New Castle, Delaware, and at least one source indicates that John may have owned or run a tavern or inn on one of the main roads in the area. This idea is suspect, however, since the Ogles had traditionally been tobacco planters and farmers. The family was large, though not for the time, and Thomas grew up in a family of nine children.

(There is speculation that Elizabeth’s maiden name may have been Ball rather than Robinson. In addition, there is speculation that John III was the son of Thomas Ogle and Mary Crawford Ogle rather than the son of John Ogle, Jr. and Ellizabeth (Graham?) Harris Ogle. The Ogle/Ogles Family Association gives equal weight to both sets of parents as being the true parents of John Ogle III. Early Ogle history is maddeningly replete with duplicate names and unclear relationships.)

1. William B. (b. 31 Mar 1719 in New Castle, Delaware d. 19 Oct 1805 in Perry Co., PA)
2. Thomas (our ancestor)
3. John (b. 27 Dec 1723 d. before 1790 in Mecklenburg Co., NC.) m. Mary Elizabeth Robinson
4. Alexander (b. 1724. d. ? in KY)
5. Mary (b. 18 Jun 1726 d.1797 in Mecklenberg Co., NC)
6. Benjamin (b. 1727 d.1753 in Augusta Co., VA)
7. Elizabeth (b. 19 May 1729 d.?) m. John Stille 26 Sep 1754 in New Castle Delaware

After the birth of Elizabeth, the Ogles apparently moved for a time to Lancaster Co., PA because their last two children were born there.

8. Hercules (b. 6 Apr 1731 in Lancaster Co., PA d. Sep 1804 in Grayson Co., VA) m. Mary Carson (1739-1825) Dec.1755 in Botecourt Co., VA
9. Lucretia (b. 19 Apr 1733- d. 1800 in Randolph Co, NC) m. Abraham Stroud 1 Apr 1752 in New Castle Co., DE

John III’s Death and Related Problems

Sometime after Lucretia’s birth, the family moved back to Delaware. Eight years later (c1741) John Ogle, III, died. Although the family had been tobacco planters and farmers for three generations, they may still have had money problems. On 15 Nov 1743, the year of their mother’s death and two years after their father’s death, the two youngest daughters were “apprenticed out” until they were eighteen. Lucretia was about eight and Elizabeth was about twelve. Money may have had nothing to do with the apprenticeships. The girls were, after all, orphans, and if none of their married siblings could take the girls, the family may have decided that Elizabeth and Lucretia needed a more stable environment than their unmarried brothers could provide. In any event, the girls’ apprenticeship papers were signed by their “Uncle Thomas.” There is debate as to which Thomas this might be. Some Ogle researchers think that the Thomas in question was actually the girls’ brother Thomas (our ancestor) who at the time was about twenty and was the oldest male living at home.

Thomas’ Marriage and Family

In 1748, when he was twenty-seven years old, Thomas met and married Elizabeth Robeson. The two were wed in the Holy Trinity Church (Old Swedes Church) in New Castle.

(There is some speculation that Elizabeth’s name may have been Robinson or Robertson since no Robeson family was found in the area. If this is so, then she fits in well with the Ogle Elizabeths. Not only was there a plethora of Elizabeths chosen by the Ogle men to be their wives, several of these women, beginning with Elizabeth Wollaston and Elizabeth Petersdotter, have mysteries surrounding their surnames.)

(See the AOM article on John Ogle for the controversy concerning his wife’s name)
(As a point of interest, our Thomas. his father, his grandfather, his great uncle, and his great grandfather all had wives named Elizabeth. In addition, he had a sister, aunt, and great aunt named Elizabeth. Is it surprising that he also named one of his daughters Elizabeth? Whew!)

Thomas and Elizabeth started a family in New Castle and eventually had a total of eight children:

1. John (b. 1749/1755-d.?) m. 18 Jan 1773 Sarah Dennis (b. 1755-d. ?) John and Sarah had thirteen children. They eventually migrated to White Co., TN, then on to KY and IN.
2. Thomas, Jr. (b. 1749/1755-d.after 1802) m. Isabella (Ibby) Wilson (b. 1755/1760-d. after 1802) Thomas and Isabella had eleven children. They eventually settled in KY where they are buried, but their children moved on to MO.
3. Hercules (b. 1749/1755-d. 1827/1830) m. Sarah Morris (b. before 1775-d. 1825-1830) Hercules and Sarah had ten children. They eventually settled in White Co., TN.
4. William (our ancestor) (b. c1756-d. 1803) m. c1778 Martha Jane Huskey (b. c1760-d.1817/1826). William and Martha had seven children. The family moved to GA and SC where William died. Martha brought the family on to TN.
5. James (b. 19 Nov 1770 d. ?) m. (1) Hannah Brown (2) Catherine Wilkes. James and Hannah had ten children; James and Catherine had three children
6. Sarah (b. 1757 in New Castle-d.?) m. Unknown Sargen (or Largen)
7. Elizabeth (here she is—another one!) (b. 5 Mar 1761, New Castle DE-d.?) m. 1773 William Jennings (b. 16 Dec 1750, Bedford Co., VA-d. 15 Oct 1843, Carroll Co., VA). Elizabeth and William had eleven children
8. Hannah (b. 18 Apr 1764 Rowan Co., NC –d. Sep 1840 Grayson Co., VA) m. Jonathan Richardson (b.? – d. before 1839). Hannah and Jonathan had four children.

(Notice the tendency of the Ogles to name their children after family members, adding to the “which one?” confusion. This tradition continued in the 1800’s in the Smokies where by the second generation of living there, the men began to use their father’s first name to determine a middle initial in order to keep everyone straight. For example, “William H.” was “William, son of Hercules.” “William T” was “William, son of Thomas,” etc.)

The Ogle Inn (or Tavern)

In the 1990’s the Delaware Department of Transportation discovered the remains of a cellar containing artifacts from the 1700s while they were clearing lands for a highway. One of their project reports says: “The archaeologists think this cellar was part of an inn operated by Thomas Ogle and his son James Ogle from 1739 to 1794.” (I’ve tried to match up all the Thomases and Jameses and the dates, and nothing works out exactly right. Our Thomas fits as far as dates are concerned. His son James, however, was not born until 1770. James would have been old enough to help his father during the last portion of the period, but not for the whole time. This inn was in all probability owned by one of our Ogles as there appears to be a Thomas with a son named James in every generation, including brothers and cousins. The problem of determining which of them might have been the owner is compounded since dates of birth and death are not available for all the connected Ogles. (Perhaps the Thomas who owned the inn was the same “Uncle Thomas” who signed the apprenticeship papers. The Ogle Tavern could also be the reason that John, III, was reputed to have been an innkeeper.)

Owning an inn or tavern during that time would have been significant because as the Delaware Dept of Transportation article points out, “In that period taverns were one of the main centers of community life for men, who gathered in the tavern to drink, eat, and talk. Politics, in particular, was often managed from taverns more than from state houses or court rooms.” The period of the inn’s existence covers the entire Revolutionary War period.

The Augusta County Adventure

Several situations go against our Thomas owning the inn. For example, in 1763 with a new country and new opportunities calling, Thomas, two of his brothers (John and Hercules) and his sister Lucretia and her husband Abraham Stroud reportedly decided to leave Delaware and move west where land was plentiful, inexpensive, (and sometimes free), and where opportunities were more likely to present themselves. Their destination was Augusta Co., VA, an area that played an important role in the settlement of America. Augusta Co. was huge; it had no western boundary and contained much of the Shenandoah Valley as well as parts of several later states. It was an enticing destination for pioneer families although insufficient government for such a large area posed problems for the settlers.

At the time of their move to Augusta Co., Thomas was 42; John was 40; Hercules was 32, and Lucretia was 30, the baby of the group. Thus, this was not a group of young people off to seek adventure. These were adults with families who knew the dangers they were facing. When they set off to Augusta County in the southwestern part of Virginia in 1763, they probably hoped to establish a more profitable life for themselves. Unfortunately, after about a year in Virginia, Indian problems in the area caused them to move south across the border to North Carolina. Their final destination was not a great distance from where they had tried to settle in Virginia. It seems unlikely that Thomas would have participated in this Augusta County venture if he had had an inn in Delaware.

Move to North Carolina

By 1760-64 Thomas and Elizabeth and their family were in Rowan County, North Carolina. There they bought 320 acres from Andrew Smith and wife Anna, paying ₤60 for the property. In the deed, Thomas was described as a “groom,” (one who feeds, exercises, and cares for horses).

(Years later, from 1793-1795, these 320 acres would be divided among three of Thomas and Elizabeth’s five sons: William, Thomas, and Hercules. In 1793 Thomas received 100 acres and Hercules 120. In 1795 William received the remaining 100 acres. At this time, the three sons were in their late 30’s to early 40’s [about 37-43 years old]. James was only 23; perhaps his age kept him from receiving land at this time. However, back in 1789, Thomas had bought 140 acres of land in Grayson Co, VA from Thomas Black. This land he deeded to James in 1801, just a year or so before Thomas died. James did not receive the land until after his father’s death as the deed was not proven until then. I was unable to find land that had been deeded to John, Thomas and Elizabeth’s first son.)

The Revolutionary War Era

When the Revolution came, Thomas Ogle and his family were living in Virginia. Thomas was in his late 50’s and there is no evidence that he participated in the Revolution. (There was a Thomas Ogle from Virginia who joined the Revolutionary forces and served three years from 1777-1780 at Ft. Pitt and Ft. Henry under Gaddis. This Thomas Ogle, however, was not ours.)

Though our Thomas did not serve, his sons participated in the Patriot cause. Two of Thomas’ sons definitely fought in the Revolution. Sons 1 and 3 (John and Hercules) volunteered and served in the Montgomery County Virginia Militia under Capt. Jonathan Isom. Revolutionary war service for Son 2 (Thomas, Jr.) is not as certain as John’s and Hercules’, but family belief is that he was in the war. Although he is listed along with his brothers William and Hercules as one who did not sign the oath of allegiance, this does not mean he was opposed to the war. Hercules, for example, did not sign the oath but did serve as a volunteer soldier during the Revolution. The same could be true of Thomas, Jr. As far as Son 4 is concerned, there is no available evidence that says William (our ancestor) fought in the war, but family tradition says that he did. In addition, some sources indicate that William’s reason for going to TN at the turn of the century was to scout out land he had received for his war service. Thomas’ fifth son, James, was born 10 Nov 1770 and was therefore too young to participate in the war.

End of the Journey

Thomas wrote his will on 2 March 1802 and died in March 1803. We do not know his cause of death, but in his will he stated that he was “sick and weak in body but of sound mind and desposing [sic] memory.” Thomas was buried in Peavine Ridge, Carroll Co., Virginia, and his will was proven in March 1803.

(Interestingly, the Ogle family suffered a relatively large number of deaths within a relatively short period of time. Our Thomas died in 1803; his son William (also our ancestor) died the same year. In addition, Thomas’ son Hercules died in 1804. Thomas’ brother William died in 1805. These death dates are no doubt coincidental, but they are noticeable.

Provisions of Thomas’ Will

Thomas’ will left all his movable property to his wife, Elizabeth. After her death, the movable property was to be equally divided among the children. In addition, he gave one dollar to each of his five sons (whom he named in the will) and one dollar to two of his daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth. To daughter Hannah, he gave one cow. Often testators leave one dollar to a person just to make it clear that that is all he or she is to receive from the will and that the person in question was not forgotten or inadvertently left out. The sons who received one dollar had already received their inheritance in the lands their father had deeded to them previously—except John. Sarah and Elizabeth had probably received their inheritance early, too. Why Hannah received a cow is a mystery.

(John, like his four brothers, received one dollar in Thomas’ will, even though I did not find land deeded to him by his father. In 1804, however, a year after his father’s death, John bought 115 acres of land in TN from his brother Hercules. He sold the land four years later in 1808. Perhaps this transaction had something to do with the brothers’ inheritance, although John and his family did live in Grainger Co., TN for a while and may have just bought this property to have somewhere to live.

Family Migration

After Thomas’ death, his family continued to grow and prosper. Like many settlers in the New World, the Ogles were almost nomadic—or at least had a touch of wanderlust. Son John and his family migrated from the Edgefield District of SC to Grainger County, TN, lived there for a while and then moved on to KY and finally to IN where they settled for good.

Thomas, Jr. and his family lived originally in Rowan Co., NC. In the 1780’s they moved to Wilkes Co., GA and then to Edgefield County, SC. Later they moved to KY. Thomas and his wife Isabella are buried in Kentucky, but their children chose to move on to MO.

Hercules and his family lived in Montgomery Co., VA, Rowan County, NC, and Edgefield District, SC. Finally they moved to Grainger Co., TN. (In 1803 when Martha Jane made her bereavement visit to her mother-in-law in VA, she swung west and stopped on the way home to visit with Hercules, who lived at that time in Grainger Co, TN.)

William and wife Martha lived for a time in Rowan Co., NC, in Wilkes Co., GA, and finally settled in the Edgefield District of SC. William traveled to TN—tradition says to check out land he had received for military service—found a spot to his liking, and planned to bring his family there. When he returned to SC to get his family and prepare for the move to the Smokies, however, he became the victim of a malaria or typhoid epidemic and died. His wife and family made the journey and established the Ogle family as a major influence in that region. (See more info in “South Carolina to the Smokies” Click the navigation bar for that title on the left side of this page.)

James and his family lived for a time in GA, but apparently returned to Grayson Co., VA. Sarah’s fate is unclear, but Elizabeth and Hannah both seem to have kept to their roots in VA.

Line of Decent from Thomas to Ben C. Goode

Thomas Edward Ogle sr (1721 – 1803)
6th great-grandfather

William “Billy” Ogle (1756 – 1803)
son of Thomas Edward Ogle sr

Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of William “Billy” Ogle

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode


“Children of William Jennings and Elizabeth Ogle.”
VACaroll-L Archives

DAR Patriot Index, Vol. II, p. 158

“Elizabeth Petersdotter Yocum, Wife of the English Soldier, John Ogle,” The Ogle Genealogist, Vol. 18, 1997, pp. 19-27.

Gwalhmey, John Hastings. Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution. Richmond: Dietz Press, 1938. p. 593.

“Ogle” in Looking for a Horse Thief

“Interchange of Views Regarding the Identify of Elizabeth, Wife of John Ogle, Immigrant to Delaware and the Parents of John Ogle.” The Ogle Genealogist, Vol.18, 1997, pp. 27-52

McCarter Family Charts and Pedigree Charts

“My Kentucky World”

‘Notes Concerning Ogles in Early Colonial America” The Ogle Genealogist, Vol.18, 1997, pp.123-125

Ogle Family Charts and Pedigree Charts

Pattersons of Augusta Co., VA

Reagan, Donald B. Smoky Mountain Clans, Vol 1. Knoxville, TN: np, 1978, 129 ff.

“Sharon’s Family” History Page.”

“Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest.”

State of Delaware. Delaware Department of Transportation. Archaeoloogy Archives Del DOT Archaeology Series: No. 77 Coleman, Ellis E., Wade P. Catts, Angela Hoseth, and Jay F. Custer “1990 Final Archaeological Investigations of the John Ruth Inn Site, 7NC-D-126, Red Mill Road and Delaware Routes 4 and 273”

Martha Jane Huskey 5th Great Grandmother

Martha Jane Huskey

Dec. 9, 1756
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Sevier County
Tennessee, USA

The little settlement of White Oak Flats, nestled in the Great Smokey Mountains on the south end of Sevier County, Tennessee was “Pioneered by Martha Jane “Huskey” Ogle”
Martha Jane Huskey and her husband William “Billy” Ogle
are a great part of “Sevier County History”

Martha was born in Wake County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Frederick Huskey and Rebecca Washington-Huskey.

Martha Jane Huskey married William “Billy” Ogle, he was born in New Castle, Delaware and was the son of Thomas Ogle and Elizabeth “Robeson” Ogle.

Martha Jane Huskey and William “Billy” Ogle married in 1778 in North Carolina. Martha and William had the following Children;

1. Hercules “Hike” Ogle
2. Rebecca Ogle
3. Thomas J. Ogle    ****our ancestor
4. John “Johnny” Ogle
5. Isaac “Shucky” Ogle
6. William “Black Bill” Ogle
7. Mary Ann Ogle

Historical “Ogle Cabin”-tarted by William “Billy” Ogle and finished by Matha Jane Huskey-Ogle her son’s and other family members

Martha’s husband, William “Billy” Ogle, came to Tennessee from South Carolina and was among one of the first to permanently settle in the Gatlinburg area. It is said that William Ogle hunted with the Indian friends in the area and decided to build a Cabin and move his family there. With help from the local Cherokee, he cut and hewed logs to build Cabin. He returned to South Carolina to retrieve his family. William had to grow a crop, in order to bring supplies for the family’s survival an epidemic of malaria broke out and William “Billy” Ogle died of the fever Around 1803-1807 Martha Jane Huskey-Ogle her children and her brother Peter Huskey and several other family members, journeyed to the area now called Gatlinburg to complete her late husband “William “Billy” Ogle Dream”. They found the waiting logs and Martha’s son’s Built the Ogle Cabin.It still stands today in the Great Smokey Mountains *Historical Ogle Cabin

After the death of William, Martha took her five sons and two daughters for a short visit with relatives in Virginia. Her brother, Peter Huskey, and his family then accompanied them on their long trip to the East Tennessee area to establish their home

According to the church minutes of “Fork of Little Pigeon Church”, Martha Ogle was the one of the group of people from White Oak Flats Community that asked the Fork of Little Pigeon Church to establish a church in White Oak Flats as an arm of the church in Sevierville in December 1817.

“Smoky Mountain Clans”, Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 37-38.
“Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage”, 1994, p 229.
“Mountain Ways”, Gene Aiken, 1983, p 3.

White Oak Flats cemantery

This is the second view of White Oak Flats Cemetery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Originally called the White Oak Flats settlement due to the abundant white oak trees in the valley, Gatlinburg was settled by English, Scotch, Irish, and Scotch-Irish immigrants in the early 1800s, with the cemetery dating back to around 1830. The serene, tree lined graveyard nestled above the bustling Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg contains the gravesites of many of Gatlinburg’s earliest settlers and prominent citizens.
Names include Ogle, Huskey, McCarter, Maples, Reagan and Whaley; the first families to settle the valley of the Little Pigeon River and its tributaries. Most heads of households during the early 1800s were Revolutionary War veterans. They came here to claim title to 50-acre tracts of land allotted to each for their patriotic service.
A middle-aged widow, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, was the first official settler here, settling on the land earned by her husband, who died before he could move here with his family. Nonetheless, Martha Jane led her family across the Smoky Mountains to start a new life in what Billy Ogle had described as a “Land of Paradise” in what is now East Tennessee. She is buried in White Oak Flats Cemetery.
Ogle Family Lore – Smokey Mt Clans

Source: ‘Smoky Mountain Clans’, Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 37-38. ‘Smoky Mountain Family Album,’ Gladys Trentham Russell, 1984, p 6. IGI, Batch 8113402, Sheet 49, Source Call Number 1260889, Film, also, Film 449514, Ordinance # 280.., Temple Swiss. ‘In the Shadow of the Smokies,’ Smoky Mountain Historical Society, 1993, 575. ‘Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage’, 1994, p 229. ‘Mountain Ways’, Gene Aiken, 1983, p 3.

Ogle Cabin2



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Martha Jane Huskey (1756 – 1826)
5th great-grandmother
Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of Martha Jane Huskey
Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr
Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle
Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan
Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan
Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode
Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

William “Billy” Ogle 5th Great Grandfather

Birth                                                                                                   William Billy Ogle
Oct., 1754
New Castle County
Delaware, USA
Mar., 1803
Edgefield County
South Carolina, USA

William “Billy” Ogle and his Wife Martha Jane “Huskey” Olge are a great part of “Sevier County History” in Tennessee. William “Billy Ogle born in New Castle, Delaware and was the son of Thomas Ogle and Elizabeth “Robeson” Ogle. In 1778 William Ogle married Martha Jane Huskey in North Carolina. Matha Jane Huskey born in Wake County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of John Frederick Huskey and Rebecca B “Washington” Ogle.

William Ogle and Matha Jane “Huskey” Ogle had the folling Children;

1. Hercules “Hike” Ogle
2. Rebecca Ogle
3. Thomas J. Ogle   *****our ancestor
4. John “Johnny” Ogle
5. Isaac “Shucky” Ogle
6. William “Black Bill” Ogle
7. Mary Ann Ogle

History of William “Billy” Ogle Facts, Sources and Tales

Historical Ogle Cabin-Started by William “Billy” Ogle and finished by Matha Jane Huskey-Ogle, her son’s and other family members

William “Billy” Ogle came to Tennessee from South Carolina and was among one of the first to permanently settle in the Gatlinburg area. It is said that William Ogle hunted with the Indian friends in the area and decided to build a Cabin and move his family there. With help from the local Cherokee, he cut and hewed logs to build Cabin. He returned to South Carolina to retrieve his family. William had to grow a crop, in order to bring supplies for the family’s survival an epidemic of malaria broke out and William “Billy” Ogle died of the fever Around 1803-1807 Martha Jane Huskey-Ogle her children and her brother Peter Huskey and several other family members, journeyed to the area now called Gatlinburg to complete her late husband “William “Billy” Ogle Dream”. They found the waiting logs and Martha’s son’s Built the Ogle Cabin.It still stands today *Historical Ogle Cabin

*Source American Genealogical-Biographical Index

Name: William Ogle
Birth Date: 1750
Birthplace: Delaware
Volume: 127
Page Number: 215
Biographical Info: Revolutionary War
Reference:(813): 1050

*Source– Revolution War Records for Pvt William Ogle in Captain John Bogg’s Co. of Militia of the Delaware State in 2nd Batt’n Commanded by Col Counch

*Source– Rowan County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1773-1786″, William Ogle, with his brothers Thomas and Hercules Ogle, is listed in Names of Persons who have not taken the Oath of Allegiance in Captain Cox’s District.” 1778.

*Source– U.S. International Marriages 1756 in North Carolina

*Source–1790 United Staes Census Name:William Ogle
Home in 1790 (City, County, State):
Edgefield, South Carolina
Number of Household Members:7

*Source– Oct 19,1795, Thomas Ogle of Grayson County, Virginia deeded 100 acres of land in Rowan County, North Carolina, to “William Ogle of Edgefield County, state of South Carolina”. William later sold this same tract of land to Mark Cole and Jacob Skeene on 30 Oct 1795 (Deed Book 14, p 178 and p 179/80).

*Source–On 7 March 1796, William Ogle added to his holdings in Edgefield District, South Carolina, another 100 acres of land purchased from George Hagood. This land was situated on “the branches of Rockey Creek, waters of Savannah River” (Deed Book 13, p 198).

*Source–1800 Census taken in South Carolina
William Ogle is listed Head of Household in Edgefield, South Carolina

*Source–William Ogle-Between the date of his will, 26 Feb 1803, and the date of probate, 5 March 1803, William Ogle died and was survived by his wife, Martha and his children, five sons and two daughters.

William Ogle’s Will “I give unto my son Harculous Ogle that Hundred Acres of Land he Now lives. Also the remainder of the Land is to be Divided among four Boys except a Child’s Share which I give unto My beloved Wife Polly Ogle (Martha in the 1811 deed). Also I give unto my beloved daughter Rebecca (Mc) Carter a cow and Calf, bed and furniture, Pot and Some other furniture. Also I
give unto my beloved grandson William (Mc) Carter a young sow. Also the rest of the property to be Equally among all the rest of my children except my beloved Wife which draws a Child’s share.” His will was recorded in Edgefield County, South Carolina, Will Book “A”, box 22, #783.

William Ogle is buried in the Fruit Hill area.
Birth and Death dates are est

Reference; Smoky Mountain Clans”, Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 138-139.
“Smoky Mountain Family Album,” Gladys Trentham Russell, 1984, p 6.
“Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage”, 1994, p 229.
“Mountain Ways”, Gene Aiken, 1983, p 3.

Sources; 1.[S104] Cocke County, Tennessee, and its People, Cocke County Heritage Book Committee, (Walsworth Publishing, 1992), 188.
2.[S120] A Place Called Home: Our Story, David L. Popiel, Duay O’Neil, et. al., (2006, The Newport Plain Talk / Jones Media Inc.),, 1


william ogle cabin


Relationship to me
William “Billy” Ogle (1754 – 1803)
5th great-grandfather

Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of William “Billy” Ogle

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode


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Sophia Bosley 4th Great Grandmother



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The Life of Sophia Bosley

Sophia Bosley (1789 July 1857), wife of Thomas J. Ogle (1784-1862 would probably fit in just as well in the twenty-first century as she did in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth. an examination of her life shows that she must have been a determined, strong, adaptable woman who could survive- and prevail-almost anywhere.                Early Life  Born  in MD in 1789, Sophia somehow ended up in SC. No information on her family has been found so far. There were Bosley families in the Edgefield-Abbeville-District 96 region of SC. around the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and probably Sophia belonged to one of those groups who had migrated from Maryland. Apparently there are five major branches of Bosley’s and perhaps one day we will be able to place Sophia on her proper twig. In 1803 Sophia was fourteen years old, and Thomas J. Ogle was nineteen. Something about her attracted Thomas’ eye-perhaps her distinctive red hair. Whatever the reason-beauty, personality, or red hair-there was an attraction between the couple.  Eighteen hundred three had been an eventful year for Thomas. His grandfather died; his father died; he made a long a long trip with his family to Virginia to visit his grieving relatives, an now, in 1804, his mother wanted to take the family west to the wilderness of the East Tennessee mountains. That would mean leaving Sophia. We would probably would not be too far from reality in guessing that his marriage proposal was one of the “O, come with me and be my love,” varieties. No matter how much she loved him, Sophia needed to have been brave too. The trip would be long. She would be far from her family. There was danger from animals and unfriendly Indians. Maybe Thomas pled his case for a long time or maybe Sophia right away. Whichever happened, the two were married, and off they trekked with the rest of the Ogle, Huskey, and McCarter clans to Tennessee.                                                                Life in Tennessee The group named the new area White Oak Flats after the flat lands along the river and the White Oaks that grew there. It remained White Oak Flats until the Civil War era when it became Gatlinburg. Sophia and Thomas had fourteen children, all born in Sevier County. They were Easter (years later Easter’s husband would be the first person buried in White Oak Flats), Martha, William T. Nancy (from whom we descended), Harkness T, Thomas T, Mary, Isaac T, Marriah, Eliza, Preston, Levi, Caleb, Sophia, and Elvira. The fourteen children alone are enough to attest to Sophia’s strength and stamina. Sophia’s Religious Life Sophia was a farmer’s wife, but her husband fared well and acquired from his father, from purchases, from a grant for his service in the War of 1812 and Indian wars, and even by seizing and occupying unclaimed land.  When Thomas donated the first land for the White Oak Flat church, Sophia may have been in the background. She was a very religious woman and meet weekly with other women of the settlement to pray that God would send them a minister of their own and a church of their own. Sophia’s mother-in-law, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle (1760/64-1825/26), led a group of people who portioned The Forks of the River Baptist Church in Sevierville to establish a branch of that church in Gatlinburg. That fledgling church was formed 1817, but no church building was built until 1855. Sophia and Thomas were charter members of the original White Oak Flats church group, but Sophia still campaigned for a “real” church of their own. One of the stories about Sophia’s steadfast drive for a minister and church say’s that she led prayer meetings each week in a laurel grove. According to the book Sketches of Tennessee’s pioneer Baptist Preachers, Sophia, her family, and her steadfast friends WALKED FOURTEEN MILES EACH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY from White Oak Flats to Sevierville where the Forks of the River Baptist church was located, carrying their shoes to keep them from getting muddy, and walked the fourteen miles back home again. Sophia’s prayers were finally answered. Her third son, William T, became a minister. He was ordained at Bethel Church in Sevier County in 1836. It had taken Sophia about 30 years of praying to get ” their own minister.” A few years later, Caleb, another of Sophia’s sons became a minister, too. She was also the great aunt of Richard Evans, a highly respected pioneer minister, She may have influenced a number of other young relatives to enter the ministry, for a quick count of our assorted Ogle cousins reveals at least nineteen Ogle ministers during the nineteenth century.

End of Life Sophia died 13 July 1857 at sixty-eight years of age. She and her husband had been married over fifty years. Thomas outlived his wife by five years, dying at age 78 in 1862. They were buried in White Oak Flats Cemetery in Gatlinburg. Sophia was a strong, determined woman. She was an early “western pioneer” ; she endured hardships; she raised fourteen children; she shared a long marriage with her husband, and she made a pronounced effect on religion in the community. She made a difference.

Sophia Bosley (1784 – 1857)
4th great-grandmother

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Sophia Bosley

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode


Thomas Ogle J Ogle Sr. 4th Great Grandfather


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Thomas went with his parents to Ninety Six District, Edgefield County, South Carolina from Wilkes County, Georgia.

Tom was named with his brother, Hercules, as coexecutor of their father’s will in 1803 in Edgefield District, South Carolina. He also signed the 1811 deed of conveyance which disposed of the land left by William Ogle to his “four boys”. Another deed, dated in 1825 and disposing of land in Edgefield District, South Carolina, was signed by Thomas and Sophia Ogle. They had apparently rented out this land after moving to Sevier County, Tennessee.

No Tennessee land grants prior to 1824 were found for Tom Ogle but it is known that he was in Sevier County as early as 1805. He and Hercules Ogle deeded 48 acres of land at the mouth of Walden’s Creek to William Murphy in 1807. According to the deed, found in the Tennessee State Library and Archives, they held title to the land “by virtue of seizure and occupancy”. The exact date of Tom’s settlement in Gatlinburg is not known but he was one of the first settlers there.

Records of Tom’s service in the War of 1812 were found in the National Archives. He served in Captain Andrew Lawson’s Company of East Tennessee Drafted Militia Regiment, commanded by Colonel William Johnson, and fought against the Creek Indians. In 1850 and 1855, Tom received bounty land grants as a result of his service.

In December of 1817 when the White Oak Flats Baptist Church was formed as an arm of the Sevierville church, Tom Ogle and his wife were listed as charter members. The first church building was started in 1855 on Tom’s land. It was located where the Arrowcraft Shop stands now. A deed conveying title of the land to the church by Thomas Ogle was executed on 8 April 1861. This is found in Sevier County Courthouse in Deed Book M, page 211.

Thomas J. Ogle has three land entries, which are dated from 1 May 1824 through 23 Jan 1826, in the Surveyor’s Book No. 1 of Sevier County, Tennessee. These land entries were granted by the state of Tennessee. All these were located in the White Oak Flats community and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tom left a will dated 27 Sep 1861 and probated in County Court in February of 1862. It is recorded in Will Book I, p 74-75. William T. Ogle is mentioned as Tom’s eldest son and is named executor of the will. Also Tom mentioned “my son Thomas Ogle… my Sons, to wit., Preston, Levi and Caleb…” In the Court records, Thomas Ogle’s will was admitted for probate 3 Feb 1862. On 3 March 1862, Caleb Ogle and Wilson Duggan were appointed administrators of the estate of Thomas Ogle. (Court Minutes Book I, page 747 and 752)

There is a list of “Inventory of the property belonging to the estate of Thomas J. Ogle, Dec’d., late of Sevier County, Tennessee in the Inventory Book, page 190/92.

In the GUARDIANS, EXECUTORS and ADMINISTRATORS Settlement Book for Sevier County, Tennessee, there is a record for the estate of Thomas J. Ogle. From this book, the following list of the living heirs of Thomas J. Ogle is quoted: “the above Settlement shows that there is in the hands of the administrators the sum of $187.23 to be equally divided among twelve heirs, to wit., Levi, Hercules, Isaac, Rebecca wife of Preston, William T., Celeb, Thomas, Esther Trantham, Hichols Ownsby, Jacob Evans, Andrew Conner, and David Owensby & wife.”

The family appears in the Federal Census records of Sevier County from 1830 through 1860. The census and other records found show that the second generation of Ogle sons in Gatlinburg began using their father’s initial in their names when there was confusion created by the same names.
“Smoky Mountain Clans”, Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 47-48.



Written will of Thomas Ogle of the State of Tennessee and county of Sevier I Thomas Ogle do publish this my last will & Testament hereby Revoking and making void all other wills made by me at any time -1st        I direct that my Funeral expenses be paid, and all my debts be paid after my death, as soon as possible out of any money I may have on hand or the first that comes to hand – Second, I give and bequeath all the Land on the south west side of Bearskin Creek, in other words, all the Land on the Right hand side of said creek when going up the creek – That I am lawfully seized & possessed of, or that I lawfully own, to my son – Thomas Page 75Ogle.  3rd          I Give and bequeath the Remainder of my Land including all on both sides of the River to the other three of my Sons, to wit, Preston Levi and Caleb, to be equally divided between the three above named boys – I also order that it be so divided that Levis part, include the building where he now lives – and that Caleb’s part include the Building where I live -I also direct that in case the three above named sons cannot agree in the division of said Land, that they Elect three unconnected disinterested Men to divide said Land – also in case any one or more of them should Refuse to Elect men as above mentioned that any one or more of them may make such Election – and all be bound thereby as much so as if they had went into such Election of Men.4th        I direct that all my personal Property be equally divided between all of my living children at my decease Lastly I do nominate Wm Ogle my Eldest son my Executor in Witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 27th day of September 1861.                                                                                                his                                                                                    Thomas X Ogle                                                                                                mark Signed sealed and published in our presents and we have subscribed our names hereunto in the presents of the Testator this the 27th day of September 1861.                                                                                    Aaron Ownby                                                                                    Bradford Ogle


Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
4th great-grandfather

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

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