McMinn County, Tn. Deeds for Kyker and Related Families



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The Kyker and Newman deeds were obtained from the McMinn County, Tn. register of deeds office. All deeds have been stored in the directory "Kyker/kykerdeeds" and can be viewed by using your "File Explorer" option or "My Computer", depending on which version of software you have.

The history of the Hiwassee District Land Grant maps is that the property sales first began about Nov. 1820 in Knoxville, Tn. Anyone purchasing property had to travel to that location and use a Land Grant Map to choose available tracts of land. The prices ran from about $2.00 per acre to $5.00 per acre depending on location. After several years the books were moved from Knoxville, Tn. to the McMinn County, Tn. register of deeds office. Unfortunately, the people who sold those tracts were not well educated as to the township process for describing deeds. Errors were made because of that. And when properties changed hands the attorneys knew little about the township coordinate system and often transcribed the deeds incorrectly.

The Cloud, Keeton, Kyker, Newman, Farmer, McPhail, and Hicks families were intermarried and part of a group who migrated together. Some of those families came from Pennsylvania. The deeds for this family group were retrieved from the original Hiwassee Land Grant books which are kept in the register of deeds office in the McMinn County, Tn. court house. Most of those deeds described properties in the vicinity of Range 1 Township 3 section 5 or Range 1 Township 2 section 32 west of the Meredian. That description placed them at Cedar Springs about one to two miles south of Athens, Tn. There was a concrete section marker placed at each corner of a section. In a lot of locations those markers have never been removed. So you can sometimes locate the concrete section marker if you use the marked gps coordinates to get close to the location. The gps coordinates are off possibly as much as a couple of hundred yards in some locations because the coordinates were taken from a street atlas map that isn't totally accurate.

Index to deeds:

Note: The father of Emily Catherine Newman and Susan Newman was Garrett Byrd/Bird Newman. In these documents the names Bird Newman and Garrett Newman generally refer to the same person. Also, there were next generation Garrett Byrd/Bird Newman descendants named after the Garrett Byrd/Bird Newman who died in 1859. They are following the general naming tradition often used by early settlers. The documents can be confusing so always check the date of the document and if that date is after the date of death of Bird Newman, the document refers to a descendant from him.

Bird Newman Land Grant deed 1631 issued Oct. 11, 1825 for R1, T3, S5, SE QTR 160 acres.

Bird Newman Land Grant 1631 is marked on this map R1, T3, S5, SE QTR indicated by yellow color.

Land Grant 1264 issues to Daniel Turner, assigned to William Ivey who assigned it to Bird Newman who sold it to James Small per following deed.

Deed Bird Newman to James Small a tract belonging to him as assignee of Daniel Turner Land Grant 1264 property Range 1, T2, section 28 SW quarter.

Oct. 7, 1848 Bird Newman to James Small property sale is marked on this map R1, T2, S28, SW QTR, exact location is DOWNTOWN ATHENS, TN. indicated by blue color.

Note: Uriah Kyker purchased a property from Charles Matlock via note of lien. The property was in dispute and as the result of the Chancery Court findings the following deed was issued Aug. 13, 1842. Uriah Kyker was already living on the property as evidenced by the 1840 Census of McMinn County, Tn.

Chancery Court issued deed to Uriah Kyker Aug 13, 1842 for Range 1, T3, S5 south half of NW Qtr.

Uriah Kyker property is marked on this map indicated by rose color.

McMinn County Chancery Court Record about Uriah Kyker Property bought from Kitchen.

Recovered deed book L indicates in 1857 A. J. Kyker sold property to Uriah Kyker, location not specified. (This record is fuzzy, out of focus.)

In Feb. 1859 Garrett Bird Newman purchased property in the Pond Hill Community from James F. Newman who had probably purchased the property and registered it in the lost deed book L.

Nov. 21, 1863 James S. Beavers sells 160 acre tract to M. L. Kyker.

The property sold by James S. Beavers was located on Conasauga Creek south of Athens, Tn. per this map.

In 1865 Henry Latham sells property to W. F. Kyker page 2 of deed--described T3 but should be T1

In 1865 Henry Latham sells property to W. F. Kyker page 2 of deed--described T3 but should be T1 Note: The above property was described as Township 3 but is in fact the northern 80 acre half of the North West Quarter of Section 8 Township 1 located in District 2 as described on W. F. Kyker estate records.

This map shows the above tract platted per the W. F. Kyker estate record descriptions.

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The following are Bird Newman estate records:

Chancery Court Record pertaining to Bird Newman heirs

Chancery Court Record of distribution of Bird Newman estate to heirs

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The following deeds pertain to the Uriah Kyker estate disposition by his heirs:

Specific details about the above Uriah Kyker property history.

When Uriah Kyker died his heirs sold their part of the Uriah Kyker property to John M. Kyker. The deed transfer indicated he owned 240 acres and specified it lay in Township 3 but contradicted itself by saying the property was in District 2. The only deeds of record are the Chancery Court deed from the Kennedy/Kitchen/Matlock transfer and a deed noted in reconstructed deed book L which was a book that has been lost. It appears that some properties or property exchanges made by Uriah were in that deed book. One record is below but not described as to specific location.

Uriah Kyker heirs sell all of their property inheritance to John M. Kyker Aug. 13, 1877.

This deed is page one A. J. Kyker and other heirs of the Uriah Kyker Estate selling their share to John M. Kyker.

This deed is page two A. J. Kyker and other heirs of the Uriah Kyker Estate selling their share to John M. Kyker.

John M. Kyker in turn sells the Uriah Kyker property to Benjamin Keyton Aug. 11, 1879.

This map shows the Uriah Kyker property as platted from the sale by the heirs to John M. Kyker and then by him to Benjamin Keyton.

The Garrett Newman and Uriah Kyker properties south of Athens are platted on this modern GPS map.
(The coordinates of the north eastern corner are N35 24.850 W84 36.960 being Range 1, Township 3, Section 5 northern 1/2 of the south eastern quarter. Also included are the northern half of the south western quarter of section 5, Range 1, Township 3. The Garrett Newman property south of there is Range 1, Township 3, southeastern quarter of section 5.)

Note: There are major issues with the Kyker deed descriptions. The above deed describes the property in district 2 but the location is described as Range one Township 3 as south of Athens at Cedar Springs. Other issues are that the deed issued by the Chancery Court to Uriah Kyker describes the property as being in the south west half of the south west quarter of section 5 but when sold by the heirs the boundary description is for the northern 1/4 of the south west quarter of section 5 and also includes the northern 1/4 of the north east quarter of section 5 which had been purchased by Bird Newman as an original land grant. One of the deeds is listed as range first township 2 section 32 which adjoins the property described as township 3 section 5.

Based on the census records and the consistencies of the deeds it appears that likely Uriah Kyker was living in district 2 and the property being sold was the first property he had owned south of Athens and never sold. The McMinn County 1840 census records indicate that he originally lived in the area south of Athens, Tn. The McMinn County 1860 census records indicate that Uriah was living in district 2 with Oxford Po being the location for the Pond Hill Community. But he was NOT listed in the same exact location as William Fletcher Kyker. The missing deed book L and the obvious contradictions are an issue. In lieu of those records, the census records are the only source and the best conclusions is that this family group first lived south of Athens and then between 1850 and 1860 purchased property in district 2.

Corrections have been marked in red on the linked deeds. The deeds were read carefully and the boundaries were described adjoining Pine Grove Church, Hicks, Wattenbarger, Kennedy, Newman, or Ziegler tracts. These families all lived in the Pond Hill Community or close by and that location was district 2 and township 1. We also know the exact location of the Sam Kyker tract so that fixes the William Fletcher Kyker properties at the same location. All of these deeds were marked district 2 but wrongly marked as township 3 south of Athens. So the township should have been marked as township 1 and that correction has been marked on the deeds. By the same process, the Uriah Kyker deeds were described as adjoining when sold by the heirs and the adjoining tracts were in different townships. The deeds described the district as 2 but the townships as township 2 and township 3 for adjoining tracts. The map shows that these descriptions are in fact the way the properties lay on the map. But at the time the property was sold the heirs were living in District 2 so the deed was made out reflecting where they were living at the time and not where the properties lay. The original purchases described the same township and sections which lay close to Cedar Springs south of Athens and in district 11. The district was specified wrongly on these deeds is marked in red correcting the error.

The Uriah Kyker estate sale deed descriptions are range first township 3 section 5 SW quarter going south 80 rods, east 320 rods, north 80 rods to the section line, thence north west into Range 1, Township 2 section 32 to a marked tree, thence due west to section 32 boundary line, thence south 80 rods to the beginning, being about 200 acres. Another 40 acre tract is described adjoining on the west boundary of the section 5 property beginning at the south west corner of Range 1, Township 2, section 32 running west 80 rods into section 6, running south 80 rods, thence east 80 rods, thence north 80 rods to the beginning. This appears to be the same properties first purchased by Uriah Kyker but with the exception that it describes the north 1/4 of the South West section and also the north 1/4 of the North West section. How this change came about probably was lost in deed book L because Bird Newman died at the time that book was being used for record keeping. But the property described matches original land grant property deeds. The above linked map is platted using land grant coordinates taken from the above deed.

The following census records support the above conclusions about the property locations of Uriah Kyker, Bird Newman, and other related families.

1830 census of McMinn County, Tn. shows Bird Newman living at Cedar Springs south of Athens, Tn. Hiwassee west range 1 township 3. Uriah Kyker was still in Washington County, Tn.

1840 census of McMinn County, Tn. shows Uriah Kyker living at Cedar Springs south of Athens, Tn. Hiwassee west range 1 township 3. His land grant property was at Cedar Springs, per the deed and map.

1860 census of McMinn County, Tn. shows Uriah Kyker at P. O. Oxford but in a different location than William Fletcher Kyker, also at P. O. Oxford. This was Hiwassee west range 1 township 1 of McMinn County District 2 of Pond Hill Community.

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The following are additional deeds pertaining the next generation of Kyker descendants:

William Fletcher Kyker deeded land for the Pine Grove Methodist Church and there also the property was described as being in District 2. A description of land in District 2 with a Land Grant description of Range 1 Township 3 is a contradiction within the deed. District 2 lies in township 1, not township 3.

William Fletcher Kyker deeds property to Pine Grove Methodist Church N35 34.921 W84 37.267 . This was part of the Henry Latham Tract he purchased in 1865.

The actual property location is the Samuel Benjamin Kyker farm located in District 2 Range 1 Township 1. James L. Kyker and Samuel Benjamin Kyker jointly purchased the W. F. Fletcher farm from their siblings. James L. Kyker conveyed a quitclaim deed with boundary descriptions indicating that 150 acres was conveyed to Samuel Benjamin Kyker. The map linked below of the William Fletcher Kyker farm--later part of the Sam Kyker farm-- indicates the property location prior to the division.

Modern Street atlas map shows approximate location of the William Fletcher Kyker property per estate records. Also shown are the gps coordinates for the current location of Pine Grove Methodist Church, now Old Pond Hill Baptist Church. In 1898 a new Pine Grove ME church was built approximately 1/4 mile south of the original chruch.

William Fletcher Kyker heirs sell their part of the estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 1.

William Fletcher Kyker heirs sell their part of the estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Mosies Asbury Wattenbarger was married to Hester Rebecca Kyker, the sister of Samuel Benjamin Kyker. The northern boundary of the Mosies Asbury Wattenbarger property adjoined the southern boundary of the seventy one acre Gibonney tract purchased by Samuel Benjamin Kyker from the William Fletcher Kyker heirs.

Mosies Asbury Wattenbarger and Hester sell their part of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Mosies Asbury Wattenbarger and Hester sell their part of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Mosies Asbury Wattenbarger and Hester sell their part of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Mosies Asbury Wattenbarger and Hester sell their part of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Mary L. Beaver sells her part of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Mary L. Beaver sells her part of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker and James L. Kyker page 2.

Samuel Benjamin Kyker deeds his share of a certain tracts of the W. F. Kyker estate to James L. Kyker.

James L. Kyker deeds his share of certain tracts of the W. F. Kyker estate to Samuel Benjamin Kyker.

Samuel Benjamin Kyker deeded property for a school also listed as lying in District 2 but described wrongly as Township 3.

Samuel Benjamin Kyker deeds property to school page 1.

Samuel Benjamin Kyker deeds property to school page 2.

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The following links show general details:

Marked Hiwassee District Land Grant Map showing the ranges, townships, sections, and voting/census districts.

Instructions for locating deeds from Township coordinates.

Hiwassee Land Grant Map marked to show Cloud, McPhail, Newman, and Kyker property locations prior to 1850.

Modern Street Atlas Map marked to show where original property locations are in relation to Athens today.

Hiwassee Land Grant Map Sam Kyker and Garrett Newman farms per the original Hiwassee District Map .

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