Michael K. Hendrix Family

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  • ID: I02149
  • Name: Timothy ROARK
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1768 in [VA]
  • Death: BET. 1830 - 1840 in [Claiborne Co., TN]
  • Note:
    Timothy Roark was one of the younger sons of James Roark and [Sarah ? ]. According to the books
    "James County - A Lost County of Tennessee" and "History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia,
    1748-1920", the James Roark family lived at the gap of the dividing ridge, between the waters of the
    Clinch and Sandy Rivers, through which passed the Dry Fork Road and which was known afterward as
    Roark's Gap. James and two older sons (possibly James, Jr. and John) were away hunting game in the
    winter of 1780 in heavy snow. Although it was unusual for them to be in the area at that time of the year, a band of Shawnee Indians descended on the hapless Roark homeplace and massacred James' wife and all of his children except for young Timothy. He fought them so bravely with his little hatchet that the Indians spared his life, declaring him to be a brave warrior. They took him as a prisoner and held him captive several years. Finally, he won their confidence and they allowed him some freedom. Taking advantage of this, he escaped one night, taking two white women the Indians held captive. They rode horseback to the river where Timothy had hidden a canoe, and by paddling furiously, they made their escape. Timothy returned the two women to their homes and eventually married one of them.

    As a result of this incident, the Roarks became deadly enemies of the Shawnee Indians. James Roark and his son John were later killed in an Indian battle, fought at what was then known as the Station Bottom, within the present limits of Floyd Co., Kentucky. Their hatred of Indians obviously applied only to the Shawnees (and probably the Creeks) since Timothy's son James married Jerusha Blythe, grand daughter of Cherokee Chief Richard Fields. Other Roark families resided in and around the Montgomery Co. area between 1780 and 1790, and a Timothy Roark (who could have been a brother of James) died leaving a will in Claiborne Co., TN in 1811.

    Timothy Roark and Sallie [Bolen] were married sometime prior to 1798 (according to the birth date of one
    of the older children James Timothy) and it is possible that they had other children in Virginia prior to
    moving to Tennessee. They lived for some time in the Wytheville, Virginia area in what was then
    Montgomery Co. and later Wythe Co. The family moved to Claiborne Co., TN, settling near the
    community of Old Tazewell sometime after 1790. Four of Timothy's sons (Timothy, Jr., James, John and
    Joseph) later moved to Sale Creek in the northern part of Hamilton Co. and just across the Tennessee River from Indian Territory. Son Timothy, Jr. eventually moved back to Claiborne Co. Son Joseph married Juda Ann Carr, daughter of Samuel Carr and Margaret [ ? ] and moved onto Indian land where they built a log house on a slight bluff above Grasshopper Creek near the Salem Community. Son James married Jerusha Blythe, daughter of William Blythe and Nancy Fields (who was a daughter of Cherokee Chief Richard Fields) and moved to land just north of Joseph's and south of the community of Birchwood. Son John married Margaret Gross and they settled just west of Birchwood. It is not known for certain when or where Timothy Roark or his wife died.

    Father: James ROARK b: ABT. 1740 in [VA]
    Mother: [Sarah ?]

    Marriage 1 Sarah (Sallie) BOLEN b: ABT. 1776 in VA
    • Married: ABT. 1790 in [VA]
    1. Has Children James P. ROARK b: 9 OCT 1798 in Claiborne Co., TN
    2. Has Children John W. ROARK b: 18 MAY 1800 in Claiborne Co., TN
    3. Has Children Nancy ROARK b: 6 OCT 1803 in Cave Springs, Claiborne Co., TN
    4. Has No Children Sarah (Sary) ROARK b: 4 DEC 1805 in Cave Springs, Claiborne Co., TN
    5. Has Children William ROARK b: 25 DEC 1807 in Cave Springs, Claiborne Co., TN
    6. Has Children Elizabeth ROARK b: 10 DEC 1810 in Cave Springs, Claiborne Co., TN
    7. Has Children Joseph ROARK b: 4 JUL 1813 in Claiborne Co., TN
    8. Has Children Jeremiah A. ROARK b: 7 APR 1816 in Cave Springs, Claiborne Co., TN
    9. Has Children Timothy ROARK , Jr. b: 17 APR 1819 in Claiborne Co., TN
    10. Has No Children David ROARK b: 22 OCT 1821 in [Claiborne Co.], TN
    11. Has No Children Rebecca ROARK b: 5 OCT 1824 in [Claiborne Co.], TN
    12. Has Children Mary Ann (Polly) ROARK b: 11 MAY 1828 in Cave Springs, Claiborne Co., TN
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