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Reverend John Winton

Birthplace: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 02, 1846 (84)
Roane County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Winton, Sr. and Betsy R. Winton (McClellan)
Husband of Arabella Winton
Father of William Winton; James Asbury Winton; Mary Montgomery; Jane Winton; Job Winton and 8 others
Brother of George McClellan Winton; Margaret Ann Dunn; William Winton; James Winton, Sr.; Polly Belle Jenkins (Winton) and 3 others

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About Reverend John Winton

Later notes on John Winton tell us that he had moved from Pine Chapel in Jefferson County, TN between Newport and Dandridge before 1795, and had settled on Muddy Creek twenty miles west of Knoxville where he died 2 Aug 1846. He is buried in Muddy Creek Cemetery.

Another building of interest near Lenoir City is this magnificent home…the John Winton Home. (ca. 1815) John Winton was a Methodist minister who first built an arbor and campground at Muddy Creek…now the Martel Community, a portion of Lenoir City. This was near the center of John’s land holdings in the area.

He and his wife, Arabella chose the form of a cross for the foundation of their new home. The front porch formed the top of the cross. The dining room, kitchen and nursery wing formed the lower part of the cross, the bedrooms and parlor formed the cross arms and the front hall, the transept. The form was Greek Revival… Due to the War of 1812, the house wasn’t completed until 1818. Their slaves made or 'burned' the bricks used in the construction. The home is now called The Magnolia Manor. It’s located at 18350 Martel Road near Lenoir City. The current owners rent it out for special occasions such as weddings, family gatherings, etc. Phone: 865-988-4510. Website:

William Winton left Cumberland County, Pa., in March 1780 and migrated south to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he was lliving on the border of Shenandoah and Rockingham counties by 1784. His oldest son John married into an established family named Cunningham that year. William moved further south about 1785 to the North Carolina Territory, which later became Jefferson County, Tennessee. John and his wife Arabella also settled on the south bank of the French Broad River near Dandridge.

John resettled southwest of Knoxville in Roane County where he became a large farmer and slave owner. The Father of American Methodism Francis Asbury "rode two days and nights in the pouring rain" to ordain John as a Methodist deacon on Oct. 31, 1800. Deacons served as local pastors between visits from circuit riding ministers.

“John Winton was a local preacher, and did much in planting the Gospel in this wilderness. He raised a large family - - all of them were preachers. She was a lady of superior mind, and acted as class leader in the society. Charlotte, her daughter, had (for her time) considerable advantages - - was deeply pious. In 1791, she was married to George Turnley, a gentleman of promise in the community, but not a member of the Church. Charlotte was soon summoned before the Church for marrying a man out of the society. The day of the trial came, and she, accompanied by her husband, was there. After the case was called, and considered for some time, Mr. Turnley proposed, if it would be any relief to his wife, and they would admit him, that he would unite with the Church. This was agreed to, and he made a faithful and useful member. “Charlotte died in great peace, July 24, 1834. Her husband lived till September 3, 1848, when he too, passed away. From this society (Pine Chapel) went the Wentons and Cunnynghams, who afterward and to this time have places in the Church. Here Bishop Asbury, and afterward Bishop Souls preached.”

George Turnely was a Sergeant Major in the North Caroline Militia during the Revolutionary War. He and his wife and children are buried in the Pine Chapel Cemetery. Their graves are the only two having headstones. George was born August 30. 1762 and his wife Charlotte was born April 13, 1767. This cemetery is the resting place of many pioneer settlers. Many of them were old and many were young. Some were even massacred by the Indians who raided the settlements. John Winton was a good friend of Francis Asbury. He was a big man, weighing over 500 pounds, he too, is buried here. On Saturday, July 16, 1966, the Rev. Reul B. Pritchett, of the Church of the Brethren, historian of Jefferson County, a monument at the site of this old and almost forgotten cemetery, memorializing the sacred memory of those buried there. In his words he listed a three-fold purpose for the act: 1) To preserve the history of Tennessee. 2) To pay our respect to the sainted dead. 3) To recognize the contribution to civilization which these men and women have made. Some of these persons had been born in England and now the first strokes of the pen were making them free men in a new and free land. History was being made, whether it was conscious or unconscious. This early Chapel was torn down and moved to another location where it was used as a corn-crib. Plans by Brother Pritchett were to take the logs and move them to the cemetery site and erect a log chapel as nearly like the original Pine Chapel as possible.

There is no proof but it is very possible that the Pine Chapel Cemetery is older than the church. Gravevines covers the entire cemetery which is located in a grove of large oaks, covering about an acre or more of land. The farm on which the cemetery is located is owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.

JOHN3 WINTON (WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born November 08, 1761 in Cumberland

   County, Pennsylvania, and died August 02, 1846 in Roane County, Tennessee.  
   He married ARABELLA CUNNINGHAM May 15, 1784 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, 
   Virginia, daughter of JAMES CUNNINGHAM and ARABELLA GOODE.

Capt. Thomas Coulter Co. - "1802" Roane Co. TN Listing John Winton

CAPT. CRAWLEYS DISTRICT: 1804 Wilson Co. TN William and Anthony Winston


11. John3 Grant (Isaac2, John1), born 1805/06 in Washington Co, VA. He married on 29 Sep 1830 in Roane Co, TN Dolly Winton, born 1808/09 in TN.

  Children of John Grant and Dolly Winton were as follows:
     26         i      Winton C4 Grant, born 1831/32 in Roane Co, TN.
     27         ii      Isaac C4 Grant, born 1834/35 in Roane Co, TN.

+ 28 iii Mary V4 Grant, born 1837/38 in Roane Co, TN. She married Prior L Cragmires.

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Reverend John Winton's Timeline

November 8, 1761
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
January 23, 1785
Shenandoah, Virginia, United States
March 31, 1787
Shenandoah, Virginia, United States
October 16, 1789
North Carolina, United States
February 7, 1791
Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
December 13, 1794
TN, United States
July 1796
Roane, TN, United States
June 14, 1798
Roane, TN, United States
March 11, 1800
Roane, TN, United States