While researching a completely different family, came across historical information regarding Charles Sinclair of Sinclair Bottom. This is not my family--just thought I'd pass it along.
From "History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870" by Lewis Preston Summers (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966):
(p 45) March 14, 1748 - Charles St. Clair, South Fork Holston River, 996 acres
(p 46) "The Alleghany mountains having been crossed and the waters flowing into the Mississippi reached, the pioneer rapidly sought to bring the wilderness under his dominion. The first company of settlers at Draper's Meadows were at once increased by new arrivals, and numerous tracts of land west of New river and near what were afterwards known as the Lead Mine occupied. Among the early settlers in that section of Southwest Virginia were the Crocketts, Sayers, Cloyds, McGavocks and McCalls."
"James Burke, with his family, settled in 1753 in what has since been known as Burk's Garden, and Charles Sinclair in Sinclair's Bottom. Stephen Holston built his cabin within thirty feet of the head spring of the Middle Fork of Indian [River], since called Holston river, some time previous to 1748, and thus, Burke, Sinclair and Holston gave names to the localities of their settlements."
(p 53) "In the spring of 1754, numbers of families were obliged, by an Indian invasion, to remove from their settlements in Southwest Virginia, and these removals continued during the entire war [French-Indian War]. It will be well here to note the fact that the lands held by Stephen Holston, James McCall, Charles Sinclair and James Burke, the earlier settlers of this portion of Virginia, were held by them under what were known at that time as 'corn rights'--that is, under the law as it then stood, each settler acquired title to a hundred acres for every acre planted by him in corn..."
(p 134) "On March 2, 1773, the court directed John Maxwell, Robert Allison and Robert Campbell, or any three of them, to view the nighest and best way from Catherine's Mill to Charles Allison's and so on to Sinclair's Bottom, and report."
(p 268) "The settlers on the Holston and Clinch, during the years 1776-1777, had been greatly harrassed by the invasion of the Indians, and thereby prevented from making anything like a crop from their lands. They had also been required to furnish supplies to Colonel Christian and his army of two thousand men, upon their invasion of the Cherokee country, and the country was thereby greatly impoverished before the crops in 1777 were harvested. The good citizens, the relatives and friends of the settlers, living in Augusta County, contributed through Mr. Alexander St. Clair considerable sums of money, and provisions, for the relief of the settlers on the frontiers, and the County Court of this county, beside entering the following order, directed Captain William Campbell to have Mr. St. Clair to lay out the money in his hands for wheat."
Enjoy! Karen Matheson