Maj. John Sevier, Jr.

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About Maj. John Sevier, Jr.

Son of Governor John Sevier, was a Major in the Continental Army and Tennessee State Militia. Was married 3 times;

  • 1- Elizabeth Conway, no children
  • 2- Rebecca Richards, 7 children
  • 3- Sophia Garoutte, 10 children

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Birth: Jun. 20, 1766 Frederick County Virginia, USA

Death: Apr. 24, 1845 Jonesborough Washington County Tennessee, USA

Major John Sevier was the scion of the prestigious Tennessee family, the son of General John Sevier and Sarah Hawkins Sevier. General Sevier was one of the master strategists who had defeated Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780. He was elected as the first Governor of Tennessee in 1796.

Major Sevier was married three times and had issue by each wife. He first married Elizabeth Conway in 1788 and had two children:

John Augustus Sevier

Catherine Sherill Sevier

The year of birth of their daughter corresponded with the year of death of her mother: 1790. It was, therefore, possible that Elizabeth Sevier died in childbirth or from complications of that birth.

In 1790, Major Sevier married Rebecca Sarah Richards, the beautiful daughter of William Richards and Mary Patrick Richards. Mrs. Rebecca Sarah Sevier thus became stepmother to Major Sevier's two children and raised them to their majority. She and Major Sevier added four sons to the family:

William Sevier

Thomas Rush Sevier

James Sevier

John Sevier, III

She and Major Sevier also had a daughter Elizabeth who married Joseph Throckmorton. (Two other births are mentioned but not named indicating that they may have been still births or died within days of birth.) Source: "A Genealogical History of he DuPuy Family", John Meredith DuPuy; 1910.

In 1809, the birth of a child again corresponded with the death of the mother. Major Sevier may have suffered the loss of his second wife to childbirth or complications from that childbirth. As with the first wife, the cause of death of Rebecca Sevier was not established.

Because he had young children who needed a mother, Major Sevier married a third time. His marriage to Sophia Garoutte occurred less than a year after the death of his second wife. Once again, a stepmother was tasked with raising the children of a former wife along with the children that she and Major Sevier added to the family:

John Garoutte Sevier

Elizabeth Conway Sevier

Michael Robert Sevier

Anna Maria Sevier

Archibald McAfee Sevier

Martha Ann Sevier

Louisa Rebecca Sevier

Sophia Smith Garoutte Sevier


Major Sevier's father, Governor Sevier was married twice. As stated above, Sarah Hawkins Sevier was the mother of Major Sevier. She died January 1, 1780. Later that same year, John Sevier, Sr. married Catherine "Bonny Kate" Sherrill. Obviously, Sarah Hawkins Sevier was the mother of those siblings of Major Sevier's listed below who were born before 1780 and Catherine Sherrill Sevier of those after.

Family links:

 John Sevier (1744 - 1815)
 Sarah Hawkins Sevier (1746 - 1780)

 Elizabeth Conway Sevier (1770 - 1790)*
 Rebecca Sarah Richards Sevier (1773 - 1809)*
 Sophia Garoutte Sevier (1790 - 1835)*

 William W. Sevier (1792 - 1845)*
 Thomas Rush Sevier (1809 - 1862)*
 Elizabeth Conway Sevier Byers (1812 - 1845)*
 Louisa Rebeka Sevier Brown (1816 - 1842)*
 Michael Robert Sevier (1822 - 1899)*
 Anna Maria Sevier Hoss (1825 - 1891)*
 Archibald Mcafee Sevier (1829 - 1892)*
 Martha Ann Sevier Price (1831 - 1915)*

 Joseph Sevier (1764 - 1826)*
 James Sevier (1764 - 1847)*
 Joseph Sevier (1764 - 1826)*
 John Sevier (1766 - 1845)
 Elizabeth Sevier Clark (1768 - ____)*
 Sarah Hawkins Sevier Brown (1770 - 1839)*
 Mary Ann Sevier Carland (1772 - 1853)*
 Rebecca Sevier Waddell (1777 - 1799)*
 Nancy Sevier King (1780 - 1825)*
 George Washington Sevier (1782 - 1849)**
 George Washington Sevier (1782 - 1849)**
 Ruth Sevier Vertner (1783 - 1824)**
 Joanna Goad Sevier Windle (1784 - 1823)**
 Samuel Sevier (1785 - 1849)**
 Eliza Conway Sevier McClellan (1790 - 1860)**
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

Burial: Sevier Cemetery Jonesborough Washington County Tennessee, USA

Created by: David Reese Record added: Dec 20, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 63159614

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Maj. John Sevier, Jr.'s Timeline

June 20, 1766
New Market, Frederick, Colony of Virginia, British American Colonies
Age 22
Age 23
Overton County, Tennessee
Age 43
New Jersey
July 12, 1812
Age 46
Age 48
Died Young
November 21, 1816
Age 50