Potts, Stevens & Winsetts
in Williamson County, TN
1800-1856



Williamson County, TN Tax Book 1, 1800-1813
by Louise Gillespie Lynch

Williamson County, TN was created 26 Oct 1799 from Davidson County. Hunters and explorers came into this section as early as 1784, but most permanent settlements were not made until shortly before 1800. Many of the early settlers did not buy land when they first arrived; for this reason it is often difficult to find records of their presence, until they decided to make a permanent settlement.

Tax List - Each male between the ages of 21 and 51 was required to pay a poll tax. Also, he payed a tax on each slave, the land he owned, the stud horses, town lots, merchants tax, billiard tables and sawmills.

Listed are the names of the persons, number of acres of land, location, when given, white poles and black poles.

1803

Stephens, Lewis, 162, Spencers Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Joel, 158, Spencers Cr
Stephens, William

1804

Stevens, Lommie, 100, McCrorys Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 2
Stevens, William, 1, 1
Stevens, Charles, 1, 1
Winsett, German, 1, 1

1805

Stephens, Joel, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 4
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 2
Stephens, William, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Charles, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 1
Winsett, Jeremiah, 1, 1

1806

Stephens, Loamie, 100, 1, 1
Stephens, William, 270, Hays Cr, 0, 7
Stephens, William Jr, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Charles, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 2
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 2
Stephens, Joel, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 4

1807

Stephens, Loamie, 100, McCrorys Cr, 1, 0
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 3
Stephens, Joel, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 5
Stephens, Charles, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Wm Sr, 275, Hays Cr, 0, 7
Stephens, Wm Jr, 100 Hays Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, John, 1, 0
Winsett, William, 1, 0
Winsett, Amos, 1, 0

1808

Potts, Peter, 1, 3
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencer Cr, 1, 2
Stephens, Joel, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 5
Stephens, Wm Sr, 270, Hays Cr, 1, 7
Stephens, Wm Jr, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Charles, 100, Hays Cr, 1, 1
Winset, Robert, 200, Nelson Cr, 0, 3
Winset, Amos, 55, Nelson Cr, 1, 0
Winset, Wm, 1, 0

1809

Potts, Peter, 108, Spencers Cr by deed, 0, 4
Potts, Jonathan, 0, 2
Stephens, Jarmin, 1, 0
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr by deed, 1, 3
Stephens, Joel, 160, Spencers Cr by deed, 1, 5
Stephens, Silas, 1, 0
Stephens, Wm Sr, 270, Hays Cr by deed, 0, 8
Stephens, Nathan, 1, 5
Stephens, John, 1, 1
Winsett, Robert, 200, Nelson Cr, 0, 3
Winsett, Amos, 50, Nelson Cr, 1, 0
Winsett, William, 1, 0

1810

Potts, Peter, 80, Spencer Cr by deed, 1, 2
Potts, Jonathan, 0, 2
Stephens, Loami, 100, McCrory Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr by deed, 1, 3
Stephens, German, 1, 0
Winsett, William, 1, 0
Winsett, Robert, 200, Nelson Cr, 0, 3
Winsett, Amos, 55, 1, 0
Winsett, Asa, 1, 0
Winsett, Silas, 1, 0

1811

Potts, Peter, 80, Spencers Cr, 1, 2
Potts, Jonathan, Double tax, 1, 2
Stephens, Loami, 100, McCrory Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Charles, 40, Murfrees Fk, 1, 0
Stephens, James, 1, 0
Stevens, Wm Sr, 170, Hayes Cr by deed, 0, 5
Stevens, Wm Jr, 1, 1
Stephens, German, 1, 0
Winsett, Amos, 50, Nelson Cr, 1, 0
Winsett, Robert, 200, Nelson Cr, 0, 3
Winsett, William, 1, 0
Winsett, Silas, 1, 0

1812

Potts, Daniel, 1, 1
Potts, Peter, 80, Dry Fk of Spencers Cr deed, 1, 3
Stephens, Loamie, 77, 0, 1
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr by deed, 1, 5
Stephens, Joel, 160, Spencers Cr deed, 1, 6
Stephens, Charles, 25, Leepers Fk, 1, 0
Stephens, John, 100, Hayes Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Charles, 100, Hayes Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Wm, 270, Hayes Cr held by deed, 0, 8
Stephens, Wm Jr, 200, Hayes Cr, 1, 2
Stephens, Edward, 100, Hayes Cr, 1, 0
Stephens, Henry, 100, Hayes Cr, 1, 1
Stephens, Silas, 1, 0
Stephens, Thomas, 150, Rutherford Cr, 1, 0
Stephens, James, Double tax, 1, 0
Winsett, Robert, 200, Nelson Cr, 0, 3
Winsett, William, 1, 0
Winsett, Amos, 55, Nelson Cr, 1, 0
Winsett, Silas, 1, 0

1813

Potts, Daniel, 150, Nelson Cr, 1, 1
Potts, Nancy, 0, 2
Potts, Peter, 80, Spencers Cr, 1, 2
Stephens, James, 1, 0
Stephens, Lewis, 160, Spencers Cr, 1, 8
Stephens, Joel, Spencer Cr, 1, 7
Stephens, Henry, 100, 1, 1
Stephens, Edward, 100, 1, 0
Stephens, Wm Sr, 280, 0, 6
Stephens, Wm, 200, 1, 1
Stephens, Thomas, 150, Rutherford Cr, 1, 0
Winsett, Amos, 50, Nelson Cr, 1, 0
Winsett, Milley, 65, Nelson Cr, 0, 2
Winsett, Wm, 50, Nelson Cr, 1, 0
Winsett, Silas, 45, Nelson Cr, 1, 0


Record Book - Letters of Administration, No. 1 - 1838-1855
by Louise Gillespie Lynch

P. 177. Potts, James, Nov 1844, no will William Potts & Stephen Potts, Admrs

P. 186. Potts, Daniel, May 1845, no will George Potts, Admr

P. 405. Potts, Stephen, Feb 1852, no will Henry Potts, Admr


Williamson County, TN County Court Minutes - July 1812-October 1815
by Carol Wells

Same date - Jonathan Potts released from payment of value of horse by him posted; afterwards proven to be property of Littleton Henderson


Miscellaneous Records, Williamson Co, TN
by Louise Gillespie Lynch

Page 204 - Robert Winsett to Silas Winsett, 45 acres tract of land on the waters of Harpeth River, being part of 200 acre tract I now live on..for the love and affection I bear to my son. Registered 18 Aug 1813

Page 252 - Robert Winsett to my wife Mille Winsett and my youngest son Jason Winsett..for love and affection..tract of land where I now live on the waters of Harpeth, 63 acres and 230 poles, bounded by John Nelson and John Coffee. Reg 25 Nov 1812

Page 450 - Deed of conveyance from Elizabeth Winsett to Daniel Winsett for 20 acres of land in Williamson County on Nelson Creek, proven by oaths of Jason Winsett and William Winsett - no date


Miscellaneous Records, Williamson Co, TN, Vol 2
by Louise Gillespie Lynch

January 1817 - Polly Potts, now Polly Woods, widow of Peter Potts, given 1/6 of the estate. Minute Book 3, pg 260

Page 269 - Agnes Potts is appointed guardian of Samuel Crockett Potts, Sally Potts, John Potts, Polly Potts and Joseph Potts.

Jan 1817 - Agnes Slocum formerly Agnes Potts - She is guardian for Samuel Crockett Potts, Sally Potts, John Potts, Polly Potts and Joseph Potts minor orpans of Joseph Potts, dec'd

Jan 1825 - Peter Potts died intestate - Division of heirs: Nancy Potts who has since the death of her father married Winson Edney; Susan Potts who married Thomas A. Thompson; Maria Potts; Edwin Potts; Joseph Potts


Miscellaneous Records, Williamson Co, TN, Vol 6
by Louise Gillespie Lynch

1836 - Jason Winsett account with minor heirs of Amos Winsett dec'd as their guardian: Mary, Sarah, ?aley, James, John, William, David and Newton Winsett. The balance of the rent of 73 acres of land after settling with the 5 heirs that was of lawful age at the time rent was due.

24 Aug 1848 - Whereas I (no name given) may have some interest in the estate of my father Joel Stevens, yet to be divided as well as some interest in the property conveyed by Joel Stevens in his lifetime in trust to the trustees James P. Stevens and G. McJordan which is yet to be disposed of - for the love and affection I bear for my children Fanny Stevens, Sarah Stevens and Cornelius Stevens, all my interest in said estate.

Dec 1856 - William Potts made oath that he made a coffin for Samuel Adams, a pauper, $5

No date - Deposition of Eleanor C. Jameson - Elizabeth Potts died in the lifetime of said Eleanor leaving only one child, Sarah Elizabeth, who died as an infant and unmarried. Zachariah Potts was appointed Admr of the estate of his wife and the estate of his child. Montgomery County, Tenn


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