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Michael Israel, I

Birthplace: Albemarle County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: Died in Avery Creek, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Solomon Israel and Mary Israel
Husband of Sarah Graves Israel
Father of Mary Epperson; Sarah Anne "Sally" Gilliam (Israel); John Israel; Johnson Israel; William Jesse Israel and 4 others
Brother of Eleanor Israel and Jesse Israel

Occupation: farmer/planter
Managed by: Eliezer (Larry) Appleton
Last Updated:

About Michael Israel Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA (Soldier). DAR Ancestor # A060685


1790, Morgan District, Wilkes County, North Carolina
1800, Wilkes County, North Carolina
1810, Avery's Creek, Buncombe County, North Carolina
In 1757, he was a border ranger, defending the frontier of Virginia during the French Indian War. (He is a
contemporary of George Washington, born about 4 years after Washington.) For that service, he recieved 16
According to WadeSmith.org: Michael Israel was a Revolutionary War soldier fighting at the Battle of King's
Mountain. Proof of this comes from William Carter's Revolutionary War declaration of Virginia.
The land he purchased in 1779 was in the North Garden near Stockton's Thoroughfare, which is a conspicuous
pass through the mountains between North Garden and Batesville. This pass was later known as Israel's Gap, and
is south of Israel Mountain. There is some disconnect of this date and the date he bought land in Wilkes County,
North Carolina near the Burke County line (1778). The land he purchased in North Carolina became a part of
Caldwell County when it was formed in 1841.
In Wilkes County, his children were born and grew up, marrying children of nearby families. As they became
adults and married, most of them moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, closer to Ashville. (Mary moved
to Franklin County, Georgia.)
In 1805 or 1806 Michael Israel sold his land in Wilkes County, North Carolina. On June 3, 1806, he bought 480
acres on both sides of Avery's Creek where it joins the French Broad River. He and his wife Sarah were to live on
this land until Michael Israel died intestate in 1819 or early 1820. Sarah was to live a few more years. She died
about 1823 or 1824.
The Avery Creek post office was 68 miles from Greenville, Tennessee.
There is debate as to whether the family was Jewish or not, fueled by father Solomon's marraige in an Episcopal
Church. On the website for Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Virginia, there is a copy of a document
called "To Seek the Peace of the City." It was prepared for an exhibit about the history of Jewish settlers in the
Charlottesville area. That document credits Michael and Sarah as the first Jewish settlers in Albemarle County,
Virginia, moving there in 1757. It also has specimens of Michael Israel's signature and Sarah's "mark."
In the 1790 census for Wilkes County, North Carolina, there is a Jos Israel with 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16
and 7 females. I cannot account for this family.
Emigration: Bet. 1779 - 1792, Moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina from Albemarle County, Virginia.
Property 1: 1758, Land grant number 32 for 82 acres in Albemarle County, Virginia (sold in 1770)
Property 2: 1778, Bought land on the north fork of Warrior Creek, Yadkin River.
Property 3: 1779, Bought land in Albemarle County, Virginia near father, Solomon Israel
Marriage: 1754, Albemarle County, Virginia


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Michael Israel Sr.'s Timeline

Albemarle County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 19
Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
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Albemarle Co., VA
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Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
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Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
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Albemarle County, Virginia, Colonial America
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Albemarle County, Virginia, United States